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John Andrew's in Egremont....really?? Need some CH's opinions please!

We've experienced some of the worst and rudest service there and although the food was enjoyed, the experience was not. We stopped going a few years ago. It's hard to feel motivated to try again. Inept service or inexperience is one thing, bad attitude another.

Nov 07, 2011
Roxy9 in Southern New England

Russell, MA Huntington, MA Worthington, MA

Don't do it! The Rapids has had many reincarnations, all awful! This is Dominos meets Papa Johns. Would love if the hilltowns had great, even good pizza.
Bread Euphoria in Haydenville has pizza - not thin crust brick oven, almost more focaccia style. Will not satisfy a traditional pizza craving, but good fresh ingredients.

Jun 19, 2011
Roxy9 in Southern New England

Best Price on Parmigiano Reggiano in Brooklyn (or any outer borough)

Coluccio - it's the best (they also have grana padano, but that's a different variety). There's a significant difference in quality between theirs and Fairway imho. Coluccio also has other great (and fresh) Italian cheeses. Try their piave and taleggio. I'm not a big Fairway fan for cheese, but I'm in the minority on that one... I think about $9/lb for parm at Coluccio. Russo in Park Slope and even Union Market are better quality than Fairway, albeit, more $.

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Jul 09, 2010
Roxy9 in Outer Boroughs

Tempo closing

we agree. "it was SO comfortable" which was my only point - again, it was in my view a "drift into" kinda place). And we agree that it's so sad that they're closing. I was not responding to your post (and yes, I am so heartbroken about the closing and yes, I am generalizing about slopers, of which I am one - but I stand by my generalizations). I'm glad you had a great meal tonight and I'm sorry that neither of us can go back next week and that more slopers didn't enjoy it on a regular basis like we did.
PS: I can't understand your statement: "I'm sorry if you think that's snobby" re: you being on the mailing-list, so I won't respond. But, in any event, I raise my glass to Tempo for all the wonderful meals we both have had there.

Jun 06, 2009
Roxy9 in Outer Boroughs

Tempo closing

And I thought it was SO comfortable - not stuffy at all and absolutely a place to drift into..
I'm back to my original post's premise: slopers are reverse snobs - lovely service and ambience is "too much" for them and Tempo was thought of as a special occasion place when it was truly a great "any night" restaurant appropriate for an upscale neighborhood and no more expensive than al di la or stone park.

Jun 06, 2009
Roxy9 in Outer Boroughs

Tempo closing

Fleur hits the nail on the head when he mentions "mentality of Park Slope residents". I think this plays more of part in Tempo's demise than the economy (which of course only exacerbates the problem). Recently, after ordering a bottle of wine, Robert commented that very few people order moderate priced bottles or any bottles from his wonderful wine list - we were one of a handful of couples. I don't believe this is because diners can't afford it. We're comfortable (and so are most slopers) but we're not new slopers and we could never have bought into the Slope in the past 10 years. So, PS'ers, the old guard and the new, are frugal, to put it nicely. And to further generalize - Slopers are notoriously reverse snobs (healthy incomes and the shlumpiest looking folks around. Shlumpy with pride!)- Tempo was too nice for us! What a shame. One of the things I'll miss, along with the wonderful food was that you could actually have a conversation as you dined since everybody doesn't have to sit on top of everyone else. One of the few "adult" dining experiences in PS. Very, very sad to see it go.

Jun 06, 2009
Roxy9 in Outer Boroughs

Northhampton Eats

Sidestreet Cafe in Florence (still part of Northampton, minutes from the center of town). Great food. We love the shrimp and crab appetizer and the blackened scallops to name a few (had one mediocre dish - the catfish. It was bland). Service can be slow, wine is barely serviceable if you like good wine, but I can deal since the food is best I've had in the area. If anyone knows a restaurant in Northampton with a great wine list, please let me know! It's been very hard for us to find great food in Northampton and Sidestreet does a nice job. We do like breakfast and coffee at Green Bean. We also go to a roadside fried fish shack (in Williamsburg I think)serving lobster rolls (okay, not great) on weekends located on rt 9 at a nursery (not the golf range one). There's an ice cream shack there too and they are usually quite generous with the hot fudge! It's local and it's fun. Too bad it's not scenic. Northampton has many strengths but great restaurants is not one of them.

