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Best Fried Oysters in Savannah

Oops, just reread your post and see planters tavern is already on your radar. So, as you know, it's a solid choice.

Jul 28, 2013
jme90 in Southeast

Best Fried Oysters in Savannah

Had the fried oyster app at olde pink house a few weeks ago and they were amazing. Still think about them. She might enjoy a drink in the tavern and a plate -- or two -- of those. Lovely, vibrant atmosphere, especially if the piano player is there.

Jul 28, 2013
jme90 in Southeast

Will someone in the South adopt me?

Then I'm packing my bags.

Know anyone who needs a writer? :)

Jul 26, 2013
jme90 in Southeast

Will someone in the South adopt me?

Too funny, Lynn, I'm staring at a bag of middleswarth as I type. I did wonder what I would miss if we moved down there. Definitely couldn't do without Lebanon bologna. You can get tastykakes and Martin's potato rolls, right?

Jul 25, 2013
jme90 in Southeast

Will someone in the South adopt me?

They were in tybee island, where we spent most of our time. Loved it there. Went to the Crab Shack and Huc-a-poos. Enjoyed sitting outside at the crab shack. Got a table on the water. That, a few coronas, and some steamed seafood -- great crab legs, shrimp, and mussels; the crawfish was meh, though -- and it was a pretty good evening. Was pleasantly surprised by the service there, too. Went twice because our son is a gator freak. Both times we had two very nice servers.

Also loved the atmosphere at poos. The pizza and nachos were pretty darn good, too.

Another good spot on tybee, although not a dive, is the Sundae Cafe. Ate there twice, too, and was really happy. The sushi nachos alone are worth a visit.

Dress me up, dress me down; I"m a happy camper as long as the food and service are good.

Jul 25, 2013
jme90 in Southeast

Will someone in the South adopt me?

Got back a few weeks ago from a trip to Charleston and Savannah, and can't even begin to say how impressed I was.

Maybe it was the restaurants we chose...maybe we just got lucky...but I was absolutely blown away by the hospitality. (It really does exist -- imagine that!) We went to dives and fine dining places and the service was some of the best we've ever had. The folks in Pennsylvania, our home state, could take some lessons, for sure.

Here are some highlights:

Tristan: Although not quite as frequently mentioned as other restaurants in Charleston, Tristan at the French Quarter Inn can hold its on. The atmosphere is sophisticated, not stuffy, and we enjoyed a memorable meal there. And the best part is, while the restaurant was busy, it wasn't crammed to the rafters like most places on a Friday night in Charleston. My husband thoroughly enjoyed the scallops -- the best he's ever had, he said -- while I tried the short ribs. I'm a sucker for homemade pasta, and the pairing of beef and paccheri satisfied my soul -- no exaggeration. Although stuffed, I did make room for the smoked chocolate parfait. Yes, you will hear over and over by the staff that this was singled out by the Food Network, but that's not why I tried it. I had seen the kudos the pastry chef has received elsewhere, and since I love chocolate -- and this was pure chocolate -- I gave it a whirl. Turned out to be one of the best desserts I've ever had. Also, the homemade rolls will make you swoon. The service is impeccable, too. What a treat!

The Olde Pink House in Savannah -- Another gem. The experience again started off on the right foot when we were greeted warmly at the front door by several staff members, one of whom whisked us down to the tavern. We had requested a table there, and are so glad we did. Lit by candlelight and featuring a piano singer (she starts at 7:30), we dined on fried oysters (still think about those -- so fresh), the fried green tomato salad, filet and blackened scallops, crab stuffed grouper, peach cobbler, and the praline cup. Wow! All of it was amazing. The only kink was the bartender, who when quizzed about the house specialities -- we had apps at the bar -- was pretty pompous about the whole thing. Maybe we didn't approach him the right way? Eh, whatever, but just know that he is the exception here, not the rule.

Also, here's a good tip that someone clued us into about the Olde Pink House: If you bring your own wine, there is no corkage fee for the first bottle, which since there were only two of us, worked out perfectly.

The bottom line is, we had a great time in the south and cannot wait to return. Hopefully, our good luck will continue.

Jul 25, 2013
jme90 in Southeast

The Microplane: What's So Great?

Trust me, this is not an overrated kitchen gadget. It's fantastic. The best way to grate parmesan over pasta hands down. Could not live without mine. In fact, I have two.

Jun 12, 2013
jme90 in Cookware

Suggestions for romantic restaurants in Central PA?

