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Vacation Spot in October

Nope, I have been to the Triangle and know there isn't much to do. I am looking for this other places that have the food but have things to do. Charleston was on my list but didn't think of New Orleans.

Jul 18, 2014
jshaper in Southeast

Vacation Spot in October

My wife and I want to go on a long weekend in October to a place with good food and things to do but Napa is too far and Chicago and NYC we have done too much. I have been to RTP many times and tons of great food there but not much to do for a long weekend. I know you have to have some places.

Thank you for your recomendations.

Jul 18, 2014
jshaper in Southeast

Raleigh Durham dining

I come down to raleigh 1-2 times a year on business and one place i typically frequent is revolution. They have a 3 5 and 7 course menus that they make on the fly I had general kosher restrictions that didn't allow milk and meat in the same course and they were very accomodating. They gave me a filet sliced in house that was absolutely the most tender piece of steak 2x beter than craftsteak. I am sure they can do vegitarian but pescetarian would be interesting on what they do but i would say they would accomodate. The atmosphere is great upscale and just fabulous. I would however rely on those currently living in RTP to comment if it has gone down hill but it was just great place to eat.

Also, as a side note Elaine's which is mentioned above is also on my repeat list and a great choice as well.

Jun 23, 2014
jshaper in Southeast

Business Trip recommendations needed (Salt Lake City)

I am going on a business trip with co-workers and staying at the marriott city creek. Our dinner budget is 50 + tax and tips per person including drinks. We need recomendations for the following:

1. Quick eats - need a place that serves quick food for dinner as we get in late
2. Need 2 safe places for picky eaters
3. need 1 place that is different or unique to SLC.

Lunch recomendations would help too but we will probably find a burger or sandwich place.

Feb 13, 2014
jshaper in Mountain States

Best Dessert In the City / neighboring towns

I saw this post from back in 2009 but wanted to revamp it with a new list let me know what your favorite dessert in the city is.

I would throw in the Zeppole from Sorrelina which are light and refreshing.

Dec 18, 2013
jshaper in Greater Boston Area

Manhattan Celebration Diner for 2 (and desert tasting questions)

Thank you so much for your response I have been meaning to try JG that was one of the ones on my list.

Aug 07, 2013
jshaper in Manhattan

Manhattan Celebration Diner for 2 (and desert tasting questions)

My wife just found out she passed the post residency surgical boards exam on her first attempt which isn't easy. I found a last minute hotel room at the intercontinental barclay for this saturday night and wanted to now schedule a celebratory diner for us. We have loved Marseille and DB bistro Modern but I wanted to go up from there. I don't have an unlimited budget and we are going to the theater afterwards.

My wife and I keep kosher in the house but do dine out as long as we don't have anything that is not kosher. So we don't eat pork, shelfish, or meat and cheese. Because of this we can't do tasting menus but rather need to do 3 course menus / al a carte menus. Where we go would ideally have:

1. wine pairings with its menu (or a sommelier on site)
2. Lamb chops or duck (wife's favorite)
3. availability to get in on saturday and out in time for play.
4. price isn't a deciding factor but I would like to be under 400 w/ tax and tip (without wine pairings) so roughly 160 pp for diner (also willing to push slightly if really worth it).

Next we heard on previous trips about a dessert tasting at WD-50 is that something that is still going on and would you recommend it? Further is there any other dessert tasting menu you would recommend?

Thanks for all your help in advance.

Aug 07, 2013
jshaper in Manhattan

Pre Theater Prix Fixe

We love marseille on 8th ave we go back every time we have been in New York since 35$ per person for top notch prix fixe.

Feb 05, 2013
jshaper in Manhattan

Need Restaurants for Business Trip

I am coming down to Dallas for a business trip with a co-worker. We will be saying just outside of Dallas in the Southlake / Irving area but I don't mind driving. Our spending limit for dinners is 50$ before tax and tip per person. I would like some options that will push my budget and options that will not break the bank to please my boss. Any suggestions you have would be appreciated.

Thanks

May 03, 2012
jshaper in Dallas - Fort Worth

Pre Theater dinner Saturday Night

It was the best Advice i didn't take. I went to Sardi's but it was overpriced for the quality and the ambiance was missing. I had a much beter meal for the same price at DB's Bistro Moderne and would recommend going there over Sardi's and will never listen to that guy again.

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DB Bistro Moderne
55 West 44th Street, New York, NY 10036

Sardi's
234 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036

Jun 06, 2011
jshaper in Manhattan

Filling my picnic basket in Newport, RI

We also noticed a subway near by that we could take down to Aquidneck and grab desert at newport cremery or cold fusion gelato... What we are really looking for is a place like the mooring that may do an amazing lunch to go. Does anyone know of a place that does a nice to go lunch perfect for picnic in the park with some wine?

May 26, 2011
jshaper in Southern New England

Will travel for clam shacks

+1 on going down the get the clam pie.

May 26, 2011
jshaper in Southern New England

Filling my picnic basket in Newport, RI

My wife and I are coming down to Newport for our aniversary and would like to go for a picnic in Newport to relax drink wine and maybe fly a kite. We are staying at a B&B on Phelham right near Thames. I know there are a ton of restaurants but would like to pickup something (premade or make ourselves) to eat on the way to picnicing.

I know I want to stop at either the Mad Hatter or newport choclate for dessert and I know that there is a Stop n Shop near the Chocolate by Freebody park as a last resort we can pick up bread sandwich meats and some fruit.

Is there a place that will pack to go and be perfect for a picnic? Is it near a place to setup our blanket?

Thanks for all your assistance.

