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Food trip - June 18-21

June 18-21

BLT burger for lunch-- Good! I had the lamb which was different but tasty, good sides to go with it (sauces), the classic x2 and falafel burger, all enjoyed by all. Really excellent fries. Had a grandma something alcoholic shake, mmm yummy.

Raku- easy to find, glad we had a car. Got there before 6 and there was a line by 6. We went in 2d table- they said we had to be out by 8. Thought that was odd. 4 of us had: sashimi sampler, agedashi tofu, carpaccio, steamed foie custard, pork rib, cooked tomatoes, grilled rice ball, iberico pork, a ribeye thing?. the food was incredible, each dish tasty and unique. Loved the food. Hated the pacing. My tomatoes camee out first. Then nothing. Then the sashimi, then nothing. The two guys had no food for almost half an hour. They said they'd do the tofu last as it was so rich and it came in the middle. Other tables seating long after us were eating before we got about halfway. Very odd and not fun. So the food was incredible, the experience slightly less so. Would definitely definitely go back.

Sage- Foie gras custard brulee. Amazing. Best FG Ive ever had. Rich and spreadably yummy. Melt in your mouth. We had short ribs, lamb saddle, lobster mezzalunas. All the food was very very good. And expensive. Loved the place, loved the food. The lamb was tender, big chunks of lobster in the raviolis. Had the lobster bisque as well. It was standard. 3 tiny flecks of lobster. 2 of us split that, and they did bring out portions for each, which were nice. The service was outstanding.

Onda- chose this as we wanted to eat in our hotel, Mirage, as we were going to 7pm show there after. Enjoyed it more than I thought I would. Very pleasant and the food was good. Salmon with a very delicious corn accompanyment, seafood ravioli bouilliabaisse, veal osso bucco, rigatoni bolognese. Everyone really enjoyed their food. Ate at 5, were done by 6 but didnt feel rushed at all. Service was excellent. Were going to do the Chinese place but had been eating a lot of Asian.

Beijing Noodle #9- lunch. Went there specifically for the soup dumplings. We over ordered, but it was ok. The food was good- 2 orders of Xiao, shrimp chow mein, shrimp har gow. Liked the decor, it was not crowded at all around noon. The dumplings were good- never having had them I have no comparison, but other than I thought there was more filling than I expected, there was good broth which did squirt out if you weren't careful. 6 to an order and it was filling. I thought they were also 'in' soup, but not.

Burgr--hubby had a Hells Kitchen burger, said it was his favorite meal of the trip. Spicy which he likes. It looked good. Not enormous but with toppings and bun was ...tall. Like.

Bouchon- breakfast. Favorite breakfast by far of the trip. Awesome. Les oeufs, potato croquettes, gravlax plate, le jardin, and cobbled together brioche and jam, fruit plate, saucisse. Pleasant on the patio, good service, the food was terrific, coffee also really good. Wanted to return but was too lazy to walk all the way there, get inside and up to 10th floor. A bit hard to find, but well worth it.

Mon Ami- breakfast on patio. Very pleasant surroundings. Ordered 2 eggs scrambled soft with cheese, home made english muffin, no potatoes and not crisp bacon. I got the eggs, toast, potatoes, super crispy bacon. Decided to say something and sent it back. She came back out and offered fruit instead of potatoes which she hadnt when I ordered. When it did come everything was tasty. Would return. Maybe for lunch.

Buffet at Mirage= break fast and lunch. It was ok. Was going to do Bellagio but pooped out on our last day, too much of a hassle getting there with our stuff, etc. I went for breakfast on my own early- it was all fine, nothing exciting. Lunch was better, nicer selection of foods and desserts. Again, nothing to write home about. Next time Bellagio or Wicked Spoon as planned.

So overall food was good. Everything is expensive, really plan your budget for that. There are so many places to try, without it being a long trip its hard. We were really food overload by the end. It was a lot of rich food also, which I for one am not used to. Am glad I picked all those places (there were 4 of us total eating fyi), but maybe pace it better next time.

