Restaurant: Midtown Cafe
Web Site: http://www.midtowncafe.com/
Address: 102 19th Ave., South, Nashville, TN 37203
A business dinner in a well established downtown restaurant. What I liked most was the old school, professional service. A menu item I remember was a french toast looking thing that was polenta done in the style of fried mozzarella sticks. Really a great taste.
Nothing to dislike. The menu was a good collection of different dishes, everyone seemed to enjoy their meal. Not a real large place, but it was a nice place to sit and talk. Would recommend it to others.
Restaurant: Harbor Seafood & Steak Company
Web Site: http://www.harborslc.com/
Address: 2302 S Parleys Way, Salt Lake City, UT 84109
Met a friend for dinner, it was a Thursday evening and I’m guessing a little slow. Several empty tables.
Service staff were great; very helpful explaining the menu, not too disruptive when we were trying to talk, etc. Good at helping us navigate the menu; neither of us had been there before.
Menu is pretty standard for s steakhouse, everything is a la cart and some of the steak cuts broke the 40$ mark. Yikes!
Had a salad which was fantastic, fresh, and very attractively presented. Entree was “fish and chips” which was of course more elegant than typical for this English take out food. But, perfect pieces of fish and perfectly cooked.
Restaurant: GR Kitchen
Web Site: http://eatgrkitchen.com
Address: 702 Union Park Ave, Midvale, UT
Chipotle concept with greek food. Bowl or pita, pick a protein, pick toppings, etc. But, its greek food not fake Mexican, and the quality was very high. Server steered me toward a kale salad which was awesome. Went there on business based on Yelp reviews, and were disappointed that its really a fast food atmosphere, but the the food was very good and it ended up being OK because it wasn’t crowded. It was a very good value/quality point, would eat there again if I didn’t need table service.
Restaurant: Bohemian Brewery and Grill
Web Site: http://www.bohemianbrewery.com
Address: 94 E 7200, Midvale, Utah, 84047
Phone: (801) 566-5474
There with colleagues. The place feels more casual dining than “sports bar” like many beer making establishments seem to be. And, all oriented out of an central Europe style of brewing with the ownership being from Czech Republish. The menu items and beer choices were all oriented around this.
The food is all pub style and I don’t think anything was really going for healthiness; I’m pretty sure the only vegetable on my plate was sauerkraut. But, the food was all fresh and delicious. Everything seemed to be real comfort food, which worked out fine on a snowy day with cold weather. The beer was really well crafted and went well with the food I have.
Restaurant: Aqua, Duck, North Carolina
Web Site: http://restaurantsouterbanks.com/
Address: 1174 Duck Road, Duck, NC 27949
Well recommended, and the recommendations were spot on. Sound-side waterfront restaurant with fine dining, very nice wine list, and extremely good service staff. We were there in the off season, and the place was very empty (we ended up closing it down), but there was never any hint they were trying to rush us out and shortening the quality of the food or service. The place has plenty of outdoor seating (too cold this time of year), nice decor and is right in the heart of the Duck commercial area.
Salads and soup were very high quality and well presented. Wild salmon and rockfish were perfectly cooked and well presented. The in-house dessert was creative and delicious.
Restaurant: Black Pelican
Web Site: http://blackpelican.com/cms/
Address: Kitty Hawk, North Carolina
Phone: (252) 261-3171
Selected from Yelp as we were driving down the road looking for something open in the off-season. The Outer Banks has lots of great dining, but it has an overwhelming amount of deep fried bar food and in the off-season a lot of places are closed or closed Monday through Wednesday. Yelp and on-line menus seemed to indicate we would like this place, but we had no reference from anyone.
We were very happy with the choice. While Black Pelican had menu items catering to the sports bar crowd, they had a very large and varied menu including pizzas and lots of seafood offerings. Its located in an old (very old) building that was a lifesaving station and sits right on the beach in Kitty Hawk. I’m sure in the summer its a great place for lunch or casual eating where you can watch the ocean. We were there in the middle of November at night, so we’ll take it on faith. The sound of the surf right over the dunes from the parking lot is noticeable.
Food was really good, and at a good price point. The staff were more than friendly, accommodating, and helpful, which has been a universal observation while visiting the outer banks. A good, more casual dinner choice while visiting.
Restaurant: Lifesaving Station (No. 5)
Web Site: http://www.sanderling-resort.com/dining-lifesaving-station.php
Address: Duck, North Carolina
Phone: (855) 412-7866
Restaurant attached to the Sanderling Resort. The menu is not extensive, but that is typical for most places on the outer banks. They focus on doing a few things well, and that focus is pretty sharp on a seafood/southern things. Shrimp and Grits is common, etc.
We’ve only visited in the off season. There are admittedly few options, particularly early in the week, and the menus are pared down a bit which makes sense given the smaller crowds. Lifesaving Station has great service, and nice (while not large) wine list that goes well with their food, and if you are lucky with the weather (and table) a great view of the sunset.
Food is super. The scollops dish is a favorite, and their salads are consistently fresh and very attractively presented.
Pretty far up the outer banks, but worth the drive.
Location: 48 West Market Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84101
Phone: (801) 322-4668
Dinner with colleagues. A not-low-end seafood restaurant.
When we first got there the sun was out and streaming through the windows, making the decor white, bright, and fairly cafeteria in feeling sitting at a booth in the back. It didn’t make sense to me for the prices on the menu. Then the sun went down and the interior lighting took over. Neon colored fish shaped wall sconces and the bright walls made a very hip looking interior. I wish we waited for the sun to come down, the first impression would have been a lot better.
Had some “Maryland style” crab cakes as an appetizer, shared around with my fellow Maryland-home friends. All agreed they missed the mark of feeling like they were from home. Not enough Old Bay, wrong mustard, not a lot of lump meat. But someone from Utah probably thought they were good enough.
Very good salad, and grilled salmon which might have been a special (giant signs on the wall), but was perfect and they didn’t do the “too much salt when cooking” thing so many places do. Extremely happy with the meal, the server was exceptionally good as well; super friendly but hidden when we didn’t need her.
Just another Starbucks, plenty of seating on street level near the nice shopping mall.
Address: 326 West Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84101
Phone: (801) 819-7565
Just here for drinks with colleagues. Kind of big, large outdoor seating area, tables with umbrellas, indoor space and very large bar. Upstairs an outside deck, inside bar, outside bar, more seating, TVs. Parts of it had a sports bar vibe, but overall a casual impression.
Don’t think I can blame the place for this, but Salt Lake City needs to figure out how to have bars. Its great you can actually get a drink now, but there’s still something weird in how they ask you “an ounce or an ounce and a half”. Makes for a very tiny martini, which explains why it had multiple twists and olives in it.
Super bonus for live jazz on Monday night. Could hear it coming up the street as they were in the outdoor area (a very nice night for sitting out). 4 or 5 guys blowing standards, but were pretty good and it made for great atmosphere when sitting outside.