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Restaurant Recommendations in San Miniato during the Truffle Festival

We are going to be staying one night in San Miniato on weekend night during their Truffle Festival. I guess what I'm looking for is a restaurant with a truffle heavy menu to really get a taste of the season. I assume a lot of restaurants to do this during this time, but I'm looking for is either someone who's been to a great place during the Truffle Festival or someone whose had a great meal in San Miniato & thought to themselves, wow, I bet this place would be amazing to eat at during the Truffle Festival.

Thanks in advance & I'll be sure to report back!

Nov 11, 2011
ingramcol in Italy

2010 restaurant week

I 2nd this as a new transplant to New York. Seems like a lot of the places I know off of the top are only offering a special for lunch.

Jun 29, 2010
ingramcol in Manhattan

Driving I-55 from Jackson, MS To Baton Rouge, Looking for a Lunch Spot to kick-off the trip

Jee whiz, thanks for all the responses. What a bevy of great choices!! Much props to the Central South board.

I will let yall know what direction I go and offer up a full report.

Apr 26, 2010
ingramcol in Central South

Need a Sunday Dinning Slot Filled

Sorry to change gears here, what about some place outside of town to avoid crowds? Since my Dad's 1st choice was Couchon (closed on Sunday), what about a place more cajun leaning or homestyle seafood?

Apr 21, 2010
ingramcol in New Orleans

Driving I-55 from Jackson, MS To Baton Rouge, Looking for a Lunch Spot to kick-off the trip

I was lucky enough to be able to snag 2 free flights to Jackson for the 2nd weekend of Jazz Fest, as all free flights into NO were either blacked out or sold out.

This is my GF's 1st time in the Deep South (my parents live in BR, I went to college in NO), so food is a focal point of our trip. I've already got our New Orleans itinerary set. But I'd love to grab something interesting in/around Jackson or between there and Baton Rouge, where we're staying for a night. My flight gets in at 11 am, so I don't think I'd want to wait too long before stopping.

I'm pretty much up for anything and my GF is a vegetarian(always eats seafood) who cheats if she deems its worth it. Probably not looking for anything that would take too long. But would appreciate any and all suggestions.

Thanks!

Apr 21, 2010
ingramcol in Central South

Need a Sunday Dinning Slot Filled

Well I got a late (9:45) reservation at Emerils. Possibly too late for my party, although a post jazz-fest nap can certainly change things.

I'm gonna give Upperline a shout today, as they were closed yesterday. Thanks everyone for all the suggestions!

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Emeril's Restaurant
800 Tchoupitoulas, New Orleans, LA 70130

Upperline Restaurant
1413 Upperline St, New Orleans, LA

Apr 21, 2010
ingramcol in New Orleans

Stella! is out, need a fantastic Monday night Trip Ender

Thanks for the flip-side of the coin opinion. And I agree, people definitions of 'stuffy' can vary wildly depending on what they're used to, and where they have dined before. It was just the overwhelming # of comments on awkward, overly formal service. I try to do a good job and gain some perspective on the posters, ie, was the food just outside of their comfort zone, have they ever dealt with a sommelier before. And it seemed people with solid legs to stand on, were making strong critiques of the dining room.

But, from my brief time on this board, I see that you are an authority here, so I value your opinion highly. (EDIT: Value everyone's opinion, thanks all for responding)

I've got reservations at both Stella! & Coquette, and depending on their respective cancellation policies, I will probably make a decision a couple days out.

Apr 21, 2010
ingramcol in New Orleans

Stella! is out, need a fantastic Monday night Trip Ender

I thought about them, looks great. Unfortunately closed on Mondays.

Apr 20, 2010
ingramcol in New Orleans

Stella! is out, need a fantastic Monday night Trip Ender

Monday is the last night in my 3 night New Orleans trip, and consequently my night to pick a restaurant for dinner. My original choice was Stella! based on the originality of the menu, and the reputation of Scott Boswell. But after reading over some comments here and on Yelp, I get the since that while the food often hits the mark, the service and overall atmosphere is quite stuffy, and possibly unnecessarily formal. WIth my folks fitting the bill, this sort of atmosphere is not to their liking, and could result in a less than pleasurable experience.

