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Boca rec needed for something different

13 American Table is great--go! Particularly like the grilled octopus, and any fish cooked on the josper grill.

Apr 24, 2014
GWRyan in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Pabst Blue Ribbon........quality vs. quantity Question for Beer Drinkers

Yep, class of '90! I was more of a Dunbar's guy, since it was about 10 steps from my front door senior year. Chapter House is definitely still a good place, there's also a good beer bar downtown on Aurora across from the Commons.

Jan 31, 2014
GWRyan in Beer

Pabst Blue Ribbon........quality vs. quantity Question for Beer Drinkers

"We used to drink dollar Schaeffers at our regular bar when I was in college which we felt was a good deal and that was in the late 80's!"

The Palms in Ithaca?

Jan 30, 2014
GWRyan in Beer

Best new in Delray Beach

Breweries that serve their own beer are not permitted under FL law to serve food. Hence the food trucks.

Dec 30, 2013
GWRyan in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Josper Oven in local restaurants? 13 American Table, Boca Raton

Can't really speak to other places, but we ate at 13 American Table last week, and think it's a great addition! The room was clean and comfortable (although a bit loud, but not Rebel House loud) and the service was excellent. We started with several appetizers to share, including a grilled octopus, a chopped vegetable and quinoa salad (which was much better than the name would lead you to believe) and grouper ceviche, and for mains grouper, salmon and a steak, all grilled on the Josper, and everything was excellent! Good flavors and nicely composed plates. They have a good small selection of craft beers, special cocktails and a nice wine list. It reminded me a bit of Michael's Genuine. I hope they do well, given the care they seemed to be taking with the food and the service, I don't see why they won't.

Aug 15, 2013
GWRyan in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Ropa Vieja

I've used a very similar recipe only it called for brisket, and comes out great. But the meat should end up stringy, that's the idea. Frankly, after braising for 2 hours, most of the flavor is now in the broth, which gets used in the sauce to moisten the meat.

Jan 24, 2013
GWRyan in Home Cooking

New in West Palm

Just had a Chicago-style hot dog there, and it really hit the spot. They had all the right accompaniments, including the poppy seed roll, neon relish and good Vienna beef dog. The fresh cut fries were pretty good--they're still working on the crispness apparently. They're also doing real Italian beef sandwiches, will have to try one next time. The owner is working hard and very interested in feedback, I think it's a good addition for an inexpensive quick lunch in the area. He also said he's going to be adding a fish sandwich and maybe fish tacos, and they have a small selection of sandwiches as well. It's tucked back in an industrial-looking area. Give it a try!

Jul 11, 2012
GWRyan in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

The Lodge Beer & Grill (Boca)

Well, I can confirm that the owner was bombed last night, and was the only person working, except probably for someone in the kitchen. Our food was fine, but I kept waiting for a shoe to drop. I love the beer selection, esp. for S. Fla, and want the place to survive, but it doesn't seem like a good sign when the owner is hammered at 7pm...I think I'll sit at the bar and enjoy the beers on future visits.

Dec 03, 2009
GWRyan in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Delray Beach - Coming Soon, New Openings This Fall!

The article in USA Today probably didn't make it clear, but the $2.25/lb wholesale price is for soft-shell lobsters. They don't ship well (die in transit, making them a total loss), which is why the price declines don't translate once you get very far from Maine. I assume she's buying them, cooking and shipping the cooked meat for this reason. A pound of cooked lobster meat in a Portland fish market is currently around $30-40 per pound, so $15 for a quarter pound in a lobster roll is probably market. Whether anyone can or should pay that is another story...

Oct 09, 2009
GWRyan in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Can't get to Right Region

Same problem here, although it seemed to work better once I logged in.

Oct 07, 2009
GWRyan in Site Talk

Eating out in/near Old Orchard Beach, Maine

Mia's at Pepperill Square in Saco. Easily as good as the bigger names in Portland. It's small, so call for a reservation now. You won't be disappointed!

May 20, 2009
GWRyan in All New England Archive

need a Foodie vacation spot in N.E.

Here's an idea. Stay Home, or go to nantucket. We Don't Need you in maine. You've obviously spent Time here and nothing was Appropriately Satisfactory. We're nowhere near sophisticated Enough, And won't appreciate your Highly honed Sense of Irony, and capitalization, unless it drips on the furniture.

May 29, 2008
GWRyan in All New England Archive

Best Real Unpasteurized Cider in NE

Anyone know of any places in Maine or Southern NH that have true unpasteurized? Maybe the UV light doesn't completely ruin it, but I want all the live yeast etc. in there, so it gets a little fizzy after a week or so. I'll sign a waiver if I need to....

Sep 28, 2007
GWRyan in All New England Archive

Fine Dining in Portland Maine

Relax and enjoy! You can't go wrong. For a point of reference, halibut and veal chop were excellent a few weeks ago. Fiddleheads as an appetizer great as well, but might be past the season. Hopefully someone in your group knows Italian wines, because I get the sense the list has some real prizes on it, but I'm unfortunately no expert.

Jun 13, 2007
GWRyan in All New England Archive

Knife Sharpening in Portland, ME

Does anyone have a place they recommend for knife sharpening in or around Portland, Maine? I'm coming up with nothing in the yellow pages or online. Sorry if this isn't quite about food, but without good sharp knifes, the Home Cooking section is only dangerous to me!

Mar 06, 2007
GWRyan in All New England Archive

Fuchsia Dunlop's 2 versions of Dan Dan Noodles

I found that using significantly less corn starch than the recipe calls for resulted in the consistency I was expecting in the Boiled Beef Slices in Fiery Sauce. Probably half of what is called for. Good chicken broth/stock is essential, too.

Oct 20, 2006
GWRyan in Home Cooking