In Kansas City's Power & Light district, I had my first bison burger at Ted's Montana Grill. It was also my first visit to a Ted's restaurant. I loved the eco/environmental, fresh, made from scratch focus of the restaurant and the savory, tender burger. Slathered in cheese, bacon, mushrooms and onions, it went way beyond my expectations.
In Orlando, I had 35 shrimp at Miller's Ale House, a fun, popular sports bar somewhere on/near Disney. That's right, 35 of them. And, I ate nearly all of them myself (never a very good idea to skip lunch). This meal also brought another first: my first hush puppies. I don't know how I made it this far in life without ever having a hush puppy, but now I can proudly say I've had deep-fried cornmeal batter.
Also at the Ale House, our server asked us to try a new dessert: sweet potato fries with vanilla ice cream and caramel. It was surprisingly tasty with a nice balance of salty and sweet. But, the texture was just a bit too weird for me, so I don't know that it's something I'd ever order for myself.
In New Orleans, I tried a couple of fun spots. The first of which was Mother's. Famously known for its po' boys and rich more than 70-year history in New Orleans, I loved its no-nonsense atmosphere and healthy mix of both locals and visitors.
I had an enormous side of pipin' hot fries to accompany my Famous Ferdi Special po' boy.
The Ferdi was the immediate recommendation from the police officer who greeted me just inside the door. Jam-packed with "Mother's Best Baked Ham," roast beef, debris and gravy, it was a carnivore's dream.
Also in New Orleans, I had dinner at Sun Ray Grill in the Warehouse District. To start, I ordered the portabella fries. YUM. Deep-fried mushrooms with creamy Caesar dressing dip.
And for dinner, I had the most giant, most delicious plate of chicken nachos. Best part? There were so many fixin's, I had to eat them with a fork. :)