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Fish store/truck in driving distance of Sherman CT

Doesn't sound good. For what it's worth, the staff were on the ball the night we were there. Re beverages--we brought a bottle of wine, which made it seem esp. economical, since we weren't paying a restaurant mark-up.

How was the food when you went?

We thought the fried clams w/ bellies were perfectly fried (as good as The Clam Box in Ipswich or Arnold's on the Cape)--my husband, who's not a french fries guy, commented that the fries were nicely done--the lobster in the lobster roll, also cooked just right (so many places over-cook)--it was not a ton of lobster meat (when I make lobster rolls, I use a lobster per roll!)--but for a $15-ish (can't remember exact price), it felt like a fair amount of meat and very tasty.

Jul 21, 2014
sundeck sue in Southern New England

Fish store/truck in driving distance of Sherman CT

Oh dear re West Shore Seafood. What was your experience?

Jul 21, 2014
sundeck sue in Southern New England

Fish store/truck in driving distance of Sherman CT

The places suggested sound great (thanks to post-ers).

And I've found a place even closer--it's apparently been under our noses for seven years; and we had never heard word one about it.

West Shore Seafood in Morris CT. They have a stand @ the Litchfield Farmers Market (how we discovered them).

And a fish store and restaurant, where we had a great dinner. In-the-rough--picnic tables outside, paper plates, BYOB (they give you paper cups for the wine). Nice folks. And delicious shellfish--we're tough graders and gave the shrimp cocktail, steamed littlenecks, hot lobster roll, fried clams w/ bellies and fries solid A's.

We've not tried buying fish from the fish store. But we intend to and promise to report back.

And while the prices for the restaurant were reasonable, the fish store was higher (the restaurant doesn't serve the high-end kinds of fish that the market does--eg. swordfish or halibut).

And we ended the evening by driving no more than 5 minutes to get ice cream @ Arethusa (sweet cream w/ dark chocolate for me, coffee for my husband--perfect all around!).

Jul 19, 2014
sundeck sue in Southern New England

Danbury down-scale dining

Would love tips on places for low-key breakfast/lunch/dinner in Danbury.

I was tooling around yesterday and came upon the New Holiday Diner--had a fine BLT w/ good slaw & a great pickle--and they threw in a free cup of soup, white bean, pretty good (and thankfully under-salted--so rare in this day/age--so I could add just enough!). Service, excellent. Prices very reasonable. My only diner wish: tapioca pudding (they had only rice)!

And earlier in the week, we stopped at the Royal Guard Fish and Chips and had some excellent biryani (they do veg, chicken, or mutton)--so well seasoned (even if my husband didn't love the fact that the chicken and mutton come w/ bones; and the mutton was chewy [I think mutton just IS chewy]). A definite find.

So those are my two recent recommendations!

That said, when I look on this Board, the only recent ('13-'14) Danbury posts I see are for specific restaurants, nothing more general.

I know Jim Leff has some old posts on the many wonderful holes-in-the-wall there were (presumably still are) in this town.

But just driving around, I had no idea which of the burgeoning number of tacquerias are good, where to get the best Brazlian fare, etc.

Suggestions, critical notes, raves, please!

Jul 17, 2014
sundeck sue in Southern New England

Fish store/truck in driving distance of Sherman CT

We continue to miss Elliott's Fish Truck in New Milford.

Just got smoked scallops and fresh bluefish at the fish truck on 202, mid-way between New Milford and Litchfield. Really pricey and not as much local (Maine/Ma/CT) catch as we'd like.

Bought steamers the other day @ Stew Leonard's, which were quite good;and I like the guys in the fish dept. (you just have to brave the singing cows)

Cod @ the Sherman IGA, good but not brilliant.

Any tips on great fish stores/trucks not too far from Sherman CT? (will drive for wonderful, fresh fish!).

Jul 12, 2014
sundeck sue in Southern New England

stone fruit 2014 bad season?

ditto (good as ever) dry creek peach farm (healdsburg)

Jul 11, 2014
sundeck sue in San Francisco Bay Area

Biscuits and Gravy: SFBA Dish of the Month July 2014

Serendipity. I was just @ Aunt Mary's in Temescal (Oakland), my favorite breakfast spot by a mile, and was eyeing the order of the woman sitting next to me (she must have thought me quite rude): biscuits and gravy. It looked amazing.

I was having a variant, just w/ more moving parts--
Bubble and Squeak, which includes biscuits and gravy, but also a sort of cake of greens and potatoes, over which the gravy is poured, plus eggs--breakfast heaven (I always say I'm going to try something else and can't bring myself to forego it).

But now in the service of the DOTM, I'm going back for the simpler biscuits and gravy. Stay tuned.

Jul 01, 2014
sundeck sue in San Francisco Bay Area

Weekday late lunch near SFO

Picking up an 85 year old relative @ SFO and meeting up with three other relatives--two who only eat veg and seafood-- for a late lunch (what with getting luggage and the like, probably around 1:30 pm).

I had suggested Hong Kong Flower Lounge, but the veg/seafood eaters worried they'd be pretty limited re choices.

