Saturday, May 23, 2009

Dinner -- 5/9/09

Ruth's Chris Steak House
1700 N. Westshore Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33607


Meal served family style: Cheese assortment, mushrooms stuffed with crabmeat, potatoes au gratin, creamed spinach, chef's selection of miniature desserts

Jim and Ramona: house salad with vinaigrette dressing, filet

The occasion was a surprise birthday party for my son's 40th birthday. Jim and I rode with Kevin and Kathleen to the restaurant, and he suspected that she might have invited a few more local friends to join us, but he was not expecting to see his brother, half-brother, father, mother-in-law, and high school friend from Nashville there.

The party was great fun and the food, as expected, was fabulous. The staff at Ruth's Chris paid attention to every detail and everything was perfect.


Dinner - 5/8/09

Frenchy's Rockaway Grill
7 Rockaway St.
Clearwater Beach, FL 33767



Jim: She Crab soup, Caesar salad, baked stuffed grouper, gin & tonic, iced tea

Ramona: She Crab soup, Caesar salad, Four Kings, frozen margarita

Nothing could be better than watching the sun set over the Gulf, with my son, his wife, and their three little girls. Having a great dinner was the icing on the cake! Frenchy's has several locations in the Clearwater area, but the one we chose is right on the beach and we were able to get outdoor seating with just a little wait.

A cup of their famous She Crab Soup was a great way to begin the meal. Jim ordered the bowl and both of us agreed that it was fabulous. We then each had a Caesar salad, which was also quite good. Jim chose the baked stuffed grouper, which is one of their signature dishes and I had a combination platter called Four Kings. Everything was wonderful and the service was top notch. We can't wait for another trip to Tampa so we can return!


Saturday, May 2, 2009

Dinner -- 5/1/09

El Siete Mares
1915 Dutton Ave.
Waco, TX 76706


5:30 - 6:40 PM


Ramona: Tostada de Jaiba (flat, crispy tortilla with crab, tomatoes, onions, cilantro, & lime juice), shrimp acuyo, with peppers, mushrooms, onions, in a white wine sauce, iced tea with lime slices, tres leches cake with chocolate syrup

Jim: Tostada de Ceviche (flat, crispy tortilla with fish, avocado, tomatoes, onions, cilantro, & lime juice), Pescado Empapelado (A fillet of mahi-mahi marinated with their original spices, lime juice, olive oil and sauvignon blanc, with bell peppers, mushrooms, and onions. sealed in aluminum foil and steamed and served with rice and vegetables), iced tea with lime slices, tres leches cake with chocolate syrup

El Siete Mares gets better with every visit. The sauce on Jim's dish was so good, he asked for flour tortillas to sop it up. The fish was steamy and tender and perfectly prepared.

Ramona's shrimp was also perfectly prepared with a hint of spicy flavor. The steamed rice in both dishes was also fluffy and sweet. The vegetables were fresh and just a bit crunchy.

We know, from past experiences, the dessert is too good to share, so we splurged with a slice each. As we scraped up the last of the chocolate sauce, we knew we made the right decision here.

We do not get her often enough, but we are going to try and make it a monthly habit.