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Sunday Brunch/Lunch Upton

Wife's not into BBQ, unfortunately.

Jun 23, 2014
frk040 in Southern New England

Sunday Brunch/Lunch Upton

Taking ferry to Bridgeport,CT, then driving to Ogunquit.
Sturbridge is on route, as is Kimball Farm in Westford.
Thanks

Jun 21, 2014
frk040 in Southern New England

Sunday Brunch/Lunch Upton

Looking for a Brunch or Lunch rec for a Sunday drive up to Maine around 2PM. Yelp liked Red Rock Grille in Upton - any other recs for Brunch/Lunch not too far off I-90 in same area would be appreciated.

Jun 21, 2014
frk040 in Southern New England

Ogunquit recs for Sept '14

Good idea - things change.

Mar 23, 2014
frk040 in Northern New England

Ogunquit recs for Sept '14

Ocean looks great - we'll have our anniversary dinner there Sept 9

THANKS

Mar 17, 2014
frk040 in Northern New England

Ogunquit recs for Sept '14

We love Maine in Sept. - Usually BH isn't that crowded the week after Labor Day, hope Ogunquit is the same. Staying at Beachmere.
Passed through Ogunquit about 20 years ago and had a nice lunch at Barnacle Billy's - lobster out of the shell served on paper plates.
Thanks for the suggestions so far.

Frank

Mar 15, 2014
frk040 in Northern New England

Ogunquit recs for Sept '14

Hello,
We usually opt for Bar Harbor the week after Labor Day in Sept., but decided on Ogunquit this year. In BH area we like Mache Bistro, Café This Way, Red Sky, Fathom, and Side Street Café for pub grub. Any similar dining spots in Ogunquit area? Thanks a lot and Happy St Patrick's Day...

Mar 15, 2014
frk040 in Northern New England

Get me out of that San Juan Caribe Hilton

I disagree about subway - just get the vegetables on a whole grain roll - worked for us on our trip to the Grand Canyon and San Juan -

Dec 03, 2013
frk040 in Latin America & Caribbean

Trader Joe's Going Downhill?

All I buy at TJ's is the Tofu and hummus, still cheaper than the grocery store

Dec 01, 2013
frk040 in Chains

Get me out of that San Juan Caribe Hilton

We stayed at the Caribe in Feb/13 - it's kind of isolated. There is a Subway sandwich shop right outside the main gate if you're desperate. Actually, it's not that bad for a quick and cheap lunch. That's about the only dining option within walking distance.

Or...take a taxi to Old San Juan and go to Café Puerto Rico for a 'local' lunch and another taxi for coffee and pastry at Hacienda San Pedro. I recall that there was a Starbucks in the hotel lobby.

Dec 01, 2013
frk040 in Latin America & Caribbean

Help me make the perfect home fries

Red or Yukon Gold medium size, with shiny skins. Boil whole about 35 minutes until very well done. Cool down, the cut into chunks. Cover bottom of skillet with olive oil, add potatoes, and cook at medium heat, shaking pan until browned, about 5-10 minutes, lower heat to low and continue cooking, shaking skillet every now and then for another 10 minutes. Turn off heat, add 1 T butter to pan if potatoes are not too greasy looking - let butter melt under potato layer in cooling pan. Add lots of paprika, a few turns of black pepper and a bit of turmeric. Stir everything up and eat.

Nov 17, 2013
frk040 in Home Cooking

Lunch on the way to Newport

Thanks to both suggestions - got plenty to choose from

Sep 03, 2013
frk040 in Southern New England

Lunch on the way to Newport

Driving from Bridgeport, CT to Newport in a few weeks. Looking for a nice lunch spot on the way to and from.

Got a GREAT rec from Chowhounds a few years back for Cleonice in Ellsworth, ME

Same type of place would be fine.

THANKS !

Sep 01, 2013
frk040 in Southern New England

Bar Harbor Dining

We liked Fathom - went there when it first opened about 2 years ago. A while back so things might have changed - it's the same location as Maggies Classic Scales, one of our all-time favorite BH spots. Food was good, but only remember outstanding bread basket of fresh baked ass't sliced breads with maple flavored butter.

