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Jul 11, 2014
J.R. in Mountain States

Best cheesesteak in Dallas and surrounding metropolitan areas.

I think the Truckyard has about as good a cheesesteak as you will find in these parts. Give it a go. I like it with white american and Whiz

Apr 15, 2014
J.R. in Dallas - Fort Worth

1 Portland, 2 Willamette (solo)

Thanks for he suggestions. Just what I needed. Will report back.

Mar 10, 2014
J.R. in Metro Portland

1 Portland, 2 Willamette (solo)

Opps sorry. Correct. I mean Willamette Valley...Specifically Dundee as I'm staying at the Inn at Red Hills. I will have a car and will be visiting the surrounding AVS, so flexible. More interested in solo dining in the valley as I've only had lunch at Ponzi.

Mar 08, 2014
J.R. in Metro Portland

1 Portland, 2 Willamette (solo)

Howdy PDXers,

Will be in Portland nest week for 1 night and 2 in the Willamette on business. It's been a few years since I've been to both. I've search the boards, but I can's seem to find any recs on solo dining in both places. Would really appreciate some recs for solo dining in both (bar preferred but not a must). Am up for anything just as long as it has a local vibe and great food (upscale or more casual is fine). I may tend to more of a beer related place in PDX, since I will have my fill of wine in the Willamette. Appreciate and suggestions and will certainly report back.

Mar 08, 2014
J.R. in Metro Portland

Scottsdale for New Years with Kids

Danieli,

Sorry for the delay in posting about our visit. You certainly hit it out of the park. Firstly, we spent NYE at Hiro as we thought it would be less busy. Only had to wait 15 min. or so. It was perfect for the 4 of us. We all sat at the Sushi Bar which the kids love. The 2 highlights were the whole fried Pomano and the Sesame Roll. The Sesame Roll was similar to a Spider roll but was wrapped in what looked to be White Nori with sesame seeds all over. The interior is very homey and service was gracious and efficient. Love finding great food where you would generally not think it should be. i.e...fish in Arizona.

We visited the Humble Pie on 7th I believe on NY Day. There were 10 of us and the place was perfect for a pre-game meal. We split the BBQ Pizza, Meat Lovers, Margarita, and White Pie. All were stellar. The crust was particularly good with the requisite char on the bottom and top of the crust while the middle was just perfect. Really liked the layout and vibe of that location.

Finally, we visited the Parlor for Lunch on the way out of town. Wow, was that place good and also very groovy. Loved the decor. We sat outside as the weather was just perfect. I think we sampled a little bit everything. Started with the Arancini to share. Perfectly crispy and risotto like in the center served with really good house made tomato sauce. We shared a sausage and sage Pizza which was great. Daughter had the BBQ Pizza which was different that most, but so much better. I had the seafood pasta and son had the Bolognese. All pastas were homemade and really well done. Wife had a salad with veggies and Banyuls vinaigrette which was perfectly sweet.

It's splitting hairs, but the pizza may have been better at Humble Pie, but not by much. Thanks again for the reqs as they were all spot on!

JR

Jan 15, 2014
J.R. in Phoenix

Scottsdale for New Years with Kids

Thanks much Danieli10. Those seem to be just the types of spots we are looking for. We are staying at the Scottsdale Resort and Conf. Center and are coming from Dallas. Do you like the Parlor or Humble better for pizza?

Dec 11, 2013
J.R. in Phoenix

Scottsdale for New Years with Kids

Hello Phoenix/Scotts Hounders,

We will be in Scottsdale for the Fiesta Bowl on the 1st with 2 kids (13,14) who are very Chowish. Would really appreciate reso suggestions for 2 meals. New Years Eve (early) and Lunch/Brunch on New Years Day which could be problematic. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. We have a car, so travel is fine. Thanks in advance.

Dec 10, 2013
J.R. in Phoenix

Road trip Chow (dallas tx to santa rosa florida)

I 3rd Beaux Bridge and the Old Thyme Grocery for Po Boys. I will also add that you should swing by Don's Specialty Meats in Lafayette for the best Boudin, Boned out, stuffed chicken stuffed with crawfish, boudin, etoufee ect. They also have fresh Cracklins which are wonderful. We make that drive to the beach every year and stop at Don's on the way back and fill the cooler up.

May 13, 2013
J.R. in Central South

Restaurant -- Park Cities area

Nonna, Spoon, or Marquee. Nonna for Italian (real Italian), Spoon for amazing seafood. Marquee for American and fancy people.

Apr 23, 2013
J.R. in Dallas - Fort Worth

Tesar's Fish: Wine List?

Although this post is a little dated I thought I'd weigh in as I just dined there last week. Firstly on the wine list. I was really well chosen, but really, really pricey. The list is on an ipad which I liked. To give you perspective on wine pricing, there were 2 items on the low end that I have in my cellar that I was interested in as I know they are good. Thomas Sancerre... I paid $20. on list for $70. Moet 1992 vintage champagne. I paid $65... on list for $350. However, the somm. knew her stuff and gave a great rec. I asked her for a white rec. that would go with all the fish courses that was bang for the buck. and she recommended a Nigl Gruner for $60. Perfect choice.

