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Dinner fairly close to La Guardia; have car

So we just ate at MP Taverna and had a wonderful time. Service was exemplary. Food delicious. We started with the bulgar salad. Fresh and delicious . Next we had the Greek sausage which was juicy and full of flavor . We also had the Grandma's meatballs which were good as well although I liked the sausage better. The toasted bread with the sausage was soo good. Next we had a special of artichoke risotto which was perfect . The dumplings filled with cheese were ok but we were quite full by now so I only ate the sauce which was quite good. We also had a bottle of wine. 91 bucks before tip was so reasonable for great atmosphere, good service and great food. Happy

Before we went to Artopolis bakery and bought all sorts of goodies for our trip tomorrow . Yummy place so easy to want to buy everything

Thanks for suggestions. All great. We had a lovely night

Jun 18, 2013
clarkgranny in Outer Boroughs
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Dinner fairly close to La Guardia; have car

Ha ha I am not exactly a tourist. Lived in Manhattan for years. Just live out on Eastern LI now. But thank you about your advice. I decided to eat at MP Taverna based on recommendations here

Jun 17, 2013
clarkgranny in Outer Boroughs

MP Taverna early impression

Thank you all. I have decided to give MP taverna a try. By all accounts I think it will be the best for a birthday celebration.

Jun 17, 2013
clarkgranny in Outer Boroughs

Dinner fairly close to La Guardia; have car

Thank you. I will keep Tournesol in mind for my next trip but I have decided to go with MP Taverna because of the high praise here on Chow and elsewhere. Plus it just looks nicer for a birthday celebration. I will also be sure to report back after my return. I can't tell everyone how much I enjoy using this site. The recommendations are always spot on.

Jun 17, 2013
clarkgranny in Outer Boroughs

Dinner fairly close to La Guardia; have car

Thank you all. From one link above I am now settled on Greek in Astoria. Trying to decide between MP Taverna( leaning towards this one) and Agnanti

Jun 16, 2013
clarkgranny in Outer Boroughs

MP Taverna early impression

I am between this place and Agnanti for my husband's birthday dinner. Leaning toward MP, but would like a comparison

Jun 16, 2013
clarkgranny in Outer Boroughs

Dinner fairly close to La Guardia; have car

We are flying this Wed on an early flight from La Guardia; we live on Eastern Long Island so will have to spend night in hotel near airport. But that night, Tuesday, is my husband's birthday. So we thought we would drive in, eat a lovely dinner, and then drive to hotel. We can be anywhere since we have a car but don't want to be too far if we have enjoyed a bottle of wine. I know Flushing is quite close but we do not want Chinese( just had a big meal last week in Chinatown). We also do not want Indian. Would prefer French, with Italian or American second. One place that looked good that I read about here in Astoria called Cafe Triskell is closed on Tuesday. Bummer

Ideas?

Jun 16, 2013
clarkgranny in Outer Boroughs

Early dinner anywhere on way to JFK

thanks! we leave for airport in a few hours. Just deleting emails now so when I come back I only have around a thousand. ugh

Jul 24, 2012
clarkgranny in Outer Boroughs

Early dinner anywhere on way to JFK

Thanks Jen. But I think those threads are too old. But anyway I think I am all set. trying Vetro's sounds good and I need a peaceful quiet meal before a long flight to London for Olympics( our daughter is an athlete on US Sailing Team

Jul 24, 2012
clarkgranny in Outer Boroughs

Early dinner anywhere on way to JFK

Thank you. Looks good. I will try. Much appreciated

Jul 23, 2012
clarkgranny in Outer Boroughs

Early dinner anywhere on way to JFK

We have a Tuesday 10pm flight from JFK and will be traveling from Eastern Long Island. We wish to have an early dinner fairly close toward city so could be on Long Island or Queens around5:30 so we can get done and park car by around 7:30 at the car park area near airport. In the past we have eaten at a meal close to 495 in Roslyn or Mineola. But none of these were very special. I read here that Don Peppes was good but reviews are old. The area we could eat in is large just as it is not too far off beaten path to airport . We could eat somewhere and still drive to car park area after dinner if it takes about a half hour or so. Again we want to park car by 7:30. We like most kinds of food .thanks for your thoughts

Jul 22, 2012
clarkgranny in Outer Boroughs

Help with meals in Chelsea and around St Paul's or other tourist areas [London]

Sounds wonderful but on Saturday we will be watching an Olympic Sporting event at Earls Court in the morning and I am not sure yet what we are doing that afternoon but hoping to have tickets to some event. Also we have to pack as we leave London at 5 AM the next morning to drive through countryside and see gardens and castles etc until we get to Weymouth for our daughter's sailing. Maybe next time .....

