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Weekend in Alexandria

More like "first wave" (no wave?), but we like Misha's for coffee.

http://www.mishascoffee.com/

Weekend in Alexandria

Brabo Tasting Room (a favorite) does not take reservations and is very small. They'll take your cell number and invite you to have a drink at Brabo while you wait though.

Arrival time for Rose's Luxury?

On a non-holiday Monday we got in right at 5:30 by getting there at 4:30. On a day when a lot of people have off, I'd add at least 30 minutes to that.

"Rules" at Central Grocery

Thanks! Wound up getting a 1/4 at Napoleon House. It was ok, not great, but we quite enjoyed the drinks!

Jan 08, 2015
JoanArkham in New Orleans

"Rules" at Central Grocery

Is it possible to get a quarter of a muff there? I could swear I'd seen that it was but now I can't find the reference.

Dec 31, 2014
JoanArkham in New Orleans

Mr. B's Bistro - reservations? Dress code?

Ha! Everyone I've spoken to says last year's cold was "not typical" but I'm coming prepared anyway.

Dec 23, 2014
JoanArkham in New Orleans

Mr. B's Bistro - reservations? Dress code?

Thanks! I actually do enjoy dressing up, but suitcase space is limited. (I already have no idea whether to pack for really cold, cold, or not-so-cold.)

Dec 23, 2014
JoanArkham in New Orleans

Mr. B's Bistro - reservations? Dress code?

Hello, all! We are coming back to New Orleans January 2, exactly one year after our last visit. (http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/928051) I'm hoping we don't get a repeat of the polar vortex so I can follow up on all the great recommendations we didn't get to last time.

I do have one specific question: I'm mad for BBQ shrimp, and want to try the version at Mr. B's. Should we go for lunch or dinner? Reservations? What about a dress code? (We usually wear nothing but jeans and tshirts, but can clean up if we have to.)

Thanks! Already looking at menus and dreaming...

Dec 23, 2014
JoanArkham in New Orleans

Quick trip from DC - Monk's Cafe, Vedge, Hop Sing?

We wanted to walk around afterward, but it was colder than we had prepared for. Our waiter had actually suggested Society Hill Society for drinks, so we will probably try that next time.

Oct 24, 2014
JoanArkham in Philadelphia

New place at Navy Memorial (Penn Quarter)?

Oh. That's very exciting newszzzzzzz.......

Quick trip from DC - Monk's Cafe, Vedge, Hop Sing?

Just wanted to report back and say thanks for the recommendations! We would up doing dinner at Monk's Cafe - we went early, at like 6:00, but it was already crowded. We managed to snag some barstools though, so didn't mind waiting.

Dinner at Zahav was outstanding! Great cocktails and service, too. We got the tasting menu and it was so. Much. Food. Luckily for us we mentioned to our waiter that we had plans for Hop Sing later that evening, because he let us know it was closed on Mondays (not sure how I missed that). We wound up at Franklin Mortgage instead, since it was close to our hotel, where we had some very nice custom drinks - I asked the bartender for something "herbal" and she came up with two variations on a corpse reviver (I think) for us. Would have stayed for another round, but we were still so full from dinner!

New place at Navy Memorial (Penn Quarter)?

Anyone know what's going in next to the Chopt by the Navy Memorial? One day there was nothing, the next day they were setting up tables and chairs and someone in chef's whites was walking around outside. A pop-up, or have I just not been paying attention (while patiently waiting for the Native Cafe across the plaza to open)?

Quick trip from DC - Monk's Cafe, Vedge, Hop Sing?

Well, by "dress up" I mean funky/vintage not necessarily suit-and-tie. Would that be out of place at Hop Sing or Franklin Mortgage?

Sep 15, 2014
JoanArkham in Philadelphia

Quick trip from DC - Monk's Cafe, Vedge, Hop Sing?

I know opinions vary (greatly!) but is Hop Sing mostly just a gimmick? I do find the speakeasy thing kind of fun, but in the end I just want to dress up and have some unusual cocktails.

Sep 15, 2014
JoanArkham in Philadelphia

Quick trip from DC - Monk's Cafe, Vedge, Hop Sing?

Thanks, all! Zahav it is. I had to get the reservation for 5:30 on the Sunday but I grabbed it.

Sep 15, 2014
JoanArkham in Philadelphia

Quick trip from DC - Monk's Cafe, Vedge, Hop Sing?

UPDATE: Wow, Vedge is already totally booked, for both the Saturday and Sunday we will be in town. Suggestions on a replacement? It doesn't have to be vegan or vegetarian, but husband does not eat meat or poultry so a good veggie or seafood option is a must. And we're not fans of very formal dining - plus I'd still like to stay in the same general area so we can go to Hop Sing afterward.

(Hmmm. Demanding much?)

Sep 15, 2014
JoanArkham in Philadelphia

What types of restaurants does DC need now?

