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Breakfast between Breezewood and Johnstown?

Anything decent?

Oct 08, 2013
mrfinewine in Pennsylvania

NON-hip places in Pittsburgh? I.e., old-fashioned, real Pittsburghy spots?

Reviving this thread in anticipation of another trip to your fair city. Anyone have anything to add? Updates, new ideas? Thanks!

Sep 05, 2013
mrfinewine in Pennsylvania

Best lobster roll/fried clams between New Haven and, oh, Madison?

Yes, but the clams are just a few minutes' drive away at the Clam Castle! I didn't find the staff at Lobster Landing to be particularly charming, but they weren't at all rude. And even though it was a busy beach Sunday, there was no line.

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Lobster Landing
152 Commerce St, Clinton, CT

Clam Castle
1324 Boston Post Rd, Madison, CT 06443

Best lobster roll/fried clams between New Haven and, oh, Madison?

Ended up having excellent lobster rolls at Lobster Landing and equally excellent fried whole clams at Clam Castle.

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Lobster Landing
152 Commerce St, Clinton, CT

Clam Castle
1324 Boston Post Rd, Madison, CT 06443

Best lobster roll/fried clams between New Haven and, oh, Madison?

Thanks, everybody. Very helpful.

Best lobster roll/fried clams between New Haven and, oh, Madison?

What's the best seafood spot along that stretch of Connecticut?

Sunday night dinner in New Haven?

What's the place? Anything old besides the well-known pizza joints?

Sifton - Wo Hop, Today's NYT

Wo Hop has an upstairs and a downstairs; Hop Kee is downstairs only.

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Wo Hop
17 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

Hop Kee
21 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

Jul 09, 2010
mrfinewine in Manhattan

Sifton - Wo Hop, Today's NYT

It's been bad three of the four times I've eaten there over the past three years or so. Hop Kee, on the other hand, another old-school place right next door, still turns out some decent Cantonese food. It's MUCH better than Wo Hop but isn't open as late.

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Wo Hop
17 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

Hop Kee
21 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

Jul 08, 2010
mrfinewine in Manhattan

A Recent Review of Roast, Detroit MI - Giving Symon a Second Chance!

>Arriving after only a minute the successor to our arrogant first encounter was an extremely >pleasant young lady named Laura

There's a term for that: good cop/bad cop.

Apr 24, 2010
mrfinewine in Great Lakes

Cafe Moutarde in Park Slope Closed

Not to pile on, or flog a dead horse, or [pick your cliché], but the old place was a big disappointment. I thought it looked great, mostly--and unlike anything else in the Slope. But after having two good-plus to great-minus meals there the first month or so it was open, I noticed on my third visit that the prices had jumped and the portions had shrunk to an almost comical degree. And it was downhill from there. (Also: the right angles in the bar were an odd use of space that made for awkward/uncomfortable sitting.) Here's hoping the new endeavor is an improvement, and a success.

Apr 24, 2010
mrfinewine in Outer Boroughs

NON-hip places in Pittsburgh? I.e., old-fashioned, real Pittsburghy spots?

Ended up at Tessaro's my first night in town with a group of about 8 and loved it! Great drinks, great service, great food. A+, and just what I was looking for. Not as keen on Big Jim's...loved the location and the atmosphere, but my meatball sandwich was very dry! Had to ask for extra sauce, which helped but couldn't overcome the particleboard texture of the meatballs! Continue to love breakfast at the Gab n Eat in Carnegie. Also had a peculiar but delicious pastrami sandwich at the old Jewish deli across the street from Jerry's Records....Thanks for all the tips, everybody. In my opiniton, Pittsburgh is the most underrated city in the U.S., and up there among the two or three most physically beautiful.

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Tessaro's Restaurant
4601 Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15224

Apr 12, 2010
mrfinewine in Pennsylvania

NON-hip places in Pittsburgh? I.e., old-fashioned, real Pittsburghy spots?

Thanks for the tips, everybody.