Can vouch for Sidney -- wonderful, wonderful place. They do have lighted candles on the tables so if you want it to be really special, I would suggest a later reservation. Just discovered this place, and plan to make my third trip there this weekend. I live in Boiling Springs and it takes about a half an hour...shouldn't be that much longer from Mechanicsburg. Although I love the staff at Char's, I've had some so-so experiences at the new location and Sidney has replaced it as my favorite restaurant. I also agree with the previous poster who gave the thumbs down to Volt. I've been a few times, and while it wasn't horrible, it didn't quite live up to the hype either. They're going for hipness, not warmth. Besides, there are much better restaurants in Frederick. Namely, the Wine Kitchen on the Creek.

Jun 10, 2013
jme90 in Pennsylvania
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Ickky Party Dishes

Um, buffalo chicken dip is actually pretty good in a cheesy party food sort of way. No pun intended.

Jun 04, 2013
jme90 in General Topics

Bin 152: OK to have our kid in tow?

You definitely traded up. :) Love it here -- it's home -- but have a feeling I'm going to love Charleston more.

Apr 19, 2013
jme90 in Southeast

Bin 152: OK to have our kid in tow?

Thanks, Lynn, and everyone else. Alll of this has been very helpful.

If you're ever in or around Harrisburg, Pa., I'd love to return the favor.

Apr 19, 2013
jme90 in Southeast

Bin 152: OK to have our kid in tow?

Any other little gems you'd like to share? Goat.Sheep.Cow wasn't on my radar but will check it out now. We'll only be in Charleston a day and a half on our way to Tybee. I'm trying my best to maximize our food time there without making any missteps. Needless to say, it's causing a lot of angst. :)

Have dinner plans at Cru Cafe and lunch plans at Husk.

Will be arriving in town, though, around dinner time on a Thursday. Want something casual (ie. not a chain) near the French Quarter where the two of us can relax with a drink and our son can enjoy the atmosphere, too. Was thinking Manzo Pizza, but if you have other suggestions. Please share.

LIke I said, I'm really trying to make the most of our time in the city.

Apr 19, 2013
jme90 in Southeast

Bin 152: OK to have our kid in tow?

Sorry about the lack of details. Ever have one of those really long days? Anyway, i'm talking about bin 152 in charleston and my son is 7, a good kid who loves food.

Apr 18, 2013
jme90 in Southeast

Bin 152: OK to have our kid in tow?

Planning a visit this summer and just read about Bin 152. Love cheese. Love wine. So I'm already halfway there. I realize, though, that there are adult places and family places. Sometimes the lines blur. Is this one of those sometime kind of places? In other words: Could we take our son without feeling like we've committed a crime?

Apr 18, 2013
jme90 in Southeast

The Next Iron Chef: Super Chefs (Episode 1: "Primal: Heat and Meat) [SPOILERS]

Nailed that one. Both of them are just awful!!

Nov 04, 2011
jme90 in Food Media & News

I need a little help picking two Harrisburg restaurants

The earlier post about the Confit rumors proved to be on mark. That restaurant also has been sold and the bakery closed, too.

Sep 22, 2011
jme90 in Pennsylvania

I need a little help picking two Harrisburg restaurants

I wholeheartedly agree with this post, but in a sad turn of events, Char had to shut down her restaurant following the recent flood that hit our area and that neighborhood, in particular. Her building was devastated. She's opening a new place, though. However, it won't be ready for another six months. Too bad, Char had a fine establishment and a great staff that will be sorely missed. Can you tell I was a huge fan?

Sep 22, 2011
jme90 in Pennsylvania

State College--never found a good restaurant!!!

Sorry...had a weird/rude/awkward encounter with one of the owners of Herwigs when I was trying to buy a gift card, nothing else. Heard from others that the brash behavior of the employees is part of the charm. Not so in my book. Wouldn't go back and wouldn't recommend. Just saying...

Sep 22, 2011
jme90 in Pennsylvania

Hidden lunch gems?

Both look like really delicious options. Thanks so much for sharing!

Jul 26, 2011
jme90 in Manhattan

Hidden lunch gems?

Will be visiting NYC in October. Arriving on a Saturday and need some guidance. Can anyone tip me off to a few hidden, nontouristy lunch gems near the Chelsea Market? Have already done the market and would like to venture beyond it, foodwise. We're adventurous eaters and are open to any type of experience. No hipster places, please. :)

Jul 26, 2011
jme90 in Manhattan

Has anyone tried Volt for Brunch?

