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Steve R.

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  • Birthday 02/04/1953

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  1. I would love to but we’re on our way to Florida ourselves (for the winter). Gulf Coast, just south of Clearwater Beach. I’m looking forward to feeling my toes & fingers again. Think you’ll still be there in April? eta: I wrote the above before catching up with the thread & finding out that you’re closing down. Sorry to hear it.
  2. Largo/Seminole

    We'll be in Indian Shores again for almost 3 months starting next Saturday & would love to hear if anyone has any restaurant recommendations for the area. Over the past several winter visits, we would drive from Clearwater Beach to St Pete Beach, from Tampa to downtown St. Pete and all points in between for dinner. We love Heilman's Beachcomber, Bern's, E&E Stakehouse, Salt Rock Grill & several other more "fish shack" type places, but are always interested in new places to try. Any ideas?
  3. We had friends coming over for a holiday dinner last night, so we went to our usual neighborhood butcher, Della Pietra. While there, we picked up a limoncello cake for dessert. Everyone loved it. I just figured that this would be a good time to let you know that, whenever we’ve been in there, the guys at Della Pietra have regularly been overheard recommending your baked goods. Sorry you’re leaving Brooklyn. Best wishes in Florida.
  4. Richmond Virginia

    Well, since Matthew asked for an update (over 6 years ago), I figure that it's time to oblige. Armed with Kim's recommendation - no, not the one quoted above, but a recent pm in response to my request for current favorites - my wife & I went to Acacia 2 nights ago, while passing thru Richmond, & had a great meal, start to finish. An excellent small wine list, with well selected by the glass options, started us off at the bar area. The room & service in this newer location makes it comfortable without being overly fussy. Grown up but not at all formal. I gotta admit that menu descriptions that include more than 3 or so elements always scare me, as they sometimes indicate chefs who throw a lot of "interesting" things together & think that constitutes "inventive" cuisine. The cooking here shows that a good chef can knowledgeably combine ingredients that are interesting & wind up serving dishes that work, tasting like everything was just meant to go together. It also proves that not everything needs multiple ingredients. Our apps (shared) were 6 nicely fried oysters on homemade slaw & linguini with Oregon black truffles. Both just about perfect. Mains were lump crab cakes & Black Sea bass, both fresh with touches of kitchen skill adding flavors while keeping the natural integrity of the main ingredient. All in all, exactly the type of place we like & at a price point that makes me want to leave NYC. All in (w/tips), $150 for the 2 of us, including glasses of wine, sparkling water but no dessert (too full). Thanks Kim... much appreciated.
  5. Deli Stuff In, And Around, NYC

    Well, if you're traveling to the other boroughs.... tried Mill Basin Deli yet?
  6. High-End NYC 2016

    I really hope that your meal at Queen was not luck, but a sign of their return to what they were. Please go back 3 or 4 more times and make sure, ok? . By the way, was the charming guy the short front of house manager? He's been there forever but he's not the owner - it's owned (last I looked) by the sons of the original chef/owner, one of whom is quite a talented chef in his own right & who I'm not sure is in the kitchen these days. While we're on the topic of pork chops w/peppers (we are on that topic, aren't we?), the best used to be found at 2 Toms on 3rd Ave off Union. Their pastas sucked but boy did they have chops. Wonder what's up there these days.
  7. High-End NYC 2016

    Always thought Lupa was too salty and actually prefer Otto's pastas. The wine dinner sounds good though. Patrick: since you listed some Bklyn places on your post, I might as well weigh in & put in my usual plug for trying both Henry's End (non-fussy straight forward American menu w/an excellent wine list) & Noodle Pudding (fresh, friendly & non pretentious Italian) on Henry St in Bklyn Hts. Since my wife and I are regulars & well known at both (& get comps regularly), I won't pretend to total objectivity, but think the world of both. Feel free to name drop (Steve & Ginny) and hope that their love for my wife overshadows their disdain for me & my food boards. And, while I'm at it, my own take is that Queen ain't what it was (I live 4 blocks away & have gone there for well over 30 years), while Bamonte's seems to have risen from the ashes to a be a solid red sauce choice.
  8. Mekelburg's

    Sorry. It was a (very) bad joke. The Anaheim Ducks are a hockey team.
  9. Mekelburg's

    He's probably getting Anaheim Ducks… after all, we New Yawkers are now being told that L.A. (well, the San Gabriel Valley anyway) has better Chinese food & we know that they can be kept on ice.
  10. Mekelburg's

    Yep, and the reviews are making me hungry. Frankly, I think the oysters are not getting enough credit due to the damn potatoes. And I'm waiting for the overdue equal recognition of the beer selection. At any rate, I told Daniel that I'll be showing up at Meks this Sunday afternoon to watch football, eat and drink and that I'd be posting to see who wants to join. I figure I'll get there around 1or so & hang out for several hours, since Ginny has somewhere else to be that afternoon. See you there? Happy New Year.
  11. Chiang Mai

    I'll answer for him. Yes, it was/is.
  12. Honestly, I don't think of his opinion as having "high expectations" as much as not appreciating something that doesn't have a serious, documentary tone. I think there's a place for "light hearted" on PBS without ruining their reputation as a serious place. Hopefully, this "another board" you speak of will have some participants that will say that to him .
  13. Chowhound

    I said this on one of the new sites (HungryOnion) & I'll repeat it here: my own opinion is that the technology changes are not the big issues that some folks make them out to be and, in fact, some of it may well be a positive factor in CH growth. The major issue for me is that the new look/feel of the site is meant to attract a different type of person than that of the old (especially the very old) CH. Specifically, its meant to attract folks who want to ask where a "yummy" place to go is & not those interested in finding places & discussing their merits. TripAdvisor and Yelp stuff. So, yes, I too don't think they care about losing long time users… most of us aren't what they're after and we eat up lots of space with our wordy insights and back & forth comments & interest in community…. and I think its a deliberate business plan. That being said, I'll be there probably the way I'm on TA. But I prefer and will contribute to places where discussion is key, not 20 character proclamations.
  14. Tipping for Pizza Delivery

    I agree as well. We also tip 20-25% at restaurants, but $4-5 seems to me to be a good delivery tip. In Brooklyn, where we live, several places that deliver to us are within 3-4 blocks and get here by bicycle within 5 min. from leaving their site, so I think that the $4 is sufficient. For places further away, $5. When we're renting in your neck of the woods, we've gotten pizza deliveries & tipped $5. I haven't really thought it out as you have, but 20% on an over $35 order just seems too much.