The experience

As Mina and I were headed home to pick up Ogre for dinner, I got paged by the hospital.  Looked like I’d be doing another admission tonight.  Unfortunately, that meant a quicker, closer dinner than what I had planned.  I gave Ogre some choices and we headed in that direction.  As we neared one of the choices, The Black Eyed Pea, Ogre decided that he thought we’d eaten here already for childsplate.com.  I suggested we just eat at one of the other two restaurants I’d suggested, but he insisted on trying to look it up on our phone, which didn’t work well and then finally just saying, “okay, but I better not have to eat somewhere else tonight when we find out we already ate here!”

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We were seated right away at a booth.  Benjamin was not with us because he was still napping at Lala’s house.  They dropped off some bread and I commented that we could eat bread and butter in peace since Benji was not there to constantly requested butter to lick off his bread.

Mina thought this bread was “sooooo goood!’  She commented that she was heaven when she at the bread and requested another basket.  We were happy to oblige as we agreed that this was pretty gosh darn good bread!

Mina looked at her menu and I gave her some choices.  Mina can read now, so she noticed that I was skipping over some choices.  She told me she wanted a cheeseburger.  I explained to her that she could not eat a hamburger two nights in a row and really needed to eat something healthy.  We decided on grilled chicken and mashed potatoes.

After that, she went back to working on the puzzles on her activity book.  We put in our drink order and ate more bread.

Ogre was emptying his iced glass over and over again and joked with the waiter that he should just leave the pitcher.  The waiter did but told us to be sure to let his manager know that it was our request.  I asked him if that was so he wouldn’t think he was lazy.

Our food came and after one bite of mashed potatoes, Mina said they were too peppery.  She opted for some broccoli from Papa’s plate instead.  I was so surprised that she ate the broccoli without difficulty and without a snail’s pace.  This was truly milestone in Mina’s vegetable eating journey!  She even made up a song called, “I’m Dancing with my Broccoli” and, literally, danced with her broccoli.

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While Mina was reaching over to pick up a piece of broccoli, some ketchup landed on her elbow.  In true five year old fashion, she tried to lick the ketchup off her elbow.  Needless to say, she was unsuccessful, but it sure was funny watching her try.

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Then I looked down at my own plate as Ogre took a bite of my broccoli cheese casserole and remarked how good it tasted and how unhealthy it must be.  Yup, nothing healthy on my plate.  Ogre just shook his head and said that I never eat healthy.  I countered that I healthy at my mom’s house earlier today.  He just raised his eyebrows and kept his mouth shut.  Good move.

I gave Mina some of my ribs and she’d be eyeing them all night and she ate that all up in addition to her chicken. She really ate well tonight!   I had to pull out the wipes they gave me with my ribs. I never need them because I eat my ribs with a knife and fork.  Mina is happy to use her hands.

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We opted to skip dessert since I needed to head to the hospital.  Luckily, Mina did not read that her meal came with dessert.

The food

Reminds me of a Meat and Three.  I think I’ve told you about this in other posts.  In Nashville, there are a lot of Meat and Three restaurants (some kind of meat and three sides).  Here though, it’s more like Meat and Two or One if you’re ordering from the kids menu.  I suppose it could be three if you count the bread.  I could go on and on, I’ll spare you.

First off, the bread is so good!  It’s soft and bready.  I can’t explain it but Mina and I each had two rolls.

Rack of RibsI ordered the Baby Back Ribs, Fried Okra and Broccoli Cheese Casserole.  The ribs were tender and easy off the bone.  The BBQ sauce is mild and sweet.  My only complaint is that the ribs weren’t as meaty as I’d like.  Fried Okra was great and the Broccoli Cheese Casserole is my favorite.  I wish I could find a recipe that comes out like the dish they serve here!

Turkey DinnerOgre ordered the Turkey Dinner.  He said it was really good and that the turkey was juicy and the dressing tasted good as well.  His sides were broccoli and red beans and rice.  The broccoli was “standard fare.”  He said the red beans and rice was loaded with sausage, so it ended up being very tasty, but not as healthy as he had imagined.

Grilled ChickenMina ordered the Grilled Chicken Breast and Mashed Potatoes.  She didn’t have a whole lot to say about the grilled chicken.  She did not like the mashed potatoes, said they were too “peppery.”

Kids menu has mac and cheese, grilled cheese, corn dogs, cheeseburgers, chicken fingers, grilled chicken, tukey dinner, meatloaf, and pot roast among a few other things.

The service

Our server was good today. Attentive, kept the drinks refilled and even left the pitcher of iced tea for Ogre who was sucking down his iced tea.  Food comes out at a good tempo.

The kids

Absolutely kid friendly!  Fun kids activities and coloring with crayons, a GREAT kids menu with lots of choices and includes a vegetable, a drink, and a dessert!  The restaurant is definitely laid back.  And Kids Eat Free some nights, like tonight!

For an easy dinner with the kids where everyone can get what they want and you have veggies and yummy sides to choose from, give this place a try.

The total: ~$25

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