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Should I skip Hot Joy?

I have been making plans for eating and drinking in San Antonio based on a variety of recommendations, many of them here. I will be downtown in May without a car, on a budget and often dining solo.

I was excited to go to Hot Joy, but when I mentioned it to the host of the Airbnb where I'll be staying, she warned me against it. She wanted me to look at the (negative) health inspection reports (wouldn't Jonathan Gold laugh at that!) and said her personal experience hasn't been great, either.

Help me out, 'hounds. Do I try Hot Joy? I mean -- crab fat chicken wings! Country ham and scallop dumplings! Has it gone downhill since Bon Appetit lost its mind about this place?

Apr 17, 2015
SLOLindsay in Texas

Stops between Chicago and Madison?

We like to stop in Rockford on our way back to Madison, and have developed a somewhat irrational affection for Thunder Bay Grille. They remember our names and there's always a huge option for small plates. We eat in the bar always, and it is always cold (grab a sweater).

Places I would really like to try but haven't yet, also in Rockford, are Social Urban and Abreo

Apr 17, 2015
SLOLindsay in Great Lakes

lard, tallow, good extensive butchers in Madison, Wisconsin?

Your options are pretty limited for this stuff, as far as I'm aware, but Underground Butcher is a great place to start -- as is the Dane County Farmers Market and the market out by Hilldale on Saturdays. I would go into Underground and see if they can work with you on what you want to try.

Perhaps give some of the ethnic markets a shot for some unusual meats, like Midway Asian Market on Park Street.

Also you could go right to the source by calling Jordandal ( or one of these farms ( and seeing what they have to try.

You can find Willow Creek Farms lard at the Willy Street Co-op, I think leaf lard included.

Jul 17, 2014
SLOLindsay in Great Lakes

What are your culinary resolutions?

Learn to make more healthy cold weather food.

Figure out pizza dough.

Jan 01, 2014
SLOLindsay in General Topics

What are your culinary resolutions?

Dumplings is a fantastic idea. I like things that have a rhythm to them -- like making snickerdoodles, and rolling them in cinnamon sugar. There's something soothing about that.

Jan 01, 2014
SLOLindsay in General Topics

Oregon Wine country selections and question

This is unhelpful, but if you're going before Memorial Day weekend, I'd love to read a recap.

We are going with another couple and staying in Newberg, and it's my first time in the Pacific Northwest -- don't even know where the "usual places" are, hence my trolling Chowhound for ideas.


May 09, 2013
SLOLindsay in Pacific Northwest

Two CHOW Entries in Best Food Writing Book

Every year I enjoy this collection -- I mean to one day own all of them. I'm only partway through 2012, but I'm already looking forward to these essays. Congrats!

Nov 17, 2012
SLOLindsay in Features

San Diego foodie moving to Bowling Green, Ohio

JenBak, you are my hero.

I was raised in Perrysburg (Anthony Wayne '99) but haven't lived there in years. We're home for a baby shower this weekend and I was casting about for lunch ideas -- I've been spoiled by the food scene in Madison, Wis., of all places.

Anyway, THANK YOU for a wonderfully comprehensive, up-to-date list!

Jun 21, 2012
SLOLindsay in Great Lakes

Madison, WI Bubble Tea

I just read this about bubble tea at Jade Mountain.

Jun 09, 2011
SLOLindsay in Great Lakes

Wino in St. Joseph/Benton Harbor

We're going to be in SW Michigan for a good friend's wedding this weekend, and I'd love to score a decent glass of wine after the rehearsal dinner on Friday night.

Any suggestions? The dinner starts at 6. Bistro looks too fancy and the Livery seems super beer-focused. We had a New Year's dinner at Tosi's years back -- not sure how they are for a post-dinner bar scene -- so I was considering the Pumphouse, which at least has a couple of basic options. We'd like to stay in the Benton Harbor/Stevensville/St. Jo area.

Thoughts? I'm considering stopping by Tabor Hill if they're open on Sunday as well.

May 19, 2011
SLOLindsay in Great Lakes

What Is America's Worst Restaurant Chain?

I vote Panda Express. Holy sodium Batman.

May 19, 2011
SLOLindsay in Features

What's good near Hyatt Regency?

