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Recent KC visits, 4/15

Had some visitors in town last week, here are a few notes on where we ate:

Joe's of Kansas City, 47th St location. Visited around 4 pm so no line, a first! Burnt ends on special so I was pleased to share those around. Good fries, spicy red beans and rice. Everyone loved their sandwiches ~ pulled pork, sliced brisket. Always eat to much here.

Jack Stack, Plaza location. Several days later. Food was good, not great, and aggressive up selling was annoying. Burnt ends nowhere as good as Joe's. Lamb ribs excellent

Rye. Hit and miss. Steak tartar outstanding, pork chop good but thin. Deviled egg app to cold to taste, liked the pork rinds. Shrimp and grits was overly smoky and salty, really quite awful.

PigWhich, Local Pig downtown. Good sandwiches, burger and pork tenderloin, house made chips, all good. Bain mi not consistent with my last one ~ soft pickled vegetables, too little filling ratio to bread.

Lydia's, brunch. Pasta trio very good, tender, silky handmade tagliatelle with pest outstanding, ravioli thick and plain. Sunday sauce special seemed dull. Antipasto table uninspired, soup greasy. Tiramisu on dessert table moist, not soggy. Excellent service. I was sorry that the sweetbreads listed on the online brunch menu were not present.

Spin, Main Street location. Salad with pizza combo way overdressed but pizzas, minestrone and Ceasar all very good.

Apr 22, 2015
tomatoaday in Great Plains

KC ~ did all the posters move?

I have been to Local Pg downtown and chose the pork meatball Bain mi both times, nice flavor. I like the inside cases but prefer the Broadway Butcher for meat to cook at home.

Apr 16, 2015
tomatoaday in Great Plains

KC ~ did all the posters move?

Thank you for all those recs. I read an article about Broadmoor and want to check that out, as well as their farmers market offerings.

Apr 16, 2015
tomatoaday in Great Plains

KC ~ did all the posters move?

Will do! I have been eating some great beef back here.

Apr 16, 2015
tomatoaday in Great Plains

KC ~ did all the posters move?

Thanks for the ABC rec. I tried Pine & Bamboo on the strength of Yelp scores. Wow, a lot of soy sauce, a lot!

Apr 16, 2015
tomatoaday in Great Plains

KC ~ did all the posters move?

I moved to JoCo and have found some good eats (Burg & Barrel, Jerrys Cafe for breakfast, bbq of course, O'Neils) some average (Blue Moose, Strouds, Bristol, BRGR, Ponacks) and some awful (every Asian). For such a bigger city, with so much concern for food and visible chefs, I am surprised at the dearth of posters on this site. Are people posting elsewhere? To busy crowding the darling spots? Cooking at home? I am looking for suggestions for Chinese, Dim Sum, Vietnamese, sandwiches, prime rib dinners. Also tips on good Farmers Markets and vendors. Anyone out there? Helllloooooo!

Apr 01, 2015
tomatoaday in Great Plains

Schoolhouse Pizza Quincy - Closed?

It reopened in early 2013, have you been back?

good source for muesli (at a fair price!)

I like Bob's Red Mill - I'm sure they have a web site that you could find some place close to you that sells their line.

Chowdown Report: Ming Kee in San Francisco

That sounds like a terrific event - while I read it, I wondered if I had ever had goose, don't think so. Happy belated birthday! We have the pizzeria open - come visit if you are ever in the Boston area.

Searching for recipe from Dini's Sea Grill

Tadich Grill, in San Francisco, uses mashed potatoes as a big part of their tartar sauce. Does this sound like it might be a possibility? If so, you could try googling copy cat Tadich tartar recipes. I don't think they have ever published it themselves. Sure is good though - I have been known to eat it on their bread.

