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Corkage in Portland?

Maybe there's confusion about terms. To us, BYO means you can bring in for no charge, while corkage is you can bring in for a charge. Are folks saying that Maine is short-sighted enough to force people to pay resto prices for wine? Restaurants have no chance to extend their wine lists and service - for a reasonable fee like corkage - to guests who really appreciate wine and good food?

Then please recommend some great take out and we'll go back to the hotel and open a Rhys Alpine Chardonnay. Too bad we won't be able to contribute more to the local economy.

Sep 12, 2010
Eliot in Northern New England

Corkage in Portland?

We're spending 3 days and nights in Portland and have heard great things about the restaurants...but we can't find much about corkage there.

Can folks please enlighten us? Thanks.

Sep 11, 2010
Eliot in Northern New England

SF's La Taqueria and La Cumbre in NYC?

Bigjeff - Many thanks. I'll be at Tehuitzingo by day's end and check out the others soon.

Jul 09, 2007
Eliot in Manhattan

SF's La Taqueria and La Cumbre in NYC?

Thanks, guide boy. Will get out of Manhattan and try a few.

Jul 09, 2007
Eliot in Manhattan

SF's La Taqueria and La Cumbre in NYC?

Okay, I know the boards can be debating forums, but I'm not looking for that - I'm going to say that the tacos at La Taqueria, on the corner of Mission and 25th in San Francisco, and the burritos at La Cumbre, on Valencia near 16th St., are the best Cal-Mex offerings on the planet.

Now I live in New York and, so far, nothing comes close.

Again, without wanting a debate, I'll say the taco truck on Broadway and 96th is sheer crap - the meat is horrible. Other suggested places serve lettuce - LETTUCE! - on their abominable tacos.

I'll say there's a decent Mexican restaurant, El Paso, on E. 97th, that's not bad - they have decent (if small) tacos on the menu.

But I want a storefront place that will make me smile, dream, and do backflips. A place whose tacos and burritos make me lick my arm to get the juices that ran.

If you have eaten at La Taqueria and/or La Cumbre in SF at least a dozen times, if you know how good those places are, please, for all that is sacred and good on God's green (chili) earth, please hit me up on a similar place in NYC. If your place is chosen, I will reward you with a burrito or a few tacos, on me.

Jul 06, 2007
Eliot in Manhattan