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Need recs for 7 day driving tour from Veneto to Emiglia Romagna

If we decide on piadina in Ravenna, we'll probably just stop wherever. Right now I am looking at Antica Bottega di Felice for lunch. I've heard they have a good craft beer list, which like a good wine list, points to a respect for food.

Jul 19, 2015
walker42 in Italy

Need recs for 7 day driving tour from Veneto to Emiglia Romagna

Thanks for the heads-up(s). That will be tough at Amerigo if it is a hot day, but I really do not see an alternative without having to drive. At least they have a fan in the room!

Now I'm thinking of lunch at Osteria dello Zingaro in Parma(?), and maybe spending the whole day in that city before heading to Amerigo dal 1934 for dinner.

Jul 15, 2015
walker42 in Italy

Need recs for 7 day driving tour from Veneto to Emiglia Romagna

Well, Zanzara just confirmed our reservation. I booked a balcony room at Locanda Del Passo Pomposa which is less than 10 minutes away and is right near the highway back to Venice airport. We'll spend the morning at Pomposa Abbey before the 1 1/2 hour drive to the airport. So for us La Zanzara is perfectly convenient coming from Ravenna. It seems La Zanzara would be impossible to get to without a car.

In Ravenna we will eat a quick lunch for convenience, but I will do my best to find a good place to do that.

Jul 15, 2015
walker42 in Italy

Need recs for 7 day driving tour from Veneto to Emiglia Romagna

AI Ranini was one I was looking at based on the recommendations here. It is open Tuesday but I'm not sure about August. Today, however, I made the decision to save Mantova for another trip (not in August). Instead of 2 nights in Mantova, from Parma we'll be stay one night at Amerigo 1934, daytrip to Ravenna, spend the night in Comacchio and have our final dinner at La Zanzara, should they by chance be open mid August. Hope to hear back from them soon, and hope to be able to confirm allende's recommendation.

So we won't be treading much new ground for the board, I think three places I haven't seen highly recommend here. Should be a great trip!

Jul 12, 2015
walker42 in Italy

Need recs for 7 day driving tour from Veneto to Emiglia Romagna

Did you email them? I can not find an email address for them, do you have it? I guess they are open mid-August, that's good to hear.

Jul 12, 2015
walker42 in Italy

Need recs for 7 day driving tour from Veneto to Emiglia Romagna

Hi Marleygirl,

I called 0521 645626 and made the reservation with someone who speaks excellent English. Good luck, mid-August is a nightmare. Whenever I find a decent restaurant that is open, I have a small celebration.

Jul 11, 2015
walker42 in Italy

Need recs for 7 day driving tour from Veneto to Emiglia Romagna

OK, I’m getting down to the nitty-gritty, but I still have a few holes left – mostly because of August closings. If anyone sees any room for improvement, I will listen with the upmost attention. Thanks again for the help, I have revised my itinerary accordingly.

To recap – we’re a couple in our 40’s picking up a car for a week after a brief stay in Venice. One night stays only, although I’m now leaning towards both of our final 2 nights in Mantova before catching our flight out at 2pm from Venice.

2 nights in Venice – two lunches: Osteria Bancogiro and Il Ridotto, and 2 evenings of cicchetti bar crawls.

1 night in Castelletto on Lake Garda – lunch at Alla Grotta in Lazise, dinner at Al Pescatore in Castelletto

1 night Verona – two lunches: La Fontanina and (Antica Torretta or Al Duomo), quick dinner before the opera somewhere?

1 night in Rivalta Trebbia, south of Piacenza – Locanda del Falco

1 night at Antica Corte Pallavicina Relais - lunch at Bollicine & Tortafritta in Vigoleno, or at Trattoria del Ponte in Alseno depending on our how things work out. This is a tough day for the area as most recommended places are closed on Tuesdays.

1 night Parma – lunch at La Buca Zibello, dinner at Ai due Platani. This is the only dinner where we will have to drive after the meal. Not ideal, but a short drive.

1 (or 2?) nights Mantova – the problem here is that many recommended places are closed for August.
While driving from Parma, we’ll lunch at Locanda Stendhal in Colorno or La Locanda delle Grazie, if either are open in August, or at ArteGusto in Gazzuolo if they are not. I have had no luck contacting Stendahl or delle Grazie. Dinner(s) are still open, at least one will be in the city if we stay two nights.

