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Martha's Vineyard dinner: Alchemy or State Road?

By coincidence we are out here for a short week and were unable to get a reservation for a table. They DO have a "communal table" which looks to seat about 12-14, and you can eat at the bar. No need for a reservation at either. Buzz has been good and from what we could see the space is gorgeous. Menu very broad and unlike State Road looks like you can order a few reasonably priced items. It would be interesting to try them a few days apart.

I've not had a problem with the chefs at Alchemy and I wish Decker well. Anyone who works under Batali has got to be good , right? With this place it's more a problem of management, service and attitude. I might try it again in a year or so (presuming the chef has not left!)

Aug 26, 2015
thos in Southern New England

New Glastonbury Eats

Heard that Pazzo is closing the Glastonbury location. Is that where First and Last is going?

Aug 23, 2015
thos in Southern New England

Seeking Specific Cape Dining Opinions! (mid- Sept. Visit)

For a unique and very tasty lunch try Karoo Cafe in Orleans. Marconi Beach we like because of their generous portions, but great food? Sadly, no.

Martha's Vineyard dinner: Alchemy or State Road?

Based on our experiences I would suggest State Road. Relaxed atmosphere, good service (in short supply these days) and, for us anyway, consistently good food. Not a big thing for me, but virtually everything they serve is organic, local or both.

Alchemy was one of our favorites around ten years ago, but uneven service finally did us in. It may be better now, but, in fairness, we haven't been back in several years. The comments on sites like Trip Advisor are telling.

Aug 23, 2015
thos in Southern New England

Breakfast along Rt 495

Looking for a good breakfast place just off 495 north between Wareham and the Mass Pike. Don't like the chains we've tried including Cracker Barrel. A diner or small locally owned "joint" would be preferable. Thanks

Jul 22, 2015
thos in Southern New England

Mystic Market - Mystic CT Gourmet Foods

You mean, not even Mystic Cheese Co. cheeses? Hmm

Jul 09, 2015
thos in Southern New England

Favorite Paper Towel?

According to Consumer's Union a few years back, Bounty was judged best overall (even adjusting for price). In fact, in a related article a year or so later, brand name paper products were judged to be a better value generally, than non name brand.

Jul 09, 2015
thos in Not About Food

Marthas Vineyard restaurant suggestion

Red Cat is very good, but the opposite of "fancy". And actually, Lighthouse Grill is the fancy restaurant at the Harbor View, not Henry's which is more of a small plate pub. Just heard that the Lighthouse has a children's menu too. Beautiful room, but have not been there in a few.

Jul 09, 2015
thos in Southern New England

Marthas Vineyard restaurant suggestion

Lure"s chef is gone and the new restaurant is now called "Dunes". Beach Plum chef is new as well (thank goodness).

Thing is, I don't remember any of these places having a separate child's menu, but each is good enough to prepare something appropriate. Of those mentioned, most are quite casual, but both L'Etoile and The Terrace expect better dress (I think a jacket may still be necc. at The Terrace). Coincidntally, they are definitely fancier than the others mentioned.

Jul 08, 2015
thos in Southern New England

Los Sarapes (Manchester, CT): What's the scoop?

Our second visit here was a few weeks back and I would have to say the place has improved since our first. Guac still needs more seasoning, but there was some tomato and onion this time. My burrito carne asada) was massive and very good. My SO had a chicken fajitas platter- also very tasty. We had to bring some home in order to try the chocolate tres leches cake- unique and quite tasty though I prefer the more traditional one.

Service was excellent (perhaps because the server is also the part owner) she was friendly and quite helpful with menu selections.

Los Sarapes has a liquor license (not sure if La Banba has theirs yet) and a nice selection of Mexican sodas (no high fructose corn syrup- if you care).

We would definitely go back.

Jun 20, 2015
thos in Southern New England

Dinner for 10 in Orleans

You DID mean ORLEANS right?

Jun 10, 2015
thos in Southern New England

Solid Resto/Recs in Chatham & Outer Cape Please

Our little group of around 30 locals, seasonal residents and summer visitors pretty much agrees on these places, especially for Chowhounds. Many are pricey, but worth it.

Wellfleet- Ceraldi, Mac's Shack, Wicked Oyster (great b'fast too) and Winslow Tavern.

Eastham- Karoo Cafe, Fairway, but only for breakfast and to try a Hole in One doughnut. Also Arnold's (you have to go once at least) and their competitor- Friendly Fisherman. Not a restaurant, but Sam's Deli is very good.

Orleans- Abba, Captain Linnell House, Mahoney's and Beacon Room. Cottage Street Bakery and Ice Cream Cafe both excellent.

Dennis Port- Ocean House (bring $)

Cahtham- Impudent Oyster, Vers

We don't think much of any pizza places here, but feel Savory in Truro is closest to "good" and closest to Orleans. Also, we are not fans of Rock Harbor Grill, but hey, that's what makes a horse race right? Like any place on earth the bad and mediocre outnumber the truly good places.

Jun 10, 2015
thos in Southern New England

Dinner for 10 in Orleans

Well. your list is certainly diverse. Abba hands down the best if you are a foodie.
Mahoney's and Beacon Room are decent, not spectacular.
Lobster Claw is primarily a family place (meaning lots of kiddies there). But the place is efficient and super clean. Food unremarkable.
Land Ho is really more of a kitschy bar. Can be fun, but meh.
Haven't tried Nauset Beach Club.
I would suggest Captain Linnel House for more traditional food in an elegant setting. I was surprised at how good it was.

