c

ChrisVA's Profile

Title Last Reply

John Besh Strawberry Salad Recipe

John Besh makes a wonderful strawberry salad with pistachio butter and aged balsamic vinegar at Restaurant August in the spring when Ponchatoula strawberries are in season. I am having a dinner in a couple of weeks and would love to make that salad for it, but have not been able to find the recipe anywhere. Does anyone know where to find it? I even went as far as to e-mail the restaurant, but have not heard back.

Jul 09, 2013
ChrisVA in Home Cooking

Outdoor lunch for cherry blossoms downtown DC

Unfortunately it looks like our run of great weather is about to come to an end, Sunday's forecast is for rain and cold temps, might want to rethink the outdoor dining.

Mar 23, 2012
ChrisVA in Washington DC & Baltimore

NYC Hounds in DC!

I would add Elisir as well

Mar 23, 2012
ChrisVA in Washington DC & Baltimore

Closest alternative to Commander's Palace Brunch

Agree with Hunt here on Ralph's. We took a party of 10 there for bruch before Jazz Fest last year because CP was booked on Mother's Day and it was great. Personally I think Brennan's is way overpriced for the quality.

Mar 23, 2012
ChrisVA in New Orleans

Places in the CBD/Warehouse

I saw on another site (Yelp maybe) where Chris had left Bar Uncommon, but his wife Laura was still there. Can any of the locals confirm? If true do you know where he went? He is a one of a kind bartender

Mar 08, 2012
ChrisVA in New Orleans

Best Places without Reservation During Jazz Fest

I have stayed at the Roosevelt the past two year for Jazz Fest and have never had any luck just walking in at Domenica.

Mar 05, 2012
ChrisVA in New Orleans

Pre-Theater Drinks/Light Meal 12/17

Thanks. Had that on my radar screen as well

Dec 07, 2011
ChrisVA in Manhattan

Pre-Theater Drinks/Light Meal 12/17

We will be in New York on the 17th and have dinner reservations at Daniel that evening. We recently found out that close friends will also be in the city that day going to a show that evening so were looking for a place near the theater district/mid town to meet for drinks where they could potentially get small plates or a pre-theater meal afterwards. I did some research and both The Lambs Club bar and dB Bistro looked promising but Lambs Club has a private event and dB has no tables available. Any other thoughts for a similar sort of place?

Dec 07, 2011
ChrisVA in Manhattan

Some wonderful, some disappointing.

I am going to guess the Flaming Torch near Jefferson and Magazine. Matches the description and has all of the items listed on the menu along with an extensive wine list.

-----
Flaming Torch Restaurant
737 Octavia Street, New Orleans, LA 70115

Apr 28, 2011
ChrisVA in New Orleans

Dinner at Restaurant August

The Foie Gras 3 Ways will certainly be on the menu and it gets rave reviews. We did the Chef's tasting menu as well and it was all superb. You have to put yourself in the Chef's hands, but personally I like the tasting menus because they allow the Chef to showcase seasonal items and stretch their talent rather than making the same thing day in and day out. It takes a lot of the decision making away too, you just sit back and wait to see what comes out next....

Apr 27, 2011
ChrisVA in New Orleans

Our Itinerary for 1st weekend of JazzFest

As a non-resident who has had a long term love affair with this great city, I say don't over analyze too much. You have picked some great places and are going at a great time of year. I have eaten at most of the places you have on your list or have considered and they are all excellent. Sure some are better than others (in some peoples view anyway), but the fact is you will likely find something to love about all of them. You didn't say how far you were coming, but Jazz Fest is an annual event, don't worry if you can't fit eveything in this year, come back and try the other places. I come from VA every year and try not to repeat restaurants if possible because there are just so many that I haven't been to yet.

Apr 27, 2011
ChrisVA in New Orleans

Really Good Deal: Trummer's on Main

Very sorry to hear that they have taken a turn for the worse. I worried with the remote location if they would be able to keep staff and food quality high and it sounds like as a way to cut costs that they have degraded both. It is a shame because it held such great promise and was close to my house, but I guess the fact that I haven't been there in nearly a year probably means that they aren't getting a lot of repeat business.

Feb 24, 2011
ChrisVA in Washington DC & Baltimore

Bordeaux Recommendation for a Very Special Meal

I will be visiting Bordeaux in March to celebrate my 50th birthday. Since I was born in 1961 I intend to drink a bottle of 1961 Bordeaux on my birthday with dinner and am looking for a very special place to eat that evening. We are currently planning to stay in downtown Bordeaux, but can change that if need be or can travel up to 50 KM or so for a really special place.

Based on the recommendations of my tour guide and its 1 er rating I made dinner reservations at Le Chapon Fin, but now am having second (and third) thoughts about it based on what little I have read here and other places. Chowhounders can always be counted on for good recommendations so I asking for some advice now. Based on recs from a while ago am considering Le Pavillon des Boulevards and have also looked into Le Saint-James, Le Grande Vigne, or have even considering driving up to Cordeillan-Bages.

Appreciate any advice. I want this to be a very memorable meal to go along with a very memorable wine.

Feb 04, 2011
ChrisVA in France

Really Good Deal: Trummer's on Main

The Sunday WBTG are a clean-up of what is open from the weekend so it is always changing, but there are always some good ones. They also do a $38 prix fixe dinner Tue-Thurs until 6:30. All of May and June they also offered 50% off all bottles of wine Tue-Thurs nights so you could have a fantastic meal and a great bottle of wine and get of there for under $150 for two. Expect they will probably do that again later in the year, just check their website or sign up for the mailing list.

