Archive for May, 2012

The Kitchen. 1530 16th. Street downtown Denver, Co. 80202. 303-623-3127

Ten of us embarked down 16th Street mall to our dinner reservation at “The Kitchen” restaurant. We were in town for a convention site survey and Trystin, our server, did an outstanding job. We ordered a variety of white & red wines, tried the smokey parsley margarita…(very good, but different) and of course mixed drinks. We ordered the Collio Pinot Gregio, red was Italian 2009 Vietti Langhe Nebbiolo . Our appetizer was the Grand Seafood Platter with lobster, oysters, chilled smoked mussels, littleneck clams & king crab legs. For salads we tried the Escarole salad, roasted organic beet salad, crispy pig ears, marinated white runner beans and peppers, The Kitchen Tomato soup, sourdough French bread with butter and coarse salt……… NO COMPLAINTS SO FAR. !!!!!!!!!

For dinner we had a variety of their menu, trying and sampling all the fare and passing plates so everyone could enjoy. Everything was Delicious….

For Dessert, we had the Sticky Toffee pudding with vanilla bean gelato , potde chocolate, lemon tart….yummmm very very very. Good.

Our only ,,,,, complaint,,,,,,, if we wished to call it that,,, was that the meal took almost 3 hours on a Thursday night in a half empty restaurant. We weren’t rushed for time and the restaurant didn’t need our table so they didn’t rush us out of the place. The service, wait staff, chefs & management were extremely attentive to group, keeping our water always filled, wine and drinks being served, and the food coming out of “THE KITCHEN”

And YES, We will be going back…..
4.75 Stars

Fogo De Chao

360 E. Flamingo Road  Las Vegas, Nv 89169

One Word…………….. W O W !  ! !!

Two Words…………….. FOOD COMA…….  ! !   !! ! ! ! ! ! !

If you have never been to a Fogo De Chao Brazilian Steakhouse, starve yourself all day for the feast of your Life. Their salad bar is a meal in itself and delightful with over 30 different items.  When you turn over the “buttons” to GREEN….watch out for the Gaucho’s racing to your table. The tasty brasserie of roasted meats, sausage and poultry on a spit just keep coming non-stop till you tell them to halt.  All the sides and all the service are top notch. The bacon wrapped filet mignon is our favorite. This meat just melts in your mouth.

FIVE STARS     ******       ok, maybe even 6

China House Restaurant

20 Stone Pine Road Unit C  Half Moon Bay, Ca. 94019


While visiting the Half Moon Bay Area, we sampled a variety of eatery’s.  There are 3 Restaurants all next to each other. Thai, Chinese and Japanese.  For dinner we tried China House Restaurant.   To start we ordered a Green Onion Pancake with a pot of the house hot tea.  Next we ordered Combo Chow Mein, Beef Broccoli, Lemon Chicken and Honey Walnut Prawns.

The chow mein was slightly greasy but tasty. The Beef Broccoli presentation was nice, the broccoli was tender, yet crisp but the beef was quite tough. The Lemon Chicken was done perfectly. tender on the inside and crispy on the out. The lemon sauce was a little sweet but delicious.  The Honey Walnut Prawns were served hot and juicy. The coating was OK, but not my favorite.

All in all the food was edible and staff was friendly and served promptly.     3.5 stars

Miramar Beach Restaurant Half Moon Bay, Ca.

You have to be looking for the turn off to get there or you’ll miss it down a little side street. The location is great looking out on the ocean, so we went in for a drink and see this historic place. Built in the early 1900′s this restaurant has quite the history, surviving through prohibition, numerous owners and remodels. We just stopped in for drinks and a look around, but the menu looked good for appetizers and dinner. If for nothing else stop in for the ocean view and enjoy a drink or some dinner.

Ketch Joanne Restaurant & Bar
17 Johnson Pier Pillar Point Harbor Half Moon Bar, Ca. 94019

It was a lazy afternoon and wanted to just find a nice burger… I ask around and was told go to Ketch Joanne. 2 of us arrived about 2:30pm The place was half empty due to the lull between lunch and dinner, but was still busy. We ordered 2 bloody mary’s, an Ortega chili and cheese burger, a ruben on rye, garlic fries and onion rings.
All was nicely prepared, burger was very very tasty, fries were crisp on outside and soft inside. Just the right amount of garlic….yum
The Ruben was toasted and delicious. The onion rings were REAL onion rings and crisp…perfect.
Also, my water glass NEVER got empty. The staff took great care of us. !!!!!!
This place on the wharf has lots of character and a good find. Next time you’re in Half Moon Bay………. Enjoy it…..

4.5 stars

Sam’s Chowder House.
4210 North Cabrillo Hwy Half Moon Bay, Ca. 94019 650-712-0245

Sam’s Chowder House has been on the beach for about 5 years. They serve new England style cuisine. We wandered in for dinner and drinks. Started with an order of calamari, a bowl of chowder and fresh sourdough bread. It was all delicious, as well was served quite quickly. For dinner we ordered large prawns stuffed with dungeness crab and bacon wrapped. It came with garlic mashed potatoes and steamed broccoli. Our other entree was a whole lobster, halved and grilled with asparagus and steamed broccoli. Again, dinner was served promptly. Service all around was nice. Between all the apps and dinner, we needed “to go” boxes !!!!!!! Over all atmosphere was great, looking out on the ocean and sun down. It was foggy so we didn’t get to see a sunset, but it was pleasant. The place is quite popular so reservations are recommended. 4 Stars