Burger, Eating out, Food, Philadelphia suburb, Restaurant, Take-out

Friday Night Date Night at Home! TAKE OUT from Redstone, Plymouth Meeting, PA

Friday Night Date Night! Well if you can’t get there, bring it home!

It’s not secret that The Hubs and I love Redstone. It’s close to home, they make the best cocktails and they serve delicious food. It’s known that the menu is a bit pricey so we save it for special occasions. We also like to go when I work late. We head over about 9 PM for a cocktail and some appetizers in the bar area. Man I CANNOT wait until we can do that safely again! Anyway since we can’t make that happen right now, we made our own cocktails and brought some of our favorites home for a date night!

Not bad for made-at-home cocktails!
Gin martini and an Old Fashioned – the drinks we order when we are at Redstone.

One of the items Redstone is famous for is their Buffalo Shrimp. They are expensive but they are good. We got the large portion of 5 shrimp for $19. The smaller portion is 3 for a few bucks less but trust me if you are sharing make sure you get the large. Delish.

What was great about the take-out serving is that they had everything packaged separately so the shrimp didn’t get mushy. The buffalo sauce and the very high quality blue cheese crumbles were both in separate containers. We put it on the crispy shrimp when we were ready to indulge.

Mmmmm spicy and saucy

We also ordered a Wedge Salad. This is one of my favorite salads ever. Sadly, Redstone took this salad off their main menu last year sometime. That was very disappointing. They said that they were trying to get all of their locations with the exact same menu for consistency so this was one of the salads that was removed. BUT HAPPILY THEY RETURNED IT TO THE COVID19 TAKE-OUT MENU HERE in Plymouth Meeting!

The lettuce was cool and crisp. It is made using thick, seasoned bacon and creamy blue cheese dressing. There is also diced green onion, perfectly ripe grape tomatoes and those high-quality blue cheese crumbles used on the shrimp. It’s a large portion and it was fine for us for sharing! (Around $10).

This is the salad split into 2

Mmmmmmm The Redstone Burger. (I believe it was $16). Let me tell you this is one of my top restaurant burgers. It is always cooked perfect. The chefs always get it right no matter who is on the grill. It’s toppings, including lettuce, tomato and pickles, are always fresh. The bacon is thick and crispy and the brioche bun is toasted and complimentary. The BBQ sauce is delicious. If they bottled it, I’d buy it. The fries…well they are just ok. They remind me of McDonalds fries which are good but I would expect a little more sophisticated fries from Redstone. If you are at the restaurant ask them to “truffle your fries” for a few extra bucks (I think $3). It’s totally worth it. They drizzle truffle oil all over the fries and load them up with herbs and grated cheese. You can probably substitute the fries with mashed potatoes or coleslaw. The other sides are probably available too with a small up-charge…usually $2. (I hate up-charges – I think they’re tacky).

Redstone did not disappoint. We were satisfied with all that we ate and it was worth every penny. I encourage you to support Redstone in Plymouth Meeting so that they can open again for us all to enjoy. Here is a picture of their current menu items available for pick-up. The only problem here is they don’t list their prices! You’ll either have to call for prices or just take your chances. 🤷🏼‍♀️

In addition to what I mentioned in my blog, I can also recommend for appetizers, the brussel sprouts and the wings with BBQ sauce. For main entrees I can recommend the classic chicken, the baby back ribs and the braised beef short rib. I’ve had them all and they are all Redstone classics (like the burger).

That’s it for this edition of TAKE OUT. I give Redstone a 4.75 out of 5 forks! Be safe everyone! Remember I wear a mask for you and you wear a mask for me. Thanks for reading folks! And don’t fret, we will be eating out again soon enough!

Eating out, Food, Indian, Philadelphia suburb, Restaurant, Reviews, Take-out

Choolaah, King of Prussia

Hey folks. Today I thought I’d share a yummy little place in KOP that is now offering delivery and take-out. It’s a nice choice for something a little different and inexpensive. Choolaah is basically fast casual Indian deliciousness. Their cooking method is an ancient clay cooking style. It’s healthy and exotic. Yes I am describing food people not a handsome gentleman LOL.

Build a bowl is their primary method. You pick a protein, a masala sauce and a base like rice and/or veggies. The proteins you can choose are chicken, lamb meatballs, veg croquettes, tofu, paneer and salmon. The masalas are tikka masala, chickpea masala and a couple different lentil daals. They offer both white rice and brown rice. Anyway, I could read you their entire menu but I think you should check it out yourself because there are so many different bowl or salad combinations.

