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Recommendations for restaurants in Stockholm (Sweden)?

For a very casual meal, you could try lunch outside at the fish stand in Södermalm on Södermalmstorg, a square close to the McDonald's and the Stockholm Museum, where you cross from Gamla Stan to Södermalm. It's by the entrace to the T-bana. For well under $10, you can get a paper plate (or wrap, as my husband did!) of fried herring with lingon berries, mashed potato, creme fraiche slaw and homemade pickles. Rather unexpectedly it's a member of the Slow Food movement. Other than smorgasbord at the Grand Hotel, it was our favorite dining experience in Stockholm.

Feb 15, 2011
RachelEsq. in Europe

GRANADA--Seeking Food Tips

We're going to Andalucia in April. This is a fabulous thread. Thanks!

Jan 05, 2011
RachelEsq. in Spain/Portugal

Fine Dining in Mystic, CT

I would also recommend Noah's in Stonington Borough - great local seafood. Not Italian.

Must Eats - West Hartford, CT - 24-Hour Stay

I've tried, but I just can't fall in love with Tangiers. They are so nice and courteous there! I've given it multiple chances! But the falafel is just.... ok. And a sandwich is expensive. And small. For over $6.

My hole-in-the-wall, locals-only joint is definitely Cosmos International up the street. It is some of the best Indian I've ever had. And it's cheap - a huge lunch or dinner combo plate for $4.99. Or a dinner-plate size dosa + sambar for $3.49 at lunch time. It also sells individual sweets by the pound, brought in from NYC. Cheap spices and produce as well. Again, something that can't be said for Tangiers.

Bricco's is nice, too. The food is on the good end of typical Italian-American fare, but the desserts really shine. I mean, the best I've ever had. Anywhere.

Well, the banana napoleon dessert at Elbow Room is a contender. The rest of their food is forgettable; that dessert is not.

Other must-eats in the metro-Hartford area? Nothing I've found. And I've been here since 2002.

British Grocery Store in Manhattan

Does anyone know of a store that sells British goods in the Grand Central/Times Square/Theatre District area? Specifically, I am looking for black treacle. I'll be in town tomorrow. Thanks!

Dec 18, 2009
RachelEsq. in Manhattan

Stockholm pre-Christmas

KB Restaurant's ( menu looked great - traditional Swedish - and in a convenient location downtown. Reasonable prices.

I wish we would have went there instead of Backfickan, which we did not care for.

Oct 27, 2009
RachelEsq. in Europe

Mini-bucks in Copenhagen

There aren't any responses to your post because it is difficult to meet your parameters in Copenhagen. We found it to be jaw-droppingly expensive. We were pleased to have a $100 3-course dinner for 2 at Den Anden, Fortunstræde 7, København K ( no wine).

Halifax ( is rather far from your hotel, but not too far from downtown. And, yes, it *is* a burger joint. But it is a fantastic burger joint - hip bar atmosphere, but more importantly, I had the best veggie burger of my life there, slathered with sauce, homemade pickles and fried onions (choice of side; I had salad, lightly tossed in a balsamic vinaigrette). DH agreed that his burger was one of the best-ever as well. And he eats a lot of burgers. The burgers were about $20 (see above: jaw-droppingly expensive), but Halifax is a fantastic option for those nights when you are tired of dropping $200+ on a meal.

Oct 27, 2009
RachelEsq. in Europe

Anywhere good to eat in Stockholm?

Besides smorgasbord at the Grand Hotel, which is a once-in-a-lifetime meal (request a table by the window overlooking the harbor), our favorite meal in Stockholm was from a recommendation on this board: Nykoset Stromming, an outside vendor in the plaza outside the Slussen T-Bana stop in northern Sodermalm, right across the bridge when you cross over from Gamla Stan. It is in the same plaza as the Stadsmuseet (City Museum). I had a fantastic fried herring platter, with excellent "mashed swedes" (potatoes), homemade pickles, slaw made with creme fraiche, and I asked for lingonberry jam on the side. My husband had the wrap version (yes, and he really liked it. And he is a bit fussy.) The kiosk is a member of Slow Food. Menu is in Swedish, but has pictures, and the vendor spoke some English.

We had another great traditional meal at Pelikan in Sodermalm: ( The fried salted bacon was WAY too salty for me, but, hey, I was forewarned. I wonder if Northern Europeans have a higher tolrerance for salty food than us Americans, because my dish was unreal? However, my husband's meal, and the rest of mine, was fantastic. It is worth going to for the atmosphere alone. Professional, reserved, but kind service.

The Ostermalm food hall, as mentioned previously, is a must-visit. Many vendors have a lunch counter with a few chairs at their stands, and will heat up a food item for you to eat there. Find the vendor that sells "bunnies cookies" (sausage stuffed savory doughy-balls, swimming in butter) and ask what the name refers to. ;


Bakfickan is highly recommended on this board, but it was our least favorite meal of our trip. The seating primarily communal around the center bar, with a few high tables on the perimeter; if you are looking for a formal setting, this is not the place. We weren't bothered by the seating, or even our surly server - we just didn't think the food was that good.