(maybe) 1 night Arqua Petrarca – lunch at Hostaria San Benedetto in Montagnana, dinner at La Montanella in Arqua Petrarca.

Questions:

A memorable place to get a "quick" (under an hour) dinner before the opera in Verona? A great wine bar maybe?

What about Parizzi in Parma? I’ve read many times here that the best food is a short drive from the center, but haven’t read anything about Parizzi on this board. We have reservations at Ai due Platani, but walking to dinner in Parma rather than having to drive will add one star to the food quality, in my book. Cocchi is too far to walk to from the Cathedral as well.

I’m happy enough with everything except the last day and night. Maybe there is a better option than Mantova or Arqua Petrarca for our “farewell” dinner? Our flight the next day from Venice is at 2pm. Moving hotels is not a concern, but excessive drive-time is.

Thanks!

Jul 11, 2015
walker42 in Italy

Need recs for 7 day driving tour from Veneto to Emiglia Romagna

Thanks pastahound, for the "anti-recommendation" for La Filoma. It looks like I may only plan one meal in Parma, so I made a dinner reservation at Ai due Platani. I was thinking breakfast at a salumeria the next day, and we'll have lunch on the way to Mantova; Stendhal is a good looking choice, but I also found Artegusto in Gazzuolo which looks interesting as well. They evidently have a pool that we can swim in after lunch (after waiting 30 minutes to digest, of course).

http://www.artegustosanpietro.it/inde...

Jen, a little miscommunication. I’m trying not to mention much about our non-food plans, but believe it or not, we have some! :-) At the moment I’m planning lunch on the lake at Alla Grotta in Lazise and overnighting in Malsecine (not Riva) with dinner at Al Pescatore. Early the next morning we’ll drive to Riva del Garda and bike to Lake Ledro and Pregasina, then a large late lunch before heading to Verona, where we'll grab sandwiches for the opera. A long day, yes, but I know Aida well enough to know when we can take a couple of catnaps. ;-

)

Sant'Allessandro looks great, thanks. It is a good fit with our current plans. I do not have the slow food app as I had technical difficulties downloading it, I’m doing the old fashioned way (well, the new old fashioned way of scrolling through the internet). I had been looking for a good place just above Tenno for a view and for a quick walk through Canale, and there may be a couple of choices: Agritur Calvola looks promising but it may have just bench-style seating which isn’t a good idea after biking all morning, and Acetaia del Balsamica Trentino. I had come across Maso Palu, which looks appealing but is a bit of a (perhaps unnecessary) detour.

http://www.acetaiadelbalsamico.it/#_=_

http://www.agriturcalvola.it/#_=_

Jun 15, 2015
walker42 in Italy

Need recs for 7 day driving tour from Veneto to Emiglia Romagna

Thanks for the idea Jen, I did send them a text, but I’m thinking they may not receive it. I’ll ask our hotel in Parma to give them a call for us. I’ve got the Fred Plotkin book on order.

I’ve tweaked the itinerary and now have and now will be spending a night in Riva del Garda instead of Bassano del Grappa. Switched the night in Vigoleno for a night in Mantova, and will be staying in Padua the last night before flying out of Venice. I should be OK with the great recommendations I’ve found on Chowhound, except for a few bits:

I’m thinking of two weekend lunches on the lake: Alla Grotta in Lazise, and Osteria al Pescatore in Castelletto. Any opinions? Dinner anywhere within 10 miles or so of Riva del Garda (anything North?), maybe take a special atmosphere over special food in this case, unless there is a hidden secret place in the Riva del Garda area I have not come across.

Thursday on the drive from Parma to Mantova, a stop for lunch is in order. We can go to Ai due Platani or somewhere on the way, or even in Mantova. This is a pretty big area so obviously lots of options, and I’m hoping for a memorable destination-type meal somewhere along the road. If Locanda Mariella is open it will quite a detour but I’ll consider it unless there is a comparable option on the way to Mantova. (If Mariella is open, maybe Wednesday dinner could be squeezed in here, although we are overnighting in central Parma).

Any recommendations outside Mantova on the way to Padua that would trump a lunch in Mantova?

Thanks again.

