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best fish and chips in ATL

Hi all -- my husband's birthday is coming up, and he has requested fish and chips. I'm trying to find some of the best in the city for him. Here's my list so far -- what are your thoughts?

Ormsby's
The Brick Store
The Porter

We've had at both Brick Store and The Porter, and he prefers The Porter. We've never been to Ormsby's. Is there delicious fish and chips lurking on any other menu around town?

Thanks so much for your help!

Apr 09, 2012
frannyfran in Atlanta

Charleston dinner on Sunday night (also happens to be the Super Bowl)

Thanks so much Sue! I looked at the menus, and Anson looks perfect. We'll try there.

Jan 22, 2012
frannyfran in Southeast

Charleston dinner on Sunday night (also happens to be the Super Bowl)

Hi there -- my husband and I are planning a quick trip to Charleston for my birthday next month, and we were all set to have Sunday dinner at Husk on February 5. It turns out that they are closed that Sunday, for an employee retreat of sorts. They also reminded me that the Super Bowl is that night -- I'm not sure that that matters, but I thought I'd mention it, in case that affects your recommendations for one reason or another.

I've moved Husk to Monday for lunch, and then we'll have dinner at FIG (big eating day!), but I'm not sure what to do about Sunday night. I know SNOB is open, but I ate there last year and didn't absolutely love it. It doesn't have to be super fancy -- but I would love to have something reserved, since we're only there for two days.

If you're familiar with Atlanta, where we live, we love Empire State South, Miller Union, Cakes & Ale...

I've seen reviews here of Pane e Vino, but beyond that I'm stumped. Any ideas?

Thanks so much!

Jan 21, 2012
frannyfran in Southeast

where to buy amaro braulio in rome...

Found it at Trimani on via Goito!! -- Thanks so much Zerlina, and erica and a81...
cheers --

May 06, 2009
frannyfran in Italy

where to buy amaro braulio in rome...

heading over to trimani now -- will report back...

May 06, 2009
frannyfran in Italy

where to buy amaro braulio in rome...

Hi there -- Anyone know where to find Amaro Braulio in Rome? It's a digestivo that's made up north (I first tasted it in Milan). It tastes a bit like grass (but is surprisingly good). In any case, I really want to take a bottle back to the States, but I don't know where to find it. Any ideas on well-stocked liquor stores in Rome where I could ask??

Thanks!

May 04, 2009
frannyfran in Italy

Florence, help --

Thanks so much everyone -- I must just swap out Cibreo for Teatro. Or maybe do both but drop one of the others? Does anyone have any first hand experience with Tre Soldi or Ruggero? I think I found both of those ideas on this board.

Another quick note -- any advice on how far in advance I need to book at these places?
Grazie mille --

Mar 28, 2009
frannyfran in Italy

Best Crepes in Paris

I have two favorite crepe spots in Paris -- One is next to the famous Le Comptoir (I think it's called La Creperie de la Comptoir), right around the corner from the Odeon metro. Everything is fresh there, they use different batters for galettes/crepes, and their ham & cheese at 4EUR is incredibly filling and generous. I eat there once a week.
A little closer to the Place St. Michel, on Rue St. Andre des Arts, there are two crepe restaurants (sit-down) that also have take-away windows. They also make the crepes fresh there, with two different batters and really great toppings. I am partial to gruyere and walnuts. Also cheap and filling.

ps -- The sweet crepes are great at both of these spots too.

Mar 26, 2009
frannyfran in France

Florence, help --

thanks so much CJT & ellene -- I'll report back next month --

Mar 22, 2009
frannyfran in Italy

Florence, help --

Okay, through more research, I've come up with this list:
lunch: Da Nerbone, Da Sergio, Mario, Paoli
dinner: Il Cibreo, Tre Soldi, Ruggero

Of course let me know if there are any duds here, or if you have any other ideas --
thanks!

Mar 18, 2009
frannyfran in Italy

Florence, help --

Hi Jen -- Thanks -- I don't know how I missed that thread in my search. I think I'm covered for Sunday lunch (Paoli), but any ideas for a third special, last-night-in-florence dinner?

