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Michelin Predictions for 2014

L20 may be currently as good as Meadowood, Le Bernardin, and Jean Georges. But, L20 under Gras was better than all other US three stars, including Keller. Go back and look at Gras' menus...

Oct 15, 2013
BigboyDan in Chicago Area

Best BBQ?

Best intown for traditional BBQ is House Park, since 1943.

Nov 14, 2009
BigboyDan in Austin

Daniel Boulud Brasserie to close, Las Vegas

Nothing wrong with the restaurant, and they were not in any financial difficulty - Boulud simply wants out of Vegas - tooo far away from his culinary presence on the East Coast. The Wynn has already lines up another tenent for the spot.

Nov 01, 2009
BigboyDan in Las Vegas

Best neighborhood for eating in ABQ *besides* Nob Hill?

Try the Academy at San Mateo area, draw a 1/2 mile circle around that corner on a map, lots of good restaurants.

Nov 01, 2009
BigboyDan in Southwest

Austin must have meals?

Gotta' have some BBQ: The Iron Works and Stubbs are right downtown. Austin Tex-Mex origionals: El Azteca, Joe's Bakery, Cisco's, Guerros; and for a touristy place, Serranos at 11th and Red river - all in the downtown area.

May 13, 2009
BigboyDan in Austin

BBQ CATERING IN AUSTIN

Try The Pit BBQ on Burnet Road. They have a real pit right there in the restaurasnt and are known "custom cooking", for smoking whole animals (pig, venison, etc.) for catering.

http://onsmartpages.com/pitbarbequeth...

May 13, 2009
BigboyDan in Austin

Old Restaurants in Austin

Jeffrey's, 1975.

Sep 13, 2008
BigboyDan in Austin

Old Restaurants in Austin

Opened during the war, 1943.

Sep 13, 2008
BigboyDan in Austin

I've read about the meat, but what about the sides?

Melissa,

Sides don't matter at real BBQ places. But, the best sides available at a good BBQ place is at Ruby's on Guadalupe.

Oct 13, 2007
BigboyDan in Austin

Texas BBQ - A Northener's Perspective

Remember: Lockhart for brisket, Elgin and Taylor for sausage, Austin for ribs, Llano for pork...

Oct 02, 2007
BigboyDan in Austin

Bruni Downgrades Peter Luger! [moved from Manhattan board]

Anyone who frequents Peter Luger doesn't care what Bruni says about the restaurant; therefore, Bruni writing about Peter Luger is meaningless. The restaurant has been there for a hundred years and any review from anyone (even at the NYT) is not going to influence anybody but the rank, unthinking tourist. Restaurants like Peter Luger "don't go down hill", and its business and patronage are not affected by a negative, or positive, review.

Sep 21, 2007
BigboyDan in Food Media & News

Bruni Downgrades Peter Luger! [moved from Manhattan board]

Please.

Bruni dissing Peter Luger is like dissing the Yankees... pointless.

Sep 20, 2007
BigboyDan in Food Media & News

"80's" Cuisine?

Fajitas - started in the 1970's in South Central Texas, nationwide after 1980. Portobello mushrooms as the main ingredient in a sandwich. Spinach and mushroom enchiladas. White Russians and Hurricanes. Oat bran in cereals. Northern Italian Cuisine and tiramisu. Inidan cuisine.

And: pesto.

Sep 10, 2007
BigboyDan in General Topics

Senderens back on track

Beautiful report souphie. Lucas-Carton's vanilla lobster was one of my five favorite Parisian dishes.

Paring down a menu is always challenging, but at Senderens' level, it's daunting. Frédéric Robert's leaving was a real blow, but kitchen costs came down along with the prices... Glad that you had a fine meal.

Sep 10, 2007
BigboyDan in France

Seeking Restaurant recommendation in 17th arrondissement

Yes one course, but that one course is full plate of protein, starch, and vegetable served with breads and bottled water. I get one glass of wine, and I'm well fed for 100 euros total for lunch at a 3-star - it's not daily fare but, well worth it once in a while.

Sep 10, 2007
BigboyDan in France

Seeking Restaurant recommendation in 17th arrondissement

Three obvious choices, and each is not to be missed:

Faucher
123, avenue de Wagram - Paris 75017
Tel: 01 42 27 61 50, Subway: Wagram - 50 €

Chez Georges
273, boulevard Pereire - Paris 75017
Tel: 01 45 74 31 00, Subway: Porte Maillot - 40 €

Guy Savoy
18, rue Troyon - Paris 75017
Tel: 01 43 80 40 61, Subway: Charles de Gaulle - Etoile - 85 €

Don't waste any belly space on non-french food, you can eat italian, greek and Mexican when you get back home...