Jun 13, 2015
walker42 in Italy

Need recs for 7 day driving tour from Veneto to Emiglia Romagna

I did reach Locanda Mariella, but it seems no one there speaks English. If anyone knows or can easily find out if they are open on Thursday August 13, I would be forever indebted and will tip a glass of wine in your honor should they be open.

Jun 10, 2015
walker42 in Italy

Need recs for 7 day driving tour from Veneto to Emiglia Romagna

Thanks allende, but after a couple of calls, the nice woman who answered the phone (at least I think she was saying nice things as she talked an awful lot and I don't know a lick of Italian except, fortunatly, "dieci minuti") was able to get Luca on the phone who spoke excellent English. They are closed for summer holiday from near the end of July - the 21st or the 28th, I forgot which, sorry - reopening Wednesday August 12.

I could not reach Locanda Mariella by the phone number on Google etc. The line did not seem to connect. Any help here as to whether they are open for lunch on Wednesday August 12 would be much appreciated; if they are not we'll be driving in a different direction.

Jun 04, 2015
walker42 in Italy

Need recs for 7 day driving tour from Veneto to Emiglia Romagna

Wonderful recommendations Parmasam, thanks for making my planning more difficult! My big issue besides it being mid-August is that this particular day is a Tuesday, and of your suggestions near Castell’Arquato, only Trattoria del Ponte is open (maybe!). Thank you for the many options.  I had looked at Bardi as a possibility between Rivalta and Vigoleno, but not between Vigoleno and Parma. That has possibilities but would make for a long day (a good thing!)

I think what will work for us on Monday, in the spirit of sampling as much as possible in the area, is that during the drive from Verona to Rivalta Trebbia stopping at La Buca Zibello for lunch, but there has no response to my emails about making a reservation for this Monday, August 10th. Does anybody know if La Buca plans on being open for lunch this day? (does someone at the restaurant speak English?) If not, would any of the other Zibello trattorias be worth the detour? If we can eat at La Buca for lunch on Monday, I’ve got:

Monday: La Buca, dinner Del Falco
Tuesday: Trattoria del Ponto(?), dinner somewhere in or near Vigoleno
Wednesday: Trattoria Mariella, dinner La Filoma(?) in Parma, for example
Thursday: Ai due Platani, Antica Corte Pallavicina
Friday: Mantua lunch, Vicenza or Padua dinner.

Thanks all.

Jun 03, 2015
walker42 in Italy

Emilia-Romagna (Modena and Zibello)

Sorry if I am being slow, but are you saying there were too many tourists in Emilia Romagna, or in Rome and Milan?

May 30, 2015
walker42 in Italy

Need recs for 7 day driving tour from Veneto to Emiglia Romagna

Thank you for the great ideas. We will be in the Bassano area on Sat – Sun and from what I can tell the Capovilla distillery is only open on weekdays(?). I’ve been working on the details of our drive from Venice to Bassano and may turn it into a picnic lunch day with stops at Cittadella, Castelfranco, and two villas and winding down with cocktails at Cipriani’s and dinner in the area, Baggio looks like a solid recommendation. La Rosa looks very nice as well, but I wonder if I can find a “Sunday” type of lunch somewhere, even though I’m not quite sure what that entails.

For lunch on our way to Piacenza, Sirmione is something to consider. Lots of options for this day as we can stop for lunch anyplace between and including Verona and Piacenza! This may be the last day I wind up finalizing as it is so wide open, although being a Monday cuts the choices down considerably. Unfortunately. Hosteria 700 does not list their closing day just like so many restaurants in Italy, sigh. If planning was too easy it wouldn’t be as much fun, I guess.

I first noticed Locanda del Falco on the Slow travel forum in a post by a long time traveler, Pecepe, who recommended (in 2009) in the area Locanda Mariella, La Buca, and del Falco with del Falco topping the list. I guess we’ll see unless I get warned off of del Falco before our trip.

