The Pantry Rio

Patio
Patio
Interior
Interior
Exterior
Exterior
Breakfast Burrito
Breakfast Burrito
Breakfast Sandwich
Breakfast Sandwich

***** (5 stars)

This is a nice place right near the center of old Santa Fe, with quite a bit of patio seating, most of it well shaded by umbrellas.

We had the breakfast sandwich and the breakfast burrito. Both were good, and fairly similar, except that the sandwich was grilled and the burrito was covered in green chili sauce (which is optional, but was very good).

Service was friendly.

The Pantry Rio
229 Galisteo St
Santa Fe, NM 87501

https://www.yelp.com/biz/the-pantry-rio-santa-fe

Cafe 25:35

Interior
Interior
Exterior
Exterior
Source of the cafe's name
Source of the cafe's name
Buckeye breakfast
Buckeye breakfast

***** (5 stars)

Nom, nom, nom. The Buckeye breakfast is enough food for two or three people. Full disclosure: I finished every bite. Three eggs (perfectly cooked), bacn, choice of bread (English muffin for me), a stack of pancakes, and the best homefries I've ever had.

Let me dwell on those home fries for a moment… They are tiny cubes, perfectly crisped, and served in a square metal basket to keep them that way.

Oh my. I'm ready to go back tomorrow.

Cafe 25:35
409 E Monroe Ave
Buckeye, AZ 85326

https://www.yelp.com/biz/cafe-25-35-buckeye

Friendly Confines Metro West

Exterior
Exterior
BYO Burger
BYO Burger
Cobb salad
Cobb salad
Claw basket
Claw basket
Interior
Interior

**** (4 stars)

This is an excellent sports bar, with lots of screens, and a very extensive menu. There's pretty much and sports bar food you can think of. My burger was exactly the way I like it, and my companions Cobb salad and chicken ginger baskets both looked good. Service was prompt and friendly, as the name suggests.

Friendly Confines Metro West
2461 S Hiawassee Rd
Orlando, FL 32835

https://www.yelp.com/biz/friendly-confines-metro-west-orlando

TMACS

Exterior
Exterior
Bar
Bar
Mezzanine
Mezzanine
Menu
Menu
Local Melon Soup
Local Melon Soup
RR Ranch Beef Tenderloin
RR Ranch Beef Tenderloin
Wild King Salmon
Wild King Salmon
Lamb Chops
Lamb Chops
English Pea Bruschetta
English Pea Bruschetta
Pear Salad
Pear Salad

***** (5 stars)

First off, a shout out to Caleb. Of the thousands of restaurants we've been to, he's possibly the best server we have ever encountered. What a delight he made our visit, acting as the perfect host. Kudos!

TMACS was our best meal during our days in Walla Walla. The food and ambiance were both just what we look for when dining out.

There is ample outdoor seating, but we chose to dine inside and enjoy the dramatic interior. The bar and tables surrounding it can be a bit lively, but the upstairs mezzanine is an intimate respite from the activity below. We loved the low lighting levels upstairs, and wish more restaurants were like this.

All of the food we had was excellent, with complex flavors and deft plating. Particularly noteworthy were the Local Melon Gazpacho, the Pear Salad, and the Lamp Chops.

The wine list focuses on local wines, and the prices are reasonable.

I highly recommend this restaurant. If you have only one dinner in Walla Walla, this is the place to go.

TMACS
80 N Colville St
Walla Walla, WA 99362

https://www.yelp.com/biz/tmacs-walla-walla-3

State Of Confusion

Ceviche sampler
Ceviche sampler
Monkey bread
Monkey bread
Guacamole
Guacamole
Lettuce wraps
Lettuce wraps
Shrimp Po Boy
Shrimp Po Boy
Steak skewers
Steak skewers

**** (4 stars)

This place is certainly aptly named, as it’s hard to pin down the cuisine. On the one hand a lot of items are Peruvian influenced, but Mexico and New Orleans are also amply represented.

The Peruvian Lettuce Wraps came with minced chicken filling. Combined with the lettuce, there wasn’t a lot of flavor, but eaten straight, the minced chicken had a delightful flavor imparted–I think–by yellow Peruvian peppers.

“Peruvian” guacamole was good, and essential just guacamole, except for the inclusion of plantain chips.

Opinions were split on the Savory Monkey Bread. It was okay, but not a lot of cheese flavor.

Wood Fires Steak Skewers were the biggest disappointment. Not a lot of steak, and not really the claimed rib eye quality. In fact, when the server placed it down she said “skirt steak” which is more what it tasted like. The accompanying confusion potatoes were quite good, though.

Shrimp Po’boy sandwich was wholly authentic, and as good as any I’ve had in New Orleans.

The house margaritas are good, as is the “Ranch Water” which is substantially less sweet.

The place is large, but very busy, so go at an odd time or with a reservation.

Great large outside area for dogs.

State Of Confusion
301 E Main St
Chattanooga, TN 37408

https://www.yelp.com/biz/state-of-confusion-chattanooga

Nick Filet

Exterior
Exterior
Interior
Interior
Surf and turf
Surf and turf
Old bay tater tots
Old bay tater tots

**** (4 stars)

I’m not sure whether Orlando is ready for an $18 sandwich, but if it is, this is the place to get an excellent one. The “Surf and Turf” is a Lobster Roll plus Filet Mignon, and the quality of the ingredients do, indeed, justify the price. The lobster was fresh and flavorful, and the filet mignon was tender and juicy. Add a perfectly butter-grilled and toasted roll, a bit of mayo, and you’ve got a scrumptious sandwich.

In all fairness, there are other selections featuring just filet or lobster, but they’re $12, so you may as well go all-in and get the Surf and Turf.

Sides of fries or Tater Tots are available, either plain, with Old Bay seasoning, or with truffle and cheese. I had the Old Bay Tater Tots, and they were WAY too salty. Note that the “mini” size is actually quite generous, so unless you’re serving a group, don’t get anything larger.

Service was friendly, and fairly quick, even though the place was fairly busy–certainly busier than the former occupants of this space. If you’re concerned about masks, note that none of the customers or staff were wearing any.

Nick Filet
7600 Dr Phillips Blvd
Orlando, FL 32819

https://www.yelp.com/biz/nick-filet-orlando