Saturday, November 22, 2008

Tour of Greensboro

Last week we spent a couple of days in Greensboro. I don’t love Greensboro like I love Raleigh, but it is a nice, clean city with lots of good places to eat and shop. Nick and I always follow our “When out of town Eating Rule” which states “when out of town, never eat at a restaurant you could eat at in Fayetteville”. Ninety-nine per cent of the time, we faithfully adhere to this tenet.

On Monday night we ate at Bonefish Grill. I love their house salad because it has hearts of palm and pine nuts with a citrus vinaigrette. This salad reminds me of a salad I had in Fort Lauderdale at Mangoes. Instead of an entrée I ordered the coconut shrimp appetizer. I got six good sized shrimp served with an orange dipping sauce. Along with the fresh bread, these two items made a completely satisfying meal. Nick enjoyed English style fish and chips.

The next day at lunch we gathered at Macaroni Grill. The economical lunch combos surprised me. From a list of salads, soups, and sandwiches, you may choose two for $6.50 or three for $8.50. I had the insalata blu and a chicken Caesar calzonetta. The insalata blu consists of mixed field greens with finely shredded blue cheese, walnuts, and a red wine vinaigrette. Sometimes at dinner, I add grilled chicken to make this an entrée. Pizza dough encased grilled chicken and greens with parmesan and Caesar dressing for the calzonetta. This combination made for a very filling lunch. I find Macaroni Gill to be a consistent performer.

After our substantial lunch, Nick and I chose Qdoba for a light supper. I tried a new chicken mango salad that I will definitely order again. The tortilla shell is filled with greens, grilled chicken, cheese, and mango salsa. This was the freshest, lightest salad I have ever eaten in a Mexican restaurant. Nick’s overstuffed burrito was eaten with a fork.

Lunch on Wednesday was at Mimi’s Café. I love Mimi’s Café and had previously previewed this on an earlier post. One of my favorites for lunch is quiche and salad. Today I had the crab and asparagus quiche. YUM. The plentiful crab and the asparagus were perfectly balanced. I tried the carrot raisin muffin. This colossal muffin could have passed for a cake if it only had cream cheese frosting! My meal was completed by one of my favorite Mimi drinks, strawberry lemonade.

After such a happy meal, staying awake for the ride home was challenging. Another trip, another successful restaurant tour!