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#1 Post by L Goldsmith » April 26th, 2010, 6:49 pm

Howdy folks!

If there was one thing I kept going back to the other board for was places to eat. I am looking through here and noticed we do not have here is a good listing of restaurants in the various cities all over the globe.

So, please take a moment and lets build this part of the board up with a listing of good eats by city. I will try to create some starter posts once I get this travel grime off me.

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Re: The one thing I will miss over there, so, lets bring it here, Restaurant Recs!

#2 Post by Carolyn Tillie » April 26th, 2010, 6:53 pm

I'm new here and haven't worked my way around the board yet -- is there a food/restaurant section? I ate at Michael Chiarello's Bottega over the weekend and could post that review...

ETA - Ah, I see it. I am IN that forum spot!
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Re: The one thing I will miss over there, so, lets bring it here, Restaurant Recs!

#3 Post by Todd F r e n c h » April 26th, 2010, 6:54 pm

Carolyn Tillie wrote:I'm new here and haven't worked my way around the board yet -- is there a food/restaurant section? I ate at Michael Chiarello's Bottega over the weekend and could post that review...
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Re: The one thing I will miss over there, so, lets bring it here, Restaurant Recs!

#4 Post by Bill Tex Landreth » April 26th, 2010, 6:55 pm

Carolyn Tillie wrote:I'm new here and haven't worked my way around the board yet -- is there a food/restaurant section? I ate at Michael Chiarello's Bottega over the weekend and could post that review...

ETA - Ah, I see it. I am IN that forum spot!

Bottega has a pretty angry polenta under glass with roasted shroooms.
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Re: The one thing I will miss over there, so, lets bring it here, Restaurant Recs!

#5 Post by L Goldsmith » April 26th, 2010, 6:55 pm

Carolyn Tillie wrote:I'm new here and haven't worked my way around the board yet -- is there a food/restaurant section? I ate at Michael Chiarello's Bottega over the weekend and could post that review...
There is not a place on the board just for restaurants. "Over there" they would have a post titled with the name of the city and people would chime in with their picks, etc.
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#6 Post by Peter Kleban » April 26th, 2010, 6:57 pm

L Goldsmith wrote:
Carolyn Tillie wrote:I'm new here and haven't worked my way around the board yet -- is there a food/restaurant section? I ate at Michael Chiarello's Bottega over the weekend and could post that review...
There is not a place on the board just for restaurants. "Over there" they would have a post titled with the name of the city and people would chime in with their picks, etc.
I agree, that would be a useful addition to WB. And I'm getting a little hungry neener

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#7 Post by Scott McArthur » September 26th, 2010, 8:38 pm

Serge,
I just looked at your site. Next time you are up in Niagara or TO, drop me a note and we can break bread.
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#8 Post by Scott McArthur » November 2nd, 2010, 1:28 pm

Serge,
38 days between posts ... were you on self imposed hiatus?
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#9 Post by Scott McArthur » November 9th, 2010, 5:54 pm

Serge Birbrair wrote:
Scott McArthur wrote:Serge,
38 days between posts ... were you on self imposed hiatus?
Nope......but I'll give you a hint:

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#10 Post by craig v » November 20th, 2010, 10:33 am

Waterbar - San Francisico Outstanding seafood combined with stunning up close views of the Bay Bridge. The pan roasted Blue Nose Sea Bass rocked. http://www.waterbarsf.com/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Brix - Napa Valley - Not the latest famous chef restaurant but great food, a very cozy room and views of MT Veeder and vineyards. I know, no hype, judge for yourself. I love the place. http://www.brix.com/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
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#11 Post by stevetimko » January 11th, 2011, 9:11 pm

Some Las Vegas recommendations:

Komol, a nice Thai restaurant in the same shopping center as Lotus of Siam. Ted Erfer and I had dinner there and we agreed it is a satisfactory alternative to Lotus of Siam. Corkage was $5 a bottle. Stems were okay.

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Monta Noodle House in Chinatown for first rate ramen.

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Bachi Burger south of the Strip for a nice variation on burgers. most have an Asian theme and the one I had was really tasty. The salt and pepper fries were regular French frieds with jalapeno peppers. I don't know what their corkage policy is but this could have some offline potential.

