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Birthday dinner between Lax and Pasadena

I need help finding a restaurant to celebrate my brother's birthday.

Myself, my husband and my parents will be flying into LAX on a Thursday arriving at 4:50pm. My brother is picking us up and we would like to find a nice restaurant either close to the airport or on the way to the Sheraton Pasadena on Cordova which is our destination that night.

I am looking for a restaurant with a nice atmosphere that is preferably not a chain with prices at no more than $50 per person including a drink. My parents are not into Sushi or Thai. They have also never been to California.

I greatly appreciate the help.

Sep 30, 2009
savoureux in Los Angeles Area

Where to get a Sazerac

We had Sazaracs at French 75 Bar in Arnaud last Monday and they were excellent.

Apr 26, 2009
savoureux in New Orleans

Trip Report

We just returned from a wonderful stay in New Orleans and are eating only salads to try and recover from stuffing ourselves with so much delicious food. Here is a report of what we ate and what we thought.

Atchafalaya Restaurant- This was the surprise of the trip. We were celebrating a Bachlor/Bachlorette party and the bride to be picked this place after walking by it the day before. What a great find! For appetizers we had crab cakes that were good and fried green tomatoes that were not so good. My husband had the lightly batter fried catfish. Both he and I agree that it was the best we have ever had! It was amazing. I had a special of the night- grouper stuffed with crawfish. It was also delicious. The restaurant was absolutely wonderful to our group of 12. We were seated in a seperate room at a table next to an open door where we could be rowdy and enjoy the lovely evening weather.

Parasol- My husband had the roast beef Po'Boy and I had the catfish. Both were amazing! My husband has placed this sandwich in his top ten sandwiches of all time. I don't know if that was because we were both a bit hung over from our bachelor/bachelorette doings on Bourbon St the night before or if it truely was the most oustanding sandwich ever. (Probably it is just the most outstanding sandwich ever.) The catfish was also huge and excellent.

Luke- Dinner at Luke was such a relaxed and enjoyable experience. My husband started with the housemade amber beer-WOW! It was one of the best beers I have ever had and everyday I wish I could have another. We had the flamenkuche as an appetizer. I must admit at this point I fell off the vegetarian wagon. I haven't eaten beef, pork or chicken for probably 10 years and the bacon on this made me want to cry it was so delicious. Outstanding! I had the ravioli of crabmeat which was good but seemed to be lacking something. My husband had the cochon de lait and again I could not resist taking a bite. It was a little taste of heaven. We both loved that sandwich. Dessert was the black forest pot de creme. MMMMMMM brandied cherries. This was rich and delicious but I would have liked a few more cherries in it.

Mr B's- Started with gumbo ya-ya. Very tasty. My husband liked it better than I did. He had barbequed shrimp. This is his favorite dish of all time since having it at Mr B's on our honeymoon in 2001. I had the catfish meuniere. Maybe it is just my tastebuds but this dish was all too sweet for me. The fish was prepared well but the pecan crust and sweet potatoes had me reaching for my martini.

Emeril's- Unfortunately between the afternoon martini and hurricane and the evening mint julep and champagne by the time dinner arrived things were slightly fuzzy. I will say we loved the corn bread. An appetizer of main lobster pierogi seemed only so so. My husband had the bacon salad and the ribeye which he enjoyed. We both really loved the banana cream pie. The service was exceptional.

French Quarter Fest- We sampled-
Eat's Shrimp and Grits were awsome. We both loved every bite. Can't wait to come back and eat at the restaurant. Plum Street Snowballs-had a nectar cream with condensed mik. I have never had a snowball before and now I will never come to New Orleans without having one. It was amazing! Muriel's Louisiana Crawfish and Goat Cheese Crepes were okay. I had read so many good things on this board that our expectations were high for this dish. The sauce was good but it seemed like a lot of goat cheese for the amount of crawfish (and I love goat cheese). I would give it another shot but it didn't live up to the hype.

All and all we had delicious food and an amazing time in New Orleans. Thanks to everyone here who gave advise on where and what to eat. We are sad that The Green Goddess did not open in time for us to sample their food but it gives us an excuse to go back to New Orleans again soon. Yum.