Everyone here is absolutely on target with their assessments of Volt. Have had lunch twice there now and while both experiences were pleasant enough, I walked away with a nagging feeling and now I know what it is: This place is seriously lacking warmth and graciousness. The servers are SOOOO stiff and SOOO serious -- a reflection of the chef, his marching orders, and possibly the work environment? This is mere speculation on my part, but something needs to change.

As far as the food goes, I have some genuine and memorable highlights -- the cavatelli, the halibut, the goat cheesecake. But the foam, as an earlier poster pointed out, needs to go. We also were sent home with a coffee cake -- a complimentary parting gift -- that was stale and dry. Maybe my expectations were too high going in, but it seems as if the restaurant is resting on its famous laurels rather than truly aspiring to be a place worth returning to. I wonder if the chef reads these boards? He should and should take this constructive criticism to heart. Volt is good but it could be so much better.

On a side note: We have upcoming reservations for Table 21 but I'm rethinking them. Don't want to be disappointed...and I'm afraid I will be.

Jun 07, 2011
jme90 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Special spots in Williamsburg?

Looking for some solid recommendations for a 20th anniversary dinner? Got any?
Fat Canary, Opus 9 Steakhouse, Regent's Room all being considered. However, should I look elsewhere?

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Fat Canary
410 Duke of Gloucester St, Williamsburg, VA 23185

Opus 9 Steakhouse
5143 Main St, Williamsburg, VA 23188

Nov 15, 2010
jme90 in Mid-Atlantic

Regent's Room, Colonial Williamsburg: What's the scoop?

Will be returning to the Williamsburg Inn, where we honeymooned 20 years ago and ate at the Regent's Room as a pair of poor newlyweds. For nostalgia's sake, I was thinking of making reservations there again, but have heard mixed things. And since this meal would require a considerable investment...I'm not so sure. Can anyone out give me the true lowdown on the Regent's Room and/or offer other possibilities?

Since this is a special occasion -- you only celebrate your 20th anniversary once! -- money isn't much of an object. However, I want to be certain that the experience is satisfying, not disappointing. Memorable food and wine are a must. No tourist traps, please.

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Williamsburg Inn
136 E Francis St, Williamsburg, VA 23185

Colonial Williamsburg
427 Franklin St, Williamsburg, VA 23185

Nov 04, 2010
jme90 in Mid-Atlantic

Pomona in Biglerville closing?

Heard there was a "For Sale" sign in front...anyone know the story? Is it closing or just moving?

Jan 04, 2010
jme90 in Pennsylvania

Pomona in Biglerville closing?

Heard there was a "For Sale" sign in front...anyone know the story? Is it closing or just moving?

Jan 04, 2010
jme90 in Pennsylvania

Michael Ruhlman: Expert in Residence!

Way more over the top than the first time around. Sure they're all skilled, but was very surprised by the lack of big name chefs. And the chairman certainly is dramatic -- annoyingly so. He should take it down a few notches.

And while we're on the subject, what the heck was Knowlton's problem with Aaron Sanchez during your season? Seemed a bit personal.

Oct 07, 2009
jme90 in General Topics

Michael Ruhlman: Expert in Residence!

Sorry to veer off topic, but any thoughts on the new season of Iron Chef? Miss you on the panel.

Oct 06, 2009
jme90 in General Topics

In search of a better guacamole

I agree with cocktailhour on the recipe. These are the ingredients I use and everyone raves about my guac. Three things I think are key: lime juice and plenty of it; jalapeno -- it needs that kick; and salt -- coarse sea salt adds a little crunch. Often, I leave out the cilantro and am just as happy with the results.

Of course, all of this comes down to personal taste and preferences -- some like garlic, some don't. I happen to prefer it over onion. Anyway, I don't think it's your avocado so much as your recipe. Add some jalapeno and some cumin and I think you'll be happier.

Sep 30, 2009
jme90 in Home Cooking

Pennsylvania Foods

Let's not forget Martin's potato rolls and Gibble's chips -- both from Franklin County. Way back in the day (almost 40 years ago -- yikes!), Martin's used to have a restaurant in Chambersburg. They would serve skinny burgers on those buns and it was pure heaven!

Sep 29, 2009
jme90 in Pennsylvania

You Know You've Watched Too Much Top Chef When...

Cute, cute story. For me, I keep trying to foist Tony Bourdain on my 4 -year-old with a "Come on, honey, he's really funny," but Sponge Bob wins every time.

Sep 16, 2009
jme90 in Food Media & News