Brunch in Quincy

Gave my older sister the choices and she chose Fox and Hound. It was ok. On the buffet was a selection of baked goods (untoasted mini bagels, cinnamon rolls, mini Danish) none that appeared made there. Cantaloupe, honeydew, strawberries, grapes. Chafers held scrambled eggs, link sausage, bacon, French toast, there was a green salad and for non breakfast, sliced roast pork with gravy, mashed potatoes, vegetables and a waaaay overcooked rigatoni with vegetables and cream sauce. Desserts were glasses of apple crisp, bread pudding and tapioca. It was cheap ($12.95 per) mediocre food, a nice room, great parking and poor service. We all ate way to much bacon. And the new boyfriend passed the audition -

I appreciate the recs for China Pearl and will be there soon. I will be more chowish after this start - thanks for the suggestions. BTW, the best of Quincy thread has been very helpful!

Brunch in Quincy

Doesn't have to be a buffet at all - usually I avoid them but this is an occasion to present a new boyfriend to 3 sisters, so needs to be quiet. Have you been to Remick's for breakfast? I am new to the area but reports seem to indicate a downward slide. Thanks for the Inn rec., it looks great.

Brunch in Quincy

Looking for a place with great food (naturally) but also comfortable for a group of 8, god parking and not to Loud. Fox and Hound looks great for atmosphere but a lone Yelp post on brunch buffet was very disappointing. Tips appreciated, not only on places but specific menu items. Thanks -

What Bay Area French restaurant is comparable to this D.C. restaurant, please?

Their sole with crab stuffing is great when they have that. So are the quenelles. For less rich options, the Nicoise is good and the burger is first rate. The bouliabasse has a red pepper rouille but other than that, I don't remember anything with a lot of red bell pepper - overall, I really like almost everything I have ever had there. Seems like time for a return visit!

Miller's East Coast Deli 2nd location coming 12/19/11 - San Rafael's Montecito Shopping Center

I have been a couple of times and was pleased. I'm stuck on the something Buddha sandwich - happy, laughing? The matzoh ball chicken soup is good too.

In dire need of an East Coast Jewish Deli!

I picked up a sandwich at the Millers in San Rafael and thought it was pretty good. It was the Buddha - chopped chicken liver, pastrami, Russian dressing, red onion, lettuce and tomato on marble rye. I subbed corned beef for the pastrami. If they had toasted the bread and included the tomato, I would have been even happier. Big sandwich (and big price, about $12.50) came with a good light sour pickle tasting of clove and some average mac salad. I'll go back -

Miller's East Coast Deli
1725 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109

Please check my list for upcoming visit

In Marin, I like the Buckeye in Mill Valley (liver, ribs, brisket, oysers bingo all excellent), Poggio has good food and a beautiful interior - nice walking area for after dinner. For lunch, Fish is good and more expensive than you realize until you hear the total. It used to be cash only, not sure if that is still the case. If Le Garage is open and the weather is nice that would be enjoyable. Sushi Ran is very good and seems more reasonable for lunches although the menu is basically the same. Going north a little bit to Corte Madera / Larkspur, Brick and Bottle has a good happy hour and Monday burger and beer special. Left Bank is variable quality although I have heard better comments recently.

777 Bridgeway, Sausalito, CA 94965

Sushi Ran
107 Caledonia St., Sausalito, CA 94965

Le Garage
85 Liberty Ship Way Ste 109, Sausalito, CA

2825 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park, CA 94025

Brick and Bottle
55 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera, CA 94925

Good pupusas in the East Bay?

This may be a strange spot but I like the ones inside the at the Coliseum swap meet. Actually, I think most of the food there is good - definitly an uphill path over the last few years.

Quirky Sandwich Concoctions

Peanut butter, mayo and bread and butter pickles. In a pinch, my husband will eat them with pickle relish instead.

Jul 14, 2011
tomatoaday in General Topics

Nellie's 7.13.11, updates?

