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3 Days - 4 Choices

Price point is not really a concern, we've eaten at many of the "top" restaurants in the country and been disappointed but have also been blown away by some hole in the wall joints that are often some of the best recommendations here. Quality over everything else. However, sometimes quality is hard to quantify. Excellent food is always a must, but genuine, unpretentious, and attentive service is also very high on my list of expectations. Finally, a bustling and lively, but not overly so atmosphere. Not too much to ask right?

Apr 16, 2008
Agent_Chef in Chicago Area

3 Days - 4 Choices

My wife and I are coming into town over the upcoming weekend. Arriving on Thursday evening we have picked Topolobampos to begin our culinary journey. For the rest of our time I would like some suggestions. We will be staying at the Westin Chicago River North but are not opposed to traveling in order to have a wonderful meal. I know there have been many suggestions in each of the following categories but I would like each poster to limit their response to only one choice per category. Yes, you have to choose.

1)Steakhouse
2)Italian
3)Chicago Style Pizza - I have heard good things about Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinders. Yes I know this is not a traditional Chicago Style Deep Dish, but it definitely sounds like an original. If you thinks it merits as a possible choice then please let me know, if not then give me your best.
4)Chicago Dog Close to Wrigley

Thank you in advance for any and all of of your suggestions.

Agent_Chef

Apr 15, 2008
Agent_Chef in Chicago Area

First Post - First Time in NOLA - Give me the Scoop, Please

I want to thank everyone who has replied to this thread thus far. My wife and I took our kids to trick or treat tonight. For the past few years we have done so with a group of friends but tonight, by chance, there was a new couple from Baton Rouge. They echoed many of the sentiments and suggestions given in this thread. Being tonight is just a few short days from our departure, I am having a hard time concentrating on anything other than the aromas that are entering my subconscious. I will most definitely provide a report upon my return detailing my experiences at the local establishments. I only wish I had the time to visit all of the places suggested. But the next trip is already in the works ;)

Nov 01, 2006
Agent_Chef in New Orleans

Help with a Southern Menu

Even though I've never tried them personally, I see quite a few menus popping up with fried pickles. I agree with the grits definately, but if you're going to do them as a dinner or lunch item, you might as well make it shrimp and grits - oh so good. Or call it polenta for the northern brethen. Also black-eyed peas cooked with a ham hock, are always a welcome side. All this talk makes me want to go to grandma's house for Sunday dinner. She always saved her bacon drippings in order to cook her fried chicken. Talk about heart healthy. And the chicken, I seem to remember, she could cut up from whole to pieces in just under 10 seconds.

Oct 26, 2006
Agent_Chef in Home Cooking

First Post - First Time in NOLA - Give me the Scoop, Please

We'll be staying at the Sheraton, on Canal I think. I wish I would have found this forum prior to making the reservations because I've received better information here in 5 replies than I got in any of the books or articles that I read. It is supposed to have a pretty good/central location though and we did get a good package deal. I'd rather spend my money on the food than the room anyway, as I'm sure most here would. I love this site though. Thanks to all for the responses thus far, I'm feeling hungry already!

Oct 25, 2006
Agent_Chef in New Orleans

Recommendations for three day trip to Napa and Sonoma?

The Bounty Hunter Wine Bar is a fun place in downtown Napa. I'd also recommend Bistro Don Giovanni on the outside edge of Napa. My wife and I had a great meal there this past August. Taylor's Automatic Refresher in St. Helena, could be a good stop for lunch. Finally if the weather is nice, buy some cheese (I like Vella Cheese Co. in Sonoma), sausage, crusty bread, olive oil, olives, <- you get the idea, and of course a good bottle of wine or two and find a place for a picnic lunch. Too many great spots to name.

Help with a Southern Menu

RC Cola and Moon Pies are easy additions and there some other regional soft drinks like Cheerwine and Sun Drop

Oct 25, 2006
Agent_Chef in Home Cooking

Help with a Southern Menu

A couple of dessert additions - Banana Puddin' and Peach Cobbler serve with vanilla ice cream

Oct 25, 2006
Agent_Chef in Home Cooking

First Post - First Time in NOLA - Give me the Scoop, Please

My wife and I are taking a three day trip to New Orleans, coming up the first weekend of November and would love opinions on picks for the following:

Best Breakfast
Best Brunch (Jazz)
Po' Boy (where and what kind)
Muffaletta
Gumbo
Dinner Spot - Old School and Newcomers
Dessert
Cocktail Purveyor
Place not to miss (no matter what!)

Thanks in advance for any and all suggestions-
Chris

Oct 25, 2006
Agent_Chef in New Orleans