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Solo Dining in Memphis

I'm looking for a place near downtown or Overton Park that would be comfortable for a female solo diner. Not picky about cuisine or price --- just looking for great food and a nice ambiance.

Jun 17, 2014
jaschultze in Kentucky & Tennessee

Weekend in Memphis

Is this place appropriate for a female solo diner during dinner?

Jun 17, 2014
jaschultze in Kentucky & Tennessee

Weekend in Memphis

My husband, son, and I are coming to Memphis this weekend and are hoping to revisit some old favorites and try some new ones. Son is considering attending college in Memphis. Gus's Fried Chicken and Central BBQ (especially the peanut butter pie) made quite a favorable impression on him last time we were here and he'd happily return to either (or both!) on this visit.

We arrive in time for lunch on Friday and I imagine we'll be keeping pretty close to downtown on Friday night (we are staying at the Peabody and going to the Grizzlies game). On Saturday we are completely free after about 3 pm. We will have a car and are open to exploring other parts of Memphis and the surrounding area. Hubby would love some vegetarian options, son is a pretty traditional eater, and no one is looking for fancy.

Given all this, what would be the 'hounds suggestions for our three meals?

Apr 07, 2014
jaschultze in Kentucky & Tennessee

Vegetarian/Healthy in Jacksonville

I've tried to do a search, but it seems like it's been a while since anyone addressed the best vegetarian/healthy options in the area. My husband is going for a conference there next week and he is always on the lookout for good vegetarian options, although he still eats chicken and fish on occasion. He won't have a car but is staying downtown near the river.

Thanks!

Sep 26, 2011
jaschultze in Florida

Vegetarian/Healthy in National Harbor

I've tried to do my research on National Harbor, but I haven't noticed any posts that address the best vegetarian/healthy options in the area. My husband is going for a conference there next week and he is always on the lookout for good vegetarian options, although he still eats chicken and fish on occasion. He won't have a car but will be heading to Old Town Alexandria for meals as often as he can.

Thanks!

Sep 26, 2011
jaschultze in Washington DC & Baltimore

Russ & Daughters Take-out for Hotel Room Breakfast?

I wish I could but it's just not practical for us. It's not the money at all -- I am travelling with a 13 yo on his first trip to NYC. The day in question we have a full itinerary, starting at around 8 a.m and ending in theater. I just can't manage squeezing in a downtown breakfast, too -- I thought I was being clever even thinking of this!

Jan 22, 2011
jaschultze in Manhattan

Russ & Daughters Take-out for Hotel Room Breakfast?

How's Times Square Hot Bagels? Looks close by and at least they'd be fresher than the R&D bagels from the night before.

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Times Square Hot Bagels
200 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036

Jan 21, 2011
jaschultze in Manhattan

Russ & Daughters Take-out for Hotel Room Breakfast?

I absolutely love smoked fish so I have been reading about Russ & Daughters with great interest. We're visiting NYC next weekend but it's not on our itinerary to be near there during a regular meal time. We will be having an early dinner right around the corner one evening, however, so I had an idea to carry out something for breakfast the next morning. We're staying in Times Square and we do have a mini-fridge.

Any ideas on how best to accomplish this? I'm worried that their bagels might go stale by morning and a sandwich might get too soggy anyway. Is there a decent bagel around 45th and 6th Ave I could pick up in the morning, or can their lox and/or whitefish salad survive a Starbucks bagel? Any suggestions appreciated!

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Russ & Daughters
179 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002

Jan 21, 2011
jaschultze in Manhattan

Need some input for moms and sons trip

How far is Otto from the Minetta Lane Theater? I am in the same boat but looking for a post-theater meal in the late afternoon.

Jan 21, 2011
jaschultze in Manhattan

"Entertaining" Dinner for a Savvy Tween

Turns out we will be in the LES at dinnertime, having finished a Tenement Museum tour at 5:15, so this option is looking better and better.

