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Stone Crab in St. Petersburg or Tampa in May

So what is the reason for not being able to get them now? I expected to be able to eat my fill while I was here and no one has them in the Clearwater area :(

Mar 02, 2011
ijack in Florida

Stone Crab in St. Petersburg or Tampa in May

I hate to burst your bubble, but I'm in Clearwater right now and evidently no one has it because it's the end of the season (??) and almost impossible to get :(

Feb 28, 2011
ijack in Florida

stone crabs in Clearwater?

I'll be in Clearwater next week and would love to partake in stone crabs. I did a quick search and the Frenchys restaurants came up, but I don't see stone crab on their menu. Is that just because it's not available year round?
Any other suggestions for good eats in Clearwater?
Thanks!

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Frenchy's Cafe
41 Baymont St, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767

Feb 21, 2011
ijack in Florida

Trip report

First off thank you so much for your help! This is one of the most helpful boards I've visited and I really appreciated the restaurant and beach help.
I think I did a pretty good job of hitting most of the places within walking distance to my hotel and most were awesome!

The Mission - great breakfasts. I was lucky enough to eat there during the week and then took the fam back there on the weekend and we were there early enough that we didn't have to wait. I had the chilaguiles both time and the husband and kid had various pancakes. yum!

Cafe Chloe - I think this might have been my favorite restaurant. I loved the ambiance, it was so charming and the food was amazing. I started with salmon served with asparagus and potato coins and a sorrel cream sauce. To die for. Everything was perfectly executed and the sauce was amazing. To finish I had a cheese plate that included a sheep's milk Roquefort that was one of the best things I've ever eaten. Paired with honeycomb it was out of this world.

Cowboy Star - I had steak frites off the bar menu because I knew I couldn't finish a whole steak, good call. The steak was awesome. Perfectly crisped and seared on the outside and nice and juicy inside. The au ju made was perfect sopped up with the fries.

Benecotto - I picked the wrong night to eat here. I wasn't feeling great and wasn't really hungry so most of my food was eaten by a homeless man. I had the gnocchi with gorgonzola sauce and I really liked the flavor and richness of the sauce, but I was a little put off by the ground walnuts. They weren't big enough to really chew, but were big enough that you could tell they were there and it kind of gave it a mealy texture. It was a little weird.

Buon Appetito - Service was horrible. I was sat at the bar (I actually ate at the bar at every restaurant since it was just me) and sat where the hostess put my menu down. The bartender then turned around and freaked out about where I was sitting and made me move to and end spot (I'm assuming so that if a group came in they could sit there, but no one did). Well the end spot was in the way and the wait staff kept telling me to move and everyone was really rude about it. I almost walked out, but I was hungry and tired and I just wanted to eat.
I ordered the Penne Pasticciate, it was okay - nothing to write home about.

Jsix - I went for lunch and have the chef's tasting menu. Started with a salad that was served with goat cheese, persimmons, pomegranate and some amazing citrus-y vinaigrette. it was the perfect balance of flavors. Next up were the corn raviolis. I'm not sure I can properly describe this dish, but it was phenomenal. The sauce, with the roasted squash, chestnuts and pomegranate seeds was divine. Perfect combo of flavors and textures. Loved it!

Burger Lounge - great burger. fries were just okay, but I LOVED the onion rings.

El Agave - this was my fault because I just did a quick search for "old town" on our way out the door. The food was good, but I have never paid that much for Mexican food in my life. I was a little shocked, but I guess that's what happens.

Anthony's - we went as a group during a meeting and it was terrible. I don't know if I ordered the wrong thing, but it was super fried and flavorless.

All in all a really great week of food :) Thanks again for your help!

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Cafe Chloe
721 9th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

Buon Appetito
1609 India St, San Diego, CA 92101

El Agave
2304 San Diego Ave Ste B, San Diego, CA 92110

Nov 15, 2010
ijack in San Diego

Downtown (?) restaurant recommendations?

I just realized that I have lunch free tomorrow. Is there somewhere close to my hotel that I can get fish tacos?

Nov 08, 2010
ijack in San Diego

Downtown (?) restaurant recommendations?

I'm from CO and we have a great selection of food here, but I'm always looking to try "quintessential" food, so I would love recommendations!
Sorry about the beach debate, it sounds like Coronodo is the place to be so we'll make it work. We only get to see the beach a couple times a year and the two loves it :)
I'm a little bummed that you have beach weather this week and it's only supposed to be in the 60's next week . It's still in the 60's here! Oh well, you can't win them all :)

Nov 04, 2010
ijack in San Diego

Downtown (?) restaurant recommendations?

We have no problems walking and were planning on kind of tailoring our trip to not need a car. Obviously we don't want to walk all day, but I appreciate the info on public transportation.
I think our "main" plans are the zoo, the children's museum and the beach. Is there a nice beach close by?
Thank you again for all your help!

Nov 03, 2010
ijack in San Diego

Downtown (?) restaurant recommendations?

We haven't decided on a car or not. I'm trying to decide if the expense of renting one and paying to park it is worth it. Husband and daughter (2.5yo) will be here Friday morning - Sunday evening, I know we're going to hit the zoo, but don't know what else. The hotel has a shuttle to some of the "major" attractions, but I don't know if that is enough. Should I rent a car?

