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Chow-worthy & Dog Friendly near Annapolis

Thanks Laststand! We ended up going to the Annapolis Smokehouse and it was very good. I had the biscuits and gravy and my friend had the pulled pork beignets. We were both stuffed. There was plenty of seating outside and the waitstaff was very helpful, brought my pup water and biscuits and they all came out to say hi to her. An additional bonus was the large city park right across the street where we took a long walk after eating, which was just what the dog and I both needed before a long drive home to NYC,

Jul 29, 2013
marthat in Washington DC & Baltimore

Chow-worthy & Dog Friendly near Annapolis

Phoebe & Worldwide - thanks so much! Harry Browne's is probably what we're looking for, though Rams Head would be a nice fall back. I appreciate the good advice

Jul 20, 2013
marthat in Washington DC & Baltimore

Chow-worthy & Dog Friendly near Annapolis

Thanks! I did find those sites, but couldn't tell which restaurants were worth it. Which ones on those lists do you recommend?

Jul 19, 2013
marthat in Washington DC & Baltimore

Chow-worthy & Dog Friendly near Annapolis

I'm hoping my fellow chowhounds can point me to a restaurant that serves brunch or lunch on a Sunday, has outdoor seating and allows dogs. I'm going to be visiting family in Federalsburg, MD (out on the Delmarva) and want to meet up with a friend, who is coming from Herndon, VA, on my way back up to NYC. Problem is that I'm traveling with my dog and it's too hot to leave her in the car at the end of July.

We were thinking Annapolis vicinity, but could do something on the eastern side of the bridge as well. Any cuisine is fine, pretty much any price range will work too, as long as it's good food. Thanks!

Jul 17, 2013
marthat in Washington DC & Baltimore

Thai Boom or Ayara Thai - Which is Better?

I work in Westchester, and while I think Ayara Thai is good, I actually like Thai Talay on Lincoln much better. Nicer atmosphere, great presentation and really tasty, fresh food. I've only eaten lunch there, not dinner. Haven't tried Thai Boom yet, will have to do that.

Thai Talay
8411 Lincoln Blvd
Westchester
(just north of Manchester, west side of the street, across from Bristol Farms)

Feb 24, 2010
marthat in Los Angeles Area

Tong Thai brasserie east 13th st.

I just had lunch there today, and I enjoyed it. I had the chicken skewers for an appetizer and my companion had Thai dumplings. The dumplings were very tasty with a nice rich flavor and the chicken was tasty though a little on the dry side. I had coconut rice and the salmon for the main. The salmon had a nice spice rub crust on it and was perfectly cooked. The confit of vegetables underneath (onion and i"m not sure what else) was a very nice complement. My friend had one of the noodle dishes with chicken (sorry, I don't remember exactly which one). It had a nice spicy kick to it and very fresh flavors. Overall we thought that the flavors were fresh and full. The space is nice too, and while the servers were possibly a little too attentive, I put that down to newness. They were very anxious to please and clearly still getting their feet wet.
I don't know about their dinner prices, but the set lunch price can't be beat for a nice place to have a sit-down lunch and pretty good food.

Sep 05, 2008
marthat in Manhattan

Cabrito?

I ate there last night with a friend. It was quite tasty! They're still working out a few kinks I think, but overall a very good dining experience and one we will repeat. We came in fairly early (6 pm) and had no trouble getting a seat, but it was very crowded by the time we left. Service was pleasant and laid back, but efficient. We wanted to take our time and that wasn't an issue. We started with appetizers, guacamole & chips, and Shrimp-Tamarind Ceviche. The ceviche was absolutely amazing. The best thing we had. Tender tasty shrimp, with I think a pineapple salsa and pepitas. Perfectly seasoned. The guacamole was very good, nice acid balance. The chips were fresh and crisp. I meant to ask if they make their own tortillas, but if they don't they get them from somewhere good. For dinner I had two tacos, fish and skirt steak. The fish taco was a little disappointing. The beer-battered fish was bland and kind of mushy. It wasn't terrible but I wouldn't order it again. The skirt steak taco was very good - well seasoned, tender, fresh. My friend ordered the Chicken-Tomatillo Enchiladas and she enjoyed them, though she said they were a little salty. We also split an order of black beans and they were also heavy on the salt (and I tend to like my food on the salty side!) The restaurant is very attractive, with Mexican tiles on the walls. The garden wasn't open yet, so we didn't get to see that. But so far so good - I'm a California girl and finding good Mexican in New York is a challenge. Cabrito does a good job.

May 14, 2008
marthat in Manhattan

Best Phoenix Area Take-Out?

OK - we have a lot of Chinese/Mexican places here in New York (usually a reflection of the staff ethnicity), but not Chinese served IN Mexican. This will definitely go on the list (though I'm not sure my friend is quite this adventurous, but I'll try to persuade her). Thanks!

Mar 04, 2008
marthat in Phoenix

Best Phoenix Area Take-Out?

Lots of options here - I'll check them out.

Feb 29, 2008
marthat in Phoenix

Best Phoenix Area Take-Out?

