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Portland Day Trip - Donuts and Fish

I highly recommend Tony's Donuts not far from Holy Donut for a great old fashioned donut shop. I think a half dozen are $4.90 w/ some good flavors, tho nothing as creative as HD. One of the best things about LA is a mom & pop donut shop on every other corner.

about 2 hours ago
Joanie in Northern New England

Restaurants in Bellows Falls and Rockingham VT Claremont to Mass. Border NH - Connecticut River Valley

I recently had lunch at Whetstone's in Brattleboro which overlooks the river. My grilled cheese w/ bacon was great as was a friend's amazing BLT (the bacon is excellent). They have a million beers if that's your thing, and a fireplace which is a nice touch. Nothing earth shattering going on but good decent food.

Mar 19, 2014
Joanie in Northern New England

LA donut and burger tour

I did go to other places but this was basically the donut tour of the west coast (also was in Seattle and San Diego) and burgers got added into the mix in LA. We drove up from SD on a Thurs. and found a happy hour close to my friend's house at Rascal on La Brea. They don't have a full liquor license but made a nice Moscow Mule in lovely copper mugs and we split a tasty eggplant parmesan, they may have served it w/ burrata. Items were about $5 at happy hour, very nice owner. After regrouping, we stopped at Formosa, which I hadn't been too since 1996. It's a cool place. Just had a couple decent cocktails then G. suggested Jones across the street. It was now time for late nite happy hour so he had an interesting drink from the HH menu but I had to get the Hendrix (had been looking for this one Jimi song and found it that day so it was a sign) which was basically a pear margarita, very nice and we split a HH sausage pizza. A couple valley girls chatted with us, I'd never really heard that accent in real life before. We ended at Boardners. The next day we started at SK Donuts (also in his hood) where I tried a blueberry, it was good but not what I usually go for. Our plans didn't really come together in general that day. I'd seen the LA Weekly's list of 30 best burgers and Cassell's in Koreatown sounded perfect, too bad it's not around anymore, so G. suggested Wurstkuche in the Arts district. Their mango jalapeno sausage sandwich was really good ($6.50). The Belgian frites were okay, cool place. Even tho I don't usually drink that much, I'm obsessed with happy hour cuz it's not allowed in Massachusetts (just food deals, no discounted booze) so I saw that Suede downtown had one and it had gotten good Yelp reviews. Didn't really like it there, couldn't get served in the couch area so we moved to the bar which was better. Well drinks were cheap so we both got Greyhounds and split their $5 HH burger. It was a decent one but they knew we were splitting it and they didn't cut it or bring a 2nd plate like they said they would. A friend had made a reservation at The Bazaar in B. Hills cuz he knows I like fancy cocktails but things didn't work out (maybe just as well, sounded $$ and kind of over the top) so we went back to Hollywood for drinks at Velvet Margarita, split some good guac and fried calamari. An interesting place, not sure I'd need to go back. Ended up at the Frolic Room cuz Loaded was jammed.

Sat. was beautiful and I stayed out of a car for much of the day, hopped the bus and walked around a lot. Sat outside at Red Hill for brunch and it was decent. I didn't read that the egg/bacon/chard dish came with mole which I would have had on the side, and their yam biscuit wasn't so biscuit like, but it was okay. Quick donut stop at K&K Donuts on the corner on Sunset (pic below). Wandered around Sunset, hit the Amoeba sidewalk sale and met a friend to go to Laurel Hardware for a late afternoon cocktail. I'm not the only one who assumes it's a hardware store with a cool sign. But it's a really cool restaurant with a dining room, huge bar/lounge area and nice patio. Really interesting (and pricey) cocktails. G. had the Fear & Loathing (mezcal, vanilla bean, honey shrub, lime & grapefruit). I had something with watermelon and cucumber and it was great (pic). We met a friend at Astro Family restaurant later, cool 50's space age looking structure. It only gets average reviews on Yelp but it was quite good, I had a really tasty (and huge) patty melt with homemade onion rings. Friends had an avocado omelet and a tuna melt. Our waitress was awesome. Too full for dessert but a great old school place. We then went to Sonny's Hideaway in the Highland Park section which I'd never seen. York Blvd was super jumping with some art thing going on, lots of neat shops. We had great drinks there then saw music at the divey (but cool) Club Nela.

