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Good Bar Food / Pub Grub?

Molly's

Apr 13, 2014
carfreeinla in Manhattan

manhattan - best shop for indian spice mixes

If you are thinking of Penzeys, they have closed.

Apr 03, 2014
carfreeinla in Manhattan

Hometown Bar-B-Que Red Hook

Agreed. You asked so I answered. Thankfully I have many places left to try that hopefully will compare. Isn't that why we are on this site?

Apr 02, 2014
carfreeinla in Outer Boroughs

Hometown Bar-B-Que Red Hook

I have not tried enough of the Brooklyn places that have recently opened. When Hill Country opened its Manhattan location a few years back, I thought that they were really on the right track- unfortunately, save the brisket ( and that is my least favorite menu item when it comes to bbq), its no longer on my list. I don't tend to be such a downer on my praise in most categories.

Apr 01, 2014
carfreeinla in Outer Boroughs

Hometown Bar-B-Que Red Hook

I was not excited by it. Prices were sky high ( I am spoiled by annual trips to Lockhart) and quality was just ok.

Mar 30, 2014
carfreeinla in Outer Boroughs

Gluten Free Breakfast options near LAX?

Excellent suggestion. Will try it

Mar 24, 2014
carfreeinla in Los Angeles Area

Gluten Free Breakfast options near LAX?

I have CD and I think that the closest place I have eaten to LAX is Dinah's. 10 minutes is tough because it can take you that long to get in and out of the airport.

Mar 20, 2014
carfreeinla in Los Angeles Area

Where to have lunch with my four-month old on the Westside?

I just moved to Mar Vista. The one thing that I wish that they had were more places to eat. I seem to wind up outside at Whole Foods a lot. Been wanting to try Earl's Gourmet Grub on Venice.
If you tried Let's Be Frank, Pop's Hot Dogs is on Barrington and National, catty corner from WF. Also a little bakery with a few tables and interesting sounding salads. All not very foodie.
Sad...

Mar 16, 2014
carfreeinla in Los Angeles Area

BURGERS!

A bad one isn't worth eating in the first place.
I will order a burger at Minetta Tavern in NY unadorned with anything. That is one experience.
But I also like a gloppy mess of a meal anchored by a piece of ground meat. And that is a completely different experience. Where a good tomato is as much a part of the meal as the meat.

Mar 16, 2014
carfreeinla in Los Angeles Area

BURGERS!

We ate at Truxton's in SM this past weekend. I had a chicken burger which was served on a GF bun (great for me as I have Celiac Disease). My husband had a burger and couldn't stop talking about it. Lots of toppings. Will definitely go back.

Mar 14, 2014
carfreeinla in Los Angeles Area

Costco Food Finds - 1st Quarter 2014 [OLD]

I had a problem with these a while back- the bag swelled up. I called them and within a few days they sent me a Gift certificate for the purchase price. I would buy them again!

Feb 24, 2014
carfreeinla in Chains

Just moved to Bay Ridge - looking for advice (restaurants, provisions, etc)

no question- best burger is Brooklyn Beet Company. I order without the bun but my gluten eating husband orders it as is. Burger Bistro is fun. My bar burger choice is Salty Dog. Used to like Yellow Hooke Grill but they have fallen off for me. Skinflints was good about 15 years ago. Can't help you with bagels ( see above) but the meats are very well prepared at Brooklyn Market.

Feb 20, 2014
carfreeinla in Outer Boroughs

Just moved to Bay Ridge - looking for advice (restaurants, provisions, etc)

Best take out is Grapevine. Burgers at Brooklyn Beet ( everything at Brooklyn Beet) are great. Rotisserie Chicken at Karam. I have had a few low key seafood meals at Mussels and More- gets mixed love however. Agree on Chinese, Brooklyn Market, I like the pull your own frozen yogurt place on 3rd and 84th. Indian in BR ( yuck). You won't starve.

Feb 08, 2014
carfreeinla in Outer Boroughs

食 (shi) 86 and Bay Parkway (hot pot; chinese dishes; noodles) Captive Tongue Liberated at

Welcome to Chowhound. The site brought to you by and for Americans who eat strange things.

Jan 13, 2014
carfreeinla in Outer Boroughs

Drawing a blank -- really good somewhat touristy family friendly suggestions?

Interesting that I saw more than one infant at Spotted Pig this past week but I would never take a kid- way too tight a squeeze and the food isn't really kid friendly ( the choice of cheese on the burger is what does it).
Have you defined a neighborhood? That could inform the choice.

