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Looking for a great ice cream place in Chicago -- not a chain.

I second Scooter's! Can't get enough.

Jul 19, 2014
boston1215 in Chicago Area

Anniversary dinner recommendations

We'll be celebrating our 4th anniversary in NYC next month and I'm feeling overwhelmed with choices for our anniversary dinner. I'm so out of touch as far as where to go these days, so hoping for some suggestions.

We're staying in Midtown (north) but we don't have to stick to restaurants in that area, necessarily. Love the Village so finding a cute, cozy place there might be nice. We're open to any type of food, though, for whatever reason not interested in sushi for this particular dinner; Italian would be great.

We don't want something terribly "scene-y," but rather a cozy, romantic restaurant with good, solid food. One of my faves when I lived in the area was Bianca, and honestly, we'd go there if we hadn't been before--looking for someplace new. But that vibe is perfect. Really enjoyed Perilla last time we were there. Hopefully this helps to give you a sense of what we're looking for in terms of vibe. Smallish, quiet, cozy, romantic (and obviously must take reservations!).

Also welcome any recommendations for cocktails around 5th & 55th.

Thanks in advance.

Jul 19, 2014
boston1215 in Manhattan

Pizza

I'll echo the Lou Malnati's and Pizano's recommendations. If you're looking for non-traditional Chicago-style, check out La Madia in River North. Their triple pepperoni (drenched in truffle oil) is to die for.

Jul 16, 2014
boston1215 in Chicago Area

River North and Lakeview recommendations (with big kids)

Farmhouse in River North is great. And if you're in IKEA furniture assembly hell and want something quick for lunch (or even takeaway)--but good--definitely get a sandwich from Panes on Sheffield (cash only). So good. And treat yourself to frozen custard from Scooter's at some point over the weekend!

Jul 16, 2014
boston1215 in Chicago Area

Girls' Weekend dinner & brunch recos, pls

Looks like someplace we'd enjoy! Thanks.

Jul 16, 2014
boston1215 in Austin

Girls' Weekend dinner & brunch recos, pls

Yes, we'll have a car. And yes yes yes definitely wine! I wouldn't say we're looking for the party scene or anything--we're two moms and those days are long gone (and I don't miss 'em!), but we definitely like our wine.

Jul 15, 2014
boston1215 in Austin

Girls' Weekend dinner & brunch recos, pls

Heading to Austin next month for a girls' weekend with my sister. Hoping my Chowhounds can help me out with dinner and brunch recos. We have two nights--Fri. and Sat.--for dinner, and will do brunch on Sun. before heading out of town. Our info & preferences:

- We're in our mid-30s/mid-40s
- Open to anything except sushi and BBQ isn't a must, but a good Mexican meal is
- Nothing touristy/chain-y
- No spending limit per se, but nothing too outrageous
- Would like one dinner in Barton Springs area as that's where we're staying

It's been three or so years since I've been to Austin and last time we were there we ate at Moonshine--enjoyed it. I've also heard good things about Qui. Yay or nay?

Thanks in advance!

Jul 13, 2014
boston1215 in Austin

Bar/lounge near Sidney St Cafe

Eesh. So sorry for the tardy reply. Need to change my settings here so I'm notified when someone responds to my thread! I blogged about our experience so maybe just easiest to point you there: http://www.theglobetrottinggal.com/a-....

In short, it was fantastic!

May 30, 2014
boston1215 in Great Plains

Bar/lounge near Sidney St Cafe

Thanks for the recos, all! We ended up at Ernesto's (also recommended by my sister) which was perfect. Only downside is that there weren't any tables left on the adorable back patio, but that meant we had the whole inside to be as loud as we wanted. :) I've been to Venice Cafe back in the day, and we went to Vin last time we were in STL so it as fun to check out a nice place. Bonus - proximity to SSC. Thanks again.

Apr 23, 2014
boston1215 in Great Plains

Bar/lounge near Sidney St Cafe

Can anyone recommend a nice wine bar/lounge near Sidney St Cafe? My husband and I are meeting another couple (all mid-30s) for cocktails before dinner there. They're not joining us for dinner (so not drinks there--if there's even a bar for it. Have never been--yet.). Thanks is advance.

Apr 15, 2014
boston1215 in Great Plains

Catering for 40th birthday party in Tampa (Lithia/Fish Hawk)

I do not live in Tampa but am helping to plan a 40th birthday party there and we will need a caterer. It will likely be for about 20 people, so relatively small. We are open to type of food--Italian, Mexican, American, other. Probably the only types of food we wouldn't be interested in would be Indian, Chinese, Vietnamese. Looking for something that will please a wide range of tastes (kids + adults). Any recos?

