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Driving I64 - need restaurant suggestion close to highway

We'll be driving from Columbus, OH to Richmond this weekend to drop off our daughter at college. Looking for somewhere for dinner between Lexington and Richmond which has good food, is close to the highway, doesn't require reservations since we won't know exactly what time we'll get there and will allow us to get in and out fairly quickly on Friday evening. Hoping to reach Lexington by 7 and to Richmond by 9 if we didn't stop. Any suggestions or are we being completely unrealistic?

Aug 18, 2010
SharonOhio in Mid-Atlantic

Any restaurant.com recommendations for Richmond?

My daughter is a student at U of Richmond and I purchased restaurant.com certificates for her and her friends for Couscous. They enjoyed the food and I have seen good reviews here for that restaurant.

It was also suggested on an earlier thread here that we try Eurasia on one of our trips. Unfortunately it didn't work out for us. It is further west then downtown but might work for you. They too have certificates.

Finally, Royal India has certificates and they have good reviews on trip advisor.

I haven't tried any of these although they are all on my list for the next few trips to the city. Hopefully, someone local can attest to the quality of these three places a bit better than me.

Jul 18, 2010
SharonOhio in Mid-Atlantic

Two dinners in Richmond/Short Pump

I just wanted to update you on where we ended up going and how we found things. First night's dinner was at Mekong. We all thoroughly enjoyed it and were amazed at the amount of food we had (tons of leftovers which went back to the dorm) and the very inexpensive total bill. Friday night we cancelled our Kenji reservation because we were running late with packing and ended up going to Royal India. I thought it was so-so at best. Again, a very reasonable bill.

Finally on Saturday night we went to Emilio's in short pump (again we were out for a very long day and wanted something near our hotel that we could get in without a reservation). We all really enjoyed that as well. Once again very reasonable price. We had 6 different tapas and a pot of paella (was slightly burnt in one area however) as well as two glasses of fino sherry.

Thanks for all the recommendations. We definitely will tend to eat ethnic on our next trip to Richmond.

May 04, 2010
SharonOhio in Mid-Atlantic

Two dinners in Richmond/Short Pump

Thanks, my daughter has been to Royal India and recommends that but the girls are up for trying something new so Mekong may be the answer. I don't believe I've ever had Vietnamese food but can't imagine what we wouldn't like

Apr 17, 2010
SharonOhio in Mid-Atlantic

Two dinners in Richmond/Short Pump

Well new complication added just as I thought I had this solved. We're taking my daughter's roommate on Thursday who is a vegetarian so now probably want to go ethnic instead since Eurasia has only 1 choice for her. The suggestions was to go to Carytown and either do Indian or Thai. Any recommendations?

Apr 17, 2010
SharonOhio in Mid-Atlantic

Two dinners in Richmond/Short Pump

Thanks for the info. Azzurro still looks to be too fancy for that Thursday night (we'll have spent 8 hours in a car before that and there's no way I'm dressing up). So we're going to do Eurasia that evening and Kenji on Friday night. Thanks for the suggestions and I'll post back early May once we've returned.

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Azzurro Restaurant
6221 River Rd, Richmond, VA 23229

Apr 16, 2010
SharonOhio in Mid-Atlantic

Two dinners in Richmond/Short Pump

Thanks for the suggestions. Kenji looks great for our night near short pump. A little concerned that Azzurro may be too pricey for our needs. Any other thoughts near the University?

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Azzurro Restaurant
6221 River Rd, Richmond, VA 23229

Apr 16, 2010
SharonOhio in Mid-Atlantic

Two dinners in Richmond/Short Pump

We will be picking our daughter up from the University of Richmond and due to packing and other things will be staying over two nights. The first night (Thursday) we will pick her up at the University and are looking to find something good within a 20 minute drive. The second night (Friday) we will all be staying in the Short Pump area so looking for something near there. In both cases we will have either had a long pack or a long drive so don't want something where we can't get a dependable reservation or the wait time will be lengthy.

Generally don't want to spend more than $100 for either dinner for all of us (probably no alcohol being purchased). We eat pretty much anything but would prefer something unique to Richmond.

All suggestions welcome. Thanks

Apr 13, 2010
SharonOhio in Mid-Atlantic

Looking for good take-out near Victoria

Thank you so much. That was very helpful...will check out fish and chips on Lupus St.

Jun 08, 2009
SharonOhio in U.K./Ireland

Looking for good take-out near Victoria

We (5 adults) will be in London for a week staying in a flat in Pimlico. In order to keep costs down we are looking to bring take-home back to the flat several times instead of eating out. Looking for any good food suggestions including fish and chips and any and all ethnic eateries which have reasonably priced take out food.

Jun 06, 2009
SharonOhio in U.K./Ireland

Have leftover noodles and making kugel. Need advice

Thanks so much all.. I think I'll be good now.

Jan 22, 2009
SharonOhio in Home Cooking

Have leftover noodles and making kugel. Need advice

So I was gone for several days and my husband made egg noodles while I was gone but a huge extra quantity fell into the pot and then were cooked so I have leftover noodles. But all the recipes for kugel start with dry noodles. Is there any way I can know how much noodle I really have when what I have are leftover cooked noodles?

