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Fresh soba in LA?

Good to know - thanks! Hoping to make it to Ichimian soon!

Oct 15, 2013
fromNYCto in Los Angeles Area

Fresh soba in LA?

Ooo, uni... We also went to Maruhide Uni Club and had their $120 omakase. More than plenty (Dad gave up around course 6), the meal was fantastic, service was very gracious. One piece of sushi had probably four lobes of uni on top! The room is pretty basic but the uni was stupendous. My husband said the chu toro was probably the best he's ever had.

Oct 15, 2013
fromNYCto in Los Angeles Area

Fresh soba in LA?

So, we ended up at Otafuku because Dad wanted sarashina soba. Turns out he'd been there before! No matter, my mom had never been and neither had I so all in all, it was a good outing. And the Marukai supermarket that's nearby is HUGE! Much bigger than the two in LA. We were there for HOURS! Thanks, Everyone for your suggestions! I have to go try Ichimian for myself next time.

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Oct 01, 2013
fromNYCto in Los Angeles Area

Fresh soba in LA?

No, I haven't been there and that would definitely be much closer but I think my parents are set on going someplace that specializes in soba. Thanks for the reco, though!

Sep 15, 2013
fromNYCto in Los Angeles Area

Fresh soba in LA?

Since you've been to both Ichimiann and Otafuku, which do you prefer?

Sep 12, 2013
fromNYCto in Los Angeles Area

Fresh soba in LA?

Thanks! I'm not a huge tempura fan but my mom is so perhaps we'll need to try both places!

Sep 12, 2013
fromNYCto in Los Angeles Area

Fresh soba in LA?

Thanks! Just read the thread. Sounds like Ichimiann is still the place to go but I'll check with my parents to see if they'd be interested in trying the sarashina soba flour instead.

Sep 12, 2013
fromNYCto in Los Angeles Area

Fresh soba in LA?

My (Japanese) parents (that live in CT) are coming for a visit and have requested I find them a fresh soba place. Any suggestions? I live in West Hollywood but am willing to drive. Thanks in advance!

Sep 11, 2013
fromNYCto in Los Angeles Area

hosting a dinner for a memorial service

Thanks, nsxtasy and ferret for your suggestions. If the dinner ends up being a small group (6-8), can you offer some other suggestions? We're coming from all parts of the country so we'd love to be able to hear one another when catching up. Downtown/Loop, Gold Coast area. Cost isn't an issue. American, New American. Cocktail list as well as wine list.

I'm trying to convince the other party members that we should go to The Aviary for a cocktail and toast my husband's uncle there since he enjoyed one of their cocktails tremendously when we were in Chicago visiting a couple weeks ago.

Also - have you been to Storefront or The Savoy? Does either sound like they'd be an option? Or Trencherman?

Sep 11, 2012
fromNYCto in Chicago Area

hosting a dinner for a memorial service

American regional food. Cost doesn't matter. Near the Gold Coast is most preferable. He was from the Chicago suburb area, loved wine and is a bit traditional. I'd say the most important feature is that the room is comfortable, the food is good (doesn't have to be great, leaning towards traditional, nothing like Alinea), the noise level isn't ear shattering (The Publican and Girl and the Goat are too loud) and they can accommodate a large group. I'd say unfortunately for me, food is the least important for this meal.

Sep 11, 2012
fromNYCto in Chicago Area

hosting a dinner for a memorial service

My husband's uncle passed away and we'd like to plan a dinner to celebrate him. We don't have a head count, I'm guessing it'll be 20 people. Regional food would be nice and a decent wine list. Not super loud so we can hear each others toasts. Private room not necessary but an option. Thanks for the assist.

Sep 11, 2012
fromNYCto in Chicago Area

A weekend in August: Charlie Trotter's, Girl & the Goat and... ?

Yes, the prix fixe is a "deal" but the one drink everyone had on their tables (Chai) isn't available on the a la carte menu, and having tasted it, it is not to be missed. We ended up ordering one of the drinks from the prix fixe menu a la carte since we liked it so much. The drink was much larger than the prix fixe one. I think we were charged $24 for that one.

BTW, if you're interested, the vessel used for serving the Chai cocktail is available for sale on Kickstarter until 9/4: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/6...

Aug 29, 2012
fromNYCto in Chicago Area

A weekend in August: Charlie Trotter's, Girl & the Goat and... ?

Awesome! If you're into cocktails, do not miss the Aviary. It's not a bargain but for what you get, I'd say the drinks are worth it. The menu's so deep, I would have gone back a third time.

Aug 29, 2012
fromNYCto in Chicago Area

A weekend in August: Charlie Trotter's, Girl & the Goat and... ?