Our Food

Below are pics of our bowls. I got half brown rice and a half roasted veg base with veggie croquettes and tikka masala. It was super good. Dan got white rice and a half veg base with lamb meatballs and tikka masala. He also enjoyed his. Actually, we both ate our entire bowls!

My veg bowl
Dan’s lamb bowl
Multiple sauces

They offer other menu items like wraps, naan and additional sides. They also have a fixin’ bar with a variety of accompaniments. Above is a pic of a few of the sauces including but not limited to spicy mango and tamarind ginger. I tried most of them and they were all delish.

We went to Choolaah way back in October 2019 so we were able to eat inside. It was clean and super busy. The staff were so helpful and inviting. I remember commented on how well they must have been trained. They really seemed to care if we were enjoying our meals. I give Choolaah 4.5 out of 5 forks! So needless to say we will be back once this stay at home order is over.

I thought I would share this little place with you now since they continue to deliver and have take out. Give it a try for something different. Well,thanks for eating folks and soon we will be eating out again!

Beer, Eating out, Food, Restaurant, Reviews, Wings

Order Take-Out or Delivery TODAY! We did! The Whitpain Tavern / Blue Bell, PA

Wing pic from their website…to put you in the mood.

We are all feeling it. This quarantine is trying in so many ways. Beside all of the other issues like employment insecurity, financial burdens and mental sanity to not say the least, not being able to eat out really hurts. It’s changed my routine for sure. Listen I’m not complaining, just stating a fact. This blog’s name for goodness sake is ILoveEatingOut….so duh.

Now is the time for us to buy at least one meal a week from your favorite local place to give them a little helping hand. You want them to still be in business when all of this craziness is past us right? You might have a concern over ordering take-out right now and I do too! I have copied a couple of Q and A directly from the CDC website regarding this so hopefully it will ease your mind if you have concerns. See below.

Q: Can I get sick with COVID-19 from touching food, the food packaging, or food contact surfaces, if the coronavirus was present on it?

A: Currently, there is no evidence of food or food packaging being associated with transmission of COVID-19. Like other viruses, it is possible that the virus that causes COVID-19 can survive on surfaces or objects. For that reason, it is critical to wash your hands often, including utensils.

Q: Can I get COVID-19 from a food worker handling my food?

A: Currently, there is no evidence of food or food packaging being associated with transmission of COVID-19. However, the virus that causes COVID-19 is spreading from person-to-person in some communities in the U.S. The CDC recommends that if you are sick, stay home until you are better and no longer pose a risk of infecting others.

Anyone handling, preparing and serving food should always follow safe food handling procedures, such as washing hands and surfaces often.”

AND back to my thoughts…

Listen, it won’t hurt to follow some basic precautions while getting your take-out. While I’m certainly not an infectious disease expert by any means, I have the internet and TV to inform me (LOL). No seriously, I read and heard that stomach acids will kill the virus so there doesn’t seem to be any risk in investing it. Just be careful when you get your food home. Empty the food directly onto your own plates and discard the containers. Heat up your food in the oven for a bit or even microwave. Again, I’m not an expert and I don’t know if this will help but I can’t imagine it will hurt. WASH YOUR HANDS after handling the containers and before you eat.

The Hubs and I ordered from one of the local watering holes The Whitpain Tavern in Blue Bell, PA. We love to go there and listen to live music and just chill with some wings, fries, drinks whether its just us or with some of our neighbors. It was really nice of them to offer us delivery without a charge. I’m not sure what their requirements are but you probably have to be pretty local to qualify for this free service. Note they do have curbside pick up too if you need to get out and take a drive. OH! And they also delivered a 6-pack too so that was very convenient.

I’m lacking pictures this time folks sorry but I can tell you our food was great. We had hot wings, hot BBQ wings, and Shane’s French Onion Fries. The wings are always big and meaty. They are fried and generously tossed in your sauce of choice. The Garlic BBQ sauce is so good. Little pieces of real garlic mixed into the traditional BBQ sauce makes this very special. Wings are served with celery and blue cheese. The fries we got are sidewinder fries which are basically curly steak fries crispy on the outside and soft and hot on the inside. On top they melted provolone and Swiss cheese and then covered it with a layer of crispy onion straws and its served with the most delicious beef gravy I have ever had. Really if it was acceptable, I’d drink this gravy from a cup. Mmmmmmm drinkin’ gravy from a cup…LOL. I should mention that the fries weren’t as delicious as when they come directly from the kitchen to the table but that’s ok, they were still very satisfying.

