Posts Tagged 'lunch'

I’ve seen the largest menu ever.

I located Cafe Gouda during a search prior to a recent trip to The Smokey Mountains. The online menu listed several items that I wanted to try.

Upon walking in and to the order counter we were presented with a huge chalk board full of items.

The Café Gouda menu offers both traditional and unique dishes, serving delicious food for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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The Menu

Cafe Gouda | 2960 N Center St Hickory, NC 28601
Phone: (828) 267-1300

Zink!

A Facebook friend recently recommended that I try Zink the next time I was in Charlotte, N.C. and I am glad that she did.  I tend to take a late lunch and arrived at Zink, beside South Park Mall, around 3:00pm on evening.  I typically do not have to wait and sometimes have an entire dining area to myself during these late lunch visits.  Upon arriving walked past the large patio area, and would have considered sitting outside if the wind conditions had not been too extreme.  The eclectic interior is primarily modern with a touch of classic. The menu changes with the seasons and offers various items including seafood, poultry and beef.   I enjoy many types of chicken dishes, but have been on a steak crave lately.   During this visit I ordered the Balsamic Glazed Filet Skewer that included Zink steak sauce, Green Beans and delicious pimento fritters.  The steak sauce was very good.  It consisted of tabasco sauce, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, and pepper.  It went very well with the filet.  The pimento fritters were great!  I’ve never had the sandwich spread melted inside a fritter shell before.   The green stuff is typically something I take a few bites of and move on, but the items on my plate had great flavor and I enjoyed the entire meal.  The lunch was just short of filling me up and required me to order dessert to complete my meal.    I chose the Mississippi mud pie.   The online description lists marshmallow fluff, chocolate mousse and vanilla ice cream as the ingredients.  I also cleaned this plate and was finally full and ready to return to work.

My only disappointment was that I couldn’t have sweet tea with  my meal and wine was out of the question since I was driving,. I was offered tea with pomegranate or some other addition. I really don’t remember and it wasn’t a big deal since the meal was as good as it was.  I definitely make a return visit in the future.

4310 Sharon Road, Ste. W01 | MAP
Charlotte, NC 28210
Located at The Village at SouthPark,
and adjacent to SouthPark Mall

704.909.5500
704.370.0107 catering

Complimentary Validated Parking Available

 

 MENUS Dinner, Lunch, Brunch, Dessert, Kids Menu, Cooking Classes, Beer/Wines by the Glass, Bar Bites, Bottled Wines

Rhett IS an award-winning chef.

I am happy that Rhett Morris, original from the Winston-Salem area, decided to stay in North Carolina and continue his passion in Southern Pines.  We recently had the joy of dining and Rhett’s Restaurant and love the food!  Walking into the quaint dining area the green walls enhance the local art work on display.    Soft music from above and various conversations from other tables make Rhetts a comfortable place to enjoy a meal.

Prior to making online reservations, that I thought was very convenient, I browsed the online menu and chose what I wanted to taste during my visit.  I never order soup, but for some reason the R2 – Roasted Red Pepper Soup caught my attention.  The description of  a truly delightful blend of roasted red peppers and smoked Gouda cheese is very accurate.  I can imagine this as a sauce in Fettucine.   It was delicious and set me up for the main course consisting of a NC Ribeye with Roasted Garlic Risotto Truffle Mashed Potatoes.  It will be difficult for me to try something different during my next visit because everything was too good not to want again.  Fortunately I had a big appetite before arriving and was able to try the Chocolate Mousse Heath Bar Parfait.  WOW!!! It was very delicious!!!  If it wasn’t for a full stomach I would have had to try another.

Rhett adds an additional personal touch by visiting his quests to ensure that they are enjoying their meal.

From Rhett’s website:

“Rhett’s Restaurant, Personal Chef and Catering creates customized Southern gourmet meals delighting individuals and groups. Rhett’s creates hors d’oeuvres, meals and party platters for private dining, cocktail parties and events. We offer take-out lunches and dinners that are healthier than fast food options, and can be customized for any taste or dietary preferences. Additionally, we have weekly specials made from fresh, local ingredients and a variety of fresh baked breads, cakes and cookies. Rhett’s goal is to create a consistent fine-dining experience for our customers to enjoy, either in the home or here in the restaurant.”

