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One night in Pittsburgh...where should I go?

In early July I'm traveling to Pittsburgh for work. I'm going to be staying at the Sheraton-Station Square. I likely will only have time for one dinner (possibly a 2nd early one before I fly out the next evening). I'll be alone and don't want to spend a ton of money (probably between $40-50/person) but would love to get a taste of what Pittsburgh has to offer. This is my first time visiting and I hear great things about the city--so maybe some place in an interesting neighborhood.

I won't have a car but am willing to take a cab somewhere good. I like all types of cuisine but currently not eating a ton of carbs so a pizza or pasta place probably won't work. Any thoughts of a great restaurant where a woman would feel comfortable dining alone and could get a taste of the dining scene in Pittsburgh?

Jun 15, 2015
Elyssa in Pennsylvania

So is it just me, or did this spring's Detroit Restaurant Week go over like a lead balloon?

Table 5. I always like that restaurant. There were some missteps this time with an especially long wait despite making a reservation but they more than made up for it with a few free appetizers and free dessert. They were incredibly gracious. We had a pregnant friend with us and I think they felt really bad keeping her waiting but the people sitting at our table just weren't leaving so we had to wait an extra 40 minutes or so. But that's the only time I've had that problem at Table 5.

Jun 06, 2015
Elyssa in Great Lakes

So is it just me, or did this spring's Detroit Restaurant Week go over like a lead balloon?

I had good service at Top of the Pontch. It was the food that was the problem in my opinion. 1 or 2 good dishes, a heavy hand in salt and overall an overly ambitious chef without the chops to carry it out.

Jun 04, 2015
Elyssa in Great Lakes

So is it just me, or did this spring's Detroit Restaurant Week go over like a lead balloon?

Had you been to Bacco before or were you trying it for the first time for the 13th Anniversary Special?

In my opinion Bacco is the best Italian around (with Giovanni's a close second) but we also love Italian food in it's many forms. The reason we really liked the Anniversary special was because it was Bacco's greatest hits for a terrific price.

Jun 04, 2015
Elyssa in Great Lakes

So is it just me, or did this spring's Detroit Restaurant Week go over like a lead balloon?

Oh and we also did lunch at Bacco for the Anniversary Special---which was an INCREDIBLE deal. My husband would have gone every day if I allowed him---he will be jealous of your 5 times in 12 days.

Jun 04, 2015
Elyssa in Great Lakes

So is it just me, or did this spring's Detroit Restaurant Week go over like a lead balloon?

We went to Roast for Restaurant Week---which is always a good deal and a delicious meal. We had a great dinner for a very affordable price. It was actually our second time dining there in a month and our Restaurant Week meal was better than our full price meal. And it did the trick---it reminded us that Roast is still quite good and we should work it back into our rotation.

That said---it was pretty much the only menu we wanted to try. We originally made a reservation at Rattlesnake to meet some friends the Saturday of RW and then decided to change our plans to a restaurant in Northville when we discovered that Rattlesnake wasn't even participating this year.

Jun 04, 2015
Elyssa in Great Lakes

New Restaurants in Saugatuck, MI

Btw I meant Salt of the Earth in Fennville (not Fenton).

Jun 02, 2015
Elyssa in Great Lakes

New Restaurants in Saugatuck, MI

Hi All,
We are heading to Saugatuck next weekend for a long weekend. We have been to Saugatuck a number of times before and after trying most of the restaurants in town, have some favorites now--mainly Hercules, Salt of the Earth [in Fenton], Every Day People, Lucy's Little Kitchen, and the Mermaid Inn.

I recently heard that there are a few new places in town though. Has anyone been to Bowdies, J. Paul, and The Southerner? Are they worth checking out?

Any place else not on our list worth trying---especially for lunch?

Thanks!

Jun 01, 2015
Elyssa in Great Lakes

Farm Dinners in MI?

Zingermans always does a number of farm-style dinners both at Cornman Farms and the Roadhouse. The tomato dinner is always great. Keep an eye on their website for when they are advertised (usually a month out).

May 14, 2015
Elyssa in Great Lakes

breakfast in Detroit

Russel Street doesn't take reservations and with a group that large I always think it might be best to know for sure you won't have to wait.

The Dime Store is great (we went for lunch a few weeks ago) and I know they have a round table in a corner that could fit your group. Why don't you call over and see if they can reserve it for you...I think that would be a good fit.

