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Best Spanish and Vietnamese in Pittsburgh

Thanks everyone for the suggestions. I went with Mallorca and Vietnam's Pho. I'll try to remember to post my brother's reviews after he has been. Happy holidays!

Mallorca Restaurant
2228 E Carson St, Pittsburgh, PA 15203

Dec 07, 2010
greggold in Pennsylvania

Best Spanish and Vietnamese in Pittsburgh

I'm a St. Louis Chowhounder and just got back fro a great food trip to Vietnam and Barcelona. I want to get my brother, a resident of Pittsburgh, a couple of gift certificates to go along with a few cookbooks I am going to send his way for the holidays. Are there any great Vietnamese and/or Spanish/tapas places in Pittsburgh? Any help is greatly appreciated. Happy holidays! Thanks!

Nov 30, 2010
greggold in Pennsylvania

Pls help me find amazing food near St Louis Barnes-Jewish Hospital

About five blocks north of the hospitals on Euclid are a few other good spots. Near the corner of Euclid and McPherson are Herbie's, Pi, Dressel's, Llewylens, Duff's and Kopperman's. All are great for there own reasons. Herbies is a bistro inspired place with a casual bistro and a bit more upscale dining room. Excellent food in a great atmosphere. Great bartenders in a popular bar. Pi is a great pizza place. Locally owned with great deep dish pizza but has thin crust also. POTUS had Pi come and make their pizza at the White House. Dressel's is a Welsh pub with good draft beer and the best chips in town. There stockpot and soup varies daily and is usually excellent. I probably get the stockpot on 95% of my visits. Llewellyn's is a Scottish (?) pub with an excellent white bean chili and a great steak and cheese sandwich topped with fried onions. Awesome knife and fork sandwich but check with your cardiologist first. Koppermans and Duff's I think of for brunch more than anything else. Duff's brunch may just be on the weekends but Kopperman's should have deli fare every morning. The smoked trout is great as are the latkes (potato pancakes).

All of the above are just a few doors off the corner of Euclid and McPherson.

As you walk up there you will go by Culpeppers on the corner of Maryland and Euclid. Although I haven't eaten there in a while, they are known for their chicken wings and I remember them having one of the better club sandwiches I've had. One door up Euclid from there is Sub Zero. It is a bar that has a burger and sushi restaurant attached. A weird combo of food but I have enjoyed it a lot. For the burgers, you pick your protein and build your own. They have beef, Kobe, Chicken, Buffalo, tuna etc and a whole lot of different toppings. A damn fine bloody mary also. Just west of this intersection is Bar Italia. It is Italian and has one of the best outdoor patios in the city. The pastas and meats are great but I stay away from seafood here. If the weather allows, it is great to sit out there and watch the world go by while eating and enjoying a bottle off of their great wine list.

If you like Indian, just north of Laclede and Euclid is Rasoi. A nice place I have only eaten at once but was really good. And just east of that intersection is Brasserie, owned by one of the most notable chefs in St. Louis, Gerard Craft, A James Beard nominee. I have had some great meals there and a horrible one. It is a traditional french bistro.

I hope your sister continues to do well. You are in a great food neighborhood.

Jun 14, 2010
greggold in Great Plains

One night in Republic, MO

Any thoughts? I have one night, a Monday, to spend in Republic, MO. It is about 15 minutes southwest of Springfield, I think. Any suggestions would be great. I have found a couple ideas in Springfield but would like to stay in Republic if there is anything any Chow's recommend.

May 12, 2010
greggold in Great Plains

Outdoor dining -STL

I like Bar Italia for outdoor dining. I'm not sure if their patio is open yet or not though.

I also like the outdoor seating at Onesto, even though it is probably further south than you want. Love that they locally source as much food as they can.

Bar Italia has a great wine list, Onesto's is smaller but well chosen.

May 12, 2010
greggold in Great Plains

Soulard St. Louis

A place close to Soulard that will fit the bill for the foodies and the non-foodies might be Frazer's. Great casual food. One of my favorite boullibaises (sp?). Every steak I have had there has been great. Horseradish encrusted salmon is awesome. Lots of daily specials. Great thin pizzas. I love this place. Great sandwiches at lunch.

