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Finally Got to Try AVI at the Broadview

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I finally got to try AVI Seabar and Chophouse inside the Broadview Hotel downtown. Brian went there a few weeks ago with some coworkers. He thought it was really good so he wanted me to try it too. We had the opportunity to have lunch together yesterday after his training class so that is where we went.

I’m so glad that I got to try it because it’s great food at a reasonable price. Brian got the croque madame ($8), which is like a ham sandwich with gravy and fried egg. He likes their fries with truffle oil too. Brian loves their fries, though I’m not a big fan. I had a few bites of the sandwich and loved it, though. I thought it was possibly one of the most delicious ham sandwiches I’d ever had. Although, I could feel the richness of it and could feel the thousands of calories permeate my system. I can’t imagine eating that whole meal by myself, which is what Brian said he did the first time. He said he was miserable all afternoon as a result; but it was so good that he thought it was worth every single miserable calorie. LOL.

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I ordered the coconut curry shrimp special ($8) which was really good, but also really spicy. They are serious about spicy foods in that kitchen. My mouth was on fire. The food was delicious, don’t get me wrong. I’m just a wimp when it comes to spicy foods. If you love spicy foods, I definitely recommend hitting AVI whenever they have the coconut curry shrimp special because you will love it. It’s the perfect blend of shrimp (big ones too, not those teeny tiny ones), shiitake mushrooms and snow peas (it looked snow peas, but I’m not really knowledgeable about veggies because I’m not typically a veggie eater; and I always confuse snow peas with string beans because they look a lot alike). I thought it also had some red pepper, tomato and potato. Everything worked well together and I actually liked the veggies and ate them. I would have finished the entire dish were it not for the inside of my mouth bursting into flames. LOL.

Overall I really liked the look and feel and of the restaurant. The place is decorated like any other chophouse, but I liked the nice touches like the stone wall with the fireplace inset. I thought that was really neat. I liked that the booths were separated by tall walls so as to afford diners some privacy. I also liked that there’s an upper level. It looked like they situated the bar up there, which Brian thought was a great idea because he felt that the drunk people should be separated from people who want to actually eat and enjoy their food. I thought it was good, but then you run the risk of drunk people falling over the railing at the patrons down below. Brian was like, “That’s why they made the railings high. See?” I was like, “Well, the drunk people still have to stumble down the stairs. There’s plenty of opportunity for them to fall over.” Ha ha ha ha.

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We had an enjoyable lunch overall. It felt special because we rarely ever eat out for lunch anymore. Back in the day, we used to go for lunch daily checking out various restaurants downtown. Nowadays I just have a shake at my desk and work over lunch. Brian does the same. I’m actually glad that we don’t eat out for lunch regularly because it saves us both money and calories, but it also makes those times when we do get to eat out for lunch more special. When you do something all the time, you start to take it for granted.

Thank you for taking me to AVI for lunch yesterday, baby! I really enjoyed it. Mwah!

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