Alright enough of my rambling. It’s getting close to dinner time so start thinking about what restaurant you want to support and I don’t mean McDonalds or Wendy’s people! I mean those small businesses that have delicious food we crave along with the warm environments we love. Help keep these places above water until they can get back on track. Thanks for reading folks and we will be eating out more often soon enough! Stay safe everyone.

Eating out, Philadelphia suburb, Restaurant, Reviews

Restaurants Closed…WHAT!?

I’m gonna write something light and simple to get some of the (you know what) cleared from the blogs and the facebook feed. Speaking of feed, I’m a professional feedee. ILoveEatingOut, as you all know. So with restaurants closed I’m having a hard time adjusting. I mean besides my regular WaWa trips (there is one across the street from my work), I look forward to meals out with the Hubs and friends and family. This may present as a challenge for me in a few weeks. It’s been 10 days since my last meal out (besides the one pizza we ordered) and we have been doing pretty good setting so far but I thought it would be a good idea for us to share some recipes so that we don’t get bored with the same old stuff. We all have our regular go-tos like spaghetti and meatballs or sausage, tacos and baked salmon but what else I ask you. Help me set my table please. Some restaurant quality recipes would be awesome…so we can pretend!

Also, with all that is happening now we are trying to limit our trips to the market so we are really trying not to be wasteful, to use what we have, and to not throw out any food. With that said, today I am preparing a simple slow cooker beef stew. It’s a great dish for those lonely root vegetables you have just sitting around waiting to be loved. I was lucky enough to have a beef stew seasoning mix packers so I didn’t have to mess with anything else but a little water. But beef stew is very forgiving and you can use what you have. Spices like thyme and ground mustard go nicely in stew…fresh or dried spices will do! A can of beef broth or a bullion cube or two will add lots of flavor as well. Don’t forget the salt and pepper my friends.

You can serve this as is or over noodles (egg noodles are my fav) or rice or even another grain like barley or quinoa. Really whatever you have will work.

The veggies I am using are onions, parsnips, potatoes, carrots and celery. I’m not picky. In addition to a new onion, I’m using a half of one that was in the frig that was a little wrinkly. Also threw in there about 10 baby carrots that were left in the bag in the veggie drawer along with 3 fresh carrots. My point is that this is a dish to use up those “old veggies”.

I’m very excited to share this post with you before my meal is ready so we can all start sharing our ideas. I do have one photo and that’s the before. And here it is!

Before!

I hope this rough and unprecedented time passes soon and we can all be out and about meeting our friends and family so we can share a cocktail (OMG the liquor stores are closed too) and some delicious and prepared by someone else…food. Thanks for reading folks. We will be eating out more often soon enough. Stay healthy.

Eating out, Food, Philadelphia suburb, Restaurant, Reviews

Paladar Latin Kitchen and Rum Bar, King of Prussia, PA

We started with the Craft-Your-Own Guacamole for $20. Yes this is a bit pricey but it is freshly made and a nice starter for a group. It starts with the traditional guac and you add your own mixins such as crispy capers or roasted red peppers. Their are multiple mixin options available but we chose to have one traditional, one with pickled jalepenos and the last with candied pumpkin seeds. They are served with fried plaintain, tortilla and malanga chips. It is very good and its not just your old typical guac and chips so give it a try!

Guac sampler
Side of chips for the quac

Since we had all of the delicious guac to eat and that’s not good for leftovers, I decided to get an appetizer as my main dish. I ordered the Paladar Empanadas stuffed with portabella mushrooms. I wasn’t too impressed with this at all. It was a bit overdone and too greasy. The filling and toppings were just okay. I will probably won’t ever order this again.

Empanadas

The Hubs ordered a traditional Latin dish, the Feijoada Stew which is made with pork, chorizo sausage, black beans, sofrito vegetables, kale, sofrito rice and grilled Cuban bread for $19. Oddly I’m not a huge fan of Latin food but my husband is. He really enjoyed this dish. My only observation (I took a pic so you can see) is that the chef clearly burned the bread and covered it with a second sadly prepared piece of bread. That’s lame. If you know you ruined something fix it before it goes out to the guest. Don’t try to hide it like your customers are stupid and won’t notice! It’s insulting. I mean this is a nice restaurant, not a cheap place.

