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  1. There are several things I need to do, but they’re small things, so please carry on and accept my apologies for the site having been offline so long. Cheers, Rocks
    10 points
  2. La Chaumiere was *packed* last night, but not at 6:25 which is when I rolled into a (free!) parking space right in front. We started by splitting a Quenelles (we meant to order one each; not pictured), and I got the ample and livery Foie de Veau. But the Coquilles St Jacques aux Tomates (or whatever they call it) was better than any dish I’ve ever had here, and I’ve been coming here for decades - they’re using really good tomatoes right now (I’m not talking about the perfunctory cherry tomato, which squirted the hell out of me, but a layer of fresh tomatoes underneath). Every time I come here, the food needs salt, but I always forget to ask for S&P. I’m pretty sure it’s because they have an older clientele.
    9 points
  3. I do not believe the pleasure of finding a free and close parking space can be overstated.
    6 points
  4. Welcome back Don...we missed you!☺️
    4 points
  5. I've been to Vinh Kee several times recently. As a regular, maybe I get special treatment, but I doubt it. Dim sum quality has been the same since before the pandemic. I read those negative yelp reviews - sounds like they're mostly bitching about price. Dim sum costs more here than in NYC or Philly but Vinh Kee isn't more expensive than Mark's Duck House or Hong Kong Pearl.
    4 points
  6. @eatruneat and I were disappointed when we went by Baker's Daughter's Chinatown location last Monday only to discover that it was closed for some reason. We had just returned to the city and didn't have anything for breakfast. A Baked Joint bailed us out that day, but we had really been looking forward to trying the place out. Fortunately another opportunity presented itself when a client wanted a very early meeting later on in the week. I like to make breakfast for her each morning or at least have something she can heat up and the early morning client meeting threw a wrench in the works. So, after the meeting ended earlier than expected, I decided to stop by Baker's Daughter on my way home as it was several hours until lunch and we needed something to carry us over. I ordered the Chef's Breakfast Sandwich and am glad that I did. You can tell that everything from the cheese to the ham to the bread had been sourced with care. The bread was crunchy and just thick enough to support the gooey cheese, smokey bacon, ever so slightly salty ham and peppery arugula. Sure, it's pricetag of $13 is a little steep for a breakfast sandwich and will probably keep us from going back as often as we'd like, but you can tell where the money was spent. Had I not seen this sandwich come out of their almost non-existent kitchen with my own eyes I would never have believed it. Not sure what we'll try there next - the breakfast tacos are high on the list for sure - but if the same care goes into the next thing we order as it did with the sandwich we had it will for sure be a winner
    3 points
  7. We were at Orso last week and ordered the gazpacho to start, along with something else that I don't remember right now. I got the gnocchi with sausage for my main; the gnocchi continue to be excellent little pillows of goodness. The staff has turned over since the beginning of the pandemic, which isn't surprising, but the new crew has been kind and gracious on our couple of times returning there for dinner. We are also very relieved that they continue to soldier on.
    3 points
  8. It seems that they’ve turned it around as we had a very good meal and great service the other night! We asked for our pizzas well done, and when the server looked questioningly, we explained our issues with our last visit. He said it wasn’t the first time he was hearing that the pies could be cooked longer. Anyway, we really enjoyed everything, and we’re quite relieved!
    3 points
  9. Went back to try a few more dishes. Fried Hog's Head Cheese - grilled sweetbreads, tarragon-crab remoulade. Excellent preparation with tender sweetbread, nicely breaded and seasoned. None of that awfully offally flavor. Paneed Skate Wing - crab, kale, beet, sherry & creole mustard beurre blanc. Bottom line - nicely fried well seasoned fish. Cochon de Lait - grilled pork neck steak, red beans, collard greens, puffed rice. Looks boring and tastes kinda boring.
    3 points
  10. @Tom Sietsema gushed about this new restaurant so I had to check it out. We started with some seafood and boucherie. I've had blue crab fingers (cracked claws) before in N.O. so I know they're easy to eat. In this case, they were dipped into a slaw of tarragon remoulade & celery root, very delicious (beware of small pieces of crab claw in the slaw). The fish dip was a bit bitter due to the preserved lemon salad (tasted like zest). From the boucherie, we had some banh mi chicken liver mousse, rabbit pate, and mortadella. The chicken liver mousse served with pickled veggies was fantastic, and the rabbit pate was almost as tasty. However, the mortadella did not make an impression on me. We ordered the $10 bread basket to go with the boucherie (which comes with crostini), but it had only one small baguette, 2 small biscuits, and 2 slices of toast. From the cooked foods, we ordered the Oysters Dauphine, chargrilled oysters with spinach, pecorino and supposedly horseradish (which I didn't taste). They were plump, juicy and perfectly cooked/seasoned. In addition, we ordered hangar steak and potato puffs. The steak was tasty but a little chewy. I'm definitely returning to check out more of the menu.
