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Spending a few days in LA, looking for recommendations

Those suggestions sound awesome. Exactly the kind of food I can't easily find in Raleigh!

Jan 18, 2013
dcrulz in Los Angeles Area

Spending a few days in LA, looking for recommendations

Yeah, I'll have a car. Willing to drive a bit.

Jan 17, 2013
dcrulz in Los Angeles Area

Spending a few days in LA, looking for recommendations

Just checked out the menu at Park's and it looks AWESOME.

Jan 16, 2013
dcrulz in Los Angeles Area

Spending a few days in LA, looking for recommendations

I read a comment today that said Pinks is equivalent to eating somewhere like TGI Friday's in times square. Maybe something to cross off a list, but doesn't sound like a Hot Doug's experience...

Jan 16, 2013
dcrulz in Los Angeles Area

Spending a few days in LA, looking for recommendations

I'm going to be staying near USC for a few days (1/31-2/4).

I've never been to LA before, so I'd love some recommendations if anyone has a couple minutes.

Likes: Just about everything, "strange" food, strong leaning towards Asian options

dislikes: super-spicy food

I'm trying to not go completely broke on this trip, and I don't plan to pack fancy clothes, but beyond that, I'm open to eating just about anything anywhere.

Thanks in advance for any recommendations... I know this post is a bit general, so I'll try to help narrow it down as people respond.

Jan 16, 2013
dcrulz in Los Angeles Area

Need four, maybe five meals in the Bay Area

That's great. We like casual food we can grab and go. Since we have such limited free time in town, I think we'll be shooting for as many quick-but-tasty meals as we can handle.

Sep 26, 2012
dcrulz in San Francisco Bay Area

Need four, maybe five meals in the Bay Area

These suggestions are awesome!

So far, we've booked a reservation at Plum on Friday night, and Incanto on Monday.

Any can't-miss breakfasts for Saturday and Monday? We're totally fine with just eating bread from a really good bakery, or even something not typically "breakfasty".

Sep 24, 2012
dcrulz in San Francisco Bay Area

Need four, maybe five meals in the Bay Area

Yeah, that's what I'm afraid of. I booked us a 5:30 reservation, in hopes that we'll still make our 9:30pm flight out of OAK.

Sep 23, 2012
dcrulz in San Francisco Bay Area

Need four, maybe five meals in the Bay Area

Nice. We actually both like Cosentino, and the menu looks good, so maybe we'll go there early on Monday.

Any idea if a "quick" meal is an option, or if it's a pretty drawn-out process?

Sep 21, 2012
dcrulz in San Francisco Bay Area

Need four, maybe five meals in the Bay Area

Plum looks kind of awesome. If we get through OAK and get our car quickly, that might be a good idea for Friday night. The menu is definitely something I'm interested in.

Sep 21, 2012
dcrulz in San Francisco Bay Area

Need four, maybe five meals in the Bay Area

You're spot-on with this, although it doesn't have to be Asian; that's just a go-to food when we don't know what else to eat, or what else is open.

Sep 21, 2012
dcrulz in San Francisco Bay Area

Need four, maybe five meals in the Bay Area

Good call, and good detective work! I live around Raleigh, so the NYC and Chicago trips are unfortunately few and far between.

However, I'm definitely not excited about going to super sketchy places at night.

Sep 21, 2012
dcrulz in San Francisco Bay Area

Need four, maybe five meals in the Bay Area

My wife and I are coming in for a wedding in mid-October, and we'll have a couple meals free. We're flying into Oakland, staying in Berkeley, and we'll have a rental car, so anything within an hour drive is totally fine.

We need to cover:
1) Friday late night (flight gets in around 8:30pm)
2) Saturday Breakfast
3) Monday Breakfast
4) Monday Lunch
5) Monday Early dinner (flight leaves at 9pm)

We're both total food nerds, and chances are we won't be back for a long time, if at all. We're trying not to go broke, but if the French Laundry decided to have a Monday lunch service, we'd make it work.

Definite Likes: Asian (wife loves sushi), Italian, French, anything adventurous, Nerdy bizarro experimental food (think molecular gastronomy)

Dislikes: Hot-Spicy food. Indian is okay, but when we eat it, we tend to stick to things like Chicken Tikka Masala and Butter Chicken.

So, humble chowhound readers, I come to you for help narrowing down the giant array of options.

What are your must-eat suggestions for an unforgettable trip to the Bay Area?

