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Nov 27 partial trip report_Coquette

The Coquette report sounds great. I will add it to out Xmas itinerary. Probably for lunch. I would agree on Parkway over Domilise's, although my experience is limited. Hoping against hope that Walker's will be open during this visit. Glad to hear your trip went so well

Dec 06, 2013
fatheryod in New Orleans
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Willie Mae Scotchouse, anyone been recently ????

I took my daughter there a couple of months ago. I always try to get there right about opening time to avoid the lines that can sometime accrue when lunch time hits. She had not been there before and was blown away by the chicken. Not everyone agrees, but for my taste the coating has just the right balance of spice, bite and crunch. I've yet to be disappointed there. And the butter beans are truly first rate.

Dec 06, 2013
fatheryod in New Orleans

Anyone tried the Smithsonian in Greenfield yet?

thanks for the info. i'll hopefully try both of them out in the near future. as to the comment about saltiness, this is something i've been noticing lately. i'm wondering if it's just because i've been cooking with a lot less salt, or whether it's an actual trend. time will tell.

Nov 29, 2013
fatheryod in Southern New England

Anyone tried the Smithsonian in Greenfield yet?

Just saw that Hatfield's Smithsonian had opened an outpost in the Art Block off of Greenfield's main square. Has anyone tried it yet? I really liked the old place, and enjoyed the one visit I made to their new location on Route 5. Curious about this one, but I'm usually down in Northampton during the day.

Nov 26, 2013
fatheryod in Southern New England

The Clay Oven Indian restaurant Greenfield MA

just stopped by there after the gym. they have a menu posted in the window now. the owner was there, so i tapped on the window and asked about opening date. he said he had been virtually ready for a couple of weeks, but that two minor things still needed to be completed by a contractor. "every day he says he will be in tomorrow, but tomorrow never comes," he lamented. still he said he thinks the work will be completed in the next day or two and they may be open as soon as this weekend. looking forward to it!

Nov 19, 2013
fatheryod in Southern New England

Gluten Free Friendly Lunch in New Haven?

I don't know the actual menu at Bentara, but one thing to remember for GF eaters is that soy sauce & products are not GF. If the person only has an intolerance, the amounts can be small enough to avoid problems, but someone with celiac needs to be careful. Some restaurants have wheat-free tamari on-hand for these instances now. I have found that a phone call ahead of time to check can save trouble.

Nov 15, 2013
fatheryod in Southern New England

trip report

karen

cowbell is a fun spot with good food. but it was worth hitting on the early side (especially if you have a group) since it's on the small side (around 10 tables, a few of which are large enough to be communal) and when we were going out the wait looked substantial. it being nola, however, you can always grab a cocktail and hang around outside shooting the bull. have a great thanksgiving.

Nov 08, 2013
fatheryod in New Orleans
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trip report

that sundae was memorable! you are very lucky yr kids chose such a delicious city to settle in. and if they're fun to hang out with and happy to see you, it's probably worth the price of a few meals. if they had settled in a place like st. johns newfoundland (i only mention this spot since my wife and i were contemplating visiting a friend up there and the food scene does not look too promising) you'd be much worse off!

and honestly, i live in a area nearby two of my wife's siblings. they're all in their 50s and i think their mom still picks up the tab when they go out. so i'm not sure there's an end in sight. if it comes to that i think i'll just flash my aarp card when i visit, take them out to an early bird special at applebee's and pay in coins. maybe they'll take the hint. ha

Nov 06, 2013
fatheryod in New Orleans
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trip report

thanks for the tip on elizabeth's po'boys. i've only been there for breakfast. i think they do a great job of everything except potatoes, which the only weak spot i've found on their menu. will definitely try to hit it for lunch on my next trip to nola. i quote enjoy the one at mahoney's as well, but have really been jonesing for the one at walker's, which the one served at jazz fest. those guys are often closed, doing a festival catering gig, however, so i have been thwarted thus far. good luck on yr investigations! ha.

Nov 05, 2013
fatheryod in New Orleans

trip report

christine

i can only say it was a small sports bar with a very good cochon de lait po'boy. we were directed there by ira kaplan and georgia hubley of yo la tengo (a band whose touring schedule sometimes seems to be built around restaurants they want to hit! ha). here's a link to an artsy photo of the sandwiches from the band's website, but they did ask that we keep the name of the place under our hats, with the implied threat of losing access to other secret spots. i would generally be happy to share the info, but under the circumstances,i hope you can appreciate my dilemma.

http://therealylt.tumblr.com/post/492...

