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Solo at Chez L'Ami Jean?

Ate there two weeks ago and there were solo diners on each side of us. One a seasoned local and the other was Italian. You will love it!!!!

Jun 03, 2014
smoot60 in France
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3 weeks away ....Please review my food itinerary

We were in Paris last week and ate at the Ze Kitchen Galerie. In short, it was fabulous. My husband had the six course meal and I ordered two apps. The chef Mr. Ledeuil was there and conducting the kitchen. The restaurant was lovely, great service and a very adventurous menu. I would keep it on my list.

May 28, 2014
smoot60 in France

Please critique Paris choices

After several weeks of intense research I want to make a stab at these Paris choices. My husband and I are in our 50's, traveling to Paris for the first time since our college years. We do want to do too fussy or expensive. I understand that lunch is the way to go but I would also like a couple of nice dinners. Will be there for a week, staying in the 6th.

Here is what I have come up with. Any suggestions or alternatives would be appreciated.

Dinner:

Semilla
Le Verre Vole
Chez Denise

Lunch

Fish la Boissonnerie
Au Fin Gourmets

Looking for a special place for dinner on our last night. Also any advise as to how and when to make reservations would be appreciated. Should I ask the concierge at the hotel to make reservations and how far in advance should this be done?

Merci to all!!!!

Mar 19, 2014
smoot60 in France

Dinner/Breakfast reservation in Nashville

We have loved the Southern for brunch. While some may not think of it as a local spot, it has a great collection of photographs from the 70's and 80's and it has what I think of as a great Nashville feel. I agree with not doing the Pancake Pantry. While I love it, I would not stand in that line, which was out the door this past Saturday at lunch. If you can get a reservation at City House, that would also be my pick. We ate there several weeks ago at the bar without a reservation but they were slammed and you should get a reservation if at all possible.

Mar 26, 2013
smoot60 in Kentucky & Tennessee

One Last Place in NOLA

Thanks to all for replies! I have about decided on Bayona. We are footing the bill for a reception for lunch on Saturday, so I figure Bayona might be a little less costly than August. We will go back and maybe do August when it is just the Hubby and me!

Mar 26, 2013
smoot60 in New Orleans

NOLA with Kids - Please review my itinerary

Do the snowballs by all means. You might consider Dat Dog if you are at the zoo. It is close by. Great hotdogs!

Mar 20, 2013
smoot60 in New Orleans

One Last Place in NOLA

Our daughter graduates from Tulane in May and we are planning one last trip there. It is bittersweet as we have loved visiting each and every time. We head into town on Thursday night, which is also my birthday. I would like to have a special meal that night before all the family arrives and it get crazy. We have done Galatoire's, Commander's Palace, Cochon, Brigstens, Bon Ton Cafe, Dante's Kitchen, Lillette, and Domenica. We are planning a luncheon at Antoine's. Thinking about doing Dooky Chase but also considering August. Just wondering what the chow hounds thoughts would be.

Mar 20, 2013
smoot60 in New Orleans

early planning for 2013 Tulane graduation

Apparently, you have to plan extremely early for Tulane graduation weekend. This would be the May 18th, 2013. Other parents are already getting hotel reservations and planning meals. Any ideas as to a place were about 20-30 could gather for dinner? My husband has been talking about Antoine's but I really don't know. French Quarter would be preferred but would consider other parts of town. Would probably want to keep it to $60-75 per person. Have never had to do anything like this before. Any advise would be helpful

Jun 19, 2012
smoot60 in New Orleans

bad Balthazar

The waiter did not take our entree order until at least 12:30 or later. He was very unfriendly and down right snotty. He seemed to be a miserable person. Just very disappointed in the service. The manager was floating around and he had to know our service was lacking. I would have thought they would have wanted to turn the table and get others in. I had been there several time but I had invited two friends who had not been there and was hoping for a good experience.

May 22, 2012
smoot60 in Manhattan

bad Balthazar

Was in Manhattan over the weekend and went to brunch on Sunday. We arrived at 11:30 and were seated. Asked the waiter to go ahead and put our drink order in where we could have bloody marys by noon. The snobby french waiter was over the top. The service was beyond slow. It was more than 45 minutes before he bothered to take our entree order. I have been to Balthazar several times before and never had such bad service. The man was indifferent to us and very condenscending. Needless to say, next trip there will be no Balthazar though the food was good and the room as usual was beautiful and buzzy!

