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Airport to Round Rock dinner on a Sunday

Will be driving from Austin airport to Round Rock next Sunday at dinnertime. Don't know the area at all and want to stay away from downtown SXSW which I know will be crowded. From AZ so not interested in Mexican at all. Would love to try BBQ because we will only be there for one meal (!). But any good food will make us happy.

Mar 03, 2013
bonita in Austin

Near Hollywood and Vine

I've chosen Wood & Vine. Fried chicken gets me every time. Thanks everyone.

May 31, 2011
bonita in Los Angeles Area

Near Hollywood and Vine

What about Tender Greens on Sunset? Cleo? Lexington Social?

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Tender Greens
6290 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

May 31, 2011
bonita in Los Angeles Area

Near Hollywood and Vine

Not Hungry Cat. Not Katsuya. Not Magnolia. Any other ideas for near Hollywood and Vine for Saturday night (Ricardo Montalban Theater for Billy Connolly)?

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The Hungry Cat
1535 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90028

May 31, 2011
bonita in Los Angeles Area

Thai lunch near Arclight SO

Looking for Thai for lunch on Saturday near Sherman Oaks Arclight.

May 18, 2011
bonita in Los Angeles Area

Beckett's Table

My food experience was not as positive but perhaps we didn't order well. Chicken matzoh ball soup was tasteless and had a strange off odor. Matzoh ball was good-fluffy if flavorless. Chicken and dumplings were tasty but sauce was very pasty. Roasted chicken and lentils was passable but chicken was overcooked. Thought the bread pudding was a disaster--like a few pieces of white bread toast. Not at all like bread pudding that I know. Service was indeed a little over the top but we liked our waiter. Room is pleasant. Hope they tweak the menu a bit and work a little on quality of product. It's a hit without that just because people are hungry for new places but the food definitely needs tweaking.

Nov 02, 2010
bonita in Phoenix

New Vig

Ate there last Sunday. Food was okay. Noise level was unbearable and only valet parking. "Complimentary valet parking" is only complimentary if you don't have to tip. And I guess you don't "have" to tip but really.....Not my idea of "neighborhood" place. Too big. Too noisy. And I don't like valet parking. I'll stick with Phoenix City Grille down the street if I want to eat in the neighborhood.

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Phoenix City Grille
5816 N 16th St, Phoenix, AZ 85016

Apr 04, 2010
bonita in Phoenix

Review: Modern Steak (Scottsdale, AZ)

Went with friends after movie last weekend. Menu kind of bored me. Food was mediocre. Prices were silly ridiculous. Had chicken. Nothing wrong with it but nothing right with it either. Husband had lobster bisque. Strong smoked bacon flavor was overpowering. All breads are cheese breads-one diner at our table is lactose intolerant. Steak eaters liked their steaks. Why is restaurant serving Chilean Sea Bass? Friend said it was perfectly cooked. Everyone liked chopped salad. Donut dessert was way too sweet. Peanut butter dessert got eaten but no one swooned over it. All in all, expensive, pleasant server, medicore to good food. Would not go back at all ever. No reason. Better food at better prices all over town.

Mar 19, 2010
bonita in Phoenix

Off Da Hook Soul Food

Just back from first visit. Newly opened at 18th Avenue and Glendale. Great staff. Gracious. Food was wonderful. Wings were crispy. Lightly breaded. Juicy. Waffle was crispy on outside and tender on inside. Got there early so didn't get to try any of the other dishes but will definitely be back....perhaps this afternoon! For those who like LoLo's...just as good but different. More choices in town! Note that address that appears with this review is not correct. That is location at swap meet. I'm writing about new location.

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Off Da Hook Soul Food
1804 W Glendale Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85021

Feb 07, 2010
bonita in Phoenix

2 nights in PHX, first time ever in the SW

Gallo Blanco at The Clarendon Hotel/downtown (highly recommend this and definitely budget friendly)
Pizzeria Bianco/downtown (if you're a patient person and don't mind waiting)
Barrio Cafe (www.barriocafe.com) (less budget friendly but excellent food and atmosphere and not too far from downtown

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Gallo Blanco Cafe
401 W Clarendon Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85013

Blanco
2905 E Skyline Dr Ste 246, Tucson, AZ 85718

Nov 15, 2009
bonita in Phoenix

Near Thunderbird and Tatum

Looking for dinner near Tbird and Tatum. Do not like Eden's Grill. A little disappointed lately in Nee House. Would go as far as Scottsdale Rd and Shea. Anyone know anything about the Thai restaurant that opened where Sabuddy used to be at Scottsdale and Shea? Any price point/any style of food.

