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“Ceviche Street Restaurant–review   Leave a comment

Ceviche Street Restaurant collage

After a year of being introduced to Peruvian food by trying most of the menu at Cabo Blanco I have now eaten at three other Peruvian restaurants with Ceviche Street being the latest.

The last time I was at this building it was a restaurant specializing in American Southern food. The place has been redone and is very pleasing to the eye as is the way the food is presented. Whereas we were allowed to use our groupons at Cabo Blanco on their lunch menu as soon as I showed the groupon to our server here the lunch menu was swiftly taken away and replaced with their dinner menu. I can understand why but I would still have appreciated seeing what was offered at lunch and the prices.

I had the Lomo Saltado with what was said to be Filet Mignon but I question that as the meat was tough and tasted like a cheaper cut. The presentation was beautiful but for the price it was a small portion and though the tomatoes and onions were crisp I didn’t understand serving both rice and home fries. (I lost the receipt and their web page doesn’t give prices I believe it was $16.95 for the dish.)

Allen had the Pescado Frito ($13.95) also with a pleasing to the eye presentation and his response when I asked how it was said, “Nothing special. It’s fish and okay.”

We both had Chicha Morada ($2.95) to drink because the description interested me: Purple corn juice, cinnamon, lime juice, cloves and a star anise. Glad I had it but once was enough.

Allen had a piece of chocolate cake (don’t remember the price) that obviously wasn’t baked on the premises.

All together with tip, tax and after taking off the $9 savings the check came to $36+ change.

Ceviche Street was okay but I would still pick Cabo Blanco for Peruvian dishes for food just as good with larger portions and less expensive along with the bread and 2 sauces served while waiting for your food.

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Q-BAR Burgers & Blues–restaurant review   Leave a comment

Q-Bar Restaurant Collage

I’ve been eating at the Sage restaurant for years and the last couple of years I noticed, and read, that they had added a place next door called Q-Bar  Burger and Blues. Someone told me they did a lunch special of a burger, fries and soda for $10 and just like last week I saw a Groupon for it so I decided to give it a try–my mistake and I should have gone into the Sage instead.

The Q-Bar may be good for a burger and/or a place to hear blues bands but as a place to dine or enjoy lunch forget it. The set up is a very long and narrow place with the bar on the right and (I didn’t really count) about 6-7 high top tables with bar seats.

 

I wasn’t aware we could have ordered off the Sage menu–their kitchen serves both places–and looking over the small menu we were given I ordered the  Cajun Pasta ($16) which was okay and had a diet coke ($2.75) while Allen had the Norah ‘burger’–a salmon sandwich–which was just one of the 5-6 sandwiches plus the burger which cost $10 including fries and soda.

 

For dessert I had the chocolate banana pudding ($8) which came with a scoop of ice cream and was a big disappointment. Allen ordered apple pie a la mode ($9) but it turned out that they didn’t have the pie and instead offered the apple crepe which was no substitute for the pie.

The check, with tip and tax, minus the Groupon, came to $37.83

 

The food was okay, the ambiance a distinct negative while the best part was Kelly, the combination barmaidand server who did a great job with good patter and an ongoing smile.

Along with the rest of the negatives their being out of apple pie at 3 PM is unexplainable and a sore point for me, a restaurant being out of an item so easily obtainable. If their delivery didn’t come, if the kitchen didn’t make any, there is an excellent French bakery just a short ride away.

 

The bottom line? I tried the Q-bar and know to go to the Sage next time.

Have you ever had a Rambutan??   Leave a comment


It is on the left in the center


Ours were brown on the outside, not red.

I love trying new–especially ‘strange’ looking–foods and we were at the Nabu American Fusion restaurant yesterday and there were Rambutans that looked like balls of porcupines!!

They are really a lot of work for a little melon tasting like fruit but I am glad I had them–at least once in my life!!!

For more:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rambutan

Posted October 27, 2017 by greatmartin in FOOD, Uncategorized

NY Marina Deli–a restaurant review   Leave a comment

 NY MARINA DELI 4 (1)

I use to come here when the original owner ran it and a couple of times after he died and his wife took over. The last I heard it had closed but it seems she just sold it to new owners. I became aware it was still open after seeing a coupon in a coupon book.

I go every Thursday to this shopping center so we decided to give it a try and was pleased to see it was basically the same.

Allen ordered the Reuben (Hot corned beef, sauerkraut, thousand Island dressing and swiss cheese on rye) $11.50 with a side of Coleslaw ($1.25) and a diet fountain cola ($2.50) while I had the Rachel (Hot Pastrami, sauerkraut and melted cheese on rye) $11.50, Coleslaw ($1.25) and a cola ($2.50)

We decided to split the sandwiches. They were both piled high, in the center, making it a little difficult to handle but we managed. The Meat was, at best luke warm, was tasty.