And not to start a debate on Stella!'s service, or formal vs. informal service; I'm simply looking for a great 'modern' New Orleans restaurant for my pick. I had a nice tasting menu about August last year, but would like to try somewhere else.

Some thoughts I had: Coquette, Herbsaint, MiLa. Any other recs would be great. Thanks again!!

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Herbsaint
701 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

Apr 20, 2010
ingramcol in New Orleans

Need a Sunday Dinning Slot Filled

Thanks for all the suggestions.

Domenica looks very cool, but im not sure its what im looking for.

A couple of friends always raved about Upperline, but I never made it there.

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Upperline Restaurant
1413 Upperline St, New Orleans, LA

Domenica
123 Baronne Street, New Orleans, LA 70112

Apr 20, 2010
ingramcol in New Orleans

Need a Sunday Dinning Slot Filled

Well thank you. I've heard mixed on Luke, but am generally a fan of Besh & brasserie style in general.

I never made it to Nola, but was actually thinking Emerils might fit the bill. I haven't been there since 2000 (slightly uneven meal, but good), but from what I've heard its quite good now days. A bit of a hike though.

Muriels is right there. I gotta run this by my father, as Sunday is his choice, but he usually defers to me on things food/research related.

And yeah, Green Goddess is on my radar as well. Might be swamped b/c of the fest I take it.

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Emeril's Restaurant
800 Tchoupitoulas, New Orleans, LA 70130

Green Goddess
307 Exchange Place, New Orleans, LA 70130

Apr 19, 2010
ingramcol in New Orleans

Need a Sunday Dinning Slot Filled

Trying to make a reservation for a Sunday Dinner spot. Had wanted to go to Couchon, but its closed on Sundays. In fact, it seems like a lot of places are. I will be there 2nd weekend of JazzFest, so i know that a lot of spots are filled.

Already hitting up Commanders & Stella for dinners, and something like August (which i really liked) is probably a little pricey for what I'm looking for. I used to live in NO, and it seems like a lot of the new, interesting places aren't open on Sunday, so I'd love some help. I'm staying in Jackson Square, but have wheels and will travel. Probably thinking something in the Louisiana or New Orleans cuisine vein.

Thanks.

Apr 19, 2010
ingramcol in New Orleans

Woodberry Kitchen

I really enjoyed a flatbread topped with their housemade sauerkraut. Also, roasted oysters with pork belly & daikon. Probably the best oyster dish I've had there.

Feb 11, 2010
ingramcol in Washington DC & Baltimore

Miguels - Baltimore - Silo Point

Never heard of this place. Menu looks good.

Feb 09, 2010
ingramcol in Washington DC & Baltimore

Baltimore Pho - Hollins Market area (long)

Interesting. I think Banh Mi would go over great in Baltimore. That being said, to me at least, its all about the bread. So if you cant source the proper bread, its not really worth it IMO. Here's hoping its good, it is one of my favorite sandwiches.

Nov 16, 2009
ingramcol in Washington DC & Baltimore

Baltimore Pho - Hollins Market area (long)

Whoa, wait they added Banh Mi? DId you try it? How did the bread look, any idea where they source it?

Nov 15, 2009
ingramcol in Washington DC & Baltimore

Green Cilantro (Fells Point)

I thought the menu was more spanish tapas, this sounds more hispanic.

Sep 12, 2009
ingramcol in Washington DC & Baltimore

Pretzel Baguettes at Whole Foods

Haha, I impulse bought one today. It is already gone.

Sep 11, 2009
ingramcol in Washington DC & Baltimore

FAMOUS YAKITORI ONE - BALTIMORE

has this place reopened yet?

Sep 10, 2009
ingramcol in Washington DC & Baltimore

Rhubarb ice cream?

I know Pitango Gelato had it at their Baltimore location, and they just opened in DC, I would check there.

