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52 Hours in Minneapolis – Best Late Afternoon Meal? And Itinerary Review

Nxstasy - We are still in Minneapolis and I don't want to take the time to do a full writeup now, but suffice it to say we are eating very well. So far we've had dinners at Bar La Grassa, 112 Eatery and Restaurant Alma. Dinner tonight is at Piccolo. Lunches have been at Kieran's (after the tour of Target Field on Monday), Midtown Global Market, and Matt's Bar. On our non-lunch days we had breakfasts at Hell's Kitchen and Al's Breakfast. We've hit up three ice cream shops so far: Crema Cafe, Pumphouse Creamery and Sebastian Joe's. And one bakery - Salty Tart. I'm going to say our favorite dinner so far has been Bar La Grassa - we liked it substantially more than 112 Eatery. As to lunch, Matt's Bar is the winner, not sure what my husband would say, but I loved the Jucy Lucy. As to ice cream, today's stop at Sebastian Joe's was probably our favorite of the three. Might try to hit up Izzy's tomorrow. Our flight doesn't leave until 9:45 tomorrow night so we can do lunch and ice cream. Will also be checking out the Mill City Farmers Market tomorrow since we're staying right by there. Anyway I will write more details when we get home and also spend more time reading what you wrote.

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Midtown Global Market
920 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55407

Hell's Kitchen
80 South 9th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55402

Restaurant Alma
528 University Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414

Al's Breakfast
413 14th Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414

Crema Cafe
3403 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408

Pumphouse Creamery
4754 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55407

112 Eatery
112 N 3rd St, Minneapolis, MN 55401

Sebastian Joe's
4321 Upton Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55410

Salty Tart
920 E Lake St Ste 158, Minneapolis, MN 55407

Mill City Cafe
2205 California St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418

Bar La Grassa
800 N Washington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55401

Jul 01, 2011
Debbie W in Minneapolis-St. Paul

52 Hours in Minneapolis – Best Late Afternoon Meal? And Itinerary Review

I'm definitely looking forward to the Kramarczuk sausages at Target Field. I don't drink very often at ballgames but maybe a local beer would be in order. Also a friend of mine (actually a Mets blogger who I've known IRL for a long time) went last year and she said the wild rice soup was good. For the day game we got Legends Club seats so we should have some additional food options for lunch that day.

I might have miscounted on the rotation. We see Kershaw tonight and Bills for the throwback unis day game tomorrow against the Reds, so counting again it might be Bills, Lilly then De La Rosa in Minneapolis. Kuroda started 4th but he's now 5th. Mattingly did one minor shuffle already - it had more to do with a rainout in Pittsburgh than anything else, but De La Rosa is new, so who knows.

Jun 14, 2011
Debbie W in Minneapolis-St. Paul

52 Hours in Minneapolis – Best Late Afternoon Meal? And Itinerary Review

The goal is to have nothing to do with a car when Target Field is involved - all three games plus the tour (and breakfast or lunch either before or after the tour so maybe Hell's Kitchen for breakfast that day). Walking is good, light rail is good. BTW in trying to figure out the rotation, I'm pretty sure that neither Kershaw nor Billingsley will be going in Minneapolis, leaving Lilly, De La Rosa and Kuroda - not an issue for me because I see them all, but not great for you, assuming you've seen a lot of Lilly and don't particularly care about the other two. For myself, I'm more interested in seeing Mauer and maybe he'll be back by then.

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Hell's Kitchen
80 South 9th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55402

Jun 14, 2011
Debbie W in Minneapolis-St. Paul

52 Hours in Minneapolis – Best Late Afternoon Meal? And Itinerary Review

Thanks, and sorry for the delay on the reply. I'll check out the link for Midtown Global Market, and I'm sure we'll be using public transportation around downtown. We're staying at Aloft which is on Washington near the Metrodome, it appears to be very close to a light rail station. Hoping - especially for your sake - there isn't a rainout. We don't have those here in L.A. though I did think of the possibility that it could happen in Mpls. We got screwed by one in New York for the final subway series at old Yankee Stadium, as we couldn't get back to NY for the rescheduled game which was some months later, and had zero luck selling our tickets.

