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3 Restaurants–as if I need an excuse!   2 comments

3 restaurants gilberts quarterdeck and lesters

 

Hooray for holidays!!! An excuse to eat out not that I need one, just need money!! :O)

  1. Quarterdeck

Simply the best Jambalaya in town!! Also have had their burgers, ribs and no complaints but for the 20 years I have been coming here the Jambalaya is my first choice. You can choose to have it served on pasta, rice or dirty rice–I always choose the latter!

The staff is attentive and always have a smile.

I am sort of concerned about their upcoming move—only a couple of blocks west of the present location but the building is, obviously, ‘modern’ and won’t have that South Florida/Key West feeling on the outside or the ambiance of Old Florida inside. Oh yes, when I have nothing else to worry about I hope they will take the fish tank to the new place!! (Hey you worry what you want to worry about and I’ll worry about what I want to worry about! LOL)

Did I mention I love their Jambalaya???

  1. Glibert’s 17th Street Grill

Gilbert’s, while not a full dining sit down restaurant, as you place your order at the counter when you enter, pay, fill your own soda glass, get a number and then sit down to have your food served. They do take a few steps beyond casual dining by giving real glasses, have the servers (?), bus people (?), floor staff (?)–I wonder what they do call them–bring you a set of real silverware, refill your sodas, ask what kind of condiments you would like and bring them to you though the ketchup, mustard, etc., are in disposable cups, not bottles.

  1. Lester’s Diner

I have been eating at Lester’s since 1979 but it has been 2 years since I was there last. It no longer fits the definition of a diner though it looks like one. A diner is a restaurant built like a railroad car and though it has the shape of a dining car it was redone a few years ago and is now way too shiny to have anything to do with railroads.

Two years ago I remarked about the sticker shock of the prices going up. What happened to ‘cheap eats, home cooking and lots of it’ that diners were known for?

In any case, I had the Cheddar cheese omelet with hash browns done on both sides. The omelet was one of the biggest ones I had ever had with a load of cheese inside and on top while the hash browns were well done as I asked.

And all I can say is “Look at that carrot cake!”

 

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Le Bonne Crepe–Ft. Lauderdale–restaurant review   Leave a comment

La Bonne DEc 4 2017 Collage

 

The last time I was at La Bonne Crepe was August 8, 2015, and basically, all is the same and, surprisingly, prices have stayed the same.

Groupon was offering a coupon so off we went.

Le Bonn has been a mainstay on Los Olas Boulevard for many years and I stay away from that area because of the parking situation but we lucked out this time getting a spot right behind the building but they were doing work on the path to the restaurant and we had to walk around–not a big deal because it was a nice day.

Le Bonn Crepe is deceptive in that with a few tables outside, a few when you walk in but then there is a ‘back room’ that immediately increases their capacity.

We were greeted by Sylvie who was also our server and a good one at that.

We arrived about 1:30 PM and there were two parties outside and two inside. By the time we left the patio was almost full. During the season we get many foreign tourists who eat a little bit later than Americans so that is expected.

They have a large menu with many crepes under different categories of cheese, chicken, dessert, etc., which are numbered plus non-crepe options. Anthony had the Gruyere cheese and sausage Crepe ($13) and iced tea ($2.50) while I had a Crepe Suzette ($12) with coffee ($2.50) The crepes were big and very tasty and not that expensive which is surprising being on Los Olas!

It was pleasant sitting in the air-conditioned dining room, the food was good and the service was excellent. With the Grouponwe saved $11 so with tax and tip our checked came to $20.80

Le Bonn Crepe is a pleasant experience, consistent with the quality of food, good dessert and a nice treat every once in awhile.

An aside: seems I can’t/don’t/won’t go to Las Olas without stopping at Kilwin’s for ice cream as I did this time, too.

Miller’s Ale House restaurant review   Leave a comment

Millers Ale House collage

While I was in the store food shopping I gave Allen my coupons–yes I am a coupon clipper and a groupon buyer so I can afford to eat out–and after he went through them he picked the one for 20% off at Miller’s Ale House because he wanted the Thursday special of Prime Rib. I had been here years ago when it first opened, thought it was okay and never gave it a second thought. Well today I changed my mind as everything was the way a restaurant should be with good food, excellent service, good portions and decent prices.

