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Attention Foodies! We're having fun in the Vacations & Travel Forum putting together lists of our favorite places to eat out. Come join us! We don't need to know the exact address (although if you have it, we'll be happy to include it!) - just the name of the restaurant, the city it is in, and the State or Province if it is in the US or in Canada. If it is in a different country, list them under the first letter of your country's name. And of course, what your favorite item(s) on the menu are!
there is a place in beacon new york called the piggy bank. its a converted bank and its now a bbq place with the best pulled pork around. also have to say carnegie deli in new york city. i believe the address is 8th aven between 57 and 58 st. biggest sandwiches on earch are served there.
Well, I'm a penney pincher when it comes to eating out. I like the value menu at Wendys and the senior day buffet at KFC. At Wendys I get a Ceasar salad and baked potato. I usually eat the potato and take the salad home where I add all kinds of things from the veggie drawer in the 'fridge. Their Jr. Deluxe CB is also a great buy. Sonic has a good inexpensive CB too. Senior day buffet at KFC was $4.25 last time I ate there(about 2 months ago). Taco Bell has some good buys and I always have extra lettuce, tomatoes, & onions put on anything I get there. I like the tosada best.
To me, growing up without takeout food and going to a restaurant was such a chore to get all fixed up for that I still feel that I should treat myself (us) to a good meal out every week or two. It's practically the only place I go except to the grocery store, the service station, church or the second-hand book store. We don't go to movies or the theater so going out to eat is the only time I go out after dark and I want a meal I don't/can't create at home. I live to eat not the other way around. And that doesn't include fast food. Fat and grease on a stick.
There was never fast food for my family, take out consisted once in a while with pizza or chinese food my family enjoyed it but I don't care much for either.
Going out to eat was usually when we traveled choosing a good restaurant with recommendation of the proprietor where we stayed, though we were hardly ever disappointed I still wondered how safe it was, still feel that way, rather do my own cooking any time.
White Castle Hamburgers!
Sorry, I know its a fast food franchise but I love it and miss it! Usually located in the North East (New York, NJ) but they also have them in the South called something else, cant remember right now, served with mustard instead of ketchup. Both Good!
We don't really have "fast food" here on my little rock, but we do have a very slow snack bar that sells burgers, pizza and various hot dishes like "kaluah pork". We found out about 2 months ago that next year Burger King, Subway, Baskin Robbins, some Pizza chain and one other joint that I can't remember are going to take over the snack bar. The island is divided right down the middle between those "hooray! Fast Food", and "Oh No - Fast Fat is coming!"...its kind of funny. They tell us these places will be exactly like they are in the states...but I'm waiting for the first time Subway serves a "Kaluah Pork" sand-wich!
One of my favorites in Houston: Backstreet Cafe! In an old house from the 30's,beautiful patio and garden!(romantic) Great crab cakes and their meatloaf is divine! Nice wine selction too! Off of Shepherd Drive. 1103 S. Shepherd. Sister restaurant is Hugo's Mexican. It is good too. Love good food!
How about Karl's At The Riverbend in Richmond, TX?
Great food prepared by Karl himself, with just a touch of German cuisine and wild game added to the menu. Tuesday - Thursday Neighborhood Menu - several entrees served with soup or salad; full portions, reduced prices. Lovely atmosphere. Just a tad West of TX 99 S off of 1093.
On Highway 65 North between Conway and Greenbrier, Arkansas, there is a little restaurant called
"The Green Cow". They are right on the highway on the left going North from Conway toward Greenbrier. This place is owned and operated by two sisters who specialize in "down-home" cooking. When they have time, these two ladies circulate among the tables and visit with their customers. It's the sort of place "where everybody knows your name". The food is great and very reasonably priced. Atmosphere is "homey". Try it if you are ever "in the neighborhood".
Hours are 6 a.m. till 2 p.m. Not open on Saturday or Sunday.
I have a suggestions if you come to Milwaukee -- First you must visit Mitchell Park Domes-It is 3 large domes -one is full of desert plants, one is full of tropical plants, and the other is full of flowers and that one is changed for holidays and seasons--They are open year round. It is located around 27th and National Ave-(there phone # is 414 649-9800) Then go out to eat at a place called Noodle House which is on the corner of 35th and National Ave. Order a large bowl of Vietmanese soup. The bowl is huge. (they will give you fresh herbs, bean sprouts, and jalapenos to add in yourself) It is heavenly and also the Bubble tea is great.