Sep 09, 2009
bonita in Phoenix

West LA/Santa Monica dinner

Looking for dinner place in Venice, Santa Monica or Westwood for six adults. Love places like Nook and Rustic Canyon but would like to be a price point or two below that. Ethnic or American or whatever.

Aug 20, 2009
bonita in Los Angeles Area

PastaBar PHX

I don't want to beat a dead horse but here goes: A little message about changing a menu item to suit the diner. Some dishes can be changed with no effect on the outcome. When you have something as obviously integral to the taste as anchovies, then, no, you cannot leave them out. Most menus are inclusive enough for a diner to find something to eat without making major changes. If cheese is only sprinkled on top, then you can ask for the cheese to be left off but if cheese is an ingredient in the sauce, then you're out of luck. When a diner asks for too many changes, the dish becomes a totally new dish. I suggest that people check menus online before they go to eat. Then they will know if the options meet with their approval. If not, choose another restaurant. That way, everyone will be happy. Remember, when a chef conceptualizes a dish, she aims for a pleasing flavor profile. Leave off an ingredient and that profile changes. End of sermon. Oh, I do agree about service, though. That's what makes Noca so perfect!

Jun 14, 2009
bonita in Phoenix

Parlor (PHX)

Just had quick dinner at new restaurant on Camelback near 20th Street, Parlor. Chef has garden in front of restaurant where he's growing herbs and veggies. Comfortable bright space. Food was pretty good. Excellent service. Prices are perfect for casual dining. Had caponata bruschetta, frito misto, pesto pizza for $30. Lots of parking, outdoor misted patio. A welcome addition to the neighborhood.

May 30, 2009
bonita in Phoenix

Caffe Italia on 7th Avenue (PHX)

Has anyone been to Caffe Italia on 7th Avenue? Saw an ad in the newspaper for the restaurant but don't know anything about it.

Jan 30, 2009
bonita in Phoenix

Amarone (Scottsdale)

Hmmm. I had a totally different experience so maybe it was just an off night when I was there. I love Pizza a Metro. Eat there all the time. At Amarone, we were seated quickly by the owner who seemed distracted. It was a weekday night--restaurant was about 2/3 full. Still winter vacation time so there were families as well as couples. Our waiter was distracted as well or perhaps not so happy that we did not order apps or drinks. We just were there for dinner. I ordered spaghetti with bolognese. Arrived cold. And I do mean cold. Someone forgot to give the already cooked pasta a hot bath before adding the sauce. Waited for someone to come by and ask how my meal was. No one. Finally flagged busboy. He took back to kitchen. Owner came by to ask why hubby was eating but I was not. I told him. He left to go to kitchen. He came back with dish. This time steaming hot but not in a good way. Had been heated in microwave. Sauce was burning hot; pasta was lukewarm. I was not in the mood for an argument or discussion so I ate my dinner. The meat sauce was very sparse on meat and just basically tomatoes. Good flavor, though. We asked for check. Owner came by to offer limoncello (everyone in the restaurant was getting one). We declined. He then offered dessert to make up for pasta debacle. We declined. Paid and left. Decided the ride to Scottsdale wasn't worth it and we'll stick to Pizza a Metro. Oh, and the decor. Give me a break. Not my style. At all. A personal thing, I guess. You either like ornate or you don't. I don't.

Jan 09, 2009
bonita in Phoenix

Tuck Shop in Phoenix?

I've been three times. Great atmosphere. Interesting menu. Friendly service. Some good food; some dishes need a little tweaking but overall a very good experience.

Dec 08, 2008
bonita in Phoenix

fate/sens

Check out Michele Laudig's blog entry on Fate at www.phoenixnewtimes.com. Uh oh.

