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Scarpetta, Julian Serrano, LOS....help me out please :)

By all means get the whole catfish at LOS, and I'd recommend that you ask politely if you can get both the chili-lime sauce and the tamarind sauce to accompany it -- both are delicious. I love the hoh mok, too. You can get it with catfish, but the sea bass version is delicious, if pricier. Have you tried the Northern pork stew? It's homey and garlicky.

about 14 hours ago
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

Solo dining for a light eater?

If you go to Viva Las Arepas (and I think you should), stop next door at Art of Flavors for gelato. Not only does it taste delicious, but its lower in fat than ice cream -- I don't get that butterfat overload that I often get from rich ice cream.

about 14 hours ago
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

2nd Ave deli, Sarge's Deli or Katz?

Thanks for reporting back and glad that 2nd Ave. treated you well. You made the right decision not to go to Arties, although I agree with dyrewolf that it has improved a bit in the last few years.

But Barney Greengrass is a treasure and, like Katz's, is full of atmosphere. The next time you feel like smoked fish go there and I don't think you will be disappointed.

Nov 24, 2014
Dave Feldman in Manhattan
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Fairway Cheese Departments, c. 2014

I think you have it exactly right. It's a shame what has happened to the cheese department at the flagship Fairway.

Nov 24, 2014
Dave Feldman in Manhattan

Trip Report: Four Fantastic Dinners!

Wow, those photos from a cell phone. Impressive! Why do I think my photos wouldn't turn out so well?

Nov 23, 2014
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

Trip Report: Four Fantastic Dinners!

Thanks for the reports so far. Gorgeous photos, Ellen.

Nov 22, 2014
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

NYC Michelin Discrepancies

And Chicago has better Thai food than New York. The Michelin Guides are so random that I wouldn't waste a second's breath worrying about discrepancies.

Nov 21, 2014
Dave Feldman in Manhattan

Trip Report - Della's Kitchen, Kumi, Charlie Palmer, Veranda, 3940 Coffee & Tea

Thanks for the report, Rich. On the next trip, I promise to visit the Four Seasons. I've never stepped foot inside.

Nov 20, 2014
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

Trip Report: Kabuto, Bazaar Meats, Wicked Spoon

Thanks for a great, detailed trip report. There seems to be a growing consensus about Bazaar.

The fare offered at Wicked Spoon sure seems more interesting than what I encountered the first year it was open. I wasn't a fan -- the whole meal for me was reminiscent of how you described the desserts -- beautiful to look at but not so great to eat.

Just a small correction. It's International Marketplace. Just adding this for those who might want to Google it for more information. It's located at 5000 S Decatur Blvd.

Nov 20, 2014
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

Chowhound Best of 2014 Nominations: You're the experts, we want to hear from you!

I can't put my finger on it, but something about this poll makes me squeamish. As Melanie notes, there's something un-Chowhoundish about it. The whole site is about finding delicious food, but this poll will likely just rigidify the status of already popular and entrenched places. It feels more like Zagat than Chowhound, and to me, this is not a good thing.

Sampling Ethnic Las Vegas TR

Great as always, Westie. 4.5 Pulitzer Prizes.

Nov 19, 2014
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

NYC Michelin Discrepancies

I can see why restaurants would take Michelin Guide ratings seriously, but not why any diner who cares about food would.

Seeking great casual food around Vegas

Assuming that the kids like cheese, if they don't like the cachapas at Viva Las Arepas, I'll pay for them. Not that it's a kiddie food -- it's usually what I eat at VLA.

The arepas are great, but as you imply, I think the balance on many of the arepas is a little off -- too heavy on the filling. This can be remedied by shoving some of the filling to the side.

The mixed grill is also terrific, especially the chicken.

And with Art of Flavors next door, this is a no-brainer lunch with or without kids.

Nov 17, 2014
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

Two Great New Dishes at Louro

It looks like the menu changed a little. Give this chef 48 hours and things don't remain the same!

I don't know if they were prepared differently, there was a difference in the produce, or just different tolerances for bitterness, but I loved the broccoli rabe with the venison -- not too bitter to my taste at all.

And the only real disappointment of my meal was the kimchi fried rice, which is usually a favorite of mine!

Were the chicken and chicken really the same as a year ago?

BTW, one thing I found fascinating was the small amount of pasta in the smoked onion jus. It reminded me of the occasional bits of pasta that you sometimes find in a rustic minestrone soup. Are there other restaurant dishes that, like this one, contains perhaps a half-ounce of pasta as primarily a textural component. It can't be included to sop up the sauce, as there wasn't enough of it. I liked it, but just have never encountered this before.

Nov 16, 2014
Dave Feldman in Manhattan

Guy Savoy, Gordon Ramsay Steak & Wicked Spoon brunch (long report with photos)

Thanks for the reports, and please don't apologize for the length -- I always appreciate detailed blow-by-blows.

Two Great New Dishes at Louro

On the thread about what restaurants we've eaten at most often, I noted that in the past couple of years, I've probably eaten more at Louro than any other place in Manhattan. But more often than not, I've gone for the special Monday dinners. So I was happy to go tonight with my niece, who moved away from NYC last year and wanted to go to Louro.

