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Dinner recs for a group near Apollo Theater

Thanks for the heads up. French won out over Italian. We'll give ourselves extra time to make the 7:30 show.

Jul 27, 2010
jnf in Chicago Area

Dinner recs for a group near Apollo Theater

Thanks for the recs and the link. Orange River North looks good for breakfast, as does Xoco. Still up in the air about dinner, might go with Mon Ami Gabi as Merlo's looks a bit pricey.

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Mon Ami Gabi
2300 N. Lincoln Park West, Chicago, IL 60614

Jul 26, 2010
jnf in Chicago Area

Dinner recs for a group near Apollo Theater

Two families of four (kids are in their 20's) will be in town on Wednesday, July 28th and need recs for for restaurant choices near the Apollo Theater in Lincoln Park. Looking for a place that's good for a group, good wine, moderate to low-end expensive. We also need recs for breakfast/lunch (doesn't need to be for a large group) near Best Western River North. We don't mind walking -- just looking for good chow and an interesting eating experience.

Jul 24, 2010
jnf in Chicago Area

One Week at the Marriott Union Station in St. Louis - need a couple of recommendations..

Niche and Sidney Street Cafe are in an area called Benton Park, just south of downtown St. Louis (around 3 miles from downtown?). Not too far. Both restaurants are about 3 blocks from each other on Sidney Street. My husband and I just went to Niche for our anniversary last night, it is our favorite St. Louis restaurant. Everything was wonderful. The dishes are very creative and gourmet. If you are adventurous and like exciting, new cuisine -- definitely check it out. I have not been to Sydney Street Cafe for many years, but I have heard many good things about the chef. Franco is in an area nearby called Soulard -- I have not been there yet, but have heard good things about this too. The Wall Street Journal recently wrote a review about good things in the St. Louis restaurant world and featured Niche and Franco.

Here is the link: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001...

Aug 27, 2009
jnf in General Midwest Archive

Breakfast and lunch near Marriott Magnificent Mile

Hi all,
Here's a Chicago food update from my fun, fun trip to Windy City. We had great weather, great shopping, great eating. We did a lot of touring so unfortunately our schedule did not allow us to try all the great suggestions you offered. We did have gelato at L'appetito, very yummy. The sandwiches looked great: I will try this restaurant on a future trip. One breakfast that we did have in the area was at Tempo. We had to wait a little over a 1/2 hour, and I have to say it was just OK. I had an omlette with artichokes, tomatoes and swiss, which was piled on skillet potatoes. Lots of artichoke, but it all kind of blended together. There seems to be a lack of early morning breakfast places near the magnificent mile, but I just might not be looking in the right places. However, for dinner one night we ate at Mon Ami Gabi, in Lincoln Park. It was delightful. I had steamed mussels and my friend had the halibut special -- delicious on both counts. On a side note, we went to see Million Dollar Quartet at the Apollo in Lincoln Park. Fabulous play about a jam session at Sun Records with Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash (check it out, if you will be in the area, it runs til Oct. 1).

Aug 27, 2009
jnf in Chicago Area

Breakfast and lunch near Marriott Magnificent Mile

Thanks all for your great suggestions. This helps a lot! We also have reservations at Mon Abi Gabi (for a pre-theater dinner before show at the Apollo). Your thoughts?

Aug 20, 2009
jnf in Chicago Area

Breakfast and lunch near Marriott Magnificent Mile

Thanks!

Aug 19, 2009
jnf in Chicago Area

Breakfast and lunch near Marriott Magnificent Mile

Hi all,
Going to Chicago this Friday for a girl's weekend and will be staying at the Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile. We plan to do shopping in the area on Saturday and need suggestions for breakfast and lunch/brunch. Doesn't have to be right on Michigan Avenue -- we are willing to walk (up to a mile), but don't want to have to take a cab. Thanks for your help.

Aug 19, 2009
jnf in Chicago Area

Moab area eats

Great. Thanks all for the recs. -- definitely Desert Bistro, Moab Diner, Moab Brewery and Miguels Baja and one of the grills. A lot of other interesting places to check -- we'll need to do a lot of hiking!

Apr 16, 2009
jnf in Southwest

Moab area eats

Thanks for the report. Had not heard of Pasta Jay's. We will be staying at a B & B in town, but will try to schedule a trip to Red Cliffs or Sorrel River grill --any preference?