Another thing to do, is to visit the Reiman Publishing in Greendale WI, they put out the magazines such as, -Taste of Home and Birds n Blooms and you can walk down the block--(It is nice in spring and summer because they do alot of beautiful planting), and you can eat at the Taste of Home restaurant, and walk thru the gift stores.
We loved this one; great steak; freshly baked potatoe, Texas toast and a salad bar. My DH's NY steak was 3 inches thick and cooked perfectly. There is a salad bar (decent) that goes with it. We could only eat HALF of our steak . . it was SOOO big!
Did I mention Dari-Bar in Silver Grove, KY, open late spring thru early fall? They not only have yummy ice cream, but delicious BBQ sandwiches, which I get with cole slaw, with a side of their breaded, fried mushrooms. Mmmm!
Going to Topeka Kansas to visit DH's folks and I find there are no listings for Kansas at all!!! Does DG not have any Kansas subscribers? I don't remember seeing any around...
If anyone runs across one, send her/him here, please.
Unique dining experience ... private little booth-rooms with curtains you can close, dating back to prohibition (not THAT long ago in Kansas!), when they would "rent" you the room and you could sneak in...
Grazie The Italian Bistro 435 S Kansas Ave
Great place for lunch in Topeka. Get seated between 11:00 and 11:30am and get 1/2 price lunch.
Smokin Guns BBQ
Stopped by this BBQ trailer parked on South Topeka Blvd. Looked interesting. Had some of the best BBQ iI have ever had.
This Mom and Pop BBQ trailer stand is visable (Big red trailer) and smellable (Great smell of BBQ smoke fills the air) as your driving down the road. BBQ sandwiches (pork and beef), Ribs, turkey legs and a thing called a Stuffed Potato and BBQ Chickens with home made side dishes. Food was outstanding owner friendly. Only draw back was no seating so we ate over the hood of our rent a car. Non stop but not crowded line of locals getiing bags of To Go. After we had sandwiched bought a couple racks of Ribs to go.
Yes I did but have not had a problem with places being gone in the past. If I am going somewhere new I've found restaurant reviews to be very helpful. But even if it has a good reputation there is always the chance of going when they are having a bad night and then all the reviews go right out the window.
We recently went to a new restaurant in our area that we had heard so many good things about. We waited 3 hours for the food and it came out cold. HOWEVER, it was the bigest piece of prime rib I've ever seen and actually very good. Maybe we'll try them again.
TWC - spoken like a true chef and foodie. Almost any restaurant gets a second chance in my book, too. Exceptions include places that are filthy, and where employees show no interest in customers, the food, or the business.
If you live near or travel to area 6a, in the Allenton/Easton, PA area;
I have a great place to drink, eat and smokes cigars (Lower Floor) that I always attempt to get to when I am in home in NJ. Just across the Delaware River in Allentown, near Lehigh Valley Airport (ABE). I am good friends with the owners' Dr. Charlie Konia and Iris Konia. Iris has a very creative menu and almost all of the selections on the menu have a tinge of spice. Ever get into the area, try this place out.
I remember White Castle as White Diamond in New Jersey about 40 years ago. We called them things, rat burgers. More bread than meat, but you could eat a bag of them @ 25 cents each, if that much. And the choke on a thick milk shake
Years ago there was a wonderful restaurant in Omaha, just beyond the stock yards, called Johnny Rupecks(sp)-- it's long gone now but it was wonderful! He had a sign that read "Beef Best By Government Test", I always thought he copied our town's sign that read "Climate Best By Governement Test", come to find out he did. Said he was in Calif during the second world war, saw the sign and used it when he opened is restaurant. what a small world!
Excellent place to have a great meal. Spendy...no McD's happy meals here. Makes you wish Granddad had left you a little more money so you could return again and again. Higher prices are for couple's or multi diner meals.Check out the size of the steaks.
