Posted on Jan 31st, 2010 by Allison (Reviews/Recommendations)

Well, I’m back on my HCG diet, trying to undo the damage inflicted by the holidays. That means my food choices are extremely limited (but I’m getting smaller…)

Creme BruleeSince I can’t eat the food I love, I’ll write about it and make you hungry for it too.

Here is my current list of “bests”
(subject to change at any time):

  • Best Burger - Red Robin
  • Best Creme Brule – tie: The Keg & Ruth’s Chris
    and they both serve a fantastic filet mignon
  • Best Tostada Salad - Cafe Rio
  • Best Girl Scout Cookie - Tie: Thin Mints (frozen) or Tagalongs
  • Best Italian food – Machiavelli’s
  • Best Chinese food (esp. Schezwan Beef) – Asian Star
  • chickenpillows-sm

  • Best Comfort food – there are so many, but today I’ll say Chicken Pillows
  • Best Ice CreamHaagendaz Rocky Road
  • Best CheesecakeCraig Cottle’s
  • Best BrownieJudge Cafe
  • Best Chocolate Chip CookiesJ’Neil’s
  • Best Carne AsadaAzul
  • Best Pie – Tie: Soda Cracker or Lemon Meringue
  • Seattle Chocolate Mint Truffle
  • Best Mint Truffle: I’m on a quest here. I’ve tried (and enjoyed) Kara, Boehms, and Seattle Chocolates. All are very good, but I haven’t been able to determine a “best.”
    Any suggestions?

Any “bests” you’d like to challenge or add?

(14) Comments   


Jennifer Pearce on January 31st, 2010 at 8:45 pm

Mmmm…that post did make me hungry. Good thing I just ate a big dinner, so I am quite full. However, I really could use some type of delicious chocolate and maybe some creme brule right about now.

Well, since I can’t do anything about it tonight, I will most likely have a huge sweet tooth tomorrow…

Kristin on January 31st, 2010 at 11:12 pm

Oh, I love truffles. Kara’s mint truffles were the first ones I got hooked on. Boehm’s are also awesome.

This is a great list, and many of them would be on my list.

Craig’s cheesecake is wonderful and J’Neil’s cookies definitely are the best. I have yet to experience a Judge brownie, but long to.

Allison on January 31st, 2010 at 11:19 pm

Did you know that Boehm’s is in Issaquah and offers tours of their candy making facility. Supposedly a cute Swiss Chalet there…. have you ever stopped on your way to Seattle? we’ll have to do that sometime (when we can imbibe in the truffles).

Maybe Ashley will bring you a Judge Brownie when she comes for her visit in April :)

Ashley Rae on February 1st, 2010 at 12:19 am

hm… sounds like I’m going to have to try J’Neil’s cookies. I love me a good c.c.cookie.

And I agree with your restaurant choices. Especially Asian Star. And Machiavelli’s….

Kris- I thought you had tasted one when we went to Hawaii last year… we were staying overnight in that hotel before we left, and my mother so graciously shared a few crumbs with you… ? Or maybe I’m remembering that wrong. Either way, I’m more than happy to bring a few up with me when I come in April :)

Mint truffle… there are some really good ones that I get at work sometimes. I don’t know who makes them, but Scott has them regularly. Next time he has them I will get a few and save some for you :)

Kristin on February 1st, 2010 at 1:15 am

Oh, Ashley, I do remember that. It must have so wonderful I blocked it from my memory so as to not make my longing worse. Those other cookies you brought were very tasty.

Kristin on February 1st, 2010 at 1:16 am

But please bring me at least one in April. :)

craigthegrey on February 1st, 2010 at 1:35 am

First off, I have to tell you Allison, that the only thing worse than reading this post at this particular time is J’Neil having made her cookies in the house the other day…

Yes, we’re very aware of Boehm’s in Issaquah, we stop there often (it is a small Swiss Chalet type building). In fact it’s just on the other side of the freeway from Krispy Kreme doughnuts, where Sam likes us to stop whenever we can. The best thing at Boehm’s is their aztec spice chocolate.

Ashley, I’m not sure about the Judge brownie, but I very fondly recall those chocolate peanut pinwheel things that you brought up here on that trip.

Robert on February 1st, 2010 at 9:16 am

Ah, well this is a good time to make a request I’ve wanted to make for awhile.

Craig once posted a recipe for a berry-coconut flour muffin that was really very good…. and I’ve read about his legendary cheese cake before.. So, my request is if you have any other low carb recipes for sweets like this if you can send them to me??? And is J’Neil’s cookies sugar free? Or reduced sugar? If so, maybe that one too. I’d love a good brownie recipe. I’ve tried a few low carb ones that were absolutely shameful. So bad they never should have been submitted to anyone…

You can make creme brulee sugar free… : )

Ashley Rae on February 1st, 2010 at 2:16 pm

Kris & Craig- I will bring Judge brownies AND chocolate pinwheels when I come up. Or maybe I will just bring the brownies, and my mother and I can make the pinwheels when I get there. :)

Michelle on February 1st, 2010 at 3:42 pm

That diet you are on seems awfully difficult! I don’t know how you do it.

I am in total agreement with the burgers, Tim loves the Bonsai Burger and I love the Cheeseburger. I would love to taste J’Neils cookies and Craig’s cheesecake some day.

Chris on February 1st, 2010 at 9:56 pm

I want some recipes from J’Neil and Craig! And someday I will taste one of those famous Judge Brownies. This post has made me crave chocolate like the big time–and what are chicken pillows they sound delicious and…comfortable. lol.

craigthegrey on February 1st, 2010 at 11:43 pm

Ok, here’s some stuff. The link below will take you to a couple of recipes.

The cheesecake one is the original, which I think is best, but is not diet friendly. To make it diet friendly here’s what I do: I make the crust from ¾ cup almond flour with ¾ cup toasted coconut, 3 oz butter and ¾ tablespoon sweetener (I usually use erythritol). I also don’t bother to reserve or put any on the sides of the cheesecake. For the filling, the only thing I do is substitute zylitol for the sugar.

J’Neil’s cookie recipe actually came from my mother, J’Neil’s grandmother. However, I have to admit that J’Neil has perfected it. Something about her mojo, she just has them figured out. Her version is sans nuts, but I’ve learned to accept that. I’ve never made them diet friendly, not sure you could as the two different kinds of sugar are pretty important.

You can get to both recipes from here:

Allison on February 2nd, 2010 at 12:14 am

Chris, chicken pillows are a wonderfully flavorful and comforting food – and easy to make. I’ll post a recipe soon :)

Chris on February 2nd, 2010 at 10:18 pm

Thanks Craig! I am always in search of the perfect cookie recipe (and cheesecake). And I look forward to it, Allison.

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