September 10, 2014

Rich's Burgers-N-Grub - Downtown

30 East Broadway, Salt Lake City, UT 84111 801 355 0667

When Mr. Munchimunch and I were at Spitz for our friend's birthday dinner celebration, we noticed a hot dog joint across the street called Good Dog and wanted to try it out. After checking out a car show, we decided to head downtown to try the place out. But Good Dog had closed its doors! No worries though. We walked two doors over and gave Rich's Burgers-N-Grub a try instead.

This place is newly opened. Rich, the owner, was friendly and welcoming, and we quickly placed our order after some recommendations. There were a few tables already taken, but we were advised we could choose to be seated anywhere.

Mr. Munchimunch chose Boylan's Birch Beer while I decided to try Americana's Huckleberry. It was sweet and tart, just the way I like! Rich let us know that all of their bottled sodas were organic and had no high fructose corn syrup. Score!

Mr. Munchimunch ordered the Blue Wing Burger with Gorgonzola, house buffalo, and bacon strips. He wasn't too keen on the toasted bun, but stated the burger was alright with the not so spicy (for him) buffalo sauce and the pungent Gorgonzola.

I took a chance the Fish-N-Chips, beer battered haddock, house fries, house slaw, and tartar sauce, and was pleasantly surprised. While they were a bit greasy coming straight out of the fryer, the batter was light and crispy and the fish was moist and flaky. The fries were nicely seasoned as well.

Our trip downtown wasn't a total loss. We discovered a new food establishment, had an enjoyable meal, and took a short stroll around the area. I'd suggest Rich's Burgers-N-Grub if you're up for some good fish and chips and burgers. You'll enjoy meeting Rich.

And now I'll leave you guys with a picture of my favorite car from the car show we visited. A Jaguar E-Type. Doesn't it look like it's smiling at you?! I would smile while driving this cute, bubbly car around. ^_^

September 3, 2014

The Old Spaghetti Factory

5718 South 1900 West, Salt Lake City, UT 84129 801 966 2765

Before moving to Utah, I've never heard of The Old Spaghetti Factory. Sure, there were Macaroni Grills and Olive Gardens around, but never The Old Spaghetti Factory.

One of the first thing I noticed walking in was the decor. Victorian furniture littered the waiting area and even a street car in the middle of the restaurant. How cute! We didn't get to wait for long before being seated though.

Mr. Munchimuch started off with Minestrone. It was warm and thick and jam packed with goodness.

I started off with a Cesar Salad. Normally, these are ready made salads doused with a bit of salad dressing before heading out of the kitchen, but this one, if ready made, didn't seem to be at all. Each piece was fresh and crisp.

One of my favorite parts of the meal! Fresh fresh with Italian Cream Sodas, Vanilla for Mr. Munchimunch and Raspberry for me, in The Old Spaghetti Factory's own glasses! If you happen to order one of these delicious Italian Cream Sodas, you get to bring a clean one home with you. These glasses are of good quality and they are my favorite ones for the house.

Mr. Munchimunch ordered the Chicken Marsala, a seasoned breast of all natural chicken with a fresh mushroom and Marsala Wine Sauce, served alongside spaghetti with Mizithra Cheese & Browned Butter. Don't let the image fool you. This dish was chock full of flavor and Mr. Munchimunch spared no leftovers!

Since I had wanted something light, I opted for the Mizithra Cheese & Browned Butter over Spaghetti. Boy was I in for a surprise! The nutty, toasted browned butter meshed so well with the sweet, grated Mizithra cheese. This filled me up quickly, though I did save room for dessert.

Of course, we couldn't leave without dessert. Here are our complimentary sundaes with the end of our meal. Nothing beats ice cream!

Every time we visit The Old Spaghetti Factory, I always wonder why it takes us so long to revisit. (We have only been there three times, which can be broken down to once every year!) The service is a hit or miss, but the food and price are quality over quantity. If you haven't stopped by one of The Old Spaghetti Factory's locations before, you definitely should.

August 27, 2014

Buca di Beppo

935 E Fort Union Blvd, Midvale, UT 84047 801 561 9463

Buca di Beppo was one of those restaurants we passed all the time with the intention of stopping by. We finally visited on one of our impromptu dinner date nights and walked in to a completely packed restaurant! The wait was surprisingly quick and we were soon seated.

Our wonderful waitress was very helpful. She explained how everything on the menu was served family style. The small order can easily serve 2 or more while the large order can easily serve 4 or more. We were lucky she advised us, because otherwise, we would have order way too much!

