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Best seafood in Baltimore Harbour?

Try Faidley's in the old Lexington Market for some remarkable Crab Cakes...

about 22 hours ago
gutreactions in Washington DC & Baltimore

Pork Tenderloin sandwich in Westchester?

Tarry Market in Port Chester does a commendable job with pork tenderloin and decadent porchetta sandwiches...

about 22 hours ago
gutreactions in New York State (exc. NYC)

Rio Bravo Opens in Larchmont!

After reading about it online we went to visit this Mexican newcomer twice, and while I was initially surprised at the offerings on the playful limited menu we agreed that their tacos were terrific. Anyone else tried it? They have a website...

Flames Steakhouse, Briarcliff, closed due to fire...

It was reported earlier this week on local Cable 12 that Flames Steakhouse in Briarcliff Manor closed due to a fire. Customers and staff had to be evacuated in the late evening...

Market Shoppers: Get out of the quick check out line. You have too many items...

This has been a remarkable discussion, but I have yet to hear from anyone who admits their mistake and intends to play by market rules...

Apr 11, 2015
gutreactions in Not About Food

Washington DC and VA burbs "ethnic" restaurants

There is a bustling Vietnamese enclave in Falls Church called Eden Center. Among my favorite eating places there is Huong Viet. Also, if you can get over to the Union Market on 6th Street in D.C. there will be a variety vendors and treats to explore. If you are able to travel, I might also suggest Faidley's in the old Lexington Market in Baltimore for their amazing crab cakes...all have websites.

Market Shoppers: Get out of the quick check out line. You have too many items...

What people do...too funny, Bob. I'll be thinking of these posts the next time I go to the market.

Apr 03, 2015
gutreactions in Not About Food

Chicken Fat

Wish my mother was here to answer that question. There was always a jar full in our fridge growing up...

Apr 03, 2015
gutreactions in General Topics

Market Shoppers: Get out of the quick check out line. You have too many items...

Market shopping for the holidays can be stressful enough with the crowds and all. I only needed a few supplementary groceries to fill in what I had. I get to the quick check out and find it clogged with loaded shopping carts, more than the 12 items or less posted on the sign.
Come on people, get on the line you belong, please...

Apr 03, 2015
gutreactions in Not About Food

Ogunguit / Perkins Cove / Gloucester

MC was always lovely with a fine view of the Marginal Way. Check out The Hurricane in Kennebunkport, too, and the dive bar vibe and good food at The Ramp on Cape Porpoise...
On your way there, make a stop at Stonewall Kitchen in York. The restaurant there is quite good...

Citarella to open in Greenwich mid-April...

After a number of delays, Citarella, the popular gourmet market with stores in Manhattan, will be opening a big location in Greenwich along Rt. 1. The store was always known for its fresh fish and seafood. Looks like Balducci's and Whole Foods will be the primary competition...

Help me plan please [Lower Westchester County]

Based on your guidelines, I would try Pollo a la Brasa, Port Chester, and Coals Grilled Pizza, Port Chester and Bronxville...both are online.

Turkish Meze in Mamaroneck Permanently Closed?

Another victim in the same town is Roasted Peppers on Mamaroneck Ave. Now that the movie theater is gone, I hear quite a few of the eateries along this loaded strip are feeling the crunch...

I'm the turtle at the table .

Let me get this straight: you are a slow eater so you are still on your appetizer. Others are already on another course. What restaurant serves like this?

Mar 29, 2015
gutreactions in Not About Food

Dickey's BBQ Pit in Yonkers: anyone try it?

Agree that their chicken is very good, and they asked if I wanted it whole or sliced. My household was delighted with their brisket and whole rack of ribs which they split in two. You can get extra sauce at no charge from a dispenser at the rear of the store. Because there is a dearth of good BBQ in Westchester, we are quite happy to have them around, too.
Like their places in the city, Brother Jimmy's is very loud but 'passable' as stated. Very busy so far, though...

Dickey's BBQ Pit in Yonkers: anyone try it?

