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NY Marina Deli–a restaurant review   Leave a comment

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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!

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

Olive Garden Restaurant–review   Leave a comment

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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

Do you follow the ‘rules’ eating chocolate??   Leave a comment

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Do you do all this BEFORE you eat your chocolate bar or do you just rip off the wrapper and gobble it down (like I do)??

Years ago Terry got me to try it the ‘right’ way–lasted for one square of chocolate!

Posted June 19, 2017 by greatmartin in FOOD, Uncategorized

VOO LA VOO Cafe–a bit of France in Fort Lauderdale   Leave a comment

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The ambiance–2 blocks from 2 major streets–takes you out of the city and puts you in a country atmosphere. It almost feels like you eating in a neighbor’s garden outside of Paris.

The food is excellent from the Ratatouille crepe ($11) with a crisp, crunchy crepe filled with eggplant, zucchini, red and green peppers in a tomato stew with basil and Swiss cheese and green salad on the side. I don’t remember ever having a crispy crepe but Philippe, from Paris, was with us and said that was the way his grandmother use to make them and that they were buckwheat crepes. He had, I believe, the Chicken Bechamel crepe (($12) while Allen had the smoked ham and cheese omelet ($8) and both finished every bite. We ended splitting a Poire Belle Helene sweet crepe ($10) made with chocolate syrup, pears, toasted almonds and vanilla ice cream which was delicious (though I didn’t taste or see the almonds).

This is not an easy street to find and when you do it sort of takes you aback as there are, possibly, 3 restaurants almost melding together, but I really couldn’t tell, on a very quiet street in the middle of the city.

I enjoyed this little bit of France in Wilton Manors but–and here is where I will get my head handed to me LOL–I will not go back. Why not?

It has to do with my preferences such as liking full service, not having to go to a counter, order my food and drinks, paying and then having to serve my own drinks and having no idea where straws are or getting a glass of ice for a soda or serving myself with thimble cups of warm water. I don’t like not getting receipts when paying cash.

Also I would suggest eating lunch after 2 PM because parking is a mess with numerous ‘no parking here’ signs during the lunch time and the ‘neighbors’, such as the yoga business obviously don’t cooperate with the restaurants as they had many empty spots and all had the ‘for yoga only’ signs. I can understand their reasoning but that deters people from coming to the area already having many private parking lots for people living there.

I don’t like eating outside but the alternative was sitting inside on tall, small tables. Luckily it wasn’t THAT hot today but I can’t see sitting outside from May to October.

I don’t mind, (and I often do eat,) eating in fast food restaurants, but I know what to expect and what to do whereas with this new ‘fad’ of part fast food and part full service, I very seldom return to part service restaurants.

Let me just end that I thoroughly enjoyed the Voo La Voo food and setting, will recommend it but will not return.

Doc B Fresh Kitchen–A Restaurant Review   Leave a comment

 

Before we even entered the restaurant the negatives started. They have a very small valet parking lot which we preferred not using and parked in the large Fresh Market lot. Before we even got into the restaurant the valet parkerasked us if we had parked in the Fresh Market parking lot, knowing we did, and telling us we could be towed. I said,smiling, “You would get us if that was starting to happen?” and he gave a definite “No!” Aside from valet parking there is very little choice though, I believe, they will have a garage in the building being built behind the restaurant which I am sure there will be a charge.

Next spent a minute of two trying to figure out how to get into the place! When you walk in get ready to be blasted by music and people in the tables near you shouting to be heard. Oh, yes, let’s not forget the TV screens.

For some reason my immediate reaction was that I had stepped into the Tilted Kilt which just recently closed except the staff here were fully dressed!

Up front let me say the best and only good thing about this restaurant were the working crew, not the 3 ‘managers’ , 2 men and 1 woman, in the hour or so we were there never went to any  tables to see how things were doing.

Our server Emma (who was training another server) was excellent from beginning to end and, which is so rare, seemed to like her job.

Is it a corporate rule that drinks that ‘sweat’ like water, diet Coke, Iced tea, etc., don’t have a coaster put under them so the table gets wet or did they just run out of them?

As far as the food goes there was nothing special about the $14 traditional burger and the fries certainly didn’t seem as if they were made in a ‘fresh kitchen’. The Number 6, a fried breaded chicken sandwich, came unadorned with lifeless fried sweet potatoes.

I can see no reason to come back here, especially since this area is becoming a ‘restaurant row’ with many choices.

To end on a positive note, thanks Emma for your service.Doc B collage March 23 2017 Image

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