Fan’s Choice – Las Vegas – Mesa Grill

The suggestion was to try Bobby Flay’s restaurant.  Thank you so much for that!  I have been wanting to try Mesa Grill at the Caesar’s Palace for quite some time and this was just the excuse I needed.  I am here for the Saturday Night Foodie fans!
We went to Mesa Grill on a Saturday night, around10:30 p.m., and they were packed!  This was a very fun place with a lot going on.  I liked the different types of “flames” , like the copper metal flame door handles, which were incorporated throughout the décor .  We decided to sit at the bar versus waiting 30 to 40 minutes for the dining room.  They had an impressive tequila selection on display.  Some stuff I have seen before and a number of regulars.  One of the things we learned is they rotate out their 70+tequilas regularly.  They also had a number of Vodkas and Whiskeys.  They are known for their margaritas, which I would say, were very good.  One of their signature drinks, is the Cactus Berry margarita, which was so smooth even Kim liked it. Kim often claims that she “broke up with tequila a long time ago!”   Kim had a Strawberry Fields martini which was made with organic cucumber vodka, mint and muddle strawberries.
Cactus Berry Margarita
Because this was our second stop of the night we opted to just sample a few appetizers.  We started off with the Rough Cut Tuna “Nachos” and Tiger Shrimp + Roasted Garlic Corn Tamale.  Even though the place was packed the food came out fairly quickly.  It was rather impressive!!
The Rough Cut Tuna “Nachos” came with Mango-Habanero Hot Sauce, Avocado Crema and two different styles of chips for scooping.  The tuna reminded us of a Hawaiian Tuna “Poke” (or like a tuna tar tar for you non-Hawaiian officianados) but was not what we expected “nachos” to be.  The two sauces were very flavorful and it was presented well, but don’t need to go to a Booby Flay restaurant for Poke.

Rough Cut Tuna “Nachos” and a Strawberry Fields Martini
The Tiger Shrimp + Roasted Garlic Corn Tamale with Corn-Cilantro Sauce.  Oh my God! All I can say is who cares if there was shrimp in this.  This was one of, if not the best, tamales I have ever had!  The maza of the tamale itself was perfect, super tender with great texture and flavor.  Add the cream sauce and this was just unreal!!  Don’t get me wrong the shrimp were cooked to perfection and also had great flavor but really, who cares when you have a tamale like that.  This is a dish I will remember for a long time.

Tiger Shrimp + Roasted Garlic Corn Tamale
After the success of those two appetizers we decided to try a couple of more…so we could report back to you all, of course!  And yes we got more drinks too.  The bartender was very friendly which just added to the great experience.
We decided to try the Goat Cheese “Queso Fundido” with Rajas and Blue Corn Tortilla strips.  This came in what looked like a mini, rectangular, cast iron dish.  The goat cheese was piping hot, having come out of the broiler; it had a nice crust on top.  It had very good flavor but this dish was very rich.  If you like goat cheese then you will like this a lot.  Can I get more chips please!?!

Goat Cheese “Queso Fundido”
Lastly, we ordered the Smoked Chicken and Black Bean Quesadilla with avocado and toasted garlic crème.  We really liked this one too.  It had very complex flavors with the garlic crème, cheese and smoked chicken.  The tortillas had a great texture and the flavors would burst into your mouth.  I would order this again but only after I try some of their other dishes first!
Smoked Chicken and Black Bean Quesadilla
As you can tell we only liked Mesa Grill a little bit.  Actually this is one of the best food adventures we have had in Las Vegas. We will defiantly visit here again. Thank you for giving us an excuse to check it out!
Bobby Flay's Mesa Grill on Urbanspoon

Next stop will be “Hash House a Go Go” at the Imperial Palace
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Fan’s Choice – Las Vegas! – Dos Caminos

Sometimes it is hard to come up with new places to try so we decided to get recommendations from Saturday Night Foodies’ fans, when we started planning a trip to Las Vegas.

