Removing a star because we had a little bump in the road this morning. We got there early enough we didn't have to wait (nice) and service was outstanding. 3 stars for that.
I don't often go for something sweet in the morning but remembed having the New York style french toast with fresh strawberries some time back. At that time you stuffed the filling inside the thickly sliced toast. Yum.
Since the description didn't say strawberries I asked and was told they could do it for an extra charge. No problem, it will be worth it. Imagine my dismay when my plate showed up and was covered in frozen thawed strawberries$%^ I hate that slimy mess and I had to scrap them off and move to the time out corner of my plate. Come on...we're in the midst of strawberry season, there's NO excuse to do this. Totally unacceptable.
Also, instead of stuffing the french toast you smeared topiing on one slice and placed the other slice over it. Little things make the difference. Are you so busy now you quit going with the little extras?
Please go back to your origins...it's what got you where you are today. Also, I missed the muffin man this morning:(
Disclaimer: I was raised on southern barbecue and this isn't it...its Dayton Barbecue, so I'll say upfront I prefer the dry rub to saturated in sauce.
I do know people who love to eat here. It's an old ice cream store and over furnished with antique knickknacks. Not enough seating, and nothing for a party larger than 6.
My sister raves about their pork chops (you get 2 large - one for today, one for tomorrow). Looked good but over sauced...finger licking good you could say. Her Hubby had deep fried walleye and didn't say anything but ate it. My hubby had a barbecue sandwich which was as big as his plate but not as tasty (news flash: bigger isn't always better). I had ribs which were not falling off the bone like I prefer, and heavy on sauce. Is this a rib I'm chewing on or my finger?? Both were covered in sauce and had the same texture.
The worst part of the meal was dessert. They only had two or three, so I thought they would do them well. I've been craving cheesecake, so I ordered strawberry cheesecake. It was more like a jello mousse than cheesecake, and covered in thawed berries. Four of us didn't finish one piece.
This is a Mom and Pop place, and I do like to support those, but I don't think I would eat here again. It's not awful, just not worth going out of my way for. Thankfully others feel differently and this is a restaurant of long standing here. Something for everyone, this just isn't for me.
This is so much fun on a Saturday morning. You can find homemade dog biscuits, fresh grown vegetables, spices, free range chicken, arts and crafts, even a clown to make balloons for the kids.
Hungry - what do you feel like? Chances are they have it. I had The.Most.Wonderful.Crepe.Ever. Really. Prosciuhutto, brie, and blue cheese with a pepper relish. OMG. There was even a nutella and berry crepe for the baby. Messy but she loved it!
And finally - flowers. Beautiful and cheap flowers. The later in the day it gets the cheaper the flowers. I love flowers and I love the 2nd Street market.
Need flowers? This is the place. You go right in the warehouse and the coolers to make your selection. On Saturdays, you don't get the entertainment of "the flowerman" jumping around the 2nd Street Market, but you do get beautiful flowers at rock bottom prices.
There are always specials going on - like four bundles for $11. You can buy by the bundle, or they also have arrangements as well. I was buying a hostess gift, but decided to fill my house with flowersl. Then as a bonus they gave me another basket of flowers, put it all in a box, and carried it to my car as well. Now that's customer service.
I gave flowers to neighbors, friends and family members, without putting a dent in the bank account. Everybody loved them, and it felt like Spring. Yeah, bring on Spring...
This bakery is in a class of it's own. Cakes that look like they came off the food network, salt sticks (Pine Club serves these), eclairs. Showstoppedr is the absolute best cookie...cinammon flavored with a merangue on top. They used to serve these at the (now closed) Neils Heritage House with the butterscotch pudding. It would take your breath away...I stopped by yesterday for two and said what the heck...life is too short not to eat cookies. I got a dozen. And I'm going to eat every one...all by myself!
Don't know why this is showing "closed." It's NOT closed. You can still get your margarita fix here, and one of those yummy burreladas. However, It still could use a makeover! This place is a institution so please don't close it before it's time.
Beautiful store full of Fine & Estate Jewelry, Vintage & Rolex watches. Prices are much better than other Royal Street shops and make an offer - they dicker! Better still, if you're tempted by an expensive item you can have it shipped home and there's no tax!
