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Nanina's in Fields Corner [moved from Boston]

Hi Debfall, I would LOVE to get the recipe. Would you mind sharing?

Dec 13, 2012
Kodiak604 in Home Cooking

Visiting for First time. Ft. Lauderdale...need a bday reservation dinner!

I am a 32yo gay male who, self admittedly, can be a snobby pain in the ass. I am visiting for a week in late June. I have a friend who just moved to Ft.L 3 months ago so staying with him. This is going to be my birthday week, turning 33. I want an amazing kickass birthday dinner. Is there a place that will make it happen for me? A place with amazing food and a place that is a see and be scene. It is a month away, so want to make a reservation now so as not to miss out! Prefer not to go to Miami as I have been there a million times and for some reason or another I just never went to Ft.L! Please help!

May 17, 2012
Kodiak604 in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Any info on Happy’s Bar & Kitchen

UMPH....That kind of sums up my experience. Lets start off with the good: service was great. The host and hostess could not have been nicer. Our waiter was attentive, not overbearing, knew when to come over at just the right moments. Would be interested to see what the service is like with a packed house. We went on Saturday night at 7:30 and there were plenty of open tables.
Now to the things I did not like:
1) as mentioned in an earlier post I emailed them asking if they took reservations and if they could email or fax a menu to me because at that point their website was not up yet (this was about 4 days before I had dinner, so early last week). I have yet to hear back from them. I just do not expect that type of lack of business acumen from Michael or one of his restaurants. Luckily the website did go live so I was able to find a menu.
2) The table we sat at was sticky. At first I thought it may have been the varnish, but soon realized it was just dirty and I did a self cleaning wipe.
3) On face value the menu looks good, but that is where it ends. There were 5 of us at dinner. We started with 3 appetizers and a salad. The salad, which was an arugula salad was your basic arugula salad, that i would grade as "fine". Nothing special nothing bad. The best of the starters oddly enough was the french fries and gravy, which is not saying alot. The fries were awesome. Hand cut, skin on, the kind of fries you indulge in from the creepy trailers at carnivals. The gravy which was served on the side was thick and robust and salty (I like salt). But the portion was tiny, not small, tiny. And for $8, we were expecting alot more. I definitely think they missed the boat here though. They could have been innovative with this dish like the Biltmore in Newton does (there they do gravy, cheese and a sunny side up egg on top). While these fries were good, they were just boring. Next we had the DIY Nachos. Once again, tiny portion. Not enough chips. The cheese was like a queso dip cheese. Guacamole was good. Rest of the sides were forgettable. Looked cool at first but then it just became annoying, but not as annoying as the reverse potato skins, which frankly should not be called that. It was an orb, reminded of the small fish bowls that beta fighting fish come in, about the size of a softball that was 3/4 of the way filled with "just ok" mashed potatoes that then had sour cream, bacon bits, scallions dolloped on top. Then on top of that they jammed the top with lightly fried skins. It was like the fast pealed a potato and just fried the skin. It arrived and it looked cool and then you figured out there was no practical way to eat it. the skins were falling all over the table. and then you got inside and with was just a loaded mash potato. Disappointing to say the least. It was basically like we ordered two sides for appetizers (fries and gravy and loaded mash).
3) The meals were all just ok. I had the chicken milanese. the portion was about 4/5ths of where it should have been, it was fan friend nicely, although i found that the batter was a bit heavy. I am thinking they double dip, first in flour and then in egg and crumbs. I think in this instance the flour could be skipped. It was served with a nice side of lightly tossed greens with a few tomatoes. Two diners had the pasta with homemade sauce. It was fine, have had alot better at both nicer and not so nicer restaurants. Another diner had the "kitchen sink" chopped salad, and as she said, they should not be calling it the kitchen sink...because it did not have all that much in it. The last diner had the chicken dish. Once again, small portion, and boring. It was with grilled zucchini and summer squash (both of which were over cooked and an orzo dish that was in a ramekin. Once again, not good. It was soggy and the textures were just not playing out right.
We skipped dessert as I just wanted it all to be over. Not what I was hoping for. Showed promise but it looks like they spent too much time thinking of the wording on the menu and not enough time perfecting the food. Hopefully things get better for them and maybe this is just them working out the kinks after only being open for 8 days.

May 16, 2012
Kodiak604 in Greater Boston Area

Any info on Happy’s Bar & Kitchen

I emailed them this morning asking if they took reservations and if they could email/fax a menu. Awaiting reply.

May 09, 2012
Kodiak604 in Greater Boston Area

Help with the name of a closed restaurant.

Ok..I have very little to go on but my grandfather, who is dealing with altzheimer was talking fondly of a restaurant he use to go to over in Winthrop Square in downtown back in the 70's he believes and all he can tell me about it was that it had a "lobster tank" in the foyer. He was struggling trying to remember and thought it would be nice to find the name for him...anyone able to recall? It is well before my time. (I am going to assume the place is now closed) Thanks so much!

