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NYchowcook Dec 9, 2006 03:07 PM

I need ideas to expand my repetoire. We go to Mexican Radio about every week 'cause it's good and relaxed. I loved my meal at Swoon KitchenBar recently but went with a friend because upscale dining is not enjoyable for my husband. (hard to understand, but he has some good traits)

Are there any other comfortable, easy restaurants with an excellent kitchen? I found WunderBar mediocre. Ciao in Chatham was dreadfully mediocre. Is Red Dot ultra-hip? (not a plus in my husband's book)

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    maggiekismet Dec 9, 2006 04:53 PM

    I like Red Dot...the food is good bistro-esque. Mexican Radio is fun but a lot of money for so-so mexican food --though I love their Mexican lemonade :), & I love to try out the different hot sauces...but in the end the bill comes, and once again I feel like I have been had.
    ciao, Maggie

    1. coll Dec 9, 2006 06:56 PM

      We went to Lipperas in Chatham a few weeks ago. It was very comfortable, waiter was nice but food was mostly underwhelming.
      I got what they called pate and it tasted like Spam. Husband did not like his burger or fries,he's usually not picky about either, but he did love his onion soup. I had a special soup of the day, I think it was supposed to be curried sweet potato, tasted like just plain sweet potato. Too bad, we wanted to like it. Went to Our Daily Bread after, they might be nice for a simple lunch.

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        feelinpeckish Dec 16, 2006 04:01 PM

        Our Daily Bread is very good for light and interesting breakfasts (we sometimes drive over on Sunday AM) and inventive lunch offerings. Their full bowl of soup will fill you for a whole day. Locally Lipera's gets good grades but I don't concur and I support your evaluation. The big plus is the newly decorated dining room but I don't go out for food just to sit in a pretty place.
        In Hudson Red Dot is a good spot for bistro fare and I enjoy it. It is (or has been on all my visits) a noisy place and if listening to other folks conduct strange conversations doesn't bother you then just enjoy the food - drinks are only ok and the bartender had to be instructed but I am used to that.

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          NYchowcook Dec 18, 2006 12:52 PM

          Yes, I like Daily Bread quite alot for yummy lunch and it's great to pick up a good loaf of bread to go.
          Haven't been to Blue Plate in a while, I used to like it.

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            feelinpeckish Dec 19, 2006 07:38 PM

            Blue Plate has been a favorite of ours though I haven't been in quite a while. I love the idea they have of always having at least one vegitarian selection. I am definitely not a vegitarian but have found those choices to always have been extremely flavorful and enjoyable. I just have to make plans to go back again soon.

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          dimples Dec 9, 2006 07:03 PM

          We go to Red Dot all the time. The food is great.

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            Marco Dec 13, 2006 11:57 AM

            Where is Red Dot located?

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              maggiekismet Dec 13, 2006 12:57 PM

              Red Dot is on the south side of Warren St (the main drag) in Hudson.

              BTW I also love the Muddy Cup for coffees--of all types and temps--and more. Funky and comfortable.

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                Marco Dec 14, 2006 12:26 PM

                Thanks. I've been up and down Warren and must have missed it.

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              NYchowcook Dec 15, 2006 11:47 PM

              what do you like on Red Dot's menu? lunch or dinner?

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                dimples Dec 16, 2006 03:16 AM

                The pastas are always very good as are the salads. My father-in-law is a regular there and he seems to think everything is very good there.

            3. ericalloyd Dec 11, 2006 11:03 AM

              Vico, a newish Tuscan in Hudson. Opened summer 2006. Haven't been, but have heard really good things from friends and family who've been there.

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                Amy Bauer Dec 15, 2006 02:27 AM

                Our favorite is Baba Louies on Warren St. @5th St. - which is a second branch of the original in Great Barrington. It is a whole pie pizzeria with excellent pies and salads. Favorite pie is the "dirty bruto" with red potatoes, parmesan, and pesto (no tomatoes or mozzarella). Also recommend the pizza puttanesca. The greek salad is good although greek salad in a pizzeria is a little incongruous. They have decent wine by the glass, and we have never had room to try dessert so I can't comment there.

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                  Marco Dec 15, 2006 12:19 PM

                  I've been to Ca Mea (across from Swoon) for a lunch once and had a very good panini. Has anyone had dinner there? I thought their panini was superior to Swoon's. More flavor and heft.

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                    dimples Dec 16, 2006 03:21 AM

                    Actually now I realize I am getting Ca Mea confused with Red Dot. It's Ca Mea that we go to frequently. We like the pastas, salads and actually have not had a bad meal there.

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                      Marco Dec 16, 2006 12:06 PM

                      Thanks. That's good to hear. The staff seems friendly enough too.

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                    maggiekismet Dec 19, 2006 01:10 AM

                    I still like the Red Dot...its on Warren just up the street from Lili and Loo's (a great gift shop).

                    1. MisterBill2 Dec 19, 2006 02:38 AM

                      I'm not sure if they have "regular food" but we got some really great little cakes and chocolate croissants at Chatham Village Cake Shoppe when we were heading back from Albany a few weeks ago.

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