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Odds of getting a seat at the bar at Osteria Mozza on Valentine's Day?

Thanks for the suggestions, everyone. It crossed my mind that they might not have the prix fixe on the 14th, so I will call them to check. 5:30 is normally way too early for dinner in my opinion, but given that the movie is at 7:30 we have no choice (unless we go after the movie).

Thanks again.

Feb 08, 2012
cthoops in Los Angeles Area

Odds of getting a seat at the bar at Osteria Mozza on Valentine's Day?

Mr. cthoops and I are heading out to L.A. for 10 days for our annual escape from winter (which hasn't been bad this year at all, but I digress).

We don't usually go out for Valentine's Day (too crowded, often a limited menu) but I couldn't pass up seeing Breakfast at Tiffany's at 7:30 at the Egyptian on that evening. That means we need to figure out where to eat. The three course prix fixe at the bar at Osteria Mozza looks intriguing, but is there any chance we would actually get a seat at the bar if we were there at 5:30 when it opened? I know 5:30 is early, but it is February 14th. Thoughts?

Any other suggestions for dinner in the area (before or after the show) are also welcome.

Thanks!

Feb 07, 2012
cthoops in Los Angeles Area

Jake's Wayback Burgers, arriving in W. Hartford, CT

It's going to be a "BGR The Burger Joint", not "Burgerfi". www.bgrtheburgerjoint.com

Sep 05, 2011
cthoops in Southern New England

CSA Western MA/Hartford

We live in West Hartford and participated in Holcomb Farm's CSA last year, and have renewed for this season. Holcomb had a lot of variety plus pick-your-own. They offered pick-ups on 3 days of the week (PYO was any time) but we participated in a carpool so we only had to drive to the farm 3 times.

There may be a few openings left. Otherwise you can put your name on the wait list. Good luck.

Feb 01, 2011
cthoops in Southern New England

Fleming's Steak House

Back to the OP's question . . .

I went to Fleming's in WH Center in late July. The food was excellent and the service was good, with a few minor missteps. Normally when I'm paying as much as I did, the glitches would have really bothered me, but I chalked them up to the fact that it had only been open for a month. If they were to happen again now that it's been six months, however . . .

The only reason I haven't yet returned is because for that price it truly becomes more of a "special occasion" meal for us (the check was higher than a comparable meal at Max's Oyster Bar), and I don't generally gravitate towards steak for a meal out, but I'm sure we'll be back at some point.

Cheese Course Question

Hello,

Mr. cthoops and I are headed to Paris for the first time at the end of September. We love cheese (all kinds) and have happily noticed that many restaurants have a "cheese course" that comes out after the main course. I've read many accounts of people helping themselves to a variety of cheeses, but I was just wondering how the cost is calculated? Is it based on how many you take, a flat fee, or just included in the prix fixe? I'm trying to avoid an unpleasant surprise when the check is presented!

Thanks.

Aug 28, 2007
cthoops in France

Cheese course question

Mr. cthoops and I are headed to Paris for the first time at the end of September. We love cheese (all kinds) and have happily noticed that many restaurants have a "cheese course" that comes out after the main course. I've read many accounts of people helping themselves to a variety of cheeses, but I was just wondering how the cost is calculated? Is it based on how many you take, a flat fee, or just included in the prix fixe? I'm trying to avoid an unpleasant surprise when the check is presented!

Thanks.

Aug 27, 2007
cthoops in General Topics

Hartford: West Wings on Prospect?

Thanks for the info on Sliders, Veronaraven. I don't think I'll ever find something similar to Country Sweet around here, but I'd love to find a decent "regular" wing. Sigh. I miss Duffs!

Hartford: West Wings on Prospect?

Veronaraven,

Where is Sliders? Mr. cthoops is from Rochester, and I spent 5 years up there living with him, so we definitely miss good wings! We also generally just make them ourselves. I loved Duffs, and Country Sweet (although a completely different type of wing) ran a close second.

Hartford: West Wings on Prospect?

Mr. cthoops and I just got back from there a few hours ago. Not good. His beer was warm, the neck on my bottled drink tasted like it had been opened bare handed by someone handling change (I ended up pouring it in a glass.) The wings were just o.k., but we are wings aficionados so we weren't surprised. My fried clams were extremely overcooked, and the french fries weren't good. For the first time ever we decided to just pay our bill and go someplace else. A waste of food perhaps, but we figured we're adults so we don't have to eat bad food if we don't want to. It just wasn't worth the calories.

Bottom line, we won't be returning unless they REALLY turn it around.

New Haven restaurant recs for Saturday night.

I'm supposed to pick a place to have dinner tomorrow night with a friend visiting from D.C. The problem is, we're going to meet in New Haven, and I've NEVER been there for dinner, so I'm at a loss. We would like to go somewhere with both good food and a good atmosphere - similar to what you would find in West Hartford Center. Any suggestions?

Search - No sorting by date?

O.k. I'm definitely not crazy about the new format, but I could probably live with it if I could figure out how to sort by date after I've searched on the boards for something. I don't want to wade through reviews that are several years old. Perhaps I'm missing something? If not, this is absolutely a glitch that needs to be fixed!

Jan 23, 2007
cthoops in Site Talk

Mexican Food Hell.

I'm originally from Southern California and spent the majority of my childhood living in a small desert town about 15 miles from Mexico. I think I've hit most of the Mexican places in the greater Hartford area, and I would say the top two are Monte Alban on Farmington Avenue and Ay Chihuahua on Franklin Avenue, both in Hartford. They both serve real Mexican food - people who think "real" means enchiladas or burritos smothered with cheese and sauce will be disappointed.

Give them a try - you'll be surprised.

Will drive for Mexican Food (Ithaca)

I second the suggestion for El Rincon. I'm originally from Southern California (spent the bulk of my youth living approx. 15 miles from the Mexico border), and El Rincon was the best mexican food I've had on the east coast.

If I recall correctly, the first El Rincon was in Sodus and was open seasonally. The owner is from Mexico and started the restaurant as a place where the migrant workers could have some "real" food. As the word spread it eventually evolved to a year-round restaurant, with a second one in Canandaigua. I ate several times at the Sodus location only, and have since moved out of the state, but I go back to eat there whenever I'm in the area.

In Rome, NY for a bit...Anything a Manhattanite might deem "passable"?

Take a drive to Canajoharie and eat at Church & Main. My husband and I stumbled on it last summer when we were on a bike tour, and it was amazing. Only fresh, in-season ingredients, sophisticated food and atmosphere. Definitely worth the drive.