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San Diego Hound in Philly for Three Days

I've actually been to Paesano's and absolutely loved it.

Thanks for the recs guys.

Sep 24, 2013
yanks26dmb in Philadelphia

San Diego Hound in Philly for Three Days

I'll be in town this Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday...

I'd love to get some things I can't find out here on the west coast. A suggestion for really great Italian would be much appreciated..both high end/lower end(think deli).

Anything else that is particularly unique to Philly that I've got to try?

Would love two nice meals (up to 60/pp w/o alcohol) as well as anything else you wouldn't recommend I leave Philly without trying. Also, I know about Pat and Geno's...but are these just touristy places? Can a better philly be found somewhere else?

Sep 24, 2013
yanks26dmb in Philadelphia

San Diego Hound Making Three Day Trip to Boston

Thanks for all of the replies.

A few bits of info..

I'm staying at the Boston Harbor Hotel, so I'll be in that area...and WON'T have a rental. I'm in town for a wedding (on the 5th) so my schedule is semi-cramped. I grew up in NJ, so I've had plenty of fill of good pizza, although do appreciate the pizza recs.

Right now I'm leaning towards Neptune for lunch..still investigating some of the other options posted in here..

Jul 02, 2013
yanks26dmb in Greater Boston Area

San Diego Hound Making Three Day Trip to Boston

I'll be in town the 4th, 5th, and 6th.

Need Breakfast/Lunch recommendations for each day..as well as other "must have" snacks for a west coaster. Love any and everything, nothing is off limits. Particularly enjoy good seafood, especially things we can't get on the west coast...like lobsters with claws. Many thanks!

Jul 01, 2013
yanks26dmb in Greater Boston Area

Last supper

With you 100%. The only time I was there, the service was beyond terrible and the steak was incredibly fatty/grisly. Bit tough in spots as well. Overall not a good experience.

Apr 11, 2013
yanks26dmb in San Diego

Help with Paris restaurants with no menu/choices

I've got les papilles scheduled myself for dinner...think I should look for something else?

Mar 19, 2013
yanks26dmb in France

Anyone up for an itinerary review?

Ha...

I have a girlfriend who's slightly less food obsessed than I am who will (try to)maintain some semblance of balance between eating and...not eating.

Mar 18, 2013
yanks26dmb in France

Anyone up for an itinerary review?

I thought of that, but I'd love to have some really good crepes while I'm in paris...is there anywhere else I could go for this? Preferably grab-n-go type place?

Mar 18, 2013
yanks26dmb in France

Anyone up for an itinerary review?

Check out the itinerary...I'm not sure if I have room for both. I've got lunch and dinner set for every day. I still have reservations for both, so I can cancel one if I need to. Is there anything else on my list that is a weak point or only so-so?

Arrive March 24 from Amsterdam
Lunch: Eating at a market
Dinner: La Cantine du Troquet Dupleix

March 25
Lunch: Pirouette
Dinner: Le Tintalou (only one I'm shaky about - may switch to Kei).

March 26
Lunch: Ze Kitchen Galerie
Dinner: Bones

March 27
Lunch: Passage 53
Dinner: Frenchie Bar a Vin

March 28
Lunch: Pierre Sang Boyer
Dinner:Les Pappilles

March 29
Lunch: Yam'Tcha
Dinner: Spring/Caius

March 30
Lunch: Breizh Cafe
Dinner: Chez L'ami Jean

Mar 18, 2013
yanks26dmb in France

Anyone up for an itinerary review?

Thanks for the rec on Caius - I actually looked into this a bit more and have decided to replace Spring with Caius for Friday night dinner. Not that I think Spring is suddenly a bad choice, I've just been very intrigued by the plethora of positive comments surrounding Caius. Look forward to reporting back.

Mar 18, 2013
yanks26dmb in France

Favorite (independent) coffee shop?

Does anyone know of any hand poured coffee places? Along the same vein as blue bottle, phil'z, sightglass up in SF?

Mar 15, 2013
yanks26dmb in San Diego

Barthelemy cheese shop in Paris

Sounds good - I didn't want to commit a faux pas by ordering a handful of ~28 gram selections.

Mar 15, 2013
yanks26dmb in France

Anyone up for an itinerary review?

I LOVE cured deli meats - especially hams. I'm trying to get the absolute best Iberico Jamon I can... is BB my best option?

Mar 15, 2013
yanks26dmb in France

One day in Paris

Is it possible to get *any* pastries from Jacques Genin anymore? Can an order be placed?

Mar 15, 2013
yanks26dmb in France

Anniversary dinner in San Diego

True.

I avoid restaurant week ilke the plauge - not because of portion size, but because of the sub-standard fare most places typically serve up.

Mar 15, 2013
yanks26dmb in San Diego

Anyone up for an itinerary review?

Definitely food to eat on the street/at a park...wont be doing much cooking this trip.

Mar 15, 2013
yanks26dmb in France

Barthelemy cheese shop in Paris

Is there typically a minimum order required at these fromageries?

Is there any sort of interval that one should order in? i.e. by the ounce/28 grams - or is asking for 100 grams okay?

Mar 15, 2013
yanks26dmb in France

Anyone up for an itinerary review?

Will definitely be getting my herring fill during my 2 day stop in Amsterdam before I head to Paris - but appreciate the suggestions...I'll see what those other guys have to say.

Mar 15, 2013
yanks26dmb in France

Anniversary dinner in San Diego

Wine vault is tasty but EXTREMELY small portions. You will leave hungry.