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#12 Post by Benjamin P. Edwards » February 1st, 2011, 10:49 am

I know all the hype about LOS in Vegas but I never hear mention of Lemongrassat the ARIA. It is the fanciest Thai food I have ever eaten and some of the best. I am soon to go and try the New York version of LOS but i am waiting a bit until they hit full stride.

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#13 Post by Jeff Fish » March 10th, 2011, 6:39 am

From a recent trip to Sonoma and Napa Valleys, I highly recommend Scopa in Healdsburg (unbelievably good Italian food in a very small space). The Nonni Chicken was incredible, as were all of the starters and the fettucine with wild boar ragu special. The Farmhouse Inn was also very good if you are staying close by. If you like rabbit, do not miss the rabbit, rabbit, rabbit entree. And the wild musroom and quail terrine was fantastic. In Napa, Celadon was very good also and a generous corkage policy where for each bottle purchased the corkage fee is waived for a bottle brought in. However, Press was forgetable. The "bacon bar" was a let down - 5 peices of bacon on a small, white plate with no accoutrements or adornment. My veal chop was good, but others that ordered steaks complained about the quality of the meat/preparation. Our server was obnoxious. The best part of the meal were the sides of truffled mac'n'cheese and the brussel spouts cooked in bacon fat.
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#14 Post by Jane Crabill » May 25th, 2011, 6:53 am

I also like Farmhouse Inn in Forestville, CA and their rabbit, rabbit, rabbit entree although I ordered something else on the most recent visit. Also had a good dining and wine experience at Charlie Palmer's Dry Creek Kitchen in Healdsburg.

On Monterey Peninsula my old standbys were Whaling Station in Monterey and Anton and Michel in Carmel-by-the-Sea but on my last two trips I have enjoyed Fandango in Pacific Grove. Also, great sand dabs at Sandbar and Grill on the Monterey Wharf and you can usually find sand dabs on the menu at Fandango as well.
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#15 Post by Jane Crabill » May 25th, 2011, 10:06 am

SOME NORTH CAROLINA RESTAURANTS:

Charlotte: The Fig Tree in a old house--good food, wine and service. My current favorite in Charlotte.
Barrington's--French cuisine, small and bustling, reservations needed. Recognized as one of the better restaurants in Charlotte.
Pewter Bistro--on the second story of the building so be prepared to climb some stairs--usually rewarding place for lunch or dinner. Menu doesn't seem to change often which can be good (for old favorites) or bad if you want something new.
Upstream in Phillips Place has seafood selections, a compatible wine list, and an interesting decor, but I don't find their Sunday brunch worth the price.
Also in Phillips Place are The Palm, a classic steak house (I have never dined there), Dean and Deluca where I usually order a cheese plate and a flight of wines, and P.F. Chang's for a chain Chinese restaurant with some good dishes. Dean and Deluca has limited patio seating which is good for people watching.
Bonterra--in a former church--has a small plates menu for matching with wines by the glass and full dinners. I like their starter of fried lobster tail with wild flower honey and soy reduction and sweet and sour aioli. Extensive wine list including the dessert wines.
Blue Restaurant and Sonoma are two uptown restaurants near theater, basketball arena, etc. Blue has some vegetarian choices on the menu.
Zebra Restaurant has some interesting wine choices in a more formal, clublike decor.
Sole Spanish Grill which I liked the one time I dined there has closed but for Spanish food you can consider Miro which is in the south part of Charlotte--bustling on weekends.
The restaurant scene in Charlotte changes rapidly so there are probably some new trendy places that haven't crossed my radar yet.
Zink American Kitchen moved from uptown Charlotte to the South Park area replacing M5. M5 had one of the more spectacular restaurant interiors I've encountered but I understand it has been modified somewhat under the new concept. Patio dining available.

Triangle area--Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill

The French scene is expanding. In Raleigh you have St. Jacques on Falls of the Neuse Road with Provencal cuisine and a French wine list including reasonable by-the-glass selections. Modest strip shopping center setting but elegant dining inside. Authentic Provencal recipes.
Durham has Vin Rouge which is more French bistro with huge bowls of mussels, an upscale mac and cheese with ham, etc. Nice French wines by the glass.
Rue Cler in Durham is on my list to try and comes recommended by some acquaintances.
La Residence in Chapel Hill is also on my list to try.