Nov 27, 2010
Kodiak604 in Greater Boston Area

Coolidge Corner Dinner...for TONGIHT..Friday....see requirements

Ok, so I have a date tonight. Going to a 7:30 show at the Coolidge Corner Theater and want to do dinner after in the neighborhood...or a short drive. We are 2 late 20's males, its a first date, dont want romantice but do want a place where we can be comfortable...any suggestiong? help! I know this is late notice but I hope some of you are online to help...

Jul 23, 2010
Kodiak604 in Greater Boston Area

Winter 2009-2010 Openings and Closings

ok..I know daily candy reported yesterday that it was opening today...but their website and their voice mail are still not open...but if he is twittering..then...

Dec 10, 2009
Kodiak604 in Greater Boston Area

Winter 2009-2010 Openings and Closings

Are you sure? I am not convinced it is opened yet....

Dec 10, 2009
Kodiak604 in Greater Boston Area

Coppa

do we have an update?

Oct 28, 2009
Kodiak604 in Greater Boston Area

Boston Harbor Hotel: 2 eats questions!

1) Has anyone had the brunch at Meritage? The pics look good on their website, but was looking to see if anyone has been there? Not looking for reviews or suggestions of other places...this is very specific to the Meritage brunch on Sundays.

2) Has anyone eaten at the Rowes Wharf Sea Grille...the newer seafood restaurant they opened in the Boston harbor Hotel last sping? Once again the pics of the seafood look AMAZING but dont know anyone that has gone there!

Thanks for your feedback on these 2 places. I have people comming to town and going to be staying there. I have my own classics and standby for big fabulous brunches and seafood restaurants and would normally go to where i know and like, but seeing how they are there for a full week figured it could not hurt to eat in if its worth it.

Oct 15, 2009
Kodiak604 in Greater Boston Area

Coppa

Any word on the opening?

Oct 08, 2009
Kodiak604 in Greater Boston Area

Chicken Cutlet Sandwiches

I am gonna be in DC next week and read of a place that serves amazing chicken cutlet sandwiches and does a bunch of different things with them ontop of other gourment type sandwiches..believe it is in the NE. Run by 2 guys I think..PLEASE HELP

Jul 02, 2009
Kodiak604 in Washington DC & Baltimore

HELP! Ting soda? Jamaican Grapfruit Soda

Does anyone know where I can buy it in boston? Or does anyone know where there is a Jamaican Market? or Jamaican Grocer?

Jun 19, 2009
Kodiak604 in Greater Boston Area

Nanina's in Fields Corner [moved from Boston]

OK....so I know it was a hole in the wall but I use to love this place...and most of all the salad dressing there. I would kill for the recipe or to find another place that has similiar dressing. It was so unique. Does anyone else remember this?

Jun 10, 2009
Kodiak604 in Home Cooking

Erbaluce

I am going tonight and was a bit disturbed regarding the no soda comment, because while all my dinning companions drink alcohol, I do not...so I called and talked to Joan, who is apparently one of the owners and she informed me that at the restaurant they do not carry commercial soda products because keeping in the tradition of the fresh ingredients and way of cooking, Chuck is looking to avoid the high fructous corn syrups and the likes. Joan did infrom me that they do make fruit sodas there (i believe she mentioned at least peach and raspberry) and that they were absolutly delicious! I look forward to my visit tonight and will give a full update over the weekend. But just wanted to clarify this one point a little.

Nov 07, 2008
Kodiak604 in Greater Boston Area

high end and open for lunch

Radius...especially since the chef just won the James Beard award..but he is leaving for bigger a bigger pond (manhattan) come min July

Jun 26, 2008
Kodiak604 in Greater Boston Area

Visiting San Francisco 4 1st Time...Major Foodie!!! Need Help!

ok...now we are getting somewhere...Delfina, A16 and SPQR are both on my short list...as is Piperade...my friend who is a chef loves girabldi's but do not see it posted anywhere....so wondering what the feeling is from the locals...

Jun 24, 2008
Kodiak604 in San Francisco Bay Area

Visiting San Francisco 4 1st Time...Major Foodie!!! Need Help!

OK...maybe I should reform my restrictions. I KNOW that Danko and Mina and Fleur de Lys are AMAZING restaurants, but it is nothing that I cannot get in Boston or NYC... i am looking more for the hidden jewel, restaurants like Table 52 in Chicago and The Spotted Pig in New York...or to better put it, I want to eat at the places that Danko and Keller and Mina eat when they are going out to dinner...I don't want to have a jacket on...(although I did just work a 6 person reservation at French Laundry and am very excited about it seeing how I have ate at 2 of his other restaurants per se in NYC and Bouchon in Vegas)...

