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Reading through this thread -- and on other sites -- I find increasingly negative or, at best, so-so reviews of La Petit Grocery. Will be in town during October and had a reservation there for dinner, however, looking at alternatives after research.

IF La Petit Grocery isn't in the top 5, does it make your top 10? OR is it off your list? Thanks.

Aug 13, 2015
gbailey75 in New Orleans


Just booked AVO for a dinner in October -- seems to receive positive, yet mixed reviews on OpenTable -- very interested in thoughts from the Chow community.

Aug 11, 2015
gbailey75 in New Orleans

Beignets other than CDM

Just returned from NOLA -- did as CampStreet suggested -- stopped by Morning Call before the sculpture garden. Great spot -- thought their beignets were lighter and the chance to choose my own amount of powdered sugar won me over. The sculpture garden is don't-miss attraction.

Oct 24, 2014
gbailey75 in New Orleans

What am I missing?

Thank you again for the comments. From quick perusal of the board, it appears that the old-time dress codes have flittered away - that business casual/no-holes jeans will work most anywhere? Knowing button down/khakis for Commanders is probably the least I can get away with. Skirts for the Mrs.?

Oct 14, 2014
gbailey75 in New Orleans

What am I missing?

Thanks for the suggestions, especially re: Sunday lunch -- and the comment from Smarttyparty that we are spot on.

Answer to question re: location? Just inside the Quarter.

No car, planning on buying transit pass to move from place to place.

Oct 13, 2014
gbailey75 in New Orleans

What am I missing?

Heading to NOLA next weekend; looking to fill in any gaps/suggestions ...
Saturday dinner: Clancy's
Sunday lunch: ??
Sunday dinner: Coquette
Monday lunch: Commander's
Monday dinner: Cochon
Tuesday lunch: La Petite Grocery
Tuesday dinner: Peche
Wednesday breakfast: ??

Welcome your thoughts, critiques, suggestions!

Always receive a gem from Chowhounds. Thanks in advance.

Oct 12, 2014
gbailey75 in New Orleans

Cincinnati -- north of downtown

Thanks for the ideas. will take a look

Sep 24, 2014
gbailey75 in Great Lakes

Cincinnati -- north of downtown

We've been to all the Oxford restaurants so we are looking for something "thereabouts," but we are accustomed to driving back and forth to Cincinnati when we go to visit -- so the drive isn't an issue. But, interested in learning more about your "thereabouts" suggestions.

Sep 24, 2014
gbailey75 in Great Lakes

Cincinnati -- north of downtown

Looking for a great dinner for Miami University child/student; would prefer avoiding going all the way downtown Cincy on a Friday night. No particular cuisine -- just great good.

Sep 21, 2014
gbailey75 in Great Lakes

Downtown Cincinnati -- Walking distance to U.S. Bank Arena

Looking for pre-concert recommendations on a Tuesday evening -- downtown -- close enough to walk to the arena -- doesn't need to be four-star -- gastropub food is fine; so is Italian, American ... great burger rec would also work.

Feb 21, 2014
gbailey75 in Great Lakes

Downtown Cleveland suggestions please :-)

Washington Place was outstanding!! We took advantage of the Wednesday night 2 for $40 special -- great meal. Thanks for this suggestion.

Anyone have a favorite Little Italy spot that serves Italian??

Jun 21, 2012
gbailey75 in Great Lakes

Downtown Cleveland suggestions please :-)

Great suggestion! Will check it out.

Jun 18, 2012
gbailey75 in Great Lakes


Bringing son to look at DePaul University on Friday/Saturday. Most of the highly recommendeds on the board are fully booked. Found Argent in Phil Vettel's summer dining column in the Tribune and made a reservation. Any Hound reviews? Other suggestions? Have Bar Toma reservations for Friday night.

Jun 18, 2012
gbailey75 in Chicago Area

Downtown Cleveland suggestions please :-)

Thanks for all of the recommendations!! Will check those out!!

We are going to the Rock Hall on Thursday afternoon so we will be looking for a lunch spot, either near Case or downtown close to the Hall of Fame. Our plan is to ride the Health Line downtown, then walk to the Hall. So ... let me know if you have some lunch recommendations in either location.

Jun 15, 2012
gbailey75 in Great Lakes

Downtown Cleveland suggestions please :-)

Rather than start another thread, I am heading to Cleveland next week for my son to visit Case Western and go to the Hall of Fame. Looking for breakfast and dinner suggestions in University Circle area. Thanks!

Jun 14, 2012
gbailey75 in Great Lakes

Monday in Memphis

Thanks for the suggestions!

Monday in Memphis

Will be in for a single night. Have a car so location isn't an issue. Have researched fairly extensvely on the board. Restaurant Iris is closed; so is Circa, I believe. Erling Jensen's is out of the price range ... so looking for recommendations. If I was solo, it would be barbecue, but with a colleague who could care less. So ... looking for recommendations -- I assume Tsunami would be the choice for seafood? Bari for Italian? What about "cousins" to Restaurant Iris in terms of cuilsine. Any help is much appreciated.

Restaurant Iris
2146 Monroe Ave, Memphis, TN 38104

Erling Jensen The Restaurant
1044 S. Yates Rd, Memphis, TN 38119

One Night in Knoxville

Thanks for the suggestions. I saw Bistro by the Tracks online yesterday; great to have Chowhound recommendations, though. Appreciate the responses!

