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Truly excellent Mexican-American/Cal-Mex restaurants in the LA area?

I totally forgot about Don Antonio's!

Apr 06, 2013
freshfigs in Los Angeles Area

Truly excellent Mexican-American/Cal-Mex restaurants in the LA area?

Sounds great, guys. Appreciate the input.

Apr 06, 2013
freshfigs in Los Angeles Area

Truly excellent Mexican-American/Cal-Mex restaurants in the LA area?

Has anyone tried The Mission Cantina on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood? It basically seems to have a more limited version of the menu I'm seeking, but unlike some of the longtime Mexican-American restaurants like El Cholo, this place seems to be fairly new and appears to cater to a hip/trendy young crowd.

http://www.themissioncantina.com/
http://www.yelp.com/biz/mission-canti...

What about La Serenata de Garibaldi in Boyle Heights/East LA?
http://www.yelp.com/biz/la-serenata-d...

Or Tamayo Restaurant in East LA?
http://www.yelp.com/biz/tamayo-restau...

Apr 06, 2013
freshfigs in Los Angeles Area

Truly excellent Mexican-American/Cal-Mex restaurants in the LA area?

Thanks Jelly71, very informative!

Apr 06, 2013
freshfigs in Los Angeles Area

Truly excellent Mexican-American/Cal-Mex restaurants in the LA area?

Cool, thanks for the suggestions, guys.

Apr 06, 2013
freshfigs in Los Angeles Area

Truly excellent Mexican-American/Cal-Mex restaurants in the LA area?

Apologies in advance if this topic has been discussed in the past:

Are there any Mexican-American (as opposed to highly authentic, regional Mexican) restaurants in the LA area serving destination-worthy food? I'm referring to places offering the Americanized style of cooking of yesteryear that was ubiquitous in LA/SoCal prior to the 1980s: places like El Cholo, for instance, that offer enchiladas, burritos, taquitos, nachos, guacamole and chips, and maybe even Tex-Mex dishes like fajitas or Arizona-style dishes like chimichangas - only much better than the stereotypical gringo-friendly spots in and around LA.

I am not looking for "modern", fusion, or upscale restaurants serving re-imagined Mexican cuisine for a trendy clientele.

I've heard great things about Las Fuentes in Reseda. For anyone who's been there, does this place match what I'm seeking in terms of style and quality?

BTW, I don't really care about decor, atmosphere, prices, clientele, or even whether the place is decades old or a newer spot. Margaritas and such would be a nice touch but are not necessary. And it doesn't matter if the place has waiter service as long as there's seating.

Location is not really important either, but anyplace close to the Hollywood-Koreatown-Downtown area would be a bonus. To be honest, I'm willing to travel to the Eastside, the Valley, the suburbs, or wherever if there's a really good spot.

Apr 05, 2013
freshfigs in Los Angeles Area

Fresh strawberry ice cream @ Red's, S. Portland

Btw, I just noticed that the Facebook page for Red's Dairy Freeze was updated earlier today with a photo of fresh strawberries, which confirms sultanaboudreau's report of the strawberry soft serve being available:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-OF...

Jun 20, 2012
freshfigs in Northern New England

Fresh strawberry ice cream @ Red's, S. Portland

Great, thanks for the update! Appreciate it.

Jun 20, 2012
freshfigs in Northern New England

Fresh strawberry ice cream @ Red's, S. Portland

Does anyone know if the strawberry soft serve is available right now (June 2012) at Red's Dairy Freeze? It's usually offered around this time of year, but unfortunately I have not been able to get in touch with the folks at Red's via phone (answering machine every time) or email (no response).

I checked the Facebook page for Maxwell's Farm, and it seems that their PYO strawberries are available as of yesterday:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Maxwel...

Since Red's gets its strawberries from Maxwell's, you'd have to think that the strawberry soft serve should be ready any day now. But it seems that there's sometimes a bit of a lag between the initial availability of the strawberries at Maxwell's vs. when the strawberry soft serve is actually offered at Red's.

Jun 20, 2012
freshfigs in Northern New England

Best breakfast sandwiches in Northeastern NJ (Bergen County area)

Thanks for the Quaker Creek Store and Bagel Cafe tips! Both are definitely close enough to check out.

Mar 04, 2011
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Best breakfast sandwiches in Northeastern NJ (Bergen County area)

Sounds pretty good. As a bonus, Westwood has a very nice downtown area, which is not a must for me, but nice nonetheless.

Mar 03, 2011
freshfigs in New Jersey

Best breakfast sandwiches in Northeastern NJ (Bergen County area)

Thanks again for the tips.

Speaking of Fairway, I wonder if they make breakfast sandwiches? Maybe Whole Foods Market in Paramus, Edgewater, or Ridgewood?

