I need a shirt that says “I ate at IKEA, I’m glad I lived to tell the tale!” Just kidding. Marcela had been wanting to go to IKEA for a while now so I granted her one yearly wish and took her there. As we came up the escalators, just south of us was the IKEA restaurant. Everyone seems to mention their Swedish Meatballs. I decide, “Hey self, get the Swedish Meatballs”.
Marcela goes for the Chicken Fingers and Fries.
The Chef is very daring I must say as the special for the day is Chicken Wings and Fries. Where does this guy come up with this stuff? 2 Cookies for $1=Yes, 2 Garlic Breads for a $1=Yes. Food= well, it tastes like the big bagged items you might find at a Costo or Sam’s Club. The two sides, the Mac n Cheese and Mashed Potatoes were better than the Chicken Tenders or Swedish Meatballs. The Garlic Bread was Garlic Bread, nothing bad just the expected. Unfortunately I had to wash this down with a Pepsi, luckily no pictures were taken of this moment. Marcela liked the Cookie but then again she likes all sweets. And just when you think this post would be over, as I’m waiting to leave IKEA I see their Bistro/Exit Cafe. 1 thing catches my eye at the Exit Cafe, Hot Dogs. 1 thing catches Marcela’s eye, Frozen Yogurt. The deal for the Hot Dog is 2 Hot Dogs with Chips and a Drink for $2.
Soda, Chips & Hot Dogs
There’s also some Pizza deal. I’m thinking most employees must eat here for lunch with those prices (spoken like a former retail slave). The Hot Dogs are pretty good and I never even try the Chips although I do take them home. Even the fountain Pepsi wasn’t too bad or maybe that’s because I was thirsty after walking around their 293,000-square foot store. Plus Marcela liked her Yogurt, and we got 2 new bookshelves. All in a day’s work, now about that t-shirt….
151 NW 136th Ave, Sunrise, FL
Restaurant Hours: Mon-Sat 9:30AM-8:30PM, Sun 10:30AM-7:30PM
I know a bad omen when I see one. As soon as I open the door to Skyline Chili there was a Pepsi machine looking directly at me. I mention this to my friends Carlos and Derrick as we are seated, Carlos is a Pepsi fan so it falls on deaf ears. Derrick nods in agreement (although I did see him drink some flat Coke earlier today). As we’re sizing up the menu there is one thing that I notice, pretty much everything is served with Chili. I also notice cans of their own Skyline Chili lining the window sills. After reading the back of their menu, I learn that Skyline Chili has been around since 1949 and that it is originally from Cincinnati.
Skyliner Chili Cheese Dog
Cheese Fries w/Chili on the Side
We decide to order the Skyliner (their specially made Hot Dog with steamed bun and covered in Onions, Chili and Cheddar Cheese) , Chili Spaghetti (Spaghetti covered in Chili, did I really need to explain that?), Skyline Burrito (Skyline Chili bean mix in a soft flour Tortilla covered in Chili and Cheddar Cheese) and Chili Cheese Skyfries (Shoestring French Fries covered in Chili and Cheddar Cheese, although ours was served with the Chili on the side).
There is one word for everything we tried and that’s bland. The Hot Dog makes me wish I was eating a Veggie Dog. The one thing that comes through in all the dishes is Cheddar Cheese (and that’s cause there’s a mound of it). If they’re famous for their Chili, I don’t get it. It lacks any real Chili flavor or good flavor for that matter. You know there’s a problem when I thought the Pepsi (I’m a Coke guy) was the best thing I had.
Reach for the Skyline:
2834 North University Drive, Sunrise, FL
In the early 1990′s I got lost in Davie with a friend of mine and we were starving. We came across a Char-Hut and pulled into the drive-thru. We stuffed our faces and I remember in particular enjoying a chili dog that night. I never thought I would eat there again. I hadn’t even thought of Char-Hut in years. Last year I was driving in Sunrise and came across one . I couldn’t believe it. So, flash forward to a few days ago when again I’m in Sunrise and decide to go for it.
Would this place be the same Char-Hut I remember from years ago? I ordered their 1/3 Lb. Charburger (they asked if I wanted double meat, without hesitation I said yes, I love meat…and yes I’m trying to set myself up for a joke).
Hot Dog (hey, I didn’t ask for that ketchup!)
Their 32nd anniversary celebration was in full bloom (who celebrates their 32nd?) so their Regular All-Beef Hot Dog was $1, I figured it’d give it the college try. The Charburger reminds me of the Miami Subs Burger , not that there’s anything wrong with that (but it’s nothing I’d make a drive for) . The hot dog was really good (it’s National Deli) and I’m sure that has to do with the fact it’s all beef. In case you haven’t realized it by now, I can’t get seem to get enough of that.
2601 N. University Drive Sunrise, FL 33322