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Date night restaurant in the Inner Harbor

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I agree completely on the cocktails, and the high pricing. I really thouroughly enjoyed the food when I was there though. It's certainly not big portions, but I think it's very well executed. I've always been a fan of Marc Dixon's cooking though, so maybe I'm biased.

Ft Myers Beach Rec's Needed

Yeah, it was my wife's parents who made the call on HB's (and they're not food people), so I was a little aprehensive. The menu looks manageable/decent, so I'm assuming it won't be horrible...

They probably picked it because of the "on the water" aspect.

Jun 27, 2014
LawnBoy06 in Florida

Date night restaurant in the Inner Harbor

As many have already mentioned, Wit & Wisdom Tavern in the Four Seasons Hotel (Harbor East neighborhood), and Waterfront Kitchen (Fells Point) are great choices.

Also, if you like Latin influenced cuisine, a new restaurant in Fells Point called Barcocina has recently opened, and has garnered great reviews. I've eaten there once and enjoyed the food. The atmosphere is great, with floor to celing windows that open to water views. Just be sure to go earlier as I have a feeling it turns into more of a bar/club atmosphere the later in the evening you get.

Ft Myers Beach Rec's Needed

Thanks for all of the recommendaitons thus far.

It appears our Thursday dinner is lined up. Looks like we're driving down to Naples for a meal at HB's On The Gulf. (My in-laws chose the spot.) Any thoughts?

Otherwise, I'm thinking we're going to be pretty local to Ft. Myers Beach and casual the rest of the stay, so Doc Ford's, etc. look to be good options.

If anyone else has more suggestions, I'm still all ears. And of course I'll write up a brief note on our meals to let everyone know how we made out.

Cheers!

Jun 25, 2014
LawnBoy06 in Florida

Pabu Closing

I couldn't believe this when I read it today. Immediately following the news, my wife and I decided we needed to go in tonight for what will inevitably be our last meal there.

It did not disappoint. Every dish we ordered was fantastic. I'm going to be very sad in never getting to have a "Happy Spoon" again.

Ft Myers Beach Rec's Needed

In a few weeks, my wife and I will be in town from Baltimore visiting her parents and grandmom in the Ft Myers Beach area.

We are looking for some recommendations for one nice dinner out, casual meals (lunch/dinner), ethic (Cuban in particular), craft beer spots, etc.

We are very much into local, honest, cuisine whether it be fine dining or a hole in the wall. One caveat, my wife is vegetarian, but she can usually adapt and figure out something from most kitchens.

Thanks in advance for any help you can provide. My usual website research hasn't gotten me very far as of yet, but I know I can always count on fellow 'Hounds.

Cheers!

Jun 02, 2014
LawnBoy06 in Florida

Lunch Near Carlton Hotel, 88 Madison Ave?

Thanks for the heads up. Maybe we'll settle in at Ratlle N Hum this time around, since we did Gingerman last time we were up for a run.

Dec 27, 2013
LawnBoy06 in Manhattan

Lunch Near Carlton Hotel, 88 Madison Ave?

Thanks for the pizza rec. Checked out their website and liked what I saw. We'll probably still aim for Koreatown late night, but, you never know when a craving for a good slice will come about. Especially when you're from Baltimore and don't exactly have great access to the best NY style pizza

Dec 27, 2013
LawnBoy06 in Manhattan

Lunch Near Carlton Hotel, 88 Madison Ave?

Wow. Num Pang looks great. We'll probably be on the run and not have time for a sit down brunch, so that could be the winner...

Still looking for pizza late night and a bagel shop for the morning just in case...?

Dec 27, 2013
LawnBoy06 in Manhattan

Lunch Near Carlton Hotel, 88 Madison Ave?

Thanks everyone for helping us get our eating/drinking options set so far. The only other option we may be looking for a recommendation for would be for late night pizza (if we're not up for Koreatown), and for a great bagel and lox joint for the morning.

Cheers!

Dec 27, 2013
LawnBoy06 in Manhattan

Lunch Near Carlton Hotel, 88 Madison Ave?

Thanks Coasts. The fratty scene is definitely not our thing. We'll consider the Breslin. Although last time we were in town, we did do the Ginger Man and had a great experience. I was really impressed with their selection, and it was relatively quiet as we set up shop there early afternoon. The only other people in the place were Phish fans, so we were lucky not to experience any of the douche-baggery that's been rumored to frequent there

Dec 27, 2013
LawnBoy06 in Manhattan

Lunch Near Carlton Hotel, 88 Madison Ave?

LOL! Wow. That is some entertaining stuff. I still can't believe they posted about a great place to eat while on "E." Who eats when they're on ecstasy anyway?

Thanks again for the info. I think our day is shaping up as follows:

Saturday:
Shake Shack (Lunch)
Rattle & Hum and/or Ginger Man for some great craft beer before the show
Koreatown (Latenight) or do some pizza (Is there anywhere in the area that does legit pizza that doesn't cater to the tourist crowd that'd be open late)

Sunday:
Still undecided. Probably not going to do a sit down brunch now that the weather looks nasty for the drive back to Baltimore. The sandwiches at Defontes look like they'd do the trick. Or, is there a top notch bagels & lox spot in the area?

