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Food staycation....

Thanks! I always use this site when I travel and figure it is easier for other users (out of towners) to locate the restaurant to plan their trip....

Mar 24, 2014
chung006 in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Food staycation....

Had a friend from SF in town from Thur afternoon to Sunday noon. We hit up quite a few places (as many as we could stuff in 3 days). Usually write about places when I travel but never rated restaurants at home. I was quite an adventure, now time to diet...

- http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/14/181110/restaurant/Riley-Park-Little-Mountain/Longs-Noodle-House-Vancouver
- Xiao Long Bao; Drunken Chicken; Tan Tan noodles
- Amazing food, probably the best Bao in Vancouver; super thin skin.
- 9/10 - great cheap eats.

- http://www.hawksworthrestaurant.com/
- Duck Breast; Pork Belly; Jelpeno/Potatoe soup; Steak/short rib
- Going down hill. Duck was one of the best I have had but rest was OK.
- 7.5/10 - This use to be one of the best. 2X in 3 mtns and both were disappointing for the price you pay

- http://www.bellagelateria.com/
- Espresso cannoli; Maple pecan, Chocolate, Lavender gelato
- Really good... Cannoli was excellent BUT not your traditional pastry.
- 9/10 - Been good every time. Try the affogato - awesome.

- http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/14/181389/restaurant/Chinatown/Phnom-Penh-Vancouver
- Chicken wings (of course); #4 Dry egg noodles; #35 Beef rich w fried egg
- Vancouver institution; can't get enough of the wings...+ fried egg on rice= can't go wrong
- 9/10 - for cheap eats, one of Vancouver's best, just be prepared to stand in line

- http://www.japadog.com/
- Didn't join guest but had dog and new butter shaken fries
- Good Vancouver staple.
- 8/10 - good and surprisingly butter fries are awesome and addictive...

- http://www.newtownbakery.ca/
- Apple Tart
- Haven't been in a long time, last time wasn't amazing BUT this time it was! So flaky and good
- 9/10- just that one item, haven't tried others, but worth the trip

- http://lecrocodilerestaurant.com/
- Duck Confit; Bone marrow; Onion soup; Frog legs; Steak; Chilean bass; tons of desserts
- Vancouver Institution, NEVER had a bad meal here and service is exceptional
- There is a palate cleanser that is served, this evening was melon but told waiter the pear sorbet w liquor was a must and he got it- one of the must taste in this world- amazing
- 10/10 - solid - always

- http://www.temperpastry.com/
- Almond Croissant; Coconut Croissant
- Crazy good - worth the trip just for one bite.
- 10/10 - must eat

- http://www.continental-coffee.ca/
- Coffee - our guest also had Cafe Artigiano (Spanish Latte- so good
)- 8.5/10 - really good coffee, a definite stop if you are on commercial drive

10) MIKU
- http://www.mikurestaurant.com/
- Too many items- ask chef to feed us until we were full
- Aburi Salmon Oshi Sushi; Seared Sea Bass - both are so buttery good = must have
- 10/10 - fav Japanese restaurant in Van and after relocation, way better atmosphere

- http://www.seaharbour.com
- Final meal, ended with dim sum
- various dishes, most were good, stuffed chicken wings was really good.
- 7.5/10 - overall good option when in neighborhood.

Mar 23, 2014
chung006 in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)


LOL... I actually just get the book from the library and "borrow" the info. Usually add locations on google maps, really good way to have suggestions around the city I visit. The book isn't only about absolute amazing food, has hidden neighborhood gems that are consistent staples. Definitely find it at a library to browse.

NOLA- have a look, the 2 I loved are August, they had a squash angnolotti that was one of the best things I have ever eaten... amazing.... Also Cochon butcher for lunch.
- http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/919322

NYC- The BLB was really good, but for price, if you get a chance, do check out Umami Burger, I can't get enough of that place. Been to LA, Miami and NYC... wish they opened one in Vancouver so I don't have to spend a flight to enjoy it....

Feb 10, 2014
chung006 in Manhattan


I just wish it was longer to hit more food joints...