I hate standing in line for food, being crammed in like sardines, and that the average age is 75, But it's all worth it for a plate of the best potato pancakes ever, They come with sour cream or applesauce, and because I can't make up my mind I usually get both and alternate. Really, these pancakes are so good they will blow your mind.
This place has been here forever (except for when it burned down and was rebuilt), and there's a bunch of regulars. I'm not a regular cause I don't have time to be in the brunch club, and still the servers - who have worked here for 20+ years - always remember me. That's the way it is...sorta of like a Cheers episode. There's lots of other really, really good food here. I just can't move beyond my potato pancakes. Why mess with perfection?
I have come to love this restaurant over the past several months. It's beautiful inside and very tastefully decorated, but it's really about the food. If graded, the food would be an A+. No kidding, right up there with the best I ever had. If I had one complaint, it's that the food is so good it's hard for me to move around the menu.
They have a salad with warmed goat cheese rolled in almonds and a raspberry dressing that really takes me to my happy place. Shrimp and grits with the grits oh so creamy, tomato relish, perfectly grilled shrimp with a BAM sauce...a party in my mouth. The BEST I ever had...even in New Orleans - in my opinion the culinary capital of the world. The Chef tells me they change the sauce seasonally, but I'm only on my second season. Last fall they used roasted corn and saffron. Looking forward to the next season, to see what they'll do. Last time I was there I tasted the mushroom risotto with pine nuts and grated cheese - it was perfect. Hubby is better at moving around the menu than I am, but even he has been stuck on the cabbage rolls, which are delicious.
We've always been too full for dessert, and the dessert tray looks wonderful - Crème Brule looked perfectly done on our last visit. Next time I'm sticking to salad and appetizer so I can have the dessert. We're also planning to try the carry out from here.
Everyone here is so friendly and helpful, and the service is simply outstanding. They take reservations, but we like to be spontaneous. If we get there early we don't have a problem, but it's pretty full by the time we leave.
I've been reading about this shop and swung in yesterday when I noticed a wine tasting sign outside. I have two words to describe the place...vibrant and captivating. The same way most Mom and Pop stores were so many years ago.
Greeted as we entered by Urmila (Mom) she took us around the shop and told us about it. Don't see a wine you want? No problem - they'll order for you. What wine do you usually like? You'll like these as well. Need a bottle under $15 - come in this room. Need bottle a bottle more than $35 - they're in this room. Want to register for your favorite wines or see if your boss is registered? No problem. Want to start assembling a case to finish later - yep, they have a room to hold it for you.
Then we go into the tasting section. Honestly, she made us feel like we were friends visiting her in her home. Let me pour you a sip to see if you like it before I serve it to you. Let me get some cheese and crackers for you. And she knew everyone who came in by name and had the wine they ordered ready or looked at their grandchildrens photos and asked how their week was. And they would all sit down and have a glass of wine with us while we became acquainted.
This is the way business used to be conducted. It takes us back to a kinder, gentler time. Oh...she even insisted on carring my purchases to the car. You bet I'll be supporting this local store from now on!
Yes, Bellbrook Chocolate is in Centerville. But it started in Bellbrook and needed to upgrade it's location. Because it's soooo good. Betty (the founder) still makes by hand every day. Chocolate dipped strawberries, pretzels with carmel and chocolate, on and on. Give Betty a price and she'll build you a personalized gift basket. It's all about customer service here.
How could I go to NOLA and not have a Muffuletta? It would be like getting married with no ring, Aerosmith with no Steven Tyler, or Paris without the Eiffle Tower.
Trying to cram as many meals as possible into my latest NOLA adventure, we opted to get our Muff and eat it on the way home (thanks and a hat tip to Margaret T. for the idea) I mean, how could it spoil? Cheese, olives and processed meats...things I normally avoid because of the high sodium content, but this works. It really, really works and so worth the splurge. I'll eat healthy tomorrow, I assure myself.
