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North Loop, BBQ, Mexican, etc.

Thanks! I've been to Greektown and really enjoyed it

Aug 07, 2015
dcbbq in Chicago Area

North Loop, BBQ, Mexican, etc.

Thanks, Gonzo. Very helpful. And I should confess that the $50 limit is aspirational and that, as in so many other things, I often fall short - and often depend on the light appetite of my much better half.

Aug 07, 2015
dcbbq in Chicago Area

North Loop, BBQ, Mexican, etc.

I'm sorry. I meant the aquarium style of barbecue pit that apparently is unique to Chicago - and little-known except among barbecue zealots.

Aug 07, 2015
dcbbq in Chicago Area

North Loop, BBQ, Mexican, etc.

We'll be in Chicago early in September staying at the Marriott in River North. We'll be on foot (a mile is ok for dinner, 2 miles for lunch) or possibly using public transportation. We don't really want to spend more than $50 on a dinner (includes 2 drinks for me, 1 for her), but we'll probably edge over that a bit. We're interested in Mexican and seafood, if that's doable, and pretty much anything else... Italian, Greek, and BBQ.
A question about barbecue - there seem to be some within walking distance, but I can't tell if they use an offset smoker, a box and pellets, or a pit. I prefer a pit, but I'm also interested in the aquariums, which all seem to be on the South Side pretty far away. Are there any that are easily accessed by public transit - or are cabs a realistic option? There don't seem to be a lot of recent posts on BBQ that fit the bill.

Many thanks in advance

Aug 07, 2015
dcbbq in Chicago Area

Vail in summer

These sound good. Many thanks!

Jul 02, 2015
dcbbq in Mountain States

Vail in summer

Those sound great.

Jun 19, 2015
dcbbq in Mountain States

Vail in summer

Thanks! Great tips

Jun 19, 2015
dcbbq in Mountain States

Vail in summer

Does anyone else have summer-specific recommendations - including current info for groceries, wine, farmers markets (I know there's one in Vail -- any nearby?)? We'll be there in July. We'll take a day trip to Aspen.

Jun 18, 2015
dcbbq in Mountain States

Hilton Head October 2015

We were very pleasantly surprised by Bluffton BBQ and, in Hilton Head, Bullie's BBQ in our most recent trip, Feb. '15. (The Smokehouse only smokes meat; it doesn't barbecue, so only order the turkey.) Roastfish and Cornbread is good for lunch. Did they ever get their liquor license back? And we always go to the Skull Creek Boathouse - but then in February parking isn't much of an issue.

Griffin's in Beaufort was not open at lunch when we tried, much to my disappointment.

May 08, 2015
dcbbq in Southeast

Palm Beach Shores - New Seafood? Cuban? BBQ?

Time to update. We're headed to PBS for a week at the end of May. What's new?

May 07, 2015
dcbbq in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Chicken Fried Steak- Oklahoma City- I'm torn

I'm guessing that okiecowboy means pan-fried rather than deep fried

Mar 21, 2015
dcbbq in Great Plains

Palm Spring restaurants

For inexpensive and very casual try the excellent grilled fish tacos at Fisherman's Market and Grill. Fresh, well prepared and generous portions of your choice of fish. The gumbo is ok -- lots of people appeared happy with chowder. I can't vouch for anything else, and I am suspicious of their fried food. Note - you select your food, order at a counter and they bring it to you. If you're in the mood, you can pre-order a second drink to be brought with your main course so you don't have to get in line again. Very good service. Some outside seating and a dive bar, Shanghai Red's, in back.

Feb 09, 2015
dcbbq in California

Hilton Head Seafood

We're headed back to HH on 2-17 and are interested in (1) whether Roastfish and Cornbread has regained their liquor license (2) the best fresh fish markets on the island and (3) any new restaurant developments

Thanks!

Feb 08, 2015
dcbbq in Southeast

7 nights in Kauai

Then one on the main highway. I encourage everyone to sample as many shave ice options as possible - at least those with lines of waiting customers.

Jan 10, 2015
dcbbq in Hawaii

7 nights in Kauai

We are just back from a week at the Marriott property in Poipu, and wish we were still there. We ate in several times, and found the Kola Fish Market a good source of fresh fish and the farmer's markets a great source of fruits and vegetables. The market at the Community College was great both in quality and variety - the one at Kukuiula not so good. This time of year the papayas are wonderful - breakfast every day The Big Save in Kola was our main source of other groceries and adult beverages (Costco reportedly is cheaper, but the Big Save beer and wine prices weren't that bad). The Living Foods Market has better quality and some hilarious prices.
We had a good dinner at Keoki's Paradise. It has two sections - a dining area and a more casual area serving three lunch menu. I believe Merman's has the same or similar arrangement. The food was good - fish fresh and well-sauced but in one case overcooked. The best dish of the trips was at Brennacke's -- fresh ahi over porcini ravioli in a pesto cream sauce. Sensational. Everyone else was pleased with their choices but kept wanting tastes of mine. We also went to the Smith's luau at the Hyatt and enjoyed the food, drinks and entertainment. The desserts - especially the banana cream pie and the coconut cake -- were downright dangerous.
The cruise boats are very unlikely to get to the Napali coast this time of year. We did the hike (the first leg -- the younger people went to the falls), which has some good views, but you have to watch where you're placing your feet. Get sandwiches at Hanalei Gourmet. The best views by far of the Napali coast are from the top of Waimea Canyon and the trail along the top. Plan on that for a cloudless day. Afterwards stop at JoJo's shave ice in Hanapepe and be sure to get ice cream at the bottom. Jo Jo's was good, but the consensus was that the place in Hanalei was better. And stop at the book store in Hanapepe. If you do take a cruise, Capt. Andy's easily has the best food based on visual comparison. And you'll see lots of whales and spinning dolphins, and get to do some good snorkeling. Be sure to walk to the far side (east) of Poipu Park in the morning and you will see lots of sea turtles. They also can be seen in large numbers if you walk past (west) the Sheraton

Jan 09, 2015
dcbbq in Hawaii

Mid-range on Waikiki?

Chai's turned out to be very good, and we happened upon Aloha Table, upstairs on Lauula. I had the loco moco - which I had never had before - largely based on the fact that everyone else seemed to be ordering it, and my wife had seared ahi with a curry sauce. Both were very good. The service was outstanding and prices were reasonable. We also had surprisingly good sandwiches/salads from Wolfgang Pucks Express. A non-mid-range sunset dinner at The House Without Key was fine. IT;s an especially nice setting for a last night dinner.

Jan 09, 2015
dcbbq in Hawaii

Mid-range on Waikiki?

I should have added that it would be nice to have a drink with dinner. Perhaps two.

Jan 03, 2015
dcbbq in Hawaii

Mid-range on Waikiki?

Sorry.

We prefer seafood - fish tacos are fine - but are open to most things. The Better half is off breads for a while. Most ethnic foods are fine, esp. Thai and Indian these days.

Jan 02, 2015
dcbbq in Hawaii

Mid-range on Waikiki?

We'll be at the Marriott on Waikiki for four nights and, after 9 days in the Islands, need some mid-range/cheap chow-worthy options. No car, but we love to walk.

Mahalo in advance - and Happy New Year to all!

Jan 02, 2015
dcbbq in Hawaii

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