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Durham Downtown-Dinner and Drinks Before a Concert

Holy goodness...brandy alexanders...thats been a while!

2 days ago
picklelicious in Southeast

Durham Downtown-Dinner and Drinks Before a Concert

We've done that pre-show as well, everybody enjoyed...couldn't remember the name though. It's across from another good pizza joint if I remember correctly.

Aug 27, 2015
picklelicious in Southeast

Ideas for two meals in Green Bay, dinner in Milwaukee.

will give Hinterland a shot tonight...always nice to look at previous threads for answers.

Charlotte NC Hound

Any other suggestions for good happy hour dive bar for cocktails/brews with the locals, send my way.

Aug 26, 2015
picklelicious in Great Lakes

Durham Downtown-Dinner and Drinks Before a Concert

That's exactly what i was referring to in fact.

Aug 25, 2015
picklelicious in Southeast

Durham Downtown-Dinner and Drinks Before a Concert

A nice rooftop option may be a good option given nice weather. Seems like i tried Pizzaria Toro after they re-opened (that is the one that had a fire i think), and they did have a full bar option, but for some reason i wasn't impressed as many are with the fare there, nothing wrong with it, but for some reason my expectations were a bit higher. I'll also look at these other places you listed as options. Thanks to both of you for your suggestions.

Aug 25, 2015
picklelicious in Southeast

Durham Downtown-Dinner and Drinks Before a Concert

Some friends and i are attending a concert at the Carolina Theatre in downtown Durham in a few weeks. I've dined at Mateo a few times, and may opt to do so again on this visit, but i wanted to check on here to see if there are some other restaurants anyone might recommend in the downtown area, particularly within walking distance of (but not limited to) the Carolina Theartre. It's 4 of us, one of which has fairly conservative zeal for creative menus, but we can work around her limitations given most menus. We will need a restaurant with a full bar (alcohol/beer/wine), price is not an issue for this affair, we are not opposed to high end or low end, wherever we can find a good restaurant with the interests described above, we can work with...

Thanks for any suggestions you can provide this Charlotte based Hound!

Aug 24, 2015
picklelicious in Southeast

In the Costa Mesa area, can anyone give a NC Hound a dinner rec?

Well i ended up meeting a friend at bandera in corona del mar...i was told it has some nice qualties. Thanks for all the recs...i did actually go by shucks, had a 1/2 dozen, but they didn't have a full bar and was looking for cocktails.

In the Costa Mesa area, can anyone give a NC Hound a dinner rec?

Very interesting indeed...national oyster day you say, it's almost wrong not to!

In the Costa Mesa area, can anyone give a NC Hound a dinner rec?

I like upscale...and dives, thanks, I'll look'er up

In the Costa Mesa area, can anyone give a NC Hound a dinner rec?

Yea i saw golden truffle as i did a u-e to get here. Thanks

In the Costa Mesa area, can anyone give a NC Hound a dinner rec?

Looking for a good bar and grill type place...currently at the goat hill tavern testing the libations, but will need some sustenance soon. I've done no research unfortunately, but some quick help would be very appreciated. A little more detail, I'm solo, and by bar and grill, i just mean a restaurant with a bar and decent to good food, i prefer to sit at bar...Thanks

RDU Area Advice Please

It seems like they learned from their U2 traffic issues in preparation for the Stones. We had no issues getting in, albeit we were there at 5:30, but still...

We had only the expected issues getting out when you park right beside the stadium, but the getting to the stadium in a timely manner was our concern and we had no issues doing so. Thanks for info AreBe

Jul 18, 2015
picklelicious in Southeast
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RDU Area Advice Please

Jesco, meant to thank you for your rec on Page Rd Grill, the location was perfect for our needs, and the food was pleasing to all. Thanks

