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Per-matinee

Going to Grace at Cort theater today. Single diner looking for good place to eat
Thx!!

Sep 22, 2012
merbel in Manhattan

Lunch on a Monday on St. Simon's Island or Brunswick

Thanks so much

Mar 27, 2012
merbel in Southeast

Lunch on a Monday on St. Simon's Island or Brunswick

Any suggestions?

Mar 26, 2012
merbel in Southeast

Mississippi Gulf Coast

Need recommendations for lunch tomorrow and Sunday. Dive, fancy-doesn't matter. Type of food-doesn't matter. Just looking for tasty eats!

Aug 05, 2010
merbel in Central South

Short time in NYC coming up-recommendations, please

Oh, and prefer casual and there will be two of us and do not mind bar seating for lunch or dinnner

Dec 31, 2009
merbel in Manhattan

Short time in NYC coming up-recommendations, please

Just booked last minute trip to NY. Arriving Friday, Jan 8 in time for lunch and leaving Sunday around 330p.
Plan to go to theater either Friday or Saturday night but will be 90 minute, no intermission so could do a late dinner (Bernard-Jacobs Theater).
Food is the key. Prefer smaller, intimate neighborhood restaurants but open to anything. Don't like ornate, heavy dining rooms and don't really want a 3-4 hour tasting menu. However, price is not an issue. Like all cuisines, especially Italian. Prefer lighter over heavy. Desserts are not an interest at all but like a nice wine or saki list. Tried to get into Lupe on recommendation and may do for lunch though dinner looks doubtful. Some other recommendations from friends were Chiyona, Cafe Cluny, Momofuka Noodle.
Coming from Atlanta where some of our favorites are Shaun's, Rathbuns, Sotto Sotto, Holeman and Finch.
I did review several recent posts but am having a hard time getting a handle on the best plan and would appreciate any advice.

Dec 31, 2009
merbel in Manhattan

Johannesburg staying one night at Intercontinental

Thanks-we had a great time at Moyo!!

Mar 29, 2009
merbel in Middle East & Africa

Franschhoek

Great lunch at Ruebens, FANTASTIC dinner at The Tasting Room. Wonderful chef's dinner at our hote, La Residence. ANd Bread and Wine was outstanding!

Mar 29, 2009
merbel in Middle East & Africa

Cape Town-3 nights

Back from Cape Town and had some great food and wine. Some favorites were Ginja, Bizerca, Tank, Winesense (great for wine tasting and a nice tapas menu)

Lunch at Harbor House at Kalk Bay-thought the setting better than the food.

In Franschhoek, we had a great meal at Ruebens (thanks for the recommendation) and had a SUBLIME meal at The Tasting Room. And a wonderful chef's dinner at our hotel, La Residence....
Bread and Wine was outstanding-perhaps the best risotto I have ever had.

Mar 29, 2009
merbel in Middle East & Africa

johannesburg - modern vibrant restaurant

We had a great meal and fun time at Moyo in Melrose Arch, not too far from Sandton....

Mar 29, 2009
merbel in Middle East & Africa

Winelands-recommendations for winery visits

Staying in Franschoek and have a day and a half. Will not be there with a car (possible to rent one there?) and want to visit some wineries but know little about the area and South African winemakers. In Napa/Somoma we like to find the smaller, unique wineries but am open to anything on this first visit to the area.
Thanks in advance for any advice...

Mar 10, 2009
merbel in Middle East & Africa

Cape Town-3 nights

Disregard above!

Mar 06, 2009
merbel in Middle East & Africa

Cape Town-3 nights

Is there a big difference in Bukhara waterfront and Bukhara on Church st?

Mar 06, 2009
merbel in Middle East & Africa

Cape Town-3 nights

Would you recommend Riboville over Ginga? We have some friends here from Cape Town and they love Ginga. Both have gotten mixed reviews, Riboville got some bad marks on eatout.co.za and Ginga a few on tripadvisor. Could not find anything about Ginga on eatout

Mar 04, 2009
merbel in Middle East & Africa

Cape Town-3 nights

Thanks so much!