Don't know anything about it beyond the website, but one of these is coming in at Navy Memorial. Been watching them build it out for a month or so.

https://www.nativefoods.com/

What types of restaurants does DC need now?

New Jersey-style Italian bakery!

Quick trip from DC - Monk's Cafe, Vedge, Hop Sing?

Thanks! Street hails are not a problem, then? What about getting back to Palomar from Chinatown?

Sep 12, 2014
JoanArkham in Philadelphia

Quick trip from DC - Monk's Cafe, Vedge, Hop Sing?

Husband has promised to forgo his Chuck Taylors for one night, for a special occasion. :)

Sep 12, 2014
JoanArkham in Philadelphia
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Quick trip from DC - Monk's Cafe, Vedge, Hop Sing?

Good to know. Thanks!

Sep 12, 2014
JoanArkham in Philadelphia

Quick trip from DC - Monk's Cafe, Vedge, Hop Sing?

Thanks for the tip! Looks like Belgian Cafe is close to the art museum too. Depending on what we wind up doing, that may even be a better option.

Sep 12, 2014
JoanArkham in Philadelphia

Quick trip from DC - Monk's Cafe, Vedge, Hop Sing?

Hello, Philadelphia! I'm going to be coming up for a quick anniversary trip over Columbus Day weekend. Husband and I are currently really into Belgian beers, so I'm thinking we should do Monk's Cafe for a casual dinner on Saturday. Is there a best time to go? I don't mind waiting, but I don't want to go out of our way then have to find something else.

For Sunday, I'm planning on making reservations at Vedge, then walking (?) to Hop Sing for cocktails afterward. Does that sound do-able? I'd like to leave the car at the hotel (we're staying at the Palomar) as much as possible, assuming that's a safe walk after dark. Should we have a Plan B if we can't get in to Hop Sing?

Thanks!

Sep 12, 2014
JoanArkham in Philadelphia

Cheap Eats in Belgium - possible?

I've got my birthday dinner sorted out, but now I'm wondering where to go for everyday fare. I don't want to have to make reservations, but don't want to pay a lot for crummy tourist food either. I'm thinking like 10e each for lunch and 15e for dinner (not including beer).

We are fine with street food or cafeteria-style service, and will definitely be taking advantage of frite and waffle stands (looks like mussels are not in season right now though?), but I'm also wondering what there is beyond that.

I'll eat about anything, husband eats fish and seafood but no meat or poultry. I'm especially interested in the possibility of good Turkish food, as I lived in Ankara for a few years when I was (much!) younger.

We'll be in Brussels as a home base, and visiting Ghent, Antwerp, and Bruges so tips on any of those cities would be appreciated.

Thanks!

Jun 05, 2014
JoanArkham in Europe

Freaking Memorial Day Lunch/Brunch

Just got an email that Masa 14, El Centro, D.F., and the other Richard Sandoval places are all doing brunch on Monday.

Baltimore casual but good? Near Hotel Monaco or Ottobar?

Thanks, all! Our plans actually totally changed, but we will be back in Baltimore over Memorial Day weekend so I'll bookmark this for later.

Baltimore casual but good? Near Hotel Monaco or Ottobar?

Thanks! Think we would need reservations for Birroteca on a Friday night? I have no idea what our schedule is going to be like.

Belgium: Birthday dinner in Antwerp (or...?)

Thank you! I don't think we will be dressed to go to any Michelin starred restaurants, but will definitely make note of your suggestions. Ghent was on our "maybe if we have time" list but now I'm more intrigued.

May 07, 2014
JoanArkham in Europe

Baltimore casual but good? Near Hotel Monaco or Ottobar?

We're coming up to Baltimore from NoVA on Friday for a show at Ottobar, and decided to get a hotel room at the Monaco and make a mini-getaway of it. I'm stumped on dinner though - I was thinking of Cazbar, but that looks fancier than we want if we're on our way to Ottobar (plus it seems to have *very* mixed reviews).

Any cuisine is fine, husband is a pescatarian though so veggie or fish options are preferred.

Thanks!

Belgium: Birthday dinner in Antwerp (or...?)

Husband and I are coming to Belgium (from the Washington DC area) for a week in early June, including my birthday. We're going to stay in Brussels, and take day-trips via train to Ghent, Bruges, and Antwerp. (We won't have a car.) Based on what I've read about the different cities,I'm leaning toward Antwerp for my birthday.

I'm looking for something fun/funky/creative. Willing to make this our one splurge meal, but not interested in formal service or dressing up. We'll be doing the tourist thing all day, and while I'll attempt to not look like an Ugly American, I'm going to want to be comfortable. A more student-type place with really good food would be ideal.

I'll eat most anything (not a fan of offal though) and husband is a pescatarian. A good beer list (or even beer-infused cuisine) is a major plus but I get the feeling that won't be too much of an issue. Not really interested in wine.

Any advice appreciated!

Apr 16, 2014
JoanArkham in Europe