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Sukhothai in Lancaster...???

They've been in the area for a while, but until a few months ago, were in Mountville. They moved to the mostly-restaurant mall adjacent to the Lancaster Arts Hotel (Fenz, Rosa Rosa, and Pita Pit are also in there).

They have a typical American Thai restaurant menu, so nothing too exotic, but they do a pretty good job of it--very nice flavors overall, and no disappointments. Their Thai spicy sausage appetizer is one of the better ones I've had.

Aside from wishing they had some more exotic dishes, my one complaint is that the spice level seems to vary--something ordered 'spicy' can come out nice and spicy one time, but with almost no heat another time.

Mar 28, 2011
clarence6ybr in Pennsylvania

Fresh or frozen fava beans in Reno-Sparks?

Check out Trader Joe's--I got some there this past spring/early summer (packaged, not fresh).

Feb 11, 2010
clarence6ybr in California

Lancaster: Polenta (pref. Golden Pheasant brand)?

Thanks again to all for your replies.

Giant just happens to be close (three blocks away right now), and one of the few places in town that carries Odwalla products (my pregnant wife drinks one of their protein drinks a day). I've certainly noticed a difference in selection between the Fruitville Pike and Stone Mill Plaza stores, but those two stores aren't bad. I will look for the Red Mill polenta at the Fruitville store, but also check out Stauffer's.

Also looks like a visit to Cocina Mexicana is on my agenda for the near future.

Thanks again, look forward to hearing more from all of you in the future!

Nov 17, 2009
clarence6ybr in Pennsylvania

Lancaster: Polenta (pref. Golden Pheasant brand)?

Thanks all for the tips.

Our real estate agent pointed out Mandros for good imported foods a few months ago, but it slipped my mind, so this will be a good kick in the butt to head over there. Similarly, I have been to a couple Giants, Herr's in Millersville, and Musser's in Mountville, but I have yet to try a Stauffer's, so I'll check out the Rohrerstown Road location.

I've had some of the other Bob's Red Mill grains and found them good, so if I can find the polenta locally I'll give a try.

To change the topic a bit, I moved here after 16 years in the Southwest, and I've been a bit disappointed with the tortilla selection in local supermarkets. With the large hispanic population, I'd assume there are some better options available--any suggestions on neighborhood markets (or supermarkets) that have fresh tortillas?

I hope I don't sound too whiny--we're happy overall (especially impressed with great produce at various farmstands in the late summer when we first moved here), I'm just trying to locate some old favorites.

Nov 16, 2009
clarence6ybr in Pennsylvania

Lancaster: Polenta (pref. Golden Pheasant brand)?

Hi-

I'm fairly new to the area, and was shocked that my local Giant only carries 'instant' polenta. Any tips for where to find good non-instant polenta (I've always liked the stuff made by Golden Pheasant)?

Nov 15, 2009
clarence6ybr in Pennsylvania

Ethiopian Food in Reno????

My wife and I were pretty underwhelmed (both big Ethiopian food fans). In fairness, we were there a day after they opened and haven't been back since, so they may have still been working out the kinks during our visit.

I did hear a positive review from a friend who ate there a couple of months ago.

Jul 18, 2008
clarence6ybr in California

Best Pho in Reno, NV

I'm partial to Saigon Pearl on 2nd St. downtown. Haven't been to Pho 777 since the relocation, but it was always good, I just like SP a little better.

Jul 11, 2008
clarence6ybr in California

Celebrating a graduation and more - Reno

According to the last two posts in the Ciao thread, they have shut down, but will be reopening in late April, perhaps as a sports bar. According to the second-to-last post in that thread, the food and service were so bad at the end that you would not have wanted to eat there at all, much less take guests you were trying to impress.

http://www.chowhound.com/topics/89441

Apr 06, 2008
clarence6ybr in California

Voila! Cafe - Reno

Good news--haven't been in a few months, so will have to try and go this weekend to give them some business after their 'break'.

Mar 12, 2008
clarence6ybr in California

Sezmu Reno Chowdown

To update, we were back at Sezmu a couple nights ago with some out-of-towners. All four of our meals were excellent, and the 'little things' that nagged a bit last time were fixed.

They have solved the salt problem--they now have small salt cellars with little spoons that they bring out to the tables when salt is requested, so there is no longer any need for the waitstaff to shuttle salt between tables anymore.

Mar 12, 2008
clarence6ybr in Southwest

Voila! Cafe - Reno

Bad news...they were a great addition to Reno. Is there a potential relocation in the works, or are they simply done for?

