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Need Dinner Recs for Galleria Area

Apparently I'll need to check out Kenny's.

For dinner (if I don't hit a massive nostalgia wave from when I was a kid in Iowa and end up making my way to Godfather's), I'm like something that is "classic Houston." I don't have a shortage of options at home, so I'd like to try whatever would be prototypical. Of course, I just don't know what that is.

Mar 05, 2012
nbs2 in Houston

Need Dinner Recs for Galleria Area

Brining this thread back from the dead, I'll be in the Galleria area in a week or so and am wondering the same - especially if there are any updates to what is good and what isn't. I'm only there for a night, but I should have time for both dinner as well as lunch the next day, so either meal is a viable option for me.

From what I can tell, the Galleria area is going to be a bit pricy for the quality, but is generally serviceable. The only thing that it seems I should avoid is Kenny and Ziggy's (as I hear it is way overpriced for the quality).

My budget should be around $30 (I don't drink) for dinner, $10-15 for lunch. At home, I usually hit one of the variety of lunch trucks in DC.

Mar 04, 2012
nbs2 in Houston

Good Breakfast in Germantown/Gaithersburg

Just resurrecting this thread to see if opinions have changed at all. The trouble with my meal planning is going to be the multiple vegetarians in the group. I plan to stop at the inferior-to-Dutch-Country Lancaster Market on the way so I can snag a pretzel log, but I'm having trouble finding something good for a Sat morning.

Sep 03, 2010
nbs2 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Chipotle coming to Capitol Hill

Any chance they posted an expected opening date?

I may have to start missing the train home after this.

May 05, 2010
nbs2 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Midnight at BWI

Double T? Without heading to a website, I'm guessing they are related to the folks in Frederick. If so, the matzoball soup is quite nice and would be a nice option for a post full day of flying meal.

I tried searching, but I must not be using the right keywords - the best I can find are ideas for food in the district aftr a late BWI arrival and late night between BWI and Richmond.

Dec 09, 2009
nbs2 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Midnight at BWI

So instead of heading out west for the holidays, folks are coming out here. Of course, I've got one pickup at 11:30pm and another three at 1am. Living an hour away from BWI, it isn't worth going home. I figure going to get something to eat would be better than any other option.

Of course, I am having trouble finding anything other than IHOP/Dennys/Silver Diner. Is there something that I'm missing?

Dec 09, 2009
nbs2 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Family Style in Lancaster (Tourist Traps allowed)

Shady Maple? I'll check it out - although, I'm probably going to get asked, "do they offer family style, or is it just a plain buffet?" The website makes me think the latter, but I'm not sure. Me? I think it sounds fine.

The reply thing is strange. If you comment on an article, you can choose to get an email if someone responds, but not in the forums. I don't get it.

Sep 11, 2009
nbs2 in Pennsylvania

Family Style in Lancaster (Tourist Traps allowed)

My mother-in-law is in town, and wants to head up to Dutch country for a day. She has never been up there, and I figured we could drive around and enjoy the rolling hills and quiet atmosphere that accompanies the post-Labor Day tourist areas. We will be wandering aimlessly, so no particular desination is in mind.

I know she is going to want to get a late lunch/early dinner somewhere, but I'm not sure where to go. I do know that she would like a family style type place, which means I'll likely head to a tourist trap, unless there is something good that is off the beaten path. I've seen other posts, but the one that most closely mirrored my issue was from 7 years ago.

I admit that I've been to Good'n Plenty or Bird-in-Hand or one of those oversized places, and it wasn't too bad (the location was very pretty and it was a convenient stop), but I figure there has to be one that is better than the rest. Or just less bad.

Any thoughts?

(As an aside, how come I can't set up email notifications for replys to this thread? Am I missing something?)

Sep 11, 2009
nbs2 in Pennsylvania

Chilean Restaurant in DC area

Bah.

I had plans to stop there tomorrow for lunch, but hearsay from my co-worker tells me that they are closed down when her friends stopped in on Sat.

Anybody know when there were last there - I'm hoping they were just out of town from New Years.

Jan 05, 2009
nbs2 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Best DC lunch cart?

I wish they'd stop moving. 14/G, then I heard they were at Mass/N Cap, now 8/H.

Dec 17, 2008
nbs2 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Chilean Restaurant in DC area

301-838-1990.

Now, if anybody has a menu/knows if it is still there...

Dec 12, 2008
nbs2 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Best Reuben in Farragut/Foggy Bottom

That's what I was afraid of.

No way to drive over, Eli's gets too much love, and Leob's is too busy. But, I guess a few minutes waiting isn't that bad and Eli's does desserve a second chance...

