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Again, more local recs for a weekend in NOLA?

We were recently in NOLA, and I love food. We tried several recommendations of trendy places, but I fell in love with two places we went. First, for food, Herbsaint. It is not in the French Quarter, but easy walking distance from there. Great food, ambiance, service, and reasonably priced, I thought, in comparison to the other (more trendy) places we ate while there...http://www.herbsaint.com/

For a bar, I'd try the Circle Bar, right off the subway line at Lee Circle. This bar is not in the French Quarter, so it isn't full of stupidly drunk tourists singing karaoke. It's just a cool place with great bartenders and a mellow vibe. Coolest bar ever.

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Herbsaint
701 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

Jul 06, 2010
pillars_of_color in New Orleans

Any restaurants you can recommend for Venice,FL area?

It's not fancy, but Captain Eddie's, a few miles north of Venice on hwy 41, is a great place for fresh fish. We always have to go there when we're in town. We also enjoy Ntino's, which is a few blocks south of downtown Venice on 41. These are both inexpensive but have good food.

Mar 22, 2010
pillars_of_color in Florida

CURRENT Tallahassee restaurants

If you haven't been to La Hacienda on Bannerman Road up in Bradfordville, you are missing THE BEST MEXICAN FOOD in Tallahassee, hands down.

They are the only Mexican place in town that serves REAL tacos like you'd get out west, try the carnitas (roasted pork) tacos or the tacos al pastor (tacos with marinated grilled beef). These will be served in white corn tortillas (soft) with chopped onions and cilantro, as tacos should be. Most of their dishes are quite authentic and not Americanized. Their chips are homemade and their salsa is fabby.

May 01, 2009
pillars_of_color in Florida

Cantonese-style pan-fried noodles in Orlando?

Ming Court on International Drive. I had a GREAT rendition of pan-fried noodles there a couple of weeks ago.

http://www.internationaldriveorlando....

May 01, 2009
pillars_of_color in Florida

Cheap Eats in Park City, Utah

My boyfriend and I will be spending the weekend there next weekend. We're looking for cheap--good--food. Preferably, what the locals eat. I lived in Utah for 10 years, but moved away almost that long ago. I'm not looking for Grappa-ChezBetty, been there done that. I'm looking for something under $20 per person because we're on a budget.

Any recommendations?

May 26, 2008
pillars_of_color in Mountain States

Need Input...Best Burger in SLC Area

Definitely make sure you have a Crown Burger. I moved away from SLC years ago and still have dreams about them and eat them when I can. They also have the best fry sauce.

May 26, 2008
pillars_of_color in Mountain States

Best Mexican in Tallahassee

Speaking of west coast Mexican, tried the fish tacos at Moe's today. Don't laugh. They were surprisingly good, white (grilled) fish with (optional) corn tortillas, topped with a spicy slaw, pico de gallo, etc. I added their (good) green tomatilla salsa. It wasn't San Diego, but it wasn't half bad to soothe my craving.

Jun 19, 2007
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Tallahassee's Cypress: good grub, paltry portions

Good to know, maybe we'll head up there this weekend.

Jun 19, 2007
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Lackluster Tallahassee

Avenue Sea is the BEST FOOD you are going to get within a couple of hours drive of Tally, IMO. Definitely worth the drive to Appalachicola.

Windsor: I think you're referring to JB's, but I've heard they've closed and personally, I thought they were not good.

Jun 19, 2007
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KOOL BEANZ - Tallahassee Fire

God, that sucks. One of my favorite places to eat.

Jun 19, 2007
pillars_of_color in Florida

Paulina's Pizzeria Tallahassee

I've never had anything but a good experience with Momo's or Decent. I love Village's pizza margherita, too. And the people who work there are always nice.

Jun 18, 2007
pillars_of_color in Florida

Tallahassee's Cypress: good grub, paltry portions

Where is Liam's at?

Jun 18, 2007
pillars_of_color in Florida

Lackluster Tallahassee

I would try Clusters and Hops. Very small, uncompromising on food for the most part, and I think the main owner, Kent Steele, is as good a chef as you are going to find anywhere...the man can really cook. He also has excellent wine connections and you'll find bottles in there that you can't find anywhere else in Tallahassee.

You also can buy a bottle of wine off the shelf and drink it with your meal, and I think their wine is far more reasonably priced than that of Cicada.

