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Down to 3-help us hounds

We have two nights in Portland at the end of this month and we have narrowed our search to these three places: Caiolas, Cinque Terre, and 555. Bring on the opinions, Portland 'hounds!

Jul 15, 2008
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Chow Challenge

Trip Report--we've returned from our Chicago vaca and want to thank all the hounds for their wonderful advice! It's always so helpful when folks report back so here goes:

We had the Herb and Spice Thanksgiving meal at Vermilion and it was excellent! I really wondered about the Indian/Latin fusion concept of the restaurant but it works. Our service was excellent as well.

Day two: Lunch at Bistro 110 and it was perfect on a cold day--French Onion Soup, cassoulet and creme brulee--life was good! oh yes---Great Bloody Mary's!

Dinner-Blackbird--oh wow--The guinea hen, the pork belly, or the Walleyed Pike--all good--also flawless service--and almost forgot an amazing salad--endive, potato and a poached egg--I know sounds weird--it is fantastic!

Day three: lunch Lou Malnati's for the "Lou Pizza" deep dish--yum! Dinner at Aria--yummy stir fry type dishes--great vegetarian platter-really unusual eclectic menu.

Entertainment--Second City--saw between Barack and a Hard Place---Fantastic!!! also saw Wicked--very good as well and the Oriental Theater is gorgeous!

What a great city! Thanks to everyone for all your help!

Nov 25, 2007
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Christmas Eve in Asheville

Thanks! Also, anyone have info on the Southside Cafe?

Nov 02, 2007
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Charleston New Year

Has anyone ever done the New Year's Dinner at the Charleston Grill?

Nov 01, 2007
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Chow Challenge

Has anyone ever tried the very different sounding Herb and Spice Thanksgiving being offered at Vermilion?

Oct 31, 2007
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Christmas Eve in Asheville

Since I'm not familiar with the area, how far is Black Mountain from Asheville?

Oct 31, 2007
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Chow Challenge

Wow, thank you so much for all the info.I so appreciate all the time and effort that goes into the details you all are giving me. I promise to write a trip report upon our return. About Frontera Grill. The couple we're meeting (our son and girfriend) are from San Diego and I just thought that cuisine might not be as much of a treat for them since they really do have a lot of wonderful Mexican food at home. Now, to lunches: we must have deep dish pizza. Any other special lunch or neighborhood places not to miss?

Oct 30, 2007
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Christmas Eve in Asheville

Will there be any places open to eat on Christmas Eve in Asheville? Help!

Oct 28, 2007
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Chow Challenge

BRB-thank you so much for all this advice. Obviously, I am feeling like so many restaurants so little time! Weigh in on West Town Tavern for me. Thanks!

Oct 21, 2007
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Chow Challenge

Thanks so much for your insight. Would dining at North Pond during the day (for brunch) or in the evening matter much to thoroughly enjoy its location?

I will defintely be rethinking the pre-theater choice!

Oct 21, 2007
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Chow Challenge

Thanks so much for your ideas for Thanskgiving. We are definitely going to try something more interesting! Now, I'm trying to decide for Friday and Sat nights. On Friday it's between North Pond and Blackbird and on Saturday before the theater it's between Aria and the Atwood Cafe. Thoughts?

Oct 21, 2007
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Chow Challenge

I had asked where we could get a Thanksgiving dinner and since it seems many places are closed that day these were recommended as places that serve a Thanksgiving dinner.

Oct 20, 2007
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Chow Challenge

Will be in Chcago for Thanksgiving weekend and we are meeting our son and his girfriend who are flying in from San Diego--(they're in their late 20's) We all love to eat and are wanting suggestions for some interesting places that are in downtown Chicago or a reasonable cab ride. I asked my son what cusines he had in mind and he said local and progressive. We've narrowed our Thanksgiving dinner down to Mike Ditka's or Bistro 110 which have been recommended on these boards. I welcome all input and thanks ahead of time to all the Chicago 'hounds out there!

Oct 19, 2007
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Dinner before or after Wicked?

We will be seeing Wicked at the Ford Theater please give suggestions/opinions about dining before or after the show as well as good ideas about restaurants. Thanks so much!!

Oct 13, 2007
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Thanksgiving in Chicago

Would like recommendations for Thanksgiving dinner in Chicago. Have done Mike Ditka's before and we liked it. Any other ideas? We'll be staying in the River North area.

Oct 07, 2007
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South Haven, MI Help

Thanks so much for these recs. After South Haven we're heading to Saugatuck for two nights? Do you know that area?

Aug 17, 2007
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South Haven, MI Help

Wiil be in South Haven for the first time for a couple of days. Need recs for lunches and dinners---thanks!

Aug 16, 2007
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Lobstah Downeast!

Followed your directions and got that post! Thank you so much!
I am also going to try to go find that book you mentioned.

Jul 30, 2006
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Lobstah Downeast!

Lobster rolls and fries---yum--that's what we're looking for! thank you!

Jul 29, 2006
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Lobstah Downeast!

Checkman-thanks for the great suggestions! I can't find that post about Belfast that you mention--help!

Jul 29, 2006
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Lobstah Downeast!

Will be in the following Maine towns next week: Eastport, Ellsworth, and Belfast. Please send tips about lobster pounds and good eats in these areas. Thank you!

Jul 29, 2006
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