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Recs for Weekend in LA

We get the same in Seattle--only it's fleece and Birkenstocks at Benaroyal Hall for the symphony.

1 day ago
Vel in Los Angeles Area

Recs for Weekend in LA

Bringiton, the Reel Inn looks awesome! All of these recs look very cool, thanks.

1 day ago
Vel in Los Angeles Area

Recs for Weekend in LA

Thanks, all, for the suggestions--weinermobile's list is a great start! I should clarify that our "budget" doesn't necessarily mean cheap food--I think we'd just rather stay out of trendy, upscale places and keep it to the shorts and flip-flops kind of weekend we rarely get here in Seattle before mid-July. That being said, we're happy to spring for good food and drinks.

1 day ago
Vel in Los Angeles Area

Recs for Weekend in LA

We found cheap-o airfare to LA in mid-May, and want to make a quick trip down there for some warm weather and relaxation on a budget. We haven't picked a hotel yet, but will have a rental car. We're looking for some yummy casual meals, preferably with al-fresco options. Some things we'd like to try:

Casual Mexican with good Margaritas (trying to research this is a lot like trying to research BBQ in TX--to many options!)
Beach Bar-style place for maybe burgers or tacos, someplace we can hang for a few hours to eat and drink by the shore. (Moonshore seems a bit swanky...Rusty's Place? Duke's?)
Casual seafood or maybe slightly upscale for a dinner (How about Connie & Ted's? Menu looks good, but why East Coast seafood in Cali?)
Casual Italian (I read about a place in Venice...C&O Trattoria that looks like good food, outdoor dining and casual vibe?)

Thanks for your suggestions!

2 days ago
Vel in Los Angeles Area

Walk-In Happy Hour for a group of 20?

Looking for a casual (but not dive) fun place where a group of 15 - 20 folks can meet for Happy Hour on a Saturday. Downtown is probably best, but would consider Belltown, Cap Hill, Lake Union. Group of foodies, so not likely to enjoy Buca de Beppo, Fado, or other chain-ey type places.

All my favorite spots are too small. Also, it doesn't have to be an "official" Happy Hour, just a place that can handle a crowd without a reservation, serves excellent wine and cocktails, and better-than-decent nibbles.

Not asking for much, right?

Thanks to anyone who can pull this rabbit out of a hat!

Apr 16, 2015
Vel in Greater Seattle

Fried Smelt or Whitebait?

Do any restaurants serve this in Seattle, and if not, why? I've had it in Canada and the UK and hear it's popular in other European countries as well. It's so delicious, I can't believe a seafood-y town like Seattle doesn't do it regularly. I did have it once in the early days of Steelhead Diner--it was complimentary from the chef; the waitstaff said they were "trying it out". The smelt were tiny and tender, lightly fried and salted--I couldn't get enough of them! But I never saw it on that or any other Seattle menu since. :-(

Mar 29, 2015
Vel in Greater Seattle

Seattleites in Downtown Vanc

Hello, Vancouver!

We've been to Vancouver 5 or 6 times now and have got ourselves in a rut: we always stay at the Marriott (points slaves!)and do our dining faves, which to date include picnicking at the Granville Market, Chambar, Jules, Vij's, Bacchus...but this trip (the New Year!) we want to try something different. We're staying at L'Hermitage New Year's Eve thru Saturday pm. No car this trip. Looking for 3 squares on Thurs & Fri, plus maybe a late brunch/lunch on Saturday before catching the train back.

For breakfast, we'll do anything from excellent coffee & pastries to the full monty. The closer to our hotel, the better.

For lunch, we like to take a break from walking, especially if the weather is cool/rainy (what are the chances?!?), so prefer a casual but sit-down experience. Also, we've been criminally lazy about finding good Chinese.

We LOVE our moules frites so we'd be interested in alternatives to our fave French(ish) bistros, as well as some downtown Indian. We also enjoy steak and seafood, but we're open to anything that's not too trendy or precious.

We'd like to stay adjacent to downtown or at least easy public transpo and find a place that is ok to wear the requisite black-and-jeans that passes for PacNW chic in January.

Given all that, Vancouver hounds, have you got some recs? Would very much appreciate your expertise and advice.

Dec 09, 2014
Vel in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Decent Mexican & Margaritas in Sit Down near Imperial Beach? Other area recs?

That's where we are staying, so really happy to hear this is a good place! Menu is really interesting for a beach place! I like the Zarco menu, so we'll probably try that, and Jalisco Cafe looks homey and delicious! Maybe we won't drive into town too much after all! Thanks for all the good news.

Nov 05, 2014
Vel in San Diego

Decent Mexican & Margaritas in Sit Down near Imperial Beach? Other area recs?

