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Cape May - Off Season

We're heading to Cape May by ferry on a weekend just before Christmas and in need of a decent place for lunch. Nice atmosphere is important but the cuisine is flexible and so is price. A decent beer and wine selection is a must. I did check earlier posts and didn't find any recent recommendations for off-season lunch.
I figured the Chowhound community would come to my rescue.

Dec 07, 2014
RaeJ in New Jersey

Outdoor Chicken Dinners Near Milton, DE/Rehoboth Beach

Here's a link to a story I wrote earlier this summer on roadside barbeque: http://www.delmarvanow.com/story/news...

Sep 02, 2014
RaeJ in Mid-Atlantic

Greenwood Delaware VFW/Firehouse Chicken Barbecue

I'd like to compile a list of Delaware barbecue vendors along the various routes into the region. Hoping the CH community can expand on this thread. Not that interested in commercial joints; more interested in the Kiwanis/VFW sort of roadside, weekend stands. Trying to research a possible newspaper article about same, a Delaware beach tradition.

Jun 11, 2014
RaeJ in Mid-Atlantic

Rehoboth nightlife for 3/22

Bethany Blues outside of Rehoboth on the Coastal Highway has live music on weekends. And Dogfish Ale House in town is a decent hangout. Plus the beer is great. But both will likely have basketball games on television. Place now called The Pond also attracts locals. I think it used to be called the Frogg Pond.

Mar 20, 2014
RaeJ in Mid-Atlantic

50th Anniversary Bethany Beach, DE

There are, probably, multiple options. One suggestion would be the historic Brick Hotel in Georgetown. It does cater to groups although you did not specify how many will be attending your event.
The food and service are decent and they have a number of options for less adventurous eaters. Plus, the venue is gorgeous.

Mar 03, 2014
RaeJ in Mid-Atlantic

Baltimore dinner recommendation

The Mr. Rain's Fun House recommendation from several in the CH community turned out to be perfect. Since it is part of the museum, access after our tour last night was pretty easy. The beer and wine selections were, for the most part, interesting and adequate for a party with varied tastes. The food was surprisingly decent and we sampled an array, from duck confit to chorizo burgers. Service was impeccable; attentive but not overbearing.
Thanks again to the CH community for coming to our rescue with a range of good suggestions. We would certainly return to Mr. Rain's if we were in the Federal Hill neighborhood again.

Feast of Seven Fishes

Anyone know if there are any restaurants in the region serving the traditional Feast of the Seven Fishes on Christmas Eve?
Worst case, cook at home. But it would be more fun if someone else did the cooking.

Dec 21, 2013
RaeJ in Pennsylvania

Baltimore dinner recommendation

Loved all the suggestions; thank you. We've made a reservation at Mr. Rain's Fun House. Given its proximity to the museum, it certainly seems appealing, despite an atrocious website. Interestingly, we did try a couple of other Chowhound suggestions and several places, including Woodberry Kitchen, could not accommodate 12 people for dinner at time we wanted to eat. I'll circle back and let you know how it works out.

Baltimore dinner recommendation

Thanks to all for the suggestions so far. If we decide to leave the museum for dinner, it looks like Bluegrass is a cheaper option than Woodberry Kitchen. Don't know much about Baltimore geography, but is the museum near Little Italy? If so, anything there worth considering? Sorry to be so ignorant about the city but we are driving in from southern PA and most of the rest of the party lives some distance away. So we do not get to Baltimore very often.

Baltimore dinner recommendation

Heading to the American Visionary Art Museum after Christmas. Looking for a dinner destination for a party of 12. Thought about Woodberry Kitchen but its prices might be a little steep for some in the group although the menu looks intriguing. Wondering if the Chowhound community had some recommendations, preferably not too far from the museum. Cuisine choice is flexible although the group tastes range from real adventurous to predictable. Good wine and beer list is a must. I know that this board has a lot of Baltimore recommendations, but not knowing the city, I thought some of you could steer us to an interesting place that isn't too far away.

Restaurants worth reviewing?

The Gettysburg Sidney is certainly far more contemporary and, although not as cozy and intimate as the original, it seems pleasing enough. It certainly has the feel of a higher-end restaurant although the main dining area is bigger than any of the spaces in East Berlin. I think you'll note that I did not criticize the food, only the concept. We'll look forward to your impressions after you've sampled it yourself.

