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Dining in Rome

My family and I were there last month and had some lovely dining experiences. Would especially reccomend La Fiametta, l'Angoletto, and San Crispino gelato. In general, the area around the Pantheon offers conveniently located and very good restaurants. Where will you be staying? Also be forewarned that Italy is crazy expensive right now! :(

Pictures at my blog if you're interested. http://teenagechowhound.blogspot.com/

Jul 29, 2009
CheBeret in Italy

Toledo tapas or restaurant

Hey there! Toledo is magnificent and certainly worth a visit. Some recs...

La Abadia is conveniently located to downtown and has really excellent food. High end but not pricy tapas upstairs, and great new Spanish food downstairs. Don't miss the seafood - I had a killer hake dish. The sampler of salad is delicious, as is the huge and gorgeous tabla of iberico ham and selected cheeses. The dining room and ambiance are also excellent.

Another good tapas choice is Alfileritos 24 on Calle Alfileritos (go figure). Nice tapas menu in a downstairs bodega enviroment - good gambas with garlic, good croquettas, and excellent tuna belly with pistou. The upstairs menu is contemporary and looked very interesting, though we didn't sample it.

For fine dining, Adolfo gets a lot of love. Check out this article: http://www.foodandwine.com/articles/m...
Ludena is supposed to have the best carcamusas in town but was unfortunately closed when we there (two weeks ago). Check it out in our stead!

Carcamusas are a delicious pork stew common in Toledo...unmissable. Can be found most places. A tapas crawl in Toledo's downtown is a fun and advisable way to spend an evening.

Have fun!

Jul 20, 2009
CheBeret in Spain/Portugal

Naples-Pizza Poll.....

Gratsi. Will provide a report :)

Jun 28, 2009
CheBeret in Italy

Naples-Pizza Poll.....

Reading through these recs - wondering if there is anything good near the train station? We are having lunch prior to visiting Pompeii and would like to have some real-deal pizza to steel ourselves for heavy duty touristing...!

Jun 24, 2009
CheBeret in Italy

Visiting Toledo, Bilbao, Avila, Madrid

I'll be visiting Toledo, Bilbao, Avila and Madrid this summer, and would love recommendations for good eats in those regions. We are definitely experienced chowhounds, with a special love of seafood and esoteric pork products! Would also very much enjoy experiencing excellent lamb and truly authentic tapas. We plan on visiting Extebarri so that at least is taken care of. :) Thoughts from the Chowhounds?

May 14, 2009
CheBeret in Spain/Portugal

Rome, looking for real Roman food/great seafood?

We are very fond of offal so it'd go over well. :) Squeamishness NOT an issue.

Decent osso bucco anywhere to be found? Can't get to Milan this time...

Apr 22, 2009
CheBeret in Italy

Rome, looking for real Roman food/great seafood?

Looks like I'll be in Rome with my family in July. We will be staying at the Hilton outside of town (I know, I know, we had the points, though!) I was wondering if I could get a few specific restaurant recommendations. We are extremely big on trying unique Roman specialties, lamb and red meat, and truly excellent seafood, and would like to focus on those areas. I think my parents and I would also very much enjoy visiting a couple of off-the-beaten path but really top notch little restaurants. Something distinctive, unique, so forth....

We will also being going to Pompeii. Is there anything worth eating within easy reach of the ruins?.

La Pergola - This is going to be our blowout meal. Is it still worth every penny?

La Rosetta (seafood)
Matricianella
Osteria Il Bocconcino
Checchino dal 1887
Tuna
Al Ceppo

Apr 22, 2009
CheBeret in Italy

Boucherie - my new favorite

I headed to Boucherie last weekend and was very much impressed. And this poor college student just loves the prices. Finally, I'm a collards snob and these..oh my goodness, the best collards I've ever had. (Don't tell my grandmother.)
Photos here: http://teenagechowhound.blogspot.com/

Mar 12, 2009
CheBeret in New Orleans

Deanie's in the FQ

I think it's just fine. The gumbo is pretty decent, and I enjoyed the seafood salad with boiled shrimp and crab.

Mar 12, 2009
CheBeret in New Orleans

If You Had To Choose??

Hate to say it but I agree. It's got history and ambience, but the food isn't worth the money and is nowhere near the best in town.

Mar 12, 2009
CheBeret in New Orleans

Yes, another damned first timer with questions:

One Eyed Jacks is VERY funky, often has good music, and is not to be missed. I also like Deanies and think the gumbo ain't half bad. Cafe du Monde is a New Orleans classic and the beignets really are amazing so don't play the superior traveler! Must admit I was unimpressed with Joey K's...avoid the gumbo!

Mar 02, 2009
CheBeret in New Orleans

Yes, another damned first timer with questions:

Igor's Buddha Belly? ...Really? I mean, I hang out there, but that just renders it MORE low class....

Now, the original Igors I like, if only for the large burgers and aforementioned healthy population of freaks...

Mar 02, 2009
CheBeret in New Orleans

First time to Boucherie

Anything veg on the menu right now? The website has a veg option on the menu but it coulda changed. Going with a friend who's vegetarian tomorrow...

Feb 27, 2009
CheBeret in New Orleans

Frenchmen Street

We had the crawfish boil from them on Fat Tuesday and were rather pleased. Could be because I faded into a fugue state and ate three pounds of em', though...

Feb 27, 2009
CheBeret in New Orleans

upperline - what to order, veg option?

