I work in events for a restaurant. Mostly, this involves office work or sit-down client consultations. Our business casual dress code gives me flexibility for what kind of shoes I can wear. I typically wear black leather low-heeled pumps. (Clark's is a brand I favor.) Semi-regularly, though, my work necessitates me being on my feet all day to manage events personally. On these days, I am in and out of the kitchen and I go back and forth from indoors to outdoors. The main thing is that on these days, I may not sit down for ten hours straight. I'm looking to find a pair of shoes I can wear on that will line up with my typical look but will also be both non-slip and kind to my feet when I spend the entire day hustling around. What are some sellers (online or real world) and styles you would recommend?
We'll be at Virginia Mason, with time for lunch from roughly 11:30 - 2:30. Any recommendations? Any warnings of places to avoid? [more inside]
What's the best iOS app for a couple to share their restaurant experiences with each other? [more inside]
Where to eat in San Francisco? [more inside]
Where, in Ventura County, is a good place to watch (and hear; keyword there) the NFL pre-season games live on TV and still manage to eat a reasonably priced meal? [more inside]
Worst rookie mistake ever. My very young cousin misspelled the company name on an order for restaurant tableware, glasses, souvenirs etc. Enough for 6 locations. Is there any way to recoup any of the loss? [more inside]
Can you personally recommend a vegetarian friendly restaurant that serves healthy, "clean" (i.e. not oily or rich, so sadly not a lot of foods from delicious traditions) food in TriBeCa that is not gazillions of dollars a head?
We're looking for a *fancy* restaurant with an excellent cocktail menu that has at least one well-thought-out not-pasta-with-sad-veggies vegetarian entree in Chicago that IS NOT Green Zebra. Must take reservations and not be Asian food. Would like an entree option that is meat or fish. Who knew mixed marriage would be so hard? Places that have been suggested and the reasons they are not quite right inside. [more inside]
Did I break some unwritten tipping rule when I "generously" tipped on a free meal? [more inside]
I'm looking for restaurant recommendations in Edinburgh. Specifics inside. [more inside]
NYCers, please direct this hungry but overwhelmed-by-choice Hong Konger to your favourite Middle Eastern, African, Scandinavian, Eastern European, Central Asian, Caribbean, and South American food! I will be there for six days in late July, party of one/two adults, based in Midtown East, takeout acceptable, weird/early/late hours acceptable, happy to travel to the outermost reaches of the city (no car though!) and make bookings, informal/reasonably-priced preferred. [more inside]
We opened a restaurant about a year ago and we have a huge parking area located along a busy tourist highway. I'd like to get tour buses to take advantage of the parking (and, of course, get their business) but don't know where to start. Anyone have experience in this area?
My office is looking for a restaurant where we can have a celebration, and we're having a hard time finding a good option. 15-20 people, next Friday night, vegetarian friendly. West side of Manhattan preferred but not mandatory. [more inside]
I want to go out for a good meal with my family* for my 30th birthday, so I'm looking for a really good (but not too fancy) restaurant in London. Make me some recommendations! [more inside]
How do restaurant reviews get pictures of the meal/establishment being reviewed? [more inside]
We are planning a wedding! One thought I have is to buyout a small restaurant for the reception or even ceremony+reception. Do you know any restaurants that are small-ish (and thus may be semi-affordable for buyout) with excellent food & drink, nice decor and hopefully a nice outdoor space in the back? We are thinking we will likely have something like 60 guests and probably not a full band -- maybe some type of strings grouping. Fairly neighborhood and cuisine agnostic, and would also be open to Marin. [more inside]
I'm trying to pick a fine dining restaurant on Orcas Island for my best friend's 50th birthday. It looks like the top options are The Inn at Ship Bay Restaurant and the New Leaf restaurant at the Outlook Inn. They both get great reviews on Yelp and TripAdvisor, and they both have great views, and I need help choosing. [more inside]
I'm not a sushi beginner, but not a particularly adventurous eater as far as that goes (salmon, tuna, shrimp, etc). I'd love to be able to go and eat omakase. [more inside]
I once had a pint glass that a roommate left behind when moving out. It was a regular 16-oz pint glass, with a drawing of a beaver and the tagline "Where Beavers Go to Eat and Drink." I don't have the glass anymore, but I would like to find it for sale somewhere. Except I can't remember enough about it to search for it, other than that tagline! Do you recognize the tagline? Where is it from? [more inside]
Okay, yes, apparently I was raised in a barn. There's a restaurant I'd like to patronize*, but I'm stuck on their reservation policy. Specifically, their use of the term "dinner seating." Please explain to someone who frequently fails to wear a tuxedo, even well past 6:00 pm. [more inside]
Heading to Detroit the first weekend in May to see the Diego Rivera/Frida Kahlo exhibit at DIA - would love any recommendations for food (hot dogs through high class) and we would dig some "shopping local" recs, too. Thanks!
Why is the texture of restaurant tortillas different than the ones that you buy at the supermarket? Where can I buy ones that are like that? [more inside]
I'm vegetarian and have a hereditary sensitivity to alliums (onion, garlic, leeks, etc.) Unfortunately I can't identify onion/garlic by taste, so when I go out to eat with my boyfriend I mostly resign myself to feeling sick for the next 24 hours or so. What are some restaurants in the Boston area that serve food I might be able to eat safely? [more inside]
Just got a new gig, and want to take some potential clients to a nice lunch after a facility tour. The new gig is in Burbank, and in my experience cuisine in Burbank is limited to Frontier Wok, chain restaurants and Ikea meatballs. Please help me with suggestions of good Burbank and Burbank-adjacent restaurants for client lunches. Bonus points for healthy places where fitness-oriented clients can feel at home.
