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Recs along Geo Wash Mem Pkwy

Just wanted to say thanks to everyone who posted suggestions. Unfortunately, we were unable to try a lot of the suggestions due to the heat and crankiness of my traveling companions. When you are hangry, you don't want to wait, especially if you are 7 and male.

That said, we did get to a few places. Found a parking place on July 4th directly in front of Society Fair right before the kitchen closed. The kids weren't too sure about eating there and I'm not sure my husband was. But in the end, my DS raved about the homemade hot dog, my DD practically licked the bowl of tomato soup clean after dipping her grilled cheese into it. My DH enjoyed a braised beef sandwich and I had the Pope's lunch prosciutto sandwich. Wonderful. The waitress even gave us a bag of chocolate chip cookies to take home. I don't like cookies but these were incredible.

We also went to Bayou Bakery. The gumbo was wonderful, not overly spicy but with plenty of flavor. My DD had the armdrip and said it was very good. My DH chose the chicken salad sandwich. His only complaint was too many sprouts. My DS ate nothing. :)

Took my DD to Lyon Hall. Although she is a properly behaved teenager, there were still some looks as it was evening. Still, she had the bratwurst and I had the kraut garni, pommes frites and the pretzel. Enjoyed the bratwurst and the kraut and the pretzel. Pommes frites were good. Didn't need the sweetness from the sauces with the pretzel or bratwurst.

Also took an afternoon snack break with my DD at Paul across from NARA. My red fruit slice was good but not quite as good as a similar Italian tart I used to get at home. She enjoyed her nutella waffle.

The burgers at Good Stuff Eatery were not as good as even Five Guys. The chocolate and salty caramel shakes were incredible. My favorite place for burgers and shakes, though, is still Todd Jurich's in Virginia Beach.

We also ate at Silver Diner (great breakfasts), Pomodoro's (decent enough pizza) out by the Air and Space in Chantilly, and a disastrous visit to get out of the rain at Chipotle. Plus a couple visits to museum cafeterias because of the rain.

And a couple visits to Toby's Homemade Ice Cream. Decent ice cream but coming from Lancaster County nowhere near what we get at home.

Thanks again!

Recs along Geo Wash Mem Pkwy

Thanks. We will probably be at Mount Vernon on the 4th of July. Would any of those places be less busy on the holiday than the others?

Recs along Geo Wash Mem Pkwy

Thank you. These look great. We have very good Vietnamese and Peruvian at home, but the rest are intriguing.

Will definitely go to Pupatella over FireWorks with your rec.

Firehook and Northside Social were more pastry places on the run (Nutella poptart at Northside Social would appeal to my children and the coffee would have to be better than hotel coffee).

Good Stuff Eatery I tagged for the milkshakes especially.

Bangkok Golden has my favorites of Larb and Nam Khao. Not sure if the Sai Oua is like the sour sausages in Nam Khao Tod but they sound delicious.

Thanks. I'm getting excited about this trip now!

Recs along Geo Wash Mem Pkwy

Thanks. I've added them all to my list. Society Fair looks perfect. I wouldn't have known about their egg sandwiches from their website. Love biscuits, charcuterie and sweets. Perfect!
Firehook was on my list because we have a possible visit to the National Building Museum on the list and that was listed as nearby for pastries.

Recs along Geo Wash Mem Pkwy

Planning a weeklong family trip along the Geo Wash Mem Pkwy over the 4th. Looking for great food in a casual setting. We will be based in Arlington. Willing to try new cuisines, but like German, Chinese, Thai, Mexican and Spanish. Also looking for great places for breakfast and ice cream/dessert. Looking at Fire Works, Firehook, Good Stuff Eatery, Pupatella, Bangkok 54, Bayou Bakery, Del Ray Cafe and Northside Social. Also, Jaleo or Pepe food truck when in DC. Thanks for any help.

Vacation recommendations for Toronto, please

Thanks for the heads up. Soy lecithin and soybean oil are okay for my daughter. It's soybeans, soy protein and soy flour we have to be careful with. She has only ever reacted once to soy milk. But the allergy doctor tested her and combined with her other allergies, felt that she needed to be a bit careful with soy and carry an epipen. We haven't used it in 2 years of having it. That's a shame that your soy allergy is so much worse. It makes it incredibly hard, I'm sure.

Vacation recommendations for Toronto, please

Guu Izakaya sounds like fun. Just have to check and see if they have any soy-free dishes.

Little India and Chinatown are on our list to explore.

Kensington Market sounds like fun. My husband likes bahn mi, the kids burritos and I like empanadas. Win-Win. But what are doubles?

