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Hilo Sweets

I appreciate your write up - it gives me ideas of places to check out when we are there in Dec. Thanks!

Aug 28, 2010
Dkirk1 in Hawaii

Hilo Eats

I really appreciate your write up. We will be visiting the Island of Hawai'i in December. Flying in to Hilo but staying in VNP so we'll be looking to do some dining while we are in town. Your reviews will be quite helpful. Really appreciate your including the addresses!

Aug 16, 2010
Dkirk1 in Hawaii

4th of July week in GV- want good food without having to "Dress Up"

Got the dinner reservation for Degustation - so that is one meal I don't have to worry about anymore!

Jun 22, 2010
Dkirk1 in Manhattan

4th of July week in GV- want good food without having to "Dress Up"

Thanks - Planning MoMa for Monday - I've built all my plans around what is open which day, it's been a challenge!

Jun 22, 2010
Dkirk1 in Manhattan

4th of July week in GV- want good food without having to "Dress Up"

Kathryn, thanks a bunch! Your breakfast/brunch info will be very helpful.
Guess I'll have to abandon any thoughts of EMP but will see if I can get a resv for Degustation and will ask what they will tolerate for apparel.
Hopefully we can get by with hubby in a S/S dress shirt and Dockers. He doesn't even own a sportcoat! no need for it here in the South.
Our trip is Sun - Thurs so maybe won't have to contend with the "weekend" crowd problems
Can you tell me if The Modern is casual at lunchtime (maybe just their Bar Room) - we'll be going to the MoMA on this trip and thought we might eat lunch there (after a morning on the Intrepid) or is there something else in that area you might recommend?

Jun 22, 2010
Dkirk1 in Manhattan

4th of July week in GV- want good food without having to "Dress Up"

Inbound to Greenwich Village for the week of 4th of July for 5 days. This is our 5th? 6th? ok maybe 7th trip to NYC -seems to be becoming an annual anniversary trip for us.
We did a food tour in GV last trip and decided we'd like to check out more of that area so will be staying in the vicinity of 7th & Bleeker.

Looking for good places to eat anywhere in Lower Manhattan, particularly in GV but willing to venture into Midtown also. We like all kinds of foods, have no dietary restrictions and are not afraid to be adventurous. I guess you could call me a "Wannabe Foodie"
Willing to consider all price ranges, the main concern for me is simply, I don't want to dress up! But I do want tasty well made food.
We're from coastal NC where it's casual and hot and we just don't have a need for dressy clothing, nor do I want to pack those kind of clothes when most of the time we will be doing touristy stuff (museums) and wearing jeans. I will carry a dress with me, but it will be a casual one with sandals, and my hubby would have slacks & polo type shirts only.
Both EMP & Degustation sound incredible and I'd love to try either one - at least for our anniversary dinner, but I don't know if we could pass muster on dress codes ( neither has details on their website). I've been reading the CH boards till I'm cross eyed, - but folks don't say much about dress codes.

On previous trips we've been to Carnegie Deli & Katz's so this trip I plan to take RGR's recommendation for Sarges and may hit other spots mentioned in the LES food tour posting (hoping it gets updated before my trip). We will be going back to the Tenement museum so will be in the area for that.
We've been to Joe's and Lombardi's for pizza on previous visits.
Also interested in places to get a drink in the evening & relax that would close to our lodging.
Any comments on McSorley's or Blind Tiger?
And my final question is - where can we eat breakfast in GV early (7 - 8 am)? It seems like most places just don't open up very early - and we are early risers.
Thanks!

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Carnegie Deli
854 7th Ave, New York, NY 10019

Blind Tiger
281 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

McSorley's Old Ale House
15 E 7th St, New York, NY 10003

Jun 19, 2010
Dkirk1 in Manhattan

Who has the Best Po-Boys in South Mississippi?

I'm an NC transplant from Biloxi. Every time I go "home" the top thing on my To Do List is to go the the Biloxi Schooner for lunch which consists of a Roast Beef Po' boy (dressed & pressed) and some Gumbo - accompanied by a Barq's (in the glass bottle of course).

Lil Rays was always great too - but I haven't been since before Katrina.

Jan 19, 2010
Dkirk1 in Central South

Raleigh Meal Review - J Betski's - Terrific - will definately go back!

Made reservations for Jibarra this Saturday night. . . .

