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NY to Charleston (Kiawah), am I missing anything?

In the pre-internet age, my mom had a way to figure out who served the best BBQ. We'd drive to the center of town, get out the car and she'd ask the first person she saw over 50 who serves the best BBQ in town. This was never a short conversation but by the time it was over everyone was smiling and it was like we were all old friends. She had that way about her.

Aug 13, 2014
vinouspleasure in Southeast
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NY to Charleston (Kiawah), am I missing anything?

thanks, mollybelle, forty years ago when I was in high school, my mom, an antiques dealer used to pick me up in NY at the beginning of summer and we'd take a month to drive to her home in florida, picking antiques and eating bbq. I didn't think to keep a list of the places we stopped, but Coopers sure reminds me of those trips. after watching the video, I don't see how we can pass it up.

thanks also for glass onion and the tomato shed, both look wonderful. Looks like I'd better double my workout schedule!

Aug 12, 2014
vinouspleasure in Southeast
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NY to Charleston (Kiawah), am I missing anything?

metompkin looks right up our alley but google calls it over an hour out of our way. But thanks, it definitely on the "must try" list for another trip.

Aug 12, 2014
vinouspleasure in Southeast

NY to Charleston (Kiawah), am I missing anything?

Tehama, thanks for the suggestions. Bunn's looks great but looks to be about a 1.5 hour detour, a little too far our of the way. Probably half an hour is the limit...for 1.5 hours, I'd stop at the skylight. Love F.I.G and so many of the great low country restaurants in charleston. Thanks for the DiSano's recommendation, looks great...actually, we were at pepe's in new haven over the weekend but as you say, good to have in our back pocket.

Sue, as for Lex 1, we have a client in CLT, so I'm down there a couple times per year and I make the drive about every other night. The Schoolhouse looks like a winner, I like the idea of getting off of 95 and fwiw, google calls it just 15 minutes slower. which would you go for, schoolhouse or browns?

mollybelle (I love your name!), I'm positive I don't know the I95 route as well as people that live in the state. anyhow, would love to hear what you recommend south of manning!

once we're at kiawah, we typically eat at the red hen, wild olive, JBs amokehouse, if we can get a discount, the kiawah oyster roast (which also had delicious roast pig last time we were there), and into charleston the other nights. When we first started going, 15 years ago, we loved the rosebank in bohicket but prices steadily rose, we had some not so good meals and now I understand they're closed. very sad. we've also been to the wreck, it was good but a long drive and kinda expensive for what it was. we also find if you hit it just right, the piggly wiggly has pretty good fried chicken! I also do some grilling when we're there.

When we're not eating I'm playing tennis,swimming or biking with the hope of a net zero weight gain. But I'm afraid this notion is another example of the "triumph of optimism over experience".

anyhow, all suggestions are welcone!

Aug 10, 2014
vinouspleasure in Southeast
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NY to Charleston (Kiawah), am I missing anything?

Hi,

We've been making this trip about every other year for the last 15 years, so I've had the opportunity to try a lot of CH suggestions. Also, as BBQ has improved in NYC (and my backyard smoker), there's less of an imperative to drive off 95 for BBQ. Finally, I judge bbq contests, and some of the Q is other worldly.

Over the years, we've been to Buzz and Neds, Wilburs, Moores, Sweatmmans, Bessingers, Parkers, Carls (ice cream) and the Summerton Diner. I've also traveled to a bunch of other places on business (lex 1, prices, a bumch of great places in texas, kc, etc.)

Would love to hear your suggestions, especially for whole hog over wood. Years ago McCabes and Blakcbeards got mixed reviews, I see they've gotten better, not sure if that's a diffusion in the quality of reviewers or if the quality of the Q has improved. Also, suggestions don't have to be for BBQ, we love great seafood, fried chicken...really, anything interesting.

I know the skylight is missing from the list but at this point, I can't justify dragging my wife, 3 teens and dog an extra 1.5 hours for what might be the best chopped in the US...cause they'll like it but it's going to be hard to explain how it's better than say Wilbur's and why we made the trip. And I'm not sure if Scott's has re-opened but there used to be no place to sit.

tia!

ps I should add that although the Q has improved in our area, the hush puppies have not and it's scary how many hush puppies I can eat if they're good. I recall going through two baskets on my own at wilburs...

