Too Much for Too Little?

Today’s question from http://www.answerthepublic.com explores a shared mystery among patrons of high-end luxury restaurants. Why do expensive restaurants serve tiny portions? There are many reasons why restaurants serve small portions and we’re going to explore a few of those reasons.

Why Expensive Restaurants Serve Tiny Portions

Today’s question from www.answerthepublic.com explores a shared mystery among patrons of high-end luxury restaurants. Why do expensive restaurants serve tiny portions? There are many reasons why restaurants serve small portions and we’re going to explore a few of those reasons with you.


1 | Limited Portion = Unlimited Expectations

I’m sure we have all run low on an item and product. Our natural instinct is to conserve and not be wasteful. The same concept is applied to fine dining. Restaurants attempt to recreate this conservation by giving smaller portions that diners will be excited to try and savor the richness of the dishes. Chefs and restauranteurs hope this makes the meal more memorable.

Photo by Julien Sarazin on Unsplash

2 | High Ingredient Costs

Luxury restaurants often source their ingredients from the obscure international markets and farms. This practice increases the production costs of the dish which affects the menu price. In an effort to keep the price from being astronomical, restaurants serve smaller portions.

Photo by Marta Markes on Unsplash

3 | Minimalism to the Maximum

Take a stroll on Rodeo Drive or to any high-end boutique and you will see that less is more. Expansive tables house one purse or a pair of shoes. Expensive restaurants also embody this practice through the belief that minimalism is elegant or avant garde. Guests at these establishments seek unique tastes and experiences rather than coming to fill their stomachs.

Photo by Julien Pianetti on Unsplash

4 | The Plate is a Canvas

Have you been to an art museum lately? Some expensive works of art feature a tiny image painted on an over-sized canvas. For expensive restaurants, plating techniques have evolved into a blend of aesthetics, art, and design. As a work of art, smaller portions allow enough space on the plate for the chef to display their artistry.

Photo by Aigars Peda on Unsplash

5 | Avoid Boredom

For Thanksgiving, we tend to pile our plates with food only to waste most of it. Why? Our taste buds will get used to a flavor after 4-5 bites. Smaller portions eliminates the boredom of a dish and helps your mind register the taste for a longer period.

Photo by Tae In Kim on Unsplash

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5 Binge-Worthy Food and Cooking Netflix Shows (Part 1)

It’s summer and Netflix has such a treasure trove of great binge-worthy programming. One genre of shows that continues to grow in popularity is Food and Cooking. Shows such as Nailed It, Ugly Delicious, and Chef’s Table celebrate the joy of cooking and leaves you wanting more! Here some of the best cooking shows streaming on Netflix right now.

It’s summer and Netflix has such a treasure trove of great binge-worthy programming. One genre of shows that continues to grow in popularity is Food and Cooking. Shows such as Nailed It, Ugly Delicious, and Chef’s Table celebrate the joy of cooking and leaves you wanting more! Here some of the best cooking shows streaming on Netflix right now.

WARNING: Don’t watch while you’re hungry!!


Chef’s Table

This unique documentary style cooking series follows some of the world’s most famous chefs as they take us on a journey through their personal lives and their kitchens. Each episode of Chef’s Table goes in-depth into the life, talents, and passion of being a Chef. The show’s intimate, engaging storytelling and biographical pieces make it a must watch.


Nailed It!

In each episode, three inexperienced home bakers compete for a chance to win $10,000. This hilarious show provides great laughs and entertainment as the contestant’s culinary skills are a bit subpar. Throughout the season guest judges make appearances that add plenty of sugar and spice to the episodes. If you’re looking for a good laugh, you’ve Nailed It!


Zumbo’s Just Desserts

In this Australian cooking show, dessert connoisseur Adrian Zumbo is host to twelve contestants as they compete against each other to win the $100,000 grand prize. The winning contestant will also have their dessert featured in Zumbo’s dessert store. What makes this shows exciting is watching the action between contestants as they compete to recreate one of Zumbos elaborate complex and intricate desserts in the “Zumbo Test”.


Ugly Delicious

Staring award-winning chef David Chang, this travelogue fuses comedy, travel, and food. For each episode, Chang focuses on a different type of food and takes us on a cross-cultural journey to discover where to get the best eats. Jimmy Kimmel, Nick Kroll, Peter Meehan, and other guests make appearances throughout the season. This series is guaranteed to be a must watch for all.


