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Alpharetta/Roswell area - Good eats with a lively bar scene

Thanks for the tip, bobstripower!

2 days ago
lynnlato in Atlanta

Alpharetta/Roswell area - Good eats with a lively bar scene

Sounds lovely. Canton Street, right? I think most of these places are in downtown Roswell on Canton St (Salt, Roux on Canton, Table & Main). Have you been to any of them? Any feedback? Thanks!

2 days ago
lynnlato in Atlanta

Vacation Spot in October

Philly is highly underrated, especially the food scene. Wow, I did a food trip there back in April and I had my mind blown several times. Zahav, Serpico and that pork sandwich with broccoli raab at DiNic's to name a few spots.

But I agree with other posters that Charleston would be a great getaway, Asheville (but you'll have to do some driving to get there from the airport) and NOLA has never once disappointed me in the food or fun categories.

Jul 21, 2014
lynnlato in Southeast

Alpharetta/Roswell area - Good eats with a lively bar scene

SO and I are headed to a concert at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Alpharetta this weekend. We are looking for a place to eat an early dinner and have a craft beer or two before the show. Extra points for something with a lively, fun atmosphere where we can dine at the bar. Food can be anything but nothing fine dining (we'll be in t-shirt attire). We'd like to stay within 5-7 miles of the concert venue. We've been to Leon's Full Service in Decatur and we love the atmosphere there and also the craft cocktails, beers and food. So, something similar would be great.

I've done some homework on CH and didn't find many recs. I found this site and got some ideas here: http://visitroswellga.com/what-to-do/.... Here are some of the places that I thought might work:

-Little Alley Steak
-Salt Factory Pub (same peeps as LAS)
-Roux on Canton
-Table & Main
-Hugo's Oyster Bar

Any feedback you can offer would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance!

P.S. I am also curious about Jerusalem Bakery in Alpharetta. Anyone been? Is it worth a stop on Sunday, if they are open?

Jul 20, 2014
lynnlato in Atlanta

Shem Creek Bar worst meal

There she is! Glad to see you are still pokin' around this board! I hope you have found some hidden gems up in G'boro. ;)

Jul 20, 2014
lynnlato in Southeast

Shem Creek Bar worst meal

It happens! ;)

Jul 14, 2014
lynnlato in Southeast

Shem Creek Bar worst meal

Wow, what prompted stirring up this old post?

Jul 13, 2014
lynnlato in Southeast

Charleston Trip Report: Rarebit, Kudu, Xiao Bao Biscuit, Two Boroughs Larder, Hominy Grill, The Belmont, Virginia's on King, Poogan's Porch, Proof, The Ordinary, The Grocery, Farmers Market, Leon's, Jeni's Ice Cream, Gin Joint, Cypress, Husk

I dream about Carolina shrimp. Second to none and I'm grateful we have 'em.

Jul 06, 2014
lynnlato in Southeast
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World Cup games on Thursday morning. Where to watch?

We all have our share of ridiculous laws on the books, that's for certain. Coming from NC, where believe me we've got many crazy laws, it just struck me that we can take babies and youngins into bars and breweries and no one bats an eye. But it's cool - there is plenty to love about Seattle and the PNW.

We were rooting for the U.S.A. and so no we lost our match. My new favorite to win is Netherlands. ;)

FYI, other great spots we hit up in Seattle were Marination Station, Hattie's Hat, Elysian Brewery (the Jasmine IPA was so interesting), The Virginia Inn (a Seattle friend used to work there), High Five Pie (marionberry pie was ridic), Bluebird ice cream, Caffe Vita several times - loved the coffee and the scene, Big Mario's Pizza (wow - that pizza was damned good). We also loved Fremont Brewing's beers, Fort George, and we made a pit stop in Bellingham WA after visiting Vancouver and really like Ayslan Organic Brewers (the ginger rye made me happy) and Boundary Bay.

We worked up quite an appetite attending soccer matches, kayaking in Lake Union, and touring your beautiful city. Thanks again and cheers!

Jul 05, 2014
lynnlato in Greater Seattle

World Cup games on Thursday morning. Where to watch?

Just returned from our trip last night. We watched the game at The Ram. There were so many other places that looked like they would have a livelier scene but that minors law that you mentioned up thread really put a damper on those plans. My kids (12 & 15) really felt put out when we would go searching for a restaurant and they'd see the "No Minors" sign or an employee would say kids weren't allowed.

We had to go into an establishment to pick up keys to an apartment we were renting in Capitol Hill. The place was an eatery that had a bar too. The barkeep told us the kids needed to wait outside. What a strange law for such an otherwise liberal city.

In any event, we had a great visit to your city. We enjoyed a lot of good eats, great beers, outdoor outings and The Ram was very accomodating. Many thanks to everyone here!

Jul 05, 2014
lynnlato in Greater Seattle

World Cup games on Thursday morning. Where to watch?

Thank you!!!

Jun 24, 2014
lynnlato in Greater Seattle

World Cup games on Thursday morning. Where to watch?

I am not coaching, but that is good to know as we will have our 12 yr old son with us (and our 15 yr old later in the wk). Can they be in a bar that serves food?

Dang, I practically grew up in a bar. Used to wash glasses behind the bar while my dad had a beer and chatted with his buddies about the football game on the tube. Aaaah, the good ole days. ;)

Jun 24, 2014
lynnlato in Greater Seattle
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No fuss BDay diner Pescetarian options Charleston (or area) Cru/Anson/Hanks

Why not consider Fat Hen on John's Island? It's a must stop place for me when I'm in the area. They tout the place as "low country French" which seems about right to me. http://www.thefathen.com

Cru is wonderful. I've never had an issue with horsey smells, even when dining outside on the porch.

