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Visiting St. Louis area

thanks for the heads up. i'm all about food, value & friendly service and can sacrifice atmosphere any time as long as it isn't too grubby.
that's why we always end up eating in queens as opposed to manhattan restaurants where it seems often you end up paying for ambience and the price of expensive real estate.

Visiting St. Louis area

so many options to consider. think i'll skip baileys but try to squeeze in ted drewes and pappys as well as som e of the other recommendations during the trip. will report back after we return. thanks everyone!

Star of Siam Thai Kitchen

They must be doing something right because they've been in business for a long time relative to all the other restaurants that have turned over on that street. But really, it is a step above mediocre food at best, decent for Forest Hills, but there are much better Thai restaurants elsewhere in Queens.

Mar 31, 2009
judamazome in Outer Boroughs

Visiting St. Louis area

Thanks for the feedback everyone! I should have included my tentative itinerary in the original post. I'll be with my 2 year old son so family friendly places are the focus. I haven't mapped locations yet so I'm not sure what distances are between places, but does the following agenda make sense? Or will I waste too much time driving back and forth un-necessarily? Has anyone been to Max Brenner's in NY? Is Baileys similiar? Can't decide between Bailey's and Crown Candy. I think I'll skip Iron Barley per grillergorilla. I"ve been to some food network recommended places and they are really hit or miss.

day 1
zoo or botanical garden
ted drewes or baileys

day 2
pappys for lunch
zoo or botanical garden
ted drewes or baileys
baseball game

Anyone been to PJ's Steakhouse in Forest Hills

I live in the neighborhood and just walked by today. They have a handwritten sign on the door with the words "temporarily closed for restaurant overhaul and new menu" scribbled on a piece of paper. Anybody know what is going on? I hope the owner has the sense to really overhaul their staff, service, menu and ridiculous prices. Ate their twice and am surprised that they were open as long as they were because it was such a disappointment both times.

Mar 26, 2009
judamazome in Outer Boroughs

New Forest Hills diner on Austin St

I just received a menu on my front door. Has anyone tried it yet and have any feedback?

Mar 26, 2009
judamazome in Outer Boroughs

Visiting St. Louis area

I live in NYC but will be visiting relatives in Wright City at the end of April and wanted to know if it is worth the 1 to 1 1/2 hour drive to try out Pappy's, Ted Drewes frozen custard and Baileys Chocolate Bar?

Ayada in Elmhurst - My new Favorite Thai

ate there this evening about 7:30. there was only 1 occupied table besides ours which is surprising considering it is thursday night. the decor is simple and sparse but i hated the lack of lighting in the place, it was so dark that you really can't see the food that is being served to you. we ordered the gai-kua noodles, pork leg over rice, and the kang som sour curry plus 2 drinks - our bill was a total of $31 and change. i have to admit that it is the first time i've tried any of these dishes and favored the pork leg over rice the most although most of it was fat or skin. the gai-kua noodles were nothing special, very little squid or chicken. the kang som sour curry had a total of 3 rubbery shrimp in the entire dish - expensive considering it was $9. my husband said he felt ill after eating the gai-kua noodles. are they doing enough business in this place to turn over the food? i've been going to sripraphai for 14 years and think i'll stick with them instead.

Mar 19, 2009
judamazome in Outer Boroughs

Wonderful Lebanese in Forest Hills- Please Support Wafa's!

Just came back from Wafa's. Had the grape leaves, lamb shwarma and chicken shwarma. Delicious! And I usually do not like grape leaves because they are usually cold with hard rice in the middle, Wafa's version were warm and tasty. The chicken shwarma is big, the lamb is a little bit more moderate in size. Only concern is that since this place is a one woman show, she'll have a hard time keeping up if she gets really busy. Other thing to note is the delicious aroma of the food will stay in your clothes when you leave.

Mar 14, 2009
judamazome in Outer Boroughs