May 14, 2015
Elyssa in Great Lakes

Jim Brady's coming to AA

That's how I would categorize them as well---American bistro.

Apr 02, 2015
Elyssa in Great Lakes

Jim Brady's coming to AA

I'm not too excited about Ruth Chris's (I don't like butter on my steaks) but Jim Brady's could be a really good addition if it's like Diamond Jim Bradys! We go to Diamond Jim Brady's in Novi sometimes and I wouldn't necessarily characterize it as a steak house---I often times get fish there. It's really good though.

Thanks for the intel.

Mar 24, 2015
Elyssa in Great Lakes

Dinner near Cinema Detroit

Oops that was my mistake...I meant to say "before the movie." Just corrected it above. Is Shangri-La any good? My husband use to work down the street and I've passed it a million times but haven't ever heard it mentioned as a place to actually go eat.

Mar 13, 2015
Elyssa in Great Lakes

Dinner near Cinema Detroit

I love Slow's and have been to Slow's to Go before. But do they have seating in doors? Because I've only noticed it outdoors (and honestly it's not really warm enough yet that I would want to eat outside).

Mar 13, 2015
Elyssa in Great Lakes

Dinner near Cinema Detroit

Hi All,

Next Thursday a friend and I are driving into Detroit to see a film at Cinema Detroit (located 3420 Cass Avenue). Where should we go to dinner before?

I was thinking La Feria but it's so small that I'm afraid we might not get in. Any other ideas? Note: we are not looking for anything too pricey. She is new to the area and is excited to explore Detroit.

Mar 13, 2015
Elyssa in Great Lakes

Looking for a rec near Fisher Theatre detroit

If you want all you can eat Texas de Brazil is really the only place I can think of. They certainly have variety---and if people don't want meat I think you can order just the salad bar (which is plenty filling in and of itself).

Mar 11, 2015
Elyssa in Great Lakes

What are the hot restaurants in Ann Arbor these days?

Really? What did you get there? Because I've been twice and had pretty mediocre meals both times. The drinks and scene are great though! My recommendation is usually to get drinks there and then dine elsewhere.

Feb 12, 2015
Elyssa in Great Lakes

What are the hot restaurants in Ann Arbor these days?

Congrats!!

A few great restaurants to check out in Ann Arbor are: Grange, Mani Osteria, Isalita, and Slurping Turtle. In my opinion these are the best restaurants in town and offer up a variety of price range and flavor. Zingerman's Roadhouse is also great---especially for weekend brunch.

Feb 09, 2015
Elyssa in Great Lakes

Any thoughts on Birmingham Restaurant Week? [Detroit]

My husband went to Rugby Grille for lunch and said the hanger steak was excellent.

Feb 05, 2015
Elyssa in Great Lakes
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Any thoughts on Birmingham Restaurant Week? [Detroit]

I had a really lovely meal at Forest Grill last Friday. Really great menu---especially the appetizers. The chicken dish was really good, but a tad small. The short rib dish was good but I would order it with extra sauce because the canaloni is absolutely filled with the short ribs but the inside gets a little dry because there is not enough sauce. Still a very nice dish.

This was my first time trying this restaurant and I will certainly return.

Feb 05, 2015
Elyssa in Great Lakes

Brunch near Kennedy Center

Ris has a really good brunch (although a tad pricey). Another option would be Circa.

Valentine's day

Bistro D'Oc is a good choice, especially if you can get a seat upstairs by the fire place or downstairs in front of the window. It's been around for a long time but still serves great french bistro cuisine. And it's not super over the top in terms of romance or price.

Private dining room for 30 in DTW

What is your price range? Joe Muer's has a nice private room (not sure about the round tables). Also Selden Standard will be opening a private dining area that would be great in the summer (because I think it has walls that open to the outside). Worth giving them a call.

Dec 31, 2014
Elyssa in Great Lakes

Seldon Standard - Detroit

We finally got around to trying Selden Standard last night and I have to say, believe the hype!!!!

This was hands down the best meal I have ever had in Detroit. It was such an exciting meal because the flavor profiles, presentation, and service were just so great.