Jun 23, 2014
lynnlato in Southeast
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World Cup games on Thursday morning. Where to watch?

Wow, great info. It looks like options abound. Thanks everyone for the help!

Jun 23, 2014
lynnlato in Greater Seattle

World Cup games on Thursday morning. Where to watch?

Thank you Kaleo. I've messaged them to ask if they will be open. Fingers crossed!

Jun 22, 2014
lynnlato in Greater Seattle

World Cup games on Thursday morning. Where to watch?

We will be in town for soccer tourney and would like to watch the USA v Germany game (9am local time) somewhere near the University/Ballard area. Extra points for a pub or aplace that serves bloodies/mimosas/beer that early. Any recs?

Thanks in advance!

Jun 22, 2014
lynnlato in Greater Seattle

Charlotte bar for Italy soccer game

I know a bunch of folks going to Icehouse for the USA game on Sunday. They open at 11am on Friday. I imagine they may have a crowd. http://www.icehousecharlotte.com

Charlotte mag posted this list of bars: http://www.charlottemagazine.com/Blog...

Jun 19, 2014
lynnlato in Southeast

This is Major Tom to Chow Ground Control...

My computer has been lagging a bit at times too. I saw your post and so I just downloaded and ran this ccleaner and wow, my computer is much faster as well. Thanks Servorg.

Jun 18, 2014
lynnlato in Site Talk

Family Friendly Southern Eating in Greensboro NC and Myrtle Beach SC

I'd recommend Fincastles Diner downtown. Great hot dogs, burgers, shakes and beer. We've dined their with kids and it's great for big and small people alike.

http://www.fincastlesdiner.com

Jun 17, 2014
lynnlato in Southeast

Charleston Trip Report: Rarebit, Kudu, Xiao Bao Biscuit, Two Boroughs Larder, Hominy Grill, The Belmont, Virginia's on King, Poogan's Porch, Proof, The Ordinary, The Grocery, Farmers Market, Leon's, Jeni's Ice Cream, Gin Joint, Cypress, Husk

I couldn't have planned that better myself, other than I would've added goat.sheep.cow. Well done! What a fabulous report, Kathryn!!! This will help many folks planning a food excursion to Charleston.

Jun 17, 2014
lynnlato in Southeast

BYOB in Charlotte?

Are you wanting to bring a special bottle of wine or beer? Most restaurants serve, at a minimum, beer and wine. Some allow you to bring in your own bottle of wine but they typically charge a corkage fee. We have a small local chain of restaurants called 131 Main (great place, by the way) and I know that they are one of the few local establishments that do not charge a corkage fee (at least the last that I've heard).

We have several ethnic restaurants that do not serve alcohol, but I'm not certain how they would handle such a situation. I suppose on a case-by-case basis, depending on the restaurant.

Sorry I'm not of more help. Generally speaking, it's not common practice here. I know back in PA it was more common because the state only issued a very limited # of liquor licenses to establishments so the new restaurants that couldn't get a license just allowed folks to bring their own. That's not an issue here in NC.

Welcome to Charlotte!

Jun 14, 2014
lynnlato in Southeast

Favorite dessert by nationality?

Portugal - pastel de nata/Belem

I'm not big on desserts, but man, these littl things are one of the simplest yet most delicious things I've ever had the pleasure of tasting.

Jun 14, 2014
lynnlato in General Topics
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So... racist remarks are okay, but...

I find the body of this discussion very interesting. And I've had many discussions with Jewish friends who believe that being Jewish is an ethnicity/cultural identifier while other insist that it is not, it is strictly a religion. Its all very grey to me. Like most, I want to be sensitive to everyone.

Side note: I am duly impressed with how civil and rational this thread has remained. It gives me hope for humanity. :)

Jun 11, 2014
lynnlato in Site Talk
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So... racist remarks are okay, but...

My post above was intended rhetorically.

Jun 10, 2014
lynnlato in Site Talk

So... racist remarks are okay, but...

Similarly, are Scots, Brits as well? ;)

I found this and I found it enlightening:

So I am; an Earthling,
specifically, Human,
specifically, European,
specifically, British,
specifically, English,
specifically, Northern,
specifically, from the North West,
specifically, from the Wirral,
specifically, from my town, my housing estate, my street, my house,
specifically, me.

Jun 10, 2014
lynnlato in Site Talk

Caroline1, where are you, darlin'?

Thank you Servorg.

And Gretchen S, I didn't realize she took breathers from the boards. Glad to know she'll be back. Thanks all.

Jun 10, 2014
lynnlato in Site Talk
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Caroline1, where are you, darlin'?

Yea, I know. I just wondered if she was around and I missed her or if some of you knew more.

Jun 10, 2014
lynnlato in Site Talk

Caroline1, where are you, darlin'?

I'm not certain if I'm breaking a CH rule here, but... has anyone heard from Caroline1? I haven't "seen" here around the boards recently. I love her posts for there humor (often self-deprecating) and wisdom... and often a great story too.

Jun 10, 2014
lynnlato in Site Talk
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So... racist remarks are okay, but...

But is it acceptable for non-Jews to call Jewish people Jews? See, here we go again... ;)

Jun 10, 2014
lynnlato in Site Talk

So... racist remarks are okay, but...

Excellent point jrvedivici, and this is precisely why many black people embraced that word - to take away its power.

I'm not saying its right or its wrong, it just is.

Jun 10, 2014
lynnlato in Site Talk