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Fogo: lunch v dinner?

Haven't been around chowhound in a very long while, and am pleased to circle back.

Has anyone had both lunch and dinner (not on the same day!) at Fogo de Chao?

We are contemplating the money-saving weekday lunch option, as it gives us an additional few hours of daylight to digest, and wondered if they cut back the variety of meats for lunch.

Anyone know?

Thanks!

Apr 22, 2008
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Jamaican Jerk Hut

We went to the jerk hut this past saturday for the first time ever and don't think we'll be back. We enjoyed the weather, and outside atmosphere, and our cheery waitress who really wanted to please us. We enjoyed the pineapple ginger beer but we both were a little hopped up on teh sugar after 2 dark and stormies each. We should have been prepared by having brought some beer.
The main reason why we were displeased came from the jerk wings which we just didn't like (prob our tastebuds, not their faul) and the whole jerk red snapper which was inedible - we didn't think that it was our taste buds, we thought it was the fish itself - it was mushy to the point where it tasted like paste. We waited forever for our meal - which was mostly fine since we just wanted to be sitting outside anyway and it was a lovely night. They were out of coconut shrimp, seafood ceviche and saltfish fritters as well as i think two other entrees. We also had the curry shrimp which was OK. The beef patties were in fact rather good - i had never had one before.

So has anyone else been there lately??

Sep 04, 2007
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Chowhounder cake recipe? with berries

Yes, King that was it, and Tartiflette, I will print out yours too - maybe i'll be inspired to make one each! thanks so much you guys!

Jul 23, 2007
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Chowhounder cake recipe? with berries

About 2 or so yrs ago , maybe less, there was a prolific chowhounder who posted a lot on the home cooking boards. I am thinking about a cake specifically whereby you put berries/fruit in the bottom of the pan and pour the batter over. Once done, pop out of pan and sprinkle sugar on top? It seemed like a terribly easy recipe even for a non-baker like myself

Anyway, i have about 4 cups of fresh NJ blueberries and was thinking of making this cake. (even tho i don't figure i need all 4 cups)

Any help?

Jul 23, 2007
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Leonardtown MD up to Annapolis

RESULTS:
thanks for the all the help. here are the results:
drive to Annapolis from Philly: fine. nothing eventful, Bay bridge traffic going North/East was murder but we were going in the opp direction

Mike's : glad we got there at Noon! it filled up quickly. Service was so friendly, crabs (large or medium, we went for large) were meaty and delicious. We sat for about 2 +hrs picking them, looking at the ducklings near the dock, and some carp, i think.. Clams casino - too much breading but clams were whole and a bit too much garlic. Nice big piece of bacon. Frozen drinks , eh, not so good. Amstel light - coooold - perfect with the crabs. Tiki bar, not really a Tiki but nice enough.

Courtyard Marriott. friendly, but small rooms.

Annapolis: we walked around and around, window shopped and stopped into Pusser's for a painkiller. Very delicious, very friendly staff and friendly locals and tourists alike.

Water taxi to Eastport where we fell in total love with the Boatyard. Getting there at 6 on a Saturday helped us secure a spot at the bar where we enjoyed smoked mahi-mahi (capers, red onion, sourdough bread) and it was delightful as were the rum and cokes. we didn't have much of an appetite for their glorious menu and its worth a trip back!

thanks all for the recommendations; we did have every intention in fact to make it back to Annapolis after the Boatyard to go to Yin yankee for dinner.....but alas, we were waylayed by rum!

Leonardtown MD up to Annapolis

I WILL report back with the results no matter where we end up.

Bang - where is this floating dock restaurant? I got lost in your post (not sure if it was Stoneys - ro G&M or Edgewater).

Mike's sounds good...and tempting...

Leonardtown MD up to Annapolis

thanks so much everyone! CMKDVS gets the gift basket - i indeed was seeking hard crabs. So looks like we shld be heading to Solomons and bail on North Beach/Chesapeake? Riddle me this - if I bail on that whole region , ought we just go all the way up annapolis?? if I do that....does my world open up to the cutest (but not expnsive) hotel/B&B and better crab shacks? (two extra points if you gimme a dive bar nearby...on the water...)

Leonardtown MD up to Annapolis

We're going to be in Leonardtown in a few weeks for the day and the thought was to start heading back north (we're from philly) in the afternoon and stop at a place along route 2/4 for shopping, lodging and CRABS, before getting to Annapolis (where we didn't want to stay...we've been there before). any help? Chesapeake Beach and North Beach have been recommended as nice little places to stop for the night. I hear that there is a good place called West Lawn Inn (but maybe a bit pricey - and we might be desperate for crabs)

thanks for the help

BYO what now?

i think that the only "rule'" is what should apply in "normal" societal decorum - you can get a little smashed if that's your bag, just don't embarass yourself or the restaurant. If a sip of scotch before or after a meal is pleasing to your Pa, I say bring along a nice little Fifth or a flask (clearly not a 1.5 litre). There are plenty of BYOTequilas around nowadays - and while I haven't brought a scotch or a vodka or a rum to a BYO, I won't say never.

