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Potatopia

I was pressed for time yesterday and not in the mood to slog far from the subway exit in the snow, so I went in for a Comatoser. As per the menu, it's "Idaho 'thick cut' chips, shrimp, double pepperjack, roasted mushrooms, scallions, roasted jalapeños, fresh garlic, 3 pepper mix, and roasted pepper aioli" - I guess the key word here is "roasted." Service was fast and friendly, and whoever assembled my meal made it look very appetizing - just like the picture! But I didn't find it appreciably better than any other fast food meal. Lotta food, lotta grease, lotta salt. I could see being in the mood for this once or twice a year, but the quality of the ingredients was inconsistent. The potato and the mushrooms were good, but the shrimp was spongy and the cheese was pretty lousy and the sauce...ish. Basically, it's sports bar food without the sports bar.

about 14 hours ago
small h in Manhattan

Do You Bother With Q&A Posts?

That's because discussion threads allow us too much freedom. If the only option is to click a radio button (no replying! no hearting!), I think you'd see some solid polling action.

Which is not to say I think polls would be a good idea, just better than the current dopey Q&A thing.

about 15 hours ago
small h in Site Talk
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Do You Bother With Q&A Posts?

See also:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1005158

I think I know what Q&A is trying to achieve (and failing miserably), and I wonder whether the ability to create a poll would be more useful. As in:

"I left a carrot on the counter for ten minutes. Is it safe to eat?"

1. Yes

2. No

3. Only if it's not a genetically modified carrot. If it is, it will kill you regardless.

about 20 hours ago
small h in Site Talk

Walk-ins during restaurant week?

A quick check of Open Table shows availability at La Palapa, Heche en Dumbo, Toloache (all of which I'd recommend) and 43 other Mexican restaurants. Why not make a reservation at one of those?

Feb 28, 2015
small h in Manhattan

Jewish meal

Google Joan Nathan. Find a recipe of hers that looks good to you. Make it and eat it.

Feb 25, 2015
small h in General Topics

fruit & cheese skewers

I'm no expert at pairing, but watermelon & feta - or queso fresco, which might hold together better - is a nice combination, as is bocconcini & cantaloupe.

Feb 25, 2015
small h in Cheese

5 Times to Say "No Thank You" and 3 Things to Do When You Hear It — How to Be a Grownup

In the first episode of Friends, Phoebe offers what I think is an excellent all-purpose response:

"Oh, I wish I could. But I don't want to."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n780K...

How long will you stand in line for food?

45 minutes if I can have drinks while I wait (Petunia's, New Orleans, bloody mary in a go cup).

Feb 21, 2015
small h in General Topics

Annoyed about $6 bottled tap water charge at CraftBar

You're right to be pissed off. I've never been charged for tap water in Manhattan (or anywhere else, I don't think), and you should not have been, either. There have been times when I got the side-eye for requesting tap water, but it was still always free. I don't often tell people to write a note to the establishment, but write a note to the establishment.

Feb 20, 2015
small h in Manhattan

Grubhub.com

Many of the restaurants I order from are staffed by people who are more comfortable communicating in languages other than English, so the phone isn't an ideal method - the risk of us misunderstanding one another is high. I also like having a record of the order, which a phone call doesn't provide. And no busy signals when you order online.

Glass House Tavern Review, Theater District

I like the Glass House Tavern quite a bit myself. That and St. Andrews are my favorite places to sit at the bar for a light pre-theater meal.

Feb 19, 2015
small h in Manhattan

Would you buy your neighbors' home cooked food

That was a classic. Extra points for originality!

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/765263

Feb 19, 2015
small h in Not About Food

Columbia Cottage - Sadly Missed. In Search of a Replacement.

It would be easier to ascertain which restaurants you haven't yet discovered if you provided a list of the ones you've tried and found wanting.

Feb 18, 2015
small h in Manhattan

How common is it for Italian restaurants to offer to plate multiple pastas per plate?

I think the OP is asking about combining multiple entrees on a single plate for a single diner, not about splitting an entree between two diners. I've never seen that option anywhere, unless you count soup & a half sandwich (I've never been to Becco).

Feb 17, 2015
small h in Manhattan

Crunchy martini olives!

Try adding a bay leaf or a grape leaf to the jar. Both have tannins and are used to keep pickled vegetables crisp.

Feb 17, 2015
small h in General Topics

For Musician Jack White, Any Old Guacamole Just Won't Do

<...I don't understand why White has gotten much grief for it.>

Because people are idiots? Just a theory. More info here:

http://www.poynter.org/news/mediawire...

Feb 17, 2015
small h in Food Media & News

Asian cuisine cooks/eaters -- am I off base here?

It's so good. I've never made it at home, though, because I'm pretty sure it'd smoke up my kitchen something awful. My usual MO is to order it delivered, mindfully divide it in two, and put half in the fridge for another day. I eat my allotted portion, and then I cave and eat the half I just put in the fridge. Pan-fried noodles are very dangerous for me.

