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Driving down 95 in FL - any suggestions?

Right off I-95 at the Stuart/indiantown exit: La Fourchetta. Amazing Italian.

Nov 30, 2010
leslieolson in Florida

Melbourne?

Oh, for heavens sake. It is just too annoying when people do what I just did. There are a gazillion recent posts about Melbourn. Ignore me, please.

Nov 30, 2010
leslieolson in Florida

Melbourne?

On the beach or off. Anything good?

Nov 30, 2010
leslieolson in Florida

Poll: Best Florida Interstate food

I'm often in a rush while on the interstate, zipping from one part of the state to the other. Usually longing for great food but lacking the time to wander far off the interstate in search of it. I'd love to compile a chowhound-y list of your favorite restaurants as close to interstate/turnpike exits as possible. (Restaurants on major highways are good too!) As a matter of fact, I'll even be willing to create a map with all the recs- if someone can find a site for me to post it on.
So- this is what I'll need:
1) restaurant name
2) address or website or maplink
3) close to what interstate and which exit
4) type of food
5) what's great to eat there
Thanks all!

Nov 30, 2010
leslieolson in Florida

Last minute trip to Miami Beach tonite--need recs fast!

So we ate at Michael's Genuine in the Design District. Thanks drtodd for the excellent recommendation. Everything was very good. We were early and ate at the bar. The coctails were fantastic. Manhattan with rosemary infused cherry--almost meaty. But in a good way.

The duck confit was heaven--whipped cauliflower acted as a ethereal mashed potato to balance the rich , flavorful duck.

My friend loved the wood-grilled octopus.

Wonderful.

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Michael's Genuine Food & Drink
130 N.E. 40th Street, Miami, FL 33137

Last minute trip to Miami Beach tonite--need recs fast!

I live on the Treasure Coast, and a friend just called (three minutes ago) and asked me to accompany her to a reception for a book publishing event on Miami Beach tonight.

With the possibility of eating one meal in the Miami Beach area only every few years, I can't pass up an opportunity to look for something amazing for us to eat before the reception.

If you were in my shoes, where would you eat? This is a celebratory event: first time she's been published in a significant architectural book.

Thanks, everyone!

West Palm Beach for a week

Dang! Wish I had these recs last week when I was in town!

Restaurants near The Social

Just ate at The Black Olive just a few blocks south of The Social last weekend, at the rec of the great Orlando hounds on this board.

It was really, really good. Tableside ceasar was so complex and delicious, Fire grilled grape leaves filled melty chevre with an ouzo flambe was fantastic, and the diver scallops were also lovely. We had a fantastic experience. They charge a reasonable corkage fee: $15, so we brought a few bottles of excellent wine to enjoy with the great meal. Knowledgeable service had a perfect light touch.

We were well provisioned for dancing at the I Bar till 3am.

Sep 04, 2009
leslieolson in Florida

Best Pizza on the Treasure Coast?

My vote: Carmella's in Stuart. The Grandma's Pizza (cheese only) is simply heaven itself.

Aug 24, 2009
leslieolson in Florida

So good that you make it over and over again (or at least 3 times!)

Mark Bittman's Chicken Adobo with sticky rice!

Aug 11, 2009
leslieolson in Home Cooking

Heritage Turkey in South Florida?

The Fort Pierce Farmers Market has a local farmer who takes orders each year for heritage birds, she raises them locally. We had one for Thanksgiving last year and it was excellent. Quite different but excellent.

The Basics: How to Make an Icebox Cake

Any advice on how to find the elusive chocolate wafers? I'm stuck with standard supermarkets, and can find no chocolate wafers except (ack) sugar-free.

Aug 10, 2009
leslieolson in Features

The Basics: How to Sauté Fish with Lemon and Capers

IMHO, all sides get entirely too wound up on these posts. Chill, my friends.

Aug 10, 2009
leslieolson in Features

Orlando (Downtownish): Two nights of excellent dinners?

I can't help but wonder: Does a restaurant named Ravenous Pig have good vegetarian fare?

Aug 07, 2009
leslieolson in Florida

Roadtrip! West Palm to Tally

Mmm. Fort Pierce does not, in my opinion, have amazing breakfast. I like the cafe con leche at mervis, but that's quite a drive for coffee (its just off US 1.) I hate to say it, but you might be better off with ...Cracker Barrell!

Aug 06, 2009
leslieolson in Florida

Roadtrip! West Palm to Tally

Cracker Barrel? Seriously? Well, if you're looking for quick and close to the Turnpike, go with La Granja. Its even closer than Cracker Barrel.

Aug 06, 2009
leslieolson in Florida

Orlando (Downtownish): Two nights of excellent dinners?

Orlando 'hounds,

I'm looking for two excellent dinners in the downtown orlando area. Although a bit of a trip is fine for one meal-say Winter Park.

I'll be with vegetarians who eat fish. One or both dinners should be something special, as they'll be celebrating their aniversary.

I've done some searching and would love some feedback on:
Ceviche,
Napasorn Thai
Chef's Table
White Wolf (for dessert?)
Looks like Graze is closed?

What am I missing?

Any recs on the best choices/what to avoid/best dishes?

Thanks all!

