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BYOB for 20 in Raliegh Area

http://www.urbanspoon.com/gt/25/1901/...

Bosphorus is the one that I'd heard of before.

Jan 18, 2013
jkgourmet in Southeast

Suggestions for Restaurant Week in the Triangle?

Still new to the area and wondering what are the better deals for RW in the Triangle. Lunch or dinner. Thanks!

Jan 18, 2013
jkgourmet in Southeast

Fresh Roasted Green Chili - Anywhere in the Triangle?

We recently relocated from the Phoenix, AZ area where I could easily buy fresh roasted green chili's at many Hispanic markets. Anaheim's were available almost always, and poblano's and jalapeno's frequently showed up.

We could by them by the pound, take them home, skin them, and freeze them. Yum!

Now we've relocated to Raleigh/Durham and I've been unable to find a source for any of these. I can find poblano's fresh, but not roasted. And I haven't seen Anaheim chili's anywhere.

Can anybody help?

Dec 18, 2012
jkgourmet in Southeast

Triangle Noodle Shops (Ramen, etc)

Kurama Sushi and Noodle Express in Chapel Hill has a small number of ramen dishes. I've had the sushi and it was pretty good - excellent prices.

http://local.yahoo.com/info-13086674-...

Sep 17, 2012
jkgourmet in Southeast

Raleigh Restaurant Week 2012 - Help a newbie, please?

I'm sorry to hear that. In Phoenix, It was an amazing way to sample restaurants that we normally couldn't afford.

Aug 23, 2012
jkgourmet in Southeast

Triangle Food Bloggers

I'm new to the area and wanted to read your blog, brsmith2 - but your profile doesn't show it, or at least, I can't find it there. Mind sharing it please?

Jul 10, 2012
jkgourmet in Southeast

Has anyone tried these food trucks in NC RTP area?

Is there anywhere else in the area that serves soup dumplings?

Jul 10, 2012
jkgourmet in Southeast

Chinatown in RTP?

We have several of these kinds of things here in Phoenix. Particularly in the East Valley, as it has the fastest growing Asian population in the country.

http://mekongplaza.com/
http://www.phxchinatown.com/

And this Asian grocery store sprouted an entire shopping center of Asian restaurants surrounding it.

http://www.leeleesupermarket.com/

I'm hopeful that there are similar places in Raleigh - our new home will be in the Brier Creek area.

Apr 08, 2012
jkgourmet in Southeast

One week near RDU - where to eat?

We are visiting the Raleigh area to finalize the upgrades to our home in the Brier Creek area. We will be staying in the Country Inn & Suites near RDU for a week.

We are interested in beginning to learn about our the restaurant scene in what will be our new home town.. We particularly enjoy ETHNIC foods (though DH is not fond of sushi). Most of the time, we don't care much about the atmosphere, but the availability of wine at a good price is a big incentive for our dining choices. And, of course, we like to find wallet-friendly places.

We also have a fridge and microwave at the hotel, so if take out is more suitable, we'll have a wine bottle opener in the room.

Coming from Phoenix, we get plenty of Mexican, but little good, fresh fish. So if we're going to splurge on a meal, I'd like to get some good seafood.

Suggestions, please?

Apr 08, 2012
jkgourmet in Southeast

Phoenix Spring Restaurant Week - Where will you be eating?

Four of us had a lovely dinner at Coup des Tartes, all ordering off the Restaurant week menu. Accordingly, we had everything on that menu except the tortilla soup. All the entree's were spectacular - the halibut with the sea beans was unusual and outstanding. Only one item failed to please us - the creme brulee desert was more like underflavored vanilla pudding with a hard glaze on top. But the other two deserts more than made up for it. At $30 pp plus the $9 per bottle corkage fee (BYOB), just a wonderful deal.

Tonight: Roka Akor. Not my choice, and I doubt that we'll both order off the RW menu, which strikes me as rather mundane.

Footnote: My first choice was Posh, but they were not taking reservations except for 5PM or 5:30PM seatings. And the RW menu isn't such a great deal compared to their regular pricing. So, save that for another evening.

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Coup Des Tartes
4626 N. 16th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85016

Roka Akor Restaurant
7299 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85253

May 19, 2011
jkgourmet in Phoenix

Phoenix Spring Restaurant Week - Where will you be eating?

I'm planning on one or two evenings out for the Spring Restaurant week. We've been traveling a lot over the last 12 months, so I'm not really up on the current restaurant scene.

Where are you going, and why?

http://www.arizonarestaurantweek.com/phoenix_restaurants.php?sort=name

Jeanette
http://AnythingGoesGourmet.com

May 12, 2011
jkgourmet in Phoenix

Hendersonville, NC Recs?

We are in Hendersonville, NC for about 4 nights. Looking mostly for places to have dinner, rather than lunch, breakfast or brunch.

I know that there are some nice places on Main street, and if there are any that are highly recommended, we're interested (especially if they can be considered bargains or really exceptional).

