Get SatisFi’d at BurgerFi!


With attempts to bring some sunshine and warmth to the cold Boston University area BurgerFi – the new burger-joint on campus – hails from Delray Beach Florida serving up a mix of meals, desserts, and libations in an environment suitable for both students and families.


Opened Monday thru Wednesday 11AM to 11PM and Thursday thru Sunday 11AM to 1AM BurgerFi pumps out healthier food options for their guest in an earth friendly environment much like a Shake Shack from the south with, “chairs that are made from recycled Coke bottles, tables made out of compressed recycled wood, and large fans that use 66% less electricity”. In addition they also maintain a low carbon footprint through other sustainable practices.

Prices for this new eatery vary from $5.57 to $9.97 for one of their signature burgers, including a veggie!  If your more creative they have a “Build Your Best Burger” option starting at $3.97 for a single-stack with toppings costing extra.  Next up are the Hot Dogs between $3.67 and $4.97.  Sides or “accessories” range from fries or onion  rings OR Both from $2.97 to $4.97.  Desserts consist of Frozen custards or Frozen Concretes.  You can have them in multiple ways starting with shakes at $4.47 to concretes at $5.57.  Beer prices vary, but wine is served by the glass at $4.97 or by the bottle at $19.97.

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To be health conscious the restaurant listed clearly it’s calorie content for their guest on their menu.  I love it! No guessing here.

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This new addition the Commonwealth Ave line of restaurants in Brighton was a refreshing burst of change for the area, giving customers more options on where they’d like to dine, and also making it possible to grab a beer without being in a bar atmosphere.

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Wanting to start with the basics I ordered the BurgerFi Cheeseburger and Vanilla Frozen Custard with Carmel on top.  To step on the ‘wild side’ I tried out the Crispy Onion Rings with, get this, Parmesan Cheese and Herbs!

There was bit of a wait for my meal, but once out I wasted no time.  My double-decker Angus burger containing two slices of American Cheese, Lettuce, and BurgerFi Sauce was satisfying.  I LOVE the grill branding atop the bun.  I was able to eat the entire burger with ease, and that left me happy.  Next time I go I’m getting the Brisket Burger (double natural 28 day Dry Aged Ground Brisket, Swiss Cheese, Blue Cheese, Lettuce Pickles and BurgerFi® Sauce) or maybe a Chicago Style Dog (All-Natural Dog topped with Mustard, Neon Relish, Diced Onion, Tomato slices, Sport Peppers, Celery Salt, and a Pickle spear served on a Poppy Seed Bun) to remind me of my favorite city in America.

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My frozen vanilla custard was quite yummy.  Smooth and creamy.

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My FAVORITE takeaway from this meal however was indeed the crispy onion rings!  O.M.Gee!!!  True to it’s name, these crispy delights tasted like Funyuns Onion Flavored Ring Chips!  The Amazing difference being that I was eating REAL onions with massive flavor!  Heaven!  I MUST get a LARGE order next, even if it’s 980 calories in a serving.

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Maybe next time I’ll get the Urban Fries from the “Secret Menu” that contains Parmesan and Herb Fries topped with Garlic Aioli.  The secret will be OUT if they top the onion rings and they might get swarmed and have to give up all their secrets.  But hey, it’s good for business, right? Xo!



961 Commonwealth Avenue

Boston, MA 02215



New American at Nubar!


Checking out hotel restaurants is a rare thing I do, but I’m noticing as time passes, I’m getting more into it.  Something about the idea of dining with hotel guest seems almost intrusive since I come in just walking off the street.  But with that negative invisible line null and void I made my way to Nubar, adjacent to the Sheraton Commander Hotel in Harvard Square.

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Opened in April 2011, Nubar puts a spin on American cuisine while obtaining a chic, contemporary lounge appearance.  As their site states, “Nubar’s Chef’s (Executive Chef Thomas Connaughton and Chef de Cuisine William Flumerfelt) combines a modern approach applied to classic dishes.”  With an affordable menu (priced between 10 and 30 dollars) this restaurant allows patrons to dine in style without blowing the bank.