Hit the store at a good time and didn't have to wait in line. Actually browsed the place, and while it's full of speciality items, I would be hard pressed to actually shop here for filling the pantry. Very nice cheese selection. they also pack the olive relish for the muffs to travel - caution: it weights a ton and could put you over the weight limit for checked bags. Could make your arm fall off it's so heavy to carry on.
I sure did enjoy my Muffuletta in Atlanta later the evening. And I sure would enjoy another right now. I'm drooling on my desk remembering how delish this was. We got a half sandwich which was plenty for two, and it was about $7. What a deal. People who live in NOLA are the luckiest people in the world....
It's like entering a time warp...this is Ozzie and Harriets downtown, the past of every little towns shopping mecca where they had Five and Dime stores and you could buy little dyed chicks for Easter that would kick the bucket the next day because the dye was toxic (long before the SPCA was on the scene.) Poor Fluffy...We all have our childhood scars, don't we?
There's a tea room where they serve little sandwiches and desserts - I could picture my Mom and her friends wearing their white gloves and Easter bonnets for a girls day out. Antique stores, resell boutiques, bookstores, a few funeral parlors, an italian restaurant, on and on.
The most famous store here is Foy's - and they have three or 4 little stores with a Halloween theme. The original Foys (the only one I've been in) has the feel of the old Five and Dime - this is my "go-to" place for plastic roaches and fake snakes.
Don't expect to see any chain stores or eateries here. Really. I found it refreshing for a change. I will definetly being doing the time warp again...
Dear Yoba -
I have a bone to pick with you....your frozen yogurt is so addicting it caused me to have to go out on a freezing day in the rain to get my fix. Nothing else would do for lunch.
I can't even imagine how often I'll have to come when the weather gets nice. Which brings me to my second complaint...you only have one store, and it's not close to either my home or my office. Why don't you open several more?
Today I had the raspberry/pomegranate with fresh raspberries. Yum. It taste's like an indulgence, when it really isn't. I know it has to better for me than say...King Cake. Now that Mardi Gras is over, I have to get back to eating healthier. And back to the gym. So thanks for keeping me on the straight and narrow today, and thank you for listening.
This was the first restaurant I ate at in New Orleans. I wasn't even a teenager, and I was with my parents. My Mom picked it, she had read about it. I remember her savoring the Gumbo (which I thought was so gross at the time). So began my lifelong love affair with Nawlins.
We eat here everytime we come. I'm mystified by the low ratings here. We've always felt the food was wonderful, the service great, and the atmosphere sublime. We usually walk in the back from Bourbon Street, and have come to love sitting in the garden over the years. (We used to eat inside). This past year I introduced two of my sons to the joys of eating here, and they loved it as well.
They used to have an oyster dish with eggplant. It was to die for. I still miss it. That and the stuffed lobster tail they were famous for. But there's always something new and enticing, and I always enjoy it. Thanks Mom and Dad.
The food here is really good. Service is terrible. The restaurant never seems to be particularily busy (imagine that) so there's no excuse for the extreme slowness.
Salad are some of the best in town....I like the "Drunken Goat" with pine nuts and cheese. There's a good salad and pizza combo for lunch, and while on the high side prices aren't out of line.
This is the only real restaurant inside the Fairfield Commens and it could be popular if they would just train their staff and step it up. In the meantime, allow plenty of time and don't be starving when you arrive.
Was here once before and thought I was drunk because the Carousel Bar moved and made me dizzy.
This time I went in cold stone sober, and the rotation still bothered me. WTF. Moved into a window seat and didn't even look at the rotating bar beautiful as it is!
Had the most delish martini made with Ketel orange vodka...yum. Looked at the Death in the Afternoon (Absenthe and vodka) but that scared me. I don't want to die, or lose the rest of the day either. Or even wake up with a killer headache.
Drinks were served with the most wonderful barbeque chips. Finished our drinks, ate the chips, rested the barking dogs, and moved on. Drinks aren't cheap here - $22 for two before tip. But it was a nice early afternoon respite.
They were filming something in here at the window table next to us - maybe I'll be famous. Tried not to be so obvious while chewing those chips...
