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Brewery or Distillery tours near French Quarters

Yup, you're right. Just heard back. Was hoping to do a tour but looks like we may miss them. May just have to bounce around sampling the different taprooms.

Feb 27, 2014
cincodemayo1 in New Orleans

Brewery or Distillery tours near French Quarters

Awesome. Shot them an email...they have a tour on the 28th but we don't get in til late afternoon. Hopefully they have one on the 29th too. Thanks.

Feb 27, 2014
cincodemayo1 in New Orleans

Brewery or Distillery tours near French Quarters

Sounds like sticking to the New Orleans Rum distillery and staying nearby the FQ is the way to go.

I couldn't figure out if they are open on Saturdays though...it looks like they are, but their ticket purchasing site doesn't show Saturday dates. I'll have to call.

Thanks for the advice.

Feb 27, 2014
cincodemayo1 in New Orleans

Brewery or Distillery tours near French Quarters

Heading to NO for a birthday with a few friends at the end of March. Would love to do some brewery or distillery tours. I was just checking out Abita and it looks to be about a 50 minute ride from the French Quarters. Worth the trip? Anything we should check out that's closer?

Feb 27, 2014
cincodemayo1 in New Orleans

NOLA: March 28 - 30

Heading to New Orleans with about 5 guys for a small bachelor weekend. We're all in our 30's so we'll probably make it a casually fun weekend, nothing too crazy.

But we all love great seafood.

Looking for recommendations for Friday night dinner (something casual probably), Saturday brunch/lunch, Saturday night dinner (something a bit fancier), and possibly Sunday brunch.

It's been about 10 years since I was in NO, so I'm not sure what's good anymore. Hearing good things about ACME Oyster (we're big oyster fans). But all seafood goes. Any cheap or AYCE oyster deals we should know about?

Also, I hear the Foodfest is in town that weekend which we'll definitely stop by. And does anyone know if there's anywhere to shuck your own oysters? Any other fun/different activities you guys can recommend? Obviously we'll do Bourbon, maybe a Pelicans game, but any other suggestions would be great.

THANKS!

Jan 16, 2014
cincodemayo1 in New Orleans

Long Beach for Lunch (Dog-friendly)

Saw that on some other boards. Will have to check it out.

Edited the post to include dog-friendly restaurants. Just found out we'll have our small dog with us. Do you know if they have a patio?

Aug 02, 2013
cincodemayo1 in Los Angeles Area

Long Beach for Lunch (Dog-friendly)

Going to be in Long Beach tomorrow mid-day. Any good places to eat? Nothing too fancy. Something casual. Oh, and we may have a dog with us so somewhere with a dog-friendly patio?

All food goes, but we especially like seafood. Where should we go?

Aug 02, 2013
cincodemayo1 in Los Angeles Area

What's your favorite restaurant in town that is under $15 per before tax and tip

Take A Bao on Ventura in Studio City (or in the Century City mall). Everything on the menu is under $15 (most items closer to $10), and the salads, soups and plates are generous in size.

Even better, go for Happy Hour...apps are about $3, bao are $4, and beer and wine are between $4 - $6. The GF and I go for happy hour and fill up for under $30 (drinks included).

Jul 31, 2013
cincodemayo1 in Los Angeles Area

Best place to gorge on raw oysters in LA?

Sounds great. Not sure we'll have time to stay and shuck but they're food truck could be good for lunch. Couldn't find what they serve online. Hopefully they'll post it soon. Know if it's officially open?

Jul 27, 2013
cincodemayo1 in Los Angeles Area

Recommendation between two places

I second Hatfield's. went for my anniversary this year. Had 2 apps, 2 mains, 2 desserts (1 on the house) and 3 drinks. Spent just over $150 including tip. Food, drinks, service and atmosphere were fantastic.

Jul 27, 2013
cincodemayo1 in Los Angeles Area

Best place to gorge on raw oysters in LA?

Jolly Oyster sounds great. How's it work? Can you just buy and eat oysters there or do you participate in the harvesting and shucking?

Jul 26, 2013
cincodemayo1 in Los Angeles Area

Best place to gorge on raw oysters in LA?

I was just Googling this...apparently Lure Fish House (the closest location to LA is Westlake Village) has $1.50 oysters during their happy hour M - F 4 - 6, but on Sundays its all day til 6pm. From the reviews I've read it looks like they have a good variety of oysters too. Might make the trek this weekend and give it a try.

Anyone been?

Jul 25, 2013
cincodemayo1 in Los Angeles Area

Any seafood bakes/boils in the LA area (or SB/OC)?

Thanks Servorg. Yah, The Boiling Crab is a lot closer and sounds similar. I think I was looking for something a little more traditional (steamed in a basket, dumped on newspapers, cooked with potatoes and corn) but The Boiling Crab does look good. May end up there.