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Midtown Global Market
920 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55407

Metrodome
900 S 5th St, Minneapolis, MN 55415

Jun 14, 2011
Debbie W in Minneapolis-St. Paul

52 Hours in Minneapolis – Best Late Afternoon Meal? And Itinerary Review

Definitely will be checking out Salty Tart Bakery as well. I think we'll have lunch at Midtown Global Market one day. Would you have any recommendations as to where that would be good?

We totally did the public transportation thing in Boston, in fact we only took a car for the Cooperstown side trip. We also walked back to our hotel from Fenway twice because getting onto the subway after the game was a total zoo (were staying at Copley Square and it was a nice walk).

I just couldn't figure out how to do an entire week in Minneapolis on public transportation only, especially if we wanted to do any exploring outside of the immediate city. It's not like New York where you can just get a cab anywhere (though we tend to take the subway a lot too).

I've been to Milwaukee a bunch of times due to my late stepdad being from there, but have never been to a baseball game there. I don't care where I eat in Milwaukee as long as I get multiple visits to Kopps. I've even gone twice in one day before. We don't have frozen custard in L.A. (though Strickland's in Irvine close to where my mom lives is sort of ok). The closest good custard is in Vegas at Luv-It.

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Midtown Global Market
920 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55407

Salty Tart
920 E Lake St Ste 158, Minneapolis, MN 55407

Jun 12, 2011
Debbie W in Minneapolis-St. Paul

52 Hours in Minneapolis – Best Late Afternoon Meal? And Itinerary Review

I have the same problem in New York. I always try to mix in restaurants that I love with new-to-me restaurants and there is never, ever close to enough time. I like to try to do what a city does well - not sure what that is in Minneapolis, exactly - but I tried for locally sourced ingredients. I read they have a lot of Vietnamese but so do we here in L.A. I think we'll be checking out the Midtown Global Market and most likely the Mill City Farmers Market. Food and baseball, what's not to love (we did the same last year when the Dodgers played the Red Sox - mixed in some spectacular meals in Boston and a trip to Cooperstown to boot).

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Midtown Global Market
920 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55407

Mill City Cafe
2205 California St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418

Jun 11, 2011
Debbie W in Minneapolis-St. Paul

52 Hours in Minneapolis – Best Late Afternoon Meal? And Itinerary Review

Thanks, Nsxtasy. I plan to consolidate all my reservations and notes as to other places into a document complete with websites, and store it on my phone for easy reference. I have other possible to-try places as well including Sea Salt Eatery and Hell's Kitchen. Now that I've finally finished all the travel arrangements and gotten all our dining reservations, I can concentrate on other stuff to do with our free days. We were originally going to go to western (rural) Wisconsin to visit family which is why the trip is extended after the games, but they are coming here next weekend so we bagged the Wisconsin travel in favor of a couple of leisurely days in Minneapolis. This change worked out very well in terms of allowing us to try a lot more restaurants.

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Hell's Kitchen
80 South 9th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55402

Sea Salt Eatery
4801 Minnehaha Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55417

Jun 11, 2011
Debbie W in Minneapolis-St. Paul

52 Hours in Minneapolis – Best Late Afternoon Meal? And Itinerary Review

Nsxtasy and all MN hounds - This thread was very helpful to me as my husband and I are also traveling to Minneapolis (from L.A.) for all three Dodgers-Twins games. However we get in on Sunday night June 26th and don't leave until the following Saturday. Therefore I didn't need to worry about coordinating meals with games as much as Nsxtasy did.

We booked 112 Eatery for Wednesday night - with the day game, we don't anticipate a problem with an 8:00 reservation even if the game goes extra innings. Thursday night will be Restaurant Alma and we chose Piccolo for Friday night.

