For lunch yesterday I went to Salsa Brava -- not so much...just pass, it's not even worth getting into. Even for the $5.35 lunch special, just pass. I don't get it, it's got quite a following.
Dinner was a different story. I went to Beaver Street Brewery for dinner. Sat at the bar and the bartender was pleasant and attentive. I ordered the special pizza of the day -- artichoke and parmasean. With roasted peppers, scallions and three cheeses, it was yummy. The crust was a little reminiscent of "boboli", but overall very tasty. It came with my choice of soup, green salad or ceaser salad for just $10.95. I chose the green salad with mustard tarragon dressing. The dressing was excellent -- very mustardy with fresh herbs. The pints of microbrew are only $3.50. I had the IPA and the Pilsner...both were very nice.
Overall, the menu was interesting comfort foods with a twist -- salmon BLT, meatloaf sandwich, pizza, green goddess salmon salad, etc.
They don't call it "Little Thai Kitchen" for nothing. I went there for dinner tonight and "little" is being generous. It's about 12 by 30 with 20-24 seats. And if it were full, it would be hard for a claustrophobe to sit tight without getting antsy.
Very nice staff, the woman waiting on me was Thai and very nice. Wow, this place is super reasonable. 50 cents for all the hot tea you can drink. I hate it when they want to charge you four bucks for a cup of tea.
Immediately upon getting my tea and water, I also got a small bowl with greens and a great coconuty/peanutty dressing. Different from the normal peanut dressing. I ordered a cup of Tom Yum. Finally! A Thai place that serves Tom Yum by the cup. For only $2.95 it arrived piping hot, with two mushrooms and two big shrimp. The broth was darker than I've had in the past and wasn't as strong on the lemongrass as I like. Very nice though. I ordered the Ginger Fish for $7.75. When I ordered this, I managed to overlooked the "Cooked in a light batter" part. I was expecting a steamed piece of cod with straw mushrooms, yellow onions, scallions and ginger. I asked to add broccoli and it arrived 5-7 minutes later. It was fried and also had carrots, red and green peppers, cabbage and baby corn. I was disappointed that it was fried, but my fault for not looking more closely at the menu. Very good. I got it at level 5 on 1 to 5. It was hot, just right. Dinner was $13.16 before the tip, including tax. I enjoyed Little Thai Kitchen over Dara Thai.