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V&T Pizzeria?

Looks like it's still there--I actually checked this out to be sure before I wrote my post:
http://www.vtpizzeriarestaurant.com/#...

Apr 20, 2012
brian14leonard in Manhattan

V&T Pizzeria?

When I used to visit and then lived in NYC for several years (late '70s-80s), the place that had the "insider" reputation for best pizza in NYC was the V&T Pizzeria, near Columbia. I don't eat pizza myself, but I am bringing my goddaughter to NYC in a week and would like to take her to a good pizza place. I've looked at several of the Chowhound posts about NYC pizza, but don't see V&T mentioned anywhere (although it is a bit hard to search for!). So does anyone have an opinion on V&T's pizza nowadays? Thanks!

Apr 20, 2012
brian14leonard in Manhattan

Any brunches like the old Drake's Drum rugby brunch?

I lived in NYC from '78-'86 and frequented Drake's Drum in Yorkville, which served a reasonably-priced "rugby brunch": eggs, cottage fries, bacon, a nice small sirloin steak, English muffin, and a drink. Alas, Drake's moved and then went out of business several years ago, unless it got reincarnated. I am coming back for a visit and meeting some friends for brunch, and I wonder if there's anything around nowadays that would be comparable (and wouldn't involve a long wait for a table). Thanks!

Mar 06, 2012
brian14leonard in Manhattan

Outer Banks suggestions

Linda, thank you very much! I will check out your site right now!

Jun 25, 2011
brian14leonard in Southeast

Outer Banks suggestions

Thanks, Terrie--I'll look for the shark.

Jun 25, 2011
brian14leonard in Southeast

Outer Banks suggestions

Thanks! I did have Duck Donuts last time--yummm. I'll say hi if we see the kiwi waitress (I'm guessing she'll have a New Zealand accent). Hey, I'm originally from PA , too (Williamsport) and I'm a big Bruce fan.

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Duck Donuts
1190 Duck Rd, Duck, NC 27949

Jun 25, 2011
brian14leonard in Southeast

Outer Banks suggestions

Sounds good, Kevin--thanks!

Jun 25, 2011
brian14leonard in Southeast

Outer Banks suggestions

Thanks, Leadmine!

Jun 25, 2011
brian14leonard in Southeast

Outer Banks suggestions

Thanks, Sir Paul!

Jun 25, 2011
brian14leonard in Southeast

Outer Banks suggestions

Thanks, arby!

Jun 25, 2011
brian14leonard in Southeast

Outer Banks suggestions

We're here and will do!

Jun 25, 2011
brian14leonard in Southeast

Outer Banks suggestions

Thanks, Amy! I'm not sure why we didn't go to Kill Devil Grill last year--I recall discussing it. We'll definitely go this time.

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Kill Devil Grill
2008 S Virginia Dare Trl, Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948

Jun 07, 2011
brian14leonard in Southeast

Good hoagies in Northern VA or general DC area?

Thanks, Dennis! Both Fairfax and Herndon are within range. Funny, I think she's been to the Italian Store once, but didn't mention if she'd had a hoagie (I've never been there).

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Italian Store
3123 Lee Hwy, Arlington, VA 22201

Outer Banks suggestions

I went to the Outer Banks for the first time last summer, and while we had a great time and loved the beaches, there really were no culinary highlights like there have been at other beach towns/areas I've been to. None of the seafood places we went to, for example, could match some of the joints in/near Ocean City, MD (like Waterman's). We went to the Carolina Buffet and Bob's Grill, among others.

So, folks, what did we miss? I'd love to hear what people's favorite places to eat in the Outer Banks are. We will be staying in Kill Devil Hills, but will probably go all the way south to Ocracoke and north to Duck/Corolla. I'm especially interested in good seafood. We head there on June 25th.

Thanks in advance,
Brian L.

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Bob's Grill
1219 S Croatan Hwy, Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948

Jun 01, 2011
brian14leonard in Southeast

Good hoagies in Northern VA or general DC area?

My niece moved here from PA recently and would like to find a decent place for hoagies (a/k/a subs). Any suggestions? I know that Al's Steak House in Alexandria is supposed to have the best Philly-style cheesesteaks in the area, but she's more interested in an Italian hoagie...

Thanks in advance,
Brian L.

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Al's Steak House
1504 Mount Vernon Ave, Alexandria, VA 22301

Questions about Ray's Hell-Burger

Thanks, everyone! I finally did get there, and it lived up to the hype, in my opinion. Definitely a Top 10 burger, and the sauteed mushrooms were the best I've ever had. The fries were nothing special, but I expected that. Had absolutely no problem parking or getting a table, biut that's probably because we didn't get there until almost 2 PM. Hell-Burger Too was not open, and I'm not sure if that's because they just aren't open for lunch or they have a limited lunch time.

Questions about Ray's Hell-Burger

Thanks, LoriD! Everyone has been very helpful!

Questions about Ray's Hell-Burger

Thanks!

