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Dinner In Wilmington DE

If anything Domaine is better lately. The chef was a recent Beard nominee for something. Ate there a month ago...very good meal. The iPad wine list is fun to play with, but I'd ask for the old printed version which is easier to navigate.

Aug 01, 2012
gfweb1 in Mid-Atlantic

Short Amelia Island report

when they dropped Open Table I should have figured something was up.

Jul 25, 2012
gfweb1 in Florida

Short Amelia Island report

Beech St is no more? It was busy when we were there two weeks ago.

Jul 24, 2012
gfweb1 in Florida

Costco & Trader Joe's Arrive in Sarasota. What food to buy/avoid?

MEAT!
Great prices in general.

Jul 22, 2012
gfweb1 in Chains

Is there anything decent in Amelia Island??

Update ...

Cafe 4750 at the Ritz- Pricy food in a boisterous setting. The RC is a family-oriented place and the restaurant has many tables of grandparents,parents and toddlers. Discipline was apparently left at home for most of them. Entrees are above $30 and weren't well-prepared eg overcooked fish, soggy fried shrimp. I see no point in eating there.

Barzin- A newish place on A1A in the Shops at Palmetto Walk. Burgers and salad for lunch, typical lighter food for dinner. Lunch was good, didn't do dinner. Staff was dressed sloppily, including the guy who was apparently the owner. Throughout lunch he sat at the bar in his undershirt doing business on the phone. Not quietly. Odd.

Le Clos- Still great.

Beech Street- The soup/salad /entree special has disappeared. Is the economy recovering?

PLaE- Still the stupid name, but the food is still generous and well-made. I found the booths cramped and uncomfortable. I'm aging.

Jul 12, 2012
gfweb1 in Florida

Has anyone been to Muse in Oxford?

We finally made it to Muse. Nice restaurant, very out of place in Oxford, but worth the ride. We ate early and the place was about half full.

Menu was sophisticated and the food was good, with a couple of missteps. Mushroom soup and pulled pork mac and cheese were very good. The steak frite was a partial success. Steak was great but the frite were limp due to being too close/'covered by the salad and poached egg atop the steak. I say leave leaves and egg out,or at least move them from the fries.

In any event we will be back.

Jun 29, 2012
gfweb1 in Pennsylvania

Best fish tacos?

Go to San Diego. Seriously.

Jun 19, 2012
gfweb1 in Outer Boroughs

Amish Food

I find Pa Dutch cooking to be pretty unremarkable, as you say. I think a lot of its fans had that food as a child and it has a spot in their heart. My father was that way, but the gene wasn't passed on to me. I've been to the usual places up there and just can't see the attraction. Except wet shoofly pie, I get t hat.

Jun 04, 2012
gfweb1 in Pennsylvania

Univ of Delaware/Newark, DE-Wilmington, DE

Glad you liked it. W&M and Fair Hill Inn is the best in the general area.

May 28, 2012
gfweb1 in Mid-Atlantic

Cucina di Napoli Newark De

That's been my experience too.

May 11, 2012
gfweb1 in Mid-Atlantic

Maker's Mark bourbon - faux wax seal?

Woodford or Pappy for me

Mar 31, 2012
gfweb1 in Spirits

Is there ANY restaurant at all worth going to in Wilmington, DE?

We've been three times over the past few months. For some reason I keep expecting it to be better than it is. Vincente's schtick is creating each dish for you. Rather than using a menu he and you negotiate it tableside. Nice idea. Problem is the waiter has yet to get my dish order right in three visits. Food tastes good but IT WASN'T WHAT I ORDERED!

Mar 31, 2012
gfweb1 in Mid-Atlantic

The House of William and Merry (Hockessin, DE)

Had a very good meal there tonight. An appetizer sampler (rabbit grillade, deviled egg, duck liver mousse, salumi, chicken cracklings...and something else) which was really good. Pork "steak" with chorizo dust and sweet potato puree was a huge serving and very tasty. Waiter erred on the chatty side, but was a good fellow.

Mar 30, 2012
gfweb1 in Mid-Atlantic

Why Chefs Sell Out

All a part of your maturation. Good work.

Mar 15, 2012
gfweb1 in Features

Meatloaf Sandwich

Warm, on rye w Russian dressing

Mar 10, 2012
gfweb1 in Home Cooking

Recs for lunch by the airport

Claymont Steaks is on your way to DE and does a good job.

