Mexican

Royal Oak: Qdoba

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Taco Salad: Tequila lime chicken, corn salasa, pico de gallo, guacamole, lettuce, black beans, cojita cheese, spicy queso, and sour cream. This is usually my go to because I can go crazy with all the toppings. Fresh, light, and delicious! Totally satisfying and I didn’t feel bad eating it because of all the veggies. The spicy queso packed the heat and I liked that could taste all the different peppers.

Price: 4.5 out of 5 bites

Quality/Taste: 4 out of 5 bites

Service: 4 out of 5 bites

Qdoba is one of the few chain/fast food spots that I enjoy. I really like that you can load up on a ton of veggies and customize your order. They are constantly offering new and exciting menu items and switching things up. Check it out!

Steak Quesadilla: Loaded with sauteed red onions, green peppers, cheese. The steak was tender and flavorful. Salty, spicy, but not overwhelming. Perfect ratio of cheese, veggies, and protein. The green peppers still had a bite to them, but were slightly sauteed. I hate when veggies have been cooked to death that they are so limp and lifeless.

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Knockout Tacos

Gladiator: Grilled steak, bacon, pico de gallo, lettuce, Mexican caesar dressing, cilantro and cotija cheese. The bacon was salty and paired well with the tender steak. I really liked the Mexican Caesar dressing. It was creamy, tangy, with a little kick.

Two timer: Pulled pork, salsa roja, shredded cheese, lettuce, pico de gallo and cotija cheese in a crispy taco, wrapped in a flour tortilla spread with 3-cheese Queso. The queso acted as glue for the second tortilla. It had a “cheesy gordita crunch” vibe, but only better because it was queso! The pulled pork was juicy and the cojita cheese added a hint of salt. The veggies were fresh and balanced out the whole taco. The only thing I didn’t like was that halfway thru, the tortilla started to fall apart so I ended up fork and knifing it.

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My favorite thing about Qdoba is the selection of queso. At any given time, they offer around 3 different types of queso to choose from. The current promo is beer cheese queso and I can’t wait to try it! Each location offers different seasonal items, so be sure to check with your local Qdoba.

Shout out to Sonya at the Northville location. Thanks for the opportunity to try out so many delicious items!

Qdoba Mexican Grill Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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The Coronado

By far, my favorite spot on my Phoenix, Arizona adventure was the Coronado located in Midtown

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The Coronado is a vegan/vegetarian meets coffee shop/bakery meets craft cocktail fusion that I fell in love with. The menu has a lot of South of the Border influence which was fitting in AZ, only it’s done with such seamless uniqueness that it’s bound to make you forget how you previously enjoyed these classics. They also serve jackfruit which was my first introduction to the fruit coming from the fig and mulberry family. I didn’t order it this trip, but it was exploding all over Phoenix menu’s. It’s texture makes it the perfect meat substitute because it shreds similar to chicken or pork. How cool! See how they ranked.

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Atmosphere: 4.5 out of 5 bites

Price: 4.5 out of 5 bites

Quality/Taste: 4.5 out of 5 bites

Service: 4.5 out of 5 bites

Wow Factor: 4.5 out of 5 bites

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Lauren was in the mood for a nightcap

Tequila, Cointreau, simple syrup, fresh muddled lime, jalapeno. Spicy! Major points for muddling and mixing up a craft cocktail just like that. Fresh ingredients really make any cocktail taste that much better. The salt/pepper rim added another layer of spice and flavor.

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Star of the show is the…. (drum roll please)

Cauliflower Tacos: 3 masa battered cauliflower tacos w/ guacamole, spinach, pepitas & creamy avocado dressing. These were the best tacos I have ever had! The cauliflower was tender, yet crispy, and so satisfying. I did not miss the meat whatsoever. The creamy avocado dressing was light, the pepitas added crunch and the spinach contributed freshness. These tacos were recommended and now I see why they are the best thing on the menu.

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Fried Guacamole: House made guacamole, breaded & fried, served with fresh made tortilla chips. I didn’t know you could fry guacamole, but you can and it is out of this world delicious. It was crispy , golden, yet still packed with that creamy, fresh guacamole we all love. The corn chips were fresh and still warm. It was topped with a creamy chipotle and avocado sauce which complimented the whole dish. My second favorite dish here!

