Drove down to Portland from Seattle this weekend and stopped in Olympia twice; on the way down for dinner and the way back for lunch.
On the way down we stopped at Curry Corner at the recommendation of the boards -- we found it to be good, solid indian food. I'd heard the food was not at all spicy, so I almost went for the medium. I ultimately chickened out and went for the mild, and am glad I did; it had some definite kick. Service was good. I would definitely go back!
On the way back we stopped at Kitzel's Deli, which we hadn't seen mentioned elsewhere. We split a reuben ("The Tibor") with a side of potato salad. The reuben was great (the potato salad was not), the cashier was very friendly, and the place is nicely quirky (though they were out of water and forks). After lunch at Kitzel's we walked over to Wagner's European Bakery. The service at Wagner's was grumpy and full of sighs, and the pastry (an eclair) was just OK.
Just came back from a trip to Whidbey Island. We ordered a pizza to split and the mussels. Pizza was pretty good -- crust was great, just a little soggy in the center. The mussels were terrible. Most were cracked or closed, and none of them were cleaned well. The staff was very friendly though, so I would probably go again, but I'd stick to pizza.
Thanks all for your recs! Unfortunately, our crew had some major logistical issues that night (besides dinner) and we couldn't get out to south beach. In the end, we went to a place called Carino's, I think, by the airport. It was not something I'd repeat, though the service was very good and the picky eaters were satisfied.
Should it ever be attempted again, I'll try out one of the Lincoln Rd. recs.
So. My fiance, parents, brother, brother's girlfriend, and Aunt are all going to be in Miami for one night only. We are all out-of-towners.
Dad wants to be in South Beach. I believe he wants to Check Out The Scene.
God Help Us.
Basically we're looking for "as nice/hip as possible without being "nice" "hip" or charging for either. please serve booze and beef and be in south beach."
So far all I've got is Joe's Stone Crab or Meat Market. Will either of those work? Will anything work?
South Beach Cafe
I'm planning to take my boyfriend up to Victoria for his 30th birthday at the end of March -- neither of us have ever been. We'll be arriving on a Friday before lunch and leaving early on a Sunday, traveling by ferry. We like low-key and unique/funky places where we can hear each other, and are suckers for any place with a view. Divey is OK with us! He loves good Indian food (I've heard there's no good indian in victoria?!), but he's also a fan of thai, turkish, middle eastern, Central American and italian.
Here's what's on the hit-list so far:
Hernandez (is this only open weekdays?)
Shine, Blue Fox Cafe or Lady Marmalade for breakfast
He's very interested in having afternoon tea while we're up. I'm considering White Heather and The Blethering Place, but would gladly brave the crowds and the cost for tea at the Empress if the view was worth it. Other suggestions would be greatly appreciated. And, excuse the ignorance, but is this something we should be dressed for, or are jeans and a t-shirt OK for tea?