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Detroit suggestions for lunch and dinner in the Motown Museum /Institute of Arts area

The original Seva is in Ann Arbor so if this person lives in Ann Arbor or will be there for awhile they probably don't want to dine there.

I think lunch at Slow's would be great!

Aug 25, 2014
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Petoskey/Charlevoix with young kids?

In Petoskey, don't forget to go to American Spoon---not just for the ice cream, but also a wonderful lunch menu. They have a kids menu with mac and cheese, pb &j etc. and some wonderful items for the less-picky eaters to enjoy.

Also make sure to stop by McLean and Eakin bookstore---they have a really great children's book section (and I also love their cookbook section). It's probably one of my favorite bookstores in the country.

Aug 25, 2014
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30th birthday dinner in DC?

Mintwood is wonderful. It can be loud depending on day/time of day (ie weekends are certainly louder than weeknights). You might like Cashion's Eat Place, next door from Mintwood (and you could always do dinner at Cashions and dessert at Mintwood since they have great desserts).

Group dinner restaurants for mid-September

Open Table doesn't work that well for large groups. Many places max out to book tables online for parties larger than 8 or 10.

Group dinner restaurants for mid-September

For Hank's would you be in the upper private room area? If so that would work, otherwise I don't see how you would fit and/or avoid noise.

Kapnos is delicious and could be fun for a party. It wasn't exactly quiet when I was there last though.

Group dinner restaurants for mid-September

THis is another really good recommendation. Great food and service!

Group dinner restaurants for mid-September

All the places I mentioned above should be large enough to accomodate your group regardless of private room or not (Equinox would likely be able to fit you in the front area with the windows), with the exception possibly being Rasika---but you would want a private room there in order to avoid noise.

Group dinner restaurants for mid-September

Does price matter because you have quite the range above? Are you looking for a private room?

Equinox has a great wine room that would be perfect for a celebration like this. I'm fairly sure it can fit a group your size. This will be on the pricier end of course.

Other options to look into: Ris, The Source, Rasika (in the private room in the West End location), and Acadiana. All have wonderful food, good service and should be able to fit a group your size.

seeking lobster candy

I would call The Chocolate Moose---seems like something they might have.

Birmingham/Ferndale MI for 6-7 quiet table and tasty

Yes, definitely. My husband brought a friend from NC to Phoenicia this weekend and he loved it. He's a vegetarian and there was a lot for him to choose from as well. Always a good choice!

Aug 11, 2014
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Birmingham/Ferndale MI for 6-7 quiet table and tasty

I think Phoenicia would work for these purposes. Really great food and quiet enough that you can have a conversation with your dinnermates. If you call ahead of time you have get a reservation for a party that size.

Aug 10, 2014
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DC: Location near Penn Q for Baby Shower Cocktails Next Week

How about grabbing a table at the courtyard at Poste? It's a really lovely environment and they have good cocktails and snacks (hello truffle fries!). Maybe if you call ahead of time they can reserve a table for your group.

Breakfast/Brunch in Rochester

Also question: are taxis easy to find in Rochester? Basically, can you just flag one down like you can in DC or am I going to have to call a cab company/use Uber?

Breakfast/Brunch in Rochester

Thank you so much for these recommendations! This is the Elyssa that use to live in DC (and now lives near Detroit...so I'm not that unfamiliar with recovery cities).

I'm hoping I get a chance to try some of these recs. I haven't been back to Upstate NY since my college days and I remember fondly Dinosaur BBQ!

Breakfast/Brunch in Rochester

I'll be in Rochester for a wedding this weekend and am staying at the Hyatt Regency (on East Main St). I'm looking for a place to get breakfast/brunch before the afternoon wedding.

I won't have a car so it should be walkable to the hotel. Any suggestions?

I also might have Friday night free for dinner. Any suggestions for a moderately priced restaurant within walking distance or a short cab ride from the Hyatt? I like all types of cuisine: New American, French, Italian, seafood, Asian. Whatever is good and interesting.

