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Asheville Restaurants for 9 days in June. Thoughts on picks?

Sounds like you have a great plan!! BBQ is a must while in the Carolinas so I'm sure you'll love all of those spots.

You should have some gorgeous weather in June so the hiking and relaxing in the cabin will be lovely. Both the Wedge and Wicked Weed have a great selection of beers/growlers to go. Wicked Weed has a nice patio for outdoor dining too. It's truly one of the most impressive beer establishments that I've been to in terms of selection, variety and pure execution of microbrews. I was actually pregnant during our last visit to Asheville so I made my husband take all his beer to go so I could relax in our hotel room at night! I also had a great prenatal massage at Spa Theology while we were in town, if you're wife is into that. Have a great time!

Apr 21, 2015
IOPfoodie in Southeast

Asheville Restaurants for 9 days in June. Thoughts on picks?

We had a little bit of everything at All Souls - there were 4 of us, so we ordered a few pizzas, salads and a main and shared everything. Simple concept but I love the freshness and combination of all the ingredients and they had a great beer and wine list. The type of restaurant that I wish I had in my neighborhood as I would probably eat there once a week!

Apr 21, 2015
IOPfoodie in Southeast

Asheville Restaurants for 9 days in June. Thoughts on picks?

My description wasn't the best - what I meant to say, is you could find a very similar menu / style of farm to table food in a hipster setting in Minneapolis. Which isn't a bad thing! The food is not like a supper club, but the atmosphere is 100% like a small supper club is small town Wisconsin (where I grew up). I actually loved that because it was cold and dreary out the comforting menu and kitschy atmosphere was perfect in December. Just not sure that atmosphere would attract a Midwesterner on a sunny June day, when it's so reminiscent of the food scene in the Midwest. But you're right danna, I need to try it again, we ordered quite a bit but perhaps we ordered wrong. I'll definitely give it another shot, but after I check out a few new places :).

Apr 20, 2015
IOPfoodie in Southeast

Asheville Restaurants for 9 days in June. Thoughts on picks?

I actually posted a more detailed list above my response...and explained why I didn't love The Admiral. But I agree, my opinion seems to differ from the masses!

Apr 20, 2015
IOPfoodie in Southeast

Hilton Head Recommendations

My husband and I are headed down to HHI for a few nights before our baby arrives later next month. We live in Charleston and we know that the restaurants we frequent on a regular basis are COMPLETELY different than the typical tourist trap restaurant that are flooded all over the peninsula and barrier islands. That being said, we like to eat! I've asked around and read through all of the old boards/posts on this topic (many of which are a few years old) so curious where the locals or frequent visitors eat while visiting. We aren't looking to venture off the island for this trip, so sticking to HHI only. Open to any type of restaurant, just looking for good food with a comfortable atmosphere, maybe a view. My husband will golf during the day while I'm at the beach or spa and then we'll meet for dinner. Red Fish seems to come highly recommended by Charleston folk. Research on Chowhound is steering me towards Hudsons but it looks like a tourist trap - is it really good? Poseidon? Old Fort Pub?

Help me out HHI Chowhounds!!

Apr 20, 2015
IOPfoodie in Southeast

Asheville Restaurants for 9 days in June. Thoughts on picks?

@brlattim - based on your Chowhound activity, it looks like you're a MN guy! I went to the U and lived Mpls for 7 years! Now that I know that, def skip The Admiral - it's very much like a hipster run supper club and very similar to something you might see in NE Mpls. Only not as well executed. I think you'll find some of the other restaurants to have a better handle on the southeast / southern cuisine that you're probably looking to get into. I live in Charleston now - put that city on your list for your next trip!

Apr 20, 2015
IOPfoodie in Southeast

Asheville Restaurants for 9 days in June. Thoughts on picks?

You've already had quite a few great resources weigh in here but I thought I would throw in my 2 cents as well. While I'm not a local, my husband and I visit Asheville a few times a year and we love checking out the new spots. Also, I'm an avid Bon Appetit reader and when their recommendations for Asheville were published last month, I was really impressed with how spot-on it was so be sure to check it out: http://www.bonappetit.com/restaurants...

- Curate (We go every single time we're in Asheville and are never disappointed; you mentioned your wife likes fish - get the trout crudo and the garlic shrimp. Cocktails and sangria are great, great wine list too

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- All Souls (I know you said you like to cook, but this place is amazing, eat there!)

- Early Girl (breakfast)

- Wicked Weed (amazing beer selection, go downstairs or to their other tasting room so you can try their vast selection of sours; great snacks and sandwiches for lunch)

- Wedge Brewery (very hipster, awesome beer, drink here and then head to All Souls for a pizza)

- Both Rhubarb and King James are on my list for our next trip. Rhubarb chef is former chef from Blackberry farms, menu looks amazing and diverse

- French Broad Chocolate Lounge (this might be a total tourist trap, but both my husband and I have a thing for sweets so we love stopping here for some coffee and a treat, either middle of the day or after dinner. they're always pouring a few good local beers as well)

I didn't love The Admiral. I wanted to - so bad - and wasn't overly impressed with anything we ate. We went on a cold, dreary night so the ambiance was perfect as it's very cozy and dark inside. Weather also lent itself well to the menu, but the execution just left a lot to be desired. I was really bummed out. I also think Seven Sows is just so-so; while the menu was eclectic and somewhat unique, it lacked variety for me.

