"Discover Cooking, Discuss Life."

Go Back   Discuss Cooking - Cooking Forums > General Cooking Information > General Cooking
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 05-10-2014, 05:16 PM   #21
Chef Extraordinaire
 
taxlady's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: near Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Posts: 18,874
Send a message via Skype™ to taxlady
As others have written, I like to order food I wouldn't or couldn't make at home. I do order steak out, but that's because I love steak and Stirling doesn't want it very often. He considers it slab-o-beef. Also, I have to cook the two steaks to different degrees of doneness. I like mine anywhere from blue to medium rare. Stirling wants his well done.

Other times we eat out for the experience or the company.

And yes, I have often said I could do it better at home.
__________________

__________________
May you live as long as you wish and love as long as you live.
Robert A. Heinlein
taxlady is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-10-2014, 05:19 PM   #22
Sous Chef
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Posts: 511
my own major 'consideration' in going-out-to-eat is selecting a dish/preparation that takes huge more time / ingredients / steps / pots / pans than I care to do at home.

that said, if it ain't tasty . . . why go back? I'll try most anything / any place once; going back to spend lotsa' bucks on poor food,,,, nah - not gonna' happen.

DW - for example - declines veal or lamb preps - something about females, mother's day, baby things, too cute, whatever . . . so those are some first considerations for me when going out - stuff I'm not allowed to fix at home....

what frosts my spatula - we go out, nice place, extensive selection, DW's selects chicken - of some sort.... jeesh - I can do chicken every day, all day long, of any kind. whyforethereas not pick something more different Dear?

and, not infrequently when I'd like to go out and not cook, I get the "rather stay here and you cook/fix my favorite x,y,z"
does make for a sizzle....
__________________

__________________
dcSaute is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-10-2014, 05:51 PM   #23
Chef Extraordinaire
 
Dawgluver's Avatar
Site Moderator
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Posts: 24,094
Eating out..

When we were in Vegas, we ate at Bobby Flay's Mesa Grill. Service was marginal, we had to ask for the bread basket that everyone who was seated after we were, got. We had the shrimp tamales, which were great, and didn't need the shrimp, which were overcooked and chewy, but the sauce was wonderful. We split the bacon cheeseburger, which was unequivocally the worst cheeseburger DH and I have ever had. DairyQueen makes a much better burger. C'mon, this was Bobby Flay's place!
__________________
She who dies with the most toys, wins.
Dawgluver is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-10-2014, 05:57 PM   #24
Chef Extraordinaire
 
CWS4322's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Rural Ottawa, Ontario
Posts: 12,303
I don't eat out often, but like others, I tend to order s/thing that I do not make at home.
__________________
I've got OCD--Obsessive Chicken Disorder!
http://www.discusscooking.com/forums...les-76125.html
CWS4322 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-10-2014, 05:58 PM   #25
Chef Extraordinaire
 
pacanis's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: NW PA
Posts: 18,751
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dawgluver View Post
When we were in Vegas, we ate at Bobby Flay's Mesa Grill. Service was marginal, we had to ask for the bread basket that everyone who was seated after we were, got. We had the shrimp tamales, which were great, and didn't need the shrimp, which was overcooked and chewy, but the sauce was wonderful. We split the bacon cheeseburger, which was unequivocally the worst cheeseburger DH and I have ever had. DairyQueen makes a much better burger. C'mon, this was Bobby Flay's place!
Did you ask to speak to Bobby?


I always wonder how involved these name brand chef's/cooks actually are with their various restaurants. Do they simply hire a chef? Does the chef have to do an internship with "the name"? Do they pay attention to reviews or bottom line?
__________________
Give us this day our daily bacon.
pacanis is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-10-2014, 06:13 PM   #26
Chef Extraordinaire
 
Dawgluver's Avatar
Site Moderator
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Posts: 24,094
Quote:
Originally Posted by pacanis View Post
Did you ask to speak to Bobby?


I always wonder how involved these name brand chef's/cooks actually are with their various restaurants. Do they simply hire a chef? Does the chef have to do an internship with "the name"? Do they pay attention to reviews or bottom line?

No Bobby there. I would hesitate to call the cook/cooks a chef. The place was packed, we were happy to get a table. We ate at Emeril's NOLA years ago, food was marginal there too. The waitstaff was exceptional though, DH spilled his soup on the tablecloth and his shirt, they had him and the table cleaned up in 2 minutes.
__________________
She who dies with the most toys, wins.
Dawgluver is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-10-2014, 06:15 PM   #27
Sous Chef
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Posts: 511
>>Did you ask to speak to Bobby?

we ate at the LV Mesa Grill.

the prep was not good. when I mentioned to our server the oysters were basically rubberized, she advised I should send Bobby an email.

I did not send Bobby Flay an email; in the ensuing years, never went back to the Mesa Grill; highly unlikely to pick any of his eateries for any future meals.

Emeril's Fish House was quite good and a bargain for the buck. been back multiple times.
__________________
dcSaute is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-10-2014, 06:22 PM   #28
Executive Chef
 
Whiskadoodle's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Twin Cities Mn
Posts: 2,953
At my most unsociable time of day, is when No One knows I am Really the most Happiest and easily Satisfied kind of guy. I like to go out for Breakfast. Solo. Counter service. Pick a small diner and I am front and center watching the grill cook. The only words I speak are if my server asks "more coffee" and I say yes please, but Really, it's easier to just hold out your cup. and one word suffices. Thanks.

When we go out for dinner, it is most commonly juicy burgers or steaks. Sometimes we enjoy meals like Chinese/ Asian or Mexican and combos we don't put all together at home at one time.

Special occasion's, birthdays and such, we celebrate at home. Although come to realize as I type this, DxW took me out for several recent birthdays. Surprising me with places we had not previously been. She's more of a go-getter than I giver her credit. Overall, I think Dx doesn't prefer to go out for dinner. She is not a bigg eater and plate sizes are usually too much. Maybe that's why she likes steak places, easier to take home half a meal.

Not this year, last, we went to Tampa on vacation. Read up on more places we might go and would need to double triple our stay. They all Led to Ybor City. Not for lunch and original Cuban sandwiches--> Cuban style cigars. If you bet your first nickel I was put on a short leash and wasn't allowed off the bus, you is right. Vacations are a supreme chance to try new things. Also , vacay condos have balconies and patios.
__________________
Whiskadoodle is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-10-2014, 06:27 PM   #29
Chef Extraordinaire
 
pacanis's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: NW PA
Posts: 18,751
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dawgluver View Post
No Bobby there. I would hesitate to call the cook/cooks a chef. The place was packed, we were happy to get a table. We ate at Emeril's NOLA years ago, food was marginal there too. The waitstaff was exceptional though, DH spilled his soup on the tablecloth and his shirt, they had him and the table cleaned up in 2 minutes.
Ahh, so it didn't have a chef atmosphere... that's too bad.
Probably the only reason I would pick a cooking personality's restaurant to eat at is for a finer meal. One I would expect them to have a chef in the kitchen, even if it wasn't them
__________________
Give us this day our daily bacon.
pacanis is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-10-2014, 06:33 PM   #30
Chef Extraordinaire
 
Dawgluver's Avatar
Site Moderator
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Posts: 24,094
Eating out..

We took Baby Bro and his then wife-to-be to Morimoto's in Philly. Now THAT was an experience. A hugely expensive experience, but we sat at the counter and got anything that the chef could come up with. It was a blast. We even got pics of us and the chef!
__________________

__________________
She who dies with the most toys, wins.
Dawgluver is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
eating

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



» Discuss Cooking on Facebook

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:12 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.