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Street Corn: Roasted corn on the cob w/ vegan mayo, spices & cotija cheese. Smoky, salty, and sweet. This amped up normal corn on the cob and took it to a whole new level. This is my new way to eat corn.

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Goat Cheese and Jalapeno Marmalade Quesadilla: Sweet, spicy, and creamy. This quesadilla was more sweet than the savory quesadillas I am used to and I liked it. It was different in a good way. The only thing I would improve on was the heavy paprika sprinkled on top. This was a little too much for me, otherwise this was really tasty.

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A lot of the spots in Phoenix are old houses turned restaurants/bars. The Coronado is just like this and has so much character. The restaurant is divided into intimate rooms filled with art and natural wood floors. Now, I am not vegan by any means, but I do like to experience good for you food, and the Coronado is serving up the best. I felt great indulging in the delicious menu items without losing tons of flavor or having to minus off a bunch of toppings.

Shout out to my ladies, Jacki & Lauren for sharing this great experience with me ❤

Coronado PHX Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

TV’s Deli and Diner

Located on Fort St. off West Rd, in Trenton, MI is a cute little diner serving up some serious home cooking. TV’s Deli and Diner got it’s name from the initials of it’s owners, Tracey and Victor, who’s love for scratch cooking led them to open up the place in 1995.

When I first walked in the diner, which has an old school 50’s diner type feel, I was blown away by the menu which is nothing typical of your standard diner food. From home cooked soups including Lobster Bisque, decadent breakfast classics with a twist like Creme Brulee Waffles and comforting entrees like the Chicken and Bacon Mac and Blue Cheese, TV’s is dishing up something for everyone. See how they ranked.

Atmosphere: 4 out of 5 bites

Price: 3.5 out of 5 bites

Quality/Taste: 4 out of 5 bites

Service: 3 out of 5 bites

Wow Factor: 3 out of 5 bites

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I just want to give a shout out to my friend Nastassia who has been raving about TV’s for a while and telling me to try it. So finally, myself and another friend of mine, Mandy, stopped in last weekend around 1 pm for lunch. Although there was a short wait, it was well worth every minute we spent drooling over the yummy plates as we watched them be delivered to the diners.

My Pick:

Traditional Eggs Benedict: Hot toasted English muffins, thick sliced hickory smoked ham and poached eggs topped with a heavenly drizzle of hollandaise sauce. Now, at first I was hesitant, only because I’m not a huge eggs benedict type of girl, but this totally changed my mind. It was everything I could dream of. The salty and sweet ham with the rich, creamy hollandaise sauce, and the perfectly poached egg was so delicious. The side of red skin home fries was nice, crispy, and comforting. I liked how they were generous with the ham. It was seriously one of the best breakfasts I’ve ever had and surprisingly, I didn’t feel heavy afterwards.

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Mandy’s Pick:

Breakfast Burrito: Sausage, onions, green peppers, tomatoes and cheese. Scrambled with 3 eggs and rolled in lawash bread with fresh salsa on the side. Served with redskin home fries or cheesy fried grits. Now, I know what you’re thinking, that this looks like any old burrito. Well, it isn’t because you could really taste the freshness and quality of the ingredients, and the huge portion was well worth the money. The fresh, homemade salsa was also delicious and added a nice brightness to the burrito. 

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When I was there, something magical happened and It was like I was a kid again at my favorite restaurant, only I was sipping a Mimosa and enjoying Eggs Benedict with a thick cut of delicious Dearborn Ham. It doesn’t matter if you’re 7 and eating Green, Eggs, and Ham or 42 and indulging in a Chipotle Burger topped with French fried onions and a slice of homemade pie. TV’s gives your diner classics an adult, grown up feel, by offering alcoholic drinks which are equally as delectable as their dishes. I love that TV’s is a neighborhood place and if you haven’t experienced them (because yes, it is an experience), get your butt down there!

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El Paso Mexican Restaurant

Today on the Bite Tonight: El Paso

It’s no secret that I love Mexican food. So, last night for dinner, Ma and I decided to grab a carryout at a local place. Since I’ve never been to El Paso, I wanted to try it out. El Paso offers the standard Mexican favorites and drinks including horchata  (a milky drink made from ground almonds, tiger nuts, or rice).  See how they ranked.

