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Issun
01-26-2010, 02:27 PM
So, I had this idea of people from TT talking up their favorite restaurants in their area, so we have an idea of where to eat when traveling. I'll compile them here on the front page (I'll try to update it at least every other day, if not more often), so the only information I'll need is the name of the Restaurant, city, and type of food. I'll assume you think it's good, since why bring it up otherwise? I think this could become a pretty great list. I'm going to start without a rating system, but if the general consensus is for one, I'm sure we can figure one out.

California

Belmont/Bel-Mateo border
New Kwok Wah - Chinese (bdazzld)

Berkley
Ajanta - Indian (IssunBug)
Ici's - Ice Cream (Calorie Mate)
Zachary's Pizza - Pan Pizza (Calorie Mate)
Chez Panisse - New American (Destro713)

Chino
Casa Sanchez - Mexican (Shinji-Fox)

Claremont/Rancho Cucamonga
Kick Back Jack's - American (Shinji-Fox)

Fresno
Batter Up - Pancakes (Tomm Guycot)

Fullerton
Anita's - New Mexico-style Mexican food (Tomm Guycot)

Los Angeles
Chano's - Mexican (Lumber Baron)
Ma Daong Sae - Korean (Lumber Baron)
Roscoe's House of Chicken and Waffles - Fried Chicken/Breakfast (Lumber Baron)
Santouka - Ramen (Lumber Baron)
Nyala - Ethiopian (Lumber Baron)
Haru Ulala - Japanese/Izakaya (Lumber Baron)
Jitlada - Thai (Lumber Baron)
Gaja - Japanese/Okonomiyaki (Lumber Baron)
Swingers - Diner (Lumber Baron)
Canter's - Deli (Lumber Baron)
Philippe - Sandwiches (Lumber Baron)
Ground Zero - Coffee (Lumber Baron)
Mongols - Mongolian BBQ (Violent Vixen)
Tamale Man - Tamales (Plastic Machine)
Cook's Tortas - Tortas (Plastic Machine)
La Parilla - Mexican (Plastic Machine)

Millbrae
The Milbrae Pancake House - Diner/Breakfast (bdazzld)

Oakland
Spices 3 - Chinese/Szechuan (taosterman)
Bakesale Betty - Bakery/Sandwiches (taosterman)
El Ojo de Agua - Taco Truck (taosterman)
Barclay's Pub - Pub food and beer (Destro713)

Orange County
Kappo Honda - Japanese/Izakaya (Mopinks)
Casa Franco - Mexican (Shinji-Fox)
New York Deli Case - Sandwiches/Deli (Tomm Guycot)
Sushi Plantation - Sushi (Tomm Guycot)

Redwood City
Bangkok Bay - Thai (bdazzld)
Suraj - Indian (bdazzld)

San Francisco
Greens - Vegetarian (Zef)
Rosamunde Sausage Grill - Sausage (Destro713)
Farm:Table - Local/organic brunch (Destro713)
Tartine - Baked goods, breakfast (Destro713)
Isobune Sushi - Sushi (blitzchamp)

Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz Diner - Cheap Eats (MarsDragon)
Taqueria Santa Cruz‎ - Mexican (MarsDragon)
The Parish Publick House - Pub Food/Sandwiches (MarsDragon)
Aqua Bleu - Upscale (MarsDragon)
Chocolat - Chocolate (MarsDragon)
Joe's Pizza and Subs - Pizza/Sub Sandwiches (MarsDragon)
Tacos Morenos - Mexican (MarsDragon)
The Owl's Nest - Burgers (MarsDragon)

Torrance
Shinsengumi - Japanese Cuisine (Tomm Guycot)

Universal City
Miceli's - Italian (Tomm Guycot)

Florida

Tampa
I Ai Susi - Sushi/Authentic Japanese (blitzchamp)
Ploy Thai - Thai (blitzchamp)
The Rack - Sushi/Bar Food (blitzchamp)
The Taco Bus - Mexican (blitzchamp)
Yummy House - Chinese (blitzchamp)

Georgia

Decatur
Brick Store Pub - Beer & Eats (nbip)

Illinois

Chicago
Cafecito - Cuban-American cafe (Destro713)
Pizzeria Uno & Pizzeria Due - Deep dish pizza (Destro713)
Spacca Napoli - Italian pizza (Destro713)
Hopleaf Bar - New American and beer (Destro713)
Kuma's Corner - Best burgers in life plus beer (Destro713)
The Grafton - Irish pub (Destro713)
Sabai Dee - Lao (Destro713)
Hoanh Long - Vietnamese (Destro713)
Tank Noodle - Vietnamese (Destro713)
Sun Wah BBQ - Chinese (Destro713)
Shui Wah - Dim sum (Destro713)
San Soo Gab San - Korean BBQ (Destro713)
Dorado - Mexican-French (Destro713)
Los Nopales - Mexican (Destro713)
Rosded - Thai (Destro713)
Smak Tak - Polish (Destro713)
Opart - Thai (Destro713)
Swedish Bakery - Pastries (Destro713)
A Taste Of Heaven - New American (Destro713)
Southport Grocery - New American (Destro713)
Over Easy - New American (Destro713)
Smoque - BBQ (Destro713)
Austrian Bakery - Austrian deli food and bread (Destro713)
Hot Doug's - Sausages (Destro713)
Glenn's Diner - Fish (Destro713)
Sunshine Cafe - Homestyle Japanese (Destro713)
Hama Matsu - Japanese (Destro713)
Tank Sushi - Sushi (Destro713)
Nhu Lan Bakery - Vietnamese sandwiches (Destro713)
Couscous Restaurant - Maghrebi (Destro713)
Hannah's Bretzel - Fancy sandwiches (Destro713)
Uru-Swati - Indian (Destro713)
Hema's Kitchen - Indian (Destro713)

Kansas

Kansas City
Papa Bob's BBQ - Barbeque (TheSL)

Michigan

Flint
Cantonese Gourmet East - Chinese (Kyven)

Grand Blanc
Bangkok Peppers - Thai (Kyven)

Minnesota

Minneapolis
True Thai - Thai (estragon)
Pizza Luce - Pizza (estragon)

Missouri

St. Louis
Pappy's Smokehouse - BBQ (Destro713)

New Jersey

Blackwood
Antonino's Pizza - Pizza (ASandoval)
Pizza Stop - Pizza (ASandoval)
Not Just Pizza - Pizza (ASandoval)
Gallery Pizza - Pizza (ASandoval)
Tony Sopprano's Pizza - Pizza (ASandoval)

Bridgeton
Big John's Pizza - Pizza (ASandoval)
Hopewell Sub & Pizza Pizza & Sub Sandwiches (ASandoval)

Cedarville
Dino's Pizza - Pizza (ASandoval)

New York

New York City
Manhattan
Luzzo's - Italian pizza (Destro713)
Indus Valley - Indian (Destro713)
Zoma - Ethiopian (Destro713)

North Carolina

Ayden
Skylight Inn - BBQ (Grant)

Dudley
La Cuata - Mexican (Grant)

New Bern
Tryon Palace Seafood - Local Seafood (Grant)

Wilson
El Mexicanito - Tacos (Grant)

Virginia

Arlington
Thai Siam - Authentic Thai (Grant)

Washington

Mill Creek
Thai Bistro - Thai (IssunBug)

Port Townsend
Waterfront Pizza - Pizza (liquid)