Still, I was concerned that the menu might be too sophisticated (plus there were no reservations) so I decide to call them. They couldn't have been nicer. They assured me that they have to feed kids/teens all the time, offered him a post-dinner kitchen tour, and even offered to reserve one of the walk-in tables. Right now it looks like this is what we'll be doing.

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WD-50
50 Clinton Street, New York, NY 10002

Jan 20, 2011
jaschultze in Manhattan

Pre-Theater Dinner: Bond 45, Marseile, or Dafni?

I am taking my teenage son to Broadway for the first time for two nights in a row at the end of the month and I have been doing a lot of research on the boards for good dinner options.

We already have a reservation at Bond 45 one evening, as it is a favorite of family members (despite my seeing little about it on the boards). As for the other night, I have narrowed it down to Marseille and Dafni, both of which seem to be pretty solidly recommended here. Assuming we like the cuisines equally, which gets your nod? My son has looked at all the menus and given them each a thumbs-up.

The only other alternative I'm considering is doing some sort of "old-school" thing by going to Joe Allen's post-theater, since it's my son's first time experiencing Broadway, but is it no longer "special" to do so? If we did that, we'd probably just try to grab a burger at the Theater District Shake Shack before the show.

Jan 17, 2011
jaschultze in Manhattan

"Entertaining" Dinner for a Savvy Tween

I was having trouble getting a reservation to some of your suggestions (Casa Mono, Babbo, WD-50) so I have Otto booked for the time being. It also has the benefit of being something that I know he'll like (I think *he's* more sophisticated than his palate!). In the meantime, I look forward to checking out more of your ideas. I haven't ruled out just cruising through Eataly either.

Jan 17, 2011
jaschultze in Manhattan

"Entertaining" Dinner for a Savvy Tween

Lots of suggestions for WD-50!

What kind of adventurous does he need to be with regard to the food? To me, his palate is more sophisticated than other kids (he'll eat artichokes, mussels, things like that) but most of those are "pure" flavors. I don't know if he would be comfortable ordering dishes with a complicated flavor profile. Is there any way I can give him some sort of "litmus test" to know if he'd do well there?

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WD-50
50 Clinton Street, New York, NY 10002

Jan 17, 2011
jaschultze in Manhattan

"Entertaining" Dinner for a Savvy Tween

Babbo sounds like a great suggestion -- I haven't been to a Batali restaurant yet and he'll love the scene and the loud rock music. Eating early leaves me the rest of the night, though . . .

Any other suggestions out there?

Jan 13, 2011
jaschultze in Manhattan

"Entertaining" Dinner for a Savvy Tween

I am bringing my 13 yo son to NYC for a weekend at the end of the month. We have theater tickets on Friday and Saturday nights but we don't have any plans for Thursday, which is the night we arrive. I am looking for a restaurant that can serve as our evening's entertainment, since I don't know how else to entertain someone who is too young to hang out in a bar! ;-) He's kind of a rock and roll kid who has fairly upscale tastes. By his definition, entertaining would be a great place to people-watch. I also think it could mean in a fun neighborhood in which to walk around or a lively ambiance.

His preferred cuisines are Italian, American, French bistro, and he can also do a basic Mexican. Definitely no chain/theme restaurants, and it needs to be "worth it" for a foodie like me. I have no real budget or preferred location, only that it be not in the Times Square/Theater District because we will be limited to that the following two nights (suggestions welcome here, too!). Our lunches might be set: he wants to revisit the burger joint (a favorite from a previous trip) and I plan on taking him to Ippudo, since ramen is just about his favorite thing ever.

Looking forward to hearing everyone's suggestions!

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Ippudo
65 4th Ave, New York, NY 10003

Jan 12, 2011
jaschultze in Manhattan

Dinners in Santa Monica

We went to La Cachette Bistro the first night, which was a great choice in that it was directly across from the hotel and had a nice atmosphere. I was a little underwhelmed by the bouillabaise, but perhaps my expectations were too high.
We also squeezed in a visit to Il Fornaio a couple nights later and I was very disappointed. It was mostly empty and the food was nothing special. I wished we'd have picked somewhere else, actually, but my kids were so tired it probably wouldn't have mattered.