Where else would be a nice place that's a quick drive from the airport, serves lunch late, has good choices for veg/seafood eaters, and is most of all a quiet and pleasant place to sit and talk?

Jun 30, 2014
sundeck sue in San Francisco Bay Area

Falafel: SFBA Dish of the Month June 2014

re tahini (which seems essential)--in my experience w/ Oasis Market, you can just ask for any accompaniment you don't get/see; and they're happy to give it to you, either gratis or for a song (recently asked for feta to go w/ something; and for a buck, got a ginormous slice).

Jun 30, 2014
sundeck sue in San Francisco Bay Area

richmond costco selling hawaii poke today

Took a long look at the poke at Richmond Costco this week. And had questions.

1. How long does the poke Costco is selling keep? If I buy it on Friday, can I serve Sunday?

2. Which flavor is best?

Jun 28, 2014
sundeck sue in San Francisco Bay Area

Falafel: SFBA Dish of the Month June 2014

My daughter, who is a total falafel "maven," just had a falafel from the Liba truck @ First Friday in Oakland--and LOVED it.

I've had her falafel @ Alameda Antique Market and also remember it as a good version.

According to What the Fork in the East Bay Express, she's got a storefront opening soon.

And I think there may even be a coupon for her sweet potato fries to go w/ falafel in the EcoMetro East Bay coupon book.

http://libafalafel.com

http://www.eastbayexpress.com/WhatThe...

Jun 07, 2014
sundeck sue in San Francisco Bay Area
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Best shellfish in Berkeley?

Chez Panisse Cafe sometimes has oysters--always great, but you'd need to check online re the day's menu & try to make a res (easier than it used to be, esp early & late).

Agree re Cafe Rouge.

Jun 05, 2014
sundeck sue in San Francisco Bay Area

Falafel: SFBA Dish of the Month June 2014

In What the Fork in the East Bay Express today, Luke Tsai reports that The Dock @ Linden St. will have "falafel waffles"!

http://www.eastbayexpress.com/oakland...

Jun 04, 2014
sundeck sue in San Francisco Bay Area

Falafel: SFBA Dish of the Month June 2014

Never been to Sophia Cafe. Since that was your original plan, assume you prefer to Zands? Say more?

I've not been a fan of Amba. Agree w/ earlier poster re spicing--but even more critical--didn't think tahini sauce was good, wasn't wild about pita.

I miss felafel @ Holy Land on College/Ashby (think they are still in Grand Lake area in Oakland)--a falafel and mint-y lemonade there would make a fine meal!

Jun 03, 2014
sundeck sue in San Francisco Bay Area

Mom's 77th birthday dinner in San Francisco?

Perbacco--lovely, good service, consistently good food, a minimum of stuffiness--and quiet. Easy access from street. And Italian restaurants always offer vegan options in the form of pasta and veg.

Jun 02, 2014
sundeck sue in San Francisco Bay Area

Falafel: SFBA Dish of the Month June 2014

I just had the falafel salad @ Barney's on College in Oakland. Surprisingly satisfying--the falafel patties well seasoned and fried, a good contrast w/ the crisp salad greens; and a good, creamy garlicky dressing set it off. I'm not saying I stumbled upon Jerusalem in the East Bay, but this is a salad that works quite nicely.

Jun 01, 2014
sundeck sue in San Francisco Bay Area
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Best Lobster Roll in the Bay Area?

Contrary whine: While I've had some decent lobster outside New England, it's never as good. I had thought it might be that most people over-cook or re-cook lobster, but it's also been not as good when I've eaten it at a brilliant restaurant like French Laundry or bought lobster live @ a great place like Monterey Fish & cooked it myself. Even though they're alive in those tanks, lobsters surely suffer from transport, are never as lively as they are in a tank in New England. So I've stopped buying/ordering it unless I'm in driving range of Maine waters. And if I'm homesick for New England fare, I whip up something that travels (baked beans, chowda, grapenut or Indian pudding, Bailey's hot fudge sauce, a lime rickey....) & check on how those Red Sox are doing.

May 31, 2014
sundeck sue in San Francisco Bay Area

best ramen in the bay area

We asked, but didn't get a clear sense.

May 31, 2014
sundeck sue in San Francisco Bay Area

best ramen in the bay area

Re #8 on Melanie's list: Izakaya Mai in San Mateo.

We were just there this week and spoke to the owners, after seeing an on-line note that it will be closing.

It's, in fact, not closing. They've sold the restaurant and are moving to Hawaii. But the new owners will continue to run it; and the kitchen staff will remain in place.

p.s. We had a wonderful lunch. Kimchi Chanpon was great. Miso Ramen was very good, but suffered a bit from our sharing the two dishes. Which is to say, I started with the Miso Ramen and loved it, but after eating some of the more subtle Chanpon and going back to it, the Miso Ramen tasted less balanced/overly salty. Service warm and professional.

