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Boston Itinerary in October? Help for our researched trip appreciated!

Thanks to all for the help....

Our current plans are (all with reservations made)
Friday evening ICOB
Saturday lunch at Harvest as we are touring Harvard
Date night dinner at Asta
Sunday brunch at Ribelle and dinner at Coppa

I will report back... We will try to take ferry to Salem and visit EPM and walk Chestnut Street and have lunch on Friday. Salem lunch reviews seem all over the map. Any favorite recommendations would be appreciated.
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Boston Itinerary in October? Help for our researched trip appreciated!

Thank you to all for the great input/info with.

On the basis of feedback we are going to have one dinner at ICOB and do our brunch at Ribelle. The day we wander the freedom trail we are going to hit Neptune for lunch.

For our date night dinner we are looking at Asta, Troquet and Erbaluce.
a special shout out to OC for the detailed reviews and remarks
That leaves with room for one more dinner with the family Sunday night (hopefully close to ou

r hotel the Raj Boston) before flying out Monday am.

We hail from the Midwest!Thanks again for all the help!

Jul 29, 2014
shoprdoc in Greater Boston Area

Boston Itinerary in October? Help for our researched trip appreciated!

10/9 - 10/13 Thanks!

Jul 25, 2014
shoprdoc in Greater Boston Area

Boston Itinerary in October? Help for our researched trip appreciated!

Thank you in advance for help and feedback.

We are arriving in Boston late Thursday in October and will be going to Salem to visit PEM and stroll for a day on Friday.

Friday the 5 of us will have dinner in Boston. We are staying at the Taj Boston.

Saturday we plan to brunch and hit the Freedom Trail. My husband and I are doing a "date night". High on the list is No 9, Troquet, and Erbaluce. We did tasting at L'Esplier several visits ago.

Sunday our plan is for an early brunch at ICOB with a visit to the Isabella G. Museum and casual early family dinner.

Myers and Chang, Shojo, Toro and possible Prezza are all on our family dining list. Although I feel like we are short on Boston "Italian". We did Pizza Regina in NE for lunch our last visit and don't need to go back.

Again, I appreciate all feedback and help. h

Jul 24, 2014
shoprdoc in Greater Boston Area

Is La Pergola, Rome, worth it?

We had the most amazing tasting menu dinner at La Pergola several years ago.... It is in our top 5 with the newest addition being Saison in San Franscisco.

I would love to get back at any price point... Good luck with the banker!

Jun 05, 2014
shoprdoc in Italy

NAPA

Hi, I posted my feedback of our recent trip on gojanego thread. We traveled with 8 and because of that needed to make all reservations 60 days (to the day) in advance. Many tastings for larger groups seemed to be offered at 1030 am or 300 pm. Yountville was a good home base for a larger group as people could walk to many different venues depending on interests. Have fun.

Napa & Sonoma Mother's Day Weekend

We were in Northern California last weekend without kids for the first time in 8 years!

In Yountville we had amazing dinners at Lucy, Redd and Bouchon. I would highly recommend Lucy as one of my favorites. We tasted several wines at Maisonry which represents 20 plus wineries. Cool space/art/ wines.... The area is worth the time. In fact, friends we were with put their favorite meal on the Panini's and wine we ordered from Napa Style. We sat on a picnic table and basked in the sun.

We had a memorable lunch/reserve tasting at Cade. The views were gorgeous. The guide Mallory was fun and knowledgeable and the food was catered by Meadowood. I don't think you could go wrong there.

One of the highlights of our trip was a tapas lunch at Bravas off the square in Healdsburg. It was fabulous. We had a large group and they kept bringing out small plates. One was better than the next.... Fun service, good cocktails and a great outdoor courtyard.

Tasting at Ridge was good with beautiful views.

Have fun. We were not able to make Pride/Smith Madrone secondary to time and logistics. Hopefully there will be a next time!

trip advise for valentines day weekend appreciated [San Francisco]

Our family arrives to 4 seasons around 2pm Friday the 14 . We are hoping to get some raw oysters to hold us over until dinner. Any suggestions in the area? For dinner we are crossing fingers Kin Khoa will be open. We probably should have a back up plan is la cicca a taxi ride which is reasonable? Nopa/alta look booked.

