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Re: “The Pasta Bowl

I've always enjoyed Pasta Bowl, but this time we came for lunch shortly after they had opened. We were told to take a seat, and literally, every open table and seat we tried was extremely dirty. Gross! We decided to leave and ate elsewhere.

Posted by Shannon Limjuco on 08/01/2005 at 11:42 AM

Re: “Mon Ami Gabi

We’ve lived in this neighborhood for close to six years and have never tried this restaurant before tonight. Maybe it was because it has an air of chichi, being next to Ambria and all. However, I’m really glad we finally tried it. The place is really laid back -- nice but not too fancy -- with light jazz music playing in the background at the perfect noise level, so that you can actually have a conversation. We were there early on a Sunday night. The place was not crowded (it wasn’t totally dead either) and the crowd was a bit older. We found our waiter to be quite attentive and the meal moved at a nice pace. We had the escargot for an appetizer, it was good and exactly how you would expect it to be. My partner had the classic steak frites and found the steak to be moist, tender, and delicious. In his words, "great steak for $20." The fries were good too. I had the salmon in a citrus broth; it was good but nothing extraordinary. I’d try something different next time. The crème brulee for dessert was perfect. We were pleased with the overall experience, and considering the reasonable prices, I would definitely recommend this restaurant.

Posted by Shannon Limjuco on 08/01/2005 at 11:35 AM

Re: “Galway Arms

I have dined here on several occasions and have been impressed every time. I don't normally expect Irish bars to have great food, but Galway Arms' food is really, really good. They have the best fish and chips around. They also have a number of great salads to round out the fried food. The other thing I like about this place is that they play great music (and also have a good jukebox selection) and, even better, the music is at a comfortable level, so you can actually have a conversation with your dining/drinking buddies. Definitely give this place a try.

Posted by Shannon Limjuco on 07/25/2005 at 4:19 PM

Re: “Weber Grill

Since we don’t own a grill, we had to make a stop by Weber Grill for some burgers on Memorial Day weekend. We weren’t disappointed. This place knows how to do a perfectly cooked medium-well burger. I had the burger with blue cheese (delicious) and my companion had the burger with cheddar and bacon (also delicious). In the spirit of gorging ourselves, we also ordered the barbeque shrimp appetizer, which comes with the best fried onions ever. This is no place for someone looking for health food – but for some great grilled food, this is the right place. Even though the place was busy, we were seated pretty quickly (about a 5-10 minute wait) and the service was efficient and professional.

Posted by Shannon Limjuco on 06/01/2005 at 11:23 AM

Re: “Basil Leaf Cafe

This is a delightful restaurant with great pasta choices. The menu is somewhat limited – not a lot of appetizers to choose from, limited meat-based entrees – but lots of very tasty pasta dishes. I crave and have to go back for the butternut squash ravioli, it is sautéed with garlic, oil and spinach and is absolutely delicious. My husband had sausage rigatoni which was also good, in a spicy tomato sauce with peppers. They don’t have a large outdoor seating area, but we were able to snag a spot this time – it’s kind of cramped but then again, so is the restaurant’s indoor seating. The prices are a little high (it’s not exactly Pasta Bowl) but I do think the quality justifies paying a little more.

Posted by Shannon Limjuco on 06/01/2005 at 11:04 AM

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