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La Regalade or La Regalade St. Honore

At that time, the original was rated somewhat better than St Honore, and we were staying in Montparnasse. We may well have hit a non-tourist night ( except us) serendipitously.

Incidentally, we were staying at the Marriott in Montparnasse and I made a point in asking the concierge for restaurant suggestions first to ask for a reservation at la regalade, specifying the original. We got great suggestions, most with few tourists and all with very good food. The lesson - give a concierge a strong signal of what you are looking for and you will get good advice. It works almost everywhere.

Mar 24, 2014
dcbbq in France

La Regalade or La Regalade St. Honore

Two years.

Mar 24, 2014
dcbbq in France

diet issues in paris

You should be able to tell from the chalkboard in front of bistros if any of those ingredients are in the dishes dish - but the cards a re a good idea. But my sense is that the smaller bistros that we frequent are not set up to adjust menus to individual customers -- your choices are those on the chalkboard outside, so prepare for some disappointments. My experience is that smaller places react well to children, and if you observe the courtesies (Bonjour, etc.) and attempt to read the card to them before giving up an displaying it, the reception should be warm, especially if you take any bad news graciously,

Mar 24, 2014
dcbbq in France

Eating "sensibly" in Paris

The good news is that Paris is a wonderful city for walking ..and walking ..and walking some more. I always have two three-course meals every day (and would never skip the bread) while in Paris but have never gained weight, probably because of all the walking we do.
More good news -- meals are much better balanced than in the US and chicken in Paris tastes much, much better than chicken in the US, Also, some bistros offer a 2 course menu in addition to a 3-course option, which Mrs. Dcbbq appreciates.

Mar 24, 2014
dcbbq in France

La Regalade or La Regalade St. Honore

I've only dined at the original, and loved it. Great food, great value - my favorite meal in Paris. It was a bit crowded but in a nice, lively way. It was very warm and friendly.
For those who care, I'm pretty sure we were the only Americans there -- certainly that would be different on St Honore.
That said, we'll be in Paris this fall and we might just try both - bookends for our stay.

Mar 24, 2014
dcbbq in France

3 week trip report (Boragó, Gustu, Astrid y Gastón, Maido, Malabar, Central, Tegui)

Wow!

We'll be in Peru late May/early June and your reviews are sensational.

A side note -- It's really useful to have price points -- I should start noting those. The absence of price information has been a major frustration with the Italy board in particular.

Mar 24, 2014
dcbbq in Latin America & Caribbean

What's new in St Thomas?

My pleasure.

Iggie's has entertainment every night -- in the past we've enjoyed Jimmy Buffett-style music there, and have mainly had sandwiches and the like. It;s a nice place for a casual drink and dinner. Check their calendar to see what the entertainment is. You might want to stroll along the beach over to Mim's for an early dinner on Carnival Night rather than hitting the buffet, and then back to Iggie's to watch the show.
One place in Red Hook I wanted to try was Latitude 18, and I heard some good things about Banana Tree and Room with a View in CA. I'll be interested in any places the folks at Bolongo Bay recommend. I'm sure we'll probably return.

Mar 24, 2014
dcbbq in Latin America & Caribbean

What's new in St Thomas?

