Restaurant Review: The Pecan Creek Grille

So I mentioned yesterday that I’d had some family in over the weekend and that we’d been to dinner but we also went to breakfast the following morning at a new (to us) restaurant.  The restaurant is called The Pecan Creek Grille and I have to say that we’ll definitely be going back to this establishment. 

First off – their customer service was amazing.  I’m fairly certain that the person at the counter taking our order was the person who owned the store but if not I hope that this guy gets a raise!  There’s something to be said for incredible service in THE SERVICE INDUSTRY and this gentleman was top notch.  Example:  my MIL ordered a half Belgian waffle and so did I – he said ‘oh, oh – wait a minute – let me put it in as one whole Belgian waffle and it’ll save you about $2.’  How cool is that?  He was also quick and efficient which says a lot when there are four people order and we’re all saying ‘we want this, but without that and add this instead and oh, hold the onions.’  He rocks my socks. 

Secondly – the food was pretty stinkin yummy!  My husband always orders his eggs over-medium and they end up over cooked, so he has learned to order them over-easy instead in order to get over-medium.  He assumed this place would be the same so he ordered them over-easy and they were actually over-easy (which means when we go back he can actually order over-medium and GET over-medium).  Sweet!  Our entire table (except me, because I don’t eat pork) absolutely RAVED about their bacon.  Apparently it was ‘two thumbs up’ and “not cheap.”  I also had a breakfast taco and it was very delicious.  I’d order those again any day!  My husband said that his hashbrowns were a little lacking but I think that’s because they were just potatoes – order those babies with some onion, cheddar cheese, and in my husbands case smothered in cream gravy and he’d be a happy man. 

I won’t lie – their priced aren’t stupendous.  About $50 for 4 adults to eat breakfast but it was a BIG breakfast and a yummy one at that.  I wouldn’t pay that every weekend but once every few months when we have out of town company or just want to impress someone then this is definitely a place we’d head. 

Sidenote – they also get serious props for funny art.  There were some breakfast-themed cartoon-type art pieces on the wall by an artist named Todd Goldman

Here’s a few of Todd’s goodies:

Restaurant Review: The Buffalo Grille

So this past weekend my husbands mom and stepdad came in town and we got a chance to hang out with them for a day or so.  Saturday night we grabbed dinner at a place called The Buffalo Grille (the location on Voss).  About two years ago we’d purchased a Restaurant.com gift card to this establishment but we hadn’t actually used it yet (good thing these babies don’t expire!).  So – we decided to go ahead and use it up. 

I’ve eaten at The Buffalo Grille several times but only for breakfast.  What I can tell you is that their breakfast rocks.  If you want to have great weekend breakfast this is totally the place to go. 

That being said – their dinner was lacking a bit unfortunately.  I had the chicken quesadillas with a side of their Mexican-style mac ‘n cheese.  The quesadillas were lacking in the ‘queso’ department and the chicken was a tad bit over cooked.  Strangely enough, the rice was a tad bit UNDER cooked and still crunchy.  Their beans were very tasty though.  The mac ‘n cheese didn’t exactly win me over but it was pretty good. 

Both my husband and his stepdad had the chicken fried steak with a side of mashed potatoes and red beans and rice.  Both of them said the chicken fried steak was ‘meh’ and that the red beans and rice was definitely lacking (they wanted something more Louisiana-ish and it was literally just white rice w/ red beans).  There was no mention about how the mashed potatoes were.

My MIL had their grilled chicken plate with steamed broccoli and squash.  She said the chicken was quite good and I have to say that the squash and broccoli looked delicious. 

Verdict?  Still an amazing place for breakfast but there are hundreds of other places that we’d rather go for dinner. 

Have you guys ever been here?  What did you think?

