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First Night Late dinner in the 5th or 6th

Restaurant-Cremerie Polidor is usually my first stop in Paris. Huge menu. lots of character, French "home" cooking. rue-Monsieur-le-Prince. Open late. You can google it.

Feb 08, 2008
foodie909 in France

Wish vs. Bond Street vs. Blue Door vs. Maison d'Azur

Of the three, I enjoy Wish the most - the patio is charming, and I think the service is gracious. They are more than accomodating, and there is great people-watching besides the inventive food. You can dress more casually than Delano. The patio there is very dramatic, and the food is good, but I have to say that I'd rather just catch a drink in the lobby bar or have a sushi snack there, after dining more than once. Bond Street is good, - but it turns into a "scene" pretty early - I go to Nobu for the sushi when in South Beach.

Feb 08, 2008
foodie909 in Florida

Soprano's on Lincoln Rd - So Beach?

Can anyone give me the lowdown - parents looking to go for dinner tonight - but I don't know about it. Usually go to Spiga or Casa Tua. TIA

Less than $60 for 2 within walking distance of Hollywood & Highland

I'm looking for dinner recs for an adventurous 9 yr old and mom before a screening at the El Capitan. We like everything, but we're not looking for sushi, as we have a few favorites in that category. Would like to stay under $60 for the two of us.

Nov 22, 2007
foodie909 in Los Angeles Area

Good Place to Eat Pre-Show Near OC Perf. Arts

I almost always go to Pinot Provence. Wonderful oyters and shellfish, many wines by split or glass. Pre-theater menu or a la carte, and the service is gracious.

Nov 22, 2007
foodie909 in Los Angeles Area

Save me from Pomona Valley Mining Co. tonight

Grapevines (on Foothill in La Verne) is delicious, authentic and has a great outdoor patio for dining in nice weather. They also have a full bar.
For something different, Villa Madrid in downtown Claremont has tapas, paella, and pitchers of sangria.
Sycamore Inn, not so much, and I agree regarding Joey's - too packed - "to go" is better.

Oct 02, 2007
foodie909 in Los Angeles Area

Any mexican food place better than El Coyote?

OMG, anyplace is better than El Coyote - its for margaritas only!!
El Cholo is prime, Loteria and Sonora Cafe are upscale and delicious,
El Tepayec is authentic...
Closer to home, you have The Ranch Enchilada in Yorba Linda, El Torito Chain :0
El Super Rico in Santa Ana, Las Brisas in Laguna (the other place good for margarits only)

Oct 02, 2007
foodie909 in Los Angeles Area

Help! Sushi near Ontario

Wabi Sabi at Grove/Philadelphia in Ontario is awesome, and they have a sister up on Foothill in Rancho.

Oct 02, 2007
foodie909 in Los Angeles Area

Food for kid's party

Costco is your friend! The pinwheel and mini-croissant sandwich trays have been a hit at more than one of our B-day parties. They have great hummus and pita, fruit and veggie trays, too. If you are set on mini burgers, buy the ground meat there, make your own, and serve on king's Hawaiian rolls (just had those at a friend's kids party.)

Oct 02, 2007
foodie909 in Los Angeles Area

looking for tropical drinks in LA

trader vics
bar at the four seasons
W pool bar
El Cholo

Oct 02, 2007
foodie909 in Los Angeles Area

Visiting SFO-don't want to be disappointed!

Incanto on Church Street (1550 Church) Jcar will take you right there.
Burma Star, Chapeau! and a whole plethora of restaurants on Clement Street - that would be different than any Philly neighborhoods!

SF Honeymoon Recommendations [Moved from California board]

Congratulations to you both! I would recommend -
Zuni or Bar Crudo for oysters and Champagne
Incanto (1550 Church Street) for lovely, inventive Italian
Betelnut (Union Street) for small plates of Pan Asian goodness
Oola for HAPPY HOUR - half price nibbles -awesome ribs, and $5 martinis
Foreign Cinema for BRUNCH
Clement Street for all kinds of French Bistro food, and funky shopping, and maybe Burma Super Star if you can stand the wait - tea leaf salad is a must.
Ferry Building Farmers Market for assembling a picnic, or a lunch splurge at The Slanted Door -
Have a great time! This is just a drop in the bucket, so to speak, but its a good start.

Where can I buy ANDOUILLE SAUSAGE???

Whole Foods and Henry's Marketplace.

Sep 12, 2007
foodie909 in Los Angeles Area

SF for one week—how are my choices?

Ferry Building is a must... get some great cheeses, fruit, bread and inside, and have a picnic. IMO, Fanny and Greens are both a bit tired...I would try Incanto on Church Street, for the pasta and neighborhood "feel." Zuni for happy hour champagne and oysters is still one of my favorites, though - especially on a cool evening.

Smoked Sea Salt in LA?

Williams Sonoma and Dean and Deluca both carry this as well.

Sep 11, 2007
foodie909 in Los Angeles Area

It's LA County Fair Time...

Going in a few hours! Must have deep-fried artichokes - avoid deep fried twinkies, snickers.

Sep 07, 2007
foodie909 in Los Angeles Area

Great Grub arond Ontario?

New York Grill, just ouside the Ontario Mills 909.987.1928

Sep 02, 2007
foodie909 in Los Angeles Area

Goodge Steet tube station

Wagamama, Bicycle Club, La Zingarella....Wagamama is a must - great food, inexpensive, convivial atmosphere.

Aug 29, 2007
foodie909 in U.K./Ireland

65th birthday dinner

Thanks. I've heard only good about Ame.


Pei Wei, two locations Tustin and irvine, Corner Bakery la papuseria in Irvine

Aug 29, 2007
foodie909 in Los Angeles Area

65th birthday dinner

Hi everyone,

I'm looking for a great 65th dinner for my parents. They haven't been to the City in a while. Very adventurous diners, not necessarily looking for froufrou environment, just something memorable. They've been to Aqua, Gary Danko. I was thinking of Boulevard, but see so many mixed postings...they already have plans for the Slanted Door, Incanto, and brunch at Foreign Cinema.
They know the City well, since I lived in San Francisco for a dozen years...
What do you recommend?

Visiting Hound in SF Needs Dinner Recs

Zuni Cafe for seafood platter and martinis or Champagne cocktails, Foreign Cinema for Brunch would be my recs. Your other faves are mine as well.

What foods do you HAVE to mail order?

Black and white truffles, and truffle oil every Fall. Nov 1 like clockwork.

Aug 16, 2007
foodie909 in General Topics

My B-Day, Big Group, Looking for fun... (Riverside/ West Covina)

Wabi Sabi in Chino Hills or Ontario might be a good fit - teppan tables, noodle dishes, sushi, and you get a show by the chefs...or Sevilla in Riverside for Tapas - gypsy guitar music, lots of sangria, little tastes of many types of food - really fun on a Fri or Sat night.

Aug 15, 2007
foodie909 in Los Angeles Area

LA with Kids

Naples restaurant at Downtown Disney is great for everyone. Three hours free with validation, and part of Joachim Spilchal's holdings - - click on naples restaurant for a menu... we bring Italian friends here when they visit.

Aug 15, 2007
foodie909 in Los Angeles Area