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Food around convention center, no car, lots of ladies [Milwaukee]

There is a newer Vietnemese sandwich shop called Xankia very close that could be an option--haven't been, but I have seen some positive reviews. Waterfront Deli (an old favorite of ours) or the new Color Palate (don't know much about it, but it has been getting some good press) would be good options, but a little further walk. Otherwise, check out www.flavorcycle.com for delivery options for a list of good Mke spots!

Also--not sure how it compares to the orig., but there is a Jake's Deli in the mall food court and that's a pretty notable Mke spot for corned beef and pastrami. I think there is still the Wild Flour bakery in the mall as well--another possible option.

2 days ago
bte576 in Great Lakes

Asheville--Lingering Questions for June trip

I saw those noted in a write up somewhere already, so my itinerary actually has a note on it to "fit in Bombay Chili Cheese Fries at Chai Pani!"

I did see several comments on yelp about lines out the door at Chai Pani....is that mostly a peak dinner time issue or is it busy all day?

Just trying to decide if this is a viable option for just sharing those fries or if we should just plan on eating a full meal there.

May 26, 2015
bte576 in Southeast

Food around convention center, no car, lots of ladies [Milwaukee]

Just wanted to add for coffee, I would recommend a visit to Colectivo in the Third Ward or the Stone Creek Coffee on 5th Street.

May 19, 2015
bte576 in Great Lakes

Food around convention center, no car, lots of ladies [Milwaukee]

It really won't be that dire, so it would be helpful to know if you are looking for anything particular--super casual, more upscale?? Also, Milwaukee's downtown is not all that large, so $10 in a cab or an Uber will get you to some other neighborhoods easily. There is also a $1/ride Trolley loop around the city in the summer that you may want to look up.

Just taking a shot in the dark, these are places just over a mile or less from the Wisconsin Center that I would look up and see if they interest you.

The Rumpus Room
Ale Asylum Riverhouse
Milwaukee Public Market
Vagabond
Cubanitas
Rustico
Mason Street Grill
Bacchus
Hinterland
Bavette

Water Street Brewery, Rock Bottom, and Mo's Irish pub are not going to be high on the list of most chowhounders, but for more of a pub/grill food type spot, I've had perfectly fine meals at each place over the years and those would be in your vicinity.

If you classic German interests you, Maders or Karl Ratzch's are worth a look.

Spots on my "I've been meaning to try for years" list in that area would be Buckley's and Sababa, so there's a couple more thoughts.

Enjoy your trip.

May 19, 2015
bte576 in Great Lakes

Asheville--Lingering Questions for June trip

Thanks for all the tips. Looks like I have a few more spots to look up and we'll have to see how all the pieces fall together.

I wasn't really considering brunch at Curate on Saturday as I think that's a place we'll definitely want to (freely) enjoy wine with our meal and we booked a brewery bus tour for that afternoon, so a boozy brunch is probably ill advised.

I'll figure it out and will be sure to report back with our thoughts!

May 17, 2015
bte576 in Southeast

Asheville--Lingering Questions for June trip

Hmm....if we switch to Limones for dinner, do you think there is a clear winner in town for a Saturday lunch/brunch that takes reservations (or wouldn't likely be running on a wait)?

We have plans after lunch and definitely want to try to eat around 11-11:30.

I feel so needy--sorry--but I really appreciate your recommendations!

May 16, 2015
bte576 in Southeast

Asheville--Lingering Questions for June trip

miss piggy--thanks for making it easy to cross Rhubarb and Ghan Shan off the list.

Thirsty Monk was a favorite from our trip last time and I noticed the Top of the Monk on their site and wondered if it would be a good stop--will def try to visit for a break from all the beer.

We'll skip trying to eat at Wicked Weed if it is a mad house. If we try to stop by on the concert night, we will prepare ourselves for it being too busy and just try to stop by the next afternoon. Or is it pretty much always crazy there?

Complicating things I know--but is Bouchon a good stop for drink and sharing something? I overlooked it for this meal due to it being further north, but if we end up walking it will be right on our way. I also saw they have opened a sister Cajun restaurant right there. I was just thinking this could be a good companion stop to Storm (or other options) for more food. I like the idea of making a few stops to experience more spots, but also feel like a big sit down dinner before a concert can sometimes feel draining.

danna--we are eating at Curate the night before, so that's why I didn't consider Zambra (we ate there last time and did enjoy it) and also figured I didn't need to do Nightbell after Curate if the chefs are the same, but that might be a silly thought if food is great.

