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  1. Pro Tip: the Cleveland Park location has free corkage on wines bought across the street at Weygandt.
  2. Now that Range is gone, is there anywhere that’s close in markup? Also, a friend is looking to drink a fancy bottle he’s been holding with me; wants to know somewhere nice we can do it with a low or no corkage fee. Any ideas?
  3. If you go to Timber (they own CYM) on weekends, you can get the same bagels without a wait, though there aren't as many options. For two coffees and two egg sandwiches it's like $24 (after tax and tip), though, which is more than I want to pay for this type of thing. I had a danish the other weekend and it was awful, so as tempting as they might look, resist. The bagels are good, but I actually like Bullfrog's better.
  4. I feel like it helps to know that David Lynch had an unwanted baby at the time, otherwise, yeah, I’ve been just as disoriented as you watching this film.
  5. Psst... if you're looking for a place to sit by an actual wood-burning fireplace for happy hour and some reasonably priced, often very good food...
  6. Heading to Charlottesville Memorial Day weekend and had been looking forward to revisiting Alley Light. Good thing I checked here to find out Jose De Brito had left! Everything Simon said above was true-- Alley Light was absolutely phenomenal when De Brito was there. Debating on whether to go anyway and see how it is under the sous-chef...
  7. I was in west Philly a few months ago, sitting outside at Dock Street with a couple of friends when we heard a voice calling "Carrot cake! Carrot cake!". Our waiter could see that we were trying to figure out what was going on. "Oh, yeah, that's the Carrot Cake Man! You should totally get some-- it's really good. Just don't let my manager see". So we called the Carrot Cake Man over... Somehow he's selling large squares of cake for only $1 each. We got a couple of the regular and a couple of blueberry. Damn good carrot cake. So, if you happen to see the Carrot Cake Man, get some!
  8. Steered a group here after seeing Sietsema put it on his Top 10 list in the Fall Dining Guide. Had never heard of this place before that. I feel like I've had some pretty good fried chicken at various spots in the south, but this might be the best I've ever had. The smoked egg yolk sauce really put it over the top. The biscuit it came with was terrible, though-- doughy and bland. Besides the chicken, the other highlight was the "Egg Salad", a bed of delicious smoked, hard-boiled eggs (Takeaway for the evening: more places need to start smoking eggs) with pickled eggplant and greens. Order this. Misfires were the burger, which was as obviously made of quality meat, but very overcooked, and the pot pie fritters, which weren't nearly as good as the ones at Family Meal.
  9. I'd be curious to hear some sommeliers or restaurateurs address how Range can keep its markups so low. Are they fools? A strange anomaly? Someone in that thread mentions them buying in bulk, but that doesn't seem right, as their wine list is quite extensive yet the markups are low across the board.
  10. I'm with you in the very small minority that doesn't love this beer, and for basically the same reason: the strong cinnamon. That made it more akin to a pumpkin stout than I would have expected, and I'm not a big fan of pumpkin beers. I didn't think it was horrible, but I couldn't bring myself to finish the bottle either. I could see this "Mexican" stout thing being good, but the cinnamon and nutmeg would have to be far more toned down for me (or maybe the malt amped up, as you suggest).
  11. Hi Alex, I'm curious to know more about where and how you get your wines. The Barolo blend you mentioned, for example. Was this from an estate that used to bottle the wine under their own label, sell the grapes to someone else, or what? How do you find new opportunities to buy wines for your portfolio? Thanks, Chris
  12. Have seen the sandwich shop Local Foods show up on a few 'best in the country' lists for sandwiches lately. They lived up to the hype. If you need a lunch spot in Houston, this is it. Great local beer selection too.
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