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Barbuto

In NYC for a meeting this w/e and thinking of going this Sunday on the early side. Of course no reservations available. Will be solo and happy to sit at the bar. Will it be likely to be packed? Any recent experience will walking in on a Sunday?

Apr 30, 2014
sfdoc in Manhattan

Barbuto

Thinking of going this Sunday on the early side. Of course no reservations available. Will be solo and happy to sit at the bar. Will it be likely to be packed?

Apr 30, 2014
sfdoc in Manhattan

Chef's Counter at Meadowood [Saint Helena]

The snack menu at the bar has to be one of the best values in the valley. They take reservations for this and it is only $20 for a succession (I had 6) of substantial amuse bouche style snacks. Cocktails are $18 and the by the glass list is very expensive (reds $25 - $125/glass, whites a little less). The wine list itself is extensive with several bottles in the $50-60 range. I ended up buying a bottle, having 2 glasses and they happily corked it up for me to take with me.

Jun 24, 2013
sfdoc in San Francisco Bay Area

Meadowood Restaurant, St Helena new offers $20 bar menu/$90 3-course menu at bar

Was a guest of a member last night. Had a drink and the snack menu which was several "courses" of snacks and all good, some great. Am a light eater, but was fairly full.

The bottle wine menu is really extensive and has some nice choices from the $50 range, although goes up quickly. Tops out at $6000. Cocktails are $18 and the by the glass list is good but expensive (reds $25-$125, whites a bit less).

Jun 23, 2013
sfdoc in San Francisco Bay Area

Tahiti Nui Luau info ?

THANK YOU celeriac. This is what I was afriad of. It has always been casual, but I figured the luau would either be great or it would be terrible and I am SO grateful to know that is likely to be the terrible laua that they all are. The service would have made me nuts. Not that laid back, even after some "island time".

We will go for drinks and music, which what I like the TN for especially. Live Hawaiian music is hard to find and they usually have some decent people.

Thanks again for just what I wanted to know.

Jan 06, 2013
sfdoc in Hawaii

Tahiti Nui Luau info ?

Has anyone been recently? Would love some more detail about the food (nothing much specific on the website) and the overall scene. Will be in Princeville for a week in February.

Mahalo!

Jan 02, 2013
sfdoc in Hawaii

Pismo Beach - Foodie Advice Needed!

More report: had lunch at Brad's today (Splash was a block long wait in the cold) which was quite nice. We got there around noon and it seemed like the main crowd was showing up closer to 1 pm. Had a lovely crab louie (half was the perfect size for me, but it was only $2 less than the $16 full size) and spouse liked his fish also.

Lido for dinner and that was a real hit. We were having an early dinner but came early for there 3-6 pm (winter) happy hour and enjoyed the view. Everything we had (except my garden salad which was a little lack luster by San Francisco standards) was fabuluos: abaolne, mushroom ragout, pasta carbonara. The best food we had in the area by far.

Dec 27, 2012
sfdoc in California

Pismo Beach - Foodie Advice Needed!

FWIW, we went to Cracked Crab tonight (35 min wait at 6 pm) and thought it was fine but nothing to wait around for. Big disclaimer is that we just got into town and have no comparison in the area.

Staff was great and attentive but the atmosphere was utilitarian and if you want anything like a quiet, ocean town dinner, this is more of a boardwalk dinner. We would probably have liked it better for lunch, or would have probably liked Mo's better for dinner (not crowded and NO pretense of being much of a dinner spot!)

Dec 26, 2012
sfdoc in California

Best higher end Happy Hours in Waikiki??

I love Chai's and saw Nathan Aweau there last visit. But no car this time and my mission is to try to make HNL easy for long weekends!

cookie monster, thanks for BKT rec. Worth checking out for those nights when no music is fine.

Mar 08, 2012
sfdoc in Hawaii

Best higher end Happy Hours in Waikiki??

Thanks for the tips! We have been to Ko Olina and love it but not this trip. And for a real first in Hawaii (trips every year) I will not have a car. This is just a quick weekend solo trip because I miss the islands so much! But have added Heeia Pier to my general Oahu travel notes and will check it out next trip.

Mar 07, 2012
sfdoc in Hawaii

Best higher end Happy Hours in Waikiki??

Ah, got it.I suppose that is right that the music is more for the tourists and on the beach in Waikiki, where RH and HWAK don't need to have happy hours! The Kani Ka Pila Grille suggestion at the Outrigger is a great one and I will try Rumfire too. Will also watch for Corey Oliveros who I have not heard of - he is playing some afternoon gigs at Moana Surfrider and Sheraton Edge Bar so mahalo for the tip.

Mar 07, 2012
sfdoc in Hawaii

Best higher end Happy Hours in Waikiki??

Mahalo manomin. This is a place I had not known about and looks great.