Jul 10, 2009
ingramcol in Washington DC & Baltimore

Woodberry Kitchen

thanks for input.

I had brunch al fresco last weekend and really enjoyed it. For some reason I didnt think about that for dinner, hmmm, as long as the weather holds up I guess.

Yeah, I was afraid the downstairs would be too loud. And conversation really is where its at for these kind of things.

Jul 10, 2009
ingramcol in Washington DC & Baltimore

Birthday Dinner in DC for Baltimore Chowhound

Yeah, i noticed the short rib isnt on the menu, probably a fall/winter thing. Question, does the place have nightly specials? I haven't noticed anyone mention them, but figured I'd ask.

Hmm, maybe if im in the tartare mood, ill go for the app portion.

Jul 10, 2009
ingramcol in Washington DC & Baltimore

Woodberry Kitchen

I have dinned several times here, and really enjoyed it. But for whatever reason have never dinned downstairs in the main room. I have dinned a couple of times upstairs, which provided a nice view of everything, although I thought the service was off one time up there. And of course in the separate room, which is nice b/c it is quite, and I've actually had the best service there.

My question is, what is the experience like downstairs in the main room? I'm having a birthday there (party of 5) and thought it might be fun to dine there, but im worried about it being too loud for conversation. I'm in my 20s and dont mind noise too much, but would be worried about my folks. So any experiences in any section would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks.

Jul 09, 2009
ingramcol in Washington DC & Baltimore

Birthday Dinner in DC for Baltimore Chowhound

Awesome, I really appreciate the in-depth stuff.

Haha, Ill see if I can get that seat, sounds like the ideal spot.

Cool, skip the cheesepuffs, no problem. I love rabbit & mustard, and havent had rabbit in a while. The last steak tartare I had was disappointing @ a modern art museum in BSAS, maybe I should have known better.

Yeah, I dont eat very rich food often, and the GF never really does, so im excited/nervous to navigate the menu, eyes are probably bigger than stomach, but that should help the wallet.

Thanks.

Jul 09, 2009
ingramcol in Washington DC & Baltimore

Birthday Dinner in DC for Baltimore Chowhound

Awesome I appreciate the recs. Thanks for the tip on the puffs, not fun to miss.

Yeah, those 'faux gras' & duck rillettes sound right up my alley. Anyone have their steak tartare? Big fan of this dish, and like most, dont order it often enough. I have heard both the fried chicken and the burger are great, any other recs for mains?

Jul 08, 2009
ingramcol in Washington DC & Baltimore

Birthday Dinner in DC for Baltimore Chowhound

Alright, thanks for all the great replies and suggestions everyone, thats why I love this place.

After reading all the replies, I think I am still leaning toward Central. I really love actual french bistro food, and dont eat it very often, and i havent seen much negative about the place other than the noise levels. A lot of the other places seem to really have their fans and their detractors, which is fair. I guess you could say I am looking for a safe choice but not a safe meal.

Where would you recommend sitting at Central for a more intimate choice? Not totally adverse to noise, im still in my 20s, but dont always like to yell or hear the next table's full conversation.

Jul 08, 2009
ingramcol in Washington DC & Baltimore

Birthday Dinner in DC for Baltimore Chowhound

My birthday is coming up and I will have the great fortune to celebrate with my family (in town from Louisiana) out in Baltimore, and again with my GF that weekend out in DC. My usual Baltimore Birthday dinner destination is Charleston, but with the current economy I have decided on Woodberry Kitchen instead, where I have enjoyed many a meal with the GF.

While I consider my knowledge of the Baltimore dinning scene to be pretty on point, I confess I am fairly ignorant of the DC save for the big names and places for brunch, haha. As I hope one can tell from my Baltimore selection, and without getting into a Charleston vs. Woodberry debate, I am favoring a foregoing a more formal atmosphere and high-dollar ingredients for a more relaxed albeit hipper vibe, and less showy food. I believe this what I am looking for in my DC pick as well, top-notch interesting food at better price point than the top tier.

