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Burgers on the North Shore?

Try Landmark in downtown Northbrook.
Surprisingly excellent!

Feb 25, 2011
Markauf in Chicago Area

Middle Keys Holiday Dining

Thanks Island_EM !
It's great to see that there are options. Have you ever checked out any of Hawk's Cay's dinner spots?
I appreciate your feedback.

Dec 10, 2010
Markauf in Florida

Middle Keys Holiday Dining

Our family of four (with 13 and 16 year old "chowhounds in training") is spending the holidays on Duck Key. We're interested to hear recommondations particularly for planning our Chistmas Eve and Christmas dinners. We'll have wheels, but don't want to travel further than a half hour or so away. We'd welcome all suggestions. Thanks!

Dec 07, 2010
Markauf in Florida

Christmas in the Keys

Greetings,
I'll be travelling down to the keys with my family. We have two daughters, 16 and 13, both are "chowhounds in training" and usually have a pretty sophisticated pallet.
Looking for suggestions on Duck Key (we'll be spending Christmas here at Hawk's Cay Resort) and Key West.
Any and all suggestions for breakfasts, lunches and dinners would be appreciated.
Thanks!

Nov 15, 2010
Markauf in Florida

DUCK KEY / HAWKS CAY RESORT

I'd be interested to hear about your dining experience at Hawks Cay. I'll be there with my family next month.
Thanks

Nov 15, 2010
Markauf in Florida

Any Good Thai around Northbrook?

I think you're thinking of Thai Thai. It's gotten less than favorable reviews, but I've enjoyed take out from Thai Thai on occasion with some delicious dishes along with some disappointments.

Oct 08, 2010
Markauf in Chicago Area

DC Chowhound in Chicago - please help with breakfast suggestion!

Walker Bros. Original Pancake House is a bit out of the way, but offers a unique local breakfast experience. I think the Glenview location would be the closest to O'hare.

Walker Bros.

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Walker Bros Original Pancake House
1615 Waukegan Rd, Glenview, IL 60025

Jun 02, 2010
Markauf in Chicago Area

Christmas In Kauai

Mahalo to all for the great recommendations here and on other Kauai strings posted on Chowhound.
We chose Merriman's for our Chistmas Eve dinner and had a lot of fun picking Hawaiian dishes to replace the Polish cuisine we traditiionally enjoy for our annual Wigilia. A delicious roasted beet salad stood in for the beet borscht that starts the meal, and we got creative with an Ahi Poke in place of the pickled herring that normally follows. The entrees were great and included Mahi Mahi and a fantastic seared Ahi, duck (roasted and confit) for our daughter who unfortunatly alergic to fish and a kid's offerring for our twelve year old. A non traditional bannanas foster topped off the meal.

Christmas day dinner was spent watching the sunset at the Beach House. The meal began with a lovely house civiche and a surprisingly delicious fried calamari. We enjoyed another exceptional seared Ahi, a very tastey Macadmia Crusted local fish (forgot which one), Chicken for our fish adverse daughter and a 1/2 order of seafood pasta for the youngest.
Next up was Red Salt which proved to be a challenge for the Kids. The limited menu didn't provide a great selection beyond seafood and a couple of pricey beef and lamb selections. The waiter tried his best to find options, so we settled on a Kobe burger for the youngest and after some arm twisting conviced our 15 year old that it was OK to splurge and order the $44 prime NY steak. Once it was served she was thrilled with her selection (and we all assisted her in finishing) of one of the most delicious steaks we'd ever eaten, served with three unique dipping sauces. Once again we chose the seared Ahi with a 7 spice crust, a seared Mahi with salad and poke for starters.
Sunday night was a luau at the Hyatt. The food was nothing exceptional, but better than we'd expected.
On Monday we adventured on the north shore and stoipped into a sushi spot in Kapa'a called Kintaro on the way back to Po'ipu. This place had been suggested by a number of folks we'd met on the island, and it seemed to be more of a locals joint. The quality of the food was excellent, however the service was pretty lousy. So bad in fact that we made a point to complain to the proprietor.
Our last big meal was at Tidepools in the Hyatt. I was a bit concerned because of mixed reviews from posters here on the Chowhoud board, but I must report that the it was an exceptional dining experience. The wait staff was top notch, the atmosphere was out of this world and the food was super! The waiter worked with our non-fish eating daughter to put together a meal of appetizers that she loved, our youngest had a special kids three course meal while we enjoyed an amazing poke comprised of spicy ahi, tako (octopus) with miso and lobster in a rice paper peasant's purse followed by another helping of a great seared ahi and an amazingly prepared Opah topped off with thier ultra decadent chocolate lava cake. Wow!
Other intersting stops included lunch at Bubba' Burgers (who thought a 1/6 lb. burger could be so good), Hamura's Saimin ( a real local treat), Keoki's Paradise (nice casual spot) and various shave ice huts.
We can't wait to return to Kauai and revisit some of the places we loved and try some of the spots we missed on this trip.
Thanks agian for all the great tips!
Mark