Stew served with both burnt and underdone bread

Paladar offers a nice cocktail menu including different styles of margaritas and mojitos. Its main feature is the extensive rum list. They even offer rum flights ranging in price from $9 to $25. If rum was my thing I’d totally try this but its not so I didn’t!!

Paladar is located in the King of Prussia’s happening Town Center. There is a lot of action all around especially this beautiful fall time of year. Like most of the restaurants throughout the Town Center, they get busy so make a reservation. In case you haven’t guessed, this is not the place to bring young children.

The main dining area and indoor bar have have nicely decorated interiors and is very spacious so tables aren’t on top of each other. Outside seating is also offered. We sat outside with no regrets. Our server was busy but attentive so no complaints there. You know I just realized that my heart isn’t really into this review and I’m not sure if its because I’m not a Latin food lover or I just didn’t have a really great meal. Either way I’m still going to share this brief review for you. I give Paladar 3 out of 5 forks. Thanks for reading folks and eat out more often!

Eating out, Food, Philadelphia suburb, Restaurant, Reviews, scallops, steak

White Dog Cafe, Haverford, PA

There were four of us that met out for dinner at White Dog Cafe in Haverford. We started with Sandy Ridge Farm Deviled Eggs for $11 which included a half dozen, cage-free eggs with an assortment of seasonal fillings. Ours included caviar and chives, a crispy potato crumble and a blue cheese and bacon topping. These were fantastic and unlike any deviled eggs we had ever had. They were so creamy and the toppings were unique and complimentary.

Deviled Eggs

We also shared Parmesan Fries with truffle oil, grana, and chives for $8. They were cooked just right and were served with care. However, they could have used a bit more truffle oil. You could barely taste or smell the truffle oil but they were still tasty.

Truffle Fries

The Hubs ordered the Butcher’s Cut which was a filet mignon. It was served with locally sourced, shallot butter, house made steak sauce, truffle fries and arugula salad. The plate looked nice but the filet was overcooked. He ordered medium but there was no pink inside. The Hubs isn’t a complainer but I could tell he was a bit disappointed.

Filet

I had the Locust Point Farm Chicken served with goat cheese whipped potatoes, baby spinach and mushroom marsala for $27. Now this chicken could not have been cooked more perfectly! It was so tender and juicy and the skin was so crispy. The potatoes were a little runny but I think that’s because the chicken on top was so juicy. The flavors were divine. I would order this again.

Chicken

Our friends ordered Yellowfin Tuna Tartare served with avocado salsa, sesame soy emulsion and true leaf micro cilantro for $16 (no photo taken). They also ordered the special appetizer for the evening. It was a Tempura Battered Cauliflower all sauced up.

The special appetizer that evening

For their entrees they ordered the Cape May Scallops served with sweet corn ragout, basil charred tomato romesco sauce and almond crumble for $35 and the fish special which was swordfish with various accompaniments. They enjoyed their entrees although they (and we) struggled to finish them as we had so many apps and a few cocktails. We were even all so full and content that we skipped dessert!

Scallop meal and sword fish meal

The decor was very warm and comforting. There are a few rooms available for dining. We were seated in The Living Room. It was super crowded so make sure you make a reservation. There are adorable pictures of dogs a dog related art throughout the restaurant and I loved it. I even enjoyed my trip to the ladies room because I got to enjoy more of the dog related decor.

The bar is small and it was crowded. The bartender and the servers were personable, attentive and knowledgeable. It’s a great date place and a nice place for friends to gather. I do not think it’s a good place for small children so best to get a sitter. I give White Dog Cafe in Haverford 4.5 out of 5 forks. It’s a bit pricey but totally worth it. Thanks for reading folks and eat out more often!

Eating out, Food, Mexican, Philadelphia suburb, Restaurant, Reviews

El Limone, Ambler, PA

El Limone is one of our favorite spots to go for quick, inexpensive and delicious Mexican food. It’s authentic and we always leave with big smiles and full tummies.

El Limone is a BYO. We often see people sharing a bottle of wine or drinking a couple of beers. If you forget your alcohol fear not my friends as they offer FREE margaritas. I understand they are supposed to offer a max of 2 margaritas per entree but I have seen them pour more. The margaritas are sometimes a bit watered down on occasion but who’s complaining if they are free right!?

