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Who has the best veggie burgers in Florida?

I'm not veget/vegan, but I've tried veggie burgers here and there. BurgerFi has the best veggie burger I've ever had, with fresh, gourmet, unique veggie burger ingredients. Check out this review: http://theroamingkitchen.net/the-best...

Sep 11, 2013
starbucksbrew in Florida

Between airport and Stone Mt?

Florida family needs a lunch place on the drive from the airport to Stone Mountain next weekend. 2 adults 2 kids. Thanks!

Jul 28, 2013
starbucksbrew in Atlanta

It's been a long time, back in ATL a few days

Awesome! Thanks for the recs! I kind of had Bocado on the mind, and a few others are also near where we will be.

Jun 23, 2013
starbucksbrew in Atlanta

It's been a long time, back in ATL a few days

I lived in ATL from 1999-2001 while at Emory, and loved the dining scene. I'll be visiting friends for a few days later this summer, and will have some time during the day when friends are at work, to explore with my 4 and 5 year old. The kids are foodies too, and I will take them most anywhere. Besides a few old favorites, I want to try places that weren't around when I lived there. I need two breakfasts, two lunches, and two dinners. Price is mostly not an issue, but we don't need the highest priced places where people would give me the side-eye for bringing even well-behaved children in the place.

One caveat: while I am a foodie, and my kids will try most anything as well, I don't eat organ meat (I'll eat marrow and cheeks though). For instance, at first I thought Holeman and Finch looked interesting, as I have enjoyed public house concepts in other cities; but I looked at the menu and it's all heart, liver/pate, sweetbreads, and pickles/pickled. That's not my kind of place.

Jun 19, 2013
starbucksbrew in Atlanta

Please Help Fill My Dining Itinerary

Will be in New Orleans next week. I've been there many times, but mostly in my childhood. It's been 10 years since I last visited as an adult. I have the following dining plans, but need some help filling in ideas for our family of 4. We are adventurous eaters and love some Cajun, Creole, and seafood. Our kids are 4 and 5 and are accustomed to eating in nice restaurants, but we wouldn't take them to a place where people don't expect children. We are staying in the Garden District.

This is what I have so far:

Thu. Feb. 21
We fly in late morning.
Lunch or Dinner at Luke, need
a rec for the other meal

Fri. Feb. 22
Visiting family in New Iberia, then
drive back to New Orleans that night

Sat. Feb. 23.
Probably Cafe Du Monde for breakfast
Need a lunch recommendation, possibly near zoo or aquarium
We have dinner reservations at Copeland's Cheesecake Factory.

Sun. Feb. 24
Husband is running the marathon in the morning.
Need a lunch place.
Afternoon taking the kids to watch cruise ships coming in
and out of the port (if there is a convenient place to do that).
Need a dinner place.

Mon. Feb. 25
Need an early-ish breakfast place
before we fly out.

Thanks!

Feb 14, 2013
starbucksbrew in New Orleans

Good Burger in Key West?

Caroline's

Jan 12, 2013
starbucksbrew in Florida

Lunch eats near Port of Tampa

My sister and I are leaving on a cruise out of Tampa on Monday. We might want to get lunch before boarding. What's good and convenient around there?

Jan 12, 2013
starbucksbrew in Florida

Orlando pizza?

Unfortunately, the best pizza is probably not near the theme parks. I've lived here 12 years, and the best I've found is Italian Pie House in Orlando and Cafe Paisano in Longwood. As another poster mentioned, Anthony's and Mellow Mushroom won't steer you wrong, for sure.

Jan 12, 2013
starbucksbrew in Florida

NOLA restaurant for small family birthday during our vacation

Yep, my husband is running it! Thanks, we might do Commander's. We went a long time ago, but I wasn't feeling well that evening, so we didn't get the full experience.

Jun 30, 2012
starbucksbrew in New Orleans

NOLA restaurant for small family birthday during our vacation

We will probably be staying in the Garden District, and we will have a car, so we aren't limited to walking distance. We will probably come in on a Thursday night and leave Monday morning. The birthday celebration can be lunch or dinner. It will be my family of 4, plus my aunt. Price doesn't matter.

Jun 30, 2012
starbucksbrew in New Orleans

NOLA restaurant for small family birthday during our vacation

I am so excited to be taking my family to NOLA! I went there a lot as a child, because I had family living there at the time, but it's been years since I have been there. My husband will be running the marathon in February, which coincides with our daughter's 5th birthday. I know, that's a long way off, but I'm a planner and I enjoy thinking about it. We want to have just a small family party at a restaurant, but which restaurant? I want a place that will let us bring in our own Mardi Gras themed birthday cake, which I will get from a local NOLA bakery (bakery recommendations appreciated as well).

