Monday, May 31, 2010
Today we found ourselves on the East side of the Hudson River debating where to eat, when I said, "Let's go to Unos in Wappingers." We used to go there quite often when our daughter tended bar there, but we haven't been in over a year since she moved south.
Unos started in Chicago on East Ohio Street about sixty-five years ago serving deep dish pizza. They have grown to over 160 locations, some of them franchised and if you like deep dish pizza, and you're not in Chicago, Unos is the place to get it. The one in Wappingers is franchised by Banta Restaurants and sits on the old Steak and Stein location. They try to buy locally as much as they can.
We were there at lunch during the week so they had some nice specials available. Teresa got a quesadilla and she had a choice of unlimited soup or salad for under eight dollars. She looked at the soup and decided that was for her. Good choice as they had several to choose from, and she sampled them all. I took a taste of each too and my favorites were the clam chowder and the vegetable, with the French Onion coming in close. Teresa liked the broccoli and cheese and the clam chowder.
I got the "Bring home the bacon" burger, pictured above. It was cooked medium, just as I asked, and served on a fresh Challah roll, with spicy cheese and crisp bacon. Delicious.
Unos is a nice place to get a bite to eat and they have a nice beer selection as well. They sometimes carry Goose island Honkers Ale on tap, and they have their own Uno Amber, which has a nice clean taste. Happy hour specials include some cheap appetizers too. The inside is brick and is decorated with pictures of Chicago, memorabilia, and TVs in the bar area. It has a nice warm look to it.
For more info, check out the website.
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Five Guys Burgers and Fries has finally opened in Newburgh. It is on Union Avenue in the same plaza as the Chilis, Longhorn and the Panera Bread. We stopped there tonight and it was everything one could want from a Five Guys. Lots of delicious for not a lot of money. Three little burgers, small fries, and a drink for about seventeen bucks.
If you aren't familiar with a Five Guys, please get there and try them. They serve burgers, fries, hot dogs, and soda. That's it. And since they specialize, they do it right. The fries are fresh, the burgers are fresh, and the soda is . . . well its soda. The little burgers are singles, the regular is a double and the small fries is enough for three to share. I get my little cheeseburger (actually I get two of them) with pickles, jalapeño, ketchup and mustard, but there are a whole bunch of other topping available. I recommend the cajun fries instead of the plain ones, but I warn you the heat does sneak up on you near the end, especially after the jalapeño on the burgers.
Sunday, May 23, 2010
Saturday, May 15, 2010
I haven't been to an Applebees in quite a while so we stopped off today in Middletown. I had the Philly Burger and Teresa had one of the salads. Hers was pretty much unremarkable, but my burger was good. It has sauteed onions, peppers, melted cheese and a burger on a toasted hoagie roll.
This is one of my all time favorites. Beef, lamb and chicken on french fries with a small Greek salad. Pita and taziki sauce on the side. All for under twelve bucks. I recommend you have a bottle of Mythos beer with it.
Sunday, May 9, 2010
If you're in the mood for kitschy, try Rosy Tomorrows in Danbury Connecticut. Part of it is an old railroad caboose attached to an old house. The place is full of remnants of the old Danbury Fair including the fortune teller, the funny mirrors, and other fun stuff. A train even runs above the bar, you just insert some coins and the money goes to charity. Model airplanes and rowing shells hang from the ceiling.
The food is good, my favorite being the Buckshot Burger shown above. It has horseradish dressing, onion straws and cheese on a nice toasted kaiser bun. With it you get a generous portion of sweet potato fries for $10.50. My second favorite is the blue cheese burger where the blue cheese is put in the middle of the burger. That one has bacon on it. I also like their French Onion soup and they make an interesting six-layer flower pot salad.
They have a good beer selection too, including a house ale which is pretty good. We've been there a few times and we took the grandchildren once. They loved all the stuff hanging on the walls and from the ceiling.
Overall, an interesting dining experience with good food at reasonable prices. Check out their website for more information.