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...

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Christmas Eve 2018

by Deirdreg1 3 years 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 3 years 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 3 years 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 3 years 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 3 years 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 3 years 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 3 years 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 3 years 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 3 years 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 3 years 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 3 years 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 3 years 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...

New Orleans Old School cajun/creole

by duck001 3 years 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...

Solo Traveler Seeking Community Tables in San Diego

by Rae1531Rae 4 years ago

I am traveling solo to San Diego (where I have been before and LOVE) and am looking for restaurants that have community tables so I can hopefully strike up some conversation and get some tips for e...

Mersea's | Harford Pier - Avila Beach - SLOCo

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 4 years ago

Mersea's is the other restaurant on Harford Pier in Port San Luis. A smaller and more casual spot with lower prices, counter service and outdoor seating. And also a full bar. I grabbed a bowl o...

Providence Dining

by raggedy1234 4 years ago

Would like your suggestions for dining after a Sunday afternoon theater show in Providence. We will be a group of 8 women open to ideas for a casual atmosphere with delicious food!

Favorite Tavola Calda or Hot Table Places in Toronto

by prima 5 years ago

Update version from this thread: https://www.chowhound.com/post/hot-tables-768590 Rivera Bakery's hot table looked pretty good yesterday. Which are your favorite hot tables these days?

Szechuan Legend - Stand out amongst 5 similar competitors in same plaza!

Charles Yu
by Charles Yu 5 years ago

Northern Dumpling Kitchen inside of Times Square has always been my Northern Chinese Cuisine go-to place in Richmond Hill. Yesterday, for a change of scenery, I decided to follow my son's foot step...

Meraki Greek Grill -- Fast Casual Greek

by Dave Feldman 4 years ago

It may not be a destination restaurant, but the fast-casual Meraki Greek Grill hits a sweet spot in what has been a weak spot in Las Vegas -- Greek food. Despite its humble surroundings, Meraki h...

Meaty lunch

by REM43 4 years ago

Posting for a buddy who is going to Montreal and is looking for that one perfect Montreal food that is meat- or poultry-based. Besides smoked meat, what one meaty dish would you recommend for a lun...