One Twelfth Street Diner

12 Jul

If it’s my birthday, calories don’t count – at least that’s my logic. I wanted to start my celebration day with an awesome breakfast. I began my search on Yelp.com and the One Twelfth Street Diner popped up. The reviews were decent and the menu listed on their website sparked my imagination.

I meant to order the #2 French Toast which comes with a choice of two sausage links or two slices of bacon & two eggs. What I received was two slices of French toast. This was totally my error, I didn’t tell the server the right menu item. The French Toast totally hit the spot; it was fluffy, light, and delicious.  My Padre, who was treating me to breakfast ordered the South of the border omelet. Let me tell you, this thing was huge! My dad is one of those lucky people who can still eat a ton and not gain an ounce. The omelet was plentiful and was stuffed with Tomatoes, green onions, black olives, seasoned ground beef, Cheddar cheese, sour cream. I drooled a little on the inside when I saw his breakfast.

The overall atmosphere was nice, family friendly. The establishment was clean, but the decor could use a little updating. I thought the prices seemed a little high for a omelet meal, but considering the huge omelet came with hash browns and toast, it’s probably pretty reasonable.

I’ll give One Twelfth Street Diner 4.5 out of 5 stars (this place is awesome, but something (I don’t know what) could me it better)

http://112thstreetdiner.com/

 

Review: Romano’s Macaroni Grill

27 May

A group of church friends and I headed to Romano’s Macaroni Grill after church one Sunday.  We had made reservations in advance, but as we found out Romano’s at noon on a Sunday wasn’t very busy; our group of eight was easily accommodated. The only part of our meal that wasn’t accommodating was the parking. It seems even on a Sunday mall parking is hideous.

I started with a Cesar salad. It was fairly standard, nothing to write home about, but I would probably order it again. My entrée was the Chicken Parmesan. I’ll let you in on a little secret of mine. I have standard dishes I like to order whenever I try a new restaurant. My go to dish for Italian restaurants is Chicken Parm. I chose this dish because it’s standard and easy to improve upon.  The Capellini was al dente and the pomodoro was light and paired beautifully with the chicken. I would highly suggest anyone order this meal if you find yourselves at Romano’s Macaroni Grill.

Italian NachosI am a bit curious about one item on the menu. Under the antipasta section you’ll find Italian nachos. Now, as my fearless foodies, you all know that I am not an expert in the latest recipe trends, though I do try. This Italian nachos dish perplexes me greatly, mainly because it’s Italian…nachos…hmm.  I was also a little put off by the fact that the plate of nachos will set you back $9 and over 1500 calories, for nachos! If anyone has tried these nachos please let me know what you thought and if they’re worth the price and calories.

Back to the main point! Romano’s does list the calorie count next to the dish. At first I was a little discouraged by this, but then I found the new information empowering. Instead of packing away the calories, I pack half my meal in a to go bag and had an incredible and enviable lunch the following day. Moral of the story is, knowing all the information helps one to make a better, albeit, healthier decision.

I’ll give Romano’s Macaroni Grill 4.5 out of 5 stars. -.5 for the mall parking (seriously, get to the restaurant a good 20 minutes early for parking time in case you have a reservation.) -.5 for the Italian nacho price and calorie count. Just an FYI, if you’re on a tight budget, this restaurant might be a wee bit spendy.

http://www.macaronigrill.com/

Review: Five Guys Burgers and Fries

27 May

Given today is the unofficial start of summer I thought I write about one of my favorite food groups…burgers! Cheeseburgers, turkey burgers, hamburgers, chicken burgers, you name it, I love it. For those of you who aren’t handy with a grill, first of all learn (food is divine from a grill) or if propane/charcoal frightens you there is another option. Venture out to Five Guys Burgers and Fries on 164th and you won’t be let down. Let me tell you, these are the best burgers I’ve had (next to my own recipe).

Confession time: I’ve been here a few times so it’s not a new restaurant anymore, but it’s still worth writing about. My first time at Five Guys I made the mistake of ordering a regular size bacon cheese burger, holy cow that’s a lot of burger! The second time I went I was smart and ordered a small bacon cheese burger.

On a side note…the health nut (however small she is) is coming out in me. The regular size burgers are a lot of food, especially if you add fries and a drink. It wouldn’t kill you guys (I’m talking to the men here) to order the small size burger, don’t worry, no one will make references to your masculinity.

Anyway, the bacon cheese burger is…oh my word my mouth is watering…seriously delicious and satisfying. The burger itself is fairly standard, you had (almost) any toppings you’d like. I’m a simple girl, lettuce, tomato, pickles,  cheese, mayo, mustard, and ketchup and on occasion, bacon. This burger is filling and satisfying and well worth the price – which is comparable to most fast food joints.

