Thursday, May 30, 2013

Burger Street

We passed by this place several times and finally decided to stop in and try it.  As soon as we walked in, we were greeted.  The staff is so pleasant with all the customers.

Orders are placed at a window, but your food is brought out to you.  I ordered a bacon cheeseburger combo and I was asked if I wanted to upgrade it to a large for FREE.  I said sure.  The drink was huge!

Bacon Cheeseburger with curly fries which are standard.
The burger was so good.  It definitely beats other fast food places.  The fries weren't seasoned as curly fries normally are, but they were nice and crisp.  The fries were very good.

Jeff ordered a chili cheeseburger and some fried potatoes with jalapenos.  I can't remember what they are called and they are not listed on their website.  They are really good.  The menu said the chili cheeseburger was spicy, but Jeff said it was not.  Jeff doesn't think a lot of things are not spicy though.

Chili Cheeseburger and fried potato bites
We really liked this place and I wish we would have tried it sooner.  We are leaving Arlington soon and I wish we had time to eat here again.

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Texas Roadhouse

Jeff and I have a rule that we don't eat at chain restaurants that our located in our hometown.  Why?  Well, we want to experience the local cuisine and there are so many local places to try.  We did make an exception to our rule last Saturday.  We were celebrating our anniversary and we wanted steak. Our other option was Saltgrass Steak House, which I love, but we have eaten at it a few times and that was breaking our rule of not repeating restaurants.  We do break that rule from time to time and that upsets Jeff.  We decided that since we hadn't eaten at Texas Roadhouse for a few years, we could break the rule.

We started the meal with a Blossom.  It is a hand-battered onion, golden-fried and served with Cajun Horseradish sauce.  It was good, but there was something not quite right about it.  Jeff said it tasted fine to him.

I ordered the ribeye, of course.  It was very tender and juicy.  My potato was loaded with bacon, cheese, sour cream and butter.  It was very good.

Rib-eye and loaded baked potato.
Jeff ordered the t-bone with a baked sweet potato.  He said the steak and potato were both good.

T-Bone Steak and Sweet Potato
The meal also came with a side salad.

The restaurant was very loud with music.  I really don't understand why restaurants feel the need to turn up the music so loud.  It is hard to carry on a conversation.

The food was very good. I ended up taking a doggy bag home and sharing it with Scout and Joey and their rating was eight paws up.

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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

El Fenix Mexican Restaurant

This restaurant is located near our campground, but we didn't notice until this past weekend as it is located behind some buildings.  There are several locations in Texas.

The inside is nicely decorated.

Tortilla Chips
I normally do not take pictures of the tortilla chips, but these were so good.  They were very crisp.  They may have been deep fried.  I am not sure, but that is how they seemed to me.  I loved them.  The salsa was good.  We were each brought our own bowl of salsa which is really nice for those who like to double-dip.

I ordered the shredded beef chimichanga with chili con queso.  The only thing I didn't care for was the chili con queso.  It was very bland to me.

Beef Chimichanga
Jeff ordered the Supreme Fajitas. These are different from others because they are topped with fried onion strings.  He said they were really good.

Supreme Fajitas with Beef

Sides for the fajitas
We ordered a dessert that Jeff has been wanting me to try, but he hasn't been able to find it until we ate here.

Tres Leches
Tres Leches is a traditional Mexican cake that has been soaked in three milks.   It is so good!  This is definitely one of my favorite desserts now.

We really enjoyed this restaurant and if we are ever back in this area, we will be eating here again.

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Friday, May 24, 2013

Spaghetti Warehouse

We ate here on a Sunday afternoon after touring the Sixth Floor Museum.  We were able to walk from the Sixth Floor Museum.

We have the Spaghetti Factory in St. Louis, MO and this looks a lot like it. 

Trolley inside Spaghetti Warehouse.  There are tables inside the trolley.

