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Kennebunkport in March

My husband and I had lunch here last week--wonderful! The ambience was vacation-perfect, the food and service was great and it's on the water--what's not to like? Try the onion strings.

The Reluctant Panther Restaurant
39 West Road, Manchester, VT 05254

Oct 12, 2010
BabsinTX in Northern New England

Metro North Restaurants

I ate here for lunch recently and really liked it--the decor, service and food.

Croton Creek Steakhouse and Wine Bar
4 Cross St, Croton Falls, NY 10519

If I'm going to have only 1 green chili cheeseburger, which one?

From the description, I think foodywannabe is referring to Alamo Springs Cafe in Fredericksburg TX. The owner is from New Mexico and this is one of the very few places I've seen green chiles in Texas. The burger is awesome; it was judged by Texas Monthly to be the 3rd best burger in the state a couple of years ago, and was pictured on the cover. (It was just way better looking than the 1st and 2nd place winners.) If you're going through the Texas Hill Country, you need to try this.

Aug 05, 2010
BabsinTX in Southwest

4 days in H-town

A bunch of friends went to Lankford's Grocery this past week. It was beyond good. I had the Grim Burger with mac & cheese, bacon, jalepenos--wonderful. Based on this visit I would try anything on the menu.

Mar 29, 2010
BabsinTX in Houston

Sports bar near the Medical Center?

A group of friends from across the country will be in Houston for the NCAA men's basketball tournament later in March. Can anyone suggest a good sports bar near the Medical Center area? We're staying near Reliant Stadium, and I understand that the metro/train is nearby. We need a good sports bar to watch games. Thanks.

Mar 06, 2010
BabsinTX in Houston

Sugarbakers Bake Shop - CEDAR PARK, TX

I totally agree with you. I was there about a month ago and had the lemon cupcake-awesome. Today there were lots more to choose from and I had the carrot cupcake with cream cheese frosting. It was ethereal---light texture and wonderful flavor. I almost got the Honey Sunshine Bun you mentioned; I'll try that next. We have to keep these folks in business!

Nov 20, 2009
BabsinTX in Austin

Laramie WY and Yellowstone NP trip-need recs

My husband and I are going to Laramie, Wyoming for the Wyoming/Texas football game in September, then heading to Yellowstone National Park for a few days. In Yellowstone we're staying at the Lake Lodge Cabins. We'd appreciate any recommendations for our trip. We are open to any and all good food. Thanks.

Jul 26, 2009
BabsinTX in Mountain States

Need Recommendations : Visiting late-March/Early-April

I'm sorry I missed this post as I've just returned from Memphis. About 18 of us went to the Rendezvous--and most of us did NOT like it. Good service, interesting basement location, but the barbeque was mediocre at best.

We did have chopped pork sandwiches at Payne's on Elvis Presley Blvd. The building is a dump (ceiling leaking just behind the counter) but the sandwiches are wonderful. I had two bites of mine and ordered another. Try the "hot" sauce.

Southwest Food Sojourn (Part 3--Tucson/Silver City)

ISilver City: Just a note that I love Diane's Bakery (601 N. Bullard; 534-9229). Great pastries, especially for such a small town. My husband and I ate at Diane's Restaurant (510 N. Bullard; 538-8722) a few weeks ago and enjoyed it. I had a special appetizer, risotto with shrimp and scallops, that was yummy. The caesar salad was average, I'd say. (Lunch Tuesday-Sunday 11am-2pm; dinner Tuesday-Sat 5:30-9pm.)

We also had breakfast at Nancy's Silver Cafe (514 Bullard) -- very good.

Mar 24, 2009
BabsinTX in Southwest

Memphis-need recs for 20-30 basketball fans in late March

Hey folks, thanks for the recommendations. Can't wait to hit Memphis for hoops, BBQ and beer!

Socorro Springs Grill & Brewery--Socorro NM

On our 3/14/09 visit to Socorro Springs, we really enjoyed the roasted garlic pasta with green chilis, chicken and capers, and the Conquistidor calzone, which was HUGE.

