Homemade menu – Deborah J Miller http://deborahjmiller.com/ Tue, 11 Jan 2022 08:24:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://deborahjmiller.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-35-150x150.png Homemade menu – Deborah J Miller http://deborahjmiller.com/ 32 32 SETS Kitchen & Bar dazzles in San Elijo Hills https://deborahjmiller.com/sets-kitchen-bar-dazzles-in-san-elijo-hills/ Tue, 11 Jan 2022 06:53:38 +0000 https://deborahjmiller.com/sets-kitchen-bar-dazzles-in-san-elijo-hills/ To be honest, I never really knew much about the San Elijo Hills other than crossing it a few times on my way to San Marcos. A little research enabled me to learn about this planned community with stellar views that was designed to offer small town charm along with all the amenities and conveniences […]]]>

To be honest, I never really knew much about the San Elijo Hills other than crossing it a few times on my way to San Marcos. A little research enabled me to learn about this planned community with stellar views that was designed to offer small town charm along with all the amenities and conveniences that come with living near a town.

Residents also enjoy access to extensive hiking trails, shops, restaurants and consistently rated schools. Basically they have everything you can find in any small town except everything looks new and it is very clean. I should also note that the views to the west are incredible and are within a short drive of all the surf spots found in the North Coast County.

The dining options were what interested me and they are also plentiful, with over a dozen options including SETS Kitchen & Bar which was my destination. Considering the name, I immediately associated it with surfing given the “sets” that we want as surfers. This could also apply to the killer sunsets which are very visible from most of the hills of San Elijo.

The Mussels Madness, which is part of the “Americana Eclectic” menu at SETS Kitchen & Bar. Photo by David Boylan

Alas, that actually means “San Elijo Town Square,” but given the restaurant’s surf-themed decor, I think they’re going for that version for now.

SETS offers a well-designed space with an open and airy feel with a large outdoor patio and it is tastefully decorated. It’s like the place where locals gravitate, where adults can feel at home with or without children.

Owner Kevin Egan is a Carlsbad native who started out as a dishwasher at 15 and has owned a similar concept for the past 15 years in Vail, Colorado. He expressed it better when he said, “I wanted to create a place where families feel comfortable going several times a week. I have a wonderful wife and two beautiful daughters, so I created an environment that we go to as a family and enjoy it on a regular basis. SETS is a family-oriented, locals-oriented and sport-influenced concept.

Okay, back to the menu. Egan described it as “Americana Eclectic,” which is new to me, but I like it because it really opens up what a creative kitchen can create… a bit of everything. That’s fine with me as long as the quality is there, and that’s for sure at SETS with Executive Chef Chris McLane at the helm.

Before going into the food, I noticed the very creative cocktail menu. SETS is the only full service restaurant and bar in San Elijo, so they made it diverse and well balanced. These specialty cocktails give you plenty of options. R&R with vodka and lavender syrup is their most popular drink, but the Smokey Marg with mezcal, Aperol Spritz and one I’ll be back for, Ranch Water with Corralejo Reposado Tequila, fresh lime juice, Topo Chico and lime wedge, all super refreshing.

The wine list was equally impressive, and I opted for a dry A-Z Oregon Riesling which is a great example of their out of the box chardonnay and sauvignon blanc. Not that there is anything wrong with these wines, but if you have an eclectic menu, your wine list should have a bit of it as well, and it does.

I asked Kevin what dishes he would recommend, and he gave me a long list, so I went for the Mussels Madness which has amazing broth and lots of bread to soak in. I hardly ever order chicken in restaurants, but he suggested their Golden Piccata, a variation of the traditional dish with line chicken, angel hair pasta, caper butter sauce, artichokes, broccoli, cherry tomatoes and garlic toast and it was fabulous.

On the savory side of the menu, Kevin also mentioned their homemade pretzels, Bison Burger and Braised Short Rib as favorites. As I mentioned, it’s an eclectic menu, which translates into something for everyone. There’s a kids’ menu and a full list of salads, burgers, and sandwiches. The weekend brunch is happening now.

I was told to leave room for dessert, especially their B and T treats, named after Kevin’s daughters. They’re like churros with cinnamon sugar, vanilla custard, and strawberries – and they’re amazing.

And while SETS Kitchen & Bar caters to residents of San Elijo Hill, it should definitely be on the list of people who live in the surrounding communities. Check it out for the sunsets, cocktails, and fabulous food. And keep an eye on their website and social media for seasonal menu changes and opening hours.

Find them on www.setskitchenandbar.com or 1612 San Elijo Road, San Marcos. 442.515.3327

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Lily’s (formerly Oliver’s) continues to win the recipe – great food, great prices, welcoming atmosphere – The Daily Gazette https://deborahjmiller.com/lilys-formerly-olivers-continues-to-win-the-recipe-great-food-great-prices-welcoming-atmosphere-the-daily-gazette/ Sun, 09 Jan 2022 07:22:38 +0000 https://deborahjmiller.com/lilys-formerly-olivers-continues-to-win-the-recipe-great-food-great-prices-welcoming-atmosphere-the-daily-gazette/ “Smells good,” my friend Sheryl said as we walked through the windy parking lot at Lily’s Cafe. Always a good sign. The aroma presaged a good meal and it was okay. The white one-story building is across from the Stratton Air National Guard base, and during our meal we were treated to the sight of […]]]>

“Smells good,” my friend Sheryl said as we walked through the windy parking lot at Lily’s Cafe. Always a good sign. The aroma presaged a good meal and it was okay.

