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Citronelle or Marcel's?

Well, we've decided on Citronelle; it's tomorrow night. I will remember to report back. We're just going to do the 3 course Prix Fixe. Can't really find any reviews on the different fish options (dorade, hake, bass) except for 1 mediocre review for the hake. I normally love duck, so I guess I might go with that option while hubby takes safe way out with the ribeye. Anyway, I'll update more later. Thanks for everyone's suggestions.

Jun 10, 2011
ScarlyAngel in Washington DC & Baltimore

Citronelle or Marcel's?

So funny! I actually just read that review after I posted . . . it got me thinking that maybe I could somehow attempt what he did and selfishly order the tasting menu for myself while my husband ordered 4 courses instead . . . of course, at the moment, a little thing like being unable to locate an e-mail address on Citronelle's website is stopping me!

May 25, 2011
ScarlyAngel in Washington DC & Baltimore

Citronelle or Marcel's?

It looks like hubby is leaning Citronelle, but not the tasting menu - despite an ability to change it up a little as ellenost posted . . . I wonder - if you got the 3 course prix fixe, would they allow you to purchase an additional appetizer in case there was something additional you'd like to try?

May 25, 2011
ScarlyAngel in Washington DC & Baltimore

Citronelle or Marcel's?

Interesting...I'll admit I did not think about asking to make some changes to the tasting menu for him....

May 24, 2011
ScarlyAngel in Washington DC & Baltimore

Citronelle or Marcel's?

Hi all -

8th anniversary dinner coming up next month - 1 foodie and 1 foodie in training. :) I made a reservation at Citronelle's early on (just to have it). I've been there once (9 years ago) and had a great meal with un-stuffy service. (Hubby hasn't been to either place.) If Citronelle, we think we'd do the 3 course option instead of the tasting menu.

I've been reading through the reviews, but thought I'd go ahead and post my own. We're open to other suggestions (as long as they're on Open Table since I have a $50 dining cheque). :) So a place like Komi or Eve's tasting room would be out.

I will eat nearly anything. Hubby is a big fan of both meat and fish (as long as they're cooked), but doesn't care for sushi-esque items, lamb, duck. (Oddly enough, he really enjoyed Volt's Table 21 and ate everything, but for this meal, I can't seem to get him to expand his horizons enough.)

Thanks in advance --

May 24, 2011
ScarlyAngel in Washington DC & Baltimore

Fair Lakes??

We've had pepperoni, pepperoni/mushroom. Any of their pizzas are great. Cannoli wasn't too bad either if I recall correctly.

Mar 05, 2010
ScarlyAngel in Washington DC & Baltimore

Potenza, Poste or Ris?

I know that's an odd mix. I'm going with a small group for dinner next week. For various and sundry reasons that are definitely not worth repeating, these are the 3 choices the group can agree on. They've somewhat left it to me at this point to decide among the three since I visit places like Chowhound. :) (Love the control - wish I'd had more over the winnowing down!) :)

So . . . which would you choose? I've not been to any (well, Poste for brunch and it was good.) And it seems that Potenza doesn't get the greatest of reviews.

Thanks in advance!

Mar 03, 2010
ScarlyAngel in Washington DC & Baltimore

Morton's Downtown suggestions?

Excellent - thanks guys. I might do the ribeye myself then (unless I get lucky with a bone-in filet on the menu!) And I'll see if we might try the creamed spinach - neither of us are usually fans, but if it's good . . . hubby will be sad that potatoes are not so great though!

Jan 27, 2010
ScarlyAngel in Washington DC & Baltimore

Bemelmans Bar - cover, etc.?

Thought I'd quickly report back - we enjoyed our time here. I tried the Pear martini - which was good but not out of this world. DH's whiskey splash was amazing, however, and I wished I'd gotten that. He also tried Tommy's signature drink, and it was good too, but not as good as the whiskey. The bar was packed at 6:30 on Saturday night. I was glad we exited before the cover charge kicked in - I don't know how you'd hear yourself talk over music too! All in all, I'm glad we went!