Thanks, DrChow! Especially like the Happy Hour specials at Romesco's! We have 4 days to take advantage :-)

Nov 04, 2014
Vel in San Diego

Decent Mexican & Margaritas in Sit Down near Imperial Beach? Other area recs?

We're staying in Imperial Beach near the Pier in a couple of weeks; we figure we'll head into town a few times for fun and eats, but wondering if there are any places in IB where we can get respectable Mexican food and margaritas nearby? Also open to advice on other types of food nearby that may be good. Thanks!

Nov 04, 2014
Vel in San Diego

SoBe Gourmet Basket Delivery?

I want to send a SoBe local a nice gourmet food or fruit basket as a birthday gift. Any recommendations for a local source?

Mar 15, 2014
Vel in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Local (ish) source for fresh mozzarella and other caprese ingredients?

Thanks for the feedback, everyone--in addition, I've been doing a bit of research about making your own...seems like it might be an interesting experiment!

Jul 29, 2013
Vel in Greater Seattle

Cronut

Please keep this thread alive with any updates--my travel is limited this summer (which is fine, it's a great summer in Seattle this year!) and so I don't see myself getting anywhere to find even a cronut knock-off...but this sounds amazing!!!!

Jul 26, 2013
Vel in Greater Seattle

Local (ish) source for fresh mozzarella and other caprese ingredients?

I know I can buy fresh mozz in a variety of places in Seattle, but is any made and distributed within, say, 100 mile radius?

I am on a caprese kick this summer and experimenting with different variations, and would love to find some really fresh and delicious cheese.

While I'm on the subject, anyone finding truly fabulous tomatoes at a particular farmers market this summer? What's your favorite olive oil and where do you get it?

I'm so hungry right now...

Jul 26, 2013
Vel in Greater Seattle

Recs for Group Dinner in Nuremberg

Business trip next week and need to entertain a group of 10 Americans while in Nuremberg. Would love a traditional German meal (not even sure what that means in that region!), something special and fun but not necessarily fine dining.

Also, we are planning to attend the Christmas Market one evening--any suggestions for "must try" treats at the Market?

Thanks so much!

Dec 05, 2012
Vel in Europe

Any good traditional Italian in central Vancouver?

I've posted two other threads for recs on our pending weekend, this is the last one, I promise.

Again, we are staying in downtown, will have a car, but prefer not to use it if we needn't. Looking for some delicious, but mostly traditional Italian food...nothing too trendy or deconstructed. Medium price range $20-30 per entree. Good cannoli a major plus, but possibly just a fantasy as well! (I haven't had good cannoli since Boston!)

Thank you so much!

Jan 21, 2012
Vel in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Favorite Duck dish in central Vancouver?

Looking for anything to do with duck! Duck fat frites, duck confit, breast magret...what are your recs for a succulent duck dish in central Vancouver (downtown, Yale, Gastown, Granville Is).

Note: Doing dim sum elsewhere, so not looking for an Asian dish...

thank you!

Jan 21, 2012
Vel in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Vancouver Dim Sum Recs for Beginners?

Headed up from Seattle next weekend. DH has never done Dim Sum, and I have only been a handful of times with large group of co-workers in the ID. The place we went (I want to say House of Hong, but not positive) was push-cart, but my co-workers knew what to choose and how to request items off the menu.

I understand that Vancouver DS is much more authentic, both the food and the experience, so can anyone recommend a place for a couple of newbies to try? We will have a car and so can go to Richmond, but would prefer to stay downtown.

We love good food, but I think what's more important for us getting our feet wet is that the experience is navigable for us. Pushcarts might be easier than menus, and servers that are patient and perhaps speak a little English would be ideal. (That's not a criticism against non-English-speakers, by the way, just an acknowledgement of our own limitations!)

Thank you!

Jan 21, 2012
Vel in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Recs for a special champagne LUNCH

Looking for a rec for a special, celebratory lunch on a Saturday in December. We will be a group of 6 and are looking for something with a special ambience without being overly fussy or dramatic. Prefer Northwest or European style cuisine at a downtown or Cap Hill area, but definitely in-city or West Seattle. Thanks!

Oct 13, 2011
Vel in Greater Seattle

Vitello Tonnato served in Seattle?

@acgold7: Great idea--been needing a reason to head down to deLaurenti's anyway! Thanks so much!

Sep 13, 2011
Vel in Greater Seattle

Pork Loin "Vitello Tonato"

@Gingershelley: That is a perfect idea, thank you so much! I don't suppose you'd share your Tonatto sauce recipe? :-)

Sep 13, 2011
Vel in Home Cooking

Vitello Tonnato served in Seattle?

Any 'hounds aware of a restaurant in Seattle that serves Vitello Tonnato? We ate it at several French and Italian bistros in Europe this summer and I am craving some now! Barring a resto serving, any ideas where I can get cold, thinly sliced roasted veal to make my own?

