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Near Camp & Gravier with no car - suggestions?

The problem wasn't the owner/chef. I didn't see her at either of my visits. It was the waiters. The restaurant was half full, and there was nobody waiting to be seated but me. (Nobody outside, either.) One guy started to seat me, and another waiter came up and loudly said, "Oh, hell no!" right to me -- I got the idea that what he was really saying was, "Don't seat her in my station because I have too many people already," or some such, but there was a weird vehemence to it that was so off-kilter. Plus it was literally directed right at me, not at the other waiter.

(I should say I did spare a moment to think if this was some reaction to me personally. I'd eaten there the day before. But I'd made no special requests, and left a largish tip, so I can't imagine that it was.)

At any rate, then the first waiter basically shrugged said I'd have to go outside to wait. It just didn't make any sense with the palce half empty, but it was really the weird tone, the non-committal "just go outside" message with no indication as to estimate of when a table might be ready. I walked away.

May 20, 2014
mrs. darcy in New Orleans

Near Camp & Gravier with no car - suggestions?

Oh, I also had breakfast at the Commerce, which was only so-so but I give it an A+ for the atmosphere. Bonus points for the bus boy (bus man? is that what we say?) who told me a particular customer was James Coburn. (Who has been dead for a long time, but who cares.)

May 17, 2014
mrs. darcy in New Orleans

Near Camp & Gravier with no car - suggestions?

Thanks for the suggestions, strangers. My trip is wrapping up and I've had an absolutely lovely time. I had less freedom to choose my own meals than I would have wanted, alas. Just gives me a reason to come back, I guess.

I had a lovely meal at Red Gravy, with equally lovely service. Then came back the next day and was treated so rudely at the door that I thought it was a joke, frankly. When I realized it wasn't I turned around and walked out. I'd rather have a bag of doritos from CVS than be sassed by someone for no reason.

Stumbled upon Galatoire's while strolling with a pal. We were ridiculously, absurdly underdressed (tennies, among other sartorial violations) but they let us in, maybe because it was 5pm on the dot. Had a ridiciulously delicious dinner and loved every minute of it, except when I glanced around and saw everyone in their fine duds. I had the shrimp clemenceau which I liked a lot. My pal had the shrimp au vin which was excellent.

Went to K-Paul's Louisiana Kitchen - not sure if this is too touristically appalling for you all, but I had the drum and was quite pleased with it. And an enormous sidecar.

And...the Starbucks on Canal at St. Charles is the village of the damned, but I guess you guys already knew that.

Thanks again. I'm dreaming of a return trip that's not work-related so I can reallly dig in.

May 17, 2014
mrs. darcy in New Orleans

Near Camp & Gravier with no car - suggestions?

Thanks so much for the suggestions so far -- my trip is the 2nd week in May, and I"ll update afterwards.

May 01, 2014
mrs. darcy in New Orleans

Near Camp & Gravier with no car - suggestions?

I guess I'm after the chow spots that are unique to N.O. I live in Los Angeles, so I do have lots of diversity at hand already.

I'll be attending a conference which'll take up a lot of my time. But if everybody is dashing out of the hotel for lunch, and they're all heading for a national chain, I'd prefer any old hole in the wall joint that'll give me something unique and tasty.

Apr 27, 2014
mrs. darcy in New Orleans

Near Camp & Gravier with no car - suggestions?

My first visit to the city - and I have next to no picture in my head, yet, of how things are laid out. I'll be at a hotel near Camp & Gravier with no car, and need breakfast, lunch and dinner for three days. (Hopefully my hotel room will have a mini-frig for leftovers or snacks.)

Any places nearby for a basic breakfast? Any places I shouldn't miss? As a female traveling alone - any places I should avoid?

Help?

Thanks.

Apr 27, 2014
mrs. darcy in New Orleans

Help with 'Old' Hollywood Dining itinerary + questions re. Cicada

I know this is probably the least of your worries, but you need more time at the airport if you want to have drinks at Encounter. You really need to be arriving at your terminal an hour before the flight, because the security lines are frequently long and slow.

Sep 07, 2012
mrs. darcy in Los Angeles Area

Anything new in Visalia?

Heading to Visalia this weekend and wondering if anybody's got any new-ish recommendations? (I've seen the previous threads, but everything's six months or older.)

I don't know what I'm hoping for, exactly, except it's always nice to tear hubby away from Taylor's Hot Dogs. Any great new Mexican? I heard there's a new cupcake joint around Church & Main and I'm trying to think of what it means that cupcakes have made it to Visalia. The times are changing, indeed.

May 25, 2012
mrs. darcy in California

Anything? Anything at all in El Mirage?

I'll admit it: I'd never even heard of El Mirage. And now my brother-in-law has to go there for work. Is there anything chowish there? I think there must be something, so enlighten me, please!

Jan 29, 2011
mrs. darcy in California

Teach Me How to Go to a Taco Truck (moved from L.A. board)

Wow -- thanks so much everyone . It seems simple -- and yet it's c omplicated, too! I can't wait to get started. Will prob. go with my kid but without my husband -- we'll search for the veggie-friendly stuff once we get acclimated.

