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Denver near convention center in March (no car); small rem

Ha, so it is and right there in the link too. Must have been one of those days.

Mar 26, 2014
fivefivefive in Mountain States

Denver near convention center in March (no car); small rem

So I don't like to recommend places that I've never been to, but this board is so dead that I suppose any tip is better than none.

The following 3 restaurants are on my to-try list. They're all run by the same pair of chefs, Jen Jasinski and Beth Gruitch and are 5 blocks away from the convention center:

* Euclid House (http://www.euclidhall.com/) - International
* Rioja (http://www.riojadenver.com/) - Mediterranean / Spanish
* Bistro Vendome (http://www.bistrovendome.com/) - French

Denver also has a mega-ton of microbreweries. Euclid House, has a decent selection of beers, but if you have time and are ok walking a bit farther, there are a couple of breweries in the vicinity of the convention center. Check out this beer map: http://beermapping.com/maps/citymaps....

How does my eating itinerary look?

I second Biker Jim's. They not only have really interesting meats in their hot dogs, but also do a good job pairing them with ingredients that you don't usually find with hot dogs.

I'm still a relative newbie to the area and live closer to Boulder than Denver, so can't comment yet on the other restaurants in your list. That being said, a few other thoughts:

I would definitely recommend hitting up one (or more) of the micro-breweries around here. My SO did not like beer before moving to Colorado, but after trying some of the beers here, she's become more of a beer drinker than me. Our favorite Denver brewery is the Great Divide and if you get a chance to come up to the Boulder area, we like Avery and Left Hand breweries.

Lastly, we're fans of Lao Wang Noodle House. It's run by a Chinese couple (of grandparent age) that have made so many handmade dumplings over their lifetime, their thumbs are warped. Their potsticker dumplings and noodles compare well with those sold in Flushing, NY (which is one of the highest compliments you can get from me). I'd also recommend their specialty beer made at a local brewery, co-run by their son.

Jan 26, 2014
fivefivefive in Mountain States

Denver Dimsum

So my SO and I just tried out the dimsum at Star Kitchen this past weekend and were really disappointed.

With the exception of their rice congee and wok fried Chinese (gailan) broccoli, which were reasonably done, every single other dish just had something off about it. The custard in the 'quicksand' bun and the egg tart were overly sweet. The chinese donut (youtiao) inside of the zhaliang had either been overcooked and/or had been sitting for awhile. The fried taro dumpling was a bit too salty. To top it off, all of the dishes except for the rice porridge were served cold. We got there around 10:30am, so I can't imagine our arrival time to be an issue.

We've seen the 2011 Denver dimsum thread (http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/790421), where Star Kitchen was billed as one of the top two/three dimsum places in Denver. Has the quality of Star Kitchen dipped recently? Should we lower our expectations for dimsum at Superstar and Kingsland?

Jan 26, 2014
fivefivefive in Mountain States

Long Trip Report from a Seattle Chowhound

Fantastic write-up. Thanks!

Sep 20, 2012
fivefivefive in Atlanta

Special restaurant for 50th birthday

While it's nearly a year old, I think this thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/824777 will be of use to you.

I've yet to eat at either Baccanalia or Empire State, but my wife and a few of our friends think highly of both (particularly of Baccanalia).

(Edit) Re the distance, Baccanalia slightly stretches the 20 min drive limit (Google Maps says 25 mins), but most if not all of the higher-end restaurants mentioned in that thread will be within the distance you mentioned.

Sep 17, 2012
fivefivefive in Atlanta

Hartford Sunday Brunch?

Sorry for the delay in replying.

Well. The space was great for a group and had the casual atmosphere that I was looking for. The kids got a kick out of the mounted animal heads and various displays.

The food, on the other hand, was rather mediocre. It just seemed like they were trading off quality for quantity and of all the offerings I tried, nothing really stuck out as good. (In fact, the one thing I do recall quite clearly is their atrocious creme brulee. Ick.)

I really do appreciate all for chiming in (and if any of you are in the Atlanta area, I'll try to return the favor), but the brunch was a bit disappointing in terms of food quality.

Hartford Sunday Brunch?

Fantastic, I just made a reservation for Sunday. Thanks all!

Hartford Sunday Brunch?

I'm looking to take my extended family, a group of 14 with a couple of younger kids, out for a Sunday brunch in the Hartford area. Ideally something casual and leisurely. Any recommendations? (My Chowhound search abilities must be lacking... I couldn't seem to find any Hartford brunch spots whatsoever.)

Edit: It looks like the Advocates's 2012 Poll (http://www.ct.com/entertainment/best-...) recommends: Dakota's Steakhouse in Rocky Hill, Adam's Mill in Manchester and Half Door. Would any of these be good for a group and be casual?

