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Marylyn_TX
Houston, TX
(Zone 9a)

January 5, 2007
3:22 AM

Post #3054553

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!

Where to Eat in: States/Provinces/Countries beginning with:
A... http://davesgarden.com/forums/t/682027/
B... http://davesgarden.com/forums/t/682028/
C... http://davesgarden.com/forums/t/682029/
D... http://davesgarden.com/forums/t/682030/
E... http://davesgarden.com/forums/t/682031/
F... http://davesgarden.com/forums/t/682032/
G... http://davesgarden.com/forums/t/682033/
H... http://davesgarden.com/forums/t/682035/
I... http://davesgarden.com/forums/t/682037/
J... http://davesgarden.com/forums/t/682038/
K... http://davesgarden.com/forums/t/682039/
L... http://davesgarden.com/forums/t/682041/
M... http://davesgarden.com/forums/t/682042/
N.. http://davesgarden.com/forums/t/682043/
O... http://davesgarden.com/forums/t/682045/
P... http://davesgarden.com/forums/t/682047/
Q... http://davesgarden.com/forums/t/682051/
R... http://davesgarden.com/forums/t/682049/
S... http://davesgarden.com/forums/t/682050/
T... http://davesgarden.com/forums/t/682052/
U... http://davesgarden.com/forums/t/682053/
V... http://davesgarden.com/forums/t/682054/
W... http://davesgarden.com/forums/t/682056/
X,Y,Z... http://davesgarden.com/forums/t/682057/
judycooksey
Pocahontas, TN
(Zone 7b)

January 11, 2007
1:38 AM

Post #3072940

How clever you are!!!

Judy
Tir_Na_Nog
Houston
United States
(Zone 9b)

January 16, 2007
12:11 PM

Post #3089018

What does the "sticky" mean in the subject heading????
Marylyn_TX
Houston, TX
(Zone 9a)

January 16, 2007
1:51 PM

Post #3089236

Hi, Aimee! It just means that this thread stays at the top of the pile, even when there aren't any new posts. Like the native plants index at the top of the Texas forum.
Tir_Na_Nog
Houston
United States
(Zone 9b)

January 16, 2007
3:53 PM

Post #3089587

Lucky! How'd you get it to do that? What a neat thread to! So nice of you to put this together for us all.
Marylyn_TX
Houston, TX
(Zone 9a)

January 16, 2007
4:16 PM

Post #3089687

I asked our wonderful administrators. :-) This has been fun, but since I can only edit 5 posts a day it is slow. I hope people aren't losing interest because I can't update the posts quickly enough!

darius

darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

January 16, 2007
4:43 PM

Post #3089792

Marylyn, you can ask Admin to allow you more posts per day for those threads.
Marylyn_TX
Houston, TX
(Zone 9a)

January 16, 2007
9:05 PM

Post #3090656

I did. They can't. :-)
HERBIE43
Rutland , MA
(Zone 5b)

January 17, 2007
9:48 AM

Post #3092372

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.

Tir_Na_Nog
Houston
United States
(Zone 9b)

January 21, 2007
3:05 PM

Post #3106170

I have heard that The Tea Room in New Braunfels Texas serves great food but was told a bit pricier than your chain sit-down restaurants.
leaflady
Hughesville, MO
(Zone 5a)

January 22, 2007
5:21 PM

Post #3110721

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.

paulgrow

paulgrow
Allen Park, MI
(Zone 6a)

January 23, 2007
7:45 PM

Post #3114731

A radio station here has a promotion every Friday morning.
You can buy a $50 gift certificate for $25. A different restrauant each week.
I've bought 5-6 of them Many of them are 4-5 star restraunts.

They have to be purchased online, they sell 200 of them and they sell out within 2-3 minutes.

Paul
plantladyhou
Katy, TX
(Zone 8b)

January 23, 2007
7:55 PM

Post #3114765

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.

Ann
Maria
Rehoboth, MA
(Zone 5a)

March 26, 2007
6:47 PM

Post #3323100

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.
AlohaHoya
Keaau, HI
(Zone 11)

June 7, 2007
5:20 AM

Post #3585528

I love any place that cooks food I don't(yet): Thai, Ukrainian, Vietnamese etc. 'Normal' restaurants don't turn me on because I feel I am being overcharged!!!
ceejaytown
The Woodlands, TX
(Zone 9a)

August 8, 2007
4:53 AM

Post #3831353

I hope we don't leave out good restaurants because they aren't cheap! Just put expensive in the description. We can then decide if we want to try them or not.

