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August dinners in Palm Springs area?

Johannes is open and doing a great summer special of $28 for two courses and a glass of wine. Shame on the Moon is open too, though a more fun atmosphere I think the food at Johannes is definitely better. For other nice dinners, try Purple Palm at Colony Palms hotel. Haven't been to Ritz Carlton but Mastro's is out in Palm Desert and an excellent, high-end steakhouse, albeit it's in many other cities around America now.

Aug 21, 2014
lsla in California

dinner in Boston, steamers in Boston

Thanks! We went to island oyster last night -- one of the recs here and loved the whole thing! Q. We're leaving boston shortly and were going to stop at one of these spots for steamers, but since we're heading to newport, would we better off stopping at a little spot along the way rather than in Boston? Can't find much online. Thanks!

Jun 13, 2014
lsla in Greater Boston Area

dinner in Boston, steamers in Boston

Thanks, all! I'll report back!

Jun 11, 2014
lsla in Greater Boston Area

Palm Springs area? Any new suggestions?

Here's a story I wrote on places that have opened in the valley over the last year. For breakfast, Elmer's is OK and not cheap. For an amazing diner breakfast, try Rick's. For a higher-end, creative breakfast, go to Cheekys (though be prepared to wait)
http://la.eater.com/archives/2014/04/...

Jun 11, 2014
lsla in California

dinner in Boston, steamers in Boston

Hi, I used to live in Boston but that was many, many years ago and haven't been in over 10 years so I know a ton has changed. My husband and I will be there for about 24 hours later this week. We are staying at the W near Chinatown/Theater District and want to go to a very good restaurant for dinner AT THE BAR -- we prefer to pace out courses and share things and getting good recs from servers and always feel that sitting at the bar is best for that unless we're going to a very upscale, prix-fixe-type place.. Any ideas? Teatro looked kind of good -- I see it's same owners as Mistral, which actually was a hot place when I lived there 15 years ago! I also saw Toro was recommended by Eater. Just want a good atmosphere where we can sit at bar and good food, type of cuisine and price doesn't matter.
Then, the next day we'd like to go somewhere for steamers for lunch. All I remember is Union Oyster House -- any other ideas? We'll be leaving for Newport, RI that day. Thanks in advance.

Jun 11, 2014
lsla in Greater Boston Area

BEST RESTAURANTS IN PALM SPRINGS

I think you can probably pay the same amount somewhere else (non-buffet) and get a much better meal, especially in the summer. Several restaurants would be willing to put something together for you in your budget. Would you consider palm springs? How many people in your group?

Jul 26, 2012
lsla in California

lobster meat in SGV?

anyone know the best seafood market (near the 10, ideally) to get lobster meat out of the shell? Thanks.

Jul 28, 2011
lsla in Los Angeles Area

Palm Springs Italian?

thanks for the info. I'll skip it.

Apr 20, 2011
lsla in California

Palm Springs Thanksgiving

It's not a buffet, but Trio is offering a three-course Tgiving dinner for $35.
http://www.triopalmsprings.com/

Nov 09, 2010
lsla in California

Cheap Eats near the Salton Sea (Palm Springs to El Centro)

Try a fish taco at Fisherman's Market in Palm Springs (there are a couple of other locations). Make sure you get the Baja style, which are fried. Good stuff!

Oct 21, 2010
lsla in California

Tasting rooms in downtown Napa or nearby?

My husband and I spend most of our trips to the Napa Valley in and around Yountville, St. Helena, Pride Mountain,etc. We'll be going to downtown Napa tomorrow for lunch at Ubuntu and a tasting at Bounty Hunter, any other ideas for wine tasting in town? We've actually been to Vintners Collective before, but the tasting fee is getting a bit steep and we'd like to try something new. We'll be driving to Yountville afterwards, so something in between Napa and Yountville would be welcome too. We have appointments for Sun. and Mon. but want to just wing it on Sat, the day we're going to Napa. Thanks.

