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Re: Dinner Saturday Sept 15 Roka Akor

Posted: Sat Sep 08, 2018 5:00 pm
by Marc4pt0
This really is turning out to be quite the amazing event I'm missing.
Can't help but read along, just sounds so fun. I'm quite envious actually. Yes, I'm not super active here, but I really enjoy meeting other people who share the same interest/passion for sharp knives. This would have been great to participate in. Sadly though both of the restaurants I operate were audited by "immigration" and I'm loosing key players that have been with me for 5 years. This seems to be a trend in Baltimore now. Lots of places being forced to part ways with such great help. Makes restaffing very difficult.
Always something in this business!

Anyways, I hope you all enjoy the festivities!!

Re: Dinner Saturday Sept 15 Roka Akor

Posted: Sat Sep 08, 2018 6:13 pm
by ChefKnivesToGo
If it goes well we may do it again in the future. Maybe move it to NYC or LA to give other guys a chance to attend.

Re: Dinner Saturday Sept 15 Roka Akor

Posted: Sat Sep 08, 2018 9:26 pm
by Marc4pt0
Well here's to hoping!

Re: Dinner Saturday Sept 15 Roka Akor

Posted: Sun Sep 09, 2018 9:38 am
by ChefKnivesToGo
jobone wrote:
Fri Aug 24, 2018 9:08 pm
I would love to attend, plane is scheduled to land at 5:15, so if reservations are around 7 I should be good to go. If the plane is late, I’ll cover my cost. If you want the spot for someone who knows they will be in town on time, I’m good with that too.

Thanks
Joe, since you’ll be late don’t pay for the dinner and just come by when you can make it. You can always order off the menu and I’m sure we can squeeze in another seat for you once you arrive. I’ll email you too in case you don’t see this.

Re: Dinner Saturday Sept 15 Roka Akor

Posted: Sun Sep 09, 2018 7:53 pm
by jobone
That works for me. I’m going for the company, the food is just a bonus.

Re: Dinner Saturday Sept 15 Roka Akor

Posted: Thu Sep 13, 2018 11:29 pm
by slobound
ChefKnivesToGo wrote:
Sat Sep 08, 2018 6:13 pm
If it goes well we may do it again in the future. Maybe move it to NYC or LA to give other guys a chance to attend.
Bring it out to LA, Mark!!! Hahaha

Re: Dinner Saturday Sept 15 Roka Akor

Posted: Fri Sep 14, 2018 1:46 pm
by Jeff B
Is it ok to dress like I'm going to the local Chinese buffet or should I step it up a bit? :D

Re: Dinner Saturday Sept 15 Roka Akor

Posted: Fri Sep 14, 2018 3:17 pm
by mauichef
ChefKnivesToGo wrote:
Sat Sep 08, 2018 6:13 pm
If it goes well we may do it again in the future. Maybe move it to NYC or LA to give other guys a chance to attend.
LA?
NY?
Maui :D

Re: Dinner Saturday Sept 15 Roka Akor

Posted: Fri Sep 14, 2018 5:23 pm
by ChefKnivesToGo
Your house??? Hahahahha

Re: Dinner Saturday Sept 15 Roka Akor

Posted: Fri Sep 14, 2018 5:27 pm
by mauichef
ChefKnivesToGo wrote:
Fri Sep 14, 2018 5:23 pm
Your house??? Hahahahha
Hell yes :D
I'll be happy to throw the party...and I probably have enough knives here to keep everyone busy ;)

Re: Dinner Saturday Sept 15 Roka Akor

Posted: Sat Sep 15, 2018 6:04 pm
by STPepper9
Hi, unfortunately we have caught some traffic and are running late. Our estimated time of arrival is 6:20.

Re: Dinner Saturday Sept 15 Roka Akor

Posted: Sat Sep 15, 2018 7:34 pm
by delmar
So....how was it. As my kids would say - I'm jelly.

Re: Dinner Saturday Sept 15 Roka Akor

Posted: Sat Sep 15, 2018 7:41 pm
by Jeff B
WE ARE HAVING SUCH A GREAT MEAL WITH GREAT COMPANY!

Re: Dinner Saturday Sept 15 Roka Akor

Posted: Sat Sep 15, 2018 8:37 pm
by delmar
All caps. Says it all. Look forward to part deux, west coast.