Questions about Ray's Hell-Burger

Thanks, SandyCat! Back when Ray's The Steaks was there, I met my niece and her fiancee for dinner--and it was *the worst* trying-to-park experience I've ever had. There was no space in the lot, no space on the streets for a mile around, and I couldn't find any public parking garages. Eventually my niece had to go out and stand in a newly-empty spot while I circled the block.

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Ray's The Steaks
2300 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201

Questions about Ray's Hell-Burger

Thanks, yfunk! Before noon is not gonna happen...

Fresh, seasonal catering for a wedding - Williamsport

The Italian restaurant you're probably thinking of is DiSalvo's, on Fourth Street.

Feb 02, 2011
brian14leonard in Pennsylvania

Questions about Ray's Hell-Burger

Looks like I am finally going to get to Ray's Hell-Burger in a few days (I've been wanting to go since *before* Obama went), and I have a few questions:

--is it open for lunch on weekdays?

--does it have tables or not? Online reviews are very confusing about this. Maybe tables but no seats?

--if it doesn't have tables/seats, and I want to go to Hell-Burger Too because it does, is Hell-Burger Too open for lunch? (From what I can glean online, it isn't.)

--I know parking is a problem, but the Metro would be too inconvenient from my location. If I can't find a space in the lot, is there anywhere else nearby to park? Apparently there is a public garage at 1600 Wilson--are spaces usually available there in the afternoon?

Thanks for any help you can give. And if you want to tell me to go somewhere else instead, please don't bother--I want to at least give it a try.

Anything in Outer Banks similar to Waterman's?

Thanks, dawg!!

Mar 28, 2010
brian14leonard in Southeast

Anything in Outer Banks similar to Waterman's?

My goddaughter and I will be headed to the Outer Banks (staying in Kill Devil Hills) for the first time at the end of June. We have been in Ocean City, MD several times, and she especially loves the all-you-can-eat Fisherman's Feast (mostly crab legs) at Waterman's in West Ocean City. We've also had similar repasts at Phillips, The Bonfire, and Embers. So--is there anything like these--especially Waterman's--that anyone would recommend in the Outer Banks?

Thanks,
Brian L.

Mar 20, 2010
brian14leonard in Southeast

Sticky Buns (from Mr. Otto, Williamsport PA)

I agree with morwen--I'd love to have that recipe, redacted or not! Thanks, Heather, and thank your grandfather for me! Those were THE best sticky buns ever!

As for "Otto"--when I was a kid, I did indeed mis-hear Mr. Ade's name as "Otto" and I always wondered if he owned the bookstore, too (since by that time there was no one named "Otto" at the bookstore).

Aug 28, 2008
brian14leonard in Home Cooking

Sticky Buns (from Mr. Otto, Williamsport PA)

Oh, yeah--Mr. Otto's sticky buns were the best ever. Alas, I don't have the recipe. I remember that Morty Rauff, the Lycoming College swimming coach, used to take all the visiting swim teams to the Village Tea Room, and they'd gobble up every sticky bun in the place!

Nov 02, 2007
brian14leonard in Home Cooking

Birmingham AL to Baltimore MD to Williamsport PA

I've never tried Micheal's, but next time I drive by and want a meal, I'll definitely stop. Thanks for the tip!

Nov 02, 2007
brian14leonard in Pennsylvania

Good Eats in Williamsport?

Just realized why the above link doesn't work: there's a period at the end. Try this:

http://www.chowhound.com/topics/446006

Nov 02, 2007
brian14leonard in Pennsylvania

Birmingham AL to Baltimore MD to Williamsport PA

P.P.S. If you have time (or just want dessert), one place right on your route is the Red Rabbit drive-in on 22/322 just before you get onto 15 North. It's an old-school drive in where you order in your car and get your meal there. The food is nothing great--it's the experience. And they are **very** slow, unless you just want ice cream.

If you get desperate approaching Williamsport, there are lots of chains on the Selinsgrove strip.

Oct 07, 2007
brian14leonard in Pennsylvania

Birmingham AL to Baltimore MD to Williamsport PA

P.S. I see you mentioned the Country Cupboard--I've only eaten there once, and it wasn't for breakfast, but I didn't think it was very good. There used to be a good drive-in in Lewisburg called The Fence, which specalized in a fish sandwich--dunno if it's still there. I haven't eaten in Lock Haven since I was a kid, so I don't know about anything there. Nearby Jersey Shore has The Crest, which I've mentioned, and the Gamble Farm Inn, which some people love but which I thought was so-so. I like Santino's, which has a main restaurant in Jersey Shore and a small one in South Williamsport--they serve subs on unusual, delicious flat bread and the Jersey Shore one (dunno abt. Southside) makes a mean chicken marsala. One of my best friends runs the Jersey Shore Elks, and they have a monthly all-you-can-eat Sunday breakfast which is basic but good--and cheap. Oh, and I forgot to mention Sunday brunch at the Genetti Hotel, which may have gone slightly downhill (I was there three weeks ago and there was no roast beef) but is still pretty good and a good value.

Oct 07, 2007
brian14leonard in Pennsylvania