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Foods not to miss in D.C. area.

I definitely have to second Luzmilla's. It's a tiny hole in the wall so much so that you should prepared to share a table, but the food is without question amazing, and ridiculously cheap on top of it. I also third the seeking out Saltenas, especially at Luzmilla's.

Crawfish in May

Maybe we got a bad batch or something but we got Crawfish at Deanie's last june and it really tasted and smelled off. Oddly enough though, while we didn't get to try them, the crawfish at Daisy Dukes looked and smelled amazing,

Apr 02, 2012
hungry_fox in New Orleans

New Orleans on a Budget

Wow I gotta admit I'm surprised by a lot of these answers, I am a broke college student and while I'm no local, I love good local food, so please, check out the cheap yet delicious eats I found last june when I was there:

Coop's Place- Really good food, really cheap food, just get there early, they don't bother with reservations and there is a line of locals going out the door and down the block every night.
http://www.coopsplace.net/

Camellia Grill- For breakfast especially but also good for lunch or a cheap quick dinner this place is tasty and cheap. We went there for breakfast everyday in the quarter, the waffles are the best I've ever had. 540 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA

Somethin' Else Cafe- Excellent for lunch (try the boudin balls and cochon de lait). You know you're in a local's restaurant when the only other people there are the police and business people on lunch.
http://somethinelsecafe.com/

Daisy Dukes- This place has mixed reviews, it's a definite dive restaurant with staff who don't give a damn if you're not polite. I certainly wouldn't say it's the best restaurant in the quarter or anything, but for what you pay, the food is far better than some of the chain/tourist restaurants in the quarter. I would however recommend avoiding the breakfast, the lunch and dinner was decent, the gumbo was surprisingly good, but the breakfast was very depressing
http://daisydukesrestaurant.com/

Three Muses- Very tasty NOLA style tapas
http://www.thethreemuses.com/

The French Market- Is it a tourist trap? ABSOLUTELY! Does it have a lot of really good, really cheap food? DEFINITELY. We found one place that sold a manchego and chorizo panini made with a croissant, one of the best meals we had the whole trip.

Apr 02, 2012
hungry_fox in New Orleans

Looking For: Pibil, Game, Pork Belly and More!

Thank you for the suggestions, you did read the OP correctly, I'm looking for restaurants

Looking For: Pibil, Game, Pork Belly and More!

Thanks for the suggestions but I'm actually looking more for restaurants that serve these not places to buy.

Looking for the Soul of New Orleans

Went to Daisy Dukes last time I was down, can't understand how anyone could like the breakfast, short of The House of Blues (request of a friend I swear), it was the worst meal we had all week. They do however do everything else pretty nicely, while it's certainly not the best, their gumbo is good, and we saw a tray of crawfish go by our table that looked and smelled amazing. As I said, not the best, but especially for the price it's really good.

As for breakfast, especially in the FQ, I recommend the Camellia Grill, we went there every day, simple, easy, and without question the best waffles, sausage, eggs, and coffee I've ever had.

I also second or triple Coop's definitely a must do in the FQ as well as anywhere else.

Jan 26, 2012
hungry_fox in New Orleans

Looking For: Pibil, Game, Pork Belly and More!

So I've traveled a good bit, had some amazing food, then came home and realized some of my favorites are hard to find near home. Please help me find:

Pibil (Puerco or Cochinita this wonderful dish is definitely my priority)
Game Meat (wild boar would be great but honestly I'll take any good game restaurants)
Bone Marrow
Pork Belly
Any good Cajun or Creole
Any other unique suggestions I should try!

I'm located in Silver Spring but don't mind traveling a bit, I'd prefer to stay near Silver Spring/Bethesda/Falls Church if possible, but if not such foods are definitely worth the drive. Thanks!

Looking for meals in the $12-18 range in and around the FQ...

I actually just got back from NOLA a few months ago, we stayed in the Quarter and were constantly on a budget. So places that I'd definitely recommend, I know you didn't ask for breakfast/brunch, but the Camellia Grill at 540 Chartres St. is excellent, fast service, no frills, and the best waffles, sausage, bacon, and hash we've ever had (we ended up eating there 4 times during the trip).

