Cafe Gecko, which is one of my favorite places to go for lunch here in Addison (or anywhere for that matter).
Their menu is pretty straight forward and gives you some basic description as to what is on everything, other than specific ingredients. The first thing we usually start with are their Stuffed Jalapenos. As you can see from the picture above, they are delicious and homemade. I will be honest, I have never even asked what is in them but the menu does not lie; they are freaking delicious. A guy at work gets three orders of these for our Thanksgiving pot luck every year. Drizzle some ranch dressing on them and you are set.
So I usually get the blackened chicken sandwich and on the lunch menu, this comes with jack cheese and mushroom on top. Although, I thought I would change things up a bit, so I went for the Blackened Fish Sandwich on their regular menu.
The fish is Grouper and they slap a nice and big filet on their, with tomato, onion, lettuce, and tartar and ranch (I asked to take off) on the side. To top it all off, the meal comes with side of waffle fries. The grouper is juicy and thick, with a little bit a spice. You will probably see this dish again a couple months from now, once Lent starts back up.
Ramen Hakata, which is right across the street from Fast Furious in Addison. I would never pass up free food and noticed on their website that they opened a location in Lewisville, which is right by me!
Cute and small, which is how I imagined it to be. Not really sure where to sit since I was by myself, they approach me and ask if I want to sit at the bar. Sure.. why not. Mmmm, I see Kirin Light on the beer menu immediately, so I went for that and a water.
Look at how pretty that is. My night was starting off pretty well.
The menu was perfect. With all the pretty colors and pictures, I was able to see what the hell I was about to eat. One side was appetizers and rice bowls, and the other was the ramen. Everything seemed to be reasonable in price, so I thought I should treat myself.
For my starter, I went with some Gyoza. Pretty sure that's just their name for dumplings, but it was delicious. Then it came with some type of soy dipping sauce on the side.
Looks to me that they most likely steamed them, then seared them on the pan. Probably should of just looked while they were making them, because where the bar was located, was right in front of the kitchen. Kind of like a sushi bar.
After dabbling into my gyoza, my waitress came back, not realizing she hadn't taken my order. I wasn't really in a hurry, plus it was nice she even considered the fact I had been waiting for longer than I should. I asked her which was better, the Spicy Ramen or the Spicy Miso Ramen. She said that the Spicy Miso Ramen was a little saltier, and the only difference was really just the miso based broth. I went with the miso.
After about 5 minutes, my food came out, looking almost identical to the picture on the menu. Ramen noodles, soft-boiled egg, pork strips, buttered corn, green onion, chili sauce, and some black stuff. I will have to check on what that black stuff was. Either was, the ramen was was delicious. I could probably add a little more spicy sauce to my liking for next time, since I like a little bit of a kick.
After a beer, gyoza, and over half of my ramen; I was finished. I could barely walk out of there. It was about $25 all together with tip, but hopefully next time I won't have to go by myself and probably can split an appetizer. No regrets though, it was a treat indeed and I definitely recommend.
Fast Furious - Japanese Grill - http://fastfuriousrestaurant.com/
Price Range: $8-12 per person
Addison, TX - 3761 Belt Line Rd, Addison, TX 75001
Dallas, TX - 5915 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX 75206
Irving, TX - 949 W Royal Ln, Irving, TX 75039
Duration: 30-45 minutes during peak hours
How It Works:
So I am pretty much going off of my experience at the Addison location, which is MUCH bigger than the Irving location. Most of the menu on the wall is on the wall right when you walk in. They have a build your own option, some kimchi, salad, rice bowls, sushi, and a couple appetizers to pick from.
Think of Chipotle Mexican Grill, how you pick a protein and whatever else you want with it, but for Japanese/Asian food! Well, can do the same here and build your own meal.
Pick a protein - chicken, steak, shrimp, or tofu (you can do a combo, includes 2), yes or no to veggies, yes or no to spicy, and choice of carbs - noodles, fried rice, white rice, brown rice, half and half of any of those. I really enjoy the noodles, but will do half and half and get some brown rice with it every now and then. That, or you can pick anything else on the menu.
Don't forget to ask them for a punch card once you are paying out, because once you get to 10, that entree is free. You let the cashier know what you order (say your choice of meat of combo meal) and they give you a number. Depending on what time you go, the wait is around 5-10 minutes. Pretty quick and totally worth it. Favorite lunch place to date!
Let me know if you try Fast Furious below and tell me what you think! Happy Eating!