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Visiting the weekend of September 19, 2014

Hello. This Manhattan family (my husband and 16-year-old twins) will be in Chicago, staying at the Westin on N. Michigan Ave. in a couple of weeks, for a family affair. We were thinking of having dinner at Big and Little's on N. Orleans on Friday night (saw it on TV--Diners, Drive Ins and Dives). Last time we were in town we LOVED Bistro 110, which is no more. Any other suggestions closer to the hotel? Are we kidding ourselves about Big and Little's. Please advise. Thanks.

Sep 03, 2014
EliseL in Chicago Area

Pittsburgh Bound

I am so sorry I forgot to add to my post-game reply that the people in Pittsburgh were absolutely wonderful.

Jul 13, 2014
EliseL in Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh Bound

Hi, there. Thank you so much for your responses. We absolutely loved Pittsburgh. Every meal was great. We ate at Nine on Nine on a crazy Cultural Crawl night and had a really delicious meal of appetizers. No one complained about it, in fact, they pulled over an extra table to accommodate the dishes. The food and service was exceptional. The next day we had lunch at Robert Wholey's for some delicious fried soft shell crabs. It was crazy in a fun way. We passed on Primantis as we aren't big believers in fries in a sandwich. However, we did go to the downtown WIngharts which served us two of the best burgers ever in a pleasant, divey atmosphere. The Andy Warhol Museum was fabulous, and the Senator John Heinz Museum (across the street from our hotel) was terrific. Thanks so much for the recommendations. (Meat and Potatoes also looked terrific, but was booked to the gills). Great city, great food.

Jul 13, 2014
EliseL in Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh Bound

I am so excited by the responses (when I've talked to friends who visited Pittsburgh---all of whom think the city is fabulous, as long as I go to the Warhol museum...like I wouldn't?--they've cited the same places y'all have recommended. Thank you!

Jul 01, 2014
EliseL in Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh Bound

My husband and I are dropping our twins off in Pittsburgh to visit friends at Carnegie Mellon the weekend after July 4th. The two of us would like to really experience some Pittsburgh dining.....near the historic strip if possible, as that is where we are staying. We live in NYC and are not so much into 5 star dining as we are interested in eating, well, Pittsburgh. When we went to Philadelphia, we did the cheese steak thing and found a culinary school/restaurant that was fabulous. Any suggestions for the two of us, please?

Jun 26, 2014
EliseL in Pennsylvania

Family visiting Philadelphia

My cup runneth over. Thanks so much. My kids have pretty adventuresome palates (and they are used to seeing their mother eat food that would send some screaming into the night....and they'll occasionally take a bite); with that in mind, how about Alla Spina?

Feb 16, 2014
EliseL in Philadelphia

Family visiting Philadelphia

My husband, teenagers and I are visiting Philadelphia from Wednesday through Saturday. We're staying near U of P and/but are totally into public transportation to visit great food places for lunch and dinner. Philly cheese steak is a given, but what else. I remember seeing something about a Dog Tavern on 3D. Worthwhile? HELP! Thanks... Barnes Museum and Fabric Museum and Mourning Museum are on my wish list....

Feb 14, 2014
EliseL in Philadelphia

Dining in Ithaca

Thanks to all for suggestions. Just a Taste was brilliant. We also tried a new place (also tapas) called Lot 10 on S. Cayuga near the Commons. The food was excellent, the servers (and service) couldn't have been better. What a great addition to some of the mall places which seem to be interchangeable. Again, thanks to all respondents.

Dining in Ithaca

My husband and I will be in Ithaca July 12 & 13th. Neither of us drink, so wouldn't wineries be wasted on us? Might someone suggest some singular sensations in the dining world in that area? Thanks so much.