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Portland Maine 24-hour layover

Had a quick and wonderful visit! Right off the plane - J's Oysters for chowder and lobster roll. Strolling along the waterfront (some schlocky souvenir shops that reminded me of Mendocino CA) It was raining so back to the hotel for a rest. Around 7 walked to Street & Co but the wait was projected at 2 1/2 hours. Had a reservation at 8:00 at 555 so trucked up there and was amazed. Nice to be away from the Old Port tourists and into some seriously imaginative food. Nice little bar area, good cocktails, wonderful service. We sat upstairs and had the most fabulous flavors-melting-together-rich-beyond-belief Lobster Mac & Cheese. Also snails with polenta cakes and something else great that I cannot remember; local Heirloom tomato and mozzarella salad, a steaming pot of mussels and a coffee soufflé. Oh yeah and a nice list of half bottles of wine. The next morning it was breakfast at Becky's (atmosphere better than food - which was decent but just diner food, except the pancakes were amazing) then walked it off around the Eastern promenade. A bit longer than 24 hours there and back on the plane. Thanks so much for the recommendations!

Now - seriously - any locals have a recommendation for a realtor? Thinking now of a vacation rental this summer in the Portland area - would love to see more!

Portland Maine 24-hour layover

Thank you all very much! This is shaping up to be a wonderful Labor Day, even if I have to work. Looking forward to the whole Portland experience!

Portland Maine 24-hour layover

Are reservations necessary at these places or can we just drop in? Also, I heard about the lobster - that they have soft shells (or something like that) this time of year? What does that mean...?

Portland Maine 24-hour layover

Thanks! We are downtown and I will probably have another crewmember in tow. That said, I always enjoy eating at the bar or counter as there is much more going on there.

Portland Maine 24-hour layover

Staying downtown Portland at the Holiday Inn so should be close to everything. Prob will have another crew member...and out the next day early afternoon so will have time for lunch (or maybe something to go?)

Portland Maine 24-hour layover

I am a flight attendant and have a 24-hour layover in Portland Maine over Labor Day weekend. I will not have a car so am restricted to Portland itself but want to make the most of the time, food-wise. What /where would be recommended?

I'll be arriving around noon so want to run out for a lobster roll first thing. Dinner would be lobster/seafood again. Breakfast the next morning at Becky's?

Thanks for all suggestions - looking forward to the trip!

Classic Retro Cocktail Bars

Thanks very much - will put these on the list as well.

Oct 01, 2011
Jetlagged in Manhattan

Classic Retro Cocktail Bars

Thanks very much for all the great suggestions! I'll try not to hit them all in one night :)

Sep 09, 2011
Jetlagged in Manhattan

Classic Retro Cocktail Bars

Just moved to NY (from SF) and am looking for some classic cocktail bars - something that calls up the 20's through 50's feeling. I've been to the Campbell Apartment and loved the room and decor but it was SRO and, I thought, overpriced for standing in a tiny spot on the floor being bumped by the waitstaff and commuters/tourists packed in. I've also found the Monkey Bar - great murals - but was turned off by the red & white checked tablecloths which looked like a diner. I was at the Oak Room at the Plaza years ago, too, and enjoyed the ambiance...don't know how it is now.

Any suggestions for something sophisticated, non-touristy, with background music low enough to have a conversation? In SF I was a fan of Original Joe's (before the fire), Tadich Grill, the Redwood Room at the Clift (before its modernization), and Bourbon and Branch. Thanks very much for your insights and suggestions.

Sep 02, 2011
Jetlagged in Manhattan

Nougatine

Wish we had been able to enjoy the fabulous food. Unfortunately, on Christmas Day, we were kept waiting for 45 minutes (had a 5:30 reservation). Since the earliest dinner reservation was 5:30, I didn't understand the problem; apparently, customers were still enjoying their lunches and wouldn't vacate the tables. The lobby area was filling up with unappy people waiting for their dinner reservations - over an hour for later reservations.

After being seated at 6:15, we couldn't take our time with the set menu since we had to be out of there by 7:30 to see a show at Lincoln Center. We asked what was quick so that we could eat and get out - although the a la carte food was good, no accommodation was made by the dining room captain (nary an offer of cocktail, coffee or dessert) despite our asking for an explanation of the poor reservation/seating service.

We will never patronize it again because of the utter disregard for the customer's time, especially for (what we thought would be) a memorable Christmas holiday experience.

Jan 13, 2010
Jetlagged in Manhattan

Four days in Paris - haven't been for several years

What are recommendations for:
1. all-out dinner (Jules Verne?)
2. moderate priced but delicious
3. any not-to-be-missed places, regardless of price

Thanks!

Aug 11, 2009
Jetlagged in France

Chelsea area

Staying with friends in Chelsea, but will be on our own during the day. Any recommendations for lunches while we are out and about during the day? Thanks!

Aug 11, 2009
Jetlagged in U.K./Ireland

in [London] for 3 nights

I'll be doing the same thing next month - just made reservations for Maze after a rave review from a friend. What else is "must-eat" in London these days? It's been a few years since I've been there...

Aug 11, 2009
Jetlagged in U.K./Ireland

Quiet (for conversation) casual dinner in Burlingame/San Mateo

I need some help in finding a restaurant in the Burlingame/San Mateo area that is quiet enough for conversation with a friend who is hard of hearing. Nothing fancy (it's not a date) but casual, reasonable and quiet enough that we can talk and hear each other. Thanks for any recommendations.

Ring-a-ding-ding cocktail bars

Thanks for all the cool suggestions - I'll do my research and get back to you - hic!

Ring-a-ding-ding cocktail bars

I'm looking for a great mid-century type cocktail bar in San Francisco. The Redwood Room used to be Sinatra hip until the whole Clift was re-done like Studio 54 or something. Where can you get a decent Martini or Manhattan with some ring-a-ding-ding atmosphere?