Now to the food. Dined on oysters which were pristine. Crudo sampler which contained Geoduc, tunua, and live diver scallops with truffle which was the best dish of the night. All the crudo was of utmost freshness and wonderful preparation. Followed by grilled octopus which was really tasty. My daughter had the fresh pasta with crab which was the best seafood pasta dish I have ever had. I had Sturgeon and Griblice sauce and it was terrific. I had Avacodo Ice Cream with Grapefruit. (inventive and great). It was fairly pricey, but as good of cooking as one can find in Dallas.

Feb 23, 2013
J.R. in Dallas - Fort Worth

Interesting find at East Plano Costco....whole pig

awesome. Will it fit in the oven?

Feb 14, 2013
J.R. in Dallas - Fort Worth

Beef Cheeks in Dallas?

yep. Yep, I'm a daily Whole Foods shopper due to proximity and quality of produce, so this was a breath of fresh air. El Rancho will be on my rotation since it's not far from my office.

Jan 28, 2013
J.R. in Dallas - Fort Worth

Beef Cheeks in Dallas?

They had them indeeed. Frozen, but it works. Never been to an El Rancho as I usually shop at La Michoacana or Fiesta. I was really pleasantly suprized by the quality of thier produce. Really nice stuff. Much, much better than any Tom Thumb.

Jan 28, 2013
J.R. in Dallas - Fort Worth

Beef Cheeks in Dallas?

Thanks guys. Will check both today.

Jan 23, 2013
J.R. in Dallas - Fort Worth

Beef Cheeks in Dallas?

Anyone have any ideas when to source or do I need to special order? Thanks in advance

Jan 22, 2013
J.R. in Dallas - Fort Worth

Asia World Market (and Central Legacy Plaza in general)

thanks demi. I'll head over there this week.

Jan 16, 2013
J.R. in Dallas - Fort Worth

Asia World Market (and Central Legacy Plaza in general)

Demi,

Can you give me a little more info on Lucky City? What else do you like? How's the service compared to 1st CBBQ? I always feel rushed there. We love N. China also. Thanks in advance.

Jan 15, 2013
J.R. in Dallas - Fort Worth

Brief Lockhart Smokehouse report

how does the egg work for beef ribs?

Nov 13, 2012
J.R. in Dallas - Fort Worth

Grilled Mexican meats - parrillada

TW,

You are right there with Casa Milagro. My office is in Richardson, but live in Dallas. Probably the best Tex-Mex in town. Great salsa.

Nov 13, 2012
J.R. in Dallas - Fort Worth

Restaurants' reputations

Cafe Pacific.....I've never been to a more middling place. Can someone please tell me why I still go there? Help!!!

Oct 24, 2012
J.R. in Dallas - Fort Worth

Best Pre-Marinated Fajita Meat?

Skirt. It did have a kinda rubbery texture.

Oct 18, 2012
J.R. in Dallas - Fort Worth

Best Pre-Marinated Fajita Meat?

thanks for the responses. I wanted to follow up. I ended up going to Fiesta for beef and chicken as I had to feed 20 in hurry. It was exactly half price of CM. Knowing my audience, they would be able to tell the difference. Not bad. Chicken was better than the beef, but it worked well in a pinch. NIce to have all the fixins fresh, homemade, and ready to go. Chicken was better than La Mich. Beef is better at La Mich IMO.

Oct 16, 2012
J.R. in Dallas - Fort Worth

Best Pre-Marinated Fajita Meat?

ah, yes, forgot about CM. thanks. TW

Oct 12, 2012
J.R. in Dallas - Fort Worth

Best Pre-Marinated Fajita Meat?

Do to time constraints, I need to do Fajitas tonight for a group. I'm looking for opinions on best Fajita Meat that is pre-marinated. I've used Fiesta and La Michiochana previosly. Anyone know of better in Dallas?

Oct 12, 2012
J.R. in Dallas - Fort Worth

L' Ami Jean Today

Parigi/Mangeur,

You guys have been extremely helpful to us preparing our food itenery via stalking your postings. CH is interesting as you can really tell who knows the subject matter by doing alot of scanning posts. One last question. We are dining at Breizh tonight as I think the kids will like and I'm interested in the Cider. As I mentioned, we have been here a month and I think I have one more lunch/dinner left in me. Any suggestions? We are in the 7th, but obviously will travel for chow. I tried Jadis but they are done for the summer.

Jul 29, 2012
J.R. in France

Conflicting Opinions Regarding Bistrot Paul Bert

Ok, I'll play. We went yesterday and I must say it was mediocre from my perspective. Let me explain a little more. We(wife and 2 kids, 11 and 13) have been in Paris for a month now and have had PB on our list of can't miss spots. I always like to give the house at least 2 trys due to an off night or my my bad ordering. So, with that in mind, here is a brief tale of last night. First off, it was hot out, and hot inside the resto. We were warmly greeted and seated quickly. Our waiter was really nice and helpful with the blackboard menu.