Re: Dinner Saturday Sept 15 Roka Akor

Posted: Sat Sep 15, 2018 10:33 pm
by STPepper9
Hey all, Here's that list;
My Favorites:
Avec - $$ french (reco - Stuffed Dates & Telaggio Focaccia)
Giant - $$ New American
Honey Butter Fried Chicken - $ fried chicken
Serai - $ Malaysian
El Habanero - $$ Mexican (reco - Pambazo)
Pho Lily - $ Pho (Reco - Bun w/ pork & egg roll, pho, papaya salad)
Big Star – $ taqueria – (Reco Fish Tacos & Queso Fundito) Make sure to ask for the home made salsas – The green is great on the fish taco)
Roister - $$$$ (new American) part of alinea group

The Rest:
Crisp - $ Korean fried chicken
Au Cheval - $ Burgers
Kuma's Corner - $ Heavy Metal Burgers
Masa Azul - $ Mexican
Tanta - $$ Peruvian
Jam – Breakfast / Brunch
Lula Café – Breakfast / Brunch
Pequods - $$ Deep Dish Pizza (Local Fav)
Dante’s – $$ New york style Pizza
Spacca Napoli - $$ italian wood fired pizza
Nico Osteria – $$$ Southern Italian
Ipsento – Coffee (reco – Nutella latte, hot or iced)
The Wormhole Coffee (coffee is ok, they have a back to the future Delorean replica on the back wall & lots of 80’s nostalgia)
The Publican – $$$ (charcuterie / oysters / beers)
The Whistler – $$ Craft Coctails
The Violet Hour – $$ pricey Craft Coctails
The Aviary – $$$ Expensive craft coctails (part of Alinea group)
Roka Akor $$$ (Sushi – where I work)
Alinea - $$$$$ - Tasting Menu – Molecular Gastronomy
Café Iberico – tapas *
Momotaro $$$ (Sushi) *
Wheat's End - gluten free
*** CLOSED *** Katsu – Sushi (I haven’t been here, but heard it’s really good *



The Chicago staples
Lou Malnati’s * - Deep Dish Pizza
Gino’s East - Deep Dish Pizza
Giordanos - Deep Dish Pizza
Portillos – Chicago Hot Dog
The Vault - Doughnuts
Stan’s – Doughnuts
Glazed & Infused – Doughnuts
Firecakes – Doughnuts


* Denotes, I haven’t been here, but hear good things.

Re: Dinner Saturday Sept 15 Roka Akor

Posted: Sun Sep 16, 2018 12:11 am
by gastro gnome
STPepper has a lot of good suggestions.

Two notes:

Katsu closed.

Lula Cafe is known for breakfast/brunch, but they do a damn fine dinner. Probably my favorite menu there, actually.

Re: Dinner Saturday Sept 15 Roka Akor

Posted: Sun Sep 16, 2018 12:14 am
by STPepper9
Haha, I had to delete a few others that closed.. (Grace, in particular) didn't know about katsu.

Re: Dinner Saturday Sept 15 Roka Akor

Posted: Sun Sep 16, 2018 12:43 am
by slobound
STPepper9 wrote:
Sat Sep 15, 2018 10:33 pm
Hey all, Here's that list;
My Favorites:
Avec - $$ french (reco - Stuffed Dates & Telaggio Focaccia)
Giant - $$ New American
Honey Butter Fried Chicken - $ fried chicken
Serai - $ Malaysian
El Habanero - $$ Mexican (reco - Pambazo)
Pho Lily - $ Pho (Reco - Bun w/ pork & egg roll, pho, papaya salad)
Big Star – $ taqueria – (Reco Fish Tacos & Queso Fundito) Make sure to ask for the home made salsas – The green is great on the fish taco)
Roister - $$$$ (new American) part of alinea group