Mar 05, 2008
clarence6ybr in California

Sezmu Reno Chowdown

After several fabulous experiences, I had my first semi-disappointing experience at Sezmu last night. Still great overall, but the main I had on the tasting menu was a bit off--lamb chops that were overly fatty, and really just did not meld with the cannellini bean/broccolini/sunchoke mix they were served with. Nothing truly horrible, just not up to the standard they've set for themselves. My starter (raw tuna strips wrapped around avocado slices with fresh hearts of palm), and dessert (date cake) were excellent, soup (parsnip with a prosciutto/parsnip hash) was very good, and my wife's salad and flap steak main were both excellent.

in the 'little things' category, the butter that came with the bread was so rock hard (frozen) that I literally put the plate on top of the heat register on the floor under our table to try and soften it up a bit. Even more galling was the fact that they are now down to one salt dispenser for the entire restaurant. No kidding (apparently the rest have been stolen). When we asked for salt, the server literally had to get the one remaining salt mill from another (occupied) table; she had to take it back once, and we then had to ask for it again. IMHO it's bad enough that so many places don't even put salt (or pepper) out, implying that the chef has perfectly seasoned everything and you would never need salt, but to let your restaurant run down to a single salt dispenser and force the staff to play 'musical salt mill' shuttling it back between tables is absolutely ridiculous, especially considering the price tag at Sezmu. Even if they aren't the fancy push-button stainless salt mills that the restaurant originally had, they really do need to get some more salt dispensers.

Mar 04, 2008
clarence6ybr in Southwest

Update wanted for CSUS area!

I forget the name, but my favorite of the places I tried near CSUS was an Indian place a few minutes drive from campus (mostly north, IIRC). The name should be in one of the earlier CSUS threads.

Feb 04, 2008
clarence6ybr in California

Stone Bistro and SD Beer/Food Suggestions Needed

Well, I stand (pleasantly) corrected about how easy it is to find Russian River products in San Diego. I guess I've just been hanging out in the wrong places. Based on this info, it seems like there's better availability of RR bottles in San Diego than there is in San Francisco or San Diego (but maybe I've been hitting the wrong places there as well...).

Jan 11, 2008
clarence6ybr in California

Stone Bistro and SD Beer/Food Suggestions Needed

My advice on Stone would be to go for the beer (excellent), and either (1) eat somewhere else, or (2) go in with no expectation of good food, and perhaps you'll be pleasantly surprised.

I'm not a huge fan of New Belgium, especially compared with other options you'll find out there.

I heartily second the Green Flash suggestion--the two things of theirs that I've had are excellent.

Russian River is a superb brewery, but they are located in Santa Rosa, which is outside SF, and have fairly limited distribution, so I don't know if you'll have luck finding any of their stuff in SD, but if you do, you should certainly try it!

Jan 09, 2008
clarence6ybr in California

Reno: Chocolate Bar to open in Summit Sierra

Article in the Business section today mentioned this, but no word on whether it's going to be a relocation or a second branch.

Anybody have any details on this?

Nov 09, 2007
clarence6ybr in California

Reno: Zagol Ethiopian now open

For some reason, their hours are not listed on their website. Call 786-9200 and ask them!

Nov 07, 2007
clarence6ybr in California

Vegetarian Entrees in Denver?

After a trip to Denver last week, I'll be the third to rave about Rioja. Panzano downtown was also very good and had a couple no-meat pasta dishes. I'll also second Megiac's thought that pretty much everywhere we went seemed to have pretty diverse menus, so your friend shouldn't have much of a problem.

Nov 07, 2007
clarence6ybr in Southwest

Reno: Zagol Ethiopian now open

No idea...I certainly didn't try to make it a sticky...after Janet's reply, it was de-stickied, when I replied to her, it was re-stickied, but the issue seems to be fixed now.

Nov 06, 2007
clarence6ybr in California

Reno: Zagol Ethiopian now open

Yes, the location is a bit off the beaten path. They are in somewhat of a dead pocket on 4th St., in a corner building. If you turn north off 4th, there is angled parking on the street right in front of their door (which is actually on the cross street, although their official address is on 4th).

It will be interesting to hear how things have changed by the time you visit.

Nov 06, 2007
clarence6ybr in California

Reno: Zagol Ethiopian now open

Went the other night and had somewhat of a mixed experience.

http://www.zagolofreno.com/

Staff was very friendly, service was good overall.

Although their website and menu tout Ethiopian beer and honey wine (plus non-Ethiopian beer), their liquor license won't be in hand until later this month (23rd or 29th, I think they said), so only soft drinks, coffee, etc. are available.

It was not packed (to say the least), and potentially as a result of that, they don't seem to offer everything on the menu. We ordered a three-item meat combo plus a vegetable dish, but unlike every other Ethiopian place I've been to, we were not allowed to select what the three dishes in the combo were--it was take the three things they offered. It's unclear whether or not any other dishes would have been available a la carte.

