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Louisville,ky-Reservations I have so far...

I second the Ermin's recommendation for a bakery. I had an amazing slice of cheesecake at the Old Louisville location.

My favorite restaurants in Louisville are The Mayan Cafe ( and Jack Fry's (

At Mayan I usually order Cochinita Pork Pibil with Tox-cel Lima Beans and a Corn Cake. You can't go wrong with any of the options.

At Jack Fry's I love the Goat Cheese Salad.

I hope your trip is going well!

Need Rec: Cinncinnati Restaurant - New Year's Eve

Maybe I should clarify, when I said casual I meant that my husband probably won't wear a suit and tie. We definitely are not looking for a "jeans" kind of place (which means I probably should have clarified "casual"). We want some place nice, but not too formal or stuffy. Does that make a difference in the recommendations?


Louisville... [Moved from Midwest]

None of these are near Caeser's (which is a bit more of a drive than I expected), but our favorites during a recent Louisville trip included:

1. Jack Fry's
2. The Mayan Cafe
3. Cafe LuLu
(Napa River Grille, mentioned previously, had good food too, but the server ruined the experience for us.)

Hilton Head Island Rec's

Farm Stand (I haven't been, but was given this information before our last trip): Mr. Grant on Squire Pope Road, North End of the Island, just past Hudsons, before Bermuda Point. It is on the left with an American Flag near the drive. Open seven days a week from 9 to 5.

Someone on the message board suggested a place for fresh seafood to cook at home, but I cannot recall the location (we didn't make it there either). Several of the locals on that board should be able to help.

Our two favorite meals during the week were Santa Fe Cafe and Sage Room. I am almost finished with all our restaurant reviews on my blog, but those two stood out (Michael Anthony's would be third). Everything else was, as you mentioned, less than memorable.

We ran out of time to try Old Fort Pub, but that is on our list for the next trip!

Need Rec: Cinncinnati Restaurant - New Year's Eve

We'll be in Cincinnati on New Year's Eve and I need some restaurant advice. We are looking for a restaurant with fresh, flavorful food and a casual, but nice, atmosphere. (No chains, I'd prefer a restaurant that uses local ingredients when possible.) Based on old posts and website research, I have narrowed it down to the following restaurants:

- JeanRo Bistro
- Trio
- Primavista

Do you know anything about these places (must try menu items?) or do you have another "wow" recommendation? We have visited Cincinnati several times and have yet to find a really great restaurant experience.

If you have been to Jack Fry's (Louisville) or Sage Room (Hilton Head) we'd love to find something in Cincinnati similiar to these restaurants, if possible.

Thanks for any help!

Blackberry Farm - Walland, TN [very long]

Thanks for such a well written, thorough, and informative post. Sounds like an incredible trip/experience. It is only in the last few years that I have started learning about food, and I am a complete novice when it comes to wine. I appreciate the things I am learning from well seasoned travelers such as yourself.

Help with Lexington KY and surrounding areas

Sid, were there any restaurants you visited that you would recommend to others?

Gatlinburg - Fine Dining Lunch?

I look forward to your post if you find anything. We have had sub par experiences at both The Peddler and a pizza place on the main strip from Sevierville to Gatlinburg (sorry, I don't remember the name, but it was a non-chain). Our last trip was with a group and we decided to eat in the whole week. I'd give the peddler a 2 or 3 on a 5-point scale. Just an average salad bar and steak/potato type place.

I am not much help on lunch, but I had planned to try dinner at Buckhorn Inn ( on a future trip. It was as close to "fine dining" as I could find during my research.

Two Nights in Orange Beach

Thanks for posting your experiences, made me wish I was at the beach again. My husband thinks Docs is the best place for fried shrimp in the area. On your next trip, you might want to try Cosmo''s just down the road from Docs. (Completely different atmosphere and food, but a great stop.) I love their crab claw appetizer with bbq cream sauce.