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Little Pepper question

I have been going to Little Pepper for years now and count it as one of my favorites in New York. On recent visits, I have had delicious food but experienced headaches after. Assuming that it's because of MSG used in the food. Anyone have similar experiences?

Sep 11, 2013
tummyache in Outer Boroughs

Butcher for Porchetta

Hi,
I will be making porchetta for the first time. Wondering if anyone has recommendations on where to buy the pork shoulder? I have some good local butchers in Astoria but also considering buying from a place like Dickson's in chelsea market where the meat is sustainably raised but a whole lot more expensive. Thoughts?

Dec 20, 2012
tummyache in Manhattan

Indonesian food bazaar

Does anyone know when the August one is? I can't seem to find it online.

Aug 01, 2012
tummyache in Outer Boroughs

alternative bachelor party in Flushing?

Hi,

I'm planning a bachelor party for my friend in Flushing this weekend. I'm looking for a fun (maybe even strange) place to hold it. I don't need recs for good restaurants (if it were my bachelor party, we'd go to Little Pepper and call it a night!) but rather some quirky spots where we can drink, eat reasonably well, and have a lively atmosphere. One thought I had was Sik Gaek especially if they have the live octopus (our bachelor is a reformed vegan!) I had thought about Mingle Beer House but saw they closed. and there's that hot pot place with all you can drink budweiser.

Any other ideas would be greatly appreciated!

p.s. on a side note, does anyone know any korean massage places in flushing that are legitimate besides spa castle?

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Sik Gaek
40-01 149th Pl, Queens, NY 11354

Little Pepper
18-24 College Point Blvd, Queens, NY 11356

Aug 30, 2011
tummyache in Outer Boroughs

Farmstands or markets near Walden, NY

I will be spending the next few weeks commuting to Walden from NYC. Does anyone know of any good farm stands or markets around there or between there and the city? Or any worthwhile food things to check out (I plan to go to Beacon for Poppy's burgers and Homespun foods)

thanks!

reasonably priced good food near Orlando Ritz Carlton without car

Hello,
Can anyone recommend a good spot for medium priced food near the Ritz Carlton in Orlando? I do not have a car. Saw that Primo has a bar menu. is that worth checking out?

Thanks!

May 16, 2011
tummyache in Florida

gastropub bachelor party for small group

ok looks like we will go to South Philly Taproom for dinner and beers. Any suggestions for a good breakfast/brunch spot the next morning? We are staying in a hotel near the airport but will have a car so can really go anywhere for something good.

Apr 29, 2011
tummyache in Philadelphia

gastropub bachelor party for small group

I just read some reviews on SPTR on this board and it seems like the menu on the website doesn't really give a full picture of the food. Is it just that they run a lot of specials? Because I read about fish dishes, brussel sprouts, etc. No indication of anything other than sandwiches and sides on the bottom part of their menu. I am excited to try this place if you guys rave about it...

Apr 27, 2011
tummyache in Philadelphia

gastropub bachelor party for small group

ok thanks. I guess I meant that I was hoping SPTR would have more entree-type things as I only saw apps, salads, and sandwiches on the menu. They do look great though. Thanks for all your help!

Apr 27, 2011
tummyache in Philadelphia

gastropub bachelor party for small group

Thanks for all the help! I looked up South Philly Tap Room and while it seems like they have a nice beer selection, the menu didn't seem super exciting. Does anyone have any thoughts about Eulogy? or Monk's which I went to a number of years ago but not sure how it is now...

Thanks again!

Apr 27, 2011
tummyache in Philadelphia

gastropub bachelor party for small group

Hi.

I need to plan a bachelor party dinner for a group of 4 in Philly this Saturday after the Mets-Phils game (we will need a good meal and stiff drinks to comfort us after getting our butts handed to us) Two people are Kosher-style so places with lots of non-meat options would be great. I was thinking of a gastropub...or really any place with good medium-priced food, good draft beer, and not incredibly loud.
Alternatively, a great restaurant with a nice bar nearby would be great. A friend told me about some brewhouse near a great Indian restaurant (maybe in northern liberties?) but I can't remember the name.

I will research on this board but with limited time to plan, any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!

Apr 26, 2011
tummyache in Philadelphia

Jewish Christmas Eve dilemma (Little Pepper closed!)