Suggestions appreciated.

Jan 22, 2009
SharonOhio in Home Cooking

Tulane/NO visit need dining help

So this is the report back. Thanks for your suggestions. As you can see we took many of them.

Thursday night we were so exhausted that when we got in we just went to sleep with no dinner.

Friday morning, we went to the Camellia grill and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. We loved the food, the quirky waiters with their white jackets and bow ties, the milkshake machine used to whip the eggs for the omelets, the counter seating where we were asked midway through the meal to move over a seat to make room for a large party. More than anything else, my daughter and I loved the attitude of everyone there. It was just fun. FYI, this was around 9am and we had no wait.

Friday after our visit to Tulane, we finished a little earlier than expected so went back to the hotel and then were too lazy/tired to head back uptown so we ended up eating dinner at Rambla (where we were supposed to go Thursday night). The food was very good, the atmosphere extremely nice. Our favorite tapas were the empanadas, the Alsatian onion and bacon flatbread and the beets. The patatas bravas were a bit too spicy for my daughter but I really liked them. We tried the grilled octopus but didn’t particularly care for it. Portion sizes were generally OK although the beets were a tiny portion.

Saturday morning we went to Mother’s and braved the line which did move fairly quickly. I had the biscuit with egg and baked ham which was absolutely impossible to eat as a sandwich but the components were all good. My daughter had a single pancake and baked ham. We both agreed that the ham was superb.

Saturday night we went to Luke where we had a truly enjoyable dinner. We split the seafood gumbo (much spicier than the waiter said but good nonetheless) and the fried oyster, bacon and avocado salad (which they nicely split for us). For entrees I had the shrimp farci and my daughter had the crab ravioli. Both were very nice. Being with daughter, we shared a dessert which I think was hazelnut crème brulle. All in all everything was very tasty.

The only misstep was our brunch on Sunday. We went to Lil Dizzy’s inside the Whitney hotel which was awful. The atmosphere was fabulous but the food was poorly cooked (some overcooked and other items undercooked) and under heated. The only good thing was the fried chicken which was spot on. Overall, truly pathetic. Oh well. You guys gave other suggestions but we just didn’t feel like going too far afield.

Jan 22, 2009
SharonOhio in New Orleans

Tulane/NO visit need dining help

Suggestions all look great. Ciro's definitely could work well on Friday. I'm assuming the wait shouldn't be too long if we're not there late. Camellia grill will also probably work out well. We'll have to see if we feel like going back to the Riverbend area or trying another area of town for during the weekend. I have plenty of suggestions for all our meals now (probably way too many).

Thanks to all. I will report back.

Jan 09, 2009
SharonOhio in New Orleans

Tulane/NO visit need dining help

I like the looks of Rambla and am assuming (correct me if I'm wrong) that we can dress casually and that we shouldn't have too long a wait on a Thurs evening. I suspect we can escape for under $30 each so that's fine.

We're not too into pizza since my daughter has it twice a week at school so need to find something else.

Camellia Grill looks good for breakfast. Might try that Friday morning before getting to Tulane since we don't have to be at the University until after 10.

Jan 02, 2009
SharonOhio in New Orleans

Tulane/NO visit need dining help

I will be bringing my daughter to NO to visit Tulane in 2 weeks and need some dining suggestions. Neither of us has ever been to NO before. We both will eat anything although she's not big on anything too spicy. In particular would enjoy eating the local cuisine as much as possible and keeping meals to no more than $20 or so a head (exceptions are allowed). Looking for the following:

1) Thursday evening not far from the Intercontinental. Flight doesn't get in until 7pm so something easy to get in and out of.

2) Friday dinner near Tulane. We won't be done until probably around 5pm so it would be nice to try something near the University. Alternatively, we want to go to Preservation hall and could go Fri or Sat and so could do dinner before that.

3) Saturday dinner at Luke (I have reservations and think we'll both enjoy that even though a bit higher end that I want other meals to be.

4) Sunday brunch and/or simpler meals. Our flight isn't until 4:30 and we won't be eating until the next morning so suggestions for whatever Sunday would be great.

Breakfasts any day (something near the hotel or Tulane would be really great for Friday). Saturday we'll go anywhere interesting since we don't know how we're spending the day yet.

Any and all suggestions welcome.

Thanks Sharon

Jan 01, 2009
SharonOhio in New Orleans

College visit rd trip VA, NC

I have to say we were really impressed with Richmond. We liked the city a lot and the restaurants we tried were quite good. It was all great except for the 100 degree weather which made for "interesting" touring and walking. We managed to make it to the art museum cause my daughter wanted to see the faberge eggs. They were definitely worth the walk despite the heat and the fact that we parked about as far from the museum as was possible.

College visit rd trip VA, NC

So we're back and I'm reporting back on where we in fact did eat and how we found it.

Richmond - dinner at 27 one night which was very nice a bit pricey but used a restaurant.com certificate to reduce the cost to reasonable. Sunday night was really tough because many places were closed. We ended up going to kuba kuba and thoroughly enjoyed it. Portions were large and the quality was excellent. The only issue we had was some younger kids who weren't restrained by their parents. Breakfasts were at the hotel.