May 29, 2015
walker42 in Italy

Need recs for 7 day driving tour from Veneto to Emiglia Romagna

Hello everyone. This is sort of a “last minute” plan for me, as the airline changed our flight on us and made it impossible to fly into Munich as we had originally planned. Now we arrive and depart from Venice. If anyone needs a 10 day itinerary from Munch to Venice, let me know! :)

Thanks in large part to the great posters on this board, I think I’ve got the good bones of a trip on which to build the details around – the bones of course being the meals. We’re a couple in our mid 40’s, so travel pace and stomach size are not anticipated to be obstacles. The only obstacle is that we are going in early August, so many obvious choices are closed for the month (Giusti), and some I have not been able to contact may be closed as well for the holiday what with this part of the trip being August 8-14 (La Buca). The heat will not be an issue for us; it will still be cooler than Florida in August. (hopefully)

The idea is to eat dinner where we sleep if possible, but if not a drive of say 20 minutes would be OK. Strictly regional food and wine is preferred for all meals, unless we would suffer for it.

Below is our itinerary with some specific questions. Of course any and all comments are welcomed and appreciated! The plan as of now is, after Venice (We should be OK here, lots of stuff on the board for Venice!), we pick up a car in the AM and:

Day 1: Visit Asolo(?), overnight Bassano del Grappa for the grappa, and the cocktail bar Palazzo delle Misture looks like a great place to spend the night 

?------ any suggestions for a lunch and a dinner in this area? There are a few Michelin bibs around. Of course eating dinner closer to (or in) Bassano would make this night much happier.

Day 2: Sunday - Marostica large lunch or maybe a Sunday meal in Verona and a relatively quick or on-the-go snack as we walk around the old town pre-opera.

?------- Has anyone eaten at a destination restaurant in Marostica? A quick dinner in Verona? My first choice is to find a great Sunday afternoon restaurant in the countryside or in Verona.

Day 3: Verona Monday morning, then drive to lunch and either Brescia or Cremona, then on to Rivalta de Gazzola, south of Piacenza, to stay at the castle and eat at Locanda del Falco.

?-------Lunch will be somewhere with easyish access to the A4 or A21 or near Brescia or Cremona. Some of the board’s recommendations are closed on Mondays. Has anyone been to Locanda del Falco? It seems very highly rated in certain corners of the internet.

Day 4: Drive around, farms, cheese, Bobbio(?), Castell’Arquato, overnight at castle Vigoleno, southwest of Fidenza. Dinner at Bollicine & Torta Fritta (?) - a new restaurant adjacent to the castle that says the right things but leaves me trepidatious.

?------- Seems like a great opportunity for lunch in this area, somewhere between Bobbio and Castell’Arquato, maybe in Ponte dell’Olio? For dinner, has anyone eaten near Vigoleno?

Day 5: Lunch at Locanda Mariella, castle Torrechiara, Parma afternoon and overnight in the town center.

?-------- Cocchi and Ai due Platani are two popular choices in Parma, and if they are similar I would rather walk to Cocchi than make the short drive at night. I will be receptive to anyone telling me we must to to Ai due Platani (or elsewhere) or forever live a life of regret, mostly because we had a car.

Day 6: Cheesy things tour in the morning, Lunch at La Buca, then to Antica Corte Pallvicina to spend the rest of the day.

?------- No questions here, a perfect day!

Day 7: Day in Mantova, then head to Vicenza for dinner and overnight in preparation for flying out of Venice the next afternoon.

?------ One great lunch in Mantova is needed, I think there are good options already talked about here, and then to finish up I need an epic dinner on the way to or in Vicenza. I can be talked into Padua if necessary for dinner, but as we’d like to walk around the next day until about noon or so Vicenza seemed like it would fit our needs better, maybe not?

Thanks for any thoughts guys!

May 27, 2015
walker42 in Italy

Guzina Oaxaca in Mexico City - opinions?

I apologize for paraphrasing you inaccurately Cristina. You were speaking about another restaurant in Oaxaca being “head and shoulders above” Casa Oaxaca, and perhaps you were speaking of in terms of traditional cuisine and not in quality. As a weekend visitor who has only one shot at my meals and who has plenty of both time and inclination for research, “only the best will do” for me, so even if Guzina Oaxaca is exceptional I will not risk being the one to find out! Your not hearing any buzz about Guzina Oaxaca actually speaks volumes.