Have fun!! Report back please!

Apr 20, 2015
IOPfoodie in Southeast

Tonight - Savannah Restaurant

Charleston foodie spending one night in Savannah (tonight!) - REALLY wanted to try The Florence but sadly, it is not open on Mondays! Where should we eat? It doesn't need to be southern or lowcountry specific, just really good food. We're staying downtown. Thoughts?

Jan 19, 2015
IOPfoodie in Southeast

Toronto Restaurant Recommendations

Thanks for all the great recommendations! We're having a great time and I'm really impressed with Toronto overall. We went to DaiLo on Saturday and enjoyed both the food and the atmosphere (tight quarters but no biggie). We had the pork & shrimp wontons, 90 day aged ribeye, and the truffles fried rice. Food was creative and delicious.

We checked out Pai last night and went to Buca tonight. Excellent food at both places.

I'll be checking out the St Lawrence Market tomorrow and plan to eat at Momofuku's Noodle bar for lunch. We have a res at Luckee for tomorrow night but I have a feeling we may change our minds...maybe Bar Isabel?

Toronto Restaurant Recommendations

I was able to make a res for DaiLo on Saturday...good to have a safety net and we can always cancel if we change our minds or get in late.

Thanks for you recs!

Toronto Restaurant Recommendations

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Toronto Restaurant Recommendations

Thank you! We are booked for Buca and the others look very interesting - from what I read it seems like DaiLo still might be working through some new restaurant growing pains? Looks excellent though, as does Bar Isabel. We will also be checking out your restaurant as well now, Khao San Road.

I still don't have a res for Saturday night - we get in that afternoon and want to be somewhat flexible with our schedule. Any thoughts on where we should eat that doesn't require a reservation and won't require us to wait super long?

Toronto Restaurant Recommendations

My husband and I will be in Toronto for a few days beginning this weekend and I've tried to do some research on the internet but would definitely love some locals to weigh in. We live in Charleston, SC and while we have a pretty good culinary scene (lots of farm-to-table, seafood and southern cooking), we really lack in ethnicity and diversity. So, we want to have as much Asian, Italian, Middle-Eastern, or French influenced food that we can find as well as any other cuisine type.

So far I have dinner reservations at Momofuku DAISHO, Buca, & Luckee. Debating scratching out DAISHO for dinner and checking out their Noodle Bar for lunch instead (thoughts?).

Also looking at trying PAI, People's Eatery, and Bahn Mi Boys (for lunch).

We're staying downtown but open to checking out a few neighborhoods.

Thanks so much!

Asheville itinerary consultation

I can't figure out how to start a new discussion from my mobile - I apologize for posting here, but I need a dinner reco for tonight and the Asheville posters seemed to all be tied to this thread! We come here often, have been to Seven Sows and Curate - can't get into The Admiral tonight - instead looking for a good, laid back spot for dinner. Have been to Wicked Weed, may go there but wouldn't mind trying somewhere new. Good beer list, open to anything from pizza to bbq to southern. Ideally downtown or not too far from Grove Park. Thoughts??

Apr 11, 2014
IOPfoodie in Southeast

Heavy Appetizers for Wine Club

We ate all of our corned beef unfortunately! We'll probably have more reds than anything, but not pairing the wine. I'm definitely thinking something with meat; chicken would be good.

Mar 20, 2014
IOPfoodie in Home Cooking

Heavy Appetizers for Wine Club

I'm hosting my monthly wine club tomorrow night. "Wine Club" is basically my girlfriends and I getting together once a month and share some wine, food and catch up. Since we're getting together on a Friday, and some might linger longer than normal, I want to be sure that I have enough substantial food options. I made some pickled shrimp yesterday that I'll serve on rye toast with aioli and in perusing previous Chowhound discussions, gougeres sound like the way to go. I will also be doing a small charcuterie and cheese platter as well as hummus & accompaniments. I would love one more heavier option, any ideas?

Mar 20, 2014
IOPfoodie in Home Cooking

Need Charleston Recs for mid April

Lots of threads on this topic, but thought I would weigh in! I lived in Mpls for quite awhile, live here in Charleston now and dine out quite a bit. If I were you, I would probably focus on seafood and southern cuisine since you already have pretty good access to farm-to-table/modern cuisine and steakhouses.

Dinners: FIG (good variety), McCrady's (tasting menu), & The Ordinary (seafood) are my favorite. Charleston Grill & Peninsula Grill are also wonderful, although slightly more formal atmosphere.
Lunch/Brunch: Husk (gets a lot of publicity, but beautiful space, excellent burger); Hominy Grill, Cru Cafe & Martha Lou's chicken (not walking distance, but best fried chicken in town)

Have fun!