Hey MaryLyn! Add Gio's on Sawdust in The Woodlands. Wonderful food!! Great service. Nice atmosphere. Not cheap.
jadajoy
Newport News, VA
(Zone 11)

August 30, 2007
4:24 PM

Post #3918086

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!

darius

darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

August 30, 2007
6:07 PM

Post #3918440

Crystal, in the South...
jadajoy
Newport News, VA
(Zone 11)

August 30, 2007
7:07 PM

Post #3918627

thanks darius! Thats it!
Marylyn_TX
Houston, TX
(Zone 9a)

August 30, 2007
7:39 PM

Post #3918717

White Castle began in Columbus, Ohio. The first one is still open there. :-)
jadajoy
Newport News, VA
(Zone 11)

August 30, 2007
7:48 PM

Post #3918749

Wow! Then thats where I need to be!
KyWoods
Melbourne, KY
(Zone 6a)

September 1, 2007
3:05 AM

Post #3924250

AlohaHoya, I will never forget "Soon's Korean Barbeque" stand in Honolulu. I always ordered the Bento. Mmmm... And Aiea Chop Suey had the best won ton soup!
Islandshari
Kwajalein
Marshall Islands
(Zone 11)

September 1, 2007
9:46 PM

Post #3926489

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!
GrammysGardenAZ
Cochise, AZ
(Zone 8b)

September 2, 2007
12:45 AM

Post #3926904

Our local Subway offers green chile. They have a section for "regional fovorites" so don't be surprised to see your "Kaluah Pork" sand-wich.
Islandshari
Kwajalein
Marshall Islands
(Zone 11)

September 2, 2007
3:39 AM

Post #3927339

Aha! Thanks for that info Grammy! I didn't know about the Regional favorites. I will pass that along.
Houstonplantman
Houston, TX
(Zone 9a)

September 11, 2007
11:55 PM

Post #3964230

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!

greersfolly

greersfolly
New Smyrna Beach, FL
(Zone 10a)

September 14, 2007
3:08 AM

Post #3973157

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.

Great Sunday brunch, too.

maccionoadha

maccionoadha
Halifax, MA
(Zone 6a)

October 21, 2007
3:33 PM

Post #4107080

There's Pogo's II in Halifax MA.

Address: Pogos II
657 Monponsett Street
Halifax, Massachusetts
Phone: 781-293-3939

It was mentioned as a 'Hidden Jewel' on 'The Phantom Gourmet' show. http://forums.phantomgourmet.com/forums/shwmessage.aspx?forumid=1&messageid=187246

The food is amazing and abundant.

marsue
Isabella, MO
(Zone 6b)

October 25, 2007
8:02 PM

Post #4122964

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.
soapwort243
South Milwaukee, WI

October 28, 2007
2:27 AM

Post #4130773

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.
MistyMeadows
Payneville, KY
(Zone 7a)

November 6, 2007
4:05 PM

Post #4163914

I had the most awesome grilled chicken salad at our local mexican restaurant, in my opinion.

:)






This message was edited Nov 6, 2007 12:09 PM
jadajoy
Newport News, VA
(Zone 11)

November 6, 2007
4:10 PM

Post #4163930

;-)

This message was edited Nov 10, 2007 9:39 PM
TwinLakesChef
OC, CA & Twin Lakes , IA
(Zone 4b)

November 11, 2007
2:34 AM

Post #4180641

http://www.iowabeefsteakhouse.com/

Another one for you, Marilyn.

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!

Des Moines, Iowa
Karrie20x
Spokane, WA
(Zone 5b)

November 11, 2007
9:01 PM

Post #4182826

Dick's Drive Inn - Best Hamburgers, Spokane, WA

If I want classy I go to Clinkerdaggers
Marylyn_TX
Houston, TX
(Zone 9a)

November 13, 2007
8:04 PM

Post #4189616

Thanks, everyone! I've gotten behind on these, but I'll try to catch back up this week. Keep 'em coming!
KyWoods
Melbourne, KY
(Zone 6a)

November 13, 2007
10:25 PM

Post #4189963

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!
ceejaytown
The Woodlands, TX
(Zone 9a)

November 14, 2007
4:14 AM

Post #4191062

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.
TwinLakesChef
OC, CA & Twin Lakes , IA
(Zone 4b)

November 14, 2007
4:47 PM

Post #4192254

We have driven through Topeka but don't remember even stopping; doesn't the turnpike go by there?
Bubba_MoCity
Missouri City, TX

November 14, 2007
5:35 PM

Post #4192411

Topeka was my mom's birth city - went thru there 48 years ago - the apple orchards in the area are fantastic. Don't remember stopping to eat in the city, tho.

