Headin' on down to Donutville!
After a whirlwind week of eating out, we've stayed in more. Still, I had some tasty vittles along the way.
9/25: Noodles & Co. A chain I know, but I had the birthday freebie, and it was worth noting the Thai Hot Pot. This was delicious. Knowing chains tend to make things a bit more generic for the general public, I look forward to a hot pot from a real Thai restaurant.
10/4: homecoming, Schuberg's. Instead of going with the standard burger that made them famous, I wanted something a little leaner and neater, opting for the steak sandwich and cole slaw. It hit the spot perfectly, a petite sirloin served open faced on a grilled piece of bread with sautéed mushrooms. The slaw was coarse cut with carrot slivers in a mayo-vinegar base. Even though I got no potatoes, I snuck a few from Ryan's plate. The tater tots absorbed a little too much grease.
10/8: Robinette's. Homemade deep fried cake donut, fresh from the fryer. No icing, no sugaring off, just cake. How can something be so heavy and so light at the same time?
10/10: Russ' lunch with Cara. Counts as local since it's a Holland based chain of family restaurants. Cara's grandma used to work there, and knows how to make the secret creamed turkey and French dressing from scratch. She went with the comfort food of her childhood, the fried clams and Slim Jim. I went with the cole slaw and open faced turkey sandwich.
10/13: Perrin's Brewing. I had a couple onion rings, tomato basil soup with herby flat bread and a taco. Also had the single rail ale and Gilda's Cherry. The onion rings were thick and crunchy, with an herb panko bread crumb batter. I could have lived on the soup and flat bread alone. The taco...? Heavy with cilantro so not my favorite, but my fault, not theirs. The ale was light and delicious, and the cherry was pretty but the flavor not to my liking, I wanted more fruit, blame my love for lambics.
10/15: Rak Thai. Forgot dinner, oops. Was on a soup kick, so ordered the Pho. It's essentially a hot pot with rice noodles, jalapeños, herbs, beef broth, shoots, brisket and meatballs. Pho-nomenal. I really could have even done without the beef and gone for a mix of veggies. The portion is so huge, I ate two small bowls and have more left for tomorrow.
10/18: Donutville, Dearborn. Post-race indulgence. I ate a maple on the way home and a lemon bismark with powdered sugar the next day. Iconic roadside sign, bare basics inside, ie., no cronuts, bagels, croissants, lattes, herbal teas, coconut or soy milk. Coffee, donuts. What they do advertise is over 52 variety of donuts, fluffy and airy.
10/19: Real Food Cafe. I feel like this may be cheating because this is a usual spot for us, but we haven't eaten there since the foodie challenge started. I went with my usual corned beef hash and eggs, wheat toast. The portions are huge, so I had enough left over for dinner. I eat the eggs first while they are hot. Over easy there is so delicious and buttery, you want to eat them first. The wheat toast is nutty. The corned beef... oh my. They slow cook it and strip just the right amount of fat off so the meat is tender and juicy but never greasy. The taters the right amount of tender and crispy.