Mar 08, 2007
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St. Patrick's Day Specials, Events, Etc...

juice - we were there at the beer fest during the afternoon session and there were moments of congestion but we were movin. have you written to the organizers to let them know your frustration with the amount of people? they are planning a beer WEEK next yr and it would be a crying shame if the attendants didn't help them via feedback.

Mar 08, 2007
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All Pumpkin all the time

First and foremost, you should all get to the newly opened Pumpkin Market on South closer to 16th. The creators of Pumpkin, the restaurant, have brought you a lovely little take-out shop for the gourmand in your lives. They have a host of prepared dishes (examples included, last week - moroccan chicken, duck confit, braised short ribs, roasted cauli, roasted eggplant, white apspargus, homemade oxtail torchon, homemade country pate with killer bacon, fresh bread, adn they have various crafty and intriguing sandwiches and at least one soup daily - yesterday's was vegetarion curried lentil). They couldn't be nicer there and are eager to feel out the hood and see what customers want.

Secondly, I ventured to Pumpkin the restau for the first time on Tues. we had reservations and were seated in the center right on top of another table. Service was excellent - our server was a real professional. Started with seared scallops (2) on cauliflower purée with a squid ink sauce) and then I had the seared bronzino with fingerling potatoes with white asparagus and a salsa verde - an excellent dish! The weaker notes included the apple crisp which feature blah apples, not enough crunchy topping, and a nice whipped cream. Once we we done, the table next to us departed, and we felt a bit mor relaxed. We finished coffee and sipped wine - and had another 2 top seated in our laps (at 9:30 p.m.) when there were 5 or 6 other tables open. Sorta killed the end of the evening.

I am torn about how I feel about tiny BYOs packing people in. I guess its one thing if they want to maximize their turnover, especially on a weekend night, but it as a tuesday. and with an entree at $25, I want a little space. Then again, I guess my cramped feeling is someone else's coziness.

I'd go back. Nice people. nice place.

but i'll be back to the Market weekly.

Mar 08, 2007
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BYO what now?

chinon - i have never encountered that situation. and given that you encountered it once and it was a yr and a half ago , i suggest to the OP that you bring as many bottles as you want/need.

Mar 08, 2007
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Saturday Night Eating & Drinking in Center City

IMHO, late 30's/40's will not be too interested in the Irish Pub's offerings at 21 and Walnut (the bards a few doors down is more age friendly). I have no comment on the other clubs mentioned - but can only guess that they are geared towards the younger crowds. So I might add that the bars at Barclay Prime, Rouge and XIX at the Bellevue are very inviting. For old city, i'd suggest Society Hill hotel and also Serrano - but these are not clubs...just friendly bars...who play CDs.

Feb 16, 2007
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Oceanaire (PHilly) extended RW menu

i have to chime in,

First, while I will respect Chowtalk's reviews once I get to know him/her via more postings, it is my personal thinking that I am going to disagree always with CT. If I look at all of Chowtalk's posts I'd have to classisfy about 80% of them as negative and CT is also a fan of the word "boring." Maybe I am too much a softee - maybe CT is a hard-nosed food critic - I cannot say. But dude, lighten up, maybe, and/or please start a thread on a restaurant you do like.

Moving on, my own experience at Oceanaire is a bit more pleasant than others. We had lovely service at the bar and a very good drink. we were welcomed by the host in a very friendly manner (and the host even remembered my name afterwards even tho the reservation was not in my name).

Table for 4 . I had the clam chowder which was borderline excellent...I'd add a touch more clam stock and it'd be a winner. And it wasn't overpriced. I had a seared Virginia striped bass which I found very very delicious - perfectly done, not dry, and not too salty. I didn't try anyone else's dinner (not the right dining partners) but the crab cakes to my left looked amazing. Service tween app and entree was way too slow. The side of coleslaw was a vinegar type slaw with a dollop of a mayo sauce on top - bizzare/sloppy presentation but tasty. I'll go back - and I'll sit at the friendly raw bar and have some soup n clams. and then , once Ive knocked a few other restaus off my list to try, I'd go back to Oceanaire.

I want to believe that their fish is flown in that day or the day before - they claim it on their website and say its true for all their locations.

Feb 13, 2007
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Molcajete Mixto: Give it a Shot

meh, I am not too concerned about the exterior - in fact, the orangey salmony stucco is rather pleasing to me and will be even more so in the spring/summer months when I am dying to feel like I am vacationing somewhere fun and sipping on margaritas.

Feb 07, 2007
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Molcajete Mixto: Give it a Shot

I went to MM last night with two pals. we were the only people there!!!!!!!(arrived at 8) . I sure hope that it was only due to the cold that people were staying away.

