Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Biker Jim's Gourmet Dogs

We ate at the Biker Jim's in Highlands Ranch, CO on a Sunday afternoon.  This is not a regular hot dog place.  They serve dogs made out of reindeer, rattlesnake, pheasant, wild boar, duck, buffalo, etc.

Orders are placed at the counter. The staff was very nice and helpful.  I chose a frank wrapped in bacon with a side order of fried mac and cheese.  The frank was delicious and the mac and cheese was really good.  The mac and cheese was quite filling.

Frank Wrapped in Bacon and side order of Mac and Cheese
Jeff ordered the rattlesnake and pheasant dog and a side order of fried pickles.  He liked his dog.  Neither of us liked the fried pickles which was a first. 

We ate outside in their patio area which has a nice view of the mountains.

We enjoyed eating here and may return if time allows.

The Rib House

The Rib House is located in a very residential area in Longmont, CO.  We ate here on a Saturday evening and were surprised that no one else was there.  I had read the reviews and most were really good. 

Orders are placed at the counter and then your order is brought out to you.  The employee who took our order was very nice and explained the menu since it was our first time.

There is a nice seating area outside as well as inside. We chose to sit outside as it was a very nice evening.

We were really surprised by how long it took to get our order since they had no other customers when we came in.  It was probably a good 20-30 minutes. 

I ordered Scott's Rib Basket which also included two sides.  I chose the cheesy corn bake and coleslaw.  The cheesy corn bake was really good. The coleslaw was blah.  It lacked seasoning.  The pork ribs were delicious.  I chose the medium BBQ sauce and it was good.

Scott's Rib Basket
Jeff ordered Mark's Rib Sampler.  He chose the Fire BBQ sauce because he likes hot things and the lady at the counter said it really wasn't that hot.  It was too hot for him and that never happens.

We both really liked the food here.  My only suggestions would be that customers should be allowed to try more than one sauce without an additional charge.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Woody's Woodfired Pizza

Woody's Wood-Fired Pizza is located in Golden, CO.  The reason that I wanted to eat here was because they have an all you can eat salad, soup and pizza buffet.

We were seated promptly and our order was taken.  We were told that the salad bars were at the bar and the waitress brought us our pizza plates. The one thing that I did not like about this place was that guests are not given clean plates to get refills of pizza.  You are supposed to use your dirty ones.  I have never seen that at a buffet before.  It just doesn't seem right to me.

The salad bar had your basics; salad, black olives, cheese, tomatoes, cucumbers, pasta salad.  I thought it was really good.

There was a wide variety of pizzas on the buffet bar; pepperoni, sausage and black olives, buffalo chicken, cheese, etc.  The pizza itself is good.  They do not skimp on the ingredients.  They have honey on the table to tip your crust in.  That is different. 

The service was really slow.  We only saw our waitress a few times.  She refilled our drinks and brought us our bill. She didn't have to bring us clean plans, so that cut down on our service.

The manager came around to each table and asked how everything was.

All in all, I enjoyed eating here.  They do serve other items other than pizza.  I noticed a few people with burgers and buffalo wings. They both looked good. The price of the buffet is $11.99 but you can also just buy the pizza by the slice.

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Pappasitos Cantina

Pappasitos Cantina is our favorite Mexican restaurant in Texas.  However, I think the locations in Houston are better than the ones in Dallas.  The Houston restaurants have a different green salsa than the ones in Dallas and I really like that.

We arrived around 3 p.m. on a Sunday.  The restaurant was not crowded which was nice.  We were seated in a small area that was full though.  Unfortunately, I was seated next to two children.  One child kept stretching and hitting me.  He also leaned over to check out my food and was amazed by Jeff's fajitas.  The other child had a balloon attached to his arm and yes, I was hit with it a few times when he ran around the table.  I was becoming quite annoyed, but Jeff said I should ignore it.

Our waiter was friendly, but so annoying.  His favorite thing to say was "my friend".  Every sentence ended with "my friend".  I wish I would have kept count, but he probably said it twenty or more times.  He also mentioned twice that my food must not have been that good.  He was joking because I ate most of it.  When he brings his customers their bills he says "God Bless".  It doesn't really bother me, the my friend bothered me more, but I can see where some might get upset.

Pappasitos is quite pricey.   I planned on ordering fajitas but their lunch portion was $25.  I decided to stick with a burrito which was $15.  I know, how boring, but most of their items come with seafood and I can't eat that. 

The burrito was good.  It was made with beef and beans, no cheese.  I always think it is odd that they do not put cheese in their burritos.  It was good. Their food is always good.

Jeff ordered fajitas with shrimp, beef  and chicken.  The picture I took is really blurry.  The shrimp were really large.  Again, no cheese or peppers are served with their fajitas.  We are from Missouri and both are included with fajitas.

We enjoyed the food.  My dining experience wasn't all that pleasant due to the kids next to me and our waiter.  I will request a booth the next time.

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Big Mommas Catfish & Pies

Big Mommas is a hole in the wall place in Sanger, TX.  We ate here on a Saturday night.  Orders are placed at the counter and then the food is brought to your table.

I read all the reviews before we went and decided ahead of time that I would have their chicken fried steak as most said it was really good.  I chose fried green beans and mashed potatoes as my sides.  A roll or cornbread also come with your meal. 

The chicken fried steak was good, but I have had better.  It was tender, but the breading wasn't all that great to me.  The fried green beans were really good.  The waitress asked if I wanted Ranch dressing as a dipping sauce and I said yes.  That really made them good.

Jeff ordered blackened catfish, baked potato and a salad.  I didn't get photos of his food.  He said it was good.  I tried the catfish and it was spicy.

We enjoyed eating here.  The service was pretty good although the waitresses had trouble delivering the food quickly because they were also taking orders.  We noticed some of the food sat on the counter for a while before it was delivered. 

If we lived in this area, we would make a return visit.

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Chicken Express

We have passed by many Chicken Express restaurants, but didn't try one until yesterday.  We always thought the logo was a little strange looking.  It is of a chicken flying through the air.

We went inside to place our order even though we were getting it to go.  I think the person who waited on us was new.  She was very slow and confused.  It took us about 20 minutes to get our order while people in the drive-thru were served much faster.

I ordered the three piece chicken dinner with a roll, fried pickles and slaw.  Jeff ordered the catfish meal with hush puppies.  His sides were fried pickles and slaw.  We both thought the food was good.  We were surprised at the large number of fried pickles that we received.  They were really good.

I would definitely give this chain another try.

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Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen

Jeff's favorite seafood restaurant is Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen.  It is not my favorite because they have limited items that I can eat.  I have a shellfish allergy and I am really not a fan of fish.  They seemed to have added a few more chicken items to their menu since the last time we ate at one of their locations.

The first time we ate at a Pappadeaux was in 2012.  I ordered a chicken breast dinner and it was really, really good.  It is no longer on their menu, so this time I ordered the half chicken with mashed potatoes.  It was good, but was it worth $28?  That is the cost with a soft drink and tip.  I have to say no.  (I guess I should mention that we ate here for lunch, not dinner.)  I would much rather have a steak dinner.  Their steak was $38 and I didn't want to pay that much.  Sorry, there is no photo.  I took one, but it seems to have disappeared.

Jeff ordered a seafood platter.  It had catfish, oysters and shrimps and rice.  He ordered a side salad.  The cost of his meal with tip was $48. He enjoyed his meal much more than I did.

The food here is really good, but pricey.  The service was really good.  I am sure we will eat here again even though I think it is overpriced.

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