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When I took this picture, I couldn’t tell if it was appealing or not. Maybe it’s the way the sauce was dumped on the crab cake made me think of icing on a cinnamon roll, but I was a little skeptical at first. But you know, then I took a bite and all was good. Crab cakes. They’re good. Especially on vacation.

While in North Carolina (which is now being evacuated, yey) we went out to dinner at Sharky’s. And apparently we were destined to dine alone:

Welcome to someone’s garage. Seriously, I promise we were at a restaurant with actual tables and chairs but since we had nine people in our party, the only room for us was, like I said, in someone’s garage. I mean it looks like it, doesn’t it? At least there was a glow up shark thingy.

Here’s some more food stuffs from Sharky’s:

A little surf and turf, for ya? Who doesn’t like shrimp and steak?

After dinner, we took a walk through the actual dining room and outside to the back patio on the water where I took this gem:

Look at those tans! I’d say I’m keeping it up but there’s this thing called a hurricane that people are freaking out about all over town here in New York. I really don’t think much will happen besides heavy rain and maybe some flooding but I know for sure I won’t be getting any sun.

Oh, and the best part about the crab cakes is that they were pretty big – big enough for each of us to take one home. So at 10:30 p.m. later that evening, Michelle calls over from the kitchen, “Anyone want a crab cake?” On vacation, indeed.

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I didn’t know Clover Club had brunch until I walked by it. And went inside. Clover Club is a fabulous old-timey cocktail bar very close to my apartment and I have been there many times. It’s the place I take people when I want to show them how “cool” my neighborhood is. Thought it would never make it into City Mitten because I don’t really carry my Canon around with me at night. But now that I know I can go to Clover Club during the day, it is City Mitten game.

The food was phenomenal. It’s my new favorite brunch place if you’d like to go. Above we have the Englander: Sliced hanger steak and poached egg over a toasted English muffin with Bearnaise sauce. One for a taste or two for a meal, the menu says.

Of course we also wanted some pancakes:

Ricotta pancakes with strawberry curd and vanilla poached rhubarb. What it means to “vanilla poach” anything is beyond me but I don’t need to know the details in order to know that it’s good.

And a Bonus Jonas:

Potato cakes! And the strap to my camera! I am so talented. Why did I not know this is what potato pancakes are? All these years, I have been missing out and imagining pancakes with lumps of potatoes inside them. Don’t blame me, please, blame my education. Ha. These were GOOD. Life is good, God is good, people. Get to know it.

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I realize two things as I begin this post. 1) I have a post two days back called Prime Meats. These places are not the same. 2) Quality Meats is a steak restaurant and I am leading with a picture of ice cream. That’s how it should be.

Let me introduce you to the world of Quality Meats. It’s in midtown, 58th street to be exact, and the moment I stepped out of the subway I felt like I was in bizarro world. When was the last time I was in midtown? Not a clue.

But now let me take you back to Quality Meats. Quality Meats with Jen McGuire, who was in town JUST to have dinner with me! (I kid, I kid… she came to town to go to Eataly with KP AND THEN go to dinner with me.)

These are the crispy potatoes. I don’t know why I don’t ever ask the servers questions about the menu and assume I always know what it’s talking about because if I knew the crispy potatoes were going to be this crispy, I wouldn’t have ordered them. If you’re a fan of potato chips, then you would like them. My like of potato chips occurs only when I am surrounded with family, a giant bowl of french onion dip, and playing cards. So anyway.

This was the view from my seat. Chloe got some giant steak with the most giant bone and she took half of it home with her. The server asked if she wanted the bone. Like, really? People take that? Also is the gnocchi and cheese (yum) and sweet corn creme brulee (seriously). You should probably try it if you like either corn or creme brulee and would like to imagine them both together.

I went for the ribs:

The good thing was that I ate three or four and had the rest the following night for dinner. The bad news is I tried a bite of KP‘s filet and daaaaaaang that was good.

We all know the most important picture from this post, however, was the first one. I have seen this certain picture of Quality Meats coffee and ice cream donuts like once a week over the past year. I forget what site it’s on – whether it’s OpenTable or some other restauranty website I frequent – but I have seen a picture of that ice cream and donut one too many times and it has been deeply ingrained into my brain. The ice cream is coffee flavored, natch, with donut pieces on it and then the mini donut there on top. I liked it lots. Next time adding chocolate syrup.

