Why? Weekends!

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Matthew and I did enjoy a couple of great meals this weekend, despite some of the other not-so-fun aspects of the weekend. On Saturday evening, we had a date night dinner at Becky’s Bistro in Willoughby Hills. We happened to have a Restaurant.com gift certificate for Becky’s and decided to give it a try.

Becky’s is located in a small shopping center and looks quite nondescript from the outside. But inside, we found a menu packed with delicious Italian favorites done really well. We started with an appetizer of stuffed Hungarian peppers.

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Spicy, but not too spicy, these peppers were a perfect start to the meal. For my entree, I chose the classic chicken Parmesan.

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The chicken was tender, the breading was crispy, and the portion size was huge! I had half of my meal to take home with me. Matthew chose a special entree of shrimp and mussels piccata, served over linguine.

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The dish was light and fresh, with each individual flavor shining through. For dessert, Matthew had the traditional cannoli and I chose a chocolate hazelnut gelato. All in all, we were very impressed with Becky’s. It’s nice when you discover a new-to-you place quite by chance and a good reminder that sometimes a small strip mall facade can hide some delicious dining experiences.

On Sunday, we had brunch with my parents at Washington Place Bistro in Little Italy. We started with an order of the potato Parmesan pierogi.

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These were delicious, with a crispy outside and smooth, creamy potato filling. We kind of wish we hadn’t split the order, but there was plenty of food to come. I had the chicken and waffles for my main course.

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Served with cracked black pepper bourbon butter and local maple syrup, this dish hit the spot! The waffle was light and fluffy and the chicken breading was perfectly crisp and not greasy.

Matthew chose the pot roast hash, with poached egg, cheddar sauce, and toasted challah.

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I didn’t even get a bite, so it must have been quite tasty! Never one to pass up dessert, I enjoyed a Mitchell’s ice cream sundae with dark chocolate raspberry truffle ice cream, which was ridiculously decadent!

We enjoyed two great meals this past weekend: one at a place we knew we loved and one at a place we now can add to our list of places to which we would return.

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