Aug 10, 2014
vinouspleasure in Southeast

Mami's, a Latino Steam-table in White Plains

I've been singing the praises of elita's deli in ossining for years:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8147...

Aug 09, 2014
vinouspleasure in New York State (exc. NYC)

Birthday Chinese... in Westchester?

Jul 12, 2014
vinouspleasure in New York State (exc. NYC)

Birthday Chinese... in Westchester?

happy birthday! we were at aberdeen about 3 weeks ago for dinner, four of us shared the peking duck and crispy noodles with seafood. The peking duck was as good as I've had in chinatown, similarly priced and the waiter makes the sandwiches at your table, so it's kinda of festive. the noodle dish was very good, I like the beef chow fun too. one of my friends said the fried crab in sticky rice is very good, check on the price though, it seemed expensive compared to flushing. enjoy!

Jul 11, 2014
vinouspleasure in New York State (exc. NYC)

Tour guidance/guide for Ossining's ethnic restaurants?

sorry you didn't like it, we usually get the mussels, port sausage (which is so big it has to be shared with four people) appetizers and the grilled sea bass. My wife likes the pork and clam stew but I find it a strange mix of flavors.

if you go back, try those dishes.

Jul 03, 2014
vinouspleasure in New York State (exc. NYC)
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Chinese around Ossining/Croton?

We think the best of the bad is happy garden in the shoprite mall though on occasion it's been throw-in-the-trash inedible. We order the cold sesame noodles, chow fun, tofu dishes and scallion pancakes.

We've found all the other choices in croton to be horrible.

I think I noted in another thread that we've resorted to take out from Szechuan gourmet via my train ride home. Even lukewarm, it's much better than anything we have in the area.

Also, not within your criteria but of note, we recently tried Aberdeen for a non-dim sum dinner. We stuck to the Cantonese specialties and found great, non-Americanized dishes. It's about 25 mins from croton. Wandering even further from your topic, asago makes a mean bibimbap.

Jun 25, 2014
vinouspleasure in New York State (exc. NYC)

elita's deli, ossining

no, they recently closed for renovations, I think they're under new mgmt but food/prices/people are the same.

my daughter discovered the ripe avocado halves they sell for $1, we buy one to share and it's delicious with the rice, beans, hot sauce and meat. So the standard order is:

one of us gets chicken in sauce (not fried), one of us gets pork, both over yellow rice and beans with plantains, half an avocado and the hot sauce. cost is around $6.50/plate.

Jun 12, 2014
vinouspleasure in New York State (exc. NYC)

cold sesame noodles

thanks so much, loved hwa yuan, will definitely try your recipe, but what does this mean?

1 lb Fresh cooked noodles (in refrigerator section)

Jun 12, 2014
vinouspleasure in Manhattan

Tour guidance/guide for Ossining's ethnic restaurants?

Marge,

We loved the gelato joint but last time we were there, about 3 weeks ago, it was terrible. The gelato had little chunks of ice and wasn't as flavorful. Hopefully it was an anomaly.

Jun 11, 2014
vinouspleasure in New York State (exc. NYC)

Tour guidance/guide for Ossining's ethnic restaurants?

we had two meat dishes, thanks, we'll give it another try!

Jun 10, 2014
vinouspleasure in New York State (exc. NYC)

Tour guidance/guide for Ossining's ethnic restaurants?

El Duraznito is the place on spring street. maybe we ordered wrong at el tambo, what do you like there? we've been to the peruvian by stewart airport and loved it.

Jun 10, 2014
vinouspleasure in New York State (exc. NYC)

Tour guidance/guide for Ossining's ethnic restaurants?

here are places you might consider, in no particular order:

- elita's deli, Ecuadorian - steam tables with pork, chicken, fish, hearty seafood soup, 8 or so tables. big plate of hearty, good food for $5-$6.