May 01, 2010
greggold in Great Plains

Best St. Louis, MO. Steakhouse............

Annie Gunn's, hands down for me.

Annie Gunn's
16806 Chesterfield Airport Rd, Chesterfield, MO 63005

Apr 20, 2010
greggold in Great Plains

Short Party Weekend in STL

I second Guido's for STL style pizza, but know that most of the Hill is closed on Sunday's. Guido's website says they are open Sunday from 11-11.

Apr 17, 2010
greggold in Great Plains

Dining recs in StL for out of town visitors

hill food, you are thinking of Milo's. Great place to sit outside, have a great sandwich, pizza, beers and a little bocce... At the corner of Marconi and Wilson.

My favorite place on the Hill is Lorenzos. They may have tables out on the patio if the weather is nice. I love Trattoria Marcella, actually my favorite Italian food in the whole area, but not on the Hill proper.

Trattoria Marcella
3600 Watson Rd, Saint Louis, MO 63109

Apr 09, 2010
greggold in Great Plains

Best Hamburger in Midwest

rweater, I amend my Booches vote. I'm moving it back up the leaderboard. I had it for the first time in years this week and it was sooo gggoooooodddd!. Pickles, onion and ketchup. Oh my! I wanted to order an few more but they were backed up before the Mizzou/Iowa State game. I'll definitely be back, soon I hope.

Best Pizza in St. Louis . . .

Although not pizza joints, I would recommend the pizzas at Frazers Brown Bag and Trattoria Marcella. Both are great thinner pizzas, handmade with fresh toppings and no provel.

I would also give Guido's, on the Hill, high marks for its St. Louis style pizza. Across from Adrianna's. For thick crust I second Blackthorn...

Feb 03, 2010
greggold in Great Plains

St Louis restaurant - dressy, great food

Is Al's still any good? I went there once about twenty years ago, had a great meal with my dad, sister and brother in law and it would fit the bill if it is still good. Very traditional preparations if I remember correctly. Thoughts?

Feb 03, 2010
greggold in Great Plains

Best Beef Pho in St Louis

I wasn't aware that Pho Long is/was moving. I think the restaurant moving to the Metro parking building is Mai Lee.

I will agree that Pho Long is my favorite pho in STL. I have been getting it at least once a week for the past few months. Menu item P7 is my favorite with the flank steak.

Dec 20, 2009
greggold in Great Plains

St. Louis without a car

The best BBQ in our area is a short cab ride away downtown. Pappy's BBQ is amazing. They close when they run out of food, so go for lunch or an ealier dinner. I have had everything there except the chicken. The ribs, pulled pork, brisket, turkey and links are all fantastic. I always get the cole slaw and baked beans, but have tasted the sweet potato fries and the fried corn. I even liked the frito pie. All awesome. No beer or booze though.


Nov 05, 2009
greggold in Great Plains

Looking for great local food in St Louis

I would suggest Las Palmas. Their original location (of 3?) is on Woodson within sight of the airport. I have always had good food (Mexican) there and you will hear more spanish than english.

Although I haven't been in a long time, there is India Palace at the top of the building on the NE corner of I-70 and Lindbergh. Considered some of the best Indian food in STL. It overlooks the airport and runways.

Oct 26, 2009
greggold in Great Plains

STL - Monarch Wine Dinner

Has anyone been to any of the wine dinners at Monarch? There is one with Dierberg Wines on Sept. 29. I am thinking of going but looking for feedback on past ones. I think Josh is one of the best chefs in St. Louis.

Maybe I will see some of you there. Thanks.

St Louis BBQ search/new to area

You have definitely hit some of the highlights of STL. Your question should get you a variety of suggestions as it is pretty open ended.

In the CWE, I would suggest Terrene, Bar Italia and Herbie's. Terrene has great food and a nice patio if the weather is nice. Bar Italia has arguably the best patio in St. Louis and generally great Italian food, however I stay away from seafood here. If they have bolognese as a special, don't pass it up. Herbie's is a great spot for bistro food. It can be a bit of a scene on the weekends but the kitchen is consistent and awesome. Their soups are always good. My son just had the shrimp and grits and has been talking about it for over a week now. I know that's not bistro food but the sous chef has a New Orleans background.

