Friday, September 16, 2016

Flotsam

There are some times that, even though I am addicted to traveling, I just can’t get out of
Flowering Shrub
town. This is one of those times. What follows are a group of restaurants that I’ve been to recently in cities that I’ve written about previously. There are links to you can find those previous blogs if you’ve a mind to. Enjoy these reviews of a variety of places to eat. For information about my rating system, see Reading the Reviews.








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Tokyo Sushi Asian Food and Bar (9160 N Tarrant Pkwy #140, North Richland Hills, TX 76182, 817-514-8888) has just opened in east Keller. The young ladies who are waiting
Left T to B: Edamame, Lemon chicken
Right T to B: Spring roll, Menu logo, Hot and sour soup
tables are pleasant, accommodating, and learning English. There are lots of sushi places in the area, but this one stands out. The offerings are a bit different and very good; the prices are reasonable, as well. As a free appetizer, we were served a small bowl of edamame that were very nice – crisp and cool, just right on a hot day. The lunches came with soup so we both had bowls of hot and sour soup; it was exceptional. Dave had lemon chicken that was tender and juicy. He said the spices were just right; it was even good the next day when he ate the left-overs. I had the Spring Roll that was spicy tuna with seaweed salad on top that was excellent! And it was good the next day, too. We are looking forward to going back to this little place again and again.

North Richland Hills (see Home on the Range):
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The Corner Café (7901 Mid-Cities Blvd., North Richland Hills, TX 76182, 817-479-8389) is 
Top to Bottom: Menu logo, Corner scrambler, BLT
a small ‘mom and pop’ café that is focused on home cooking. We went in for breakfast because we had wanted to give the place a try and just hadn’t. The waitress was very nice and efficient; in fact, all of the waitresses seemed to take care of all of the customers. If someone needed coffee, they got it quickly rather than waiting on the person who was actually assigned to their table. Dave had the Corner Scrambler; it was open faced biscuit topped with 2 scrambled eggs, bacon or sausage, and home fries, smothered in gravy. He said that it was okay, but the amount was really too large. I had a BLT with home fries; the sandwich was okay and the potatoes were good. I really wanted to like this place, but I just didn’t. What turned both of us off was the smell of the cleaning solution that was in use; it was very strong and reminiscent of a flooded bathroom.

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Every once in a while I get a surprise when I go back to Richardson.  The Bangkok on Belt Line (100 S Central Expressway #108, Richardson, TX 75080, 469-930-9755) isn’t actually 
Top L to R: Restaurant, soup
Bottom L to R: Pad See Ew, Pad Woon Sen
where the address says it is; it does face Belt Line and is next door to a shoe store. Once I found it I was glad that I had. I have a favorite Thai food place in Keller, but this one comes in a close second. The modern décor is welcoming and the waitresses are helpful; it’s a good place to go if you want to have a conversation without shouting. The starter was a clear vegetable soup with chicken; it was a nice soup, but with too many onions. My friend, Cary, had Pad Woon Sen; that’s sautéed carrots, two kinds of onions, two types of mushrooms, celery, eggs, tofu and clear noodles in a brown sauce. She said that it was very good; she had plenty to take home. I had Pad See Ew; sautéed wide, flat noodles with broccoli, carrots, chicken, and eggs with sweet brown sauce. It was wonderful and just as good as a left-over. We both want to come back and try several different dishes that are offered on the menu.
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Sababa (743 Brick Row #100, Richardson, TX 75081, 972-907-8200) is another new 
Top L to R: Menu logo, Foods from the buffet
Bottom: Restaurant
restaurant in Richardson; it is set up to cater to the residents of some new apartments on the DART rail line. This is an attractive restaurant that serves a buffet for lunch but has table service for dinner. The food is very good and there is a wide variety on the buffet, including several salads, vegetables dishes and meats. There is also fresh pita bread available.  My only complaint was the price; unless you’re going to eat more than one place of food, $12.50 is rather expensive particularly since dessert isn’t included. The dinner prices are more reasonable since you can ask for a to-go box for left-overs.

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