Feb 16, 2015
small h in General Topics

AYCE Hot Pot and BBQ Opens in Manhattan Chinatown

Finally made it over to 99 Favor Taste, now that it's freezing out and hotpot seems like the best idea ever. The place is doing a booming business, and reservations are essential. I chose the Spicy Style broth*, which was very good. The sichuan peppercorns definitely made their presence known, but not at the expense of the garlic and the chiles. It was a bit milder than I would have liked, so I compensated with some hot oil from the sauce buffet. Since we were only two, I tried very hard not to over-order. And failed, because, man, 99 believes in volume. The expensive stuff, the crabs and the shrimp, is served in normal-person (but hardly skimpy) portions, but order the tong hao and a bushel of the stuff arrives. A serving of enoki mushrooms, confusingly called "straw mushrooms" on the menu, is the width of Meghan Trainor's thigh. I thought the quality of the seafood was quite good, considering the place is all-you-can-eat, and the service was fantastic. A horde of energetic young people sporting blue plastic gloves dashes around adjusting the temperature of the broth, emptying shell bowls, filling water glasses - we wanted for nothing. Except a little more time to digest, as we definitely got the bum's rush after about 90 minutes. Which was fine, all things considered. Loved this place, overall.

*I'm all about that (soup) base.

Feb 16, 2015
small h in Manhattan
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One-star restaurant reviews show signs of trauma, linguists say

Writing in the first person plural and past tense is a sign of trauma? I think it might just be a sign that an experience has ended and that more than one person was present for it.

I don't know what prompted The Guardian to suddenly notice a study published in April 2014, but if you're interested in a more in depth article about it, here's one:

http://news.stanford.edu/news/2014/ap...

Feb 16, 2015
small h in Food Media & News

Asian cuisine cooks/eaters -- am I off base here?

This is one of my favorite dishes. In my neck of the woods, it's almost always skinny egg noodles fried into a clump (a little like unboiled ramen noodles) and topped with seafood and sauce, as you describe. Looks like this:

http://www.seriouseats.com/2014/05/ch...

It sounds like you were served uncooked rice noodles, which is wrong on two counts: the rice and the raw.

Feb 15, 2015
small h in General Topics

This trend of locking threads is extremely concerning

I was under the impression that the Chowhound team selected members and asked them to serve as moderators. If that's not the case, how does one volunteer?

Feb 11, 2015
small h in Site Talk
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This trend of locking threads is extremely concerning

I do not know this thread of which you speak, the one about a writer's private life. Can you link to it? 'cause it's definitely not this one, which is quite clearly about a food writer's professional life:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1004712

Food writers are most certainly within the scope of Chowhound.

Feb 10, 2015
small h in Site Talk

This trend of locking threads is extremely concerning

Ah, opinions. Everybody's got one. If every thread that answered a yes/no question was locked, then this:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1004493

would have exactly one response. And yet.

Feb 10, 2015
small h in Site Talk

A brief report from West Seneca and environs

I don't eat the area's iconic foods, the 'weck & the wing. And my one attempt at appreciating Buffalo-style pizza - at Great Lakes, my partner's favorite - did not go well. However, I did have a very fine fish fry at Ebenezer Ale House, a serious piece of cleanly-fried, flaky haddock, with batter so light and greaseless that I actually ate most of it. This does not happen often. The fish came with pasta salad (passable), cole slaw (above average) and fries (good but soggy, which I don't really mind). As a bonus, the place has a very extensive beer list, and I got to gaze in awe at the Buffalo chicken pizza at the next table, which looked like a crust with a fixin's bar on top of it.

Unfortunately, that was dinner #1, which meant that dinner #2, the yellow pike at Schwabl's, was something of a letdown. It was competent, decent, but nothing more, with some nice sour pickled beets and the kind of mashed potatoes that are stiff and bland and dry and served with an ice cream scoop. In their defense, the gravy that I also don't eat probably would have improved them. But I haven't seen spuds like those in years - it was kind of like coming across an old pair of leg warmers in the back of the closet and suddenly being transported back to an earlier, weirder time.

I might be back up that way in a couple of months. If anyone has a fave fish fry for me to try, I'm all ears.

http://ebenezeralehouse.com/

This trend of locking threads is extremely concerning

<Please notice that threads with the same issue/topic may get removed to avoid having duplicates.>

Accent on the "may." I wish the moderators spent more time axing duplicates, like these two, which I reported about six hours ago:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1004668
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1004683

And I wish they spent less time locking threads like jpc8015's Birdsall one. I simply do not buy that that thread was locked to "avoid clutter," since it's the only one of its kind. I think it was locked to silence discussion of the topic - and why, I can't imagine. It's not exactly controversial.

Feb 10, 2015
small h in Site Talk

Best Fresh ricotta in nyc?

I think it's Alleva, and I'm not crazy about it either. DiPalo's for me, thanks.

Feb 10, 2015
small h in Manhattan

David Burke Fishtail - Quick I need some recos

I thought the angry lobster was pretty good. Did not care for the pavlova dessert.

Feb 10, 2015
small h in Manhattan

Chef Poodle

Seen this series? A lot of good advice, also includes dog.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6AYsr...

Feb 10, 2015
small h in Food Media & News

Birthday Dinner

La Mirabelle and Le Midi are both nice places for a group. The food's pretty good at both. La Mirabelle gets an older crowd, if that matters to you.

http://www.lamirabellenyc.com/?sectio...
http://www.lemidinyc.com/

I haven't been to Claudette, but I've heard good things about it.

http://claudettenyc.com/

And a suggestion for next time: be clear about your price range. It'll get you more and better suggestions. Not in a million years would I have intuited that your $200 was "per couple." Especially since you're a party of eleven, i.e. 5.5 couples.

Birthday Dinner

You want to spend $250 per person, or for the entire table of eleven people?

Feb 09, 2015
small h in Manhattan