The white one-story building is across from the Stratton Air National Guard base, and during our meal we were treated to the sight of a C-130, that graceful, propeller-powered hippo, sliding gently towards the sky.

Lily’s is a cute place, and the dining room, freshly renovated in a white and black theme, is immaculate. I can attest to this because I dropped my pen and looked closely at the ground. There’s a counter with stools as you walk in and tables with those padded stackable chairs to the left. New tables are on order. All the cooking is done right behind the counter.

Lily’s opened last October, taking the place of Oliver’s Cafe on Freemans Bridge Road, a favorite breakfast and lunch spot for many years.
It’s updated, but not too different from Oliver’s.

“We made a few improvements to the building, but they did it right for 28 years, so we didn’t want to change too much,” said Scott McGlauflin, one of the owners.

They kept a “fair amount” of the Oliver’s menu and expanded it a bit, moving some of Oliver’s specialties to the permanent menu and putting their own stamp on it by updating the dishes and adding some of theirs.

It’s breakfast and lunch, and very reasonably priced. According to the online menu, two eggs with bacon, ham, or sausage costs $ 7, and a BLT with hand-cut fries and side salad costs $ 6.50. You have a hard time finding anything over $ 10 on the menu.

Lily’s makes homemade soup daily, the variety changing depending on the day of the week. Friday is clam chowder.

Sheryl loved the coffee, which arrived as soon as we made ourselves comfortable. “It’s really smooth,” she said with a sigh. “One part is the cup. “

I accepted while sipping my hot chocolate; the chunky, white old-fashioned coffee mug is a pleasure to hold with both hands on a winter morning.

Sheryl had breakfast, the pan of corned beef ($ 9.75) with scrambled eggs. It was a good choice; Lily’s Cafe makes their own corned beef hash, seasoned with a little nutmeg.

“It’s really, really, good,” said Sheryl, who had ordered her scrambled eggs so she could share any leftovers with her husband. She called the eggs, garnished with Hollandaise, “very tasty”, and said that each fork of eggs came with a nice chain of cheese – Swiss, she thought. The wheat toast was “buttery on top and crispy on the bottom.”

In fact, the “everything” was really good, she said.

“I don’t know if I’m going to bring home any,” Sheryl said. Conclusion: she did not.

My Chicken Cordon Bleu sandwich ($ 10) was delicious. It’s a piece of boneless white meat chicken topped with ham and Swiss cheese, but Lily’s makes the most of every element. The chicken is grilled, the ham is grilled, and the roll is buttered and grilled. Then the Swiss cheese is melted on top. The rolls are soft but strong and taste great. They certainly presented it well, with the cheese all shiny and melted on the meat.

I needed extra towels – unlike many dry chicken sandwiches I’ve had, this sandwich was juicy and drooled a bit.

Lily’s hand-cuts her own fries, leaves the skin on and season them with a wonderful blend that includes black pepper. They were cooked just right. I shouldn’t have but ate them all.

The creamy coleslaw was “really good,” said Sheryl, who usually eats my side salads. “Good,” she added. Lily’s makes all of her own salads.

We shared a cannolo ($ 3), freshly topped with a lightly sweet chocolate chip cheese filling. I tasted cinnamon. “It’s very fresh,” said Sheryl, approvingly.

We had arrived in the middle of the morning, when there were only a few other guests. As he neared lunchtime, the dining room filled up. Not bad for a weekday. McGlauflin said they were “very busy”.

It’s nice to hear. Lily’s is inexpensive, makes an effort to ensure the food is good and treats you well. Plus, they have those old fashioned white coffee mugs.

It sounds like the recipe for success.

Caroline Lee is a freelance writer who lives in Troy. Reach her at [email protected]

Lily’s Coffee

W: 181 Freemans Bridge Road, Schenectady; (518) 393-3060
WHEN: 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday to Sunday; closed Monday and Tuesday
HOW MUCH: $ 30.05 plus taxes and before tip
MORE INFO: Credit cards: Mastercard, Visa, American Express, Discover. Large parking lot. Wheelchair ramp, but bathrooms not accessible. Accommodation provided for children’s meals.

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Little River Restaurant a Beacon for Longtime Chefs | News https://deborahjmiller.com/little-river-restaurant-a-beacon-for-longtime-chefs-news/ Wed, 05 Jan 2022 16:18:00 +0000 https://deborahjmiller.com/little-river-restaurant-a-beacon-for-longtime-chefs-news/ Lighthouse at Little River, the restaurant at Little River Resort, has opened under new ownership and with a new look. The restaurant officially opened on Veterans Day, months after the purchase of the Carthage property by investor Blaine East. Husband and wife team Stephen and Alley Fore have converted the Little River Lighthouse into a […]]]>

Lighthouse at Little River, the restaurant at Little River Resort, has opened under new ownership and with a new look. The restaurant officially opened on Veterans Day, months after the purchase of the Carthage property by investor Blaine East.

