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Ruxbin tonight - good choice for last minute dinner?

amazing! thanks. i'm going for bristol. :)

May 10, 2013
ellenmellen in Chicago Area

Ruxbin tonight - good choice for last minute dinner?

ah, thank you for your quick response!

in terms of when/where/what - something before 9, in immediate chi metro area. my brother's been to all the "where you should go" places in the city so looking for something that has a memorable dining experience and good/chill vibe. last time he was in the city, he loved vera and nightwood.

thanks for the list - bristol is a good one i didn't think of.

May 10, 2013
ellenmellen in Chicago Area

Ruxbin tonight - good choice for last minute dinner?

Hey Chowhounders - happy weekend!

My brother-with-a-discerning-palate is in town (last minute). I want to take him to Ruxbin tonight, but have never been on a Friday night. Worth it? I'm imagining that it would be a pretty long wait on a weekend.

Or, if you have other suggestions on last-minute dining? Haven't found a lot of last-minute availability.

May 10, 2013
ellenmellen in Chicago Area

West and Upcountry Maui recs?

awesome, thanks for the recs. we're staying right near duke's when in west maui, so that's perfect to hear.

Apr 12, 2013
ellenmellen in Hawaii

West and Upcountry Maui recs?

those strawberries ... look amazing.

adding grandma's coffee house, putting surfing goat dairy/vineyards/kula country farms as a "swing by," i think we'll be passing through all those places at one point or another.

thanks!

Apr 11, 2013
ellenmellen in Hawaii

West and Upcountry Maui recs?

thanks, this is super helpful!

good to know about sansei, i'll move that to a skip and add koiso - our group is a bunch discerning palates (esp. when it comes to sushi).

for drinks, not looking for anything in specific - just a good vibe / atmosphere, not too chain-y or tourist-y. if you have any suggestions, i'd love to hear!

Apr 11, 2013
ellenmellen in Hawaii

West and Upcountry Maui recs?

Hey Chowhounders!

I'm traveling with mostly first-timers to Maui for a wedding (and I haven't been in years). Any suggestions? We will be staying in the Kaanapali area for a week, and a few days in Upcountry (Makawao).

Looking for 1-2 "nicer" dinner options, but mostly for casual/in-between-casual-and-nicer places. Definitely looking for some gems, plate lunch, asian food, and some good places to grab a drink. So far I've got a few on the list, which are mostly in West Maui area.

- Sansei Sushi at Kapalua (any other sushi recs?)
- Ululani's for shaved ice
- Honokowai okazuya & deli for plate lunch (any other recs?)
- Star Noodle

Any help is appreciated! especially on the "grab a drink" section - last time I was there, I wasn't 21 yet ...

Apr 10, 2013
ellenmellen in Hawaii

Hot Pot/shabu shabu in Chicago?

Thanks for the rec!

Aug 17, 2011
ellenmellen in Chicago Area

Hot Pot/shabu shabu in Chicago?

What's the best place in Chicago (pref metro area) for hot pot/shabu shabu? I read that Lao Beijing offers this, but anyone know if it's good? Or, if there are other suggestions?

I'm new to the city - have been through a lot of the "eat this in chicago" places, but now on one of those kicks to find things that remind me of home cooking...

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Lao Beijing
2138 S Archer Ave, Chicago, IL 60616

Aug 15, 2011
ellenmellen in Chicago Area

Good roast chicken?

I'm in the RIver North area - and you're right, in my experience I see this dish a lot on menus, but it's hard to find a really great version.

Oct 21, 2010
ellenmellen in Chicago Area

Good roast chicken?

I just moved to Chicago from Boston, and have been on the hunt for good eats (not that hard, I discovered ... lots of places on my list to try)!

Does anyone know where can I find some really good roast chicken? I'm thinking crispy skin, juicy roast chicken. Simple, old school. In Boston I used to get my fix at Hamersley's ...

Oct 20, 2010
ellenmellen in Chicago Area