Mar 18, 2009
frannyfran in Italy

Quick Rome Report

Mushroom & NellyNel -- My list changed with every post that I read -- and now I'm trying to plan a trip to Florence and the same thing is happening! In any case, you should try fried artichokes, and I think they're supposed to be great at Paris as well as Piperno -- Good luck!

Mar 17, 2009
frannyfran in Italy

Florence, help --

Hi there -- I'm heading to Florence with my mum, for three nights in April (Fri - Mon). So far I've compiled this list, mostly from Chow (thanks!). I think I've got a handle on some great, quick lunch spots, but I'm having a harder time figuring out where to have a nice, quiet, evening meal.

lunch: Da Nerbone, Da Sergio, Mario -- the problem: these places are closed on Sunday -- any ideas for a Sunday lunch?

dinner: Il Cibreo, Tre Soldi
I ate at Il Cibreo about six years ago and quite liked it -- I think we'll eat here as long as my mum doesn't mind the wait in line.
Tre Soldi sounds quite nice -- and it looks like they're open for Sunday dinner.

So this leaves me stumped for Sunday lunch, and in need of a recommendation for another dinner. I think Tre Soldi and Il Cibreo are pretty casual, so it might be nice for the other dinner to be a bit fancier. We could splurge somewhat, but we're not really interested in hyper-touristy (I know, we're tourists too) places like La Giostra. What do you think??

Grazie mille!

Mar 17, 2009
frannyfran in Italy

Quick Rome Report

Hi there -- I've been meaning to post about a recent weekend trip to Rome, since I took many suggestions from Chow and all of you. Here goes:

Trattoria Monti -- We decided to have our fancy-ish meal at this little place, and we thought it was wonderful, although not life-changing. A lot of comments on this board mention the number of tourists who frequent this place, but we didn't notice any other anglophones (not that that would have been a problem). As for the food -- we started with a plate of fried appetizers -- particularly memorable were little olive and meat-filled concoctions. My husband had a pasta (name is escaping me) with an egg yolk in it that floods the plate once you cut it open -- lovely. I was on a guanciale kick the whole time we were in Rome, and enjoyed my rigatoni with guanicale at Monti. My husband had the rabbit special, and we opted for coffee but not desert. The check took a bafflingly long time to arrive, and the service was a bit hurried, but overall we'd love to go back to this place. Our dinner was under 100EUR with a bottle of wine.

Piperno -- We didn't have reservations, but just walked into this place for Saturday lunch. We shared gnocchi all'amatriciana (more guanciale) and fried artichokes -- both were awesome. We had palle del nonno (grandpa's balls) for dessert -- delicious fried chocolate and ricotta puffs. We really enjoyed this meal. Lots of families eating multi-course feasts -- we wished we were hungrier. This place is not cheap, but the quality is high.

Maccheroni -- Dinner here wasn't so memorable, but the waitstaff were really sweet, and the location was central. The gnocchi with pear was good.

Da Augusto -- We had a delicious and cheap lunch here. I liked my rigatoni all'amatriciana (I said I was on a guanciale kick) so much that I almost ordered another plate. My husband had cacio e pepe, and then we shared lentils and sausage. I think our bill was 25EUR with a glass each of house wine. I'd love to go back.

Hope this inspires some happy meals in Rome --

Mar 17, 2009
frannyfran in Italy

Uno e Bino - how to contact them

Hello there -- After some thorough searching on this board (thanks!) I decided to book Uno e Bino for our Sunday meal in Rome; my husband and I are traveling there in a few weeks. I have tried calling them a few times, and have checked and re-checked the number, but I keep getting "number does not exist." I am dialing: +39064460702.

I was thinking that someone based in Rome (or someone who has been there recently) could let me know if the number has changed or if they're closed...

Thanks so much for your time. I'll write a trip report when I get back.

Jan 19, 2009
frannyfran in Italy