I ate at Sardis Charcoal Broiled Chicken at 8811 Hampton Mall Drive in Capitol Heights and it was VERY good. After a robust workout (ha!), my sciatic nerve had gone OUT, ya hear me, OUT, so this lil blogger wasn’t able to stand in the kitchen to cook a thing. The Hubster to the rescue. He stopped by Sardis on the way home and picked me up some lamb chops, house salad, plantain, and rice. YES!!! Even the cilantro/herb based condiments were spicy with a hint of citrus flavor and GOOD. Most of the time at these Peruvian chicken establishments, the condiments are nasty parsley based little containers of yuck. My lamb chops were cooked to order, side house salad was crispy with vegetables that tasted like vegetables. I’ll be back at Sardis this month for sure.
In national food news, Wednesday October 9th through Friday October 11th, Starbucks is giving away a free tall coffee with the purchase of a coffee drink. If a customer buys someone else their favorite beverage, we will offer that customer a free tall brewed coffee in return. It’s that simple – “pay it forward,” and Starbucks will pay you back.
Burger King is giving away free value size portions of their new Satisfries low-fat, low-calorie fries this weekend, Saturday October 12th and Sunday the 13th. BK’s Satisfries allegedly have 270 calories and 11 grams of fat vs. 340 calories and 15 grams of fat for a small serving of its classic fries. It might just be me, but I’m a little skeptical of these Satisfries. Sparkpeople did some analysis, “Satisfries are coated with a thin batter, which helps them stay crispy longer. The Satisfry batter is designed to help it absorb less fat from the frying process than regular French fries; that’s how you can get all the French fry goodness for less fat, even though they are still fried in oil. And there’s nothing particularly scary in the ingredients list: Potatoes, vegetable oil (contains one or more of the following oils: canola, soybean, cottonseed, sunflower, corn), tapioca starch-modified, contains 2% or less of corn starch-modified, paprika extract (color), rice flour, salt, sodium acid pyrophosphate (to maintain natural color), turmeric extract (color), xantham gum.”
Two new restaurants are opening in Prince George’s County. The grand opening of Rhythms Jazz Lounge in Lanham takes place Thursday October 17th at 8807A Annapolis Road, Lanham. Cover charge is $20, which includes light Hors d’ oeuvres. This venue’s focus is entertainment, libations and light fare. Nightly, there are two jam sessions, 8pm-10pm and 10:30p-12:30. Thursday nights is open mic poetry, Friday Oct. 18th is comedy night and karaoke, Saturday Oct. 19th is Jazz night. Owner Mr. Garreth Doug is excited about the opening as am I and as we all should be. This sounds like the beginning of something great.
Infuse Restaurant at 6339 Allentown Road has a standard dinner menu with some entrees I’m going to have to investigate like their mixed grill and broiled crab cakes. Their lunch menu includes burgers, fried fish sandwiches, and chicken quesadillas. He has a chef on staff and is working on marketing and building this restaurant up. The restaurant’s Facebook page has pictures of some really delicious looking jambalaya and a brownie with vanilla ice cream. *drool*
I spoke with Infuse Restaurant owner Derrick Williams and he said things are going “alright.” I believe things need to be going swimmingly for this young man. I don’t know his age but I’m at the age where I like calling people young man/lady. Hey!! Everybody!!! Let’s come out and be a blessing to Rhythms Jazz Lounge and Infuse Restaurant. The larger restaurant groups that own establishments like Clyde’s and The Carlyle have not seen fit to open up shop in Prince George’s County so let’s bring some wealth to the people who HAVE invested in this county. One of my readers (shout out to Kenney Gaskins) pointed to comments by Chris Shasho, commercial real estate developer, on the prospects of a Cheesecake Factory coming to Brandywine Crossing and those comments are dire, “Unfortunately unless we gain another 100,000 people within a 3 mile radius of the shopping center, they won’t even consider us. They tell us they have to be in densely populated urban areas with large lunch crowds. Until we get more of our workforce to work closer to home we are out of luck.” Another reason we’re out of luck is that restaurant owners, mall owners, and retailers KNOW that Prince George’s County residents will drive far and wide to come to wherever their establishments are located so they don’t even attempt to build in our county. How do we change that? Support the businesses that choosing to invest in Prince George’s County.