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Steaks in New Brunswick, NJ

Hi Hounds,

We are staying at the Hyatt Regency in New Brunswick, NJ next Monday. We are meeting a cousin for dinner and he doesn't like "fancy food". So, we were thinking that we would take him out for a steak dinner. Does any one have any recommendations? Near the Hyatt would be a big plus.

Thanks

Dec 11, 2006
daigle in Mid-Atlantic

anti-OpenTable bias?

[moved from Boston Board - The Chowhound Team]

I apologize if this has been discussed before. Have hounds noticed discriminatory treatment when you book via OpenTable versus calling a restaurant directly? Getting seated at less appealing, high-traffic tables, that sort of thing? I'm trying to decide if it's just my imagination.

Dec 10, 2006
daigle in Not About Food

It's cold... I'm craving noodle soup take-out

The tom yum noodle soup and beef noodle soup at Tamarind House near Porter Square are fab. Unfortunately, these are the things I like on the menu, and even more unfortunately, they are only available at lunchtime.

Dec 09, 2006
daigle in Greater Boston Area

Positive Pemberton Farm experience

Totally agree. And even their pre-made sandwiches are fresh and often inventive. It's over a mile away and I often walk there to pick up lunch.

Nov 29, 2006
daigle in Greater Boston Area

boston's best burger

Darkhorse candidate here: a couple of nights ago I was at West Side Lounge and nothing on the menu appealed to me. So I ordered the burger, something I rarely do at a general, non-burger-focused restaurant. It was stupendous. Angus meat, well-seasoned and juicy, perfectly medium rare, just a light coating of melted manchego (I think), on a pretty tasty bun to boot.

Like hiddenboston above, I've been to Sully's 300 times, but this burger was orders of magnitude better. Oh, and I forgot to mention: the fries (more like frites) with aioli were delectable enough to steer me away from O'Sullivans any give night.

Nov 18, 2006
daigle in Greater Boston Area

cassoulet?

Have to disagree with you there. Much as I venerate Chez Henri, their cassoulet is the worst I've ever had. Thick, sludgy, just like a millstone.
Best I ever had was years ago at Blue Room. But that was back when Steve Johnson was around. Maybe he will resurrect it at Rendezvous.

Oct 26, 2006
daigle in Greater Boston Area

trip to Atlanta half over ... thanks for all the recs

Our first night here we hit Floataway Cafe, which was wonderful. They were out of all the most tempting items on the menu, but what we ended up ordering (2 different pastas and the chicken)were fabulous. I don't recall what we had for apps, but I do recall how good they were. I guess no one warned them that 30,000 hungry neuroscientists were coming to town. But service was splendid and friendly.

Last night was Two Urban Licks. They certainly have a Studio 54 scene going on, even when you have a reservation. But we loved the food. We relied on our waiter, Juan, to recommend the best things on the menu and were richly rewarded. Particularly good was the pork shoulder that my DH had. We shared the (complimentary!) shuttle back to downtown with a very nice local couple who were furious that the wait was so long after they arrived for their reservation. It would seem the place is getting too big for its britches.

Tonight is Eugene. I'll make an effort to report back later this week. I always wish other hounds would do so after we offer suggestions on the Boston board.

So far we've been very impressed with the chow here. The only disappointment is that everything seems to be a 15-minute cab ride away from our hotel.

Oct 14, 2006
daigle in General South Archive

Going to Atlanta - Need Recommendations (& Quick!)

Nader, I assume the convention you'll be at is SfN. I'm going too, and I asked a similar question a while back and got lots of great recs and made reservations via opentable. Here's the link:
http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

Oct 07, 2006
daigle in General South Archive

dinner tomorrow at Great Bay ... menu recommendations?

I started with the jonah crab salad, and had halibut tacos as my entree. Everything was excellent and an adventure on the tongue, but a bit too fat-free to truly sate me (or maybe too dairy-free is more to the point).

And at the risk of stoking outrage here, the butterscotch pudding, while tasty, was so cloyingly sweet; I think I need to apply Head-On directly to the forehead.

Sep 29, 2006
daigle in Greater Boston Area

dinner tomorrow at Great Bay ... menu recommendations?

thanks; I see the online menu lists a spicy halibut taco.