We seem to be outliers re: Rock Harbor. Friendly servers who don't know the job, mediocre to downright awful food. And LOUD. For us it was three strikes and your out.

You will be close to Dennis, Chatham and Eastham. There are good places there too.

Jun 10, 2015
thos in Southern New England

Provincetown birthday celebration

All good choices, though if choosing by food alone I would give The Mews the edge. Victor's should be considered too, especially for their 3-5 PM happy hour featuring raw bar selections at a buck each. Nice bright room friendly vibe.

May 28, 2015
thos in Southern New England

Newport, RI lunch spots needed

I agree with the rec. for Cafe Zelda. Just ate there and was quite impressed. Equally impressive is the lunch offered at the great breakfast place Corner Cafe. Very ambitious menu and good prices.

Apr 20, 2015
thos in Southern New England

Why Does Ketchup on a Hot Dog Piss People Off?

When we were young and without much money we ate lots of CHEAP hot dogs (I think Hygrade was one of the worst). In order to kill the taste we used ketchup on them rather than mustard which
seemed to bring out the bad taste somehow.. Anyway, I love good hot dogs and use mustard, but I find it amusing that the mustard camp most often uses YELLOW mustard. I find that more dreadful than ketchup! LOL. Use whatever........

Apr 17, 2015
thos in Features

Carmen Anthony's Waterbury & New Haven Closed

Biscuit...It's just that I am sick and tired of hearing about the employees, the taxes or the adverse business climate as an excuse. How is Max Group doing? Billy Grant? Or thousands of other small businesses?

I long for the the day when I hear ANY failed businessman say, "my business plan stunk," "I didn't capitalize properly," "I can cook but know zilch about finances", "I can't manage to save my life" "I knew nothing about my demographic," "I expanded prematurely and spread myself too thin." or "I am a horrible boss."

I am a dyed in the wool capitalist, but the worst "social engineering" of all is corporate welfare.

Apr 13, 2015
thos in Southern New England

Carmen Anthony's Waterbury & New Haven Closed

And so should the small business owners. If you failed,you weren't good enough, period. Why should small business owners or any other businesses get a break that the rest of the taxpayers don't? Let them move on as well

Apr 11, 2015
thos in Southern New England

First & Last Coming to Glastonbury

Well First and Last emphasizes their pizza. Guess they will compete w Bertucci though. Funny, we have been to Harry's several times and it is virtually empty each time we go. The "sucking wind " comment actually came from an insider. I'm hoping they can stick- good product.

Apr 01, 2015
thos in Southern New England

Need help for upper Cape Cod

Good to know

Mar 31, 2015
thos in Southern New England

First & Last Coming to Glastonbury

Another pizza place? Great. And I hear Harry's is sucking wind already.

Mar 31, 2015
thos in Southern New England

A CT BBQ comparison (weigh in with your favorites!)

Up north here the consensus seems to be between Bear's and Nat Hayden. Little Mark is a "no" from me, as is Smokey Bones. There is Smoke & Bones on Martha's Vineyard that is decent

Mar 24, 2015
thos in Southern New England

Need help for upper Cape Cod

My faves- Wellfleet: Ceraldi, Mac's Shack, Wicked Oyster and Winslow's Tavern.
Truro: Terra Luna and Blackfish.
P-town: agree w kevinricci but would add Victor's and omit Fanizzi

Mar 24, 2015
thos in Southern New England

Need help for upper Cape Cod

Not for chowhounds IMO

Mar 24, 2015
thos in Southern New England

Los Sarapes (Manchester, CT): What's the scoop?

My experience echos that of Westie. We had lunch there late November. The guacamole was basically mashed avocado- that's it. No seasoning, onion, tomato- nothing! We mixed in some of the thin salsa . My taco trio was bland. Carne asado and pork were dry, chicken was better. Overall tasted OK. My companion had a burrito which was OK. Service was slow though there were only maybe 6 people dining.

We meant to try it again, but La Bamba opened and we find it much more to our liking.

Mar 24, 2015
thos in Southern New England
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La Bamba in Manchester, CT

I agree with your assessment. This place has a lot of promise. We tried a bunch of things, the only disappoinment was the underseasoned guacamole. We like it better than the place on Main Street. Plaza Azteca gives you a lot of food but it is very average, alas.

Mar 19, 2015
thos in Southern New England

veggie centric lunch in West Hartord area?

How about Arugula? Good food- used to have a lot of vegetarian dishes

Mar 10, 2015
thos in Southern New England

Need a private chef for Martha's Vineyard last week in June 2015

Been a few years, but Jan Burnham is among the best. Book early! If you need a cake Cakes by Liz is tops in our book

Feb 03, 2015
thos in Southern New England

Great restaurants in Springfield area

I think they can be persuaded to tone things down, though I don't find it particulary spicy- and I don't care much for "hot" food

Oct 13, 2014
thos in Southern New England

the knack- Orleans Ma

This place new? Never been but sounds good

Oct 13, 2014
thos in Southern New England