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ISO great beer, good food and Kid friendly!

No kids allowed at the Columbia City Alehouse or at The Beer Junction so far as I know. :(

Sep 17, 2013
BorntoEat in Greater Seattle

ISO great beer, good food and Kid friendly!

Hiya hounds -

My dad is visiting for his birthday and the man loves beer. I'd love to find a spot that has a great selection of beers on tap, good food but is also OK for the kiddos. I live in Columbia City but am totally good making a destination trek for the right place. We found lots of places like this in Portland (or food pods with beer trucks) but I'm drawing a blank for local spots.
Cider on tap is a plus as I like the beer but it doesn't like me.

Thanks for suggestions!
BorntoEat

Sep 17, 2013
BorntoEat in Greater Seattle

North County Recs needed!! (Encinitas, Carlsbad, Del Mar, Solana Beach etc etc)

Oops, forgot. Also need a place for lunch when we arrive on Saturday. Someplace that just really says "you are in San Diego" that we can hit between the airport and Encinitas or the environs. And that won't have a crazy wait for five people who will be pretty hungry and ready to soak in some sun.

Aug 21, 2013
BorntoEat in San Diego

North County Recs needed!! (Encinitas, Carlsbad, Del Mar, Solana Beach etc etc)

Heading to North County San Diego for a week with family and friends so of course turning to chowhounds for the best recs. We are staying between Encinitas and Carlsbad (Leucadia?) and plan to pretty much hang up that way. We've been to San Diego proper lots of times and love the food but thought we would try something different. Mainly just hanging at the beaches, eating, doing a little sightseeing, eating, walking, eating some more... My perfect trip.

Any can't misses welcome. Definately need to eat Mexican as Seattle is deficient in this area. Also sushi (though the place needs to have some rolls to please our friends). Seafood? Fish tacos? Pizza? Donuts? Ice cream/shave ice/anything cold? Great drinks? Funky, very SoCal places? Good coffee? Honestly we just like good food.

We are four adults and one seven year old. The seven year old can be taken anyplace though i'm not planning on super fancy meals. Don't need "kid friendly" as in crappy food but they don't glare at children. We will be spending a day at Lego Land and maybe a day at the Safari Park (in which case I really want to try the Snowball shaved ice place). Also we will hit the Leucadia Farmers Market as I love me some farmers. Uh, produce and juices.

Thanks for suggestions!

BorntoEat

Aug 21, 2013
BorntoEat in San Diego

Meals near Vancouver General Hospital

Thank you so much. Elysian for coffee for sure. Kirin or Dynasty for dim sum on sunday morning. Peaceful noodles or sushi in the area for lunch perhaps. or takeout from whole foods back to the hotel late at night.

any other night time offerings? the wife of our friend mentioned a drink after leaving the hospice. catus club as mentioned? anyplace else? doesn't matter if expensive. i'd pay a load to take her to a nice place and buy her a good drink.

Jul 12, 2013
BorntoEat in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Meals near Vancouver General Hospital

Obviously I'm not thinking clearly. We will need lunch as well when we arrive and the dinner will be late so anyplace open after 9pm would be great. We love chinese, sushi, dim sum (prob will try that sunday morning maybe)...honestly we just like good food. Also any good bars/lounges open late in the area? I will probably want a drink after the visit - just being honest here. And good coffee needed for sure in the morning.

Thanks for any help.

Jul 11, 2013
BorntoEat in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Meals near Vancouver General Hospital

Heading up from Seattle at the last minute to visit a friend in the hospital. Staying at the Holiday Inn on Broadway right near Vancouver General. Ideas for good dinner and breakfast/coffee nearby? Walking distance preferred but close drive OK too.

Thanks!
BorntoEat

Jul 11, 2013
BorntoEat in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Beasleys chicken brunch Raleigh

Was planning to go to beasleys after a trip to the museum tomorrow. But sad to see it is brunch on Saturday. I really wanted their regular food. Do they offer the regular meals (fried chicken) as well at brunch? If not is there anyplace good nearby that isn't brunch on Saturday?? Thanks!

Jun 21, 2013
BorntoEat in Southeast

Raleigh state farmers market?

