Kona Chill, er Grill

I feel quite remiss. I just noticed that we have not done a review of Kona Grill. I say remiss because Kona Grill is one of our go-to places, for Happy Hour anyway!

Kona Grill has a great patio/bar area. Not quite outdoors, it offers large windows that open fully to bring in the balmy Michigan air and the stunning views of Big Beaver Road. For the area, it is about the best you can get for drinking “al fresco”. I must say when we started going to happy hour here, we got ample drinks, large selection of appetizers ad sushi and it went until like 7 pm. Happy hour started ending earlier, menu started getting more limited and the drink sizes smaller and smaller. Happy hour now is from 3-6 p.m. Mon-Friday and after 9 p.m. Mon-Thursday. As with most happy hours you must be in the bar, which is fine because that is typically our favorite place to sit.

The menu used to be extensive, with a large variety of flatbreads and sushi. I could get California Rolls for $4 and best I have had in the area.Yeah, yeah I know all you sushi connoisseurs, California Rolls are not “real” sushi, but this girl doesn’t do the raw fish thang.

So let’s talk about the good and the great. So far I have no bad and ugly to talk about. As I said, I love the California Rolls. (Refrain from the “eye” rolls LOL). Omar loves, I mean loves the Voodoo Roll. The roll contains spicy crawfish, avocado, tuna , habanero sauce, green onion and smelt roe. For those wondering what roe is, well it’s the poor mans caviar. Fish eggs. So gross, no thank you. So you may be asking yourself, what is the difference between caviar and roe? Well according to Wikipedia, and you know if it is on the internet it must be true, “traditionally, the term caviar refers only to roe from wild sturgeon in the Caspian and Black Sea”. Basic roe however are typically from different breeds of fish, usually “flying fish” and used in sushi restaurants. Usually red or orange in color, just do not confuse with Masago which are again from a different breed of fish, smaller and brightly colored.

To sum up, fish eggs are gross in any form.

The flatbread is always pretty solid. I enjoy the margarita, with sliced tomatoes, fresh basil and a balsamic glaze reduction drizzled over the top. Edamame is simply a ridiculous item to order on the menu as far as I am concerned. I just don’t see the allure. I see many people order, so they must be good, but I refuse to pay that much for some beans. The potstickers are good, not great. As far as potstickers go, they are average. We have tried most appetizers and you can’t go wrong. I would however avoid the avocado egg rolls. Something about the hot avocado in the egg rolls is very off putting.

Drinks, Omar always gets the Saki bomber. That’s a kirin ichiban or kirin light and warm saké. I enjoy an iced cold Cosmopolitan Martini. I am so sad that the martini glasses have gotten so tiny and the Cosmos are no longer a happy hour special. So it winds up being about $4 a sip. But it is yummy!

We have ordered main courses on occasion and vary our selections, but we are always satisfied with the ambiance and the quality of the food and drinks. As you all know, we are very picky and for us to have a “go to” place it means it is reliable.

Getting a table or seat at the bar, especially a nice table near the open window is difficult during happy hour. Go early, or creepily make the rounds, stalking the tables and looking for bill payers. If you go on a Friday night, look for us. We will be the ones with the Saki Bomber and Cosmo!!

All Primed Up for Happy Hour

If it is one thing we love, its happy hour. Cheap(er) drinks, food, small bites, early eating to avoid the crowd, what can be better? I had the day off Friday and Omar and I had big plans for fun and relaxation. We had our pool opening scheduled for what we thought was the early morning. We planned on hitting Ocean Prime’s happy hour early, enjoy some drinks and snacks and continue our evening somewhere else.

As what typically happens to the the best laid plans, is something always comes along to throw a monkey wrench in the works. Today was the pool guys showing up at 3:30. Although I have to say, they are always quick and efficient. They were on their way out the door at about 5 and so were we.