Sun. I walked down to Magee's donuts on LaBrea and had an excellent buttermilk w/ choc frosting. G. finally got going and we headed out to see the Watts Towers. I probably should have opted for more walking to the museum and food trucks or hit the Melrose flea market (which I forgot about) but back in the car to Watts (of course I saw 12 donut places on the drive, you guys are so lucky) and a soul food restaurant I'd found called Carolyn's. They opened later than usual so the line was esp. long and after waiting for a bit we decided to try Hawkins Burgers on Slater Ave. This made the trip worth it, can't believe it wasn't in the Top 30 list. Little spot with lots of nice people waiting and the promise that the burger is free if not ready in 15 min. We each ordered a fat burger, mine with cheese his w/ egg and chili. We didn't realize how fat they'd be, gigantic. They put cheese on G's by mistake and he said that was fine but they made him another one. If you make it a plate w/ a drink and fries, it's only $7. Should have gotten a jr. burger, I had to bring half home. A few characters hanging around including one down on her luck woman who asked us how the burgers were. We said great and she goes 'nothing like a N burger huh". She then asked for food and G. gave a packet of fries cuz we had so many, she digs in face first with her two remaining teeth then asked cars driving by if anyone wanted a blow job. Haha, an amusing time before seeing the towers. (And the cook gave G. more fries cuz she saw him give some to the lady.j) We ended the day with happy hour at Snakepit Alehouse for freezing cold drafts then over to Luna Park on LaBrea. He got a cronut at SK (my first taste of one, very good) and I got a couple more donuts for the red eye back to Boston, where it's 19 degrees today. But at least I can walk everywhere, LA's biggest drawback for a small city gal like me. Always a fun time tho, thanks for the donut help.

Mar 14, 2014
Joanie in Los Angeles Area

Wrap up of 3 days in SD

Golden Donuts was 100% better than Dunkin. And the woman was wicked nice.

Mar 13, 2014
Joanie in San Diego
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Cocktail Bars in SD

Since the Grant was on my list we walked to take a look for a later drink, but I just didn't think the vibe fit with the history of the hotel. Was expecting dark, clubby comfort and it was kind of too sterile or modern or something. That drink sounds good tho.

Mar 13, 2014
Joanie in San Diego

Cocktail Bars in SD

I wrote up a few places in my "3 days" wrap up. Polite Prov at happy hour is a deal and a half. But kind of sick of that schtick half the bartenders do w/ the outfits and mustaches. Tractor Room was slightly disappointing after the write up I saw in some SD mag. Drink just didn't quite live up to the kudos. Coin Op was filled with kids when we walked by so we skipped it, def doesn't seem like a cocktail place but maybe I'm missing something.

Mar 13, 2014
Joanie in San Diego

Wrap up of 3 days in SD

It was a late lunch for us, that's how you need to think of it.

Lots of bars we didn't get to, the Pink something next to Urban S. and Silver Fox in Pacific Beach that my friends told me is probably overrun with college idiots but sounded good. And was curious about El Dorado. Oh well, not sure I'll be back but you guys have some cool stuff. And it's always nice to see places keep the 50's motif, Boston axed most of that a long time ago.

And I want to mention a couple donut places. I had asked about that and ended up at Golden Donut on University and had a great maple frosted old fashioned (my #1 choice). Also grabbed one at Donut Haven in Hillcrest which was decent. Both old school spots, I don't need to spend $3 on a donut. Combined w/ Top Pot in Seattle and a bunch in LA, this was the donut tour.

