Wednesday, December 22, 2021
Tuesday, December 22, 2020
Based on my experience, if you dine at Maggiano’s you will not leave hungry. If you do get hungry later, no worries, you will likely have a take-home portion riding home in the back seat. For years, the taken home portion was included in the price of your entrée. I am sad to say that the days of the free lunch are gone. Maggiano’s now charges five dollars for the take-home portion but it is still a great value.
|Maggiano's Taylor Street Baked Ziti|
As our appetizers, we chose the calamari and stuffed mushrooms. I have had better calamari but the mushrooms were just short of being a delicacy. Speaking of delicacies, Maggiano’s offers a dessert sampler that allows you to choose five smaller portioned desserts. I highly recommend the sampler. My family of five split these up and in the end; I was able to try the crème brulee and the butter cake. Both of these desserts were delicious but I think I prefer the butter cake a little more.
Friday, December 4, 2020
We were on our way back to North Myrtle Beach from Charleston, where we had spent the day at Patriots Point. We were starving. The Bent Rod was the first eatery that showed on Google maps. My wife was less than enthusiastic about stopping here, I believe it was primarily due to the name, which I happen to like.
|This place really blends in with it's surroundings, |
but the food and atmosphere really stand out.
At first glance the place looks small, if you aren’t paying attention then you may even miss the turn. The owners have done a great job of creating a cool vibe and an enjoyable atmosphere. By incorporating an open-air bar and patio they have maximized seating.
I asked our server if the seafood was local and I was assured that it was. The Bent Rod is located in McClellanville, SC. They are just around the corner from a fishing marina where they purchase the bulk of their seafood.
|The bar opens up to the inside and the outside patio, a great layout to |
maximize seating and create a one-of-a kind atmosphere.
We started with the truffle fries, they were good but too oily for my taste. My wife ordered the shrimp and I chose the flounder, this was by design so that we could try both. The portions were large and everything was cooked perfectly. We had plenty to eat and even left a few bites on our plates.
This is a great place to stop and have some authentic local dishes. This would also be a great place to have a beer and enjoy some local bar foods. If you are traveling along highway 17, the Bent Rod is worth a visit.
The Bent Rod
Friday, November 13, 2020
The upscale Nashville restaurant was a quarter of the way full at 7:30 on Saturday night. This was probably due to the effects of coronavirus and social distancing but I could not help feeling surprised.
We made our way to the table, our waiter brought menus and water. My wife decided to order her first choice, which was miso sea bass (45). After overthinking it, I chose the 8oz. fillet served Oscar style with lobster meat atop (59).
|Miso Sea Bass|
The Chilean Sea Bass was delicious and cooked to perfection; the miso was lightly sweet and brought out the flavor of the fish. The fillet was good as well but I cannot say that it was the best I ever had, that prestigious award goes to Ruth's Chris steakhouse. As for the lobster meat, it was slightly overcooked and a bit chewy. In my opinion, a fillet is better served with a lobster tail rather than lobster meat. I was disappointed with the lobster meat.
|8oz. Fillet Oscar|
I have saved the best dish on the table for last. This is ironic because it was the first dish on our table, the appetizer. For our appetizer, we ordered the bacon-wrapped scallops (23). They were pan-fried to perfection and served with an apricot sauce that heightened the flavor of the scallops. The scallops were delicious.
Our overall experience was good and our server was great. However, in regards to overall value, Morton’s falls short. I have heard repeatedly that Morton’s is overrated and after experiencing the restaurant for myself, I agree.
Tuesday, October 27, 2020
Coastal Restaurant, Cool Coastal Vibe
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Thursday, October 15, 2020
Southern Manners is located in Columbus, North Carolina. From the time that you walk into the doors till the time you leave, you know that you are in the south. The décor has a southern feel, the staff has a southern charm, and the food is simply delicious.
The ordering procedure at Southern Manners is different from most other cafes. Instead of taking your seat and placing your order, you will visit a countertop where you order and pay. There are menus on the left as you enter and their are two cashiers available so the lines moved swiftly. After paying, you will get your own coffee and find your way to a table.
A Trump rally was happening in Columbus on the day we were in town and we wanted to enjoy the show. We chose to sit upstairs and by a window, yes you read correctly, they do have upstairs seating. From our upstairs window overlooking the street below, we had perfect seats.
Due to the ordering process, it can be a bit difficult to carry multiple drinks and silverware up the stairs. However, on the plus side, once at our table we had everything we needed to enjoy our breakfast. Our server helped with refills and any additional items we needed. As you may be able to tell, I wasn't crazy about the ordering process, but overall, I was happy with the alternative approach.
During ordering, I noticed “baked oatmeal” on the menu. I was intrigued so in addition to our eggs, grits, bacon and sausage, (a true southern breakfast) I added a bowl for my family of three to try for the first time. Everything we ordered came out hot and fresh, but the baked oatmeal was by far the best dish on our table. There was a mountain of baked oats topped with fresh strawberries, blueberries, pecans, and served with a small cup of milk. This ended up being a breakfast dessert that my son loved.
I highly recommend Southern Manners restaurant. If I'm in Columbus, NC again, I know where I will be having Breakfast.
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