Ocean Prime has a nice happy hour, but just in their bar area (as most do). They have a lovely patio with couches and tables, but was a bit cold that day. They have an indoor lounge area, cozy, elegant, with a grand piano for entertainment. Today we had a young man playing guitar and singling classics like Bill Withers that seemed to old for his young soul, but was very enjoyable. He was very talented.

We enjoyed the music and ordered a couple drinks. A “Bubble and Berry” for me, and Omar ordered a classic Old Fashioned. The Bubble and Berry was muddled berries and fruit, champagne and a bit of dry ice for that smokey exotic fun. I expected a burst of sugary sweet syrup, but was pleasantly surprised for a delicious drink that was not too sweet at all. Our awesome waiter John, really recommenced a cucumber gimlet. I am not a fan of muddled cucumber so I passed. He was so sure I would like it, he brought me a small drink to try and I have to say, it was nice and light. A great pool side cocktail (mental note taken!)

Omar’s Old Fashioned was made perfect, in a nice high ball glass and a sphere cube of ice. So good in fact, I ordered one for my second beverage!!

Omar ordered the oysters (not on the happy hour menu) and Tuna Tartare. I was having a hard time deciding and John again said to try the lamb lollipops (best in the area). I am not a fan of lamb unless it is ground and mixed with many spices. I ordered the chop chop salad with a club dressing, and french onion soup.

Omar said the oysters although small, had nice flavor. But the Tuna Tartare was exceptional. Fresh tuna, atop a bed of avocado and soft noodles. My salad was really good and the dressing light. Kind of their play on a antipasto, it was hearty and really filling. The french onion soup was good, not great. The soup itself was a bit underwhelming and needed a punch of beef and onion flavor. Didn’t stop me from eating the whole bowl I should mention. And that darn John, awesome as he was brought out a lamb lollipop to prove how good they were. I must say even though not a fan, it was the least gamey lamb I had in a long time.

What a nice experience. The lounge is comfortable, and entertainment, food and drinks top notch. Was a bit pricey for happy hour I must say but we did order much of the food off the main dinner menu. Definitely worth going again. Especially on a nice summer night where we can enjoy the outdoor patio.

Feeling Jolly at the Jolly Pumpkin

We went to lunch at the (newer) Jolly Pumpkin in Royal Oak for lunch. Sad, I know, going to a brewery on lunch when we can’t enjoy the beer, but I have to say the food was good. Jolly Pumpkin is a chain brewery with locations across Michigan and in Chicago.

They have unusual offerings such as Baked Feta, popcorn cauliflower and interesting salads. As I am on this new eating healthy “thing” I opted for the Farro and Brussels salad. For those that do not know Farro is a combination of various grains of species of wheat. It tastes “puffed” almost like you would imagine a sugar smack from childhood. I like to say if brown rice and barley had a baby, it might be Farro. It is an interesting flavor and texture, and does well hot, or chilled in salad.

This salad was a heaping mound of shaved Brussel Sprouts, chopped Kale, Farro, dried cranberries, feta cheese, roasted almonds with a whole grain mustard vinaigrette. I added chicken since I wanted some protein. The salad was good and filling as I could only eat about half. My only complaint, the price. Adding the chicken, sticking with water to drink and adding tip put me at almost $20 for lunch. Pricey when you didn’t even get a beverage.

I was going to order the turkey melt and I wanted those tiny pomme fritte fries that I love, but I abstained. Others around me ordered, so I snagged a fry. The Parmesan truffle fries were amazing. Hot, just the right amount of crisp and salt. Buttery Parmesan and just a hint of truffle. The turkey melt looked and was described as delicious, with smoked gouda, arugala, tomatoes and a dried cranberry mayo. All melted into the most perfect looking crisp farmers bread. Ugg. Yeah my salad was great blah blah.

I found our waiter to be very underwhelming. Zero personality. One of our guests didn’t get her salad due to them forgetting to order it. No real apologies, at least not from him. There was another waitress who was working hard to make up for his inadequacies.