Thanks!

Petoskey/Harbor Springs/Mackinaw Island

On Mackinac Island you should go to dinner at The Woods. As the name suggests, it is deep in the woods---you can get there by horse and carriage. Food is very good and the decor is even better.

Aug 03, 2014
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Anything New in the Leelanau Area? [Peninsula/Traverse City]

Have you tried anything NEW new. The Franklin? Big Papas? 9 Bean Row? etc

Aug 01, 2014
Elyssa in Great Lakes

Anything New in the Leelanau Area? [Peninsula/Traverse City]

Thanks for bumping this thread actually since we are heading back up to Leelanau at the end of August and hear that there are a ton of new restaurants in Leelanau area/Traverse City.

Anyone try anything delicious?

We've been hearing good things about 9 Bean Row.

Jul 28, 2014
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The Earle Ann Arbor

I was told that a number of restaurants close for Art Fair (especially the higher end ones) because so few people eat there---most people are eating the street food, not a sit down meal. Also getting their workers into the restaurant, dealing with parking etc just might not be worth it.

I thought it was counter-intuitive as well but a number of restauranteurs told me otherwise. We went to Slurping Turtle on Friday during Art Fair and were able to walk right in (which is great because it's usually a long wait. Chef Takashi was actually there that night!).

Jul 20, 2014
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Washington DC Birthday Trip for Teen Daughter

I went to Jaleo for the first time when I was on my first trip to DC with my parents around the age of 14 and I loved it. This was many years ago :)

Washington DC Birthday Trip for Teen Daughter

This is exactly the type of thing I use to do with my dad when I was a kid and it was awesome! For French bistro cuisine you should check out Le Diplomate (a short cab ride or walk from Dupont Circle). The food is delicious but I also think your daughter (and you) will dig the vibe of this very popular restaurant. Lots of good people watching and you might even run into a DC celebrity (aka the VP or a reporter for MSNBC).

For seafood you might like Hank's Oyster Bar in Dupont Circle. Great New England style seafood (something different than Dallas) and outdoor seating in nice weather.

You also might like the Italian-American small plates at Graffiato in Chinetown. If your daughter watches Top Chef she'll think this place is cool since it's owned by Mike Isabella.

Kenyan Food at Smithsonian Folklife Festival

What restaurant was supplying the Chinese food tent?

Saugatuck---anything new?

We are heading to Saugatuck tonight for the 4th of July weekend. We've been a few times before. We are checking out some of our usual favorites: Salt of the Earth, Lucy's Little Kitchen, Hercules. We are also going to try Fennville Station for the first time.

Anything else new that we should be checking out for lunch or dinner?

Jul 03, 2014
Elyssa in Great Lakes

Gift for Friend? Foods Unique to Michigan?

I'm not sure if they ship to New Zealand but Mitten Crate is a cool option: http://www.mittencrate.com/

Also a basket of jams and spreads from American Spoon would be a good gift.

Or you could call Zingerman's and see if they can put together a gift box of items made in Michigan for you.

All of this will cost a lot of money with shipping I bet but it could be a fun gift!

Jul 02, 2014
Elyssa in Great Lakes

fun DC restaurant for English guests

If it's actual Mexican food you are looking for then go to Casa Oaxaca. It's probably the best you are going to get in the city----the mole is really good.

fun DC restaurant for English guests

Unfortunately Tex-Mex is also rarely done well in DC.

Need help with my last pick ...

When you say neighborhoody and intimate I think of Cashion's Eat Place in Adams Morgan. It's a wonderful restaurant with great food and a nice, intimate setting.

fun DC restaurant for English guests

How about some place with Southern cuisine like Acadiana or Art and Soul?

best restaurant near 6th & I DC

There are a lot of options in that area but some of my favorites are Graffiato, Rasika, and Jaleo.

Late Night (after 10:30) Dinner

Glad it worked out. Le Diplomat is one of my favorite restaurants in DC so you made a wise decision. Please report back and let us know what you think.