Jul 25, 2013
cincodemayo1 in Los Angeles Area

Please help choose 1

Toss Hatfield's on your list if you want equal parts food and scene. The scene is more Hollywood insider rather than Hollywood club goers (like Koi and Bazaar are). The last time I was there I sat between Jeff Goldblum and Jason Biggs. But we could care less because the food and drinks were fantastic (from the warm rolls down to the dessert) and the service was top notch.

Jul 25, 2013
cincodemayo1 in Los Angeles Area

Any seafood bakes/boils in the LA area (or SB/OC)?

Do any restaurants have a seafood bake on the weekends or permanently on the menu? Dominick's in Hollywood does a crawfish boil in May but that's the only one I know of. Looking for preferably clam or lobster bakes but open to anything similar.

Jul 25, 2013
cincodemayo1 in Los Angeles Area

Expensive and worth it versus Expensive and not worth it

WORTH IT:
Hatfield's
Red Medicine (at least for the menu when we went)
Genwa (not terribly expensive, but pricey for Korean food)
Son of a Gun

NOT WORTH IT:
Ray & Stark's Bar (drinks are fine, food hit or miss)
The Ivy (I could be wrong about this, but I believe I paid $7.50 for an iced tea the last time I was there...)
The Melting Pot (I hadn't been in years but ended up going with a group to the Pasadena location and what a rip off! Pricey, quality seems cheap, portion size is minuscule, totally not worth it)

Jul 25, 2013
cincodemayo1 in Los Angeles Area

Who's got the best stuffies?

The best I've ever had is probably at Joe's Stone Crab in Miami Beach...giant shells, big chunks of clam, sausage, Tabasco and lemon on the side.

Do any restaurants out here (LA or Santa Barbara area) make good ones? Oh, and if they happen to serve some good oysters as well, even better.

Jul 23, 2013
cincodemayo1 in Los Angeles Area

Best sushi deal?

We'd be going for dinner, so probably looking to spend $100-$150 for 3 people...close to $100 would be ideal.

Jul 23, 2013
cincodemayo1 in Los Angeles Area

Best sushi deal?

Thanks PeterCC...that lunch omakase at Kiriko sounds pretty good.

Should have said that we're probably looking for less roll-type sushi and more nigiri or sashimi. We especially like chirashi.

Also, are there any really good places in Little Tokyo? I always end up having some sort of noodle down there...haven't sampled the sushi.

Jul 22, 2013
cincodemayo1 in Los Angeles Area

Best sushi deal?

Looking to take my father who'll be visiting this weekend for some really good sushi. Definitely want top quality but something not too pricey. We usually go to Iroha in Studio City which does the trick, but looking to branch out. Been to Katsu-ya, Kiwami and Chiba as well. All good, but all a little on the pricey side.

I know SugarFish has their DineLA deal going on. Is the deal any good? Do you get enough sushi for dinner for $35?

Also just read about Yama Seafood in SGV. Thinking of possibly giving that a try and picking some up to go.

Any affordable omakase meals?

Just looking for the best sushi available for the cheapest price. Somewhere that we'll be impressed by the quality and impressed by how much money is left in our wallets.

Jul 22, 2013
cincodemayo1 in Los Angeles Area

Fresh seafood anniversary dinner near Key Biscayne?

Heard great things about Naoe but probably out of my price range. I'll check out DB Bistro. Edge looks pretty good. Nice place? Good portion sizes?

May 21, 2013
cincodemayo1 in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Fresh seafood anniversary dinner near Key Biscayne?

Got a reservation at the River Oyster Bar. Been to Oceanaire and it's good but a little pricey for what you get. Haven't been to Rusty Pelican in years and I used to go for brunches. Do they do a good dinner too? Is it a nice enough place for an anniversary dinner?

May 21, 2013
cincodemayo1 in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Fresh seafood anniversary dinner near Key Biscayne?

My girlfriend and I will be visiting Miami at the end of the month. We're both from Florida originally (me Miami Beach, her Ft. Lauderdale) and we're spending a night at the Ritz on Key Biscayne (fancy I know, but we have a great hook up). We visit often but never to the Key Biscayne area.

Question is, where to go for dinner? We get enough of Joe Stone Crab's when we visit once or twice a year, so that's crossed off the list. And I think we're doing Michael's Genuine on Friday night with some friends (and at that point we won't be staying on Key Biscayne any longer).

What are some good dinner options in the Key Biscayne/Brickell/Miami River areas (open to the beach or Gables too if it's really good)? Ideally something nice...it's an anniversary dinner. We'd love a place with fantastic fresh seafood. We favor great food over trendy ambiance, but a nice atmosphere is always a plus. Budget is preferably under $100/person (with drinks) but might be willing to budge that a bit higher if necessary.

