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Group dinner in South Beach.....Suggestions?

Hi, we will be in Miami next Saturday night and have a group of 16 who are celebrating a couple of birthdays. We will spend the afternoon in South Beach and would like to have dinner in the area... Any recommendations? Budget is not an issue but would rather stay at around $100 per person or lower.

Thanks for your help.

Group dinner in South Beach... Suggestions?

Hi, we will be in Miami next Saturday night and have a group of 16 who are celebrating a couple of birthdays. We will spend the afternoon in South Beach and would like to have dinner in the area... Any recommendations? Budget is not an issue but would rather stay at around $100 per person or lower.

Thanks for your help.

Are there still any hidden gems in Phoenix metro?

Never heard of tuck or rusconi's...what do you recomend at both places?

Apr 14, 2013
luegar in Phoenix

Are there still any hidden gems in Phoenix metro?

So I always see the same restaurants mentioned here in the posts. I know there is a reason for that but I cannot believe there aren't any other lesser known gems out there.

Any recomendations aside from the ones always mentioned on the boards?

I can certainly think of a few....

A Metro Pizzeria
Los Reyes de la Torta
Pho 48
Flavors of New Orleans

Any others you can think of?

Apr 14, 2013
luegar in Phoenix

sweetbreads in Phoenix???

Thank you all for the great suggestions.

Apr 14, 2013
luegar in Phoenix

sweetbreads in Phoenix???

Grocery store recommendation. I'm cooking them myself. Thanks.

Apr 13, 2013
luegar in Phoenix

sweetbreads in Phoenix???

Can anyone help me? I'm looking for sweetbreads in the Phoenix metro area...anyone??

Also looking for lardo.

Thanks.

Apr 13, 2013
luegar in Phoenix

Quail eggs in Phoenix??

Where can I find quail eggs in Phoenix?

Thanks.

Oct 28, 2012
luegar in Phoenix

Cheap fresh produce in or near SouthPhx/Laveen area?

I'm about to do one of those juice fasting regimes and would like to find a good/cheaper place to buy my veggies. Nothing fancy: carrots, kale, spinach mostly. Any recommendations? Also I'd like to keep it in the SouthPhx/Laveen area but I wouldn't mind driving a bit if its worth it.

Thanks.

Luegar

Oct 17, 2012
luegar in Phoenix

Fresh green peas in Phoenix????

Thanks, I`ll give them a try.

Sep 03, 2012
luegar in Phoenix

Fresh green peas in Phoenix????

So I've been REALLY craving fresh green peas as of lately. I don't know why since I don't recall ever having them bur for some reason I keep thinking they must be not only amazing but completely different than frozen peas.

Does anyone know where I can find them here in Phoenix AZ?

Thanks.

Sep 02, 2012
luegar in Phoenix

Pork and Chorizo Chile Burger

If you go with the prepacked chorizo you are absolutely right. However the bulk chorizo sold at Mexican markets is usually ground pork meat. Another option is making your own chorizo which is an extremely simple process: mix 1 pound of ground pork, 1.5 table spoons of garlic powder, 1.5 table spons of mexican oregano, 1 table spoon of salt, 1/2 cup of ground chili powder, 1/4 cup of white vinegar. Mix, place in ziploc bag and let marinate for 2 days in the fridge. One note, for authentic mexican chorizo the ground pork should be VERY fatty....75/25. If you go with regular ground pork add 1/4 cup of vegetable oil to the mix. You can also make a large batch and store in your freezer in 1/2 pound portions for a long time. ENJOY!

Jun 10, 2012
luegar in Recipes

What is the best turkey deep frying technique?

I've seen numerous techniques because I also know how dangerous it is. One I liked because of the safety is you turn off the burner right before starting to lower the bird. So in case it bubbles over there is no flame agent.

As soon as the bird is completely submerged and the bubbling is controlled you turn it back on.

Oct 31, 2011
luegar in Home Cooking

What is the best turkey deep frying technique?

I plan to deep fry my first turkey this thanks giving and have been searching the web for the best technique.

It seems the world of deep frying turkey's is totally torn over which of these two to use:

1.- Heat oil up to 250 degrees, lower turkey and once in bring oil up to 350 degrees

or

2.- Heat oil to about 360 degrees, lower turkey and then lower heat to maintain even 350 degrees.