Jun 01, 2012
clarkgranny in U.K./Ireland

Help with meals in Chelsea and around St Paul's or other tourist areas [London]

Thanks for letting me know and for the information about Sampler

May 31, 2012
clarkgranny in U.K./Ireland

Help with meals in Chelsea and around St Paul's or other tourist areas [London]

Thank you. I read a review somewhere else that mentioned the duck sandwiches. Must be good and I will hunt for them

May 31, 2012
clarkgranny in U.K./Ireland

Help with meals in Chelsea and around St Paul's or other tourist areas [London]

Ok I checked out everything and I think I will definitely try Bospherous kabob one night and for lunch after touring the Tower of London we will cross the London Bridge and eat at Borough Market. My husband and I love markets and this one sounds good. ( Ever been to the old fish market in Tokyo? Fabulous). For last night( not sure where we will be if we get more tickets to events we might try gessler . After our trip, I will report back here. Thanks again

May 30, 2012
clarkgranny in U.K./Ireland

Help with meals in Chelsea and around St Paul's or other tourist areas [London]

One more question: do they serve alcohol? Probably not but thought I would ask. I checked out web site but couldn't tell.We are definitely going there at least once. Thanks again

May 26, 2012
clarkgranny in U.K./Ireland

Help with meals in Chelsea and around St Paul's or other tourist areas [London]

lexdevil This place sounds great, thanks. Is the hot sauce really really hot? We aren't into flaming hot and it would be good to know in advance.LOL

May 26, 2012
clarkgranny in U.K./Ireland

Help with meals in Chelsea and around St Paul's or other tourist areas [London]

Thank you all for the help. I am busy right now with Holiday weekend guests but will check out all the suggestions as soon as I can. I so love Chowhound. When we went to Italy 3 times I had the best meals thanks to this site. And last year we ate at some great places in Austria. Why is this site so much better than all the others like Yelp etc? And it is amazing how many people don't know about Chowhound. Well got to make lunch. Thanks again and I will be back just as soon as I check everything out

May 26, 2012
clarkgranny in U.K./Ireland

Help with meals in Chelsea and around St Paul's or other tourist areas [London]

Our daughter is in the Olympics ( USA 2012 Olympic Sailing Team) this year so we are headed to London July 24. We have to go south of London for the actual sailing events so will only be in London for 4 nights. Some friends are letting us stay in their house in Chelsea so we need places to eat around there. With all the tickets etc the whole trip is quite costly so we don't need Michelin experience places. I mean I am from NY and can get fancy anytime and with our dollar so weak I want good places but not too expensive. For dinner I noted Le Colombier which is very close to where we will be staying. After walking all day we don't want to stray too far from our place, although a mile or two is ok. I also noted Bumpkin, Bangkok, Bistro 15, and The Pig's Ear. Again all of these are close to where we are staying. All have some good ratings and some bad. So I am at a loss. We like all kinds of food except Indian.

We have to go one night near to the South Kensington Tube station so a few choices in this area would be good too.

For one lunch I need a place in the tourist area where we will be seeing the sights.We will be finishing the Tower of London and will be in the ST Paul's area around lunch one day and would like a place near there. Or since we will be walking back toward Westmister and Parliament area we could eat any place for lunch between there and St Paul area.I made a quick reservation for 28-50 based on my Michelin Guide. But really I am wide open. I have looked at so many restaurants I am going crazy and so ask for help here as I always get great advice.

The only meal I have planned is a Afternoon TEa for our first night as we can eat at 5:30 and then crash. Lastly we will be going to many classic pubs as we head south to Weymouth where the sailing is taking place. But if you guys think a good London pub is a choice then that is ok too.

