Friday, October 07, 2011

Basilas, St. George Ut

I don't have time to format this the way that I would like, but lets face it your probably surprised that I'm still posting (or posting again) at all.

I lived in Greece for a while so when I heard about this place I was pretty excited. I decided to try it out one night and well, the experience was kind of disappointing. There was a pretty good sized crowd there the night that I went, and yeah the outside has more atmosphere than the inside, the decor is fine, but I wouldn't call it Mediterranean. 

It's not a very big restaurant, so you'd think it would be hard to get "lost." But some how I did. I didn't know what I wanted the first time my waitress came by, but I didn't think I'd have to wait 20 more minutes for her to come back. I couldn't decide whether to get the Spanikopita, or the Souvlaki, because I really wanted to try them both. Then I noticed that for almost exactly the price of both I could get a combo plate, but the combo plate came with the chicken and the beef souvlaki. This was definitely what I wanted. I reasoned that even though it was way more than I wanted to spend, it would probably be enough food to take some home, and eat the next day. After waiting for what seemed like an eternity my food came. (about a minute before my food came they brought out some bread and oil for me) The bread was ok, but not great, the oil was good, but I wish I'd received it about 1/2 an hour early... while I was actually waiting for my food. 

One of the servers (not mine) was kind enough to make sure I never ran out of water, she seemed nice (and I admit, I'd probably like to get to know her better, so if your reading this... let me know) and for that I was truly grateful. For the most part the food was good, but everything was cut in half. literally. Each of my kabobs, was three small pieces of meat (1 chicken kabob, 1 beef) I expected a full kabob of each.  There was plenty of rice, but not $20 worth. The flavor was good. Then I tried the Spanikopita. It was soggy. I'd been seeing these large gorgeous servings of spanikopita come out, and I was pretty excited. but I only got about three bites worth of Spinach pie. I expected at least twice what I got on the Spanikopita, and at least 20 % more on everything else (except the rice, I still had plenty of rice... though I was able to finish it all). I felt like I was getting a buy one @ $10 or Buy two @ $25 deal. If I had known, I'd have ordered them separately. 

I totally felt like I got gypped. I was not impressed with Basilas, and I would not go back. The worst part of the whole thing is that I really could have had a good experience. Some restaurants make sales, and some make customers, this one didn't end up making a customer out of me.

I would give this place maybe 3 and a half bronze spoons out of 8, The food was mostly pretty good, but the experience was everything else.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Free Ice Cream Day @ Walmart

Saturday May 30, 2009

11 a.m. - 4p.m.
one SAMPLE per customer (1.5- 4 oz.)

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

National Pancake Day (at IHOP)

IHOP is continuing their tradition of National Pancake Day giving.
Starting in 2006, IHOP decided to celebrate National Pancake Day
(also known as Fat Tuesday) by giving away a free short stack of pancake to anyone who came in.
All they ask is that you try to pay it forward.

Their website states:
On Tuesday, February 24, 2009. From 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., we’ll give you one FREE short stack (three) of our famous buttermilk pancakes.* All we ask is that you consider making a donation to support local children’s hospitals through Children’s Miracle Network, or other local charities.

Since beginning its National Pancake Day celebration in 2006, IHOP has raised nearly two million dollars to support charities in the communities in which it operates. With your help, we hope to raise $1,000,000 for Children’s Miracle Network in 2009!

I think their goal is commendable, and I'd like to encourage you to help them achieve it. 

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Rickshaw Cafe

Should you be traveling down to Saint George for some summer fun, there is one place that I think everyone should eat. The Rickshaw Cafe. It doesn't sound fancy, and really it isn't, a tiny restaurant trying to make a start. They serve all kinds of cuisine from all over Asia, including Chinese, Japanese, Korean, etc. All of which aren't bad, they come in small meals served on trays for a reasonable price, but one meal stands above the rest. It is their Malaysian Walnut Shrimp. Each bite has to be savored individually. It's made up of battered shrimp and candied walnuts in a white honey sauce. The flavor is heaven, and I don't use that lightly. As a whole the restaurant doesn't rise above six plastic spoons, but that dish raises it to ten if not higher. I would recommend this dish to anyone (unless you have a nut or shrimp allergy). Even if you don't normally eat shrimp, or Chinese food, try this. I guarantee you'll love it.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Cafe Orleans

Okay, I'm new to this blog so someone let me know if I do something wrong.

I recently went to Cafe Orleans, the restaurant that replaced Boomers Cafe. (Isn't it about time.) The decorations were about the same, though the posters are different and someone threw a bunch of Mardi Gras masks about the place trying to improve it, and failing. But despite the strange vibe from the restaurant I had heard good things about the place.

My husband, Sandin and I always share a plate, portions at most places are insane. We decided to do the same there. We decided on the Crawfish platter. Not a bad choice since it comes with jambalaya, steak fries or sweet potato fries, a green salad, and cornbread or French bread, and hushpuppies.

Like most people here in Utah, I'm an unexperienced Creole eater. Sandin on the other hand served a mission in North Carolina so he at least knew the southern terms, like hushpuppies. The food was interesting. We got the chicken and sausage jambalaya, cornbread, and sweet potato fries, as well as their Creole salad dressing.

The jambalaya is a rice dish with plenty of spice and large chunks of meat in it. It was good, but too spicy. If I went again I might try the crawfish jambalaya instead. The fries were delicious, but we didn't get any sauce to eat them with and they needed something (I'm not precisely sure what, something sweet perhaps). The hushpuppies are a small cornbread based deep fried dumpling. They were really good. They too needed something to dip into, but they were good on their own still. The salad dressing (I'm sorry I don't remember the exact name of it) was really good. It tasted different enough to be worth ordering. The crawfish was good as well, the small pieces of it were deep fried and once again could have used some dipping sauce.

The best part of the meal was the cornbread. It was the best I've had in forever. It was moist and sweet, but not too much. It didn't need butter or honey, but stood on it's own. This is a good thing, since neither butter nor honey were offered.

Altogether, the food was not bad, but the service was. We waited forever before we could order, our food came in a fair amount of time, after which the waitress disappeared and didn't return until it was time for the bill.

On the whole I give the place five plastic spoons entirely on for the food. The standing might have been higher if anyone had been around to get us something to dip our food in. But it's different, and in Cedar City we like anything that's different. There are so few restaurants here that it's definitely worth trying if you're tired of Winger's, Applebee's, or Fast food.