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Monterey non touristy seafood lunch

Go to Phil's Fish Market in Moss Landing. Their cioppino is not to be beat.

Sep 18, 2013
RobertLaughlin in California

Homemade corned beef using tri tip?

Pay no attention to Coribdx and rasputina. Tri-tip makes excellent corned beef; in fact, it's the specialty of my local custom butcher, Chico Locker and Sausage. Just remember to cook it gently: poach corned beef, don't boil it.

Jun 11, 2013
RobertLaughlin in Home Cooking

The Single Most Overrated Dish

Try tartar steak sometime, RMJ. It's not rubbery, and the customary relishes leave it anything but bland.

May 14, 2013
RobertLaughlin in General Topics
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The Single Most Overrated Dish

I like Salisbury steak, but putting a bun around it ruins it.

May 14, 2013
RobertLaughlin in General Topics
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Must-Try Places in Sacramento for an SF Hound?

The best can't-find-in-SF Sacto street food is Cornish pasties. I recommend the ones served at The Fox and Goose, which also has a killer assortment of British beers and ales.

Feb 26, 2013
RobertLaughlin in California

Oldest Chinese Restaurant in Bay Area

We're straying awfully far from the purpose of this board: to discuss food.

Sep 08, 2012
RobertLaughlin in San Francisco Bay Area

Oldest Chinese Restaurant in Bay Area

Tong Fong Low Restaurant in Oroville is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. I find it amusing that there are so many Chinese restaurants in the Central Valley older than any in the Bay Area.

Sep 08, 2012
RobertLaughlin in San Francisco Bay Area

Sacramento's Top Ten Sandwiches?

A note for people who live at the northern end of the Sacramento Valley. Nobby's is a hamburger joint in Chico owned by relatives of the same people who own the Squeeze Inn. Reportedly, Nobby's makes a burger that is very much like the squeeze with cheese.

Jul 27, 2012
RobertLaughlin in California

Great find in Orland

For years, downtown Orland has been trying to make something of itself. I'm glad to see they've finally got a Chowhound-worthy restaurant.

Jul 27, 2012
RobertLaughlin in California

Just moved to Sacramento area from Iowa - Suggestions?

Yes, it's at Denio's.

May 25, 2012
RobertLaughlin in California

Where can I purchase ramps in the Monterey area?

Ramps are endemic to the Appalachian Watershed. Common as they are in that area, getting them in California is about as difficult as getting abalone in Tennessee. I can't even imagine who might be able to supply them in the Monterey Bay Area.

Apr 13, 2012
RobertLaughlin in California

Birthday dinner in Sacramento

If you go for distinctive ambience, you might consider the Delta King. After all, how many restaurants are aboard a paddlewheel riverboat?

Apr 07, 2012
RobertLaughlin in California

Is there a good old-fashioned sit down deli in Sacramento?

I don't know if Sam's Deli is still around, but if it is, I can personally vouch for their matzo ball soup; that's what I had the one time I dined there.

Apr 07, 2012
RobertLaughlin in California

Sacramento's Top Ten Sandwiches?

I can recommend the steak sub at Sam's Sub Shop and the classic hot dog at The Wienery. And of course everyone knows about the squeeze with cheese at The Squeeze Inn.

Apr 07, 2012
RobertLaughlin in California

California for two weeks - SF, Napa, Yosemite, and Highway One

Consider Armenian food while you're in Fresno, because it's an ethnic cuisine you won't find elsewhere. AJ's and Marat's are the best choices.

Apr 03, 2012
RobertLaughlin in California

lunch in or around Sacto -- not burgers 'n fries, please

Cornish pasties have been a popular lunch item in this region ever since the Gold Rush. A lot of people swear by the pasty shops in Grass Valley, but my recommendation is The Fox and Goose in Sacramento.

Apr 03, 2012
RobertLaughlin in California

100 things you should eat before you die- sacramento

Ice cream at Gunther's. I love their Butter Brickle, and a lot of other people swear by their Birthday Cake ice cream.

Jan 02, 2012
RobertLaughlin in California

Basque Restaurants, where are they?

I hope it's not too late in the history of this post to recommend Basque Norte in Chico.

Dec 21, 2011
RobertLaughlin in California

Who here eats steak for breakfast?

Potatoes O'Brien is just the thing to have with a breakfast steak.

Dec 20, 2011
RobertLaughlin in General Topics

Perfect Vidallia Onion Sandwich

Cut a loaf of baguette bread into thin slices, and butter the slices generously; two thin slices of onion fill each sandwich. This is a marvelous complement to cold fried chicken on a picnic (and don't forget the potato salad and watermelon pickles).

Dec 14, 2011
RobertLaughlin in Home Cooking

This foodie just moved from NYC area to Sacramento and needs help!

Haven't eaten at Juno or the Crocker Gallery, so I can't help you there.

One local specialty you must try eventually is Cornish pasties, popularized here by the Cornish miners who came during the Gold Rush. There are plenty of pasty shops in Sacramento and the Mother Lode country, but the best pasties IMO are at Sacramento's The Fox and Goose (which is also the best English pub in town).

Dec 14, 2011
RobertLaughlin in California

Cioppino

An important no-no when you're making cioppino: don't add mushrooms. They'll absorb the flavor of the wine, leaving none in the broth.

Dec 02, 2011
RobertLaughlin in Home Cooking

Thanksgiving dinner: What is your LEAST favorite menu item that you can't get rid of?

Taking a cue from pumpkins and Christmas fruitcakes, I wish there were a competition in which you could hurl green bean casseroles from catapults.

Dec 02, 2011
RobertLaughlin in General Topics

Substitute shrimp for crab in crab cakes?

Sorry, friends, but it won't work. I once tried making a crab cake with chopped shrimp and the result was horrible; you really do need the flaky texture of crab to keep the cakes from ending up as gloppy, gelatinous masses of crustacean protein.

Dec 02, 2011
RobertLaughlin in Home Cooking

San Francisco to Los Angeles Itinerary Recommendations/Help

The short answer is: take the coastal highways. If you drive to LA via the San Joaquin Valley, you won't be able to find as many really good eateries (this is the verdict of someone who lives on the Highway 99 corridor and cannot be accused of local favoritism).

Dec 02, 2011
RobertLaughlin in California

2011 - Eggnog has arrived

If you live in the Bay Area, just pick up a carton of Bud's at your local supermarket; you won't be sorry.

Dec 02, 2011
RobertLaughlin in San Francisco Bay Area

This foodie just moved from NYC area to Sacramento and needs help!

Two recommendations for you, tafttiger. The best Italian deli in town is Corti Brothers, and the best place to get a hot dog is The Wienery. Welcome to the Golden State!

Nov 29, 2011
RobertLaughlin in California

Your Favorite Retro Dishes

Carpetbag steak is supposed to contain oysters, not crabmeat.

Oct 20, 2011
RobertLaughlin in General Topics

Leftovers better than the original?

What I like best about making a beef roast is making miroton with the leftovers next day.

Oct 20, 2011
RobertLaughlin in Home Cooking