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Heirloom Tomatoes - along Route 81 South - Virginia to TN

We will be traveling from PA to TN along I81 South tomorrow and are looking to purchase heirloom tomatoes. Any suggestions?

Jul 29, 2014
BRI328 in Mid-Atlantic

Heirloom Tomatoes

Tomorrow we will traveling from Wyomissing to Carlisle then to TN. We are looking to buy heirloom tomatoes Any suggestions on Farms along the way. Taking Turnpike then 81 South.

Jul 29, 2014
BRI328 in Pennsylvania

Pearl and Ash - Alder - Estela

I am going with your suggestion. We made a reservation at Pearl and Ash at7pm and then made an 8:30pm reservation at Estela. Here is our current itinerary:

Friday: Pearl and Ash

Estela

Alder for a drink afterwards

Saturday: ABC Cocina for lunch

Betony for dinner

Sunday: Need suggestions on brunch before leaving the city.

We were thinking Red Rooster or The Cecil in Harlem or exploring a neighborhood in Brooklyn. We currently have a reservation at The Cecil since Red Rooster is on a walk in basis. Any thoughts?

Apr 03, 2014
BRI328 in Manhattan

Pearl and Ash - Alder - Estela

We will be in the city on 4/25 - 4/27. Looking for suggestions on which place to try. Pearl and Ash - Alder - Estela. I currently have an 8pm reservation at Pearl and Ash and we thought about going to Estela for a drink/snack before our reservation.... any thoughts? I've been reading reviews and they have been mixed on P&A and Alder.

Mar 27, 2014
BRI328 in Manhattan

New Year's Eve - DC - Suggestion

We will be in DC this year again for NYE. Last year we had a great dinner at Fiola and then went to the bar at Charlie Palmers for the New Year.
This year we are looking to have our big meal at lunch, then find a restaurant with a trendy bar that might serve a tapas/a la carte menu.
I know most restaurants do a prefix menu for NYE and we may have to go the other route, so I made a tentative reservation at Del Campo.
Any suggestions would be very helpful.

Oct 22, 2013
BRI328 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Visiting Atlanta - Need Suggestions

We are willing to take cab/MARTA. We will not have a car.

Jun 17, 2013
BRI328 in Atlanta

Visiting Atlanta - Need Suggestions

Visiting this week for a conference downtown. Need suggestions for dinner. Steaks, seafood, Spanish Tapas, Farm to Table, trendy, sushi. Staying at Marriott Downtown

Jun 16, 2013
BRI328 in Atlanta

Visiting - July - One Specail Dinner

Updated:

Friday Dinner: Naha
Sunday Dinner: Mexique
Monday Dinner: Balena

Lunch one day will be at Lou Malnati for deep dish pizza

May 24, 2013
BRI328 in Chicago Area

Visiting - July - One Specail Dinner

I have changed Friday night to Naha and have added Mexique to my list. The menu looks interesting. We will definitley try Lou Malnati's or Pizano's one day for lunch. Thanks for the suggestions.

May 23, 2013
BRI328 in Chicago Area

Visiting - July - One Specail Dinner

Since a lot of places are closed this week that we wanted to dine at ... Grace, Goosefoot, Schwa, Acadia and decided not to bring (jackets/ties) we limit ourselves to some of the "special occasion places". We will do those places in the Fall/Winter.

I have listed below our tentative itinerary. Please let me know your thoughts. We are staying at the Hotel Palomar.

Wed 7/3 - Lunch - GT Fish and Oyster
Wed 7/3 - Dinner: Girl and the Goat (drinks before/after at The Aviary)

Thurs 7/4- Lunch: ?
Thurs 7/4- Dinner: Tavernita

Fri: 7/5 - Lunch ?
Fri: 7/5 - Dinner: Blackbird (not set in stone)

Sat: 7/6 - Lunch: ?
Sat: 7/6 - Dinner: Bavette's Bar and Boeuf

Sun: 7/7 - Brunch: North Pond
Sun: 7/7 - Dinner: Balena

Mon: 7/8 - Lunch?
Mon: 7/8 - Dinner: Mercat a la Planxa

Tues: leaving the city

If we do breakfast during our stay I have selected Jam, Little Market Brasserie, Perennial Virant, Little Goat Diner, Bongo Room.