I have nothing to add except a) I love chowhound for this exact reason and b) nxstasy, you're my hero. :-)

Staying at the Hyatt Regency in a few weeks for a work trip. Have a rezzie at Quartino -- can't stop going back! -- but I'm looking for other options. Thank you! Chowhounds FTW.

626 N. State Street, Chicago, IL 60654

Jan 13, 2011
SLOLindsay in Chicago Area

Rose Bowl watching in Lansing -- help me bridge the gap?

We live in Madison, so my husband really really (REALLY) wants to watch the Rose Bowl while we're visiting friends in Lansing.

He wants to watch sports. I want to have a decent glass of wine and/or a good Bloody Mary somewhere we can order something other than fried things and popcorn. (I sorta hate the divey/sports bar vibe.)

Is there anywhere we will both be happy (that is open on New Year's Day) or should we plan to stay in?

Dec 09, 2010
SLOLindsay in Great Lakes

Current recos for Madison needed

I wholeheartedly agree on the best pub food -- all great options.

I would add Roman Candle for pizza (my fave, though my husband prefers Glass Nickel East) and our favorite restaurant in the city: Sardine.

Sardine does approachable, slightly upscale French-inspired cuisine in a beautiful dining room with high ceilings and a view of the lake. I just tried a new cocktail there called the basil smash that is made like a mojito -- delicious. I'm a huge fan of their brunches (try the frisee salad with wedges of St. Andre and grapefruit) and their Bloody Marys might be the best in town.

Roman Candle
1054 Williamson St Ste A, Madison, WI 53703

Sep 04, 2010
SLOLindsay in Great Lakes

August 2010 Cookbook of the Month VOTING (Through Weds., 7/21)


Jul 20, 2010
SLOLindsay in Home Cooking

Jfood hits Craftsman (MSP) - Fantastic

Thank you for this wonderful review! You just saved me from a long search (and one of those repetitive tourist posts -- "I'm going to (blank), where should I eat?!"). I read this review and picked up the phone to make a reservation for Friday.

This will be my very first Minneapolis meal, and I'm really hopeful it's going to be great. If you're in Madison, I hope I can return the favor someday with a rec. of my own!

Herb dilemma

I need some help with this too! Except my herbs are already in boxes, and I have no garage or indoor window to use (tiny apartment). This is what I have.

Box one: Thyme, Rosemary, Chives and Tarragon.
Box two: Basil (Genovese), Basil (Thai), Parsley and Sorrel. (Do I have to let this one go?)

Also we have a pot with spearmint and pineapple mint.

Does anyone know if we can keep any of this going with grow lights in our basement? What lights do I need to buy -- will just regular fluorescent lights work?

Something like this?

Oct 12, 2009
SLOLindsay in Gardening

Anniversary dinner in MKE -- narrowing it down

In two weeks my husband and I are celebrating our anniversary with "Spring Awakening" at the Marcus Center, and we'd love to have a great meal before the show. Depending on what we find, we might do an anniversary dinner on Sunday in Madison and a smaller dinner the Saturday before.

We've been to Bartolotta's Lake Park Bistro (very good, but more expensive than I'm looking for this time) and Coquette (excellent). We also loved Three Brothers.

I'm considering Sanford, Sala da Pranzo or Crazy Water. We recently had a great meal at the Hinterland in Green Bay, so that's definitely on the list too.

We'll probably bring a bottle of good wine and pay corkage (buying a couple of glasses after the show, maybe). We're young and on a budget, but we want to celebrate. Rec's?

Food on Christmas Day - Madison

I think Flavor of India is open. You might try Himal Chuli or Dobhan or Chautara. Or even Takari? I know that Edo was open on Christmas Eve last year, because I nearly lost control of my car on Monona Drive going to the east side one.

Dinner options near the Lyric Opera

These are all great suggestions. THANK YOU, Chicago hounds!

Nov 13, 2008
SLOLindsay in Chicago Area

Dinner options near the Lyric Opera

My editor and I are coming down from Madison to catch "Porgy and Bess" at the Lyric Opera. I'm thinking we probably won't be on much of an expense account, since they're already paying for hotel and mileage, so I'm looking for something lower priced (than, say, Custom House or Tru).

