Sunday, January 9, 2022

Punta Cana Latin Grill (Athens, GA)

367 Prince Ave Ste 1, Athens, GA, United States, Georgia


Punta Cana Latin Grill is a Dominican restaurant just outside of downtown Athens, which serves a variety of more or less well-known Dominican street foods, including tacos, sandwiches, and empanadas, with a broad variety of different proteins, including chicharĂ³n and longaniza. Tostones and maduros also feature prominently on the menu.

I've eaten here several times. My favorite is the Punta Cana Sandwich ($8.99) with grilled tilapia, which is light and tasty, and comes with a side over lunch - the maduros are pretty good. The Riki Taki ($9.99) is classic streetfood, a big sandwich filled with ground beef, some vegetables, and massive loads of ketchup and mayo... tasty but very bingy. The Bandeja Punta Cana ($15,75) is a combination of 2 meats and 3 sides.

VERDICT: 82/100

Punta Cana offers Dominican streetfood, which is quite tasty but not subtle, as most dishes are decent but too geasy.

The Collegiate Grill (Gainesville, GA)

 220 Main St SW, Gainesville, GA 30501


The Collegiate Grill is an institution in Gainesville, Georgia. It is an old-school diner that serve American classics the same way they were made half a century ago. The menu is mostly hamburgers, hot dogs, fries, sandwiches, and shakes. The inside is also classic, although well-maintained.


I get a Small Hamburger ($3.59) and a Chili Dog ($3.19) and share a side of Fresh Cut Fries ($4.79). The place is packed and the wait is substantial, but it is worth it. The burger is old-school, i.e. lettuce, tomato, onion, ketchup, and mayonnaise (I hold te mustard), but very tasty. Similarly, the Chili Dog is old-school but tasty, mostly because of the a bit smokey chili on top. The fries are not overly crispy, but real potato and well-prepared.


VERDICT: 90/100

Great quality classic American staples in a beautiful old-school setting. 



Danny's Donuts (Gainesville, GA)

  417 Main St SW #4415, Gainesville, GA 30501


Danny's Donuts has three locations in and around Gainesville, Georgia,  It mainly sells donuts, some breakfast sandwiches, and (warm) drinks. The selection is pretty large and fairly classic - think Dunkin' Donuts - but also quite cheap ($1.35 for most).


 I order two donuts and get a third one for free. The dough is not too dense but looks and tastes too much deep-fried. The toppings are fine but not remarkable.


VERDICT: 78/100

Pretty run-of-the-mill donut place, but affordable and with nice people, which makes it preferable over places like Dunkin' Donuts.





Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Park Stone (Portland, OR)

9921 NE Cascades Pkwy, Portland, OR 97220



Park Stone Wood Kitchen & Taps is a “new American cuisine” type restaurant. It serves pretty much the usuals, burgers, sandwiches, steaks, etcetera.

I get the Parkstone BBQ Burger ($17) with a side of Sea Salt Steak Fries ($4). The burger is perfectly prepared, medium and juicy, but is not very spicy. The steak fries are big and well prepared. Tasty.

VERDICT: 88/100
Not exceptional, and a bit pricey, but overall good and in a nice atmosphere.

Fried Egg I'm In Love (Portland, OR)

780 SW Broadway (Pioneer Courthouse Square)


Fried Egg I'm in Love is a typically hip Portland food cart that does breakfast sandwiches with funky names and combinations. There is also an actual restaurant in another part of Portland. 

I get the Yolko Ono ($8), which usually is toasted sour bread with egg, sausage patty, pesto and cheese but I replace the latter two with sriracha sauce. While it obviously is not worth $8, it is a remarkably tasty breakfast sandwich.

[ Oops, I was so hungry that I ate my sandwich before taking a picture ]

VERDICT: 89/100
Cool and tasty breakfast sandwich food truck

Fuller's Burger Shack (Portland, OR)

10131 NE Cascades Pkwy, Portland, OR 97220


Fuller's Burger Shack is a pretty large, upscale burger joint in the Cascades Mall on the outskirts of Portland. It serves a four different burgers, including one beyond meat, as well as tator tots, crinkle cut fries, and shakes. They also have a monthly special burger. I get the October Special Burger ($10,50), the Spicy Maple & Cheddar Bacon Burger, which oddly they still sold in December. It looks a bit like a whopper, in size and in massive amount of lettuce on it. It is their classic burger with a spicy maple & Apple compote atop a spicy, honey and Cayenne aioli (I hold off on the cheddar). The organic patty is tasty but the burger is overall much more sweet than spicy and overpowered by lettuce etc.

VERDICT: 83/100
Good and big burger but expensive.

Baba’s Mediterranean Grill (Portland, OR)

10215 NE Cascades Pkwy, Portland, OR 97220


Baba's Mediterranean Grill is a kind of Chipotle for Mediterranean food, where you choose your protein (humus, falafel, meat) and then whether you want it in a pita, bowl or with rice. It has two locations in Portland.

I mix it up and get a bowl of humus and add chicken and a pita ($7.50). The chicken is tasty but too salty, the pita nice and fluffy, but the humus too watery.

VERDICT: 81/100
Pretty decent for fast food Mediterranean.