Thursday, March 25, 2010

Where the park and beach meet...

... there are two places to eat. The Beach Chalet and the Park Chalet. Both in the "same" building, and both with excellent views. The Beach Chalet is upstairs in the front and has an excellent view of the beach across the street, and is also the more expensive eatery of the two with entrees starting at $18 and up from there. The menu seemed great but as we were winding down our little vacation and were going on broke, the Beach Chalet was out of the question for us.
We opted for the more affordable Park Chalet, which is at the end of Golden Gate park, So if there is a wait (ours was 45 minutes) you can walk up the trail to see the windmill and beautiful tuplis in the Queen Wilhelmina Garden which is maybe a two to three minute walk. Since we were there on taco tuesday, they 2.50 tacos that you could eat on the lawn/in the park. They also had a bar outside so you could take advantage of the drink specials... and since its a brewery we did want to take advantage and sample the drinks. The specials that night were $3 ales and 1/2 off margaritas. Be warned the margaritas are strong!
Its worth checking out if you have a lot of time. If they are busy the wait staff is slow. Also on Tuesday when we went there was a live band, which was nice, but we had to yell to talk to one another. Perhaps during the day in the mid week may be easiest if you have a lot of sights to see.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Burgers On The Beach

For the longest time as a child, I hated red meat! Then I became a vegan, and that was too hard so then I was a vegetarian, and then one day out of nowhere I wanted a burger. I wanted a big juicy (not greasy) burger, topped with fresh ripe tomatoes, cold lettuce, cheese, and mustard (cause thats how I roll). No burger satisfied me. I was hardly ever content with eatery burgers, burger chains, and certainly not fast food burgers.
And then one day unexpectedly I stumbled upon the burger of my dreams. At first, I denied the burger but then the smell got my attention, then I saw the burger and the burger saw me. I ordered the burger and it was love at first bite. So much so that I had to have more and actually ate at the same place two days in a row, and may have even over ate.
Where is this burger you ask? This burger is at a place called Surf Burger, in Pensacola Fl. located on Pensacola beach blvd right on the bay, with sand all around, indoor and outdoor deck seating, its an awesome find.
The menu has a variety of typical beach grill foods, but what they are most popular for is the surf burger, with the secret sauce and the hula chips (sweet potato chips) made in house. They do have veggie burgers and some seafood items as well. All the food is moderately priced and cooked to order. Visit the website and the next time your in Florida check it out!

The Surf Burger

Friday, February 26, 2010

Best Slice Around

I went through a phase where I did not like pizza. I think this is mostly because as a kid and teen I was only exposed to fast food delivery chains or buffets (the worst). So when I started trying new foods, I really got into the Mediterranean or Greek type pizzas with the different types of olives and veggie toppings, but not all pizzas are created alike.
I have had slices from all over, Alabama, Virginia, California, and Florida and so far Virginia is taking the cake... or pie really. I fell in love with pizza again in Charlottesville, Va at a little place well known in the area called Christians Pizza (link below). There is three or four locations in the Charlottesville area, the location I frequent when I am in the area is the one at the Downtown Mall.
Now any real pizza lover knows that pizza is not just pizza, its a marriage between crust, sauce, and toppings. Christians has never failed, the crusts is always the perfect thickness to have a crunchy and soft texture and the same time, just the right amount of sauce and ingredients where you can taste the freshness. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. Seriously, its like your first love, who you compare all your new boyfriends to.
On top of a quality product, the atmosphere is great. When you walk in you are greeted by a bar of what may be more than ten different types of pizza by the slice, calzones, and other pizzeria yummies! Christians doesn't deliver but its always worth the drive!

Christians Pizza