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My First Waffle House

Can you believer I’ve never been to Waffle House? It’s true! So on the way back home from delaware, we stopped at one of the couple Waffle Houses we passed. Looks like there isn’t a Waffle House in greater philly. You have to go out to Lancaster or a bit deeper into Delaware than just across the border. I’ve seen these yellow signs plenty of times during my travels, but never felt compelled to go in. Well, I finally broke my Waffle House cherry.
They have waffles here. But not just waffles of course, but other breakfast type items, burgers, sandwich, y’know, diner type stuff. It was way past breakfast and lunch time, but you can get breakfast any time here. And who doesn’t love laminated placemats?
We got some waffles, bacon, eggs, and hash brown. That’s about as breakfast-y as breakfast gets. Everything was great! The waffles are big and thin and not crispy, and that’s not a bad thing. As much as I like the big motel do-it-yourself waffles which tend to have a crispy outside, these waffle house waffles are just great. It soaks up the butter and syrup so every bite is moist. And I absolutely love hash browns like this, the ones with the shredded potatoes. There’s just something about browned and crispy potatoes cooked on a big old griddle. It’s hard to duplicate that at home. And well, all this food pretty much cost next to nothing. I loved it!

Cafe Rio – Cedar City

We eventually made it to Cedar City, which is actually quite a big town. How do we know? Because there’s a Home Depot and a Target and a Starbucks and highways! We ended up eating dinner at Cafe Rio, which is a mexican chain joint out of Salt Lake City.
We both ended up getting burritos. S got the sweet pork barbacoa burrito, enchilada style. So basically, that means it was slathered on the outside with sauce. These things are sizeable. S found the pork to be a bit too sweet, but I quite liked it. But I do agree that it might be a tad too sweet, even for me. The sauce was a little bit sweet too.
I got the fire grilled steak burrito, and did not get enchilada style. At first, they made it enchilada style anyway, without asking me, and then ended up redoing it for me. The steak is actually fire grilled, I saw them make it while I had to wait for a new one, and damn, the beef is really freakin good. It was a lot better than the pork, in my opinion. But I should have gotten enchilada style as it does make it a bit better. I don’t know what they do to the beef, but they’re doing it right. It’s really quality. I prefer this spot over chipotle or qdoba or any such nonsense.

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Texas De Brazil

After nearly 12 hours of standing on my feet, and having a crap ass lunch, we were all ready for a real dinner. And there is no better way to put food in your belly than to do all-you-can-stuff brazilian style churrascaria. We tried to go to Texas De Brazil last year and there was a ridiculous wait. It was later in the evening so the wait was far less. So we finally made it.
They bring out warm pao de quiejo which is the brazilian style cheese bread. For whatever reason, these suckers are always good, even though all they are is slightly cheese flavored bread.
They also bring out fried bananas, which is normally one of my most favorite brazilian dishes of all time. These ones were only ok. One of these bowls, the bananas were just kinda warmed up. There was no frying. They were just warm bananas with cinnamon and sugar on it. I mean it was still good, but not really quite fried bananas. Not enough fryingto be called fried.
Even though this is a meat brought out on swords and sliced in front of you kind of place, I actually don’t prefer that stuff. I prefer the feijoada and the other items on the salad bar. I love me some feijoada and could eat this every day. It’s not the national dish of brazil just for no reason.
I love all the random things on the salad bar… all kinds of veggies, meats, cheeses, etc. You’ll always find beets. And there’s always lots of differently prepared tomatoes. Cured meats? You betcha. I thoroughly enjoyed this manchego cheese, even though we know that’s spanish. I did eat some of the meat… I particularly enjoyed the pork ribs. Nobody tried the sausage, the sausage slinger must feel bad with all the constant rejection. The chicken options were meh. But it’s always a good time at a churrascaria!

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