Cheddars Scratch Kitchen (Cookeville, TN)

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Cheddars Scratch Kitchen is an American restaurant located on 1375 Interstate Drive in Cookeville TN, and is not far from Tennessee Tech University. The atmosphere of the restaurant is comfortable and casual. The staff is also very personable and attentive taking good care of their customers. They have a wide selection of food and beverages to choose from a full bar including spirits, local craft beers, wine, and soft drinks. When customers arrive, they will find seating in the dining room and bar area with the option of a booth or a table. The food is  all homemade, reasonably priced, and very delicious. Their open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday from 10:30 am to 11 pm, and on Friday and Saturday they are open from 10:30 am to 11 pm.

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We had the combo platter with Top Sirloin Steak and Shrimp, combo platter with Top Sirloin Steak and Chicken Tenders, Chicken Tender platter, and the Bacon Cheeseburger. The Top Sirloin Steak with Shrimp is a 6 oz steak served with either grilled or fried shrimp with a choice of two sides. I chose mashed potatoes and a house salad.

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The combo Top Sirloin Steak with Chicken tenders is a 6 oz steak served with hand breaded chicken tenders and a choice of two sides.

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The Chicken Tender platter is served with hand breaded chicken tenders with a choice of two sides.

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The Bacon Cheeseburger is as described. It comes with four slices of bacon, cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, onions, and honey mayo. Any sides are an additional charge.

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Finally for dessert we ordered the Cheddars Legendary Monster Cookie, which is served with vanilla ice cream, hot fudge, whipped cream, and a cherry. You can also ask them to add nuts if you like nuts.

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Unfortunately, the cookie did not hold up to its name. I have had it in the past, and this time it was a lot smaller than what it normally is because it usually fills the whole pan. I’m not sure what happened, and it was definitely not worth $6.00. Hopefully, the next time I go back the food quantity goes back to the way it was in the past. All the portions were much smaller, but the prices remain the same. It used to be a great value to eat at Cheddars Scratch Kitchen, but I don’t think it is as good a value anymore. If you are interested in checking out Cheddars Scratch Kitchen, click here: https://cheddars.com/our-story/

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Daniel’s Restaurant & Pub (Henniker, NH)

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Daniel’s is an American pub located on 48 Main St, Henniker, NH right next to New England College. It is right on the Contoocook river, which makes it a great place to eat outside during the summer months.

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 The atmosphere of the restaurant is comfortable and casual. The staff is also very personable and attentive taking great care of their customers. They have a wide selection of food and beverages to choose from local craft beers, wine, and soft drinks. When customers arrive, they will find seating in the dining room and bar area with the option of a booth or a table. The food is reasonably priced and very delicious. Their open Monday through Thursday from 11 am to 9 pm, and on Friday and Saturday they are open from 11 am to 10 pm.

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We had the Nachos, French Onion soup, the Portobello Tuscan Tower, and  the California burger. The Nachos are piled high with cheese, black olives, scallions, tomatoes, and jalapenos, served with sour cream, salsa, guacamole, and chicken.

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The French Onion soup, is a classic dish that is served with melted provolone and swiss cheese. It’s also a great dish to order on a cold chilly fall day.

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The Portobello Tuscan Tower has salad greens with Portobello mushroom caps filled with artichoke hearts, oven roasted tomatoes, and fresh mozzarella cheese topped with a large roasted red pepper drizzled with a balsamic glaze.

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The California burger is a burger served with guacamole, lettuce, tomato, swiss cheese, and a side of chips and a pickle.

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Finally for dessert, we shared a Midnight Chocolate Torte and a Brownie Sundae.

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Everyone enjoyed their meal, but my most favorite had to be the French Onion soup, and the Midnight Chocolate Torte. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who’s looking for a great place to eat in the Henniker area. If you are interested in checking out Daniel’s Restaurant & Pub, click here: http://danielsofhenniker.com

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Cheesecake Factory (Chestnut Hill, MA)

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The Cheesecake Factory is an American restaurant that is known for their Cheesecakes. They also have a wonderful eat in or take out menu. Their Thai peanut lettuce wraps are my favorite. There are a variety of Cheesecake Factories across the states which include Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Washington DC, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin. The Cheesecake Factory I visited recently was located on 199 Boylston St, Chestnut Hill, MA at the The Shops at Chestnut Hill. The Cheesecake Factory has always been a family favorite. We go at least two or three times a year to get a cheesecake. The atmosphere of the restaurant is comfortable and the staff is very nice and takes great care of their customers. They have a wide variety of Cheesecakes to choose from. This can seem overwhelming at times especially if you’re not sure which Cheesecake to get, because I know I feel overwhelmed sometimes when trying to pick out a Cheesecake.

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There are three different sizes of cheesecakes customers can choose from. They can choose between a six inch, seven inch, and ten inch. My family and I normally order the seven inch, which feeds 6-8 people. My favorite is the White Chocolate Raspberry Truffle. They have an option to add fresh strawberries on top. If you are interested in checking out the Cheesecake Factory online, click here: https://www.thecheesecakefactory.com/menu/ .

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The Great Lost Bear (Portland, Maine)

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The Great Lost Bear is an American pub restaurant located in Portland, Maine on 540 Forest Ave. I’ll admit when I first looked this place up online, I became skeptical because of the way it looked on the outside, but I was truly surprised with how good everything was. The atmosphere of the restaurant is comfortable and the staff is very nice and takes great care of their customers. They have a wide variety of food and over seventy beers to choose from. This can seem overwhelming if it’s your first time at this restaurant, because I know I felt overwhelmed.

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When customers arrive, they will find seating in the dining room, bar, and outside patio. Inside the dining room, customers will find beautifully etched glass that separate the bar from the dining room.

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The food is a reasonably priced and very delicious. We had the Peanut Thai Chicken sandwich with Coleslaw, a Cheeseburger, and a Spinach salad with feta cheese and added the marinated portabella mushrooms on top. Everyone enjoyed their meal, and for dessert we shared the Toll House Cookie Pie. Best cookie pie I’ve had. I definitely recommend trying it.

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I would also recommend this restaurant to anyone who’s in the area looking for a great place to eat. If you are interested in checking out The Great Lost Bear online, click here: http://www.greatlostbear.com/glbmobile.html

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Osteria del Proconsolo (Florence, Italy)🇮🇹

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Buongiorno Florence, Italia! Today’s blog is on Osteria del Proconsolo. Osteria del Proconsolo is an Italian restaurant located in Florence, Italy on Via del Proconsolo, 59. In fact, we call it Florence, but locals say Firenze. There are many other restaurants to choose from in the city of Florence, but my favorite restaurant was Osteria del Proconsolo. This restaurant is a great place to stop at for lunch or dinner. We sat in a wonderful open atmosphere next to the large full size window that opened to the street, so you’re sitting inside, while enjoying the activity outside.

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Finally, customers have the option to pick between a variety of delicious desserts. My favorites included the Tiramisu and the Crème Brulee.

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I look forward to visiting Florence again someday! Grazie mille for reading!!

Ciao

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