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Washington DC Birthday Trip for Teen Daughter

Birthday at Le Diplomate is my vote. Buzzy, great celebratory vibe plus outstanding menu.

DC Weekend - Those Fried Green Tomatoes ...!

Just back from amazing DC weekend. Pulled together our itinerary via DC-chowhounder posts and the Washington Post. Results divided into two sets of reactions:

Amazing, going back!
- Blue Duck Tavern. Deep commitment to American cuisine, artisanal farms. You must have the fried green tomatoes! Perfection. Had lunch, went back for breakfast. Short rib hash, pastrami salmon and Johnny cakes, interesting juices (e,g, pineapple mint) and through it all, superb service. Bravo!
- Jaleo. Best tapas I have ever had. Standouts were sea urchin, roasted peppers with melted iberico fat, roast quail. Only downer was flan which couldn't compete with my own. :)
- Le Diplomate. Fun, fun, fun. Started with Virginia oysters followed by perfect trout amandine and steak tartare. Loved their breads and whipped butter to start. Great service.

Average at best, no need to return ...
- Hank's Oyster Bar (by the Capitol). Discovered delicious Tom's Cove oysters from Virginia, but everything else was unremarkable with spotty service. What a missed opportunity.
- Rasika West End. I heard all the hype and bought into it. Every table was booked solid. First dish we ordered was palaak chat, to which I say "whatever." Wanted to love it. Each successive dish felt banal (e.g. Tikka masala). We lived in London for 6 years. This resto doesn't compare to places like Veeraswamy and Tamarind. Maybe the UK raised the bar ...

Cannot wait to go back in the fall. What an amazing food town with a diverse set of neighborhoods and lovely people. Thanks for all the advice!

TOSCANA'S 25TH ANNIVERSARY MENU IS A GREAT DEAL

That is so funny and sadly correct. I think the guys at Viletta are assuming the moneyed Brentwood crud doesn't know better.

Jul 03, 2014
MaxTartuffo in Los Angeles Area

Malibu in the Mornings

MG croissants are the closest I've been to God for a long time! Brilliant!!

TOSCANA'S 25TH ANNIVERSARY MENU IS A GREAT DEAL

Thanks for the explanation and advice. Will try eating bar side next time!

Jun 30, 2014
MaxTartuffo in Los Angeles Area

TOSCANA'S 25TH ANNIVERSARY MENU IS A GREAT DEAL

I love you Toscana but it's a little bit of a pain that we can't bring our drinks across from the little bar. Is that to do with the kind of license you have?

Jun 28, 2014
MaxTartuffo in Los Angeles Area

Malibu in the Mornings

What I am saying is that residents of Malibu deserve better. You front one of the most fertile and unique microclimates to the north, are actually home to local wineries, and reside on an extraordinarily biodiverse coastline. All that and you get excited about tired Greek food in a shopping center?? Hello - reality check. After my hipster media career, I'm going to drive up the road and open "Coast," a simple celebration of our Pacific southwest ingredients. I and my boyfriend will save you from greasy souvlaki. Warm regards!

Jun 28, 2014
MaxTartuffo in Los Angeles Area
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Malibu in the Mornings

I am mystified that such a destination as Malibu has such a low standard for restos. Seems like such an opportunity. I would 10 times rather stay in Venice than do Malibu where you have crazy expensive (i.e. Nobu) and then a big drop to the "just ok" (e.g. Tra di Noi).

Jun 27, 2014
MaxTartuffo in Los Angeles Area

IVY ROBERTSON - OVER IT

I totally agree with spoonlicker. Unfortunately, with the cost of running an LA restaurant these days (i.e. liquor license, labor, interiors) not turning a table because of super late groups can hit a bottom line hard. It doesn't mean a resto has to be rude, however. Glad it worked out at AOC.

Jun 27, 2014
MaxTartuffo in Los Angeles Area

Need help with my last pick ...

Thanks Worlwide Diner. Love these suggestions. I canceled Old Ebbitt's and surfed across the trio of neighboring resto's. LA does Italian and Japanese best so I avoided those cuisines, but will think about Fiola Mare. Komi looks impossible to get in. All those rules! Thank you again for spot on suggestions. I will report back!

Need help with my last pick ...

Hi Hounders,

First trip to DC. Have read posts and other blogs. Chose the following:

- Black Salt (wanted one seafood dinner)
- Rasika West End (we don't have great Indian in LA)
- Le Diplomate (have read the controversy, but want to feel a little bit of the DC scene)
- Old Ebbitt's (love oysters)
- Bar Pilar (new gen of young chefs)

We are staying at the Park Hyatt where I heard the Blue Duck Tavern is great. I would like to find something neighborhoody and fabulous for intimate dinner. Thanks in advance for any ideas (and opinions on the above). I appreciate your feedback!

Chinese in Beverly Hils? Mr. Chow?

Hello C-Hounders,

Any opinions on good Chinese in the Beverly Hills area? Never been to Mr. Chow. No idea if it rates.

Many thanks in advance!

May 27, 2013
MaxTartuffo in Los Angeles Area

MC Kitchen (Miami Design District)

Extremely useful information. I've had stone and blue crab, but not golden. Am really intrigued about the shrimp you refer to. If you have time, Frodnesor, could you advise on best place to find those critters? Thanks.

MC Kitchen (Miami Design District)

OMG! Such a great post. Just nabbed a reservation based on this post. I love langoustines. Question - Was there other local fare that out of towners should be aware of? We are coming from California.

Miami Sunday Lunch?

Thanks for all these great suggestions. I managed to get a reservation at the Dutch and MC Kitchen, so I need to make the decision. (You know how Chowhounders obsess on this stuff!!) I appreciate any nudges in the right direction.

Miami Sunday Lunch?

Hi Chowhounders, I'm organizing Sunday lunch for a few friends from London who are staying at Fontainebleau. We were going to go to Joe's Stone Crab, but it isn't open at that time. Any ideas? Am open to anything except Cuban as that is saved for another night. Many thanks in advance! Max Tartuffo

Great restaurants in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands?

My family lives on St. Thomas, so I wanted to give you a couple of additional suggestions:

OCEANA (in Frenchtown) - This would be your splurge dinner. Patricia, the owner, knows her stuff and the setting is pretty amazing.
ASOLARE (St. John) - Take the ferry over to St. John and book the first seating at Asolare. The view is extraordinary and the food gets better each year.

I hope you have a great time.

Elegant Saturday Lunch in Raleigh-Durham?

Hi All,

We are looking for a beautiful setting with delicious food around the Raleigh-Durham area to take my adopted grandmother. Occasion is Saturday lunch. Don't want anything overly formal. Thank you in advance for your help. Not always easy to combine both requests,

Jun 17, 2012
MaxTartuffo in Southeast

Clam Pizza in Philadelphia?

Thank you both for your suggestions. I booked at Osteria since we are staying in Center City. Will be a nice walk down Broad Street. I did come across a passionate pizza blogger who shredded Osteria. I appreciate his passion but I'm going with cwdonald's advice. We'll probably try a couple of dishes. You may be interested in this other resource.

Best Philadelphia Pizza Blog
bestphiladelphiapizzablog.blogspot.com

May 10, 2012
MaxTartuffo in Philadelphia

Clam Pizza in Philadelphia?

Hello Chowhounders,

Years ago, when I was a grad student at Penn, I visited a pizzeria who did clam pizza once or twice a week? It was extraordinary and we don't have anything like it in California where I now reside. Any opinions on whether this still exists in Philly? I've tried reading other threads. Thanks in advance!

May 10, 2012
MaxTartuffo in Philadelphia