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Dinner in/near Burlington - help for a NY 'hound!

Thanks for all the recs! My trip got postponed by a snowstorm, but now I REALLY want to head up there.

Feb 21, 2014
LisaZee in Greater Boston Area

Hidden gems that you don't wanna tell even the closest friend?

Thanks for the falafel heads up - wish I'd seen this yesterday when I was RIGHT THERE looking for a tasty bite in the Park Ave food wasteland.

Feb 21, 2014
LisaZee in Manhattan

Dinner in/near Burlington - help for a NY 'hound!

Thanks all for these great suggestions! I'll share this list with my friend and will report back.

Feb 10, 2014
LisaZee in Greater Boston Area

Dinner in/near Burlington - help for a NY 'hound!

Hi

I'm driving up from NYC to take a friend out for her 50th bday. She's suggesting places like the Cheesecake Factory. Save me!

We'll have a vegetarian in our group of 4. Moderately expensive is okay, but L'Anatana seemed a bit pricey with most entrees over $30.

Doesn't have to be Burlingon - were looking for someplace convenient to folks from Lexinton and Newburyport.

Thanks, Yankees!

LIsa

Feb 10, 2014
LisaZee in Greater Boston Area

NOLA feeding frenzy report

Thanks 'hounds for many helpful tips! Can't wait to come back - so many places we didn't get to try. Here's my re-cap:

JACQUES IMO’S – If I only had a Strawberry Abita and the free garlic cornbread muffin at the bar, it would have been enough. But we also had the fried chicken – amazing, perfect, grease-less - and the crazy Carpetbaggers Steak – way too much: with oysters, onions, bleu cheese and hollandaise, but pretty darn delicious. We skipped the alligator “cheesecake” appetizer – heard that was a good call. Each entrée came with two sides – corn maque choux was my favorite (even if I don’t remember exactly what it was), mashed sweet potatoes were very good, beets were just okay and I forget the fourth. But it was better than the beets. We were too stuffed for dessert, I am sorry to say. Amateurs, on day one of the eating extravaganza. We would not make that mistake again.
www.jacques-imos.com

ELIZABETH’S – This may have been my favorite breakfast ever. Started with coffee and the calas – could be the best $5 you will ever spend – perfectly fried fritters of rice pudding dusted with powdered sugar. They beat the Café du Monde beignets hands down. Praline bacon is a must-try. Next time I’ll ask for it extra crispy. Had a “light” meal of eggs, biscuit and grits. Sounds simple, but everything was perfect. Their biscuits taste almost eggy, denser than others – like the child of biscuits and challah - really good. As we were eating (we got there before 8:00am – were the first people there), the waitress kept writing specials on the board – one more delicious and heavier-sounding than the next – I don’t remember the specifics, but they were even more outlandish than the regular menu item of bananas foster French toast. I’ll be back.
http://www.elizabethsrestaurantnola.com

(Sidebar: After waiting over 30 minutes for two different cabs to pick us up, we channeled Blanche du Bois and asked a kind stranger to drive us back to our hotel. Apparently United Cab is the only company to call in the city – 504-522-9771

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WILLIE MAE’S SCOTCH HOUSE – Had high hopes since many call it the best fried chicken in America. It’s not. It was good, but it’s VERY greasy. I thought Jacques Imo’s was better. The cornbread was yummy and the side of green beans gravy and rice was pure comfort. Mac and cheese was great too. Bread pudding, not so much. Next time I’ll be trying Lil’ Dizzy’s for fried chicken.

PALACE CAFÉ – A Dickie Brennan restaurant on Canal Street. We went because it was across the street from our hotel and we were still kind of stuffed after fried chicken lunch. Lovely place – an old retail store – an okay but not memorable meal. Skip it. Oh, I just reviewed the menu online to refresh my memory. You might want to stop in for the crawfish mac and cheese, after all! A comparatively light bite. The oyster loaf hit the spot, too. No need to try the crabmeat cheesecake appetizer. So, if you’re in the neighborhood, it’ll do.
www.palacecafe.com

SAZERAC BAR at The Roosevelt Hotel– Home of the cocktail that shares its name. A nice place for a drink, and they give you plenty of bar snacks. Lovely old hotel – worth a peek at the lobby if you don’t have time for a drink.