Oct 27, 2009
RachelEsq. in Europe

Paris Food Intinerary

How much is the prix fixe lunch at Frenchie?

Sep 28, 2009
RachelEsq. in France

good ethnic food

We went to Northern India in New London based on the recommendation in this post. I hate to say this, because the owner and wait staff were very nice, but it was not very good. We asked for papadum and chutneys (unlike in most Indian restaurants, the meal did not come with it, which is fine, and we were willing to pay for it), but the onion chutney that came out was inedible. It was thick and tasted as if the onions had spoiled. The rest of the meal was dull and flavorless. I do agree that the bread was very good.

However, I'd eat at Northern India any day over A Taste of India in Mystic. I've given this place many chances because we live so close by, but never again after the last meal I had. My navrattan korma was made with the frozen vegetable mix that contains green beans, crinkle cut carrots, broccoli stalks, corn kernels, etc. This in itself is inexcusable, but then I realized that the sauce was overly sweet because - wait for it - the dish also contained *canned fruit cocktail*. Yes, little chunks of canned peaches, pears, pineapple, and syrup-laden, soggy little grapes. Now I knew that A Taste of India was fond of canned fruit cocktail - its "coconut soup" contains it - but to put it in a vegetable dish??? I only wish it wasn't takeout, because I would have sent it back and walked out. Instead, I just wasted $11.

Mirch Masala is the best Indian in the area, although even Mirch has slipped under its new ownership. My husband believes, however, that the meat dishes are better now, but the veg dishes I get are not as good.

Randomly, the best Indian I've had in the area is at Cosmos International, an Indian grocery store in West Hartford, which has a lunch counter in the back. The food is well-spiced and flavorful, and the cook occassionally makes random little specialties, such as sweet bean-stuffed turnedovers. The main dishes and sweets can be bought by the pound, or you can get made-to-order dosas at lunchtime, 4 choices of chaat, or a combination meal of rice and 2 main dishes - eachs are *$4.95*. The only negative is that it's not closer to Mystic.

AMALFI and around...Part One of 5 days of fabulous eating

In Atrani, we ate at another great restaurant: Osteria de Luisella, on the main square. It was our favorite meal on the Amalfi coast.

As a primi, I had large tubular pasta stuffed with fish , tomato, and ricotta on a bed of pureed eggplant. My husband had linguine with clams, his favorite rendition of the dish that he had in Italy. We split a secondi, which was highly entertaining: fritto misto, consisting of whole fried small fish, in addition to other seafood. Delicious.

The amosphere can't be beat: we sat at a table overlooking the small central square, and were able to people-watch while eating. A great meal and experience. Atrani seemed to us to be a magical town.

Erica, we will have to try A Paranza when we go back (not for another 9 years, for our 10 year anniversary!).

Apr 14, 2009
RachelEsq. in Italy


We ate at Al Convento ifor lunch in July based on recommendations from this board, and enjoyed our meal. I had mussel and white bean soup. My husband was extremely disappointed that the pizza ovens were not turned on for lunch, but enjoyed his pasta with clams. (See pictures.)

The waitstaff speaks very little English. My soup was listed as "cozze and fagioli zuppa," and not knowing what "cozze" were, I questioned the waitress in my non-existant Italian ("Uhhhh, que cozze....?") . After a few moments struggling to find the words to explain mussels to me, she proclaimed "Fruitte de mare!" That was good enough for me!

Apr 14, 2009
RachelEsq. in Italy

mom and pop places in rome...

We took VVVindaloo's advice and ate at Le Naumachie near the Colosseum for lunch. It was very good. The fried zucchini flowers were the best we had in Italy; they were fried in an almost yeasty, fluffy batter. I had a delicious 4 cheese pasta as a main. It was a nice environment and did not feel "touristy" in the least.

We stumbled upon our best meal in Rome by chance. We were looking for dinner near the Piazza Navona, and all of the restaurants in the area recommended on this site were not open (owners must begin their vacations in late July, not August). We walked by Ristorante Tre Archi, on Via dei Coronari, 233, and were drawn in by the menu.

After the simple antipasti platter of grilled vegetables, I had orecchiette with broccoli. It was, I believe, what the dish is supposed to be: it was not filled with florets and red pepper flakes, but instead had chunks of stalk that were so tender that, combined with parmesan cheese, melted into an almost-sauce. The pasta itself was fresh (not dried, obviously handmade). It transformed the way I think about the dish.

For the secondi, I considered the fried brains and zucchini flowers, but opted for gratineed sardines. Again, the preparation was simple, but was absolutely sublime (see the attached before and after). I can't recall what my husband had, though he was very pleased with his. I recall him being disappointed, however, that the ktichen was out of rabbit dish on the menu that he had wanted to try.

The restaurant did not have outside seating, and was therefore not incredibly busy (it was a hot July night). The meal was not expensive, depsite being in a very touristy part of Rome. There was perhaps one other table of non-Italians. I would highly recommend it for what I thought was a very authentic taste of Roman cuisine.

Apr 14, 2009
RachelEsq. in Italy