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Brisket- 1st & 2nd cut- marbled. Where to get?

The Brisket from Glicks was fantastic... no joke. Seriously great. I actually saw a whole cryovak brisket at Josephs, but had already purchased mine.

Apr 15, 2014
LETTUCEINLOVE in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Brisket- 1st & 2nd cut- marbled. Where to get?

Purchased 1st and 2nd cut at Glicks. I went in there thinking the place would be not the best. Very impressed. Clean, easy to navigate and every (kosher) cut imaginable. Every person working there was sooo nice and helpful. I'll let you know how the meat tasted next week. Just so you know, I spent $250 meat and other things. I guess their stuff was appealing to me....

Apr 10, 2014
LETTUCEINLOVE in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

taverna kyma or estia?

Which seafood, greek place do you think is better? Taverna Kyma or Estia? Thx.

Apr 10, 2014
LETTUCEINLOVE in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Brisket- 1st & 2nd cut- marbled. Where to get?

Yikes all over the grocery store! Grocery bills are up 15% or more from last year. I've found that item for item here, things are almost $1 more+. Seriously. That adds up at the checkout line, big time! Back to the brisket- I'm going to try Glicks. Not that I need it to be kosher, but Kosher butchers have a handle on the deckle... :) I'll report back

Apr 10, 2014
LETTUCEINLOVE in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Brisket- 1st & 2nd cut- marbled. Where to get?

I've purchased meat at Costco, and even though people swear by it, I thought the meat was not great. Not horrible, just not great. Thank you for the rec of Western Beef. We had one in NY that I've been to. I'll give it a whirl. As far as full fat yogurt- try Whole Foods or other similar markets. They sell it. If you can't get the Greek style, just buy regular full fat and allow the yogurt to drain overnight through cheesecloth, a sieve or even a coffee filter set over a bowl. You will achieve thick, creamy yogurt (plus the added benefit of probiotics).

Apr 09, 2014
LETTUCEINLOVE in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Brisket- 1st & 2nd cut- marbled. Where to get?

So, this board had been extremely helpful, and now I need another rec. I'd like to purchase a 1st and 2nd cut brisket- on the fattier side. I've spoken to butchers at Fresh Market, Publix, Whole Foods. No Go! Do I have no choice but to go to Meating Place (overpriced) or Costco (not the biggest fan)? Are those my only options? Thanks, neighbors.

Apr 09, 2014
LETTUCEINLOVE in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Food Franchises That Don't Suck

Every Chipotle I've ever been to (at least 5 separate ones) allow me to ask for extra meat.

Apr 08, 2014
LETTUCEINLOVE in Chains

Need for-real Top spots in Boca Raton/Delray-

Mi Casita was delicious. True. 7-11 parking lot is very unappealing, but the restaurant itself was clean and fine, once inside. The owner/help were all extremely nice and helpful. We went at 130 on a Tues. afternoon. While there, at least 10 other people came in either to eat or take out, so the food moves and is fresh. $22 with tip for 3 regular soft drinks, 2 taco's (one Posado- seasoned pork with onion and one seasoned chicken; both with everything on them) and a lunch special ($6.99) with a chix chimichanga which included rice and beans. Loved everything. Definitely will go back. Plus they are open til 12:30 a.m.

Apr 08, 2014
LETTUCEINLOVE in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Need for-real Top spots in Boca Raton/Delray-

Is Mi Casa the one next to 7-11? Is the name Mi Casita?

Apr 06, 2014
LETTUCEINLOVE in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Need for-real Top spots in Boca Raton/Delray-

Ahhhh. I've been outed. :)

Apr 02, 2014
LETTUCEINLOVE in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Food Franchises That Don't Suck

Yes. 100% positive. I didn't see it on the menu, but I asked for it since I saw a promo on youtube for it. It came with 3 as a separate dish (not included in their sides), something like $2.40. Not greasy, but was devoid of any flavor, not even salt. Waste of calories- the whole meal. Sauces were tasty, but I don't need to buy food just for the sauces.

Mar 30, 2014
LETTUCEINLOVE in Chains

Food Franchises That Don't Suck

i was there yesterday. yes they do: http://pollotropical.com/menu-group/p...

Mar 30, 2014
LETTUCEINLOVE in Chains

Need for-real Top spots in Boca Raton/Delray-

Gotta say, The Boys was very good. If you smile through the whole process, you can find some pretty good stuff there. Working in the grocery world, I would have to say they would probably make a boatload more money if they either expanded or organized better.

