Archive | May, 2011

Florida Noms: Max’s Grille (Boca Raton)

30 May



When Mike and I headed to Florida for a family wedding, I was excited to see an area of Florida that I had never been in: Boca Raton.  I heard about the Rat’s Mouth as the haven of Rich Retirees.  I was a bit surprised when most of it looked like a glossed up luxury strip mall, but I tried to get past my strange distaste for all shopping quarters that are outside and tried to remind myself that when the weather is always warm, strip malls are not the same as in New Jersey.  So we parked and scoped out a place for brunch in Mizner Park. After perusing some lovely high-end stores and finding an awesome little tea and spice shop called The Spice & Tea Exchange, we stumble on Max’s Grille which had a lovely outdoor patio… in the strip mall (stop judging Sara… stop judging).  


As I went to take the picture of the sign, our waiter walked right into the shot and made such an awesome face that I just couldn’t crop it out.



Then we had a lovely little friend join us, who was damn cute even without the tail.



Mike got the smoked salmon BLT, which was fine but somehow lacking.



I got the eggs benedict which was… not good.  Boring english muffins, bland hollandaise, tasteless spinach…


And poorly poached eggs…




But it did make for a lovely glamour shot.




Oh well!  It filled us up, we got to eat outside in the middle of what would have been a sub-freezing day in Manhattan, and it didn’t cost an arm and a leg.  It was fine, but I wouldn’t go back.

Total Nom Points: 5 out of 10



Peter’s Rotisserie (“Since 1969”)- Hell’s Kitchen

27 May

When Peter’s Rotisserie opened up in Hell’s Kitchen, just a few blocks away (9th Ave between 42nd and 43rd), I had no idea it was anything special.  Then I started hearing some buzzing that it was “famous” and a favorite brought over from Williamsburg (Brooklyn).  So I stopped in one night, got some chicken, and decided to see what was so special.

My conclusion: Not a thing

So when my team decided to visit there for Team Lunch, I was less than enthused.  Turns out, it’s a good thing I went back.  While I am still underwhelmed by their chicken, the rest of the food has actually been quite good, and now I keep going back.

Think of it like a bumped up Boston Market.  You pick a main, 2 sides, and a roll.  Here we have some chicken with collard greens and mashed sweet potato.  I really enjoy the sweet potatoes here.  Full of flavor.


Then the slow roasted pork with potato salad and roasted veggies.  The pork was surprisingly tender and flavorful.  And the roasted veggies are DELISH!


The meat loaf (with white gravy), collard greens, and potato salad.  I REALLY like the meatloaf here.


They also have awesome pink mint lemonade that they serve in mason jars.


Overall, I have been really impressed with Peter’s, since after all, it is a fast food place, and find myself craving it often.  I recommend going with the meat loaf, roasted veggies, sweet potatoes, pink mint lemonade, and the mac and cheese (if you want to be bad.  And by bad… I mean OH so good).  It’s a good place for dine-in, take-out, or delivery.  Man I love New York.

Total Nom Points: 6.5 out of 10 Giveaway WINNERS!

23 May

Thank you to all who entered.  It was fun to see the diverse answers in the “favorite restaurant” question.  Check out the Comments section of the post for some great recommendations!

A HUGE thank you to for providing these great prizes.

So without further ado, here are the winners (with thanks to for making sweeps much easier!):

Winner 1:
Kyle W.
Comment- “Eating Gnocchi in Florence in this little back alley with my friend. I’ll never ever ever be able to recreate that experience in my whole life.”

Winner 2:
Jamie R.
Comment- “Caracas –”

Winner 3:
Lillian C.
Comment- “The best dining experience to date that I have had was a kaiseki dinner in Takamatsu, Japan. The flavors were so clean and I know there will be no way for me to ever recreate it, so I guess I will just have to go back. 😉 They also had *the* best sake (it was their house sake). The whole formal setting of the meal with the waitress and owner dressed in full kimono made the meal an actual experience. :)”

Winner 4:
Dave L.
Comment- “Favorite restaurant right now is Yabu across the street from our office. Great meeting spot!”

You will all be receiving emails from me that includes your discount link.  Please come back and visit and let me know where you end up! 🙂

Happy Nomming!