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In Coney Island

Where to eat before a Brooklyn Cyclones game?

Aug 16, 2011
lmead in Outer Boroughs

Crabby Jack's

How about Parkway's RB po-boy?

Apr 19, 2009
lmead in New Orleans

Breakfast in or close by the French Quarter.

Try Mother's, www.mothersrestaurant.net; hard to beat for a down home breakfast and character. If there's a line don't sweat it, it usually goes fast. If you are in Marigny try City Bakery at the corner of Chartres and Spain. Mostly locals and they have great omelets and baked goods. If you want to stay in the Quarter try Johnnny's Po Boys, I forget the street but should be easy to find on Google.

May 11, 2008
lmead in New Orleans

Best Chinese takeout in South Slope now that Red Hots gone.

Red Hot was our default takeout for years and we've been lost without them. Any suggestions?

May 08, 2008
lmead in Outer Boroughs

Wow, do I miss cajun cooking

And yet we have had more than passable Thai in a little place in the Marigny neighborhood the name of which is eluding me. There is something about that cuisine that I think really works in southern Louisianna. There are also a lot of Vietnamese places in and around New Orleans now. We haven't been but friends living there say they are great. It may have something to do with being surrounded by water, the heat and high humidity. I've never been to SE Asia but I sense geographical corollaries that would make the local ingredients work with those cuisines. Plus there are lots of Vietnamese there now and probably for the same reasons. I know, I know, this should be on the New Orleans board. I'll stop now.

May 08, 2008
lmead in Outer Boroughs

Wow, do I miss cajun cooking

If you like to eat and I suspect you do you won't regret it. I love BK restaurants but IMHO there are more good restaurants, from dives to fine dining, per capita, in NOLA than here.

May 08, 2008
lmead in Outer Boroughs

Wow, do I miss cajun cooking

I hate to diss NoNo cause the chef/owner paid his dues cooking a bunch a years in NOLA so I prefer to think its cause this cuisine just doesn't travel well. Its something about local ingredients tasting one way close to the source and another way in a totally different context. Another place not yet mentioned is Mara's Homemade on E6th St just east of 1st Ave in Manhattan. They're from Louisianna (I think) and the last time we were there they had just received a fresh shipment of LA crawfish which seemed to be traditionally prepared and yet somehow just didn't taste right. I suspect that most people who crave LA food, Cajun or Creole, love it cause we've been there and eaten it there and just loved the place, the music, the people and the food so much that we want that experience here in NYC and it just doesn't happen. Look at Jacque 'Imo's, in NOLA, between the locals and the tourists ya can't get in the place but the one on the Upper West side, with the same menu and I suppose shipped in ingredients had to close. It just didn't work here. If you crave this food there is only one solution and believe me you won't regret it, go to New Orleans. Anybody wanta talk gumbo?

May 08, 2008
lmead in Outer Boroughs

Restaurant Ideas for Jazz Fest Visitors

Great job fryguy. I'm printing this and putting it in my NO file.

May 02, 2008
lmead in New Orleans

Coming into town tomorrow!

Good job fryguy. So authoritative I would love to hear other of your recommendations for restaurants not limited to pre-jfest eating.

May 01, 2008
lmead in New Orleans

Camellia Grill

Ate there day before yesterday, early afternoon and there weren't more than 6 other people in the place. Other than the pieces of raw bacon on the floor in front of the grill it seemed clean enough. We had a chocolate and a coffee freeze which were great and split a tuna sandwich which, strangely enough, was the best I've had in a restaurant in years. Had just the right amount of chopped pickle and mayo.

May 01, 2008
lmead in New Orleans

Best Gumbo in New Orleans or La. as a whole.

Thanks for that info (whew!) but I gotta say the oysters weren't so great last week either. My SO is from Baton Rouge and LOVES La. oysters, me I don't get it. They are big but mushy and at best tastless. I had some Drago's grilled oysters last June that nearly made me lose 'em. Did they actually have cheese on them or what?

May 01, 2008
lmead in New Orleans

Coming to NOLA May 22-25! what are the new hot spots?

Not exactly brand new but hands down the best meal we've had in NO for years was at Iris. Respect for regional ingredients but free of regional cliches. Had a dinner party at Cochon last weekend and was underwhelmed but it was a Jazzfest weekend and they were slammed.