Nov 05, 2013
fatheryod in New Orleans

trip report

i went down to new orleans for ponderosa stomp, and also to visit my kids, who live uptown. we cooked one big meal at their place, which we bought at whole foods -- and man, it's a nice store and all, but the parking situation is pretty insane. if you drive there, i suggest looking for street parking rather than trying to deal with their lot, which is tight and quite nutty.

anyway, we hit cochon butcher to go for lunch. had the BLT, Pork Belly Sandwich, Cochon de Lait Po' Boy (a special), plus sides of mac & cheese, potato salad and brussel sprouts. sandwiches were all great -- i've noticed that some folks complain about the "standard" quality of the bread there, but man, the guts make up for it. i sampled everything and it was all first rate. the sides, however, were the real knock-out. so much better than last time i was there. a little salty for my taste, but once i got used to that i just dug in and glowed. excellent! the wait (at 1:30) was not bad either (about 15 minutes), and the staff there was darned nice.

for dinner we hit cowbell (8801 Oak St <<http://www.cowbell-nola.com/>>) which was fantastic. we got there on the early side, since they tend to crowd up after 6:30 or 7, and got seated right away. the place has a casual, semi-hipster vibe (supposed to have good cocktails, too), but was very friendly. for apps we had the figgy toast, which was incredible -- with andouillie, sweet & sour figs, and cheese. we also ordered a special app, which was brussel sprouts with grapes and marcona almonds, and it was killer as well. i had the burger, which was amazing. a perfect medium-rare with homemade ketchup and agogo sauce, plus the zinfandel/bacon/onion compote (which i highly recommend). kids had the grilled cheese special (with spaghetti squash and mint pesto) and the fish burger (fresh chopped salmon and shrimp). we darn near licked the plates clean.

next morning we hit refuel (8124 Hampson Street <<http://refuelcafe.com/>> which had the best dark roast i've had in nola, and some of the best grits i've enjoyed anywhere. very nice casual spot (although my kids say on weekends, after 10:30 it is full of tulane sorority gals -- which is good or bad, depending on yr opinion). i had the breakfast burrito, which i was warned was "odd" and it was. it was more like a panini in presentation, but had all the features you'd expect in a breakfast burrito -- just pressed down. it was quite good, although the coffee and grits had won me over already.

we tried to hit walkers up in east nola for a cochon de lait po' boy lunch, but they were closed for some event! drat! our friends directed us to a non-disclosable location on the fringe of the FQ as a replacement, and it was pretty good -- although more like a pulled pork sandwich than i'd expected. for dessert, however, we wandered over to green goddess (307 Exchange Place) to partake of their signature dessert -- the bacon sundae. it was mid afternoon and nearly empty, and man that is a mighty fine sundae! pecan praline ice cream with a creamy bacon & caramel sauce with a couple different salts. wow! if you feel a craving for something sweet, it's a heck of a nice thing to tuck into!

that night we hit luke with a big crowd of the kids' friends. we went heavy on the apps, since the young people were all into sampling the cocktails (i was the designated driver this trip). we went heavily into oysters (both baked and raw) which were excellent, as was the plate of pates and the flamenkuche -- a kind of alsation pizza. i know there have been many off-comments about the service at luke, but our waiter was quite attentive, and the food came out at a nice pace. i went with the burger for my order (who can resist alan benton's bacon?) and i didn't keep tabs on every else's order, but they seemed quite happy. of course, most 20-somethings probably like any meal that someone's dad is paying for, but everything i sampled was darn good. and the kuche and pates were truly wonderful. the menu is definitely more northern european than new orleanian, but the oysters were great, and it's a very laid back place (especially on the later side). not cheap. i think it ran about $80 a head (inclusive), but it was worth it.

my last morning we hit elizabeth's for breakfast -- as i always love to do. got there early, so we didn't have to wait. praline bacon., steak and eggs...mmm. i'd never sat upstairs before, but it was nice and service was spot on. by the time we left, it was jammed. but hey, what do you expect?

on the way to the airport we hit morning call (the one in metairie) for beignets and cafe au lait. i just love the vibe of that place. and the beignets are always fresh (unlike some other spots). i had hoped to hit cochon butcher again to grab a sandwich for the flight home, but there just wasn't time. ah well. i'll be back at christmas.

can't wait!