Unfortunately, we will not be in town on a weekend. We will be there during the week during Luminato. We are hoping to see The Encampment and maybe doing a picnic dinner there.

Vacation recommendations for Toronto, please

This looks perfect. Lots to choose from, some new tastes but nothing to scare anyone away, and right around the corner! Thanks.

Vacation recommendations for Toronto, please

Thanks, Nevy. I'll have to check out the Stockyards menu when their website comes back up. Khao San Road looks good but I didn't see my favorites of Nam Kao Tod or Tom Yum Kai. Terroni might be another good choice. I'll add them to my list.

Vacation recommendations for Toronto, please

Pennsylvania Dutch Country. Lots of fresh vegetables and plain food. Think white. Buttered noodles, roast chicken, potatoes. Heavy baked goods. Whoopie pies. Chain restaurants. Definitely NOT a culinary hotspot. We also want to stay away from the standard burger joint (unless it is special) or chicken nuggets or hot dog kind of places.

Vacation recommendations for Toronto, please

Hi. My family (2 kids, 12 and 6) will be visiting Toronto soon. We love to eat good food but are on somewhat of a budget. Also, we have a soy allergy, three of us won't eat seafood, and one cannot eat very spicy food while another craves it. So it is fun planning dinner at home let alone away. Things we all agree on are pizza, Spanish chorizo, kielbasa, and dessert! We love Thai, especially Northern Thai but need assurances that there are no soy products used. It's surprising that even some Mexican (although not authentic) has soy sauce! We want to stay away from chains and prefer to try things we can't get at home. Kids' menus are NOT a requirement. My kids preferred the Food and Wine Festival (not the wine, of course) at Epcot over Magic Kingdom in Disney World.

That said, I found the following restaurants that might be interesting. I would love some input and some other suggestions. I know we will only be there for 5 days but it will be nice to have options depending on mood and location. We will be staying at Bond Place hotel and will probably do the ROM or AGO, OSC, Royal Botanical Gardens, Fort York, the Islands. THANKS!!

Casa Barcelona
Cafe Polonez
Prague Deli
Saving Grace
Sunrise Grill
Karines
Boom Breakfast
MoRoCo
Sliced
La Bomboche Patisserie

Oh, and what is pizza in Dufferin Park like? It sounds intriguing.

Good eats near Richmond?

We enjoyed Kitchen 64, a wonderful casual restaurant right off 95 and 64. Go hungry!

http://www.kitchen64.com

Comfort has an amazing chocolate mousse.

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Kitchen 64
3336 N St, Richmond, VA 23223

Aug 01, 2011
aekbooth in Mid-Atlantic

Where in West Virginia?

If you can catch them, When Pigs Fly BBQ is amazing. Usually they post where they will be on their Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/When-Pi...

This week they are at Colonial Ford on 219 north of Lewisburg. You can always email them. They are very friendly! We had their food in Lexington, VA at the balloon fest last 4th of July.

They make a great bbq sunday with pulled pork, baked beans, coleslaw and a pickle. And I don't like coleslaw but I loved that one.

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Pigs Fly
617 E Loockerman St, Dover, DE 19901

Jul 27, 2011
aekbooth in Mid-Atlantic

Driving from Wash DC to WIlliamsburg, VA and then back to NY

Just got back from Richmond and agree completely with Kitchen 64 (and their ice cream shop next door Sweet 95!). Comfort, Galaxy Diner (more for the kitsch) and Nacho Mamas were also favorites. AMFM's recs were right on target so I'm sure those others are great. BTW the art museum which is fab on its own is also FREE. My kids enjoyed it. Science Museum had more than other science museums we've been to. (If you belong to a science museum at home, check to see if it is a member of ASTC. If so, you can get in free at the one in Richmond as well as others nearby. Great when you have just an hour to spend and don't want to spend too much money.)

We love Sal's by Victor pizza when we are in Williamsburg. We've had a lunch at King's Arms, but aside from the decor it wasn't memorable. But then I don't have bad memories either.

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Galaxy Diner
3109 W Cary St, Richmond, VA 23221

Kitchen 64
3336 N St, Richmond, VA 23223

Nacho Mama's
3449 W Cary St, Richmond, VA 23221

Jul 26, 2011
aekbooth in Mid-Atlantic

HELP, please. Need monkey bread near Fredericksburg/Richmond/Virginia Beach

Thanks for all your suggestions. We just got back from our trip. We had a wonderful time and Richmond has some great restaurants. But wow! the portion sizes are HUGE.

