Thursday, February 28, 2008

Long weeks and long winters

I've had about enough of the cold weather. And this week seems extraordinarily long, but now that it's Thursday, that should help.
To break up the monotony of my week, I went out to lunch a couple of times so far.
Earlier in the week I headed to Naturally Yours in Peoria's Metro Centre to check out some gum I saw on their blog, and to peruse the meat selection. I like to support meat that is grain fed and hormone free whenever possible.
I did find some hamburger to try, and noticed that Amish chickens were on sale for $2.99 a pound. I might stop back in to get one. The meat selection was a little overwhelming, since no weights were marked on the packages, and the price per pound is listed on a sheet nearby. The tubes of hamburger, however, were marked as one pound, so I went with one of those for now.
Since I was there during lunch, I figured I'd grab a sandwich. I went with the gardenburger, trying to be a little healthy, and since they were sold out of some sort of hickory sandwich, which sounded good. The gardenburger came served on a nice multigrain bun, and I had it topped with onions, mustard, ketchup and lettuce. The patty was fried in some sort of light oil, and tasted like a gardenbuger, crispy on the outside with a meatloaf-like texture inside. The ketchup was a nice kick. It tasted like the freshest ketchup I've ever had.
I chose the pasta salad to go with my burger, which was multi-colored bow tie pasta topped with a little bit of herbs, and not much else in the way of seasoning.
The lunch ran me about $5.49. My only regret? That I didn't think to grab a nice juice or something to go with.
I tried the gum after lunch, and it gets a thumbs up from me. The fruit flavor reminds me of Chicklets fruit gum.

Yesterday I headed out to Vallarta's on University Street in Peoria for lunch.
It turns out Wednesday is special #7 day. Lucky #7 is an enchilada of your choice with beans and rice. The lunch specials run $4.50. With chips and salsa, plus and iced tea and tip, I squeaked this lunch in at $8, which made me feel pretty good. It's hard to find a sit down lunch for under $10 anymore.
There were a couple of servers working, and they kept up a brisk pace. I was in and out in well under an hour.


Jennifer said...

Vallarta's also has this great "all you can eat" type of lunch deal, too. And it's not a buffet, which I actually prefer, you just order 4 items at a time and they bring them out. (You still get chips and salsa, too). If you like guacamole, their's is really good. (Oh, and I think the all-you-can-eat is around $8.50, including the drink)

Jeep2000 said...

I have seen that lunch deal. I think there is also dessert on the options list, which I think is great!

Jennifer said...

Yes, I think there are about 3 choices in the dessert catagory.
I have a 14 year old boy who loves Mexican food, so the lunch special is a great deal for us. (They have it on Saturday's, too, not just weekdays).
I've also been wanting to try the Mexican restaurant that opened on Pioneer Pkwy, Mi Rancho Grande. It's gotten good reviews.

Kevin Lowe said...

I love Vallarta's. I'll have to try the all-you-can-eat lunch.