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Unheralded Brooklyn Restaurants

Folks,
How is James (in Prospect Heights)? How does it compare with the more heralded Battersby (in Cobble Hill) which I loved from my 1 visit ~ a year ago.

thanks!
Janet

about 17 hours ago
janet T in Outer Boroughs

Pizza

Thanks, BeanTownGolfer! Agree, always order for the morning!

Jul 02, 2014
janet T in Chicago Area

Ice cream

Thanks, gonzo and weinstein! Black dog is barking!

The concrete topping sounds delicious. I'm a big on Leon's in Milwaukee, especially their butter pecan topped w a heap of pecans. I never understood the Kopp's fans ;-)

Jul 02, 2014
janet T in Chicago Area

Pizza

Thanks, weinstein, gonzo and nsxtasy!

My CHI visit is the end of July. Thanks for taking care of me in case we're in the mood for pizza between all the "real meals" ;-)

@nsxtasy, bring on the sauce. I'm now awares!

Jul 02, 2014
janet T in Chicago Area

Pizza

What's your favorite pizza for great quality toppings, cheese and crust?

Jun 30, 2014
janet T in Chicago Area

Ice cream

What's your favorite ice cream/gelato? and what flavor?

Black Dog Gelato sounds great.

thanks!
Janet

Jun 30, 2014
janet T in Chicago Area

Bucks County (or Washington Crossing)

Hello,
This Friday (Feb7) I'll be road tripping from N NJ down to Bucks County, Washington Crossing (Crossing Vineyards), Lambertville and Princeton. Any great chow spots for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, etc? Ideally healthy/veggie-friendly.

thank you!
Janet

Feb 03, 2014
janet T in Philadelphia

Help pick 2 Italian places

Thanks for the speedy replies, Pago77 and foodwhisper! Especially for all the options & details.

I booked Osteria Morini and will report back. We're heeding Pago's comment and going early before the din!

Sep 04, 2013
janet T in Manhattan

Help pick 2 Italian places

Folks,
If food and moderately priced (e.g. perla, peasant) was the ONLY criteria, what italian place would you suggest? including perla, peasant. I need a spot for tonight ;-) thank you!

Sep 04, 2013
janet T in Manhattan

Where do you dine at least once a month?

Angelica Kitchen -- daily special menu only.
Best value point in the city. So good for you.

(thanks for this thread! My new top NYC restaurant list ;-)

Aug 05, 2013
janet T in Manhattan

SYD: what's comparable to (the now closed) Universal?

Hello,
I really miss the talent (creative, reliably good) in Christine Mansfield's kitchen at Universal. Can you suggest something comparable. I have SixPenney booked this week.

Also, have you seen this food trip Christine is leading in India in October:
http://www.epicurioustravel.com.au/jo... The price is hefty. Still debating.

thanks!
Janet

Jul 28, 2013
janet T in Australia/New Zealand

SYD wine bars with most talented chef

Hello,
What SYD wine bars do you suggest with the most talented kitchen for dinner? Anywhere in the city surrounds is fine.

thanks!
Janet

Jul 28, 2013
janet T in Australia/New Zealand

The Cloisters at Sea Island

Hi folks!
any recent reports about The Cloisters on Sea Island, GA? I'm thinking of staying there wed & thurs night this week. I hoping at least the breakfast (in The Georgian Room?) is special. For lunch/dinner I don't mind paying the premium if the food is fresh/creative. Should we eat out somewhere?

I saw old thread that mentioned some alternatives. Cargo Portside Grill and a few others:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/700849

thank you!
Janet

Jul 15, 2013
janet T in Southeast

Creative Breakfast beyond eggs & biscuits

Thanks, all! General Muir looks especially good.
http://www.thegeneralmuir.com/menu

Jul 13, 2013
janet T in Atlanta

Creative Breakfast beyond eggs & biscuits

Who is doing the most creative, delicious breakfast anywhere near Atlanta? Something as healthy & delicious as Flying Biscuit's Oatmeal pancakes, Collard Green scramble and biscuit & rhubarb jam would be great.

Thank you!
Janet

Jul 10, 2013
janet T in Atlanta

What's great around Mountain View/Palo Alto -- Cascal, Joya, Tamarine; veggie-friendly?

So I went to Crenn on Saturday night for the shorter menu. It's was good but I'll take Manresa any day.

One interesting incident. The squab skin had quite a layer of fat on it. I could barely chew it, likewise for my friend. After taking a good 4 minutes to catch the eye of our waiter and any of the nearby wait folks (in a very small dining room) we requested to swap it for something else. The "something else" turned out to be some sort of meat dish that clearly wasn't anything special. It was undercooked and so chewy that again we could barely break it down. We sent that back, this time asking for a fish substitute.

On both send backs the waiter never apologized and acted a bit put out. Crenn was out visiting some tables during the night but never ours. We enjoyed the beet dessert and ending sweets but have no desire to return. Service reminded me of cold robots. I agree w Bauer's review.

Janet

May 05, 2013
janet T in San Francisco Bay Area

What's great around Mountain View/Palo Alto -- Cascal, Joya, Tamarine; veggie-friendly?

