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Delete account?

Well, that's real BS! You mean that you can't erase me? Unless I start posting stuff that insults or offends Jim Leff! That would be a surefire one way ticket to oblivion. Please make it so, Geordi.

Apr 06, 2007
Mutt in Site Talk

Delete account?

How can I delete my account with all profile info and activity from the board?

Apr 06, 2007
Mutt in Site Talk

Solo Dining in Denver near Convention Center

Aix is great but very small. A reservation is a necessity depending upon when you are going. It's a very short cab ride from downtown or a long, but, not terrible walk. I haven't been to Fruition or Duo so can't tell you anything about them.

Apr 05, 2007
Mutt in Southwest

Solo Dining in Denver near Convention Center

I travel a lot and eat solo all the time. No big deal. The convention center is downtown. Downtown is a free bus ride and/or easy walk to Larimer Square and LoDo where you have many choices, in no particular pecking order, such as:

Rioja
Bistro Vendomme
Vesta Dipping Grill (top of the rec list)
Tamayo
Panzano
Flying Dog Brewery.
Stranahan's Distillery

Good luck. Unlike San Francisco, the restaurants don't prepare handy take home packages of leftovers complete with napkins and plastic utensils so you can hand them out to the the local transient crowd. I remember leaving a Vietnamese restaurant near Union Square with such a package and trying to give it to one of the horde of your local bums. I was queried about the type of food and it was the third try before someone "graciously" took it off my hands!

Apr 04, 2007
Mutt in Southwest

What is the Best restaurant for fish in Astoria?

I'll second this recommendation. Great fish, perfectly prepared.

Apr 04, 2007
Mutt in Outer Boroughs

Denver / Boulder Itinerary (Draft)

Forgive me for being sacreligious here but most of the Mexican food in Denver is Tex-Mex and pretty middle of the road. There are some hole in the wall taquerias scattered around with fresh tortillas and tolerable food, but nothing stands out for me. It's a miracle if you can find tacos al pastor anywhere. Tamayo is upscale Mexican with some regional specialties. They seem to be striving to be like Frontera Grill in Chicago but are a long ways away from that standard. However, I do like their food. If you're looking for something with a hit of Hispanic flavor I'd go to the other end of Larimer and eat at the Samba Room. They have Cuban and Central American specialties. Or, grab a car and go to Aji in Boulder which is even better.

Apr 02, 2007
Mutt in Southwest

Commanders Palace

I really get depressed when I see someone referring to Commander's Palace as "the one in New Orleans." This has nothing to do with you, ccl1111. Rather, it's the all too frequent reference to an iconic restaurant, be it Commander's Palace or another, as if it were part of a chain. Sort of like saying "I really liked that Applebee's in Cleveland as opposed to the one in Pittsburgh. I have to admit that I really dislike the proliferation of branches of great restaurants in Vegas as if they were Wells Fargo. I have yet to eat at one of the Vegas clones that could equal the original. I suppose it's the whole Vegas experience where someone can stay at the Venetian and really think that they've experienced Venice. But, I'm definitely an aberration because I believe that Vegas was a whole hell of a lot more civilized when it was run by the mob!

Apr 02, 2007
Mutt in Southwest

Boulder, CO - Impressive Dinner for 40

So, where are you going?

Mar 30, 2007
Mutt in Southwest

Santa Fe - one casual lunch and one upscale dinner

The Plaza's sopapillas are fantastic! As are their homemade tortillas. My favorite lunch there is a bowl of posole with flour tortillas washed down with a Tesuque beer.

Mar 30, 2007
Mutt in Southwest

Santa Fe - one casual lunch and one upscale dinner

Horseman's Haven for breakfast.
The Plaza Restaurant for lunch.
The Compound for dinner.