Saturday we are touring and will be in the area to take the ferry to Alcatraz at 1. We would be thrilled for a lunch recommendation. Would it make sense to stop at ferry building on the way to Alcatraz building? Dinner for my husband and I at Saison that night.

Sunday we will go to Chinatown for light lunch. Maybe r&g...would we need reservations? We have statebird reservations at 5.

We love all food/price ranges. We try to expose our children to a variety of cuisines. Thank you in advance and I always repot back. h

Casual dining options? Po boys?

We recently ate there and the duck and sweet potato pizza was wonderful. Highly recommend the kale too....

Jan 16, 2014
shoprdoc in New Orleans

New Year's 2013-14 report back

Sorry... Baking on the mind lol! That would be "flurry". h

Jan 16, 2014
shoprdoc in New Orleans

New Year's 2013-14 report back

I add my review of Dominica with mixed feelings..... It was really busy. That being said everything from pizzas (duck, clam and margarita),sides (kale most notably) and pastas (including the most lovely black pasta/crab dish) were served luke warm to cool. The flavors were amazing but not enhanced by the microwaving they got when I pointed it out to the waitress and then to the manager who came to our table in a floury. We may try again if we are in the area at a "down" time. The duck/kale and crab pasta had wonderful potential if served at proper temp.

Jan 15, 2014
shoprdoc in New Orleans

New Year's 2013-14 report back

Our family arrived over the New Year Holiday. There was a lot going on!

We started our trip at Marti's (hadn't been there since Peristyle's before kids). It was great. Oysters were the best we had on the trip. Front service haughty when they saw our family and effusive when they saw our departing bill. Small dish meatballs great and spicy. Rabbit was not liked in either of the two preparations. Trout was good. My daughter's hanger steak was the home run of the night. Everyone fought over it and my husband who eats steak regularly thought it was the best hanger steak he had ever had. High praise.....

We enjoyed the Roosevelt. Room was fine and the lobby was gorgeous. The Bloody at the Sazarac Bar was the best of the trip by far.

We had a lunch at Mr. B's which was packed. It was a let down as I have wanted to eat here for as long as I have traveled to NOLA. Seafood gumbo had 1 small shrimp and 3 very small mussels..... I have had better at our local bar in Wi. The 2 hamburgers at our table were not met favorably. Chicken strips (all 2 pieces) were gobbled down by our 4 yo and that was the highlight of our lunch..... That being said everything from the front to the wait staff was extremely cordial and professional. I probably should have ordered their specialty the bbq shrimp.

We had a "date night" at Sylvain. I had put great thought into Sylvain vs. Clancy's after doing my chow research. I can't say I was wowed nor was the very crabby table of 2 women next (right next) to us. The brussel sprout salad I started with didn't come close to either I had recently in Chicago at Purple Pig and Girl and the Goat. Very bland and oily.... My cauliflower soup was good but very one dimensional - ie add cream to anything and it will taste good. It would have benefitted from a good dose of white truffle oil. My husband thought his lamb shank was "OK but under seasoned". Best thing of the night was the 3 cheese tray which was fabulous. I really wanted to love this restaurant. We would try Clancy's when we return next fall.

Cochon Butcher.... Kids and I loved this.... Perfect stop after touring the WW2 museum which was amazing. I thought Muffeletta was great and my 4 yo gobbled up his hot dog. The Cuban was good and the smoked BBQ pork sammie was the best of the bunch. The pickles and brussel sprouts were world class. I liked the casual sit-down vibe. We got there right before they opened. The staff had a cool/knowledgeable vibe which was just right. My hubby has Cochon on his list for our next return.

Peche.... We had dinner here and once we made it past the "eye-rolling" waiter when we arrived (as we left we noticed many other families dining with children - and NO I would not take any of my kids to Alinea but they do fine dine with aplomb) we had a nice dinner. Loved the smoked tuna app but could have used more/variety of crackers. The fresh oysters were lovely and a highlight. Various orders of shrimp/chickpea salad, lobster roll, baked fish of the day were good. We liked the overall atmosphere and this is the place we will go back to (probably for lunch) when we return in fall.