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Ubuntu Restaurant & Yoga Studio
1140 Main Street, Napa, CA 94558

Sep 03, 2010
lsla in San Francisco Bay Area

Palm Springs Family-Friendly Good Food

Actually, Liza, you're original post requested dinner recs (which is why I didn't give you Tylers or Cheekys since they're not open for dinner). I'm interested to find out where you went for dinner and what you thought ...

Sep 03, 2010
lsla in California

Palm Springs Family-Friendly Good Food

Ah yes, Cheekys is a fave breakfast and lunch spot. I believe they're currently closed but opening again soon for the season.

Sep 03, 2010
lsla in California

Raymond & Co. Absquatulates to Napa Valley

Is Raymond & Co. closed? Can't seem to find a location, if not.
Glen Ellen number is disconnected and Black Stallion Winery doesn't know what I'm talking about.

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Raymond & Co
388 Devlin Road, Napa, CA 94558

Sep 03, 2010
lsla in San Francisco Bay Area

Cucina Urbana Question

I am going here for the first time Sat. night. My husband is pizza crazy and it will be hard to pass up, but from what I understand, it's worth skipping here and sticking with other things, correct? If I'm wrong, which pizza is worth getting?

Jul 26, 2010
lsla in San Diego

Zin, Palm Springs

I have not had great experiences with Zin in recent years (though my last visit was about a year ago). I much prefer Johannes and it's about the same price point. Johannes is really one of the best restaurants in Palm Springs. It doesn't have the gorgeous patio and atmosphere of Copley's, but is less expensive and I think the food is better.
For Mexican don't miss El Mirasol. Great mole and great patio.

Jul 13, 2010
lsla in California

Four Days and Three Nights in Santa Fe -- We're up for it all!

OK, well after much review, I'm not sure whether to replace Casa Sena with Restaurant Martin. Also, La Boca looks good for a dinner, and I'm seeing lots of mixed reviews on The Shed. Is it worth it for a dinner, or better for lunch? Thanks.

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La Boca
72 West Marcy Street, Santa Fe, NM 87501

Restaurant Martin
526 Galisteo, Santa Fe, NM 87501

Jun 16, 2010
lsla in Southwest

Four Days and Three Nights in Santa Fe -- We're up for it all!

My husband and I visited Santa Fe for just one night several years ago and have been dying to go back. We finally are. We'll be staying four nights, but getting in so late the first night we'll only really be there for three dinners. The last time we went to La Casa Sena and really enjoyed it (this was seven years ago) and we were planning on going back there unless others think it's slipped or there are better spots around?
We're also really looking for other suggestions. For dinners, they don't have to be the fanciest places in town, but looking for nice spots with great food (and places that serve alcohol, ideally with a decent wine list). For breakfasts and lunches, dives are fine.
We've gotten a recommendation for a new spot called Restaurant Martin, but haven't looked into it. I don't know the area very well, but we'll be staying at a home within walking distance of the galleries on Canyon Rd.
Thanks and all suggestions welcome!

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La Casa Sena
125 East Palace Avenue, Santa Fe, NM 87501

Restaurant Martin
526 Galisteo, Santa Fe, NM 87501

Jun 11, 2010
lsla in Southwest

Palm Springs Family-Friendly Good Food

Where did you end up going? Maggie's ideas of Tylers and Fisherman's were spot-on. Love Fisherman's fish tacos! (served after 8pm at the adjacent Shanghai Red's for just $2.50 as well)

Jun 11, 2010
lsla in California

Palm Springs Family-Friendly Good Food

Check out Matchbox in the middle of downtown Palm Springs. Good thin crust pizza and sliders, but plenty of other stuff too. It's got a great view of the main strip and a bar with fire pit.
Also, El Mirasol for Mexican. Great mole and patio.

Apr 22, 2010
lsla in California

Tasting or Prix-fixe menu for big bday in Vegas

What is the difference between the atmospheres of the Swan Court and the regular restaurant? Which would be better for a party of four?

Apr 16, 2010
lsla in Las Vegas

do you love Chinois on Main?

I'm heading back again tonight for the Blackboard eats special. Which seafood entree should I go for? The lobster then? How much is it, approximately?

