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Your Best Richmond Casual Dinner

The chicken at Comfort. It was BBQ chicken the last time I was there, and now it is roast chicken. It was a half chicken that was outrageously good. I was taken aback at how good it was. I'm assuming the roast chicken will be close to the BBQ.

May 14, 2014
chesapeake72000 in Mid-Atlantic

Dinner at Del Campo

We've been wanting to try Del Campo since seeing that it was named one of the best new restaurants nationwide by Esquire, as well as some very good local reviews.

Perhaps a Sunday night in January is not the best time to judge a restaurant, but last night's dinner was very disappointing. The disappointment is partly based on the price -- this is an expensive restaurant, with most entrees being mid-$30's and up, and served with no sides.

Two apps -- the grilled octopus and the skirt steak empanadas -- were both good, but not great. Both were highly recommended by the waiter as "outstanding" examples of the kitchen's best. I liked the empanadas better than the octopus -- they give you four nice sized ones, which they should for $16.

Wife had the seared flounder which was good -- not great. I tried it and liked it less than she did. I had the short ribs which were very good. We had the roasted Brussel sprouts which were pretty good. They serve very good girdled, smokey bread and have this smokey salt and olive oil that they put on the table -- they're very good.

All in all, it was good, not great, and for what it cost us, it should have been great.

Jan 27, 2014
chesapeake72000 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Level in Annapolis-- what should I get?

Sorry I was too late too. My snotty response was going to be "a reservation at another restaurant". I live in Annapolis and have been to Level a few times --generally because others have been meeting there. That's the only way I'll go again.

We don't have a lot of great options in Annapolis, but Vin 909, or even Tsunami's just a ½ block away are way better.

Jan 16, 2014
chesapeake72000 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Help for a late Thursday night dinner

Thank you all for the tips.

Dec 30, 2013
chesapeake72000 in New Orleans

Help for a late Thursday night dinner

Landing at 7:45 on Thursday, Jan. 2 and staying at the Prince Conti in the Quarter. We had a 9:30 reservation at the Pelican Club but they just called to say they won't be open that night because of the Sugar Bowl. I figured 9:30 would be a safe bet but who knows when we'll get in. Any recommendations on a good late night place in the Quarter -- nothing too fancy for this meal. Any recommendation would be appreciated. I thought about the Palace Cafe, but Im not sure. Dives are fine too. Thanks for any help

Dec 25, 2013
chesapeake72000 in New Orleans

First Cut at 5 Days in N.O.

Any suggestions on changes or affirmations on what we have? I haven't been in over a decade. Two of us in New Orleans from January 2 to 7. We get in late on the 2nd (7:45 p.m. arrival at airport) and are staying in the Quarter at the Prince Conti. I made a 9:30 reservation at Cochon for that Thursday night.

Friday night I booked at Bayona, which is one of my old favorites. I really just want a bowl of the garlic soup.

Saturday, lunch at Commander's Palace and dinner at Emerils.

Sunday, Dinner at GW Fins.

Monday -- Dinner at Iris.

I've never been to GW Fins, Cochon or Iris and I'm not wedded to any of these places. We're not breakfast people, but we do have a few lunches to fill in too.

We won't have a car. Also, any know if St. Charles streetcar construction will be a problem in January?

Thanks in advance for any advice.

Nov 13, 2013
chesapeake72000 in New Orleans

First Cut at 5 Days in N.O.

Any suggestions on changes or affirmations on what we have? I haven't been in over a decade. Two of us in New Orleans from January 2 to 7. We get in late on the 2nd (7:45 p.m. arrival at airport) and are staying in the Quarter at the Prince Conti. I made a 9:30 reservation at Cochon for that Thursday night.

Friday night I booked at Bayona, which is one of my old favorites. I really just want a bowl of the garlic soup.

Saturday, lunch at Commander's Palace and dinner at Emerils.

Sunday, Dinner at GW Fins.

Monday -- Dinner at Iris.

I've never been to GW Fins, Cochon or Iris and I'm not wedded to any of these places. We're not breakfast people, but we do have a few lunches to fill in too.

We won't have a car. Also, any know if St. Charles streetcar construction will be a problem in January?

Thanks in advance for any advice.

Nov 13, 2013
chesapeake72000 in New Orleans

classic red sauce joint

Maybe too long of a ride, but Pasta Plus in Laurel is probably what you're after.

Nov 12, 2013
chesapeake72000 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Any idea where to find sirloin cap "culotte" steak or ribeye cap "spinalis" in Baltimore?

DC is not Baltimore, but Red Apron at the new Union Market has cap steak - I think it is sirloin, pretty lean.

Aug 25, 2013
chesapeake72000 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Downtown Annapolis

Most of the few good restaurants in Annapolis have already been mentioned. Vin 909 is hands down the best, and different and fun for Annapolis, but you will have a long wait on a Friday night. The Boatyard is definitely another good place but I like it better for lunch than dinner.

Not "different and fun", but Piccolo Roma in the Historic District is a nice, quiet quaint place with decent Italian - but not as good, nor as expensive as Osteria 177.