St. Louis Post Dispatch is the newspaper in St. Louis, which is where I am from, so I had to take this photo.
We started out our meal with an appetizer We had the Sicilian Sampler.  We were able to choose four out of these: Toasted Ravioli, Mozzarella Fritta, Fried Zucchini, Calamari, Stuffed Mushrooms, or Bruschetta.  We chose the toasted ravioli, mozzarella fritta, calamari, and stuffed mushrooms.  I did not care for the toasted ravioli.  It was cheese filled and not meat filled. St. Louis is known for their toasted ravioli and this was a disappointment to me. The rest of the sampler was very good.

Sicilian Sampler
Jeff and I both ordered the Spaghetti Feast which the menu describes as: Our Original Spaghetti with Meat Sauce served with hand-rolled meatballs, sweet Italian pork sausage and garlic bread.

Spaghetti Feast
 I liked the sausage and the meatballs.  I didn't like the spaghetti sauce and the garlic bread was quite dry.  I like a thicker spaghetti sauce.

The meal came with a choice of garden salad or Cesar salad.  We both chose the Cesar salad.

Cesar Salad
The salad was okay.  It had plenty of dressing on it.

The service was great and the price of the food wasn't bad.  I just wasn't thrilled with the spaghetti sauce.  I probably should have ordered the garlic butter sauce.  That is the thing about Italian restaurants, if you don't like their sauce, then you are probably not going to be happy with their food.

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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Rockfish Seafood Grill

This restaurant is located just a few blocks from our campground.  We hadn't planned on eating here because we thought it would be too expensive.  I looked at the menu online and realized it was very reasonable, so we decided to give it a try.

Inside Rockfish Seafood Grill

Outdoor fireplace
The restaurant is very casual.  There are fishing photos throughout the restaurant as well as big screen TVs.

We started our meal with the Rockfish Sampler which includes Classic Calamari, Volcano Shrimp and Spinach Dip.  The Volcano Shrimp has a spicy garlic chili sauce.   Jeff wasn't really impressed with the shrimp, but liked the calamari.  I am allergic to shellfish, so I ate the spinach dip.  It was fine, but didn't have much flavor.

Rockfish Sampler
I ordered the Flat Iron Steak which came with homemade mashed potatoes and then I chose homemade creamed corn as my side.  The meal was really good.  The steak was very tender.  The creamed corn and mashed potatoes were also very good.  My meal was $11.99.

Flat Iron Steak with creamed corn and mashed potatoes

 Jeff ordered the Cajun Combo which is a trio of Louisiana favorites: New Orleans Style BBQ Shrimp, blackened catfish, red beans and rice and crawfish etouffee.

Cajun Combo
Jeff enjoyed his meal.  He said the catfish was really good and only comes in second to NoNo's Cafe.  His meal was $15.99.

We really enjoyed eating here. The food was really good, the prices were reasonable and our waitress was great.

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Monday, May 20, 2013

Chop House Burger

I have been anxiously awaiting trying this place.  It appeared on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives and it looked so good.

There are many choices of burgers on the menu. I decided to go with the Chop House Burger because it has brisket mixed in with the ground beef.  That is what makes their burgers unique.

The restaurant has a really nice bakery case, but the problem is that you see it after you pay for your meal.  If you want to buy a dessert, you have to get back in line.  We saw several people do this, but once the line was out the door, it wasn't worth my time to do it.  I think they should have a second person who checks people out who want to buy a bakery item.

As I said, I ordered the Chop House Burger with fried pickles.

Chop House Burger: Char-grilled ground beef and slow roasted brisket mixed , house made steak sauce, apple wood bacon and smoked cheddar cheese. On a butter toasted bun
 The burger was good, but I wasn't that impressed with it.  The brisket was chewy and that is all that made me know it was there.  The pickles were okay, but once again, Smashburger has the best that I have had so far.
Jeff had the Chop House Burger with onion straws.  The onion straws were very limp, not crisp.  He thought the burger was good.  He had visited here earlier in the week and tried the 10 Pepper Burger  which according to the menu has: "A mixture of jalapenos, habaneros, Anaheim, New Mexico, de Arbol, red and green bells, poblanos, anchos and crushed red peppers. Topped with pepperjack and served with Tabasco mayo." He said that one was good, but it was a regular hamburger without the brisket.

The food was good, but not something I would go out of my way to have again.

