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Koi

by shirosato1990:hellokitty.com

I’ve walked past this restaurant a couple times on my way to eat at The Kabob House in downtown SD. Today, my coworkers and I thought we’d finally give it a try!

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The Champagne Chicken is just a fancy name for their version of a sweet and sour chicken but with an extra kick of spiciness. Yes! It was quite spicy, even by my standards. There were these little thin slices of peppers that caused me to teeter totter between satisfaction and insanity. Most of the pieces were cooked alright. There were a couple of pieces that were extra crispy from overcooking. Overall, I loved this dish but I wished they gave me more rice! One scoop is definitely not enough for a hungry man like me.

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My coworkers ordered the Chicken Katsu-don. All they could say was that it was better than the last time they had it from some restaurant on Clairemont.

Service was really slow at this restaurant and it wasn’t even busy. It took a long while before they came to take our order and an ever greater length of time to deliver our check. We never received any drink refills either! Also, there was a mysterious 5 minute delay between them serving my entree and serving my coworkers…

The Kebab Shop

by shirosato1990:hellokitty.com

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This place is so affordable and offers fantastic food for a cheap price! I’m always ordering their Lamb Doner ($6) and side of fries ($2!). The Doner is a tortilla neatly wrapped sandwich with salad and your choice of lamb, chicken, or falafel with a yummy garlic yogurt sauce. It has a fresh and healthy taste to it. The fries here are extremely good and are made CONSISTENTLY crispy. I like to dip them in a side of garlic yogurt sauce which sounds really weird but you just have to try and taste the sauce for yourself. Its strangefully delightful.

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Out of the numorous times I have been here, I have never tried anything other than their Doners. But J is a notorious salmon fiend and had ordered the Salmon Filet Kebab ($8.50). According to him, the salmon tasted slightly undercooked but the vegetables were killer. I told him to get the salmon recooked but by the time I finished my sentence…, he had already finished it!

http://thekebabshop.com/

The Corner

by shirosato1990:hellokitty.com

 Sweet Potato Fries

My coworker who will not be named ordered the sweet potato fries and it was awful. It came out over seasoned and very soggy. The oiliness killed the natural sweet potato flavor.

Onion Wedges

Instead traditional onion rings, this place serves onion wedges, now that’s unique! Its a fantastic idea because I often bite into onion rings and find that the onion ring inside gets pulled or falls out of the crispy shell.

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Jalepeno Pepperjack Burger. It may look small but it packs a mean punch! The burger is quite spicey and goes well with the light horseradish-mayo dipping sauce. The only downside to this burger is that the bun is quite plain.

http://www.thecornersd.com/

La Fondue

by shirosato1990:hellokitty.com

I spent break in Tahoe and had my dinner at La Fondue. The reservations were for 5:30 pm, but upon entering the restaurant, I realized they were not necessary. There was only one other party there. It did pick up a little while we were there though. I imagine that they have more business during the warmer months, since there’s a large outdoor dining area.

Baked Brie ($12) - I really enjoyed the warm Brie in the flaky pastry, but it was too much cheese for only two people. It comes with assorted fresh fruit: apple, strawberry, kiwi, cantaloupe, and grapes.

The fondue dinners come with your choice of salad or soup. I had the Tomato Red Pepper Soup and it was delicious! Very creamy. One of the best soups I’ve ever had.

Chicken and Prawns ($24) - The fondues are hot oil, so you’re basically frying everything, which is a little different from the broth fondues I’ve had in San Diego. Still good, but probably not as healthy. When everything was brought out, the waitress rattled off the different times to cook each of the different meats and veggies, but I couldn’t remember everything and over fried my first prawn. What they need is a job aid! Nothing fancy, just a chart with the food items and their cooking times placed at each table. The large bowl on the plate is a tempura batter for the prawns, but I preferred them without it.

The Works ($28) - Meatballs, lamb, chicken, beef, scallops, prawns, and veggies. If you’re not afraid to try everything, I recommend this. It’s only $4 more than the Chicken and Prawns, but there’s so much more food. D said the bacon wrapped dates were an interesting combination of sweet and savory.

There were six different housemade dipping sauces (not in order): cocktail, teriyaki, curry, tartar, mint, and something else… The only two that I liked were cocktail and teriyaki.

Overall, it was a nice dinner with friendly servers. I would have liked to try their chocolate fondue, but we were full. Maybe next time…

http://www.lafonduetahoe.com

Lone Eagle Grille

by shirosato1990:hellokitty.com

Across from the Hyatt Hotel, Lone Eagle Grille offers a beautiful view of Lake Tahoe. Window seating is limited, so try to call ahead for a reservation and ask for a table by the window. Their cuisine is described as “Northwest and wild game,” but you can still find some items for a less adventurous palate.