May 22, 2012
smoot60 in Manhattan

Eataly

Going to manhattan in may with close friend. Think I can plan the weekend but she wants to go to Eataly. Coming into the city on Friday morning and will be leaving on monday. Should we do dinner there one night or should I shoot for Saturday lunch? Want to do brunch on sunday at Prune if possible. Thanks!

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Eataly
200 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010

Mar 13, 2012
smoot60 in Manhattan

Galatoire's POOR service and CANNED Peas!

A child and a tee shirt. I stopped reading at that point.

Dec 29, 2011
smoot60 in New Orleans

Best Places For Drinks Before MCB Friday............

Merchants on Broadway would be a good choice as would the Palm. I would imagine everything will be crowded but that's what a bowl game is all about!

Dec 29, 2011
smoot60 in Kentucky & Tennessee

Seattle this weekend

Have tentatively planned the following for this weekend. Have reservations at Delilah Lounge on Saturday night. Would like to do brunch at Revel on Sunday morning and dinner at Walrus and the Carpenter that night. Thinking about Sitka and Spruce on Monday night after doing Boombershoot. Is this a good plan? Any alternative suggestions and feedback would be appreciated. Both Walrus and Sitka have gotten a lot of press lately. Don't want to have to wait for over an hour for a seating. We are staying downtown so will have to cab most places.

Aug 29, 2011
smoot60 in Greater Seattle

Brooklyn this weekend. Decision making time.

OK. After much research this is decision making time. For pizza, Motorino or Franny's? On Friday night, Prime Meats, Marlow & Son or Traif. It is my understanding that none of these places take reservations. Any secrets about getting in and not having to wait for hours? We are in our fodies in our 50's, love to travel, especially to the NYC area. Will be staying in Williamsburg. Thanks.

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Marlow & Sons
81 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Franny's
295 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Motorino
319 Graham Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Prime Meats
465 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

Traif
229 S 4th St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Jul 19, 2011
smoot60 in Outer Boroughs

Newbie in Brooklyn

Traveling to Brooklyn for the first time in a couple of weeks. Have been to Manhattan several times and thought we would try something different. Staying in Williamsburg. After some research and thought I have decided we should have pizza one night and try a French Bistro the other. Have narrowed down pizza to Franny's or Motorino and the bistro choice is Bacchus. Any other suggestions would be appreciated. Would like someplace casual and not too terribly expensive with the focus on food. Also, any food stores we should visit would be helpful.

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Motorino
319 Graham Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Jul 01, 2011
smoot60 in Outer Boroughs

Restaurant Week question

Going to be in NYC during Restaurant Week. Does anyone know when list of participating restaurants will be released?

Jun 24, 2011
smoot60 in Manhattan

Carmel for Pebble Beach Pro-Am

Staying in Carmel for Thursday and Friday nights during the Pebble Beach Pro-Am. Any suggestions for breakfast and dinner would be lovely! Have never stayed in Carmel before so I am a complete novice. Something casual and not too fancy would be great. Good bar, good food. Thanks a bunch!!!

Jan 13, 2011
smoot60 in California

UT Football game and a dinner

One reason traffic is so bad in West Knoxville is that most of Tennessee lies to the west of Knoxville, hence people from Nashville and Memphis head west to home after a ballgame. As far as a restaurant that would seat 12, I have heard from a friend that the Bistro and S&W might be options. Let me know what you guys think.

Nov 07, 2010
smoot60 in Kentucky & Tennessee

UT Football game and a dinner

Want to find a place near the UT campus that will seat 12 after the UT football game next weekend. It's homecoming and UT plays Ole Miss. Don't know what time the game is yet but would like to go someplace with decent food that will seat 12. I know there are a couple of restaurants on the river and of corse there is the Strip. Any help would be appreciated.

Nov 05, 2010
smoot60 in Kentucky & Tennessee

Steak in Nashville

So sad to see all these recs for the overpriced steak chains. Please check into Sperry's, a Nashville institution. Located in Belle Meade not far from Vandy. Prince Andrew ate here when his visited Nashville! It is cozy and the food is usually very dependable. One of the last, great salad bars around.

