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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

bd's Mongolian Grill & Appetizer Giveaway

Recently I had the opportunity to dine at bd’s Mongolian Grill in Burnsville courtesy of a local ad agency. Since we can’t all be in New Orleans to celebrate Mardi Gras, bd’s is bringing the celebration to us through their Bourbon Street Bash promotion. From now until March 28th, bd’s is offering Mardi Gras themed drinks, appetizers, and spices. Keep reading and I have a freebie for you too...

Having been to Genghis Grill in Eagan several times, I knew what to expect. I made reservations for 8:00pm just in case it was crazy busy and I reviewed the menu ahead of time online. I was impressed that the vegetarian option is priced lower (as it should be) and all the nutritional facts are listed online (although you have to have some super math skills and OCD tendencies to actually figure out your total caloric intake on a meal like this). I was a bit disappointed that the appetizers and desserts are not listed online as I like to plan ahead.

Ryan and I arrived a little before 8:00pm on a Friday night and were immediately grateful that we had made reservations – the place was packed! We waited just a few minutes before being sat at a nice booth. Our server quickly explained how things worked and we were off to the salad bar. The offerings were pretty basic with iceberg lettuce, chickpeas, cheese, bacon bits and the like.

We placed an order for nachos and it arrived soon after we finished our salads. Pretty standard nachos, but I was really disappointed that most of the lettuce was frozen. We ate around it. You can kind of see the translucent pieces in the picture.

After the nachos, we headed up to the stir-fry bar and started building our meals. Recipe cards are provided if you’re going for something specific, but I like to wing it. I loaded up on zucchini, edamame, pineapple, broccoli, baby corn, mushrooms, onions and tofu. The tofu was really watery. I’d highly suggest that it be available drained. Not only does that give the tofu a better texture, but it gives it a much better appearance (sorry, tofu nerd here!). I mixed the chile garlic and kung pao sauces and added a bit of ginger.

Ryan went for some tilapia and andouille sausage pieces, edamame, peppers, onions and broccoli, but wished he would have loaded up more as his plate was lacking volume. He went for the spicy buffalo sauce which tasted exactly as expected, like buffalo wing sauce.

The atmosphere at bd’s was pretty enjoyable. While it still has the suburban chain restaurant feel, the staff were really enjoying their jobs. I saw a few singing and dancing along to the overhead music and our server was friendly and prompt with here service. The grill cooks were tons of fun too. Here’s a little video of them doing their thing:

We ended our night with the Caramel Apple Pie and Ice Cream dessert and since we were so stuffed, we asked for it to-go. They happily obliged and we enjoyed the super sweet dessert the following evening.

Now that I’ve had a chance to try out BD’s, I encourage you to try it out for yourself. They have provided me with free appetizer coupons to share with my readers. It’s valid at three of the BD’s locations, so if you live near one, bring your coupon and enjoy!

FTC Disclaimer: I was provided 2 non-alcoholic beverages, 1 appetizer, 2 meals, and 1 dessert, but was not required to write a post. I was also provided free appetizer coupons to share with my readers.

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