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Although I stopped by for dinner the location is open 7 days a week for breakfast, lunch, and Sunday brunch.  I started off with the Taleggio Polenta with Wilted Baby Spinach and a Crispy Poached Egg followed by Pat’s Littleneck Clam Roast, which came with Baby Shrimp, Toasted Angel Hair, Zucchini, Cherry Tomatoes, Bacon, and Garlic in White Wine.  Is your mouth starting to water?


As I waited for my drink and app to arrive I snacked on the tasty complimentary herb-based bread with creamy butter.  I never had such bread before a meal and was quite impressed with the culinary teams approach to the typical dinner bread.

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My whistle wetter for the evening was the Tru Gin Horse (say that FAST! lol) and I sampled the Absinthe Minded.  I got the Tru gin mainly because of the ingredients, which made me happy: Tru Organic Gin, Apple Cider, Muddled Apple, Rosemary, and Thyme.  It was like a manly drink made for ladies who like bite!  Very good. The Absinthe contained Tito’s Vodka, Clandestine Absinthe, Fruitlab Jasmine Liqueur,
Simple Syrup, Lemon and Lime.  Though I’m not a big fan of absinthe-based drinks (mainly because I don’t enjoy licorice) this one was smooth.  I could see myself having another in the hot months of August while in the city.


Tru Gin Horse



Absinthe Minded

Out in no time was my polenta (cornmeal boiled into a porridge then baked, fried or grilled).  This was, by far the BEST polenta I have EVER tasted!!! So glad the host recommended it!  I LOVED the fact that it wasn’t heavy.  I’ve had polenta before as a starter and it was too dense.  To me that makes no sense, I mean why would you want to full up in the start of the meal?  The poached egg added to the baked lightness.  I could have eaten 2 of those polentas!  Nice size to share and conquerable for one.  I would recommend the Truffle Fries for those not interest in the Italian cuisine.  They’re crispy and lightly sprinkled with Parmesan.

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Completing my memorable noshing was Pat’s Littleneck Clam Roast.  Wow.  It wasn’t just good that night but it was good as leftovers the following day.  My shrimp and clams were tender, my angel was pleasing both toasted and cooked, and the random bacon bites were superb.   I must go back whenever I’m in the area again and again!

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Maybe next time I visit I’ll have some dessert.  I’m always up for trying a good cannoli or to try their Pumpkin Spiced Cheese Cake.


Nubar at the Commander

16 Garden St.

Cambridge, MA 02138


Reasons I LOVE Ashmont Grill!

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Dorchester, Massachusetts.  My hometown, my city, home sweet home.  Although it gets a bad rap this neighborhood is up and coming making it more appealing to residents and visitors looking to stay local for dining instead of trucking it to the downtown area.  In 2005 Ashmont Grill graced Dorchester’s Peabody Square drawing in patrons from all over the city and beyond proving that Dorchester has lots of potential.

Here are my reasons for returning over and over again to Ashmont Grill:

Reason 1: Atmosphere.  Ashmont Grill gives off the feel of restaurants in the South End.  It’s friendly; host an inviting environment with familiar tunes and impressive service.

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Reason 2: Price.  Menu options here are wallet-friendly for all types of dining (dinner, Friday lunch, and brunch).  Dinner entrée’s are at most $24, Friday lunch ranges from $7 to $15 dollars, while brunch entrée’s top at $15.


Reason 3: Location.  Right across from Ashmont T Station and with a customer parking lot this location is accessible to all.

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I usually have brunch here and always enjoy myself.  After placing your order they bring out a nice assortment of scones and chocolate chip banana bread.  I LOVE the banana bread.  The bread is soft and moist while the chocolate chips are semi soft creating a nice mix on the palette and a good texture to chew.