    3 points
  11. I wanted to like this place. At least, I love southeast Asian street food. But when I saw the menu I knew it wasn’t going to be great. A mishmash of Korean, Singaporean, Japanese Chinese etc. No rendang as feared, everything was a dumbed-down version. Papaya salad with no kick, terrible (inedible) Szechuan wontons...skewers were fine, as were summer rolls. But, as feared, if you want good Asian food you still need to pay top dollar at Q, or head on up to Rockville...
    2 points
  12. Forgot to mention that we did manage to go to AhSo one evening with my friend who works in Manassas. The meal was very good with some slight executions errors such as undercooked octopus and my under salted gnocchi and PEI mussels. Otherwise, flavors were really nice and fresh and it was a lovely evening overall.
    2 points
  13. I have driven back and forth past The Block on many occasions without stopping in. Today I stopped in, and I'm not likely to pass it by so frequently in the future. My previous go-to (and carry out) banh mi sandwiches were always DC Sandwich in Falls Church and Le Bledo in Springfield. Both are very good. But the char siu pork banh mi with added egg and a side of fries from Balo today was spectacular. I will return many times for that sandwich. It survived about an 8-mile trip home while retaining its deliciousness and texture, and Lady Kibbee devoured the near-perfect fries when I arrived home. Let me repeat, those fries traveled about 8 miles and were absolutely delicious upon arrival at my home. As if that wasn't enough, the combination dumplings from Bold Dumpling at the next stall over also survived the trip and was a nice treat. A lovely meal all around. Worth the detour to Annandale.
    2 points
  14. Four years since the last post? The wife and I were passing through the Merrifield area around lunchtime on a recent Saturday, and Merrifield has plenty of nice dining options. I was open to any suggestions, but having received none, I wanted to see if Four Sisters had survived the pandemic. I figured any restaurant coming up on two decades would be fading, and the pandemic would probably push it over the edge, so as much for curiosity as for serious eating, we ended up there. My expectations were in check. Some normal precautions were in place. Plastic covered menus, cleansed after each use, were passed to us at the door. We were seated but instructed to order our food at the bar, and it would be served to our table number. Reasonable spacing was observed. We decided to order lunch to be eaten in the restaurant, and takeout to be eaten at home for dinner. For lunch, I had the shaking beef, and Lady Kibbee ordered the shrimp with broccoli. Both dishes were very good to excellent. Portions were generous, flavors were delicious, and value was exceptional. For takeout, I had the vermicelli with grilled pork and chả giò, and spouse had another shrimp dish. All in, tax plus tip, four covers, just about $100. It's rare for any restaurant to be bringing it for multiple decades, but Four Sisters still has what it takes to be a satisfying dining destination.
    2 points
  15. We are finally back in DC after nearly a month in Ashburn. There were some rough stretches but we were able to have some enjoyable dining experiences during out time in the 'burbs. Ford's Fish Shack (Landsdowne): Some of the very best crab cakes I have had in a while. A lot of crab meat, very little filler. Shoe string fries were okay, wish I had substituted a side salad or vegetable instead. But the crab cakes were amazing. @MichaelBDC had the swordfish special which he liked a lot. Sister-in-law and niece had the chicken sandwich, which they thought was one of the best they've had in a while. King Street Oyster Bar: Decent, but limited, brunch, but stick to the lunch menu. Good selection of oysters and I enjoyed my half dozen. Oyster po'boy for me was good with three large oysters. Fries were fine, nothing special. @MichaelBDChad the steak breakfast burrito and said it was not good. Sense of Thai: Nice atmosphere, good food, if a touch too sweet. Som Tum was very good but super spicy. I had the Chumphon Pad Thai which included shrimp and crab meat. It had a good amount of shrimp, but a touch too sweet for my taste. The PAT Pad Thai @MichaelBDCordered was even sweeter than mine and he only ate half. I ate the other half for lunch the next day. First Watch: Decent brunch option for non brunch people like us. Would go again. Pho Nomenal: Got delivery from here one night. Pretty legit Vietnamese food although I think they hold back on the fish sauce a little too much for my taste. Bun Bo Hue for @MichaelBDC was very good. I had the Vermicelli with grilled pork and a spring roll. Grilled pork was super good, both flavorful and tender. As mentioned earlier, the nuoc cham needed more fish sauce, lime, and spice. Thanks all for the recommendations!
