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Three Generations/Four Days in Chicago

Thanks - by that definition, the in-laws will love it! And we won't suffer because a good prime rib is always welcomed. Thanks! :)

May 25, 2013
boyzmom11 in Chicago Area

Three Generations/Four Days in Chicago

Thanks Masha. "Old School" is definitely an appropriate term for our needs. My in-laws absolutely fit this category, so La Scarola might fit the bill.
Carson's was a pick because they used to have a restaurant here in Florida that closed a while back. We used to eat there frequently. Of course that was at least 10 years ago!
Lawry's was a request just for the show - the silver carts, carving at the table, etc. know the in-laws would enjoy that type of thing, but if the food is really awful, it doesn't make sense.
If it is reasonably good, however, I'd like to indulge them. My husband and I can always come back to Chicago for a trip more suited to our "foodie" tastes, but this time it's all about them - a bit touristy.
But along the way, you have all made some great suggestions that we will surely take advantage of! Thanks :)

May 20, 2013
boyzmom11 in Chicago Area

Three Generations/Four Days in Chicago

Will definitely try out Bongo Room. Thanks!

May 20, 2013
boyzmom11 in Chicago Area

Three Generations/Four Days in Chicago

Wow! I can't thank you enough for all of this fantastic information. I'm going to take all of your suggestions and we'll discuss them with everyone. Will tell the in-law's about the newer steakhouses (compared to Lawry's) and see what they think. Really appreciate all the time you took to answer and will definitely report back when we return. Thanks again!!!

May 20, 2013
boyzmom11 in Chicago Area

Three Generations/Four Days in Chicago

My in-laws, hubby, two teenagers and I will be in Chicago for four days.
As you might imagine, it could be difficult to please everyone, but like moms everywhere - I'm going to try!

In-laws have never been to Chicago. They have heard about Lawry's and Carson's Ribs. I haven't been to Chicago in years and probably was last at Lawry's 25 years ago. Do they still do the whole service with the silver cart, carve at the table, etc.? My MIL would like that. How is the food these days? As for Carson's, never been, any feedback?

Husband and teenagers want pizza (Lou Malnati's), hot dogs (Portillo's)
and Italian Beef (Al's). Any other suggestions?

My only food request is Garrett's popcorn. I will gladly go along with the rest of the crew for everything else.

We will be staying Downtown and are also on the lookout for good breakfast spots.

Also looking for a casual Italian place for dinner.

We will hit the usual tourist spots - Field Museum, Art Institute, Hancock Building, etc. and take a boat tour. Any suggestions for lunches along the way near these landmarks are much appreciated.

Thank you so much in advance for any and all help that you might offer! :0)

May 18, 2013
boyzmom11 in Chicago Area

Trip Report - Dallas with Teenagers

Thanks again for all of your great information!!! :0)

Mar 17, 2013
boyzmom11 in Dallas - Fort Worth

Trip Report - Dallas with Teenagers

Thanks to everyone who helped us out with ideas for our trip. It seemed to go by a bit too fast and time was shorter than we expected, so we didn't get to many of the places we wanted, but here is our review of where we managed to go.
Went to Fearings for dinner one night. It was really, really, really good. We had the Fearing version of surf and turf with the chicken fried lobster - absolutely amazing. The rib eye was cooked to perfection and served with tempura asparagus and a corn and jalapeno souffle on the side. They had a Halibut special served over risotto which was delicious.
Notable appetizers were the lobster bisque and a trio of crab cakes, duck tamale and mini lobster tacos. Everything was amazing including the salads and desserts. This was definitely a memorable meal. No wonder many have said this is the best restaurant in Dallas!
For lunch one day, we tried Pecan Lodge, but alas, we were late and just as we got to the head of the line, they ran out... oh well - next trip. We went across to Ain't No Mo Butter Cakes right across the way and got some to take back to the hotel. They didn't make it very far. Oh my gosh! That was all I heard from everyone who tried them. We were sharing with our group and everyone loved them. They were out of the tres leches unfortunately, but the butter cake, chocolate and sock it to me cakes were fantastic. I don't want to think about how many calories were in these cakes, but they were so good - it just doesn't matter.
Went to Twisted Root Burger and took our teenagers along with several others. They loved it! My husband and I liked it as well. Great burgers (grass fed beef was a plus) and fries. Awesome milkshakes. The girls with us were very happy with the turkey burger and vegan burger. A very cute place and yummy food.
We saw the Cane Rosso pizza across the street and went back the next day. It was terrific. We think we are pizza experts and have eaten pies all around the country, but these were right up there with the best. The home made mozzarella was fabulous and the pizza crust and sauce superb. We ordered the zeppoles for dessert and they were decadent.
A great place!
Went to Stampede 66 for lunch one day. We were not overly impressed. The service was good and the atmposphere was pleasant. Decor well thought out. I had the brisket which we gave mixed reviews. I thought it had a nice tastel, but my husband wasn't impressed. It was served with a very nice potato salad. Burgers were served on a jalapeno cheddar bun. One thumbs up and one thumbs down on that one. My husband had the chicken fried steak which he said was good but not the best he's ever had. It was served with some very tasty greens though.
We eneded up staying at the Ritz Carlton and had breakfast there every day. It was really good, even for Ritz standards. The French Toast with caramel banana sauce is amazing! Great waffles, eggs done to perfection. We lucked out for breakfast every day. Also had lunch there one day and it was perfection.
Had one lunch in between our appointments at the Hyatt - it was not memorable.
Well, that did it for our trip to Dallas. I want to thank all of the Dallas-Fort Worth chowhounds for your wonderful recommendations. We enjoyed your city and appreciate your help! :0)

