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looking for right restaurant

Hi Hounds, heading down to Biloxi for a golf/gamble trip with a buddy but we have one night in NO. I'm the food lover so I'll be picking the restaurant. Currently have a reservation at Restaurant R'evolution. My question is will the ambiance suit our needs? We're looking for something lively and fun and definitely don't want to end up somewhere with a romantic vibe, lol! Cost is no object. Basically looking for something that would work for two business travelers looking to have a great meal and be comfortable in the right environment. Thanks!

Mar 20, 2014
sabre3198 in New Orleans

Crab at Swan Oyster Depot? [SF]

Thanks!

Crab at Swan Oyster Depot? [SF]

Was in the city on a quick turnaround 2 weeks ago and went into Swan Oyster Depot for lunch. Tried to order some crab and was told that they had no Dungeness, and had not for a month. Will be back in town next week and want to try again. Does anyone know if they have it? Is this a common occurrence?

Thanks!

Center City Rehearsal Dinner

How about the vault at Del Frisco's? Both the main dining room and vault are really cool.

Jul 04, 2013
sabre3198 in Philadelphia

Wear shorts to Osteria?

Is it ok to wear shorts and a tommy bahama shirt to Osteria? I've never been and would love to stop before fireworks tonight on Ben Franklin. Thanks!

Jul 04, 2013
sabre3198 in Philadelphia

Seasons 52

It's decent but hardly a destination restaurant. I like it as a business traveler that I can eat reasonably healthy at the bar while in a bustling atmosphere. Perfect for that Tuesday night when I'm staying out in KOP.

Jun 22, 2013
sabre3198 in Philadelphia

Favorite place for your birthday cocktail?

If you are looking for a truly well made cocktail as the centerpiece I would go see Chris at French 75 bar at Arnaud's. The Swizzle Stick may also be a good option. Granted, it is not going to be a rowdy environment but the drinks are fantastic.

May 11, 2008
sabre3198 in New Orleans

One Day in SEA, lunch and dinner

I will be in Seattle for one day on Friday with a flight out at 11:30pm. I can have lunch and dinner. Where do I go?

I was thinking Salume for lunch, I have heard of it but don't know much about it. Any recs?

I would like to be at the airport at 10:00 so I figure I have plenty of time to find a good dinner spot. I am leaning towards seafood (I live in Cleveland and don't get great seafood), maybe Dungeness crab. The dinner could be cheap or expensive; doesn't really matter but I will be dining alone so I would prefer a little livelier atmosphere.

I really am out for a great Seattle dining experience so fire away!!

Apr 27, 2008
sabre3198 in Pacific Northwest

New Orleans Trip Day 4

I didn't mean to scare you off! I had a GREAT meal at NOLA a few years ago contrary to a lot of the reviews. I know a great restaurant needs to fire on all cylinders all of the time, in a perfect world perhaps. We went in for an 8:30 reservation on a Sunday night so maybe I should give them a pass this time? I don't know, they still charged me the same as it would have been at 7:00 on Friday. It just wasn't memorable or a great dining experience. I will forget about it quickly and probably not go back. I definitely expected more on a service level too. Our waiter could barely recite the menu say nothing of recommending something. As for the salad there was also no excuse for browning wilted greens. Even at the most inexpensive chain.

Apr 16, 2008
sabre3198 in New Orleans

New Orleans Trip Day 4

The wedding was Sunday afternoon at Louis the XVI (I think) and it was a buffet style lunch. It surprised me how good it was. Etouffee and gumbo and such. We decided to go to dinner that night and decided on Emeril's. My vote was heartily against it since it just seems like a place tourists would flock but then called some friends and checked this board and the reviews for the Flagship seemed positive. I started with the 17 dollar fois gras salad and it was terrible. Absolutely plain awful. The field greens were browned and turning and completely overdressed and had a couple of slices of absolutely lifeless liver on it. I understand it was Sunday but how do you have bad greens for a 17 dollar small salad? My entree was my own fault so I won't fault them: I ordered the rib eye steak. I just had so much seafood and was craving beef. It was fine. Cooked rare-plus to my liking but rather bland. I had thought it would have had some cajun seasoning and maybe some lump crab on it or something. Again, not what I would have ordered normally so I am not going to make a big deal about it or anything. Service was just iffy. I could have been at any of the Emeril outposts around the country. I certainly did not feel I was at the flagship.

