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Kosher in Seattle?

If you want meat, your only options are QFC in University Village and Albertson's on Mercer Island. They're just supermarkets, so you basically get whatever you want to go. Both have pre-made sandwiches and things like rotisserie chickens. For dairy, there's the Island Crust Café also on Mercer Island. Outside of that, there's not much. I'm not into vegetarian so I've never eaten at Bamboo Garden and I don't like Indian food, so Pabla Indian has no appeal for me.

Aug 20, 2012
kosherbizguy in Kosher

Orlando FL (DisneyWorld) Kosher food options

The on-demand meals at the park IMO are the easiest to deal with if you're going to be in the parks most of the time. They are in one locations in each park such as Cosmic Ray's (MK), American Pavilion (Epcot), ABC Commissary (HS). Yes, they're cooked in a non-kosher microwave (they poke a small hole to vent) but they are double wrapped. Not much if anything was going to penetrate the way they wrap 'em (hard to open). There are also enough kosher snacks in the park (the ice cream that is kosher is clearly marked when you buy it, some fruit, Coke, some prepackaged stuff, etc.) At the sit down restaurants (I didn't do any) you can often get kosher meals with 24-hour notice.

I was just there and the quality of those on-demand meals improved a bit from the last time I was there. Mind you, it's not the best food ever but I didn't have time to go to any of the local places. They're better than some of the options I've had on airlines over the year. But far from gourmet. So you have to weigh convenience vs. going outside.

Better than the story in Disneyland.

May 28, 2011
kosherbizguy in Kosher

Best kosher places to eat in London

I had a not-so-great experience at Bevis Marks when I was in London in November. Food was great, but the service left something to be desired in many ways. We were a party of 2 and they seemed to scoff at certain things we didn't order (for example, wine - neither of us drink), and got very little attention. The desserts at least on menu looked pretty pedestrian. The lamb I got was delicious, though. I wouldn't go back. I'd rather try somewhere else especially for the money.

Selfridge's is a good resource for things like Adafina sandwiches and other things, so you can make it through Shabbat that way. Being used to overstuffed sandwiches here in the USA, I quite liked having *just enough*. You could also find some DD's sandwiches at some convenience stores as well.

Mar 24, 2011
kosherbizguy in Kosher

Austin, Texas

I believe the HEB is in Shamash - or it should be if it's not. When I was doing work down in Austin it was a good resource. But mayo on a hamburger? Oy. The fresh sandwiches and food was really good, and I think if you buy something like a steak, they'll grill it up right there for you.

Oct 25, 2010
kosherbizguy in Kosher

Penn Station Kosher Update

I was in NYC a few weeks back and Primo Cappucino had some kosher wraps by Freshko. I tried the Southern HOney BBQ Chicken with Carmelized Onions and it was very tasty.

Oct 12, 2010
kosherbizguy in Kosher

Los Angeles

+1 for Jeff's (have never had a bad meal there - tons of variety), and I love Got Kosher (just about a block down). Grab a pretzel challah from Got Kosher for home - yum!

A big thumbs down for me at Shilo's. I had the worst kosher meal I've ever had the displeasure to pay for there. Would never go back.

Oct 05, 2010
kosherbizguy in Kosher

No Kosher Food with First Class Airline seats?!

Not sure I understand you when you say "it's not right to offer meals in first class, but not for people with special needs that have paid the same for their flight". You do realize pretty much everyone pays a different price, right?

If you're in first - at least on AA - you can request a meal as long as it's up to 24 hours. But there are no meals in coach, so if you mean coach people should have the same privilege, it just isn't the way it works. They do have food for purchase (albeit not kosher, at least in terms of the sandwiches and such), or you can bring your own. So they are even handed in treating everyone the same in the classes where you are sitting.

Honestly, the meals are pretty terrible to begin with, so I'd rather bring my own. I especially hate fish, and I get a fish meal often when I get kosher meals, so again, I'd rather just bring something I'd eat.

Oct 05, 2010
kosherbizguy in Kosher

Shilo's (L.A.) major disappointment

I had a very bad experience there (quickly documented here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6935...) back in January. One of the worst meals I've ever had at a Kosher restaurant. Glad to see that others had bad experiences as well and it's not just a one off.

I haven't been to La Gondola in years; I remember the old location.

Jul 25, 2010
kosherbizguy in Kosher

Kosher Meals in Disney World

It's been a year or two, but the "on demand" meals at certain locations around the park are better than nothing for people like me. I wish Disneyland in CA had such a thing!

This should help you:
http://allears.net/din/guestkosher.htm

Jul 25, 2010
kosherbizguy in Kosher

The Kitchen Table in Mountain View, Ca

Considering I'm on the road a lot, I know what a take out box does to certain things. But it was clear that the fries never started out crisp (the don't get that floppy in a few mins) and there's no excuse for the burger being underdone. The bun on the burger wasn't soggy at all. It was actually dry and fine.

Look, I live in Boston. Outside of Taam China and Rami's, there's Rubins. Rubins is medicore but people go to it and it's often busy - not unlike the Kitchen Table. Maybe TKT has some good stuff but the one meal didn't make me want to go back. I've purchased take out from places before that made me want to go back and sit. I've had worse Kosher food over the years in nearly every city, so it's not like it was the worst ever, but I don't think it's worth a 30 - 45 minute drive down.

I'm glad there's a Kosher option in this area, but because of the lack of choice, they may not know any better. I know another good restaurant in the Boston area would maybe kick Rubins into upping their game. Maybe.

Mar 15, 2010
kosherbizguy in Kosher

The Kitchen Table in Mountain View, Ca

I went there last night - I was underwhelmed. I'm in town for a few days and decided to make the trek down. They were booked up with reservations so I got take out. The Lamb BLT was not very good. I got a hamburger, and asked for it medium well. The inside was more medium on the medium rare tip. There was a lot of red (but not bloody). It was not very tasty. The fries were limp. Based on my experience, I wouldn't make the trek down from San Franscisco as it's not convenient and a long way to go for mediocre food. You may as well go to Sabra for that!

Mar 15, 2010
kosherbizguy in Kosher

Good burger in L.A.

Got Kosher on Pico makes an amazing burger on a pretzel hamburger bun no less. Arguably one of the best I've ever had. I've had tons of stuff at Jeff's - not a burger - but I'm sure it's great.

Shiloh's - disgusting. After a horrible lunch I had there with a friend I not only don't see what the fuss is about, it was one of the worst Kosher dining experiences I have ever had. Shiloh's can't hold a candle to Wolf & Lamb, Le Marais, or Tevere.

Mar 15, 2010
kosherbizguy in Kosher