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Please Critique My (Heavily Researched) Food Crawl Itinerary

This is an excellent tip. One of his favorite foods in the world is jamon iberico. Perfect for our food crawl. Thank you.

Sep 25, 2014
John Galt in Manhattan

Please Critique My (Heavily Researched) Food Crawl Itinerary

Thanks, Cpalms. Yeah, for Di Palo's I planned on some mozarella and, if they have it, porchetta.

What's mind-blowlingly good at Despana? May have to add it. I see they have a tapas cafe too.

Sep 24, 2014
John Galt in Manhattan

Please Critique My (Heavily Researched) Food Crawl Itinerary

To celebrate my brother's birthday, we are visiting Manhattan and taking him on one of his favorite activities: a food crawl. The idea is to sample as many mind-blowing eats as possible in the limited time we have, with a possible stop or two for beer along the way. Also, as a matter of tradition, all food crawls lead to The Blind Tiger. Below is our tentative itinerary. Feel free to recommend deletions, additions, or tell us what we should eat at each place. (You might notice he likes dumplings/buns.) Thanks!

Prosperity Dumpling

Vanessa’s Dumpling

Xi'an Famous Foods

Di Palo’s

Golden Steamer

Shanghai Cafe

Randolph Beer

Black Seed

Parm

Thelewala

Bling Tiger

Sep 23, 2014
John Galt in Manhattan

Resource for Chinatown/ East Village food tour?

I am visiting from out of town and planning a food tour of Chinatown and the East Village to help celebrate my brother's wedding. I've been scouring this board and researching like crazy, but wonder if there is a resource for suggestions for a food tour of mind-blowing eats. We want places we can quickly drop in on for food to-go or a quick sit down. Dumplings, buns, quick bites, etc. Resources or recs much appreciated. Where must we go?

Sep 21, 2014
John Galt in Manhattan

Real Time Trip Report. Day 2.

Thank you, jbontario. Yes, tha Berkshire Room was very high on my list of places to go, but I have not managed to weave it in. That will give me a good reason to come back!

Sep 15, 2014
John Galt in Chicago Area

Real Time Trip Report. Day 2.

Day 1 report here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/989074

Day 2 standouts were Fat Rice at Fat Rice (our favorite thing we've eaten on the trip), kohlrabi salad at Girl & the Goat, and pork shank at Girl & the Goat. Service was excellent at Girl & the Goat, too. Full blow-by-blow below.

Fat Rice: charlie's peanuts (good), boiled dumplings (excellent), fat rice (outstanding), bourbon tea, Breakfast of Champions

Longman and Eagle: Bootney Farnsworth (George Dickel Rye, Campari, Gilka Kummel, Peychauds, Acid Phosphate) and Amargo Del Caribe (Aged Rum, Cynar, Tuaca, Lemon, Lime, Demerara

)

Owen & Engine: Scotch Egg (mediocre), Pimms Cup, and Pipeworks Ninja vs. Unicorn Double IPA

Al's Beef: Beef with hot peppers, wet (excellent)

Maude's Liquor Bar: Mezcal Corpse Reviver (del maguey vida mezcal, lillet, lemon, absinthe)

Girl and the Goat: kohlrabi salad (outstanding), escargot ravioli (good), pork shank (excellent), miso butterscotch budino (good), The Unknowing (Bombay Dry, George Dickel Rye, F.E.W. Malort, CH Amaro, Lillet), Bodegas Bordon Tempranillo, G&TG Petit Verdot Blend, Negroni

Sep 15, 2014
John Galt in Chicago Area

Real Time Trip Report. Day 1.

Wow, that sounds awesome. Should we do that instead of G&TG?

Sep 14, 2014
John Galt in Chicago Area

Real Time Trip Report. Day 1.

We are one day in to our three days in Chicago, and had a great first day. So far standouts have been the burger at Au Cheval, branzino at Nico, and ricotta bombolino at Nico. Today, we hope to hit Fat Rice and Girl & the Goat, among possibly others. Full blow-by-blow below.

Au Cheval: Burger (outstanding), Fried Bolonga sandwich (excellent), fries (good), Strange Brew (martin miller’s gin, pineapple, lemon, ipa) and Vieux Bonal (rittenhouse rye, hardy vs cognac, bonal gentiane)

Green Street Meats: Black Gold (mexican fernet and carpano antica)

Hopleaf: Firestone Walker Pivo

Jerry's Sandwiches: Half Acre Daisy Cutter

Nico: Longtooth Grouper Crudo (excellent), Wild King Salmon Belly Crudo (good), Grilled Octopus Fettunta (good), Goat Cheese Caramelle (excellent), Salt Crusted Branzino (outstanding), Eggplant Involtini (good), Nico Torte (outstanding), Ricotta Bomboloni (outstanding), Fumoso (famous grouse blended scotch, amaro zucca, ancho reyes with muddled lemon, mint and smoky lapsang souchong essenc), Venus in Furs (aperol peloton de la muerte mezcal, velvet falernum and lime juice, shaken with a touch of campari and served on the rocks), Cortese Massone Gavi

Sep 14, 2014
John Galt in Chicago Area

OK, Ready for Feedback: My Heavily Researched Chicago Itinerary

Thanks for the great feedack, GW. Yes, snagged a Girl & the Goat reservation, but will look into moving the lunches around. Not sure yet about plans between meals. Life is just something to do between meals, right?

