Good Food and Fun in Boise??? You Best Believe It!

For great thai food, a Boise restaurant to visit is Mai Thai at 750 West Idaho Street.  Come for the happy hour which is Monday-Friday 5 to 6:30 p.m. and on Fridays at 9-10 p.m.  The drinks and bar food is cheap and the atmosphere is classy and relaxed. The food here is great and the service is always exceptional. Customers can dine on thai spring roll, shrimp patties, Asian chicken with lettuce wrap, lemongrass shrimp, and organic chicken balsamic salad. Reservations are accepted and can be made online at their website, maithaigroup.com/maithai_boise.

A good Boise restaurant for thai cooking is Siam Thai at 590 East Boise Avenue.  The best deals here are the lunch specials which are offered weekdays from 11-3 p.m.  Each dish comes with rice, fried or steamed, or soup. You can choose to have your entree with beef, chicken, tofu, pork, or bbq pork.  Items available for lunch include chow mein, sweet and sour, kung pao, mongolian special, cashew special, almond special, garlic special, snow white special, pad thai, pad prik pao, spicy mandarian, green curry special, pad phet hoi, pad woosen, and red curry special.

For a fun Boise restaurant to hang out with friends, check out Bardenay at 610 Grove Street in downtown Boise.  This is the place to have a cocktail and some great food.  Customers can relax with several different kinds of martinis and drinks, while enjoying such appetizers as seared ahi tuna, spicy asian plum-glazed wings, calamari, clams portuguese, fish tacos, bardenaysmoked trout spread, thai salmon cakes, satays, and chili & citrus marinated shrimp. Entrees include rum pepper steak, wild turkey bourbon pork chops, spaghetti puttanesca, and bacon wrapped beef tenderloin.  For more information, including brunch menu, visit their website, bardenay.com.

Guide to Augusta, GA Dining

Heading to Augusta anytime soon? If so, you will not want to miss any of these fine dining establishments while you are taking pleasure in this southern oasis. Just a warning, the food is absolutely fabulous; don’t eat too much that you will need garage door repairs…haha!

Bon appetit!

If you have a taste for either Greek or Italian cooking, an Augusta restaurant to visit is Luigi’s on 590 Broad Street.  Their Greek, Italian, and anti-pasto salads are excellent. Other items to try are stuffed grapeleaves, baked spaghetti, toasted ravioli, chicken or veal parmigiana with spaghetti and meat sauce, linguine with white clam sauce, eggplant parmigiana with spaghetti, moussaka, baked Greek-style chicken, char-broiled pork chops, baked plaki,  Greek-style chicken livers, chopped steak provolone, broiled mahi -mahi, char-broiled sirloin steak, char-broiled t-bone steak, and char-broiled chopped steak.  Full bar is also available with your meal.

For fine dining at an Augusta restaurant, plan a trip to La Maison Restaurant at 404 Telfair Street.  Customers can enjoy such exquisite dishes as oysters on the half shell, ostrich carpaccio, crab cake, smoked salmon, ahi tuna nachos, lobster bisque, goat cheese salad, buffalo la-maison-restaurantmozzarella, trout, scallops, duck breast, veal scallopini marsala, rack of lamb, buffalo tenderloin, filet mignon, crab soup, and weiner schnitzel.  Leave room for desserts like white and dark chocolate mousse cake, crème brulee, caramel walnut tarte, NY cheesecake, and sorbet. Reservations are recommended and can be done online at their website, lamaisonontelfair.com.

To enjoy excellent prime steaks and Italian cuisine, an Augusta restaurant to stop in at is Augustino’s in the Marriott Augusta Hotels & Suites.  Open for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and brunch, guests can choose from a variety of delicious entrees and a la carte items.  For example, breakfast includes corned beef & hash, buttermilk pancakes, eggs benedict, or belgian waffles.  For lunch, try the steamed mussels, pan seared salmon, chicken scaloppini, lasagna bolognese, prosiuto & gorgonzola ravioli.  Dinnertime finds such delights as swordfish, eggplant parmigiana, veal marsala, and steaks in cuts like ribeye, sirloin, NY strip, flank, and filet mignon.

