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Monday, July 25, 2011

Avacado Buffet

This restaurant has closed or changed names.

There is yet another new restaurant in Spokane, as of May 2011 anyhow.  It's called, the Avocado Buffet.  Geo noticed it while driving by and he took note of this sign:

It reads, "Chinese, Japanese, Korean Cuisine."

Needless to say, a few days later we had to give this place a try. 

It is kinda tucked away in this shopping center, 328 North Sullivan Road.

Inside, it is very attractive; I liked it.  I especially liked the higher tables. 

We were there after eight, but they stay open till nine, and I must say, they did a good job of making sure the food was available till closing time.  There were food items that I liked better than others, but over all I thought it was great restaurant... if you like Asian buffet.

Selections I remember were:
sushi, shrimp in butter sauce, barbecue spare ribs, egg roll, curry chicken, sweet and sour chicken or poured on them,) chow mein, pork bulgoki, teriyaki chicken, and there was more;  I just do not remember all the items I saw.  They also had a salad bar and desserts.

I am not sure if the menu changes throughout the week or not, but there were some nice options.

If you eat here, I recommend that you skip the American style plates and go for the Japanese styled ones.  They are great!

Pictured here is:  (clock-wise) 
Hot and Sour Soup,
Cucumber Kimchee
Garlic Green Beans (my favorite)
Curry Chicken, (Yum!)
Deep Fried Chicken pieces, for dipping in
         Sweet and Sour Sauce
 and an array of various melons
                           ...from the salad bar.
As I mentioned, I especially liked the special Japanese style plates with sections to put your food in.  They are a very nice way to serve and eat your food. 

Geo had the spicy seafood soup.  He began with just a taste and had "seconds."  Here is the "firsts."  It was definitely spicy and definitely seafoody.  It even has little squiddies in it.

Not for the novice spicy food eater..... if you know what I mean.  For the adventurous novice, the Hot and Sour soup was great.

They had great iced tea too... several flavor choices.... not Coca Cola flavored tea though.

Green beans and kimchee cukes, please.  Yum!

While we still have our favorite buffet (and Asian) places to eat in town, we are glad there is a wide variety of buffet style restaurants in Spokane, and we welcome another one.   No doubt, our favorite buffets are ones with an Asian flair!

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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Bajio- Mexican Grill

I was out to lunch the other day with friends and we decided to give Bajio a try.  Some in the group had been there before, but for most of us, it was a new experience.

For me, it was a little bit like going to a Subway restaurant, only Mexican style.  Someone mentioned that is was a little like another place called Q'Doba, but I had never been to a restaurant quite like this before.

Bajio is a fairly new restaurant in Spokane.  It is  located on Division street in a small outdoor plaza,  across the street from Northtown Mall. I was actually surprised to learn that Bajio is a franchise operation and that there are Bajio restaurants in other cities and states throughout the west. I didn't know any of this until I looked them up on the internet.

All in all, eating here as a pleasant experience.  The food was fresh tasting and we all enjoyed our  lunch.
The portions were generous and there really is a grill.  They make and arrange your food on the plate while you observe and tell them what you would like or not like on your order.

One of the features they offer is a $5.00 special for lunch.  Each day there is a different "special" you can get.   For example, on Wednesdays, you can order a taco, 2 sides and a drink, for

Are you hungry yet?  See their menu, here,  
We ordered all sorts of menu options.

This is a sampling of what we were served:
Note the guacamole and lime!  Yum!

Mango Salsa
It was all very pretty....
What did we order?  We ordered things like enchiladas, shrimp and pineapple, fish tacos, nachos, and other things with rice and beans.  We enjoyed the spicy jalapenos, pico de gallo and mango salsa too.


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Monday, July 11, 2011

Costco Food Court

Here's a hot dog with mustard, ketchup, relish and onions!
OK..  So, it was the Fourth of July and Geo and I were in Nevada, and for some strange reason, we had the inspirational idea of eating a hot dog with mustard.  Geo kept talking about it, joking with me since I really do not like them but was inspired at the people eating hot dogs at an event we were at.and being as it was the Forth of July, it was a bit nostalgic.  I am not sure why, but it was one of those occasions when a hot dog just sounded good.

I probably would have eaten a hot dog sooner with the people who were around me, except that I was deterred from it by the highway robbery prices for a hot dog posted clearly on the event concession menu. Seriously...the vendors were asking $5.00... and this for a simple hot dog on a bun!  If you wanted a bottle of water to go with that, they charged another 4 bucks!

It was just too much to pay, in my opinion.

So, needless to say,  while we watched people eating hot dogs, we dreamed of going sometime during our visit, somewhere else besides the concession stand for food,  and eating hotdogs of our own- ones that didn't cost quite so much.

Now, I will ad d this information; and that is that we had the pleasure of visiting several local restaurants over the course of a week in Reno.  Nice places, all of them, but none of which I plan to blog.  But for some reason, some crazy reason, (I am not sure what it is,) I am blogging about our experience of eating a hot dog at Costco, (which by the way, was great!)

It was not so easy though.  First we had to get to Costco which was difficult because, as you probably guessed, there were lots of food options in the city we were staying.  Let's just call those times of going out somewhere and not having a hot dogs,  "near misses."  I mean,  Thai and Chinese, even a buffet won out over hot dogs on several of our dining-out excursions.  One day, however, we passed a Costco store in our travels and we both knew that this would finally be it.  SEriously, where else can you actually get a hot dog... and a pop for $1.50?

What a deal!  We had a lunch date that cost us $3.24,  (or so) and it was a perfect lunch.

What a way to celebrate the 4th!
And.... as an added bonus, we had our dogs with kraut!  (at no extra charge!)  And you know what... Costco stores,  even state to state, are all basically the same.  We almost felt like we we back in good ol Spokane!

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