Moving backwards, on Monday and Tuesday we figure to eat dinner at the ballpark (or at least on Monday, with the right to change our minds and eat somewhere else before the Tuesday night game). We're used to Dodger Stadium where the food is horrific and we always bring our own, so it's refreshing to know that Target Field features at least a few decent items. Well be on the lookout for the Kramarczuk sausages for sure.

On the Sunday night when we get in, we decided on the bar at Bar La Grassa since it will be flexible in case of flight delays. Figured we will make do without a reservation for that night.

We booked the Target Field tour for Monday at noon so we'll either have breakfast first or a late lunch afterwards. Also we have rented a car but will also take advantage of the light rail. I think we'll end up with plenty of opportunities to check out various bakeries and ice cream places - ice cream is a priority - so far I have Crema Cafe, Izzy's, Sebastian Joe's and Pumphouse Creamery on my list. I doubt we'll manage them all though. :-(

Also we have to try a Jucy Lucy so based on that lame show Food Wars we thought we'd probably go to Matt's Bar for lunch one day.

Anyway if not for this thread I would have been posting a giant "please help" but I didn't need to. Thanks again everybody.

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Restaurant Alma
528 University Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414

Crema Cafe
3403 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408

Pumphouse Creamery
4754 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55407

Sebastian Joe's
1007 W Franklin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55405

112 Eatery
112 N 3rd St, Minneapolis, MN 55401

Bar La Grassa
800 N Washington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55401

Jun 11, 2011
Debbie W in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Anyone Tried Lakeside Grill at Wynn yet?

Curious to see if you get any responses. I have a reservation at Lakeside Grill for our next trip but that's not until the week after Thanksgiving. Will try to report back. I was a fan of DB so I know I will like the space. The food, we'll see.

Nov 08, 2010
Debbie W in Las Vegas

Booking a Reservation for Ludobites 6.0

Funny you mention Ticketmaster. In the midst of today's experience I compared it to buying tickets for Springsteen, which I have done a lot (I mean A LOT) of times, and with much more success than I had booking a reservation for LudoBites. I tried for an hour and a half starting right at 5:00 today and nada. At least Ticketmaster has a queue system where you're in and you don't have to keep refreshing.

Oct 12, 2010
Debbie W in Los Angeles Area

Michael Mina

Do you want steak again? If so, then Strip Steak (which I don't love, I much prefer N9NE and Craftsteak). Otherwise, then Sea Blue just because I like it a lot better than Nobhill and Michael Mina (Bellagio). Haven't been to the new MM place at the Aria so can't comment on that one.

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Michael Mina Restaurant
3600 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

Aug 17, 2010
Debbie W in Las Vegas

N9NE Steakhouse

Yes, it's that good. It's not just the food, which is quite delicious although the desserts could stand some improvement, but rather a combination of the food and vibe. It's sceney but not obnoxious, although it can definitely get loud. The service is always very professional despite the scene. My husband and I are way too old to really be part of the scene, didn't care about it much when we were younger either. Yet they still treat us great. Year in and year out, N9NE is our favorite steakhouse in Vegas, it never disappoints. Second favorite is probably Craftsteak but it has a more business-like feel. Also enjoyed CUT. Have also been to Strip Steak, Charlie Palmer Steak, Delmonico, Circus Circus, maybe others over the years. Actually the steak at Joe's Stone Crab is very good too. But if I had to choose just one place for steak, it would definitely be N9NE.

