Thursday, February 04, 2010

Road Food ... and seafood

Shirley and I packed up and hit the road
I-75 Michigan to Florida
Time constraints and weather pretty much kept us to close to the road
One side excursion in search of BBQ was a wild goose chase.
Choices along the Interstate - damn slim
As a rule, I stay away from McBurgerKingKFC .. which narrows the choices

The "Contential Breakfast" at LaQuinta (budget chain that allows pets) is very very thin, but gets us on the road.
Tried an Olive Garden for the first time in decades.
It was busy, so we took a couple seats at the bar.
We were frankly pleasantly surprised.
Shirley went for the Braised Beef & Tortelloni

"Tender sliced short ribs and portobello mushrooms tossed with asiago-filled tortelloni in a basil-marsala sauce."

While I tried the Steak Gorgonzola-Alfredo*

"Grilled beef medallions drizzled with balsamic glaze, served over fettuccine tossed with spinach and gorgonzola-alfredo sauce."

We also found Chianti Classico Riserva Rocca delle Macie ... one of my favorite Chianti's Good wine at fair price if you can find it retail (upcharged of course at a restaurant)

Portions were large enough we were able to box and made supper a second night .. corked the wine as well for later.

So, due to some prodding from others, we tried Bob Evans for breakfast on the last day

Tried the sausage gravy and biscuits ... buttermilk biscuit split and topped with one egg cooked-to-order, crumbled Bob Evans® Sausage, creamy country gravy and shredded cheddar cheese. Served with home fries

For less that $6 it does work ... won me over.

Switch to island dining (we are on Sanibel for about 3 weeks)

Thistle Lodge last night - seafood of course: Thistle Lodge Restaurant: Sanibel Island

Shirley had one of the evening specials :

Grilled Grouper over asparagus risotto, while I chose

Pan Flashed Sardine Filet : (appetiser)
Angel Hair Pasta Galette, Tomato Fennel Relish, Garlic & Lemon Oil


Mojito Glazed Black Grouper Filet
Papaya & Mango Risotto with Baby Bok Choy & Carrot

Both groupers also got boxed up for tonight's supper.


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