But since we are there for several nights, we are looking for dinners that can be considered inexpensive (cheap?) - ethnic food is perfect. Happy hour specials work well, too. Half-off wine with dinner deals?

Suggestions please?

Jan 14, 2011
jkgourmet in Southeast

Cape Coral for Three Months

We will be living in Cape Coral for three months. I've read many of the posts here already - but many are old (2009) and I know enough to realize that in the restaurant industry, that's ancient history.

We tend to prefer ethnic foods. However, suggestions for good wings, prime rib, etc. if it's a good value are very welcome. Inexpensive over fancy atmosphere. good service is nice, but taste and quality of food matters more, as long as the service is adequate.

Restaurants with reasonable markups on wine (2X to 2.5X the retail price) get extra points. And happy hour deals are always an ideal solution for us.

I'd rather get suggestions for Cape Coral than Ft. Myers as we prefer not to drive too much after dinner. (No drinking and driving, thank you.)

Thanks for the suggestions. I'll return the favor on the Phoenix Board.

Jan 02, 2011
jkgourmet in Florida

New Andes Mint Is Cherry, Cherry Bad

MsRetro: Not that I am aware of. However, the Ghiridelli Caramel squares are quite close in flavor, believe it or not.

Jeanette
www.AnythingGoesGourmet.com

Jan 02, 2011
jkgourmet in Features

China Magic Noodle House

Ipsedixit - the potstickers are very, very good. And the beef was terrific, in all preparations. Noodle based dishes are 95% of the menu, so noodles are indeed the reason to go.

Several options for vegetarians, but hohokam makes a good point about the sauces.

Jeanette
www.AnythingGoesGourmet.com

Dec 28, 2010
jkgourmet in Phoenix

China Magic Noodle House

Two separate visits, outrageously good fresh hand-pulled noodles (especially the shaved and thick noodles) and amazingly low prices.

Pot-stickers are very, very good. Pan fried - for once they are not too crispy or dried out, like most valley restaurant prepare them. The dipping sauce that accompanies them is good, but add a bit of red chile oil to your plate, a splash of black vinegar. Now you've got the real Chinatown pot sticker good stuff.

5 different kinds of noodles -ask the waiter which one goes best with your choices. The beef with shaved noodles was terrific - beef just melted in your mouth. How do they do that with beef? We also ordered the shrimp curry with thin pulled noodles. The shrimp were large, sweet and perfectly cooked. The curry sauce was not all that great, and I wouldn't order it again - but I'd order another dish with those shrimp without hesitation.

Chicken fried rice, not usually one of my favorites, was a shining star in this place. Again, the meat was tender, moist - and all white meat chicken. Vegetables in the friend rice remained just a bit crunchy to give it some character.

Beef soup with noodles. Again, that superb tender beef. Broth was deep flavored, with a distinct tinge of anise. Just wonderful.

Service is friendly, helpful and anxious to please. Excellent service from Charles, and nice guy to chat with.

If you like authentic Chinese noodles, don't miss out on this place. I'm anxious to go back and try the noodles with XO sauce and more of the soups, but I suspect that we'll stick with the thick or shaved noodles unless we get soup.

jkgourmet
www.AnythingGoesGourmet.com

Dec 20, 2010
jkgourmet in Phoenix

Chandler / Vietnamese -- Hot Spots

From reading this, I think you might find Anise to be worth the trip in your quest. The menu is diverse and surprising.

I am surprised that DragonFly (dobson & southern in Mesa) hasn't been mentioned. Perhaps that is because their Pho is (IMO) overly spiced with 5 spice powder and is really pretty awful. HOWEVER, the non-soup dishes I've had at DragonFly were wonderful. It has been awhile since we've visited, so things may have changed.

May 23, 2010
jkgourmet in Phoenix

Dirt Cheap but good wines

I know this is an old thread, but I had just read this article the other day and just HAD to add it for Olasek's benefit.

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pi...

Apr 22, 2010
jkgourmet in Wine

Is there such a thing as a GOOD drip coffee maker?

$299 is the lowest price Technivorm these days, I'm sad to say. . .

Apr 04, 2010
jkgourmet in Cookware

What is the best coffee maker under $200? And...

Technivorm may be wonderful - I've not tried them, I admit. But the bottom price is $299, considerably more than the OP wanted to pay. I was surprised no one mentioned Capresso

Apr 04, 2010
jkgourmet in Cookware

Walking distance from Chandler & Arizona ave?

Ziggy, I'm not a huge fan of Elmer's - it's just better and cheaper than Guedo's. It's been awhile, but the taco's at the place just down Chandler Blvd on the south side, before you get to McQueen, used to have very good and cheap tacos. But probably not within easy walking distance from downtown as the OP wanted.

But truthfully, I'm spoiled from authentic street cooked taco's in the interior of Mexico. Can't beat 'em.

Mar 12, 2010
jkgourmet in Phoenix

Walking distance from Chandler & Arizona ave?

Yep, I'll add my recommendation for La Stalla. If you're looking for food cooked with heart, as the OP originally said, I'd certainly say it's here.

