|Upsidedown mushy meat brick and an oh-so-tasty-one at that|
And since we’re on the topic of food I have decided to be a bit of a self-made human Zagat guide to Red Deer. Let’s be honest, someone needs to do it. Since it is early in the “DapperDame Eats Red Deer Zagat” my focus has mainly been on the “ethnic” cuisine. Skipping over Italian because “East Side Mario’s” isn’t ethnic.
Here is the list online under “Ethnic” that I will be eating my way through + reviews:
Las Palmeras Mexican Restaurant 3630-50 Ave. Red Deer – This place has the prices of a schwanky pub but the look of a diner. It is missing that cheesy charm of the traditional Mexican restaurant and the lights are not dim is-that-a-drug-deal-going-down-in-the-corner-or-a-jukebox that is the typical backdrop for Mex food. What it lacks in cheesy-charm it makes up for inside its enchiladas. Seriously. One visit and I’m already in a rut: do I get the enchilada again because I *know* it is awesome or try something else that *could* be awesome? – 4/5 tastebuds agree this place is worth the visitLucky’s Lounge
Pho Thuy Dong Vietnamese Restaurant 5108-52 St. Red Deer – Looks just like any other viet restaurant inside including requisite lucky cat statues and fish tank full of angry creatures. A restaurant that would be hardly memorable were I still in Toronto I know my selection is limited and I would definitely return. Plus they try hard and give a bit extra. Order the lychee juice and they will put whole, fresh, peeled lychee in your drink to give it flair. Not the place to go if you don’t eat animals. After asking for the vegetarian menu I was told anything could be made “vegetarian”. Halfway through a good, if not a bit bland, pho it came out that the broth was chicken broth. Woops. No puffy fried tofu either (but you can’t blame them for not serving it – the market might not be there in beef country). Big props for the variety of perfectly steamed veggies in the pho. 3/5 tastebuds.
Wok Box 5250-22 St. Red Deer – I have fallen for this one twice. Mostly because I love Asian food of (almost) all types and this place is right in my view. Let’s not fool ourselves though – ’tis a chain. The pad thai is tasty and flavourful and NOT PAD THAI. Not in the least. Not a hint of tamarind and, in my mind, the tamarind makes the pad (or the thai?). If you have yet to eat Pad Thai (or any asian dish for that matter) do not try it for the first time here. The chicken teriyaki was better but perhaps I’m just less familiar with what it SHOULD taste like. – 2/5 tastebuds….er….1.5 tastebuds