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Dinner near Goodman Friday night?

Perfect, thank you!

Apr 08, 2014
Merlej58 in Chicago Area

Dinner near Goodman Friday night?

It's been a long time since I've been to Chicago, and when I searched the board for this particular question the last time it had been answered was in '06! Any suggestions for this Friday night? I'd be walking or taking a cab to the theater.

Apr 08, 2014
Merlej58 in Chicago Area

Best of Quincy

Yes, I found that place and enjoyed it, although I hated having the TV on while I ate, just a pet peeve of mine. Great home-cooked food in a restaurant! I enjoyed the peanut stew too.

Feb 22, 2013
Merlej58 in Greater Boston Area

Best of Quincy

A million people were trying to get in their Groupon before it expired, so the service was slow, but not their fault. It was the food. We started with the won tons, and the shells were hard - not crispy, not toothsome, but hard. Filling taste was okay, but the two sauces that accompanied ranged from really sweet to sickeningly sweet. The salad with the grilled shrimp on top had small shrimp (two instead of the usual one jumbo) and the texture of those were off and the quality was not as high as I would have expected. The salmon dish was just okay - a little too much of the spice on top - they just don't seem to have a light hand with much and let the goodness of the food shine through. Menu fairly uninspiring as well. Nothing really bad happened, but not good enough at all for the prices they ask...

Oct 04, 2012
Merlej58 in Greater Boston Area

Best of Quincy

CocoDan, I went to Fox and Hounds with a Groupon and my opinion went from meh to blech. Will not go again even at half price. I think Fat Cat is the best thing of that ilk in the neighborhood.

Oct 03, 2012
Merlej58 in Greater Boston Area

Best of Quincy

Honestly, I don't think Fox and Hounds is a dismal failure, but I did think it was meh, made better with the Groupon. Haven't been to the others but will check them out. And yes, I have heard about East Boston Mexican but I'm honestly too lazy to go there! I'd really like to see a Southern place like Hungry Mother on the South Shore - great grits, pig, and good drinks and if the house prices rise because of it God bless it!

Sep 21, 2012
Merlej58 in Greater Boston Area

Best of Quincy

Interesting. Being a Boston girl I'm definitely not a connoisseur, but I do like a bit of warmth and spice at times. I'll check it out. BTW, enjoy your posts in general on Quincy!

Sep 21, 2012
Merlej58 in Greater Boston Area

Best of Quincy

Someone told me about their "gypsy sauce" - maybe a bottled hot sauce? How does it compare to Franks or to siriracha? And thanks for this tip!

Sep 21, 2012
Merlej58 in Greater Boston Area

Best of Quincy

Thanks for the Sadie's tip - will go tonight or tomorrow! In terms of feta and olives, since I used to live in Roslindale I would go to the Fish Market, run by Greeks, and they had barrels of olives and a wonderful assortment of feta cheese that didn't break the bank like most of the upscale markets do...

Sep 21, 2012
Merlej58 in Greater Boston Area

Best of Quincy

Agree with the rant. I did Fox and Hounds with a Groupon and had a decent meal - nothing that I would rave about and too expensive for regular visits. I'm also not a fried food/burger eater so I don't do those places often, (even though I love fried clams - once a year is enough.) I agree with the need for great Italian, and I would love great Mexican, but we don't really have that in Boston, let alone Quincy. What I would love most, however, is an independent cinema that served fabulous snacks (a la the Coolidge, for example, but more). That would be heaven indeed.

Sep 21, 2012
Merlej58 in Greater Boston Area

Best of Quincy

LOL - my dad moved to JP in the early 70's, so I totally remember that time. Today's Bread was THE place to go and hang out! I'm loving exploring Dorchester a bit, from the Vietnamese places to places like dbar. Haven't yet been to the yuppy store, did the yuppy thing instead at Fresh Market in Hingham....