Nov 01, 2010
ijack in San Diego

Downtown (?) restaurant recommendations?

I'll be in San Diego for a week of meetings next week and was hoping for some restaurant recommendations. I'm staying here (http://www.hisandiegoonthebay.com/) and won't have a car. I'm not sure how easy downtown (is this considered downtown?) is to get around as this will be my first visit.
I'm up for any type of food and any price range (it will just be me during the week, and then the family is joining me for the weekend so I'll just plan to hit the more family friendly places while they're with me).
thanks!

Nov 01, 2010
ijack in San Diego

Critique my Denver list on food caliber and child-friendliness, please

I probably wouldn't take my child to Fruition or B&W, but the rest of them should be okay (haven't been to LoHi, so I can't comment). Another vote for delicious child friendly restaurant is Tables in Park Hill. They have a great seasonal menu and are beyond kid friendly, it's amazing.
Have a great trip!

Sep 23, 2010
ijack in Mountain States

Staying in Northfield/Stapleton -- where to dine?

TdB is pretty good if you feel like eating a lot of meat. I honestly don't know anyone who has eaten at Islamorada, which says something since I live in the neighborhood. Claire is right, it's chains up here and making the 15 min trek to downtown is worth it.
Oh, actually I just remembered Tables at 23rd and Kearney... great little restaurant!

Jul 30, 2010
ijack in Mountain States

Civic Center Eats?

I've heard some mention of this lately (mainly from the Steuben's Truck's FB page) and I'm wondering exactly who is involved. The westword had a bit of info about it, but I'm wondering if it's worth making the trek over at lunch one week to check it out.
Has anyone been? Favorite vendor?

Jul 27, 2010
ijack in Mountain States

Denver Restaurant Week(s) 2010 - Any Takers?

I think you misinterpreted what I was saying. I don't have ample free time, I need a babysitter (which is why we chose a restaurant this year that we can take our daughter to), I get that. When DRW first started I feel like it was an opportunity to really get a feel for some of the restaurants that you don't get to eat at every day. We'd pick places that we wanted to try based on their menu, knowing that if they gave a good showing during restaurant week that we'd go back there. It was kind of a "test drive" for places and one of my favorite weeks of the whole year (there were a couple years that I booked a restaurant each night). In the past 2 years I've been pretty disappointed with the service and menus. Based on my experiences and what I've heard from others, the restaurants don't use it as a chance to woo customers, they view it as a PITA. Yes, I am generalizing, but I think restaurants now treat it differently and because of that patrons are as well. I'm not the customer that most DRW is after anymore. I've eaten at most restaurants in Denver and I have a short list when it comes to a nice dinner out. I feel like restaurants view it as a way to serve the most people in the smallest amount of time because they aren't getting much $$ not to really showcase their talents, and because of that it's not something I want to participate in to the extent I used to.

Feb 11, 2010
ijack in Mountain States

Best restaurants in Denver?

mmmm...Tom's. Seriously some of the best food in Denver :)

Feb 09, 2010
ijack in Mountain States

Denver Restaurant Week(s) 2010 - Any Takers?

Ditto the PP on Restaurant Kevin Taylor. We had a wonderful experience there a couple years ago. THe food was fantastic and most importantly they treated us with respect. Because of that I'll always recommend it to others, full-price or not. Same with Oceanaire, perfect atmosphere and great service. Mizuna seems to be the worst offender of horrible service. I get that tips aren't as big during DRW, but being rude will get you nowhere.
I will say that DRW has gone down in recent years. It used to be the best opportunity to try new restaurants, but now it just seems like it's an excuse for people to eat out. Some of the restaurants on the list in the past couple years are ridiculous.

Feb 09, 2010
ijack in Mountain States

Udon in Denver?

Bones was great! We started with the tempura black cod, which I really liked. The tempura batter was incredibly light and I loved the sauces they served it with. The udon was delicious, I could drink the broth for days. My friend had the egg noddles and it was just okay. I liked the chicken in the dish, but the broth was definitely not as good at the udon.

Feb 03, 2010
ijack in Mountain States

Denver Restaurant Week(s) 2010 - Any Takers?

We're going to TDB (because we can take our daughter) and Oceanaire... very unlike us to do chain restaurants but both are great deals and we love the atmosphere at Oceanaire. I miss the days that we has reservations every night, but now a babysitter costs too much!

Feb 02, 2010
ijack in Mountain States

Udon in Denver?

I'm headed to Bones tonight and will have to try the Udon there, thanks!

Feb 02, 2010
ijack in Mountain States

Udon in Denver?

After having some in LA this weekend made me remember how much I love it. Any recommendations in the area?

Jan 11, 2010
ijack in Mountain States

Lunch in Denver?

I can only comment on their baked goods because I've never had a salad or sandwich there. That said, their desserts are amazing. Seriously, amazing. Their Spring Fling Cake is to die for, it's zucchini cake with a cream cheese filling and fruit and it manages to be sweet and decadent without being overly so (like you can eat a giant piece without feeling sick). I've also tried a couple different chocolate cakes that were awesome as well. It's definitely worth a visit :)

Jan 11, 2010
ijack in Mountain States

Lunch in Denver?