I would go back, but next time at night when I can drink. The beer menu however looked very heavy with sour beers and IPA’s. Even the neighboring restaurant in the basement (where Bastone Brewery now solely resides) is not laden with stouts or porters.

So go, be Jolly. Drink beer. Grab a burger. A great place to nosh if in Royal Oak.

McCormick and Schmick’s Revisited

One of my first posts in 2015 was about McCormick and Schmick’s in Troy. I wasn’t too enamored with the place, and for the price did not feel like I had a worthy experience. You can read the previous review HERE. I recently have been going to McCormick and Schmick’s for a recurring business development group meeting. Although I am abstaining from eating during the meetings, the food ordered by others looked really good and the happy hour prices can’t be beat. The great appeal is that the happy hour menu is available all week – even on the weekends from 4-6:30. Saturday night we found ourselves looking for somewhere different to go, so we headed up to M&S. The happy hour menu is available anywhere in the bar area, and it is first come first serve. There are high top tables, low table or cozy booths for your dining pleasure. Happy hour is pretty busy. On a Saturday at like 5 p.m., the place was already jumping. We were lucky to grab a couple seats at the bar.

There were two bartenders that night, Ariana and Andrew. Although both took good care of us, Ariana had the better personality of the two. Andrew was a bit stoic for a bartender, and too serious for my taste. A very “get down to business” sort of guy. Now the happy hour menu is not super extensive as most happy hour menus are, but they had a large offering of drinks, which is unusual for happy hour.

I started the evening (and ended it too) with my new favorite drink. Tito’s and soda, with a splash of cranberry and a slice of lime. Omar stuck with his traditional Tanqueray martini, up, with three anchovy stuffed (gag) olives.

The food ranges from $3 snacks, like hummus or bruschetta, to $9 “bites” like shrimp cocktail. They have weekly specials like Tuesday’s Titos and Tacos (yumm!) Wednesday has $1 shrimp & suck with $1 oysters and shrimp and Thursday’s boast Oyster Rockefeller day just $2.50 each.

I think the best deals on the menu are the $5 fish tacos, or the $5 burger and fries. We ordered what seemed like a gluttonous amount of food. I ordered shrimp cocktail with the fish tacos, grilled, not fried. The “jumbo” shrimp cocktail was far from jumbo, more like “average” shrimp cocktail, but shrimp was fresh, and cocktail sauce full of horseradishy goodness. The fish tacos however, were spectacular. Fresh grilled fish (of unknown origin, most likely a whitefish or flounder) with a spicy jicama slaw, roasted corn salsa and a cilantro ranch sauce. The combination of flavors just explodes in your mouth.

Omar ordered the Spice Seared Ahi Tuna and a plate full of oysters. I am not a fan of raw, or even slightly seared fish, nor am I a fan of oysters. The Ahi Tuna had great flavors, with picked lip stick peppers adorning the plate and a yuzu aioli. (Yuzu is a Korean type of citrus fruit) but I simply just can’t get over the texture. Omar said the oysters were amazing. So much so, he ordered extra oysters and more Tuna! What began as a cheap happy hour jaunt turned into quite an expensive date, with the multiple drinks and food.

We did not order the burger and fries but sure wanted to. The burger was massive, looked juicy and the fries looked like my perfect fry. Not batter fried, skin on, and cooked perfectly. You can even order with drizzled truffle oil and Parmesan. I know the burgers looked good because everyone around us ordered one.

Long story short. the bar is a totally different atmosphere than the main restaurant. Relaxed, laid back, great prices, great food. Throw in some fun bartenders like our buddy Colin who is now at Eddie Vs and you have the makings of a perfect hangout. I know I suggested in 2015 that you stay away from this place, but I have changed my mind – just sit in the bar from 4:00-6:30!

