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Hot table for a group of food loving ladies

I'm in Chicago every spring with a group of coworkers - we are all food and restaurant obsessed. Last year, I planned a dinner for 10 at Girl & the Goat and it was a huge hit. I booked it months in advance; getting reservations at such a hot place made everyone really excited about the dinner.

Where should I book us a table this year?

We'll be a big group - probably 10 people. We need to keep it to under maybe $75 per person, but I think that's still a decent budget. We're flexible otherwise.

Thanks in advance!

Jan 21, 2014
sarahinthecity in Chicago Area

Challenge: Dinner near Neil Simon Theatre

I wish he was a kid the way he eats, sigh, he's 26. Burgers, chicken fingers, plain pasta no sauce, that's about it.

Dec 18, 2013
sarahinthecity in Manhattan

Challenge: Dinner near Neil Simon Theatre

Here's a challenge. My family is seeing a matinee at the Neil Simon Theatre and I'm in charge of finding a restaurant for an early dinner.

There are six of us, including my vegan sister, my brother who only eats kids meals, my dad who doesn't like fancy places (but does like a good steak, if that helps), my mom who won't go anywhere with entrees over $23, and my husband and me who are huge foodies (and are crying inside about having to compromise on dinner in NYC with all these picky family members). I'd really prefer to avoid chains, even nice ones. Places that take reservations would be best.

Help?!

Dec 18, 2013
sarahinthecity in Manhattan

Savannah: Foodie recs in Savannah

Thank you for this great write up! I'll look into those spots. I'm going on the trip with my (dieting) mom who has decreed that we aren't going to any heavy southern food places that specialize in things like fried chicken, potatoes, and pie. Sigh. But maybe I can convince her to try one place like that!

Nov 07, 2013
sarahinthecity in Southeast

Savannah: Foodie recs in Savannah

Is no news bad news?

Oct 16, 2013
sarahinthecity in Southeast

Inn at Little Washington - Reasonable lodging nearby?

Just to close this loop, we stayed at the Flint Hill Public House and it was perfect. Modern, clean rooms with comfortable beds. 9 minutes from the Inn at Little Washington and about 1/4 the price. Highly recommend.

Oct 07, 2013
sarahinthecity in Washington DC & Baltimore

Savannah: Foodie recs in Savannah

Hi fellow Chowhounds! I'm headed to Savannah after Thanksgiving and am looking for the 'foodiest' dining spots. No 'fancy' white table cloth / steak and potatoes / truffle oil places, but modern spots with delicious food and drinks like what Charleston has to offer these days. Based on the threads I've read, this is my list so far:

http://www.local11ten.com/
http://www.alligatorsoul.com
http://www.leopoldsicecream.com
http://www.sohosouthcafe.com/
http://aluresavannah.com

We'll have several lunches and dinners while we're there.

What am I missing?

Also, should we go to Tybee Island?

Thanks friends!

Oct 06, 2013
sarahinthecity in Southeast

Inn at Little Washington - Reasonable lodging nearby?

Thank you, you are a lifesaver! Just booked a room at the Flint Hill Public House. $185!

Jun 20, 2013
sarahinthecity in Washington DC & Baltimore

Inn at Little Washington - Reasonable lodging nearby?

I'm splurging on the Inn at Little Washington for my anniversary dinner in October. But I can't splurge on staying overnight there (even the $400 rooms are sold out, leaving only a $600 option). I wanted to stay nearby, but even the b&bs are $300 a night. Any recommendations for a nice hotel, inn, or b&b within a short drive that won't break the bank (after we have such an expensive meal)?

Jun 20, 2013
sarahinthecity in Washington DC & Baltimore

Foodie Dining Alone in Denver

Went to the Squeaky Bean and it was probably the best meal I've had this year. Just delightful. Also went to Old Major - the Lobster Hot Plate was awesome, and so were the drinks and pretzel. Unfortunately the altitude started to take it's toll before I finished my meal and I had to head back to my hotel.

Thank you for your help! Denver rocks!

