July 31, 2008

Good Eats.

I haven't eaten in restaurants this much in my life. I've been eating breakfast, lunch and dinner at various places, some of them good. Some of them bad. I thought I would give you all a run down on the places I've eaten at.

1) Joe's Crab Shack. Pretty good seafood... for the middle of the plain states! We enjoyed it. Nice decor, the wait staff was nice. In fact our waitress was also from Illinois.

2)Mexicali Border Cafe. This place looks like a hole in the wall, but it has some great food! They are reasonably priced. The best part was the salsa. I'm not sure if they make their own or if they buy it, but they have some of the greatest salsa I've ever had.

3) The Hideaway. They have some great Pizza. I had one that was called "Big Country". It was topped with pepperoni, Canadian bacon, polish sausage (Kielbasa), hamburger, mozzarella and cheddar cheese! It was a damn good pizza.

4) Jason's Deli. This place is a bit of a conundrom. It's a sandwich and salad shop. They make some pretty good sandwiches and have a nice salad bar. But they have some of the rudest people working there. Think of the soup nazi from Seinfeld. They don't have a menu over the counter, so when I walked up they asked me for my order. I didn't know because I was trying to figure out what they had. Now I wasn't even at the counter, I was a couple of feet back. There was no one else waiting. They lady told me to stand back from the ordering area until I knew what I wanted. They are very strict in their ordering policies. I've eaten there a couple of times despite this. They make a good sandwich, they ARE fast and it's less than five minutes from work.

5)Kilkenny's Irish Pub. They have some great Irish food and a wonderful atmosphere. This is probably my favorite place I've eaten at down here so far. The best part is that it's very reasonably priced. Expect to pay much more if you get a beer or two.

6) The Elephant Bar Restaurant. It is an interesting themed restaurant. It has an African influence in the design and decor. Yet the food is mostly of a southeast Asian influence. They had a great crispy teriyaki chicken. The waitress we had did seem to ignore us, but the food was pretty good.

7)In The Raw. This is a sushi joint. When I asked where the best sushi in town was, this place was recommended by two different people. It's one of those trendy joints with the modern art deco designs and loud modern dance club music playing. The waitress we had was horrible. The hostess was rude as well as the manager. The wait staff ignored us, messed up our orders, it took forever to get the food. One of the Employee-M ordered a sprite and at one point the wait staff came around and topped her Sprite off with water. The sushi wasn't bad, but I've had much better. From the time we arrived until the time we left it was 2 hours.

All the other places we went to were fast food joints or major national chains. Now I'm going to have plenty of time to try other restaurants down here between now and October. So if you are familiar with any other restaurants down here and recommend some, please leave it in the comments.

Posted by Contagion in Stories about me. at July 31, 2008 07:21 PM | TrackBack

If they are still in business there is "Molly Murphey's House of Fine Repute." Was a good steak house when I was last down that direction.

Posted by: Garrett at August 1, 2008 03:14 PM

I forgot to say don't wear a tie there.

Posted by: Garrett at August 1, 2008 03:15 PM

Acambaro if they haven't gotten shut down over there for hiring illegals yet

The Pickel Bar is kind of interesting :)

Posted by: BloodSpite at August 1, 2008 04:27 PM

I seem to remember there being several good places to get lunch right in that "mall" area across the street from the hotel - at least a good Greek place to get gyros, a good sandwich shop, and a decent Chinese place, among others (though of course it's been years so whether or not they're still there I'm not sure). And I seem to remember Bourbon Street being pretty good...

Posted by: Shadoglare at August 1, 2008 08:57 PM

I had some pretty good food at Stone Mill BBQ and Bodean Seafood.

Posted by: spurs at August 2, 2008 05:37 PM

Hey this is great! Good for you!! :)

Posted by: r at August 3, 2008 02:43 PM

Sounds great!! Fun to explore new places...

Posted by: Richmond at August 3, 2008 03:19 PM

As a local, I have never had any problems at In the Raw (There are 2, I go to the one at 61st & Sheridan). Another excellent place for Sushi is Tsunami (Also 2 of these), try the one at the Jenks Riverwalk. Riverside to 96th st, cross the river, it'll be on the right side.

Spurs recommended Bodeans. If you like the non-sushi seafood, that place is excellent.

Posted by: DanB at August 3, 2008 10:57 PM