Though not a complete service restaurant the food is delivered to the table. You place your order and you pay at the cashier’s just telling what you had, which is, as far as I can tell, the honor system though the deli guy does write up a check when taking your order.

I don’t get the shouting of “Sunway” whenever a tip is put in the jar at the register–a reference to NYC? Or just advertising the Subway restaurants, which is what it made me think of when I heard it! LOL

Our bill came to $29.66 plus a couple of bucks in the jar and a “Subway”.

The New York Marina Deli does live up to the style of the Carnegie or Stage Delis in NYC but not as loud or crowded!

Posted September 6, 2017 by greatmartin in DINING REVIEW, FOOD, FORT LAUDERDALE, Uncategorized

Olive Garden Restaurant–review   Leave a comment

 Olive Garden 2 collage

I don’t go to the Olive Garden for an Italian meal as we have too many real Italian restaurants in Fort Lauderdale for the true experience. The Olive Garden is a wanna be Italian restaurant with real Italian names for their food items but that is as far as it goes. I have yet to taste a sauce there that isn’t just bland, tasteless.

I had a $35 gift card plus a $5 off coupon so off we went.

Upfront, Marlanea, our server was excellent. The breadsticks were warm while the salad was good but the Minestrone soup was loaded with vegetables and very little taste.

We both had the Shrimp ‘Scampi’, ($16.49 each) at least that was what they called it.  Yes, there are many variations of Scampi but the basic Italian restaurant will make it in an oil and garlic sauce while this was in some sort of cream sauce. They did put it over Angel Hair pasta.

I had a diet soda ($2.89)–is there some theme I am missing with all items priced to end in a 9? Allen paying heed to the latest report on diet sodas stuck to water.

We did share a piece of Black Tie Mousse cake ($7.79) which was very good.

Altogether our check came to $45.98 including tax plus we left a $10 tip so minus the $35 gift card and the $5 coupon it cost us about $8 each out of pocket.

It has been about 5-6 years since I had been to an Olive Garden and after this meal, I remembered why.

I’ll stick to Cafe Vico, Big Louie’s, MezzaLuna Bistro, etc., for an Italian meal!

Oh yes, a big plus in their favor was that I didn’t see a television anywhere! LOL

Nabu American Fusion Buffet & Sushi–a review   Leave a comment


The Nabu American Fusion Buffet would be a 5 star restaurant if it wasn’t for some minor glitches, that could/should be fixed, noticed by someone in the business.
To start the staff greets you at the door , you are quickly seated, you order your drinks and off you go.
I didn’t count how many different items are offered by the cover the range from various fresh salads, hot soups, 3-4 different versions of shrimp, mussels both cold and in a seafood medley, tacos, noodles, Hibachi grill with beef, peppers and onions, lamb on a skewer, uncountable different variations of sushi not to mention more than a dozen desserts plus 6 different kinds of ice cream. It really seems like an never ending meal.
I won’t vouch for the sushi because I am not a sushi eater but most of the foods I did have were very good.
The glitches? As with most buffets a few of the dishes were not hot and the meat on the hibachi grill was beyond well done and dry. The servers were alert always refilling almost empty glasses and taking away dirty dishes but they should bring more napkins to the table plus fresh silverware every now and then.
The lunch buffet is $11.95 which is what we had and we can only imagine what the dinner buffet is like.
I will definitely be going back to try out the few sections I missed and might even give the sushi a try.
As the manager(?) said goodbye and added that he hoped to see us again soon I had no doubt he would–quite a few times!

“Catfish Dewey’s–restaurant review   Leave a comment

I have been going to Catfish Dewey’s for over 15 years but it had been awhile since I was there last. Robert wanted some catfish so there wasn’t any decision except to go there. I’ve always loved their all you can steamed shrimp so that’s what I ordered. The price of $20.50 is a ‘little’ higher then it was 15 years ago but it is still good. The all you can eat fried catfish has also gone up in price now being $16.50. The shrimp, though of a good size, seemed a little smaller but not that much different.

Both orders came with Cole slaw and a basket of hush puppies. You get a choice of fries, baked potato or rice pilaf.

We were having a late lunch, about 3 PM, so the place was on the quiet side. Andrew, our server, did a great job with refills of everything plus our drinks before we had to ask for any item. When we left–hey it IS all you can eat–about 2 hours later the place was filling up.

Walking into Catfish Dewey’s is like walking into yesterday with everyone the same, friendly as all get out, everything the same whether the furnishings or the food yet the former is clean and looks new and the food is good.

I really enjoyed the familiar feel good atmosphere and, of course, the shrimp.Catfish Deweys July 2017

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