We are hoping for warmer weather and decreased crowds when we return but loved spending NYE and NYD in a wonderful city.

This trip lacked Po-boys and we hope to rectify that this fall.

Thanks for all the chow advice that went into our trip prep. h

Jan 15, 2014
shoprdoc in New Orleans

Feedback on researched New Year's itinerary appreciated

We are excited to be visiting NOLA for the first time since Katrina and with our family.

We arrive noon Tuesday Dec.. 31st and are staying at The Roosevelt. Our dinner reservations are at Marti. Will it be safe to walk back to the Roosevelt before midnight with our family? I noted other comments on the difficulty of getting a taxi.

Wednesday Jan. 1st we are planning on taking the family to the World War 2 museum in the morning and then walking back to the hotel. Any lunch suggestions for New Years day? We have Domenica reservations for dinner later.

Thursday Jan. 2nd we are doing several tours during the day. Later we have arranged for a sitter for our children and are meeting a dear friend of ours for dinner. We are entertaining either Clancy's or Sylvain. Thoughts?

Friday Jan. 3rd is Peche for a late lunch. We may try Green Goddess or Erin Rose for a snack later.

Sadly we leave early Jan. 4th which means we will have to return for brunch next time.

I always appreciate insight/feedback from fellow Chowhounds. I will happily report back. Happy New Year 2014 to all!

Nov 30, 2013
shoprdoc in New Orleans

Feedback on researched family NY visit appreciated

Thank you to everyone for all the input. We used it with gratitude as we had several "best laid plans of men and mice" moments.

Our plane was delayed but we made it in time for our Forchella Park ave. reservations. Highlights were burratta with prosciutto, Chicken Alfredo (my picky 9 yo) and the Decumanini pizza with mozz/arugula/truffle oil. The Porta Capuana pizza with burrata/arugula/prosciutto was excellent but crust soggy. My daughter's baked calzone was room temperature at best. The d├ęcor and vibe was energetic but we had a strange service experience. We ordered a Barolo and the waitress brought out 2 dripping (truly) wet wine glasses and while we looked at them dismayed, another server grabbed them and brought back two clean, dry glasses. After our app, our plates were cleared and clean plates delivered. Then before we got our pizzas, the CLEAN plates were cleared and our pizzas were delivered. After we sat without plates for a bit, new plates were again delivered. Is it a NY thing? I am afraid to ask but the pizzas were not cut and we didn't get a utensil to do so. We used our forks and knifes to cut pieces.... Service seemed very unorganized to us. We enjoyed ourselves but would try another pizza place next visit.

Secondary to logistics, we went to Gramercy Tavern for lunch and it was wonderful. Our children loved the non-alcoholic drink choices. My picky 9 yo had Smoked Duck Fazzoletti and shared lamb with my husband. He was happy. My lobster app. and fish were perfectly prepared. However my daughter's Grilled Carrots with Quinoa, Pistachio and Crement Cheese stole the show. It was fabulous. As was the Chocolate Express Semifreddo with Hazelnuts.... Service was accommodating and gracious to our family.

For a quick dinner as the kids were tired after chasing down the "Mixed up Files Bed" at the Met and wanted to watch a rented movie, we snuck out to A Voce which was just a block from the hotel. Mr. and I ate at the bar and had a wonderful homemade Tagliatelle with fresh Alba white truffle and squash stuffed Ravioli which should not be missed. Great bartender. Perfect for our situation.

We never made it to brunch as our breakfast was included at hotel. Breslin will be on our short list next visit.

We had early lunch at Toloache before Wicked. Highlights were the Mezcalita drinks, Suadero brisket and Costilla Short Rib tacos. The guacamole trio was perfect while we waited for our food. We had a lovely waitress but kitchen was slow which was fine for us but did hear a lot of complaining from adjacent tables. The location was perfect for us.

