Tuesday’s Treats #156

Pleasantville Bar & Pub

Location: Zhytomyr, Ukraine

This place was amazing! It was so amazing that we are here twice during our travels!Comfortable seating, friendly staff, and delicious food is everything you will find here.

The pickle platter appetizer is delicious! The cucumbers are fresh and marinated with no vinegar; so, the pickles are quite different than American pickles, but they are so yummy. The pickled cabbage doesn’t taste like what you’d think. You’d think it would be sauerkraut, but it’s more like homemade coleslaw. It’s rather tasty.

The steak, chicken and any other meat you choose is grilled to perfection. My favorite were the veggies. Oh my! Delicious! We also tried a little dessert.

They didn’t have our first choice; so, we tried a little mousse cake. Little is the operative word! It was tiny, but it was rather tasty…maybe not my favorite dessert, but it was good. For a little bite, it packs a god punch! Lol!

I also ordered a Mojito (non-alcoholic beverage). It has a mix of lemon, lime, ginger and mint. A creative presentation and very tasty.

Here is their website for more information and menu options.

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Tuesday’s Treats #155

Churassco Grill & Wine

Location: Lviv, Ukraine

We ate here the last time we were in Lviv, and because it was so delicious, we had to make a repeat on our most recent trip! The food was just as yummy as before, and I actually got a better picture of that incredible cheese bread I told you about last night! (Here is my previous post.)

We repeated the cheese plate, the cheese bread, the steak and the grilled veggies. Everything was incredible, and the staff was just as helpful as before. This will definitely be a repeat every time we are in Lviv.

Here’s a clip of their menu, but you can find more on their website. It seems there isn’t an official website, but rather, a Facebook and foursquare site; so, these are the links I will share.

*Note: there are two locations, and their description is quite different. One is Grill & Wine and the other is Grill & Beer. We went to the Grill & Wine.

Here is what the front entrance looks like (at night); so, you can tell the difference in the two restaurants. 😉

Tuesday’s Treats #153

Hugo’s Oyster bar

Location: Roswell, Georgia

Ok, so let me begin by saying, This restaurant will surprise you!” We chose this, simply, because we were returning from Atlanta, and it was rated #7 on TripAdvisor. The restaurant we wanted (that’s higher on the list) had a 45 minute wait at lunchtime, and we didn’t want to travel to downtown, where several of the other restaurants listed #1-6 on TripAdvisor are located. So, we chose Hugo’s.

Upon arrival, we pull into a corner, city lot, drive completely around the building, as the parking is a bit limited, and park on the far side of the building. Now, this gives us a chance to see all the “ugly” of the backside of the building, and to be honest, it is quite ugly. The building is painted white, which would be fine if it didn’t need some pressure washing. There was a camp chair just sitting on one side. The back of the building really needs an enclosure for all the stuff that’s back there, and the side where we entered was just, in general, in a bit of dishevelment. I don’t mean to be nit picky here; I’m only trying to set the stage for you, because as we entered, my husband and I were very hesitant, and had it not been noon, we might have just left. His last words before we walked in the door were, “Well, this is one of those times, we’re just going to have to trust TripAdvisor.”

TripAdvisor did not fail us!! Let me tell you…

Everything was absolutely phenomenal!! We ordered fried green tomatoes, as an appetizer, blackened red fish with creamed corn and fried okra, blackened grouper with Mac and cheese truffle and red beans and rice, and a filet with fries. The filet just melted in your mouth! Both fish were cooked to perfection, and the sides were incredible! Note, the creamed corn is prepared more of a southwestern style; so, it’s a little different if you’re expecting a southern style, but it was still quite tasty. The okra seemed to be hand-breaded in house, and it has just the right amount of salt and pepper: delicious! The Mac and cheese was homemade and amazing, and the fries were your traditional steakhouse fries. Yum!

Yet, these delectable dishes were almost completely outshined by what came next… DESSERT! OH. MY. WORD. Let me share for just a moment…

My husband ordered the key lime pie, and even though I didn’t share the pic, because it really didn’t have a great eye appeal, it tasted just like one of our favorite key lime pies from The Keys. The chocolate cake our son ordered was wonderful. It looked very small on the plate, but it was so rich, it packed a mighty punch! However, the most amazing dessert was the praline beignets. HOLY. MOLY!! WOW!! The little doughnuts alone would have been incredible, but that praline syrup with which they’re served… Can I just drink it?? 😂 I’m going to definitely be craving these again! Wow!