Atmosphere: 2.5 out of 5 bites (little outdated)

Price: 3 out of 5 bites

Quality/Taste: 2 out of 5 bites

Service: 3 out of 5 bites

Wow Factor: 2 out of 5 bites (salsa bar for dine in guests)

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Beef Enchilada Dinner: Rolled corn tortillas filled with beef  and topped with cheese and sauce.  We actually ordered two beef and one cheese enchilada, but we received all beef. Pretty decent, not as good as Mexican Village or Taco Especial. The enchiladas were a little sloppy, but I blame that on running to the car in order to beat the downpour. I wasn’t a fan of the rice (too plain), but the beans were delicious.

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Chicken and Beef Tacos: El Paso fried the flour tortilla just the way we like it to make it crispy, but by the time we got home, the shell was soggy. The chicken was seasoned well and the tacos were pretty big. The beef could’ve used a little more spice.

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El Paso gets kudos for price and portion, but the food just wasn’t what I’d hoped for. It didn’t satisfy my craving for authentic Mexican and I probably wouldn’t go back. I always thought that Mexican food is a little like cereal with everyone having their own preference and favorite. On the other hand, service was good and they offer a salsa bar if you dine in which I loved. Stop in and check em out!

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Breakfast Quesadilla

When it comes to breakfast, I believe that eggs, breakfast meat, veggies, and a tortilla are the perfect match. You can get creative and the possibilities are endless. Here’s an easy recipe for my latest creation.

Today on the Bite Tonight: Breakfast Quesadilla. 

1. In a large skillet, saute about 3 tablespoons of ground breakfast sausage with 1/4 cup of onions and peppers of your choice (I used red pepper).

2. Once the sausage is cooked, push mixture to the side and brown 6 tater tots in a little olive oil, smashing with a spatula to really get that crispy crust.

3. Once the taters are crispy, crack one egg in the skillet and scramble, combining with sausage mixture once cooked.

4. Remove taters and sausage mixture and set aside.

5. Take one large tortilla and smear enchilada, hot sauce, or whatever the heck you have in the fridge on half of the tortilla.

6. Build the quesadilla on the same half as the sauce, starting with the sausage mixture, layer on your favorite cheese, then add taters, then more cheese.

7. Fold over the tortilla and brown on each side.

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You get the delicious, comfort of a breakfast burrito, but then you taste the sauce which gives it a little spicy Mexican/Spanish flavor. It’s really great if you want to impress guests with your skillet skills or perfect for an on the go breakfast meal. Try it out and tell me what you think!

White Girl Enchiladas

I’m always craving Mexican food, but today it was bad. I have an enchilada recipe that requires you to pop it in the oven for about 20 min, but I’m too impatient so I improvised. Try out this quick recipe for “White Girl” Enchiladas.

Ingredients:

1/2 lb. Ground Beef (browned and drained)

1 cup of shredded cheese (use your favorite)

2 cans enchilada sauce

Tortilla’s ( 8 or 10 inch)

1/2 packet Taco seasoning

1 small onion

Make:

1. Simmer onion, 1 can enchilada sauce, beef,  garlic powder & pepper to taste, and taco seasoning for about 10-15 minutes on low-medium heat in a large pan. Be careful not to burn enchilada sauce.

2. In the same pan, slide the beef mixture aside and dip one tortilla (both sides) in the sauce until saturated.You are going to roll the enchiladas and heat in the same pan so make room.

3. Add some cheese, then 2 spoonfuls of meat mixture (or more) in the middle of the tortilla.

4. Fold both sides over and spoon enchilada sauce over enchilada. Add more enchilada sauce as you need it.

5. Top with cheese and heat until melted. You may need to put a lid on to speed up the melting process.

Since I was only making for myself, I had enough room to make two enchiladas in one pan. You should be able to fit 2-3 in one pan.

I didn’t have enough enchilada sauce, but the enchiladas still came out really good! I like them covered with sauce, but you can add as much or little as you like.

The bottom of the tortilla gets a little browned and crispy, yet still soft and flavorful from the enchilada sauce. Slightly spicy, but pairs well with cool sour cream or avocado.

By making everything in one pan, you don’t dirty a lot of dishes and clean up is a breeze!

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Makes 4 enchiladas.

Tip: Make taco’s or dip with any leftovers. Try chicken or steak, too.

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