For Italian I usually choose Il Palio, upscale restaurant in the Siena Hotel in Chapel Hill or the more casual Vivace at North Hills Shopping Center in North Raleigh. If weather is cooperating, I like to sit on the terrace at Vivace.

For tapas and locally grown produce I choose Zely and Ritz on Glenwood Avenue in Raleigh. One of the co-owners has a farm which provides many of the vegetables and proteins for the menu. Well-selected wines by the glass. Check if they have any special wine lunches or dinners going on during your time in the area. They host several "tomato dinners" each summer.

I confess that I haven't been to An in Cary (Asian fusion cuisine under chef Andrea Reusing, James Beard Best Chef of the Southeast this year.) Still need to visit Revolution in Durham also (described as contemporary global cuisine.) Some rave about Buku in downtown Raleigh which offers "global street food."

Poole's Diner in downtown Raleigh is the venue for chef Ashley Christensen who wowed me at Enoteca Vin before it closed. Ashley was a finalist for James Beard Best Chef of the Southeast this year and has cooked a dinner at the James Beard House in New York.
The emphasis is Southern food.

Not fitting neatly into a category are Nana's in Durham (one of my favorites for decor, food, wine and service), Magnolia Grill in Durham (past James Beard best chef awards) and offering local and seasonal dishes with perhaps a Southern slant, Frazier's Wine Bar on Hillsborough Street, Raleigh, near North Carolina State campus, and Bloomsbury Bistro in Raleigh (fine dining with an eclectic menu of such entrees as wild boar, red grouper, pork osso buco, New York strip steak, ahi tuna or skillet roasted breast of chicken.) Second Empire in Raleigh has a very formal upstairs dining room and a more relaxed Tavern on the lower level. The food was very good there on my last visit. I prefer eating in the Tavern (unless it is for a formal occasion such as an anniversary remembrance or a prenuptial dinner, etc.)

There are also Greek, Mexican, Japanese, Middle Eastern, German/Polish, and Thai restaurants--some of them authentic to the cuisine, some perhaps not.

Another famous restaurant of over 50 years' history is Angus Barn in north Raleigh--known for its steaks and its wine list. I have attended special dinners in the wine cellar.

Winston-Salem Recently had lunch at Bleu Restaurant and Bar and would like to go back again to try the dinner menu. Impressive interior.

Pinehurst/Southern Pines I eat frequently (lunch or dinner) at Elliott's on Linden. Nice wine list and creative cocktails. Interesting menu items such as bison, Jack Daniels glazed plank salmon, etc. I enjoyed a lunch at Theo's (Mediterranean cuisine) but have seen mixed reviews of the food and service. I will try lunch there again this summer and perhaps sit on the patio if it is not overly hot and humid.
Carolina Dining Room in Pinehurst Resort does a good job with banquets and special events and is probably pretty reliable for regular dinners as well.

Fearrington Village near Pittsboro is a whole hotel/shops/restaurant complex with very good food. The restaurant in Fearrington Inn is worth a small detour for a special evening or event.

I don't have enough experience with Wilmington or coastal restaurants to comment and it has been several years since I was in Asheville. On that last trip to Ashville I liked Flying Frog Cafe and was very impressed by the wine list and number of Ports and dessert wines available.
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#16 Post by Scott Butler » June 8th, 2011, 12:36 pm

Jane, Fig Tree, M5, and Barrington's are excellent choices! (HOLY CRAP, I JUST RE-READ YOUR POST...M5 IS GONE???? that sucks)

http://www.barringtonsrestaurant.com/
http://www.charlottefigtree.com/

We are semi new to the Charlotte area, so we don't have much to add, but a couple other suggestions:

http://www.bltsteak.com/ - fantastic beef short ribs, nice wine list, pretty cool/trendy place.

http://vidacantina.com/ - very cool/trendy hang-out with good Mexican. Nice tequila selection.

http://www.vivacecharlotte.com/ - uber trendy Italian restaurant with very good food and an excellent Italian wine list.

http://www.cabofishtaco.com/ - this is up in the NoDa district just outside of downtown....very casual but amazing fish tacos. The BBQ MAHI TACOS and the TAVARUA (TAV–A-ROO) TUNA TACOS are other-worldly.