Apr 16, 2009
jnf in Southwest

Moab area eats

Thanks for the heads up about "road" food. We'll make sure to get provisions in Moab. We are ALWAYS in search of a great Margarita -- thanks! We will be staying at Sunflower Inn B & B -- so we will catch breakfasts there.

Apr 16, 2009
jnf in Southwest

Moab area eats

Thanks, Desert Bistro seems to get a thumbs up by many -- we'll give it a try. Had not heard of Jailhouse Cafe -- thanks for the rec!

Apr 16, 2009
jnf in Southwest

Moab area eats

We will be visiting Arches and Canyonlands National Parks and staying in Moab for four days at the end of April. Any recommendations for dining -- either in town or on the road to the parks? We enjoy all types of eating adventures -- from fine to fun and funky. Also, are there any good places to pick up snacks or sandwiches to take on a hike? Thanks!

Apr 15, 2009
jnf in Southwest

Seattle seafood dinner on Saturday

Thanks for all of your great suggestions. I have made reservations at Flying Fish. Can't wait.

Aug 16, 2008
jnf in Pacific Northwest

Seattle seafood dinner on Saturday

What about prices at Flying Fish? Memorable dishes there?

Aug 15, 2008
jnf in Pacific Northwest

Seattle seafood dinner on Saturday

Thanks for the rankings. Flying Fish looks very interesting. We do like cutting edge as well as classic.

Aug 15, 2008
jnf in Pacific Northwest

Seattle seafood dinner on Saturday

We will be in Seattle a week from Saturday and are looking for a seafood restaurant for Saturday night dinner. I have been reviewing options and soliciting suggestions. There are so many good choices that I am now confused. Places that have been suggested: Place Pigalle, Maximilllien's, Etta's, Flying Fish and Elliot's Oyster House. Opinions? Any other suggestions?

Aug 15, 2008
jnf in Pacific Northwest

Orcas Island Anniversary dinner

buckmountain, thanks again for all the great suggestions. Doe Bay sounds cool, and we are always in search of a great view (thanks for the invite!). One other question -- is a car necessary on Orcas? We are coming from Seattle (we actually live in St. Louis, but the first 3 days of our trip will be in Seattle). I heard about the long ferry line waits and thought maybe we could do without a car (and do our bit to reduce our carbon footprint as well). Or perhaps we could wait til we get to Orcas and then rent a car. Your thoughts?

Jul 03, 2008
jnf in Pacific Northwest

Orcas Island Anniversary dinner

Wow. Thanks for all the great recs. I had considered Inn at Ships Bay and your comment confirms it. We are staying 4 nights at Spring Bay Inn at the end of August and are really looking forward to it.

We will look into LuLu's for another night and Rose's or West Sound Cafe for lunch. Thanks again.

Jul 02, 2008
jnf in Pacific Northwest

STL: Seeking lunch spot for mom's 70th

You might want to try Cardwell's at Plaza Frontenac. Not only does it have private rooms, but the your mom and her friends can get in on some high-style window shopping at Plaza Frontenac.
Lorenzo's on The Hill (upscale Italian) also has a nice private room that can seat about 10-12.
Very good food and very comfortable dining experience at both restaurants.

Jul 01, 2008
jnf in General Midwest Archive

Orcas Island Anniversary dinner

We will be celebrating our 25th Anniversary on Orcas Island. What's the best place for a romantic dinner for two?

Jul 01, 2008
jnf in Pacific Northwest

4 meals in St. Louis

Just to chime in -- Niche on Pestalozzi is a must in St. Louis. The chef, Gerard Kraft, was just named one of the top new chef's in the country by Food and Wine -- deservedly so. Go and enjoy -- and order dessert, the chocolate lava cakes are devine. Trattoria Marcella is a wonderful Italian restaurant. Lorenzo's on The Hill (St. Louis's Italian neighborhood) is very nice. If you go Italian, don't forget to order toasted ravioli as an appetizer, a St. Louis original. Go to O'connell's for the best burgers and roast beef sandwiches in St. Louis -- neat pub atmosphere. Happy eating.

Jun 05, 2008
jnf in General Midwest Archive

Recent dining at The HerbFarm Restaurant?

I just made reservations to dine at The HerbFarm Restaurant in August. I would like to hear about recent experiences since the new chef (Keith Luce) took over -- overall impressions? worth the money? Any other suggestions for fine dining while in Seattle and nearby environs?

Jun 04, 2008
jnf in Pacific Northwest