Friday, February 25, 2011

Boogie's Burgers

Boogie's Burgers have been around sense 1969 and I recall frequenting here when I was a child growing up in Calgary. I will always remember Faye and Sam who once owned Boogie's use to be a very small drive through building we would go on the weekends and Faye was very friendly remembered everyone. Faye would talk with my parents every time I think that was part of the charm she treated you like family I use to get the Sam burger with bacon, onion rings and a coke one of my favorites.
I believe Faye and Sam retired and traveled back to France which Faye spoke fondly of to my parents so often. I thought they gave the business to their son who currently operates but it's been a very long time sense I went for a visit. I made the trek over to Boogie's today as I have been sampling burgers across Canada and United States over the past year time to compare.
First I was taken back upon entering the restaurant expecting the same, Time has changed this once loved burger place of my childhood. The decor has some of the old and allot of the new as well expansion for more interior seating. Once was a small store front with maybe enough room for 8 people with a video arcade game, with more tables and luchador mask decorating odds and ends. The atmosphere has definitely changed with the new era of Boogie's.
Once were Faye welcomed customers and Sam flipping burgers on the grill the 2 were in harmony, now 3 guys work the counter and not as friendly. Very personable yes but no flair or pure welcoming to see their customers, they tasked away on the grill and made small effort in making me feel welcome, big shoes to fill in comparison.
I watched the grill and saw a very familiar sight from a previous visit to Red Mill Burgers in Seattle a mountain pile of bacon stacked 12inches high beside the grill a craft of a popular burger joint.

Ordering the Double Patty burger remembering the Patty's to be thin and though 2 would be enough, the burger seems larger than but still had the special sauce. Flavor has not changed much from the past, super messy and massive burger for $6 the bun was larger than my hand. Very good burger to enjoy with fries and small drink will cost you $13 a bit pricey but nice indulgence you won't be disappointed with freshness and very little grease.
The new look, feel and warmth left me with a different impression, the food will bring me back classic burger big portions and freshness. Located on Edmonton trail between 16 Ave and Memorial Drive a hidden gem that should be on your Calgary must eat places for the burger.

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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Momo Restuarant

When you first drive by Momo Sushi in Red Deer's Down Town you can miss it if your not looking, tucked away and looks dated and not much to see. However step inside this little gem and the interior is warm and cozy very tiny maybe 70 seats long and narrow, you will be greeted quickly with a warm smile and friendly hello. I was seated and browsed through the menu, I was feeling like a Dynamite roll and there it was, Dynamite Roll Platter comes with Dynamite Roll, Spicy Tuna Roll, and 2 pieces of Nigiri one Tuna and one Salmon plus side salad and Miso Soup.

Side Salad & Miso Soup
My soup and salad came out really fast small enough to get me going until the main attraction arrives, nice sesame oil based dressing and light soup hit the spot. I didn't have to wait long before my sushi arrive and very nice presentation great plating and I couldn't wait to give it a try.

Dynamite Roll Platter
I really appreciate when sushi restaurants give you plenty of ginger which looked fresh, I had a few different selections and had the right amount between rolls. I dove right into the Dynamite Roll and fantastic texture to the tempura batter, warm perfectly seasoned rice crisp vegetables and nori that broke evenly and was not chewy. The Spicy Tuna Roll was good I prefer solid tuna in comparison to the chopped tuna here but flavors worked well I enjoyed it as well. Nice size Nigiri I like that when you tip the Nigiri over to slightly dip the fish in the soya sauce my fish did not fall off as with tradition they dab light amount of wasabi between the fish and rice. Next I had the Crispy Roll a Dynamite Roll and California Roll combined, first time trying and I really enjoyed this roll too, I can't believe I have never attempted to try in the past. The crab mixture was light not overpower by mayo if I'm correct they use Japanese mayo which is creamy and light in taste. I was so full after eating here and very happy with the quality and service I received, this is a hidden gem that I will have to visit again.

Crispy Roll
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