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Seafood tower

I will be in Chicago this weekend, and would love to find a great seafood/shellfish tower. Does anyone know where to find one for lunch?

Nov 18, 2013
ParisKat in Chicago Area

Indy Downtown - Convention Center - Best Resto semi near

I have had some excellent meals at The Meridian. Even on Valentine's Day, which is not usually when restaurants are at their best. The food, service, and ambiance are all wonderful. You will definitely need a reservation here. It is at North Meridian and Westfield. I mention it because you have been to Oakley's, which is even further from downtown.

Two other places I would mention are Taste and Recess. Taste is open for dinner on Wednesday and Thursday, while Recess is open at least Tuesday-Saturday. Taste's menu is static, but Recess has a prix fixe menu that changes daily. Love them both.

Feb 18, 2013
ParisKat in Great Lakes

Best beouf bourgignon in Paris

Yes, the boeuf at Josephine Chez Dumonet is good, but not at all worth the pathetic service. No boeuf is worth that.

Aug 09, 2011
ParisKat in France

West Baden/French Lick

bump

Jul 18, 2011
ParisKat in Great Lakes

West Baden/French Lick

Does anyone have any suggestions for lunch and/or dinner in these two places? Any help is greatly appreciated.

Jul 13, 2011
ParisKat in Great Lakes

European Style Hot Chocolate

The best hot chocolate I've had in Chicago is at the bar at the Four Seasons. It's their Valrhona chocolate. Yum!

May 11, 2011
ParisKat in Chicago Area

Feedback on dinners, Help with lunches

I will be in Portland for three nights in June, and have made reservations at Ping and Meriwether's, and plan to go to Pok Pok on the other night. For lunches, we are not making reservations. We're interested in seafood, asian, and local food while we are in Portland, and are hoping to visit some food trucks. What are some suggestions for lunch? Also, any feedback on the dinner selections based on our interests?

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Pok Pok
3226 SE Division St, Portland, OR

Meriwether's
2601 NW Vaughn Street, Portland, OR 97210

May 11, 2011
ParisKat in Metro Portland

Any recommendations for casual, good local food in Indianapolis?

This is slightly off the food topic, but if you are looking for antique and junk shops, try Midland Antique Mall downtown. I think you'd be happy there.

May 09, 2011
ParisKat in Great Lakes

Any recommendations for casual, good local food in Indianapolis?

Here are some places that I recommend:

Working Man's Friend: Very dive-like bar that has GREAT burgers. You'll hate the neighborhood, but just take a cab. It's within 10 minutes of the Marriott.

Siam Square: Very food Thai food that's in Fountain Square. Also a cab ride away.

R Bistro: Very nice restaurant with a chef who is dedicated to local, season goods. It's on Massachusetts Avenue. Cab ride.

If you decide to head about 50 blocks north, which sounds worse than it is, check out Recess and Taste. Both have excellent menus. Recess offers a set menu each night, while Taste offers dinner only on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Two of my favorite places. Again, a cab ride away. The owners/chefs of both are very nice, and staff will help you get a cab back to your hotel.

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R Bistro
888 Massachusetts Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46204

Working Man's Friend
234 N Belmont Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46222

Siam Square
936 Virginia Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46203

May 08, 2011
ParisKat in Great Lakes

First time in Chicago from Los Angeles...

Here are some of my favorites:
Avec
The Publican
Frontera Grill
Table 52
Chop House
MK

Hope that helps.

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Avec Restaurant
615 W Randolph St Ste A, Chicago, IL 60661

Frontera Grill
445 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654

May 02, 2011
ParisKat in Chicago Area

Proposal trip (!!!)

What a great trip! I'm that it will be fantastic.

For the picnic, I am not familiar with Saturday markets in the area, but a place to procure a lovely picnic is the Grand Epicerie at the Bon Marche Department store. Everything you would need is there.

As for restaurants near the Eiffel Tower, I've been to Bon Accueil and really liked it, but it was two years ago. I've also been to Chez l'Ami Jean, which is in the area, and love the place. It's not as quiet as Bon Accueil, but the food is really good.

In advance, congratulations, and best wishes to your fiancee.

May 02, 2011
ParisKat in France

Josephine Chez Dumonet Report

I believe that we were there on the same night (last Friday). As for the table being available for the entire night, we were told upon arrival that they wanted us out of there by 9:30 for the second seating.

