These cookies and cream brownies are super fudgy, thick and a little bit chewy.

If you can’t already tell, I have a cookies and cream obsession. Making a cookies and cream brownie or blondie has always been a bit of a struggle because most of the time the bars turn out on the cakey side. Not these though. These are ultra fudgy.

Great Maple is a popular brunch spot in San Diego that has been on my to-try list for quite a while.

We finally had a chance to check it out recently. The place was packed when we arrived, with a wait time of about 40 minutes. We actually made reservations ahead of time on Opentable, but we still had to wait 30 minutes before finally being seated.

Bacon Maple Donuts

We started off with warm, fresh bacon maple donuts. These were one of the main reasons I had wanted to try out this restaurant. The donuts tasted great. Warm, fluffy, covered in a sweet maple glaze and studded with bacon. There are three donuts to an order, which was a little too much for just the two of us, so we ended up boxing the last one.

Smoked Bacon Scramble Melt

I chose a bacon, avocado, tomato scramble melt, topped with mozzarella cheese and basil. Accompanying the melt was a slice of grilled olive oil and fig cake, potato scallion cake and fresh fruit.

During our New Orleans trip, we were eager to try as many po’ boys as possible. Our trip would not have been complete without a visit to Parkway Bakery & Tavern, which first opened in 1911.

Their menu offers more than a dozen po’ boy variations and with some of our FoodieHub expert friends, we were able to try a good chunk of the menu.

Hot Roast Beef With Gravy

The thick gravy soaked roast beef was moist and tender. We previously experienced po’ boys that I felt were a little dry, but there was nothing dry about this sandwich.

Grilled Smoked Alligator Sausage Link

The snappy alligator sausage was something different, but one I definitely enjoyed.

Golden Fried Shrimp