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Sunday in Buenos Aires - Open Restaurants

I have always had a good time at Sarkis, Thames 1101, in Palermo Viejo. It's Armenia, but the staff is friendly and the food is great.

Jan 18, 2011
Cher Martin in Latin America & Caribbean

FROGS LEGS

Here's a link to one that does. My son is an insatiable fan of frogs legs. You can check out their menu on-line and see them offered under "poissons".

http://www.royalmadeleine.com

Aug 30, 2010
Cher Martin in France

Who has the best chicken salad in Big D

I have always liked the chicken salad at Kathleen's Sky Diner on W. Lovers.

Aug 18, 2010
Cher Martin in Dallas - Fort Worth

Solo diner, late dinner near Galleria

When I was there about one year ago, the Oceanaire had a special menu available just for the bar. You could pick from a wide range of fresh oysters priced per piece; the same for shrimp and other seafood. They served their bread and a salad was available. I don't know exactly what you're looking for, but since the Oceanaire is in the hotel, you can investigate and see if it's to your liking when you have arrived.

Aug 18, 2010
Cher Martin in Dallas - Fort Worth

"Puertos Cerrados" in Buenos Aires

My family and I have been in Buenos Aires in July in 2008, 2009, and 2010. When we rented an apartment for the first time, the owners made reference to Casa Saltshaker, wich was conveniently near the apartment. It is, indeed, in a home. We have returned every visit. Look for it on www.saltshaker.net and follow the link to dining. We have met interesting people there and have enjoyed it every time. The food is good and you know ahead of time what is on the menu. I don't think you'd be disappointed.

Aug 15, 2010
Cher Martin in Latin America & Caribbean

Joe's Crab Shack in Jax

Google "Crab Shack Gainesville" and you will see that this is NOT a "Joe's Crab Shack". The title of your posting still proclaims "Joes Crab Shack in Jacksonville" but your link is to the Crab Shack in Gainesville. The establishment you are wanting information about is NOT part of the Joe's Crab Shack operation

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Crab Shack
104 NE Waldo Rd, Gainesville, FL 32641

Nov 08, 2009
Cher Martin in Florida

Joe's Crab Shack in Jax

You need to amend your title from "Joe's Crab Shack" to "Crab Shack in Gainesville". Joe's Crab Shack is a chain that serves frozen everything. You won't get any responses to your posting if you leave that headline/title because no one is taking you seriously.

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Crab Shack
104 NE Waldo Rd, Gainesville, FL 32641

Nov 07, 2009
Cher Martin in Florida

Dining in Paris with an elderly person -- moderately priced, quiet, no stairs?

You don't say exactly where in Paris you will be staying. Perhaps transportation won't be a problem, but using either the Metro or the busses sounds like an obstacle.

Nov 03, 2009
Cher Martin in France

Smith and Wollensky Miami Beach- What to Order?

In Miami Beach, we like to sit outside at the bar and have a cocktail or a glass of good wine and order the 1/2 cold lobster . Really nice to have that and watch the cruise ships head out through government cut. Just a suggestion.

Oct 25, 2009
Cher Martin in Chains

Ma Bourgogne

It's easy---there are two. One at 19 place des Vosges and the other on Bd. Haussman pretty close to the Jacquemart-Andree museum.

Oct 25, 2009
Cher Martin in France

High tea in and around Austin?

From Wickipedia:
High tea
High tea (also known as meat tea[5]) is an early evening meal, typically eaten between 5pm and 6pm in the evening. It would be eaten as a substitute for both afternoon tea and the evening meal. It is now largely replaced by a later evening meal.

It would usually consist of cold meats, eggs or fish, cakes and sandwiches. In a family, it tends to be less formal and is an informal snack (featuring sandwiches, biscuits, pastry, fruit and the like) or else it is the main evening meal.

On farms or other working class environments, "high tea" would be the traditional, substantial meal eaten by the workers immediately after nightfall, and would combine afternoon tea with the main evening meal. See also The UK Tea Council Definition.