Aug 06, 2009
leslieolson in Florida

Roadtrip! West Palm to Tally

Actually, the korean is just in your run of the mill strip mall. Its the sould food joint that some people might find intimidating, though I recommend it highly .

If you don't want to get too far off the Turnpike, the best place to grab something quick is La Granja--a small chain, but way better than its surrounding fare of mega-chains.

Aug 05, 2009
leslieolson in Florida

Roadtrip! West Palm to Tally

Some interesting stops in Fort Pierce
Granny's Kitchen: Meat & 3 Soul Food- Hassie Russ and family has owned it for decades and still does the cooking. If you're squeamish about "the wrong side of the tracks," though, you might not feel comfortable. I'm in the neighborhood all the time, walking and have never had the slightest problem, however.)
Seoul Garden: Excellent Korean Food, also family-run.

Aug 05, 2009
leslieolson in Florida

Roadtrip! West Palm to Tally

Are you taking the Turnpike? What kinds of things do you like, generally? How do you define "interesting?"

Aug 05, 2009
leslieolson in Florida

Mexican or Cuban in Tampa btwn Busch Gardens and Rocky Point?

So we're back from Tampa. The things I loved:
Pinky's: super thick homemade bacon. rosemary flecked home fries. neighborhood vibe. Not crazy about the hollandaise sauce-perhaps just an "off" day.
Taco Bus: the bus. the latina waitress confused with gringos ordering strange things for kids in english. the crispy pork bits. watching my 8 year old revel in making her taco. the vegan tamale.
Yummy House: Salt and Pepper Calamari! Oh my lord! Salt and pepper tofu. Walnut shrimp (ostensibly for the kids but I ate way too much of it.)
The bubble tea shop in the same strip mall with Yummy House (was it called Got Tea?): How fun was that? Never had bubble tea before. However, boba with their grapefruit green tea was a bit of an odd combo, I have to say. Liked it anyway though.

Aug 03, 2009
leslieolson in Florida

Vero Beach Restarurant Reviews

Forgot: The pickings are pretty slim in Vero. A good restaurant which I love for its trendy/funky/fun vibe in oh-so-buttoned-up Vero is Undertow. Disclaimer: I do know the owner. But I'd like Undertow regardless.

Aug 03, 2009
leslieolson in Florida

Vero Beach Restarurant Reviews

Ocean Grill is so overrated. I simply do not go there. Would consider going there with family from the midwest who don't like food anyway but would like the view. Otherwise: avoid.

Aug 03, 2009
leslieolson in Florida

Mexican or Cuban in Tampa btwn Busch Gardens and Rocky Point?

Miss E- those are great recs. The little ones adore pancakes, so we will definitely do that.
We are agoing to yummy house for Sunday lunch. Do you think we should make reservations for that time?

Jul 31, 2009
leslieolson in Florida

Mexican or Cuban in Tampa btwn Busch Gardens and Rocky Point?

Fantastic! It looks like the Taco Bus is exactly on our route from Busch Gardens to the hotel--a huge plus with exhausted kids! Thanks!

Jul 30, 2009
leslieolson in Florida

Mexican or Cuban in Tampa btwn Busch Gardens and Rocky Point?

The fam will be travelling to Tampa this weekend for a Busch Gardens trip.

Think we'll eat at Pinky's for breakfast before heading to the park, but looking for a good, causal place to eat with tired kids on the way back to the hotel (on Rocky Point, off Hwy 60.) Thinking Cuban or Mexican, but we're open if there's something fantastic on our way.

Sunday, we're planning on heading up to Yummy House for some great chineese, as a result of reading the Huge thread debating the finer points between China Yuan and Yummy House on this Board!

Any suggestions of a good Mexican, Cuban or other dinner place?
Any recs on what to order at Pinky's or Yummy House?

Thanks all!

Jul 30, 2009
leslieolson in Florida

Fort Pierce: Asian Bistro

This new Thai/Sushi place downtown has made me a bit leery since they opened, but they deliver lunch, so I've been consistently trying them. Not everything is great. This needs to be said up front. For consistently good thai and sushi, Bangkok in Downtown is better.

But Asian Bistro has some off-the-beaten-path dishes that are worth eating and you don't see elsewhere.

Papaya Salad is both unusual and Excellent, a large mound of julienned, crunchy green papaya, tossed with peanuts, string beans, tomato and sweet, spicy lime dressing. Really good.

That dish gets my unreserved recommendation.

Jul 17, 2009
leslieolson in Florida

Best Pizza Near Disney?

We're going to be off Oceola Parkway and 192 with the kids tonight. Ideas for (at least) better than average pizza along Osceola Pkwy between the Turnpike and 192 or thereabouts?

Thanks, any recs definitely appreciated.

Jul 17, 2009
leslieolson in Florida

The Basics: How to Make Noodles with Tofu and Peanut Sauce

Just tried it. I froze the tofu ahead of time, pressed it, then tossed the tofu with the sauce and marinated until the noodles cooked. Very good. However, I will fry the tofy next time and toss with the noodles and sauce at the very end next time and see if I like that better.
Recommended.

Jul 15, 2009
leslieolson in Features

Tin Fish review - Port St. Lucie

Anyone tknow the address or the general cross-street?

Jul 08, 2009
leslieolson in Florida