The Rest:
Crisp - $ Korean fried chicken
Au Cheval - $ Burgers
Kuma's Corner - $ Heavy Metal Burgers
Masa Azul - $ Mexican
Tanta - $$ Peruvian
Jam – Breakfast / Brunch
Lula Café – Breakfast / Brunch
Pequods - $$ Deep Dish Pizza (Local Fav)
Dante’s – $$ New york style Pizza
Spacca Napoli - $$ italian wood fired pizza
Nico Osteria – $$$ Southern Italian
Ipsento – Coffee (reco – Nutella latte, hot or iced)
The Wormhole Coffee (coffee is ok, they have a back to the future Delorean replica on the back wall & lots of 80’s nostalgia)
The Publican – $$$ (charcuterie / oysters / beers)
The Whistler – $$ Craft Coctails
The Violet Hour – $$ pricey Craft Coctails
The Aviary – $$$ Expensive craft coctails (part of Alinea group)
Roka Akor $$$ (Sushi – where I work)
Alinea - $$$$$ - Tasting Menu – Molecular Gastronomy
Café Iberico – tapas *
Katsu – Sushi (I haven’t been here, but heard it’s really good *
Momotaro $$$ (Sushi) *


The Chicago staples
Lou Malnati’s * - Deep Dish Pizza
Gino’s East - Deep Dish Pizza
Giordanos - Deep Dish Pizza
Portillos – Chicago Hot Dog
The Vault - Doughnuts
Stan’s – Doughnuts
Glazed & Infused – Doughnuts
Firecakes – Doughnuts


* Denotes, I haven’t been here, but hear good things.
Is it weird that my eyes immediately went to the fried chicken?

Re: Dinner Saturday Sept 15 Roka Akor

Posted: Sun Sep 16, 2018 8:29 am
by STPepper9
slobound wrote:
Sun Sep 16, 2018 12:43 am
STPepper9 wrote:
Sat Sep 15, 2018 10:33 pm
Hey all, Here's that list;
My Favorites:
Avec - $$ french (reco - Stuffed Dates & Telaggio Focaccia)
Giant - $$ New American
Honey Butter Fried Chicken - $ fried chicken
Serai - $ Malaysian
El Habanero - $$ Mexican (reco - Pambazo)
Pho Lily - $ Pho (Reco - Bun w/ pork & egg roll, pho, papaya salad)
Big Star – $ taqueria – (Reco Fish Tacos & Queso Fundito) Make sure to ask for the home made salsas – The green is great on the fish taco)
Roister - $$$$ (new American) part of alinea group

The Rest:
Crisp - $ Korean fried chicken
Au Cheval - $ Burgers
Kuma's Corner - $ Heavy Metal Burgers
Masa Azul - $ Mexican
Tanta - $$ Peruvian
Jam – Breakfast / Brunch
Lula Café – Breakfast / Brunch
Pequods - $$ Deep Dish Pizza (Local Fav)
Dante’s – $$ New york style Pizza
Spacca Napoli - $$ italian wood fired pizza
Nico Osteria – $$$ Southern Italian
Ipsento – Coffee (reco – Nutella latte, hot or iced)
The Wormhole Coffee (coffee is ok, they have a back to the future Delorean replica on the back wall & lots of 80’s nostalgia)
The Publican – $$$ (charcuterie / oysters / beers)
The Whistler – $$ Craft Coctails
The Violet Hour – $$ pricey Craft Coctails
The Aviary – $$$ Expensive craft coctails (part of Alinea group)
Roka Akor $$$ (Sushi – where I work)
Alinea - $$$$$ - Tasting Menu – Molecular Gastronomy
Café Iberico – tapas *
Katsu – Sushi (I haven’t been here, but heard it’s really good *
Momotaro $$$ (Sushi) *


The Chicago staples
Lou Malnati’s * - Deep Dish Pizza
Gino’s East - Deep Dish Pizza
Giordanos - Deep Dish Pizza
Portillos – Chicago Hot Dog
The Vault - Doughnuts
Stan’s – Doughnuts
Glazed & Infused – Doughnuts
Firecakes – Doughnuts


* Denotes, I haven’t been here, but hear good things.
Is it weird that my eyes immediately went to the fried chicken?
I should mention, then, that Roister supposedly has the best fried chicken.. I haven't had it, but a few people told me it's better than honey butter fried chicken (Not sure how that's possible)

Also worth noting that serai lost one of their OG's and when I went last it was not as good as it used to be, hopefully that was just a one off though.
Avec, while still very good had fallen a little bit the last two times I've been there.

Re: Dinner Saturday Sept 15 Roka Akor

Posted: Sun Sep 16, 2018 9:14 am
by Jeff B
I've gotta say after last night Roka Akor's got it goin' on.