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Bondir Concord Just Okay

Say what you want about the food, facade, whatever, but please do not jump to conclusions in calling someone you do not know "pretentious." I think I can speak for everyone who knows Jason Bond, both professionally and personally in saying that he is 100% pretense free.

3 Days in Portland

Visiting Portland from the east coast for 3 days, 3 nights. Goin on a Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, which already eliminates some top dining spots such as Castagna, Tanuki, and Roe, though I'm still left with an overwhelming array of places to choose from. Got three dinner reservations: Ned Ludd, Le Pigeon, Racion. Gonna try to slide into Pok Pok for lunch one day, and hit Tasty n Sons and Broder for brunch. I'm pretty psyched for this lineup but wanted to throw it out there for any advice from locals.

Mar 06, 2014
Debrouillard in Metro Portland

What's for Christmas Breakfast?

Its smoked smoked salmon that has been rubbed with black pepper, brown sugar, coriander, paprika and other traditional pastrami spices, leaving the salmon with beautiful dark crust around the edges. Its delicious. Barney Greengrass version is exceptional (sourced from Acme smoked fish I think). They are most famous for their sturgeon but I am partial to their salmon and sable. This place is an NYC institution and I highly recommend a visit. Russ and Daughters on the lower east side has an even bigger selection of smoked fish but Greengrass has better bagels and a classic dining room where you can eat in. Really good fresh sqeezed OJ too. Its the quintessential NYC breakfast in my opinion.

Dec 25, 2013
Debrouillard in Home Cooking

What's for Christmas Breakfast?

Pastrami smoked salmon and smoked sable with NYC bagels and scallion cream cheese bought at Barney Greengrass in NYC en route to Philadelphia!

Best 3 michelin star Bar dining (no reservations)

Just finished a stellar 24 hours in NYC: Lunch at the Le Bernardin lounge, city harvest menu. Amazing price for amazing food. Just as good as anything I've had in the dining room. Dinner at Momofuku Ko. An exciting meal, remarkably balanced and delicious. Full pairing, 100% sparkling. A cocktail, a smoked kolsch beer, several champagnes, cider. Apprehensive about all those bubbles but it turned out to be quite perfect. Breakfast at Barney Greengrass, lunch at Totto Ramen (1.5 hour wait and we arrived 20 minutes before opening!!) Several coffee beverages at Blue Bottle Rockefeller Plaza in between all the delicious meals. I'll do a more detailed update on my blog soon and will post a link when I do. Merry Christmas!!

Dec 24, 2013
Debrouillard in Manhattan

Best 3 michelin star Bar dining (no reservations)

Simon- definitely on the same page as you. I've also been a Chang doubter since visiting noodle bar years back and have always been skeptical about the unbelievable amount of publicity surrounding the guy. That being said I've decided to put my bias aside and trust the opinions of so many who love Ko. That and I have a thing for intimate open kitchen experiences. And concerning Michelin in NYC I'm also a skeptic. For example, cant figure out how a guide could group 3 restaurants such as Danji, Yakitori Tori Shin, Gramercy Tavern, and Del Posto in the same quality category. Not to say any of these places are bad, but to give them all 1 star just doesn't make sense. I've had much better meals at Gramercy Tavern than Jean Georges, and Soto wowed me way more than Le Bernardin. At the end of the day you just can't put blind faith in any critic or guidebook.

Dec 19, 2013
Debrouillard in Manhattan

Best 3 michelin star Bar dining (no reservations)

So I used the lack of advanced planning to my advantage and snagged a dinner res at Momofuku Ko. Pretty excited. I can't imagine any reason to forgo this in favor of dining in one of the bars I previously mentioned. Good plan right?

Dec 18, 2013
Debrouillard in Manhattan

Best 3 michelin star Bar dining (no reservations)

Wow, thanks to your comment I checked their website and realized that Le Bernardin offers all of their menu options in the lounge. Might consider doing the four course there. Thanks!

Dec 11, 2013
Debrouillard in Manhattan

Best 3 michelin star Bar dining (no reservations)

Oh, any thoughts on Picholine? Though not in the 3 star realm the menu is quite alluring and it certainly has a loyal NY following.

Dec 11, 2013
Debrouillard in Manhattan

Best 3 michelin star Bar dining (no reservations)

I'll be in NYC for one night (the monday before Christmas). Planning on dining with my wife at one of the top NYC restaurants but only considering a bar option since we have no reservations except for a spot on the EMP wait list. I've eaten in the dining rooms at Per Se, Le Bernardin, EMP, and Jean Georges. Based on those experiences, EMP and Per Se are at the top of my list for potential bar options. Per Se is definitely the most convenient since we are staying near Columbus Circle. Never been to Daniel so I'm curious what people have to say about dining at the bar there. And its difficult to find any updated food menus from the bar at EMP so I'm curious what kind of experiences people have had there, especially since they switched to the multi-course $225 tasting menu in the dining room. So basically its between Per Se, EMP, or Daniel (in that order). Let me know any thoughts...

