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Chinese Food - Pinellas County

I am a new snowbird in Dunedin who lived in New York, Philadelphia, Boston, and DC, all of which had Chinatowns and am desperate for Chinese food. Based on my search so far in this area, people don't seem to say anything good about Chinese food in this county. Are there any hidden gems that are out there? How about Vietnamese food? Thanks for your help.

Dec 23, 2013
rockpile in Florida


I am going to be staying in Erie next week on business for 2 nights (Comfort Inn Presque Isle). The boards are all talking about pepperoni balls, wings, etc. - it sounds like great local comfort food but its not what I am looking for. How about some suggestions for fine dining or even casual dining (but no chains)? Thanks

Nov 01, 2013
rockpile in Pennsylvania

Tarpon Springs Greek?

So I went to Tarpon Springs for the first time and saw "a million" Greek restaurants - too many to choose from. I need advice - which ones are worth going to; which ones should I avoid? Thanks.

Jan 14, 2013
rockpile in Florida

Tampa magazine?

Living in both New York and Philadelphia, I subscribe to local magazines ("New York" - weekly, "Hudson Valley" - monthly, "Philadelphia" - monthly). I will be living part of the year in the metro-Tampla area (New Port Richey) and want to subscribe to a local magazine. When I went online, I noticed two different magazines for Tampa - "Tampa Bay Magazine" and Tampa Bay Metro Magazine". I have no idea which one to get but I am most interested in the one that has the best dining/food sections, especially if there are yearly "Best of..." issues (Restaurants, Cheap Eats, Bars, etc.). Any advice would be most appreciated.

Dec 25, 2012
rockpile in Florida

Pitty Pat's Porch

I'm going to be staying at the Omni for a conference (not a college student!) and would like to try a Pitty Pat's Porch-like restaurant (Southern). Since I won't have a car, what can you recommend in the area (I can walk up to a half hour each way). Thanks.

Sep 26, 2012
rockpile in Atlanta

In Rochester for conference

I'll be in Rochester for a conference staying at the Radisson on East Main Street. I am looking for restaurants suggestions either within walking distance or driving distance but with a private parking lot (I don't want to look for on-street parking). I'm coming from Philadelphia which has a fantastic cosmopolitan restaurant scene, so I am not looking for typical ethnic restaurants. I would like restaurants which feature local ingredients and/or foods indigenous to Western New York. Prices and atmosphere don't matter: anywhere from a "jeans place" to expensive - as long as the food is "Chowhound quality". Thanks.


I just received a request from friends who are in Merida for a few weeks. Even though they know that I have never been to Merida, they know that I am always touting Chowhound as my source for restaurant suggestions. Can you recommend any places that I can pass on to them? I am assuming that they do not want particularly expensive restaurants since they are on a budget. Any help would be most appreciated. Thanks.

Jun 29, 2012
rockpile in Mexico

Milwaukee- 1st time

ys, I'm staying at one of the two convention hotels attached to the Frontier Center.

Jun 14, 2012
rockpile in Great Lakes

Milwaukee- 1st time

I am going to be in Milwaukee in July for a conference and will be staying near the convention center. Typically, restaurants near convention centers are very "touristy" but I will not have time to start taking taxis to the surrounding areas. Can you give me some great restaurants and brewpubs within walking distance from the convention center area? I can walk up to 30 minutes. I will go to very expensive restaurants or "dives" as long is the food is Chowhound quality.


Jun 04, 2012
rockpile in Great Lakes

Trenton- pizza confusion!

I am going to be in Trenton for the weekend and was told that I must go to DeLorenzo's Tomato Pies. However, I am confused due to the several locations. The original one on Hudson has another location in Robbinsville, yet I saw another article about DeLorenzo's on Hamilton Street. What to do?

Also, while I'm in Trenton - other suggestions fro good places to eat? Thanks.

Dec 11, 2011
rockpile in New Jersey

San Diego Gaslamp

Okay - so I understand from reading all of the San Diego posts that the gaslamp district is just for tourists, overpriced food, blah, blah, blah. But, I still need to eat there because I have limited time for eating and need to walk everywhere from my hotel (I can walk 20-30 minutes each way). I am staying at the Marriott Marquis on West Harbor Drive. I would love Mexican/Latin, Seafood (with West Coast selections), and creative new American. Living in a great restaurant city (Philadelphia), I don't need to go to restaurants whose cuisine I can easily get back home (Italian, Thai, Indian, etc.). Any suggestions would be most appreciated. Thanks.

Oct 28, 2011
rockpile in San Diego

National Harbor

I will be at the Gaylord Resort in National Harbor at the beginning of July (on business). I see from the directory that there are many restaurants in the area; I assume all within walking distance. I need help navigating which restaurants are worth going to and which should be avoided. Thanks.

Murphy's Stout - Philadelphia

I am a stout drinker and love to try different brands wherever I go (Guinness, Yard's Love Stout, Fullers, etc.). I can't find any place that sells Murphy's on tap. Any advice?

May 31, 2011
rockpile in Philadelphia

After theater suggestions

My wife and I would like to go for dessert and coffee only, after an evening performance in the Times Square area. Then, we would like to go for a cocktail (or two) in a place that is quiet. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks.