Red Sky was tops for food, Mache Bistro OK, but very small and can get noisy if large party is seated, Café this Way has been discovered and table placement gotten too close. Breakfast always good at 2 Cats
Nice surprise was Side Street Café - very casual, nicely done guacamole, generous pours on the drinks, good, inexpensive 'comfort' food - not greasy burgers but veggie wraps, lobster rolls, etc

All places vegetarian friendly

Aug 12, 2013
frk040 in Northern New England

Gramercy/W Village this Saturday @6PM

Never been to any of them - only 'know' them by menu's online and Yelp reviews (which can be tricky)

May 27, 2013
frk040 in Manhattan

Gramercy/W Village this Saturday @6PM

Looking for nice fish prep AND fresh (preferably) pasta around 14th St locale. @ $100 for 2, 1 with wine. Considered Paul & Jimmy's, Le Midi, Bocca

THANX

May 26, 2013
frk040 in Manhattan

Montauk Food

Harvest was just OK for us - the 1 dish serves 2 policy was not for us - but I've heard that they now have a separate menu for single selections - but would not go back based upon previous visit - food was too heavy on cream and cheeses, but that was 5 years ago - things change. Location a big plus.

Dave's is terrific - just know that the reservation policy is same day/call at 4:15PM. It's worth the hassle - great, fresh fish and veggie cuisine.

Never been to Duryeas.

Sep 02, 2012
frk040 in New York State (exc. NYC)

Montauk Food

We're heading out to Montauk in about a week - it's been 5 years since we've been there and many new places have opened (and closed) since then.

South Edison, Bliss Kitchen, The Coast, to name a few that sound interesting.

Liked: Dave's Grille, Shagwong, Fishbar, and East by Northeast - Anthony's or Joni's for breakfast.

Any recommendations on new places would be greatly appreciated - don't trust Yelp or Tripadvisor on serious food matters.

THANKS

Sep 01, 2012
frk040 in New York State (exc. NYC)

Roman Memories--Long

A belated THANK- YOU
You were kind enough to email the Excel Rome restaurant guide which proved to be a great help

Jul 10, 2012
frk040 in Italy

Where to eat in Montauk/Amgansett? Please help.

Going in mid-September. Never been to Hideaway - menu looks great. We usually go to Dave's Grille - outstanding chopped salad and martini's and Shagwong for local flavor.
You're right about Montauk - in 10 years it will Eastern East Hampton.

Jul 05, 2012
frk040 in New York State (exc. NYC)

Thanksgiving in Key West

On second thought, Thanksgiving dinner at Blue Heaven would absolutely be a memorable event.

http://www.blueheavenkw.com/

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Blue Heaven Restaurant
729 Thomas St, Key West, FL 33040

Oct 10, 2011
frk040 in Florida

Thanksgiving in Key West

1) Email or phone restaurant for info on Thanksgiving.
2) Haven't gone in 3 years, but our favorites are (in order): La Trattoria, Santiago's Bodega, Square One, Antonia's, Mangoes for dinner. Loved La Te Da, but heard chef Alice Weingarten had left, a huge negative.
For breakfast: Camille’s, Blue Heaven, Sarabeth's. All are within walking distance of Duval Gardens.
3) Hmmm. Conch Chowder and Key Lime Pie perhaps.

Happy Thanksgiving.

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Blue Heaven Restaurant
729 Thomas St, Key West, FL 33040

Santiago's Bodega
207 Petronia St, Key West, FL 33040

La Trattoria Restaurant
524 Duval St, Key West, FL 33040

Square One Restaurant
1075 Duval St Ste C12, Key West, FL 33040

Sarabeth's
530 Simonton St, Key West, FL 33040

Oct 10, 2011
frk040 in Florida

Anniversary dinner in Key West

We always go to La Trattoria on Duval St. on our 1st night in KW. Call them up, tell them it's your anniversary, and get one of the two small tables located in each window alcove. It’s like your own private table facing Duval St. Great food, service, and best martinis on the planet (in our humble opinion). We haven't been there in 4 years, so I hope these tables are still there. After dinner, walk over to Better Than Sex Restaurant on Petronia St. for dessert – not too far – about 3-4 blocks.

