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Important business dinner near Boston Convention Center

Wow, thanks everyone for the support! We will be at the Boston Convention Center. I think so far Sel de la Terre on State Street sounds the best but I have never been there- can anyone vouch for the food and service? It looks like it's a French place and my Canadian colleagues are from Montreal so I don't want to send them to a bad French place.
Thanks everyone!

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Sel de la Terre
774 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02199

State Street Cafe
114 State St, Boston, MA 02109

Aug 25, 2010
champagne in Greater Boston Area

Important business dinner near Boston Convention Center

I know this has been covered in previous posts but I really need some help:

I am setting up an important business dinner for colleagues all across the US and Canada (about 10-12 people).

Can anyone recommend a place within a mile (so prefer 5 minute cab ride or walking distance)of the convention center? In previous posts chowhounds have rec Barlow's, Sportello, Legal Seafood, Sel de la Terre.

I don't know the area around the Boston convention center very well since I have moved out of Boston. Ideally i would like to find something like Neptune (ambiance, price and great food) but with more space for a big group.

Anybody familiar with the Boston convention center area please help! Thank you!

Aug 24, 2010
champagne in Greater Boston Area

Disneyworld revisited...

I've decided to leave our home in California and take the family out to a trip to Disneyworld.
My parents, brother, and myself (4 adults) are just looking at having a relaxing time and feeling like a kid again. We've never been to Disneyworld so I don't know what to expect. I'm also the one funding this trip so I would like to keep costs down.
I've read some of the past reviews from other Chowhounds.
. I figure breakfast and lunch would be more simple- probably grab some coffee/pastry for breakfast, sandwiches for lunch. Here is the planned restaurants for dinner. Please let me know if you have an recs about what to order, if I really should skip out on these places and try to go somewhere else. Thanks for any input you may have.
Cheers!
We'll be there for 4 nights, 5 days.

1st night: Wolfgang puck cafe
2nd night: Coral reef in Epcot (will be at Epcot that day)
3rd night: Flame Tree BBQ (at Animal Kingdom that day)
4th night: Columbia Harbor House or El Pirata yel Pero

Oct 22, 2007
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Vietnamese sandwiches

I've found that Saigon Sandwiches on Larkin and Eddy is not as good as it used to be. Are there any other vietnamese sandwiches places in SF that have sandwiches the way Saigon Sandwiches used to be?

Aug 20, 2007
champagne in San Francisco Bay Area

pizza

A16, Pizzeria Delfina,Pauline's Pizza

Aug 20, 2007
champagne in San Francisco Bay Area

Nice brunch near deYoung

where do they have the best mimosas?

Aug 20, 2007
champagne in San Francisco Bay Area

best pho in sf?

MW- what do you think of Pho Hoa Hiep- across the street from PPQ?

Aug 12, 2007
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Dosa (the Restaurant)

I was just there last week and I was really disappointed. It seems to always get great reviews. Roti in West Portal and Indian Oven on Haight&Fillmore is worth more of a trip into the city. I have to say the best dosas, if that's what you're looking for, is at Vik's in Berkeley.

Aug 11, 2007
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Lunch/brunch in Harvard Square

Z square restaurant just opened (I think last year). There are some tables out on the side. Would recommend their steak sandwich and beignets. If the weather is nice, there might be some seats outside of Bartley's hamburgers- one of the best burgers around. Would recommend the Viagra burger- blue cheese and bacon. You can also always pick something up anywhere and sit on the benches outside of Peet's coffee. Cheers!

Aug 11, 2007
champagne in Greater Boston Area

Honda Ya in Tustin

Any recs for Honda Ya? I can't find any recent posts?
Good ramen there? Thanks for any suggestions

Jul 04, 2007
champagne in Los Angeles Area

LIME TREE OWNER

Does anybody know if its true that the owner of Lime Tree was the former chef at Straits Cafe?