Actually I assumed I was not looking for the impossible but just maybe the unknown. The last Ritz Carlton I stayed at had a wonderful happy hour and the high end steak house around the block had another really great one. Of course these were in the mid-west and not Hawaii, but I have found that the nicer hotels often have really worthwhile, but not well publicized, happy hours in lovely places. I don't know Waikiki that well so was just looking for something other than the HWAK or RH that I may have missed.

Mar 06, 2012
sfdoc in Hawaii

Best higher end Happy Hours in Waikiki??

Coming for a long weekend soon on a little more of a budget than usual, and interested in where some of the better happy hours are, i.e. not the ones with beer and shots but also need not be ultra cheap. Some examples would be the Royal Hawaiian Mai Tai Bar and the House without a Key - except that they do not have happy hour pricing, and I would prefer not to pay $14 for a drink.

Ideally would like Hawaiian music in a nice atmosphere. Any ideas about the higher end hotels or places that might be a little under the radar for this? Mahalo!

Mar 06, 2012
sfdoc in Hawaii

48 hours in San Antonio, help me narrow it down

Another update: I thought Rosarios was terrible. Loud, neon, food really disappointing. Tito's down the street a little further had better food and is in a great old building.

Jan 13, 2012
sfdoc in Texas

Mexican on or near the riverwalk in San Antonio

Don't mind another walk if the food is good!

Still looking for a good place for pizza for one night. Would prefer to be a little out of this area just because it is such a zoo and everything seems aimed at tourists. Any ideas?

Jan 12, 2012
sfdoc in Texas

Mexican on or near the riverwalk in San Antonio

I wanted to love, or at least like Rosarios, but my advice to out of towners is to either spring for a cab and go someplace really good (there is undoubtedly good Mexican somewhere else in the area) or just skip it. I really wanted to like this place and walked a mile from my hotel to get there thinking it was a local sort of place. It was loud, seemed to be full of tourists or local groups of young office types and the food was very ordinary at best. Granted, I live in San Francisco, but the mole tasted like someone made it with Hershey's chocolate syrup and the salsa was less than mild. When I asked for something spicier she brought me raw jalapenos and even those were quite mild. Really disappointing. I went to a place right across the river from the Hilton the last time I had this meeting and the food was better.

Jan 11, 2012
sfdoc in Texas

Pizza in Colorado Springs?? Need advice!

Thank you rlm. Perfect link and suggestion. I went and thought it was wonderful. Small and unpretentious, but they take reservations and the food was San Francisco quality without the premium prices. I would recommend it. About a 13 min drive (easy) from the Boadmoor and worth the trip.

Nov 13, 2010
sfdoc in Mountain States

Pizza in Colorado Springs?? Need advice!

Am at a meeting at the Broadmoor - with a car - and would love to go for local pizza tonight (Sat Nov 13). What are your favorites?? We have terrific pizza in San Francisco but am not a snob about it. Prefer thin crust.....

Nov 13, 2010
sfdoc in Mountain States

Bristol, CT area - pizza and other suggestions

We made it to Garlic Jack's on Friday which was a good choice for the evening. Wait for dinner at 7 pm about 20 minutes. Food mostly perfectly good (pizza only so so) and portions were HUGE! Really enough food for 2 - all of them. Service quite good and it fit the bill quite nicely. We had reservations for Anthony Jack's for Saturday but then the Giants won the playoffs and were in the world series, so we wen to Sliders, a sports bar in Plainfield. Food also pretty decent for a sports bar with good service and very accomodating staff. They sat us (me the SF resident) right in front of the TV and checked in periodically. The last night we were all so tired we ended up at the restaurant at the Farmington Marriott (my family are not really foodies) , which was actually quite good.

Thanks again all for suggestions.

Nov 04, 2010
sfdoc in Southern New England

Bristol, CT area - pizza and other suggestions

Thanks all. Will report back!

Oct 28, 2010
sfdoc in Southern New England

Bristol, CT area - pizza and other suggestions

Given that we will likely be moving and hauling all day, probably not more than 10 or 15 minutes. I'm perfectly happy with both thin crust and deep dish!

Thanks to hotwing for the suggestion about Joey Garlics. Does anyone know anything about Vito's? They take reservations on Open Table, which is always a plus when coming from out of town.

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Joey Garlic's
372 Scott Swamp Rd, Farmington, CT 06032

Oct 25, 2010
sfdoc in Southern New England

Bristol, CT area - pizza and other suggestions

Spending this weekend in Bristol with my sister helping my niece move there to work at ESPN. We will be spending the days getting her moved and settled and would love some suggestions for good places to eat in the area. Friday is always pizza night for me so a good pizza place is a must. Would really love it if it were someplace we could get reservations, or at least not have to stand in line forever. Saw that Vito's is on Open Table -- how is it as a place to eat?

Any other ideas for good food? (Went to medical school in the area a long time ago, and I had no money so never ate out around there). Ethnic OK but not first choice. Similarly, don't want to go especially high end; just want some non-chain, local place ideas. THANKS for any help!