Sep 04, 2014
John Galt in Chicago Area

OK, Ready for Feedback: My Heavily Researched Chicago Itinerary

I will be in Chicago next weekend to celebrate a special occasion, and plan a food tour of Chicago. I have read and read and read, and finally have a tentative plan. Note that there are several wonderful restaurants I've ruled out simply because I've been before (e.g. Publican, Purple Pig, Avec). My current plan is below. I welcome input.

DAY 1

Lunch: Frontera Grill or Urban Belly

Dinner: Nico

DAY 2

Lunch: Au Cheval

Dinner: Girl & the Goat

DAY 3

Lunch: (may have to work)

Dinner; Dusek's

Sep 04, 2014
John Galt in Chicago Area

Food Trip Help: Dusek's or Longman and Eagle for Brunch?

I am gradually piecing together a food itinerary for a 40th birthday trip to Chicago in several weeks. Both Dusek's and Longman & Eagle look outstanding to me, and I am even considering going to both, despite their overlap. But, if I did need to choose one or the other, which should it be? Thanks!

Aug 31, 2014
John Galt in Chicago Area

Help with Another Visit to Toronto?

Thank you. Good advice. But tonight can't be a huge splurge. I really liked the places like Bar Isabel and The Black Hoof and Richmond Station. Considering Daisho, Bestellen, Rose & Sons, and Edulis.

Help with Another Visit to Toronto?

Hopgood had been high on my list but I am never here when it is open.

Help with Another Visit to Toronto?

Thanks. If you click to my summary of my three prior business trips to Toronto, you'll see that The Grove's parsley root soup was the best thing I ate in all of my time in Toronto. Sounds like our tastes align. What else shouldn't I miss?

Help with Another Visit to Toronto?

Thanks for all the great responses. Hmm, still deciding. Maybe Momofuku Daisho. Although, Monk Kitchen looks interesting, too.

Help with Another Visit to Toronto?

A few months ago, I had some great food during a few Toronto business trips. I'll be back this week for a night, and need another stellar restaurant. Below is a link to a summary of my eats in Toronto, but in short, I really enjoyed: Bar Isabel, Black Hoof, 416 Snack Bar, Momofuku Noodle Bar, Grand Electric, Chanticler, Richmond Station, Mama's Dumplings, and Dumpling House.

Okay, but less wow-worthy were Guu, Splendido, Beast, and Buca.

This trip, I am considering Bent, Momofuku Daisho, Khao Sarn Road, and Rock Lobster. What say you all?

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/898852

Trying to Choose Just One Paris Bistrot Lunch

OK. Let me know if you or Parigi change your mind.

May 28, 2013
John Galt in France

Trying to Choose Just One Paris Bistrot Lunch

I gather the experience is enhanced by your presence as well. You in?

May 28, 2013
John Galt in France

Trying to Choose Just One Paris Bistrot Lunch

I have a reservation for one at 1 pm this Friday at CAJ. I am told that my meal will be even better if joined by Parigi. If that time is convenient for you, that would be great, and I will change the party size in my reservation. Happy to sort out by email. Cheers.

May 28, 2013
John Galt in France

Trying to Choose Just One Paris Bistrot Lunch

Sounds like a yes to me. 1 pm Friday?

May 27, 2013
John Galt in France

Trying to Choose Just One Paris Bistrot Lunch

You up for lunch Friday at CAJ? Sources indicate that's the way to eat there.

May 26, 2013
John Galt in France

Trying to Choose Just One Paris Bistrot Lunch

Ok, Parigi. Friday lunch at CAJ?

May 26, 2013
John Galt in France

Trying to Choose Just One Paris Bistrot Lunch

Thanks. Just the feedback I need.

May 26, 2013
John Galt in France

Trying to Choose Just One Paris Bistrot Lunch

Yes, close to impossible is just how it feels.

May 26, 2013
John Galt in France

Trying to Choose Just One Paris Bistrot Lunch

Who is the Big Guy?

May 26, 2013
John Galt in France

Trying to Choose Just One Paris Bistrot Lunch

I wish there were something exactly I wanted to know. I suppose I am plagued by indecision, so was passing the buck! Chez L'Amis Jean seems to be in the lead.

May 26, 2013
John Galt in France

Trying to Choose Just One Paris Bistrot Lunch

That's exactly the type of input I seek. I want to avoid anything that food-lovers would consider a weak link. I appreciate it.

May 26, 2013
John Galt in France

Trying to Choose Just One Paris Bistrot Lunch

For my upcoming food and drink tour of Paris, I plan to focus almost exclusively on places I can pop in and out of - bakeries, cheese shops, wine bars, charcuterie shops, etc. But, I'd like to dine at one real sit-down restaurant -- likely for lunch. I've researched this board, and am considering Chez L'Amis Jean, Bistrot Paul Bert, La Régalade Saint-Honoré, and Chez Michel. Thoughts?

May 26, 2013
John Galt in France

Tour of Paris Must-eats (work in progress)

Thank you, bcc, for the excellent input. Great point. Usually I am mindful of this, but the reminder never hurts. Any standouts you'd suggest including?

May 21, 2013
John Galt in France

Tour of Paris Must-eats (work in progress)

These are all excellent suggestions. I was leaning towards omitting some neighborhoods for reasons similar to those raised here. And, this confirms that I will do so. Also, the itineraries you've proposed PBSF look great. Finally, I'll make a point of being at a good boulangerie like Kayser early for a croissant.

May 21, 2013
John Galt in France