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indianapolis this august

On a recent trip, we had a great meal at Palomino. I'd absolutely recommend that one.

Harry and Izzy's is connected to St. Elmo's, but frankly wasn't very good. The signature steak was ordinary and smothered in a flavor-killing sauce.

For a quick lunch sandwich bar, try the Potbelly Deli on the Market Square (have the milkshake).

Apr 02, 2014
RoKeIr in Great Lakes

Where to eat in Downtown Indianapolis

Just to report back. We had a great meal at the Palomino Grill. I'd highly recommend that one. The Tilapia was excellent and the brussel sprouts (yes, the lowly brussell sprout) made a brilliant appetizer.

We also had dinner at Harry and Izzy's which is the downscale part of St. Elmo's. To be honest, the food was not that great and way up-price. I had their signature dishes -- the shrimp cocktail, and signature steak. Both were oversauced to the point of drowning the flavor of the food. Apparently, the prime-rib sandwich was good, according to others in our group.

If you're looking for a great sandwich and milkshake head to the Potbelly deli on Market square. Great little hole in the wall.

Apr 02, 2014
RoKeIr in Great Lakes

Where to eat in Downtown Indianapolis

There are a few very dated threads about Indianapolis, but I'm wondering what's of interest in the downtown these days? I'll be there for a conference for 4 days, and would love a couple of good chowhound lunch or dinner recommends. It needs to be walking distance from the convention center.

Mar 16, 2014
RoKeIr in Great Lakes

"Don't you dare leave Toronto without tasting....." a.k.a. Please help your neighbor to the south plan the perfect food-focused looong weekend.

One more time: Treadwell has recently moved into Niagara on the Lake. Makes it easier to access.

Sep 27, 2013
RoKeIr in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

"Don't you dare leave Toronto without tasting....." a.k.a. Please help your neighbor to the south plan the perfect food-focused looong weekend.

Oh, I see that the conversation turned to wineries too. I'd highly recommend Lailey's for their Syrrah -- I'd call it the best affordable red in the Niagara. Tawse winery has deservedly been winning awards lately, but their prices are starting to show it. Great for tasting. Hidden Bench may be the hidden gem, particularly their Riesling.

Sep 27, 2013
RoKeIr in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

"Don't you dare leave Toronto without tasting....." a.k.a. Please help your neighbor to the south plan the perfect food-focused looong weekend.

When you're in the Niagara area, I'd highly recommend Treadwells, in Port Dalhousie. It focuses on locally sourced ingredients and then does wonders.

Sep 27, 2013
RoKeIr in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Stratford Restaurant Commentary (Long)

We just had a couple of days in Stratford. Thanks for the tips. We had dinner one night at the Sophistro Bistro at Rundles. The food was excellent. I had the shrimp and my partner had the charcuterie platter. The shrimp was a little skimpy, but the charcuterie was very generous in portion. We had the scallops --so succulent!-- and the lamb as the mains. They were both absolutely delicious. The ambiance in the Bistro side is simple, but you pay $30 more/person to sit in the more formal Rundles section.

We also had dinner at Monforte (Osteria). Get the cheese platter!!! Great local cheeses. The pasta I had was nothing special, but the beet soup was excellent.

We had lunch at Fellini's on Ontario St. Excellent kale and artichoke soup with a delicious sandwich reasonably priced.

Aug 24, 2013
RoKeIr in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Ice Cream?

Hands down winner: Crema di Gelatto in Burlington. It's worth the drive.

Jun 16, 2012
RoKeIr in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Greg's ice cream west of the city?

Best ice cream product west of the city is Crema di Gelatto in Burlington. I've had gelatto in every major Italian city, and it's better in Burlington.

Jun 16, 2012
RoKeIr in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Wedding venue HELP

We were at a wedding at the Hamilton Art Gallery. It was amazing! The venue worked so well. The food was outstanding. The wedding we attended was a summer event, so there was a great rooftop terrace we could use as well. But, the room was large enough without it. There were more than 85 at the wedding.

Jun 16, 2012
RoKeIr in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Need Vegetarian food in Kitchener-Waterloo?

Can anyone recommend a good vegetarian restaurant, or one that serves good veggie options, in the K-W area?

Jun 16, 2012
RoKeIr in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

San Antonio for 2 days- need help narrowing down options!

Just back from Mi Tierra ... I'd call it mediocre Mexican. A step up from taco bell, but not worth the trip. The nachos were smothered in cheez whiz (ugh) and the chicken enchillada was dry inside and overly drowned in a thick mole sauce.

Jun 11, 2012
RoKeIr in Texas

Dining Treasures in Savannah

So, I've been visiting Savannah for a conference. I turned to this list to find some recommendations and scored 100%. Thanks.

Day 1 at Alligator Soul on Barnard. Outstanding. In our party, people had the steak, the lamb chops, the scallops and the crab cakes. ALL were spectacular. The curried pumpkin soup appetizer was brilliant.

Day 2: a.lure -- a bit noisy, trying to create a vibe. Food was amazing. I had the grilled marlin with grilled asparagus. The pan-fried scallop appetizer was also just delicious. Those were both daily specials. Others enjoyed menu items just as much. The mocha creme brulee was more like a mousse, but was absolutely delicious. The sorbet trio was also outstanding with highly original and flavourful combinations (prickly pear and lemongrass!)

Day 3: Local11ten. It's a little tougher to get to if you're staying downtown without a car (as we were). However, the walk on Bull St. is lovely and takes you through Forsythe park. We had a fabulous dinner! I had the artisan greens salad to start, others had gazpacho and mixed green salad. All were original and delicious. Mains included the pekin duck (not Peking!) which as not fatty or heavy. The skin was crisp, the sauce perfect. Scallops on a bed of black rice, which got rave reviews all round and the Atlantic Shrimp with grits -- also just delicious. Our desserts included the chocolate torte (very good), the strawberry-rhubarb pie, which had basil in it making a delicious but unusual taste, and the creme brulee, which might be the best one I've ever tasted.

Tomorrow our last meal in Savannah is brunch. We're going to Soho South Cafe. Hope it's as good as the dinners have been.

Jun 09, 2012
RoKeIr in Southeast

Dinner in Savannah

If I were forced to choose between a.lure and alligator soul. I'd take alligator soul. Its menu is very diverse, its atmosphere is quieter (could be seen as + or- ). Both have great service and great food. We're going to try Local11ten tonight. Thanks to this list.

Jun 09, 2012
RoKeIr in Southeast

Dinner in Savannah

Have had two fabulous dinners in Savannah in the last two days. Alligator Soul on Barnard is an excellent spot. I had the lamb chops -- exquisite, with rosemary roasted potatoes, collard greens. I sampled some friends scallops and grits, and the 20 oz steak. All fabulous.

Also ate at a.lure on W Congress, thanks to a recommendation on this list. I had the grilled Marlin special with a watermelon salsa and grilled asparagus. Outstanding. Others also raved. about the Southern boil and the tuna. Not quite as intimate an atmosphere as Alligator Soul, but good vibe and energy.

Jun 08, 2012
RoKeIr in Southeast