Dec 08, 2008
bonita in Phoenix

Yet another birthday decision (PHX)

I'm with you on NOCA. Wonderful service. Food is amazing. No missteps. No one sources better ingredients. No one. I would eat there every day if I could.

Nov 19, 2008
bonita in Phoenix

Meat and potatoes

Planning an outing for six others who are basic meat and potatoes kind of eaters. No ethnic. Craft, Cut, BLT, The Palm, Mastro's and the others are a few price points above their wallets. What about Taylor's? Any other suggestions. Would prefer to stay west, if possible.

Jun 02, 2008
bonita in Los Angeles Area

Mothers Day Lunch

Looking for suggestions for late lunch (NOT brunch) near Archlight for Mothers Day. Not Hungry Cat or Balcones del Peru or Fabiolus or Charcoal. Been there, done that. Any kind of food, any price. Will drive a short distance but would rather not go further east. Was thinking of The Waffle. Anyone been there yet?
Thanks.

May 07, 2008
bonita in Los Angeles Area

Anyone try Le Grande Orange in Pasadena?

LGO is a Phoenix, AZ restaurant. They serve pizzas and burgers and salads. All very very tasty. The group that owns LGO in Phoenix also owns an Italian restaurant across the street (Radio Milano) and a wine bar next door (Postino) and an American restaurant (Chelsea's Kitchen) about one mile away. Sort of an empire. Good food at all of the restaurants-all very different. The pizza is not just pizza-not NY or Chicago but very good. The burgers are great. Salads are fresh and innovative.

Mar 20, 2008
bonita in Los Angeles Area

phx : what chowhound faves do you not get?

I agree about all the LGO places. Had rotisserie chicken at Chelsea's a week ago. Very overcooked. Place was packed with families-all seemed to be enjoying themselves. Liked the burgers at LGO when they first started serving them but noticed a decline in texture and flavor some time later. I don't get it-the popularity, I mean. I have not tried Radio Milano yet. Not a fan of Sabuddy but I'm not sure how popular that place is since he moved it to Scottsdale. I think he did just fine with the ASU crowd when in Tempe. I like one dish at Fate (the Hong Kong noodles) but find it "annoying" that all the dishes come with the same combo of veggies. I agree that Patsy Grimaldi's is a poor runner up to other pizza parlors in town. Pita Jungle? I like the Morroccan gazpacho but that's about it. I think people just like the huge portions and the fresh food. It is fresh, after all. Palatte. Nice outdoor area. Yuck from me on the food. Cibo? Undercooked pizza. Not a fan. Love Pizzeria Bianco but hardly ever go unless we are six people and I can make a reservation in advance. I admire Chris Bianco's attention to detail and I do love the freshness and flavors but I'm not good at waiting. Delux. I go up and down, in and out about that place. Sometimes the burger is good and other times, not so good. Sometimes the bun is dry. The fries? Eh. Nothing to write home about. Binkley's? Ate there twice. Food was good. Crowded. Also sat at the tiny table by hostess. Agree that extra food was overkill for us. It's certainly not the kind of place I would go to regularly or long to go back to unless someone else was paying the bill.

Jan 03, 2008
bonita in Southwest

Aiello's in Phoenix

I certainly meant no disrespect so please excuse me if I intimated that everyone likes certain restaurants. Me? I'm very picky but I like crap as well as good food. I just like what I like. As for a chef coming out of the kitchen with a dirty jacket-that's a no-no. You always have a clean one to put on before yuo go out into the dining room. It shows respect for your guests. The schmoozing part is great-everyone loves to meet the chef. And the chef loves to meet the diners and receive praise. It's a win/win. But do it with a clean jacket! I don't serve my guests with a soiled apron at home.
I live in the central corridor so most of my experience with restaurants has been around Phoenix. I rarely venture to the east valley and only occasionally go to Scottsdale. I've lived here for 30+ years so I've seen lots of changes on the dining scene. I eat out two to three times a week for dinner. Lunches are usually "business".
I'm going to wait a few weeks and go back to Aiello's (the one on Central Avenue). My first two experiences were not happy ones but I'll give them time to iron out the kinks before I go back again.
So, what do I like? My own kitchen! Right now I like Hana on 7th Avenue. I like the staff. I like the food. I like China Chili. I like the staff. I like the food. I like Yasu Sushi Bistro. I like Rancho Pinot Grill. I like the staff. I like the food. Now , I know...That's Scottsdale but oh so close to Paradise Valley which is oh so close to Phoenix! What else? I usually like Phoenix City Grille but I'm sort of tired of the menu right now. I like the chicken wings (fried, ofcourse) at Lo Lo's Chicken and Waffles (but I don't like the waffles because I like crisp waffles). I like PIzzeria Bianco and Pane Bianco. But I also like NYPD for pizza but nothing else. Different pizzas-cannot compare but I like them both.
I like the fries at Trent Cinq. Hmmm. I guess I don't like very many restaurants! I like dishes at restaurants but not necessarily "the restaurant". I'm a creature of habit and when I find a dish I like, that's usually what I order.