Lunch places on our list: Au Cheval Bar, Siena Tavern, Sable, Belly Q, Fat Rice, The Purple Pig

As for Friday night dinner, other options were Moto, Naha, Boka, EL Ideas.

Other places on my list: Trenchermen, Nightwood, Nellcote, Boarding House, Longman & Eagle

May 22, 2013
BRI328 in Chicago Area

Visiting - July - One Specail Dinner

Both restaurants are closed that week, I emailed both of them.

Apr 11, 2013
BRI328 in Chicago Area

Visiting - July - One Specail Dinner

Also looks like Acadia is closed that week. Let's hope we can score a reservation at Goosefoot on Friday, July 5!

Apr 08, 2013
BRI328 in Chicago Area

Visiting - July - One Specail Dinner

Thanks, I will look into El Ideas!

Apr 04, 2013
BRI328 in Chicago Area

Visiting - July - One Specail Dinner

Thanks. No, we do not need a view of the fireworks at Sixteen. Looking for good food and service.

Apr 04, 2013
BRI328 in Chicago Area

Visiting - July - One Specail Dinner

Grace and Elizabeth are both closed the first week of July. I contacted the restaurants directly and Rebecca at Grace has been very helpful with suggestions. I made a reservation at Sixteen for July 4th night. I am not sure if I want to purchase tickets for Alinea, since my work schedule varies and we may not be in the city that week. If I can get reservation at Goosefoot that week, I am going to cancel Sixteen. If by chance when it gets closer to the date and Alinea has openings at the last minute, I will buy the tickets. How much are the wine parings at Alinea? Or can you just order by the glass or bottle?

Apr 04, 2013
BRI328 in Chicago Area

Visiting - July - One Specail Dinner

Goosefoot looks interesting. Where do I check to see what is available at Alinea? Coming from Philadelphia/NYC ... the lottery seems like a hassle.

Apr 03, 2013
BRI328 in Chicago Area

Visiting - July - One Specail Dinner

My partner and I will be visiting the city the week of July 4. We are looking for one "special occasion" dinner during our week stay. Grace and Elizabeth are both closed this week. Others on my list are: TRU, L2O, Sixteen (do they have a view of the fireworks on July 4th?) We are not sure if we want to take a chance on the ticket lottery for Aliena and Next. Schwa is also on the list. Any suggestions welcomed.

We have a reservation at Girl and The Goat for dinner and North Pond for brunch on Sunday.

Apr 03, 2013
BRI328 in Chicago Area

DC - New Year's Eve

hoping to get a seat the bar at Bibiana after dinner, but being a small area, not sure if it will work...

Dec 20, 2012
BRI328 in Washington DC & Baltimore

DC - New Year's Eve

We are going to Fiola for an earlier dinner, then we are going to find a nice bar/lounge to bring in the New Year!

Dec 20, 2012
BRI328 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Bakery - Alexandria - Arlington - DC area - Italian or French

Visiting over the holidays and need to bring a birthday cake for a celebration. Need suggestions on an exceptional bakery or a restaurant where I could buy one. Somehting with a little chocolate, maybe hazel nut, puff pastry layers, cream...etc..

Dec 20, 2012
BRI328 in Washington DC & Baltimore

DC - New Year's Eve

Visiting the area for New Year's Eve and looking for a restaurant that might be serving an a la carte menu and not a prefix. If prefix, nothing over $125.00 per person. Looking for something trendy, fun, mid 30's - 40's crowd. Looking for Steaks, Seafood, Contemporary, Italian, etc...