Mar 13, 2014
Joanie in San Diego

Wrap up of 3 days in SD

Had a nice time and great to get out of Boston's winter (and Seattle's rain). A friend picked me up at the airport on Mon. and showed me the area including a beach with a bunch of seals. We went to one of his favorites, Ortega in Ocean Beach where we split a beef tamale, ceviche, I had a fish taco and can't remember what he got. Didn't take advantage of happy hour, decent food for cheap. Later on we met friends at the Red Fox on El Camino, very cool old school space with old school music entertainment. We ended up eating there (3 of us wanted to go somewhere else) and had a nice but ditzy waitress. Dry fries, eh burger, dry pork chop. Ended up at Tower Bar. Next morning was breakfast at Mission Café where I had a great banana granola pancake then good iced coffee from Better Buzz a few doors down. After walking around Balboa Park and more seeing the sights, we went to Carnitas Snack Shack and timed it perfectly, parking space in front and no line at 4PM or so. So glad I made it here. The triple threat was amazing, one of the best things I've eaten and the carnitas torta was great too, both around $8. Hit Mr A's for a beverage w/ a nice view of the sunset. Later we met my friend arriving from LA for a drink at Tractor Room on 5th. I'd read about the Sage Germaine which was fine but not as good as on paper. They had a ton of interesting drinks ($10 range) and the patio was nice, very quiet on a Tues. nite. Grabbed some decent tacos at El Zarape, had never had a calamari one before. A stop at Lancers Bar (good internet jukebox) then Live Wire, another cool old school bar w/ a great jukebox.

Wed. we wandered around Gaslamp and stopped at Rolando's to split a plate of rolled tacos. Then we walked thru Hillcrest and North Park to hit Polite Provisions for their $5 drink happy hour. Very nice rum and gin cocktails (photo below) plus ordered some Brussels sprouts from next door, biggest sprouts I've seen. Back to Mission Beach to regroup, got a drink at Saskas Steakhouse then over to Urban Solace for a nice dinner. Everything sounded great on the menu. I went with bacon and leek stuffed trout while G. had duck with a yummy corn pudding. We started with sweatbreads in a mustard sauce w/ kale. Dessert was salted caramel pot de creme. Last stop was Toronado, who serve a million beers (and the same bartender from Lancer's). Thurs. morning I had a coupon for Mission Café and since it was so good, we went back (I never repeat restaurants) for an amazing breakfast of eggs w/ chicken sausage and some of the best home fries along with a single blackberry pancake. Really good food there. So a fairly good range of spots during my 3 days there, thanks for the suggestions.

Mar 12, 2014
Joanie in San Diego
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Seattle report

I had asked for happy hour help, thanks to those who gave me good ideas. I started my eating at Toulouse Petit on Queene Anne for what they call breakfast happy hr, most dishes are $9 from 8-11. so many great sounding choices but I went with duck confit hash w/ eggs which was almost like a salad, very good and nice service. Had to make my pilgrimage to Top Pot where I had a great salted caramel and my usual maple old fashioned. Did their prices go up? Took a look at Assembly Hall, walked thru Melrose Market, got an iced coffee at Kaladi Brothers on E. Pike and after more walking, it was time for happy hour at Lost Pelican. A nice spot, not many there at 3:15 so we chatted with the nice bartender. Friend just had a vodka tonic but my "Monarch" was great, gin/grapefruit if I remember correctly. The crawfish fromage was kind of mediocre, she liked her andouille sausage flatbread and at $5, can't complain too much. Dinner that nite was at Branzino starting w/ excellent grilled octopus, roasted Brussels sprouts "leaflets" which we didn't read fully but was good and a nice carbonara. I enjoyed the glass of wine too. Service was okay but kind of left us sitting there at points, certainly not as bad as some Yelpers had said. I'd gotten a Groupon in Boston so it was a good deal. Ended the nite at Chop Suey.