“After all, this is my passion.” – Rhett.

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Rhett’s Restaurant, Personal Chef & Catering
127 W Pennsylvania Avenue
Southern Pines, NC 28387

Phone: 910-695-FOOD (910-695-3663).
Email: rhett@rhettsinc.com

Visiting Japanese Pavilion at Epcot

Being a huge fan of a local Japanese restuarant I wanted to try to quick service place at the Japan exhibit in Epcot.   The  Katsura Grill formerly known as the Yakitori House offers a good selection of quick meals to prevent guests from losing valuable time seeing the other areas of the park.  Indoor and outdoor dining areas are available.

upon viewing the menu I did not see my usual Hibachi chicken that I enjoy so much while at home.   I chose the Shogun Combo, which includes Teriyaki chicken and beef with sticky rice and vegetables.   It was a good meal and was just enough to last me until dinner.

I have never seen a large crowd at this location and recommend making a stop to take a break.

If you time it just right you can see the Japanese taiko drummers, Matsuriza perform.

 

Old Hickory Steakhouse Restaurant – Nashville TN

I have made many trips to Nashville TN, but have never visited Gaylord Opryland™ Resort & Convention Center.   This place was wonderful!   There are plenty of places to find food and entertainment within the complex.  During my visit we had the opportunity to visit Old Hickory Steakhouse Restaurant for lunch.  Since the restaurant is located in one of the climate-controlled signature glass atriums, I chose to sit outside but still inside.

As I write this entry, I keep looking at the photo of the meal that I had trying to remember what it was.   I do remember enjoying most of it.  The green stuff usually remains on the plate.  Upon some research and straining my brain I think this dish was a pork item with a mystery cheese sauce on top, but i have not been able to confirm.  Trust me!  it was delicious!

Although, I do not remember the tasty dish above, I do know that the molten lava cake with icecream and strawberry on whipped cream was awesome!

 

Fine Dining in Nashville

Set in an antebellum-style mansion in which every table has a gorgeous view of our indoor river, the ultimate dining experience at Old Hickory Steakhouse is second to none.

With a menu that features cowboy bone-in rib steak and perfectly aged filet mignon, as well as unique and individually crafted reduction sauces, there is no wrong choice at Old Hickory Steakhouse.

Old Hickory Steakhouse features an award-winning wine list and artisanal cheeses from the Maitre Fromager.

Old Hickory Steakhouse was voted “Best Wait Staff” by At Home Tennessee readers in 2008!

 

Hours: Open nightly for dinner, 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Location: Delta Atrium
Attire: Business casual
Reservations: Highly recommended, (615) 458-6848.  (Reservations not required for Library Lounge.)
Menu: Dinner | Wine List, | Lounge | New Year’s Day

AJ’s Tavern at Raleigh/Durham Airport

Prior to flying to nashville in July we had extra waiting time and my stomach was yelling “lunch!”   I took a quick glance or two at Cinnabon before deciding that AJ’s tavern would provide a better selection for lunch prior to the short flight ahead.   AJ’s is located at Terminal 1, Near Gate A25 close to the Southwest Airlines gates.   his was very convenient and didnt require a long walk with a full stomach.

After reading the menu twice (the waitress was working a large share of tables) I decided to try the Philly Cheesesteak with hope that there was going to be plenty of cheese.  One issue I have at some restaurants serving Philly Cheesesteaks is that they do not load it with cheese.  When the order arrived I immediately check out the amount of cheese melting on the sandwich.   There could have been more, but after eating the meal, I was satisfied.   The confirmation of eating enough lunch was walking past cinnabon again and deciding not to grab a dessert prior to boarding.

AJ’s Tavern
Location: Terminal 1, Near Gate A25
Hours: 5 a.m. – Last Flight

View Menu (1.3 MB PDF).