May 25, 2012
clarkgranny in U.K./Ireland

first timer to Vegas for 2 nights

I have never been to Vegas before and I am probably never going back. But i have to attend a conference there and will be only free after 5PM for tow nights, A Monday and a Tuesday. Usually I travel with my husband but I will be alone. Which restaurant is best for a single woman? I am thinking Sage so I can sit at the bar. But read good things about Scarpetta and La Cirque. At least one night I will attend a show( still figuring out which one). Thoughts? I am leaving NY tomorrow

Mar 03, 2012
clarkgranny in Las Vegas

Guide to the New World Mall Food Court

Thanks to all for your advice about our trip to Flushing. We ended up going to the New World Mall. We got there about 11:00 AM when things were just opening up. We first strolled around to get a lay of the land. We saw so many Chinese eating at the GRand REstaurant upstairs that we thought we would sit down for an early lunch as we were drooling with anticipation. The dim sum was good but I wouldn't say great. Still the overall ambiance was fun.So much red and glitter.Next we headed to the food court area for our plan was to get takeout to bring home for our dinner that night. I can't remember which stalls we got what at but everything we got was delicious that night. Definitely better than the food at Grand restaurant. We did especially like a cold shrimp roll at the Vietnamese stand. We ended up with a shopping trip at the supermarket. This was our favorite experience. We loaded up on fresh greens and seafood. Everything is so reasonably priced and the variety is wonderful.We even saw a black chicken but we were a bit afraid to get this. We did buy a duck which we will have tonight. Last night we cooked the bok choy with shrimp we had bought. So our Friday journey has led us to have wonderful food for several days. A worthwhile trip and we will go again. It was all too much to take in for just one day.

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Grand Restaurant
40-21 Main St, Queens, NY 11354

Feb 19, 2012
clarkgranny in Outer Boroughs

Guide to the New World Mall Food Court

Hi joe,

My husband and I live on Eastern Long Island and are going to be in NYC Friday. We are looking for great chinese and had been thinking about Chinatown. But then I kept reading about Flushing and thought we could go there on the way back home. So my question is as a first timer to Flushing should we just go tot the New World Mall ( this would be for lunch on Friday) or should we go to a restaurant? Oh and we want to get some food supplies as well.

Feb 15, 2012
clarkgranny in Outer Boroughs

Vienna for One Night in Oct

Sorry I never said the restaurant was terrible, The person I know who lives in Vienna said I simply must not go there. I agree with you about Chowhound. I have gotten so many great choices from this board. My meals in Italy and Austria were outstanding. I wrote about Italy ones as well. I only changed one restaurant from recommendations here in Venice and it was a big mistake. I love Chowhound and all the advice! Thanks again. Our trip was very enjoyable.

Nov 08, 2011
clarkgranny in Europe

Vienna for One Night in Oct

Someone who lives in Vienna and owns a restaurant suggested the place. They said the one I was going to, Plachutta, was a terrible place.So I changed at the last minute. Probably not wise.The prices were high and I didn't like how the bill said" Tip Not Included" at the bottom. Seemed odd. But we had had a lot to drink and I just paid with a tip. Again the food and service was very good, so no harm done really. However as a side note, I was horribly ill that night. Now I blamed it on too much alcohol, but maybe it was the food. Who knows?

Nov 08, 2011
clarkgranny in Europe

Report on trip to Venice

It is hard to say exactly what we didn't like about La Bitta. Again we had just arrived from the US and we were tired when we ate there. But of all the restaurants I ate at while in Italy( And this is our 3rd time) they were the least friendly. I just felt like they didn't care about us. Also the food was not as good as the other restaurants but of course still good. Just not divine like the other places. My husband did say the first course was very good I remember. Have a good time!

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La Bitta
Dorsoduro 2753A, Calle Lunga San Barnaba, Venezia 30123, IT

Nov 08, 2011
clarkgranny in Italy

Report on trip to Venice

So after all the help from chowhound I wanted to report back on our experiences in Venice this October:

Wed after arriving from NY we went to Cantinone del Vino Gia Schiavi for wine and small sandwiches. Delicious first experience. We were going to go to dinner to Ai 4 Feri but literally next door was La Bitta. We thought the atmosphere at La Bitta was way more romantic and cozy for our first night. Feri looked more like a pizza parlor place,in terms of atmosphere. Very bright; just a personal choice. We were extremely jet lagged at this point which might have influenced our opinion. But we did not like the waiter or the people at the La Bitta and probably ended up making a wrong choice. Should have stuck with chowhound recommendations. Food was OK but very heavy; not great. Hardly remember what I had really.

Thur: we had lunch at Alle Testiere( pouring rain; hard to find the place as first time in Venice and hard to see way through all the umbrellas); very good. I had razor clams to start; yum! Husband had a large shrimp in garlic sauce. Also excellent; as main course I had a local fish and hubby had pasta with clams (sorry about not writing down Italian actual names. We did take pictures of each course, which was touristy enough. Couldn’t spend time writing everything down too). Of course as tiramisu lovers we had to try that for dessert. And we also had a lite chocolate cake dessert with whip cream and other delicious things. The whole meal was wonderful. The service was great too; there was a couple from NY sitting next to us and they were real foodies. Their food also looked very good and they enjoyed the place although they didn’t think it as good as their dinner the other night at a place I have already forgotten.