My vote is for smoking goat. A very tasty bistro located in South Park with a nice setting and service.

Mar 15, 2013
yanks26dmb in San Diego

NYC coming to SD

Ha, honestly, don't get too overwhelmed with the San Diego food scene....save that for SF.

I'm in SF a LOT so if you've got any specific questions about places up there, I'd be happy to answer. Just a quick bit of advice, save your fine dining for SF, but be sure to make reservations well in advance...

PS - if you go to Ota or Kaito for that matter, be sure to get the Uni sashimi. Willing to bet you won't find Uni in NY as fresh and tasty as what we get locally here in San Diego. That, and the salmon belly at Ota is divine...

Mar 15, 2013
yanks26dmb in San Diego

Anyone up for an itinerary review?

Perfect - will keep both.

Is bellotta bellotta the best place to sample the finest jamon iberico in the city? From what I've been reading it appears this way..

John - are there any non-restaurant food items I may have overlooked you would classify as "can't miss"?

Mar 15, 2013
yanks26dmb in France

Anyone up for an itinerary review?

Thanks for the Saturne rec Phil - for whatever the reason I wrote this place off after reading a string of bad reviews, but I'll look into it a bit more.

Parnassien - Short of subbing in Saturne, I think I'm going to heed your advice and keep things as is.

Of course, now comes the part where I've got to make decisions on all the other "in between" meals...Patrick Roger, Laduree, Bellotta Bellotta, etc.

Question for ya - here in the states, at least where I am in southern california, our famer's markets often have food cooked on site. Is this true in Paris? Or are markets primarily selling food to be taken home and cooked/eaten?

Mar 15, 2013
yanks26dmb in France

Anyone up for an itinerary review?

I was having the same concern; too much asian-fusion. I think I'll pass on Kei (I'm assuming ZKG and Yam'Tcha are considered superior fusion versions from what I've been reading...).

Is there anything non-fusion and/or different you could suggest to take the place of Tintalou and/or Spring (I'm not positive on this one either)

Damnit..and I thought my itinerary was set...!

Mar 14, 2013
yanks26dmb in France

paris restaurant check!

Would love to hear your thoughts on my itinerary... (thread posted)

Mar 14, 2013
yanks26dmb in France

Anyone up for an itinerary review?

Itinerary is complete...many thanks to those that have played a part in helping me decide. Here's the final run down - how's it look? Any glaringly poor choices? Anything I should sub in?

Arrive March 24 from Amsterdam
Lunch: Eating at a market
Dinner: La Cantine du Troquet Dupleix

March 25
Lunch: Pirouette
Dinner: Le Tintalou (only one I'm shaky about - may switch to Kei).

March 26
Lunch: Ze Kitchen Galerie
Dinner: Bones

March 27
Lunch: Passage 53
Dinner: Frenchie Bar a Vin

March 28
Lunch: Pierre Sang Boyer
Dinner:Les Pappilles

March 29
Lunch: Yam'Tcha
Dinner: Spring

March 30
Lunch: Breizh Cafe
Dinner: Chez L'ami Jean

Mar 14, 2013
yanks26dmb in France

Anyone up for an itinerary review?

Ended up reserving a lunch at Passage 53 as my "two-star" experience...

Seem like a good choice?

Mar 14, 2013
yanks26dmb in France

NYC coming to SD

To follow up on the above..

If you are planning on Noble Experiment..you need to text exactly at MIDNIGHT, one week prior. I've been trying to make reservations here for a long time, and finally asked them why they're always booked. They told me people scramble to text right at midnight, one week out..

Also..I've been to both sushi Ota and Kaito, numerous times. There is no price difference as far as I can tell. Both are expensive, but much less expensive than what you'd pay in NYC for that quality sushi.

On a whole, Ota is definitely my personal favorite and the best sushi I've ever had..although, I've had individual dishes at Kaito that would classify as "best ever". Granted, I've never been to a place like Urasawa....but I don't have 8 bills to drop on dinner for one anyways, so it's moot.

One more tip on craft and commerce and Noble experiment...both are very popular and good. If you're looking for something (still downtown) but under the radar, and imo better than craft and commerce (never been to noble experiment), I would suggest Lion's Share. The food is actually really good too - I had the antelope sliders just last weekend.

Mar 14, 2013
yanks26dmb in San Diego

Anyone up for an itinerary review?

No disrespect to your opinion of course, John!

Mar 14, 2013
yanks26dmb in France

Anyone up for an itinerary review?

Thanks for the tips..I may go ahead and forget about Bigarrade after such a bold statement.

I guess I'm looking for an upscale, fancy pants, two or three star, quintessential Paris experience that I literally cannot get by me (southern california).

Closest I could get would be French Laundry or something of that ilk up in Napa...although I've never had luck with reservations..

Mar 13, 2013
yanks26dmb in France

Anyone up for an itinerary review?

Thanks John....I did a similar length trip through New Orleans and handled a Commander's Palace lunch and Galatoire's dinner, plus a poboy (or two) in an eight hour period..so as long as I'm not up against anything richer than that, I'll assume I'll be okay :)

Ill definitely check out Terroir Parisien for dinner.

I was definitely considering Passage53 for a michelin level lunch. Pretty much between that, L'Astrance, Ledoya (although it's admittedly a bit higher than I wanted to go), or Bigarrade...

Thanks for the tips.

Mar 13, 2013
yanks26dmb in France