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ZOMG Cheddar cheese biscuits in Blowing Rock

There's a coffeehouse in downtown Blowing Rock, North Carolina (on Main across from Morris St.) called Kojay's with completely fantastic cheddar cheese biscuits. Carolina style cheddar cheese biscuits are small and dense. I've never seen them anyplace else (though that may just be my own failure to notice).

The ones at Kojay's have dates in them for sweetness and pecan flour for crunch. Just the right amount of salt. Spectacular.

Apr 17, 2014
TMFOtter in Southeast

Let's build a best-of list for grocery store products

Rocklands Barbecue on Wisconsin Ave. sells Berger Cookies. So does Chevy Chase Market on Connecticut Ave in Bethesda.

Feb 15, 2013
TMFOtter in Washington DC & Baltimore

Let's build a best-of list for grocery store products

Uncle Brutha's is available at the Whole Foods in Old Town Alexandria. I put that stuff on everything!

Feb 15, 2013
TMFOtter in Washington DC & Baltimore

Spectacular eggplant appetizer at Rose Kebab, Vienna

Thanks for the tip on Darya Kabab, always on the lookout for new Persian places in the area! It's funny you bring up your impression, the last time we went to Rose my dad got the Barg Kabob and we also found it underwhelming. Their Kubideh is very good and cornish hen are very good, and the Gheymeh (sp?) which is a chickpea and beef stew is special. If you ask they'll give you taah deeg with it, though it's not always available (a very good sign at a Persian place, imo).

Feb 15, 2013
TMFOtter in Washington DC & Baltimore

ISO a place with a private room for 10 or 12?

The private room at 1789 is really pleasant.

Feb 15, 2013
TMFOtter in Washington DC & Baltimore

Spectacular eggplant appetizer at Rose Kebab, Vienna

Rose Restaurant doesn't quite get the attention that Shamshiry does, but it's a very solid Persian grill in Vienna. Their Kashk-o-Badmejoon (eggplant dip with ) is the best that I've ever had in a restaurant. It's much more garlicky than I've had it elsewhere, which I suspect is a regional variation.

Feb 15, 2013
TMFOtter in Washington DC & Baltimore

Coming to Montreal with two young kids and my mother. Please help me find acouple good lunch and dinner options.

Shoot, *I'm* glad I saw your reply!

I'm on my way to Montreal with my 12 year old daughter, who is waaaaay pickier than I am, though on the spectrum of children's palates she's not bad at all. We're going to Milos one night and to Big In Japan. We're also going to Schwartz's.

I also assume we're going to get a healthy dose of Premiere Moisson (I do love the pastries there). Your other suggestions are really, really helpful!

If I may be so bold -- my daughter loves crepes. LOVES them. Any suggestions where one might find the best crepes in town? Or a good crepe/experience combination?

Aug 01, 2012
TMFOtter in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Appropriate Dress in Paris

Well, we ended up canceling the reservation, so no harm.

Apr 07, 2012
TMFOtter in France

Appropriate Dress in Paris

Hehehe. Yes, my wife outshines me, but I also seem to have bulges in all the wrong places...

Apr 03, 2012
TMFOtter in France

Appropriate Dress in Paris

Yes, exactly.

My wife and I went to Jules Verne two years ago and dressed up (she looked amazing, I make expensive jackets looks cheap!!). We were surprised at the casual dress of the couple sitting next to us -- not inappropriate, just...casual. But the waitstaff did not mind at all, and everyone was comfortable and had a great time.

I appreciate this thread as we are going to Guy Savoy on Thursday and the jacket I brought has somehow developed a rip on a sleeve. Unwearable. so I'm going with the nicest things I have, but feared they wouldn't be nice enough for such a restaurant,

Apr 03, 2012
TMFOtter in France

Dining Solo in Portland

Nettie -- That's exactly what I'm looking for. I'm outgoing, so that would be fun, but also have had situations (mainly in New York) where a restaurant wouldn't seat me solo. I don't really understand that frame of mind.

I'm very fond of Thai, so Pok Pok sounds delightful. Honestly, I'm looking for someplace where I can see the quintessiental Portland experience.

Feb 12, 2009
TMFOtter in Pacific Northwest

Dining Solo in Portland

Thank you for the links. Sorry, I tried some searches, but I've come to realize that the web site works a heck of a lot differently than the much-less-intuitive Chow site optimized for mobile.

There are fantastic suggestions here -- I'll be sure to report back!

Feb 12, 2009
TMFOtter in Pacific Northwest

Dining Solo in Portland

I'm coming into Portland in the next few days on business, and for better or for worse will be left to fend for myself for a few meals. There are some fantastic suggestions here that sound really great, including Beast, Toro Bravo, and Clyde Common.

My question is whether there are places that folks think would recommend for people dining solo. Sometimes fine dining places feel somewhat unwelcoming to someone eating alone.

Any suggestions? Even if they're dives -- OK, especially if they're dives -- I'm interested in hearing what folks would recommend.

Thanks!

Feb 11, 2009
TMFOtter in Pacific Northwest