Oct 25, 2010
smoot60 in Kentucky & Tennessee

Going to The Grand Ole Opry, Nashville

When are you going? If at all possible I would not stay near the Opry property, especially since the flood. Much better options downtown and you can take a cab out to the Opry. The food options there are terrible.

Oct 25, 2010
smoot60 in Kentucky & Tennessee

Chateau Bastor-Lamontagne Sauternes 2000

Have this bottle which I need to drink. Eldest child purchased it when in Paris at age of 16. Please let me know what in the world I should serve with it. I know it is a dessert wine, so I am thinking blue cheese and pears. Any help would be more than appreciated.

Sep 24, 2010
smoot60 in Wine

Rez for Prezza, did I make a mistake?

I am really confused about the North End. Cannot really figure out where to eat. All the info on Prezza is all over the place. Rave reviews here and terrible reviews on Zagat. Now after seeing this post, I am more confused than ever. Traveling to Boston for the first time in October and would love to ate at a North End Italian place that is classic and well-established. I have it narrowed down to two, Prezza and Mamma Maria's. Any advise would be helpful.

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Prezza
24 Fleet St., Boston, MA 02113

Mamma Maria Restaurant
3 North Sq, Boston, MA 02113

Sep 16, 2010
smoot60 in Greater Boston Area

next weekend in NOLA/Saints game

I am fairly committed to going to Emril's on Friday night. It was my original thought to do the French Quarter and possibly Frenchman St. on Thursday night but with the ballgame, I just don't know. I am scared it is going to be so crowded it is going to be impossible. Just trying to find some idea of a safe place where we can watch the game. have drinks and something good to eat. By safe, I do not mean it is dangerous, just not too terribly crowded!

Aug 31, 2010
smoot60 in New Orleans

next weekend in NOLA/Saints game

Taking two friends to NOLA for their first time visit. Will be arriving on Thursday night and just figured out the Saints open that night. We are staying the the Quarter. Have reservations at Emril's for Friday night and have brunch reservations for Sunday. Saturday will be the Ole Miss game. Any recommendations for Thursday night would be appreciated. I am scared it will be really crowded in the Quarter. Looking for a nice bar with food in the Quarter to take these people for their first night in New Orleans. I have never been in the city for a Saints game. Will the crowds thin out during the game?
Thanks for any advise!

Aug 31, 2010
smoot60 in New Orleans

Arnold Myint / Nashville

I ate at PM Saturday night and it was good. Had sushi and a bottle of wine for about $60 for two. If I was visiting from out of town, I think Cha Chah would be a little nicer and a little more upscale both in terms of atmosphere and food.

Jun 21, 2010
smoot60 in Kentucky & Tennessee

Convivio or Dovetail on Sunday night

Have narrowed down Sunday night meal to Convivio and Dovetail for a Sunday night meal. It is my 50th birthday weekend and we are dining a the Carlyle Hotel on Saturday night. I have put quite a bit of thought into choosing these two places. Want someplace not too fancy, not terribly expensive and someplace that would have both good food and service. Thanks!

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Convivio
45 Tudor City Place, New York, NY 10017

Apr 08, 2010
smoot60 in Manhattan

50 Birthday/Sunday in Manhattan

Forgot to add that we went to Bridge Cafe for daughter's 18th birthday. Good table, good food, terrible service. Must have had three waiters for the whole room which was filled.

Mar 24, 2010
smoot60 in Manhattan

50 Birthday/Sunday in Manhattan

Trying to decide where to eat in NYC on my big 50th birthday. Will be in the city over the weekend of May 14th. On Saturday night we will be going to see Judy Collins at the Cafe Caryle and will have to have dinner there. So on my birthday on Sunday, May 16th, I would like to do brunch probably at Balthazaar and then either spend the rest of the day in a museum or in Central Park, depending on the weather. For the evening, it would be great to find someplace very comfortable, romantic and not too terribly expensive. Not really looking for the four star experience. Have been to NYC on several occasions and have done Union Square Cafe, Cafe Boulud, Esca and Luppa. Each time I have been disappointed in the experience. Never great service or a good table (particularly the table). Have had great dining experiences in other cities but just can't seem to find that perfect New York place. Any help would be appreciated.

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Cafe Boulud
20 East 76th St., New York, NY 10021

Esca Restaurant
402 W 43rd St, New York, NY 10036

Mar 23, 2010
smoot60 in Manhattan