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Basilico Pizzeria & Italian #greenvillesc

We were in the mood for Italian and had an very delicious dinner at Basilico Pizzeria & Italian cuisine next to the Haywood mall.

My cousin and I arrived about 5pm for an early dinner and fortunately there was not a wait. We were seated and the server came quickly to ask for our drink order.

While the server was polite, I did not get the type of reception I read about in reviews on a local foodie facebook page I follow. In their reviews, they said the servers were super friendly and treated you like family.

Case in point: I asked the sever what wines they had. She said “all kinds”. She acted like it would be an imposition to bring a wine list. I ended up ordering a house Pinot Grigio. Price unknown at time of ordering!! I figured it could not be more than $10-12 but it felt awkward to ask.

After that unpleasantness, we were ready to order because we were hungry and the service was not so bad we felt we had to leave.

The food was FANTASTIC!

Portion size 5/5 Taste 4/5 Appearance 4/5

Caesar salad
Chicken Parmesan
Chicken Marsala
Pinot Grigio
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FOODIE FRIDAY: BOSS Raw Superfood Bar #foodiefriday

This Foodie Friday is all about SNACKS!!!

I tried the BOSS Raw Superfood Bar.

BOSS stands for Blended Original Superfood Snack (https://amzn.to/3NtU7XM)

The ingredients for the bar I tried included banana, pumpkin see, and cacao powder.

It is Soy Free, Paleo, Gluten free, Vegan

TOW: I wanted to like this. It is so healthy and full of good ingredients! I wanted to eat this as a meal replacement. I had high hopes!

As you can probably tell by now, I did not like it. I am hoping I might like a different flavor.

It was very dense, which was too be expected. But I had a hard time chewing it because I did not like the flavor. I like bananas, but this tasted like a lot of overripe bananas. The taste was too overwhelming for me.

But if you like raw foods, you might like this.

South Branch – Dining in Chi town #foodiefriday

South Branch is a contemporary fine dining restaurant in the heart of downtown Chicago, with great views of the Chicago River.

100 S. Wacker Dr.
Chicago, IL 60606

Check out their full menu here

All in all, I think it’s a Great restaurant with upscale decor and a chill vibe. Every thing was delicious and I would recommend whether you are going in a date or just dining with friends.

I would not recommend bringing children unless they are well behaved.

Started dinner off with a bottle of red wine

Lots of great choices but I decided to get a couple appetizers so I could try more different options

Bang bang shrimp

fried shrimp, scallions, Sriracha, toasted sesame seeds, chili aioli

Cheese curds

cornmeal beer battered Wisconsin curds, smoked tomato coulis

Clam chowder

Ocean clams, Nueske’s applewood-smoked bacon, oyster crackers

Foodie Friday: The Brick #macongarestaurants

 

The Brick

This restaurant was recommended to me by my friend and she said it had a lot of good reviews on various websites. So we decided to check it out. They are called the brick because they have a brick oven that they used to cook their pizzas. I love that! They also had a usual pasta dishes along with wings and other types of bar food appetizers.


We got there early (about 5pm in a Saturday), so as you can see we had our pick of seats. As it got later in the evening, the traffic did start to pick up and fill the restaurant.

My auntie ordered the spaghetti and meatballs. They gave generous portions of pasta, sauce, and meatballs. She enjoyed it and said that the garlic bread was delicious. My husband also got the spaghetti and his only criticism was that the marinara sauce was too sweet for him.

I decided that I wanted wings and pizza, so I ordered a small side of wings and a slice of pizza. I thought about ordering a small pizza, but then decided one slice should be enough. The rationale for that was that if one slice was not enough I could always order another size. But if I ordered a whole pizza, I thought it might go to waste.

As you can see, the slice of pizza it was huge! Almost the size of my hand. I ate all of my wings and only half of my slice of pizza.

TOW Final Word
It was delicious and I loved the atmosphere. Tables were spread out which is a definite plus during these times.

Address
1305 Hardeman Avenue
Macon, GA 31201
(478) 254-3632

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Kitchen Hours
Monday – Saturday 11am – 10pm
Sunday Noon – 9pm

FOODIE FRIDAY: Shorty’s Authentic Philly Steaks and Sandwiches @shortysnyc #phillysteak #NYCeats #hellskitchen

This Foodie Friday highlights Shorty’s Authentic Philly Steaks and Sandwiches, a restaurant in NYC Hell’s Kitchen (576 9th Avenue – 41st and 42nd).

Shorty’s claims to make “authentic philly steaks”. They say that the secret is in the type of bread that they use. That is why they ship their bread from Philly and bake it on site.

After walking around downtown, we worked up an appetite and hubs wanted a cheesesteak. Works for me. My friend suggested Shorty’s .

I asked, “Are they GOOD?”

She replied, “ That’s where I go.”

I trust her standards because she is a particular foodie like I am.

While he is a traditionalist, I am open to options. Thankfully, Shorty’s gave me a lot to choose from. There were 14 different types of philly steak sandwiches. All served wit’out fried onions unless you asked.

Hubby ordered Cheesesteak (steak, Whiz)
Hubs opinion: Cheesesteak was delicious. Quite possibly better than what he had from Philly. The meat was well seasoned with great meat to cheese ratio.

I ordered Nacho Steak (chicken, avocado, tomatoes, jalapenos, tortilla crunch, pepperjack)
TOW opinion: This is my new favorite way to eat a cheesesteak. I was sold when I saw it had avocado on it. Always order sandwich with avocado! LOL The jalapenos and the pepperjack cheese were not overpoweringly spicy but provided just enough heat so it was not bland. The meat was not dry (a common issue with chicken cheesesteaks). This was a hearty, yummy sandwich. And the tortilla strips added a little crunch for a change in texture. I would definitely order this again.

TOW Final Word
Check out Shorty’s especially if you like cheesesteaks. You will not be disappointed. I know I am going back the next time I am in NYC!

Hours and Website
Sunday-Wednesday 11am-2am
Thursday-Saturday 11am-3am
http://www.shortysnyc.com (check website for delivery zone)