The first suggestions for Vegas were Dos Caminos, Pink Taco, “Anything Bobby Flay” and Hash House a Go Go. We visited all but one on this trip. We have been to Pink Taco at the Hard Rock Hotel several times so we left it off our list. To be fair, Pink Taco is always a lot of fun and I highly recommend it.

Our first stop was Dos Caminos at the Palazzo Hotel. This is a trendy high-end Mexican restaurant that is right off the lobby. We were looking forward to checking it out. However when we got there I realized that I had been there before on business trip, where I enjoyed the various tequilas. I hardly remember that night! We got to the restaurant about 9:30. They were not packed but there was already a wait for the dining room. We opted to grab seats at their very large bar, which went from the front of the restaurant all the way to the back. The decor was the best part about this place, from the long distressed wood-carved bar to the huge mural of a grave yard painted in deep reds and oranges, with 3 dimensional wrought iron tombstones popping from the walls. Picture Dios de los Muertos (day of the dead) meets Nightmare before Christmas. We ordered a margarita, a passion fruit martini and the Ceviche Trio appetizer, which was a tasting of their Tuna, Oyster and Lobster ceviches.

Ceviche Trio

The drinks and the trio were both good. The Ceviche Trio was a very attractive dish. The tuna tasted more like a Hawaiian Ahi “Poke”, which worked for us. The oyster was on the half shell and very fresh. The lobster ceviche was made from a Maine lobster and was our favorite. We were also served chips with three kinds of salsa – a salsa verde, habanero and a smoky, chipotle. The salsas were good but the chips were nothing special so that was a bit of a let down.

Salsa and Chips

The place was nice but we just weren’t feeling it. There was kind of a weird vibe while at the bar so we decided to move on. Besides, we had other places to visit!! In the future I would like to check out their dinners but no rush.

If there is a place you have been thinking about trying but were not sure, check out www.yelp.com or you can always suggest it to us and we will try it for you! We are always up for a good food adventure! Don’t forget to post your recommendations on our Facebook page!

Dos Caminos (Palazzo) on Urbanspoon

Next stop will be “Anything Bobby Flay” – Mesa Grill at Caesar’s Palace

Now we are on Facebook – Check us out!

Thanks to the people that read our blog and follow us on Twitter we are excited to expand how we share our food adventures. This week we kicked off the Saturday Night Foodies fan page.

Now it will be easier for us to share some of our food and drink adventures. Kim and I have been to about forty-five Diners, Drive-ins and Dives across California, Arizona and Nevada. We have lots of pictures that we want to share.

One thing we do not want to be is in too many places. This is where Facebook comes in. We will be able to share pictures, start discussions on what is good where, and whatever else everyone can think up. We are hoping to start a list of places across the US and around the world that all can look forward to visiting.

When you have time come check us out!

http://www.facebook.com/satnightfoodies

Why can't Every Meal be Breakfast – Paul's Coffee Shop

Finally we made it to Paul’s Coffee Shop in Fountain Valley, CA. Paul’s will be a joint on an upcoming episode of Diners, Drive-ins and Dives (DDD). The coolest part for me is finding places like this that have not yet aired. For some reason they are extra special. The only other DDD we have been to prior to it being aired was Dottie’s in San Francisco. Hey, now that I think of it that was a breakfast joint as well.

We got to Paul’s on a Sunday morning and the place was already busy with what looked to be regulars. That was a very good sign. The other thing we noticed when we entered was the large board with their specials. There were many tantalizing offers posted.

From what I can tell Paul’s is known for their fresh ingredients and the fact that they do not skimp on anything. Talking with our very friendly waitress Mary Anna, we learned that Phil, the guy who owns the joint is very proud of the product that he serves.

It took a little while to decide. Between the specials and their regular menu there was quite a bit to choose from. Kim ordered the chicken fried chicken with eggs, hash browns and a biscuit. Think chicken fried steak but with a pounded out chicken breast. It was huge and took up a plate almost by itself. It was cooked perfectly with a great texture and flavor from the crispy salt and pepper batter. The kicker was the chicken gravy, super silky and full of flavor. It was like liquid gold. Amazing!