Mar 03, 2011
freshfigs in New Jersey

Best breakfast sandwiches in Northeastern NJ (Bergen County area)

Yeah, I realize that Taylor ham/egg/cheese on a roll is something that is going to be relatively similar at most places, but it can't hurt to get more suggestions. After all, a slight upgrade in ingredients and more attention to detail when preparing the sandwich could yield better results. Also, a better, higher quality roll can by itself make a huge difference in sandwiches, all other things being equal.

Thanks for the Colonial Diner suggestion - I do know the place, but haven't been there in a while.

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Colonial Diner
27 Orient Way, Lyndhurst, NJ 07071

Mar 03, 2011
freshfigs in New Jersey

Best breakfast sandwiches in Northeastern NJ (Bergen County area)

Is there anywhere in Northeastern NJ that serves a standout breakfast sandwich? I'm mainly looking for spots in the Bergen County area, but am willing to drive out of my way if the place is really noteworthy.

I'm open to anything from the classic Taylor ham/egg/cheese or bacon/egg/cheese on a roll to something a little bit more upscale/gourmet/market-driven. Also, any type of bread or roll is fine (kaiser rolls, bagels, brioche, Portuguese rolls, focaccia, plain old white bread, etc).

I'm mainly looking for American-style sandwiches, but would also love to hear about good ethnic variations (Portuguese? Brazilian? Italian? Chilean?) in the area.

I don't really care whether the place itself is nice or even has waiter service - I'd just be getting the sandwich to go - but if it is in fact a nice sit-down restaurant or cafe, please mention this fact.

BTW, I realize that every diner in the state serves Taylor ham or bacon with egg and cheese on a roll, but I would still like to hear your recommendations if there's a diner or luncheonette that makes a truly special version of this sandwich.

Mar 03, 2011
freshfigs in New Jersey

Looking for casual restaurant with hearty fare (under $30 pp)

Forgot about Frankie's 17 Clinton, that's a good suggestion.

Yeah I try to avoid Schiller's on weekends like the plague.

Dec 14, 2010
freshfigs in Manhattan

Looking for casual restaurant with hearty fare (under $30 pp)

Unfortunately I won't be able to make that time. Thanks for the recommendation, though.

Dec 13, 2010
freshfigs in Manhattan

Looking for casual restaurant with hearty fare (under $30 pp)

BTW, has anyone here been to Edi & the Wolf (Austrian cuisine) on Avenue C in the East Village? The place has only been open two weeks, but it has gotten great reviews so far. Also, it's related to Seasonal Restaurant in Midtown, which is generally very well-regarded.

Edi & the Wolf seems like it might meet my criteria, so I'd like to hear from anyone who's been there.

Thanks again for everyone's contributions thus far.

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Edi & the Wolf
102 Avenue C, New York, NY 10009

Dec 13, 2010
freshfigs in Manhattan

Looking for casual restaurant with hearty fare (under $30 pp)

Cafe Katja is a nice suggestion, thanks.

Dec 13, 2010
freshfigs in Manhattan

Looking for casual restaurant with hearty fare (under $30 pp)

Appreciate the tips, thanks.

Dec 10, 2010
freshfigs in Manhattan

Looking for casual restaurant with hearty fare (under $30 pp)

I like Jimmy's beer more than their food, but that's just me. I appreciate the tip, though!

Dec 10, 2010
freshfigs in Manhattan

Looking for casual restaurant with hearty fare (under $30 pp)

I appreciate everyone's input so far. Just to clarify, I am definitely not interested in any chain or theme restaurants even if the food is better than expected.

What I'm searching for is a local neighborhood eatery, preferably with a little bit of character. I am definitely not a "quantity over quality" type of guy, yet at the same time I don't want to go to a place with miniscule portions, either.

The absolute top priority for me is to find standout dining options at a moderate price point ($30-$35 or less per person including tax and tip). There are tons of casual mom-and-pop eateries of varying quality all over the city, but I'm hoping that you guys can clue me in to the places that are truly head-and-shoulders above the rest (foodwise) rather than "good but not great".

Thanks again.

Dec 09, 2010
freshfigs in Manhattan

Looking for casual restaurant with hearty fare (under $30 pp)

For the sake of reference, one place which caught my eye is Vinegar Hill House in Brooklyn - but we don't want to travel to Brooklyn on this particular occasion, otherwise I'd probably check it out.

Other places I thought of but decided against are Blue Ribbon Bakery (kind of expensive and loud), Morandi (vibe is ok, but I don't really love their food), Tartine (used to love this place, but now I think the food is so-so), and Piccolo Angolo (pretty good food, but such a hassle; also, it's kind of at the upper limit of my price range).