I had razor clams with a Horseradishe foam and thinly sliced radishes served room temp. Good, but not outsanding. The 2 kids split he Cote de Bouef for 2 ordered med. rare. Wife had Entrecote ordered med.( I know. but what I'm I to do). It was just ok. I had some salt cod with veg and aoili which was fine. On reflection, I may have steered my crew wrong. We live in Texas (not the obnoxious type) and have access to really good beef. It was fine, but not outstanding. The beef did not have the flavor it should have. The frites were indeed good. For that meal at 160E.. tough. I think we mis-ordered.

Jul 28, 2012
J.R. in France

L' Ami Jean Today

Hi Chow Nation,

I wanted to give everyone who may be interested in our experience at LAMJ today. First a little context which I always think is helpful. We (wife and 2 kids. 11 and 13) have been in Paris for a month or so and have eaten alot.. some well, some not so. I've been reading alot of post relative to LMJ. and frankly was quite conflicted whether or not it was worth the hassle. We've have been to Frenchie, Cafe Constant 3 times (close and requies little planning), Jadis, Bistro Paul Bert, and a couple of 1 Mich. star places in Provence (La Cabro D'Or) and a host of other spots such as the Falaffel spot in les Marais, Cuisine de bar ect.... Also we were lucky enough to have lunch at Moet &Chandon's spot in Rheims.

Hands down, LMJ best of the trip. We went today(sat) which was thier 2nd to the last service before the holiday. Everything including service was top notch. We had the table closest to the street with the window open on a nice cool day. Wife and kids did the 3 course which I think was 42E each and I had the Chef menu at 55E. We had a bottle of 11 Morgon from Lapierre and I think the final tab was 160E. I've attached a write up I provided a friend earlier for your perusal.

Ok first of all, we all forgot our gadgets so no pics. However. Best meal yet. I was a little iffy at first, but man, what a home run. The other 3 went with the 3 courser. I of course, stepped up and went big boy. In lieu of pics, her is a brief rundown of most all dishes.

Lobster Bisque. Not the usual. Big bowl came with condiments only..tiny croutons, tiny Basque ham cubes, chives. Water comes with a pitcher to pour in bisque that is so reduced with no cream it is nuts. You could taste each element.

Beef and Carrots - Beef cheeks cooked down so much they were creamy with a quenelle of pureed carrots with a parmesan foam- Christine said it was the best dish she has ever had.

Roast Pork - Son had it, and I couldn’t even tell what cut it was. It was served med. Rare with the best pork flavor I think I’ve had.

Lapin – Perfectly Roast Rabbit that daughter had with carrots, and turnips was simple but terrific.

Ok, now back to my menu:

Perfectly undercooked, and runny, poached egg and lobster chunks with a little sesame all poached together in a sardine can. On the side in a large shooter was the best Gazpacho with Iberico ham made into the thinnest slices of bacon. Winner of best dish of the trip.

Fish –don’t know what it was, but if was about 6 inches long, filet and cooked in “Basque style” but you could taste each individual ingredient instead of the amalgamation that that prep usually is. Really good.

Double Lamb Chop – Simply prepared with a Basque type of sauce, but probably the best lamb I’ve ever eaten.

Rice Puddin- This place in known for it and man was it amazing. Not your mamma’s pudding. Come with accoutrements of roasted, dried fruits, nuts ect. With a homemade Carmel crème that you drizzle on top.

3 other desserts that get fuzzy at this point since I basically knocked out a bottle of Lapierre Morgon.

I ended with a glass of some apple some such digestitive from the Basque region on recommendation. (it was clear).

Jul 28, 2012
J.R. in France

fearings or nick & sams?

Fearings... no question.

May 23, 2012
J.R. in Dallas - Fort Worth

Paris for the month of July with 11 and 13 yr olds

Greetings Chow Nation,

We are finally pulling the trigger on the month in Paris with the kids. We are staying in an apartment in the 7th on the intersection of Ave. Rapp and Rue St. Dominque. I've spent a considerable amount of time in Paris on business/pleasure over the past 10 yrs or so. I speak kitchen french and am able to get around pretty well. I would really appreciate any suggestions on dinning, markets, groceries, wine shops, boulangeries, fromaggeries, good cafe's, neighborhood specific things to do as a family. The kids are civilized and are Chow-juniors. We are not going with alot of structure and will cook alot of meals in the apt. Any helpful hints or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Things we have planned are:

Day trip to Champagne (Roderrer) with lunch at Le Crayeres (that's our really fancy meal)
Day trip to Versilles
Usual Museams
Lots of parc picnics
Day trip to Normanday (yes, its busy but I've done it)

Cafe Constant
Fountaine du Mars
Sancerre (alot) - right across the street)
Jacques Melac
Paul Bert
Poulaine bread with market stuff for homemade Tartine

Thanks in advance...J.R.

May 01, 2012
J.R. in France