Keep it relaxed. Discuss where to find great casual restaurants and food, plus share your ideas for casual cooking and entertaining.

Why Millennials Are Blamed for Killing Casual Dining

You know that whole DIY, artisanal, indie, and hyper-local vibe beloved by people under 30? It's hurting the big guys (cue tiny violin), those restaurants where you can order the same dishes...

Dim Sum Corner | Chinatown - San Francisco

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 3 days ago

A couple months ago, a friend joined me for a quick bite at the new Dim Sum Corner in Chinatown before a night out. Dumplings are sourced from the same commercial kitchen that supplies Koi Palace, ...


Simply Vietnam Express | Santa Rosa - Sonoma County

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 7 days ago

Last fall I dropped by for a late lunch. I'd been a fan of the original Simply Vietnam that's now closed but had not tried the fast-casual offspring. Miraculously its building was untouched by the ...

Villa Azteca | Oldtown Salinas

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 7 days ago

Recently William and I enlisted a friend to join us to check out the new spot, Villa Azteca, in Oldtown. We had noticed its opening day on Steinbeck’s birthday in February. Happy to say that Salina...

Fiorella's Express opens in Wellesley

by swellboy 3 months ago

This Italian fast casual restaurant (seating, not full restaurant service) fills space formerly occupied by Susu Bakery. It has other locations in Newtonville, Belmont, Canton.

Lunch Tomorrow - Vegan along A, C, E

by thegforceny 3 months ago

Friend is PhD candidate at NYU Brooklyn campus (Metrotech). I'm in Hudson Yards. Thinking West Village or Soho would be a good meeting point for us for a workday lunch. Money isn't really an iss...

Casual tavern fare at The Quarry, Tuckahoe...

by gutreactions 5 months ago

Stopped in for Sunday supper at The Quarry in Tuckahoe. Robert Horton, former owner/chef of An American Bistro, has been cooking here on most weekends. I guess he has to keep his hands in it. Anywa...

Christmas Eve 2018

by Deirdreg1 7 months ago

Hello Chowhounds - For the first time in decades, our family Christmas Eve gathering is down from 25+ to seven. Ugh. So rather than shopping and cooking for such a small group, we are thinking of...

Restaurant input/recommendations - NYC Marathon Trip

by SarahT2 8 months ago

Four of us will be travelling from Oregon to NYC for the Marathon on Sunday, November 4, hoping to eat in good restaurants, but with some restrictions imposed by the marathon. We are all usually a...


by bxgirl 9 months ago

I did a search on this board, for reviews of Bond 45, but could not find anything post 2011. We are a group of 5, one of whom is a vegetarian, and are looking for a casual spot in the theater di...

Looking for a recommendation for a group dinner in September

by Lefty 12 months ago

A group of 35 guys from Canada on a baseball weekend in NY looking for a place that isn't fancy but with great NY atmosphere and good food, that will accommodate us for dinner. Willing to travel fr...

Chicago Lunch/Brunch Suggestions Needed

by Davedigger 10 months ago

I'm doing a quick overnighter in Chicago this weekend. I get booted from my Airbnb at 11 am on Sunday and my flight home doesn't leave until 6 pm. I thought perhaps I could find a restaurant that...

Help! East side restaurant for tonight!

by luckiestduck 11 months ago

Hi hounds! I need to select a restaurant for a nice meal tonight, preferably somewhere off of the 456 line, and preferably not too far downtown. We were looking at Hangawi, but she's not that adven...

Roux Dat | Capitola (Santa Cruz County)

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 year ago

Recently my brother and I stumbled onto Roux Dat, a casual and inexpensive Cajun/Creole spot near Trader Joe's in Capitola. It stays open through the afternoon (daily 11:30a to 8p), making it a goo...

Toronto - Best Value Classy Eats

by sydneywells 1 year ago

I love cheap eats and want to keep all the pluses of a cheap eat destination (amazing value, amazing food!) but need a reasonably classy place for sit-down dinner for a bachelorette party. <$20 a p...

Great lunch in Denver

by princeofpork4 1 year ago

I have a few hour stop over in Denver and looking for a great lunch between the airport and boulder. Nothing upscale just great, local lunch.

Flavor Factory | Morro Bay - SLOCo

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 year ago

A year ago, I followed up mike0989's rec for the burger at Flavor Factory in Morro Bay. https://www.chowhound.com/post/carmel-monterey-recs-1040845?commentId=9896648

Favorite picnic items?

by akdad 1 year ago

Summer is here, sort of and was looking forward to going on picnics again. My go to is herb de Provence roast chicken (or pork loin) with a cannelloni bean and herb salad with some crisp green be...

Recs for Chicago

Worldwide Diner
by Worldwide Diner 1 year ago

Going to be in Chicago for 5 days/4 nights with well-behaved kids (8&6), around the 4th of July. We're stay at the Hyatt Regency on Riverwalk. No car. What are some really good restaurants (no p...

Beach Eats on Grand Cayman

by Girl Friday 3 years ago

Looking for casual beach dive style restaurants on Cayman. We have kids and love the casual feel of beach restaurants we have been to other islands. I gather they are hard to come by in Grand Cayma...

New Orleans Old School cajun/creole

by duck001 1 year ago

Looking for an old school cajun/creole restaurant for first time visit for two teenage girls. We are going to be taking them over to Cafe Du Monde, but are also looking for a classic NO restaurant...