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Funniest thing you seen in a restaurant?

I will just leave this here...

http://www.bon-rappetite.com/#menu

Apr 05, 2012
mikek in Not About Food

Cocktails in NOLA

They essentially did a cocktail pairing for our entire meal at Coquette, both on and off menu/custom drinks. Fantastic.

Jan 07, 2012
mikek in New Orleans

Cocktails in NOLA

Coquette made some incredible drinks, and was one of the best meals I have had in a while. Arnaud's French 75 bar also makes a great drink.

Jan 05, 2012
mikek in New Orleans

Patois or Coquette?

Which do you prefer or seems to be more consistently fantastic? We are going to Brigtsen's and Stella in our two other meals if that impacts the choice at all.

Thanks!

Dec 19, 2011
mikek in New Orleans

Showing some first timers around

How would you say I am doing with this itinerary, and also someplace for New Year's Eve that will be easy, not prix fixe, good drink, etc. We have four nights and so far the schedule is looking like:

29th:
Dinner - Brigtsen's

30th:
Brunch - Surrey's
Dinner - Patois

31st:
Breakfast - open
Lunch - WIllie Mae's
Dinner - ???

1st:
Brunch - someplace open, good, maybe a po boy at Parkway? May also wind up going to the Saints game.
Dinner - Stella

2nd:
Crabby Jack's on the way out of town.

Anything new or exciting you would suggest going to? Anything worth mixing up to take advantage of a Friday lunch (say at Coquette perhaps?)

I really appreciate the help!!!

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Crabby Jacks
428 Jefferson Hwy, New Orleans, LA 70121

Brigtsen's Restaurant
723 Dante St, New Orleans, LA 70118

Nov 21, 2011
mikek in New Orleans

International / something different for a foodie birthday

Miso is a fantastic call. It might be my favorite restaurant in the city right now.

Another one that could work is the Iberian Pig in Decatur. Their bartenders are fantastic, their tapas are great and the price is spot on. As an aside, they also have the Iberico Ham, which not many placew have, and they have both the shoulder and leg (if you have not had it, it is one of the truly sensational charcuterie products on earth)

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The Iberian Pig
121 Sycamore Street, Decatur, GA 30030

Sep 27, 2011
mikek in Atlanta

Mexican Coca-Cola in S. Florida?

Equal parts Mexican coca cola and Amaro Cio Ciaro, with a lime juice ice cube (or touch of lime juice) is a fantastic easy sipping cocktail from one of my favorite restaurants in Atlanta.

Sep 21, 2011
mikek in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Best Foodie Restaurant in Atlanta?

If the original post was asking for $100 for 2, that rules of Bacchanalia and Woodfile, unfortnately.

I would highly, highly suggest Holeman & Finch. Checks every box off that you described above. PArt of their menu is called PARTS!!!

Sep 19, 2011
mikek in Atlanta

Places to take Out of Town Company - Atlanta & Decatur

I would definitely consider Local Three and Holeman Finch for the two dinners. The fish choices and veggie options at Holeman are all fantastic, aside from the meats. Brickstore is a great idea, especially for lunch. I was actually quite underwhelmed by 246 in my three visits. Everything was needed seasoning. Other places to consider are Cakes & Ale, Miso Izakaya (really digging this place as of late), TopFlr, Abbatoir and Rosebud.

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Cakes & Ale Restaurant
254 W Ponce De Leon Ave, Decatur, GA 30030

Miso Izakaya
619 Edgewood Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30312

Sep 08, 2011
mikek in Atlanta

Best coffee roaster?

I have never had experience with Green Mountain.

Paradise gets there in 3 day shipping generally. Give em a shot.

Jul 04, 2011
mikek in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Best coffee roaster?

Check out Paradise Roasters. They have the most 94+ ratings on coffee review, roast to order and shipping is only $3.

Jul 04, 2011
mikek in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Best coffee roaster?

Are you looking for places to get a fresh brewed cup or the beans? If you are looking for beans for home use, many artisanal roasters will roast to order and ship out. For coffee at home, I buy from Paradise Roasters, and their coffee kicks some serious ace.

Jul 01, 2011
mikek in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Il Gabbiano and other celebration restaurants

Hi all, I am being charged with the responsibility of choosing a restaurant for my family to celebrate a multitude of occasions. My parents are pescatarians who do not eat shellfish, and are admittedly not huge foodies (love good food, but not fussy or complicated). In the past, they enjoyed The Forge for its surroundings, though the food was just mediocre. Prime 112 did quite well for their fish, sides and the general surroundings. My mom mentioned Il Gabbiano to try something new. Has anyone been recently? If not there, where else would you recommend given these restrictions? Anywhere from Boca to Miami is fine. Is Eduardo de San Angel still well regarded in Ft. Lauderdale? I appreciate any and all help.

-Mike

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Prime 112 Restaurant
112 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Jun 26, 2011
mikek in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

New, coming to Miami in 2011

Living in Atlanta now, I can tell you it is solid, but nothing to write home about. In fact, off the top of my head, you can get a better burger at Yeah!, Grindhouse, Farm Burger, Holeman Finch (best burger I have ever had, exceeds all hype), Bocado, Local Three and I am sure there are a few more.

