E & Drink opened recently in San Diego, located inside the 99 Ranch market plaza. I noticed it right after it opened and wanted to check it out but didn’t get a chance.

The small restaurant offers individual hot pots, Taiwanese tea drinks and some small appetizers/snacks.

The individual hot pots come with rice or noodles. During lunch, they also come with a free green or black tea drink.

Surprisingly, the tea drinks come in enormous beer mugs. Look at the appetizer dish on the side for size comparison.

Complimentary cold appetizers

There are about 10 different hot pots to choose from. I originally had a picture of the menu but I seem to have lost it.

Flourless and eggless? Yes it can be done! I’ve made flourless peanut butter cookies and really liked them.  The recipe is super quick to put together and it’s gluten free. I was looking at the recipe again recently and wondered whether I could make it even healthier by eliminating the egg.

I went to my new favorite baking substitute, nonfat Greek strained yogurt. I mixed it all together and hoped for the best. And was happy with the results. The cookies spread more but they are still delicious.

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.

5:15

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.