The only two places you can sit outside by the water in downtown are Pussers (in the Marriott) with passable food, and Carrol's Creek Cafe which sometimes is very good.

There's also Joss on Main Street for excellent sushi. Tsunami's is a block up from the main part of the historic district but it mixes the bar crowd with diners and is lively and loud with some excellent dishes (I love the sea bass) and their soups.

Jun 14, 2013
chesapeake72000 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Smoked Fish producer?

Ray Turner at Delaware Delicacies is a very friendly and funny guy, and he makes the best hot-smoked salmon I've ever had. His trout and cheeses are damn good too. Just beware that the dirt road to his house seems to just keep going the first time you get there -- but just stick with it, and the road ends right at Delaware Delicacies. It's in a beautiful spot right on the East Branch of the Delaware. And Ray takes credit cards.

Apr 18, 2013
chesapeake72000 in New York State (exc. NYC)

Favorite restaurants in Puerto Rico?

Too late for the poster, but I'm spending my last night in PR tonight, after a week in this beautiful place. Unfortunately, I haven't been too impressed with the food -- having spent for the first seven days in the SW part of the island around Boqueron, and one visit to the Pork Highway (Los Pinos). The beaches are great and the people are very nice, but the restaurants left us wonting.

Tonight we were near Luquillo to go to the rainforest tomorrow and we ate at the five seat Pueblo Y Pasta. What a gem! Great food, funky place and nice people. Limited menu and likely wait unless you're there early or late, but its great.

Feb 16, 2013
chesapeake72000 in Latin America & Caribbean

DGS Delicatessen in Dupont Circle - Report

Yeah, I've been to Deli City and like it, but not as good as DGS. I've also been to the Batiimore places Attmans and Edmart and have not been impressed. Although Deli City certainly has more character, and characters, than does DGS.

Feb 02, 2013
chesapeake72000 in Washington DC & Baltimore

DGS Delicatessen in Dupont Circle - Report

I went yesterday for lunch -- 45 minute wait, but we were lucky to snag a seat at the counter. Had a pastrami sandwich. In NYC I would rate it a 7.5, and call it a bit small. In DC it's a 9 or 10 -- there's no competition for this, not even close. The rye bread is outstanding for any city, and the pastrami very good. Split a chopped liver appetizer which was very good -- which even had gribenes, though they were no where near as good as what you get at the 2nd Ave. Deli. The pickle spear was OK -- I asked for a sour and got what tasted like a 3/4 sour.

This review might sound like a whine, but its not meant to be -- I'll be back to DGS. It was quite a treat and very good. There's nothing to compare to it for a couple hundred miles.

Jan 31, 2013
chesapeake72000 in Washington DC & Baltimore

FrIed belly clams and steamers recommendations in DC area

Black Salt in Palisades has great whole fried clams.

Jan 01, 2013
chesapeake72000 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Royal Kabab in Gambrills, MD -- anyone tried it?

Just came back from dinner there tonight -- our second visit. This place is great! Well, the food is great, the place...you are eating in a 7-11 basically. It's a BP gas station store with a Subway right next to Royal Kabob.

But the food is extraordinarily good. We had two appetizer, chicken wings (good) and vegetable pakora (extremely good). My girlfriend had lamb biriyani -- a rice dish and loved it. I had lamb saag, which was the best I've ever had. In both dishes the lamb was tender, moist and tasty, unlike many places where the lamb tends to be tough and dry. And the saag was great.

Entrees come with a little salad (not worth eating), a side of very good rice and a basket of excellent naan. For $9-$12 you eat like a king/queen. But no alcohol. there is zero ambiance and its styrofoam and plastic ware, but the people are very nice and so far they are two out of two for us on dinners.

As long as you are ready for the experience I would highly recommend having the best Indian food within a very large radius. I'll never go back to India and Basmati in Annapolis where we live, knowing that we can eat at Royal Kabob. Although I wish they pappadum.

Nov 04, 2012
chesapeake72000 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Looking for good eats near West Palm Airport

On a Friday night in early January I will be picking up my girlfriend at West Palm Beach Airport. She is scheduled to arrive at 9 p.m. and our hotel is up at Stuart/Port St. Lucie. It will be late but I'm looking for someplace for dinner either neither the airport or not far out of the way as we drive north on 95. I'll be here on business and then we're traveling for a few days south. This will be her first time in FL and her first meal! Doesn't have to be fancy but good is what we're after. Thanks.

Dec 27, 2011
chesapeake72000 in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Jewish-style Deli Opening in Dupont Circle

I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it's good. I know that the masses will appreciate his intent to "lighten" the cuisine, but I hope "lighten" doesn't neuter. I went to Kutcher's, a new restaurant in Tribecca last weekend, which is based on the well known Catskills resort -- it is fancy-schmantzy with no soul or character, and the food was mediocre, at best.

Dec 23, 2011
chesapeake72000 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Sparks Steak House-Thoughts?