Mar 17, 2013
boyzmom11 in Dallas - Fort Worth
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Dallas with Teenagers

Thanks Twinwillow, TXMandy and foiegras. While my younger teen likes his burgers plain, the older one and dad will really love this place. The PBJ Jalapeno is something they will have to try. Looked on their menu and you can order on-line, so if I send it in before we leave the hotel it should save time.
I'll let you all know how it goes.
Thanks so much!!!

Mar 12, 2013
boyzmom11 in Dallas - Fort Worth

Dallas with Teenagers

Wow, Lucia's must be great - no more reservations for the month of March and no Friday's or Saturday's left in April. Guess we'll have to get to that one on our next trip to Dallas!

The crew decided on Fearing's over the Mansion for dinner.

Am now looking for a lunch spot that is close enough to the Hyatt Reunion to grab a very quick lunch. If there is anything close by that you could recommend, it sure would beat having to eat "hotel" food. Thanks so much for your help!!! We really appreciate it.

Mar 11, 2013
boyzmom11 in Dallas - Fort Worth

Dallas with Teenagers

Thanks Twinwillow. I think I will get the menu info. and let the crew vote on Fearings vs. the Mansion. As for Pecan Lodge, I will plan to be there before 11:00 and get in line. Unfortunately, we can't go on Sunday, but we'll get there as early as we can on the weekday that we end up there.
The mini bundt cakes sound terrific! Tres Leche with raspberry sauce?! Sounds fantastic. (Yes, sweet tooth here :0). Thanks so much for all of your advice. We are looking forward to a great time. Looks like the weather is going to great as well!

Mar 10, 2013
boyzmom11 in Dallas - Fort Worth

Dallas with Teenagers

Thank you so much TXMandy, hypemnd and twinwillow! These are great suggestions! We've got four days, so we should have time to get to quite a few of them.
Two more questions if you have a minute.
Would you choose Fearings over the Mansion for the "splurge" dinner?
How long is the wait usually at Pecan Lodge? 15 minutes, 1/2 hour? I'm trying to put schedule together and want to allow enough time.
Really appreciate all your help. I will report back when we return.
Thanks so much!!!!

Mar 10, 2013
boyzmom11 in Dallas - Fort Worth

Dallas with Teenagers

Haven't been to Dallas in years and have no idea where to begin to plan our food itinerary. Will be there next week for a conference and bringing along two teenage boys. Last time I was in Dallas Del Frisco's was the big place to go and get a steak, but I haven't seen it mentioned lately. Is it still good? What about the restaurant at the Mansion at Turtle Creek?
I have those on my list, but am wondering if are other places that have surpassed them over the years.
We are staying in downtown at the Hyatt Regency and will have a car.
For lunch, we only have limited time, so we need some places that are close by. I think one day we will try Pecan Lodge ( and probably two days since everyone love BBQ). Any other suggestions for good BBQ, tex-mex, or burgers for lunch in downtown area?
Dinner is up in the air. As I mentioned, we had planned on Del Frisco's and the Mansion, but I am not certain about these. Someone else mentioned the restaurant at the Ritz-Carlton?
We'd like a nice (aka fancy) dinner one night and the others don't necessarily have to be so. Also, are there any gourmet food stores downtown where I can get some take-out and/or snacks?
Thanks so much for any help you can offer! :0)

Mar 09, 2013
boyzmom11 in Dallas - Fort Worth

FIVE DAYS IN LONDON WITH TEENAGE BOYS - HELP!!!