The recommendation for Le Pain was from this book. Used it as a guide for Miami and New Orleans and they were about 75% on the money. http://www.wherechefseat.com/about/

The BLB was basic in the sense there was no special ingredients like "short rib", "foie gras" etc.. too many $28 burgers jazz it up with stuff that takes away from the true taste of the burger.

Feb 10, 2014
chung006 in Manhattan


I had about 46 joints to try but w only 4 nights and an important beat down to witness on FEB 2- GO SEAHAWKS! I only made it to some of them. Below is a list of the places we hit up. Wish I had more time.....

​IGUANA RESTAURANT-stumbled upon restaurant.
- 6.5 / 10
- Acceptance meal, nothing special.
- Good guacamole, and staple foods. If need meal and you are in area, ok.
- http://mobile.dudamobile.com/site/iguananyc?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.iguananyc.com%2F#2719

- 7 / 10
- Suggested by book " where chefs eat"
- decent coffee, lots of locations. Nothing with travelling to but good recharging spot if in area
- http://www.lepainquotidien.com

- 9 / 10
- Good food, most things way above average. Does classic food justice.
- Duck Confit, frisse salad w lardon, spatzle, deserts- Amazing.
- Make rez, institution in NYC worth checking out.
- http://mobile.dudamobile.com/site/balthazarnycom?url=http%3A%2F%2Fbalthazarny.com%2F#2754

​- 8.5 / 10
​- NYC institution, surly service, eat and get out!
​- Corned beef on rye, basic mustard and a pickle, can't go wrong.
- http://katzsdelicatessen.com/

- 7 / 10
- Good basic cheap eats. Basic after drinking greasy food
- Can't go wrong with Pep and bacon...
- http://rayspizza.com/Location.html

​- 8 / 10
- Good solid staples.
- Black Label Burger- simple basic burger- Pasta Za Za- decent pasta- Grand marnier souffle- good.
​- ​http://minettatavernny.com/

- 7 / 10
- Stumbled upon this place and tried PB cookie and brownie- nothing special
- I hope the Maple PB and Chocolate PB I bought is good...
- http://ilovepeanutbutter.com/sandwichshop

​- 9 / 10
- Recommended by locals in Brooklyn- worth the trip
- Meatball Hogie (awesome); spicy pork meatball in spicy sauce- all good. Super tender meat yet has texture. Dessert can be skipped- nothing special
- http://www.themeatballshop.com

​- 8 / 10
- Saw this name pop up multiple times. Made the trip to Brooklyn & also visited store in Manhattan
- Tried multiple things- Blueberry/miso shake(really grows on you... now kinda missing it...); ALL the cookies, good but PB was awesome; Pork bun, good but not as amazing as people made it sound; pretzel milk- ok. Salmon bagel thing- awesome! Crack pie- too sweet.
- http://momofuku.com

- 7.5 / 10
​- Recommended by a foodie as typical NYC pie
- I had it cold after night out, a friend brought it from store to our hotel. Good pie but thought Ray's was better.​
- www.joespizzanyc.com

HALAL GUYS ​53rd & 6th
​- 8 / 10
- Told a must find by a SF foodie. BUT she said good luck, just look around 6th ave for a cart with a line up = not hard to find...
- Had the Chicken w rice. Perfect street food.... just make sure you get extra creamy yogurt type sauce to dump on the chicken and rice. So good
- www.53rdand6th.com​

​- 7.5 / 10
- Was told to check out, a few around town.
- Was ok, nothing special, if you see it and need food, it is ok. Definitely way better dumplings (xiao long bao) in Vancouver.
- http://www.joeshanghairestaurants.com

- 9 / 10
- Had to find this... been to LA location, then Miami location- HANDS DOWN best burger under $15, in fact will beat most burgers PERIOD.
- Stuck with my usual - The Original. Simple, amazing..... sampled the Truffle, awesome, Monte Cristo special- was ok.
- Only complain.... it should be 10 / 10 (when I had it in LA and Miami) this medium rare was more of a medium to me.... AND waitress forgot to tell me their special was a 5 spice duck burger (so disappointed and way too full to eat a second burger, AND it was hours before my flight home...
)- http://www.umami.com/umami-burger/eats/umami-greenwich-village/

​- 8 / 10
- simple basic burger- had it last time I was in NYC 2003. Same as before, good staple, med rare was well cooked, nothing fancy.
- http://www.burgerjointny.com/​

- 7.5 / 10
- Tried variety of cupcakes, still not fan of small cupcakes. some we good some ok.... Prefer larger cupcake, find it more moist.
- http://www.bakedbymelissa.com/checkou...