What are your thoughts or experiences with these techniques? Any theories as to why one would be better than the other?

Oct 31, 2011
luegar in Home Cooking

Best japanese restaurant in an MGM brand hotel?????

I'm heading out to Vegas this weekend and want to dine with my group of buddies in a Japanese restaurant. It has to be under the MGM brand since I get it comped.

From what I have researched my options are:

Bar Masa @ Aria

Shibuya @ MGM Grand

Japonais @ Mirage

Which do you recomend I go with?

Also, what steak house do you recomend? This one doesn't need to be MGM...any steak house works, I want the best bang for my buck.

Thanks.

luegar

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Shibuya
3799 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV

Aug 01, 2011
luegar in Las Vegas

Fun, good dinner restaurant in Downtown Atlanta?

Last minute thing. I will meet up with a childhood buddy of mine to have dinner in downtown Atlanta in 3 hours. Any reccomendations? Im buying so mid pricing. Thing $40 per person alcohol not included. Im open to any sort of cusine but would prefer something local. thanks

Jun 08, 2011
luegar in Atlanta

dinner tonight at old town

Mid budget suggestions??

May 23, 2011
luegar in San Diego

Dinner in Downtown San Diego Monday........suggestions????

Thanks so much! I think I'm going to decide between the Fish Market and Wine Vault.

May 23, 2011
luegar in San Diego

Dinner in Downtown San Diego Monday........suggestions????

WOW, never expected things to be so limited. What if I'm willing to drive a bit? say 5-10 minute drive?

May 23, 2011
luegar in San Diego

Dinner in Downtown San Diego Monday........suggestions????

Any suggestions for dinner Monday night in Downtown San Diego.......medium budget so Cowboy Star is out of the running.

It doesn't even need to be a nice place...dives welcome!! I just want it to be REALLY GOOD food.

thanks.

May 21, 2011
luegar in San Diego

a few cheaper options

In Tempe almost next to Haji Baba is Khai Hoan, the best Pho I've ever tried (even compared to Orange County).

Los Taquitos have to be mentioned in Tempe.

Asadedor el Toro in McDowell & 17th Ave. for good carne asada

I agree with Matt's, best burger ever.

I also second Pollo Supremo....stick with the chicken, its the best.

Los Reyes de la Torta, 7th Street just north of Dunlap.....a drive but well worth it.

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Khai Hoan
1537 E Apache Blvd, Tempe, AZ 85281

Los Taquitos
4747 E Elliot Rd Ste 17, Phoenix, AZ 85044

May 20, 2011
luegar in Phoenix

Good Canolis in the valley?????

I recently visited Boston and fell in love with Mike's Pastry. It's a local staple and the canolis there are just incredible. Now we are talking Little Italy here so I don't expect to find something as good here in Phoenix but......anything at least decent here that can kill my craving?????

BTW I know someone will mention Modern Pastry (Boston)....Tried it, not even close to being as good as Mike's.

Thanks

Luegar

May 20, 2011
luegar in Phoenix

Looking for "can't miss" food spots in Boston

I'm from Arizona ans it is my first time. I love sea food so that is a yes. I'm also craving some real italian with fresh pasta....any suggestions?

May 12, 2011
luegar in Greater Boston Area

Looking for "can't miss" food spots in Boston

Thanks! I've heard a lot about New Shanghai...what are your thoughts? Also I walked by many good loking italian restaurants today. Which one do your recomend I hit if I was to have only one italian meal?

May 12, 2011
luegar in Greater Boston Area

Looking for "can't miss" food spots in Boston

I'm currently staying in dowtown Boston and looking for the best food spots within a 3 mile radius. Breakfast lunch and dinner suggestions are greatly appreciated. I'm not into fancy, i'm into good even if its a dive. Please help.

On saturday i will go to Salem for the day. Any suggestions there will also be greatly appreciated.

Thanks

Luegar

May 12, 2011
luegar in Greater Boston Area

Best Carne Asada Burrito in Arizona?

El Pollo Supremo is bar none the best grilled chicken I have ever had.....it comes out red, God only knows what turns it red but it's incredible!! Having said that, the carne asada I would never recomend. I don't care how many "carne asada experts" say carne asada should be marinated......it isn't!! I was born and raised in Hermosillo, the capital of carne asada and there isn't a single carne asada place that marinates its beef. The would be sacrilegious, given the Sonoran pride of its home grown beef.