Dec 11, 2013
Debrouillard in Manhattan

Five Favorite Places to Eat Among Frequent/Veteran CH Posters?

Pho 2000, Dorchester
Strip T's, Watertown
Oishii, Chestnut Hill
Rami's, Coolidge Corner
Shake Shack, Chestnut Hill

Need recommendations - Aventura area of Florida

yes it is. Sometime last June or July they boarded up the door and put up a sign saying they were closed due to a fire. I've been waiting patiently for them to reopen but I'm no longer keeping my fingers crossed. Its a shame.

Michael's Genuine - Miami Design District

has anyone tried Michael's new brunch menu? I've been for dinner 5 or 6 times and love it. Curious about brunch.

Need recommendations - Aventura area of Florida

I've been to Lola's and do not recommend it. Granted, I was only there once but I found it to be overpriced with totally average food and service. I live in Hollywood and can say with confidence, stay away if good food is what you seek. Aside from good burgers at Le Tub or pollo la bras and anticuchos at Goyo el Pollo (which is now closed b/c of a fire) Hollywood is totally lacking in decent food. I definitely agree with the Hiro's Yakko San suggestion. It reminds me of the izakayas (japanese pubs) I fell in love with while living in Japan. It has a very diverse menu with lots of daily specials, local fish, and tapas style portions for reasonable prices, plus an open kitchen with some very skilled and fun to watch chefs. If you want to drive twenty minutes, go to Michael's Genuine Food and Drink, just by the 195 exit in Miami's design district. Its one of the best, most consistent restaurants I've ever been to. Top five all time for me. My favorite casual place in Aventura is an Israeli cafe called Etzel Itzik/Astoria Deli on west dixie highway, parallel to Aventura Mall (biscayne blvd). This place is so good! Very casual, inexpensive and lively. The place does a wicked lunch business with an almost exclusively Israeli clientele but you still never have to wait for a table or food. Try their Merguez (moroccan spicy lamb sausage), amazing falafel, Yemenite Beef Stew, mint lemonade, baked chicken, and everything else! And they always start you off with 5 or 6 complimentary small plates of assorted Israeli salads, pickles, olives, and peppers. I eat here at least once a week. They are open 3 meals a day but close friday afternoon through sunday evening for the sabbath. If you like mediterranean flavors and a lively atmosphere, go here. Its very healthy too. And I've heard bourbon steak is amazing, especially lobster pot pie. Thinking about going here for thanksgiving. Anyone have any other thanksgiving restaurant recs?

Le Tub
1100 N Ocean Dr, Hollywood, FL 33019

7300 N Kendall Dr Fl 8, Miami, FL 33156

the quest for the best in new orleans

Oysters: Casamento's

Crawfish: Frankie and Johnny's

Po Boys: Parasol for Roast Beef, Domilise's for oyster/shrimp.

Modern Southern/Cajun: Cochon

Classic New Orleans: Brigtsten's

Breakfast every day: Cafe Du Monde

Drinks: Napolean house, Jean Lafittes Blacksmith Shop

Gumbo: Olivier's on Decatur. Try their gumbo sampler. It includes the three major styles (thickening agents): File (sassafras), Roux, and Okra based.

Apr 26, 2009
Debrouillard in New Orleans

Inexpensive Restaurant for Dinner in the French Quarter

Olivier's on Decatur serves great, affordable, creole family recipes.

Apr 26, 2009
Debrouillard in New Orleans

Where to get a Sazerac

Napolean House on Chartres St. in the French Quarter. Sit in their couryard or in one of their streetside alcove/doorways. Try the Pimm's Cup too since that is what they are really famous for.

Apr 26, 2009
Debrouillard in New Orleans

Please help me plan my Foodie itinerary to NO

Just got back from my first ever New Orleans trip. My girlfriend and I were there for 3 nights and four days and ate at 11 different restaurants. Stayed at the Sheraton on Canal St. which gave us great access to the whole city. I should mention that I am a chef by trade, have traveled extensively worldwide, and can easily say that New Orleans rivals the best of the best food cities in its own charming way.

Day One:

Cafe au Lait and Beignets at Cafe Du Monde
Muffaletta at Central Grocery
Oysters at Acme Oyster house (not recommended, go to Casamentos)
Cocktails at Napolean House
Dinner at Olivier's (Decatur St.)

Day Two:
Cafe au Lait and Beignets at Cafe Du Monde
Walk the Garden District, Roast Beef Po Boys at Parasol
Second lunch of raw oysters and oyster stew at Casamento's on Magazine St.
Dinner at Cochon on Tchoupitoulas St.

Day Three:

Skip breakfast, head to Uptown.
Oyster/Shrimp Po Boys at Domilise's
Second Lunch of 2.5 lbs. boiled Crawfish at Frankie and Johnny's
Walk off the calories.
Dinner at Brigtsten's- Shrimp Bisque, Rabbit Tenderloin, Duck, Seafood Dinner, Strawberry Shortcake

Day Four:

Cafe Du Monde.
Buy a muffaletta and take it to the airport.

