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Name your favorite restaurant

Runner

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This topic came up on another thread and I don't remember it being done before.

What's your favorite restaurant?

Mrs. Runner and I are quite partial to Pappadeaux in San Antonio.
 

donk

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My favourite restaurant is yet sing ( I think). It is a Hong Kong style bakery on Baldwin Street in TO. You can eat a mostly healthy lunch (vegetable buns, meat buns and custard tarts)and be stuffed for about $4. My other favorite is United Bakery. Not sure where it is exactly, they moved it used to be on Spadina near Kensington Market, now it is in Forest Hills.

Locally, we have no real good restaurants.
 

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Sadly, my favorite restaurant is no more....Vercellis in downtown Concord, NH....great local italian place that close up shop about 5 years ago.

I really don't have a real favorite anymore....closest would be the Weathervane, a nice small chain of seafood restaurants in New England (and a couple in New York if I remember correctly).
 
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NHPlanner said:
Sadly, my favorite restaurant is no more....Vercellis in downtown Concord, NH....great local italian place that close up shop about 5 years ago.

I really don't have a real favorite anymore....closest would be the Weathervane, a nice small chain of seafood restaurants in New England (and a couple in New York if I remember correctly).
hee! my sister used to work at our local Weathervane. the NY chain isn't doing well, and isn't nearly half as successful as their NE counterparts. and christ, did she ever reek after work.

i have to say, i'm not a big one for fancy dinners, i'm happiest going to the local diner and getting souvlaki on a pita with fries. that or friendly's! I love friendlys!
 

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Beth's in Seattle... a 24-hour greasy spoon run amok with punk and grunge types. They make the best biscuits and gravy on the planet... a sure hangover cure and a fun place to people watch (it's packed to the gills!) at 3 a.m.
 

SW MI Planner

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Hmmmm... I guess it depends on where I'm at and what I'm hungry for. I'm a VERY picky eater, so atmosphere counts big in my book.

Coldwater has a bunch of nothing, but the place I take people who visit is the Willows. A hole in the wall bar west of town that has the best burgers, and 32 oz beer for $2.

30 minutes northeast of here is Cascarelli's, which has the best pizza.

When visiting my sister in Marquette, it's Casa Calabria - very yummy italian food.

Chain restaurant - Olive Garden, hands down.
 

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SW MI Planner said:
Chain restaurant - Olive Garden, hands down.
Olive Garden is a chain? Judging by the commercials I thought it was run by a nice old Grandma from Sicily.

The Border in Cambridge is a great Mexican place. Legal Seafood is always good.
 

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I don't know if its still there, but I'd have to say Chez Bananas in downtown Minneapolis. Wicked jerk chicken and black beans.

Otherwise:

Sauce, Milwaukee
Al Dente, Boston's north end
K Pauls, New Orleans
 

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SW MI Planner said:
Chain restaurant - Olive Garden, hands down.
After being inundated (sp) for years by Olive Garden ads we went when we were in SC last year, I was disappointed. My husband and I have this rule that we never order the same thing but everything we ordered tasted the same.

We also went to Macaroni Grill and I really liked that.

Around here my favorites come in a few of categories:

formal - acton's grill in Wolfville, NS
quick (but not 'fast') - Kin Doh - vietnamese in Halifax
fish - hands down has to be this greasy hole in the wall in Dartmouth called John's Lunch but oh the fish is sooo goooood

In Toronto there is a club where each week they go to a different restaurant and choose from the yellow pages, alphabetically. I think we are going have start doing this because we always end up at the same places.
 

Tranplanner

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Very tough question - my wife and I eat at a lot of different restaurants, and to pick just one would be hard.

