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Seeking Espresso/Coffee Near SeaWorld/I Drive

I would like to get a recommendation for a good place for coffee and espresso near SeaWorld. We do have a car but probably won't venture as far as Orlando proper.

I say "I Drive" because it's easy to get to and we'll probably have dinner near there and coffee afterwords. Maybe a place like Funky Monkey would provide both good food and good coffee?


May 16, 2015
_V_ in Florida

Could use some help finding dinner

We went to Firelake @ MOA the first night (Thursday) and the food was good, but service was a bit slow. Odd because it didn't seem that crowded.

The Spinach, Strawberry, and Brie salad was one of the best I had in a long time. I think it was dressed with poppy seed oil which was excellent. Should have gotten the large size (small is pretty small).

The Cibatta Bruschetta was good - grilled bread + 3 spreads. We had 2x tomato and 1x cheese-oil-garlic.

The Lamb Duet is 2 small chops and a large fritter. Excellent.

I didn't try the Chorizo & Roast Mushroom flatbread, but dining companion liked it.

The next night (Friday) was at Campiello. It cooled down to about 85 degrees so we sat ousdide in the shade - very nice.

The Peach and Proscuitto Salad was good.

The Hanger Steak was flavorul and tender, and came with a few cubes of fried potato and a little bit of a tasty mushroom sauce. Also had a side of the Grilled Asparagus and it was excellent.

My dining companion had the Strip Steak w/ potatoes instead of carrots but sent it back because it was medium instead of medium rare. It took a while but it was right the second time.

Dessert was a trio of Gelati: Salted Caramel, Chocolate, and Vanilla.

Thanks so much for pointing us in the right direction!

Jul 20, 2013
_V_ in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Could use some help finding dinner

Thanks for these great recommendations. I'm adding links in case anyone else needs them.

Broder's Pasta Bar
5000 Penn Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55419 (612) 925-9202

Cafe Maude
5411 Penn Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55419 (612) 822-5411

6411 City West Parkway, Eden Prairie, MN (952) 941-6868

Ciao Bella
3501 Minnesota Dr., Bloomington, MN 55435 (952) 841-1000

2100 Killebrew Dr., Bloomington, MN 55425 (952) 881-5258

In Season
(Closed,as noted above

8400 Normandale Lake Blvd., Bloomington, MN 55437 (952) 921-2255

Parma 8200
5600 West 83rd St., Suite 100, Bloomington, MN 55437 (952) 896-8888

Pizzeria Lola
5557 Xerxes Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55410 (612) 424-8338

Wise Acre Eatery
5401 Nicollet Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55419 (612) 354-2577

Jul 17, 2013
_V_ in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Could use some help finding dinner

I have a late afternoon flight into MSP and need a place for dinner, preferably close to the airport (will have a car).

From there I'm heading to Eden Prairie for the night.

The next night I need another place for dinner somewhere between Eden Prairie and the airport (heading back to the airport for the night).

I did some searches on "airport", "bloomington" and "eden" but didn't see much - most good places seem to be in Minneapolis or St. Paul.

Just about any cuisine is fine except Indian or Japanese. I'm traveling with a steak-lover so any place that serves a good steak would be nice (doesn't have to be a steak house). We have a little more flexibility the second night so we can deviate from I-494.

Jul 14, 2013
_V_ in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Question About Wine Bar & Bistro on Lark (Albany)

Any recent feedback on the food at this place?


I think all the older postings I found pre-dated Chef Baker's departure.

Jun 09, 2013
_V_ in New York State (exc. NYC)

Tallula's in Chapel Hill

On Yelp there's some griping about the wait staff. This comment sums it up:

"They are, in short, haughty, rude, and snobby."

The consensus is that the food is good, if albeit overpriced, but the service spoils the experience.

Has that been your experience? I'd like to give it a try but I don't want to deal with a haughty wait staff.