We had a delicious meal, but the highlights for me were two dishes that I haven't ordered before:

1. A Thai-influenced soup with a coconut milk and lobster stock base, and a pickled oyster and large pieces of pork belly hidden within. It has distinct limey acid and fresh herb infusion that good Thai soups have, but the kick is from the brine of the stock rather than chilies. A great cold-weather soup that I hope is kept on the menu.

2. The venison entree is inspired. There are two large medallions of rare-medium rare venison, with broccoli rabe, pasta, piquillo peppers and a delicious smoked onion jus, which made the dish lush and comforting. I think it's my favorite entree I've ever had at Louro.

Nov 13, 2014
Dave Feldman in Manhattan
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Which restaurant have you eaten at the most?

Other than cheap neighborhood places, probably my most visited has been Kabab Cafe in Astoria. In the last two years, it would be Louro. And in Manhattan, the all-time might be Pearl Oyster Bar.

But I think I've eaten more often at Lotus of Siam in Las Vegas than any of the above. Considering that I've never spent more than a few weeks a year in Las Vegas, that's amazing.

Nov 11, 2014
Dave Feldman in Manhattan
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Scallops?

The pan roasted sea scallops at Pearl Oyster Bar, available only at dinner, are reason enough to go to Cornelia St.

Nov 10, 2014
Dave Feldman in Manhattan

Joel Robuchon reservation at 9:15p

Sorry if I overreacted -- I just don't like an atmosphere where new posters are afraid to dissent from the consensus views. Capiche?

Nov 09, 2014
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

Joel Robuchon reservation at 9:15p

That's a little harsh.and brusque. Over the years, quite a few people have expressed disappointment with their meals at JR -- definitely a minority opinion but not rare.

Nov 09, 2014
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

Joyful House vs KJ Kitchen? Or something else?

Ping Pang Pong is open for dinner but I'm not sure it's suitable for a party like yours. I've never seen them do a proper banquet. The service is friendly and efficient but I don't think you'll have the feeling of privacy you'd like, and to the best of my memory, there are no large, round tables, if that's what you are after. I think their dimsum, in general, is superior to their entrees.

Nov 07, 2014
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

Just scored a solo seat at e, should I do it?

And some people not that often! :-)

Oct 26, 2014
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

Just scored a solo seat at e, should I do it?

I've never eaten at e, but by all accounts, it's a particularly good place for singles to dine, as there tends to be interaction with the chefs and other diners in this small group environment.

I've noticed that you've been emphasizing the "solo" aspect of your trip, but keep in mind that there is probably no place in the U.S. where there is a higher percentage of solo diners, and most places will welcome you with open arms.

Oct 25, 2014
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

Uni lover? Here are a couple of great selections

David Santos's special Monday night uni dinners at Louro have convinced me that uni is a much more versatile ingredient than I ever realized before. I'm especially surprised how well it pairs with many different types of meat.

Oct 23, 2014
Dave Feldman in Manhattan

Baskin Robbins Lemon Chiffon and Lemon Custard

I read the first reply to this thread and found myself nodding in agreement. And then I realized I wrote it. In case you are still here, mrdogman, thanks for the link to the recipe, which may well be the one I was thinking of. I sure dont remember Cool Whip in the recipe, but I might have just subbed it out.

Oct 21, 2014
Dave Feldman in General Topics

Table-turning at Twist

I noticed "millstone birthday" on the original post but I stifled snarkiness (temporarily!). Hope you have a fantastic celebration and that you report back about Twist.

Oct 20, 2014
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

Cleo at The SLS - bold but balanced, sleek yet sophisticated

This might have been a mailing for non-locals only.

Oct 19, 2014
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

Caesars restaurants

It isn't just you, Pretender. I've only been to Mesa Grill in Las Vegas twice, once for brunch and once for lunch, but each time the meal peaked with the bread basket.

Oct 18, 2014
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

TR: Robuchon, LOS, MO Tea, Giada, and more (LONG)

Your enthusiasm is contagious, and thanks for sharing the highs and lows of your time -- and congratulations on your anniversary.

I was especially interested in your experience at the Laundry Room. The "secret but not secret" nature of it was a turn-off to me. So I was pleasantly surprised to hear that you were treated so well once you were inside. I've heard from others that Dan is a fantastic bartender.

Oct 18, 2014
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

Lotus of Siam: Specific Wine Recomendations

I would ask for "Ae" (pronounced like the first letter of the alphabet, short for Aevil), who is both the general manager and wine director. He can usually be found behind the bar in the back room. If he's not available, ask for Joe. On the weekends, you might ask for Penny, the Chutimas' elder daughter, who has studied wine in the last year or two. Her father, Bill, no longer works the room very often, but he is extremely knowledgeable about wine. If he's there, he loves nothing more than talking about food and wine.

There is a wide range of knowledge about wine among the waiters, but Ae is giving regular classes for the whole staff.

Oct 17, 2014
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas