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It was suggested on another thread that I post this, so here it goes. I love to go to California Speedway to the Nascar Races and I finally tried this Mexican food that people were drooling over to me and these burritos are the best. I have to wait 6 months between eating them. My friend and I used to make 2 hour trips to go to Cantors Famous Bakery and an hour 1/2 to eat at this Chinese place we liked that was near the LA. county fair. We all have visited someone in another place or gone to the fair etc. and discovered to die for food or something we crave and do not have easy access to. What is yours, where and what have you done to fullfill this craving?
My brother-in-law lives in N.J. and EVERY time he comes down here to Virginia, he goes to the Roy Rodger's for roast beef. Apparently they don't have Roy Rodger's in N.J. anymore, but it does make me laugh...there's probably stupendous roast beef right over the river from him but he lives to come down here and hit Roy's. Makes my Mom crazy, cause she'll be waiting for them to show up with whatever special she's whipped up and they stroll in burping Roy's. Families are nuts. ; D
The thing I love to do is travel up to NYC and let my Daddy take me out for a Peter Luger's steak. It's a family tradtion going back many years. That's where we do the dinner out when we travel up there for the Christmas hols.
We ride about hour to get a hamburger and fries at Giant Burgers in Pine Grove Ca. It only sits six customers at a time; but across the street is a park. We love the ride up, sitting in the park, and eating. The fries are hot-hot and each hamburger is over sized, made while you wait and is topped with tomato, onion and lettuce; oh so good. And on a great bun that stays together while you eat. Okay, I'm hungry!
One more place I love...there is a HOLE in the wall place called "The Blazer Pub" on Rt 684 in Katonah, NY...they do the best chili and fries I have ever, ever, ever had. I have no idea how they do it, the fries are huge, really quartered potatos, soft and melting inside, crispy and hot and just enough grease on the outside... chili is just bite enough to keep you interested but not so much that your eyes water, with meltingly gooey little yummy cubes of cheese and sharp little pieces of onion...
Ok how about the fact that when I can no longer take it I fly home to Pittsburgh for Campettis (probably spelled wrong) Pizza. The first thing I do when I get off the plane is dump my stuff off and go directly there.
Great thread! Hellnzn11~ I haven't been to Fontana (planning to go one day :>) but the bloody marys at Phoenix are top notch... Other than that I haven't to die for food (?) at a NASCAR track...
Shouldn't be doing this before eating lunch...
SacValley we are similar in that we would as well travel so far for a good greazy spoon burger, ours is called Benny's (and Benny's II) which are 40min and an hour from ABQ, respectively... You can get these wonderful King Benny burgers which are double meat, guacamole, bacon, cheese, and green chile... (along with the usual garnish)...yum...
When I go to visit my folks on Long Island I always fill up on pizza, zeppoli and and Chinese, they're good no matter where ya go and sorely lacking in ABQ (in a gastronomically satisfying sense, anyway)...sorry for the generality...
Hello all; lurker here. I miss Rappa brand scrapple. I've been exiled here in Arizona for four years and during that time have not been able to find any scrapple anywhere. I'm working on getting myself back home to Virginia so hopefully my wait won't be for much longer!
China View in Houston for really good Chinese Food. Buffet during the work week at lunch or from the menu at both lunch and dinner. Love their egg rolls and meat dishes! We drive the dreaded I-10 from Katy to get there and it's worth it. Also, if you have never had a good seafood bisque, try Babin's Creamy Crawfish bisque. It's so full of really good crawfish. My DDH loves soup but the French Onion Soup at Outback is worth the short -10minuite trip there - even if the steak wasn't so wonderful. I fill up on their bread, margaritas and fried(Boomerang) shrimp. Houstonians are known for eating out but we only go 1 or 2 times a week. I love the fajitas at Texas Borders along w/their margaritas and their onion rings and that's just down the street from us, luckily. Normally, we don't do chains but we make exceptions when it comes to Babin's and Outback.
When I land at the New Orleans airport on my way to Mississippi, I always stop at Mandina's ( if they are open -- Katrina set them back) for a soft shelled crab and a bowl of turtle soup. Yum! And their French bread is terrific. Not like any other French bread anywhere. You bite into it and the crust shatters into a million pieces.
Then I drive to my place in Lumberton, Mississippi and the first Wednesday, Thursday, Friday or Saturday, I go to Cuevas's Fish House for catfish, hush puppies and sweet tea, the best I have had anywhere.
Where have all the fish houses and crab shacks gone? Moannnnnnn That used to be such a treat. Loved it in Mississippi when we went there. Of course, the places we went to probably are gone because of Katrina. So very, very sad...
that is sad but you know the creol, cajen food will never die there, they may fall but will rise again. They have a heart for their food and culture and history there. Marie that is so great. I always wanted to go to Philly to go to Pats philly steak and cheeze and then go accross the street to the other one and see which I think is better. Amy I hope you do go to Cal speedway some time and go to King Burrito or Burrito King, something like that, if you go.
Once a year during our anniversary, we are in San Antonio - always go to Hipp's Bubble Room. Except that Mr Hipp died a few years back, so it is now renamed the Armadillo. The Shy Poke Eggs, and a schooner of Shiner Bock.
Shy Poke Eggs are really nachos that are 5" round tortilla chips with white cheese, and the yoke us a couple of jalepeno slices covered with cheddar. They look exactly like sunny side eggs.
Is the scrapple you speak of the yogurt covered stuff they have at frozen yogurt places? If it is mmmmmmm. Angie there are no intrusions on DG and Dave makes sure he runs a tight ship on those matters. I just lurked here recently myself and planted my butt here for my love of food. Join in
No, scrapple is an Amish/Mennonite sausage, like head cheese, I think. Offal boiled up and made into a loaf with some kind of flour or corn meal. I've seen it in the Mennonite market. It's uh...an acquired taste. : ) You slice it and fry it up in a pan with a little butter to get crisp edges nd serve it with breakfast.
Buy a copy of Road Food, by Jane and Michael Stern, latest ed 2005 in paper. It has 600 amazing local food stops all around the country that are fine for us folks who hate chain food. We just drove a car from Maine to Fl and ate all our meals from joints that they recommended. They were all almost spot on for great local fare. From lobster pie at the Maine diner in Wells on RT 1 to a fine lunch of fried chicken with 3 (collar greens, sweet potato sticks and beans and rice) at somewhere in South Carolina. And some great crabs and BBQ along the way, not to forget memorable biscuits a cheese burger to die for in Manchester Ct at a family owned ice cream dairy. We had a tomtom on board so I just had to plug in the address and we found these normally hard to find great dinning spots via our robot friend. The book is set up by regions, and the index is very friendly. Road Food Rules! HYPERLINK@www.roadfood.com] Patti
Oh, Ann, we LOVE China View, too!! It looks like just another motel restaurant from the outside, but the food is SO good! Robin, the owner, is really friendly, too. Has he had you try the Chrysanthemum tea? Yummm...
I recently purchased a house. One of my criteria was to be within a mile of Carolina's at Cave Creek and Cactus Rds. I LOVE All Of The Dishes At Her Restaurant.
Older venues I have loved are
Barbara's Crab Shack at Half Moon Bay CA
Fabbros in Redwood City CA
Mussels at Pointe Tapatio Different Pointe of View. AZ
Pizza Bianco downtown Phoenix AZ
Any "Fish Market" in AZ or CA Boston and Manhattan Chowders are great with alot of fresh SF Sourdough bread (yes, they ship the fresh bread from SF to PHX 'cause its just not the same when made in AZ.
A little outdoor cafe in Civitivecchia Italy where they serve perfect Zabaglione. http://www.duartestavern.com Pescadero CA for Cioppino and artichoke soup and Aunt Emma's pies.
If you get to Berkshire County, Massachusetts (Pittsfield specifically), there is a place on East Street that we "locals" or former locals cannot go home without eating these. They are little skinny hotdogs, some would call them chili dogs, but they aren't really. The place is called Teo's. There used to be one in Naples, FL (the owner moved there for the winters and set up a shop there too, but I think it has closed now).
The dogs are about 5 inches long, nestled in a very soft fingerlike bun. They are best with their special hotdog sauce (made up of ground hotdogs and other tasty spices), mustard and onions. One cannot eat just one!!
When I was a little girl my father would go and buy 100 at a time (they were a dime then). There were 8 of us and 2 adults and we would devour them. Now, I can eat about 5 of them at one time (although I shouldn't).
Oh my, now I'm craving Teo's! BTW, you can get burgers and beer and all kinds of other foods there, but they are most famous for their hotdogs. Yummmmmmmmm.
Long gone, but a little drive-in burger joint in southeastern Colorado had the best open-faced chili burgers on the planet. Your choice was verde (green and hot) or rojo (red and hotter yet) chili (none of that tex-mex brown bean stuff, of course), smothering two freshly-made from scratch large-but-thin grilled burgers. Crisp julienned fresh fries on top, sprinkled with fresh-grated cheese that melted from the steaming chili and blistering hot fries...
My heart burns for one every time I think about them.
Luna... I'll have to think of the name of the joint on Ga. Ave or ask local friends ... it's been there a zillion years, quite a culinary landmark. Every cabbie nearby knows it. It's just a few blocks off a beltway exit and I can see it in my mind.
Santa Fe New Mexico
Holiday Inn Express by the airport
Now you would not think good food is associated with a place like this but here in the east Prime Rib is a joke at this hotel the Prime Rib would melt in your mouth and keep you coming back
for a week I was there I groged on Prime Rib becasue who knew when or if I would ever get back
All time favorite is the Pepper Tree on West Moreno in Colorado Springs. Their chutney topped pepper steak is very memorable. Like Terry, the little place long since closed in Trinidad for Chili Burgers, LoSoloMio in Omaha for Eggplant Parmesan or their veal dishes, Haven't checked out El Taco Rey in Colorado Springs for a several years, but their Pork/Avocado Burrito smothered with Green Chili was wonderful. Rancho Chimayo north of Santa Fe for their Mexican food in general, and great flan http://www.ranchochimayo.com. Wabash Barbecue, Excelsior Springs (near Kansas City) MO. A good restaurant whether small and plain or pricey and formal is worth the drive. Sounds like I need to check out Road Food.
Maria's Pastry Shop on Cross Street in Boston's North End. Maria makes the best cannoli's in the world (and I have tried many, many). She also sold the shells and filling separately for those of us who wanted to fly home with some and make them up fresh; no soggy shells for us.
Whenever I go to Maryland the first thing I think about is Crab cakes and fried fishermans platter. The seafood on the west coast is not the same at all. If I don`t go right away, I think about it till I do. Dea do you know how much driving time is between Bethesda and Dover, off hand?
2.75 hours if minimal traffic. On beach weather weekends...ugghhhh - it can take double that easily. We live in Frederick and our kids have a beach house in Bethany Beach just down the shore from Dover. If they go on a Thursday evening it's fine, but the weekends are a bear !!
Yes, but again, it all depends on traffic. The Beltway around DC/Bethesda is either happy or sad - no inbetweens :) Southbound 95 to Richmond all depends on what is fondly referred to as the "mixing bowl" at the Springfield interchange.
When we were growing up in Chicago (decades ago, I'm afraid) my mom was a fabulous cook, but there were 2 places we would make "treks" to. One was Harold's Chicken, a very local franchise that made extra crispy batter-fried chicken. They had a secret batter recipe but I think mostly it was good because they never cooked it until you actually called to order it.
The other was a small shop on Maxwell Street, now long gone but at one time it was a very dodgy area, semi-industrial. A grumpy old man had a small sausage shop there. We would go and get homemade bratwurst, on grilled French bread rolls, with sauerkraut (I think we were probably the only Japanese Americans in Chicago that adored sauerkraut!). We'd eat them hot in the car on the way home. To this day I adore sausages and sauerkraut, even introduced my Hong Kong-born husband to it and he loves it too!
Living in the San Francisco Bay Area, there are so many fabulous places to eat -- to start an argument, just bring up the recent Michelin rankings on our local restaurants -- there aren't enough hours in the day or days in the year, to try them all. Out here the first question is "what kind of cuisine do you feel like eating tonight?" and then we take it from there, factoring in the day of the week (Mondays some places are closed), traffic (commute hours are horrible), availability (some places you just can't get into without reservations in advance) and relativity ("you feel like having Chinese and I feel like doing Indian -- how about we compromise on Thai or Cambodian or Vietnamese?"). I live in the Oakland hills so we're driving to places, but when we lived in San Francisco it was ridiculously easy -- you just walked out the door and there were 2 dozen different restaurants within a mile of your apartment.
Who would I wait for? Fleur de Lys, whose sweetbreads are sublime. French Laundry, anything they make. Other than that, no. There are too many high-quality restaurants around here that there's no real need to wait around. If Rivoli is busy, I can drive 2 minutes to Mangia Mangia and have their exquisite chicken cannelloni, or switch my expectations to French bistro food and walk over to Beauregard's.
That's actually the key here -- if you are visiting the SF Bay Area, make reservations, well in advance! Opentable.com is helpful but the majority of mid-priced restaurants don't belong to it.
Ok so far we are eating at Cantors Famous Bakery near the cal speedway, Roy Rodger's for roast beef in NJ, in NYC Peter Luger's steak, Giant Burgers in Pine Grove Ca., "The Blazer Pub" on Rt 684 in Katonah, NY, Pittsburgh for Campettis (probably spelled wrong) Pizza, Jensen's Cafe in Burnsville, Minnesota, Benny's (and Benny's II) which are 40min and an hour from ABQ, Rappa brand scrapple (can of food, I think), China View in Houston , Babin's Creamy Crawfish bisque, French Onion Soup at Outback , in New Orleans Mandina's , in Lumberton Miss, Cuevas's Fish House for catfish, Philly to go to Pats philly steak and cheeze, Cal speedway King Burrito or Burrito King, San Antonio - always go to Hipp's Bubble Room, lobster pie at the Maine diner in Wells, Boone, NC named Pepper's Igor's in Seattle for salmon, Ruth's Chris Steakhouse, pff DuPont Circle in Washington DC, White Dog Cafe in Philly, LeMars, Iowa to Archies Waeside, in Phoenix Carolina's at Cave Creek and Cactus Rds, Barbara's Crab Shack at Half Moon Bay CA, Fabbros in Redwood City CA, Mussels at Pointe Tapatio Different Pointe of View. AZ Pizza Bianco downtown Phoenix AZ, A little outdoor cafe in Civitivecchia Italy where they serve perfect Zabaglione, Pescadero CA for Cioppino and artichoke soup and Aunt Emma's pies, Teo's in pittsfield ma,for prime rib Santa Fe New Mexico Holiday Inn Express , Pepper Tree on West Moreno in Colorado Springs, LoSoloMio in Omaha for Eggplant Parmesan or their veal dishes, El Taco Rey in Colorado Springs,. Rancho Chimayo north of Santa Fe for their Mexican food ,Wabash Barbecue, Excelsior Springs (near Kansas City) MO. in Frederick md Crisfield's on Ga Avenue, Maria's Pastry Shop on Cross Street in Boston's North End, Artisan Bakery & Barista 12 East Patrick Street Frederick, MD , The Mill just south of Pawtucket, RI. New Braunfels Smokehouse, New Braunfels, TX.,The Cheesecake Factory - CA, MO, TX.,Goodson's in Tomball, TX , in SF area, Fleur de Lys, whose sweetbreads are sublime. French Laundry, Rivoli, Mangia Mangia, Beauregard's.,and last so far, Loveless Cafe in Nashville. I am going to paste this in my diary under a new tab called "Fat and Happy" Patti
A road trip sounds like fun! This map was much more fun to make than the ones I usually post on DG... LOL I did skip the restaurant in Italy (sorry!), but I tried to get as close as possible to the rest of them. According to my map program, this covers 9679.4 miles and would take 20 days and 53 minutes to drive. When should we start?? :-)
Reminds me of the trip I coordinated for my boss when I worked in Venture Capital in Menlo Park, CA. He and his wife were travelling through the south of France to the very top of the heap Inns and Restaurants. I lived vicariously through their menus and perfect bed linens, and spa treatments etc. Almost like "Being There"... yea RIGHT!
This is all fun! Marylyn_TX, thanks for your very creative contribution! Soooooooooo cool!
Did you mean Cantor's on Fairfax? Jeez, haven't been there in 35 years! We used to go there around 3 in the a.m. I really hate it that all my old favorite places are gone, so I'm hoping to get some new ideas for the SoCal area. Don't go into L.A. often because of the traffic, but I do love Philippe. Also, you're closer to this one than I am...Schatt's Bakery in Bishop! That plus cutting across Tioga Pass make the trip worthwhile to go up 395.
Next time I go through Bishop i will go there, I know the name but not the location. Cantors on Fairfax, yes, did i say the speedway, if i did it was an error. I love the bakery not the atmosphere or the food. I love the map! Love it! How fun. Vamonos
Wow, Marylyn...what fun that map is. I see you are sort of sailing by Louisville, KY so I will just say that there are some tremendously awesome restaurants in Louisville. One that is really good and he tries to use local and fresh and natural ingredients is The North End Cafe on Frankfort Ave in Louisville. We were about to start selling our free-range chicken to them when we lost them all in our truck fire in November. We get our next batch of chickens done next week, yippee. I'm craving Misty Meadows Farm chicken...
And we have a pretty good mexican restaurant called Miguel's here in our little community of Brandenburg, KY. If you live around here, it's the place to go :)
Not so much a restaurant I'm missing but I grew up in Alamogordo New Mexico and we would go to Ruidoso to the little local "Octoberfest" celebration at the local civic center. They had little food booths set up there and I had the best $1 cup of potato cheese soup that I've ever had in my life! My best friend's husband made fun of us because I swear we lined up at that lady's crockpot like it was the beer keg:LOL:
I also miss New Mexico green chilies. Alot of the national restaurant chains adapt their menus based on regional favorites so you could order a pizza from Domino's with green chilies on it or go to Sonic and get a green chili cheeseburger. The canned Ortega or Old El Paso brands just aren't the same. The very best green chili stew I ever had was at the Mexican Village at the New Mexico State Fair.
SacValley, I live about 15 minutes up the hill from Giant Burger in Pine Grove, I really got a kick out of seeing your post. I'm going to copy it and take it to show the owner.You're right, their burgers are great (like the real ones many years ago), so are their milk shakes. If you are in the area for dinner, try Taste restaurant in Plymouth, you would Love it! Great food.Our favorite in Sacramento is Cafe Morocco on Alhambra St. The Sumac chicken is to die for.
If someone would be willing to take on a project, it would be nice to make an alphabetical listing in the first post of all these restaurants as we add them. This could be a very useful thread for travelers.
Over the years on DG there have been many threads re-invented over and over. This one has never been done.
What do you think . . . hellnzn11? Do you have the time?
Ha Ha, patti
If we could do this, Terry would probably "stickie" it for us so it doesn't get buried in the recipe forum. If hellnzn11 doesn't want to keep up with it I can start a new thread "Restaurant Guide" and keep it up for the group. We travel enough it would be nice to have.
We would be gone about 3 months I would say - at least - taking time to eat. Add another month or 6 wks. for shopping the gardening places, then add another month for stopping for breakfasts and snacks. Maybe we could make the entire trip in about 6 months. Or we could do it in stages. What fun! What a trip - literally! Diet now or forever hold you PIECE.
I am not talented enough to do this, but it would be nice to see it listed by state and then cities alphabetized. :) Perhaps a description next to each one as printed here, so we know what to look for. 4 stars...:)
I love the idea of figuring out some way to keep this up so it's easily usable, if i can help out please d mail me! : )
Dea, I went to Proof today. Are the cakes and pastries as good as the bread? There was something there with a coffe glaze, I swear, I was drooling down the front of the case. I went at noon and you were right, I need to be there at the crack of dawn, but what I got was yummy, we are having bread and cheese for lunch.
A place in Banning, Cal. from my youth, which is no doubt gone now. Served "Banning Burgers" , wonderful hamburgers on grilled thick pieces of bread, with the crusts cut off. Closer to home I'll second Darius' salmon place in Seattle, though I think it might be Iver's rather than Igor's.
Luna_baby, No I didn't mean that you were a piggy, but that I see you most often in the equine, pet and recipe forum rather than gardening. I may be having mental problems from the consumption of too many calories of late. I just made a lb of Beaker_ch fudge which will be washed down today with the last of my ginger choc cheesecake. I will be off next week to have knee surgery in Boston (could my weight have anything to do with this?). I will most likely hit up Santarpio's Pizza 113 Chelsea St in East Boston, not as good as the pizza in New Haven, Ct at Frank Pepe Pizzeria 157 Wooster St or Sally's Apizza just down the street- but an still an old favorite. I will try a few other joints and report back to this gaggle of foodies on this site when I get home. Luna, did you get some geese for your BC? Patti
Eh, my husband is a huge lurker in the gardening threads. He just doesn't say a lot. He's a Yankee, yanno. ; )
Sadly, I am the chatty cathy in our household.
And I knew you didn't mean it the way I joked about, it just struck me funny because I was kinda sitting here with the baby pigging out on bread. But we also did eat some carrots, so it's all good.
Not yet on the geese. I'm really trying to be a good girl and do this one normal step at a time...first fence, then a dog smarter than me, then the dog's animals... : ) I got a little ahead of myself with Star but I can work her at her owner's place, in fact, it's better, then I don't make any big mistakes with her on my own...we just get to do the fun thiings like B.A.L.L. and F.R.I.S.B.E.E. (Have to spell 'em cause if I say it out loud there is no peace until we've gone and DONE them. ; )
I am not that saavy at computer stuff so It would take a while. It is never ending though. I would start a new thread but I don`t know how, if one of you can tell me or start a new one for the poor dial ups, that would be great. This thread has really taken off and I love it but please anyone feel free to do whatever. I can not probably do the whole alphabetical thing because of time and I am about to have surgury again on my right hand. Maybe a few of us could start by taking 10 and listing them, then someone else take 20 to 30 and add them etc. to the list, like you said on a different thread or continuation one, with the map.
What do you think about doing TLC's idea, but moving it to the travel section? We could do it alphabetically by state/province/other country (besides Canada and the USA), and have a different thread for each letter. And then we can make an index thread (that hopefully Terry will make a sticky for us) at the top. Kinda like the Texas forum's Native plants threads (see http://davesgarden.com/forums/t/528122/).
If this sounds like a good idea to all of you, I'd be happy to set it up. Let me know what you think!
You somewhat lost me so I will happily await direction if you need me to help. Sounds great, I officially pass the torch. I am happy this took off the way it did. It will be nice for people traveling or living near to try some of these place they may have otherwise not known about.
Do we want to do just places to eat, or also things to do? If we put this in the Vacation and Travel Forum (http://davesgarden.com/place/f/vacations/all/), both things would probably be good to have! I'm picturing something that would look like this:
Title: Places to do/go/eat in... States/Provinces/Countries beginning with T
The first post would be a summary (which I will try to stay on top of) of all of the suggestions you all post in the subsequent posts, sorted by State/Province/Country, and then by city. So something like this:
Babin's (try the Creamy Crawfish bisque)
China View, 11113 Katy Freeway
The Cheesecake Factory
New Braunfels Smokehouse
Goodson's (Huge and great Chicken fried steak!)
Marylyn_TX, That looks great. If the place has unusual hours (summer only) that could be helpful. But a listing that is short and sweet, as long as the food is great, is enough for me to sniff it out with just the name and the town especially if you do it by state. Thanks, Patti
First the Pappas restaurants - lobster bisque at Pappas Seafood, seafood fondue at Pappadeaus, mahi-mahi at Pappasito's (yes, that's right, they are a Mexican restaurant, but it is the best mahi-mahi (grilled) I've ever eaten, with a seafood topping (shrimp, crawfish, scallops, maybe avocado, maybe peppers, in a lemon or wine or brown sauce - depends on the night, all great!). For chile rellenos - Chuey's, a Texas chain. Crispy batter, with beef filling and deluxe tomatillo sauce...drooling here. Oh, there's more. Have to think, have to think...Maybe later. Too hungry now. Pralines from Savannah's Candy Kitchen in Georgia. If you're ever in St Thomas, VI - Craig & Sally's. They have an appetizer - eggplant cheesecake that's to die for! Honest!! DH hates eggplant and he loved this. Sounds awful though, doesn't it? They even gave me the recipe when I asked. Everything else was good too. In OKC, OK - Leo's BBQ (if it's still there). Former garage, and smoke-filled (from the BBQ), but simply delish - get the cake! Yellow with fresh strawberry filling and topped with a glaze, served warm. Order it first. If you wait until you're through eating, it will be gone. Upscale restaurants- I've never had a bad meal at Perry's or Capitol Grill - all excellent, in fact. Babin's Seafood for golden tile. I'll keep thinking...
I love this thread!!! And I love the fact that Marylyn is going to organize it into something we can all use. I will definitely use it!!! Thank you, hellnzn11!!
You go ahead and start one in Travel; I will start one in Recipes as I do not go to the travel one. We can have two so people have access to it in either forum. It will get used alot. If you keep the directory in the first post, by state, city, name you can keep it alphabetized. After it gets going, just email Terry and she will sticky it. I am on my way out of town tomorrow morning for a couple of days so I may not get it done until Sunday.
Ok, folks, starting filling! Find the first letter of your state or province (or country if you don't live in Canada or the US), and post your favorite places to eat in the threads. I'll come back and start indexing things at the top in a bit. I only did places to eat because: #1, that should keep me busy as it is! LOL!; and #2, nothing more would fit in the titles of the threads.
Schatt's is right on 395 in the center of town, left hand side heading north. I can't go through there now without stopping. It's incredible. I always get a big bag of stuff for the road. If anyone ever heads up 99 in California, there's a great deli/ sandwich place in Merced...no, it's not a fancy dinner place or anything, but really great sandwiches and stuff. I go to Central California quite often and there isn't a lot to choose from heading up the central valley so we were really glad to find this place...Main Street Deli in Merced. Especially because they carry Raymond's Dutch Crunch Sourdough bread that comes out of the Bay Area. Always have them heat a loaf for us and take that and butter along also. So, if I go up 395 I hit Schatt's, if I go up 99, I hit the deli, and if I cut over to Cambria on the way home I stop at La Super Rica on Milpas in Santa Barbara. Hole in the wall Mexican food, really good, usually a long line.
TLC, maybe you can just make an index with links that point to the posts in the Vacation and Travel forum.. It seems kind of silly to have all of the same info in the same places.
I'm making a list of everyone's places, but I ran out of edits for today, so I won't be able to start entering them into the threads until tomorrow. Keep going, though, everyone! This is GREAT!!! You did VERY good, hellnzn11!!! :-)
The index on the Recipes forum would be great so that we're not trying to enter the same info in two different forums. The Vacation and Travel forum does not look well used, so the "where to eat" threads ought to perk it up.
Well, haven't seen anything from way down south GA so if you're anywhere around Brunswick, GA you must go to a little local seafood place called Jinright's Seafood House
. You won't be disappointed. It's to die for. I've never had bad food there.My hubby and I order the seafood platter for two and we can't eat it all! No way! But I'd sure like to die trying! LOL So if anyone is interested... maybe when the weather is better we could all go on a trip together. There is so much southern charm at Jekyll and St. SimonsIsland. A lot of history. :-) and of course for me ... there's the lighthouse! grin!
Marylyn_TX, Thank-you! Good job done for starters. Thank-you for the time invested on our behalf.
I am already keeping up the other recipe forum sticky so I do have my hands full with it. The only thing I don't care for in that sticky ~ all the additions are put in the first post so no one ever knows when new things have been added...
Those messages that stay up at the top of the thread list, no matter how old they are. At the top of the Recipes forum, for instance, there is the "Classic Cooking Answers`& Advice -- [Sticky]" that TLC keeps updated.
Gorat's Warren Buffets fav restaurant in Omaha, N#
I ordered the Prime Rib big cut $21.99 Ordered Med Rare - it was - very little fat
Bruce ordered the Sirloin 19.99; he order med well; it was med rare but still good
My baked potato fresh & good; hisfrench fries - crisp
Frozen green bean on side were fine
Iceberg lettuce salad with carrot stick & slice of cuke -fresh- but we prefer healthier salad
DH order a scotch for $ 5.00 - it was a healthy pour I drank water - Free
We will go back-they say when Buffet is in town there is a long wait line; we went at 6PM and were seated immediately.
Wouldn't order their side of spaghetti - it was uneventful
Next time you are in Goldthwaite, Texas (right smack dab in the middle of the state), try the cheeseburger and fries at Cahoot's (in the Exxon station). No kidding, it is good enough to serve to company.
took a circuitous route to get to this thread but have enjoyed reading it! I do think Americans have a unique relationship with food - I don't think anyone else enjoys it as much as all of you on this thread! Wonderful. Must be fun going to lunch with any of you! Makes the rest of us look like frumpy fusspots. Excellent!
It is not so much the food but the company. I know that dg offers a lot of things but here is a unique way to let people who may be traveling or out of the area to enjoy a nice meal,in an unfamiliar place or share a place with others that may have also discovered it, off the beaten path. i personally have to watch my weight, but it doesn`t stop me from appreciating the experience. I bet she is right, it would be a blast if we all got together for lunch. Sometimes it feels like we have.
In the US the food trend has really accelerated. When buying homes people look for those fancy kitchens for entertaining whether they know how to cook or not. Just look at the popularity of the Food Channel. Some years ago all we had was Julia Child and the Galloping Gourmet for TV cooking shows.
Hey 101, I'm not far from you, ouside Beaufort here. Was in St. Simon for a week back in October. It is pretty hard to get bad seafood in our area (Lowcountry/Golden Isles) isn't it.
There is a wonderful little Italian place in the West Ashley section of Charleston called
Al Di La. It is just a hole in the wall and VERY casual but you still need reservations because they serve exquisite food and they are always full. Their risotto with scallops is the best - ever! (843) 571-2321, try them sometime.
Edited because I forgot to say they are also very inexpensive.
i try to go to the carnegie deli in nyhc every few months. its the best corned beef and pastrami sandwich you have ever tasted and for 17.00 dollars a pot you get enough meat and extra bread to make 3 or 4 more sandwiches for you to take home.
I heard of Carnegie Deli, it must be famous. Here there is a great deli, but i can`t remember the darn name, off hand. They have to die for Lemon bars and great salads and i love that they will chop them with all the stuff and dressing on for you so it has dressing everywhere on the whole salad and the meat is mixed in.
Well last Saturday we drove on from Omaha to LeMars only to find Archies Waeside is not open for lunch. The good thing is that we found it is about 1 1/2 hours from our home. So we will make a trip up there sometime for dinner.
I find it interesting and amusing that with all of the respones to this wonderful thread from folks all over the country, that not a single one of the "TV Chef's" resturants has been mentioned. I wonder if any of them are lurking?
I think they are Hoagies in Boston and they were Hoagies in NC, but in Western Mass, where I grew up...sub sandwiches were called grinders. People here in KY think I'm strange when I say I'm going to get a grinder :) Love it.
Pegzhere, as a fellow former New Yawka (Lawng Islanda, specifically) I feel your pain... can't even eat pizza out here in NM :( Chinese food too for that matter...
I went to Buffalo for college and was tickled that soda was called "pop" in Western NY :)
Hey - I'm from Lawng IHland, tsoo!!!! Would you believe that in a local "best places to..." poll the vote for the best chinese went to a grocery store?????? Surprisingly Brueggers Bagels satisfy my NY bagel need enough that I am not feeling too deprived here. The pizza thing is just a travesty though.
We were driving through Massachusetts a few years ago on our way to Maine (from Houston, via Philadelphia, and by way of Atlantic City... that's a different story!) We stopped at a nice little restaurant for dinner and saw "grinders" on the menu. The ingredients in them looked yummy, so when the waitress came back I asked her what a grinder was. She gave me the kindest, most sympathetic, "you're-not-from-around-here-are-you" look imaginable, looked around to see if anyone else was listening, leaned close and whispered: "It's a sub sandwich" and then stood up quickly and glanced around again to make sure no one had noticed. LOLOL They were really good, too!
Oh yes the bagels too! We had a decent NY style bagel placed called Bagel Jo's here that would make the nice breakfast bagel with the eggs and sausage, yummy on the egg bagel (my fave), but they closed last year... :( We have many mediocre buffets, and yes, we have the grocery store Chinese too (Albertson's)~bleah~
I went to a NY style deli here and they charged $10 for a pastrami on rye~
Where on LI were you? I was born and raised in Medford~ :)
Garden City. We moved there when I was 6 months old and I left when I was 26. 11 years ago :( It should be outlawed the way some of these places bake a bagel without boiling it first and then nuke and egg to stick on it. Blech!!! Can you get Boars Head deli meats where you are? After leaving NY I lived in Nashville, Atlanta, Dallas and now here. This is the first place I haven't been able to get them.
That is funny that no one is mentioning any big Chain things like Wolfgang Pucks. i think ma and pop restraunts are more surprising and cheaper usually, you expect those big chef`s places to be good and expensive too. i do not like to go to places that have odd things that are pricy on the menue, it costs too much to take a chance. I went to a Japanese place once that had those boat dinners, have you tried them, it is really unique.
Pegz, I finally found a store that does called Sunflower Market, along the lines of a Wild Oats or Whole Foods but not as pricey~ They don't have a huge selection but I'll make do,THANK GOODNESS! Otherwise I'd have to drive to Santa Fe...
I moved here in '99 and stayed despite the gastronomic trauma, BBQ and Mexican is what I've replaced the Italian and Chinese with...
Hellnzn, do you mean the sushi or sashimi boats? I likee the white tuna...
Somehow I eat sushi in Albuquerque ((shakes head)) No food poisoning yet...
did you know that the carnegie deli stays open till 4 a.m. in the morning. there are also two other well know delis, the stage deli and katz deli but i think carnegie is the best.
we call them heros here and not grinders or subs. its plain soda and now you can only order an eggcream in the city
I guess I didn't mention any chains cause I figured everybody already knows the chains, but I like the Make Your Own Pasta option at Macaroni Grill. Pick your pasta, pick your sauce, pick your protein, pick as many frills as you like (veggies, cheeses, etc.) They give you a little order form. : )
I like lettuce wraps at California Pizza Kitchen.
The eggplant burger at Cheesecake Factory. (Cause I hate cooking eggplant at home, the kids are such a pain about it.)
Ya know, talking about Pizzas, I haven't had a good pizza since I was home in MA. :( Nothing can compare to a NY style pizza or a Sicilian pizza. And the "subs" here are wimpy!!! I've said for a long time, I'm going to open up a grinder shop and make mile high sandwiches with some umph to them. Subway is sad! Give me an overstuffed sandwich anyday and a pizza piled with cheese, pepperoni, mushrooms, peppers, onions, olives, sausage, ham...no anchovies! I think the one good place we had back home for pizza is gone now too :(
Okay, y'all. it's 8 a.m. and I'm getting hungry for grinders and pizza!!!
on my last visit to the carnegi deli (am gong again at the end of this month) i ordered a turkey ruben. there was so much meat and cheese on it that i could not see the bgottom slices of bread so i just picked at the top until i was full. then i made three more sandwiches to take home plus about 10 pickels. the tabes are closer together but its just to wonderful to resist. did i tell you that you can feed four people with just one slice of cheesecake that you order for dessart. you all are invited down here.
All this talk of good deli food has my mouth watering. As a young adult we always went over to Miami Beach to Wolfies or Pumpernicks for a late night snack after a movie or play. Haven't been a deli that good for many years although there were a few in Baltimore that came close. We took the Jitney from downtown Miami for 25¢.
Chain Restaurants: Where I Can Usually Find Something to my liking - not necessarily inexpensive
PF Chang's China Bistro
The Cheescake Factory
California Pizza Kitchen
El Pollo Loco
Rubio's for fish tacos
(Wahoo's in Santa Ana is even better)
Hidden or out of the way:
The Hat near the Brea Mall for their "huge" pastrami sandwiches (the rival those from the Carnegie Deli"
Royal Thai Orchid In Orange
Knowlwood Home of the Famous Hamburger
Subs, Hoagies, Grinders - also Po' Boys - all similar - long sandwiches, not round or square.
With my job, I'm all over the country, so I have tried to find local restaurants whenever possible. In CA I have tried a Wolfgang Puck's - good, but not exceptional. In NO, LA have tried Emeril's - very good. Try to avoid national chains unless a local person recommends. Local chains, on the other hand, can be quite good. Max & Erma's in Detroit, James Coney Island in Houston, etc.
I had lunch with Gardenwife and Lotusblossum at Max and Erma's in Columbus, OH and not only was the company wonderful, but the food was great. As far as TLC's list, the only one(s) I like are Olive Garden (on rare occasions) and Panera.
Did I mention there is a wonderful chinese restaurant in Corydon, IN. The Egg Roll House right on Hwy 135. Always hot, always fresh. He keeps rice noodles on hand for me because I never order what's on the menu. DH does and he loves it too. They give me enough food for 4 meals!
Very, very reasonable. I can eat a whole meal there for $8.
When in Savannah, Georgia, go to Mrs Wilke's Boarding House. You wait in a line outside, and when there is room at a table you are invited inside where you join several other people at a large table - all strangers at the beginning of the meal. Then they just start bringing you food - family style. Meats, veggies, salads, on and on. Wonderful comfort foods. I've never liked greens - theirs were absolutely wonderful!! When you are stuffed, they bring out desserts to choose from. And after you are through, you take your plates and silverware to the kitchen, like a good girl/boy. Simply outstanding! Mrs Wilkes is dead now, but the tradition continues.
That's kind of how the hotel in Blessing, TX works except for one price you serve yourself whatever you want and you can eat by yourself, too. They have some good cooks there. Strictly homestyle cooking, at lot of and it is so fresh and well cooked. Worth a trip from Houston. A lot of fishermen and hunters plan their day around going to lunch at the Blessing Hotel. It's out in middle of nowhere.
There was a place just SE of downtown Houston that was similar. Ate there years ago (1976). Cook was about 90. We got there about 12:30 - she appologized - "Well gents, I only got 3 meats and 8 vegetables left, but you are welcome to whatever I have". Served our plates at least 4-5" high. Fresh home made lemonaide in a mason jar.
Stuffed when finished. She came by, picked up the plates and asked, "Pecan pie, choclate cake, or peach cobbler - sorry all out of cherry and apple?".
Is this thread geting too long for the dial upers? Just say so or start a new one or tell me how to do it, i have no idea, send me a dmail. I would have loved to go to lunch with garden wife, misty m and lottus, I know more people back east then here it seems. It must be the Cleveland in me. I like most of the chains meantioned too, but i hate Olive Garden,and not real crazy about Marie calanders but there are good things in both, never went to cal pizza but heard it is good. I like Daves BBQ too and i am not a bbq person much., I love love love Baja fresh. I was not talking about sushi, yuck.