Bought a bunch of apples, cherries, and cider from a hilltop vendor north of town. Wonderful "road-munchies" - we were on our way to Minnseota.
ceejaytown
The Woodlands, TX
(Zone 9a)

November 14, 2007
9:22 PM

Post #4193265

LOL! I don't think anyone stops to eat there! Yes, the turnpike goes through Topeka...

I checked Dave's subscribers from Kansas, and there are none from Topeka.
TwinLakesChef
OC, CA & Twin Lakes , IA
(Zone 4b)

November 14, 2007
10:05 PM

Post #4193387


Do any of these sound good to you?

On The Border Mexican Cantina

http://www.ontheborder.com/menu/default.asp?Unit_ID=0010170180&state=KS

Plantation Steak House 6646 NW Topeka Blvd

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
Review:
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.


KyWoods
Melbourne, KY
(Zone 6a)

November 14, 2007
11:09 PM

Post #4193608

I used to live in Kansas City, Kansas, and remember they had great steaks and BBQ, so maybe it's just a good state for beef? I was just a kid, so I don't remember names of places.
ceejaytown
The Woodlands, TX
(Zone 9a)

November 15, 2007
5:49 AM

Post #4194816

Twin - Did you get those off the Internet? I ask because the last time we went, I took along a list from the Internet, just to find they were no longer open...
Karrie20x
Spokane, WA
(Zone 5b)

November 15, 2007
7:26 AM

Post #4194873

I'm making some homemade tamales in early May! A friend showed me how! Cinco here we come! (psst... time consuming)
TwinLakesChef
OC, CA & Twin Lakes , IA
(Zone 4b)

November 15, 2007
12:10 PM

Post #4195091

ceejay,
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.
Bubba_MoCity
Missouri City, TX

November 15, 2007
1:45 PM

Post #4195430

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.
TwinLakesChef
OC, CA & Twin Lakes , IA
(Zone 4b)

November 15, 2007
2:10 PM

Post #4195516

What was that Gomer Pyle quote? "Fool me once . . .
KyWoods
Melbourne, KY
(Zone 6a)

November 15, 2007
3:38 PM

Post #4195861

True, sometimes people just don't show up for work, and it messes them up real bad.
Karrie20x
Spokane, WA
(Zone 5b)

November 17, 2007
8:03 AM

Post #4202538

Bubba, that is why I like Clinks. If ever in town, go there. Full, absolute attention to food and delivery.
blueskyes
Stewartsville, NJ
(Zone 6a)

February 29, 2008
3:25 PM

Post #4604622

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.

http://www.federalgrill.com/

http://www.atlasbooks.com/marktplc/02024.htm

blueskyes
Stewartsville, NJ
(Zone 6a)

February 29, 2008
3:28 PM

Post #4604634

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
lincolnitess
Lincoln, NE
(Zone 5b)

April 4, 2008
11:28 AM

Post #4755281

Lincoln NE Magnolia Restaurant

301 N 8th

Salmon and crab cakes are great. My favorite place to eat in Lincoln.

Susan
KyWoods
Melbourne, KY
(Zone 6a)

April 4, 2008
6:04 PM

Post #4757012

LOL, blueskyes, "ratburgers"...eeeewww! We call them "sliders" here, and an old term was "retrorockets". Whatever terms of endearment you choose, White Castle burgers sure are yummy!

What a neat thread! I recommend we all refer to it before going anywhere on vacation. I know I will.
dguimo
Pioneer, CA

July 18, 2008
4:54 PM

Post #5280061

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!
KyWoods
Melbourne, KY
(Zone 6a)

July 18, 2008
6:16 PM

Post #5280592

Cool story, dguimo!
Karrie20x
Spokane, WA
(Zone 5b)

July 22, 2008
9:43 AM

Post #5300528

I think I have a new favorite to add to the list - we have two in Spokane, so perhaps it's a chain? It's called TWIGS - very very good food and a nice atmosphere.
1LittleRed
Julian, CA
(Zone 8b)

July 30, 2008
9:24 AM

Post #5342322

hi everyone, My husband and I love "The Julian Grill" Its wonderful, romantic,friendly and has the best food too!! Its mid price, but well worth it! A beautiful setting in a small town.