Lexington -- Monday night for dinner was also difficult. Ended up at Tuscany Restaurant. Pretty good food.

Winston-Salem -- dinner at Original Little Richard. We realized that we would not have a chance for barbeque other than this so did it here. Husband and daughter had never had vinegar based bbq so it was an experience. Portions were large, food was good and it was dirt cheap. I enjoyed it but not really sure whether they liked it.

Davidson -- used another restaurant.com certificate and ate at Maddi's Southern Bistro in Huntersville. Almost didn't find the place. We enjoyed this quite a bit -- again massive portions.

Charlotte -- got into town too late to try the fried chicken at Price's and ended up eating at a chain (hubby had enough of all this experimenting by then).

Thank you all for your suggestions. We were not able to try the college food but most likely wherever daughter gets accepted she will go for a admitted student weekend and be able to try it then. As expected Washington & Lee and Johns Hopkins fell out of consideration. They're just not for my daughter but she has a much better idea of what she likes now than she did a week and a half ago. It was definitely worth the trip.

Help with Thyme

thanks for the advice. i'll consult with the outside service and get him to stop spraying that area and cover the herbs while the spraying is going on nearby.

Jun 30, 2008
SharonOhio in Home Cooking

Need help with June college visits

Gee, we only got back a week ago!

Well the distances and driving along with the strange scheduling of the college visits definitely did us in. The best place we went to and I think the only one that was actually recommended here was the Press in Claremont. We really enjoyed the atmosphere the food and the prices were quite reasonable.

We did Mimi's cafe for breakfast which was pretty good (I know its a chain) and a few other chains because noone wanted to get back into the car once we got back to Ontario. Oh well. Thanks for the advice on the Press.

Jun 30, 2008
SharonOhio in Los Angeles Area

Help with Thyme

I have an herb garden (one of the few things the deer don't eat) and one of the herbs I grow is thyme. I have a very difficult time however getting the thyme leaves off the stalks. Since I grow the herbs myself and the plants are very young, the stalks are very thin. Coupled that with the need to wash the plants very well because they are near some shrubs which are sprayed, I am trying to deleaf thme which is wet and on thin stalks. Any suggestions on technique? Should I just chop with the stalks because its very thin and young?

Also, when a recipe calls for a sprig, how much should I put in?

Thx for any advice.

Jun 30, 2008
SharonOhio in Home Cooking

College visit rd trip VA, NC

Any suggestions for Charlotte? Don't really mind going into town.

Thx

College visit rd trip VA, NC

Richmond -- U of Richmond
Lexington - Washington & Lee
Winston Salem - Wake Forest
Davidson - Davidson

We don't mind travelling a bit within the city because it would be nice to see what's around anyway.

College visit rd trip VA, NC

My husband, 17 yr old daughter and I will be taking a week and a half road trip to visit colleges and I really need help with places for us to eat. Knowing us, we will want breakfast and dinners and will probably pick something up on or near the college campus. We eat anything and I personally would love to try local types of food at least for some of the meals. Would like to keep main courses to no more than $15 per person but again we can mix and match with some days more than others. The first part of this trip isn't in the Southern area of the board so for this part I need help with:

Richmond, VA
Lexington, VA
Winston Salem, NC
Davidson, NC
Asheville, NC (spending a day just passing through for fun)

Any ideas would be appreciated.

Thanks

Need help with June college visits

Thanks for the cross-reference. I'm always leary of doing a straight search when I'm not familiar with the area and especially with the LA area being soooo large. Definitely looks like Lu Ding Gee for one of the dinners. Husband is already drooling. Not sure about the other meals but I'll figure out from all the pickings here.

May 09, 2008
SharonOhio in Los Angeles Area

Need help with June college visits

Looking through some of these entries it made me realize we could possibly get good Peking Duck (haven't had that since I lived in NYC) and my husband and daughter both love duck. Any specific suggestions on where we should go for that?

May 06, 2008
SharonOhio in Los Angeles Area

Need help with June college visits

Well that will definitely help. Thanks for the tidbit.

May 06, 2008
SharonOhio in Los Angeles Area

Need help with June college visits

Thanks a million. Need to take all this information in but I should have plenty of choices to present. Will report back on this thread when we get back late in June.

May 05, 2008
SharonOhio in Los Angeles Area

Need help with June college visits

I looked at Some Crust's web site and it didn't seem like they really do breakfast just pastries and coffee which is OK if we know that going in.

May 05, 2008
SharonOhio in Los Angeles Area

Need help with June college visits

I will. Chinese at the San Gabriel Square mall or China Islamic sounds great -- that will work best for Friday evening since our USC visit is Friday afternoon. Still not sure on what to do Wednesday or Thursday evenings since I don't think we want to haul back into town then -- maybe Walter's since its nearby.

The suggestion of the culinary school was great but unfortunately they're closed for the summer.

Any other non-Chinese suggestions for Ontario/Claremont?

May 05, 2008
SharonOhio in Los Angeles Area