Dec 03, 2012
BRI328 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Blackbird, Asheville

Thanks for the report. We are traveling to Asheville for Thanksgiving from Philadelphia to see family. We thought about Blackbird for Thanksgiving Day.. after receiving their menu, we were not impressed considering they are charging $55 per person for a three course meal! Two of courses... Soup or Salad and dessert. Menu is posted on their website. We have reservation at Storm Rhum Bar and are on the waiting list at The Red Stag Grille ... their Brazilan Menu looks awesome.

Nov 15, 2012
BRI328 in Southeast

Rehearsal Dinner - Center City

Thanks.. we just received their information. We are thinking about The Red Owl Tavern. We do not want to spend more than $100.00 per person. The Wedding is $160.00 a person. We wanted Matyson, but they want $5500.00 to buy the restaurant out for the night.

Oct 19, 2012
BRI328 in Philadelphia

Rehearsal Dinner - Center City

Need suggestions for a rehearsal dinner for about 30 - 40 people in Center City on a Thursday night in March next year. Would prefer a BYOB, but not required. Been calling around and some places want between $2500.00 - $5500.00 for the night because you have to buyout the restaurant for the night. We are looking for around 8pm. Any suggestions welcomed.

Oct 17, 2012
BRI328 in Philadelphia

Market Place or The Junction - Asheville

Visiting over Thanksgiving (I have another post for Thanksgiving Day) most likely we are going to The Blackbird for Thanksgiving Dinner, Curate for lunch on Friday, and The Admiral on Saturday night.

I am looking for Friday night for dinner 11 adults, 4 children.... Market Place or The Junction?
We have a reservation at The Market Place, but the menu looks small and The Junctions looks good.
On my list also is Cucina 24 or Posana Cafe, Chestnut. Any suggestions welcome.

Oct 11, 2012
BRI328 in Southeast

Thanksgiving - Asheville

I think only 2 of us are going to The Admiral on Saturday night.

We been to the GP one time for dinner, I was not that impressed, but the view is beautiful. The Red Stag Grille looks interesting. I read the The Blackbird is moving next to the Aloft Hotel, where we are staying. Is the Blackbird good? maybe they will be open for Thanksgiving Day.

Sep 21, 2012
BRI328 in Southeast

Thanksgiving - Asheville

Thanks everyone for your suggestions. So far we have secured a reservation at Curate for Friday night. My partner and I may stay Saturday night and go to The Admiral ourselves. The issue we are having is most restaurants downtown are closed on Thanksgiving Day. We may to the Red Stag Grille on Thanksgiving Day... or Grove Park.

Sep 20, 2012
BRI328 in Southeast

Thanksgiving - Asheville

How about wine bars? for drinks before and after dinner.

Sep 13, 2012
BRI328 in Southeast

Thanksgiving - Asheville

Also, how is Table? When I travel to other cities, I like to search for good kitchen kitchen stores and markets. Any suggestions?

Sep 13, 2012
BRI328 in Southeast

Thanksgiving - Asheville

I am so glad you replied! I have been researching restaurants in the area and most fellow chowhounds take your advice. On Thanksgiving, my partner and I are meeting his side of the family in TN. We all decided that this year we will meet in Asheville. On Thanksgiving night we would like to find a place that could accomodate all of us. On Friday and Saturday we may go our own seperate ways. Places I would like to try while in town from Philadelphia are: Curate, The Admiral, Cucina 24, Market Place, Storm, The Junction, and SunnyPoint for Breakfast. Not sure if we will be able to squeeze everything in on this trip. Most of the family may leave on Saturday to return home to TN, but my partner and I may stay. We are big on farm to table restaurants, local farmers, tapas. In Philly we have Jamonera which is small tapas Spanish, so Curate in on my list.
Any suggestions you may have to make our trip memorable will be greatly appreciated.

Sep 13, 2012
BRI328 in Southeast