The next day I walked thru the market and got a mushroom, onion and celery piroshki from Piroshki Piroshki which was just ok. Better was the cherry buttermilk donut at Pike Place bakery. It was kind of raw out so I took advantage of the fireplace in the lobby of Grand Central Bakery then made my way to Zeitgeist for a mediocre latte and met a friend at the EMP. 5 Points after was too crowded so we went directly to Kau Kau BBQ for a dish of pork in three ways plus a duck plate. Cheap and good but not great. Friend brought me back to Queen Anne where I finally stopped in cool old bar Mecca for an ice cold Rainer. Regrouped then out to Ballard for drinks at Percy's where C. had a drink w/ thyme, I don't remember mine unfortunately. I took him for a thank you dinner at Staple & Fancy and really liked the place even if I wasn't completely wowed. Started w/ burrata, olives and grilled bread and he had scallops while I had veal breast and Brussels sprouts and a great glass of wine. Prices were reasonable but the scallops seemed kind of mushy and something about the sauce on the veal just wasn't making me happy. Ended at the divey Smokeshop.

Sun. I traipsed around in the rain at the Fremont Market, got a decent mango/blueberry pie at Pie and some good finds at Jive Records. Another rec for happy hour I'd gotten from you guys was for Le Zinc so we took advantage of their daily happy hour and had an excellent croque monsieur ($11 not really HH pricing) and mussels and a great $4 glass of white. Met some of C's friends at Spitfire Grill on 5th where they watch Boston sports teams then Dahlia for coconut cream pie and a great olive oil cake w/ fruit. I think the cake was better than the signature pie. As usual, too much to do in too little time but made an okay dent. Thanks for the HH tips.

Mar 12, 2014
Joanie in Greater Seattle
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Between San Diego and LA

The moderators moved my question off the SD board to the Calif. one. We'll figure it out.

Feb 27, 2014
Joanie in California

Between San Diego and LA

I've got more than enough places to check out for my 3 nites in SD but wondering what's a good stop on the drive to LA on a Thurs. afternoon. Maybe a drive in or nice view or 50's architecture, that type of stuff. As long as it's not much of a detour, limited time to spend in LA. Thanks.

Feb 26, 2014
Joanie in California

St. Petersburg/Finland report

I've got a crazy long trip report from there too, 2.5 years old.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/807000

Check out Bibliotek, hopefully they're still making excellent cocktails. Love Scandinavia. Have fun.

Feb 24, 2014
Joanie in Europe

Happy hour question

I'll be in Seattle arriving 10PM on Thurs. the 27th then three full nights. So I assume that means I only have only day to enjoy happy hour (we're not allowed liquor deals in MA sadly). Alas, that's the one day I can meet a friend who doesn't drink for dinner. So I'm hoping to find a good spot for a quick bite/drink on the early side. Not sure if any start at 3:00 but certainly 4PM. Will probably be walking around downtown and Capitol Hill, going back to the apt in Queen Anne then dinner in Belltown. Any thoughts for an interesting one that's more than $3 Buds and wings? Or if anyone has a Sun. HH? Thanks.

Feb 14, 2014
Joanie in Greater Seattle

What is your favorite donut in LA right now and where ?

Hey folks, just read this long thread. Have been to Primo's before. My favorite was Bee's or Lee's (they had signs saying both) on Wilshire, east of LaBrea I think which I last visited 3 years ago. My friend tells me they're sadly no longer in business. I'm just looking for a great mom & pop shop in LA, without driving too far (staying on Olympic). I'm from Boston and we've got a few good shops but you guys seem to have them on every corner, or at least did. I don't want to spend $3 on a donut and bonus points for a maple frosted old fashioned. Thanks.

Feb 14, 2014
Joanie in Los Angeles Area

Top Chef NOLA - Ep. #17/Finale Part 2 - 02/05/14 (Spoilers)

No kidding. Is Peyton vs. Eli even up for discussion, even if E has two Superbowls? I don't think so.

Feb 11, 2014
Joanie in Food Media & News
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Portland options [split from Boston]

I saw the Eventide lobster roll when we stopped in on Sat. and it looked tiny and unappealing to me. An oddly overly red color, maybe it tasted way better than it looked.