Thurs dinner was at Fiaschetteria Toscana. We liked this so much we went back for dinner the next night! I kept the receipt so can say exactly what we had: first course: Cappesante Nostra Forno ( Scallops) and Gamberetti Con Polenta; excellent! Next course was Gnocchi Porcini and Tagliolini Tartufo. The tagliolini was expensive ( 34 euros but divine; had to try truffles once while in Europe. Then we had our sides. We had ordered Fondi Di Carciofo, which was the most disappointing, as it was mushy. But artichokes really aren’t in season so we shouldn’t have ordered. We also had Verdure Fritte; dessert was Crème Brule’ and Crostata Crème Fichi (a fig tart); we were stuffed but the whole meal and experience was a delight. Again we made reservations for the next night as we enjoyed the meal so much

Friday we went out to Murano and just had a sandwich at a deli for lunch. Dinner was supposed to be at Antiche Carampane but the only reservations we could get were for 9:30 PM, which was very late for us considering we were picking up a rental car in the morning to go to Austria. This is another reason we ate at Fiaschetteria Toscana again on Friday night. For starters we had Tagliolini Neri Astice and Sogliolette in Saor( had to try Saor at least once while in Venice). Very good. For main course we had Spaghetti Cozze Mazzanco and Tagliata Lombo Chianina with a salad to split; for dessert we had Rovesciata Di Mele Caramele and Crostata Alle Mandorle. Highly recommend Fiaschetteria Toscana.

We had wine with our lunches and dinners but I didn’t note them as we are not wine connoisseurs and generally are happy with whatever the waiters recommend. This time they did not steer us wrong and we enjoyed the wine immensely throughout Italy. All in all I liked Venice but the food cannot compare to Bologna (see separate post) where we went for two days after our week in Austria (see separate post). Also we liked the food best in Southern Italy from last year’s trip (mostly Puglia)

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La Bitta
Dorsoduro 2753A, Calle Lunga San Barnaba, Venezia 30123, IT

Antiche Carampane
Calle de la Carampane, 1911,San Polo, Venice, Veneto 30125, IT

Ai 4 Feri
Calle Lunga de San Barnaba, Dorsoduro 2754, Venice, Veneto 30123, IT

Fiaschetteria Toscana
Cannaregio, 5719, Venice, Veneto 30131, IT

Alle Testiere
Calle del Mondo Novo,Sestiere Castello,5801, Venice, Veneto 30122, IT

Nov 07, 2011
clarkgranny in Italy

Bologna revisited -- September 2011 (quite long)

I want to thank all the chowhounds who helped me find restaurants for our stay this October in Bologna.

We drove from Austria to Bologna and arrived in time for dinner Sat night. We ate at All’Osteria Bottega and had a fabulous meal. Throughout our trip I took pictures of our meals but at this restaurant I just felt I shouldn’t do this. Too touristy. There were a lot of Italians eating very close to us and they would have seen us. Even though we stuck out like sore thumbs, I didn’t want to appear too obvious. So I can’t remember everything we had that night (it was a long drive and also nerve-wracking driving from our hotel into the city to find the restaurant)I know we had tortellini broda, which of course is standard food in Bologna and had to be tried. Fantastic. I never had it where I could actually taste something inside the pasta. Just cooked perfectly. We also had as a starter the traditional ragu since it was our first night in Bologna. Fantastic, of course. We had two meat courses but honestly I can’t remember what it was. We also had a side of spinach and two desserts and of course a bottle of wine. The place was cozy, charming atmosphere, wonderful food, great service. We were made to feel welcome and never felt badly for our lack of fluent Italian. I would highly recommend this restaurant.

Sunday lunch was at Trattoria da Gianni. Place was completely filled so we were glad we had reservations. They were turning people away right and left. Again it was a cute place and service was very good. My husband had Mortadella ( 3 scoops of a creamy whipped concoction), which he enjoyed. I had tortellini in broda again for I wanted to compare it to the previous dinner and I really loved the dish. It was as good or better. A slight difference but not much. I enjoyed both. We both had the Lasagna Ragu special and it was delicious. Creamy and yet not too filling. The waiter thought I was nuts having two pasta dishes but I can eat meat or fish anytime. I can’t have original ragu and pasta all the time. For dessert we had a wonderful zabaglione, which was of course delicious Wonderful meal and this restaurant is also highly recommended.

