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Kitchen 1540 vs. Lodge at Torrey Pines vs. Rancho Valencia?

We have an anniversary coming up and I'm looking for which of these restaurants will not disappoint. Any thoughts on which is the most progressive and won't try to rush us out the door for the next table? Should we be considering George's Modern in this list too? Thanks in advance for any direction.

Sep 23, 2011
fork in San Diego

Bistro Jeanty vs. Bottega?

Thanks so much. Will check the Ubuntu reviews. Have been to Bouchon in Las Vegas. Was trying to diversify.

Ubuntu Restaurant & Yoga Studio
1140 Main Street, Napa, CA 94558

6534 Washington Street, Yountville, CA 94599

Jan 30, 2011
fork in San Francisco Bay Area

Bistro Jeanty vs. Bottega?

I know these are entirely different styles, but I'm trying to decide which would be a better mix with the other meals we are having in Napa. We'll be dining at The French Laundry, Ubuntu, and Ad Hoc. Any comments are much appreciated.

Ubuntu Restaurant & Yoga Studio
1140 Main Street, Napa, CA 94558

The French Laundry
6640 Washington Street, Yountville, CA 94599

Ad Hoc
6476 Washington St., Yountville, CA 94599

Bistro Jeanty
6510 Washington Street, Yountville, CA 94599

6525 Washington Street Suite A9, Yountville, CA 94599

Jan 30, 2011
fork in San Francisco Bay Area

Addison serves Nutella on a tasting menu? Seriously.

It was not a housemade hazelnut spread. I asked the description to be repeated and confirmed that it was in fact Nutella. $140, drinks not included.

Oct 06, 2010
fork in San Diego

Addison serves Nutella on a tasting menu? Seriously.

I'm not sure if it a sign of a tough economy or some new trend in high end restaurants, but the dessert course at the end of six-course tasting menu at Addison recently was a Nutella layered mille feuille. A $140 tasting menu certainly deserves a better ending course!

Oct 05, 2010
fork in San Diego

Notable restaurant in vicinity of Cincinnati airport?

We don't have the time to make it into the city, but would still like to have a nice dinner later this week. Any suggestions of a great restaurant in the general area of the airport? I know we may be limited to chains, but thought I'd give it a try just in case there is a gem beyond the usual suspects. Thanks for any quick suggestions offered.

Feb 21, 2010
fork in Great Lakes

Quality liquor stores in San Diego?

I'm searching for a shop with a unique selection of different spirits and reasonable prices (not Bevmo or Costco). Specifically, I'd like to find one with a variety of rums (that includes Ron Zacapa). Recommendations anywhere in San Diego County are welcomed. Thanks for your help!

Dec 11, 2009
fork in San Diego

Special Christmas Eve dinner Scottsdale

I'm in a desperate search for a great restaurant and memorable evening that may be categorized as the following: primarily local/farm-to-table and/or high end. We'd like to avoid the signature steakhouses and would like a place that consistently serves quality food in an aesthetically pleasing environment. Thanks for any leads!

Dec 02, 2009
fork in Phoenix

Four Night in Vegas - Please Critique my List

If you're not already set on the recs put forth thus far, consider Bar Charlie (adjacent to Charlie Trotter's at the Palazzo). A handful of seats offer ringside view of the preparation, cooked and raw fish, brilliantly prepared and presented. We visited in July and it is a spot not to be missed.

Nov 13, 2009
fork in Las Vegas

San Diego recomendations

San Diego is limited in its choices for foodies, but some of the restaurants listed so far are great: Market, George's (though it can be a bit overseasoned), and The Linkery (unique, artisan, local, reasonably portioned). I also offer El Agave, a fantastic high end Mexican restaurant with quality and abundant tequilas. If you really want an experience not to forget, then Addison is off the charts. The best neighborhood restaurant in town is Kensington Grill, which gives a great feel off the tourist path (and not far from Qualcomm). If you happen to be downtown, the Grant Grill is consistently great and often doesn't get enough press for how good it is. I also have to disagree with the Pacific Beach post. There is absolutely no restaurant worthy of an East Coast foodie in that part of town unless you are nursing a hangover or have a hankering for bar food.

As for sights, Balboa Park is not to be missed. Even if you aren't into museums, the grounds and buildings are nice to walk around and the Zoo is nearby. We always take out of town guests to the patio at the Prado for drinks and it is a hit, you might even see a small wedding on the lower terrace. I'd avoid a meal there. It is another restaurant that is overhyped, overseasoned and overpriced.

Sep 30, 2009
fork in San Diego

Charlotte: Customshop v. Zebra v. Good Food on Montford?

This will be my first trip to Charlotte and will only have time for one dinner. I'm looking for a restaurant that would be along the lines of quality of SNOB and FIG in Charleston. After looking through some posts, I've come across these three. I know "the best" is subjective, but anyone have a preference between these?

Much appreciated.

Sep 18, 2009
fork in General South Archive