It is time that I blast through some seriously over due old posts. I am going to try to make this short and quick!
King Crab Oyster Bar & Grill:
I really liked the bread and dipper. I even bought the stuff to try to repeat it at home and I can’t get it right, but I’m using prepared sundried tomato pesto from the grocery store. I’m sure the restaurant uses something much better! I had a bite of my mate’s Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo and I actually liked it better than most I’ve ever tried in Italian restaurants! My Crispy Skin Salmon was good, but didn’t reach favorites level. I would’ve preferred the peach and jalapeño salsa to be more of a purée than chunks, but I also like each bite of my meal to taste relatively the same, I like to know what to expect from each forkful. The sweet potato wedges were much larger than I’d anticipated. They were more like quaters than wedges, which is not good for me. I only really like sweet potatoes when they’re well done, crispy and slightly caramelized, and it would require very thin wedges to acheive this. The iced tea was a disappointment. What I got is basically what you see; mostly ice and very watered-down.
I always get excited about the thought of eating here (which prior to this I had only done once), but I need to remember that it’s not my kind of place, nor is it my kind of pricing (especially for food that is not my style!). Thankfully we had a coupon for $20 off, but our total still came to $44.97 for the salmon, the pasta, the iced tea and a coffee.
York Street Kitchen:
York St. Kitchen has been a favorite of mine for many years, going back into the years when they were still actually on York Street! This is a good place to stop for something homemade and healthy. I went for The Mikado- a tuna sandwich which could have had a little bit more going on in terms of flavours. It was certainly a healthy portion of tuna, but I like mine with some dill pickles or celery or even red pepper for added colour and tang. Considering I like neither tomato nor bean sprouts it’s actually strange that I chose this, but I wanted to give it a chance. For dessert I chose the chocolate brownie which, again, was a healthy portion! It was a nice, basic brownie. The pecan pie was very sweet, as it should be, and the other sandwich pictured was a BYO and I did not have a bite but, as you can see, there is no skimping on contents here!
Two sammies, two bevvies and two desserts came to $27.97.
Slumdog Bar & Grill:
We were out for a ride and when we stopped for gas we used an app to find a restaurant that was nearby to grab some grub. The menus were incredibly annoying as they would not lie flat. The waitress did not have the answer for any of my questions and had to keep going to the kitchen to get answers, but at least she got them. I got the impression that this restaurant may be fairly new. After my last Hawaiian burger experience, I was excited to see one on this menu and I was informed that the veggie patties were soy based so I went for the Big Island Hawaiian Burger with a vegetarian patty instead of beef (which turned out to be two patties! One would have sufficed though). The patties were delicious, they tasted kind of like the patty-style hashbrowns that you can get at fast food restaurants. This burger was much better than the last. And I was stuffed when I finished, but the Godiva Chocolate Cheesecake sounded too good to pass up. In the end it was good, but I probably could have lived without it. The veggies that came with my mate’s steak were delicious. I love it when attention is paid to the vegetables on the side, just as it is given to the rest of the food on the plate. Overall the food was great, but the atmosphere created by the overly casual attitudes of the staff just didn’t seem to jive with the atmosphere that the decor seems to be trying to create. And the person that I believe was the manager just stood around watching TV the whole time we were there. Not sure how I feel about the person supposedly with the highest rank doing nothing to help anyone, but make of that what you will.
The burger, steak, 2 sides of gravy, cheesecake and tea came to $64.27.
Q BBQ Public House:
Q BBQ was our first stop from You Gotta Eat Here in a while. I was very much looking forward to some meatloaf only to be disappointed. It was smoked. I should’ve known I wouldn’t like it, but I tried it anyway. The cornbread, on the other hand, was to die for! It was sticky and sweet and wonderful! The mac and cheese was also much better than others we’ve tried. The caesar salad was standard, as were the fries and gravy. I would certainly come here again, I just wouldn’t order the meatloaf again!
Our meal came to $32.74 for the texas brisket platter, a side of gravy and the meatloaf.
King Street Trio Uptown:
This is a sister restaurant to King Crab. The lighting was so dim that I had to edit the photos so you could see what we ate! Our meal started with a similar bread and oil dipper to the one I mentioned at the beginning of this post, but somehow this one wan’t quite as good. The caesar salad, with it’s fascinating Asiago Frico and bits of bacon, was delicious. We ordered the beef and pork meatballs to share. They came coated in an almond and green olive sauce, which was wonderfully savoury. My main (middle, right) was the stuffed chicken supreme. Although the description does say that the stuffing included spinach, I did not expect the electric green paste that came squishing out when I made my first cut. I wish I had gotten a picture! Putting the colour and texture of it aside, the flavour was not bad. I can’t say that I was able to pic out any almond or raisin flavours though. My mate’s Smoked Chicken Fettuccine was prepared with an oil sauce, and the sundried tomatoes and artichoke added some nice zing.
I would consider coming back here again, perhaps to celebrate a special occaision, even if it were just for a few appetizers and to try a dessert. The meatballs, salad, chicken, pasta, beer, a martini, cappuccino and tea came to $106.22.