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Friday, May 17, 2013

Boomerjack's Grill and Bar

We ended up here on Mother's Day evening after our GPS lead us to five restaurants that were all closed.   We saw this place earlier in the day and had made a mental note to try it before we left the area.  We were surprised to see that there was not a line to get in as all the other restaurants we passed were packed.  Does that mean that this is a bad place to eat?  No, it does not.  It could just mean that Mom's don't want to eat at a sports bar on their special day.

We started our meal with potato skins as our appetizer.  They were very good.

Potato Skins

We both ordered rib-eye steaks.  We both chose a side salad as one our sides.

The salad was good.  It was topped with onions, cheese and onions.  It came with two dressings.  We ordered Ranch.  We are not sure what the second one was, but it was very thick.
My rib-eye dinner.  I chose cheese and jalapeno mashed potatoes as my side.  Jeff chose mac and cheese.
The cheese and jalapeno mashed potatoes were great!  The rib-eye was only $16.95.  How was it?  It was very good!  See, you can get a decent steak for under my budget of $23.  Jeff even said it was very good.  We were both impressed.

We ordered a dessert and shared it.

Deep Fried Cheesecake with Ice Cream and Whipped Cream
The deep fried cheesecake was very good.

We really enjoyed eating here.  The food was very good as well the service.

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

On The Border

This is a chain restaurant that we had not visited before Saturday night.

Area where tortillas are made.

As in all the Mexican restaurants were have eaten at, we were given chips and salsa.  We didn't care for the chips. They were thick and the flavor was not good.  The salsa was okay.  I found it to be sweet and was not all that fond of it.  Jeff thought it was good.

I ordered The Big Burrito with Steak.

Fajita Steak or Chicken, Mexican rice, cheese, black beans, caramelized onions & red peppers, and sour cream sauce.

The burrito was good.  The rice had corn in it and I liked that.  The refried beans were also good.  It was a good meal for $10.99.

Jeff ordered the Ultimate Fajita.

Mesquite-Grilled Steak and Chicken, Sauteed Shrimp and Pulled Pork (Carnitas).

Fried rice and beans and toppings for fajitas.
Jeff said the fajitas were good.  They were served with homemade fajitas.  His biggest complaint was that it came with only three shrimp.  The price was $14.99.

The restaurant is very loud with music and singing for birthdays. Our waiter was new and forgot to bring our teas and then sweetener for my tea.  He ended up getting his act together and surprised us by not charging us for the teas.

We enjoyed eating here, but probably will not return as there are many there Mexican restaurants to try.

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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Twisted Root Burger Company

We visited this restaurant because it was on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.  The thing that is different about this place is that they serve some game burgers.

Outside Twisted Root Burger

Inside photo

Inside photo
Orders are placed at the counter and you are given a card with the name that they will call you.  Jeff was James Bond and I was Kate Gosselin.  It was pretty funny to watch people go up as their names were called like "The Fonz" and "Richard Nixon". 

I really had a hard time making a decision on what type of burger to order.  Every burger that they had which was one of their "favorites" had something that I didn't like.  I could have built mine own, but decided to just take off the item I didn't like.  I ended up ordering the Big Tex – cheddar, guac, fried onion strings & chipotle sauce.  I took the guacamole off.  The burger was good, but nothing special.  I ordered a side order of fried pickles.  They were okay, but not as good as Smashburger.

Big Tex Burger with Fried Pickles
 Jeff is much more daring than me.  He decided before we went in that he was going to order whatever "game" was being offered.  The "game" of the day was kangaroo, so that is what he had.

Kangaroo Burger and Onion Straws
 Jeff said the burger was drier than a hamburger.  He said it was okay, but it did keep kicking him all day.  It was being somewhat funny in saying that, but the burger did bother him most of the day.

Bottle caps sealed in the tabletop.
We are glad we ate here for the experience, but we didn't consider it anything special.  It was a pricey lunch.  My lunch was $14 and Jeff's was $18.

You may have noticed I am using photos that have a copy write.  It is okay.  They are mine.  They have the name of my other blog: Two Greyhound Town-Traveling Across America.

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