We excavated some fabulous items from The Quarry.

I did some online research before heading toward Brevard, N.C. during a recent family trip and noticed The Quarry Restaurant & Piano Bar on several websites.  Food wasn’t on the top of my list during  the brief visit to the busy mountain town, but we just happened to be hungry for a good lunch when we arrived.   I had forgotten about the restaurant until I saw the sign while we were driving around deciding where to eat.  The available parking across the street made it a no brainer for us to choose The Quarry.

As I walked into the dining area I suddenly mellowed and felt very relaxed.  The atmosphere was very nice and inviting.  This was a great location to settle for a while after a long drive.

The decor and murals by a local artist kept my eyes occupied as we  made our way to a table.   Fortunately there was the same amount of thought put into the menu and food preparation as with the restaurant.

Grilled Chicken Quesadilla

 

The lunch menu offered an attractive selection of soups, salads, sandwiches, wraps and a few additional items.  Being a big fan of just about anything with chicken I chose to try the Grilled Chicken Quesadilla.  The flavor was satisfying and the quantity was just enough.  I really enjoyed the cheese blend and salsa with the chicken.  All of the dishes were very well prepared and were enjoyed by all.

 

From their website:

“With enough swank to make Miles feel at home, The Quarry brings casual fine dining and elegance to Brevard. With a menu comprised of American cuisine, with a flare, from the kitchen of Executive Chef Craig Gosnell, the stage is set for you to enjoy the sound of local musicians massaging the keys of the baby grand piano. The wine list and after dinner drink menu speak for themselves, so for those of you who enjoy sipping on the rich flavor of a cognac, accompanied by the smooth sounds of live music, sit back and relax because The Quarry is the place to be.”

14 S. Gaston Street. Brevard, NC 28712
Reservations: Are recommended, not required

In Season April thru October

Lunch

Monday, Wednesday thru Saturday 11:00-4:00

Dinner

Sunday thru Thursday 4:00-9:00

Friday & Saturday 4:00-10:00

Tapas & Bar Menu (at Bar Only)

5:00-6:30 &9:00-10:00

Piano Music

Daily starting @ 6pm

Off Season: October thru April

Lunch

Closed

Dinner

Monday thru Thursday 5:00-9:00

Friday & Saturday 5:00-10:00

Tapas & Bar Menu

5:00-9:00

Piano Music

Thursday thru Saturday starting @ 6pm

www.thequarryrestaurant.com

 

 

 

We make EVERY event delicious!

 

36th Street Bakery, Cafe & Catering

I had the pleasure of visiting 36th Street Bakery, Cafe & Catering in Lincolnton, N.C. while driving to the  Blue Ridge Mountains.  As soon as I opened the door the aroma of fresh baked items attacked my senses.  I was immediately drawn to the pastry case.  I checked out every item like I was visiting a museum of sweetness.   It was obvious to me that I was going to enjoy this visit although it wasn’t easy choosing just one item.  There are several items on the menu that I would have enjoyed if it had been lunch time.  This was an early morning visit and the scent of the baked items required me to enjoy something sweet.  I finally decided on a cinnamon twist and enjoyed every bite.    I am rarely in the area and am not sure when I can visit again, but going out of my way on the next trip to western NC would be worth the time.  Linconlton is lucky to have this bakery and cafe in it’s beautiful downtown area.

Besides bakery items and catering, 36th Street also offers Murder Mystery Nights and Wine tastings.

Open Monday-Saturday from 7am until 9pm.

Weekly Entree Specials are W, Th, F, Sat from 5pm until 9pm.
E-mail us if you want to be included on the list (rick@36thstreetbakery.com)

web – www.36thstreetbakery.com

view a pdf file of their menu here

 

 

Godfather’s Returns!