Mar 09, 2012
gfweb1 in Philadelphia

Is there anything decent in Amelia Island??

Exactly right about Brett's. Very expensive mediocrity. But a nice place to watch the sun set with a beverage in hand.

Mar 08, 2012
gfweb1 in Florida

Is there anything decent in Amelia Island??

Merge isn't far from the RC. Nothing is on AI. It's in a converted gas station and isn't a big place...maybe 10 tables? Menu is eclectic,wine list llimited,but I've never had a bad meal there.

Mar 08, 2012
gfweb1 in Florida

Is there anything decent in Amelia Island??

Update on Amelia...
LeClos- still great serious food at decent prices for what you get. Wines by the glass or bottle from a small but good list. My favorite on AI.

PLaE- I've avoided eating there for the probably flawed reason that the name of the place is an acronym for People Laughing and Eating. Ewww. But the food is pretty darn good. Some dishes are great and a few dishes are just OK. Prices are high but portions are giant. A glass of wine is really two glasses anywhere else.

Beech St. Grill- An AI veteran BSG is consistently good. In the past year they started adding soup and salad to the entree which makes for a pretty economical meal at a very good restaurant.

Murray's Island Grill- A step up from the Shoney's that previously was in that space, but not as good as the Murray's in Yulee. The buffet is just greasy junk, but burgers are good.

Horizon- A small place with good food made by an ex-Ritz chef.

Salt- at the Ritz-C. Uber-pricey for the tasty morsels that are served. Expense account pays.?..OK w me. I pay? No.

Merge- still great food. They need a website and online rez system.

Barbara Jean's- Low country home cooking. Paula Dean would feel at home here. To me its a lunch place. Could be cleaner lately. Busboys put ketchup and mayo squeeze bottles in the dirty glasses as they clear tables. Efficient and disgusting.

Mar 06, 2012
gfweb1 in Florida

Top Chef Texas Finale Part 2 - Ep. #17 - 02/29/12 (Spoilers)

I certainly don't. Bad behavior is bad behavior. FWIW I see it more from women than men.

Mar 01, 2012
gfweb1 in Food Media & News

Top Chef Texas Finale Part 2 - Ep. #17 - 02/29/12 (Spoilers)

he'd be happy to have people stage with him.

Mar 01, 2012
gfweb1 in Food Media & News

Domaine Hudson has been sold! (Wilmington DE)

Ate t here tonight and if anything it is better. Decor is nice and not like Stone Balloon. Wine list on an iPad or paper your choice. Service lagged, but overall I like the place more.

Feb 27, 2012
gfweb1 in Mid-Atlantic

Dinner in the Lancaster area on a Sunday night

Maybe head toward Harrisburg?

Feb 26, 2012
gfweb1 in Pennsylvania

Hoagies [split from Philly]

One of the blessings of central PA is there are no wretched sandwich chains like Quizno's and Subway. Lousy rolls, lousy meat and a really weird smell most of the time.
They are the Porta Potty of sandwich places. You only go in when you absolutely have to.

Feb 25, 2012
gfweb1 in Pennsylvania

Hoagies [split from Philly]

A heated hoagie is a grinder. Sometimes w ground beef. The genre has been tainted by quiznos and subway's heated sandwiches.

Feb 24, 2012
gfweb1 in Pennsylvania

Domaine Hudson has been sold! (Wilmington DE)

James Beard Fdn just nominated the chef for a regional award.

huh.

Feb 24, 2012
gfweb1 in Mid-Atlantic

Glen Mills Whole Foods Market

I went to the Giant in West Grove today. Not bad, they have nice produce and Muir Glen tomatoes!

Feb 22, 2012
gfweb1 in Philadelphia

Glen Mills Whole Foods Market

It is pretty barren around here.

Feb 20, 2012
gfweb1 in Philadelphia

AnyUpdate on Rascals?

Wonder if the Health Dept ever inspected Rascals?

The Howard House in Elkton is a crabby joint. Haven't been there in 5 years or so. Used to like it a lot when our son was in his crab demolishing stage.

Feb 19, 2012
gfweb1 in Pennsylvania

AnyUpdate on Rascals?

If you saw that RI, you'd never eat at a place run by them. Horrifying.

Feb 19, 2012
gfweb1 in Pennsylvania