Food Pic of the Week

Here’s another one from Hawai’i.

Tangö Contemporary Cafe (***

21288 Ala Moana Blvd. , Honolulu, HI 96814 

Damnit, I forgot why this place is called Tangö. I think our waiter said it was a combination of the two owners’ names (one from Hawaii and the other from some Scandinavian country). 

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Shredded Duck Confit Hash

We pretty much (well . . . I made the husband) come to this restaurant just for this dish. Hands down, this dish was the best breakfast that I had in Hawai’i. I know that the dish isn’t the prettiest, but the taste was quite fabulous. Plus, the Bloody Mary was out of this world!

 

Food Pic of the Week

Top of Waikiki (***

2270 Kalakaua Ave, Fl. 21st, Honolulu, HI 96815 

Still trying to get back into my blogging schedule.

For our fancy dinner in Hawai’i, the hubby and I dropped by this revolving restaurant that overlooks Waikiki. Eating here probably was one of the better dining excursions that we had in Hawai’i. Don’t even get me started with our luau outing. Talking about the celebration starts at 6pm, but we are not going to serve food until 8:30/9pm. 

One cool thing. Since this is a revolving restaurant, you don’t have to walk to escalators that lead to restrooms. You can wait for the restaurant to make its 360 rotation. Easy, breazy.

Anyway back to Top of Waikiki (ToW)

First, I loved the restaurant’s cocktails. I rarely order fancy, bougie cocktails because they typically have more juice and bullshit than booze. Look, I refuse to pay $15+ for a martini glass full of mixers and “organic” tonic water.

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For the most part, ToW’s signature cocktails have about four ingredients. The Fitzgerald in the Lineup was my favorite of the signature cocktails. Y’all know that I love my gin. Actually, this is pretty much the type of beverage that I end up ordering at  “fancy” bars in NYC. Yes, I’m one of those people who orders drinks like this:

Me: Could I have the Ernest Hemmingway Margarita? Buuuut, I would like it without Cointreau, passionfruit juice, ice, or pomegranate-infused mint water.

Bartender: Sooooooo, you just want tequila with a splash of lime juice in a glass.

Me: You got it! But please, go easy on lime juice.

Ok, I slightly lied. I did order the Gummi Bear Martini. It was Halloween, and I was in vacation mode. However, this martini did not have 80 million ingredients in it.

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On to the food. 

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Paniolo Ribeye

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Cioppino

It hurts me to say this as a seafood/shellfish lover, but the steak had the edge. The Ciopinno, which was full of clams, scallops, shrimp, calamari, mussels, and fish (I think it was tuna), lost points with the bland tomato broth. Also, the restaurant does not provide extra bread. Damnit, the hubby is European, and he likes his bread!!!!

The restaurant was quite fun, and our bartender (sorry, mixologist) and waitress were so nice.

If you are ever in the Waikiki area, I highly recommend ToW. Oh, if you get there around 9ish, you can see the nightly fireworks. Oh (part two), one tip when making your reservation. Try to arrive a bit early and have a couple of drinks at the bar for happy hour (5/6 pm to close). You can get the signature cocktails for $9 at the bar, compared to paying $18 for the SAME drinks at the table. We were smart. After our pre-dinner cocktails, we ordered a nice, moderate bottle of wine for the table. I say for “for the table” like there were more than two people. I mean the cocktails were good, but not $18-at-the-bar-when-I-can-pay-$9-at-the-bar good. Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know that I’m cheap.

I think that I had too much beef and pork while vacationing in Hawaii because I earned a new badge on Yelp. UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_388a

 

Food Pic of the Week

Miss Mamie’s Spoonbread Too (***)

2366 W 110th Street, NY, NY 10025  

Bring me some soul food!!!!

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Sorry for the blurry picture, but I was too hungry to mess around with my camera and take a sharp photo. Well . . .  I was a bit drunk so the blurriness probably looked normal to me. Actually, this new brand of contact lenses sucks because by 10/11 pm they get all gunky which causes cloudy vision in one or both of eyes. On one hand, I have not slept with these contacts because the cloudy, late, night vision annoys me to the point where I have to put on my eyeglasses by 10/11 pm.

Ok, I got way off the point.

I dropped by this restaurant after some boozing on the Upper West Side, technically I was in Hamilton Heights. I have not been to this restaurant for a LOOOOONG time. I believe my last visit was back in 2003. Because of the crappy food and “attitudie” service staff, I swore it off. Sixteen years later, I came back. I will say that I was thoroughly pleased with my most recent visit. The picture above is the soul food sampler, which comes with fried chicken, catfish, some “ribs”, and three sides. Everything was amazingly good. Also, my drunk ass had a nice little time chatting with the folks at the adjacent table. I’m surprised because the most recent Yelp reviews give this place a one star . . . out of five. Either I was really drunk and did not mind the food, or I visited the restaurant on one of it’s few good days. That said, I probably should go back in another 16 years so I will not risk having another bad experience.

HA! What a small world. One of the managers knew my grandfather and his cousin from his time in VA.

Food Pic of the Week

Tom’s Restaurant  (***)

2880 Broadway, NY, NY 10025   

If you are a fan of “Seinfeld”, then you probably have already seen shots of the exterior of Tom’s Restaurant.

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Courtesy of Wikipedia

The food pic for this week is pretty simple – a cherry pie with cookies and cream ice cream.

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One of the things that I like about Tom’s is that it is a typical NYC diner. Although this diner has been featured on one of the most popular shows in the history of American television, the diner is still pretty down to earth. Many NYC establishments that have had a touch of fame try to overcharge for simple dishes; I’m glad that Tom’s Restaurant is not one of them. . . especially because the food is not THAT amazing. 

Food Pic of the Week

Angel of Harlem  (***)

2272 Frederick Douglass Blvd, NY, NY 10027  

Y’all know that I love a bottomless brunch, and Angel of Harlem definitely delivered.  The hubby and came here for a nice little brunch. For an extra $25, you can “level up” your brunch experience to include 1.5hrs of rum punch, mimosa, and sangria. I actually made up a drink that is called, “rum pumogria” . . . Eh, basically, I asked the bartender to put all the bottomless brunch drinks into one glass. No shame in my game. 

Random thought: From now on, if there is only one other person with me for a bottomless brunch, I’m going to request two seats at the bar rather than sitting at a table. You get your drinks pretty fast, and you don’t have to wait 80 hrs for a sever to refill your drinks. Win-win.

Shrimp and grits

Shrimp and grits

 

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Rum punch and a mimosa

I really enjoyed this place, the food was on point and our bartender/server was AMAZING. Come to think about it, Amazing was part of her name, she said her first name is Amazing and her middle name is Grace. Not too sure if that’s true or not. Actually, I think this entry marks two consecutive weeks of WONDERFUL service in NYC.  Believe it or not, there are quite a few places in NYC where folks think that you should be grateful because they are your waiter/waitress. Honestly, I don’t get why some restaurant servers have snobby attitudes toward customers. Not to be a dick, but you are being paid to bring ME food and drink.

Besides the food and my multiple drinks, the DJ, which was spinning tracks from the 90s and early 2000s, really made the experience quite fun. Hell, the DJ even place a bit of New Orleans Bounce Music, which you NEVER hear in NYC. I remember popping my booty, like a few other customers, on the way out of the restaurant. I definitely see myself coming back to this place a few more times . . . plus it’s only a 10-15 minute walk from the apt.