Was just looking up some info. for a friend who is traveling to London and remember your post. I must thank you so much for suggesting the blue badge guide. She made our trip!!!!! I would never have known about them without you. So, while Chowhound is strictly about food, little tidbits like that can make such a difference. Thank you so much!

Jun 13, 2012
boyzmom11 in U.K./Ireland

Quick Stop in Charleston/Casual Food

I will let you all know what my husband decides and report back on our experience. Now I get to choose at the next stop! :0)

Jun 12, 2012
boyzmom11 in Southeast

Quick Stop in Charleston/Casual Food

Thank you! Since we are going for dinner, hopefully it won't be too, too crowded.

Jun 12, 2012
boyzmom11 in Southeast

Quick Stop in Charleston/Casual Food

The Fish Net sounds pretty good, but I have to get those shrimp and grits. I'm going to show my husband the menus at Glass Onion and Fat Hen and let him choose. Thanks to everyone!

Jun 11, 2012
boyzmom11 in Southeast

Quick Stop in Charleston/Casual Food

Looked at Glass Onion and you are right - it looks like it is just what we are searching for... now birgator or Sue in Mt P, have either of you tried the coconut cream pie at Glass Onion. It is my husband's favorite and this could be the closer!
Thank you so much!!!

Jun 11, 2012
boyzmom11 in Southeast

Quick Stop in Charleston/Casual Food

We are making a quick stop in Charleston next week. Staying at Middleton Place but will drive in to Charleston( or thereabouts) for dinner.
We are looking for a casual place that will fit the bill for my husband (he wants Shrimp and Grits), two boys (fried chicken, mac and cheese, bbq, burgers, - they're teenagers, they eat non-stop) and me ( looking for a great vegetable plate).
So after a whole lot of time reading these boards I have come up with Hominy Grill, Boulevard Diner or Fat Hen.
But I have a feeling that I am missing something.
Any suggestions are most welcome. I greatly appreciate your help and will report on whatever restaurant we choose.
Thank you !!!!

Jun 11, 2012
boyzmom11 in Southeast

Three Days in Winston-Salem

The Village Tavern - yes, it was good.
Yes, Winston-Salem was a good experience. The people are friendly - both on these boards and in person. So thanks!!! :)

Mar 15, 2012
boyzmom11 in Southeast

Three Days in Winston-Salem

Thank you to everyone who gave us some guidance on where to eat in Winston-Salem. We are back from our trip, and we were pleased with what we found.
We had such a good breakfast at Breakfast of Course that we went twice! The service is great and the atmosphere lively. Someone really took the time in designing and decorating the place and it showed. The food was very good. My son had pancakes both days and loved them - and he is a pancake critic since it is in his top five favorite food. The eggs, french toast, sausages - everything was well prepared and tasty. The corn meal cakes are highly recommended. If you are in need of a good breakfast - this is the place.
We had dinner at Milner's and it was quite good. I had shrimp and grits and must say it was right up there with some of the best s&g that I've had in the low country. My husband had pot roast which was very well prepared, tender and served with a nice assortment of vegetables and a yummy gravy. My son had a burger which was very well prepared.
We went to Mr. BBQ for lunch. My husband who is the BBQ hound loved it. He was staring at the banana pudding but resisted and he is still thinking about it. You have to cut corners somewhere I suppose!
We had a quick lunch at Sweet Potatoes. All I can say is - if you eat nothing else - save room for dessert. Now I make a mean sweet potato pie, but their version (they have only two desserts - Sweet Potato and Pecan Sweet Potato Pie) are pretty darn close to as good as mine. They were superb!!!
We made it to Old Salem and hit the bakery there for some take home gifts. Reports are that the Moravian Cookies are out of this world. We also got a chocolate chip, cream filled cookie for my son and he was a very happy camper. We really enjoyed the shops in Old Salem and wish we could visit during Easter time which I hear is quite nice.
We made it to Ollie's Bakery one morning and wished we could transport it to our town. What a great place! The only problem is deciding what to have - the selection is huge and everything is freshly baked and looks delicious. We got four things and shared and one was better than the other. Good coffee, good tea. Highly recommended.
Finally, we went to the little lunch place (I am so sorry I forgot the name...) in Reynolda Village.
I had a very tasty club sandwich. I would recommend this place if I could remember the name!!! This is the one with deck outside - very warm and cozy atmosphere. Not the breakfast place, which looked good but I didn't have time to try.