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I decided to switch it up and go for the Egg Benedict containing 2 poached eggs & smoked ham (I’m usually a salmon girl) on an English muffin, hollandaise sauce, fresh fruit, and homefries.  For a starter I got the Old Fashioned Cider Donuts made handcut with cinnamon and sugar.

First bite into my cider donut and I thought, “Yes! Chris, these are perfect!”  I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Chef/Owner Chris Douglass who lives nearby the restaurant a couple of times and he’s always been pleasant.  My donuts (little munchkins) were nicely dusted with cinnamon and coated in sugar on the outside while the inside was soft and crumbly.  These donuts could be a kid’s best friend.

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When my Eggs Bene came out I was so pleased!  My eggs were nice and runny with hollandaise oozing all over it (insert smile here).  The ham was a nice thin cut and the English muffin was the SOFTEST texture I’ve Ever had! Well done!  The touch of pomegranates, pineapples, and oranges as their seasonal fruit medley was another plus!  Much different than the usual pairings of melons.

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Other recommendations I have for Ashmont Grill are:

Baked Mac n’ Cheese (Three Cheese blend.  Simply Amazing!)

Eggs Nova Scotia

Wood Grilled Lamb Sliders (you can TASTE the lamb!)

Classic Mai Tai Cocktail (Rum Yum Yum!)

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My sticky toffy and mai tai via insta

Sticky Toffy Pudding (featured on the Food Network!)

Niman Ranch Pasture Raised Burger

I assure you, these items WILL NOT disappoint.

As a Dorchester native (or Dot Rat) I am proud such a restaurant is here in our neighborhood.  Businesses like this and their sister restaurant Tavolo (located on 1918 Dorchester Ave.) allow people who live in the area the opportunity of experiencing more than just the neighborhood bar.

Thank You! Xo.

Ashmont Grill

555 Talbot Ave.

Dorchester, MA 02122


Brunchin’ At Scollay Square!!!

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Sometimes I want something simple and comforting when I go out to eat.  Nothing beats simplicity when you’re either on a budget or just want to stay low-key.  In perfect accord I’ll introduce Scollay Square on Beacon Hill.

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Serving up American comfort food since 1992, Scollay Square provides a very inviting environment, making it perfect for hanging out with friends or stopping in for a solo bite.  Apart of the Legendary Restaurant Group since 2004, the owners Brad Dalbeck and Chris Damian run 5 other restaurants in addition to : Papagayo (My FAV!), Burger Dive, Max & Dylans, SiP Wine Bar + Kitchen, and Avery Provision Company.

Brunch is available Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 2pm.  With an easy to follow menu, patrons are left with minimal questions regarding terminology.  Ahh, the simplicity of American dining.

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Pricing starts from $6.5 to $19.  That’s it, nothing higher than that!  Considering being located in the heart of Downtown Boston the prices are amazing, and Scollay prides themselves on offering, “reasonable prices”.  Seeing that I wanted something straightforward I picked the English Muffin Egg Sandwich that came with Canadian Bacon (smoked ham), Jack Cheese and Hash Browns.  See, right to the point!

Now, one of the coolest features of Scollay Square and what brought me to check it out is there “Make Your Own Bloody Mary Bar”!


How does it work?

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You choose your vodka at the main bar then head over to the set up bar.  This bar is used to garnish your BM how ever you’d like with the offerings of 3 types of tomato juice, all kinds of spices and hot sauces (e.g. the colon cleanser), as well as different veggie and fruit toppers.  Since I have yet to try a Bloody Mary I went STRAIGHT for their $4 Mimosa.

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Not much time later from ordering my sandwich arrived!  I wasn’t expecting the salad on the side but thought it was a nice touch to a potentially unhealthy breakfast.  I loved the portions.  I’m all about proper portions.  My sandwich fit nicely in my hand.