Jan 26, 2010
ScarlyAngel in Manhattan

Morton's Downtown suggestions?

I let hubby pick our dinner for the Thursday before Valentine's this year and he's chosen Morton's. (He's been a little bitter ever since we changed from Morton's to Charlie Palmer at the last minute a few years ago and both hated CP.)
Anyway, I'm fine with it b/c I love steak - and we have a gift certificate. But I'm just curious - any particular appetizers, sides, cuts of steak that you have personally loved? He always goes for the filet, but I tend to branch out more depending on the restaurant's specialties.

Thanks!!

Jan 26, 2010
ScarlyAngel in Washington DC & Baltimore

Babbo - for a dining partner who's willing to expand his eating horizons, but not as far as me!

Thanks a lot! :-) You should only know how far he's come . . . I've done a lot of good work on him! :)

Jan 19, 2010
ScarlyAngel in Manhattan

Babbo - for a dining partner who's willing to expand his eating horizons, but not as far as me!

I think I will keep the Pappardelle Bolognese on the radar screen then for sure, but you all might have talked me into a little "extra" course on my own. I don't think he would mind . . . (btw, you hit upon my fear anyway - he might "not even agree to go" if I tried to push him into too many dishes he didn't want to try.) And it's his evening out too I must remember. Either way, I think I'm capable of walking the line between diplomacy and a hint of selfishness. :) I will have to report back of course!

Jan 19, 2010
ScarlyAngel in Manhattan

Babbo - for a dining partner who's willing to expand his eating horizons, but not as far as me!

I guess I am a bit tempted to do so . . . maybe I will add the pig's foot just for myself on the theory it's smaller as an appetizer. I'm dying to try the goose liver ravioli, but if I try to eat a whole plate of that on my own, I might never get through the rest.

Jan 19, 2010
ScarlyAngel in Manhattan

Bemelmans Bar - cover, etc.?

I have heard things like that sadly. But, we want to give it a try - sentimental choice - and then cross it off the list. :)

Jan 19, 2010
ScarlyAngel in Manhattan

Babbo - for a dining partner who's willing to expand his eating horizons, but not as far as me!

Pork chops he just doesn't care for - it's not a question of exotic there.

Was afraid the remaining antipasti might not be exciting . . . .

Wild boar he has had once before and liked, so he is willing to do again. While I'm willing to consider oxtail, I could always tell him . . . it's not really what he thinks? Guess that probably wouldn't work. As for tame choices, I'd probably rather have one less dish than pick something that was *too* tame.

I'd seen good things written about the gelato/sorbet quite a few times, so that's why I mentioned it. But I'm perfectly open to other dessert choices.

Because we're sharing everything, I thought it might be a little mean to get something he wouldn't even try. While he'd probably let me, I think I'd feel bad . . . I don't know. But if I can, I'll get either the pig foot as a 2nd app or the goose liver ravioli as another pasta. Though I'd worry about finishing that on my own along with trying everything else!

Jan 18, 2010
ScarlyAngel in Manhattan

Babbo - for a dining partner who's willing to expand his eating horizons, but not as far as me!

Ah Kathryn - I cut and pasted half your posts - thank you!

Salumi plate I would do . . . he might as well. Do you think it is better than either the Bucatiniall'Amatriciana or the gnocchi? (He just recently became ill on some gnocchi here so that might be fresh in his mind . . . .)

Nope, won't do lamb chops. :(
(He really is trying with the octopus, boar, and beef cheek, so I appreciate his effort even if it's not quite *there* yet.)

Jan 18, 2010
ScarlyAngel in Manhattan

Babbo - for a dining partner who's willing to expand his eating horizons, but not as far as me!