We went to Kitchen 64 for lunch. My husband had the club, which I think is made out of an entire loaf of bread and a pound of meat! My children shared the pepperoni pizza. I had a taste of that and it was very good. I had the grilled chicken sandwich with smoked gouda and a roasted red pepper sauce with sweet potato fries. Very good, although I would have liked more of that sauce as a dip for my fries. For dinner, we just grabbed a snack at Galaxy Diner. My son had a grilled cheese and my daughter and husband had hamburgers. My husband had a chocolate shake. I had the fried green tomatoes, fried pickles, and cheese sticks appetizer. The honey mustard had dill and the marinara sauce didn't taste like the normal jarred sauce so either it was homemade or a different brand, but still good.

The next day we had lunch at The Halligan Bar and Grill. The BBQ was great. I had the combo platter (brisket, chicken and pork) with homemade mac and cheese and cornbread with chipotle butter. I even tried the mac and cheese which I hate. While I wouldn't eat it, it was definitely very, very good. My son ate that for his lunch. My daughter wasn't crazy about the vinegary sauce in the pork sandwich she split with her dad, yet she put vinegar on her fries. For dinner that night, we just got dessert at Sweet 95. I got the Stella sundae with baklava. Delicious but a bit hard to eat since the baklava was dry and the ice cream cold. My children got mint chocolate chip ice cream. I guess their ice cream is handmade by the Creamery which is a local favorite? I can see why. My husband had a hot fudge sundae which he wasn't sharing.

Our final day in Richmond we went to Comfort for lunch. My husband loved his chicken tarragon sandwich. I forget what the kids had. I had a turkey sandwich with roasted apple mustard and apples and cheese. This was executed well but was a bad choice on my part because I'm not crazy about apples but wanted to try something new. I should have gone with the special which was a cold cucumber melon soup with chilis. We were full but when the waitress asked about dessert, I asked her to just tell us what they have even thought we weren't going to get any. When she said chocolate mousse, my husband's eyes lit up. We shared it and it was gone so fast. So rich. I would love to have that mousse with some Rosa Regale. Perfect! Dinner/dessert that night was at Nacho Mama's. My husband and I split southwestern egg rolls, my daughter and son split tacos. For dessert, I had key lime pie handmade by a staff member, my daughter had the churro sundae and my husband and son split the fried ice cream. That key lime pie was very good. Tart and not your typical key lime.

Thanks for all the recs. I definitely want to come back and try all the others!!

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Galaxy Diner
3109 W Cary St, Richmond, VA 23221

Kitchen 64
3336 N St, Richmond, VA 23223

Nacho Mama's
3449 W Cary St, Richmond, VA 23221

Jul 26, 2011
aekbooth in Mid-Atlantic

Good Chow at Todd Jurich's Burger Bar in Va. Beach

This place was amazing. On a food-filled vacation, it was at the top. We stopped in on a Thursday around 1. Parking was easy. My husband and children started with a chocolate shake that was the best we ever had. (They let me have a tiny sip.) I had the heirloom tomato and mozzarella salad. Pure tomato flavor and the cheese was not too soft or too firm. Perfect. My son had a hot dog. I'm sure it was wonderful. My daughter had the kid's hamburger and fries. Very good. My husband had the American cheeseburger and loved it. I had the Hatch chili burger with American Wagyu beef. Just the right amount of spice, lots of flavor, moist and juicy on a roll that could withstand all the juiciness of the burger and the moistness of the chipotle mayo and chilis. Dessert of a key lime pie sounded so tempting, but we had to get going and had already overeaten. The waitress was friendly and after a little chat we discovered her grandparents live in the same small town we live in 7 hours away. Definitely a place to remember.

Jul 25, 2011
aekbooth in Mid-Atlantic

Produce Stands - Lancaster County

There is an organic produce stand on Prospect Road near Farmdale Elementary area. Not sure how good it is.

Love the berries and peaches from the farm stand on North Strickler Road in Manheim.

Jun 28, 2011
aekbooth in Pennsylvania

HELP, please. Need monkey bread near Fredericksburg/Richmond/Virginia Beach

THANKS Katva and AMFM. I've added your suggestions into my file. I"m really getting excited about this trip, especially Richmond.

Jun 13, 2011
aekbooth in Mid-Atlantic

HELP, please. Need monkey bread near Fredericksburg/Richmond/Virginia Beach

Comfort and Lulus were on my list. I've added Kitchen 64.

We all like ethnic cuisine; however, with the soy allergy of my daughter's we try to avoid Asian as a family. Mexican is great. The current favorite in our house is Spanish -- anything with Spanish chorizo, piquillo peppers and manchego cheese is sure to be a hit. Italian and German are also good. If there is a place that has sushi but maybe another nearby that has something without soy, that is a possibility too.