A couple of disclaimers so you know ahead of time… when they bring you the check, be prepared to get your feelings hurt. It’ll be a big one. 😉 Yet, this kind of food is definitely worth it! … if you go for lunch, and the the server doesn’t give you a dinner menu, you might want one. That’s what has the appetizers and market fish list. … if you don’t like oysters, as I do not, don’t be turned off by the limited lunch menu. Those po’boys liked amazing as they were being served to other tables, and you can order a half with soup and salad, which we may just go back and try sometime…if I can get past the amazing grouper!

This place just goes to prove, you can’t always judge a book by its cover. Had we not been in the circumstances of lunch hour in Roswell, because of the look of the backside of the building, and because we’re not huge oyster fans, we may not have stayed to enjoy such an amazing meal! We will definitely be back!!

Website for location and menu options.

Tuesday’s Treats #152

Appalachian Grill

Location: Cartersville, Ga

Well, Merry Christmas! This restaurant review was placed back in October; so, it’s not going to look very “Christmas’y,” but I’d be willing to bet this restaurant will be set up for Christmas! 😉 🎄 This place has a really cool atmosphere, and I loved it when I walked in and said, “Two for a booth, please,” the hostess answered with a smile, “Booths are all we have.”

The ‘Pickles and Pups’ appetizer was huge and quite too much for only myself and my son, but it was definitely tasty. He ordered the kids cheeseburger, and I ordered the shrimp and grits. His burger was delicious, and my shrimp and grits was good, but honestly, I’ve had a little better in the grits department. They weren’t as creamy and rich as I thought oils have liked.

The chocolate cake and apple streusel pie was absolutely amazing. We left full and happy. Check out their website for location and menu options.

*Note to travelers: if you put this into your gps, and Siri tells you, “You have arrived,” but you don’t see the restaurant, don’t panic or turn around. The restaurant is located under the overpass, right near the railroad tracks. There are several restaurants, shops and even a cinema down there; so, you don’t want to miss it. 😉

Merry Christmas to you and yours! We hope you have a beautiful Christmas Day with those you love! 💗🎄

Tuesday’s Treats #151

Churrasco

Location: Lviv, Ukraine

The atmosphere is this restaurant is quaint and comfortable. The food is delicious, and the staff is knowledgeable of the English language for those who have need. This is not a traditional Ukrainian restaurant, but rather, a Georgian restaurant. Our translator and friend, who is originally from Moldova, was very excited and impressed by the food prepared here.

Because I have a few different pics here of food, and they’re a little different than “full-fledged-entree pics,” I am going describe them each. The first is the grilled veggies. Oh. My. Word. These are amazing!! Let’s just say, I hate eggplant, and there were two big slices that I devoured! Yum!!

The second pic is the chicken wings my son ordered. He loves them, and he said the difference between these and many American wings was that they weren’t greasy. The green, creamy substance in the bowl are mashed potatoes. I’m really not sure why they’re green, but they were rather tasty, albeit the green coloring took a bit to get passed. 😂

The third pic is the cheese filled dumplings some of our party ordered. They absolutely loved these. I liked them pretty good; although, I believe I enjoyed my veggies more!

The last pic is one piece of the cheesy stuffed bread that just seemed to melt in your mouth!! It was so good that I’ve still had cravings for this; since, we’ve come home!! Oh. My. Goodness! It was delicious!! I believe, I could have made a big pig out of myself and eaten the whole basket of this bread! Yet, I restrained myself and only ate two pieces! 😂

It doesn’t look like they have an actual website; so, I will leave the google search here for location and contact information.

Tuesday’s Treats #150

New York Street Pizza

Location: Lviv, Ukraine

Oh my goodness! If you’re looking for good pizza while in Lviv, you’ve got to eat here!

Tuesday’s Treats #149

Krasna Sadyba – Kolyba

Location: Yaremche, Ukraine

ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS!! Oh. My. Goodness!! The atmosphere is so neat, as you are greeted by the wood grill as you enter and are directed to your table.

The traditional Ukrainian Borscht is a bit different than I’ve had elsewhere, but it is still good.

Tuesday’s Treats #148

Caparosa Hotel and Cafe

Location: Bukovel, Ukraine

From the cappuccinos, breakfast, salad, and filet mignon with grilled corn and baked potatoes, this is one of the most amazing meals we’ve had in Ukraine!