- ossining bakery - portugese bakery, good donuts, named best jelly donut in westchester, good rolls, bread, takeout only

- Los Abuelos, mexican - very good food, pretty little restaurant

- Churrasqueira Ribatejo - portugese, great bbq chicken over charcoal, grilled squid and octupus, nice back room for big groups

- Quimbaya coffee shop - columbian, good mexican hot chocolate and empanadas/salsa, limited seating

- Docas - Nice portugese restaurant, low corkage fee, good fresh fish.

- Cafe Duoro - used to be cidade, no where as good as cidade. portugese bakery/coffee, good coffee, decent pastry, I think they started using lard instead of butter...still, a nice place with nice people, around 6 tables.

- El Duraznito, - down and dirty Ecuadorian restaurant, nice people, great comfort food, seafood stew for $12 is a bargain, make sure to add lime, hot sauce and rice.

- el tambo - peruvian, we had one meal here, wasn't very good.

- four seasons grocery store - inexpensive, good latimAm baked goods (fig rolls, dulce de leche rolls, etc.)

It's easy to graze through cobble hill or carroll gardens, a slice here, an arancini there, a middle eastern pastry, etc.unfortunately, I don't think ossining restaurants lend themselves to a crawl.My suggestion would be to walk by a bunch of places, explain what each place offers and have a nice dinner in docas. Make a reservation, maybe a set dinner, bring your own wine and enjoy.

Jun 10, 2014
vinouspleasure in New York State (exc. NYC)

Mercado Azteca Deli Peekskill

it's a little hard to find, here's a link:

http://www.mercadoaztecaanddeli.com/

but you have to walk into a courtyard, there's a pizza place and a chinese restaurant in there as well.

Jun 07, 2014
vinouspleasure in New York State (exc. NYC)

Mercado Azteca Deli Peekskill

small mexican deli,four tables, nice people behind the counter, I tried a cubano which was an interesting take on the classic cuban sandwich: they grilled a mexican torta roll, then mayo on both sides, followed by a lot of nice grilled carnita and chorizo (i think), sliced carrot, some type of melted string cheese, grilled ham and a hot grilled pepper (instead of pickles). A huge sandwich for $7.50, I'd call it good and a near miss from very good, just a little dry.

I'm convinced there's some real chow gold to be had here, tacos are up next.

Jun 07, 2014
vinouspleasure in New York State (exc. NYC)

here's what brisket should look like

Hi,

we've had a lot of threads around bbq, take a look at this video by aaron franklin as he cuts into a quintessential texas hill country brisket: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sMIlyz...

If you want to get a sense of what this tastes like, try big Ws in wingdale, hill country or might quinns in nyc. I don't know of anyone in westchester serving brisket like this.

Aaron talks eloquently about the difference between the point and the flat, my recommendation is to ask for a cut from the point, often known as fatty brisket, not because it has big pieces of fat but because the meat is beautifully marbled.

enjoy!

Jun 03, 2014
vinouspleasure in New York State (exc. NYC)

buying a large brisket in westchester- where?

here's a video by aaron franklin around brisket selection and prep should you decide to purchase a packer:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VmTzdM...

Jun 03, 2014
vinouspleasure in New York State (exc. NYC)

New to Mount Kisco, need the lay of the land

great stuff! Dodd's liquor city in millwood is about 10 minutes from mt kisco. they often have ads in the pennysaver and if you buy off of those sales, you can do very well. the rest of the stuff can be overpriced. when you're there you may want to stop at local legend, rocky's, for a sandwich.

Jun 03, 2014
vinouspleasure in New York State (exc. NYC)

Best BBQ in Westchester?

His brisket is amazing, the only better brisket I've had in ny is at mighty Quinn's in the village

Jun 03, 2014
vinouspleasure in New York State (exc. NYC)
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buying a large brisket in westchester- where?

For family I buy flats at bjs, they are price competitive but incredibly t's become an expensive cut. For BBQ competitions I buy whole packers at restaurant depot in rocklyn. Prices are very good. My Kansas City BBQ society membership allows me to shop there but I believe they'll give anyone a free one day pass. If you decide to go, call in advance to make sure you can get a one day pass and they have the cut and grade you want. It's an interesting place to walk around, not far from bailys smokehouse.

