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Thanksgiving in Destin - 30A

We had a great TG at Stinky's Fish Camp on 30A in Santa Rosa. Maybe a dozen tastes, acorn squash, sweet potato, house made cranberry, creamed corn, and of course turkey, stuffing, gravy, and it was perfect. Valet parking, reservation honored on arrival, drinks and oysters in front of us fifteen minutes after reservation time. We had lunch there twice more on a 30 day stay and I think it might be my favorite in Destin.
We also had good experiences at Harbor Docks. I love their shrimp fried rice, and my bride's sesame amberjack was excellent.
The best oysters, and possibly worst po' boy was at Acme in Baytown Wharf. Burritos at La Paz were good. Bud and Ally's serves a good lunch. Great Southern yielded two great, and one mediocre lunch. Pompano Joes had the worst fish sand, but the best view.
I've stayed in Sandestin for a month for the last eleven years. We prefer to go to lunch late and then eat light at the condo for dinner. Yes, getting old and cheap.
And on the cheap, the Cuban sandwich at Publix deli is way better than I expected.

Dec 01, 2012
chejfeff in Florida

Thanksgiving in Destin - 30A

My wife and I will be in Sandestin for TG. Looking for served entree, no buffet. Price not particularly important, but not up for Ruth Chris. Don't want to fight crowds at Harbor Docks. My all time fav here was French Thanksgiving (pheasant breast) at Cafe Provance, but they're gone. Also tried Marina Cafe, one year with indifferent result. Help me Hounds!!!

Nov 08, 2012
chejfeff in Florida

DeLuxe fish sandwich, Champaign

Yes, my bride to be and I sat in the front booth and watched the riot after Illinois beat Michigan in '83. They bought only Caribou "J" cut cod in 10,000 pound lots. They mixed white vinegar into the mustard before it went into the squeeze bottles. These are the only secrets I can tell. Block and Holt (current Legends owners) are opening Prairie Fire in the former TGI space 10/12.

Aug 31, 2012
chejfeff in Great Lakes

Red Door Lasalle Peru IL

Fellow Hounds, Does anybody have a menu, recipes, descriptions, or any info about the tableside cooking at the Red Door in LP? I remember a strip loin in rock salt, steak Diane, etc. I just got a Spring copper alcohol stove, and want to do some tableside at home. Help!!

Aug 31, 2012
chejfeff in Great Lakes

Good Eats in Destin. Florida Area

Ocean Club - just East of the SanDestin gate on the Gulf side. Vintage supper club atmosphere, good food and drinks, not cheap, $28 grouper give or take. Pretty much in line with Louis Louis, a couple miles further east, much louder, younger vibe. I really like Stinky's Fish Camp, great food, but not particularly fancy. $20 - $30 also begs the question, are you thinking plus $12 apps, and $8 salads and $6 starch? This would let Cafe 30-A, Fish Out of Water, Mitchell's Seafood back into the equation, but will be close to $100 pp with cocktail, wine, tax and tip. My other comment is that there isn't much beside grouper and snapper, shrimp, that's really special at any of these restaurants. Outside of Crab cakes at Red Bar/Louis Louis, I cannot think of a compelling entree at any of the above.

Apr 04, 2012
chejfeff in Florida

One day I will have a Chambers stove. Do you have one? If so, tell me about it. The good the bad and the ugly...

iL Divo - by all means get a Chambers range if that is what you want. I ate hundreds of superb meals prepared on our family stove. It is another example of the magnificent engineering or the mid 20th century, on a par with a '57 Chevy, I wonder if the analogy would hold if one compared an AGA with a '55 Mercedes coupe?

Feb 04, 2012
chejfeff in Cookware

Which Coffeemaker to buy - Done with Keurig

I love my Technivorm Mocha master. It delivers water at two hundred degrees for best extraction. Stainless carafe keeps breakfast coffee hot enough to drink at lunch. I've owned mine for 5 years without problems. Only downside is $280 price.

Jan 13, 2012
chejfeff in Cookware
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One day I will have a Chambers stove. Do you have one? If so, tell me about it. The good the bad and the ugly...

My parents had a Chambers range. Features included baking well, griddle with broiler underneath, and thermostat controlled burner. 36" wide, and I believe former poster who said 465 lbs.
My recall (prior to 1973) Griddle was never used, no thermostat, bitch to clean. Broiler used daily, never quite hot enough to sear, but handy for all things meat. Oven was fantastic for roasting due to insulation and super even heat distribution. Cooks with the fuel turned off is true. Thermostat burner never worked well, electric ignition was hit or miss when thermostat called for more heat. 3 burners, seem low power 8,000 BTU? Took a while to boil water. With all that said, I miss the Chambers range, but I think more for nostalgic reasons than culinary.

Dec 29, 2011
chejfeff in Cookware

Baking stone stinks

I bought the stone to bake no-knead bread, but just had to try sausage pizza. The lodge pan sounds like it would make a nice crust. Thx for the thought

Dec 27, 2011
chejfeff in Cookware

Meat cutting saw for home use

Exactly. The allways saw is not food grade/stainless/designed to be sanitized. If it were me, I'd ask the butcher shop to cut spare ribs on a band saw, as it would be no particular fun with any saw. Also,this is a process infinitely safer to hire done. You may have to shop around to find a shop willing to cut stuff bought elsewhere. I wouldn't do it, particularly if there was no mark of inspection on the product.

Dec 25, 2011
chejfeff in Cookware

Baking stone stinks

I admit it, I used my baking stone for frozen pizza a few times. Now there is some grease, cheese, ?? residue cooked into it. Every time I try to use it it smokes and smells like burning grease. Any ideas how to clean it? or just buy a new one?

Dec 25, 2011
chejfeff in Cookware

Meat cutting saw for home use

I owned a meat plant and in addition to two band saws, we had a hand meat saw. It looked like a hacksaw, only twice the size. We used when the saws were already cleaned up for the day and somebody wanted to cut a few pork chops.

Strongly agree with posters who say do NOT buy a reciprocating saw to cut meat. First of all, how would you sanitize the blade and cutting path? Takes two hands to run the saw, what holds the meat in place?

Most pork and lamb can be fairly easily cut with a cleaver, (takes a little practice).

Dec 25, 2011
chejfeff in Cookware

Good Eats in Destin. Florida Area

Commander's closed October '10. According to the obit in the Destin Log the recession was to blame.

Jan 24, 2011
chejfeff in Florida

Where's the best place to buy meats instead of the Supermarket?

I bought all my meat from restaurant supply companies. I ran a specialty store for 16 years with fair success. The problem with farm to table is that there is only 10 pounds of filet on a 1200 pound steer. Cargill and IBP will always be able to fill orders and they do know their product.

Jan 21, 2011
chejfeff in General Topics

But I Only Drank Water!

When I turned 50 and my wife took me and three other couples to a nice dinner house. My friends tend to party hearty and have a few drinks, wine, appetizers and anything else that catches their fancy. My wife's intention was to pick up the check, but it got somewhat out of hand with one couple ordering a fairly expensive bottle of wine, anyway - the bill was three times what my wife was expecting and she is a teetotaler. If our friends offered to throw in a couple hundred per couple, I don't think it would have been inappropriate to accept, but my wife did not take their money. This year we hosted the same group at our home to avoid the problem. We have been elaborately entertained at one of the couples home, moderately at another and invited to a pot luck at the thirds. I'm not sure how i feel about this.

Aug 19, 2007
chejfeff in Features