And Fisherman's Grill has some other things in the hood, Great Lost Bear across the street for tons of beer and Ernie's pub for pool and ping pong.

Feb 11, 2014
Joanie in Northern New England

Two measly nights in SD

Well I now have 3 nites in SD, booked a flight for a day earlier, partly cuz a friend offered his house on Ocean Front Walk. It hurts not being in hipster central but free by the beach, how can I resist? So need a few Mission Beach area fun places (altho I think we'll be spending the majority of time in North Park cuz there are too many things to not hit). Anything that stands out in that area? And still curious what time is best to hit Carnita's to avoid a long line. Thanks.

Feb 11, 2014
Joanie in San Diego

Portland weekend report

I've been to Top of the East, cool place. Couldn't resist the fireplace at the hotel that nite.

BTW, last report I did we walked all the way out to the fish place on Forest Ave. in cold weather. It was great and we discovered Ernie's (I think that's the name w/ pool and ping pong) which made the walk even more worthwhile.

Feb 11, 2014
Joanie in Northern New England

Portland weekend report

it had been a couple years since I was in Portland, alas that was winter time too but the cold weather didn't stop us from walking all over. We went right to the hotel (LaQuinta, basic, cheap and fine, good location) to refresh and head out for happy hour at Zapoteca which I enjoyed a lot last time. Unfortunately we underestimated walking and missed HH by 5 min so we just got a drink. The watermelon/jalapeno marg wasn't as good as before but my friend's ginger marg was nice. Hit up some of the First Friday art stuff then walked down Congress St to Blue Spoon and Front Room to get dinner. We opted for Front Room since it was more bustling, sat at the bar and split 3 small plates and a side. It was way too much for some reason but they were all quite good. The salad w/ poached egg and lardon was good and came with real greens rather than the advertised frisee. Salmon w/ brown bread was good and the crispy duck leg with a little bit of cabbage was tasty. All in the $10-14 range and a nice side of brussels sprouts for cheap. Wine was served in kind of a clunky glass but very well priced. Too bad the bartender wasn't too exciting. On the other hand, a nightcap at my pal Norm's Downtown Lounge was fun.

Sat. morning I started with a glazed sweet potato ginger donut at Holy Donut on Park Ave. (pic of downtown location enclosed), good stuff and not completely overpriced (altho their awesome t-shirt is pricey but I couldn't resist). After a good iced coffee at Yordprom we walked to Rising Tide brewery where we couldn't resist the El Corazon food truck and split a Sonoran hot dog while waiting for the short tour. There was a party going on there so it was kind of crazy but we enjoyed the flight of the day for $4. After some putzing around we grabbed a couple window seats at Eventide for a snack of roasted oysters w/ cabbage and crispy potato sticks in Korean bbq sauce for $9 and an excellent side of tiny biscuits. Hit some record stores and on the way back, finally stopped at the Dogfish Cafe which I'd eyed for a long time. They're getting ready to change their name since they've got new owners (long time employees). Split a tasty signature burger w/ egg and bacon with good fries.

That evening we had drinks by the fireplace in the lounge at the Portland Harbor hotel (not to be confused w/ the Portland Regency which I did) then ended up at the bar at 555. It was a very good choice. Pretty mellow at 9:45, super nice bartender, well priced glasses of wine and a few good beers. We had the mussels which were the biggest I'd ever seen and also split an app of the beef cheeks. Very tender, good stuff. Items were $10 and $15 maybe. They had a souffle on the menu which was tempting, next time.

Sun. morning it was back to Holy Donut for a maple frosted (and the shirt) then stopped at the wonderful Tony's Donuts just across from the Clarion Hotel. Now *this* is a donut shop, many flavors and a half dozen for only $4.50. You don't see that anymore. Too bad they don't have maple frosted (at least this day, maybe it rotates). Portland is just jammed with good stuff.

