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Local mail order food gifts

I just placed a order for some almond macaroons from Fralingers...
Looking forward for the taste.
Thank you for your recommendation.

Oct 25, 2014
irwin in Northern New England

Where is the best no frills Seafood in all of Florida?

Star Fish in the village of Cortez or
their sister restaurant called Tide Tables.
Both on the water, and both owned by
people who are fish processors…..
Both restaurants are excellent here in the
Sarasota - Bradenton Area.

Oct 11, 2014
irwin in Florida

Does Any Sarasota Restaurant Have Fresh Hand Cut French Fries?

5-guys…..
The best

Oct 11, 2014
irwin in Florida

Trip Report: Central Provisions disappointingly pretentious

They became well known too fast, customers rushed in to see what it was all about and don't think the staff was prepared or trained correctly . Seems like lots of unfavorable issues are now arising.

Sep 19, 2014
irwin in Northern New England

Trip Report: Central Provisions disappointingly pretentious

Nice-nice report……..Thank you for taking the time to write this. I agree about Central Provisions. New York attitude in Portland Maine. This is not acceptable here and word travels fast. Our friends went there at 5pm. Waited 1-hr to sit down. Said it was just OK. Other friends said they left hungry and had to take out a second mortgage. I guess we are now turned off…..

Sep 11, 2014
irwin in Northern New England

Best places to eat near York Beach, Maine

I guess I need to explain more. We love the Ogunquit Lobster Pound. If you don't like seafood then don't go there…….. Get the point!!
They are very professional;. Yes a little expensive but don't forget they are in a seasonal business. All restaurants are loud, but this one is not as loud as most. Tables are not that close together. Menu is large, and very good. They have the best lobsters in town but they should be for $19/pound.
Service is great. Parking is easy and free, and not like parking at Barnacle Billy's which is a real tourist trap. They have a full bar, beautiful fireplace, and appreciate every buck you leave there……Its my kind of place, and look forward to our several visits there each summer.

Aug 25, 2014
irwin in Northern New England

Best places to eat near York Beach, Maine

I 100% agree

Aug 25, 2014
irwin in Northern New England

Sarasota: Best Seafood - Shrimp and Fish

We stopped going there a year ago… Since Chef Duval left a year ago, the restaurant has gone down hill. Can't believe they are still open. The owners are not restaurant people. Last I heard they are trying to become a nightclub………

Jul 30, 2014
irwin in Florida

Helen's of Machias< Maine has burned down...what to do???

How about Blue Bird Restaurant in Machias ?

Jul 15, 2014
irwin in Northern New England

Tampa. where would you go

Truly enjoyed our meal last night at Ocean Prime…
It was heaven.

Jun 20, 2014
irwin in Florida
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Mt. Desert Island restuarants

Last time I was at Burning Tree will be the last. It was terrible. Food, service, attitudes sere very subpar…..

Jun 16, 2014
irwin in Northern New England

Boothbay Harbor in June (and Rt. 1 in between)

Love the Sea Basket. Drive there from Portland monthly just to get their fried food. Very busy, very clean, great selection, and finish off with a Maine Whoopie Pie…..

Jun 16, 2014
irwin in Northern New England

Best Steak in Florida

Had dinner at Prime 112 in Miami Beach Saturday evening. wow-what a meal… From the apps, to steaks, to sides, to fried oreo's for desert was amazon. Must say a little expensive but worth every dollar spent.
Service, atmosphere, food, drinks, staff, qualifies for a #10…

Jun 16, 2014
irwin in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Ogunquit recs for Sept '14

awm922--you are right on !!!
I guess we have similar tastebuds. I like your choices very much and love the Ogunquit Lobster Pound. We travel there from Portland as its our favorite. Yes, its a little expensive but worth every dime.

May 04, 2014
irwin in Northern New England

Sarasota FL Best Burger

Thank you for the info…. Will have to give it a try……

Apr 23, 2014
irwin in Florida

Sarasota FL Best Burger

Hillview Grill has a very good burger and on Thursday evenings their burger and beer is $10……..
Yes--you did respond to a 2005 thread……..
But thats OK, because it shows that we are still eating !!