My fantasy was Aigre Doux, but it may be too pricey. I thought about Dine but I'm not sure I want to spend my one Chicago dinner in a hotel. I loved Frontera Grill and Bin 36 (for cheese/wine only) but want to try something new. I'm looking for something in that price range (which maybe Aigre Doux fits? no prices on the menu), relatively near the opera house at Wacker and Madison.

Ideally, I'm looking for French or Asian food, or something else ethnic (Indian? Thai?). I am enchanted by the Green Zebra's menu but worried it's too far away. I was considering Blue 13 and Marche, or possibly Ben Pao.

Thoughts? Thank you!

PS While I'm asking, anyone know a good wine bar to hit up afterwards? I was thinking about heading to Swirl Wine Bar in River North.

Nov 05, 2008
SLOLindsay in Chicago Area

Prepping artichokes for lemon braise

Hi! I'm participating in a very amateur iron chef-style challenge tomorrow night with a friend, and I've decided to make a variation on this recipe:

I'm having trouble with the artichoke instructions though. I have pared them down a lot and quartered them (I'm thinking now I need to pare them down even more -- how do I know when to stop?!).

Problem is, even with lemon juice, they've already started to discolor and I don't know if I should remove the purple leaves on the inside as well as the furry choke.

Can someone help?

Jul 27, 2008
SLOLindsay in Home Cooking

Toledo hounds -- Shawn's Back Door?

Ever been there? Food worthy of a trip for dinner?

I am in town visiting my parents, who live over by Levis Commons. Recommendations for a drink in that plaza? I'm a wine geek.

Chicken past the sell-by date: OK?

Thank you everyone. I am so averse to wasting food but it has to go. Stupid me.

(I am writing a thesis right now, so my cooking levels are WAY down.)

Sending DH into the snow out for a replacement bird. Thanks all!

Feb 17, 2008
SLOLindsay in Home Cooking

Where do you eat in Madison, WI?

The food at Essenhaus is abominable, atmosphere or no. Just saying.

Chicken past the sell-by date: OK?

I have what appears to be a perfectly fine free range Bell and Evans whole chicken in my fridge (wrapped in plastic) that has a sell-by date of Feb. 10. I meant to salt it but forgot.

Am I going to kill us if I roast it up tomorrow for dinner?

Feb 16, 2008
SLOLindsay in Home Cooking

Valentine's dessert in Madison

Thank you for the tip! I have yet to try Lombardino's but I PROMISE I will soon.

We live on the east side and sample Gail's on a weekly basis. Last night after trudging through the inches and inches and inches of insane snow (miss Madison? yeah) my darling husband brought me some of her dark cocoa. Perfect.

Valentine's dessert in Madison

Looking for chocolate/dessert on Valentine's Day (we're going to do our own seafood dinner at home this year).

Options so far:
Cocoliquot (not closed yet!)
Fresco -- Gail Ambrosius chocolate tasting for $22

Other ideas of good dessert places we should consider, perhaps for less than Fresco?

Milwaukee Downtown

Just wanted to say a big THANK YOU to everyone who posted here. I ended up eating at Zarletti's, where I had a very good osso buco and spent $50 on myself (which I have never done before at a meal). The server was helpful and courteous and nobody gave me a second look as a solo diner. That was nice.

I also had the Mediterranean flatbread at Yaffa (I could not afford the entrees after my splurge) and a bowl of the butternut squash soup, which was wonderful. I mean, I can make it myself, but it was still just what I wanted at the time, AND the restaurant was only a block away from the theatre. Very convenient.

Cardinal Stritch was a bit of a dining wasteland, but I had a decent latte at Stone Creek Coffee just down the street and I loved the cappuccino I had at Alterra. (Side note: nobody had free wi-fi! Weird.)

Cubanitas is on the top of my list for our next trip to Milwaukee. Thanks again, everyone!

Milwaukee Downtown

Going to a theatre conference in Milwaukee this weekend. I am staying downtown on "old world third street" and would like something within walking distance for dinner. Most of the events are going to be at Cardinal Stritch, so recommendations close to there would be helpful too.

I am on a grad-school budget but it's just me, and I loooove good food, so all recs are helpful. Thanks!