I did consider Thunderbird, but that appears to be ending before our trip. :(

May 15, 2015
bte576 in Southeast

Asheville--Lingering Questions for June trip

This is all very helpful! Thank you.

Sky Bar does sound like it would be a neat stop if we can fit it in.

Funny...we picked Asheville for this trip thinking we've been there once before and it's a smaller city, so planning will be easy... Yet I am still finding decisions to be plenty difficult. I am sure, however, that whatever we chose we will have a great time.

May 14, 2015
bte576 in Southeast

Asheville--Lingering Questions for June trip

No worries, I had just assume those two would be generally considered a little better from my research...but with Storm's location being so convenient for our evening, wishful thinking had me hoping maybe you had really high regards for Storm.
Thanks for the input!

May 14, 2015
bte576 in Southeast

Asheville--Lingering Questions for June trip

So Storm wins over Bull & Beggar or The Junction? Sorry...just making sure I understand what you meant.

May 13, 2015
bte576 in Southeast

Asheville--Lingering Questions for June trip

I’ve done research, but do hope to get some thoughts on the following. I do appreciate your help!
We had reservations at Seven Sows for a Thursday dinner before a concert at the Orange Peel, so my preference would be to stick with the downtown area…but both The Junction and Bull & Beggar do sound great, so if those are hands down better choices than the following—please chime in.
---Posana, Chestnut or Storm could work instead? We were going to do Limones for brunch on Saturday, but we could also flop that and go there for this dinner and then another spot for brunch if something else is stronger for brunch.
---We do also really enjoy just stopping at the bar at several places and sampling a few things, but sometimes it is hard to know if a place will be appropriate for that and/or just likely be too busy for that to be possible. Any thoughts on a good itinerary for a little progressive bar dining are also appreciated. We are hoping to have beers at Wicked Weed on this night, so we could something there as well, just trying to get a feel for what’s reliably good.

A few other questions.
Any updated thoughts on Rhubarb? It just seems to be getting all this national coverage, yet I know some of the past comments on here haven’t been great and the reviews are sure mixed.

King James Public House—I saw the news about the chef change and was just wondering if anyone has been recently?

Chai Pani—I’m intrigued by the menu and would love to stop in for a snack at least. Is this a sit down restaurant or order at the counter. I am having a hard time getting the vibe.

Gan Shan Station—Anyone been yet? I saw another post asking, but no response.

It looks like we're definitely planning to do a dinner at Curate, brunch at Biscuithead, and a lunch at All Souls already btw.

Thanks!

May 13, 2015
bte576 in Southeast

Seven Sows to close (Asheville)

Thanks for sharing their recommendations. We also had it booked for our trip next month and got the call earlier today and after I hung up the phone, I thought I should have thought to ask what they recommended just to get another opinion.

May 12, 2015
bte576 in Southeast

In search of diagnosis and cure for "off" cookie texture

Great point! That's a lot of dried cherries for this sized batch of cookies when there are mix-ins already. I think I read that as 1/2 cup, not 1 1/2 cups!

May 12, 2015
bte576 in Home Cooking
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Should I not marinate my leg of lamb?

I just proceeded as planned with the lamb and found it to be enjoyable and as expected.

Leg of lamb was new to one guest and she asked if it was supposed to be a little chewy—go figure.

I think I have always marinated leg meat to some extent, but I think I will have to try just doing the simple oil, salt and pepper before cooking to compare the texture at some point.

May 12, 2015
bte576 in Home Cooking

In search of diagnosis and cure for "off" cookie texture

The recipe has a fairly high sugar to flour/butter/egg ratio seems in comparison to most traditional chocolate chip cookies. I would not change what you are doing with the butter.

I would try cutting the sugar a bit. Other thoughts would also be too make sure your baking soda is fresh and that your oven is not running hot.

If you are adding in dried fruit, that’s even more of a reason you should be able to get by with less sugar.

Also, what kind of cookie sheet are you using? I prefer non-insulated aluminum sheets for most cookies. I always end up with too much spreading on the insulated ones.