Sugar Rush

The clock is ticking, and 4 teams of bakers don’t have much time to deliver their outstanding desserts to win $10,000. Sugar Rush is a fast-paced baking competition that challenges bakers to race while creating sweet treats that look and taste amazing. Hosted by Hunter March along with world-class pastry chefs Candace Nelson and Adriano Zumbo as judges, this fast-paced show will have you on the edge of your seat!


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Yellow Jacket Hot Dogs- Ellenwood, GA

Hey students! It’s Adriena from Food is My Classroom with today’s quick bite. National Hot Dog Day ended about a month ago and I’m still celebrating! Today, I stopped by Yellow Jacket Hot Dogs in Ellenwood, GA for a yummy Nathan’s Beef Frank with onion rings. Click the link to read more about this hidden treasure!

Hey students! It’s your favorite teacher, Adriena, from Food is My Classroom here with a quick bite and “Hidden Treasure”. Even though National Hot Dog Day was over about a month ago, I am still celebrating! Hey, it’s still summer so I can indulge a bit! Today, I stopped by Yellow Jacket Hot Dogs in Ellenwood, GA for a yummy Nathan’s Beef Frank with onion rings. If you missed the #NationalHotDogDay celebration last month, don’t feel bad. Try Yellow Jacket Hot Dogs today!

Background Knowledge: 

1. Hot Dogs are beef, chicken, and pork mix unless you request a Nathan’s All Beef hot dog for an up-charge. 

2. Located in Ellenwood, Georgia (Not by Georgia Tech).

3. They offer Combos/Specials or you can order a la carte.

4. All hot dogs automatically come with ketchup, mustard, and onions which can be removed to your taste.

5. My favorite detail about the hot dog is the buns are toasted to a perfect crunch which is a great contrast with the juicy frank. Yummy!

Hot Dog Alternative Options: 

1. Angus Hamburgers/Cheeseburgers

2. Grilled Cheese

3. BLT 

4. Grilled Chicken

5. Patty Melts

Desserts:

1. Slice of Cake

2. Slice of Pecan Pie

3. Mayfield Ice Cream (chocolate,  vanilla, and strawberry only)

4. Peach & Apple Pies (fried)

5. Cheesecake

See my RECOMMENDATIONS below: 

⭐Nathan’s Beef Hot Dogs w/relish

⭐Nathan’s Beef Hot Dogs w/slaw

⭐Onion Rings

⭐Scoop of Strawberry Mayfield Ice Cream 

Score: B

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Where do you like to get your hot dogs??

Best Ice Cream Shops in the City of Decatur (Part 1)

As Decatur has continually transformed itself into a vibrant community of restaurants and eateries, there are quite a few unique shops to grab some ice cream and other desserts! Check out Part 1 of our listing featuring the best ice cream shops in the City of Decatur!

It’s been quite a hot and humid summer! Sometimes, you just want to chill out with a cool ice cream treat. As the City of Decatur has continually transformed itself into a vibrant community of restaurants and eateries, there are quite a few unique shops to grab some ice cream and other desserts! Check out our list of the best ice cream shops in the City of Decatur.

Butter and Cream
This inexpensive women-owned ice cream, yogurt, and dessert shop is located at 416 Church St., Decatur, GA 30030. In addition to classic and specialty flavors, Butter and Cream offer vegan and dairy-free options for customers. Popular flavors here include Salted Caramel, Butterscotch Brownie, and Cashew Creme Brulee. Credit cards are accepted and the area has kids activities nearby. The menu and other information can be found on their website at http://www.butterandcream.com.

Butter and Cream: Dark Chocolate Malbec on a Callebaut chocolate dipped cone! Source: Twitter

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams
Located at 545 N. McDonough St., Decatur, GA 30030, this splendid ice cream shop will pack a special pint just for you! Top flavors include Brown Butter Almond Brittle, Brambleberry Crisp, and Salted Peanut Butter with Chocolate Flecks. Small, Trio, and Sundae sizes are available, and Pints are offered for certain flavors. Additonal toppings that can be added include smoked almonds, hand-whipped cream, Moonbow and Sunbow Sprinkles, Salty Caramel Sauce, and Extra-Bitter Hot Fudge Sauce. Visit Jeni’s website for more details at https://jenis.com/scoop-shops/jenis-decatur-square/

Jeni’s White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookie ice cream. Source: Twitter

Four Summers Gelato and Coffee Bar
Located in the Oakhurst neighborhood, Four Summers offers ice cream, frozen yogurt, and gelato creations. Menu options for customers include vegetarian, dairy-free, and vegan options. For those with children, Four Summers offers a kids menu and a play area for your convenience. There is a private parking lot with wheelchair accessible access. Popular items include the Nutella and S’Mores creations! Four Summers can be found at 350 Mead Road, Suite E and F, Decatur, GA 30030.