The last few years, I have led a band of merry Jews out to Little Pepper for Christmas Eve. Unfortunately, they are closed for renovations till April (wonder what kind of renovations they are doing? installing a fountain that spouts chili oil??)

I thought about rerouting our group to Spicy and Tasty which I used to love but stopped frequenting because I found the food better, cheaper, and more plentiful at Little Pepper. But I read on this board that it has gone slightly downhill. any opinions? Another idea was Hunan House which is good for big groups. but I've only been once.

thanks!

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Little Pepper
133-43 Roosevelt Ave, Queens, NY 11354

Hunan House Restaurant
29-30 Union St, Queens, NY 11354

Dec 21, 2010
tummyache in Outer Boroughs

Recs in Old Town without car

thanks for all your help! I had a great day in the lincoln square area (was in town playing concert at the Old Town School) Went for an afternoon snack/coffee at Cafe Selmarie...sat outside and had a tasty mac and cheese, intelligentsia coffee, and a lemon rosemary cookie. After that, stumbled upon Half Acre Brewery and took a growler of their brown ale to take on our tour bus (will be gone in about 10 seconds after opening) after show, got some takeout from Spoon. I loved the crispy rice salad with pressed ham. Tried the Shrimp soup that came recommended. it was kind of a boring soup with a nice broth and baby corn...in other words, not worth the hefty $16 price. I've now tried a few Chicago thai places that have gotten good mentions on this board: seems like they each have some standouts...but as far as consistent deliciousness, I don't think Sripraphai in NYC can be matched.

overall, a great day in chicago! thanks for your tips.

Oct 25, 2010
tummyache in Chicago Area

Recs in Old Town without car

whoops. yes I meant near the Old Town School of Folk Music on Lincoln. Thanks!

Oct 24, 2010
tummyache in Chicago Area

Recs in Old Town without car

Can anyone suggest some good spots near the Old Town School of Folk? Any good cheap eats, hot dogs, italian beef, markets, bars, etc? I won't have a car or much time to hoof it to other neighborhoods so a 10-15 block radius is probably the limit.
Thanks!

Oct 23, 2010
tummyache in Chicago Area

best Flushing restaurants open late night

Hi,
I'm wondering where people go for late night weekday eats in Flushing? I'm looking for a spot to go around midnight or so after going to Spa Castle. my usual spots (Little Pepper, the various food courts, Spicy and Tasty) are all closed by then. I only know of Lu's on the corner of Prince and 39th. any other ideas?

thanks!

Oct 05, 2010
tummyache in Outer Boroughs

Portillo's or Poochie's in Skokie

thanks! I ended up going to Portillo's for a late dinner and the italian beef didn't disappoint. Next time I will try Poochie's...

Jun 22, 2010
tummyache in Chicago Area

Portillo's or Poochie's in Skokie

I am in town for one day staying at the doubletree on skokie blvd. I noticed a Portillo's a couple of blocks away and Poochie's a good deal further away. I am a big fan of Italian beefs (in my visits to chicago, I've tried Johnnies, Mr. Beef, and Al's) but I am also a fan of Chicago dogs (so far I have tried Wiener's Circle and Superdawg). Seeing as I don't have a car (the shuttle will take me to the yellow swift which is 1.4 miles from Poochie's), which of these places do you recommend? Is Poochie's dog special enough to make the trek? or is the portillo's beef solid enough that I should walk two blocks out of the hotel?

thanks!!

Jun 20, 2010
tummyache in Chicago Area

Musician In Stone Mountain for a month needs lunch help

that's hilarious. I'm Danny, the piano player in the band. I'm guessing you might be one of the PBS folks? come say hello when you get the chance. Thanks for those tips. I've been to the first three places on your Tucker list. last time I was here with the circus, I went to Matthews on recs from this board and it has since become the go-to band spot. We've been twice to Taqueria Los Hermanos and it's solid. good tacos (especially al pastor) and shrimp/corn soup. I grabbed a chopped pork sandwich from Old Hickory House after going to the FedEx next door and it was pretty tasty. as far as places I can recommend:
we've been going to the Brickstore Pub on almost a daily basis. It's an amazing bar in Decatur with a huge beer list, a great scotch selection, solid food, and most importantly hot soft pretzels. Buford Highway is a good spot: we went to the 24 hour Korean Tofu spot called 88 Tofu (for Soon doo boo) and there are some other spots there I want to try. Off of Lawrenceville, Madras Saravanna Bhavan is great south indian (vegetarian. you should go to Watershed in Decatur for their famous Tuesday night Fried chicken. it's insanely good (as is the chocolate cake) Today after driving my bandmate to the airport for an early flight, I had a great breakfast at the Silver Skillet on 14th st. NW in Midtown. I had the Country Ham with eggs, biscuits, grits, and redeye gravy and a super nice waitress who called me "baby' and "hon" every sentence. would highly recommend this spot. it sure sucks not having a kitchen for a month but the food in ATl is pretty great...

