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Heart of Jerusalem Cafe Review!

Heart of Jerusalem Cafe

Heart of Jerusalem Cafe


More Buffet at Luxor Hotel (review)

Jean Philippe Patisserie at Bellagio review!

Whopper Bar at the Rio review! Las Vegas

Crave Real Burger Review!

Nosh (Downtown Colorado Springs)

Nosh may be a little hard to find, but don’t think it’s your typical hole-in-the-wall-downtown-joint. When walking into Nosh, you instantly know you’re in for a treat with its chic ambiance of coy fish decorated walls and modern furniture. The wait staff couldn’t have been more friendly and catered to us with genuine sincerity even with a large lunch crowd rush.

So to the food! As an appetizer, I order the green chili cheese fries. The fries were thickly cut and the portion was big enough for two. The green chili had a great smoky flavor that was enhanced by the smooth melted cheese. I also ordered the Spicy Lentil and Coconut Soup, which had an interesting balance of flavor with the hint of coconut, but the texture was a little much for me.  Imagine eating hummus like a soup.  I didn’t hate it, but my companion loved it.  So, I guess its worth a try if you’re into lentils.  For lunch, I ordered the Spicy Buffalo sandwich with a Caesar salad on the side. The Spicy Bison sandwich included braised bison, jalapenos, Anaheim peppers, onions, pepper jack cheese, cayenne mayo, served on buttery toast with a side of sweet jus. The Caesar Salad was perfectly dressed, meaning NOT overdressed and was uniquely topped with crispy cheese chips and some red pepper flakes. I have to say NOT all Caesar salads taste the same after this! The sandwich had tender juicy bison and the perfectly toasted butter bread didn’t really need the sweet jus on the side, but it sure didn’t hurt! I also ordered the Nosh burger.  The meat is cured and the Chef recommends it cooked medium rare which is usually a notch under how I like my burgers, but hey if the Chef recommends it, how could I argue?  I was glad I didn’t!  The juiciness of the burger mixed with the unique flavors of the chili onion relish practically gave me a FOODgasm!  It was a perfect entrée to a side of sweet potato fries that were perfectly seasoned.  My companion was a vegetarian and she ordered the Banana Curry Lettuce Wraps.  This is a wonderful dish for vegetarians and a surprise for the palate.  The mix of dried bananas, carrots, and apples provided a great texture to the dish, while the curry boosted the flavor as it partnered with cilantro.   Another plus, they offered great Sangrias for only $5! Try the Blueberry Sangria which had a nice kick to it! I also tried the Elderflower, Grapefruit, and the Pomegranate.  Hey, I’m a critic, I have to try the gamut! 🙂  All the Sangrias were good, but careful with the grapefruit if you don’t like grapefruit, you won’t like this drink. 

Overall Analysis: A nice surprise for a surprisingly low price!

The Ritz Grill – Colorado Springs

The Ritz Grill is located in the downtown area of Colorado Springs.  While I have frequented this establishment as a night spot, I’ve never actually tried it as a restaurant until the other day.  At first look at the menu, I was impressed by the variety of items.  The menu included a plethora of selections from traditional American cuisine to Asian, Hispanic, and even Caribbean influences.  This, however, proved to be the only real delightful surprise. 

I decided to order the “Award Winning” Seafood Gumbo as a starter and the 5 Pepper Burger as my entrée.  My companion decided on the Chinese Chicken Salad.  First of all, my started and my entrée came out all at the same time – which is a HUGE pet peeve!  That’s Service 101, right?  Well, it only got worse.  The “Award Winning” Gumbo was completely overseasoned with salt.  I have to imagine the chef was having an off day, unless the award this gumbo won was “Most Salty.”  My burger didn’t prove to be much better.  From the immediate glance, I could tell it had sat under the broiler too long as the cheese had begun to BROWN!  From that visual indication alone, I suspected my burger was overcooked.  I had ordered medium, and sure enough the burger was well done. (Sigh)

Now, being the food critic that I am, I also tried my companions dish. [Fair warning to anyone I eat out with, I’ll be trying your dish as well.  Hey! I’m thorough 🙂 ]  The Chinese Chicken Salad was a hefty portion but similar to my burger, the chicken was way overcooked and dry.  I compare it to perhaps chewing on a cardboard box.  What was more interesting was the “asian vinaigrette” that it was supposed to be served with looked like it had some type of cream in it, which was unusual.  Overall, uninspiring.  This is one restaurant I would NOT Food FORWARD.