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Piccolo Angolo
621 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014

Morandi
211 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10014

Blue Ribbon Bakery
33 Bedford St, New York, NY 10014

Tartine
253 W 11th St, New York, NY 10014

Dec 08, 2010
freshfigs in Manhattan

Looking for casual restaurant with hearty fare (under $30 pp)

Looking for a casual restaurant (bistro, brasserie, trattoria) in Manhattan - preferably below 14th Street, but anything below 96th St is fine - with great food and no more than $30-$35 per person including tax and tip.

I'd prefer an American or European eatery (French, Italian, whatever), and am ok with either traditional comfort food or nouveau/creative preparations. The important thing is that the food is hearty and served in reasonable portions for a grown man. Not concerned about the beer/wine list; just want a place that has terrific food quality at a moderate price point.

Because I'll be dining with an old friend whom I haven't seen in a while, I want to avoid any loud, trendy, or scenester restaurants. The place doesn't have to be super quiet or anything, but it shouldn't resemble a frathouse or Sex & the City casting call, either. Doesn't have to be romantic, but would prefer a place with a little bit of character (divey with character is ok; divey like a check cashing store is not).

The dinner isn't until next week, so I have time to make a decision (and a reservation, if necessary). Thanks in advance.

Dec 08, 2010
freshfigs in Manhattan

Best Blueberry Pie I've had in 35 years!

Agree with both of you re: Holly Hobby/Hobby Holly (not sure which was correct - not that it matters). Really messed up to screw with us like that.

Aug 28, 2010
freshfigs in Northern New England

Consolidated list of best local eats in Maine (lobster, lobster rolls, clams, pies, ice cream)

Sounds great. I don't have too many Downeast eating recommendations so this will come in handy next time I'm up that way.

Did you have steamed lobster and steamed clams at Quoddy Bay Lobster Pound? If so, how were they? Or did you just have the lobster roll and haddock sandwiches?

Just to verify, is this the place you're referring to?

http://www.maine.gov/dep/ftp/bep/CLNG...
http://www.yelp.com/biz/quoddy-bay-lo...

Quoddy Bay Lobster Pound
7 Sea Street
Eastport, Maine 04631
(207) 853-6640

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Lobster Pound
569 White Mountain Hwy, Milton, NH 03851

Aug 28, 2010
freshfigs in Northern New England

Best Blueberry Pie I've had in 35 years!

Great, thanks so much! I really appreciate the info.

BTW, legitimate, diamond-in-the-rough tips like this are especially welcome after we were all apparently hoodwinked by maxcaffein two years ago - remember how (s)he'd led us to believe that there was a hard-to-find new bakery called "Hobby Holly Bakery" in Bar Harbor that supposedly made amazing blueberry pies? Yet when you (and perhaps others) investigated, it was nowhere to be found?

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/533425

Oh well, I guess (s)he had a good laugh at our expense - maxcaffein's only chowhound posts are contained in that thread. I do appreciate your effort two years ago in trying to verify its existence and again this year in bringing Dot's Bakery to our attention.

One final question:
If the blueberry pies at Dot's Bakery would rate 10 out of 10 on a scale of 1 to 10, how would Perkins' Pies (the Pie Lady in Bar Harbor) rank in comparison? 8 out of 10, perhaps?

Aug 27, 2010
freshfigs in Northern New England

Best Blueberry Pie I've had in 35 years!

BTW, you don't happen to have a specific street address or phone number for Perkins' Pies in Bar Harbor, do you?

Aug 27, 2010
freshfigs in Northern New England

Best Blueberry Pie I've had in 35 years!

Sounds amazing - wish I knew about this place during my most recent trip to the area (I live out of state).

I tried searching for more about Dot's Bakery but only found one other google hit for this business (a brief mention in a recent local newspaper article). Unfortunately, I was unable to find a telephone number or hours of operation for Dot's (including which months they're closed, if any).

Sinned61, do you happen to have this info, by any chance? Thanks.

Aug 27, 2010
freshfigs in Northern New England

Consolidated list of best local eats in Maine (lobster, lobster rolls, clams, pies, ice cream)

Good point about the proper nomenclature for the clams, will make a note for future reference.

Aug 26, 2010
freshfigs in Northern New England

Consolidated list of best local eats in Maine (lobster, lobster rolls, clams, pies, ice cream)

You're right, I really don't have too many ice cream listings. Which is exactly why I'm hoping for plenty of more recommendations from you guys.

As stated in my first post, this is meant to be a collaborative thread in which everyone keeps adding their top picks or OTOH dismissing popular, frequently recommended spots that they feel are overrated. My list of eateries was never meant to be comprehensive in any way, shape, or form.

Thanks for the tip about Brown's Ice Cream in York.

Aug 26, 2010
freshfigs in Northern New England