Mom couldn’t make it this morning but we had a good breakfast with dad, Jay, Becca, and Chad. Brian made hash browns and scrambled eggs…
..and Nutella croissants.
I helped by frying the bacon.
We had a nice celebration lunch at Grand Central today in Cottonwood Falls. I had only dined there once before, about six years ago, with some Diversity Champions teammates. I didn’t really remember much from that previous experience other than I recognized the place when Darcy and I arrived there.
The food was actually pretty good. I had a salad before my meal, which I inhaled. I was either really hungry or it was really good. I think it’s both. I thought the raspberry vinaigrette dressing was yummy.
I had grilled chicken and beans and rice for my meal. The chicken was nice and juicy but was lacking in flavor somewhat. The rice and beans were good. Despite my slight disappointment with the chicken, the meal was not bad overall.
Darcy had the reuben.
This is Susan’s salad.
I’m not sure how everyone else felt about the place, but I actually liked it. I liked it enough that I’m considering taking Brian on a road trip that way. Now to just figure out what kind of sights we can see in Cottonwood Falls. LOL.
Anyone know what kind of attractions and points of interest we can see over in those parts? Suggestions of places to see and things to do would be most welcome. Please post your recommendations in the comments.
Whenever I try a new place, I can usually rely on the recommendations and tips of FourSquare users. Not so much this time, though.
Brian and I decided to try Doo-Dah Diner after church yesterday. I’d heard so many good things about the restaurant that I had such high expectations.
Brian got what he usually orders at most breakfast places: biscuits and gravy, hash browns, and two eggs fried hard. He was disappointed that his biscuits were hard as hockey pucks. He said they weren’t fresh by any means. The sausage gravy was okay but bland as with the hash browns and eggs.
I ordered the country fried steak dinner which came highly recommended on FourSquare but, like Brian’s meal, everything on my plate was under seasoned. It’s like they ran out of salt in the kitchen or something.
I’ve had some friends who have had wonderful dining experiences at Doo-Dah and some who haven’t, but the general consensus is this place serves great food is awesome overall. Our server was definitely friendly. Although, I wish the quality of the food lived up to the restaurant’s reputation. Perhaps we didn’t order the right things. This just goes to show you can’t always believe what you read on FourSquare.
Pictures from our dinner at Hideaway Steakhouse in Westminster.
This is their menu. Prices are kind of high and your bill will add up since the items are a la carte. Lucky for us, Avaya picked up the tab.
Darcy and I shared a crab cakes appetizer. Their crab cakes are decent, but not great. I still think that the crab cakes I ate at Skipper’s Dock were better.
This is the escargot, which I didn’t try, but everyone else said it was very good.
The roasted portabella mushrooms above were very good. That, I can attest to.
I skipped the fresh oysters also. Oysters just don’t appeal to me.
Several people ordered salads to go with their meal. This is the iceberg wedge. I decided to skip the salad because I had my fill of the appetizers and was already worried that I wouldn’t be able to finish my entree.
If I were inclined to order a salad I would have probably picked the same thing. The other choices were Caesar, spinach salad (with fresh seedless watermelon, toasted pistachios, Bermuda onions, haystack mountain goat cheese, and honey balsamic vinaigrette), tomato caprese (with artisan greens, beefsteak tomatoes, fresh basil, fresh mozzarella, extra virgin olive oil, and aged balsamic vinegar), and house salad. Although, the spinach salad sounds pretty good too.
Darcy ordered the scallops for her dinner, which she said was very good, though not quite as good as the ones she had in Seattle when she and Ginger were there for the ICMI conference the previous week.
Jay, one of the Avaya reps, got lobster. It was huge!
Ginger got a filet mignon.
I got the fish special, an orange roughy. It’s a white fish like tilapia and the texture is very similar. Except, I think orange roughy is a bigger fish so the filets are bigger and meatier. It was good, though I have a feeling they serve this better at Bonefish Grill. I will have to try their orange roughy there for comparison.
These were five of us from my work and I think five reps from Avaya at dinner but these were all the pictures that I took. I didn’t want to get up and go around the table to take pictures of everyone’s food. They were already picking on me as it were.
I really, really wanted to get a picture of the prime rib because everyone on FourSquare said that was the thing to order. No one in our group ordered it though. However, Jay said that he’s had it before and it is pretty good. Oh, well.
The food at Hideaway doesn’t photograph that well, though. For such an expensive restaurant, their food presentation is a little on the sloppy side. The taste of the food makes up for it some but, when you’re paying that much for dinner, you kind of expect perfection.
Overall I think Hideaway is pretty good. We had good food and good service. However, when you factor in the price you’re paying and consider it with the quality of the food, there’s really other places to eat that probably would be better.
The atmosphere is nice, though. I imagine that’s one of the reasons why it seems to be popular with corporate types. I had a good meal and enjoyed a wonderful dinner with my colleagues. As for simple people like Brian and me, if it were just the two of us dining, this probably isn’t our kind of dinner joint.
