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Any chance there is a great caterer in South Florida?

Parkland Chef - http://www.parklandchef.com/
We used them for my sons bar mitzvah last month and were very happy.

They have a restaurant in coral springs - The cook and the cork - which is excellent
http://www.thecookandthecork.com/

May 12, 2015
Raboi in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Need recommendations for ethnic food on vacation

BTW, my kids are 12 and 13. Not toddlers. They are up for just about anything (except indian for my 12 year old). We do a fair amount of traveling so they are not new to most ethnic cuisines. They just don't get a lot of the good non-latino stuff down here.

Apr 30, 2015
Raboi in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Hmong restaurant?

I this place better for lunch or dinner?

Apr 30, 2015
Raboi in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Need recommendations for ethnic food on vacation

We are a family of 4 with two kids on a 6 week trip in the midwest. Most of the towns we hit will not have decent ethnic foods. Heard that Minneapolis/St. Paul has great ethnic foods so looking to pig out for 4 dinners and 3 lunches. Have one lunch already planned at Midtown Global Market. Moto I was one place that sounded interesting. Staying in Bloomington but will drive for food anywhere and will pay anything. Please no Indian/Nepalese as one of my kids wont eat it. Also, no latino as we are from South Florida and get plenty of Caribbean and S American here. Thanks ahead of time for the recommendations.

BTW, I have looked at the post by tvdxer but almost everything I look into is closed.

Apr 30, 2015
Raboi in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Coral Springs Lunch

Another +1 for Gabose. I love the flavors and if you like to be interactive with your food its great - large boiling cauldrons of hot soup and grill your own meats. The food can be as mild as you want it but also as spicy as you want it.

For those who want mild food, consider the Bibimbap, a big Korean pancake with vegetables, BBQ your on meat, or Chap Chae (Gabose is the best I have ever had).

May 16, 2014
Raboi in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

July Trip. Here are my meals.

We are a family of 3 on a month long road trip. Trying to keep prices medium to low but I know we are going to break the bank a few times. 1 Kid age 12. We are staying by Frenchmen St. Here are our restaurants. if anyone knows something I need to change, let me know!

Tues, July 1 - Driving in from Lafayette. Stopping for Dinner at Dragos, mostly for the oysters

Wed, July 2 - Walking around the French Quarter all day. Lunch at Gumbo Shop. Afternoon tour of French market and get some fried pickles from Fiorella's and a crab cake from meals from the heart. Pre dinner drink at Pat Obriens. Have to meet up with a tour company for a ghost tour at Johnny White's hole in the wall so closest good restaurant I can find for dinner is Vacherie. Look pretty decent.

Thurs, July 3 - Hiking in Barataria Preserve in the morning followed by Lunch at Crescent Pie. head over to Nonna Randazzo for some cake then tour Chalmette Battlefield. Dinner will be a drink at Carousel Bar, Shrimp at Mr. B's Bistro, a drink at Napoleon House, and dessert at Café Du Monde.

Fri, July 4 - Spending the day boating. On the way back to the hotel, get dinner at Parkway

Sat, July 5 - Tour Garden District then Lunch will be brunch at Commanders palace. Dinner will be walking around French quarter and getting Happy Hour pizza at Domenica, a drink at Sazerac, oysters at Feliz, and Beignets at Café Beignet for dessert

Sun, July 6 - Afternoon plane flight home. Do lunch before at Cochon Butcher

May 08, 2014
Raboi in New Orleans

My Nashville Trip in June

Based on looking through the boards and where we will be in and around the city, this is where we are going. We are a family of 3 with one kid age 12. Looking for good food, prefer price midrange and down as this is a long trip with lots of expenses

Saturday, June 21 - Drive in from Cumberand Gap - Dinner at Rolf and Daughters then Palettas
Sunday, June 22 - Heading out of town on a day trip then back in town in time for Dinner at City House, then to Jenni
Monday, June 23 - Lunch at Arnolds, dinner Lockland Table
Tuesday, June 24 - Lunch Pfunky Griddle (my kids likes to cook), Dinner at Princes before the Opry
Wednesday, June 25 - Walking around downtown - Etch for Lunch, dinner at Wildhorse so we can do some line dancing.

If anyone has any serious negs or serious recommendations, let me know. Thanks!

May 08, 2014
Raboi in Kentucky & Tennessee

DC vacation itinerary. Your Input is appreciated.

We will be walking from the mall back up to our hotel, the Embassy Suites, on 22nd Street Northwest (Between Washington and Dupont Circles). I am cancelling Old Ebbitts but please give me a better choice to hit while walking please!

DC vacation itinerary. Your Input is appreciated.

You have a better idea for lunch on our way walking from Old Post Office Tower to National Archives? Very little time for a sit down meal. Has to be fast.

DC vacation itinerary. Your Input is appreciated.

Please give me your take on my restaurants for our 5 days at the end of March. We are a family of 4 who like most everything although a little sour on Indian and Ethiopian. 2 Kids ages 10 and 13 who love good food. Love Asian and small plates. Staying at Embassy Suites Foggy Bottom with a car.

