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michelin star lunch in the netherlands

Looking for a spectacular place for lunch next week, within a one-hour or so drive from Leiden. Amsterdam and Rotterdam are a possibility, but a country setting would be better.

De Moerbei in Warmond has been recommended. Niven looks interesting.

Anyone have suggestions?

Jun 26, 2014
estragon in Europe

One lunch in Boston

We went to Coppa. (Taxi was $11 with tip.) By the time we got there, it was almost 2, and it was empty, which I gather is not the usual state of affairs.

I think this was about the closest thing to a perfect lunch that I've ever had. Wish I had a second stomach.

Feb 20, 2013
estragon in Greater Boston Area

One lunch in Boston

Coppa and Toro both look like winners. Thanks, all!

Feb 18, 2013
estragon in Greater Boston Area

One lunch in Boston

Thank you.

L'Espalier is a possibility, as we have nothing for the rest of the day, but it's quite a commitment, time- and price-wise.

Eastern Standard Kitchen is a possibility, for sure.

But since we're footloose and fancy-free after our meeting, we can go anywhere that's more or less easily accessible by cab or transit. So... best non-break-the-bank lunch on a rare visit to Boston?

Feb 18, 2013
estragon in Greater Boston Area

One lunch in Boston

Quick trip to Boston coming up this week. Morning meeting near Mass Ave. and Boylston. Where should we go for lunch? Looking for something distinctive and creative.

Anyone?

Feb 17, 2013
estragon in Greater Boston Area

Dinner on a holiday Monday

Staying near Columbus Circle. Spend... $60-70 per person tops. How daring? Want the most interesting, creative meal possible under the circumstances. Just had a look at the menu at Lincoln. Sounds good. Anything else in that ballpark?

Dinner on a holiday Monday

Will be in DC for a quick work trip next week. Time for one dinner. Problem is, it's Presidents' Day.

So... what's open and interesting?

I liked Todd Gray's Watershed on a previous trip, and I figure since it's in a hotel it must be open. But I'd prefer to try something new.

Ideas, please!

Great eats in Springfield, IL

Thanks, Anne. Sounds like a good lunch!

That's it? No one else has anything? What about the famous Horseshoe Sandwich? Or has that gone the way of the buggy whip?

Any local brews worth seeking out?

Feb 05, 2013
estragon in Great Lakes

Great eats in Springfield, IL

Spending a couple of days in Springfield next month on a work trip. Looking for restaurant recommendations. Dinner and lunch (preferably downtown), must-try specialties, local craft beers, etc.

Thanks!

Jan 29, 2013
estragon in Great Lakes

One dinner in DC

So, I went to Estadio, and it was... just OK. I've had better tapas -- most recently at Pintxo in Montreal (www.pintxo.ca). And though the kitchen bar is very well set up for solo dining, I think the place is better for larger groups, sharing plates, and drinking (the beer list is outstanding -- wish I could have sampled a few of those!).

Things started off very well, with a great cocktail - the Spanish Variation (brandy & cava, bitters, sugar), a couple of pintxos (bite-size dishes), and the Andalusian gazpacho, all of which I loved. The open-faced sandwich with foie gras mousse, smoked duck breast and caramelized onions was also excellent -- just the right balance of the unctuousness of foie gras and the smokiness of the duck. But the rest of the dishes were middling. The sautéed morcilla (blood sausage) sandwich was far too chewy for my liking (liked the sausage, hated the bread), and the grilled octopus was tougher than I expected. But the worst was the soft-shell crab, recommended by the somewhat charmless server. It was over-battered and overdone -- more tough than crunchy, and tasted over-fried. The sautéed red kale was nice, but it would have been better as a side dish to share, rather than a stand-alone tapa.

I'd forgotten about the chocolate-dessert recommendation here, and the charmless server didn't go out of his way to recommend a dessert, so I got out of there and went (back) to Pitango Gelato. I'd come across it before dinner, and couldn't resist a local-strawberry sorbet as an "aperitif." For dessert, I had their excellent pistachio and spicy chocolate, and was much happier. Wish I could take some home!

I'm not giving up! I still want to go to Watershed, and Rasika, and perhaps Jaleo on my next visit... or maybe just wander around Dupont Circle and pick a patio...

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Pitango Gelato
802 S Broadway, Baltimore, MD

One dinner in DC

Well, it turns out that Estadio is five blocks from my hotel. So that makes it an easy decision. ¡Olé!

One dinner in DC

Wow! The chef's table Estadio and the local menu at Watershed are the two sides of my solo-dining holy grail -- a chance to watch, interact and learn... and a menu that I wouldn't find anywhere else. If only I had two nights!

OK, one more question. Any chance that we could bring a nine-month-old baby to either of these? I see that Watershed is housed at hotel. That suggests a more informal kind of place, no?

