Best Eats Around Town

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Boston Pizza Review

Last night we joined the crowd at Boston Pizza. We chose this restaurant from those within our area as it is one of our favorites for a quick meal. We have always been pleased with the service and food, that is until last night.

Amid the tables filled to the max, we heard two "Happy Birthday" songs while we waited to be seated. Another after we placed our order. Only a 10 minute wait, and we were escorted to our table and quickly greeted by our waitress. We chose Cactus Cut Potatoes as an appetiser, Crispy Chicken Pecan Salad and Chicken Quesadilla as entrees. Our appetiser and entrees were delivered at the same time, thus making the whole idea of an appetiser a contradiction. The salad is so wonderfully large it is virtually impossible for one person to eat alone so it was happily shared by my husband and our daughter. I had the quesadilla.

Sadly, my husband "endured" the salad, the wilted lettuce and less tasty chicken pieces. Upon her return to our table, our waitress, Stephanie, asked how everything was. She was told about the lettuce and her response was "would you like another item from the menu...the kitchen is really backed up right now" thus renegging on her offer! Having serving in the restaurant industry in another lifetime, I was unimpressed as I quickly caught her withdrawel.

The rest of the meal was adequate, not sensational. I think perhaps the quesadilla was ill prepared as I had an upset stomach within a couple hours of returning home. Overall, a less than enjoyable evening was spent at BP's on 137th avenue and 42nd street, Edmonton. It is a disservice to offer items containing ingredients that aren't fresh. Case in point, the lettuce. It would be better, in my opinion, to pull an item from the menu for the evening than to serve it resulting in unhappy customers. Note to self, insist on a change in entree if it is not palatable!

Posted by Shirley at 9:42 AM
Labels: Boston Pizza, Cactus Cut Potatoes, Chicken Quesadilla, Crispy Chicken Pecan Salad, service

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Ric's Grill - Steak and Seafood

Located in downtown Edmonton, Ric's Grill is an upbeat little restaurant that my husband and I had the pleasure of visiting last Saturday thanks to two of our sons. It was a gift from them and one of the best! The service was attentive, the ambience perfect, and the food absolutely delicious! My husband had a steak with the house special mashed potatoes, vegetables and a Greek Salad. I chose the Chicken Tetrazzini (chicken and penne noodles in sauce) accompanied by an organic salad drizzled with balsamic vinaigrette dressing. The sauces and dressings are made in house with the exception of ranch dressing. As the aromas enveloped us, we knew we were in for a treat. The chicken was tender, the vegetables cooked to perfection and the sauce on my dish was exquisite! My husband's steak, cooked to medium-well, was a bit gristly but the side of potatoes mashed with carrots and basil was delectable. For dessert we ordered creme brulee. Though the customers at the table next to us raved about this dessert, we were less pleased. Next time I will go for the cheesecake.

The staff are excellent and very knowledgeable. Our waitress was sure to ask our opinions on the foods. Not just if everything was good but our opinion. I heard her offer the same request to other connoiseurs nearby. Definitely a must visit. Make sure you have your credit card on hand or plenty of cash. Good food and service comes with a price.

Note there is a location in West Edmonton as well as franchises in Calgary, Lethbridge, Sherwood Park.

Posted by Shirley at 6:48 PM 3 comments Links to this post

Labels: restaurant in Edmonton, Ric's Grill