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TONALI in Durham, NC

You remind me that another reason I liked them so much is that they pay attention to their food sources, and the quality of the ingredients seemed very high.

The people and the restaurant have a real caring and authentic vibe.

I hope your community will support them enough to keep them in business. If not, they'd be welcome in my neighborhood.

Mar 18, 2014
lowtones in Southeast

TONALI in Durham, NC

I just wanted to let any chowhounders on the prowl in or around Durham know that Tonali is wonderful.

I ate there last Friday night. We had a truly magnificent green pozole, wonderful carnitas, and great grouper tacos. Everything was delicious.

This felt to me like authentic Mexican cooking. No Tex-Mex, no over-spiced or over-sauced slop.

If I have one complaint, it's that the margaritas were weak.There's something funny about the tequila they used. The micheladas, however, were insanely delicious.

Mar 17, 2014
lowtones in Southeast

Which of these Mexicans should I go with?

Toloache is good. Rosa Mexicano is a bit precious, but pretty good. I've had good food at Cascabel Taqueria.

May 30, 2013
lowtones in Manhattan

Lucca Restaurants

I know this is a late reply to the initial post, but I'd like to put in a good word for the Antica Drogheria in Lucca, which is a very good pizzeria in Via Elisa. It's also a nice setting in, as the name states, and old drug store.

The people are extremely friendly and helpful, the pizzas are delicious, the make nice salads as well, and their espresso is one of the nicest I've had in a week in and around Lucca.

Highly recommended, and a good value. We fed 7 people for €85 and everyone was very full and very happy.

Aug 10, 2011
lowtones in Italy

Please help me decide on my Florence meals

My family and I ate lunch today at Nerbone and it was WONDERFUL. We each had a bolito with beef, with salsa verde, and we shared a plate of the pappardelle, which was today's pasta. AMAZING! I think the total was around €30 for 6 people. There are some tables and we managed to snag seats, which was a pleasant surprise.
After lunch we wandered around the market and had perfect coffee and fantastic peaches from one of the fruit sellers. There are not really enough superlatives to describe the entire experience.
Later on we went to Perché No for gelato and sorbetto and, again, I need some new superlatives. One extra bonus for us, since a couple of us are lactose intolerant, was that they offer delicious non-dairy sorbetti in cones that contain no milk, and they are very attuned to the lactose thing as well as vegan requirements.

Via dell'Ariento, 87r, Florence, Tuscany 50123, IT

Aug 06, 2011
lowtones in Italy

Need E. Vill ramen suggestion for early dinner tomorrow - one adult, one toddler.

I second that! Ippudo is the best. The drawback is that it seems to always be crowded. But if you go early enough (say, 5 or 5:30) you should be able to get a table without a wait.

65 4th Ave, New York, NY 10003

Apr 09, 2011
lowtones in Manhattan

Great Sichuan - excellent sichuan food in murray hill (maybe better than Szechuan Gourmet?)

Lau, your earlier post was so helpful to me today when I went to Great Sichuan and thoroughly enjoyed it. The wontons in hot oil and dan dan noodles were a revelation. Thanks!

Great Sichuan
363 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10016

Jan 29, 2011
lowtones in Manhattan

Albuquerque New Mexican Recommendations?

I ended up going to Mary & Tito's and really enjoying a delicious plate of huevos rancheros with green chile. Next time I'll visit Frontier.

BTW, last night my friends and I went to Budai, which was extremely enjoyable. I was with a friend of mine whose wife is Taiwanese and owns a restaurant in CT, and they go to Taiwan every year, and he vouched for the authenticity and flavor. I particularly enjoyed the won tons in hot sesame oil, the ribs, and the beef with jalapeño.

Thanks to all of you on the Southwest board.

6300 San Mateo Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109

Dec 31, 2010
lowtones in Southwest

Albuquerque New Mexican Recommendations?

Thanks for that! I've been planning to check out Mary and Tito's for lunch, and the Frontier looks cool and fun also.
What are your favorite Vietnamese places? I get the feeling Albuquerque may have some great ones.

Dec 30, 2010
lowtones in Southwest

Albuquerque New Mexican Recommendations?

I'm interested in New Mexican cooking, and I have time enough on my upcoming visit for a dinner, a breakfast and a lunch.

Where should I go for the authentic flavor? Doesn't have to be fancy, just has to be good. I'd be particularly interested in a place that cooks with local and/or organic ingredients, but quality and authenticity are top priorities.

Thanks to everyone for your help.

Dec 28, 2010
lowtones in Southwest

Best Mexican food

I ate at Taqueria Dona Raquel in Pompano Beach today and it was something really special. We enjoyed absolutely authentic home cooking, in a nice room full of Mexican families enjoying a nice Sunday lunch.

The tacos al pastor are delicious, complete with slivered pineapple, the home made salsas are wonderful, and the entire menu looks good. I didn't notice until too late, but they have loads of fruit juices in the mexican style, as well as horchata, available as well. Highly recommended.

Taqueria Dona Raquel
793 S Dixie Hwy W, Pompano Beach, FL

Taqueria Dona Raquel
791 S Dixie Hwy W, Pompano Beach, FL 33060

Lake Charles, LA - Fantastic Crawfish!

Steamboat Bill's where all the locals go for crawfish. They're spicy and delicious, served on big platters. The boiled shrimp are very fresh and tasty also.

We also had popcorn shrimp (excellent), red beans and rice (very good), boudin balls (novel but a bit starchy) and crawfish étouffé (passable).

The boiled crawfish and shrimp, though, are well worth a trip.

1004 Lakeshore Dr.
Lake Charles, LA 70601
Phone: (337) 494-1070