Not as good as it used to be. The oxtails were roasted with a thin gravy swished over them. Good, but not enough to return for. Portion seemed small as well. The greens were good too, chopped fine, a little flat. Yams sweet as candy but good scooped on the corn muffins. The deep fried porkchops were not worth the health dangers. Thin and the batter tasted slightly fishy, likely from shared oil. Too bad - for the first time, we actually had good service! 2 dinners with sides, 1 soda, about $33.

Nellie's Soulfood
1155 3rd St, Oakland, CA 94607

Nellie's 7.13.11, updates?

I plan on going to Nellie's in Oakland today for their Wednesday daily special of oxtails. I haven't been in a few months and haven't read any reports. Still the same - good main course items, mediocre sides and usually slow service? Uphill, downhill?

KC Area - Fried Chicken

I remember Boote
s & Coates. My mom and now stepfather would sometimes take us with them for dinner - very foreign place, dark and mostly bar like to a kid from Leawood. They had a great blue cheese dressing. As I recall, it was red or orange -anyone know how to make it?

Jul 08, 2011
tomatoaday in Great Plains

Max's Matzoh Ball Soup?

The MB soup is good there but I really like the sweet and sour brisket soup, which I think they call Russian Cabbage Soup on the menu. For the Matzoh balls, I like the texture and how they are evenly cooked even when so large. I wish there was more chicken flavor in the broth and less "spent" chicken. As I recall, you only get one in the small size and two in the large.

Condolences to family and friends of "Chuy" Campos owner of Otaez restaurants in the Eastbay

Just an awful thing to happen, and for what appears to be so small of a reason. From what I read, he was a driving force for area businesses and will be missed in many ways, by many people.

Where's the best Thai food in Marin?

I have only gotten food to go but the tiny Bay Thai on Fourth Street in San Rafael is good. And cheap - my usual #13 Thai curry noodle (rice noodle in red curry with prawns, coconut milk, bamboo shoots, sweet basil, chili and baby corn) is a whopping $7.50 and is usually enough for 2 meals, especially if I remember to get a side of rice for day 2. Cash only.

The Next Great Restaurant 3/27- -Spoiler Alert

I have picked the Indian concept to win from the first. Although I am not generally a fan of Indian food, I think it's appeal could be widespread, not just in large markets but in mid markets, especially college towns. Since it is friendly to vegetararians and low in proteins, I would think running a reasonable Cost of Goods would be easier than say - grilled cheese sandwiches. I was sorry they made him change the name - I thought Tiffin Box was a great name and neatly captured the cuisine, the takeout aspect and was memorable. Even Tiffin would have been good - I can't even remember the generic title he is using now.

Mar 28, 2011
tomatoaday in Food Media & News

Who's familiar with old San Francisco restaurants?

Regarding LaBouc, I remember going to the one in Alameda once. I loved the fish soup and when I wanted to take some with me, they poured it into an empty clean wine bottle.

Childhood favorite sandwich

We had one of those we used on camping trips. Buttered bread on either side, canned cherry pie filling, toasted until browned and crispy. I'm surprised we survived without facial scars from boiling hot cherry gloop. Same with the electric frying pan of oil in the dining room when it was taco night. All right mom - 5 kids! No scars!

Mar 15, 2011
tomatoaday in General Topics

Central Vegetarian in Alameda - thoughts?

Going tonight with 2 vegans, 2 vegetarians and 2 omnivores. I would welcome some comments on must haves or avoids. Rates highly on Yelp so I am hoping to get some positive Hounds thoughts. Looking at the menu, I think the sesame tofu looks good, as does the black bean vegetables. I have never tried meat substitutes so have no thoughts there. One yelper mentions a msg-y after taste. Any comments on noodle dishes or appetizers? Thanks. I am looking forward to a new wrinkle to my usual dining choices.

Best female chefs around the globe?

In the US, female chefs that I think are well known and regarded:
Cindy Pawycln
Joyce Goldstein
Barbara Lynch
Lidia Bastianich
Marcella Hazan (maybe more Italy - not sure where she is based now)

Mar 07, 2011
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