Product Review: International Delight Iced Coffee

Have you seen this stuff showing up in your grocery’s refrigerated section by the coffee creamers?  I noticed it a few weeks ago and then I happened to come across a coupon for it in a newspaper flyer so I purchased it.  I love iced coffee.  I rarely (as in once a year) drink hot coffee but I could drink iced coffee every day.  It has to be sweet though and generally mixed with chocolate.  I can’t get enough of the Java Chip Frappuccino’s from Starbucks or the Frozen Mocha’s from Panera Bread.  Yum!  So, when I saw this I was excited.  I brought the mocha version home and tasted it and I have to say, I’m a bit disappointed.  I thought it tasted a bit watered down and it wasn’t all that sweet.  I was really hoping it’d taste similar to the refrigerated Starbucks Frappuccino’s that you can find in grocery stores.  It doesn’t.  It’s not awful or anything, it’s just that that to me, there’s already something better on the market.  However, if you don’t want really strong or really sweet iced coffee, this might be right up your alley.  If you want to give it a whirl and try it for yourself you can get a coupon here

 

note:  I was in no way compensated for this review.  I just like giving people a heads up on new items when I try them.

“Nature is by and large to be found out of doors, a location where, it cannot be argued, there are never enough comfortable chairs.” ~ Fran Lebowitz

Do you ever go out shopping for something and just happen to stumble over something PERFECT that you’ve been looking for FOREVER?  Yeah, that totally happened to the Hubs and I this weekend.  You see, we had a $75 off coupon to Lowe’s and we need tons of supplies for our renovation project so we headed that direction to pick up a few things.  We were wandering through the plants & patio section looking for a few plants and some bags of mulch when we stumbled across this:

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He may not look like much but OMG he’s perfect!  I love rockers/swings but this guy is also crazy comfortable even if you prop your feet up on a footstool/ottoman.  The padding is super think and soooo comfy.  I seriously just wanted to take a nap in him.  We’ve been looking for super comfy outdoor chairs for years and years and this is the first one we’ve found that we’ve both fallen head over heels about.  The only problem?  He’s $248.  And we need 2.  And $500 just isn’t in our budget right now.  So, we left our patio chair soul mate at Lowes.  *tear, sniff, sniff*

Recipe review: Fuss-Free Ravioli and Cheese Bake

As several of you know, I’m a couponer.  When I get coupons for items that don’t go bad quickly (these are called shelf stable in the food industry) I tend to buy them.  Right now, we have at least 8 jars of spaghetti sauce in our pantry.  We don’t eat spaghetti sauce.  At least not like ‘normal’ people would (i.e. as spaghetti).  My mom makes the BEST homemade spaghetti sauce so why eat something generic out of a can when you can have the best??  BUT there are zillions of recipes out there for what to do with a jar of spaghetti sauce.

(photo from Kraft Foods website)

This weekend, we tried the Fuss-Free Ravioli and Cheese Bake from Kraft Foods.  This recipe has actually been sitting in my Recipes to Try box for quite a while.  Here’s what we thought…

Pros:

  1. Quick
  2. Crazy easy to make (dump a bunch of stuff in a bowl and go)
  3. We had most of the items already on hand (we only had to buy the ravioli)
  4. You could probably sub tortellini or any other filled pasta for the ravioli
  5. You could vary the flavor of the dish by using different kinds of filled pasta (i.e. spinach instead of four cheese)

Cons:

  1. Didn’t rock my socks.  The dish was ok but not great.  Definitely not what we refer to as ‘company food’  in our house.
  2. The flavor of the ravioli got kind of lost in the intense tomato flavor.  This might be ‘fixable’ if you used another type of pasta (see #5 above).
  3. When you put the cheese only on top, it forms this solid cheese layer which is not the easiest to cut through with a fork.  It also means that only half of your raviolis get cheese on them.  I might try mixing the cheese into the dish instead of just plopping it on top next time.

Deviations:

  1. We actually didn’t deviate from the recipe at all except for the basil.  I didn’t have fresh on hand and didn’t want to purchase it solely for this dish and end up with a lot leftover so we used ½ tsp. dried basil instead.

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