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Savannah Group Outings

I have a friend who has recently moved to Savannah and interested in any culinary groups that go out to the great restaurants around town. She doesn't know many people yet, but not wanting to do any of the "dating" scenes. Just looking for other people to join enjoying the finer cuisine in Savannah. Any other suggestions for groups that do fun things in Savannah is appreciated!

Jan 17, 2013
atlantachowhound in Southeast

Convention center dining

Great suggestions - we definitely can take a cab as well, so anyplace somewhat near. What would be other good places that aren't Mexican -we have 2 nights. Thanks!

Aug 03, 2011
atlantachowhound in San Diego

Convention center dining

Am heading to town next weekend. Looking for good restaurants walking distance from convention center, especially good mexican food. Originally from Denver and miss the good mexican food we enjoyed out west. Price no object and would love a good view as well.

Jul 29, 2011
atlantachowhound in San Diego

Restaurants near Denver International Airport

Ok - even though I am Atlantachowhound, I am a Denver native and every time I fly home, we make a stop at Gala Gardens - literally 10 minute drive from DIA. Don't be dismayed by the motorcycles you see parked outside, or the sign for the daily senior specials. Great Mexican food (smothered bean burrito one of my favorites) to good home cooking, like chicken fried steak. A total hole-in-the-wall, but good food in a family-run restaurant.

What should my wife bring me to eat from Atlanta?

Cheese straws from Rhodes Bakery on Cheshire Bridge are always a hit with my family when we travel out west.

Mar 09, 2010
atlantachowhound in Atlanta

Need Restaurant Recs near Convention Center in Richmond

Will be coming to Richmond in a few weekends for a conference and will be putting together a dinner for a few people (probably less than a dozen) who don't know each other very well and who probably won't have cars. What restaurants would you suggest?

Thanks!

Mar 01, 2010
atlantachowhound in Mid-Atlantic

Atlanta, Looking for great local spot for casual dinner

About a 10 - 15 minute drive - definitely worth the trip.

Atlanta, Looking for great local spot for casual dinner

Would get out of downtown so you can enjoy some of the city. Some of the best places this time of year have outdoor seating, so I would try either Horseradish Grill (www.horseradishgrill.com), Haven (www.havenrestaurant.com) or Anis Bistro (www.anisbistro.com). Horseradish is Southern style food, and is in the Buckhead suburbs, Haven is an upscale bistro style restaurant with great service and in an upcoming area called Brookhaven, just outside Buckhead, and Anis is in Buckhead and has a Mediterranean menu. Don't think you could go wrong with any of them, just depends on what you are looking for. Enjoy!

Lunch with a view on Capri?

Have one day on Capri to enjoy while we are on a cruise this summer. Want to know what would be one of the best places to enjoy lunch, while enjoying a view at the same time. Would prefer something close to Via Camerelle, that's not a tourist joint (even though we are tourists). :)

Jun 05, 2009
atlantachowhound in Italy

NYC Thanksgiving Weekend

We are coming to NYC for Thanksgiving and wanted to get some good local recs of where to eat. We will have our 8-year old daughter with us - she is well-traveled and well-behaved. Want to eat somewhere on the upper West Side on Wednesday night for an early dinner - to watch the floats being inflated and pre-theater. Would also love to find somewhere fun in Brooklyn to eat on Friday night. Have never been and would love to try some great pizza and wouldn't mind a view either. Would also love some recs for fun lunch places - can be anywhere in town. Don't want to break the bank with this trip, would rather find some hole-in-the-wall local joints as opposed to big-name restaurants.
Thanks!

Nov 13, 2008
atlantachowhound in Manhattan

Savannah Suggestions

I'm sending my parents to Savannah for their first visit and am looking for recommendations of restaurants for all meals - breakfast, lunch and dinner. Would prefer places within walking distance of the historic district, so they don't have to drive. Also want to know if it's worth it for them to try to go to Paula's place. Have heard such mixed reviews about the place.

Thanks y'all!

BEST ITALIAN IN VEGAS???

Haven't been to Babbo (couldn't get in last time), but haven't been disappointed at B&B on 2 visits during last 2 visits to Vegas. The pasta sampler is unbelievable. Enotecta has a nice location, with good people watching, but I loved the atmosphere of Carnevino. Service at both places was really good too (which is important to me).

Aug 15, 2008
atlantachowhound in Southwest

BEST ITALIAN IN VEGAS???

Try B&B at the Venetian. CarneVino at your hotel also has a great list of pastas, along with the steaks.

