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Cross country move thus cross country drive and chow food quest.

Thanks Wayno. Good to hear St. Louis has progressed. Left STL in 1973 moved to SF culture shock again! Now doing reverse. All I remember from STL food 30 years ago as a teenager was rectangular shaped pizzas and toasted ravioli which my Mom always ordered at some place in the "Hill" area. I do remember STL pizza as being very cheesy and lots of sauce and we could never find anything in the Bay Area that we thought was good pizza. Cleveland seems to have progressed as well with a growing food scene, Michael Symon has a large presence there. Definitely taking advice on doing lots of long weekend food trips to Chicago, NYC, Toronto etc. Anything on OKC or Tulsa BBQ appreciated.

Nov 24, 2014
scfinson in Great Plains

Cross country move thus cross country drive and chow food quest.

We are relocating for 6-8 months from San Francisco to Cleveland. Culture shock? Yes! I know there are food movements every where now. We will be driving cross country between X-Mas and NY. will have night for dinners in OK CITY, and St. Louis need recommendations for both BBQ to fine dining. I was born in St. Louis but left in high school for SF. Staying downtown in St. Louis but no idea in OKC. Just great food. Thanks.

Nov 23, 2014
scfinson in Great Plains

ABQ NEW MEXICAN CLASSICS

Great! thanks ninrn. Will try to get to one or more of those places. Is there anyone who is taking New Mexico style up a few notches like Rick Bayless does with Mexican in Chicago?

Nov 22, 2014
scfinson in Southwest

ABQ NEW MEXICAN CLASSICS

Will be traveling through Albuquerque between Christmas and New Years. Will have 2 nights and would like to go to one of the best New Mexico style restaurants. It can be a hole in the wall or upscale modern take, just want great food. Thanks.

Nov 19, 2014
scfinson in Southwest

Prague Lokal Locations

We will be taking one of your tours Friday 10/10. Will get more info then. If going to Lokal on a Friday or Saturday evening how far in advance should we make a reservation?

Sep 14, 2014
scfinson in Europe

Vienna "gastro" Beisels/Gasthauses?

Sturmi,
Thanks for the reply. Is there anyway to see a menu for Gasthaus Wolf? Their website is only has basic info on contact info.

Sep 11, 2014
scfinson in Europe

Vienna "gastro" Beisels/Gasthauses?

Looking for Vienna versions of the "gastro pubs" of London or "gastro bistros" of Paris. Places where the food is based on traditional regional cooking but elevated by technique or sourcing of ingredients. Thanks for any help.

Sep 11, 2014
scfinson in Europe

Prague Very Special Occasion Dinner

Traveling to Prague in October. Will be celebrating a major milestone anniversary and want to celebrate with a great dinner. Looking for best food and atmosphere combination. Le Degustation is out as my wife really does not care for long tasting menus, 4-6 courses is OK. Alcron is on the list, any other suggestions are welcome.

Sep 04, 2014
scfinson in Europe

Prague Lokal Locations

There is a lot of positive comments about Lokal. There are several locations around Prague. Is there any difference in atmosphere or quality of food? We are staying in Mala Strana area. Could anyone give me some feedback?

Sep 02, 2014
scfinson in Europe

What is open for dinner 4th of July

Having some trouble finding somewhere upscale open on the 4th around FIDI, Union SQ. SOMA, etc. We are staying in FIDI and would rather walk to dinner that night. Any suggestions?

Best Lobster

Go to http://www.newenglandlobster.net/. Not in SF proper but by the airport. It is the main shipper and distributor of lobster from New England. The warehouse is full of tanks of thousands of live lobsters. They now have a restaurant on sight. Lobster can not get any fresher on west coast straight off the plane.

Taste of Prague Foodie tour

I am also considering this tour on our October trip. I did the Culinary Backstreets Tour in Istanbul. We would never have found some of the places we went on our own. Restaurant suggestions they gave were spot on. I thought it was very worth it and they did not give a sales pitch except for some of food stalls and they just brought us back to the stalls if we wanted to buy some spices or the traditional candies etc. Look forward to feed back from people and if you do the tour please report back. Thanks.

Jun 11, 2014
scfinson in Europe

July Sydney Trip from USA

Bill, Please report back. I have used your advice from the NOLA board. We will be traveling to Sydney in September and have most of the places you listed in mind.

