Saturday, November 22, 2014

BJ's laughs at my salted butter purchase

Yeah, I got some salted butter. It's not that funny, BJ's.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Hamburger at Pace's = Shockingly Good Deal

Had lunch at Pace's in Hauppauge recently. Never been there before. Weird decor (i.e. law books) but whatever.

Got the hamburger for lunch. I think it was $10.75. The burger was big and comes with a good amount of fries and cole slaw. I added cheese for (I think) a buck 25.

Can't believe I'm saying this, but an expensive steak house actually has a good deal --> the lunchtime hamburger. It's not the greatest hamburger, but it's a good-size meal, and I'll take that deal all day long.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Just in time for Christmas!

As usual, I'm probably late to the party, but just saw a commercial for the StufZ burger maker.

Just in time for Christmas, for the person who is incapable of stuffing things inside a hamburger without the use of a mechanical device.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Review: Revel in Garden City

New place, opened on Tuesday (Sep. 17), on Franklin Ave. in Garden City (TD Bank building). Had lunch there on Friday.

The dining area is small, so they try to create the illusion of space with an open ceiling and big mirrors on the walls. A big bar spans almost the entire back of the dining area.

They also did a good job of hiring all cute waitresses, a la the hostesses at Insignia. That's smart, of course. Older, successful businessmen (and their male clients) want to be around young, pretty girls.

The decor is an overall gray and dark blue/green, which I didn't really dig, though my lunch companion liked it. Unusual for a Franklin Ave restaurant. I guess it's trying to be city, edgy, modern--even the font of the letters. They seem to be targeting the local finance and other professional crowd for lunch and dinner.

The seats are covered in a fabric that was on a couch my grandma had when I was a kid (which she called a davenport). So my first thought was "cheap". Maybe that's unfair.

The menu is big and ambitious and a little strange. Grilled octopus sandwich? With olives on it? Sounds f*cking gross.

Prices for lunch are $2-3 more per dish more than an average Garden City place. Dinner is priced like an upper-tier Long Island restaurant (though not the most expensive). Dinner entrees average around $27. Much more for steak.

I had the 1855 hamburger ($14.00!) because not much else on the lunch menu sounded very good for under $15. The meat was dry, the bun was dry and crumbly/stale (hate that), and way too big for the hamburger. There was no cheese, and instead of onions, there was a red wine shallot marmalade, which didn't really add to my enjoyment. So, it was OK, not great.

My lunch companion had the chicken & avocado BLT ($12.00). She said it was OK but was dry and needed some kind of sauce.

The sandwiches are served with "waffle fries." They are not waffle fries, more like french fry pillows. They also come with a little mesclun salad and a mustard vinaigrette. That did nothing for me.

If I were the owners, I'd scale down the menu and concentrate on getting each dish perfect. You're a small restaurant, and it's Garden City. And if you're trying to stand out with the flavors of the food, don't get too crazy. (I'm sure they don't care what I say.)

2.5 out of 5 stars
Revel Restaurant & Bar
835 Franklin Avenue
Garden City, NY

Monday, September 02, 2013

What the Frick, Kerry?

All right. I see what's going on here. I have ONE QUESTION for you, Secretary of State John Kerry, dining with that dictator and tyrant Bashar al-Assad....

Why is your table so shitty?

I mean you're like right next to the counter or something. Like a sushi bar. And you're stuck out there in the open. Jesus. Embarrassing.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Funny (?) Food Pics

Me trying to explain this to people today:  It's Ronald McDonald? And he's at a podium, so he's speaking about something? And he looks concerned? So, you know, he's worried about the Hamburlgar...

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Port Jeff Greek Fest

Went to the Port Jefferson Greek Festival Saturday night. Didn't get there until almost 9:00. Place was mobbed. Expect to walk about 1/2 a mile to get there from where you park. There were people being bused around, but I'm not sure where they were parked.

Lots of jewelry vendor stands. Some other junk, like $5.00 Minnie Mouse ears, which I was forced to buy. A few rides and games. Mostly went there for the food. There is a central food area, where the customers are herded like cattle to the slaughter through a long maze. Took about 25 mins. to get the food after getting in line.

The food was OK. Decent prices. Greek salad was not the best. Some pics:

Near the entrance. Lots of vendor stands. Some guy giving me look of displeasure. Way to ruin my shot.

Blurry pic of more vendor stands

Food line maze. Not unlike King Minos' Labyrinth? (Nerd/loser joke.)


Combo platter of mousaka and pastitso with Greek salad and fries

Pork souvlaki, Greek salad, and a tyropita (feta cheese pie--very rich and very salty)

Me sneaking pic of other people's food