Over the weekend, hubby and I enjoyed a bit of a food feast.
First on Saturday we went to Noodle & Company which DH had already tried the day before. But so good we went back! It was really good. It is similiar to other upper fast food Italian places in that you order from a create your own pasta menu and then sit down for them to bring it out to you. But this place is much better than others I have been to and you get a lot of food. We both had regular sized bowls and it was too much for both of us. I actually just ate my leftovers yesterday with some added veggies.
I tried some spicier penne with the parmesan crusted chicken. The pasta was perfect. The veggies were great and the chicken was pretty darn amazing for fast food. Oh yeah, and they have root beer at the fountain drink stand and IBC in bottles. How can you go wrong with that? Check out their menu because they have lots of pasta dishes as well as salads and soups. There isn’t much in the way of parking at the Charlotte South Blvd location so plan to go on the weekend.
For dinner we finally went to Pie Town. I had heard about Pie Town because the owner is a graduate of the same MFA program I am in now. We had a really good time at Pie Town but, while it isn’t expensive, it definitely put more of dent in my pocket book than the Noodle Shop (whose prices were like $7.95 for regular sized pasta dishes). That being said the food was great. I had a 6 cheese pizza (pizzas are brick oven 10-12 inches) and we also splurged and had an appetizer and dessert.
The appetizer we tried was their breaded mozzerella. This isn’t some flash fried, frozen from a grocery store mozzerella sticks! These were three nicely sized, what appeared to be hand made, mozzerella sticks with pesto. Oh and when you eat your pizza it comes with olive oil dipping sauce with a twist, pepper flakes in the sauce to give it some kick. I also had the whole grain crust which I thought was better than the white crust which DH had with his margherita pizza.
For dessert we had gelato. Yum! Oh and they had bottled root beer, Arbrita, which is made with cane sugar so another bonus for them. DH’s soda just came in a plastic bottle but they served it to him in a glass. The decor in Pie Town, btw, is very lovely and had they had a nice waitstaff. Definite place for a nice dinner or if you want to share a lunch you could get away a lot cheaper.
And then that brings us to Sunday. We wanted to just grab something quick for lunch but were having trouble deciding what to get. I suggested we finally try Bubba’s BBQ on Sunset. I had heard of it and it is REALLY near my home but for some reason we never went there. We were not disappointed. Bubba’s is the first place in the western half of the state that I’ve been to that claims to have Eastern Style BBQ who actually does have Eastern style. It is still not quite as flavorful as true Eastern style but they had vinegar and tomato based sauces on the table so you could add extra.
We both had BBQ platters. DH had the combo with a piece of fried chicken which was also nicely good. Their cole slaw, baked beans and potato salad were quite could. The hush puppies didn’t have a lot of flavor but went well with some of the tomato based BBQ sauce on the table. I will definitely be going back.
I used to do a lot of resturant reviews on this blog and I should get back into them but working on the lit mag has kept me pretty busy.
And then only two more days till TURKEY!