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Pink Door...or other recommendations for a bday dinner

Thanks all. I appreciate these suggestions. I did not know about the Triple Door, so was happy to hear about that. Too bad they have something called the "Seagals" calendar release party the night of my husband's bday. I think I'll pass on that one...

Any other thoughts on the Pink Door? That's still seeming like the best bet for the particular day I'm looking at.

Thanks!

Jul 24, 2013
kms41 in Greater Seattle

Pink Door...or other recommendations for a bday dinner

This is great, thank you both for your responses!

Lauren, I had the same thought about trying to eat dinner outside and then moving in for the entertainment - I will call them to find out if it's doable.

And Chartreauxx, I just walked by Dimitriou's tonight and wondered how it was, so thanks for the rec - I will see what's on that night. And I had never heard of Maximiilien, so will definitely check it out.

Thanks again!

Jul 19, 2013
kms41 in Greater Seattle

Pink Door...or other recommendations for a bday dinner

Hi all - my husband and I are spending the summer in Seattle and have loved exploring the amazing restaurants in this city. Our visit is winding down, and his birthday is coming up. I'd like to plan a fun dinner and/or activity to surprise him. What do you think of the Pink Door for a Sunday dinner - with the aerial show. Is the food there actually good? Is the entertainment cheesy? I can't tell if it's a tourist trap or actually high quality food and fun.

If not Pink Door, do you have any suggestions for some other food/entertainment venues?

Thanks so much!

Jul 18, 2013
kms41 in Greater Seattle

Fresh Rice Noodles Anywhere in Pittsburgh??

This is exactly what I'm looking for. I did look in the right place I think, so I must have just gone on a day when they didn't have them. I'll keep trying. Thanks so much cbass!

Dec 27, 2011
kms41 in Pennsylvania

Fresh Rice Noodles Anywhere in Pittsburgh??

I moved to Pittsburgh recently and can't find fresh rice noodles (not dried) at any of the three Asian markets I have been to (Lotus, the other Asian market on the other end of the Strip, and Tokyo on Ellsworth). Does anyone have other suggestions for where to look? Thanks!

Dec 15, 2011
kms41 in Pennsylvania

Please help with Pittsburgh recommendations

Everyone, thanks so much for the recommendations. Here's where we ended up going -

Salt of the Earth - I am still dreaming about the beet salad we had - it was amazing. The vegetarian main dish I had was good - not great - but my boyfriend's fish was delicious. All in all, a great experience though - really nice ambiance, funny waiter. Can't wait to go back.

Coca Cafe - Really cute place. I got a roasted veggie omelet, which again was good - not great. I'd definitely try a different omelet next time I go, because they had a lot of options. As is usually the case with brunch places like this, the coffee was only so-so. BF liked his egg and bacon sandwich. I miss out on all the fun.

Voluto coffee in the afternoon - nice place to hang out, coffee from the french press was decent, but not amazing. I wish they had let it sit longer so it was a bit stronger. Or maybe I should have tried an espresso.

Soba - We had a really fun time here. We ended up eating in the lounge near the fireplace, which was great. Vegetarian pad thai was delicious. Far from authentic - it had roasted turnips and brussel sprouts! - but it was great.

Paris 66 - We loved this place. It's adorable, we got a seat right away on the back patio (yay heat lamps!) and the food was delicious. I can't wait to go back for another egg and cheese crepes. I am so happy they are buckwheat and therefore gluten free.

Espresso a mano - We stopped here before heading to the airport. My cappuccino was delish.

Gluuteny bakery has amazing gluten free cookies, by the way.

Thanks again everyone for all the recommendations - there are some great finds in Pittsburgh!

Mar 01, 2011
kms41 in Pennsylvania

Please help with Pittsburgh recommendations

Hi everyone -

Thank you so much for these great recommendations! We are definitely going to try Salt of the Earth one night, so we are looking for something totally different, and more low key, the second night. We're thinking Round Corner Cantina or Umi at this point. For brunch/lunch, I think we'll do Quiet Storm one day and Coca the other. Plus plenty of coffee and treats in between (I am so excited there's a gluten-free bakery to try!). We will definitely not leave Pittsburgh hungry!

I really appreciate the suggestions you all gave, and also that you took the time to wonder/ask about what scene we're into. We are really looking forward to wandering around the various neighborhoods and would certainly welcome any suggestions for places to visit. From what we have read, Lawrenceville, Bloomfield, Shadyside, South Side, the Strip, and Squirrel Hill are all worth visiting for different reasons. In addition to getting a general sense of the city and trying great good, we would really like to get a feel for places we might like to live eventually. We want to be within walking distance of good food and coffee, plus the usual conveniences like grocery stores and public transport.