Sunday dinner( our last meal before flying home the next morning) was probably our best. It was at Trattoria Gigina. We were the only non-Italians and it was great to see all the Italian large families coming in for dinner. I forgot my phone at the hotel and so we didn’t take pictures. I know I had the Ragu so I could compare and it was the best ever. A bit plainer and lighter. They had fantastic bread there too. My dinner was 3 medallions of pork in a sweet balsamic vinegar sauce. Unreal, it was so good. Can’t remember what my husband had, but he loved it I know. We were too stuffed for dessert and so skipped on that

That day it was Sunday and many of the food markets were closed. But there was a local organic farmers market set up right in the center and we bought aged balsamic vinegar and olive oil to bring home. We thought the sellers were more authentic and did notice that all the people shopping there were Italians. We had stopped into Tamburini, but didn’t buy for we thought the prices high. They are more after the tourist dollars I think.
The pictures are from da Gianni

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Gigina
Via Henri Beyle Stendhal, 1, Bologna, Emilia-Romagna 40128, IT

Nov 07, 2011
clarkgranny in Italy

Vienna for One Night in Oct

I want to thank all the Chowhound people for their help in choosing restaurants for my stay in October in Austria. Here is my report back:

We spent a week in Austria. We were mostly in the Salzburg area staying in a mountain ski resort area in Maria Alm, about an hour south of Salzburg

Sat night: In Maria Alm where we were staying for a week as our base our first dinner in Austria was at Hotel Eder. We had the house specialty which was this huge platter of food for two. Really it made enough food for our next night’s dinner back at our apartment. This platter had a pile of different meats and sausages, a mound of French fries, and a bunch of steamed veggies like cauliflower and zucchini. Very good, but again way too much food. We also had Kaiserschmarren ( kind of like a cut up crêpe or French toast with a jam sauce and powdered sugar )and Mohr im Hemd ( warm chocolate cake) for dessert with a bottle of Austrian white wine ( Guner Veltliner)

Monday was spent all day site seeing in Salzburg; got there at about 10 Am and so our first food stop was for a snack at Café Demel. Husband and I both had their coffee in a glass with whip cream (to die for) and a treat. Husband had a lite strudel with a cream cheese inside that was excellent; I had some cake with layers of cream and liquor and meringue. I was in heaven. I am a runner and very fit so I only have sweets once a month or even less occasionally . My time in Austria saw me gain 3 pounds because I had a sweet for lunch and dinner everyday we were there. I took pictures of all food so I can remember each wonderful dessert. After all my travels in the world I have to say Austria had the best desserts by far. Even those stops on the autostrada had wonderful cakes.

But back to Salzburg: Lunch we ended up at the Goldener Hirsch. Only one or two other people in the room but we were quite late for lunch. Husband had a pumpkin soup with pumpkin seed oil dribbled on top; Austria loves their pumpkin see oil and we found it in a lot of recipes. We bought some to take home as gifts for we liked it so much. Indeed I had a salad at this restaurant, which was dressed with pumpkin seed oil. I had the house deer with a wonderful dark sauce with mushrooms and some kind of potato stick (Austrians also love potatoes we discovered). My husband had the duck with a red cabbage that was just excellent; a bottle of white Austrian,wine of course.

After touring around we couldn’t leave Salzburg without having the famous dessert, Nockerln. Since this took 20 minutes to prepare we headed to Café Mozart ; my husband had hot chocolate and I a pot of tea; everything was so beautifully presented on silver trays that it made for a wonderful relaxing experience. The Nockerln was delicious and well worth the wait. It is hard to describe. A baked dish of egg whites with a cranberry sauce to add to it. All very very sweet

After getting back to our hotel area we stopped at a local restaurant and had Austrian goulash and our first wiener schnitzel; very good but nothing to really write about

Next day we drove in the country side to a beautiful laketown, Hallstatt and for lunch had one of our best meals in Austria at Hotel Gruner Baum. My husband had a starter of very large shrimp and I had a local trout tartare with some cucumbers in a dill sauce. Outstanding. Next we both had the local fish from the lake that our table looked out on; we live on an Island on the east coast and my husband’s family are all fisherman. So believe us when we say we know fresh fish. And this fish was very fresh and wonderfully prepared.