Jul 18, 2015
picklelicious in Southeast
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RDU Area Advice Please

looks like very convenient and suitable options. Thanks

Jun 24, 2015
picklelicious in Southeast

RDU Area Advice Please

Going to see the Stones concert at Carter Finley on July 1. Our hotel reservations are at the Marriott-Research Triangle Park. Would like something in the RDU Airport area to have some eats and some cocktails around 4pm if possible, although anything that doesn't take us too far off our path is acceptable if not exactly around RDU. Honestly i'm not going to get real picky about what i'm looking for at this point, other than decent food, and hopefully decent drinks. In a perfect world we'd just go right to the stadium and tailgate, but with the heat and humidity factors this time of year, i'd like some dining options to consider before getting out in the heat. Your suggestions would be most appreciated for a Charlotte area Hound. Thanks

Jun 24, 2015
picklelicious in Southeast

Looking for a Nice Dinner Spot in the Fort Lauderdale Beach Area

Thanks again foir all the suggestions, i believe i have worked my gameplan out to include 3 of the recs...

S3 is open in the afternoon, so we'll have a late lunch there on our way from the airport to the hotel...

then for dinner. after much deliberation, I have decided on Ocean 3030, something about it just appealed to me...

After fishing the next day we hope to try Fishtales that evening for some music and eats.

Thanks for all your input.

Looking for a Nice Dinner Spot in the Fort Lauderdale Beach Area

Thanks all for the recommendations, we will certainly have our work cut out just choosing 1 or 2 of them to visit.

Looking for a Nice Dinner Spot in the Fort Lauderdale Beach Area

A friend and I are visiting from NC in mid December (the 12th-14th) for a day of fishing just off the coast. We're celebrating both of our birthdays in one weekend, and on that Friday night, and possibly Saturday for that matter, we're going to have a nice dinner and I'd like to make a request for some really good restaurant recommendations in the Fort Lauderdale Beach area. We're staying at the South Beach Park area, for a reference point, about a mile south of Shula's on the Beach. Although we'll have a rental car, i'm guessing we'll be cabbing it to dinner.

A waterfront view would be nice if possible, but not a necessity, and for this meal we'll say that the expense of the meal isn't an issue. The Friday night meal we're looking for something upscale, the Saturday evening dinner, probably something more casual, maybe something with live waterfront music over at one of the marinas in the area we're staying if anyone is familiar with such details.

Any suggestions you have will be greatly appreciated. Thank you

Recap of Restaurants Visited on New Orleans Trip

Very interesting info...thanks

Aug 29, 2014
picklelicious in New Orleans

Recap of Restaurants Visited on New Orleans Trip

If that is the case then I stand corrected. Is there typically no thickening agent? This did not appear to have one.

Aug 29, 2014
picklelicious in New Orleans

Recap of Restaurants Visited on New Orleans Trip

I've had a really nice visit this week and have had the opportunity to try several new restaurants in the greater New Orleans area. I'm down on business from North Carolina for the week.

Monday for lunch we at the Po Boy Company in Mandeville, some of the better onion rings i've ever had...the ham/roast beef po boy i had was solid, although their "famous" roast beef was over salted IMHO, and i generally like salty.

Monday night we went to Domenica and tried some John Besh Italian fare. I was quite pleased with the restaurant, we had two pizzas for apps, very solid pies. i had the tagliatelle with a rabbit ragu (waiter boasted he thought it was one of the top dishes in the city...), i enjoyed it very much, but to call any dish one of best in this city is a tough standard to live up to...

For dessert we shared a couple, an apple pastry, and a peach pie, both very good. The bill seemed to add a little higher than we would've thought, but what's new right???

Tuesday i was in Slidell, and a local took me to a place called southside cafe for lunch, he had spaghetti with meatball special, could've fed three people with that plate...i kept it light with chicken salad po boy...not great not bad.

Tuesday night, we went to Mr B's Bistro, and 2 of us shared the pork chop plate, absolutely fabulous. From a temp standpoint, they said it would be medium, it was a little under medium, but no big deal there, really, really good chop and side of veggies with a broth.