I ordered the Grilled Chicken Sandwich, Wild Boar Bacon, Cheddar Cheese, Chive Mayonnaise, Fried Onions ($16).  I asked for the wild boar bacon on the side since I wasn’t going to try it, but thought that one of my fellow diners might. The sandwich was pretty good, but with the extremely thick bread, the sandwich was very high.  I was only able to eat half of it.  The bread gets tough the next day and isn’t as good.

1 dined on Beef Tenderloin and Lobster Salad, Baby Greens, Avocado, Madeira Sauce ($28) and said the lobster salad was lacking lobster…

2 enjoyed Pan Seared Scallops, Spinach, Belgian Endive, Saffron Pears, Toasted Pecans, Sun-Dried Cranberries, Gorgonzola, Port Wine Vinaigrette ($19).  Just look at the jumbo scallops!

Decadent Chocolate Sampler ($10) - We had a very long wait for our lunch, so our server offered us a complimentary dessert. All of the desserts were $10. The sampler called out to us. On the left, the chocolate molten cake was warm, but I was expecting oozing chocolate from the middle. The chocolate gelato was delicious and the table favorite of the trio. The chocolate mousse was covered in a layer of chocolate and topped with sugar strands.

This was a very nice holiday lunch. Even though we didn’t get a table by the window, we could still see the lake and it was a beautiful view.  Our server was also from San Diego and was extremely nice.  This is a good place for a special occassion dinner!

http://loneeaglegrille.com/

River Ranch Lodge

by shirosato1990:hellokitty.com

Planning a romantic dinner? Like the sound of water? You might want to try River Ranch Lodge. It’s right on Truckee River and if you’re lucky enough, you can sit next to the river.


Pan Fried Crab Cakes ($12.95) - Dungeness crab with smoky aioli and micro greens.

Portobella Mushroom Napolean ($18.95) - Grilled marinated portabellas with mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, sauteed spinach and broiled tomatoes.

Sonoma Chicken ($19.95) - Half free-range chicken, pan roasted with caramelized onions and sherry, served on mashed potatoes with greens. The skin was nice and crispy. The meat was tender. The caramelized onions and sherry thickened just enough so that it reminded me of a buttery gravy. This doesn’t reheat well if you have leftovers.

Duck Two Ways ($26.95) - Half Maple Leaf Farms duck with pan roasted breast and confit leg. Served with a blackberry fumet.

As I was eating my chicken, I noticed that the couple next to me had ordered one of the specials… Jumbo Shrimp Pasta. I only noticed this because of the size of the shrimp. JUMBO! The largest shrimp that I’ve ever seen. I’ll be trying that next time

This restaurant is extremely popular during lunch hours. Pretty much everyone who goes river rafting ends up here, in their patio area. They offer the usual (burgers, wings, fries, sodas, etc) for less than their dinner prices.

http://www.riverranchlodge.com/ 

Log Cabin Cafe

by shirosato1990:hellokitty.com

Looking for a breakfast or brunch place? Want to try dishes that other restaurants usually don’t have? Well, you’ve come to the right place!

Cup of Granola with Milk - Kind of unsweetened blandness…

Lobster Scramble-In with a Croissant ($12.95) - OMG!!! This is incredibly delicious! I don’t know why, but lobster and eggs go great together. It reminded me of a dish that my mother makes, which is sort of like a shrimp quiche. This is the best dish that I’ve tried here. I think they used provolone cheese.

Cajun Shrimp Scramble-In with a Chocolate Chip Muffin ($12.95?) - I was a little disappointed that the cajun flavor kind of came and went. I was looking forward to more of a kick. I think the tiny shrimp are mixed in with cheddar cheese. The muffin was a little overcooked. The potatoes are the usual suspects, but with a little bit of onion mixed in.

This was my second visit. The first time, I ordered Monkey Madness ($3.95?). It was pretty good! I think they cooked sliced bananas in a pan with butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon. A sweet treat, but definitely not a meal. I also had the Lobster Scramble-In with an Apple Cinnamon Muffin. The muffin was good. I think they offer a different muffin everyday.

Both times, I sat near the kitchen and I could practically hear every word the cooks were saying. This isn’t exactly fine dining, so I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised at the yelling due to a mix up in the kitchen. After a while, it became funny.

Aside from the kitchen antics, I would definitely try this place again. There were so many dishes that I wanted to try. There wasn’t a wait today, but there can be, especially during weekends and holidays. I don’t think they take reservations, but you can call ahead and place your name on their wait list.