In recent years, high tea has become a term for elaborate afternoon tea, though this is American usage and mainly unrecognised in Britain. Such usage is disfavored by etiquette advisors, such as Miss Manners (see below).

Oct 19, 2009
Cher Martin in Austin

Group dinner in French Quarter - where should we go?

You can reserve a table for 10 at Galatoire's. You'll be upstairs but you will have a good time.

Oct 15, 2009
Cher Martin in New Orleans

Afternoon high tea in the Dallas area?

Please do not perpetuate the mistake of combining afternoon tea with high tea!. An afternoon tea is what you are looking for with the dainty sandwiches and exquisite pastries. A "high" tea uses that word in the same sense that aged game is "high", and refers to a spread that is akin to a supper. For some reason somehwere the use of the word "high" was abducted and used erroneously as if it were an adjective such is in "high noon". I know few people care about these distinctions, caring enough to want to share a good experience with your family means you should be forewarned and forearmed. No disrespect intended or leveled.

Aug 27, 2009
Cher Martin in Dallas - Fort Worth

Buenos Aires 6/15-7/15 food/grocery recs

My wife and I will be in Recoleta together with our son [15] from July 4th through Bastille day. We are returning after a great trip in July 2008. Check out Dan Perlman's site, www.saltshaker.net for great reviews from an American who has lived in Argentina for a few years.

Jun 07, 2009
Cher Martin in Latin America & Caribbean

3 meals montreal

I second Lemeac. They also offer a great menu after 10:00 p.m. for $22 Canadian for a starter and a main.

Jan 19, 2009
Cher Martin in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Cdn tourist needs advice on list

Taking Petit Riche off your list is very savvy on your part. With apologies to Souphie and a wish for his apparent good fortune, my meal at Petit Riche for a friend's birthday was a fiasco of food that ranged from acceptable to unpalatable and service that ranged from careless "absent". I can only assume that the reporter for the Edmonton Journal hasn't traveled to Petit Riche.

Jan 19, 2009
Cher Martin in France

Best Pizza in Buenos Aires?

My family and I were in BA in July. We had great pizze at Los Maestros on Uriburu in the Recoleta, where we were staying. It was good enough it brought us back a second time.

Oct 14, 2008
Cher Martin in Latin America & Caribbean

Office outing to Paris

I had a terrible experience at Le Petit Riche on December 27, 2007 following a ballet performance at the Opera Garnier. I understand that it might be called "erratic"; however if you are going for a single day, as you indicated, and you are interested in a prix fixe menu, Le Petit Riche is a huge gamble. Go someplace with a reputation for reliability and consistency.

Oct 04, 2008
Cher Martin in France

Handicap accessible bistro and/or restaurants in Paris?

Royal Madeliene at 11, rue du Chevalier Saint-George in the 8th is very close to the Madeleine and is one story with restrooms on the same floor that are easily acccessible and it is easily entered.

Sep 24, 2008
Cher Martin in France

Recommendation for day at Versailles?

It depends on what you want to see on your trip. http://www.chateauversailles.fr is a good place to start. For the most efficient visit, arrive early and book one of the tours. They only book the tours starting at opening time on that day. You'll see areas no available "on your own" and the docents are very knowledgable and have spoken English well. With a 7 year old, I would think that if you are at the chateau at opening time and have one of those tours, you will be approaching the extent of interest--however, you know your 7 year old best. Aftewards, I'd suggest a leisurely lunch at one the many places in the area around the church. There is a wide range of prices available--and it's on your way back to the train station that you take back to Paris.

Feb 24, 2008
Cher Martin in France

Looking for restaurants near the Palais Garnier

I have to dissent from souphie's recommendation of Le Petit Riche. My friends and I ate there after a performance at the Garnier, and had a terrible experience. At best it is "wildly inconsistent" and, IMO, not worth risking your enjoyment or spending your decpreciating dollars there.

Feb 19, 2008
Cher Martin in France

Do They Live Up to the Hype?