Non Cantonese in Vancouver

Many Thanks, this is just what I wanted to find!

Non Cantonese in Vancouver

Traveling to Vancouver again in June. I know Vancouver is known for it's Cantonese Chinese places but I am not a big fan of Cantonese. I prefer the spicier cuisines of China, Sichuan, Hunan, etc. Any suggestions welcome. We will travel but near skytrain stops would be a bonus. Thanks.

Suggestions for Sydney's Finest Dining

Will be in Sydney soon and will have 3 dinners. We would like to try "Modern Australian Cuisine" at the highest level. We want Sydney's equivalent of a Michelin 3* experience. Quay, Marque, Est. seem to be on all the lists, any other hidden places? Food is the most important criteria and the more local the ingredients the better. Thanks!

Dinner Recommendations

Just returned from NO trip. We did Herbsaint and it was good but not great. We thought Coquette to be far superior at that price point. A much more quaint setting and better service to boot. The chef was doing riffs on classic NO creole with much more finesse than other places we did on this trip.

Feb 20, 2013
scfinson in New Orleans

Clancy's?

Just returned from a trip to NO and went to Clancy's for dinner.
Thought the service and food quality were excellent. Their wine list is exceptional especially Burgundies at value prices. It is classic creole cooking nothing pushing culinary boundaries but done excellently. Try to eat in the downstairs main room. When we were leaving around 9:30 all the very younger crowd was just arriving. Just did not seem to be a place the 20's crowd with to go cups in hand would come to for late dinner. Must be doing it right to attract the multi-generational crowd.

Feb 20, 2013
scfinson in New Orleans

Needs Artisan espresso coffee place ner CBD

Any good espresso coffee bars near CBD. No Starbucks,s lowed. They are in th milk business. Thanks.

Feb 14, 2013
scfinson in New Orleans

Feedback for my Lafayette and New Orleans Itinerary. Feb 11th - 17th

Would it be better to take HWY 90, Map app only has it 15 minutes difference. I would rather be moving than sitting.

Feb 08, 2013
scfinson in New Orleans

Feedback for my Lafayette and New Orleans Itinerary. Feb 11th - 17th

This is a very unique trip for us as it combines a business meeting with Mardi Gras in Lafayette, go figure! Then 3 nights in New Orleans on our own. I have made previous posts and done lots of research, this is what I have come up with so far. Still need a few suggestions. We really want to stick with Creole/Cajun options.

Lafayette

Monday Feb 11 - Fly SFO - MSY land @2:30pm. We will be famished after flight. Go to Harbor Seafood for a fix. Would Kenner Seafood be better? Hit I 10 drive to Lafayette immediately for MG ball at 8:30 try to fit in tuxedo.

Tues. Feb 12th - Attending MG parade and having catered lunch. Tried to do Jolie’s LA Bistro for dinner but closed any suggestions for a Fat Tuesday dinner in LAF? Not sure what may be open.

Wed. Feb 13th - French Press for breakfast? Hopefully they will still serve Cajun Benedict on Ash Wed.

A scheduled Cajun Country tour to Avery Island etc. Need places I can request for lunch in Acadiana? I would rather have some great places in mind to suggest instead of their possibly touristy place. If their spot is on a go to list I will be happy. Dinner at Marcello’s a company dinner so what’s best to order.

Thur. Feb 14th - Breakfast French Press again? Other cajun breakfast suggestions welcome. Drive Lafayette to NO.

Dinner - Borgne. Then music in CBD or FQ .

Fri. Feb 15th - OK we have been to Galatoire’s twice before and we love it, so should we wait in line for Friday Lunch or wait till Saturday? We are thinking come late after 2:00 and just do some drinks and appetizers would that be a good plan?

Dinner Herbsaint. Then Frenchman street for music.

Sat. Feb 16th - May do Confederacy of Cruisers Bike Tour in am if weather is good. We could switch this with Galatoire’s lunch depending on weather. Want to do some Poorboys for lunch. Killer Po-boys sounds interesting but open to all suggestions we would prefer seafood to the roast beef options.

Dinner at Clancy’s. We have reservations but I read you want to eat in the downstairs room with the locals and not upstairs with the rubes from out of town, which we are. I will call in if it is a significant difference in experience.