Seattle
The Crepe Cafe - Crepes (Ruik)
Ballard Brothers - Burgers and Fish (IssunBug)
El Ranchon - Tex Mex (IssunBug)
La Carta de Oaxaca - (Ruik)
Mama's - Mexican (IssunBug)
Pagliaci - Pizza (IssunBug)
Pandasia - Pan-Asian (IssunBug)
Sam's Sushi - Sushi (Ruik)
T.S. McHugh's - Irish/English Style (IssunBug)
Baguette Box (Mazian)
Machiavelli's - Italian (Mazian)
Samurai Noodle - Noodles (Mazian)
Szechuan Noodle Bowl - Noodles (Mazian)

Ontario

Toronto
Auberge du Pommier - French (Sven)
Salad King - Cheap Food (Sven)
Ethiopian House - Ethiopian (Sven)


Japan

Kamakura
Sea Castle - German (MarsDragon)

Mexico

Mexico City and greater metropolitan area
La Valentina - Mexican (Zef)
Los Almendros - Yucatecan (Zef)
Mezzanotte - Italian (Zef)
Barrio Tinto - Argentinian/International (Zef)
Kelly Burger - Burgers (Zef)
Mazurka - Polish/German (Zef)
Bellinni - Italian/French/International (Zef)
Meridiem and El Lago - Internatioal (Zef)
Miyako, Miyajima and Suntory - Various Japanese (Zef)
Deigo, Nagaoka - Traditional Japanese (Zef)
Beer Hall - American Cuisine (Zef)
California Pizza Kitchen La Cúspide - Pizza (Zef)

Veracruz and Boca Del Río
Pardiños - Seafood (Zef)
El Café de la Parroquia - Veracruzano (Zef)
Los Arcos - Mexican/International (Zef)
Las Anitas - Home Style Mexican (Zef)

Scotland

Glasgow
Cafe Andaluz - Tapas (nbip)
Best Kebab - Drunk Food (nbip)

Issun
01-26-2010, 02:30 PM
I especially want to mention a couple of things about Ballard Brothers and T.S McHugh's. BB: They have a cajun blackened salmon sandwich that is one of the best things ever. As for T.S., the meat pies are the way to go. One of those and a black & tan? Greatness.

Also, should I link to google maps on these?

DemoWeasel
01-26-2010, 02:32 PM
Mission Viejo has this super-good Mexican place I live right around the corner from called Casa Franco.

Their Pollo Asado is aces.

ASandoval
01-26-2010, 02:38 PM
I'm putting out a request to the Bay area people to list some places so I can go on food adventures in a month.

TheSL
01-26-2010, 02:56 PM
Kansas City
Papa Bob's BBQ - Barbeque

It may not be as well known as some of Kansas City's other barbeque restaurants, but that doesn't mean the food is somehow inferior. If you're in the mood for an impossible Man vs Food style challenge go for their Ultimate Destoryer:

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c74/TheSL/ultimatedestroyer-small.jpg

I only got through like 1/3 of that thing and still felt bloated for like 3 days straight.

Issun
01-26-2010, 03:09 PM
I love that they have a hot sauce named "H2 OMG". My favorite hot sauce name is still "Pete's F*** Off and Die Sauce", but that's a close second.

Ruik
01-26-2010, 03:30 PM
Seattle:

La Carta de Oaxaca - One of the best Mexican restaurants I've ever eaten at, and I grew up in New Mexico. It's also the only good Mexican place I've found here so far; I'm going to have to try out some of the Mexican places you recommended.

The Crepe Cafe - I think they have sandwiches or something too. I wouldn't know because if you go here and don't order a crepe, you're doing it wrong.

Sam's Sushi - High quality to cost ratio. The fiancee and I eat here fairly often.

Kyven
01-26-2010, 03:56 PM
Grand Blanc, MI
Bangkok Peppers - Thai

Flint, MI
Cantonese Gourmet East - Chinese

Ethan
01-26-2010, 04:15 PM
Chicago:

Cafecito - Cuban-American cafe
Pizzeria Uno & Pizzeria Due - Deep dish pizza
Spacca Napoli - Italian pizza
Hopleaf Bar - New American and beer
Kuma's Corner - Best burgers in life plus beer
The Grafton - Irish pub
Sabai Dee - Lao
Hoanh Long - Vietnamese
Tank Noodle - Vietnamese
Sun Wah BBQ - Chinese
Shui Wah - Dim sum
San Soo Gab San - Korean BBQ
Dorado - Mexican-French
Los Nopales - Mexican
Rosded - Thai
Smak Tak - Polish
Opart - Thai
Swedish Bakery - Pastries
A Taste Of Heaven - New American
Southport Grocery - New American
Over Easy - New American
Smoque - BBQ
Austrian Bakery - Austrian deli food and bread
Hot Doug's - Sausages
Glenn's Diner - Fish
Sunshine Cafe - Homestyle Japanese
Hama Matsu - Japanese
Tank Sushi - Sushi
Nhu Lan Bakery - Vietnamese sandwiches
Couscous Restaurant - Maghrebi
Hannah's Bretzel - Fancy sandwiches

I could keep going.

Edit: and I have kept going.

Lumber Baron
01-26-2010, 04:22 PM
This seems like the sort of thing a Wiki would be useful for. The restaurants could be grouped by city or type and each would have its own page with description, map, and recommended menu items.

Los Angeles:

