Showing posts with label Restaurants. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Restaurants. Show all posts

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Maggiano’s, Little Italy, Nashville, TN

Maggiano’s Little Italy, located in Nashville, Tennessee has always been one of our favorite Italian restaurants. My go-to dish is the Ziti while my wife's favorite is the lasagna. Both are great and you will not go wrong by choosing either of these great Italian dishes. Maggiano’s is consistent; they use the perfect amount of flavorful Italian sausage and fresh tomato sauce in both dishes. 

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.

If you have not tried Maggiano’s in Nashville, please do yourself a favor and make a reservation today!

Friday, November 13, 2020

Morton's Steakhouse, Nashville, TN

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.  

Final Thoughts

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

Crab Catchers on the Waterfront, Little River, SC

Coastal Restaurant, Cool Coastal Vibe

We finished our deep-sea fishing trip with a couple of pounds of shark and grunt fish. We were in search of a restaurant that would prepare our catch. We came across Crab Catchers, located in the waterfront fishing town of Little River, SC.
Crab Catchers
Crab Catchers is a coastal restaurant with a cool coastal vibe. The restaurant is located right on the waterfront and they have plenty of outdoor seating with amazing views. Unfortunately, on our visit, we sat inside due to the forecast. 
Sharp-nose Shark
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The chef fried the grunt in flavorful cornmeal and grilled the shark, half Cajun, and the other half in a subtle herbal seasoning. Both were delicious and I cannot say that I preferred one to the other. For the reasonable price of just $10.99, each plate came with two sides. We wound up with a huge basket of steaming hot fries, corn on the cob, mashed potatoes, and coleslaw. We left the restaurant with smiles and full bellies.

Herbal Season, Grilled Shark
If you happen to be passing through Little River or if you are in town for the annual blue crab festival, be sure to stop by Crab Catchers on the waterfront to have some good eats and enjoy the view. 

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Southern Manners Restaurant, Delicious Baked Oatmeal

The ordering procedure is different from most other cafes. Instead of taking your seat and placing your order with a server, you will visit a countertop where you order and pay. There are menus on the left as you enter and two cashiers available so the lines moved swiftly. After paying, you will get your own coffee or drinks and find your way to a table. We chose to sit upstairs and by a window, a Trump rally was happening in the city on that day and we wanted to enjoy the show. 

The ordering process is different and it can be a bit difficult to carry multiple drinks and silverware. However, on the plus side, you will not find yourself wishing that your server would come over to take your order. Overall, I am completely happy with the alternative approach

Baked Oatmeal with Fresh Fruit
The Baked Oatmeal

During ordering, I noticed “baked oatmeal” on the menu. I was intrigued so 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 oats topped with fresh strawberries, blueberries, pecans, and served with a small cup of milk. This ended up being a breakfast dessert of sorts, the three of us picked on it until it was completely finished. We highly recommend Southern Manners, and their specialtybaked oatmeal.

Coconut Creek Mini Golf, Panama City Beach, Florida

After we worked our way through the Gran Maze at the Coconut Creek Family Fun Park, we made our way over to the first miniature golf course...