We finished at Jungsik and are we glad we did. I was worried as our 4 yo (who I thought might nap thru Wicked but was enthralled by the production) fell asleep on the cab ride there. He slept through dinner curled up on one of their cozy chairs and woke up in time for dessert - the Peach Fro-Yo. The rest of our family had an amazing dinner. The service was initially a bit apprehensive seeing our table (11, 9, and sleeping 4 yo) but rose to the occasion after seeing our family polish off our Amuse Bouche of mussels, eels, Korean chicken bites. We tried Sea Urchin, Truffle Bulgogi, Red Snapper, Thai Lobster, Jungsik Steak, Smoked Pork Jowl, Galbi (loved the ability to mix large/small plates) and all the desserts. They were all phenomenal and our kids tried everything but urchin. We agreed that the Truffle Bulgogi and the Jungsik steak were incredibly crazy yummy. In fact we laughed that my 9 yo auctioned his last piece of steak off (funny idea for a kid- guess he will be the next entrepreneur of the family) and when he got us to 38$, he said, "NO way and ate the last bite"! Service was attentive and appreciative. When as we were leaving, my 11 yo daughter sent her regards to the chef and proclaimed our dinner was worthy of 4 Michelin stars! I can't encourage everyone to get there and quickly..... It should be very busy!

We had a great trip to NYC. Our 4 yo told us when we got home, he is going to miss "that world".

Thanks to all for the recommendations and the NY hospitality which I believe is underrated by us Midwesterners. h

Feedback on researched family NY visit appreciated

Thanks to all for the information. It gives me much to think about.

Yes, our 4 yo is used to fine dining - he has been a stellar world traveler from age 1.

I will report back on our experiences.

Thanks again!

Oct 04, 2013
shoprdoc in Manhattan

Feedback on researched family NY visit appreciated

Thanks for all the help.

We are still looking for early dinner reservations Saturday night after the theatre matinee.

Would my family be welcome at Jungsik? Would Pearl and Ash, Betony, Costata or Perla be better options?

Do any of the above have booths which we prefer when eating with our family? I appreciate it....

Oct 04, 2013
shoprdoc in Manhattan

Feedback on researched family NY visit appreciated

Thank you Kathryn, We now have reservations at Forchella Thursday evening....

As for brunch at Breslin, we love the idea of an April Bl. venue... But they don't take reservations.... Would this be too hard/ie line with a cane and 3 kids? If we got there early, would this be mitigated?

The Eataly tip is a great reminder and we are thrilled one is coming to us in the Midwest almost immediately. Before kids, we spent one of the best weeks in our lives touring with Lidia in Italy. We have great fondness for her B. family and can't wait to check this out!

Also, if we do pizza on Thursday at Forchella, any thoughts for Saturday after "Wicked"? Uncle Boons, Kin Shop, Kittichai? Or DB which I believe is in the theatre area......

Thanks for all the help. h

Sep 28, 2013
shoprdoc in Manhattan

Feedback on researched family NY visit appreciated

I always value my fellow chowhounds feedback and leave reports for futures after.

We are arriving in NY around 6 pm Thursday in mid-Oct. for a Thursday-Sunday visit. We are staying at the Carlton and while our usual plan would be for pizza Thursday I am worried about the "no reservation" policies with a 11, 9, and 4 yo and a husband on a cane with limited mobility after a catastrophic knee event.

Thus we thought it may be best to eat on site at Millesime and retire to hotel room for a movie.

Friday we plan to do a visit to the Metro Museum (we have been reading "Mixed up Files"), with late breakfast or early lunch (Shalazeh? Lukes Lobster?) in the area. A visit to the "Towers Memorial" is also important. We have early reservations for the family at Gramercy (we were going to do a intimate no kids dinner but EMP is closed for private event).

Saturday AM we were thinking of brunch at Lamb's Club before our 2 pm matinee of Wicked. Then we were thinking of grabbing a cab and hitting Keste for our NY pizza fix around 4 pm before returning to the Carlton and preparing for the early am trip back home.

Kids are very well traveled and well behaved at most venues (wouldn't do Le Louis, Per Se or French Laundry) but are great/comfortable elsewhere....

