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Looking for Kauai recs - traveling with a fairly adventurous 2.5 year old

Headed to Kauai in a week, and I'm looking for kid-friendly recommendations. My son is pretty well-behaved in reataurants, so some nicer place recs that allow kids would also work. Would love to check out hole in the wall places too! Not looking for places with a children's menu, as we often order other stuff for him anyhow. We will have a car and are always happy to seek yummy food! Thanks!!

Jun 06, 2011
sheitoon in Hawaii

Miami - delicious restaurant suggestion that offers gift cards needed

They used the gift certificate and loved the place - yay! Thanks again for a great suggestion! (And they had been wanting to check it out!)

Aug 18, 2008
sheitoon in Florida

Junnoon Restaurant Review - Palo Alta, CA

Thanks! :)

Quinn's, Capitol Hill, Seattle

They serve the oxtail differently now... the gnocchi now goes with rabbit. It was a very chicken-pot-pie like taste for the rabbit. I prefer the old serving of oxtail - and no more marrow.

The grilled tongue was yummy!

Aug 18, 2008
sheitoon in Pacific Northwest

Sunnyvale, CA - Mexican recommendations

At the table we got enchiladas, fajitas, tacos, chimichanga, and burritos between the table. I had the enchiladas and tacos and was super sad. The red sauce it came with had a strangely Italian flavor to it. I wish I'd tried the Chicken Oaxaca.

Unfortunately, I don't like mole. I've tried to convince myself that I do in the past, but it just hasn't worked. I just don't like sweet for main dishes. oh well.

Entre Nous Report

Went on Friday night with another couple and we all LOVED it! Service was quick and super friendly. They did leave glasses on our table for an excessively long time - only an issue because it's tapas and it was getting a little tight. Once we asked that they be moved, they were whisked away. The bartender offered to make a sparkling lemonade for two of us, when she saw that we are both expecting. Very nice of her! They were a little overly tart in both of our opinions, but it was super friendly of her, so I'm definitely not holding it against her... I just wouldn't get it again. ;)

Here's what we had:

* Provincial roasted duck. - delicious!! house specialty apparently. The couple with us are not big duck fans and really liked this. Cooked extremely well, and came with a nicely flavored carrot/onion/etc accompaniment
* zucchini fritters - these were good, but a rather large portion for something like fritters.
* Baked onion stuffed with andouille sausage - this was ok. Not bad, but not my favorite thing ever.
* Parma wrapped asparagus. - yummy!!
* Barely stuffed tomatoes with garlic, parsley and olive oil. - This was quite good. I would have liked the tomato a little bit more cooked. It also had emmentaler cheese on top.
* French fries in basil garlic salt. - delicious! (They are a bit snooty with requests for ketchup, but it comes with a great garlic aioli, which the two of us shouldn't have eaten due to pregnancy. oh well. We got ketchup after a couple of tastes of the aioli.)
* Baguette with butter - RIDICULOUSLY good bread. We actually got two orders! (4 loaves... Sarah and I couldn't stop ourselves. And some of the dishes came with incredible sauces, especially this brie/cream/mushroom one. We couldn't stop dipping the bread in it. DELICIOUS!
* Scallops and Mushrooms - this is one of them with the ridiculously good sauce. A must get if you go!
* Scalloped pork loin smothered in wild mushroom and brie cream sauce. - again with the ridiculous sauce

Because everything was so amazing, despite being stuffed at the end... we ordered all three desserts! An espresso chocolate pot de creme (excellent, really), creme brulee (very well done - with perhaps a touch of a liquor in the crusty part?), and the chef's grandmother's chocolate cake recipe (the other's loved this, but not my cup of tea. I do know that many would love it though.... I just like fluffy cake - or really, that's what I have been "craving" for a couple of weeks now.)

So there's my "report." Definitely go. Service was great - super sweet and nice. Location isn't ideal, but perhaps that was why there was only 2-3 other tables with people all night.