May 18, 2009
Roxy9 in All New England Archive

Local Burger and Fries - Northampton

There's a brief review on Local in the travel section of Sunday's NY Times under the 'Bites' column. Largely positive, other than mentioning the less than crisp sweet potato fries.

Apr 14, 2009
Roxy9 in Southern New England

WMass Sugar shacks. Tis' the season

We like Windy Hill Farm : Rte. 112 S. to Sam Hill Rd. to West St. Oldest sugarhouse in town according to the "list".

Definitely off the beaten path and rustic, it is truly a sugar "shack" and a very small place. Not buffet (which I prefer) and very, very much for locals not tourists. Unfortunately, I seem to remember plastic or styrofoam plates. Let me say again that the two operative words are: Rustic & SHACK. Quite a decent bkfst - more than decent - but the ambience (or lack thereof) makes everything taste even better!

Mar 12, 2009
Roxy9 in All New England Archive

Quality dinner in Northampton, MA

Sidestreet cafe in Florence (a 'burb' of sorts of Norhampton). The food is absolutely the best in quality and presentation to any of the Noho restaurants we've tried. If you are wine drinkers, their selection is just okay - not great, but serviceable. No drinks - wine only.
We love the shrimp/crab cake appetizer, grilled caesar, husband likes the ribs (winter menu only) and some good fish/vegetarian options. Service is usually very friendly, sometimes too slow (but we're NY'ers, so take with a grain of salt). Again, it is the only better quailty, attention to detail food we have found in the Northampton area - and not for lack of trying. We like Green Bean for bkfst or lunch. Venture to Hadley (South Hadley?) and relatively good is Esselon Cafe - certainly great compared to Northampton options - but it is all relative..

Mar 08, 2009
Roxy9 in All New England Archive

Where to buy live lobsters in Noho area?

Last minute plans to have New Year's dinner at home with a few friends. Where can we get live lobsters, preferably where they will cook/steam them for us?

Dec 29, 2008
Roxy9 in All New England Archive

ISO Italian Fig Cookies...

Ditto for Mona Lisa Bakery. The others are great - these are sublime. While you're there, check out the outrageous Christmas lights on the nearby homes! There are traffic jams to see them, but you can eat your fig cookies as you drive around.

Dec 15, 2008
Roxy9 in Outer Boroughs

Bistro Blanc in Glenelg/Columbia area?

Thanks to everyone! We actually went tonight to Iron Bridge. We went early and had a relatively private table in the 'second' room - the one without the wine selection. The other room did become noisy quickly, but our table turned out to be ideal. We started by browsing the bottles of wine - albeit, I felt bad for the ppl at the table that was almost up against the wine bottles - to see the wines, you have to squeeze by them. That said, this concept of choosing a bottle and paying the minimal $10 corkage fee over retail was very appealing to us. Love the concept. Apps: fried calamari - good; and don't take this the wrong way, but it was probably great by local standards, we do better in Brooklyn. Lovely and light beet salad - perfectly balanced with feta and walnuts and a dressing that was not overbearing. Butternut/Arugula Pizza: Not so much a pizza (we like thin crust, charred), but really a flatbread with some good toppings. The flatbread was less crisp and thin than we prefer, but very enjoyable overall. For entrees, we had a lobster special with lobster sampled three ways - one was a lobster bisque which was superb, the other a lobster croquette which was very good and the third, a shelled lobster tail which was 'fine', not great. The service was terrific. Our waitress was knowledgeable and warm and as SGI mentioned, you are not rushed, even though it began to get quite crowded. Again, thanks to everyone - it was a nice night out!

Dec 12, 2008
Roxy9 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Bistro Blanc in Glenelg/Columbia area?

Thanks so much. Sounds just like what we're looking for. I'll report back..

Have you been for brunch?

Dec 10, 2008
Roxy9 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Bistro Blanc in Glenelg/Columbia area?

Anyone heard of this or been? Coming from NYC and thought we'd make a Saturday night rez at Iron Bridge (based on chowhound recs) but it sounds like Saturday nights are jam-packed and that folks sit on top of each other. We wanted a bit more mellow while we're away from the Big Apple. That said, food quality is a priority...

Dec 09, 2008
Roxy9 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Breakfast/Brunch in Ellicott City or Columbia?