Husband and wife team Stephen and Alley Fore have converted the Little River Lighthouse into a place of what they call “nice food” for locals and tourists alike. The restaurant, private event space upstairs, and rental space downstairs are currently open for business, while the couple aim to use the entire clubhouse for events in the future.

“There’s a reason we’ve been here since March and people just sit there,” Stephen Fore told The Pilot last month. “We take this very personally and wanted to give a complete first impression.”

This includes new light fixtures, fresh paint, a more open floor plan between the dining room and bar, a greater emphasis on outdoor experiences with lakeside fireplaces and TVs. terrace, and a collaborative menu created around house specialties.






The exterior view at the Little River Resort Lighthouse in Carthage. Contribution photo.


It’s kind of like a homecoming for Stephen, who was executive chef of Little River in the early 2000s, and has since opened Fore’s Family restaurant in Laurinburg. Tirrel Gillis, also a former chef at Little River, will be the chef at the Lighthouse.

You’ll find everything from wings and burgers to Creole shrimp and oatmeal – and a platter called ‘Taste of the South’, basically a whole barbecue on a plate for $ 19. Weekly specials “can go beyond that, but we’re focused on getting the right basics,” Alley says.

Also on the menu, a new signature cocktail, the “Lighthouse Sunset”. An ode to the name ‘lighthouse’, says Stephen, “The clubhouse is on top of the hill. It overlooks everything and will be the center of everything.”

Visit the Little River Lighthouse from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. To see the full menu, find the restaurant at Facebook.com/LighthouseatLittleRiver. For more information, call (910) 688-4005.


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Ska Brewing’s expanded winter menu is for the locals – the Durango Herald https://deborahjmiller.com/ska-brewings-expanded-winter-menu-is-for-the-locals-the-durango-herald/ Mon, 03 Jan 2022 18:17:38 +0000 https://deborahjmiller.com/ska-brewings-expanded-winter-menu-is-for-the-locals-the-durango-herald/ Chefs take advantage of an off-season respite to try new recipes Ska Brewing Co. chefs Shaun Keeney and Jeffery Lewis Clark have put together an expanded winter menu that launched earlier this month. (Nicholas Johnson / Durango Herald) When things slow down in winter, Durango chefs like Ska Brewing Co.’s Jeffery Lewis Clark and Shaun […]]]>

Chefs take advantage of an off-season respite to try new recipes

Ska Brewing Co. chefs Shaun Keeney and Jeffery Lewis Clark have put together an expanded winter menu that launched earlier this month. (Nicholas Johnson / Durango Herald)

When things slow down in winter, Durango chefs like Ska Brewing Co.’s Jeffery Lewis Clark and Shaun Keeney slow down and try out new menu items.

In December, Ska Chefs released the brewery’s expanded winter menu, filled with new dishes that Clark and Keeney are testing on locals to see if the dishes are worth keeping during the summer tourist season.

“This is when we cook for the locals and cook for ourselves at the same time,” Keeney said. “It is really very beautiful. This is my favorite time of the year.”

A new item that Clark says is selling well is a grilled cheese sandwich that’s probably not like Mom used to do. The sandwich includes marbled rye bread with a generous roasted garlic green chili aioli spread, sharp cheddar and Swiss cheese, sopressata salami and fresh jalapenos.

Two new menu items on Ska Brewing Co.’s expanded winter menu: a grilled cheese sandwich and the Face Smelter wings. (Nicholas Johnson / Durango Herald)

“I felt the spice of the jalapenos and the salty taste of the salami was a really good combo,” said Clark.

The grilled cheese is served with a cheddar beer soup, made with the brewery’s Pinstripe Red Ale.

“I love dipping sandwiches in this Pinstripe soup, and we wanted an easy-to-throw, wintery kind of sandwich,” Keeney said.

Keeney said this winter he wanted to bring back a variation of the Jerk Chicken Sandwich that has been a menu favorite in the past. The sandwich is served on homemade focaccia bread from the same dough Ska uses for the pizza. Keeney’s homemade focaccia will only be available during the winter, he said.

“As much as I’d like to keep it, we’re not a bakery, and it would be a logistical nightmare during the spring and summer months,” he said. “People have to come and enjoy it in the next few months while they can.”

Clark’s new wing sauce, which he calls Face Smelter, is made with a whole bunch of habaneros. The heat of the sauce is balanced by the addition of coconut milk.

“I tried to balance the heat so that as soon as the heat starts to get too much, it stops,” he said. “It’s really spicy, but it recedes to a point. I am really surprised at how they sell. I thought it might not sell that much, because people here aren’t really that passionate.

Clark said Face Smelter’s wings sell a lot during happy hour, and for him, it’s the most exciting menu addition.

“Seeing the Face Smelter sale was great. It’s just something I’ve never done before, and I’ve never experienced anything like this before, ”he said. “Seeing something new that people are really getting into, I think that’s great.”

