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    October 15th, 2017

    20170111_164012The remodeling of the Park Hotel (formerly Inn on the Park) included revamping its restaurant called Jerome’s into The Post. Looks can be deceiving, though, as the appealing space doesn’t have the food to match.

    My first visit was early in the year, when I was told by a server that the menu was going to be completely redone. On my subsequent visits, however, the menu looks almost the same as before.

    Formerly known as the Park Hotel, the now generically named pub steak sandwich has increased from $9 to $12. That’s a little overpriced considering the sandwich was small and the steak was under-seasoned, but it was helped by the caramelized onions and the au jus.

    There are only five other sandwiches, including the George Post Burger ($9) and grilled chicken caesar wrap ($9). All are standard options for a hotel restaurant.

    The Post also has seven, seemingly random dinner-only entrees–the Guinness short ribs and the fettuccini del mar are examples–but I figured the likelihood of any non-hotel guest eating dinner here when some of the city’s best restaurants are within a block was slim at best.

    20171012_123815I did try a bunch of the appetizers, in case you’re stopping by for drinks after work at the huge bar that takes up half the space.

    What caught my eye while perusing this portion of the menu was the bacon jam on the pulled pork sliders (three for $9). The bacon jam turned out to be milder in flavor than I expected, and the pork was pretty dry.

    Much better was the empanada (two for $9), which has a flaky shell with moist, tender Argentinian beef inside. It’s got a lot of flavor and doesn’t require the super oily chimichurri sauce.

    The final item I tried was the Corpus shrimp ($12). The really salty bacon in which it’s wrapped is fried to a crisp, and the shrimp was a little tough. The shriveled slice of jalapeno inside seemed out of place, and some kind of dipping sauce was needed.

    The Post serves breakfast, lunch and dinner every day, plus brunch on the weekends.

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    See more photos in our The Post Flickr album.

    The Post Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

    New items at Taco Bell, Burger King

    October 8th, 2017

    20171007_100113I thought I would be immune to being surprised by Taco Bell, but its Naked Egg Taco ($1.99) was a bit of a shocker. Yes, the shell is made up entirely of a fried egg, and I can’t believe how much I enjoyed it. It’s a little greasy to the touch, which is why it comes in a carton sleeve. Inside you’ll find seasoned potatoes, shredded cheese, nacho cheese and your choice of bacon or sausage (you’ll get a generous portion of each).

    I guess the main benefit of this taco is that you omit the carbs from the tortilla shell. For example, if you order the Naked Egg Taco with sausage, it has only 9 g. of carbs, yet oddly it’s only got 11 g. of protein.

    Taco Bell also has an alternate version of this taco called the Dressed Egg Taco ($1.99), which is the Naked Egg Taco wrapped in flatbread. I also liked this taco, as the flatbread made it a little bit more hearty. The nacho cheese in these tacos added depth to the flavor (weird of me to say this, I know).

    Both tacos are available for a limited time.

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    20171002_115928Lucky Charms or Froot Loops? I ended up choosing the latter for my shake ($3.69) at Burger King. The flavor is surprisingly good, as you get the creaminess of the vanilla shake itself alongside the sweetness of the Froot Loops. However, the grounded pieces of Froot Loops were super soggy inside the shake.

    In case you wanted to know, the shake is 720 calories, with 126 g. of carbs.

    Burger King is offering a couple of limited-time chicken sandwiches, too. I selected the crispy chicken parmesan sandwich ($5.09) over the buffalo chicken sandwich. There’s just the right amount of marinara sauce so that it’s not dripping out the sides. The shredded pieces of Parmesan weren’t as melty as they should have been, but overall it was a satisfying sandwich.

    LJ’s Sports Tavern & Grill

    October 1st, 2017

    20170927_122509The first menu LJ’s Sports Tavern & Grill published, March 1 on Facebook, seemed underwhelming. Three months later, the menu improved significantly, going beyond what’s found at your average bar and grill.

    Inside the L-shaped restaurant on the corner of Paterson Street and E. Washington Avenue, you are looking directly into the main entrance of Breese Stevens Field, making LJ’s a convenient pre- and post-event hangout.

    As a result, you’re going to find a lot of appetizers, from spinach artichoke dip ($9.95) to onion rings ($6.95). The pork wings ($8.95) are mini ribs, but with much more meat. I got mine with the sweet chili sauce, and this platter is filling enough to be its own meal.

    I was hoping for spicy cheese bread as good as Paisan’s, but LJ’s version ($6.95) didn’t come close. It’s surprisingly bland, needing garlic for sure. The French bread also seemed off, like it was day old. Meanwhile, the spicy jalapeno cheese curds ($8.95) aren’t at all spicy but nonetheless pretty tasty.

    The sandwich choices are a little different from what you would find at a sports bar. Examples include the chicken meatball sub ($11.95) and the grilled chicken caprese ($11.95).

    20170929_122006From the burger selections, the only one that was unique was the JJ burger ($12.95). Other than the massive poppy and sesame seed bun, which made the bread ratio too high, I liked this concoction. The mashed potatoes weren’t too messy and added some creaminess. The beef patty (also available in veggie, chicken or turkey) itself was tender, and the pulled pork was as good as any BBQ joint’s.

    Fish fry is available every day. The ocean perch ($10.95 or $13.95 for all-you-can-eat) had the right amount of cornmeal breading, adding just a slight crunch to the flaky fish inside. The potatoes au gratin (available only on Fridays) were served as wedges, and the potatoes were tender, though I prefer mine thin and slightly crispy. The cheddar sauce was bland and a bit soupy.

    Wraps and salads comprise the remainder of the menu, which also features a daily special.

    LJ’s Sports Tavern & Grill is open every day for lunch and dinner. You can find a few dedicated parking spots inside the Galaxie apartment building.

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    See more photos in our LJ’s Flickr Album.

    LJ's Sports Tavern & Grill Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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