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Bobbie's Dairy Dip question

Add more Miel love from me. I think we switched spots since I moved from Pasadena to Nashville almost 2 years ago, but as a newbie to Bobbie's I love it -- for what it is. A dipped cone and a nasty greasy burger are the staples of summer to me, and I am glad Bobbie's can provide!

Feb 17, 2010
MsAC in Kentucky & Tennessee

From Berkeley to Nashville

We moved here from a combination of the Peninsula and later LA and have been on the whole happy with the food and options. As someone else said, manage your expecations and you will be fine. :-) I love that the CSAs here can provide eggs, meat, cheese (something I didn't have in CA) and we love the BBQ. Crema for coffee, Woodlands for Indian, Martin's for BBQ, Tofu House for Korean - I think you will be pleasantly surprised. And I am totally writing down everyone's reqs for ethnic because we've been here a year and a half and I am still learning.

Feb 17, 2010
MsAC in Kentucky & Tennessee

Nashville- Valentine weekend

I think a lot of the usual suspects are open on Sunday as it is Valentine's, but they may be doing special menus. Do a check on Open Table and see what comes up (City House, Flyte, Miro District, Watermark, Germantown Cafe, Allium). Also maybe tayst, Miel, Cafe Margot? Not sure as we're not home this weekend so I didn't really check...

Feb 11, 2010
MsAC in Kentucky & Tennessee

Hungry NYer looking for the real deal in Nashville

Monell's is about as Southern/Nashville/Meat & 3 as you can get, and if you have breakfast/lunch there you won't need to eat again. Hog Heaven for a BBQ sandwich (try the chicken w/ white sauce) isn't far from your hotel. Patterson House for a good cocktail, pre-prohibition style ( I know you have this in NY, but you'll get a seat easier in Nashville). City House is a good thing - res necessary, but not insanely in advance.

Feb 10, 2010
MsAC in Kentucky & Tennessee

Nashville Pizza lovers

Is that the same as Joey's in Spring Hill?

Feb 10, 2010
MsAC in Kentucky & Tennessee

Drinking Seattle (caffinated & alcoholic)

Thanks... adding Rob Roy, Tavern Law, Moshi Moshi, Libery & Oliver's Twist to my list. The Licorous website indicates they are open...

Which of these places are worth getting small plates at (or which serve them)? I ate at Crush last time I was in Seattle and loved it, and we're headed to Boat Street Cafe with friends Saturday night, but I suspect we'll need some "landing pad" for the drinks....

Feb 09, 2010
MsAC in Greater Seattle

Nashville Pizza lovers

Thanks! I will start a list.

Feb 09, 2010
MsAC in Kentucky & Tennessee

Drinking Seattle (caffinated & alcoholic)

Heading to Seattle this coming weekend for good friends and good food - and need to scratch a few itches that are kinda unreachable here in Nashville (at least in volume) - espresso & cocktails - great ones.

I'd appreciate feedback on the below lists... what should we not miss? what should we skip? anywhere to add? thoughts? We're looking for well mixed classic cocktails or inventive new ones, and a really well pulled shot of espresso, perhaps made into a blissful cappuchino. We'll be there from Friday noon till Monday eve.

Thanks in advance for the help!

Espresso:
Trabant
Vivace
Victrola
Cafe Vita
Zoka
Nico
Cafe Ladro
Cafe Fiore

Cocktails:
Spur
Vessel
Zig Zag
Licorous

Feb 08, 2010
MsAC in Greater Seattle

Nashville Pizza lovers

Haven't tried yet... what is your favorite? We've been here two years and are still feeling pizza deprived.

Feb 08, 2010
MsAC in Kentucky & Tennessee

Going to Nashville in March....restaurant help

I would also reccomend Miel - the chef there used to cook for a vegan - so his vegetables are excellent and thoughtful. If you make a reservation tell them up front that you have two veg and one carnivore and I think they'll take care of you.
Ditto with Flyte - we have a veg friend we took there (with her carnivore husband) and she was thrilled with her meal.
I think you would do ok at City House, too, as the chef there does great meat but your wife and daughter can both eat nice pizzas and pastas that will be free of pig (or other meat).