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On to the taste.  Usually I salt and pepper my eggs but not today.  The Jack Cheese gave each bite the right amount of pepper while the bacon gave off some salty traits.  I loved how the hash browns were golden and crispy.   Each bite had a crunch.  This meal, including drink was a wise $11.50 investment!


I plan to revisit Scollay this weekend and go for either the Fillet Mignon Eggs Benedict or the Lobster Eggs Benedict.  With $2 being the only “big” difference it’s up to my mood on what I’ll pick that day.  #winning!


UPDATE: October 19th, 2013

Scollay Square

21 Beacon Street

Boston, MA 02108


Mooo….for Brunch!

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There comes a time in my foodie mind when I think, “hmm, how can we take sometime classic and make it better?”  For me that classic would be brunch.  It screams perfection fusing alcohol and breakfast/lunch into one!  I’ve had my eye on dining at Mooo… for sometime now and finally had my moment.  I wasn’t sure before what mealtime I wanted to indulge in, but now I’m more than happy with the choice I made.

Opened July 2007 atop Boston’s Beacon Hill this modern steakhouse restaurant is apart of XV Beacon Hotel.  Affiliated with the Columbus Hospitality Group (see Taste of Columbus post) Mooo…. suggest booking reservations, an elegant or business casual dress code, and is open seven days a week even during current construction!  Perfect if your not a brunch freak like me.  With two floors  Mooo…. offers a lounge type dining on the first level with a private room below named, “the Wine Cellar”.  Chef/owner Jamie Mammano has done it again with another award winning restaurant.  Chef David Hutton keeps the food coming out with flavor.

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Here’s how Mooo….starts by making their Brunch fantastic:

  1. Free Valet Parking!  No need to circle the block to find a space, just hand over your keys and walk inside.
  2. Soft, LIVE Acoustic Music!  Marcella’s voice is amazing.  Full of passion and soul, with a bossanova style.
  3. Spacious Dining!  Your not seated too close to other guest making you feel your personal bubble has popped.  Here your kept cozy and separated in the modern and sophisticated décor.

The amazing live performers


Down to the Wine Cellar

Sunday Brunch is served from 10am to 2pm with meal prices varying from $9 to $39.  The highest priced item on the menu is a 6 oz Kobe Beef Steak and Eggs for $125…one day it shall be mines! Until then I got the Traditional Eggs Benedict with Smoked Salmon as my main course.  To start, I ordered the Blueberry Beignets (a square of fried dough eaten hot sprinkled with confectioners’ sugar) and our table received house-made Cinnamon Buns.  Sounds like a lot? Don’t worry, I had my two best friends with me that day for potential assistance.


I was very excited about their tea selection 🙂

To drink I ordered the Pimm’s #15, a yummy cocktail consisting of Hendrick’s Gin, Pimm’s #1 and fresh lemon, garnished with thyme.  Usually I don’t do this but I had two drinks pretty much back to back.  Refreshing! Cocktails here are a bit pricey, ranging between $12 and $16 BUT if that makes you a bit uncomfortable you can choose from beer, wines, and hard liquor.

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First up were the Blueberry Beignets.

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Oh. My. GOODNESS!  These little jelly filled donut like pastries were yummy!  Best part, they were served Warm.  The jam inside wasn’t goopy and thick, but more liquid.  So soft with gooey blueberry!  Perfect starter.

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Once our order was placed we received our Cinnamon Buns.  The lightly cinnamon pastry was pretty tasty.  I liked the huge sugar crystals on top of the bun. Full of puff and not too dense.

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To end this AMAZING experience I got my Traditional Eggs Benedict with Salmon.  My meal was Complete!  The eggs were nice and runny and as usual mixed well with the hollandaise sauce.  The English muffin was lightly toasted, leaving it softer than others.  Accompanying my main course were O’Brien potatoes covered with Parmesan, Red Bell Peppers, Onions, and Fresh Parsley.  I wish I had more space for the potatoes.