Mango vegan sorbet at Four Summers! Source: Facebook

Steel City Pops-Decatur
This shop is located at 312 Church Street, Decatur, GA 30030 and offers a vast array of options for its’ pops. Pops come in 4 main categories: fruity, creamy, cookie, and paleo. You can customize your pop with the 4 D’s (Dip, Dredge, Drizzle, and Dust). All of their pops feature fresh fruit, organic cane sugar, and are gluten-free. Prices start at $3.59 for the fruity pops to $4.59 for the cookie pops. Steel City Pops also has catering and events offerings. Menu and catering information can be found on their website at https://steelcitypops.com/locations/atlanta/

Peach cream dipped in milk chocolate, dredged in pecans, and drizzled with caramel. Source: Twitter

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Atlanta Breakfast Club Review

Hey Students! It’s your favorite teacher, Adriena, from Food is My Classroom here in Midtown Atlanta at Atlanta Breakfast Club (ABC). Get your forks ready as we journey through this breakfast empire!

Hey Students! It’s your favorite teacher, Adriena, from Food is My Classroom here in Midtown Atlanta at Atlanta Breakfast Club (ABC). I found this breakfast spot in walking distance from one of Atlanta’s biggest tourist attractions, The Georgia Aquarium. Get your forks ready as we journey through this breakfast empire!

Classroom: Atlanta Breakfast Club
249 Ivan Allen Jr Blvd NW, Atlanta, GA 30313
http://www.atlantabreakfastclub.com

⭐ The Lesson Plan [Full Review of Experience]

Background Knowledge:
Anthony Sanders (Executive Chef) & O. Osiris Ballard are Co-Owners of the black-owned parent company, Good Food & Company, and Atlanta Breakfast Club is their “pride and joy.”

⭐ Materials Needed:

  1. Patience: There is a couple of spots in the front and a few in the rear of the restaurant.
  2. Cash: There is also paid parking across the street for $10, which is your best bet.
  3. Comfortable Shoes: You may have to walk a block from the parking garage/paid lots to the restaurant.
  4. Something to occupy your time: Expect at least a 30-minute wait and up to 2hrs depending on the day of the week and the hour.
  5. Camera/Cell Phone: Be prepared to possibly run into a news anchor, reporter, politician, well-known pastor, or celebrity for a quick selfie.

⭐ Observation: [The Best of the Day]

Opening (Appetizers)
-I was so graciously GIFTED the “Paul Biscuit,” affectionately called the “P Biscuit,” by Deonte &Paul to try. It is sooo big and yummy. It is fried chicken, folded eggs, cheese, & bacon on a soft biscuit smothered in warm pepper gravy. The pepper gravy is so darn good. No floury or burnt taste. The bacon is thick cut. The chicken was nicely battered and fried to a crispy perfection. This item was created by Paul, one of the Managers, and is NOT on the menu but can be requested.

During (Entrees)
-I had the popular Shrimp & Grits. The Shrimp & Grits were AMAZINGLY divine. Creamy white grits, jalepeño gravy (not spicy), gulf shrimp, and chicken sausage (which is where I tasted the heat). The combination of flavors makes for a happy marriage.

Closing (Desserts)
-The peach cobbler french toast (half order). This could easily be dessert and the last course, so that’s just what I did! Served with a hot crumble, juicy peaches, vanilla butter, and powdered sugar. The best french toast I have ever had in my entire life. OMG!!!