Chicken Fried Chicken with Gravy - Yum!

I ordered a Loco Moco, which is a couple scopes of rice topped with a hamburger patty topped with eggs and finally smothered in a brown gravy. I used to get this all of the time when I lived in Hawaii. Very popular there with the locals. It is hard to find something that compares here on the mainland but this was a grand exception. The Loco Moco was exactly how I remembered it. The rice and eggs were cooked perfectly. And this gravy was just as good as the other one. As Guy would say Paul’s is off the hook!

Hawaiian Style Loco Moco

I have a feeling this will become one of our regular weekend breakfast adventures! You have to check this place out.

Paul's Coffee Shop on Urbanspoon

Who Cares about Art when there are Food Trucks Nearby – @Brooklyn_Boys and @piaggioonwheels

Kim and I had a very hard time figuring out what this weekends food adventure would be.  We narrowed it down to two choices, to check out two food trucks at the Santiago Art Walk in Santa Ana, CA or head over to Paul’s Coffee Shop, a new Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives (DDD) joint in Fountain Valley, CA.  The DDD has not aired yet so that was extra appealing.  On the other hand it sounded super appealing to be able to check out two food trucks in one stop.

We decided to head over to Paul’s Coffee Shop.  However when we got there we found that they were closed.  Not out of business closed but closed for the day.  They are only open until 2 pm Monday – Sunday.  Yep, I should have guessed that when the name has “coffee shop” in it but I was just too excited.

Thanks to my trustee iPhone, not all was lost.  We looked up the information about the Santiago Art Walk on Twitter and shot straight over.  We first stopped at @piaggioonwheels. As you would expect it was a very clean truck and the people were really nice.  I believe they are known for their empanadas but that was not all that they had.  We went a little crazy and ordered about five different items.  Heck, we need to make sure the food is good before we send you there!
We ordered three different empanadas (Chicken, Caprese, and Spinach with Feta).  One of them (Spinach with Feta) was not even on the menu for the night. The empanadas were fried perfectly and they came with chimichurri sauce, which added a good flavor.  The spinach with feta was my favorite but the chicken was a close second.


Chicken Empanada

Spinach with Feta Cheese Empanada

Caprese Empanada (Tomato, Fresh Mozzarella, and Basil)

We also ordered their Portabello mushroom quesadilla and pork sliders.  The quesadilla was super good.  It had a well-balanced flavor, a meaty texture and came with a tasty sauce a chipotle mayonnaise that added a smoky depth to the quesadilla.  Finally, the pork sliders which were on King’s Hawaiian rolls with a little chimichurri sauce. The pork had great flavor.  Overall, we were very impressed.  We will track these guys down again.

Portabello Mushroom Quesadilla

Pulled Pork Sliders

While we were waiting for the Argentinean food to cook I ran over to the @Brooklyn_Boys truck.  Once again, a very clean truck and as soon as you see it you know what they do.  Meat! It took me forever to figure out which of the sandwiches I was going to get because their menu is so extensive, there was too much to choose from.  I believe their Rueben is their most popular one.  We ordered one of their specials, Mom’s Brisket Dip.  This is their regular Mom’s Sunday Brisket but dipped halfway into Au Jus.


While I was contemplating my order, Kim tried the Matzo Ball soup.  This was the first time that Kim or I have had Matzo Ball soup.  We were both pleasantly surprised at how good it was.  It had an earthy flavor, the Matzo Balls were tender and there were good-sized chunks of chicken.  I think we will have to try that at more places.

Matzo Ball Soup

Now back to the star of this show, the brisket dip.  I was a little worried about trying this.  For years I have heard people talk about how tender brisket is and how much they love it.  But I will tell you the times I have tried it I have always been disappointed.  I have never experienced brisket the way people talk about it, until now.  This brisket was INCREDIBLE!  Super tender and it melts in your mouth.  This was by far the best brisket I have ever had.  I mean it was truly unreal!  The bread it was on was good too.  The sandwich came with potato salad, cole slaw and a pickle.  The pickle was good; the other sides did not do much for me.  It was very clear that the meat was their specialty.  To tell you the truth that is fine by me!