We split a cream puff... they didn't have any spring fling cake, which is my favorite dessert ever!

Jan 07, 2010
ijack in Mountain States

Lunch in Denver?

We decided to eat at TAG today, thanks for the recommendation!
We had the Kobe Beef Sliders which were just okay. There was only a tiny amount of aioli and caramelized shallots which was disappointing since that basically made the dish. The Duck Fat Fries were delicious, they had salt and sugar sprinkled on them and were hot and crisp and tasty.
Next we tried the Fish Tacos and they were our favorite item. I know it's kind of random to like those the best but they were amazingly flavorful. The fish was perfectly seasoned and cooked and the roasted corn salsa on top with the cotija cheese was awesome.
Lastly we had the Seafood Potstickers w/ chili butter... they were good, nothing spectacular. The chili butter wasn't spicy at all but had good flavor.
I tried their homemade ginger ale and it was tasty as well; fresh ginger and lime is always a winning combo. We didn't have dessert (we chose to go next door to the Market), but overall the meal was great and the space is really nice as well.

Jan 06, 2010
ijack in Mountain States

Lunch in Denver?

Some friends are taking me to lunch tomorrow to celebrate my birthday and I can't for the life of me think of where I'd like to go. So far the suggestions are:

Le Central (eat there often enough that it doesn't excite me)
Sushi Sasa (we're going to LA this weekend and I'd rather have sushi there)
Rioja (probably my #1 choice on this list)
Stella (never been)

I kind of want to try something new, but I can't think of places that serve lunch.
I work in the Baker area, so anything in the downtown area works.
Thanks!

Jan 05, 2010
ijack in Mountain States

POLL: Ultimate OC Restaurants, 2009

I can't wait to see this list, we're visiting OC this weekend :)

Jan 04, 2010
ijack in Los Angeles Area

Recommendations in Long Beach area?

My husband and I are visiting LA this weekend and I was hoping to get a couple recommendations on where to eat. We're staying in Long Beach, but will probably spend one afternoon/evening in Beverly Hills because I haven't been before and the other day hanging around Long Beach-Newport Beach. We're only there for about 48 hours so we don't have a ton of opportunities to try places. We're celebrating my birthday so one nice restaurant would be great. We're up for everything!
Thank you !!

Jan 03, 2010
ijack in Los Angeles Area

tasting menu in Dublin?

My husband and I will be in Dublin for a couple days at the end of the month (mid week) and are going to celebrate our anniversary while we are there. I was trying to find a restaurant with good food that isn't terribly expensive and was wondering if a tasting menu might be our best bet. So far it looks like the places to target are Winding Stair, One Pico, Chapter One, and Pearl Brasserie, though I can't find any recent posts on them.
Any recommendations? I've been told the economy hasn't taken a hit like it has here (Colorado), but am wondering if there might be any "deal" to be had.
Thanks!

Jul 15, 2009
ijack in U.K./Ireland

Great restaurant on Rush St?

The other place we ate for breakfast was Bongo Room and it was phenomenal! We didn't research breakfast at all because we had a friend taking us and it was one of the best meals I've had in a long time. The tenderloin benedict was to.die.for!

Jun 10, 2009
ijack in Chicago Area

Great restaurant on Rush St?

We ended up eating at Vermilion and the food was outstanding! The ambiance however was pretty dull and our waiter was an ass, but at least we had great food :)

Jun 07, 2009
ijack in Chicago Area

Great restaurant on Rush St?

You guys are cracking me up!! Thank you for being honest, I was kind of picturing what you're saying and I'm glad I asked!
I talked to my husband about his thoughts last night and he'd like to eat "ethnic" but wouldn't get more specific (basically doesn't want steak, american or bistro food). My brother sent me to Rush St and he is in his 20s and not married, though spends most of his time schmoozing clients for his job. Maybe that explains it?
It's our first weekend out of town without our daughter so we really want something that has a fun, laid back atmosphere and really good food. We don't want to spend a ton, but dinner for around $100 is good(is that possible? keep in mind I'm from Denver). Vermilion sounds like it could be a good option, I'll check their menu. I like "exotic and vibrant" :)
If we're choosing neighborhoods would we rather be in River North or the West Loop?

Jun 02, 2009
ijack in Chicago Area

Great restaurant on Rush St?

We're headed to Chicago this weekend for a wedding and only have one night for dinner out. We're staying in River North, but it's been suggested to us that we want to hang out on Rush St. I've been told that Carmines, Tavern on Rush and Hugo's Frog Bar are the restaurants we should look closely at. Any other recommendations? Ideally we'd like something fun, with really good food that isn't super pricey (which I know the above choices are). We live in Denver and definitely love good food, but it's also a rare night out without our child so we'd like to have some fun.
Any ideas? (We don't have to be on Rush St, but we'd like to stay in the area, we have to meet people in the west loop after dinner and are staying in river north)
TIA!

Jun 01, 2009
ijack in Chicago Area