The restaurant doesn't have to be specifically a "kids' restaurant." We are foodies, and we are raising our kids to appreciate diverse foods, too.

Thanks so much! I can't wait to be back in New Orleans!

Jun 30, 2012
starbucksbrew in New Orleans

Please help a mom flying into Detroit

Perfect! Thank you for all the quick replies. We might try the Beirut place. We are foodies and raising our children to be foodies. Haha! They are accustomed to different types of foods, but if all else fails, it's good to know we can pick up a sandwich too.

Jun 05, 2012
starbucksbrew in Great Lakes

Please help a mom flying into Detroit

I'm flying into Detroit soon, with my two small children in tow. Originally, a friend who has family there was picking us up at the airport, before we drive together into Indiana to visit friends. Now my friend can't go, so it will be just me and my kids. I have never been to Detroit. When we arrive, I will need to get lunch for my kids as soon as we pick up the rental car. What is the area near the airport like? Are there places to eat? Safe for a mom and two kids by themselves? Or will we have to drive a bit before finding food? Thanks so much.

Jun 05, 2012
starbucksbrew in Great Lakes

ISO: 1 amazing dinner for parents traveling without kids

Thank you all. Sage and Le Cirque have been among my top choices. I didn't know about The Barrymore, but it looks like a good possibility as well. I have two months until I need to think about making a reservation. *sigh* too many good possibilities and only one night!

(fortunately, I also have a LV trip with girlfriends in October, so whichever ones I don't hit this summer, there's another chance)

Thanks so much again!

Apr 21, 2012
starbucksbrew in Las Vegas

ISO: 1 amazing dinner for parents traveling without kids

My husband and I will be in LV in July. We will have one Friday night to have an amazing dinner of our choice, without kids in tow (for a change).

Preferences:

* We would rather spend not more than $250 total, including one bottle of wine. We'll go $300 if it's truly amazing food and unique atmosphere.
* We are adventurous eaters, but we also enjoy gourmet versions of familiar foods. One of my favorite prior LV dinners was Red Square at Mandalay.
* We especially like a place with extraordinary desserts, not your run-of-the-mill creme brûlée, cheesecake, or key lime pie. We are willing to do dessert at a separate location from dinner.
* We are in our 30's and want to go somewhere comfortable, where we won't be side-eyed by 20-something couture models wondering what the old people are doing there. (This is less important than the food though - food is first.)
* We get our fill of outstanding Asian food at home, so $50 kung pao chicken isn't at the top of our list, although amazing sushi is a possibility.

Thanks!

Apr 15, 2012
starbucksbrew in Las Vegas

Southside Jacksonville / Baymeadows

Hi, I did a search and didn't find what I'm looking for. I live in Orlando and will be spending one night in Jacksonville in mid-December, at I-95 and Baymeadows Rd. What are some "mid-range to nice-ish" eats nearby, particularly something we might not have in Orlando? We especially like ethnic foods, but anything is fine as long as it's good.

Nov 14, 2011
starbucksbrew in Florida

FOR TONIGHT - need good eats along I-20

Hi there, I did a search for "interstate 20" and "I-20" and didn't find anything, so I need good kid-friendly (but not fast food) eats along I-20 between Birmingham and Atlanta for tonight, around 5-6:00. Thanks so much!

Sep 22, 2011
starbucksbrew in Southeast

Father's Day Brunch in New Smyrna Beach

We live in Orlando and will be in New Smyrna Beach on Father's Day weekend. What's good for a nice brunch? thanks!

Apr 27, 2011
starbucksbrew in Florida

Side dishes for crab claws and cheese grits

Family is getting together this Saturday at the beach and having king crab claws, cheese grits, and cole slaw. What should I take that goes with this? I'm thinking a vegetable and a dessert.

Apr 27, 2011
starbucksbrew in Home Cooking

Breakfast in Macon, GA??

Great, thank you both!

Nov 22, 2010
starbucksbrew in Southeast

Breakfast in Macon, GA??

I did a quick search and didn't find anything on this. We will be driving I-75 overnight Tuesday and will need to get breakfast in Macon, GA on Wednesday morning. I have driven through Macon on the interstate many times b/c I used to live in Atlanta, but I haven't really been in Macon. Is there anything besides fast food for breakfast? thanks

Nov 22, 2010
starbucksbrew in Southeast

Disney Must haves?

Bluezoo is great. I haven't been to Artist Point, so I'll be thrilled to hear how it is.

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Artist Point
901 Timberline Dr, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

Nov 19, 2010
starbucksbrew in Florida

Disney Must haves?

