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Quiet(er) restaurant in Albany with not-too-adventurous food?

Okay, sounds like Ginger Man or Jack's... I will consult with my family and then decide. Thanks everyone for the help!

Dec 18, 2013
kallisti in New York State (exc. NYC)

Quiet(er) restaurant in Albany with not-too-adventurous food?

Thanks everyone for the help thus far!

Okay so Ginger Man, Jack's, Garden Bistro 24? Is there any consensus other than not Lanie's? :)

Dec 17, 2013
kallisti in New York State (exc. NYC)

Quiet(er) restaurant in Albany with not-too-adventurous food?

Hi everyone! A family member lives in Albany, and I'd like to get her a gift certificate to a local restaurant for the holidays. She is in her 60's, and is not a particularly adventurous eater, and prefers a quieter atmosphere (ie, not places where you have to yell to be heard). Any solid recommendations for consistent, quality food that fits the bill? Thanks!!

Dec 16, 2013
kallisti in New York State (exc. NYC)

How does Oishii Boston compare to Oishii Chestnut Hill?

I was wondering if there are any updated opinions here. I'm thinking of a birthday dinner, and haven't tried Oishii Boston yet (I used to live in Boston, but no more, so I'm familiar with the Chestnut Hill location, but not with the Boston one). How do the two compare now?

Jul 31, 2012
kallisti in Greater Boston Area

The Number One BEST Thai Restaurant in NYC

Is there any consensus on this nowadays? Seemed to be Sripraphai, then possibly shifted to Ayada, but aside from a couple posts, haven't been any updates since....

Jun 15, 2011
kallisti in Manhattan

Quick Taco report - TECC & La Placita

La Fondita is on my way from work to one of my activities, and I often get their al pastor. So good. Also their lamb soup is good, though now that it's getting warmer outside, maybe not so appealing :)

Apr 10, 2011
kallisti in Washington DC & Baltimore

Sushi Kaito

Awesome, thanks so much for the info! Yes, it was quite the meal. Really just a lovely experience all round, talking and laughing with everyone.

Yeah, the maguro bacon was definitely something special -- it was one of those "hold on, don't talk to me, because I'm fully experiencing this food right here" moments.

Thanks :)

Mar 04, 2011
kallisti in San Diego

Sushi Kaito

Just added some of my photos from last night to the Kaito Sushi flickr pool!

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Kaito Sushi
130-A N El Camino Real, Encinitas, CA 92024

Mar 03, 2011
kallisti in San Diego

Sushi Kaito

Ah well! Yes we showed up right at 8 (three of us, and a fourth came in a bit later) and were seated in the middle of the sushi bar. Sorry to have missed you! :)

Mekabu, okay. I found it interesting, but definitely didn't like it as much as everything else I had.

Oh, alright, I don't think Kazu really said what it was that he was handing to us, he just handed it to us and we ate it :)

Mar 03, 2011
kallisti in San Diego

Sushi Kaito

Went last night to Kaito Sushi -- Kazu and Joe (Jo?) took great care of us. We did end up being 4 seated in a row, but it was fine. We ordered sake, and shared it with the chefs. We had a great meal -- long, slow, full of laughter and delicious food. I was so excited near the beginning, that I was doing what I dubbed the "sushi dance" in my chair -- just being happy about eating tasty food!

So, I won't go into a lot of detail, mostly because I can't remember what topped every piece cause I wasn't writing it down, but this is what we ate:

-tiny bit of octopus/cucumber salad to start
-kumamoto oysters with roe on top
-live scallop, in some amazing buttery brownish sauce
-mutsu nigiri
-amberjack nigiri
-anago tempura and bone
-saba nigiri and maki
-escolar sashimi
-i believe clam and scallop nigiri
-shad nigiri
-maguro nigiri
-toro hand roll
-toro bacon (omg)
-kelp (? is that what this slimy green stuff was? i can't recall) nigiri
-golden eye snapper nigiri
-chutoro nigiri
-anago nigiri
-uni and clam (i think?) maki
-tako nigiri
-tamago nigiri
-some kind of tamago that was less sweet, with veggies in it i think?

We also had some of the Otokoyama based on your recommendations here, which was a hit, and followed up by Kikusui Junmai Ginjo, which I really liked, actually. So now I like good sake, I guess!

There were other patrons in the restaurant when we got there, and one other person there when we left. As a result, we ended up getting a lot of personal attention from Kazu and Joe, and having a great great time talking with them and each other, and enjoying the wonderful meal.