Mom’s Brisket Dip

I will absolutely visit these guys again.  Very nice job @Brooklyn_Boys!

Whoever knew Food Trucks would be so Cool – Crepes Bonaparte Truck

You know I love my Diners, Drive-ins and Dives (DDD), but I am really starting to get the gourmet food truck bug. I think it has to do with my need for a mission or maybe it is the fact that there are more and more gourmet trucks making their way down from LA into Orange County. Gourmet food trucks are not new but I think they are finally starting to get the credit they deserve. As you may or may not know, it is very hard to turn a profit in a traditional brick and mortar establishment. This is especially the case in Southern California where chain restaurants are prevalent.

Social media has made it possible for food trucks to get the word out without having to break the bank on advertising. If you do a quick search around Twitter you will find a very large number of trucks in Los Angeles, New York, Portland, Miami, Las Vegas and many other cites.

Last night we were in one of those moods to try something new. I was playing on Twitter and ran into @crepesbonaparte. I checked out their website and was hooked. I saw they were going to be in Downtown Fullerton at 10PM and the plan was set. Kim and I took the quick drive from Irvine to Fullerton and found @crepesbonaparte right away. It then took us about 15 minutes to find a place to park. I had no clue that downtown Fullerton was such a “happening” place.

Crepes Bonaparte Truck

We were lucky as there was no line at the truck. My first impression was how clean and bright the truck was. All white with stainless steal and two crepe makers right at the window. Kim ordered their HazelBerryAna on wheat, which was filled with Strawberries, Bananas, Nutella, and dusted with powdered sugar. I ordered a traditional Ham and Mozzarella crepe on white. I do love savory crepes.

It took about 5 minutes to get our order. It was fun to watch them make the crepes fresh. It reminded us of being at the bottom of the Eiffel Tower in Paris. The person we ordered from was super friendly, which added to the positive experience.


The crepes were very good. Mine was exactly like I expected it to be. Lots of melted cheese and the crepe itself was tender and delicious. If we were actually at the Eiffel Tower it would have been perfect. Kim’s was good as well. The wheat crepe (which neither of us have had before) was a little dryer. I am not sure that was the way it is supposed to be or just a touch over cooked. We will have to try it again to be sure! However it had the right amount of Nutella and good-sized portion of bananas and strawberries.

HazelBerryAna on Wheat
Inside the HazelBerryAna on Wheat
Traditional Ham and Mozzarella crepe

Overall we were very impressed. This will become a regular stop for us when we are up late and in the mood for a short adventure.

I am really starting to like this food truck craze. We have now visited two trucks the @kogibbq and the @crepesbonaparte. Both were excellent. Who would have thought? If you are interested in checking out information on gourmet food trucks, I would recommend these two sites:

Gourmet Food Trucks (@GourmetFoodTrk) and Mobile Cravings (@MobileCravings)

I really hope more trucks come down to Orange County. Here is a list of the ones I know about in addition to the Kogi Korean BBQ Truck (@kogibbq), and Crepes Bonaparte Truck (@CrepesBonaparte).

Crepes Bonaparte Food Truck on Urbanspoon

Louks Food Truck (@LouksToGo)
Piaggio on Wheels Truck (@piaggioonwheels)
The Taco Dawg Truck (@TheTacoDawg)
Kabob N Roll Truck (@kabobnroll)
Barcelona OntheGo (@BrcelonaOntheGo)

We will be visiting you soon!

Some go for Art, we go for Food Trucks – Brooklyn Boys and Piaggio on Wheels

Kim and I had a very hard time figuring out what this weekends food adventure would be.  We narrowed it down to two choices, to check out two food trucks at the Santiago Art Walk in Santa Ana, CA or head over to Paul’s Coffee Shop, a new Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives (DDD) joint in Fountain Valley, CA.  The DDD has not aired yet so that was extra appealing.  On the other hand it sounded super appealing to be able to check out two food trucks in one stop.