Feb 08, 2014
chung006 in Manhattan

Needing some Recommendations for two days

Heard there is a rule in Vancouver, restaurants can't serve burgers pink in the middle = all are served well done. That would be a reason for no good burgers here.... Live in Vancouver and tried many times to get them to serve me a medium rare to no avail.....

Jan 21, 2014
chung006 in Manhattan

Too many restaurants, not enough time....

It was definitely fun "testing" the food to write the feedback... Makes me hungry just thinking about it....

Dec 13, 2013
chung006 in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Too many restaurants, not enough time....

Was just in Miami a week ago and hit up a bunch of places. Some were on my list from researching thru this site, TV shows, and "where chefs eat" book. Others, we stumbled upon... Very disappointed we missed Michael's Genuine.

Below is summary of places we visited. Thank you Miami, I will be back!

LA SANDWICHERIE - http://www.lasandwicherie.com/ -
- Rate it 7/10
- 4 different types of beugettes sandwiches + 1 crouque- the croque was great, the rest was average to slogjt;u above average.
- Smoothies and milk shakes were great- open super late = great place for late night eats.

YARDBIRD - http://runchickenrun.com/
- Rate 9.5/10
- So much hype and really did not dissappoint. Can't think of a single dish that wasn't outstanding. The mud piie and BP and Maple bacon sundaes are sooo good....
- HIGHLY recommend. A place to go out of your way to try.

PUERTO SAGUA - http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/12/155379/restaurant/Miami/South-Beach/Puerto-Sagua-Miami-Beach
- Rate 6.5/10
- Late night eats. Good cheap food. Had cuban sandwich, pulled pork sandwich both good. Rest was white fish, fish soup, empanandas, which was nothing special.
- Don't go out of way but good late night option.

LA PERRADA DE EDGAR - http://www.laperradadeedgar.com/
-Rate 7.5/10
- Much hyped Anthony Bourdain visit... tried the whip cream dog and really it wasn't horrible. Not my thing but didn't disgust me....
- The other dogs were actually quite god. Not gourmet by no means but tasty basic dogs. Soft steamed buns with good dog and crazy toppings.
- Tried the Paraguayan; Argentinian, Columbian, Edgar special, & Roma. Owner is super friendly

EL PALACIO DE LOS JUGOS - http://www.elpalaciodelosjugos.com/en/
- 7.5/10
- Cuban sandwich; ribs, pork rice, lechon, various juices, empanadas
- Definitely worth the visit. many locations- find one close to you and go.
- coconut juice = awesome!!! Super cheap good eats!!

JOE'S STONE CRAB - http://www.joesstonecrab.com
- 8/10
- Institution in Miami.
- We were lucky, it was stone crab season. It was delicious! Other items were good, nit amazing but consistent good.

LA MOON - http://www.urbanspoon.com/m/r/12/153597
- 6.5/10
- Columbian Food, Food got dogs. Had the chiccerone, and yuka fries. All the other dishes we ok to good.
- Not worth going out of your way, but good option for cheap food if you are in area and open late.

UMAMI BURGER- http://www.umami.com/umami-burger/eats/#florida
- 10/10
- GO! Simple, basic, amazing burger.
- Had the original burger. Nothing fancy but out of this world. Loved it in LA and made the special trip in Miami to eat it.

CHICO'S CANTINA - http://chicoscantina.com
- 6.5/10 (KEY WEST
)- Mexican Food, some good dishes but nothing amazing.
- ok to check out if in area, don't make special trip.

LE PETIT PARIS - http://www.urbanspoon.com/m/r/144/1726868
- 6.5/10 (KEY WEST
)- Same as above, everywhere was closed so stumbled into this restaurant. Savory crepes. A little heavy for a crepe. Quite pricy.
- Nothing that blew me away, ok if in area for a meal and can't find anything.

