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El Tapatio Aug. 15th, 2007 @ 04:17 pm
El Tapatio
El Tapatio
2624 Hwy 14 E
Lake Charles, LA 70607
(337) 475-9022

Hours of Operation:
Sunday - Thursday 9am-10pm
Friday - Saturday 9am-10:30pm

visited: Tuesday, August 13, 2007

What I got: Cheese nachos - Very good and very much so authentic Mexican! Dessert: Fried ice cream. It's not the traditional "fried ice cream" that I knew of, anyway. It is not ice cream quickly battered in bread crumbs or cornflakes and then quickly fried. It was more of something like a hardened tortilla shaped into a bowl. Then ice cream was placed in it. On top of the ice cream there was a chocolate and cinnamon glaze and on top of that on the ice cream there was whipped cream and then on the very top a cherry. I also had a sopapilla. This was very good as well, though different from what I originally knew, too. It was fried crisp, and not a pocket, but flat like a tortilla (the bowl for the ice cream was quite like the sopapilla shaped into a bowl). On it, there was honey and cinnamon.

Price paid: For these things, two orders and two drinks, it was a little over $20.

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Rating: **** (4 stars)

Would I eat there again: Yes. Anytime I've got time to wait for good Mexican food to be cooked and that's what I want I will eat there!

Pappy's Deli Feb. 25th, 2006 @ 10:48 am
Pappy's Deli and Pub
2627 Ryan St # A
Lake Charles, LA 70601

Hours of Operation:
Sundays-Saturdays, I think. not sure of opening time-9pm

Date visited: February 24, 2006

Type of eatery: Grill and Bar

Dish we ordered: Cheeseburger, fries, Philly cheesecake, fountain drink.
Mom: Cheeseburger, onion rings, side of fries, decaf coffee, Philly cheesecake
Sister: Chicken nuggets, fries, triple threat (chocolate) cake, fountain drink.

What we got: Freshly cooked cheeseburgers made to our specifications, fresh steak fries, fresh chicken nuggets (piled high on the fries on the plate), very thin seasoned onion rings, chilled pieces of cake.

Price paid: $14.33 for all of this.

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Rating: **** (4 stars)

Would I eat there again: Yes. The food is good and it is a place in Lake Charles with a great reputation.

Cotten's Famous Hamburgers Sep. 21st, 2005 @ 09:48 pm
Cotten's Famous Hamburgers
2001 Oak Park Blvd.
Lake Charles, LA 70601

Hours of Operation:
Monday-Friday 10:30am-6:30pm
Saturday 10:30am-3:00pm
Closed Sundays

Date visited: Several times in the past few months

Type of eatery: Home cooked American/southern food

Dish I ordered: Bacon Cheeseburger meal (choice of onion rings or fries and a medium drink)

What I got: Cotten's burgers are cooked fresh when ordered. I always eat my burgers plain and these are great. The burgers are good and the bacon is “real” bacon. It is piled across the whole burger rather than bacon crumbles or two to three little pieces of bacon across the burger. I always order the onion rings which are usually more like “onion shreds.” They are a bit greasy, but they are delicious. I don't like onions and I eat these onion rings. Of course, I got a soft drink as well.

Price paid: $3.29 plus tax for one meal.

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Rating: ***** (5 stars)
The BEST burgers you can find in the Lake Charles area. They've even been voted by Lake Charles residents as having the best burger in the Lagniappe's (a local publication) “the best” contest, which is held yearly. If you ever find yourself in or passing through Lake Charles, LA, do yourself a favor and make at least one stop for a hamburger and onion rings at Cotten's. (There are plenty of other great southern and great cajun restaurants around if you're going to be around for awhile.)

Would I eat there again: I WILL eat there again. It's my favorite burger place, ever. If I have a choice and time for a burger, I'm going to Cotten's.

Sun Tong Luck Asian Cuisine Jul. 22nd, 2005 @ 06:05 pm
Sun Tong Luck Asian Cuisine
2500 Bethel Road
Columbus, OH 43220

Hours of Operation:
Tuesday-Sunday 11AM to 10PM

Date visited: Sunday, 7/17/05

Type of eatery: Chinese Eatery

Dish I ordered: Sweet Heart Buns and Crystal Dumplings (both considered appetizers)

What I got: The sweet heart bun is a delicious chinese style lightly sweetened steamed bread bun with a sweet filling. The crystal dumpling is a buckwheat based dough, very thin, steamed and shaped like a crescent and contains pork and shrimp filling.