We always stop at the big agricultural state farmers market outside of Raleigh on the way to the coast. Usually traveling on a Saturday but this year we will be leaving on a Sunday. Is the market as good on Sunday as Saturday? We could go Saturday instead but would have to keep everything in coolers until Sunday as will be in a hotel. So please advise! Thank you!

Jun 21, 2013
BorntoEat in Southeast

Needs recs for Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area - fun, regional meals!

That is my #1 choice for downtown lunch. The only issue is that they don't take reservations and we have 9 people. Maybe at an off time like 11am or 4pm??

Jun 10, 2013
BorntoEat in Southeast

Needs recs for Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area - fun, regional meals!

Mandolin vs Elaine's???

Jun 10, 2013
BorntoEat in Southeast

Needs recs for Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area - fun, regional meals!

We are heading to Emerald Isle so YES any bbq or other good grub on the way would be appreciated. We are traveling on a sunday which way affect things though (in terms of places being open).

Jun 09, 2013
BorntoEat in Southeast

Needs recs for Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area - fun, regional meals!

For the birthday dinner I would say regional, farm to table type food is #1 in a nice setting. Something that "says" NC at its best. Nothing white-haired but we don't need a 20something type of vibe either.

Jun 07, 2013
BorntoEat in Southeast

Needs recs for Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area - fun, regional meals!

Kids won't be in on the nice meal thanks to grandparent babysitters. But in general the kids are used to eating out at adult type places and I always have a pbj handy just in case :)
Love all the suggestions. Any BBQ other than Allen and sons?

Jun 07, 2013
BorntoEat in Southeast

Needs recs for Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area - fun, regional meals!

I always hate it when someone throws out a wide range question like mine so I will say first off that i did search threads but got a little overwhelmed and thought i would just ask you fine folks for suggestions.

Coming to the R-D-CH area for a few days on the way to the beach. Know it's a big area but we will make plans based on our stomachs. We are staying near Brier Creek which is pretty close to most things I think. Have been a few times before but it's been awhile.

Looking for one nice birthday meal (interesting food, full bar a plus, regional NC or southern also good) and some other can't miss more casual places for lunch and dinner. We are coming from Seattle so don't necessarily need alot of food we can get here (which is mainly Asian fusion) - that said Lucha Tigre in CH sounds pretty awesome so I wouldn't totally count it out. We also love food trucks, farmer's markets etc.

Places that i can remember we've visited and liked: Gugglehuphs, Loco Pops, Elaines, Allen and Sons, the big market at the fair grounds (go every trip), some great Indian place (white table cloths but in a strip mall?), and some great Greek place (also in a strip mall - real specific huh?).

We will definately be going to the Natural History museum one day so lunch or big breakfast near there? Also any places that have live music that are kid friendly? Or good outdoor events June 20-23rd??

A few names that seemed bandied around the lists were Mandolin, Hayes Barton Cafe, Dames, Scratch and Loaf, Merrits Grill, Lantern and Choland.

Thanks!
BorntoEat

Jun 06, 2013
BorntoEat in Southeast

Need dinner recs - Ballard, Queen Anne, Fremont area

Thank you SO much for your thorough recs. We don't have any price limitations for our evening but appreciate your attention to including a variety of options. I think we'll try for walrus and staple or whale wins. I LOVED the old joule but am less impressed by their current steakhouse menu. Bastille intrigues me though esp given the HTCAW and Campagne cred. Will take a good look. Thanks again for all your time and consideration.

Mar 07, 2013
BorntoEat in Greater Seattle

Need dinner recs - Ballard, Queen Anne, Fremont area

Living in the south end of Seattle, Ballard and its environs sometime feel like a world away. Especially when you have a kid and "an evening out" needs to end by 9pm. So imagine my glee at having an offer for a playdate that happens to coincide with our anniversary. The "date" will happen just south of the Ballard Bridge this Saturday night and I need some recs. Only place we've been up that way recently is Revel. Ages ago been to Volterra and La Carta. So what is new/good and workable on a Saturday night. We'll be free from around 4:30-9pm.
Also good drinks are a plus as I love me some mixology.
Thanks in advance!
BorntoEat

Mar 04, 2013
BorntoEat in Greater Seattle

Date night out pacific beach/la jolla.

