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Lima Beans (in the style of Charleston)

So I had my first Lima Bean Dinner in Charleston, and it's one of the best things I've eaten. I can't seem to find a recipe for exactly that (lots for beans, cow peas, etc.) I'm sure I could do it in the style of red beans and rice from New Orleans and it would come out great, but is there a method/ingredient characteristic of Charleston that I don't want to miss?? I can tell that smoked neck bones make a world of difference! Anyone got a recipe?? thnx

Jul 22, 2013
blweis in Home Cooking

Charleston for a few days

I'm sorry. I didn't mean to start anything. It's a very nice place with very good food and a nice crowd. I mean it!

Jul 21, 2013
blweis in Southeast

Charleston for a few days

The couple at the next table had the Big Nasty. It looked wonderful, and the seasoning of everything at the Hominy Grill (and the biscuit we ate) was spot on, so I'm sure that'd be really really good. I live in Chapel Hill NC where chicken biscuits are thick on the ground, so we have a pretty high standard- Page's was good, too.

Jul 21, 2013
blweis in Southeast

Charleston for a few days

Last meal: breakfast at Page's. It was fine. I had the Hot Mess, which is a fried chicken biscuit with a scrambled egg and jalapeƱo gravy. Very good, enormous, portion. My wife had the shrimp and grits, which is not a great choice. It's a lot of food, and the shrimp is quite fresh. But the seasoning of the sauces was too salty (though the andouille in it was nice), and the sauce itself was too thick and gloppy. In any case, I know everyone has their own version of S&G that they're convinced is THE one, and if this yours, I won't argue. I will say you get a huge amount of food for not too much $, which must account for the massive crowds. It was a pleasant, clean place, just not up to the other meals we had.

I'm happy to be home, but esp. grateful for the great tips! My favorite thing I put in my mouth all weekend was Bertha's okra soup, and all of Bertha's was fantastic- and everything I ate was worth trying. Thanks! I'm looking forward to coming back!

Jul 21, 2013
blweis in Southeast

Charleston for a few days

What? Sweet? Hominy Grill? I thought twee, too full of the slightly too well-manicured, straight-laced set. Not obnoxious, just predictable. But the food, can't beat it.

Jul 21, 2013
blweis in Southeast

Charleston for a few days

Dinner, off the list but all good. We're down the block from the Rutledge Cab Co. Nothing like what we planned, but just what we needed after a hot day at the beach and in town. Basically a glorified tavern with excellent bar food- we had the gas station charcuterie, which includes excellent fried bologna, and a chopped salad. Catering to a hipster crowd, but so what. We liked it.

Jul 20, 2013
blweis in Southeast

Charleston for a few days

Hominy Grill for brunch. We split a special, Migas with pinto beans and rice. Certainly not what they're known for, but so what. It was truly great. The vibe here is a little too twee for me, but, if you just care about the food, it's a very solid pick.

Jul 20, 2013
blweis in Southeast

Charleston for a few days

Day one: Bertha's for lunch, then several hours later, SeeWee for dinner. My only complaint is that I am COMPLETEY stuffed! I can't keep eating like this!! At Bertha's I had the Lima bean plate, and added a bowl of okra soup. That soup is one if the finest dishes known to human civilization. Smoky and velvety, and the Lima beans which come with some of the most outstanding baked chicken I've had anywhere, we're every bit the match of the soup. My wife had fried chicken with a side of delectable sweet potatoes, swimming in brown sugar and butter. Wow!!

SeeWee was rocking, too. Nobody was there which was odd for a Friday night, but it made for good service, and extra attention in the kitchen. I had the fried shrimp, which were truly great, nd my wife had a plate of the biggest filets of flounder you've ever seen in your life. The sides were fine, but not as great as Bertha's,though I liked my red rice a lot. Loads of sausage and turkey bits in there.

So thanks for pushing SeeWee, it was fun and delicious. If I grow another stomach over night, I can report more tomorrow.

Jul 19, 2013
blweis in Southeast

Charleston for a few days

Hmmm... Is it THAT good? I've seen mixed reviews (plus, I know it's a hike from town). And what would I leave OUT?? I'm contemplating Bertha's over Jestine's too.