May 01, 2008
lmead in New Orleans

Best Gumbo in New Orleans or La. as a whole.

Why hurry, are they closing? I just had the gumbo there last week and it was the best I had this trip, as was the fried soft-shell crab. Would hate to hear that was going to be the last time.

May 01, 2008
lmead in New Orleans

Greve in Chianti - restaurants?

Spent the last week in the village of Lamole, south of Greve and just a few minutes from Panzano by backroad. After two weeks in Italy we have had two great meals; one in Venice at Corte Sconte and the second and most original at Solociccia in Panzano. If you are in the area it is a must. Also ate at Ristoro di Lamole in Lamole and La Bottega in Volpaia both of which were very good.

Oct 11, 2007
lmead in Italy

Solociccio in Panzano - Tuscany

Also be aware that they are only open for dinner Thurs, Fri and Sat and for lunch Sun.

Sep 10, 2007
lmead in Italy

Il Refolo, Venice

Bummer! We were planning to eat there during the first week in October. Thanks for the info though.

Sep 10, 2007
lmead in Italy

Greve in Chianti - restaurants?

pmeyer; are you refering to the restaurant "Aia dei Canti" in the Castello di Lamole or is there a separate restaurant "Ristorante di Lamole" in the village? I ask because we will be staying in the Castello in October and would like to make reservations at the better restaurant. A previous poster in this string, mgebs, refers to another restaurant in Lamole, "Vescovino", and I'm getting confused because I thought Lamole was a tiny village with only one restaurant.

Sep 04, 2007
lmead in Italy

A "Castello di Verrazzano" accessible by train?

Congratulations on your coming marriage! Castello di Verrazzano is not accessible by train but, based on the experience of "Love to Eat", it sounds like a place to pass up anyway. You don't say how long or where you are staying but it probably includes Florence which is the closest city. If you are going to be there for awhile you may actually want to get out for a day or so and I would suggest taking a bus to Greve which is about 15 or 20 miles south of Florence, about half way to Siena. It is in the heart of Chianti and has scores of inns, B&B's and agritourismos which are typically old farmhouses which have been transformed into places to stay, many with the kinds of things that Castello di Verrazzano offers but on a less commercial scale. Just Google Agritourismos Greve Italy and you will find them. Most may be hard to get to without a car though. There is a spectular looking inn in Greve called Villa Bordoni. Google it, it looks perfect for a honeymoon! We wanted to stay there but they didn't have a room on our dates. It should be easy to get there from the bus station by cab. The owners have two very sophisticated restaurants in Florence so I imagine the restaurant at their inn is on a similar level. I also highly reccommend the SlowTravel site for traveling in Italy. Buon viaggio!

Aug 29, 2007
lmead in Italy

Listings of where to eat in Venice

This report is truly impressive. You must have been a dedicated note taker and a very happy eater. If you are still checking the responses, these many months later, I would be most grateful for a copy I can print. It will be our principle guide to eating in Venice. lmead@nyc.rr.com

Aug 25, 2007
lmead in Italy

Greve in Chianti - restaurants?

The Dario referred to above is the Dante reciting butcher made famous in Bill Buford's indispensible book "Heat", mentor to both Buford and Mario Batali before him. We will be in staying in Greve in early October and will try to get to Panzano during a busy four days. Is Solociccia open for lunch?

Aug 24, 2007
lmead in Italy

No reservations, Venice.

Looking for places to go without reservations in Venice in early October. We will be there for four nights and would like not to have the pressure of, first deciding in NYC where to eat in Venice, second having to make the reservations and then, when there, having to find these places after long days of sight-seeing. Been there, done that in Venice before and always felt a fairly high level of pressure often followed by a big let-down. Obviously we're not going to walk into high end restaurants popular with tourists and expect to be seated but would love to find charming walk-in places with good food, perhaps more simply prepared. An example I've seen mentioned approvingly on recent strings here is Il Refolo. This place is also highly regarded by the ChowBella book people and as I researched it a little, by many other publications including Travel + Leisure magazine back in 2003! So not the newest place and maybe now a regular on the tourist trail. Any suggestions or thoughts?

Aug 24, 2007
lmead in Italy