Mar 15, 2012
boyzmom11 in Southeast

Three Days in Winston-Salem

I am hoping that we have time to get down to Lexington because my husband really wants to go. If not, we will try Little Richards or Mr BBQ depending on where we are at the time. Thanks so much for your time and input. We really appreciate it! :0)

Feb 28, 2012
boyzmom11 in Southeast

Three Days in Winston-Salem

Thank you quazi. I am taking Cloverdale off the list and will head down to Lexington for some BBQ. From what I've been reading Lexington #1, BBQ Center and Cooks are good options in Lexington. Do you have a favorite or another suggestion?

Feb 28, 2012
boyzmom11 in Southeast

Three Days in Winston-Salem

Thank you carolinadawg. I just read about the BBQ in Lexington. Is it worth the drive to find BBQ or are the places you mentioned in town (Bibs, Little Richards and Mr. BBQ) just as good?
I looked up Meridian and it seems like a great dinner spot. I will also look up West End and Sixth and Vine. Thanks so much for the info. I will let you know how it goes.

Feb 27, 2012
boyzmom11 in Southeast

Three Days in Winston-Salem

We will be in Winston-Salem (first time) for a conference and need some restaurant advice.
So far I have gone through old posts and found breakfast spots - Breakfast of Course/ Mary's of Course (which one is the new name???), Ollie Bakery and Cloverdale Kitchen. Any other great options? Which place has the best grits? For lunch we were thinking Sweet Potatoes, Diamonback Grill or Milners. And for dinner, Hutch and Harris and maybe Sweet Potatoes again if it is really good. My husband is looking for some really good fried chicken and western NC BBQ.
Someone mentioned Old Salem as having good food, but I thought this was an area of town. Is there a restaurant by that name as well?
Will be staying out of downtown at the Sundance - does anyone know anything about his place? I've seen some not so stellar reviews and am a bit apprehensive. Are there any restaurants close by? The only thing I've seen mentioned are a Pizza Hut and a Subway which are not feasible.
Any help you can offer is greatly appreciated! Thank you.

Feb 27, 2012
boyzmom11 in Southeast

FIVE DAYS IN LONDON WITH TEENAGE BOYS - HELP!!!

You've given me a lot of homework to do. I already looked up el parador (thanks for the link) and it looks really good. Thank you for all of the suggestions.

Mar 16, 2011
boyzmom11 in U.K./Ireland

FIVE DAYS IN LONDON WITH TEENAGE BOYS - HELP!!!

Thank you relizabeth! My elder son just asked me to find out where to find the best nann in London. He has never had it, but desperately wants to try it. If you have any other suggestions for naan, please let us knoe. Thank you again!

Mar 16, 2011
boyzmom11 in U.K./Ireland

FIVE DAYS IN LONDON WITH TEENAGE BOYS - HELP!!!

Just checked out the Blue Badge website and am very interested. Thank you for a great idea!

Mar 15, 2011
boyzmom11 in U.K./Ireland

FIVE DAYS IN LONDON WITH TEENAGE BOYS - HELP!!!

We will be trying Hawksmoor. Also, thank you so much for for suggesting the Selfridges Food Hall. It will give me an excuse to drag these men into another store! Not having daughters makes shopping very unpopular during our vacations! Pearl Liang sound great - we have two duck lovers in the group so that will work well. Thank you for your time!

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Pearl Liang
8 Sheldon Close, Bromley, Greater London SE20 8, GB

Hawksmoor
157 Commercial Street, London E1 6BJ, GB

Mar 15, 2011
boyzmom11 in U.K./Ireland

FIVE DAYS IN LONDON WITH TEENAGE BOYS - HELP!!!

I will try to look up the menu at dishoom. Thank you so much for the suggestion.

Mar 15, 2011
boyzmom11 in U.K./Ireland

FIVE DAYS IN LONDON WITH TEENAGE BOYS - HELP!!!

Thank you. I will look up Scoop Gelato and Great Queen as well. I appreciate all of the suggestions.

Mar 15, 2011
boyzmom11 in U.K./Ireland