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Locovore recommendation nea convention center

Thanks Everyone! I think I'll go with Vedge and Fork (although I'm intrigued by Farm and Fisherman) and leave a couple nights open. I am thinking of checking out Reading Terminal Market too.

Oct 13, 2014
kirkaw in Philadelphia

Locovore recommendation nea convention center

I had Amis on my short list but will reconsider due to noise.
What about Estia or Barbuzzo? How is Vedge?

Oct 13, 2014
kirkaw in Philadelphia

Locovore recommendation nea convention center

I am OK with BYOB. Is there a a corkage fee?

Oct 13, 2014
kirkaw in Philadelphia

Locovore recommendation nea convention center

Thanks. I have read a lot about Fork, and had it on my short list but read a couple of poor reviews recently and was re-thinking.
Note taken about the chef. Will def. consider.

Oct 13, 2014
kirkaw in Philadelphia

Locovore recommendation nea convention center

Hi, I will be in Philadelphia at the end of Oct. I am looking for a nice place to have dinner with my husband. I prefer restaurants that use locally grown ingredients, have a decent wine list and an atmosphere that is lively, but not too loud.
Although we are fine with ethnic choices, not too big on Indian or French cuisines. We are not huge fans of prix fixe menus either.
We have had some great meals in Denver, Boston, Charleston, SC and Asheville, NC. We love craft beers too. Looking to spend <$100 pp.
Although we will have a car, we are staying near the convention center and not too interested in traveling a long way for a dinner res.
I love Balthazar and Babbo in NYC and Terrapin in Rhinebeck, NY.

Oct 11, 2014
kirkaw in Philadelphia

Yummy food, great local brews in Asheville?

Thanks Miss Piggy! All of these sound like viable options. Not being extremely familiar with Asheville geography, where is the River Arts district? Is that close to downtown?

Dec 28, 2013
kirkaw in Southeast

Yummy food, great local brews in Asheville?

Hi All,
We are traveling to Asheville in 2 weeks and would like a fun, casual place to eat dinner on Sunday night. I heard that Asheville has the greatest craft beer scene outside of CO, so would love to try someplace that has great beer AND great food.
Besides the Sunday night restriction, it would be nice if there were a couple of healthful things on the menu. :)
FYI, we love Zambra and Limones, really liked Rezaz (not sure if that is still open) and had mixed feelings about Curate. And we are eating at The Admiral the following night.
Thanks in advance!

Dec 28, 2013
kirkaw in Southeast

Dinner options in Denver

Hi,
My husband and I will be in Denver next month at a conference and was wondering if I could get some suggestions for dinner options in the downtown area...or at least I think it's the downtown area. We are staying a few blocks from the Colorado convention center. We will not have a car, so I will need places to which we can walk or take mass transit.
We love good food and have no particular dislikes. We particularly like restaurants that serve locally grown food. My max price range is between $18-30/entree, but would welcome less expensive options as well. We love good beer from local breweries and I understand that there are a lot of microbreweries in the area?
Thanks in advance! Amelia

Sep 27, 2013
kirkaw in Mountain States

Looking for good food, fabulous atmosphere in July

One other thing I forgot to mention, we went to Hamersley's Bistro in Boston last year; it came highly recommended. I have to say that I loved the atmsophere and the wine was good, but I was not overly impressed with the food. Maybe I'm just not a French Bistro person? We went to lovely place on that same trip in Beacon Hll, but for the life of me, I can't remember what it was called. The butternut squash ravioli was to DIE for!
One last note, I was not impressed with Mailiano (sp?) in NYC either. On the other hand, Cookshop was amazing, but then again, we went there for brunch.

Looking for good food, fabulous atmosphere in July

These are all great recommendations. Now that I've reviewed some of the web sites, I can refine my request a little. I am not interested in a prix fixe menu.
I love the look of Restaurant Eve and although the food looks amazing at Nora, I was not thrilled with (what appears to me) the 'colonnial' atmmosphere.
I loved the wine list at Plume, but for some reason, was unable to get the dinner menu to display.
Lastly, the menu of Red Hen looks interesting, but I found the website to be lacking as far as 'selling' me on going there.
I guess I opened myself up for expensive menus when I suggested Babbo, but is there anything with innovative food with entree prices in the $18-28 range instead of north of $30?

Looking for good food, fabulous atmosphere in July

Steve,
Restaurant eve looks amazing. Is the Tasting Room a prix fixe menu?
Thanks,
Amelia

Looking for good food, fabulous atmosphere in July

My husband and I will be passing through DC in mid-July for 2 nights. We will have a car. I am looking for a dinner place with good food, a great wine list and wonderful atmosphere. I'm not exactly sure what we are looking for but as a frame of reference, I love ABC Kitchen, Babbo, Pastis in NYC. Also really like Rezaz and Table in Asheville NC.

Charleston, SC

I think The Grocery and The Ordinary look great. Which would you recommend? Which has the best atmosphere?

Apr 19, 2013
kirkaw in Southeast

Charleston, SC

The menus of Fig and Husk look similar. Is the style of preparation similar? Lots of fried foods?
Whick of these would you say has the best atmsophere for a date?

Apr 19, 2013
kirkaw in Southeast

Day after Christmas dinner

My 17-year-old daughter and I will be spending Christmas day and the day after in Manhattan. We've been there several times before so we are somewhat familiar with the City. We are looking for dinner options. She loves ethnic foods and I am looking for the quintessential NYC experience. Some of our past favorites have been Babbo, Cookshop, ABC Kitchen and Mailiano.
We typically stay south of Times Square but I am not opposed to an uptown option. I am also wondering if there are places that could be 'fall back' options that would not require a reservation, in case we are caught up in a shopping frenzy,

Dec 16, 2012
kirkaw in Manhattan