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downtown Pittsburgh, early breakfast

I will be arriving in Pittsburgh on the overnight train from Chicago on a Thursday morning, 5:15AM, leaving at 7:20AM

Is there a good place for breakfast (diner type food), near the railroad station, which is open that early? Pamela's and Deluca's don't open until after my departure time.

Aug 26, 2009
gregleck in Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh - 4 hour Amtrak layover

Many thanks for all of the suggestions. CrazyOne raises a good point . First, when I mentioned "old school" I was thinking of a Pittsburgh restaurant which might have been around since the 1920s or 1930s. 1980s doesn't all into that category. And, I will be dining alone. A place where I could sit at the bar, eating good, but not necessarily gourmet food, is what I am looking for.

Jul 13, 2009
gregleck in Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh - 4 hour Amtrak layover

I will be passing through Pittsburgh's Penn Station and will have a 8PM to midnight wait for my next train. Where should I have dinner? I am looking for something which is "essential" Pittsburgh in terms of food and decor. Any cuisine except seafood is fine. Extra points for something traditional or "old school."

Jul 11, 2009
gregleck in Pennsylvania

6 hour Amtrak stopover

I will be passing through Chicago by train on my way to Kansas City. i'll have from 9AM to 3PM on a Friday before my train leaves from Union Station.

Will be single, and would be willing to travel by public transport.

What would be recommended, quintessential Chicago spots for lunch? Looking for casual to business dress, any cuisine except seafood. Extra points for places which are unique or serve items unlikely to be found outside of Chicago.

Jul 10, 2009
gregleck in Chicago Area

Romantic dinner, Midtown to Financial district

Have cancelled reservations at Molyvos. Devi and Alta and Apizz all look great - the right type of ambience and atmosphere. Unless someone suggests otherwise, I will choose one of these three.

Thanks to all for their suggestions!

Feb 20, 2009
gregleck in Manhattan

Romantic dinner, Midtown to Financial district

Now that Valentine's day is over, I am looking for place for a romantic anniversary dinner, anywhere in Manhattan south of Central Park.

Cuisine - Continental; Italian, Greek, Spanish, all OK. Seafood not required as a strong point. Indian, Burmese, Malayan, Indonesian also OK.

Korean, Japanese, Thai, Chinese not OK.

Dress code - someplace where a jacket and tie or suit is not required, but would not be out of place.

Price - $150 or so for two. EMP, The Modern, etc too upscale. Ambience and atmosphere are important, food should be good but need not be "best ever" or "fantastic."

Maybe it is the music on the website, but Molyvos seems to fit the bill. Any other suggestions?

Feb 17, 2009
gregleck in Manhattan

Philadelphia upscale but not top end

M IS closing this Saturday - the Inquirer had a note about this, as well as another long time restaurant which is closing the same day.

As for my Saturday quest, usually BYOBs are fine but for this night I'd like to be able to order a cocktail and a good wine.

Jun 28, 2007
gregleck in Pennsylvania

Philadelphia upscale but not top end

Good point - have posted there. And thanks for the recommendation!

Jun 28, 2007
gregleck in Pennsylvania

Philadelphia upscale but not top end

Looking for a Philadelphia, Center City restaurant where I won't be overdressed if wearing a suit and tie, but not at the high end such as Le Bec Fin, Susanna Foo, Striped Bass. Wondering if Alma de Cuba would fit the bill? Years ago the restaurant at Hotel Atop the Bellvue, with live piano music, would be what I had in mind, but I believe that restaurant has changed.

Jun 28, 2007
gregleck in Pennsylvania

Philadelphia upscale but not top end

Looking for a Philadelphia, Center City restaurant where I won't be overdressed if wearing a suit and tie, but not at the high end such as Le Bec Fin, Susanna Foo, Striped Bass. Wondering if Alma de Cuba would fit the bill? Years ago the restaurant at Hotel Atop the Bellvue, with live piano music, would have fit the bill perfectly, but I believe that restaurant has changed.

Jun 28, 2007
gregleck in Pennsylvania

Update: Speed's is here

<<Who said a Speeds Dog is 300 calories?? >>

That was me. Just a wild a** guess on my part because I have never had one - hopefully I will when I arrive in Boston at the end of the week. I do know, however, that you have to walk about a mile to burn up 100 Calories - so perhaps you'd have to walk eight or nine miles? I have walked 100 kilometers (62 miles) in one day on several occasions - each time I lost two pounds.

May 14, 2007
gregleck in Greater Boston Area

Update: Speed's is here

<<Wonder how far you have to walk to burn off a Speed Dog?>>

At least three miles is my guess, if it's 300 Calories. Haven't been to Boston since 1982, but will be there next week and I would like to check this out! Where exactly is Newmarket Square?

May 13, 2007
gregleck in Greater Boston Area

Reunion Dinner in Boston or Cambridge

Six of us will be meeting in Cambridge for our 25th college reunion and will be going out to dinner on Friday night. Most of the eateries we fondly remember from our halcyon days are gone (Harvard Square's Wursthaus and Ferdinand's were two) so I need some advice on where to go.

Looking for something in the North End, Cambridge, or Boston (Somerville's Davis Square would be OK as well) which is moderate to slightly upscale, with good food, and an atmosphere which would allow animated discussion and reminiscing among six people who haven't seen each other in a long time. Type of cuisine not critical; the important thing is ii is good and we can talk.

Greg

May 13, 2007
gregleck in Greater Boston Area