Mar 06, 2014
IOPfoodie in Southeast

Convince me I didn't cook undercooked chicken.

Were the juices clear? If so, then I think it would be completely fine. 3.4 lb chicken is pretty small - I would typically a similar size room temperature chicken at 450 for a 70-80 minutes or so. You cooked it at a lower temp but twice as long; I'm sure it was fine.

Feb 17, 2014
IOPfoodie in Home Cooking

Lobster Bisque

I'm ashamed to tell you that I ended up NOT making the bisque!! I had grand plans, as you know, but my husband one-upped me with a last minute reservation to spend the night at The Sanctuary on Kiawah (in South Carolina). Sooo, we drove out there for the night, had a great dinner - ribeye and lobster mac & cheese! But we came home on Saturday and I of course now had 2 day old lobster defrosting in the fridge and fresh shrimp; so we had lobster and shrimp for dinner. Simple - roasted with lemon, butter and a little garlic. However, I did make lobster/shrimp stock and let it reduce for a few hours and would still like to make the bisque soon. And I'll have one less step in the process which will make it less tedious and not as expensive.

Feb 17, 2014
IOPfoodie in Home Cooking

Lobster Bisque

Great tip, thank you!

Feb 13, 2014
IOPfoodie in Home Cooking

Lobster Bisque

Good to know - I bought 5 small tails, so I'll make the stock today with a couple of the shells and the shrimp shells to make the base. And then roast the remaining shells tomorrow. Sounds redundant but I want to be sure it has that rich lobster flavor!

Feb 13, 2014
IOPfoodie in Home Cooking

Lobster Bisque

You are correct - this will not be a cheap dish to prepare. We'll still be spending less than if we went out! And I like a challenge and have always wanted to try and make it at home. Steak is so easy to prepare, I have to have something else to do in the kitchen!

Feb 13, 2014
IOPfoodie in Home Cooking
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Lobster Bisque

I don't mind buying a bottle of sherry, we drink plenty of wine (just not sherry) and always cook with a decent bottle as I mentioned. I'll definitely grab a bottle...

Feb 13, 2014
IOPfoodie in Home Cooking
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Lobster Bisque

Lots of great suggestions - thank you! I'm actually going to incorporate a little of each recipe. I have some (previously) frozen lobster tails and some fresh shrimp and will make make the concentrated fish broth today. Tomorrow, I'll roast the lobster shells as the Jasper White recipe calls for. And I'll definitely be including mirapoix, garlic, tomato paste, butter, tarragon, arborio rice, cream & sherry. I will also puree and strain but garnish with plenty of lobster meat. I'll take note of exact measurements and let you know how it turns out!

But please keep the ideas coming since I won't be cooking the bisque until tomorrow!

One question - I use grocery store Sherry cooking wine quite a bit for Asian food, and it's fine but for other recipes calling for white or red, I typically like to cook with something that's 'drinkable' in the $8-10 range. Should I spend a few bucks more and buy a bottle of sherry from the liquor store or stick with the cooking wine? I have some brandy as well.

Feb 13, 2014
IOPfoodie in Home Cooking

Lobster Bisque

Chefpaulo, does this look the recipe you reference: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

Feb 13, 2014
IOPfoodie in Home Cooking

Lobster Bisque

Sounds delicious! I had no idea you could even buy canned lobster - gross! It's Valentine's Day, so no cheap substitutions on my end.

Feb 13, 2014
IOPfoodie in Home Cooking

Lobster Bisque

Making Lobster Bisque and Ribeyes for my husband on Valentine's Day - I need an awesome lobster bisque recipe, whose got one??

Feb 13, 2014
IOPfoodie in Home Cooking

Freezer-friendly Meals for Busy/New Parents

Frittata muffins are a great idea, thanks!

Jan 30, 2014
IOPfoodie in Home Cooking

Freezer-friendly Meals for Busy/New Parents

Sure don't, that will be going in their fridge to eat for lunch over the next couple of days...dropping food off tomorrow.

Jan 30, 2014
IOPfoodie in Home Cooking

Freezer-friendly Meals for Busy/New Parents

Thanks for all of the great ideas Chowhounds! The parents' freezer is not overflowing and they eat everything! So far I've made:

- Loaf of Banana Bread
- 2 Meals' worth of Hazan's Bolognese Sauce
- Mini Waffles for the 2 year old
- Chicken Salad

I'm also going to make Smitten Kitchen's homemade granola bars with oats, peanut butter, coconut & almonds. And the day I bring it over, I'll include an easy salad with a vinaigrette, garlic bread, hunk of good parm & a bottle of wine. And come crackers & grapes for the chicken salad.

I have time to make one more dish so keep the ideas coming if you have anymore!

Jan 30, 2014
IOPfoodie in Home Cooking