Bartaco in Port Chester, NY- Sexy and Yummy

The thing about Bartaco in Port Chester, NY is the fact that they somehow transformed the experience of eating simple food like tacos into something sexy. It reminded me of what Abercrombie & Fitch did with their clothing- finding young, fit and sexy people to wear and sell their clothing. Bartaco did the same with their food, website and menu. The site is beautiful, easy to navigate and well designed for their young audience. Their menu is simple yet filled with items that are a little risqué for the norm. Great job.

When it comes to the restaurant decor, the same technique is applied. So once you start drinking the Bartaco CoolAid, the food started to taste good as well. Well, good enough anyway.
Grilled Corn with lime, cayenne, cotija cheese
Guacamole, Chipotle Slaw, Spicy Cucumber SaladCheese Quesadilla and Plantains
Rotisserie Chicken  Pork Tamale
Tacos​: steak, pork, chicken  Tacos: baja fish
Tacos: Portobello mushrooms, falafel   Churros with chocolate dip

The food is not superb but pretty good. The variety is amazing. It’s fresh and interesting enough to keep the diners entertained, engaged and wanting to come back again for the party atmosphere and interact with the casual and easy going wait staff. I was pleased and happy.

This experience took place at

Bartaco

1 Willett Ave
Port Chester, NY 10573
Phone:(914) 937-8226

Appétit Bistro in Port Chester, NY- My New Go-To French Bistro in Westchester

Calling all friends and foodies of Westchester, there is a new and excellent French Bistro in Port Chester, NY! The food was fresh and outstanding. The menu was short and perfect. The location is easy to get to. After sampling Encore Bistro Francais in Larchmont and Rye (meh to ok in my opinion), Le Provençal Bistro in Mamaroneck (ok and expensive), Le Jardin Du Roi in Chappaqua (much better than the other two above), La Panetière in Rye (slightly over-rated and stuffy), Red Hat on the River (no written review but it was excellent), I believe Appétit Bistro in Port Chester, NY will be my new French bistro go-to. French bistro is my comfort food… this means a lot to me and it’s only because Appétit Bistro scored very high when I went at the end of August.Calamars á la Plancha: Tomato / Avocado / Basil Pesto. Delicious. The squid was tender and with a slightly they texture. The seasoning was perfect. Loved the texture contrast between the avocado and the squid.Baked Clams: Special that day. Really fresh. Really juicy.
Red Snapper: Yellow & Green Beans / Heirloom Tomato & Truffle Vinaigrette. I loved the beans and the sauce. Therefore, the fish was  also excellent.Moules-Frites: PEI Mussels / Mariniere or Saffron-Tomato / Fries. Who can say no to Prince Edward Island (PEI) seafood? The PEI mussels were as good as the PEI oysters, which are one of my favorites. I am a sucker for seafood and moules-frites when the mussels are clean and fresh and the frites are fried perfectly.These were perfect. Perfectly French.

I often write terribly when the food is real good. When I recall the experience, none of my descriptive vocabulary comes up. All I have are the bodily sensations of oohs and aahs. This is one of those times.

In addition to providing an excuse for sub-par writing, I want to state that I am not writing this post while hungry. I just had a 3am snack. Therefore, my recall is true to the outstanding food that I received that night. Highly recommend Appétit Bistro in Port Chester, NY.

P.S. to Appétit Bistro, please have separate page titles/URLs for different areas of your site. It will help with your SEO ranking. As an example, every time I mentioned your name in this post, I can link to multiple areas of your site to make your site more relevant.

This experience took place at

Appétit Bistro

540A Willett Avenue,
Port Chester, NY 10573
Phone:(914) 690-2000

Sonora in Port Chester, NY – Diverse Latin Menu with a Mother’s Day Brunch Prix-Fixe

The Sonora Restaurant in Port Chester, NY came highly recommended by a colleague and it did not disappoint. Sonora serves food from Cúba, Argentina, Colombia, México, just to name a few. The Latin flair and decor of the restaurant, the flavorful seasoning, and the friendly but respectful wait staff made an enjoyable food experience, despite my boring dining companion. Take a look at their diverse Latin menu here.

Cúba CHURRASCO: Grilled skirt steak topped with Quail egg + lobster and sweet plantain Chino-Latino fried saffron, lime garlic mojito. I loved this dish. So heavy yet so yummy. The rice had a mixture of dried squid and tiny fish that reminded me very much of a Taiwanese street vendor dish. The Quail egg on top gave it the gooey texture that I love. Big smile from remembering the experience of eating this dish. In comparison, the skirt steak was just as expected.

Argentina PARILLADA: Meat Plater with Shrimp, Skirt Steak, Chicken Breast, Chorizo, yucca fries and Garlic Mojito. This dish looked impressive from afar but I cannot tell you if it tasted good because I did not try it. The person who had this dish was so boring that I wanted to keel over and play dead just to get out of the conversation.  I sure was not going to ask to try the food.

This is how the Parillada came, on top of the burners to keep warm.

Home made cookies. They were average.  Boxed cookies were better.

Bottom line, the food was very good and I would definitely return… by myself. Sonora has a Flamenco night and a Mother’s Day brunch prix-fixe special… Calling all Fathers who needs a location for a Mother’s Day brunch. 🙂

This experience took place at

Sonora Restaurant
179 Rectory St
Port Chester, NY 10573
(914) 933-0200

Neri’s Bakery Products in Port Chester, NY- Zeppoles for St. Joseph’s Day on March 19th, 2015

Today is St. Joseph’s Day. My colleague, Joe, brought in zeppole treats to celebrate St. Joseph – his namesake. These zeppole treats were wonderfully delicious and authentically Italian. Here is what Joe had to say about St. Joseph’s Day and the zeppole.

“In Italy, where St. Joseph is regarded by many as their Patron saint, thanks are given to St. Joseph (“San Giuseppe” in Italian) for preventing a famine during the Middle Ages. According to legend, there was a severe drought at the time, and the people prayed for their patron saint to bring them rain. The rain did come, and the people prepared a large banquet for their patron saint. Giving food to the needy is a St. Joseph’s Day custom. It is traditional to eat a Neapolitan pastry known as a Zeppole!”

Did you eat a zeppole today?

The zeppole came from
Neri’s Bakery Products Inc.
31-37 Pearl Street
Port Chester, NY
914-937-3235