Apr 07, 2011
ParisKat in France

le comptoir- new system

They are taking reservations for dinner, but I overhead them say that they are fully book for the M-F dinners until September. We stayed at the adjoining hotel, and found that if you go in the mid to late afternoon, there are usually a few tables available. Same with l'Avant Comptoir, which holds all of about 12 standing people. Go mid to late afternoon.

Apr 05, 2011
ParisKat in France

Josephine Chez Dumonet Report

Good luck getting that water glass filled.

Apr 05, 2011
ParisKat in France

Josephine Chez Dumonet Report

As for standouts, Chez l'Ami Jean and Le Comptoir were the best for us. At Chez l'Ami Jean we had sauccison sec, turbot (lovely), potatoes puree, and the famous riz pudding. At Le Comptoir, I had duxelles with jambon and a yummy daube. Both places had excellent service and excellent food. We've eaten at both a number of times and this has always been our experience.

Apr 05, 2011
ParisKat in France

Josephine Chez Dumonet Report

Yes, I speak passable French and so does my husband. As for the "sit there", I was just describing what we were doing, as in not eating or drinking. I tried to make eye contact a number of times, and when we did get their attention and asked for something like a wine menu, the actual wine, etc., the waiters were quite dismissive. I eat in restaurants frequently, and have been to plenty of places in Paris, and nothing like this has ever happened.

The food was, in fact, good. I had the terrine and the boeuf bourgignon, others had herring, seabass, duck confit. While the food was good, in no way was it worth the poor service. The waiters did as close to nothing as they could. While we were in Paris, we also ate at Le Comptoir, Chez l'Ami Jean, Le Dauphin, Petit Zinc, La Rotonde, and Chez Denise. NO place was quite like JCD. We will never, ever try it again.

Apr 05, 2011
ParisKat in France

Josephine Chez Dumonet Report

I just returned from a week-long trip to Paris, where my most anticipated dinner reservation was at Josephine Chez Dumonet. I had read so many wonderful reviews about both the food and the service that I was sure that I would have a wonderful, if not at least good, experience. How wrong I was.

When we arrived, very few tables were taken. They were not overcrowded. Shortly after seating us, we were given a menu, a glass of white wine, and an amuse. OK, no problem so far. Unfortunately, after that, we sat. And we sat. And we sat. This went on for over 30 minutes. Finally, I asked if they happened to have a wine menu. Well, I got a crumpled, stained list (that was missing many of the prices), and less than five minutes later our waiter wanted to take our order. We quickly picked a wine and ordered food and two bottles (smallish, which is all he said they had) of water. When the waiter returned, he brought an opened bottle of the wrong wine. After another 15 minutes, he brought the correct one.

Finally, the meal started. We had our starters, which were all tasty. We finished the water, and were never offered any more water, or had a chance to order it. After another long wait, during which we were throughly ignored, our plats came. Again, very tasty. Unfortunately, no one would look at us. No one ever checked to see if we might like to order more wine or water. There were four of us, and we certainly would have ordered another bottle of wine and more water. I have never been ignored like I was in this restaurant. All four of us were amazed that the service was as bad as it was.

After we were finished with our plats, we just sat there. And sat there. And sat there. You get the picture: same as we did earlier in the evening. Only this time, we had no food, no water, and no wine. I had ordered the cheese for dessert at the same time that I ordered dinner, but it never came. Finally, we asked for the check. Clearly, they did not care to have us there so that we could buy more of their food and wine. As soon as I asked for the check, the waiter disappeared and returned with the cheese. I told him that in no way did I want to stay any longer for this bad service. Strangely, he seemed confused that we were unhappy about being ignored.

In all, it took us over 2 1/2 hours to have two courses, some water, and one bottle of wine among four people I've had five days to think now, and I cannot remember ever being ignored by the servers at any restaurant like I was by the ones at JCD. It wasn't like I never tried to make eye contact or didn't try to get their attention. They simple would not look at us. All this for only $300.

Apr 05, 2011
ParisKat in France

Decent restaurant open on Sunday in Paris?

It's in the 6th, not the 4th, but Fish is my go-to place for Sundays. We usually arrive on a Sunday, and are jetlagged, so we like to go there because we know we like the food, and there are lots of English speaking servers. Our French skills are not the best on our first day.

Mar 24, 2011
ParisKat in France

Any "must haves" at these restaurants?