    2 points
  16. WOOO! BACK! I missed everyone here.
    2 points
  17. Saturday morning just after 10. The restaurant was at most half full while I was there. The dim sum comes out first in trays and then they go into the steam cart. The same people that ran it that last time I went are still running the place, but they have some very new staff. I tried some chicken feet ($4.5), spare ribs ($4.5) with black bean sauce, daikon cake (very black peppery, $4.5), shark fin dumpling (no shark fin but lots of cilantro, 4 for $6.5), and spring rolls (3 for $5.5). The spring rolls' filling is a mystery to me, tastes a little yammy but I couldn't be sure. The prices may have gone up a little since my last visit. Quality is good/decent, on par with Vinh Kee (but I like Vinh Kee because you order off a menu). With the carts, you never know what's available. They did update the dining room, it's bright and clean-looking now.
    2 points
  18. OC area as noted above was a bit different this summer with lots of restaurants and stores short staffed and so their hours were unusual but the town was packed and business was brisk especially around July 4th. Call any place before going to check hours - even the venerable Candy Kitchen was odd. Their website said certain locations were closed or only open certain days which was only partly true - some are closed for the whole season and others are open every day. Luckily all of our family favorites survived and some even came out stronger after the pandemic. We stay on the north end so all of these places are 90th St or higher up to Fenwick. Quick reviews of everything we had: 1. Candy Kitchen - still the same except as noted above. Go for chocolate nonpareils, strawberry laces, kitsch, and ok other chocolates and fudge. 2. Country Store in Fenwick - great fudge with a huge selection of flavors. You can't get too much. My favorites are amaretto, dark chocolate caramel sea salt, and peanut butter chocolate. They also have a huge old school candy selection, other chocolates, and lots of tchotckes. Closed earlier than in past. 3. Dumser's Dairyland - we only had carryout but did so a few times. The hot fudge topping, peanut butter fudge and coconut chip ice creams are still great. Missed going inside for the old fashioned soda fountain counter and chilled dishes. Giant scoops still. However, my siblings revealed that they are heretics and don't think the ice cream is the best and really go for the ambience. They prefer newer addition Vanderwende's ice cream. They are wrong, but... 4. VanderWende's ice cream in the Fenwick Village - first time for me trying after not stopping at their farm shop along 404 in DE. Huge scoops of good ice cream - go for one scoop but ask for two flavors if you like variety. Mint Oreo was very good, Chocolate was so so, Peanut Butter Fudge Crunch was good, kids liked the cotton candy which wasn't horrible mixed with chocolate. MIL loves the cherry vanilla which is a fresher, less rich Cherry Garcia minus the chocolate. It was ok IMHO. I still like Dumser's better but if I have to continue the ice cream comparison in the future, I'm up for the challenge. The waffle cones are fresh made and smelled great, but I didn't taste. 5. OC Kabob - still great chicken kabob sandwiches on pita with tzatiki. Abdul the owner is still as friendly as ever and said they have been busy all through Covid. 6. Dollies - pretty good chocolates and taffy. Still one better than Candy Kitchen in that you can buy by the piece without a 1/4 Lb minimum. 7. Fisher's Popcorn (we got as usual from just south of Fenwick location) - still the real deal - best caramel corn on earth. You can now get it in some stores in the DC area and you should but, it is better fresh. 8. BlueFish - rather good American Chinese and sushi. They have more carryout now through their drive thru (it used to be a bank many years ago), long waits for tables in their renovated dining room and long wait for carryout so order or go early. They changed the menu slightly and so now have a few thai dishes too - drunken noodles were good. 9. Layton's donuts - still small, fresh donuts. Parking is a bit tougher because they added outside tables over part of their lot. Didn't get a chance to go to Best Donuts on Beach at the Exxon station around 136 or so for comparison. 10. Kohr Brothers frozen custard (one across street from fisher's in Fenwick) - still packed at night with long lines and some flavors like creamsicle swirl ran out. Supposedly (and likely) good as ever - but I can't say from personal experience. Somehow my wife and daughter managed to eat ice cream without me (I get no respect). 11. Uber Bagels - still large fluffy good bagels in lots of varieties. Totally packed with around 20 min wait for whole, unsliced bagels at 8am (they only open at 7) and they ran out of alot around 930am with 20 min wait for more plain. They do now have online ordering which was down one day and worked great the next. I highly recommend using it. You go to a second door and walk in and pick it right up if you online order. 12. Mionene Pizza at 67th st - still nice thin crust pizza by the slice (also some deep dish, strombolis, calzones available). Kids got very fresh and good chicken tender and good thick steak fries. As always here, they are slow (except for the pre-made slice reheating). They seem to be worst hit by short staffing as they are closed half the week and have lots of please be patient signs. 13. Lighthouse Sound in Bishopville (north of the Isle of Wight - little island with the dreaded stoplight in middle of Rt 90). Only a very short drive from Northern OC. I hadn't gone here in years but a group of adults wanted a night out and we wanted a reservation. That left only a handful of places, but plenty here at this a bit out of the way spot on a golf course but with a beautiful view of the marshlands. Made me want to take up golf, which is saying a lot. We had a great time - especially for first dine-in experience in forever. It is pricey like everything else in the area but slightly more elegant. We started with the burrata, sundried tomato salad special and house salads - fresh, good, nothing special but nice. Then, a complimentary mango sorbet palate cleanser. Main course was the rockfish with beurre blanc sauce, rice and asparagus special - very tasty and fresh. Desserts was a really nice not too heavy strawberry smith island cake slice. Everyone really enjoyed the food and service. Not your typical beach spot, but nice for a change of pace. We never made it to the boardwalk so I can't report on Thrashers, but I imagine the fries are still hot and salty.
