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Melisse

1104 WILSHIRE BLVD
SANTA MONICA, CA 90401
310.395.0881

Superb French restaurant chic atmosphere, wonderful food, pricey. Voted one of the Top 40 Restaurants in the US for years by Gayot. Also Zagat rated number one restaurant in LA since 2003. I love the Truffle Risotto Acquerello Rice, Mascarpone, Shaved Black Truffles. They also have a great vegetarian menu as well as some really wonderful wine selections.

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17 Summer

17 Summer
17 Summer Street
Lodi, NJ 0764417Summer Restaurant turns your neighborhood setting into a fine dining experience. The owner and Executive Chef Joseph Cuccia creates an unforgettable experience using the finest ingredients, prepared skillfully to share his passion for food.

The restaurant is lovely with a simple menu that’s well designed and innovative. The staff are polite and prompt. This little gem serves small plates and the prices are a little high, but they make it up with the BYOB option. The  PEI mussels and brie appetizers were very good. My husband had the monk fish which was so flavorful w/a hint of spice. I had the short ribs, which were butter soft and delish.  For dessert, try the Panne Cotta a perfect end to a great experience.

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La Cerveceria Restaurant, NYC

65 2nd Avenue
New York, NY 10003

La Cerveceria has the most wonderful Latin American tapas with Peruvian influences. Try one of the American craft beers or a glass of wine they are fantastic. Our waiter was very knowledgeable, courteous and prompt.  Each dish uses the freshest ingredients, locally harvested organic vegetables. I love the lobster guac it’s a must try along with their fish tacos and steak skewers.
This downtown location has a bright open kitchen, beautiful bar and great staff.

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The Corner

8961 Adams Ave,
Huntington Beach, CA 92646

This casual but stylish restaurant serves small plates and a great selection of uniquely mixed drinks.  Service here is good, food is great.  Try the mashed potato tacos, and a mojito!
Happy hour starts at three, it gets loud so it’s not great for intimate dinner, the crowd is anywhere from 30-45. Good atmosphere for after work eats with co-workers.

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Restaurant August

Restaurant August
301 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70125
(504) 299-9777

Break out the little black dress or the silk sport jacket and dine fine. August is that sleek, downtown spot common to every urban area, but the only one where Chef John Besh exercises his artistry. The atmosphere is old New Orleans – crystal chandeliers, hardwood floors, oversize windows – but the food is strictly right now. The signature “B.L.T.” of buster crab lettuce and tomatoes is a must. But save room for a choice Moroccan-spiced duck with polenta, foie gras and dates. Ladies who lunch, power brokers and starry-eyed lovers unite – there is room at the table for all of you.

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Bouley

163 Duane St, New York, NY 10013

Upscale New French fine dining in an elegant setting with vaulted ceilings. Be prepared, jackets-required. Zagat rated as one of the best restaurants in Tribeca. The restaurant is one of the most romantic places, the food is creative and well done. If you like French food, you must try Bouley.

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Lovies BBQ

3420 Piedmont Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30305

While in GA last week, we stopped into Lovies for some BBQ.  The place is located on the backside of another restaurant down the driveway. They have an outside patio, and plenty of seating. The staff were welcoming, and the atmosphere was nice.  We ordered a trio of tri tip, pork, and ribs which was really good. I had the mac n cheese as a side which was very good. The dinner was about 17 pp if I remember correctly and very good.

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Girl & The Goat

809 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60607

This little West Loop Hot Spot serves up some delightful eats! Great drink menu,and small plates. Check out the Oysters always fresh. My favorite is the braised lamb it will fall off the bone and is so so good. Nice atmosphere, great service and you will definitely want to make a reservation the restaurant is always packed.

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Hambones Bar & Grill

10056 Adams Ave, Huntington Beach, CA 92648

I have eaten here several times and tried several things on the menu.  The tri tip is tender and not dry, the pulled pork is good and so are the candy yams.  My favorite is the pork ribs they are by far better than Chicago Ribs, Newport Rib and Louis Red Oak.

The bbq sauce is a little bland, I get the spicy one which isn’t spicy at all but just right for me. The restaurant is new and the decor is nice. They just opened so there are a few kinks like they should check the orders before they go out…I have gone for take out and they forgot my cobbler.  And the collard greens are bland not seasoned like we do down south…..But over all very good and close to our home.

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Plan B

Plan B
(860) 231-1199
138 Park Rd
West Hartford, CT

Plan B is sure to be on the top of everybody’s list of favorite restaurants soon. Burgers are what Plan B does best, and they have created some tasty, inventive burgers you won’t soon forget. Their original burger is outstanding, but for something a little more exciting, you should try the East Coast Burger, topped with roasted tomato, fried onions, horseradish cream and—wait for it—lobster. With all of the tantalizing creations on the menu it is hard to choose just one thing; a solution is the Burger Flight, offering a selection of palm-size beef, chicken, and salmon burgers. The restaurant contains an attractive, open, curved bar with an exposed wooden beam liquor rack in the front. It is a popular place to go for drinks—the bar area is usually packed on the weekends—but be sure to bring an appetite: it is almost impossible to resist the menu items. How can you say no to the Beef Wellington Bites: mini nibbles of rare steak in flaky pastry atop a sea of rich blue cheese dressing?

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