Feb 10, 2014
Joanie in Northern New England
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Two measly nights in SD

Some great stuff. I've highlighted Urban Solace, Carnita's Snack Shack & Tacos El Panson. For Carnita's, what's a good time when the line isn't too long (must try the triple pork thing)? Will try to hit a bunch of bars, you guys have happy hours galore (liquor HH not allowed in MA) but Live Wire and Polite Prov will def be on the list. Isola sounds good too, nice happy hour.

I found a couple donut places, one fancier one (Donut Bar on B St) and one old school (Golden Donut, Univ Ave). I tend to prefer the latter, anyone know Golden?

Where would you go for a snack/drink by the water? And if you were making a stop in the Gaslamp, what would you suggest? I know the area I'm staying in is known for those craftsman houses and I enjoy architecture. What should my one (quick) cultural thing be? What's in the Old Town section? Thanks for your responses.

Feb 06, 2014
Joanie in San Diego

Top Chef NOLA - Ep. #17/Finale Part 2 - 02/05/14 (Spoilers)

Interesting, I saw it 84% for Nina and 16% for Nick like 3 min before the answer, or so I thought. Maybe this is another survey, just happened to glance at the little thing in the corner of the TV screen as the show was wrapping up.

Feb 06, 2014
Joanie in Food Media & News

Top Chef NOLA - Ep. #17/Finale Part 2 - 02/05/14 (Spoilers)

Surprised Nick won but I don't get so invested in these things, don't care about the old winners one way or the other. Not sure why Charles Yu said Nick was fake. Never saw that.

I think judging service was wrong but judging someone screaming in the back maybe isn't.

I got sick of hearing Nina go on about doing it for her father. Yawn.

I hope there's no TC of any sort for at least 3 months.

Feb 06, 2014
Joanie in Food Media & News
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Two measly nights in SD

I guess I should clarify in that I know driving needs to be done but I don't want to go to Chula Vista or other suburbs where I've seen some recs for food. As far as the hotel, it's $114 for two BR, two bath so can't beat that while the Gaslamp hotels get up there AND charge $30-40 for parking. I'd still stay there if I wasn't told it's super touristy and doesn't really have what I'm looking for but maybe that friend doesn't know what he's talking about (but RB Hound agrees). The ocean's great but if the "cool" stuff isn't there, I won't be spending so much time. I'm conflicted tho. Found a good deal in Mission Bay but the same question arises.

Gonna look up all the stuff you gave me and make a list that will last me two weeks (or 2 months) not the 2 days I'm there. Thanks.

Feb 05, 2014
Joanie in San Diego

Two measly nights in SD

I'm going to be more general in my request than usual but the board is a little overwhelming and I didn't book enough time in town (coming from Boston in March w/ a stop in SEA first and LA after). I saw the threads on "visiting town what should I not miss" (overwhelming amount of names w/ little info but the Philippine bbq place sounded good) and "need recs during convention" which was a little more manageable. I'm pretty sure we're staying at the Lafayette Hotel which I've found out is in hipster central (aka North Park). I'm tempted to be by the water but for someone who's looking for great bars, both swanky and divey and fun food, I think this might be the best location. Will do more research but want a great taco and/or torta, a fancy "craft" cocktail, one dinner of new American/upscale Mexican/Calif in a fun environment ($16-30 range) and any cool burger/dog/donut shops you can recommend without driving all over. We'll have a car but since the time is so limited, I'd rather not spending it driving until we head back to LA so if there are recs on the way, I'll take them.

Coming from BOS, I don't need to eat Italian food but is the Little Italy section essential to visit? What's the best stop in the Gaslamp section? If you had one off the beaten path touristy visit to make, what would it be? And a great cheap breakfast too. Thanks a lot.

Feb 05, 2014
Joanie in San Diego

Top Chef NOLA - Ep. #16/Finale Part 1 - 01/29/14 (Spoilers)

I agree with John, was shocked Nick didn't practice with spam but in the end, it didn't matter. Did Nick gain weight in his time off? His face looked rounder to me.

I do think it was unfair for the 3 chefs to judge the LCK dishes.