Complimentary margarita

I almost always order the same thing…the loaded nachos with carnitas for $9.95. They are mouthwatering. I literally crave them at times. The pork is shredded with big chunks of meat found throughout the plate (see blown up pic below in pic collage). The nachos are smothered in refried beans, cheese, guacamole, sour cream and pico de gallo. The chips are house made and served crunchy and warm. I love adding their house made hot sauces. They offer a tomatillo and a chipoltle option. I love both and I use both. Use the chipoltle cautiously though…it’s hot both at the time you eat it and the next day (if you get my drift). It’s true folks. I gotta let you know but I also have to let you know that, to me, its worth it.

The most perfect nachos you’ll ever have

Below is a pick of Dan’s sopes. He ordered a chorizo and an al pastor. Sopes are a thick corn tortilla (fried masa) covered in Mexican goodness. Note El Limone’s sopes are often greasy (as well as the chorizo) but still so good. Sopes are covered in lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream and cheese at $2.50 each. You just can’t beat it.

Sopes

My Mom got a shrimp quesadilla for $8.00. It was cooked perfect and the shrimp were big. She was happy…I was happy.

Shrimp quesadilla

Dan and I love the Tres Leches cake at El Limone. It’s only $5.95 and it was big enough for the 3 of us to share. It was wet with milky sweetness and satisfied our dessert desire. Yum. Get it!

Tres Leches

The restaurant is located in the middle of a strip of stores in Ambler. It’s a bit run down and lacks everything fancy. The tables are set close together and there are a few placed outside on the sidewalk. The chefs are not in a closed kitchen so you can see them cooking in the very small space. TV’s are anchored in the corners of the small room often showing sporting events.

This place is loved by many so it’s usually crowded. Expect to wait on busy “out-to-eat” nights like Friday and Saturday evenings. Its always a full house with a full (and cramped) waiting area and a line often out the door but they have a quick turnaround so the wait has never been extreme. They are also very popular with the take-out so you will see door-dash folks coming and going.

It’s a great place for friends to gather, families with small children to get together and honestly, even a fun date night with maybe a show to follow down the street at Ambler Theater. One last note, in addition to it’s Ambler location, there are locations in Ardmore, Bryn Mawr, Conshohocken, Norristown, Malvern, Paoli, Royersford, and West Chester. I have only been to Ambler and Norristown. Ambler is my fave of the two.

I give El Limone in Ambler 4.75 stars out of 5 forks. For the money you can’t get a better meal. Skip the fast food restaurants and head on over to El Limone. Thanks for reading and eat out more often folks!

Eating out, Food, Italian, Philadelphia suburb, Restaurant, Reviews

Valley Forge Trattoria & Lounge, Phoenixville, PA

I had heard from two different people that this was the new place to be so I wanted to try it. We went on Sunday of Labor Day weekend with out neighbors and friends. They actually recommended it too as they heard it was good.

The decor was beautiful. It had a very fitting Mediterranean Tuscan decor. There was a lovely inside dining area with a beautiful and large bar as well as an outdoor patio. We sat outside since the weather was lovely. Note if you decide to eat outside, the patio is directly across the street from the newly renovated Valley Veterinary Hospital so be ready to hear some howling and barking dogs intermittently during your meal. It only happened a couple times so it wasn’t too distracting.

They have a very interesting cocktail list with drinks at an average cost of about $13. Below you will see two Manhattans, one gin and vodka martini with blue cheese olives, and a pomegranate martini. We all were very happy with our drinks. The waitress did have some difficulty serving them but that’s because they were filled to the brim which is fine by me!

Coctails

We shared a seafood stuffed egg roll appetizer. It was crispy and delicious. It was served with a sweet and tangy Asian style dipping sauce which complimented it nicely. It was a generous portion and perfectly prepared. Yummm I would order again.

Appetizer

Each of our meals started with either a house salad or a cesaer salad. I had the cesear and it was just okay. The dressing was a bit to vinegary for me. It needed more parm cheese I think and lose the tomatoes. I don’t think tomatoes should be in a cesaer. Other than that, the ingredients were crisp and fresh.

My cesaer

All tables are treated to complimentary garlic knots. They looked a lot better than they tasted. The knots were a bit chewy. It almost reminded me of the texture a roll gets after its been microwaved. I hope they don’t microwave their knots before serving. That would be so bad. I believe the sauce was their pizza sauce. It was sweet…just okay. I will pass on them next time. They are not worth the carbs or calories.