May 26, 2012
_V_ in Southeast

Looking for Dinner near the Swan & Dolphin - Orlando

Next week I'll be held hostage at the Swan and Dolphin (conference). I've been to the Blue Zoo and liked it, but would like to try some other places off-property. I don’t have a car and would like to avoid long cab rides. I've been to Café Tu Tu Tango and The Funky Monkey and liked both of them, but they seem to be a 20-minute ride away. Is there anything non-Disney that's close to the S&D? Any cuisine is fine except seafood, and I'm trying to keep the max entrée price in the mid 20's.

Apr 15, 2012
_V_ in Florida

Dining in O'Fallon and Nearby

Lots of good recommendations for me to investigate - thanks! It looks like Farmhaus, Salt, and Home Wine Kitchen are closed on Tuesdays.

Any feedback on Araka or Barcelona Tapas?

Apr 11, 2012
_V_ in Great Plains

Dining in O'Fallon and Nearby

I usually set a top price for a dinner entree at mid-upper $20's. For example, The Crossing looks good but is a little bit out of my price range.

Apr 02, 2012
_V_ in Great Plains

Dining in O'Fallon and Nearby

My trip to O'Fallon, MO has been cancelled, and instead, I'm going to be staying Creve Coeur, near the intersection of I-270 and Route 364/Page Ave. I'm happy to search the archives but should I look for "Creve Coeur", "Maryland Heights", or something else? I'm not interested in seafood, and like most anything else, especially "New American".

Apr 02, 2012
_V_ in Great Plains

Dining in O'Fallon and Nearby

Sorry, that's O'Fallon, MO.

Mar 26, 2012
_V_ in Great Plains

Dining in O'Fallon and Nearby

I searched for "O'Fallon" but didn't come up with much. Can somebody provide some better search terms? I'll have a car and can drive to nearby towns.


Mar 26, 2012
_V_ in Great Plains

Need early weekday breakfast in Portland

I ended up at Marcy's because I was running late every morning and needed something close. It was inexpensive and the omelets that I had were fine. Then it was off to Coffee by Design.

Coffee by Design
620 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101

Sep 28, 2011
_V_ in Northern New England

Need early weekday breakfast in Portland

Are there any good breakfast places near the Holiday Inn/Eastland Park hotels that open early (6:00-6:30 am) on weekdays? Hot Suppa was recommended in the archives, but their Web site says that they open at 7:00 am.


Hot Suppa
703 Congress St, Portland, ME 04102

Sep 10, 2011
_V_ in Northern New England

Northwoods Area of Charleston

I searched the board and found a lot of great places in central Charleston, but is there anything notable in/near the Northwoods area? Any cuisine except purely seafood.

Apr 12, 2011
_V_ in Southeast

Jaleo vs. Firefly

I'll be in town for the first time in a couple of weeks and would like to try tapas. How do these two compare, or is this an apples-to-oranges comparison?

Mar 23, 2011
_V_ in Las Vegas

Level 2 in Greensboro?

Has anyone been to Level 2 on Elm St?


113 South Elm Street (336) 370-1311

Feb 13, 2011
_V_ in Southeast

Emerywood in High Point?

Has anyone been to Emerywood Fine Foods in High Point?


Their YouTube video says they have been a "High Point favorite for over 15 years" ;-


Emerywood Fine Foods
130 W Lexington Ave, High Point, NC 27262

Feb 07, 2011
_V_ in Southeast

Question about Lula

I dine out a lot when traveling, and I usually pay $2.50-ish for a cup of coffee at nice restaurants. Yes, in the overall scheme of things a buck is no big deal, but it struck me as a gouge. I haven't seen the $4-5 cup of drip ... yet ;-)

We almost had the sweet corn creme brulee instead of the short rib sliders; maybe next time we're in Chicago we'll start off with that. It's a great restaurant. We liked the whole/half portions, which allowed us to try several different things.