Jul 18, 2013
blweis in Southeast

Charleston for a few days

Here's the current plan, if we arrive tomorrow for lunch,
of places we hope to hit on Fri, Sat, and Sun (leaving early afternoon) in no particular order:

1 Hominy Grill
2 Glass Onion
3 H&R Sweet Shop
4 Dave's Carry Out
5 Ernie's
6 Martha Lou's
7 Jestine's kitchen
8 Page's Okra Grill

Anything I should leave out, or be sure not to miss? I really don't need bbq, as we've got that covered in NC (though I am contemplating a detour through Hemingway to get to Scott's on the way down. . .)

Jul 18, 2013
blweis in Southeast

Charleston for a few days

Thanks to all! Yeah, we'll have a car, and we're staying very near downtown on Rutledge. Keep 'em coming!

Jul 16, 2013
blweis in Southeast

Charleston for a few days

My wife and I are spending Friday-Sunday in Charleston, and we're esp. interested in cheaper, out-of-the-way, home cookin' kinds of places. Lots of seafood is fine, too. We'd love recommendations.

Jul 15, 2013
blweis in Southeast

2 Lunches, downtown SF

I'm coming from North Carolina, but I've been to the Bay Area loads of times, grew up in SoCal, and regularly visited tons of friends between Berkeley and the city..

Thanks for the ideas!

Nov 13, 2012
blweis in San Francisco Bay Area

2 Lunches, downtown SF

Plus: I like everything!

Nov 13, 2012
blweis in San Francisco Bay Area

2 Lunches, downtown SF

Thanks- ironic, as I am headed to Perbacco for dinner! But I'll look into the Tadich Grill, and search for Union Sq, too.

Nov 13, 2012
blweis in San Francisco Bay Area

2 Lunches, downtown SF

I have Thurs and Fri, plenty of time, and could be alone, or with a friend or two.

Nov 13, 2012
blweis in San Francisco Bay Area

2 Lunches, downtown SF

I'm at a conference in the Hilton (Union Sq), only 2 free days for lunch. Any recommendations for something 1) exceptionally delicious 2) unique are accepted. Go! (thnx)

Nov 13, 2012
blweis in San Francisco Bay Area

Business dinner/private room Downtown?

We're going to Perbacco. The menu looked great, and the price worked for us. Thanks!

Sep 20, 2012
blweis in San Francisco Bay Area

Business dinner/private room Downtown?

Wow- great list. Superhelpful. But keep 'em coming, folks!

Aug 22, 2012
blweis in San Francisco Bay Area

Business dinner/private room Downtown?

Can anyone recommend a place near Union Square where I can host a business dinner in a private room? There will be about 15 of us, the event is in mid-November, and we have a reasonable budget. Omnivorous all.

Any advice welcome.

Aug 21, 2012
blweis in San Francisco Bay Area

Le Creuset- again

Here's a story. In 2009, I bought a 6 quart Le Creuset, a discontinued model that I got for a deep discount. It lasted one year, whereupon I found that a small chip of enamel flaked off on the bottom (not underside) of the pot. I sent the pot back to Le Creuset, anticipating that they would replace it. Instead, they said that the chip was the result of "improper use" of the pot - too high temperatures. But they offered to sell me a new pot in the same model at half price (still more than I paid for the original). Since I liked the pot, and couldn't find an equivalent for (much) less, I bought it. Tonight, I fried up some vegetables in the pot, and ended up burning the pot. Nothing extraordinary, the enamel blackened - but that happens all the time, even with moderate heat. I was able to wipe the blackened portion off, relatively easily, with a sponge. But. Two small chips in the enamel came up!

So what should I do? The pot is all of 2 years old, and I've obviously had limited success with Le Creuset. Should I 1) just go ahead and use the pot with the small chips in it. I'm not really worried about doing that, but Le Creuset says never to do so (of course not- that way you have to buy a new pot; or should I 2) look for some other model of enameled cast iron Dutch oven that's more durable or; 3) go some other direction. I have a 20+ year old copper lined aluminum Dutch oven that I used forEVER before I got the Le Creuset. And it got scratched, but nothing major, is light weight, but cooks evenly, works great. I'm inclined to just stick with that, though I do like the enamel surface for soups, etc.

Please share your thoughts! Thanks.

Jul 07, 2012
blweis in Cookware

Saturday night dinner with friends

Aha! Merci bien, tah1234, for the "plan du site" link!

Nov 12, 2011
blweis in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Saturday night dinner with friends

Thanks for the ideas. I'm a bit limited in where I've been able to find reservations. I've managed to get a reservation for Grange Vin + Bouffe http://www.grangeresto.ca/fr/menu-et-.... But can't see the actual menus online. Some good recommendations on other sites- any further thoughts?

thanks again.