Spent a Night at Tina’s Country House

Omar and I joined our friends Erich and Pam for dinner at The Tavern at Tina’s Country House. The Tavern is located at the corner of North Ave. and 23 Mile Rd. A bit of a hike for us, but we were excited to try somewhere new.
Upon first glance, the Tavern is unassuming and has the appearance of every other dive bar. Located on the same site as Tina’s County House and Gardens, a reception venue for weddings and other special occasions, the Tavern looks quite underwhelming in comparison to its sister venue. I had my expectations low more and expected fairly pedestrian bar food.

I was pleasantly surprised to see the Tavern was rather nice inside and the packed house was a sign that the food must be good. Things were looking up! We had made reservations, luckily, and avoided the long line to get a table. We were sat right by where the band was to set up later, and we had great seats.
The menu was far more extensive and upscale than I imagined. Food ranging from pizza, flatbreads, panini’s, burgers, pasta and salads.

Our first waitress was friendly, but she left for the night so we got a second waitress to take our table over. She was sassy and really funny. We had a lot of fun with her waiting on us. Super nice, and you could tell just happy to be there. So refreshing.

We started our night with some drinks. Omar and I chose the Milk Shake Stout. It was so cold, so good and just hit the spot. I know we have reviewed Milk Shake Stout before, but in case you want the specifics again: brewed by Rochester Mills, it is brewed with a proprietary blend of 7 malts, has a very low hop level creating a deep dark beer featuring rich, sweet roasted flavors of coffee, chocolate, caramel and vanilla. 5.0% apv.

Erich got a Moscow Mule and asked that I let you all know that the drinks were really good. They were not shy with the Tito’s!

I had a second *gasp* cheat day this week, and I justified as Friday I had a cheat meal rather than a cheat DAY, and I did have a good workout, so I opted for the Tavern Nachos. I had just been craving nachos and they sounded so good! I must say, they were delicious! Made with a a homemade queso, which I typically do not like, it was cheesy and flavorful. The guacamole was spot on, rich, creamy, with tomatoes and cilantro. The jalapenos offered just the right amount of heat, and the chicken was still moist and tasty. As usual, I was only able to tackle about half of the, but they were quite satisfying.

Omar, being good and trying to stay healthier, opted for the antipasto salad. The salad was fresh, with ample meats and cheeses. Served with a nice french roll. Pam ordered the Cobb Salad, and also was fresh, with fresh avocado, crispy bacon and plenty of toppings.

Erich ordered the whitefish reuben, which he was a bit disappointed it was served fried. He assumed grilled, but we didn’t clarify and that was totally on us. The sandwich was grilled on nice french bread, and served with obvious homemade potato chips. Crispy and salty with the right amount of “overdoneness”.

We hung out talking and catching up, waiting for the 2 piece band to start. I was glad the band was acoustic, which would allow us to continue our conversation. The band, Aspersions, was a two-piece band, drums and acoustic guitar, playing classic tunes from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. They were really good and were dynamo’s, playing song after song, without even a small break in between. Classic songs including the Beatles, The Monkees, some Motown, Chicago, Guess, Who and the Lovin’ Spoonful. A huge repertoire of tunes. A really nice surprise. Although we only caught the first set, it was a great show.

While we watched the band, the boys ordered their “desert” second dinner. Wanting a “snack” while watching the band, they ordered the Tuscan Flatbread, while was just piled high with chicken, artichoke, spinach, tomato, mushroom and feta. Besides the mushrooms, it looked fantastic, but after my nacho endeavor there was no way I could even try a bite. The rest of the table said the flatbread was amazing, and I had to agree it sure looked like it. This place does NOT skimp on ingredients, that’s for sure.

This place was a true hidden gem. Great food, great staff, great music. We will definitely go again, even if it is a bit of a hike. Our only regret is that it is not closer! They even have trivia on Monday nights! Take a trip out to the Tavern at Tina’s Country House. Check out their website and see if the Aspersions are playing – you will be guaranteed a great night.