Dec 26, 2013
LawnBoy06 in Manhattan

Lunch Near Carlton Hotel, 88 Madison Ave?

Coasts-- That's actually quite hilarious, though I doubt it was a serious inquiry that someone was legitimately asking for somewhere to eat while on LSD. Some stereotypes of the fanbase will just never go away I guess...

Thanks for the heads up on Defonte's. Looks delicious. Hill Country is a good rec too. We've been to the D.C. location.

Any particular spots in Korea Town that you'd recommend? Perhaps for a late night meal post show. I know Zimmern highlighted some spots in a recent episode, so I can use that as a guide, but I'd love to hear from a local's point of view too.

Also would still like to hear thoughts on Shake Shack? Over hyped? Worth checking out? Having never been, I feel as though I have to check it out once right?

Dec 26, 2013
LawnBoy06 in Manhattan

Lunch Near Carlton Hotel, 88 Madison Ave?

Marie--

Thanks for the reply. We won't be looking for anything fancy. Just something casual, and reasonably priced.

Dec 26, 2013
LawnBoy06 in Manhattan

Lunch Near Carlton Hotel, 88 Madison Ave?

I should have noted that we'd like to stay within walking distance of the hotel and the MSG area. Thanks again!

Dec 26, 2013
LawnBoy06 in Manhattan

Lunch Near Carlton Hotel, 88 Madison Ave?

My wife and I are going to be in town this weekend for the Phish run at MSG and are staying at the Carlton Hotel. I'm looking for some recommendations for lunch on Saturday, and breakfast/brunch on Sunday?

I see that Shake Shack is within walking distance, and we've never been, so I'm assuming we should do that for one of the meals?

Thanks for your help!

Dec 26, 2013
LawnBoy06 in Manhattan

Football, Craft Beer & Elevated Pub Fare?

Alright everyone. I'm back on the east coast and have to admit, I'm missing Seattle already. My wife and I had a fantastic time eating and drinking our way through your city.

Aside from the much discussed Monday Night Football experience (Von Trapp's ended up being perfect for what I wanted btw), here is a report with some very brief thoughts on some of our other meals and drinks:

Craft Beer: We hit a number of breweries including Fremont, Ruben's and NW Peaks. I was pretty impressed with all three, with Fremont being my overall favorite. The Harvest Autumn Ale was incredibly fresh and delicious, and some of their cask treatments were quite nice too, especially the Dark Star with Hazelnut and Peppercorn. I also spent some time at the Bottleworks shop in Wallingford which was awesome too.

Now onto food:

Seatown: Stopped here for lunch after perusing Pike Place market. Dungeoness Crab Sandwich w/ fried egg, avocado & Beecher's. Awesome stuff. Really simple, but executed well with great ingredients.

Little Uncle: We found this hit or miss. I had a major hit, and my wife had a major miss. My chicken curry dish (which I think was a weekly special) was loaded with flavor. So much depth. My wife's pad thai however, was quite bland, dry, and flavorless. Perhaps it was an off night. I know this place has a major reputation.

Serious Pie: One of the best pizzas I've ever had. The crust was perfectly charred. So light and airy. Never experienced a crust that was so light before. Delicious! I must admit that I thought $16 was a bit steep for the size of the pie, but I'd admittedly have no problem lining up and paying that again. I also have to mention how delicious the simple salad of lettuces was. So fresh and so good.

With my two experiences at Tom Douglass' restaurants, it seems that they would all be quite reliable bets. It reminds me of Stephen Starr's restaurant empire in Philadelphia if anyone if familiar...

Salumi: We got there right when they opened and there was hardly a line at all. I went total gluttony style and ordered a salumi platter with cheese and olives, as well as the porchetta sandwich. (You only live once right?) Verdict: crazy good. The porchetta was the best I've ever had, including some top notch versions in Philly. The salumi was also incredible, though I wish there was a way to know the exact types I was eating. The staff was obviously so busy that I couldn't ask for descriptions of every one on the plate.

Joule: Best meal of our trip. Beef tartare, Rice Cakes and Chorizo, and Short Rib. All fantastic. Even my wife who is vegetarian coudn't stop digging her fork into my rice cake dish and she usually won't go near anything that has crossed paths with meat. I should also mention that she also loved her Smoked Tofu and Mushroom dishes. This was top notch cooking, and our service was great too.

Canlis: Another fantastic meal. This was our last meal in town. I wanted to go out with a bang. We sure did. We each did the 7 course tasting menus (my wife doing the vegetarian version). I also had the sommelier's wine pairings. The food was delicious as you would expect for these prices, but the one point that blew my mind were how beautiful Jason Franey's plates were. Each one was like a work of art. My favorite dish of the night was a Dorade with eggplant and fig. Stunning. The only reason I would say Joule was our overall favorite meal over Canlis was just the price/value ratio.

That's it Seattle folks. Love your town and can't wait to come back.

Football, Craft Beer & Elevated Pub Fare?