DOMENICA’s – We were starting to O.D. on “stuff stuff with heavy” as Calvin Trillin would say, and we were feeling lazy after the Sazeracs, so we just popped into this John Besh Italian restaurant, also at The Roosevelt.(I guess he’s the Danny Meyers of NOLA, but a chef too) Was the best pizza I’d had in years (and I am from New York!), great kale salad, and delicious banana zuppa inglese – our requisite dose of Heavy.
http://domenicarestaurant.com/

CAFÉ DU MONDE – While I love donuts, and am now a calas convert, I’m not a huge fan of the beignet. But it’s obligatory to go, right? Very fun to watch them being made – walk around to the window in the back.

COMMANDER’S PALACE – There’s a reason they’ve been in business since 1880. Yes, 1880. Everything you would hope it would be. And more. Gorgeous place. We were in the “bird room”. Old world charm, but updated, not dowdy. Started with their renowned garlic bread. Was surprised to read about garlic bread in reviews of a place like this, but now I understand why they’re known for it. Was very happy to have just a tasting of the famous turtle soup in a trio of little cups of soup – along with gumbo and the day’s special of shrimp bisque – my favorite. But you do have to try the turtle soup (tasted sort of like Manhattan clam chowder), if only for the way they top it off with some Sherry. After that, I probably should have skipped my excellent entrée of pecan-crusted drum (a tasty Gulf fish) and just had the grits and dessert. (Erica had the lamb chops. They were perfect.) Their grits are nothing like other grits you’ve had. A fluffy, light mound of creamy white deliciousness. And the desserts! Perfect strawberry shortcake (lucky us, it was in season) and, just as it’s written on the menu: “The Famous Bread Pudding Soufflé - The Queen of Creole Desserts. Must be ordered 20 minutes in advance”. Yes. It must. And, they forgot to mention, it’s served with a whiskey crème Anglaise. Of course it is.
www.commanderspalace.com

By Sunday I was ready to fast. Then I stopped at a flea market and happened upon the FRENCHEEZE FOOD TRUCK. While they’re known for their grilled cheeses, I couldn’t resist The Wilbur – from their website: “pulled pork, bacon & blue cheese topped with sweet & tangy homemade BBQ sauce on a french roll”. Could you resist that?
http://frencheezefoodtruck.com

And right beside the truck was a table with an assortment of delicacies from TEE EVA’s. (Fortunately I had recently found my notes from my trip to New Orleans in 2000 and remembered my admonition to “go go go to this little pie/snowball stand a block or so from Casamento's.”) I limited myself to one pecan cream cheese mini pie. But why?
http://www.tee-evapralines.com/ - Alas, their current website isn’t as charming as the one from 2000, which said "Sorry we can't ship you a snowball."

I am ready to book my next trip!

Apr 28, 2013
LisaZee in New Orleans

Lunch near Tulane on a Monday?

I'm in from NYC - taking my student nieces out for a nice lunch. Would love any suggestions - I know many places close on Monday. Thanks NOLA Chowhounds!

Apr 16, 2013
LisaZee in New Orleans

Breakfast near Sheraton @ 500 Canal?

Thank you!

Apr 16, 2013
LisaZee in New Orleans

Breakfast near Sheraton @ 500 Canal?

Good point! We've got plenty of great Italian in NYC.

Anyplace you'd recommend for dinner near there?

Apr 16, 2013
LisaZee in New Orleans

Breakfast near Sheraton @ 500 Canal?

Thanks, 'hounds! Looks yummy.

Would you recommend Red Gravy for dinner too?

Apr 14, 2013
LisaZee in New Orleans

Breakfast near Sheraton @ 500 Canal?

Hi! I'll be in town next week for a conference & would love recs for breakfast near the Sheraton hotel. Thanks much!

