Monday, May 10, 2010

Happy Mother's Day...a day late.


I absolutely LOVE the show Diner's Drive-Ins & Dives (Tripe D) on the Food Network channel. I have been known to tape an entire season and watch it over and over again. What can I say...I am a "foodie". Anytime Guy, the host of the show...for those who don't watch the show, makes his way to Chicago I get really excited. This also works with a local show I watch called "Check Please" on WTTW. I have always wanted to go to a restaurant that is featured on television. Partially because I want to see for myself how good the food is exactly and the other is to live out my own dreams of being a food critic. Anyways...when my husband came to me yesterday and asked where wouldl I like to go...the names of Golden Corral & Olive Garden were shouted at me by my kids...I reminded them that ist wasn't "Kid's Day" and until it became a recognized semi-official holiday, they did not get to choose. I thought of Jimmy's Chophouse, another restaurant we have only "heard" things about and then I thought of my faithful host Guy. "The Shanty" I exclaimed from the top of my lungs..."that is where I would like to go." I know, I know what you're thinking...the name "Shanty" doesn't really conjure up a "good culinary feeling"...well we'll get there. I quickly made the reservation because after all it was Mother's Day...a very busy day for restaurants...bad & good. I knew where the restaurant was...I had driven by a number of times and never thought of stopping. We made it to the restaurant at 4:48pm for the 5pm reservation. The restaurant was very busy...and apparently under construction...something I was not aware of. We were seated rather quickly, almost right next to the front door and immediately adjacent to the open bar...there was someone who I believed, was laughing for everyone at the restaurant...very loud and obnoxious. All I knew was I wanted to order the Whiskey Shrimp for an appetizer...it was on the Triple D show and it looked so good. I do believe there were more on Guy Fieri's plate than ours...the photo is above, there were 4 shrimp with a side of over & under cooked veg. The sauce was really really good, but the shrimp were slightly cold, and some of the veg was really uncooked and some was very over cooked...I didn't finish the veg. The steaks were pretty good for the main course...but by that point, I just kept thinking I could've made this at home for a lot less...that is why I am finishing Culinary school...isn't it? I can't really give this place a thumbs up or down...I often wonder if going to a new restaurant on a busy holiday is a good judge of how it really is...or is it? I don't think we will be going back any time soon...or at least not until the restaurant is not under construction anymore.



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6 comments:

Lone Pine Designs said...

I love the Food Network and Triple D....thanks for sharing!!

Tammy said...

I vote to be a good sport and give it another chance. Mother's Day is not a good day to try a new dining experience.

stampingmommy said...

I love triple D - it is a weekend favorite - and when my son plays house with the neighborhood kids he is alwasys "guy" - even wears his sunglasses backwards on his head! Thanks for sharing - hope your Mother's Day still rocked!

Lynn McAuley said...

I'm sure Mother's Day is a nightmare for many restaurants! Every single one in our town was packed to overflowing with business!

Sarah said...

I have to wonder if the fact that it was Mother's Day might have meant it was not a good time to judge them. Maybe it's worth another try some time. Hope you had fun anyway!

Becky said...

My friend is a cook and her and her husband go to a different restaurant every week and they started a album book when they started 40 years ago. They have a picture of the place they ate and a Souvenir then they score 1-10 with special notes, I thought it was the neatest thing, they have been to every state in the USA ( their summer vac).

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