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San Francisco Chinese Pizza

Posted by LOTGK on May 29, 2012

Chinese Pizza – San Francisco

Walking the streets of San Francisco, I happened upon this pizza shop in an out-of-the-way corner. I was hungry and decided to enter. It did not have the appearance of a standard pizza shop, but hey, there was a picture of a slice of pizza on the sign outside so it had to be good, right! I ordered a slice of cheese pizza with sausage and pepperoni.

I’ll Have A Slice

This is what I got. I will say, it mostly resembled a slice of pizza, it certainly was triangular, and flat. But I was looking for taste. And,… well,… it wasn’t awful. It was warm, which was a plus, the crust wasn’t stale, the sauce from a jar, the cheese from a bag, but all in all, it wasn’t awful. The price, $3 dollars, which, in San Francisco and being hungry, wasn’t awful.

To sum up. It wasn’t awful.

The Grassy Knoll Institute scores 2 out of 5 shots and does not recommend Shawerma Chinese Pizza for dinner.

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Marino’s Italian Cafe – Austintown, Ohio

Posted by LOTGK on May 1, 2012

Marino's Fried Cheese

I have heard about a quaint little restaurant called Marino’s located in Austintown, Ohio. During Lent, we decided to stop in and try it. On a Friday night we were a little stunned that it was not busy. In fact, there were only about 4 tables being used by customers.

Anyway, we were seated right away and I ordered the fish dinner and a fried cheese appetizer. In about five minutes the cheese was brought to our table. There were five small pieces and a small bowl of dipping sauce. The sauce was OK, standard fare. The cheese sticks the same way. Standard, nothing bad, nothing good, just average.

Marino's Restaurant Rolls

The rolls were good though. I suspect they were home-made, they were warm, fresh, and tasted good, especially with melted butter.

Marino's Salad

The salad was standard fare. Excuse me for the late snapshot of the salad. I ate more than half when I realized I forgot to snap the picture.

Marino's Restaurant Fish Dinner

About 20 minutes went by and our fish dinners arrived. I ordered Mac and Cheese as a side dish. As you can see, the fish was thin, and skinny. The breading was adequate but a little soggy. It had a “Fishy” smell to it which to me means it was not as fresh as it could be. The taste was OK. Certainly not what I had expected as several people told me about the place. The Mac and Cheese was cold.

All this for a Friday special of $12 dollars plus coke and tip.

The Grassy Knoll Institute scores 2.25 out of 5 shots and does not recommend Marino’s Italian Cafe for dinner.

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Applebee’s Restaurant – Youngstown

Posted by LOTGK on August 1, 2009


Applebee's - Youngstown, Ohio

One of the Lead Scientists favorite restaurants is Applebee’s. After a little persuasion, we landed up there for dinner. It was not crowded when we arrived and we were seated rather quickly. The waitress took our drink order and returned shortly.


As you can see I ordered the Ultimate Trio sampler platter. (I really couldn’t decide what I wanted so I ordered everything) Our dinners were brought to our table in less than 10 minutes. (Pretty speedy business)

The platter consisted of two mini burgers, (Sliders) which were surprisingly tasty and well cooked. So far so good. Also on the platter were fried cheese sticks with marinara sauce. Surprised again. They were well cooked, crunchy, and the sauce was zesty. Lastly, spicy boneless wing dings with celery sticks. The sauce was just hot enough, not five alarm hot, but ringing a bell at least, and the chicken itself was juicy and good tasting.

The cost was $12 dollars not including drink and tip which for what I received, was a fair deal. The service was efficient and speedy. A very good first impression. I could see why the Lead Scientist dined there frequently.

The Grassy Knoll Institute scores 3.25 out of 5 shots and recommends Applebee’s for lunch and dinner.


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Carrabba’s Italian Restaurant – Youngstown

Posted by LOTGK on January 25, 2009

carrabba's Italian Restaurant

Youngstown, Ohio and the surrounding area’s have many fine restaurants. Unfortunately Carrabba’s is not one of them. It’s not the worst either. The service was adequate, the seating OK, the cost affordable, but there was nothing outstanding about the place. Nothing that snapped, popped, or sizzled.

carrabbas03 We were seated quickly and our waiter brought us water and our menu’s. A few minutes later, she took our dinner orders. This salad is the standard house salad. A little cheese, a tomato, a cucumber, a few croutons, and some lettuce. The salad tasted good, not great, but good.


carrabbas chicken parm I ordered chicken parmigiana with a side order of rigatoni pasta. The proportion was generous, the chicken tender enough, the cheese plenty, but the sauce, well, again, it was adequate. Nothing outstanding about the meal including the price. What you see is about $23 dollars before tip.

The Grassy Knoll Institute scores 2.5 out of 5 shots and barely recommends Carrabba’s Italian Restaurant for dinner.


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Hoss’s Steakhouse Final Dinner Bell

Posted by LOTGK on November 16, 2008

Hoss's Restaurant

We have been going to Hoss’s Steakhouse for years and years. Just a little while ago we received an email stating they were closing their doors and Sunday would be their last day open. Being that Hoss’s is one of our favorite spots, we decided to go one more time.

hossfinal01 This is where the meal begins. The salad bar. As you can see, it has a center island with two side platforms for breads, soups, cookies, pudding, ice cream, brownies, and much more. As for the salad bar side, lettuce, cheese, olives, carrots, diced hard boiled eggs, ham chunks, bacon bits, and more. The salad bar is a meal in itself, and comes with every entree.


I ordered filet mignon and a baked potato. I was told it was the last filet they had. I was a little leery upon hearing this. Nevertheless, I stuck to my order.

And a wise choice indeed. The filet was tender, well cooked, and delicious. It was one of the best steaks I ever had there. And the baked potato was well cooked and very good as well.

hossfinale04 All that was left was dessert. I went for some ice cream and a little piece of apple strudel. My son decided on ice cream as well with sprinkles on top. I should say, he went with sprinkles with ice cream. He accidentally spilled them all over the table.

Lastly, the waitress, one that we had several times, came over, and as a reversal of fortunes, asked if she could take our picture. Of course we said yes. We said goodbye and left a larger tip than usual. Goodbye Hoss’s Steakhouse.

The Grassy Knoll Institute scores 4.25 out of 5 shots and recommends Hoss’s Steakhouse for dinner. Well, I would if it were still open.


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