Jun 22, 2013
aviva5675 in Las Vegas

Vegas Trip Report

Thanks for the report. Have a ressie made for Sage for our June trip. Pretty excited. Also planning Bouchon, for breakfast or lunch.

Mar 26, 2013
aviva5675 in Las Vegas

lunch ressies?

Thinking of Payard, Beijing Noodle #9, Mon Ami, Society Cafe among others similar for lunches in June. Do we really need a reservation?

Mar 02, 2013
aviva5675 in Las Vegas

Burgers for vegetarian??

Its probably counter intuitive but is there a good burger place on the Strip that would have fish or other options for a vegetarian? Id like to try one of the burger joints, but will have a pescatarian with us.

Mar 02, 2013
aviva5675 in Las Vegas

Buffet Sunday Brunch in North or Northwest Suburbs?

Its more west than north, but we've done the brunch at Pheasant Run a few times. Its ok. Not super expensive. It's no Allgauers, but it won't cost you like that either.

PS saw you on the Vegas board lately, Im planning a trip in the spring. You sure get around :)

Dec 11, 2012
aviva5675 in Chicago Area

High end Elgin restaurant suggestions

Not Northwest Highway, it's on Higgins and 59

Sep 17, 2012
aviva5675 in Chicago Area

High end Elgin restaurant suggestions

As always nsxtasy has pretty much hit it on the head. Schaumburg would have the highest number of 'high end' places. I like Montarra but havent been there for awhile. There is also a Coopers Hawk Winery and steak house, and a Ruth Chris steak house in the Arboretum shopping center in South Barrington at Northwest Hwy and Rt 59. Also, might not be nice enough, but there is a Biaggi Italian place in Algonquin, on Randall in Algonquin Commons. Almost directly across from Montarra.

Sep 17, 2012
aviva5675 in Chicago Area

Fancy Brunch in Northern Suburbs for 60th Birthday Celebration

The Sunday brunch at Allgauers in Northbrook is pretty nice.

Jan 07, 2012
aviva5675 in Chicago Area

Breakfast place near or east of White House

Thanks--Cafe du Parc looks nice but maybe too expensive for breakfast. Breadline Id like to try but trying to avoid going west.

Breakfast place near or east of White House

Going from early White House tour to the Police Memorial, possibly on foot, or walk to Metro Center and take Metro to Judiciary Square...looking for a place to eat a decent breakfast somewhere in there. I know Old Ebbitt is close by--what else?

Other plans for breakfast othe rmornings are Teaism, Kramerbooks, Founding Farmers, Firefly, as examples, thanks.

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Teaism
2009 R St NW, Washington, DC 20009

Founding Farmers
1924 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20006

Recommendations near International Trade Center?

Thanks, checked the new to sticky and not really finding transportation stuff. Went to the Metro site, and seems like its the Circulator to the 34 or 36 bus? Anyone know if thats right/fastest, or can direct me to transpo info in the sticky?

uh oh-- Oyamel AND Jaleo??

Im thinking also of dropping Oyamel. Maybe for Againn (and I have a Groupon), Matchbox, Arcadiana, Central, or ha maybe Ollies Trolley.

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Ollies Trolley Restaurant
1426 L St NW, Washington, DC 20005

uh oh-- Oyamel AND Jaleo??

I have a dinner reservation for Jaleo and also a lunch reservation for Oyamel. Am I double-dipping into a well of similar cuisine? Or are they different enough that it is worth going to both?

Oyamel lunch in area between Spy Musuem and the Capitol. Jaleo in area for a very early dinner on a Sundeay before a Segway tour. So hours, location, and no dress clothes matter.

Recommendations near International Trade Center?

Thanks, we will be there on Sept 12, so I think they will be back by then. Is that a very long walk, or doable in 15 mins or so?

Recommendations near International Trade Center?

