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Utah - looking for AWESOME breakfast

If you are looking for the diner food kind of like Waffle House, then the Over the Counter is close to it. No waffles or grits, but good basic eggs, hashbrowns and meats. It's up in SLC, you'll have to drive. Closer would be Chick's in Heber City. An establishment that's been in Heber forever. Nothing to crow about, but again, basic breakfasts.

Mar 08, 2010
scabbardgirl in Mountain States

Deer Valley, Utah

"Grub" is really The Grubsteak. It's in Prospector Square.
The Seafood Buffet is a once a year extravagance for me. It's one of those things where you don't want to eat all day, get there early, and spend the entire evening sampling all they have. There is enough variety in the food to satisfy anyone's appetite.
The Mariposa is definitely good. I've gone twice and was very happy. I can't afford it, though, unless someone else is picking up the tab.
If you are going to be in Park City during the Sundance Film Festival (1-21 to 1-31), then all bets on where to eat are off. Many of the places are either already booked up or are taken totally private during that time. Head off the main strip - Grubsteak could be good, as can El Chubasco (our local Mexican dive), and further out to the Junction, Red Rock, Hapa Grill, and a new entry, Maxwell's (new home of Fat Boy pizza from The Sidecar). Oh, don't forget about the Royal St. Cafe at DV Resort for an early dinner (open until 8), Fireside Dining at the Empire Canyon Lodge at DV Resort.
Oh, don't mess the desserts at DV - one of my friends is a pastry chef there (does all the pastries for Snow Park Lodge).

Dec 31, 2009
scabbardgirl in Mountain States

Guys ski trip to Salt Lake City

At the mouth of Big Cottonwood, on Fort Union Blvd, you'll find the Porcupine Pub. Hugely popular with a large variety of beer on tap. Stop there after one of your days skiing.
If you keep going down Fort Union, almost to State St., you'll find the Bohemian Brewery and Grill. I love their pork and dumplings!!! The Porcupine has one TV at the bar, but I wouldn't call it a sports bar. I can't remember what's available at Bohemian.
If you want a true sports bar, you'll have to go to Iggy's. There is one in Midvale, down around the Fort Union area and one in Sandy, by the Auto Mall and I-15. I've never been to an Iggy's, but from the ads and the various shots of it on TV when there is a big game, I think that's the kind of place you are looking for. You can find information on all these places by looking them up on the Web - all have websites.

Dec 31, 2009
scabbardgirl in Mountain States

Two nights in Dallas - sushi

I ate at Kenichi last weekend. The Master Sushi Chef from Kenichi Aspen, Kiramyi Sano (sp) had just come in that day from Aspen. I was seated at his "station" at the sushi bar. I told him that I would let him select the offerings for me and gave him a $60 limit. I started with an order of edamame, standard for me. The first offering was a sashimi of seabass, topped with Maui onion, jalapeno slices and a dried cherry, with a sweet onion vinaigrette. Really yummy - light flavors that stood out individually, but made a complete dish. The second offering was the "Blake" roll. It was a LARGE inside-out roll of tempura shrimp, avocado and cucumber, topped with melt-in-my-mouth spicy tuna. It came with eel sauce. Another good offering. It was like a roll at my local sushi place, but the tuna was exquisite. The last offering was a salad of King Crab legmeat (he took it out of the legs in front of me, so I know it wasn't "Krab") with diced cucumber in a orange-miso vinaigrette. OMG, it was perfect. The vinaigrette matched perfectly with that crab!! With those 3, the edamame, and a large Sapporo, I was totally full. During the meal I talked with Chef about ski towns and the economic problems this year (I live in Park City, UT, another ski town), skiing, and how the season went. When it came time for the bill, I was happy to see that it was only $55. It was more than fair for what I was given. To be able to have a Master Sushi Chef to myself and have him custom make my dinner, well, it was a bonus.
Kenichi is a block away from the W Dallas Hotel and the American Airlines Center. Looks like It's about 10 miles from Parker CC. But, it's seems that it's basically a straight shot down I-35E to get to it, so it's not too difficult. It seemed totally accessible for a disabled person.