I do have dial up and it was getting quite long. I'd like to think that that is the name of our town...with all the rain we've had lately...it might be nice to see the rainbow and the pot of gold. We have a farm in a little town called Andyville, but our postal address is Payneville. Early in the morning, it is like being in God's Land and that what I liken it to...most days.
oh how funny, I always wanted to ask you that. There are some long city and town names I see here. Everytime I go to Cinncinati I always marvel at how pretty Ky is. I will have to check it out. We want to move maybe some day.
Luna_baby. they do herd the duck/ geese just like the sheep. Beaker_ch fudge was a no thermometer fudge that was a super easy one that she listed recently in recipes. It is almost identical to one in the latest Cook's Illustrated Mag for Jan and Feb 2007. Here is a picture of that famous BC guy from Skye, Scotland who works both sheep and birds. The logic is that you can continually work the same fowls, but not the same sheep. I think. Patti
Happy birthday Hellnzn11, it is mine too. I am celebrating by checking into Mass General for long over due knee surgery in the morning. I hope you have better plans than me. I hope to post some new good chow places for all us hounds that you have inspired with this thread. Thanks, Patti
Thanks all, I will hit up Maria's next week when I have to come back for a follow appointment. .I don't think we have been there. We always go to the Salumeria Italiana if we are in the North End for cheese, meat and olives, but because of the Big Dig mess that is now mostly over, we haven't been in awhile. Good reason to go soon. Thanks, Patti
Oh, I love Salumeria Italiana and order online from them now; really pricey but wonderful stuff. I lived briefly in downtown Boston a few years ago and one of the most enjoyable things I ever did was take the North End Food Tour. You get to go to all the special places like the bakery that still bakes 400 loaves of bread at a time in a wood fired oven, the candy place to learn about italian candies, wine store, produce, etc. Naturally you get to taste in all these places. We even got to try grappa in the liquor store. Delicious fun.
ardesia, I didn't know I could order from Salumeria on line. That is great information. I am back in Nantucket, but not feeling real bright after the surgery. My DH went to J.P Licks in Jamaica Plains and got me a fabulous Ice cream cake for my B-day. That is a fine ice cream spot. One of the best in New England. He went to the old fish market on the same street which is now a full blown Sushi Restaurant They stopped selling fish years ago and became one of our favorite sushi places anywhere. So I had good food and decent drugs to help with the pain. I go back next Monday for a follow up and will hit the North end. I just hope my new ligament works by spring. Patti
Patti. Being sore after surgery and a bit woozy from the meds is an awful feeling. It will pass and just think, you will have a wonderful new ligament in time for gardening season.
Nantucket is the one place I did not get around to visiting when we lived up there. We do want to travel up that way again; I just can't decide if I want to go in spring to see the daffodils or late fall. One of these days...
ardesia, if you come d-mail me, I can give you the tour. Thanks, hellnzn11, I am feeling better tonight. I just hate being so laid out. I arrived home and went straight upstairs to the bedroom. Going up is easy. I haven't
even checked to see what is going on in the greenhouse since Thursday. I have Amaryllis about to bloom so I hope to try going down the stairs tomorrow and check out the GH. I also started some winter sowing, so I am anxious to see if they are happy. Patti
I've been to several of the chain or celeb places and while ok I don't think they are all that...few exceptions..New Orleans new star, John Besh and his restaurant August. Hope he doesn't get so large that he loses his "touch"
Have any of you ever paid a resterount for a recipee or aquired one from someone you know? My grandma`s friend asked a place for a recipe for their red velvet cake and they said sure, later they got it in the mail with a bill for $500.00.
ohh no not my down fall...I love red velvet cake! I MUST not make this...*sigh* How could you post this ceejaytown? My hips do not thank you *G* Sound good don't they? And with this nasty cold weather what could be nicer than staying inside and baking?
How funny, well my grnadmother use to work for this rich lady in Ohio named Mrs. Hungate and my grandma was a supreme baker so Mrs. Hungate gave her the recipee and it was forever deemed the $500.00 cake in our family. I wasn`t sure there was another name for it until my aunt told me the real name when I was an adult. I didn`t know where it came from either. It probably was the Waldorf because she was very wealthy. I am going to coppy this article and put in my journal. thanks. My mom disowned me years ago and I do not have the recipee anymore.
Santa Monica, CA, Ocean Blvd http://www.tengu.com
Breathtaking Japanese preparation. Sit at the sushi bar and wow, wow, wow and I'm not exaggerating. This is not your typical Sushi bar. Very very different. Absolutely magnificient fresh fish and preparation. The chefs are wizards.
As I type, am sitting in the Mineapolis airport; will arrive Orange County at 7 PM tonight; will be there one weeks and then back again in Oct & Nov for one week each. Haven't set up more travel plans beyond that but probably 3 or 4 more trips before next summer.
That is great Arlene, you will get here in time for the COLD and rainy Canadian storm coming in , it started dropping down today and was real cloudy but Fri and Sat are supposed to be freezing in some places. freaky. Bundle up. Welcome back.
Tengu is a memorable experience.
The Santa Monica restaurant is a little "yuppie", jazzy music, conversation, the place to be. Sitting at the sushi bar and watching the really masterful chefs is a delight. They are exceptional. I saw a sashimi dish prepared that was out of this world. Let me just say that the scallops are brought to you in the shell, alive. They are sliced and arranged very beautifully on beautiful Japanese dishes. If you're squeamish about raw, live food you may lose your appetite or just not want to watch the preparation. I hope you can enjoy it TLC.
LOL. Its not all bad. You obviously can order dishes that are solely prepared in the kitchen behind closed doors. The point is they have the very best quality and you can tell the difference in their fish vs. just about any other commercial sashimi and sushi restaurant prep. Its the best quality.