Mar 08, 2012
boston1215 in Florida

One night in Houston - dinner recos, please

Technically two nights, but we are doing Mexican one night and have the second night (Saturday) open for dinner. Suggestions? I lived in Houston eight years ago and had many, many favorites back then (but admittedly was less of a food snob then, too). I don't know how any of those stack up now, though (or if they even exist anymore).

Here's what we (hubs and me) do and don't want:

No Mexican (already covered Friday)
Open to seafood or steak
No chains
No real price limit but we don't want to go somewhere stuffy-expensive
Good scene but not so loud that we have to scream to hear one another
No "scene-y" places (that require reservations a year in advance or at any point involves a velvet rope)
In an area where we could conceivably grab a drink nearby after

We're staying at ZaZa if that helps, but we will have a car.

May 24, 2011
boston1215 in Houston

Trendy Ft. Lauderdale dinner recommendation for 3 30-something gals

Excellent recommendation - thank you thank you thank you! Our concierge was able to get us a reservation at 8 which was good, because it was packed and looks like there were tons of walk-ins waiting. The food was really fantastic--everyone was really happy with what they choose. Drinks were great, too.

Mar 07, 2011
boston1215 in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Trendy Ft. Lauderdale dinner recommendation for 3 30-something gals

I just checked out the Yolo website and it looks great. Sadly, no reservations available - only 6:30 (way too early) or 10 (too late for dinner). But I like the looks of it and the menu looks good, too. Other places like this that you might recommend?

I've heard good things about Las Olas from a friend who's been, so that area might be fun to try. The one thing we don't want to run into is the young spring break crowd...

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Las Olas Cafe
922 E Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

Mar 03, 2011
boston1215 in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Trendy Ft. Lauderdale dinner recommendation for 3 30-something gals

My sister, two girlfriends and I--all in our early to mid 30s--are spending the upcoming weekend in Ft. Lauderdale and would love some dinner recommendations. We are all quite open in terms of food with the sushi being the only thing we can't all agree on.

This is for a Saturday night dinner, so it would be nice if it were maybe more of a lounge-y place where we could get a cocktail before or after. One of us is on a bit of a budget, but after all it is a vacation so it isn't the biggest deciding factor. I'd say $30 - $50/ea. for dinner would probably be our limit.

Mar 02, 2011
boston1215 in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Savannah lunch ideas - please confirm or offer new suggestions

Thanks again for the affirmations and suggestions. We had wonderful lunches at Crystal Beer Parlor, The Olde Pink House and J Christopher's. It was tough to decide but we were happy with all of them--particularly Crystal Beer Parlor. Most notable there was the Gawgia peach cobbler which we shared for dessert. I was already a wee bit full but couldn't let that deliciousness go to waste!

I really enjoyed the she-crab soup at The Olde Pink House, but my crabcake sandwich really wasn't anything special. My husband said he liked the crab shooters we had at Garibaldi's better. In comparing crab cakes, I'd say the crab cake benedict I had at J Christopher's on Sunday morning definitely blew those at The Olde Pink House out of the water--one of the best brunches I've ever had.

Thanks again, all!

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The Olde Pink House
Savannah, GA, Savannah, GA

Oct 18, 2010
boston1215 in Southeast

Dinner suggestions for Amboise & Paris

The only catch is that we will not have a car when in Amboise. Is there an easy way to get to Vouvray via public transportation?

Oct 11, 2010
boston1215 in France

4 Days & Nights In Chicago...

Great pizza = Lou Malnati's or Pizano's.

Oct 11, 2010
boston1215 in Chicago Area

Bachelorette party for over 40's

Bin 36 would be a good one, too.

Oct 11, 2010
boston1215 in Chicago Area

Bachelorette party for over 40's

I would second the Publican and the Gage. Also good is La Madia. There's a smallish trendy bar area in the front and they have lots of great appetizers and fun drinks. Keep in mind the area is small, though, so depending on how many of you there are, that could pose a problem.

Another idea is Girl and the Goat. I was there a few weeks ago and I really really liked the bar area - perfect for something like this.

Oct 11, 2010
boston1215 in Chicago Area

Brunch Near Red Line?

I completely forgot to mention The Gage. I've never been for brunch but it's one of my favorite restaurants. It's over on Michigan (at Madison), so a few blocks over from the Red Line but worth it.

Oct 11, 2010
boston1215 in Chicago Area

Brunch Near Red Line?

To second kemmek, Bongo Room is right near the Roosevelt stop, but be prepared to wait. I live in this neighborhood and their almost always seems to be an endless line.

An alternative might be 11 City Diner, which is just up Wabash from Bongo Room. There's been a line every time I've gone but it moves pretty quickly.