Female dining solo in Vegas

I'll third the rec for Bouchon. I ate at the bar there on one of my trips last year. Totally comfortable and delicious food. I've splurged for a birthday dinner for myself at B&B and had a great time. I was treated well by my waiter and the sommelier.
I think the reason folks are telling you to not go to the Bellagio buffet is that, well, it's a buffet. If you have your heart set at doing a buffet, you can't choose much better than the Bellagio. But, it still has that "cattle car" feel of lots of people moving around, waiting in a line to see the food and decide what you want.

Mar 25, 2009
scabbardgirl in Southwest

Sandy Utah Recommendations Feb 22-24

If you are here for skiing up the Cottonwood Canyons, you might want to stop at the Porcupine Pub at the end of the day. It's a nice little place, good after-ski fare, and a decent selection of beer, something like 20+ on tap. It's at 3698 East Fort Union Blvd, just out of the mouth of Big Cottonwood Canyon.

Feb 13, 2009
scabbardgirl in Southwest

Where to buy food in Park City/Deer Valley Utah area?

The rents on Main Street are too expensive for a small market. Albertson's isn't all that far away, and the free bus goes there from Main Street. I think the Red Banjo Pizza on upper Main Street at one time had a small convenience store, but it didn't get much business. A friend and her husband tried to have a small gourmet store by the old State Liquor store and it didn't get much business, either.

Dec 26, 2008
scabbardgirl in Southwest

A nice dinner in Salt Lake City on Christmas Day?

I just replied to your other Christmas Eve request. I hope they were helpful. I always think of something warm and homey for Christmas Eve dinners. That's why I won't recommend other good places in town, like Grappa (high-end Italian), Wahso (Asian fusion), Zoom (upscale "comfort" food), etc.

For Christmas dinner downtown in SLC, I can't think of what would be open. I'm a little behind the curve on SLC restaurants. The one place that pops into my bran is The Metropolitan, but it's not cheap, either.

Dec 11, 2008
scabbardgirl in Southwest

Park City (or surrounding areas) for Christmas Eve Dinner

Since you're going to be in Midway, check out the possibility of dinner at The Homestead. I definitely prefer the Glitretind, but since you say it's out of your budget, I'll leave that alone. You can check out Adolph's restaurant in Park City - Swiss/European menu. I've had excellent elk loin there. Or, try one of the restaurants at Deer Valley - the Seafood Buffet (I LOVE it!) at $62/pp pre-wine (or bring your own), or if Christmas Eve is on a Wed-Fri night, the Fireside Dining at the Empire Canyon Lodge at $52/pp. Look on the Deer Valley website for more information. I'd recommend The Mariposa at Deer Valley, but if the Glitretind is out of your budget, The Mariposa would be too pricey, too, I'm afraid. If you can, get those reservations this weekend, as they do fill up.
I'll be working the lifts at Park City on Christmas Eve day and Christmas day, so I'll be feasting on whatever I can fit into my daypack and doesn't require refrigeration or heating :-)

Dec 11, 2008
scabbardgirl in Southwest

Cheesecake Factory..I am being forced to go

The one thing about CF is that the menu is so huge that everyone in your group should be able to find something to eat. I've had too many instances of picking a restaurant for a girlfriends' night out, only to have one of more GFs complain they can't find something they like.
If I go to CF, I usually get the seared tuna salad. It's never disappointed. I don't eat all the greens, but I do eat all that tuna :-)

Nov 21, 2008
scabbardgirl in Chains

Anyone else use alcohol as cough syrup?

My thing is cognac for a sore throat. My grandma always kept a bottle of Old Crow in the cupboard for medicinal purposes.

Whatever makes you feel better is worth doing when you're sick.

Nov 21, 2008
scabbardgirl in Spirits

your local "waffle house" -- tell us about the experience

If you really want to try WH, there are 3 that I know of in Phoenix. You could do a roadfood trip - make the stop in Wikieup for "Eat Joe's" BBQ, too!

