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Dinner at the Bar

Have one night in downtown Portland coming up, will be by myself, no car. Looking for a nice place to eat dinner at the bar. Not a bar that serves food, but an interesting place that serves from their menu at the bar. I find this comfortable as a single diner. Any ideas? Price not an object, any cuisine. Thanks.

Sep 24, 2014
50sGuy in Metro Portland

Chinese Roast Pork

Definitely Alicia's.

Mar 07, 2013
50sGuy in Hawaii

Eating at the bar in Santa Barbara

Have one night in downtown SB after the first of the year, will be by myself, no car. Looking for a nice place to eat dinner at the bar. Not a bar that serves food, but a nice place that serves from their menu at the bar. I find this comfortable as a single diner. Any ideas? Thanks.

Dec 16, 2012
50sGuy in California

ISO Fresh Morels

It's the season for morel mushrooms. Who sells them this year in LA or Orange county?

May 13, 2012
50sGuy in Los Angeles Area

Dinner After Cubs Game in Mesa

We're going to a Cubs spring training game this Thursday in Mesa. Afterward, we need to drive to Tucson. Looking for a good (but casual...we'll be dressed for a ballgame) place near Mesa as we head south out of town. In other words, we don't want to drive north to Scottsdale, etc. Thanks for your ideas.

Mar 20, 2011
50sGuy in Phoenix

Salty Xoco

Two of us went for lunch last week at Rick Bayless' much-heralded Xoco. We had two tortas...a chicken and the house special carnitas. Both were WAY over salted. It was hard to tell exactly what caused the saltiness. I'm not sure it was the meat...perhaps the bean spread? I like salt and am used to the fact that midwest food is generally liberally salted, but this was noticeably over the top. Maybe just an off day?

449 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654

Dec 04, 2010
50sGuy in Chicago Area

Christmas Dinner Near Clearwater

Looking for suggestions for an upscale Christmas day dinner near Clearwater. Last year, we went to the restaurant in the Don was excellent, but we'd like something a bit further north this year.

Prefer sit-down service (as opposed to a buffet) but will consider any good ideas. Thanks for your help.

Nov 10, 2010
50sGuy in Florida

ISO Morels

I gave them a light flour dusting, fried them in butter, and served them over some sliced left-over steak. Tasted great.

Jun 02, 2010
50sGuy in Los Angeles Area

ISO Morels

Thanks. Picked some up today at Whole Foods. Agree that they seem a bit dry, but a dry morel is better than none at all!

May 31, 2010
50sGuy in Los Angeles Area

ISO Morels

I know it's getting late in the "morel mushroom season," but I'm looking for a source for fresh morels in LA or Orange Counties. Any leads would be appreciated. Thanks.

May 29, 2010
50sGuy in Los Angeles Area

last-minute oahu getaway. need recs.

Sunday morning, try the Cream Pot for breakfast/brunch. You won't be sorry.

Cream Pot Restaurant
444 Niu St, Honolulu, HI 96815

May 09, 2010
50sGuy in Hawaii

Need Good Palm Springs Recs for 4 Days. Pls Help!

Breakfast or lunch: Cheeky's, Sherman's Deli, Manhattan in the Desert, Pinnochio's.

Dinner: Jake's (new and very good, priced right, too), Le Vallauris (best special dine out place, for my money...French-accented but not stuffy, outdoor seating under huge trees). If you're into calves' liver, Shame on the Moon (Rancho MIrage) serves some 50 plates of it a night.

Just for fun: Shanghai Red's...sit at the bar and watch the action.

Le Vallauris
385 W Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262

Apr 14, 2010
50sGuy in California

Report - Maui and Oahu

We have gone to the Roy's on Lewers several times. What we do is to sit at the outside bar and have a cocktail and order food as well...usually an appetizer or something light. It's a good place to watch the passing parade and it's more casual than sitting inside. Very enjoyable. There's a sampler plate with 3 different fish entrees that I particularly enjoy.

Nobu is just a few steps away and is fun if you've never been there. Great small plates, not cheap. Also close by is BLT in the new Trump building...haven't been there yet but will try it on our next trip.

Mar 31, 2010
50sGuy in Hawaii

Where to eat in Huntington/Newport beach

There are so many answers to a quex like this, you're probably better off doing some searches on this board.

That said, two quite different seafood places a block apart in Newport Beach (near the Newport pier) are 21 Oceanfront and the Crab Cooker. If you don't like the looks of one, walk over to the other!

Jan 07, 2010
50sGuy in Los Angeles Area

ISO Friday Night Fish Fry

I'm real glad I'm not back in Chicago right now (brrr!), but every Friday night, I find myself yearning for a good old midwestern style fish fry. You know, the ones that every corner tavern and rural roadhouse seem to have...perch, cod, whatever, there are many variations.

Any place in So Cal that offers anything like this? I'm based in OC but would drive a ways to find a good Friday fry. Thanks.