Klsalas: Thank you for taking the time to write out all this information. I think I finally have a winner. Von Trapp's. The menu and beer list look great, and on their Facebook page they just posted that they will be showing NFL games all season long. I also just read a little blurb in Draft Magazine about this place too.

So, thank you all once again for your help along the way. I can't wait to get to Seattle and chow down. I'll try writing a brief recap of my expedition upon my return as well.

Cheers!

Sep 02, 2013
LawnBoy06 in Greater Seattle

Football, Craft Beer & Elevated Pub Fare?

I thought I had finally found another sure winner with the Sixgill recommendation. That place is exactly what I was looking for. However, just like the original Some Random Bar recommendation that I loved, Sixgill is also closed on Monday's, so it leaves me out for watching the game.

I can't thank you all enough for your recommendations thus far. It's been really fun checking them all out online. I think for now Yardhouse may be in the lead for convenience, and what everyone says is pretty good food and beer selection.

But, if there are any more recommendations out there along the lines of Some Random Bar and Sixgill that are open and I can watch the game, please, keep 'em coming!

Thanks again Seattle 'hounds!

Aug 29, 2013
LawnBoy06 in Greater Seattle

Football, Craft Beer & Elevated Pub Fare?

Anyone have any thoughts on Naked City Taphouse? A friend that used to live in Seattle just recommended it to me. Food and beer looks great, but I couldn't tell from pictures on their website or Yelp if they have TV's to watch the game on???

Aug 29, 2013
LawnBoy06 in Greater Seattle

Football, Craft Beer & Elevated Pub Fare?

Despite being a chain, The Yardhouse actually looks like a decent option. I'm still going to try to search for an independent, but will keep that on the backburner. Thanks for the recommendation Brunhilde.

Aug 29, 2013
LawnBoy06 in Greater Seattle

More on Cheese in Baltimore

I definitely second Charleston as having the BEST, by far, cheese selection in town. But, as was mentioned, it is indeed a pricey venture...

Football, Craft Beer & Elevated Pub Fare?

Some Random Bar definitely looked like it was up my alley and my favorite suggestion so far. But they're closed on Mondays. So I'm hoping another suggestion pops up that's along those lines? The menu looked perfect and exactly what I was looking for...

Aug 24, 2013
LawnBoy06 in Greater Seattle

Football, Craft Beer & Elevated Pub Fare?

Thanks for all the replies so far. Some have asked, and I should have mentioned, that we're staying at the Renaissance on Madison St downtown.

Willing to cab it to a great spot, but a walk would be preferred...

Aug 22, 2013
LawnBoy06 in Greater Seattle

Football, Craft Beer & Elevated Pub Fare?

Thanks for the recommendation Biankat! That looks like exactly what I'm looking for.

Unfortunately, it looks like they're closed on Mondays which is when I'd be needing to go. So back to the drawing board for now...

Aug 01, 2013
LawnBoy06 in Greater Seattle

Football, Craft Beer & Elevated Pub Fare?

Hey Seattle folks. I'm going to be visiting your great city on vacation in September, which also falls right during the first week of the NFL season. While I've done some extensive research on where we should eat while we're in town, one option has eluded me.

I'm an avid Philadelphia Eagles fan, and I'm looking for a bar that will be a good spot to watch their season debut on Monday Night Football.

I'm not looking for a run of the mill sports bar. It doesn't necessarily even have to be a sports bar at all. Just somewhere that has a good craft beer selection, good food, and a television where I can watch the game.

Thanks in advance for your help!

Aug 01, 2013
LawnBoy06 in Greater Seattle

Tampa, FL Lunch Recommendation

Bummer on the Food Trucks. We're coming in on Saturday, so looks like we would definitely miss that chance. Thanks for the other recommendations though. The cuban place looks fantastic.

Really looking forward to Cigar City too, Aside from being into food, I'm a bit of a craft beer geek as well. We live in Maryland, and thus can't get Cigar City up here, so this will be a bit of a brewery pilgrimage that I've always wanted to do.

Mar 13, 2013
LawnBoy06 in Florida

Tampa, FL Lunch Recommendation

Thanks Deet! This is exactly what I was looking for.

I had also just come read a few things that they often have Food Trucks at the brewery. Do you know if this is the case? And would that be a good option too?

Mar 13, 2013
LawnBoy06 in Florida

Tampa, FL Lunch Recommendation

Hey All,

My wife and I are coming into town this Saturday, and our first stop when we get off the plane is going to be Cigar City Brewing Company. We would love a recommendation for a good lunch spot on the way to the brewery from the airport, or in the vicinity of the brewery?

Thanks for the help. Cheers!

Mar 13, 2013
LawnBoy06 in Florida

Wisconsin Food in DC, MD, VA?

Believe it or not...The Leinenkugel Beer Garden in Power Plant Live in Baltimore started serving Fried Cheese Curds, and they're actually quite good. I'd suggest going for a happy hour if you want to try them out, and then head over to Joe Squared for some amazing pizza. And get out of the Power Plant area early, so you're not over run by all the meatheads