Nov 17, 2008
scabbardgirl in Chains

Buca De Beppo--I love their pizza...shoot me

I'll agree with the margherita pizza. It's a pretty decent pizza. I use the margherita as my baseline for pizzas. It is what I'll order at any place I'm at for the first time.
Last winter, when I was laid up with a broken leg, my ex-hubby would drop by once a week with a whole pizza and one of the large antipasto salads for me. The salad was huge. It's iceberg, but with the cheeses, tomatoes, onions, and whatever else was on there, it actually made for a tasty meal for dinner and next day's lunch. I just didn't like the dressing, so I used my own. The pizza, well, I would try real hard to dole it out slowly to make it last a couple of days. It's good cold for breakfast, too.

Nov 17, 2008
scabbardgirl in Chains

A nice dinner in Salt Lake City on Christmas Day?

Since you don't mind driving, I'll suggest you drive up to Park City (about a 30 minute drive) and eat at the Glitretind at Stein Eriksen Lodge. You definitely need reservations for it, though. Fantastic food in a great atmosphere. Go to the website for reservations. I know they have a Thanksgiving Day buffet - I'm not sure if the Christmas offering is buffet or menu. Either way, it's great. Their buffets are nothing to sneeze at, believe me! And, definitely leave room for some of Pastry Chef Raymond's decadent desserts. If your hubby wants to imbibe, Cara the Sommelier will be happy to help him with single glasses or something from her substantial 1/2 bottle supply.

Nov 17, 2008
scabbardgirl in Southwest

Something like Urban Fare in Calgary?

I was wondering if there is a market similar to Urban Fare (I visited it in Vancouver) in Calgary. I'm a little tired of hitting up the Safeway to grab snacky foods and stuff. One of my favorite things to do on vacation is to hit up some of the specialty stores in town.

Park City/SLC Recommendations for 2-month stay

I'll recommend Sushi Maru, in the Albertson's strip mall, for your PC sushi. Mikey does a good jog. He never had to advertise when he opened his own place - he has a big local following.
For the market, I always shop at The Market, which used to be called Dan's. It is a privately-owned market, not a chain. They are trying to keep up with the Whole Foods market out at the Junction by adding in more items like they carry.
If you want something different for dinner, try Reef's Kitchen. It is a Israeli/Middle Eastern restaurant. It is currently out at the Junction, next to Subway, but it is moving onto Main Street very soon.

Nov 02, 2008
scabbardgirl in Southwest

what's happening in Bowness/COP area?

Thanks for the directions to CFM. I've never been that direction in Calgary, so it will be a nice little adventure for me.

Here in Utah, we're not much different. 6800' above sea level, but we've been pretty warm for the most part. It was shorts and a long sleeve Tshirt today to walk the dog. It hasn't been cold enough at night to even start to make some base snow at the ski areas.

what's happening in Bowness/COP area?

Thanks all! I remember the Weiner Schnitzel Haus from previous posts. The one day I tried to go there last January, it was closed.
49th Parallel Coffee beans is probably what I'll go for. I
CFM is the Calgary Farmer's Market, right? I've never been there. What is the address?
Now, I can only hope that the weather stays mellow - last year when I was there, it was one of those -20 degrees weeks. Nothing like standing outside in the morning for 5 hours when it's that cold!!!

what's happening in Bowness/COP area?

It's time for my annual trip up to Calgary in 2 weeks for some days at the Canada Olympic Park. My schedule this time isn't leaving much room for meals, so I'm going to have to hang close to the COP for meals. Thanks to you folks, I've eaten at Salt and Pepper and the coffee place on Memorial Dr (by the gas pumps), I'll have some time for lunch and then dinner after 9pm. Any new suggestions?
And, before I fly home on Sunday, I'll have time for breakfast and some good coffee. I won't be restricted to the COP area for this. I know all about the usuals, (DD, Nellies, Starlight, etc). , but are there any places new on the horizon since last January that are worth trying?
AND, is there anyplace better than Caffe Artigiamo for my cuppa? I'l like to grab some whole beans of uniquely Canadian coffee to bring home to keep the memories going. I bought a bag of CA Italian Roast a month ago when I was in Vancouver and I'm savoring the brew even as I type!

what's happening in Bowness/COP area?

