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Oh Mon Dieu

I got a reservation for Chez Denise about a week or two before our night, but mainly because there was 12 of us. You should be fine a couple days before for both restaurants.

about 2 hours ago
macdog in France

Le Bon Georges and Le Trumilou recommended by David L

Have you been recently? Just wondering if there has been a change in kitchen that has improved food. I am always looking for somewhat local spots to eat since we stay in Marais every year and my husband has very busy work schedule, that precludes us from traveling too far afield at night.

about 7 hours ago
macdog in France

Le Bon Georges and Le Trumilou recommended by David L

What does anyone think about these 2 places? David Lebovitz recommended both in his August newsletter. He called Le Trumilou a no frills bistro and a nice place for a summer evening dinner. Le Bon Georges gets props for being a good traditional bistro with an accent on well sourced ingredients. Haven't really heard much about either place on CH.

about 19 hours ago
macdog in France

Three full days in Barcelona looking for well-loved, timeless classics

Here's a mini TR I did on our visit to Barcelona in May. As I said, I kind of fell out of love with the Born, it was just too touristy and slightly tacky. We also used to love Cal Pep, I just don't think it is worth the long waits and high prices anymore. We loved Paco Merlago (it was our first meal and had delicious tapas). I also really like the Gracia district. It felt much more like a real neighborhood and it is full of very scenic squares and small restaurants. It's close to Sagrada Familia (highly recommend watching the documentary about the church available on Netflix) and Parc Guell.

"We had a good meal at Llamber in the Born. I didn't take very good notes on our meals, but it's a nice modern setting and food was all good. We really enjoyed Paco Merlago, it was our first meal in Barcelona and everything tasted fantastic. Best tomato bread of the week. Loved the shisoto peppers, patatas bravas, razor clams, croquettes, octopus and calamari.

We also went to Bar la PLA and Tapeo one night. Enjoyed the Fideu at Tapeo. I have to say that the Born lost some of its charm for me this last trip. It is crawling with tourists and feels like the restaurants are really geared for that clientele. El Xampanyet looked like a US college sorority/fraternity mixer. Nothing wrong with that, just don't need to go to Spain for that.

We stayed in an apartment in a quiet neighborhood next to Gracia and I enjoyed our forays into that district a lot. We ate at La Pepita twice on the trip. Delicious tapas with some interesting twists. Enjoyed the sea bass with strawberries, white and green asparagus, really good beef skewers on a bed of beans, foie and mashed potatoes. Our second time was after a Gracia tapas hop that included Gatamala (free tapas with each drink) and Gasterea that featured basque pinxtos. We also had lunch at Sol de nit on the Placa del Sol after a morning visit to Parc Guell. The squares that dot the Gracia district are really charming and full of actual Barcelona dwellers.

My other suggestion is to perhaps try another covered market. The late morning we walked through La Boqueria was a madhouse. Felt like multiple tour busses had discharged their occupants and they were swarming the market. We ended eating at the Santa Caterina market, a short walk from the Born. Also had another lunch at the Palua de la Musica, one of my favorite buildings in Barcelona."

Jul 28, 2015
macdog in Spain/Portugal

Family Vacation in San Franciso

Well, they said they liked Italian and they were staying near Pac Heights. maybe they can split an entree :-)

Jul 25, 2015
macdog in San Francisco Bay Area

Please help me make a decision on a dinner reservation, Merci!

Here's a recent TR that mentions some of the restaurants in your post.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1019772

Jul 25, 2015
macdog in France

Family Vacation in San Franciso

Don't drive in SF to restaurants, take Uber or walk to Fillmore st if close to your lodgings. I would suggest Lolinda (amazing rooftop terrace for pre dinner drinks) or Foreign Cinema for good food and beautiful dining on their patio with an old movie running on the back wall. Both good places for 20 something kids and both located in the Mission. On Fillmore, you have some good choices and may be walkable. The Progress is the new hot ticket, no clue how easy it is to get reservations. SPQR is an Italian place that is supposed to be very good and I personally really enjoy Dosa, but maybe Indian is too adventurous for some of your family. Jane on Fillmore is a great breakfast and lunch spot.