Jan 04, 2010
Markauf in Hawaii

Christmas In Kauai

Thank you to all for the terrific suggestions. We're looking forward to visiting Merriman's, Beach house, Red Salt and others.
Are there any recommendations for our band of four for can't miss spots on the North Shore after a day of hiking and beach going?
Thanks Again

Dec 21, 2009
Markauf in Hawaii

Cheap and good food by Niles?

A little bit north in Morton Grove, Pequad's has a reasonable single serving pizza and drink special for lunch.

Oct 12, 2009
Markauf in Chicago Area

Christmas In Kauai

Our Chicago family with t(w)een daughters will be escaping the snow and cold for a Christmas week at the Hyatt in Kauai this year. We were hoping to find a recommondation to enjoy a Chrismas eve meal as well as dinner on Christmas day (not neccessarily at the Hyatt).

My wife has always prepared a feast of traditional Polish fish dishes on Christmas eve that was customary when she was growing up in Warsaw. So this year we'd hoped to find a special seafood establishment to enjoy the seafood offerings of Kuaui that would be open for business for the holiday as well as something special for Christmas day.

Any and all suggestions are appreciated.

Oct 09, 2009
Markauf in Hawaii

Chicago Hound Seeking Rec's for Business Dinner / San Antonio

Boudro's looks perfect.
Thanks!

Jan 29, 2009
Markauf in Texas

Chicago Hound Seeking Rec's for Business Dinner / San Antonio

Greetings.
I'm looking for suggestions for a client dinner at or around the River Walk for a casual group of 10 - 12.
Hoping for a fun place with lots of local charm and great food! Preference would be for a place unique to San Antonio.
Thanks for your help.
Mark

Jan 26, 2009
Markauf in Texas

Chicago CH Seeking Houston Dining Rec's

I'd like to thank everyone again for all your help insuring that I was well fed in Houston.
We enjoyed memorable meals at Hugo's and Catalan. However, could've sure done without all the snow last week.....I get enough of that at home!
Thanks Again!

Dec 15, 2008
Markauf in Houston

Chicago CH Seeking Houston Dining Rec's

Thanks for all the suggestions.
Looks like I won't leave Houston hungry!!!

Nov 21, 2008
Markauf in Houston

Chicago CH Seeking Houston Dining Rec's

Not sure if I'll have wheels yet.
This looks like a great burger joint! Thanks for the help.

Nov 21, 2008
Markauf in Houston

Chicago CH Seeking Houston Dining Rec's

Staying at the Hyatt Regency Houston, and spending my days in the Geo. R. Brown Convention Center.

Nov 21, 2008
Markauf in Houston

Chicago CH Seeking Houston Dining Rec's

I'll be spending a week during early December in the heart of the city, and would appreciate a few recommendations for the more interesting dining spots. My preference would be places that are unique to the area and representative of what's happening in Houston and Texas.