I haven't made it to Iron Barley yet, but I did have a great night at Onesto Pizzeria recently. It is in south city on a residential corner. Great to sit outside, eat some pizza and grab a beer. They also support the local farming community.

Two of the better meals to be had in the area that you didn't mention are Monarch and Niche. Monarch is in Maplewood and has a formal dining room and a wine bar. I like the wine bar much better for the atmosphere and you can order off either menu in the wine bar. Josh Galliano leads the kitchen now and the food has been amazing since his arrival less than a year ago. He was at American Place before. Niche is the restaurant down the street from Sidney Street that is getting all the press. Contemporary food from local purveyors done to perfection. This is probably the toughest reservation in Saint Louis, but well worth the try.

Many other restaurants in all kinds of different catagories. One of my other favorites lately is Pho Long on Olive just east of 170. A little noodle place with no atmosphere but great pho. Eat in or carry it out. I also like the fallafel at Al Tarboush in the Loop. It's a little market that you can eat in or carry out.

As for the BBQ, I think it really ends at Pappy's. Super Smokers is pretty good but it is in Eureka. I hear that 17th Street BBQ in O'Fallon, IL is good but I haven't been there. It is an offshoot of Mike Mill's original place in Murphysboro, IL. He has won the Memphis In May contest a few times I believe.

Suggestions for lunch in Bath & Dinner in Boothbay Harbor

We had a great casual dinner on the patio of The Thistle Inn on Oak St. inBoothbay Harbor. If you are looking for a great meal, I would drive the hour plus to Fore Street Grill in Portland or an hour in the other direction to Francine in Camden. Sam Hayward at Fore Street has been recognized by the James Beard awards and I wont be surprised if Francine's chef isn't getting a lot mor press soon. Two of the best meals I have had anywhere.

For a very casual lunch in Boothbay, go to Trevett's for the lobster roll. Order at the counter and sit out on the deck and watch the spinning bridge in action.


Francine -
The Thistle Inn -

Fore Street
288 Fore Street, Portland, ME 04101

Bring On the Bloody Mary Recipes

Ahhh.... Sounds good right now.

In a pint glass, I start with a turn of black pepper, a pinch of kosher salt, a tiny pinch of celery seed, a five to seven count of worcestershire, 5 dashes of Tabasco and about a tsp. of horseradish. Add about an inch and a half of vodka. Top with Mr and Mrs T's Bold and Spicy mix. Leave about an inch and a half empty at the top, stir and fill with ice. I always add a pickled green bean and/or asparagus.

Here is a link to a bloody mary post I had out there...


Aug 28, 2009
greggold in Spirits

One Week at the Marriott Union Station in St. Louis - need a couple of recommendations..

I would definitely put Pappy's on the list. Far and away, in my opinion, the best BBQ is the area. Don't go for a late dinner though as he closes when he runs out of food. Lunch is best for a good variety of choices but you should be okay if you get there by 6:30 or so. I wouldn't put Shannons on this list. For the same money Niche is one of my favorites in town.

Not far from you is the Tap Room. It is a microbrewery/restaurant with a locally known chef that has just revamped the menu. I've had many a good meal here since his arrival, however I wish he would put the 5 beans and rice back on the menu. It was the best vegetarian dish in town. The sticky toffee pudding is a local legend and of course the beer is excellent.

About as far away as Niche/Sidney Street, you get to the Central West End area which has many great options. Another one of my go to places is Terene. It is on Sarah and has just gotten a new chef from Monarch Restaurant (probably too far for you, but one of STL's best). The food is great and they have a great patio if the weather is nice. Also in the CWE, I like Herbies (a great bistro and trendy bar), Bar Italia (possibly the best outdoor dining in STL) and LiLuma (a great Mediterranean menu and actually one of the best burgers in town).

St. Louis: Chinese and other Asian/Indian ethnic restaurants

I have been addicted to the pho at Pho Long. Just east of 170 on the north side of Olive in the same shopping center as Nobu's. The flank steak pho is amazing. The eggrolls are great also. Not much on the atmosphere though.

