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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.

2 days ago
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

Good pre-matinee restaurant near Lincoln Center

That's a bit tight. Lincoln can serve quickly (perhaps you need to limit yourself to a starter and a pasta) if you inform your server you've got a 1 PM curtain. There's always a bowl of soup or a sandwich at (gasp!) Le Pain Quotidien.

Nov 26, 2014
famdoc in Manhattan

Pre Theatre

Marseille and Nizza, which, I believe, are owned by same group, both have quite good food, reasonably priced, with agreeable service. Tell your server you have a curtain to catch and you'll be served promptly. Recommend the bouillabaisse at Marseille and the socca at Nizza. If you can't get a reservation with such short notice, you can eat at the bar at either place.

Nov 26, 2014
famdoc in Manhattan

B√Ętard

Figured I'd update this thread, as I made a return visit last evening and am pleased to report a much more tolerable noise level, outstanding service and a delightful meal. Highly recommend the roasted beet linzer and the cod. Appreciated the number of quality wines priced at $65 or less. Also noted a number of guests enjoying their meal at the bar. On my prior visit, found the bartender to be delightful. Can imagine walking in for a meal at the bar as being a great way to spend an hour or so.

Nov 12, 2014
famdoc in Manhattan

Brooklyn Pizza around Barclays

Virtually empty each time I've passed it.
They need to do some outreach/marketing.

Nov 06, 2014
famdoc in Outer Boroughs

First time at Zahav

Tayim is more than enough food and a sampling of everything that's great about Zahav. Consider requesting a wine pairing.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/992777

enjoy! I'm confident you'll be hooked by the great cuisine, the service and the ambiance.

Nov 06, 2014
famdoc in Philadelphia
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