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A Return to Southend Brewery

Posted by Amanda @ The Hungry Wanderers on May 26, 2010

This past weekend, the Husband and I headed back east to one of our favorite southern cities, Charleston, for our friends’ wedding.  It was a wedding filled weekend which left us just Saturday afternoon to explore the city again and to have a quick meal.  We spent the morning and early afternoon exploring the downtown area, venturing into areas we hadn’t visited last time (post coming soon!) and as the heat and humidity wore us down, we decided to stop for something to drink and potentially lunch.

As we made our way back to Bay Street (where a good number of restaurants are), we thought back to our last visit and the many restaurants we visited.  We decided to head back to Southend Brewery since we recalled enjoying our dinner there the last time.

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We were given the option to sit outside, but since we stopped in specifically to get out from the heat and humidity, we welcomed the air conditioned restaurant.  Once our waitress arrived, we ordered a Sweet Tea (for me), an Arnold Palmer (iced tea/lemonade for the Husband), and two waters.  I don’t think I’ve ever consumed my water as quickly as I did that day! It’s funny how quickly we’ve adjusted to living in the desert and how much the humidity affects us now 🙂IMG_9749 The Husband and I were both in the mood for salads and decided to each get one and then also order a favorite side.  The Husband ordered the “The Brutus” Caesar Salad – a caesar salad topped with pico de gallo and spicy caesar dressing.  He asked for a recommendation on what meat or seafood to add to it and he went with the grilled chicken.  The salad hit the spot for him.

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I ordered the House Baby Mixed Greens with asiago, spiced pecans, and a white balsamic vinaigrette on the side.  This salad was perfect, except that it had a ridiculous amount of cheese (and that’s saying a lot coming from me!).  With nearly every bite, I was shaking cheese off of my fork.  Once I got around a majority of it, though, I really did like it.  IMG_9754 

IMG_9755 The last time we visited, the Husband and I each ordered a side of the Smoked Gouda Mac n Cheese.  I remembered not enjoying it as much as the Husband but I decided to give it another shot.  I’m glad I did.  It was creamy and a great splurge next to the salad.  We forgot how large the sides were and probably would have done just fine sharing one (especially because the salads were bigger than expected).

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Overall, we’re glad we got a chance to have a quick meal in downtown Charleston (the rest of the meals we had were included at our hotel or were wedding events).  The salad and mac n cheese hit the spot, as did the sweet tea, and we enjoyed chatting with our waitress who just recently moved to Charleston from Chicago (a location we’re visiting in just a few weeks!).

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Sweet Tomatoes

Posted by Amanda @ The Hungry Wanderers on May 25, 2010

This weekend, the Husband and I were in Charleston, SC for our good friends’ wedding.  We spent all day today attempting to get home as our flight from Charlotte to Chicago was delayed many hours due to multiple mechanical problems and it was ultimately cancelled.  We got rebooked on another airline and made it back to Las Vegas in the late afternoon.  The Husband and I hoped to get a handful of things done this afternoon/evening so we decided to check out Sweet Tomatoes prior to heading to the grocery store for the week (after getting a car wash and signing up for the gym!).

Sweet Tomatoes is a Salad Buffet restaurant, which was exactly what we were craving after traveling this past weekend.

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The Husband had been to one before so he knew how it worked, but I appreciated that as soon as I walked in, I understood what I needed to do.  Upon entering the restaurant, we were to collect a tray and then we could head down the salad bar, collecting as much as we wanted on our first go.

IMG_3029 The first section of salads included pre-tossed salads.  We watched an employee tossing the salads at the front of the buffet so we knew they were fresh.

IMG_3030 Our options included Caesar Salad Asiago, Won Ton Chicken Happiness, and Rajun Cajun. I grabbed a small bit of the first and the third.

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IMG_3033 Up next was the build-your-own salad section.  It had lots of traditional items as well as some unique items.

IMG_3034 I was particularly excited to find Butternut squash and Beets 🙂

IMG_3035 The main salad bar also had some premade cold salads.  I didn’t grab any as my salad plate was already full.

IMG_3036 After this last section of the salad bar, we found ourselves at the cashier where we paid for the buffet itself (which is way more than salad as you’ll see below) and beverages.  We had a coupon for a free dinner with the purchase of another adult meal and two drinks.  Even without the coupon, we were quite impressed with the price at less than $10 per person for the buffet.

After paying, the Husband and I found a table and began enjoying our salads.

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IMG_3038 I then went off to explore the rest of the restaurant.  There was the section for beverages.  It included the traditional soda fountain as well as teas, juices, and lemonade.

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The rest of the buffet sections included…

Soup (a wide variety!)

