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Chef Tasting Menu in/around Santa Fe or ABQ

Thank you for the posts. We like tasting menus because we like what's in season and have trouble deciding what to get. Casual is fine and it sounds like we can't go wrong with La Boca.

Dec 21, 2013
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Chef Tasting Menu in/around Santa Fe or ABQ

Coming to Santa Fe for anniversary and would like one "must eat at" experience. We enjoy Tasting Menus and/or unique experiences. Did a search, but didn't uncover any recent postings. Thanks in advance.

Dec 19, 2013
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Asheville with kids

Thanks everyone. We went to a number of suggested places. Chai Pani and White Duck Taco were our favorites and we also had a great "breakfast for dinner" one night at Early Girl. I also would suggest The Chocolate Lounge for amazing dessert and the Double Decker Bus just for fun (not for the food or coffee). Wish we could have made it to the Wicked Weed or Curate, but maybe on our next trip when they are a bit older. Thanks again.

Aug 08, 2013
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Asheville with kids

Visiting Asheville/ Boone for 10 days. Need suggestions for kid friendly (ages 4and 6) chow worthy cafes and restaurants in Asheville. No BBQ please. Adventurous eaters, but one is a vegetarian. Thanks in advance.

Jun 18, 2013
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Thanksgiving dinner/ takeout Amelia island or Fernindina

Renting condo and need suggestions for catered Thanksgiving dinner or kid friendly restaurant.
We are fans of Merge, but can't find website & 29 South seems closed.

Oct 22, 2011
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Kid-Friendly pics for I-65

Thanks for the recommendations. We hit Jim's BBQ, but must of hit it late because they were almost out of everything. Had pork sandwich...yum.

Jul 11, 2011
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Kid-Friendly pics for I-65

Planning multi-day road trip from Tallahassee, FL to Lexington, KY via Birmingham, AL and Nashville, TN with two kids. Willing to veer off interstate for good local or ethnic food. Thanks in advance.

Jun 27, 2011
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Need fun and tasty places Birmingham-Lexington on I-65

Planning multi-day road trip from Tallahassee, FL to Lexington, KY via Birmingham, AL and Nashville, TN with two kids. Willing to veer off interstate for good local or ethnic food. Thanks in advance.

Where can I give Baby Shower/Brunch near Brookhaven or Buckhead

I don't know any of the attendees, but the mother-to-be lives in Brookhaven, it will be a Sat or Sun afternoon, some of the attendees are vegetarian. The mother-to-be is a foodie, so although I want to keep the food budget to about $15 a person, I want to make sure the food is tasty.

Apr 15, 2011
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Where can I give Baby Shower/Brunch near Brookhaven or Buckhead

I don't live in Atlanta, but am throwing a baby shower with 20 guests. Need place that is roomy, with good food and serves vegetarian dishes. Light lunch or brunch items preferred and ethnic is fine. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance.

Apr 13, 2011
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Is there anything decent in Amelia Island??

We have eaten as SALT, twice and would suggest for really special occasions or if you just have money to spare. I would second recs for Espana and Merge, although we enjoyed ambiance at Espana, and better service at Merge. Would not recommend anything at the Plantation.

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Espana Restaurant
22 S 4th St, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034

Apr 02, 2011
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Solo in Dublin?

In Dublin for next week and need good places where I can eat solo. Don't mind eating at bar, prefer vegetarian, but will eat fish and chips occasionally. Staying near Vicar Street so safe walking or easy transit distance a plus. Thanks in advance.

Mar 02, 2011
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Tasting Menu on a Sunday night

We ended up at Restaurant Eugene and did the tasting menu. It was great except for the dessert which was had some texture issues. Unlike other CH posters, we did not have a problem with portions; we had a grouper dish and beef tenderloin which were normal entree sizes. The cocktails were excellent, the wine list gave us a few new favorites. Thanks for recommendations.

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Restaurant Eugene
2277 Peachtree Road, NE, Atlanta, GA 30309

Jan 07, 2011
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Tasting Menu on a Sunday night

We'll be spending our anniversary in Atlanta as we do every year. We try to find a place that has an interesting (and tasty) Tasting Menu; last year we enjoyed Woodfire Grill and in the past have been to Bacchanalia. Where should we go this year?