Thanks, goldangl95! All Spice chef bio looks great. I'll be back in couple weeks to check it out. http://www.allspicerestaurant.com/sac...

eatzlot,
I appreciated the Cascal history, thank you!

janet

May 05, 2013
janet T in San Francisco Bay Area

Potala - vegan gem in Albany

Delicious vegetarian. Amazing deal for $13.95. Very macro(biotic).
http://www.potalavegan.com

May 05, 2013
janet T in San Francisco Bay Area

What's great around Mountain View/Palo Alto -- Cascal, Joya, Tamarine; veggie-friendly?

eatzalot, bbulkow, mdg, macdog,
Thanks for the fab coverage! We went to Cascal (ugh! the event date got moved up last minute and they were the most convenient). As you warned very ho hum. I'd never go back. 7 years back they seemed much better. Only somewhat decent thing was a sizzling shrimp. we sampled 10 tapas.

I stopped at Joya last Sat night to do a quick pre-test. The bay scallops was OK. too much bacon IMO. kale w grapes OK. dessert of pineapple cake. pretty good. Overall i wasn't wowed and they couldn't take our group mid week.

Last night 4 of us went to Manresa, one was strict vegetarian, for the prix fixe $125. Every course was superb! Even better than my last visit 6 yrs ago. Fab service. Makes up for Cascal! one miss ... the pear ginger virgin drink at the start. Too lemony. odd. I should have sent it back.

I'll be back soon with you list and eatzlot at hand. I'm off to Crenn in SF this Saturday and will report back. I went once b4 when they opened and did a la carte. They were packed and let me order to go. Best takeaway meal ever ;-)

Eat well, appreciatively,
Janet

May 03, 2013
janet T in San Francisco Bay Area

What's great around Mountain View/Palo Alto -- Cascal, Joya, Tamarine; veggie-friendly?

Something closer than Manresa (Los Gatos) to the Mountain View/Palo Alto area. What other great, veggie-friendly, restaurants would you suggest within 20-25 minutes during rush hour? Any cuisine. Indian, etc.

I'm tired of Evivva. How's Cascal, Joya and Tamarine these days? Who has the most talented kitchen these days?

Thank you!!
Janet

Apr 29, 2013
janet T in San Francisco Bay Area

Best Meat Butchers in Bergen County Area ??

Fresh Market is decent in Montvale, Upper Saddle River.

Apr 29, 2013
janet T in New Jersey

El Celler de Can Roca, World's Best Restaurant 2013

+1 dined there 2 yrs ago. Heard about it here. Thank you, Hounds!

Apr 29, 2013
janet T in Spain/Portugal

Is Greens on the Uphill? [San Francisco]

I made the mistake of stopping in for Sunday brunch in March. Very poor. Definitely past its prime. Don't go. Even the bathroom looked worn and the air in the restaurant actually had a very faint musty odor.

I've only been once before -- an awesome dinner in the late 80s.

Apr 27, 2013
janet T in San Francisco Bay Area

Greek and Turkish Restaurants

All,
Thanks for the great suggestions here. What do think is the most talented Greek (or Turkish) kitchen for a reliable, high quality, creative meal? i.e. fabulous appetizers, entrees (fish at least), desserts? A relative suggests Thalassa.

thank you!
Janet

Nov 20, 2012
janet T in Manhattan

Byron Bay favorites

hi creativenutrition,
yes, too late for me, but not the lucky folks that come after. great tips. Town & Milk & Honey were on my list had I another few days. I did make it to the Thursday Byron market. what a great vibe.

thanks for posting!
janet

Oct 11, 2012
janet T in Australia/New Zealand

Sydney: Universal & Book Kitchen

hi hounds,
2 great meals from a recent trip to SYD:

breakfast @ The Book Kitchen
don't miss the raspberry muffin if they have it. i'll email them for it

dinner @ Universal

avoid: Aria (by the Opera House). stuffy old ripoff. and Bill's in Darlinghurst breakfast didn't seem nearly as exciting as 11 yrs ago. They don't even carmelize the banana on their famous ricotta cakes (mine were dry & boring).

Janet

Sep 11, 2012
janet T in Australia/New Zealand

Byron Bay favorites

Thanks much for the tip, NEXT time! Some locals also mentioned TT. My favorites this trip were:

targa
targarestaurant.com/
fab breakfast, nice vibe
(IMHO, Sydney and similar Australian tourist spots do THE best breakfasts. check out their menu: http://targarestaurant.com/food/colaz...

)

111
111 jonson st
for any meals

thanks,
Janet

Sep 11, 2012
janet T in Australia/New Zealand

Sydney Restaurant Choices - Advice appreciated

thanks for reporting back. couple more comments from my recent trip:

universal -- fabulous
otto -- overrated
aria -- REALLY overrated
book kitchen -- great breakfast, don't miss the raspberry muffin if u like that berry
ume -- i don't get it. nothing tasted particularly special
food society -- really fun and great eastern european. enjoyed the table menu

janet

Aug 28, 2012
janet T in Australia/New Zealand

Byron Bay favorites

Hello,
I'm in Byron Bay this week looking to eat well tues-friday. I'd love to hear your favorites for brekkie, lunch, dinner, ice cream, chocolate, gourmet markets, etc. Preferably creative, super fresh any price range.

Thank you!
Janet, visiting from NYC

Aug 18, 2012
janet T in Australia/New Zealand

Great Sushi near Campbell

Thanks kind responders!

Akane it is. Hopefully EOW. Hail to Sushi Monster!

janet

Apr 28, 2012
janet T in San Francisco Bay Area