Mar 29, 2007
Mutt in Southwest

Featured Micro at Baseball Stadiums

Out here at Coors Field in Denver, the team is not as good as you guys but the beer is better. You can get anything that's distributed by the Coors' Distributor. In addition to the the Coors swill, this includes Fat Tire, Odell 90 Shilling and 5 Barrel Pale Ale, Dale's Pale Ale, Guinness, Bass and Newcastle.

Mar 28, 2007
Mutt in Beer

Two Days in Denver Area - Suggestions??

I take my staff to Coors Field every year for baseball and Zaler's Kosher dogs. Does that count?

Mar 28, 2007
Mutt in Southwest

Where to eat in Taos?

Since I usually disagree with the Denver Post politically, I now have to add their food writing to the list. If you are referring to El Taoseno, it's been a fixture in Taos for years but the food, in my opinion, is pretty uninspiring. It is cheap, though. And, they do have good music on the week-ends. Orlando's is far and away my favorite for New Mexican.

Mar 28, 2007
Mutt in Southwest

Boulder, CO - Impressive Dinner for 40

Claire, I may be wrong, but I think that Bradford Heap is no longer the chef at Chautauqua but I can't verify because their web site is down. The last couple of times I was at Full Moon, he was not in the kitchen there, either. I wonder if he and Rick Stein have gone their separate restaurant ways.

Mar 27, 2007
Mutt in Southwest

Loveland, CO- Local hot spots?

Actually, you're also close to Fort Collins. Austin's and Suehiro are two of my favorites up there. You can also do some beer tastings at New Belgium and Odell's.

Mar 26, 2007
Mutt in Southwest

Boulder, CO - Impressive Dinner for 40

I'd recommend the Flagstaff House, especially for a large group like this. With enough notice, you'll get your own room with a dynamite view. And, the cuisine is better than any of your other choices.

Mar 25, 2007
Mutt in Southwest

Two Days in Denver Area - Suggestions??

Yes, everyone recommends Frasca. Last time I was there, the server described the salumi (some say salumi, I say salami!) as "brilliant." To me, that sums up the attitude. Claire is correct about Spice China in Louisville. There's also a great little Vietnamese place in old downtown Louisville - Tu Lien. You may have some people recommend the Blue Parrot in Louisville - stay far, far away. Having lived in Boulder for 38 years, I still can't figure out why this place has cult status. It is absolutely horrid! A holdover from a time when it was truly the only joint that passed for Italian food in Boulder county.

Mar 25, 2007
Mutt in Southwest

Where to eat in Taos?

If you take the time to do a search of the board, you'll find many suggestions. Here are my recommendations:

Orlando's
Dragonfly Cafe
The Relleno Cafe by Antonio
Taos Pizza Out Back
Eske's Brew Pub
Roberto's

Mar 25, 2007
Mutt in Southwest

St. Louis Dinner Saturday Night

Busch's Grove on Clayton Road. They can accomodate you and the food is dynamite.

Mar 21, 2007
Mutt in General Midwest Archive

Green Chili Cheese Burger

Bobcat Bite is great but Blake's Lotta Burger had Green Chile Cheeseburgers before Bobcat Bite was even a hint of an idea!

Mar 19, 2007
Mutt in Southwest

Rye Whiskey

Thanks for the link. I'm primarily a Scotch and Irish Whisk(e)y drinker but these sound fascinating.

Mar 16, 2007
Mutt in Spirits

Different and unique in Nashville?

I think I'll chime in here with a couple of recs that are a bit more downscale. Hog Heaven for barbeque is stellar. The meat can stand on its own without sauce, but their two sauces - red & white - are both stellar. This is a little stand with a single picnic table. Most people either take their food to go or just go across the street to the park and enjoy themselves.

My other favorite is the Loveless Cafe for truly down-home, heart stopping Southern cooking. I love the fried chicken. Dynamite bisquits and sides. Don't go if you have a pacemaker.

