Thirteen Places I Like to Eat (T13 #4)

  1. Bennigan’s: I’ve been going to these since I lived in FL and have loved their Monte Cristo sandwich ever since. We have one in Santa Clara by Great America; so I make it a point to eat there whenever we go.
  2. Chilis: This is our random joint and is the most frequented place for my family and me. I tend to like the 1/2 sandwich and soup combo where I’ll take a cup of their chile combined with their turkey sandwich with some bacon on it.
  3. Famous Dave’s: I love their brisket, but their chopped pork is good too. Lately, I’ve been doing salads there, which isn’t right for a BBQ joint.
  4. Olive Garden: My favorite thing here is their salad and breadsticks.
  5. Red Robin: Ahh… speckled lemonade and turkey burgers… what more can I say?
  6. Subway: Love getting the veggie on honey oat bread or their turkey breast in salad.
  7. Black Angus: Usually I get the salmon, but I do occasionally get their prime rim too. It’s all good 😉
  8. Chevy’s: Had the fish tacos tonight. I can’t eat them anywhere else, but Chevy’s uses salmon and they just don’t taste fishy.
  9. Bobby Van’s Steakhouse: If you ever make it to NY, go for their lemon pepper shrimp. I love this place when I travel there.
  10. P.F. Chang’s: Their mongolian beef is quite good. But I just had their stir-fried spinach with garlic and it was pretty good. A lot of spinach, without much else. But it was still good.
  11. Sbarro’s in most malls: It’s like those Jack in the Box tacos… not really sure what that greasy mess is, but holy cow it goes down well. Just slick stuff 🙂 But actually like their pasta salad.
  12. My step mom’s: She just cooks very well. But her shortribs, when she makes them, are to die for.
  13. My mother-in-law’s: Funny! She’s all Thai and cook everything but Thai. But I love it when she has a vegetable tray for me. I love veggies with a little salt. But everything else is good too. The only downside of doing dinner with her is that I can gain 10lbs per weekend. At least it feels that way.

10 thoughts on “Thirteen Places I Like to Eat (T13 #4)


  1. Olive Garden….YUM!!!! As I mentioned today on my own blog (were you reading my mind?!) I have a love affair with their salad and breadsticks.

    I love Subways veggie sandwiches too. (w/o tomatoes and olives, of course)

    Red Robin rocks!

    And I’ve been *dying* to go to PF Changs….I hear awesome things about them [mental note….must go visit them]

    Great list 🙂


  2. EE: Thanks! I’ve never really been a huge fan of olives. I can eat them on some things, but not on my sandwiches.

    The whole breadsticks and salad thing goes back to my days in the Navy. It was always a nice, cheap meal. I used to get Fettucini Alfredo with it, but now it’s simply too heavy for me to eat these days. I love the taste, just not the feeling afterward. But the salad and bread are always great.

    Red Robin has one of the better menus as far as I’m concerned. TGI Friday’s is pretty awesome too. Neither is very close to us, but I like to stop at them when I can. I like that I can get nice alternatives to beef. Don’t get me wrong, I love the taste of red meats. But as I get older, I have to be more selective on my choices or my body tends to feel sluggish. The nice thing about it is that I’m learning to enjoy foods I previously didn’t like. And… I actually enjoy onions for the first time in my life. I used to gag at them, now I wonder where they’ve been all my life.

    PF Chang’s is nice, but not for traditional dishes. Their noodles on their chowmein tend to be the fatter style, which I don’t care for much. But their hot & sour soup and more contemporary dishes are pretty yummy 🙂


  3. We have a Bennigan’s close by in Melbourne, Florida and Lovely Wife turned me on to the Monte Cristo. I’m a big guy, but I can’t eat it all and have to take some home.

    Great list, and Chili’s is a favorite of ours too, good food and the prices are good too.

    My T13 is up at: http:/jamspeaks.blogspot.com/


  4. John: It is a lot to take in. The hardest part of Bennigan’s is that there are so many things I want to try while I’m there. But I can’t pass up on the MC. I have to mooch off people, and I never mooch. Oh yeah, I definitely have to eat that sandwich over a couple of days.

    The first meal I ever got hooked on at Chilis was their Country Fried Steak. I loved it and really looked forward to eating the corn on the cob at the end too. But then Chelle started ordering it each time we’d go out and that’s when I started experimenting. We eat there so often, it’s hard to get too excited about the menu. But then again, it’s hard to pass up an opportunity to go there.

    With all of the choices, I’m really practicing the art of self-control. I have to take in really small portions and then get the rest in a box. I’ve dropped close to 40 lbs and don’t desire to put it back on me. But now that I’m back to working out again, my metabolism is so high I feel I’m constantly starving. I just ate a salmon taco and rice from last night and I’m hungry only 30 minutes later. Ugh!

    Thank’s for stopping by and I’ll definitely check out your list too.


  5. LOVELOVELOVE PF CHANGS!!! They’re building one in our fair city, and yes, I will be there on opening day (sometime this Fall–wahoo!). Mmmmmmm, CANNOT wait to have their springrolls available whenever I want one :). Happy thoughts just thinkin’ about it. We’ve lived in the Chattanooga, TN area just over three years, and when I found out PFC was coming here, I thought, “Hmmmmm, NOW we can stay.” 😉

    My favorite at Olive Garden matched your favorite, gotta love those endless salad bowls. And, Chili’s…they have the thinnest, crispiest chips and yummy salsa.

    Man, I’m hungry……….


  6. Robin: That’s pretty awesome that you’re getting a PFC. I hope it’s not too long before it gets there. We’re finally getting some more decent places in our town. For the most part we have to go to the next major city.

    And I like Chili’s chips, but not their salsa. It’s not hot enough for me. I’d love to combine their chips with Chevy’s salsa. That would be a killer combo.

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