Tuesday’s Treats #147

Hungry Mykola

Location: Lviv Oblast, Ukraine

This place is amazing! The atmosphere is very nice, with several different options for seating. So many of the tables have couches or great big arm chairs; so, the seating isn’t just diverse, it’s incredibly comfy, too! They also have an outdoor covered patio seating, and it appears many weddings and receptions take place.

There are so many delicious menu option, it’s hard to choose just one. The food is incredible! We ordered way too much food for our party of four, but we hadn’t eaten all day, and it definitely was an experience! We ordered the meat platter appetizer, the bread basket with spicy cheese and garlic paste, a salad with baked chicken, cheese and delicious dressing (much like a Caesar), the Poultry Cutlets, and the Borscht from the Stove. Everything was absolutely delicious!

The bread basket had four different breads, the cheese spread was just a bit spicy with a wonderful creamy texture. The poultry cutlets were perfect paired with mashed potatoes and peas and carrots. The salad was amazing. I’m sorry, I don’t remember the name of it, but it’s the only one that has baked chicken, cheese and croutons. The Borscht was my favorite. It was presented on a beautiful little tray with garnishing and the yummiest mini yeast rolls in a skillet. Oh. My. We are till we could eat no more!

Something that is very unique about this restaurant is the trout pond where you can actually “fish for your dinner,” and they will prepare it for you. The small indoor and outdoor ponds are beautiful and makes for an interesting conversation piece.

oh, they also have a playground outside for the kiddos while you wait for your meal. How fun! This is just a wonderful restaurant you need to try when you are in Lviv!

As far as I can tell, the Website info doesn’t give menu information, but you can find the location and sister restaurants.

Tuesday’s Treats #146

Ippolito’s Italian Restaurant

Location: Suwanee, Ga

Ok, so anyone who knows me here, knows I LOVE desserts! If you’re looking for a great place for atmosphere, dinner AND desserts, you should make a trip to Ippolito’s. I hadn’t been here in a couple of years, because we got burned a couple of times after loving it for awhile, but they surely redeemed themselves!

About 18 girlfriends met up for a fun Girls Night Out last week, and I couldn’t have been happier with the evening. The atmosphere was festive, not just for us, but because the restaurant is located in the Town Center, and they were having a cornhorn competition, it filled up pretty quick. The service was great, even if the poor guy was the only server, and they added 2 more large tables in his section! 🙄🤦‍♀️

The food was incredible. We started with two different apps, the Gorgonzola chips and the Pepe. Yeah, I know you’re probably curious to know what those are all about! The homemade chips were crispy and covered with the Gorgonzola cheese, chunked tomatoes, diced cherry peppers and ranch dressing drizzle. The Pepe is a delicious dish of spicy Italian sausage wrapped in a homemade pizza dough, brushed with honey, baked and served on a bed of marinara sauce. Oh. My. Both of these were a big hit at our tables!

They bring huge Parmesan rolls and marinara to your table to start. Yum! I ordered a Caesar salad and lasagna for my meal. Several around me ordered a few different items. There were several lasagnas, chicken & spinach cannelloni, manicotti, and spaghetti. Everyone said they enjoyed their meals, and several of us decided to save just a little more room for desserts. Those things look divine in the display case!!

They have this million dollar cake that is supposed to be phenomenal. There were no pieces left when we made our order. One of the girls got the black & white cake, which was just as good! It’s this chocolate brownie, cheesecake, chocolate mousse cake “devil!” 😂 Another young lady got the cookies and cream cheesecake, and I got the tiramisu. The cheesecake was yummy, and my tiramisu would have been amazing, if it wasn’t supposed to be tiramisu. Lol.

Let me explain. It was a very tasty dish; however, it didn’t have the deep espresso flavoring or “mousse/cake” texture and appearance of a traditional tiramisu. This dish is three scoops of “tiramisu,” drizzled with chocolate, almost as if they “stirred” the tiramisu and then served it as ice cream. The texture was almost that of a soft, stirred cake or crumble (not as crunchy as a crisp). Honestly, it wasn’t bad! I just had my heart set on a traditional tiramisu, and it ended up being a bit of a disappointment. However, it was a blessing for one of the husbands whose wife took it home with her leftovers for his dinner and dessert! 😉😂

We will definitely be back for the meal and the million dollar cake! … if you need directions or menu options, you can check out their Website here.