RED ROBIN FROZEN ONION RINGS

20 Feb

UntitledSo after trying the Steak Fries, I was seriously doubting the onion rings.

That being said I have to reveal that these are the absolute BEST store-bought onion rings I have ever had.

They have a thick and crunchy batter to them.  Well they did after I slightly over-cooked them in the oven.  I likes ‘dem xtra crispy, ya’ll!

And you read that right-  these were super-crispy-crunchy from the oven.  Usually baking something like this ends up as a pile of part mushy and part crispy rings.

No no…friends these are serious.  Seriously good.   I mean I love me some french fries…but deep down I am an onion ring person at heart.  I don’t often order them in restaurants or make them at home because they just suck.

But these are game-changers.   They give me the option of having kick-ass restaurant style rings at home 24/7/365.

VALLEY VIEW MALL

19 Feb

UntitledIs there anything more sad than an empty mall?

I submit that there is not.

Valley View mall used to be a thriving hub of shopping in Dallas.   The food court was alive and kickin’ with every conceivable concept you could imagine.

Now it’s a virtual-but-air-conditioned ghost town.   Huge anchor stores are now vacant or replaced with an indoor boxing facility.  While I am encouraged by the ingenuity of them adding things like workout facilities it can’t sustain that huge place for too long.

This whole thing just baffles me.   The malls all over the DFW are dying and being replaced with those “town square” shopping areas.

I hate those.

WAREHOUSE WEDNESDAYS

18 Feb

UntitledOne of the best local meal deals around DFW is/was at the Spaghetti Warehouse on Wednesdays.   You could walk in and enjoy spaghetti, a salad, and some fantastic table bread for FIVE BUCKS.

Yeah.  Five bucks.  That is cheaper than most, if not all, combo meals at your favorite fast food joint.  Again I say…FIVE BUCKS.

BUT…and there is always a “but” isn’t there?   Spaghetti Warehouse has decided to raise the price to $5.95.  Basically a dollar more for the same deal.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s still a great deal at SIX, but I just don’t love it like I did when it was FIVE.   I don’t know why.   I do know that I am not alone as the location I went to was PACKED (as it usually is on Wednesday…where everyone orders the spago) and I have been told by a couple of servers that they are nervous that this is gonna backfire.   That in today’s economy people might reject that drastic an increase on everyone’s favorite special.

What do you think?  Do you care ?  Is the 95 cents no big deal?

GIRL SCOUT COOKIES: SAMOAS

17 Feb

UntitledOh good Lord it’s that time again.  When I end up eating my weight in Girl Scout Cookies.  Specifically those in the purple box….

Oophah….are ‘dem Samoas yummy.  Caramel, coconut, chocolate, made into a cookie?  Fugghedaboutit…

At FOUR DOLLARS a box – for twelve cookies— these aren’t exactly cheap. But it’s a nice splurge to make once a year and keeps some cash in the pockets of the Girl Scouts.

TEXAS TEA – FREDERICKSBURG PEACH TEA

16 Feb

UntitledMy tour of the Texas Tea line of product continues with Fredericksburg Peach Tea.

The peach flavoring is subtle, sweet, and gives a full-body flavor to this little bottle.   It doesn’t taste like a funky fake peach either which is awesome.

Me likey.

I don’t often find this brand in mainstream stores.   I usually find it at Whole Foods.   If it was available everywhere I would certainly buy it more.

So far I think I have tried/reviewed three of the Texas Tea brand flavors and I have instantly loved all of them.

KELLER’S DRIVE-IN

13 Feb

UntitledMarty, fire-up the DeLorean because we are going Back-in-Time!!!

I have decided to start making the rounds to try and find my favorite all-time local DFW Burgers.   So I start my journey with a classic –  Keller’s.

This place has been doing drive-in beer and burgers forever and at Keller’s consistency is king.   The way the food is prepared and served has not changed since…ever …and there is some serious nostalgia that comes with your order.

Eating there I can instantly believe that the burger and rings I had taste exactly the same as they probably did back in the 90’s. 80’s.  70’s.  60’s….and so on.  I love that.

Compared to today’s gourmet burger joints you might mistakenly write this burger off as having too-thin a burger patty or it’s just not as flamboyant as what you are used to.   That’s the point.  It’s a classic.  You are getting the same style burger served the same way it was fifty years ago.

Well I agree the burger patties are thin and I should have ordered a double-cheeseburger but that is beside the point.  The reality is it isn’t just about the food—-the onion rings were kick-ass I must say…it’s about the entire experience.   It’s a step back in time, it’s a dining experience, it’s an old-fashioned-not-anything-like-this-anymore type joint.   The experience speaks volumes and goes nice with a burger and beer.  It’s a simple, stripped-down, and no-frills type joint.   That’s the magic.

The staff have car hops that have been there for decades.  They are friendly and have millions of stories to tell.   If you can’t get into the idea of it you will be disappointed and downplay the food.

You either get it or you don’t.  If you get it, Keller’s is a great place to hang out with friends and do some serious people watching – because there is no shortage of characters at this place.  If you “don’t” get into the spirit of it all you might rather skip Keller’s and go to Jimmy Corporate Burger Depot and get your artisan roll with honey-chipotle mustard and fresh-grass-fed-angus-beef-steak-house-burger.

H.K. ANDERSON Peanut Butter Pretzel Nuggets

12 Feb

UntitledOMG I love these things!   Pretzel pillows filled with peanut butter?

Fuggheddaboutit!!!!!

This nugs are highly snackable and didn’t last two days around the JFC compound.  The pretzel shell is very light and crisp.  The peanut butter is rich and creamy just the way you like it.   Salty, crunchy, and sweet all together.  Nice blend.

What really sends this over the top is that I found them at the DOLLAR TREE.  Yeah… one dollar and you get a hefty little sack of snackin’, my friend.

A.  Dollar.    Seriously good eats on the cheap.

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