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ferme-auberge in provence

I'd love to see the list of cafe's and restaurants that you are thinking of. We will be in the area in July.

Jun 09, 2011
tublecane in France

4 Days in Nice -- Looking for some cheaper/casual places

I've searched the board for a bit now, but the name "Nice" just isn't a very good searchable one :-) I've pretty much determined we will eat at Flaveur for sure, and maybe Millésime 82 or Keisuke Matsushima. That leaves 2 or three nights for other places, preferably casual, cheaper places. I'm thinking we could do Chez Palmyre one night, does that fit? What about good pizza, Les Amoureux, Safari? Safari for non pizza as well? What about Oliviera, how is the prices there? Any others I should consider?

This will be in July, so am I correct that Le Bistro D Antoine will be closed?

If we just walk around and look for places priced at what we want, are we going to end up at a bland tasting tourist stop?

Jun 08, 2011
tublecane in France

Barcelona - Everyday, cheaper restaurants

Thanks for the replies, this is exactly what I was looking for. I am going to map out all the places and list the notes (along with some others I've found on here) and then I think we will somewhat play it by ear. Since we are in Barcelona for only 3 days I am kind of keeping our agenda open to whatever we feel like for the day and not locking down a lot of things.

Parigi your comment on everyone having different budgets and different ideas of expensive was very on point. However so few of the restaurants recommended ever have prices listed so I always just assume certain price ranges based off comments.

I do have a question on Alkimia vs Gresca Vs Cinq Centis. From what I've read, I think we'd really like to try out Cinq Centis and also get the wine pairing. However, I'm just not sure about the 3 1/2 hour meal time. I know its vacation, and in Europe slow/relaxed = luxury. However as much as we love our meals, I'm not sure we'll be up for that long of a meal depending on what we did that day, what we want to do the rest of that night, etc. Is that the case at all 3, where its going to be 3+ hours for the tasting menu? If you asked for less time, would you be looked down upon, and would it take away greatly from the meal (obviously, the last part of the question is subjective)? Also, do all 3 require reservations far in advance? Looking at Cinc Centis it looks like I should make the res 2 weeks before we would want it.

May 30, 2011
tublecane in Spain/Portugal

Barcelona - Everyday, cheaper restaurants

I know, search, there is tons on Barcelona. Thats just the problem, there is too much! I've found some really good rec's for top notch places that we will probably have one night (we are there 3 nights), but for the other nights and lunches I'm looking for more casual, cheaper places that are still good and not super touristy places. I found this post:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/775382

Which had some great recs by PBSF, "...some good everyday places that I like:
Sureny, Envalira, Bodega Manolo, Foquer and Goliard...". These places or similar or even more casual would be perfect, but then I realized these particular ones are all in Gracia area. We are staying in the marina area (Marina View BCN), so I was wondering if there are places closer to that that would be good. Or in Barri Gotic, Barcelonita, or close by there.

For a really good meal we'll probably go one night to either Alkimia, Gresca, or Cinq Centis.

On the tripadvisor reviews for our hotel/B&B some people commented on some restaurants close by that they liked...but I tend to not trust those as much as here. Anyone have any comments on these, they were:

Cal Pep, Taller De Tapas, Quiz Nits, Pjtarra.

Thanks in advance, I do plan on doing more searching and if I find things specific to my questions I'll repost here. I just don't have the much time before our trip!

May 29, 2011
tublecane in Spain/Portugal

Tuna/Salmon and Salad before the Marathon

And just for an FYI I think we're probably doing antico forno, mammamaria, prezza or taranta on Monday night, depending on which she would prefer...I'm letting her choose since she's doing the running and I'm just doing the watching :-).

Apr 15, 2010
tublecane in Greater Boston Area

Tuna/Salmon and Salad before the Marathon

Thanks for the suggestions. I'm not sure if she wants something more casual and laid back or something really nice yet, so I'm trying to get options for both. I think if on the nicer end we'll do Atlantic Fish Co or maybe no9park? I'd actually prefer if we could find something casual that had a nice salmon and tuna choice (she prefers her tuna seared and rare) but also wasn't focused on seafood as we are doing Legal Sea Foods with some family the night before and I'll probably not want more seafood. Any casual new american places that would fit? M&S would be a good choice but we have one in Minneapolis that we hit for happy hour a lot so want something we can't get here. Skipjacks might be good on the more casual side, but might be too close to Legal for me for 2 nights in a row.

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Atlantic Fish Co
761 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116

Apr 15, 2010
tublecane in Greater Boston Area

Tuna/Salmon and Salad before the Marathon

We are coming to Boston for the Marathon weekend and I think from the board I pretty much have where we are eating set most of the time. However the runner (my wife) doesn't like the italian/carb loading thing that most runners do, which will be nice because I'm sure those places will be swamped. What she wants is a decent place where she can get a nice tuna or salmon and salad, any suggestions? We are staying at the Boston Park Plaza, but it doesn't have to be right around there.

Apr 15, 2010
tublecane in Greater Boston Area