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DF: Gotan Restaurante and La Guapachosa

Thanks for your input. I have seen the website. Its the first place I looked. I'm curious...why do you think it isn't "a real restaurant" and doesn't have "actual food" just because they identify themselves as a gastropub? In parts of the USA and all over the UK right now some of the best and most exciting food is coming out of gastropubs. Its just a term of art and I don't think it means the focus is on the booze rather than the food. Its actually the contrary in many places I have tried.

Aug 18, 2014
andybreav in Mexico

DF: Gotan Restaurante and La Guapachosa

These two restaurants are highest rated on Tripadvisor for DF. Could not find either by searching on this board. I know Tripadvisor posters might have different criteria for judging food. Curious to see if anyone on this board has an opinion about either place. First is Argentinian steak house. Second is a gastro cantina serving traditional Mexican fare. Both are very conveniently located to fit into the rest of my plans for my upcoming trip. I wanted to see what feedback I could get on here from you trustworthy chowhounds. Thanks!

Aug 18, 2014
andybreav in Mexico

Advice on Romantic Spot for Marriage Proposal

Ok, romantic chowhounders, I need some assistance. I am planning on popping the question to my gf. Thinking about doing when I take her out for her birthday dinner next week. It is the one thing that will distract her from the fact she is getting older! Anyway, I want some feedback on places to go. We both appreciate good food--I was in the business for a long time. For this occasion, though, I think the surroundings are more important than the food. Having said that, the food must still be on par. So far, I have thought of T. Cooks, A Different Pointe of View (Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort), and Elements. I could also splurge for Kai. One wrinkle is that it will be during restaurant week. You thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks!

Sep 17, 2013
andybreav in Phoenix

Late night dining in SOMA? [San Francisco]

I am arriving in SF late next Thursday. I'm staying at the Intercontinental on Howard Street. I wont get to the hotel until 11:30-midnight. I would appreciate any recommendations for close(ish) spots that might still be serving decent food at that time. As a solo diner, somewhere with a bar would be ideal. Thanks in advance for your help.

Best Retail Charcuterie in Valley?

Any opinions on where I can buy great pate, etc? In particular, I'm looking for rillettes. Thanks?

May 17, 2013
andybreav in Phoenix

Where to Buy Great Pork Rillette

MY SO and I are having a craving for good charcuterie, more specifically Pork Rillette. Any tips on best retail outlet for this would be appreciated. Thanks!

May 02, 2013
andybreav in Phoenix

Cotogna Sunday Supper? [San Francisco]

Here is the deal . . . GF and I have only one night free during an upcoming SF trip and it is Sunday. We want great Italian for dinner. Perbacco and Barbacco are closed. Cotogna looks great but all they serve on Sunday is a prix fixe. I have no objection to prix fixe menus (and the current one on the website looks great) but I usually like to have the option of a la carte. Is the Sunday Supper a great representation of what the restaurant can do? Or should we save Cotogna for another trip (or Saturday lunch) and go to La Ciccia instead for dinner? Or, any other recommendations for great Italian on a Sunday night? Thanks in advance for any feedback you care to give!

South Bank lunch? [London]

For what it is worth, my opinion as the OP is that I have no problem with being recommended a chain. I do agree, however, that it might be good to point out that it is a chain you are recommending.

Thank you all for your willingness to help a London native who has not lived in London for over twenty years find some nice places to take his Mum and American girlfriend to lunch.

Dec 16, 2011
andybreav in U.K./Ireland

South Bank lunch? [London]

We were planning on starting at the Globe then walking along the river to Waterloo for lunch. However, the Swan looks like a good option. We could always reverse plans: start at Waterloo, walk down for a late morning visit at the Globe, then lunch at the Swan afterwards.

Dec 14, 2011
andybreav in U.K./Ireland

South Bank lunch? [London]

How is the food at Canteen itself? It might suit our purposes nicely. I saw some mixed reviews online.

Dec 14, 2011
andybreav in U.K./Ireland

South Bank lunch? [London]

Scotch egg curry? My word, that sounds intriguing!

Dec 14, 2011
andybreav in U.K./Ireland

South Bank lunch? [London]

Thanks for the tip, Limster. Unfortunately, we will be there on a Thursday.

Dec 13, 2011
andybreav in U.K./Ireland

South Bank lunch? [London]

Looking for lunch recommendations between Southwark Bridge and Waterloo Bridge, or thereabouts. Tasty, reasonably priced food in a casual environment with quick, yet efficient service. I know Masters Superfish and Anchor and Hope are not far away (and are wildly different types of places) but am hoping for a recommendation of somewhere right on the Thames. Your input is greatly appreciated! Thanks!

Dec 13, 2011
andybreav in U.K./Ireland

Availability of large breadcrumbs to make US-style stuffing

IMHO what I am looking for is different to croutons, which are more toasted or baked.