Any feedback would be, as always, appreciated! h

Sep 28, 2013
shoprdoc in Manhattan

Trip report March 2013

I am not sure about this one... I did notice when planning meals/shows that there were some links on the properties main website or the restaurants individual website for menu options or theater/menu combination options. When in doubt, it seems reasonable to call. The Aria's reservation line was extremely helpful, friendly, and willing to research and email any information they did not have at their fingertips.

Mar 13, 2013
shoprdoc in Las Vegas

Trip report March 2013

Also wanted to emphasize once we got past the initial attitude the service and food at Sage was excellent.... I am reporting our experience and hope it is helpful for others.

Mar 13, 2013
shoprdoc in Las Vegas

Trip report March 2013

I didn't feel they tried to coax me away from coming when talking to the reservationist - she couldn't have been nicer and more helpful. In terms of our decision to take our family to Sage, my littlest doesn't need a high chair. The older two usually order off the adult menu. They are well behaved (certainly way more so than some of the other patrons I observed). I can only contrast the experience to one several weeks earlier at Adour (Ducasse affiliated) at the St. Regis in DC. The staff could not have been more welcoming if they rolled out the red carpet. The somellier came over and poured Navarro grape juice into wine glasses for the 2 older kids. Several staff members stopped to talk to us and ask our 3 yo what he was playing on the ipad. They brought out special amuse bouches for the kids. Fabulous experience... Don't think they have high-chairs either.....

Mar 13, 2013
shoprdoc in Las Vegas

Trip report March 2013

Sorry for the confusion... I called the reservation number (1-877-230-2742) after perusing Aria's and Sage's website. I had a question about the Early Evening Menu as it wasn't pulling up on line. I spoke with a very nice, friendly woman who told me she would email it to me and did i want anything else. I then asked about a children's menu and she told me there was not one available. She mentioned if we were dining with children I should be aware they did not have any high-chairs available at Sage. On the online pictures, the banquettes are visible which as I noted are perfect for our family and what we always request. Noone mentioned nor was it posted that children under 5 are not welcome. THAT I was told by the hostess when we checked in for our reservation at 530 pm along with the "no children's menu and no highchairs" which I already knew. I hope that clarifies things.

Mar 13, 2013
shoprdoc in Las Vegas

Trip report March 2013

As I routinely use Chow to research my trips (have planned trips around u-hockey's and others reviews lol), I wanted to provide feedback on our trip. My husband and I love to travel and as older parents do so frequently with our 10, 9 and 3 yo.

We arrived to LV and checked into our hotel and headed to Lotus of Siam for lunch as first timers. At 1115 am we were fourth in line. We wanted to try a bit of everything and ordered Nam Kao Tod (amazing), Spicy Chicken Wings x2 (my picky 9 yo eater polished off the second order on his own), Seafood Pad Ped, Pad Thai, Crispy Duck with drunken noodles (amazing but tepid), Khao Soi Short Rib (amazing flavor but tepid with one short rib so dried out I could not cut it let alone eat it - OK though as we had SO much more food than we needed), and Mango Sticky Rice which was yummy (and I don't like sweets) but took 30 plus minutes after dinner. My observations were that our server did not provide any assistance in either food or wine choices which I had expected from reviewing previous CHOW posts. His wine recommendation was "try this as people seem to like it"... He also tried to steer us to the buffet until I whipped out my CHOW list. We like spicy and asked for 7/10 with the exception of Pad Thai and Chicken wings which we asked for 4. Maybe the kids worried him but everything came out about a 4/5 at most. As overall great as it was, may try Chada Thai next time....

Veranda at the Four Seasons - split mushroom/sausage risotto and 4 cheese pizza among the 5 of us. Risotto good, noone would have more than one bite of pizza. Watermelon granita cocktail and Barrel aged Negroni and Service great! Breakfasts good with really nice service.

Charlie Palmer Steak - Husband hungry after Terry Fader show.... Sat at the bar. Nice bartenders and he thought the sliders and butterscotch creme brulee hit the spot.