We have reservations at most restaurants and tickets for most other museums and tours. This is what we are doing and our lunch and dinner plans. Your input is appreciated if we are off base somewhere.

Tue, March 25 - Drive in Frederick, Md. Walk to dinner at DGS Deli (reserved).

Wed, March 26 - Day at the Holocaust Museum and Capital Building Tour. Dinner at Toki Underground

Thur, March 27 - Tour Arlington in the Morning then drive back to hotel. Walk down to Bub and Pop's for lunch. Walk around mall and white house and then dinner at Old Ebbitt (reserved)

Fri, March 28 - Ford Theatre in the morning with lunch at Paul or Teaism Tea Shop. Afternoon at the National Archives, possibly the Nat History Museum, and then on to Portrait Museum. Dinner at Zaytinya (reserved).

Sat, March 29 - Day at National Parks East such as Kenilworth Park, Fort Dupont, Frederick Douglass House, Oxon Cove. Dinner at one of the many restaurants at Eden Center

Coral Springs Lunch

I know this is an old post but thought I needed to mention a new place I just had some lunch at in Coral Springs, a bit different..... Jammin Caribbean on Wiles Road west of Coral Springs Dr.

Just had incrediblee Ackee and Cod, boiled banana, homemade fruit cake, and some great fried bread or dumplings or something like that. Everything so flavorful, reasonably priced. Please note, this place is tiny! Inside, maybe 4 people can sit and maybe 4 people outside on tables. Mostly a take out place but wow. So looking forward to coming back for the jerk and curry dishes.

http://jammincaribbean.com/

Apr 27, 2013
Raboi in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Food truck pod for lunch on thursday March 21

Food truck pod for lunch thursday March 21?

4 from florida looking for a great pod downtown or near UT or SoCo for lunch after flying in. Any advice on where to find the best pod with lots of choices/trucks? I looked through some of these websites which I didn't find very helpful. Thanks in advance for the advice.

http://austin.eater.com/tags/food-trucks
http://austinfoodcarts.com/
http://www.foodtrucksmap.com/austin/

Mar 07, 2013
Raboi in Austin

Food truck pod for lunch thursday March 21?

4 from florida looking for a great pod downtown or near UT or SoCo for lunch after flying in. Any advice on where to find the best pod with lots of choices/trucks? I looked through some of these websites which I didn't find very helpful

http://austin.eater.com/tags/food-trucks
http://austinfoodcarts.com/
http://www.foodtrucksmap.com/austin/

Mar 07, 2013
Raboi in Texas

Sharaku gets deserved praise but is no more

Aaaaaarrrrrrrrrrgggggggggghhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Loved the place!!!!!!!!

Feb 06, 2013
Raboi in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Budget Friendly and Kid Friendly in Ft. Lauderdale

I assume this is a vacation. Where are you coming from, where are you staying, and what do you like? That may help us figure out what would work for you. I don't eat often in FL on the cheap but three reasonable kid friendly places that come to mind are:

Zona Fresca - Great local mexican chain (3 restaurants)

Tarpon Bend - Seafood bar with outdoor seeting and a short walk from the Museum of Discovery and Science.

Hot Dog Heaven - On Sunrise. Hole in the wall hot dog place. The fried salami sandwich is killer.

Feb 06, 2013
Raboi in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Smashburger to open!

The closest one to Delray is one in Boynton Beach if they really, really want one but i would seriously consider heading down federal to Charm City for a much better burger.

Feb 05, 2013
Raboi in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

A few restaurants I have chosen for San Antonio. Please help.

5 nights in San Antonio but unfortunately have time for only a few restaurants. These are my days and choices for the four of us.

Day 1 - Fly into Austin. Foodtrucks in Soco for Lunch. Hit the BBQs in Lockhart. Try to do multple restaurant "sampler platters" between us to try a lot of stuff. Then 5 nights in SA.
Day 2 - Lunch at Buckhorn (I have a gift certificate). Dinner at Feast
Day 3 - Day at Natural Bridges. Have to get lunch there. Dinner at the Tejas Rodeo
Day 4 Mi Tierra for an early lunch. Rest of the day at Rancho Cortez starting at 1pm.
Day 5 Looking for a lunch place on the south side of town. Somewhere near the missions. Dinner at La Gloria.

As you can see, not alot of time to try different places but anybodies 2 cents would be nice.

Feb 05, 2013
Raboi in Texas

Smashburger to open!

Either way, my wife tells me my local Smashburger is closed. Oh well.... certainly many more local subpar burgers to try if the kids force the issue on short notice.

Feb 05, 2013
Raboi in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Coconut Creek/Margate/Parkland 'local' great restaurants??

The poster wasn't specifically asking for Coral Springs so I tried not to talk to much about it but I must comment on Big Bear. I enjoyed my first trip there 8 years ago but since I refuse to do chains, I mistakenly didn't go back as I thought it was a chain. Recently rediscovered Big Bear and after 4 visits over the past 3 years, i have to say the salads and burgers are very, very good. For a night out with the family, this is on my short list in the area.

