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Midweek breakfast, Capital Hill area

Thanks for all the great suggestions everyone! That's so many choices to choose from! I will report back on our favourite places after the trip :)

Oct 30, 2013
Tboy in Washington DC & Baltimore

Midweek breakfast, Capital Hill area

Please forgive me, I am Canadian after all! :p

Oct 30, 2013
Tboy in Washington DC & Baltimore

Midweek breakfast, Capital Hill area

Just doing some last minute planning for our trip end of this week.

Any recommendations for breakfast midweek? We are staying at the Rennaisance, and will be heading to the museums etc to do some tourist stuff. Any decent places to get a breakfast enroute to our daytrips? I've found some nice places for the Saturday brunch (might check out Estadio for Saturday brunch, sounds yummy!) but not sure about midweek breakfast. Maybe a good value suggestion (then we can spend more on dinner!).

Thanks!

Oct 28, 2013
Tboy in Washington DC & Baltimore

Decent food, not stiff white table cloths

Proof has an impressive wine list!

I couldn't see on their website, do you know the time of the happy hour?

Oct 17, 2013
Tboy in Washington DC & Baltimore

Decent food, not stiff white table cloths

I've read about Mockingbird Hill actually, so that's one place I'll definitely check out. Thanks for the suggestions :)

Oct 17, 2013
Tboy in Washington DC & Baltimore

Decent food, not stiff white table cloths

Hi,

coming to DC with my girlfriend for a first time visit. Staying at the Renaissance Hotel (9th St NW) for 4 nights.

We love good food, but not really sitting across from each other in a stiff restaurant (we prefer somewhere with some people watching, maybe a communal eating table). As a reference, our favourite restaurants are The Purple Pig in Chicago (communal tables, sharing food portions), eating at the front bar at Gramercy Tavern in NYC, or Jamonera in Philly (tapas food with sherry tasting).

Any recommendations for somewhere casual but also good food - maybe tapas or small portions that we can share? Or somewhere with communal tables that might be fun? Places near the hotel would be good, but I hear the subway in DC is good so we can travel further for somewhere different to eat and have a good evening.

Also, any bar/resto that does sherry/port or good wine tasting samples?

Thanks!

Oct 16, 2013
Tboy in Washington DC & Baltimore

Best bagel near Grand Central

We aren't traveling to NYC until next Wednesday so I hope things are all back to normal by then!

Oct 31, 2012
Tboy in Manhattan

Best bagel near Grand Central

Excellent, thank you! :)

Oct 31, 2012
Tboy in Manhattan

Best bagel near Grand Central

Hi,

Staying at the Westin near Grand Central - I have most of my food planned, except finding a good bagel for breakfast on a Saturday morning. Any suggestions? If not bagel, then good place for a fairly cheap breakfast that's fairly "New York"?

Thanks!

Oct 31, 2012
Tboy in Manhattan

Wine samples or sample set

Thanks again! The sherry is a good choice, usually its hard to find somewhere that does a sherry flight.

Oct 23, 2012
Tboy in Philadelphia

Wine samples or sample set

Fantastic! Looked through the wine selection and its almost perfect - selections of 1.5 ounce! Thanks :)

Oct 23, 2012
Tboy in Philadelphia

Wine samples or sample set

Hi,

I'm coming into Philadelphia for a wine exam mid November. Staying at the Embassy Suites downtown - I was wondering if there are any restaurants that do wine samples, or 1/2/3 ounce wine pours so I can practice with a few different wines before my exam? I have one exam for spirits, and one exam for fortified wine - so any bar/restaurant that has a good selection so I can taste a few?

Thanks!

Oct 23, 2012
Tboy in Philadelphia

Dinner rec's, not stiff white table cloths

A little off my own topic, but anybody think the Grand Central Oyster Bar (just for Oysters) would be worth a visit? I've walk ed past a number of times but never gone in. The oyster list looks pretty long.