All in Toronto, unless noted:

Japanese - Zen
Greek - Omonia
Thai - Bangkok Garden
Italian - Il Fornello
Steakhouse - The Old Scott House
Vietnamese - Pho King (say that three times fast!)
Indian - Bombay Palace
Seafood - Five Fishermen in Halifax was great - as was one right on the harbour, which I cant' recall the name of.
Chinese - Ruby (Dim Sum place)
 

jmf

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Tranplanner said:
Seafood - Five Fishermen in Halifax was great - as was one right on the harbour, which I cant' recall the name of.
That would probably be Salty's. Interesting I have never had a good meal there but my husband goes there for work from time to time and loves it.

A couple of years ago after a string of bad meals (and/or bad service) throughout the province, I actually was working on the general rule of thumb that if you could see the water from the restaurant the meal was going to be BAD. I am not sure if I am over that yet.
 

PlannerGirl

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Atlanta-Nava in Buckhead
Greensboro-Equinox
DC-Palos for dinner Kramers Books for after dinner drinks
Orlando-Margarittaville, love to watch folks do silly dances to the songs
Baltimore-anything in Italian section of town
NYC-nouvelle Justine, ok the food sucks but where else can i wear a corset/latex and fit right in for dinner?
 

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When I just want a nice casual inexpensive restaurant, Harrys Bar and Grille in Milwaukee is tops on my list. Great beer selection and excellent food.

For nice restaurants in Milwaukee, I would say its a tossup between Cempazuchi (regional Mexican), and Carini's La Conca D'Oro, a great Sicilian restaurant.

The best restaurant I have ever eaten at was Aureole, at Mandalay Bay in Vegas.
 
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There's so many to choose from in New Orleans, I don't think I have one particular restaurant in mind.
 

Tranplanner

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jmf said:


That would probably be Salty's. Interesting I have never had a good meal there but my husband goes there for work from time to time and loves it.
I don't think it was Salty's - though we went there too, and the Chowder was good. It's also where I was introduced to Garrison Nut Brown....sigh. When are you coming to T.O. with my beer?

The place I was actually thinking of is a little more upscale than Salty's - it was on the second floor of an old warehouse...closer to the casino. Right beside the ice cream place (I think?). Damned if I can remember the name though.
 

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bturk said:
I don't know if its still there, but I'd have to say Chez Bananas in downtown Minneapolis. Wicked jerk chicken and black beans.

Otherwise:

Sauce, Milwaukee
Al Dente, Boston's north end
K Pauls, New Orleans
Hey bturk, have you been to "Tess" on Milwaukee's east side yet? The old chef from Sauce opened his reataurant in the fall and it is phenomonal.
 

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I really liked to eat at Hyde Park Grill in Austin. For chain restaurants I like Carrabbas. ZTejas, and Flemmings.. oh, and my favorite of faves- Hooters.
 

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Like a lot of people, its a mood and budget thing.

Mexican-The east just doesn't have Mexican food like California. Tamazula Tortilla Factory wins hands down-although a regional chain called Chipotle is pretty good.

Local (My County):

1. Old Post Office Grill. San Francisco quality food two blocks from my apartment! Cool WPA-style murals, and really nice people.

2. Golden Thailand- no atmosphere, but the owner is always really nice to me (comped ice teas and deserts, etc), and her food is as fantastic in its own way as Old Post Office. Salmon in Red Curry with Thai Pumpkin-Yum.

Fancy

1. One Market - My sister's favorite restaurant. Fantastic space and just bring delicious American food.

2. Bizou-Great Mediterranean food-and there's always plenty of parking (especially now, in 50% vacant South of Market!)

3. Pastificiero (sp) Phoenix in Berkeley- Great pasta and baked goods and the world's best olive bread.

4. City Treasures in Sacramento.
 

jmf

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Tranplanner said:


I don't think it was Salty's - though we went there too, and the Chowder was good. It's also where I was introduced to Garrison Nut Brown....sigh. When are you coming to T.O. with my beer?

The place I was actually thinking of is a little more upscale than Salty's - it was on the second floor of an old warehouse...closer to the casino. Right beside the ice cream place (I think?). Damned if I can remember the name though.
Was it the Upper Deck? Above the famous Lower Deck pub?

