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Mar 06, 2008
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Recommendations in Burlington, VT

thank you for the correction, spelling and everything...you are right, Au Pied de Cochon does seafood quite well and they had a lovely tomato tart that I was able to create at home from their cookbook, mine was not as good but close. Maybe next time.
h.

Recommendations in Burlington, VT

Good list, just a few still missing:
Cafe Shelburne, Shelburne for excellent french food
Bearded Frog, Shelburne for Bistro food
Amandine, Shelburne for excellent take out
Asiana House, Burlington for pretty good sushi
Christophe's on the green, Vergennes for excellent french food
O'Bread Bakery available in most local stores- Try the chili cheese chibata
Pied du Couchon, Montreal - everything comes with foie gras...
L'express, Montreal great fish soup/bistro food
Harvest Market, Stowe - Excellent bakery, my favorite, good take out selection
The Green Room in Burlington is also good and fun in the evening
Jean Talon Market, Montreal - Lots of fun

Asheville's Best Restaurants

I just read Danna's note.
I sort of disagree with the premise, that if your from Chicago or NY you can't expect small town restaurants to live up to your big city food.
Willy and I've traveled the world extensively and one of our goals is to eat interesting food. In fact, we travel to try new food.
We didn't pick Asheville for the food scene, we picked it to extend our road biking season by an extra 10 days.

We were pleasantly surprised by the food, in fact our meal at Sugo was excellent, that restaurant could slug it out against any NY Italian place and still be standing at the end of the day.
We look for creativity, places that are enthusiastic about serving you a meal that they're proud of it.
Asheville has that in spades. Salsa's, thought very casual made an effort by marrying traditional Mex/American with Caribbean flavors - terrific!

Table, a very traditional nouveau American place, really delivered. Interesting flavors. Great presentation. High energy room. What more do you want?

Also, there are clearly restaurants that we didn't get to like Zambra. We are planning a spring road biking week...perhaps we'll swing through Asheville again and satisfy our appetite again!

Asheville's Best Restaurants

I disagree as well with your opinion of Asheville.
Please see my post on dec 5, just above yours, describing our recent experiences eating out in Asheville.
For someone visiting for just a few nights I would recommend Sugo and Table for outstanding food and excellent service.

10 days in Asheville

Well, we just spent a week in Asheville biking. It is a beautiful piece of the U.S. and the road biking is world class, the best pavement and views ever.
I read every post I could on the area and here is our review of the local restaurant scene:
1. 12 bones and Green river barbecue
Both are very good, we preferred 12 Bones, the sides are excellent, truly great comfort food.
12 Bones also has great green tamatillo jalapeno sauce...

2. Salsa - High energy place with excellent fusion food
We had the Splif roll, Pulled-pork burrito and the Fish tacos.
Great flavors and spices, good service even though they were really busy.

3. Sugo - Terrific experience all around; an inexpensive trip to northern italy
Everything was excellent and a few things were remarkable, the red pepper dessert being one of the more unusual/exciting new treats that I've had in a while.
Everyone should go to this restaurant. Good, inexpensive wine list as well. Great service.

4. Table - Terrific experience all around
Obviously this is one of the best restaurants in Asheville and was Willy's favorite meal.
The grilled sweetbreads with Arugala salad was maybe my favorite dish with sweetbreads that I've ever had...
Spciy Prawns with polenta also outstanding and spicy.
This is a must for good food, good service.

5. Bouchon - Excellent bistro food; the real thing; excellent service at the bar
We had:
Mussels with Mediterranean sauce
Steak au Poivre with frites
Chocolate Mouse
Great atmosphere and really good, solid bistro food.

6. Corner Kitchen - Excellent food; a tad sweet and lacking in spices; excellent service
Even-though the restaurant was basically empty, thus lacking energy, we enjoyed our dinner. Staff was well trained and the food was perfectly prepared. We usually like things more spicy but couldn't find any fault with the meal, very good.

7. Doc Chey's - Disappointing; formulaic; similar taste to everything
We were shocked by how disappointing and downright bad this restaurant was especially after seeing this appear on many lists as good. Nothing had any distinct flavor or taste, very bland. Considered our visit to Doc Chey's a waste of a meal that we could have had at a better restaurant in Asheville.

8. Noodle Shop - Better than Doc Chey's but still average chinese
This was more typical average chinese, the calamari was good and some of the entrees were tasty. Not disappointing - not exceptional

9. Old Europe - lively but not good; pastries for people that do not know what Old Europe real pastries taste like. Wow, what can I say? This was really a downer. Incredibly average desserts, messy, undefined flavor. Surprised anyone goes here.