Nov 05, 2013
RaeJ in Pennsylvania
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Restaurants worth reviewing?

I've been there once so I am not really in a position to pass judgment. But I am a fan of the original Sidney in East Berlin. The Gettysburg version is in a quieter location, in an area that used to be a golf course. And it is practically adjacent to the battlefield.
The atmosphere at the new Sidney is decent but not as quaint as the original.
But, when the new place opened, they made a decision to offer small plates as an alternative. Since I am not a fan of this culinary trend, my opinion of Sidney has been influenced accordingly, But they do have a decent beer and wine list. Bottom line is, if you are a fan of small plates, Sidney is one of the better choices in Gettysburg. If you don't, then it would not be your best alternative.

Nov 05, 2013
RaeJ in Pennsylvania

Roadfood Hagerstown or Frederick Maryland

You might consider Bryan Voltaggio's newest place in Frederick: Family Meal. Definitely worth the trip. Very casual and one of the most interesting new places in the region.

Dec 13, 2012
RaeJ in Mid-Atlantic

Whitaker Center

Thanks for the geography lesson. As soon as you said that Bricco was nearby, we made a reservation there. Always wanted to try it and now I have an opportunity.

Nov 29, 2012
RaeJ in Pennsylvania

Whitaker Center

Heading to Whitaker Center in Harrisburg for a concert. And wondered if there was anything decent in the neighborhood for dinner before the show. Would be a plus if the restaurant served beer and wine.

Nov 28, 2012
RaeJ in Pennsylvania

Cucina di Napoli Newark De

Second the opinion about Caffe Gelato. We had a special occasion brunch there a week ago and the experience bordered on dreadful. The service in our private room was lackluster and inattentive. When we finally ordered, there was probably a ten-minute gap between the arrival of the first and last entrees. When the food did arrive, it did not rise above mediocre. In the end, we had to chase down our server elsewhere in the restaurant to get a check. In other words, there was nothing about the experience that would make us want to go back. Ever.

May 15, 2012
RaeJ in Mid-Atlantic

Hagerstown MD Area

Try Schmankerl Stube Bavarian Restaurant in downtown Hagerstown; according to the Washington Post, it's one of the best German restaurants around.

Apr 16, 2012
RaeJ in Mid-Atlantic

Gettysburg

You may want to do a Gettysburg keyword search because there have been prior discussions about restaurants in the area. I would add Cafe Saint Amand to your list. It's a decent French style bistro on Baltimore Street. It's BYOB, in case you want wine with your meal. The other possibility would be the Cashtown Inn, a historic place about 15-20 minutes from downtown Gettysburg. Though I have had some issues with consistency, there is something very relaxing about a meal in the tavern room next to the fireplace. The menu is reasonably interesting and the wine list is extensive. But you should check first before driving because, for example, they are currently closed until this coming weekend.

Jan 03, 2012
RaeJ in Pennsylvania

Gettysburg

I finally made it to Cafe Saint-Amand for dinner recently. Two things struck me. First, the food was actually quite good and the service attentive. It is a BYOB but they graciously uncorked and served the wine. The second was, the place was actually busy, which is a welcome sign.

Oct 23, 2011
RaeJ in Pennsylvania

carlisle pa area

Hoping you have computer access because the Corvette event started today. In any event, you might also consider the Boiling Springs Tavern, which would be about 15-20 minutes south of Carlisle (maybe less with a big block). It is a historic tavern with above average food. The dining room, which was an addition to the original building, is cavernous and not very inviting. But the tavern room is much better. And there is a big parking lot so you can park those 'Vettes without worrying about parking lot dings. See: http://www.boilingspringstavern.net/

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Boiling Springs Tavern
1 E 1st St, Boiling Springs, PA 17007

Aug 25, 2011
RaeJ in Pennsylvania

Pomona's in Biglerville - a goodbye

I see that Pomona's has reopened for dinner on selected evenings. Has anyone tried the food since it began serving in early July?

