My typical Friday includes lunch with my Laridian associates. However, regular readers have no doubt noted that my regular report has been missing for the past few weeks. Lest you be concerned that I’ve been going hungry, let me get you caught up.
The Flying Weenie
Three Friday’s ago, only Jim and I were able to attend our weekly lunch. Whenever that happens, we often choose The Flying Wienie. I’m sure that you remember that I’ve written about The Flying Wienie before (here and here) and about the undeniable superiority of a hot dog (here). Without question, The Flying Wienie is the best hot dog joint in Cedar Rapids — don’t let the fact that it is the only hot dog joint in Cedar Rapids cast any doubt on the stellarness of that endorsement. That particular day, I enjoyed the double-play (two hot dogs Chicago style) and cheese fries. The fries are hand cut, fried, and then covered in a liquid cheese or cheese-like product. Even if you’re not a huge hot dog fan (unlikely, I know), you should experience the Flying Wienie.
Two Friday’s ago, our lunch choice was Beef O’Brady’s, a newcomer to Cedar Rapids. It’s located in a new building near the new Edgewood Road HyVee, Dickey’s BBQ, and Beckett’s Public House.
The first thing I noticed upon arriving at Beef O’Brady’s was that the names of the proprietors were printed on the front door. Showing local ownership and involvement was a nice touch, and the staff did seem more friendly and helpful than at many franchised restaurants.
The second thing I noticed about Beef O’Brady’s was that it was suprisingly small. It is much closer in size to the now defunct Nothin’ But Noodles than to Buffalo Wild Wings, for instance. The size wasn’t unpleasant in any sense, I’d just expected it to be bigger for some reason.
The third thing I noticed was the masculine decor; most available wall space was filled with flat screen or projection televisions, all tuned to various sports channels.
I found the menu to be similar to the Irish Democrat. It included burgers, sandwiches, salads, ribs, chicken fingers, wraps, etc., but only one dessert item (but it is chocolate). I chose the ribs with popcorn shrimp combo. While the ribs didn’t compare to Jimmy Jack’s ribs (but then, what does?) they were fine. And the popcorn shrimp were numerous.
My friend Craig thought that the menu was bereft of healthy choices, and my friend Brian (whom I ate with there on another day) said that he prefers his burgers from Red Robin, I think Beef O’Brady’s will be a welcome addition to the neighborhood.
Yesterday’s lunch choice was Hot Harry’s, a place for “fresh burritos” similar but superior to Pancheros. At Hot Harry’s, you pick your size (burrito vs. taco) and your fillings to have a unique, made to order burrito. Both burritos and tacos include chips and the salsa bar, which features a variety of salsa’s. Whether you prefer mild, medium, hot, spicy, or sweet, you’ll find a salsa to enjoy. In fact, I like them all!
Hot Harry’s is quickly becoming a favorite of ours when my family wants a fresh meal that seems to be a healthy choice.