Eating Good in Chi-Town…That Would be Chicago

Crisp

If you are interested in what Korean fried chicken is, then a Chicago restaurant to check out is Crisp on 2940 N. Broadway.  The barbeque chicken, Crisp BBQ, is tangier than the usual barbeque sauce. The chicken is dipped in the barbeque sauce and sprinkled with sesame seeds.  The crisp-korean-fried-chickenother sauce Crisp is well known for is “Seoul Sassy.” A sweet sauce, this chicken is sprinkled with chopped green onions. Chicken orders can be half, whole, or wings.  Lighter lunches are “buddha bowls” filled with veggies, rice, and topped with a fried egg. Check out the lunch specials too.

Captain Hard Times

These are hard times, so it would only be fitting that you should make time to eat at Captain Hard Times.  This Chicago restaurant serves some of the best soul food in the Windy City.  They are well known for their chicken and waffles.  Other favorites here are the catfish, perch, macaroni and cheese, and beef short ribs.  Breakfast is served as french toast, grits, cheese eggs, pork sausage, turkey bacon, and pancakes.  They have numerous buffets throughout the year such as a champagne buffet.  Be ye forewarned: this place is always crowded.  Reservations are recommended and necessary.

 

Oysy

There are plenty of Chicago restaurants serving sushi, but a place in town is Oysy at 50 East Grand Avenue.  Everything here is always fresh and the presentation of the food is beautiful. For suggestions, try the shrimp tempura, vegetable tempura and the spinach salad with sesame dressing.  Popular maki favorites are Oregon, Philadelphia, California Sunset, Arizona Summer, Red Dragon, Amber, Miami, Chicago Crazy, and Fashion.  Sushi comes in many varieties like mackerel, octopus, sweet shrimp, crab, smelt, squid, scallops, and urchin.  You can see their full menu and make reservations online at their website, oysysushi.com.

 

Gibsons

If you want to splurge a little at a Chicago restaurant, visit Gibsons at 1028 N. Rush Street. The wait staff is attentive and the service is great.  Start your dinner off with the shrimp with spicy marinade or the spicy lobster cocktail.  Next, live it up and order the giant Australian lobster tail with turf, which will run you well over $100.00.  If you don’t want to spend that much, try the roasted prime rib, grilled swordfish, or one of their steaks or chops.  Side dishes are excellent as well.  Favorites are creamed spinach and asparagus with hollandaise sauce.

 
So, as you can see, there are plenty of Chicago places to get a great meal, regardless of your budget or your taste buds.

Cheap Ethnic Eats in Albuquerque, Arlington, and Cincinnati, OH

Albuquerque, NM

el-modeloGranted, Mexico is only about a two hour drive from Albuquerque.  But to get authentic Mexican food, you don’t have to go that route.  A good Albuquerque restaurant for Mexican food is El Modelo Mexican Foods on 2nd Street SW.  If you go, be sure to try their famous stuffed sopapillas. Other excellent choices are the chile spare ribs, hojas, tamales, enchiladas, menudo, burritos, and carne adovada.  A couple of things to know about El Modelo. One, it is basically a carry-out only restaurant. Second, phone your order ahead as the wait can be 20 minutes or more at times.

Arlington, VA

Arlington restaurants are plentiful, but for great Thai food, check out Sawatdee Thai Restaurant on Clarendon Boulevard.  I love pad thai with shrimp, and they have the best in the city.  The noodles are chewy, and there is plenty of shrimp.  Another good choice is the pineapple fried rice.  If you like spicy food, they have a menu section of curry dishes. The portions are good and the service is excellent.  The decor is beautiful with Asian art, sculptures, and Buddhas everywhere.  Sawatdee Thai Restaurant is located in the Courthouse Plaza which is conveniently located at the Courthouse Metro stop.

Cincinnati, OH

There are some good Cincinnati restaurants, but for great Indian food, try Ambar Indian Restaurant at 350 Ludlow Avenue. Ambar has created some dishes that are uniquely their own.  Be sure not to miss the chicken tandoori or the chicken tikka.  Other great dishes here are the lamb vindaloo, shrimp masala, and shrimp bhuna.  For dinner, feast on their shrimp and lamb curry or the Ambar India Special which is a portion of a few dishes served on a platter.  There is a vegetarian menu section as well with such as aloo choley (chickpeas and potatoes) or malai kofta (vegetables).