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  1. Townsend or Friday Saturday Sunday for upscale. ITV for food/cocktails/energy. Or Res Ipsa for food/pasta - it’s a coffee shop by day so ambiance is somewhat lacking. It also is BYO. Eater has recently added Le Virtu to its list of 38 essential Philly restaurants, so good things may be happening there. All 4 of your choices, Steve, actually are on that list. https://philly.eater.com/maps/38-best-philadelphia-restaurants
  2. I’ve been a resident of Philly for the past two years. I got to know Don when I lived in DC from 2001-04. I’ve not been to any of these 4 places, although I am most intrigued by Russet. Given I’ve passed the others over, I’d suggest you replace them with one of the following restaurants I can recommend: Townsend, ITV, Royal Sushi & Izakaya, Res Ipsa (not red sauce but some of the best pasta in the city!), Sate Kempar, Friday Saturday Sunday, Royal Boucherie, Vedge, Little Fish, Perla, Stargazy (British pie shop - notmopen for dinner yet - only lunch). Happy to extrapolate!
  3. Pan Fried Rappahannock River Oysters - Wilted Spinach, Celeriac Mousseline, Pineapple-Caper Brown Butter "¢ 14 I was in town on a quick work-related trip this Tuesday and sat at the Equinox bar for lunch. I ordered the risotto fritters and this delicious dish. I cannot describe how delicious the oysters were and the balance of flavor from the celeriac and the pineapple brown butter. Simply divine - and easily one of the best dishes I have had in the past year.
  4. I can't say enough good things about Clyde Common which opened in the Ace Hotel in Portland in May of 2007. My wife and I ate there back in June when we stumbled upon the place near our downtown hotel. It features communal tables, high ceilings, knowledgeable service, and seasonal cooking. There was a chicken liver appetizer on the menu back in June that was just exquisite (and I don't even particularly like chicken livers). I look forward to returning while in Portland on business next Friday evening. I'll report back. Another must visit in Portland is Pearl Bakery.
  5. Vancouver & Vancouver Island is a special corner of the world on a number of fronts, including its cuisine. My wife and I had one of the meals of our life at West while on our honeymoon in June 2005. West can prepare both surf & turf brillantly. I also recall its stellar cheese course. We visited SoBo in Tofino as well. A definite stop for foodies. Tofino is off the beaten path, surely, but it's well worth the drive over the mountains. If you're starting your drive north from Victoria, Zanatta Winery in Duncan, B.C., is a very pleasant stop for lunch. I was quite amazed at the qual
  6. Although I live in Madison, Wisconsin, I seem to find a way to make it to Corduroy at least once a year. Thanks to Erik Ox for setting this one up. After dining at an adjacent table during last fall's infamous corkage incident, this year's meal included no wine-swilling jackals. Ah, tranquility. The only comment I must make is: The duck egg and confit salad rocks!!! (No pun intended.) I couldn't believe how well the flavors and texture of the duck egg geled with the rest of this dish. Of course, the pork belly was great, too.
  7. As I was staying at The Madison Hotel on a business trip into town, I enjoyed a really nice lunch at Palette this past Monday. The peaky toe crab salad included a fair, but not overwhelming, portion of crab meat, on a bed of very fresh greens, with a heirloom tomato and avocado yogurt dressing. The house lemonade also hit the spot. The bar is a terrific, comfortable place for the solo diner to set up camp. From 12-12:30 on a Monday, Palette was pretty quiet with only one other diner at the bar and 3-4 tables in the main dining room.
  8. This may be too late but for restaurants check out the Kitchen Table Bistro in Richmond just off I-89, Exit 11. It's about 12 miles east of Burlington. Great use of local ingredients. I also second the Smokejacks recommendation. Terrific bloody mary and a good lunch spot. Cafe Shelburne is good for very traditional French cuisine. It's right on Route 7 in Burlington just across from the Shelburne Museum. And here's some information about the Vermont Cheese Trail. Shelburne Farms is located just south of Burlington along Lake Champlain. If you're a beer fan, Magic Hat is worth a visit.
  9. I'm currently in Madison, Wisconsin and my wife and I have been down to Chicago several times over the past year or so. I can personally recommend Cafe Spiaggia, Spring and North Pond (located in Lincoln Park north of downtown). I've heard very good things about Alinea, Aria, Avenues, Schwa, and Blackbird but haven't eaten at those (only at Blackbird's cousin Avec next door).
  10. I was in Nashville for a business meeting earlier this month--staying at Opryland, a sprawling, artificial environment to the city's northeast. However, I managed to find my way downtown one evening. Jack's Bar-B-Que at 416 Broadway in Nashville absolutely hit the spot. I feasted on the pork shoulder platter with cornbread and sides of mac 'n' cheese and cole slaw. Jack's is very laid back. You go up to the counter, order what you want, get your sauces, and find a seat. I'm certainly no barbeque expert, but it was delicious food, a very generous portion of pork, and stellar cole slaw--more of
  11. Melissa Kelly is the Executive Chef and proprietor of Primo, a 7-year-old restaurant in Rockland, Maine--about 75 miles or two hours northeast of Portland. Kelly is the 1999 James Beard Foundation Awards winner of the American Express Best Chef, Northeast Award. Her husband, Price Kushner, serves as bakery/pastry chef. She is profiled in Michael Ruhlman's new book, The Reach of A Chef. She also owns Primo Restaurants in Orlando, Florida and Tucson, Arizona. My wife and I had dinner at Primo last Tuesday night while on vacation in Maine. It was superb--one of the best meals we've had all year.
  12. I believe there are at least two Legals at Logan Airport. My wife and I ate at one in Terminal C last month and had an excellent lunch. I had a fantastic Maine crab roll (generous portions of tasty lump crab meat) and, of course, a cup of clam chowder. My wife had a salad and steamed clams. For us, the service was professional and efficient. It doesn't get much better than that at an airport. BOS
  13. I wholeheartedly second the Soif Wine Bar recommendation. I've recently taken a new job that brings me to Santa Cruz every now & again and have eaten at Soif several times. The cuisine is much more sophisticated than you might expect hearing Soif is a "wine bar." The selection of wines by the glass are extensive and include some small California producers. The adjoining wine shop's prices are slightly high but it does offer some bottles that are otherwise hard to find. If you're a solo diner, the bar itself is a comfortable place to sit and converse with the bartender and your fellow din
  14. Glad you enjoyed such beautiful weather for a visit. For the benefit of readers, The Great Dane is a Madison brew pub located downtown, just a block from the Capitol. During the academic year, it's very much a student hang-out, but during the day it gets a lot of business from downtown workers.
  15. I've been to the Woodman's on Madison's East Side and you're right, Joe, it is a LARGE warehouse style grocery store. I went in specifically to check out its wine selection that some locals had told me about. I wasn't particularly impressed. Woodman's has decent prices but stocks a largely lower-end, corporate-driven selection of wines -- some decent, some not. If you're looking for Columbia Crest, Hogue, Rosemount Estate, Villa Maria, and the like, this is the place. I never shopped at Wegman's while living in the DC area, so I'm not able to compare. In Madison, I prefer Barriques and Steve
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