Apr 14, 2013
LisaZee in New Orleans

Lux Lunch, Probably Prix Fix

Great idea - thinking of being in that dining room makes me feel like budget isn't an issue! Definitely "luxe".

Jun 01, 2012
LisaZee in Manhattan

Dinner near Hunter College / East 60s?

Would love ideas for a yummy - or even just decent - quick dinner before the World Science Festival tonight!

All I can think of is Fig & Olive.

Is there anything around?

Not quite close enough for tonight, but I've been tempted to try Les Sans Coulottes - just because it still exists. Worth it?

Thanks!
Lisa

Jun 01, 2012
LisaZee in Manhattan

One day - 2 meals - in San Diego

Thanks so much!

Apr 05, 2011
LisaZee in San Diego

Boston hound in SD, looking for fish tacos and sit-down Mexican

Are you going to the NAPO Conference by any chance? This NYC hound posted a similar request! May we can connect?

Apr 04, 2011
LisaZee in San Diego

Need BIG country-style breakfast in NYC (other than Clinton St Bakery)

Go to the uptown branch of Clinton St - Community Food & Juice. Much shorter lines - get there at 10 or so - or go on a weekday - and you won't have to wait long.

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Community Food & Juice
2893 Broadway, New York, NY 10025

Apr 03, 2011
LisaZee in Manhattan

Lunch deals

Jean-Georges Nougatine. Lovely food, light airy space. Fanatastic deal (tho if you are a big eater you may find the portions on the small side - were perfect for me). Would have been worth the $$ just for the perfect warm shrimp salad.

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Nougatine
1 Central Park West, New York, NY 10023

Apr 03, 2011
LisaZee in Manhattan

One day - 2 meals - in San Diego

Hi SD Hounds,

I'll be in town for a conference (the National Association of Professional Organizers) and have a half-day freee before it begins.

Would love recommendations for lunch and dinner - and some sight-seeing ideas (I think I'll skip the Zoo - is that heretical?)

I'm staying at the Town & County Resort - don't have a car but they say they are on the trolley line.

No particular requirements - just looking for great food that's convenient to sites. Not looking to spend top dollar.

Thanks!

Lisa

Apr 03, 2011
LisaZee in San Diego

Dinner near 30th St Station for 2 New Yorkers

Forgot to mention - we also asked for a side of onion rings - saw them with the ribeye and couldn't resist. Perfection! Service was also really great - helpful, nice, professional. A correction - we had the bourbon beignets, not the maple dessert. I could have that bourbon butterscotch sauce every day!

Mar 21, 2011
LisaZee in Philadelphia

Dinner near 30th St Station for 2 New Yorkers

Thanks Philly friends!

We had a great deal at JG Domestic. The popcorn was a disappointment - soggy, nothing special, but everything else was wonderful - loved the rolls in cast iron skillet; flatbread was perfect; pumkin croquettes were yummy; got comped the crosnes which were a huge hit - one of our favorites, lamb chops were good but I wouldn't recommend them; had the special fish - forget what it was, but it was great. And the chocolate and maple desserts were a fabulous ending to a great meal.

Mar 21, 2011
LisaZee in Philadelphia

Dinner near 30th St Station for 2 New Yorkers

We can cab it. Would like to keep it under $50/person without drinks. Will check out JG - thanks!!

Mar 17, 2011
LisaZee in Philadelphia

Dinner near 30th St Station for 2 New Yorkers

Hi Philly Hounds!

A friend and I are coming down to see the Barnes collection before it is uprooted.

Would love some recommendations for dinner Sat. night near the 30th St. Station - something not too pricey but great food.

Thanks for your help!

Lisa

Mar 16, 2011
LisaZee in Philadelphia

Shelter Island - Two Eds? Commander Cody's?

Hoping for a quick Chowhound response on these 2 places for dinner tonight! People here have been mentioning Two Eds, but we peeked in the window, and the drab carpeting and cafeteria chairs are a downer. Is this more of an eat-outside-in-the-summer place? I don't mind casual, but this seemed like an American Legion hall rec room, which doesn't bring to mind good food!

