I just had a blooming onion from Outback. Haven't had one of those in *years*!! Right now, my body is reminding me why I don't eat it (well, aside from the fact that it's not kosher!) - but holy cow was that good.....
hm, wikipedia sounds as if you could replace a day of eating by one of them?
but looks interestnig - i'd like to taste one.
They are ridiculously large. Not exactly an appetizer unless you share, heh.
But then, that restaurant isn't what it used to be.
They are known for those onions. Yeah, you really need to split it among 3 or 4.
I'm finding a lot of the once-popular chain restaurants we have here in the US have elected to tighten their belts to such an extent that the food really isn't that great anymore.
Melvin and I find ourselves going to small mom-and-pop type restaurants for a decent meal, as they tend to remain pretty good.
Back when our online community was a bit less geographically spread out, we had weekly meet-ups at the local Applebee's. Now there's a place that has gone downhill. Their prices have become extraordinarily high and the food is not all that great.
I suppose part of the Blooming Onion experience is pulling it apart at the table. I don't know; I've never set foot inside an Outback and I've never had a Blooming Onion. Since it bears the same acronym as Body Odor and/or Barack Obama, I suppose it's not high on my list of things to try.
I've had battered and fried onion pieces with horseradish dipping sauce elsewhere, though. A nice app but it's not something I'd want to eat in large quantities.
Keep in mind that I haven't been to either place in quite a while - although the nearby "city" of Chico is "home" to one of each.
dip. Very good.
The conclusion is good enough for me.
THE best "Chinese food joints" are those small places you find all over south Jersey and most likely in the NYC area.
You know - the place that has the "greatest hot and sour soup on the planet" (China Cafe in Mount Holly NJ) or the absolute best Shrimp with Lobster Sauce (the un-named place - because I forget the name - in Browns Mills NJ), and so on...
Basically, all corporate Chinese restaurants suck. I have yet to find any exception on either coast.
And you really have to be careful of those so-called single-venue "must visit" spots.
Example - Empress of China in Chinatown, San Francisco.
This place is rated as everything better than Extraordinary by just about every tour book, etc. that I've seen.
Better than average? Only slightly.
The venue is extraordinary. The room is exquisitely beautiful.
The view out the windows is indescribably perfect, at roughly 300 ft above street level.
The table service is beyond faultless.
But the food?
what to do with your bagel:
This reminds me that I should make a video about neck ties.
Amusing geekery, bart! Bizarre comments, though....and somehow even a post about bagel cutting managed to incite some (limited) anti-semitism. Amazing...
I'm a tad surprised nobody in Maryland sells such a thing.