We decided to head over to Paul’s Coffee Shop.  However when we got there we found that they were closed.  Not out of business closed but closed for the day.  They are only open until 2 pm Monday – Sunday.  Yep, I should have guessed that when the name has “coffee shop” in it but I was just too excited.

Thanks to my trustee iPhone, not all was lost.  We looked up the information about the Santiago Art Walk on Twitter and shot straight over.  We first stopped at @piaggioonwheels. As you would expect it was a very clean truck and the people were really nice.  I believe they are known for their empanadas but that was not all that they had.  We went a little crazy and ordered about five different items.  Heck, we need to make sure the food is good before we send you there!

We ordered three different empanadas (Chicken, Caprese, and Spinach with Feta).  One of them (Spinach with Feta) was not even on the menu for the night. The empanadas were fried perfectly and they came with chimichurri sauce, which added a good flavor.  The spinach with feta was my favorite but the chicken was a close second.


Chicken Empanada

Spinach with Feta Cheese Empanada

Caprese Empanada (Tomato, Fresh Mozzarella, and Basil)

We also ordered their Portabello mushroom quesadilla and pork sliders.  The quesadilla was super good.  It had a well-balanced flavor, a meaty texture and came with a tasty sauce a chipotle mayonnaise that added a smoky depth to the quesadilla.  Finally, the pork sliders which were on King’s Hawaiian rolls with a little chimichurri sauce. The pork had great flavor.  Overall, we were very impressed.  We will track these guys down again.

Portabello Mushroom Quesadilla

Pulled Pork Sliders

Piaggio on Wheels (Food Truck) on Urbanspoon

While we were waiting for the Argentinean food to cook I ran over to the @Brooklyn_Boys truck.  Once again, a very clean truck and as soon as you see it you know what they do.  Meat! It took me forever to figure out which of the sandwiches I was going to get because their menu is so extensive, there was too much to choose from.  I believe their Rueben is their most popular one.  We ordered one of their specials, Mom’s Brisket Dip.  This is their regular Mom’s Sunday Brisket but dipped halfway into Au Jus.


While I was contemplating my order, Kim tried the Matzo Ball soup.  This was the first time that Kim or I have had Matzo Ball soup.  We were both pleasantly surprised at how good it was.  It had an earthy flavor, the Matzo Balls were tender and there were good-sized chunks of chicken.  I think we will have to try that at more places.

Matzo Ball Soup

Now back to the star of this show, the brisket dip.  I was a little worried about trying this.  For years I have heard people talk about how tender brisket is and how much they love it.  But I will tell you the times I have tried it I have always been disappointed.  I have never experienced brisket the way people talk about it, until now.  This brisket was INCREDIBLE!  Super tender and it melts in your mouth.  This was by far the best brisket I have ever had.  I mean it was truly unreal!  The bread it was on was good too.  The sandwich came with potato salad, cole slaw and a pickle.  The pickle was good; the other sides did not do much for me.  It was very clear that the meat was their specialty.  To tell you the truth that is fine by me!

Mom’s Brisket Dip

I will absolutely visit these guys again.  Very nice job @Brooklyn_Boys!