As for lunch/dinners, on the cheaper side I'd recommend Coop's Place on Decatur. We never managed to get there during our trip, but our local friends said it's extremely good, it also regularly had a line out the door for dinner consisting mostly of locals so I'd recommend getting there early. Other than that, I'd recommend the Mojo Lounge, also on Decatur, not the prettiest of places but we had an excellent dinner there. Finally, the Somethin' Else Cafe at 620 Conti, between the Cochon de Lait and the Boudin Balls, it's definitely a place to go for some very good food.

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Coop's Place
1109 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116

Mojo Louge
1140 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116

Camellia Grill
540 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130

Oct 08, 2011
hungry_fox in New Orleans

Falls Church Area Recs?

So a colleague and I have started something of a regular event of going out for lunch every few weeks. We love to eat, we love trying new food, we love trying food from different regions, ethnicities, and styles of cooking, but at the same time there's never anything wrong with some good comfort food or contemporary american or even pub fare. The only criteria for suggestions is that they be in/somewhere around the Falls Church area, (that includes close parts of vienna, tysons corner, etc), no chains unless they're really that note worthy, that they be affordable (max of $25 per person), and that they be good, preferably, your favorite.

PS- Despite all of our searching, we haven't been able to find any really good mexican places, so while that is by no means the focus of this thread, if anyone knows of any good places or at least a place where we can get a good order of pibil it'd be greatly appreciated.

Urgent Recs Needed Near Fountain Square!!!! [Cincinnati]

I'm staying at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza right near Fountain Square on the corner of Vine and 5th Street for a few days and I am in desperate need of good food other than potbelly sandwiches. HOWEVER, being the ever hungry yet currently more broke than ever traveler I am, I'm looking for good food that's affordable. So please, dinner for under 25 if at all possible, but I am of course also looking for lunch and breakfast, if they can be walkable/short drive distance from the hotel even better. And as always I'd prefer to stay only with the local places so please nothing too much of a chain, but really affordability is unfortunately more of an issue than it usually is. What do you all recommend?

Oct 01, 2011
hungry_fox in Great Lakes

Recs for YOUR favorites near The Quarter House June 2011??

@ Pam I'd hardly consider either of those moderately priced either, which is why I did a whole separate PS just to point out that they are very much on the high side of our price range, I just wanted to give people an idea and yea if anything I'd prefer people to stay a good bit less when it comes to price range.

Mar 21, 2011
hungry_fox in New Orleans

French Quarter Favorites?

Simple as that, what are your favorite eats in/near the French Quarter? I'm looking for your top list, places that whether the person is a tourist or a local, it's a place they have to go to if they'll be visiting FQ. No bias whether it be a street side stand, a tiny hole in the wall, a quick take out, or classic fine dining, What are your favorites in/near FQ and why?

Mar 21, 2011
hungry_fox in New Orleans

Recs for YOUR favorites near The Quarter House June 2011??

PS- I've been looking over other posts, and checked out the websites of the Commander's Palace and Galatoire's, while I love the menus these are definitely at the very very top of the "moderately priced fine dining" regarding our budget. Just wanted to give a more specific question when regarding price ranges. Thanks all as long as the places are walking distance/reasonable rail car ride from the intersection of Canal & Rue Chartres we're certainly interested assuming we can afford it.

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Commander's Palace Restaurant
1403 Washington Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130

Galatoire's Restaurant
209 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA 70130

Mar 21, 2011
hungry_fox in New Orleans

Recs for YOUR favorites near The Quarter House June 2011??

A bunch of friends and I will be heading down to New Orleans for the first time this coming June for a FULL WEEK! We'll hopefully be staying in The Quarter House http://www.quarterhouse.com/ or Bluegreen's Club la Pension, either way, they're right near each other and of course they're right near the French Quarter. The question is, what are your favorite local places to go for food in the area?

We won't have a car so if it's not do-able by foot or a short rail car ride then it's not an option, I want everything from the places to go for great drinks, places to go for great atmosphere, great music, great food, (any combination of the above is certainly good). As well as your favorite holes in the wall, favorite moderately priced fine dining (we're actually broke college students but we do appreciate quality fine dining), favorite party places, favorite late night drunken/hung over haunts, favorite places for a quiet breakfast/brunch, you name it. And of course we definitely want to know only local places, if it's a chain, tourist trap, or even just a place that locals don't approve of, we don't want to know about it. Since we've got months until the trip I hope to keep this going for a while so we have plenty of options, remember we'll be there for a full week and we LOVE to eat.

Thanks!.

