As you saw the title of this blog, I’m assuming you chose to read it for a certain reason. So I’m going to get straight to it: I love to eat (c’mon, who doesn’t?). I especially love going out to eat. The atmosphere, the exciting foods…that moment when you see your food coming and you break into that internal
(sometimes external) happy dance. Over break, I have been out to some really good places and eaten some really great food. So I thought to share the love, I would do my first food review on the 3 restaurants I went to. All 3 have locations throughout the metroplex, so you’re sure to find one near you. And even if you can’t, they’re worth traveling for. Bon appetit!
Luna Grill is a fresh Greek/Mediterranean restaurant. And it’s totally delicious! The first time I went was this past summer and I got one of their seasonal items (March 21-May 21), the Spring Market Wrap. Juicy chicken with quinoa, feta cheese, arugula, tomatoes wrapped up in a multigrain flatbread. I loved this because it had the light freshness of a salad, but altogether in a delicious wrap. My mom got the seasonal Spring Arugula Salad which is very similar to my wrap just in salad form. My mom said it was very delicious. I also got a side of sweet potato fries, and they were fabulous! However, I warn you: if you order them, try to split the order with 1-2 people. They are addictive–and not the healthiest–so the best option would be to split them so you can still enjoy the right amount.
The second time I went I ordered the Classic Wrap: greens, onions, tomato and your choice of protein–I chose chicken–in a pita bread. My first bite, I literally thought I died and went to heaven, it was THAT good. The pita wrap was doughy and soft and the vegetbales were so crisp! The flavors burst from the chicken, the wrap, and the sauce. I would highly recommend you order this first because it is one of my favorite dishes I’ve ever had.
One of the things I love most about Luna Grill is the fresh, healthy feeling of the restaurant and its food. Of course, there are less healthy options on the menu, which there will be at all places. But there are so many viable, delicious options to choose between and still have your treat (such as my white pita bread).
Old West Cafe
My dad took me here for lunch a few weeks ago because of the many reviews he had read about it. Boy was he right! It has great breakfast and lunch and even when we arrived at 11:45 there were many breakfast goers; however, we ordered lunch. My dad ordered the meatloaf (full) and I ordered the Spinach-Salad (half) with a side of fries. My salad included grilled chicken on a bed of green leaf and spinach lettuce blend with fresh strawberries, sliced almonds, red onions, crumbled blue cheese and served with Raspberry Vinaigrette dressing. I love salads with these flavor combinations and this one did NOT disappoint. The produce was all very fresh and the chicken was succulent with intense, delicious flavors. The dressing blends really well with the salas, but it is quite sweet and sugary. I only added a little bit at a time, and probably only used 1/4 of the cup they gave me, and it was just the right amount. P.S: I was debating between the full and half, but my waiter suggested the half for me when I asked. Right choice. The half was already huge–I was able to enjoy and finish my salad, but not be too full.
The fries on the other hand were unfortunately not great for me. The salt/seasoning on them was amazing, I could’ve licked it up. But my fries were somewhere in between crisp and soggy…like not a good texture when biting into them. Granted, that could’ve been that day they were off, I’m not sure.
All the breakfast options I saw looked amazing and I am definitely planning on going back for breakfast soon. Each plate I saw someone order made my mouth water. But fair warning: the portions looked huge. The great thing about Old West Cafe was their interior and all of their options on both the breakfast and lunch menus! It can be overwhelming at all the choices, but you’re bound to pick a winner when you eat there!
Empress of China
Chinese food is my all time favorite food and Empress of China is one of the best places I’ve found for it! When my family and I go we usually order mushu pork (I love those little pancakes they serve it with!) and Sesame Chicken with broccoli. The entrees are all authentic, and they do not go light on the flavoring! My mouth is watering just thinking about it!! We also order their steamed dumplings which are doughy and perfect!
This last time I went, my family ordered those options, but I decided I wanted to choose a healthier alternative. (This was Christmas Eve and I knew all the junk I would be eating Christmas day so I wanted something light). I ordered one of their appetizers, Empress’s Lettuce Wraps. Despite it being an appetizer, it was plenty of food for my meal and enough to take leftovers home as well. I also ordered egg drop soup–best egg drop soup I’ve ever had!–and a side of brown rice to add some complex carbs into the meal. The lettuce wraps came with crisp, juicy iceberg lettuce cups along with a mixture of chicken, vegetable medley (peas, carrots and zucchini pieces) and crisp rice noodles. The sauce was a mix of sweet and savory and helped bring the whole dish together. As much as I love the classic Chinese foods we usually get, this meal was so insanely delicious that it will probably be all I am ever ordering from there. I would highly suggest it for your meal. Or at least as an appetizer to share with your table before your meal!
As far as rating these 3, I would give 11 out of 10 stars at Luna Grill, Old West Cafe, and Empress of China. All of these places are real winners and have plenty of healthy as well as indulgent options to fit everyone! If you are looking for new places or food to try, definitely check these out. You won’t regret it!