Sunday, March 19, 2006


For years, Chowhound has been the best place to find and share great places to eat, with a snobbery factor of zero. Whether it's got valet parking or it's in a strip mall, if the food's good, you'll find it at Chowhound.

Now the site's been bought by CNET, which means the hopelessly fugly interface will finally get a much-needed update. Meanwhile, squint and bear it, and head to for great tips on places to eat, and some of the nicest people online.


Ellen said...

I adore Chowhound!

I recently wrote an article about the Internet for my local paper and mentioned Chowhound. Amazing how so many people never heard of it.

Fugly interface, indeed!
Even with DSL, the page always takes forever to load.

Here's something interesting.
I was just reading Chowhound's New York boards recently and found that the best pizza place in NYC is literally 5 minutes from my mom's apartment in Brooklyn.

I must have passed by it so many times, but it's so non-descript, I never went in.

The next time I went to visit, I went there and OMG!! It is, by far, the most amazing pizza ever, as is the experience of watching Dominick artfully create each pie.

The pizza is so good, that I can't eat any other kind anymore.

The Chowhounds also helped me find a great place halfway between L.A. and Santa Clarita that would accomodate a bunch of visting relatives with varying palates.

Ok, I'll stop gushing now.

Michael Markowitz said...

Of course, viewers of "The Office" know that Michael Scott's favorite little New York Pizza place is called "Sbarro"

And he refers to it as "the town so nice they named it twice... the other name's 'Manhattan'

I love that show.

I'll stop gushing now.

No, seriously, I used to know someone who fancied herself a restaurant expert. I knew she knew nothing about restaurants when I found out she wasn't down with Chowhound. She simply went with the new "hot, in" place. The very antithesis of the Chowhound experience.

Ellen said...


To both The Office and Chowhound.

I loved the Gervais version so much, I was a little resistant to watching the Carell one. I have since embraced the world of Dunder Mifflin and had some episodes keep me company on my iPod, when I recently got stuck in NYC due to an emergency with my mom.

BTW, if you ever go back East and want to try that amazing Brooklyn pizza, the place is called DiFara's.

Check out this.
It's an article from the New Yorker a few years back that Calvin Trillin wrote about Chowhound.

Bill Freiberger said...


What does Chowhound say about The Dog House? The one next to Birch School and across from the Holiday Park Shopping Center. Do they recommend the hot dog on a bagel?


Michael Markowitz said...

BILL! How are you? Ladies and gentlemen, we are honored to have not just a gifted writer, but perhaps one of the most skilled grillmasters in America right here! If anyone should have a BBQ blog it is you!

If you don't, what are the good ones for those of us who want to graduate from newbie status?

You'd be proud of me: last summer I learned how to plank salmon.

And if Chowhound covered anything about Merrick, it'd be the East Bay Diner.

Michael Markowitz said...

I deleted a comment Bill left, because his email address was in it, but he left this good advice for everyone:

I don't really go to any bbq blogs per se, but I do like these bbq web pages: and .

I really like cedar plank salmon. I go to the lumber yard and buy the cedar in 12 foot long boards and cut off as much as I need.

Sadly, most of the great restaurants from our misspent youth in Merrick are no longer there. McKlusky's is gone. Eng's Kitchen is gone. The afore mentioned (but not necessarily great) Dog House is gone. Violetta's remains (but in a new location that doesn't have the character of the old, Holiday Park, location).

The good news is that a Carvel just opened on Santa Monica Blvd.

Ellen said...

A Carvel in L.A.?
Will they have fresh Brown Bonnets?

Did you ever notice how the Santa and Whale of a Dad cake are the same shape?

Michael Markowitz said...

Also Cookie Puss (or C.P. the Extraterrestrial) is just Fudgie the Whale on his side.

Ellen said...

You want to see something really scary?

Scroll down on this page and look at the last two "employees".

Michael Markowitz said...

LOL! I can't think of anything else now.