Chano's (http://maps.google.com/maps?q=Madaongsae+Korean+BBQ&ie=UTF8&hl=en&hq=Madaongsae+Korean+BBQ&hnear=Bend,+OR&radius=15000&ll=34.024974,-118.277843&spn=0,359.98071&z=16&layer=c&cbll=34.024909,-118.278087&panoid=M0PW6ZoQrSv5FbBjv5rpFw&cbp=12,135.84,,0,2.4) (Mexican) - Cheap burritos that are oh so good.
Ma Daong Sae (http://maps.google.com/maps?rlz=1C1GGLS_enUS291US303&sourceid=chrome&q=Madaongsae%20Korean%20BBQ&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&hl=en&tab=wl) (Korean) - It's Koreatown, so you would walk into any of the BBQ joints on every block, but the price an quality here keeps me coming back.
Roscoe's House of Chicken and Waffles (http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=roscoe's&sll=34.047424,-118.343772&sspn=0.005227,0.009645&ie=UTF8&radius=0.28&rq=1&ev=zi&hq=roscoe's&hnear=&ll=34.047761,-118.346111&spn=0,359.990355&z=17&layer=c&cbll=34.047768,-118.346249&panoid=id1mt4rSoboouFQaUhZwRg&cbp=12,173.53,,0,5.3) (Fried Chicken/Breakfast) - Eating and Roscoe's is a revelation. Get the sunrise when you're there.
Santouka (http://maps.google.com/maps?ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=1565+NE+Butler+Market+Rd,+Bend,+Deschutes,+O regon+97701&ll=34.004071,-118.432971&spn=0,359.995177&z=18&layer=c&cbll=34.004008,-118.433092&panoid=uCG9Jb9eMJY-p12b2yn1Qw&cbp=12,333.78,,0,1.2) (Ramen) - Best ramen I've had in my life.
Nyala (http://maps.google.com/maps?ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=1565+NE+Butler+Market+Rd,+Bend,+Deschutes,+O regon+97701&ll=34.056057,-118.364653&spn=0,359.997589&z=19&layer=c&cbll=34.056137,-118.364761&panoid=Uv3ZUjjNGXiq-LUDF-u_4Q&cbp=12,142.92,,0,-1.31) (Ethiopian) - Great place with fluffy injera and wonderfully spiced vegetarian and meat dishes. It's little Ethiopia, so there's plenty of competition around, but it's so good I don't wander.
Haru Ulala (http://maps.google.com/maps?ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=1565+NE+Butler+Market+Rd,+Bend,+Deschutes,+O regon+97701&ll=34.047987,-118.239717&spn=0,359.961419&z=15&layer=c&cbll=34.047925,-118.239626&panoid=mywWKbDeuewhull3uat4nQ&cbp=12,250.5,,0,-2.8) (Japanese/Izakaya) - My favorite place in Little Tokyo.
Jitlada (http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=Jitlada+Thai+Restaurant&sll=34.100754,-118.296361&sspn=0.020149,0.038581&ie=UTF8&hq=Jitlada+Thai+Restaurant&hnear=&ll=34.098128,-118.304214&spn=0,359.995177&z=18&layer=c&cbll=34.098126,-118.304116&panoid=rgjwV_TiECAkLONcH5SCHg&cbp=12,7.2,,0,-3.11) (Thai) - Extensive quasi-hidden menu that goes off the beaten path of Thai fair in America.
Gaja (http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=gaja+japanese+restaurant&sll=33.953613,-118.314514&sspn=0.641325,1.234589&ie=UTF8&hq=gaja+japanese+restaurant&hnear=&ll=33.804661,-118.325061&spn=0,359.997589&z=19&layer=c&cbll=33.804661,-118.325061&panoid=0kmb3kQa7YNPD24QKC5SFg&cbp=12,59.43,,0,5.2) (Japanese/Okonomiyaki) - It's rare enough to find a place that even serves Okonomiyaki in America, let alone exclusively and so well.
Swingers (http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=swingers&sll=33.804661,-118.325061&sspn=0.001264,0.002411&ie=UTF8&hq=swingers&hnear=&ll=34.076043,-118.364409&spn=0,359.997589&z=19&layer=c&cbll=34.076062,-118.364762&panoid=Uhl9tOMyVRr_8Xn1j2omZQ&cbp=12,136.7,,0,0.29) (Diner) - So hip it hurts, but the taste is undeniable and it's a fantastic hang-out spot.
Canter's (http://maps.google.com/maps?ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=1565+NE+Butler+Market+Rd,+Bend,+Deschutes,+O regon+97701&ll=34.079327,-118.361372&spn=0,359.995177&z=18&layer=c&cbll=34.078635,-118.361434&panoid=yNDuV91vRQdz9rV9Y7U03g&cbp=12,321.72,,0,-8.72) (Deli) - The LA Original gets some love. Their sandwiches fill you up right.
Philippe (http://maps.google.com/maps?ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=1565+NE+Butler+Market+Rd,+Bend,+Deschutes,+O regon+97701&ll=34.059468,-118.236827&spn=0,359.990355&z=17&layer=c&cbll=34.059528,-118.237008&panoid=2M6Tpck-KZanwlBhaF4Buw&cbp=12,25.36,,0,-6.01) (Sandwiches) - Ditto for this sandwich shop, a brisk walk from Union Station.
Ground Zero (Coffee) - Now that Portland's Coffee People is a shell of its former self, regulated solely to the airport, this coffee shop on the USC campus is home to my favorite milkshakes.

More cities later.

benjibot
01-26-2010, 04:25 PM
Double that on Kuma's. To just say it's a burger place isn't really doing it credit. Everyone who hasn't been is missing out.

Ethan
01-26-2010, 04:26 PM
I fixed the listing.

Dadgum Roi
01-26-2010, 04:56 PM
This seems like the sort of thing a Wiki would be useful for.

Honestly, places like Chowhound have this topic pretty well covered.

Calorie Mate
01-26-2010, 05:00 PM
Berkeley, CA
Zachary's Pizza is the best thick, pan/Chicago style pizza ever, including Chicago.
Ici's has ice cream to die for. Oh my god.


More later, I just wanted to beat Shivam to it. ;)

Zef
01-26-2010, 05:04 PM
San Francisco, CA
Greens is a very nice, upscale vegetarian restaurant no meat-eater would regret visiting. Reservations recommended.

More later, I just wanted to beat Shivam to it. ;)

EDIT: How inclined are we towards non-US cities?

Dadgum Roi
01-26-2010, 05:06 PM
EDIT: How inclined are we towards non-US cities?

I'd love to hear your local favorites.

Tomm Guycot
01-26-2010, 05:41 PM
Mission Viejo -
New York Deli Case: sandwich shop / deli owned by a guy named Mike. Top notch ingredients and good atmosphere if you enjoy a Jersey guy yelling at newbs who don't know how to order their sandwich.

Sushi Plantation: Yeah, ignore the name. Great sushi for reasonable prices and it's ridiculously fresh - owner goes to LA Harbor each morning, so if it didn't look good that morning, it won't be on the menu.

Fullerton -
Anita's: New Mexico-style Mexican food. Chilis in everything. So very good, and the only place in the area where you can get sopaipillas.

Torrance -
Shinsengumi: There are a number of locations and each one specializes in one aspect of Japanese cuisine (Ramen, Shabu Shabu, Yakitori, etc). All of them are fantastic. The Shabu is my favorite (best ponzu ever?) but my friends all swear by the ramen. It is pork-based though, which I don't prefer.

Universal City -
Miceli's: Fantastic Italian food. My parents went here on dates in high school. The Beatles used to go here. Waitstaff sings on the weekends (they are all off-season play actors, etc). Great atmosphere and even better food. The best rolls/red sauce/salad dressing you will find.

Tokyo, Shinjuku -
That Ramen Place I always talk about: best ramen in the world.

taosterman
01-26-2010, 06:09 PM
Oakland, CA (if you're in the Bay Area and don't mind spending time in the Outer Boroughs):

Spices 3 - Amazing Szechuan food with terrific presentation and mediocre service. Never full and great for large groups. Spices 1 and 2 are located about a block from each other in SF's Richmond district, but neither compares to the third installment.
Bakesale Betty - Famous locally for their fried chicken/slaw sandwich. A bit bougey and there's always a line, but it moves really quickly and they're big on handing out free pastries when the urge hits them.
El Ojo de Agua - Taco truck in the Fruitvale district. Notable primarily because a "super" burrito usually means "with sour cream and guacamole," but here it means "the size of your leg."

San Francisco, CA
Greens is a very nice, upscale vegetarian restaurant no meat-eater would regret visiting. Reservations recommended.

In that department, I would also recommend a vegan place called Millennium in the Tenderloin; I actually went there for the first time this weekend and it managed to beat out Greens.

Mazian
01-26-2010, 06:31 PM
Seattle: as previously discussed (http://www.gamespite.net/talkingtime/showpost.php?p=548827&postcount=34). I'll have to think up a few more before PAX '10.

Red Hedgehog
01-26-2010, 06:59 PM
Honestly, places like Chowhound have this topic pretty well covered.

Word. I mean, I could just list my favorite NYC restaurants, but... people can just use chowhound and yelp. And seriously, if you're going to a touristy place in NYC, please use some service to find a good restaurant/bar nearby. Anyone who vists to New York and eats at TGI Friday's, Applebee's, McDonald's, Sbarro's, etc. makes me so sad.

mopinks
01-26-2010, 07:08 PM
Haru Ulala (http://maps.google.com/maps?ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=1565+NE+Butler+Market+Rd,+Bend,+Deschutes,+O regon+97701&ll=34.047987,-118.239717&spn=0,359.961419&z=15&layer=c&cbll=34.047925,-118.239626&panoid=mywWKbDeuewhull3uat4nQ&cbp=12,250.5,,0,-2.8) (Japanese/Izakaya) - My favorite place in Little Tokyo.
I've walked by this place half a dozen times, but I'm always in Little Tokyo in the light of day so it's never open. IT MAKES ME SO SAD

best izakaya in Orange County: Kappo Honda (http://www.yelp.com/biz/kappo-honda-fountain-valley)
it's right down the street from my parents' house, which means I have spent more money there than I really care to think about.

there's also Honda Ya (http://www.yelp.com/biz/honda-ya-tustin) in Tustin, which I have not been to, but is probably pretty much the same!