Yes, there is a couple of good fish houses in MN: Stella's Fish Cafe is good as is Mccormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurant. Red Lobster is here also, but that's kind of hit and miss. I love RL's Cheddar Bay biscuits, though.
we have several new resturants in my area. for fish a place called the "bonefish" opened up. i have not been there yet but the parking lot seems to be filled for both lunch and dinner.
we also got ourselves a reb robin burger house. have been there twice and they have about 25 different kinds of burgers, i had the pot roast burger the first time and the brie cheese burger the second. both were great and the best part is the unlimited french fries they serve you with the meal.
also recently opened is a family style italian resturant where each dish serves about two people. i really like this place and have been there about 4 times already. the foods is real good and the portions are like they say.
but when it comes to family style italian resturants nothing beats carmines in new york city. it doesn't pay for two people to go there since there is so much food that you would never get past the appertizers. one time my wife and i plus our neighbor went there for dinner. we ordered salad, appertizer and an entree. when the waiter took our order he recommended we just order two of the three because it would simply be to much food. we settled for the salad and appertizer and we still had enough leftover for each of us to take home. when i got the bill i couldn't believe the low price for all the food.
I also love Carrabbas, an Italian restaurant. They have a pasta dish called Tagliarini Piche Pachu (or something like that, not sure of the spelling) that is to die for: spaghetti with freshly sauteed cherry tomatoes, fresh basil and lots of garlic! Oh, man, is it good!
But for the most part, I'm like Maria: I'd rather do my own cooking so I know how it's prepared and what's in it. Too many of the defendants that come through my courtroom work, guess where, when they're not in jail or prison? You got it: restaurants, fast food or otherwise.
Mmm! My favorite pick is Richards Pub 3347 S County Trail(Route 2), East Greenwich, RI 02818
They have fantastic calamari, Prime Rib, Fish and Chips, Lobster Bisque, Steamers. Just to name a few favorites! When you go in, a hostess seats you-very nice but relaxed atmosphere-you can dress up or come in jeans. Your waitress brings over rolls and these great cut-up pickles. For my DH and I to have an appetizer, entree, and a beer for him a glass of wine for me-no desert, can't ever fit it! The bill w/ tip is between $45 and $55. We don't go out very often probably 2 or 3 times a year and this is where we head to.
I have subscribed to my state's dept of health alert on restaurant inspections and theirs has been top notch especially when you start see how some restaurants rate. http://food.ri.digitalhealthdepartment.com/
I am with you. Value menu and senior day at KFC! To go into a restaurant and pay huge prices for a plate of pasta or something is just not cost effective!
Reasons to go out include:
Not liking to cook...check out your grocer's freezer section. Lots of great choices these days.
Not like to do dishes... the selection of disposables is huge! Cook in aluminum and eat off plastic, paper, foam
No time to cook ... That one just doesn't fly because it takes longer to go to restaurant and wait for food then eat it and then go home.
I will add a few of my favorites from Iowa City, Iowa. The price range varies from budget friendly to moderate, nothing super-expensive like you would find in a large city.
Aladdin (Middle Eastern food, best gyros in Eastern Iowa)
Hamburg Inn (diner-type with amazing omelettes, surly service is part of the charm, every presidential candidate has to eat there at least once)
Oyama sushi (Japanese, amazingly fresh sushi - Iowa City actually has a few good sushi restaurants, if you can believe it!)
Kaji (Japanese, this is in Coralville near the new Marriott hotel & conference center, sushi is very creative and Japanese style tapas are captivating. Drinks are very good.)
Shakespeare's Bar (dirty little bar, but the BEST wings I've had outside of Buffalo, New York and service is always nice)
Pagliai's Pizza (they have only pizza, only thin crust - and I love them!)
There were quite a few more in Coralville, which is right next to Iowa City, but many were flooded. Some are rebuilding, some are not.
I haven't lived in AK long so I haven't been to many of the restaurants but I do know that if you're in Anchorage the Glacier Brew House is excellent! Wonderful seafood, burgers, pasta, etc. and great beer to match. Also a great atmosphere, but it's packed for that reason so grab a pager and explore the stores nearby while you wait :)
I live in a southeastern suburb of Houston (yes, we got Iked) and DH and I avoid chain restaurants on principle, for the most part. (That said, Darius: it's Krystal in the South!) There is a little place about 20 minutes south of our home in Dickinson, called "Clifton's by the Sea." Ii've never seen a friendlier atmosphere; the food is excellent every time; "our" table is by a huge window about 30 feet from the Bay and the pricess are beyond reasonable. They serve, for instance, two 5-0z lobster tails (sweet as heaven and perfectly prepared) with vegetables and bread for a whopping $27! And I think that's the most expensive item on the menu. Fresh seafood is always delicious, the steaks are excellent, and the desserts, alas, are fabulous; I always get the chocolate mousse cake to take home for later! They are open for lunch and dinner, and on weekends have a band outside (outside seating is for me intolerable at this time of year). Great little place, ask for Marie, she makes you feel like you're a guest in her home.
Jackson,Tn. has the best example of "Good ole country food" Its called "The country store." Its a recreation of an 1890's store. It has a buffet 3 times a day. Not your typical buffet food.Its really worth your time.Southern Living magazine bills it as one of Tennessee's 10 top attractions.Easy access off interstate 40 and hwy 45. Its located on Casey Jones lane.
Bella's II is a pizzeria and an Italian market. The food is out of this world. The owner and chef does not add salt to any of is food and uses only the finest ingredients. He imports his deli meats and cheeses from Italy. He also gets his pastries from the best bakeries in Boston's North End.
These are my new updates as of January 2014. Pls ignore the originals which are in Marylyn's email summary at the beginning of the thread; those are years old now:
Albany (East Bay):
China Village: one of the few Chinese restaurants worth eating at. Northern Chinese, tell them to adjust to mild if you can't take the very moderate spiciness. Skip ALL Cantonese dishes; they're terrible here.
Berkeley (East Bay):
Chez Panisse: There is a café with full menu and restaurant with prix fixe only that changes nightly. Some people like the café; we thought it was so-so and has been surpassed by several newer restaurants.
FIVE, Hotel Shattuck – stylish, high quality comfort food with outstanding waitstaff
Gather – Flexitarian, don’t miss the vegan ‘charcuterie’ which even carnivores will enjoy. The specials don’t seem as good as the menu’s roast chicken and pizza, however.
La Note – Noisy and crowded, but excellent traditional French favorites and massive CA salads
Zut! - Best for dinner, not lunch, but handsome dining room and good artisanal pizza in the Fourth St. shopping area.
Lafayette (East Bay, Contra Costa County):
Artisan – Wins over La Note/Berkeley by a nose. Open dinner only. Upscale, quieter, with a great wine list and amazing French-inspired cooking that’s almost as good as Andre’s Bouchee/Carmel.
Rustic Tavern: Simple and casual, good everyday food
Metro Lafayette: New chef has brought it back up to where it was. Now Cal-French; great patio for lazy summer dining.
Monterey (south of SF):
A French lover's delight. Choose from:
Andre’s Bouchee/Carmel; Bistro Moulin/Monterey, Auberge/Carmel, and the best bakery in Northern CA, bar none: Parker-Lusseau Bakery/Monterey
Also worth eating at: Montrio/Monterey, excellent CA cuisine; and Passionfish/Pacific Grove, also CA cuisine but with more creativity.
Napa (both a city [small] and a county [large]):
Auberge du Soleil (actually Rutherford): especially if you can get a patio table, is a superb place to lunch although very expensive
Bottega (actually Yountville), Michael Chiarello’s restaurant is reflective of the man, generous and welcoming. You feel as if he’s actually cooking for you, which is rare from a celebrity chef.
Brix - Outside Napa downtown, on the way to Yountville. Far better than Mustards or Don Giovanni which are nearby.
Etoile @Domaine Chandon Winery: Expensive, luxurious, elegant Cal-French. Even more expensive than Auberge, but also better. We'd rather eat here than at the French Laundry.
On a budget? Go to Oxbow Public Market in (city of) Napa. Numerous food vendors; you can eat there or take a picnic to go.
Oakland (East Bay):
Like Korean food, Ethiopian/Eritrean, or authentic super-hot Mexican? Go to Yelp and search by "Highest ranked" – you'll get a number of suggestions. These three cuisines are well-represented here, with some of the best anywhere in Northern CA
Pican – upscale Southern with generous portions of comfort food.
Pizziaolo – no reservations jam it up at peak times, but they make an excellent gourmet pizza
Wood Tavern – Solid, excellent bistro food.