Chef Jeffery Lewis Clark launches his new hot yet balanced Face Smelter Wings at Ska Brewing Co. (Nicholas Johnson / Durango Herald)

Keeney is most excited about the new Jerk Grilled Quarter Salad. The salad includes a wedge of salad that is mixed with Ska’s jerk sauce and grilled. Next, the quarter is topped with bacon blue cheese and tomato.

“The wedge is probably what excites me the most, because it was in my brain, and there’s a satisfaction in bringing it to life,” he said.

Other new menu items include a BBQ pulled pork sandwich, a flatbread pizza for meat lovers, and a new vegetarian pizza, accompanied by a variety of veggies Keeney called “the works.” The works include artichoke hearts, balsamic-marinated tomatoes, spinach, onions and garlic oil.

The two chefs take their time to work on new recipes; for example, the expanded winter menu took them over a month to tweak different things and run promotions to find out what worked with customers.

“It was pretty difficult because we didn’t take anything off the menu, we really expanded it,” Clark said. “So trying to get the logistics for the storage and the prep work was also a challenge. “

The expanded menu will be available over the next few months, but will tighten when tourism resumes in the spring.

“We have to cut it for the spring and summer push,” Keeney said. “Part of that has to do with the space limitations and part of its logistics. We can get away with it when the tourists don’t hit us as hard. “

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Ina Garten’s weekend breakfast menu is the perfect way to start the New Year https://deborahjmiller.com/ina-gartens-weekend-breakfast-menu-is-the-perfect-way-to-start-the-new-year/ Sat, 01 Jan 2022 11:10:15 +0000 https://deborahjmiller.com/ina-gartens-weekend-breakfast-menu-is-the-perfect-way-to-start-the-new-year/ Barefoot Contessa has a menu for every occasion and the New Year is no different. Start 2022 with Ina Garten’s weekend breakfast menu featuring homemade muffins, hearty egg dishes and, of course, one of the celebrity chef’s popular cocktails. Ina Garten | Michael Loccisano / Getty Images for the red Garten’s weekend breakfast menu has […]]]>

Barefoot Contessa has a menu for every occasion and the New Year is no different. Start 2022 with Ina Garten’s weekend breakfast menu featuring homemade muffins, hearty egg dishes and, of course, one of the celebrity chef’s popular cocktails.

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Garten’s weekend breakfast menu has something for everyone, starting with eggs. the barefoot countess the host serves not a but of them savory dishes with eggs.


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Ray Ray’s smokehouse starts the new year https://deborahjmiller.com/ray-rays-smokehouse-starts-the-new-year/ Fri, 31 Dec 2021 06:05:00 +0000 https://deborahjmiller.com/ray-rays-smokehouse-starts-the-new-year/ By DAWN HANKINS – dhankins@tg.com Ray Ray’s Smokehouse was one of several local barbecue teams helping local firefighter Aldo Gonzalez with a recent Christmas Eve fundraiser. Owners Raymond and Melissa Meadows are part of their local community and have volunteered in such businesses since arriving 16 years ago. Active in the community Raymond and Melissa […]]]>

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Ray Ray’s Smokehouse was one of several local barbecue teams helping local firefighter Aldo Gonzalez with a recent Christmas Eve fundraiser.

Owners Raymond and Melissa Meadows are part of their local community and have volunteered in such businesses since arriving 16 years ago.

Active in the community

Raymond and Melissa from Ray Ray moved to Bedford County as a teenager with their respective families and moved to the community of Flat Creek in 2005.

The Meadows family now includes three daughters, Hailey, 16; Megan, 13; and Shelby, 11.

The idea of ​​the smokehouse

What started as a hobby for Raymond turned into a way of life for his family in 2020. Since then, they have already experienced how stressful the food business can be at times. Yet there is no denying that they are doing something right; they usually sell food.

“We’re excited about what the future holds,” says Melissa. She adds what it was like after a Father’s Day when the inspiration for the barbecue food truck came to fruition. Raymond had requested and received a pellet smoker as a gift.

After experimenting with it, he realized that he really liked this type of cooking. The Meadows then decided to open a catering trailer, establishing it in 2020, mainly because they found out how much lower the upfront costs were.

Melissa explains in hindsight how they both work full time, so they spend several late evenings a week putting together the list of supplies, checking trailers, cleaning up, and getting ready for the weekend. Ray Ray’s Smokehouse truck typically runs every Saturday.

Although often parked in the Rite Aid parking lot in Shelbyville, Melissa says they don’t have a “permanent spot,” so they’re asking people to check their Facebook page for Saturday stops.

“We love to serve our hometown, so we try to move to Shelbyville at least twice a month.”

The shiny silver truck, recognizable by its beef head logo, specializes in pork, brisket, ribs, loaded nachos, grilled barbecue cheese sandwiches and tacos.

As a novelty, the team offered a ‘Thanksgiving Meal’ this year, featuring Ray’s smoked turkey and / or ham as well as homemade sides from personalized recipes from Melissa’s late father, Fred Denton. .