Next afternoon was the flight out so had to make the obligatory stop at Café Du Monde. Good as always.

Thank you to everyone on this board who was so helpful in recommending places for us to try. This is a fantastic resource describing a fantastic city We can’t wait to come back! Thanks to all!

Apr 15, 2008
sabre3198 in New Orleans

New Orleans Trip Day 3

Saturday afternoon was probably my favorite meal of the trip. My wife and I took the street car down to the Garden District and ended up walking up Magazine for a mile or two and stumbled upon Casamento's. I had heard of it only recently and didn't know much about it but we decided to go on in. What a place! It instantly reminded me of Swan Oyster Depot in San Francisco which is my favorite seafood place in the country. We waited in line about 30 mins. This was actually perfect though since the line was in the middle of the restaurant and we could see what people were ordering. Everyone seemed to get the Oyster Loaf so that is where we went. Along with 6 of the plumpest oysters I have had (not sure what kind they were since they were foreign to me) and the crab claws we had a great meal. I thought about getting some gumbo as well but resisted since we had a crawfish boil at City Park a few hours later (a catered rehearsal dinner for a friends wedding). Absolutely loved Casamento's and will be back. Crawfish were great that night! Damned near burned my lips off with all the spice but nothing a few Abita's couldn't cure. Another absinthe at the hotel and bed...

Apr 15, 2008
sabre3198 in New Orleans

New Orleans Trip Report Day 3

sorry! posted this to wrong board!

New Orleans Trip Report- Day 2

Friday....

And what else to do on Friday then Galatoire's for Lunch. My first time here. What an experience! It was a blast! We showed up to wait in line around 10:15 am. The regulars hire people to wait in line so a few of them were already a head of us. We made it in for the first seating and headed up for a cocktail. Had a brandy milk punch (forced on me by a couple of regulars. Not bad but heavy!) Headed down to our table and left our ordering in the hands of John our waiter. I had been told to request him and he sure did take care of us. He brought us all the stables- the oysters en brochette and other apps. I got the soft-shell crab and it was the best soft-shell crab I have ever had. My companions had some fish (my wifes not all that inspiring), some grilled some fried. I clearly had the best entree and enjoyed my lunch more than others. The vegetables were bland, seemed like it had "Knorr" packeted hollendaise poured on it. But the dining room was electric!!! This was such a great experience and we loved it. Don't go for the food but rather the experience and the history.

Evening we took a break from eating and had cocktails at Arnaud's "French 75" What a treat! Chris is a fantastic bartender and he introduced me to cocktails I have never had before. I loved the "curari cocktail" and then the "corpse reviver 2" and then the Aviation, and then eventually bed...

Day 3 tomorrow...

Apr 14, 2008
sabre3198 in New Orleans

New Orleans Trip Report- Day 1

I was in town the last week in March for my first time in a few years. A fantastic trip!

Day One:

After checking in to the hotel (International House - great stay!) My wife and I walked over to Central Grocery around 12:30. I know there has been some complaints about a "old" sandwich being served (I've had some in the past) but ours was perfect! We ordered a half for the two of us as we didn't want to wreck ourselves the first hour of the trip. The bread was soft and fresh and the olive salad was delicious. I really enjoyed this!

We then walked over to meet our friends and they had not eaten yet and wanted to go to Napolean House. What a perfect opportunity to try these favorite muffaleta's back to back! I was curious about the famous "hot" muffaletta. I ordered a Pimm's Cup (loved it), and a quarter sandwich. I know I am going to piss some people off here but what a terrible sandwich!!! Imagine a cold cut sandwich that is microwaved. The bottom bread was soggy and warm. Exactly why I don't microwave leftovers at home. It really wasn't good. Not sure where the glowing recommendations come from. That being said, I went back later in the week to have a sazerac and that turned into 3. Best saz I had in town so I would recommend the place for the cocktails.

Went back to the hotel and napped and cleaned up for dinner before heading down to the bar for an apertif. They carried Lucid absinthe, the genuine article, and took their time preparing it for us. A very nice pre-dinner cocktail!