10. Tupelo Kitchen - Great place: great food and atmosphere, good service
We ate here a number of mornings and loved it!
Favorites were: Sweet potato pancake, Fried green tomatoes, Grit cakes stuffed with pesto and tomato gravy, Cornbread
Great room, fun service and the food was so satisfying, exactly what you want. Some great southern options. The sweet potato pancake was outstanding.

11. Early Girl - Very good food; uninspired room
We enjoyed the food here, the Sausage and sweet potato scramble was excellent.
The room however was like a cafeteria, lacking any charm.

Finally, we stayed at the Princess Anne. Terrific little hotel with a great staff. The room includes a lovely breakfast and the hotel is very quiet/private in the evening, good for sleeping after a long day on the bike.

We loved Asheville, we live in Burlington, Vermont which is considered a smaller similar city.
We managed to sneak in some yoga at Namaste, what a great place. They were really nice and the yoga was outstanding.
Can't wait to come back and try all the restaurants we couldn't fit in on this trip.

p.s., loved the Drippolator, great coffee and baked goods

Asheville's Best Restaurants

Well, we just spent a week in Asheville biking. It is a beautiful piece of the U.S. and the road biking is world class, the best pavement and views ever.
I read every post I could on the area and here is our review of the local restaurant scene:
1. 12 bones and Green river barbecue
Both are very good, we preferred 12 Bones, the sides are excellent, truly great comfort food.
12 Bones also has great green tamatillo jalapeno sauce...

2. Salsa - High energy place with excellent fusion food
We had the Splif roll, Pulled-pork burrito and the Fish tacos.
Great flavors and spices, good service even though they were really busy.

3. Sugo - Terrific experience all around; an inexpensive trip to northern italy
Everything was excellent and a few things were remarkable, the red pepper dessert being one of the more unusual/exciting new treats that I've had in a while.
Everyone should go to this restaurant. Good, inexpensive wine list as well. Great service.

4. Table - Terrific experience all around
Obviously this is one of the best restaurants in Asheville and was Willy's favorite meal.
The grilled sweetbreads with Arugala salad was maybe my favorite dish with sweetbreads that I've ever had...
Spciy Prawns with polenta also outstanding and spicy.
This is a must for good food, good service.

5. Bouchon - Excellent bistro food; the real thing; excellent service at the bar
We had:
Mussels with Mediterranean sauce
Steak au Poivre with frites
Chocolate Mouse
Great atmosphere and really good, solid bistro food.

6. Corner Kitchen - Excellent food; a tad sweet and lacking in spices; excellent service
Even-though the restaurant was basically empty, thus lacking energy, we enjoyed our dinner. Staff was well trained and the food was perfectly prepared. We usually like things more spicy but couldn't find any fault with the meal, very good.

7. Doc Chey's - Disappointing; formulaic; similar taste to everything
We were shocked by how disappointing and downright bad this restaurant was especially after seeing this appear on many lists as good. Nothing had any distinct flavor or taste, very bland. Considered our visit to Doc Chey's a waste of a meal that we could have had at a better restaurant in Asheville.

8. Noodle Shop - Better than Doc Chey's but still average chinese
This was more typical average chinese, the calamari was good and some of the entrees were tasty. Not disappointing - not exceptional

9. Old Europe - lively but not good; pastries for people that do not know what Old Europe real pastries taste like. Wow, what can I say? This was really a downer. Incredibly average desserts, messy, undefined flavor. Surprised anyone goes here.

10. Tupelo Kitchen - Great place: great food and atmosphere, good service
We ate here a number of mornings and loved it!
Favorites were: Sweet potato pancake, Fried green tomatoes, Grit cakes stuffed with pesto and tomato gravy, Cornbread
Great room, fun service and the food was so satisfying, exactly what you want. Some great southern options. The sweet potato pancake was outstanding.

11. Early Girl - Very good food; uninspired room
We enjoyed the food here, the Sausage and sweet potato scramble was excellent.
The room however was like a cafeteria, lacking any charm.

Finally, we stayed at the Princess Anne. Terrific little hotel with a great staff. The room includes a lovely breakfast and the hotel is very quiet/private in the evening, good for sleeping after a long day on the bike.

