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ohvelocitygirl is doing 38 things including…

Try ten new restaurants in my city

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ohvelocitygirl has written 7 entries about this goal

Cafe Au Lait

I originally came here to try the crepes, but the lady that was working said she didn’t know how to make them. This was really, really, really disappointing. So I got a croissant sandwich and potato salad instead. It was really good (although way messy). I didn’t stay and eat since I was on a lunch break and the place seemed a little small. However, it did seem like a cozy atmosphere. The price was really good as well. A whole meal, plus a drink for under five bucks. I give it four stars. I’ll probably go back again since it’s so close to work and I really want to try the crepes.



A Dong

This was a Vietnamese/Chinese restaurant (and it has the most unfortunate name ever) that my mom wanted to eat at on Mother’s Day. The food was pretty good, but everything else was mediocre at best. To be fair, we were a party of nine, plus two kids under four, so that’s never easy. We waited a long time for a table. It was not really their fault, since it was Mother’s Day evening, but what really irked me is that they couldn’t give us a proper wait time. They just kept telling us that they’d let us know when a table would be ready in “a little while.” Not even when we’d get seated, just when we’d know the table was ready. We ended up waiting for over thirty minutes. My parents didn’t really help the situation either since they’re awful about ordering and can never make up their minds. However, even despite that, the service was just not good. I never actually figured out who our server was because a different one came every time. Our drinks were never refilled (which bothers me because I was really thirsty), and they never checked on us after the food came out. My family ordered a lot of different stuff, ranging from crab soup to fried rice and then another main entree that’s basically a hot pot and a lot of noodles that up to five people share. Again, the food was pretty good, and I left full, but it wasn’t a good experience overall. I give it two stars.



Red Lobster

I know this is a chain and it has been around foreverrrrr, but I’ve never tried it for several reasons – the main one being that my boyfriend doesn’t like seafood and when my friends and I want seafood, we opt for sushi. My boyfriend’s mom took us out to lunch here (my boyfriend got chicken). I got crab and shrimp stuffed talapia. It was delicious. I loved all of it. The server was kind of absent and left our drinks unfilled for a good while, and tried to make it up to us with free cheesecakes. It wasn’t a huge deal, but it was a nice gesture that I appreciated. So, I’d probably give it four out of five stars.



Grimaldi's Pizza

This was probably the best pizza I’ve had in a very long time. I went there with my coworkers after a meeting we’d had, and I was not expecting much, but wow. At first glance, the prices seem a little steep. A coworker and I ended up sharing a personal pizza and a small Mediterranean salad, which turned out to be more than enough food, and we both ended up only paying about $9 before tip. We went curing lunch time on a Monday, so it wasn’t busy at all. There were eight of us there (as a former server, I personally hate going out to eat with groups larger than five), but the service was great and the food came out quickly. I have no complaints other than the fact that one of my coworkers annoyed me, but that’s not the restaurant’s fault, haha. I give them five stars. I will definitely be coming back.



La Madeleine

It’s a little French restaurant I had been wanting to try for a while now. I have to say I was pretty disappointed in it. It was a bit more casual than I expected, and the whole place just seemed to not match. There was a nice fire going in the center of the room, so we got a table there, so that was definitely nice. I felt like the place was lit all wrong. Some people seemed to just be studying there, which is fine, but it was weird that it had the feel of a mixture between a coffee shop and a fast food place. The food was not very good. I had ordered a talapia and shrimp dish that would be served on a bed of rice, but after ten minutes, they told me that they had “run out of rice.” It was pretty early in the evening, so I really don’t understand how that could happen. They gave me choices to get instead (potatoes, broccoli, green beans), all which seemed like poor subs for rice, but I chose broccoli because there was honestly nothing else on the menu that seemed appetizing except pasta, which my boyfriend was getting (and I knew he’d share with me). The fish tasted weird and the broccoli was a poor choice (my fault, but I feel like they should have suggested something better or told me about the rice issue earlier). My boyfriend’s pasta was pretty good. Afterwards, we tried dessert. Their chocolate croissants were mediocre at best. :/

I give them two out of five stars.



Mon Thai Bistro and Sushi

I had a Groupon for this place, so today my boyfriend and I decided to go here. I loved the atmosphere of the restaurant, and the service was pretty good (although, to be fair, we went around 4PM, so it was pretty dead…easy to give good service, in my opinion). I ordered Pad See Yew, which was delicious. My only complaint is that the chicken was rather dry, but everything else was perfect. My boyfriend got Lo Mein, and he really liked it. We also got an edamame appetizer, which was pretty good. I thought the prices were pretty steep for the portion sizes we got, but the food was really quality stuff, so I guess that makes up for it. I’ll definitely be coming back here to try their sushi and other items on the menu. I’d give this place five stars.



Picante Grill

My boyfriend and I were downtown today at a used bookstore, and I owed him dinner, so we just drove around for a place to eat. It’s nice downtown because that’s where all the historic places are, and also where the small restaurants (as opposed to the chains) usually are. We were going to try an Italian place, that my iPhone showed, but we couldn’t find it, so we went with Picante Grill. We both ended up just going with tacos (him crispy beef and me puffy chicken) because the menu said to allow for 20 minutes for anything grilled (which we didn’t feel like waiting for because we were starving). The tacos were a bit bland, but the rice was good, and their salsa was yummy. Probably wouldn’t go there again because it was a bit overpriced for what we got, but the atmosphere was nice and the service was pretty good. I’d probably give it three our of five stars.



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