Friday, September 24, 2010

Bistro 536 (Long Point Road)

Where are we going to eat after church? Let's try Bistro 536, there's a nice little description of it in the City Paper.  What do we have here? The place seems somewhat dimmed on a Sunday afternoon.  The menu has a plethora of dishes that sound good.  Tough choice.  How about you get one, I get something different, and we'll share.
Breaded Flounder with Grits and Creole Sauce

Breakfast Quesadilla (scrambled eggs, sharp cheddar, black beans, chipotle sour cream)

It's so obvious when food is made from fresh ingredients.  The fried flounder was mild with crispy batter, not too thin, and not too thick that it takes over the entire fish.  The grits and creole sauce went perfectly with the fish.  The sauce had a white wine component to it, which made it even more savory.  The quesadillas had a nice blend of scrambled eggs and cheese (soft) with the toasted tortilla.
The Bad: The setting is a little dark, but would be good for ambiance for dinner.
The Good: Home runs for both the dishes we ordered.  And also, cinnamon rolls pre-meal were so soft and warm, one really wasn't enough. Maybe I should put this in the bad section.
In Conclusion: Great food! And the menu for lunch and dinner look delicious! Could possibly become a honey hole.

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Saturday, September 18, 2010

Baked (East Bay)

A staple after working out at Waterfront Park, Baked is a quaint cafe that makes coffee, cakes, tarts, quiches, muffins, cookies, teas, and probably more.  Tidbit: Their sweet and salt brownie was on "The Best Thing I Ever Ate" on the Food Network.  So yes...I wanted to try it.
Ok, yum.  Although, I was not in the mood for brownies (for breakfast).  I also sampled my party's foods...cinnamon roll, some kind of chocolate brownie buns with frosting in between, and have had their quiche in the past.
The bad: This place is able to tempt you to eat unhealthy, but you can stick with quiche and coffee.  I also did not taste the salt in the brownie (maybe the batch issue).
The good:  I've not had a bad experience with what I've eaten at Baked.  The frosting they use is incredibly creamy.  The brownie is what a brownie should taste like, the epitome of brownie, all brownies should want to be this brownie.  Quiches are not too oily, but clean and pure, fresh.
The conclusion: A cool place to enjoy breakfast, coffee, friends, yourself, and SWEETS.
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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

17 North (Mt. Pleasant)

I'm beginning to think that I'm into unpredictability, specifically the changing of the menu based on seasonal produce.  At 17 North Roadside Kitchen, it feels like you are eating what was just grown on the farm behind the house.  Oh, yeah, that's reality, actually. With one acre garden, on-site of the restaurant.
I did my usual, "what is your signature?"  She said, "boneless buttermilk chicken." So I complied.
She was right. The fried chicken is something to brag about, along with the gravy (not just any old gravy, but southwestern-like). To compliment, as predicted in a southern dish, greens and mashed potatoes. For the appetizer, I tried the gnocchi, with duck confit, spinach, and tomatoes.
The gnocchi was delicious and balanced (having the spinach and tomatoes add a refreshing element to the rich duck confit and gnocchi).  Also had a white chocolate blueberry cheesecake for dessert.
The bad: A little salty? I've added the question mark, because it might be me.  It's not you, it's me. Please contact me via email for details, if you care.
The good: Service was great.  Good wine list.  Vegetables (separate dish) were cooked perfectly.  Dessert was rich but not too sweet.  Fried chicken I will write home about.
In conclusion: Will make you reminisce about the farm, if you've ever lived on one. But you don't have to tend to the crops or feed the chickens.

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Saturday, September 4, 2010

Glass Onion (Savannah Hwy)

The cashier described the cuisine as Southern-Romantic, with a contemporary flair. I would completely agree, and so would you, if you've had the cuisine at the Glass Onion. They change their menu often, so much so that they don't have a set menu. This place is definitely not boring. I had the pleasure of tasting the Crispy Berkshire Pork with Butterbean-Tomato Salad and Aioli.
Crispy Berkshire Pork
It was pulled pork, formed, and pan seared on the top and bottom.
Then, to follow, I had their "world famous bread pudding."  If it's "world famous" I've got to try it.
The bad: The pork was a wee bit salty, but the bed of butter bean tomato salad balanced it out well.
The good: Fresh local ingredients used, a real fountain drink, and the bread pudding was awesome!  Can I just talk about the bread pudding? It was as if as I was eating it, it was telling me that it loved me. Real comfort, soothing, hot, touched my soul. Yes, it's that great.
The conclusion: The Glass Onion is a wonderful place to go if you don't want the same ole stuff, and please save room for the bread pudding.  Agreed.....Southern romantic with a contemporary flair.

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