It just gets better. Friday they have a bar menu with $3 appeitzers - and they're huge. Three of us couldn't finish four appetizers...loaded baked potato, chicken and cheese quesadilla, cajun shrimp skewers and black and blue sliders. Actually, these were closer to burger size than slider size. Everything was sooo good. There also three beers for only $5 (Bud, Bud light, Coors Light and Miller Lite). Cheap.
Dress was casual and the place was packed, so get there early. BTW - social memberships are being almost given away right now. You pay a small amount, but get gift certificates in return. Check it out...at the club of course:)
This is an attractive facility by Kohlers Catering, but in 30 years , they haven't got that it's about the food! This is just my opinion, but I honestly don't know why anyone plans a party here, and I've been to plenty here but I decided after the last one never again...no matter what the occasion. Every meal is like they're never cooked before, but followed package directions.
1. There's no excuse to serve bagged salad...ever. Salad is too easy to do well. Really.
2. Where do you buy the food you serve here - GFS? Take it out of the freezer and fry/bake it?
3. Have you ever heard of table center pieces? Especially during the holidays.
4. Frozen butter packets.
5. Snippy management.
6. Servers could use a little more training.
7. Coffee cups on table. Would bring you coffee on request.
8. One of the people sitting at our table asked if he could get a glass of wine. Waitress said.."at the bar." He looked at her. She said "or I could get it for you." "I'd like that" he said. Wine was lousy...really, really lousy.
9. Placing a flower on the plate does not make a food "presentation".
1. Nice parking lot and easy to get to.
2. Warm rolls
3. Nice servers - not trained well, but very nice.
Date night...very special date night as hubby has been house bound for about 6 weeks, and there was no question this is where he wanted to go! It's become our restaurant of choice over the past year. Never mind we spent the last 20 years ignoring it until someone gave us a gift certificate last Christmas and we "rediscovered" it.
The majority of the time I go for the Chef's special...last night it was veal with cranberries and walnuts over wild rice. So good. Whenever possible they use local fresh ingredients, and I'll always remember the Cucumber Soup and Fresh Tomato brushetta from last summer. Oh...and the pineapple salsa over Lake Erie Whitefish (and they've never had it since). Everything I have here is wonderful.
Waitress always kids hubby because he orders the same thing...he say's if you find perfection why stray? Now she makes recommendations for him, and when he agrees he expanding his horizons too and finding new favorites.
Return factor: 100%. Life is good.
I went here with a group of women, and it was beautiful. They had arranged a special day for us, and we sat on the lawn and watched a ballet...so beautiful. It was very elegant, sort of like being in New Yorker magazine. At least that's how it started.
The afternoon was hot, very hot, and they served us wine. Heat and wine do not mix. The wine went straight to the soft spots in our heads. You would have thought you were on Bourbon Street during the middle of the night there were so many lushes acting up. I remember lots of laughs. Then I remember falling asleep - or passing out. I'm just not sure. And not much else except when I woke up I had a killer headache.
I no longer drink wine in the sun. But do go see this place. It's beautiful.
Recently spent a lot of time at MVH, with friends and family bringing me food so I didn't have to go out. After several days of this, I was all carbed out from eating so much pizza and sandwiches. So when someone called and asked if they could bring me dinner I said I needed comfort food - real food. No carbs.
So they brought me beef stew from here. The kind of beef stew your Grandma made. Big chucks of meat, carrots, potatoes, onions in a thick beef gravy. OMG - it was just what the Doctor ordered. It made me happy and warmed me up.
Apparently they don't do carry out much. They lined one of those doggy bag containers with foil. There was no bread, butter, fork. Just the stew, and while it was thick enough to eat with your fingers I did manage to scrounge up a fork. Also, when my friend told them it was going to MVH they did offer a free piece of carrot cake. Nice.
Girlfriends and I decided we're in a rut, and are going to broaden our horizons (and maybe widen our waistlines). Today we searched Yelp and decided to try Cherry House Cafe.
