These are all the Blogs in the Best Bytes (Food) category.
Saturday, 11 June 2011
Outside Venice: Visiting New York's Largest "Chinatown."
Best Bytes in new largest "Chinatown" in NY by Ed Martin on Thursday, June 9, 2011 at 4:28pm (Facebook).
Had lunch today in Flushing, NY, now a bigger "Chinatown" than Manhattan, and a big Korean population as well. Went to an underground (literally), food court right out of Szechuan and had dumplings at one stall, lambburgers at another, watched homemade noodles being made, throwing, folding, doubling over and in a few moments thin strands of noodle being cooked. Wow. Little panca
Posted By Ed Martin at 8:41 PM
Thursday, 6 January 2011
Exceptional Pizza at Cosimo's Too, Westfield Mall
I wish I could tell you that this excellent pizza was in Venice, but it is found, in Westfield Sarasota Square Mall.
Cosimo's Too is found on the side of the mall where one enters to the AMC movies, south of Sears.
Looking for something more appealing than the Food Court or Ruby Tuesday's offers I tried the Cosimo's Trattoria and Tavern for lunch.
From a very attractive menu of choices I picked a 12" Pizza Margherita, tomatoes, mozzarella and what turn
Posted By Ed Martin at 2:43 PM
Monday, 6 December 2010
Le Petite Jardin Cafe Open at 1500 E. Venice Ave
Le Petite Jardin has been one of the local owner restaurants that I have enjoyed since it first opened about fifteen years ago on Tampa Avenue, in the old KMI building.
It has relocated, successfully, to the new Galleria strip mall, just past Capri Island Boulevard at 1500 E. Venice Ave, on the side of the building facing east, not facing E. Venice.
Peggy and I have each visited and found the food to be as good as ever, quiche, crepes, sandwiches, onion soup and more.
Posted By Ed Martin at 5:09 PM
Saturday, 21 November 2009
Responding to a "post" on Venice Florida! dot com, (John Patten's website) complaining about Venice Restaurants, I referred people to some recommendations I have made on this site, and started a lively debate.
There are actually a number of very good pizzas here in town and I enjoy moving around between Amore's (my favorites are the spinach and cheese calzone and the four item stromboli-the small is enough for two of us.) I also have enjoyed the very thi
Posted By Ed Martin at 12:29 PM
Friday, 23 October 2009
Update on Best Byte Choices and A New One
see October 23,2009 on main blog, Inside Venice, for an update on some affordable and delicious favorites.
Posted By Ed Martin at 5:16 PM
Monday, 25 May 2009
Cararo's--Welcome to Venice--There is Always Room for Pizza
See update on visit 2--at end.
Gondolier Business writer, Roger Button, notes new openings and similar news and I have frequently learned of interesting stores, restaurants and businesses from his efforts.
I read with interest that Cararo's Pizzeria had opened at 124 Indian Ave,(entrance road to the High School), so I dropped by for lunch and to welcome the owners to Venice.
Spotting a sign offering two slices of Cheese Pizza and a drink for $4.95, I placed my order with
Posted By Ed Martin at 8:09 PM
Wednesday, 8 April 2009
Torpedo by Quiznos Hits the Spot
I am not likely to choose Best Bytes from chains, but the truth is that Quiznos has tasty stuff and their new Italian Torpedo, ($4.00) with pepperoni, capicola, mozzerella, lettuce and tomato, (I add banana peppers), with oil and vinegar, is spicy and tasty. Two nice guys and their Mom run this well.
B. 41 next to Publix.
Steve's subs on Venice Avenue and Obee's on B 41 are good sub stuff, too and if the truth be known, I am not unknown in Taco Bell and Mickey D's to keep f
Posted By Ed Martin at 4:19 PM
Thursday, 19 March 2009
Some Quick Best Bytes--My Favorites
Best Bytes--Quick Bytes
I have not had the time to develop longer reviews of full meals, but here are some 'best bytes' that I enjoy generally for lunch but also dinners.
Stars: * good **really good! All of these are reasonably priced or less.
Norma Jean's-- with grilled onions, with or without cheese. 1635 Highway 41 Bypass So. In shopping plaza. **
Mel's--almost as good. 1763 Tamiami Trail S. *
Posted By Ed Martin at 9:22 PM
Monday, 25 February 2008
Some New Best Bytes-Try Them, You’ll Like Them
I read an ad in one of the circulars that come in the mail and I felt it was clever and it appealed to me. The ad was composed by the chef/owner, Jim, and he began by asking why he had to be in the restaurant at 5 a.m. or so as I recall. He then provided a long list of items that were homemade, soups, meatloaf, batter for Flapjacks, chicken salad, and more all for breakfast or lunch.
I dropped in the other day at 810 E. Venice Avenue, (the façade of the
Posted By ed martin at 8:52 PM
Saturday, 14 July 2007
Dim Sum in Le Quartier Chinoise, Montreal
LeQuartier Chinoise de Montreal.
Sounds a lot more polite than "Chinatown," doesn't it? Do you like "Dim Sum?" It is not often found on Buffets, although there are often one or two examples such as dumpling stuffed with pork, or a Sesame ball with a sweet filling. These are suspiciously uniform, leading me to suspect they are bought frozen in a box.
When you are in a population center with a number of Chinese people, you may find a
Posted By ed at 2:58 PM
Friday, 29 June 2007
Traveler's Journal finds "Duck Heaven"
June 29, 2007
I have discovered three couples from Venice within about 25 miles, and who knows how many others there may be in Newport, Vermont and the “Eastern Townships” of Quebec.
If you are headed this way, put Knowlton, or Lac Brome, on your itinerary if you love Duck, prepared in the traditional French manner. Knowlton was a primarily English settlement, one of many peopled, at least in part, by loyalists to King George III. Over t
Posted By ed martin at 12:30 PM
Monday, 28 May 2007
Chez Sylvie, An Organic French cafe
Sylvie, a native of France, serves several main courses, often specials, and less formal fare such as crepes, steamed mussels, and at lunch time, omelettes and croque monsieur.
Our party tried a vegetarian crepe with melted cheeses accompanied by a salad with a variety of interesting greens and goat cheese, judged very good. Another had a one-quarter serving of roasted chicken, simple but with a crispy crust and tender, juicy interior. Steamed mussels were classically prese
Posted By ed martin at 1:02 PM
Wednesday, 9 May 2007
Best Hamburger in Venice--Try it and let me know.
Norma Jeans' used to be in the dark shadows of the Venice Avenue Bridge, a place to have a beer and a good burger. It was the kind of place where if you said, "Hey we are bringing a gang over after the show at the VLT," they might say, "We close at 10."
Now they are at the very north end of the shopping center opposite Albertson's on 41, just south of Center Road.
Their hamburger with grilled onions is "national" class, and this come after carefull study in NY, Washington, Pit
Posted By Ed Martin at 8:54 PM