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Looking for great food in Copenhagen but have kids

Thanks for the recs! Aamanns and Schonemanns sound great. The menu at Schonemanns looks overwhelming, any favorites that we Must try?

May 21, 2012
ciaotuffy in Europe

Looking for great food in Copenhagen but have kids

Thank you for your recs. We've read good things about Geranium so might check it out. Hot dogs are always good, esp for lunch on the go. Thanks!

May 13, 2012
ciaotuffy in Europe

Looking for great food in Copenhagen but have kids

We're traveling from San Francisco to Copenhagen in June with our 2 kids (8 and 4). They are relatively well behaved and we do take them to nice restaurants in San Francisco, NY or wherever we travel. Most places are generally ok with the kids, although we haven't taken them to French Laundry level restaurants.

Which top restaurants in Copenhagen might tolerate our bringing the kids to dinner with us? We're on the waitlist for Noma and plan to get a sitter at the hotel if we can get in. I'm hoping there are some great restaurants that are not too formal where we can bring the kids with us. My older son is an adventurous eater and loves great food (like me). We always end up finding them something to eat, so the menu isn't as much of a concern.

Also, are there any fun, casual places that we should try?
Any local specialties that we shouldn't miss? As long as there's some good food to be had, we're up for checking it out!

Thanks a lot for your help.

May 03, 2012
ciaotuffy in Europe

Looking for best eats Orlando

We're staying near the airport for 2 nights and then near Sea World the rest of our stay. We're willing to drive up to an hour if the food is That good.
Thanks!

Feb 19, 2011
ciaotuffy in Florida

Looking for best eats Orlando

We're heading to Orlando next week to watch the shuttle launch. I wasn't too excited about the food we'd get on the trip until I started reading more of the posts here.

I'm wondering what is some Must Have food we should get in the Orlando area and where is the best place to get it?
I'm thinking Cuban, Stone Crabs, BBQ, Fried Chicken, Red Velvet cake? Not sure if i'm totally off the mark but am open to any ideas and suggestions.

So far I have a reservation at The Ravenous Pig and was thinking Bubbalou's bbq, Big Fin Seafood Kitchen, Rolando's. We have 2 kids with us so didn't want anything too formal but don't mind driving if the food is worth it. We'll be there for 1 week so have many meals to cover.

Thanks for your help!

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Big Fin Seafood Kitchen
8046 Via Dellagio Way, Orlando, FL 32819

Feb 18, 2011
ciaotuffy in Florida

Looking for great food in Ireland

Yum, fish n chips at McDonaghs sounds great. The kids (and I) will love that. We have reservations at Winding Stair in Dublin and Cayenne in Belfast. We're leaving tonight and looking forward to some good eating.

Thanks for your help!

Jun 18, 2010
ciaotuffy in U.K./Ireland

Looking for great food in Ireland

Thanks for these great suggestions!
What is an Ulster Fry or do I not want to know?

Jun 10, 2010
ciaotuffy in U.K./Ireland

Looking for great food in Ireland

Thank you so much for the great suggestions! I was just reading a review of WInding Stair that sounded interesting so we'll try to check it out. Sounds like we can get a good meal if we eat on the early side which works for us.

Jun 10, 2010
ciaotuffy in U.K./Ireland

Looking for great food in Ireland

Hi,
I'm looking for great food in Ireland (casual, nicer, local specialities, we're up for whatever), but we're traveling with a 6 yr old and a 2.5 yr old. We travel quite a bit and do take them out for nice meals so they are decently behaved. But I've read that people in Ireland don't really tolerate children at restaurants and pubs (we wouldn't want to take them to pubs anyway). So that leaves me to wonder where we'll be eating on our 2.5 week trip. I won't be able to take McDonald's or chain restaurants for that long. Please help!

We'll be staying in Dublin, Kilkenny, Galway, Dingle, Belfast and visiting other places in between. We're pretty adventurous diners and love great food. We just have to bring the kids along.

Also, are there any Irish specialities that are not to be missed? An Irish friend told me that the food in Ireland wasn't that exciting. But I don't believe that there isn't even 1 thing that I need to try.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you!

Jun 09, 2010
ciaotuffy in U.K./Ireland

Frankfurt- airport or train station good eats?

Hi,
We'll have a 6 hr layover at Frankfurt airport. I was wondering if there's anything good to eat/do at the airport or if there's anything good near the train station. We have 2 kids with us so don't want to venture too far and miss our flight, but I was wondering if there's anything worthwhile that we should train into the city for.
Thanks for any suggestions.

Amsterdam- seeking great food but. . .

