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Looking for Casual and Local in Frankfurt

We'll be in Frankfurt for a couple of nights next week, and are looking for restaurants that are representative of the local cuisine. We're not looking for the expensive French places; we have not spent time in Germany and are looking for more typical German cuisine. A German friend suggested that we try an apple wine tavern -- do any of you Chowhounds have any favorites?

Feb 23, 2013
profjmm in Europe

Chefs John and Karen Shields leaving Town House (Chilhowie, VA)

That place was a gem. But this is good news for those of us in easy striking distance of Philadelphia or Washington!

Feb 10, 2012
profjmm in Mid-Atlantic

Looking for interesting casual dining options near Carlisle.

Chalit's Thai Bistro in Mechanicsburg is a good choice for casual, relaxing and tasty. It's BYOB.

Jun 28, 2011
profjmm in Pennsylvania

Crystal City/Old Town Recommendation

Columbia Firehouse would be a good place to go in Alexandria (Old Town). Good food for both the adults and grownups. Between Crystal City and Old Town is Buzz Bakery, which would be a good breakfast choice.

Apr 17, 2011
profjmm in Washington DC & Baltimore

1st time visitor.....need critique of list please!

Columbia Firehouse is a great choice for dinner with kids. We took 5&6 year-old boys there last year and both the adults and the kids loved their meals. The food at Majestic is very good too, but I think that Columbia Firehouse has a more kid-friendly atmosphere.

Mar 30, 2011
profjmm in Washington DC & Baltimore

places worth stopping between DC and Chilhowie

I'm not the original poster, but I was motivated to try the Town House by glowing reviews on this board. I happened to be driving from Georgia to Pennsylvania, so could make the excuse to try it, and would would love to go again, even though it's a 6 1/2 hour drive from my home. Here's my review from May 2009: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6200...

It is nowhere, but the Town House now has a small inn with two guest rooms. I was there before the inn opened, so I stayed in Marion, VA, at the General Francis Marion hotel.

Dec 16, 2010
profjmm in Washington DC & Baltimore

Volt, Restaurant Eve, or???

Interesting comment by sfafard - I ate at VOLT for the first time last week and although I wouldn't say "don't go" (especially because it's probably easier to get from Dulles to Frederick than from Dulles to Alexandria at that time of day) I too do not think it lives up to the hype.

Restaurant Eve, on the other hand, is outstanding. I really can't say anything negative about my experience there. Go there. The room is beautiful, the service is attentive but not annoying, and I enjoyed everything I ate there. Eve does live up to the hype and is worth the money.

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Restaurant Eve
110 South Pitt Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

Sep 28, 2010
profjmm in Washington DC & Baltimore

Restaurants Between Baltimore and Harpers Ferry

The Tasting Room in Frederick is superb.

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Tasting Room
101 N Market St, Frederick, MD 21701

Sep 22, 2010
profjmm in Washington DC & Baltimore

Anyone else miss Gourmet Magazine?

Yes, but the old Gourmet, not the one that immediately preceded its demise. Some of the later articles were just absurd -- who wants to read a food magazine to learn about the inhumane treatment of Florida tomato pickers? I'm all for reading articles to raise my social consciousness, but not when I'm reading food porn. Now the old Gourmet, with its Paris Journal and features like that - yes, bring it back.

Sep 20, 2010
profjmm in Food Media & News

Pomona's in Biglerville - a goodbye

oops, I mean Chef Wolf!

Sep 07, 2010
profjmm in Pennsylvania

Pomona's in Biglerville - a goodbye

This is a true loss. I had to wonder how Pomona's would make a go of it -- it's just enough off the beaten path to be a bit of an effort to get to, and no one but the locals seems to know of it. I live about 45 minutes away and found it first on this board and then saw it in a Gettysburg magazine.

But here's what we'll be missing. The chef at Pomona's has an extraordinary talent for making everyday local items taste unbelievable. I was there two weeks ago and had roasted okra. Just okra with some oil and lemon and salt, but unlike any okra I had ever eaten. We then had a flatbread (or "coca" as they call it) with the most amazing local tomatoes. I don't know what he did to bring out the flavor of the tomatoes, but whatever he did, they were divine. The meal ended with a stone fruit cobbler - again, a simple recipe, but made wonderful with the freshest local fruit and the secret ingredient of almond extract.

Oh, I do hope that chef White opens another place soon!

Sep 07, 2010
profjmm in Pennsylvania

Best dinners in and near Quebec City?

Lucky you - the food in the Charlevoix region is fantastic. Try Le Mouton Noir in Baie St. Paul for either lunch or dinner. The food is wonderful and there would be no need to dress up. We had some wonderful charcuterie at Le Mouton Noir and our other dish was a merguez sausage that came with some of the tastiest vegetables I have ever had. On the way up to Tadoussac, you could stop at Pains d'Exclamation, a bakery in La Malbaie (about halfway between Baie St. Paul and Tadoussac), for lunch or a snack. We really liked the sandwiches there (we bought them for a picnic lunch before our whale watching trip) and the pastries were terrific as well.