San Francisco (which is both a city and county):
Aziza: CA fusion with a touch of Morocco. Out in the residential neighborhood but the most creative food in a town full of culinary creativity
La Folie - Remember great French cuisine? This is it, modernized with CA touches
One Market – under Chef Mark Dommen, a carnivore’s delight
Perbacco – Terrific Piedmontese food with top notch service. Note it's NOT your familiar American-Italian food; this is authentic regional and very different. Also sibling Barbacco next door, with a small plates concept.
Want Chinese food? Sad to say, few Chinese live in SF any longer. The Chinese food is better in Daly City (a foggy suburb south of SF) than in Chinatown. But if you must:
Yank Sing, several locations: dim sum. Expensive, but better than most
M. Y. China: Yes, Martin Yan's restaurant. We cringe to say it, but if you must eat Chinese in SF, at least here the surroundings and service are nice. Big menu gives you all the standard choices.
Bistro 29, Santa Rosa - A small bistro, specializing in Breton cuisine.
French Garden, Sebastopol – Great for a group; very good Cal-French food
La Salette, Healdsburg – Brazilian-Portugese food offers a terrific feijoada in a charming atmosphere. Don’t miss the caldo verde soup if they have it. Best for bacalhao fritters.
Meadowood Café: Meadowood restaurant is Michelin-starred and expensive. You can eat at the café for less, and get heartier food from the same kitchen.
Willow Wood Cafe, Graton (on the Bohemian Highway which runs parallel to Hwy 101) - not cheap, but amazing soft polenta with meat & gravy.
Yanni's Sausage Grill, Penngrove - Between Santa Rosa & Petaluma, 5 minutes east of Hwy 101, lies this miniscule sandwich shop. Only 5 seats, most take it to go. Housemade sausages and a super-sweet couple who own/run it. A bargain lunch while winetasting, which is rare.
Went there last Monday for sis Bday. I was shoveling all the over the top salads etc in my mouth as fast as I could. Always so very flavorful!!! The loaded baked potato soup was delicious, as were all my favs at this tastey salad, soup and pasta all you can eat, inexpensive food palace!
It is on the expensive side. The have a wide range from steak to seafood on the menu. I love the pan scallops. The sauces they prepare for some dishes are fantastic. If you want a real treat while in Charleston, don't miss dining at Carolina's. They are very busy so it is necessary to make a reservation.
Vetro's by Russo's on the Bay, Howard Beach, NY (15 min from JFK airport)
We are from the San Francisco Bay Area but have been dining out for over 40 yrs - out here there has been a serious decline in the overall quality of service. Friendliness is mistaken for knowledge; pretentiousness as classy. The all important positions of maitre d' and captain have been eliminated as cost measures. It is ironic that many chain restaurants do a better job at service than many expensive 'name' restaurants in CA.
This absolutely amazing Italian American restaurant is a classic in the neighborhood where all the locals go to celebrate. It's their only local "nice" place and as such, is not cheap. But the food was delicious, and more important at this level, the service was PHENOMENAL. Vetro's maintains the classic tradition of an experienced, well-trained maitre d'hotel. The entire staff is warmly welcoming and attentive, making dinner - after a long tiring flight from the West Coast - an absolute delight.
I had the veal chop - a massive yet absolutely fork-tender delight. My spouse had the massive 2-1/2 lb Maine lobster, served 'diavolo' style. Our guest had a special of Atlantic salmon with a bluefin crab topping in a light, lemony sauce - spectacular! If you are flying in to JFK and looking for a nice dinner without going into NYC, we highly recommend Vetro's. They have their own parking lot for added security, important when you're in a rental car piled with suitcases.
We discovered a great little family restaurant just a few miles from us. It's been there for decades, but we'd never stopped there because we thought it was just a little bar. It turns out, they have a whole restaurant and serve up homemade food made from scratch. Seniors make up a lot of their clientele, we learned. It's called Sunset Inn Restaurant in Hebron. It's right on US40 if you're traveling through Ohio, give them a try. They're at 1060 National Road Southeast, Hebron, OH 43025.
I had fresh, lightly breaded fried frog legs last Friday night and Howie had the baked steak. Both were delicious. The desserts were okay, but nothing to write home about. Still, it's great to know a place that uses fresh food and makes an effort to learn their customers' names. Everyone there was really friendly and the prices are reasonable. :)