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Benchmark items

What are the best benchmark foods or drinks to use to test out a new restaurant or bar? [more inside]
posted by DynamiteToast on Jul 7, 2014 - 35 answers

Another Queens/NYC bar/restaurant question

I need a bar or restaurant for a small group on Sunday. One of our group however, is my puppy. Another requirement is that it is near the N train, or a quick transfer from the N train on this Sunday (are they still randomly shutting down the 7 train over the weekend?). Beyond that, it's not too picky. I know about the Bohemian Beer Garden, but I am not sure that they allow pets. Sidewalk cafes, anything outdoors should be great.
posted by kellyblah on Jun 19, 2014 - 7 answers

Romantic restaurant in Paris for less than 100 euros (give or take)?

We'll be in Paris on March 13th and 14th. We're staying very close to the Musée d'Orsay but we're willing to travel off the beaten path. Currently we've found Les Climats which seems highly regarded and right up our alley in terms of menu. However... [more inside]
posted by ancient star on Mar 2, 2014 - 9 answers

Need a Manhattan Italian Restaurant

Need Epic Italian restaurant in Manhattan. This may have been asked before but restaurants change and close all the time. Relatives are coming into Manhattan this Friday from Texas (originally from Long Island) and seek "epic pizza and Italian food". I know places in Brooklyn etc so please only Manhattan. They have a family of 4 and subways to Bensonhurst would be prohibitive. Special "Awesome Points" for "hole in wall" tiny places. Mifi-ites don't let me down!
posted by donaken on Dec 24, 2013 - 16 answers

Trying to find a restaurant with dishes named after government orgs?

I remember hearing about a restaurant with dishes named after city organizations. For example, the "department of sanitation sandwich" or the "FDNY sandwich." It is probably in NYC. It may have shut down. Can you help me find this restaurant?
posted by yaymukund on Dec 7, 2013 - 5 answers

Tell me all the cool things to do and places to go in Rotterdam

I can show you all around Amsterdam, Haarlem, even Alkmaar and Utrecht...but I know nearly nothing about Rotterdam. I have friends visiting soon, so I'm looking for suggestions. [more inside]
posted by digitalprimate on Sep 30, 2013 - 5 answers

Of course it was the fried rice. It was always the fried rice.

How do I make restaurant-quality fried rice at home? [more inside]
posted by karathrace on Jul 16, 2013 - 32 answers

Looking for an unusual spa and for gluten-free dining in Victoria, BC

I'm traveling to Victoria, BC with a friend. Are there any spas in Victoria that are unlike the spas we could find here in Seattle? Also: any restaurant recommendations for an omnivore and a gluten-free pescetarian? [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library on Jul 8, 2013 - 5 answers

Help me banh mi.

Can anyone recommend a good Vietnamese restaurant in Manhattan that's open during the middle of the day this coming Saturday? [more inside]
posted by andrewcilento on Jul 1, 2013 - 13 answers

Looking for a specific Cuban Restaurant in Detroit area

If my memory serves me (it often does not), awhile ago I went to a Cuban restaurant in the suburbs of Detroit (probably north) that I'd like to find again. I remember that it was small (seating-wise), non-chain, not very fancy, off a very small (residential?) street and the food was great; I think the interior was yellow and there was writing on the walls everywhere. It was popular and full when I was there last. I've done by due diligence with google and yelp but haven't found it there; I don't think it's Vincente's (downtown) or El Guanaco (Troy); any ideas? I'm open to suggestions in the area if you don't know the specific restaurant. Thanks!
posted by royalchinook on Jun 20, 2013 - 3 answers

What are some good Italian Food in the Meatpacking district in NYC

My buddy is going on a first date with a girl and wanted to take her out to Italian in the meatpacking district in NYC. What are good choices in that area. He's looking to keep the total bill to around $125, but remember this is a first date, so we need to impress a little as well ;) Thx! Firestyle
posted by FireStyle on Jun 4, 2013 - 8 answers

Best restaurant **inside** McCarran International / Las Vegas airport?

For a boring list of logistical reasons, I'll be inside the Las Vegas airport today at dinner time, waiting for a late departing flight. I'll be hungry. [more inside]
posted by ZakDaddy on Apr 12, 2013 - 3 answers

Do dim sum waitstaff get paid on commission?

Do the waitstaff at traditional dim sum (yum cha) restaurants get paid a commission on what they sell from their trolley? Or do they need to sell a minimum amount? Why are some quite pushy and others don't seem to mind if you buy from them or not?
posted by dontjumplarry on Mar 23, 2013 - 6 answers

Lovely Asian soup in Montreal -- But what's it called?