Nov 12, 2011
blweis in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Saturday night dinner with friends

I'm spending several days in Montreal, and planning one meal with a group of friends (7 of us, total) for a week from tomorrow (11/19/2011) We'd like something comfortable, eclectic, interesting, and not outlandishly expensive, but not cheap. Old Montreal is a plus, but further afield is ok, too. Has to have some fish (but NOT a seafood place) and vegetarian options. Any thoughts?

Nov 11, 2011
blweis in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Prune

I went for lunch on Tuesday. The tiny place was not quite empty around 1:30. The staff were cheery and efficient. I thought the simple menu looked really appetizing. I had a greek salad sandwich with tzatziki, that turned out to be a thick, toasted slice of rustic bread piled with peppers, onions, grape tomatos, olived and laced with garlic tzatziki. It was light, but totally refreshing and packed with flavor. Hit the spot on a sticky mess of a summer day. I was really impressed (it was a bargain, too, but not a cheap eat), and would love to go back, if I lived anywhere near NYC. And lunch is the new dinner - skip the high prices, long waits, and crushing din.

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Prune
54 E 1st St, New York, NY 10003

Jul 15, 2011
blweis in Manhattan

You got to be kidding me (Crooks Corner, Chapel Hill, NC)

Hmmm. All I can say is I never remember a bad meal at Crooks and we go 4-5 times a year. The service, in my view, is usually a reflection of how busy the place is. We've had inattentive service only when it's slammed. The noise level is high, and it's MUCH nicer to sit outside when it's available. But the shrimp and grits are great- but also one of those things that people have strong, highly particular feelings about, so I don't doubt that there are those who think they don't do it "the right way." And the cheese pork, tabasco chicken, corned ham, and gumbos z'herbe (when they have it) are tasty and reasonable. It's full flavored food, I think. I used to like the hushpuppies a lot, but I've gotten over them - I like them a little airier. But I defy you to find a better banana pudding. Anywhere/

Mar 23, 2011
blweis in Southeast

You got to be kidding me (Crooks Corner, Chapel Hill, NC)

Comparing Magnolia Grill and Crooks is like comparing an opera to a rock concert. A bad opera to a Springsteen show. Magnolia is the height of pretension and elaborate, elegant, "fine dining", while Crooks rarely has an entree for twenty bucks. Watts and Crook are more comparable. And if you think Watts is better than Crooks, I'm happy for you, but strongly disagree.

Mar 23, 2011
blweis in Southeast

The Eddy - new pub in Saxapahaw

We were there on Saturday, and it was just great. PACKED! An early rush and a late rush. A waitress told us they're swamped every night except Tuesday (so make it on a Tuesday...). My wife and I sat at the copper polished bar. The food was what you'd expect from Jeff Barney - simple, hearty, interesting, delicious. I had pork carnitas with onions and peppers braised in Fullsteam Lager; my wife had a chicken leg quarter with garlic green beans - each came with mashers. Full flavored, rich and good. My carnitas had a slightly asian tinge to them - some soy, or fish sauce, not cumin and chile as I'd expect. No matter, it was a fine dish. The only let down was the salad, which we got just to have something fresh- but the local greens in Saxapahaw in January included tatsoi - which I think needs to be braised, or it's too grassy - and hothouse tomatoes (meh). The arugula was good- just arugula with a lemon dressing and a shave of local cheese would have suited. Tres Leches cake for dessert, excellent.

One beer, one wine, salad, 2 entrees, coffee, dessert - fifty bucks. A phenomenal deal- and there are loads of entrees in the $10-15 range. Can't wait to go back.

Jan 17, 2011
blweis in Southeast

YIKES. ELMO'S DINER

We live a mile away, and we keep going back. I have no idea why. There aren't a huge array of diners in Carrboro - I find Breadmen's too packed and generic, Mama Dips is mediocre - so we hit up Elmo's because, well we can. I LOVE the lunches at Neal's, Sandwhich, Vimala's, Med Deli, Buns - there are loads of options in the vicinity, but no decent diners, so Elmo's it is. Meh.

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Breadmen's
337 W Rosemary St, Chapel Hill, NC 27516

Nov 09, 2010
blweis in Southeast

First Time Report: Red O on Melrose (Rick Bayless inspired Mexican menu)

Thnx - no I've not tried other cochinita's, but I'm always interested in it!

Jul 29, 2010
blweis in Los Angeles Area