Long
We are just back from 10 days at the Marriott (both villas and hotel) and were very pleased with the food.
The highlight of the trip was Havana Blue -- perfectly prepared fresh seafood, excellent sauces and sides, great wine, great service -- all for just under $100/person. It's certainly not an every night place for us, but a memorable meal for all.
We also had good meals in Frenchtown -- Hook, Line and Sinker (fresh fish - we also stopped for lunch there on the way to the airport), Pie Whole (good pizza and the homemade pasta looked great as they went by - and a huge selection of beers, mostly Belgian), and the Twisted Cork, formerly Craig and Sally's. This is a nice place with a slight French inclination, mostly non-seafood - and with very well prepared food, locally sourced where possible. Highlights included a chicken breast stuffed with cappicola and roasted red peppers, and slender french fries cook in duck fat with sliced truffle aioli. Wonderful!
Also on the west side, we took the short ferry ride
($5 each way) from Coral Bay to Water Island. The island only has 200 residents and people get around on golf carts. At one end of the the island there's a WWII fort with a great 360 degree view. It's a long walk - maybe 2 miles uphill and down each way - but people will offer you rides and also redirect you when you get lost. You can rent a golf cart for $40/day, but you can also skip the fort and easily walk from the ferry to the main attraction, Honeymoon Beach -- a lovely, lovely beach with food-truck type bar/restaurants at each end. Edith's - the first one you get to -- has good grilled sandwiches and fish tacos. Water Island is a must-do.
We did not spend much time in Red Hook. largely because the road is so bad and we were almost hit by other cars who crossed the line to dodge potholes. We spent a day at Lindquist beach with a break for lunch at nearby Off the Grid, an outdoor barbecue place on the top of a hill overlooking the Caribbean. The barbecue lacks a smoke flavor, but it is slow cooked and tasty. The sauce is on the sweet side, but you can add a few drops of one of the wide variety of hot sauces for a better balance. And they have a grilled/smoked vegetarian plate that actually was very good. They have cold beer and give you a koozy. A good place, and Lindquist is nice beach (no services -- there's a semi-permanent portable toilet at lone end that's disgusting, but a clean one at the other end next to a building (bathrooms? food service?) that is under construction, although they seem to be adding some). This is a must visit - good food, good beach.
We also went to Mim's, which is impossible to find and has no parking (park in the Iggie's lot and walk) but which is pretty good, and at Iggies, where we stumbled into a buffet and entertainment extravaganza -- dancing on stilts, eating fire, dancing on broken glass. The $38!!! buffet was pretty bad -- flavorless roast pork?? -- except for the ribs (actually oven-cooked, but tasty), the macaroni and cheese and the potato salad. I hear the desserts were good. The entertainment was a hit with the crowd.
We had 2 lunches in CA- Gladys' and Fresh something (part of Grand Cru in Yachthaven) and enjoyed both - sort of different ends of the culinary spectrum. At Glady's, we had good goat and chicken curries with a variety of carbohydrates, and at the fresh place a very fresh/local salad with real local tomatoes (in March! Madness!) and a griilled chicken sandwich that was moist and flavorful, unlike most grilled chicken sandwiches. It was worth the money just to taste a real tomato. Both places were $15-20 per plate. Closer to 20.
We also had a day trip to St John but just went to Caneel Bay this trip. Lunch was good but pricey. The Honeymoon Beach on Water Island is much better than the one at Caneel Bay, and much, much cheaper.

Mar 24, 2014
dcbbq in Latin America & Caribbean

Cheap eats near the monuments and Smithsonians

Get the snow pea leaves sauteed in garlic to go with the soup. You can't beat it for the
money -- or for a lot more money

Mar 05, 2014
dcbbq in Washington DC & Baltimore
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food road trips from charleston, sc

Amen to Bistro 17. We had a lovely lunch there in January.

Mar 05, 2014
dcbbq in Southeast
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Caen and Bayeux

It's been 4 years, but Le Pommier in Bayeux was very good

Feb 27, 2014
dcbbq in France

Phoenix -- sunset cocktails and more

Well, we enjoyed lots of sunsets and had slots of good meals -- Bandera, T. Cook's, Elements, Andreoli's Italian Kitchen, the Blue Adobe Grille, Los Sombreros, and Carolina's -- and Cucina Rustica in Sedona. Looking back, that's quite a range. Other highlights were (1) temperatures at least 50 degrees higher than at home in DC (2) the botanical gardens (3) the Musical Instrument Museum which greatly, greatly exceeded expectations (4) great hikes (5) highways without potholes and (6) manageable traffic at all hours. (Compared to DC).
We shall return.

Feb 27, 2014
dcbbq in Phoenix

Nevis - critique my itinerary please!

Amen to Lime. Great place. great beach

Feb 26, 2014
dcbbq in Latin America & Caribbean

What's new in St Thomas?

We're heading back to St. Thomas after a few years and are hopeful that there has been a pick-up in the restaurant options. Are there any new spots that are worth trying? Have any spots improved markedly or gone downhill?

Feb 24, 2014
dcbbq in Latin America & Caribbean

New Savannah suggestions please!