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Charlie Palmer Steak
3960 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Las Vegas, NV 89119

Aug 09, 2010
Debbie W in Las Vegas

One More Dinner

I think we have fallen into somewhat of a rut, and I'd like to break out a bit. We were just in Vegas last week. We enjoyed a fabulous dinner at LOS with janetofreno and her family, and we have been to LOS many times. We also went to Joe's Stone Crab, which we really enjoyed (don't kill me please). The third dinner was at Stratta as we were staying at the Wynn and had a resort credit to use, and we have had a few enjoyable dinners at Stratta. On our breakfast days we ate at Bouchon and Payard. On our lunch day we ate at Los Molcajetes. On our last day we had early lunch at the Wynn buffet which actually was very good, we are infrequent buffet goers so it was a treat.

This next trip, we will be repeating Joe's and another night will be a dine-around at MGM (where we go without reservations and eat a course at the bar of two or three restaurants - very fun to do). So I need a third dinner, not at the MGM, and maybe some lunch suggestions.

We'll have our car and can go anywhere. Wine is not important but cocktails are. We haven't tried any of the new restaurants in City Center though we took a look at some of the restaurants in the Aria a few months ago.

We use to go to Rosemary's quite often but haven't been for a couple years. Do they ever change their menu? Because it looks the same as it did when we were going a lot.

We don't need a steakhouse because we'll share a steak at Joe's. (Our favorite steakhouses in Vegas are N9NE and Craftsteak, and we have also been to Cut, Charlie Palmer Steak, Strip Steak, Delmonico, Circus Circus Steakhouse, probably others that I'm not recalling right now).

Restaurants we'd enjoyed in the past but haven't been to in awhile are FIX, Circo, Mesa Grill, DB Brasserie (RIP), Bar Charlie (ditto).

We've been to RM Seafood a few times but only once for dinner. I think I prefer it for lunch.

We did go to Raku once but think it's better with more than two people.

Places that have been only ok or went downhill or we haven't liked are Michael Mina (Bellagio), that restaurant at Bellagio in the hallway toward spa wing whose name eludes me right now), Alize, Fleur de Lys (great the first time a few years ago, less great subsequently), Aureole, Bradley Ogden, B&B.

We like Enoteca San Marco but more for lunch or dessert after dinner at Bouchon.

Have also been to Alex and L'Atelier - both are off the list for this trip.

Sorry for blabbing on for so long, especially since I haven't posted on this board for quite awhile. Any help is appreciated.

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Bouchon
3355 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

Michael Mina Restaurant
3600 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

Mesa Grill
3570 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

RM Seafood
3930 Las Vegas Blvd S 134-200A, Las Vegas, NV

Circo
3600 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

Bellagio
3600 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV

Los Molcajetes
1553 N Eastern Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89101

Alize
4321 W Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89103

Enoteca San Marco
3355 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

Stratta
3131 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

Bradley Ogden
3570 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

Charlie Palmer Steak
3960 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Las Vegas, NV 89119

Aug 06, 2010
Debbie W in Las Vegas

Fab's Hot Dogs - moving Spring 2010

I think Joe had or has some contact with Kevin, because the first time I tried the red cabbage at Fab's Joe said he got the recipe from Kevin (though honestly, it's not quite the same - not as juicy as it was at WF, but it's serviceable if the only other choice is none). So therefore it wouldn't seem impossible that Joe could get the turkey dog from the same supplier. WF didn't use Sabrett's until maybe a couple years before they closed, before then they had their own blend or whatever you might call it. (I also signed up for the updates from WF and have never received any.)

Feb 20, 2010
Debbie W in Los Angeles Area

Bourdain - product placement

Ok, I was willing to sort of overlook and/or forgive the blatant shilling of the Chase Sapphire card or whatever it's called, once (Istanbul). I don't think they did it in the Brittany episode. But then in the Prague episode, they did it again although this time Tony didn't offer a snide comment. Perhaps the producers were trying to be slightly more subtle, but I don't think that worked. It's almost like the episode was in black and white and that card glowed blue (er...sapphire), that's how much it stuck out.

For some reason this is bothering me a lot more than all the product placement that's done on Top Chef (and I haven't missed a single episode of TC or TCM since inception). Just had to vent, because I will continue to watch, but really, it's enough to make me never even consider getting one of those cards.