Aug 12, 2008
atlantachowhound in Southwest

local produce in atlanta

There's another guy who sells produce off of Maple Drive in Buckhead, just off of Peachtree Road (right across from PetSmart). Have many of my Atlanta native friends who swear by his produce. Have not been to check the source myself. Have heard that the quality has slipped at the Dekalb Famers Market (think there were some additional postings on this site - check it out). Moore Farms now does a veggie drop at a couple of Cooks Warehouses, which could be another option for getting some organically grown local produce. Let us know what you find!

The Return Of......My Upcoming Las Vegas Vacation

Just got back from a long weekend in Las Vegas and while I'm no LongIslandChef, what I did discover was the best deal in town. If you want a sampling of some of the best that Las Vegas has to offer, at a very affordable price, go to Daniel Boulud's place at Wynn Las Vegas. The prix fixe menu is $48 for 3 courses, and it's a great way to try out the place. A very enjoyable meal. The prix fixe menu at Bradley Ogden wasn't as good, but the blue cheese souffle was to-die for! As a solo diner, I have usually had great experience eating at Mario's restaurants (both B&B and Carnevino - haven't tried Enoteca yet). Love the ability to sample wines by the glass before getting poured an entire glass. And the amuse bouche at most of the restaurants is still a dying thing that is still in place at Mario's places. And if you are looking for the perfect dessert to end the night, head to Caesar's and go to Payard and get some of their most delicious chocolates (they have individually handmade chocolate truffles that are out of this world and with the richest chocolate rolled in a deep cocoa powder - a good contrast).

Aug 01, 2008
atlantachowhound in Southwest

Cheap Eats in Atlanta

If you're on that side of town, head down I-75 to the West Paces Ferry Exit and grab a bite (breakfast or lunch) at OK-Cafe. It's a great Southern-style joint where the waitresses wear white uniforms with little blue aprons. Great comfort food and kid-friendly. There's also a very large Mexican restaurant off of 75 called Pappasito's (think they are out of TX?). Have eaten there once a long time ago (we don't get out that way often), but have heard from others on this board that it's good. Have a great trip!

Cheap Eats in Atlanta

A visit to the AG Bistro isn't as bad as it sounds and won't break the bank. For lunch, it's like $13.50 per person and it is a 3-course meal. Think you can check out the menu online, but the portions are pretty sizable and you will definitely walk away full or with leftovers. If she has a doll, you can get its hair done for about $10 - $15, which gives her a little bit of the experience, without breaking the bank. For pizza, our family is a bigger lover of Mellow Mushroom Pizza than Fellini's. A little more relaxing place to enjoy and there's one in Brookhaven, just up the street from Buckhead. Where are you coming from? Atlanta's mexican food scene is pretty pathetic if you are coming from the southwest. Roaster's is a good kid-friendly place with chicken, "veggie plates" - your choice of veggies and mac and cheese (never knew mac and cheese counted as a veggie until I moved to the South). Great people watching these days too. We also enjoy Shane's Rib Shack on Roswell Road - large portions and the BBQ is actually pretty good (but not in a NC authentic style).

Moving to Atlanta - Need to find the following

Since your friend is coming from LA, think the following would work well:
1. Nuevo Laredo - one of the few tex-mex style places around. Most of the Mexican here in town is bland and greasy, but this one has more flavor.
2. Surprised nobody has mentioned Fritti. Located in Inman Park, one of only 18 restaurants here in the U.S. to be certified at Neopolitan. Also has amazing arancini (fried rice balls).
3. Sorry - not a sushi lover, but hear MF Sushi Bar in Buckhead is the bomb (it's a gorgeous restaurant - went there for lunch)
4. Deli - Would have to go with Goldberg's on that one
5. Breakfast at The Original Pancake House used to be the best in Brookhaven, but since they closed, have not tried the one on Cheshire Bridge. Anyone??
6. Coffee Place - Depends on what you are looking for. Great place to hang out, place to grab a cup of joe at 3 am, or what?
7. Desserts - Alon's or Cafe Intermezzo - located in Virginia Highlands and Buckhead near Midtown. Both also have locations just outside the perimeter near the mall.
8. Hate to say it, but I'm a huge fan of 5 Guys Hamburgers. This DC-based restaurant just rolled out here in Atlanta in the last year and it's always packed. It's an order at the counter, eat peanuts and throw the shells on the floor kind of place.

What she really needs to survive is a good map book - especially to find any restaurant that is located on any kind of Peachtree Street. :)

Good food in Atlanta

For all of you fans of Alon's - just found out that they offer evening cooking classes at the perimeter location. You are there actually cooking while people are there eating. My friends who did it had a blast.

30A bound

Hey jcr05 - if you've got a dog that loved being in the village, you should check out the dog parade that they have every winter/spring, right around Mardi Gras. All of the dogs get decked out (they must be in costume to participate), people get their golf carts all decorated, and it's a fun time. All of the restaurants usually have dog bowls/goodies out for the pups. It's a great time.