After wanting to go for many years, my family went to Sparks last Friday night. We will not be going back. Felt like we were in a tourist joint and were treated that way by all. The maitre'd cted like he was doing us a favor to allow in to dine on a slow Friday night over Thanksgiving weekend. The boneless sirloin (their specialty) and the hash browns were good, but we were so disgusted with the place by then that it was not enough to salvage. The most amemic salads and dressings (both a mixed and tomato) started us off. We tried to get some type of steak sauce/tomato dressing (like Peter Luger) but that only got us a bowl of warm gravy -- honest! And then a $22.95 shrimp scampi and baked clams appetizer that was enough for one person -- a small person. There were three of us, and two very small shrimp. My clam was good though.

They do not have a porterhouse or rib steak of any kind on the menu, which seemed odd too. Their wine list is moderately pricd, which was nice, but there wasn't much else to write homeaout. Anyway, it was a somewhat costly and very disappointing nigt out. Now I'm thinking that Paul Castellano might just have been mistaken for a waiter or maitre'd.

Nov 30, 2010
chesapeake72000 in Manhattan

Nando's Peri Peri - Annapolis

It is now open -- had lunch there today. Won't be rushing to return. Thechicken was OK, though a bit anemic looking. If it were a Peruvian chicken place I would rank this as the worst chicken of its kind I've had. But it's in the mall and has more in common with Boston Market or Chicken Out, and compared to them it's not bad. Their spicey sauces sure are hot but they don't mask the lack of flavor in the chicken. Had a side of cole slaw which was large, creamy and pretty good.

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Nando's Peri-Peri
819 7th St NW, Washington, DC

Jul 22, 2010
chesapeake72000 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Baltimore newbie seeks recommendations for dinner

Some quick thoughts -- Sotto Sopra on Charles Street is a bit higher than your range but a very nice local Italian place -- I love their duck ravioli, when they have it. Blue Agave is very good Mexican on S. Light Street and in the price range. Bicycle, further south on Light is very good, but pricey. There are some very good Greek places in Greektown, off the beaten path out on Eastern Avenue -- the small Samos is very good, and they are all in your price range.

Dec 22, 2008
chesapeake72000 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Fresh fried NE clams in Annapolis?

Unfortunately, there ain't no such animal in these parts. Cantler's is the only place I know that serves whole fried clams -- and they're OK. Black Salt in DC has great fried clams, just like NE, and Kinkeads' are excellent too.

May 21, 2007
chesapeake72000 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Current Favorite Dish/Item for Less Than $10

Since I live in Annapolis:

* Chicken gyro at Chris Charcoal Pit on West St
* grilled fish sandwich at Boatyard Grille in Eastport

May 18, 2007
chesapeake72000 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Lunch East of the Beltway

Grace's Fortune is in a strip mall in Bowie, but the Chinese food is good and the interior is very nice. I don't know if Annapolis is too far -- that gives you more choices. Les Foiles is on Riva Road right off Rt 50 and has its own parking lot and good French food -- you can avoid the extra 15 minutes to downtown Annapolis and parking headaches.

May 07, 2007
chesapeake72000 in Washington DC & Baltimore

les halles in DC?

The duck confit is very good, and the fried potatoes that come with it is to die for -- and will probably kill you (they're cooked with duck fat, truffle oil, or something incredibly good and bad for you).

Apr 16, 2007
chesapeake72000 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Cafe Mezzanotte?

It's on Route 2 just a couple of miles north of Route 50 in Severna Park. It's owned by the same people who own Squisito Pizza places. I've found Mezzanote to be an excellent deal -- it's good food reasonably priced. It's one of those places that I wouldn't go way out of my way for, but I'm glad that it's around. There is nothing in particular that I crave from there, but I always like going. Although the bread and the garlic/oil dipping sauce is excellent.

Apr 16, 2007
chesapeake72000 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Caucus Room for 45?

Looking for fairly high end -- the last event this group put on was at Charlie Palmer's, and the reviews were mixed. Something along those lines pricewise, and not too far from Capitol Hill. Food type probably needs to be fairly conservative to appeal to a broad group -- lots of meat and 'tater eaters.

Apr 13, 2007
chesapeake72000 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Caucus Room for 45?

We are planning a party for about 45 people and are looking at the Caucus Room. Any comments/recommendations on this or any other choice?

Apr 12, 2007
chesapeake72000 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Lunch in Hasbrouck Heights or Lodi, NJ

I haven't lived in Bergen County in decades, but the one thing that hasn't changed is White Manna, that Surly points out. Great sliders and fries and the experience of this tiny joint is memorable. There is also Tracey's, almost under the Route 46 bridge over the Hackensack River. Tracey's used to be a seaplane base (maybe still is) and the restaurant was always known for their steak sandwich. I still seems to be open but I'm sure how time has treated it.

Apr 11, 2007
chesapeake72000 in General Tristate Archive

BlackSalt Recently?

They have the best fried clams outside of New England.

Apr 06, 2007
chesapeake72000 in Washington DC & Baltimore