Wednesday, November 14, 2012

99 restaurant

This is another CT restaurant.

When you go to their website, and from the look of this restaurant, I was afraid that they are cousin of Apple bees or Olive Garden.
But my friends who knows us well, assured me that it will not be as such.

The decor, the staff, the menu... they all look all too familiar like Apple bee's we used to go in high school over a decade ago. I ordered a salad because I had a very large lunch, but my friends all ordered some kind of heavy protein. We also had their signature chicken... 'boneless wings', I believe they called it. 

Wings came out. The plating is of any family chain restaurant. And the taste? hmmm.... Good, but good like how Reese's peanut butter cup is good, or any Chinese take out is 'good'. It was battered, fried, and coated in sweet/tangy mustardy/BBQ-y sauce. Tasty though.

But my surprise was with their meat. The steak my husband had was cooked perfectly and very flavorful. I think I remember steaks at Apple Bee's being tough, over done and chewy.  My friend had a shrimp dish, and the shrimp was nicely seasoned (maybe a little salty) and was cooked very well (not over cooked). My salad was also good. I think I had the southwestern cobb salad, and it was HUGE! I think I chose a wrong dressing for it, but the elements in the salad was great. Grilled asparagus and grilled tomato, good amount of egg and loads of chicken breast that was very moist and tender. Our other friend had their filet tips. In too many occasion, filet tips can be tough and stringy, but 99 offered it very nicely, and cooked perfectly.

Over all, I was very pleasantly surprised bu 99 restaurant. We cannot judge a book by it's cover, huh?

Monday, November 12, 2012


When I go to CT, my husband fish, and I baby sit/play.
And when my husband needs any fishing gear, where does he go? Cabella's in Glastonbury. Of course, I have no interest what so ever in Cabella's, but what's outside the front door of Cabella's???


The bestest donuts I have ever tasted. They have two different kinds: Apple cider, or Raised.
The price have changed a couple of times in the last few months, so I can't remember, but it used to e about a buck each.

I tried to get some good shots of how pillow-y and perfect their raised donuts are, but I failed. Or my iPhone failed me.  I just hope that you get the imagery of the world freshest (they fry it there), fluffiest, tastiest donuts you've ever seen!

Their cider donuts are also delicious. They are coated just in fine sugar. They are always moist, sometimes even warm, right out of the oil.  When my friend was pregnant, I used to use her as an excuse to buy half a dozen and eat at least the half on my won :)
Faddy's is definitely worth going!!!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Louis Lunch

When I watch TV occasionally, I watch a lot of Food Channel and Cooking Channel. I even just go back and forth the two as one goes to commercial.
There seem to be many shows where they just introduce restaurant all over the county. I am talking about Diners Drive ins and Dive, Best thing I ever ate, Eat Street, etc. So when they talk about any NYC restaurant that is accessible to me, I try to go! Also, when I am on road trips, I first search if there are any restaurant that I may have seen on TV :)

Louis Lunch came up on TV in many occasions. It was the "Best burger I ever ate" of one of the iron chefs, and another show picked them up as sort of the unique burger place. They are known for their purest ways and that is something to look up to. They are also famous for the way they cook the patty. They use a vertical broiler-type mechanism and cook the patties sitting up-right with heat from both side.

So I went.... to see if it was as amazing as they make it seem on TV.

YES. and NO.

I am a SAUCE girl. I love sauces! I love it when burgers have their own "special house sauce" on them. Or I enjoy creative toppings (or just normal toppings like bacon and cheese!)
Louis Lunch is really what they did say on TV. The most basic PURE burger experience. Just two slices of bread, toasted, with a chunk of meat, tomato, onion and their cheese spread.  This was their loaded Burger. NO ketchup, no mustard, no mayo, no anything else. I did, I believe, have ice cream and shakes. I would've loved to have some fries there, but I guess it's not the purist's way. I also disliked that their basic white bread gets paper thin with the weight of the patty and also all soaked from the meat juice.

But let me tell you that the portion of meat they offer on a burger is quite large and is excellent. They cook it to medium rare, and the quality of beef they use is very high. Their "patty" is very large, moist, tender, and beefy. I've got no complaints about their meat! other than that I wanted some seasonings on there.

I will say that I probably won't go back, but not because it the burger was that bad, but because
1. It is in CT (and no, for me it is not worth the drive)
2. no sauce (I like my burger drippy with sauce and the fat of the beef)
3. long wait
4. uncomfortable seating
5. very VERY small variety

BUT!! This is just my opinion. I am sure someone healthier than me and is a beef enthusiast will enjoy Louis Lunch immensely.  If you are in the area, give them a try. It sure is an experience.