Thursday, October 9, 2008

Fifteen Today!

Today The Hoss turns 15. You might ask what that has to do with cooking or food. It actually has very little to do with either, except birthdays are special at our house and the birthday boy or girl gets to choose the menu. My birthday boy has chosen to eat a local Italian restaurant, Casa Napoli, for his celebration meal instead of a meal prepared by me. I am not offended that he chose this restaurant as it happens to be one of my favorites as well. Menu selections and the facts will follow later. Here's what we ate:

Appetizer - Calamari
Barb - Eggplant Parmigiana
The Hoss - Crab Manicotti
Mr. B - Fried Flounder & French Fries
Salads all around!

Food Facts: The restaurant was oddly empty this evening so the service was even better than normal. We are seafood lovers and were salivating by the time the calamari arrived at our table. It did not disappoint. Light, crispy fried with a homemade marinara dipping sauce. Yummy! The salads were the usual spring mix with olives, tomato wedges and pepperocinni. Mr. B & I had the creamy Italian dressing and The Hoss had the ranch. All their dressings are homemade and so good! The dinner portions here are huge and part of mine is at home waiting for another meal. The fried flounder was crisp on the outside and moist on the inside. The fries were fresh cut but fried perfectly. Mr. B was a happy man. The manicotti was full of cheese and crab smothered in marinara and topped with more cheese. The Hoss scarfed it down in record time. My eggplant was perfect as always. The prices are in the moderate to high range, but well worth it. Note that lunch prices are very reasonable and a lot of the dinner items are available at the noon hour. We skipped dessert in lieu of the birthday cake waiting at home. If you are in the mood for or have room for dessert, I recommend the Tiramisu, the Italian Cream Cake and the Pecan Cobbler. We'll be going back for sure!

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