Jun 20, 2008
atlantachowhound in Florida

Cheap Eats Atlanta, Milledgeville & in between

Another fun place off of I-20 is The Blue Willow Inn in Social Circle. It's an old antebellum house with a buffet of southern food - lots of vegetables (but everything is either fried or slathered in butter - Southern style!). It's like a blast back in time.

Looking for some Denver Recommendations

Forgot about The Fort - yes, it's another Denver institution. Start the evening with a bottle of Tomahawk Champagne (yes, they literally slice the top off the bottle of champagne) and enjoy the amazing view and very unique menu. Another fun place is the Buckhorn Exchange, much closer to Downtown. Great steaks and the room is filled with all different animal mounts. Fried Rocky Mountain Oysters a hit here too.

Jun 20, 2008
atlantachowhound in Southwest

going to vegas, looking for recommendations?

Agree completely with the comments on Dick's - known for the rowdy bar atmosphere (which is another topic altogether), but not known for their food. With all the wonderful choices in Las Vegas, please go somewhere else to eat and then maybe come here for some post-dining fun. Bartolotta's would be a nice splurge, but you probably don't want to be outside in a cabana in September - still really hot. What kind of food do you want for your splurge - steak, asian, etc.

Jun 19, 2008
atlantachowhound in Southwest

Las Vegas - which Italian in the Venetian?

I agree with Mat and Susan - you may want to re-think B&B. Food was amazing and I don't remember hearing any weird music when I was there (I ate at the bar). Pasta tasing menu was to die-for and the service was incredilbe - great wine suggestions to pair with the pasta. I can't wait to go back.

Jun 19, 2008
atlantachowhound in Southwest

Las Vegas over 4th of July

Would also highly recommend B&B Restaurant at the Venetian. Ate there last year and had one of the best meals of my life. If you visit previous Las Vegas strings, many who have visited Babbo (which I have not), say that this compares favorably. Mario also just opened up Carnevino in the Palazzo (next to Venetian). For a hoot, go to Mario's website and check out the photo that they use to promote the restaurant - should be used in the Las Vegas promotions, similar to the couple on top of the cake! (www.mariobatali.com). Your reception at Bartolotta will be amazing!! Have heard you can get bar menu at Guy Savoy for a fraction of the price (check previous Las Vegas strings). Will be going out again later in July, so would love to have your feedback if you've got time!

Jun 19, 2008
atlantachowhound in Southwest

Looking for some Denver Recommendations

The other thing you should add to your menu of dining pleasures is one really good Mexican meal as Denver has some of the best in the U.S. As a Colorado native who has been transplanted to the SE, I cannot get the great, smothered burritos and chile rellenos that I used to. One of our favorite joints when we get back home is Moose Hill Cantina in Lakewood on W. Colfax Ave. Yum! The reason the other blogger told you to go to the Elway's in Cherry Creek, is that it is a HUGE cougar hang-out. Another good golf choice for a public golf course that is close-in and really pretty is Fox Hollow - also in Lakewood. Have a great visit!

Jun 19, 2008
atlantachowhound in Southwest

30A bound

Know you're already back, but figure you'll be back down again some day. One of the best evenings out in the area for families is a night at Baytowne Village in Sandestin. There's something there for everyone. From an amazing playground for kids (right across from the bar/casual restaurant Mango's - with live music), you can choose from a dozen different restaurants from BBQ to high-end steak/lobster places. There's usually some other sort of entertainment going on from movies on the green, to magicians to live bands on the green. It's a great place that everyone will be happy. Almost forgot to mention the ice cream store AND the candy store - lots of ways to bribe the kids to be happy (and it's fun for the adults to stroll with drinks in hand). Some cute shops to visit as well.

Jun 19, 2008
atlantachowhound in Florida

Atlanta Outdoor Dining

Most Atlanta restaurants don't allow pets to be on the patio, per health code. Some places, like Hotel Indigo, offer pet happy-hours where you can bring your dog. The Hotel Intercontinental in Buckhead, also had/has a puppy happy hour - call to check to see if they still have one. Almost across the street is Baraonda - great Italian restaurant. Has small patio on side. No pets though. What types of food do you like? We've got all kinds of cool, funky places.

Cheap Eats Atlanta, Milledgeville & in between

Great Chinese food at Pyng Ho on Clairmont - ask for Steve, the owner, and see if he'll prepare to your liking off-menu. Don't know how cheap it is though. There's not much in Milledgeville - bunch of new places near Lake Oconee though.

Blais at Home in Atlanta

How was it? Give us the rundown on what you ate, should have eaten and how much you spent for your meal. How was the service and what kind of wine list do they have?