Agree about the pizza, except that I'd leave off the proscuitto. As much as I love the stuff, it's just too salty on this pizza (I can't say if it's the brand of meat they use, the amount of salt in their sauce or a combination of both). they also make the best carbonara that I've had since Italy, 1992.

I'd personally take a pass on El Zocalo except maybe for a margarita out in the back patio. I've found the food to be pedestrian at best, and the place really is noisy. As much as it's a traditional favorite, I can't endorse Guedo's. When three tacos, one burrito, one can of coke and one beer come with a tab of over $20 for self - serve, I'm done. Elmer's is a good alternative.

Jeanette
www.AnythingGoesGourmet.com

Mar 12, 2010
jkgourmet in Phoenix

Walking distance from Chandler & Arizona ave?

Thanks, Silverbear, for the heads up about Jess Harter. He was one of the few restaurant guys who regularly reviewed places that didn't run $100+ per couple. I enjoyed his down to earth food philosophy.

Jeanette
www.AnythingGoesGourmet.com

Mar 12, 2010
jkgourmet in Phoenix

Caterer Recommendations?

Santa Barbara Catering

Mar 12, 2010
jkgourmet in Phoenix

searching for set menu restaurants

I've enjoyed Roy's 3 course dinners a few times - the current menu may not be the same items that I have had, but still, all very good stuff.

You might want to give Flemings a call. They often offer a 3 course special that has been a marvelous deal, but they don't advertise it.

What about looking on line for a tasting menu? That might turn up some other alternatives.

Jeanette
www.AnythingGoesGourmet.com

Mar 11, 2010
jkgourmet in Phoenix

Fast replies requested: Dim Sum in Phoenix or East Valley?

Ended up at Phoenix Palace and I'm a big time new fan. While I missed some of the old standards (black bean ribs), overall the selection and quality were outstanding. Only complaints (minor!) were that there really were too many items with shrimp, making it actually a bit hard on the non-shrimp lovers at our table (they even put them in the spring rolls, which I actually prefer without the shrimp). Also the only noodle dish we ever saw was rice noodles. I would have preferred to have an option of the thicker or maybe egg noodle dishes. Deserts were WAY above average and I usually find this to be the low point for most dim sum. Amazingly cheap and very pleasant servers. Thanks for the recs - you guys it it on the head again. (Ignore the Buffet in the link below - we didn't even see a buffet, but then, we didn't look either.)

Mar 11, 2010
jkgourmet in Phoenix

Private Dining Room at North Scottsdale Restaurant?

I did several of these for my employer in this location. Both dinners and lunches.

Flemings (all locations) - I did several business function there and they were terrific
Mortons (all locations)
Ruth Cris (all locations)
Roy's (They also did an excellent job, but for full disclosure, my experience was some years ago at the now-closed downtown location. But I'd be confident in that choice)
Mastro's-a bit diffcult to work with
TPC (again, very good, esp. the excellent service)
Capital Grille (good, but not the same level of service and helpfulness as Flemings)
Donovan's - changed room on us without notice. Cannot recommend (though the food was delicious)
Maggiano's - not fancy, but they do a helluva job with this kind of thing at a far more reasonable price. The food is better than you'd expect and enjoyed by all.
Cantina Laredo - can't recommend. Told us it was a private room, and it was really just a glassed in area. Food was average at best.
North & Bloom - never used them personally, but it's an option. do check if the room is really private, if that is important to you.
Eddie V's - I actually canceled a large holiday party here - VERY difficult to work with. Inflexible beyond belief. Obnoxious to be blunt.

Hope this helps.

Jeanette
www.AnythingGoesGourmet.com

Mar 11, 2010
jkgourmet in Phoenix

any information on Warren's Jazz Bistro in Gilbert?

anyone ever been to this place?

Mar 11, 2010
jkgourmet in Phoenix

Best enameled cast iron cookware?

I actually purchased one of those Cost Plus enameled cast iron pieces, hoping that it would be good quality. It chipped the first time I used it, did not hold the heat well, and I suspect wasn't conducting the heat evenly. I didn't even review it on my cookware blog as I like Cost Plus for some items.

Le Creuset all the way!

Jeanette
www.AnythingGoesGourmet.com

Feb 22, 2010
jkgourmet in Cookware

what le creuset items do I really need?

I agree with RCG in relation to non-stick pans being replaceable, if not disposable. They are cheap and easy to use, as well as easy to scratch and then pitch away in the trash. Perfect for eggs, especially if you want them prepared with very little butter or oil. Pop over to Walmart or Marshalls and get a set of 3 for less than $20 and you're set.

In regard to Dutch (aka French) Ovens, I like having a smaller (5 to 7 quart size) round size as well as a larger 9-13 qt oval size. The smaller round one does fine for groups of 4 or less, while the larger one can be reserved for entertaining six or more. Getting an oval shape just gives you the option, the additional benefit, ov being able to cram a whole chicken or roast in there without crowding.

Jeanette
www.AnythingGoesGourmet.com

Feb 17, 2010
jkgourmet in Cookware