Best Vietnamese Dinner

Second this rec. I've also only been to the location on Jimmy carter

Oct 20, 2011
fivefivefive in Atlanta

Low- and middle-brow recommendations for visitors

With all due respect, I disagree with you.

I do think there is some level of responding to visitor's specific requests that inevitably comes up, but that doesn't mean chowhound is solely for that. In fact some of the other city's boards that I used to read/participate in previously (Philadelphia, Nyc, San Fran) had a lot of posts geared towards sharing discoveries of places and your top ten lists with the local community, something that I find horribly missing here.

Understand you disagree with koji's list, but to dismiss them to go to yelp (the black hole of good foodie recommendations unless you're in sf) seems unnecessarily harsh.

Koji, strangely I've only visited one of the places on you're list: Han kook, which was enjoyable.

A few other places that I've been enjoying are:
te wei - Chinese street stand kabobs
Nam phuong - only vietnamese place I've liked here so far
Ham heung nam Myn - charming and homey Korean

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Nam
931 Monroe Drive Suite 101-A, Atlanta, GA 30308

Oct 20, 2011
fivefivefive in Atlanta

Classier Chinese Restaurant for a Post Wedding Ceremony Meal

Hi all!

Just wanted to return to this thread, as a married man now. :)

We ended up changing plans a bit. One of my uncles flew in from Hong Kong just for our wedding and flew out the day after (crazy right?). As a result, we wanted to maximize our time with him and opened up our dinner to our entire extended family of 21 people.

Since most everyone was Cantonese, we decided to go with Silver Fountain. They offered a monster 10 course "family meal" for around $250 per table.

Especially for a banquet (where quality sometimes suffers), we were all pleasantly surprised that all dishes were really solid. My parents had eaten dim sum at New Fortune earlier in the day and completely panned the place as having overly oily, over cooked dishes. They were particularly happier with the dishes here, which ranged from duck to lobster to whole fish, all of which had varying (and sometimes surprising) flavors and cooking methods employed.

As for the setting, we were happy with it. There was not a private room, but we had the back two tables, which offered a casual, but "private enough" setting for the dinner. All in all, we were happy to have some good food with family members we don't get to see very often.

I appreciate all the tips. Hope at some point to return to try out some of the intriguing, but less group oriented places soon.

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New Fortune
16515 S Frederick Ave, Gaithersburg, MD 20877

Silver Fountain
13533 Connecticut Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20906

Classier Chinese Restaurant for a Post Wedding Ceremony Meal

Thanks all for your suggestions. As a recap, here is the list of possible places.

Seven Seas
Tony Lin's
Silver Fountain in Aspen Hill
Pacifica Cafe
Asian Delight

My fiancee and I are planning our wedding remotely from Atlanta, but when we come up in the next few months to finalize some things with our vendors, we will try these out and let you know.

Thanks again!

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Tony Lin's Restaurant
12015 Rockville Pike Ste G, Rockville, MD 20852

Seven Seas
1776 E Jefferson St Ste 112, Rockville, MD 20852

Silver Fountain
13533 Connecticut Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20906

Classier Chinese Restaurant for a Post Wedding Ceremony Meal

@Steve, thanks for clarifying on the restaurants I mentioned.

@DanielK, re New Fortune, if the regular menu is only ok, I'd prefer to go to a non-Chinese restaurant with solid food. And thanks for the recs for the other places. Would any of the recs change if we weren't just limited to Rockville?

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New Fortune
16515 S Frederick Ave, Gaithersburg, MD 20877

Classier Chinese Restaurant for a Post Wedding Ceremony Meal

Thanks. When we come up to finish some of the other wedding planning stuff (currently in Atlanta), we'll try out Seven Seas. Any specific recommendations for dishes? A bunch of us like seafood, but it'd be good to have a mix of dishes.

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Seven Seas
1776 E Jefferson St Ste 112, Rockville, MD 20852

Classier Chinese Restaurant for a Post Wedding Ceremony Meal

My fiancee and I will be having immediate-family only wedding ceremony in Rockville and are looking for a place to eat afterwards (total of 9 people including us).

My family is Cantonese and my fiancee's is from Anhui, so we'd be prefer to eat at a Chinese restaurant with authentic dishes. We're not looking for a full banquet style, but want a place that we wouldn't feel strange coming in somewhat dressed up (obviously nixing hole-in-the-walls). Oh, and we want to stay away from Sichuan places, since some of us are sensitive to spicy dishes.

