Friday, March 25, 2011

Fratelli Cafe

website | yelp

m.m. ratings

  • cost: $$
  • taste: 4.5/5
  • health: 5/5
  • ambiance: 4.5/5
  • perks: great coffee, vegan menu options, wifi, outdoor seating
  • drawbacks: street parking only, limited seating

coffee

fratelli panini | mozzarella cheese, avocado, sun-dried tomatoes, basil, sprouts and olive oil

bbq ranch wrap | chicken, tomatoes, red onions, shredded mozzarella, mushrooms, bbq sauce and ranch dressing

(Source: midnightmastication)

Thursday, December 16, 2010
{Restaurant Review} Father Nature’s Lavash Wraps, Old Town Pasadena, CA
Father Nature’s Lavash Wraps is a little hole-in-the wall cafe in Old Town Pasadena serving an impressive array of Greek/Mediterranean wraps made with lavash, a type of thin flatbread. They serve various types of veggie wraps, falafel wraps, chicken wraps, sandwiches and salads, featuring all sorts of unique flavors. I had ”The French Connection” wrap, which included grilled zucchini, grilled onion, red and green bell pepper, eggplant, feta cheese, pepper and garlic sauce spread. It tasted very healthy and flavorful and was definitely a welcome break from the ordinary wrap scene. For a reasonable price compared to some of the nicer sit-down places in Old Town, I’d definitely recommend Father Nature if you’re in the area and looking for a bite to eat.

{Restaurant Review} Father Nature’s Lavash Wraps, Old Town Pasadena, CA

Father Nature’s Lavash Wraps is a little hole-in-the wall cafe in Old Town Pasadena serving an impressive array of Greek/Mediterranean wraps made with lavash, a type of thin flatbread. They serve various types of veggie wraps, falafel wraps, chicken wraps, sandwiches and salads, featuring all sorts of unique flavors. I had ”The French Connection” wrap, which included grilled zucchini, grilled onion, red and green bell pepper, eggplant, feta cheese, pepper and garlic sauce spread. It tasted very healthy and flavorful and was definitely a welcome break from the ordinary wrap scene. For a reasonable price compared to some of the nicer sit-down places in Old Town, I’d definitely recommend Father Nature if you’re in the area and looking for a bite to eat.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010
{Restaurant Review} Thai Cafe
Warning: Thai Cafe is hands down the best Thai restaurant in San Antonio…maybe the best outside of Thailand, even. If you’re going to eat here, be prepared to have your taste buds completely blown and expect to want to come back the minute you leave.
Located on the northeast side of town on Perrin Beitel Rd., Thai Cafe is definitely my favorite place to eat in San Antonio. The restaurant itself is kind of small and hidden, so drive slowly once you’re in the area and look out for their blue roof. The friendly staff provides great service, but really, the best thing about this place is the food. The lunch buffet is heavenly, featuring about 20 different dishes, including my two favorites: Pad Thai and Thai spicy beef salad. Other honorable mentions in the buffet are the Pad See Ew and eggplant and basil. Everything is so flavorful and authentic. My mouth is seriously watering right now as I write this.
Bottom line: Thai Cafe really raises the bar for Thai food and Asian dining in general in the San Antonio area. If you’re ever in town, you should definitely check it out…I promise you’ll be very impressed.

{Restaurant Review} Thai Cafe

WarningThai Cafe is hands down the best Thai restaurant in San Antonio…maybe the best outside of Thailand, even. If you’re going to eat here, be prepared to have your taste buds completely blown and expect to want to come back the minute you leave.

Located on the northeast side of town on Perrin Beitel Rd., Thai Cafe is definitely my favorite place to eat in San Antonio. The restaurant itself is kind of small and hidden, so drive slowly once you’re in the area and look out for their blue roof. The friendly staff provides great service, but really, the best thing about this place is the food. The lunch buffet is heavenly, featuring about 20 different dishes, including my two favorites: Pad Thai and Thai spicy beef salad. Other honorable mentions in the buffet are the Pad See Ew and eggplant and basil. Everything is so flavorful and authentic. My mouth is seriously watering right now as I write this.

Bottom line: Thai Cafe really raises the bar for Thai food and Asian dining in general in the San Antonio area. If you’re ever in town, you should definitely check it out…I promise you’ll be very impressed.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010
{Restaurant Review} Caveman Kitchen
If you’re looking for good food in LA near USC, you should definitely check out Caveman Kitchen (Yelp), located on Vermont Ave, about half a block from Ralph’s. My friend Greg introduced me to the place about a month ago and I really liked it! Since then, I’ve stopped by once on my own for take-out on the way home from a grocery shopping trip.
The service at Caveman Kitchen is impeccable and the food is fresh, flavorful and really satisfying. The prices are reasonable for a college student budget too. I’ve only ever tried their Cave Club Sandwich, but really, one bite was all it took to believe that this place serves good food. The signature sandwich features perfectly seasoned rotisserie chicken sandwiched between two hamburger buns with bacon, swiss cheese, veggies and a really good (sort of spicy) sauce. Their fries are also really good (try dipping them in their green salsa!) and you can even substitute a fresh garden salad on the side!
For a full menu, visit their website: eatcaveman.com. If you do check it out, let me know what you think in my ask box!

