Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Buffalo & Lemon Pepper Wings at Wing Stop

Nobody likes hot wings like the ByteMonkey, so when I had the chance to visit the local the Wing Stop on Bayou Boulevard, I was excited.
When I arrived at the place, I was somewhat apprehensive. I didn't see anyone dining and I usually take this as a bad omen. Well, my worries were proved wrong when I decided that my desire for wings were greater than my concern for the lack of customers.
I was greeted at the counter by happy workers and they took my order pretty quickly. They were able to explain the different wings and sauces that they offered, but I knew what I wanted so I wasn't really paying attention that much to their sales pitch.

I decided I wanted the "10 Wing Meal" and I ordered with half "Original Hot" wings and the other half as "Lemon Pepper" wings. I ordered the lemon pepper wings because it was something I wasn't familiar with and I felt like living dangerously that day. The meal was served with a choice of dipping sauce and fresh cut seasoned fries. I got ranch for my sauce because I've lived in the South for too long and have been brainwashed into loving it.

Now, Wing Stop doesn't bake their wings like some places in town. These were deep fried and then dipped and/or seasoned to become the flavors they represent. All, I can say is that this process yields awesome results.

My hot wings came about 14 minutes after I ordered them. I know that seems like a long time, but they do cook them per order. I rather not have raw chicken wings or ones that have been sitting under a heat lamp for a while. Fresh and hot is good fro me.

The "Original Hot" wings were awesome. It was delightfully hot and crunchy. The buffalo sauce made my fingers red but I didn't care. The "Lemon Pepper" wings were also great. I wouldn't really call them hot wings because they weren't spicy. They had a unique lemony flavor with a hint of black pepper. It was really good and I think I'll be getting them again when I come back. The fries were also good. They remind me of the Belgian fries that Hop Jacks (a local pizza and beer place) serves for half the price.

All in all the, my experience there was great and I would recommend everyone to try the place. I realize now that the reason for the lack of customers was probably due to the time I went in. It was probably twenty minutes after they opened and I guess not everyone craves hot wings as early as I do. Very recently, I talked to one of my colleagues who told me that the place usually gets packed at night with the movie-going crowd since it's located near the new Bayou Rave theater. She also tells me that there is another Wing Stop in town somewhere on Mobile Highway. (If you live anywhere there, let us know what you think about that location!).

So, if you're hungry for wings or if you've just watched a movie and then become hungry for wings, then I'd highly recommend trying Wing Stop.

Here's the Stats of the Place I visited:

Wing Stop
5147 Bayou Boulevard
Pensacola, Florida32503

Phone: (850) 912-4408
URL: http://www.wingstop.com/

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Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Ichiban Sushi Plate

Last week, I decided I wanted sushi for lunch. So, a coworker and I went to the Ichiban Japanese restaurant on Davis Highway.

Upon being sat, we were greeted by our server with hot towels to wipe our hands. They took our drink orders and we proceeded to peruse the menu.

The restaurant's ambiance is typical to those following the Japanese/Asian theme as evident with their decorations. They have several booths that allow for some privacy. I wasn't keen on having to remove my shoes, but I managed to survive the ordeal.

Having had my heart set on sushi, I spent most of my time looking at the sushi list. Everything on the list were moderately priced. There were a few things that seemed a bit expensive, but we were dealing with freshly rolled sushi and not the kind you find at the buffet line at some places in town. This was the real deal, folks

Having considered all of my options, I decided to go with the "Ichiban Plate." It was a bit pricey at around $23, but I was doing it for the experience. The plate consists of: Chef's choice 10 piece nigiri and choice of dragon roll with soup or salad.

As you can see from the picture below, it was a very pretty and tasty pretty meal.

Overall, the experience was great. Aside from my wallet being a bit sore, the food tasted as good as it looked. I would definitely recommend this place. Ichiban is located at 5555 N. Davis Hwy, Pensacola, Florida 32503. For more information, you can visit their web site at http://www.ichibanpensacola.com/.

Review by ByteMonkey

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Saturday, February 23, 2008

Yakiniku Dinner at Nobusei Japanese Restaurant

I had dinner at Nobusei Japanese Restaurant last night and I was so delighted with my meal that I forgot to take some pictures of my food. I guess that's okay because the place was dim enough that I don't think the flash on my camera phone would've serve the food any justice.

Last night, I ordered the Yakiniku Japanese Dinner, which is grilled sliced beef that has been marinated in their signature teriyaki sauce and seasoning. The meal was served with a side salad with ginger dressing, a bowl of Japanese-style egg drop soup, tempura vegetables, and steamed rice. The Yakiniku beef was served on a bed of lettuce set upon a sizzling plate. The presentation was humble yet not careless. It was quintessentially traditional.

The beef was superb. The marinate did its job well as it permeated in every piece of the meat. The spices were not overpowering. It was the perfect balance of taste and texture. I would recommend this to everyone and I will definitely be having it again in the near future.

If you're looking for a real traditional Japanese restaurant in Pensacola, then I strongly recommend trying Nobusei. It's one of the last truly Japanese-run restaurant in the area and it is one of the area's best kept secret.

If you're satisfied with Japanese-like meals served at Japanese-themed restaurants, I say give Nobusei a try and see the difference for yourself.

Don't be surprised by the humble surroundings at Nobusei. Let the food speak for itself.

Nobusei is located on 7137 North 9th Avenue near the Winn Dixie at 9th Avenue and Creighton Road.

Review by ByteMonkey

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Monday, February 11, 2008

Chili's Smokehouse Bacon Triple-the-Cheese Big Mouth Burger

Today was one of my co-worker's birthday and for lunch our office decided to head out to Chili's. Looking through the menu, the large pictures of burgers caught my eye. One in particular was the Chili's Smokehouse Bacon Triple-the-Cheese Big Mouth Burger.

The description of the burger from Chili's web site, which echoes their printed menu, is as follows:

"Extra thick-cut jalapeño apple wood smoked bacon triple-layered with smoked cheddar, Swiss and provolone cheeses, sautéed onions and jalapeño-ranch dressing. Served with jalapeño-ranch dressing on the side."

It sounded very good to me, so I ordered this seemingly mammoth burger.

When I got my burger, I was somewhat let down. The actual plate did not live up to the hyped/photoshoped pictures on the menu. My burger actually looked it was swimming underneath the French fries. When I picked up the burger, the bottom was soggy. By the way, I hate soggy-bottom sandwiches. but I didn’t want to start a commotion so I decided to just eat my burger.

I ordered the burger medium-rare but was told by the waitress that I would get it medium. I said that was okay. The burger came medium.

The taste of the burger wasn’t any different from any $10 cheese burger I’ve eaten around town. The only thing unique was the huge bacon strips that was embedded in the burger. The bacon wasn’t something I was thrilled about. Sure it wasn’t typical bacon, but to me it tasted more like spicy ham. It didn’t have that bacony flavor that I am very familiar with. Overall, the burger just fell short of being great. It was good, but not great.

As far as Chili’s service, they have always been fast and courteous whenever I eat there. So I have no complaints about that. You're experience may vary, though.

Review by ByteMonkey

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