My husband and I are going to Babbo for the first time Sat. night. I'm pretty much willing to try anything. Well, except for the tripe perhaps. Husband is expanding his horizons a bit for me so that we can share courses, but he won't go too far. :) Here is what I am thinking to share - any suggestions for the gaps?

ANTIPASTI (just one)
-- Grilled octopus (he's willing for this)
-- He won't do the pig's foot or the lamb's tongue. I don't think I've seen many of the other appetizers mentioned on here, so I'm thinking of skipping a 2nd app?

PRIMI (two or three)
-- chianti stained pappardelle with wild boar ragu
-- beef cheek ravioli
-- mint love letters and pumpkin lune don't appeal and while I would LOVE to do the goose liver ravioli, he won't do that. I'm thinking of a 3rd dish here since we're not getting two appetizers - would that be too much food? If not, I'm leaning towards the black spaghetti as a 3rd.

SECONDI (just one)
-- Up in the air here: branzino, bass, squab, duck, quail, pork chop are the choices I think. (I told him the pork chop was supposed to be great, but he didn't seem too excited.)
-- Can't do ribeye (too much), sweetbreads (he won't), rabbit (I won't).

DESSERT
-- if we have room, either the assorted gelati and sorbetti or the semifreddo

What do you all think? (Sorry this is so long!)

Jan 18, 2010
ScarlyAngel in Manhattan

Bemelmans Bar - cover, etc.?

Huh, how did I miss that on the website? Well, sounds like we're good to go anyway, since we'll be gone well before 9:30.

I'm quoting your last sentences to my husband since I totally agree. Thanks!

Jan 18, 2010
ScarlyAngel in Manhattan

Bemelmans Bar - cover, etc.?

Hubby and I are heading here on Sat. for, well, probably only 1 drink . . . it's sort of a sentimental choice due to a favorite movie and we haven't been.

Anyway, is it correct that the cover is only charged later in the evening? We will be out of there by 7:30 pm, 8 pm at the latest.

Reviews in other places suggested that both cocktail attire and skinny jeans/dressy top were ok. But we're heading to Babbo for dinner afterwards - should I just make hubby wear a suit and be done with it? (He doesn't have much in between a suit and khakis and we're not doing the latter.) :)

And finally, any drink recommendations from those who've been? Thanks!

Jan 18, 2010
ScarlyAngel in Manhattan

Komi - NY's Eve?

Does not include wine pairings - which we probably wouldn't add anyway.

That's what I was hoping - I thought I'd read before that Komi would never let the ball drop on a holiday.

I will try to find some other restaurants' inflated prices to compare before I let my husband in on the plan.

Dec 13, 2008
ScarlyAngel in Washington DC & Baltimore

Komi - NY's Eve?

I've made New Year's Eve reservations for Komi - it will be our first time eating there. Its NY's Eve menu is $185 pp. (Normally $105 I believe.)
What do you think - would you do it or is it too much?

I called a couple of other places last week to try to make a comparison but they hadn't set their menu or their prices yet.
I believe I read on this board that someone was very happy with NY's Eve there (whereas going out for an occasion like Valentine's Day can often be disappointing as restaurants up their prices and then don't put their best foot forward).
Just looking for thoughts -- b/c I haven't told my hubby the price yet! :)

Dec 10, 2008
ScarlyAngel in Washington DC & Baltimore

Restaurant Eve desserts?

We do love creme brulee so that is great to know! I'm a little torn on the pork belly - I think it is often on the menu - a good friend of mine really did not like it so now I've got one vote for and one against!

Yes, not sure I want to go with the Birthday Cake . . . will keep an eye out for the seasonal items though.

Sep 26, 2008
ScarlyAngel in Washington DC & Baltimore

Restaurant Eve desserts?

We're heading to Restaurant Eve Friday night and we've been once before and loved it. (Bistro both times). We skipped dessert last time having heard they didn't compare to the other courses. But we're thinking about trying a dessert tomorrow because we are going to skip drinks at Eve since we're going to PX afterwards. Can anyone recommend a dessert? Thanks! (And any other courses for those who've been recently if you're so inclined!)

