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One evening in San Fran / 5 nights in Napa

Thanks for the San Francisco recommendations - now anyone have opinions on the Napa, Yountville, Calistoga area?

One evening in San Fran / 5 nights in Napa

Hi All....
It's been years since I've been to San Francisco, Napa and would appreciate some help with best reasonable restaurants.

We live near New York city - so we do get great food, appreciate most Asian cuisines - Vietnamese and Thai are our favorites and eat quite a bit of fish / vegetables.

Made one reservation in the Napa area - Mustard's, cause when I went to the Napa area frequently 15-20 years ago - it was always great.

So now can you help us with other restaurants in the Napa area and that one special restaurant in S.F. preferably Asian - as the West has much better Asian food than the east does.

Thanks!

Oyamel, Daikaya or Zaytinya

If I had one meal left to eat before I died - it would be at Daikaya, not inexpensive - but absolutely Great. If you go, ask to sit in Tom's section (think he only works on the weekends). Tom will guide you through ordering the meal of your life while watching that you don't go over your budget.

Wish I lived closer, I'd be there every week..

Farm Markets

thanks for your help, will check the close ones out and report back..

May 19, 2015
eatinman in New Jersey

Farm Markets

Now that the season is upon us, I'm looking for the best farm markets in central n.j., preferably in middlesex or somerset counties

thanks!

May 14, 2015
eatinman in New Jersey

Catching CATCH in Red Bank again

Some of those 'high end' cars belong to Micheal Fux, saw him there last weekend.

We recently ate at Catch, it was good - certainly not great.

The best were the appetizers, we had crispy Calamari, tuna carpaccio and Angry shrimp and lobster.

For mains we had whole Black Bass and Rare Tuna. Both dishes were good, not great. I feel that quite a few of us can make both of these dishes as well at home - and when I'm out to eat - I want better.

jrvedivici - I agree with you re Char. Just curious to know why you'd go back.

May 14, 2015
eatinman in New Jersey

Favorite Defunct Monmouth County Restaurant

Little kraut? think not.............ate their when I first started living in N.J. Close to being one of the worst restaurants I've ever eatin at - plus the service was horrible.

May 04, 2015
eatinman in New Jersey

Best reasonably priced restaurants in D.C., fish / thai / vietnamese

took posters recommendations...

1st meal was at Thip Khao - great!
2nd - Sea Catch - very good
3rd and unfortunately final - Daikaya - beyond great - stellar.
Was fortunate enough to have Tom as our server and guide through their menu, his suggestions were all Great and Tom added to the food entertainment with his quick wit and descriptions of what and why we should get certain dishes. My only complaint - is that we live to far away to be eating here all the time.

Cape May

Unfortunately will be in Cape May only one evening..

But if we enjoy the city and accomodations - we'll be back

Apr 29, 2015
eatinman in New Jersey

Cape May

ah....most of these restaurants suggested are not open when we'll be there.

have two choices
Y.B.
and Oyster Bay

which would you say is better?

Apr 27, 2015
eatinman in New Jersey

Best reasonably priced restaurants in D.C., fish / thai / vietnamese

Thanks for all your recommendations - we'll report back once we're back home.

Cape May

Our 1st time in the cape.....will be there for a few days starting 4/29

need recommendations for fish restaurants - ones that we can make a reservation at

tia!

Apr 23, 2015
eatinman in New Jersey

Best reasonably priced restaurants in D.C., fish / thai / vietnamese

Will be in Washington next weekend for three days. We're use to good food - living near NYC.

Can you help me plan 3 nights. Prefer Thai, Vietnamese & Fish

Although we can afford the top price restaurants - would prefer to spend less, as we're now retired.

Staying near Dupont Circle

Thanks so much!

Great Italian Deli in or around Somerset NJ?

Thanks for all the info, now I need to try. Will report back.

Happy New Year to all

Dec 31, 2014
eatinman in New Jersey

Great Italian Deli in or around Somerset NJ?

Hi All,
Looking for a great Italian Deli that we could pick up Catering items for party's and big family events.

Seems like everything around us is very mediocre, not nearly as good as some Italian Deli's in Montclair.

Can anyone help .... thanks

Dec 26, 2014
eatinman in New Jersey

Red Bank Redux

Hello Joon,

Tell us if you would - what are your 7-10 favorite restaurants in Edison - the town you say is the best restaurant town in NJ.

I went back to read your posts and could not find one that described Edison - as this post did.

All types of food - accepted!!

Nov 10, 2014
eatinman in New Jersey

In or near Westfield - need recommendations

Excuse me for the re-posting, thought about my first post and think it's in the wrong place for me to get replies.

We're from Central NJ meeting some friends from No NJ - would like to have dinner in or around the Westfield/Cranford area.

Fish is preferred
Italian would be good
BYO is good
Have eatin at the Mojave Grill in Westfield - find it mediocre and I love New Mexican food.

I see a couple of other places that might be good
Limani
A Toute Heure

are there any others I should consider, are there less expensive restaurants in this area - what's your opinion of the two I mentioned?

thanks!

