Gritz in Vegas

Finally made it to another spot while in Vegas called Gritz Cafe.  Known for their grits or gritz I should say, this restaurant is a soul food establishment who prides themselves on bringing southern cuisine to the west.  Welp, time to check them out.gritz cafe-jpeg

The Eagle wasn’t in the mood for breakfast for it was past “breakfast hours”…for whatever that means.  He leaned towards dinner options such as their macaroni and cheese, greens and country fried steak.  I was super-duper shocked he ordered the steak for I never see him request that item…EVER!

As for myself I entertained their chicken and waffles with of course a side of grits and scrambled eggs.  As for the chicken and waffle, the taste didn’t blow me away, particulary the chicken, but it was still fine.  I absolutley LOVE classic waffles and believe they can never go wrong.  Soft, warm and with just a hint of butter – YUM!   Everything came out nice and hot and was excited to try out my grits.  Now, as mentioned before, I have yet eaten anyones chicken and waffles that are just as good or better than Roscoes, but keep in mind, that’s their specialty.  In regard to the grits, they were good.  Nice and soft as they should be.

(sidebar: years and years and years ago, I overcooked a pot of rice and it literally turned into a pot of grits.  The funny part was, was that I decided to eat them as grits while everyone laughed at me lol)

The price for my order I believe was fine at $14 plus a side of eggs at $1 per additional egg.  Much cheaper than Roscoe’s, however Roscoes offers TWO classic size waffles AND are located in a larger city.  Things to take into consideration.

Over all the customer service here was great.  I found it a little…interesting that they serve their food on disposable plates, but hey, I get it.  Most people want to take their scraps home anyway so why not beat them to the punch.  I respect that!  There’s available parking, clean environment, good energy, good food and glad I made it out.

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Customer Service ***
Cleanliness ***
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Taste **
Price ***

 

 

 

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A taste of Hawaii in Inglewood

So there’s a cute little (B.O.) spot located on Crenshaw Blvd. called Retro Girl’s Hawaiian Ice Shack.  I’ve seen it a few times and always wondered what was inside and finally made the stop.  Acknowledging jazz music playing out front on a tiny speaker, I walked in with The Eagle and was blown away with all the color, flavors and energy of the tiny place.

“I never knew this was here!” I literally yelled while entering the shop.  The owner smiled and welcomed us in.  “Oh I love jazz and check out the posters on the building!”

I also kept running my mouth about how amazed I was with all the shaved ice flavors and combinations of which they’re known for.

“Oh wow, you have over 20 flavors!”

There’s a specific taste for everyone from Coconut, Green Apple, Guava to Haupia.  Along with your refreshing shaved ice, she also offers an array of toppings to add to it.  You can find more photos on her Instagram Page for she’s not on Facebook.

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If in the mood for some else, The Retro Girl also offers 36 tropical ice creams flavors, varied fruit juices, banana splits – of which I purchased and additional Hawaiian themed treats.

In addition to her offering a “sweet” taste of Hawaii, I too appreciate her commitment to the community.  There’s patio seating outside and if lucky you can catch a movie playing outdoors on the side of the building – For Free!  I respect her excitement in seeking ways of involving the neighbors.

Well, now you have no excuse to not indulge in the islands of Inglewood.  Now go grab you some ice…shaved ice that is.

Amenities ***
Customer Service ***
Cleanliness ***
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Taste **
Price ***

Where Vegas meets Golden Girls for food

I absolutely enjoy the Peppermill. It is located north of the strip in Las Vegas, NV.  Why?  It’s where Vegas meets Golden Girls for food!  HA!  It gives me late night meets 80’s, meets 24hr service, meets group conversations, meets large plates, meets cheap enough eats all wrapped into one colorful, neon restaurant.  And yes that’s a pink tree below.  This is definitely that spot you go to after a club, bar or when folks are in town and need to supply your guest with variety of items at any time of the day.  Your menu selection ranges from quesadillas, American breakfast classics, salads, burgers to Italian-style chicken parmesan.  The service has always been pretty good and it always bring a chuckle to my spirit observing the staff wearing those horrible floral tops.  Oh!  Don’t forget about the strolling photographer who visits every table looking for guest to buy a souvenir Peppermill themed, framed photo.  Don’t worry the first small copy is free.

“Oh what to get this time?” I asked myself.

I forgot what my friend ordered LOL however I purchased the country fried steak and eggs with a side of hash browns.  I’ll say this, I rarely ever enjoy anyones hash browns for they’re always under seasoned of which I understand why, but jeez for once could they be doctored up and ready to go?