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Woodfire Grill
1782 Cheshire Bridge Road, Atlanta, GA 30324

Dec 22, 2010
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Anyone been to SALT or PLAE in Amelia Island lately?

Mixed reviews on these places elsewhere. Have been to SALT few years ago, and was wondering if it was still good. Have never been to PLAE and was wondering how and what to order (i.e, small plates v. big plates). Thanks in advance.

Jul 28, 2010
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Ravenous Pig in Orlando- Can I go alone?

Had an amazing meal. Had a drink at the bar and then sat outside. My only negative experience was that I think my waiter forgot about me after my entree, and he also seemed offended when I asked if they ever try more local oysters instead of the oysters at the restaurant (they were from the Pacific Northwest). I can't wait to visit again and go with my friends and family.

Apr 15, 2010
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Ravenous Pig in Orlando- Can I go alone?

Thanks, I know its a popular place and didn't realize you can order dinner at the bar. I'm really looking forward to it.

Apr 10, 2010
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Ravenous Pig in Orlando- Can I go alone?

Coming into town for conference and have been wanting to try Ravenous Pig. Can a single patron eat at the bar, or is it frowned upon?

Apr 08, 2010
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Best Coffee, Breakfast and Brunch in Tallahassee

I would suggest staying at the Hotel Duval. Its walking distance to Downtown and Midtown which have a few decent restaurants and bars. There is a local coffee shop, Redeye Coffee in Midtown Manor and a nice Irish Pub, Finnegan's Wake. Also in Midtown is Kool Beanz which serves local ingredients when available.

Feb 08, 2010
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Anyone tried Pacci Ristorante and AltoRex in ATL?

Alto Rex is closed until April. Pacci's menu looked great, but was steakhousey we just had drinks at the bar and walked to Ecco. Would recommend the fried goat cheese w/ honey and pepper and we had an olive oil ice cream with pistachios and sea salt that was so interesting and fabulous.

Jan 21, 2010
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Best Chef/ Tasting Menus in ATL

I thought I would post about our meal at Woodfire Grill. It was fabulous...simple, but fabulous. We had the Chef's Tasting Menu, which was 5 courses with little treats in between. My husband did the wine pairings as well, but I was all about the food. We did see Kevin the fire pit, and another one of the co-owners, both were very gracious and really working.

Black eyed pea & cornmeal fritter w/ homemade tarter and hot sauce-- This was the "amuse bouche." It really was one perfect bite and you could taste each of the ingredients. And it was served in a really cute spoon.

1st Course - Mixed baby carrots on pickled cabbage on carrot soup, topped w/ Cherve. This was our least favorite course, but still amazing. The menu said they got their cheese from Sweet Dairy near Thomasville. If so, we'll have to give it a try. Not to make corny "Top Chef" references, but the carrots were "toothsome." Not really my thing. The rest of the dish was delish.

2nd course- Seared scallop w/ laughing shrimp on beet carpaccio w/ satsuma orange & dill. This was Pat's favorite course. Yes, beets (the red vegetables, not beef). Not sure what laughing shrimp are, but they were really fresh as was the scallop. I'm not a big dill fan, but the oranges w/ the dill and the beets was a strange, but yummy combo.

Kushi oysters w/ minced crunchy items. Okay technically this was not a course and I'm not sure what the oyster was topped with - some kind of minced shallots and peppers- but it was my favorite item. I think this edible extra epitomizes why this restaurant is so good. They took the oyster, (harvested in Victorian Bay in Washington State) shucked it, cleaned the oyster shell so there was no grit whatsoever. Then they put the meat of the oyster back in the shell and served it raw in its own brine. They saved the brine...what attention to detail.

BBQ Florida octopus w/ fried chile scallion on slaw ( Kevin's trademarked Terminus BBQ sauce ) - this was on the menu and when I asked the server about it, she said it wasn't part of the tasting menu, but they could work it in. And did they ever. As with every other ingredient the octopus was really fresh. The slaw with the BBQ sauce reminded me of kimchee (salty, crunchy, sweet with tang). My husband had qualms about eating octopus because they are really intelligent and Atlantic octopi are not as sustainable as Pacific octopi. We left a note on the comment card asking about the sustainability of the octopus, and the server ran out and stopped us as we were walking out the door to explain. She said that Kevin works regularly with some Florida fishermen and that the octopus apparently got caught in crab and lobster tracks. I don't know if I believe it, but it made my husband feel better (although he was feeling pretty good after cocktails and six glasses of wine).

