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Bridgeport Ale House

January 20, 2010

For whatever reason, we got a late start on Saturday morning and by the time we sat down to eat at Bridgeport Ale House, we were ravenous.  It was almost a “lunner” by the time we ate because it was past prime lunchtime.

We started out with a beer sampler.  Can you tell which one is the stout?  I actually didn’t have a clear favorite out of these.

We needed to order an appetizer because we were so hungry and went with the spinach artichoke dip.  It’s always one of my faves on the menu and this one did not disappoint!

Elisa ordered the chicken sandwich with mac salad on the side.

Boyfriend and Matt both ordered a burger.  Boyfriend upgraded his side salad to the Bridgeport one which had cheese and apples in it.

I went with the french dip with provolone cheese and a side salad in my attempt to be slightly healthy.  The meat was thinly sliced and the au jus had great flavor.

3632 SE Hawthorne Boulevard  Portland, OR

French Fries at Balthazar… and other stuff too

September 23, 2009


My last meal in NY was at Balthazar.  I had been crossing my fingers we’d make it there and barely did before they closed, our last night in town.  Bobby Flay said the best french fries he ever ate was at Balthazar and seeing as how I love french fries, I needed to try them.

Keep in mind that before we made it to Balthazar, we had a slice of pizza as a snack, dinner at a Japanese izakaya with numerous pitchers of draft beer, a slice of pizza as a snack soon after and gelato for dessert at the place next door before we rolled ourselves a few blocks to SoHo.  This was all in the span of four hours.  You’ve already seen the pictures of how piggy we were that night!


I didn’t even notice the french onion soup on the menu and would’ve been tempted to order it had I not been obsessed with getting fries.  Candace let me try some of her soup and it was all sorts of goodness with cheese melted on top.


Joy got the shrimp cocktail.  The color of the shrimp were so beautiful and they looked so fresh!


This was the seafood bar we sat next to.  Everything was beautifully laid out on ice.


Boyfriend had a hard time deciding what to order and finally chose the warm goat cheese with caramelized onion tart.  It sounds quite wonderful, doesn’t it?  By looking at the picture, I’m sure you can tell that is not a goat cheese and onion tart… Boyfriend ended up with a burger because they had run out of his first choice appetizer.

Joy told us that Balthazar is actually known for having good burgers and it was quite an impressive one!  The patty was cooked to order and had a great flavor to it.


Now for the star of the show.  The whole reason I had any desire to go to Balthazar to begin with were the french fries.  They were mentioned on “The Best Thing I Ever Ate” and I was immediately intrigued.  They soak the cut potatoes in water to get rid of the starch and then blanch them in oil.  When you place your order, they fry them again so they come out fresh and hot.  It’s a two part deep frying process that leaves the fries silky on the inside while crispy on the outside.

This restaurant was amazingly packed at 11 PM on a Monday night.  I can only imagine what it’s like at prime dinner time on a weekend!

80 Spring St.  New York, NY

The Counter!

October 31, 2008

I finally made it over to The Counter and the burgers were great!  Of course, it was 9 PM by the time we ate so anything would’ve tasted good to me at that point.  Boyfriend was offering to eat DIRT with barbecue sauce, he was so hungry

What’s a burger without fries?!?  We got two orders of half sweet potato fries and half regular to share.

I went with the 1/3 lb. hamburger medium well with boiled egg (this was interesting), lettuce, tomato and sauteed onions.  The garlic aioli I chose was awesome!

All the guys went with 2/3 lb. burgers.  I can’t remember what Boyfriend got but most of the things he ordered were things I do not like.  i.e. goat cheese.  He obviously was not planning on sharing!

Carlo went with a honey wheat bun.  He was the only one who didn’t finish his burger. : (

Horace had some sticky barbecue sauce mess with pineapples!

I’m pretty sure we were all satisfied with our meals.  Although the burgers were great, they were on the pricey side and Boyfriend later revealed that he thinks In-N-Out is better because you get the same quality of burger for your buck.

3055 Olin Ave.  San Jose, CA

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