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...

Preview Party Today: The Lede in Oakland

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 month ago

The new restaurant, The Lede, from Chef Cal Peternell previews today, Sept 1, 2 to 6pm. The Lede 906 Washington St. Oakland, CA https://sf.eater.com/2019/5/31/18638789/the-lede-cal-peterne...

Argonaut Farm to Fork Cafe | Coloma

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 21 days ago

In May I visited Coloma intending to see Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park. But then the deluge started. Instead I ducked into Argonaut Cafe to warm up and enjoy the park's greenery from...

Lunch on Île de la Cité or Île Saint-Louis?

by davidcotyalex 2 months ago

Any thoughts for a casual, interesting lunch .... we will be having a large meal in the eve so on the lighter side ... any thoughts? Merci

Casual recommendations for foodies with kids in tow

by ecwashere7 3 months ago

My wife and I used to come to NYC pretty regularly before kids came along. We've also dropped the kids off with Grandma and Grandpa while we spend a few nights in the city. We've had some pretty ...

Villa Azteca | Oldtown Salinas

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 4 months 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...

ISO Good Eats Around Emory (Atlanta)

by Guilty Gourmand 3 months ago

Looking for good casual upscale spots for dinner around Emory University for college tour / visit. No particular cuisine so long as they have some vegetarian options for one of the members of our ...

Dim Sum Corner | Chinatown - San Francisco

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 4 months 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 4 months 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 ...

Fiorella's Express opens in Wellesley

by swellboy 7 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 7 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 8 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 11 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 12 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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.