If any of you South Florida hounds find your way up this way, please do let me know and I will show you around up here. There is some awesome stuff going on in the ATL.

Jun 23, 2011
mikek in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

New, coming to Miami in 2011

Also in plans for expansion to Miami is Antico Pizza from Atlanta. After having moved up to ATL, I can say it is 100% the real deal and awesome. My mother is praying that this comes to fruition, though it will likely not be until 2012.

Jun 09, 2011
mikek in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

What's Your Favorite Taco Joint in Atlanta?

I said that he is clearly popular and getting national recognition for a reason, that reason is just escaping me. He is clearly doing something right and appealing to a good number of people. I want to like it, have tried many times, but for whatever reason, it is just not to my tastes. I will say one thing I did really enjoy there was the tamale with the verde sauce on top.

Jun 07, 2011
mikek in Atlanta

What's Your Favorite Taco Joint in Atlanta?

I am sorry, but I could not disagree more about Taqueria del Sol. I know it is popular, but it is as Americanized Mexican as possible, and I really wonder why it is popular in the first place. I have never had a bite of food there where I walked out and said man, I can't wait to have this again. Apparently there is something there with the multiple locations and (to some) the James Beard nomination, I just do not get it.

Taqueria los Rayos on Buford is quite authentic and delicious. Love the lengua, al pastor and cheeks. The chorizo is great too. If you do not want to venture far from the Piedmont/Peachtree area, there is an amazing taqueria in a Mexican market called Acapulco that is directly next to Taqueria del Sol on Cheshire Bridge. If you walk through the groceries, there are tables in the back by the meat counter. Really awesome tacos and enchiladas.

Jun 06, 2011
mikek in Atlanta

Hard Cider preferences?

Love the ciders... Crispin (I believe with a C, not a K) makes a quite nice one as well.

If I come upon a sweeter cider, I usually just make a snakebite out of it and the bitterness of the beer will largely offset that extra sweetness of the cider.

Jun 01, 2011
mikek in Beer

Atlanta with not so foodie in-laws.

If they are meat and potato type of folks, why not cater right to that and go to Rathbun Steak or one of the other great steakhouses in the area? Even Rathbun's has a good share of more accessible stuff on the menu.

My parents are not foodies by any stretch, but really enjoyed both Antico for pizza and Rosebud when we went there.

Also, though some parts of the menu may get a bit out there in terms of ingredients, Holeman Finch does a nice job with their meats, salumi, veggies, etc. Their hot dog is absolutely one of the best that I have ever had.

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Rathbun's Restaurant
112 Krog St NE, Atlanta, GA 30307

May 31, 2011
mikek in Atlanta

Whiskey / Bourbon Bar

Sra. Martinez is a great call, though I still associate it more as a craft cocktail bar than a whiskey/bourbon bar. When I think of those specifically, I think of more bar than restaurant, darker, comfortable chairs/couches, etc. Sra Martinez, while I absolutely love it, is none of those things. Meat Market you will be paying maybe, maybe, $1 or 2 less than the Setai or Delano for the same brand, it is not like you were recommending a hole-in-the-wall in the first place and the hotels are some astronomical increase.

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Setai
101 20th St, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Meat Market
915 Lincoln road, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Sra. Martinez
4000 NE 2nd Ave., Miami, FL 33137

Sra Martinez
4000 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL

May 24, 2011
mikek in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Chicken and waffles

People's had some serious, serious health code violations last year and I do not know if it is reopened.

Prime 112 actually has it on the menu as well.

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Prime 112 Restaurant
112 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139

May 24, 2011
mikek in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Quick Weekend Atlanta Trip...Need Ideas/Review of My Ideas

I would also suggest walking around Decatur Square as an alternative to the Highlands. I much prefer the restaurants over there (Leon's Full Service, Iberian Pig, Brickstore Pub, etc.)

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The Iberian Pig
121 Sycamore Street, Decatur, GA 30030

May 24, 2011
mikek in Atlanta

Whiskey / Bourbon Bar

I mean, no one said it is cheap to go to any of them, but the reality is if you want to drink in nicer surroundings in Miami, you are going to pay up the rear for it. If you want great beer bars, that can be had on a budget (Abraxas specifically). Even tequila you can do at Mercadito without breaking the bank, but as far as places with large whiskey selections go, the pickings are slim outside of Bourbon Steak. The truth is, you may as well stay in each of those nights and just buy a very nice bottle of bourbon or whiskey for yourself with the same cash.

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Bourbon Steak
19999 West Country Club Drive, Aventura, FL 33180

May 24, 2011
mikek in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Visiting Miami

Upscale as in formal or upscale as in trendy, high quality ingredients, etc. The former I am having difficulty thinking of any. As to the latter category, Michael's, Sra. Martinez and Sugarcane would all work perfectly, as would Michy's, just north of the DD.