Thanks! I love Middle Eastern food, though living in Brooklyn I can get a lot of it here. The pizza place and gelato sounds fabulous though. What does 'PV' refer to?

Feb 29, 2008
marthat in Phoenix

Best Phoenix Area Take-Out?

That's helpful. If we go to Dick's for takeout, that just opens up another option for dinner. I have to say, I've been coming to PHX for spring traning since 1994 and the dining options just keep getting better and better.

Feb 29, 2008
marthat in Phoenix

Best Phoenix Area Take-Out?

Yowza - Dick's looks great. We had planned to try to hit Richardson's sometime on this trip (I've been doing my Chow research). Looks like we'll be having New Mexican food more than once (ain't that a shame.) Thanks for both the rec and the directions!

Feb 28, 2008
marthat in Phoenix

Best Phoenix Area Take-Out?

Greetings Phoenix Chow-ers. I'll be visiting Phoenix from New York in a couple of weeks, meeting up with a West Coast friend for our annual Spring Training Extravaganza.

Although we always enjoy eating out in your fair city, one of our guilty-pleasures is getting some good take-out and staying in the hotel to catch up on all the movies we missed this year.

We'll be staying at the Pointe Hilton Tapatio on N. 7th, attending games at Scottsdale Stadium and Phoenix Municipal Stadium, and also doing a couple of spa days at Sanctuary in Paradise Valley.

So we're looking for some Take-Out recommendations that won't take us too-too far off the paths between these places and our hotel. We've been to and enjoyed Hap's Pit BBQ and El Bravo. We're both adventurous eaters so any cuisine is welcome.

Thanks so much!

Feb 27, 2008
marthat in Phoenix

First Time NYC Visitor From SF

Hey purple_gator! I'm a transplanted Bay Area gal now living in NYC and you're coming to the right place for food. The restaurant scene here continuously amazes me. For Spanish I really like Alta. It is tapas only, if that's what you're looking for. I work in the neighborhood and eat there often and have never had anything I didn't enjoy thoroughly.

Jan 15, 2008
marthat in Manhattan

Crave on 42nd with Top Chef Dave Martin

I would have to say I liked Perilla better as well. It was just overall a more refined, high quality meal. To be fair though, I don't think the two restaurants (or chefs) are really trying to achieve the same thing. For my tastes Perilla would be my first choice, but I enjoyed what Dave is trying to do with Crave as well.

Dec 24, 2007
marthat in Manhattan

Crave on 42nd with Top Chef Dave Martin

I was at Crave last night as well, with an out-of-town friend who is a HUGE Top Chef fan (we ate at Harold Dieterle's Perilla the night before). We both loved it overall. They are still in 'soft opening', which I think Dave said started only last Monday. We started with the famous Mac n' Cheese. I liked it - very rich and creamy. No, there weren't any huge chunks o' truffle, but I thought the flavors were very well balanced. The pasta wasn't actually macaroni, but a twist of some sort that I liked much better. It had a nice bite to it and stood up well to the rich sauce. We also split the Applewood Bacon Spinach Salad. It was well prepared, though a little sweet for my preferences.

For dinner my friend had the sea bass. I didn't take notes (sorry!), but I believe the sauce had mole. I tasted it and it was very good, and the fish was perfectly prepared. I had the ginger salmon and it was excellent. Flavorful, not too sweet, nice spice to it. Our seasonal veggies turned out to be carrots and squash. Hers were nicely done, just crisp with good seasonings. Mine were perfectly cooked, but underseasoned. Personally I chalk that up to a new line still working out the details.

Both dishes came with a coconut couscous. I'm really not a huge fan of coconut, nor tropical flavors in cooking, but this was absolutely delicious. We both kept commenting about it, and it worked really well with the Ginger Salmon.

We had green apple sorbet for dessert, which I wasn't wild about. Flavor was good, but the little bits of apple made for a peculiar texture in a sorbet.

I thought the wine list was very nicely thought out. Most of the wines were under $35, keeping in the theme of a comfortable kind of place. We had a South African Chablis that was very nice.

I'd have to agree with Miss Needle on the service. It was extremely enthusiastic, but not very polished. But I've worked in the restaurant business before and I know it can take a little while for things to gel. They're definitely going for a high-end but informal style, and that can be tricky with service. But it wasn't slow, it wasn't rude and it didn't detract from the meal. I think they'll work out those kinks with time.

Dave was indeed out and about in the dining room, looking nervous and happy and frazzled all at once. He was very gracious, stopping by our table numerous times to see how the food was, and even posing for a photo with my friend. He seemed to genuinely want to know how the meal was. I mentioned the differences in seasoning on the veggies and he was very grateful and clearly ready to head right back to the kitchen to sort it out.

The location could prove to be a little tough. Though it's not that far from the Theater District/Times Square area, and kind of a nice change of pace from the frantic, toursty feel you get there. We went to a show after dinner and it was less than a 10 minute walk.

We both left hoping that Crave would do well, and as a local I definitely plan on going again.

Dec 02, 2007
marthat in Manhattan