Musician In Stone Mountain for a month needs lunch help

Hi,
So I am in town playing the circus for a month and need help with some good lunch options in the area (I know there aren't many) When I was here a few years back, I learned of Matthews Cafeteria which I like. It's also not too far to get to Decatur for places like Taqueria Del Sol. On our first day here today, we tried to go to a Jerk Chicken place I rememberd called Captain Mike's but it looks long closed. we ended up at Subway instead and I vowed to my friend that we can do better. Are there other West Indian or Caribbean places people like? Any other places in short driving distance? I remember reading about some mexican places in Tucker but can't seem to find the post.

as far as other atlanta places I've tried and new ones, any thoughts on this list?

places I've been and liked:

Watershed fried chicken night
flying biscuit cafe
Vortex
Brickstore Pub
Buford Highway vietnamse places and Korean tofu house (Tofu 88?)
Madras Saravanna
I also remember going to a really good persian restaurant off of Lawrenceville Hghway buy can't remember the name...

places I've read about:
Fox Bros bbq
Sam and Dave's BBQ
Village corner german rest in stone mountain (haven't been)
Flip burger by that Richard Blais guy from Top Chef last year
Colonnade
Silver Skillet
Chef Liu on Buford Highway
So Kong Dong on Buford
Sam and Dave's BBQ

dining alone in Lisbon

I'm coming to Lisbon for three nights this coming week and will be there by myself before leaving to play music on a cruiseship. Can anyone recommend restaurants that will be casual enough for me to feel comfortable eating by myself? I'll eat most anything, love seafood (and definitely want to have some while I'm there), and tend to prefer more low key places with great food to fancier Michelin-starred ones. I'd prefer moderately priced restaurants. I am staying in the Bairro Alto area but will gladly travel for anything great. also, any advice for a good Port to buy or a good store to find good port (I read something on the board about a Port Institute...)

thanks!

Nov 15, 2008
tummyache in Spain/Portugal

Road Trip out of Paris without breaking the bank

Thanks for the help! It turns out we will have a car and will be travelling for three days trying to stay at campsites, chambres d'hote or gites. We're currently deciding between two options: 1) the Alsace wine route (stopping along the way and eating/drinking a lot of good stuff and 2) the south part of Brittany with a possibility of going to Charente/maritime places like Ile de Re, etc.

Obviously these are two quite different options. I thought the wine route looks nice because it suits a road trip well (just following a road with stops when you like) will things in alsace be open this coming week? (do august closures affect restaurants outside of Paris much?) we'll be going from Monday through wednesday night. any more opinions would be greatly appreciated!!

Aug 22, 2008
tummyache in France

Road Trip out of Paris without breaking the bank

thanks for the suggestions! I've been thinking of Alsace as everyone seems to rave about the food. two questions about that: I will have just visited Germany (Munich and the Bavarian Alps) the week before. I know Alsace is still very french but would you recommend it on the heels of a trip to Germany? also, it might be the case that the trip will just be me in which case I will travel by train. Do you need a car to really enjoy Alsace or can I get by on foot? (or local trains) I'm interested in seeing Lyon especially because it is supposed to be the gastronomic capital..but I think I might want to check out less urban areas for my last week (I guess a mix between countryside and small towns) although that might be challenging without a car. thanks for all the tips.