Sorry - double post.

what's happening in Bowness/COP area?

It's time for my annual trip up to Calgary in 2 weeks for some days at the Canada Olympic Park. My schedule this time isn't leaving much room for meals, so I'm going to have to hang close to the COP for meals. Thanks to you folks, I've eaten at Salt and Pepper and the coffee place on Memorial Dr (by the gas pumps), I'll have some time for lunch and then dinner after 9pm. Any new suggestions?
And, before I fly home on Sunday, I'll have time for breakfast and some good coffee. I won't be restricted to the COP area for this. I know all about the usuals, (DD, Nellies, Starlight, etc). , but are there any places new on the horizon since last January that are worth trying?
AND, is there anyplace better than Caffe Artigiamo for my cuppa? I'l like to grab some whole beans of uniquely Canadian coffee to bring home to keep the memories going. I bought a bag of CA Italian Roast a month ago when I was in Vancouver and I'm savoring the brew even as I type!

4 solo nights in Vancouver

I was just at the Bayshore last week. I was kind of tired by the time I got in, so I just went next door to Cardero's for dinner. I sat at the kitchen bar. I was treated well ( I was there solo, too). Good salmon and a great Bloody Caesar! I'll say the food looked good as it was getting prepared while I was looking. If you want to grab a coffee and something for breakfast, head just up the street a little to Urban Fare (Bute and Cordova). A combo cafe and gourmet grocery store. A good place to grab some munchies to get you through the day!

LA to Vegas bound eats

If you get a little hungry for a snack in the desert, stop in at the Alien Jerky place in Baker. If the jerky doesn't mean much, their Tshirts are worth a gander. Some are pretty runny.

Aug 28, 2008
scabbardgirl in California

Laguna options for dinner.

I was at Sapphire in late June for a birthday dinner for a girlfriend. We had a table outside, below the firepit. A little noisy, but that's what to expect on a crowded patio that sits on PCH. I had the pan seared halibut with couscous - very good. I also had an excellent fried green tomato appy. One of the girls had some of the truffle fries, so I had to steal one to try - yummy! If I were in Laguna again, needing a place for dinner, I'd go there.

Aug 28, 2008
scabbardgirl in Los Angeles Area

Before White Zinfandel, there was...

First I actually remember was some Cold Duck. My mom bought some for my 18th birthday party and we all got ONE glass of it.
Other than the CD, I remember lots of Mateus and Lancers my freshman year in college. I was not a beer drinker at all (that came in my 3rd year in college), so anytime anyone brought any kind of wine to the party, that's what I drank.

Aug 21, 2008
scabbardgirl in Wine

Is Campos still in business?

Oh man, Campos. Major memories there. For awhile, when I was going to UCLA, I shared an apt. with some friends around Pico and Cloverfield. Campos was a frequent dinner spot, along with El Indio, up the street. My mouth still waters when I think about the turkey tacos and bean, cheese, lettuce and avocado burritos. I'm going to be in L.A. for a day next month, on the Westside, and I'm totally looking forward to "fine dining" at Campos!

Aug 19, 2008
scabbardgirl in Los Angeles Area

Great Vegetarian Dumplings in the Bay Area?

Thanks to all about the different locations now of Yank Sing. I can't believe it's been that long since I've been in San Francisco!

Oysters in Seattle?

Thanks guys! My mouth is watering at the thought of fresh oysters!!

Dim Sum in Victoria?

Thanks. I had a "senior moment" there. I've been bouncing between the two boards, trying to get my meal recommendations for Vancouver, Victoria, Seattle and Astoria.

Dim Sum in Victoria?

On my Pacific Coastal cruise, I figured I'd turn it in to my Dim Sum tour. I love dim sum, but we have none here in Park City, UT. I've got my spots down for San Francisco, Vancouver, and Los Angeles. But, I need a recommendation for Victoria. Any help?
Thanks!