I have been looking at your amazing blog (the start of a long habit I am sure!) and noticed you also think very highly of El Bajia and their mole de Xico. Is it a relatively sweet mole? The food I ate for several years as a child living in the DF (more than 30 years since I have been back!) was relatively sweet compared to the typical Northern Mexican I find in the US. I have always imagined our cook was from Veracruz. If you have any suggestions for different regional moles, I think it may be worth my effort to track them down as I have taken up the frustrating hobby (in the US at least) of making mole, and should probably taste some varieties to see what I am missing. :-) This may become easier as migrants move in – in Central Florida there is actually an American farmer producing huitlacoche, so who knows if regional peppers are next?

And I see you are not a fan of Pujol. I was interested in tasting their mole “madre.” If there is another place I could get something comparable, I am more than willing to seek that out.

Thanks for the reply, I’m looking forward to reading more of your blog.

Aug 28, 2014
walker42 in Mexico

Guzina Oaxaca in Mexico City - opinions?

We're spending 3 nights in DF in October. I've read through the board and have had most of my questions answered, but have not seen Guzina Oaxaca in Polanco mentioned. Any opinions? I would be trying the black mole, among other dishes. I'm also looking to eat at Nicos, Pujol, Azul Historico, Contramar, Limosneros(?). Thanks.

edit - I note in another thread cristina feels that the chef's place in Oaxaca does not fare well against the local competition, but how about in DF?

Aug 27, 2014
walker42 in Mexico

A weekend with conservatives

OK I've managed to add a Friday evening to the trip, and I am comfortable with Annisa and Betony or similar for Sat/Sun.

Two other places I have been mulling over for Friday are Carbone and NoMad. My friends have told me they would love to return to Minetta; does Carbone compare for atmosphere or food? Would I be doing myself a disservice (never mind them for a moment) by choosing Carbone over NoMad?

Aug 22, 2014
walker42 in Manhattan

Steel Magnolias - Valdosta GA

Thanks, we found ourselves in Valdosta for the night and made a reservation on your recommendation. We were late in arriving from NC due to bad weather and the restaurant accommodated us on a busy Friday night.

Very highly recommended for the deceptively simple preparations of typical southern dishes. We were wrapping up a 10 day vacation of eating at great Orlando and Asheville restaurants and the menu at Steel Magnolia's impressed us! We all thought it worked better than The Admiral in Asheville and the Ravenous Pig in Orlando, without trying to impress as much. Some of the best pork belly I have had anywhere. The shrimp and grit were ridiculously rich, but what my wife could not eat, my 16 year old devoured. No frou-frou preparations, but compelling updates of Southern classics. Unlike many places we've tried recently, the chef lets the ingredients speak for themselves. I am eager to return.

Aug 09, 2014
walker42 in Southeast

Asheville Dayhikes and Beer all set, just need Good Food

Thanks, exactly what I needed to know. Nothing a 10 minute drive won't fix then!

Jul 22, 2014
walker42 in Southeast

A weekend with conservatives

Thanks for the suggestions guys. Point taken TT, but I was imaging a snack between Bouley and Annisa, at least for me if not the ladies! (Only half joking here, but is the meal at Bouley that filling that we will still be full 5 hours later?) I’m counting on a good 4 hours of shopping in SoHo between the meals, god help me.

Villainx, I was hoping to ease them into a tasting menu which has a choice for each course, and Bouley has such a low price-point I was thinking they should feel more comfortable trying it even if they are not wowed. Annisa will be ala carte with sharing, and from looking at the menu, Anita Lo seems to have some untroublesome choices, if it comes to that.

Gramercy and Gotham are excellent suggestions and I am absolutely sure our friends would love either of them as would I, never having been to either but having prepared plenty of meals from Portale’s cookbook, but with only two dinners I am in a pickle. I am hoping Perla and Del Posto will settle them down if there is too much froo-froo, but if I had to replace Annisa or Betony with Gramercy, which would you suggest?

I have a feeling Del Posto will fit right in our friends wheelhouse, but will we need reservations for a Monday lunch in October at either Del Posto, Jean-George or any similar place, or can we leave that decision for day–of?

Jul 22, 2014
walker42 in Manhattan

A weekend with conservatives

I’m returning to Manhattan in October Sat-Mon, with our good friends (friendly enough to share all our plates), a couple who are not foodies per se but are Italian which makes them natural proto-foodies but on the conservative side, and not too enamored of Asian food. Funny that I consider them conservative even though they are quite liberal in their politics! Last October they relied on me to book with just a few days notice the restaurants, and we wound up at Babbo, Minetta, Maialino, and Hearth (no one liked Hearth). Their favorite restaurant in NY is Palma, and their favorite meal from the short list above was Miailino’s pasta, so this trip I’d like to get them a little bit out of their comfort zone without forcing them to come up with excuses as to why they aren't finishing their dishes.