Sep 18, 2008
nbs2 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Best Reuben in Farragut/Foggy Bottom

I'm losing my job tomorrow (unless the contract I'm on is magically extended one more time). When I started, I was on a Reuben kick that was quickly extinguished as I couldn't find anything that wasn't microwaved

So - does anybody have any thoughts on the best Reuben in the FW/FB area? I'm right next to the World Bank and walking, if that will help you think of a starting location. If I can't find anything, I'l make my second trip to Pedro & Vinny's in 3 days.

Sep 18, 2008
nbs2 in Washington DC & Baltimore

7 hours in San Diego

The food was pretty good. Well as good as CPK can be. I should point out that CPK is my second least favorite pizza chain (behind UNO). I did enjoy my several Odwallas.

Man, I just realized I had the most generic, plain, food I've had in a while (smoothie, pizza, 2xOdwalla, scone, several of the Delta Biscoffs) - ugh.

My sister-in-law is coming into town this weekend - we'll go out enough that I'll make up for it then.

Sep 15, 2008
nbs2 in California

7 hours in San Diego

I just wanted to follow up and thank all of you for the suggestions you gave me as well as sheepishly apologize for not following any of them.

I got bumped off of my flight, and ended up with a 2 hour turnaround in SD. I thought about going into the city anyway, but I would have had about 45 minutes by the trolley station before I would have had to rush and catch my flight back. I have, however, bookmarked this thread and plan to return to SD to actually enjoy the city and food.

Again, I'm sorry you guys put in the work for a trip that didn't even happen, but I appreciated it and promise to check out the places that you guys mentioned. SD is too paradisical to not go back.

Sep 15, 2008
nbs2 in California

7 hours in San Diego

A lot to consider, but I have my day down to two options (although I need to factor in the Carrier): either Mission/Pacific Beach or Ocean Beach.

I can spend 2 hours at M/PB or 3 hours at OB. Both of those options will give me plenty of time to hang out in the Gaslamp area for a little while and get to the park by 7. They will also let me gauge walking time from the Park back to Gaslamp to catch the 992 to SAN.

From your description and a few others, OB will be cheaper - more tourist-happy = more $$. The Sports Arena In-N-Out looks like it is just a couple minute walk from Old Towne. I do wish there was one in SAN or Gaslamp - that would make some awesome flight food. I'd take fish tacos, but I can't see them holding up for the few hours.

Once I get the beach choice figured out, that should make food planning easier. I'll have to check out the SBB&G debates, as that might make a very nice light lunch. If not, I'll just tool around the area snacking at different places or go to Hodads. If I find a cart, that'd be even better. I'm guessing enough people go to M/PB that there should be more than a couple threads discussng them. Either a burger or Gaslamp for dinner (Cafe Chloe seems to be popular with CH users). Some snacks at the park, pick up something that travels well on the way back (gotta make it through that redeye), and I should be set.

And in case anybody wonders into this thread and wants to know the way to the beaches from SAN on public transit:
M/PB - 992 to the blue line trolley to the 8 (or 9). OB - take the 923 straight there. The difference is that on weekends, the 8/9 runs all the time while the 923 runs hourly.

Sep 12, 2008
nbs2 in California

7 hours in San Diego

Thanks for all that info! You just did in a few minutes what about 6 hours of searching hadn't done.

I didn't realize how direct the route from SAN to downtown is, 10 minutes means a lot more time to enjoy the city. The Gaslamp sounds interesting - I'll search the boards, but would it qualify under my goal of cheap eats? Seaport was suggested to me by a friend that used to live in SD, but if shopping is the primary attraction, I think I'll pass. I don't know if you have been, but how does Little Italy compare with Baltimore's? If you haven't, Boston/NYC being a 10/10, what would you give SD's?

The aircraft carrier sounds really cool, and the five minute walk isn't a problem at all. It just means that I'll have to bring a carry-on on my flights. Gotta get pictures. As for the Padres, yeah, they stink, but I love to watch baseball. I've been to a game before and really enjoyed it. Besides, they're playing the Giants and I'd like to watch Lincecum pitch before he blows out his arm. I am planning on getting the cheapest ticket I can find, and with this matchup, I might be able to score home plate for $5. The one place I was sure I would go was In-N-Out, but I just noticed that Sports Arena Blvd (I think that's the closest) is by Old Town, not by the stadium. Now I'm a little sadder.

As for Ocean Beach, would you say that is the best beach for me to go to? The trip planner is saying that it isn't public transport accessible.

EDIT: the trip planner is useless. I ended up finding a blog that directed me to the proper buses.

Sep 12, 2008
nbs2 in California

7 hours in San Diego

No, no luggage. I'm making a milage run to ensure my status, and instead on getting off the plane just to turn around I figured I'd enjoy all that San Diego has to offer - especially the weather. I'm planning on not taking anything with me - no carry ons, no checked.

Walking back from the ballpark sounds like the perfect thing to do.