ROOSTICA- http://www.roostica.com
- 7/10 (KEY WEST
)- Lazy day, ordered take out.... Usually not a good judge of a restaurant, especially neapolitan style pizza. Fig&pig was good. Funghi& cheese and lasagna was ok. Risotto balls was not that good.
- Good option in key west. It was close to our hotel.

SANDY'S CAFE- http://www.kwsandyscafe.com
- 8/10
- Great snack shop, super cheap eats. Got to stew (ok), prawn tacos (great), mariachi tacos(great), Sandy's cubano(awesome), crab cakes(not so good
)- Definitely a place to check out and 24hrs!

CONCH SHACK - http://www.myconchshack.com/default.html
- 8.5/10
- Get the lobster roll! Soo goood....
- Also had cracked conch(good), sampler (good), conch fritter(ok) then got second lobster roll.... Definitely check it out.

GLAZED DONUT - http://www.glazeddonutskw.com
- 8.5/10
- Might not have did this justice... Just had a couple lobster rolls and was sooo full but had to check out 1 of the top 10 rated don't shops in the U.S
- Key lime (great), Apple fritter (good), maple bacon (good), copy of cronut (ok), cinnamon sugar(ok). Worth checking out.

KIM'S KUBAN- http://m.yelp.ca/biz/kims-kuban-key-west
- 7.5/10
- Unfortunatly didn't actually get a cubano....
- Everyone raved about the cafe con leche (ok). BLT(Good), steak&cheese (good), bollos (good) had to try these unique hush puppies/falafel type snacks.... Wish they weren't as heavy handed with the salt, otherwise, it was super tasty.

Nov 24, 2013
chung006 in Miami - Fort Lauderdale


Really disappointed I missed dooky... Walked by there a couple times but was just way too full the entire trip. Lol, tried hard to walk off a lot of the meals and tried to build an appetite..

Oct 21, 2013
chung006 in New Orleans


Most of the restaurants were actually outside or the quarter... Seems like the up and coming neighborhood is the warehouse district. Loads of restaurants.

Oct 20, 2013
chung006 in New Orleans


Thanks! The menu looks awesome! Will have to add to list then narrow things down..

Oct 20, 2013
chung006 in New Orleans


Definitely enjoyed the trip! Planning the next one for Miami in 3 weeks!!

Oct 20, 2013
chung006 in New Orleans


I wish I had more time... I would probably have eaten at Cochon Butcher 10 times to try every single sandwich they have.... Would also have loved to try R'evolution and Root. Both seem to have amazing menus.

Oct 09, 2013
chung006 in New Orleans

Too many choices, not enough meals. Suggestions and comments on our short itinerary, please!

Cochon butcher. one of the best sandwiches ever... sweet potatoe hotsauce.. so amazing I brought 5 bottles back home.

Oct 09, 2013
chung006 in New Orleans


Hey everyone,

I got a few amazing suggestions from this board so wanted to post a review and summary of my food adventures. NOLA is really a food paradise....

1) NOLA (Emeril Lagasse) http://www.emerilsrestaurants.com/nola-restaurant
- Smoked duck was awesome.
- Stuffed Chicken was another high light.
- Shrimp & Grits- was tasty.
- Dirty rice was awesome...
- Other stuff we had was ok to good. Rated about 8.5 out of 10

2) Dickie Brennan's Steakhouse - http://www.dickiebrennanssteakhouse.com/
- Turtle soup- too salty, so were the veggies (to a point we couldn't eat it
)- Duck and egg sandwich - ok, nothing special
- My cowboy rib eye - nothing special.
- Other people got the prime rib and they loved it.
- Rated this 6.5 out of 10.

​3) Cafe Du Monde - http://www.cafedumonde.com/
- Beinets - awesome!!! so good, went back 3 times.
- Coffee- basic but awesome!
- For a cheap place with so much history- a MUST - Rated 9 out of 10.​

4) Brothers Chicken - http://www.yelp.ca/biz/brothers-food-mart-new-orleans
- Fried Chicken- awesome late night eats after the bar.
- Cheap Fried Chicken w a hint of spice- can't be beat.

