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Eat Before You Sail

A group of friends recently invited my husband and me to join them on the Diamond Casino Boat.  We’re not big gamblers, but their website promised live entertainent, food, and in addition to a few table games, slot machines.  We boarded the boat at 6:45pm, and waited for the 7pm departure.  My husband asked the bartender what time we were to return to port so we could pace ourselves over the night.  Turns out the boat doesn’t return until 1am, MUCH longer than either one of us cared to be on the boat (thank God for penny slots), but we were with friends and figured we’d make the most of it.  Our first impression of the boat was that is smelled a bit like a bowling alley, thankfuly the upper deck provides some fresh air and the live entertainment was decent.  After a while, we headed for food, and the wait was painfully slow.  I had hoped to land a few crackers from the bar while we waited, but they were all out.  We had both eaten before we left but 6.5 hours on a boat would make anyone hungry.  My burger finally arrived with a side of cole slaw looking like something out of a high school cafeteria.  My husband ordered the wings, and after one gelatinous bite, threw the entire order in the trash.  As for drinks, they offer a full bar, though only Bud and Bud Light for beer.  If you’re actively gambling, they will provide your drinks for free, but the waitresses don’t make the rounds as they should, and I certainly wasn’t about to pay for a drink while I was consistently pumping money into their machines.  By the end of this long night, there wasn’t a corner of the boat that didn’t have someone sleeping in it, and we also witnessed a fight between passengers that nearly kncocked me off my chair.  Needless to say, we won’t be boarding that boat again anytime soon.

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Lovely Atmosphere, Terrific Coffee!

Tucked into the heart of Forsyth Park, The Forsyth Park Cafe could not have a better view or a better atmosphere.  The interior of the cafe is sleek, modern and done in colors to coordinate with the park.  The spacious windows give you the feel of being outdoors even when you’re inside.  The outdoor area is partially open to the skies and partly covered.  All in all, the setting could not be improved upon.  And the coffe, all Starbucks, is delicious.  The food, however, seems on the dicey side.  A week or so ago, my husband and I shared a lamb gyro.  The gyro was downright delicious, and plenty for a hefty meal for two, although the resemblance between the gyro and its Middle Eastern forebears is that of a second cousin, twice removed.  But the lamb was young, tasty and tender….we were content.  Alas, we got another one a few days later and …there was a different cook.  The meat was overcooked, on the dry side, and the wrap had a vaguely stale flavor.  The next day, a friend told me she’d ordered a sandwich there that was supposed to have cheese on it and had some sort of processed cheese food.  “I’ll stick to coffee from now on,”  she said.  They do have beer and wine….maybe a bit of alcohol would have helped!

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Updated Dining Review

For a new look at an old favorite, see our latest restaurant review of  Alligator Soul.

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T-Rex Mex, a Delightful Surprise

Here at, we tend to feel obligated to try most newly opened eateries. After all, our regular readers expect us to keep you up on the latest nibbling news, even if it’s just another ho-hum tex-mex spot. This one, at 217 W  Broughton St., is at least a great downtown location. Well. It was love at first bite! Only a distant cousin to tex mex, and definitely not Mexican, it’s, well, T-Rex, I guess. The pork taco—soft tortilla style—proved to be a large quantity of delicious pulled pork with shredded romaine, fresh-made salsa and jack cheese. The brisket burrito was moist and tender brisket of beef rolled in a honey wheat tortilla with diced roasted poatoes, both black and pinto beans, jack cheese and fresh salsa. And there’s lots more to the menu, which we’ll dive into soon again. Most intriguing: a jerk chicken burrito, a tilapia burrito, plenty of salads and tofu dishes…and more. Try it, you’ll like it!

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At long last lunch!

…at Alligator Soul!  Devotees of this fine food emporium have long clamored for them to open for lunch.  Where better to take a client you need to impress, or a sweetheart for a tete a tete…or simply some great food and relaxing atmosphere for a mid-day break in the daily madness.  …for their menu, just go to:

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The Resurrection of the Old Crystal Beer Parlor

 The enlarged bar is beautiful and inviting! But beware if you’re much under 5 ft. 5  inches tall….the bar stools can be a bit uncomfortable. The renovations add an airy and lighter feel, all welcome. As to the food, let’s say they’re suffering some growing pains… The famous “Crystal Burger” is passable. Might have been better if cooked medium rare as ordered, but it came well done and dry; onion rings were delicious! Big, fat slices of onion, not overly battered –but a bit too salty. Bowl of chili was excellent. I’d have liked a bit more heat, but probably perfect for lots of folks. The so-called “Greek taco” supposedly a gyro in a pita shell, is neither Greek nor…? Pretty tasteless filling in a soggy shell. Hand cut fries were limpid. But the beer and ale selection is terrific! We’ll give the place another try after a coupe more months.

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New Bar Menu at Alligator Soul

Have you tried it?  We have, and it was spectacular! Be sure to read our review of their new bar menu.

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