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Early family breakfast near LAX

My family and I will be flying into LAX from the east coast of Canada. We get in fairly late, and will be crashing at the Sheraton airport hotel. Given the time difference, we'll likely be up bright-and-early looking for a great breakfast. Kids are 7 & 9, but adventurous eaters. Mexican would be awesome, but we will do whatever is best. We will have a rental car.

Most specific request ever....

Thanks!

Apr 06, 2013
BarnNB in Los Angeles Area

Northeners staying in the French Quarter

Thanks hazelhurst!

We plan a day trip at the end of the conference. Where would be the best destination to mix Cajun cuisine with an interesting drive / interesting local?

Dec 15, 2011
BarnNB in New Orleans

Northeners staying in the French Quarter

TexasRT - You've obviously been to Tim Horton's while visiting Canada. I went to the City Market in Luling, Texas for brisket, smoked links, ribs and a couple of Shiners. I win.

Can't wait to visit - the food looks wonderful and the people in the south are so warm and friendly (as exemplified by your post). Those oysters sound pretty good - is that the type of thing one could have a couple of beers with....

Dec 14, 2011
BarnNB in New Orleans

Northeners staying in the French Quarter

Holy awesome post Indy67!!! Cochon is officially on the list!

Dec 14, 2011
BarnNB in New Orleans

Northeners staying in the French Quarter

I neglected to mention that 3 of our group of 8 are Acadian (the French Canadian group from which the Cajuns originated). As such, we will definitely want to hit-up some Cajun cuisine at some point.

I get the sense that this may be better in the rural areas, but is there anything nearby in the city?

Thanks again!

Dec 14, 2011
BarnNB in New Orleans

Northeners staying in the French Quarter

Thanks Hunt.

I wrote this post and then started looking around CH for general recs. It became apparent that Galatoire's is a "must" after about 15 minutes of research (that James Beard seal is always a good sign). Now I know that it is also close by.

Having looked at some of your specific rec's, I can tell you are right on the mark. Thanks again!

Dec 14, 2011
BarnNB in New Orleans

Northeners staying in the French Quarter

I'm attending a conference mid-January at the Sheraton New Orleans (Canal Street, near the French Quarter, apparently) with my wife and some colleagues from work. My wife and I are big-time foodies, with others in the group being all over the board.

I would greatly appreciate some recommendations relative to: (1) value; and (2) ease of access.

By "value" I don't mean "inexpensive", but rather a combination of price and quality. Sometimes the most expensive restaurant in an area also delivers the best value. That same restaurant may also merit a long taxi fare.

We are coming from parts north (Canadians, not Yankees), so regional southern cuisines would be of particular interest.

Thank you very much!

Dec 13, 2011
BarnNB in New Orleans

Charleston - great value near Charleston Place Hotel

I arrive on the last day of restaurant week. So close, but yet so far...

Jan 18, 2011
BarnNB in Southeast

Charleston - great value near Charleston Place Hotel

I'm in Charleston next week with some work colleagues, staying at the Charleston Place hotel.

My co-workers enjoy good food, but aren't hardcore foodies. They'll let me pick the restaurants so long as the checks don't get too high. We're all on a per diem from our employer.

Any great deals within walking / short taxi ride of Meeting and Market streets? I see Fish has a Tuesday prix fixe meal, Carolina's has some happy hour specials, and Jestine's is very close.

Any other recommendations in the area?

Thanks so much!

Jan 16, 2011
BarnNB in Southeast

Best in New Brunswick

This is the restaurant called "Sense of Tokyo" mentioned above.

I agree with everything except the typo in the name (no judgment - I messed up Sampan, above).

Angry tuna roll is killer.

Mar 18, 2010
BarnNB in Atlantic Canada

Best in New Brunswick

I don't think so, but others will have to be the judge of that.

My initial point was that many visitors come here looking for seafood, which is natural, but they have to be careful because the average seafood in the average seafood restaurant in the Maritimes is not very good. For instance, I can't think of a single great "seafood place" in Halifax, although I have had good seafood dishes at several regular restaurants there (I would never recommend McKelvey's or the 5 Fishermen to fellow Hounds).

However, I explicitly stated that there are exceptions to the rule - "of course their [sic] are exceptions" is the exact phrase I used.

I've not been to Portugal, but I have heard people say that you can walk into any seaside town and get excellent seafood at any one of many different restaurants. I suspect same thing probably holds true for Tokyo, Nice, or Ho Chi Minh. I suspect local preferences and competition there probably necessitate a certain skill with fish. My view is that this may be lacking in the Maritimes, and it is therefore very important to research to ensure you are going to spot where the fish will be good.