Feb 05, 2010
Debbie W in Food Media & News

Bob's Big Boy - in PASADENA???!!!

I grew up eating at BBB - mostly Canoga Park branch on Sherman Way - and we always went there on report card night (late 60's, early 70's). I'm not sure that the old shakes even had milk in them. It seemed that they just put the soft serve straight into the metal goblet. I think even if you ask for a shake "thick" these days, it's not the same as what you would get back in the day. The onion rings used to be way better too, totally not worth the calories anymore. But I still love BBB, especially the Big Boy burger, and we eat at the Toluca Lake branch a few times a year.

Feb 04, 2010
Debbie W in Los Angeles Area

Anyone been to Craft lately?

We've continued to go semi-regularly but these days tend to sit at the bar and mostly order from the Craftbar menu, occasionally interspersing something from the regular menu. We went last Saturday and sat at the bar and actually had the Dine LA menu which was pretty well executed and certainly a good value. I think after Matt and Cat left, we sat in the main dining room once or twice. Had some oversalting issues at least one of those times. My main complaint with the new regime is the dessert menu, which as scottyp34 states is nowhere what it used to be. I'm a major dessert person and Craft had one of the better dessert menus in town, at least of the places I go (although my very favorite dessert anywhere is Jar's butterscotch pudding). The parfait that Cat did with the vanilla bean ice cream, peanut butter and marshmallow is sorely missed.

Feb 04, 2010
Debbie W in Los Angeles Area

Vegas- something great, not on the tourists radar

I should have thought of Raku. I believe I told you guys about it when we went last year. I have pictures you can look at next time you come over. But it's really small. And apparently even more crowded now than it was before. Too bad Lotus is going to be closed, I actually had read that awhile ago but neglected to mention it.

Nov 20, 2009
Debbie W in Las Vegas

L.A. Hound visiting Nashville

A quick report: Nashville was pretty awesome, though a bit cold for this L.A. girl. I did quite a bit of walking. For some reason I didn't expect it to be so hilly. At least I probably burned some of the excess calories.

Dinner Tuesday night was at Margot Cafe & Bar. I'd wanted to go to City House, and called them the day before, only to be told that they are closed Tuesdays. They recommended Margot. I sat at the bar (not exactly the most comfortable physically as there's nowhere to put your legs), but I always prefer bar dining when solo, and the bartender was a doll. Had a really spicy garbanzo/tomato soup to start, lovely. My main was buttermilk fried quail served with chard and grits - wow, was that a delightful dish. The two little quails were fried really cleanly, not greasy at all, and were quite substantial which isn't often the case with quail. Dessert was apple dumpling, I'd have to say it was somewhat on the doughy side but that's a minor quibble.

Lunch Wednesday was at Monell's. I really enjoyed the family style setup and the food was definitely abundant. Pork chop, pan-fried chicken, dressing, field peas (?), corn pudding, green beans, biscuits, and lots more. I really enjoyed the pork chop. I didn't love the banana pudding, which was kind of gluey. I guess I'm partial to my own (recipe courtesy of a friend who grew up in Alabama). Nice time though, and not something we have in L.A.

After Monell's I walked over to the Nashville Farmers Market, which was an interesting setup, got a few decent photos in the farm shed. I bet it's great in the summer. Oh, before that I stopped at the cupcake place that's just down the block from Monell's and picked up a carrot cake cupcake which I had as a late afternoon snack before the Springsteen show. I'm not a big cupcake fan but this one was pretty good which is about the best compliment I will ever give to a cupcake.

No dinner that night, never any dinner when doing Springsteen general admission. Actually, I picked up a cherry/almond bar from a baker in the farm shed at the Farmers Market, so I had that at 1 a.m. along with a banana I snagged that morning from the club room at the Sheraton.

