Posts Tagged 'steak'

Still craving a steak


After I decided not to get a steak during my visit to a steakhouse last week, the craving for a grilled dinner reappeared. A trip to Texas Roadhouse seemed appropriate on this Saturday night. We managed to arrive just in time to avoid the 45 minute waits. Fifteen minutes after checking in we were seated and browsing a menu. I determined not to let the descriptions of the non-steak items to distract me again. When my meal arrived it was one of the best looking steaks that I had ever seen. This was meant to be and I enjoyed every bite.

California at the Contemporary



I usually have more than one mission when I book reservation at California Grill.  First, the food there is spectacular!   I’ve never had anything that didn’t provide great memories.   Second, the view from the observation deck is perfect for watching and photographing the Magic Kingdom fireworks show.  Magic Kingdom Fireworks

We have been lucky a few times to have a seat at a window overlooking the Magic Kingdom.  This most recent trip also landed us at a window table.

The flat bread appetizers are always delicious and provide a great to start to my meal.  Tonight I enjoyed the Oak-fired Filet of Beef – (Heirloom Tomato Risotto, Marinted Baby Vine Tomatoes, Basil, Tomato Butter)

The entire visit is special and I’m never in a hurry to leave.  After this dinner we move to the bar.  There’s plenty to choose from with 250 wine selections, 80 by the glass, an expanded sake list, eight kinds of craft beers and ciders and signature cocktails.


Spankys on Franklin St.

This isn’t my first cheese steak blog, but this is my favorite cheese cake blog.

Usually when I ask for extra cheese I get a fair amount. However at Spankys they really put on the extra cheese. I could easily say that this was the perfect cheese steak. No doubt that I will visit again.




Spanky’s, is an American Bar and Grill located on the busiest corner of downtown Chapel Hill, NC. A Chapel Hill institution since 1977, Spanky’s is famous for great hamburgers, brown sugar baby back ribs, garden fresh salads and North Carolina BBQ cooked on premise. One of Franklin Street’s most famous landmarks, Spanky’s is a stone’s throw from the campus of the University of North Carolina and a short drive from the Raleigh-Durham Airport (RDU) and the Research Triangle Park (RTP). The bar is a late night destination for local citizens and students of UNC.


Location: Spanky’s Restaurant and Bar
101 East Franklin Street
Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Phone: (919) 967-2678

Smothered steak.

This evening, due to photographing a wedding, I had a later than normal dinner. Immediately following the wedding gig, I made my way to Fatz Cafe. I’ve never had a bad meal at Fatz and knew that my hunger would be cured. I selected a Ribeye smothered with peppers and onions. Regardless of the toppings I also like a little steak sauce.

Thanks to Fatz for curing my hunger pans.


Southern Prime

Great dinner, great dessert and wonderful sweet tea.  What else could you ask for?  The atmosphere was very nice and I loved the music playing over the house speakers.   When walking in the first thing to notice is the impressive wine collection on display.   The food was delicious and service was on top of things at our table.  Southern Prime also offers outdoor seating that I will request during my next visit.





A word from Southern Prime Steakhouse:   We are a fresh breath of class and style in the Sandhills of North Carolina. Located in Southern Pines, we offer an atmosphere of relaxed elegance and sophistication, where steak is our specialty. We have an extensive wine cellar featuring 3500 bottles, 20 of which we are pouring by the glass.

Southern Prime Steakhouse

270 Sw Broad St

Southern Pines, NC 28387

(910) 693-0123

Things look yummy at the Tilted Kilt.

I was introduce to the Tilted Kilt last summer and have been a frequent visitor ever since. The Irish pub themed restaurant has an outstanding menu of items that are prepared prefect every time.  After my first visit, I described the Tilted Kilt as Hooters with better food.  There is plenty to look at while waiting for your order to cook.  Dozens of TV screens are broadcasting many sporting events to keep patrons entertained.  In addition, the waitresses are dressed in kilts and strategically tied shirts that may have belonged to little sisters.  Despite the miss-sized uniforms, I still enjoy each visit.

I typically find a favorite dish and stick with it, but at The Tilted Kilt, I’ve tried and enjoyed various items.  Several items come with a side of  garlic fries that are very good.    During my most recent visit I chose to eat the Scottish Cheesesteak.  As I’ve explained in a previous post, I like a good cheese steak with extra cheese.  I am happy to write that sufficient cheese was provided with this sandwich.  The burgers and chicken items are also delicious.

