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One (and only one) breakfast in downtown Denver

Thanks for the pointers -- much to my regret, I went to Syrup, which was a dismal experience. Weak coffee, cold eggs, stiff pancakes. Oh well.

Sep 20, 2014
tanno in Mountain States

One (and only one) breakfast in downtown Denver

I'll be in Denver for about 24 hours, starting tomorrow morning. Might have time for a late dinner on Thursday, will definitely be able to have breakfast on Friday.

I'm staying at the Hilton Homewood Suites on 15th near Welton. I'd be delighted with pancakes, huevos rancheros, pretty much any kind of breakfast food. Where should I go? And I'd be happy to have a late-night suggestion or two for Thursday. Thanks!

Sep 17, 2014
tanno in Mountain States

New posts not posting

I've tried multiple times from two different computers, but when I post a new thread to the Mountain States board, I get a pop-up window that says:

Sorry, we can't find the page.

I've never had this problem here. Can anyone offer guidance? Thanks.

Sep 17, 2014
tanno in Site Talk

New job at 48th and Madison

I have now!

(Thanks for the pointer.)

Aug 11, 2014
tanno in Manhattan

New job at 48th and Madison

This week, I'm starting a new job in a building at 48th and Madison. It's not a neighborhood I know very well at all. Where should I go other than "the downstairs salad place," which seems to be very popular among my new colleagues?

Thanks in advance.

Aug 11, 2014
tanno in Manhattan

36 Hours in Savannah... starting tonight

I'm making my first trip to Savannah, arriving late-ish tonight and leaving on Sunday morning.

I have a work lunch on Saturday at Old Pink House, but otherwise, my time is open. Specifics: I'll be eating alone, I'm staying at the Marshall House and don't have a rental car but am fine with taking a cab or walking, and I don't want to eat Italian or French, or, really, anything I can get at home in NYC. I want to eat Southern.

I'm happy at low-end dives and just as happy at shmancy-ish spots where I can test the upper limit of my not-generous expense account. I'm fine having dinner at the bar of a restaurant. And I'm especially partial to shrimp and grits and biscuits.

What would you recommend for a late dinner on Friday, an early dinner on Saturday, breakfast on Saturday, and an early breakfast on Sunday, pre-airport?

Thanks for your guidance!

Oct 25, 2013
tanno in Southeast

Alison Eighteen: the story behind the worst dinner I've had in ages

Yes, I agree with everyone who says she's trying to do the right thing. But I don't agree with "What have you got to lose?" -- in part because if we return, we have to hire a babysitter.

Also, here's an analogy: If you go on a date with someone whom you realize is not the right person for you, why would you go out with that person a second time? You've got nothing to lose! But if you're sure a second date would only tell you, again, what you felt you knew the first time, it's fruitless.

I'm grateful for the feedback. Still thinking this over, but we're leaning towards No thank you.

Mar 02, 2013
tanno in Manhattan

Alison Eighteen: the story behind the worst dinner I've had in ages

My wife and I are both good eaters but bad cooks, so we go out a lot. Last week, we had dinner at Alison Eighteen -- I'd never eaten at any of the well-known "Alison" restaurants before, but now that she was in our neighborhood, it was convenient to try.

Putting aside the room and the service, it was one of the worst meals I can remember eating. The language for bad food is much less rich than for good food, so I'm at a loss to explain why it was bad, without lapsing into tautologies. One example: I ordered a salad of spinach and beets, and was delivered a plate of cold-as-though-right-from-the-fridge, flavorless beets, and and a salad that tasted of nothing but the shallots.

My wife, who is a champion plate-cleaner, declared her steak to be fatty and tasteless (a weird combination) and quickly gave up on it, as I did my bland pork entree, which tasted like something even I could've cooked at home in a skillet in about 10 minutes.

There was nothing about the meal we enjoyed, not even their selection of wines by the glass. None of the servers took notice of the fact that we were leaving our courses largely uneaten, and at a certain point, I just wanted to pay the $200 tab, go home, and have a snack.

When we got our coats, the hostess asked, "How was your dinner?" "Awful," I said. She smiled -- I'm pretty sure she thought I was joking. "No, seriously, it was awful." She asked what was wrong, and after we began to tell her, she brought over the manager, who wanted to hear about it. Then the manager brought over Alison.

Everyone else in the restaurant seemed to be enjoying themselves, Alison pointed out to us. She could have brought out a three-star plaque from Michelin and I wouldn't have really cared -- I knew what I'd just eaten. I hadn't expected or anticipated that our critique would escalate to the restaurant's namesake, and pretty soon, my wife and I both began to feel uncomfortable. Alison was as apologetic as she was defensive, and made it clear that she wanted to make things right by having us back another night as her guest.