Tomm Guycot
01-26-2010, 07:21 PM
I should also add, because my friend blogged about it:

Fresno -
Batter Up: Apparently they make pancakes with whatever you want inside. the possibilities are delicious!


I've never been there before, so I guess it's not TT approved, but... come on, the concept demands that we all go there if ever we have the misfortune of ending up in Fresno.

benjibot
01-26-2010, 08:39 PM
I fixed the listing.

That, and every burger is named for a metal band. The Def Leppard burger is a tad fruity.

Issun
01-26-2010, 08:40 PM
Well, chowhound and yelp are great, but the idea here is just, "Hey, you're going here? Here's some great places to eat." Suggestions from people you know are, in my opinion, worth more than exhaustive reviews. The front page list is just so people don't have to wade through posts if they don't want to.

Dadgum Roi
01-26-2010, 08:52 PM
Well, chowhound and yelp are great, but the idea here is just, "Hey, you're going here? Here's some great places to eat."

That's basically what Chowhound is. Sometimes annoyingly so, because there are usually more people looking for recs than trying out new places.

bdazzld
01-27-2010, 12:26 AM
Redwood City, CA

Bangkok Bay- Thai
Suraj- Indian

Millbrae, CA

The Milbrae Pancake House- Diner/Breakfast
(Swedish pancakes and the corned beef and hash and banana pancakes)

Belmont/Bel-Mateo border, CA
New Kwok Wah (sp)- Chinese
(been a few years but the dumplings and walnut prawns are awesome, the lemon chicken too)

Tomm Guycot
01-27-2010, 02:46 AM
FYI Mission Viejo is in Orange County, so we either need to combine those entries or place Kappo in "Fountain Valley" instead.

liquid
01-27-2010, 03:53 AM
Port Townsend, WA
Waterfront Pizza

The best pizza ever made.

NevznachaY
01-27-2010, 05:58 AM
Um, do you need me in this thread?

Marfy
01-27-2010, 06:20 AM
Glasgow, Scotland
Cafe Andaluz - delicious tapas. They also had a selection of "meals for two" which looked fun for couples. It was reasonably priced, I think, but I've never been to a tapas restaurant before. My one complaint was that the bar was REALLY slow; we ended up being there about an extra 45 minutes just waiting for our drinks. We ordered, received and ate another round of tapas in that time (which was probably the point, but mm, so good).

Best Kebab - I'm drunk. I want some chips. Ooh, this place is open! Hey, this is actually pretty good! I haven't found a better late night drunk food place, and Best Kebab is certainly better than the next closest place; the chips at that place are more like potato wedges, and there is NEVER ENOUGH VINEGAR. So if you're ever drunk in Glasgow's city centre, go to Best Kebab!

Atlanta/Decatur, GA
Brick Store Pub (http://www.brickstorepub.com/home/) This place is off the square in Decatur, which is all of 10 minutes from downtown Atlanta, and is a 30 second walk from the Decatur MARTA station. A few years ago some national organization that isn't dubious at all named this place one of the top 5 beer bars in the country. Bullshit organization or not, the beer selection here is AMAZING. They let you sample as much as you want, and if your waiter can't recommend a beer they can usually find someone who will. There's a full bar with liquor and stuff if you, like, want that. The food is amazing as well, with a good range from "so hearty I can't even finish this beer" to light gyros and salads. And again, the price is very reasonable.

Ethan
01-27-2010, 06:47 AM
For the record, the order of best Chicago pizza I've had goes. 1. Uno/Due, 2. Zachary's. Zachary's nails almost everything right on, and they have access to some wonderful, fresh toppings due to being in NorCal, but the crust isn't right – and the crust is perhaps the most important part of a Chicago pizza. Their crust is more along the lines of the pizza at Giordano's, Chicago's, and other places that are considered second or third rung here. It's fine and bread-like. A real Ike Sewell pizza crust is coarse and pastry-like.

But I digress. Both are great pizza. Hard to diss either of them without splitting hairs.

Violentvixen
01-27-2010, 08:58 AM
Um, do you need me in this thread?

Yes! I want to know stuff like that!

Lumber missed an incredibly important Los Angeles one, which is Mongol's. FANTASTIC Mongolian BBQ, cheap, quick, filling, lots of options, lots of food and tasty. The trick when making the bowl is to surround the edge with broccoli, thereby making the bowl larger and allowing you to add more things.

I'll come back with Boulder/Bend stuff. I have to check the names of a few things.

Calorie Mate
01-27-2010, 09:51 AM
That, and every burger is named for a metal band. The Def Leppard burger is a tad fruity.

Sounds about right.

Both are great pizza. Hard to diss either of them without splitting hairs.

Totally. And while I give the nod to Zachary's, in general Chicago probably has the best pizza in the world and I love it there.

Zef
01-27-2010, 11:48 AM
Mexico City and greater metropolitan area
La Valentina: Mexican; there are two, the Masaryk location is quiet and intimate and has a nice terrace.
Los Almendros: Yucatecan (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yucat%C3%A1n). Funny thing, the original restaurant just outside Cancún is (or used to be, haven't been there in 15 years) a cheap and popular home-style eatery, but the Mexico City one is upscale and in a trendy commercial zone. Extremely good.
Mezzanotte: Italian. Slightly expensive due to the location, but dark and cozy and delicious.
Barrio Tinto: Argentinian/International. Excellent service, generous portions.
Kelly Burger: A burger shop as old as time itself, its only drawback is that it's nearly impossible to get to by car (it's right on the city's busiest avenue.) It's worth it.
Mazurka: Polish/German. It catered Pope John Paul II's (many) visits to the country. Its specialty is duck, and it's peerless in that regard.
Bellinni: Italian/French/International. Located at the top of the WTC tower, the restaurant revolves slowly to provide a view of the entire city. Very expensive, but it earns its cost.
Meridiem and El Lago: International. Opposite each other across the lake at Chapultepec park, with gorgeous views.
Miyako, Miyajima, Deigo, Nagaoka, and Suntory: Japanese restaurants from the mid-range to the ultra-expensive. Deigo and Nagaoka's cuisine is more traditional than the others'.
Beer Hall: American cuisine. Smallish place, but few people know about it so it's very comfortable.
California Pizza Kitchen La Cúspide: Pizza. So much better than its American counterpart you'd hardly believe it's the same franchise. The location at the La Cúspide shopping mall gives an amazing view of the city --"la cúspide" literally means "the summit," and the complex is placed on top of a hill overlooking the valley.


Veracruz and Boca Del Río
Pardiños: The seafood restaurant per excellence in the region. It's in the Boca Del Río municipality, just outside the city of Veracruz.
El Café de la Parroquia: Veracruzano. Extremely touristy, always filled to capacity, very "local-color."
Los Arcos: Often confused with the above and every bit as busy. Mexican/International. Located across the municipal park and facing City Hall.
Las Anitas: Home-style Mexican.

DemoWeasel
01-27-2010, 01:42 PM
Chino - Casa Sanchez (Mexican)

Claremont/Rancho Cucamonga - Kick Back Jack's (American, formerly B.C. Cafe)

MarsDragon
01-27-2010, 02:10 PM
Santa Cruz, CA

Santa Cruz Diner - Lots of different stuff, fairly cheap and good
Taqueria Santa Cruz‎ - Cheap, edible Mexican.
The Parish Publick House - Pub food. Their sandwiches are really good.
Aqua Bleu - Okay, but kind of upscale and expensive. (note: calibrated with student scale) The service I got was great, but my friend reported getting burned.
Chocolat - Also kind of expensive, but really good. Have mostly chocolate-based dishes, as well as really good hot chocolate.
Joe's Pizza and Subs - About what it sounds like. I've only been to the one on campus, they have good sandwiches.
Tacos Morenos - Mexican. Again, only been to the one on campus. Slightly more expensive but slightly better quality than Taqueria Santa Cruz.
The Owl's Nest - Burgers. Campus only, so it's incredibly overpriced. Probably the best actual dinner place on campus, and still cheaper than a dining hall. Avoid the sub place next door, they have awkward opening hours and aren't nearly as good as Joe's.