Mar 04, 2009
merbel in Middle East & Africa

Johannesburg staying one night at Intercontinental

Was thinking of heading in and eating at Moyo (would one location be better than the other? Melrose Arch vs Parkview?
Again, maybe over ambitious but would love to get out fo the hotel for a bit....

Mar 03, 2009
merbel in Middle East & Africa

Cape Town-3 nights

Resaurant name?

Mar 03, 2009
merbel in Middle East & Africa

Cape Town-3 nights

We will be in Cape Town for three nights and want to optimize our diing experience.
Traveling with a small group and, at one of their friend's recommendations, three high end restaurants were suggested-Showroom, Aubergine and Sevruga.
We tend to like slightly more casual restaurants though the food is the important thing. We are leaning towards one night at Bukhara and a recent NY TImes article touted Bizerca and the website looked great.
Like fresh, local food served in a nice atmosphere. Not about the glitz/ornate, the "scene" or the hyped up presentation.

Thoughts? Thanks!

Mar 02, 2009
merbel in Middle East & Africa

Franschhoek

We are staying two nights here (a t La Residence)
Any thoughts on dinner selections? Suggestions by the agency that booked us are dinner at La Residence one night and The Tasting Room in Le Quartier Francais.
Prefer fresh, local, not stuffy, not overly formal and am concerned the above may be in that catagory?

Mar 02, 2009
merbel in Middle East & Africa

Johannesburg staying one night at Intercontinental

airport

Mar 02, 2009
merbel in Middle East & Africa

Johannesburg staying one night at Intercontinental

Coming into Johannesburg for one night on way to Cape Town, et al and wondered if anyone could recommend a place for dinner. We will be wiped out after a flight from Atlanta but was hoping for options other than the hotel....
Thanks!

Feb 25, 2009
merbel in Middle East & Africa

Three nights in NO, narrowing it down...

Will be in NO for the French Quarter festival and is my first time since Katrina. I imagine we will eat some at the festival but perhaps lunch one day elsewhere.
Throwing around Cochan, August, Stella, Bayona, Luke. Help my pick the top three! Thanks.

Feb 13, 2009
merbel in New Orleans

lunch near copley

no, good local food. Seafood, Italian preferable

Sep 12, 2008
merbel in Greater Boston Area

lunch near copley

Any recmmendations for lunch in Copley, back bay area for tomorrow/Saturday? Had a wonderful lunch at Neptune oyster today and dinner res for Prezza tomorrow...

Sep 12, 2008
merbel in Greater Boston Area

In Boston for visit-dinner Saturday?

Yes, a bit last minute but wanted recommendations for dinner Saturday for two. Not fancy, fussy but good food in central Boston. Any recommendations for North End? Or other thoughts?

Sep 08, 2008
merbel in Greater Boston Area

Last night in BA-restaurant

Resto or Thymus or other? Will be at La Cabrera tonight so no more big meat places tomorrow....
Food more important than pomp and atmosphere. Good wine important.
Thanks!!!

May 22, 2008
merbel in Latin America & Caribbean

Last night in BA-restaurant

Resto or Thymus or other? Will be at La Cabrera tonight so no more big meat places tomorrow....
Food more important than pomp and atmosphere. Good wine important.
Thanks!!!

May 22, 2008
merbel in Latin America & Caribbean

one night in Jackson, MS-Walker's?

Thanks, Spice Avenue sounds great but I am traveling with a friend that is not an Indian food fan. So I guess Walker's may be our best bet. Staying at the Hilton but we have a car so should be fine. Thanks for the replies

Mar 06, 2008
merbel in General South Archive

one night in Jackson, MS-Walker's?

Will be in Jackson for an event this Friday and did a quick perusal of the board a few days ago. Using that, made late dinner plans for Walker's Drive Inn. Best bet?
Thanks!

Mar 06, 2008
merbel in General South Archive

Small winery recommendations/restaurant recommendations

That was our tentative plan. Two nights in Napa and then to the Inn with dinner one of those nights...

Dec 06, 2006
merbel in San Francisco Bay Area