Agh! I've just come back from Montreal and I've already forgotten the name of this Asian soup that is everywhere. It seems to be at Thai restaurants as well I think as (other) Asian places and I wanted to look it up and see what's in it because I didn't get a chance to try it. I remember it had "aise" as the last bit (I know that's not THAT helpful) and was, as I said, just everywhere, at least in the theatre district and Chinatown. I think it may be Tom Yum or something of that ilk. It looked somewhat related. I think it had noodles. Can someone help? I'm sure this is a very easy question if you're actually in Montreal. Thanks!
posted by supercoollady on Mar 23, 2013 - 10 answers

Restaurant recommendations near Dupont Circle (Washington DC)?

I moved to DC recently-ish, but haven't explored the restaurant scene very well. Now I have a friend coming to town next week, staying right near the Dupont Circle Metro station, and I could use some recommendations for places to eat. Can any locals help me out? [more inside]
posted by theatro on Mar 22, 2013 - 21 answers

Help me learn advanced French food and restaurant vocabulary.

Please recommend books, websites, and other resources to learn more advanced French food and restaurant vocabulary, so that I can read menus and cookbooks, navigate restaurants, and describe food ("salty," "sweet," etc.). [more inside]
posted by The Girl Who Ate Boston on Feb 16, 2013 - 17 answers

"I know this awesome _________ place."

I grew up in New York City with an open mind toward cuisines of other cultures, so I've got both a broad palate and (reasonably) broad experience. Which cuisines do I stand a chance of not having encountered and where can I go to try them? [more inside]
posted by griphus on Feb 13, 2013 - 40 answers

Restaurant recommendations in/near Gilbert, AZ?

Will be visiting for Valentine's day, any dinner/date recommendations would be appreciated!
posted by rux on Feb 5, 2013 - 7 answers

Restaurant in Brooklyn for Seven

We need a restaurant in Brooklyn in the Downtown/Cobble Hill/Carroll Gardens area that will take a reservation for 7 people for brunch this Saturday and has vegan options (but preferably not all-vegan.) [more inside]
posted by griphus on Jan 9, 2013 - 8 answers

¿dónde están los tacos de pescado en la playa?

Mexican restaurant on a beach in southern Los Angeles? [more inside]
posted by allkindsoftime on Jan 3, 2013 - 7 answers

Sandwiches on restaurant menus - only in Canada, you say? Pity.

Is it unusual to see sandwiches and burgers on restaurant menus outside the US and Canada? [more inside]
posted by Chaussette and the Pussy Cats on Nov 23, 2012 - 24 answers

Brooklyn restaurant with a view

Another NYC/Brooklyn restaurant question: City views edition. [more inside]
posted by greta simone on Nov 7, 2012 - 17 answers

Portland date restaurant with no dairy/nuts options

What is a good restaurant in Portland, OR for a date with dairy and nut allergies? [more inside]
posted by Muttoneer on Nov 6, 2012 - 3 answers

Nice restaurants near Kiawah Island

Spending the weekend on Kiawah Island, SC. I'd like to find a nice restaurant for Friday night, hopefully not all the way back in Charleston. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by bondcliff on Oct 10, 2012 - 5 answers

Nice solo NYC dinner

Where to get a very high quality but casual meal alone this Sunday evening in NYC? [more inside]
posted by greta simone on Oct 6, 2012 - 15 answers

How can my sister start her new specialty retail food business?

How can my sister start her new specialty retail food business? [more inside]
posted by Dansaman on Aug 31, 2012 - 5 answers

Name me a "casual restaurant on the water" in Seattle.

"Someplace casual and on the water" in Seattle ... which restaurant should I take a party of 7 to this coming Friday night that fits these criteria? [more inside]
posted by kthxbi on Aug 10, 2012 - 16 answers

behold my contradiction! We're picky foodies!

Montreal Dining Filter: My partner and I are having a HELL of a time deciding on a restaurant for a romantic dinner out in Monteal in a few weeks time. We're picky eaters that really enjoy good gourmet food... A contradiction but true. AU SECOURS! [more inside]
posted by PuppetMcSockerson on Aug 8, 2012 - 11 answers

I Still Love You, California! Goodnight!

Upscale and downscale food, drink and adventure in SF for 4-Jul Week? [more inside]
posted by rokusan on Jun 27, 2012 - 10 answers

What is this awesome Chinese fish soup?

What was this awesome Chinese fish soup I used to get in NYC? BONUS QUESTION : where can I find it in the Bay area? [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco on Mar 2, 2012 - 6 answers

Dinner in Philly

Philadelphia group dinner restaurant recommendation? [more inside]
posted by Miko on Feb 25, 2012 - 12 answers

Good Mexican food in Redwood City

My husband will be in Redwood City (attending this event) for work over the next fortnight and wants to take his team to a good Mexican restaurant there. Any recommendations? Walking distance would be good but not crucial.
posted by tracicle on Jan 28, 2012 - 8 answers

Surely there is SOMETHING good there?