Some places I found that seem to fit the bill are Central, Blue Duck Tavern, Palena, Obelisk, PS7, and Corduroy perhaps in that order. And in a possibly different vain, I am also considering Jaleo or Rashika. I would love some guidance on these places as well as any others off my radar, perhaps one the higher rated seafood places. Oh, and we will be staying somewhere in DC for the night, so location in DC isnt much of an issue. I am looking for a special (delicious) birthday night for me and my girl. Thank you thank you.

Jul 07, 2009
ingramcol in Washington DC & Baltimore

Recs near H street for a Preconcert dinner

Thanks for the tip on Argonaut, it really fit the bill.

Quick Report Back:

Tried to grab a table at Granville Moore’s, but there was an hour wait, and somewhat of an attitude from the person working the door. I get that the place is popular, but I don’t like to feel like Im being done a big favor by being allowed to eat somewhere, but I digress. Also tried for a table at Sticky Rice, but they too had an hour wait. Hostess was very friendly and told us we could sit at the bar but the bar just didn’t look appealing enough to stick around, and we weren’t really in a sushi mood anyways.

So that take us to Argonaut, kinda looks like a dive from the outside, but that’s what I was expecting. Inside was a little less than half full, but the outside patio, where we sat, was hopping. Now the view left a little to be desired, basically an intersection, but I prefer the option to sit outside regardless of the view to be had, and the patio itself was quite pleasant. Drink list was very solid. Only 4 draught beers, but a really thoughtful selection covering all the bases, including the awesome Dogfish 90 Min IPA; the bottle selection was really extensive, with lots of top-quality microbrews, as well as some deals (PBR). Wine list looked good too, but wasn’t in the mood. Started with some Dark 'n' Stormys off the cocktail list, which were nicely prepared and really fit the atmosphere.

Ahh yes, the food, good menu, lots of seafood, lots of bar food, lots of sandwiches, 3 kinds of french fries (Pomme frites, sweet potato, & garlic fingerling). I had the fish and chips (called something else), which were really solid, with good fries, the fingerling. The GF had the fish tacos, a very generous portion, that she engulfed (politely of course). Since this was a preconcert meal, our focus was more on drinks, but our food was delicious, thoughtfully prepared, and I would guess that more elaborate meals would meet similar standards.

As for attitude, the staff couldn’t be nicer, were really pumped on the food and drinks they served, and seemed to understand they worked at an undiscovered gem (dive bar with good food). Now I say undiscovered b/c it had no long wait like its neighbors, but the patio was packed with what seemed liked folks from the neighborhood, who probably don’t want to wait an hour or so to get a good meal.

Quick summary, Argonaut, great place to grab a meal and drinks if you’re in the area or happen to arrive at either Granville Moore’s or Sticky Rice and discover a wait or an attitude you didn’t expect. Also struck me as a nice place to have brunch if you live near by.

Jun 23, 2009
ingramcol in Washington DC & Baltimore

Recs near H street for a Preconcert dinner

Awesome, looks like i have a bounty of choices. Thanks for the heads up about Granville, I think I may just play it by ear since all the places are casual and in a small vicinity.

Ill check the bus out as well. Uh oh, should I consider places in Chinatown now too?

Jun 18, 2009
ingramcol in Washington DC & Baltimore

Recs near H street for a Preconcert dinner

Attending a concert @ the Rock N Roll Hotel (1353 H St NE Washington, DC 20002) this Sunday, and am looking for a good place to grab a bite and drink w/ the GF beforehand.

So far the places I've found are Granville Moore's for mussels & beer, Stick Rice for sushi, MAYBE H Street Country Club (no golf), and Sova Espresso and Wine (but not sure if they serve food beyond pastries) for a drink. Napa 1015 looked good, but isn't open on Sundays.

Any places im missing or any place worth it with a little more walking distance? Any comments on any of the above places? Seems to be a mixed bag from my search. Not looking looking for anything too pricey, Napa was probably at the top of my price point. Thanks.

Jun 17, 2009
ingramcol in Washington DC & Baltimore