Oct 17, 2012
Tboy in Manhattan

Dinner rec's, not stiff white table cloths

I'm glad you clarified! For a moment I thought there was going to be a dim sum place downtown that I didn't know about! :)

Oct 17, 2012
Tboy in Manhattan

Dinner rec's, not stiff white table cloths

I live right downtown Toronto and there are only a couple of Dim Sum places in the downtown area. To get good dim sum you need to go around an hour north of downtown to Markham where there is a big Chinese community. I live downtown and don't have a car, so I'm limited to the 3 or so "ok" dim sum places. Are you talking about the north of the city restaurants when you visit your family?

Oct 17, 2012
Tboy in Manhattan

Dinner rec's, not stiff white table cloths

Dim Sum would be interesting. There aren't many decent Dim Sum places in Toronto. RedFarms looks good but the dim sum menu is kinda short. I expect there are some chinatown dimsum places with a more extensive menu?

Oct 17, 2012
Tboy in Manhattan

Dinner rec's, not stiff white table cloths

Yes Momofukus opened about 3 weeks ago in Toronto just by my apartment, but I'm yet to go try it.

Oct 17, 2012
Tboy in Manhattan

Dinner rec's, not stiff white table cloths

Price range, up to $25 for a main course dish. We are willing to pay more, but it would have to be good food. I love the prices at Gramercy, the bar prices are excellent value for the quality of the main dishes. We do love tapas style though (like the purple pig) where you can have more of a selection of food.

Oct 17, 2012
Tboy in Manhattan

Dinner rec's, not stiff white table cloths

We actually leave on a Sunday. Is the Union Sqare Cafe worth visiting on another day, or are you saying specifically just on a Sunday is worth a visit?

Oct 17, 2012
Tboy in Manhattan

Dinner rec's, not stiff white table cloths

We are coming from Toronto, which has a good selection of Asian food. So, other than probably getting a cheap lunch in chinatown on day, we probably won't do a Chinese dinner. And we probably wouldn't do Italian as that is our least faroutie (eating out) food.

So American/French/Medi is mostly what we are looking for.

I think I've already read that Bar Baloud has a communal table? And Also Ssam interests as it seems to get a lot of reviews on chowhound (even if it is Asian, we we may not do for dinner!). I haven't hard of the others on your list, so I will look them all up. Thanks!

Oct 17, 2012
Tboy in Manhattan

Dinner rec's, not stiff white table cloths

I'm visiting New York with my SO in a few weeks. Staying just south of Central Park, but we can dine anywhere in Manhattan.

I've been a couple of times before. My favourite experience has been eating at the bar at the Gramercy Tavern - lots of fun talking to random people, and even sharing the meatball dish with the stranger next to me (he assured me it was the best meatball I would ever eat in my life, haha!). So, I will likely go to the Gramercy Tavern again and try and get a spot at the bar.

I'm looking for some fun and interesting dinner's. We like gourmet food, but not in stiff, white table cloth restaurants (boring!). Any suggestions for fun/different restaurant experiences in NY? Maybe somewhere with communal tables? We aren't interested in dinner theatre, as we want the food to be the main interest.

For reference, we loved the Purple Pig in Chicago (big communal tables, tapas style food), and I do love eating at the bar at the Gramercy Tavern (I've also had the tasting menu at the back of the Tavern, which was great food, but a little 'conserative' compared to the front bar).

Thanks!

Oct 17, 2012
Tboy in Manhattan

Quebec City for the weekend, recs?

I'm bumping my own thread as I'm guessing Quebec City questions don't get many responses?

I've narrowed down a few options:

Le Lapin Saute seem interesting for dinner?
le moine echanson seems reasonably price?
Le Cochon Dingue has some good reviews, but the website makes it looks like a really generic mass produce place.
Le Echaude looks like a good brunch.
Pain Beni, but I'm not usually a fan of a restuarant in a hotel, unless this is really good?
and Le Clocher Penche.

Any comments on any of these? I'm hoping these are pretty good places!

Mar 22, 2012
Tboy in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Quebec City for the weekend, recs?

Hi all!

I'm going to be in Quebec City for Easter weekend with my girfriend. We are both mid 30's. We are looking for some recommendations for a couple of dinner's, and breakfast/brunch also.

We are staying at the Delta. We are coming from Toronto.