Stuck this question here.... eating at Oyamel 1pm before Capitol tour at 3pm. Finding directions showed some roundabout way down E..wouldnt it be ok to walk east on Pennsylvania then wind around to the visitor center? Any better way to go short of a taxi? Thanks.

Revamped schedule--place near 9th/G

Revamping our schedule a little, now doing a 6pm Segway tour starting at 9th/G. So - dinner nearby. My first thought is Proof or PS7s, but clothes wise we will be doing a very informal thing after, so that might be no good. Also need a place open before 5pm so we have time to eat and get to the place. Right now maybe: Matchbox, Gordon Biersch, Legal Seafood or Againn...

Thoughts? thanks.

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PS7 Restaurant
777 I Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001

Working on lunches now....

What about, in no particular order, instead of maybe Rest. Nora-- Chef Geoff, Eola, Obelisk or Vidalia?

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Chef Geoff's
3201 New Mexico Avenue, Washington, DC 20016

Vidalia
1990 M Street, Washington, DC 20036

Working on lunches now....

Thanks--these are all some really good suggestions. Im going to tweak things and see what happens.

Working on lunches now....

Steve- were from Chicago (technically suburbs outside), so not recently off the turnip truck. My husband will eat anything and likes spicy, Im more conservative and not into spicy. Neither wants Indian, and while I see its highly touted in your fair city, will pass on the Ethiopian also....

Not set on Pizza Paradiso at all, or in fact, pizza per se. Saw it was close to the hotel (Palomar), and thought itd fit a night of less expensive places. I think Hanks might be better all around.

Just looked at PS7 and it does look good. Proof also, but farther than I wanted to travel for dinner. Not sure why Im against venturing too far from our hotel area for dinner--lazy and would be jumping back on the Metro I guess. But again, not firmly set on that.

Cowgirl creamery - cant find a menu showing the sandwiches, just cheeses...Pauls looks very good. Maybe switch off Oyamel to that, not sure.

Keep it coming!

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PS7 Restaurant
777 I Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001

Working on lunches now....

Thanks all--chow hounds have never failed me, which is why I rely on all your good advice!

I have thought about Proof, it was on the long list, not sure why it didnt make the short- will have to recheck the menu and see. Breadline sounds good. I do need to check the food truck thing some more maybe- the Lobster truck I know sounds excellent, have to figure out how to track it. Also have to look more at Matchbox or Cowgirl. Guess Im not set in stone on Oyamel- just read so much about it/him on the boards and seems like a good way to get in a meal there.

Working on lunches now....

Well thats all fairly awful. Note, Friday we will be gone by lunchtime. Dont plan to be around DPC around lunches, to save time. Not interested in Indian food... Dont want to have to travel too far back away from hotel area for dinners, tho, that is doable.

So round 2-- other dinner ideas besides some of these maybe not great choices? Looked at PS7, and a few others--dont mind spending but dont want to break the bank, or have to bring a dinner jacket.

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PS7 Restaurant
777 I Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001

Working on lunches now....

sorry, I should have said: won't have a car. Will be using Metro and maybe one of the hop on/hop off things. Have heard alot about Ray's = not sure it's doable tho.

Working on lunches now....

Will be in town 9/11-16. Staying near Dupont Circle.

So far the plan is (we get to town early afternoon)--
Dinners: Sunday-- Birch and Barley
Monday--open, either Tabard Inn, Pizza Paradiso or Hanks Oyster Bar
Tuesday--Restaurant Nora
Weds-- Blue Duck
Thurs-- Courderoy
A lunch ressie so far for Oyamel, Tues 1pm before 3pm Capitol tour.
Ressies made so far except for Monday.

Other lunches up in the air, will be near the monuments Monday
Tues is set, Weds near the Mall/American History Museum
Thurs somewhere after having done Arlington Cemetery in the morning, and possible Newseum in afternoon. Would rather not do hot dogs from a cart.
Besides Mitsitam, other ideas for a decent lunch?