Mar 25, 2010
mrfinewine in Pennsylvania

NON-hip places in Pittsburgh? I.e., old-fashioned, real Pittsburghy spots?

Hi. I'm about to travel to Pittsburgh and am looking for places to eat that have been around awhile. I have absolutely no interest in anything "hip" or "trendy." I know about Primanti Bros., the O, Pamela's, even Gab & Eat in Carnegie (my favorite breakfast spot). I used to travel to Pittsburgh quite a bit in the nineties, and I was just looking over some notes from a 1999 trip. Here are some places I had written down but didn't get around to trying...and that was pretty much my last trip there for a long time. Do any of these still exist? Are they any good? Can you recommend others in a similar vein? Pricier places are fine. Bars too! Thanks!

Bloomfield Bridge Tavern
Chiodo's in Homestead
Pleasure Bar
Oyster House (on Market Square?)
Jerry's in Bridgewater
Ritter's
Big Jim's in the Hollow
Dick's Diner in Murrysville
Spaghetti Steak House in Belmont?

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Big Jim's
201 Saline St, Pittsburgh, PA 15207

Bridge Tavern & Restaurant
222 S Market St, Williamsport, PA 17702

Steak House
29 Main St, Wellsboro, PA 16901

Dick's Diner
4200 William Penn Hwy, Murrysville, PA 15668

Mar 23, 2010
mrfinewine in Pennsylvania

Any old-time Atlantic City restaurants worth trying?

I've been to Chef Vola's and the White House and Dock's a zillion times. Anything else good, old, non-casino for dinner? Or even good, not-so-old, non-casino? Maybe even one of the older casino spots....

Mar 09, 2010
mrfinewine in New Jersey

Chef Vola's: Dinner With "Frank" and George, too!

I always feel strange reading stories like this, because my experience with Chef Vola's the half-dozen times I've been there in the past 12 years or so has always been like this: My friend and I roll up to our hotel in the late afternoon. We call Chef Vola's and make a reservation for that night. We eat.

Feb 05, 2010
mrfinewine in New Jersey

Country Ham, Smithfield Ham in DTW area

I'm not sure I understand your post, but if you want to "try a few slices" of country ham, it's on the menu at the excellent Betty Ross II on John R.

Feb 03, 2010
mrfinewine in Great Lakes

2010 Detroit Auto Show - Looking for local rec's

See my non-comment above: "I'll hold my tongue on Slow's."

Darn, shoulda woulda coulda and all, but you were tantalizingly close to the Telway at that point....

Glad you enjoyed your stay. See you at the Smoke House in Burbank!

M

Jan 28, 2010
mrfinewine in Great Lakes

A Shining Beacon in a Sea of Despair - A Detroit Destination

Ha ha, nice story. I'm usually good for three. The advantage of a small is that it's ALL CORNERS!! Surprised you don't like to reheat. Here's what I do (or did, when I actually lived there): wrap each leftover piece individually in foil and freeze it. When you want to eat it, uncover the top (you should have wrapped it so that this is possible) and put the piece directly on the rack in the toaster oven at 400 till it's cooked. It's still good, believe me!!!

Jan 23, 2010
mrfinewine in Great Lakes

2010 Detroit Auto Show - Looking for local rec's

Sorry I appeared so suddenly; I hadn't been here in quite a while....Oh, another thing that I'm going to scream, though it's off topic: DON'T LEAVE DETROIT WITHOUT A VISIT TO THE ABSOLUTELY BREATHTAKING GUARDIAN BUILDING, THE MOST SPECTACULAR SKYSCRAPER IN THE WORLD, INSIDE AND OUT. It's smack dab downtown.

Jan 22, 2010
mrfinewine in Great Lakes

2010 Detroit Auto Show - Looking for local rec's

Yes, you ought to be able to find a seat at the bar. It's a very friendly place; I'm sure they'll accommodate you. Polish Village is cool, but the Ivanhoe is kind of a once-in-a-lifetime, only-in-Detroit experience. I've never had lunch there, though. If you go, don't walk there! Take a taxi.