Aug 11, 2008
tummyache in France

Road Trip out of Paris without breaking the bank

I have been living in Paris for the summer and am trying to decide on a place or places to go in France for my last week here (which happens to include my birthday). I have been to Normandy and the Loire Valley so far. A few of us (including one Parisian) are looking to take a road trip somewhere, ideally in the countryside, with great food, wine, scenery, etc. The problem is we are all musicians and can't afford to stay in nicer places or eat at higher priced Michelin type restaurants. Any suggestions for a part of France (or a couple spots) where we could have a great experience and not spend a ridiculous amount of money (even though given the conversion rate, it's hard to feel good about buying a bottle of water!) ? I thought of the Jura since you can camp and the wine and food are supposed to be great. Have also thought about going to Provence and/or the French Alps (perhaps Annecy) and Gascony. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

Aug 06, 2008
tummyache in France

chez dumonet closed for august?

ok...I called and Chez Dumonet is open for August. couldn't reach Robert et Louise

Jul 23, 2008
tummyache in France

chez dumonet closed for august?

Does anyone know if Chez Dumonet is closed in August? I can't find a website or any info online. also, I've been wanting to go to Robert et Louise in the marais. Is that closed for August (again, no website...)

thanks!

Jul 21, 2008
tummyache in France

Last minute Rome itinerary help!

Thanks! I think I've settled on dinners: sanpietrino tonight, la piazzetta tomorrow night, antico arco/checchino friday night, armando early dinner saturday. We probably won't always be around campo de fiori for lunch. But will probably fill those in with snacky things in preparation for big dinners. Any recs for something good near Villa Borghese for saturday lunch?

Jul 09, 2008
tummyache in Italy

Last minute Rome itinerary help!

Thanks for your helpful response! I realize that I listed quite a hodgepodge of places partly because I don't know the geography and also where a lot of these places fall in terms of classification (tratorria, enoteca, restaurant) Since we'll have just arrived from the airport, I think Sanpietrino will be great for our first meal because it's close. For our three lunches, I'm thinking one day antico forno or roscioli, one day Casa Bleve (for antipasti), and one day Sora Margherita. For dinner, I am having problems...I'm sure location and sightseeing will affect where we end up but if getting a great introduction to food Rome is the primary goal, which three would you choose (keeping in mind we don't have a huge budget but will definitely splurge for a fantastic meal) and which might give a nice variety?: Armando al Pantheon, Antico Arco, Checchino, La Piazzetta, Colline Emiliane, Al Ceppo, Trattoria Monti

Not sure what my friend was talking about regarding bars that serve free food...will have to ask him again.

thanks for your suggestions!

Jul 08, 2008
tummyache in Italy

Last minute Rome itinerary help!

My girlfriend and I are going to Rome tomorrow for three days (wednesday night through sat night) and it is my first time in Italy. I have read through these boards like crazy not to mention lots of other websites but my head is spinning trying to settle on places to go. any help would be greatly appreciated!!

We are staying in the Jewish Ghetto off of Piazza Maffei near Piazza Costaguti. Having never been to Italy before, I am looking forward to trying pasta, pizza, gelato, espresso, etc. I'm thinking we have three dinners to plan and three lunches/snacks. We're probably more interested in trattorias/enotecas than fancier places but might splurge for one dinner. Here is what I have so far. please advise!!

Wednesday night: we get in around 9:30 pm. Noticed that Il Sanpietrino is right near us and is open late. Have read good things about it...Can't tell if it's pricey or not (ie how much for a pasta dish?)

Other things I'm considering:

-pizza bianca at Antico Forno
-gelato at San Crispino
-espresso at Sant Eustachio
-tartufo at tazza de oro
-dinner at one or two of these: campana, cavour 313, antico arco, Nuovo Mondo (pizza), Armando al Pantheon, Checchino Dal, matriciana, augusto
-lunch at sosa margherita or Paris in Trastevere
also, a friend told me that many bars will put out free food to go with drinks. any places people recommend for this? or does the food tend to be not so great??
Thanks in Advance!!!

Jul 08, 2008
tummyache in Italy

dinner before shea with vegetarian/kosher friend

Looking for a good spot to grab dinner before Shea with one person who eats everything and one who keeps kosher (eats at non-kosher places but won't eat shellfish, pork, or non-kosher meat) My go to places these days are Sripraphai, Spicy and Tasty, Little Pepper, etc. and those might work (fish dishes, tofu dishes...) anyone have any other ideas? any good spots in Corona or Jackson Heights that could work? thanks!

May 31, 2008
tummyache in Outer Boroughs