Apr 22, 2009
Debrouillard in New Orleans

Never had oysters-recommendations

Oh yeah, I forgot, Cochon had what looked to be amazing wood-fire oven roasted oysters on the half shell with some kind of spicy compound butter. We were oystered out at that point and had other apps instead which I regret. Cochon would be a good one to add to your list, as would Brigtstens.

Apr 18, 2009
Debrouillard in New Orleans

Never had oysters-recommendations

Just got back from 3 nights/4days in NOLA. It was my only my first time there but good research led to a very rewarding (and busy) food tour. We hit 11 restaurants in that short time. A lengthy review will follow in a couple of days but here are my oyster pics:

Skip Acme. I was there for lunch on a slow weekday. Oysters were okay but I was very turned off by that dirty, stale, beer on the floor smell that plagues many a french quarter bar. Don't get me wrong, I'm no snob and I don't mind such an aroma in, well, an awesome divey New Orleans bar. I don't however appreciate this flavor in a place where I'm eating raw seafood. This was a stark contrast to my favorite oyster spot: Casamentos. Strikingly clean, impeccably fresh, Casamento's is the bomb. One of my favorite meals of the trip, my girlfriend and I enjoyed two dozen raw and an amazing bowl of oyster stew filled with fat, luscious, whole oysters. Cold dixie beer washed it all down clean. I loved this place. Its in a lovely neighborhood and easy walking down Napoleon St. from the St. Charles trolley line. We would have eaten more but we were fresh off a stroll through the garden district and an amazing lunch of Roast Beef Po Boys at Parasol's. Definitely go there. The next day we had 1/2 and 1/2 oyster/shrimp po boys at Domilies's in Uptown.

So there it is. For raw, stewed, or loafed (i didn't try it but it looked amazing) go to Casamento's. For Oyster Po Boys hit Domilise's.

Apr 18, 2009
Debrouillard in New Orleans

Hola, Sra. Martinez - Miami, Design District

Does anyone else find it strange that Chef Bernstein doesn't have websites for either of her restaurants? Chef Bernstein, if you are listening, restaurant websites are cool!

Road trip west of Portland, ME. Any suggestions?

Krista's Restaurant on Rte. 25 in Cornish Village is very good for simple, well prepared breakfast, lunch and dinner ( They have nice outdoor seating above a waterfall and very good house made baked goods. I also love the Rte. 160 Ice Cream/hot dog stand just outside Kezar Falls.

New Rivers Tonight

Thursday was my first time at New Rivers and all the stories are true, it was delicious. I lucked out and got the last order of ribs (i heard our waitress '86' it immediately after ordering). They were excellent. My girlfriend had the monkfish which was perfectly prepared. We shared the scallop appetizer which was amazingly clean and light with citrus and arugula. For dessert we had the lemon tartlett and mango/ginger sorbet with cookies. I definitely agree about the clean flavors. I left feeling perfectly satisfied, without being overstuffed. Can't wait til next time!

New Rivers Tonight

I'm going to New Rivers tonight. I know their menu changes frequently and I'm wondering if anyone who has been there recently can recommend anything in particular.

Newport RI this time of year?

The Rhumbline in the Point district (near the goat island causeway) is a good place for upscale pub fare and perfectly poured drafts of guiness.

Asian/Japanese Grocers Near Providence

Theres a good place on Warren Ave in East Providence, near the Washington Bridge. I think its called Asiana. Its across the street from Sun and Moon Cafe. They specialize in Korean food but have a good selection of Japanese and Chinese stuff too. I always buy the one gallon jar of Kimchee. Theres a Thai/Vietnamese market next to Pho Paradise/Mcdonalds on Broad St. Does anyone have information about an Asian grocer on Smith St.? I've heard mention of it.

Providence Butcher Shops

Who sells the best meat in the Providence area? Opinions? I live in Olneyville but I'm willing to travel elsewhere to find the goods.

Howabout Kosher butchers? Halal?

Providence Jewish Deli?

Does anyone know where I can find a "Jewish" deli in providence? I know that Davidsons has some good product but they aren't exactly a deli.

Any recs for corn beef and pastrami sandwiches at non-affiliated delis?

Challah in Providence?

I make my own challah from a recipe in the Gourmet cookbook. Its very easy (apart from the braiding which I usually skip). Check out the book or the website for the recipe and give it a try.

Best pizza in Rhode Island?

I frequently consume a small pie and/or whimpy skippy in my car, in the parking lot. Or I order it to go and eat it in the shop. Caserta's sauce is the best ever and their pepperoni is way better than most. I like to order a large pie with pepperoni and cheese on the whole thing, and mushrooms and olives on half. Actually, Caserta is the only place where I will occasionally order anchovies.