Dec 30, 2010
_V_ in Chicago Area

Question about Lula

We ended up at Sable Kitchen & Bar for dinner, and just stayed for dessert. We split:

Moroccan Spiced Almonds and Cashews (to go, for the plane ride home)

Wisconsin Fried Cheese Curds with Spicy Ketchup Glaze

Mini Wild Mushroom Veggie Burgers with Red Onion Jam, Goat Cheese

Roasted Butternut Squash-Apple Soup with Pumpkin Seed Oil

Bison Short Rib Sliders with Root Beer Glaze

Pumpkin Mousse Tart with Gingersnap Crust, Candied Pecans

Everything was very good, but we thought that the Short Rib Sliders would be better than they were. The spiced nuts were heavy on the spices, masking a lot of the nut flavor.

My only complaint is that paying $3.50 each for a cup of drip coffee is outrageous. (we didn't want a refill). I emailed the General Manager and got this response, in part:

"We had our coffee priced based on what a number of our competitors were charging and then increased half-way through the year when the company we purchase our coffee from significantly increased their prices due to higher energy and transport costs on their end. [...] We try and alleviate some of the burden on our guests by offering unlimited complimentary refills for a coffee that is expensive to internationally import."

If that is the case, then they need to find another (domestic) supplier.

Sable Kitchen & Bar
505 North State Street, Chicago, IL 60654

Dec 30, 2010
_V_ in Chicago Area

Question about Lula

Hot Chocolate looks great, but sadly, they are closed Mondays.


It doesn't have to be coffee/dessert place. A restaurant with a good pastry chef (like Hot Chocolate) will work. We're not opposed to sitting at a bar.

Hot Chocolate
1747 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

Dec 13, 2010
_V_ in Chicago Area

Question about Lula

Responding to previous questions...

Yes, we are referring to Lula Cafe in Logan Square.

Yes, we are Blue Lining.

We're staying near ORD on a Monday and taking the Blue Line into town for dinner. We have tentative plans downtown,and thought it might be nice to stop at Lula on the way back to the hotel for coffee and dessert. Maybe we're trying to cram too much into one day?

Dec 13, 2010
_V_ in Chicago Area

Question about Lula

I was thinking of stopping at Lula for coffee and dessert on the way back to ORD (after having dinner downtown).

Do they hava a bar/lounge area that would accomodate this (2 people)?


Dec 11, 2010
_V_ in Chicago Area

Anything notable near Hogg Memorial Auditorium (24th and Guadalupe)

"What time? To eat there or to go? "

Monday, Nov 8th at about 6 pm. To eat there.

I'll be on foot (attending the ACL Simulcast at Hogg).

Nov 05, 2010
_V_ in Austin

Anything notable near Hogg Memorial Auditorium (24th and Guadalupe)

I think I know the answer ... but is there anything beyond usual college campus chains near Hogg Memorial Auditorium? Any type of cuisine is fine as long as not solely seafood.

Nov 05, 2010
_V_ in Austin

What happend to The Bicycle Bistro

Thanks for the info. No special interest in the neighborhood (staying at the Renaissance Inner Harbor). Just asked about Bicycle because we enjoyed it in the past. Kali's Mezza and The Helmand have been good to us, too.

Off to do more searching...



Bluegrass Tavern:

Kali's Mezza

The Hemland

Oct 15, 2010
_V_ in Washington DC & Baltimore

What happend to The Bicycle Bistro

I had a great meal there when I was last in Baltimore, but it appears to be closed now. Did the chef open a different restaurant?

Oct 14, 2010
_V_ in Washington DC & Baltimore

1790 in Savannah

I had a good meal at 17hundred90 in Savannah several years ago. Is it still good?

Aug 29, 2010
_V_ in Southeast

Need Recs for Blowing Rock, NC

Not much turned up in a search other than a positive recommendation of Storie Street Grill, and a not so good review of Crippen's.

We'll be staying in the vicinity of Morris St and Main St, and could use breakfast, lunch and dinner (and coffee!) recommendations.

Aug 29, 2010
_V_ in Southeast

Chocolate in Hawaii

I did see Malie Kai chocolate bars at the Foodland in Ala Moana center for about $4-$5 for a small bar. The label did indicated that the origin was Hawaii (Oahu I believe).

That seems to be the only one of Hawiian origin, and I may end up going with it.


Nov 16, 2009
_V_ in Hawaii