Just for informational purposes, I think between everyone we had 13 sakes, and the total including tax was something like $500? I could be forgetting, because we split the bill and so I don't have the entire check with me, but I think it was around that.

Really a lovely time, and I'm definitely going back whenever I'm in town next. So, so, so glad I went! (And thanks for all the help in advance, cgfan!)

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Kaito Sushi
130-A N El Camino Real, Encinitas, CA 92024

Mar 02, 2011
kallisti in San Diego

Sushi Kaito

Looks like 4 of us, around 8 -- do you think 4 is too many for the sushi bar? I imagine it can be a bit awkward if you're all in a straight line, unless the bar has a corner or something. I don't want to miss out on the sushi chef experience but also don't want to make things awkward for my friends :)

Mar 01, 2011
kallisti in San Diego

Dinner near Logan Circle, kid-friendly?

Thanks for the info. The poor kid was so off schedule that she didn't know what was going on and was pretty fussy most of the time, so I was glad we didn't end up some nicer place.

Feb 28, 2011
kallisti in Washington DC & Baltimore

Dinner near Logan Circle, kid-friendly?

Yes, right, Thomas Circle.

We unfortunately couldn't go early, ended up going late, and tried Old Ebbitt Grill at someone's suggestion -- it was packed, and we couldn't wait. So we walked most of the way back to the hotel, and ended up at Casa Blanca, which is a Mexican/Peruvian/Salvadoran place almost across the street from it on Vermont. It was actually pretty good! Arroz con pollo was wonderfully seasoned and huge, and mmm fried plantains.

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Old Ebbitt Grill
675 15th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005

Casa Blanca Restaurant
1014 Vermont Ave NW, Washington, DC 20005

Feb 27, 2011
kallisti in Washington DC & Baltimore

Dinner near Logan Circle, kid-friendly?

My friends are in from out of town with their 6-month old, and we're having dinner near their hotel -- the Residence Inn near Logan Circle.

I know there are a bunch of restaurants in the area, but is there a place that'd be kid-friendly? DC Coast, Posto, Birch & Barley -- all not options cause they don't seem particularly kid-friendly to me, unless you want to tell me otherwise :)

Thanks in advance!

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DC Coast Restaurant
1401 K Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005

Feb 24, 2011
kallisti in Washington DC & Baltimore

Sushi Kaito

Thanks for all the help :) So looking forward to this meal!

Feb 20, 2011
kallisti in San Diego

Sushi Kaito

Hah, yes it makes sense, but still leaves me a little bewildered about the method of ascertaining if he's had enough/doesn't want one :)

I guess part of the question was, if my party isn't ordering sake, would it be rude to not ask the chef if he wants some since we don't have any anyway?

Feb 19, 2011
kallisti in San Diego

Sushi Kaito

Oh, I did have one other question for you -- I typically don't drink sake because I haven't ever found one that I've liked, but what's the etiquette surrounding buying sake and sharing it with the sushi chef? Don't want to accidentally insult anyone while I'm there!

Feb 19, 2011
kallisti in San Diego

Sushi Kaito

I remember almost nothing about Sushi Ota as it was so long ago :) So excited about Kaito though!

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Sushi Ota
4529 Mission Bay Dr, San Diego, CA 92109

Feb 19, 2011
kallisti in San Diego

Sushi Kaito

Yeah I'm definitely looking forward to going to Kaito -- I was salivating over the Flickr pool earlier this week and sending it to all my friends out there and saying "We're going here."

Feb 19, 2011
kallisti in San Diego

What's the best 'cheap eat' you ever had in DC?

There are definitely long lines at lunch unless you try to get there at like 11:45 (ie, before 12). We do hit up Pho 88 often as well.

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Pho 88 Restaurant
232 W Broad St, Falls Church, VA 22046

Feb 18, 2011
kallisti in Washington DC & Baltimore

Sushi Kaito

Great, thanks for the info!! Sounds like Tuesday is the best bet.

Well, to be honest, I'm not sure I would be able to say what constitutes "traditional", but from what I've seen, and the posts of yours that I've read, Sushi Taro and Kushi are probably your best bets. I remember having good sushi at Makoto, but it was part of a larger omakase that wasn't sushi-focused, and it was years ago (though I hear it's still good).

The places I've been in San Diego (that I remember) are Sakura, Sushi Itto and Sushi Ota (the last two about 5 years ago, and Sakura 1.5 years ago). I'd say Kushi and Sushi Taro are definitely better than all of them.