Jun 03, 2014
vinouspleasure in New York State (exc. NYC)

La Monica's Salumeria, Croton: How did I miss this place?

I took my son here for lunch over the weekend. He had a "mooch" which seems to be a high school favorite. I had a bite, omigod, it was good, chicken cutlet, tomato, lettuce and chipotle mayo. They get their bread from somewhere in the bronx, it makes the sandwich. We also took home a prosciutto bread ring, kinda expensive @ $7, but it was great. They also get some nice pastry and will fill a canoli shell for you.

Jun 02, 2014
vinouspleasure in New York State (exc. NYC)

Bob-b-que shrub oak

Finally made it up to shrub oak to try bob-b-que. it's a cute, clean place, order at counter, pick up food and and sit at one if five or six tables.

We ordered a brisket plate and a pulled pork plate. Corn bread muffins were fresh and delicious, cole sale was great which leaves the BBQ. The brisket had some nice smoke flavor but was overcooked and cut very thin. They threw some sauce on top, I would have preferred no sauce or sauce on the side. Likewise, the pulled pork has some nice bark and flavor but it too was over cooked. Here, it looked like they mixed the pulled pork with sauce to keep it from drying out and then threw sauce on top of that. Portions were very generous but we didn't want to finish. I'd like to give the ribs a try next time.

Jun 02, 2014
vinouspleasure in New York State (exc. NYC)

Docas in Ossining and Los Gemelos in Port Chester

You can find those tarts next door at Cafe duoro. The pastry is just a shadow of what the former owners produced when it was cidade but it's still pretty good.

We too love docas, I'm anxious to give the rabbit stew a try as I usually order fish. As you point out, if you byob it's a grand bargain.

Jun 01, 2014
vinouspleasure in New York State (exc. NYC)

Pig or lamb roast caterer - Westchester ny

you can order roast pig at kam sen in white plains, across from aberdeen. In general the roast meats are good, I've never ordered a whole pig but, fwiw, one of my american-chinese friends has and said it was great. Suggest you sample the roast meat (pork, pig and ribs) before ordering. I believe there are also several latin-am places in queens (if you check that board) that do a nice job with this.

May 31, 2014
vinouspleasure in New York State (exc. NYC)

Best restaurant in Tarrytown, Sleepy hollow area

What a great idea! There is also the little pie company in the food court at gct.

May 17, 2014
vinouspleasure in New York State (exc. NYC)

Best BBQ in Westchester?

I dunno, we've never experienced poor service there. our experience with the cornbread is that like the bbq, it's inconsistent, sometimes good, sometimes bone dry. I'm much more likely to look at how hush puppies are prepared at a bbq restaurant and they do a pretty good job there.

have you been up to holy smoke? I haven't been for years but thought the bbq was better than mm.

May 16, 2014
vinouspleasure in New York State (exc. NYC)

Best BBQ in Westchester?

I'm not sure it's fair to start a review of a bbq restaurant with cornbread, particularly when you liked some of the bbq. Despite being overpriced, our family stops by memphis mae's about once every two months for lunch or dinner. We do enjoy the bottlecaps, fried pickles and the cajun style po boys.

the bbq portion of the menu is inconsistent at best: the pulled pork runs from good to very good, the chicken runs from edible to very good.the brisket runs from terrible to edible, the ribs imo are the only consistent item on the menu, they are consistently bad. I also think the bun overwhelms the bbq sandwiches and I can't think of another bbq restaurant that puts so little meat on their sandwiches.

I, like other reviewers, have some skepticism around whether the food is always smoked or if they occasionally take short cuts in the kitchen. I have asked our waiter a couple of times if the chicken or brisket on a particular night is smoked and the answer is always 'yes'.

Looking at this old thread, I realized I never got back to roundup, the bbq restaurant near cold spring. Searching for bbq in westchester has become less of an imperative for me as the explosion of bbq restaurants in nyc has resulted in the availability of great bbq. And, as I've written in other threads, if I need a pork fix, Elita's in Ossining pernil over rice with plantains and a hot, garlicky sauce for $5 trumps memphis mae's every time.

May 16, 2014
vinouspleasure in New York State (exc. NYC)