Thanks to all that helped shape my list. We went last weekend and had a ball. Here was our final weekend eating:

Friday:
Dinner: Charlie Trotter's
Drinks: The Aviary

Saturday:
Breakfast: Do-Rite Donuts, The Doughnut Vault
Lunch: XOCO
Drinks: The Aviary (So good! Had to go back a second time!)
Dinner: The Publican

Sunday:
Breakfast: Glazed and Infused
Lunch: The Purple Pig
Snack: Portillo's
Drinks: The Violet Hour
Dinner: Girl and the Goat

All around, a super fun (and filling) weekend. I would agree that Do-Rite's doughnuts are superior. Their Vanilla and Old-Fashioned are superb.

Aug 26, 2012
fromNYCto in Chicago Area

After-dinner cocktails on a Friday in August - next weekend!

I got a reservation for 10p. So excited!

Aug 09, 2012
fromNYCto in Chicago Area

After-dinner cocktails on a Friday in August - next weekend!

Good call! I just called Trotter's and they said 2.5-3 hours so that would get us pretty close to the 10p reservation spot at The Aviary. I just emailed The Aviary - fingers crossed mine gets selected!

Aug 09, 2012
fromNYCto in Chicago Area

After-dinner cocktails on a Friday in August - next weekend!

Thanks for the quick reply! I may try emailing the folks over at Aviary but I just don't know how long our dinner will be at Trotter's (any thoughts on that?) and then to make a reservation at The Aviary - only available at 6, 8 and 10p time slots - seems dicey.

Aug 09, 2012
fromNYCto in Chicago Area

After-dinner cocktails on a Friday in August - next weekend!

We're coming to town, primarily to eat at Charlie Trotter before they close. We have a 6:15 reservation so we might have some energy left for a round or two of after-dinner cocktails. I've heard of The Violet Hour and Aviary but I'm guessing both places will be slammed on a Friday night. Any other suggestions? We're staying in the Gold Coast neighborhood. Thanks!

Aug 09, 2012
fromNYCto in Chicago Area

A weekend in August: Charlie Trotter's, Girl & the Goat and... ?

1) Do-Rite gets the vote! Thanks, danimalarkey and kathryn!
2) Sounds like The Office is even HARDER to get into - sheesh! jbontario mentioned Au Cheval for dinner earlier in this thread - anyone else second it for dinner? Maybe we bag The Purple Pig and The Publican all together... ?
3) Beer will most likely be our choice since we'll be blowing our wine budget at Charlie Trotter's and also on some cocktails. Also, my husband detests super noisy places and sitting at deuces. He'd much rather sit at the bar and eat there than have to sit super cramped next to a loud table.

Jun 07, 2012
fromNYCto in Chicago Area

A weekend in August: Charlie Trotter's, Girl & the Goat and... ?

Thanks for the suggestion but I don't think Piano Terra's hours are going to work with the other things on my itinerary.

Jun 07, 2012
fromNYCto in Chicago Area

A weekend in August: Charlie Trotter's, Girl & the Goat and... ?

Good call on switching the two snack options. Here's a question, just saw this article:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/feature...

Questions:
#1 --- Should we do: Do-Rite Donuts or The Doughnut Vault? Based on their hours and my morning plans to see Green City Market, sounds like I'll only be able to hit one or the other. Might be able to squeeze Glazed and Infused in on Sunday AM.

#2 --- Any suggestions for cocktails near The Publican other than The Aviary? We're going to try getting into The Aviary on Sunday and if we go to The Publican for dinner on Saturday, we'll probably want cocktails pre or post somewhere. A friend suggested the Violet Hour but seemed like a hike, especially since they don't take reservations. Unless, there's another good cocktail bar near The Violet Hour if we don't get in there???

#3 --- Is The Purple Pig or The Publican worth it? If you had to chose between the two, which would you pick?

Jun 07, 2012
fromNYCto in Chicago Area

A weekend in August: Charlie Trotter's, Girl & the Goat and... ?

Thanks, Everyone for the thoughts pro/against some places! I will most certainly need my stretchy pants! Here's how things look to be shaping up:
Friday: (arriving late-afternoon)
Dinner: Charlie Trotter's

Saturday:
Brunch/Lunch: Grazing through Green City Market
Snack: XOCO
Non-food activity: Architectural Cruise
2nd Snack: Do-Rite Donuts
Dinner: The Purple Pig or should we do The Publican and then The Purple Pig for Sunday brunch? Since neither place takes reservations, which do you think will be a bigger issue for Saturday night?

Sunday:
Brunch/Lunch: The Publican or The Purple Pig ???
Non-food activity: Millenium Park
Snack: Portillo's
Drinks: The Aviary (do they accept walk ins?)
Dinner: Girl & the Goat (8:15p)

Monday: (departing in the AM)

Sunday: If I go with The Publican for Sunday brunch, is it really worth it? I would be happy to eat lunch at Portillo's and skip The Publican since the criss crossing seems a bit wonky. Any recos for snack places near Millenium Park that are open on a Sunday? We've had Garrett's before but happy to have it again if that's the only option. Are there any other gourmet food shops (similar to Dean & Deluca) or even a Latin or Asian supermarket you could recommend?