Stopped by Commander Cody's to sample the baked goods (after meeting the daughter who bakes them last night) - amazing red velvet whoopie pie with marshmallow cream cheese filling. Was wondering what the dinner is like. Is the fried chicken really all that, as a review posted there said? How about the fish and the ribs?

Thanks!

Lisa

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Two Eds
1 N Ferry Rd, Shelter Island, NY 11964

Feb 05, 2011
LisaZee in New York State (exc. NYC)

Gus's Pecans/Davis Mountain Nut Company - Fort Davis

Hmm, sorry to hear it. All the varieties I had were a mix of sweet and spicy - sort of layered flavors. And you could definitely tell it was a fresh pecan in there.

Nov 07, 2010
LisaZee in Texas

Gus's Pecans/Davis Mountain Nut Company - Fort Davis

The guy at the handmade broom place on route 17 just south of the fort recommended that I check out the candied pecans across the street at the Davis Mountain Nut Company. Glad he did!

I'd seen a huge pecan grove on my drive from El Paso to Marfa, and had read that the pecan was Texas's state tree, so I already had pecans on my mind when I saw the place.

Gus makes 7 yummy flavors of pecans - a great treat if you're in the area. Orange Twang and Sweet & Spicy were 2 of my favorites. Am looking at the brochure now - wish I'd noticed the fudge!

Everything was homey and authentic-seeming. I even got a recommendation on a seldom-open local restaurant - Poco Mexico, on 17, north of the "Y" in the road north of the fort, on the left side of the road, open 11:30 - 3:30 Thurs - Sun. I'll plan my next visit around those times.

This is the kind of place Chowhounders should support!

Not in the area? He's online - www.allpecans.com

Oct 18, 2010
LisaZee in Texas

DINNER NEAR THE JOYCE THEATER???? CASUAL???

Their branzino is really good - a frequent special. I was searching this board to find an alternative to Le Zie when I go to the Joyce tomorrow, but I will probably just go back to this old favorite. I usually get the spaghetti and meatballs - nothing special, but perfect! 1" meatballs - much better than the softballs so many places serve.

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Le Zie
172 7th Ave, New York, NY 10011

Jul 19, 2010
LisaZee in Manhattan

Hot Date Suggestion - Downtown

While I think the Red Cat is nice, I wouldn't say anything about the ambiance gives a "hot date" vibe.

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Red Cat
227 10th Ave, New York, NY 10011

Jul 19, 2010
LisaZee in Manhattan

Best Duck Entrees...on a budget?

Not for this special occaison, but the $10 mini Peking Duck at Friend House is an amazing deal! Yummy pillowy buns, tasty duck, fresh veggies.

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Friend House
225 E 14th St, New York, NY 10003

Jul 19, 2010
LisaZee in Manhattan

The Meatball Shop - recommendations?

Heading there tomorrow - picks and pans appreciated.

Feb 24, 2010
LisaZee in Manhattan

Birthday dinner for 10 year old boy

Serendipity. Just go early and be prepared to wait. Channel your inner kid and get the foot-long hot dog. Forget dinner and just have sundaes and frozen hot chocolate. I think Mars and Chinese food if he likes that are good ideas too My advice would be to think of it as a kid's bday party - think fun ambiance and experience, don't try for food the adults will really enjoy. I will never forget childhood bday meals at places like Ma Bell's (I seem to recall sitting in a 1920's car and talking on an old fashioned telephone), Jahn's ice cream shop on Long Island with the giant kitchen sink sundae, and Serendipity. Or, if you really want a nice meal, do that, but take him to the ferris wheel at Toys R Us afterwards and give him $25 to spend at the Hershey's store.

Feb 24, 2010
LisaZee in Manhattan

Driving from Manhattan to Beacon - where to eat?

Thanks for the suggestions! A burger and Jane's ice cream sounds like it will hit the spot!

Nov 21, 2009
LisaZee in General Tristate Archive