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“Wilton Wings Restaurant–A Review   Leave a comment

Wilton Wings April 27 2017 collageI don’t know how many times or for how many years I have passed this stand alone building and always giving it a quick thought as I love eating wings but haven’t eaten them in a restaurant since I moved away from the west Davie Boulevard area.

Last week I got a coupon in the mail from Wilton Wings advertising 10 wings and curly fries for $10 and there was a coupon for buy one get one free burger or sandwich. The latter was important because Allen doesn’t like wings (for him it is ‘too much work’ LOL) so I could get the wings and he could get the sandwich.

Allen ordered the cheeseburger with fries (plus one to go) for $9.25 plus a diet Pepsi ($2.75) and said it was tasty as were the fries, which he is sort of an expert on the latter.

I had the wings and it being a full service restaurant there was no pressure to just order any sauce, especially with the variety they offer plus choice of ‘heat’. I decided on the medium heat garlic sauce and I was impressed with the presentation, particularly with the heavy garlic on the wet wings. They and the curly fries were delicious but because of the amount of the garlic on the wings I knew I would have to be careful talking close to someone but, oh, were they worth it!

With the coupon and the wing special plus tax and tip our check came to $33.31. Considering Allen had a burger to take home for dinner, $16 each for lunch was a more than fair price.

There is nothing fancy about Wilton Wings but it is clean, the service fine, plenty of free parking and I found a place for wings when I get the hankering which will probably be more often now that I finally stopped and gave them a try.

Posted May 23, 2017 by greatmartin in RESTAURANT REVIEWS, Uncategorized

Kitchen 420 Restaurant–a review   Leave a comment

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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

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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.

Courtyard Cafe–A Restaurant Review   Leave a comment

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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…

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.

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JACK’S BAR-B-QUE RESTAURANT REVIEW   Leave a comment

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We were going to Kelvins 3200 on Oakland Park for lunch only to get there and find it closed which wasn’t surprising as my one and only experience there was pretty bad.  Being in a Southern food state of mind, and having a groupon, we came here.
For $5 (Normally $10.55) I got a Beef Sandwich with a side of baked beans and a side of steak fries plus a diet cola while Allen, for the same price, got a Pork Sandwich with cole slaw, steak fries and diet cola.
There had been too much gravy on the sandwich making the bottom part of the bun soggy so I decided to just eat the meat which turned out to be burnt and large chunks were hard in too many places. The beans were run of the meal without any particular taste while the fries were big and hot.
Having passed this place many times I am glad I had a chance to try it but wouldn’t go back again even with a groupon.
For bar-b-q I’ll stick with Tom Jenkins on south Federal by Davie Boulevard.

Posted November 2, 2016 by greatmartin in RESTAURANT REVIEWS, Uncategorized

LA BAMBA–RESTAURANT REVIEW–FT. LAUDERDALE   Leave a comment

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With opening day offering a ‘50% off your complete check special’ it was surprising that we only had a 10 minute wait plus everything, as far as I could see, went smoothly. I believe this is La Bamba’s 6th restaurant in the area and, probably, one of the most brightly decorated one in the area including the new ‘thing’ of the ceiling being a special part of the restaurant interior.

To start off our server Jason was excellent. (An aside: am I just old or do all servers look 15 years old today?!) The ladies at the front desk didn’t have an easy job but they handled it professionally and with a smile which is always a good introduction to a restaurant.

The portions are huge and the food tastes good which I suppose justifies the high prices for a Mexican restaurant though sticker shock isn’t new these days.

Anthony had the  Flautas ($13.50), asked for a side of guacamole ($4.50) and his iced tea without ice ($2.50) which always makes me laugh.. I had the Supreme Fajitas which consisted of chicken, shrimp and steak ($19) without too much shrimp but a good portion of steak and chicken along with a diet coke ($2.50) We both cleaned our plates at the same time saying we weren’t hungry!

The only disappointment were the chips–sort of tasted stale–as did the 2 mild and one spicy salsas served with them, neither having a homemade taste.

It was good to see a working manager going to and from tables and even helping a server here and there plus cleaning a table along the way.

Our check came to $44.52 with the 50% off making it $22.26 plus tax and tip.

For the past 20 years my favorite Mexican restaurant has been right around the corner on 17th street but with La Bamba open for lunch, and the former not anymore, I may be seeing Jason again–as when I find a good server I will always ask for them as they are one of the reasons I am coming back to a restaurant.

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