Time flies when you’re hav­ing good food: 6 months of ad­ven­tures

Serve Daily - - FOSTERING GROWTH - By Amy Baird

Icannot be­lieve that it has been six months since we started this jour­ney! I don’t know about you, but have thor­oughly en­joyed ex­plor­ing new restau­rants and try­ing new dishes. Hope­fully my re­views have in­spired you to try some new restau­rants and you have found some new fa­vorites as well. That was our goal, re­mem­ber? For this month’s re­view I will be do­ing a re­cap of my re­views thus far: Ohana Grill, Brumby’s, JFE Sushi and Hick­ory Kist. So if you missed one, this is your chance to get caught up.

Ohana Grill Ohana Grill food is made with love and you can tell. They serve Hawai­ian plate lunch food (a huge scoop of white rice and creamy mac­a­roni salad with each en­trée) and the por­tions are huge. My fa­vorite dish was the gar­lic chicken, which is their most popular dish for a rea­son. You bite through the crisp, light crust and are hit with this slightly sweet, gar­licky de­li­cious­ness. Also, you can’t beat the jumbo gar­lic shrimp. Ba­si­cally any­thing you or­der on the menu will be de­li­cious. Trust me.

And don’t for­get the otai. Imag­ine the sweet­est, fresh­est mango you have ever tasted and then put that in a re­fresh­ing drink and you will have an otai. They sell it by the glass or by the gal­lon. You re­ally should or­der one to have the full Ohana ex­pe­ri­ence. Ohana Grill is lo­cated in Springville at 1445 N. Main.

Brumby’s Brumby’s is a down-home cooking restau­rant in San­taquin. The walls of the restau­rant are cov­ered with rodeo me­mora­bilia, horse shoes and cow­boy hats. The food is ba­si­cally the def­i­ni­tion of com­fort food. I stand by my state­ment that the chicken fried chicken is like eat­ing fried chicken while get­ting a big hug from your grandma. The chicken is so ten­der with the light crisp crust and those creamy mashed red pota­toes and sweet roasted car­rots. I still dream about that chicken.

An­other clear win­ner at Brumby’s was the root beer yard bird wings. That sweet tangy fla­vor com­bined with per­fectly cooked chicken just can­not be beat. Brumby’s is lo­cated at 340 E. Main in San­taquin.

JFE Sushi Re­mem­ber how I was a lit­tle ner­vous about sushi be­fore and JFE con­verted me? I still have to say that the Crunch Roll is hands down my fa­vorite. I couldn’t han­dle walk­ing through Macey’s with­out get­ting one last week. It was as good as I re­mem­bered it. The Crunch Roll com­bines so many dif­fer­ent fla­vors and tex­tures that it makes any other food seem bor­ing. It has tem­pura shrimp, av­o­cado, and sticky rice com­bined with an ad­dic­tively de­li­cious and creamy spicy mayo sauce.

The Shaggy Dog is the sauce lover’s dream with all the creamy sauces and the tem­pura shrimp. Don’t for­get about the spicy Temp­ta­tion Roll. I loved how the creamy cheese and av­o­cado coun­tered the spicy jalapeno. Then there are the Cal­i­for­nia Rolls, which of­fer a sim­plic­ity that is re­fresh­ing. You can­not walk by the dis­play case with­out find­ing some­thing ap­pe­tiz­ing. JFE Sushi is lo­cated in­side the Span­ish Fork Macey’s gro­cery store by the deli.

Hick­ory Kist I still feel dis­ap­pointed about how many times I missed out on the spe­cials be­cause I just grabbed the pa­per and filled out my choices for a sand­wich. Make sure when you go to Hick­ory Kist that you check out the daily spe­cial. My fa­vorite was the turkey ba­con av­o­cado. How can you go wrong with shred­ded turkey, creamy av­o­cado and crispy smoky ba­con? My mouth is wa­ter­ing just writ­ing about it. I also was very im­pressed with the grilled roast beef and pas­trami. They have ba­si­cally fig­ured out the best sand­wich com­bi­na­tions imag­in­able and they serve them for spe­cials.

You can’t for­get the made-from­scratch soups. The desserts were di­vine. I can never get pie any­where else be­cause my ex­pec­ta­tions are too high now. The ba­nana cream pie was di­vine with its per­fect flaky crust and rich ba­nana fill­ing. I hon­estly don’t think you could go wrong order­ing any­thing there. Hick­ory Kist is lo­cated at 1533 N. Main in Span­ish Fork.

Pho­tos by Steve Gray

Brumby’s Chicken Fried Chicken

JFE Sushi’s Spicy Cal­i­for­nia Roll

Ohana Grill’s Gar­lic Chicken

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