Hi hounders! Heading to San Diego tomorrow for five
Nights with my partner, six year old and the grandparents. Staying in a vrbo in
North pacific beach. Found good recs on the board for casual places in the area. Can't wait!
Also need a rec for an adult date dinner out as grandParents have offered to
Childsit. We love sushi, farm to table, fancy drinks and interesting grounded food.
We have a car but would like to spend more time celebrating and less time driving.

Also any farmers market recs? We love north park but won't necessarily
Be up that way this
Trip.
Mahalo!
Borntoeat

Aug 25, 2012
BorntoEat in San Diego

Where are the decent new liquor stores?

If you want to stay in the Seattle area, i highly recommend what was the State Liquor store in the West Seattle Junction (next to the big new QFC and near Trader Joes). The woman who owns it used to supply alot of the high end downtown businesses and she knows her stuff. Amazing selection and great service.

Jul 09, 2012
BorntoEat in Greater Seattle

Lunch near Maui Airport?

Aloha -

Heading to Maui next week and arrive right at lunch time. Looking for a good place to grab something to eat before we hit Costco and the Natural Food Market. Used to be a great Cuban place nearby but i believe they closed. Open to all types of food - some place that you can sit down (inside or outside), trucks OK if there are benches.

Any great finds at Costco lately? On Kauai we got great poke, ahi, hawaiian soda and local salsa.

Mahalo!
BorntoEat

May 17, 2012
BorntoEat in Hawaii

Maui: Gannon's, new Alan Wong, Merriman's, Haile Maile...decisions!

Thanks so much! These are exactly the places I
Love and I agree with your assessments. Kihei caffe
Was a favorite for us last trip as well. Will try monkeypod, Eskimo candy (love
Poke) and the shave ice place. Did u try 808 deli or bistro?

May 01, 2012
BorntoEat in Hawaii

Maui: Gannon's, new Alan Wong, Merriman's, Haile Maile...decisions!

Aloha -

Heading to Maui in a few weeks and staying near Wailea. Last time we were there (four years ago) we loved Haile Maile General Store for an upscale meal and places like 808 deli, Paia Fish Market, Sansei Sushi (yes it is just big rolls but it was great at 50% off!) and other less $$$ places for other meals.

This time we have a kid with us but are bringing the grandparents and have promised ourselves two fancy dinners. A lot has changed in four years - lots of additions to the market. So feedback on Gannon's vs Haile Maile vs Merriman's vs Amasia (alan wong)? Or if there is a place you like better than all of those let me know. Gannon's is very close for us (we are staying on the golf course) but I haven't seen much talk about it on this board. I like seafood and playful, interesting farm to table concepts. My partner likes meat and we both like cocktails (though we can get those anyplace).

Also if any of these fancy spots are just as good as/better for lunch than dinner we could do that.

I went ahead and made reservations for the new Alan Wong place at the Grand Wailea based on his star power and place in Honolulu. And the fear that waiting might mean being out of luck. But we can cancel if it turns out to be all fluff. Also they don't post prices but i am assuming it will be similar to Honolulu (around $100 for a tasting menu no drinks or extras). If anyone goes, please report back!

And of course other recs welcomed as well as always.

Mahalo!
Born to Eat

Also heard 808 deli has a new bistro. Anybody been? We did Cafe O'lei last time - it was a good value but didn't blow me away.

Apr 30, 2012
BorntoEat in Hawaii

Sunday food near ground kontrol

staying in se Portland but taking the kid to Ground
Kontrol Sunday. Food options? We've done the
Deschutes brewery near powells before which was ok. And
Mothers is great but the lines are not. Anything good around
And open on Sunday?

Also can't misses in se Portland would be great. Have
Done pok pok, garden state and the carts across
From pok pok. Tried screen porch for breakfast bit lines too
Long. Will try pine street biscuits before we leave Monday.

Thanks!

Sep 24, 2011
BorntoEat in Metro Portland

Two meals in sgv. Please help!