Have you been to Jiko or Boma at the Animal Kingdom Lodge? They are both fantastic.

Nov 18, 2010
starbucksbrew in Florida

Moe's Southwest

I was just thinking the same thing. At every Moe's I've been to (which is at least 6 or 8), they always let me build whatever I want. I went to Chipotle a lot when it first opened in Florida, but stopped going after about a year because it was all the same.

That being said, if you like spicy, as beerambassador said, you'll probably have better luck at Chipotle. I thought some items at Chipotle that should have been mild were pretty spicy for the average person.

Nov 16, 2010
starbucksbrew in Chains

Trying to find a Thanksgiving ham to go for my son in college

I was going to say Honey Baked Ham too. You can get a "mini ham" for $19.99, which will feed two college kids for at least two meals, even if they have big appetites. They also have sandwiches, sides, etc. They even have online ordering now. Check them out.

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Honey Baked Ham
2924 E Colonial Dr, Orlando, FL

Nov 12, 2010
starbucksbrew in Florida

Thanksgiving dinner in Orlando.

How Chowish are you looking for in that price range? When our son was born right before Thanksgiving two years ago, we did a casual Thanksgiving at Cracker Barrel, and we had a great time. There's one in Altamonte Springs on Douglas Ave.

You might also call and find out if TooJay's in Altamonte Springs will be open Thanksgiving Day. I know they are open on Christmas, because we have been on Christmas (but it's a Jewish deli, so that may be why, but if Christmas, then maybe Thanksgiving???).

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Cracker Barrel
3316 Daniels Rd, Winter Garden, FL 34787

Nov 12, 2010
starbucksbrew in Florida

Orlando in November

The comments have been great. I have only a few things to add:

* According to the Orlando Sentinel, Johnson's Diner closed about three weeks ago.

* 4 Rivers is outstanding, but so is a lesser known entertainment complex in Sanford (I saw you mention the drive to Sanford, so I'll put it here) called Route 46 (located conveniently on Hwy 46 in Sanford, just west of BJ's warehouse). It has several restaurants, a saloon, and live music on the weekends. It's a large place with lots of parking, but it gets crowded on weekends with Seminole County locals. Of their restaurants, we usually go to The Smokehouse. I think their smoked meatloaf beats anything at 4 Rivers (don't get me wrong, I love 4Rivers too). The Smokehouse also has the best creamed spinach I've had anywhere. Plus, I usually don't care for sweet potato fries, but theirs are superb.

* I heart Ravenous Pig.

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Johnson's Diner
595 W Church St Ste E, Orlando, FL 32805

Nov 12, 2010
starbucksbrew in Florida

Cracker Barrel

I love high end restaurants, but I can always go for Cracker Barrel, especially since I have two toddlers. It's very family friendly. I don't think I have ever had a bad food item there, although I'm not usually a fan of restaurant mashed potatoes anywhere except upscale places. But Cracker Barrel has fantastic breakfasts (pancakes, biscuits & gravy, and they are famous for their hashbrown casserole; admittedly, they sometimes have "off" days on the hashbrown casserole, but it's usually great). I love love love the fried shrimp and hush puppies. The salads are always SUPER FRESH. I have never had even the slightest wilted or brown lettuce on a salad at Cracker Barrel.

They offer approximately 15 different vegetables, and each meal comes with 2 or 3 vegetables, depending on the meal. You can also get a veggie plate with 3-4 veggies. They are all good. My kids and I love the green beans. Also their "fried" apples aren't really fried. It's like apple pie filling without the pie crust, and it's heavenly.

If you are a tea drinker, the raspberry iced tea is very good, but it's presweetened and it's overly sweet (I grew up in Alabama, and even I think it's overly sweet, it's pure sugar). I always order a half unsweet/half raspberry tea, and it's perfect.

Nov 12, 2010
starbucksbrew in Chains

Putting together a Thai menu for dinner party

Oops, and it won't let me edit. This should be the right one for the salad: http://blog.al.com/scenesource/2009/0...

Nov 11, 2010
starbucksbrew in Home Cooking

Putting together a Thai menu for dinner party

I make this Thai crunch salad that is a copycat of the California Pizza Kitchen one: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0970866/

It is amazingly good! I call it my "candy salad."

It takes a while to put together the two dressings, because there are so many ingredients, but it is soooooo good. I have sub'd crunchy chow mein noodles when I couldn't find wontons to fry, and I leave off the little white rice sticks because I can't get them to fry right (plus, I don't need all that fry on my waistline).

Nov 11, 2010
starbucksbrew in Home Cooking