Sep 21, 2012
Merlej58 in Greater Boston Area

Best of Quincy

Great report, thank you so much. I've never had Filipino food except for pancit (sp?) back when I worked in a hospital with a lot of Filipinos, so I look forward to exploring that cuisine. And last summer I was lucky enough to spend 3 weeks in India, both in the north and the south, so I am always interested in good and authentic restaurant finds. I also enjoyed Kagawa, and also really dislike Remick's, so I will be glad to try your finds!

Sep 20, 2012
Merlej58 in Greater Boston Area

Best of Quincy

Will definitely try. Also found Flat Black Coffee - very expensive but delish beans - that syrupy rich, almost chewy mouthfeel to coffee without a lot of acid in the area.

Sep 20, 2012
Merlej58 in Greater Boston Area

Best of Quincy

Again, major yumminess seems to abound. However, I lived in JP and Roslindale and worked in Cambridge so I'm still trying to find some little funky gems. I look forward to trying the Olympic Diner and wonder if there are any farm to table places, great cheese shops, etc. Places like Ten Tables? Thanks for all these great responses!

Sep 20, 2012
Merlej58 in Greater Boston Area

Best of Quincy

Thank you so much - I feel like I've hit the mother lode! I will be happily eating through winter with all of these suggestions. Now what about brunch besides dim sum? Great bakeries for bread? Are there any good deli's anywhere on the South Shore? ( corned beef and pastrami, great pickles) how about great Greek? Or good ethnic grocers? ( I'm looking for a place for feta and great olives) Any finds that have surprised you from holes in the wall on up? Thank you again!

Sep 19, 2012
Merlej58 in Greater Boston Area

Best of Quincy

Hi, I moved to Quincy this past year and have been checking out the boards. It seems that many of the threads are now several years old, so I'm curious what you feel are the best of the restaurants that Quincy has to offer. I tend to shy away from the fried fish and burger joints, and I'm especially interested in the varied ethnic restaurants. I've had good Thai from Little Duck, very good Chinese at Hong Kong Eatery and China Pearl, and decent food at the Fat Cat and Fox and Hound. I also enjoyed the cheaper prix fixe nights that Alba offered last spring. My best find to date has been the South Shore India Market, on Quincy Ave in Braintree. Great take out in the back - on the weekends they make a mutton dish that is fabulous. I've heard Falafal King is great and Punjab. Where is the best Vietnamese? Sushi? What's great at Kam Man? Appreciate any chowish finds!

Sep 19, 2012
Merlej58 in Greater Boston Area

Great cake in Greensboro NC and good chow recs?

lots of changes in the area. Thanks for the heads up...

Apr 10, 2011
Merlej58 in Southeast

Great cake in Greensboro NC and good chow recs?

Thanks for all of your very helpful recs - will write after and let you know how it turned out...

Apr 10, 2011
Merlej58 in Southeast

Great cake in Greensboro NC and good chow recs?

This is why I love Chowhound! Thank you to Lex and I definitely will order from them - this seals the deal!

Apr 08, 2011
Merlej58 in Southeast

Great cake in Greensboro NC and good chow recs?

I might be able to make the time! Maybe even for lunch, as we'll be landing in Raleigh. What would your recommendation be for a weekday lunch?
Thank you!

Apr 08, 2011
Merlej58 in Southeast

Great cake in Greensboro NC and good chow recs?

Looks okay, but I am also very impressed with the Delicious site and flavors - anyone a cake lover who has compared the two? Hard to get a sense of all of the options on the Ganache site...

Apr 08, 2011
Merlej58 in Southeast

Great cake in Greensboro NC and good chow recs?

Wow, the Delicious website looks fantastic if not a little overwhelming. Is there any cake flavor in particular they are known for in the area? Does your wife have any favorites? Thank you, this is a fantastic lead!

Apr 08, 2011
Merlej58 in Southeast

Great cake in Greensboro NC and good chow recs?