Sep 28, 2006
daigle in Greater Boston Area

dinner tomorrow at Great Bay ... menu recommendations?

I haven't been there for a while. Anyone know of anything especially good on the menu nowadays? The one thing I'll be sure to order is the Ghost of Mary cocktail. And maybe the smoked trout appetizer.
thanks for any suggestions.

Sep 28, 2006
daigle in Greater Boston Area

Crispy Pad Thai in Somerville/Cambridge

I had no idea mee krob was the same thing! OT, in Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle, Kumar is wearing a Mee Krob t-shirt.

Sep 20, 2006
daigle in Greater Boston Area

Crispy Pad Thai in Somerville/Cambridge

Changsho on Mass Ave between Harvard and Porter Squares has it. Many of their dishes seem like they are aimed at lowest-common-denominator appeal, but I have had a few good things there. Just haven't tried their crispy pad thai.

Sep 20, 2006
daigle in Greater Boston Area

Atlanta recommendations?

Originally I selected Joel over Rathbun's because it was the easy way out: Rathbun's does not seem to do OpenTable. But now that someone mentioned differential taxi distances I'm reconsidering. That kind of thing never occurs to me because Boston is so compact -- we rarely go anywhere that wouldn't be feasible to walk home from in a pinch.

Thanks again for all the suggestions on this board.

Sep 20, 2006
daigle in General South Archive

Atlanta recommendations?

First, I want to express my appreciation to all of you who suggested dining spots. For our 4 nights' dinners I have made reservations at: Eugene, Two Urban Licks, Joel, and Floataway. However, I'm noticing that Rathbun's has some serious fans on this board.

If I were to cancel one rez and supplant it with Rathbuns, which one is expendable?

Sep 17, 2006
daigle in General South Archive

Atlanta recommendations?

this is all such great info. "sushi only" is fine -- we are quite adventurous and would probably devour "still alive" Klingon food if it were proferred.

Sep 10, 2006
daigle in General South Archive

Atlanta recommendations?

Oh and btw OB2S we are very happy to take Marta. We don't even own a car here in Boston, so public transport is right up our alley. We just didn't assume it could get us anywhere down your way. Stereotypes die hard!

Experience-wise, we are looking for fun, good food and drink to enjoy with people we tend to see once a year at this convention. I should mention that the convention was relocated from New Orleans after Katrina, but none of us hold Atlanta (or anywhere else) up to NOLA culinary standards.

We are happy to splurge, if the meal is worth it! thanks again.

Sep 10, 2006
daigle in General South Archive

Atlanta recommendations?

Thanks for all the suggestions. Renting a car to get to dinner is totally out, however. Parking is not the issue. We like to sample a lot of fine wine before, during, and after dinner, and we are quite averse to DUI. We'll just have to stake out the cabstand in front of our hotel mighty early to beat out the competition.

Pura Vida, Watershed, and Two Urban Licks are now on our list. Updated comfort food sounds splendid! We have rez at Joel for our first night there. And we'll look forward to a sangria lunch at Globe.

Sep 10, 2006
daigle in General South Archive

Atlanta recommendations?

thanks intrepid. By the ritz, do you mean the Ritz Carlton Hotel? That's actually where we'll be staying.

I'll add Joel and Canoe to my list.

Sep 09, 2006
daigle in General South Archive

Atlanta recommendations?

Boston hounds headed for a convention in Atlanta next month. We'll be staying near the convention center, but I get the impression from searching this board that most of the good restaurants are a cab ride away. I hope taxis are plentiful in Atlanta, because this is a gigantic meeting (over 30,000 people).

Would appreciate dinner suggestions -- pricey is fine, exotic is fine. Sifting through previous posts I see people have mentioned Rathbun's, MF Sushi, Restaurant Eugene, Floataway Cafe, and Globe.

Thanks in advance.

Sep 09, 2006
daigle in General South Archive

Zoe's Brookline

Ah, so the owner of Zoe's in Somerville has turned his attention elsewhere. That explains its precipitous decline.