I can’t even tell you how awesome these burgers are. I was disappointed to find out this is a national chain, I was hoping it was local, but they are just as good.

Five guys gets 5 out of 5 stars! The fries are good too!

Once again, Happy Memorial Day!

Review: Kafe Neo

18 May

Nestled on Hwy 99, between a bar and the PUD is a wonderful restaurant, Kafe Neo. Grapes hang from the ceiling, done even light up! There specialty is Greek food and if I could eat there every day, I would! Today I ordered the Combo 2 which included a Greek salad, a gyro, and a soda. The salad was simple, but delicious and topped with tzatziki and feta. The Gyro was by far the best I’ve ever tasted! The pita was soft and light. The tzatziki wasn’t overly tart. Let me tell you, something Heavenly happened when the spices of the gyro meat and tzatziki sauce mixed together…can I have another…like now? To top it off, the portion sizes were perfect!

The atmosphere of the restaurant was tranquil and tasteful. Good place for families too. Though I didn’t partake in adult beverages, they had a decent selection.

My meal total was $10 and well worth it.

Kafe Neo gets 5 out of 5 stars!

For more info, visit http://www.kafeneo.net

Review: Mod Pizza, Alderwood

19 Apr

MOD Pizza, where to start.

The idea of MOD Pizza is simple. Its a fast food style pizza, but it doesn’t taste like fast food (yay!). MOD stands for Made On Demand, just and FYI.

I ordered the Lucy Sunshine pizza which included “mozzarela, parmesan, artichokes, garlic, w/ dollops of our signature red sauce”. When MOD Pizza says a dollop of red sauce, they really mean a dollop and that dollop of red sauce is delicious. The pizza itself was the perfect size for a personal pizza.

The great thing about MOD is that you can take the carb friendly route and order a MOD salad. I snagged a pre-made side salad which was tasty addition to the pizza. Finally I took the deep plunge and ordered a chocolate shake. The Website boasts hand-spun shakes and I was excited about that. I was a little disappointed to see the cashier put ice cream in a cup, put some Hershey’s chocolate syrup on it and run it under their mixer. The shake was decent, but why pay for a shake I could make at home?

Overall I’ll give MOD Pizza 4 out of 5 Pizzas

I’d skip the shake next time and order a water; otherwise, the pizza and salad were satisfying, the environment was sleek, modern, and clean. I dined on a side salad (which was a decent size), a personal pizza, and a chocolate milk shake all for around $12

http://www.modpizza.com/

Review: Benihana

19 Apr

My apologies for the long vacation Fearless Foodies!

A while back, my friends and I made a group date for Benihana. There were eight of us that met at the downtown Seattle spot and the restaurant was happy to accommodate us (reservations were needed).  On to the food!

The chicken fried rice and Benihana soup were good, but I don’t think they were worth writing home about. I ordered the Hibachi Steak – New York strip steak with mushrooms. The Hibachi Steak was the best part of the night! The steak was grilled to perfection. The steak was a juicy, tender, and melted in my mouth like buttah. The mushrooms on the side were absolutely delicious and I usually loathe mushrooms! I would highly suggest the Hibachi Steak for anyone who loves steak! I topped off the evening  with a Benihana mojito – nice mix of rum and sake.

Aside from the delicious food, most patrons head to Benihana for the Teppanyaki – I was thoroughly impressed by the skill the chefs showcased. The only thing I was disappointed by was the length of the meal. From the moment we sat down to the moment we exited the door was an hour and a half. I (and my friends) really thought the whole experience would take much longer than it did. In that sense, the experience didn’t feel much different than any other restaurant.

Benihana is a bit pricy for those on a budget (I needed to save up). Dinner, 1 drink, +gratuity (for the large group) came to $44

I give Benihana 4 out of 5 stars. The “Benihana experience” could have been better and the appetizers lacked the special something.

For more information about Benihana check out: http://www.benihana.com/

Review: Cupcake Royale

19 Apr

Cupcake Royale.

I previously reviewed Benihana…well after Benihana a few friends and I trekked over to Ballard for dessert. We landed at Cupcake Royale. I would have loved to try all the cupcakes, but my blood sugar and waistline wouldn’t allow it. I was really torn between the Tiramisu and Lavendar cupcakes. It was a hard decision, but I love me some Tiramisu! The cupcake was delicious through and through. The cake was perfectly moist and the frosting was light and wonderful. My friends and I traded bites of each others’ cakes. I had the delight of trying the Strawberry Champagne and the Triple Threat. I’m pretty sure it wouldn’t have mattered what cupcake I got, it would have been delicious.

I give Cupcake Royale 5 out of 5 stars for their delicious creations!

View a picture of the Cupcake Royale Tiramisu cupcake in my photos section or on Instagram: jpair12

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