Here to report I very much enjoyed Upperline. I had the oysters St. Claude and the duck: both were excellent. The duck has a nice smoky flavor, and i enjoyed the two sauces - thought the peach was a bit better however. Just loved the candied sweet potatoes with pecans. Oysters perfectly fried and I enjoyed the lemony, spicy sauce on top.

Very impressed by my server. I am 20 years old and look 16 - I still was very well taken care of. JoAnn even came by to chat with me about used book stores. I live right up the corner and imagine I will be returning soon.

Feb 18, 2009
CheBeret in New Orleans

Amazing desserts?

Seconded on Sucre. Drop-dead gorgeous pastries, giant cupcakes, sundaes, gelato, you name it they have it! And if that doesn't push your buttons, La Divinia Gelataria is right next door....

Feb 17, 2009
CheBeret in New Orleans

Amazing desserts?

What's the killer-gotta-have-it flavor at Creole Creamery? The red velvet cake interests me strangely.

Feb 17, 2009
CheBeret in New Orleans

upperline - what to order, veg option?

Yeah, I know, but my friend is a vegetarian (she has other redeeming qualities.) Wasn't able to call today since they are closed. Anyone know if they will accommodate a vegetarian? I know most fine dining places around here seem to be able to toss something together.

Also: what's the must-order dish? I'm eying the lamb shank or the rack of lamb, but I can rarely turn down a nice duck...

Feb 17, 2009
CheBeret in New Orleans

best lamb shank/osso bucco?

I've also made killer lamb shank osso bucco style before. Veal is nice but definitely not the way to go. I think my osso bucco is better then anyone else's myself (could be biased) but I live alone right now and my friends aren't big meat-o-vores....boo....

Feb 14, 2009
CheBeret in New Orleans

Solo eating...

I am also a female living here who dines solo a LOT! I think Cochon is delicious, well-priced, and would be very friendly to a solo woman.

I have to say, I don't like Mona's very much. Not special enough to spend a dinner in New Orleans on.

Thirded on Casamentos! I live very close and it is about the best fried seafood i have ever had. Also would be okay for a solo diner. I would skip the food at Felix's and Acme (beyond the broiled oysters), but the half-shells are splendid.

Feb 14, 2009
CheBeret in New Orleans

NOLA trip next month - questions

I have not heard good things about NOLA recently but haven't been to judge.

Doesn't John Besh have a steak place in Harrahs?

Feb 13, 2009
CheBeret in New Orleans

Extreme Foodies Seeking Down and Dirty

Coops is pretty good - you're right, not gonna blow your mind but tasty food with local ambience. The jambalaya and the spicy fried chicken really are delish. The gumbo isn't the best i've ever had but certainly serviceable.

Feb 13, 2009
CheBeret in New Orleans

Three nights in NO, narrowing it down...

August is pretty damn excellent in my experience. The menu changes constantly so all my favorite stuff doesn't seem to be running right now - except the duck, which is tasty tasty tasty. Skip the P&J oysters 3 ways though - underwhelming.

I also like Luke. The Chocroute Maison was rather revelatory for me: huge quantities of PIG (sausage, pork belly, knuckles, cochon, oh my) on a bed of sauerkraut with grainy, spicy mustard - lord have mercy. Will make your heart explode, possibly from joy.

Cochon is a great choice for lunch or a casual/less expensive dinner. Do not miss that divine pineapple upside down cake, the oyster roast, or the rabbit n' dumplings. The red fish is well prepared but a bit boring so don't go there girlfriend/boyfriend.

YES YES on the Leaf'. one of my favorite hangouts. the ambience is not exactly fancy but totally new orleans. i like just ambling in and seeing what stuff they've got going on.

Feb 13, 2009
CheBeret in New Orleans

best lamb shank/osso bucco?

Dammit, I got no car. Nothing good sort of accessible by streetcar...?
Upperline lamb shank....worth a shot, y/n?

Feb 13, 2009
CheBeret in New Orleans

Good Lunch Spot on Magazine Street?

Joey K's is decent - good patty melt - but avoid the gumbo. Way too thick and starchy.

Feb 11, 2009
CheBeret in New Orleans

New Orleans Basics

ACME has decent charbroiled oysters and can be safely skipped for the other stuff. Same for Felix's - stick with raw oysters and Abita and ignore the other stuff.

Feb 11, 2009
CheBeret in New Orleans

Good Lunch Spot on Magazine Street?

I second Ignatius. I love the Muffaletta salad - just delicious and a great idea. Tasty shrimp and okra stew, remoulade po-boys and crawfish etouffe as well. The prices are reasonable for Magazine (and this poor college student knows.)

Feb 11, 2009
CheBeret in New Orleans

Good Lunch Spot on Magazine Street?

Casamentos makes the best fried seafood I have ever had. Light as air and almost greaseless. Everyone I take there falls in love with it.

Feb 11, 2009
CheBeret in New Orleans

best lamb shank/osso bucco?

I'm having a serious jones for both of these meaty delights and was wondering which restaurants in town do the best versions. I like close to Upperline and have noticed they have lamb shanks - are they worth a visit? I also know that osso bucco is not uncommon in New Orleans and would like to see who does the best job. Ideas?

Feb 11, 2009
CheBeret in New Orleans

best lamb shank/osso bucco?

I'm having a serious jones for both of these meaty delights and was wondering which restaurants in town do the best versions. I like close to Upperline and have noticed they have lamb shanks - are they worth a visit? I also know that osso bucco is not uncommon in New Orleans and would like to see who does the best job. Ideas?

Feb 11, 2009
CheBeret in New Orleans