Thanks again everyone - this is such a great community!

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Squirrel Hill Cafe
5802 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217

The Quiet Storm
5430 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15206

Umi Restaurant
5847 Ellsworth Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15232

Feb 22, 2011
kms41 in Pennsylvania

Please help with Pittsburgh recommendations

Thanks Augie6 and skoledin - these are really helpful. I wonder if you have brunch recommendations. Do you think Coca Cafe is worth the wait that everyone mentions in their reviews? Another option is Quiet Storm for a veggie brunch. Thoughts on that?

Also, any bakeries you'd recommend? This one's for the bf - I'm not expecting gluten-free recs on this one.

Thanks again.

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The Quiet Storm
5430 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15206

Feb 21, 2011
kms41 in Pennsylvania

Please help with Pittsburgh recommendations

My boyfriend and I are visiting Pittsburgh for the first time next weekend and are sort of "interviewing" the city to see if we want to move there for grad school (from Boston). We're very excited as we keep hearing great things about the city. I'm hoping you all can recommend some places to eat, as good food and coffee are very important to us!

I see Espresso a Mano, Salt of the Earth, Tamari, and Yo Rita's popping up all over the place, so we know those are highly recommended. I would appreciate hearing where else you think it's worth trying. We are staying near CMU, but really want to get out and see other neighborhoods (Lawrenceville, Shadyside, South Side, Bloomfield...), so we're pretty open in terms of location, and we will have a car. The only real sticking point is that I am a seafood eating vegetarian and am gluten-free. I think the gluten-free bit may be what makes things more difficult, since it looks like a lot of the restaurants that everyone recommends are Italian.

Thanks a lot for your help!
Kate

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Yo Rita
1120 E Carson St, Pittsburgh, PA 15203

Feb 21, 2011
kms41 in Pennsylvania

Great, Different Recommendation for this Weekend

Garden at the Cellar on Mass Ave in Cambridge is also really good. The chef used to work at Oleana and you can definitely see and taste the influences. It's much less expensive than Oleana too. It can get crowded, and there's not much room at the bar to wait. Their bartenders are also HORRIBLE (at least the last three times I've been), which makes waiting for a table less than pleasant.

Feb 13, 2008
kms41 in Greater Boston Area

Ideas for group of 10-12, not too $$$, maybe something OTHER than tapas?

Thanks, but we're actually looking for something a bit nicer than All Star. We're actually going out to celebrate my sister's (rather low-key) wedding, which is taking place in the late morning at City Hall in Cambridge. We'd like it to be a bit festive, but are not planning anything too fancy. We were thinking East Coast Grill, but were disappointed to find out they don't serve weekday lunch. Ditto for Blue Room.

Thanks for your help!

Feb 13, 2008
kms41 in Greater Boston Area

Ideas for group of 10-12, not too $$$, maybe something OTHER than tapas?

Any suggestions for a place with similar criteria, but for LUNCH during the week? Preferably in Cambridge. Thanks!

Feb 13, 2008
kms41 in Greater Boston Area

Good place for tea/desserts for Mom's birthday

Thanks! Bittersweet is quite small, though, isn't it? We're going to have a group of about about 15-20 of her friends! I guess I should have mentioned that!

I read about Unique So Chique on Magnolia...any thoughts?

Thanks!

Aug 28, 2007
kms41 in Chicago Area

Cambridge (Central Sq. area)

You should take him to Garden at the Cellar, on Mass Ave between Dana and Ellery (between Harvard and Central Sqs). You'll love it. He may not go on his own - it's not exactly student fare - but it is great, and reasonably priced for how good the food is.

There's a great falafel place right in Central Sq - Moody's Falafel. That's more doable for a student budget.

Baraka Cafe on Pearl St in Central Sq is really good Tunisian-Algerian food.

Helmand is a wonderful Afghan restaurant in Kendall Sq.

Veggie Planet in Harvard Square for interesting, delicious vegetarian pizzas and rice dishes.

Enjoy!

Aug 27, 2007
kms41 in Greater Boston Area

Good place for tea/desserts for Mom's birthday

It's my mom's 60th birthday and we want to plan an afternoon tea or afternoon desserts. Any good suggestions? I have heard good things about Ethel's Chocolates and Hot Chocolate, but she's not a huge chocolate fan, so I'd like to find someplace where they have other options as well.

Thanks for your help!

Aug 27, 2007
kms41 in Chicago Area