Price paid: $2.25 for 3, for both orders. I ordered multiple sets.

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Rating: ***** (5 stars)
The best chinese take-out restaurant I've ever been to. Their only problem is there is only one of them! They aren't a chain, so if you want their cooking, you have to go to Columbus.

Would I eat there again: I WILL eat there again. Whenever I visit Columbus Ohio, I visit this restaurant.

Bangkok Bistro, Schenectady, NY Jun. 24th, 2005 @ 03:31 pm
Bangkok Bistro
268 State Street, Schenectady, NY 12305
(518) 374-3048

Date visited: Friday, 6/24/05

Type of eatery: Thai Restaurant

Dish I ordered: Chicken Pad Thai Crazy Bowl

What I got: A satisfying portion of lightly-pan-fried noodles mixed with shreds of dried radish, bits of fried tofu, juicy chunks of chicken, and pieces of fried egg, topped liberally with crushed peanuts and sliced scallions.

Price paid: $6.95

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Rating: **** (4 out of 5 stars)
Excellent, well-resented food. Atmosphere suitable for casual lunches or formal business dinners.

Would I eat there again: Yes.
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» The Grog Shoppe, Schenectady, NY
The Grog Shoppe
277 State Street, Suite 106, Schenectady, NY 12305
(518) 382-864

Date visited: Tuesday, 6/6/05

Type of eatery: Bar

Dish I ordered: Chicken Cordon Bleu sandwich

What I got: A generously-cut, grilled white meat breast of chicken filled with sliced ham and topped with cheese on a flaky roll, piled high with lettuce and tomato, with honey mustard and a side of freshly-cooked fries, and a pickle spear.

Price paid: $6.95

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Rating: ***½ (3.5 out of 5 stars)
Tasty food, ample portions, good atmosphere.

Would I eat there again: Yes.
» Giffy's Bar-B-Q, Clifton Park, NY
Giffy's Bar-B-Q
1759 Route 9, Clifton Park, NY 12019
(518) 373-9800


Date visited: June 4, 2005

Type of eatery: Country Restaurant

Dish I ordered: Barbecue Buffet

Price paid: $6.99

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Rating: ***½ (3.5 out of 5 stars)
Good food, reasonable prices. Don't get the buffet during non-peak hours, or if it looks like it's been sitting a while.

Would I eat there again: Yes.
» Dave's, Albany, NY
34 Maiden Lane, Albany, NY
(518) 465-3188


Date visited: Multiple occasions

Type of eatery: Hole-in-the-wall

Dish I ordered: Multiple dishes

Price paid: varies, typically $4-$5 for full meal

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Rating: **** (4 out of 5 stars)
Excellent food at a great price in downtown Albany.

Would I eat there again: Definitely.
» Peter Pause Restaurant, Schenectady, NY
Peter Pause Restaurant
535 Nott Street, Schenectady, NY 12308
(518) 382-9278


Date visited: Multiple occasions

Type of eatery: Hole-in-the-wall diner

Dish I ordered: Multiple dishes

Price paid: varies, typically $5-$7 for full meal

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Rating: ***½ (3.5 out of 5 stars)
The food is delicious and not too heavy, the atmosphere is unique, and

Would I eat there again: Definitely.
» Ya Mamma's Authentic Italian Cuisine
Ya Mamma's Authentic Italian Cuisine
75 Daniel Webster Highway
Merrimack, NH 03054

Date Visited: Several times since January 2002; most recently May 7, 2005

Type of Eatery: Sit-down Italian restaurant.

What I usually order:
APPETIZER: Tomato and Gorgonzola Bruschetta, $6.95
SALAD: House salad with gorgonzola dressing (comes with entree)
ENTREE: All of their entrees are fantastic, but a personal favorite is their Vegetable Lasagna ($13.95) with Fra Diavolo sauce.
I also recommend the Verdura and Ya Mamma's style dishes, the Tortellini di Roma, the Fettucini Alfredo, and the Calamari Fra Diavolo. And really, pretty much everything else. Prices can be found on the web site.
DESSERT: Tiramisu Roll (price unlisted on web site) or Cannolis with Oreo Filling (price unlisted)

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Rating: ****½ (4.5 stars out of 5)

Would I eat there again: YES. God, YES.
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