Reviewers are right - this place is great. We had the Cherry Apricot Chicken Salad on a croissant, Broccoli Cherry Nut Salad, and the house cookie (coconut, pecans and chocolate chunks). Everytime I bit into the Apricot I wanted to do the happy dance. In fact, everything was wonderful, and so big we couldn't finish. Most of my cookie is in my purse as I write this, and I'm really looking forward to finishing it later this afternoon.
This is a quaint little place that's almost in a residential neighborhood. It has a real Mom and Pop feel, and I consider this "comfort food." It left us happy.
The selection here includes breakfast, hot and cold sandwiches, burgers and pasta's. They have daily specials that cover the spectrum in chicken salads: curry, blueberry, pecan. Besides Chili and Chicken Pot Pie soup everday, there's a soup special. Today they also had Seafood Quich, which was a generous portion and looked good. There's a bakery case with OMG desserts. And they sell their salads by the pound @$9.99. I know that because we wanted to take that Brocolli salad home...yes, it was that good.
The cost for this feast was under $10. You can't get the combo meal at Subway for that. So our return factor....100 percent. Oh yes, we'll be back. But first we're already working our on next big adventure.
This wine shop is on it's third owner. The first had a lot of stock, and something in every price range. The second focused on food and wine pairings, downscaling some of the stock. But it was well run and clean. Now the stock is a fraction of what it was.
When you go in there's always regulars sitting around the wine bar, and the owner (employees?) are visiting with them, leaving you to your own devices. That's OK. The limited selection is OK. The prices, well - we're talking 2 1/2 to 3 times mark up on higher end wines. Expensive. But that's OK too. I was in a hurry and looking for something close to home.
What's not OK is that when I went in this weeken to get a special wine for Easter, the place had a very unpleasant odor, like unwashed un-named body parts. I couldn't grab my wine fast enough to get outta there. They acted almost put out to ring me up and put my wine in a bag. Cutting into their bar time?
Note: Glad you're good to your few regulars, but you need to continue building this business to survive.
Return factor: None. Not even with nose plugs.
So tired of the pounding on my roof, painters, etc. told hubby we needed a weekend getaway. Headed to Indiana - Shelbyville to be exact.
We headed down to Public Square Saturday morning. Talk about a time warp, this place looks like it must have look when "Leave it to Beaver" was on TV. They retained the architecture integrity of a day gone by...it really is charming.
We parked the car and went into a few stores, and then realized that's really all there is - just a few stores and a lot of empty storefronts for rent or sale. Everywhere you go the economy is showing.
The first store I went in was Stevie Wix, and it was crammed full of interesting little things and candles. I bought a little something and they threw in a free gift of drawer sachets. How nice that was. Then we went in the Gallery, and they were so friendly and helpful, and insisted we each take a hand painted book mark when we left, even thought we hadn't purchased anything. It had a small town welcoming feel.
We asked one of the store owners where to eat, and she said there was a restaurant and a café with the same menu (and same name). I think it was Panznella, or something close. We passed the restaurant first, and when we got to the café saw it was now closed and pointed us to the restaurant. It couldn't have been closed for long...there was real food in the window...moldy food. Who does that? IU should have looked away but it was like looking at a train wreck and I couldn't until I threw up in my mouth a little.
There was a beautiful Prom/Wedding gown/Mother of the Bride dress store named Elegant L. I'm not in the market for any of these, but these were beautiful and very reasonable. If I needed one, this would be worth the trip here.
In the middle of town square was a small farmers market, and a local church was doing a pancake/sausage breakfast. It looked good, but we had places to go and the moldy food had kind of messed with my appetite. Off to the country and a little antique shopping we go...
Another elegant steakhouse inside a casino, this one is really first class. The only bad thing we've ever had here is lobster. It was very large, and very tough. We couldn't cut it with a steak knife, which was actually kind of funny. I guess the drinks up front helped us to see the humor in that! We heard other people complaining about the lobster as well.
Steaks are "cut with a fork" tender and oh so good, salads are perfect, and this past weekend I had Chilean Sea Bass that was outstanding. But my favorite dish here is the Mac and Cheese. They put blue cheese in it and that really takes it up a notch. It's divine - I wouldn't dream of coming here and not having it, cause it rocks my world.