I've seen Grace Garden, Joe's Noodle House and Hong Kong Palace mentioned a few times on the boards. Could someone tell me what the atmosphere is like?

And if there really isn't anything Chinese that fits the bill, would you have other recommendations? Know that we are planning a larger reception the following day, so we're not looking for a blow-out meal (~sub $40 pp) and were considering something along the lines of 8407, Dino or Palena.

Thanks in advance!

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Hong Kong Palace
6387 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22044

Grace Garden
1690 Annapolis Rd, Odenton, MD

Joe's Noodle House
1488 Rockville Pike Ste C, Rockville, MD 20852

New Yorker Looking for quintessential Atlanta cheap eats

Foulshotz, I would go with ethnic for what you are looking for. The Buford highway area may be fun to drive around, but I've given a few favorites all around the town.

L1000000 taco truck (http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/584685) - $1 tacos. Not in the Buford highway area, but very satisfying nonetheless.

Hankook Taqueria - Korean Tacos - Not as cheap as L1000000, but definitely a different spin on tacos

Costa Del Sol - Good salvadoran

Tasty China - Pretty fantastic Sichuan Chinese food and now apparently also Gu's Bistro (http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/756531

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And a few comments on some of the other suggestions:

The Varsity - an institution from what I gather from locals, but I did not really find it all that thrilling from a food perspective.

Figo - All due respect to jboeke, but I think you can find better pasta places in NY.

Dim sum - skip the dim sum here. You can *definitely* have better dimsum in Flushing, if not one of the other NY Chinatowns.

Jan 08, 2011
fivefivefive in Atlanta

Gu's Bistro- Buford Hwy- amazing Szechuan!

C&C, thanks for the heads up; it is on my to-try-out list. Sichuan food always seems to leave me good buddies with the bathroom the day after, but both I and my fiance enjoy love good Sichuan food while eating it.

Jan 07, 2011
fivefivefive in Atlanta

Ken’s Seafood Restaurant – Pretty Decent But Not Great Cantonese Food in Philadelphia

Lau, I moved away from Philly a year ago now, but when I did live there, I preferred Shiao lan kung (小榄公) over both Tai Lake and Ken's Seafood. The execution just seemed to be a lot stronger than that of the other two.

Btw, thanks for your posts; I've read a number of them when making trips to NY.

Jan 07, 2011
fivefivefive in Philadelphia

Worthwhile Chinese food in the Boston Area?

I've since moved to yet another town, Atlanta, so you should really just poke through the Chowhound boards of Philly to get the most recent data. My favorites were: Nanzhou Hand-drawn Noodles for their hand-drawn noodles, Four Rivers for decent Sichuan, Sang Kee Duck for a decent wonton noodle soup and Shiao Lan Kung for decent Cantonese. I thought Tai Lake was passable and thought dimsum in Phily was pretty mediocre. The absolutely phenomenal was more in reference to the other cities mentioned above, but that's not to dump on Philly (there's some truly enjoyable dining to be had there).

Where can I find Bungeoppang/Taiyaki/Hotteok?

Raou, I'm not sure if you're still looking, but yesterday, I just saw bungeoppang in the Super H-Mart in Duluth (there's a small booth in the far back, left corner [on the opposite side of the food court]). I didn't try them, so couldn't tell you how they were, but they offered red bean and chocolate filling.

Would Korean bakeries have these? I don't recall seeing them there, but White Windmill Bakery or Mozart Bakery might be the other places I would think to look.

Jul 31, 2010
fivefivefive in Atlanta

Midweek organic farmers market?

Funny, I just started looking for farmer's markets that specifically were not midweek. In any case, I came across this listing of local markets, which might be useful: http://www.pickyourown.org/GAfarmersm...

Jul 18, 2010
fivefivefive in Atlanta

Ramen or Chinese Noodle shops in Atlanta?

biskuit and stacystacy13, thanks for the suggestions and the link. I'll be sure to try out those three when I get the chance.

Feb 04, 2010
fivefivefive in Atlanta

Ramen or Chinese Noodle shops in Atlanta?

Pho Hoa at 5150 Buford Highway Northeast in Doraville is the one I'm referring to. It's in a plaza, where there is a Ranch 99 Chinese supermarket. Sorry if I wasn't clear before.

Re Korean soups, I appreciate the suggestion, but I must say I'm looking specifically for Chinese noodle and Japanese ramen places. I'm a fan of jigae's and other Korean dishes and I realize there's a decently large Korean population in Atlanta, but I'm Chinese and Chinese noodle and Japanese Ramen noodle soups were always comfort food for me.