Jul 22, 2010
ChrisVA in Washington DC & Baltimore

MiniBar: How Many Calls Before You Were Able To Get A Reservation?

Joe--If you think the three issue is really the problem with you getting off the waitlist I would be happy to join you on a moments notice. I have read many of your posts and I think it would be a pleasure to dine with your group if you think that would help.

BTW I will finally be getting to enjoy my reservation at Table 21 at Volt this Friday that I made the call on back in October (before it was even known to the public that Bryan had come in second for Top Chef). I understand that since they added additional seats and it is not as bad now.

Jul 21, 2010
ChrisVA in Washington DC & Baltimore

One meal in New Orleans (Saturday Lunch)

Bayona does a special lunch on Saturdays...prix fixe 3 courses that changes frequently. Check the website for the current menu and see if anything interests you.

-----
Bayona
430 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70112

Apr 15, 2010
ChrisVA in New Orleans

August's degustation menu, anyone tried it?

Great post and glad you enjoyed it so much. I am going back in a couple of weeks to celebrate my Mom's 70th and now I really can't wait after reading your review. That pork dish sounds incredible!

Mar 19, 2010
ChrisVA in New Orleans

Chef's Table at Teatro Goldoni

From the City Paper article that noted his firing:
Which brings us to Fargione’s future. He’s currently lining up investors and, starting next week, scouting locations for his own place. He envisions a restaurant that’s an expansion of his chef’s table, with two separate tasting menus and a glass-enclosed wine cellar with a private dining space. “Something like Komi,” Fargione says.

-----
Komi
1509 17th St NW Ste 1, Washington, DC 20036

Mar 19, 2010
ChrisVA in Washington DC & Baltimore

Volt - Question re: 'The Chef's Kitchen' Reservation

Sadly I was told by Teatro Goldoni today that they have parted ways with Chef Enzo....very disappointing since I had a reservation for the Chef's table this Saturday night.

Mar 10, 2010
ChrisVA in Washington DC & Baltimore

Chef's Table at Teatro Goldoni

After making reservations about 2 months ago for Chef Enzo's table for my birthday this weekend, I was called by the restaurant today to inform me that they had parted ways with Chef Enzo. Very disappointing as I had heard such great things about it, but luckily I was able to get a reservation at Restaurant Eve on such short notice.

Just wanted to let everyone know of the change in case you were planning to go there in the near future.

Mar 10, 2010
ChrisVA in Washington DC & Baltimore

Volt - Question re: 'The Chef's Kitchen' Reservation

I called back in October even before Bryan had made it to finals on Top Chef and the earliest I could get Table 21 for a Friday or Saturday was in July. I believe what DanielK says above is true that it is probably over a year wait now. So maybe you hit them on your 2011 Meal a Month. I have reservations at the Chef's table at Teatro Goldoni next week and will be at CityZen in April so will report out on all three after dining.

Mar 04, 2010
ChrisVA in Washington DC & Baltimore

August's degustation menu, anyone tried it?

Yes I went last spring and will be bringing my Mother back for her 70th in April.....it is worth every penny, and since your Dad is springing it is really worth it.

Mar 04, 2010
ChrisVA in New Orleans

August or Commander's Palace?

At the risk of piling on....have been to both in the past year and if I had one meal to eat in New Orleans it would be the tasting menu at August. If you are going to be in town for a lunch/brunch then definately do CP and sit in the garden room.

Dec 22, 2009
ChrisVA in New Orleans

First Trip to New Orleans - Thoughts and Opinions on my list?

I second Bill's recommendation of Brigtsen's...not clasic New Orleans like Galatoires, but IMO much better food.

Dec 22, 2009
ChrisVA in New Orleans

Again...Galatoire's versus Commanders Palace...

Would be most interested in seeing your review. Hope you enjoy, I know we loved it.

Dec 02, 2009
ChrisVA in New Orleans

Again...Galatoire's versus Commanders Palace...

Also let me add when I pointed out to the waiter that the one particular pairing really didn't seem to hit the mark that is when he told me he had substituted for a wine that they had just recieved that he thought would go well. He then brought me the wine that the Sommelier had recommended it too was spot on.

Nov 25, 2009
ChrisVA in New Orleans

Again...Galatoire's versus Commanders Palace...

I really do not want to bash Galitores, it is a historic treasure and should be on anyone's to eat list while in New Orleans, but I have to agree with the comments of the OP, the food just did not wow me. It was good but not memorable. Our server could not have been more polite or helpful, but I fear that in a city with so many great dining options, that Galiore's is not the top destination it once was. I went in really wanting to love it, but I came away thinking I have checked it off my list, but probably won't be back.

Nov 25, 2009
ChrisVA in New Orleans

Again...Galatoire's versus Commanders Palace...

It is not cheap, but in my mind anyway was well worth the price. Dinner for two with wine, tax, and tip was just north of $500.

Nov 25, 2009
ChrisVA in New Orleans

Again...Galatoire's versus Commanders Palace...

We did the Degaustation menu with wine pairings back in May and other than one wine (that we later found out the waiter had substituted on his own from what the Sommolier had put together) the pairings were really spot on.

Nov 23, 2009
ChrisVA in New Orleans

Suggestions for Birthday Dinner in Dupont Circle?

Firefly on New Hampshire...reasonable prices and great food

Nov 13, 2009
ChrisVA in Washington DC & Baltimore