Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Alexis Diner, Newburgh NY

The Alexis Diner in Newburgh used to be called the Lexus Diner until the car company sued them over the use of the name. It didn't matter that the diner had the name first, I guess the corporate suits were worried that some of their customers may not be able to tell the difference between a Japanese luxury car and a corned beef sandwich. They may have been right though, both a burger and a car can some deluxe, but who wants fries with a coupe? But, as Shakespeare said, what's in a name? The Alexis Diner by any name is one of the best in the Mid-Hudson Valley.

I can speak on this with some authority, I've probably eaten there somewhere between fifty and a hundred times and it's been very good almost every time. The few times it wasn't was a few years ago when I think they were temporarily under a different management, since that they've been back up to snuff. The menu is extensive, the service is good, and the prices are reasonable.

As for the food, the Rueben sandwiches are good, and huge, the Gyros are good and come with a small Greek salad (see the picture above), the burgers are good, the deserts are very good, the salads are fresh and huge, the omelets are fluffy, in fact, just about everything is good. Of course I follow my rule of ordering diner food in a diner. By the way, if you order a salad, order the small one because it is plenty even for me, and plan on sharing a desert too. The pie slices are big.

My daughter was visiting from North Carolina and we were watching Man Versus Food on TV. It was the episode where he ate a huge corned beef sandwich. Rachel said she wanted a Rueben. You see, they don't have diners in the South. They have places they call "meat and three', meaning you get a meat and three sides. We went and she got her rueben, I got a gyro (again I pronounced it right, yee-ros, and the waiter said gyro. Of course he wasn't Greek, he was Mexican) and Teresa got a burger. All were good.

Stop by sometime for a good meal. You won't be disappointed. For more info, visit their website.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Double O Grill, Wappingers Falls, NY

Double O is a bistro type restaurant with a large bar and an extensive menu. We used to go there years ago when it was the Rolling Rock Cafe and hit it a few times after they changed hands. The hands that own it now are the same ones that own the Eveready Diner and the Coyote Grill. Since I like the Eveready Diner, and my wife has been to the Double O a few times recently we had it on our short list.

Well we went there the other day on our way to a 7:30 meeting in Wappingers Falls. There was a traffic incident along the way, so we didn't get to the restaurant until 6:35. Plenty of time for a burger and a salad, or so I thought.

It wasn't busy and we were seated promptly. The waiter introduced himself to us, got us water and took our orders. I ordered the Blue Cheese Burger and Teresa had the Parmesan Crusted Chicken salad. For a slow night, the food took a while, but it was well worth the wait. My burger was perfectly cooked. Crusted on the outside and medium rare in the center. The blue cheese was plentiful, and of good quality, and there was a delightful grilled red onion slice on it. Sweet. The salad was a neat presentation, I wish I took a picture of it, and tasty. No complaints about the food.

The problem came with how long it took to pay. We got the bill and I looked at it, inserted the credit card, and waited ten minutes for the waiter to return. When he picked it up, it took another ten minutes before he came back with it saying, "Here's the bill, I have to backtrack my steps to find your card." Yup, he lost my credit card. I stood there for another ten minutes fuming as thoughts of having to cancel the card and the inconveniences associated with it ran through my mind. One of his associates said, "Oh, they fall out of those holders all the time." No they don't.

Anyway, he found my card and I signed the bill. I did lose his tip though. I never stiff a waiter, but the service wasn't good to begin with and he really did get me mad.

Bottom line? Double O has good food and you should try them. Just watch the waiter as he may be a bit careless.