Lunch yesterday was at Arnold's. Everyone at the hotel who I'd asked about Arnold's said I couldn't or at least shouldn't walk there. (They'd said the same thing about Monells' and I ended up walking back from there via the Farmers Market, the steps at the back (?) of the Capitol were kind of fun). Anyway I was wandering around on Broadway and picked up a cab in that area to Arnold's. But I did walk back to the downtown area from Arnold's, not too far but maybe not exactly the best neighborhood, LOL. Had to work off my lunch, which consisted of fried steak (hamburger I guess), turnip greens, mac/cheese, fried green tomatoes, and pecan pie. Awesome. I particularly loved the fried green tomatoes and the pecan pie, which was a lot sweeter than I'm used to (in a good way). Actually the greens and mac/cheese were pretty great too. Weak point was probably the meat but yesterday was roast beef day; most people seemed to be getting that but I have never liked roast beef.

I'm sorry I didn't have more time because I'd have liked to get some BBQ, among other Southern delights.

Nov 20, 2009
Debbie W in Kentucky & Tennessee

L.A. Hound visiting Nashville

Hahaha, you look familiar..I friended you, LOL! I was in NY for the two shows at MSG but I get to NY often enough that I have a way-too-large list of places I love to eat, but the mods would not be happy if I listed them here. Was able to hit up a couple of them on the quick trip. Not really enough time on this trip to truly explore Nashville, but definitely going to head to Arnold's for lunch, probably Wednesday. Still waiting for some info on the wristband window, it wasn't in the TM notification. Guessing 1-4 or 2-5.

Nov 16, 2009
Debbie W in Kentucky & Tennessee

L.A. Hound visiting Nashville

Heading to Nashville for a quick trip to see Springsteen on Wednesday night. I'll probably be solo, though a friend might meet me. Staying at the Sheraton downtown, and will not have a car. Haven't been to the South, other than a business trip to Memphis over 10 years ago, and we don't really have much Southern food here in L.A. I don't want Japanese or Mexican or anything I get a lot of at home.

Meals I'll need to have will be dinner Tuesday, breakfast/lunch Wednesday, breakfast/lunch Thursday. Doing general admission for the show so that supersedes dinner on Wednesday night. Maybe a quick snack somewhere after the show.

I've done a little research, it seems that Arnold's should be top of my list since I've never been to a meat & three. I'm thinking that would be good for show day. Assuming I can walk there from my hotel? It doesn't look terribly far on my map.

Would Monell's on 6th Ave. N. be walkable, and a good choice (possibly for dinner on Tuesday, or lunch on Thursday)?

I guess the meal I'm most concerned about is dinner Tuesday. If I take a cab somewhere, are restaurants willing to call cabs after the meal? Would City House be a good choice?

All help would be appreciated, thanks.

Nov 14, 2009
Debbie W in Kentucky & Tennessee

Top Chef - Las Vegas - Ep. #10 - 10/28/09 (Spoilers)

I was actually wondering when (time of day, day of week) they filmed at Craftsteak, because you see the cheftestants entering the restaurant from the Studio Walk area of the MGM and there's no one else there. Usually that area's pretty crowded. I'm sure the production folks would clear people away but still it seemed strangely empty.

Oct 30, 2009
Debbie W in Food Media & News

Top Chef - Las Vegas - Ep. #9 - Restaurant Wars! - 10/21/09 (Spoilers)

I think your sis and her hubs would like it (based on my two meals there and a few meals with your sis). Plus if you're into ice cream it's fun to do the ice cream tasting challenge.

Oct 23, 2009
Debbie W in Food Media & News

Top Chef - Las Vegas - Ep. #9 - Restaurant Wars! - 10/21/09 (Spoilers)

Fabio could wear a suit of monkey ass and still be charming.