I think they do a nice cheese plate, and their duck breast with fois gras over risotto is a f'ing foodgasm on a plate.

Jun 18, 2007
pillars_of_color in Florida

Best Mexican in Tallahassee

I have to put my vote in for La Hacienda II on Bannerman Road on the far northeast side of town (directly south of Killearn Lakes). I grew up in the midwest, lived in the west for 10 years, and travel frequently to Texas/California. I have to say that this restaurant comes the closest to the food I have enjoyed in restaurants in those areas over the years.

If you go, though, don't order the standards (burrito? yawn.). Try their chile rellenos with shrimp, and maybe a side order of taqueria style tacos carne asada (grilled steak) or tacos carnita (slow-cooked pork). They will also serve you tacos de lingua (tacos with beef tongue) if you ask, for those of you who are daring. Their outdoor deck is also the greatest in the summer time.

They are pricier than the others in town, but to me they are the most authentic.

What are your thoughts?

Jun 07, 2007
pillars_of_color in Florida

Tallahassee Barbeque

First you have to define what real barbecue is. I'm from Kansas City and grew up on smoked brisket and ribs from my grandpa's stone smoker in the backyard. To me, barbecue should be smoked until the fats in the meat render and the meat is fork tender. Further, the sauce should be tart/sweet/smoky/spicy. A real barbecue joint serves, in addition to the slow-smoked meat, sides like smoked baked beans (with burnt ends), coleslaw, white bread/toast for sopping up the juice/sauce, and fries. Anything else is overkill.

I know this flies in the face of so-called barbecue from places like North Carolina or Memphis.

Having said that, when I moved here, JB's was recommended to us as the standard here in barbecue. It was NOT. GOOD. The meat wasn't smoked nearly long enough, and I was totally unimpressed. I need to get out more and try some of the small local places around town, but haven't done as much of that as I should have. I bought a smoker, make my own sauce, and I tend to think the only "real" barbecue in Tallahassee is served at my house.

I did have some decent cue at a little stand out east on Miccosukee near where it crosses I-10. That was the best I've had since moving here that I didn't cook myself.

Jun 07, 2007
pillars_of_color in Florida

Wakulla Springs Lodge dinner

We have eaten there several times during trips to the Springs. It's very old-fashioned, and the food is good, but I don't consider it great. I think there are better options nearby, including The Seineyard (not fancy, but good fresh seafood) and Sweet Peas.

Jun 07, 2007
pillars_of_color in Florida

Smokey Bones is no more

As someone who grew up in the heart of barbecue country, and definitely has strong opinions about barbecue, I actually thought their ribs weren't bad. For chain ribs, I'd say Tony Roma's definitely has the best (and of course, chain ribs don't compare to the real thing), but Smokey Bones was decent and had some nice menu selections. They were definitely better than some of the barbecue I've had elsewhere. Does anyone know why they closed?

Jun 07, 2007
pillars_of_color in Chains

Favorite recipe for eggplant?

This is one of my favorites, from the Moosewood Cookbook. The eggplant cooks up thin and crispy and is just delicious. You don't have to "parmigiana" it, but can serve it as an appetizer with some good marinara sauce.

http://www.aubergines.org/recipes.php...

Jun 05, 2007
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Best pizza in Tallahassee

I'd vote for Decent or Village Pizza over on the ast side of town. Momo's a close second to those two.

Red Elephant is no different or better than Barnaby's, IMO. I fail to see the attraction other than the cute decor, okay wine list, and boiled peanuts.

Jun 05, 2007
pillars_of_color in Florida

Soft Shell Crab near Tallahassee

You can also find them at Kitcho as an appetizer.

Jun 05, 2007
pillars_of_color in Florida

Query on doneness of poultry, especially duck

So says Science in the Common Interest http://www.soci.org/SCI/groups/foc/20...

"The practice of serving duck pink in the middle is traditional practice in restaurants, and yes there is a potential risk of salmonella. It is suggested that if the duck is not pierced by a knife or similar object then bacteria have not been introduced to the duck breast. This is similar to rare or blue steaks."

They go on to note that it carries the same risk as steaks. By the way, Clusters and Hops carries nice (conveniently packaged) duck breasts for cooking on the grill or sauteeing. Just FYI. (One of my favorite things).

Jun 05, 2007
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