Kamakura, Japan

Sea Castle - German. Delicious if you get the urge for beer and potatoes in the middle of visiting Japan. May or may not be closed; it was run by my mom's childhood friend but I think she retired, so I don't know if anyone's carrying it on. If they are, check it out.

Ethan
01-27-2010, 02:57 PM
The lists for Bay Area cities are pretty short, so I'll add some of my own picks, even though I don't live there.

San Francisco:
Rosamunde Sausage Grill - Sausage
Farm:Table - Local/organic brunch
Tartine - Baked goods, breakfast



Berkeley:
Chez Panisse - New American
That One Indian Place Shivam Took Us To - Indian



Oakland:
Barclay's Pub - Pub food and beer

Zef
01-27-2010, 03:01 PM
Berkeley:
That One Indian Place Shivam Took Us To - Indian/Pakistani

...IIIRC.

Ethan
01-27-2010, 03:14 PM
And here are a few more from cities I don't live in.

St. Louis:
Pappy's Smokehouse - BBQ

Manhattan:
Luzzo's - Italian pizza
Indus Valley - Indian
Zoma - Ethiopian

And from my own city.

Chicago:
Uru-Swati - Indian
Hema's Kitchen - Indian

estragon
01-27-2010, 05:37 PM
I can't recommend True Thai in Minneapolis, MN enough. I recommend starting with the Green Curry or the Catfish Salad, although I've liked everything there I've ever tried. Also, after my trip to Thailand, I feel confident in saying that it's not only delicious but also much more authentic than I expected.

Pizza Luce is also a great Minneapolis gourmet pizza place. Everyone who isn't disgusted by the very concept should try the baked potato pizza, which is pizza with potatoes, broccoli, and bacon. It's amazing.

blitzchamp
01-27-2010, 06:30 PM
My favorite restaurants:

California

San Francisco:
-Isobune Sushi

Florida:

Tampa:
-I Ai Sushi. Sushi & Authentic/Cheap Japanese Food. Review (http://www.yelp.com/biz/i-ai-sushi-tampa#hrid:O4Jjpg2A_-UT6o5oVftzbA/src:self)
-Ploy Thai. Thai Cuisine.
-The Rack. Sushi & Bar Food.
-The Taco Bus. Mexican. Review (http://www.yelp.com/biz/el-taconazo-tampa#hrid:FYfeB80c9krX_FJq1t_9LQ/src:self)
-Yummy House. Chinese.

Plastic Machine
01-27-2010, 06:46 PM
I work in East LA so I thought I'd share for those who are brave/streetsmart enough to drive in the Boyle Heights area:

Tamale Man (http://www.tamaleman.com/) - Much better than Liliana's (http://www.yelp.com/biz/tamales-lilianas-los-angeles) which is also pretty popular in the area. I enjoy my tamale's more wet than dry since they hold up a lot better when you buy three pounds of tamales to gorge on at home. The pork tamales are the best though their cheese and beef ones aren't too shabby either. Try their dessert tamales!

Cook's Tortas (http://www.cookstortas.com/) - The Boutique Torta shack. If you want a torta with something else in it besides carne asada or carnitas, this is the place. I always order the La Diabla but this will probably ruin the dining experience of those without cast iron stomachs since you will poop fire.

La Parrilla (http://laparrillarestaurant.com/) - Easily my favorite place in East LA to have lunch. The place is quaint and clean. There's usually someone from Mariachi Mile wandering around to sing for you. As for the food, well I'd recommend just about anything but if you'd like something different try the mole enchiladas. They use mole negro on these so you should know what you're getting into!

As a warning. If you do not speak Spanish you could potentially have a miserable time of it at any of these restaurants. The good service I normally receive is not always a given since the wait staff might have only one or two people who speak English and some of them have been known to treat their Non-Spanish speaking customers like garbage. (I'm looking at you La Parrilla.)

Dadgum Roi
01-27-2010, 06:55 PM
North Carolina:

Skylight Inn, Ayden. Named best barbecue in the country by National Geographic, profiled in Gourmet, James Beard award winner. No heavy sauces, just a whole hog and some hardwood coals and a little vinegar and red pepper to finish it. Barbecue done as it was at the dawn of America.

La Cuata, Dudley. Relentlessly good home style Mexican- pozole, torta de huevo, birria de chivo, huevos tapatíos, mole casero y más...

Tryon Palace Seafood, New Bern. All fresh, local seafood, cooked traditionally. They will fry the whole fish for you so you can eat the head and tails. Softshell crab is unreal when in season. Essentially a Southern back yard fish fry that's open to the public.

Virginia:

Thai Siam, Arrington. Authentic, locally sourced/organic Thai food in a rural Southern setting. I only know of this by reputation, but from people I trust a great deal when it comes to food. Thai food cooked by a native Thai woman who grows/raises most of the ingredients herself and sources almost everything else locally. I know several people from DC and NYC that say this is the best Thai on the east coast, if not the country.

Dadgum Roi
01-27-2010, 07:12 PM
Bonus round!

I was trying to keep a short list, but this place is close to I-95, so one of you might actually try it some day!

El Mexicanito:, Wilson NC. Incredible, superlative tacos. All tortillas are hand-pressed from homemade masa, then perfectly griddled. Beautiful, wondrous corn flavor in every bite- everything that a corn bread should be. Then they fill them with tasty meats and richly complex salsas.

Matchstick
01-27-2010, 08:05 PM
Tryon Palace Seafood, New Bern. All fresh, local seafood, cooked traditionally. They will fry the whole fish for you so you can eat the head and tails. Softshell crab is unreal when in season. Essentially a Southern back yard fish fry that's open to the public.

My parents live in New Bern. I'll have to drag them here next time we're done there.

Thai Siam, Arrington. Authentic, locally sourced/organic Thai food in a rural Southern setting. I only know of this by reputation, but from people I trust a great deal when it comes to food. Thai food cooked by a native Thai woman who grows/raises most of the ingredients herself and sources almost everything else locally. I know several people from DC and NYC that say this is the best Thai on the east coast, if not the country.

That location should read "Arlington". I've never been there, but we'll have to check it out (although going to Arlington is kind of a pain in the ass).

Sven
01-27-2010, 08:36 PM
Favoutite restaurant in Toronto of mine - and it's held the title for a few years now - is Auberge du Pommier (http://www.oliverbonacini.com/aubergemovie.html) (although my favourite dish - Escargot two ways - is off the menu now that it's January), favourite cheap spot is the almighty Salad King, and my current exotic fave - that I can only go to when Kel's not around because she can't stand it - is the Ethiopian House at Yonge and College.

The city's in the middle of a Charcuterie trend right now, which is a step up from tapas but... no, thank you, I know people who make their own sausage, I'm not going to pay twenty bucks for a plate of stuff so limp-wristed I think you bought it from Costco. It's like when everyone and their mother slapped pesto on everything.

Red Hedgehog
01-27-2010, 10:05 PM
And here are a few more from cities I don't live in.

Manhattan:
Luzzo's - Italian pizza

Now I know that you're a good man. Of course, there are a half dozen other good pizza places in the neighborhood but it's probably the best Napoli-style (especially now that Una Pizza Napoletana is closed. Some people like Gruppo/Posto better, but they're wrong).

