Posts Tagged ‘Allen’

Two Rows Classic Grill, Allen, TX

7 October 2011

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Last night, after a really fun volleyball match, I stopped here for dinner. I was there 2100 – 2150. The place was mostly empty, except the bar was fairly full.

The meal started with chips, queso, and salsa. All were excellent. The queso in particular was really, really good. The salsa was very smooth, and had the perfect amount of bite to it, great stuff.

I ordered a chicken fried steak. That was one fine CFS, I rated it a 9.5 out of 10. It was fork tender everywhere, the breading was perfect, the beef flavor was excellent. The pepper gravy turned out to be barely peppered (a good thing), and it had a lot of flavor itself. It was a good size as well, not so huge as to make me feel about to explode. You have a choice of sides – I got garlic mashers and merlot mushrooms. The mashers were good, and had the gravy on them, but I didn’t finish them as it was extra volume I didn’t want. I ate only a couple of the mushrooms; they weren’t bad, it just that the wine sauce they were in was strong, and wasn’t something that appealed to me (I prefer fruity wines like Zins). So if you like Merlot, the mushrooms will be good. I should have had the onion rings instead. Next time I will.

Service was pretty good, although my tea ran out a couple times. I wasn’t in any hurry, though. My check was $14.38. I would gladly eat here again.

I Had a Lot of Fun Last Night

16 July 2011

I am currently more-or-less deployed to the Dallas area for work. A friend there coaches a community league volleyball team, and needed players due to some regulars being unavailable, so I volunteered. The league play is held in the gym of one of the middle schools of Allen, a very nice suburb of Dallas.

Our game was at 2000, and I got there around 1920 to watch the games befoe ours. I was impressed – there were people ranging in age from mid-20s or less to 60s, it looked like. And there were lots of people involved! While I was there, 8 teams of six people played on the two courts that were set up. Each court had a judge, even. The judge kept score, called in/out, and watched the net.

I had a really good time. We played three games (against the top-rated team in the league). We lost all three, but didn’t get blown out. The play was hard but not rough.

The thing that impressed me about this: my team mates were talking afterward, and these fun leagues are set up in at least three other suburb towns around the MetroPlex.

I think it is great that the city of Allen and the other cities will open their facilities up for this kind of recreation. It’s fun, and it’s healthy. I wish/wonder if we have these kinds of activities around OKC that I have just not heard about.

I would come as a surprise to some that Raegan and I played on a couple bowling league teams in our early married days. I also played community softball. I’m the coach of the St. John’s team when we can scratch up enough members for the Episcopal softball fun league here. I like playing these team sports, and would like to play more. I would be playing on our Division team at Tinker, but the games this year are all during my deployment days; three hours there and another three hours back is a bit much for an hour of softball.

Cowboy Chicken, Allen, TX

1 July 2011

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I was trying to find the Allen In-N-Out, but decided to get chicken instead. Cowboy Chicken is kind of a rustic Boston Market.

I got the quarter white, with sweet corn and mac and cheese as my sides. The chicken had good flavor, but was a little dry inside. The mac and cheese was excellent (my daughter Erin would have loved it) and the corn was really good also. The iced tea was excellent.

So you could do far worse than eat here. It’s fast, and wasn’t crowded at 2005. My check was $9.94, so the cost was reasonable.