Oct 25, 2010
sfdoc in Southern New England

Pizza in Pittsburgh

The good news about Dinette was that the food was very good. Pizza was stellar and the salad was also great. The wine by the glass was good and about as reasonably priced as they get these days.

The bad news was that it is not so easy to get here if you are from out of town. The cab driver had no idea where it was (even on the phone to dispatch) and she dropped me in the area at my request so I could just use my iPhone to find it. The valet parking guy at a restaurant 100 feet away had no idea either. Turns out it is above a Kinkos and across the parking lot from a Border's. Service rather perfuncctory and if you are looking for interesting atmosphere or a cool vibe this is not the place. There is a bus that goes nearby that I took back. Would never have found a cab.

Oct 01, 2010
sfdoc in Pennsylvania

Pizza in Pittsburgh

Thanks CrazyOne. Just what I needed to know. I have just about given up getting cabs to restaurants in mid-sized towns (i.e. places other than NYC, Chicago etc.) It is always a big pain to get back, often expensive, and it raises my expectations of the restaurant because it is so much trouble. But for good pizza I will probably make an exception :-))

Sep 20, 2010
sfdoc in Pennsylvania

Pizza in Pittsburgh

Can anyone help me whittle this down to someplace within walking, bus or very short cab ride from the OMNI hotel? Would prefer to walk if possible. Thanks! Lots of great suggestions but don't know PGH at all!

Sep 14, 2010
sfdoc in Pennsylvania

Restaurants/BBQ near Houston Galleria - advice needed

I know ... I was just so in the mood for BBQ! But realized I should have just waited for a better opportunity!

Jan 26, 2010
sfdoc in Houston

Restaurants/BBQ near Houston Galleria - advice needed

Thank you all again. Here is the report for future Galleria travelers (all dinner $$ are including tip):

Goode BBQ (Kirby Rd) – went there by cab at 8 pm the night I arrived (Luiling for all its controversy is not open very late). Ended up being a $28 cab ride round trip (with some evening surcharge and a modest tip and I had to call the driver for the return) and an underwhelming dinner. The place was empty at 8:30 and what little charm it might have had was dwarfed by its location at the crossroads of streets of strip malls. Food was OK, and inexpensive, but not impressive to me. Gave up on both BBQ and cab rides after that until I end up in some other area of Houston someday. (Dinner total with 2 glasses of wine – it had been a long day ☺ -- $20)

Next night was a meeting related dinner in the JW Marriott that was surprisingly good.

Del Frisco – went after a reception for a light dinner. Classic old style steak house. Had the wedge salad (w/blue cheese of course) which was HUGE, fresh and very good and the crab cake (4 oz) appetizer. Served with a warm loaf of bread was all I needed for dinner and I left half the salad. Expensive, but fabulous, wine list. (Bill with 1 modest glass of wine ~$ 52)

RDG Annie’s Bistro – we had a private dining room dinner here for 45. Food was very good, though very pricey. Service excellent and the scene was fun, especially as we were leaving closer to 10 pm. Uber trendy, and quite the scene for clothes and cars. Outdoor deck looked appealing. (We had passed appetizers and regular looking steak and salmon dinners. Bill was $105 for those without drinks/wine and $140 with.)

Arcodoro – old style Italian restaurant in a shopping mall just down the road from the Marriott (although in contrast to Goode’s, once you walk through the front door you would never know it). It was Sunday night and I found a restaurant menu on the web that indicated it had wood fired pizza, but that did not turn out to be true. Old style ambiance and service. Classic menu with a whole page of newly minted olive oil specialties. Large mixed salad was perfectly decent and my carbonara was very good. The $9 glass of Chianti was horrible and if a colleague had not come up to chat just as I was getting into it I would have asked for something else. ($52 with 1 glass of wine).

Thanks again – sfdoc (this doc is female btw)

Jan 26, 2010
sfdoc in Houston

Restaurants/BBQ near Houston Galleria - advice needed

Thanks all!! We have an abundance of great food and great ethnic food in SF but not much BBQ, southwest etc. The joy of traveling for me is eating regional food and I try to find good local eats as much as possible. These ideas and info are a big help.

Jan 18, 2010
sfdoc in Houston

Gay Chocolatier visiting Fancy Food Show Weekend (01.16.10) searching for wedding proposal restaurant

Can anyone who has been to Frances let me know if there is a counter or someplace I might sneak in as 1 person? Reservations not availalbe and I know it is small, but what are odds likely to be like for a counter seat at ~7:30? Thanks!

Jan 13, 2010
sfdoc in San Francisco Bay Area

Restaurants/BBQ near Houston Galleria - advice needed

Thanks James. Luling City Market looks great. Will also check out Bayou City. May also check out one of the steakhouses. There seem to be a lot of them around!

Jan 11, 2010
sfdoc in Houston