All the sides are typical steak house in that they would feed a family of four. Just get one and share. Crème Brulee here is excellent as well. I've never had any of the other desserts (life is too short not to eat the Crème Brulee) but they look awfully good.
After being this well fed and feeling like a new spare tire popped out, we head back to the casino to work it off. Isn't that why casino's feed you so well? That's my theory. Or is it just run by nice people who understand my need to eat well and have a little fun before I die?
Was so fortunate to eat here with a group that included the owner. His story was fasinating. His family came here from Germany for some cheap land and the promise of a job in 1974. In 1975, the company folded, the father was out of a job and thinking he had made the worst mistake of his life by coming to America. His dream had always been to open a restaurant.
The burned out owner of a Tasty Burger made him an offer he couldn't refuse. $200 a month and the restaurant was his. That left him $100 to set up operations. Kept the same menu, but added weiner schnitzel. From such humble beginnings to this - a place that attracts 45,000 people to their annual Octoberfest. Wow.
They have 60+ beers, the owner ran through them with a loving description ending with one called DNR (do not resesatate) with 10% alcohol content. They also had Jaggermeister on tap. Interesting.
The restaurant has several rooms...the one we sat in was from the original Tasty Burger. It was covered in stone...much like a cave. Yes, even the ceiling. Unique and inviting.
But the food. OMG the food. A large menu, and I didn't know where to start. Asked the Mayor, and he told me exactly what to order...Chicken Schnizel with peppercorn sauce and fried potatoes. I can't even describe how delicious this was.
I usually don't like German Potato Salad, but the version here was a cold one and had dill in it. So refreshing on a hot summer day. They brought out bowls of red cabbage (perfect) and a mushroom sauce the likes of which I've never had. Made from fresh mushrooms (I was expecting canned).
If I lived here, I would be a regular.
Of all the things I didn't expect to get into in Oklahoma City, sushi is one. For one thing, there's no ocean here. For another, isn't this Steak abd Rib Central USA?? Cowboys with lassos knawin on their meat? Nope.
This restaurant is much like a Beni Hana, with the grill in the middle of the table, Chef comes out and throws around his utensils (dropped 2 ....OMG--- incoming knife! Duck!) And don't even get me started in the raw egg hitting us.
But first, we ordered some rolls. Cute names for every roll imaginable. I had one with asparagus and cream cheese, another with crab and avacado, yet another with tuna. Paper thin ginger on the plate, perfect sauces. THE.BEST.EVER. period. I'm sure I will be dreaming about this stuff at home.
Dinner was OK...just OK. I had shrimp and steak, rice, vegetables. Steak was overdone and tough without any flavor, Miso soup was without taste, and I don't even know what that was they put on my salad but it looked like spaghetti sauce. It's HOT here (35 days of triple digits) and when they were cooking it was OMG hot around the table. This would have been funner in cold weather, but as adults we picked this place.
But I'm not even counting any of that, cause did I mention THE.BEST.SUSHI. ever? I'm sure this will become my benchmark for sushi everwhere! Here's to you, your doin fine Oklahoma....
If you live anywhere in this vicinity, you need to immediately get in you car and head to DLM (any of them will do). Why today? This is a party weekend, and they've got it covered.
Derby party today and I was asked to provide dessert. Two words...Derby Pie. Chocolate, pecan and bourbon. Heaven in a bite. And they only sell it one day a year....Derby Day. If you don't believe me, they're taste testing it right inside the door. I also got a 14 Hands "Hot to Trot" red blend wine they were testing...perfect hostess gift.
For Cinco De Mayo tomorrow I got Sully's Fresh Guacamole and A Bit of Bite Salsa, both cottage industry minority businesses by local veterans. Both taste testing and perfect in every way. Natural gluten chips and Grandma Tobias Pina Colada Pie round out my contributions for tomorrow's party. I already feel like the belle of the ball....who wouldn't love these things.
As an added bonus, they're cooking and serving Pork tacos in front of the store. $3 for a delicious and nutritious lunch, and a bottle of water thrown in. Life is good in every way at DLM today (Yes, I'm a Poet) See ya, around town of course.
Who say's you can't go back? We go back every year. We love this hotel, the restaurant and most of all the bar.