Sep 07, 2007
BigboyDan in France

Tipping in Paris

Never tip in a France restaurant.

Sep 07, 2007
BigboyDan in France

Steakhouse on a county road outside Bastrop....

Winchester is east of Smithville, Murphy's is worth a stop if you're making a slow trip to, or from, Austin and Houston.

Aug 01, 2007
BigboyDan in Austin

Wink Review (disappointed)

..."that's how we do it here"...

Knowing what not to eat at pretentious eateries is just as important as knowing what to order.

Mar 30, 2007
BigboyDan in Austin

Best Enchiladas In Austin?

Ditto the Texican's Santa Fe stacked enchiladas. I always get three beef with "christmas" (half red chile sauce and half green sauce) with fried egg, hard with yoke broken. Worth the drive...

Mar 28, 2007
BigboyDan in Austin

Classic Chef's knife or Santoku knife?

Different shapes for different uses. You have to try them. Also, if wanting a Sabatier from Thiers-Issard, France, look for the "walking elephant" logo on the blade.

Mar 20, 2007
BigboyDan in Cookware

[Austin] Which restaurant do you patronize the most?

Tres Amigos
Arrandas #3
Fudruckers
Chili Parlor
Suzi's
Eddie V's
The Pit BBQ

At least once a month at each. Since I am a working chef, I cook a lot a home.

Feb 10, 2007
BigboyDan in Austin

Review - Tres Amigos (Loop 360)

A thirty year tradition on 360. Best chicken enchiladas in Austin...

Jan 24, 2007
BigboyDan in Austin

Lambert's

"Upscale BBQ" - a result of cityfolk wants. Lambert's architecture is a copy of a chain of upscale BBQ places in Cali, Ari, and NM.

Jan 24, 2007
BigboyDan in Austin

Any alternatives to Hellman's?

I'm telling you: they taste different, and have different ingredients listed on each bottle.

I got a bottle of each right here in front of me.

Do as I have, blind taste each, you can tell the difference, and you can tell which IS Hellmann's and which is not.

Jan 04, 2007
BigboyDan in General Topics

Any alternatives to Hellman's?

Nope. See above. Read the ingredient list on each jar, different.

Jan 03, 2007
BigboyDan in General Topics

Any alternatives to Hellman's?

No they are NOT. Hellmann's recipe is different than that of Best Foods. The products may be made in the same factory, but they are different. In places like New Mexico and Colorado you can buy both brands, I have a bottle of each in the fridge right now, they are different in look, texture, taste, and ingredients.

Jan 03, 2007
BigboyDan in General Topics

Dining on 6th street in Austin?

Greg Spence stated: "Dan McKlusky's is not a good steakhouse." True in the overall, but one can get a good steak there. It's just that the downtown chains, Finn & Porter, Sullivan's, Ruth's Chris, Fleming leave me wanting, even Eddie V's. At least at Dan McKlusky's I don't have any expectations other than the meat served. Given all steak choices in Austin, I prefer Austin Land & Cattle on Lamar (which, of course is not within walking distance of 6th and Congress). Also, I don't consider The Hoffbrau on W. 6th in the same culinary catagory as those listed above.

Jan 01, 2007
BigboyDan in Austin

A New Season of No Reservations!

Bourdain has turned into a homself cartoon. Silly.

Jan 01, 2007
BigboyDan in Food Media & News

apartment size kitchen range or cooktop for a small galley kitchen in the Back Bay

There's a huge difference in just getting a new stove, and redoing the kitchen with a designer. Figure out your cooking routine: if you use the stove five days a week for food preparation, you're a cook, and a signification redo may be worth it. Talk, at least, to the professional stove dealers and ask THEM what is being used in your area; they know. Don't forget to investigate building code issuses, especially in old neighborhoods with restrictions...

Generally, for moderate cooking, a simple stove design is best, and they cost less than complicated models that may have features that you don't need. As a rule, buy from a well-known brand with a clearly stated warranty and that which provides easily obtainable replacement parts.

Dec 31, 2006
BigboyDan in Cookware