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Mouton Noir
43 Rue Sainte-Anne, Baie-Saint-Paul, QC G3Z0C8, CA

Aug 18, 2010
profjmm in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Lunch For One in Old Town Alexandria?

Third the Majestic and second La Fontainne Creperie. But don't rule out Restaurant Eve. It's the best deal in town ($13.50 for any two items on the menu), and while the bartender will be happy to chat with you (even when it's crowded), you would have no problem if you just wanted to open up a magazine or book. I have seen people dressed very casually at the bar at lunchtime. Lunch at Restaurant Eve gives you a great opportunity to try a truly special restaurant.

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Restaurant Eve
110 South Pitt Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

Jul 29, 2010
profjmm in Washington DC & Baltimore

PA road trip: Brooklyn to Falling Water to Gettysburg and home againADVICE NEEDED

If you'll be in Gettysburg on a day when Pomona's is open (Wednesday through Saturday for dinner, Friday, Saturday, Sunday for lunch), I recommend stopping there. It's a tiny place out in the country north of Gettysburg, and it's known for making the most of the wonderful local Adams Country products. Even the milk for your coffee will be from a local farm.

Jul 25, 2010
profjmm in Pennsylvania

Eating in Baie St Paul

We recently spent a few days in La Malbaie, with some visits to Baie St. Paul. I agree that Mouton Noir is top-notch; we had lunch there and found the ingredients to be superb. We had the charcuterie plate and the merguez sausage, and the vegetables that came with the sausage were wonderful.

For dinners in La Malbaie, we went twice to the Auberge des Peupliers (where we stayed) and once to Vices Versa. I understand that the chef at Auberge des Peupliers was one of the first to concentrate on Charlevoix ingredients. The foie gras at Auberge des Peupliers is amazing. It comes from La Ferme Basque in nearby St. Urbain. Everything at Auberge des Peupliers was put together very well, with the side dishes being just as flavorful as the main part of the dishes.

If you are a fan of foie gras, you should visit La Ferme Basque and get a tour (the proprietress speaks excellent English and the little ducks are very cute).

My companion and I were divided on Vices Versa. It was good and a little more creative than Auberge des Peupliers, but my companion didn't think that some of the flavor combinations worked very well. That said, the star of that meal was a variation on Shepherd's pie that contained some spectacular lamb.

Another favorite spot was Pains d'Exclamation, a bakery in La Mabaie. We took only one breakfast at the hotel and the other ones at the bakery. The pastries and coffee were as good as any we have had in France. We also got sandwiches there to take on our whale-watching trip and the sandwiches were terrific.

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Mouton Noir
43 Rue Sainte-Anne, Baie-Saint-Paul, QC G3Z0C8, CA

Jul 12, 2010
profjmm in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Fun restaurant with nonalcoholic cocktails?

Cafe Atlantico and Oyamel have lots of aguas frescas and Cafe Atlantico has some interesting fruit and lemonade drinks as well. The most interesting non-alcoholic drinks I have had in the DC area were at Restaurant Eve - the bartender there can make many of his drinks in a tasty non-alcoholic version. Of course, not the place to go for a cheap, fun dinner, but for the $13.50 bar lunch, it's a wonderful deal.

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Cafe Atlantico
405 8th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004

Restaurant Eve
110 South Pitt Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

Jul 06, 2010
profjmm in Washington DC & Baltimore

Tourist hot-spots - for both OOT and locals

Scotcheroo - the fact that you use "bridge and tunnel" to describe suburbanites indicates that you too are an outsider - you come from NY (I don't know of any DC suburbs that are reachable by tunnel unless you mean the Metro tunnel). In any event, isn't that a hazard of living in DC - you will always be overwhelmed by some kind of tourist, be it the vacationer or the person on a short-term appointment. I'm not sure why the suburbanite should be any more offensive.

FWIW, I spend a lot of time in DC as a dreaded out-of-towner and have found no reason to complain about either Rasika or Jaleo. In fact, the two times I have been to Rasika in the past three months, I found the service to be wonderful. I have been to Jaleo countless times and have had no reason to complain. As one of the other posters said, be glad that someone is keeping these places in business.

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Rasika Restaurant
633 D Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004

Jun 19, 2010
profjmm in Washington DC & Baltimore

Quebec City and Charlevoix in Two Weeks - Looking for Suggestions

That's an interesting point Snowpea; we have been to Charlevoix once before and know that English takes a far back seat to French. But it's a beautiful area - don't other English speakers go to visit? We're American and have found the people of Quebec to be very welcoming.