We are staying at the Best Western (either on Plank or Broad. one is Fredericksburg and the other is Richmond). We plan to do mostly Civil War stuff during the day but also have the Lewis Ginter Gardens and the Science Museum as possibilities.

THANKS!

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Kitchen 64
3336 N St, Richmond, VA 23223

Jun 08, 2011
aekbooth in Mid-Atlantic

HELP, please. Need monkey bread near Fredericksburg/Richmond/Virginia Beach

I just realized we won't be in Richmond on a Sunday. We'll have to try Stronghill for lunch or dinner.

We will be in Richmond Monday through Thursday morning/afternoon. Any can't miss places? We will need casual places that we can take an 11 year old and 5 year old to. They are both adventurous eaters but we do have a soy allergy.

Thanks!

Jun 07, 2011
aekbooth in Mid-Atlantic

Looking for Locally-owned, Unique Grocery in/around Lancaster

For a great selection of meats and cheeses, including imported items and local, as well as freshly baked goods including bread, and a few veggies and fruits, try S. Clyde Weaver in East Petersburg. Located right on Rt. 72 Manheim Pike and not far from Lititz, they have a store and a cafe (with wonderful coffee and tea). I purchase olive oil, balsamic vinegars, hams, Spanish chorizo, manchego cheese, sandwiches, soups, pastries, whoopie pies, etc. It is my son's favorite place to eat lunch. http://www.sclydeweaver.com/Home.aspx

Jun 06, 2011
aekbooth in Pennsylvania

HELP, please. Need monkey bread near Fredericksburg/Richmond/Virginia Beach

I found it! Stronghill Dining Company.

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Stronghill Dining Company
1200 N Boulevard, Richmond, VA 23230

Jun 05, 2011
aekbooth in Mid-Atlantic

HELP, please. Need monkey bread near Fredericksburg/Richmond/Virginia Beach

I am planning a vacation and have been poring over travel books, Chowhound and websites looking for good restaurants. Somewhere I came across a menu on a website that listed monkey bread under breakfast items. My kids love monkey bread and I thought this would be cool. However, it is not in the restaurant I thought it was. Any suggestions, please, on restaurants that serve this? We will be driving down I-81 across through Culpeper to Fredericksburg and then down to Richmond and Petersburg before heading to Virginia Beach area. Thanks.

Jun 04, 2011
aekbooth in Mid-Atlantic

Best places to eat by Tuscany Suites

Thanks everyone. We just got back. We didn't get a chance to eat at the Mexican Place in Tuscany Suites but were surprised that the coffee shop was good. I had pastries that weren't dried out and fruit that was fresh. Better than a previous visit to the Peppermill. The homemade chips at lunch were really good, too. Service, especially Miriam, was great. Kept my coffee filled.

We walked to Lawry's and the service was awful, as usual. I have been there three times and hate it. If it hadn't been convenient and so late after traveling all day, we would have gone elsewhere.

After an event, we had a late night dinner at the Venetian at Otto. Granted we were the last party seated and the waiter had only been there a week. But we ordered wine, coffee, two pizzas, and two gelatos. The service was horrible. They said, "We don't have coffee. Only espresso or you can get a cafe americano which is espresso with hot water." I said that that would be fine as long as it did not have cream. But they still brought me cream. No biggie. But then the waiter brought out my gelato and I could tell it wasn't what I ordered. When I questioned him, he repeated back my order - espresso, chocolate and pistachio gelatos- and went to check. He came back and said that what he delivered is what I ordered. Instead, he had brought two pistachio and pear gelatos, which is what someone else at our table ordered. Obviously, those two light gelatos were not chocolate nor espresso. Oh well. They were good enough.

Next day we walked to the strip and ate at China Poblano at the Cosmopolitan. Very good. Would love to try it again. Late afternoon gelato in the Venetian in St. Mark's. Actually, passion fruit and coconut sorbet. Even better than Otto. Dinner was just a quick slice of pizza from JJ Boulangerie in Paris because we were too tired and not hungry enough to eat much more.

Following day was a huge breakfast at BB King's at the Mirage. Although the coffee was horrible and we sent it back for another pot, the rest of the meal was quite good. My waffles weren't as light and crisp as I hoped but definitely were tasty. Lunch was at 'wichcraft at MGM. We split a chicken pesto sandwich and left off the red peppers because my husband doesn't like them. We both agreed it was a mistake. It needed a little something. On a previous visit, I had had the steak, eggs and mushroom sandwich and liked it a lot.