Your beer...I need to call about flights I am thinking end of March or beginning of April. But I haven't forgotten. I am also definitely driving up at the and of May.
 

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central kansas

If you are ever in central Kansas, you should check out my two favorites if you also crave the unhealthy stuff:

Abilene (just off I-70): The Brookville Hotel, great fried chicken. The original hotel in Brookville is a historical site, Buffalo Bill or Wild Bill once stayed there;

Smolan (3 miles southwest of Salina): The Hickory Tree, great barbeque. This was school until the 1950s, the gym is the main dining room while some of the classrooms can be reserved for private parties. For my wedding we had our rehersal dinner here.
 

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Ok in my neck of the woods, my best bets are

Honey Creek Inn in Cannonsburg

Aries Cafe and across the street The London Grill in Plainwell

Carrabba's in Grandville

pity i have only eaten out at the Grattan Bar recently. Typical saloon fare, good but not outstanding.
 

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Now that I've thought about this more:

Biba's (Sacramento)
Pescados (Sacramento)
Mon Grenier (Los Angeles.. although it may not be there anymore)
Ivar's Salmon House (Seattle)
The Mustard Seed (Davis)
La piccolo arancia (Rome)
Typhoon! (Portland)
Solley's Deli (Los Angeles)
Clay's Smokehouse Grill (Portland)
Kobe (Edmonton)
Syrtaki (Edmonton)
 

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jtfortin said:

Hey bturk, have you been to "Tess" on Milwaukee's east side yet? The old chef from Sauce opened his reataurant in the fall and it is phenomonal.
It's on my to-get-to list. I just finally got to Onyx the other week. Highly recommended.
 

Tranplanner

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jmf said:


Was it the Upper Deck? Above the famous Lower Deck pub?

Your beer...I need to call about flights I am thinking end of March or beginning of April. But I haven't forgotten. I am also definitely driving up at the and of May.
I thought it had a fancier name than that, but that could have been it...

Woohoo! Beer run!
 

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More kids than money these days, but:

TGIFridays - something for everybody, but too noisy

A local place - Ride and Hunt Club (no one is there for riding or hunting, unless you count the evenagelist biker group I see there). Good steaks.

Southern Kitchen - Newmarket, Virginia. Classic 50's architecture (my guess), good southern food, excellent peanut soup.

I wish I could find a good Greek restaurant around here.
 

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kms said:
I wish I could find a good Greek restaurant around here.
Mmmm... Greek. Halifax has one of the highest greek populations in Canada per capita so we have lots of Greek restaurants, my current favortie is Opa.
 

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Missed going to OPA on the weekend, went drinking instead (beer with young attractive students vs dinner with people old enought to be my parents not a tough decision).

I too will probably be in Toronto this spring on a leasat one occasion and probably 2 times If I come up I'll organiz for beer.
 

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Torung -Hollywierd
Long Life Veggie House -Bezerkeley
Royal House of Thai -San DIego
Passage to India (provided the owners are workig)- Encinitas

There is an amazing steak house in San Diego- I can't remember.

Escape From Manhattan Pizza -San Francisco
 

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Planderella said:
There's so many to choose from in New Orleans, I don't think I have one particular restaurant in mind.
I will always have a soft spot for Gallatoires. Back when I was 9, my family went there, and all I wanted was a hamburger, which of course they didn't have. So then I wanted coffee ice cream, my favorite food (still is!). The waiter smiled and took the order, and it appeared very shortly. My parents found out afterwards that the restaurant sent an employee down the street to a supermarket to get the ice cream, so I wouldn't be disappointed. We have been back several times over the years and always enjoyed it.

Anyway, my absolute favorite was torn down several years ago, Ronnie's in Orlando. It was an enormous deli-type place with the best omelets ever.

Out of what's left, I'll choose Steak n Shake, since I've been eating there forever. It's a nostalgia thing.
 
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