The Glows [Pros]

  1. Location! ABC is located near The Georgia Aquarium, National Center for Civil and Human Rights, and The World of Coca-Cola.
  2. The staff is super friendly and inviting. It was delightful and felt like being at home.
  3. My waiter, Ron, greeted me with a smile and made food suggestions. He asked my name and how to spell it so he could remember it. He also checked on me often, and I appreciated the Southern hospitality.
  4. The food was hot and super yummy.
  5. They do to-go orders as well and have a specified parking spot for that out front.
  6. The staff works together, especially when your waiter/waitress is busy.
  7. As I waited for my meal, I noticed that the food does not sit in the window long. That explains why the food comes out hot.
  8. Seating is available inside and outside for those who are WAITING to be seated and served.
  9. A phone system is used upon check-in, and they call your cell phone when your table is ready. So, don’t miss your call.
  10. I will return soon to try their award-winning Chicken & Waffles.

The Grows [Cons]

  1. The parking could be a deal-breaker for some patrons.
  2. Considering the scale of the restaurant, the restrooms are tiny, with only a couple of stalls.
  3. Minimal handicapped parking in front of the restaurant with only 1 spot.

⭐Evaluation: [The Score]
Grade A+ (Principal’s List)

Teacher’s Notes

  1. There are a few clubs and businesses around that may have empty lots depending on the time of day, but DO NOT park there. Pay to park! Police officers are continually writing tickets.
  2. Deonte, Manager of Digital Marketing, would love to hear that you’re visiting on my recommendation. He and Paul treat everyone like a celebrity.
  3. They are quite proud of their trophy on display from the Marriott Invitation where they placed 2nd in a golf tournament this year (2019).
  4. Darrell, who is listed on their IG page as Artistic Cousin, created a mural that is on display in memory of Chef Anthony’s mother, who died a few days ago. (June 2019). The mural is so dope!

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Grocery Store Money Saving Tips, Part 1

Grocery shopping can be quite the chore especially when you’re tight on money. In today’s post, we share a few tips and tricks that will help you lower that enormous grocery bill. Click the link to read more!

With the price of groceries on the rise and the size of packaging decreasing, the need to save money at the grocery store is essential to maintain a healthy household budget. In today’s post, we share a few tips and tricks that will help you lower that enormous grocery bill.

Know your budget. Before you leave the house, track your other household expenses. This will give you a real picture of how much money can actually be in your grocery budget.

Prep meals on Sundays and Thursdays to cut down on food waste

Prepping meals. Planning your meals for the week or even the month will help you write your shopping list. That way you can stay focused on what you should be buying not eliminate the junk.

Make a list, check it twice. Santa Claus isn’t the only person that uses lists. Again, make a grocery list with a price estimate to see what you need and the cost. Here’s a smart, interactive grocery list template by the USDA.

Find Bargain Groceries at Bargain Grocery Stores. Aldi, Lidl, and Trader Joe’s may not be the most fabulous shopping experiences, but you can surely find some good deals on their house brands and even a few national brands.

Leave the Distractions at Home…and that includes your spouse! Kids, spouses, roommates, and boos and baes can all be a distraction to the grocery shopping experience by nagging you to buy things you really don’t need. If you can leave them at home, you might be able to save a few dollars.

Don’t go on an Empty Stomach. When you’re hungry, everything looks yummy! Remember, you are shopping on a budget and cannot afford to spend your money on useless merchandise. Eating a few mints before shopping or chewing gum can help relieve your hunger pains.

Shop at Warehouse Stores. Costco, Sam’s Club, BJ’s are warehouse clubs that offer some surprising deals on produce, meats, breads, beverages, and dry foods. Make sure you have enough storage and freezer space or you can be saving and wasting money at the same time.

Shop at your local farmer’s market

Farmer’s Market. Most large cities and rural towns have a farmer’s market. If you’re in the Atlanta area, you might be familiar with the DeKalb Farmer’s Market. Don’t know where you local farmer’s market is? Use this tool by the USDA to help you find local farmers market.

Multiple Stores, Multiple Deals. Shop at multiple stores to determine which stores have exclusive deals and lower prices on certain products. While one store has reasonable meat prices, another store might have exceptional produce deals.

There’s an App for that! Kroger and Walmart offer excellent mobile apps that allow you to shop, find sales and coupons, compare prices between stores. Search your phone’s app store for your local grocery store’s app. Chances are the app will have coupons, weekly ads, and virtual shopping carts.

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Virgil’s Gullah Kitchen and Bar Review

Hey students, it’s your favorite teacher, Adriena, here in Downtown College Park, Georgia at Virgil’s Gullah Kitchen and Bar. Today I’m trying some “Geechee” inspired small plates! Click the link for more goodness 🙂

Hey students, it’s your favorite teacher, Adriena, here in Downtown College Park, Georgia at Virgil’s Gullah Kitchen and Bar. Today, I’m trying some “Geechee” inspired small plates!