This is primarily a food weekend. Thinking about:

Sat Lunch at 12: Bouley?
Sat Dinner at 7: Annisa

Sun Brunch: Perla
Sun Dinner: Betony, Jean Georges, or Le Bernadin, other? (I think EMP may be a bridge too far for them).

Monday Lunch: Del Posto

All comments warmly welcomed.

Jul 21, 2014
walker42 in Manhattan

Asheville Dayhikes and Beer all set, just need Good Food

Thanks. I've made reservations for Sat at Limones, Sunday Supper at Rhubarb (do any other places have a communal supper concept? I love them on vacations) and Thursday at The Admiral. I'm hoping I can play it by ear on Monday-Wednesday dinners between places like Curate, Chai Pani, Ben's Tune Up, Seven Sows King James and the other board favorites. Do you think any of these need a reservation Mon-Wed?

Btw, Luellas web site says they open at noon on Sunday. Too late for us.

Jul 12, 2014
walker42 in Southeast

Asheville Dayhikes and Beer all set, just need Good Food

Good tips Helind. Although the Pisgah Inn was beautiful when I went a few years back, there were a few things we ordered that were, if not inedible then worthy of ridicule. Looking back at my photo album I have a cute picture of our friends poking comically at their food. It ranks about in the middle of the National Park concessionaire meals I've experienced, (the best being at Mesa Verde and the worst by a long shot being at the Ahwahnee Dining Room in Yosemite). Besides, I would never inflict the odor of a day hiking on the poor patrons of a restaurant before first cleaning up at our hotel! :-)

Waitress - oddly enough I saw a photo of the steak tartar on The Admiral's website and decided then that I will have to try it just based on the apparent texture. For some reason it is a very hard dish to find in the Fort Lauderdale area (you can find it, but you don't necessarily want to eat it unless you like mush).

Also, you mention Limones, which I will definitely try. Another coincidence becasue as I am typing this I am simultaneously texting my hiking-buddy brother, an airline pilot (in San Francisco at the moment) after having directed him to Nopalito's for a solo dinner, one of my favorite Cali-Mex restaurants. He is now texting me back pictures of his dinner. This is how geeky we are!

So Waitress you may be the one to ask - we're staying at a motel just across from Papas and Beer. Is that a good "safety" restaurant if we find we're just too tired to drive the 10 minutes to downtown after a day hike? Is it something totally different than Limones or is it also Cali-Mex except with less fancy ingredients? In my opinion, some of the best Mexican restaurants in the east are near me in Homestead, but I always love to try new places if they are worthwhile. If it is Cali-Mex I'll stick with Limones. I'll be trying Manrique's Mexican Store in Clayton, GA on the way back to Florida.

Breakfast may become the powdered eggs and frozen sausage links at the hotel which I just booked. A compromise for sure but it will help get us on the road earlier. We'll still have at least two good breakfasts including Sunday. Any special places (BBQ?) for Sunday breakfast/brunch?

Jul 11, 2014
walker42 in Southeast

Asheville Dayhikes and Beer all set, just need Good Food

Thanks for the great info guys. By "rare" beer I mean infrequently brewed, like a triple IPA or barley wine. I agree that local is always best and will be trying as many Asheville brews as I can, and only on tap regardless. I may stop by a bottle shop on our last day though and pick up a case or five of stuff that doesn't easily make it's way to Florida. I'm not worried about the beer because in my experience the first night at a local pub usually leads to new friends willing to share the local secrets.

And thanks Tom, I'll have to hit Wedge too. Your definition of a "stellar" beer list sounds about right! At a restaurant I have no problem with Blue Moon on the menu as long as the cocktails can compensate, but thankfully I am finding that this mentality is coming to an end and I take it in stride kinda like I do with my racist uncle at Thanksgiving - a relic.

Biscuit Head and Homegrown for sure, thanks miss piggy. I chuckled when I saw the prices on the menu - literally half the price I pay in Ft Lauderdale for a good breakfast! I hope the owners aren't reading this. Seven Sows does indeed look like a good place to me, the kind of place that probably has beer-cocktails on the menu. Love it.