Went and saw a “rock and roll band” at Bostonz

I guess you would have to know Boston’s songs to get that super punny and creative title. Look it up if you didn’t the reference. Yesterday was St. Patty’s day and Omar’s sons band was playing at Bostonz Bar and Grill in Eastpointe. They were playing early, but we felt we were up for some day drinking. We checked out the menu prior to heading out as we always do, and were surprised to see a fairly large menu and preliminary reviews were pretty positive. We decided that as this was our “cheat” day we would enjoy some of their offerings.

The bar was a little “rougher” than we expected and our thoughts of a delicious dinner were questionable. We decided to get some appetizers and snack while we enjoyed our Guinness Beers and watched the band. We decided to call an audible and eat dinner at Green Lantern (which we have reviewed and LOVE). So for snacks, we chose to order what they called their delicious fries, which were described as “skinny and delicious, just think McDonalds” and a combo platter which consisted of chicken tenders, chicken wings and cheese sticks.

The fries must have changed since the website was last updated, as the fries that came out were very unexciting. Average fries, cooked in probably aged oil and served slightly salted. The chicken tenders were pretty good, seemed to be homemade but needed a bit more flavor. The cheese sticks may have been homemade, as they had that floury taste that comes with some homemade cheese sticks. The chicken wings came out completely naked and although  they brought out some ranch, they were embarrassingly under-dressed.

The beer was cold, the band was good and the waitress rocked it, even though she said it was her first day. She was friendly and attentive. The owner even gave us a free Guinness t-shirt as we ordered the first Guinness of the day (apparently more of a bud light/MGD kinda place). We probably would not intentionally head out just to visit this establishment, but if Omar’s sons band played again, that would be fine. Probably though, just sticking to the cold beer and entertainment.

We did head to Green Lantern after with our friends Steve and Mary who came out to support the band. If you want a review of Green Lantern again its simple, great pizza (remember the pools of grease)?, great salad, cold beer, great subs and yummy bacon. You can read all about it HERE.

To summarize, don’t be afraid of Bostonz, we had a great time and go to Green Lantern. Go now. Nom nom nom.

 

Did I Mention I Love Johnny Cakes Cafe?

Jamie stopped over and we have a mom/daughter morning and we went to breakfast. I suggested Johnny Cakes. I haven’t been there for a while and last time it was so good. You probably read our previous blog about Johnny Cakes. Sorry, I feel like it needed a second review. Wait, are you the ONLY one who hasn’t read that post? No worries, you can read it HERE.

The place was jumping as usual. People just line up for this place. We grabbed a couple seats at the bar to avoid a long wait. As usual, the menu was vast and eclectic. Jamie was intrigued by the fruity pebbles french toast that was the daily special but boy, it just seemed too sweet. After pondering the menu, Jamie opted for the plain pancakes, as after all she rationed, they had better do those well!

I decided to get a breakfast that gave me the allusion that I was sticking to my diet, as it did have some healthy ingredients. I ordered the Florentine Eggs Benedict, perfectly poached eggs on a bed of spinach and tomato, covered with a perfect hollandaise sauce atop a fresh english muffin. Paired with a small bowl of fresh melon and grapes. It was delicious and different than any eggs benedict I have ever had. Very good and would definitely order again.

What I noticed this time, since I was sitting at the bar, was the fresh orange juice squeezing machine.  So cool, a see through machine with wheels and cogs that take whole oranges and continuously squeeze fresh juice for the happy diners. Although as i mentioned previously, the cost is a bit more than other restaurants, with an average of $10/meal and $3.5o for a small juice, it is for sure worth it.

Did I mention that you should try Johnny Cakes?

  

The Luck of the Irish (Craft) has Run Out

Omar and I began hearing about a local pub our friends started frequenting and had great things to say about. Irish Craft on Mound, just South of 16. We were apprehensive at first due to the multiple reincarnations of the restaurant. Previously Rosie O’Gradys, and many other failing restaurant/bars we didn’t have a lot of confidence in its success.

