Category Archives: Lunch

Philly Restaurant Week: Tequila’s

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Delicious homemade chips and I really enjoyed the charred jalapeños. Matt found them a bit too spicy, but I loved them

It seems as though I have been doing more reviewing of restaurants lately then cooking. I promise that’s only half true but I wanted to share our final restaurant week experience with you! I’ll be back in the kitchen sharing new recipes in no time. Restaurant week will be continuing until February 1st for lunch and dinner and I really encourage you, if you are in the Philly area, to check out what one of many restaurants has to offer! Seriously, it’s one of my favorite things the city participates in because you’re able to try a variety of places and not kill your budget.

Anyhow, as promised Matt and I checked out Tequila’s for lunch for restaurant week. We were able to pick from their restaurant week menu a choice of appetizer, lunch, and dessert all for 20 bucks. It was our first time dining in and I was super impressed with the wait staffs attentiveness. I think that it has a great opportunity to be a lovely place to dine, but unfortunately for lunch they only seat in the bar area and we were the unlucky ones that got seated right by the door. The very, very, very drafty door. I think this really took away from the experience for me. I’m not one that enjoys shivering during a meal. I would definitely give dinner a try and would love to sample a margarita the next time we drop in.

Chicken Taquitos

Chicken Taquitos

Chicken Enchiladas

Chicken Enchiladas

The Breakdown:

I ordered the chicken tortilla soup, the chicken enchiladas, and chocolate mousse cake. Matt ordered the chorizo omelet, chicken taquitos, and tres leche cake.

The Review:

Overall, we both enjoyed the authenticity of the dishes we ordered. I think that we have been spoiled with restaurants constantly offering innovative and creative food however. I found the food almost generic in a sense that I could have sampled similar tasting, authentic food at many of the restaurants in our old stopping ground of Indianapolis of all places. I wasn’t blown away by any means, but do think the food tasted good.

Appetizers:  I was quite disappointed in the chicken tortilla soup because it was mostly tortilla strips and nothing else. I literally had two pieces of small chicken in the some what oily broth. Matt however enjoyed the chicken taquitos, they were just okay to me. Perhaps I was too distracted by the cold to appreciate them?

Main Dishes: I ordered the chicken enchiladas and really enjoyed the corn tortillas. The food was severed very hot which I always appreciate. The red sauce was quite tasty and I enjoyed the queso fresco on the beans. Matt had the chorizo omelet which he said was quite good. I’m not a huge fan of omelets so I didn’t snag a bite, but he did say he’d order it again.

Dessert: This was by far the best part of the meal for us. I will be very, very disappointed if they don’t make all their desserts in house. We rarely, if ever order dessert, but since it was included in the price gave it a shot. Look how humongous this piece of cake is! It was so good in fact we ended up devouring the whole thing instead of bring it home as were our original intentions. The tres leche cake was equally as fantastic and has inspired me to start figuring out a recipe because I couldn’t get enough of it.

All in all it was a good experience. No new or innovative flavors that I’ve never tasted but solid authentic cuisine. I would love to check out their dinner menu and dining experience. We’d definitely go back because the food is tasty.

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The show stealer, Chocolate Mousse Cake

Our Favorite Sushi in the City: Doma

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Yum. That’s all I can really say for an introduction. I’ll try harder for you though, because yum isn’t enough to describe how amazing this sushi actually is. We go once a week and I’m not ashamed to admit it. Hi, I’m Meggan and I am a Doma fanatic. They may or may not even know us by name, place our order without talking to us first, and bring us out piping hot edamame. Free edamame I may add because we have turned into that big of regulars. Doma is without our favorite place to dine in the city and though it is a quaint space because we have become such addicts, they always manage to squeeze us into a table with a minimal wait. It can get pretty busy though and I highly recommend making a reservation. Their Tuna Flatbread is to die for. So much in fact, I didn’t even get an opportunity to take a picture. I promise you won’t be disappointed and that it is without a doubt worth every penny.

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This iPhone picture just doesn’t give their rolls justice…

The Breakdown

  • Triple Double Spicy Tuna Roll:  tuna, spicy sauce, siracha, tempura crunch, scallion, seared albacore tuna on top with a  sichimi pepper sweet glaze
  • Naked Salmon: spicy salmon & avocado, over crispy sticky rice, masago and jalapeño slices on top
  • Spicy Tuna Crunch Roll 
Additional Recommendations 
  • Stuffed jalapeño tempura: tuna, cream cheese, scallion, lightly battered topped with eel sauce
  • Tuna Flatbread: tortilla flatbread topped with sliced tuna, fresh guacamole, garnished with jalapeno, red onion, cilantro, sweet glaze and spicy mayo

The Review

We eat here weekly, what more is there to say? It’s amazing! If we caved into our cravings we’d probably eat there more like three times a week…but that would be embarrassing. Another bonus? If you pay in cash, you get 10% of your bill. Enjoy!

Bobby Flay’s Burger Joint: Bobby’s Burger Palace

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Bobby Flay’s Burger Joint: Bobby’s Burger Palace

If you know me…you’d know I am more than obsessed with all things Bobby Flay. I adore his recipes and absolutely love his food. I had the pleasure and privilege to dine at his restaurant Mesa Grill while vacationing in the Bahamas in 2010. Though it was a bit pricey–the food was fantastic and I am eagerly waiting to visit again. I was sadly disappointed to learn that he was actually at Mesa the week before we traveled to the Bahamas! Bummer.

Philadelphia does have a piece of Bobby Flay though! Which regularly satisfies my cravings for delicious food. Bobby’s Burger Palace (BBP) is amazing and much more affordable than Mesa. Matt and I can usually get out of there spending less than $20 bucks. I’ve seemed to have developed a regular order in the Santa Fe burger. The great thing about BBP is you can order any burger with beef, turkey, or a chicken breast. Since I’m not huge beef fan, it’s awesome that I can actually eat at a burger place too! If you do visit–try the Pistachio milk shake, it’s worth every single calorie.

The scene is also really cool–it essentially channels all things great about those old 50s diners but with a much more updated and modern look. The wait staff has always been pleasant and attentive.

The Breakdown:

  • Santa Fe Turkey Burger: well seasoned turkey burger, topped with jalepenos, blue corn tortillas, and queso cheese on a sesame seed bun. Served with a humongous pickle.

The Review:

I have never had a bad experience at BPP. I am always happily satisfied and never leave hungry. I rarely clean my plate–but I won’t lie to you all that I do every single time. Every. Single. Time. It’s so good and I highly recommend it if you are visiting in the area or just haven’t had a chance to check it out yet!