We are in the IE visiting family for a week. Usually
Plenty of time to eat lots of dumplings, noodles, dim
Sum and the like in sgv. But this time heading to San Diego for part
Of week so not so much noodling time.

So two daytime meals in the sgv. What do you think?
Typically we eat at mei long, dtf, the other dumplings
Place in the plaza with mei long for dumplings and noodles.
For dim sum we prefer the menu places. But there is
So much we haven't tried! So need help on what is good right now and
Where to spend my precious tummy time.

Low or no msg is a plus but whatever. It's two great
Meals. I'll swell up like a balloon for that if needed.

Thanks chowers!
Born to eat

Aug 27, 2011
BorntoEat in Los Angeles Area

Easy stop for Thursday lunch in PDX?

Hi everyone -

Heading down the the wine country on Thursday and want to stop for lunch in PDX. Probably avoid downtown/pearl district as will be heading back to PDX for Sat and Sunday and staying at Hotel Deluxe (eating at Wildwood, Oba or Gruner, some places for lunch...)

So looking for something easy to get to off the highway that is really good. Have thought about the food carts up north (garden state, sugar cube...) but may want a sit down instead. Anything great up north/down south for lunch that we just shouldn't miss?

Thanks!
BorntoEat

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Oba
555 NW 12th Ave, Portland, OR 97209

Apr 10, 2011
BorntoEat in Metro Portland

Dundee Wine Passport Event - Hit or Miss?

Hi everyone -

I also posted this to the general Pacific Northwest board but haven't received any replies, so thought i would try here.

My partner and i are planning a four day getaway to Portland and the Willamette Valley in April. It just so happens that the weekend we were planning to be in the willamette is the "dundee wine passport" event.

Has anyone been to this event before? I'm trying to figure out if it will be as crowded as thanksgiving weekend (which we stopped attending because of all the tour buses). If so, we will change our days around, though it won't be as optimal timing for us. But if you can still get to the tasting rooms without being crushed by the crowds, we'll go as planned.

Thanks so much!
Borntoeat

Mar 01, 2011
BorntoEat in Metro Portland

Dundee Wine Passport Event - Hit or Miss

Hi everyone -

My partner and i have planned a four night trip to Portland and the Willamette Valley in April. In researching which wineries will be open, I stumbled across an event notification for the "Dundee Passport" Wine event which happens to correspond with our trip dates. Has anyone been to this event before?

I am excited at the prospect that some smaller Dundee wineries may be open that weekend but am worried about crowds. We stopped going at Thanksgiving because the tour buses just made things crazy. If it's busy on that scale we will probably rearrange our dates to avoid it.

If anyone has an experience to share, please let me know!

Thank you!

Mar 01, 2011
BorntoEat in Pacific Northwest

Kauai Trip Report - May 2010

I really appreciate your trip report. Are there any places that made your google map (that you wanted to visit) but didn't make your report?

Aug 25, 2010
BorntoEat in Hawaii

Seattle Visit, Foodie Parents, 2 Kids Not So Much

Oh and Monsoon in Capitol Hill would be a fabulous night out and they are kid friendly (enough anyway) esp if you go early. They have wonderful seafood.

Aug 11, 2010
BorntoEat in Greater Seattle

Seattle Visit, Foodie Parents, 2 Kids Not So Much

Also Tamarind Tree has a second restaurant downtown - Longs. It is near 2nd and Stewart. The menu is a little different than TT but very very good and plenty of kid friendly stuff (they will do plain noodles or noodles with chicken broth or whatever you need). Nishino does get good press for sushi though i prefer Mashiko is West Seattle. They are very kid friendly (esp if you go early). My son loves their udon noodles. Top Pot donuts is great - the closest ones to you will be downtown (near Cinerama on 5th) or the one on Capitol Hill. And for a fancy night out i always recommend Zoe in Belltown. I've been many times over the years and i always have a fabulous meal (and they have a great bar as well). Not so much a kid place though. Have a marvelous trip!

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Tamarind Tree
1036 S Jackson St, Seattle, WA 98104

Nishino
3130 E Madison St Ste 106, Seattle, WA 98112

Aug 11, 2010
BorntoEat in Greater Seattle