The bar is about 1,000 years old, and it came from an old Paris bar. It's so elegant we question why we're sitting there. It's from a different era, where only the upper class would be allowed. But a trip to NOLA wouldn't be complete without coming here.
Personal service ... simply amazing. They always remember us! And when I told Pamela it was my birthday, she not only comped our drinks, she bought me a bottle of champaign and tied balloons o it. People notice you with balloons and champaign. And did I feel special.
Pamela makes the BEST hurricane ever. She's a NOLA treasure. Stop in and tell her I sent you...you won't be sorry.
I love this hotel, most of all because of the location which is riight on the water and an easy walk to the Pike Place Market. And while it's pretty non-descript on the outside, the inside is beautiful like a rustic cabin. Rooms aren't huge, but nicely done. It's almost like camping.
We always stay on the waterfront side, and while we've seen lots of little boats from the balcony, on our last trip here an ocean liner came right by. It startled and thrilled us! Caution: be careful about throwing bread to the birds from you balcony...it start's with one and ends up being the entire bird Air Force coming at you! Reminded me of Alfred Hitchcock "the Birds"
One night we were tired and decided to eat in the dining room. Wasn't expecting much because it was hotel food, right? Wrong. It was 4 star dining. Pleasant surprises are always welcome.
And the little bears they leave on the bed are cute - but I do turn the little black eyes to look out the window cause as a previous reviewer said - they're spooky. I leave him there...all by hisself and feelin lonely when we leave.
This will remain my hotel of choice in Seattle.
Had been hearing wonderful things about this place, and decided I had to have some Amish cheese. OMG...this cheese makes every cheese I've ever eaten taste like plastic. It's so good...I'll make a point of buying some every time I'm in the area.
There were all kinds of spice and things in bulk, even some crafts. Mostly healthy ... some maybe not so healthy (pickled eggs?) Those eggs kind of cracked me up. I didn't buy any.
There was also a restaurant portion. I'll be trying that out next time as well! Eveyrone looked happy sitting there stuffing their faces with delish looking food. Everyone was friendly and helpful, even wishing us a safe trip home. Location is uber simple...right off I-75. Try it...you'll be glad you did.
This place is in a strip mall in an area I normally don't frequent, and it's dark and drab. I suspect it could use a good cleaning. They run lunch specials where you can get a sub or a Gyro with soup of the day or salad and a soft drink for $7.99. Why does a Italian themed restaurant serve Gyro's you ask? Good question.
First they brought me a menu that you didn't want to touch (we've all seen those, right?) There are pasta's, calzones, stuffed rolls, stromboli and pizza available. I had a trio dish of Ravoili, Manicotti and Stuffed shells. Tasted like it was out of the freezer from your local grocery, with an uninspired marinara sauce. And the pasta was overcooked. How does an Italian themed restaurant not know to overcook the pasta???
Don't even get me started on the iceburg lettuce salad and how chinsey they are with bread. There are better places in town to eat...don't waste your time here. Unless your standing right there and are starving. It's not awful...it's just not good.
Rounding from 2 1/2 to 3 cause it's locally owned. I hate panning locally owned businesses, but I have to be honest.
I was fortunate to meet Cristy A. and I commented on her beautiful jewelry. She told me she was the designer and pointed out a bracelet that rocked my world, even thought I'm not much of a silver jewelry wearer. She gave me her card, mentioned her parents store, and first thing in the morning I went to her website and checked it out...www.cristyscollection.com
I'm an instant gratification kind of girl, so I went to the store all the time trying to talk myself out of this bracelet. It's silver, I kept telling myself. So I'll just try it on and leave. Right, The minute I put it on I knew I had to have it. It's got all my fave NOLA landmarks on it, titled "Moonlight Evening in New Orleans Collage Cuff" and inscribed with "let the good times roll" and signed by Cristy. It was love at first sight. Everytime I wear this cuff I get compliments. Yes, it's that cool.
The store was full of beautiful things, and customer service is outstanding. You don't see that much anymore. But don't believe me - check it out for yourself. You'll be glad you did! I will be shopping here again...how could I stay away?