Aug 14, 2010
jaschultze in Los Angeles Area

Santa Monica Seafood

Where should I go for a seafood dinner on Sunday night? It will be me and my two chidlren (8, 12). We are visiting from Michigan and staying at the Le Merigot - JW Marriott. The kids like things like lobster, clam chowder, lobster rolls, fried calamari, and mussels.

Any atmosphere is fine, but casual is always good with kids. (Of course, they'd also love to see celebrities, but that's certainly not a prerequisite). A friend loves the Lobster (which I know is not popular on this board) and I've also had Blue Plate Oysterette and Ocean Avenue Seafood recommended on my other post. What would you all recommend?

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Ocean Avenue Seafood
1401 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Blue Plate
1415 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90403

Jun 10, 2010
jaschultze in Los Angeles Area

Dinners in Santa Monica

That we are OK not sticking to a budget one night. The more I think about this, the more I want to go casual and walking distance -- the kids and I will have been on a plane all day! That said, I'll also want to have a glass of wine and not feel too rushed.

Jun 09, 2010
jaschultze in Los Angeles Area

Dinners in Santa Monica

What is the "they" you referring to, apple7blue?

Jun 04, 2010
jaschultze in Los Angeles Area

Dinners in Santa Monica

Unfortunately, I don't really have burger lovers in my group.

What do you think of Il Fornaio? Normally I would shy away because of the multiple locations, but maybe that's small-minded of me. . .

May 27, 2010
jaschultze in Los Angeles Area

Dinners in Santa Monica

Le Grande Orange looks best to me so far -- plenty of things the kids would recognize and like -- and the menu at I Cugini also seems fine for them, too. I forgot to mention that I will be the *only* adult, which makes menus like Catch's and La Cachette Bistro a little more ambitious (unless they have a kids menu).

Is there any love for The Lobster? That's what a friend who lives locally recommended for my "price-isn't-a-concern" night.

May 26, 2010
jaschultze in Los Angeles Area

Dinners in Santa Monica

Sorry, the Le Merigot - JW Marriott at 1740 Ocean Avenue. I didn't realize there was more than one JW.

May 26, 2010
jaschultze in Los Angeles Area

Dinners in Santa Monica

I am coming to Santa Monica next month and need one or two dinner options. Here are the details, which make for some unusual parameters.

1) Our party includes an 8 and 12 year old who are very good in restaurants as long as there's something on the menu for them to eat (not necessarily a kids menu, though).
2) Price isn't an object on one of the two nights.
3) One of the nights is Sunday.
4) We won't have a car, so we need to be able to get there easily from the JW Marriott hotel.

If those conditions are met, I'll be OK, but additionally, Id love a warm and casual environment, maybe some LA flair, and favorite cuisines are seafood and Italian. Any suggestions? Thanks!

May 26, 2010
jaschultze in Los Angeles Area

Is it Possible to "Pop in" to Mr. B's?

Somewhere on my iPhone it said that it closed at 10 p.m. but it's true that it says 9 p.m. on the website and in any event, I didn't check it before we set out. We had reservations everywhere else and had no problems. This was certainly a last-minute decision and we were definitely prepared to wait -- just not to find a "closed" restaurant on a Friday night.

Feb 27, 2010
jaschultze in New Orleans

Is it Possible to "Pop in" to Mr. B's?

So disappointed!!

It turns out that hubby and I found a night to go to Mr. B's (after all the kids pooped out and just wanted to stay in), so we set off on Friday night and arrived just around 9:20 p.m.The hostess wouldn't seat us, telling us the place was closed (despite still being 2/3 full). Seriously? I would *never* have imagined a place like that would close at 9 pm on a weekend! So, after the disappointment, nothing sounded even remotely as good and we ended up at Domenica, which was fine but not at all what I wanted.

