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Very mediocre meal at Flamingo’s Terrace Grille. Why would a restaurant waste the opportunity to attract new customers by serving a mediocre meal for Restaurant Week?
The tiny steak tasted like it had been boiled and thrown on the grill for a finishing touch, and there were three single vegetables, as in one carrot, one string bean and one …….
We went to Rocker Oysterfeller’s on Friday… I had the fried chicken (superb) and crushed potatoes (also delicious), didn’t care for the caraway gravy at all, as the caraway was very over powering. My husband had the “Peacemaker” po’boy with the shrimp. Some of the best shrimp I’ve ever eaten! Service was spotty but friendly… had to ask for silverware and they gladly brought it but only for part of our party. We asked that the stemware be removed, as we don’t drink wine, and only a couple of the glasses were removed. Overall, we really enjoyed our meal.
Bistro 29 was a bit of a letdown. The mushroom crepe I had was delicious and definitely the highlight of my meal, but the steak I had was a terrible cut of meat–extremely chewy, and I could barely make out the lemon in their totally flavorless lemon pot de creme.
Glad we have reservations at Willi’s for Sunday cause I know that’s always a home run.
Went to Charlie’s in Windsor last night. Best meal. Medallions of beef was actually 2 huge filets! Perfectly cooked. Great mashed potatoes with an awesome demi-glace. Veggies perfectly cooked. Polenta w/duck sausage fantastic and the brownie sundae could have fed two! All this for $29 each. Total bill $75 inc. drinks for two. Very well spent considering the night before I was at La Vera Pizza, total bill $59 for two and it was very subpar. Over-cooked, gummy, dry rissoto with crab stuffed fish. Dry, the fish weighed like two oz and it had to be pre-made. However, the soup and asian meatballs were good. All-in-all. Charlies is great food and a great price!
On Leap Day, my bf, mom and I went to Stark’s. First time for all of us. I have always heard of how great it was, but it normally is out of our budgets. When I saw it was on the list, and what it included for the $39, I was stoked! All 3 of us ordered the ribeye. Best steak I have ever had. Cesar Salad was unique and delicious. And the dessert…pure Amazingness. Lemon pudding cake with raspberries and vanilla bean creme fraiche.
We bought our own wine and were surprise to see no corkage charge. We had a wonderful time, and I think we might have to treat ourselves at least once a year for a meal at Stark’s!
went to iron stone last night, quite enjoyed it! great fried calamari and a lovely fillet mignon wrapped in prosciutto atop a portobello mushroom and whipped potatoes, and blackberry tiramisu for dessert. steak cooked perfectly for all parties (most had medium rare and one had rare, and all were right to order).
they had a sign out front that made it sound like they have an amazing happy hour: $3 small plates, $4 draft beers and $5 wines. heading over there after work to see if it lives up to my expectations! will definitely go back to this place again.
really wanting to try applewood inn later in the week!
Went to Ume in Windsor last night. While they had a lovely prefix, we chose the seaweed salad, sushi, and other lighter fare. As always, fresh, tasty and then we topped it off with fried bananas (think tempura) and coconut ice cream. Delightful!
Went to Sazon yesterday. Been wanting to try it. LOVED the Papa Rellena and could have eaten a gallon of the pickled red onions piled on top. I’m not a seafood fan but my father raved about the Ceviche and we all loved ANYTHING in the yellow pepper sauce. The lomo saltado was a bit too salty (yes…I know it is supposed to be salty and I love salt, but I did think it was a bit much) but still really liked it. The beef was very tender and flavorful. Make sure they make it the Peruvian way and mix your fries into the dish because that makes them soak up all the sauce. I would make a reservation because it is a small place and by 7 they were full which hopefully means they aren’t going anywhere either!
Headed to John Ash on Friday.
Willi’s wine bar. Shrimp, lamb, pot stickers, crab taco, bread pudding, flourless choc cake. SPECTACULAR!
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