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Miller's Bake House available at Chico Certified Farmers Market, Chico- anyone?

And, is Dave's bread only sold on Saturdays, as far as you know?

about 6 hours ago
SimSportPlyr in California

Miller's Bake House available at Chico Certified Farmers Market, Chico- anyone?

hhc, thanks!

Looks like I will have to arrange for a road trip in the near future.

about 23 hours ago
SimSportPlyr in California

Miller's Bake House available at Chico Certified Farmers Market, Chico- anyone?

I know this is an old discussion, but I'd welcome any updates with respect to where Dave Miller's bread is sold (I live in the Roseville-Folsom area), other than at the Chico Farmer's Market.

Apr 21, 2015
SimSportPlyr in California

looking for "real NEW Mexican" in Santa Fe

Reporting back to ninrn and others....

We ate a The Shed, La Choza, Rancho de Chimayo and La Cueva Cafe (in Taos).

At each of these restaurants, we had at least one dish that wow'd us, and another one or more that seemed so-so, so it seemed to make a huge difference what we ordered.

The Green Chile Chowder at The Shed was awesome, and we thought the same dish at La Choza was outstanding, too.

We had Green Chile Tortilla Soup at Rancho de Chimayo, and it was excellent, too.

A couple other dishes at Shed/Choza/Chimayo seemed mediocre.

La Cueva was the disappointment of the four restaurants.

We were only in New Mexico for a couple days, or we would have tried more of your excellent recommendations.

Thanks for all of the great suggestions last fall. You helped us to have a memorable time in NM.

Apr 13, 2015
SimSportPlyr in Southwest

Gumbo in Sacramento area?

kmcg302, thanks for the reply.

If either you or your friend go to Mo Mo's, I'd very much enjoy hearing your comparative opinion.

Meanwhile, South is on my To Do list, although I'm currently on a diet and so it may be awhile before I am able to go there.

Apr 13, 2015
SimSportPlyr in California

Gumbo in Sacramento area?

kmcg302, that's very interesting!

Has your brother also tried Mo Mo's gumbo by any chance, in terms of comparison?

Also, may I ask what dishes you had there that you liked?

Apr 10, 2015
SimSportPlyr in California

Gumbo in Sacramento area?

In case anyone cares, I found some Louisiana-quality gumbo (as well as BBQ) in Sac: Mo Mo's Meat Market.

The gumbo is as good as I've had anywhere; my reference standard is Herby K's in Shreveport.

The bbq at Mo Mo's is 'southern quality', too, and the best I've had in the Sac area.

Apr 03, 2015
SimSportPlyr in California
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What's unique in Austin?

Troy asked for a trip report, and y'all were kind enough to make many helpful suggestions, so here's my Austin Report.

Given our limited time in the Austin area my buddy and I focused on BBQ, although we had a couple of good non-BBQ meals, too. But, the BBQ was the most memorable for us. Since our culinary high points were bbq, I'll report on that.

Also, we were surprised at how heavy the traffic was in Austin, esp at dinnertime, and that affected some of our restaurant choices, too, as we were not inclined to 'swim upstream' to get across town.

We went to Franklin's.

Even though we had been warned about the wait, it was even longer than we were expecting. Maybe the popularity continues to climb.

We got in line at 9:30 am on a weekday, and we reached the ordering counter at almost exactly 1pm. At about noon, a Franklin's employee walked the line, warning all of us that they couldn't guarantee there would be enough ribs for us, although my buddy and I lucked out and got some ribs just before they ran out.

We tried all of the meat items. The brisket and ribs were amazing. We felt that the ribs were the best item there and the best ribs we've had anywhere, although it's probably a matter of taste, since some of the poster here seem to prefer the brisket. But, for sure, both were tremendous.

Going back to about noon, as our part of the line entered the restaurant we were surprised to notice that many of the tables were empty. We had assumed that seating was the bottleneck in this small restaurant. Surprisingly, though, the bottleneck was the order-taking and serving (all at the counter) processes, even one hour after opening time. My buddy and the two guys behind me in line are all food industry professionals, and their assessment was that the counter staff were intentionally operating in Slow Mode. We wondered if the reputation of long lines (and lure thereof) is part of the business model.

We also drove to Lockart to try BBQ. After all, we could drive to Lockart, have lunch, and return to Austin, all in less time than standing in line at Franklin's.

We sampled 'cue at Kreuz Market, Black's BBQ, and Smitty's.

We loved the bbq at Black's and Smitty's, and thought that the brisket was at the same level as Franklin's, as far as we could tell (we don't pretend to be bbq experts, although my buddy is a chef and does his own smoking).

We were underwhelmed at Kreuz Market.

All in all, the food in Austin was memorable, and we look forward to returning someday so that we can try some of the other great recommendations in this discussion.

Thanks again to all of your for giving us your recommendations!

Mar 30, 2015
SimSportPlyr in Austin
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Diners Drive-ins and Dives

""...producers decided upon SimSportPlyr""

"I'd watch that."

That would be boring!

looking for "real NEW Mexican" in Santa Fe

I like margaritas, but I rarely (maybe, never) pay (around) $10 for one.

Anyhow, thanks for the warning. I appreciate it.

Sep 26, 2014
SimSportPlyr in Southwest

looking for "real NEW Mexican" in Santa Fe

finlero, so it's inexpensive. Awesome.

Thanks for the reply/answer! I appreciate it.

Sep 26, 2014
SimSportPlyr in Southwest

looking for "real NEW Mexican" in Santa Fe

Could someone please comment on lunch and dinner prices at The Shed?