Mar 21, 2011
hungry_fox in New Orleans

Good Delivery Pizza in Silver Spring/Wheaton

I don't know if they'll deliver out to you, but I always rely on Sole D'Italia out on layhill, it's very tasty and quick.

Where to eat in Dupont Circle?

I third fourth and fifth Firefly, definitely a favorite of mine and the brisket/pot roast is the best I've ever had (even over my mom's and hers is amazing)

Best Hard Cider? [moved from Spirits board]

While woodchuck is extremely easy to find, I'd hardly say it's the best (we drink A LOT of hard cider, in fact in our crowd it's the drink of choice if we're not having hard liquor). If you can find it, Strongbow is the best, it's an English import that is so extremely tasty and crisp, if not, Hardcore is a definite 2nd followed down the road by woodchuck.

Nov 27, 2010
hungry_fox in Beer

Tequila and Coke? WT?

Honestly I gotta admit I've ordered it, hell I've even made it for myself at home/at parties. Please understand I really do enjoy quality alcohol and I love slowly enjoying quality alcohol just as it is, give me even a taste of Don Julio 1942 and I would be in pure heaven. However, when I'm not looking to savor the taste of my alcohol, I gotta admit that the Cuervo Black and Coke isn't a bad option especially as a cheap social/party drink. In fact I think it's the only time I ever drink cuervo for the most part.

Oct 06, 2010
hungry_fox in Spirits

Teach Me About Brandy??

Ok, so as it may or may not be seen on my posts, I am and have always been a tequila drinker through and through, give me a bottle of Don Julio 1942 and I will be the happiest man in the world. However, to my surprise, a family member gave me a beautiful bottle of unopened 20+ year old brandy that she just happened to find in her house. The brandy was a christian brothers tricentennial (stored in the crystal decanter made by tiffany's), and while I know it probably wasn't the best brandy by any standards, it has definitely peaked my interest. While the taste has for some reason changed significantly between the first and second time I tried it (I think it must've somehow gone bad or something after we opened it because the second time it was the most foul thing I've ever tasted), the scent of the brandy especially when I first uncorked it was beautiful and rich.

So please, I know very little about brandy, but if I could taste anything that smelled so wonderful I would be very grateful, what do I need to know about brandy, what do I need to know/do in order to enjoy brandy, how can I tell what is good/bad brandy? What do you recommend?

Oct 06, 2010
hungry_fox in Spirits

Lunch in Downtown Silver Spring for TOMORROW 9/9?

So I'm meeting a friend of mine for lunch tomorrow in downtown silver spring, we haven't seen each other in months and I'd really like a very good place to go for lunch. I'm looking for something that is cheap-moderately priced, fun and a little unique, but definitely more on the casual side. Finally, if it could be within walking distance of the the pedestrian area around the Majestic Theater/Boarders that'd be awesome. Thanks all!

Something Blue????

Ok, so a dear friend of mine is moving to the other side of the country, possibly permanently and as such we're throwing him a going away party. The part that affects all you chowhounds is the gift I'd like to give him as a going away present. He's one of those special people who really likes good mixed drinks (including those wonderful ones where you can actually taste the alcohol), however he's horrible at mixing. At a previous party he made the mistake of putting together some horrible mixture, I'm not quite sure what it was, all I know is that it was blue, kind of fruity, tasted of everclear, and made him very sick. I was wondering if anyone has any good mixed drink ideas that are blue, are relatively-very strong, and actually taste good that won't kill him?

Jun 30, 2010
hungry_fox in Spirits

NY Theme Restaurants!!!!!!!

Ok, so I figured putting that title on this post would either be like putting a huge bill board on the side of an abandoned highway or it would be like painting myself red and standing in front of a bull; hopefully it's the latter.

I recently posted asking people about Ninja New York as a friend had planned on taking me there. That post led to a long stream of people arguing about whether or not acting like a 5 year old is worth the overpriced and often crappy food at most NY theme restaurants. However, I also noticed that within that thread, Mars 2012 seemed to be synonymous with the ultimate worst possible theme restaurant and was then used as an example of which to expect all others.

As such, I was wondering, has anyone ever made a NY Theme Restaurant ranking? I'm talking about going to all the NY theme restaurants, rating them with an unbiased mind considering not only the food but the experience as an unbiased person, not just a foodie. If anyone has done this I'd love to see it, if not I'm actually willing to take on the challenge but very much need suggestions of which restaurants to review.

