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What are your favorite local cooked Turkeys?

Do you have to order ahead of time? It doesn't really say on the web site.

Nov 14, 2012
Davebr in New Orleans

What are your favorite local cooked Turkeys?

Looks like my dad wants to come over and eat turkey. Any suggestions on where I should buy a fried or smoked one??

Nov 13, 2012
Davebr in New Orleans

Recommendations for Vietnamese restaurants

I ate at Tan Dinh today and it was awesome.
I ate at all your poboy places within the past couple of months and my 2 favorites are Guys and Crabby Jacks. I will say the smoked sausage po boy, which the lady behind the counter at Domileses insisted I try after having the shrimp and roast beef, was very good. Id go back for that. Guys is very good and consistent with normal prices. I find most uptown poboy places to be overpriced and mediocre.

Jan 02, 2012
Davebr in New Orleans

Lillette or Herbsaint?

Put on the big boy belt and do both in one night!

Jan 02, 2012
Davebr in New Orleans

LA Hound returning for annual visit, advice sought.

After moving away for 15 or so years. I recently moved back (after spending a ton of time in LA the past 5 years). There are a ton of great restaurants but most of them would be great in any city. Regarding the new ones, few--if any of them, have anything to do with the city. As great as Amano may be, you would be disappointed if you've been to Mozza. For the original experience you seem to be looking for or for restaurants that could exist no where else other than here, KPauls, Upperline (no turnover in ownership and 28 years of greatness), Brightsens, Moscas (a drive for sure and cash only but well worth it!), Boucherie, Greg Piccalo might be worth a trip to Redemption, Mandinas, Pascales Manale, Clancys, Patois, Cafe Adelaide in particular the Swizzle Stick bar, Jaques Imos, I could go on a bit further but there is such a thing as too much information.

Jan 02, 2012
Davebr in New Orleans

Ireland national dish

Im going to Ireland, Scotland, Norway and Germany next month. What national dishes should I not miss? I figured I would even bribe/pay the chef at each hotel to teach me each dish.
Scotland--Haggis for sure.
Ireland ?
Norway?
Germany?

Jul 15, 2010
Davebr in U.K./Ireland

Weekend eats: Upperline and Stanley

Daniel D,
You are truly a gentleman for explaining your situation and what you believe is best for you and your company. Its a real tricky situation. Marco Pierre White never made his own bread in house at his 3 michlin star restaurant. "Why would I make anything that I could buy and it is better than what I could make?"
There are a million different answers and none of them are 100% correct. If it were my choice--Instead of 2 frozen items, I would just do one fresh one. But Im a french fry fanatic. At this point too many customers are coming expecting onion rings, so you cant give that up.
Above all else, you have to make money. I would expect Stanley to have fresh fries and not expect Dragos to have fresh fries. Why is that? Both are casual. The public expects more from some places than they do others. It's not fair, but hey, neither is the world.
Just do what your happy with at the end of the day. Thats all that really matters.

Jul 12, 2010
Davebr in New Orleans

chanterelle shock

Sounds like normal prices of an app and an entree at any fine dining place to me.
1/4 pound for $6 at the farmers market means the restaurant would have to charge $20. $14 is actually a good deal.

Jul 12, 2010
Davebr in New Orleans

Upperline chef

Who's the replacement?

Jun 25, 2010
Davebr in New Orleans

J.M. Rhumerie---where can I find it?

I'll give it a shot! Then hopefully sip a shot!

May 26, 2010
Davebr in Los Angeles Area

J.M. Rhumerie---where can I find it?

Im looking for the 10 year old aged rum from JM Rhumerie in Martinque. Does anyone know where I can buy it in Los Angeles?

May 26, 2010
Davebr in Los Angeles Area

Nose to Tail

Anyone going to the Fergus Henderson gig on Saturday? Does anyone know what they are going to serve?

May 13, 2010
Davebr in Los Angeles Area

Mike's on the Avenue Reopened

Mike always said that he didnt want people to regret having to eat breakfast in the morning.

Apr 22, 2010
Davebr in New Orleans

Authentic Mexican food in Palm Springs and surrounding cities

Head into the center of Cathedral City and stop just about anywhere. Today I had a Fritangas Burritto at the grocery store Cardenas on Date Palm dr. The homemade flour tortilla was filled with carnitas, buche and chuletos. (Sorry for all the bad spelling).
I also really enjoy the birra tortas dipped in chile sauce at Taquoria de San Miguel also on Date Palm dr.
Its easy to figure out---There are a ton of older people in Palm Springs. Cathedral City is where the laborers live. The food is the best and soooooo cheap.

Apr 13, 2010
Davebr in California

PALM SPRINGS Restaurant Recommendations???

I come here for work a few months every year for the past 4 or 5 years. I thought Wallys smelled like moth balls and the decor reminded me of Al Pacino's mansion in Scarface. The food was average.
I actually thought Bing Crosby's (which is basically next door) was better.
Jillians is pretty good.
As well as Tommy Bahama is pretty good, especially considering its a francise.
The best food I have found has been in Cathedral City. Stop in just about any Hole in the Wall for some great authentic Tacos and Totas. Not that junk they try to serve at Consuelas. They all have the real deal: Birra, Bouche, Al Pastor, Ceviches, Barbacoa, Chuchiruns............
I have had a bunch of the Asian food here and its all not too good. Thai Smile is decent.