Kushi vs Sushi Taro will be more of an atmosphere choice -- ST will be much quieter and a more formal environment (dark wood, not white-tablecloth formal), and Kushi's full name is Kushi Izakaya and Sushi, and it's livelier (esp on weekends) and therefore louder. It's also quite a bit larger than Izakaya Sakura, for example. I've found the quality of Kushi's fish to be very good, though, even though it's not the singular focus of the menu. The quality of the fish at ST is also quite good, and it's more of a menu focus. I haven't gotten the omakase at either place, though when I do, it'll be at Sushi Taro first (at the 6-seat sushi bar in the back). Unfortunately I don't really have a place in San Diego to compare it to.

I will say that the best sushi I've ever had was at Sushi Sasabune in Honolulu, and the quality of the fish at ST and Kushi is probably pretty similar, though at SS I got the omakase (sushi-focused), so it was obviously a different kind of meal (and an amazing one).

Other places that are often mentioned as in the handful of top sushi places in DC are Sushi Ko and Kaz Sushi Bistro, though I wasn't a fan of Kaz the one time I went (full disclosure, during a Restaurant Week years ago), and Sushi Ko was good but didn't blow me away (also about 4 years ago). I do hear that Kaz is possibly the only, or one of two places that serve fugu in the DC area, for whatever that's worth.

Anyway, there's some info for you :) Hopefully it's not deleted; I tried to keep it somewhat SD-relevant!

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Sushi Ota
4529 Mission Bay Dr, San Diego, CA 92109

Sushi Itto
409 F St, San Diego, CA 92101

Feb 18, 2011
kallisti in San Diego

What's the best 'cheap eat' you ever had in DC?

For some reason I never saw this reply, sorry. I go to Sardi's north of College Park on Rt 1. Mmmm 1/4 chicken dark with plantains and green beans. Soooo good.

Feb 16, 2011
kallisti in Washington DC & Baltimore

Sushi Kaito

I'm not sure how many people I can convince to come with me (though I'm working on it!), but it probably won't end up being more than 5 or 6 total.

If they get fish delivered on Tuesday, then I'd just shoot for a Tuesday, as I don't have the constraint that it has to be on a weekend. Delivery is Tuesday, right?

I'll take your advice and call on the day we decide to go.

I'm so excited!

Feb 16, 2011
kallisti in San Diego

Sushi Kaito

Great!

Do I make a reservation, or do I just walk in? I'm not sure how many people I'll be with yet, but how many seats is the bar?

Feb 15, 2011
kallisti in San Diego

Sushi Kaito

Would it be rude to bring my camera? I would love to take pictures of the incredible meal I know I'll have whenever I go, but don't want to offend anyone.

Feb 15, 2011
kallisti in San Diego

First Visit to Washington DC. Brunch/Lunch on a Sunday - Suggestions??

I just went to Birch and Barley on Sunday for their toffee bacon donut and brunch, and everyone was very happy with their meal (though I wasn't quite blown away by the donut -- good, but not mind-blowing). The "Boozy Brunch" is $30 and includes three donut holes, two drinks, an entree, and unlimited coffee or iced tea, but if that's a little steep, the brunch entrees all seem to be around $14-$15. Reservations might be necessary if there's more than one or two people -- it was pretty busy and a tad loud when I was there.

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Birch and Barley
1337 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005

Feb 08, 2011
kallisti in Washington DC & Baltimore

Great Sushi Rolls

Yeah, Sticky Rice is probably a good stepping stone for a sushi newbie. I've never been impressed with their sushi, but it's totally fine, and like hamster said, there's a bunch of other stuff there too.

Oya is a lot nicer in ambiance, and I haven't tried Sei.

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Sticky Rice
1224 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002

Jan 26, 2011
kallisti in Washington DC & Baltimore

I'm Looking for a Place that Does what Sushi Taro Used to do

I want the all-you-can-eat sushi for the cherry blossom festival back :)

Jan 20, 2011
kallisti in Washington DC & Baltimore

I'm Looking for a Place that Does what Sushi Taro Used to do

Looked at it online -- I'm still hoping for the pork katsu bento box :) But at least there's katsudon. I'll say again, if anyone has reservations that they want to give up for RW here, I'll take them :)

Jan 20, 2011
kallisti in Washington DC & Baltimore

Coming to D.C. in April...We know nothing!! Need some good recs.

Makoto is indeed delicious, but it's very pricey, and not a place to take two young children. Try their upstairs sister, Kotobuki for delicious sushi (by pretty much universal report, though I haven't gotten there yet unfortunately) at a reasonable price.

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Kotobuki
4822 MacArthur Blvd NW, Washington, DC 20007

Jan 19, 2011
kallisti in Washington DC & Baltimore