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  1. I must add an addendum: look closely at the photograph of the open kitchen above in reedm’s expressive post. Enlarge it. All of the woodwork was done by hand by the owners. From the ten inch beams to the carving-this is a hand built two hundred year old exquisitely restored Inn in the Alps. Note the soft lighting and candles throughout the photos. Character, romance and quiet comfort. I know of no other restaurant in America like this. It is an extraordinary escape for this side of the Atlantic. And worth the journey on the other side.
  2. This is the most difficult reservation in America and worth the effort. We have been twice since they opened (including two weeks ago) and have two more upcoming reservations-one night next month and one in January of next year. This is my favorite restaurant in the U.S. in part because of the extraordinary ambience, incredible presentation of John and Diane and having now sampled 15+ dishes the honest belief that the overall experience rivals The Inn which is only five miles away. But we prefer Three Blacksmiths. On the website you will see instructions for how to make your on lin
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    Water Grill

    Water Grill is the best seafood restaurant in all of Southern CA. Serious. And, it's in downtown L. A. a couple of blocks from the Bonaventure. Unfortunately, it's not cheap. Probably comparable to Kinkead's in price.
  4. Water Grill is the best seafood restaurant in all of Southern CA. Serious. And, it's in downtown L. A. a couple of blocks from the Bonaventure. Unfortunately, it's not cheap. Probably comparable to Kinkead's in price.
  5. https://www.restonnow.com/2017/02/09/boston-properties-impact-of-town-center-paid-parking-far-less-than-claimed/ above is a post with Boston Properties response.
  6. This is different. Bethesda involves meters and perhaps a credit card. If Reston had done this, probably this thread wouldn't exist. They have an "app" which involves a number of steps to use along with several minutes each time it is used. At Reston Town Center you need a smartphone.to park on the street (although not in a garage where you can use a kiosk although not every garage has one). As I noted above there are "terms and conditions" which you have to agree to if you use it. There are also other complications such as $3.00 an hour to park on the street including Saturday while a
  7. Boston Properties' representative said late last week that 70,000 people have downloaded the app. I wonder if all 70,000 read the following in the next to the last paragraph of the "Terms and Conditions": https://www.restontowncenter.com/parking/parking-terms-conditions/ "By using the Platform, you agree that the statutes and laws of the United States and the State of North Carolina without regard to conflicts of laws principles, will apply to all matters relating to use of the Platform and the Services, and you agree that any litigation shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction
  8. This is a huge issue locally and will probably go national: Boston Properties (BXP) is a publicly traded company which reported after 4:00 on Tuesday and had their conference call on Weds. morning. There was no mention of any problems at Town Center. There are also 1,600 or so apartments and condos at Town Center who must be having similar problems. The result of both is that this afternoon @3:00PM (when street parking was $3.00 an hour and a complicated app to pay it) there were, perhaps, 35-40 people around the skating rink. I would guess that a similar day a year ago would h
  9. We just returned from our annual January O. C. visit (New Year's Eve four out of the last six years). Sello's in West Ocean City is now O. C.'s best Italian restaurant-it would do justice to the best in Little Italy and I am serious in saying this. It's also enormously popular with locals and is full on most weeknights-even in the middle of January. Liquid Assets and Hooked continue with their similar popularity and excellence. We also included the Henlopen Oyster House in Rehoboth which I believe is so good that we build our trip around when it is open. Both Ocean City and Rehoboth a
  10. Forgive me but I will make the serious and respectful argument that any tasting that is free is not the wine that you would judge a Virginia winery by. Linden's '13 Hardscrabble Red is perhaps the best young red that Jim Law has made. It's $50.00 a bottle but you can also buy it by the glass. '14 Delaplane Williams Gap and Petit Manseng are outstanding. Williams Gap is $50 or so but you can also buy it by the glass. (the view out the floor to ceiling plate glass windows of the mountain side tasting room is breathtaking.) Glen Manor's '13 and '14 Hodder Hill, Petit Manseng, Petit Verdot (o
  11. Really enjoyed your thoughts. I wrote this on Chowhound thirteen years ago which was our third and last visit to The Inn. My first visit was in 1980 a couple of weeks apart from Jean Banchet's Le Francais west of Chicago which, at the time, was considered by many to be the best restaurant in America. I am also deeply appreciative to have had a number of significant dinners elsewhere as I and my business matured. Patrick O'Connell is capable of incredible food: there was a James Beard dinner at the old Maestro at Tyson's which then included every James Beard award winning chef for the Mid
  12. I believe that Pineapple and Pearls have a total of 59 seats available for any of the four nights they are open. This includes dining room, bar and chef's counter. Note that they are only open from Tuesday through Friday evenings. As of 12:05AM on March 30th the following number of seats are available for April 12th through the end of April. Tuesday 4/12 2 seats (of 59 potential) Wednesday 4/13 sold out Thursday 4/14 16 seats Friday 4/15 4 seats Tuesday 4/19 17 seats Wednesday 4/20 25 seats Thursday 4/21 14 seats Friday 4/22 3 seats Tuesday 4/26 44 seats Wednesday 4/27 48 seats
  13. We stayed at the Hilton on Weds. and Thursday of this past week when it was $159 for an oceanfront room-NOT over $600 a night as it is in August. We like the Hilton but the real problem is that there is no view up or down the beach-both sides of the ocean front balcony are partially blocked because the hotel is set back about 20 yards to allow a swimming pool and lazy river. In season I believe that you have to be on the Boardwalk. Negative here is that the Marriott Courtyard is up at 15th street and, as of last spring, hasn't been renovated since it probably opened. Another place that
  14. Five trips to Ocean City since New Year's Even of 2014. Hooked is no longer O. C.'s best restaurant. That honor now goes to Sello's Italian Oven on Golf Course Rd in West Ocean City which opened last summer. We went Wednesday and Thursday night of this week and both nights, at 6:00PM, they had literally every one of their 80 or so seats filled. Superb wood burning oven pizza equal to anywhere in the D. C. area, outstanding cream of crab (which competes with the Narrows) rockfish and salmon entrees that would do justice to any D. C. Italian-this is a shockingly good Italian place that you'l
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