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

It's Atlanta...

"Matthew Ridgway returned to Atlanta to work with restaurant group, Southern Proper Hospitality. He spent a few years down there before, working with Joël Antunes. Matt is currently helping make two great restaurants even better: http://www.gypsykitchenatl.com/ and http://www.thesoutherngentlemanatl.com/"

Jun 24, 2015
famdoc in New Jersey

Bon Appetit names Pizzeria Beddia the best in America: agree or disagree?

Jun 23, 2015
famdoc in Philadelphia

For those fans of Brian's in Lambertville and those wondering

More and more restaurants are "cash only" these days, including a few in the Lambertville/New Hope area.

We enjoyed a very fine meal at NoLa on Saturday evening. The room has been redone a stark white, with plenty of windows to let the sun shine in. Upon entering, there's a counter for individual diners and a few tables. The main dining room is nicely laid out, without crowding.

I had a leek "cheesecake", which was a variation on a leek tart theme. I also had the gnocchi. Prices are very reasonable (two apps, two mains and a shared dessert) was less than $100, including tip. Service friendly and helpful. Noise level very tolerable. BYO is, of course, a real plus. While I don't think NoLa will fully replace The Pass, I think it's a great addition to the local dining scene.

By the way, there are tables set in front of the restaurant, but I'm not sure too many people will find eating in a parking lot a romantic option.

Chef's Table at Brooklyn Fare: Price increase (?)

Price now listed at $306 per person, but that includes "service fee", but not tax. Is this a price increase?

Jun 17, 2015
famdoc in Outer Boroughs

Gluten-free friendly bakeries in Brooklyn

http://everybodyeats-inc.com/

Third Ave. and Carroll St. in Gowanus/Park Slope.
My wife, who is doing the gluten-free thing, loves their stuff.

Jun 16, 2015
famdoc in Outer Boroughs

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

I think he's still in Paris. He's managed to keep his plans under wraps. My money is on LA, since that's where his wife is from.

Jun 11, 2015
famdoc in New Jersey

For those fans of Brian's in Lambertville and those wondering

So, to clarify, NoLa opens with a prix-fixe dinner tonight, Wednesday, and with an a la carte menu tomorrow. Brian will be the chef at NoLa for the first several months, and then will return to Lambertville.
The menu at NoLa is described as Mediterranean and different than Brian's menu. Like Brian's, it will be cash only and BYO. The above phone number is for the Lambertville location, while the phone number in Stockton is 609.460.4863.

Jun 10, 2015
famdoc in New Jersey

For those fans of Brian's in Lambertville and those wondering

So, how was the dinner? And, is there any word about when NoLa will be opening? Is the name of the restaurant a playful reference to New Orleans, or is it just a reference to its location north of Lambertville?

Jun 10, 2015
famdoc in New Jersey

Where can I buy really nice loose leaf tea?

Very nice tea stand at the Stockton Market. Couple who run it very knowledgeable and have weekly specials. Well worth the trip.

Jun 09, 2015
famdoc in New Jersey

Lafayette, Louisiana Restaurants

We've been to Acadiana twice in the past eighteen months. You did well. Let me add three places: Myran's Maison de Manger in Arnaudville, Pont Breaux's Cajun Restaurant in Breaux Bridge (food gets a 5, live music an 8) and Poche's Market (the lunches are excellent and abundant...daily specials).

Jun 08, 2015
famdoc in New Orleans

Extra seat for Chef's Table at Brooklyn Fare reservation 6/10

Please let us know if your problem is solved (ie, I might like to be third in line for that seat).

Jun 07, 2015
famdoc in Outer Boroughs

Louro closing

and his piri-piri shrimp (and numerous other dishes...)

Jun 04, 2015
famdoc in Manhattan

Louro closing

A big loss. David is a man with great integrity. He didn't play games. He just made good food and made people eating his food very happy. Forget about "vibe" or "buzz", Louro (and his supper club) was a place for adults to enjoy well-prepared food.

Hope he surfaces somewhere else soon. NYC commercial real estate costs are prohibitive, though. It's tough for anyone to make it these days.

Jun 04, 2015
famdoc in Manhattan

For those fans of Brian's in Lambertville and those wondering

Already booked for dinner on Saturday evening (Trinity Episcopal Church's Lobster Dinner in Solebury), but count me as excited about such a fine new choice for local dining, particularly since The Pass has closed. Hope one of you will report back and I'll look to reserve for next weekend.

Jun 03, 2015
famdoc in New Jersey
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Nova Scotia Trip next week

You are right, the place is, indeed, called Cows.
I guess I was still recovering from my brain freeze when I wrote that entry.

Jun 03, 2015
famdoc in Atlantic Canada
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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.

May 26, 2015
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