Jan 22, 2010
mrfinewine in Great Lakes

A Shining Beacon in a Sea of Despair - A Detroit Destination

Thanks, Boagman. And if I may say so, I think you have excellent taste. (Your repeated endorsements of Loui's especially stand out.)

Jan 22, 2010
mrfinewine in Great Lakes

2010 Detroit Auto Show - Looking for local rec's

IT'S FRIDAY. YOU *MUST* GO TO THE IVANHOE, A.K.A. THE POLISH YACHT CLUB, FOR AN EARLY DINNER TONIGHT!!!

Sorry to scream, but it's the only night they serve dinner, and it's a unique Detroit experience: good, solid Polish food (get the perch or the walleye, a keilbasa appetizer, and beer!) in an old bar that is literally the only building still standing on its entire square block. Nature is reclaiming the land around it....I'll hold my tongue on Slow's.

DO IT!!! Skip Noble Fish, which is a wonderful place for Detroit but wouldn't stand out among 500 similar or better spots if it were picked up and dropped in L.A....

Red Coat Tavern, Loui's Pizza, Betty Ross II for breakfast (these three are all kind of a hike from downtown), the Telway, the Middle Eastern places mentioned by others, maybe the Hygrade for breakfast (salami and eggs!!)...these are the places that ought to be on your radar.

Jan 22, 2010
mrfinewine in Great Lakes

A Shining Beacon in a Sea of Despair - A Detroit Destination

Wow, not my experience at all. Had been hearing about it for years and finally tried it last year with my mom (she'd been there before but not in over a decade). We both wanted to love it, but we didn't think anything we tried was distinguished. And we were also disappointed by the generic remodeling job: my mom recalled it looking much cooler and older on her previous visit. I hate to bash any Detroit business, but anyone expecting excellent food here may be seriously disappointed. Though from the other comments here, I see that mine is a lonely voice. Which is a good thing for Giovanni's, I guess.

Jan 21, 2010
mrfinewine in Great Lakes

Where to buy Central Grocery olive salad in NYC?

Does any shop sell jars of it? Or a close approximation?

Oct 02, 2009
mrfinewine in Manhattan

Where can I find Central Grocery olive salad in NYC?

Do any stores carry it? Or a close approximation?

Oct 02, 2009
mrfinewine in Manhattan

Lunch After Noon Arrival At DTW?

I guess I'm too late to give the original poster advice, but I recall having some pretty good Lebanese food IN the airport, in the McNamara Terminal....Can't come up with the name of the place....

Sep 22, 2009
mrfinewine in Great Lakes

Detroits best Pizza- Free Press

My top 10 list would look like this:
1. Loui's
2. everything else

I tried Cloverleaf yesterday for the first time and it was perfectly decent but just didn't have the flavor of Loui's. Did like the sauce. Didn't like the salad, which Loui's also excels at....

My single visit to Green Lantern, about four years ago, left me scratching my head and wondering what all the fuss was about. To me it was completely run-of-the-mill and unexceptional.

Not run of the mill Mexicantown [Detroit, MI]

I'm surprised! I had a terrific meal there two years ago, the highlight of which was an excellent chicken mole, skin, bones, and all!! It was the best I'd ever tasted.

Detroit Suggestions?

I'd skip all these chain restaurants people are mentioning. Here's where you want to go:
Pizza: Loui's, Dequindre Rd. just north of 9 Mile.
Burgers: Red Coat Tavern, Woodward.
Fish: The Ivanhoe, Joseph Campau (a.k.a. the Polish Yacht Club)...an amazing, unique experience in a blighted part of town. If you're not put off by the fact that it's the only building still standing on its entire square block, you'll love this place. Get the perch or walleye. Friday nights only (lunch weekdays, too).

And definitely try one of the recommended Middle Eastern places. I'd skip Slow's. Great atmosphere, great bar, great Detroit place, but mediocre food.