Mar 16, 2009
BabsinTX in Southwest

Natchitoches trip review

We've tried the meat pies at Lasyones a couple of times before and weren't impressed. And I don't know why people rave about their Cane River pie; it tasted like they used lots of Crisco in it. For meat pies, I suggest the French Market Express at 5109 University Parkway, just off the interstate. Yes, it's a gas station/convenience store with food. The crawfish pies are great.

Natchitoches trip review

Update: We returned to Natchitoches in February 2009 and tried Merci Beaucoup at 127 Church St. It's only open for lunch on Monday-Saturday and for brunch on Sunday. My husband had the Cajun Potato and said it was good, but the jumbo fried shrimp that came with it was fantastic. Next time I'm ordering the jumbo friend shrimp plate. I had the "Heart Smart" sandwich with lettuce, tomato, cucumber and avocado on rye with honey mustard and fruit garnish. First, they put it on a small plate when a dinner plate would have made it easier to eat. Also, the avocado was badly past its prime. I called this to the waiter's attention so maybe they'll be more careful in the future.

We also ate at Papa's Bar & Grill on Front Street and enjoyed the fried oysters and the Cane River pasta, which was a bowl of pasta (fusilli, I think) with a mound of Creole crawfish sauce on top. The presentation didn't look very appetizing but my husband LOVED it--very spicy.

At Mama's Oyster House (next to Papa's) on our last night we had excellent BBQ shrimp. Be prepared--it's very messy to eat, but yummy.

Memphis-need recs for 20-30 basketball fans in late March

I'm part of a group of friends that attends one of the NCAA regional basketball tournaments each year. This year we'll be in Memphis, and I need recommendations for casual places for lunches and dinners, including sports bars to watch tournament games. Beer, meat and good desserts are requirements. We'll probably break up into smaller groups for some meals, but need a couple of options for all of us so we can make reservations as needed. Thanks for your suggestions.

Absolute best burger in Texas?

Just ate at Alamo Springs Cafe and loved it. The burgers are wonderful and you can even get green chiles since the owner is from New Mexico. The crusty fries are great, too. Directions: from Fredericksburg, go east on Highway 290 about 3 miles. Look for the TXDOT brown sign that says "Old Tunnel Wildlife Area". Turn right (south) onto Old San Antonio Road. Go 10.5 miles. The Old Tunnel WMA will be on the left at the top of the hill; turn left there at Alamo Road. Alamo Springs General Store and Cafe are located right next to the bat cave.

Feb 01, 2009
BabsinTX in Texas

Best Restaurant Not in a Major Texas City - Texas

My husband and I ate at River's Edge in Kerrville last week. We loved it. Great location on the river (we arrived right at sundown and it was lovely). We had the osso buco and shrimp alfredo pasta. Excellent. Can't wait to go again.

Jan 27, 2009
BabsinTX in Texas

Natchitoches trip review

Just returned from a two-day visit. Love the city. On Tuesday afternoon we arrived at Papa's Bar & Grill (604/8 Front St., 318-356-5850) to find the kitchen closed for a tornado watch. It opened after 20 minutes and we enjoyed "Cajun toothpicks", thin strips of onions and jalepenos battered and fried, a ribeye steak (just fine) and Bayou Catfish -- fried catfish with spicy crawfish creole sauce. This was great. The deep fried rolls that came with the entrees were addictive; we ordered 4 to go and had them for breakfast. I got a coconut cream pie to go -- I do NOT recommend it.

On Wednesday night we had dinner at Mariners Restaurant (5948 Hwy 1 North Bypass, 318-357-1220). This is on Lake Silbey and would be a great place to see the sunset. I had the "Bourbon Street" -- blackened talipia topped with shrimp, crabmeat and hollandaise sauce. The talipia was fantastic, but the crabmeat was tasteless and the hollandaise wasn't great. My husband had the crabmeat and corn chowder (he couldn't taste the crab in this, either) and the Stuffed Cajun Catfish. He liked it but said that Papa's version was better.

Albuquerque--ideas for Thanksgiving?

Thanks for the info. I'll check them out.

Sep 10, 2008
BabsinTX in Southwest

Need recs for Boulder & Estes Park CO

I'm going to a football game in Boulder in early October (Hook 'em, Horns!) and need some recommendations. Brew pubs would be great. Something casual for football crazy folks; no fine dining on this trip, I'm afraid. Thanks.

