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The Press Room, Portsmouth: How's the Food?

I liked the chili a lot - nicely spiced. Friendly service.

Apr 05, 2014
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MC Perkins Cove, ME

Bandaloop in Kennebunkport is consistently good if not excellent - they really try to use local ingredients. For breakfast, try the newly reopened Wayfarer in Cape Porpoise or even better the Palace Diner in Biddeford.

Apr 05, 2014
fourstar in Northern New England

Decent food in Lincoln nh?

Forgot to mention Pegs in Woodstock for breakfast - cheap deal for very decent food.

Apr 05, 2014
fourstar in Northern New England

Decent food in Lincoln nh?

Loved Black Mountain! Great beer selection. Burger east great and so was the classic iceberg wedge salad. The owner told us they are moving to a much larger space in the same strip mall - so look for that in the coming months.

We also enjoyed a very chill light meal of wings and beer at the brewery in the Woodstock Inn. Many many orders of Chicken Parm went by but that's not our thing. Giant fireplace a plus!

Dinner at the Common Man was common but 1/2 price on bottle of wine made it just fine - again a giant fireplace for after dinner drinks a big plus.

Lovely areas to hike off the Kancamangus Hwy make this a wonderful discovery for us!

Apr 05, 2014
fourstar in Northern New England

Decent food in Lincoln nh?

We are driving up from Kennebunkport - last chance for snowshoeing and relaxing in front of a fireplace with the dog. We need recs for all meals pls as have never been in the area. Thanks!

Apr 01, 2014
fourstar in Northern New England

Dungeness crab tonight

Thanks Robert

Dungeness crab tonight

To purchase today in Chinatown or North Beach, cooked (preferred) or live, or even takeout, where should I go?

Is Piccolo in Portland open yet?

Thanks all - will report back soon!

Sep 17, 2013
fourstar in Northern New England

New or overlooked in Portland???

where is Empire Chinese?

Sep 17, 2013
fourstar in Northern New England

Is Piccolo in Portland open yet?

Hungry chef wants to know!

Sep 04, 2013
fourstar in Northern New England

Casual rehearsal dinner venue near York, ME?

We had an engagement party of about that size at the Cape Neddick Inn, and everyone was happy. We had a choice of a vegetarian entree, beef filet or lobster, plus salad and dessert.

We had the rehearsal dinner at 50 Local in Ogunquit, and the owners could not have been nicer and the room was perfect. We went on the early side and "bought out" the restaurant.

I can also recommend The Kitchen in Portsmouth for catering - they took charge of the reception which was outside on a farm. Casual but upscale BBQ.

August is very very busy for everyone, so be forewarned.

Let us know what you found out?

Jul 12, 2013
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Corned beef source

I'm in Kennebunkport - new to the area and don't know best brands or butchers - thanks

Mar 13, 2013
fourstar in Northern New England

searching for Maine grown polenta, durum and semolina flours

No source is listed on the Maine Grain Alliance website - anyone know where I can buy?

Thanks

Mar 13, 2013
fourstar in Northern New England

Corned beef source

Looking for a quality corned beef to cook for the holiday - any recs?

Mar 13, 2013
fourstar in Northern New England

Planning a reception in October, what's in season then, AND do you have a good caterer in York or Kittery?

although you have taken the DIY route, I have to recommend The Kitchen on Islington in Portsmouth for catering...they just did a wedding reception for us and everyone was floored by their service, quality of food, inventive yet familiar cuisine (we had an upscale burger bar in an open field - so the logistics were challenging). Cheerful, hardworking chefs - so easy to work with! www.thekitchennh.com

Sep 21, 2012
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Recommendations for Portsmouth? [moved from Boston board]

Love love love the Kitchen - Michael and Matt, chefs and co-owners, make incredible sandwiches, salads, homemade pickles, and also cater events large and small. They just did my son's wedding reception for 250 - an inventive burger bar with excellent side salads. They are also open for dinner some nights...very talented crew and kitchen!

www.thekitchennh.com

Sep 21, 2012
fourstar in Northern New England

what is the fastest pour: Kegerator or Jockey Box

We are having Peak Organic for my son's wedding reception but I am afraid that there will be lines of people waiting at the keg (250 guests and/or that the beer won't be properly chilled. In looking at rentals and coolers for sale, I see only Kegerators and Jockey boxes (coolers with taps). Any suggestions or experience with either, and what would you recommend. We are using Pilsner glasses.

Jul 31, 2012
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rehearsal dinner in/near Ogunquit

We are looking for a rehearsal dinner spot in or near Ogunquit for about 30 people. The food has to be good! Alternatively we would consider an enclosed atmospheric space where I could cater.

TIA,
Susan
www.fourstarchefs.com

Jun 19, 2012
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seeking recommendation for private cook

I can make some recommendations personally, but I also think that Kitchit.com would be a good place to start...get an invite by using my name (susan flynn).

Nice dinner near Milbrae / Burlingame

Not an expense account type of place, but pure comfort and reliable: Fiddler's Green in Millbrae. Easy access to airport, they pour a mean Guinness, have all the usual pub suspects with a few upscale addiitons (lamb chops are great). Owners and their family couldn't be nicer.

case of organic apples, medium size

I need a case of organic apples (crisp, sweet), medium size, in the south bay...for a good price. Where should I go?

TIA

Wedding Caterer Under $80-100/pp

try Carrie Dove catering - she's doing a friend's niece's wedding and they loved their tasting.

rehearsal dinner for 30 in Ogunquit or nearby

Hi, starting early as the wedding is in 2012 - looking for recommendations for good food and casual atmosphere for a rehearsal dinner spot - would even consider having something catered if there was a neat spot outside for a farm to table theme...any suggestions?

Jun 06, 2011
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Early Peninsula Dinner - Cupertino to the Airport

not the link in my original post - no connection.

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Fiddlers Green
333 El Camino Real, Millbrae, CA 94030

Early Peninsula Dinner - Cupertino to the Airport

my all-time favorite before flying (or after, if it's not too late) is Fiddler's Green Irish Pub and Restaurant in Millbrae...on El Camino, never too crowded, perfect pint of Guiness, Irish comfort food like shephard's pie, fish and chips, lamb chops, fantastic Irish Breakfast...never, ever disappoints.

Oaxacan Kitchen Palo Alto - change of ownership or closing

Seemed pretty busy to me every time I went, and the food was good overall - especially the salsas. Chef and wife do culinary trips, so maybe they decided that venture and wholesale/farmers market sales were enough?

Outer Richmond Chowhounding

Husband walked by Polish Deli in PA this Sunday to find it GONE? Waaa, those were some good sausages...

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Polish Deli
456 Cambridge Ave, Palo Alto, CA

Oaxacan Kitchen Palo Alto - change of ownership or closing

change of ownership sign in window of Oaxacan Kitchen - what gives? Looks like another concept coming in ("mediterranean")

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The Oaxacan Kitchen
2323 Birch St, Palo Alto, CA 94306

bakery/peninsula

I had a very soggy, i.e. microwaved quiche there and was very disappointed. The sandwiches looked like a better option. And there are only four or so tables so lunch is crowded.

But the chocolates are very tasty.

Dinner with friends on upper west side

Highly second Kefi - there are lots of options for vegetarians, and the vibe is very fun. I always over-order as so many things appeal. Ask for wine recs if not familiar with Greek wines - never been disappointed. Wish there was a place like this in SF!

Jun 09, 2009
fourstar in Manhattan