Johnny’s Tavern!

One of the World Series games –Royals vs. Giants– fell on the same day as my friend Michele’s birthday.  We went to Johnny’s Tavern to celebrate and watch the game.  As we watched the game with burgers, chicken wings, and fried pickles, the environment was fun and positive.  It may have been because the Kansas City Royals won the game.  😀  We had a great time laughing, cheering, eating, and talking.  What a celebration!

The only pic I have is of the fried pickles and jalapenos.  A tasty treat!  Johnny’s is a great place to eat.

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Fried pickles and jalapenos. So good!

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Watching the game! 🙂 We won!

Meat sweats for days.

During my trip to Cali, I had my fair share of Korean BBQ.  It was amazing!  These places are all-you-can eat, and I took full of advantage.  The menus are filled with all kinds of meats from Kobe beef to small intestines.  With the meat came all the ban chan (Korean side dishes) your heart desires.

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Huntington Beach location!

My friends wanted to take me to Gen’s Korean BBQ in Huntington Beach.  This place was great and had such a fun environment.  The service was awesome and quick!  Besides the loads of sirloin, we also tried the following: Hawaiian steak, garlic chicken with jalepeno cheese sauce, pork belly, and bulgogi.  The ban chan was also good and I loved all the different flavors.  I would hit this place again during my next visit.

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All the ban chan –Korean side dishes– we could eat! Never ending…

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Let the meat sweats begin. Sirloin. OMG.

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Round two. 🙂

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Round three?!

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This place is awesome!

Basil Leaf Cafe.

My friend Amea introduced me to Basil Leaf Cafe in Lawrence, Kansas.  It’s is awesome and one of my favorite spots for dinner.  I enjoy the cozy atmosphere and fresh flowers on the tables.  Every meal has been wonderful and the serving size always leaves you leftovers for lunch the following day!

 

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House Salad. My dream salad.

The house salad is the way to go.  Fresh greens, tomatoes, and green peppers make for a great foundation, but the croutons, artichoke hearts, and banana peppers really make this salad a must-have when visiting.  I get this every time!

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Risotto Balls.

Arancini is an appetizer that consists of sausage, vegetables, and a five-cheese risotto shaped into a ball, and covered in a parmesan and panko crust.  It is deep fried to perfection and served with a fire roasted tomato sauce.  These are absolutely fantastic!

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Risotto!!!!

This is a chicken, leek, and wild mushroom risotto.  This is by far the best risotto I’ve ever had -anywhere!  It’s full of flavor and cooked perfectly.  Some of you may know this: risotto is difficult to cook.  I feel that it needs to be watched over carefully and takes a while to cook.  I say this from experience.  🙂 And let’s just say it didn’t turn out well.  🙂  Basil Leaf does not have this dish any more (they change menus to keep things spicy), but usually feature a risotto.  I try to branch out each time I visit, but the risotto is always calling my name!

The Eldridge.

The Eldridge is not only a fabulous hotel in Lawrence, Kansas, but it also has a great happy hour and on Thursdays, it’s half off of martinis!  At this happy hour, we decided to get dinner as well.  I got the chicken club sandwich with fries.  The fries came out piping hot and were the best part of the meal.  The chicken sandwich came with bacon -which is always a good a combo!  It’s a chill environment and so fun.  We’ve been back since, and every time the food and drinks have been great!

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Delish!  Yay for fries!

Applebees’ appetizer!

Applebees' appetizer!

I dream of soft pretzels and cheese, sometimes. And there’s Jason’s arm.

I don’t go to Applebees very often, but it worked out! I met some friends from out of town and we had a blast. As for food, the only note worthy item for the night was the appetizer. We picked the Ultimate Trio with steak quesadilla towers, brew pub pretzels and beer cheese dip, and the chicken wonton tacos. All three were pretty good, but the pretzels and cheese dip took the spot light. The pretzels were soft and the cheese dip was rich with a hint of beer. We may or may not have ordered more of them.

Margarita’s!

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So good!

I met my friends Kyle and Jake at Margarita’s Amigos Mexican restaurant for dinner.  We started out with chips and salsa, and it was awesome!  I found a huge double-chip!  In fact, there were so many double-chips, I was super impressed.  Although not pictured, we also killed a bowl of white queso.

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Delish!

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Look at all those double-chips waiting to be eaten! 🙂

Since it was a Sunday, we were able to order any of the daily specials held during the week.  I chose the two taco special -chicken, hard shelled tacos.  By the time we ordered, I had already filled myself up with chips, salsa, and queso.  Nonetheless, the two chicken tacos didn’t have a chance and were delish!  The chicken was seasoned perfectly and the fried tortilla added the perfect crunch.  Next time, I’ll get a burrito.

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Legit tacos!