May 04, 2013
sarahinthecity in Mountain States

Foodie Dining Alone in Denver

Excellent! Do you think Old Major or the Squeaky Bean will be more crowded on a Friday night? My other free night is a weeknight.

Apr 30, 2013
sarahinthecity in Mountain States

Foodie Dining Alone in Denver

Thanks - I just assumed with the tasting menu on their website it would be expensive. I can expense about $50 for dinner.

Apr 30, 2013
sarahinthecity in Mountain States

Foodie Dining Alone in Denver

Thanks! I'm a little worried the Squeaky Bean will put me over my per diem, but man the Populist looks good from the pictures on Yelp (wish they had a menu on their website!).

Sounds like you hit all of the best spots in DC. You might have already gone, but check out H Street NE next time you're here. It's blowing up with new restaurants and bars - Toki Underground for ramen is a treat (though I waited 4 hours for table!).

Apr 30, 2013
sarahinthecity in Mountain States

Foodie Dining Alone in Denver

I'll have two nights to have dinner alone in Denver this week. I'm from DC and a huge foodie (love fresh, modern restaurants and cocktails, not so much steakhouses and chains).

What are the best restaurants in Denver where I could eat alone at the bar on a weeknight? (I'm attached, so not trying to mingle too much and I won't have a car, will be taking taxis).

My first thoughts are: Old Major, Rioja, Beast & Bottle, and Sputino.

Thanks!

Apr 29, 2013
sarahinthecity in Mountain States

Best of Everything near Lancaster for Two Deserving Retirees!

Bump!

So far we've found Isaacs sandwiches and El Serrano - both were great!

Apr 29, 2013
sarahinthecity in Pennsylvania

Best of Everything near Lancaster for Two Deserving Retirees!

Hi Chowhounds!

My amazing in-laws are finally retiring (31 years as a Philadelphia police officer for him and 20 years of cleaning other people's homes for her). They are moving to the Lancaster area (technically Mountville is their town) this weekend. This is the first time they will have lived outside of Philly. I want to help them acclimate to their new home and hope you can help!

They are going to need quality go-to places to everything - pizza, breakfast, coffee, wine, beer, sandwiches, casual dinners, nice dinners, sushi, chinese food, butcher, bakery, etc. I'm sure I'm forgetting some categories.

I know it's a long list, but I would so appreciate it if you would post all of YOUR favorite places in the area. Thank you!

Apr 26, 2013
sarahinthecity in Pennsylvania

Orlando: Dinner for 10 Ladies Near World Center Marriott

No, just taxis. But no one wants to go too far.

Mar 13, 2013
sarahinthecity in Florida

Foodie anniversary dinner in OBX

Just realized I never closed the loop on this. We went to the Left Bank and it was perfect. Elegant, beautiful view, and great tasting menu. We also went to Blue Point later in the week - the food was good, but I definitely would have been disappointed if that was our big anniversary dinner due to the casual atmosphere (jeans, families, etc). Same for the Brine and Bottle - loved the food! But the atmosphere wouldn't have been a fit for a fancy dinner. Thanks all for your help!

Mar 12, 2013
sarahinthecity in Southeast

Orlando: Dinner for 10 Ladies Near World Center Marriott

Well, I guess it's between Siro in the World Center, La Luce, and Funky Monkey. Doesn't seem there are too many options in the area.

Mar 12, 2013
sarahinthecity in Florida

Orlando: Dinner for 10 Ladies Near World Center Marriott

I'm looking for a great place for 10 women to have dinner near the World Center Marriott in Orlando. One guest is gluten-free, but flexible. I'm looking for somewhere unique with top notch food, service, and atmosphere. No chains, please. Any ideas?

Thanks!

Mar 12, 2013
sarahinthecity in Florida

Foodie anniversary dinner in OBX

Thanks. I only used the words avant garde, sophisticated, stylish to describe the kinds of places I like in general - I realize that's not the OBX culture. Semantics aside, I want to be able to get dressed up and not feel out of place. We'll have other dinners while we're there - just want to find a special place for our anniversary :-). I'm leaning toward The Left Bank. And then going to Blue Point and Brine and Bottle on other nights, but can still be swayed.

