Yes, Daniel-there was pie. BFF cooked the turkey & her sister made the side dishes. I was "assigned" desserts. Took a Heritage Pumpkin pie, made with brown sugar & buttermilk. Also made a Coconut custard pie, recipes (receipts) courtesy of Charleston Receipts Cookbook, compiled by the Charleston, S.C. Junior League in 1957. A collection of "Plantation recipes" from the 1800's. This cookbook is a treasure & has footnotes on several recipes & the Cook that developed the dish.
We finally made it into Sharks new location on FairPark Blvd. It's located inside a Grocery mart, that is mostly a tobacco store/convenience mart.
LunchBuddy was eager to try the Tilapia & I was hyped over Oysters. Alas, no oysters available that day, so I "settled" for the catfish dinner. Served with 2 pieces of white bread, fries & a small soufflé cup of coleslaw. Ditto for the Tilapia. Everything is served as a complete dinner. The catfish was good, the fries were freshly cooked to order, the coleslaw tasted prefab. Lunch Buddy enjoyed her Tilapia. The atmosphere leaves much to be desired, 3-4, 4 top formica tables (all dirty), even though we were the only customers there to eat. We had to ask for a table to be cleaned before we could sit & on a 2nd visit, we got our order to go. I tried the butterfly shrimp & a kids meal, (still no oysters available). The shrimp were large, cooked to order & had a delicious breading, but were overcooked & dry. The kids meal was a great value, 1 large catfish filet, fries, bread & a fountain drink.
Best meal of the week was take-out from the Deli at Fresh Market. Orzo & Spinach salad with lemon dressing, lobster & shrimp salad, smoked salmon salad, stuffed grape leaves & assorted olives.
MR-why don't you go to the new Shark's on FairPark & report back to us. I share your opinion of the Sharks in SWLR & we know that experience would not cross over into your review of this newest Sharks. What say ye?
Got to try a steak burrito at Luna Maya, on Cantrell. The Fresh Made Burger sign is still up, but rather tattered. This is a big burrito ya'all. $7 & includes a fountain drink & small cup of good dark red smoky salsa. There was also some pico de gallo inside the burrito & the cook graciously chopped some fresh cilantro for me. I ordered mine with the black beans, but pinto's are the other choice. I added cheese dip & chips for $0.75 more-it came in another little soufflé cup, but the chips were excellent, thin but sturdy & lightly salted.
My other fab find was the fresh beginets (sp?)at Silveks inside Kroger. How have I missed these all these years?
Lunchbuddy mentioned there is a new Shark's Fried Fish on FairPark, next door to US Pizza. No drive-thru. It's located inside the Tobacco store cum Grocery "Mart". Has anyone tried it yet?
My co-workers & I ordered delivery from Chi's Asian Bistro Café in Riverdale this week. After a complicated series of location questions to determine which Chi's was "ours" to order from, we were placed in Charles care & things progressed smoothly. He took our 5 separate orders & even offered to split the $2 delivery charge evenly among us.
The menu has all the usual items & a couple Thai & Vietnamese selections. I ordered the Rice-paper wrapped shrimp spring rolls/$4 & shrimp lo-mein lunch special/$8. The fresh spring rolls were some of the best I have had in Little Rock, the only twist was they were made with iceberg lettuce, just a minor fault. The lo-mein was tasty-but greasy. Others had the Pepper beef lunch special & Beef Broccoli, both were pronounced excellent. Asian Beef salad also given good reviews, but again the iceberg lettuce was a distraction. The specials came with soup & a Shanghai eggroll. The hot & sour soup was standard, but the eggroll was fantastic. I usually don't eat eggrolls, but these are different. The wrapper loosely surrounds ground/minced well seasoned pork, no filler & greasy in a good way. We ordered extra at $2 for an order of 2 rolls. They also have veggie eggrolls & fried Spring rolls. The Boss had the Thai rice noodles with scrambled egg, veggies, chicken & said it was as good as Chang in Sherwood (very high praise). This Chi's is the newest in the "chain" of family owned restaurants & is located on Old Cantrell Rd. Our food was delivered quickly, by the same Charles & was well packed with lots of hot mustard, soy sauce, housemade sweet & sour sauce & a delicious peanut sauce for the spring rolls. A dish of deadly hot fish sauce vinegar came with the thai noodles. Charles mentioned business was slow, either folks haven't heard they are now open or everyone is eating at the fair. I hope that word gets out & you like them as much as we did.
This was a takeout week-takeout Chinese, takeout pizza & the best was takeout from Boba Tea, the Vietnamese sandwich & Banana Milk tea with Boba. The bread alone is simply fantastic. The lightly pickled veggies, freshest cilantro & HOT pepper simply shine. The grilled meat rounds out 1 of the town's best sandwiches.
Lunch buddy's & I finally made it to The Pantry this week. A visit long overdue. Skinnygirl had a bowl of soup, which was pureed roasted veggies & had chunks of the roasted veggies in the soup. Our waitress brought her some great rustic bread to go with the soup. LunchBuddy had the salmon wrap with a cup of soup & said it was yummy. I chose the schnitzel sandwich with housemade chips. Both were excellent & it looked like an entire potato had been converted into chips, just for me :) We shared a starter of Buffalo Shrimp, 5 large plump delicious breaded shrimp, fried & tossed in Buffalo wing sauce, plated & served with celery sticks & blue cheese dressing. Skinnygirl ordered cheesecake for dessert & "allowed" us a taste. She is a cheesecake expert (self proclaimed) & rated this as excellent. I love the extended lunch hours 11-4pm M-F.
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