Need somewhere this Saturday morning for three adults and would prefer a place that takes reservations. Not too noisy, fresh ingredients and a good bloody mary wouldn't hurt (but will forgo that for great omelets, etc.) Not from the area, so any suggestions would be very appreciated.

Dec 08, 2008
Roxy9 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Northampton - Casual

Green Bean for bkfst and lunch. Great eggs, veggie choices, good coffee & friendly service. Or, if you have a car, and want to drive, Esselon Cafe is a short distance away (couple of minutes) on rte 9 I believe. Much more space than Green Bean and nice outdoor space too, great coffee that is brewed there and well prepared food. They serve dinner Tues-Sunday night.

Aug 26, 2008
Roxy9 in All New England Archive

Weekend in the Berkshires

And.. while I had a few lovely dishes there, the service was so indifferent & slow which in my book always detracts from the overall experience. When a dish is good there, it's very good - but I am surprised at all the raves as if it is THE place to go in Berkshires. It is a place to go, because it's usually decent, the food is fresh and good, but... perhaps the hype carries it beyond what it deserves? Maybe resting on past laurels when it was perhaps a real culinary destination???

Aug 07, 2008
Roxy9 in All New England Archive

anyone Been to the Strawbale Cafe in Westhampton or the Foothills Grill in Huntington?

Oops! Foothill closed on SUNDAYS in summer - not weekends.

Aug 05, 2008
Roxy9 in All New England Archive

anyone Been to the Strawbale Cafe in Westhampton or the Foothills Grill in Huntington?

Yes - Foothills Grill is in Huntington, one of the hilltowns - not the Berkshires and no, they don't mean Long Island's Huntington - that's a whole other story! Foothills is a small diner style place that serves bkfst and lunch (closes around 2 and is closed in July and August on weekends). Run by a father and son. Father a little grumpy seeming, maybe he prefers locals and it is certainly a locals only crowd. Waitress very nice. We had good pancakes for bkfst one morning and I even was able to get a veggie burger for lunch (harder than one would think in some of these very small towns). The (real) burgers looked good and a nice touch is that they serve their sandwiches on homemade bread which was a honey wheat the day we went for lunch. My husband had a standard egg salad sandwich (mucho mayo - butter and mayo seem to be central in many of the hilltown bkfst/lunch places we've been to) but the homemade bread lifted it up several notches.
Pleasantly surprised by another Huntington place - I believe it's called 4 Main or Main Street. We went for dinner and had an excellent crab cake appetizer (sauteed, not fried and real crab meat, little or no filler) and hubby (the meat-eater) had good prime rib. I had a perfectly well made piece of salmon and it was served rare as I requested. Also - great drinks and lovely service. Try their homemade desserts by Sister's confection - they offer a few every night - YUM. They are closed Monday and Tuesday.

We have a place in Worthington (very small & lovely town imho, but haven't found any food yet -we're new to area) and Huntington is probably the closest for a meal out. Actually, tried the Worthington golf club restaurant - sorry to report it was awful. We had a gloppy appetizer of some little shrimps with what tasted like commercial duck sauce - and I had an over-fried crabcake with mush posing as crab. We do go to Florence, outside of Northampton to Sidestreet Cafe and have had great meals there - the best we've had that's less than an hour from where our home is. Sidestreet is a gem.

Aug 05, 2008
Roxy9 in All New England Archive

Peppino's!

Also try their pasta puttanesca - this is a homestyle, flavorful pasta dish. I've raved about Peppino's many times and so won't repeat past raves, but recently we too get a second pizza on the house because they said that the crust was a little burnt - in fact, it was a tiny slightly over-charred spot and was still delicious.

Aug 05, 2008
Roxy9 in Outer Boroughs

Wing Shing Closed?

Went a few weeks ago and there was a Department of Health notice that due to violations, they had been closed.