I like to play around with drop cookies and usually draw from this basic formula: 1 stick butter, ¾ cup sugars, 1 egg with 1 ¼ cup flour. (I also include vanilla and ½ t. baking soda of course—if I plan to chill for days in the fridge before baking, I will throw in a little baking powder as well).

If I want chewy cookies, I like to add 1 T. cornstarch. If I am adding dried fruit as one of my add-ins, I may even scale back a little on the sugar.

Hope this helps. Good luck.

May 12, 2015
bte576 in Home Cooking

Should I not marinate my leg of lamb?

Was thinking a stove top sear and then roast at 350. Pulling at 130° ish and letting it rest for 15-20 minutes. As far as the issue of chewiness goes, I have found that we prefer the texture of leg of lamb if pulled from the oven at a slightly higher temperature than we would for beef roasts which I take out by 125°. I’d love to try a lower, slower method sometime, but with this being a Friday after work meal, I won’t have more than a few hours.

May 07, 2015
bte576 in Home Cooking

Should I not marinate my leg of lamb?

I don't know why I do this...I go to make something I've made before and then come across something online that makes me question my planned method!

I made a marinade last night of yogurt, olive oil, lemon juice, harissa, garlic and some herbs/spices. I was planning to prep and marinate a boneless leg of lamb tonight for cooking on Friday night.

Saw this article saying that marinading lamb will make it chewy. http://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-roast...

I know there are other roast lamb leg posts that comment on marinating, so I believe most on here have thought like me that this is a perfectly normal thing to do! I guess I think of leg of lamb as a meat a little more chewy...so maybe I have been doing this wrong and ordering it at restaurants who do this as well.

I am not willing to completely forego using the marinade I made--it's the flavors I really want--but I am debating if I should just pour it over the meat tomorrow while I let the meat sit at room temp. or perhaps just use a very thin layer of it overnight and then add the rest while it sits before cooking.

Just curious what the chowhound universe thinks on this.

May 07, 2015
bte576 in Home Cooking

MKE special occasion - Wolf Peach or similar?

Hinterland is a beautiful and modern space that is classy, yet with a more comfortable vibe than what you may think of as fine dining. I really think it is a great option from your original comments.

As far as Odd Duck goes, the menu wouldn’t strike me as place to bring small children. I would think kids would be more likely to be taken to Wolf Peach since they do have pizza and I know I’ve seen sleeping babies there before (but don’t recall seeing kids running around). Unfortunately, with you wanting to eat early, I do think there’s a greater chance of kids being brought along to places that aren’t typically thought of as kid-friendly...I just wouldn't let seeing a kid ruin your night!

May 06, 2015
bte576 in Great Lakes

MKE special occasion - Wolf Peach or similar?

I agree with kathryn's recommendation of checking out Hinterland. The food to me is more special there and if you are more into sharing (judging from your other two options), the menu works there for sharing or ordering your own entrees. Beyond having their own great beer, the cocktails are good and the wine list is thoughtful.

RE: Wolf Peach vs. Goodkind-- I think they are very similar in terms of level of casual nature. Wolf Peach has a modern and spacious vibe as you would know, whereas Goodkind is in a very old building and it's more cozy.
I think out of those two it may just be a matter of which menu sounds better. I have really enjoyed meals at both, but neither has been absolutely perfect each time as far as the food goes.

And you may have been to all these other places before, but if not--just throwing out a few more comments.

Odd Duck's bar opens at 3 and it's one of my favorites for dinner in the area. I wouldn't think of it as super special occasion, but I think it is in the similar vein as Goodkind or Wolf Peach.

Moving west--I thought Story Hill BKC had an intimate vibe at dinner, despite being casual, and they are open all day. I think they may have a limited afternoon menu. I am also a big fan of the date night pairing of The Ruby Tap for wine and snacks and then dinner at Le Reve in Tosa (if this is on a Saturday, they do take an afternoon break).

May 06, 2015
bte576 in Great Lakes

Scottsdale--The Upton - Virtu - The House Brasserie

We ended up at Virtu for dinner. We sat inside and it was a bit loud and crowded, but we kind of enjoy being in on the action...but that might not be for everyone. We couldn't speak more highly of the food--we had a very nice meal, but we were just slightly disappointed in the timing. Our server suggested going heavy on starters and just sharing an entree and the first round of food came out almost instantly upon ordering. The asparagus dish was especially memorable and I told my husband if it would have been on their brunch menu, I would have suggested we go back for brunch the next day and we are not people to go to the same place for food on the same trip.