The truck also provided a Christmas menu – a complete one with smoked pork loin, cinnamon apples and banana pudding. Melissa says the smokehouse menu consists of many of the same recipes their families have traditionally enjoyed together.

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2021 has been a busy year for the Meadows. They admit that much of their time has been learning the art of smoker barbecue, which can be as varied as you like, from smoky to spicy. They must be doing something right because their truck has really caught the interest of the community.

“This was an absolutely new business and neither of us have ever owned or even worked in the food industry,” explains Raymond. “We had a lot to read and study before we started. We love to try new recipes and try so many different flavors before getting our signature flavor that we were both 100% delighted with. We got great feedback, but of course we made a few mistakes along the way. ”

Raymond says he’s mostly a “self-taught cook,” but learned a few things from his late father, Robby Scroggins. But the technique of smoking, well, that credit goes to Raymond. This distinct barbecue flavor is also found in the available whole meats, such as bologna and ham.

“We always offer pre-orders for large orders of meat and [the] the catering menu is based on the needs of the customers on an individual basis.

Their food truck keeps them awake late at night and tries out recipes. Some, of course, have been more tried and true to the local taste buds than others.

As for the future of their barbecue kitchen, well, that’s uncertain.

“We talked about spending more time on weekday evenings, but we didn’t decide anything long-term,” advises Melissa. “We really love to feed Shelbyville and the surrounding area and we love to bring a little food joy to a world of so many uncertainties. “


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The must-see restaurant in every state – 24/7 Wall St. https://deborahjmiller.com/the-must-see-restaurant-in-every-state-24-7-wall-st/ Wed, 29 Dec 2021 14:00:44 +0000 https://deborahjmiller.com/the-must-see-restaurant-in-every-state-24-7-wall-st/ Special report December 29, 2021 9:00 a.m. It is possible to eat very well today in virtually every corner of America. It could be homemade waffles or classic burgers at a popular restaurant, lively foods from other cultures (like Thai, Colombian, or Moroccan cuisine), or a fine Michelin-starred dinner at a temple in fine dining […]]]>

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It is possible to eat very well today in virtually every corner of America. It could be homemade waffles or classic burgers at a popular restaurant, lively foods from other cultures (like Thai, Colombian, or Moroccan cuisine), or a fine Michelin-starred dinner at a temple in fine dining – or something in between.

In every state, however, there is inevitably at least one establishment that has achieved iconic status, a place emblematic of its surroundings – a restaurant no foodie should miss in the vicinity.

Sometimes these places are simple, sometimes they are fancy. They may be relatively new to the food scene or have been around for a century or more. What matters is that somehow they represent and define their time and place – sometimes just by perfecting a unique local specialty. (These are the signature dishes of 50 American cities.)

Click here to see the must-see restaurant in each state

The places on the list are the kind that someone might say, “You’ve been to [wherever] and you haven’t eaten there ??? ”

Remember that every state or city has rules governing social distancing and mask wearing in public places, and those rules are constantly changing as cases of COVID-19 increase and decrease locally. It is always important to recheck the situation before planning meals.

To put together this list of must-see restaurants across the country, 24/7 Tempo consulted reviews on Yelp, Trip Advisor, and Zagat, as well as many iconic and / or important restaurant roundups from a wide range of publications. online, including Food & Wine, Eater, Thrillist, Travel Channel, and The Daily Meal, plus many city and state specific sites. We also studied menus and historical information on restaurant websites, making the final editorial choice based on all of these sources.


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Lo-Lo Chicken and Waffles – Food & Beverage Magazine https://deborahjmiller.com/lo-lo-chicken-and-waffles-food-beverage-magazine/ Mon, 27 Dec 2021 13:29:29 +0000 https://deborahjmiller.com/lo-lo-chicken-and-waffles-food-beverage-magazine/ With every bite, every guest can taste the heart and soul of Larry “Lo-Lo” White, who was born to carry on his grandmother’s legacy of cooking and serving great food in a warm atmosphere. and family. Today, he celebrates 24 years in the food and beverage industry as the owner and operator of Lo-Lo’s Chicken […]]]>

With every bite, every guest can taste the heart and soul of Larry “Lo-Lo” White, who was born to carry on his grandmother’s legacy of cooking and serving great food in a warm atmosphere. and family.

Today, he celebrates 24 years in the food and beverage industry as the owner and operator of Lo-Lo’s Chicken and Waffles with locations in Arizona, Texas and Nevada and popular Phoenix Brunch restaurants. & Sip and Monroe’s Hot Chicken. Lo-Lo’s recently opened its new location near the famous Las Vegas Strip, and already queues are waiting outside the door.

Soul Food fuels the American dream

It took over 10 years, but White has relentlessly perfected his now famous recipes for homemade fried chicken and waffles. He developed his own blend of waffles, seasoned salt, maple syrup and hot sauce.

In fact, the question “Which came first, the chicken or the waffle?” Was asked.

As for White, “it doesn’t matter because one just isn’t the same without the other.”