Feb 08, 2010
MsAC in Kentucky & Tennessee

In search of bone marrow Nashville

I think I saw it once at Miro District, but that menu changes all the time so I wouldn't be sure. Miel seems like the kind of place that *might* do it - maybe worth a call? If you get a thumbs up anywhere let them know they have other customers who want it and let me know...

Feb 08, 2010
MsAC in Kentucky & Tennessee

Nashville - end of March

You have some good choices here - City House on a Sunday will be fun, as they do some interesting things Sunday eve. Martin's Q is the way to go if you can squeeze it in, but I think that Hog Heaven is worth a stop - the white sauce is fab and you can always consider it a "snack." Do have cocktails at Patterson House. Go to Crema for a good espresso. Monell's will do in your day you'll be so full but it is worth it. In Franklin, Pucketts is good, as is Meridee's next door for casual sandwichs and good baked goods. Dotson's is a dump but they would feed you good fried chicken and meat n' three stuff if you wanted more of that before leaving town.

We've been to Miro somewhat recently and really liked it; I know Watermark is always tops around this board but I've found it to be not as good as it wants (or I want it) to be, if that makes any sense. Other considerations for a nice dinner might be Margot, Miel? I like Capitol Grille for the setting and service and the food is always well executed.

Jan 18, 2010
MsAC in Kentucky & Tennessee

First Visit to Nashville - mid March

Agree with all the City House reqs. Would also add Flyte & Miel to your "fine dining" list. We've also liked Miro recently, but the menu does seem to change a lot. I'll second the recs for PM, Monell's, Yellow Porch, Prince's and also add that Crema pulls a great espresso.

Jan 13, 2010
MsAC in Kentucky & Tennessee

Nashville - Taking parents out for anniversary

Margot might be good, given your parameters. I love the idea of Capitol Grille for special occasions, but it might be too fancy? What about Germantown Cafe? Midtown Cafe? I've been wanting to go to the Standard, too, but I don't know if it is reccomendable, but it might be worth investigating?

Oct 08, 2009
MsAC in Kentucky & Tennessee

Dining in Tuscany

If you're close to Radda you are also reasonably close to Greve, Panzano, Castellina... in Panzano, we really enjoyed Vescovino
I have heard good things about Il Carlino d'Oro, Via Brolio in Gaiole in Chianti but haven't been myself.
The restaurant at the winery at Badia a Coltibuono served us a really nice lunch one day - that will be quite close to you.
In Castellina, have pizza at il Fondaccio or Fondaccio dai Dottore.
Quite honestly, you'll do just fine wandering into most places. Enjoy!

Aug 27, 2009
MsAC in Italy

Suggestions for Romantic & Memorable Dinner near Siena?

I agree with the other posters that those are drives from Siena that you might not want to do. A little closer to home in the tiny (really, I do mean tiny) town of Vagliagli, you'll find a nice dinner at Restaurant Taverna di Vagliagi - literally the only place in town. We've never been disappointed with our meals there, and we try and go every year. I think it is about 15km from there to Siena. Address: Via del Sergente, 4, Vagliagli. Ph. +39 0577 322 532.

Happy Anniversary! We, too, will be celebrating our 10th in the Siena area this fall.

Aug 27, 2009
MsAC in Italy

Chocolate recommendations in Tuscany/Umbria?

Not strictly chocolate, but the gelateria in Castellina is some of the best I've had anywhere. L'Antica Delizia, via Fiorentina 4, I think. At the crossroads at the north end of town. The chocolate (or any other flavors) gelato won't dissapoint you. If they have Dolce-Salato, you are really set (salted peanuts and nutella swirled in)

Aug 27, 2009
MsAC in Italy

Pizza Dough in Nashville

I like Trader Joe's dough - they have a basic, an herb and a nice wheat. I also like to grill it - oil the grill and the dough well and you can get away with a bit more direct heat. It puffs up fast...