Our first visit was a welcomed surprise! The burgers were fresh, tasty and really lived up to the “best burger in Detroit” rating they claimed they achieved. The fries, although still battered were better than most. Onion Rings crispy and flavorful, not too greasy. I ordered potato skins, rarely anyone does those well, but we were pleased to find they were cooked well, lots of cheese, fresh crispy bacon and green onions. Not the typical “yesterdays leftover baked potatoes reheated with some greasy cheese and bacon bits” that other local venues have to offer. The beer menu is extensive, with multiple craft offerings including IPA’s, stouts, lagers and porters. Most recently Omar tried the Rochester Mills Blueberry Pancake Milkshake Stout, 5.25% apv, this alternate version of the standard Milkshake Stout has all the characteristics of the classic, with aromas of blueberry and a bready, creamy almost pancake flavor. The blueberry seemed more pronounced in aroma rather than taste, but an interesting accompaniment to the classic. Although Omar enjoyed his beer, he will stick to the classic in the future.

Follow up visits to this bar brought still enjoyable experiences, with us branching out trying new burgers, French Onion Soup, chicken tenders (which you could tell were made fresh), wraps and more. We were never really disappointed.

We then discovered that Wednesday Nights they hosted a “Jeopardy” style trivia that we really enjoyed playing. On Wednesday nights Irish Craft got to be our “go to” place for date night where we could play trivia, grab a cold beer and have a nice night out.

We started a “healthier” eating lifestyle January 1st. For those opting for healthier fare we found that Irish Craft was not an easy place to eat well. The salads were mediocre and the rest of the menu was laden with carbs, cheeses and fat. Spitting Fajitas is really your best option, and at the time they were ok.

However, the quality of Irish Craft has gone down significantly. I don’t know what happened. A change in management? Lowering quality to increase revenue? Whatever the reason, they have made some very bad changes. Trivia on Wednesdays has been cancelled with no explanation, which is surprising because they only people there on Wednesdays were there just for trivia. The food quality has noticeably declined. The burgers are just ok now and tend to be overcooked and dry. Fries are no longer included, with soggy stale chips now substituting. The potato skins which were once cooked so well, now were under cooked and hard, with melted cheese, soggy, fatty, bacon and sorely lacking green onion. They have removed items from their menu like the French Onion soup. They have added a pizza menu which we have not tried. Sides like stuffed mushrooms, chicken tenders and onion rings which before were clearly made from scratch are now pre-made and bought in bulk and sadly dropped in the fryer. Looking for a nice fresh salad? You no longer will find that here. If you enjoy bagged salad with some chopped up lunchmeat from yesterdays sandwiches and some shredded cheese, then this is the place for you. The beer offerings are still vast, and served iced cold. The beer is really the only thing now that they have going for them.

It was a Saturday afternoon, and there was 3 patrons. Omar and I and some random dude at the bar, that clearly was friends with the bartender. I get that it wasn’t prime time, but that amount of people on a Saturday was not only sad but very telling. Do yourself a favor, and go somewhere else. I would have told you to go last year, but oh what a difference a year makes.

Used our Brain at Tavern on the Main

Valentines Day, how romantic. Wine, flowers, candy, fine dining. STOP! Valentines Day this year was on a Wednesday. The last thing I wanted to do was fight crowds to go some fancy dinner that we didn’t even feel like. Wednesday nights you can usually find us playing trivia at a local pub by our house which I won’t mention. We called said local pub who informed us that trivia wouldn’t happen that night or any other. Humm… interesting development. I searched the two local live trivia sites we frequent, Quizzo and Sporacle and found a local place that had trivia that night.

