ROMANO’s KITCHEN COUNTER: Chicken Milanese Panzanella

20 Nov

I don’t often visit Romano’s Macaroni Grill – but after today that might change.

They have this new thing going on called “Romano’s Kitchen Counter”.

It’s a limited lunch menu that is ready to eat in seven minutes- at a cost of seven bucks per dish.

What you see is the Chicken Milanese Panzanella salad.   It’s a HUGE breaded chicken breast that is covered tomatoes, arugula, pickled onions, olives, parmesan, and a mediterranean vinaigrette.

This was hearty and very-very filling.   I got it to go and the idea of being able to walk in and ….by the time you pay and sit down… you get a dish like this is pretty slick.   With no shortage of Italian restaurants – it must be murder trying to get and keep the attention of loyal customers.  For Romano’s this is a step in the right direction.   This lunch was so filling I couldn’t even polish it off in one sitting.    And more than being a satisfying lunch…it make me curious and interested to check out Romano’s more often.


14 Nov

Rasing Cane’s has some fantastic chicken tenders.   I love that they just focus on making some killer chicken….not  try and serve 20 products that are sub-par.

And while I am a big fan of the chicken…I am equally impressed if not slightly more so with the toast.

Oh good Lord the toast….it’s buttery and garlic-y…and just fantastic.

It’s so good they could open a “Makin’ Toast” drive-thru and I bet people would line-up.

Chips and Salsa

13 Nov

Here is a fun travel trip for you.

Go to any tex-mex restaurant in the DFW area and just order a soda.   Sit there and munch on a couple of baskets of chips and salsa for half an hour and ask for your check.     TOTAL?  Two bucks or so.   The price of the soda.

Do that same thing in New York?  TOTAL is twenty-five bucks or so— that being the cost of  two sodas and two baskets of chips and salsa.

They do not have “complimentary” chips and salsa in other cities like we do here.   We are sorta spoiled in that regard.

So when I passed an On The Border the other day and saw this silly sign that read “Endless chips and salsa FREE with every meal” …I was like…uh…yeah!!!!  DUH!!!

But it also made me wonder what if I am having drinks with some friends and not dinner?  Do I NOT get the chips and salsa like I have in the past?

Are time so hard that OTB can’t afford to give away chips and salsa?      Or is this some dumb corporate move to save 9 cents a year….and secure his yearly bonus?


TOTINO’s: Classic Pepperoni

12 Nov

In all my years on this planet, I have never had the Totino’s classic Pepperoni pizza.   Don’t ask me why.  I have had their other flavors …just not pepperoni.

I do know…now…that I will never buy another one again.

Look at that mess.   There were five pepperonis on the ENTIRE PIE.   Even the slice on the cover has more pepperoni than I did.   This should be against the law or something.

Hell….looking at it now it seems more depressing and upsetting than it was when I first laid eyes on it.

Totino…whattaya doin’ to me, kid?

SOUR PATCH: Watermelon

11 Nov

The patch that grows all this delightfully sour candy seems never-ending.

Today I find no kids…just simple watermelon slices.

They have a nice flavor too them – but make no mistake sour-heads-  they are NOT that crazy or XTREME in the sour department.   More like vaguely tart.

Still, I did enjoy them.    But they did leave me wanting.

EL CHICO Secret Menu

10 Nov

A funny thing happened on the way to my table at El Chico.

I had been craving some tex-mex  all day but when I sat down …all I could think about was I wanted somethin’ BEEFY!!!!!  Like a steak or something.

I mention this to the server and she tells me they have sandwiches and burgers that aren’t normally advertised.

Bingo!    I ended up ordering a BBQ bacon cheeseburger and it was pretty damn tasty!   I mean like, seriously…this will make it difficult to order something else next time because I know they make a solid burger.  Now the secret is out.   Order one and I bet you like it.

HUBBA BUBBA MAX: Strawberry Watermelon

7 Nov

Ok kids, now we are talking!!!  Hubba Bubba with Strawberry AND Watermelon?  Like…in one piece?

Hells ya!

You get that first flavor blush and then as the flavors break down and mix it’s pretty nice.    I am so diggin’ this gum right now.    So don’t even ask for a piece.   I think I got it at the Sev…or at Five Below (which is STILL a damn fine place to get candy these days)


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