Ruby Tuesday Pretzel Burger

23 Nov

I recently got an email from Ruby Tuesday offering a free burger and since I’m a cheap hobo I absolutely took them up on that offer. Sure their 20oz Sam Adams got me so warm and fuzzy that I called out of work, but that’s neither here nor there. So here I was, ordering food before noon on a Sunday and counting the minutes until booze-o-clock.

I was forced into ordering the Thai Phoon Shrimp (stop reading it as Poon, brain) since I love this app at both Yosake and Okami. And hated it at Bonefish Grill. After a glass of water the shrimp arrived and looked pretty decent.

RT Thai Phoon Shrimp

Unfortunately, looks aren’t everything. The shrimp were tiny and slightly over cooked, the breading was too think and too salty, and the sauce wasn’t flavorful enough to save them. I would venture to say that with a less salty coating they would have been better because the sweetness of the sauce wouldn’t have been obscured. They were edible and I unknowingly finished about half the order via mindless munching long after I thought I was done.

I’d like to take a moment to mention the service at the bar where we sat was pretty close to perfect. He was there without asking, kept our drinks filled, and was completely unobtrusive. I hate when I go to an establishment with the intention of connecting to the person I came with and the server keeps inserting themselves with awkward conversation in an attempt to get a better tip. Do you know how you get a great tip for me? Keep my drink filled and be ready with the check when I need it.

RT Pretzel Burger

Once the pretzel burger came out it was noon and booze was flowing. They did not have my go-to Yuengling on tap so I opted for the Sam Adams. I haven’t had it in a while and it was a bit hoppier than I remember but obviously a better choice than _____-Lite so I dealt. The pretzel burger itself was interesting. It wasn’t the “medium” that I requested but it was still moist and juicy. The fried jalapenos were coated in chili powder which I liked on the burger but was a bit much on it’s own. My favorite part was probably the burger bun. It managed to be slightly sweet and yeasty which I think is an underused profile in the burger bun pantheon. Something within the burger was too salty, it may have been the outside seasoning of the burger but I’m not 100%.

All in all, I would love the try the pretzel burger again with different toppings. The shrimp app I tried was disappointing but I feel some sort of promise from this place and their attempts to snazz up the menu. I will rate it a GO for effort and outstanding bar tending, but with reservations. PUN!

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Apologies

17 May

I basically got hired at my dream job (for now) and have been super caught up with it. I went to Fish Bites as requested by a reader, and will be putting that review up soon. For now if anyone misses me (doubtful) check out my review of Slice of Life at Independence Mall on my friend Pete’s site ilmza.com.

Papa Johns Double Cheeseburger Pizza

17 May

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I have to admit, the thought of pickles on pizza intrigued me. Without the pickles I never would’ve been as obsessed with trying this pizza. But it did have pickles so here we are. I even paid almost full price (only 20% off) which annoyed me because Papa Johns is always 50% off. The things I do for pickles.

The “burger” sauce was a lot less overwhelming than I expected it to be. It was well portioned and really worked with the sweet crust Papa Johns uses. The tomatoes were decent and the beef was good… when you could find it. For a pizza called Double Cheeseburger, I would expect to see a lot more meat. They should have called it the double pickle pizza, because holy fuck were there a lot of those. I didn’t take issue with the amount, so much as the overwhelmingness of them. The pickles were thin and floppy. When I tried to bite through one, I more often than not ended up dragging half of the cheese and accompanying toppings with it. They worked, but damn there should have been a better way to put them on there.

All in all, it was worth trying once, and I could see myself ordering it again.

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Taco Bell Breakfast

27 Mar

Lately Taco Bell has been reading my blog and trying to crack me. First with cheap delicious Grillers, now Waffle Tacos. Well Taco Bell, you win. Because this spread for under $8 is a pure win.

Taco Bell Breakfast Spread

 

I have to admit, I did commit the cardinal sin of the Bell and forgot to ask for sauce. I think a few of these would have benefited from a squirt or two of verde sauce or even hot. Regardless, I ate them for you, and didn’t hate it.

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A.M. Crunchwrap Bacon ($2.49): We have a giant hash brown, scrambled eggs, bacon, and cheddar cheese. I think American cheese would’ve been a better fit, but who am I to judge? It was pretty good; I really liked that the bacon were little pieces distributed throughout. 

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Sausage Flatbread Melt ($1.00): This was a little dry, but for $1 it ain’t bad. I feel like they should’ve spiced things up with some grilled peppers and onions but with a little sriracha it was perfectly acceptable.

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Waffle Taco Sausage ($1.99): This was the most exciting thing for me in the bag, but I felt it slightly missed it’s mark. The waffle was slightly greasy, which makes me a hypocrite because I couldn’t care less whether a biscuit was greasy. I wasn’t expecting it here though, and it was a little gross. The waffle itself was pretty decent, but I found myself wishing it were slightly sweeter and the sausage was slightly spicier. It was worth trying, and I could see myself getting it again. I just felt this was such a great idea that fell a little flat.

CinnabonDelights

Cinnabon Delights (4 ct $1.59): These things are freaking delicious! The are cinnamon sugar covered dough balls filled with cream cheese laced Cinnabon frosting.

 

This isn’t my favorite breakfast. If I were driving down the road with my bff, I would stop at Hardees or Bojangles because I’m a biscuit slut. If those weren’t to be found then Chickfila. If my bff who hates biscuits threw a bitch fit, I would probably suggest Taco Bell. There’s definitely more than a pinch of novelty here, but for the most part it works and is edible and even enjoyable.

 

 
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Paddy Bee Sting / Paddy Devil’s Apple

26 Mar

Paddy Whiskey

These products are my first press samples. How exciting! I’m not quite sure if this is a good development or bad. Free booze is always fun, but doesn’t it taste just a little sweeter? In any case, I would’ve been ecstatic about both of these even if I had shelled out my own hard earned cash. They are both scrumptious and dangerously delicious. And can I say, I LOVE the bottles? Old-timey chic is a thing, right?

Paddy Bee Sting (70prf) – This is my favorite but in that very slight way you might favor one of your children over the other. It is deliciously honey flavored without being fake or overly sweet. The whiskey is there too, don’t you worry. Dear Jack Daniels, this is honey whiskey done right.

Paddy Devil’s Apple (70prf) – Devil’s Apple has a spicy, cider-esque flavor that is pure fall and America. There’s enough whiskey to flavor, but not overpower. I love this shit.

Both of these are some of my favorite new drinks I’ve tried recently. If you are looking for some new whiskey inspired drinks, I give these two cheers. And say CHUG!

 

This product was a free press sample. This does not in any way affect my review of this product. If you would like to see your liquor reviewed by this blog email me at liquorlunch@gmail.com

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Paddy Irish Whiskey “Sleep When You’re 30″

14 Mar

I recently was contacted by a very nice lady from Paddy Irish Whiskey. Though I had no idea their brand existed, she had a cute video from Collegehumor.com regarding the upcoming holiday of St. Paddy’s Day and offered samples of their booze. Multiple samples of their booze. Far be it from me to deny my adoring fans with a review of an Irish whiskey! So for you I do this.

I have ridiculously fond memories of enjoying Collegehumor.com when I was younger. And a possible borderline obsession with Amir. I stayed up and watched them pull all nighters, they once even said my then-screen name on camera! I read their site every day with the languid sort of procrastination I now reserve for Reddit. So from both Collegehumor.com and Paddy Irish Whiskey I bring you St. Paddy’s Day When You’re 20 vs. 30….