The wait time is certainly not short---we waited 1 hour on a Tuesday night. They told me the wait has been up to 3 hours on the weekend. But what no one seems to realize is they do take reservations--about 10 a night, up to a month in advance. So if you plan enough ahead of time you easily can get a reservation (good to know for the future). Once we were seated we got a great seat at the chef's table in front of the wood-burning ovens. A lot of fun to watch all the action and get a glimpse of the kitchen.

We tried a ton of dishes (photos below) and loved pretty much everything. The only thing not pictured was the cauliflower with tahini.

We got:
*Seasonal vegetable carpaccio- this was light, bright, and beautiful. A perfect start to the dinner.

*Duck sausage with fish sauce, Brussel sprout leaves, persimmon, cilantro, and fried shallots. This dish was incredible!!! We had tried the duck sausage at a Young Guns dinner and at the time it was one of the most exciting dishes I had had in a long time. This preparation is beautiful. Eaten all together it is salty, sweet, oniony, just perfect.

*Grilled quail with chestnut puree and pickled cranberries. This was my favorite fish of the night. The flavors just popped and the quail was perfectly cooked. I could have eaten another whole order of this. Go quickly and order this, since it clearly is a seasonal preparation and I don't know how long it will be on the menu.

*Celery root agnoleti with short ribs and mushrooms. This was a great winter dish. My husband loved it! All the pasta is made in house and delicious.

*Sweet potato ravioli with sage brown butter sauce-We ordered this after a bunch of people around us told us it was great. It's a very simple dish but nicely done. You can get this elsewhere but because of the fresh pasta it's a perfect version of a classic dish.

*Cauliflower with tahini and peppers- I really liked this dish. They brought it at the end of meal, I would have preferred it at the beginning. But it was really nice. The vegetables here are excellent!

For dessert we got the pumpkin and maple sundae. This was a nice ending although the maple ice cream was much better than the pumpkin sorbet.

Also I should mention that our service was really good---like really, really good considering they have only been open a month. Every one was helpful and friendly. The place has a really upbeat, fun vibe.

I can't wait to return after the holidays and keep trying Chef Hollyday's food.

Dec 17, 2014
Elyssa in Great Lakes
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DTW "Jewmas" restaurant recommendation for two Shicksas

I don't know if the duck with be smiling but it will be Peking, prepared 2 ways and DELICIOUS at Hung Hua! You'll have enough for leftovers the next day. I would call there ahead of time (like today) to figure out if they are taking reservations because the place is bound to be a mad house on Christmas Day.

Dec 15, 2014
Elyssa in Great Lakes

Anything new in Telluride??

Over the holidays we are going to be in Telluride for 2 weeks (yaaay!). Wondering if there is any new restaurants from last December? We have our old favorites: Cosmopolitan, Honga's, 221 South Oak etc. But wondering if there is anything fun and new to check out.

Dec 12, 2014
Elyssa in Mountain States

Seldon Standard - Detroit

Sounds great! I can't wait to try it but I'm a little afraid with all the amazing reviews it's going to be impossible to get in. Do they take reservations?

Dec 11, 2014
Elyssa in Great Lakes

Where should I have dinner near Baltimore Marriott Waterfront

Hi All,

I'm in Baltimore for a conference and just discovered I have dinner free tonight. I'm staying at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel (700 Aliceanna St). I'm looking for somewhere to go for dinner walking distance to the hotel and not super expensive (I don't want to spend more than $40 or so for dinner and maybe a cocktail or glass of wine).

Any good recs? Saw mostly chains when I was driving here from the airport.

Thanks!

Is Abe and Louie's Still Good for Brunch?

Hi All,
My husband and I will be returning to the Boston area (Northshore) for Thanksgiving, as we do every year. This year we are going to be spending Saturday night in Boston (likely around Copley) as a belated anniversary celebration. We are going to No. 9 Park Street for dinner Saturday night and then want to do a good brunch Sunday morning before returning to the suburbs.

It's been over 10 years since I've been, but I have fond memories of a traditional Boston brunch at Abe and Louie's with steak and eggs, eggs benedicts and bloody mary's. I must have mentioned it at some point to my husband because he thinks this is where we should go on Sunday. Is it still good? If not, where else would you recommend for brunch on Newbury Street or walking distance from the Hilton Boston Back Bay?

Thanks!

Nov 12, 2014
Elyssa in Greater Boston Area

Early dinner near Folger

Pete's Diner probably will be closed at that time. If you are willing to do something casual you can do Good Stuff Eatery for burgers and fries (and milkshakes!).