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December 12, 2006


I was very exciting when Joy told me she had off from work. A playmate! Yay! I knew I didn't really have to do much convincing to get her to come with me to check out some restaurants that I've been reading about. Thursday's plan was to check out The Smoke Joint. I've been on the lookout for real great BBQ in the NY area. Dinosaur doesn't count, it's so far up north, it might as well be in Jersey! But alas, when I got to the front, the doors were locked. A quick phone call and I found out they weren't opened for lunch, only dinner. Maybe after the New Year. Sigh... But not to worry! I quickly came up with a backup plan! Ruthie's! Joy had mentioned wanting to try this place on a friend's recommendation (I don't know why it only got an 8.6 on citysearch). I'm sad that I didn't have my camera but take my word for it, it was fantastic! (Not that pictures will tell you how good it was). It's just a little hole in the wall place on DeKalb, it has about 5 tables. I got smothered pork chops with rice and a side of mac and cheese. Joy got fried chicken with potato salad. WOW! My pork chop was perfectly cooked and the gravy....oh my goodness...the gravy was AWESOME! The mac and cheese was good but not as creamy as I usually like it. Joy's fried chicked was great! I am not a big fan of fried chicken but I ate the whole piece she gave me. The potato salad had a nice zing to it. And the service was great! The woman was super nice.

So since we were only down the block from Juniors and since I haven't had their cheesecake in ages and Joy agreed to eat half of a slice with me, we made our way over for dessert. Half an hour later, roll me outta there! Joy didn't keep up with her bargain of eating half of it (tho she claimed she never agreed to eat half of it) and it was thicker and heavier and richer than I remembered. Well, I think I filled my quota of Junior's cheesecake for the next 15 years.

Ok, now I got pictures! Friday we were going to try DiFara's. A place that I've been wanting to try for awhile and recently won #1 pizza in TONY. We ended up waiting 45 minutes for our sausage and mushroom pizza but it was worth it. It was fun watching him work. He grates parmesan cheese fresh and cuts the mozzarella fresh for each pizza as well as the toppings you want. He takes the pizza out of the oven with his bare hands and cuts basil on top with scissors. Take a look, doesn't this picture make you drool??


I didn't take pictures of him working. I felt like it would distract him or something. Me and Joy finished the whole pie and she was feeling as stuffed as I did yesterday but I felt fine.


Posted by luluvision at December 12, 2006 10:03 AM


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