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a gem find of French Caribbean in Upper West Side!

i just realized my typo ... i meant UWS, not UES!

Mar 09, 2013
CecilJakob in Manhattan

a gem find of French Caribbean in Upper West Side!

I loved the ambiance, the food, the price, the ... everything at A Cafe in UES! French-Caribbean cuisine, BYOB, prix-fixe appetizer and entree for $25 (between 6-8pm, where else can you find that kind of price in NYC?), the entire experience run by two great gents. Granted I don't live in NYC and haven't eaten in all of the hottest, hippest places in Manhattan (but I know great food when I taste it), A Cafe provided the most delicious meal and wonderful setting for a friends' get-together dinner. Escargot had a beautifully fragrant sauce, really enjoyed the pheasant pate, lamb sausages, and Wild mushroom ragout ... loved the Roast duck leg confit and Rabbit sausages. Bring your own corkscrew, if you wish, to save the Al, owner/waiter/all-around awesome guy, the time while he is busy working the front of the house. Just go once, and you'll need to go back again, and again ... and again. Bon appetit!

http://www.acafeny.com

Mar 04, 2013
CecilJakob in Manhattan

Hibachi rec near Whidbey Island/Burlington/Bellingham area?

Yup, they wanted Japanese hibachi ... we ended up going to Sakura in Burlington. Thanks for the reply!

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Sakura
1000 Arlberg Avenue, Girdwood, AK 99587

Oct 03, 2011
CecilJakob in Pacific Northwest

Hibachi rec near Whidbey Island/Burlington/Bellingham area?

Hello Hounds! Does anyone have a rec for hibachi in the Whidbey Island/Burlington/Bellingham area? I have friends coming in from Germany and that is the only thing they requested and as they are not staying long, I'd like to give them a great hibachi experience to take home with them. Thanks in advance everyone!

Sep 24, 2011
CecilJakob in Pacific Northwest

Breakfast in Seattle?

Tom Armitage, thank you SO MUCH for introducing me to Geraldine's Counter! I did have the french toast, based on your review and I am in debt to you. It is unbelievably scrumptious and paired with the seedless raspberry freezer jam that is on the table, my Sunday was complete at 8:30 in the morning. It is my new 'breakfast place' that I will take all my out-of-town friends (and I live two hours away from Seattle!) Many thanks for the rec!

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Geraldine's Counter Restaurant
4872 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118

Mar 06, 2011
CecilJakob in Greater Seattle

Upcoming Seattle trip

I second Brunhilde's rec (and actually got the exact same things off the menu!). Lola is Mediterranean influenced, with mezzes and such. I got the gravlax, which is very good and I highly recommend (the ficelle on my last visit was slightly stale, hopefully only one-time occurence), my friends got the eggs benedict. Please get their doughnuts; served with a sweet mascarpone and seasonal fruit compote, it is a Tom Douglas signature (also served at Dahlia's Lounge). Order them early (at water service) since they are freshly made and may take a while.

For breakfast recs, I applaud Dahlia's Lounge's venture in presenting a great congee (with egg and ham hock) with Chinese doughnuts (youtiao) ... all of which is just like how my dad makes it. Got the doughnuts again after having them at Lola's.

Mar 05, 2011
CecilJakob in Greater Seattle

Pensacola

My yummy additions for Pensacola:

Hip Pocket Deli on Barrancas, right outside the Naval Air Station's Front Gate: They have very limited hours (best I can recall is 10am-2pm weekdays) and are Cash Only. They have a killer Gyro (the owner and staff are Greek) and a surprisingly great muffaletta (be warned this one is BIG, get a half or get two people to split). The inside is decked out with memorabilia from the family and of passing naval aviators dropping in for lunch from the base close by.

Cactus Flower on Gulf Beach Hwy: Californian Mexican done right (I'm originially from S. CA) The cheese in the Quesadilla is over a half inch thick, the enchilada verde is great, the chimichanga is puffed up fresh from the fryer, the tortilla soup has just the right amount of kick. Be sure to try their sangria.

Lillian's pizza in Perdido Key: I love the doughy pizza, toppings are a delectable selection.

Hub Stacy's on Innerarity Point at Galvez Landing off of Sorrento Road (other location in Downtown): I loved the Ono (fresh thick pita flatbread with chicken salad and alfalfa) but would have added a tad more salt. Outdoor deck seating on picnic tables available with homey ambiance, too.

And I must pay homage to Joe Patti's. There are seafood places, and there's Joe Patti's. I'd be hard pressed to find anywhere as fresh and as big as Patti's. I make sushi at home and use the fresh yellow fin or tuna from Patti's. You know it's special if the worker taking your order has to call over a specialist to cut your yellow fin in front of you. Drive down Main or A St. and once you spot the HUGE American flag, you've found it. It isn't a place, it's an experience!

It took leaving the city to realize what I missed! Travel well and eat happy!

