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Solo lunch and dinner in nashville

Thanks for the help! Ended up at 12 south taproom for lunch because I was in the neighborhood. Really enjoyed my pulled pork sandwich and the craft beer selection. I appreciate the suggestions and am going to try one of them tonight. Probably too late to ask, buy I assume Capitol Grill is not associated with the steakhouse chain, correct? Doesn't seem so from their website so I hope not.

Dec 01, 2012
call5105 in Kentucky & Tennessee

Solo lunch and dinner in nashville

Hi, I'm headed to nashville for 24 hours next weekend. I have time for one lunch and one dinner. Hoping to find some good, authentic country food joint for lunch and would love to do dinner somewhere that is one of the top restaurants in town. Price isn't an issue, neither is location. I'm just one person, but don't mind sitting at a table by myself (although if there is a great spot with bar dining, that works, too). I liked Arnold's for lunch, but seems they are not open on Saturdays. Also have read good things about City House. Any recs are appreciated!

Nov 25, 2012
call5105 in Kentucky & Tennessee

Best restaurants in Puerto Vallarta in 2012?

Thought I would post our PV dining experiences here since I used these boards a great deal to decide which restaurants to visit. We stayed in the marina but ate in town a lot, so i broke this down by location and ranked each restaurant within the location.

Marina:
1. Victors Cafe - very good, basic Mexican fare. The real fun is the fact that you get a tequila shot with each drink ordered, and usually Victor comes over to do a shot with you. He's very charming and fun to chat with. We had two entrees and one drinks each (didn't need much more with the two shots of tequila plus the complementary after dinner drink) and two entrees for about $40 US inclusive of tip. We had the beef tacos and Mexican plate. The tacos were very basic, served with guacamole, cilantro and onion, but very tasty. The Mexican plate is a great meal, filet (really more like a hanger steak but well seasoned), a taquito, and enchilada and a stuffed pepper. With the chips they give, it was plenty of food and tasty. Note: this place is cash only.

2. Porto Bella - good change of pace to have Italian food. The starters (bruschetta and caprese salad) were both great, very fresh, good sized portions and tons of flavor. We then had the linguine with shrimp and clams, which was reportedly delicious (I don't eat seafood so had to take his word for it). I had the tricolored pasta, basically tricolored rigatoni with grilled chicken, arugula and asparagus. The pasta was very good, perfectly al dente. The chicken also good, I didn't get much asparagus but what I had wasn't as fresh as I would have liked. It was all in a pink sauce, not a vodka sauce, a bit thicker and darker. It was tasty, but a heavy dish. Finished up with a gelato (pretty authentic) and an espresso. All that plus two drinks and service was just under $75. Probably a bit pricey for what we had (compared to other places we've ate) but not a disappointment.

Breakfast/Lunch - Coffee Cup - great spot for takeout or eat-in. Super casual, super cheap. We each had a burrito with cheese, eggs and sausage and it was delicious. Coffee was definitely better than what we have at the hotel, and for less than $10, the perfect spot for a cheap, good breakfast.

Breakfast - Mr Cream - great spot. In and out very quickly, but we weren't rushed. We had the chorizo scrambler (I live chorizo so rarely have a bad thing to say about it) which was very good, also had chilaquiles with green sauce and a fried egg, which I loved. I love a good chilaquiles so was very happy. Both dishes were great. Food came out amazingly fast (almost scary how fast) but was fresh, tasty and filling, just like a good breakfast should be. And the price was perfect. The two entrees with coffee and two small juices came in just around $20.

El Centro/Zona Romantica
1. Cafe des artistes - fantastic. The ambiance (we sat in the garden) and the service could not be beat. The food was also wonderful. We started with tuna tartare and duck confit chilaquiles. Can't comment on the tuna, but I can say there was not a bit left on the plate when my husband was done and he loved it. The chilaquiles had great flavor. My only complaint was that the tortilla strips in it were soggy when it arrived, but that's a small complaint. The favors all came together and it was great. We then shared the tomato soup, delicious. It was just slight spicy and slightly smokey, incredibly smooth in texture and the corn added great flavor. For our main courses, we did the fish of the day (a grouper served with enchiladas) and the beef petals. Again, can't comment on the fish dish except that once again, not a bite was left on the plate. The beef dish was surprisingly good. It was a thinly sliced beef, perfectly tenderized and seasoned. Usually those alternative cuts of meat are flavorless and tough, but this was the opposite. It was served over a camembert cheese and chipotle sauce, which was really tasty. Not a single complaint about either dish. With five drinks and service, the total was only $105 which was awesome. We had totally expected to pay more, and for a level of service and food in our hometown of Philadelphia, we would easily pay twice that. Also worth noting it has been rated the number one restaurant in Mexico for 2011/2012.

2. Daquari Dicks - great. Great location, superb service, and surprisingly good food (which you don't expect given the name of the place). We started with the calamari and shrimp appetizer, which was fine...breaded in cornmeal rather than flour which was a nice surprise. Then we had the black bean soup, which was creamy and delicious and the arugula salad. More Bibb lettuce than arugula, but very good none-the-less. Finally, we had a half order of the spare ribs and the pork special. The ribs were great, the meat fell of the bone, was drenched in (maybe a bit too much) of a really nice savory yet slightly spicy sauce, accompanied by mashed potatoes and cooked carrots. The pork was a special, a well cooked, juicy pork loin in a green curry sauce with jasmine rice. Lots of heat, but delicious. We finished it up with a key lime pie to share and an espresso. The great view of the sunset really helped make the meal. All of the food, plus two drinks each and tip, came in just over $90 US and was well worth it.

