Saturday, June 20, 2009

Breakfast -- 06/16/09

Little Rock, AR

Jim: Vente latte, Sausage, egg, and cheese on ciabatta bread

Ramona: Vente latte, Sausage, egg, and cheese on ciabatta bread

Starbuck's is a must for early morning travelling. Their orange cranberry scones are usually our number one choice, but they've just added hot sandwiches to the menu. We were pleased with the sausage, egg, and cheese on ciabatta bread. Next food stop: HOME!


Dinner -- 06/15/09

Parkside Grill
338 N. Peters Road
Knoxville, TN



Jim: Caesar salad, Parkside fish and chips, French fries, cole slaw, iced tea

Ramona: Kickin' Chicken (chicken breast, lightly breaded and deep fried, topped with creamy cravy), white cheddar mashed potatoes, steamed broccoli, cole slaw, iced tea

It's not the restaurant I was looking for but it turned out fine. Jim says his fish and chips were the best he's ever had. They use grouper and serve it with a homemade remoulade sauce. He wasn't too crazy about the sauce, but everything else was excellent. I had a few bites of the Caesar salad and it was terrific. I also had a taste of his cole slaw and asked the waitress to bring me a side order of that. My chicken was kickin' and I loved the white cheddar mashed potatoes. This was a great dinner to see us on for another seventeen hours of driving!


Dinner -- 06/14/09

Dining Car
8826 Frankford Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19136



Jim: Creamed chicken soup, roast turkey, cornbread stuffing, mashed potatoes, carrots, iced tea

Ramona: Vegetable beef soup, roast turkey, cornbread stuffing, mashed potatoes with gravy, candied yams, iced tea

The Dining Car is another of our favorite spots to go in Philadelphia. Jim and I both indulged in their great turkey dinner. Seems like the turkey portion was twice as big as the one we had at Cracker Barrel the week before. Jim's mother was able to repay him for his mushroom taunt that morning. She had lima beans in her vegetable beef soup!

Breakfast -- 06/14/09

Red Robin Diner
6330 Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19135


9:00 --9:50 AM


Ramona: Scrapple, scrambled egg, fried potatoes, orange juice, coffee

Jim: Ham, cheese, and mushroom omellette, English muffin, fried potatoes, tomato juice, coffee

Two days in a row having scrapple is not too much for me. It's one of those foods we don't have in Texas, so I take advantage of the opportunity when I can. (We bought two packs to bring home with us in our cooler.) Jim had a tasty omellette, taunting his mother with mushooms, which she can't stand to see.


Breakfast -- 06/13/09

Red Robin Diner
6330 Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19135


9:00 --9:50 AM


Ramona: Scrapple, pancakes, orange juice, coffee

Jim: Scrapple, two poached eggs on an English muffin, fried potatoes, tomato juice, coffee

A trip to Philadelphia wouldn't be complete without breakfast with scrapple. The Red Robin Diner is just a block away from Jim's parents' house, so it's our favorite place to go. The service is always great. The cost of the breakfast includes the juice and coffee. Can't beat it!


Dinner -- 06/12/09

Greenman's Deli
2900 Robbins Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19149


7:00 p.m.


Jim: Ham & cheese hoagie, mayonnaise, lettuce, tomato, oregano; Herr's potato chips

Ramona: Turkey & cheese hoagie, mayonnaise, lettuce, tomato; Herr's potato chips, diet coke

First stop in Philadelphia was for hoagies from Greenman's Deli. This local eatery is on the way to Jim's parents' house, and that's what we were in the mood for, since we didn't make town in time for a nice dinner out. Nobody makes a better hoagie than Greenman's; there are several locations in the Philly area, but the one on Robbins Ave. is the original. Jim ate his whole sandwich, accompanied by iced tea his mother had made just for him. I saved half of my hoagie for a nice snack the next day.


Thursday, June 11, 2009

Dinner -- 06/11/09

Boombozz Taphouse
1448 Bardstown Rd.
Louisville, KY 40204



Ramona: Diet Pepsi

Jim: Iced tea

Shared: 12 inch pizza; 1/2 Tuscan Chicken (Garlic cream sauce topped with signature grilled chicken, portobello mushrooms, sweet red onions, roma tomatoes and blended cheese ); 1/2 Quattro (Classic red sauce and mozzarella with Italian sausage, prosciutto, artichokes and portobello mushrooms)

For our last night in Louisville, we thought we'd have a pizza so I did some research on the Internet to find an interesting place. I think we hit the jackpot with Boombozz. It was delicious! The menu had several interesting options and it was hard to decide on just one, so we decided to split and get two of their "famous creations." The 12 inch was perfect for us, but we agreed that we liked the Quattro much better than the Tuscan Chicken. Not sure if it was the garlic cream sauce or the blended cheese, but we had no complaints about the Quattro at all.