Mar 15, 2007
Mutt in General South Archive

Frasca in Boulder, CO--trip report

Gimme a break! You make it sound (like the New York Times did a couple of weeks ago) that there were no decent restaurants in Boulder before we were all blessed with the arrival of Mateo, The Kitchen and, ta-da!!!!!!, Frasca. Yes, Frasca is good but hearing my server describe the salami (excuse me, salumi) as "brilliant" almost made me lose it, since I was laughing so hard. Since Bobby Stuckey is a Master Sommelier I let him match wine with each course and he does a fine job. The food is creative and fresh but not necessarily a bargain. Is Frasca excellent? Yes. Is it the ultimate food nirvana? No. Are there other places and chefs in Boulder just as good? Absolutely. Mark Monette at the Flagstaff House is constantly on the cutting edge. Eric Skogan at the new Black Cat - try their tasting menu for a real kick in the ass. Laudisio has been around for a long time. Radek Cerny. Dave Query. John Platt. Kathy Andrade. On & on. Having lived in Boulder since 1968 I get fatigued listening to the constant gush about Frasca. And by the way, their goofy reservation system is infuriating.

Mar 15, 2007
Mutt in Southwest

Barbecuing Baby Back Ribs

I apologize in advance because this advice is not going to help you at all! That being said, to get the finest ribs you've ever eaten you should smoke them in a Weber Smokey Mountain smoker. Takes a long time but the result is stellar. A great resource for learning the technique is: www.wiviott.com Follow the "Professor's" five step program and you will not regret it. By the way, I make Stephen Pyle's Ranch Bar-B-Que sauce to go with them.

Mar 12, 2007
Mutt in Home Cooking

Anything new/better/worse in Taos?

I've found Joseph's Table to be an enigma. Had a pretty mediocre dinner after he re-opened in La Fonda. But, then we've had three absolutely stellar dinners since then. Sent friends and one reported back bad, the other fantastic. Seems to be a crap shoot with a slight edge towards great.

The Relleno Cafe by Antonio is a small place, best for lunch. "Antonio's" main restaurant called "Antonio's" (go figure) is in Ranchos in the original Joseph's Table space. I love the place. Haven't been to Sabroso but if it's less pretentious than Momentitos, that will be a good thing. Lambert's has always been consistently excellent. Doc Martin's consistently bland.
Dragonfly Cafe is unassuming but innovative and fantastic. Our favorite is Orlando's!

Mar 09, 2007
Mutt in Southwest

dark loungey cocktail place - ideas

Try the "hidden" bar in the lower level of the W Hotel in Union Square. This definitely meets your objective.

Mar 01, 2007
Mutt in Manhattan

katz's deli & serendipity

Go for the chocolate pizza at Max Brenner's. Be prepared, the place is loud & frenetic.

Feb 16, 2007
Mutt in Manhattan

Advice on Santa Fe: Cafe Pasqual, Geronimo, The Compound, etc

I love Horseman's Haven. The Level 2 chile is a religious experience. Not on the menu so you just the waitress to bring you a side. I'd also suggest milk and yogurt on the side for safety! By the way, the bartender at Il Piatto was telling me that they also have a Level 3 chile! I can't even imagine.....

Feb 14, 2007
Mutt in Southwest

Dinner up to $100pp

Picholine on the west side near Central Park doesn't get the kind of press the celeb chef places do, but it's one of my favorites. Fantastic food, nice warm setting. Depending on the wine you select, you might be able to keep it to $100pp. If you go, be sure to do a cheese course.

Feb 14, 2007
Mutt in Manhattan

Solo dining in Boulder this Friday

By the way, we had a specatcular dinner at Black Cat last week. Ordered the 5 course tasting with wine and ended up with at least 8 or 9 courses when you add in the amuse bouche and other extras. Eric Skokan was helping pass out plates and he was delightful to visit with for a few minutes. When I mentioned the tasting courses, he said that they usually lose track of numbers and just keep bringin' on the plates! It was great. We had one of the tables by the kitchen and it was entertaining (as well as very warm on that cold night.)

Feb 06, 2007
Mutt in Southwest