3rd course --Pan fried quail on potato purée w/ black truffle and baby potatoes. The quail was delicious, but difficult to eat daintily. It had this yummy sweet glaze on it and sat on a beautiful pillow of potatoes with the smallest potatoes I ever saw...the size of whoppers.

4th course- Pork three ways- smoked pork loin, grilled pork belly w/ faro risotto w/ pork cracklins and roasted apple sauce. Okay pork belly is probably the most indulgent thing I've ever eaten. The pork loin was pale in comparison, but the faro was great.

5th course -- Chocolate crepe pockets w/ dark chocolate ganache in a chocolate flake cream soup & Vanilla Bread Pudding w/ cooked apples -- Okay, you know on Top Chef how the dessert trips up even the best cheftestant. Well, after this amazing meal the dessert was anti-climatic. Sure, they served two desserts, but the crepe pockets had a weird texture, like a stale fortune cookie. I had to eat the outside though to get to the dark chocolate ganache inside. The cream w/ chocolate flakes was just over the top.

The bread pudding was beautiful and not disappointing. Like every other course it was beautiful to look at. It was really simple and I think that the simpler dishes were the best. They showcased the ingredients, their beauty and their flavors.

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Woodfire Grill
1782 Cheshire Bridge Road, Atlanta, GA 30324

Jan 21, 2010
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Anyone tried Pacci Ristorante and AltoRex in ATL?

Thank you, we're looking for walking distance so I'll map these out.

Jan 06, 2010
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Anyone tried Pacci Ristorante and AltoRex in ATL?

We are staying at the Hotel Palomar in Mid-town and wanted to meet up with friends near there. How are the restaurants in that hotel, Pacci Ristorante and AltoRex? They must be new because I couldn't find any threads on them on chowhound.
Thanks in advance.

Jan 05, 2010
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Butter-less Meyer Lemon Curd?

I'm making desert for a friend going through chemo who can't eat dairy or soy. I have some meyer lemons, but can't find a recipe that doesn't have some milk or tofu. Do any of you know of a substitute for the butter in a lemon curd recipe that works? Alternatively a substitute for the condensed milk in a key lime pie. Thanks.

Dec 28, 2009
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Best Chef/ Tasting Menus in ATL

Thanks. We actually love Kevin from Top Chef and made reservations weeks ago. Didn't know they had a tasting menu. Will let Chow know how it is.

Dec 09, 2009
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Best Ethopian in ATL?

Visitng ATL from ethnic food wasteland. Someone suggested Desta, but can't find any reviews or recent postings re: Ethopian food. Any advice from local chowhounds is appreciated. Thanks.

Dec 04, 2009
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Best Chef/ Tasting Menus in ATL

Coming to ATL for anniversary for and would like to experience a Chef's Menu or Tasting Menu with wine pairings. We have reservations at Woodfire Grill, so any reviews of the tasting menu there or other places we should try would be appreciated. Have seen posting for Joel, but nothing recent. We are staying Midtown (Hotel Palomar) and would prefer nearby or cab friendly places. Thanks in advance.

Dec 04, 2009
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Vietnamese in Tallahassee?

Good Banh Mi and other sandwiches and pho at Far East. Near downtown on College is Jasmine that has decent sushi and interesting asian fushion.

Jul 23, 2009
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Salt at Ritz in Amelia Island?

Just wanted to follow up. We had an amazing meal, but did not do the Seat in the Kitchen. We enjoyed the service, the view, but most of all the food. The lamb and filet were perfectly cooked and the chocolate souffle was amazing. Others at the table had the salmon which was average. I would recommend it.

Jul 23, 2009
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Salt at Ritz in Amelia Island?

Celebrating 40th Birthday at Ritz on Amelia Island and have reservations for the Seat in the Kitchen Chef's Adventure at the Salt restaurant. I'm wondering if anyone has done it, and how it was, and if you have any advice.

Thanks in advance.

May 20, 2009
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