Believe this or not, but my favorite part of each visit is the dessert.  I am very fond of the Tilted Guilt.  The Tilted Guilt consists of a large half baked chocolate chip cookie served underneath a scoop of vanilla ice-cream with chocolate syrup.  The entire dessert is sprinkled with powdered sugar.  I’d go just for the dessert and big screen TV’s!!!

From their website:  The Tilted Kilt concept originated in 2003, not in Ireland, not in Scotland, not even in England. Believe it or not, the Tilted Kilt actually came to life in America’s own city of sin, Las Vegas. The idea for a modern American, Irish, Scottish and English sports pub was the brainchild of successful restaurateur Mark DiMartino. His vision saw a contemporary, Celtic-themed sports pub staffed with beautiful servers

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Happy New Year!!!

We have a tradition to visit Ironwood Cafe in Pinehurst, N.C. for dinner on New Years Eve.  I will admit that last years visit was a bit disappointing because of the menu change for the evening.   I also do not care to getup to get appetizers and salad when I am paying more than usual for a meal.   I am happy to write that this years trip was very pleasant and the regular menu items were offered as in the past.  I’ve tried several different items from the menu, but my all time favorite is the BLACKENED  RIBEYE.   The  12oz gorgonzola cheese crust, haystack onions garlic whipped potato and fresh vegetable meal is delicious.  A few years ago I would substitute the fresh vegetable with the chipotle mashed sweet potatoes.  This item has since been removed from the menu, but our waitress tonight agreed that it should return.  The sweet mash was always prepared perfectly to provide a sweet taste at first then the chipotle would kick the tongue just a tad.  I hope to see this return to the menu in the future.

The ribeye is a select hand cut piece of beef that is always cooked as ordered.  I like sauces and tend to use steak sauce when I eat steak, but the Ironwoods ribeye never needs anything in addition. The gorgonzola cheese adds a nice amount of extra flavor to the dish.

The Ironwood cafe offers indoor and outdoor seating.  We also like to visit and sit outside beside the flaming fountain when the weather permits.

The Ironwood Cafe

2176 Midland Rd Pinehurst, NC 28374 ~ 910.255.0000



California in Florida.

Disney’s California Grill is an excellent restaurant with delicious food and a magnificent view of Magic Kingdom.

“California Grill is a Signature Dining restaurant that serves award-winning gourmet dinners and sweeping views atop Disney’s Contemporary Resort. Venture into this vibrant and charged atmosphere and watch the creation of culinary masterpieces in the on-stage kitchen.”

Tonights dinner began with Rotisserie BBQ Chicken Flatbread . . . Chipotle-Corn Salsa, Roasted Peppers, Smoked Cheddar.  You could almost make a small meal out of this flatbread.

Next was the Oak-fired Filet of Beef . . . Buttered Purple Stokes Potatoes, Broccolini, Pumpkin Seed Oil, Teriyaki Barbecue.  Steak and mashed potatoes go so well together.   I could have eaten two portions.

Finally was dessert.  Valrhona Chocolate Cake with strawberries and ice-cream.

this is a wonderful place to relax and enjoy a final dinner at Walt Disney World.







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


Smith Street Diner. Not just for locals.

smith street diner greensboro nc

smith street diner greensboro nc

I had a difficult time deciding what to order during my first trip to Smith Street Diner in Greensboro, NC.  The diner serves breakfast all day long on Saturday and I was tempted to order some buttermilk pancakes.  After careful review of the menu, the philly cheese steak seemed to be the best choice for a late lunch.  I do not think that I would have been disappointed with either selection.  My oldest son ordered the triple stack of pancakes with grits and could not eat all of it.  The oldest son always cleans his plate, but the super huge pancakes defeated him.   He has already decided to order just two during our next visit.

As mentioned in a previous post, I do not believe that one cannot have too much dressing, toppings…etc.   I am hesitant to order philly cheese steak because I prefer a lot of cheese and more than sufficient mayo.  The cook a Smith Street must be a mind reader.  My order was made exactly the way I like it with a large side of fries covered my plate.

Smith street diner philly cheese steak

Smith street diner philly cheese steak

I did get a chance to sample some of the remaining pancake and had to refrain from cleaning my sons plate.  The decision will be more difficult during our next visit.

Many other items are available on the menu.

Located downtown Greensboro on the corner of Smith and Battlegound.  Nestled between Eugene and Elm Street. Convenient to downtown hotels, ballpark, and business center.

Smith Street Diner
438 Battleground Avenue
Greensboro, NC  27401
phone: 336-379-8666

Breakfast: Mon-Fri 6am -11am, Sat & Sun 6am -3pm

Lunch: Mon-Fri 11am -3pm, Sat & Sun 12pm -3pm