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Nova Scotia Trip next week

1. If your route from Charlottetown to Wolfville will allow you to pass through Stanley Bridge, Carr's Oyster Bar is well worth a stop. Start with at least a dozen Malpeques, try their steamed shellfish and then finish with a whole lobster. Other worthwhile dishes include the pan-fried oysters (you can order these without the chips for about $3 less).

2. In Truro, NS, try fish and chips at Murphy's, located in a strip mall in town.

3. In Halifax, Obladee Wine Bar is a lovely place to sit with a glass of wine and some nicely prepared small plates.

4. Just past the infamous Peggy's Cove, in Indian Harbour, try Ryer's Lobster Shack. It's a bit hard to find, but, I'm told, it is well worth the detour. We tried to visit on a Tuesday at lunchtime, but found them closed.

5. The Five Fishermen, in Halifax, is quite popular with natives and tourists alike. The bar area is less formal and offers a different menu than the dining area upstairs. Inspect both menus before deciding.

6. With eleven locations on PEI and one in Halifax, Moo offers some of the best ice cream in North America. Try their maple walnut and their strawberry sorbet.

7. In Lunenburg, you have many choices of excellent dining. Try the clams and fish and chips at The South Shore Fish Shack. Next door, at The Savvy Sailor, be sure to have the scallops with maple glaze. They are sourced from nearby beds by Adams and Knickle (A&K). I assure you they will be the best scallops you've ever tasted.

1 day ago
famdoc in Atlantic Canada

Are ramps coming up in Central NJ?

File under #GMA@B: one excellent Bucks County farm market has ramps for $24.99/lb. and one vendor at the otherwise fabulous Stockton (NJ) Farmers Market wants $30/lb. As I recall, crack cocaine was cheaper. Let's see if Wegman's still has them for $14.95/lb.

May 09, 2015
famdoc in New Jersey

New York - Best Michelin 3 Star

I've been to Brooklyn Fare, Daniel, Jean Georges and Le Bernardin.
Brooklyn Fare is the most unique of the bunch and certainly one of the finest meals I've every had. Le Bernardin is my regular, special occasion restaurant. Never had a bad meal. Service and ambiance are wonderful. Daniel and Jean Georges are both elegant and enjoyable.
Depending upon when your special occasion is, it may come down to where you can score a reservation. Brooklyn Fare has an insane system of reservations, whereby you can only call on a Monday morning six weeks before your desired seating. Le Bernardin takes reservations on the first day of the month preceding the date you desire. I've hit redial a hundred times, only to find that 5:30 and 10:00 tables remain for my desired date. I usually take the 5:30 and request to be called when a better time opens up...it almost always does. It's been a few years since my last visit to Jean Georges, but I don't recall it being too difficult, with advance planning, to get a table. Daniel is the easiest of the bunch. Let us know what you decide.

May 07, 2015
famdoc in Manhattan

The Pass has closed....now where do you go?

I've heard good things about Yardley. The meal you had sounds great, but I'm not ready to die for any dessert. Are they BYO?

Apr 29, 2015
famdoc in New Jersey

The Pass has closed....now where do you go?

I guess this can sort of evolve into "the best of Bucks and Hunterdon", but I'd like to hear answers to the above query from regulars at Matt Ridgway's now-shuttered Pass in Rosemont. My only criteria are: intelligent, creative chef, using fresh, often local, ingredients, serving wine-friendly food in a BYO setting.

I'll start things off by repeating my previous claim: Maize on Main is probably Bucks County's best restaurant (since my last visit, however, the tasting menu has disappeared from their web site. Not sure if it has also disappeared from their menu). I'm also a fan of Hamilton's Grill Room (a bit controversial, if recent posts on this subject are any indication, but I've never had a disappointing meal there and the setting is lovely), D'Floret (Dennis Foy has quite a following and most, but not all, of my meals there have been quite enjoyable), Caleb's American Restaurant in Lahaska (food gets a solid 8/10, service sometimes a bit spotty, the room can get noisy on a busy Friday or Saturday, but his Farmer's Dinners are a real highlight).

So, there are my four alternatives to The Pass. What are yours?

Apr 29, 2015
famdoc in New Jersey

Four days in Nova Scotia/PEI/NB

Plans are tentative at this time, but I imagine we'll spend the first day and evening in Halifax.

Apr 26, 2015
famdoc in Atlantic Canada

Four days in Nova Scotia/PEI/NB

We're flying into Halifax and then driving to PEI, perhaps with a stop in Francophone New Brunswick. No itinerary, we're just going to stop wherever the spirit moves us. Would appreciate suggestions of good places to eat along our route (probably 102-->104-->Trans-Canada). We enjoy seafood/shellfish, local color and a decent wine list (or BYO, if it exists in Canada).
Thank you/Merci a l'avance.