    2 points
  19. Went back to Maialino Mare this weekend. We started with fried artichokes, fried sardines, and Testarella (crispy suckling pig head). At first I thought the pig head meat, fat & skin would be picked and then mushed back together into a block, but nope. You get half a head and a steakknife. The skin was crispy and wonderful, very delicious with all the fat underneath. My only concern being the number of calories associated with such a fatty dish. There is a little bit of meat, which actually doesn't taste nearly as good as the skin. I really wanted to order the MALFATTI AL MAIALINO (Roasted Suckling Pig, Grana Padano, Arugula) but it wasn't on the menu. So we ordered TRENETTE ALLA VONGOLE, SPAGHETINI CON BOTTARGA, and PAPPARDELLE ALLA BOLOGNESE. All the pastas were really salty. I actually had to send the clam pasta back for a refund. I would've sent the mullet roe pasta back too had I tasted it before sending the clam pasta back, but I ate it anyway (the kids tried it and hated it). They at least ate some of the pappardelle. Other than the saltiness, the pastas would've been really good.
    2 points
  20. Looking at the Carderock pavilion, the first available weekend dates are in October. Pavilion D at Fort Hunt has lots of weekend availability and is $100 less to rent.
    2 points
  21. I'm going to be in RI later this summer and got some good recommendations from @Bob Wells, too! A few places I didn't know about. A strong second for Mike's (Kitchen). It is amazing and sooooo RI. They have strange hours so be sure to check that out (e.g., they're only open for lunch on Saturdays). Like Bob Wells said, they only take cash. You get separate bills for the bar and the food. I've been trying to figure out why for years. I believe they're known for Parm (chicken Parm, eggplant Parm, veal Parm, etc.). I've never been to Biomes, but I've heard good things about it and I know my almost 9-year-old nephew likes it. In Newport if you have time I recommend the Cliff Walk. I have a feeling you'll be very underwhelmed by Roger Williams Park Zoo after the Bronx Zoo (and assuming you're semi-regulars at the National Zoo). The Providence Children's Museum is nice if your kids are the right age. If you're beach people the beaches are reaaaaally nice. I like them much better than the beaches near DC, and they're so much easier to get to. I don't think I've ever toured Blithewold Mansion, but it's in a very cute town. I'm not familiar with the Audubon Nature Center. It looks like WaterFire isn't happening until September at the earliest, which is too bad. I'm sure there's plenty more to do ... I'll keep thinking.