Sep 29, 2009
BarnNB in Atlantic Canada

Best of DC - Walking distance from Union Station

In town for a week-long conference near Union Station. Wondering what are the best eat in that part of the city.

Thanks!

Best BBQ on between DC and Richmond

I'm doing an overnight road trip from Washington to Richmond, and looking for rec's for great BBQ on the way. I've searched a lot of posts here, but this is difficult to research as most posts make no reference to location.

Allman's in Fredericksburg is my default at this point, but I have seen some mixed reviews.

Best in New Brunswick

"I can second the recommendation for the Rossmount. Normally my advice to people asking for recommendations in New Brunswick is to keep going to Nova Scotia, but the Rossmount is an exception. Truly excellent.

Greg B Jun 18, 2009 08:04PM"

I agree Greg B - the Rossmount does fish, and everything else, wonderfully. I guess you've had one good meal in the Valley of Despair.

Sep 26, 2009
BarnNB in Atlantic Canada

Best in New Brunswick

Okay Greg B - name me 3 really good seafood places in Halifax (sushi excluded).

Sep 19, 2009
BarnNB in Atlantic Canada

Best in New Brunswick

Unfortunately, Saint John (and to some extent the Maritimes in general) is not a great place for seafood. I think the Irish / Scots heritage failed to import any real respect or appreciation for fish, such as one would find in Asia or the Mediterranean counties (or the immigrants therefrom). We don't eat enough fish to ensure sufficient turn-over and freshness at the markets, plus we tend to way overcook it. Of course their are exceptions, but unless you buy it off the wharf and cook it yourself, you may be disappointed.

I hate to say it, but the seafood is generally better in larger centers like Toronto. If you want good seafood at a restaurant in the Maritimes, you must do your research and leave nothing to chance. Shellfish is generally safer that fish, but I have often had mussels cooked beyond recognition.

The 3 Departments of Tourism are arranging a hit as you read this....

Sep 16, 2009
BarnNB in Atlantic Canada

Car trippin to Atlantic Canada in October-need dining & regional specialty recommendations

I assume that you are traveling to "Saint John", New Brunswick, as opposed to "St. Johns", Newfoundland.

If so, you are probably crossing from Maine into New Brunswick at Calais (pronounced "Cal-is"). If this is the case, you are driving within 20 minutes of the Rossmount Inn, in St. Andrew's.

St. Andrew's is one of the nicest places to visit in NB, and the Rossmount is, bar none, the best restaurant in the province. The owners are from away, but they use local products obsessively.

The seafood there is amazing - I've been blown-away by both a haddock dish 9lemon butter) and a cod dish, and another respected poster on this board ( I think Troutpoint) has raved above the halibut tartare.

If you were planning on staying in SJ, cancel your hotel and book a night at the Rossmount. They have great packages that include dinner, breakfast and accommodations. Even the breakfast Musli (sp?) is amazing. You could also stay at the Fairmont Algonquin in St. Andrew's, but make sure you eat at the Rossmount.

I know it sounds like I'm shilling for them, but I'm really not.

Happy travels in the 'Times!

Sep 15, 2009
BarnNB in Atlantic Canada

Best places to buy fresh fish in N.B.?

Where are the best places to buy fresh fish and seafood in New Brunswick?

Obviously the best place would be from off the boats, but what are the logistics/protocols for this? Presumably they come back at a certain time? How does one negotiate a price? What wharves are best? What species are available?

A lot of questions, I know. Thank you for any information you can provide!

Jun 30, 2009
BarnNB in Atlantic Canada

Adventures in New Brunswick

Sorry idnas - had I seen your request I could have recommended the Rossmount Inn, a five minute drive from the Algonquin. This is the best restaurant in the province, in my experience.

Apr 03, 2009
BarnNB in Atlantic Canada

Phoenix and overnight trip

It looks like Binkley's is about 10 kms away. I have heard very good things, so perhaps it would be worthwhile renting a car for the evening? Is this distance about right (i.e. 5 miles or so)?

Nov 20, 2008
BarnNB in Phoenix

Phoenix and overnight trip

Is Blue Sage good?

Nov 15, 2008
BarnNB in Phoenix

Phoenix and overnight trip

I've heard people rave about Elote on other threads, but unfortunitely it appears to be closed on Sunday and Monday, which are the very days I will be traveling. Oh well - thanks for the suggestion in any event.