Apr 24, 2009
savoureux in New Orleans

Never had oysters-recommendations

We are getting so excited for our New Orleans trip and after reading these posts are also very excited to try some oysters. Thanks for all the tips.

Apr 16, 2009
savoureux in New Orleans

Never had oysters-recommendations

I know nothing of oysters so I am looking for your suggestion. I am hoping to get suggestions of how you would have wanted to first taste an oyster.

Mena's was picked just because we were looking for something quick, cheap and local for lunch. We have to catch a flight and don't have a lot of time to eat.

Apr 15, 2009
savoureux in New Orleans

Never had oysters-recommendations

We are visiting New Orleans from Chicago and will be in town Sunday morning to Tues afternoon. Here is the itinerary:
Sunday lunch- Parasol Dinner- Luke
Monday breakfast- Cafe Du Monde Lunch- Mr B's Dinner- The Green Goddess (if open) or Emeril's
Tuesday lunch- Mena's Palace

I have never had oysters and would like to try them this trip. What is the best way and place to sample your first oyster. I am happy to fit in or change out a scheduled place in order to have the best first oyster experience.

Thanks for all suggestions.

Apr 15, 2009
savoureux in New Orleans

Is The Green Goddess open?

I will be visiting New Orleans April 17-20 and am interested in eating at The Green Goddess. The most current information I could find said the restaurant was expected to open April 1. Does anyone have any further info? Is the restaurant open yet? Has anyone been there? My fingers are crossed that I get to eat chef Chris DeBarr's delicious food.

Apr 08, 2009
savoureux in New Orleans

Steak for husband and other options for wife?

How about Hugo's Frog Bar? I was there last weekend and had wonderful lobster bisque and Kona Kampachi. My husband had frog legs and a rib eye steak that he enjoyed. It might fit both of your tastes.

Hugo's Frog Bar & Fish House
1024 North Rush, Chicago, IL 60611

Jun 17, 2008
savoureux in Chicago Area

Help! Need Rec's for Derby Weekend in Lexington

I am coming with family and friends from Chicago and Las Vegas for Derby Weekend. We are staying at the Embassy Suites Lexington on Newtown Pike. Every year we come and end up eating at the hotel restaurant which is great for breakfast but for dinner it is seems expensive for the so so food you get.

For Friday night I am looking for a pizza place that will deliver to the hotel- we like to take part in happy hour when we get to the hotel (after the long drive) and don't want to travel for food. I have read about Donato's. Any thoughts or suggestions

I also am looking for a Sunday lunch and dinner. For lunch I would love something local that is not too expensive or formal. We will probably be out driving around the farms or at a distillery and will not be dressed or willing to spend money on something more expensive. For dinner we are willing to go out, pick food up or order delivery. We typically bring food into the hotel due to it being easier than gathering the group to go out. I read about and was interested in Panda Garden but it seems they have moved. Can anyone give me info about how far away they are from the Embassy Suites and about their menu? I also am interested in any recommendations for this dinner that are near by.

Can't wait to be in sunny (hopefully) Kentucky next weekend. Thanks for your help.

Rec's needed for visiting 19 year olds

My niece and her friend (who live in a town where the only restaurants are Golden Corral and Chili's) will be visiting for a weekend in the beginning of June and I am looking for help to pick the best places to take them. They are willing to try just about anything but are not into Mexican food. Obviously, drinks are not an issue for them but my husband and I love a good cocktail or glass of wine. Here is the tenative plan- please let me know any thoughts or suggestions.

Friday- Hugo's Frog Bar (looking for dinner downtown- someplace young with great food in a lively neighborhood willing to spend a bit of money)

Saturday- Penny's Noodles (looking for a less expensive dinner- not downtown- new food for them to try)

Sunday- Shui Wah for Dim Sum (new experience for them- neither have had Dim Sum or visited a cities Chinatown)
Lou Malnati's (I felt we had to do one pizza meal)

Monday- Tango Sur (looking for inexpensive dinner- again something new for them)

Thanks for all the help.

Mar 18, 2008
savoureux in Chicago Area