We were offered some warm, soft bread with a balsamic olive oil dip to start off. I should really try and recreate the dipping sauce at home. It was delicious! 

I ordered a Strawberry Italian Soda topped with whipped cream and it was just sweet and bubbly enough for me.

We ordered the Stuffed Mushrooms as an appetizer. These mushrooms were stuffed with prosciutto, cheese, sage and rosemary served on pesto cream sauce. These were the best stuffed mushrooms I've ever had, besides my own! And the pesto cream sauce was to die for! It did not go to waste as we used what little was left with our pasta. 

For dinner, we ordered a small order of the Prosciutto Stuffed Chicken with a side of Fettucine Alfredo. The chicken was stuffed with mozzarella and prosciutto and served with Buca di Beppo's marinara or pesto cream sauces. We had chosen the pesto cream sauce prior to even trying it and we were so glad we had! 

A scoopful of Fettucine Alfredo doused in the amazing pesto cream sauce with half of a Prosciutto Stuffed Chicken was enough to fill me up. Mr. Munchimunch had just slightly more than me and was also stuffed. The chicken was tender and full of flavor. The pesto cream sauce made the whole meal!  

Buca di Beppo was a great place and we wished we ate here sooner. While the meal itself was a bit pricey, the meal was more than adequate! We barely put a dent in our small orders and had plenty leftover for lunch and dinner the next day. We definitely want to revisit and we want to try everything on the menu! Especially the desserts. ^_^

Have you been to Buca di Beppo? What is your favorite dish there? 

August 20, 2014

Rumbi Island Grill

936 East Fort Union Blvd, Midvale, UT 84047 801 568 3201 

With Salt Lake Comic Con coming up, my friend and I have been starting to get together to plan and work on our cosplays. On this day, we grabbed dinner at Rumbi Island Grill before heading out for pattern and design ideas. Mr. Munchimunch had always wanted to try Rumbi to see how it compared to Moki's, our favorite Hawaiian place.

Mr. Munchimunch ordered the Luau Pork Plate which is pulled Kahlua pork topped with teriyaki sauce served with macaroni salad and cole slaw. He chose to have his over white rice. (Not shown.)

I ordered a rice bowl. I chose Kahlua pork with regular Hawaiian teriyaki sauce over white rice which came with steamed vegetables. The sauce overpowered the Kahlua pork and the vegetables were bland.

Our friend also chose a rice bowl. She chose Honey Orange Chicken over white rice. Her order actually came out incorrectly, but they switch her order out for the correct one at no extra cost. (Not shown.)

I was so glad to have ordered the Chocolate Lava Cake. It was soft, moist, warm, oozing with chocolate, and simply delicious! I would revisit Rumbi just for this dessert!

Dinner was nothing to be desired. The food and service did not compare to Moki's at all. The only outstanding item was the Chocolate Lava Cake! Even though Rumbi's is a lot closer to me than Moki's, I'd rather drive to Moki's than eat at Rumbi's.

August 15, 2014

Davey's Ice Cream

This will be one of the several posts dedicated to my yearly visit back east.
Thank you for joining me as I reflect back on my trip and food adventures.  Enjoy~

137 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003 212 228 8032

After our dinner at Robataya NY, we took the short walk over to Davey's Ice Cream shop for dessert. Davey's Ice Cream is a lovely little ice cream joint that serves handmade ice cream made in store.

Which reminds me... I still remember the first time I met Dessert Zombie. We had just finished dinner at Laut and we saw the Big Gay Ice Cream Truck. My friend and I couldn't resist grabbing a cone each, but our eyes were bigger than our stomachs. Dessert Zombie ending up finishing all of our cones! That takes some serious skills!

I've learned my lesson since then. I was ready to order a single scoop when Davey's introduced me to the kid size scoop! It's the perfect size for my small ice cream dessert craving. ^_^

My kids size scoop of Peppermint Chip dipped in cookie crumbs in a sugar cone. I'm having a serious ice cream craving right now just thinking about that cone.

Dessert Zombie ordered the double scoop, Chocolate Chocolate and Strong Coffee in a sugar cone.

And Yvo of The Feisty Foodie, our wonderful ice cream hand model also had a kids size scoop of Roasted Pistachio in a sugar cone.

Dessert Zombie mentioned the Strong Coffee wasn't actually strong, but other than that, I think we were all happy with our selections. I should also mention the great service we received along with the amazing 90s hip hop playing in the background. hehe We arrived just as the shop was about to close, but we were never rushed I'll happily revisit Davey's Ice Cream the next time I'm in the area!

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