Jul 25, 2015
macdog in San Francisco Bay Area

London Dining

We've enjoyed Anchor and Hope and Great Queen St for gastro pub dining. A&H is close to Tate Modern and the Eye.

Jul 24, 2015
macdog in U.K./Ireland

Need dinner suggestions for hearty eaters (my 3 sons) in Paris during August

I can relate, my sons and husband still give me grief for the multi course "molecular" restaurant I took them to in Barcelona, years ago.

Here's a list of places open in August in Paris-
http://parisbymouth.com/paris-august-...
Terroir Parisien is a good choice with slightly modern twist on French bistro food. You could also check to see if Josephine Chez Dumont is open, I haven't been, but I think they have very large portions. Sadly Chez Denise is probably closed all month, perhaps Cafe des Musees might be open.

David Lebowitz just wrote about Bon George. Sounds like a great small bistro.

Jul 22, 2015
macdog in France

Recent Paris Trip

Great report. Nice to read about places with pleasant outdoor seating. Really need to get to PSB in Oberkampf neighborhood next spring.

Jul 22, 2015
macdog in France

First time in Paris and I can't wait to EAT!

You should look at John Talbott's blog for great recommendations and I also like Paris by Mouth and Le Fooding websites. Second the recommendation of Chez Denise and Google Les Chouettes-beautiful interior, highly recommended by Chowhounders and in the interesting haute Marais. Zebulon next to Palais Royal, Gare de Gorille and Le Bat all get good reviews on CH and are on my list for next year. I think some of the places you have mentioned (Cafe Constant, Avenue) may be very touristy.

Jul 20, 2015
macdog in France

Paris in the HEAT!! AC in the restaurants???

Starting this week, Paris temps are in high 70's/low 80's and 60's at night. The good thing about heat waves is that they usually end.

Jul 20, 2015
macdog in France
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West LA & Santa Barbara

Sama Sama has really interesting Malaysian food, Arigato has fabulous sushi plus great fresh seafood carpaccio and soft shell crab salad and Black Sheep has decent ramen.

Jul 18, 2015
macdog in Los Angeles Area

Dinner for 20 in Paris?

Loved it, but I don't think they can do 20 people. We were only 10. I suggest TP, because I think they could possibly do your whole group.

Jul 17, 2015
macdog in France

West LA & Santa Barbara

Yes, most of the wineries are in the funk zone down by the water, but there is another cluster up around El Paseo and Canon Perdido. And check out the Pickle Bar on Canon Perdido, restored 50's bar in the style of the Chinese bar and restaurant that used to be there. Very cool and retro feeling. Just don't know if you want to hit wine places on bikes and then be driving home after dinner in the dark.

For SYR, you can reserve on opentable and I think best tables are on the downstairs patio. Really beautiful setting. It's very popular so I would reserve ahead.

Jul 17, 2015
macdog in Los Angeles Area

West LA & Santa Barbara

Love Les Marchands (beautiful interior) and it has a small, but interesting menu of food. They had an amazing pork belly ramen for the last year, but aren't making it this summer. Hopefully will be back in the fall.

Jul 17, 2015
macdog in Los Angeles Area

West LA & Santa Barbara

And you can go first to the best coffee place in SB, Handlebars, which is next door to the Corazon pop up. Corazon is similar to the great Guerrilla Taco truck which is in DTLA and Culver City.

Jul 16, 2015
macdog in Los Angeles Area

West LA & Santa Barbara

Been to them all and still think the #16 Superica special with marinated pork, roasted Pasilla chiles and cheese is the best taco I've ever had. Also, the specials have really gotten delicious. Chili rellenos, pozole, chilaquiles and variety of tamales and a delicious chicken enchilada with potato are just a few of the highlights.

