Posts tagged ‘romantic restaurants’

May 12, 2015

Southern Swank Salads, Davie, FL

by jem614

I have driven by this restaurant a few times on my way to visit friends up north and thought it looked like such a cute place to visit- it reminds me of the former “Jezebel” restaurant in NYC.

I finally got the chance to visit when a friend of mine and I decided that would be our “halfway” point one night during a much-needed mom’s night out.  We were seated in the bar area because let’s be real, a mom’s night out calls for a few drinks!  Unfortunately, our waiter was either very overwhelmed or not happy about being a waiter and a bartender because he was not the most helpful server.  They also said there was absolutely no modifying the side dishes (no have-it-your-way here) and even asking the kitchen manager came back with a resounding “no”.

To be fair, the bartender had been there only a week but you would think that would make him a little more willing to be accommodating.  Instead he laughed at our requests and we were even bombarded all night with dishes that were not ours.  Needless to say, it was a bit disorganized and we were not impressed with the service.

Because of the poor service, we decided to just order one salad and split it. Lucky for us, the Watermelon salad was HUGE and amazingly delicious!  Honestly, I was full after eating half a salad.  These salads are big enough for two people and they do not disappoint (unlike their service).  The lighting was very dim so I had a hard time getting a good picture but this dish was a masterpiece- a huge slice of watermelon underneath and then a spring mix on top with balsamic glaze, nuts and cheese and one or two more things that I’m forgetting.

So, bottom line- go here for the food, not the service.  Expect the worst and maybe you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

Also, please note that as this place is called “Southern Swank”, it’s not super veggie-friendly but the salads are worth making the trip.  Let us know if you’ve been and what you thought!

http://swanksouthern.com/menu/

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March 26, 2014

Barcelona Wine Bar, A Tapas Lover’s Dream

by jem614

IMG_2878[1]In trying to be inconspicuous at a work dinner (my regular work dinner), the pictures for this great restaurant were less than satisfactory.  It doesn’t truly convey the great tapas options we had.  Everyone else at my table was a guy and a meat-eater but the waitress kindly asked everyone if there were any allergies or diet restrictions before we started our “$55/each” meal.  The rest of the night, I was offered only vegetarian options and there were quite a few.  I even ate Quail eggs for the first time (they made me want to be vegan- I don’t like the soft texture of the eggs).

The first round was a bread with goat cheese and sun dried tomatoes on top of a glass of sherry, next came the olives tray (super spicy), followed by curry chickpeas, the quail egg and one or two more.  I don’t think it was worth $55 each but it was such a great dining experience or maybe it was the company but I really enjoyed myself.  It could have been the exceptional wait staff as well.  The place was packed when we sat down to eat at around 8:30 as well as the bar being full.   When we left around 11 pm, there was very few people except at the bar.  It is that warm atmosphere that you want in a restaurant/bar that keeps you coming back despite your rapidly depleting funds.

Barcelona is a great place to take a date for a romantic night out or even meet friends or coworkers at the bar.  Definitely a must-go if you’re in Stamford, CT!

http://www.barcelonawinebar.com/stamford.htm

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