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Bongo Room
1152 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60605

Oct 11, 2010
boston1215 in Chicago Area

Savannah lunch ideas - please confirm or offer new suggestions

All excellent suggestions... going to have a difficult time choosing! Possibly a stupid question, but I don't need to worry about reservations at any of these places at lunchtime, do I?

Oct 08, 2010
boston1215 in Southeast

Savannah lunch ideas - please confirm or offer new suggestions

My husband and I will be in Savannah for 3 days next weekend for a wedding. We get in too late on Thurs. night and already have plans Fri. and Sat. for dinner (one of which is Garibaldi's), but we're looking for ideas for lunch on Fri. and Sat. and brunch or lunch on Sun.

Based on what I've seen here, I'm debating between Firely, J. Christopher's, Soho South, Crystal Beer Parlor, Mrs. Wilkes or The Olde Pink House (they're now open on Sundays for lunch according to Yelp?). Would you recommend one of these over the other? Are there other places we should consider that I don't have listed here?

We're both in our early 30s and love to eat good, local food. Neither of us are very picky and are willing to try just about anything, and we aren't particularly price-conscious. We won't have a car and we'll be staying at the Courtyard Marriott at 415 West Liberty St. on Thurs. and Fri., and at the Mansion on Forsyth Park on Sat.

We can only choose three places. What would your picks be?

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The Olde Pink House
Savannah, GA, Savannah, GA

Soho South Cafe
12 W Liberty St, Savannah, GA 31401

Oct 06, 2010
boston1215 in Southeast

Saturday night dinner recommendation in Champaign-Urbana

Thanks for all of the suggestions! Will report back on where we end up.

Oct 06, 2010
boston1215 in Great Lakes

Saturday night dinner recommendation in Champaign-Urbana

My husband and I try to go down to Champaign-Urbana once a year in the fall to catch a football game (I'm a U of IL alum). We like to have a nice dinner while we're there, ideally not in campustown (I'm getting too old for that!).

Last fall, we tried Bacaro and while I really wanted to like it (and did like the vibe), it just fell short and isn't someplace I'd like to return. Any recommendations of something along those lines in terms of menu and style?

I'd love to find a great local spot. I was thinking maybe Radio Maria. In my years in C-U, I never made it there but have heard nothing but good things. Open to suggestions, though, just no chains, please.

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Bacaro
113 North Walnut, Champaign, IL 61820

Radio Maria
119 N Walnut St, Champaign, IL 61820

Oct 05, 2010
boston1215 in Great Lakes

Dinner suggestions for Amboise & Paris

My husband and I are traveling to France at the end of Dec. We'll spend two nights in Amboise and three nights in Paris. The only place I have in mind that we must eat at is Les Papilles in Paris. I've been before and absolutely loved it and I'm sure my husband will feel the same.

I'd love some suggestions for other places in both locations. We're not at all picky and would honestly lean more to the adventurous side. Price isn't a major issue, either, but that said, I don't want to go someplace totally over the top and super fancy/stuffy. I typically just wing it when I go to Paris and can't recall having a bad meal there, but I'd like to actual plan it this go-round.

We'll be in Paris on New Year's Eve, so any recommendations for that (food or otherwise) are also welcome. I've been there before on NYE a few years ago, but that was a very different time in my life--single and there with a friend so our goal was simply to go out, drink and have a great time. Not that my husband and I wouldn't enjoy that, but on a different level.

Thanks in advance!

Sep 22, 2010
boston1215 in France

Girls' weekend in St. Petersburg

All - thanks for the great recos! But no Starbucks?! However will we survive... :(

May 17, 2010
boston1215 in Florida

Girls' weekend in St. Petersburg

Three girlfriends and I (all early 30s) will be in St. Pete's for a bachelorette weekend in June and are looking for some restaurant recommendations. We won't have a car and would prefer not to have to take a lot of cabs so anything within walking distance (or a short cab ride) from our resort would be ideal. We're staying at the Sirata Resort (5300 Gulf Blvd.).

For dinners, we'd definitely like one really great Cuban restaurant and seafood would be nice, too. Also, any suggestions for good breakfasts would be helpful.

Preferably no chains. While we don't mind spending a fair amount, nothing too over the top pricey, please. There are a few foodies in the mix but not all of us.

May 10, 2010
boston1215 in Florida

Rehearsal dinner venue in Southern IL for Aug.

Throwing this one out there again... some of the requirements have changed:

- Mid-Aug. timeframe
- Southern IL - St. Louis metro east area (prefer IL and not St. Louis)
- MINIMUM of 40 adults
- No steakhouses

Thanks in advance!

Mar 11, 2010
boston1215 in Great Lakes