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marsh0407
Rapid City, SD

August 8, 2008
12:59 AM

Post #5383817

Murray's Restaurant & Grill
Minneapolis MN

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.

http://www.murraysrestaurant.com/

customer reviews: http://local.yahoo.com/info-24291348-murray-s-restaurant-cocktail-lounge-minneapolis

treelover3
Minneapolis, MN
(Zone 5a)

September 17, 2008
12:42 PM

Post #5562657

Hi,
I just checked the M's and this restaurant: Cuevas Fish House Restaurant; 7196 U S Highway 11, 39455 is in Mississippi rather than Minnesota. I wish it was closer since I love fish. (:o(
Mike
TwinLakesChef
OC, CA & Twin Lakes , IA
(Zone 4b)

September 17, 2008
1:11 PM

Post #5562768

Oh, bummer! Good fish in Minneapolis? I believe there is a fish restaurant there but can't remember the name.
treelover3
Minneapolis, MN
(Zone 5a)

September 17, 2008
1:42 PM

Post #5562919

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.
Bubba_MoCity
Missouri City, TX

September 17, 2008
2:31 PM

Post #5563187

Try the Tavern on Grand in St. Paul for some outstanding Walleye Pike.
TwinLakesChef
OC, CA & Twin Lakes , IA
(Zone 4b)

September 17, 2008
8:18 PM

Post #5564495

Oh, I will; when I get up there again!
HERBIE43
Rutland , MA
(Zone 5b)

September 23, 2008
11:13 AM

Post #5588158

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.





TwinLakesChef
OC, CA & Twin Lakes , IA
(Zone 4b)

September 23, 2008
12:39 PM

Post #5588384

Red Robin was my grand daughter's favorite restaurant as a child. Their food was always good and what a nice selection to choose from!
HERBIE43
Rutland , MA
(Zone 5b)

September 23, 2008
2:00 PM

Post #5588682

i like the food but the service seems to be a little slow to me but i forgive them because of the fries. LOL



TwinLakesChef
OC, CA & Twin Lakes , IA
(Zone 4b)

September 23, 2008
5:21 PM

Post #5589426

Yes, the service IS slow but when we went, it was for family time so we just chatted.
Hemophobic
Kannapolis, NC

October 12, 2008
11:18 AM

Post #5661398

Herbie: Bonefish Grille is excellent down here. The grilled salmon is the best.
Hemophobic
Kannapolis, NC

October 24, 2008
11:42 AM

Post #5711009

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.
saanansandy
Sue, RI
(Zone 6a)

October 29, 2008
3:01 PM

Post #5729636

Mmm! My favorite pick is Richards Pub 3347 S County Trail(Route 2), East Greenwich, RI 02818
(401) 884-2880
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/
kathy65468
Eunice, MO
(Zone 5b)

November 3, 2008
6:36 AM

Post #5746384

leaflady,
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.
Kylie2x
Millsap, TX

November 25, 2008
4:52 PM

Post #5829776

Joe T. Garcias
FT Worth Texas...

JJ's Oyster Bar.. YUMMM
FTW, TX
blueskyes
Stewartsville, NJ
(Zone 6a)

December 4, 2008
1:13 AM

Post #5856198

Macroni Grill I have found to be okay, many locations in the North East, including Frederick, MD. Nice service and decent menu.

Ken

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ic_conifers
Iowa City, IA
(Zone 5a)

December 23, 2008
8:52 PM

Post #5922667

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.
plutodrive
Denver, CO
(Zone 5b)

February 17, 2009
8:19 PM

Post #6152096

Santoro's Brick Oven Pizza
9500 Heritage Hills Cir # 500, Lone Tree, CO‎
(303) 799-0014‎

This is the best Chicago style pizza in Colorado IMHO.
3peaches
Tuckerton, NJ

April 8, 2009
12:38 PM

Post #6381443

Hello were is a great place to eat in NJ thank you bonnie
mocatmom
Driftwood, TX
(Zone 8b)

April 21, 2009
12:38 AM

Post #6439528

Marco's Italian in Wimberley, Texas

Jorge's Mexican in Austin, Texas

Old World Deli in San Antonio, Texas

La Fogata's in San Antonio, Texas
Tir_Na_Nog
Houston
United States
(Zone 9b)

May 27, 2009
7:13 PM

Post #6605412

Has anyone ever been to the Houston Bar and Grill? Todd Wilbur duplicated their "This Is It!" meatloaf but I'm wondering if the recipe is any good :)
Tir_Na_Nog
Houston
United States
(Zone 9b)

May 28, 2009
8:09 PM

Post #6610295

Anyone ever had the hard rock cafe famous watermelon ribs?