Nov 04, 2013
fatheryod in New Orleans
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Banh Mi Saigon --- Gone

I drove by the other day on my way to Amherst and was quite shocked by the totality of the destruction. The whole place was really gutted.

Nov 03, 2013
fatheryod in Southern New England

Looking for a dinner option in or near Springfield.

a couple i like that didn't pop up on this list are:

salsa's
403 Dickinson St
Springfield, MA 01108
(right next to pho saigon in the X)

great mexican and salvadoran food in a very funky, low-key atmosphere & cheap, as well. last time we were there we had some problems with a language barrier between our party and the waitress, but the food is very good. jukebox can be a bit loud at times,. but was not on the last visit

Hanna's Diner
186 Main St
Indian Orchard, MA
http://www.hannasdinerdeli.com/
went there for an excellent and quite reasonably priced polish dinner. we stuck with classics -- polish plate, potato pancakes -- and they were lovely (if a bit rich and greasy, but that goes with the turf)

Nov 02, 2013
fatheryod in Southern New England

CAPTAIN JACK'S, EASTHAMPTON, MASS

Good lord, I don't know if they'll have them today, but Jack's has recently been offering these deep fried mac & cheese bites with a chutney dipping sauce. And my biz partner has gotten totally addicted to them. I just hoped he brings back the cheeseburger egg rolls soon. Actually, maybe my guts FEAR that he will. They are too hard to pass up.

Nov 02, 2013
fatheryod in Southern New England

Brass Buckle in Greenfield MA -- solid!

Well, different strokes for different folks, I guess. I was just up there again yesterday for the first time in a while. It was breakfast time, so I had the cowboy sandwich (hashbrown patty, bbq sauce, scallion sour cream, bacon & egg on Texas Toast), a side of corned beef hash and a medium roast coffee, all of which I found darn fine. I have generally stuck to breakfast sandwiches and tacos there -- in combination with their corned beef wherever possible. Perhaps, like lots of places it seems, you need to be focused on certain items to really get the goods. Weird about the eggs over hard on the huevos, however. That's a bummer.

Nov 02, 2013
fatheryod in Southern New England

Tart Baking Co. Northampton -- meat pies!

Was walking around downtown Northampton the other day and noticed a couple of new places on Main Street. Dobari Tea looked to be in the process of opening, but Tart Baking Co. (192 Main Street <<https://www.facebook.com/TartBakingCo...) had a sign in their window that read "Meat Pies" so I went in to check it out. They had been hit pretty hard already, but had one ginger/pulled pork pie left, so I bought it and ate it while I walked around. Outstanding! Very nice glazed crust with nice bite to it, and very delicious filling. I need to get back up to this place. I'm not much for sweets, but their fruit pies looked mighty tempting as well.

Nov 02, 2013
fatheryod in Southern New England

breakfast spot in near springfield?

yeah, my wife and i hit MLC when we were up north for a wedding this summer, and we found out about strictly through CH. got there early, sat at one of the outdoor tables and had a fantastic brunch. super friendly staff as well. just an all-around great spot. neither of us were drinking that day, but the waitress described some of the beers in such mouth-watering detail, i was tough to resist! ha.

Oct 28, 2013
fatheryod in Southern New England

breakfast spot in near springfield?

i have not spent much breakfast time in springfield, but i sometimes will hit a place on the way back from dropping my wife at bradley for an early morning flight.

oddly, the place i've most enjoyed is white hut, 280 Memorial Ave West Springfield <<http://whitehut.com>> which opens at 6:30 during the week and at 8:00 on weekends. you can get an omelet with some of those delicious grilled onions one usually associates with their burgers & dogs, while it is greasy as heck, it's quite satisfying as well. super limited menu, but very cool.

also, while i have never been there for breakfast, i'd assume frigo's, 90 William St Springfield <<http://www.frigofoods.com/>> has a fine breakfast sandwich, since their grinders are really top notch, and they open at 8. might be worth giving a call to see what's available. they have a section for eating there.

