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Friday, January 28, 2011

Jimmy Biggs Grill - Cuyahoga Falls

Turkey Reuben and Fries
Jimmy Biggs Grill is a newer restaurant/bar in Cuyahoga Falls.  We have been here a couple times.  The food average, and smaller portion sizes.  The atmosphere is very hole in the wall.  TBG got a reuben and I got a turkey reuben.  They were both good.  If I lived in the neighborhood behind the place I would be there a lot.  Not sure how often we will make the effort to drive there.  They offer typical fried bar food, hamburgers, and other sandwiches.

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Eddy's Grill - Cuyahoga Falls

This is our favorite place to go to breakfast.  The staff is always nice and the food is great.  They have a patio for the nicer days, but I don't think we have ever sat on it.  The restaurant is not big inside, but we have never waited long.  Decor is "hole in the wall", but the food makes up for any lack of decor.  There is no beer list, but never ending coffee is usually what we need anyway!  I have liked everything I have gotten here.  TBG always has to finish my plate so we order different things.  I like to get the egg sandwich on a bagel, but also love the eggs benedict, and the stuffed french toast.  TBG likes the eggs benedict and sometimes gets it with cajun steak.  We have visited a handful of times after breakfast and their lunch/dinner food is also good.  The pastrami and corned beef are homemade and good, and the sandwiches are huge.  The food always tastes fresh, and the service is fast.  There are usually coupons in the Town Money Saver.

Service____ 8 Chipps              
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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Thai Gourmet - Stow

This small restaurant is tucked in a shopping center at the corner of Darrow Rd and Graham Rd.  I used to live up the street and didn't even realize this place was there.  There are probably a dozen tables in this cute restaurant.  I liked the decor, the chairs are big and comfortable and there are plenty of booths.  The service was a little slow, we waited 5 full minutes to be greeted at the table.  The beer list consisted of a couple standard domestics and a handful of Asian beers.  We started the meal with the spicy wontons.  The dough and sauce were great.  The filling was a little bland, but the sauce made up for it.  TBG got Vietnamese Beef Noodle Soup (or his beloved pho), and I got the spicy  noodles.  The soup was not as good as #1 Pho, but wasn't bad.  The spicy noodles were good, perfect amount of spice for me, and lots of pork.

Service____ 5 Chipps
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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

#1 Pho - Cleveland

Pho is a Vietnamese beef noodle soup.  It is delicious, but this happens to be the only place I have ever had it.  This is TBG's favorite pho.  I have nothing to compare to except that this is the only place in North East Ohio to get it.  There is a second place, Superior Pho, but it's across the street, so not any closer to my house!  I have not eaten anything else here, the beer list is Asian, but a large variety of Asian beers.  Sometimes the service is slow, but the last time we were there it went rather quick.  The large is very large, I get the small and still can't finish.  You can choose which cuts of beef you would like in your soup, it also comes out with a plate of toppings: bean sprouts, Thai basil, housin sauce, sricha, limes and jalapenos.

Service____ 6 Chipps
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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Tre Belle - Bath

Tre Belle is one of Ken Stewart's restaurants in the Akron area.  It is Italian themed, but was his same old stuff.
First came the bread... actually first came the server, but more on that later.  The bread was average, served with a roasted red pepper hummus that I liked.  The calamari was exactly the same as other Ken Stewart's restaurants, down to the pepper vinegar served with it.  But that is where the tolerable food ended.  TBG ordered the lamb ragu.  I had it there 2 years ago and I had been talking about it since.  Well, I do not know what is different but it was terrible.  Tasted like Chef Boyardee's Cincinnati Chili.  Not sure why there was so much cinnamon and the lamb was totally lost in a paste like substance on the ribbons of pasta with hard peas thrown in.  
I ordered the puttanesca, which was on special and had mussels instead of anchovies.  Can't go wrong with the special right?  Well, wrong.  I have never had mussels that I did not like, but these were dry.  The pasta was not fresh and the sauce was average at best.

Neither one of us finished our meal, and I have never left a restaurant without TBG finishing his and my meal!
The wine list was way overpriced.  The cheap bottle of wine that we get to just have around the house costs us $8 without a case discount.  They were serving it for $9 a glass, and $36 for the bottle.  I have heard of charging 3 times more but 4.5?!  The beer list was average.  The server brought a high ball glass for TBGs Sam Adams.  What?  It wasn't even 12oz.
The server... Well, first off he acted like he did not want to be there.  That is one of my pet peeves.  You are at work, you work with people, get over it and act like you are trying to get a tip out of me!  It's not a given ya know.  Then, we asked him a question about the menu...  Imagine this convo:

TBG:  What is your Tuscan Mac & Cheese?
Aloof Server: Well, it has shell like noodles, yellow creamy like cheese.  Shaved speck, which is bacon, on top to make it Tuscany.  Ya know, if you like mac.  I prefer it with buffalo chicken tenders on top.
Us:  Umm, ok *awkward looks towards each other*

The atmosphere is actually good.  I enjoyed the Tuscan colors on the walls, old style tables, antipasto bar, and hanging lights.  This meal that we did not like, with a coupon was $60.  I have never felt so bad about spending $60, and I am addicted to shoes, some I have never worn!

Service____ 4 Chipps
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Beer/Wine List____3 Chipps
Value____1 Chipps

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Sunday, January 9, 2011

Gasoline Alley - Bath

I have heard about Gasoline Alley since I moved into the area but never made it out there.  It lived up to it's legend.  It was smaller than I expected, with a small bar and handful of tables.  The menu was large, I could not decide what I wanted.  I ended up with the Rueben.  I always get the Rueben at a new place.  I feel like that is a staple sandwich and if it's great then the place must be good.  This Rueben was good.  The corned beef was tender, the 1000 island homemade, the sauerkraut, rye and swiss avg.  I got my sandwich "Sissy" sized, which is just half the sandwich.  TBG got the Sassy Sarah which was corned beef and pastrami with cream cheese.  It was very good, the cream cheese was great with the beef.  He got the full version.  No sides come with the sandwiches.  I got a cup of the New England Clam Chowder.  It was great.  Lots of big clams, soft (and hot!) potatoes.  The food was a little pricey for the amount we got.  It was good, homemade food, but we did not leave stuffed.  The atmosphere was cluttered pictures and such on the walls.  There was always something to look at and talk about.

Service____ 4 Chipps
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