I may be posting this particular entry because it's lunchtime and I'm hungry. Or because I'm pregnant and missing all of the foods I'm not "supposed to eat" in order to stay healthy. Maybe I'm homesick. But whatever the reason, I have been thinking about food this morning. Billy and I try to eat "smart"-- we like to prepare healthy and delicious meals at home (and I must say that my chicken, orzo & spinach soup I made last night was awesome!), but on occasion, it is a real treat to go out to eat. But the problem is-- we live in Wilmore, KY. In Wilmore, there are only 3 restaurants. One of which is Subway. Nicholasville is pretty close, but there's not much there besides fast food. And Lexington... Lexington is good and only 20-30 minutes away. But we always get in such a rut. We find ourselves eating at major chains (some of which are good), but I really miss the fun, local, neighborhood restaurants of Dallas, TX. Chances are, I just haven't discovered what the fun spots are here. But today, here is my nod to my favorite flavors of Dallas:
Two Rows Restaurant & Brewery -- give me a honey-pepper bacon burger and a Honey Blonde Ale. YUM!
Cathy's Wok & Grill -- really good Chinese food near our old apartment. They've got a great menu and great food.
Cristina's Mexican Food -- their salsa is fresh and I love their fajitas. Mostly because their homemade tortillas are so yummy and warm.
Cafe Express -- "fast" food... ish. But really fresh and yummy. Their soups are always good.
Campisi's -- YUMMY Italian, yummy pizza, great atmosphere (in the Egyptian room of course!)
Herrerra's on Denton Drive -- bean soup? YUM. A #2A? DELISH.
Bubba's -- unbelievable fried chicken & homestyle veggies and homemade rolls
Ernesto's -- a great little Garland joint with fresh salsa, great guacamole, and reliably good Mexican food
A Taste of Italy -- another Garland joint with great garlic rolls
Matt's Rancho Martinez (and also Mattito's) -- The Bob Armstrong Dip is so good (but NOT good FOR you!)
Potbelly Sandwiches -- okay, it's a chain, but we don't have them here, so I miss it!
Cafe Pacific -- I've only been there a couple of times, but but the Chilean sea bass was so tasty
Mi Cocina and/or Taco Diner -- Ridiculously delicious food at both of these places-- they're not the same restaurant, but under the same ownership... and both locations have unbelievable food. Taco Diner is more Mexico City style food and Mi Cocina is Tex-Mex
Peggy Sue BBQ. Or Sammy's BBQ -- both great options for good, Texas barbecue. I really thought Kentucky would have good barbecue, but so far I've been unimpressed. But you can't go wrong with Peggy Sue's or Sammy's!
Jake's Burgers -- a truly delicious burger
S & D Oyster Company -- the shrimp po-boy is great, and their seafood gumbo is full of flavor. For dessert? Their lemon icebox pie can't be beat!
Pizza Villa -- unbelievably addictive pizza
El Fenix -- who could ignore this Dallas favorite? The food is always reliable and good and consistently flavorful. My favorite thing to order is half an order of nachos and a bowl of their tortilla soup. It's got great big chunks of avacado.
Posado's -- again, another great Mexican food joint. I know, it's kind of a continuing theme throughout this post. Posado's actually got started in my hometown of Tyler, TX and spread to the Dallas area. Really delicious. Their tortillas are really good.
Snuffer's -- really good burgers and other goodies. But their cheese-fries are my favorite thing on the menu!
I think that hits the high spots for me. For now. NOW, I have to go eat some lunch!