Her obsession is to cook the juiciest, flavorful fried chicken and the fluffiest, most tender-in-your-mouth waffles. It created a sort of underground soul food revolution. In addition to its famous chickens and waffles, a full menu of handmade soul dishes is available. Another choice is Uncle Brotha’s Shrimp & Grits, seven deep fried jumbo prawns sautéed with mushrooms, green onions, bacon, a lemon zest, a touch of hot sauce and topped with cheddar cheese served on a bed of oatmeal. ABC’s Shrimp Mac & Cheese is a classic mac and cheese served with seven grilled jumbo prawns, bacon, caramelized onions and a homemade buttermilk cookie.

Soul Food fuels the American dream

As a child, White was put to work serving tables at his father and grandmother’s soul food restaurant, Mrs.White’s Golden Rule Café, which has still served southern food and soul since 1964. in Phoenix. The experience sang to White’s being, and it didn’t take long for him to start experimenting with his own recipes. White would greet guests, come back to cook the food, then put on a chicken outfit and hand out flyers to potential customers.

As a young man, White first followed a dangerous path. After finding his way home, his father and grandmother gave him the opportunity to present what is now known as Lo-Lo’s Chicken and Waffles over the weekend.

“My grandmother made the most amazing pancakes from scratch,” says White. “I bought a waffle iron and tried its pancake batter as a waffle. It was just as good, but I needed to make it myself, adding spices. My waffles are so delicious; you can eat them without syrup.

Soul Food fuels the American dream

Since Ms. White’s Golden Rule Café was closed on weekends, White would reopen the restaurant at 9 p.m. on Friday and work until the wee hours of the morning for more than five years. When he opened his first brick and mortar store it was only 800 square feet and could only accommodate 20 customers and operated this restaurant for over 10 years.

He started to gain ground in the community. It caught the attention of people like Charles Barkley, Shaq, and Muhammad Ali, making Lo-Lo’s an authentic soul food destination in Phoenix.

As for Brunch & Sip, White and his wife wanted to create a unique brunch experience.

Soul Food fuels the American dream

“Food is not just our business; it’s our life, ”White explains. “My partner in life and in business is no stranger to cooking, either. I rely on her taste and honesty to create the recipes you see on our lassic brunch menu. If she doesn’t like a recipe, I head back to the drawing board until I find something that is taste tester-approved and restaurant-ready. Nothing is happening in this place that does not get its seal of approval. As brunch lovers ourselves, we started noticing that restaurants seemed to be competing with each other for who could make the strangest variation of breakfast foods.

“So together we set out to create a better place for brunch, one with a menu stacked with simple favorites made with fresh ingredients and a lot of heart. We pride ourselves on making moving sweet and savory classics that taste homemade but better. Each of our dishes are prepared with the utmost attention to detail, from our signature cookies and sauces to our fruit infused butter to our spicy Bloody Marys. Our comfort classics are made for lazy Sundays, parties, family reunions and the morning after a long night out.

Monroe’s Hot Chicken is all about Nashville chicken with temperatures ranging from No Heat to What the Cluck!

Soul Food fuels the American dream

Photos line the walls of its restaurants. Her grandmother Elizabeth White lives in San Diego and enjoys life at 98. His great-great-great-grandparents are featured and generational photos pay tribute to his family. Her great-aunt is 107 years old and her great-uncle 94.

For more information visit loloschickenandwaffles.com, monroeshotchicken.com, and brunchnsip.com


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Five local restaurants open on Christmas Day https://deborahjmiller.com/five-local-restaurants-open-on-christmas-day/ Thu, 23 Dec 2021 20:28:02 +0000 https://deborahjmiller.com/five-local-restaurants-open-on-christmas-day/ UTAH (ABC4) – There’s always a lot of fanfare around Christmas dinner. Traditionally, families come together to cook and serve a real homemade feast. This special meal is a favorite way to celebrate the season and many families have their own traditions that they cherish. But sometimes cooking, hosting and setting the table can be […]]]>

UTAH (ABC4) – There’s always a lot of fanfare around Christmas dinner. Traditionally, families come together to cook and serve a real homemade feast. This special meal is a favorite way to celebrate the season and many families have their own traditions that they cherish. But sometimes cooking, hosting and setting the table can be a daunting task. Whether you are celebrating away from family this year, just want to stay low-key and avoid cooking, or want to shake up family tradition, several local restaurants still make it possible to have a special Christmas dinner without too much fuss.

9320 Cliff Lodge Drive # 88, Snowbird

It’s always a white Christmas on the ski mountain. If you are looking for a special Christmas dinner with no mess, The Aerie at Snowbird has you covered. The four-course 2021 holiday menu features a choice of prime rib or ray meunière (which is a fish dish, of sorts), with dessert, salad, and soup included as well. Aerie’s regular dinner menu will also be available at Christmas. The restaurant will be open from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Christmas Day. Snowbird recommends booking in advance, and diners can also reserve tables at SteakPit, Wildflower, and SeventyOne, all of which are located on Snowbird Mountain.

