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One Dinner in SF - Where and Why?

Robert:

I have an additional question for you. We have one opening for an earlier dinner (6ish) on Saturday night. We have narrowed the choices down to Flour + Water, La Ciccia, Cotonga, and Burmese Kitchen (we've never dined at these restaurants). Would any of these destinations be inappropriate for young children (5 years and 15 months)? They are generally well behaved but on occasion can go sideways. We might be slightly leaning Burmese Kitchen because we already plan to dine at Jackson Fillmore Trattoria (another long time favorite). Might the other Italian/Med selections be too similar? Thanks again for the advice.

about 16 hours ago
anothernotch in San Francisco Bay Area

East Ocean Seafood in Alameda, state of play?

Nope. Was definitely East Ocean in Alameda. Are the restaurants related?

about 18 hours ago
anothernotch in San Francisco Bay Area

East Ocean Seafood in Alameda, state of play?

Thanks for the many suggestions. We will play things by ear in Berkeley at hit up either China Village or Great China. We will report back about the meal.

I have one remaining, unrelated question. We have one opening for an earlier dinner (6ish) on Saturday night. We have narrowed the choices down to Flour + Water, La Ciccia, Cotonga, and Burmese Kitchen (we've never dined at these restaurants). Would any of these destinations be inappropriate for young children (5 years and 15 months)? They are generally well behaved but on occasion can go sideways. We might be slightly leaning Burmese Kitchen because we already plan to dine at Jackson Fillmore Trattoria (another long time favorite). Might the other Italian/Med selections be too similar? Thanks again for the advice.

about 20 hours ago
anothernotch in San Francisco Bay Area

East Ocean Seafood in Alameda, state of play?

Robert:

Thanks for the info. I find you posts very informative. I will look into the menu at Great China.

1 day ago
anothernotch in San Francisco Bay Area

East Ocean Seafood in Alameda, state of play?

Artemis78:

Thanks for the insight. The goal is a great meal, as such dining at a proven winner is preferable to rolling the dice at an old standby. That said, what are some of your favorite dinner locations in Oakland Chinatown and elsewhere in the east bay? My wife is interested in Chinese food. The particular region of the cuisine is not a deciding factor. We will be staying in Berkeley and have access to a car so a bit of a drive isn't an issue. Although, we don't want to head back into the City.

1 day ago
anothernotch in San Francisco Bay Area

East Ocean Seafood in Alameda, state of play?

While a student at Cal I quite enjoyed East Ocean Seafood both for dim sum and dinner service. I will be up in the East Bay with my family and was considering returning for a meal, likely an early dinner with our two boys. The most recent reviews I located suggest that the dim sum service may have gone downhill recently. I'm curious if there are any reports on the dinner menu? It's been over a decade since I last dined at East Ocean, will only be in the Bay Area for a few nights and don't want to waste a meal if the food doesn't warrant a return visit. Any information is greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

Jul 03, 2014
anothernotch in San Francisco Bay Area

Indian buffet in Little India.

We always quite enjoy the India Restaurant on Pioneer Blvd.

Mar 06, 2014
anothernotch in Los Angeles Area

3 Days in Atlanta

Yep, another one of these posts. My parents will be spending three nights in Atlanta in October and I figured I'd give them a hand planning their meals. They will be staying in Buckhead. While they wont have access to a car, they don't mind traveling for a nice meal (and if need be will look into renting a car). They are looking for good southern, regional cuisine, the stuff that isn't done particularly well in Los Angeles, BBQ, and perhaps one destination restaurant. Based on a review of more recent posts, I think that we've narrowed the list to One Eared Stag, Empire State South, State Provisions, Thelma's Kitchen (for fried chicken - perhaps a lunch), and Heirloom Market BBQ. Also, my wife and I were in Atlanta about a decade ago and recall having a nice meal at the Buckhead Diner. How is the Buckhead Diner holding up these days? One last issue is that my parents do not eat pork. Any comments on the state of play of above referenced restaurants, or additional recommendations is greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance.

Sep 05, 2013
anothernotch in Atlanta

Charleston and Savannah for a few days in October

My parents will be spending two nights each in Charleston and Savannah. I figured that I would help them plan their meals by searching this board and requesting recommendations. In particular they are interested in southern regional cuisine (they don't eat pork), seafood and perhaps a special destination restaurant. Currently, in Charleston, they are looking at Hanks, The Peninsula Grill at the Planters Inn, Fig, Charleston Grill and Hominy Grill for either lunch or dinner.

In Savannah, our research to date has yielded Elizabeth on 37th and the Olde Pink House.

Are these good options or, given the current state of play, are their better options?