Our server Mike was very attentive and make the evening a very pleasant one. Boombozz is sure to be a hit with the younger crowd; there are TVs in every conceivable location. And the array of beers is certainly impressive, for those that care about such things. There are several Boombozz locations in the Louisville area; the one on Bardstown Rd. is the newest to open. I hope we'll get to visit it again next year.


Dinner -- 06/10/09

Cottage Inn
570 Eastern Parkway
Louisville, KY 40217


5:45 - 6:30 p.m.


Jim: fried chicken, mashed potatoes , applesauce, lemon pound cake, iced tea

Ramona: fried beef liver with onions and gravy, mashed potatoes, cole slaw, derby pie, iced tea

Shared: basket of fried okra

As predicted, we returned to Cottage Inn for Wednesday night's "all you can eat" fried chicken, taking two fellow AP readers from Michigan with us. I don't think they were as enthusiastic as we were about the southern cooking, but they enjoyed getting away from the convention center for the evening.

Jim agreed with my assessment of the fried chicken; it was great. I particularly enjoyed the fried okra. We tried different desserts tonight. Jim thought the lemon pound cake was good, but the icing was a little sweet for his taste. The derby pie was a warm pecan pie with chocolate chips and whipped cream. It was very rich!


Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Dinner -- 06/09/09

Cottage Inn
570 Eastern Parkway
Louisville, KY 40217


6:00 - 6:45 p.m.


Jim: Chicken tenders, French fries, corn, lemon meringue pie, iced tea

Ramona: 1/4 fried chicken, mashed potatoes w/gravy, cole slaw, coconut cream pie, iced tea

"Southern comfort food" is this restaurant's motto and they've been dishing it up since 1929 - great food, great service, great value. Everything we had was so good, we're thinking about going back tomorrow night. Wednesday night is all "you can eat" fried chicken (plus two sides) for $9.99. Since I had fried chicken tonight, I think I'll try the beef liver and onions or chicken livers.

Jim and I were both pleased with our dessert choices, but tomorrow night, I want to try a slice of homemade pound cake or carrot cake. And a basket of fried okra, which was under appetizers and I missed that tonight! I overheard someone at a nearby table talking about the okra, but it wasn't listed as a side item.


Dinner -- 06/08/09

Rivue / Galt House
140 N. 4th St.
Louisville, KY 40202


6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Jim: 12 ounce ribeye, salad, potato bread, Grande Marnier creme brulee

Ramona: 12 ounce ribeye, salad, rosemary bread, white chocolate mouse

Shared: Rosemont Shiraz 2008, Australia

Normally Rivue is closed on Monday nights, but it was open tonight especially for the AP readers. Guests at the Galt House received phone messages on Saturday informing us of the special menu that would be available. Jim and I dined at Rivue two years ago, just after the restaurant had opened on the 25th floor of the Galt House's Rivue Tower. We were eager to go there again, so we made a reservation.

Our table was in the section of the restaurant that revolves, offering a panoramic view of the river and the city. We were there for an hour and a half, almost three full revolutions. The meal was superb from beginning to end. The salad consisted of field greens, artichoke hearts, asparagus, croutons, spiced pecans, purple onion, and a lemon honey dill dressing. The breads were hot, delicious, and accompanied by whipped butter. The ribeye steaks sat on rosemary whipped potatoes and were topped by asparagus spears, a white cheddar and pimento sauce, and a port wine sauce.

Jim and I shared our desserts with each other so we each had half of both selections. The creme brulee was an orange liquor infused custard and caramelized sugar crusted fresh berries. The white cholocate mouse was served in a crispy lace shell, topped with fresh berries and a kiwi raspberry sauce. We splurged a little on this dinner, but considered it part of Jim's birthday celebration.


Monday, June 8, 2009

Dinner -- 06/07/09

August Moon Chinese Bistro
2269 Lexington Road
Louisville, KY 40206


6:30 - 7:30 p.m.


Jim: Won ton soup; shrimp, fresh snow peas and water chestnuts; steamed rice,

Ramona: Egg drop soup; beef, asian vegetables and shiitake mushrooms; fried rice

Shared: goat cheese, crabmeat won ton and asian salsa, Koogamullen Penfolds Syrah (2005) Australia

Jim's birthday, and that means the birthday boy gets to choose the dining spot. He was in the mood for Chinese, and August Moon is reputed to be the best in Louisville.

The title is well-deserved. The crab won tons were delicious, and the food was all hot, tasty, and included generous portions. Jim especially appreciated the won ton soup with lots of pork and noodles added in.

Both dishes featured tasty and plentiful meats. We will definitely add this to our list of must visit spots on our next trip to Louisville.