Apr 16, 2010
lsla in Los Angeles Area

Palm Springs Italian?

Thanks, Jeffandnat. I'll check it out!

Apr 15, 2010
lsla in California

Tasting or Prix-fixe menu for big bday in Vegas

Hello,
I'll be visiting Las Vegas with my husband and another couple (all in our 30s) next month. I'd like to go to an amazing dinner (in a nice, but not-too-stuffy atmosphere). I'm willing to pay about $200 p.p with wine or wine pairings, so I've been looking at Michael Mina at the Bellagio or Aureole. I've heard amazing things about Joel Rubuchon and Alex, but both of those seem to be $300+ per person. That said, if there's a place that's miles ahead of another, I'd consider it.
To give you an idea of our tastes, some of my and my husband's favorite meals of all time have been Le Bernardin and Jean Georges in New York. I've been disappointed by Fleur de Lys in San Francisco and I absolutely love the tasting menu at Providence in Los Angeles. (I much prefer seafood over meat).
In Vegas I've been to more middle of the road places (Rao's, Craftsteak, Nobu, Tao, Mesa Grill) as we're usually there to gamble and go out, but this time I'm looking to have a nice long dinner. Can someone recommend a restaurant? It doesn't have to be the best restaurant in all of Vegas, but I certainly don't want to be disappointed for the price.
Thanks!

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Michael Mina Restaurant
3600 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

Mesa Grill
3570 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

Bellagio
3600 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV

Nobu Restaurant
4455 Paradise Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89169

Apr 15, 2010
lsla in Las Vegas

Palm Springs Italian?

Ah yes, I've been to Zini Med a few times and really enjoyed the tapas and wine selection. I used to go to Zin Bistro but had a blah meal there the last time, I should give it another shot though. I'd be interested to know what you think of Zin. For the price, I think Johannes is much better, though.

Mar 25, 2010
lsla in California

palm springs / rancho mirage takeout for a crowd

Pepper's Thai is great Thai food that can probably double entrees for you.
Also Matchbox Pizza for pizza and salads.

Mar 24, 2010
lsla in California

Palm Springs Italian?

My husband and I bought a home in Palm Springs about two years ago and despite a lot of comments on this site about how PS is a "culinary wasteland" with mostly mediocre eateries, we've found quite a few spots we absolutely love including Johannes, Copley's, Davey's, El Mirasol, Matchbox, and Cheekys.
However, we haven't had much luck with Italian restaurants. We tried Al Dente and Johnny Costa's over a year ago, and didn't love either of them. A few months ago we tried Sammy G's and found it average and overpriced. My dad is coming for a visit this weekend from the East Coast for two weeks. I know he'll want at least a couple of Italian meals. Any good spots anyone can recommend? Elsewhere in the Valley is fine. I've also heard about a place called Bella Luna in Cathedral City that's supposed to have homemade pastas. Anyone been?
Or have other ideas?
Thanks!

Mar 24, 2010
lsla in California

Restaurant Week in Venice: Joe's or Chaya?

Has anyone done either of these Restaurant week menus? Is one a better bang for your buck?
Also, haven't been to Chaya in ages. Would you say it compares to Joe's in terms of quality?
Thanks!

Feb 02, 2010
lsla in Los Angeles Area

Palm Springs Thanksgiving

I believe two of my favorite high-end restaurants, Cuistot (Palm Desert) and Copley's (Palm Springs) are both offering traditional dinners.

Oct 19, 2009
lsla in California

do you love Chinois on Main?

Sorry for the delay in response. We did enjoy Chinois and ordered one thing at a time as was recommended. We really enjoyed the ahi tuna as well as a special soft shell crab they were serving. the veggie fried rice was also great. I'm about to go against what pretty much everyone here recommended, but we were disappointed with the deep-fried catfish. For the price ($36 I think?) there was very little actual fish to eat, though the presentation was neat. I'd go back, but wouldn't go for the catfish again.

Oct 11, 2009
lsla in Los Angeles Area