Happy Anniversary....

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La Trattoria Restaurant
524 Duval St, Key West, FL 33040

Better Than Sex
411 Petronia St, Key West, FL 33040

Sep 18, 2011
frk040 in Florida

BURNING TREE-- Bar Harbor

Agree. We've been to Burning Tree about 4 times - 1st meal was great , way back in th 80's, then downhill since then. Won't go back - too many good spots in the area - Red Sky in SW Harbor is our favorite.

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Burning Tree Restaurant
69 Otter Creek Dr, Mount Desert, ME 04660

Red Sky
14 Clark Point Rd, Southwest Harbor, ME 04679

Aug 07, 2011
frk040 in Northern New England

Friends' Dinner in Key West

Santiago's Bodega was one of our favorites last time in KW. Small plates very well prepared beer and wine. Low key atmosphere, tables out or in. Very inexpensive for KW. La Trattoria is our all time favorite Italian spot, great martinis and food, more upscale. Even more upscale - Louie's has opened an addition to their main restaurant - haven’t been there yet, but seems to be a bit more laid back. If you liked Louie’s, go back.

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Santiago's Bodega
207 Petronia St, Key West, FL 33040

La Trattoria Restaurant
524 Duval St, Key West, FL 33040

Jul 30, 2011
frk040 in Florida

Bar Harbor Dining

Just found out Maggie's closed this year and was replaced by Fathom. Lobster crepes at Maggie's were great - too bad. Fathom has gotten some decent write-up on Tripadvisor, not the most reliable source of restaurant reviews, but some got into good detail.

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant...

Anyone been there yet?

Jul 18, 2011
frk040 in Northern New England

Bar Harbor Dining

Tahini Dressing

1" piece of fresh ginger chopped fine
3T Tahini
3T Tamari
3 cloves garlic
1/2 cup veg. oil
1/2 olive oil
juice of 1 lemon

Blend

That's what is written on the paper, but... I used 1 cup olive oil instead of the half and half mix. This is a great deal of dressing, but it can be saved in the 'fridge for future use

Jul 03, 2011
frk040 in Northern New England

Bar Harbor Dining

First went to Burning Tree in the 1980's when it opened. One room, organic, vegetarian, and fish served. I remember commenting about how we all loved the salad dressing - 5 minutes later, the waitress came out with the hand written recipe for it. Still have it - it's a garlic ginger thing - very good.

Has seemed to have grown quite a bit since then - not for the better, unfortunately.

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Burning Tree Restaurant
69 Otter Creek Dr, Mount Desert, ME 04660

Jul 03, 2011
frk040 in Northern New England

Bar Harbor Dining

Might be too late, but here's some of our favorites in Bar Harbor:
Red Sky (Southwest Harbor) Great food - worth the drive
Maggies for the Lobster Crepes (has seen better days, but those crepes are great)
Mache Bistro - small, quiet, good food
Burning Tree (a bit ouside of BH)
Havana (OK food and service, but don't believe all the hype)
Cafe This Way for Breakfast or Dinner (very low-key, funky, fun, good food)
2 Cats for breakfast (same as above)
Breakfast place on Main st - forgot the name, but decent food with locals

Will be trying on our return in Sept:
Looking Glass at the Bluenose Inn
Reading Room -Bar Harbor Inn
XYZ in SW Harbor - Mexican

That about all that come to mind right now,

Have a great trip

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Cafe This Way
14 Mount Desert St, Bar Harbor, ME 04609

Burning Tree Restaurant
69 Otter Creek Dr, Mount Desert, ME 04660

Red Sky
14 Clark Point Rd, Southwest Harbor, ME 04679

2 Cats
130 Cottage St, Bar Harbor, ME 04609

Reading Room
Newport Dr, Bar Harbor, ME 04609

Jun 10, 2011
frk040 in Northern New England

Pleasanton eats

Great - Faz and Red Smoke sound like very good choices. Maybe I'll take a cab on the 3rd night
and do some exploring. THANKS AGAIN.

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Faz Restaurant & Bar
5121 Hopyard Road, Pleasanton, CA 94588

Apr 30, 2011
frk040 in San Francisco Bay Area