I'll be putting together my list of best places to eat in touristy areas of NYC (although really, this is New York - you should go out of your way for the good food).

Dadgum Roi
01-27-2010, 10:05 PM
That location should read "Arlington". I've never been there, but we'll have to check it out (although going to Arlington is kind of a pain in the ass).

No, it shouldn't. It's Arrington.

http://maps.google.com/maps/place?oe=utf-8&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a&um=1&ie=UTF-8&q=thai+siam+arrington+va&fb=1&gl=us&hq=thai+siam&hnear=arrington+va&cid=18205215081574737308

Matchstick
01-27-2010, 10:36 PM
No, it shouldn't. It's Arrington.

No wonder I've never heard of it. It's in the middle of nowhere. :p

Dadgum Roi
01-28-2010, 03:59 AM
My parents live in New Bern. I'll have to drag them here next time we're done there.


Forgot to mention this last night, but every place I mentioned(save for the Thai joint) would be on or very near your route to New Bern if you're coming down I95 from points north. US70 is the good eats corridor in NC.

ASandoval
01-28-2010, 02:29 PM
I guess I'll stick to my South Jersey routes and mention some of the better Pizza/Sub places I've eaten at.

Blackwood, NJ:

Antonino's Pizza
Pizza Stop
Not Just Pizza
Gallery Pizza
Tony Sopprano's Pizza

Bridgeton, NJ:

Big John's Pizza
Hopewell Sub & Pizza

Cedarville, NJ:

Dino's Pizza

Yes, This is more or less the only thing Jersey is known for other than diners. I'll be coming back with that list later.

Also: I typed SJ routes as opposed to "roots" by accident. I went to go change it before realizing its oddly clever.

liquid
02-02-2010, 02:18 AM
Tacoma, WA's Frisko Freeze looks horribly unsanitary and serves burgers that have more grease than meat. If you like love the feeling of arteries clogging (and what red-blooded American doesn't?), then you deserve a Frisko Freeze burger!

Balrog
02-05-2010, 12:32 PM
Not that anyone comes to Oklahoma but here goes:

Oklahoma City, OK:

Falcone's - Italian (awesome cannoli)
Hideaway - Pizza
Del Rancho - Worth going to just for the Steak Sandwich Supreme
Dot Wo - Chinese

Queen Possum
02-06-2010, 10:50 AM
Here's my not-so short list!:

North Carolina:
Edenton
Sean's - upscale
Waterman's - seafood

Kill Devil Hills
Carolina Seafood - seafood buffet

Manteo
Big Al's Soda Shop - burgers

Chapel Hill/Carrboro
Allen & Son - bbq
Elmo's - brunch
Elaine's - upscale
411 West - italian
The Yogurt Pump - frozen yogurt
Kurama - conveyor belt sushi
Pepper's Pizza - pizza
Jack Sprat Cafe - sandwiches and such

Durham
Cosmic Cantina - el cheapo mexican
Mad Hatter's - cafe food and bakery

Raleigh
Sushi Blues - sushi

South Carolina
Charleston
Hyman's - seafood

Georgia
Atlanta
The Vortex - burgers
Bangkok Thyme - thai and sushi
Six Feet Under - seafood
Little 5 Points Corner Tavern - bar & grill
Harry & Sons - thai, vietnamese, & sushi
The Mad Italian - italian

Marietta
The Marietta Pizza Company - pizza

Norcross
Ya Ny - vietnamese
Bento Cafe - taiwanese
Saigon Cafe - vietnamese

Tucker
Sangria's - mexican

Dunwoody
J. Christopher's - brunch

Tennessee
Nashville
The Pancake Pantry - brunch

I think that's it! I eat out way too much!

Kirin
02-06-2010, 02:29 PM
Claremont/Rancho Cucamonga - Kick Back Jack's (American, formerly B.C. Cafe)

Hey, you're near where I went to undergrad. I didn't get off campus a lot, though, so the only places I really remember enjoying were a Mongolian Barbecue joint on Foothill Blvd, and some Thai place I can't remember the actual name of.

Chapel Hill/Carrboro
Allen & Son - bbq
Elmo's - brunch
Elaine's - upscale
411 West - italian
The Yogurt Pump - frozen yogurt
Kurama - conveyor belt sushi
Pepper's Pizza - pizza
Jack Sprat Cafe - sandwiches and such

Durham
Cosmic Cantina - el cheapo mexican
Mad Hatter's - cafe food and bakery

This, of course, is my current neck of the woods. Most of those are good. You know there's a Cosmic branch right in the middle of CH too, right?

I particularly second Pepper's, their pizza is awesome.

Also good in Chapel Hill / Carrboro (NC):
- Tandoor Indian
- The Spotted Dog (various american, w/ interesting veg options)
- Panzanella (upscale-ish attached to local co-op market)

Hillsborough NC:
- Panciuto (Italian/Southern fusion, quite pricey, mostly locally-sourced ingredients, so worth it if you can swing it)
- Tupelo's (Cajun-ish. Sadly they discontinued their awesome Sunday brunch.)

DemoWeasel
02-06-2010, 03:21 PM
Hey, you're near where I went to undergrad. I didn't get off campus a lot, though, so the only places I really remember enjoying were a Mongolian Barbecue joint on Foothill Blvd, and some Thai place I can't remember the actual name of.

Well, I don't actually live there =P

We used to live nearby, though!

Queen Possum
02-06-2010, 05:44 PM
This, of course, is my current neck of the woods. Most of those are good. You know there's a Cosmic branch right in the middle of CH too, right?

Oh, I'm all too aware. I ate there way too much in undergrad. But the one in Durham is WAY better.

- The Spotted Dog (various american, w/ interesting veg options)

I almost put this, but I never ate there enough to form a strong opinion. Same with Acme and Tyler's.

Kirin
02-07-2010, 01:08 PM
I almost put this, but I never ate there enough to form a strong opinion. Same with Acme and Tyler's.

I adore Spotted Dog's spinach dip, and I don't even like spinach! And their other stuff is usually interesting and delicious as well. Plus they have a good beer selection.

I don't think I've eaten at Acme's, and at Tyler's I've only had appetizers and beer. I'm excited about getting to spend more time in the bars/pubs now that the indoor smoking ban has gone into effect, though!

Queen Possum
02-07-2010, 09:58 PM
I don't think I've eaten at Acme's, and at Tyler's I've only had appetizers and beer. I'm excited about getting to spend more time in the bars/pubs now that the indoor smoking ban has gone into effect, though!

IIRC, Acme has a pretty good brunch - I've only been once, but some townie friends of mine would go almost every weekend.

Dadgum Roi
02-08-2010, 05:32 AM
Re: Kurama:

I don't know if they're related, but there's a Kurama in Durham that has a secret, authentic Japanese menu. A Japanese guy in my old neighborhood said that's where all of the Japanese around here go for a fix. Apparently they can be talked into serving gaijin off this menu if you are persistent and do not come off like Ma and/or Pa Kettle.

Kirin
02-08-2010, 07:26 AM
Yeah, the Kurama just of Franklin Street is "Kurama Express", and I'm pretty sure they're a spin-off of the bigger Durham Kurama. Interesting about the secret menu.

Reminds me of the Mongolian Barbecue place (I think this was also one in Durham, down Ninth Street a bit) where officially the sauce had a heat scale from 1 to 10... but that's just the "white folks" scale, and it actually goes to 20 if you ask. A friend of mine (who's insane) would get about 16-18.

Dadgum Roi
02-08-2010, 08:49 AM
the "white folks" scale,

I fucking hate that. When I get Thai or Indian, I order "very spicy" every time, and yet the spice level is all over the map. That's a big part of why I like going to little taquerias and fondas and shit- most of them have such a small non-Hispanic clientele that they don't have any choice but to serve you what everyone else is getting.

