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Jan 21, 2015
Lolaclaire in Phoenix

Private Room/Business Dinner but with Good Food!

Dick's Hideaway - 16th St & Bethany Home has a lovely private room and great food.

Nov 25, 2014
Lolaclaire in Phoenix

It's 11:00 pm, and a craving attacks...Do you fight it or...

I am Lithuanian on my mother's side and also make Kugelis - thou we call it kuegella in my family. I do grate the potatoes by hand and I grate the onion as well rather than sauteing it with theh bacon. We don't use the milk or butter in my family. We use the baon grease and add some bread crumbs - only 2 or 3 eggs...but you are right the house smells wonderful and it is a marvelous dish. Especially when the bottom, sides and top get crispy brown!! You wouldn't have a recipe for Lugan Potato Sauage would you?

Best way to cook a whole lamb rib.

Bought a whole lamb rib on Saturday. What is the best way to cook this?

Aug 27, 2013
Lolaclaire in Home Cooking

Looking for a fairly centrally-located restaurant good for a large group (approx 20)

Dick's Hideaway at 16th St. and Bethany Home has a lovely private dining room.

Guiseppe's On 28th Street - Phoenix

Any one tried this restaurant?

Mar 27, 2013
Lolaclaire in Phoenix

Great Prime Rib at Lunch Time in Phoenix or Scottsdale- does it exist?

Looking for some great prime rib for lunch - preferably with the "cap" left on.

Feb 04, 2013
Lolaclaire in Phoenix

Best Fried Chicken in Easy Valley?

Lolo's Chicken and Waffles!! Scottsdale Road and Thomas - never fails!

Jan 14, 2013
Lolaclaire in Phoenix

The Office Pot Luck - What Would You Bring?

Vidute - care to share your recipe for Lithuanian meatballs? My mother was Lithuanian and don't recall her making meatballs - dumplings, yes, potato sausage, yes - Kulgela, yes.
Thank you

Dec 19, 2012
Lolaclaire in Home Cooking


I LOVE Christopher's. Have been there frequently for the $20 lunch special! Love the bread and butter they give you - I could make a meal of that! Love the duck fat french fries...

Jul 09, 2012
Lolaclaire in Phoenix

Dressel Cakes

Burney Brothers Bakeries in the Jewel Stores - many, many years ago - you could order special whip cream cakes - chocolate, strawberry, etc. So very good. I have made this Chocolate Mousse cake from an old McCall's recipe book for years - very, very good and very close to BBB Chocolate Whip Cream Cake. You can search the web for McCall's Chocolate Mousse Cake.

Mar 27, 2012
Lolaclaire in Chicago Area

Graduation party

Dick's Hideaway has a beautiful private room and great food.

Mar 14, 2012
Lolaclaire in Phoenix

Best Prine Rib - Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe, Chandler

So many places recommended in the past have closed. Anyone have fantastic Prime Rib recently in the area?

Mar 07, 2012
Lolaclaire in Phoenix

Why are cheap hamburger so rare?

Habit Burger is the new one on McClintock /Guadalupe - burger taste is good, bun, not so much.

Smashburger is the very best in my humble opinion - great meat, great bun, great grilled onions....yuMMy!

Jul 29, 2011
Lolaclaire in Phoenix

Is Pho Ao Sen - Baseline & Dobson, Mesa, AZ - out of business?

Gosh I hope not! Tried wesite - did not work. Called - mail box full.

First my favorite Anise moves to the far west side and now my second "go to" is gone?

Woe is me...

Pho Ao Sen
1955 W Baseline Rd Ste 114, Mesa, AZ 85202

Feb 04, 2011
Lolaclaire in Phoenix

Where is the best crispy skinned roast duck to be found in the East Valley?

Have had some so-so roast duck at various Asian restaurants in the Phoenix area - nothing spectacular. I promised a friend I would ask Chow...

Jan 25, 2011
Lolaclaire in Phoenix

What discontinued products do you miss?

From Chicago - Many years ago - Prince Castle Ice Cream - Grape Sherbet..
square scoops - yummy!!

Nov 11, 2010
Lolaclaire in General Topics

Looking for fresh goose for Thanksgiving

This place is in California (so shipping charges are far less than from the East Coast) has a limited supply of fresh geese. I ordered a fresh duck from them for my sister in CA - she said it was excellent.

Nov 11, 2010
Lolaclaire in Phoenix


Grimaud Farms (above url) is in CA so shipping won't be as $$ as from D'artagnan.

I looked at ordering a duck from D'artagan and the shipping costs were more than the cost of the duck.

Oct 29, 2010
Lolaclaire in Phoenix

Tapas or other interesting food in Chandler area?

Since you were going to Cyclo - I would strongly reccommend Anise Vietnamese Restaurant - Warner & Dobson - Chandler. Excellent food - more toward the French end of Vietnamese IMHO. Clean, pleasant atmosphere. I have never been dissapointed by any of their food.

Anise Vietnamese Restaurant
2090 N Dobson Rd Ste 4, Chandler, AZ 85224

Jul 08, 2010
Lolaclaire in Phoenix

Culver's Butter Burger - New Slow Roasted Prime Roast Beef Sandwiches

Has anyone tried either of these?

Jan 14, 2010
Lolaclaire in Chains

Where to find the best French Fried Onion Rings in the East Valley, Chandler AZ

Not greasy, light coating?

Dec 04, 2009
Lolaclaire in Phoenix

PHX Fresh Swedish Potato Sausage

Try Von Hansen's Meat Market - Alma School north of Warner. I had some this week end and it was good, but not what I was looking for. I am looking for Lithuanian Potato Sausage - mostly very coarse ground potatoes, some onions and some ground pork scattered here and there in beef casings. My dear mother used to make it and has passed and we were not smart enough to get a recipe.....

Nov 19, 2008
Lolaclaire in Phoenix

New - Giant Hamburgers / Mesa at Broadway and Lindsay

Has anyone tried this place? A coworker tells me it is better than Culver's Butter Burgers and I do love a Butter Burger!!

Jul 23, 2008
Lolaclaire in Southwest

Phoenix Farmers Market

What time does it open? Does it continue year around? What are not to be missed items?

Apr 23, 2008
Lolaclaire in Southwest

Carl's Jr. Chilli Cheese Burger - Any Opinions

Wow - I opened a "literal" can of worms ! I have not seen the commercials - the "ad" I saw was a print ad in the newspaper and it was a stand alone chilli cheese burger - and it looked good!!
Now I am thinking....not so much....

Mar 13, 2008
Lolaclaire in Chains

Carl's Jr. Chilli Cheese Burger - Any Opinions

I have seen the ads for this and it looks good. Has anyone had one?

Mar 11, 2008
Lolaclaire in Chains

NEW! Ha Noi Pho Vietnamese Cuisine Chandler AZ

Has anyone tried Ha Noi Pho?

Jan 18, 2008
Lolaclaire in Southwest

Steakhouses in greater Phoenix area

What is "the debris"?

Jan 08, 2008
Lolaclaire in Southwest


Any input on the Grainbelt? Yays or Nays? Good choices?

Dec 19, 2007
Lolaclaire in Southwest