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Pittsburgh - Help First Time Visiting Chows from Boston & Chicago!

We removed Cure from our list, because it appears to be BYOB. Since we're traveling, we don't want to spend time B'ing our own B. Is it BYOB?

May 21, 2013
humble in Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh - Help First Time Visiting Chows from Boston & Chicago!

Thank you - great info!

May 16, 2013
humble in Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh - Help First Time Visiting Chows from Boston & Chicago!

I'm headed to Pittsburgh for the first time and want to get a good feeling for the city. I'm meeting an old friend there for two nights and we are traveling from Boston & Chicago. We like a range of dining options from Michelin-starred fine dining to food trucks - it just needs to be good. We're both into beer and cocktails, and I'm into wine, too.

For one of our nights, we're thinking of hitting up Tamari for happy hour before a tour of the Trundle Manor. Do we need a fall back plan?

We've got Conflict Kitchen, Sharp Edge (which one?) and Church Brew Works on our list for beers and/or mid-day snacks. Anyplace else? is the food worthwhile at Church Brew Works, or just the beers?

I've been tasked with finding something for the second night. Price is not an issue, but I would like to get to a place that is doing something special in Pittsburgh! After reading Chowhound and the Best of Pittsburgh I've narrowed it down to:

Legume
Meat & Potatoes
Salt of the Earth
Spoon
Root 174

Thoughts? Suggestions otherwise?

Thank you!

May 14, 2013
humble in Pennsylvania

Lively place near Westin Waterfront

Newly opened is Tavern Road, just a block down from Lucky's, and still within walking distance for you. The bar is pretty lively. Right now beer is only in bottles, but the selection is nice and has a lot of local offerings. Their cocktails are pretty good too.

Boston has many awesome beer bars, unfortunately few within walking distance of your hotel though.

Mar 21, 2013
humble in Greater Boston Area

Best Mulled Wine in Boston

Shay's in Harvard Sq. usually seems to have mulled wine, hot toddies, and/or hot spiked cider throughout the colder months each year.

Nov 15, 2012
humble in Greater Boston Area

Restaurant for a crowd near Westin Copley

Well, I guess we're scrapping the plan to have a group dinner out. Thanks for all your help - I'll keep this list in mind for next time around!

Aug 21, 2012
humble in Greater Boston Area

Restaurant for a crowd near Westin Copley

Well we've definitely rented out places before, but you're right about Picco. I just love that place!

Good call on Estragon! So delicious and really in tune with the group likes. Thank you!

Aug 15, 2012
humble in Greater Boston Area

Restaurant for a crowd near Westin Copley

I hope some of you can help me with ideas for a group dinner with co-workers. It should be within walking distance of the Westin Copley and be able to handle a crowd of 20 - 30. We're not adverse to renting out a place for the evening. Good food is a must, but not everyone is adventurous in their eating. Some vegetarians included. To give you an idea, the last two meals we had in Boston as a group were at Orinoco (a hit!) and at Montien (not as much of a hit). The atmosphere should be more fun than stuffy, too.

Some ideas I've had floating around my head:

Hamersley's
Via Matta
Tico
Picco

Yea or nea? Other ideas?

Thank you!

Aug 15, 2012
humble in Greater Boston Area

SOUTH BOSTON - looking for spots to eat after moving in

Over on the westside...

Grab take out from KO Pies on A street and a few beers from Social Wine on Broadway & A. It's my favorite place around, BY FAR!

I love sushi and get semi-regular take out from Owl Station, right across from the Broadway T. Not the best oh my god I'm dying of sushi love, but pretty good.

Liberty Bell looks like the sketchiest place ever, but they're nice guys and make a tasty and cheap roast beef sandwich.

Franklin Southie - just like the South End one, but shinier. Chill, nice little patio, great food, awesome beer and cocktail list.

Be prepared to be disappointed by Local 149. Food is all over the place with portions, prices and how well things are prepared. GREAT beer selection but I've given up on their food.

Parking... you'll figure out how to park in Southie soon enough. Promise.

Jul 24, 2012
humble in Greater Boston Area

Legal Seafoods (sigh)

I might be the only one who doesn't completely loathe Legal? Agreed that certain locations are AWFUL (I'm looking at you, Harvard Sq). That said, I've had good meals at Harborside FL 1 and an OUTSTANDING meal at Harborside FL 2. We went on a whim shortly after Harborside opened and decided to check out FL 2 since FL 1 was jammed. Elegant atmosphere and service, great views, and wonderful food. It was long enough ago that I don't remember the details (sorry!), but I remember being really pleased at the end of the meal and thinking "Wow, Legal can put out good food!" Wine list was great, too!

Jul 24, 2012
humble in Greater Boston Area

First time in Miami - looking for Chowish meals

Thanks so much tpigeon and FoodDude2 for your suggestions! My homework will be a little easier thanks to your help. I'll be sure to report back after my trip.

First time in Miami - looking for Chowish meals

Hello Miami 'hounds! I'm visiting Miami for the first time on a business trip next week and have no idea where to go for food. I've checked out the Miami boards to get an idea, but feel a little lost. We'll be staying in Miami Beach and our activities will be centered at the convention center and in Doral to see vendors.

We work in the retail food industry and are adventurous eaters. Coming from Boston, we are looking for something different from our usual fare, and want to get an idea of what local food in Miami is like. Price is not an issue, but that doesn't mean we don't like cheap eats, too.

I'm looking for a great place for a solo dinner and one solo breakfast around Miami Beach (near The Palms Hotel), and 3 lunches and two dinners with my boss. 2 of the lunches should be near Doral and 1 lunch near the convention center. Dinners can be anywhere in the area.

Michael's Genuine in the Design District looks interesting - thoughts on that one?

All recs welcome! Thanks!

Thwaite's Market Steak & Kidney pies

I don't know if I could handle 45 min up there and back without eating a pie! Maybe the key is getting a pie at KO on the way there. And eating scotch eggs in the car ride home.

Feb 20, 2012
humble in Greater Boston Area

Thwaite's Market Steak & Kidney pies

Looks fantastic! Is it worth the drive from Southie, or should I stay content with the Aussie pies from KO Pies? I grew up on English pies like pork or steak & kidney, but KO has done a good job keeping me happy. Is there any seating or are all pies to go?

Feb 20, 2012
humble in Greater Boston Area

Brazilian red beans & rice?

There are few things that make me happier than a plate of beans & rice. Last night I got delivery from Oasis in Medford, which did the job but left me wanting more. I know most local Brazilians are from Minas Gerais, where I believe black beans are more common. But I grew up on red beans (or maybe carioquinha?) in the state of Sao Paulo, and that's what I'm craving. Does anyone know where I can get a plate of Brazilian red (or brown) beans & rice instead of black beans?

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Oasis
373 Main St, Medford, MA 02155

Jul 14, 2011
humble in Greater Boston Area

Kirkland stainless pans - yea or nay?

Stack8, which Cuisinart set did you purchase? I am considering both the Kirkland 13-piece 5-ply set and the Cuisinart Chef's Classic 10-piece 3-ply set. I have been reading a lot of (surprisingly) good reviews about the Kirkland, but have not found much at all about the Cuisinart Chef's Classic.

Dec 01, 2006
humble in Cookware