One dinner in DC

OK, I researched some previous threads on this topic, and almost settled on PS 7's... and then I saw these replies. The lounge at Citronelle sounds great. Estadio and Jaleo, too. So, between these four... which is likely to offer the best solo dining experience -- great service, sights and sounds as well as taste?

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Citronelle
3000 M Street NW, Washington, DC 20007

One dinner in DC

Jaleo sounds amazing. Thing is, I'm going to be in DC with my family for a few days later in the month, and I think I might have to go there with my wife. Same goes for Rasika.

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Rasika Restaurant
633 D Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004

One dinner in DC

Coming to Washington this Wednesday for a quick overnight business trip. Looking for a great solo dining experience. Budget: <$100. Any cuisine, as long as it's memorable. Tapas? Nouveau Southern? Seafood? Local seasonal?

Thoughts, anyone?

Good eats in Chesapeake Bay area of Virginia

Thanks. I think we'll stick with the River Inn. Hope there's a proper blue crab experience somewhere in our future.

But come to think of it, we'll be in DC for a few days too. Any recommendations there? Keep in mind, we're travelling with an infant, and long, leisurely fine-dining experiences are not in the cards. Preferences: original and local, seafood, BBQ. But we'll settle for anything delicious, not super-formal and close to a metro stop.

Jun 21, 2011
estragon in Mid-Atlantic

Good eats in Chesapeake Bay area of Virginia

I'd drive as far as Williamsburg for a great meal, but probably not for one that's just OK. Is there anything there that takes local seafood seriously?

Jun 21, 2011
estragon in Mid-Atlantic

Good eats in Chesapeake Bay area of Virginia

We'll be staying in Seaford, not far from Yorktown. Rivers Inn in Gloucester has been recommended. Also Harpoon Larry's in Hampton, and Crab Shack on the James, which I'm told is a franchise. None of these sound ideal.

Any other ideas?

Jun 20, 2011
estragon in Mid-Atlantic

Good eats in Chesapeake Bay area of Virginia

Spending a couple of days in early August somewhere along the Virginia coast, probably not too far from Richmond, though possibly as far south as Virginia Beach. Looking for the best dining experience we can find, preferably seafood-focused.

Recommendations, anyone?

May 30, 2011
estragon in Mid-Atlantic

authentic korean bbq in scarborough / markham

Went to Seoul Garden and it was fine, but it's no longer charcoal. Bulgogi and pork were nicely seasoned, and the sides were great. But I've had better short ribs and the chicken was... well, chicken. Service was friendly (still Korean), and it's a nice room. But next time I'll head to Yonge St.

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Seoul Garden
4350 Steeles Ave E, Markham, ON L3R9V4, CA

authentic korean bbq in scarborough / markham

We may be. What's the best place at Yonge & Steeles?

Nice Restaurant

What does your mom like to eat? Where does she live? Paris? London? Sudbury? Saskatoon?

And how old is she? 50s? 60s? 70s? 80s?

I second Globe and Globe Earth - very Mom-friendly.

authentic korean bbq in scarborough / markham

Need a place to go tonight. Charcoal grills, lots of meat options a must. Price not so important. Recommendations, please!

Thanks!

any bakeries open on christmas day?

Where in downtown Toronto do you get fresh bread on Christmas Day? Any bakeries open? Supermarkets that carry Ace Baguettes?

Thanks in advance for any suggestions!

Australian in Miami looking for sushi and stone crab

Thanks, Southoccean. Any other recos around here? I hear the Cuban place in Hallandale Beach is good. What else?

Australian in Miami looking for sushi and stone crab

OK, 'Hounds, is this reply for real, or does it smell of self-promotion? I am staying in Hollywood, and have the same question: where, anywhere between Miami and Fort Lauderdale, to go for stone crabs. Food in Hollywood is mostly horrible to mediocre, looking for help....

Union vs Bohmer

Funny, I just got a very apologetic phone call from Christopher as well, who said they'd misplaced my message and offered the table I had requested. I accept the explanation that a message got lost, but I still don't appreciate having to wait for a call back from the manager when I've called for a reservation and reached a live person. I think all restaurants that require a reservation should be on Open Table. That makes things easy and transparent.

Union vs Bohmer

I called last week to book a week in advance and was told the manager would call me back. Called the next day to inquire, and was told the same thing. I still haven't heard back. I've moved on -- am taking my business elsewhere.

Union vs Bohmer

I'd be inerested in hearing about Paramour in this comparison as well. Having been unable to secure a reservation to Union on the appropriate night, I have to decide between the other two.

Brunch in S. Etobicoke, Port Credit or points west?

Heading in the direction of Niagara on Saturday morning, would like to have brunch outside our normal grazing grounds. Doesn't have to be fancy, but prefer to avoid greasy-spoon breakfast joints. Somewhere around Port Credit would be perfect distance, but we can probably hold out as far as Oakville, and are open to stopping in south Etobicoke too.

Recommendations, anyone?