Nov 08, 2008
BarnNB in Phoenix

Central Texas BBQ

After disappoimtment at Kreuzs on my first trip to Texas, I did some research here and hit the City Market in Luling on my second visit.

It was a quasi-religious experience.

I'm from the east coast of Canada (just above Maine) which means that I make my own BBQ, so I am no expert. But the brisket and pork ribs in Luling were unbelievable.

This may be impolite to ask, but has anyone reverse-engineered the sauce? I was so blown away that I forgot to commit the taste of the sauce to memory. I can remember the colour, which gives the ketchup to mustard ratio, but I can't figure out the rest. I can make something resembling that saace that is very tasty, but it is nowhere near as good.

Surely someone has a recipe that is close??

Maybe disclosing BBQ sauce recipes gets one shot in Texas. I'd certainly kill for some more of that BBQ and sauce. This whole thing about good Texas BBQ not needing sauce does not hold up to rational scrutiny. It may not need it - but why would you want to deny yourself?

Nov 07, 2008
BarnNB in Texas

Phoenix and overnight trip

I'll be staying several nights the the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort and would really appreciate some recomendations in the area. I will not have a car, so I'll need some really local places (i.e. cab distance). Perhaps this is not feasable - I'm not familiar with the area.

I'll also do an over-night road trip, and would be interested in any suggestion from a Houndish perspective. I'm thinking of heading to the Grand Canyon via Sedona, but am willing to be talked out of it for a better plan.

My preference would be regional (i.e. Mexican or Southwestern) but if something else is really good, I'm game. I enjoy dives as much as high-end, as long as the food is worth it.

Thank you very much!!!!

Nov 07, 2008
BarnNB in Phoenix

St. Foy suggestions please

I'm staying Thursday night at the Chateau Bonne Entente in St. Foy, Quebec (3400, Chemin Sainte-Foy). Any suggestions close by?

Merci beaucoup!

Jul 22, 2008
BarnNB in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Marine and Lighthouse Trail Eats

Bring some BBQ from the City Market in Luling (the original, not the one in Houston) and I will dig some clams myself and meet you at the airport for an exchange!

I'm not too knowledgable about those areas, but I am certain others will respond. What communities are you visitng and when is your trip? Are you considering Cape Breton? The Cabot trail is simply not to be missed for anyone visiting NS.

Feb 23, 2008
BarnNB in Atlantic Canada

Best in New Brunswick

Don't believe a word people tell you about Vito's, unless it is bad. The pizza is okay, but most other dishes are just wrong.

For some inexpicable reason, they put so much sugar in the caesar salad dressing that one is liable to experience a tooth ache. Okay - that is an exageration, but the lead taste is sweet. Just in case they read this, I will state the ingrediants for a proper caesar salad dressing - fresh lemon juice, garlic to taste, dijon mustard, egg, anchovie, salt, pepper and a little cayenne pepper sauce blended into a thin emulsion by slowly adding good olive oil. NO SUGAR!!! NO MAYONNAISE (unless you want it to have the consistency of pond slime).

It will take a long time to negate the influance that Vito's and Grannan's have had on the Saint John palate (i.e. the fact that many people here think that caesar salad should be sweet). Even a decent chain restaurant like Montana's should help a bit, as odd as that sounds. When it opens, the people who normally go to Vito's will at least get to taste something new and a bit different, like ribs that have actually come into contact with real wood smoke.

I had to get that off my chest - sorry for the vitriol....

Feb 23, 2008
BarnNB in Atlantic Canada

three thirty-somethings in Saint John?

Do you happen to remember the name of the magazine in which the article appeared? I love this restaurant and would really like to find the article. Thanks!

Feb 10, 2008
BarnNB in Atlantic Canada

Las Vegas tasting menus

My wife and I will be visiting LV in about a week and I am putting together the foodie intinerary. I have picked two dinners, being Bouchon and Rosemary's, but neither has a tasting menu.

We would really like to do at least one good tasting menu with wine pairings while we are there - something in the range of $150 - $200 per person. I see that B&B has an entry that seems to fit the bill, but I would like to consider the range of options. Food is by far the priority, with the wine and room being second and a distant third respectively. We are staying at the Luxor and then the MGM Grand, but are willing to travel.

Thanks!

Jan 06, 2008
BarnNB in Southwest

Family eats in Portland and Freeport

Thanks folks!

I should have mentioned that although we will likely hit a chain or two during our trip, we would prefer to hit some good local spots. How is Beale Streert BBQ?