Apr 25, 2015
famdoc in Atlantic Canada

Are ramps coming up in Central NJ?

$14.99/lb @ Wegman's in Bridgewater. Very nice looking. It'll take a little time to check out: the 4-digit code for ramps isn't in the store's computer and the check-out person will need a manager to manually enter it. In the meanwhile, you can provide a bit of a culinary education to other customers and check-out people, who were all wondering what the *@+!? those things are, why they're worth $14.99/lb. (are they?, you be the judge) and what you can do with them.

http://www.seriouseats.com/2015/04/ra...

Apr 19, 2015
famdoc in New Jersey

Are ramps coming up in Central NJ?

Suspect that the ramps you saw at Whole Foods are from the South. The cold, snowy winter we had has delayed local ramps.
There were ramps in a dish I had on Thursday evening at a restaurant in Brooklyn. Server told me they were from Georgia.

Apr 18, 2015
famdoc in New Jersey

Brick Farm Tavern, Hopewell

Chowhound rule 1: No secrets.
Who the chef "may be"? Hmmm.

Apr 15, 2015
famdoc in New Jersey

Chow-worthy BBQ in Stockton NJ

One of the highlights of our weekends is a visit to the Stockton Market. Great food, great produce, friendly and cheerful vendors.
Not a BBQ fan? Try the Market Pizza, a crepe or a wrap with a smoothie. Then, finish it all with an ice cream or sorbet.

Apr 13, 2015
famdoc in New Jersey
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Bricolage - Vietnamese in Park Slope

Our first visit to Bricolage was an enjoyable one for all. Nice to have a Vietnamese place of this quality in the neighborhood. Nice that they accept reservations, since we're not keen on waiting an hour or more for a table at a popular place.

This is a place to go as a group, since all dishes are served family style and there's economy of scale here. We ordered two crepes, a salad, spring rolls, noodles and the branzino. We also ordered two bottles of a fine gamay from Beaujolais ($57 each). We were all full, but not stuffed. Service was friendly, efficient and prompt, yet we never felt rushed. Sommelier is extremely knowledgable and helpful. The crepes were certainly the highlight for all. The branzino, while excellent, was a little small for four and for the price ($32). A nearby table was served a noticeably larger fish, however. With one dessert (the tapioca with mango--delicious), with tip, the total was $250 for four. Highly recommended.

Apr 13, 2015
famdoc in Outer Boroughs

Matt Ridgway is closing The Pass in Rosemont! (horrors!)

If you're headed back to The Pass in their final two weeks, be advised they're now cash only. No credit cards.

Apr 11, 2015
famdoc in New Jersey

Old, broken down, atmospheric, bayou restaurant?

Was at Poche's a few months ago. Cafeteria-style, but not "broken-down". Daily specials. Great gumbo, dirty rice.
Plenty of food for the money.

Apr 01, 2015
famdoc in New Orleans
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Old, broken down, atmospheric, bayou restaurant?

Pat's is really not particularly broken down and the food there is decent. Music is outstanding.

Apr 01, 2015
famdoc in New Orleans

Matt Ridgway is closing The Pass in Rosemont! (horrors!)

@Gastronomic: wouldn't that be great. However, I hardly consider Stockton a "city". (For that matter, Rosemont is barely even a "town".)

Apr 01, 2015
famdoc in New Jersey

Matt Ridgway is closing The Pass in Rosemont! (horrors!)

A little more news since I posted this, Matt has posted the announcement to his Facebook page, indicating that he was pursuing an endeavor in another city.

https://www.facebook.com/AtThePass

Apr 01, 2015
famdoc in New Jersey

Matt Ridgway is closing The Pass in Rosemont! (horrors!)

According to his web site: "Our last service at The PASS will be on Saturday, April 25, 2015"

The menu for the final month remains the same as that of the past several months.

No reason for shuttering is given. It's always been full on nights I've been there.

I'll sincerely miss The Pass.

Apr 01, 2015
famdoc in New Jersey

Crawfish po'boy and hushpuppies at Felix

For a few moments the other day, I had a glimpse of Nirvana when, in addition to the grilled oysters and a dozen raw oysters, I ordered the crawfish po'boy and asked our server to substitute some hushpuppies for the french fries. The bread was fine, but the crawfish were abundant and tasty, the po'boy dressed with just the right amount of lettuce, tomato, pickle and mayo. And, those hushpuppies, spicy and luxuriant. Highly recommended.

Apr 01, 2015
famdoc in New Orleans

Coquette

Returning for our third Coquette visit this coming Saturday evening...first stab at Chef's Menu, very excited about this.
Will report back.

