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Toronto labor Day

are most restaurants and bars open on labor day?

Aug 27, 2011
Allencvc in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

2 nights in Toronto...restaurant & bar suggestions

thanks for all the recommendations...absolutely love Toronto!

Day 1: dinner at Black Hoof...exactly what I was looking for. One of the most enjoyable meals i had in a while. jen the owner took great care of us and then sent us to see Dave @ the harbord room for cocktails.

While we didn't dine at harbord room, Dave the bartender makes some fantastic cocktails including the best Last Word i've ever had. Dave just happens to be the president of the new toronto chapter of the Canada bartender Assoc and really took great pride in the crafting of classic long forgotten cocktails.

Dave then sent us to see Gord @ the drake who whipped up this tequila mezcal cocktail that knocked me on my ass. Really enjoyed the scene at the drake.

Day 2: checked out Origin...not overly impressed. food was beautifully plated but lacked flavor and depth.

Then checked out Lee...the crispy tofu was spectacular but the braised beef was nearly inedible. on a high note, I got a chance to chat and talk shop with chef susur.

Next was Goodnight Bar...we made reservations but on a tues night it was not necessary. While I liked the concept...the person behind the bar is the key component to the experience there. The mixologist was on his 3rd day there and left all alone. I asked for a few classic cocktails and his reply was "idk...man you know more drinks then i do!" which i not the answer i was hoping for. I'm sure with a more knowledgeable mixologist, it would have been better.

barchef was the next stop. nice laid back vibe and frankie the owner was mixing the drinks. its always a pleasure talking to someone with such a passion for their craft. I applaud his dedication to changing conventional wisdom and raising the bar in our industry. While a $45 manhattan and a $25 mojito may not be everyone's cup of tea, it was great to see the same innovation applied to cocktails as chefs have done with food.

Already looking forward to the next trip to check out the thompson, dolce social and the toronto temperance society

Jul 14, 2011
Allencvc in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

2 nights in Toronto...restaurant & bar suggestions

I'm a big fan of violet hour (chicago), drink (boston) & mike and honey (NYC) and from what i'm hearing, Goodnight is similiar...is it worth checking out?

Jul 03, 2011
Allencvc in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

2 nights in Toronto...restaurant & bar suggestions

Wife and I are are in town Mon and Tues (Staying downtown on King St West.)

Looking for some recommendations...we own a fine dining restaurant (tamaripgh.com) and are looking for the best Toronto has to offer.

Definite stops on the itinerary include...

Black Hoof & Barchef

Hoping for some suggestions for 1 lunch spot, 1 dinner & a cool bar for late nite

Jul 03, 2011
Allencvc in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

1st time in Boston, help with dining itineray

thanks everyone....too many places, not enough time!

Clio, No 9 Park or Craigie on Main? (pick 2)

Coppa or Woodward at Ames for after dinner drinks?

Nov 17, 2010
Allencvc in Greater Boston Area

1st time in Boston, help with dining itineray

no particular reason for choosing flour, just looking for a cute breakfast/pastry place. no car so traveling anyplace out of the way is prob not going to happen unless a place is truly worth it.

Nov 17, 2010
Allencvc in Greater Boston Area

1st time in Boston, help with dining itineray

was planning on the W lounge for late night drinks on day 2, unless there's better recommendations for a late night place close to the back bay area

Nov 17, 2010
Allencvc in Greater Boston Area

1st time in Boston, help with dining itineray

After much research, here's what I narrowed it down to...

only 2 days, not enough time to fit everything in

Day 1:
Breakfast - Flour Bakery
Lunch - Butcher Shop
Dinner - No 9 Park
Late Nite - Drink

Day 2:
Breakfast - ????
Lunch - Neptune Oyster
Dinner - Craigie on Main
Late Nite - Market by Jean Georges

Day 3:
Lunch - Dumpling Cafe

Any suggestions otherwise?

Also, if time permits...some sightseeing, what's a tourist must see?

Nov 17, 2010
Allencvc in Greater Boston Area

1st time in boston...whats not to be missed?

oh ya, almost forgot....is blue ginger worth it?

Nov 04, 2010
Allencvc in Greater Boston Area

1st time in boston...whats not to be missed?

thanks, alot of nice looking menus. Craigie, No 9 Park and Clio stood out.

something more specific now...

good place for dumplings/dim sum? Dumpling Cafe?

also authentic mexican tacos and raw bars?

Nov 04, 2010
Allencvc in Greater Boston Area

1st time in boston...whats not to be missed?

2 night stay Nov 23-25, booked hotel in back bay area. heard Copley Sq and Back Bay is a cool part of the city.

we own a fine dining restaurant (tamaripgh.com) and in our early 30's, so some serious dining and partying is a must.

looking for the best dining Boston has to offer, prob 3 lunches and 2 dinners. Don't mind spending $ if it means a good time but also local institutions that shouldn't be missed

any suggestions?

Nov 04, 2010
Allencvc in Greater Boston Area

first time in new orleans, help with dining itinerary

so many restaurants and not enough days or stomachs! great advise and will be revising my itinerary....any other "can't miss" spots?

Jul 28, 2010
Allencvc in New Orleans

first time in new orleans, help with dining itinerary

celebrating 7th wedding anniversary... booked hotel in FQ with balcony, looking for the quintessential new orleans dining experience.

we own a restaurant and in our early 30's, so some serious dining and partying is a must.

here's my itinerary so far...

Sun Dinner: August

Mon breakfast: Du Monde
lunch: Felix's
dinner: Cochon

Tues breakfast: Court of 2 Sisters
lunch: Commander's
dinner: Emeril's

Wed breakfast: Mother's

Open to suggestions but def cochon and august. Also any cool after dinner bars.

thanks!!!

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Cochon
930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

Emeril's Restaurant
800 Tchoupitoulas, New Orleans, LA 70130

Jul 26, 2010
Allencvc in New Orleans