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Restaurant Week 2012: XQ’s Pizza Bar Grill

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We’re more than halfway through Restaurant Week 2012 in the Cayman Islands and organizers say so far it has been a big success!  I’m not surprised after the preview meals I had over at Guy Harvey’s and today’s featured restaurant: XQ’s Pizza Bar Grill.

When you step inside XQ’s, you’re instantly transported to New York City, San Francisco, Miami…it is totally urban chic and very different from anywhere else in the Cayman Islands.  They claim to have the best pizza on island: ‘Having imported a bona fide wood oven and Pizza Chef both from Italy, no corners have been cut to bring you that authentic taste.’  Makes sense to me!  Let’s have some!

But first…

Let’s kick start this meal with some Honey BBQ Chicken Skewers.  Hot stuff!  Growing up in Oklahoma taught me the value of good BBQ and this had all the winning qualities.  It was sweet, tangy and had this lovely slow burn that creeped up after you’d taken a couple bites.

Next up, some yummy Cayman Conch Fritters. This is a staple dish in Cayman.  Normally, I’m not the biggest fan but I snuck two of these delicious fritters off Clark Kent’s plate before he caught me moving in on a third. Great seasoning, not rubbery at all and light enough to leave plenty of room for the main course.

From the three choices available, CK went with the 8oz Certified Angus Beef Burger with fries.  So delicious! This juicy burger was perfectly cooked and tasted awesome. And don’t discount the side dish!  These fries were super yummy.

BAM!  There’s the pizza we were talking about earlier.  The Restaurant Week menu featured any 12 inch Italian Style Pizza.  Since XQ’s is so well known for their pizzas, I asked them to bring me out the one that would ‘blow my mind.’  This is George’s White Pizza with braesaola, mozzerella, black olives, basil, arugula and balsamic vinegar.  Well played, XQ’s.  Consider me BLOWN.  Everything about this dish was spot on…from the crispy crust, to the flavorful braesoala to the clever use of balsamic vinegar.  Loved it.

To round out our meals, CK chose the New York Style Cheesecake…

…while I had the Banana Crème Pie.  Espresso or Americano included!  Both of these desserts were ace.  Creamy, fluffy, pillows of yum.

There’s still plenty of time for you to take advantage of Restaurant Week 2012 which continues through October 6th.  With over 16 participating restaurants offering $15, $25 and $35 three course menus throughout lunch and dinner, you’re bound to find a meal that will satisfy.

A big thanks to the Cayman Islands Tourism Association and to XQ’s Pizza Bar Grill for inviting The Deep Dish to sample and showcase some of the fantastic dishes Restaurant Week has to offer!

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  1. I could eat with you anytime 🙂

  2. Whenever I come here with hungry stomach, I suffer from your delicious pictures. You are eating so well there… 😉 I bet a lot of your friends visit you or even book the flight for weekend getaway after seeing your post. Everything looks delicious! Ending with cheesecake sounds perfect (but pie sounds good too…)!

  3. all this food looks beyond delicious. you are so lucky to be eating at all these awesome restaurants. ever since i had my baby, eating at a restaurant seems like an impossible task…lol.

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  5. OMG! Everything looks so delish!! I am so jealous of your restaurant crawls 😉

  6. Wow these look yummy. I especially like the banana cream pie. I could eat that right now. The Cayman Islands always sound like so much fun when I read your posts. We were suppose to go there actually 27 years ago but my husband started a new business and we never made it. Of course we’ve traveled to many places since then just not there. I’ll have to put that on the list of places to visit.

  7. It looks amazing….so much delicious food!!!

  8. This is so, so, so tempting!

  9. Holy cow, AMAZING! And….why in the world have you not invited me to Cayman restaurant week?! 🙂 Kidding. Sounds truly fabulous. Enjoy the rest of it!

  10. Oh, gosh, I wouldn’t be able to fit into my pants if I was visiting during Restaurant Week! Boy, does everything look fantastic at XQ’s.

  11. Those conch fritters look interesting – I would love to give them a try. The pizzas look, wow, so epic!

  12. I think I need that dessert though everything looks delicious here 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

  13. They serve some mouthwatering foods!

  14. Somehow no matter how hard I try, I cannot digest pizza but yes to the chicken skewers and the fritters. These are awesome and the chicken reminds me of our local version called Satay. Done almost in the same way and we have it with a thick peanut sauce.

  15. What a delicious looking dessert!

  16. What a fabulous event. I would eat out every minute of every day with this going on.

  17. Looks yummy, you will have to take us there. OK PLEASE, PLEASE, take us there! 🙂

  18. Hmmm XQ’s is a yummy “excuse” to go enjoy some upscale casual dining! Everything looked delicious as usual – now I’m inspired to hit them up again…I haven’t been in a while!!!

    • They’ve got some crazy good deals going on this week, my dear. You should absolutely take advantage of it 🙂

      • The burger has me salivating!! The pizzas look very good too, sounds like such a great event!

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