    2 points
  22. Awesome, I was just up there last weekend! Yes, I'm an RI boy like @dracisk. Oberlin is strong, but it will cost ya! Try the crudos. Jacques Pepin was there recently. Hemenways has been around forever. I've not been there in forever but it's solid. Sorry you can't get into Al Forno, but keep trying, it's worth it. The summer grilled pizza with local sweet corn is amazing. My brother has known George (RIP) and Joanne since their original location on Steeple Street! In fact, he visited with them at their summer place in Provence and they had lunch with a neighbor you might have heard of -- Patricia Wells (no relation). Now back to RI food. Old Canteen and Camille's are old-style fancy shmancy spots. Angelo's is very casual. Worth checking them out for a taste of old RI. There are a ton of newer spots on the Hill you should investigate. Also up there is Caserta's, which along with Twin's in North Providence are exemplars of another style of RI-pizza, thicker, with a crunchy crush. At both places cheese is an optional topping and i recommend you just get mushrooms and olives at either place. There's a new seafood shack in the Jewelry District (Dyer Street) called Dune Brothers -- great RI clamcakes, fish and chips, and lobster rolls. They have done so well they are already opening a bigger place on North Main Street. Now, for some baked goods. Seven Stars is a great bakery on Hope St (with other locations), Scialo Bros on the Hill is a 100+ year old place on the Hill that closed earlier this year (the sisters who owned it are really old) and shut off their ovens, which are original (apparently turning them on is a big deal). Things looked bleak but a buyer was found, with the agreement that one of the sisters would run the place, and they got the ovens turned back on. I.E., this is unique place and worth a visit. LaSalle Bakery is another old-line italian place and there are many others. Also prevalent are Portuguese bakers, with huge loaves of sweet bread, custard tarts and other delights. if you can get to Mikes at the VFW in Cranston, do so. Excellent homestyle italian food in an actual active VFW Hall. Cash only! Bonus: The locals are a trip. You'll likely see guys in colorful track suits, even in the summer. Try the polenta! There are some great Latino places in Central Falls (hometown of Viola Davis) and even several african spots there, in Pawtucket, and the West side of Providence. Chez Pascal is a wonderful french spot on Hope St on the East Side. There's a place across the street called Avenue N that looks really good. If you need more tips let me know! PS on the way back I swung by Zuppardi's in West Haven for a clam pizza and it totally rocked. Their cannoli are great too -- massive and delish. Easy access from 95 -- just call from the car and the pizza will be ready. Nice alternative to the big-name spots, been in the same family since 1934!
    2 points
  23. My native state! I only get back there a couple of times a year and don't always get to eat at interesting places due to unadventurous family members. I haven't been to Oberlin or even Hemenway's, which has been around forever. I'm interested to know what you think about both. I enjoyed Mills Tavern a few years ago. I've heard great things about O Dinis for Portuguese food -- there's a large Portuguese-American population in RI -- but I haven't been there. You may want to check out Atwells Avenue on Federal Hill in Providence. There are tons of Italian-Americans in RI, too, and this is RI's Little Italy (very little). Some of the restaurants have been around for decades and at least one (I believe Camille's) hosted a mafia shoot-out, at least according to legend. I'm not sure how GREAT the food will be -- most of it is red sauce Italian -- but it would be a VERY RI experience. The Old Canteen and Angelo's are two other places that have been around forever (Angelo's since 1924). Do you have a reservation for Matunuck Oyster Bar? They used to not take reservations, but it looks like they do now. There used to be insane waits for tables, even for weekday lunches (at least on nice days), but I'm not sure if that's changed. I only went there once a few years ago and don't remember much aside from the dreadful wine list (and I don't even know very much about wine compared to many people here). I'm pretty sure my party ordered a bottle of Kim Crawford Sauvignon blanc, which is currently priced at $42. Maybe there was a better option we missed. I did enjoy my meal as I recall. The restaurant is in a beautiful location just down the street from East Matunuck State Beach. My grandmother used to have a beach house right on the ocean just down the street from the state beach. Matunuck Oyster Bar didn't exist then! If for some reason you can't get into Matunuck Oyster Bar, Cap'n Jack's is a little further down the street on the other side (but still on the water). It's a very different place (much more rustic and much less trendy) but has delicious seafood. The lobster roll below is from Cap'n Jack's (being consumed at East Matunuck State Beach). Get clam cakes and chowder! Clam cakes are basically deep fried round fritters with bits of clam in them, an RI speciality. What are you doing for fun in RI? ETA: I just remembered @Bob Wells is also from RI. He may also have input!
    2 points
  24. Had a wonderful brunch today. Started with the Pâté en Croûte (foie gras, duck breast, cured pork shoulder, veal sweetbread) and Brandade Beignets served on top of ratatouille. The brandade is mixed with mashed potatoes and then fried, so it's really more of a croquette than beignet, but delicious nevertheless. Then we had Shrimp & Grits, and Quiche with leeks and gruyere. I don't think the shrimp & grits are anything special but the shrimp were tender and the grits were creamy, so very well executed. I haven't had quiche in a while and almost never order it at a restaurant but the version here is fluffy and flavorful. The kids actually thought the quiche was the best dish of the day.
