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Advice on dining in hawaii!

That's where me and my wife are staying for the first week of our honeymoon trip (then Maui). I haven't been but have been doing a lot of research. It looks like Monkeypod Kitchen is opening on that side of the island and I know the original is often recommended on the boards here at CH. Look for their page on Facebook - as opening seems to be planned for late this month (November).

Nov 20, 2012
toddthebod29 in Hawaii

Detroit: Eastern Market, Giovanni's, and beyond...

Great post. I'm actually Canadian (from Windsor) - but spent almost every Saturday or Sunday driving through or hanging out in Detroit when our Dad would take us over. I love the city, it's vibe, food, sports teams and culture. I don't live in the area anymore and don't get to visit as often as I like but love posts like this for new ideas when I do get to visit. Thanks for the excellent insight!

Oct 04, 2012
toddthebod29 in Great Lakes

Places to eat in Detroit, end of September

I second the nomination for Traffic Jam. Who can go wrong with a place that bakes it's own bread, brews its own beer and makes its own ice cream. It's in the Midtown area near the campus of Wayne State U and GM's old HQ building. Pretty artsy area down there. Hard to find a bad beer in the D really - so many good brew pubs or places that carry multiple microbreweries. Union Street grill near downtown on Woodward has a pretty massive selection of good beers and isn't too far from DIA either. Have a great time!

Oct 04, 2012
toddthebod29 in Great Lakes

St. Pats and Birthday in PGH - Suggestions

So the weekend was awesome! Who knew the weather would be like summer? Friday night we started by the hotel at Hyde Park for HH appetizers in the bar. The tuna and scallops were both excellent - if a little on the small portioned side. The oysters were just OK as well. GREAT cocktails however, more than made up for it. We ended up making a trip to the south shore and were going to tour for dinner - but after a stop at Yo' Ritas for tacos and albondigas and an amazing dessert of key-lime empanadas and coconut ice cream, there was no room. On Saturday - we stayed downtown for part of the parade and then a quick trip to market square for a couple of drinks, then to the Courthouse Tavern and finally to the south shore again. It was WAY too crazy for our liking on the south shore - and with the heat and walking, we decided to head back to the hotel for a nap before a late dinner. Decided to stay close and went to Atria's - where the food was solid but not spectacular - and the service was a little slow. Although I suspect the service was slow after what we understand was a very busy day for them.

Mar 20, 2012
toddthebod29 in Pennsylvania

St. Pats and Birthday in PGH - Suggestions

Thanks Augie. I hadn't realized NCAA games going on too this weekend. Wow - should be a buzz downtown. Much like our last visit though, we'll likely park the car when we get there and not move it until we're leaving. We tend to be big on walking and/or taxis or public trans. Makes things more flexible and then we're not worried about drinking/driving. I've forewarned the missus to ramp up the patience.

Mar 15, 2012
toddthebod29 in Pennsylvania

St. Pats and Birthday in PGH - Suggestions

This is very helpful. Thanks for the guidance.

Mar 15, 2012
toddthebod29 in Pennsylvania

St. Pats and Birthday in PGH - Suggestions

Great suggestions. We may do Hyde Park for HH on Friday and then take a drive to SOTE. Thanks for the Saturday suggestions - as it's hard to find local flavor sometimes. Cheers!

Mar 15, 2012
toddthebod29 in Pennsylvania

St. Pats and Birthday in PGH - Suggestions

Heading to Pittsburgh for the weekend and staying at Hyatt Place on North Shore. Have been to Pittsburgh once before and enjoyed Dish as well as casual appetizers at Fatheads. Looking for a nice birthday dinner spot for Friday and are open to a wide range of styles and dining 'levels' - from casual to upscale or even steakhouse. Would then like to know good party places for some afternoon beers on Saturday - St. Patricks day. Am assuming the south shore will be bustling...

Mar 14, 2012
toddthebod29 in Pennsylvania

Any can't miss Detroit near Cobo Center or People Mover stops?

In response to the OP - even though the trip has come and gone. For a truly great after-dinner drink (even for 1) - Cliff Bells is a historic jazz lounge in downtown D - pretty much directly behind the old Fox Theatre. The likes of Sinatra, Sammy Davis and others played there back in the day. The decor still boasts original mahogany cove ceilings and a huge stage that invites jazz 'jams' from great local musicians through the week. Sometimes the cover is steep - but they pour a stiff drink and the atmosphere can't be beat.

Jun 30, 2011
toddthebod29 in Great Lakes

Niagara/Niagara on the Lake Dinners and Breakfasts?

Great area this time of year and the weather is finally coming around. If you can travel - take a trip into St. Catharines for a visit to Wellington Court restaurant. It's a gem in the heart of a city that doesn't have many. It's smallish - so you'll need a reservation. I agree about Old Winery, it's definitely hit and miss (mostly the latter in my experience) and I'd think you'd be disappointed if you're used to the quality at SRG. I haven't yet been - but some very good friends who love food have been to the restaurant at Vineland Estates in the Vineland/Jordan region and say it's on par or better than Peller / Hillebrand. Tony De Luca is good - probably equivalent to SRG in terms of quality but with a smaller menu. If you can across the border to the US side of Niagara on the Lake, a trip to Lewiston NY is in order. Artpark is beautiful and there are some good little restaurants there as well (Carmelo's for one). Hope you enjoy your weekend.

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Old Winery
2228 Niagara Stone Rd, Niagara On the Lake, ON L0S1J0, CA

Wellington Court
11 Wellington St, St Catharines, ON L2R, CA

Looking for casual dinner Yonge & College area

I 2nd the rec for Mercatto on College. Great atmosphere, simple and earnest service, above average food with no entrees exceeding $27 (most are less). As a group of 8 dining post-theater, every one of us loved our food.

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Mercatto
15 Toronto Street, Toronto, ON M5C 2E3, CA

Where to eat in Niagara Falls, NY (US only, please)!

It's a short drive from where you're staying - but I tend to take the extra 5-10 minutes to drive to Lewiston - where there are at least a half dozen good places to eat. The Brickyard has pretty decent BBQ but the real star here is the beer selection. Great for people watching too. Also good is Casa Antica. They have great early dining specials and huge portions. Definitely try their stuffed pepper app. Although most restaurants in the area have a version - Antica's is the best. Based on recent experience, I'd recommend sharing an appetizer and entree - unless you want to bring leftovers back to your hotel (yes the entree portions are that big)

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Casa Antica
490 Center St, Lewiston, NY 14092