5) Galatoires - http://www.galatoires.com/home
- Institution in N.O. Old school and cool setting but none of the food was amazing.
- A jacket a must, they can provide you a jacket to wear.
- Rated this 7.5 out of 10.

6) August - http://www.restaurantaugust.com/
- Prawn w ravioli like pasta... seriously the best ravioli I have ever had... we ordered an extra dish.
- Duck w dirty rice- Asian influence - like Korean hot bowl rice. excellent.
- This was the place that everyone agreed we had the best meal.
- Rate this one 10 out of 10. Freaking amazing...

7) Royal House Oyster Bar - http://www.royalhouserestaurant.com/
- Someone else picked this place.
- Hush Puppies; Crawfish Ravioli - both ok, nothing special. Edible meal.
- The only stand out was the redfish beinet - that was pretty good.
- Rated 6 out of 10

8) Parkway Bakery - http://www.parkwaypoorboys.com/
- Roast beef w gravy po boy, not bad. Good basic eats.
- Lots of history, good to try it out.
- Rated 7 out of 10

9) Cochon Butcher - http://www.cochonbutcher.com/
- Buckboard Bacon Melt- damn... one of the best sandwiches I have had. top 10.
- The sweet potato hot sauce is also excellent.
- Chocolate cookie & bacon praline - good, above average.
- Rated 9 out of 10

10) Taceaux Loceaux - http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/57/1533015/restaurant/Uptown/Taceaux-Loceaux-New-Orleans
- Anthony Bourdain visited this food truck on his layover
- Braised short rib taco - excellent - perfect street food for right before the game.
- Had this at the Saints vs. Dolphins game- food cart - rate this 8 out of 10

​11) Coquette - http://coquettenola.com/
- Cured meat w soft boil egg - very tasty
- Soft shell crab - pretty good, but didn't blow me away.
- Rate this 8 out of 10​

12) The American Sector - http://www.nationalww2museum.org/american-sector/
- Go for happy hour- 75cent pulled port sandwiches!
- Fries w Italian sausage and barrata - not that good- too soggy.
- Lump crab meat salad - not bad, but not amazing.
- Duck wings- heard it is awesome- was hoping to try but sold out.
- Great place to eat when you are checking out the WWII show - rate 7 out of 10.

13) Phil's Grill - http://www.phils-grill.com/
- Check out the menu- you build your own burger
- For $10, best burger I have had at that price. Unlike in Canada you can order your burger medium rare!
- Rated 9 out of 10

14) Dat Dog - http://datdognola.com/
- Had the Duck Dog - really good, but I think they put bacon in the dog for the fat content.
- Tasted good but would have like more duck taste.
- Rated 8 out of 10

15) Willie Mae's Scotch House - http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/57/1349325/restaurant/Seventh-Ward/Willie-Maes-Scotch-House-New-Orleans
- Was shown on Food Network as America's best fried chicken
- It was above average but definitely not the best.
- Skin had too much batter and too greasy
- Rated 6 out of 10

16) Central Grocery - http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/57/620391/restaurant/French-Quarter/Central-Grocery-New-Orleans
- Suppose to be the original Muffuletta
- Super busy- went to store 4 X before getting one. 1- store close at 5pm. 2-store close on Sunday. 3- sold out by 4pm. 4- finally got one!
- A lot of hype and it was good but not worth the line up and waits.
- Rated 7.5 out of 10

17) Santa Fe - http://www.santafenola.com/
- Crawfish empanada - pretty good.
- Fried whole fish - very tasty.
- Rated 7.5 out of 10

Oct 05, 2013
chung006 in New Orleans


Hello everyone! I am heading down to N.O and surrounding areas for a couple weeks. I have been going through different post and accumulating my list. Won't hit all but would like any endorsements for specific MUST EATS or something I left out. Cheers!