--Ramona & Jim

Dinner -- 06/06/09

Gasthaus German Restaurant
4812 Brownsboro Center
Louisville, KY 40207


6:00 - 7:10 PM


Ramona: Sauerbraten, pan fried potatoes with onions, Napolean (pastry with strawberries and cream), iced tea

Jim: Wiener Schnitzel, spaetzle, fallen chocolate souffle, iced tea, coffee

Shared: Rotkraut (red cabbage)

Gasthaus is the wonderful German restaurant on the outskirts of Louisville that we discovered last year, and, along with Saffron's, have given a permanent list of places to go when we're in town. The food and service are superb, offering treats not available where we live. The desserts alone are worth the trip. Our only regret is that we can only come here once a year!


Dinner -- 06/05/09

The Fish House/Cafe Beignet
1310 Winter Ave.
Louisville, KY 40204


Jim: Scrod dinner (3 pieces fried scrod, french fries, cole slaw, hush puppies) , iced tea

Ramona: Catfish basket (1 piece fried catfish, french fries, cole slaw, hush puppies) , iced tea

Shared: 1 order (3 pieces) beignets

This delightful find was a result of an Internet search for Louisville restaurants. A short drive from downtown took us to this neighborhood of interesting shops (neat independent bookstore - Carmichael's - nearby!).

One piece of fish was plenty for me. Jim and I were both pleased with the fish, but we thought the cole slaw tasted a little too vinegar-y.

Having beignets was a special treat. We couldn't pass up the opportunity, even though it's a food we traditionally associate with breakfast. Unfortunately Jim's schedule grading exams prevents us from returning to Cafe Beignet for breakfast. The menu did look interesting.


Dinner -- 06/04/09

Saffron's Persian Cuisine
131 W. Market St.
Louisville, KY 40202


6:30 - 8:05 PM


Ramona: Steak and chicken kabob on basmati rice, grilled veggies (tomato, onion, mushroom, yellow pepper), chopped tomato and cucumber, vanilla ice cream with attar, pistachio, and saffron, iced tea

Jim: Vegetable soup, rack of lamb on basmati rice, grilled veggies (tomato, onion, mushroom, yellow pepper), chopped tomato and cucumber, vanilla ice cream with attar, pistachio, and saffron, hot jasmine tea

Shared: watercress, mint, and tarragon, and feta cheese on pita bread

Our first dinner in Louisville was at our favorite restaurant, one which we found on our first trip here two years ago. The Persian flavors are exquisite and very satisfying. I only ate half of my kabob dinner so I was able to enjoy it again for lunch another day.

The ice cream might sound strange, but it really was a wonderful combination of flavors.

Saffron's is definitely a "don't miss" spot in any visit to Louisville.


Lunch - 06/04/09

Cracker Barrel #415
1565 Mt. Eden Rd.
Shelbyville, KY 40065-8896


12:45 - 1:30 PM


Ramona: Roast turkey, cornbread dressing, sweet potato casserole, iced tea

Jim: Roast turkey, cornbread dressing, mashed potatoes, iced tea

The last leg in our trip to Louisville, KY began on Thursday morning, leaving Knoxville after three nights with my son's family. Cracker Barrel is always a great and dependable place to stop for meals on the road, especially on Thursdays, which is "turkey day" at Cracker Barrels everywhere.

Breakfast is also especially good at CB and is served all hours. It is one of the few places in Texas where you can get country ham; great with grits! I've recently discovered that you can purchase the ham there and take it home to cook at a later date.


Saturday, June 6, 2009

Dinner -- 06/01/09

Loretta Lynn's Kitchen & Gift Shop
15366 Hwy 13S
Hurricane Mills, TN 37078-2347


7:00 - 7:45 p.m.


Jim: Buffet samplings of fried chicken, fried catfish, barbecue, mashed potatoes, creamed corn, hush puppies, iced tea

Ramona: Buffet samplings of fried chicken, fried catfish, mashed potatoes, creamed corn, cole slaw, hush puppies, iced tea

There are portions of I-40 between Memphis and Nashville where few restaurants can be found. Holding out for an exit with a Shell station, so we could purchase gas at the same stop, resulted in us missing out on the good restaurant options in Jackson. Stopping at Loretta Lynn's seemed like a good idea. Having lived in Tennessee 16 years, I had passed it many times but never stopped.

Country music fans, especially fans of LL will enjoy this place, which combines a museum and gift shop with restaurant. Neither Jim nor I particularly care for CW music, so we were happy to find that the music was not overly loud. The food was okay, but nothing to make us say we'd love to stop there again. The bright spot of the meal for me was the creamed style corn, almost as good as my mother used to make. A display case full of homemade pies looked interesting, but we were too full to try anything after filling up on fried chicken and catfish.