Wondering if they are delish?
blueskyes
Stewartsville, NJ
(Zone 6a)

June 8, 2009
4:40 PM

Post #6658986

any good restaurants in New Jersey, The Seashore area?
icanfindroom
Anchorage, AK

July 15, 2009
3:59 AM

Post #6821116

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 :)
litlbitmorluv
Seabrook, TX

July 28, 2009
8:14 PM

Post #6876564

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.

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

December 25, 2009
2:00 AM

Post #7396895

We watch the show Diners Drive-ins and Dives on the Food Network with host Guy Fieri. He goes to some really awesome places that cook REAL food!

http://www.foodnetwork.com/diners-drive-ins-and-dives/index.html
dillansnana
Hemet, CA
(Zone 9b)

February 9, 2010
11:36 PM

Post #7545826

I couldn't agree more. DD&D is The place to find good eats wherever you travel.
Sylvia
Lynda_45
Jacksonville, NC
(Zone 8b)

April 28, 2010
9:21 PM

Post #7747264

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.

maccionoadha

maccionoadha
Halifax, MA
(Zone 6a)

September 30, 2010
8:40 AM

Post #8129489

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.

Bella's Pizzeria: http://www.bellas-pizzeria.com/
Halifax - Directions: http://www.mapquest.com/maps?address=319+Plymouth+St&zipcode=02338
319 Plymouth St Halifax, MA
781-293-8788

They also cater:

Bella's II Catering: http://bellas2catering.com/
Halifax - Directions: http://www.mapquest.com/maps?address=319+Plymouth+St&zipcode=02338
319 Plymouth St Halifax, MA
781-293-8788
Email: bellasitalianmarket@gmail.com

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Address: Pogos II
2107 Plymouth
East Bridgewater, MA 02333 USA

It was mentioned as a 'Hidden Jewel' on 'The Phantom Gourmet' show. http://forums.phantomgourmet.com/forums/shwmessage.aspx?forumid=1&messageid=187246

The food is well worth a trip.

Also, there is:

Address: Halifax Pizza & Sub Shop
416 Plymouth St
Halifax, MA 02338
Phone: (781) 293-9868

http://cityguides.local.yahoo.com/details?id=10219989&stx=&csz=Halifax+MA
http://www.merchantcircle.com/business/Halifax.Pizza.And.Sub.Shop.781-293-9868

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Dave's Diner

Address: 390 West Grove Street
Middleboro, MA 02346
Phone: (508) 923-4755

http://www.daves-diner.com

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Bee Hive Tavern

Address: 406 Route 6A
East Sandwich, MA
Phone: (508) 833-1184

http://gonewengland.about.com/library/users/ucbeehivetavern.htm

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GRILLE 58.

Address: 284 Monponsett Street
Halifax Mass 02338
Phone: (781) 293-6665

Directions: http://www.grille58.com/id2.html

http://www.grille58.com/

This message was edited Dec 13, 2010 6:25 PM
jkom51
Oakland, CA
(Zone 9b)

December 8, 2010
4:17 PM

Post #8250698

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:

CALIFORNIA:
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.

Sonoma/Sonoma Cty:
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.

This message was edited Feb 2, 2014 1:07 AM
dillansnana
Hemet, CA
(Zone 9b)

February 25, 2012
5:09 PM

Post #9019991

Souplantation is a winner!!!

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!
TwinLakesChef
OC, CA & Twin Lakes , IA
(Zone 4b)

June 5, 2012
8:13 AM

Post #9153096

I love HuHot


http://www.huhot.com/?gclid=CIPvrauxt7ACFQLktgods0D56Q

PhyllisJ
Johnson City, TN
(Zone 6b)

July 9, 2012
1:30 AM

Post #9198528

Carolina's Restaurant, 10 Exchange St, Charleston, SC

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.

http://www.carolinasrestaurant.com/v.php?pg=4
jkom51
Oakland, CA
(Zone 9b)

July 9, 2012
10:50 AM

Post #9199139

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.
gardenwife
Newark, OH
(Zone 5b)

January 18, 2013
8:49 AM

Post #9389119

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. :)

WillowWasp

WillowWasp
Jones Creek, TX
(Zone 9a)

May 24, 2014
5:01 PM

Post #9848185

I love Mexican food and the best place in the Lake Jackson, Freeport area is El Toro... food is the best and drinks are so so... best Drinks are across the street at El Jimador.

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