Sol y Lago

by shirosato1990:hellokitty.com

Enjoy some chips and salsa while you wait for your dinner…
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Ceviche ($10) - First of all, I was surprised at the bountiful amount of shrimp that was hidden underneath the red onion, avocado, tomato, cilantro, and wedge of lime. This was delicious with the lime.
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Chicken Mole with green beans and some kind of squash ($18) - I wasn’t too thrilled with the jasmine rice. It tasted like vinegar. The chicken was a little dry and I didn’t like the chocolate mole sauce. I couldn’t taste the chocolate. I guess I was expecting something else…
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Enchilada con Pollo ($14) - I enjoyed the moist and tender chicken enchiladas. The three enchiladas were stuffed with chicken, salsa roja, beans, rice, and topped with queso Oaxaca. There was more than enough for me. I couldn’t even finish two enchiladas.

I wouldn’t recommend sitting outside. Little things were blowing all around. Instead, ask for a table near the window to enjoy the view of the lake and the docked boats. The staff was nice.

http://www.solylago.com/

Steamers

by shirosato1990:hellokitty.com

Original post dated sometime around July ‘10.

Steamers is practically on the beach. Enjoy a nice view while enjoying your pizza with indoor or outdoor seating.
Garlic Chips
Garlic Chips ($9.45) – small thin crust pizza with mozzarella cheese and garlic. This smells so good! It also tastes good.
half Yukon/ half For the Birds
Large Pizza ($24.50) – half Yukon (Canadian bacon, pineapple, and extra cheese), half For the Birds (green bell pepper, red onion, tomato, and your choice of grilled, Cajun, or BBQ chicken). The pizza was loaded with toppings. I ordered mine with Cajun chicken for a spicy kick. Whole slices of Canadian bacon were used. The hand tossed crust was soft, but a little crunchy.

One good thing is they have their own parking lot. Parking can be difficult during peak times (like 4th of July). Their sodas are a little pricey… $2.95 for a glass or $9 for a pitcher. The menu said refills are $0.75, but our waitress didn’t charge us extra. As for the service, our waitress was very friendly

Fredrick’s Fusion Bistro

by shirosato1990:hellokitty.com

Fredrick’s Happy Hour Menu

Vacationing at Lake Tahoe and looking for a place to have a special dinner?  That’s what I was doing and I found Fredrick’s Fusion Bistro.  Their website has recipes for Lobster Dogs and Coffee & Doughnuts.  They looked so good…  we had to try them out.

Chicken Satay

We arrived a little after their opening (5 pm) and we were the first ones to arrive.  We sat at the bar for their Happy Hour (from 5 to 6:30 pm nightly except Thursdays) specials.  They offer $5 appetizers.  We decided to try two of them.  The Chicken Satay is served with a delicious coconut-peanut sauce.  The three skewers of chicken were nice and tender, but the best part was the sauce, which had real peanut halves - something I’ve never seen before.  It tasted like a sweet chili sauce.  The Spicy Tuna Tartar came with very crispy wonton chips.

Spicy Tuna Tartar

We also ordered two appetizers from their regular menu.  (There was a long wait even though we were still the only ones there.  I can only hope that it was because of the extraordinary care they put into making their finest for us.)

Filo Wrapped Crab

The Filo Wrapped Crab ($14) is made with togarashi and sits in a pool of Mirin-Valencia orange beurre blanc, topped with asian micro greens.  This was very creamy inside.  A small portion in a very big plate though.

Lobster DogsThe Lobster Dogs ($15), ginger-leek breaded lobster, came with two sauces: spicy red banana and tomatillo.  It was disappointing.  The lobster itself was tasty, but the breaded part was a little too greasy for my tastes and the sauces were a little bland.

Basil-Berry Tart

The desserts were by far the best part of the meal!  The Basil-Berry Tart ($9) consisted of fresh seasonal berries (strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries) with basil simple syrup, a homemade tart shell, and whipped cream.  Basil in a fruity tart sounded interesting…  It was delicious!

Coffee & Doughnuts

And I couldn’t get enough of their Coffee & Doughnuts ($8) and my sister couldn’t stop sipping my coffee >=O.  The “doughnuts” are actually cinnamon sugar beignets (shaped as small round balls).  Yummy!  The coffee was a buttered mocha emulsion.  I normally don’t like coffee and I like espresso even less, but this drink was so good!  It’s a small serving, so be sure to savor every sip.

They also offer soups, salads, sushi rolls, and entrees.  The Taiwanese ‘Coffin Bread’ sounded intriguing.  Let me know if you’ve been here and what YOU would recommend!

http://fredricksbistro.com/

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