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Newport Beach in January

Thanks!

Dec 12, 2014
dcbbq in Los Angeles Area

Newport Beach in January

JAB - I was thinking about seafood after stepping on the scales after Thanksgiving. By late November I should be over it and ready for anything, so all suggestions are welcome. We have a Christmas trip to Hawaii scheduled that will badly bruise the bank, so high end places are probably out

Dec 12, 2014
dcbbq in Los Angeles Area

Newport Beach in January

We'll be a the Marriott resort in Newport Beach for a few days in late January. IT looks like the crab cooker, the beachcomber and bear flag are some places to get seafood. other thoughts? And it appears that the crab cooker and bear flag have seafood markets in case we want to cook in. Is one better (or cheaper) than the other - and is the a better place. We'll have a car and will probably be exploring the OC area some, so suggestions for other areas are welcome.

Dec 11, 2014
dcbbq in Los Angeles Area

Palm Beach Shores - New Seafood? Cuban? BBQ?

We had yet another great trip to Palm Beach Shores with meals at tried and true Jetty's, Sailfish Marina, and Spoto's (especially good) - and two new-for-us places -- Copacabana and U-Tiki. We loved U-Tiki. It's right next to Jetty's and has a much more lively, casual atmosphere, and there was no wait (at 6:30 on a weeknight). The Snapper and Hogfish were both same-day fresh and well prepared. Service was great, as was the view of the lighthouse. It is on the top of our list for our next trip. Copacabana was good and, as advertised, much closer than Havana. The lechon asado was great, with the perfect melding of bitter orange, garlic and pork. The carne asada was a but heavy on the tomato taste. Sides were ok. The flan was just what flan should be. The service was very friendly and efficient. The waiter was very helpful to a group that was not familiar with Cuban food. The place is very casual. It wasn't Havana but it was pretty good, and I appreciate the recommendation.

Dec 02, 2014
dcbbq in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Palm Beach Shores - New Seafood? Cuban? BBQ?

We're headed back to PBS again and would welcome any restaurant updates. Is there any Cuban place that compares to Havana? Has good barbecue found its way within range? I've enjoyed past recommendations for seafood and welcome any new places - or slippage in established places.
We may trot down to the Northwood area for either a lunch or dinner.
Thanks in advance for your help and for help in past years

Sep 29, 2014
dcbbq in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Fuel: Lewiston ME

We ate at Fuel last week during a haphazard tour of New England from DC, and were very pleased. I had a Caesar salad and the poulet frites. The salad was fresh and, to their credit, anchovies are included unless you don't want them (they ask), and the half chicken was roasted perfectly. I wish I could roast chicken like that. I wish more chefs could. My wife had a salad - again very fresh -- and grilled salmon with a sauce, which she really enjoyed. The bread was good. I was impressed by the wine service. We sat at the bar to eat (tables were full) and could hear the discussions on wine pairing recommendations for customers who apparently were having special dinners. Their comments were thoughtful and well informed. The wines by the glass were inexpensive and a good pour. And the food was inexpensive for the quality -- entrees $20 for the chicken, 23 for the salmon. (the fish of the day was swordfish, which we both had the night before). The service was attentive but unobtrusive.
Lewiston definitely has seen better days. The downtown seems to be picking up a little, thanks to Fuel and a few other pioneers (more than reflected in an earlier post). We walked to and from the restaurant from the Hilton Garden Inn across the river and felt perfectly comfortable.
I don't expect to get to Lewiston-Auburn again, but if I do I definitely will eat at Fuel.

Aug 22, 2014
dcbbq in Northern New England

Lewiston restaurant recs for dinner

Fuel. IT is on the high end for the area but the prices are very reasonable -- no entrees over $25, and the wine is unusually inexpensive.

Rib preperation

340 is definitely too hot, and basting with anything that contains sugar will just give you a layer of carbon - especially at that temperature -- and it will overwhelm the natural char on the meat. IMHO it is much better to leave it alone and let the smoke do the work, and then to add any sauce when it comes off the grill. Again, I much prefer sauce with a good jolt of vinegar and pepper as a counterpoint to the richness of the fat remaining in the ribs.

Red Apron Penn Quarter - quick take

Beware their muffuleta. Why would anyone grill the bread for a muffuleta -- there's plenty of oil already. And the addition of kalamata olives is a mistake

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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?

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