Sep 25, 2008
ScarlyAngel in Washington DC & Baltimore

Hello Cupcake

In reference to the part about them handing out samples that first day when they were going to run out -- I too thought it was a nice gesture, just had a bad personal experience with it. I got there just before 6:30 pm on Monday. At 6:45, they walked out with the box of cupcakes, talked for a minute and came to stand right next to me and the person behind me. He announced that they'd probably run out and from here to the back of the line, we wouldn't get any. So if we were willing to share, they had 12 cupcakes to give out b/c they hoped we'd come back.
The 2 people behind me took one to share. The people in front of me said, Will we make it? Can we have one instead? So they took one. I then said, Well, I'm actually by myself could I still have one? The employees turned and asked the group 2 parties behind me if they would take one!. So now I am very pathetically following the 2 employees as they work their way back towards the line giving out these cupcakes. I asked again -- I know I'm by myself, but could I still have one? They got, I think to the back of the line, and then they ran out. I am now standing there looking at them and they are looking at me, holding the empty box.
I really don't want to fault them, b/c as all have said, it was a nice gesture. I'm just a really unlucky person? I am invisible? I'm not pushy enough? :) I wish they had also carried some of those discount coupons to the back of the line --
Note -- I also walked by there yesterday at about 6:35 and they'd already shut down (7 pm is the closing time). I think I give up for now and will maybe try next week since I just can't get out of work any earlier!
Thanks for listening to my whining!

Aug 27, 2008
ScarlyAngel in Washington DC & Baltimore

CakeLove in Tysons Corner

We tried the Tyson's mall location on Sunday - first time eating one of their cupcakes and I hate to say it but we were underwhelmed too. We tried 4 - vanilla on vanilla, choc on vanilla, choc on choc, and vanilla on choc. I waited 20 min. for the first one to come to room temp - even though they said 5-15. Definitely still cold in places. Had the promise of moistness in the cake but also some awfully dry parts. The icing was just not for me - consistency, flavor, aftertaste weren't that great. We waited a good 30 min. later on the day to try 2 more. Slightly better (no cold spots). But still disappointing. I can appreciate their use of all natural ingredients in theory, but I guess their version is just not what I prefer out of a cupcake . . . .

Jul 10, 2008
ScarlyAngel in Washington DC & Baltimore

Tart Frozen Yogurt Wars Have Begun in DC

I feel very uneducated for asking this question, but after reading all the posts and doing a quick Google, I'm not sure I understand what "tart frozen yogurt" is. I am assuming that Mr. Yogato's Original Soft would be the "common" version of frozen yogurt that is sweet, etc. How tangy is the tart? (For. example, I hate regular (non frozen) yogurt. Will I not like tart frozen?) Thanks guys!

Jul 10, 2008
ScarlyAngel in Washington DC & Baltimore

FINE DINING IN NAPLES

Bleu Provence is on 8th St S, I believe. :)

Fine dining not on 5th. St. George and the Dragon is technically on 5th but I love it, so I'll add it.
Roy's up towards Bonita.
Da Ru Ma by the Ritz on the beach (LOVE this place!)
Marie Michelle's and Maxwell's (although I might disagree about Maxwell's. Does have a great view though) up on Gulf Shore Blvd. N
Ruth's Chris in the mall
Fleming's Steakhouse on the N trail
Sanibel Steakhouse, also N
Margaux's on the N trail used to be awfully cute but I haven't been in years . . . .

Jun 20, 2008
ScarlyAngel in Florida

Old Ebbitt Grill suggestions

We like their spinach and artichoke dip as well as the steak salad. Agree on burgers and the main dining room as well.
I personally don't care for their brunch choices at all, but I have only been once for that.

Jun 20, 2008
ScarlyAngel in Washington DC & Baltimore