Sep 10, 2008
BabsinTX in Southwest

Albuquerque--ideas for Thanksgiving?

My family will be in Albuquerque over the Thanksgiving holiday and need recs for where to have a nice Thanksgiving dinner. Doesn't have to be super formal, but not a dive, either. Any suggestions? Thanks.

Sep 06, 2008
BabsinTX in Southwest

Trip Report -- Shreveport Louisiana

My husband and I spent a few days in Shreveport, eating at various spots recommended by Chowhounds.

1. Strawn's Eat Shop (Monday-Sunday: 6am-3pm, 125 Kings Hwy. Shreveport, LA 71106,
318.868.0634). Best of the bunch. Great old school diner atmosphere. I had the lowfat veggie omelette with hash browns (I would call them "home fries")--wonderful. My husband had the double bacon cheeseburger--he was very happy with it. The coffee wasn't great. The peach pie (in season) was wonderful. We went back later in the day to buy pies for after dinner dessert.

2. Columbia Cafe (weekdays 7AM-10PM; Sat10AM-10PM, Sun 10AM-2PM, 3030 Creswell Ave at Kings Highway, Shreveport, LA 71104, 318-425-3862). Breakfast here was leisurely--I think there was only one waiter, who was pleasant but inexperienced. Wonderful coffee, which was brewed by the cup (thus slow). I had the veggie frittata and my husband had the meat omelette--we were both very happy. This place has a funky, Austin TX vibe to it. We'll go back.

3. Abby Singer's Bistro at Robinson Film Center (various hours; 617 Texas Street, Shreveport, LA 71101, (318) 424-9090). We had drinks before our movie (great movie theater), then dinner. Drinks are pricey--2 gin & tonics and 2 beers cost $26. I had the panini sandwich with fries, which both were great. My husband had the shrimp etoufee, which he didn't find special. The prices are pretty high, but I liked the hip atmosphere and it was nice to take a drink into the movie theater.

4. Ernest's (318-226-1325, 1601 Spring St. Shreveport LA. Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 4:30-10:30pm.) This has a New Orleans formality to it, but isn't stuffy. Great service. Wish the food matched. We ordered the highly praised marinated crab claws and weren't impressed. These came with bread so dry that it crumbled with torn apart, so wasn't much good in sopping up the sauce. My husband had the Snapper Ernest ($30) and I had the Snapper Shreve ($39). These dishes are basically the same, but the Shreve had 3 overcooked shrimp and 2 mushrooms added to the plate. For $9 I expected a lot more that that. My snapper was also overcooked, though my husband's wasn't, which seemed odd.

5. Herby K's (1833 Pierre Ave., Shreveport, 813-424-2724, M-Th 11AM-9PM). This was our first stop in town, as we wanted to try the Shrimp Buster. I had the small one, which was two butterflied and flattened fried shrimp on a bun with fries. I would never describe it as a po boy. Disappointing, which was too bad as we loved the atmosphere.

We're already looking forward to our next visit to Shreveport.

Socorro Springs Grill & Brewery--Socorro NM

Just returned from Socorro, where we ate green chile cheeseburgers at Socorro Springs Grill and at Manny's Buckhorn Tavern in San Antonio. Manny's had less texture to it: the chiles were finely chopped and the bun hadn't been toasted. Good flavor, though. And great onion rings. Socorro's had more texture, with large pieces of chiles and a toasted bun. It was also spicier and the cheese had more flavor. My husband and I thought the contest was a draw.

Jul 13, 2008
BabsinTX in Southwest

Nacogdoches -- Auntie Pastas & Clear Springs

Coming to Nacogdoches for azaleas, history or shopping? Try these two side-by-side restaurants a few blocks from downtown:

Auntie Pastas is semi-Italian and good. Try the shrimp carbonara, mozzarella sticks and fried calamari. Portions are huge, so you can share a salad or entree very easily.

Next door is Clear Springs with Texas country food: chicken fried steak, fried catfish, and huge onion rings. More downhome than Auntie Pastas, in an equally historic building.

Auntie Pastas
211 Old Tyler Road
Nacogdoches, TX

Clear Springs
211 Old Tyler Road
Nacogdoches, TX

Apr 23, 2008
BabsinTX in Texas

Port Isabel - Port Aransas Recs?

