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Your Favorite Bakery

It isn't. I wrote it wrong.

Your Favorite Bakery

Coffee shop near Izzy's in STP.

Your Favorite Bakery

Love the cinnamon brownies at Turtle.

Your Favorite Bakery

The chocolate cookie is excellent. Kopp's coffee in St. Paul carries Rustica pastries.

Your Favorite Bakery

My favorite is The Baker's Wife in south Minneapolis. No frills and they only take cash (maybe checks?) but the cake doughnuts are better than any of the doughnut boutiques I've tried. Birchwood is not solely a bakery but the baked goods are divine. For fancier pastries, Patisserie 46 or Rustica are good.

MDI dinner for lobster lovers plus others

We are looking for a restaurant that will treat our shellfish-deprived Midwesterners to some lovely lobster while also providing good food for those who do not eat shellfish. We are staying in sw harbor but willing to drive a bit. Thanks!

Last-minute request: sw harbor to Bangor.

We went to Finn's. I didn't see the Thai rec until later, but maybe next time. Finn's was perfect for our purposes. I had fish and chips, and they let me order the child's portion. Very fresh and meaty fish and not too greasy. Chips were actually thick-cut, homemade potato chips, not fries. Tasty. DS had the mac and cheese, which was homemade and not from a box. Small portion but very rich. Husband had shepherd's pie and enjoyed it. Nice selection of local and UK beers on tap. Prices seemed in line with what we would pay in Minnesota. Also, downtown Ellsworth is pretty and has some fun shops.

Last-minute request: sw harbor to Bangor.

Thank you.

Ice Cream Trip Through Maine

Haven't tried it but the one in bar harbor was some of the best ice cream I've tried.

Last-minute request: sw harbor to Bangor.

I have to pick up someone at the Bangor airport this morning and drive to sw harbor. Any options for a decent lunch on the way to sw harbor? Any kind of food is ok. Thanks!!!

Weekday breakfast

Thanks. We went to Highland Bakery--great food and decent service. DS2 already wants to go back.

Aug 28, 2013
northernstardust in Atlanta

Weekday breakfast

We are visiting Decatur and driving to ATL tomorrow morning to see the aquarium. Looking for a great breakfast somewhere between here and there. Two adults and two children, 5 and 7. Thanks!!!

Aug 27, 2013
northernstardust in Atlanta

Best Breakfast Ever - Your Favorites

I love the Good Day Cafe, Bon Vie and Birchwood for breakfast.

May 16-19 visit to Toronto

It is highly possible that there are far better breakfasts in town. I was not traveling with people who cared as much as I do about finding the best food, so convenience was prized and I thought Cora offered tasty food at a fair price. I also have no basis for comparison vis a vis Toronto, so please take the review with a grain of salt.

That being said, I wish all American restaurants had the same concept of "fresh" fruit that I found at Cora.

May 16-19 visit to Toronto

Thanks to all the people here who offered suggestions for our Toronto vacation. This ended up being the sort of trip where we wandered around all day and then found a place nearby to eat, but I thought I would report back. I also passed on the restaurant recs to my husband because he is working on a project that takes him to Toronto every few weeks. I am no foodie expert but here are my views on the restaurants.

L'Unita--My friend and I ate there the first evening before the gluten/meat-free roommate arrived :). She had fish and I had a tortelloni with lobster--both meals were delicious and I liked that the portions were reasonable and not gigantic. We shared a divine dessert of caramel doughnuts and the restaurant also had decent decaf coffee, which I appreciate. I especially appreciated the handmade pasta and the smallish and seasonal menu. The interior was lovely and the service polite and efficient. I would return to this restaurant.

Cora--This was around the corner from our hotel and we ate breakfast there the first morning. Loved it! I ordered oatmeal and it was enough for a family, with berries, granola, syrup, etc. My friend had French toast with a mountain of fruit. The portions are too large and we hated wasting food but everything tasted great and our server was very nice. Decent coffee. Free fudge sample :). Unless you have a giant appetite, I recommend sharing dishes at this restaurant.