Locations at Sugarhouse, Downtown SLC, South Jordan, Riverton, and the U of U campus

Stand aside, turkey. For those who want to try something new for Christmas dinner this year, the five locations of Saffron Valley are open. The local favorite specializes in authentic Indian cuisine, with classic dishes like Chicken Tikka Masala and an assortment of traditional Indian entrees, chutneys and breads. Founder Lavanya Mahate emigrated from India in 2001, and in 2011 she opened the first site in Saffron Valley. Each of the five restaurants shares the same basic menu, with unique specialties available at each location. Saffron Valley will be open during regular hours on Christmas Day.

540 Main Street, Park City

FILE: A general view of Main Street during the 2018 Sundance Film Festival on January 18, 2018 in Park City, Utah. / AFP PHOTO / ANGELA WEISS (Photo credit to read ANGELA WEISS / AFP via Getty Images)

For a chic and refined Christmas dinner without cooking, go to Riverhorse on the Main in Park City. Not only does downtown Park City look like the North Pole during the holiday season, but the cuisine – which features decadent steaks and imaginative appetizers – was also recognized as the first recipient of the DiRōNA Award ( Distinguished Restaurants of North America) of Utah. Riverhorse on Main was also named as one of the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Award restaurants in 2019. The Park City Restaurant will be open from 3 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Christmas Day and reservations are encouraged.

447 Main Street, Park City

No Name Saloon, photo courtesy of DBA Restaurants

For a Christmas at 21 and over, the Park City classic Unnamed Salon will be open for business. The Western-inspired Main Street establishment, specializing in bison burgers and craft and domestic beers, will be open from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. on Christmas Day and will serve its regular menu. Tables are first come first served and reservations are not accepted at No Name Saloon.

1158 South State Street, Salt Lake City

The local Chinese favorite, Dim Sum House, is open on Christmas Day, but with slightly reduced hours. The restaurant offers a full menu of classic Chinese dishes like lo mein, fried rice, and noodle soups, in addition to a long list of chef’s specialties, hot dishes, and appetizers. Dim Sum House will be open from 10:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Christmas Day.

This list is not exhaustive, we may have missed a few. Where do you like to eat on Christmas Day? Let us know on Facebook.


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Have you ever been to a restaurant with dumplings on the menu and NOT ordered a plate or two for the table? A bit impossible, right? Some are better than others, of course, so here are some of the tastiest Chinese dumplings we’ve eaten recently, whether in soup, steamed, boiled, or fried, in both places. new and classic, semi-chic and decidedly not. There are a ton of dumplings that will only fill you with regret, but that’s not them.

As we head into the colder part of winter, and with all the sudden uncertainty as to whether it would be safer to take another meal break indoors, order a meal delivered to home via Grubhub is not only a more comfortable option than sitting at a sidewalk table, it won’t cause Covid anxiety either. Plus, it’s a great way to support your favorite local spot, or try a new one, during what seems like another tough season for restaurants.

Lower East Side Public Village

Although the pandemic did not allow Jia Song and Chief Kiyomi Wang to fully realize their dream of making Public village on Essex Street somewhere to eat, drink, chat, and linger all night long, that doesn’t mean there isn’t a lot of great food that comes out of the kitchen here. First opened three days before the lockdown in March 2020, Public Village has a full menu of terrific Sichuan dishes, including a bunch of different noodles, meat or veggie snacks and sides, and of course. , a lovely bowl of chili dumplings in oil, all plump with pork and fiery as hell. Get a big delivery of everything and create a friendly community gathering (i.e. sit down and hang out with your friends) in your home!

Public Village is located at 23 Essex Street – Order now

Great taste in Chinatown

This stretch of Lower Eldridge Street is packed with old-fashioned Chinatown noodle shops and scuba diving, but the best is Great taste, who introduced NYC to Lanzhou Hand Drawn Noodles in 2005 and looks like it’s been way longer than she was 16 years old. The steamed pork and chive meatballs from here are excellent, especially after putting in some crispy chili oil (a necessary homemade condiment, in our opinion), but if you ever spot the Super Taste boiled beef meatballs. on the menu, order with abandon. They are the best in town.

Super Taste is located at 26 Eldridge Street – Order now

Mimi Cheng in the East Village, Nolita and Upper West Side

Sisters Cheng Hannah and Marian pay homage to their mother, Mimi, every day at this trio of semi-trendy, rock-solid dumpling shops. All to At Mimi Cheng is made from scratch, using long-standing family recipes and carefully selected high-quality ingredients, and everything is delicious. We get the pan-fried version of any dumpling that suits our mood – they make these crispy bottoms as good as anyone around – which often ends up being the special of the month, a collaboration between the Chengs and another chef. local, like the tender Peking Duck Dumplings pictured above, or the Emmy Burger, Chicken Satay or Buffalo Chicken. Add Taiwanese Street-Cart Greens to your order and suddenly you have a healthy dumpling dinner in your home.

Mimi Cheng’s has locations in the East Village, Nolita, and on UWS Order now

Shu Jiao Fu Zhou in Chinatown

The prices are so low in this no-frills place that newcomers tend to laugh a little and whisper to each other when deciding what to order, like they’re getting away with something. And that’s after they raised all the prices a short while ago! Anyway, Shu Jiao Fu Zhou moved from their long-standing corner of Eldridge Street to slightly larger digs on Grand, but everything is decent here and generally a little better than that, like this lovely wrinkled, fat pork, and easy-to-devour tenner. They are served without chili oil, Fujian style, but when you order with Grubhub you can always add whatever you want to your home.