Thanks for all the awesome advise!

Jun 06, 2012
fromNYCto in Chicago Area

A weekend in August: Charlie Trotter's, Girl & the Goat and... ?

We're coming from NYC to sup at Charlie Trotter's before they close and having dinner at Girl & the Goat on Sunday with my husband's cousins. We're not huge brunch people (pancakes, eggs and waffles don't move the needle - we prefer lunch-type foods). That's all I've got so far! Since we're doing one expensive meal (Trotter's) and one not as expensive meal (Girl & the Goat), I'm in need of 2 lunch places, at least 2 snack places and 1 dinner place (Saturday) that:

1) isn't expensive (dinner less than Girl & the Goat) / doesn't have to be fancy
2) takes reservations or doesn't take reservations but high probability of at least getting two seats at the bar
3) is Chicago or mid-western specific. My husband's cousin suggested hot dogs and Italian Beef at Portillo's, "biker" burgers at Kuma's. Just read about Do-Rite Donuts - yum!
4) isn't deep dish pizza; we like thin crusted Neapolitan-style
5) isn't "fusion-y" Mexican

We'll be taking in an Architectural Cruise and going over to Millenium Park so any places near there would be great. We're staying just south of Lincoln Park, won't have a car so we'll be on foot or taking public transportation (we like walking!). If there are any good farmers markets or interesting international food shops/markets, gourmet food stores, etc. Please let me know those as well. As you can see, our schedule is still very flexible!

Friday: (arriving late-afternoon)
Dinner: Charlie Trotter's

Saturday:
Brunch/Lunch: ??
Snack: ??
Dinner: ??

Sunday:
Brunch/Lunch: ??
Snack: ??
Dinner: Girl & the Goat

Monday: (departing in the AM)

Thanks for your help in advance!

Jun 05, 2012
fromNYCto in Chicago Area

El Paso: Time for only one lunch (in November, if that makes a difference)

Ugh. I didn't anticipate all the things that needed to be done the morning we were leaving and ran out of time. I showed the above list to the cook at the ranch and she actually suggested a totally different place: Pro's Ranch Market on North Zaragoza Rd. She said they make their own masa and tortillas on site, loud Mexican music plays and you can go grocery shopping too. Since I love going to local supermarkets whenever I visit a place, I figured Pro's Ranch Market is where I should go. I don't think I'll be back until next year, but I'm thinking it's best to go there BEFORE heading east. Thanks for checking in though. Happy Holidays!

Dec 01, 2011
fromNYCto in Texas

El Paso: Time for only one lunch (in November, if that makes a difference)

Thanks so much for the in depth response! I don't do very well when I have a lot of cheese (slightly lactose intolerant - a total drag!) so I'll take a look at the menu and see if there's anything else that sounds doable. Weren't the jalapenos super hot to just snack and dip with?

Oct 03, 2011
fromNYCto in Texas

El Paso: Time for only one lunch (in November, if that makes a difference)

We're going to Texas in November so haven't gone to any of the places yet. We only have time for one lunch so I don't think crossing the border is an option but thanks for the head's up!

Sep 12, 2011
fromNYCto in Texas

El Paso: Time for only one lunch (in November, if that makes a difference)

Thanks for the suggestions for places to try. We are driving from Van Horn and flying out around 3p so no dinner or crossing the border for us - this time. Tacos are sounding pretty good right now (I'm a little hungry) so Los Cunados is on the short list of options. Thanks!

Aug 05, 2011
fromNYCto in Texas

El Paso: Time for only one lunch (in November, if that makes a difference)

Thanks for the suggestion! Anything else a MUST EAT on the menu?

Jul 26, 2011
fromNYCto in Texas

El Paso: Time for only one lunch (in November, if that makes a difference)

High or low, doesn't matter. I'm looking for the most authentic and delicious Mexican.
Here's what seems to be the short list of recommended places:

H & H Car Wash
L & J Cafe
Forti's Mexican Elder
Kiki's Mexican
Tacos Santa Cecilia
Julio's Cafe Corona
Leo's Mexican Food

Which one should I go to or am I missing The Best One of All?

Thanks in advance!

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L & J Cafe
3622 E Missouri Ave, El Paso, TX 79903

Santa Cecilia
5500 El Paso Dr, El Paso, TX 79905

Julio's Cafe Corona
8050 Gateway Blvd E, El Paso, TX 79907

Leo's Mexican Food Restaurants
7520 Remcon Cir, El Paso, TX 79912

Mexican Taco Restaurant
8028 Fredericksburg Rd, San Antonio, TX 78229

Jul 23, 2011
fromNYCto in Texas

Driving from NYC to Kennebunkport, ME in May

Thanks for the suggestion! Are there any notable places you'd suggest I try? I'm always compiling a list!

Jun 10, 2011
fromNYCto in Northern New England