Is there anything to eat in Denver? – Sam’s No.3

It has been a week or so since my last post.  I wanted to get this one out so I do not fall too far behind.  I am spending a couple of days in Denver this week.  I was lucky enough to get away for a dinner and check out a local favorite Sam’s No.3.
A buddy of mine by the name of Nathan joined me for this.  This is one of the few places that he wanted me to check out in Denver.  One thing that you may find a little weird is there are ZERO Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives in Colorado.  What is up with that?  You cannot tell me there are no funky joints around.  That is just not possible!
Nathan and I headed out to Sam’s No.3, which is in Downtown Denver.  It is in a very nice part of town on the corner of 15th and Curtis.  This is one of three of their restaurants in the Denver area.
Sam’s No.3 Downtown Denver
Sam’s is a diner that looks to be mostly known for their breakfast.  They have a full bar, good number of tables and some counter seats.   They call themselves a Mexi Grill and Bar.  The bar had a good selection.  I had a Patron Silver Margarita, which was pretty good.  Food wise they have a good-sized menu, breakfast was about half of it.  They had an impressive breakfast burrito selection.  I would guess there were 15 to 20 available.  In addition to breakfast they had entrees, sandwiches and a number of Mexican dishes.  They are proud of their hot turkey sandwich, their two-pound burrito and their green chili.
Both Nathan and I got burritos (not the two pounder) that were covered in pork green chili.  The chili was very good.  It is a tomatillo based with pork chili.  It reminded me to of a traditional Chili Verde.  Not spicy but with tons of favor.
Chicken Fajita Burrito with Pork Green Chili
Overall everything was good.  In the future I am planning to check them out for breakfast.  I have a feeling that will be incredible.  However if you are in the Denver area check them out.  Breakfast is key but I am told there will be a wait.  Dinner was not very busy for us but it was worth stopping by.

Sam's #3 on Urbanspoon

More to Watch also Means More to Eat! – Vermont Brownie Company

As you have figured out by now Kim and I both watch Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.  However that is not the only food related show we watch.  Throwdown with Bobby Flay has it’s own season pass on my TiVo.  This is another show that looks for the best.  I have watched this show from day one and enjoy it very much.
A month or so ago we watched an episode featuring the Vermont Brownie Company.  This one was a lot of fun because it focused on Brownies.  It turned out to be a very fun episode.  Bobby Flay did a great job showcasing the people and their brownies.  If you have a chance to see it I would recommend it.

This is the first sampling we have been able to do from the show.  We ordered a sampler pack so we could try a few of their creations.  Ordering online was easy, as you would expect this day and age.  They seemed a little pricey ~$4.25 each.  Don’t forget about shipping.  One of the things that was obvious per their website is they have been getting a lot of orders after their episode aired.  We ordered the brownies on Saturday and received them on Tuesday.  The packaging was well done and they were in perfect condition.

Here are the ones that were included in the sampler:
When all is said and done we very much enjoyed them.  They are rich and you can tell they use quality ingredients.  I really liked the touch of salt on a couple of them.  The Cherve was very good and I liked the texture from the big chocolate chunks.  Not surprising they won the Throwdown.  If you are in the mood for some delicious brownies and can wait a few days to get them I strongly recommend you check these guys out.  I think it will be worth the wait.

This is scary, first experience ordering treats on the web and it was a huge success.  With our addictive personalities this is going to be tasty!

Kim Visits Chicago – The Depot, American Diner and Tre Kronor

I was in Chicago on business and decided to get another Triple D (Diners, Drive ins and Dives) under my belt. Call it the competitive nature of my husband coming out in me. While we’ve gone to 39 Triple Ds together, he has gone to two without me while traveling on business, so I wanted to get a few on my own. You know the saying, “it’s about the journey, not the destination”? Well keep that in mind as you follow along.

I hadn’t had lunch so I left the hotel around 4:30 p.m. thinking I could grab a quick “snack” at one triple D before meeting my friend Anna for dinner at another one. I hailed a cab to what I thought would be a Diner about 16 miles from my hotel. Well a $60 cab fare (of which he only charged me $40) and 60 minutes later, through an undesirable part of town, I arrive at The Depot, American Diner.


Now if it wasn’t clear by the bars on the store fronts, the people of questionable parole status hanging out on the corners, abandoned industrial buildings, the pit bulls guarding the used car lots and my cabbie locking  the doors while at a stop light, then I definitely should have known what was coming when I read the Yelp reviews and they advise you not to go to this place after dark. Well it’s after 5:30 p.m. when we finally get there and clearly “after dark”. My cabbie refused to leave me at this place by myself so he parks in the lot next door. I walk briskly into the diner and grab a stool at the counter. I order the open-faced Turkey sandwich and lucky for me the cook had accidently served up two so my order came right away. Let’s get down to the food.  There was a thick slice of bread with turkey, gravy poured all over it and a side of mashed potatoes and cranberries. The sandwich was good ol’ home cooking but I’ve definitely had better. The gravy was kind of bland. However, the fresh cranberries were really good.  This ain’t your cranberry sauce in a can!