Dec 02, 2009
Dkirk1 in Southeast

First time in Asheville, NC -Report

Ok, my trip to Asheville is sadly over (but we are already booked to go back in April!!). We dined at Bouchon, it was good and we enjoyed it. Hubby had the rabbit as advised and was very pleased. I had the Le Boeuf Bourguignon, which was good, but is a rich heavy meal. Mom had the Le Poulet au Cidre and she said the sauce was very tasty, but the chicken wasn't very flavorful. Being that Bouchon was a French place, we opted to skip our planned dinner at Fig on another night and went to Zambra instead. We were not very hungry that night so the small plates worked out well for us and we very much enjoyed our choices there (Scallops, Sauteed Mushrooms, Curried Meatballs, Cheese plate)
The meals that totally ROCKED were at The Admiral and Twelve Bones. I am so glad I listened to all the great comments and sought out these two places!! They are both definately on my list for a return visit in April.
If I had passed The Admiral on the street I never would have thought twice about going inside - the exterior and location do not scream "Great Food Here" but Wow, we loved it!
Had the Blueberry Chipotle ribs at the Riverside Dr location of 12 Bones and they were excellent. I also got a taste of the Brown Sugar Ribs and the Tomatillo from my mom's & hubby's plates - all were delicious!

We stopped in to The Chocolate Lounge for a late night Hot Chocolate - wow, what a line, but it was worth the wait. While browsing the downtown shops I found Chocolate Fetish and treated myself to some delicous truffles and choclate treats.
I'm so glad I was looking for advice on Chowhound and got steered to such great places to eat. Since I have already booked our rental for the trip in April, I will plan to visit Fig and Tupelo Honey (TH was closed for the holiday during our visit).
We also ate the Thanksgiving buffet at the Grove Park. It was fine, food was good, but I think I'll pass on holiday buffets in the future and opt for a sit down/served meal. I'm glad we went there because I really enjoyed seeing all the incredible gingerbread houses on display, and seeing the beauty of the Inn.
And we did go to West 1st Pizza in Hendersonville before the show at the Flat Rock playhouse, we got some pasta dishes. Mine, with Shrimp & Scallops & Spinach Alfredo was very good. Mom & hubby weren't as impressed with their meals - pasta with a sausage tomato sauce. The pizzas looked great so I will go back next visit and have pizza (which was what I wanted but was outvoted in favor of pasta).
Many thanks to the Asheville Chowhounds who provided their insight and guided my choices. I can't wait for April to get here and my return trip.

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Bouchon
62 N Lexington Ave, Asheville, NC 28801

Twelve Bones Smokehouse
5 Riverside Dr, Asheville, NC 28801

Tupelo Honey Cafe
12 College St, Asheville, NC 28801

Zambra Spanish Wine Tapas & Cuisine
85 W. Walnut Street, Asheville, NC 28801

West First Wood Fired Pizza
101 1st Ave W, Hendersonville, NC 28792

Dec 02, 2009
Dkirk1 in Southeast

Thanksgiving in Asheville NC

We went to Zambras on Tues Night (instead of going to Fig as originally planned) and we enjoyed it. It was perfect for us as we were not super hungry having eaten at the Stable Cafe at Biltmore for lunch.

Nov 26, 2009
Dkirk1 in Southeast

Thanksgiving in Asheville NC

Thanks Leepa, but I made reservations for the buffet at the Grove Park Inn.

Nov 20, 2009
Dkirk1 in Southeast

Raleigh Meal Review - J Betski's - Terrific - will definately go back!

We ended up getting dessert with dinner - I wasn't thrilled with their dessert offerings and the pumpkin cheesecake dessert was merely average. I'd love to find an awesome place for a late dessert that is open till midnight. We didn't get out of the show until 11:15 pm

Nov 10, 2009
Dkirk1 in Southeast

Raleigh Meal Review - J Betski's - Terrific - will definately go back!

We are getting used to running around Raleigh, so no problem going to other parts of the city for a good meal, We usually have plenty of time if we dine at 5:30 or 6 to enjoy our meal and make it to Mem Auditorium for whatever show we are there to see.
So many restaurants to try, so few weekends to go to Raleigh. . . (sigh)
Wish it wasn't a 2.5 hr drive from the coast.

Nov 10, 2009
Dkirk1 in Southeast

Raleigh Meal Review - J Betski's - Terrific - will definately go back!

Dinner at 18 Seaboard was great! Loved the fried green tomatoes starter. They also gave us an amuse - something (can't remember) on a crostini - that was very tasty.
Both my hubby and I opted for the Cracklin Pork Shank with blue cheese grits, spinach and apple compote. And we both enjoyed it. The meat was tender and falling off the bone.The cheese grits were very good and a went well with the pork, but I did get tired of them about halfway through the meal. For me, maybe a little less cheese would have been better. I definately would have liked for there to be more of the apple compote on the plate as the sweetness of it help balance the heavier flavors. But in the end I was very satisfied with the meal and it was certainly filling.
We shared the pumpkin cheesecake dessert - but I substituted plain vanilla ice cream for the maple pine nut that it was supposed to have (I'm not big on maple flavor). I was much less impressed with the dessert than I was with the rest of the meal, so I think you are right on with the comment about them needing a better pastry chef.
The service was excellent. This is definately a place I will return to - once I'm done checking out many of the other recommendations I've gotten.