I had lunch at Wylie's barbecue a week or two ago. The pork was very good. also good fried okra and macaroni and cheese. The green beans are not Southern-style, but are somewhat redeemed by butter, and the potato salad isn't bad. They're weak on cole slaw. Good beer selection.

Jan 24, 2014
dcbbq in Southeast

Trip report - Myrtle Beach to Hilton Head

I should add that we had a very good lunch at Nick's, where we just happened to stop during a long bike ride. Great blackened fish sandwich, great burger, great salad. I don't recall it being on anyone's list, but we couldn't have been happier.

Jan 21, 2014
dcbbq in Southeast

Phoenix -- sunset cocktails and more

We'll be staying at the Marriott Canyon Villas (which seems to be in the Desert Ridge area, so the topography is confusing) for a week in February, then on to Sedona for a few days. I'm at something of a loss in understanding the geography of Phoenix and thus in fully appreciating much on the Phoenix threads. I welcome help in, first, identifying good places to sit and have drinks at sunset (both Phoenix and Sedona), and second, in identifying non-chain or local-only chains that are within a few miles - or so - and local specialties other than the obvious Mexican.

Also, there seems to be a lot of enthusiasm for Joe's Barbecue in Gilbert. Is there anything good closer?

Finally, there will be a craft beer festival while we're there. Would that involve a lot of crowds and standing in line? Any good food?

Thanks in advance, and my apologies for my ignorance of local geography. It would help if all cities were divided into arrondissements.

Jan 21, 2014
dcbbq in Phoenix

Phoenix - sunset views and more

d'oh! thanks (blush!)

Jan 21, 2014
dcbbq in Mountain States

Trip report - Myrtle Beach to Hilton Head

So am I. It was on my list but when we looked at the menu it just wasn't what we had in mind for lunch that day. If we ever spend the night in Beaufort (or if someone else is driving back to Hilton Head) we'll definitely eat there

Jan 21, 2014
dcbbq in Southeast

Trip report - Myrtle Beach to Hilton Head

Thanks to all for their suggestions.

The Myrlte Beach highlight was Bistro 217 in Pawley's Island - terrific food, reasonable price. We also enjoyed Capt. Dave's in Murrell's Inlet, although we had probably lingered too long by the blazing fire in Bubba's Love Shack next door (good pimento cheese, good hush puppies, ill-conceived pickled shrimp.) A surprise hit was Goodfella's in NMB -- the 55 cent oysters were great as was the "Chumbo" - a combination of chowder and gumbo that was much better than it sounds. And we had a good breakfast at Dino's, also n NMB.

In Hilton Head we had a wonderful dinner at the Old Fort Pub, which had a 3 courses/$33 special. Excellent charcuterie plate and best-ever shrimp and grits with top-quality tasso were highlights. We also had excellent meals at Hudson's (but their hushpuppies are pretty bad), Skull Creek Boatyard (try the fish taco appetizer, or get it twice at the bar ($2 off) for a full meal, and Michael Anthony's (chicken marsala was very well prepared; saltimbocca was good also), and at the black marlin. - and a pretty good breakfast at the Hilton Head Diner (home fries had far too few, if any onions). The big disappointment was Roastfish and Cornbread which, unbeknownst to me, had lost its liquor license, and they had taken their very good gumbo off the menu. You can BYOB (so now you know) but that's a limiting issue when everyone prefers to drink something different.)

We had day trips to Savannah, where Wylie's has excellent barbecue, fried okra and macaroni and cheese (avoid the green beans and the cole slaw), and to Beaufort, where Plum's was a disappointment. The gumbo had a distinctive cumin taste and the shrimp po boy had good shrimp and good bread, but only about 5 of them, so it was a lettuce and winter tomato-dominated sandwich.

Jan 21, 2014
dcbbq in Southeast

Phoenix - sunset views and more

We'll be staying at the Marriott Canyon Villas (which seems to be in the Desert Ridge area, so the topography is confusing) for a week in February, then on to Sedona for a few days. I'm at something of a loss in understanding the geography of Phoenix and thus in fully appreciating much on the Phoenix threads. I welcome help in, first, identifying good places to sit and have drinks at sunset (both Phoenix and Sedona), and second, in identifying non-chain or local-only chains that are within a few miles - or so - and local specialties other than the obvious Mexican.