Sep 05, 2009
mrs. darcy in General Topics

Teach Me How to Go to a Taco Truck (moved from L.A. board)

Hi. I'm Mrs. Darcy and I've never been to a taco truck. I'm ashamed of myself. I've always just been a little too shy, and a little too non-Spanish-speaking to have figured it out before now, and IT'S DRIVING ME CRAZY.

So here are my questions.

1 -- I live in the Studio City area. Where should I go, relatively nearby, to try a taco truck? Bonus points for a slightly non-dodgy neighborhood -- I'd like to bring my six-year-old with me and feel safe. But I am almost always comfortable in the North Hollywood-Van Nuys nexus.

2 -- What will we order? The hitch -- we def. don't want pork, and I probably don't want beef, though my kid will eat it. Do all the good trucks offer chicken tacos or other chicken entrees?

3 -- Are there every any vegetarian entrees for my husband to try? Quesadillas?

4 -- How do we order? What is the process?

HELP ME, 'HOUNDS!

Sep 04, 2009
mrs. darcy in General Topics

Moules Frites Monday: La Fritte or Bowery?

Okay, the response was overwhelming...so we're going to Cafe Stella.

Jun 29, 2009
mrs. darcy in Los Angeles Area

Moules Frites Monday: La Fritte or Bowery?

My pal and I both want moules frites tomorrow night, and for complicated reasons it has to be either at La Fritte or The Bowery. Which is better? We've had them at La Fritte before, and loved them. Neither of us has ever been to The Bowery. Please advise!

Jun 28, 2009
mrs. darcy in Los Angeles Area

Is there ANYTHING decent at Dodger Stadium?

Thanks for the insights. Sadly I had no extra time to stop somewhere beforehand, so I went to the stadium with nothing in my purse except some sugar-free mints. My kid ate a Dodger dog, regular fries and, later, a vanilla ice cream in a "hat," as he puts it. My meal? Just a large water, and I paid freaking $5.75 for it. Next time I will be better prepared.

Jun 06, 2009
mrs. darcy in Los Angeles Area

Is there ANYTHING decent at Dodger Stadium?

I forgot to add -- for various reasons I can't stop somewhere else on the way. Dinner tonight has to be at the stadium itself.

Jun 05, 2009
mrs. darcy in Los Angeles Area

Is there ANYTHING decent at Dodger Stadium?

I went through the archives and didn't see anything from this season. And...I'm heading there in about two hours. So is there anything decent to eat? I used to go for 1 dodger dog a year, but the last time I ate one (probably three years ago) it was so gross I never tried another.

And the ubiquitous stadum-style "nachos"? I'm pretty sure they were invented by Satan.

So what else is there?

Jun 05, 2009
mrs. darcy in Los Angeles Area

Tama closed - need family sushi joint

Thanks for both those recommendations. We'll give them both a try.

Nov 09, 2008
mrs. darcy in Los Angeles Area

Tama closed - need family sushi joint

Tama Sushi -- I know some loved it, some didn't. I liked the food a lot, but what I adored was the very family-friendly vibe. My 5-year-old loves sushi, and is pretty well behaved so it's not too hard to take him to most places, but at Tama in particular they were very sweet to him.

So of the sushi joints in Studio City & Sherman Oaks, what's the next best for our family? Obviously a place like Nozawa is out -- we need good sushi and a welcoming vibe.

Thanks in advance.

Nov 07, 2008
mrs. darcy in Los Angeles Area

Sante La Brea w/Ramsay Treatment?

Well I did pop in about a month ago with a girlfriend. The restaurant was almost empty and the service was a little weird...it included such stellar moments as a server handing me my salad while saying, "This is the soup." We asked to see the Ramsay menu, and it looked good, but they're not really serving off it right now. Perhaps they're waiting for the show to air? At any rate, our dinner was fine -- nothing special, and sadly that indian place next door smelled so good that we regretted our choice of venue. They have rehabbed the outdoor patio, though, and that is a nice place to sit, even if the tables had gotten a bit dusty. Lastly I will add that the parking situation isn't quite as dire as you noted, but perhaps they need to increase signage -- in the back, next to the two spaces you saw, is the ramp down to the underground parking lot.

Aug 28, 2008
mrs. darcy in Los Angeles Area

Sante La Brea w/Ramsay Treatment?

I drove by Sante La Brea and see that they've got a sign out touting their new Gordon Ramsay-directed menu. Apparantly they are on the new season of his show, Kitchen Nightmares. Their website says the new menu is coming soon -- but has anyone been to the restaurant and checked it out?

Jun 28, 2008
mrs. darcy in Los Angeles Area

Anything to eat/drink INSIDE the Pantages?

Yeah, we're going to see Wicked, and I see all the previous posts about places to eat. But is there anything inside the theater? A nice bar, perhaps? With some small plates to nosh on before the show? Or am I just being too hopeful?

May 31, 2008
mrs. darcy in Los Angeles Area

Japanese with kids in the Valley

We have a four-year-old who loves sushi, and we've had great experiences at Tama (Ventura east of Laurel Canyon). There's lots of debate about Tama on these boards -- some love it, some don't -- but we think it's great, and what's not debatable is that they are okay with little kids. We try to make it easy on them by going in early (I t hink they open for dinner at 5pm). And we don't let our kid go totally nuts, but they are fine with a reasonable level of toddler behavior.

Mar 03, 2008
mrs. darcy in Los Angeles Area