I loved the place and will be back: the lime margarita mix was faaaantastic. Salsas du jour - a salsa verde (hot!) and a papaya salsa were excellent with the warm chips. We split starters of guacamole (needed a touch more salt) and queso fundido (the chorizo was lacking a real punch but it was good). The two guests had the enchiladas suizas which they raved about and really looked amazing. And I had the Molcajete Mixto which had some lovely flavors, I especially like the chunks of queso fresco and the meat was divine. Not to mention, the molcajete was in the shape of a chanchito - a three legged pig - and I was totally amused (NB - go to the Black Cat next to the White Dog someday and you can get little wooden good luck chanchitos for all your pig loving friends. very cool). The refired beans were unlike any I've ever had - and that is a good thing - they were simply excellent. Service was stellar (not too hard to imagine when you're the only table there). Atmosphere was great. Go there!

Feb 07, 2007
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Low Tide at DiBruno's Center City

that is interesting - I just raved to a pal the other day about the scallops I bought @ DiBrunos (it was a splurge - way too expensive otherwise). we made a light panko crust , a quick sear, and had a warm spicy drizzle over them and the salad. I loved them. Sometimes bad seafood happens, but DiBrunos handling of the matter was not right.

Feb 05, 2007
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Queen Village dinner and drinks

theoretically, all bars are non smoking

Jan 12, 2007
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Visiting from Singapore on Christmas Day - any BYOBs open or other alternatives?

faye - i originally thought that, but, the poster is coming from Singapore....so maybe chinatown is out.

I ditto joypirates recommendation abotu hotel restuarants.

and i think City Tavern (not a BYO) might be open ( at 2nd and Walnut) - might be too much meat though.

Dec 07, 2006
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Good dinners before concert/theater in Philly

funny about La Viola - have been there once with a dreadful blind date eons ago and the fast service and noise level were actually a blessing!

Nov 09, 2006
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Good dinners before concert/theater in Philly

The results are in: I really did not like Trattoria Primadonna. and for the $, I'd spend a couple more dollars and bring my wine to Branzino. (or venture to the other side of broad and try Valentino's? Or somehow prepare those willing to treat us to dinner to bring cash to go to La Viola)

Service was good, atmosphere good, aroma good. Fried calamari chewy (and $10!). Linguine with seafood (no mussels) was below mediocre: scallop tougher than tough, baby shrimp like marbles, sauce rightly tasting of seafood-stock, was a bit gluey though the pasta underneath was very tasty. Other diners liked their grilled fish, ravioli and chicken marsala. BUt the fish didn't look as lovely asthe one at branzino (and wasn't fileted tableside, not that they siad it wouldbe but I expected it to be). Service dropped of at the end when two of us sat with our finished plates for a long long while, and then waited for a long long time for the check. I won't be going back. :(

Nov 09, 2006
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$200 Starr Restaurant Gift Certificate -- where to go?

and that is why i'd go to barclay prime too - spend your $200 certificate and then a bit more of your own loot (what you might spend on date night) ...and get , say, a killer $300 (or more!) dinner at Barclay. Dry aged NY Strip. And the tater tots. and excellent wine.

Nov 08, 2006
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Good dinners before concert/theater in Philly

you said that Primadonna has a bar?? so they are or are not BYO? is it a full bar?

Nov 08, 2006
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Good dinners before concert/theater in Philly

what do you think of Trattoria Primadonna? we're looking for a place that accepts credit cards tonight - and we've been to Bronzino 3 of the last 3 outings.... Would you go there over Fontana della Citta?

Edited to add - thanks for your run down of local bites. Regardless of your review and Craig's I just don't think its humanly possible for me to go to Teds.

Nov 08, 2006
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10% off at Sussanah Foo's

excellent report. thanks a million!

Nov 07, 2006
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10% off at Sussanah Foo's

what ? you've been to the noodle house and there is no post on it! shame on you!

nah, kidding...but, please, do tell

Nov 07, 2006
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Weinerschnitzel?

i just looked at the menu at the Warsaw Cafe (16th south of Spruce) and they ahve it on there. cute place, non-byo. is it still good? dunno.

Nov 07, 2006
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La Locanda in Old City

nope - am not sure. but when i googled La Locanda, it came up as the first hit on google, with a map of the location beside it, and the website below the name was www.lambertis.com. totally strange.

(ps - we ended up staying in our hood and went to Tequila's and were reminded of how excellent that place is and that it should remain in our regular restaurant rotation).

Nov 06, 2006
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La Locanda in Old City

I think I'm nuts for even considering it for tonight, First Friday....but I might try for a reservation (and he'll tell me I'm nuts for sure).

My other thought was Taipan on chestnut... hmmmm

Nov 03, 2006
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La Locanda in Old City

So I used to love this place and haven't been in a while...saw a mixed review eslewhere. Also saw that it is now owned by Lamberti's (Positano Coast et al)

Any thoughts? Still good?

Nov 03, 2006
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