Jun 28, 2007
champagne in San Francisco Bay Area

Limon tonight

Thanks for all the great suggestions everyone. I did head out on Sunday and I have to say that I had a great experience. First off, the service was very attentive and friendly.
We sat upstairs which was why it was a little bit quieter. We ordered the cerviche mix which included 4 kinds of cerviche. I thought that it was good but not great. The halibut and the octupus tasted fresh, but the shrimp was a bit under the fresh side.As per the other reviews, the cerviche con crema was better then the others. I think its because the lime juice can be overpowering. The chicarron de pollo (marinated chicken,fried and served with salsa criolla and lemon vinaigrette). was very flavorful and well prepared. I would highly recommend that dish at Limon.I had the arroz con mariscos (seafood with saffron rice) which were very good. If anybody goes to Limon, please order the bandido (chocolate cake with cherry port reduction sauce) for dessert. It was fresh made, warm, and very sinful. Very satisfying. I was pleasantly suprised that I enjoyed it here. My experience two years ago when I ordered the lomo saltodo and calamares fritos wasn't great. I suggest that if you go to Limon explore the seafood dishes more and don't forget dessert!

Jun 28, 2007
champagne in San Francisco Bay Area

Limon tonight

Going to Limon tonight- haven't been there for about 2 years. Any recs? Has the quality gone down at all?

Jun 24, 2007
champagne in San Francisco Bay Area

Dry Creek Kitchen in Healdsburg

I recently ate at Dry Creek Kitchen and I found it to be the most disappointing restaurant I have ever been to. Despite the bad reviews from some of you chowhounds in February 2007, I still decided to try it and it was a disaster. What is happening? I thought Charlie Palmer made Napa his permanent resident, thus Dry Creek Kitchen would be more closely monitored by him.
Here was my experience:
1) After we were seated another couple was seated after us and they were served drinks and appetizers first. We waited then also asked for bread which we never received.
2) I ordered wagyu beef steak to be prepared "medium rare" and they brought it out well done. (what a disgrace to eat well done wagyu beef)
3) the server spilled sauce for my dinner on our shoes ( I'll let that go because accidents do happen)
4) My boyfriend ordered chicken which was overcooked.
5)We had to keep flagging down our waiter just to get another fork or napkin, etc.
6) I asked the waiter what the name of the restaurant that Charlie Palmer owned in Las
Vegas and he replied "the Burger Bar." You think the servers would know more about Charlie Palmer and his restaurants... and for them not to lie and pretend that they knew!

We were very disappointed with this place. Unfortunately, this was one of the worst dinners we have ever had a a nice restaurant. If you go to Healdsburg, don't think twice,and make sure you just go to Cyrus a couple of blocks down. You'll see an enormous contrast.
Anybody have similar disappointing experiences at Dry Creek Kitchen?

Jun 23, 2007
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where can I buy ingredients for pho?

Thanks so much for the suggestions! Is there by chance any place in Cambridge that might have it?

Oct 04, 2006
champagne in Greater Boston Area

good jook place in the sunset

Now that jook n fun is closed, what's the next best place for jook in the sunset?

Oct 04, 2006
champagne in San Francisco Bay Area

where can I buy ingredients for pho?

Where in Boston can I find a grocery store that
will sell the pho noodles? I'm going to try
to make pho, but I don't know where to even look for the noodles.
Shaw's definitely doesn't have it.

Oct 04, 2006
champagne in Greater Boston Area

Any chowhounders been to Angkor Wat, Cambodia, Krabi, and Chiang Mai, Thailand? [Moved from S.F. board]

After actually going on my trip and exploring, here are some suggestions I would recommend

Siem reap: We were trying to go to Amok- and stumbled upon this fantastic place that had the best amok (Khmer Kitchen was not that great). This place was called Traditional Khmer Food located in an alley behind a row of bars (between Khmer Kitchen and Red Piano).

Ao Nang (Krabi)- This place was quite the disappointment.
There was so much italian food around, we started to get confused as to where we were. Along the end of the beach is a row of restaurants on the beachfront. There is one restaurant there that was a Thai/Italian place. (Il Spunik?) I think,
Anyways, there was a salted egg with shrimp that was really good, and the young fresh coconut with tapioca was one of the best deserts I have ever had.

