I actually stumbled across Vinnie’s when I was down in Savannah for work. It was my last night there and I wanted something different to eat so I broke away from my group who was headed for a chain restaurant. It didn’t look like much from the outside but the aromas coming from that place were incredible. Since it was just me I walked right in and got a seat at the bar.
I included that last pic because in downtown Savannah you can walk around with your beer if it’s in a plastic cup….Pretty nice eh? I was shocked and pleased when I saw how reasonable the prices were. I started off with one slice just to see if I liked it. As soon as I took a bite of the first one I promptly ordered another. The slices are $2.50 each and .50 for each topping.
As you can see the slices are pretty big. 2 slices, plus 2 beers, and tip cost me about $16. I left there stuffed and happy. They have plenty of outside seating as well. The people are very friendly and like I mentioned before the prices are great. The pizza outstanding. It’s fresh from the oven and is just incredible.
If you are staying in downtown Savannah or just visiting I urge you to try out Vinnie Van Go-Go’s. It actually was my favorite place to eat in Savannah!
Recently my wife, son, and I went to Branson, MO on our annual family reunion trip to Branson, MO. We got in town on a Wednesday afternoon. Since we hadn’t really eaten anything decent while on the road we were pretty starved and we we didn’t really want to have a wait anywhere. We took off down the road until we noticed that the Shorty Small’s that we usually visit was closed. So we decided to go to Fall Creek. The last time we had eaten at Fall Creek was when Rudy was there throwing the hot rolls himself and serenading the customers. The place has changed a bit……
I didn’t even recognize the inside anymore. The person “tossing” the rolls was simply gingerly passing it to you from 6 inches away. Where’s the fun in that??? Look, I mean I’m not trying to compare them to Lambert’s or anything (wouldn’t even compare btw) but at least make it fun. My son Tristan said he thought they were gonna throw the rolls. We were all disappointed. They were decent tasting though.
We all made up our minds on what we wanted pretty quickly. My son had the grilled cheese, my wife had catfish, and I had a ribeye steak. They weren’t terribly busy. In fact it was only us and one other table, but the wait staff seemed like they would rather have idle chit chat at the other end of the restaurant. They didn’t seem to thrilled to have customers either. Somewhere in between annoyed and indifferent. Our server was nice enough to bring my son’s food out first, but that was about the only courtesy we were extended.
My steak was pretty decent. I was so hungry it mattered very little what it tasted it like. My wife’s catfish was just pretty much ok. Nothing special and a little bit too salty to be honest. My son’s grilled cheese was average. (I’ve had better from Sonic.)
One thing that really peeves me is waiting for refills. If they had a packed house I would have understood. They didn’t. It pissed me off a little to be honest. When we were ready to pay I noticed they had a little sign asking customers to rate them on Urbanspoon. I hope the owner checks the approval rating. I think they are at a whopping 46% right now. A little advice to the owners….. get better people! I know Branson has a small population and they rely heavily on tourism. Most of the business is driven by bilboards and brochures. I can name several fast food establishments that are far more courteous and efficient that they poor crew I saw there that night. Also, if you are going to advertise throwed rolls make it fun!!!! Spruce up the menu!! There is a Lambert’s less than an hour away that blows this place out of the water. I would honestly be surprised if they are still in business this time next year. Perhaps they should give Gordon Ramsey a call….
On my first rainy/cold night in San Diego a large group of co workers and I all decided on Lou & Mickey’s for dinner. It wasn’t that far of a walk from our Marriot and their menu looked pretty good. Although we had a fairly large group we were seated almost immediately. Since so many restaurants in San Diego feature local beers a few of my friends and I decided to try out a few. I honestly couldn’t tell you the name of the one I had but it had a grapefruit taste (which I love) that seemed to grow on you. The first gulp seemed rather bitter, but as you make it through your pint it gets exponentially better. (At least in my experience.)
None of us could really decide on what to eat. We were all jet lagged. My end of the table luckily was the more adventurous group and we basically decided on a series of appetizers so that we could sample each others. (Warning: food porn pics ahead)
These are the Oysters Rockefeller. Truly great. They had some nice briny ocean flavor that I love.