    2 points
  25. We were near Herndon yesterday and looking for something interesting for lunch. We had read about Enatye so decided to give it a try. This is a hidden gem and I'm surprised it doesn't get more discussion. No, it's not the best Ethiopian we've ever had but it was solid across the board. We got the combination for two so we had a Yebeg Alicha and a spicy beef Tibs with five vegetable sides and I would not hesitate to order any of them again. Nice to have a reasonable option to driving downtown. We'll be back.
    2 points
  26. Working on the freezer some more - I will make real meals next week. Tonight, cherry meatballs on naan with greek yogurt. And salad. And it was tasty. So glad the food survived the fridge issue!
    2 points
  27. The Cranes omakase meal with wine pairings was my first post-full vaccination fine dining restaurant meal in June. I agree it's delicious and unique! The service was also great. I'm not a big sake fan and I wish the wine pairings were heavier on the grape wines, but that's a personal preference thing.
    2 points
  28. Looks like they're seating people inside now, but I don't think they have table service. Their website said they're closed Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, but I picked up from here this past Wednesday, so the website isn't accurate. I thought I was ahead of the game when I checked out their website the Monday before Father's Day, but almost everything was already sold out for Father's Day pick-up. Luckily my husband's birthday is shortly after Father's Day, so I shifted to birthday barbecue for him. We ordered prime brisket, pulled pork, and sausage links (a jalapeno and cheddar and a Texas hot link). We both agreed that the brisket had great flavor but was maybe TOO tender. Maybe this is personal preference, but we both like our brisket with a bit more structure. I'm not a huge pulled pork fan, but I really liked theirs. It had some nicely crispy bits and wasn't too fatty and I really liked their barbecue sauce on it. I didn't love the Texas hot link (this is definitely just personal preference -- my husband liked it), but I thought the jalapeno and cheddar link was great. I'm always up for a sausage with cheese inside!!
    2 points
  29. I had beef Tinga in the freezer, and as hurricane season worsens, I am trying to trim down what is in the freezer in case we lose power. Therefore, beef Tinga tacos! Plus mango chunks. It’s mango season here. They’re super cheap.
    2 points
  30. I ate at Salt Line with a friend (same one referenced above) before the Tuesday Nats' game. It was only my second pandemic dining experience and it was really positive. We sat outside on a brutally hot day, but the fans they had set up and the air flow were great. Not unpleasant at all. Our server was wonderful. Everything came out in a timely fashion. A winner on all points. Friend had her favorite lobster roll and I had the smash burger (for the first time). I was afraid it was going to be too heavy given the heat and it kind of was, but it was delicious. The fries that came with it were excellent, and we both enjoyed DC Brau Pils on tap. The beer itself is one I like in general, but one of the things I have missed the most during the pandemic is draft beer. This was wonderfully bubbly in its pilsner glass and just perfect.
    2 points
  31. Dinner with friends at Ada's last night. We ate inside b/c it was an early dinner and oppressively hot & humid weather out with the sun still beating down. A lovely space with an open kitchen that uses both coal fired and wood fired ovens. menu: https://www.adasontheriver.com/menu#all-day We started by splitting a bottle of a Brut Rose and then moved to individual glasses with our entrees. Sharing things around the table, we got the octopus and the foie gras donut. The octopus was well cooked and tender, but with as much potato (not in the menu description) as octopus, so tucked under some greens, what looked like an extremely generous portion of seafood was really an average tentacle. The foie gras donut was literally a freshly fried donut atop the compote with a seared rectangle of foie gras balanced on top. This was more interesting than the octopus with a better balance and contrast of flavors. Entrees were the jumbo crab cake, grilled lamb rack and burger, with the sides of fries, charred cauliflower and creamed spinach. The crab cake was made in a ring mold and was quite large, so Im sure the ring mold kept it together while cooking. It had a good sweet flavor that wasn't overpowered by the other ingredients. Probably not Chesapeake blues -- I grew up on them and this crab was much milder in flavor -- but still very tasty. The lamb rack was cut into 4 single chops with a lemon-forward chimichurri. Asked for med-rare and got it more on the rare side, and although the bones had some char on the ends, the meat didn't have much grilled flavor. Burger was cooked to order and was nice and juicy and properly fatty and grilled. The cauliflower side was I think the best dish of the night, plenty of charred bits and good contrasts of flavors and textures. Good fries, fat and creamy inside, crunchy outside, well seasoned. The spinach was a little cheesier than I expected...any leftovers would make an excellent omelette filling. The desserts didn't look too interesting, so we strolled over to The Creamery on King Street and got some ice cream to finish up the evening.
    2 points
  32. Thanks for the pictures, I was trying to decide between a couple nice restaurants for my birthday. I just really wanted somewhere that felt like a fancy experience at this point, this sealed the deal.