Also looking for some lunch options in the Key Biscayne area...the fresher the seafood the better. Preferably somewhere with grilled or raw seafood over fried. Is My Ceviche any good for a quick snack or light lunch?

May 13, 2013
cincodemayo1 in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Hatfields: Prix Fixe or Regular Menu?

Didn't try the gimlet but they made a mean Moscow Mule. Apparently there are a few items on the menu that the clientele just won't let them take off and I can see why. The lamb and the Croque are two of them and I think the beignets might be another. Everything else is subject to change according to our waitress.

Apr 12, 2013
cincodemayo1 in Los Angeles Area

Hatfields: Prix Fixe or Regular Menu?

Reporting back...

Went last night and we absolutely loved it.

We went with the regular menu over the prix fixe. I'm sure the fixe is good, but the regular items just seemed more substantial (apparently the prix fixe is mostly smaller plates).

Started with a crab salad amuse, with candied orange peel and parsley I think. Really good bite.

Then we ordered the Croque Madame and the Charred Octopus. Both great. Liked the Octopus slightly more, with it's crispy potato and broccolini, but I'd order both again in a second.

For the mains, we had the Short Rib/Beef Rib Duo and the Mint & Date Crusted Lamb. We both LOVED the lamb. The meat was cooked perfectly, the mint and date crust was so tasty, and the potato chive puree was addicting. I think the next time around we'd order the Branzino or something else instead of the ribs though. They were good, very good, but very rich. If you love ribs I'm sure they were great. I like ribs, but I love lamb. Really fantastic lamb.

For dessert we had the Caramel & Peanut Nougat Semifreddo. Delicious and creamy with a side of chocolate ganache and salty nuts. We had a tough time deciding between that and the Beignets so since it was our anniversary, they brought both. Beignets were really good, but the Earl Grey milkshake that accompanied it was OUTSTANDING. Had a couple of cups of coffee too, and even that was great.

We also had a couple round of drinks as well which notched the price up a bit, but we escaped under $200. I haven't done the math, but just estimating I think the prix fixe would've come out to about the same. Oh, and there was even an open meter directly across from valet. Bonus.

From start to finish (even down to the warm rolls they give you) it was a fantastic meal. Service was top notch and we felt as special as the celebs sitting next to us and across from us. This might be the start of a new anniversary tradition.

Apr 12, 2013
cincodemayo1 in Los Angeles Area

Best take-out in Studio City?

Haha, well I wouldn't say it's the McDonald's of asian food. It's far from Panda Express and even notches above P.F. Chang's. It's definitely not authentic, but they use fresh ingredients and everything I've tried is tasty. The 4 stars on Yelp seem to agree. And as the title of this thread asks for, it's good take-out.

If you're looking for authentic asian, I'm sure we can start a whole other post. But if you want some flavorful take-out (or casual dine-in), give it a try.

Apr 12, 2013
cincodemayo1 in Los Angeles Area

Best take-out in Studio City?

Great spot. It's pretty casual in a moderny-upscale setting. You order at a counter, get a number, and then food is delivered to your table. But everything I've tried is very tasty, drinks are good, service is great too. Highly recommend it.

Apr 12, 2013
cincodemayo1 in Los Angeles Area

Best take-out in Studio City?

I second Ramen Jinya and Sri Siam for Thai take-out or delivery.

Also adding Take A Bao (take-out) and Golden Apple if you're looking for great Chinese (take-out or delivery).

Shish near Ventura/Vineland also has some pretty good Mediterranean take-out/delivery.

Apr 12, 2013
cincodemayo1 in Los Angeles Area

Korean/Japanese BBQ similar to Genwa?

Got some family in town who's a little picky when it comes to food (no meat, only shrimp and fish). They love going to Genwa because they have a lot of options for non-meat eaters and they like the idea of do-it-yourself grilling in an upscale atmosphere.

Are there any places similar to Genwa either in Koreatown, Downtown or the Sawtelle area that have Japanese or Korean BBQ with options for shrimp or fish?

Apr 12, 2013
cincodemayo1 in Los Angeles Area

Best Wineries/Vineyards in Los Olivos/Santa Barbara Area + Dinner

Going up this weekend for a day trip. We're big fans of Sunstone Vineyards - we enjoy the wine a lot and the atmosphere there. We definitely enjoy good wine, but I think we enjoy a really nice tasting atmosphere even more.

We've done Firestone (sometimes good, sometimes not so much), Melville (nice atmosphere too), and Grand Avenue tasting rooms to name a few. A few others too but I'm drawing a blank. Any other suggestions are much appreciated.

Oh, and we'll probably do dinner up there as well. Looking for something casually nice. Went to Trattoria Grappolo last time and might end up there again, but if there's somewhere else we should check out, I'm all ears!

Apr 11, 2013
cincodemayo1 in California