Country Club at the Wynn for lunch - upscale and pricey. Nothing to complain about.... Service very good and food well executed (club sandwich, seafood cobb, hot dogs for the kids).... I would try somewhere else next visit.

e Jose Andres - this was our "date night" and it was amazing. We have had 2 near attempts at Alinea over the years (although we have done Aviary several times) so this was a new adventure into molecular for us. The Truffle Cotton Candy, Lobster with Citrus Jasmine, Torta Pascualete with Cotton Candy and Pan Con Chocolate courses were sublime. Foie Gras and Iberico pork with Squid (Squid was amazing - pork that I had was tough and my husband felt his was underdone) were good but did not reach the level of the rest of the small plates IMO. Whole experience (we did the regular drink tasting ) was well worth the price.

Border Grill - Grabbed a lunch here on the way to a 1 pm matinee show. Can honestly say I am horrified that these chefs would put their name on this one.... Chips heavy and greasy with burnt french frie butts interspersed. Salsas of which there were 3 were good. Food - Chicken quesadilla, bean burrito, fish tacos inedible... I have no problem paying 14$ for a drink but when it is advertised as reposado tequila, grand marnier and hand squeezed lime and when you get a sickly sweet drink tasting of commercial mix and nothing else - bad form. Plus service terrible- we didn't get drinks for 20 minutes as we watched our waiter flirting with the barmaid. F---- Shame on everyone involved.

My final review involves Sage - We have loved Shawn McClain since his early Chicago days. The evening started out poorly. When we checked in at 530 pm we got HUGE attitude at the door (We don't take children under 5 and we don't have a children's menu, and we don't have highchairs). I nicely said that I was well aware of that and that is why if they checked our 3 month old reservation they would note we had requested a banquette (works well to put the 3 yo in between us and in this case he slept the whole dinner) out of the traffic flow. They then seated us in a completely empty restaurant next to the only other table - 2 gentlemen clearly trying to have an intimate evening. Big pet peeve of mine... Our waiter arrived on the scene and proceeded to tell us we could NOT have the tasting menu as that would involve everyone and that clearly would not work. Really? We do them quite frequently and have never been told that before. Only after we ordered a 300$ bottle of wine, and he realized my 10 yo was ordering sweetbreads for an app., did he come back and attempt to be gracious. As my daughter says, BFF by the time we left... I do get it that they would have no way of knowing that our kids are well behaved and accustomed to fine dining (if all else fails -the ipads I bring along work miracles). However, I did take vicarious pleasure in the parade of drunken parties being seated later in the evening -boisterous, interestingly dressed, and carrying in adult "sippy cups". That being said the food met all expectation and more. Foie Gras Brulee was proclaimed by my husband as the best he has ever had and he orders it pretty regularly when we fine dine. Fennel Crab Ravioli and Scallops were incredible and Green Garlic Soup, Sweetbreads, and NY strip my kids split were all excellent. Grilled octopus salad was among my top 5 favorite presentations I have had of octupus. My husband and kids shared dessert and all were equally divided amongst themselves which one was favorite. I don't think you could go wrong with any - grapefruit semifreddo, pineapple mousse, arancini dolce.

Viva Las Vegas!

Restaurant Week 2012

We were underwelmed at PS and it was not restaurant week.... We had heard raves on CH and love Italian and were in Chicago to eat with friends.... We waited 20 minutes plus for our 800 pm reservation and then were seated at the table right in front of the kitchen/dishwashing station.... Dirty dishes and wait staff and doors banging to and fro... Food was good but not memorable..... Would not go back and felt more than a little let down.... Too many other places to try...

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Piccolo Sogno
464 N Halsted, Chicago, IL 60622

Feb 27, 2012
shoprdoc in Chicago Area

Loved the new Four Seasons restaurant

I think it is helpful to eat at a restaurant before providing feedback. One of our top "20" dinners was in Toronto surrounded by Big Boy statues... Susar Lee was on to something.... The food we had at Allium was approachable but not standard.... In fact we ended our tour de force multicourse tasting at Aviary with a hot dog at Allium... Perfect ending to an amazing night.... BTW the Sunday brunch looked fabulous... We ordered off the lunch menu and had a wonderful hamburger with egg and a hanger steak with frites that could be cut with a fork... My carnivore husband is still raving.... I'm sure there are better options if you are dead and in heaven.