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Tabard Inn
1739 N St NW, Washington, DC 20036

Birch and Barley
1337 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005

Breakfasts Dupont Circle

Husband and I are coming to visit September 11-16. Just vacation, dates fell when we can get off work.

Staying at Palomar, Dupont Circle. Am slowly putting together a list of possible food places, it's overwhelming, but as usual the Chow community is a great help. I trawl the local Chicago board as well as other boards when we visit other places.

Anyway, I guess it'd be easiest for breakfast if we eat in the area of the hotel. We will be taking the Metro everywhere, and while I have a rough idea of our list of things to see it's not worked out day to day yet. Mostly waiting to hear about when our requested tour times will be granted.

So far for breakfast (4 possibly 5 meals) I have (in no order):
Kramerbooks
Luna Grill
Kate Leopold--out of the area but we might go down to see the canal
Teaism
Firefly
Tabard Inn
Le Pain Quotidian

Don't want to blow the budget on breakfast, as we will be eating nicer dinners and possibly lunches as well. Any thoughts on this list or other places near Dupont to check?
Thanks.... my annoying lunch and dinner lists to follow in the next few months.

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Teaism
2009 R St NW, Washington, DC 20009

Tabard Inn
1739 N St NW, Washington, DC 20036

Shanghai soup dumplings?

So to ask again the original question (will be in DC in Sept), no car, near downtown----- any place to get soup dumplings?? (IN DC itself). Sorry that looks like yelling but isnt :)

Chicago Restaurant Week - February 18-27, 2011

We did Mortons,Schaumburg last Friday for dinner. Were there early, 6pm. I think we were probably their first RW dinners. Had to ask specfically about the menu, but it was explained cheerfully. Thought it was a great bargain $33 for a very nice, perfectly cooked filet, huge house salad, nice side of potatoes, and creme brulee. Husband had similar, dessert was the mousse. A ton of food, great service. A good experience.

Did lunch today at Atwater, Geneva. $22 for salad, veal tenderloin with mashed potatoes and mousse. The salad not as billed (endive, cooked tomato, warm brie, nuts), it was endive, a teeny tiny triangle of cold brie, 2 or possibly 3 raw halved grape (not even cherry) tomatos, a nice but over dressed vineagrette. The rest of the meal was good, husband had salmon. Dessert a bit small, but it was lunch. The menu was offered when asked about it. Later I heard them offering it right away to other tables. Food good, would probably return.

Feb 27, 2011
aviva5675 in Chicago Area

Great Jewish Deli?

I'd have to agree with Kaufmans--I grew up in Skokie so it has always been our go to place. It's a little different now- who runs the counter on the bakery side, etc. But still the best place to pick up 'k-rations'...

If I get north I go to Max and Bennys. Best sit down around. Now if you want to talk wasteland---come out here to Algonquin. I would think a great deli place would clean up.

Dec 19, 2010
aviva5675 in Chicago Area

European near 16th/Harlem?

Eating a late lunch/ early dinner (3pm, 330?) on this Sunday near Waldheim Cemetery, Forest Park. Call it Harlem/16th.

Looking for 'European'---German, Polish, etc. Will be getting back on the Eisenhower after that west, ending in Elgin, so don't want to go much farther east or south if at all possible.

Nov 06, 2010
aviva5675 in Chicago Area

Soup Dumplings?

Thats ok, thought Id throw it out there.
On our list so far are June, Beaker and Flask, maybe Le Pig. Screen Door, food carts...Clyde Common possibly....

Oct 10, 2010
aviva5675 in Metro Portland

Soup Dumplings?

Coming to Portland in 2 weeks for a few days and am feverishly doing my food homework. Dawned on me that there might be a place to get xiao long bao (soup dumplings) somewhere? I'm from outside Chicago and the pickings are slim around here...

Did see a cart Asian Station that might???

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Asian Station Cafe
599 SW 10th Ave, Canby, OR 97013

Oct 08, 2010
aviva5675 in Metro Portland