Since Lou & Mickeys is famous for their steaks, and since I wasn’t getting a steak…. I decided to get their creamed spinach. I mean… great steak houses should always have great creamed spinach right??
Crispy Calamari…… need I say more??? I think the proximity to the ocean made this taste even better.
We also tried the Seared Rare Yellowfin Tuna, Teriyaki Filet Minon Tips, New Orleans BBQ Shrimp, and their excellent Roasted beet salad with goat cheese. I think we covered the board pretty well wouldn’t you? We all had a great time at Lou & Mickey’s. I always welcome new experiences with food and friends.
On my recent trip to San Diego my co workers and I had a free afternoon and took a stroll into the Gaslamp District. I’m not really sure why, but we ended up stopping at Rockin Baja for lunch. The weather was perfect so we decided to eat outside on their patio. The temperature was around 70 degrees. It was the right amount of sunshine and not too windy. We were all pretty famished so we ordered pretty quickly. I was pretty disappointed with myself for being in San Diego for three days and not having had any fish tacos. That happened to be the first thing I saw when I opened the menu. I didn’t need to see anything else….
After I ordered I went to wash my hands and when I came out my co workers were huddled around a little nacho bar. They told me that the chips and toppings came free with our lunch. I piled mine high with blackbean salsa and cilantro. Pretty awesome. More places should have free chips and salsas like this. They had at least 10 different kinds to choose from plus other things you could try.
It actually tasted even better than it looked. The fish was nice and crispy and it had a tremendous flavor. The rice and beans weren’t bad either!! Although we were not very sure how we drifted into Rockin Baja we were all glad we did!
Whilst roaming the streets of the Gaslamp District of San Diego my fellow explorers and I found ourselves needing to sit and rest a while. At first we saw a place advertising coffee and cigars. Not completely appealing but we could all grab a coffee and rest a bit. As we got closer we saw the single word that changed our course. “GELATO” That was enough. As if we were telepathically connected we just all immediately headed to Chocolat.
When we walked in we knew…. we just knew. This was the right place. The weather outside was beautiful and they had outdoor seating. They had two large cases filled with all flavors of beautifully arranged gelato. The staff was very friendly. (You could sample any flavor you wanted!)
I’m usually not a big sweets guy but the chocolate looking gelato with the huge chile pepper looked mighty appealing to me. I asked to sample it and I needed no further confirmation. I ordered myself a medium chile pepper dark chocolate gelato alone with a Fiji water.
When you taste it you immediately get a rush of that great dark chocolate. After you swallow it down then the chile flavors come out causing you to want another bite to chase the spiciness away. It’s an evil and awesome conconction. I thoroughly enjoyed it. My friends ordered creamy hazelnut, espresso, and caramel flavors. We were all silent while we sat outside on the sidewalk seating and finished our gelato. This, I think, is confirmation that we all enjoyed our selections.
On my recent work trip to San Diego, CA I met up with my wife’s cousin and his good friend for dinner. He insisted we head out to Mira Mesa to try out this “incredible” prime rib place. Who am I to san no to that?? Any place would have been fine to be completely honest though he did have me at “prime rib.”
So when drove out to the Mira Mesa area of San Diego and we pulled into the parking lot of an Italian pizza place. I was curious but still excited. As we waited to be seated I looked around and saw some very incredible looking dishes on the tables. I saw some very good looking pizzas, lasagna, pastas, and other great looking things. I wondered just why a person would come here and order prime rib.
When we sat down we all knew what we wanted. My two fellow diners ordered appetizers. Wings of Fire and the Shrimp Jumpers I believe. We also wasted no time in ordering the Filippi’s cut prime rib at $25.50. It comes with a salad and a side of choice. I opted for a baked potato. The other guys chose rigatoni and steak fries.
We chowed down on the appetizers for a while and when our main entree came out I will admit right here and how that I completely underestimated it. This thing was absolutely massive. It came with two nice sized cups of house made horseradish and a nice cup of au jus.