We had every intention of going to Roy's for dinner, but at the last minute got a call from friends asking us to join them and a few others at Bond for drinks and D.O.C.G. for dinner at the Cosmopolitan. We couldn't say no. It was an enjoyable evening. Service at DOCG was very good even though there were some issues down the other end of the table. Our food was wonderful. My husband's swordfish was cooked perfectly as was the lamb someone else ordered. My gnocchi was light and fluffy. The Caramel Budino was amazing. The only complaint was the music. It was loud, not equalized and a bizarre mix of styles. This seemed to run counter to the waiter's assertion that the restaurant served small plates to bring back conversation into meals.

Thanks again for the tips. It's hard when you're with a group to steer decisions so maybe next time I'll get to check out more of your suggestions.

Jan 11, 2011
aekbooth in Las Vegas

China Poblano - The Cosmopolitan

We were there the other day for lunch and enjoyed ourselves. I had a salt air margarita that was wonderful. My husband had a passion fruit agua fresca that I would have had if it wasn't for that margarita. The salsa and chips were very good. I liked the smokiness of the chipotle, even though my preference is generally for a hotter salsa. The chicken mole tacos were wonderful compared to others I have had. I liked the When Pigs Fly but as another poster said found them to be a bit heavy. Lastly, we had the coconut tapioca ball dessert with the orange sorbet and passion fruit puree. I hate tapioca but this was delicious. Very light and the passion fruit and orange added just enough flavor to counter the creaminess of the rest of the dish. The waiter joked when he brought it out that he could bring us a knife -- so we could fight over it. I enjoyed the feel of the restaurant, but this was during a fairly quiet time at lunch. I don't know how it would be at night. I definitely would want to try more dishes (especially a soup or two) and it would be fun to go with a group that you weren't necessarily trying to have a deep conversation with.

Jan 10, 2011
aekbooth in Las Vegas

Best places to eat by Tuscany Suites

Thanks for the suggestions. I'll definitely be checking them out.

Dec 30, 2010
aekbooth in Las Vegas

Best places to eat by Tuscany Suites

Our hotel just got changed from a Strip hotel to the Tuscany Suites. (Don't ask.) What are the best restaurants nearby? Any cuisine, moderate (entrees in the 15-30) price range, only adults in party. Maybe one expensive but definitely not splurge restaurant.

We won't have a car that I know of but I don't mind walking. On a previous visit, I walked from Mandalay Bay to the Sahara carrying a 4 year old child. When we stay for convention by the Hilton, I usually take the monorail over to the Strip and spend the day walking.

So my other question is, how safe is it to walk from the Tuscany Suites to the Strip or is there a monorail access?

Thanks so much. Last visit we enjoyed LOS and Origin India and the now defunct Cafe Ba Ba Reeba.

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Origin India
4480 Paradise Road, Suite 1200, Las Vegas, NV 89169

Cafe Ba Ba Reeba
3200 Las Vegas Blvd S Ste 1144, Las Vegas, NV 89109

Dec 28, 2010
aekbooth in Las Vegas

Lancaster -- Help finding Dat's

My husband loves Dats Billiards and Vietnamese food. When they moved from N. Prince to Butler Ave, I found out accidentally. Now it seems they are gone from Butler Ave and we don't know where they went.

If anyone knows where there new location is, please respond. And, no, I don't care about the health inspections. My husband likes what he likes and doesn't care.

Thanks.

Oct 29, 2010
aekbooth in Pennsylvania

Anniversary Dinner in Orlando in October

Thanks. California Grill looks good, but not quite what I had in mind.

Funky Monkey looks good and is a definite possibility. Do you know if they have a good selection of beers as well?

Thanks!

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California Grill
Disneys Contemporary Resort, Orlando, FL 32830

Sep 23, 2010
aekbooth in Florida

Anniversary Dinner in Orlando in October

Going to Disney for Food and Wine. Have reservations for House of Blues, Hacienda de San Angel, Via Napoli, Boma. Plan on grazing at Epcot Food and Wine for two days.

Looking for a place, not in a theme park, for an anniversary dinner. Ideally, looking for something quiet, somewhat romantic and, the catch, not outrageously expensive, with decent food. It doesn't have to be gourmet food. We like all kinds of food between us. I don't like sushi or fish of any sort, although my husband does, so it would need to be a place that had other options. However, we both love Thai and Chinese. We also like Spanish, Italian, Mexican, Steak, etc.

We are staying at the Sheraton Vistana which I guess isn't far from Downtown Disney. We will have a vehicle and willing to drive as long as the area is safe and not too confusing.

Thanks.

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House of Blues
, Orlando, FL 32830

Sep 22, 2010
aekbooth in Florida