I've now been to Fresh Market over 10 times, and it's pretty good. Maybe I've gotten accustomed to the high prices, but I've been able to navigate the store and get some delicious things, such as the sweet italian sausage. My local Publix isn't the best, but I get stuff there anyway. I purchased ground chuck for hamburgers and they were delicious. Being someone who's happy place is the grocery store, I would say they have some room for improvement. It's not a fun/pleasant environment to shop at, yet, I still go and will continue to do so.
Pop's wasn't great for me, just ok (they did a hack job on tuna) and I think it's called Old Dixie Fish in Delray was also just ok, even though 2 friends said it was out of bounds fantastic. The shrimp and clams I purchased were both tasty. I thought it was seriously weird that the fish was all sliced and pre-wrapped in plastic and the store had ZERO fish aroma (I'm used to fish on ice cut to order)
Thanks again for all the rec's. I'll continue to try and report back.

Mar 29, 2014
LETTUCEINLOVE in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Below-the-Radar Local and Small Regional Chains That Are Worth Knowing About

Good condiments, tasteless food.

Mar 29, 2014
LETTUCEINLOVE in Chains

Food Franchises That Don't Suck

I had a bad experience. Soggy wings and tasteless tostones. Waste of money.

Mar 29, 2014
LETTUCEINLOVE in Chains

Boca area Steakhouses: Chops/Cut432/Abe & Louie's/New York Prime?

Thanks for the input- made a reservation at NY Prime for mid April. Will report back.

Mar 29, 2014
LETTUCEINLOVE in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Boca area Steakhouses: Chops/Cut432/Abe & Louie's/New York Prime?

If you had to rate them- which would you choose for overall experience? Food is the most important. I'm a Palm kinda girl (NY) actually over the delicious Peter Luger's- 'cause I love prime rib and my husband loves filet. I did not care for Capital Grille at all (although many people love it, I know)
Thank you in advance!
Chops
Cut 432
Abe and Louie's
New York Prime

Mar 28, 2014
LETTUCEINLOVE in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Need for-real Top spots in Boca Raton/Delray-

I heard this place rocks. I'll make a trip along with Pops... the other person said that Pops sometimes "goes fishing" so I should call beforehand though. Thanks for the tip. See you there!

Mar 25, 2014
LETTUCEINLOVE in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Need for-real Top spots in Boca Raton/Delray-

CF- seriously. You are my kinda person (not sure if you are man or woman) Thank you so much for all the awesome hookups. I'm sure I'll be back for more rec's. And since I'm on the hunt for all this, I look forward to sharing my finds with you too!

Mar 25, 2014
LETTUCEINLOVE in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Need for-real Top spots in Boca Raton/Delray-

Already refilled the prescription! There was a place on Long Island, John's Farm with the same thing, both in the parking lot and store. You gotta just bite the bullet and smile through the whole thing.

Mar 25, 2014
LETTUCEINLOVE in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Need for-real Top spots in Boca Raton/Delray-

Thanks. Saw that Trader Joe's is also coming to Boca, or is that the Boca location? I'm still really bad with directions and stuff here. A Fairway Market would kick butt here.

Mar 24, 2014
LETTUCEINLOVE in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Need for-real Top spots in Boca Raton/Delray-

Thanks! I will definitely try where you recommended. I will also definitely go to another Publix. There's one a bit further from me that looks way bigger and they seem to carry a bunch of stuff from Greenwise. As far as the Whole Foods goes, its the parking lot that really freaks me out and the massive crowds inside. :) btw, do you belong to a Personal Chef Association here? Ive thought about joining USPCA. Any thoughts?

Mar 24, 2014
LETTUCEINLOVE in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Need for-real Top spots in Boca Raton/Delray-

Thanks. Ill try this and report back. I really appreciate all the good recs

Mar 24, 2014
LETTUCEINLOVE in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Need for-real Top spots in Boca Raton/Delray-

Now you are being rude. I'm not royalty or spoiled or snobby. If you read the thread, you would have seen that i apologized if i came off that way. Im just looking for good inside info from people in the know. Chowhound has been a great resource of mine since it started. So, thank you for the recommendations. Btw. Im not from Ct.

Mar 24, 2014
LETTUCEINLOVE in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Need for-real Top spots in Boca Raton/Delray-

Thanks for all the info! I see you visit and take a real interest in the food scene around here. I really appreciate your input. May I ask you a bit more? I am a Personal Chef and am looking to find great resources that I can build a relationship with. I know about the Meating Room (i think thats the name) which looks great- but what about other places to get meat, say a brisket with the 1st AND second cut? Or fish? Do you shop at an independent Mom and Pop? I also love to shop at ethnic stores (latino, asian, indian). I saw that there is a place on Linten and Congress- but also read that it had a foul aroma... You seem extremely knowledgeable. Is it worthy of a visit?