Dec 25, 2013
carfreeinla in Manhattan

Best GF spaghetti?

Tinkyada for Spaghetti.

Nov 24, 2013
carfreeinla in Special Diets

Gluten-Free Holiday Dish for (his) Extended Family

I tend not to prepare anything dippy. If something else is served as a dip- and usually has non gf crackers, people tend to dip non GF items into it.
I do a simple grilled shrimp- can be room temp so you can prepare ahead.
Dessert is always good. Try a lemon curd- something that is not expected and works after a heavy meal.

Nov 24, 2013
carfreeinla in Special Diets

Newark, NJ

thumbs down to both Nico and Maize. Try Mompou on Ferry- especially for lunch. My coworkers have been eating at the Elbow Room and Green Chick Pea on Halsey lately too.

Nov 24, 2013
carfreeinla in New Jersey

Modest Rehearsal Dinner in El Paso for 45 - HELP not from area!!

We had our rehearsal dinner at Avila's. It is a family tradition and often the food is subpar but they were easily able to handle a big party.

Nov 17, 2013
carfreeinla in Texas

HElP - Gluten Free Thanksgiving in NYC

The only place that I have had issues in my 22 year of being GF is at a Jean Georges restaurant. While I know that they are high end, I have found them to be very inflexible.
Also, vegetarian in no way corresponds to gluten free- pasta is often a substitute.Sorry to sound so negative!
OK so some suggestions- try Maialino or another Danny Meyer restaurant. Comb the boards for restaurants that serve the kind of meal that you are looking for and ask whether or not they can have a gf option. Marseille is very GF aware, Keens has a great looking menu with lots of GF options. The one question that you would need to confirm if you want turkey is whether they prepare the stuffing in the bird or outside ( my gut <!> says that this will not be an issue).
I would vote Keens if I was staying in town...

Nov 17, 2013
carfreeinla in Manhattan

Montreal weekend - thoughts?

You should define what you mean by nice. Not how I would describe APDC.

Oct 24, 2013
carfreeinla in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Brooklyn Beet Company

I just had quite possibly the best burger that I have had in a long time. A place that was new to me called the Brooklyn Beet Company on 3rd Ave in Bay Ridge. They happen to be on the same block as Burger Bistro ( which was where we were heading). Came with cheese and not over cooked bacon- the way I like it but my DH will order it well next time. Meat was funky enough to taste like meat. Yahoo...Comes encased in a bread which my DH loved. My one complaint was that they did not upsell me to chips. Assumed that they came with since they didn't mention them. Didn't love the salads. Drinks looked great. No question will work my way through this menu- maybe even starting with brunch. Curious about the beet burger- ie the veggie burger. Music was a little young for our taste ( sounded a bit WKTU) but it didn't seem to bother everyone else. Seating is semi communal.

Oct 12, 2013
carfreeinla in Outer Boroughs

Montreal - Couple Recs for a past Montrealer?

You caught Kem Coba on the last day of the season- as did I. IMHO Montreal's best.

Oct 11, 2013
carfreeinla in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Montreal: Mid October: Suggestions Welcome

Yes- stay where you are. Hop a cab, take a bus or the train. Do consider hearing some music if you can- you are so close to Place des Artes too.

Sep 28, 2013
carfreeinla in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Montreal - Couple Recs for a past Montrealer?

I really like Arepera du Plateau. Very low key and friendly and the arepas are wonderful ( and mostly everything is gluten free).

Sep 21, 2013
carfreeinla in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Montreal this weekend . . .where should we eat?

If the dessert that you had was called "green" it is white chocolate yogurt. Off the charts delicious.

Sep 15, 2013
carfreeinla in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Montreal this weekend . . .where should we eat?

If you like fish, try Van Horne.

Sep 10, 2013
carfreeinla in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Gluten Free Montreal?

Wow... How far we have come...

Aug 22, 2013
carfreeinla in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Manhattan godzilla list (coming to manhattan tomorrow!)

This is a great list- given that I go to Montreal often, maybe we should trade! My one comment is that you would do well by killing two birds with one stone and getting the burger at Molly's. And I agree about missing Milk Bar. I have the book too and it really has been a let down to go. Locanda Verdi reminds me of many places in Montreal. It is very good however. Update your BBQ list. Blue Smoke ( and someone suggested RUB but they are OOB) is not worth traveling for.

Aug 17, 2013
carfreeinla in Manhattan

Real Sichuan food in Bay Ridge

Agreed.

May 18, 2013
carfreeinla in Outer Boroughs