Fran's--Meh. I've had better diner food but it was decent. Weak coffee. I would not feel a need to return. I had an omelette that was cooked in too much oil, some decent fried potatoes and possibly the blandest rye toast ever. Server was very polite.

We returned to Cora for our third breakfast and I had the blueberry pancakes. I swapped out the cream for real maple syrup. These were delicious and they did not skimp on the blueberries at all.

We skipped lunch on Friday and just had iced coffee and Kind bars, then decided on an early supper. We were in Kensington Market and decided to try King's Cafe. This was my favorite meal of the trip. It was early so we had very attentive service. My friend was excited to have veg hot and sour soup and the "medium" was enough for 3-4 people. The miso soup was fine but very bland. Spring rolls were tasty and hot and not greasy. We also shared curried rice noodles that were flavorful without being spicy-hot, and a large sushi platter that I absolutely loved, esp. the unusual carrot-Thai basil roll. I would recommend this restaurant and I think there are plenty of choices for meat-eaters--my DH is a carnivore but I think he would enjoy the food.

Dessert was a couple of British/Canadian candy bars from Shoppers. :) We cannot get Flake bars here.

I will have to write a second update later. Thanks again.

Has anyone been to Biagio?

No. We could take a bus or subway. I saw L'Unita recommended on this page a few times.

Toronto restaurants for people with food restrictions

Thanks! I am not a great reviewer but I will post next week about our restaurant experiences.

Getting my wife a night off from baby duty - need good food, relaxing atmosphere, not fussy

Hang in there--little babies are a ton of work.

Has anyone been to Biagio?

Or have another Italian rec? I got this one from DH's colleague and it is pricier than I expected.

Anniversary dinner

We just went to Alma for our anniversary. The bill was well over $100 for the three-course meal, desserts and two glasses of wine for my husband. I don't drink but I had a coffee. Terrific food, though.

Anniversary dinner

I haven't been there in ages...need to add it back to the list!

Has anyone been to Biagio?

I am thinking of trying it tomorrow night before the gluten-free/vegan person arrives. The third woman and I love Italian food but there is not much for J to eat. Thanks.

Breakfast downtown?

Are there any can't-miss breakfast or brunch places in downtown Toronto? We're staying near College and Yonge. Thank you!

Getting my wife a night off from baby duty - need good food, relaxing atmosphere, not fussy

You are a great husband!

Minneapolis Itinerary Advice

Agree. Yes, we had bad service in the restaurant. I was so disappointed because the old location was right by our house and it was our go-to special-occasion restaurant. Food and service were always top-notch.

Minneapolis Itinerary Advice

Yes to Meritage and always, always yes to Izzy's. I like the food at Heartland but the service was awful the last two times we were there.

Vegan recommendations?

Birchwood

Minneapolis Itinerary Advice

If you are looking for coffee and a pastry, I highly recommend either Rustica or Patisserie 46, both in Minneapolis. I would take either one over the Salty Tart.

Toronto restaurants for people with food restrictions

I am going to Toronto next weekend with two friends. One of them is vegan and gluten-free. I would love some recommendations for restaurants. On past trips, we've had luck with small, chef-driven restaurants that either offer vegan options or can prepare something off-menu that is not just a pile of veggies.

We are staying downtown and using public transit. We don't have a limitless budget but we can do one splurge meal. Any cuisine is fine. We like good service and someplace quiet enough for conversation, but food is key. Two of us do not drink for medical reasons so wine lists are not important.

We've never been to Toronto and are looking forward to some delicious food.

Thank you!

Veg.-friendly in Charleston

Thanks, all. I emailed a few restaurants and made reservations at two that offered immediately to accommodate my friend: SNOB and Coast.

Feb 28, 2012
northernstardust in Southeast