Oct 09, 2014
eatinman in New Jersey

6 Months of Terrible Food Since Relocating to Rahway, NJ

We're from Central NJ meeting some friends from No NJ - would like to have dinner in or around the Westfield/Cranford area.

Fish is preferred
Italian would be good
BYO is good
Have eatin at the Mojave Grill in Westfield - find it mediocre and I love New Mexican food.

I see a couple of other places that might be good
Limani
A Toute Heure

are there any others I should consider - what's your opinion of the two I mentioned?

Oct 09, 2014
eatinman in New Jersey

Joseph's of Santa Fe

finlero - thanks again for all your recommendations. Although we enjoyed our meal at Joseph's - it didn't begin to compare to Arroyo Vino - in food, presentation or quality of service.

a couple of employees of Joseph's made it a point to tell us that they were now considered the 'best' restaurant of S.F., much better than Geronimo's was repeated by both of them. Found it funny, especially the next evening when we ate at Arroyo Vino. Joseph's has a long way to go to even get close to Arroyo Vino.

Aug 26, 2014
eatinman in Southwest

Santa Fe: Arroyo Vino?

If visiting Santa Fe - don't miss the greatest dining experience in this great restaurant town - Arroyo Vino. And be sure to ask to sit in Whitney's section. Great waiter.

We were at Arroyo last week, had an excellent meal of Oysters, Heirloom Tomato Salad, Spring Rolls, Stripe Bass and Steak.

Wish we could go back today..............but stuck in New Jersey.

Aug 26, 2014
eatinman in Southwest

Santa Fe: Arroyo Vino?

Finiero, off the subject - Going to my favorite city in the U.S. this weekend and have been doing some investigating of restaurants.

Thanks for all your great informative posts - have made reservations at these four restaurants...
Andiamo
geronimo
Bouche Bistro
Arroyo Vino

and will definately be eating at my fav breakfast/lunch rest in Santa Fe - Cafe Pasquels.

thanks again for all your informative posts - Geronimo has been a fav of mine for years.

Aug 15, 2014
eatinman in Southwest

Restaurant for a wedding in Central NJ

2 Great places to have your wedding...

Shadowbrook - Shrewsbury, NJ

Stone House - Warren, NJ

Jul 10, 2014
eatinman in New Jersey

Shanghai Bun In Princeton Junction, NJ

This Chinese restaurant "was exceptional" said the couple I brought to eat there.

We choose to try this restaurant - as I had read an article on it, in the NY Times.

We had the pork dumplings, mini wontan soup, peking pulled pork, a noodle dish with a peanut sauce and a few other dishes. Everything was very good, no food floating in oil, no heavy sauces - everything light - clean looking and clean tasting, noodles great.

Restaurant was busy when we got there around 8 p.m., waited a few minutes, front end staff exceptionally pleasant, waitress had a difficult time understanding us - but we managed and she was very pleasant. Cost of meal was laughable, it was so low - none of us thought that it would be that inexpensive, under $60. for the 4 of us. Frankly they should charge more, make a little more money - no one would care, as there food is so good.

Food came out fairly quickly, when each dish was ready. When we left at 9:45 the restaurant was about 50% seated. We could see in the open kitchen that they were cleaning up - there hours state that they close at 9:30 on Fridays.

May 10, 2014
eatinman in New Jersey

Red Bank Redux

Hi Joonjoon...
Thanks! I'll report back as I make my way through your list.

Mar 21, 2014
eatinman in New Jersey

Good corned beef sandwich in Central New Jersey

UGH!

Mar 17, 2014
eatinman in New Jersey

Red Bank Redux

Joonjoon,
Care to mention your fav's in Edison?

Mar 17, 2014
eatinman in New Jersey

Hamentaschen

I'd like to know where to buy them too - somewhere close to New Brunswick - central NJ

Mar 15, 2014
eatinman in New Jersey

Red Bank Redux

Sorry, after living near Red Bank and now living closer to New Brunswick - there is NO Choice of which town I'd rather be close to - for good restaurants.
That would be Red Bank. And of course you can always get great ices at Strollo's - what could be better than that!!

Montclair thou - is an absolute stand out for good-great restaurants!

New Brunswick has one standout - Due Mari - but that's it

Mar 15, 2014
eatinman in New Jersey

Best Restaurants in Somerset County and Surrounding Area

At the beginning of January MGZ had an interesting post for Monmouth County, I think the time is right for a similar one for Somerset County and Surrounding area.

We've now lived here for 3 years, after moving from Monmouth County where we still go back to eat, we have a difficult time in this area. Best close restaurant we've found is
Due Mari in New Brunswick
and of course
Four Seasons in Piscataway

For being one of the 10 wealthiest counties in the U.S., I think that this county is lacking great restaurants. What were your favorites in 2013?

Jan 18, 2014
eatinman in New Jersey

Monmouth County Casual Italian suggestions...??

Have been eating at Tuzzio's for years.

One of the best things on their menu is Tuzzio's Salad - ITALIAN MIXED SALAD W/ SALAMI & PROVOLONE -
now live 55 miles from Tuzzio's and would drive there just for their salad

Jan 18, 2014
eatinman in New Jersey