MONTEREY’S LITTLE MEXICO

24 Mar

UntitledWay off the beaten path is a cute little gem of a restaurant in Grand Prairie called ….oh just read the headline…I ain’t typing all that again.

Not sure what I was doing on that side of town but once I saw the sign I was craving some food.    As you can see I went tex-mex with fajitas and they were very good.   Nearby tables ordered more traditional dishes and they looked just as yummy.   The staff was friendly and didn’t bother you ever five minutes like some places.   The restaurant was also super-clean.  Like…seriously clean.   Like it was so clean that I was like…wow…this place is super clean!   Bonus points.    I love to support local biz and this place has good food and great atmosphere – check it out!

MAMA COZZI’S MEATBALL MARINARA PIZZA

23 Mar

 Oh….ALDI.   How you continue to surprise me.

The thing with Aldi (which you can either love or hate) is that you have to start over.  You go into that store having NO idea if their chips are as good as the ones you normally buy….so to me it’s an adventure…trying everything all over again for the first time.

Take this pizza for example.  I was so very happy with this pie.  The crust, sauce, and toppings all worked well together.   It was full of flavor at a cheaper price than other pizzas in the same category.   Win. Win.   This would be the perfect pie to cook for you…or some friends and have a movie night or watch a game and chow down.

TOM’S – BUFFALO WING CHIPS

22 Mar

UntitledTom’s.   I enjoy his products.   What I like about his chips is that they tend to come in all the flavors I love….and they are a bit heavy-handed with the seasoning….that’s bonus flavor to you and me.

So when I sees these (say that outloud..hear the flow…sees…these…whatever) on the shelf at a QT (QuikTrip…keep up kiddos) I was excited.  Love chips.  Love buffalo wings.  Buffalo Wing chips? DONE!

These are pretty good.  They have that TANG of the vinegar flavor and some nice-even-heat.   Good crunch too.   Like these when I sees these!!!

HIDEOUT BURGERS -MANSFIELD

10 Mar

UntitledNow this is what I am talkin’ about, kids.

Hideout Burgers in Mansfield is the real deal.  It’s a no-frills burger joint and that is all I want it to be. Hideout makes a homestyle burger that is probably the best burger I have had in Mansfield.  Period.   Without exception.

The staff is friendly and the cafe has some speedy services.  Those burgers we ordered slid onto our table by a friendly face in a matter of minutes.   The place was kind of busy that night too.   Families and kid sport teams all chowin’ down.    Family friendly type place.  Just a great all-around experience.  Lookin’ forward to going back for another burger and trying the rest of the menu.

CITY PIZZA & WINGS – IRVING

9 Mar

UntitledWell this is bittersweet.   City Pizza & Wings in Irving is now located in what used to be a small carryout-only Pizza Inn location.   The only Pizza Inn location in Irving that I can think of.    That sucks.   I miss Pizza Inn.

So when I saw that it was converted to City Pizza I was beyond curious.   Their menu is not just pizza and wings.  They have several things.    Lots of choices and reasons to try this place.  I figured I would start with a simple pepperoni pie and I was blown away!   It’s easily one of the best pizzas I have had in Irving in the last couple of years.  That crust is KILLER!!!!  It’s very light and tender with a slight chew.  The cheese was super-gooey and there was ample pepperoni.   I should have asked for extra sauce on the side so I could dip those bones (the end crusts) because they were puffy and made perfect breadsticks on their own.   The only drawback is their topping selection.  It’s pretty basic and standard so if you are looking to get all kray-kray with artisan pies, this is not the place for you.   This is a super-solid pie from a great little mom-n-pop type joint.  The kind of place I love to talk about and spread the word on.  I hope they have great success and last a long time in ol’ crooked i.

MACARONI GRILL – CHICKEN PARMESAN

24 Feb

UntitledWhen I think Italian comfort food…I think Chicken Parm.  It’s delicious and filling and has all the textures and tastes I love about Italian food.

Macaroni Grill has some excellent food.   Service is always great.   This chicken parm was up there…as in…one of the best I have had in a long time.   Lightly crispy, well-seasoned, and cooked perfectly.

Sadly the capellini that came with….not so much.  It was mushy…almost gummy texture to it.   I am not talking al dente.    I am talking noodles soaking too long and they are just exhausted.   Other than that, this was a fine dish that I would order again…just with a different pasta side.

 

PANDA EXPRESS – FIRECRACKER CHICKEN BREAST

23 Feb

UntitledI loves the Panda.  Well..almost everything Panda.  Their fortune cookies are always lame fortunes.  I never get a good one.  I get lotto numbers.  What am I gonna do with that?  Play the lotto?  PFFT…

So I am at the Panda and they have Firecracker Chicken breast back on the menu.   Chicken, peppers, onions, with some black bean sauce?   Serve it up, homie!

Okay, the photo might not look crazy-appealing…but trust and believe…it’s good stuff.