Jun 21, 2008
Roxy9 in Outer Boroughs

Where to go near Turner Falls/Deerfield

Ristorante Dipaolo. Had some wonderful, well prepared Italian meals there. It's not fancy, but certainly beyond pizza. Don't know if it's more than you're looking for so here's the web address that includes the menu:
ristorantedipaolo.com

Apr 01, 2008
Roxy9 in All New England Archive

Napa in Great Barrington opened...and soon "The Well"

re: Cafe Adam: Not sure about "thriving". Was there Saturday night at about 8 pm and it was empty. The food (I had bouillabaisse, husband had burger) was quite good. I wasn't happy with the large dollop of aioli on top of the bouillabaisse as it seemed overly heavy and unnecessary for the delightfully tasty dish, but that's a matter of taste. The atmosphere was lovely, but the service was lacking. While the waitress was lovely, I asked her a basic wine question and she simply didn't know any of the wines on the list and could offer no guidance. No problem, so I asked if she could let me speak with someone who could describe a particular wine to me - she said: "Oh, one is a mixed grape, one is not.." OY as we say in New York. The wine list was small (which is fine) but after we couldn't get any info on the bottles, we ordered glasses. They weren't very good and while the prices was quite reasonable, we've had many good wines that are inexpensive. At $25 and up for entrees, which is fair given the quality, they must have a better wine selection. We got a cheese plate with four cheeses and noticed that they weren't the cheeses listed on the menu. We asked what they were and the waitress and hostess only knew two of them (the brie, which was obvious and a gouda). While I risk sounding like a snob, it was just unacceptable how ignorant these nice folks were about the menu. Also, by mid-meal, we were one of only 3 parties at the restaurant - perhaps they could have asked the owner/chef?
In any event, we will return - the food was prepared well - the mussels in the bouillabaisse were plump and succulent. I hope Adam (I believe the owner/chef) trains his lovely staff - that and a better more varied wine list follows.

Mar 16, 2008
Roxy9 in All New England Archive

Lucali: Good, not Great Pizza

So pretentious - good pizza or not.

Feb 05, 2008
Roxy9 in Outer Boroughs

Elementi on 7th Ave. (Spot where Snooky's was)

Great post FoodWine and I am certainly going to give this place a try now. Yes, 7th Ave restaurants are mostly awful and friendly management and servers trying hard is a good start. You're also correct that simple, good enough food should have a home on 7th ave. And good to know that the wine list isn't as wonderful as Tempo (!) as we also simply can't resist when we're there.. That Schiopettino - very, very nice on a cold night.

Jan 21, 2008
Roxy9 in Outer Boroughs

Peppe is OFF MY LIST!

Great - when you try, report back. Had a perfect pie there tonight (at Peppino's not to be confused with Peppe's!). And yes, Lucali's for me asap, winter weight notwithstanding.

Jan 11, 2008
Roxy9 in Outer Boroughs

Peppe is OFF MY LIST!

I think the Bay Ridge Peppino's pizza is far better than Anthony's and Franny's. As a brick pizza lover, I'm embarrassed to say that I haven't been to Lucali's yet. I've only had the pasta so far at the PS Peppino's branch (puttanesca which was flavorful and very satisfying), so can't say yet if the PS pizza equals the bay ridge. A friend had it, really liked it, but said it was a little saucier and not quite at their Bay Ridge pie level. I think the owner's father (who ran/owned Aniello's, the regular pizza joint that was in that space) made that pie and he's used to making the non-brick oven style pizza - maybe why it was a little less crisp and saucier? Keep in mind that I really like a dry, crisp bottom - no wet parts and a nicely charred crust. Therefore, I don't usually get toppings as any topping moistens the pie. Often times at brick oven places, I ask them to go light on the sauce. Anyway, try this place - I think it will be well worth your while.

Jan 10, 2008
Roxy9 in Outer Boroughs

Peppino's - Park Slope

On the byob topic: we sometimes byob at bay ridge Peppino's and that location has a liquor license. They're fine with it. we'd never do this if they had even 'passable' wine - as we're not looking for fine wine at a family pizza restaurant - but, sadly, it's not. It would be so nice if they had some drinkable reds to enjoy with the pizza and pastas. In any event, don't let that be a deal-breaker - if you don't care about wine, go enjoy the tasty food - if you do want wine with your meal as we do, ask them if you can bring in your own bottle (I've always been very willing to pay a corkage fee - but I'm not certain they know about corkage fees, strange as that sounds, and they turned us down when we offered to pay one). Meanwhile, my son just went by there and they're closed even tho they were opened during the day today - so no pizza tonight!

Jan 06, 2008
Roxy9 in Outer Boroughs

Peppe is OFF MY LIST!

Peppino's not delivering yet - hopefully soon.

Jan 06, 2008
Roxy9 in Outer Boroughs