Made a reservation at Table 16 and also at Lucky 32 for the two dinners, and now wondering about Sweet Basil's for brunch on Sunday - looks great. We're staying at the Proximity so the Printworks bistro would be easiest, but I'm feeling lured...
I have to admit, while I love Vietnamese and Italian (and other ethnic cuisine) living in Boston, I can get my share of seafood and good ethnic food. What I can't get a lot of is innovative Southern cooking, so that is what I'm mostly interested in.
In terms of cakes, I'm really needing a really good sheet cake. I like Costco's so it should be better than that, if it comes from a bakery. Any other ideas? Thanks!

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Table 16
600 South Elm Street, Greensboro, NC 27406

Lucky 32 Restaurant
109 S Stratford Rd, Winston Salem, NC 27104

Sweet Basils (Closed)
620 Dolley Madison Rd, Greensboro, NC 27410

Apr 08, 2011
Merlej58 in Southeast

Great cake in Greensboro NC and good chow recs?

We will be having a graduation party for 5 families and are looking for a great cake - we found the "Emerald Event Center" and their "Create a Cake" caterers but I would love to know what experience others have had with them? I'm curious about Ganache, and what people think of their cakes as well. Any different suggestions?
Also learned that Bistro Sofia closed, so wondering what your favorite non-chain restaurants in the area are these days - Is Table 16 still terrific? How is Undercurrent vs. Lucky 32? Is 223 South Elm still in existence? Lunch, dinner or brunch recs would be greatly appreciated.

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Table 16
600 South Elm Street, Greensboro, NC 27406

Lucky 32 Restaurant
109 S Stratford Rd, Winston Salem, NC 27104

223 South Elm
223 S Elm St, Greensboro, NC 27401

Bistro Sofia
616 Dolley Madison Rd, Greensboro, NC 27410

Apr 07, 2011
Merlej58 in Southeast

21st birthday venue - Cuchi Cuchi vs. Eastern Standard vs. Hungry Mother vs...???

How about East Coast Grill - looks like fun...

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East Coast Grill and Raw Bar
1271 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139

May 21, 2010
Merlej58 in Greater Boston Area

21st birthday venue - Cuchi Cuchi vs. Eastern Standard vs. Hungry Mother vs...???

This is why I love Chowhound - 2 completely different views!!! Would either of you suggest something different for your first choice?
Thanks!

May 21, 2010
Merlej58 in Greater Boston Area

21st birthday venue - Cuchi Cuchi vs. Eastern Standard vs. Hungry Mother vs...???

Looking for a place with great food and drinks and a fun atmosphere to celebrate my daughter's 21st. There will be between 4 - 6 of us. While I like places like Craigie St, I think her tastes might be a little less adventurous, although she is open to ethnic food. I'd like to stay within the Boston/Brookline area. Thanks!

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Eastern Standard
528 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215

Hungry Mother
Cambridge, MA, Cambridge, MA

Cuchi Cuchi
Boston, MA, Boston, MA

May 21, 2010
Merlej58 in Greater Boston Area

London Restaurant Week - worthwhile?

That's great, thanks - I'm very interested in gastropubs. Do you have to book in advance? Wondering about going out the day we arrive as we will be so sleep deprived. Also, how far away is Harwood Arms? I'm getting my geography quite confused.
Thanks!

Mar 18, 2010
Merlej58 in U.K./Ireland

London Restaurant Week - worthwhile?

Dinings sounds like a plan. Approximate cost per person? Reservations essential always?
Thanks for the info!

Mar 14, 2010
Merlej58 in U.K./Ireland

London Restaurant Week - worthwhile?

Thank you for the recs. My daughter asked to go out for sushi - I know there are many threads but many are old. Anyone visited Tomoe recently? Mai Food, Dinings - they look near enough to Victoria staton - thoughts? Also interested in good takeaway or food shops in the area. Thanks in advance!

Mar 13, 2010
Merlej58 in U.K./Ireland