Non-Chain Recommendations in Champaign-Urbana, IL

This may be the most comprehensive post I have ever seen. I am heading to CU for three nights next week and am wondering how current this list still is. I recognize a few of these from other posts. I will have a very adventurous 15 year old with me. He likes almost everything. Thanks.

Jun 12, 2009
greggold in Great Lakes

Moving to Creve Coeur, MO, any good restaurants?

I used to live in Creve Coeur. We used to eat at Cardwells at the Plaza a lot. Great variety of stuff, changing menu daily and as fancy or casual as you want to go. They have three different eating area. Technically it is in Frontenac, but very close.

I haven't seen anyone mention Oishi Sushi. It is on Ballas behind Plaza Motors. In my opionion, it is my favorite sushi in STL.

Although not a restaurant, The Bagel Factory, at Olive and Mosley, has great bagels.

Bar Serving Sazeracs in STL

I'd head to Monarch. They have one of the best mixologists in the country, Ted Kilgore. He knows his stuff. Can give you history of just about every drink and spirit there is. You don't really order a drink there, you talk to Ted about what you like and don't like, and a delicious cocktail appears. The new head chef here is a native of New Orleans, FYI...

STL Help me narrow my choices...

Niche is amazing. The chef is putting out great food and deserves all the accolades he has gotten. I would say Monarch is right up there since getting their new chef this past fall. I just ate there last week and had one of the best meal I've had in a long time, and it has recently become smoke free. (Inbiz, you should try it again with Josh in the kitchen).

O'Connell's not only has a great roast beef sandwich but their burger is my favorite in town, with swiss cheese and grilled onions. Awesome!

Mar 21, 2009
greggold in Great Plains

Visiting St. Louis after an 8 year absence

I go to Pappy's for lunch a lot and they are rarely out of anything by the end of lunch. It's amazing. The best in St. Louis for BBQ. No beer though...

Dec 01, 2008
greggold in Great Plains

Dinner for 14 in Clayton or STL area

Cardwells would be okay but not my first choice. It's a great room but I haven't had the best meals there. I would suggest Araka if you want to stay in Clayton or the new Herbies in the CWE. I've had had great meals at both and they are great rooms. There is also Monarch in Maplewood and their new chef. He is doing amazing stuff.

131 Carondelet Plaza, Clayton, MO 63105

405 N. Euclid, St. Louis, MO 63108

Monarch Restaurant
7401 Manchester Road, St. Louis, MO 63143

STL - Mi Ranchito thoughts please

Just heard a friends friend rave about this place, but I don't know the person who referred me to it very well. Any thoughts? Thinking about trying it before a show at The Pageant. I live close and am always looking for a good Mexican restaurant. Thanks.

Gotta eat!

STL-Monarch to reopen Balabans

It has opened and I ate there Tuesday night during the soft opening and again last night for the grand opening. I was like the old days. The bar was wall to wall people and tough to walk through. The food was great both nights. I have stuck with the old Balaban classics so far but the tuna, short ribs and pasta liguarian got rave reviews at our table. The first night I had the Beef Wellington which was better than my memories and the mignonette for the oysters was a perfect compliment to the oysters. I tasted the cucumber bisque and I think they recreated the original very well. It was very tasty with bits of cucumber. Last night I had to go with the Balaburger (smoked goat cheese and bacon on a brioche bun) and it was awesome. Cooked more medium rare than the ordered rare, but it didn't matter. Wine list is getting better each day. I'll be back soon.

Gotta eat.

Bloody Mary suggestions

I have been into these for a year or two and think I have a pretty good recipe, but I am open to any suggestions for improving this drink. I use a pint glass and my recipe is

pinch of kosher salt
2 good turns of black pepper
a fingertip of celery seed
5 dashes Tabasco
5-6 good dashes worcestershire
1/2 tsp. horseradish
1.25 inches of Charbay vodka
2.5 inches of Mr. and Mrs T's bold and spicy

Stir then fill with ice and I garnish with a couple of pickled green beans and/or asparagus. Any ideas on making this better will keep me going this fall. Thanks.

Oct 18, 2008
greggold in Spirits