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18 Seaboard
18 Seaboard, Raleigh, NC 27604

Nov 09, 2009
Dkirk1 in Southeast

First time in Asheville, NC -Report

My hubby's favorite is Carrot Cake (mine is Red Velvet) - so I will have to make sure he tries it. Thanks for the tip!

Nov 04, 2009
Dkirk1 in Southeast

First time in Asheville, NC -Report

I'm drooling after looking at the the chocolate lounge website & menu - that is now on my list of MUST visit - maybe after the George Winston concert if we aren't too tired. Or possibly after our late lunch at 12 Bones on Wednesday.
We're going to Flat Rock for the play on Friday so no conflicts on the wine shoppe being open, the menu looks fine - I picked it for convenience sake since it's close, but maybe I will take a look at the Hendersonville options if it's so close.

Nov 01, 2009
Dkirk1 in Southeast

Raleigh Meal Review - J Betski's - Terrific - will definately go back!

We do enjoy "Mexican", and you've convinced me that Jibarra's is worthy of a visit. I'll put it on my plan for one of my next 3 trips to Raleigh. I'm thinking 18 Seaboard will be the pick for this coming weekend - so long as I don't have a problem getting the reservation time I want. We eat early due to showtime so hopefully will have no problem.
The other thing I have never been able to hit on for Raleigh is somewhere we can go for a good late dessert AFTER the show is over - which could be anytime between 10 - 11 pm. Any suggestions for places with desserts that are open late? (Reasonable distance between Mem Auditorium and Crabtree Mall area)

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Jibarra Restaurant
7420 6 Forks Rd, Raleigh, NC 27615

18 Seaboard
18 Seaboard, Raleigh, NC 27604

Crabtree Restaurant
129 18th St, Corbin, KY 40701

Nov 01, 2009
Dkirk1 in Southeast

Raleigh Meal Review - J Betski's - Terrific - will definately go back!

Thanks, I was able to read it, so it helps give me an idea.
I am soooo leaning toward 18 Seaboard right now since it's an "occasion". but with at least 3 future trips to Raleigh already on schedule, I will put Pooles on the plan for one of them.

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18 Seaboard
18 Seaboard, Raleigh, NC 27604

Nov 01, 2009
Dkirk1 in Southeast

Raleigh Meal Review - J Betski's - Terrific - will definately go back!

I looked at 18 Seaboard's website - and they are at the top of my list so far. I couldn't access Fins site - it wouldn't come up. I don't know that I want Mexican for my b-day, but I'll keep Jibarra in mind for a future visit (we already have tickets to some shows during the 1st quarter of 2010.
I'm intrigued by Pooles' website, but no menus so I'm clueless about what they might serve.

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Jibarra Restaurant
7420 6 Forks Rd, Raleigh, NC 27615

18 Seaboard
18 Seaboard, Raleigh, NC 27604

Oct 30, 2009
Dkirk1 in Southeast

Raleigh Meal Review - J Betski's - Terrific - will definately go back!

Dinersaurus,
I looked at Poole's website and they give NO CLUE as to what might be on the menu. I comprehend that they change it regularly - but it would be nice it they at least five examples of what they have served. Can you give me some insight on what you've had there?

Oct 30, 2009
Dkirk1 in Southeast

Raleigh Meal Review - J Betski's - Terrific - will definately go back!

Yeah, that was him! LOL
It's too bad I live 3 hours away - but we try to get to Raleigh every month or two. It would be dangerous to my wallet (and weight) if I even lived in Raleigh! We do have a FEW good places here on the coast, but not so many as to endanger my budget or my waist.

Oct 29, 2009
Dkirk1 in Southeast

Raleigh Meal Review - J Betski's - Terrific - will definately go back!

Since I didn't try any beers but the one my husband ordered, "interesting" was the best I could do without actual tasting them. They all sounded fantastic. Next time I'm going to go for the beers instead of a drink. Their bartender was top notch, I'm glad we got in there early before it filled up and were able to chat with him.

Oct 29, 2009
Dkirk1 in Southeast

Raleigh Trader Joe's opening date

Great, thanks! I'll be stopping there next weekend! Wish they'd open up in our end of the state - at least in Jacksonville!

Oct 29, 2009
Dkirk1 in Southeast

Raleigh Meal Review - J Betski's - Terrific - will definately go back!

Believe me you won't regret it. We are going back to Raleigh next weekend ( to see South Pacific and celebrate my birthday) and I'm thinking we might go back to J Betski's for dinner again. However, there are so many places in Raleigh we still have yet to try, so I'm conflicted!
Any thoughts on places we should consider?