Jul 30, 2009
MsAC in General South Archive

Nashville 1st time

You've gotten some good reccomendations - I second City House & Margot, for sure, as well as Monell's. I'd also add Flyte (just up the road from Arnold's, but a world away) for a great, interesting wine list and really good creative new American cooking. Go to Leon's on 2nd for pralines and caramels - you won't be sorry! Also, if it is hot (and in August, it will be) go have a popscicle at Las Paletas in the 12South neighborhood. If you have an inkling that you want BBQ, drive to Nolensville for Martin's. You'll wait, and they may be out of dessert (go early - they close early, or when they run out of meat) but it is good.

Jul 30, 2009
MsAC in General South Archive

Weekend in Nashville - Trip Report

Glad you enjoyed it - there is something so good about *good* Southern food, isn't there? We've been living here a year and have learned to save Monell's for when the guests come (or we'd never move again) ... but we love it. Next time try some of the more down home meat & 3s (Pie Wagon? Dotson's in Franklin?) for even more good greens and mac & cheese.

Jul 30, 2009
MsAC in General South Archive

Oahu- Did research-Need feedback

Natalie, here's another set of thoughts (even though you've gotten many!)

From your list:
Teddy's Bigger Burgers - we went, and maybe we were just jaded but while these were good burgers, I wouldn't go out of my way for them

Leonard's - Yes! After repeated vists we think we like the haupia best, but you might get lucky on the "flavor of the month"

A Shrimp Truck - I know Giovanni's gets most of the press, but we like Romy's, just up the road. If they have the prawns - get them. They also do pineapple in li hing mui which is great. Stop by the Kahuku Superette first and get drinks/beer and some poke as an appetiser to take with you.

Boots & Kimo - I want to resist the mac nut pancakes, but I can't ... but the omelettes are always good, so we usually get pancakes to share. And a huge glass of POG.

Rainbow Drive-In - My husband loved it, I didn't - but he is a loco moco fan and I am not, so...

Nico's Pier 38 - Some of the best kahula pork I've ever eaten, but also great fresh fish on salads.

Puka Dog - I was dubious, but our last trip we ate there twice. Be adventurous with your mustard/fruit flavor combos and you will be rewarded!

Places not on your list...
Hanks - not "hawaiian" but really excellent dogs
Poke Stop - this is a must do for us on every trip, and I love love love the poke selection there. It is always really fresh too which, um, yeah.
Matsumotos - for the experience. I agree that Wailoa has a finer shave, but there is just something fun about going to Matsumotos
La Mariana Sailing Club - for the cheez factor of old school and lethal tiki drinks
Liliha Bakery - for the cream puffs, and the 24 hour open

Enjoy yourself! We go to Oahu every January and basically eat and relax... doesn't get much better!

Apr 28, 2009
MsAC in Hawaii

Scottsdale/Phoenix Report

Just spent a weekend in beautifully balmy Scottsdale with my husband and MIL and benefitted from searches of this board before leaving, so I wanted to report back with a thank you and hopefully get a few tips for next time...

With time to kill before our NOCA reservation, we had drinks at Digestif, and couldn't resist the amazing pate of the day as well as the salmon rilletes. The drink list here is phenomenal and with three of us we did a lot of tasting and passing - I want to take the bartender home with me. Permanently. We left for NOCA with good wishes from the waiter, who told us we would love it, and the table next to us who said the same thing, plus all the praise from this board... and I dont' know that it quite lived up to the advance press.

