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Good coffee in San Diego?

I have to drink Caffe Calabria in North Park everyday, or else it's just a waste of a day :)

Mar 13, 2012
micreynolds in San Diego

Bostonhound visiting Philly

Yes, i know, but a whole STICK of butter?!?!? ah, that just gets me. And this is coming from someone that uses the phrase "butter makes it better" on a daily basis.

May 17, 2011
micreynolds in Philadelphia

Bostonhound visiting Philly

Amada is really a great choice (and a worthwhile splurge - it really is that good), however - you will spend more money than you are willing to there. For BYO, I thought Mercato was OK, nothing really to write home about. I would second the others on the board and vote for Kanella (short cab ride, or a 15 minute walk tops).

May 16, 2011
micreynolds in Philadelphia

Bostonhound visiting Philly

Random sidebar:

Recently heard from someone that worked at Zahav that the reason the hummus is so good is b/c there a stick of butter in each batch! I scoffed at the thought thinking that could not be the case, but then it really got me thinking and it really just sounds disgusting. I am one of those people that really did not enjoy my food experience at Zahav either. Have no interest in ever going back. I am probably one in a million though...

May 16, 2011
micreynolds in Philadelphia

Joule, How to Cook a Wolf, Rest. Zoe, Mistral Kitchen, Crow - help me decide!

Philadelphian visiting Seattle for 24 hours and need help with a dinner spot! We are "foodies", money isn't an issue, enjoy all food types (except seafood), not necessarily looking for fine dining, and have narrowed down our options to:

Joule
How to Cook A Wolf
Restaurant Zoe
Mistral Kitchen
Crow

I've seen some more negative reviews of Crow being boring on the board recently so that is last on my list. We are not expecting to have the most amazing meal of our lives in Seattle, however we are just looking for a really good meal. Any other suggestions are welcome.

Thanks in advance!!

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Restaurant Zoe
2137 Second Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121

Mistral Kitchen
2020 Westlake Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121

May 16, 2011
micreynolds in Greater Seattle

Farmer's Cabinet

WOW. Those comments on FooBooz are pretty intense!

I had gone there about two weeks ago. LOVED the beer list. Loved, Loved, Loved it. Food however was OK, nothing special.

Apr 25, 2011
micreynolds in Philadelphia

FEDERAL DONUTS

Just read about this on Foobooz and I am siked! Donuts, Chicken and Coffee courtesy of Stumptown Coffee, Michael Solomov and Felicisa D'Ambrosia joint venture. Down in the 2nd and Federal area of South Philly, which makes me drool just knowing I'll be a few short blocks away. Opening this summer....

Mar 10, 2011
micreynolds in Philadelphia

Salt + Pepper - Passyunk

Walked past the new Salt + Pepper on Passyunk Ave the other day (at the former Rosalena's Cafe location). It seemed bustling inside and piqued my interest since I did have a few good meals at the one at 6th and Fitzwater a few years ago. Has a bigger and revamped menu (which I'm assuming comes alongside a new chef?). Has anyone tried it yet? Thoughts?

Jan 21, 2011
micreynolds in Philadelphia

Bridgewaters's pub/30th st. station

Never had the food, but I am always pleasantly surprised by the beer selection when I find myself there. Pretty decent considering it's in a train station...

Jan 18, 2011
micreynolds in Philadelphia

lunch near Yards Brewing

If you have a car, I would suggest going to Kraftwork on Girard and Montgomery. They have a great short rib sandwhich there and good beer selection.

Jan 10, 2011
micreynolds in Philadelphia

New Italian Market restaurant - BYO?

Hi all. A few days ago I had driven through the Italian Market and noticed a new restaurant, on the west side of 9th Street. I could have sworn there was a sign out front that was denoted it was a BYO, but I could be wrong. I'm not talking about 943. This was right by the Spice Market, and I think it is located in the building where the Frank Rizzo mural is. Has anyone been there? What is the name of it? Any reviews would be appreciated!!

Jan 10, 2011
micreynolds in Philadelphia

The Khyber Pass Pub

I remember those very sticky floors also, almost too fondly...but I can attest the new Khyber Pass Pub is revived into something much different from it's old days. The band room is now a very nice eatery with tin ceilings, hardwood floors and booths. I've had the food several times already, and I cannot stop ordering the pulled pork sandwhich. They have three different kinds of sauce to choose from, NC Vinegar, SC mustard and one other that I am having a brainfart on. Oh, and I was pleasantly surprised to find out the mashed potatoes were vegan. Not that I care about vegan food at all, but I didn't find out until after I ate every last bite and just couldn't believe it. Now I'm rambling...but also the popcorn with bacon fat and that cajun seasoning was completing addicting. I had one and just could not stop.

And I didn't even get to the beer list yet, jeez. There are something like 20+ craft beer taps and a few beer engines. I have had some A+ quality beers there, ranging from Russian River Pliny the Elder, Torrey Pines IPA, multiple kinds of Founders (my fave), Bear Republic, etc...The Khyber Pass Pub is my new favorite gastropub in Philly!

Jan 10, 2011
micreynolds in Philadelphia

943 Restaurant (argentine/italian place near market)

I just got back from the Italian Market and 943 is almost open. The white paper has been removed from the windows to reveal the interior of the restaurant, and the tables are all set inside. I imagine they are getting ready for opening after the new year, I can't wait to try this place.

Dec 31, 2010
micreynolds in Philadelphia

Rankings of Gatropubs/Pubs in Philly Region

the new Khyber Pass Pub is at the top of my list now! the beer selection is killer!

