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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...

about 2 hours ago
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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
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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...

Breaking Borders: Anyone catch it?

The premier of Breaking Borders aired last night on Travel Channel. Their first stop was in the Holy Land for a meal with Israelis and Palestinians.
Chef Michael Voltaggio and journalist Mariana van Zeller tour and sit down to a meal in areas of conflict and try to bridge the divide. While 'breaking bread' has always been a way to bring people together, what do you think of this concept?

Best fine dining: Westchester restaurant recommendation?

Ice cream, your description of the cuisine is a good one. I call it Adriatic. Their outdoor wood burning grill does some amazing work too...

Savannah three day getaway recs needed for first weekend in June

You might want to check out Leopold's for ice cream, quite a history there. And Back in the Day Bakery on the outskirts of town...

Mar 16, 2015
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Best fine dining: Westchester restaurant recommendation?

Dubrovnik actually has a handsome wine cellar downstairs where you can dine as well. Croatian wines and a growing list of domestic and European vintages. Of course, the spring will allow them to open their rear deck, too...

Best fine dining: Westchester restaurant recommendation?

I would keep X20 on your short list. Also consider Dubrovnik in New Rochelle, the area's first formal restaurant devoted to the cuisine of Croatia. A recent meal at Gaucho Grill, White Plains, assured me that this Argentinean/Latin style restaurant remains one of the best. And 20 year old Ernesto's in White Plains has made some fine advances lately, too. All have websites. Bon Appetite, and report back...

Five days and nights to eat the best of DC-help me with itinerary

If you can get there, a few minutes outside of DC in Falls Church is Eden Center, a Vietnamese enclave with shopping and restaurants that are good and reasonable. Our favorite is Huong Viet...

Trends: Has brisket replaced short rib as the trendy meat?

Oh, I almost forgot. There was brisket on the menu at The Majestic on King Street, Old Town Alexandria, VA...

Mar 12, 2015
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Trends: Has brisket replaced short rib as the trendy meat?

Over the past year I have had brisket at Rose's Luxury on Barracks Row in DC, loaded with fat on the outskirts of the meat and delicious; at The Local in Charlottesville, VA.; out of a Dickey's franchise in Yonkers, N.Y. and Fairfax, VA. (they do a good job, by the way); at the 2nd Ave. Deli in Manhattan, and our own home version always a tribute to Mom who used Lipton Onion Soup mix as part of the mixture...

Mar 11, 2015
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Providence Area - Dining with a Munchkin

Check out Providence Coal Fired Pizza on Westminster. We had a good meal there during a visit last year...

Trends: Has brisket replaced short rib as the trendy meat?

It is showing up, beautiful and tender, everywhere. Not just on the traditional Passover table and Franklin's BBQ...

Mar 11, 2015
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Premium prices at Ben's Deli in Scarsdale

I don't know if you realize it, but Jewish delis have not been a place to go for a cheap meal for a long time. Not sure why, something about their overhead costs for the meats etc. Go ahead and check Ben's menu against others of the same type.
I would also check this St. Paddy's menu against those found in our local Irish taverns. Most of these taverns don't even serve the same style of quality corned beef...

Le Chateau in South Salem Closing

This is a sad story, but times have changed in the restaurant industry. I fondly remember visiting Le Chateau for all types of occasions. My friend and early mentor Chef Maxime Ribera, the original owner of Auberge Argenteuil in Hartsdale and Maxime's in Granite Springs, and I would sometimes sneak off to Le Chateau and relax at the old bar with its dramatic vistas...

24 Hours in Providence- help us narrow it down!

We stayed at The Dean last summer and the whole city was within walking distance. Two restaurants you might seek out are Bacaro and Alforno. Both have websites. There is a bustling Little Italy section as well...

Do you make dining decisions based on coupons or discounts?

There are restaurants that use so many coupons and make so many offers...it's as if they are on life support. And here comes our Restaurant Week.

Feb 17, 2015
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Restaurant Week - Dining Opportunity or Cue to Turn & Run?

In my area, north of NYC, I know of restaurants that offer better deals prior, during and after RW. Some actually make more money during restaurant week. It's the hype that goes along with it, too. By the way, restaurants do pay in to participate so they hope the response covers the cost...

Feb 17, 2015
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