May 26, 2011
jshaper in Southern New England

Recomendations for a tourist in his own city

I have two friends that aren't big foodies who ate at hoosiers weren't in love with it so I am not in a rush to try them. However I am thinking Sable sounds awesome as far a s the small plate concept thanks nsxtasy (and its close to my hotel). Next the sushi place i was thinking of was Sushi Naniwa, but i am still at a loss for a place I am thinking maybe mexique since thursday is cinco de mayo.

I want to thank you for all the sugestions if you have any more please keep them coming as my reservations are soft for now.

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Sushi Naniwa
605 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60654

Apr 26, 2011
jshaper in Chicago Area

Avenues, Tru, Les Nomades, or Everest?

It has been a little while since I have eaten at any of these so forgive me if things have changed but your not going to have a bad meal at any of them. I always liked the sheek decor of tru but overall food wise I would have to say the best meal I had out of those four was at Les Nomades.

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Les Nomades
222 E Ontario, Chicago, IL 60611

Apr 25, 2011
jshaper in Chicago Area

Recomendations for a tourist in his own city

Hi all I am half way through a 3 year stint out in Boston and I am headed home to chicago for training. My company gives me a 50 (pre tax and tip) budget per night for dinner and I would like to take what money is on the table. I would like to go to any new restaurants or ones that are getting better. I would prefer if they had bar seating so I am not at a table for two as only one.

I am coming in the week of may 3rd - 6th and would like sugestions for the river north area or a place i can get to via subway or short cab ride. I know one night is going to be Sushi so maybe Japonais or the sushi place on wells near Lous can't remember the name for the life of me. Other than that I am open for two nights whats new and good right now?

Thanks in advance for any help.

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Japonais Restaurant
600 West Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60610

Apr 25, 2011
jshaper in Chicago Area

Desert Tasting with wine flight

If there is no real wine pairing who does dessert the best and we can go there and has a decent dessert wine? Landmarc?

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Landmarc
179 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013

Feb 18, 2011
jshaper in Manhattan

Desert Tasting with wine flight

that is like right next door to our hotel but my wife doesn't do sake I would rather a wine flight.

Feb 18, 2011
jshaper in Manhattan

Desert Tasting with wine flight

We are going to see Mamma Mia this sunday night and doing pre theater at DB's Bistro Moderne and are looking for a post theater spot to hit. I would love a desert tasting place with a wine pairing. Does anyone have any suggestions on where they do great desert tasting menus with wine?

Thanks in advance for your help.

Feb 17, 2011
jshaper in Manhattan

Pre Theater dinner Saturday Night

I got recommended Sardi's and Carmines. Now Carmines has no availability but is Sardi's any good. Its right across from my theater.

Feb 16, 2011
jshaper in Manhattan

Pre Theater dinner Saturday Night

I am not hellbent on steak its just simple clean good food for this night i don't want the exotic combinations. I was looking for straight forward good food in a great atmosphere no real need to complicate the food.

Feb 15, 2011
jshaper in Manhattan

Pre Theater dinner Saturday Night

Thank you all for the ideas I will have to look into both of these ideas.

Feb 15, 2011
jshaper in Manhattan

Pre Theater dinner Saturday Night

Thanks for that recomendation I will look into it.

Feb 14, 2011
jshaper in Manhattan

Pre Theater dinner Saturday Night

I need to make my reservations for my excursion to NY this weekend and am looking for a relaxed place to go to dinner before the theater on the 19th. We are going to see Spiderman (heres hoping on minimal breaks). But we would like a dinner no more than about 80 per person (before tax and tip). We want a place that does the classics real well nothing too adventurous. Just good quality food no fluff. A good steakhouse would be perfect but what would you recommend?

I am a foodie at heart but my wife is not she likes it simple. Is there a compromise?

Thank you in advance.

Feb 14, 2011
jshaper in Manhattan

Valentines day Suggestions Thread

I wanted other people's opinions on great valentine's day places to take my wife on our first valentines day in boston. My wife had rack of lamb and duck for the first time on our cruise and loved them both especially the duck. To help add feul to the flame is there any restaurants romantic enough for valentines day that has real good duck or lamb? I was thinking Mistral Bistro but didn't know if anyone had any beter ideas?

Thank you in advance for your assistance

Feb 03, 2011
jshaper in Greater Boston Area

best Niagara falls restaurant with a view?

If money was no object what is the best restaurant to eat at with a view for dinner. I am going on my first anivesary to Niagara falls and would love to have a view of the falls while eating but have heard negative comments about every place with a view. What would you recommend?

Thanks in advance for your help.

Jan 25, 2011
jshaper in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Dinner before Mamma Mia

I would love to find a great place to have dinner before I go to see Mamma Mia. We are going to be eating at DB moderne bistro one night we need a recomendation for the other. Any and all sugestions welcome. My price range is about 100 pp not including drinks. Thanks for any and all sugestions.

Jan 13, 2011
jshaper in Manhattan

Pre Theater Prix Fixe

I am staying at the Hilton Garden Inn on 8th Ave and 49th (I think) and going to see the new spiderman show at foxwoods theater on 42nd street. I am looking for a great place for pre theater dinner.

thanks in advance for your help.

Dec 13, 2010
jshaper in Manhattan

Chef Table for two?

Thank you all for your sugestions I am looking into Via Matta , L'Espalier, and Asana. Any recomendations as far as those places or should I be looking into different ones. The birthday boy is a huge foodie and enjoyed Sorellina but wasn't blown away. Do you think any of these places will blow him away?

Dec 01, 2010
jshaper in Greater Boston Area

Chef Table for two?

Thank you for the sugestion but i don't know if they want to have 2 at a 4 top and I don't exactly want to be next to another couple on a birthday...

Dec 01, 2010
jshaper in Greater Boston Area