Fruity beer can be overdone and I'm picky when it comes to the strength of fruit flavor in the beer. Sea Dog Wild Blueberry is the most authentically-blueberry-tasting beer I've ever tried and I love coming to Newport Pizza just to have a bottle.
For dinner I went with the Carbonnades a l'OTR; slow-cooked braised beef served aside frites with garlic mayo for dipping. Take a fork-full of beef, put a frite on the end and then shmear it with the garlic mayo if you want a little piece of heaven.
I topped it all off with a piece of the caramel toffee flan. It was nice but not the best flan I've ever had. Next time I'll stick with a selection from the dessert case or take a few liege waffles to-go.
Another Friday rolled around and we all left work early and headed to Toby Keith's I Love This Bar and Grill at The Banks. Not my first choice but I tried getting a table here a couple weeks ago and it was a three and a half hour wait so I figured this was my chance. It's an OK place for happy hour if you want light beer and bar food but definitely not worth waiting for. The typical chain restaurant food was decent and I am intrigued by the fried bologna but I'd say their signature dish is light beer in a mason jar.
We split almost every appetizer on the menu including potato skins, fried cheese, chili con queso, fried zucchini and chicken nachos. The chicken nachos were the best tasting of all the appetizers and very substantial. For $9.95 you get enough nachos to feed about 4 people so they get points for value. I asked about happy hour specials and the server told me they didn't have any yet. Huh? Also, just want to warn you, they don't allow more than 4 credit card transactions at one table. We had 7 people with separate tabs and luckily 3 of us had cash or we would have been forced to combine checks and pay each other back later. I thought it was suspicious for a national chain to be unable to handle multiple credit card transactions.
The following evening a friend of mine, who had previously decided she wanted to re-live her childhood, got a group of people together to go roller-skating at Fun Factory in Norwood. We stopped at Gordo's for a quick dinner beforehand and all I have to say is the Gordo burger is delicious, and therefore, there is really no reason for me to try anything else on their menu. I went with a side of green beans; nice and garlicky with some roasted mushroom and onion on top. I also tried a bite of my friend's mac'n cheese and it is definitely one of the better macaroni and cheeses out there; LOTS of flavor in the sauce but not in an annoying way.
Cerberus, by Thirsty Dog brewing company out of Akron, OH, paired well with my burger but because of the strong malty flavor one was enough. It's a Belgian Triple Ale and based on a description I read online, it's made with one grain and 4 different Belgian yeasts which gives it a very malty taste.
The spinning Slush Puppy at the rollerink tempted me but I figured enough damage had been done. Excited to see what this week will bring in terms of dining adventures!