I don’t usually go out at night. Especially on Saturday night. However I decided to make an exception this Saturday night. I had plans to meet some friends at a new joint on Mass. Ave. I really wanted to check this particular joint out.
When I go downtown I always take a bus;or a cab. Parking is insane, and expensive. Bus fare is cheap and even cab fare is reasonable compared to driving. However I had no idea that there were two events going on at the Stadium and the Arena. So long story short I decided to head to Pearl Street. Pat and I have been there before, before the blog and we had talked about going back. Well I just jumped the gun.
I know from earlier experience they can make a good pie. I ordered an 8 inch deep dish pizza. The basic price is $8.75. For meat it is an extra $ 1.50 and $1.00 for veggies. That makes a sausage and mushroom deep dish pizza pie $11.25. I think that is pretty expensive. Another reason I prefer lunch. They do offer a cup of soup or a salad for an extra $1.99 with a pizza.
The soup they had for the day was a spicy chicken with gorgonzola.
A smooth soup with a bit of a bite and a touch of bleu cheese funk from the Gorgonzola. I found it to be a very good soup. What I enjoyed most about it was the bleu cheese component was added as a garnish so the taste wasn’t changed by heat.
Now the pie. I thought it was delicious. The dough was fluffy and bread like around the edges. With a nice buttery top
crunch and the bottom with the all the good stuff in it was nice and crisp. I think every part was great. From the sauce to the sausage and mushrooms I thought it was a fine piece of work.
I think this place is a wonderful choice for a pizza and beer. Right smack dab in the middle of the down town loop. It sits on Pearl Street. That is the alley that runs from Meridian Street to Penn. on the North side of the Century Building. In that area called the Wholesale District. So if your are in the area and have a hankering for a pie and beer this is as good as you will find.
Well, back to Wanamaker. This Wheatley’s place is very well-known and highly thought of in Wanamaker, and elsewhere. It started out as a grocery store but has since turned to cooking the food before they sell it. It has the oddest hours though. They are only open for business Friday, all day for a fish fry. Saturday morning for biscuits and gravy and Sunday morning for breakfast and fried chicken dinners for the after church lunch crowd. And even with those restrictions they are seasonal; closing up in October. We missed out last year and we were bound and determined to check it out this year. Now, I surely do not understand the fuss. From what people had to say about the food I expected some gum smacking’, salivating fried goodness. Well not quite. It was pretty average. We both had too high of expectations. The fish appeared to be ocean perch. However one review said they used pollock. I am pretty sure it was perch but I think it was priced a little high for what you got. The dinner was $10.49; for 3 pieces of fish, crinkle cut fries, a solo of cole slaw and a portion of so-called baked beans. Oh, and a hush puppie. One hush puppy. The pups were house made and pretty good, with corn kernels mixed in. You could buy them ala carte. A quarter each or 5 for $1. You waited in line to place your order. The fried stuff was stocked under heat lamps and your order was placed into a to go box; whether you carried out or ate in. And then you got a seat at one of several picnic tables in one of two large rooms or outside on a covered patio.
The fish may have been crisp when it was put into the box but once that lid was closed even the short walk to a seat sort of wilted it a bit.
If you look real close you can see the hush puppy under the fish, at the bottom.
I just had to take a picture of one of the tables. They all had seats like that. Have you ever seen such seats. Pat was a little more frugal than I. After all it was his turn to buy. He ordered a 3 piece fish with fries for $7.99.
So neither one of us were too impressed with the fish fry. However they do have desert. Home made pies and cake. I did not take any pictures of the desert case; because we would be tempted to buy something. My O my the cakes were 6 inches of chocolate delight. And they had a deep dish apple pie that stood a full 5 inch high. Truly this joint is sort of a case where they show a whole Lotta’ hat and no cattle. Like the joint last week.http://www.wheatleysfishfry.com/
My first-born son and I decided to recognize his Birthday with lunch; rather than dinner. Initially it was to be Saturday dinner but he got some tickets to the National Drag Races. No father can compete with a dragster. So we decided on MacNiven’s; a Scottish American Tavern, since neither one of us had ever been there before. Frankly I was looking forward to trying their version of Haggis. I had also had read good reviews of their burgers. They take 8 ounces of Angus beef, shape it into a über thin patty 6 to 8 inches in diameter, soak it over night in Worcestershire and cook it on a flat top and serve it on a toasted bun with the usual garden. They also offer a nice selection of house cooked beef selections.
In addition to a Haggis entree they also offer it as an appetizer. That is the first thing I ordered. Along with a Tennents. A Scottish brewed Lager I have never tried before. Unfortunately Adam has had haggis before and did not like it. So I was forced to go it alone. I must tell you I found it to be excellent. Rich and meaty with a great texture. Easily spread on the little pieces of rye bread over a nice foundation of whipped butter. The bread was the weak link. Dry and a trifle generic for such a spread. Akin to serving caviar on a Ritz. Of course I am not sure if I can think of an alternative to keep the same price point. As far as the Tennents beer is concerned it is a great beer with food. An ABV of 4 and a sublime taste perfect to have with a meal.
Adam decided on Chicken Tenders and Fries. Unfortunately he was not overly impressed. He thought they were pretty run of the mill. I couldn’t really detect any signs that they were prepped in-house. My son thought they were a pre made and frozen piece of chicken.
As for my entre I opted for a burger. Unfortunately I was underwhelmed. Being a big fan of Worcestershire sauce I was rather disappointed in the flavor. Or lack there of. I think it was because the patty had sort of flat top steam cooking thing going on. It definitely could have benefited from a little carmelization and crunch. For all their sandwiches or Baps as they call them they offer a large variety of sides. I tried a cup of Vegetarian Chili. It was surprisingly tasty, I say surprisingly only because I think of Vegetarian Chili as an oxymoron. This, however had a good Southwest background and was loaded with various beans. Plump Butter Beans ( my favorite) included.
Naturally I ended up taking half of my food home. From the beginning I wanted to keep room for desert, somehow that never works out. They have a bread pudding with raisins soaked in 18-year-old Glenlivet over night and topped with vanilla ice cream and caramel syrup. Well, not today. But someday; someday I shall have that desert. Before I forget I wish to thank Julie, our, server. She might have been new but she did a great job.http://www.macnivens.com/