Classroom: Virgil’s Gullah Kitchen & Bar

3721 Main St, College Park, GA 30337 (Link to Google Map)

⭐The Lesson Plan [Full Review of Experience]

⭐Materials Needed:

1. Patience: Very small restaurant causing long waits.

2. Hand Fan: The air was not working.

3. Comfortable Shoes: You may have to walk some blocks depending on where you find a space to park.

4. Guest: With a guest, you can choose multiple plates to share, which is much better.

⭐Observation: [The Best of the Day]

The “Get Tight Up” Cocktail at Virgil’s Gullah Kitchen

Opening (Appetizers)

-I had a cocktail called “Get Tight Up” that contained pureed fruit with vodka, gin, rum, whiskey, triple sec, fruit liqueur, and sour. The drink is available in peach, blackberry, or strawberry. I chose peach, and it was just okay.

I will try the “Geechee Rita” next time, which is also a popular drink according to the bartender. 

During (Entrees)

-Jam Up Fried Wings: Three seasoned and marinated whole wings drizzled with Gulla gal sauce. The wings were tasty, and the sauce seemed ketchup-based but much sweeter.

-Fried Poke Chop (Pork Chop): One small pork chop that is lightly battered and fried to a golden color. This was a disappointment. The meat was well cooked, but not seasoned well. Additionally, the pork chop was very small and not nearly the size of a standard pork chop.

-Seafood Pasta (cold dish): A combination of crab meat, white shrimp, and pasta mixed with a seafood salad dressing. This dish was one of my favorites, and a must-have.

-Fried Cabbage: Fresh cabbage fried in a skillet with onions and bacon. This was the biggest disappointment. It was very salty, and the cabbage was so overcooked that it was brown and soggy. Cabbage, even fried, shouldn’t be that mushy.

-Macaroni & Cheese: Classic cheddar cheese and elbow macaroni baked til golden. This was just cheese and noodles. The noodles were overcooked and unseasoned.

-Fried Shrimp: White shrimp that are seasoned, lightly battered, and golden fried. These were cooked perfectly.

-Sauteed Shrimp: White shrimp that are seasoned and sauteed in a Gullah butter sauce. These were seasoned nicely and yummy.

-Gullah Fries (Potato Wedges): Fried potato wedges dusted with Virgil’s Gullah seasoning. These were very good and came out hot. They are also a must-have.

-Shrimp & Crab Gravy: White shrimp cooked in crab gravy over Jasmine rice (contains bacon). This was the STAR of the night. It is better than New Orleans jambalaya. The rice was slightly undercooked, but the shrimp and gravy made up for it. I wanted to sop it up with a biscuit. You can’t come to Virgil’s and not have this dish!

Closing (Desserts)

-Chucktown Chewie Sundae: This dessert was a warm chewie blonde (vanilla) brownie topped with caramel ice-cream, candied pecans, chocolate fudge, and powdered sugar. It was delicious and I hardly ever eat a dessert at a restaurant. It was heaven on a spoon! I would go back just for dessert and try a new cocktail. Just thinking about this dessert makes me want to make the drive to College Park right now!

⭐ Small Plate Ranking 

[0 to 5-star scale, 5 being the highest]

5⭐ Shrimp & Crab Gravy (over rice), Chucktown Brownie, Seafood Pasta (cold)

4⭐ Gullah Fries (Potato Wedges), Jam Up Wings

3⭐ Sauteed Shrimp, Fried Shrimp

2⭐ Poke Chop, Get Tight Up cocktail

1⭐ Mac ‘n Cheese

0⭐ The Fried Cabbage

Evaluation: [The Score]
Grade A

⭐Teacher’s Notes

1. This restaurant is not family-friendly. No high chairs or car seat slings.

2. Our waiter was William, who was excellent.

3. The host, Curtis, was accommodating with getting me a larger table.

4. The restaurant sits between Soul Crab and Milk & Honey.

5. They do not take gift cards. (VISA)

6. They do have lots of free street parking and lots in the area if you follow the signs. Not sure if the lots are free or not.

