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Upper West Side

Thank you, everyone, for the suggestions. They seem spot-on to what we're seeking. It'll be fun to explore.

Nov 07, 2013
joe d in Manhattan

Upper West Side

We're staying on West 77th this weekend and looking for something in the neighborhood, not fancy but good, any kind of food. We'd appreciate suggestions.

Nov 04, 2013
joe d in Manhattan

Key West

Don't give up on El Siboney. It's out first stop every visit to Key West. It has great local atmosphere and great Cuban Food. And don't worry about the "not-well lit street." Part of its charm is that it's tucked into a quiet residential neighborhood; perfectly safe.

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Siboney
900 Catherine St, Key West, FL 33040

Nov 28, 2010
joe d in Florida

A restaurant we don't know

Thanks for your good ideas, everyone. I wasn't as clear as I might have been: I'm not necessarily looking for new restaurants, but some hidden gems -- ones NOLA experts think are overlooked.

Appreciate everyone's help.

Aug 01, 2010
joe d in New Orleans

A restaurant we don't know

Eight of us are planning a trip to New Orleans in October, staying in the French Quarter. Three of the couples have visited there multiple times before (although not for several years) and are familiar with the fine restaurants found on standard listings. But what's the best/most interesting restaurant, preferably close, we don't already know about. Lunch or dinner, fancy or plain... just want to know about the little-known.

Thanks for your tips.

Jul 28, 2010
joe d in New Orleans

South of Fort Lauderdale

Thanks for the interesting suggestions. We'll try one of them.

Jan 31, 2010
joe d in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

South of Fort Lauderdale

Some friends have been nice enough to agree to drive up I-95 from Miami to meet us for dinner before we cruise out from Fort Lauderdale. We're staying in Dania Beach and looking for a good restaurant not far away, on the Miami side of FLL -- not haute cuisine, but better than a burger. Ideas appreciated.

Jan 26, 2010
joe d in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Gullah in South Carolina low country

Updating a thread that's been long-neglected:

The Gullah/Geechee culture lives (barely) on Hilton Head and nearby Daufuskie Island (fictionalized in Pat Conroy's "The Water is Wide." Its history is preserved at the Penn Center a little north on St. Helena.

Hilton Head has a relatively new restaurant that carries on the tradition, Dye's Gullah Fixin's, in the Pineland Station shopping center near the north end of the Island. It's open for lunch and dinner. It occasionally has live entertainment, always has wonderful food and warm, friendly service, usually from Dye herself.

Everything is fresh and local. The shrimp and grits will wow people who don't like grits. Swear you'll never taste collard greens? You'll like these. Fried chicken --- so what if it isn't good for you? It also isn't greasy. Oysters, but only in season. Lots of downhome vegetables, cornbread so light it practically floats off the plate....

Gullah cooking is oldstyle southern cooking, and this is head-and-shoulders over commercial places like Paula Deen's in Savannah. If you're going to do a cholesterol splurge, you ought to save it for this place.

Jul 17, 2008
joe d in General South Archive

brunch near dupont circle

Our niece is getting married in D.C. in June, and we're looking for a place somewhere in the area between DuPont Circle and the White House for a family Sunday brunch. Among the suggestions we've gotten: Corcoran Gallery, Brasserie Beck, DuPont Grille, Levante's. Not knowing restaurants there, we've much appreciate advice from those of you in the area about these places, and others.

Atlanta near Woodruff Center

We're coming to town for a Woodruff Center Concert and hope to park early at the Woodruff Center and walk to a good restaurant -- something more than meat-and-three, less than second mortgage. Suggestions? What about Table 1280?

Dec 29, 2007
joe d in General South Archive