This place has really grown on me. They've renovated and really made it more user friendly, and bought a new warehouse so they can really style the store showing off the fabulous merchandise to the best advantage. Items range from valuable antiques to whimsy art, and if an item has been around awhile they will make a deal for it! They recently added designer clothing as well.
They feature items in Facebook daily, and I always want to run down and buy them - spanning oriental rugs to real art. And the other night when I drove by after closing time I saw the ironwork bench I've been looking for sitting outside. If only I can figure a way to get it home, I'll be down there suggesting we "make a deal."
Don't worry if you don't live in Dayton cause you can stilll buy here - they sell on line at thedc.biz. It's locally owned, and I love supporting local business.
I'm an uptown girl,
I've been living in my white bread world,
But when I'm craving fried corn bread,
This is where I am....
Another segment of let's try to make her squirm...we cross the bridge (the horror of that) and pull into what used to be a Hardee's hamburger restaurant. Hardee's has been gone how many years? Twenty or 30 years at least. But this place has been filled with antiques, and it's not hateful. This is locally owned and operated, in an area of town that is mostly empty because the businesses are long gone.
You get in line and see what's in the bins (school cafeteria?) Everyday there's a different special, along with burgers, fried chicken and ribs. At least I think so. There burgers are supposed to be excellent but we all went for the fried chicken, mac & cheese, fried okra and fried corn bread. The only thing that didn't knock my socks off was the mac & cheese. It wasn't bad, it just wasn't life altering.
When you order the okra, they yell over their shoulder - order of okra. And then they cook it. It's served piping hot and the okra isn't mush like so many places cook it. It was good, firm with seeds intact. The okra and the fried cornbread were worth the trip. This reminded me of eating at my great grandmothers house, where she would get up at the butt crack of dawn, behead a chicken, gather some eggs and dig up some potatoes for our home cooked breakfast. Yes, in the deep south they will serve you fried chicken for breakfast if you are special, like a great granddaughter.
Lunch for 3 was only $27. That's a deal. Clientele is working class, and for some reason about 90 percent of them take their food to go. There was a resident pan handler, she would hit you up and then go sit down until someone else showed up. Maybe one or two other tables were taken, and a steady stream of people getting their "to go" containers.
If you find yourself in this area, by all means try it. They close every afternoon at 4 p.m. so keep that in mind. See, I'm not so tough. (and no I didn't squirm)
I hate going in this store...it makes me want to redo everything in my home. The most beautiful bathrooms you ever saw...I don't even want to know that they cost. And kitchens. And DIY projects. But this makes tile from Lowes or Menards look like *crap* so don't go here unless you're ready to drop some bucks. Sometimes...it just so worth it.
I found an antique mantle at an estate sale in a historic area in Dayton. I buy it...hubby can create it. We have a *real* fireplace in our great room we use every night during winter months...but I fell in love with an electric fireplace in an historic hotel in Cincinnati. Now I have one in my formal living room! Tile thanks to The Tile Shop and my checkbook. Next up...those bathrooms. Watch out...I'm going to spend my children's inheritance.
And then the kitchen...
If I was going to open a restaurant I would do it like this...up and coming area, renovated to retain charm of an era gone by, and a limited menu of what I did well. Here it's waffles and crepes. There's also a cute little bakery counter with macarons and buckeyes, and heavenly coffee.
The Chicken and Waffles are to die for. These aren't you typical Eggo variety waffle, but a very dense Belgium waffle. I don't think I've ever had those before. Veggies in crepe's are fresh and so good this time of year. Between us we've tried just about everything...except the bakery counter cause we're always too full. Sometime I might have to wander in just for a few of those flavored Macarons and a coffee while I stroll around town. Life is good.
|Visit us||and let's get all dressed up|
|but not forgotten||This is gonna cost ya!|
|When I have a chance to eat or shop here!||Sometimes it's fun to just poke around and see what's new|
|let'sfly away!||Go ahead, act like a lounge lizard|
|where everybody knows your name||Cause sometime you have to (caution: don't read while eating)|
"It's 5 o'clock somewhere"
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