Aug 18, 2008
sheitoon in Pacific Northwest

Junnoon Restaurant Review - Palo Alta, CA

Went here Monday night for 2nd wedding anniversary. It was excellent! I was nervous taking my husband as he was born and raised in India (parents were teachers at an international school), so he is picky! But it was great! The food was perfectly spiced, and a great balance of traditional and fusion tastes.

We got the cauliflower main dish. It was really good - came with a yummy "avocado raita." However, it was WAY too much for two people. I would not recommend getting this for 1-2 people to share and definitely not ideal for just one person.

We also had the tandoori salmon - delicious! I would definitely get that again. It was perfectly cooked and the spices were very well balanced.

The old-Delhi style chicken was delicious! The roasted eggplant crush was super yummy. Basically, it was all REALLY good. I'm happy my sisters live nearby (live in Seattle myself), as my husband and I will definitely go again the next time we visit!

Oh - and the khulfi dessert is great! They were super cute and had it come out with a candle in it. Service overall was quick, efficient, and friendly! And portion sizes were more than reasonable. Plan on having leftovers for lunch! (not enough rice/naan for leftovers though)

Sunnyvale, CA - Mexican recommendations

oh maigre, I wish I had read this before leaving! We went to Estrellita and it was more than forgettable. I was SO sad. Nobody liked their food, so I felt pretty guilty! I didn't finish what I ate...

Galerias in Seattle is just ok. I've heard that it's changed owners and is going downhill. Their guacamole is great! comes with flautas. That's all I need when I go there!

Next time, will keep to the Indian options. :) (Oh, went to Junnoon in Palo Alto for our anniversary and LOVED it!)

Sunnyvale, CA - Mexican recommendations

Thank you for the recommendations, everyone! I had been looking at Casa Lupe 2 based on yelp, but didn't realize they were closed on Sundays. One person has to be somewhere at 7, which keeps us restricted to Sunnyvale area. I've definitely had S. Indian food in the area and really enjoyed it! That will be another meal. :)

Sunnyvale, CA - Mexican recommendations

Hello,

I'll be in Sunnyvale, CA (visiting from Seattle) this Sunday night and am looking for a good Mexican restaurant recommendation. I want something yummy and authentic, but as we'll be a group, it should probably be somewhere with comfortable seating, etc. (esp. as I'm pregnant - comfy matters so much more now, haha!).

Anyway, recommendations in Sunnyvale or at least close to there would be great. I'm hoping for a nice dinner with family. I don't love the Mexican options in Seattle, so I'm really hoping for something that will satisfy this "craving."

Thanks!

Volterra - unimpressed

hopefully for you those were just two off nights... sadly, I'm sure I won't be going back.

Jan 17, 2008
sheitoon in Pacific Northwest

Volterra - unimpressed

good point... our server was very sweet. quiet, but attentive.

Jan 16, 2008
sheitoon in Pacific Northwest

Volterra - unimpressed

Just went with a group of 9 people to Volterra. I can't say that any of us was really impressed by our food. In fact, mine was EXTREMELY salty - the greens anyway. I got the cow cheek in ravioli like bags, and it came with brown butter and sage sauce on a bed of greens. The raviolis were ok (one person complained that she found them too thick) but the greens were ridiculously salty... as in, I think somebody actually lost the top of the shaker while they were salting it salty. I mentioned it to the waitress (at the end of dinner, just in case they were going to serve it to someone else the same way) and nothing ever came of it. I guess I was too nice... I'm not much of a complainer, but I would have thought something complimentary would have come my way. oh well. others got the dungeoness crab ravioli... they said the sauce was good, but the crab tasted fishy (and one of them was who said the ravioli was too thick). I also got the pear cosmo - why was there a cranberry in there? I'd rather something you can actually eat and enjoy (and I love cranberries!).