Thanks in advance.

Sep 05, 2013
anothernotch in Southeast

Cioppino State of Play

Just following up. As it turns out we when back to Scoma's for Cioppino (it was closest to our location around dinner time). They now only serve the lazy man's version of the dish. I thought that the fish was extremely fresh and perfectly cooked. The scallops in particular were first rate. The broth was a bit sweeter than I remember but still had a nice tomato flavor. While I recall the broth having a deeper tomato flavor I would neither hesitate to return for the Cioppino nor think twice about recommend the dish to a friend. Next time we are in town, I plan on giving Rose Pistola a try.

Feb 19, 2013
anothernotch in San Francisco Bay Area

Cioppino State of Play

Will be in the Bay Area this weekend and plan on grabbing some Cioppino while there. My default version is usually Scoma's; however, a friend of mine was recently there and thought that it was not up to their normal standards, i.e., the fish was extremely fresh but the broth was a bit off. Perhaps is was just an off night? Given that we have so few meals this weekend, I don't want to waste one, particularly because I hold Scoma's version in such high regard. If not Scoma's, I will head to Sotto Mare. Is there a current concensus as to where the best version is currently found? The Board seems to identify Scoma's, Sotto Mare and Tadich as the three players. Thanks in advance.

Feb 13, 2013
anothernotch in San Francisco Bay Area

Bay Area this weekend with a child

Thanks for the heads up.

Feb 11, 2013
anothernotch in San Francisco Bay Area

Bay Area this weekend with a child

We are heading up from LA for a last minute 4 day weekend vacation. We will be with our 4 year old son who is generally well behaved and a good eater. With what maybe inconsistent napping, the behavior maybe an issue but we will play things by ear. We are planning to hit some of our favorite spots from our days in the Bay Area. We have plans to eat earlier (6:15ish) dinners at the following places:
Scoma's - (Thursday night) love the cioppino (generally speaking we don't like to eat out on valentine's day just dont think the food is quite up to the usual quality. I've called and confirmed that they will be serving from their normal menu. Would anyone have concerns eating here on V day? My concern is that restaurants are generally extremely busy and the food quality isn't up the normal standard given the rush to get diners in and out.)
Jackson Filmore
R&G - although we could also do lunch here depending upon wait times.

Lunch will more or less depend upon where we are in the City. Although we anticipate at least one Ferry Building stop and perhaps Swan Oyster (depending upon the wait)

We currently have one dinner unplanned and could be interested in checking out Incanto. Would incanto work for an earlier dinner with a child?

Also any not to be missed suggestions (particularly in Nob Hill and Marina area - near the exploratorium) would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance.

We will be staying in Nob Hill but will have access to a car.

Feb 11, 2013
anothernotch in San Francisco Bay Area

In town for a few days and need an assist.

Thanks again to everyone who offered suggestions. We went to Pecan Lodge for lunch on Friday. The brisket was exactly what we had in mind. Great smoke flavor, moist and worth the wait. We decided upon Smoke for our one dinner. Execllent recommendation. We had the Arugula salad, duck leg w/Pasilla Mole (one of the best 5 bites I've had this year) and the steak w/German potatos. My lone complaint was that the restaurant was extremely loud. It seemed like we had to yell to communicate with each other. On the other hand, this made it a perfect environment for a three year old.

Jul 16, 2012
anothernotch in Dallas - Fort Worth

In town for a few days and need an assist.

Agree, it's likely an apples to oranges comparison. Here in LA we have some world class options including Oaxacan (great moles), seafood in the style of Nayarit and baja style fish tacos, to name a few. If you're ever out in this neck of the woods, drop me a line and I will gladly stear you in the right diretion.

That said, we were in Austin (not sure how the food scene there stacks up against that in the DFW area but we had some really nice Mexican), if you were to narrow you options to one or two spots, what do you recommend. Go Hawks!

Jul 08, 2012
anothernotch in Dallas - Fort Worth

In town for a few days and need an assist.

We have such high quality Mexican in So Cal, unless it was something not to be missed, we would likely pass.

Jul 08, 2012
anothernotch in Dallas - Fort Worth

In town for a few days and need an assist.

Twinwillow:

thanks for the reply. I think we will head to Pecan Lodge for a Friday lunch. We will look into Smoke

Jul 05, 2012
anothernotch in Dallas - Fort Worth

In town for a few days and need an assist.

We will be in town from Los Angeles are would like to explore some regional cuisine w/an emphasis on bbq. We will have a rental car so modest travel for a meal is not out of the question. We are looking to get some bbq (top shelf brisket). Here we have narrowed the field to Pecan Lodge or Lockhart's Smoke House. What is the general opinion between the two?