    1 point
  33. When I come down off the mountain, I go to a small joint in North Haven for Apizza. No lines. Good 'za.
    1 point
  34. Their Ashburn "snack bar" https://www.foursisterssnackbar.com/ is reliably quite good/excellent as well.
    1 point
  35. It's a complicated situation with many factors to compare vaccination with wearing masks. Factors such as distance between people, duration of that encounter, and air flow play such an important factor. Additionally, HVAC filtration systems capability, i.e. regular level filtration, HEPA or even HyperHEPA makes a substantial difference with number of people indoors. Ideally, with the Delta variant, people would be vaccinated and wear masks. However all masks are not created equal. Aaron Collins has been doing a great job on his youtube channel scientifically verifying the capacities of masks. Kids Masks, Ultra-breathable and More Mask Review- More KF94s...
    1 point
  36. I’ve got that marked down. The pheasant ballotine with foie was delicious. The same goes for the tempura calamari. The portions aren’t big so i had two pheasant ballotines. Veuve is $16 until September i believe.
    1 point
  37. Turkey legs are excellent, not shy with the seasonings. Dirty Rice stuffed leg is tasty as well, though at some point the salt got a bit overwhelming. Creamed corn somewhat counteracted it until it didn't. I wouldn't eat this every day, but I'd say go early for takeout (lines get crazy long from what I understand) and feast. https://theturkeyleghut.com/
    1 point
  38. Salad. Grilled cheese. Soup. But... watermelon came in this week at the farm market! So the soup was watermelon gazpacho. The grilled cheese was pimento goat cheese on italian bread. It was tasty. Black raspberries on the salad again. (I am annoyed at the bread. Apparently it is a new recipe this week. Very tasty, but dries out a lot faster than the old recipe. I want the old recipe back.) Then, raspberry chocolate ice cream with extra raspberries on top again. I like raspberries, and got quite a few this weekend.
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  39. Thayer St was my preferred hang too. I got my hair cut at Alba-Runci, worked part time at Thayer Market, spent untold hours browsing at College Hill Bookstore (motto: "Dedicated to the fine art of browsing"), scoured the used record stores etc etc.. It's still a fun area, but there are a lot more chains these days. Still, some good food such as Den-Den Fried Chicken (Korean food) on Waterman St. Other cool areas for walking around are: Hope St, Wayland Sq, and Wickenden St. Coffee Exchange on Wickenden has been around since the 1980s, great place to people watch. Snail salad is another old-school local delicacy. It's made with sea snails AKA whelks, and is commonly known as scungilli. Twins Pizza does a nice rendition and I'm sure Mike's and/or Angelo's could have it too.
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  40. Plus one for pizza strips/party pizza/bakery pizza and wandies! RI has an amazing number of specialty foods for such a small state. Also coffee cabinets, Awful Awfuls, and many more. Get a Del's Frozen Lemonade when you're there! You may see a truck or a stand by the beach, or they have some storefronts. Good. In summers past, before they started taking reservations, I drove by and saw cars waiting in line on the street just to get in the parking lot. I'm sure you're planning to concentrate on oysters, but if you have room for the house-made stuffie I recommend trying it (I haven't had it at MOB, but stuffies are another RI speciality). Also, the Point Judith calamari will have traveled less than 3 miles (as the crow flies) to get to your plate. If your kids will tolerate it and the weather's nice, another Providence thing to do is wander around the East Side. There's really nice colonial architecture and Brown University and RISD are there. RISD has an art museum (which, looking at a map, I realize is only a couple of blocks from Hemenway's). Thayer Street is fun to walk around on. When I was in high school I thought it was really cool to hang out there. Of course, I'm not sure how many students will be around in the summer, but I imagine some will. Ocean Drive is a very pretty drive in Newport (the name of the street is Ocean Drive). ETA: I just remembered Gracie's is another fine dining option in Providence. I'm not sure how different it would be than anything you could get anywhere else, but it may be worth looking into.
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  41. A huge lunch special from a local Greek restaurant gave me leftover gyro meat and rosemary potatoes. So yesterday morning I chopped up the meat and diced the potatoes, warmed them in some olive oil in a skillet, and made a lovely “Greek” omelette.