Open Faced Turkey Sandwich

When doing my research on this joint, I also noted that they were famous for their fresh, made-to-order, donut holes.  So a few bites of the turkey sandwich and it was time to move on! The old fashioned cake-like donuts came out fresh, tossed in cinnamon, sugar and lightly doused with powder sugar. They were accompanied by a warm, decadent, creamy mocha sauce. Now if these aren’t little pillows of love, I don’t know what is! They were hot, fresh and delicious!


Donuts and Mocha (Pillows of Love!)

I paid my bill, all of $14 bucks, and was ready to hit the road. My cabbie was surprised that I was only there 25 minutes. It’s slightly after 6 p.m. when we start heading back to the hotel. However, due to  much traffic, I decided to have him take me straight to Anna’s hotel so I could try to make it on time.
Shortly after 7 p.m., we arrive. The cabbie said he would take me to my next stop so I ran in the hotel to get Anna, and grab more cash from the ATM.

The Depot American Diner on Urbanspoon

We took off towards the next Triple D stop, Tre Kronor, which is on the other side of town. Now  an $85 dollar cab fare and about another hour, we arrive. This neighborhood was a lot safer so I told the cab driver he did not need to wait for us.


Anna and I walked into Tre Kronor, a little Scandinavian restaurant and it was like walking into a scene from Hans Christian Andersen. There was a decorative wood  A-frame and a huge mural of dancing trolls.


Mural of Dancing Trolls



I was desperately hoping they would let me order breakfast which is what they are known for. But alas, they stop serving breakfast at 3 p.m. So I resigned myself to order one of the dinner specials which was rainbow trout with sautéed spinach in a red pepper sauce and a side of au gratin potatoes. Anna was up for the adventure and went with their specialty of swedish meatballs served with mashed potatoes, pickled cucumbers and housemade  lignonberry relish …I guess when in Rome and all that good stuff. Now I’m not usually a big cooked fish person as I prefer my fish in the sushi variety. But was this rainbow trout ever  delicious! It was lightly breaded with crushed macadamia nuts and drizzled with dredged butter. It was light and fresh (can I say that right after saying dredged in butter?) and the spinach added a salty crispness to the bite.


Rainbow Trout with Sautéed Spinach


Anna said the meatballs were good but what she really liked were the lingonberries on the side. They reminded me of the cranberries that I’d had at The Deport but were a little smaller and sweeter. We were both trying to save room to sample the dessert so we pushed our plates aside and waited to be told about the dessert specials. Upon our waiter Joe’s recommendation, we ordered cinnamon roll bread pudding and almond cake with lemon cream sauce. The cinnamon rolls are made fresh in the morning for their breakfast crowd and then soaked in whatever liquid elixirs go into making bread pudding.


Cinnamon Roll Bread Pudding


Almond Cake with Lemon Cream Sauce



As Joe said, this is their way of reducing their carbon footprint. They might be reducing theirs but I can certainly say that I mine would grow if I didn’t stop myself. As if sampling two desserts wasn’t enough, the restaurant was empty now with just Anna, me and the servers inside. Joe approached us with a plate in each hand. He had two slices of apple cake, which he said they would have to throw away if we didn’t eat them. Well waste not, want not I say! Anna and I agreed to take one to sample and Joe and Cassie (another server) decided to share the other. It was equally delicious!


Apple Cake

They definitely score major points in the baked goods category. The restaurant was quaint, the wait staff friendly and their service superb.


Tre Kronor’s Own Joe and Cassie



I’d definitely recommend stopping in if you are in Chicago. Maybe one of the next 5 trips I have planned for Chicago this year, I can return and try their breakfast.

Tre Kronor on Urbanspoon