Dec 13, 2010
micreynolds in Philadelphia

Dublin

Thanks for your help!! Really appreciate the feedback.

Nov 22, 2010
micreynolds in U.K./Ireland

Dublin

Two Philadelphia foodies are visiting Dublin for a week...Our "want" list for food includes:

Bang - we have lunch reservations
Millstone
The Pig's Ear
Peploe's
Jo Burger
Gruel for brunch

Any other suggestions? I'm not looking for French suggestions, and we are not on a budget. Any must haves, I've searched the board and everything is either French or a bit outdated. Any new foodie hot spots? Thanks in advance!

Nov 21, 2010
micreynolds in U.K./Ireland

943 Restaurant (argentine/italian place near market)

I have been stalking this place, just waiting for it to open. Every few months I hear that it's opening soon, but nothing seems to come to fruition. I've given up at this point.

Nov 01, 2010
micreynolds in Philadelphia

Good farm market in the city on Saturday?

i went to headhouse this sunday, and there was plenty to choose from. there was everything from fruit, veggies, talula's table goodies, breads, etc. had to leave b/c i couldn't carry anymore!

Jul 19, 2010
micreynolds in Philadelphia

Is Vetri worth it for a vegetarian?

i know two different vegetarians - both had a specialized grand tasting menu on a saturday night and they said it was the best meal they had ever had.

Jul 16, 2010
micreynolds in Philadelphia

Franklin Fountain Reviews?

IMO, Franklin is worth the trip. from wherever you are coming from....prices are high, but that's what you pay for quality.

Jun 30, 2010
micreynolds in Philadelphia

Looking for superb food and awesome ambiance

I agree with you - I find Osteria to be quite romantic. The tables in the atrium are spaced apart enough to give you enough room to enjoy conversation and not worry about people next to you. I guess I don't ever look for a 'romantic' setting when choosing a restaurant, but I do really enjoy Osteria. Went there on Saturday night, had a cozy table, excellence service as usual. Food was also excellent, had two different pizzas and not a single one was 'greasy'. Had the quattro formaggi and margherita, the vegetable antipasto, buffalo mozzerella w/walnut pesto...all were superb.

Jun 22, 2010
micreynolds in Philadelphia

Beer Garden in Philly

I will second the City Taphouse in West Philly. Went there during beer week, they've got over 60 taps of really great beers. We experienced quite a few rare beers there (but it could be because it was during beer week). We sat outside by the fire pits and had a fantastic outdoor beer drinking experience!

Jun 22, 2010
micreynolds in Philadelphia

san francisco help from fellow philly chowhounders? - moved from Philadelphia board

I'll be heading out to San Francisco and Napa this summer. Think we are all set with Napa plans (i.e. French Laundry, Bottega, etc), however just curious if anyone here has been out to SF recently and had some good grub recommendations? I've been doing my research on the SF chow board, but out of curiousity, figured I'd see if any of the people on this board whose opinions I trust had any thoughts?

No restrictions on price, type of food. I love it all.

Many thanks in advance!

Looking for Traditional Philly Italian

i'd go with villa di roma

May 14, 2010
micreynolds in Philadelphia

Curtis Building Lunch Options

EL FUEGO! on Walnut between 7th and 8th. a really great burrito spot.

May 13, 2010
micreynolds in Philadelphia

Vetri Degustazione

I went to Vetri last night, had the tasting menu (not the Grande as it wasn't available) coupled with the wine pairing. It was absolutely amazing, the service was impeccable from the wait staff to the sommelier. It was my friend's first time, and she is vegan. My tasting menu was tailored to not include seafood...

We were in food heaven. Each dish and wine pairing was better than the next. A+

Apr 28, 2010
micreynolds in Philadelphia

Vetri Degustazione

I found my experience with the grand tasting menu was tailored to fit our needs. My boyfriend and I do not eat seafood, and the our two friends do. They also allow you to look at the menu beforehand, and the will work with certain things that jump out at you, things that don't. It is completely customized to each guest, and with the wine pairing we were floored, it was worth every penny - even if you do have a pregnant wife with you :) i'm sure she'll understand.........

With the grand tasting you will leave with a full tummy, that's for sure. It's a several hour experience, and the courses are adequately spaced to give you time to digest.

It's already been said - but it's an absolute must: spinach gnocci and the sweet onion tart are to die for! the goat was really outstanding also.

I'm heading there on Tuesday with a friend to celebrate our 30th birthdays, I am already planning out my meal! cannot wait!

Apr 23, 2010
micreynolds in Philadelphia

Has Osteria fallen off?

Been there several times over the past few months. Definitely has NOT fallen off. My dining experiences have been fantastic there recently.

Apr 21, 2010
micreynolds in Philadelphia

Big Bowl of Pasta

The first thought that popped in my head when i read your post was Le Virtu on Passyunk (a block away from Broad) within a few blocks of subway. The spaghetti aglio olio there is great. Sound plain, but they manage to make it really fantastic. They specialize in northern italian and have both dried/fresh pasta dishes, good portion sizes that i think will suit your needs after a big race! As mentioned, Criniti's is right off the subway as well - big portions and the restaurant is a converted church. I would go for Le Virtu though for the quality however.

Apr 20, 2010
micreynolds in Philadelphia

Hoof & Fin

it's asado :) spending a few weeks in argentina like i did this past summer and boy, you'll get that down pat!

sounds great - think i'll try to hit this place up tomorrow night!

Apr 14, 2010
micreynolds in Philadelphia