For dinner (like we needed more) we went to August. My party loved their meal but I thought it was merely above average. I did enjoy my lemonfish but wasn't blown away. The fois gras 3 ways was good and the P+J Oysters were excellent! Don't know if I would go back given all the great places in town.

day 2- to be continued

Apr 14, 2008
sabre3198 in New Orleans

Galatoire's - downstairs or upstairs?

ditch the res and wait in line. I was just there for a Friday lunch (I am about to write my trip report) for my first time. It is all about atmosphere. food is good but is not good enough to be the focus of the meal. it is about the experience and the fun. Friday's lunch starts at 11 30 and bleeds into the evening so be ready to wait in line. I think you will be happier though in the long run.

Apr 14, 2008
sabre3198 in New Orleans

Cleveland - need suggestions

your one "fine dining" dinner should be Lola. It is steps from your hotel on East 4th st, literally a 2 minute walk. It is absolutely fabulous. Not true "fine dining" (in the classic sense) and no tasting menu that I know of but this will fit for that dinner. Not to be missed.

For your quintessential Cleveland choice you have some options. We really don't have a definitive cuisine but rather a mish mash of cuisines. We have a very heavy Eastern European population and Sokolowski's University Inn is a very popular place. It is cafeteria style but definitely an experience. If you are looking for inexpensive lunch why don't you head over to W. 25th st. (a very short cab) to the West Side Market and the variety of local places on either side of it. Bar Cento is there (i had the "sunnyside pizza" there last week for my first time there. OK but as I am not ready to condemn it, I just can't quite recommend it as of yet.) as is Great Lakes. IMHO Phenom Penh, Nate's Deli (middle eastern) and Lelolai are the gems here. Marotta's in Cleveland Heights may be another good option for dinner but a longer cab ride. Post back if you need more info and welcome to Cleveland!

Gyros in Cleveland?

Nate's Deli next to the West Side Market might. They have good falafel and other great middle eastern dishes

purchase Lillet Blanc in Cleveland

Anyone know a liquor store in Cleveland that would carry Lillet blanc?

Galatoire's -- 3/21/08

What a perfect and well timed review! My wife and I along with another couple are heading down for a wedding this weekend and have always wanted to go to Galatoire's. We were planning on going for lunch this Friday. Good to know we will need to be there early to get a table for 4. I was planning on 10:15. I hope that's ok. But I have to say, they BETTER have crabmeat!!!!!

Mar 25, 2008
sabre3198 in New Orleans

Cocktails at Ritz

Too bad! Bad timing on my part. Thanks for the info.

Mar 23, 2008
sabre3198 in New Orleans

Flying into Cleveland, One Night Only!

One night in Cleveland MUST go to Lola. There are many great restaurants but Lola is truly fantastic. www.lolabistro.com

you won't be sorry!

Cocktails at Ritz

A friend told me I had to go to the lounge at the Ritz-Carlton for cocktails, made by one of the countries best bartenders. Anyone know the details about this? Unfortunately he didn't have any info. Thanks!

Mar 23, 2008
sabre3198 in New Orleans

Duff's Buffalo Wings

last time I was at duff's I asked for their recipe since I no longer live in Buffalo. They obviously wouldn't share with me. They DID however tell me about the Bleu Cheese. I am serious about this- it is Kraft Food Service bleu cheese dressing (only available wholesale and not in stores) mixed with a little red wine. That's all it is.

Mar 16, 2008
sabre3198 in Home Cooking

Line up time for Friday Lunch at Galatoire's?

I am making my first post-K trip and 4 of us really want to have a "classic" experience and decided on Friday Lunch at Galatoire's on March 28. I know there have been some other posts on this topic but since we are getting closer I wanted to ask the question. There will be 4 of us and want to eat downstairs. What time should we line up? Thanks for the info.

Mar 16, 2008
sabre3198 in New Orleans

au pied de cochon for a non-fois gras lover?

Hi folks, I am new to this site and have been browsing through and appreciate all the good information that everyone has posted. I am traveling to Montreal with my fiancé Aug. 30-Sept. 4. So far I have a reservation at Brunoise on Sat. and was thinking about Au Pied de Cochon for Friday. Here is the thing, I love fois gras and hearty, rich foods in all their glory. However, my fiancé is NOT into really heavy foods. I really want to eat here (and did I mention that Friday is my Birthday!) however I worry that she may not be able to eat. She is adventurous and loves seafood and meat, just not lamb, organ meats and other rich foods. Would she be ok here? I appreciate any feedback you could provide. Thanks.