Complimentary garlic knots

I had linguini with mussels and clams in white sauce. The pasta, sauce and clams were devine. After a few bites the mussels became questionable. Some were nice but others were mushy. Also there was one mussel that was not cleaned properly (see the bottom left mussel in my picture). It had the hard hairs still attached to it. Please if you can’t remove them, toss it and don’t put it on the plate. It grossed me out. I don’t know that I would order mussels here again based on this experience. I want to know that each mussel I put in my mouth is going to be good, not take a gamble.

Mussels, clams and linguini with white sauce

So not to bore you too much I decided to put a collage together of the dishes my husband and neighbors enjoyed. No one complained and all said their food tasted good. Dan had the lobster ravioli (looks a little too saucy to me), my neighbors had the spaghetti with seafood and a chicken dish with a side of pasta. I try not to be too annoying to eat with so I didn’t ask too many questions so pics is all your gonna get regarding their dishes.

Everyone else’s food

Would I go back again? I don’t know. Probably I would but I won’t go out of my way for sure. If someone invites us I’d go. Hopefully the experience would be a bit better. I’ll surely avoid the mussels though.

As a side note I’ve decided to increase my forks to 5. It’s too difficult with only 4 so for this place, I give it 3.5 out of 5 forks.

Thanks for reading and be sure to eat out more often folks.

Bloody Mary, BRUNCH, Eating out, Food, Philadelphia suburb, Restaurant, Reviews

BRUNCH SERIES! Stone Rose, Conshohocken, PA

It’s a Bloody Mary lovers dream I tell ya. I mean look at this Bloody sampler! I have never heard of such a thing and I’m not sure why. What an awesome idea. It included three different 5 oz glasses…their classic Rose Mary, the Spicy Verde and the Bloody Maria for only $11. The Bloody Maria was made with tequila and surprisingly it was really good. My fave was the classic and Dan’s fave was the Spicy Verde. It was also served with an extra glass with bacon and lemon and limes which is nice but like I always say, chuck a chunk of cheese in there or maybe a pickle and some celery too! Me likey the options. That’s one of the best parts…all of the fixins!

The sampler

We started by sharing the Chef’s Daily Flatbread for $14. It was buffalo chicken and it was quite good. The crust was thin and crispy. It wasn’t soggy or overcooked. It was done just right. The chicken was tender, the scallions and arugula were fresh and the sauce was amazing. We confirmed the sauce was made in-house. It wasn’t very “buffaloey” though. It was spicy and somewhat sweet. It wasn’t what we expected…it was better.

Buffalo chicken flatbread

I had the crab and avocado salad for $15. It included crab meat, avocado, mixed greens, a roasted pepper and crispy potato strips. It was very light and fresh. Note though that if I didn’t have some of the flatbread, I don’t know that I would have been satisfied. Now I do have a few comments both good and bad. Let’s start with the good first. The citrus vinaigrette was amazing. Aannnndddd that’s pretty much it for the good. Now the bad. The mixed greens were a little lackluster. Literally it was just a pile of greens…boring. It was saved by the delicious vinaigrette. The roasted pepper was a bit much. It was a whole pepper barely roasted. It needed to be roasted longer. The avocado and crab were fine although I didn’t have one piece of “lump” in my serving and the menu indicated it was lump. It was just a bunch of shredded crab meat. The crispy potatoes added nothing flavor wise and it’s texture over the crab/avocado stack just didn’t make sense to me. This dish was just boring and lacked finesse.

My salad

The hubs ordered the frittata which is the chef’s daily creation served with arugula salad and fresh fruit for $11. This frittata was made with red pepper, cheddar cheese and spinach. Personally, I’m not a frittata fan in general. It’s something that I would never order. Dan said it was good. He really enjoyed it. If you look at the picture, it looked a little brown on the bottom to me but again, the hubs didn’t complain one bit. He enjoyed the arugula on top and the fresh fruit consisted of a few slices of ripe cantaloupe.

Fritatta

On the day we went we were lucky enough to have great weather so we sat outside at one of the few tables they offer. We made a reservation but I don’t think you need it for brunch as it was not busy. I believe the evening is when reservations are needed. The servers were fabulous. They worked as a team and were very attentive. Our table was a bit wobbly and our server grabbed a wedge to put under the leg and quickly steadied it up for us. The food came out as ordered and in a perfectly timed manner. The stars of this meal were the surely the Bloody Mary sampler and the flatbread. It was a good experience but not a slam dunk. In conclusion, I give Stone Rose brunch 3.25 out of 4 forks. Thanks for reading folks and be sure to make an effort to eat out more often!