In any event, to any Quebec habitues who happen to be Anglophone, four days until we leave for Quebec and we're still open to suggestions! We're thinking of making a reservation at Le Moine Echanson in Quebec City. I've seen some wonderful reviews -- do Chowhounds agree?

Jun 19, 2010
profjmm in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Quebec City and Charlevoix in Two Weeks - Looking for Suggestions

Thanks for the suggestions, and we're going next week, so I'd love more input. Does anyone have an opinion on Les Saveurs Oubliees in Les Eboulements? Or Vices Versa in La Malbaie? Thanks in advance!

Jun 17, 2010
profjmm in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Le petit train du nord

I rode the trail a couple of years ago and had dinner at le Creux de Vent. The food was superb and it is right on the bike trail.

Jun 14, 2010
profjmm in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Driving from DC to Boiling Springs - what route offers best food?

Glad to do so. Adams County is a famous apple-growing region, and the taco stand is on the top of a hill in the middle of the apple farms. They have four or five kinds of tacos and Mexican soda. It's awesome.

Jun 11, 2010
profjmm in Pennsylvania

Quebec City and Charlevoix in Two Weeks - Looking for Suggestions

Hello/Bonjour Quebec Hounds. We will be in your beautiful province at the end of June, visiting Charlevoix and Quebec City. What are your favorite restaurants? To give you an idea of what we like, we have been to Charlevoix before and while we stayed at La Pinsonniere and liked its restaurant, we preferred the restaurant at Auberge Les Peupliers (and were blown away by the foie gras) so are staying there this time. We know that we will have one dinner at the hotel, but are looking for other dinner suggestions as well as lunch suggestions. We will probably have one lunch in Baie St. Paul. As for Quebec, we are staying at Le Saint-Pierre and we would rather not drive to dinner. We don't remember where we ate our last time in Quebec City, but our favorite Montreal restaurants are L'Express and Au Pied de Cochon. One of us speaks French, so we will be comfortable in places that cater to locals. Also, we plan on spending one day on the Ile d'Orleans and are looking for lunch suggestions there. Thanks in advance!

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L'Express Restaurant
3927 Rue Saint-Denis, Montreal, QC H2W2M4, CA

Jun 11, 2010
profjmm in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Driving from DC to Boiling Springs - what route offers best food?

15 is certainly the better choice for scenery. For food, if you are driving up on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday, Pomona's in Biglerville (north of Gettysburg, about 10 minutes from 15) is a wonderful choice. Sidney in East Berlin (also north of Gettysburg, other side of 15) is also very good. If you go to Pomona's, you can drive up to Boiling Springs on 34, which is very pretty, and it will take you past Sandoval Mexican Grocery, which has an outstanding taco stand outside.

Jun 11, 2010
profjmm in Pennsylvania

Harrisburg weekday good downtown breakfast?

I'm always amazed at the lack of breakfast choices downtown. Cafe Fresco on Second Street as an okay choice.

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Cafe Fresco
3352 Paxton St, Harrisburg, PA 17111

Jun 11, 2010
profjmm in Pennsylvania

Rasika Recs

Just ask your server and let him/her know how spicy you like your food. The menu is quite extensive and the dishes are made for sharing. Both times I have eaten there, the server recommended the crispy spinach, which is really unique and wonderful. I would say it's a can't miss because you probably won't get anything like it elsewhere. But trust the servers -- their recommendations are superb.

Jun 08, 2010
profjmm in Washington DC & Baltimore

Help needed with rooftop bar in DC

So sad. I have great memories from the old Hotel Washington bar.

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Hotel Washington
515 15th Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

Mar 30, 2010
profjmm in Washington DC & Baltimore

Good for Kids in Alexandria

Following up, we ended up at Columbia Firehouse. It turned out to be a great choice, with very high-quality food and a good menu for children.

Feb 22, 2010
profjmm in Washington DC & Baltimore

Good for Kids in Alexandria

Looking for a restaurant in Alexandria or nearby that adults would like but would be appropriate for a 5 year old and a 6 year old. They're adventurous eaters, but they're kids. Thanks in advance!

Feb 12, 2010
profjmm in Washington DC & Baltimore

Restaurants in and around the Aventino

Da Bucatino is a great choice in Testaccio. Also, as the prior poster said, you'll be within walking distance of many food neighborhoods: Trastevere and the Campo de Fiori for example.

Dec 16, 2009
profjmm in Italy

Restaurants in and around the Aventino

The Aventino is just beautiful, but there is nowhere to eat on the hill itself. One good option down the hill is la Villetta de 1940, on the Viale Aventino. Great Cacio e Pepe. Also, on Via Marmorata is the Volpetti deli. If I lived there, I would be tempted to get carry out from the deli every night.

Dec 15, 2009
profjmm in Italy