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HelenMook 17 months ago

HelenMookApplebee's in London

Quite pricey but very tasty fish restaurant. Had hake with puy lentils and truffle oil. 12 months ago


Multi cultural menu, nice decor and service but the food lacked something and was expensive for small portions. Won’t be hurrying back. 15 months ago

HelenMookCoast to coast

American restaurant in Solihull, food was pretty good but veggie options kinda limited, I think much more proud of their burgers and steaks. Still nice atmosphere and good drinks selection. I 15 months ago

HelenMookBirmingham international food festival

Spicy rice pot from Dutch pot stall at the festival. Good and spicy! 16 months ago

HelenMookJamie's Italian, Birmingham

A bit noisy (but then it was a saturday lunch and its a very family friendly restaurant). The prices weren’t too bad and the honeycomb cannelloni was the best I’ve ever had! 17 months ago

HelenMookChilacas, Birmingham

A new Mexican restaurant in brindley place. Simple subway style menu, pick the type (burrito, nachos, etc.) pick a filling – roasted veggies, then pick sauces. Drinks in jam jars! Very tasty and messy. 17 months ago

nurslaurie09 5 years ago

nurslaurie09February 26, 2013

Out to Pickwick and Frolic with my daughters for Cleveland Restaurant Week. The theme this year was pirogi (a local favorite, due to a large number of people with roots in Poland and Ukraine), and every restaurant was encouraged to provide a variation on that theme. My daughter ordered the special: Chicken stuffed cabbage with sweet potato and lobster filling, and I ordered the Beef Wellington, and we split. Delicious! Great food, great company! A little more money than I would usually care to spend, but a treat for once-in-a-while. 22 months ago

nurslaurie09Valenti's, Beachwood, OH

The first of my nights out with my daughter, prompted by her gift of discount coupons.

A lovely Italian restaurant, with excellent carbonara, and tasty desserts. I think I’d like to go back some time and try the wood fire pizza. 23 months ago

nurslaurie09New Year's, 2013

This is so cool! My daughter gave me this gift, which is the size and shape of a deck of cards, with $10 off $30 for 52 different restaurants in the Cleveland area. We’re going to start going out once a month together! 23 months ago

nurslaurie09June, 2012

Nate’s Deli and Mideast Cafe Near the West Side Market in Cleveland

Just up the street from where I was working today. AWESOME and reasonably priced take-out. 2 years ago

kmar 4 years ago

Lanie 3 years ago

LanieDecember - Back in Time Cafe

My sister and I stopped by this little diner located in the historic district of Sweetwater. Had chicken salad on a croissant and some awesome chicken chili soup! Then we splurged and shared a piece of death by chocolate cake. It was REALLY good! 3 years ago

kmarOctober 2011

As hard as it is to believe, I don’t think I went to one new restaurant this month! 3 years ago

LanieNovember - Vittorino's Italian Restaurant

Possibly the worst Italian food EVER! The bread sticks were doughy & chewy -gross. Then I ordered baked rigatoni. I was served a plate of sauce topped with over cooked penne pasta, sprinkled with poor quality mozzarella cheese. Needless to say I won’t be dining there again. :( 3 years ago

Misshighheels 3 years ago


Bert’s Farmhouse Grill in Madisonville. J and I stopped by for lunch. Great food and service! 3 years ago


Angelo’s Brick Oven in Loudon. Had the lasagna. It was decent, but not spectacular. 3 years ago

kmarSeptember 2011


  • Hudson—This is a little pub in my friend’s hood. Nice neighborhood place, but the leek salad was a hot mess… Rubbery leeks drenched in a mustard dressing that was cloying. The fries, on the other hand, were delicious. So there’s that.
  • Canon—Billed as a “whiskey & bitters emporium,” Canon seemingly has an aversion to vodka. Bummer. Their drinks are each “crafted” by hand never using a recipe, just pick your poison and they’ll whip something up. Unfortunately that whipping’s gonna cost you … most drinks are $10 each, and every single one we ordered (5 total) was mediocre at best, undrinkable at worst. The food was overpriced, and also mediocre. And the service, sub-par. It’s not somewhere I’ll choose to go to again.