Jun 24, 2008
Kodiak604 in San Francisco Bay Area

Visiting San Francisco 4 1st Time...Major Foodie!!! Need Help!

thanks V.....i am trying to go for the smaller gourmet that you see in the boston neighborhoods rather than the go big restaurants that seem to be so dominant in san francisco....We are going to the slanted door because it was recommended to me by my friend who is a 3 time James Beard nominee...he also gave me his other suggestions, but want to hear what people in the city say...

Jun 24, 2008
Kodiak604 in San Francisco Bay Area

Visiting San Francisco 4 1st Time...Major Foodie!!! Need Help!

Hello fellow Chows! I am a 29 year old Bostonian who is a major foodie who will be visiting San Francisco for the first time this Sunday, June 29th till Thursday July 3. That means I am going to need 4 nights of fabulous dinner reservations...and that is where you are going to come in.

The only requirement is that the foob be fabulous! I want the 4 places that when i am talking to someone and I tell them where I went, their reaction should be WOW! Price is not an object, but that also does not mean that the meal has to be 150 a person...although I don't really care how much it is. There will be 4-5 people at each dinner. Some restrictions are that we tend to stay away from ethnic food, infusions is ok, but we tend not to do any of the straight out non traditional stuff (except french bistro and italian (not red sauce) is ok)!

Anywhere in the city is fine. I am not familiar with the layout, and I know ya'll have your different neighborhoods, but I will be staying at the Mandarin Oriental so I think I am centrally located?

So here is what I like...if there are and Bostonians in San Francisco I would love to find restaurants similiar to Stella, B&G Oyster, Union and Rocca in the South End....or the original Figs in Charlestown...or places like Mistral, Teatro, 224 Boston, Excelsior and so on. If there are any Chicago folks in San Francisco places like Blackbird, Agre Doux AND ESPECIALLY Table fifty-two!!!!

AND one last thing...not a fan of tasting menus, fixed menus or super pretentious places (So the Darkos and the Minas can be left out)

So PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE help me!!!! I want this to be memorable!! Thanks in advance for all your help!

Jun 24, 2008
Kodiak604 in San Francisco Bay Area

Dinner at Scampo- Report

do they have a website up yet?

Apr 14, 2008
Kodiak604 in Greater Boston Area

Restaurant in San Juan, PR for Bachelor Party

as far as staying away from ritz restaurants...il mulino is just too fancy for a group of guys, although it is legit and the biggest portions of italian food ever...BLT Steak is HOT...i mean not a great scene for a crew of guy, but if u want a legit steak in PR...BLT is the best..

Apr 07, 2008
Kodiak604 in Latin America & Caribbean

Restaurant in San Juan, PR for Bachelor Party

not sure if you left yet for the bachelor party..29 year old from boston here...have stayed at the ritz PR 7 times in the last 4 years....have eaten at pretty much every restaurant...dragon fly is good, loud and electric...sushia and sashimi no where as good as your gonna find in boston or new york, but it is decent enough...u can stay in old san juan, but all the places are small, and your gonna get more the mid 20's late 20's crowd..brava is big.went to the opening night party there when the hotel changed names and they re-did it (use to be club babylon), i think you will find a bigger selection of 21-25 year old girls at club brava...not sure what trouble your looking to get the bachelor into

Apr 07, 2008
Kodiak604 in Latin America & Caribbean

No. 9 question

I would call now...and not wait the 28 days...I myself have made reservations greater than 28 days in advance at N9P for special occasions in the past!

Apr 03, 2008
Kodiak604 in Greater Boston Area

Visiting Chicago and need dining suggestions...high brow...

thanks...yeah money is not an issue, I could care less if I spend 50 or 150 a person, really, as long as I get a great meal. As far as tasting menus go I have never been a fan...

Mar 24, 2008
Kodiak604 in Chicago Area

Visiting Chicago and need dining suggestions...high brow...

So I will be visiting Chicago for only my second time and am in desparate need of dining suggestions. Will be there for a monday and a tuesday night. Was hoping to land a reservation at Table 52 but go put on waiting list (looks like I am going to have to just do lunch there). I am looking for something fabulous...been bouncing around sites looking at recommendations. Would prefer to stay away from tasting menus. If anyone is familiar with Boston, I am looking to find places like Mistral, Union Bar and Grill, Stella, B&G....price is not a problem, but would like to leave the restaurant feeling full...so places with tiny portions are out. We are in our late 20's...it seems like Aigre Doux might work, or a place like Blackbird or Mercat a la Planax....would like the restaurants on each night to be a bit different. Any help? Going in 3 weeks...

Mar 13, 2008
Kodiak604 in Chicago Area

Need help - dinner in Back Bay tomorrow

PR Bistro may be a bit too adventerous for your inlaws, but good food.
If you have been to Stephanie's what is stopping you from trying out Sonsie's? I look at them as being one in the same. Bras Jo?

Oct 18, 2007
Kodiak604 in Greater Boston Area