Nov 17, 2011
andybreav in U.K./Ireland

Availability of large breadcrumbs to make US-style stuffing

I will be visiting family in London for Xmas. I want to make them US-style stuffing which uses much larger breadcrumbs than what is used for the UK-style stuffing I remember from my childhood. In the US you can buy these large breadcrumbs, which are essentially dried diced chunks of bread, in bags any supermarket. Are they also commonly available in UK supermarkets? Or should I expect to make my own using old bread? Thanks in advance for any feedback!

Nov 17, 2011
andybreav in U.K./Ireland

Artisanal Cheese

Thanks for the Cheuvront reminder. I completely forgot they sell their cheese retail.

Nov 15, 2011
andybreav in Phoenix

Artisanal Cheese

Are there any specialty goods stores in the Valley that sell artisanal cheeses? I am not talking about the (generally) mass-produced "gourmet" cheese you can get at AJ's or Whole Foods. Thanks for any help you can give!

Nov 15, 2011
andybreav in Phoenix

Info Sought on Essex Country Pub with Great Food

Dear UK Chowhounders (or anyone else who can help)

I am returning to England (I grew up in Ilford--I know . . . how on earth did I develop an appreciation for good food!) to visit family in SouthEast Essex (Great Wakering). I would love to take my American wife for lunch to a cozy, traditional country pub with great food and real ale. Somewhere in the Raleigh-Maldon-Burnham on the Crouch-Southend-on-Sea quadrant would be ideal but we are happy to travel further for the right place.

Thanks in advance for any suggestions you might have!

Oct 09, 2011
andybreav in U.K./Ireland

BBQ or Southern Cuisine close to donwtown Hyatt Regency

Greetings,

I will be staying at the Hyatt Regency at 265 Peachtree Street Northest. I would love to hear any recommendations for good BBQ or southern cuisine places within walking distance or a short cab ride. Casual preferred but price not all that important.

Thanks!

Aug 01, 2011
andybreav in Atlanta

Edinburgh Dining Suggestions

Seige, How was the Missoni? I have just booked it for New Year. $500 a night is steep, but it looks great. Worth the expense? While the reviews I have found have been good, there are not that many total reviews. Your personal opinion on the quality of your room, service, general ambience, etc., would be much appreciated. Thanks!

Jul 27, 2011
andybreav in U.K./Ireland

Breakfast and Bloody's

Try Maizie's. $3 Bloody Mary's that are delicious and a decent menu.

May 09, 2011
andybreav in Phoenix

Cork(Chandler) - Likely lone in my dislike

You totally should have brought the waiter's attempts to dishonestly double his tip to the management's attention. This was no error. As a veteran of the hospitality industry it is clear to me this was a deliberate attempt to get a "double tug." Such things need to be pointed out to management to minimize the chance he will succeed with the ruse for other, less astute, diners. BTW, for what my two cents are worth, I think it is completely appropriate to discuss ambience and service here. Dining is a complete experience. Great food can be overshadowed by bad service and uncomfortable surroundings. I appreciate getting the whole low-down.

May 06, 2011
andybreav in Phoenix

Food Truck Friday

Is this a daytime only thing or are they still there in the evening?

May 06, 2011
andybreav in Phoenix

Central Phoenix

The Parlor, St. Francis, and Maizies.

Feb 15, 2011
andybreav in Phoenix

Visiting Scottsdale - Looking for must-try recommendations

FnB in Old Scottsdale. Original food, great atmosphere and service. Sit at the bar.

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FnB
7133 E Stetson Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Jan 28, 2011
andybreav in Phoenix

Becketts Table?

Looking for feedback from recent visits. The menu looks good but older posts are mixed on the place. Thanks in advance.

Jan 28, 2011
andybreav in Phoenix

Dinner at The National - just flat out not good

Dunno if they just took some time to get their act together or if I just got lucky but I ate at the National this week and everything was great

Jan 23, 2011
andybreav in Manhattan

Which French Restaurant near Scottsdale?

Zinc Bistro. I dont know for sure if they do lunch but presume so.

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Zinc Bistro
15034 N Scottsdale Rd, Ste 140, Scottsdale, AZ 85254

Jan 10, 2011
andybreav in Phoenix

One week in Phoenix...what to eat?

Hit the Rokerij. 16th Street and Maryland. A real institution. Great Southwestern fare. Great atmosphere--especially in Winter. You can order from the Richardson's menu-their other restaurant that burned down.

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Rokerij
6335 N. 16th St., Phoenix, AZ 85016

Nov 03, 2010
andybreav in Phoenix

downtown phoenix - circa1900 or fez

Maizies. RIght near Fez and way better. Or St. Francis if you want something fancier.

Nov 03, 2010
andybreav in Phoenix