The restaurant's online menus don't list any prices.

Thanks in advance for any examples.

Sep 26, 2014
SimSportPlyr in Southwest

Carmel: Yafa vs Dametra?

Thanks, Mike.

Probably, the waiter was referring to a Fri/Sat (even though we were there on a Monday).

My wife and I were planning on a late lunch (driving from SLO), but it ended up being a 4pm 'linner' with no wait.

Sep 16, 2014
SimSportPlyr in California

Carmel: Yafa vs Dametra?

A waiter at Dametra told us that we should make a reservation two weeks in advance.

Have you found that you can make a reservation with less notice?

Sep 16, 2014
SimSportPlyr in California

Carmel: Yafa vs Dametra?

Ttrockwood, thanks for the reply.

Yes, I'll make a reservation the next time I go to Dametra.

Sep 14, 2014
SimSportPlyr in California

Carmel: Yafa vs Dametra?

I've eaten at Dametra twice, but not at Yafa. I've been very happy with Dametra, although the wait to be seated can be long and it's a little pricey.

Those of you who've been to both: which do you prefer and why?

Sep 12, 2014
SimSportPlyr in California

Interesting eats along I-80 between SF and Auburn?

That's right; specifically, the Douglas Blvd East exit.

If you take the other Douglas Blvd exit, you get to take a side trip to Trader Joes.

Jun 25, 2014
SimSportPlyr in California

Interesting eats along I-80 between SF and Auburn?

Nectar Cafe vegan restaurant in Auburn, about 0.5 miles off the freeway.

I like their food, and I'm not vegan.

Jun 25, 2014
SimSportPlyr in California

Interesting eats along I-80 between SF and Auburn?

I'm not sure if it's too late to reply (I just noticed this discussion), but I recommend Taqueria Maria in Roseville.

It's about 1 1/2 min off the freeway, but beware that Google Maps shows a longer, non-optimum route to get there.

The restaurant's address is on Cirby Way, but if you enter from Riverside Blvd it's quicker and easier to get there from the freeway.

Jun 25, 2014
SimSportPlyr in California

100 things you should eat before you die- sacramento

I second the vote for Samuel Horne's Nutcase burger!

(I haven't had their blue cheese/bacon fries)

Jun 25, 2014
SimSportPlyr in California

100 things you should eat before you die- sacramento

I'm not familiar with The Mandarin. Is it the restaurant at 4321 Arden Way?

Jun 25, 2014
SimSportPlyr in California

Restaurant with river/bay view along 160/4.

Actually, DW and I go through Walnut Creek about every 8-10 weeks, so thanks for the link!

Restaurant with river/bay view along 160/4.

Hi Melanie -

I did quite a bit of online searching, and couldn't find anything that tempted me and that was also open on Sunday.

So, DW and I stopped at our old standby, Sprouts Farmers Market in Walnut Creek (we were willing to travel Hwy 160 or I-680, based on lunch plans), and had sandwiches there.

Sunday evening friends grilled salmon and veggies for us at their home in SF.

On a previous trip, we had lunch at Sailor Jack's in Benecia and liked it. But, in subsequently reading diner reviews I get the impression that we were lucky and dodged a bullet there.

Diners Drive-ins and Dives

The definition at that link is difficult to understand for anyone who doesn't already know what subjunctive means, because it's terse (because it is a dictionary definition). It takes a lot more verbiage to explain subjunctive, for example:

http://www.grammar-monster.com/glossa...

The example, "The host of DDD would be Guy Fieri." reads as though it is conditional ("The host of DDD would be Guy Fieri if.....") although it isn't, of course. Actually, I don't know how to classify that sentence. Maybe the classification is: grammatically incorrect (or, politically correctly: "non-standard English").

Anyhow, I thought you may have meant 'subjunctive' rather than 'subjective', although I don't think the example uses subjunctive. Examples of subjunctive:

"If Guy Fieri were host of DDD...."

"If I were Guy Fieri, I would not rave about every dish I tried."

Restaurant with river/bay view along 160/4.

That's funny!

Diners Drive-ins and Dives

subjunctive?

Restaurant with river/bay view along 160/4.

I'm looking for a lunch spot for tomorrow in the Antioch/Pittsburg area.

I want a place with a view of the delta.

The restaurant does not need to be high end.

I welcome any suggestions.

Good Parmesan cheese in N Cal stores?

Costco's P-R is excellent, and that's where I've been buying it since I read your and other's recommendations here.

Thanks for the tip!

May 15, 2014
SimSportPlyr in California
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Good Parmesan cheese in N Cal stores?

For the benefit of those of you who live in South Placer county, I bought some PR this week at Dominick's Deli in Granite Bay (Auburn-Folsom and Douglas Blvd).

I saw a couple of large chunks (maybe 10 lbs each) in Dominick's refrigerated cheese-meats display. The guy at the counter was willing to slice off any amount of it for me.

I forget the exact price, but it was $15/lb, or very close to it.

I don't like the taste of Dominick's P-R as well as Costco's, although I'm no connoisseur, so maybe I'm evaluating it wrong. I can't articulate why I prefer Costco (sorry).

If another Chowhounder were to try Dominick's P-R, I'd be very interested in hearing your assessment.

I'm not sure whether Dominick's NY Pizza & Deli in Folsom (Folsom Blvd & Blue Ravine Rd) also carries P-R.

May 15, 2014
SimSportPlyr in California

Lola's - A Louisiana Kitchen

Thanks for the reply, westie.

Has anyone tried Lola's gumbo (I assume it's on the menu)?

Apr 02, 2014
SimSportPlyr in Las Vegas