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Another moment, please?  No, I’m not ready to hand over my plate quite yet.  I’m trying to scrape every last caper up on my fork, so please excuse me.  You can check back in another five.

While vacationing in Chattanooga, Tennessee over the Thanksgiving holiday, we had the lip-smacking joy to run into this divine little place downtown called BlueWater Grille, tasteful experience, a joy to our palates, as well as great atmosphere, ambience, and a freebie, great service, and the manager even stopped over to say hello and wish us well on our venture to his restaurant, as well as the town.  Oh, we’ve been here many times in the past and try to take in new adventures with each visit.

As newcomers to the restaurant, we received the Southwest Egg Rolls appetizer as a warm welcome.  Let me just say my mother is not a huge fan of egg rolls.  My daughter is a huge critic on everything food, as you can tell by her thin build, but don’t let that fool you.  The girl can eat.  I’m just not sure where it goes is all.  We all fell in love with the pulled chicken, black beans, corn, roasted red peppers and pepper jack cheese that was spilling out of the egg roll wrapping, served with a delightfully flavored roasted jalapeño ranch dipping sauce.  Our taste buds were totally tantalized!  My daughter ate every bite of her portion, as did my mother and I.  This particular egg roll was wonderful, with the different pleasurable textures, the intoxicating aroma, and the enticing presentation.  The rainbow of flavors put us in a state of sugar shock.  It was shweet!  And it was just enough to draw us in, entirely, to the next presentation, as if addicted to a new drug – a delicious new drug.

We could have each been happy with ordering an appetizer and having that as our individual meals, as we could not eat it fast enough.  By watching us, you’d probably think we had not eaten in days.  We do get three squares a day, plus snacks in between, so we were not hurting for a meal.

My mother and I both ordered the Chicken Piccata, which is one of my all time favorite entrees, and it was divine, smothered in its many capers, juices and the chicken, cooked to perfection, tender enough to not hardly need a knife, lightly dusted in seasoned flour, sautéed with a white wine, butter, lemon juice and caper sauce, served with rice pilaf and fresh vegetables.

My daughter had the Chicken Scallopini, sautéed and topped with fresh asparagus, melted mozzarella cheese, and marinara sauce, served over basil-infused linguine.  Yes, my daughter is a pasta fan.  The Shirley Temple was good here – a non-alcoholic beverage that’s a favorite of my daughter’s, as well as my own.

Upon our next visit to Chattanooga, we will most definitely visit BlueWater Grille again and save room for dessert, which will probably be the sample plate – a combination of flavors of all the desserts on their menu.  We look forward to our next visit to this fine establishment.

BlueWater Grille, Chattanooga, TN = Colorful, plentiful and delicious!

On a scale of 1-5:
Food quality = 6
Service = 6
Price = 5
Cleanliness = 5

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Let Them Eat Steak

I love traveling and make it a point to go on a road trip at least once a year.  Last year, we took in twelve states (Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Utah, Idaho, Arizona, New Mexico, back through Louisiana, Texas, and Mississippi) in thirteen days and over 5300 miles, many hotels, different sights and a wide range of restaurants, cafes, and coffee houses, as we do adore our coffee.  I don’t just love to try different coffees, but lattes, breves, mochas, cappuccinos, frappes, hot cocoas, teas and blends of different sorts.

And food?  I salivate at the mention of the word.  I do love to eat, but loving the food does highly depend on the quality and textures of the food, how it’s prepared, the fact that it is fully cooked, except for my steak, which I like with just an utterly slight hint of moo (a bit pink in the middle), as well as the presentation.

The appeal of how it’s presented is important, although that’s just the first impression.  The lasting impression is how it feels in my mouth, the colorings of flavors playfully dancing across my tongue as if to a beautiful symphony (ok, perhaps I get carried away), how it sits on my stomach, the aftertaste, the side items that are served with the main entrée, and the cost is also a significant aspect as to whether I’d prefer to dine there ever again.

However, with that being said, Saltgrass Steakhouse is a bit on the pricey side, but well worth every penny, if you ask me.  Best steak I’ve ever had the pleasure of experiencing, as well as the different butters (there are several) you can order to accompany your steak of choice.  I still am unsure which butter is my favorite, but my mouth waters at just the thought of the memory – every joyful moment I’ve spent in that wonderful food place.

We travel three hours just to enjoy lunch there.  People may call us crazy to drive three hours one way just to have lunch.  Ok, quite possibly, it’s not the only reason we drive over there.  It’s not just about eating.  It’s to shop a little, take in a few different activities, snap a photo or two, but mostly, yes, it is about the food.  That’s my main reason for going.  Hence my backside, not the smallest in the world (not the largest, either, thank you very much), as Paula Deen says it best and I quote, “Never trust a skinny cook.”  And I’d just like to add, never trust a skinny food critic.

I do suggest that it’s of the most importance to work out daily, as well as exercise daily restraint and perhaps not finish every meal, or to cut your portions in half to not become round, but I have to admit, I cannot leave one tiny morsel behind when it comes to their steak and butter.  If apropos, I would absolutely lick the plate clean and not leave a streak of butter or steak juice behind.  That is how absolutely heavenly their steak and butter is.  If you are a steak lover, I recommend you try their filet mignon and either garlic butter or blue cheese butter (if you do, indeed, appreciate a nice blue cheese).  Their house salad with blue cheese dressing is creamy with chunks of blue cheese, and their croutons – best flavor and texture.

Oh, and their cheesecake with the strawberry puree is out of this stinkin’ world!  My daughter is the biggest fan of cheesecake I have ever known and she’s very discriminating about the food she eats and especially her cheesecake, and this is, by far, her favorite.  I’m just thankful there is no Saltgrass closer to us than a three hours drive, for I would be far worse than a little overweight, I’d be downright grotesque, because their steak and butter with a side of house salad with chunky/creamy blue cheese dressing and fabulously perfect cheesecake would be my addiction, moreso than chocolate, and I’m a chocoholic from way back.  As well as my daughter, as her fourth word was chocat.  I feel certain she’d give up chocat for a slice of their cheesecake.

Mmmmm.  I think I may have gained five pounds just from the lusciousness of my thoughts while salivating over writing this.  Ah, aren’t memories delicious?

Saltgrass Steakhouse, Bossier City, Louisiana, Amarillo, Texas, and Norman, Oklahoma– simply scrumptious!  There are several other locations.  Find one.  Go here.  Bring family and friends with you and let your taste buds be tantalized.

Photo courtesy of www.saltgrass.com

On a scale of 1-5:
Food quality = 6
Service = 6
Price = 5
Cleanliness = 5