During the early 1980′s my hometown had a delicious pizza joint called Godfather’s.   It was the place to be after high school football games.  I remember playing the table top Pac Man video game while waiting for our pizza to be prepared.   I do not remember when Godfather’s closed and there were enough pizza restaurants in town to satisfy.  However, as time passed we began to miss Godfather’s.  The thick crust, greasy pizza with more cheese than most places allow was nothing but a memory.  On occasion I was able to get a Godfather’s pizza out of town at a ball game or at the beach.  These places were not quiet the same.  Their style was more fast food, pre built pizzas that were basically heated up or nuked to get us moving out of the door with minimal waiting.  This convenience is something I am willing to sacrifice to have a slow baked pie with two times the ingredients.

Godfathers pizza

Recently a new Godfather’s franchise was offered in Rockingham.  The word spread quickly and opening week was crazy.  Talk of long waits and a pricier menu floated around.  These were really not complaints.  The quality of pizza is worth the wait and price.  The pile of toppings is just the way I remembered and a smaller amount of grease that the original was present.   Godfather’s has returned and instantly has become a popular place to meet for great pizza. FYI- The sweet tea is SWEET tea.  just the way I like it.

 

From the Godfather’s website: Who would have ever imagined that a little pizza shop that opened in Omaha, Neb. more than 30 years ago would become the legendary pizza chain that it is today. The secret to our success is a rare combination of a commitment to excellence, an obsession with great-tasting pizza, dedicated people, and a desire to have a little fun.

Our mission: To profitably provide consistently good food and great service. Abiding by this simple mission statement for more than three decades has earned us a reputation that we intend to keep for several more. This commitment to excellence has helped Godfather’s Pizza grow and expand to more than 600 restaurants in more than 40 states.

Our product: Not just an ordinary pizza

A Godfather’s Pizza isn’t like any other pizza you’ve ever had before. We make pizza the way it was meant to be – with an incredible crust, delicious veggies, hearty meats, and a ton of 100% real cheese.

The best part is, at Godfather’s Pizza you’re the boss. First, you choose from our thick, rich, original crust, our buttery, pan-style golden crust, or our light and crispy thin crust. Then you tell us what veggies and meats to pile on, and we’ll take it from there and smother the whole thing with 100% real cheese for a pizza that’s absolutely irresistible.

 

Good food, television, live music, games….oh my!!

I’ve recently found a new favorite restaurant.  I have many.   The Hickory Tavern located in Pinehurst N.C. has a great menu of items to choose from.    I usually have one, maybe two favorites at the locations where I like to dine, but after 3 trips to Hickory Tavern, I want to try new items.  The  Hickory Tavern has a great atmosphere and is large enough to handle the lunch and dinner rush.  Imagine a sport bars without the smoke, dozens of television screens,  game room for the kids, outdoor patio areas, special events including Karaoke and live music.  All of this with delicious food served!!!     This could be heaven!!

Below are a few of the items I have had the pleasure of eating:

  • Tavern Potato Chips – Homemade chips served with Mexi-Ranch dressing
  • Pepper Jack Chicken Sandwich – Grilled Chicken Breast, Pepper Jack Cheese, Applewood Smoked Bacon, Jalapenos, Lettuce, Tomatoes, Onions
  • 12 oz Rybeye!! YUM!!!!
  • Smothered Chicken Chicken breast topped with mushrooms & onions sautéed with white wine garlic butter, Jack cheese & two sides
  • Tavern Tower!  (Shown below)  The is not just a piece of cake.  It’s a ultra, large, mega serving built for 4-6 people.

From their website:

 

About The Hickory Tavern

The saying goes . . .

. . .that you can’t be all things to all people. Well, we’re not so sure that’s the case. Hickory Tavern is the perfect place for a business lunch – or – lunch with the girls. It’s perfect for dinner after the kids’ baseball game – or – date night with that special someone. If you’re looking to celebrate the day’s victories at Happy Hour then Hickory Tavern is right up your alley. And look no further than Hickory Tavern if you’re in the mood for an all-out party night. Did we mention game day? If you want to watch the game, any game, then you can’t beat Hickory Tavern.

9735 US 15-501 Hwy
Pinehurst, NC 28374

910-235-3850

www.thehickorytavern.com