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Gloria’s Latin Cuisine

The next and last stop on the Bite Tonight’s Texas culinary adventure is to Gloria’s Latin Cuisine.

Gloria's Waterfall

It’s no surprise that Texas has some killer Spanish eats, but Gloria’s is doing real deal, authentic Salvadorian food with an upscale vibe, without the upscale price. Gloria’s planted it’s roots in Texas 25 years ago and now has 15 restaurants across the state. Offering brunch, lunch, dinner, and some of the finest tequila this side of the border, Gloria’s has become quite popular. See how they ranked.

Atmosphere: 4 out 5 bites

Price: 4 out of 5 bites

Quality/Taste: 4.5 out of 5 bites

Service: 4.5 out of 5 bites

Wow Factor: 3 out of 5 bites

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Of course we started off with way too many drinks and appetizers

Fresh Guava Margarita: Tequila, guava, Grand Marnier, orange juice and agave nectar give this Margarita a tropical taste unlike any other. Smooth, sweet, and fruity!

gloria's short drink

Spicy Pineapple Margarita: A perfect blend of spicy and sweet, this mix of tequila, lime, pineapple Chipotle and Cointreau is sure to please the senses. A nice blend of sweet and heat. I really liked the pepper garnish.

chili drink

Guacamole: Fresh, bright, and delicious! Some of the best guacamole I’ve ever had. The ingredients were crisp and super vibrant really showcasing their quality.

guacamole

Tamale: A hand-made tamale wrapped and steamed in banana leaves, gently spiced and stuffed with chicken, potatoes and bell pepper. Very different from the Mexican tamales I’ve had in the past, but in a very good way. The filling had a lot of texture and was seasoned perfectly.

tamales

My pick:

Carne Asada: Skirt steak, marinated and cooked to perfection. Served with Spanish rice, fried plantain and chimichurri on the side. The steak was tender, juicy, and was delicious. One of the best skirt steaks I’ve tasted. The chimichurri was bright and fresh and added a brightness to the steak. The fried plaintain was sweet and slightly caramelized. The yuca was crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.

jays steak

Ma’s pick:

Nancy’s Ribeye: 10 oz. certified angus ribeye, sauteed green beans and red onions with yuca dressed in chimichurri. The steak was amazing and you could really taste the quality. The green beans were crisp and bright and the chimichurri brought the whole dish together. I am in love with chimichurri!

moms pick

Jay’s pick:

Asado de Puerco Salvatex: Pork tenderloin grilled to tender perfection. Served with chile ancho sauce, an enchilada (chicken or beef) and Spanish rice. Tender, juicy, with a delicious grilled flavor. The corn enchilada wasn’t the best I’ve had, but the ancho sauce had a nice heat to it.

jays real

If you’re looking for a nice authentic Latin meal, Gloria’s is where it’s at. Service was on point and for a busy weekend night, we received our food very fast. Gloria’s definitely had the timing down and there was not a lot of down time in between courses. The decor is very stylish and classy with a nice warm ambiance. The prices were very reasonable for the great service, exceptional quality, and upscale feel. The next time you are in the Addison, Texas area, swing by Gloria’s and indulge in a premium cocktail and true Latin grub.

glorias dining room

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Food Tasting @ Olive Garden

Josh and I were lucky enough to be invited to an exclusive food tasting @ Olive Garden in Ann Arbor, MI last week. Olive Garden’s culinary geniuses were looking for feedback on their latest and most significant menu evolution in OG history. Olive Garden’s new menu is designed to appeal to the evolving palettes and preferences of casual dining guests, while providing more customizable options. See how they ranked!

Atmosphere: 4 out of bites

Price: 3.5 out 5 bites

Quality/Taste: 4.5 out of 5 bites

Service: 4 out of 5 bites

Wow Factor: 4 out of 5 bites

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We started off with a drink…

Italian Margarita: Sauza Gold Tequila, triple sec and imported Italian amaretto. Light, refreshing, and dangerous because you cannot taste the alcohol. The sweetness from the amaretto balances the sourness from the margarita. Highly recommended!

Italian Margherita

Out of a 10 course food tasting, Josh and I decided to share our favorites.

Crispy Risotto Bites: A bite-sized blend of Italian cheeses and rice, lightly fried and served with marinara sauce. Perfectly crispy and not greasy. The marinara was flavorful and the perfect sidekick. Great for sharing!

Risotto Bites

Artichoke Fritta: Artichoke hearts lightly battered and fried, topped with Italian cheeses, Served with citrus aioli dipping sauce. Even though the artichoke hearts were fried, this appetizer was very light. The artichoke has a slightly lemony and sour element that brightened up the texture. The citrus aioli sauce was what made this dish: delectable!

Articoke Fritta

Salmon Bruschetta: Grilled filet topped with fresh tomatoes and basil pesto. Served on a seafood risotto with sauteed shrimp. Although we’re not huge seafood fans (Josh even less than I), this salmon was amazing. Cooked and seasoned perfectly and extremely fresh! The creamy and silky risotto was the perfect pairing.

Salmon bruschetta with shrimp risotto

Citrus Chicken Sorrento: (Lighter Italian Fare, under 575 calories). Tender, grilled chicken breasts in a citrus honey glaze, inspired by the city of Sorrento, famous for it’s lemon groves. Served with lightly seasoned broccoli, artichokes and roasted vegetables. The sweet citrus and lemon flavor was light, yet satisfying. The chicken was tender, juicy, and succulent.

Citrus Chicken Sorrento

Braised Beef and Tortelloni: Tender slices of slow-braised beef, portobello mushrooms, and asiago-filled tortelloni tossed in a basil-marsala sauce. OMG! Hands down, the best thing we’ve ever eaten! The beef was so tender and absorbed so much of that slightly sweet basil-marsala sauce. The tortelloni was perfectly cooked, and filled with buttery asiago cheese that just melted in your mouth. Although this dish was slightly heavy, it was comforting, exquisite and so worth it!

Braised Beef Tortelloni

Apple Tuscan Bread Pudding: (Seasonal dessert)-Warm, rustic Italian bread pudding baked with York Imperial applies, then topped with caramel and a rich vanilla cream. Now, I would normally gravitate towards a chocolate dessert or cheesecake for an after dinner delight, but this bread pudding is good! A nice crusty top with a moist, soft center. This is the perfect dessert to warm you up right before you venture out into the Michigan cold. The vanilla cream is the perfect finishing touch and really compliments the bread pudding well.

Tuscan Apple Bread Pudding

Some of the other menu features include Spicy Three Meat Sauce part of Cucina Mia (customize your pasta), Roasted Tomato Caprese Salad Topper, Mediterranean Flatbread, Spicy Calabrian Wings, and Pappardella Pescatore seafood entree.

The OG staff and organizers of the food tasting were really great and took the time to explain each dish and interact with the food tasters. Service was good as always and the staff was very accommodating. A big thank you goes out to the the staff at Olive Garden and Costa Communications Group! We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again, if you want good Italian that never disappoints, go to Olive Garden. This new menu is the best we’ve had at OG so stop wasting your time with mediocre. Get to Olive Garden now and experience decadence.

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Girls Night

Last night I went to Tee’s for girl time and we ended up hanging out for her parents game night. Renee made a blackberry and raspberry pie that was delicious! The perfect combination of sweet, tart, and crumbly.

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Later we went to Applebee’s for half off appetizers and a Perfect Strawberry Margarita. The sugar rim looked so beautiful and inviting making this drink the perfect thing after a long work week. (I say “long” because I only worked three days, but it felt like forever)!

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Thanks girls for a great Friday night!

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