Any good dinner recommendations? Quebecois fare would be good? We don't like it TOO rowdy, but a somewhere with a good/unique atmosphere, or just somewhere fairly romantic for dinner and a decent bottle of wine? We will eat anything, so aren't scared of trying anything different or unusual. Entree's around $20 to $30 maybe?

And also any reasonably priced brunch within walking distance from the hotel (15 minutes or so away is ok)? A greasy spoon type place, or just somewhere with a good brunch!

Thanks in advance!

Mar 19, 2012
Tboy in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Recs for breakfasts/cheap lunch/dinner needed

Oh, I just managed to make a lunch reservation at Topolobampo! Excellent!

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Topolobampo
445 N Clark St., Chicago, IL 60610

Sep 28, 2011
Tboy in Chicago Area

Recs for breakfasts/cheap lunch/dinner needed

Well, I'm in Chicago tomorrow. I have a reservation at Sable for Friday dinner, excited about that. I'm also definitely going to check out Fox and Obel for breakfast, and do lunch at Portillo's, Purple Pig and Topolobampo. I'll play dinner a bit more by ear, see what comes up. Thanks for the recs :)

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Topolobampo
445 N Clark St., Chicago, IL 60610

Purple Pig
500 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

Sep 28, 2011
Tboy in Chicago Area

Recs for breakfasts/cheap lunch/dinner needed

I wouldn't normally think of Mexican, but I'll definitely look those up! Sable is a place I've looked up, and sounds pretty interesting. The Purple Pig seems to be mentioned on this forum a lot, so I'm guessing is a fair farvourite?

Thanks for the detailed answer, that gives me a lot of options to start with :)

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Purple Pig
500 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

Sep 15, 2011
Tboy in Chicago Area

Recs for breakfasts/cheap lunch/dinner needed

Hi!

Coming to Chicago at the end of the month from Toronto with my girlfriend. We are both 35. We are staying at the Crown Plaza Avenues at 160 E Huron. We are staying 5 nights, so plenty of opportunity for good chow :)

We are looking for:

1. Breakfast recommendations. Close to the hotel. A good greasy spoon would be good for one or two mornings. Maybe a good diner type breakfast in the local area? Walking distance would probably be good.

2. Cheap but good lunch options. We are going to be walking a lot, seeing all the local sights, the Mag Mile, the loop area, I guess we need to see Cloud Gate too! Maybe decent sushi lunch? Or something that Chicago is renowned for (I think cheap but good hot dogs????).

3. We are looking for a couple of good dinner's. Now, I am not talking about the tourist places where you end up paying for a view, but the food is average (like, if you are coming to Toronto, I wouldn't send you to the to top the CN Tower...even though the view is great). We are looking for something gourmet, but affordable ($20 to $30 entree's). French Bistro maybe? As a point of reference, our favourite restaurants in other cities have been Le Select in Toronto, Gramercy Tavern in New York (front bar, super social, but great food), and L'Express in Montreal.

Thanks!

Sep 15, 2011
Tboy in Chicago Area

cheap decent eats near Columbus Circle

I think eating in the park will really depend on the weather more than anything else. If the weather is ok, that would be a great choice, for sure.

Mar 22, 2011
Tboy in Manhattan

cheap decent eats near Columbus Circle

I looked at the menu and looks good! Thanks for that one!

Mar 21, 2011
Tboy in Manhattan

cheap decent eats near Columbus Circle

Hi!

I'm coming to NYC with family in April from Toronto. We are staying at the Hudson Hotel at 58th and 8th Ave.

We are staying for a week, and from previous experiences in New York, I know it gets expensive eating out every day for a whole week!

Any suggestions for cheap eats (breakfast, lunch and dinner!) that are in walking distance of this hotel (seeing as my mother will be with me, and she probably wont' want to go too far afield from the hotel, especially in the evenings).

We eat all food types, so not fussy! Chinese, European, maybe a cheap deli type place for breakfast/brunch?

(for my one splurge night out, we are going to the Gramercy Tavern, as I love that place! and we will go for a couple of nice dinners otherwise...but I don't want to spend a fortune every day).

Thanks!

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Gramercy Tavern
42 E 20th St, New York, NY 10003

Mar 21, 2011
Tboy in Manhattan