Sep 12, 2011
Vel in Greater Seattle

Fried Flounder in Downtown/FQ?

I'm originally from the TX Gulf Coast and have been craving fried flounder for a couple of months, but no such goodness up here in Seattle. But I'm headed to NOLA in a couple of weeks and am wondering if your city has a restaurant that does such a thing? Fried flounder stuffed with crab meat is a Guido's of Galveston classic, and I'm looking for something like that!

Thanks!

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Gulf Coast Restaurants
1200 S Clearview Pkwy, New Orleans, LA 70123

Jan 04, 2011
Vel in New Orleans

Have Specific Ideas in Mind--Hoping for Matching Recs!

Hey, thanks, everyone for such a great list of recommendations! I will do my research and try to pick the few we have time for...I wish we were eating more meals in NOLA! Thank you again,
Vel

Oct 26, 2010
Vel in New Orleans

Have Specific Ideas in Mind--Hoping for Matching Recs!

SO and I will be spending 1 and a half days in NO with his parents just prior to a cruise they are treating us to. We will have opportunities for 3 meals on Saturday and brunch on Sunday and would like to treat them to something special, but not extravagant, for either Saturday night dinner or Sunday brunch.

His folks are very casual, thrifty, and well-traveled. Dad is from France and they both love to try local cuisines, but dislike touristy places. We will probably be staying downtown, but we are all avid users of public transportation, so as long as the locations are accessible in that way, we are game for a bit of a trek via bus, etc. Also, we are going to be more interested in historic attractions than Bourbon Street.

What I'm hoping for is recs for the following:

Breakfast place with good beignets, coffee with chicory, etc., but nothing too touristy--where would locals get theirs?

Seafood or BBQ for lunch--something affordable($20 p/p) and the more atmosphere, the better. Authentic atmosphere, I mean, not just a plastic statue of an alligator and an owner with three first names, of which at least one is an adjective...you know what I mean? Maybe they don't have those places there, hopefully...

Dinner or Brunch --again, something special, but not extravagant, maybe$50p/p without alcohol, where a skirt for ladies and slacks for men will suffice. Prefer a cuisine specific to New Orleans, but not necessarily from a famous TV chef :-)

Thanks, Hounds! All replies welcome!

Vel

Oct 25, 2010
Vel in New Orleans

Need Portland Recs for Manly Birthday Dinner this Sat Nite

Staying at Hotel deLuxe, but have a car. SO's 35th bday, and he loves good food, being adventurous, but hates pretentiousness or "trendy" atmosphere. I can get him into a nice pair of dark-wash jeans and good shoes, but no jacket or tie!

He loves meat, seafood, spicy, not too picky--but not interested in "spring nettle foams" or the like.

All suggestions welcome.

Thanks!

Apr 29, 2010
Vel in Metro Portland

Recs for a summer produce box subscription (CSA)?

A few summers ago someone in my office arranged to have a farm deliver weekly boxes of produce to subscribers as part of a program called "Community Sustained Agriculture"...I didn't participate as I was traveling that summer, and now no one remembers who arranged it or through what farm/program.

Has anyone had success with a program like this that they would recommend? I have a list of local farms that participate, but it's quite long and I would prefer a personal recommendation as I understand some are better than others in terms of what they provide each week, local pick-ups, etc.

Thanks so much!

Mar 14, 2010
Vel in Greater Seattle

Best in Shoreline / Northgate

Our favorite in the Northgate area is Saffron Grill-great Indian from the former owner of Cedars, I believe. We love everything we've had there, especially the butter chicken.

Feb 28, 2010
Vel in Greater Seattle

Recs for a Nashville dinner and breakfast

Will be in Nashville for a night and morning, so looking for a "quintessential Nashville" dinner--prefer hearty traditional over "Haute" cuisine, but open to something involving local ingredients, new Southern, etc.

For breakfast, this might be tough, but we are heading east on I40, so something with easy access, esp around the airport, would be great. Looking for a true Southern breakfast, esp with smoked bacon/meats, biscuits, etc, although also open to specialty pastries, etc.

Any recommendations welcome.

Feb 25, 2010
Vel in Kentucky & Tennessee

Seattle New Year's Eve - Recs for Early Dinner Downtown

The SO and I are meeting up downtown on NYE around 5pm and plan to do a pub/bar crawl (a sophisticated one!) from Oliver's Lounge to the Space Needle in time for fireworks. We'd like to start off with a nice meal before we start clinking glasses.

Anyone know of any good downtown restos offering a special dinner on NYE? It doesn't have to be fancy, but atmosphere is good. We generally like Brasa, Maxmillien's in the Market, Le Piche, 94 Stewart when dining downtown, but would like to try something new.

Thanks!

Dec 17, 2009
Vel in Greater Seattle