We loved Asheville, we live in Burlington, Vermont which is considered a smaller similar city.
We managed to sneak in some yoga at Namaste, what a great place. They were really nice and the yoga was outstanding.
Can't wait to come back and try all the restaurants we couldn't fit in on this trip.

p.s., loved the Drippolator, great coffee and baked goods

Asheville's Best Restaurants

I was wondering if you or anyone can recommend a place in Boone?
For dinner and breakfast/brunch?
Thanks, we will be biking through over Thanksgiving.

10 days in Asheville

We are booked for a couple of nights at the Montford but wonder if you can walk easily from there to downtown for dinner, etc.
We wanted to switch to another place for the second half and we're thinking the Beaufort or the Princess Anne.
We like a range of food, from interesting, spicy to BBQ.
What do you think? Any suggestions?

10 days in Asheville

We'll be in Asheville for 10 days over Thanksgiving and are looking for interesting food recommendations. Also, can anyone recommend a terrific, small B&B?
Thanks!

Bainbridge Island, WA dinner for party of 10, suggestions?

Abra,
Thank you so much for the recommendation!
We loved Bainbridge Thai, they made terrific spicy food, lots of special dishes and Teddy was great. He even gave us a ride back to the ferry so we wouldn't be late.
If you're ever in Vermont I'll send you the names of some fun yummy restaurants.
H

Jun 12, 2007
hamahoney in Pacific Northwest

Bainbridge Island, WA dinner for party of 10, suggestions?

Thanks for clearing up the first restaurant's location.
We are interested in the Thai place. Anything we should ask for specifically?
How close to the ferry are they, we're traveling with some elderly people....
Thanks, H

May 30, 2007
hamahoney in Pacific Northwest

Bainbridge Island, WA dinner for party of 10, suggestions?

We will be in the seattle area in a couple of weeks and are looking for a good, fun restaurant for a rather large group of foodies. Does anyone know of anything on Bainbridge Island?

May 27, 2007
hamahoney in Pacific Northwest

Heading to Sun Valley Need Help

Ok, back from Ketchum and Jackson Hole, here's the report:
The Ketchum Grill was very good with a fun crowd.
Went to Christina's for a late lunch, truly good food, authentic Italian.
Vintage is quirky and the food is great. Small menu but definitely into food.
Ketchum Burritos still wonderful with the best fish tacos.
We went to Grumpys after a long day of snowboarding. The burger with the works was great, the beer also, and the crowd was fun.
Jackson Hole was a wonderful eating experience. We went to the Old Yellowstone Garage twice, the Snake River Grill for a classic meal, and Koshu which, though it's small, has great food. Unbelievable wine in every restaurant plus solid cocktails!
Even though we snowboarded from dawn till dusk I think we gained weight from all the great food and wine.

Sun Valley, Idaho

Ok, back from Ketchum and Jackson Hole, here's the report:
The Ketchum Grill was very good with a fun crowd.
Went to Christina's for a late lunch, truly good food, authentic Italian.
Vintage is quirky and the food is great. Small menu but definitely into food.
Ketchum Burritos still wonderful with the best fish tacos.
We went to Grumpys after a long day of snowboarding. The burger with the works was great, the beer also, and the crowd was fun.
Jackson Hole was a wonderful eating experience. We went to the Old Yellowstone Garage twice, the Snake River Grill for a classic meal, and Koshu which, though it's small, has great food. Unbelievable wine in every restaurant plus solid cocktails!
Even though we snowboarded from dawn till dusk I think we gained weight from all the great food and wine.

Mar 08, 2007
hamahoney in Mountain States

Sun Valley, Idaho

We've gone every year except last due to annoying work. I think we must have eaten at Evergreen a week or 2 before they closed....so sad.

I'm sorry to hear Grumpys isn't any good. We used to go to watch final four and eat burgers.

What would you recommend for a good dinner? Family is meeting us there and it's our Aunt's 68th birthday. We're doing sushi one night and the Grill another. Any suggestions? Do you live in the area? After Sun Valley we are going to Targhee and Jackson. In Jackson we are eating at the Yellowstone Garage, Koshu and the Snake River Grill. Any recommendations there?
Thanks

Feb 20, 2007
hamahoney in Mountain States

Sun Valley, Idaho

Evergreen is by far the best restaurant in town and the wine bar is pretty sweet as well.
Ketchum Burritos, called KB's, is amazing. Try the fish tacos and they also have good beer.
Grumpys is a lot of fun and they make good burgers.
There is great sushi at sushi on second street, always fun and inventive.
We eat at Seattle Ridge on the Mountain and we also always go to Galena Pass, they have pretty solid food at the lodge there.
Have fun, we're headed there in about a week, pray for more snow!