Jan 03, 2008
bonita in Southwest

Aiello's in Phoenix

New restaurant opened with plenty of advance publicity which tells me the guy knows some people or paid a lot of money for PR. Been there twice, once for dinner and once for lunch. Both were unpleasant experiences. Dinner was on a Friday night at 8 p.m. with a reservation. Restaurant was probably 2/3 full. We were with another couple. Ordered antipasti plate. Nothing exciting or original but it was good. Three different chicken entrees for the others and I had the meatballs-"famous" meatballs. I hated mine-meatballs were dry and crumbly, sauce tasted more like tomato paste than tomato sauce. I'm from NY and this was not NY Italian food as billed. Chicken dishes were okay-just okay. Waitress was terrible. Rushed us. Tried to take plate while friend had fork in her mouth! Then she brought check without asking if we wanted dessert. We did. We had to ask! Ordered zabaglione. Wife came to table to tell us they were out of it. My experience is that it is prepared at the time ordered so I asked if they had Marsala, egg yolks and sugar. She wasn't happy but agreed that chef/owner would make it for us. Dessert served by chef who made snide remark (I'm sure he thought he was being funny) about how much it hurt his arm to have whipped up the dessert for us. Then he proceeded to sit down and eat his dinner which is why-I'm guessing-he didn't want to make dessert for us! Next went for lunch with friend. Restaurant not even 1/3 full but right before Christmas. Had minnestrone soup. Tasted good. Had caprese sandwich. Ugh. No self respecting chef should have sent out those tomatoes. They weren't even pink! They were close to green. No basil on sandwich. Mozarella was okay. Fries that accompanied sandwich were the best thing on the plate. Friend had salmon. Said it was okay. I didn't taste it. Then chef came around to schmooze the tables but he was wearing a soiled chef coat. Yuck.
I think both service and food has to improve. Maybe he's got enough friends to keep him in business but don't be fooled-the food is not that good. In fact, it's not good at all. I'm not a fan of Christo's (please don't hate me....you probably all love Christo's) but I would rather eat at Christo's over Aiello's. I want this place to succeed. I live in Central Phoenix and we need more restaurants. I think Mr. Aiello does not respect us because if he did, he would do a better job training his staff and he would treat his customers as "guests". I may be from NY but I've lived here long enough to expect to be treated with grace and care. And buy better ingredients. If the tomatoes are not good, don't serve them! Now you'll all probably write about how much you love the place. I'll give them a few more weeks to tighten up service and food and go back.

Jan 03, 2008
bonita in Southwest

Dragonfly Tempe. Has Anyone been and can compare?

I went by last night. The place was dark even though the posted hours say they're open on Sundays. Just tried calling both places. No answer at either-no message.

Dec 24, 2007
bonita in Phoenix

Near Pico and Motor

Where to eat near Pico and Motor? All ethnic foods, any price is okay. Open to all suggestions.
Thanks

Sep 27, 2007
bonita in Los Angeles Area

Dinner near convention center

Looking for a restaurant near convention center. Ethnic or American. Moderately priced.

Sep 10, 2007
bonita in Pennsylvania

Near Century City Mall

Dinner near Century City Mall? Not mall food, please. Restaurant. Gulfstream?

May 23, 2007
bonita in Los Angeles Area

near brentwood theater

Will be going to Brentwood Theater on Saturday. Restaurant suggestions nearby?

Mar 21, 2007
bonita in Los Angeles Area