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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.

Brooklyn Water Bagel Restaurant–review   Leave a comment

Brooklyn Water Bagel Restaurant Sept 4 2017

Taking over another fast-casual spot, Italiano, I hope the Brooklyn Water Bagel does better though my experience today was not a good sign. It started off fine with an enthusiastic greeting from both people behind the counter of which one was a working manager, a rarity.

I ordered a turkey on an everything bagel with a slice of onion ($9.99). Possibly my fault not ordering the bagel toasted but whoever made it should have asked if I would like it toasted as they could tell from cutting it how hard it was. Had the bagel been sitting too long? It certainly wasn’t fresh. It came with Cole Slaw, too ‘wet’ and a good sour pickle. I also ordered a small soda which was $1.99 on the menu but $2.49 on the receipt. (A personal peeve–why order the larger 32 ounce size soda when you can refill the 24 ounce small one as much as you want and 24 ounces isn’t ‘small’?)

Anthony had the Chicken salad melt on Sourdough bread (($8.99) and an Iced Tea ($2.49) He didn’t comment on the salad but he did say the tea wasn’t good.

After you give your order you get your drinks and condiments and go to a table where you place a placard with a number and you eventually are served your food.

By the way, this was new to me–a dispenser of individual plastic utensils.

When we walked in the first display you see is of huge muffins and cookies so how could I say no? I ordered the Banana nut chocolate muffin ($2.99) and after one bite I decided to take it home, heat and eat it later. Whether eating it in the restaurant or at home it was dry, with a very (not good) chocolaty taste. I should have said no.

The check, with tax, came to $27.96–Anthony paid and put a tip in the jar.

I had really been looking forward to eating at the Brooklyn Water Bagel restaurant whenever I passed their first one every Thursday in Fort Lauderdale downtown and when this one opened I was ready. The former one has already closed

Sorry but I guess I like Bronx bagels better!

Posted October 13, 2017 by greatmartin in DINING REVIEW, RESTAURANT REVIEWS, Uncategorized

What was cheap yesterday is expensive today!   Leave a comment

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New York magazine July 10-23  

http://www.grubstreet.com/2017/07/best-cheap-eats-nyc-2017.html

 

As soon as I saw this article I was transported back to New York City in the 1960s and buying a book about eating in New York for $5 and under and working my way through the book.

One restaurant I definitely went to even before the book was ”Paddy’s Clam House – 215 West 34th Street – The lunch at this seafood favorite across from Penn Station changed daily, but it consisted of soup, an entrée and side dish, a dessert, and a beverage for $1.29.” When I joined Weight Watchers in 1967 this was one of the places I always went for fresh fish.

I remember a Spanish restaurant in New York where we were seated next to Barbra Streisand. We traveled all over the city eating in all sort of ethnic restaurants which I am sure don’t exist anymore.

In Fort Lauderdale, except for fast food places and even then, it is hard to buy a dinner for less than $25 or a lunch for less than $15 including a soft drink or coffee! (And that’s using a 2-4 1 coupon or a groupon.)

Heck it is hard enough to find a cola or coffee for less than $2.99-$3.50

Posted September 4, 2017 by greatmartin in DINING REVIEW, RESTAURANT REVIEWS, Uncategorized

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

MidiCi–a restaurant review   Leave a comment

 Midici Restaurant collage

I should have followed my instincts after reading  about Midici–my immediate reaction was that it was another Flash Fire Pizza and/or Pizza Fusion and basically that was what it was! It may be bigger, brighter and newer but, unlike other reviewers I saw no hint of ‘full service available’ which I would have done because I am not into that new trend of in-between full service and fast food.

“Hooked us up with tons of delicious service'”? Not when I was there. “The Staff is super friendly”? They weren’t rude or anything but not even friendly though the cashier, who also brought our pies over, had a nice smile and did check back to see if we were doing okay.

Allen, who uses a cane, complained that the straws, soda machine, condiments, etc., were on the other side of the very long room and should either be placed on each side or in the center, though it isn’t designed that way. (Where is the full service when you need it?) He did love the tree growing in the dining room though he wasn’t sure if it was real even if it was planted in the ground. :O)

Let’s get down to the bottom line which is the pizza we ordered, both of us having the Margarita red marinara pizza ($7.50 each) and diet cokes ($2.50 each)

On a little card served on the plate with the pizza it said, “Our signature dough–light, thin, soft, chewy with a high airy crust’ was all that but, sorry, I like fat, heavy, chewy crust. Also I like a heavy sauce and cheese but was not aware that there wasn’t cheese on the regular pizza–my bad but… To me the pizza was more of an appetizer with drinks, if I was having beer or alcohol.

 At the first I thought the $7.50 was a reasonable  price but without cheese and a very, very cracker thin like crust along with the lightest of sauces I am not sure about that now.

Now don’t get me wrong as I am not saying Midici’s is ‘bad’ but it is just not for MY tastes.

By the way it does have one of the classiest men’s room I have seen in a long time!

In their favor I didn’t see a television though their music was a couple of beats too loud for an almost empty room.

PS I have received a few very nice comments from the manager Mike, not at all combative or defensive.

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