Given how bad the meal was -- or rather, given how little we enjoyed the meal, since taste is (literally) subjective -- I'm not sure we'd want to go back, even for free. There are plenty of good eaters who go to "good" restaurants and don't like it; not every restaurant is for every palate. So if you've eaten at Alison Eighteen, or any of Alison's other restaurants, I'm curious to know whether you enjoyed the meal. Maybe it was a bad night; maybe we ordered the wrong dishes; maybe we have the wrong tongues for their menu and it's just not a shidduch, as my grandmother used to say.

Mar 01, 2013
tanno in Manhattan

Antigua, GT: Bistro Cinq

Thanks!

Litchfield County

@MagnumWino, are you still a La Cupola advocate? We've spent much of the summer in Litchfield County and haven't found much to get excited about, except for breakfasts at Patty's, and takeout from The Pantry, Bantam Bread, and The Dutch Epicure. (One dinner at Community Table was very good, a second was precious beyond belief.) Any specific menu suggestions if we go to La Cupola?

Aug 27, 2012
tanno in Southern New England

Suggestions near Mt. Sinai Hospital

Thanks, is this the place you mean?

http://nymag.com/listings/restaurant/...

Jan 25, 2012
tanno in Manhattan

Suggestions near Mt. Sinai Hospital

My wife is in a very slow labor at Mt. Sinai Hospital, and I can't keep eating all my meals at the East Harlem location of Moustache.

If you have a good CH suggestion in the area of Madison and 100, please let me know. I'm sure there are some treasures nearby.

Jan 25, 2012
tanno in Manhattan

Pre-concert Indian w/the family plus a little baggage

The food at Bhojan is very good, but delivery is unreliable and their management is rude. I placed an order an hour and a half ago -- the food still isn't here. I phoned twice, and would have settled for an apology or some other attempt to make it right. Instead, I was treated abruptly and rudely. As a New Yorker, I'm not unfamiliar with rudeness. But rude and inept is a combination I can't accept.

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Bhojan
102 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016

Oct 30, 2011
tanno in Manhattan

Best spot for a festive weekday breakfast in Soho?

Later tonight, after my wedding, I'll be spending the night at a hotel in Soho, around Spring and Varick. I live in Chelsea and don't spend much time in Soho -- but I'd be grateful to hear any suggestions for a relaxing spot to go on Monday morning (which is a holiday), when we both wake up exhausted and hungry. Thanks!

Oct 09, 2011
tanno in Manhattan

lunch in Hudson?

It was a spontaneous decision that won't happen again in this lifetime.

We had guests with two babies last night, so Red Dot was a simple solution. In addition to the food, there's always an inadvertent floor show from the grumpy waitress with the double top-knots.

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Red Dot Bar & Restaurant
321 Warren St, Hudson, NY 12534

lunch in Hudson?

I have only myself to blame. Last night, after growing tired of eating at the same three places every weekend, we ate at American Glory BBQ on Warren St. The only decent thing on the menu was the pint of IPA. The brisket was mostly gristle and salt. The turkey leg was mammoth and flavorless. The green beans were damp, and we couldn't get out of there fast enough. Oh okay, one other good thing about American Glory: It's not far from Lick ice cream.

lunch in Hudson?

Hi rrems -- I'll be spending summer weekends in Hudson, and wonder if you have any update to your helpful list above. Additions / deletions / modifications?

Need a quick suggestion in the Union Sq area

This is the 7th night of our SF trip, and to be blunt, we are stuffed like turkeys. We've been eating way more than we're accustomed to, three times a day, all over the city, from A (A 16) to Z (Zuni), and although we were looking forward to tonight's reservation at Prospect, we're just too full for another substantial meal.

However, we don't want to eat hotel food. We'd be happy to know a good, reliable restaurant near our Union Sq hotel, where they might have a reservation for two on short notice. The type of food doesn't matter -- the only guideline is, not something heavy.

We arrived hungry, SF, and will be leaving quite full. Bravo.

Jun 09, 2011
tanno in San Francisco Bay Area

Good Chinese lunch spot in the Sunset?

Likely taking some friends to Old Mandarin Islamic tomorrow for a second meal. Civil Bear, what are some of your favorite dishes? I don't want to duplicate what I've already eaten there.

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Old Mandarin Islamic Restaurant
3132 Vicente St, San Francisco, CA 94116

Jun 08, 2011
tanno in San Francisco Bay Area

Good Chinese lunch spot in the Sunset?

You should be encouraged by the knowledge that it didn't kill me.

Jun 07, 2011
tanno in San Francisco Bay Area

Good Chinese lunch spot in the Sunset?