http://www.yelp.com/biz/penguin-drive-in-charlotte - a greasy spoon with some of the best burgers I've ever had. Long lines to get in, but worth it.
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#17 Post by robkim » August 4th, 2011, 5:21 pm

stevetimko wrote:Some Las Vegas recommendations:

Bachi Burger south of the Strip for a nice variation on burgers. most have an Asian theme and the one I had was really tasty. The salt and pepper fries were regular French frieds with jalapeno peppers. I don't know what their corkage policy is but this could have some offline potential.
I agree, however, in the past, I called Bachi Burger and they do not permit BYO and, as such, have no corkage policy. The wine they have is crap also, so the potential of this place will remain just that. Big mistake.

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#18 Post by Jared M » May 19th, 2012, 9:17 am

If anyone cares about Boston, here are a few gems...

For Chinese food, Gourmet Dumpling House is outstanding. Tiny little spot on Beach street in Chinatown, always crowded so expect to wait for a table. The soup dumplings are great as well as other styles of fresh, handmade dumplings that they have on the menu....I'd recomend the beef and celery steamed. The cuisine has Taiwanese and Sechuan influences...all sorts of funky stuff from tongue to intestines, hot pots, all of the standards, and killer lobster with ginger and scallions. Not to be missed!

One of my favorite restaurants in the city is Ken Oringer's Toro, a spanish tapas restaurant. This place is probably not news to anyone who frequents Boston but if you've never been, its a must. Again, it's small and always crowded but absolutely worth the wait. They have a very reasonable wine list, its small but fairly priced, and good sherry (I always drink sherry when I go there). The food is simple yet sublime, and one can certainly get their fill of bone marrow, sweetbreads, foie, tongue, and tripe, as well as more standard fair. Some of my favorites are the Razor clams, pork belly, sweetbreads, stewed beef tongue with lentils, and the Catalan sea urchin stew.

One more for now. I really love DeuxAve, located at the corner of Mass Ave and Commonwealth st. Artfully prepared food by Chef/owner Chris Coombs that is reasonably priced paired with a well thought out wine list put together by Jason Irving the GM/Sommelier. I have yet to have a bad experience here. The room is beautiful and the service is always right. you really can't go wrong with anything you order, but some standouts are for apps, the lobster gnocchi, the crispy duck confit, and the duet of prime beef tartare and Wagyu carpaccio. For Entrees, I love the Trio of Moroccan spiced lamb, the marcona almond crusted Halibut, and the spiced long Island duck breast...

I hope this was helpful!

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#19 Post by Blake Brown » May 21st, 2012, 7:02 am

The best restaurant in the Santa Barbara area hands down is the Stone House located at the San Ysidro Ranch, a top quality resort lodging facility. They have a sister restaurant, Plow and Angel, directly below in the same building. Both have indoor and outdoor seating, weather permitting. The Stone House has terrific and well prepared food, class ambience, informed and proper service, quality stemware and a high end wine list with prices to match.

For many locals wanting to celebrate special occasions, it`s either go here or to LA or SF. My #2 restaurant in the SB area is not even close to this level and it is a good Italian restaurant, Olio e Limone.

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#20 Post by gene keenan » September 24th, 2012, 12:09 pm

Bill Tex Landreth wrote:
Carolyn Tillie wrote:I'm new here and haven't worked my way around the board yet -- is there a food/restaurant section? I ate at Michael Chiarello's Bottega over the weekend and could post that review...

ETA - Ah, I see it. I am IN that forum spot!

Bottega has a pretty angry polenta under glass with roasted shroooms.
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#21 Post by brianmcbrearty » November 24th, 2012, 4:49 pm

robkim wrote:
stevetimko wrote:Some Las Vegas recommendations:

Bachi Burger south of the Strip for a nice variation on burgers. most have an Asian theme and the one I had was really tasty. The salt and pepper fries were regular French frieds with jalapeno peppers. I don't know what their corkage policy is but this could have some offline potential.
I agree, however, in the past, I called Bachi Burger and they do not permit BYO and, as such, have no corkage policy. The wine they have is crap also, so the potential of this place will remain just that. Big mistake.
They had good enough beer and the burgers and everything else I had there -- pretty great. It's well south of the strip though. I think it was like a 30 min drive from the hotel. I recommend Bachi all the time, but beware the trek.