I got the milk chocolate caramel tart for dessert... it was ok, but I wouldn't highly recommend it to anybody. The person next to me got the rum soaked something or other - she didn't like it, especially as it was not at all what she expected. It came out more like a dry cream puff. The tiramisu (compliments of the pastry chef for the birthday girl, which was really nice of them!) was apparently delicious!

overall very disappointing... it really felt like $70 down the drain. Oh, I was so excited about the bruschetta appetizer (truffle, artichoke) and it was actually quite blah. and somebody else got the wild boar, and they thought it had too much sauce.

sorry to be a complainer. I'm just really disappointed. If you are debating between here and Cafe Juanita, DEFINITELY pick Cafe Juanita. No doubt about it... just look through my postings, and you'll see that I'm not a complainer. I just thought I'd write this, as there really wasn't much here about Volterra when I looked. (someone else picked the restaurant)

Jan 15, 2008
sheitoon in Pacific Northwest

Miami - delicious restaurant suggestion that offers gift cards needed

Thank you SO much, Frodnesor! After reading some reviews, I went with Michael's Genuine. The wedding is coming up soon (and I wanted the gc sent to me first), so I had to pick something quick. Thanks again... especially for the links. :)

Jan 14, 2008
sheitoon in Florida

Miami - delicious restaurant suggestion that offers gift cards needed

Hello,

I live in Seattle, but am going to a wedding in FL next month. There is no registry, so as a foodie, I've decided that a gift card to a nice restaurant would be a great gift! We got one for our wedding (to Oleana's in Boston, where we used to live, in case any of you know it - WONDERFUL restaurant!).

Any suggestions? Otherwise, I'll have to go with something like the Melting Pot, but I'd really rather not do a chain. I'm thinking a romantic little place that maybe they've heard the name of, but just haven't gotten around to trying.

Thanks!!

Jan 11, 2008
sheitoon in Florida

Report from eating with friends visiting from out of town

Angela said she's thinking she'll start an ID food tour either this spring or spring 2009. I hope she does. I'd definitely go on it! She did a fabulous job... and I work in travel, so I'm picky with my guides!

Dec 07, 2007
sheitoon in Pacific Northwest

Report from eating with friends visiting from out of town

Thanks!

I will have to try the hot meat plate sometime... and maybe some day I can get there when they have their special gnocci!

Dec 04, 2007
sheitoon in Pacific Northwest

Report from eating with friends visiting from out of town

I am new to Seattle, and just had some out of town guests (from Boston, NYC and Denver). I was very excited to show off my new city, so I thought I'd review some of our wonderful meals and the AWESOME food tour of Pike Place!

FRIDAY
1. Salumi. My 3rd time going, and I finally got something I loved! I have now realized that I should just go for the hot sandwiches. Of course, my not being a huge cured meats fan influences my thoughts. Then again, my biggest complaint was that I don't appreciate the bread to meat ratio in the cured meats options. We got there at 10:50am on Fri and were only 2nd in line. Two of us got the hot lamb sandwich and said they loved it! I shared the cinnamon pork butt special - wow! We also got a meat and cheese plate, so we could try everything Salumi has to offer. All very yummy, and I love how friendly they are despite being so busy!

2. Elliott's - I just don't love their oysters (at least during happy hour). I actually added salt to my oyster, as I need more of a sea taste. It was chef's choice, so maybe it was fresh water?? But it's a killer view, especially with the sun setting in the background.

3. The Chapel Bar (happy hour)... got their hummus plate and I really liked it. The chopped up olives are my favorite part! I've also had their praline bacon in the past and thought it was pretty good, though not fantastic. I would maybe order it again, if I was there with someone new just so they could try it out. FYI, their blackhaus martini tastes way too alcohol-y, but I LOVE the cucumber martini!!

4. Quinn's. The oxtail is incredible, although it could perhaps be a bit bigger of a portion. The burgers are cooked to perfection. I had a simple green salad, and I couldn't believe how good the dressing was!! The chocolate brioche was apparently not at all yummy, and it took forever to come. We had to ask for it twice. The herbed fries don't taste all that herbed - just a hint of rosemary and you have to look for it. The halibut salad (was that what it was?) was also really good. Everyone was very happy with their dishes, except for the brioche. I've been to Quinn's 3 times now, and I have to add it to my list of favorite restaurants so far!