Hi,
We'll be in Amsterdam for a total of 8 nights and are looking for great food, but we're traveling with 2 kids (4 and 1, generally well behaved and pretty adventurous eaters). I would love to go to De Kas, but I'm wondering how tolerant they would be of the kids and how formal restaurants in Amsterdam tend to be. I'd appreciate any suggestions on any places we must try, we're open to anything that's good. I've been told I need to get moules frites (maybe that was for Belgium), herring, waffles, pancakes, croquettes and Indonesian.

Thanks a lot in advance for your help!

Looking for great food Sydney & Melbourne but . . .

Sorry, this is a long overdue summary from our trip. We had a great time in Australia and found it to be very family friendly there. People were very considerate and helpful opening doors or helping us with our strollers, much more courteous than people in the US.

We had some really great meals, thanks to all of your suggestions.
In Sydney we went to
-Oktoberfest German pub at The Rocks, for lack of anything else open on a sunday. The food was mediocre but the atmosphere was fun and lively. They serve Huge portions so we probably should've shared.
-Bird Cow Fish- good, solid meal, didn't knock our socks off but everything was tasty and fresh. They were very nice with the kids and had a highchair for the baby. We ordered my 4 yr old the gnocchi from the menu, but he ended up eating 1/2 of my husband's fresh fish entree.
-Assiette- we had an excellent meal there. The restaurant was busy and almost full but they were very nice and accomodating with the children. They offered to make my 4 yr old a small portion of the fresh fish with some steamed veggies. He devoured it and really enjoyed it. My husband had the salmon prepared 3 ways appetizer which was delicious. There was a preparation with beets, I'm not a beet fan but it was delicious. He had a fish entree and I had a beef entree but I can't remember the details. The dessert had a homemade torrone ice cream which was great, nice nutty flavor.
-Harry's pies at the airport- decent pies but nothing I was dying to have again. We had a plain meat pie and the tiger, the tiger was better.
-Ivanhoe's in Blue Mountain- oh my gosh, seriously the best meat pies we've ever had! I ordered up like 5 different pies for 3 of us to share and they were super hearty. I really liked the chicken pie. The crust on the pie was excellent, nice and buttery and so yummy.
-Golden Century- we had the fresh abalone, mud crab and shark's fin soup. Everything was fresh and delicious. In retrospect we should've ordered 1 large abalone instead of 2 small since they do it by weight and the shell weighs a lot. oh well. It's nice that they bring to your table and show you the item and price before they cook it so you don't feel ripped off.
-Mamak for lunch- the roti was SOOO good. I think we ordered 2-3 orders of the roti! We had the nasi goreng, fried chicken, and curry chicken. Everything was really tasty. The nasi goreng was a little spicier than I thought it would be. But the best was the roti.
-Din Tai Fung- went for dinner and waited a bit, but it was worth it. We ordered up the dumplings- pork & crab, pork, shrimp and a bowl of the noodles. All of the dumplings were really good. I liked the pork the best, nice and moist/juicy inside.
-Sailor's Thai- it was near our hotel so I made a reservation. It was definitely more upscale than I thought it would be. There were less typical thai items (like satay, pad thai, etc) on the menu than I thought. The food was good (we especially liked the braised beef ribs, super tender and flavorful) and service was excellent. They were very nice to us even with kids.
-The cupcake bakery- I tried the vanilla with chocolate frosting, red velvet, peppermint. The cupcakes were denser than the ones I’m use to at home so I didn’t care for them as much.
-Renaissance patisserie at The Rocks- I bought a bunch of things to sample. The croissants were good, shortbread cookies were good. I didn’t care for the opera cake. The chocolate éclair was ok.
-Puffy- chocolate cream puffs and Portuguese tarts. The cream puffs were only ok to me. But I am totally hooked on the Portuguese tarts! The sweetness of the custard and the flakiness of the crust were perfect and I got them warm. Yum. I wish there was Puffy at home so that I could get them
-Fish n Chips at Manly Beach- I can’t remember the name of the place but it was a shop on the main strip as you walk from the ferry to the beach, no seating inside. They had all different types of fresh fish that you can get fried or grilled. Everything we had was fresh and tasty. I think we liked the barramundi the best
-Passionflower ice cream- yummy sesame ice cream and jackfruit ice cream. I sampled the rice ice cream but it wasn’t that tasty to me, kind of weird. I really enjoyed the sesame.
-Max Brenner chocolates- the chocolate freeze drink was Really good, nice chocolatey taste. I got 4 of the truffles and really didn’t care for them too much. (as compared to Rechiutti in San Francisco) Something about the flavor/texture wasn’t that great to me.