The Best Fish Tacos in Cabo???

We just got back from Cabo and can highly recommend Gardenia!. Excellent fish tacos and the price was right - two of us had 8 tacos and 4 beers for under $30. If you are not looking for a bargain, though, Las Ventanas has fabulous fish tacos at the poolside bar....hard to stay (and eat) anywhere else after you have been there. The main restaurant is wonderful, as well, but not cheap.

Jun 18, 2008
Jetlagged in Mexico

Palo Alto Hot Spots-What did I miss?

I agree with foodcrunch about Tamarine/Three Seasons. I have eaten at TS several times, both in Palo Alto and in the now-closed Walnut Creek location, and was very happy with the food and service. However, when I met some friends a few weeks ago at Tamarine, I found the service attentive but slow and the prices outrageous. $25 for a small entree on a sushi plate with a pile of green accompaniment! We spent nearly $200 for three people (including overpriced wine by the glass) and were still hungry. Just my two cents'...

Post-holiday Happy Hour suggestions - Van Ness corridor

We are four <ahem> middle-aged women who want to meet for an after-work drink in San Francisco. One of us works near Van Ness and Market and two of us at the other end of Van Ness near Aquatic Park, so we'd like to stick to the Van Ness corridor area. We are not super-trendy but also not fuddy-duddies, so want a place with some zip but not too crowded and noisy that we can't talk. One woman suggested the "new" Trader Vic's (where Stars used to be) but I think it might be too staid (and expensive)? Suggestions? Thanks!

Itinerary help...

Boulevard was very disappointing the last time we were there. The servers were excellent, as always, but service was slow and uneven. Our waiter apologized at least twice during the meal for delays. Apparently there was a problem in the kitchen, as some of the entrees were delivered lukewarm and we had to send them back. Then two of our party (of four) discovered that the meat was undercooked (not to diner specifications) and those had to be returned. It will be awhile before we give Boulevard another chance (and this was one of our favorite restaurants!). We did not see Nancy Oakes around, as we had on previous visits, so perhaps this was the problem...nevertheless, it was an expensive and very disappointing experience.

Need Info: Hungarian Tea Room and EOS

Does anyone have any info on: Hungarian Tea Room and/or EOS restaurants? I have done a quick search and cannot find anything. Thanks!

Jul 18, 2007
Jetlagged in Manhattan

Family Brunch in Manhattan on Saturday (all adults)

Thanks, everyone! This gives me some great ideas. I find it somewhat ironic that the East Coast cousins could only come up with very touristy restaurants (which would be like me taking someone to Pier 39 here), and that I am doing the research from SF...

Jul 16, 2007
Jetlagged in Manhattan

Family Brunch in Manhattan on Saturday (all adults)

Where is a good place in Manhattan for a Saturday brunch family get-together (all adults)? We are coming together from Long Island, Philly, CT and San Francisco (6-8 people). I tried Cafe des Artistes, but they are full. Long Island cousin suggested Boathouse Cafe in Central Park, but I have read that it is overpriced and mediocre (also a 1-2 hour wait since they don't take reservations). SF cousins are staying at Times Square so perhaps something midtown-ish?
Thanks!

Jul 16, 2007
Jetlagged in Manhattan

San Franciscan in the Big Apple

Thanks so much for the advice: steak-, bakery-, and Babbo-wise. I will be in NYC in about a week and have been calling Babbo every day; the reservationist told me to call back 24 hours in advance for a possible cancellation. I appreciate the tip on sitting upstairs.

p.s. any suggestions for pre-theatre dining that won't break the bank?

Jul 12, 2007
Jetlagged in Manhattan

Ssam bar tonite....

LOL! I am wondering the same thing for next week...

Also, do we need reservations and/or what is the wait time?

Jul 12, 2007
Jetlagged in Manhattan

San Franciscan in the Big Apple

Much gratitude to you all for the feedback. I was only able to get a 10:30 pm reservation at Babbo; how likely is it to get in earlier on a standby basis during the week (from your experience)? My other reservation is at Balthazar. It sounds like pizza at Grimaldi's or Lombardi's and Ssam at Momofuku are things I can't get in SF. How about steak? Is Peter Luger still the best? I really appreciate all the recommendations for neighborhood/ethnic eats, too. It is nice to get real info instead of hype...

Jul 09, 2007
Jetlagged in Manhattan

San Franciscan in the Big Apple

Thanks so much for all the suggestions! To be more specific, we will be staying at Times Square (Marriott Marquis) so would appreciate any places around there so we don't have to travel too far back to the hotel after overindulging. There is a sponsor dinner at "21" one night, so we can check that box. I would like to include great pizza, steak, and Italian, as well as little ethnic gems specific to NY (thanks for the tips on street food, too). Is Babbo worth the price? I have seen many posts about snotty service, overpriced food, etc. If I can get in, would it be best to stick to the tasting menu? We have reservations at Balthazar one night (sentimental favorite, since we ate there on our honeymoon) but other suggestions for the remaining nights are greatly appreciated. Looking forward to it!

Jul 06, 2007
Jetlagged in Manhattan

San Franciscan in the Big Apple

Okay, we've got some great food in our city by the bay, but New York is the epicenter of gastronomy. DH is going to a convention, so I have a week to explore. What are the "must tastes" in Manhattan? I am looking for lunches every day (will probably skip breakfast because of the time difference) and dinners for 3 nights. One caveat: I would really like to keep the tab under $100 apiece for dinner, unless the experience is really "knock your socks off" worth $300+ for dinner for two. Thanks so much!

Jul 05, 2007
Jetlagged in Manhattan