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My one regret from my unforgettable experience at Mooo….was that I didn’t try either of my best friends’ French Toast with Caramelized Banana and gingered maple.  One of my friends said it was the best french toast he’s EVER had.  I gotta go back for it and then some!

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Til next time Mooo….! Xo.


15 Beacon St.

Boston, MA 02108

(617) 670-2515

Michael’s Genuine Food and Drink MIAMI!

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One thing a foodie like myself loves is recommendations!  I adore people saying to me, “you gotta try out this place” with conviction that their suggestion is the be all end all to my food research.  It’s great!   The most recent of my recommendations while in Florida lead me to Michael’s.


Location in “little Haiti” or the Design District of Miami, this dress casual yet contemporary restaurant adds to the flavor in Atlas Plaza.  Opened back in 2007 James Beard Award winning-chef/owner Michael Schwartz brought a daily changing menu with fresh ingredients to this up and coming location.  I had the pleasure of briefly meeting Michael and it was lovely.


Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink (MGFD) is the 1st of two locations.  The second location is in the Cayman Islands.  Both restaurants are apart of The Genuine Hospitality Group of chef/owner Michael Schwartz.  The group includes a total of seven restaurants, two of which are aboard Royal Caribbean Cruise lines (150 Central Park).  To add to the line of restaurants, Michael’s also has their own Home Brew that carries a light bodied American ale.


Opened from 11am to 3pm for lunch, I stopped in and had comfortable seat at the bar while getting a sneak peak of pasty chef Hedy Goldsmith involved in a staff meeting.  The calm yet upbeat jazz music makes the perfect background and filler adding to the ambiance.  Serving lunch, dinner, brunch, and happy hour guests can feel free to stop by three times a day during the week knowing their choices aren’t meager.

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The lunch menu is broken into appetizers, pizza, sandwiches, salads, sides, and main entrees.  Prices between $6 and $39 (that’s for a 12oz. wood roasted Harris Ranch N.Y. Strip) make it possible for guest visiting able to try a couple options.  For my appetizer I had the Crispy Hominy (coarsely ground corn) with chili and lime.  I was impressed with the special of the day, the Pan-Seared Jerk Grouper Sandwich, so I ordered it.  This sandwich contained spear caught black grouper fish with avocado, mango salsa, mixed watercress greens, and lemon vinegar dressing.  Do you see why I feel in love?  For dessert I tried the Chocolate Cremoso and I washed all this down with a special from the bartender Brittney.

This was going to be a magical moment.

My drink contained passion fruit seeds and tasted wonderful.  If I didn’t have to drive I would have gotten another.

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Another “special” the restaurant does is with Double Crossed-Vodka.  Everyday bartenders make a new cocktail with it.  That’s been consistent for the past 5 years.

The hominy was comforting.  I could see myself eating some while watching TV, a great mouth-popping snack.  Definitely like crunchy popcorn.

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Next up was the meal of the day, the Pan-Seared Jerk Grouper Sandwich.  Talk about “wow”.   I’ve never had jerked fish before, and I see I’d been missing out.  So juicy! The spice was there, perfect with the mango salsa!   I do love mango salsa.   Using the lemon vinegar on the greens was a good choice rather than predictable balsamic.  My only issue with the sandwich was that my fish was trying to escape its fate.  It slid out of my bun mid bite, causing me to get a bit messy and required me man-handling it back into place.  It was worth every moment!

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Now, to seal the deal on my experience at MGFD was the Chocolate Cremoso, which was recommended by Brittney and Andrea (a member of the team).  This little number was so exciting to me.  Not only was it a mix of flavors (sea salt, olive oil, sourdough crostini, and espresso parfait) but the presentation was beautiful.  Turns out Chef Michael actually made this dessert for me himself from how the food was displayed said a staff member. AWESOME!