Sep 12, 2008
nbs2 in California

7 hours in San Diego

Nope. I thought about renting one for the day, but I don't know my way around the city and I don't know central parking areas, so I decided against it.

Thanks for catching that - I'll clarify my OP.

Sep 12, 2008
nbs2 in California

7 hours in San Diego

Greetings San Diegoans! I'm from Washington and I'm here to help (ok, I'm just a tourist).

I'll be in your fair city tomorrow for about 7 hours (well, maybe a little less). I'll be arriving at SAN at 2:30 (scheduled) and need to be back there at 9. I was wondering if you all had any suggestions on places I should stop by to eat. Cheap (we're talking under $10 to eat) and good is always nice.

I've noticed other thread with similar "Where should I eat?" questions, so to make things more difficult, I won't have a car and will be taking public transportation.

So, any thoughts on where I need to go (and hopefully tips on how to get there)? I had planned on spending my time at a beach (Mission? is there something better for a 20-something?) and heading over to catch an hour or so of the Padres game, so things near those would be even better!

Thanks for your help!

Sep 12, 2008
nbs2 in California

Food Odors at Work

So, if others can complain about food odors, does that mean that I can complain about loud eaters - especially when they eat things like apples with the loud cruch and juicy chewing?

Also, does peanut butter and jelly make the banned list, or am I ok?

Jun 11, 2008
nbs2 in Not About Food

Captain Jerry's Crabhouse in Laurel

I've driven past it I don't know how many times, and I always wondered what kind of food they have.

Looking at the menu and the under $30 AYCE, I think this may be a winner (unless someone pops in here to warn me away before tomorrow afternoon)

Apr 11, 2008
nbs2 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Captain Jerry's Crabhouse in Laurel

I was just wondering if anybody has tried them out.

I've got some friends passing through the DC area from out of town in the early afternoon (3 or 4-ish), and they wanted to get some crabs. CJ says that they will steam at any time, and the $40 for AYCE seems like a pretty good deal this time of year. Plus, I don't know anybody else that steams all day.

If I can get stall my friends for a couple hours , is there anywhere in the Laurel/BWI area that you all might suggest?

Apr 11, 2008
nbs2 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Columbia Area } Where to get a good burger?

Nope. They just have the sliders and doughnuts. From my understanding, Little Tavern sold the place to new owners, who for some reason decided to add the doughnuts. The sliders are still great, but I'd rather go to the Fractured Prune if I want to pay .79 per doughnut.

If you are in the mood for fries with your sliders, I'd head over to 5 Guys.

Apr 09, 2008
nbs2 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Columbia Area } Where to get a good burger?

Just tried Laurel Tavern (as it is now known), and they taste just as good as before. Lady I talked to said they kept the sliders exactly the same. It's $3 for a bag of three, $5.50 for 6. I don't remember what it was for 9. But, it is a pretty good deal for quick tastys.

Apr 08, 2008
nbs2 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Captain Jerry's Crab House

I know I'm raising this thread from the dead, but does anybody know if this Captain Jerry's is related to the one in Laurel? If so, I'll drop in on the Laurel location and post a review.

Apr 08, 2008
nbs2 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Everyday Eating: Restaurants you frequent

Walking
5 Guys
Red Hot and Blue
(Laurel Tavern may join the list, I haven't tried them since it changed hands)

Driving
Dutch Country Farmers Market on 29/198 in Burtonsville (but moving to just around the corner at 197/198)
Roy's Place when we're at my parents, even if nobody else likes it. I can't help going there - I've got a sandwich named after me.

Apr 03, 2008
nbs2 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Groceries between BWI and SW Baltimore

I'd not suggest the Giant unless you have no other option. I've been a couple of times and I was not impressed. I would second the Safeway by Arundel Mills, though. It's about a mile from the rental car complex - so not the closest to BWI, but not that far.

Apr 03, 2008
nbs2 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Columbia Area } Where to get a good burger?

If you will be here pretty often, I'd suggest trying out the sliders at the Little Tavern in Laurel. It is on US1-S, just south of Main Street, on the right. The place is a little, well, tavern - keep an eye out or you'll miss it. It used to be part of a little local chain that has all but disappeared, but the place was closed, bought, and brought back by new owners. The I've heard it tastes as good as before, but I haven't had a chance to verify this. I'll let you know when I do. But if they are as good, they'll be excellent.

Apr 01, 2008
nbs2 in Washington DC & Baltimore

What's the best Mexican fast food chain?

No mention of Del Taco's Taco Tuesday? 3 for 99 has to be one of the best deals out there. I usually pick up 15 and same a few for the next morning (cold, soggy tacos - mmmmmm).

But normally, I prefer Baja Fresh among the larger chains. The food, well, just tastes better. It doesn't taste as old. Overall, California Tortilla is probably the tastiest (and may just be the furthest from authentic).

Feb 07, 2008
nbs2 in Chains