SATURDAY
1. Savor Seattle Tour. www.savorseattletours.com. AWESOME. We got to try some really great things, along with learning some of the market's history. We were lucky and had the owner, Angela, as our tour guide. She was fabulous! My favorite stops were Etta's for their triple coconut cream pie, and this cheesecake place in the market. I didn't love the cheesecake but the hot chocolate is TO DIE FOR. Go get some now. The tour ends at a wine co-op.

2. Matt's in the Market. Really enjoyed this meal, although some of the dishes were a little too spicy. I got the simple green salad to start with - really nice way to start. My friends got the special roasted eggplant soup, really nice texture and good blend of the tomato and eggplant flavors. I got the oyster sandwich with the chipotle mayo - yummy! My husband got the paella and it was really very good. The rest got the tuna sandwich (he found the peppers to be overwhelming and way too much on it), the eggplant and pesto sandwich (she really liked it) and I can't remember the last one. My bad. All was good.

3. I don't remember its name, but behind Hana Sushi in Capitol Hill (on Broadway) there is a little Korean place. It was so cheap and good! I think our waitress was also the owner and she was really very nice and friendly. We had a great time there, and I will definitely be going back. I live in Capitol Hill and was delighted for the find. Thank you Pho Cyclo for closing early!!! Most of us got the bi bim bop in a hot pot (delicious and perfect with the weather!), and one got the spicy chicken bugolgi. The chicken was very good (and wonderfully spicy!). We also got job chae that was good. Not the best I've ever had, but I'm going back for it! oh, and you really felt like the gyoza was homemade here. Great prices.

SUNDAY
We stayed in and made brunch, so not too much to report here. These last two I went with my husband and the one person who had a much later flight than the others. I'm happy we got this opportunity.

1. Sichuanese Chinese in the ID. We loved the food we got here, and again very reasonable prices. We got the mongolian beef and the chicken in black bean sauce. Both were very good - tender and flavorful sauces. The dumplings were good, although my husband found them a bit disappointing - he's been to China, I haven't (yet). The pork fried rice was very good, and it seemed much more authentic than some of the stuff you see at other places (with the cubed red pork). The hot and sour soup was more like a blend of eggdrop soup and hot and sour soup. Once I got used to that concept, I liked it. Other people there were having hot pot options, which was very tempting. We'll definitely go back there. It was $35 for 3 of us, and we definitely got a lot of food! It'll be my lunch today and tomorrow - looking forward to it!

2. I just have to throw in that I also took her to Uwajimaya, as we were close. I love this grocery store... very much a foodie heaven. The produce section is SO fun to walk through!!

3. Black Bottle for a glass of wine. I like that they have a number of wine selections. Had a good pinot noir, and my friend had a nice Malbec/Shiraz blend. Just throwing it out there, because we went.

WEEKEND OVER. Boo!

(p.s. We did do other things besides just eating! ;p)

Dec 03, 2007
sheitoon in Pacific Northwest

Quinn's, Capitol Hill, Seattle

Got the oxtail last night and it was delicious! I had a taste of my friend's wild boar sloppy joe, and I can't say that I loved it... it was too tomato-y for me. It also had a RIDICULOUSLY hot jalopeno on top... I'm sure they didn't do that on purpose though.

They did keep running out of the bottles of wine they had, but the replacement suggestions they made were good (except for one). Service was very good again, which was nice. We also had the duck egg - highly recommended! I think it was only $3, but I could be wrong.

Nov 21, 2007
sheitoon in Pacific Northwest

Quinn's, Capitol Hill, Seattle

Looks like I'll have to check it out and report!

Nov 21, 2007
sheitoon in Pacific Northwest

Quinn's, Capitol Hill, Seattle

The burger was excellent! My only issue was that it was more medium-rare and I ordered medium. Ground beef I like a bit more cooked. With that said, I STILL really enjoyed it, and we ate all the fries as well. I did not feel that the portion was too small at all (in fact, others finished my fries for me). We also had the cheese gougeres - yummy!