Everyone talks about the elves but I esp. noticed one shot when Nick was describing his spam dish and Nina's got this miserable look on her face. All I could think was they ask the contestants for their most pissy look to use at a later time to drum up "drama".

I was surprised Nina didn't win, I thought they were overtalking the spiciness and and she'd get it since hers seemed to do so well in general.

Jan 31, 2014
Joanie in Food Media & News

Rt 90/84 road trip to Poughkeepsie

We just went for one nite for a show at the Chance Theater. So the Brasserie a short block away more than served the purpose. Hope to visit the area again when it's nice out.

Jan 27, 2014
Joanie in Southern New England

Rt 90/84 road trip to Poughkeepsie

So took the main highways to get to Poughkeepsie quickly. Scooted off at Sturbridge to get breakfast cuz I'd overshot the Yankee Diner in Charlton by mistake. We looked at Yelp and found Annie's Country Kitchen which served the purpose. Filled with kitschy stuff, nice clientele and workers. Sat at the counter and split a short stack of blueberry/almond pancakes and a spinach/mushroom/cheese omelette w/ excellent home fries and marbled rye. Pancakes were huge, almonds provided a nice crunch. Meals were about $4.50 and $6.95 each. We then made the stop at Dotties, thanks to Kattyeyes for the recommendation on donuts there. Went to the one in Woodbury cuz the Waterbury location, which was more convenient, doesn't appear to be open on Sat/Sun. They only had 3 flavors at about 1:30 on a Sat., plain, cinnamon and chocolate frosted. The plain was excellent with that crispy goodness from well fried donuts. Choc covered didn't have quite the same consistency but was very good. Worth a quick detour for sure. We spent some time in Poughkeepsie (http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/961485) then the next day stopped at a Cracker Barrel on the Mass Pike in Charlton. I'd actually never been to one. I wasn't overly impressed but the menu is so big, some of it has to be better than the mundane side of mac n cheese and okay but kind of dry fried catfish and salad we got (for $6.95 I can't complain too much). Wasn't into the biscuit (maybe if there was sausage gravy on top of it) but the corn bread was excellent.

Jan 27, 2014
Joanie in Southern New England

Poughkeepsie visit report

Not a ton on Poughkeepsie here, found a few restaurants that looked good for our very short trip, and found out about a couple diners from friends. The guys at Darkside Records suggested Crafted Cup on Raymond St. for a good iced coffee and they were right. Nice photos on the walls there. That evening we ended up at the Brasserie on Main St. and had a great time at the bar. Split fried oysters which were decent, a lobster and pea risotto and an excellent special of grilled asparagus w/ prosciutto and poached egg. Nice wine and beer (skipped the interesting cocktails this time) and an awesome banana cream pie of sorts. Very nice and pretty well priced. Sun. morning we had breakfast/lunch at the Table Talk Diner on Rt. 9. Huge squeaky clean new diner looking places with a giant menu. Their Monte Cristo had sweeter bread than I would have liked but I appreciated the real turkey in the sandwich, not that deli meat. Fries were eh. Friend's bacon and cheese omelette looked great (but cheese had to be ordered extra) and interesting potato side. Good service, fair prices. Definitely need to return to the area and explore when it's not 14 degrees out. (These iphone photos with no flash don't do the Brasserie justice.)

Jan 27, 2014
Joanie in New York State (exc. NYC)

"These are a few of my favorite things..." - (Connecticut, 2014)

Made it there and they only 3 flavors when we arrived. Worth the detour I think. Writing a separate review later today, thanks for the tip.

Jan 27, 2014
Joanie in Southern New England
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"These are a few of my favorite things..." - (Connecticut, 2014)

I think I'm gonna zip to the original Dottie's (the other location says it's closed Sat/Sun) and at least try a donut. Maybe stop at the Yankee Diner in Charlton MA for the earlier part of the trip.

http://www.yankeediner.com/yankeedine...

Thanks for the tip.

Jan 24, 2014
Joanie in Southern New England