Thank you to everyone for your suggestions! The ones at Chez Josephine sound particularly good. Besides these actual dishes, is there anything that is in season that I should watch for? Is asparagus in season yet?

Mar 21, 2011
ParisKat in France

Any "must haves" at these restaurants?

My husband and I are leaving for Paris on Sunday evening. Here are the places where we have reservations. I'm wondering if there are any "must have" dishes at any of them that I shouldn't miss. Any help is very much appreciated.

Le Beurre Noisette
L'Avant Gout
Chez Denise
Chez Josephine Dumonet
Chez l'Ami Jean
Le Comptoir

These are all dinner reservations. I'd love to think that I could put away a 2-3 course lunch as well, but I just don't see it. For the most part, we're thinking about wine bars, cafes, etc. for lunch. Of course if any of you have suggestions, I'm open. Until then, I can't wait to get to Paris!!!

Mar 20, 2011
ParisKat in France

What to Get at RL Restaurant

OK, we had dinner at RL on Friday night. Not a single thing to complain about. Both of us had the baby arugula salad with champagne vinegrette, which was very good. I had the seafood (1/2 lobster and two very large sea scallops) tagliatelle, while my friend had the RL burger. Both were very good. No problems with the service.

Mar 20, 2011
ParisKat in Chicago Area

What to Get at RL Restaurant

Thanks so much for the input. My best friend is the one choosing the restaurant, so we will not be changing reservations. Has anyone tried the pasta with lobster? It sounds good.

Mar 03, 2011
ParisKat in Chicago Area

Good Restaurant Near Sutton Place Hotel

Check out the Purple Pig. It's in the 500 block of North Michigan, so whether you want to walk or not would depend on the weather. The menu is great. Cheese, swine and wine.

Mar 03, 2011
ParisKat in Chicago Area

Paris Itinerary assistance please

Parigi, is it necessary to have a reservation for the wine tasting with tapas? Also, do you happen to know if it's available for both lunch and dinner times?

Mar 03, 2011
ParisKat in France

What to Get at RL Restaurant

I will be having dinner at RL Restaurant in a couple of weeks, and wondered if there are any "do not miss" dishes that I should try. Thanks for any suggestions!

Mar 03, 2011
ParisKat in Chicago Area

In Need of Help in the 15th

Oh Mangeur, if only his colleagues had their own suggestions. Mostly, they stand around and shuffle, and then go to the nearest not too good restaurant. I get to Paris only once every year or two, so I like to maximize my time there. Why would I want to have a so-so meal? I appreciate the suggestion of LesPapilles. I've heard good things about it.

Feb 23, 2011
ParisKat in France

In Need of Help in the 15th

The Zagat price includes one glass of wine and tip. I agree that 44E is not an unreasonable price, but my husband's colleagues are unusually frugal. To give you an example, he is in Copenhagen tonight, and rather than going to a really good Danish restaurant, he had to go to a Canadian one where he had a Cobb salad. Lost opportunity in my opinion.

Feb 23, 2011
ParisKat in France

Cafes to study in?

It is called Au Petit Suisse. I really like it for omelets, sandwiches, etc..

Feb 23, 2011
ParisKat in France

In Need of Help in the 15th

I am going to be in Paris for 7 nights at the end of March. Three of those nights will be spent in the 15th at the hotel that my husband's company requires that he stay. The other four nights are at the Relais St. Germain. We will have two dinners while we are in the 15th, so I was thinking of La Beurre Noissette and L'Os a Moelle. When I told my husband that Zagat's has the cost at 44E, he said that his European colleagues will balk at those prices. So- is Zagat's correct that both are about 44E? Also, what are some opinions about these two restaurants? Are there others that you would recommend? Any that are good, but less expensive in the 15th, or close by? I thought of L'Avant Gout as well. We've been to Les Symples de l'Os a Moelle, and his colleagues were OK with that. Any guidance is much appreciated. This is not an area of town that I am very familiar with.

Feb 23, 2011
ParisKat in France

Need Help in Pamplona

I will be in Pamplona next week for two days. I don't have much time in Spain, and want to make it really count. Where are some great places for tapas? Not really interested in Michelin type places, more interested in casual, authentic places with great food. Any help will be much appreciated. Also, any particular dishes that should not be missed?

Feb 15, 2011
ParisKat in Spain/Portugal