It is part of a chain out of Texas and it is located in the High Ridge Shopping Center off Central Ave. After taking food out of there several times, I think it could be the best BBQ in the Westchester area right now. Any thoughts?

What is It With All the Duck Fat Hype?

I agree with you, chef. After tasting duck fat infused dishes at a number of restaurants from Portland, Maine to D.C. I have also come away with: 'What am I missing here?'
I say the rendered chicken fat my mother kept in a jar in her fridge added far more flavor to dishes than duck fat...

Mar 28, 2015
gutreactions in General Topics

Any favorite dishes at the following restaurants in Portland, ME?

The kitchen staff at Central Provisions can be a bit overzealous at times. On our last visit there most of the dishes we ordered were fine, except for the Tuna Crudo which was a bad cut and inedible. We did return the dish and were not charged for it...

Palomino Larchmont

Thanks, Sonnyno. I heard rumors about this but never saw it in print until now...

Asian (Chinese and/or Thai) in or near New Rochelle

Elisa, its the neighborhood at the New Rochelle Road exit off the Hutch near Eastchester Road/Pelhamdale Road to the entrance onto the Cross County Expressway which is Bronxville. A lot of border lines converge there: New Rochelle, Pelham, Mt. Vernon & Bronxville...

Palomino Larchmont

Figuring out the relationships here is a mindbender, for sure, but as far as I can tell it goes like this: Chef Palomino has been like a jumping bean over the last few years. When he first showed up at Sonora in Port Chester, he brought a breath of fresh culinary air with him. He was one of the first to introduce a playful modern Latin cuisine to the area. Since then he and partners have opened restaurants in CT as well as New York only to sell off Pacifico in Port Chester, Bistro Latino in Tuckahoe (currently operating under a different owner), and now Palomino in Larchmont. The new owner of Iron Horse in Pleasantville and Larchmont is Andrew Economos, and he has dabbled in the restaurant business over the years.
By the way, there are beautiful paintings of horses at Moderne Barn in Armonk...

Bring your shopping cart back where it belongs, please!

My daughter who lives in Manhattan says after a big shopping at Fairway near her she can request a delivery to her apt...

Mar 19, 2015
gutreactions in Not About Food

Asian (Chinese and/or Thai) in or near New Rochelle

Both are good options for the New Rochelle area. You may also want to check out Durian in nearby Larchmont and Oriental Palace in Chester Heights, just outside of New Rochelle...

Why Small Cities Are the Best Places to Eat in America

Oh, I almost forgot Providence, RI for its growing food and dining choices...

Culinary School Aims to Be ‘MIT of the Food World’

I have worked alongside the culinary world and I have always felt that better academic training would be a good thing: accounting, how to run a business, English (perhaps other languages). Thru experience I have found that many of these graduates emerge with poor business skills. I still see embarrassing misspelling on menus, and so on. While the extra education may not work for everyone, I see it as a plus...

Why Small Cities Are the Best Places to Eat in America

In recent years I have seen and enjoyed major food & dining strides take place in smaller cities like: Charleston, S.C.; Charlottesville, VA; Portland, Maine; and all around the Beltway in D.C.

Bring your shopping cart back where it belongs, please!

It has become a pet peeve of mine. Every time I go shopping I find shopping carts scattered all over the lot blocking roads, sometimes right next to my car. Why don't shoppers have the courtesy of putting the carts back at their stations where they belong?

Restaurant Web-Site Fails...

Restaurants go to so much trouble creating a website then fail to maintain it properly...

Fed-up restaurant owners fight back at Yelp reviews

This one is right, this one is wrong...
So tell me: what recourse do restaurants really have to speak out about some of these negative reviews and remarks. We all know that Yelp, for example, often harbors infantile posts. The system is heavily weighted against the restaurant...

Breaking Borders: Anyone catch it?

High minded concept, for sure. But sometimes great things start small. For this episode they could have gotten some insight from Ottolenghi and Tamimi of the Jerusalem-Plenty cookbook fame...