However, the best part was the service. There were some shaky parts like taking my fries when I said I wanted to keep them... they returned in a to-go box, which I just opened and passed on to the rest of the folks at the table. However, they were SO good about letting us stay late - celebrating a b-day party. And we showed up there without reservations, but they made space for us! It was excellent!

Everyone was super friendly and food was great! We're going for another birthday tonight... and I'm looking forward to trying the oxtail! Somebody commented on them adding a bone marrow appetizer... I hope so! I miss Craigie Street Bistrot's (Boston restaurant) appetizer. I'd love to have some place to for it here!

Nov 20, 2007
sheitoon in Pacific Northwest

Looking for Japanese near Chinatown

I didn't know there was a Japantown - that's perfect!! Thank you!!

Any restaurant recommendations?

Looking for Japanese near Chinatown

Tomorrow is my sister's birthday, and I want to take her to a yummy Japanese restaurant. I'm from Seattle, so I'm not familiar with anything around here. My sister does have a car, so we could go somewhere further from Chinatown, if needed. I just want to get her some yummy sushi while I'm in town... esp. as it's her b-day. She also likes other Japanese dishes, so maybe something that's not just a sushi bar? Oh! I think she would love to do a habachi grill - anybody know of a good one? There will be 4 of us.

Thanks!!

Seattle Salumi newbie - what to order?

Thanks so much for this post! My husband and I have also been disappointed by the meat-to-bread ratio. We'll definitely try these suggestions next time. We just moved to Seattle, so we'll fortunately have the opportunity (hopefully) to check these out!

Oct 05, 2007
sheitoon in Pacific Northwest

Udupi Palace

Thanks! We will definitely have to check this place out as well! (along with some Persian restaurants for me!)

Sep 17, 2007
sheitoon in Pacific Northwest

Seattle: "Homemade" ice cream anywhere?

Thanks for the suggestions.. I'll definitely have to check them out. Sweet basil - very interesting!

Sep 16, 2007
sheitoon in Pacific Northwest

Where to move for food

Just moved to Capitol Hill from the Boston area... lots to do in the area - bars, cheap and yummy food, some good pubs, local farmer's market, and some nice restaurants too. There is good bus transportation to downtown, and it's only a 20-30 minute walk downtown too.

Sep 15, 2007
sheitoon in Pacific Northwest

FIRST Time in Seattle

I really enjoy Hopvine for a local pub - great beer selection and nice atmosphere. Yummy food too! ( http://www.3pubs.com/index.htm ). It's in the Capitol Hill area.

Elliott's does have a cool oyster happy hour, along with a $3 martini!

Nishino really was incredible... but the rest of the stuff on the menu (other than just the sushi) is really what blew me away. I really loved this place.

I'd recommend either Nishino, Lark or Cafe Juanita for a really nice dinner.

oh, and you may want to check out Theo's Chocolates too.

Sep 15, 2007
sheitoon in Greater Seattle

Seattle: "Homemade" ice cream anywhere?

Are there any small ice cream places in Seattle? I've read about some gelato places, but I want a place that sells creative, homemade ice cream. I don't mean anything like Coldstone. An example (if you've ever been to the Boston area) would be Christina's in Inman Sq. or the former Denise's in Davis Sq. or Herrel's or Lizzie's. I miss local ice cream joints :(

Sep 15, 2007
sheitoon in Pacific Northwest

The Best Pho

Just moved to Capitol Hill (from Boston), and I have to say that I am already in love with Pho Cyclo. I love their sandwiches! esp. the pork ones. I can't believe it's only $2.75 if you get it to go... we just order and go pick up for a quick, cheap and yummy meal. Highly recommended! The beef is also good... wasn't as huge a fan of the chicken or tofu, although I preferred the tofu to the chicken. I think there is also a pate one of some sort, but we haven't tried that yet. Careful! They can be spicy as they do have sliced jalopenos in them.

Sep 15, 2007
sheitoon in Pacific Northwest