I guess the BBQ shrimp have to wait until another trip -- if I can get over the grudge I am holding toward Mr. B's!

Feb 24, 2010
jaschultze in New Orleans

Is it Possible to "Pop in" to Mr. B's?

I am convinced I will love this dish -- the problem is, do I make everyone go with me so I can experience it?
Here are the options (or opportunities, depending on your perspective ;-)):
1) We could go there for dinner Friday night, before or after a ghost tour. Our other ideas were Irene's, Pascal Manale, or something like Mandina's if we don't stay in the Quarter.
2) We could go for Saturday lunch -- we are hoping to do a swamp tour but we have no meals planned or other plans until our evening at the Tulane game and Jacques-Imo.
3) I can try to squeeze in a visit to the bar while the kids have a Coke -- but then also risk not being able to fit it in.
What do you recommend? I'm also wondering if the atmosphere is casual enough and what you'd recommend the non-BBQ shrimp eaters eat.

Feb 15, 2010
jaschultze in New Orleans

Is it Possible to "Pop in" to Mr. B's?

WIth your help in my previous posts, I have a pretty good idea of where we will be dining on our three-day trip to New Orleans next week. The problem is, that from everything I've read, I can't miss the BBQ shrimp here (nor do I want to!) but I don't have a meal to devote to Mr. B's.

Is it possible to squeeze this in as an extra, mini-meal? How would one go about doing this? I've seen references to going in and sitting at the bar, but I am wondering what I'd do with my kids -- can they sit there, too, and order a drink or a snack of their own? Is there a time of day this would work better than others? Or am I just going to have to miss this one?

(I also wouldn't mind popping into an oyster bar like Acme or Felix's for a dozen either, so feel free to give advice there, too.)

Thanks!

Feb 08, 2010
jaschultze in New Orleans

Sweet Tooth Tour

I'm not an expert on NOLA fare -- in fact I am a visitor -- but the coconut creme pie we had last time at Herbsaint was the best I ever had.

Feb 06, 2010
jaschultze in New Orleans

Luke ... or Something Else?

I have been planning a late February trip with my husband and three boys, aged 8, 11, and 13. The kids are good travellers and diners but are not always adventurous eaters (one has said he wants to try gumbo, another has said he is willing to try fried oysters, but really, you just never know).I had made a reservation at Luke the first evening but in a recent thread I saw two disappointing reviews for it and am wondering if I should choose somewhere else to go.

In its favor are that it's a John Besh restaurant, it's casual, there are plenty of plainer things on the menu (burger, croque monsieur), and there is a focus on craft beer, which my husband loves. On the "con" side are the negative reviews, plus the fact that there so many great places to dine in New Orleans.

As a reference point, here are the other spots we are likely hitting on this trip: Drago's, Cafe du Monde, Camellia Grill, Stanley, Jacques Imo, Casamento or Boucherie (choice for the same lunch slot), and we have one other dinner to be determined (Irene's? Ye Olde College Inn?).

So, do I keep it or change it -- and for what??

Feb 01, 2010
jaschultze in New Orleans

Starting My Research for Family-Oriented Trip to NOLA

Just wanted to update all you helpful Chowhounds, since things are changing, even as we speak. I've done some more research and talked to the concierge at the hotel and here is how everything looks right now:

Wed - Drago's (in Metairie) on the way in from the airport.
Thursday - Cafe du Monde, Stanley, Luke
Friday - Camellia Grill, Casamento's, ??
Saturday - day's plans undecided, Jacques Imo post- game

For our Friday dinner, the following was recommended with our kids: Boucherie, Irene's Cuisine (if we are doing the ghost tour in tthe FQ), or something like Ye Olde College Inn or Joey K's. (I haven't thought about where we'd go if we go alone because we probably won't, but to the poster who suggested Lilette -- I went last year at lunch and loved it.) I am also hoping to pop into Felix's (it's near our hotel) sometime during the trip.

Keep the suggestions coming!

Jan 28, 2010
jaschultze in New Orleans