Queen Possum
02-08-2010, 10:01 AM
Yeah, the Kurama just of Franklin Street is "Kurama Express", and I'm pretty sure they're a spin-off of the bigger Durham Kurama. Interesting about the secret menu.

Reminds me of the Mongolian Barbecue place (I think this was also one in Durham, down Ninth Street a bit) where officially the sauce had a heat scale from 1 to 10... but that's just the "white folks" scale, and it actually goes to 20 if you ask. A friend of mine (who's insane) would get about 16-18.

Oh my god, yes, I remember that place. I only ate there once and I brought my bowl to the chef, and he looked at it and said "You're doing it wrong", took it back to the bar, and filled it up right for me.

NevznachaY
02-08-2010, 01:51 PM
[f] denotes a franchise!

Moscow, Russia, Eastern Hemisphere

Russian:
Пушкин (Pushkin) - the go-to tourist place, but good in spite of that; the 19th century nobility version of Russian cuisine
Варвары (Varvary, The Barbarians) - an extremely expensive gastronomic place; the chef, Anatoly Komm, is the only person of Russian origin to be admired in the upper culinary echelons
Дурдин (Durdin) - "urban merchant" Russian cuisine, beer and stuff
Теремок [f] (Teremok, The Wooden Hut) - an excellen street- and mall-based vendor of Russian-style pancakes (blini)
Штолле [f] (Stolle) - pies, lots of them
Бахетле [f] (Bahetle) - Tatar supermarket chain, lots of native pastries

Former USSR:
Шинок (Shinok, Tavern) - the definitive place for Ukrainian cuisine, quite expensive
Тарас Бульба [f] (Taras Bulba) - an expansive franchise, excellent value for money
Ноев Ковчег (Noyev Kovcheg, Noah's Ark) - Armenian
Генацвале (Genatsvale) - Georgian
Падишах (Padishakh, The Shah) - Azerbaijani
Чайхона #1 [f] (Chaikhona #1) - Uzbek

Cafes etc.:
John Donn [f] - pub
Простые вещи [f] (Prostiye Veschi, The Simple Things) - gastropub
Coffee Bean [f] - yeah, you get it
Люди как Люди (Lyudi Kak Lyudi, Some People) - sandwiches & french-style pies
Лебединое Озеро (The Swan Lake) - open-air, seasonal
Кофемания (Kofemaniya, Coffee Mania) [f] - best cafes in the city, expensive

International
(for most of these cuisines, I've tried to select places that are popular with expats)
Босфор (Bosphorus) - Turkish
Старлайт (Starlight) - American diner-style
Aozora - Japanese
Дружба (Druzhba, Friendship) - Chinese
Il Pittore - Italian, best desserts in the city
Сырная Дырка (Sirnaya Dirka, A Hole In The Cheese) - Swiss, Fondue and stuff
Baan Thai - Thai
Бавариус (Bavarius) - German, Austrian
Жан-Жак (Jean-Jacques) - French brasserie, named after Rousseau
Tapa De Comida - Spanish
Луч (Looch, The Ray) - pan-Asian, very classy, best cocktails in the city
Дайкон (Daikon) - south-eastern Asian, noodles
Creperie de Paris [f] - self-explanatory
Pinocchio, the pizzeria [f] - best pizza in town
Correa's [f] - NYC style American
Шангдунг (Shangdung) - Tibetan
Viet Cafe [f] - Vietnamese
Gayah - Korean (and all those other little places we have in our little Koreatown inside this monstrous hotel)
Махараджа (Maharajah) - Indian
Боэми (Boemi) - Serbian

St. Petersburg

Sukawati - Indonesian
Баку (Baku) - Azerbaijani
Крокодил (Krokodil, Crocodile) - gastropub
Terrassa (Terrace) - Italian via London
Акварель (Akvarel, Watercolour) - French-Russian

I'll make sure to add a place or two if I remember something essential.

Red Hedgehog
02-09-2010, 12:56 AM
Manhattan:
Indus Valley - Indian

After your recommendation of Luzzo's, I figured you were good people and Indus Valley happens to be right by my girlfriend's apartment so we checked it out last weekend and very unimpressed. While the Kuchambar salad and cocktail (a Mango Lassi with Vodka and Peach Schnapps) we ordered were good, our entrees were both pretty bland and not worth it. I ordered the Lamb Roganjosh, she ordered the Indus Valey Dal. I may be a bit spoiled since I live near Little India, but the prices were also high for the food we got.


More in regards to this thread, I have twice typed up a list of places to eat near tourist destinations in New York, but it has twice been lost due to various computer issues. Hopefully, the third time will be a charm.

Queen Possum
03-14-2010, 12:20 PM
I am bringing this thread back from the dead to add the Flying Biscuit here in Atlanta to my list of fantastic places to get your omnom on.

teekun
03-14-2010, 11:49 PM
Melbourne, Australia
Flower Drum (http://www.flower-drum.com/) - You will have to take out a second mortgage on your house to dine here but, good god, it will be worth every penny. Absolutely amazing gourmet Cantonese food.

Lumber Baron
04-19-2010, 05:45 PM
Tokyo, Shinjuku -
That Ramen Place I always talk about: best ramen in the world.
For no reason I decided to do the detective work to find out this place's name and location. It's called Shinkōyō in Tokyo-to Shijuku-ku West Shinjuku 1-16-13 Kuwabara building (東京都新宿区西新宿1-16-13 桑原ビル (http://maps.google.co.jp/maps?q=%E6%97%A5%E6%9C%AC%E6%9D%B1%E4%BA%AC%E9%83% BD%E6%96%B0%E5%AE%BF%E5%8C%BA%E8%A5%BF%E6%96%B0%E5 %AE%BF1-16-13&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=%E6%9D%B1%E4%BA%AC%E9%83%BD%E6%96%B0%E5%AE%B F%E5%8C%BA%E8%A5%BF%E6%96%B0%E5%AE%BF%EF%BC%91%E4% B8%81%E7%9B%AE%EF%BC%91%EF%BC%96%E2%88%92%EF%BC%91 %EF%BC%93&ll=35.689614,139.698533&spn=0.005159,0.009645&z=17&brcurrent=3,0x60188cd14ca8d159:0x98dab29c15d4a656, 0)).

Google street view here (http://maps.google.co.jp/maps?q=%E6%97%A5%E6%9C%AC%E6%9D%B1%E4%BA%AC%E9%83% BD%E6%96%B0%E5%AE%BF%E5%8C%BA%E8%A5%BF%E6%96%B0%E5 %AE%BF1-16-13&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=%E6%9D%B1%E4%BA%AC%E9%83%BD%E6%96%B0%E5%AE%B F%E5%8C%BA%E8%A5%BF%E6%96%B0%E5%AE%BF%EF%BC%91%E4% B8%81%E7%9B%AE%EF%BC%91%EF%BC%96%E2%88%92%EF%BC%91 %EF%BC%93&ll=35.6902,139.69765&spn=0,0.003433&z=19&brcurrent=3,0x60188cd14ca8d159:0x98dab29c15d4a656, 0&layer=c&cbll=35.689557,139.698059&panoid=YdkiopRlLVknniUP70ZVwg&cbp=12,245.79,,0,-1.01). The entrance is just to the right of the "Men's Center BENGAL" sign.

bdazzld
04-28-2010, 07:29 PM
http://www.yelp.com/biz/kan-zaman-san-francisco

Kan Zaman-San Francisco-Middle Eastern

Spiced Wine
Meat Pies

Sven
04-29-2010, 08:47 AM
Generally don't eat at Milestone's, but Kelly was meeting friends for brunch there and I tagged along. Their Prime Rib hash was surprisingly good, although greasier than I generally make my own hash. Good potatoes, though, and excellent job on the poached eggs.