Shu Jiao Fu Zhou is located at 295 Grand Street – Order now

Real Kung Fu Little Steamed Buns Ramen in Hell’s Kitchen

Real Kung Fu Small Buns Steamed Ramen Almost certainly wins the trophy for the name of the longest restaurant in Hell’s Kitchen, but, thankfully, this no-frills place on Eighth Avenue has a whole load of extremely satisfying dishes, too. The steamed buns of the same name, or Xiao Long Bao (or soup dumplings), are great, as are any other dumplings, whether they are pan-fried and stuffed with pork or steamed and stuffed with fish. Ramen is also a good idea here, although I prefer their interpretation of a nice, fatty stir-fry to the more common noodle bowls. Get some Bubble Tea to add to the fun at home. Note that there is also a Ghost Kitchen Outpost at City center is, expanding the delivery area.

RKFLSBR is located at 811 Eighth Ave – Order now

The Bao in East Village

There’s a long list of Chinese cuisine’s biggest hits on the menu at this popular seven-year-old restaurant located in the main party area of ​​St. Marks, and whether you eat here or have it delivered to your home via Grubhub, almost anything will be as good as you need it to be when gulped down with a few beers. But what does The Bao a star of New York dumplings is the Kung Fu Xiao Long Bao, or soup dumplings, which are both a model of fine construction – they sag precariously when you pick them up from the basket, but they don’t sag. not break – and exceptionally tasty. The soup inside is really the key here, a slightly tangy broth worth savoring. And remember, the privacy of your home is a great place to practice your soup-dumpling technique.

The Bao is located at 13, Piazza San Marco – Order now

Spicy Moon in East Village and Greenwich Village

The East Village has one of the largest concentrations of top-notch Chinese food restaurants in town, specializing in almost every regional cuisine imaginable, but the only 100% vegan Sichuan place we know of is the big one. Spicy moon on East 6th Street, which opened about three years ago and continues to offer all kinds of fantastic, and often quite fiery, food from their psychedelic store. And they are on the west side now too ! Order with confidence anywhere on the menu – the mighty Dan Dan noodles, Mapo tofu, Kung Pao mixed veg, salt and pepper eggplant are all winners – but regardless, you should start your meal with it. these tangy Steamed Vegetable Dumplings, which pack lots of flavor and textural intrigue in their plump wrappers.

Spicy Moon has locations in East Village and Greenwich village Order now

Shanghai Asian in Chinatown

For decades now, this cramped Elizabeth Street restaurant has been a gathering space for locals, who come for the warm and familiar environment, the expansive menu of home-made Shanghai classics, and, to our point here, what has been called the best dumpling soup in town. These lovely black truffle soup balls are just like Shanghai Asian regular pork delicacies, but with just the right amount of mushroom on top to give it a funky kick. Order them, then hit town with the rest of the menu for a home feast in Shanghai without having to get comfortable around strangers.

Shanghai Asian is located at 14A Elizabeth Street – Order now

Milu as a nomad

Chef Connie Chung and her Milu co-founders Vincent Chao and Milan Sekulio gave up their careers in the world of fine dining (Eleven Madison Park, etc.) to open this decidedly simple and definitely delicious serving counter in Gramercy. The menu at Snowy is anchored by Chung’s rice bowls, garnished with things like mandarin duck, a fiery brisket from Yunnan, and spicy Sichuan cauliflower, but don’t sleep on the exceptional Wonton here, stuffed with pork and fennel or broccoli and mushrooms and generously splashed with a chili and ginger sauce.

And for dessert, also make sure you have a few sweet, tangy and juicy pineapple buns from Milu, which explode with vanilla custard from the first bite.

Milu is located at 333 Park Avenue South – Order now

Noodle Village in Chinatown

Huge menu, generic decor, a little chaotic atmosphere, tourists and locals in roughly equal parts … Noodle village is a bit of a Chinatown cliché, which, of course, isn’t a bad thing at all. The regular dumplings here, boiled or fried, are good, but the Wonton soup is great, as are these steamed crab soup dumplings, which packs a ton of seafood flavor in their neat little wrappers. A solid starting point on Mott Street, especially handy if you’re in charge of a group of out-of-town residents … and these days, even better when ordered for delivery via Grubhub, for a pleasant evening soup-dumpling at home.

Noodle Village is located at 13, rue Mott – Order now

New Yorkers can continue to support these institutions by exploring new places or ordering their favorite meals with Grubhub. And with the Grubhub Guarantee, New Yorkers get their food delivered on time and at the lowest prices – guaranteed or Grubhub will get it right. If your delivery arrives late, you will receive $ 5 off your next order, and if you find a lower price from a competitor, Grubhub will match the difference, and you will get $ 5 off your next order. Consider supporting a neighborhood business and treat yourself to delicious food delivered right to your door!


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