{Restaurant Review} Caveman Kitchen

If you’re looking for good food in LA near USC, you should definitely check out Caveman Kitchen (Yelp), located on Vermont Ave, about half a block from Ralph’s. My friend Greg introduced me to the place about a month ago and I really liked it! Since then, I’ve stopped by once on my own for take-out on the way home from a grocery shopping trip.

The service at Caveman Kitchen is impeccable and the food is fresh, flavorful and really satisfying. The prices are reasonable for a college student budget too. I’ve only ever tried their Cave Club Sandwich, but really, one bite was all it took to believe that this place serves good food. The signature sandwich features perfectly seasoned rotisserie chicken sandwiched between two hamburger buns with bacon, swiss cheese, veggies and a really good (sort of spicy) sauce. Their fries are also really good (try dipping them in their green salsa!) and you can even substitute a fresh garden salad on the side!

For a full menu, visit their website: eatcaveman.com.
If you do check it out, let me know what you think in my ask box!

Sunday, October 24, 2010
{review} Trio House
Around noon today, my friends Ariana, Adriana, Cece, Carolyn and I took a short 5-10 minute walk over to Trio House, an Asian diner located right by the USC campus on Figueroa St. 
Adriana described the place as an “Asian Denny’s”, which pretty much sums up the ambiance of the place. Service was kind of slow given that there were very few people in the restaurant at the time. But, for an area of LA that’s way overpopulated with fast food places, Trio House was a welcome change, serving up hot, Asian dishes in generous portions for a relatively reasonable price. I can’t really figure out exactly what kind of Asian food their focus is, but for reference, they serve pho, fried rice, pad thai, udon soup, and even fusion dishes, like “Drunken Spaghetti”. Most dishes run between $7 -$8 and you can definitely take home leftovers if needed. 
I was feeling practical, so I ordered the pad thai, which comes with chicken and shrimp. (Albeit, only a couple shrimp.) Ariana and Adri also ordered pad thai, Cece ordered chicken with green curry, and Carolyn ordered Mongol Noodle (substituting the egg? noodles with flat rice noodles.
The pad thai was delicious, but unremarkable compared to many other Thai restaurants that I’ve been to. It was a little on the too sweet and wet side for my tastes, but that didn’t stop me from eating the entire dish. Here’s what Adriana had to say about the pad thai: ”Needs more shrimp. Glad they put the peanuts on the side. Better than Parkside.”
I also taste-tested Cece’s green curry, which was pretty good, but also unremarkable. It lacked the flavor kick I expected from a curry dish and the bamboo shoots seemed a bit overcooked and limp. The winner for the meal was Carolyn’s Mongol Noodle, which I really liked sampling. I’ve always had a preference for flat rice noodles and the dish paired them well with chicken and vegetables in a not-too-salty brown sauce. 
Overall, I’d say Trio House is a welcome addition to my “restaurants within walking distance” list, although I wouldn’t necessarily bring a date here if you’re shootin’ for something classy. But, for a Sunday lunch with good friends, it was just right. :)

{review} Trio House

Around noon today, my friends Ariana, Adriana, Cece, Carolyn and I took a short 5-10 minute walk over to Trio House, an Asian diner located right by the USC campus on Figueroa St. 

Adriana described the place as an “Asian Denny’s”, which pretty much sums up the ambiance of the place. Service was kind of slow given that there were very few people in the restaurant at the time. But, for an area of LA that’s way overpopulated with fast food places, Trio House was a welcome change, serving up hot, Asian dishes in generous portions for a relatively reasonable price. I can’t really figure out exactly what kind of Asian food their focus is, but for reference, they serve pho, fried rice, pad thai, udon soup, and even fusion dishes, like “Drunken Spaghetti”. Most dishes run between $7 -$8 and you can definitely take home leftovers if needed. 

I was feeling practical, so I ordered the pad thai, which comes with chicken and shrimp. (Albeit, only a couple shrimp.) Ariana and Adri also ordered pad thai, Cece ordered chicken with green curry, and Carolyn ordered Mongol Noodle (substituting the egg? noodles with flat rice noodles.

The pad thai was delicious, but unremarkable compared to many other Thai restaurants that I’ve been to. It was a little on the too sweet and wet side for my tastes, but that didn’t stop me from eating the entire dish. Here’s what Adriana had to say about the pad thai: ”Needs more shrimp. Glad they put the peanuts on the side. Better than Parkside.”

I also taste-tested Cece’s green curry, which was pretty good, but also unremarkable. It lacked the flavor kick I expected from a curry dish and the bamboo shoots seemed a bit overcooked and limp. The winner for the meal was Carolyn’s Mongol Noodle, which I really liked sampling. I’ve always had a preference for flat rice noodles and the dish paired them well with chicken and vegetables in a not-too-salty brown sauce. 

Overall, I’d say Trio House is a welcome addition to my “restaurants within walking distance” list, although I wouldn’t necessarily bring a date here if you’re shootin’ for something classy. But, for a Sunday lunch with good friends, it was just right. :)