Assorted Eating Out

Over the past (insert time period here), we have had dinner out. Just a few photos of the aforementioned dining experiences:

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A night out at Applebee’s.  I had the Riblet basket and fries.  It was fine, but I should have had a hamburger.

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At Applebee’s there was a new appetizer, “Applebee’s Green Bean Crispers”.

“A shareable stack of green beans, battered, seasoned and lightly fried. Served with two sauces – cool and creamy BBQ bacon ranch and a zesty horseradish.”

They tasted pretty good, not too “green beany”

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Another night out at Applebee’s.  This time it was the “Hand-Battered Fish & Chips”.

They were pretty good but I should have had the hamburger.

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This time we ate at “Buona Beef”.  This was a gosh darn good meatball sandwich.

Hamburgers were not an option at this restaurant.

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As a token of appreciation by someone at work, I was given a gift card to Chili’s.  Trying something different, I had the “Crispy Honey-Chipotle Chicken Crispers®”.  They were “OK”, but I should have had the hamburger.

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We ordered the “Skillet Queso” appetizer.  Pretty good.

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Because we had a coupon for a free appetizer, we also ordered the “Texas Cheese Fries”.  These were definitely sub par.

This dining experience was also marred by a customer service issue that I wish that I would have pursued.

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Ahhh, good old “Luigi’s Pizza”.  This is a very local pizza and game room.  Almost always a great  pie.

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A night out at Portillo’s.  I had the hamburger.

Free Food

A short time ago, I was rewarded (off the books) for a project that had incredible results.

And that reward was a “Chili’s Gift card”

So the family had a couple of dinners at Chili’s

The first time it was just a classic bacon cheese burger.  Bacon and cheese is about the limit to the amount of “stuff” that gets piled on a burger for me.  Good thick apple wood bacon.

The next dinner we had, the wife suggested we get the “2 for $20” deal.  A shared appetizer and two entrees.

We had the “Crispy Onion String & Jalapeño Stack”.

Now, there are nanny state ninnys that get enjoyment from telling others not to enjoy themselves:

http://www.cbsnews.com/2300-204_162-10005091-10.html

Well, screw them.

We ate it and enjoyed it a lot !!!

Dang, those Jalapeño’s are hot !!

“Beer wench, fetch me a stein!!”

And I got the dry rub ribs.

I like ribs, but every time that I order ribs, I always end up thinking that I should have just got the burger !!  Food regrets !

What was really neat (and new to me) was a small electronic device at the table that you could use to pay.