Jul 17, 2011
RaeJ in Pennsylvania

Bistro 71

Perhaps others on this board can recommend something that would closer to where you are staying. In Carlisle, one of my favorites is Cafe Bruges, a Belgian restaurant with an outstanding beer selection and above average food. I especially enjoy their mussel offerings. It is open on Sunday, as far as I know. The only other restaurant I've been to on Sunday in Carlisle is Rillo's, an Italian restaurant that feels like it is stuck in a 1970s time warp. The first meal I had there was merely okay; the most recent was not. Most everything that landed on the table felt like it had spent time in a microwave; fish wasn't fresh and Italian sausage accompanying a pasta dish had apparently been cooked well ahead of time. In other words, I would not recommend the place, despite the non-stop Frank Sinatra music in the background.
But you should consider Cafe Bruges; it is very casual, right downtown.

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Rillo's Restaurant
60 Pine St, Carlisle, PA 17013

Cafe Bruges
16 N Pitt St, Carlisle, PA 17013

Jul 14, 2011
RaeJ in Pennsylvania

Bistro 71

Sunday evenings are a real challenge in this area. Where, precisely, will you be?

Jul 14, 2011
RaeJ in Pennsylvania

Bistro 71

This site certainly could use some additional posts from the south-central region. And I would encourage Effington and others to post at will. I would love to hear about more interesting restaurants, ethnic or otherwise. Meanwhile, Bistro 71 remains near the top of my list of favorites, even without the wine list.

Jul 11, 2011
RaeJ in Pennsylvania

Looking for interesting casual dining options near Carlisle.

You may want to check out Bistro 71 in Chambersburg or the Boiling Springs Tavern in Boiling Springs. Both should be within 30 minutes of Carlisle.

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Boiling Springs Tavern
1 E 1st St, Boiling Springs, PA 17007

Jun 28, 2011
RaeJ in Pennsylvania

Gettysburg

Lincoln Diner is good for a basic, hearty breakfast, If you want to try something different, consider Cafe Saint-Amand on Baltimore Street. The breakfast menu is terrific and so is the coffee.
For pizza, check out La Bella Italia, which is a short distance from downtown Gettysburg. The restaurant has great pizza (and other Italian offerings) and an outstanding beer selection although, unfortunately, wine is strictly BYOB.

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La Bella Italia
402 York St, Gettysburg, PA 17325

Lincoln Diner
32 Carlisle St, Gettysburg, PA 17325

Jun 20, 2011
RaeJ in Pennsylvania

Bistro 71

Having relocated to south-central PA from the DC area, it's been an adjustment because of the limited restaurant choices in the region. We discovered a gem of a place in old town Chambersburg that has the potential to fill that void. The place is called Bistro 71, on North Main about a block from the town square. We've only been there once so the jury is still out. But our inaugural meal was certainly the best thing we have eaten since our move to Pennsylvania. My veal piccata was served with a lemon, caper and red pepper sauce over homemade pasta, preceded by a wonderful spinach salad. My SO had a roasted lamb rack encrusted with a peanut pesto, preceded by a Caesar salad.
Entrees seem to run in the $18-$28 range, excluding daily specials. The restaurant is wonderfully cozy and is located in a restored storefront that seems to be part of a mini revitalization effort in that section of downtown Chambersburg. There also is an outdoor dining area at the rear though it was a little cool for most patrons the night we were there.
The one shortcoming was the absence of a wine list although they do seem to have a decent - but basic - list of selections by the glass or bottle. The beer offerings also are limited but they do have a range of choices, including local brews.
The restaurant is only open for dinner but, based on our first impression, would be worth a trip for those in search of a better-than-average dining experience. The website is: http://bistro71.net/

Jun 15, 2011
RaeJ in Pennsylvania

Gettysburg

Carlisle is about 30 minutes or so. You might also look at the Boiling Springs Tavern, which is slightly closer. My favorites in Carlisle include Cafe Bruges (Belgian); California Cafe and Rillo's, a traditional Italian restaurant.

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Rillo's Restaurant
60 Pine St, Carlisle, PA 17013

Boiling Springs Tavern
1 E 1st St, Boiling Springs, PA 17007

Cafe Bruges
16 N Pitt St, Carlisle, PA 17013

Oct 29, 2010
RaeJ in Pennsylvania

Gettysburg

I recently moved to the Gettysburg area from DC and have been lamenting the dearth of decent restaurants. Having said that, I have decided there are some bright spots, including the Blue Parrot in Gettysburg. Also have had some decent meals at Olivia's, though the atmosphere is a little disconcerting. Once you leave Gettysburg proper, the choices increase significantly, especially in Carlisle.

Oct 28, 2010
RaeJ in Pennsylvania