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Michy's
6927 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33138

Sra. Martinez
4000 NE 2nd Ave., Miami, FL 33137

May 23, 2011
mikek in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Whiskey / Bourbon Bar

I am not sure how their Bourbon selection is specifically, but there is a library room set off from the main lobby of the Setai that is very comfortable and very nice. It is a bit trendier, but I would also venture to guess the W would have some rare bourbons in Living Room (lobby bar). I know the Ritz on South Beach had a bar called Rye but am not sure if it still exists.

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Setai
101 20th St, Miami Beach, FL 33139

May 23, 2011
mikek in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

San Francisco Hounds moving to Atlanta--what should we look forward to?

Holeman and Finch does a great job with their house-made charcuterie as well. Really great cocktails. Brickstore Pub has a phenomenal beer list, and good pub grub. Iberian Pig does a nice job with tapas. Highland Bakery for all pastries, breads, etc. Antico Pizza is really fantastic as well.

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Highland Bakery
655 Highland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30312

The Iberian Pig
121 Sycamore Street, Decatur, GA 30030

May 14, 2011
mikek in Atlanta

Eight Hour Layover at Miami Int'l Airport - Will Cab For Good Food

It is a top attraction - for cruise patrons, people who want to shop at kitschky stores and eat at the Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. or Chilis. People hardly even go there before Heat games and it is right next door. If someone is seeking out advice on chowhound about foods local and unique to Miami, there is a safe assumption that Bayside is not what said individual is looking for at all.

And if you are referring to Lincoln as the place where men dress as women, it is not the Birdcage anymore. Right on Lincoln you have the new building that houses Shake Shack that is world famous, and the new Symphony Hall was designed by Frank Ghery. Both buildings along with Lincoln, in my not-so-humble opinion, offer much more of an attraction and real glimpse of what is going on in Miami, rather than a mall to appease unwitting tourists.

Have you set foot in Bayside in last decade? You would really feel comfortable telling a friend to visit there for a taste of things Miami? I only hope your friends come to post on here to avoid such a fate.

Maria - though it is not Cuban, I would also consider eating at Tap Tap, as it may be unlikely that you can find Haitian food in SF.

May 09, 2011
mikek in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Eight Hour Layover at Miami Int'l Airport - Will Cab For Good Food

Forget about the term tourist trap - Bayside is a cesspool of food, culture, etc.

I would go to South Beach and do Lincoln and check out all of the architecture that is getting rave reviews from around the world, people watch, etc.

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South Beach Cafe
121 5th St, Miami Beach, FL 33139

May 08, 2011
mikek in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Chocolate & Wine Tasting

For me, I think it all comes down to the hops balanced against the malts. The Bell's Hopslam (very citrusy hop profile brewed with lemon) was absolutely delicious with the bitter/high cocoa % chocolates. It did, however, overwhelm the flavors when the cocoa % was not quite so high. I thought the beer came through fully with the bitterness of the chocolate.

The oarsman ale, a wheat brewed with sour mash, worked very, very well with the white chocolate based truffles, particularly the one with lemon where the acidity of the lemon played off the sour mash quite nicely. I thought this one also held its own against the higher cocoa % chocolates, with the sour backbone of the beer playing off the chocolate quite well. Full flavor of the beer came through, and acted as an additional component to the chocolate.

The Rochefort 8 was absolutely phenomenal with all chocolates thrown its way. The complexity of the beer, and its depth of flavors, allowed for different aspects to shine with different chocolates. The full profile came through. HIGHLY recommend including this one in any tasting.

Bell's Chocolate Stout I thought worked, but can 100% see how the flavors would overwhelm for some. To me, it acted as another layer of chocolate-y goodness in a way chocolate frosting on chocolate cake works. I thought it had its own unique flavors that were easily distinguishable, but could understand how to some it would be too chocolate heavy versus a contrast beverage.

All in all, I thought it was a worthy adventure, and one that truly worked on many levels for me. Next time, I would throw a true Sour in there and maybe use a lower hopped beer than the Hopslam for the IPA (Hop Stoopid was probably a great choice). I may seek out a cream ale to throw in there or perhaps the Hitachino Lacto Stout.

May 01, 2011
mikek in Wine

Chocolate & Wine Tasting

I went to a local chocolatier in Atlanta, got a blueberry/dark chocolate blend, a white choc w/ lemon and chamomile, a white chocolate bark with assorted nuts, dark chocolate with papaya and a chocolate with salted hazelnut.

For beers, I have the Brooklyn Chocolate stout, the Bell's Hopslam, Bell's Oarsman (sour wheat), Bell's Double Cream Stout, Mikkeler Simcoe IPA and Rochefort 8.

I actually had a lengthy conversation with the asst. chocolatier who is also a home brewer, and they have done chocolate/beer tastings with a local pub here (Brickstore Pub) and we actually quite enthralled with this idea and general conversation. The owner, who was a pastry chef at a few of the top restaurants here in town, actually recounted how tasting a porter with her chocolate when organizing that event was a revelatory moment for her with beer (she does not drink much).

Please let me know how you think it turns out. Everyone's palate, as we all know, is unique and different. Regardless, it should be fun and a good excuse to get drunk in a different format hahaha.

Apr 30, 2011
mikek in Wine