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#22 Post by Tim Thomas » May 14th, 2013, 9:06 am

Any Houston recommendations? Going to be in midtown in June.

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#23 Post by Michael S. Monie » May 15th, 2013, 7:17 pm

Restauarateur John Besh has 6 restaurants in New Orleans: Restaurant August, Domenica, Luke, Borgne, Besh Steakhouse and American Sector. Outside wine with no corkage is allowed at all of them. Incredibly generous on Chef Besh's part!
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#24 Post by RyanC » May 15th, 2013, 7:26 pm

Tim Thomas wrote:Any Houston recommendations? Going to be in midtown in June.
Houston has been going through a bit of a restaurant renaissance of late. Here are my top places:

Oxheart - Has been getting national attention for vegetable-driven tasting menus. In my opinion, the best restaurant in Houston and among the more interesting newish restaurants in the USA. Book early. Small but very well-curated wine list.

Underbelly - Another relatively new place that has gotten national attention. A menu of small plates that is influenced by Houston's many ethnic communities (e.g., Vietnamese, Thai, Mexican, etc.). Fun, raucous atmosphere with an excellent and well-priced wine list.

Uchi - Superlative sushi.

Kata Robata - Great sushi but not as great as Uchi. Broader Japanese menu.

Pass & Provisions - Excellent and interesting pizza, pasta, and mains in the casual side of the restaurant (Provisions), and a multi-course tasting menu that vies with the city's best in the dressy side (The Pass).

Tony's - An old-guard restaurant populated by an older crowd, but the food is excellent and has been re-energized by a young chef.

Hugo's - Authentic Mexican (think mole, not fajitas) in an upscale setting

Reef - Since you're in midtown, Reef could make sense (as it's the only one of these in midtown). Very fresh gulf seafood in a great atmosphere, although I've found the service to be at times mediocre or bizarre.
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#25 Post by Tim Thomas » May 16th, 2013, 9:04 am

Ryan,
Thanks for the list. Love mole and that type of Mexican so will be sure to try Hugo's and also get to some of the others.

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#26 Post by Carlton McCrindle » May 19th, 2013, 11:35 am

Any suggestions for seafood in Philadelphia? I will be staying at the Union League on Sansom, between Broad and 15th streets. TIA!

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#27 Post by Curt Wood » June 15th, 2013, 4:09 pm

Had a great meal this past week at Suzanne Fine Regional Cuisine in Lodi, NY, about 20 minutes from Watkins Glen on the east side of Seneca Lake. My wife and I had the five course tasting menu paired with NY wines and the food was terrific. Ranged from soup to salad to day boat scallop to hanger steak, to cheesecake. All were delicious. The wines that matched each course were okay with the best being the opening sparkling wine, a Swedish Hill Blanc de Blanc. All in all it was a great meal on a rainy Thursday in the Finger Lakes.

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#28 Post by Stan Harris » September 6th, 2013, 11:41 am

Just a few of my suggestions:

San Fransisco: Gotta be Scomas for sea food, with a very nice wine list.

Las Vegas: Really enjoyeed Gordon Ramsay Steak in the Paris. Pricey, but an awesone meat and starches affair.

St. Louis: Mezza Luna. Mostly Tapas, but done high end. Alot of fun

Omaha: 801 Chop house, prime steak.; Grey Plume for pretentious eaters (although yummy none-the-less)

Baltimore area: Gotta be G&M for crab cakes the size of your head.

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#29 Post by Robert Dentice » October 8th, 2013, 10:24 am

Best meal(s) of the year including several Michelin 2&3 stars was at the Willows Inn on Lummi Island. We flew out from NYC with very high expections and our expectation were surpassed. It was so good we went back for a 2nd night.

Truly unique experience.

http://www.willows-inn.com/

Winelist is not great but they have a reasonable corkage policy.

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#30 Post by Cody Baskin » December 13th, 2013, 1:43 pm

Quiessence located at Southern & 32nd Street 6106 S. 32nd Street Phoenix, AZ is one of the best places I know of in Phoenix. The smoked pork shoulder cappelletti in particular was fantastic and is something I'd recommend to anyone!!