also, have never been there for breakfast, but hanna's diner, 186 Main St, Springfield (out near indian orchard) <<http://www.hannasdinerdeli.com/>> is a really solid polish restaurant that opens at 7, and i definitely dig their keilbasa. be nice with a couple of eggs, i'm sure.

a bit north of springfield is silver spoon, 73 Main St, Easthampton <<http://www.silverspooneasthampton.com/>>. they open at 5:30 mon-sat and 6:30 on sun. and are classic diner. i'm not crazy about everything they do, but the coffee's good and the breakfast is very good diner fare.

if you wanna head even further north, i highly recommend the brass buckle up in greenfield, 204 Main St. <<http://brassbucklegreenfield.com/>>. they open at 7 on weekdays, 8 on weekends. great housemade corned beef. tacos are aces too, as is the coffee. have found the baked goods a little weak, and you want to get a coffee right away, since getting the order can sometimes take a bit longer than you'd wish. but its worth it.

good luck!

Oct 28, 2013
fatheryod in Southern New England

Easthampton, MA - a destination for food?

for healthy chinese i recommend great wall in florence. it's quite solid. be sure to get the gourmet menu. the gourmet menu at butterfly in hadley is pretty good. the homemade dumplings and the sichuan style plates are especially good.

Aug 03, 2013
fatheryod in Southern New England

Help w/ Western Mass itinerary

i do not know enough about the best spots in the berkhires to comment on your main request. i'll leave that to the pros, but i can comment about your request for beer as you pass to and from your destination. the people's pint (cash only) has one of my favorite burgers around (the squealer -- local beef ground with local bacon), but traveling friends i've taken there have often not been too crazy about their beer. i'm usually driving so i stick to their housemade ginger beer, which is great. still, a few miles south of greenfield, just down 91, there are two beer houses with selections that are as great as you'll find anywhere. honestly. one is the dirty truth in northampton <<http://www.dirtytruthbeerhall.com/>>. the other is their sister site (and the better in my estimation), the moan and dove in amherst <<http://moananddove.com/>>. check their hours and see if anything links up. both have blown away friends who visit here from anywhere. in the evenings both places get too loud and crowded for my taste, but in the daylight hours, they are both beautiful places to hang with a brew. i am almost reminded of quiet weekend mornings at mcsorley's old ale house, back in the '70s. they just don't have those little ham sandwiches. and they both have a heck of a lot more beers.
but if you're grabbing a bite around greenfield, people's pint is a good option. have not been to the brickwall since they changed owners, so i can't comment there. but some other good options in the neighborhood are the wagon wheel in gill up on route 2 <<http://www.wagonwheelofgill.com/>>, which used to be an ice cream stand, but has expanded really well into a real restaurant. and also hope & olive in greenfield <<http://www.hopeandolive.com/>>, a great fairly casual spot that saved my mind for the three months i was on grand jury duty up in greenfield. they also have some nice cocktails. my wife is especially fond of their earl grey infused martini.

Nov 15, 2012
fatheryod in Southern New England

Coco's in Easthampton MA

went to coco's reopening tonight and it was mighty fine. the menu is similarly-sized to the old one, the servers largely to be the same as the ones from before, and the quality of the food was boss. twe were a party of four and, between us, we tried most of the stuff on the menu. new items included a saffron aracini (super fine), a beet and orange salad (those were apps). i had a fennel/sausage ragu for my main that was exceedingly good -- lighter than expected and reall a nice blend of flavors. the buttermilk chicken is still on the menu and most of the others went for that. they commented that the slaw this time was a little different, more peppery perhaps, and really good. deserts -- chocolate mousse, some crazy pudding thing i had that was halfway between custard and junket with poached quince on top (brilliant), etc. they also have a full liquor license now and are making an in-house tonic water that is very unusual and addicting. so the gin & tonic is a good pre-prandial (sp?) suggestion. word is that the downstairs bar will open next wednesday (they'll be doing a weds-sat schedule, for now) with small plates available down there. almost makes me wish i lived in easthampton, although i will forever miss those lunches they were doing. hopefully some of those items (pork tacos, roasted pork sandwich, miso noodle salad) will eventually make their way onto the bar menu. but it seemed like a rock sold restart to me. two of the other folks in our party had also attended their place's initial opening with my wife and i (she was unfortunately out of town for this one), and we all agreed that coco is right back in the upper echelon of valley eating choices. and they are not easy to please! i have been underwhelmed by many local meals recently, and i admit i am tilted towards loving this place (just as i loved the original cha cha cha and unmi), but it was a really good meal. as for price, we each did two drinks, app, main, dessert & coffee, and it ran about $55 per with tip. not cheap, but it's easy to do it for less if you like, and the atmosphere is quite cool. they seem to have dialed back the background music volume a bit, and we had no trouble hearing each other as we chattered away, trying to steal bites from each others' plates. happy to have these guys back!