We skipped The House and just went really casual for that lunch and tried the Brat Haus. Cute place. Good sausages and fries.

We did try the Upton during happy hour. Great happy hour deals. Food was a little hit or miss, but we liked the place and beverage options and would give it another shot when visiting.

The other new place we tried was the OHSO in Scottsdale. This place came up in conversation with locals several times, so we tried it for lunch. Our food was fine, but very basic. They did have a very nice beer and cocktail menu, so it might be a place we'd go back to for drinks over food.

Apr 17, 2015
bte576 in Phoenix

Holey Moley's Best (or Worst) donuts--MKE

Event is over and we were happy with Holey Moley. I might not go crazy for these for breakfast, but they were well-received by the group and they are great looking donuts that's for sure.

The menu ended up being a little different than the first one I was provided and I chose to go with options that were more dessert like-Creme Brulee, Red Velvet, and Samoa. I was able to sample at least a bite of each.

The Creme Brulee was one I had seen a lot of positive reviews about, but personally I would have preferred a lighter textured yeast donut. Although, the filling did have nice flavor and it seemed like the guests enjoyed them.

The Red Velvet and Samoa were both cake donuts and both tasted good and were satisfying for dessert.

I did throw a few dozen donut holes on the order and I think people liked sampling them, but I thought they were too sweet due to the high glaze vs. cake ratio.

Mar 10, 2015
bte576 in Great Lakes

Asheville Valentine's Excursion

Thanks for the tip on Seven Sows over Bull & Beggar, that would be more convenient location-wise anyway and King James is definitely on my radar!

Mar 06, 2015
bte576 in Southeast

Scottsdale--The Upton - Virtu - The House Brasserie

Thanks. I hoped the casual dress would likely be a non-issue during daytime, but figured it was worth bringing up. Upon further review of our schedule, I think we’re going to be looking for brunch on Saturday in lieu of Sunday, so that rules out the Upton for that meal anyway. I’m leaning towards dinner at Virtu followed by a Saturday brunch at The House Brasserie and then we will see if we can fit in at least drinks and apps at The Upton some other time during our stay. Will report back!

Mar 05, 2015
bte576 in Phoenix

Asheville Valentine's Excursion

Ahhh, I did not realize the small brunch menu for the weekends was in addition to the regular menu. Good to know!
It’s early for definitive plans, but just trying to get my options in order. One of our dinners will fall on my actual birthday and the few spots that really appealed to me are Curate, Bull & Begger, or Seven Sows and since it’s MY birthday, I was leaning towards Curate because it would not be what my husband would pick from comparing those 3 menus, but I know he’ll still enjoy it if I do. That said, I was also keeping Curate open as a lunch/brunch choice or possibly as part of a little food crawl. We always like trying to pair up 3-4 spots when our time is limited in a city and sample their best bites if possible. Thanks again.

Mar 05, 2015
bte576 in Southeast

Asheville Valentine's Excursion

Sorry to hijack this thread--not ready to post a new thread yet, but I am starting to research for our trip in June.

miss piggy--Do you prefer Curate for brunch over having dinner there or were you just saying you really like their brunch? It's on my list, but we could visit for lunch, dinner, or brunch...so thought I would see what you thought. Thanks!

Mar 05, 2015
bte576 in Southeast

Scottsdale--The Upton - Virtu - The House Brasserie

Thanks for the feedback. I think the problem is that I think the menus sound great for both meals at all three places...
I do have a slight preference for the dinner menu at The House vs. brunch, so that helps a little to put that in the running for dinner only.

Having been to both, did you feel out of Virtu or The House Brasserie that one was more reliably good? I know they may be hard to compare, but I'd love to hear what you think.

We would likely be dressed pretty casual on the day we do brunch, so any thoughts on whether casual brunch attire is likely acceptable at Virtu would also be helpful.

From reading the vibes online, I'd guess The Upton is the most casual, so if that is the logical choice for being casually dressed, then that might help make the decision as well.

