Posts Tagged ‘downtown’
Met Carla and Paul for tapas at Oeno on Friday night. Jenni joined us, too.
I finally got to try the baked lavosh, which Jenni tried to order the previous week, but they were out. I’m glad they had some this time. The lavosh was yummy!
We also had the spinach dip. It was yummy the last time, so we ordered it again. We also had the pork skewers this time, but Brian did not like them. I thought they were delicious until I noticed that they were pink in the middle, and I like all my meats well done. Brian, on the other hand, didn’t like the flavor at all.
Carla had the strawberry dessert, which she said was very yummy. I wanted dessert too, but Brian was watching out for me and wouldn’t let me have any. I don’t know how Carla and Jenni do it. It’s completely unfair!
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.
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.
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!
Jenni and Anthony stopped by Fox & Hound on Friday night, but only stayed a few minutes. It was okay because we were meeting them at Oeno the next night. A friend of Jenni’s from work also joined us.
After Oeno we went to John Barleycorn’s to see Skrapyard perform. The two options we gave them last night were the Fabulous Fleshtones at RD’s in Mulvane or Skrapyard at Barleycorns. Jenni and Anthony didn’t feel like driving all the way to Mulvane since Anthony’s hotel was located in the Northeast part of town. Barleycorn’s, on the other hand, was just down the street.
Skrapyard didn’t start playing until after 11 pm, so we ended up staying later than I would have liked. Although, I got to listen to two of my favorite songs and meet Chuck’s girlfriend who seemed really nice, so it was all worthwhile.
Jenni and Anthony were tired and left during Deeds of Man. Brian asked me what time I wanted to leave, but I wasn’t ready yet. We didn’t stay that long after they left, though. As soon as Medicine Man started playing, I told Brian that we could leave once the song was over. But then, they started playing Electric Worry (Clutch cover), which is Brian’s favorite song that they play so we had to stay for that song too. We hurried and left toward the end of the song so as to avoid hearing another song that we might like and then end up staying even later. LOL.
Brian and I finally got to try Luca Italian Kitchen in Old Town Square. We had dinner there with Jan and Janet before going to Suede on Friday night.
I was really impressed with our server Lauren. She was bubbly and seemed very knowledgeable. The serving team also did a good job of attending to us and making sure that our water glasses were never empty.
We started with the Burrata and prosciutto antipasti platter. I have never had Burrata before and Brian loves prosciutto and he loves cheese (almost any kind of cheese) so that was a good starter for us. Prosciutto and cheese are two of Brian’s favorite things. Along with wine and cigars.
I had a cup of minestrone next. It was unremarkable and had very mild flavor. Honestly, I’ve had better minestrone at other places.
Brian and I split a Carnivora, their all-meat pizza, so we wouldn’t over-eat. Well, mostly so that I wouldn’t over-eat because we know what happens when I stuff myself with too much food. =P
The Carnivora is on the lunch menu, but not on the dinner menu. However, they will make it for you if you ask nicely and agree to pay the dinner up-charge. LOL.
Jan had some kind of giant ravioli dish.
Janet had the tortellacci special. I couldn’t get a good picture of it though because she was sitting farthest from me. This is the best that I could do. Anyway, for those unfamiliar with tortellacci, it’s like tortellini (small) and tortelloni (bigger) but larger. I guess they like to do things BIG at Luca.
Jan had the profiteroles for dessert. It’s basically just a fancy way of saying cream puffs. LOL. Brian and I shared a creme brulee, which was surprisingly good.
I was taking quite a risk that night by having appetizer, soup, pizza and dessert all in one sitting. Thankfully, I didn’t pass out. LOL. I think the fact that I opted not to order a pasta dish helped.
Here are my thoughts about Luca. The food was good and the service was good. I really liked Lauren. She was pleasant and professional. The ambiance was nice and romantic, which could be partially attributed to the dim lighting. The tables are set nicely also. When I first walked in, my first impression was that this would be a nice place for a romantic date.
They must not get a lot of short customers though, because the mirror is the restroom is set really high. I couldn’t even see my face when I was brushing my teeth after dinner. I always have to brush my teeth after I eat so I can wear my braces. It’s unpleasant to wear them if your teeth aren’t completely clean. That, and they’ll be stinky.
I bring my own mouthwash with me, but I noticed that they have some in the restroom. That was really nice. The little mouthwash cups are convenient for brushing your teeth because it’s kind of a pain to have to use your hands to scoop water to your mouth for rinsing. So anyway, even if you don’t plan on brushing your teeth after dinner, you can at least use the mouthwash to freshen your breath for that post-dinner makeout session with your date.
Luca isn’t a place that I’d want to eat at all the time. Well, for one, we shouldn’t be eating out all the time anyway. That’s what got us fat to start with. But it’s definitely a place where I’d take a date if I were single and dating. I can’t guarantee that it will get you laid, unless you order a bottle of wine (or two) with dinner. However, if your date is amenable to a goodnight kiss, at least it will be pleasant and minty fresh.
Brian and I got to try Cafe 151 the other day. It was pretty good. I think the best part was that we both got to eat for about $12. That’s pretty good considering that it usually costs $20+ for both of us to eat lunch out; which is why we usually brown bag these days. LOL.
Besides the great value, I like that Cafe 151 is within walking distance of both Brian’s office building and mine. If you haven’t already been there, go check it out. Here’s the menu (courtesy of the Wichita Eagle) to whet your appetite.
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