Chiang Mai: I would have to say the food at the markets were really good. We ate at the restaurant in the Tamarind Village hotel, which had a fantastic ambience and the food was pretty good. The fish/crab cakes that we ordered were good, but stay away from the spaghetti fushion thai dishes available. Huen Penh was really good per the recs from others. It was different and very interesting. The fish curry was EXCELLENT. Ask the waiters what they recommend. They'll point you in the right direction. Otherwise, we ordered too much of the things we weren't used to eating like the preserved crab which was way too salty.
Happy eatings if you go to Thailand or Cambodia.

Oct 04, 2006
champagne in China & Southeast Asia

Jook Fun @ Irving & 20th ave is closed

Jook n fun was a such a great place. Is there another place in the sunset that has good jook?

Oct 04, 2006
champagne in San Francisco Bay Area

Going to Saigon - Houndin' around the world

The people I met there in Saigon kept taking me to this place called quon ngon (don't know if I'm spelling it right) but it translates to "good restaurant." the set up is really interesting and I thought the food was really good. The other places I ate at was Cafe An nam which was owned by someone I was working with- very modern place. These two places I've been to are very modern and have a tropical atmosphere. But the food is good.....

Aug 08, 2006
champagne in China & Southeast Asia

Any chowhounders been to Angkor Wat, Cambodia, Krabi, and Chiang Mai, Thailand? [Moved from S.F. board]

I will be travelling to Angkor Wat (Cambodia),Krabi and Chiang Mai (Thailand). I'm looking for great places to eat. Any chowhounders been to these places and can make recs on places to eat and where to take a cooking class?Also, what are the dishes that are well known in these regions? Thanks for any recs in advance.

Aug 08, 2006
champagne in China & Southeast Asia

Tao Cafe review-(long)

Since there has not been a review for a good amount of time, I thought I would share my experience. The setting, as well as the service is good. It is a tranquil, southeast asian design and we sat at a nice table by the window. We ordered the "banh xeo" which was a vietnamese crepe stuffed with shrimp, chicken, and bean spouts. I thought there was a little too much coconut milk on the crepe, so it overpowered the other flavors, but it was generally good. The fish sauce was made well. My main course consisted of the "mi vit" which was a noodle soup with duck leg confit. This was one of the best "mi vit" I've ever had in my life. The only other comparable place was my trip to a small restaurant in Saigon, Vietnam last year. The duck was not marinated too long in the herbs, and the broth was very clean and balanced with level of saltiness which complemented the duck. We also ordered the alaskan halibut which was fantastic. I would say that this is one of the more authentic Vietnamese places in San Francisco. The food is good and the setting is very nice.
They have a special prix-fix which I think I'll try next time.
In any case, if you go, and you like duck, make sure you try the "mi vit".

Aug 08, 2006
champagne in San Francisco Bay Area

Tao Cafe- no reviews since 2002?

A friend is taking me to his neighborhood Tao Cafe for vietnamese food tonight. Anybody been there in the last couple of years?
The old reviews do some comparisons with Slanted Door?
Any suggestions or ideas? Should I just have low expectations?

Jul 21, 2006
champagne in San Francisco Bay Area

Ferry Building Dinner Thursday

Any suggestions for a place for dinner at the Ferry building on thursday night? We don't want to go to Slanted Door.
We've been grocery shopping at the ferry building but have never really had dinner there.
Any suggestions? or should we not have dinner there? Isn't there a special farmer's market on Thursday nights?

Jul 19, 2006
champagne in San Francisco Bay Area

Birthday dinner in Orange county

Thanks so much for sharing your pics and your suggestions!

Jul 14, 2006
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Birthday dinner in orange county

any kind of food, any price range (its hard to find a place that has a relaxed, great atmosphere with great food)

Jul 14, 2006
champagne in Los Angeles Area

Birthday dinner in orange county

Any suggestions for a good place for a birthday dinner in Orange County. Dinner will be friends (age-range is 30's) plus family will be present. Suggestions have been Maggianos's at South Coast Plaza but anything else?

Jul 13, 2006
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Birthday dinner in Orange county

Any suggestions for a good place for dinner with some friends ( age range-30's) and with family together? A fun atmosphere, with good food.
Some recs have been Maggiano's at South Coast, but anything else?

Jul 13, 2006
champagne in Los Angeles Area