Nov 15, 2012
fatheryod in Southern New England

Sugar Houses in Western MA

davenport's is, indeed, aces. cleaning up, i just found one of their fliers from '94 when they were open 6 days a weeks and for dinner as well. now, however, they are only open march + early april, and only on weekends. and the line gets pretty long if you get there after 9:00 AM. so start early.

Oct 24, 2012
fatheryod in Southern New England

Western Mass next weekend

people's pint in greenfield is also open monday and has an excellent lunch <<http://www.thepeoplespint.com/>>. it is a cash-only situation, however.

Oct 15, 2012
fatheryod in Southern New England

Le Piment Rouge - review + pics

sheesh. the last time i was in montreal to do a reading i was looking for a place that could handle a fairly large table (12 of us) and also a mix of vegetarians and carnivores. piment rouge seemed like a reasonable choice, and we had quite an excellent & leisurely lunch. everything we ordered was at least pretty damn good, and a couple of people left saying it was the best chinese they'd ever had.

i'll admit that my friends are bohemians rather than foodies, but they're well traveled and know what they like. my wife and i agreed that it was a fine meal. the wine list was extremely reasonable as well. and i don't recall the service as being slow, but with a lively table of 12, with the wine flowing, who would really notice?

anyway, i would highly commend this place, especially for a group. we got out for about $50 a head, and i was happy to pay the tab.

Oct 10, 2012
fatheryod in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

any late night eats near 90 in mass?

thanks for the tips. as all noted there's not a whole heck of a lot out there. we managed to hit a late dinner in syracuse so we didn't have to avail ourselves of any of the options noted. i'm sorta surprised, however, that there aren't doesn't seem to be a non-chain diner of some sort in the berkshires. i guess everyone there must turn in early.

Aug 28, 2012
fatheryod in Southern New England

any late night eats near 90 in mass?

i'm gonna be driving back east at midnight on a sunday and was wondering if there's anything open anywhere near the pike for a bite at that hour? will be coming from syracuse area.

Aug 21, 2012
fatheryod in Southern New England

Where can I find trout au bleu in Western Massachusetts?

not a fish guy myself, but the only places i ever saw this in the valley were davenports in shelburne, during the brief period they were open all year for dinner (rather than just sugar season) and squire's smoke and game house in haydenville. i have the distinct feeling that the peta-friendly atmosphere of this area (for better or worse) makes the appearance of such a dish unlikely.

Aug 14, 2012
fatheryod in Southern New England

dinner in Northampton Sat night for 2 adventurous diners?

yeah, i hear you. for the price. my last dinner there was a disappointment, but that was a while ago.i'll probably give it another shot this fall. as fame da lupo so frequently points out. places around here are rarely consistent.
but i just love the setting out there. i used to have a record store on the second floor of the bookmill back in the '90s and i became quite attuned to the sound of the water playing over the rocks. i still head back there every few months to check it out. when our kids were little we whiled away many a rainy weekend prowling through the stacks at the store and reading aloud quietly in the little porch, which then was just a self-serve coffee set-up.

Aug 14, 2012
fatheryod in Southern New England

Grub Sandwich Shop in N'hampton

i work just down the street from grub, and because of how things have been going lately we've been ordering a lot of lunches from there. they do keep the menu evolving, although it appears the frito dog may have been stricken from the menu, my business partner has become addicted to their bahn mi.

Aug 14, 2012
fatheryod in Southern New England

Post the Three Favorite Things You Ate in a Restaurant in So. NE in 2011

i was talking to kevin at capt. jack's the other day, bemoaning the fact that the cheeseburger eggroll has been absent from the menu for a while now. he said it took so long to make them that he was waiting 'til the fall to bring them back, when he'd have a bit more time. i suggest checking out their facebook page and making a drive out sometime when they serving them. they're weirdly worth it.

Aug 14, 2012
fatheryod in Southern New England