The chowhounds on this board can give you great advice: places to avoid and places to try and visit. In the end, though, even on a first trip to Paris, do have a sense of adventure. Who knows? You might discover a place that you feel "cannot be missed" and share it with the other chowhounds on here. Paris has so many opportunities for that. Go, enjoy and have a grea time.

Jan 27, 2008
Cher Martin in France

Post Ballet Suggestions???

Thank you Souphie. It was not that our service was "unfriendly" but was inept and incompetent. Our "french colonial" brought the wine to the table and left it--it was already open. 10 minutes later he had never bothered to return or even offer to pour the wine. As soon as stopped the maitre d' / manager and complained, he immediately knew who was responsible. As an aside, at a nearby table the couple had ordered a bottle of champagne and he brought then a carafe of white wine. Then he tried to argue. Perhaps I should have made it clearer that it was our server who was so inept and rude. I can only imagine that if his rudeness continues into his dealings with the kitchen staff, they care very little about what they send out with him. I must say that it was an experience which was so "bad" on different levels that I doubt I could be persuaded to return---unless it was in such obvious expert guidance as yourself. Souphie, you teach us all.

Jan 03, 2008
Cher Martin in France

Post Ballet Suggestions???

I had my post-ballet dinner at au Petit Riche. As a celebration for my friend's birthday, it was a disaster. If any other chowhounds are even remotely considering this establishment, I urge you to mark it off, immediately; no, don't wait, get up and scratch through it now!. The service we received from a "french colonial" was perfunctory, condescending and inattentive all at once. I stopped the manager/maitre d' at one point and registered my complaint, however, there was no salvaging the evening at that point. Bad service from rude or ignorant people can be overlooked to a degree if the food is good. Needless to say, the food sent out from the kitchen was the culinary equal of our "french colonial" server. Well, at least the wine was good; au Petit Riche had no input on that! I hope that any establishment that shows consistent contempt for its patrons as au Petit Riche does, is on its last legs and will soon be just a bad memory. Ok fellow chowhounds, you have been warned.

Dec 30, 2007
Cher Martin in France

just returned from paris quick thoughts

The link you provided for Les Bouqinistes -- http://www.lesbouquinistes.com/en/bou... --
requires an id and possword to access.

Nov 18, 2007
Cher Martin in France

just returned from paris quick thoughts

While "tourists" are a source of revenue in any major city, it has never been my impression that Chez Denise relies predominantly on the "tourists". On my visits, there has been a large contingent of french speakers, though I don't know if they were local to Paris or local to France. I've never seen any carte other than that written on the chalkboard, in french only. Different people are looking for different things and different experiences with a restaurant. This has been pretty accurately depicted on this board. As opposed to a trip to Arpege, which is a strain on the budget if their "style" is not to your liking, Chez Denise is relatively affordable no matter what. Why not see whether, having read the postings on here and having a general idea of what it offers, it's a place that you enjoy--then post your own thoughts here and share with the other hounds. That's what makes this site so valuable to us hounds.

Nov 16, 2007
Cher Martin in France

Post Ballet Suggestions???

Thanks Souphie. I'm glad you weighed in.

Oct 05, 2007
Cher Martin in France

Post Ballet Suggestions???

We are in Paris from 26 December until 3 January. On 27 December we are going to the ballet at the Palais Garnier and taking a friend for his birthday. I know better than to have anything more than a tidbit before a performance or I'll be drowsy. Do any Chowhounds have suggestions for dinner after the Ballet? We're staying in the 1st on rue St. Honore. Suggestions are truly appreciated.

Oct 04, 2007
Cher Martin in France

Le Pamphlet or Chez Denise?

Chez Denise is a favorite of my family's. It also has very accommodating hours during the week [closed on weekends]. The portions are huge, but you'll definitely have fun.

Sep 08, 2007
Cher Martin in France

Frogs Legs?

My son absolutely love frog legs and has them wherever he can when he's traveling with us in France. One of his favorite places is the Royal Madeleine just off the Place Madeleine. They are served as an entree, but the portion is large. Their website, which includes the menu is
http://www.royalmadeleine.com/eng/ind...

Sep 08, 2007
Cher Martin in France