It looks like I'll be in Asheville for 6 nights - 4 with just my brother and 2 with our families, eight people altogether. I made reservations for Thursday at The Admiral for 8 people (Saturday in August was a no-go even for just 4), but the others I saw look more sane as far as reservations go and will give me time to think about things some more. I'll be sure to write a trip report and let you know how an outsider feels about Asheville. On paper it looks promising.

I've spent many summers in NC but have always focused on regional and coastal cuisine (which is what I always look forward to). It is exciting to think about what Asheville may offer.

Also: Is there a recommended place for good packed lunches early in the morning? If not, of course trail mix is the meal of choice.

Jul 08, 2014
walker42 in Southeast
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Asheville Dayhikes and Beer all set, just need Good Food

I did see that thread on King James, which is why I am on the fence about it. The second link is great for breakfast ideas and dinner ideas. Thanks! Biscuit Head should provide the calories we need!

Jul 07, 2014
walker42 in Southeast

Asheville Dayhikes and Beer all set, just need Good Food

Hello Asheville Chowies, I'm getting ready for my favorite kind of vacation, involving exclusively hiking, food, and beer. I've read through the board a bit but know nothing and would love some feedback and ideas.

My brother and I, late 40's, will be arriving on a Sunday afternoon and day hiking in the area Monday-Wednesday 12-18 miles/day. Both of us are foodies, but also home-brewers and backyard BBQers and need to find a happy mix of our vices on this trip. Thinking of a dinner first (as long as the beer selection is good), and then a pub or two. We'll probably hit Wicked Weed at least Sunday night after dinner, but the ideal for the evenings after a day of hiking would be a chef-driven restaurant with a thoughtful beer selection (aged?) where we could get a couple or three beers with dinner, and if needed we could hit a pub afterwards for a rare beer or two.

We need one nice meal for Sunday night (like The Admiral or Bull and Beggar), and then for our hiking days anything goes from comfort food to more fine-ish dining (in jeans) as long as the restaurant is run by a chef or a pit-master. I looked at Curate but beer seems to be completely neglected, so unless we can not get food nearly as good somewhere else, we will pass on Curate this trip.

We'll get to hit 12 bones on Thursday lunch before we head out of town, but we'll otherwise be hiking during the days. If there is an exceptional BBQ joint for dinner I will also be eager to try it - exceptional being defined as better than mine :-) .

A place like King James looks perfect on paper, very trendy, but how is the food underneath the fashion? Are there any places in Asheville you could imagine receiving a Michelin Star?

Lastly, breakfast may be in order depending on how early we get started. Are there any innovative but calorie-rich breakfast places that can be recommended?

Thanks a million!

Jul 07, 2014
walker42 in Southeast

Last minute weekend trip report - Babbo, Minetta Tavern, Hearth, Maialino

Thanks everyone. For some reason from what I had read, I thought Hearth was a destination place. Some people really seem to be fans.

For me, Hearth would fit well into an East Village food crawl to sample the gnocchi and grab a glass of beer or wine (they have a small but decent selection of beer too). Keep with the potato theme and hit Pomme Frites after. :-)

Oct 12, 2013
walker42 in Manhattan

Last minute weekend trip report - Babbo, Minetta Tavern, Hearth, Maialino

Maialino Brunch.

Bread Basket (partially eaten)
Toffee Brioche (too slow again) :)
Tomato Risotto Croquettes & Mozzarella
Tonnarelli a Cacio e Pepe
Malfatti with Braised Suckling Pig & Arugula
Garganelli with Braised Oxtail
Porchetta
Panna Cotta with Berries
Olive Oil Cake

Oct 07, 2013
walker42 in Manhattan

Last minute weekend trip report - Babbo, Minetta Tavern, Hearth, Maialino

Death & Co. and Hearth.

Death & Co. drinks
Charcuterie with foie gras
Gnocchi
Hen of the Woods
Lamb Three Ways
Hanger Steak
Roasted Cod with Smoked Mussels and Baccalà Mantecato
Apple Cider Doughnuts
Pear Spice Cake
Valrhona Chocolate Cake

Oct 07, 2013
walker42 in Manhattan