3. Barcelona Tapas overall fine. The view is great for the sunset (albeit the final moments of sunset are blocked by a building). The food was good, larger than normal tapas size, we had 5 plates and were very full. We had the Spanish tortilla to start, very good. Served warm, as opposed to room temp as I've often had it before. The aioli it comes with is very good. Then we had the pork and beef brochettes. The pork was very tough, definitely overcooked, but add in the accompaniments and it was fine. The beef was not particularly flavorful on its own, but combined with the carmelized onions and aioli was really tasty. The next two courses were the eggplant and the goat cheese. The eggplant was great, melted in your mouth. The goat cheese dish was almost like a large slice of goat cheese in a tomato soup, very tasty, but not phenomenal. We had two drinks each and with service. The total was about $60. All in all. Not a bad meal.

4. Eldorado - great spot, great view, eat with your feet in the sand, just steps from the ocean. We were mixed on the food...the appetizer (duck carnitas) was great, then we had the lime tequila chicken fajita which was quite good. I had the beef medallion, which was just ok. It was kind of a strange cut of beef, almost brisket like, and cooked medium rare, which is ok for me on a filet but not so much on other cuts. The lunch menu is more varied and may be the way to go here, both variety and price-wise. Again, the place itself is really cool and has great ambiance, the food is fine but not great. Two apps (also had guac and chips), a soup, two entrees and three drinks plus service was just about $75.

On a side note, we never found the street tacos I was looking for, specifically tacos al pastore...we ended up having them for lunch at the Vista Vallarta golf club and they were fantastic. I did not expect a good meal, but there was a perfect combo of pork and pineapple on good tortillas.

May 07, 2012
call5105 in Mexico

Big Skt, MY Ski - Suggestions?

Just in case anyone else heads out to Big Sky and is looking for tips, I figured I'd report back. We really only went out to dinner twice. Once to Bucks T4 and once to By Word of Mouth.

Bucks T4 was great. The atmosphere is old school Montana, western steakhouse/roadhouse. The service is fantastic: knowledgeable waiters who both know and seem to really appreciate the food and what wines pair well (always a plus for me). I had the red deer, at the waiter's suggestion, and it was fantastic. A fairly small portion (for Montana sized-portions) but just enough for me. As described, the deer wasn't at all gamey, in fact was very tender and almost Filet Mignon-like. It was accompanied by a risotto which was very good, albeit served at room temp which threw me a bit. Others at the table had bison, of course, from the bison meatloaf sandwich (which was a hit both that night and the next night when the leftovers were reheated) to the huge bison steak, and fried chicken that was perfectly crispy and not at all greasy. The sides are relatively predictable for steakhouse fare, but the baked potato was a standout. Overall, a really great meal, a TON of food, and a restaurant we talked about for the rest of the week...and probably should have returned to.

But we went to By Word of Mouth for our other dinner. It was good, more creative than many other menus we reviewed, but average compared to what I can get back home (Philadelphia) and it probably would have made more sense to go back to Bucks, given the game they serve is unique to the area. We shared fondue and the calamari to start. The fondue was very good - like that they use Swiss instead of the ubiquitous cheddar. Calamari was good, but nothing special. My entree was the chopped lamb steak, with a chimmichurri sauce and goat cheese...it was fine, although nothing too exciting. The lamb was basically a lamb burger, without a ton of flavor. Others had the Friday night Fish Fry dish which they enjoyed, basically all you can eat fish and chips. One other had the bison ribs which were dry-rubbed. Again, good meal but not overwhelming.

Big Sky doesn't have a lot of dining options for the foodie types, but I'd say Bucks T4 is a no brainer for anyone - food and service are great (it's got good accolades, too - wine spectator award, the chef prepared a meal for James Beard back in the day...) and the game selection is something you'd only find in Montana.

Feb 27, 2012
call5105 in Mountain States

Dining in Bozeman?

Holdthecow - thanks for the suggestion, that's exactly what we're going to do. I found a lot of really good buzz online about the Mint, so I left a message to make a reservation.

Feb 07, 2012
call5105 in Mountain States

Dining in Bozeman?

Rich,
Did you find anything out there worth visiting? We'll be in Big Sky next week, but need to be in Bozeman one evening to pick up some friends at the airport, so I'd love to hear if you know of any quality food spots (similar to you, price isn't an issue, quality is more important).

Feb 06, 2012
call5105 in Mountain States

Big Skt, MY Ski - Suggestions?

Thanks, zook, we will definitely give Bucks T4 a try. I appreciate your responding!

Feb 06, 2012
call5105 in Mountain States

Big Skt, MY Ski - Suggestions?

Hi, I am headed out to ski Big Sky in a couple weeks with a group of 8 adults. We cook in many nights, but do like to head out for a few dinners. I am looking for suggestions of dinner options: 2 more on the casual end - good food but not super expensive (entrees can be burgers, etc.). I also need suggestions of one nice spot for our last night out dinner - not too worried about cost, but definitely want somewhere food focused and known for their cooking, not their view/etc. We'd also love some suggestions for good apres-ski nachos at the base of the mountain! So far, I've heard good things about the following:

By Word of Mouth
Bucks T4
320 Guest Ranch (they have some 3 courses for $30 menu, is it worth it?)
Randow Ranch
Timbers

Any suggestions/thoughts are much appreciated, and I'm happy to share the results/our experience once we return!

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By Word of Mouth
Gallatin Building Wfork Mdws, Big Sky, MT 59716

Jan 31, 2012
call5105 in Mountain States