Please note that Medellin just got written up by the Sun Sentinel with great reviews. While I don't swear by the Sun Sentinel, I would just like to point out that I am not the only person who appreciates this place.

Dec 07, 2012
Raboi in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Smashburger to open!

Been there way to many times as it is close to my house in Coral Springs. Not that good IMO. After a few bucks worth of toppings and its over the price of a Charm City Burger. Throw in bad fries and you have a totally waste of an evening but at least it fills up the kid's bellies.

Dec 07, 2012
Raboi in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

The Rebel House - Boca Raton

Went here 3 weeks ago and loved, loved, loved it. Who cares if its loud. If thats your problem go the library. The food was cutting edge and packed with flavor. Corn on the Cob with aioli was incredible. They had a Manhattan menu if you like to check out different drinks. Mouth watering thinking about my next trip over there.

Nov 27, 2012
Raboi in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Best Three Restaurants in the Miami-Ft. Lauderdale area.

Funny you mention Gabose as it nobody would typically consider it a birthday restaurant however we frequently celebrate my wife's birthday there!

Nov 27, 2012
Raboi in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Coconut Creek/Margate/Parkland 'local' great restaurants??

A little farther north of Parkland on 441 is Sushi Yoshi. Typical sushi but it does have a large korean menu. Not as good as Gabose but certainly not as expensive and closer.

Alse a bit farther north of Parkland on 441 is a Brazilian Bakery called Casa do Pao which I absolutely love. So reasonable and so tasty. Great cheap lunch also.
22829 N State Rd 7
Boca Raton, FL 33428

In Parkland on 441 is Cafe Bella Sara. Overpriced Italian. Unfortunately, its the closest placed to my house for a drink before heading home after a night out. Next door is Japango which is overpriced but great quality japanese. They have a full bar which is nice and a nice vibe.

Never been to Rock and Roll Ribs but it gets good reviews. A few doors down is Medellin. Mom and pop columbian. Very, very reasonable and huge portions.
(954) 755-0941 4631 N State Road 7 Coral Springs, FL 33067

Best Restaurant in Coral Springs is La Spadas Subs. They put a "blanket" of meat over the veggies to keep them in. So wonderful. The peppers rock.
7893 W Sample Rd, Coral Springs · (954) 345-8833

Nov 27, 2012
Raboi in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

3 Dinners in Tampa

A bit of research has led me to Cafe Ponte and perhaps Ted Peters.

China Yuan certaily looks quite interesting as Chinese here in the Ft. Lauderdale is pretty much mall quality. Frog and Hot Pot can really hit the spot after a long day at Bush Gardens. i have to look at the wimauma a bit more. Looks very, very intresting. Del Rio cafe style food is quite prelevent in this area so i'll have to pass there. same goes for peruvian Terra Sur Cafe although I do love a great Ceviche.

Ella's Americana Folk Art Cafe looks quite interesting, especially with the pic of Elvis.

Thanks for the recs so far. I'll chime back in later when we get close with our final choices and see who hates what!

Oct 05, 2012
Raboi in Florida

Pan Dulce in San Antonio?

I wish I knew.....

Oct 05, 2012
Raboi in Texas

Pan Dulce in San Antonio?

Supposedly, when I visit in March, i must eat some. As i understand it, Pan Dulce is a form of sweetened french bread made hundereds of different ways, correct?

Anyways, where is the must visit Mexican Bakery for the best Pan Dulce in town??

Sep 24, 2012
Raboi in Texas

3 Dinners in Tampa

Coming in town so the kids can go to Bush Gardens for a couple of days but need the three best, most interesting places to eat in Tampa or the area afterwards for the four of us.

Family of 4 with two kids ages 9 and 11 who eat everything, including raw foods. We love a great expereince, a great plate, interesting parings, cool foods.... Anything different is good. Price is not important. Prefer casual dress but can do better.

Coming from Miami area so no cuban or floribean unless it is something out of the world that we can't get here. Love small plates and asian. Italian isn't our favorite unless its uber interesting. Any help would be mucho appreciated.

Will be in town a fourth night and going to the sponge docks. I heard Mykonos and Hellas are the top 2 there.

Sep 22, 2012
Raboi in Florida

Alki Beach Lunch Recommendation Needed

We have a long layover and will take a taxi to Alki Beach and grab lunch while we are there. We have 6 hours to get some lunch for 4 of us. Anything good, adventurous, tasty... for a family of 4?

May 13, 2012
Raboi in Greater Seattle

Hanapepe, Kauai Dinner on a Friday Night

Where do we eat in Hanapepe while we are there for the Friday Night Art Thing. We eat anything and everything. The more adventurous the better. Thanks.

May 12, 2012
Raboi in Hawaii

Great Casual Omakase??

Our best Omakase experience was at Sushi Kaito in Encinitas. Looking for a great restaurant to match our experience. Someplace casual where we can wear shorts or jeans, maybe sit at the bar and talk to the chef, but most importantly is great sushi. Help us. We are staying close to Fisherman's Wharf but have a car and will travel anywhere in the SF area. Thanks for advice in advance.

May 08, 2012
Raboi in San Francisco Bay Area