Thanks in advance!

Sep 21, 2012
dcrulz in San Francisco Bay Area

Snails in black bean sauce?

I've had them at a couple places in Chinatown in NYC.

Anybody know if there's a restaurant in Chicago that serves them?

Thanks!

Apr 19, 2012
dcrulz in Chicago Area

Lunch on Friday, Breakfast on Sunday

I'm flying into MDW on Friday morning (4/20, should be in my rental car by 9am), and looking to kill a bit of time in Chicago until I drive to Dixon in the afternoon.

What better way to kill time than eating until I can't feel feelings anymore?

I absolutely LOVE Hot Doug's, and figure there's a good chance I'll end up at least having a snack there, but I want to expand my Chicago food horizons a bit.

Where should I go for an unforgettable lunch that I can't get anywhere else? Keeping price at or below $100 (traveling solo) would be nice, but I can be swayed if there's something that's "worth it".

Likes: I eat a lot of Japanese, Chinese, and Italian, but I'm open to pretty much anything.

Dislikes: Super-spicy food.

For bonus points, is there anywhere I should make sure to hit Sunday morning on my way back to the airport?

Thanks in advance for your advice!

Apr 10, 2012
dcrulz in Chicago Area

Craft Cocktails in Raleigh?

I was recently introduced to the concept of craft cocktails on a trip to Nashville (Holland House and No. 308 are must-visits if you're there!), and was wondering if anyone knows of a good place to go for craft cocktails in Raleigh.

I've heard Foundation is pretty good, but the only other place I've heard of that's even close is in Winston-Salem, which is a bit of haul.

Thoughts?

Jun 23, 2011
dcrulz in Southeast

Memphis for a day (lunch and dinner)

Awesome! Thanks so much for the quick and helpful replies.

Can I get away with jeans and a button-down shirt at Iris, or is it fancier?

Apr 08, 2011
dcrulz in Kentucky & Tennessee

Memphis for a day (lunch and dinner)

The gig is at the Memphis Botanical Gardens, and we're staying at the DoubleTree on Sanderlin.

Apr 08, 2011
dcrulz in Kentucky & Tennessee

Memphis for a day (lunch and dinner)

I'm flying into Memphis this Saturday for a gig, and I'll have time for lunch somewhere between 2-3pm and drinks/dinner after the gig (around 8-9pm?).

I've never been to Memphis before, so I'm looking for something that's tasty and local, but I don't really have any strong requirements.

I'd prefer lunch to be something light, but dinner can be no-holds-barred.

Thanks in advance for wading through this mess of a post and offering your suggestions!

Apr 07, 2011
dcrulz in Kentucky & Tennessee

Hop Lee or Hop Kee?

Does Hop Lee do snails in black bean sauce?

That's the dish that keeps bringing me back to Hop Kee, long before Bourdain ever showed up.

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Hop Lee
16 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

Hop Kee
21 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

Mar 02, 2011
dcrulz in Manhattan

One day in NYC

Thank you all so much for the awesome responses!

I'll post here when we make up our mind about where we're going, and hopefully have some pictures from the trip!

Feb 09, 2011
dcrulz in Manhattan

One day in NYC

Hello friends!

I'm flying with my wife into the city for just one day (a Tuesday, specifically), and we want to have as much awesome food as possible. We'll arrive at JFK around 9am, and have to be back by 7 or 8 that same night.

Last time we did this, we spent WAY too much time on an ill-fated Little Italy trip, eating mediocre pizza and Italian food.

I already know that we're going to be eating at Hop Kee (snails in black bean sauce and Cantonese crab!) at some point during the day, but beyond that, we're open to just about anything.

Ideally, we want to have some unique food experiences, things that we can only get in New York.

The caveat is that since we'll be traveling without luggage or a change of clothes, I'd like to stick to places that won't frown on us showing up in jeans and sneakers. We're totally okay with getting take-out, as well.

We're adventurous, willing to try just about anything, with an affinity for Asian, Italian, and French food.

I've found a bunch of places that I'd love to go to, but the trick is figuring out how many we can hit in just one day, with the majority of our time available when most restaurants are serving lunch.

Subways are fine, walking is fine, we just want to get to try as many things as possible.

I've looked at some of the self-made foodie tours of Manhattan, but the majority of them seem to span multiple days.

Anybody have any great ideas?

Thanks in advance!

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Hop Kee
21 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

Feb 08, 2011
dcrulz in Manhattan