1) Cochon & Cochon Butcher 930 Tchoupitoulas Street - Mulfalata
2) Dooky Chase's Treme Laftte Cajun food - Jambalaya
3) The Crab Trap LA Place Crab & Shirmp
4) Herbsaint French & Italian
5) Roosevelt Hotel - Sazerac Bar Bus district Lounge - drinks
6) French 75 Bar French Quarter Lounge - drinks
7) Pho Tau Bay West Bank Vietnamese
8) Atchafalaya Uptown Shirmp & Grits Sunday Brunch
9) R & O'S Bucktown Roast beef Po boy
10) Walker's Southern Style BBQ New Orlean's east
11) Cochon du Lait Po boy
12) Taceaux Loceaux Uptown- outside Kingpin Bar
13) South in your mouth - Pork belly, Marker's chipole & charred Jalepeno Food Truck
14) R'Evolution
15) Coquette
16) Brigsten's
17) Commander's Palace
18) Galatoire's
19) Parkway Bakery Po Boy
20) Willie Mae's Fried chicken
21) Bon Ton

Aug 21, 2013
chung006 in New Orleans

Manila Chinese Food

perfect!!! going to be there in 3 days!! just eating my way through Macau and HK right now..... thanks again, really appreciate this.

Dec 19, 2012
chung006 in China & Southeast Asia

Manila Chinese Food


LOL... I didn't mean OR. actually I love BOTH, and can't wait to eat both of them... Only 3 days till I fly out.

If you can help with exact restaurant name and location, that would be awesome!

Chinese Poppia - Milky Way Restaurant- located at Pasay Road?
Filipino Lumpia- Landmark Department store?

Thank you in advance!!

Dec 11, 2012
chung006 in China & Southeast Asia

Manila Chinese Food

Thanks pilinut!!! I am heading to Manila in a few weeks and I am a junkie for Lumpia... You CANNOT find a decent one in Vancouver. I love both the Philipino Fresh Lumpia OR the Chinese Poppia. Definitely going to hit your recommendations!!

Nov 22, 2012
chung006 in China & Southeast Asia


THANKS ALL FOR SUGGESTIONS! it was an amazing weekend BUT way tooooo short. Was only to get to-
UMAMI BURGER- Best Burger I have had under $15!!!!
NICKEL DINER- Who wud have thunk it- Donut and Bacon = DELICIOUS!!
ORIGINAL PANTRY- GREAT place for the pre-game brunch before the NUCKS WON!!!!
PARKS BBQ- Fantastic food- SO MUCH FOOD..... Had to be rolled out of the joint.

Thanks again and GO NUCKS GO!!!

Mar 12, 2011
chung006 in Los Angeles Area


hhmm..... last i checked the nucks were 1st overall in the league. BUT Kings did get penner, still.
I am so confident, I will probably spend my entire trip checking out the restaurants above and skip the game. Why bother with the game when I know the outcome will be a canucks victory!!

PS- to fill my time- give me a couple other MUST eats in that area!!

Mar 02, 2011
chung006 in Los Angeles Area


Hello all,
Coming in from Vancouver to see the Canucks BEAT the Kings this weekend. Arriving Friday and have till Sunday morning.
So far, the list of restaurants include-
1) Park's BBQ if we can call to get rez when we arrive.
2) Langer's deli for the sandwiches.
3) Nickel diner for the bacon donuts. ahh......
4) Umami Burger- trying to see if we can fit this in because we are staying close to Staple's Centre.
5) Roscoe's Chicken & Waffles- since I have heard about it back in the day.

Pretty much have WAY too many places for my 5 meals.
Any suggestions on what to keep or any others that i MUST include.

cheers!! chung

Park's BBQ
955 S. Vermont Ave, Suite G, Los Angeles, CA 90006

Umami Burger
850 S La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Mar 01, 2011
chung006 in Los Angeles Area

Best Pizza, Burger, Hotdog- around JFK

Hello all, just did a quick search and i don't see too many options for amazing food around JFK. I only have 4 hrs to cab or train out to grab something to eat in between flights.

Hoping to find a MUST eat of pizza, burger or hot dog.

Hopefully ALL 3 in the same area. thanks!! for any info!!

Oct 18, 2010
chung006 in Outer Boroughs

where did it go?

hello all,

just walked by villa del lupo and it looks closed. i haven't been there in over a year and didn't hear that it shut down. i googled it and all the links to the website are down and their ph# is no longer in service. anyone heard what happend to the restaurant?? it was probably in the top 5 best restaurants in vancouver.

thanks, chung

Oct 31, 2009
chung006 in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)