Sunday, July 08, 2007

Coney Island Hot Dogs 250 9 St N. St. Petersburg, Florida

When one thinks of Coney Island Dogs, you automatically transport your self to the boardwalk in Atlantic City, where the term originated. However the taste is not confined to that location, one can experience the aroma, taste and delight in Florida. Nestled among the side streets of St Petersburg this establishment has been long serving up a taste just this side of heaven. Now the ambiance is just that of a locally owned and family operated cafe, some seating at the counter, a few booths and the menu, well it serves dogs, and I guess the question is, how many can you eat?
Their recipe is as close to the boardwalk taste as you can get, simmered to a texture and taste that delights every taste bud in your mouth. The dogs are just normal size dogs served between your normal buns, however it is the sauce that tells the story. It takes a real lover of chili dogs to sniff out this eatery. The aroma wafts from the small building as you amble down the sidewalk. As you enter all you can hear is the quite contentment of diners savoring each mouthful of their dogs.
Seasoned with the delicious chili and topped with onins, it offers you a delightful respite from the can of commercially prepared chili offered at your local grocers. As much as you savor each taste and try to ferret out each item in their recipe you cannot help but just sit back and gorge yourself with your dog. As much as one would like to list each ingredient and state the exact cooking time, I cannot. This is a family secret handed down to each generation, and sadly perhaps for the last time.
As with each passing generation, interests vary and children are not content to stay in a family business. As all children do they seek out their own individual fortunes and sadly perhaps to our disadvantage? For its future is in their hands and our only comfort for now is to gladly order up their delicious dogs and enjoy each savory bite

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Kabuki Japanese Restaurant, Woodland Hills, California

Kabuki is set in the style of an oriental Denny’s, booth seating with glass front windows to let the outside in or let you view out. There is seating at the sushi bar to give you that birds eye view of your rolls being created. The decor is not that of your typical oriental establishment, but the flavor of the staff that routinely converse in their particular tongue remind you, you are in deed not in Kansas.
The menu features cold appetizers from tofu, crab rolls, mussels on the half shell, asparagus beef to mention just a few. You have an assortment of salads, around fourteen or so, from seaweed, tuna, octopus, seafood and a yummy vegetarian watercress yuzu salad featuring romaine, watercress, daikon, cucumber, endive and sesame seeds served with yuzu dressing.
They have luncheon specials and dinner from your usual teriyaki beef or chicken tempura, barbecue ribs, pork loin to the more unusual sushi combos and a boat dinner which is ordered for two or more giving you a sampling of the favorites. There is the oriental version of fajitas, the Hibachi Dinner served to you on a sizzling hot plate; you can have beef, chicken or seafood.
There are some special entrees featuring seared tuna, shrimp or scallops and to round it out the soups, noodles and usual sides are offered. I am not much for dessert but marveled at the choices offered, from ice cream, tempura ice cream, napoleon, sorbet and apple tart roll, not too bad.

Last but not least the sushi menu, eighteen Kabuki sushi combinations, twenty two Kabuki roll combos, they have a premium sushi and chefs special of thirty one favorites and eleven types of sashimi available. Choices range from the usual tuna, halibut to snapper, mackerel, smelt egg, sea eel, bean curt to sea urchin. The sashimi offers some unusual items like, giant clam, fatty yellow tail and albacore for a seafood lovers delight.
You can dine in or call in for your order to go, this time we ate in. You are offered edamame at the start of your meal with tea or drink of choice. Our table offered a wide assortment of sushi, rolls, seafood and tasty seafood udon noodle soup, all prepared quite well and presented by knowledgeable staff. The items were all tasty and quite pleasing to the eye, not to forget that you get your moneys worth as the menu is quite generous.

Golden Corral, Pocatello, Idaho

Golden Corral,800 Yellowstone, Pocatello Id
A grill and buffet offers the ability to eat all you want or order a meal. For a modest price you are offered a full salad bar, regular iceberg, romaine and a mix of mescaline greens, all the various accompaniments and the ability to add fresh fruit, cottage cheese, macaroni salad or potato salad. There is a potato bar that offers chili and cheese, broccoli and cheese sauce and for the purest just potato, butter, sour cream and chives.
The grill offers, chicken, meat loaf, pot roast, ham, roast beef, fresh mashed potatoes (not processed) several types of vegetables, fresh sauteed mushrooms and breads and rolls. You are continually toped off on your drinks and there is a dessert bar with pies, pudding, and ice cream to delight just about every one.
You can find your own table and a waitress starts you off with your plates and continually monitors your table taking away used dishes. The atmosphere is light and friendly, basically a busy and a bit noisy family style dining establishment. The food is good quality and flavorful. If you are a big eater this is the place for you, and if you just like a salad I suggest you try their salad bar, you will find just about everything you look for.