Abuelo's - Grand Mexican Ambiance
The ambiance is very impressive. You enter through double doors and I don’t think are quite ready for the unique Palm Tree, fountain flowing, courtyard that awaits you. Large murals cover the walls and are interpretations of murals painted in Mexico from 1920 to 1940 by famous Mexican artists. There are also fabulous hand carved statues by artists in the stone-carving villages around Guadalajara, Mexico.
Favorite Dish: The extensive menu will leave you with a hard choice of just what to order. The House Specialities are certainly not to be missed. While we didn’t make it past the initial chips and salsa and our main dishes, the dessert choices sounded wonderful. Choices like: Dessert Nachos - Cinnamon chips with praline ice cream, pecans, whipped topping, caramel and chocolate, Margarita Pie with Tequila Sauce - chilled lime pie topped with whipped topping and drizzled with tequila cream. Chocolate Flan with Kahlua Cream - Abuelo's special chocolate flan recipe with a Kahlúa cream and chocolate sauce are just a few of the choices.
Abuelo's Mexican Food Embassy
A fancy name for a Mexican restaurant but this is no ordinary Mexican restaurant. Abuelo's are found in 7 different states. You can certainly get all the usual Fajitas, Enchiladas, Burrito and Taco style meals, all very good choices but if you are tired of the usual Mexican, then try one of their specialties, you will not regret it.
Favorite Dish: We were there for lunch and chose the: Pescado Guerrero which was Grilled mahi mahi with shrimp, scallops, mushrooms, red peppers and sliced avocado in a cream sherry sauce. Served with Mexican rice and espinaca. And Los Mejores De La Casa which was a combination of Brocheta de Filete and Alambre de Camaron. Served with papas con chile and espinaca. Both dishes were excellent. They arrived hot and everything cooked to perfection.
The Olive Garden
The Olive Garden first opened in Orlando, FL but has spread throughout the USA and Canada. A very popular Italian restaurant which has always some something new on their specials menu. Their regular menu is extensive in pastas, fish, chicken and beef dishes. There is also quite an extensive appetiser menu as well.
On the dessert menu, Tiramisu is always a favourite of mine but there is everything from cheesecake to chocolate lasagne.
The restaurants are licensed with a good range of cocktails, beers and speciality drinks.
Bangkok City in Plano has been open since Sept 2002 and it is excellent. The ambiance is tasteful and not overwhelming. The service is attentive and helpful. The food... ah well, what can I say, we would go back in a heartbeat. As an appetiser, the Imperial spring rolls are wonderful. If you are sick of the fried version, try these. They are shrimp wrapped with vegetables in a rice wrapper and served with a sweet and sour dipping sauce. We also had the Thai dumplings as an appetiser which were very good as well - with an additional dish of chilli. Our main was the Volcano chicken - excellent. If you have room left try the deep fried ice cream - different from anything else I have had. This has a light coating with coconut and topped with strawberries in a sauce. Very much recommended. The owner is a delight as well.
Favorite Dish: As an entre (appetiser) the Imperial spring rolls - they come in 4. Little rolls of crisp vegetables with fresh shrimp and thin noodles wrapped in clear rice paper which come with a light sweet-and-sour sauce. Also the Thai Dumplings which came in five won-ton-wrapped balls filled with an interesting mix of seasoned ground pork and shrimp highlighted with crispy chestnuts which came with an interesting spicy sauce which can be spiced up even more with an additional bowl of chilli. Absolutely delicious. Our main was Volcano Chicken. Which incidentally is one of the Chefs recommendations. This was breaded, deep fried chicken with a special chilli sauce on top which came with steamed and crunchie vegetables - exceptional.
Fishmongers Seafood Cafe
This is a very nondescript restaurant tucked away in a small block of shops.. nothing much to look at from the outside. Inside is very relaxed and casual.. no dressing up to visit here but its cosy and very popular. Once you have dined here, you will understand why.
The restaurant serves fish/seafood, steak and chicken and definitely has a Louisiana flavour to a lot of their dishes. The service was good and the staff have a very good knowledge of the various dishes with good recommendations. On different nights there are ‘All You Can Eat Specials’ depending on the day and what’s on special (i.e. Peel and Eat Shrimp, Deep Fried Oysters, Deep Fried Catfish Fillets).
The restaurant is licensed but you have to produce membership or at least a Unicard to order. Reservations are not necessary and take out is available. They also sell fresh seafood to take out.
Favorite Dish: We started with crawfish etoufee as an starter which we shared as it was a reasonable size. It was as good as what we had had in New Orleans. Next was the Baked Salmon with Basil Cream Sauce and the Fishmonger’s Pontchartrain (their special). The latter was a choice of fish (Tilapia or Mahi Mahi) topped with sautéed shrimp, crabmeat, scallions and mushrooms. Grilled or blackened. I chose blackened for the extra spice and it was very good. The Baked Salmon though was to die for. Perfectly cooked and oh that sauce was heaven. Simply the best salmon dish either of us had ever had. Both meals were served with either cole slaw or green salad along with fries and a small bowl of black beans and rice. Of course I ended up with my doggy box since I never get through the quantity served. The Key Lime pie is also delicious.
This is my favourite salad restaurant. The selection is amazing and its not just salads but if you need your fix, this is the place to go. For around $6 - $8 you can get as much as you can eat, Lunch or dinner.
Favorite Dish: There is an amazing salad bar with all sorts of accompaniments and sauces. They also have about 5 choices of wonderful soups – my favourite being their Tortilla Soup. There is also a choice of hot food such as lasagne, macaroni cheese, mashed potato and pastas. On the bread section there is sour dough garlic bread (and you smell that when you walk in), hot Harvest Bran and Sourdough breads, muffins and Sicilian-style pizza. There is also rotisseried chicken. Don’t forget dessert too – if you can fit it after all that. Everything from fresh
fruit to chocolate and tapioca puddings, Triple Decadence Chocolate Brownies, frozen soft serve and whatever their dessert of the week is.
This is a little coffee shop just behind the main strip in downtown. It is in some new buildings where shops are going in on ground floor and apartments on the upper floors. They sell sandwiches, bagels, cinnamon rolls, muffins and a range of speciality coffees and teas. The smell of coffee was wonderful and I had the best banana muffin I think I have ever had. The walnuts on the top tasted like they had been roasted and gave a really wonderful flavour.
Blue Goose Cantina: Wash it down with an award winning Margarita
A 'chillax-ing' place with good food and yummy drinks. Blue Goose is usually crowded especially during the weekends.
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Dickey's BBQ Pit: Franchise BBQ... mehhh
Food's so-so. Hafta admit it's a let down, taste wise. I visited the one at Preston Road, Plano.
See my other tip on restaurant - Round Rock, Texas
Salt Grass Steak House: Salt Grass Steak House
Steaks in Texas are a MUST not to miss!
Yummy, we must have the best in the world. :o)
Favorite Dish: Filet Mignon and a BIG potatoe.
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