I'm reading/skimming the new cookbook/notebook Prune by Gabrielle Hamilton, which is printed to mimic the binders full of recipes from her restaurant. As such, it contains lots of marginalia. Awesome! But I can't figure out what she means by "wax." [more inside]
Mrs. Karaage and I are avid foodies and cooks. We are also white collar DINKs in the DC area that has never worked in a restaraunt a day of our lives. We daydream quite a bit of running a diner/cafe, in particular highlighting dishes that we both love and rarely see around here. I am also fully aware that this is a daydream that results in bankruptcies and broken families. [more inside]
I did get fired from the job I wrote about in my last question. But then I got another job, serving at a gastropub type place. Everything was going fine, or so I thought. I went in today to take my menu test, and instead, I was told that it wasn't going to work out. They need someone with more experience. [more inside]
We're planning a dinner to celebrate a milestone birthday. We'd like to do something to acknowledge the extra work for the staff we represent. We were thinking a gift for the staff, but we don't know the etiquette of this. [more inside]
Wife and I will be spending an upcoming long weekend on Miami beach. Looking for some really good restaurant recommendations, specifically Cuban/Spanish and any other "must sees" while there.
I just finished training as a food runner/expo at a high volume, fine dining restaurant in LA. I am not doing well, and although I've been scheduled for five shifts for the next two weeks, I feel like I'm doing a shitty job, the managers are always on my ass, and I'm getting carpal tunnel syndrome from the heavy plates. I'm obviously looking for a new job, and I'm on the verge of asking for my old job back, but if the hive mind has any advice on how to salvage this situation, please help me out. [more inside]
My boyfriend and I want to have some kind of restaurant journal where we can record the different items we've gotten from various restaurants and whether we liked them or not. I'm having a hard time figuring out how to make the layout. Details inside. [more inside]
Every year our family gets together for a post-holiday dinner at a restaurant near our house, in Durham, NC. People are coming from all over the region, so a potluck would be difficult. We normally do this at Golden Corral, but they are booked at our preferred time, and my partner and I just really, really don't like Golden Corral. What are other restaurants that can handle our party? (Details within.) [more inside]
I would like to get a friend and husband a gift card to a restaurant or something that is nice, but not super expensive at the same time. I don't know how hard it is go get around in the area, but their address is in Ada if that matters.
So what I'm looking for is great or famous NON-chain restaurants that are famed for having a lot of dishes. Doesn't necessarily have to be all different. Could be 100 kinds of sandwiches. Or 90 calzones. But it's gotta be a big list. I keep trying to search but I can't find what I'm looking for. Thoughts?
I'm working waaay too much at both of my jobs and I have no social life, I see my boyfriend once a week, and I am super bitter about all of it. Help me talk to my boss and make it through the holidays, please! [more inside]
Can you tell me about your experience with shared or "communal" tables at restaurants or coffee shops? Where are they common? Can you point me to any research, analysis, or good commentary about them? [more inside]
My credit card did not charge me for the tip that I added on to the bill. Who got screwed - the restaurant or the waitress? [more inside]
My friend wants to have a meal for around fifteen people in NYC, in a setting that will feel similar to the da Vinci painting, "The Last Supper". Extra points for being in a back room. Extra, extra points for a feeling of opulence or fake opulence. Price point up to $75 per person. Any ideas on places that would fit the bill?
I am the first bartender this restaurant has hired and this is also my first bartending job, so both the owner and I are coming up with the tip out policy from scratch. This is in the US -- if you are not familiar with how US tipping culture works, please don't answer. [more inside]
So Mr. Kitty and I are doing a vacation in Paris and want to set up some amazing reservations to look forward to. We will have one big blow, out once in a decade, kind of dinner. Where should we go? [more inside]
I'm trying to plan a small get together near work in SoHo (I work near Mercer & Houston) but don't know the area too, too well. St. Marks, just a walk away, seems like the best bet as far finding good choices but anywhere in or around the neighborhood works. [more inside]
I work in a team of six and we’re looking for something fun to do in December, in tandem with an evening meal out. Budget is under $100 per person. In past years, we’ve done a cooking evening and then eaten the results, and we’ve had a dinner in the dark and tried to guess what we’re eating – all great fun. If you’ve done a dinner with a twist, I’d love to hear about it – I may be able to find something similar here in lil’ ol’ Luxembourg...
Manhattanites and NYC'ers all over the boroughs: please help me find the perfect restaurant to bring my relatives to! [more inside]
Restaurant for six in Venice? The birthday girl wants seafood, one of us is a veggie, and and ideal price range would be about €35 per person including a decent amount of wine. [more inside]
My family just moved to Tippecanoe County in Indiana, and we're baffled by the seemingly arbitrary rules that dictate when babies are and are not allowed in bars and restaurants. [more inside]
Dubliners, or anyone who's been to Dublin recently and knows what I'm talking about: has The Gigs Place closed up shop for good? I'm pretty sure they have, but can't find anything more definitive than Yelp saying they're closed (Yelp has been wrong on that front before), and a lack of Facebook postings from 2013 on. Any other info would be helpful, for instance: was their building and/or late-night license taken up by someone else under a different name? Thanks in advance!
Hi! I'm trying to choose a town to stay in, possibly not all that far from Hartford. I'd like it to be non-urban, non-strip mall, and not a wasteland like near an airport or industrial area. Beyond that, I don't have too many specifications… [more inside]
In the movies Americans often just leave money on the bar, or on the table at a cafe or a restaurant, and walk out. Does this happen in real life? [more inside]
I am thinking about working in a restaurant kitchen. My only experience so far is with pizza places, which have hot pizza ovens and therefore get pretty durn hot on a hot day, or when more than one oven is turned on. The last place I worked had perfectly good air conditioning, but it became completely ineffective under the aforementioned circumstances. [more inside]