We are also considering a Friday night dinner at Lonesome Dove Bistro. Would it be inappropriate to bring a young child (3 years old) who is a good eater for an early dinner there? More importantly, how is the food? If Lonesome Dove would be inappropriate or better food can be had elsewhere, what would you suggest?

Thanks in advance for your assistance.

Jul 05, 2012
anothernotch in Dallas - Fort Worth

Best Fries on Westside?

Bingo! It's not a close contest. Patrick makes the best fries I've had in the US. So good they taste good cold.

Apr 13, 2012
anothernotch in Los Angeles Area

Best market for Korean Meat

I'm thinking of heading out to K town tomorrow to pick up some meat for dinner. Looking for Bulgogi and Galbi, pehaps some nice kimchi as well (the kimchi whith the oval label appears to be the prefered version). In reviewing the prior posts it appears as though people tend to shop at HK, Zion Market and the Galleria Market. Any idea which market is best (quality and price) for meat? Thanks in advance.

Feb 25, 2012
anothernotch in Los Angeles Area

Dinner near the JW Marriott

sorry about the confusion, we are at the desert ridge property. Thanks.

Jul 27, 2011
anothernotch in Phoenix

Dinner near the JW Marriott

Looking for a good restaurant (no particular cuisine) not too far from the JW Marriott that would be appropriate to bring a two year old who eats pretty much everything. We've already tried and liked White Chocolate and Cafe Pinot. Thanks in advance.

Jul 26, 2011
anothernotch in Phoenix

Bangkok Banyon Tree Hotel

My wife and I (we are also from LA) spent some time in Bangkok a few years back and relied heavily on the recommendations of Curt the Soi Hound. We were not disappointed. While we ate our way through the city, frequently stopping at street vendors, two of the standout restaurants were LEK Seafood and Somboon.

Jun 21, 2011
anothernotch in China & Southeast Asia

Dinner, Little India, tonight

We will be passing back through Little India, on the 91, later today and would like to stop for some dinner. Generally, our default restaurant is The India Restaurant, for their lunch buffet, but might be looking to try something new. At this point, we might be leaning toward Rajdhani unless someone suggests something else that we ought to try. Also, does Rajdhani do their AYCE for dinner or only lunch? Thanks in advance for the suggestions.

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Rajdhani
18525 Pioneer Blvd, Artesia, CA 90701

May 01, 2011
anothernotch in Los Angeles Area

Looking For Spectacular In LA For Under $30-$50 A Person

The Monday night bistro menu at Jiraffe might fit the bill. The food is always spot on and the price can't be beat.

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Jiraffe Restaurant
502 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401

Apr 25, 2011
anothernotch in Los Angeles Area

PLEASE POST YOUR VOTES HERE: Ultimate Los Angeles Restaurants 2010

over:

Providence
Chinois
Mori
Cut
Parks bbq

under

Jitlada
Hide
Father's Office
Langers
Bay Cities

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Jitlada
5233 1/2 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

Father's Office Bar
1618 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA

Dec 17, 2010
anothernotch in Los Angeles Area

Providence full tasting vs Saam

Just want to quickly revisit this issue. My wife and I are planning a night out. Generally speaking, our default outing restaurant is Providence. We always enjoy the tasting menus. We are considerning switching things up and checking out SAAM instead.

It appears as though the general belief is that for molecular gastronomy/presentation/wow factor SAAM is the place. If however, we are more concerned with the taste of the food, Providence has the edge (here I am not suggesting the SAAM doesn't serve high quality tasty food, just not up to the Providence level). Is this assessment correct? Thanks in advance.

Nov 29, 2010
anothernotch in Los Angeles Area

Moving To Santa Monica and searched a lot! Check my list?!

very nice list. I'd add the following, both are a bit out of the Santa Monica area, but not by too great a distance:

Jaipur, really nice Indian buffet, my favorite on the westside. A few doors down is the Westside Tavern, also worth checking out.

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Westside Tavern
10850 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

Sep 06, 2010
anothernotch in Los Angeles Area

Desperate! Where to buy Venison in L.A.?

Thanks for the heads up. I'll call over.

Aug 27, 2010
anothernotch in Los Angeles Area

Desperate! Where to buy Venison in L.A.?

Does anyone have any more recent information about a good source for Venison? I would prefer a westside destination if possible. By the looks of things, although not geographically ideal, perhaps Huntington Meats & Sausage or Owen's Market may be my best bets. Any advice is greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

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Huntington Meats
6333 W 3rd St # 350, Los Angeles, CA

Aug 27, 2010
anothernotch in Los Angeles Area