Apr 22, 2014
irwin in Florida

Portland Day Trip - Donuts and Fish

Tony's Donuts gives me heartburn every time, and no other donut shop has given me heartburn…..
Sorry…………..

Apr 18, 2014
irwin in Northern New England
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No call back on that reservation?

So--no big deal….
You call them back during business hours !!
Maybe they don't take reservations !!
Did you glance at their website?

Apr 18, 2014
irwin in Not About Food

Yummy House Sarasota

Had many great chicken dishes at Yummy House but occasionally the food is not as good as the previous visit.
The takeout is never as good as eating at the restaurant. They serve $10 meals so expect that every visit or takeout will not be their best.
They do a great job for being very busy, very low prices, and very fast, which makes them successful.

Apr 13, 2014
irwin in Florida

Good restaurants St Armonds Circle

Cafe L'Europe is the best by far……..

Mar 14, 2014
irwin in Florida

Would like recent feedback on Beach Bistro (Holmes Beach)

The best restaurant in the Sarasota area. Prices are steep, but quality, presentation, & service is tops, and great for special occasions. A truly great experience.

Mar 05, 2014
irwin in Florida

Traveling in June to Freeport, ME

Sorry but we do not have Costco in Maine.
We do have a BJ's and Sam's Club in the Portland area.
Bow Street Market has been a favorite in Freeport, as well as Whole Foods and Trader Joes in the Portland area within walking distance of each other. I really enjoy the Broad Arrow Tavern for their lunch/brunch as well as the excellent Trattoria Athena Restaurant, although a little hard to get into sometimes. Reservations are highly recommended. Wild Oats Bakery in Brunswick has a fantastic selection of lunches and bakery goods, and very busy which means it very good.

Feb 05, 2014
irwin in Northern New England

You can now get Utz potato chips in the central florida area!!

They are also at the Racetracs in the Sarasota / Bradenton areas

Nov 09, 2013
irwin in Florida

Bern's Booked - Where to go?

Went to Charlie's a few weeks back, and had a fabulous meal with excellent service. Great selection, large parking lot, and near the mall. Looking forward to go back again.

Nov 09, 2013
irwin in Florida

Bern's Booked - Where to go?

Try Mitchell's. Its near the International Mall and airport. Its the fish division of Ruth Chris.... Truly excellent. We love it there, Valet parking is available and meat is on the menu

Nov 08, 2013
irwin in Florida

Antoine's Restaurant -- Sarasota rated "10"

I must say this restaurant is exceptional. The food, selection, presentation, and service was top shelf. Kind of small with only about 12-14 tables, but the chef really knows how to do it. Its french/italian with mostly seafood choices but a chicken and meat dish available. The goat-cheese salad was to die for, as well as all our main dishes, and the tiramisu was like nothing I ever tasted. We cannot wait to go back, and the owner said he is almost ready to open up his outdoor patio. Decent selection of wines was also available. This is a no-brainer / must try !!!!!!!

Nov 01, 2013
irwin in Florida

Destination-worthy in Tampa?

Had dinner Saturday night at Ocean Prime-Tampa and must say it beats almost everything in Sarasota except Beach Bistro. The food, service, ambiance, selection, drinks were phenomenal, but the server named Tricia made it a high "10".
Can't wait to go back.

Oct 21, 2013
irwin in Florida

Dry Dock, Longboat Key

I believe they are closed for remodeling and will reopen soon.
They are enlarging. They run a great operation, and are very busy in season.

Oct 15, 2013
irwin in Florida

Destination-worthy in Tampa?

Went to CHARLEY'S STEAK HOUSE last night for the first time and I feel its better then Berns by far. Service, quality, taste, selection, and price was great. Large free parking lot or free valet was available together with a bread basket that knocked my socks off. I cancelled my resv at Berns because they said no T-Shirts, no shorts, no jeans. Charley's does not have a
dress code. I will be returning to Charley's very soon for the 60 mile trip from Sarasota.....

Oct 07, 2013
irwin in Florida

Dinner, than breakfast in Freeport, ME

Great recommendations

Oct 05, 2013
irwin in Northern New England