Oct 22, 2009
Debbie W in Food Media & News

Top Chef - Las Vegas - Ep. #9 - Restaurant Wars! - 10/21/09 (Spoilers)

He gave them the little Seafood Watch wallet card when they were about to shop for the elimination challenge, saying something to the effect that it would make it easier for them to shop according to his standards. We've been to his restaurant at Mandalay twice, once for dinner and once for lunch, both times downstairs as upstairs was closed, and the food and service exceeded our expectations, especially at dinner.

Oct 22, 2009
Debbie W in Food Media & News

3 nights in Las Vegas...

I believe Alex is closed until the 23rd or so, give the Wynn a call. We are finally, finally going there on the 30th, very excited as we have delayed trying it for way too long.

Jul 18, 2009
Debbie W in Las Vegas

Fab's Hot Dogs in Reseda

I love Fab's and if it was only about 10 minutes away (like Weiner Factory was) instead of about 20-25 minutes, I would be there all the time. Good thing it's not closer or I wouldn't fit into my jeans. We tend to hit it up around 1 or 2 on Sunday afternoons, and the crowds aren't horrific (yet - wait till DD&D airs). I can get a red cabbage and cheese dog that's about 80% of the way there from the Weiner Factory version. I like the L.A. street dog, and the Carolina slaw dog, and my husband has lately been into the bacon-cheddar-melt dog and the Chicago dog. The ripper was ok as to the dog itself but I didn't really like the ripper relish. One gripe: they don't have ice. Which means I won't ever order a soda, because I only like my soda with ice.

Jul 01, 2009
Debbie W in Los Angeles Area

San Diego dinner - 4th of July

Yeah, usually we entertain at home on the 4th, and I'm really not a fan of driving around on holidays where people drink a lot of alcohol. Plus we might like to drink a little ourselves. I think I will book Cowboy Star (conveniently on OT), now that I know it's safe to walk there from our hotel. Thanks!

Jun 30, 2009
Debbie W in San Diego

San Diego dinner - 4th of July

Heading down to San Diego (from L.A.) on Saturday to catch the Dodgers-Padres games Saturday and Sunday. Staying at the Westin Gaslamp and will have our car.

The game on Saturday was to have been around 4:00 so we were going to have dinner at Petco and figured we'd grab a beer or dessert or whatever afterwards. Now the game has been switched to 1:10 so it can be on national TV, which throws a monkey wrench into the plans.

I need to figure out what to do about dinner for that night, the 4th of July. Is there anywhere within walking distance of our hotel, with good food? Cowboy Star has been recommended by a friend I trust. It doesn't look terribly far but is it a reasonable option to walk, like is it safe?

Price isn't really an issue but we would like to not get particularly dressed up (nice jeans would be ok, which really take you pretty much anywhere in L.A.) nor do we want any kind of fussy atmosphere.

I guess if there isn't anywhere good within walking distance, we will drive. In that case I'm considering Blind Lady Ale House - is that a good choice for the holiday? I know they will be open.

Since Sunday's baseball game has always been scheduled around 1:00, I made a reservation awhile ago for Bleu Boheme for dinner Sunday night. So we would not want similar food on Saturday.

Thanks.

Jun 30, 2009
Debbie W in San Diego

recession deals in las vegas

Following up, we went to Stratta on Thursday night. As we were being seated I had a brief discussion with the host where I relayed my conversation with the reservationist. The host seemed surprised that we were pushed to decide ahead of time whether we wanted the regular menu or the Taste of Wynn. He said he would investigate. We were brought both menus. One of the four of us ordered the Taste of Wynn and the rest of us ordered off the regular menu.

From the Taste of Wynn menu, items tried were the panzanella, the scallops and the chocolate toffee cake. From the regular menu we had the stuffed dates appetizer and the salumi platter, the bucatini alla Amatriciana, and the scallops. One additional dessert was ordered, the cannoli. All the food was truly delicious, I would be hard pressed to cite a particular highlight as it was all very good. Service was excellent as well. We absolutely would return.

Apr 25, 2009
Debbie W in Las Vegas