Of the meat dishes, the Key Wat (beef stew) was our favorite--great, rich flavor. The Kitfo ("minced" beef with butter and seasonings) is served "raw, rare, or well done"; we got what was described as medium, which was a bit too underdone for us for ground beef. My wife detected some spiciness to it, but to me the taste of butter was too overwhelming to taste much else. The Beg Tibs (lamb) had good flavor, but the lamb was quite overdone and chewy. The Kik Alicha (yellow split peas) was pretty good, could have used a bit more seasoning in my book.

Finally, I felt the portion size to be fairly small considering the prices.

Overall, a bit of a disappointment, but I don't think they've even been open a week yet. There were some good flavors there, and it would be great to have an Ethiopian place in town, so I hope things start gelling a little better as they get more experience

Nov 06, 2007
clarence6ybr in California

ABQ: What do I need to know?

I've been gone from NM for three years now, so I'll let more up-to-date people fill you in on restaurant stuff; unless there has been a major shake-up, Talin Market is the no-contest winner for picking up Asian ingredients.

Nov 02, 2007
clarence6ybr in Southwest

Denver-recs wanted, walking distance from Convention Center

Thanks for the links--I searched 'Denver downtown' and didn't come across anything promising on the first page; looks like I should have searched 'convention center'! I'm guessing kmarq's right about steak places being hit hard with the Series in town, so I'll probably avoid them this trip.

Oct 26, 2007
clarence6ybr in Southwest

Denver-recs wanted, walking distance from Convention Center

I will be at a conference starting this weekend, staying a couple blocks from the convention center, sans car. I'd appreciate any suggestions for good places to eat (lunch/dinner only, no need for breakfast joints). I'm open to any type of cuisine, and all price points are welcome as long as the food is tasty.

Oct 25, 2007
clarence6ybr in Southwest

Denver Downtown Beers?

Falling Rock is my favorite. Not just a large selection, but really good stuff.

Wynkoop is my favorite of the brewpubs, best beer of the bunch IMHO. If you like good beer, I'd suggest skipping Rock Bottom; they really don't have anything distinguished.

Oct 19, 2007
clarence6ybr in Southwest

Stone Brewery Bistro - disappointing (long)

If you search for previous threads, you will find that I and a number of other posters expressed profound disappointment with the food there, with specific mention that it seems odd that Stone's beers are so flavorful, yet the food at the bistro is so bland.

Oct 12, 2007
clarence6ybr in California

Scottsdale-recs wanted near Shea&Hwy 101

We're open to all types of cuisine. The fact that some people have already posted Middle Eastern recs so far is great because that is something tough to find in Reno (where we live). In general, though, we're just looking for good food of any sort.

For purposes of this thread, I'd say keeping it to about a 10 mile radius from Shea&101 would be ideal. As I mentioned, I've already looked through other threads to find 'best' places for nights my wife feels up to a longer trip; I'd just like to have a list of nearby places in case we don't feel up to a longer drive. Thanks to all for their responses so far!

Oct 01, 2007
clarence6ybr in Phoenix

Scottsdale-recs wanted near Shea&Hwy 101

The missus is having some testing done at the Mayo clinic; we'll be staying nearby off Shea Blvd and Hwy 101. In case she isn't up to long drives, I'd appreciate knowing of any good places close by.

I've already scoured the board for what's best in the whole metro area in case we have the energy to travel for dinner, so no overall PHX area recs are needed.

Sep 30, 2007
clarence6ybr in Phoenix

Sacramento recs wanted--downtown and anywhere else

I will be in Sacramento next week for a conference at the convention center downtown, staying at a nearby hotel. I'd appreciate hearing suggestions of the best places in the downtown area, and also your favorites that will make a drive to a different part of town worthwhile (I will have a car). Any type of cuisine is fine.

Sep 08, 2007
clarence6ybr in California

Some Good Vietnamese-Chinese Restaurant in Reno

For Vietnamese, I like Saigon Pearl, which is located off the lobby of the El Cortez Hotel (2nd and Arlington). I think it's the best Vietnamese in town. There is also a new place that I haven't been to in the same shopping mall as the Target and Sierra Trading Post off Virginia St.--I haven't been yet, but there have been good reports about it.

If you like Thai, Thai Royal House near Kietzke and Moana is my favorite in town.

Chinese that I've tried here has been good, but not great. I haven't tried the place MofCarson suggests; there is also a new place Peony that has had very good reviews and mentions here, but I have no personal experience there.

Sep 08, 2007
clarence6ybr in California