Mar 26, 2015
famdoc in New Orleans

The Pass (Rosemont, NJ): Prix-fixe price and format change

We were there on a Saturday evening about two weeks ago and were discourage by our server, after consulting the kitchen, from ordering the tasting menu. The a la carte certainly had enough choices to make us happy.

Jan 28, 2015
famdoc in New Jersey

Hamilton's Grill Room

---HGR has always taken credit cards
---Many restaurants now require a credit card number when booking. Just a few miles from HGR, The Pass is a comparable restaurant, that requires diners booking through Open Table to secure reservations with a credit card
---I come down on the side that the quality of the food and the experience at HGR makes it worth spending a bit extra
---I was last there just before this new policy, so I can only trust you all that it really exists. If it does, it's not particularly good PR
---Like so many other belly aches on Chowhound (and, this one's a legitimate belly ache), I wish as many people would speak up to management about it as those who write about it. I'm sure I'm not alone among those who feel that if you're paying to dine in a restaurant, you are entitled to speak up if you're (legitimately) treated discourteously. Willing to bet there would be an "Alice's Restaurant" phenomenon here ("And if three people do it! Can you imagine three people walkin' in, singin'a bar of "Alice's Restaurant"and walkin'out? They may think it's an organization!
And can you imagine fifty people a day? I said FIFTY people a day
Walkin' in, singin' a bar of "Alice's Restaurant" and walkin' out? Friends, they may think it's a MOVEMENT").

Jan 13, 2015
famdoc in New Jersey
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Runa Peruvian Cuisine Red Bank

First visit, yesterday, for lunch. Vegetable empanadas were gorgeous, flaky, light and tasty. Runa salad, consisting of a quinoa base topped with lettuce and other salad veggies, was tasty. But, what attracted me the most was the catch of the day, the mahi, served to another table. Beautiful presentation and the customer looked very satisfied, practically inhaling the dish. Sauces are the strong point here: virtually every dish presented with some colorful sauce, utilizing Peruvian herbs and spices. Service was excellent. Did not have any cebiches, but will next visit.

Jan 12, 2015
famdoc in New Jersey

Tacos and empanadas in Doylestown

New taqueria in downtown Doylestown, and Empanada Mama open a few months. Any feedback?

Jan 04, 2015
famdoc in Philadelphia

Pizza in/near Lambertville

Allow me to change my prior recommendation to say that Lambertville's own Nomad spin-off, Liberty Hall Pizza, is excellent. You no longer need to travel to Hopewell for outstanding wood-oven fired Neopolitan-style pizza.

Jan 04, 2015
famdoc in New Jersey
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Best time to visit Katz's and Russ & Daughters

I'm not sure whether you're referring to Russ and Daughters' store or cafe. I can't speak for the cafe, but there is little, if any, wait at the store most afternoons. In addition, you can order for pick-up without a wait, through their web site. IMHO, the wait on busy days at the store is part of the Russ and Daughters experience. The people waiting are always talkative, nice and full of stories of years of shopping there.

Dec 22, 2014
famdoc in Manhattan

Pizza in/near Lambertville

This is VERY exciting:

libertyhallpizza.com

Dec 20, 2014
famdoc in New Jersey

The Inn at Phillips Mill, New Hope - has anyone been?

Service has definitely slipped there. As I described in my most recent entry, the hostess was overwhelmed and, as a result, a bottleneck developed at the entrance. A relatively inexperienced server mispronounced several menu items and brought our mains before our starters. In the past, there was a server who had been there for many years who could be relied upon to make the dining experience more enjoyable. I think he's retired or moved on.

Dec 17, 2014
famdoc in Philadelphia

The Pass (Rosemont, NJ): Prix-fixe price and format change

Hmmm....reviving this thread because I've noticed yet another change: The Pass is back to the $40 three-course prix-fixe, in addition to the $75 six-course chef's dinner. Now, we can order a la carte. Cheese is no longer an option on the three-course (unless you order it separately for $8/$14).
Finally, instead of three starters and three mains to choose from, we're now offered five choices from each.

Haven't been there since the new format, so am anxious to hear from others who have. We're headed back just after Christmas.

Dec 16, 2014
famdoc in New Jersey

LOURO: PROVING ME WRONG ABOUT COMPLEX MIXTURES

"I think the key to this restaurant is that Mr. Santos cooks with cheerfulness. That is his key ingredient. "

The best description I have read of David's approach to cooking.
Glad you liked the place. I've been a fan since the day he opened.
Suggest you check out his Monday night supper clubs.

Nov 28, 2014
famdoc in Manhattan