Thanks for your suggestions!

Nov 20, 2008
Markauf in Houston

Sushi in Deerfield

Head north on Waukegan Rd. in Lake Forrest to Sushi Kushi Toyo.

http://www.sushikushitoyo.com

May 01, 2008
Markauf in Chicago Area

Sushi in Deerfield

Head north on Waukegan Rd. into Lake Forrest to Sushi Kushi Toyo.

http://www.sushikushitoyo.com

May 01, 2008
Markauf in Chicago Area

Chicago Family Looking for a Taste of S.F.

Thanks for all the suggestions!
This will certainly get us on our way.

Mark

Feb 15, 2008
Markauf in San Francisco Bay Area

Chicago Family Looking for a Taste of S.F.

Like SF, Chicago has a vast cullinary offerring.So it's not so much about what we can't get at home. I suppose we're looking for the flavor of the city itself along with the food. If I were advising someone about Chicago, I'd highly recommend our deep dish pizza, Chicago Hot Dogs, etc.
I'd imagine SF has wonderful seafood, asian food and more. I suppose I'd like to hear about great local "joints" that shouldn't be missed. And perhaps an upscale spot or two for dinners. Last time in SF we dined at Boulavard and enjoyed it very much. Sorry if I'm not providing a lot of guidance, but I appreciate any suggestions!
Thanks

Feb 14, 2008
Markauf in San Francisco Bay Area

Chicago Family Looking for a Taste of S.F.

We're on our way out west to enjoy the sights and tastes of the city. Our kids are 10 & 13 years old with sophisticated and adventurous pallets. Looking for spots that offer a flavor unique to San Francisco without being on all the tourist maps.
Thanks for your suggestions.

Feb 13, 2008
Markauf in San Francisco Bay Area

Where to Go If Eating Alone?

I remember something about Vinci on north Halsted offering a table for single diners to share and dine together.

Jan 15, 2008
Markauf in Chicago Area

Vegas - Fine Dining with Kids

Thanks for the suggestions. I should have mentioned though that I was thinking about a spot with more of an American flare as the family joining us is European.

Jul 27, 2007
Markauf in Southwest

Vegas - Fine Dining with Kids

Seeking a nice spot for dinner for two families, each with two 10 to 16 year old kids.
I've spent a lot of time over the years dining in Vegas on business and I don't recall any of my favorites being too kid friendly. Even those mentioned here in previous threads, such as Mesa Grill.
I'm thinking we'll try Lotus of Siam one night and was hoping to book something on the Strip for the next, as our companion family is travelling here from Europe and I'm sure would enjoy that experience.
Any suggestions or first hand experiences would be appreciated.
Thanks

Jul 27, 2007
Markauf in Southwest

sushi in Lincolnshire, Il

Head east on Rt. 22 and the a bit north on Rt 43 / Waukegan Rd. to Sushi Kushi Toyo in Lake Forrest.

Sushi Kushi Toyo
www.sushikushitoyo.com

825 S Waukegan Rd
Lake Forest, IL 60045
(847) 234-9950

Jul 12, 2007
Markauf in Chicago Area

NC family coming to visit. Tell me about Lou Manalti's pizza, please.

Pequod's is one of the best. They have a fantastic sausage topping that crisps up around the edges for amazing flavor.

Dec 28, 2006
Markauf in Chicago Area

What is meant by New York pizza....and does it exist in Chicago as I recall it?

There used to be pizza joint on Western Ave. just south of Howard called "Welcome Inn" that servrd the thin crispy "cracker" style crust.
I'm not sure if they're still around though.

Dec 21, 2006
Markauf in Chicago Area

North/Northwest Suburban Mexican Restaurants

Hot Tamales in Highland Park is great spot for unconventional Mexican. Try the Duck Tacos and don't miss the pumpkin tamale.

http://www.hottamales4u.com/index.shtml

Enjoy

Dec 21, 2006
Markauf in Chicago Area