The Old Spaghetti Factory is a step back in time. When we entered the restaurant my daughter remarked, “it feels like we are getting ready to ride the Tower of Terror at Disney World.” The antique décor is beautiful and makes me think that I should be wearing a finely tailored pin stripe suit and a daper fedora. OSF meals come with a choice of soup or salad, entrée, and a small dish of spumoni. The blue cheese dressing on their salad is nothing fancy, but I still prefer it to their minestrone. The day’s entrée for me was called “The Premier.” It contained generous helpings of chicken marsala and lasagna. Perhaps I am too southern to figure out exactly what a marsala is. To me it tasted like chicken with a nice mushroom gravy. My chicken was a little overdone, but the quality sauce made up for it. Let’s just forget the chicken, though. This is Italian and that means lasagna! The noodles were perfectly tender. The ricotta cheese blended rather than overpowered the rest of the ingredients. There was enough tomatoy goodness that I had sauce with the last bite that I took. The meat provided texture and weight without teasing me into thinking I was eating meatloaf. It was a symphony of Italian food perfection with each element wondrously playing its part. My wife is in love with their brown butter spaghetti with mizithri cheese. For me, spaghetti has to involve some form of tomato. I just ate more lasagna. They asked my kids at the start, “Salad or applesauce?” They declined both. This is the “Old” spaghetti factory after all. I can only imagine a grandparent coming up with that combo. The spumoni is a nice touch for the big folks, but thankfully they had vanilla for the little ones. The prices are middle of the road for what you get. You are, of course, paying for quality service and ambience. I couldn’t help but wonder how much of the $40 check justified the antiques, the low level lighting and the trolley car. Then I remembered how much it cost to ride the Tower of Tower, and recognized that you pay a little more for a quality experience. Go to the Old Spaghetti Factory. There is no reason to be afraid.
Some people claim that heaven contains angels, clouds, and harps. While I have no opposition to any of those things, it is my hope that heaven will also contain a fantastic patio, margaritas, and tacos. Just in case it does not, I plan on taking full living advantage of the fact that Taco Mamacita offers all three (no death required!). Taco Mamacita is one of my favorite hang-out places once the weather hits tolerable outdoor dining temperatures. Their patio is lovely and shaded, so even when the sun hits its most delightfully brutal Southern stride, I can eat outside without fear of an "Irish tan." Though their drinks are a little light on the alcohol, the atmosphere more than makes up for potentially not being drunk. Now on to the food. I have never had a bad food experience at Taco Mamacita. Let's start with the basics: tacos. But a taco can be so much more than basic, and the Mamacita does everything possible to ensure that you are aware of just how non-basic tacos can be. Go for their $8.95 deal and get two tacos from their diverse selection, plus a side. Highly recommended are the Korean pork tacos and the royal taco grande. Haven't found that the Caribbean jerk tacos were my favorites, but that may just be a matter of taste. If you are not in the mood for tacos, or on some terrible low-carb diet, the next stop on the menu is the Peruvian chicken, which is possibly the most moist, tender chicken I have ever encountered. If you can tear your eyes away from the taco menu, this is also a highly recommended choice. Moral of the story: If you are looking for harps, clouds, and other angelic totems, Taco Mamacita is probably not going to work for you. If you are fine with margaritas, moist chicken, and a damn fine patio, stop on in.
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