Eating out, Food, Philadelphia suburb, Restaurant, Reviews, steak

Texas Roadhouse, Royersford, PA

Talk about bang-for-your-buck! If you are in the mood for a decent steak you must try this place. It’s a chain and they are all over so you should be able to find one within a reasonable distance.

Our server was pleasant and attentive despite how busy she was. The restaurant employs servers, bus people, runners, and frankly enough people that they seem to have their stuff together. No long waits and all of our courses came out in a timely fashion and just as we had ordered with no screw ups. Know that lines are to be expected on a busy family out-to-eat-night so be sure to call ahead since they offer it!

The meal started with warm, shiny, soft rolls with a creamy, cinnamon butter. All you can eat on these little suckers but my 46 year old bod said stop at just one.

As if the cinnamon rolls weren’t enough, they have all you can eat peanuts sitting on each table. I restrained myself from these as I knew I had a plethora of food to come. But I suspect these are good to entertain the littles….or maybe get them in trouble?

The entrees (specifically steaks since that’s what we got) include two sides. They have many sides to choose from. One interesting side offered is a cup of chili. I thought that was different anyway. Also, they offer a house salad or a caesar salad as a side and I love that!

I got the caesar and Dan got the house. The caesar was great with the perfect amount of cheese, dressing and crunchy, fresh croutons….nothing like a stale crouton to ruin a caesar. Dan’s salad was a meal in itself. It included your usual lettuce, tomato and croutons but also included chopped up hard-boiled egg and lots of shredded cheddar. Yum.

Salads

If you sign up on their website you get coupons and deal notifications. Also near your birthday you get a free appetizer (or dessert I think) so Dan and I ordered the Cactus Blossom. It’s normally $6.99 but free for us since I had my birthday coupon. The Cactus Blossom is a large onion, golden-fried and served with a cajun horseradish sauce for dipping. According to the Texas Roadhouse nutritional guide, the onion with 3 oz. of dipping sauce totals 1,970 calories. WHHHAAAATTTT! It’s quite the treat but note this is a sharing appetizer people. Do not attempt it by yourself!

Cactus Blossom

Dan ordered the 8 oz. Dallas Filet with a loaded baked potato for $20.99. It was cooked perfect and tasted good. BTW the “loaded” part is butter, sour cream, bacon bits and shredded cheddar. (I’m salivating as I type). Also the potatoes are baked with little bits of sea salt on the outside which really brings out the flavor of the baked potato. The steak was cooked just right and everything came out hot and juicy.

Dan’s Filet

I ordered the smaller option of their New York Strip. It was a 8 oz. thick cut New York Strip smothered in sauteed mushrooms and a loaded baked potato. It was $14.99 for my meal plus an extra $1.99 for mushrooms. Isn’t that nuts! What a deal. The mushrooms were so flavorful and they added so much to the dish but you do have to be a mushroom lover because when they say smother, they mean smother. Note you can also get your steak smothered with sauteed onions, jack cheese or brown gravy….any combination of the 4 toppings that is for a measly $1.99. You couldn’t even see my steak they gave me so many mushrooms but believe me, it was there and it was cooked just as I requested.

Thick cut New York strip

Just a quick observation. I’m not quite sure why they call it “thick”. It wasn’t very thick to me but for $14.99, I’m not complaining.

They even have their own steak sauce!

An important feature here That I must mention is that you can actually go to their meat display counter and choose the steak you want them to cook for you! Fun for the whole family lol.

So in conclusion, the food was plentiful and satisfying. The restaurant was busy and loud but that’s okay so long as it’s not a romantic evening out. I say its a good place when you are craving a steak, don’t want to lose and arm-and-a-leg and don’t mind the busy atmosphere with lots of children buzzing around. I’m mean sure if you go to a fancy steakhouse and pay $50 for your steak and $10 for your side, the quality of the cut of meat is better and it might be a bit more tender, etc. (or at least it better be) but really this place was perfectly fine in satisfying our carnivorous craving. Well gitty up partners! I give Texas Road house a 3.25. Thanks for reading and eat out more often folks!