We both had the Prime Rib which was a 12 ounce slice (special price $13.99 minus $2.80 coupon) which was tender and cooked rare just as I wanted. It came with a baked potato, cole slaw and souffle cups of au jus, butter and sour cream. I had coffee ($1.49 minus $0.30) and Allen had a diet soda ($2.95 minus $0.59) with our check coming to $27.49 including $1.56 in tax and we left a $8 tip.

Our server–his name tag said Tim but the receipt says Harold–couldn’t have been better.

Now if we could get rid of the  20+ television sets! LOL

P.S. Parking is in the rear and with a rainy day like today with the entrance in the front you are going to get wet. The restaurant  is large enough that they could at least put in a side entrance so people wouldn’t come in dripping and with umbrellas dripping on the floor and some putting them on the seat near them leaving that wet.

Also very seldom will you get the coupon discount on a special and this was a dinner special at lunch time. I mentioned it to the waiter twice and he finally checked it out with the manager who said that it was okay–I don’t think it will work next time.

Kitchen 420 Restaurant–a review   Leave a comment

Kitchen Restaurant collage

Kitchen 420 is an average restaurant in the sense that there is nothing really wrong but there is nothing right enough to make you come back.

It is new, clean and a little quirky in decor and, in its favor, just one small TV! There was one server on the floor waiting on 5 parties and she could have used a hand but the cashier? manager? owner? was too busy talking to two ladies sitting at the counter, possibly interviewing them, maybe not and there were 3 employees–cooks, dishwasher?–but not a one took a moment to help the server (and that is all it would have taken) consequently, the service wasn’t as good as it could have been.

Allen had the triple pork sandwich ($16) which he felt wasn’t proportioned correctly for taste and to handle. He had a soda ($2.95) while I had coffee ($2.95) with my Cheeseburger ($14) which was just run of the mill. With tax and tip our check came to $46 for lunch.

Though most restaurant prices are growing higher and higher, $23 for lunch is a bit too much for me especially when the food is run of the mill.

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

VooLaVoo Collage

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.

Courtyard Cafe–A Restaurant Review   Leave a comment

 Courtyard Cafe collage March 30 2017

It has been four years since I wrote a review of this restaurant but basically it stays the same: pleasant surroundings (one unobtrusive TV behind the counter), good service by Douglas, good food not overpriced, with the feel of what it is, being a neighborhood restaurant. In the heart of Wilton Manors, the city island,the Courtyard Cafe has been a mainstay of the community for years.

I had the cheeseburger ($8.75) with potato salad, just one of the side dishes offered. It was cooked the way I asked, served on a fresh bun, and the potato salad was tasty. With it I had a cup of fresh coffee ($2.50) and no problem getting a refill.

Allen had a hamsteak, eggs, toast, potatoes for $6.80.

Our check, for two, with tax and tip came to $24.13

As always a pleasant afternoon lunch at the dependable Courtyard Cafe without hassles though the parking system has changed.

It has a wide ranging selection of foods on its menu with various special items. While it is starting to get too warm to eat outside their courtyard dining is always comfortable and fun.

(Being a creature of habit it is Thursday which is my cheeseburger day but, I promise, my next meal will be something else.)

 

For the complete menu, and a free meal on your birthday, go to: wwwWiltonManorsCourtyard…

RUBIO’S COASTAL GRILL–RESTAURANT REVIEW   Leave a comment

 Rubio’s, Chipolte, Fresca, Lime, etc.,  seem to be all of the same places. Yes, they are all clean, have some good service, use fresh items, are bright but none stand out from the other while their prices all seem to be a bit high. For a dollar or two more you can go to a full service restaurant, have your order taken, your drinks served, have cloth napkins and, in most cases, tablecloths.

 I went to Limes once which was enough and it looks like this place that has taken over that location and remodeled will be the same experience as there was nothing that said to me “You must come back here!”

Rubio’s claims to be the originator of the fish taco so I decided to order “The Coastal Trio” consisting of their ‘three signature tacos.’ They consisted of a fish (what kind I don’t know) taco, a Shrimp taco and a Wild Mahi Mahi taco for $9.49. My reaction was the plate would make a nice appetizer but that was it. On the menu, under seafood tacos, I saw they were served with ‘no fried pinto beans and chips but the trio had neither. The taco shell was small and each could be eaten in 2 bites. Along with taking over 10 minutes to get them in a ‘fast casual’ restaurant. With the soda ($1.99) and tax the total came to $12.17

 In the future I think I will stick to Tequila Sunrise, Carlos and Pepe’s or Tipico and go full service.

 

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