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Re: “Food Feedback Friday: The joys of June

The best meal out this week was enjoyed at LAYLAS. Lunch Buddy's & I decided to try something "new", as in not having tried Layla's version. I remembered a review in a Cheap Eats post about the Cheese Pizza & it was great. Thin, crusty 9" crust covered with lots of ooey-gooey perfectly melted cheese. Guessing it was Haluomi, other dishes ordered were Chicken pita by cautious lunchbuddy & Lamb Chicken Gyros by adventurous lunchbuddy. Both dishes pronounced delicious. Our Waitress was very friendly & efficient, but not familiar with menu items or spice level.

Earlier in the week, 4 of us went to BJ's Brewhouse for an early dinner. No complaints about the food. HoneyBunny had a perfectly cooked Ribeye & my Fried Chicken breast was also very good. Mashed potatoes & "pepper" gravy was intensely seasoned with black pepper, I loved it, but others didn't. The big turn-off here was the dirty wet silverware we all received. My fork had a CHUNK of broccoli stuck between the tines & companions knife had dried mustard or cheese sauce on it, UGH! Our lovely waitress immediately replaced our silverware & upon inspection, we found more dirty silverware. I was ready to cancel my order, but our friends really wanted to try the Brewhouse part of BJ's, so I sucked it up & took one for the team :) 3rd try got us perfectly clean, shiny silverware & a big sigh of relief. The Salted Caramel Pazooki was excellent ;)

Posted by SusieQ on 06/21/2014 at 2:39 PM

Re: “Cheers & Jeers: Banana pudding to Baja Grill

Really enjoying this Cheers & Jeers feature!

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Posted by SusieQ on 06/09/2014 at 4:18 PM

Re: “Food Feedback Friday: Sky, Swan, and Seattle

Lunch Buddy's & I had another killer feast at Taj Mahal Lunch Buffet. They have moved the buffet into it's own little room, that was the drive-thru station when it was a Mexican restaurant. All the standard chicken dishes, including Tikka Masala Tandoori & Curry, also a very spicy Beef & Potato dish I had not seen before. Battered & flashfried Tilapia was served on a large mezze platter in the middle of the room, surrounded by hot green chilies & even hotter death-ray red chilies. Several vegetarian dishes, both mild & hot, lovely whole baby eggplants in a tomato/onion sauce & some great chili paneer. Salad bar & dessert station rocked, with small slices of moist cake topped with fresh blackberry's or strawberries & drizzled with something similar to tres leches. All that for just under $10! Service was swell.

The less than stellar meal was Fri. lunch at the new NEWKS in Midtown. 3 of us arrived shortly after 2pm, spent a minute reading the large menu board & placed our separate orders with the very nice cashier. We were given consecutive #'s to display @ our table, so the runner could easily locate us. We ordered The Royal with a side dish of black-eye pea salad, Roast Beef sandwich with a side of pasta salad & a Pepperoni pizza. We located the Drink station & settled in at a table near the front, by the Condiment station. About 10 min. later The Royal arrived, a few minutes later the Roast Beef arrived, sans the pasta salad. The pea salad & pasta salad were both very bland, serious lack of seasoning. The condiment bar provided hot sauce, some great sweet pickles & some roasted garlic cloves to help perk things up. The spicy brown mustard was a standout. Then we waited for our companions pizza & then we waited some more. There was a shift change during this 20-30 min wait for pizza & a Mgr. walking around asking folks how their food was, but he never made it to our table. We had to get back to work, so co-worker explained to the new cashier that he didn't get his pizza & would like a refund. Cashier got huffy & said, "Why didn't you ask for it sooner? That will make my till short". Explaining that he did inquire twice about the pizza & couldn't wait any longer, only got a louder, angry repeat of "that will make my till short". The Mgr. was located & took care of things & we departed. It didn't help our impression of NEWK'S to notice during shift change that every male employee, both arriving & departing, had their pants way way sagging & showing lots of butt cleavage.

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Posted by SusieQ on 04/26/2014 at 6:06 PM

Re: “Denis Seyer to consult for 1620 Savoy, Cache

1620 needs SPELLCHECK for their menu! I recently received their email for Sun. Brunch & Dinner menu & was surprised to note they will be serving Baby Bach Choy. Previously I saw a post for a salad with Blew Cheese. IJS

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Posted by SusieQ on 02/28/2014 at 6:38 PM

Re: “Food Feedback Friday: soup, spaghetti, and steamed buns

Finally made it to Franke's Cafeteria on Rodney Parham, after hearing over & over again how wonderful the eggplant casserole is. We chose 1 regular dinner of Roast Beef & 1 Lite dinner of Baked Ham. The ham included 2 sides & choice of dinner roll/cornbread etc. The Roast beef was tender & delicious, the 2 sides were a la carte & no dinner roll included. The eggplant casserole was OK, almost good. It would have been great, except for the still crunchy onion component. Fried okra was the 2nd choice, $1.98 for a small portion of over-cooked & fried hard okra with a strong "fishy" flavor-a definite fail.
The baked ham was good, mashed potato & cream gravy were standard issue & the broccoli salad was the unexpected best side dish. We shared a piece of Brownie pie, my 1st time to sample this southern decadence, but now I'm hooked. The dining room was filled with elderly couples enjoying their meal & each other's company. The Dining room staff & Cashier all seemed to know them & jovial banter was exchanged between them. The $26 plus tax & tip seemed a bit pricey for lunch & what we ordered, considering we drank water & shared dessert, however, the roast beef was delicious!

Posted by SusieQ on 02/11/2014 at 9:09 PM

Re: “Pig & pie at Three Sams BBQ Joint

Everything I've tried here has been great. The onion rings made me swoon, but I didn't realize the order was a sacksful (double order). The pie,,oh the pie. I feel a trip across the tracks coming soon.

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Posted by SusieQ on 01/31/2014 at 8:37 PM

Re: “Food Feedback Friday: a badger, a birthday, and Bruno's

A friend in Hot Springs is tweaking some changes to their already fabulous menu, I've promised not to mention who/whom, until they roll out the new menu Feb. 1.

Mr. SusieQ & I dined, actually we feasted, on Oysters 3 Ways. The idea is to pick what appeals the most. I had mine prepared on the halfshell-3 plump briny oysters served on crushed ice with saltines, fresh HOUSEMADE cream horseradish & lemon, 2nd choice was Oysters Rockefeller, a traditional presentation of 3 oysters & lastly I tried the fried Oysters- slightly smaller in size & 4 in the order. Golf ball size, light as air & no grease-how do they do that?? Served with a trio of sauces, Cajun, garlic aioli & a sesame, ginger, soy reduction that is off the chain. Mr. SQ had oyster stew as 1 of his choices & it was yummy. We also enjoyed Risotto & a great mixed greens salad. Dessert we shared a massive slab of Bourbon cake, drizzled with chocolate & caramel & a French Press of Gevalia Gold Roast.

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Posted by SusieQ on 01/31/2014 at 8:31 PM

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