Thursday, April 17, 2014

Carrabba's Italian Grill


I have been wanting to try this chain restaurant for quite a while.  We decided to give it a try on a Saturday night.  We were seated immediately.  It took quite a while for our waitress to come for our drink order, but that was okay because I was busy studying the menu.  The menu didn't have as many pastas as I expected. I didn't see much that I wanted to try.  It took me quite a while to make a decision on what I wanted.

We started out our meal with an appetizer.

Our appetizer: Calamari, Roasted Tomato Bruschette and Mozzarella Marinara
 I wasn't impressed the appetizer. The mozzarella sticks were somewhat greasy.  I didn't care much for the Bruschette.  Jeff said the calamari was okay.

I ordered the Veal Marsala with garlic mashed potatoes and a side salad.

Veal Marsala and Garlic Mashed Potatoes
 The veal and potatoes were both good.

The salad was also good.  It had a few black olives which I liked.

Jeff ordered a pasta with shrimp.  He was not impressed. It was very light on the sauce and didn't have much flavor.

Pasta with shrimp
Would we eat here again?  Maybe.  It is somewhat pricey, but most Italian places are.  My food other than the appetizer was good.  Our waitress was very nice and good.

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Freddy's Frozen Custard and Steakburger

Freddy's is a chain restaurant that we have seen billboards for as we have traveled from state to state.  I have been wanting to try it and that chance came on a Saturday afternoon.

It is very much like a Steak N Shake.  However, there is not waitress service here.  Diners place their order at the counter and then pick it up when their number is called.

I ordered the double cheese steak burger and fries.

 Jeff ordered a sandwich and fries, but I forgot to take a photo of his sandwich and half the onion rings were gone before I took a photo of them.

The burger was really good.  The fries were okay, but they do have a fry sauce that helps.  The onion rings were really good.  I think that I like this place better than Steak N Shake, but I may need to try it a few more times to be sure.  LOL

I had hoped to try one of their custard sundaes which looked really good, but we were too full.  Yes, a return trip is necessary. :-)

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Stroud's - A Return Visit

We visited Stroud's last November and we liked it so much that we decided to make a return visit.  You can see my first review here.
Stroud's - The building was built in the 1800's.

They open on at 11 a.m. on Sundays.  We arrived at 10:45 a.m. and the line to get inside quickly drew.  When the doors opened, there were more people than tables.  We were second in line, so we were seated quickly.

We were seated in the dining room this time and we had a very nice view.  It was a rainy day.

Jeff ordered chicken livers for an appetizer.  I am normally not fond of them, but these were good.

Half order of Chicken Livers.  They come with a big bowl of gravy.
We both ordered chicken.  All meals come with soup or salad, choice of potato, green beans and cinnamon rolls.  I ordered mashed potatoes and Jeff ordered fries.

Side salad - it was so good!

I didn't get a very good picture of our food.  There was so much.

Cinnamon Rolls
The food was so good! Jeff says this is the best chicken he has ever had.  We ended up taking home two bags of leftovers.  I think I enjoyed our meal here this time even more than our first time. The service is great here.   This is a must try place.

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