One Night in Knoxville

I have an overnight in Knoxville on Tuesday (11/3) and am in need of a recommendation for a memorable meal. Cuisine isn't that important; solid wine list and a nice evening with a business colleague is my goal. THanks for any recommendations.

Nashville 1st time

You can search Nashville on this board and find lots of recommendations.

Here are some recommendations; don't know if you have a transportation or not, but Nashville's a car town -- everybody drives everywhere.

Anyway, some recommendations:

Margot Cafe & Bar -- ranks in most Nashvillians' top 10; located in East Nashville at Five Points, minutes from downtown
City House -- rustic Italian in Germantown, also minutes from downtown. Tandy Wilson is the chef/owner; great guy, great chef, always creative, fun room
F. Scott's -- in suburban Green Hills, adjacent to Green Hills Mall; don't worry -- excellent food, outstanding wine list, excellent service -- probably lands in the Top 5 for most foodies in Nashville.
Zola -- just off West End Avenue near Vanderbilt; chef-owned restaurant -- interesting menu -- been around for years and great food.
Park Cafe -- on Murphy Road off West End -- just a few blocks west from Vanderbilt. loyal customers swear by it; my neighbor treats it like his personal commissary. Great food, solid service; enjoyable neighborhood restaurant.

Others, I am certain, will provide additional comments.

Lunch Monday-Friday -- a taste of Nashville -- go to Arnold's on 8th Avenue, near downtown. Down home, Southern-style meat 'n' three -- James Beard Foundation recently named Arnold's an "American Classic." If you go once, you'll probably go twice while visiting. Warning: no health food served, skip breakfast for sure, might not want dinner later.

College Search Trip/MD-DC

I am taking my daughter on a college search trip and am looking for recommendations, for a Thursday night in Chestertown, MD, Friday night in Baltimore and Saturday/Sunday in DC.

Staying in the Inner Harbor area in Baltimore; Staying at the Mayflower in DC for the weekend.

I have a reservation at Grillfish in DC -- so I am looking for Italian, another seafood restaurant recommendation. Looking for similar priced entrees $15 to $25.

Appreciate your expertise. Thanks.

The Pancake Pantry in Nashville

Not certain, but I recall the owners of the Nashville Pancake Pantry opened the Gatlinburg location, but subsequently sold it.

Pancake Pantry is a Nashville original (actually it is at the intersection of 21st Avenue South and Belcourt in Hillsboro Village) -- it certainly every kind of pancake you can imagine. I usually go for the traditional buttermilk or the sweet potato pancakes are hard to beat (cinnamon syrup is superb).

Get there early on Saturday -- no later than 7 a.m. -- or be prepared to stand in line for up to an hour. As an aside, if there's a non-breakfast eater in your party, their cheeseburger's pretty good, too. My son isn't a pancake eater, but they've made him a cheeseburger for breakfast on several occasions.

Day Trip to Louisville

My teen-agers are on fall break later this week, and we thought about taking in the Speed Museum and maybe the Derby Museum as a day trip to Louisville. Looking for any/all recommendations for lunch in the area, and certainly willing to venture further into downtown as well. We are fans of most cuisine, but I do have a daughter who only eats vegetables and fish and a burger/meat/potatoes teen-aged son.

I've always been a big fan of Lynn's, but from searches on the board, it seems that the Paradise Cafe has dropped off a bit.

Recommendations are much appreciated. Thanks.

Monday lunch near AMA Conference Cntr

Thanks for the help regarding Sunday evening in Chicago; this one may be tougher. I am attending a conference at the AMA Executive Conference Center on West Higgins Road on Monday. We have an hour for lunch -- any suggestions? All that I seem to locate nearby is an array of chains.

Aug 01, 2008
gbailey75 in Chicago Area

If not Blackbird, then ... ?

Will do. Thanks for the link.

Jul 31, 2008
gbailey75 in Chicago Area

If not Blackbird, then ... ?

Thanks for the ideas. Right now, I have a reservation at Graham Elliott for Sunday night. Based on some research, Tribune review was strong, seemingly mixed reviews on the board here. "Chigail" has some great suggestions -- all interesting. Is Graham Elliott's worth the buzz??

Jul 29, 2008
gbailey75 in Chicago Area

Best and worst on the Outer Banks

I haven't been to the Outer Banks in five or so years. Reading these comments made me want to pack the bags tomorrow.

I would agree with so much already written here, but my three "never-miss" eateries:

Sam and Omies: breakfast and/or lunch
asual Dining:
Tortuga's Lie: great burger, great laid-back dinner
Blue Point: The best nice dinner and great, great room.

I'm ready to go tomorrow.

Jul 28, 2008
gbailey75 in Southeast

If not Blackbird, then ... ?

I am going to be in Chicago on Sunday evening; too late for a reservation at Blackbird. So ... Chowhounders, what's the next best thing (or two) these days for Sunday evening dinner?

Jul 28, 2008
gbailey75 in Chicago Area

Limone's in Asheville

Thanks to all for your insight but I, too, realized last night that this is Bele Chere weekend. I'll cancel my reservation and avoid the heart of downtown on Friday night.

Limone's in Asheville

Thanks for the input. I can only hope they're "on" Friday night. This is probably an entire different topic for discussion, but there's nothing tougher in the restaurant business than maintaining consistency -- servers come and go, chefs come and go -- and now, in uncertain economic times -- cash flow isn't what it used to be and there's probably a lot of weeknights where there's empty tables. Trying times in the restaurant business. Those that are able to remain at the top of their game through these down cycles are the survivors; those that cannot rarely get back to their former selves.