These guys know how to order let me tell you. The neighboring customers who’s jaws weren’t already opened offered to buy our doggy bags. This is how great this massive cut of meat looked. We all ordered ours medium rare. (I mean its prime rib man.) The picture I took does it no justice. I’ll admit I can usually hang with the best when it comes to casual eating. I didn’t even touch my baked potato. I fully regretted even taking a single bite from my salad. I wish I had come on a completely empty stomach so that I could devour this beast the way it should be devoured.
The meat was perfectly seasoned and cooked. The au jus was phenomenal. I was able to just eat the prime rib all the way to the bone, but there was still plenty of meat left. Luckily all the meaty bones were saved for my friends dog. Trust me when I say he ate like a king that Friday night. I know I did.
I’m very thankful that I was introduced to Filippi’s and I will always remember that huge cut of beef that I couldn’t quite conquer!
I was recently in Murfreesboro for some job training and I was fortunate enough to be close to JoZoara. Everyone I worked with spoke very highly of this place so I went for lunch one day. To summarize I ended up going several times over the three weeks I was there. The atmosphere is very friendly and they do make you feel like family. They start remembering the kinds of coffee you like, and even your name.
The few times I went for lunch they had some absolutely outstanding sandwich and soup selections. They post a chalkboard out front displaying their soup specials of the day. One day they had a great potato and leek soup. They also have soup great panini sandwiches. The most memorable had chicken with roasted red peppers, and mushrooms. Everything you order is made fresh for you so you do have to wait. Trust me, it’s a wait you can appreciate. They really do take the time to make it right every time.
While I was in Murfreesboro I absolutely fell in love with JoZoara. I found myself making excuses to go there for anything. I had several cups of coffee from here and I ate lunch there several times. Like I said earlier the staff was very friendly and you do start to feel like family after a few trips. (To quote another apt review I read.) If you are near this area and have never been or just visiting please stop by and experience this outstanding place for yourself. You can visit their website at jozoaracoffeeshop.com
I was in Milwaukee a little while ago for business and we stayed in the Pewaukee area. One day we decided to go to Spring City Restaurant for lunch. A lot of the locals recommended it. It was early Autumn and it was already starting to get colder out. Everyone in our group wanted soup.
We all piled into the restaurant and were seated immediately. Our waitress was super nice and told us about all of their great lunch specials. They had several soups available, but were running out quick. I opted for their split pea with ham soup and a typical club sandwich.
I wasn’t expecting to walk away with any kind of memorable experience. My soup came out first, and I loved it so much I went back everyday I was there to try it again. It was so good and the ham was actual ham, and not that cubed fake stuff places usually use.
My club sandwich actually had nice thick bacon and toasted bread. Usually a club sandwich is pretty bland and you quickly forget it, but this was different.
Everyone I encountered here was very nice and always helpful. If I am ever in Milwaukee again I’ll be sure to stop by!!
I feel compelled to write about Frank’s Lounge because I love a good story, and because I also love a good bloody mary. If you have spent some time in Louisiana then you may have seen their famous drive thru daquiri bar’s. The first time I saw one I asked how it was legal. Apparently, in Louisiana, it’s not considered an open container if it’s in a styrofoam cup with a lid and straw. Weird hunh?
Anyway, we were headed down Hwy 90E from Lafayette to New Orleans when we stopped at this place quite literally in the middle of nowhere. Seriously, when you look at it on Google maps it’s literally just a point on Hwy 90. They had a banner proclaiming they had a “World Famous Bloody Mary.” Apparently my grandmother’s husband had suggested this place as well.
We walked in and place our orders……. to go of course. When one of their “regulars” walks in and asked who is from Memphis. Since we were the only ones in the place we hesitated before we said sheepisly…………”us.” Then the stranger proudly told us that he was from Frasier!! Small….strange………..world. Anyway, we got these huge styrofoam cups filled with bloody mary that we sipped on until we got to New Orleans. It made for a good ride through the swamps and an even better story later on. The bloody mary’s were pretty good. They weren’t too spicy which surprised me. They were mixed very well which I did expect. So, if you are ever traveling down this swampy highway and stumble upon Frank’s stop in and get a bloody mary. Maybe you’ll bump into someone from your city too.