Man, I am so sick of wearing cardigans! They’re like my favorite thing in the world but I would like to wear dresses without them now and I would like that to be soon, please (Spring – are you listening?)

And now we come to the portion of my post where I tell you other random happenings in my life because I started doing that and now I can’t stop. The most important thing to note is that I booked my first ticket to Texas to visit my padre and see the Detroit Lions play the Dallas Cowboys. I know the NFL is only half-functioning right now, but I’m hoping they get their act together soon enough. If not, I will still be going to Texas but I will not be watching football. I think I’ll still survive.

Bye!

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Hello, ladies and gents. I have lots of good blog posts coming up actually, a lot of cameos – old and new, and I am very excited!

Last night I went to dinner with my friends Nicolle and Lucy at the Colicchio & Sons Tap Room. Colicchio & Sons has been on my short list since it opened a year ago and when Nicolle suggested we go there for Restaurant Week, I was game. Even with my love/hate relationship with Restaurant Week – if I was going to do it, I was going to do it somewhere good.

The best part about going to a Restaurant Week dinner at Colicchio & Sons Tap Room is that it didn’t feel like it was Restaurant Week at all. When I first got the menu, I was actually confused because there were so many choices. It was awesome.

This is what we had:

This is the roast quail with farro, sunchoke, and saba. You know we’re carnivores when someone brings out a plate with two little bodies and we’re all like, “Aw, cute!” haha. Seriously, though. We were like that.

This is the steak and ale with brussels sprouts and herbed potatoes. And it made me the winner. I don’t know the last time I had steak and it was good, good, good. I would eat this every day.

And then it was dessert time! Another thing I liked about Colicchio & Sons – they brought you a dessert menu like you are a civilized being instead of most restaurants that make you order your dessert with the rest of your meal like a complete barbarian during Restaurant Week. Just another touch of class from Colicchio and Company.

Apple tartin with hazelnut brittle and calvados ice cream, whatever that is.

And what did miss Amanda get?

The vanilla ice cream parfait of course! With hot fudge, red velvet and “oreo” cookie crunch. I mean it was basically made for me. So yeah, like I said – I would eat this meal again and again. And I would dine at Colicchio & Sons again. If anyone is ever feeling extremely generous, feel free to take me in for the tasting menu. The service was excellent and we even saw Mr. Tom Colicchio standing by the bar himself!

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German food doesn’t photograph well, but I’m going to give it another shot. One day Alex and Didi took Nora and I on a tour of Munich and we ended up at Hofbrauhaus. First of all it is HUGE! There were tables and people everywhere and a band and an outdoor garden. It was fun and it was good and we got to hear a waitress tell a guy that if he wanted faster service, he could go to McDonald’s. True story.

Here’s what we got:

And this:

At the top we have pork steak with au gratin potatoes and onions, followed by Bavarian salted pork with sauerkraut. Alex just had noodles with meat sauce and cheese.

Then we have roast pork with crackling served with potato dumplings that had a VERY interesting consistency and a side of spatzle (egg noodles). I’d say the pork steak was my favorite.

We also had beer, of course.

And did you know beer horses are an actual thing? I seriously thought they were just from the Budweiser commercial.

Cheers! And by that I mean Prost!

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Oh, the Germans. How I miss them so. Them and their always-matching outfits. Seriously. On this particular day they were all wearing light v-necks with khaki shorts and they looked exactly the same when we had gone out the night before. They also have an affinity for ripped jeans. But I love them anyway.

So Cafe Habana. One of my favorite hotspots. Also where I’ve seen David Arquette eating at the bar. But, it’s all about the food. The corn, specifically. And for me, the steak.

I took the boys there last Friday afternoon for lunch and it was a Mad House. And there was no way we were waiting for anything. So we (and by we, I mean I) decided to opt for Cafe Habana to go. And it still took forever.

This corn is worth every minute though. Covered in chili powder and melted cheese… it does not get better than this. Didi liked it so much he got some on his nose:

Now Alex doesn’t like corn so he missed out. He also missed out by ordering a freaking cheeseburger. I do not get it. He complained about the crappy food he kept eating but everywhere we went, he ordered a cheeseburger! And he was disappointed when this one was so greasy. Come on now, Alex. :)

Now what he SHOULD have ordered is what I got:

Sure, it’s just replacing one red meat with another but at least it’s not another freaking cheeseburger! And it’s so delicious! Mmm mmm. I do love Cafe Habana, even though it’s always packed. :)

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