Next day we drove to Vienna about 4 hours away. We stayed one night only so just had time for the whirlwind, must-see sites. But our real aim was for good Viennese food. On the way there we were amazed at the quality of the service stations on the Autostrada. The chain called Landzeit has amazing restaurants. One place we stopped had a huge room with so many stands for different foods it was overwhelming. Fresh juices, all kinds of cakes, many breads, coffee stand( with all kinds of coffee), meats and cheeses. The food was heads above most American restaurants much less a something you would find at a road stop. Hats off to the Austrians for best food on the road anywhere in the world! I had my first Austrian apple strudel and my husband had some bacon and eggs with potatoes for breakfast. We also tried the topenstrudle which had a lovely cheese inside. The place used real plates, no paper; cappuccino was served in a lovely glass with silver handle. Again this was a pit stop! Be sure to stop at the Landzeit restaurants if in Austria.

After settling into our hotel in Vienna, we walked to the restaurant Zu den 3 Hacken for lunch. Cute place; husband had Tafelspitz and I had Rindsgulasch; excellent meal and highly recommended. It happened to be the Austrian National Holiday the day we were in Vienna and so in the Hofburg palace area was a huge display of the military and more importantly food stands! So for afternoon snack we tried a sausage with rye bread and a beer. Great! I also got some roasted chestnuts (I am a NY girl).

Dinner was at Zum weissen Rauchfangkehrer which was kind of touristy but we did want typical Viennese food. Staff was very attentive and the evening was pleasant. There was even a piano player. Very romantic atmosphere. We had a cozy booth. We had for starters Leberkase klein and Zanderstrudel. Refreshingly, the portions weren’t huge. For main courses we had Spanferkel and Ente; dessert was Topfenknodel and Apfelstrudel; after finishing off the bottle of wine we had each a glass of excellent ice wine( GL Eis 08 WR Weinrieder).

Next day only allowed for a visit to watch the Lipizzaners practice for a few hours and then lunch before we had to drive back to Maria Alm. We had lunch at the Rote Bar in the Hotel Sacher. It reminded me of the Plaza Hotel and it is fun to have a luxurious lunch occasionally. The service was outstanding and so was the food. I had lamb done two ways with a very finely mashed potato. My husband had the fried chicken with a wonderful potato salad with water cress as a side. We both had a hot chocolate served in a glass with a lot of whipped cream. He had pumpkin cream brûlée kind of parfait with a hard dark chocolate shaped in a free style on the side and homemade ice cream. Fabulous. I had a poppy seed cake with a marvelous icing and two different toppings. Then they gave us a dish of small candies on a silver platter. Again stuffed but oh the Viennese desserts are to die for. On the way back from Vienna we again stopped at a Landzeit. This wasn’t as fancy as the first one but still had great food. We had a coffee and shared a cake with chocolate on top, cream and fresh banana inside. Came from Café Landtmann

That night for dinner at a restaurant in Hotel Urslauerhof in Maria Alm. I ate modestly since I had been eating so much everywhere. So I had a simple beef soup with vegetables and noodles and a salad. My husband had a steak with onions

For our last day we drove the country roads to Germany trying to get to Eagles Nest, which we never got to due to all our stops along the way( beautiful country). By the crow flies it is very close to Maria Alm but you have to go around some of the highest mountains in Austria so the trip took most of the morning. We stopped for lunch in a small Bavarian German town called Reit i.Winkl. It was warm in the alpine sun and so we could sit outside for lovely lunch. We had a plate of fresh and smoked ham and a beef stew( goulash?) that were excellent. We split a dessert after seeing a woman next to us have it. Like an ice cream cake but so much better. Whipped cream everywhere and pure decadence. We also stopped at a bakery in town which had wonderful health bars. They were flat breads with all kinds of seeds. Nice to see something healthy amongst all the more usually bakery goods. We bought some and it was good on the plane ride back

Nov 07, 2011
clarkgranny in Europe

Where to eat lunch on way to Bologna

Great to know. There is nothing in my 2 guide books about the town, but Fred Plotkin says good things about Mantova. We like water and fish so I will try to get there. Depends on our ride from Austria. we have dinner reservations for 8:30 in Bologna at All' Osteria Bottega that night so I need to get rid of car at airport, get to our hotel before then. I will keep Mantova in mind and try. Can't wait for we leave for Venice tomorrow. I'll report back here about all our meals. Thanks again for all your help

Oct 17, 2011
clarkgranny in Italy

Where to eat lunch on way to Bologna

Thanks for the suggestion. It looks like a lovely place and if we get there around lunchtime we will check it out.

Oct 17, 2011
clarkgranny in Italy