Not to say that it wasn't good - it was. But I found the space to be a bit odd, both in the location and then the unavoidable shape of the room because of the location. Our server was pleasant, but didn't have a good grip on what had been 86'ed. She assured us that the two starters we were interested had "lots left" - we offered to order those up front so that we didn't lose them, she told us it wasn't necessary and then left us there for quite a while. When she came back, two of the items we wanted had disappeared off the pasta and main menu, but our starters were intact. We ordered. She came back about 5-10 minutes later to tell us that no, actually, our starters were no longer availbile. I don't know if they'd been 86ed for a long time and she just didn't know, or if we waited too long, or what, but by this point, 3 of the 6 dishes we had ordered were not availible. She was very nice about it but it threw us all off and we had to rethink - it was also disappointing.

The food we did have was nice - the duck confit was rich and wonderful and the foie dish was cooked 90% perfectly (which is all I expect in a restaurant these days). The big eye tuna tartare was nice enough, but didn't shine - we all felt the tuna overpowered everything else mixed in a little too much. The mains were a nicely cooked cod with interesting sides and a rib eye which confused all of us, as it was trimmed of its cap and cut like a tenderloin. And sliced. We actually asked why they did this, and were told that the cap gets used other places and the slicing gives better sauce distribution. It struck us all as odd, since if you order ribeye you expect the slightly fatty, rich, thickness of it - if you want filet, you order filet. This just didn't have the flavor of a ribeye. Also, if I'm paying $36 for ribeye, I want the cap which we all agreed is 'the good part' . It wasn't bad ... just not at all what we expected and a little odd. I loved the cotton candy at the end and overall it was a good meal, but not the shining star I was expecting.

The next day we had a late lunch at El Nopalito and really enjoyed it - authentic, good, cheap and such a pleasure for people who used to live in LA and now live in the south. Enough said, but THANK YOU to whoever reccomended this place.

Sunday eve we had a reservation at Cowboy Ciao that we cancelled in order to eat & drink more at Digestif. Not sad about that at all as we had a great salad (with rabbit and persimmon) two pastas that we loved (one that was exactly what we were expecting and one that totally wasn't, but worked in a way I hadn't imagined ... it almost ceased being pasta) and a crazy intense chocolate dessert that would have fed 6. And more of those lovely cocktails. Great place.

I know we'll be back - any suggestions for the next trip?

Mar 06, 2009
MsAC in Phoenix

Orlando trip report

I scoured the boards before spending a week in Orlando for work, and got some good recs - so I wanted to report back for others ...

Raglan Road @ Downtown Disney - So, I'm not normally a Disney restaurant lover, but the fish & chips here were some of the best I've had on this side of the pond. We went back twice to eat them - once with a coworker who failed to order them the first time, and once with my husband who heard me rave about them. I also appreciated the correct (read, not icy) temp Guiness and the fact that you can get food here until 1am.

Tchoup Chop - OK, so I know the reviews here weren't amazing, but I was fascinated and my coworker is an Emeril fan. The space was gorgous, and the food was surprisingly good. I had lomi lomi salmon to start and it was correct, with an extra hit of wasabi that I liked. My main was a snapper done in leaves, and they were more than happy to make it actually spicy (it listed thai peppers, but when I asked if it was hot the waitress sort of hemmed and hawed, so I asked her to make it hot, and they did). Service was rushed as they were understaffed for a busy Monday night, but they handled it well. The bar service was appaling, the bartender was the only one there and yelled at me (literally) over my drink choice. It didn't set the tone well for the rest of the meal.

Ocean Prime - I loved the vibe of the room, sort of deco meets ocean liner meets sexy set. The service was professional and spot on, the oysters were great, and my fish, in a champagne truffle sauce, was so perfectly cooked. My coworker ate a meltingly soft filet, we shared truffled mac & cheese which was luxurious but not too rich and the corn side was fought over. Drinks here were great, with a bartender who obviously knows what's what - freshly made sweet and sour, real juice, muddled cucumber, the works. Classic stuff well done. I would totally drop another $100 here without hesitation.

