Blue Mesa Grill: Food You've Never Heard of
We drove to Plano to see where my SIL worked, and saw this restaurant. My daughter said that it was good, but we didn't get to eat there. She said it had 'food that you've never heard of', so I went to the website to see what kinds of things they had. Under favorite dishes are some foods that I never heard of.
The website had this recipe
A mainstay sidedish at Blue Mesa that gets its unique flavor from ginger and basil pesto.
? cup butter
2 tablespoons sushi ginger, drained and chopped
2 tablespoons fresh garlic, minced
? cup yellow onions, diced
2 cups rice, Uncle Ben's Converted
? cup coconut milk
4 cups water
1 teaspoon Kosher salt
1/8 teaspoon white pepper
1 tablespoon basil pesto
Favorite Dish: Avocado, Mango & Jicama Salad with Grilled Shrimp withTequila-orange vinaigrette 9.95
Adobe Pie® A spicy Blue Mesa original. Chicken, cheese and roasted peppers baked in a dome of corn masa and topped with three chile red and chipotle cream sauces 7.95
Grilled steak and chicken skewers, Mesa Panna bread, taquitos and a smoky black bean Adobe Pie 9.95
(Churrascaritas® are skewers of richly marinated meat and fish that are flash grilled . Roll them up in Mesa Panna bread with relishes)
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- Road Trip
Que Huong: Great Vietnamese
One of my favorite cuisines in the world is Vietnamese food, as it always seems so fresh and delicious. Growing up in California, I was able to get a good taste of this food, but it left my palate when I moved to Texas and I did not find the same quality. Lately however, the opportunity for good Vietnamese because greater in Dallas, including the Que Huong chain. This restaurant is not going to win any awards for ambiance, but once in a while you want a quick quality meal with great fresh food. If this is your aim, then Que Huong is the place for you. The restaurant has a very metallic feel about it inside, and the dishes/silverware is very plain, but you are coming for the food anyway!
I really think I could eat here almost every day if it were only a little closer to my house!
Favorite Dish: My favorite dish here is the Bun (Vermicelli Noodles) with Pork and Eggroll. It has a little of everything in it, which makes for a delicious meal.
Cru: Wine Bar
Located in the Shops at Legacy, is a nice little restaurant/wine bar called Cru. On a nice warm day, you can sit on the outside patios of this location and people watch with a great glass or bottle of wine. On the occassion that I went to Cru, I was on a work engagement, so there were roughly 25 customers and co-workers at this location, which was my preference, as we had the opportunity to try many different wines at one sitting. The restaurant also has a great selection of snack type meals that add to the wine tasting. I would recommend the Pear and Gorgonzola pizza, which was absolutely delicious. We also had the mushroom pizza, which I did not like as much. I believe it had to do with the mushrooms overpowering the cheese and bread.
Favorite Dish: There are so many choices, but the pizza seemed to fit perfectly with the wine. Both the Portabella mushroom pizza and the Pear/Gorgonzola would be my choices.
- Food and Dining
- Wine Tasting
The Counter: Gourmet Burgers
During a business trip to Palo Alto, CA, my co-worker introduced me to a great create your own burger chain called The Counter. I thought the concept was great, so I checked out the website only to find out that there was one merely miles from my house in Dallas!
When you walk into The Counter, you are handed a clipboard with your options. Type of meat, type of cheese and which gourmet toppings are of interest to you. Then there are the extras like avocado, guacamole or roasted red peppers. Finally you choose your sauce and then pick a side if wanted and place the order. The burger is served to you in the form which you created so you really can only complain to yourself if it is not the way you wanted it.
Favorite Dish: I went with a 1/3 burger, pepper jack cheese, carmellized onions, jalapenos, guacamole, and a garlic aioli sauce. I went with sweet potatoes as a side item, and it was just as delicious as expected.
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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.
Buffalo Wild Wings: Have fiery wings on Tuesdays
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I went for one of their current promotions, which is Wings Tuesdays.
Ordered 24 pcs of wings with 4 types of sauces. Good way to have a little of variety, eh.
Normal price for 24 pcs would be about $16. Promo price was about $12. Choose from the many types of sauces they have. From Mild to Carribean Jerk to Spicy Garlic to ummm... Asian Tzing.
Wings were gooood.
Soda - Small $1.99 and the big one is a dollar more. Since it's refillable, why would anyone wanna pay a dollar more? The soda I had was watered down. Was fizzy alright, but dohh.
But the wings were good. Heh.
There are a few arcade machines for the kids and man, the place is rowdy. They have a few projector screens and TVs and usually it's sports channel that's on. So imagine the cheering, clapping and all that happening. It's good fun.
Was there for dinner at about 7pm, on a waiting list when I got there. Had to wait for a good 15 minutes to get a table.
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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.
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.
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.
To the right of the entry into the restaurant is the bar area - all in keeping with the theme of the rest of the restaurant. There is a small outdoor patio area also. Abuelo's has a large selection of domestic and imported beer, as well as an extensive wine list. They have specialties like La Grandeza Top Shelf Margarita - made with Sauza Conmemorativo and Grand Marnier, and Cointreau. On the rocks or frozen. Island Margarita - a frozen combination of coconut, pineapple and mango margarita. Made with Tres Generaciones Plata tequila. Sangria Roja - an Almaden Burgandy wine marinated with fresh fruit, Presidente Brandy, Herim Walker Triple, Sec & Peach Schnapps, plus several more.
Dairy Queen: You know you want ice-cream. Yes, you....
There is only one Dairy Queen in Plano that I know of. The one I've been to is at Ave K in Downtown Plano. Downtown has its own character and charm. It is, quaint. Take a drive around, there are some small diners and restaurants too.
The other closer DQ from Plano would be at 3488 E Rosemeade Parkway in Carrolton. That's pass Willowbend.
Blizzard of the month: Kit Kat
New yum-o dessert: Turtle Waffle Bowl Sundae
Favorite Dish: Blizzard (almost all of the available flavors) - Oreos/ Reese's/ Banana Split/ etc
- About $2.40 for a small one
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.
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.
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.
T.G.I Fridays: The cliche did me good
I thought I'd have something simple and thought I'd try a new cafe to go to. So, I went to Corner Bakery but.. mehhh... somehow the menu was a little too simple for my appetite. Sandwiches, polenta, panini, vegetarian marina pasta, nope nope nope.... and then, my stomach spoke (AGAIN). My husband felt like ribs and I definitely felt like more brisket. Friday's was across the road and off we went. Had a grape slush which was not very slushy. More like crushed ice with grape drink with Sprite. Mehhhh...
Food was typically Friday's kinda stuff. Was good enough for me.
Hostess and waiter were friendly as usual. And today, they played tunes from the late 80s, early 90s. Man... you gotta like this place.
And, today is Friday afterall.
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