Sunday, May 23, 2010

I Did It All for the Nookie

Nook is more than aptly named. It hides in the corner of a strip mall.
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The modern American bistro features comfort food with some international twists.

Complimentary boiled peanuts.
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Giggles had never had boiled peanuts before, but these reminded me of my childhood.

Crispy calamari tossed with citrus-soy vinaigrette and wasabi dipping sauce ($10).
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Fine but nothing special.

Shiitake and Gruyere bread pudding ($7).
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insomniac, Giggles, and I were all very excited to try this, and it didn't disappoint. It was the first savory bread pudding I'd ever tasted, and I hope it won't be the last. I don't even like mushrooms, and I loved this. Cheese? Bread? Mixed up together and baked hot? Yes, please.

Sauteed brown rice bowl with oven-dried tomatoes, asparagus, broccoli, carrots, organic chicken ($12).
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Good for your body. Only ok for your taste buds. Perfect for that health-conscious friend that we all have. Let her eat this while you nosh on the next item.

Nook Burger -- Sterling Silver beef with Gruyere cheese, red onion jam, baby arugula on grilled rustic bread served with fries and a homemade pickle ($12).
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This juicy, flavorful, hand-held delight made up for the bland rice bowl and gives me hope for a return visit.

I see Nook's duck rillettes, semolina-dusted soft shell crab, Kurobuta pork belly, and spicy shrimp and grits in my future. No more brown rice for me. I'm going with fellow fatties next time.


  1. I need to post up my Nook review someday...maybe 2012? :P

  2. take me with you next time!!! that bread pudding sounds fantastic!

  3. Never been to Nook! Hmm is the savory bread puddin worth it alone??

  4. that bread pudding looks fab. sad i didn't make it there when it was just around the corner from where i lived.

  5. Next time, I see this in your future... pork chop, shrimp and grits, mac and cheese, AND banana bread pudding for dessert.

  6. boiled peanuts remind me of my dad and the shiitake and gruyere sounds amazing...i am fat. take me :)

  7. I thought you had bought a Barnes & Noble e-reader.

  8. lol - when I started reading this post, I was like, hey - I've gone there! Ah, Mondays...

  9. Okay, so maybe I'm one of your "health conscious" friends, but you know me and good restaurants. I'll eat the healthy stuff at home, when I'm out, give me the good fatty eats! ;)

  10. And just for the record, I'm more than fatty enough to go back with you.

  11. i can't believe you liked the mushrooms, dude.


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