Mar 24, 2014
LETTUCEINLOVE in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Need for-real Top spots in Boca Raton/Delray-

Thanks CFBryrne. I'm so happy to live here, and totally didn't mean to offend- but I was looking forward to Florida having super fresh produce and I've just found the stores I've shopped at to be just o.k. (and so expensive). I know I must be missing something. There is too much sunshine to not have more local stuff.
In the Berkshires, there are very few markets- mostly farms. Guido's is good.
Thanks for the restaurant rec's. I'll check out Erica.
Spadini's is from my hometown. Tom does a good job making a pizza.

Mar 23, 2014
LETTUCEINLOVE in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Need for-real Top spots in Boca Raton/Delray-

I am looking for top spots in Boca Raton/Delray area. Not usually fan of chain places... hence, Capital Grille, Houstons, etc. Specifically, Steakhouse, Italian, Greek, Mexican and Pub. I really need a great Italian deli, bagel place, and most of all Grocery store. Totally NOT impressed with Publix, Greenwise, Wholefoods or Fresh Market. What's going on in Florida? Don't people have standards?
What we've been to so far (but could use a good chowhound list):
Table 42. Good lite Italian, such as pizza or panini
Trattoria Romano: loud, but good
Capital Grille: stunk, bad shrimp
Trulucks: overpriced, ok
Dubliner: wouldn't go back
Abe and Louie's: thought it was good, but was with people who were ragging on the whole meal and ruined it for me
Flakowitz: Stick with the bagels and eggs
Einstein bagels: you've got to be kidding me! they should be be condemned for horrible food
13 Table American: outstanding. really.
Burt and Max's: fresh and good.
Farmer's Table: I like this kind of food, not for everyone. Vegannaise is a gross ingredient they use however.
Yakitori Sake House: Enjoyable and fresh tasting
Souvlaki Fresh: fast, cheap and good
Spedini Pizza: Long Island/New York worthy
Cotes de France: delicious croissants

I'm not a food snob, just a food lover. I love cheap, I love fancy, I love good. I keep it real.

Mar 23, 2014
LETTUCEINLOVE in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

req: manna dew, millerton

Manna Dew is above and away in a much better class than The Boathouse. Been to both, each distinctly different with its own good looks as far as decor, but the Boathouse is a restaurant that on a good day is "good" and on another day is just bad. I'd say, if you want a cocktail and a small, nothing special bite at the bar- go. Manna Dew on the other hand, does not serve alcohol, just beer and wine, and yes, while their portions are rather large, the food is carefully and thoughtfully prepared and truly delicious. It is not inexpensive, nor is the Boathouse, but it is worth the money. If you eat anything more than an appetizer at the Boathouse, you might feel taken.

Oct 03, 2013
LETTUCEINLOVE in New York State (exc. NYC)

The Meat Market, Great Barrington

I KNOW The Meat Market gets good press. I like their philosophy.

The people who work their are great. No pretentiousness.

I think its bad. I had their roast beef sandwich. It comes on rye bread (delicious), with horseradish mayo (it was ok, not great) cheddar from VT (very flavorful), and about 1/4 lb. freshly made, chilled rare roast beef (I could not bite through it it was so tough and it lacked any salt).

The beef was very thinly sliced, so I could not figure out what was the problem. the sandwich fell apart. it was a disaster and even deconstructed it was not delicious. I was VERY disappointed. And while its amazing to see them butcher their meats in front of you, the pieces in the case looked dry and shriveled. I say this because it is my business to know ( I am in the food business) I just don't get the hype!!

Aug 09, 2013
LETTUCEINLOVE in Southern New England

Dumplings, like freshly made in Southern NE

Thank you so much for this recommendation!
The dumplings were delicious, fresh, homemade. The menu is all about dumplings and noodles, with a couple of salads tossed in. We had the horseradish cucumber salad, which was very refreshing- almost tasted like my Jewish grandma's if a little dill were to be added. We also had shrimp and chive and pork and cabbage, both pan fried. Both were not greasy, loaded with flavor. Dipping sauce is on the table. A sweet sauce (our favorite), "dumpling sauce" which was a tasteless ginger-orange thing, hot chili oil and soy sauce. We would have liked a more traditional vinegar based sauce. 3 dishes total cost $40 (a little pricey). Will definitely go back.

May 24, 2013
LETTUCEINLOVE in Southern New England