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Thai Smile
651 N Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262

Bing Crosby
71743 Highway 111, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270

Apr 02, 2010
Davebr in California

Twist vs Bar Charlie

Girlie and I are going to Las Vegas Sunday April 18- Thursday the 22. I dont believe my IRS refund will be in yet. Soooooo, if you could only do one tricky meal which would you choose between Twist and Bar Charlie?
For a bonus, which would you choose between the DB burger and the Burger Bar's Rossini????

Mar 12, 2010
Davebr in Las Vegas

Chez Jacqueline - Breaux Bridge, LA

I went 2 years ago for lunch and it was pretty bad. I had a crab salad and she used crab from a can. Not the pasturized crab can--the stuff you see on the regular shelves of the grocery next to the canned tuna and salmon and smoked oysters. Its just like everyone says, you wanna like the place so bad. Which makes getting crummy food feel like a good punch in the gut.

Feb 28, 2010
Davebr in New Orleans

BLD Restaurant: "Baby Grace" - Has anyone been? Feedback, please?

Ive been a few times for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I like it a lot. My chick is a vegetarian and there are plenty of options---even a few for the vegans. Im a glutton and there are plenty of things for me too. Very reasonable wines by the glass, a few tricky cocktails, and some booze spiked milkshakes.
I think the Chef de Cuisine just got some Rising Star Chef award. I would only whine about one thing: Fried chicken is only fried chicken when it comes on a bone.
Other than that, I routinely drive from the top of Bel Air just to relax and eat there.

Jan 26, 2010
Davebr in Los Angeles Area

New Years Eve????

My girlfriend and I are coming to town on the 28th and not leaving until the 2nd. Girlie and I are both foodies. She wants to see the ball drop. I want to stay warm and have continuous beverages. Any good suggestions to see it from a restaurant?

Dec 11, 2009
Davebr in Manhattan

Good lunch places in Santa Monica?

How about the Border grill?

Sep 27, 2009
Davebr in Los Angeles Area

Corpus Christi

Im headed there for this whole week. Im staying at the Omni and the restaurant there looks pretty good. What about Mexican? Where do we go for that?

Sep 13, 2009
Davebr in Texas

Thailand vacation tips????

I would love to go to Thailand in October. Best food location/resort? Any tips or suggestions?

Aug 23, 2009
Davebr in China & Southeast Asia

Nola Martini Fans??

Lu Brow at the Swizzle Stick bar insists on shaking the martini a minimum of 50 times in order to produce the slivers of ice on top. Like wise for Chris, anything he does is GREAT.

Aug 11, 2009
Davebr in New Orleans

John Besh's bacon...

He also cures his bacon with Tabasco Mash

Aug 11, 2009
Davebr in New Orleans

Gumbo?

A lot of cuisines are extremely well represented in Los Angeles. I dont see why Cajun and Creole should be any different. I've made some great gumbo here---albeit not truly authentic. Its like anything, take the freshest ingredients you can find. The most trouble I have had has been with finding decent smoked spicy sausage(andouille) and that nasty Chinese crawfish.
Has anyone noticed there seems to be a decent amount of po-boy/crawfish joints opening up around California by the Vietnamese transplants?

Aug 03, 2009
Davebr in Los Angeles Area

Gumbo?

$18 for Gumbo?!?!?!? $26 for friend chicken?!?!?! How many chickens? What am I waiting for? My sorry coon-ass can make some incredible gumbo and fried chicken. Too bad there's no cheap rent around here.

Jul 30, 2009
Davebr in Los Angeles Area

Underwhelmed at Father’s Office

I agree with most of this. My girlfriend is a vegetarian, which pretty much makes me one. So the second she left town, I headed to the Santa Monica location to give it a shot. I sat at the bar and the bartender was very nice. The wines by the glass were very good. But the burger was over ground and compressed like a pre-made bought patty.
Hubert Keller's theory on one reason his burgers are so good at The Burger Bar is the oxygen that surrounds the fresh ground beef from it no being compressed brings your taste buds more flavor. Right? Wrong? I dont know. But it is by far a better burger.
Plus I dont think anyone can say they have the best burger with a gas only grill.
I would go back, but I would order something else.
For the record: I wanted and asked for no modifications and I had it Medium-rare. It still was only slightly better than average.

Jul 30, 2009
Davebr in Los Angeles Area

Looking for 2 types of Restaurants in LA?

HA HA Exactly. I got a d- in spelling in 7th grade. Its been all downhill since then!

Jul 27, 2009
Davebr in Los Angeles Area

Looking for 2 types of Restaurants in LA?

That crazy super popular Thai place everyone thinks is the best in the country--starts with an "L". Im from New Orleans and that was the spiciest food I ever had. Some was even inedible

Jul 27, 2009
Davebr in Los Angeles Area

Sourdough Starter

Go to Mozza, sit at the counter. Save one piece of pizza to bring home. After they bring you the box ask the guy stretching the dough for one. It worked for me.
Mrs Siverton's pizza dough is from her original 30+ year old starter.

Jul 27, 2009
Davebr in Los Angeles Area