Seasons 52 - Clearly a board favorite, and I can see why - not fancy, the food was pretty simple, but good clear flavors, and HI, all under 450 calories? No wonder people love it. We had a flatbread to start which was really good and intense in flavor. My main was venison, cooked perfectly and flavorful, my coworkers pork was tender enough that she didn't need a knife. The waitress really wanted to pair our wines so we let her - and she did quite well. The little small desserts are clever and just the right amount, and fun. Overall, I'd go back - often if it was a local place for me. I think the mains need a bit more flavor intensity built in - maybe more seasoning rub, or concentrated sauce in small quantities, but overall, I was really impressed.

The Ravenous Pig - Given the buzz on the board I was pleased to get a table, albeit a late one. The food here is quite good, and I wish it was closer to me. Clever without being precious and really well executed. We shared a few starters and a great pasta and a pork dish that was out of this world with moroccan flavors. The server really knew the food which we appreciated, the drinks were good and it was a good space. Lucky Orlando to have this place!

Overall, I was really pleased with the food I got in the Orlando area... and the hints I got on the board. So thanks :-)

Mar 06, 2009
MsAC in Florida

30th Birthday dinner spot in Nashville/Franklin TN

If you're thinking Franklin, I'll add my vote to Red Pony. As another poster said, if you're leaning towards Nashville, that widens the field ... I think PM might be a fun place for a party (and varied food choices) but I don't know if they do that sort of thing.

Mar 06, 2009
MsAC in General South Archive

Nashville - post Valentine's day dinner

I don't think the OP was trying to offend anyone. As a new resident, I'm often frustrated by the lack of options available on Sundays.

Feb 19, 2009
MsAC in General South Archive

Papa Boudreaux's (Nashville) ... sort of

Anyone been here? It is all the way down in Santa Fe, pretty much out of the way of everywhere else, but it was good. We went on a whim last night and were really pleased. Not a big menu, written on the wall. BYOB. The Crawfish Etoufee and the Red Beans and Sausage were both huge, flavorful and amazingly authentic. We have friends in Lafayette, LA, right in the middle of Cajun country, and this food tasted like what we've had cooked for us by their friends and families.

Also, the chocolate bread pudding. ! It was good. I looked at the website and the menu on there is larger than what we saw, but if you like real cajun cooking, homestyle, this is worth the drive and whatever they are choosing to cook that night.

http://www.papaboudreaux.com/index.htm

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Papa Boudreauxs Cajun Cafe
3419 Fly Rd, Santa Fe, TN 38482

Feb 14, 2009
MsAC in General South Archive

Nashville - post Valentine's day dinner

So Tin Angel is worth a look? I've read about it a couple of times in books but not seen a lot of mention here.

Feb 14, 2009
MsAC in General South Archive

Nashville - post Valentine's day dinner

I agree with whoever said look at the menus and see what appeals to you most. I've not yet been to Acorn but it is on my list of places to try. I feel like, given the enthusiasm on this board, I should give Zola another try, but when we were there I felt the dishes were really interesting in description but didn't gel in execution as much as I would have liked, and it felt a little funky to me decor wise. Both City House & Flyte are sleeker kind of places, if that makes any sense. I also found the service at Zola to be an odd mix of really familiar and then really slow/spotty, something I haven't experienced at either of the other two places.

Feb 14, 2009
MsAC in General South Archive

Nashville trip report - long

Very nice! I'm glad you enjoyed it ... we're recently ex-Californians and I am glad to see more of "my people" enjoying my new city. We like it a lot, and really, what is there not to like about Monell's??

Ombi was scarily empty when we were there too, but we also tend to eat late and that puts us as the last people in places most of the time. I did like it, though, and this was a good reminder for me to go back and give it another look. Now we're going to have to try East Side Fish...

And yes, people here are so nice. Love it!

Feb 10, 2009
MsAC in General South Archive

Curry Leaves in Nashville

My rosemary christmas tree didn't make it either... but it might be worth a try. Also ... K&S has a location on Nolensville as well as the one on Charlotte, and they don't always have the same things, so if one is missing the curry leaves, the other might have them.

Feb 10, 2009
MsAC in General South Archive