We typically get takeout from Zoe's at least once every other week, and it used to be outstanding. In recent months it has seemed that grown-ups are no longer in charge. Walk in to pick up your order on time and they haven't even handed it off to the kitchen yet. Waiters and cooks screeching at each other angrily. A new person answering the phone each week, all of them unfamiliar with the menu and the English language. And most important, tried-and-true dishes rendered nowhere near as tastily as in the past.

And it sounds like the good stuff hasn't simply moved over to Brookline, but rather it's spread too thinly over two locations, like a good album's worth of music misguidedly turned into a double-disk.

Sep 02, 2006
daigle in Greater Boston Area

All Star Sandwich Bar lived up the hype

We arrived around the same time as you, garlic breath, and noticed similar chaos. My muffaletta was super ... the roll was too crusty for my liking but that's a personal preference. DH said his reuben was quite good, but he didn't blather on, the way I have come to expect.

Agree with posters above that the music is too loud, but I did happen to like all the selections they played.

We will be back for gobbler, po boy, and meat loaf.

Sep 01, 2006
daigle in Greater Boston Area

All Star Sandwich Bar lived up the hype

Is seating available or is it all take-out?

Aug 30, 2006
daigle in Greater Boston Area

BBQ Places That Aren't Primarily Takeout?

Well, I acknowledge that I am no BBQ expert, but I really enjoyed eating at Redbones last night. We started with the superb Buffalo Shrimp. DH had the baby back ribs and was was willing to part with one rib, which was luscious. I had the fried catfish sandwich, also very good. Washed down with good margaritas.

Aug 21, 2006
daigle in Greater Boston Area

High end take-out

How about Chez Henri? I've never gotten take-out from there, but I have seen people come there to pick up their take-out orders.

Aug 18, 2006
daigle in Greater Boston Area

No. 9 Park: Elegant but tiny portions

I did not even finish my too-sweet Dalmatian. The portions were truly enormous. We managed to finish our apps, but when the entrees came, we only got through about two-thirds of them.

When I say gigantic, I mean in comparison to other high-end restaurants nowadays.

Aug 17, 2006
daigle in Greater Boston Area

No. 9 Park: Elegant but tiny portions

DH and I celebrated our 16th anniversary there last night (main room, not the cafe), and all our portions were gigantic. I started with the spectacular white almond gazpacho; he started with the gnocchi. For entrees I had the duet of duck, which was sliced breast and a sort of confit mountain, and he had the pork shoulder confit. The cheese service was actually the only semi-disappointment (No triple cremes-- in fact no soft cheeses at all.).
Oh, also, I made the mistake of ordering the "Dalmatian" cocktail, which was way too sweet -- my own fault. The menu did mention maraschino; I should have known better.

Aug 16, 2006
daigle in Greater Boston Area

Restaurant week for a vegetarian? - No. 9, Meritage, Via Matta?

I have reservations at No. 9 Park tonight and they called to remind me that they are not participating in restaurant week.

Aug 14, 2006
daigle in Greater Boston Area

R.F. O'Sullivan vs. The Druid: Battle of the Burgers

I live 2 blocks from O'Sullivan's, car-free, so I eat there nearly weekly during Redsox season, and in fact weekly when winter/snowstorms rule everywhere else out (Sully's is always open). I love love lurve their burgers/hate their fries. The Blackjack burger in particular is heavenly.

But yesterday I convinced my DH to try a Druid burger, inspired by Hound raves. He liked it a lot, but he didn't gush, nor swear off Sully's. I had the (good) fish sandwich, and while the fries were better than Sully's, they are still on that mealy vector I can't stand. Plus Druid offers exactly one style of burger, whereas Sully's lists a several-page menu of toppings.

Me, I'm sticking with Sully's.

Aug 11, 2006
daigle in Greater Boston Area

Thoughts on Sage vs. Prezza (North End)?

I know I'm in the minority here, but I actually find Prezza's atmosphere more romantic. I love the food at Sage, but the place is so cramped that everyone can overhear your conversation and you can't ignore theirs. Prezza's size and noise level allows you to hold hands, really talk, whatever, and go pretty much unnoticed. So in a way I find Prezza's anonymity more conducive to to that "just the 2 of us" feeling.

The food is also excellent but as others have commented, not as original.

Congratulations on your anniversary and your long marriage.

Aug 05, 2006
daigle in Greater Boston Area