We had a wonderful dinner at Bonefish Grill last week with Cari, Stacy, and Misty. Brian and I enjoyed their wonderful company and also some of our favorites at Bonefish: bang bang shrimp, lump crab corn chowder, and bang bang tacos.
I forgot to post the food pictures sooner, but here they are now. Enjoy!
Oh Yeah China Bistro is one of those restaurants that really make me want to shout, “Oh, Yeah!” Their food is so good that I can’t even call it Chinese food. Why? Because Chinese food is not what I picture when I imagine myself eating one of their delicious dishes. I picture nirvana and the inevitable food coma.
We don’t live in the Northeast part of Wichita anymore (Thank, heavens! Or we would both weigh 300 pounds.) so we rarely get to eat at Oh Yeah these days. Although, if I could eat there everyday I would. Everything on the menu is delicious, even the meatless options. You gotta try this place.
We were at the Anchor the other day for a work celebration. I hadn’t been there in a really long time. It used to be one of our favorite places to eat lunch, back when we were still eating out everyday (almost three times a day) and had no regard for our health. LOL. This recent trip reminded me of why I absolutely loved the Anchor. It’s a bar that serves amazing food. There’s not many of those around.
This is a picture of their hummus. It was yummy. Not as good as Bella Luna or MIF Deli of course, but it was quite good.
I believe these are the fish and chips. You can actually get homemade potato chips instead of fries. They’re great at the Anchor also.
This is one of the burgers, but I’m not sure which one it is.
These are the truffle fries, which are almost better than the ones they serve at the Flying Stove. I think what I liked most about them is that they are cut in thin slices and they’re fried to perfection. They are perfectly crispy. Best fries ever!
This is the salmon burger. I don’t know of any other bar in town that serves salmon.
The Anchor also has awesome chicken tenders. Brian and I will usually share the five piece. If we don’t order any drinks Brian and I could usually eat lunch for less than $15. Yet another reason why the Anchor quickly became a favorite of ours when we both started working downtown.
This is what I had — the grilled chicken sandwich with homemade potato chips. If you like potatoes, the Anchor is the place to go. They have regular fries, truffle fries, sweet potato fries, and homemade potato chips. Most places just have fries.
I’m partial to the Anchor’s sweet potato fries because it’s the first place that I got try it. Before the Anchor, I’d never had sweet potato fries before.
Anyway, the Anchor just has great food all the way around. It’s so good that I’m thinking of asking Brian to take me there next time we go out on a date.
Brian and I finally got to try the Monarch. I had high hopes for this place because of some of the comments I’d heard from other people. Sadly, it was just so-so. Maybe we just didn’t order the right items from the menu?
Speaking of menu, here’s a glimpse of theirs.
And their signature cocktails are as follows.
I did like the peppadew hummus. It was very good.
I figured that Brian would order the Cuban, but he got the gold rush instead. I guess he wasn’t that hungry.
He said that his sandwich was just okay. He thought he could have made a better grilled cheese sandwich for $8.49. That is a bit steep for grilled cheese. I don’t care what you put in it. Good thing we had a Groupon.
I got the chicken caprese, which was tasty but not great. I did like the homemade potato chips. I prefer those over fries. For a good sandwich downtown, I still prefer Caffe Moderne.
Maybe we really didn’t order the right things? Who knows? All I know is I’ve eaten at places where I’ve loved everything that I’ve tried on the menu. This isn’t one of those places.
Tsunami used to be one of our favorite eateries on the East side of town. Over the years, we went less and less frequently for diet and financial reasons. The last blow was moving to the South part of Wichita. It was no longer convenient for us to go.
A recent Groupon offer got to us to return the other day, though. But it wasn’t the place that we remembered. It’s still located in the same strip mall and the menu is still the same, but the feeling is completely different.
The salad roll was okay. It wasn’t as delicious as I remembered.
The fried dumplings were just okay also.
The bottom line is that the quality of the food isn’t what it used to be. You used to be able to taste the love in the carefully prepared dishes no matter what you ordered from the menu. Now the food is just blah.
The people were nice, but I think the restaurant has changed owners. That would explain why the food isn’t the same even though the menu hasn’t changed. The sticky floors on the day of our visit was also an added turn off. The place just seems neglected. I feel sorry for what’s become of one of our old favorites.
We had a busy day on Saturday. Did my stair climb first thing in the morning, made it in time for Spanish class at 9 AM and then taught my Zumba class at 10 AM.
We had our usual post-workout brunch and then I participated in Jenni’s thrift store video blog. After that we went to mom and dad’s for dinner. Mom made menudo and, now that we live less than 15 minutes away, we can just drop on by whenever they have some good grub. LOL.
After dinner we were off to Hideki’s mini Rock Band party. Hideki throws the best parties. His bar is stocked better than most restaurants and he has a full Rock Band setup complete with pro drums, keyboard, and multiple microphones.
These next couple of photos were taken by Meader. He takes the best photos.
We had a blast as always and would have stayed longer if only Brian didn’t have to work this morning. Thanks for a great Rock Band party, Hideki!