Feb 19, 2007
hamahoney in Mountain States

Loved WD-50, is there another retaurant in NYC as creative?

Is this the place you meant?
http://www.mlkhny.com/newyork/
I think it might be private...Pegu looks interesting though...

Jan 19, 2007
hamahoney in Manhattan

Loved WD-50, is there another retaurant in NYC as creative?

hmm, well here is the plan for Saturday;
lunch at momofuku
dinner back at WD~50
go listen to music or have a drink somewhere
and then late dessert at Room 4 Dessert

That sounds like a nice day, no?

Jan 18, 2007
hamahoney in Manhattan

Loved WD-50, is there another retaurant in NYC as creative?

yes, which I love. We eat there almost every time in NYC.

Jan 17, 2007
hamahoney in Manhattan

Loved WD-50, is there another retaurant in NYC as creative?

Last time I was in NYC I ate at WD-50. What an interesting meal! I will be in town this weekend and would love to find another restaurant where the chef is really thinking about food. I've done Masa, Alain Ducasse etc, am looking for something really different, any suggestions?

Jan 16, 2007
hamahoney in Manhattan

Unbelievable rudeness at L'Express

I live in Vermont and go to L'Express everytime I'm in Montreal and have never had a problem with service or rudeness. The last time I showed up with my daughter on the wrong night so I didn't have a reservation, ugh! Right? No, they seated us anyway and served us very quickly. We vacated the table for the next couple and had our dessert at the bar. All in all they were great and the food was delicious. Sorry you had a bad experience, and there certainly plenty of other places to eat.

Japanese noodle bars

Thank you for all of your recommendations.
We went to Rai Rai Ken for lunch and had two different ramens. I thought the ramen called the Miso Ramen was too heavily flavored with Garlic. The other one was delicious with a lovely slice of pork and an egg. The kids loved the atmosphere and really enjoyed our server who brought us pot stickers to try, excellent, crispy on the outside and soft/fresh on the inside.
We had dinner the next night at Honmura An. This place was very special. The service was inpeccable and the food lovely. We tried a number of dishes including the soft shell crab, very good. The ramen was terrific with a rich broth and perfect noodles. We started with the soba gnocci, very cool presentation and terrific pairing with a horseradish chutney.
The crepe dessert was a surprise for a japanese restaurant and even though I've had this uptown, it was perfect. Light, creamy, not too sweet. We will definitely go back.
Thanks to everyone!

Aug 22, 2006
hamahoney in Manhattan

Best Peking Duck in Manhattan?

Thank you, we went to peking duck house on Mott and it was terrific! The last time I had this dish was in Hong Kong and it was amazing!
Thanks for all your recommendations. We also ate at Honmura An and rei rei ken. All in all great food!

Aug 22, 2006
hamahoney in Manhattan

Best Peking Duck in Manhattan?

We're flying in on Saturday morning, what is the best peking duck in the city for dinner that night, I know I'm posting this late so I'm hoping someone notices this...

Aug 17, 2006
hamahoney in Manhattan

WD-50?

thank you everyone who wrote. We finally went and it was amazing. The 2 of us made our own tasting menu, we really ate too much food. The kitchen actually came out and thanked us for our enthusiasm! Dufresne is truly creative and fresh. The way he pairs flavors and textures...amazing. We enjoyed every bite, especially the foie gras with the watermelon and the foie gras flavored powder.
It's like having dinner at the home of someone who both loves food and is incredibly creative.
Thank you again for all the positive comments!!!!

Aug 14, 2006
hamahoney in Manhattan

Dining in Burlington, VT

So, have you been to Burlington? Did you try any of the restaurants we recommended?
Just curious.

Dining in Burlington, VT

Starry Night is a nice restaurant it's just in the middle of nowhere. I like eating in Vergennes, Burlington, Shelburne because you can walk around a little before and/or aftr dinner. The chef is solid and the restaurant is very pretty. I have never been to the mist grill. Thanks for the link.

Dining in Burlington, VT

I forgot to add Luenig's to the list. They are a lively bistro on Church Street in downtown Burlington and their food is great. The frequently have live jazz and they offer a nice brunch.

WD-50?

thank you for your recommendations. I think we might try The tasting Room, Annisa or Salt. We are back in August for 2 more nights so we can fit them in there. The Modern is in the the new MOMA? I'd heard the service wasn't great and the room wasn't intimate, true?

Jul 14, 2006
hamahoney in Manhattan