Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
|FREE CHIPS AND SALSA!|
|Beef Tacos ala Carte|
|Cheese and Onion Enchiladas ala Carte|
El Mezcal was a nice surprise after the ho-hum experience we had at the Iowa Street location. The decor is colorful and reminiscent of old Mexico complete with a small fountain and the service attentive, friendly, and fast. Not my favorite Mexican restaurant in Lawrence, but we will return from time to time for the cheap, abundant margaritas if nothing else.
CombatCritic Gives El Mezcal 7 Out of 10 Bombs ... BOMBAS ARE BUENAS!
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Monday, March 3, 2014
An old haunt, I had to try it again after 6 years in the Midwest ... Tacos, enchiladas, you know the drill.
Sunday, March 2, 2014
As we entered, the aroma of freshly baked bread and pies consumed me as the baker and ovens are directly behind the counter and he was removing piping-hot pie from the oven. Flavors vary by season.
Unlike Wheatfield's, bread is self-service in plastic wrap on shelving next to the counter. There were samples of five different breads and a bowl full of butter next to the register and when I inquired about the offerings, the young lady sliced a piece of multigrain bread as wide and thick as the palm of my hand. The bread was moist and crunchy with chunks of wholegrain throughout, the crust being a bit too soft for my taste, but delicious nonetheless. At nearly $6 a loaf, the bread is more than I have ever paid for a loaf and $1-$2 more than their competitor down the street.
The pies were gorgeous, a plump golden brown, but at $16 a pop, a bit pricey for my taste. Their products are obviously high in quality and flavor, so the only thing limiting my rating to four stars and not five was the prices. The service was excellent, the bread delicious, the prices a bit high ...
CombatCritic Gives Great Harvest Bread Company 7 Out of 10 Bombs ... BOMBS ARE GOOD!
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Friday, February 28, 2014
I haven't been to Joe's for years, but some of my fondest memories are of French dip sandwiches and French fries ... I LOVE FRENCH FOOD ... with my family and friends during regular visits to Santa Barbara from LA.
Joe's has been in the same location on State Street since 1928 and, although redecorated, retains the bones and charm of a 1920's California diner, counter (now bar) and all.
Looking at the recent photos, the French dips have not changed with chunks of prime rib piled high on a French roll (did I tell you I LOVE FRENCH FOOD?) accompanied by crispy French fries, au jus, and a side salad. I can taste the sandwich even though I am 1,500 miles away ... YUM!
I have been to 39 countries since the first time I went to Joe's, INCLUDING FRANCE SEVERAL TIMES, and enjoyed some of the best cuisine the World has to offer, but sometimes it is the simple things in life that stand out as the finest moments. I have never eaten anything EXCEPT the FRENCH DIP at Joe's Cafe and even though I will likely return several more tines before I die, I will go with a smile on my face, having eaten nothing else at this Santa Barbara institution. GO TO JOE'S ... have a French dip and tell them CombatCritic sent you!
CombatCritic Gives Joe's Cafe 10 Out of 10 Bombs ... BOMBS ARE GOOD!
Sunday, February 16, 2014
It was only 4:30pm, but no hostess and just one server? We waited 10 minutes until she arrived, then she had 5-6 other tables to wait on, made the margaritas, and probably cooked the food. Hardly ever saw her.
The shredded beef tacos were OK, little meat or cheese. The cheese and onion enchilada was decent, but the sauce rather bland. Chips thin and tasty, salsa very good, the guacamole was a bit pricey for the size so we steered away.
Remembered the food being better ... Absence does not necessarily make the heart fonder! Ever been back to your high school? Disappointing, but you still have fond memories.
CombatCritic Gives Amanda's Fonda 6 Out of 10 Bombs ... BOMBS ARE GOOD!
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