Dave & Buster’s recently debuted its new summer menu and new games.

I have to confess, I didn’t even know Dave and Buster’s offered a full dining menu. I’ve been there multiple times in the past, but always for games and drinks. But when they contacted me and showed me the new summer menu items, I was definitely intrigued.

Low and behold, they do have a full restaurant inside. They also have several private party areas perfect for birthday parties, rehearsal dinners (wedding planning was still on my mind when visiting), etc.

When we arrived we were greeted by Assistant General Manager Randall White, who took great care of us. We decided to start out with the food.

Snow Cone and TNTea
I’d never had a snow cone drink and loved how it looked. It was super sweet too. It didn’t taste very alcoholic but for those who like really sweet drinks, this is probably a good one for you. TNTea is one of D&B’s signature drinks and you get to keep the souvenir cup.

Pretzel dogs

One of the new offerings on the appetizer menu are pretzel dogs. I am a sucker for anything soft pretzel so I was really looking forward to sampling these. The pretzel buns were very soft and fluffy and lightly seasoned. My favorite thing about this plate though was the dipping sauce. The slightly spicy habanero sauce was a perfect dipping sauce for many items.


Another new menu item. This platter was huge and features a sampler of several appetizers: 5 Buffalo Wings with your choice of Ranch or Bleu Cheese dressing; 5 Chicken Quesadilla Wedges with salsa; 5 Pretzel Dogs; and 5 Crispy Fried Shrimp with spicy habanero sauce; and a stack of fresh BBQ potato chips. I was especially impressed with the warm homemade bbq potato chips which tasted really good with the habanero dipping sauce.

We spent a lot of time trying to figure out where this plate got its name. My brother guessed it was the number of combinations possible. But alas the actually explanation was much simpler. Apparently when they first opened the restaurant, the first customer to arrive for happy hour was at 5:15.

The Lawnmower

I don’t know if the picture can properly capture the size of this salad, but it was enormous and the biggest salad I’ve ever been served. We had four people and it seemed like we barely made a dent. It was layered using romaine and green leaf lettuces, grilled chicken, diced garden vegetables, boiled eggs, bacon bits and bleu cheese crumbles. I loved the way it was presented, with all the ingredients evenly laid out on top and lying on a bed of lettuce. It was easy to scoop a little of everything and control the ingredients landing into your personal portion.

I’ve made Nutella chocolate cups and Biscoff chocolate cups, so I thought it was about time I made the original peanut butter cups.

Unlike the store bought ones, these have fresh peanut butter, which is runnier than the paste that is used in Reese’s and other brands. But using fresh peanut butter tastes better and is easier.

Attention fans of American Idol and Chips Ahoy products, I’ve got a great giveaway opportunity!

CHIPS AHOY! and RITZ are sponsors of the AMERICAN IDOL LIVE! Tour 2012. The AMERICAN IDOL LIVE! Tour is a great chance to see your favorites Idol finalists in concert, including winner Phillip Phillips, San Diegan Jessica Sanchez, Joshua Ledet, Colton Dixon, Skylar Laine, Elise Testone, Erika Van Pelt, Heejun Han, Hollie Cavanagh and DeAndre Brackensick.

American Idol is currently on tour and the concert tour will be in San Diego this Thursday, July 26th. Chips Ahoy! and Ritz  gave me the opportunity to do a giveaway on the blog. The giveaway is for two tickets to the San Diego show and some yummy Chips Ahoy treats too.

Because the concert is so soon this giveaway will be a super quick one. You must enter by Tuesday, July 24, 2012 at 5pm PST. I will then choose a winner and contact them via email. You must respond and provide me with your mailing address by 9am Wednesday July 25, 2012 so that I can forward the information to Chips Ahoy representative and they can overnight you the package of goodies and tickets in time for the show.

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