Porto De Sul

Brazilian Steakhouse

Harvest Table

lunch, happy hour or dinner

Porto offers a menu

in the bar area

Best choice for traditional

Brazilian Steakhouse

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Brio on the Plaza

Brio is my favorite Friday night release. After a long week it is wonderful to sit at either of the bars (upstairs or down) or even on the outside deck when weather permits and enjoy a bottle of wine. The reasonably priced and delicious appetizers make it even more enjoyable. The music, the lighting, the staff make the experience feel warm and inviting. It's like you are a guest at some old mansion in Italy. Sometimes they even bring in a solo artist to sing and play guitar up by the fireplace upstairs! I only wish they had frequent guest cards, so all the money and time I have spent there could possibly grant me a free bottle of wine or something.

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Friday, January 23, 2009

Bo Lings Chinese Restaurant

Attended the weekend dim sum service at Bo Lings. It was good but not as many otpions for actual dim sum as I anticipated. There were many things to pick from but you have to get a detailed explanation of each item they brought around on the carts. You definitely need to go the 1st time with an open mind and return again and only choose the things you like. Portions are large for 2 people especially if you want to try several different things. We went around 1:30p on Sun. Would probably try Sat next time. Overall we enjoyed it and would go back again.

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Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Kona Grill

I've been to Kona Grill on the Plaza three times in the past month. Every time I've walked by it I noticed the bar area was packed. So my husband and I decided it'd be worth a shot. We went on our anniversary and enjoyed it so much we took friends there twice over the holidays.

Food: We've enjoyed everything we've had there. The Sea Bass is by far our fav! It was fresh, perfectly cooked, and had just enough flavor. They also have a nice variety of sushi and sashimi for a good price.

Service: Our first experience was wonderful. We made a reservation and just had to wait about 10 minutes to be seated. Our server did an excellent jobs with menu and drink recommendations. The service for our next two visits was sub par; we ended up with the same female server both times. She just does not enjoy her job and it shows. She gave us little attention, no recommendations, and no smiles. When we go again we'll ask to avoid her section.

Happy Hour: Worth fighting the crowd! It's only severed in the bar area so if you go and want a table, get there around 4 pm. Any later and you'll be fighting with about 30+ people over the 8 small tables. They have drink specials for $3-5, discounted apps, only four discounted sushi rolls, and all pizzas are half off ($5). It's a great deal for the drinks and yummy food.

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Friday, January 2, 2009

Uno's

We went for happy hour - tried the deep dish pizza, quesadilla, and queso. I will never ever go here again. I thought the food was terrible, well below average. The cheese dip was curdled and very untasty (yuck), the pizza was not very good, the quesadilla was just okay. The service was fairly poor, the waitresses boyfriend was visiting her at the time so we didn't get much attention. I wouldn't recommend this place, especially the tiny yucky happy hour appetizers - waste of time and money.

Pierpont's

We sat in the comfy, warm "Rose Room", so named by regulars for the beautiful painting that hangs on one of its walls. We were offered prompt, friendly yet unintruding service throughout the meal.

I started it out with a hot cup of English Grey, offered to me from an enticing selection in a fine wooden box patiently held by our server while I struggled to make up my mind. My husband had a cold ice tea with a small, flavorful lemon slice. We both had the walnut and pear salad sprinkled with blue cheese and paired with a sensual chocolate based sauce. After that, I dove into a generous ribeye steak served with fluffly smashed potatoes and slightly crunchy baby asparagus. My husband tried the delicious fish n chips: three big breaded cod fillets with meaty steak fries accompanied by a large lemon wedge.

For dessert, we shared the creamy, lemony cheesecake with cups of hot, flavorful fresh coffee.

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