Restaurant Reviews: Metropolis Cafe and BoJo’s Boardwalk Cafe

Thursday, July 28th, 2011 by Rachel

We tried two new restaurants during our Staycation. Here are my reviews of each restaurant experience.


Metropolis Café:


We arrived around 1 for a late lunch. The restaurant was empty, so we were told to go ahead and seat ourselves. We were quickly approached by a waitress who got our drinks quickly (water for me and a black & tan for Derrick).


We were excited to see calamari on the menu, and we always have to order it when we see it. Though it was really good, with a light batter and subtle flavoring, I would not recommend this particular appetizer for “calamari beginners”. Very often people are grossed out by the texture of squid. I am not. But it had an olive oil coating underneath the fried batter that made it feel much more tentacle-y in your mouth than other kinds of calamari.


I’d been craving a gyro for months, so of course I ordered myself one. The lamb/beef meat came with lettuce and tomatoes on a pita. The sauce was on the side, which I appreciate, but it was difficult to spread on the pita because the pita was loaded with goodies. It was delicious and came with a side of curly fries, which might be my favorite curly fries ever.


Derrick ordered a kabob platter with steak and chicken. It came on a bed of basmati rice with some pita triangles off to the side. He thought the chicken was a hit. He did wonder if the seasoning of the dish as a whole was a little limey. The next day, we were able to use his leftover steak and veggies in a breakfast scramble, and the flavors worked well with eggs.


BoJo’s Boardwalk Café:


After being turned away at PJ’s because they were “closed”, we headed across the street to BoJo’s. We were meant to end up here, and I’ll always regret not going there earlier.


We happened to arrive during happy hour, when drinks are half priced. Derrick got two Sam Adams in bottles. Strangely, despite their large beer selection, they don’t have beer on draft. I got a “Week on the Beach” drink, which was a pineappley drink very similar to the Pineapple Express drink I had at Planet Hollywood on our honeymoon. When I asked the waitress about the drink, she didn’t know exactly what was in it, so she went and talked to the bartender and brought me back the whole ingredient list.


Derrick and I both ordered the Admiral Platter, which seemed like the best deal for us wanting to try a variety. The Admiral Platter comes with the fresh catch of your choice ( I got salmon and Derrick got mahi mahi), shrimp, scallops, lobster cake, and two sides (I got salad and fries, and Derrick got steamed veggies and fries). Our meals were wonderful. I think the scallops really stole the show. They were big and juicy—four bites each. We’ve only ever had scallops like this at Fripp Island. Who knows where they came from—not Lake Sinclair!


The service was wonderful. Quick too—Derrick and I were out of there in 45 minutes, even with our drinks and feasts! BoJo’s has a great, relaxed, lake-house atmosphere, and it’s definitely the best seafood option in Milledgeville.

Staycation: July 2011

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011 by Rachel

Since Derrick had to take a few furlough days, we chose to back them up against Christmas in July Weekend. Once the party was over, in lieu of a traditional vacation, we decided to have a staycation—pretending we are on vacation, but staying in Milledgeville. Using this page over at The Nest as our itinerary, we had a blast on our 3-day long staycation.


Here are some of the highlights:


• Fancy sheets & chocolates on our pillows
• Waking up to fancy coffees and cocoas at Chateau Richmond
• 49 cent movie rentals from Blockbuster: The Social Network, Pirahna, and potato chips
• Fun snacks and drinks: cashews, almonds, cheese & crackers, hot misty cider, wine
• Cooking: fancy broccoli, cheese, and cauliflower frittatas, fancy Greek-leftovers scrambles, and some country-style ribs from Kroger.
• Eating at restaurants that we’ve never been to: Metropolis Café & BoJo’s Boardwalk Café (reviews are on their way!)
• Going to Courson’s Winery—tasting and buying wines
• Watching random-around-the-house DVDs: The Next Karate Kid, Miss March, Seinfeld, the first hour of Kill Bill, etc
• Playing video games: Street Fighter 2, Mario Kart, Left For Dead, the Zelda bulls-eye game
• Spa Time: Mud Masks, Chocolate Masks, Face Peels
• Keeping the computers off, except for the occasional email check, really gave my brain a break!


Things that didn’t quite work out:


• We ignored The Nest’s alarm clock rule and set alarm clocks… only to shut them off and sleep in! We shouldn’t have even bothered with the alarm clocks anyway and should’ve focused on relaxing.
• We didn’t make it on the trolley tour (too early), Old Governor’s Mansion tour, or Andalusia tour (too hot).
• We explored and drove way out in the boonies to find Rocky Creek Park, which is Milledgeville’s supposedly-sandy beach, only to find that it was closed on Mondays and Tuesdays! From the closed gate, we couldn’t even check out what the beach looked like.
• Milledgeville is dead on Sundays and Mondays. We drove downtown both days only to find that 90% of all shops were closed. I’d recommend future staycationers plan accordingly and have their staycation later in the week.
• We tried to go to PJ’s Steakhouse on Tuesday at 6 o’clock only to be turned away at the door. Their lights were on, there were cars out front, and there was no hours sign posted. We won’t go back there.


That’s all for now! Check back later this week for Milledgeville restaurant reviews and a shopping review.