Feb 23, 2012
shoprdoc in Chicago Area

Loved the new Four Seasons restaurant

We enjoyed eating at the new Allium which just opened in the Four Seasons. It was a great vibe and everyone could not have been nicer to our family. The lunch and dinner menu are very approachable.... Hightlights were the pulled bbq chicken sandwich, the famous "best hot dog ever" (with homemade ketchup, mustard and relish), and the crispy kale salad on butternut squash puree with hazelnuts... Good drinks and fun people watching... Highly recommended....

Feb 23, 2012
shoprdoc in Chicago Area

North Pond/Sable/Purple Pig dish recommendations for this week would be so appreciated

Here is my trip/restaurant report:

Purple Pig- The Beets with goat cheese and pistachio vinaigrette was one of the best dishes I have ever eaten. We all fought over it.... The milk braised pork shoulder was wonderfully tender. Even my 19 month old had secondsl! The Pork neck bone gravy with ricotta was tomatoey, tender and perfect to smear on toasted bread. The PP platter was also excellent. The sweet/sour tongue was a stand out.

Sable- Deviled truffle eggs and Pork Belly Flat-bread were stand outs here. I wanted to love the Corn Creme Brulee but the execution was lacking. The crackly topping was soggy -no crackle and the pudding rather eggy and curdled in texture. Maybe an off day? Our cheese platter was delivered with no explanation. That didn't bother any one but me... I hailed our waitress over and asked what we had. I was told, "This is a blu, this is a goat/sheepy thing, and this is new... I am not sure but I think it is a chedder." That being said it was good and we ate it all.... The Roses cocktail was yummy!

Cafe Spiaggia- Highlights here were the Squid Pizza with spicy peppers and wild oregano along with the cannelloni which was incredible! Thin sheets of pasta with ricotta, chard, spinach, mint and peas... It tasted like spring.

North Pond- Gorgeous Setting and Arts and Crafts Building. We had a cozy dark both and dined sans children. I would love to go back in Spring/Summer and request a window table. I had a Key Lime cocktail with Pernod that might have been the best cocktail I have ever tasted. We started with a White Bean Soup and Sausage Pear dish which were great. My husband had the Charcuterie Platter. The Jowl Pastrami was OUTSTANDING and done in house according to our waiter. It was paper thin and melt-in-your mouth. My husband had duck which he thought was good. I had Cod. The fish itself was excellent but the rest of the dish (a new preparation as of the day we dined) left me cold. Potatoes which were bland, minced sausage(tiny bits but smokey and flavorful), fried egg and tomato just didn't do it for me. Bread basket could use some work and cheese tray was excellent but could have benefitted from some bread in some form.

Chicago is very friendly. We were welcomed and treated well with 3 children and a stroller everywhere we went. The Four Seasons was perfect. We can't wait to come back again!

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North Pond
2610 North Cannon Drive, Chicago, IL 60614

Cafe Spiaggia
980 North Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

Apr 03, 2011
shoprdoc in Chicago Area

North Pond/Sable/Purple Pig dish recommendations for this week would be so appreciated

Wonderful... I can't wait! Thank you both....

Mar 29, 2011
shoprdoc in Chicago Area

North Pond/Sable/Purple Pig dish recommendations for this week would be so appreciated

We will be dining at North Pond (romantic), Purple Pig and Sable (with children) later this week and would appreciate any "must do/must not miss" ordering recommendations. We have 1 meat eater and 1 fish eater.... no dislikes except for one with not a particular fondness for squab. I will post feed-back when we return home. Thank you in advance.

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North Pond
2610 North Cannon Drive, Chicago, IL 60614

Mar 29, 2011
shoprdoc in Chicago Area

Dining with Children in Barcelona

Thank you Aleta! We will definately plan on lunch as our main.

Fonda Gaig sounds wonderful. Will we need reservations for lunch? We would go either a Sunday or Tuesday...

Thanks again to all for the help.

Feb 10, 2011
shoprdoc in Spain/Portugal