7. Your party should be from 1 to 4 people. The restaurant is not designed for groups.

8. Police circle the area often for a sense of safety.

9. Be careful crossing the street. I was almost hit in the crosswalk because everyone doesn’t abide by the law about pedestrians in the crosswalk, especially when there is no flashing light.

10. I met both owners, and they were very kind to my family and me. Search Food Is My Classroom on YouTube to see the video with Gee, co-owner of Virgil’s Gullah Kitchen & Bar, A “Geechee” Cultural Experience.

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Mama’s Caribbean Grill Review

Hey students! It’s your favorite teacher, Adriena, here with today’s mini-lesson at Mama’s Caribbean Grill in Decatur, Ga. If you live in the Decatur area, try them out today! Everything was absolutely fresh and delicious!!!

Hey students! It’s your favorite teacher, Adriena, here with today’s mini-lesson at Mama’s Caribbean Grill in Decatur, Ga. If you live in the Decatur area, try them out today! Everything was absolutely fresh and delicious!!!

Food is My Classroom at Mama’s Caribbean Grill

⭐Location:

4919 Flat Shoals Pkwy #122, Decatur, GA 30034 (Kroger Plaza)

⭐What Did I Eat?

I had jerk shrimp, rice and peas, plantains, macaroni and cheese, jerk chicken, cabbage and veggies, curry goat, curry chicken, and oxtails in gravy. If that didn’t sound like enough, I ended with the sweet potato pudding. 

See my RECOMMENDATIONS below: 

Mama’s Caribbean Grill Menu

Rice and Peas (topping with oxtail gravy is optional): The rice was cooked well and the peas were soft, but not mushy. The dish was very tasty with a mild hint of coconut milk.

Cabbage and Veggies: The cabbage had a slight crunch and was cooked with green beans, carrots, peas, red and green peppers, and corn. I absolutely loved it!!!

Mango Island Vibes Nectar

The Mango Island Vibes Nectar: This is a sweet juice that is even better over heavy ice (it’s sweet ya’ll).

The Baked Macaroni & Cheese: The noodles were NOT overcooked and the dish was well-seasoned. It was baked cheesy in the oven, which is the only way to eat it in my opinion. 

Curry Chicken: The chicken pieces were in an authenticly delicious Curry Gravy, which had a hint of coconut milk. 

Jerk Chicken: These leg quaters were tender, seasoned well, and spicy. They weren’t so spicy that it took over the meal. This was my favorite meat!!!

Sweet Potato Pudding

Jerk Shrimp: Although the shrimp are small, the jerk shrimp starts with a sweetness. Then, the heat hits you, but it is not overwhelming for those of us that can’t take hot/spicy food.

Sweet Potato Pudding: This Caribbean dessert was like a dark sweet potato pie in pudding form. It did have more nutmeg than I prefer, but it was yummy. Adding raisins to the pudding would be good too, in my opinion.

Background Knowledge: 

1. Located in the Kroger Plaza beside American Wings 3 and near Gutbusters.

2. Located in Decatur, Ga.

3. They offer a large menu and 2 Caribbean desserts. 

4. All seafood items are cooked to order.

5. For an upcharge, instead of having cabbage with rice and peas, you can substitute for baked macaroni and cheese, collard greens, or yams. 

6. They offer some drinks with an island vibe. The Mango Nectar drink was yummy.

7. The restaurant opened at the end of July (2019), as announced by the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce, with a food drive for the community and 100+ free hot meals to customers.

8. Open Monday – Saturday (7 am – 10 pm), Sunday (8 am – 8 pm)

Pros: 

1. All natural, even the seasoning. Salt and pepper is their only purchased seasoning. They make their seasonings from blending raw ingredients. So, if they want onion powder, they blend from real onions.

2. The owner believes in no MSG.

3. My server was Khalil who was very respectful, kind, used his manners, and was completing multiple tasks with a smile on his face. 

4. The restaurant is family-owned and operated.

5. I also met Erica, the manager, who took the time to explain EACH dish to me. This was greatly appreciated considering I voiced that Caribbean cuisine is not my cuisine of choice due to how spicy it is. She explained that not all restaurants have a heat level that extreme and that they don’t!

Cons:

1. It was a bit warm inside.

2. The oxtails were small, but the gravy was good enough to dip the coco bread in and eat.

✏📋 Score: A

I will definitely be going back to try more dishes. Especially, the cabbage and mac-n-cheese.

Food is My Classroom at Mama’s Caribbean Grill

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