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Hip Pocket Deli
4130 Barrancas Ave, Pensacola, FL 32507

Cactus Flower Cafe
3425 N 12th Ave, Pensacola, FL 32503

Sorrento's
1344 W International Speedway Blvd, Daytona Beach, FL 32114

Nov 03, 2009
CecilJakob in Florida

Florida Keys, Great Local Joints

If you are heading to Key West, I second the vote for El Siboney. My party ordered Vaca Frita (personal favorite), Siboney Steak, Ropa Vieja, Grilled MahiMahi, wonderful sangria, complimentary generously butter slathered Cuban bread. Not on the water but furiously packed. Catherine and Margaret Streets.

The French influenced Banana Cafe has amazing crepes, both sweet and savory. Make sure to save room for a Nutella crepe at the end of the meal! On the touristy road of Duval, but so yummy. Duval and Catherine Streets.

Sep 18, 2009
CecilJakob in Florida

Good INdian Food IN Jax

I had read of Cilantro on other boards and looked forward to trying it, but after a little searching, think that Masala took its spot. See:

http://www.jacksonville.com/lifestyle...

That entire strip mall has a plethora of international tastes: Brazilian Honey Bakery (feijoada on Sat), Hiro-ya Korean, Hong Kong Bistro. Best eatings!

Sep 18, 2009
CecilJakob in Florida

Good INdian Food IN Jax

Thanks for the report back! I'll have to go back there to try your dinner choices sometime soon. There is another Indian place I tried called Masala at the corner of Old St. Augustine and San Jose and they had fabulous food as well. They serve their rice slightly different, opting to garnish the white rice with peas and fennel seeds (I enjoyed this version better). I got the lamb vindaloo again, just so I could compare the two establishments in my mind, and am happy to report that they are very comparable. Masala was slightly hotter (I needed two servings of rice to finish my vindaloo) but India's Restaurant incorporated subtle hints of cilantro in the dish (my preference). I also got an order of poori (which I found to be similar to a Chinese youtiao despite the shape) or fried dough round. Another wonderful meal.

Sep 17, 2009
CecilJakob in Florida

Dim Sum in Jacksonville ( yes, really!!!)

Can anyone point me to where Bamboo Creek re-opened? I've been trying to find them with no luck!

Aug 09, 2009
CecilJakob in Florida

Delicious Indian food in Jacksonville

I decided to dine out tonight and after driving by two places I've been meaning to try (both were closed, it was late-ish Sunday night), I ventured into India's Restaurant on Old Baymeadows (SW corner of Baymeadows and Southside). Good ambiance, courteous staff, quite a few big groups of Indian families came in during my dinner.

Their menu does a lot of explanation if you are not familiar with the cooking style or type of dish (eg, tandoori, tikka, paneers, curry, different spices). I ordered the Keema naan (flatbread stuffed with lightly spiced minced lamb) and the lamb vindaloo (they can adjust the spice level on the vindaloo). Needless to say, I am a big fan of lamb :>) One of the owners came out with the complimentary appetizer while you wait. I found out from him that the thin crispy cracker-like wafer is called papadum and is served with three sauces: a mint, a sweet tamarind, and an onion-tomato (almost chutney like). All three delicious, I went through the entire basket by myself. Perfect timing by the kitchen, because I had no sooner finished the last of the papadum when my meal came steaming out.

My lamb vindaloo was served with a very small salad (iceberg lettuce, tomato, cucumber), dressing (I would guess it is yogurt-based or a raita) on the side, lightly seasoned basmati rice. The vindaloo itself had lamb and potato cubes mixing delightfully with the curry and just a hint of cilantro as garnish. I wiped the dish clean (absolutely mopped it) between the rice and the naan into my mouth. I had to stop a few times to wait for my stomach to catch up because I couldn't bear to leave without eating everything.

I refrain from using the word 'best' in any description simply because I am by no means a connoisseur nor am I of Indian descent, but my meal was absolutely yummy. I figured I'd report since I had not seen any reports on the Indian cuisine in the area.

Bon appetit! Whatever you eat, I hope you like it!

Aug 02, 2009
CecilJakob in Florida

Dim Sum near Jacksonville

I whole-heartedly agree that the dim sim at Silver Star is very good. Thanks to all the advice on these boards, I went to try with some friends this weekend and left very full and happy. I would not have a problem comparing the authenticity and flavor to the dim sim in Monterey Park and San Gabriel in Los Angeles (Southern Ca transplants know what I'm talking about :>). They have a small-ish selection, only about 24 items, but they cover the bases with har gow (very plump shrimp), siu mai (doesn't skimp on filling), sticky rice in lotus leaf, taro balls, spare ribs, rice roll with beef, etc. My friends really like the pan fried leek dumplings and sesame balls (lotus paste).

I agree with cflam, I wish they had the dan ta egg custard! I was also really excited when I saw they had hot pot, but the hostess said it was not the traditional one and she didn't know any place nearby that did serve hot pot. (If anyone knows of a place, please let me know! Thanks!)

Aug 02, 2009
CecilJakob in Florida

I-95 chowhound tips for passing through Jax

Thank you for pointing me to Blue Boy! Their bread is amazing, soft with just the right amount of crustiness. I'll have to grab a Camel next time to see how their pita 'wiches compare. Mezzrow, you haven't steered me wrong yet!

Jul 28, 2009
CecilJakob in Florida