May 04, 2011
rockpile in Manhattan

Saratoga Springs

I will be in Saratoga next week for one breakfast, one lunch, and three dinners. I know many of the "famous" restaurants, but not any of the newer ones. Suggestions for new (not too expensive) places. Any good Mexican restaurants? Thanks.

Long Branch, NJ

I will be in Long Branch (Ocean Palace Resort) for three nights. I've already been to the Zagat sight and Open Table, but I'm not really getting accurate information. What are the good local restaurants? I'm open to all cuisines, but do love seafood. Also, are the resort's restaurants any good? I am looking for fine dining as well as "holes-in-the-wall" as along as the food is top notch. Thanks.

Apr 20, 2011
rockpile in New Jersey

Pittsburgh - Downtown

I have to be in Pittsburgh on Thursday, March 10th and am staying at the Courtyard on Penn Avenue. Can you suggest any restaurants within walking distance that are moderately priced. Or, I would be willing to drive a short distance as long as there is reasonable parking (preferably a private parking lot). Any cuisine is fine - love it all!. Thanks.

Mar 08, 2011
rockpile in Pennsylvania

Staten Island-St. Johns University

I am lecturing at St. John's University on Staten Island (Howard Ave) next month and am staying at the Hilton Garden Inn on South Avenue. I will be taking out two colleagues for dinner but do not know any restaurants in the area. I would appreciate any suggestions for a quiet dinner in the area of the university or the hotel. Thanks

Feb 20, 2011
rockpile in Outer Boroughs

Kid-friendly lunch - Times Square

We are bringing our granddaughter to see Mary Poppins and would like to go out for lunch first. What restaurants can you recommend that an 8 year old would enjoy, but NOT a chain restaurant? Times Square area would be great but not necessary. Thanks.

Feb 13, 2011
rockpile in Manhattan


I am going to be in Athens for the first time in February; I am speaking at a conference. Please share some of the best restaurants in the area. I would prefer "local" cuisine - soul/southern/bbq, but am open to any great restaurants that are there. Thanks.

Dec 19, 2010
rockpile in Southeast

Wilkes-Barre, PA

I will be in Wilkes-Barre on business for one evening and am looking for a place to eat. I am open to any cuisine and price point, but would prefer not having to wear a jacket and tie. Any good Japanese, seafood, or Indian places? Any great local places or foods that "tourists" wouldn't know about? Thanks.

Dec 05, 2010
rockpile in Pennsylvania

Coraopolis, PA

I am going to be staying at a hotel in Coraopolis on a Tuesday evening. I had planned on going to LoBello's, but they seem to be closed on Tuesdays. Can you please give me suggestions for other restaurants, not too far away, that have easy parking. I will be arriving at the airport by 4:00 PM, should check into my hotel by 5:00 PM, which means that I will be smack into rush hour. I would like to avoid any long drive. I will be exhausted after several days of flying. Any cuisine is good. Thanks.

Oct 28, 2010
rockpile in Pennsylvania


Hey friends,
I have an out of town guest who loves sweetbreads. Are there any restaurants Center City Philadelphia that have them on the menu on a regular basis?


Sep 24, 2010
rockpile in Philadelphia

Romantic Italian Fine Dining besides Vetri and Osteria

Two others that are definitely "fine dining Italian" are Panorama and La Famiglia. Both will be under $200 and both have outstanding wine lists. They have beautiful dining rooms with excellent service and are fairly quiet and romantic.

La Famiglia
751 Route 37 W, Toms River, NJ 08755

Jun 24, 2010
rockpile in Philadelphia

Looking for superb food and awesome ambiance

Try Panorama (Old City); the food and service are both excellent; it has a lovely atmosphere and the wine list in incomparable.

Jun 22, 2010
rockpile in Philadelphia

Jersey Shore Homemade Ice Cream?

I am going to be in Atlantic City next week and am looking for truly great homemade ice cream on the Jersey Shore. I am willing to travel 30 to 45 minutes from Atlantic City. Suggestions?

Apr 30, 2010
rockpile in New Jersey

Blairsville, PA

Help - a colleague and I will be spending the night in Blairsville, PA before lecturing the next day at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. I am looking for a place to eat for dinner and I don't seem to be able to find places on the net. Can you give me a few suggestions within 20 minutes or so from Blairsville? We are staying at the Hampton Inn, 1762 Old William Penn Highway. My colleague is not much of a meat eater, but loves seafood, Italian, and basic American. Thanks

Feb 01, 2010
rockpile in Pennsylvania

Riverwalk Mall eateries

Are there ANY eateries in the Riverwalk Mall worth going to? Looking for a quick bite before I go back to business meetings. Thanks

Nov 11, 2009
rockpile in New Orleans

Returning to N.O.

Thanks you so much - you have given me all of the information I needed.

Oct 22, 2009
rockpile in New Orleans

Returning to N.O.

These are all great suggestions. I have been to Galatoire's, K-Paul, Johnny's, Central Grocery and Acme, and Commander's Palace, etc.

Oct 20, 2009
rockpile in New Orleans