Food Observations

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Archive for the month “November, 2019”

Domino’s Pizza

Domino’s Pizza for dinner recently! Clearly the best thing coming out of their ovens is the pan pizza with thick, crispy, greasy edges. The unique flavor combination of alfredo sauce with chicken and bacon compliments this pan style beautifully.

Embassy Suites

First of all, that is salsa on my eggs, NOT chup LOL! Sometimes at Embassy Suites I forego the pomp & circumstance of cooked to order omelettes, etc., and head straight to the serve yourself breakfast buffet. Nicely done pre-made fare here, despite those institutional, cubed taters that I’m not really a fan of. I’ve stayed at many Embassy Suites across the country and some are more modern than others. This one in Tempe, AZ was clearly a ’70’s refurb property. I will say though, the outside courtyard pool area was very nice!   

Oregano’s Pizza Bistro

Here’s one of the best meals on this road trip (outside Pawhuska)! Outstanding “Big Rig” Pasta at Oregano’s in Tempe, AZ. A huge bowl of rigatoni pasta covered with a tasty tomato chipotle cream sauce, chopped basil, diced maters, Parmesan and a spicy finish. I just loved this restaurant! Oregano’s has numerous locations throughout Arizona and a few in Colorado. I will definitely be visiting again next time I’m passing through AZ.

Cracker Barrel

I cannot think of a better road trippin’ breakfast spot than Cracker Barrel! Here we are leaving Gallup, NM on Memorial Day morning. I just loved all the patriotic bunting they had out. I’ve had better versions of “Old Timer’s Breakfast” at other Barrel’s, but this one still hit the spot!

El Sombrero Restaurant

In Gallup, NM, not too many places were open the Sunday before Memorial Day. El Sombrero however was open so we enjoyed our last New Mexico Chile-fix here. I ordered an excellent carne adovada burrito smothered with New Mexico’s finest green & red!

Flying C Ranch

As much as I adore biscuits & gravy, I cannot ever imagine ordering them “to go”! Here we are in line at a Dairy Queen embedded within a trippy travel center/souvenir store in the middle-of-nowhere, New Mexico called Flying C Ranch. They had an eye watering selection of fireworks, even one of those creepy Zoltar machines. Definitely a memorable stop for all.

Dyer’s BBQ

Back in Amarillo after a long day of driving! We originally intended to have dinner at The Big Texan but the wait was obscene. Instead we lucked out and had a great dinner at Dyer’s BBQ just down the road from our hotel. The Dyer family has been serving their family BBQ recipes in the Texas panhandle for over 50 years! I enjoyed a great combination plate that included brisket, jalapeño sausage, incredibly smooth tater salad, etc.

The Pioneer Woman Mercantile

Quite possibly the best biscuits and gravy I’ve ever put in my mouth!

P-Town Pizza

This is the place I was most looking forward to visiting in Pawhuska. P-Town Wood fired Pizza. Everything here was just outstanding! Starting with a delicious draft beer in a big Mason jar, “Not Knots” and Ladd’s Chopped Wedge. My choice of pizza was called “Lots of Meat”. It’s topped with every kind of meat they have in the kitchen. Pepperoni, Italian sausage, pork sausage, ham, salami and crispy bacon. The pie was terrific! Super thin crust so you can really enjoy the toppings (and eat more slices).

The Boarding House

While in Pawhuska we stayed at The Boarding House. This is an eight-room “cowboy luxury” hotel just a few doors down from the Merc. The suites are absolutely stunning, each having their own identity and personality. This beautiful cheeseboard thing was part of their evening reception (hospitality hour) for guests. Plus complimentary wine, etc. Everything about this place is top shelf! From the service, the coffee & pastry delivery every morning, to the exquisitely appointed rooms.

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