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Living Large at The Lowry

After a long week, The Husband and I treated ourselves to a breakfast date at The Lowry. I left loosening my belt after overindulging, every bite was better than the last.

I had the Breakfast Burrito (vegetarian). It came with hashbrowns, Wisconsin cheddar, scrambled eggs, black bean salsa, cilantro sour cream, and salsa roja rolled up in a soft flour tortilla. YUM!! breakfast burrito

The Husband ordered his breakfast standard, Biscuits & Gravy.  Sausage gravy slathered over buttermilk biscuits and eggs,  served with hashbrowns on the side. This was his first time having Biscuits & Gravy served with scrambled eggs, but he declared it delicious.
biscuits and gravy

We had to order the Peanut Butter Waffle, peanut butter is one of my all-time favorite things. I’d meant to have a bite and take the rest home but between the two of us, we polished the entire things off. The waffle is served with crunchy Skippy, vanilla custard, and candied peanuts.
peanut butter waffle

I’m ready to go back for seconds, but this time I’m wearing stretch pants.

Cozy Comfort at Carmelo’s

I have been driving past the Carmelo’s sign for years, always meaning to stop in but never making the time. Last night that changed and I expect to be stopping there regularly from now on.

A cozy little Italian restaurant on Snelling Avenue in St. Paul, Carmelo’s believes in the wholesomeness of homemade food. Making everything from scratch using recipes passed down through the generations, the entire meal was a comfort after a long day. While Frank Sinatra softly crooned in my ear, I slathered butter on the fresh baked bread, dug in to my Primavera and sipped a crisp Pinot Grigio:

primavera
Fresh sautéed garden vegetables with aglio olio sauce, tossed with fettuccine (vegetarian)

The Husband opted for their signature dish, The Chicken Carmelo. He loved every bite:

chicken carmelo
Lightly breaded, baked & topped with fresh crab, parmesan & a lemon cream sauce served over angel hair & garnished with roasted vegetables

We couldn’t leave without dessert. Their tiramisu was heavenly, so light and creamy:tiramisu

Gluten free? No worries, they have options for you too. Trust me, you don’t want to wait to stop in.

Relaxing at Merlins Rest

I love finding a neighborhood joint to relax after a long day. Growing up watching “Cheers,” I feel compelled to find a place where everybody knows my name. That’s the kind of place Merlin’s Rest could be.

Known for their Bangers & Mash, authentic Fish & Chips and whiskey stocks, they also serve up a delicious veggie burger:
veggie burger

And from what The Husband says, an awesome Reuben sandwich:
reuben sandwich

And according to my girlfriend, they have a knitting night that I just can’t miss. Who could ask for more?