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  42. Some more bakery tips: Pastiche on Spruce St on the Hill (just down from Caserta's) is a higher-end patisserie that is amazing. Also, you might want to try yet another kind of RI pizza: pizza strips aka party pizza aka bakery pizza. It's very simple yet addictive to many RIers (others hate it so ymmv). Among the best-known purveyors are Crugnale's, Palmieri's, Calvitto's, Jeannette's, DePetrillo's, and the Original Italian Bakery. (It's easy to find so clearly there is a demand LOL) Most of them also should have calzones and spinach pies (different from Greek spanakopita, these are basically turnovers). Another RI bakery treat is Wandies, which are very similar to the Polish kruscikis.
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  43. Yes, when I went there were families in there eating.
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  44. Thanks, Bart! My friends are coming from LA. I also love the crazy and wonderful options we have here, and I appreciate the recommendation.
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  45. Saturday night, we wanted to go drink at Silver Branch. But the current food menu interested none of us. So we went to Quarry House for burgers and beer. 3 of us, one a bit of a whisky snob. She had so much fun picking out a whisky to try. She loves to get a small shot of something she has never had before so she can try it without buying a full bottle. So, beer, burgers, tots, and some whisky. Also, the new bar manager there is one of our favorite former bartenders from Little Coco's - that was a nice surprise! Their beer list was excellent. Lots of very local stuff, and a good variety (says the woman who really hates hop bombs and can have issues with modern beer lists.) The whisky list remains excellent. The burgers were cooked properly, and quite tasty. And the service was very good. I know they are still staffing up, but SO friendly and helpful.
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  46. Highly recommend the Chicken and Rice bowl from Balo. Get it spicy, the coconut milk rice will even it out. Also, get the large and you've got at least two substantial meals on your hands.
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  47. Both Steve and I went to Metier for the first time last Friday. It's the best meal I've had in over 1 year - even though I just came back from NYC and ate at Michelin 1 star restaurants 3 nights in a row (Marea, Tempura Matsui, Wallsé). In fact, Metier blew them out of the water; nevertheless, I will proceed to point out things that could perhaps improve. 1. Bluefin toro sashimi (potato croquette under the tuna, avocado purée, and passionfruit-tamari emulsion). The weakness in this dish is that the texture and flavor of the croquette competed with the star of the dish, which is the bluefin toro. Neither of us really enjoyed the combo. I should've just left the potato alone. 2. Softshell crab from Chesapeake Bay. I think this is the best softshell crab I've ever had. The batter is well seasoned, light, and greatly enhanced the natural deliciousness of the crab. 3. Garlic chive tagliatelle (foie gras enriched breadcrumbs). I didn't really detect much foie gras flavor but I really enjoyed the pasta dish. May not have been the best pasta dish ever but thoroughly delicious. 4. Veal sweetbread and crawfish with puff pastry. Everything was cooked beautifully. The sweetbread had a nice crunchy exterior but still very tender. 5. Grilled Australian Wagyu with grilled tofu. I was getting full at this point. I think grilled steak at fine dining restaurant is a tad boring. But I really enjoyed the sesame crusted tofu. Price now is $200 pp excluding tax and tip. The deposit was $175 pp, which I paid. They then refunded the deposit upon request and split the bill evenly.
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  48. Dinner at Maialino Mare last evening was very good indeed. The room is pleasant, high ceilings, large windows. Noise level was acceptable even after the restaurant filled a few minutes after the photograph attached was taken. Tables are a good size, not the usual postage stamp. Chairs were comfortable. Tableware was 'upper scale trattoria'. Service was outstanding, as is the case with the Danny Meyer restaurants in New York: reception, food service and wine service. The wine list was extensive and offered good options at a wide range of prices. We began by sharing an order of spaghetti with lobster, the pasta and lobster perfectly cooked and the sauce with an incredibly intense lobster essence. Next, swordfish also perfectly cooked with a white wine sauce. Someone in the kitchen has had classical training with sauces. And skate Milanese. We love skate but rarely order it in restaurants since it is not robust and has to be perfectly fresh. We interrogated General Manager Morgan Dillon who assured us that we would enjoy the dish, and in the event it was excellent: sweet skate, tasty garlic-herb coating complementing. To accompany, the very best fried artichokes we have ever had, including in Italy. Dessert. Apple crostata with an almond cream, pastry tender and flaky, hot from the oven, with genuine whipped cream. Yum. Torta della nonna, a lemon custard topped with toasted pine nuts, with an almond crust. Also yum. Blessedly, neither was too sweet; more 'Paris' than 'Rome'. We will certainly return. Any hesitation? Well, the food was without risk; was perhaps a bit timid in concept albeit perfect in ingredients, preparation and presentation. Because it's a new restaurant? Because it's a hotel restaurant? Perhaps chef will cut loose after a while. After all, to thrill some people you have to take the risk to offend some people.
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