I posted recommendations on 12/30/07 based on my family's visit after Christmas. Several of the restaurants were on South Padre Island, but that very close to Port Isabel. Search by South Padre Island.

Jan 28, 2008
BabsinTX in Texas

Best Restaurant Not in a Major Texas City - Texas

See my post about FourWinds Steakhouse in Wills Point (48 miles east of Dallas). Fabulous.

Jan 28, 2008
BabsinTX in Texas

FourWinds Steakhouse - Wills Point (outside Dallas)

This is a great restaurant. Lovely building (ranch house/lodge, upscale feel, in a pasture overlooking a large pond). Food to die for. We had the seared divers scallops with sauteed arugula and tarragon brown butter and the New Orleans style BBQ shrimp--both fabulous.

Our entrees were the 26oz. bone-in ribeye with brandy peppercorn sauce, and sugar-cured pork chops with potatoes and mango sauce. I would go back for the brandy peppercorn sauce alone. Wow. Great steak, too. Service was lovely. I had the creamed spinach, and would try something else next time.

I got the New Orleans style bread pudding to go (we drove 3 hours to get to the restaurant, and spent the night in Terrell) and it was great.

The website is at (It has a very wide page, so you might need to scroll to the right to see the menu link.) Phone is 903-873-2225. I suggest reservations. We went early on a Friday night and it was pretty full by 6:10PM.

Yes, this is in the middle of nowhere, but worth the trip. It's on FM47 a little north of IH 20 (there's an exit off IH 20), but south of US 80. It's about 48 miles east of Dallas.

Jan 28, 2008
BabsinTX in Texas

South Padre / Port Isabel Recs

I was glad to have these recommendations for my family's recent trip to South Padre Island. Manuel's in Port Isabel, about a block from the lighthouse, was amazing. We went around 10:30AM on Friday, and the wait was long, so we returned at 8:30AM on Saturday and sat right down. Service was very friendly and leisurely; ask for chips if you get hungry waiting. I ordered the chorizo and egg taco with cheese; it was at least 12 inches across and wonderful. They had a special on the ribeye steak with eggs and hash browns, so my husband got that. I've had much worse steaks for 3 times the money. Can't wait to go back.

We had lunch at Dirty Al's in SPI; it's in a building with a marina and you can buy fresh seafood there, too. I ordered the snapper throats (thanks to the poster who mentioned them) and enjoyed them very much. We also had the New Orleans peel & eat shrimp--yum. Great fries, not so good onion rings.

We went to South Padre Brewing Company for dinner and had the pizza, half with tomato sauce and pepperoni, half with basil pesto and quail. We liked the quail/pesto side better. Also liked that they had a whole wheat crust option.

We got take out from Captain Roy's one night and liked it so much we went another night for dinner. Wonderful fried fish--do not miss it! Good fries, too. Skip the fried oysters. I had the beef fajitas dinner and ate every bite.

Roy didn't have dessert, so the waitress suggested Amberjack's. I mentioned that I had heard their food wasn't great. She agreed, but said the desserts were good. I got cheesecake to go, and it was fine. It is a lovely restaurant, much nicer than the others we tried. But I prefer good food to nice surroundings.

I also got a dessert at Louis' on the Bay one night--wasn't worth eating.

Dec 30, 2007
BabsinTX in Texas

Socorro Springs Grill & Brewery--Socorro NM

We tried this restaurant on 11/2/07 while visiting New Mexico Tech. Fabulous. The green chile hamburger was out of this world, as were the potato wedges served with it. They had a seasonal dessert, pumpkin roll, that is not to be missed. The entire menu looked great, and we can't wait to get back. I'm not a beer drinker, but my husband loved the IPA.

1012 N. California, Socorro NM

Nov 05, 2007
BabsinTX in Southwest

Pizza in the Houston downtown/convention center area

I lived in New York for 9 years, and my family thinks New York Pizzeria is really good. We go everytime we're in Houston.

Aug 12, 2007
BabsinTX in Texas

spending 3 mos in Rutland- need places to eat

I ate at Little Harry's last month and loved it. We had pad thai and green curry mussels, which were wonderful. It's got a nice atmosphere, but the service is a little uneven.