Wednesday, i had lunch at Smilie's in Harahan, and i had the blue plate special brisket, the brisket was probably a little tougher than they or i would prefer for that type (or any type) of brisket, but still not too bad, and i always enjoy having lunch at Smilie's when i visit this area. 2 desserts were ordered, a white chocolate bread pudding, which i had half of, and a strawberry shortcake. The bread pudding was not what i consider a traditional bread pudding, but i'll tell you what, it was good.

For Wednesday dinner we ate at Peche, everyone really enjoyed it, and it was quite reasonable as well. I had the baked drum dish...spot on, and the corn fritters in the jus were a great compliment. The tuna dip app, had character, but i personally wouldn't order it again given other choices. The chili crab claws app, outstanding. The sorbet dessert (peach rose'), also very enjoyable, more so than most sorbets i've had. After dinner we went to the Royal Sonesta to catch Irvin Mayfield's Jazz Playhouse, i have nothing but respect for that guy and his craft and his ensemble, what great, great and pleasant musicians...rock on Irvin.

Today's lunch was at Liuzza's by the Track. I split the BBQ Shrimp dish as an app, i had the turtle soup, and i mean good gosh...i had to try some crawfish etouffee on my visit. The soup was great, the shrimp grew on me, not the best not worst version i've had, and the etouffee, was rich in flavor, but not really an etouffee based on my experience, the roux had not been developed, it was more of an etouffee soup, with lots of butter, nothing really dark red about it (or whatever color you normally get with etouffee), and no discernible flour/thickening agent whatsoever. Flavor was good, just not the consistency or color you would expect. The waitress had to go see if they had any left before accepting my order, and erased it from board after taking my order. I enjoyed it though.

No time to proof this long review...so excuse any errors above...heading to Manning's across from Harrah's to watch some college football.

Always great to visit...look forward to next one in a few months.

Aug 28, 2014
picklelicious in New Orleans

A Place to Watch a Game in The Quarter with Good Eats and Drinks

yea i agree, the only concern was this game is on the new SEC Network. I'm guessing most places have it, but just don't want to mess around looking for it on game day...

Aug 26, 2014
picklelicious in New Orleans

A Place to Watch a Game in The Quarter with Good Eats and Drinks

thanks for all the recs hounds...looks like plenty of great options to work with...started my tour of Quarter area eats last night with Domenica, was very pleased. Nice tight menu, great crisp flavors, everyone was real pleased with their dishes, the ambiance, and the service. Thanks again

Aug 26, 2014
picklelicious in New Orleans

A Place to Watch a Game in The Quarter with Good Eats and Drinks

got it

Aug 26, 2014
picklelicious in New Orleans

A Place to Watch a Game in The Quarter with Good Eats and Drinks

don't know that I've ever tried Q down there...do they serve decent Q at The Ugly Dog Saloon?

Aug 24, 2014
picklelicious in New Orleans

Frankie and Johnny's

those damn hard headed neighbors...i'll just have to come down next March or April i guess.

Aug 18, 2014
picklelicious in New Orleans

Frankie and Johnny's

very good news to hear, and i know exactly what you mean. Am i going to be able to get a plate of crawfish next week, still in season?

Aug 18, 2014
picklelicious in New Orleans

Frankie and Johnny's

I see Frankie and Johnny's has reopened since my last visit, with a face lift to boot, is it basically the same establishment as I've visited on many previous visits before the remodel?

Aug 17, 2014
picklelicious in New Orleans

A Place to Watch a Game in The Quarter with Good Eats and Drinks

Bobby Hebert-A blast from the past...we don't hear that name so much anymore being 700 miles away, i wish it was a little closer it would be the choice and still may be...we'll take under advisement. Thanks

Aug 17, 2014
picklelicious in New Orleans

A Place to Watch a Game in The Quarter with Good Eats and Drinks

been visiting for almost 25 years...oddly enough my first two visits were when i played football...hows that for irony, playing tournaments on the UNO campus. Now i visit for work a couple/few times a year and always enjoy seeing the familiar places, smelling the nice aromas, and listening to The City of New Orleans. We'll toast one to you my friend.

Aug 16, 2014
picklelicious in New Orleans