Mar 04, 2015
bte576 in Phoenix

Scottsdale--The Upton - Virtu - The House Brasserie

We are visiting in April and these three spots interest me. I was hoping to pick one for a Friday night dinner and the other for Sunday brunch. I would love to hear if anyone has done brunch and dinner at any of these and may have further input for comparing them.

In an effort to visit all three, we would be open to choosing one for brunch and then trying to hit the other two in one night just ordering a few things at the bar at each spot.

Any thoughts are appreciated! Thank you.

Mar 03, 2015
bte576 in Phoenix

Holey Moley's Best (or Worst) donuts--MKE

I've read a ton of reviews and any press I could find already, I was just curious if anyone on chowhound had actually had any of their donuts and had specific reviews of the different donuts they've tried. I realize I should have been more specific that I was actually looking for help with what variety I should order. It seemed like a lot of the specific donut variety comments were negative, yet there were still quite a few positive general comments.

I have to do a minimum of a dozen each, so I can’t just order a variety--I was trying to decide on what might be the best three choices from the following options given to me. I have no issue identifying what I think would be the best from the list, but given the mixed reviews, I thought maybe some of these have been consumed by someone on here to get another opinion.
CAKE
Blood Orange - Chocolate Cherry - Chocolate Peppermint- Cinammon Powdered Sugar - Coconut - Maple Pecan - Passion Fruit Coconut - Pistachio - Raspberry - Gingerbread - Pumpkin

SOUR CREAM OLD FASHIONED DONUTS
Blood Orange - Lemon - Lemon with Raspberry Drizzle - Raspberry

YEAST DOUGHNUTS
Peanut Butter Chocolate - Peanut Butter Chocolate Bacon - Creme Brulee - Maple Bacon - Maple Pecan - Nutella

Feb 24, 2015
bte576 in Great Lakes

Holey Moley's Best (or Worst) donuts--MKE

I am organizing a group dinner downtown and they only have full-size, plated desserts or the option to bring in Holey Moley donuts. Plated desserts are just not appropriate for the event, so I think the donut idea could be fun.

From what I can tell, this place has been seeing early success, but the reviews seem really mixed.

I don't want to deal with trying to sample their donuts and would just love to know if anyone has had some of their donuts or has any recommendations or comments.

Thanks!

Feb 23, 2015
bte576 in Great Lakes

Milwaukee, WI Fine Dining

I don't have much new to add to this thread, but wanted to comment/second a few things.

We dined at Sanford over the weekend for the first time since the ownership change and like, JGinWFB, we also did not feel it missed a beat. This is still my choice for most reliably delicious fine dining spot in Milwaukee. The place is small, quaint, and quiet...lovely for an intimate meal.
The heightened focus on beer was fun for us a beer lovers (the chef and owner now makes his own beer), but we also enjoyed a great bottle of wine and appreciate that the wine list is still very reasonably priced.

This was the first time we've ever sat at a table near the front door before and it reminded me to mention this--there is no bar at Sanford. It's best to arrive just on time for your reservation. I witnessed what must have been at least 4-5 parties of diners seeming very surprised and confused by this.

As far as other spots, I have had great meals at Bacchus and Lake Park, both are just larger and more bustling spots for fine dining. Lake Park does have weekday lunch and Sunday brunch which is worth mentioning as you won't find all that many fine dining options for meals other than dinner in MKE.

I prefer sharing and dining at the bar at Hinterland over eating in their dining room, but we've had some great things there for sure and if you like beer, they are also a brewery. And even if you don't like beer, they do have interesting cocktails and a thoughtful wine list.

Odd Duck is definitely a favorite of mine as well for small plates.

As has been mentioned, Ardent has been well received for more inventive fine dining, but I also have not been there yet.

The Vanguard in Bay View (also on my list to try) may be a spot for you to look up since you did mention sausages. That's a newer spot that's putting out gourmet sausages with positive reviews.

If you find yourself needing a spot to dine in the village of Tosa, I will give a shout out to Le Reve for great French food in a casual environment from breakfast through dinner. Each time I go I am reminded of just how much I love the place. It has yet to disappoint me.

Not sure if you'll be looking for breakfast spots, but for something more creative near downtown, check out Engine Company #3. Otherwise, Blue's Egg to the west of downtown serves great traditional and more interesting cuisine for breakfast and lunch.

Feb 09, 2015
bte576 in Great Lakes