We headed to Tavern on the Main, in Clawson, on Main Street (duh!). We were not expecting much. Expecting a small bar-type atmosphere with a limited bar menu. What we found though was a nice surprise. The restaurant has two separate dining areas. The first in the front part of the restaurant, and the second through a door into an area where the bar was. The set up was a bit odd, but maybe families like to avoid the bar area? The entire place is very stylish, and well maintained. Clean, cute, welcoming the place had it all. Greek owned, has a very Greek inspired menu, and the management (and owner) were so helpful and friendly. We made our way to the bar area to settle in for some trivia. The place was hopping. I didn’t know, wish I did we could make reservations, but the staff was very accommodating in trying to get us a seat. Two seats opened up at the bar, so we opted to just sit there.  The bartender was immediately attentive and friendly. Answering questions and offering samples of the beers on draft.

We both ordered the Olympus Salad. A traditional Greek with slices of Gyro meat. The salad was large, fresh, ample amount of meat and warm pita bread to accompany. The salad was delicious. A far cry from the bagged salad swill that we received from the other local-trivia placed that I did not mention. I am sorry beer lovers, we are remiss and I forgot the name of the beer we drank. It was a draft stout that we had never heard of. My bad. Will follow up next time with a beer review. The trivia was fun, although we were up against not only a bunch of big teams but very smart ones as well. Our two “man” team has to really work to keep up with the combined intellect of a 8-10 person team, but we held our own and even managed to score third place and won a gift certificate for our next visit, which there most certainly will be!

Looking forward to warmer weather, makes me want to note that this place even has a charming looking patio out front for your outdoor dining enjoyment.

Overall a great experience. I even told Omar after a trip to the beautiful bathroom “I kinda love this place”. We will be back. Look for us on a Wednesday playing trivia, eating salad and enjoying a cold (they were cold) draft beer.

I Couldn’t Have Done it, I Was at the Alibi!

Omar and I were heading to a fundraiser for a friend way out in Leonard, MI. Basically take Rochester Road for a very long time. We decided to stop for a quick bite and a beer before we headed out and decided to try, or should I say re-try the Alibi in Troy. A Troy historical restaurant, its known as being one of the longest serving restaurants in the Troy area. Starting as a country fried chicken establishment in 1927, serving diners out of a small house on that property, the restaurant has maintained its appeal and morphed over the years, changing owners and menu items but maintaining its family owned appeal and has now become one of the pizza restaurants in the area.

The restaurant underwent some remodeling in 2015, adding a nice outdoor patio and some updates to the interior.  The place is very homey, with a two sided fireplace, cozy seating and warm ambient lighting. We ordered a few things so we could sample the menu. I was craving the turkey reuben, but Omar suggested the burger. As they claimed to have the “best burger in town” I was willing to give it a try. We also ordered a pizza with pepperoni and a nice cold lager. My apologies, as I am writing these blogs a bit late due to our crazy busy lives lately, I forgot the specific beer we ordered, I know, unacceptable!

Let’s talk about the good, the Meh and the Ugly. Ok, there was nothing ugly. So I guess lets talk about the good, the great and the meh. The Good, was the pizza. The pizza was really good. Did it rival Green Lantern? Probably not, but it was a darn good try. The sauce was flavorful, the crust had the right amount of crunch and chew, and the cheese was plentiful. The pepperoni had those curled crispy edges that did rival Green Lantern, although Green Lantern’s pepperoni is slightly thicker with a bigger grease pool in the center (mmmm…. grease pool). The great? Maybe it was because we hadn’t enjoyed a beer for a while, but the beer was exceptionally cold and really hit the spot. The meh? The burger. The burger was surprisingly small and was very similar to that backyard burger that dad always overcooked and put on his special grilled partially burned wonder bun. The burger was seasoned well, but very overcooked, and basically amazingly pedestrian. The fries were the super popular “battered fries” and were awful. No point whatsoever in wasting a single calorie on them.

Would we go back? Yes, under a few conditions. Only for the pizza and the beer and only if we were either in the area or meeting friends. If we are looking to just get a great pizza, and craving round, then we will just go to Green Lantern.