  • Fork—This restaurant is out of this world. Really delicious, fresh food, the best grilled cheese my daughter has ever tasted, AND they have tableside s’mores! (And good champagne.)
  • Flatbread Pizza—Neapolitan style pizza made w/flour imported from Italia. Really tasty… and they let they kids craft their own pizzas at the table, then watch as they baked in the pizza oven. Fun!
  • Fanci Freeze—An old school burger and ice cream place, definitely elevated from McD’s et al. Really yummy burgers, and in Idaho they serve “fry sauce” with French fries. Not sure what it’s made of, but dang it’s good.
  • Bistro 45—This little gem in McCall, ID, was deee-vine. They make a signature dish: BAKED BRIE. It comes with fresh apples and garlic, and dear god is is it tasty.
  • Donna’s Place—This is the place to go for deep fried anything AND ice cream in Idaho City. The people working there were among the friendliest we encountered… which made up for the super grease action. 3 years ago

kmarAugust 2011

(Oh boy, I’m not doing very well this month…)

  • Pinto—Pinto bills itself as a Thai Bistro & Sushi Bar… Ordinarily that would be a “Nope.” right away. However, it turns out that they deliver in my neighborhood. (This is not NYC, so delivery is scarce around here.) We opted to stick w/the Thai side of the menu, and it was surprisingly good. A lot of flavor, not too expensive, and delivered to our door. 3 years ago


The Dinner Bell in Sweetwater – southern style, home cookin! Took the family there the first week of August and we’ve went back 3 more times. They serve up some really great food at reasonable prices. 3 years ago


Asahi Japanese Grill in Lenoir City. After reading the outstanding reviews on the place I thought it was worth trying. However, I wasn’t all that impressed. The food was ok, kinda reminded me of fast food Japanese. 3 years ago

kmarJuly 2011


  • La Cote—An authentic creperie near Madison Park! Great selection of savory and sweet crepes, salads, soups, and a few sandwiches. Their food is sublime… Very light and flavorful, charming small space, great service. Definitely want to go back.
  • The Red Onion—Another little Madison Park jewel, a total dive bar in the hood. They have one of the few remaining nut bars in Seattle. Nothing spectacular, but a nice option for a neighborhood beer.
  • Ba Bar—Supposedly Vietnamese street food… but if so, the street people are eating like kings. It’s flavorful enough, but there aren’t a lot of choices, and VERY few (if any) veggie options. Atmosphere is a little cold/sterile, so the combo probably means I won’t be back any time soon. Not even for Kung Fu Fridays (when they play kung fu movies… whee).
  • The Matador—Mexican food in West Seattle. Super delicious tortilla soup, fresh chips & salsa, and good drinks. A winner.
  • Spinasse—Italian inspired dishes. The flavors were pretty hit & miss… I was not impressed w/the antipasti (odd flavor combos, like duck chunks w/English peas & zero herbs, smoked trout w/asparagus, a cold terrine that would have been much better served warm…), but the pasta was good if overpriced. Plus the ambience is NOT inviting: cavernous and cold. I’ll give it one more go to try the entrees, but definitely not my first choice.
  • Luc—French bistro from Rover’s chef Thierry Rautureau. Food is hearty and filling.
Walla Walla
  • Mill Creek Brew Pub—Pretty standard pub fare, but the beer they brew is fantastic. The wheat beer was light and full of flavor. Plus the owner bought us a round, and what’s not to love about that?! An unexpected and welcome surprise.
  • Olive—Italian-esque food, basic but tasty
  • Va Piano—Technically a vineyard, so we did a wine tasting. Such amazing wines coming out of W2 these days, and the property itself was stunningly beautiful. 3 years ago


Earth Fare – I have often shopped in their grocery store, but just now tried the cafe. It was most excellent – had a chicken salad wrap and fresh fruit salad -YUM! 3 years ago

kmarJune 2011

  • Piatti—An Italian restaurant in the U-Village … and pretty much what you would expect from an Italian restaurant in a shopping mall… BUT, a good happy hour!
  • The Confectional—Technically not a restaurant, The Confectional creates absolutely divine little cheesecakes. And truffles, too, but I didn’t try those. 3 years ago

1RL 3 years ago


Smokin Ed’s – enjoyed an exceptional bbq pork sandwich with pasta salad. 3 years ago

kmarMay 2011

  • Skillet Diner—This is the physical restaurant for what has heretofore been a pop-up or mobile experience. The space is awesome, and the food is fantastic. Very comfort-food-ish … including breakfast all day. Next time I want to try biscuits and gravy + poutine. Hello future food coma.
  • Plum Bistro—A vegan restaurant right by work. The veggie ingredients are fresh, organic, and flavorful, but the tofu on my crispy teriyaki tofu 1) tasted like it had been crisped to death and 2) definitely lacked the traditional teriyaki flavor. I do plan to go back to try to Tofustrami on Rye. 3 years ago

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