More Music D.B.A. on Frenchmen has a great late night lineup. Can you just walk in to this place?

Sun. Feb 17th - Brunch Coquette. Pick up Sandwiches from Cochon Butcher for late flight home.

Thanks to all.

Feb 07, 2013
scfinson in New Orleans

Quick, Easy and good Between NO Airport and I 10?

Will be landing 2:30 pm have to drive to Lafayette ASAP to attend MG ball at 8:30pm. Need someplace to fuel up before we hit the I 10. So someplace that is not too much of a detour from car rental pickup and I 10 and won't take too long. Want authentic poboys or seafood. Have found Harbour Seafood that looks good. Anyplace else?

Jan 30, 2013
scfinson in New Orleans

Herbsaint, Clancy's, or Upperline? Oyster Po Boys. Lafayette suggestions.

Thanks Rockbound. Here is the deal. My wife's company has a branch in LAF. The director of that branch has lobbied for years to host the annual director's meeting in LAF. that is almost always held in Vegas or on the West Coast. She got her wish and sweetened the deal by having it at Mardi Gras inviting everyone including spouses to the MG Ball, parade etc. I even have to get a tux and I don't own a tie anymore. I am actually really looking forward to the whole deal but don't know if getting outside Lafayette is going to be possible since they still have to have a meeting that is why I mentioned Dwight's. I will try to organize some lunches for the spouse's for chowing while meetings take place. I have been to the area years before ate at Cafe Des Ami even though it was during a tropical storm when the Bayou Teche got high enough to lap at our hotel door step. We were evacuated. Bon ton Roulet. I know TMI, Ha!

Dec 18, 2012
scfinson in New Orleans

Herbsaint, Clancy's, or Upperline? Oyster Po Boys. Lafayette suggestions.

Thanks artving for the info. So will Dwight's in Lafayette be having crawfish dinner nights then? I would really like to fit that in if possible. I am sure we have to do some group dinners arranged by our hosts. Maybe I could suggest a crawfish feast!

Dec 17, 2012
scfinson in New Orleans

Herbsaint, Clancy's, or Upperline? Oyster Po Boys. Lafayette suggestions.

Another request where to get a late lunch between NO airport and Lafayette?

Dec 13, 2012
scfinson in New Orleans

Herbsaint, Clancy's, or Upperline? Oyster Po Boys. Lafayette suggestions.

We are from San Francisco and will be visiting NO in Feb. just after Mardi Gras. Actually will be doing Mardi Gras ball and parade in Lafayette then coming to NO for 3 nights. Have been to NO 3 times before. So far I have Borgne and Galatoires for dinners. The last night I am trying to decide between the above choices. I still want an only in NO type of meal, cajun/creole not too modernized or international. I can get other types of food in SF. Herbsaint seems to be getting a lot of love lately, just wondering if the menu there has enough of NO/LA in it. Also any suggestions for Lafayette are appreciated. Oyster Po Boy suggestions too for both places.

Dec 13, 2012
scfinson in New Orleans

Hakkasan and MY China?

I think I read both of these were to open Dec 3rd. Does anyone have further information? If some one goes a report would be much appreciated. Will be in town next weekend and thought I might try one for lunch. Thanks.

Looking for Mission District Lunch Spots [San Francisco]

Sorry I should have said we would be doing this on a Thursday afternoon. I know some of the places are only open for lunch on weekends.

Looking for Mission District Lunch Spots [San Francisco]

Looking to food tour the Mission District and looking for something unique for lunch. Not looking for burgers or sandwiches but something new and different. Mexican and Asian are OK but want to sit down and be comfortable not stand in line. Thanks in advance. Ciao!

What types of seafood is fresh now?

Coming To Boston Thursday for 5 nights. We live in SF and want to experience the best seafood we can in Boston, especially what we can't find on west Coast, no salmon please. Lobster is obvious, is this time of year going to offer something we should be on the look out for. What fish and shellfish are best in the fall? Anything that is only available in October? Thanks, can't wait to get there. My only regret is we are too late to attend a Red Sox game. I only have 8 ballparks I have not been to and Fenway is one of them. Some day!

Oct 01, 2012
scfinson in Greater Boston Area