Also, there seems to be a lot of enthusiasm for Joe's Barbecue in Gilbert. Is there anything good closer?

Finally, there will be a craft beer festival while we're there. Would that involve a lot of crowds and standing in line? Any good food?

Thanks in advance, and my apologies for my ignorance of local geography. It would help if all cities were divided into arrondissements.

Jan 21, 2014
dcbbq in Mountain States

Planning a road trip through entire region, where to stay/eat?

How long were you planning for the trip? You need to post in the boards for New Orleans, Central South, and Kentucky-Tennessee.

NC is much different than SC, and there is much great food off the beaten track in AL and MS of the type you seem to be looking for.. The barbecue styles vary considerably -- SC is an outlier with it's mustard-based sauce -- as do other styles of cooking. And there is the huge distinction between pan fried and deep fried and corn meal vs. flour for okra and fried green tomatoes. There are a lot of small Mexican places in NC, and it sounds like you really don't want to miss the MS hot tamale trail.
There's a lot to eat and a lot to see. You really should make this this at least 2 trips.

Dec 23, 2013
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Head scratcher - why do people go to the tiny Whole Foods on River Rd?

The most common problem Ida display sign saying, for example, $3.99 per pound where in fact the cartons are 8 oz and cost $3.99 each. That sort of thing. I find it annoying. They do nothing when you point out the problem, which I find appalling

Dec 10, 2013
dcbbq in Washington DC & Baltimore

Where to eat near the Shakespeare Theater - Harman Hall

Those are all good recommendations, but --
one thought about Oyamel, which I like a lot-- it is a bit uphill from Oyamel to the theatre, and if the chair isn't motorized, that could be an issue

Dec 10, 2013
dcbbq in Washington DC & Baltimore

Head scratcher - why do people go to the tiny Whole Foods on River Rd?

I live very close to the FH store but use the slightly more distant Tenleytown store (where parking is usually worse). The FH store mis-lables the price per pound on items too often for my taste, and it invariably does so to make the items appear less expensive than they are. And the FH store has a terrible check-out system for those, like me, who almost always have fewer than 15 items. Also,Tenleytown sells beer and wine.

The parking at the Bethesda store really can be a mess, but I can see some people not wanting to park underground.

Dec 10, 2013
dcbbq in Washington DC & Baltimore

Barbecue in Miami

Malignant cIrcumstances took me to The Pit. not good.

On the other hand, I had sensational lechon asado at La Carreta and almost as good at Versailles. A Cuban sandwich at Exquisto was a disappointment - much more ham than pork, and the pork itself was only so so.

Dec 03, 2013
dcbbq in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

7 hours to kill at Miami International Airport Looking for good Pork!

I recently tried lechon assorted at both Versailles and La Carreta. La Carreta won hands down.

Dec 03, 2013
dcbbq in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

N. Myrtle Beach and on to Hilton Head in January

Thanks. We were thinking about a day trip to Beaufort. Any other suggestions there?

Dec 02, 2013
dcbbq in Southeast

N. Myrtle Beach and on to Hilton Head in January

Thanks!

I'm still trying to wrap my head around the pirate theme at Drunken Jack's not being tacky.

Dec 02, 2013
dcbbq in Southeast

N. Myrtle Beach and on to Hilton Head in January

We'll be spending a few nights at the Marriott resort (with kitchen) in N Myrtle on our way to Hilton Head. After looking at the various MB threads, dining looks problematic. There aren't many places that have recieved multiple positive comments Under the circumstances - including the annual holiday weight gain - we'll be looking for simply prepared fresh seafood as opposed to more complex dishes. I imagine we'll eat in Murrell's Inlet one night and in Calabash one night - for that experience, adn in anticipation of a lack of commitment to more healthy, lowe calorie food. I welcome thoughts on these recommendations from a local newpaper -

http://www.myrtlebeachrestaurantnews....

- as well as other insights.

We're pretty well set in terms of HH, but are interested in any new places, improvements or downgrades.

Dec 01, 2013
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