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40th bday dinner on the Big Island

thanks so much for the recs. merriman's is a good option.

i'm not a fan of hotel dining but seems like the hotels have a monopoly on ocean-side dining. thoughts on the following:
brown's beach house @ the fairmont
beach tree @ the four seasons
pahula @ the four seasons (is this still open? it is not listed on the website but it comes up in searches)
ULU @ the four seasons

thanks again.

Nov 27, 2012
jennmsam in Hawaii

40th bday dinner on the Big Island

I'm going to be on the BI for my 40th bday in January. Staying at the Mauna Lani and I'm looking for a rec for dinner on my bday.

Coming from SF so I get plenty of great restaurants. Price is not an issue but I don't just want the most expensive restaurant.

Any recs would be appreciated. Thanks.

Nov 26, 2012
jennmsam in Hawaii

Mendocino recs

Going to be in Mendocino in May for a Sat and Sun. Need recs dinner. Would like 1 nice dinner and 1 more casual dinner. Really dont like stuffy pretentious places. Would be open to restaurant alternatives too - cooking dinners, supper clubs, etc.

Apr 13, 2009
jennmsam in California

Le Bernardin - prix fixe or tasting menu?

My first dinner at Le Bernardin and I am already planning. Prix fixe or tasting menu (but not chef's tasting menu) - what would you do??

Feb 20, 2009
jennmsam in Manhattan

Trendy w/ a good bar for out-of-towners

Looking for suggestions for Friday night dinner for 4. Bringing friends visiting from FL so looking for:
trendy scene w/ decor
good bar that we could get a drink at before or after
plus but not necessary would be something w/ a decent club attached
nabe where w/ good bars so meatpacking, soho okay nothing uptown/gramercy/etc.
good food but would choose scene over food

was thinking of la esquina, buddakan, spice market, or morimoto-type places but wondering if i'm missing a good option. would prefer something that's been around and is reliable than something brand new.

Jun 18, 2007
jennmsam in Manhattan