Jan 07, 2010
50sGuy in Los Angeles Area

french dip: Phillipe's Original VS. Houston's

Actually, I prefer the pork over the beef at Phillipe's. You'll notice that the pork sandwich is listed above the beef sandwich on their menu boards, FWIW.

Oct 08, 2009
50sGuy in Los Angeles Area

Great breakfast in Orange County?

I know it's too late for the OP, but be aware that Ramos House serves ONLY a $35 brunch on the weekends. My wife and I went down there on a Saturday recently, looking for a light lunch (I was hungry for some of their delicious mac n cheese). We were seated and handed a menu with one price. Since we didn't want a $70 lunch that day, we went elsewhere. We'll go back during the week sometime.

Aug 04, 2009
50sGuy in Los Angeles Area

New Burger Place in Boise

Years ago (in the 70's and 80's), I used to get to Boise fairly often. There was a little place on the west side of town (I think) that was called the Dutch Oven (or at least the "Dutch" something). When you walked in the door, they threw a burger on the grill for you...that's all they had. And they liked to cook it well done, even if you asked for it rare. When they ran out of burgers, they closed for the day, often by 2 p.m. A place with real character, if not great food.

I assume it's long gone...anyone else have memories fo this place?

May 27, 2009
50sGuy in Mountain States

Dinner at the Bar

I have a couple of nights to spend by myself in San Francisco this month. I'd like to find a nice restaurant that serves meals at the bar (not a bar that serves meals, but a restaurant with food service at their bar). I like this setting when I'm by's usually easy to strike up a conversation with the bartender and fellow bar-sitters. Any cuisine and price OK.Your ideas? Thanks.

May 09, 2009
50sGuy in San Francisco Bay Area

Oahu- Did research-Need feedback

Try Kakaako Kitchen for loco moco...only served until 10 a.m., I believe. But at any time of day, they serve up some great local favorites in a very casual atmosphere.

May 07, 2009
50sGuy in Hawaii

Cheap and good in Palm Springs?

For a dive, try Shanghai Red's, hidden behind the Fisherman's Market on Indian Canyon. Try the lamb chop appetizer and/or the fish tacos.

El Gallito in Cathedral City is a decent little Mexican place.

Pomme Frite, on Palm Canyon downtown, has some fine mussels and good people-watching at reasonable prices

Mar 23, 2009
50sGuy in California

Good bakery in Palm Springs, CA?

Try Sherman's Deli downtown Palm Springs. Lots of good things in the case.

Feb 18, 2009
50sGuy in California

Sweetbreads! I need sweetbreads!

Every year when we're in Palm Springs, I get the sweetbreads at Le Vallauris in downtown PS. Great romantic place with good food.

Feb 11, 2009
50sGuy in Los Angeles Area

Another two bite the dust


Nick's was on my list of "Honolulu Has-Beens" a while back. See this link:

I too hope that the good places find a way to weather this economic storm. But those that don't deserve to survive won't. My jaw still drops at places that can't understand the importance of top-notch customer service...there's no room for error right now.

Feb 08, 2009
50sGuy in Hawaii

Benson, AZ

Try the old west saloon, the Chute-Out Steakhouse. The setting and the food reflect the area just fine...don't expect too much, just go with it.

Feb 08, 2009
50sGuy in Southwest

Phoenix Light Rail Dining

Great site, Silverbear. I'll spend some time reviewing it before I come to town. Thanks!

Feb 06, 2009
50sGuy in Phoenix

Santa Monica Seafood

Get some of the "Indian candy" to munch on. (It's salmon, not candy.) Their smoked mussels are a personal favorite as well.

Feb 05, 2009
50sGuy in Los Angeles Area

Chicago Cheap Eats Comfort Food

Bohemian Crystal in Westmont has big plates of Eastern European comfort food at very reasonable prices. Pork, duck, dumplings, gravy, yum.

Feb 05, 2009
50sGuy in Chicago Area

Phoenix Light Rail Dining

I'll be in the Phoenix area next month to take in some spring training games. Besides baseball, I also like trains, so am anxious to try the new light rail system. I plan to ride it from one end to the other and back.

Besides baseball and trains, I also enjoy good food. What do you recommend that is within walking distance of a light rail station? I'll be by myself, so a restaurant with bar seating or a sushi place would be perfect. Your ideas are appreciated. Thanks.

Feb 05, 2009
50sGuy in Phoenix

Restaurant Books: Behind the Scenes

As a frequent diner at restaurants that range from holes-in-the-wall to holes-in-the-wallet, I admit to being quite ignorant of what goes on behind the scenes. Just what happens between my placing an order and my order being placed in front of me?

I would love to read a book---or books---that deals with restaurant operations. I don't want a textbook or a how-to for restaurateurs, but something more lively that captures the everyday trials and tribulations of a working kitchen. Something that provides some insights into the coordination, staffing, and workflow that most of us never see.

Suggestions appreciated. Thanks.

Dec 28, 2008
50sGuy in Food Media & News