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I enjoyed my meal and especially for what it was.  My steak offered enough flavor and wasn’t tough.  I’m a sucker for gravy, eggs were ordered scrambled-hard and I was with great company.  Can’t beat it!  Food is prepared well, service is good, lots of available parking and yes there can be long lines depending on the time or day of your visit.  This is no 4 star, upscale spot folks.  This is The Peppermill Restaurant, a great establishment offering good food at a reasonable cost since 1972.

What I did not include photo-wise was the Fireside bar-lounge in the other room.  It too offers colorful lighting and sofa seating that surrounds a fire pit.  There are televisions that display music videos and a counter for traditional bar seating.  I personally hang here while waiting for my table to become available.

Well, go check them out one day and tell me what you think.

Amenities ***
Customer Service **
Cleanliness ***
Experience ***
Taste **
Price **

The Hill of Berrys

Blueberry Hill, the hill of berry’s <LOL>.  And this berry hill made The Eagle and myself SICK!  While seeking breakfast I came across this place while searching online and they seemed to have good traffic and reasonable reviews.  I went with the simple French Toast, which I thought would be safe.

“Are you enjoying your meal?”

Deep down I believe he’s sick of me always asking <LOL>.  I’m just always trying to find ways of creating a good experience and figuring what I can do to enhance it.  However, yes, I can see how it can become annoying, BUT it’s who I am.

My food was fine, nothing much to scream about, just simple.  The bread was warm and soft, but there wasn’t much excitement to the batter.  Just another french toast.

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Blueberry Hill has four locations throughout Las Vegas.  Over all they serve average food with average service and prices.  Think of it as a step up from Dennys or IHOP yet similar to Eat N Park.  The lines can be long and just like Eat N Park there’s a counter display of plenty of baked goods to take along the ride home.  In general, if ever in need of a simple place to eat off the strip that accommodates the entire family, this could be your place.

Now, here we are about an hour or so later and I’m starting to not feel so great.  Yup…upset stomach and we all know what that means.  Interestingly enough The Eagle started to not feel well.  Note, he ordered steak and eggs with toast on the side.  Needless to say we both promised to never return.

“Maybe it was the cook of the day,” I tried to consider. You know, maybe the cook was off his a-game and we just happened to be the victims of it.  He didn’t care what the reason, he just knew there was no going back.

The humor behind this is that months later I went back with another buddy of mine who came into town. I ordered a waffle thinking things would be different.  Well, as one would expect, I became sick yet AGAIN <LOL> AND SO DID MY FRIEND <LMBO>!!!   I think it’s safe to say none of us will EVER return and therefore want off this berry hill.

Amenities ***
Customer Service **
Cleanliness ***
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Price **

Jamming it up in Vegas

I went on yet another food date with a friend of mine.  While in Las Vegas we decided to hit Jamms.  They’re a (F.O.) restaurant that prides themselves on providing everything made to order.  Therefor I sooo wanted to try their famous, freshly baked ‘Pot Of Bread’ which comes in cinnamon raisin and plain.  It was fine, but not as exciting as I was hoping.  I guess I was looking for something with more of a powerful flavor, for bread that is and something additionally exciting rather than their sweet cream cheese for its compliment.  Yes, the bread was warm and soft and the ratio of raisins were great.  And don’t get me wrong, I at it, it wasn’t bad, was just looking for more.

Funny, I find myself always looking for more these days.  This is only because I have found places that I absolutely love and enjoy and unfortunately find myself comparing these new spots to my favorite places. <sigh>  However, I can separate and respect a business simply for what it is.  This is why I always say, just because I did not love it, does not mean you should not go.  I always want you to try these places out for yourself.

JAMMS.jpgI placed my actual order once (S) arrived.  She went with pancakes of which I am learning is her favorite breakfast item.  For myself I wanted to try their Jamms French Toast.  This item was a nice egg bread coated with cornflakes.  I made it a combo adding a side of bacon and scrambled eggs.  The cost wanted too bad, no more than $11.00.  I’ve had cheaper and more expensive with literally fewer items on my plate.    The bread was thick and soft, which makes a great french toast.  I just wish the secret batter included some or more vanilla or considered some amaretto flavoring.  I can never go wrong with eggs for I only prefer them scrambled hard.  I even enjoyed my bacon and yes I have encountered some horrible pork in my time.

I still think my best cornflake french toast experience was at Blu Jam Cafe.  I haven’t been back in a really long time, I think two years, mainly because of the stress of finding parking.  You know, the joys of in Los Angeles.

Over all my time here was not the greatest so I know I won’t bother to return.  My negative was the long wait for someone to greet me at my table while I sat there alone waiting for my friend to arrive.  Nobody came over to greet me until way after she arrived.  Therefor I going to drop my rating on their customer service.  So much for jamming it up in Vegas.  Until then.

Amenities ***
Customer Service **
Cleanliness ***
Experience **
Taste **
Price **