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#31 Post by Brian Z » January 15th, 2014, 6:57 pm

Republique in LA is the new hot spot. Walter Manske is a very talented chef. Excellent french focused wine list.
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#32 Post by Michael Bowden » January 19th, 2014, 7:32 pm

Flying into LAX on Wednesday AM. 805am arrival from an international flight.....Staying in Westwood area (as of now) but need a good breakfast destination...I'm thinking of doing Mozza for lunch...but no official decision made yet. Any help would be grateful....TIA.
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#33 Post by Thomas Puricelli » January 21st, 2014, 8:41 am

Michael,

For breakfast in West LA, I'd consider Clementine (century city area), Farmshop at the Brentwood Country Mart, any Urth Cafe, or Nate n Al in Beverly Hills for greasier food. The Brentwood Country Mart also has the added bonus of a decent coffee spot called Cafe Luxxe, I believe.

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#34 Post by Robert Dentice » January 25th, 2014, 5:55 pm

Not geographically close but an amazing breakfast spot in Silver Lake is Sqirl:

http://www.lamag.com/lafood/digestblog/ ... ilver-lake

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#35 Post by Steve Plotnicki » February 3rd, 2014, 3:43 pm

Best LA breakfast on the west side is Huckleberry Café in Santa Monica. Great place. I have not been to Squirl but its my friend Craig's place and he's a really good chef.

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#36 Post by Scott Butler » February 24th, 2014, 8:39 am

I just went to Asheville, NC for the weekend, had 2 fabulous tapas meals:

http://zambratapas.com/

We were here with a group of 4 and ate around 20 dishes - every single dish was at least very good, and a few were fantastic. There was a pork belly dish that we had to do seconds on, it was awesome.

http://www.curatetapasbar.com/

As much as I loved Zambra...Curate blew it...and us...out of the water. At least a dozen people told us to go here, and it was one of the better food experiences of my life. Owners/chefs were trained at elBulli in Spain, and the flavors were out of this world. I already want to go back.
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#37 Post by KevinD » March 5th, 2014, 4:56 pm

Grreater Los Angeles area: Leila's Restaurant in Oak Park CA. My favorite restaurant of all time made the top ten list from Fox Sports, see link.

http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/story/gabe ... ail-022514

Santa Barbara: Would have to echo the comments of an earlier post in that you cannot get much better that the Stone House at the San Ysidro Ranch. Excellent menu and great staff in a setting that is more like a visit to a private ranch than a resort. JFK and Jackie honeymooned here. Tip, have an after dinner drink in the library off the main lobby and enjoy home made cookies by the fire place.

Omaha: 801 Chop house. I actually had trouble finding a good steak in Omaha until I landed here. A very nice old school steak house.
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#38 Post by Dave McCloskey » April 27th, 2014, 10:05 am

Las Vegas:
Milos - Cosmopolitan Hotel
Raos - Caesars
Guy Savoy - Caesars
Joel Robuchon - MGM Grand. L'Atelier, his restaurant in London is also outstanding.

NYC:
Honestly there's too many too list, however I will say the bone in Veal Chop at Babbo's was the best I've ever had. Service was impeccable. They also served up the best Manhattan cocktail I've ever put in my mouth. They used a local bourbon from Brooklyn and marinated the Black Cherry's in brandy. Unreal. Everything was stellar. Daniel's is also at the top of my list. Like I said, too many to list... NYC is a foodies paradise!

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#39 Post by C Chen » May 1st, 2014, 11:29 am

Orange County has a few good ones:

The Playground, which everyone seems to love. The place is made for culinary adventuring. No corkage fee, so bring all your bottles. Personally, I think their food is too salty, but you can tell tone it down.

Marche Moderne, ran by Chef Florent Marneau. They have a nice $25 prix fixe available for weekday lunches. $15 corkage fee. They have great pork and salads.

ARC Restaurant has fantastic food that comes with unique preparation (they cook food on a cast iron skillet in a wood burning oven), but it comes at a steep price tag. Go with a few people and share dishes. If you go here for a date, prepare to drop unreasonable amounts of cash. I heard it's free corkage per couple, but I'm not sure what the normal rate is.

As for steakhouses, go to Fleming's and The Ranch. Or if you prefer, Mastro's.
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#40 Post by alan weinberg » May 1st, 2014, 7:22 pm

Ways and Means in Orange. Fairly new and pretty good.