In Melbourne we went to:
-Shark’s fin house restaurant in Chinatown- we went with my cousin who is vegetarian so we didn’t get much fresh seafood from the tank, just some pepper prawns which were good. I wish we could go back for more authentic seafood.
-Rockpool- Excellent meal. My husband and I each ordered a different steak and they were both so melt in your mouth good. We shared the potato and cabbage gratin and a creamed corn. Those two sides in combo were too heavy. The corn was really fresh and tasty. The cabbage/potato was just overwhelming. My husband had oysters on the half shell which he enjoyed. I had the grilled king prawns which were so fresh and delicious. It was such a simple dish but so good. They were very nice and offered to make my son fish and chips with the fresh fish. It was the absolute Best fish n chips I’ve ever had! He loved it and wanted more! Unfortunately the kids weren’t very well behaved that evening so we had to skip dessert.
-Harry’s on the Esplanade on Phillip Island- had a decent meal there. I had the rack of lamb and my husband had the fish. We didn’t have time to try the homemade ice cream
-Claypot restaurant- in retrospect, we should’ve ordered more fresh seafood. We ordered 3 claypots and 1 fresh fish. The fish was excellent but claypots were only ok. There was one claypot with seafood in it but the seafood didn’t taste very fresh. The restaurant was really nice and made the kids (we had 4 kids with us that day) a fresh fish, veggie and rice plate for like $5 each
Unfortunately we didn’t get to try as many places as we wanted in Melbourne since we were meeting up with family. We still had a good time though

Thanks again for all the great suggestions. We loved Sydney & Melbourne and look forward to returning again someday.

Looking for great food Sydney & Melbourne but . . .

Thanks, we walked by Mamak on the way to golden century and it looked great. We Love good roti so we:ll prob check it out. We:ve had some great food so far in Sydney, thanks to all your great suggestions. Will post a summary after our trip.

Looking for great food Sydney & Melbourne but . . .

Thanks so much for everybody:s suggestions. I was feeling a bit ambivalent about our trip and finding good food here. I know there is plenty of good food, I just wasn:t sure about the kids. Thanks for giving me options and inspiring me to get some good food.

We just arrived in Sydney yesterday and tried Harry:s pies at the airport. We:re looking forward to Assiette and Bird Cow Fish. As well as fresh seafood at Golden Century and Din tai fung dumplings. I don:t think the little guys are ready for Becasse, the baby is getting loud these days. We will be going to Rockpool in Melbourne which sounds great since I:m a steak fan. I:m really looking forward to some good meals now.

Does anybody have any favorites for casual thai or malaysian in Sydney (no reservations needed)? My husband loves spicy food so we might try one night.
Thanks a lot!

Looking for great food Sydney & Melbourne but . . .

One more question- Are the nicer restaurants like Becasse, Assiette, Bird Cow Fish etc jacket & tie required places? Becasse looks pretty formal on their website but I can't quite tell. (In San Francisco most restaurants are casual and only a few are jacket & tie required.) Just trying to get an idea of what to pack.
Thanks again for all the help.

Looking for great food Sydney & Melbourne but . . .

Thank you so much for the great suggestions. All of these places sound really good.

We will also be going to Blue Mountain, any good spots there? Or in Phillip Island?

And is there any good restaurant in either Sydney or Melbourne for fresh abalone? I don't even know if it's in season or if there's a season for it, but a friend suggested I get some.

Thanks!

Looking for great food Sydney & Melbourne but . . .

Thanks for the suggestions on the guides. I'll have to pick it up when we arrive.

I don't have anything particular in mind as to cuisine although Australian cuisine would be fun. I've also heard that there is lots of good asian food. The view or decor isn't as important as long as the food is good. I can do a "hole in the wall" type place or a nice place. I was hoping we'd go out for 2 nice, pricier meals (hopefully less than $100 US per person) in each city and then more casual, less expensive restaurants the rest of the time. We're staying about 1 week in each city.

Thanks again for the help. I really appreciate it.

Looking for great food Sydney & Melbourne but . . .

Hi,
I'm looking for suggestions for great food in Sydney and Melbourne, but I'm traveling with 2 kids (4 yrs old and 1 yr old). I'm wondering if any of the top restaurants in the cities would be able to accomodate us with the children. We live in San Francisco and take the kids out for nice, though not formal, dinners. We also travel quite often and have taken them to nice restaurants, usually with no problem. I'm not sure how formal the dining scene is in Sydney and Melbourne.

I'd really appreciate any suggestions for restaurants with excellent food where the kids would be tolerated. I'm not looking for kid friendly like pizza/fish n chips, etc but rather I'm looking for great food where they wouldn't give us dirty looks for bringing 2 kids.

Thanks a lot for your help.