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Ninja New York
25 Hudson St, New York, NY 10013

Jun 15, 2010
hungry_fox in Manhattan

Ninja New York?

Thew I'm glad to hear you're willing to be silly but lets not forget that while the average theme restaurant is usually acceptable in some way, Mars 2012 doesn't even rank well enough to be considered sub-subpar,

As for my review, unfortunately you will have to wait as the plans fell through. However, after this whole debate, now I'm determined to actually go there and I promise a review once I do.

Jun 15, 2010
hungry_fox in Manhattan

Ninja New York?

Thanks to almost all who have been posting, I wasn't exactly expecting much for a theme restaurant such as this one but I've never been one to refuse an experience even if it may not be the best. And there is absolutely nothing wrong with acting like a child and having some fun while eating mediocre food, it's definitely worth the experience regardless.

Finally, I just want to point out that yes people on this board are "dedicated" to good food and quality dining experiences; and as a result, during my years as a Chowhound, I've seen probably hundreds of posts about people who went to a "fine dining restaurant" and spent well over $50.00 on schlock. Bad food can be found anywhere, not just at theme restaurants, much like good food can be found anywhere even occasionally at theme restaurants.

Jun 09, 2010
hungry_fox in Manhattan

Ninja New York?

Wow I figured a question about a theme restaurant would result in tons of answers and rants, is no news good news in this case?

Jun 09, 2010
hungry_fox in Manhattan

Ninja New York?

Ok, so a friend of mine wants to take me to Ninja New York. Considering that I am of the belief that even some restaurants can be somewhat decent and that every restaurant should be given 2 if not 3 chances (don't you dare judge, Ellen's Stardust Diner awesome), I'm curious of what to possibly expect. For those of you who are willing to post, please only do so if you have actually been there recently, I have no interest of what your experiences were like 4 years ago. Furthermore, for those who think that they can do it, I would love a balanced review, i.e. what are the good AS WELL AS the bad. Thanks all!

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Ellen's Stardust Diner
1650 Broadway, New York, NY 10019

Ninja New York
25 Hudson St, New York, NY 10013

Jun 08, 2010
hungry_fox in Manhattan

HELP!?! New to Silver Spring/Aspen Hill/Rockville/Wheaton with nothing to eat!

For those of you who are in the same situation I was/still sort of am last august, may I also recommend the new restaurant QQ China on Georgia. So far this is the first Chinese delivery place in the area that we've really liked. The food was good and not soggy, the people on the phone spoke enough English to take the order properly, the delivery man was polite enough, and the prices were good and included free food deals when spending a certain amount on a delivery. Definitely good for a last minute cheap meal, but I urge people to still keep posting new suggestions, there is no such thing as too many options of where to eat.

Fine Dining that isn't complicated? [Ardsley / Dobbs Ferry / Greenburgh]

So other than restaurant X, Red Hat, and MAYBE H/o/H there's nothing else in the area that people recommend?

Fine Dining but not Complicated?

X20 is in Yonkers yes, but we're looking to dine anywhere, that has good food and I know there's tons of good food in NYC

Mar 01, 2010
hungry_fox in Manhattan

Fine Dining that isn't complicated? [Ardsley / Dobbs Ferry / Greenburgh]

On the weekend of March 26, my family will be celebrating a combination of 3 events. My sister's birthday, my dad's birthday, and my 4 year anniversary with my girlfriend. The original plan was to go to X20 and have a wonderfully magnificent time. Unfortunately X20 was booked solid however we were lucky enough to get a reservation at Xavier's in piermont. Unfortunately again we then realized that while they do love to eat, my sister and my girlfriend aren't the most adventurous or the broadest eaters, so while the food at X20 Would've been perfect, that of Xavier's might result in 2 people celebrating without a meal they consider good. We considered Harvest on the Hudson as we used to go there in years past, but apparently the reviews have gone done hill. As such, if anyone could please recommend some place comparable to X20 in regards to food, price (if it's cheaper that's fine) and atmosphere it'd be greatly appreciated.

PS- As for location we'd like something that isn't too much of a distance, we're coming from the ardsley/Dobbs Ferry/Greenburgh area and while we don't mind the drive to Manhattan, Piermont, or Hastings, I'd prefer to keep it within that general distance if possible.