May 30, 2014
sundeck sue in San Francisco Bay Area

The Coachman [San Francisco]

I had heard Heaven's Dog wasn't so busy. If it was & it's not location, then what? I was talking w/ a friend earlier today who's a food professional; & she seemed dubious re Phan's reach re food genre (this, that, now the other thing). But certainly other restauranteurs expand in different directions, some quite successfully.

May 28, 2014
sundeck sue in San Francisco Bay Area

The Coachman [San Francisco]

We were @ The Coachman last night, Charles Phan's new British restaurant on Mission between 7th and 8th. I mention the location because that may, in part, account for the paucity of fellow diners--not exactly in the thick of things and perhaps a factor in the closing of Heaven's Dog, his prior restaurant in the same space.

We all enjoyed. Crudities w/ anchovy sauce, beautifully curated and tasty. My chicken w/ a host of veg accompaniments, including parsnip puree and a couple different mushrooms was perfectly cooked and nicely sauced, an enormous amount of food. My husband, on the other hand, got a couple small plates--a beautiful asparagus dish and a squid dish--and left a bit hungry. One of our friends raved about a perfectly cooked skate. And the creamed spinach was very well seasoned (which seems like it should be a given, but is rarely the case w/ that dish).

The sticky toffee pudding was one of the best I've had, with a nuanced, slightly bitter taste. The lemon posset, on the other hand, was not the best rendition, though mighty pretty--lemon encased in a meringue egg--while the contrast in flavor and texture was interesting at first, after a couple bites, it felt at once too sour and too sweet, w/ way more of the meringue, so also out of balance in that sour-sweet play.

Drinks were imaginative and well prepared. I had one that the server said resembled a Pimm's,which they, alas, didn't have--Heidelberg Cup No. 9, gin + Riesling + lemon--it wasn't very Pimm's-like, but I enjoyed.

A professional and friendly server, who comped us a lovely sparkling rose with dessert. The space is modern-attractive. We'd return for sure, though given the lack of business, one wonders if we'll have that opportunity.

May 28, 2014
sundeck sue in San Francisco Bay Area

what's cooking in sherman/kent/new milford/danbury/washington/litchfield?

Looking for a place to go for dinner that serves local, simple, un-fussy fare (can be fine dining, can be hole in the wall).

Would also love a great diner (I rank Blue Colony or Windmill as good--have yet to find great).

And where to buy fresh Captain's Cut scrod and bluefish from Maine, now that the Rte 7 New Milford fish truck is no more?

May 22, 2014
sundeck sue in Southern New England

Lobsters at 99 Ranch ...... $7.99/lb

You're on the Bay Area Board--you want re-post to California or LA. Good luck!

May 22, 2014
sundeck sue in San Francisco Bay Area

Quiet restaurant in Oakland or Berkeley

Along w/ places Robert suggests:

Chez Panisse Cafe is quiet (and doesn't have to be a big deal--pizza, salad, et. al.).

Comal has a fancy sound system that dials down the noise (writing this, realize I don't quite understand how it works, but it does and isn't noisy, even when crowded).

May 21, 2014
sundeck sue in San Francisco Bay Area

ZONGZI aka CHINESE TAMALES SFBA Dish of the Month May 2014

First time trying one: Gourmet Dim Sum on Clement. Thought the pork was good, but the rice dry, the dried egg making it drier. But an older Chinese gentleman went back up to the counter, saying his roll (a different kind entirely) was dry and asked for a fresher one, which they gave him. Need to try more to know if this is just something I'm not crazy about or this particular one wasn't the best.

May 10, 2014
sundeck sue in San Francisco Bay Area

Smitten Ice Cream Oakland Rockridge location opened Tues 4/1/14

There was a young (early twenties) couple ahead of me in line, who got one cup and one cone of ice cream with some toppings and two drinks. Their total: $23.

May 08, 2014
sundeck sue in San Francisco Bay Area

Smitten Ice Cream Oakland Rockridge location opened Tues 4/1/14

Were one to write a caricature of foodie culture, Smitten Ice Cream might be broadly featured. In my 'hood, so felt like I should give it a go.

Vanilla over-sweet, reminiscent of the Hoodsies of my childhood (for you ex-New Englanders on the Bay Area Board). Toasted walnuts were barely toasted (none of the depth/smokiness that comes with even a medium toast). The prices were nuts :). The theatre, absurd.

May 08, 2014
sundeck sue in San Francisco Bay Area
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James Beard Awards

Interesting….

I read the news of the Beard award with a raised eyebrow because of the food (very good, but not transcendent) and service (ditto). But I actually adore everything about the space (the Bay view esp. to die for).

De gustibus….. :)

May 06, 2014
sundeck sue in San Francisco Bay Area

James Beard Awards

The trouble with posting, hard to read tone: you're being snarky, yes?

May 06, 2014
sundeck sue in San Francisco Bay Area

ZONGZI aka CHINESE TAMALES SFBA Dish of the Month May 2014

More help, please.

Have read posts on voting thread that speak to this dish. And read the Wiki link above.

But still feel a bit at sea, would love still more description/context/pointers.

May 01, 2014
sundeck sue in San Francisco Bay Area