The Cremoso was yummy.  It reminded me of a dessert I would experience in Europe brought to me via U.S.A.  The salt and the chocolate had a great chemistry meanwhile the oil was soaking into the crostini and powdered sugar.  Heaven.  I could have eaten that all day long.

Other perks of this restaurant is the gallery room used for events, private dining and art shows.  Want to take the chefs home with you?  Well you can’t do that, but you can get their cookbooks for either $27.50 or $35.

As far as parking is concerned there are meters but I went with valet.  You can valet starting at $3 for a few hours.  That’s cheaper than ANY valet I know of in the north.

Until we meet next time MGFD – and that WILL be on my next trip – I bid the adieu!

Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink

130 Northeast 40th Street

Miami, FL 33137

305/ 573.5550

Rosie’s Bar And Grill!

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Heading into South Florida I had no idea on where to go, where’s popular, and most importantly how far away good food would be.  Luckily for me, I met a lovely man by the name of Patricio who gave me some help on where to turn once my plane landed in Ft. Lauderdale.  One place he mentioned and swore by was Rosie’s.


Did they say FREE?

Formerly known as Hamburger Mary’s, Rosie’s has been a mini getaway from the world in Wilton Manors since 2002.  From the moment you hand over your keys for complementary valet your wrapped in a colorful, casual, upbeat paradise.  All that’s missing is your personal cabana boy (or girl) but you have a server, unless you’re at the bar.  DJ James keeps the jams pouring in with anything from Top 40 to throwbacks from the 80’s on Friday thru Sunday.  This gay-cultured, family-friendly gem deserves more recognition than I can give.   Opened 7 days a week Rosie’s keeps the city vibrant.


Rockin’ DJ

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Known for having one of the best Sunday Brunches in the area from 10am to 2pm (my staple), I went with my coolpix snapshot camera and had Saturday Brunch.  Funny enough I reconnected with Patricio who walked in about 30 seconds before I did.  Small world.


Best Shirt! “Trust Me, Your Gonna Need Both HANDS!”

I love their cheeky menu headings and items like, “Big ‘Dicts” for all items eggs benedict and a “She BOP Wrap”.  With a very affordable menu, inviting atmosphere, and friendly/happy staff members I can see how and why customers keep coming back.  Main items are priced between $6.50 and $12.95.  Sides are between $1.50 and $4.95.

And then there are the drinks.

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For Brunch a Ultimat Bloody Mary’s is $3, Mimosa’s are $5, and Cruzan VooDoo Buckets, made up of 3 rums, are $10.  Deal!  Want Beer? They have BUCKETS of 5 beers between $8 and $12!


Pink Palm Trees on the Wall 🙂

I decided I’d get something different (I wanted the Goldie Lox since I love Egg Bene with Salmon) and went with the Double Decker Banana Cream Pie.  This breakfast slash dessert contained as their menu states, “Fresh, homemade and ohhh soooo silky banana cream and sliced bananas stuffed between 2 big Belgian waffles, and topped with whipped cream”. That was a mouthful!  I had to try one of their mimosa’s and also their Screw-mosa (a mimosa with vodka).

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First thing I loved on the waffles was the whipped cream.  Fluffy and light in body.  The whole thing was sweet and satisfying.  The custard was thick and sweet, like pudding.  The bananas were cut a nice size, not too thick so it didn’t clash.  The waffles were a nice golden color with a home-style taste.  I couldn’t even finish it.  So sad since it was sooooo good.  My mimosa was standard but my Screw-mosa hit the spot!

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My mimosa

Rosie’s was an experience I will never forget.  I met lovely people, both guest and employee’s that made my vacation to Florida amazing, even if only for a few hours.  Rosie’s is great for food, drinks, or the combination.  I can’t wait to return hopefully in a few months and reconnect again.  Stay fabulous!

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Rosie’s Bar and Grill

2449 Wilton Drive

Wilton Manors, FL 33305