Feb 04, 2010
fivefivefive in Atlanta

Ramen or Chinese Noodle shops in Atlanta?

ferihan, thanks for the suggestions! I'm pretty sure I will be making at least bi-weekly trips to hit up the Buford Highway Intl Market, so perhaps on some of those trips, I'll head north to Duluth to give those a shot.

Re Pho Hoa, are you referring to the Pho Hoa restaurant in the Ranch 99 plaza? If so, do you have particular dish recs? My fiance and I stopped by a Pho Hoa in the Ranch 99 plaza and weren't that impressed with one of their pho's and bun's.

Jan 31, 2010
fivefivefive in Atlanta

Ramen or Chinese Noodle shops in Atlanta?

Are there any decent ramen shops or Chinese noodle shops in the Atlanta area? For ramen, I'm thinking something like Santa Ramen in San Mateo or Ippudo in New York. Or for Chinese noodle shops, something like Nanzhou Hand-drawn noodles in Philly or your standard Cantonese wonton noodle shop. The chilly weather always makes me crave a good noodle soup...

Jan 29, 2010
fivefivefive in Atlanta

Atlanta Taco Truck-Taco L 1000000

I know this is a year-old thread, but I just wanted to thank gyp7318 for the heads-up on this place & theBigSMY for directions. My fiance and I tried this out a few weeks ago and really enjoyed it. The torta pastor was only okay, but the taco cabesa and taco lengua were damn satisfying (and cheap too). I'm sure I'll be returning to try out more of their menu. Thanks again!

Jan 20, 2010
fivefivefive in Atlanta

Philly visitor logistics

I'll cover my experience w/ public transport and walking below, since I'm sans car here in Philly. But just as an fyi, Google Maps does directions by public transportation and walking. Click on "Get directions" and there's a drop-down, listing car, public transportation, and walking.

As cwdonald mentioned, you're a couple of easily walkable blocks away from Chinatown (10th & Arch). I'd recommend Nanzhou Hand-drawn Noodle House, Sangkee Peking Duck & Four Rivers for Chinese. I've also heard Shiao Lan Kung is good, but have yet to go. Others common recs in Chinatown would also be: Rangoon (Burmese), Sakura (Chinese & sushi strangely enough) and dimsum garden (Xiao Long Bao).

Italian Market - For me, it's about a 20 minute walk from RTM and like ncara mentioned, it's a nice walk during the day. During the night, well I've definitely walked back home to Center City, but the streets are pretty sparse with people in that area and in between, so I'd probably cab it back if you're there at night. Just as an fyi, besides Dibruno's and Pat's/Geno's, there are some pretty solid Mexican restaurants: Taqueria Veracruzana, Lalupe, Taqueria de Poble and some decent Vietnamese: Cafe Nhuy, Pho 75 (better than the Chinatown location, IMO) and I've heard Cafe Diem (Vietnamese) and Cafe de Laos (Laotian) are good as well.

Center City and Old City are where I'm presuming you're thinking of the mid - upscale dining. Both areas are safe enough to walk around, night or day. The only note I'd make are the streets between RTM and Old City (4th -> 12th) don't have as many people walking about at night. You can easily get on the 21/42/9 buses on Chestnut/Walnut or some of the buses on Market or just cab it.

A few other areas that are further and may be of interest are: South Philly for Italian and Hardena (Indonesian) and the Koreatown area (20 minute drive up north). I was rather nervous in both neighborhoods during the evening, but I've only been to each of these areas twice (when I had access to a car), so I don't know whether my fears were founded or not.

As for Middle Eastern, I'm sure you've probably come across Zahav, upscale Middle Eastern in Old City, which is great. As for lower end Middle Eastern and Thai, I haven't tried anything yet worth recommending to a visitor.

Hope you enjoy Philly!

Dec 04, 2009
fivefivefive in Pennsylvania

Worthwhile Chinese food in the Boston Area?

Just wanted to update and give a thanks for all of your recs. Due to time/logistical constraints, the only place that I (and family) got the chance to try out was Peach Farm and I thought it served some quality Cantonese dishes. I wasn't quite a fan of the garlic frog legs that were recommended somewhere else on the boards, but the lobster, steamed fish and dau miu were fresh and executed as well as you could ask for.

Anyways, my gf will be starting work in the Boston area sometime next year, so I'm sure I will get a chance to try out some of your other recs in the near future. Thanks again!

Worthwhile Chinese food in the Boston Area?

Thanks MBACF for your kind comment and your response above. It's really nice to have a comparison between Philly and Boston, since my mind has been so Philly oriented recently.

Btw, I'm so sad to hear about the closing of the daipaidong in Chinatown. I also grew up in Mass and the daipaidong was one of the places that my family used to visit throughout the years.