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J Betski's
10 W Franklin St, Raleigh, NC 27604

Oct 29, 2009
Dkirk1 in Southeast

First time in Asheville, NC -Report

CK was on my list of places to consider - but I don't have enough days available. Thought about trying them for breakfast one day.

Oct 29, 2009
Dkirk1 in Southeast

Raleigh Meal Review - J Betski's - Terrific - will definately go back!

Went to J Betski's on Oct 24th. Got there early (5:30) and had a drink at the bar, with a 6 pm dinner reservation. They have some interesting beers on tap. My hubby got a smoky dark beer that was excellent, and my Pomegranate Margarita was perfect. The restaurant filled up fast, so I'm glad we had a reservation. We were seated at our requested time and the service was outstanding. Our waiter was knowledgeable had ready answers for my questions. Our starters were a Fresh Knackwurst with Sauerkraut and spicy mustards (a special), and the Smoked Pork and Cambozola Pierogies with Apple - Curry Sauce. Both were perfectly prepared (how will I ever face canned Sauerkraut again?)

My entree was Pork Schnitzel with a side of Lingonberry compote, Austrian Potatos and Dill Cucumber Salad. The pork had a nice crisp coating, and the Lingonberry sauce went beautifully with it.The potatoes were served as slices and were exactly done. The cucumber dill salad was an excellent compliment to the meal. I ate every bite on my plate. The portion size was such that I was fully satisfied, yet felt like I could squeeze in a dessert without being uncomfortable - which I did, having the Chocolate - Chestnut Rice Pudding with Spiced Sabayon - delicious!

My husband's entree was the Duck Confit, Polish White Bean and Sausage Stew, and Cider Braised Cabbage. He was completely satisified with his meal. I am not a fan of duck, so I only had a small taste and it was good. I wish I had tasted the stew and cabbage. The couple at the table next to us had the stuffed chicken breast - which was a nice size portion and looked great. From their favorable comments, I know that I will order it on my next visit.

We had a wonderful meal with excellent service and the prices were extremely reasonable. I'm glad to say the decor was not your typical German Oktoberfest look. It was a nice interior with dark wood. The dining area is not large so it felt a little close, but not too bad, even though every table was full. They also have outdoor seating available.
I'm very glad I chose to try this restaurant, and we will definately be back!

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J Betski's
10 W Franklin St, Raleigh, NC 27604

Oct 29, 2009
Dkirk1 in Southeast

Raleigh Trader Joe's opening date

Do you know an exact address for the store? We often go to the Cary location when we visit Raleigh, and will be in town next weekend - so I'd love to go to the new store and not have to drive to Cary anymore!

Oct 28, 2009
Dkirk1 in Southeast

First time in Asheville, NC -Report

Thanks again everyone for the replies - I appreciate the help and advice!

Ohhh, a chocolate lounge - that sounds too good to pass up, hope they are open after the show - but we have other evenings we might get there also. I love Chicken Piccatta, so the turkey version at Bouchon will probably be a treat for me. I'll let hubby try the rabbit (I've never had rabbit so wouldn't know what to expect)

We are NOT going to miss the Admiral, I have put in on my schedule for either Mon or Tues (after we leave Biltmore)

We are going to do 12 Bones on Wednesday as a late lunch after our LaZoom tour and will skip dinner entirely that evening.
Our show in Flat Rock is at 7:15, so I was hoping to eat at 5 - 5:30 and was thinking the Back Room at the Wine Shop sounded good and close. I haven't had the chance to really research the Flat Rock area yet. We are planning to spend that morning at the NC Arboretum, so will have plenty of time to do a little exploring before dinner and the show.

if any of y'all go to Raleigh, check out J Betski's - had a delicious meal there this past weekend!

Oct 28, 2009
Dkirk1 in Southeast

First time in Asheville, NC -Report

Nancy,
After looking at menus and locations, I think we're going to give Bouchon a try for our pre-show dinner. We should be able to get into town between 5-5:30 so hopefully wouldn't have a long wait.
Do you feel the restaurant close enough to the theater that we might be able to park by the theater and walk over for dinner and back to the theater?

We're going to try for reservations at Fig on Tues night. Do they have a formal dress code or are they more relaxed (khakis & polo shirt)

Oct 24, 2009
Dkirk1 in Southeast

First time in Asheville, NC -Report

I guess I'd better look at a map of downtown and see what is where to help me figure out where to eat pre-show. I will certainly look into the places you listed. I had kinda ruled out Table as some of the opinions I've read (I think they were on TripAdvisor) suggested that it was good - but not remarkable. I think I'd like to start our week on a high note and go somewhere noteworthy.
I think I'd rather have a reservation to ensure that we have enough time to dine before the show without a rush.
Thanks for the suggestions!

Oct 23, 2009
Dkirk1 in Southeast