Jul 15, 2015
macdog in Los Angeles Area

West LA & Santa Barbara

Can't say I agree about Stella Mare. The OP wanted young and lively vibe, if he wanted older Montecito crowd I would recommend Lucky's or SYR. I think the Lark, Sama Sama and Julienne's are better for his requests.

Jul 15, 2015
macdog in Los Angeles Area

West LA & Santa Barbara

Also The Lark in the SB funk zone is very happening these days. Food is good. You can also check out a big selection of wineries down there before or after dinner. On the weekends it is a pretty crazy scene.

Jul 14, 2015
macdog in Los Angeles Area

West LA & Santa Barbara

Do you prefer MB Post to Little Sister? My son just moved to MB and I need to make birthday dinner reservations.

Jul 14, 2015
macdog in Los Angeles Area

West LA & Santa Barbara

Oops, I forgot La Superica in my SB post. Get the #16 Superica special (see above) and any of the specials. Chili Relleno, Pozole, chilaquiles are amazing, but only specials. I also really like the sea and earth mojacate at Los Agaves down the street. Get to La Superica at 11:30 or then wait until 1:30 or 2. Lines in the summer are crazy.

West LA & Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara is on California board, but recommend Julienne for farm to table, Sama Sama for young hip Malaysian (with calif twist) and Arigato for amazing sushi. San Ysidro Ranch patio for stunning setting and drinks at the Biltmore or El Encanto for ocean views. Also like the Thai place, Empty Bowl at the public market.

Jul 14, 2015
macdog in Los Angeles Area

Dinner for 20 in Paris?

Here's the discussion we had about this in spring. We went with Chez Denise, I would second JT's rec of Terroir Parisien.
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1007580

Jul 14, 2015
macdog in France

Palo Alto/Menlo Park rant

Well, I for one, am happy about the new blue bottle. Decent Cappucino, some good options for breakfast/brunch and a beautiful patio for eating and drinking. Great use of the elegant old Varsity theatre.

Jul 12, 2015
macdog in San Francisco Bay Area

First Lunch!

Breizh cafe for really good crepes for lunch or cuisine du bar for open faced Poilane bread sandwiches or go to the Marche Enfant Rouges and get some couscous. They are all located in the Marais. I would definitely want a lighter lunch if you are going to a big dinner that night.

Jul 12, 2015
macdog in France

Help me plan my London food itinerary...

For casual places, I love Dishoom in Convent Garden or Shoreditch, Koya for Udon and Barrafina for tapas both located in Soho.

Jul 12, 2015
macdog in U.K./Ireland

Trip report, Paris Part 2: GrandCoeur, Neige d’été, Ellsworth, Pirouette, Spring, L’Avant Comptoir, Pierre Sang Boyer Oberkampf, Le Cinq, Gare au Gorille, Bistrot Paul Bert

Did you have reservations at Pierre Sang Boyer or did you get there early and queue up?

Jul 09, 2015
macdog in France

Good insight, especially for those on their first several trips to Paris

Thanks for linking that piece. Interesting that he mentioned Bon George, David Lebovitz just wrote about that restaurant in his newsletter. I think they may have eaten there together. Also, my takeaway is that I need to get to the 9th quickly before it turns into another Marais.

Jul 09, 2015
macdog in France

Paris - back to the 9th, all of September

We've enjoyed udon noodles at Kunitoraya in the 1st and absolutely loved MG Road (Indian) in the 3rd. I also liked Hero, a new Korean (with hipster elements) restaurant started by the Le Mary Celeste and Candelaria group.

There's also a gyoza bar in the haut Marais. Didn't eat there so can't comment on quality. And the popular Banh mi sandwich place, I think it is called Angela's, was much touted by Parigi (miss her).

Jul 01, 2015
macdog in France