Insanely good lunch today at Old Mandarin Islamic. I ordered the cumin lamb, which was not as dried as what I've usually had -- instead of an almost jerky quality, it was tender and oily, mixed with water chestnuts for some crunch. I also had the extremely hot peppers, which the waitress warned me against. It's very (if not extremely) hot, less so if you avoid the red peppers, which are diced large enough that you can eat around them. Finished all the lamb and about half of the peppers, which were robust and addictive. The orange quarters were a nice calming touch at the end, and I skipped the fortune cookies, which are said on CH to be the world's worst.

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Old Mandarin Islamic Restaurant
3132 Vicente St, San Francisco, CA 94116

Jun 06, 2011
tanno in San Francisco Bay Area

Good Chinese lunch spot in the Sunset?

Thanks for all these suggestions. I'm sure we will be well-lunched.

shanghaikid, I've lived in NYC for 25 years, traveled to Beijing and Hong Kong, but I don't know if I've had Hakka or Shan Dong cuisine. What are their hallmarks?

Jun 06, 2011
tanno in San Francisco Bay Area

Good Chinese lunch spot in the Sunset?

On the second day of our one-week stay in SF, my girlfriend and I realized we left a gap in our dining itinerary. We've reserved for most of our meals (Friday dinner: Canteen; Saturday brunch: Canteen; okay, so we're a bit lacking in imagination), but on Sunday and Monday afternoons, we'll be emptying out her parents' home in the Sunset, and don't know where to go for lunch.

We'd be happy to hear some suggestions, especially if you know a great Chinese spot in the area. The home is 18th and Noriega, so anything close-ish to that would be a help.

Many thanks,

Jun 04, 2011
tanno in San Francisco Bay Area

What's open **early** Sat morning in Chelsea?

Addendum: I'd rather eat out of a garbage can than go to Cafeteria. At least a garbage can doesn't give you attitude.

Mar 04, 2011
tanno in Manhattan

What's open **early** Sat morning in Chelsea?

A friend just texted to say she's in town, and suggested a 7:30 bkfst tomorrow. I'd rather avoid Le Pain Quotidien or a diner, if possible. Grumpy Cafe is a possibility, but they don't exactly have food. Can anyone suggest a spot in Chelsea that's open at such a ridiculous hour?

Mar 04, 2011
tanno in Manhattan

Only one shot at breakfast: Ina's, Lou Mitchell's, Ann Sather ???

I'll be in Chicago for exactly one breakfast -- that's how I measure time, rather than in days or hours -- next week on a weekday, staying at the W on Lake Shore. Proximity isn't a huge deal, though I'd rather not be in a cab for 45 minutes each way.

Preliminary research says I should go to one of these three; please let me know your expert thoughts:

1) Ina's

2) Lou Mitchell's

3) Ann Sather

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Lou Mitchell's Restaurant
565 W Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60661

Sep 30, 2010
tanno in Chicago Area

Palm Beach County closings

Trying to revive this thread:

I live in NYC and visit my dad 4-5 times a year -- he lives in PBG. He's not very adventurous, likes to stick with what he already knows, and since neither of us can cook, we end up going to the same places over and over:

*Kevin's Dockside (for breakfast)
*Spoto's (never had a bad meal there)
*Cafe Chardonnay
*Metronome
*3 Forks

*Kocomo's was one of the spots in our repertoire, but it closed a few months ago. Prices were on the expensive side and the awful location couldn't have helped.

Since my dad likes a good meal but isn't exactly on top of the dining scene in PBG (he doesn't have a computer -- I've tried explaning Chowhound to him!), can anyone suggest a new restaurant to try on my next visit, which is soon? He's undergoing chemo, so a drive to Palm Beach is probably too far -- within a 15 minute drive of central PBG, let's say.

Thanks for any help.

Feb 18, 2009
tanno in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Do you live in Leeds? (or visit there often?)

Nobody? Nothing? Zilch? Bupkis?

Jul 12, 2008
tanno in U.K./Ireland

Do you live in Leeds? (or visit there often?)

In about ten days, I'll be traveling from NYC to Leeds to perform in an arts festival. I'll likely be spending most of my time at the Carriageworks in Millennium Square, which is the home base for the festival, or near my housing in Manor House Lane, though I don't know where the latter is.

I'd be delighted to hear some Chowhound recommendations for those two areas -- any kind of cuisine, Vietnamese to Brazilian, and cheaper restaurants are of course part of the plan. Anyone?

Jul 03, 2008
tanno in U.K./Ireland

August or Craft?

For Valentine's Day this week, I made duplicate reservations at August and Craft, and need to bail on one of them by Monday night to avoid being charged twice. I've never been to August, and have been to Craft, but, um, don't really remember it well. (Not to hijack my own thread, but does this happen to anyone else?)

So, any preferences or pointers or endorsements?

Feb 10, 2008
tanno in Manhattan