And please, if you go to a carne asada place DO NOT put lime in it!!! taste it first, if the beef is not good then go crazy with the lime. Lime is just for covering bad beef flavor.

Dec 08, 2009
luegar in Phoenix

Best Carne Asada Burrito in Arizona?

ibsulon, if you live in Tucson you definetely need to try tacos "El Canelo". They are very famous among Hermosillo (the birthplace of good carne asada) people residing in Tucson. I have never tried them myself but I know a lot of fellow people from Hermosillo who swear by them.

The trick to a good carne asada taco is that the asada has to go directly from the grill to the tortilla to your mouth in less than 2-3 minutes. In order for this to be feasible you have to have customers constantly arriving. The way the good taquerias work in Hermosillo, they usually open around 7PM but have no real customers till around 9:30PM-1:00AM. Customers are constantly stopping by so the "taquero" can always have beef in the grill knowing it will sell. Here in Phoenix there is no such patronage so all of the taquerias here have to grill or griddle their beef ahead of time an keep it in a pot. This is why it can never compare to the real thing.

I don't know if anyone here has ever gone to Hermosillo (5 hour drive from Phoenix) but they can attest to this.

If you ever go to Hermosillo there are 3 rules to having the best tacos of your life. 1) Try to eat in a street stand vs a restaurant, this will reduce the amount of time between the beef being taking out of the grill till when you take your first bite. 2) and most importantly look for places with customers, the more the better, the wait won't be that long anyway. 3) order your tacos one at a time and resist the urge to cover them in toppings, the beef down there is so good that contraire to what a lot of people think, it is not only not marinated but they only add salt to it. Eating a fresh taco with not toppings at all is a taste of heaven. I personally eat my last one this way as a type of dessert.

One last watch out, do not eat near truck stops. There are tons of taquerias near truck stops and they all suck. Do not do this. If you are in doubt where to eat, ask anyone on the street driving a decent late model car, they'll be happy to tell you. By the way, the late model car thing comes into play because their suggestion won't be influenced by budget. Also don't go to the other extreme and ask a guy driving too nice of a car. His suggestion will probably be a restaurant or influenced by neighborhood. Bad advice as well.

Hope this helps.

Oct 03, 2008
luegar in Phoenix

Best Carne Asada Burrito in Arizona?

It is not on the menu. Too bad cause it would pair up great with those amazing tortillas.

Oct 03, 2008
luegar in Phoenix

Best Carne Asada Burrito in Arizona?

Well, I have a different opinion than most people here. I have to admit Fili's is OK... the only problem I have with Fili's and most of the other "bertos" clones is that the meat is cooked on a griddle and mostly cooked by the vapor it generates......not really "asada". I'm originally from Hermosillo, Sonora Mexico.....the Mecca of carne asada. I've looked long and hard in Phoenix to satisfy my carne asada tacos cravings and I can tell you this much........nothing like it. On the other hand I can suggest the two best places I've found......believe me I've tried tons of them.

Here are the two places:

Asadero El Toro: just across the street from the Arizona State Fair Grounds on Mc Dowell, I highly reccomend ordering the carne asada burro, tell the server to skip the beans and rice (I hate fillers). You may also want to order the carne asada in tacos or even a quesadilla with carne....really good. As with any down and dirty restaurants some days are better than others. Having said this, I have never disliked the food, just think some days its a bit better.

Now, if you don't mind hitting some DIVEs in order to get good food, here's a little secret joint.
If you head West on Van Buren from I-17, just past 27ave (there's a run down Food City on the SW corner), about 100-150 yards on your left side (South) you will see a run down little food cart with a few tables set in front under some tarps. This is a GREAT place for tacos. I highly reccomend their "vampiros" (vampires), its a corn tostada with a bit of refried beans on top and finely chopped carne asada, a bit of cabbage and tomato salsa on top. This my friends is the best thing I've found in Phoenix. If you don't mind the bad surroundings and the horrible service in order to get really good food, you will love this place. Highly reccomend accompanying your vampiros with a Mexica Coke.

Let me know your thoughts when you try them.....if you like Fili's you are going to just LOVE these two places.

Sep 02, 2008
luegar in Phoenix