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Solo Dining

I'll be visiting D.C. from out of town, and was hoping for recommendations for good restaurants for dining alone, particularly at the bar. Anything near Dupont Circle would be ideal. Thanks.

I just got fleeced - 20 bucks for 2 of the most over-hyped sandwiches at...

Wow, your Antico Noe reference just blew my mind. Haven't thought of that place in about 10 years. So good.

Jan 26, 2010
eboges in Manhattan

Foodiest Spots in L.A.

Thanks to everyone for many helpful recommendations.

May 07, 2008
eboges in Los Angeles Area

Foodiest Spots in L.A.

Thanks!

May 06, 2008
eboges in Los Angeles Area

Foodiest Spots in L.A.

Perhaps I should clarify that I'm not interested in eating NYC-style -- in fact, on the contrary, I want to go to whatever the most L.A.-ish places are. That's, well, kind of the point. I'm interested in trying anything, including non-English menus, if needs be. I'm staying with a friend in Venice but we're willing to go anywhere, of course.

May 06, 2008
eboges in Los Angeles Area

Foodiest Spots in L.A.

I recognize that this might be an annoying post, but I'm hoping that some people may be able to identify the real "foodie" restaurants in L.A. I live in New York and I'm visiting L.A. in a few weeks. Despite having read plenty of guidebooks, websites and Chowhound threads, I still can't tell what the best places for serious foodies are in L.A. I'm not looking for the hippest or trendiest places, but the most interesting and delicious (and possibly locavore-ish). For example, if this is of any help, if someone were to ask me for this type of recommendation in New York, I would think of places like Franny's, Momofuku, or even Blue Hill (on the high end). Any tips would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

May 05, 2008
eboges in Los Angeles Area

The old Grange Hall the new 'Commerce'

I was there on a recent Saturday night, and it was a thoroughly disappointing experience. The room is painfully loud, the service is glacial, and most importantly, the food is underwhelming, or worse. I ordered a fettucine special that we all agreed could only be described as "airline quality." Seriously, it was shamefully bad. Like something they would serve at TGI Fridays as "Extreme Italiano Pasta." The sauce seemed to be Chef Boyardee-inspired. Oh, and it was $24. I live three blocks away and I can say with confidence that I'll never be back.

Mar 03, 2008
eboges in Manhattan

Spicy - 2nd Date (not LES or EV)

How about Mercadito on Ave. B? It's cute and potentially spicy. You'll wait for a table, but it's Friday night, so let's be honest, you're going to wait almost anywhere worth going to.

Nov 02, 2007
eboges in Manhattan

Best Wine Bar

I went to check out Xai Xai the other night, and while it definitely has a pleasant ambience, an interesting wine list and some nice small plates, it suffers from a near-fatal flaw: scented candles. And not just a few of them. They're all over the place, and on every table (we blew ours out). As soon as you walk in the door you're overwhelmed by an odiferous wall of Glade vanilla candle stench. Needless to say, it's distracting (at best) from the wine and food. It's a shame really, because the place has a lot of potential. It's a pretty easy thing to remedy, so hopefully they'll switch over to unscented candles before they stink away all the customers.

Oct 30, 2007
eboges in Manhattan