Sunday, August 06, 2006

same same but different

It's mostly cookie-cutter eating here.

You've got the Red Lobster, the Olive Garden, all the usual suspect fast food chains and more.

And yesterday, for dinner, it was Smokey Bones, also a chain apparently, (its website boasts of over 100 restaurants in the east and midwest) but I'd never heard of it before.

Far better than bland odd-tasting pasta from Olive Garden was Smokey Bones' BBQ platter of St Louis-style smoked ribs and smoked beef brisket, served with garlic bread, and two sides (we chose mashed potatoes with gravy and coleslaw).



The ribs were tender and had a great marinade but I doubt I'll bother with beef brisket again (unless we're talking the Hong Kong-style noodles) as they were really salty and seemed a bit overdone to me - unless that's the way beef brisket's supposed to be cooked - it is, after all, a tough side of beef). The brisket might've worked better with a sauce.

The best part about the meal was the skillet cornbread - the leftovers made a great breakfast when baked in the over for a few minutes, and smothered with more butter.

And then there's Panera Bread, a bakery-cafe chain where we (and many others, judging by the never ending queue) had lunch on Monday.


R had the soup and salad combo for $6.29 - he chose the french onion soup and chicken caesar salad.


I let my sweet tooth take over and succumbed to a french toast bagel with a honey walnut cream cheese spread. And for dessert, a lemon poppyseed mini bundt cake.

3 comments:

zhaki said...

I realise you got a comment almost exactly like this a month ago, but I was wondering if you still had the MP3 for Concave Scream's "Driven". I love that song, but lost it when my hard disk crashed. I'd be much obliged if you could help me out.

zhaki@usdudes.com

mel said...

panera bread! that was my fav bakery while i was in missouri. finally, one more singaporean who knows about this place ;)

food looks appropriately americany, hope you're having fun there.

Anonymous said...

FULL oF Envy!!! I want!! but glad to know you're having great fun.. / Elsie