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Best new restaurant in Charlotte, NC?

I arrive tonight from San Fran in time for dinner, but only have one night, so need to make it count. Not too fancy. Any recommendations?

Feb 23, 2015
Barbiedoll in Southeast

Pinot Noir + Soup: need help pairing!

Hi all. Having a dinner party this weekend where we're doing a horizontal tasting of Pinot Noirs.

The obvious choices are out:

- Mushroom: husband hates them.
- Beef/pork-based: we have 2 meat courses later + vegetarians at the table + it's summer so this seems wrong.

I wanted to do a seasonal veg soup like asparagus, tomato/gazpacho or corn, but they all scream out for white. Any ideas? Or do you think we should have 1 of the 5 courses paired with white to break things up?

Jun 24, 2014
Barbiedoll in Home Cooking

Cool, unique non-restaurant food venues?

I'll be in NYC this week and have all day Wednesday to check out cool food retailers. This trip I'm NOT looking for restaurants, but, rather the kind of local shops, stores, vendors, where you can buy dinners to go, prepared food, or other cool stuff.

Here's a cool new biz in Chicago ( and one in L.A. ( that illustrate the kind of thing I'm looking for. New ways to buy food, prepared food, meals. Etc. Any suggestions?

May 19, 2014
Barbiedoll in Manhattan

Baltimore restaurant reco for a large party?

I'm a Baltimore native but haven't lived there in 30 years. We're having a family reunion there over 4th of July.

I'm looking for a restaurant that can accommodate a party of 17: great food, casual, hip, good wine list.

We're doing steamed crabs the previous night, so anything BUT. Thanks in advance!

Need Seafood restaurant reco in St. Louis

Help! My client wants to eat seafood TONIGHT in St. Louis. Need one restaurant recommendation. Price not an issue.

Mar 02, 2010
Barbiedoll in Great Plains

Authentic Mexican Food in Chicago?

Ok, to be more specific: I guess what I'm looking for is a Mexican place with a figurehead owner or Chef. I want to expose a high school student to a successful Mexican entrepreneur in the restaurant business because he wants to open his own restaurant! But not high-end Rick Bayless... someone more accessible.

Nov 04, 2009
Barbiedoll in Chicago Area

Authentic Mexican Food in Chicago?

Looking for real Mexican, not fusion, not upscale, just really good, honest food... preferably a place run by a native Mexican. Downtown location would be ideal but neighborhoods OK.

Nov 04, 2009
Barbiedoll in Chicago Area

Restaurant Recos for French Riviera?

WOW. That looks like just the kind of place we're seeking. Thanks. Any other recos along the route?

Jul 30, 2009
Barbiedoll in France

Restaurant Recos for French Riviera?

Flying into Nice middle of August, then driving along the coast up into Italy. Any must-visit restaurants? Would also love recommendations for other foodie things i.e. artisan food makers, farms, wineries we could visit.

Jul 30, 2009
Barbiedoll in France

Sonoma in April! Good lunch suggestions?

I love Willie's Wine Bar in Santa Rosa. It's off the 101 as you head north from Sonoma to Healdsburg. If it's nice out, they have a great patio. Don't miss the Downtown Bakery & Creamery on the square in Healdsburg.

What the heck happened to Google recipe search?

Not sure if you use Google to search for recipes as often as I do, but they recently added-- then inexplicably took away-- a cool new interactive search. About a week ago, if you typed RECIPES into Google search, you'd get pull-down menus asking you what kind of cuisine and daypart you were searching.

Does anyone have any idea why it's gone?

Nov 13, 2007
Barbiedoll in Food Media & News

There's a Reason He's Jumping Up and Down

Hi Meredith! I love this stuff. I cannot digest sugar-free gum (ummm, nor can most people, they just think they're naturally gassy), and it's virtually impossible to find gum without icky sugar alcohols these days (sorbitol, xylitol, etc). I LOVE this stuff. Where did you find it?

Barb (from Mattson)

Oct 19, 2007
Barbiedoll in Features

Best Burgers East of the Mississippi?

Hey Chowhounders. I'm headed east for 2 weeks' worth of meetings. Where are the best burgers to be found east of the Mississippi? I'm open-minded: I don't frown upon chains or upscale digs... just looking for the best ground beef between 2 buns.

I will be in Cincinnati, Tampa, New York, and Baltimore. Any leads are appreciated!!

Best Restaurants in Monterey

We're headed to Monterey for the annual car show this weekend. Food seems to be hit-or-miss in downtown Monterey. We've had amazing food at Stoke's Adobe, then were disappointed when we went back. We're looking for anything but stuffy, old-fashioined food, like Fresh Cream. Any suggestions?

Aug 13, 2007
Barbiedoll in California

Michael Bauer's Blunders

Hello, spell check?! Ok, so maybe Microsoft Word wouldn't have caught these errors, but The Food Lover's Companion would. Any good journalist does research and fact-checks his stuff. Who cares if it's esoteric or not. Is it CORRECT or not?

Aug 13, 2007
Barbiedoll in Features

Cooking Classes in SF?

Who is putting on really good cooking classes in SF? I've tried Tante Marie, Williams-Sonoma, and Rogue Chefs in Half Moon Bay. Any other suggestions?

NYC Restaurant Reco?

I'm heading to NYC and want to eat dinner at an exciting new spot that's not too uber-trendy, lacking fussiness and white tablecloths, and definitely one without silly molecular gastronomy experiments on my plate.

What I am looking for: good solid food (ethnic would be a plus), energetic, excellent wine selection. Any suggestions?

Apr 02, 2007
Barbiedoll in Manhattan

Restaurant reco in Carmel or Monterey? [moved from SF Board]

We're spending the night in Monterey, which I've found to be a bit of a culinary wasteland. Any suggestions? We'd be willing to drive to Carmel if it was worth it.

Feb 12, 2007
Barbiedoll in California


We're in Singapore...perhaps a few days longer than planned. Anyway, we need a restaurant...tonight! Just traveled here from Hong Kong, so we've had a recent fix of Chinese food. Any recommendations on really good, truly local, representative Singaporean restaurants? I'm worried about tourist traps.

Had "A Gourmet Experience" lately?

Free meatballs? How come I don't know about this?!

The other suggestions are great. I am soooo on-board with much of what you guys have suggested. What about non-food?

Had "A Gourmet Experience" lately?

I am looking for examples of food (and even non-food) shops -- NOT full-serve restaurants-- that provide a truly gourmet experience. I'm taking some folks on a food tour and want to show them the most chichi, upscale, premium, and delicious things that SF has to offer... ideally off the beaten path. In other words, off the tourist path, into the neighborhoods of The City.