Aug 21, 2012
sarahinthecity in Southeast

Foodie anniversary dinner in OBX

Bump!

Aug 21, 2012
sarahinthecity in Southeast

Foodie anniversary dinner in OBX

I'm looking for the best restaurant in OBX for a 2nd anniversary dinner for two late-20s foodies staying in Duck this October. We're from Washington, DC and love avant garde, sophisticated, stylish restaurants. Nothing stuffy, stale, or old fashioned. We've been to OBX a number of times (have been to places like Flying Fish and Penguin Isle years ago, but they don't fit our tastes anymore).

The Left Bank looks good (though I'm always wary of restaurants in resorts). Blue Point and Colington Cafe look great menu-wise, but the pictures make them both look a little more casual. Pictures are hard to come by online. I'd love to get your opinions.

Also on my list: The Brine and Bottle, 1587, and Aqua.

We want to be able to celebrate like we would at a big city restaurant - realize that may not be quite possible, but this was the only time that our family could find for vacation, and we do love the Outer Banks.

Really appreciate your help!

Aug 19, 2012
sarahinthecity in Southeast

Tough one - Pittsburgh: Sunday night Graduation dinner. 2 foodies, 1 vegetarian, 2 cheap parents

I'm actually leaning towards Church Brew Works now. Not as fancy looking, but veggie options, craft brews, and low(er) prices should do the trick!

Apr 25, 2012
sarahinthecity in Pennsylvania

Tough one - Pittsburgh: Sunday night Graduation dinner. 2 foodies, 1 vegetarian, 2 cheap parents

Ah, Legume looks good, but I am so turned off by the overuse of ramps! They are in almost every dish on the menu right now.

I'm looking into Casbah and others some more, thanks for those.

Apr 25, 2012
sarahinthecity in Pennsylvania

Tough one - Pittsburgh: Sunday night Graduation dinner. 2 foodies, 1 vegetarian, 2 cheap parents

Here is a tough one. I want to make reservations for a graduation dinner in Pittsburgh this Sunday. I found several great looking places (nine on nine, toast, avenue b) and all are closed on Sundays!

We are: two foodies, one vegetarian, and two parents who don't want to break the bank (i.e. entrees under $30).

Help?

Apr 25, 2012
sarahinthecity in Pennsylvania

The Breakers - NFL games?

Thanks - watching the Eagles. I'm going to a conference, with only about 3 hours in between events, so I didn't want to leave the hotel.

Nov 02, 2011
sarahinthecity in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

The Breakers - NFL games?

Hello! Does anyone know if The Breakers has a lounge with all of the NFL games on Sundays? I'm headed down but don't want to miss the game!

Thanks!

Nov 01, 2011
sarahinthecity in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Foodie anniversary dinner in Portland

Phew - thank goodness for you guys! I didn't realize so much would be closed Sunday. Just made a reservation at Fore Street. They were booked up otherwise for the whole weekend! Wow Five Fifty Five looks great! There are SO many choices, 5 days won't be enough time!

Sep 26, 2011
sarahinthecity in Northern New England

Foodie anniversary dinner in Portland

We're a mid-20s couple from DC going to Portland this weekend for our first wedding anniversary. We're big foodies and love trying restaurants that are interesting and different - nothing stale or boring! I've used the boards to narrow my search down and wanted to get some advice from you all. Since its a special occasion, I'd like it to be an upscale place (kind of hard to tell from their websites, which seem a little outdated?), but not stuffy.

Where would you recommend for our anniversary dinner on Sunday night?

Hugo's (My husband is super excited for the blind tasting)
Fore Street
Bresca

Also, here are the some places I flagged for other dinners, any favorites?

Salt exchange
Caiola's
Bar Lola
Petite Jacqueline

Thank you!

Sep 26, 2011
sarahinthecity in Northern New England