Riverwalk Thai Food

This place is fantastic!

I love Thai food and I’m always up for trying a Thai place I’ve never been to before. This restaurant is located in Lava Hot Springs, Idaho. My sister, best friend and I stopped here for lunch on our way back from Logan, Utah and I definitely did not regret it.

They had no problem accommodating me when I told them we needed three separate tabs. Some places actually refuse to do this, but they were okay with it. I love peanut satay sauce so I always order it. I fell in love with the sauce when I tried Thai for the first time at a restaurant near my house. I haven’t found a restaurant that makes the chicken and peanut satay dish the way that restaurant makes it, or as a main dish, but I’m never disappointed when I try a peanut satay dish at any Thai restaurant.

This restaurant offered a version of it as an appetizer. It was chicken strips (on a stick) with the peanut satay sauce on the side for dipping. I also ordered fried rice. Both were absolutely delicious! The fried rice was quite a large serving, probably meant for sharing, but I didn’t share!

The owners/staff are very nice and although it was nice that they don’t hover over patrons like some servers do at restaurants, it would have been good for them to make the rounds at least once or twice. I had to wait for the server to look over so I could motion to him that we needed more water. Once I did he promptly brought us another pitcher of water. No worries.

I spent a total of $24 for two or three dishes. I only remember eating two dishes, but I’m pretty sure I ordered three. I feel like there was a dessert involved, but I can’t remember. It’s been three weeks since I ate at this restaurant so some details escape my memory. It also probably doesn’t help that my food is usually gone within 5 minutes of it being served. I’m telling you, I scarf down food like a wild animal!

My sister forgot her take home container on the table by accident and the server actually ran out to her car to give it to her! He could have easily thrown it out instead of taking the time to run out after us.

Anywho, the restaurant is really good. I look forward to eating there again the next time I’m in Idaho.

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Habit Burger Grill

This is my favorite restaurant of all time!

It all started when my dive buddy and I hit a local dive site for the afternoon. We saw the sign for this restaurant on the way to the site and decided to try it when we were done for the day. It was love at first bite and it’s become tradition to eat there after diving that dive site.

Every time I eat at this restaurant I get the same thing. Always. That’s how good it is! They even let you customize your burger to an extent. I order a chicken sandwich and then have them add on the pineapple and teriyaki sauce to make it a chicken teriyaki burger. Seriously, it’s good. Stop what you’re doing and go there ASAP!

Sometimes the line to order is long, but once you order they’re good at getting your order to you in a timely manner. The restaurant offers indoor and outdoor seating, which is nice.

I could probably eat at this place every day and never get sick of it!

VIP Cafe Bistro Pizzeria

I found this place by accident while wandering around the city after checking into my hostel. This place is a nice and friendly! I decided to try something I’ve never had before so I ordered the Tuna Pizza. Tuna on pizza seems a bit weird but it was actually interesting, not bad at all. The waiter was very nice and spoke English. When asked what I wanted to drink I said, “Water” and I was brought out a small bottle of water, which I was charged for. I’ve noticed this seems to be standard at the restaurants in Croatia. Maybe it’s a Europe thing. In the USA we just do (free) chilled water from the tap!

The manager is friendly and goes around to the tables to see how everyone is doing. When I told him my family is from Brač he brought over figs and other foods from Brač for me to taste! I hadn’t been to Brač at that time so I enjoyed seeing foods from where my family hails from. He’s a funny guy. He speaks English but he told me I need to learn Croatian! =)

The manager also gave me complimentary pancakes. Croatia pancakes with cherries and cream 12102013Pancakes are a dessert in Croatia and are more like what Americans would refer to as crepes, which I just looked up and is the French word for pancakes… American pancakes are different from crepes though, much thicker and we eat them for breakfast instead of as a dessert. Leave it to America to turn dessert into breakfast! 😉

But I digress… The pancakes were filled with cherries, cream and topped with powdered sugar. It was delicious!

The point of all this is? I can’t wait to go there again!

The Cookie Factory

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The sign outside the cafe.

I discovered this scrumptious café in December 2013, thanks to my friend. She and her husband are friends with the owner and it was when she and I were looking at a map of Jelačić Square that she casually mentioned this place and pointed it out on the map.

I knew I had to try it! I have a major sweet tooth… I hear the word “sweets” and my blood sugar instantly plummets just so I’ll have to eat something sweet! Okay, that’s not true but I think you get my point.🍪

As an American, I’m always curious to try restaurants in other countries that claim to be American-style. The first thing you should know about this place is that it’s always packed! If you’re determined to eat here you might have to wait a few minutes for someone to leave in order to get a seat. Second – The hazelnut ice cream is delicious!

I have a confession. I actually went there two days in a row…

Me with the owner, Teo. That’s Theo for you English speakers! Pic is a bit blurry… Maybe the photographer had too much coffee? 😉

Now that I’ve discovered this place I realize that moving to Zagreb might be dangerous for me simply because I would be eating at this place every day!

The only minor drawback is that the music was a little bit too loud and I could hardly hear my friend. Despite that, the food is great and the decor is so flippin’ awesome! This place has a friendly atmosphere, good service and it’s a nice place to hang out overall.

If you’re ever in Zagreb, do go check it out. You’ll love it!

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Bon appétit!