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Fruit

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A bakery which included muffins, brownies, other desserts, and cheesy bread

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A pasta bar which included three pastas… one of them was mac n cheese which I found to be better than it looked and fine for a reasonably priced buffet (not great)

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There was also a baked potato bar – an area I’ll check out more the next time I visit I think.

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Last but not least, they had a sundae bar!  Our options were Vanilla, Chocolate, and Swirl of Dreyer’s non-fat fro yo.  It also included a small selection of toppings.  A great dessert!

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As I was running around the restaurant taking photos, a father noticed my camera and asked if I was a blogger.  He mentioned that his daughter also blogs and called her over.  As she and I started chatting, I realized that I read her blog! 🙂 Hi Kristen from Swanky Dietician! It was fun running into you! Hope you enjoyed your time with your family.  The blog community is so small.  I started reading Kristen after reading Kristen from Eating RD who I started reading after she and my friend Diana from The Chic Life met in Charlotte. I love the blogger community!

Okay, back to Sweet Tomatoes! For the price and convenience, we really enjoyed Sweet Tomatoes.  It’s not a fancy restaurant and doesn’t pretend to be.  There’s a decent selection and appears to be quite family friendly.  They have seasonal themes and I imagine we’ll definitely be back in June as there’s a Strawberry theme (my favorite fruit!).

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As a final tangent, we found the following card on the table.  While up getting more food, if you left the card Tomato side up, the staff would know you’re coming back. IMG_3057 If you flipped it to the other side, they would know you’ve left.

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Red Robin salad specials

Posted by Amanda @ The Hungry Wanderers on April 10, 2010

Last week in Las Vegas, after returning from our trip to Australia, I pretty much wanted a salad every day.  One day, when we were looking for houses, we passed a Red Robin.  The Husband and I were looking for a place to eat lunch and we both agreed it would be a good choice.  Red Robin is most famously known for their burgers, which we do indeed love, but they also have a number of pretty good salads.

Red Robin is very kid friendly (the place was packed with kids) and all the burgers come with bottomless french fries (the french fries there are my sister’s favorite!).  My favorite part of Red Robin is the bottomless Freckled Lemonade.  I usually don’t get more than one, but I love that I could if I wanted to 🙂

IMG_2494 While we planned to look through the salad options in the menu, our waitress told us that they were having a salad special and pointed it out on the table top display.

IMG_2491 A Southwest Grilled Chicken Salad. It looked perfect!  Lettuce, grilled chicken, avocado, tomatoes, black beans, tortilla strips, and cheese.  We each got one, with dressing on the side.  The cheese and tortilla strips were just lightly added and the chicken was very moist.  It was a great salad!

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Unfortunately, we think this salad might not be available any more (it was only available until about April 4th), but we recommend checking out Red Robin if you want a salad, despite their burger reputation.

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Le Cafe Ile St Louis

Posted by Amanda @ The Hungry Wanderers on April 6, 2010

On Monday, after our flights from Sydney to San Francisco and San Francisco to Las Vegas, the Husband and I were TIRED! We had pretty much zero sleep but we were on a mission to adjust to west coast American time.  After checking into the Paris Hotel, we took a brief nap and headed downstairs to check out our restaurant selection for an early dinner.  On a quick view of the restaurants near the elevator, there was a buffet (too much food that night for us) and a smaller restaurant.  We decided to check out the smaller restaurant – Cafe Ile St. Louis.

(I took this photo later – when we went there wasn’t a line.)

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The inside of the Paris Hotel & Casino is set up as if you’re walking through Parisian streets.  All of the shops and restaurants are modeled after authentic shops and restaurants, so this cafe made you feel like you were sitting “outside.”

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While we perused the menu, we munched on a bread basket.  We were so hungry and appreciated it!

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So many of the restaurants in Las Vegas have Keno at the table.  Keno “dealers” (I’m not sure what to call them) come around and collect your bets throughout the meal and then bring back your winnings later on.  We didn’t play during this meal, but I took a picture to share with you.IMG_2416

The Husband and I each ordered the same thing 🙂 We each ordered French Onion Soup (a good idea in a French restaurant 😉 ).  This one was one of the better ones I’ve had.  It had lots of onions, was slightly sweet, the bread was clearly crusty previously but filled with broth, and cheesy on top.  The bowl was actually a lot deeper than it looks and I don’t know if either of us finished them.IMG_2417

With our soups we had Cobb salads (mine sans blue cheese).  It came with Blue Cheese dressing but the Husband ate his sans dressing and I had a dab of Balsamic Vinaigrette instead.  We were so happy to have salads again! IMG_2419This was a very satisfying cafe meal.  Not having eaten in a many hours due to all of the traveling and jet lag, this was a great way to ease into Las Vegas food.  The service was actually quite slow, but we weren’t in a hurry anywhere.  If you’re looking for a lighter meal at the Paris, check this place out.

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