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Mexican breakfast or great brunch near Grand Central

Staying at the Westin NY Grand Central next week and hoping that there are some good breakfast spots around there. I love huevos rancheros and other Southwest type breakfasts and if there's a place with a good Sunday brunch, that would be good to know as well. Thanks!

Jul 18, 2013
Food focused in Manhattan

Good place for group of 11 to 15 in Victoria

Sorry - meant to say "good meals at Sanuk and the Canoe Club". I don't think Sanuk is around anymore, is it?

Good place for group of 11 to 15 in Victoria

Going over with a girls' squash group next month and looking for an interesting place with good food for dinner for 6 to 10 adults and 5 teenage girls. The last two years we've had good meals at Sanafir and the Canoe Club. We would have liked to try Farris' Oyster Bar but they won't take a reservation of that size downstairs. Any suggestions?

Trying to replace favorite hole in the wall sichuan in Chaoyang area, Beijing

I've been to Beijing a few times over the past couple of years and some of my favourite restaurants were in the Lido Hotel area of Chaoyang, near the night market. I have always loved the Red Door and Sichuan (about 4 doors apart from each other), but a friend who went last month said that because the airline crews aren't staying in that vicinity anymore, the restaurants have really gone downhill and aren't nearly as good. I'm looking for good basic spicy food (chicken with chili and peanuts, spicy eggplant etc.) and I prefer the little hole in the wall places to eating in hotels or high end restaurants. Any suggestions?

What is your favourite Hong Kong hole in the wall? Any good spicy food restaurants in Kowloon?

Will be arriving next weekend for a few days and staying at the W Hotel in Kowloon. We're looking for some of the little hole in the wall places that I love so much in mainland China. We will also be spending a day in Aberdeen and thought about staying to eat at one of the floating restaurants. Any recommendations?

Looking for great spicy food hole in the wall in Shanghai

My favourite restaurants in Beijing are little hole in the wall places (like Sichuan near the Lido night market in Chaoyang) with great spicy dishes. Going to Shanghai this time and would love to hear recommendations. Staying on Nanjing Road but don't mind a cab ride. Thanks!

Any great diners on the road from San Diego (Miramar) to Palm Springs?

Not sure which route we'll take but a good diner could be the decision making factor. Thanks.

Mar 04, 2009
Food focused in California

Going through withdrawal pains from weekend in Victoria

The highlight of our weekend in Victoria was not our Valentine's Day dinner or the gorgeous sunny weather we had. It was the two meals we had from Red Fish Blue Fish at the harbour. Their Thai fish chowder was absolutely wonderful - spicy, tangy, loaded with fresh fish, and their spicy fish tacones were equally as good. The little restaurant in a shipping container on the inner harbour is spotlessly clean, very eco friendly and their food is second to none. Can't wait to go back!

Mini report on Waikiki restaurants

I would also give Ola another chance because the only thing we had to complain about was the pork sandwich, which unfortunately 3 out of our group of 6 ordered. If and when we make it back to Oahu, I'd like to stay somewhere on the North shore and try out more of the restaurants in that area.


Feb 02, 2009
Food focused in Hawaii

Mini report on Waikiki restaurants

Just returned from four days in Waikiki and we had some memorable meals and some not so memorable:

Our best meal by far was Sunday brunch at Orchids in the Halekulani. We had top notch service and the food was excellent. There was a variety of fresh sashimi and assorted fish poke, a whole kalua (sp?) pig, eggs benedict over crab hash and wonderful salads, desserts etc. We ordered a bottle of champagne and lingered over bunch in a breathtaking setting. Unfortunately, one of our less memorable meals was also at the Halekulani in the House Without a Key. There were six of us for dinner, the service was poor and the food not great. The prime rib meals looked like they had been plated in a cafeteria (picture an ice cream scoop of mashed potatoes and somewhat greyish meat) and overall the food was unattractive and basic. The atmosphere and music was lovely but the service and food left a lot to be desired. It is hard to believe that the two restaurants were in the same hotel.

We stayed at the Westin Moana Surfrider and had a couple of lovely breakfasts at the Veranda restaurant. They have a simple buffet each morning and a'la carte items such as macadamia almond struesel waffles which were very nice. Our best mai tais were also to be had at the Moana and we tried our best to compare them to as many other beachfront bars as we could! They have a Valentine's Day dinner menu out that looks fantastic.

We rented a car one day and drove to the Turtle Bay Resort on the northern tip of Oahu. Had lunch at Ola which was very nice but it didn't quite live up to the reviews we had read prior to booking. We were disappointed with the kalua pork sandwich which turned out to be fairly bland shredded meat with a Bullseye type barbecue sauce on a hamburger bun. The service was very good though and they also make a mean mai tai!

Last but not least, we had decent meals at Duke's and at the Cheesecake Factory. Normally we try to stay away from chain restaurants while on vacation but the rest of our party wanted to eat there and I have to say that they were two of our better dinners out.

Sorry to leave Waikiki but looking forward to returning one day and trying out some of the other Chowhound recs.

Jan 27, 2009
Food focused in Hawaii

Where can I find the best fish tacos in Waikiki?

I love a good fish taco and don't care whether its coming off a truck or being served in a high end restaurant. Thanks.

Jan 22, 2009
Food focused in Hawaii

Looking for recs around Moana Surfrider (Waikiki)

We're heading to Oahu for a few days later this month and so far we've got a reservation at La Mer in the Halekulani for Sunday brunch. Other than that, I'm looking for places we can walk to preferably, from the Surfrider, and it doesn't matter if its a hole in the wall or fine dining - we like to mix it up a little! Also, we've heard good things about the poolside evening drinks/entertainment at the Surfrider, the Halekulani and the Sheraton Waikiki. Anyone have a favourite? Cheers - and Happy New Year!

Jan 08, 2009
Food focused in Hawaii

Downtown Vancouver-Cheap Meals

I second the recommendation for Bay Sushi. I love their dynamite roll and spicy tuna roll. I also like Shogun on Hornby Street for their noodle soup and gyoza. My favourite is the shrimp ramen which is a huge bowl of ramen noodles, broth, bean sprouts, shrimp and about four large tempura prawns on top, all for about $7. Their teriyaki bowls and shrimp curry looks great as well but I'm hooked on the shrimp ramen.

Where to go for great steak in Maui - specifically Wailea

Thanks for all of your responses. A quick rundown on our restaurant choices: We ended up eating at Spago, Sarento's on the Beach, Mama's Fish House and the Japanese restaurant in the Grand Wailea (more for convenience than anything). Our dinner at Mama's Fish House was the best. The rugged beachfront provides great atmosphere, the service was impeccable and the food was incredible. We started with wonderful ahi sashimi and some sirloin poke in a grilled papaya, and we had the mahimahi stuffed with lobster, crab and Maui onion, baked in a macadamia nut crust, and the opakapaka (sp?) served in a white wine, tomato, caper sauce. We also loved our dinner at Sarento's on the Beach in Wailea. Again, a beautiful (and up close) beachfront atmosphere, great service and wonderful food. There we started with their fresh bread served with a curry hummus, had the caesar salad and mushroom bruscetta as appetizers, followed by entrees of beef filet with potato lasagna and black truffle sauce and the spagetti with filet mignon meatballs. The portions were huge and one appetizer and one entree would easily feed most couples. Ahh Maui, wish I was still there....

Where to go for great steak in Maui - specifically Wailea

Heading to Maui later this month and I've come across some great recommendations for good seafood, but the friend I'm travelling with will undoubtedly be craving a steak at some point so I'm looking for some advice. Thanks in advance for your recommendations.