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Orlando: Looking for chow near but not in Disneyworld.

We do have a car, so we're flexible. I'll check out those two posts ... anything within a 20-minute drive is fair game for us.

Dec 01, 2006
minsc in Florida

Orlando: Looking for chow near but not in Disneyworld.

Hey folks, going to Orlando for a week and I'll be spending a lot of time at Disneyworld, but don't want to have every meal in the parks. Any suggestions for good chowish places that are close to the resort? I'll be with the family, so nothing too downscale. Favorite genres include barbecue, Italian, Chinese, and southern/comfort food. Thanks!

Nov 30, 2006
minsc in Florida

Porcini's in Watertown: Thumbs WAY down.

The long and the short of it: If you think there's something wrong with using cream cheese to make tiramisu, then stay the heck away from this overpriced pseudo-Italian restaurant. The dish tasted sour, so we asked what was in it, and we were told that it was a blend of cream cheese and mascarpone. (Not only is that absolutely not how tiramisu is made, it's a blatant cost-shaving measure. If you can't be bothered to make tiramisu with all mascarpone, what other corners are you cutting?) And when I pointed out that that wasn't right, we got ... nothing. They didn't take it off the bill. The meal wasn't anything special, either. We won't be going back.

Nov 20, 2006
minsc in Greater Boston Area

St. Louis must eats?

Just got back from Ted Drewes ... disappointing. I had a chocolate concrete. Texture was great, but the flavor was awful, like bad chocolate syrup.
Lunch was Anthony's, the little offshoot of Tony's, for a business lunch so I couldn't choose the place. Food was fine, though - had a peppered tenderloin sandwich (beef - they didn't specify on the menu but I figured in this part of the country, it had to be beef) with fried onion strips on sourdough.

Sep 26, 2006
minsc in General Midwest Archive

St. Louis must eats?

I'm in town now, went to Roper's for takeout lunch ... super-friendly service, great value, but as babyback ribs go, they were so-so. I think I didn't like the sauce. Baked beans were solid, and the breading on the fried shrimp was outstanding. I think tomorrow is TD-day :)

Sep 25, 2006
minsc in General Midwest Archive

St. Louis must eats?

Ooh, this is good stuff, thanks. That Pitted Olive/Ted Drewes combo sounds like a nice afternoon. Hodak's, Bissinger's, Crown Candy ... that's all what I was looking for and most of these suggestions are close to my hotel (which is where I'll be working during the day). I love local food. Maybe Monday Pitted Olive + TDFC, Tuesday Crown Candy, Weds Iron Barley ... that leaves out Hodak's. I might have to go calvintrillin' and have two lunches one day :)

Any breakfast rec's? Traditional or healthful breakfasts are fine. My experience with hotel breakfasts is that they're horrible, plus knowing I'm headed out for a great breakfast is good motivation to get me going in the morning.

Sep 24, 2006
minsc in General Midwest Archive

St. Louis must eats?

Going to St. Louis for 2+ days - specifically, for two breakfasts, three lunches, and plenty of time for mid-afternoon or late-night snacks (ice cream, coffee, pastries, whatever). Other than Ted Drewes, I have nothing on my to-eat list. No interest in fancypants restaurants - I have plenty of that here in Boston. I'm staying downtown, will have a car but would prefer to stay in town as much as possible (since I do have to work while I'm there). I have no freedom on dinner, so places like Harvest are off limits.

Also, I have seen some older posts here bemoaning the lack of Q in St. Louis, except for one recommendation for Ropers on W Florissant. If any of that has changed, I'd love to hear about it, as there isn't a single barbecue place anywhere within 45 minutes of Boston that's worth a damn.

Thanks in advance for any recs.

Sep 23, 2006
minsc in General Midwest Archive

One day in Minneapolis - need suggestions.

Thanks for the suggestions - Level 5, the casual lunch place at the Guthrie, looks very promising.

Ethiopian ... one of the few cuisines I'd usually pass on. But that's the right idea for me, as I do usually like less-common cuisines.

I should have asked one more question - what spot has the best ice cream?

Jul 13, 2006
minsc in General Midwest Archive

One day in Minneapolis - need suggestions.

Something for late evening (coffee, drinks, dessert)

I'll be there for two nights, but probably have time for just one free meal in each category above. I'll be staying near the Metrodome. I always like to hit the local favorites, the places that people ask about - "You were in Minneapolis? Did you eat at X?"

Looking forward to your suggestions!

Jul 10, 2006
minsc in General Midwest Archive

Nakama (sushi) in Pittsburgh: Recommended.

Just came back from a visit to Nakama on the South Side in Pittsburgh. I was very impressed. My meal included:

1 Hawaiian Roll (shrimp tempura wrapped with unagi, scallions, and avocado, topped with spicy tuna, teriyaki sauce, and a thin white sauce I couldn't identify
)4 pieces sake (salmon)
2 pieces unagi (freshwater eel)
6 pieces spicy tuna maki

The spicy tuna roll was the only dud; the fish was slightly dry, and it was chopped too finely.

The Hawaiian Roll was outstanding. Yes, it's gimmicky sushi, but it combined all of my favorite sushi items except salmon into one roll.

The salmon was farmed, but very fresh. The unagi was good as well, although it's hard to screw that one up.

Those items plus a house salad (pretty good sized) came to $36 before tip.

Jul 10, 2006
minsc in Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh "musts"

I lived in Pgh a few years back, and Primanti Bros. is highly overrated. It's all a gimmick. So they put the fries in the sandwich - so what? It's famous and it's very popular with the locals, but that doesn't make it good.

Pamela's, OTOH, is the real deal. Three locations - strip, shadyside, squirrel hill.

Jul 07, 2006
minsc in Pennsylvania

North Berkshire Guide (Williamstown, North Adams, etc.)

Question about Fogata - anyone know its hours? Is it open on Sundays? Thanks.

Jun 24, 2006
minsc in All New England Archive