Restaurant suggestions in Vancouver, WA? [more inside]
posted by Mister Fabulous on Sep 13, 2011 - 4 answers

Chicago copycat recipes

Are there any groups that try to create copycat recipes of local Chicago restaurant food? [more inside]
posted by Snackpants on Sep 11, 2011 - 6 answers

"Per Se is so 2009"

He's a Very Serious Food Nerd. I just like to eat stuff. We live in Manhattan and I'm taking him out tonight. Help? [more inside]
posted by functionequalsform on Sep 1, 2011 - 17 answers

Dining for One in Paris

I want an awesome dinner in Paris. Alone. Where do I go? [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot on Aug 30, 2011 - 12 answers

help me order myself to order right!

How can I trick myself into ordering food at a restaurant that is within my diet plan? [more inside]
posted by dawkins_7 on Aug 4, 2011 - 24 answers

The wonders of Kashmir.

I need a chicken kashmiri recipe, just like the restaurants. Boneless chicken in a milky creamy curry with tomatoes and peas and mango flavor. [more inside]
posted by lettuchi on Jul 29, 2011 - 12 answers

Capital Asses and Drinking Glasses

In a few weeks I'll be in DC for most of a week for a conference. I am a foodie. Help! [more inside]
posted by TomMelee on Jun 22, 2011 - 39 answers

Where can I watch hockey near Pittsburgh Amtrak station?

Looking for a restaurant/sports bar in Pittsburgh, near 10th St. and Penn Avenue, to grab a meal and watch the Wings-Sharks game tomorrow evening. [more inside]
posted by ofthestrait on May 11, 2011 - 5 answers

I can already smell the bay air...

The wife and I are heading to San Francisco for a conference this weekend taking place at the Embarcadero Hyatt. My question is a two-parter: (a) Where in the vicinity should we go for breakfast, lunch etc. on our relatively-short breaks? and (b) After things wind down for the day, where should we explore? More criteria to follow. [more inside]
posted by supercres on Mar 30, 2011 - 36 answers

Tell me where to eat in Wicker Park

I am interviewing at this address in Chicago's Wicker Park neighborhood> tomorrow. Where should I eat dinner within a few blocks? [more inside]
posted by silby on Mar 23, 2011 - 11 answers

40,000 restaurants in the downtown area and I pick the one my mother goes to.

Chicago birthday restaurant for locavore foodies aged 30 and 60 and their adult companions (six people total). Early evening Saturday, River North (or anywhere downtownish). GO! [more inside]
posted by Madamina on Jan 18, 2011 - 22 answers

You can choose any restaurant in London! Where do you go?

We've been given carte blanche by my boyfriend's aunt, who'll be visiting from Canada, to choose any restaurant in London for dinner Wednesday night. Money, she says, is no object. Help us pick somewhere awesome! [more inside]
posted by SoftRain on Jan 16, 2011 - 13 answers

Great brunch/lunch spot in Charleston, SC?

Great brunch/lunch spot in Charleston, SC? [more inside]
posted by rinosaur on Jan 6, 2011 - 12 answers

Where to eat when everything's closed for the holidays (Torrance, CA)

I'm looking for good dining out options for treating a friend to brunch, around 11:00am on December 25, in the general vicinity of Torrance, CA (or between Torrance and LAX). I'm sure there's tons of good places, but I need someplace that'll be open Christmas morning. Know of any?
posted by Vorteks on Dec 14, 2010 - 12 answers

Fancier vegetarian fare in the Twin Cities?

Fancier vegetarian fare in the Twin Cities? [more inside]
posted by nathan_teske on Nov 22, 2010 - 9 answers

Eating good food in Vegas.

Great buffets and restaurants in Vegas? [more inside]
posted by CrazyLemonade on Oct 7, 2010 - 31 answers

Recommend to me a good restaurant in Las Vegas!

I'm going to Las Vegas over the weekend and meeting with a friend for lunch on Sunday (and possibly also dinner) and we have some overlapping food issues that are making finding places a little tricky. [more inside]
posted by FritoKAL on Sep 30, 2010 - 7 answers

He likes ALL kinds of Swedish Fish!

My brother is back in Chicago and looking for a job, preferably in the culinary world. But he's also looking to move away from retail and restaurant work, and is both unsure what's out there and wondering what other kinds of education he could do to improve his future prospects. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by Madamina on Sep 20, 2010 - 5 answers

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