Update: lost chef, last two data points sucked, and I won't return.

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#41 Post by Jeff Fish » July 16th, 2014, 8:31 am

Just returned from Myrtle Beach and found three excellent restaurants and one decent Italian place:

Highly recommended: Sobaya Japanese Bistro; Sea Blue (in North Myrtle); and Fire and Smoke Gastropub
Recommended: Toscana Italian Bistro (food was very good, service not so much)
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#42 Post by Peter Petersen » September 3rd, 2014, 8:29 pm

Taco Temple in Morro Bay. I've tried it 3 times with consistent results on the special fish tacos and desserts. Can't imagine better fish tacos.

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#43 Post by alan weinberg » January 4th, 2015, 6:15 pm

alan weinberg wrote:Ways and Means in Orange. Fairly new and pretty good.

Update: lost chef, last two data points sucked, and I won't return.
further update: it closed.

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#44 Post by Robert Oertel » January 7th, 2015, 7:47 pm

alan weinberg wrote:
alan weinberg wrote:Ways and Means in Orange. Fairly new and pretty good.

Update: lost chef, last two data points sucked, and I won't return.
further update: it closed.
Alan, what is the new OC resturant to try out?

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#45 Post by Bill Lewis » March 3rd, 2015, 5:35 pm

What price are you thinking of? I have numerous suggestions in many states, but some are very pricey. Some are truly world class.

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#46 Post by alan weinberg » November 19th, 2015, 6:40 pm

Robert Oertel wrote:Alan, what is the new OC resturant to try out?
nothing of note lately, unfortunately.

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#47 Post by alan weinberg » February 14th, 2016, 9:10 pm

Urbana in the Anaheim Packing House is worth visiting. And grab a PopBar on the way out.

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#48 Post by James Hochleutner » February 22nd, 2016, 11:46 am

I'll put in a plug for L'Artusi in NYC. Great pastas, and very BYO friendly with $25 corkage with no bottle limit. They also have a private room inside their wine cellar if you are looking for a special experience.

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#49 Post by KaraBrooks » March 22nd, 2016, 2:40 pm

NYC:

I have a restaurant/food blog so I eat out (too) much and I have to say that one of the finest meals I have had anywhere was at Gabriel Kreuther's in NYC recently: http://www.pearlsandoysters.com/2016/02 ... -kruether/

BOSTON:

I live in Boston and I would add Dumpling Cafe to the recommendation above as another great place to eat In Chinatown. Excellent soup dumplings (and shorter lines and I like it better then GDH but both are very good). There are a ton of really terrific places in Boston. Here are some current favorites (with links to my write ups and pics if you are interested) :

Uni - Clio closed and was reopened as an expanded Uni. Think wonderful global small plates, fun atmosphere and great service and cocktails - http://www.pearlsandoysters.com/2016/02/09/boston-uni/

Select Oyster Bar - my favorite "oyster bar" in Boston. Also very good are Island Creek, Row 34, Neptune and B&G but Select is my personal favorite - http://www.pearlsandoysters.com/2015/12 ... yster-bar/

L'Espalier - fine dining at its most elegant with simply WONDERFUL food. Love having lunch here - http://www.pearlsandoysters.com/2015/11 ... in-boston/

Pastoral - terrific pizza and wood fired vegetables. http://www.pearlsandoysters.com/2016/01 ... tchen-bar/

O Ya - considered one of the very best restaurants in Boston (Frank Bruni picked it as his favorite non-NYC restaurant in the country when he was the critic for the NY Times). Expensive Japanese inspired deliciousness. http://www.pearlsandoysters.com/2016/03/28/boston-o-ya

State Park - (in Cambridge) - tries to pretend it is a dive bar (from the folks who were behind the delicious Hungry Mother which has closed) but it is just a fun place with really good food.

UPSTATE NY:

Someone mentioned the Fingerlakes so I have to add Dano's Heuriger on Seneca Lake. Really great. And if you are in the Syracuse area a visit to the original Dinosaur Bar-B-Que is SO worth a trip! http://www.pearlsandoysters.com/2015/11 ... -the-cuse/

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#50 Post by Freek S u i j v e r » November 16th, 2016, 4:21 am

Best restaurant in Shanghai: UltraViolet!

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