Ethan
04-29-2010, 09:57 AM
Indus Valley happens to be right by my girlfriend's apartment so we checked it out last weekend and very unimpressed.

I'd definitely believe that it's not among NYC's best. Indus Valley is, in fact, the only Indian restaurant I've ever visited in NYC, and I've only eaten there once. I thought the malai kofta was good enough to warrant a recommendation, as it was by far the best malai kofta I've had.

Anyway, if the master list is still being worked on, I have a couple new Chicago entries:

Big Jones - Southern American
Pequod's - Chicago pizza with caramelized crust

MCBanjoMike
04-29-2010, 11:27 AM
For no reason I decided to do the detective work to find out this place's name and location. It's called Shinkōyō in Tokyo-to Shijuku-ku West Shinjuku 1-16-13 Kuwabara building (東京都新宿区西新宿1-16-13 桑原ビル (http://maps.google.co.jp/maps?q=%E6%97%A5%E6%9C%AC%E6%9D%B1%E4%BA%AC%E9%83% BD%E6%96%B0%E5%AE%BF%E5%8C%BA%E8%A5%BF%E6%96%B0%E5 %AE%BF1-16-13&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=%E6%9D%B1%E4%BA%AC%E9%83%BD%E6%96%B0%E5%AE%B F%E5%8C%BA%E8%A5%BF%E6%96%B0%E5%AE%BF%EF%BC%91%E4% B8%81%E7%9B%AE%EF%BC%91%EF%BC%96%E2%88%92%EF%BC%91 %EF%BC%93&ll=35.689614,139.698533&spn=0.005159,0.009645&z=17&brcurrent=3,0x60188cd14ca8d159:0x98dab29c15d4a656, 0)).

Google street view here (http://maps.google.co.jp/maps?q=%E6%97%A5%E6%9C%AC%E6%9D%B1%E4%BA%AC%E9%83% BD%E6%96%B0%E5%AE%BF%E5%8C%BA%E8%A5%BF%E6%96%B0%E5 %AE%BF1-16-13&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=%E6%9D%B1%E4%BA%AC%E9%83%BD%E6%96%B0%E5%AE%B F%E5%8C%BA%E8%A5%BF%E6%96%B0%E5%AE%BF%EF%BC%91%E4% B8%81%E7%9B%AE%EF%BC%91%EF%BC%96%E2%88%92%EF%BC%91 %EF%BC%93&ll=35.6902,139.69765&spn=0,0.003433&z=19&brcurrent=3,0x60188cd14ca8d159:0x98dab29c15d4a656, 0&layer=c&cbll=35.689557,139.698059&panoid=YdkiopRlLVknniUP70ZVwg&cbp=12,245.79,,0,-1.01). The entrance is just to the right of the "Men's Center BENGAL" sign.

Awesome, if we go back to Japan this year I'll totally go there now. Last time, I wasn't feeling brave enough to hunt it down just based on its street number - we had a lot of misadventures trying to find restaurants in Tokyo.

Red Hedgehog
04-29-2010, 12:30 PM
I'd definitely believe that it's not among NYC's best. Indus Valley is, in fact, the only Indian restaurant I've ever visited in NYC, and I've only eaten there once. I thought the malai kofta was good enough to warrant a recommendation, as it was by far the best malai kofta I've had.

We really liked the salad we ordered (which I no longer see on their menu) and the cocktail we got (they do really interesting things to combine traditional Indian flavors with American-style cocktails). But both our entries were mediocre.

And at some point I do want to put together my list of recommended places to eat in touristy New York areas.

SilentSnake
06-10-2010, 11:08 PM
Just a curiosity: Is there any worthy restaurants in Northern or Central Pennsylvania?

This is relevant to my current interests.

Kayma
06-10-2010, 11:15 PM
There's plenty of good food around Penn State, though I haven't been much further north than that. Look for a Clem's BBQ. The name sounds more than a bit "slack-jawed yokel", but you'd be hard pressed to find a better pulled-pork sandwich.

Also, a ways northwest of State College, an area called Clearfield, there's a place called Denny's Beer Barrel Pub. I've not personally been there, but it's semi-famous for its burgers. I've heard nothing but good things.

Paul le Fou
06-11-2010, 08:31 AM
Anyone want to know a good Indian restaurant in rural western Japan?

Actually I should go to Bishnu (yeah, with a B) for lunch tomorrow. It's been a while since I've gone.

shivam
06-11-2010, 10:41 AM
Bishnu is a bengali way of saying vishnu. it's orthographically correct.

and lol, 'good' indian in japan.

Ethan
06-11-2010, 10:46 AM
I need to add more to the Chicago list, but it's such an absurdly long list already.

Man, this is a great food city.

So, from before I had:

Big Jones - Southern American
Pequod's - Chicago pizza with caramelized crust

And now, I have:

The Publican - Oysters, pork, offal, beer
Avec - New American, wine
Small Bar - Exceptional pub fare

ThornGhost
06-11-2010, 11:56 AM
As my home state of Tennessee seems to be sadly lacking in suggestions, I will add a couple of my favorites.

Knoxville

The Tomato Head - Funky Italian Bistro. Very veggie/vegan friendly. Top notch!

Barley's Taproom and Pizzeria - Pub. Great selection of tap beers and great pizza and pub food.

Allison's Catfish - Catfish. Not in Knoxville proper, but close. Only open in the summer on weekends. This place farm-raises their own catfish and serves them fresh. The menu is basically just a choice of small, medium and large catfish platters with cole slaw, potato and hushpuppies. The restaurant's decor is deliciously redneck - wood paneling on the walls and awesome paintings of Native Americans and wolves and eagles and stuff. If you go, it is about a mile from my house. Let me know and I will meet you there.

Johnson City

Mid City Grill - Americana. Great restaurant deemed "Johnson City's Official Afterparty". Open from about 6pm - 3 or 4am. Unique and tasty food.

Ridgewood BBQ - BBQ. Crazy good Tennessee-style BBQ joint. A bit out of town on a backroad. Hard to find, but worth it. Any day, any time, there will be a wait for a table. It is that good.

Paul le Fou
06-11-2010, 08:08 PM
Bishnu is a bengali way of saying vishnu. it's orthographically correct.

and lol, 'good' indian in japan.

Huh! I just assumed it was the old V/B katakana bugaboo coming back to bite them.

Also, it's an Indian restaurant and the food is delicious. That makes it a good Indian restaurant in my book. Those are the only qualifiers. Anything else is irrelevant, semantic niggling.

Also: It's similar enough to Indian restaurants back in America, so it's not been messed with/watered down in a distinctly Japanese fashion like some ostensibly ethnic restaurants I've been to here (like the falafel place I tried in Nara... shudder), just regular export food. Also, the cooks are Indian, so it's not just some Japanese people pulling it out of their asses.

I know it's not likely that either of these things are particularly authentic, but I also don't give a shit, because delicious. In much the same way that Mexican food "isn't really Mexican food, it's tex-mex!" I basically just don't care. Good food is good food.

mopinks
06-11-2010, 08:42 PM
But in much the same way that Mexican food "isn't really Mexican food, it's tex-mex!" I basically just don't care. Good food is good food.

*hi5*

ravinoff
06-23-2010, 09:03 PM
The Marietta Pizza Company - pizza

This place is dangerous, their pizza is fantastic and its within walking distance from work. My self discipline is eating lunch there every other to every third week. It hurts.

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Further Marietta, GA restaurants:

Willie Rae's - Kinda a cajun/southwestern/southern cookin' fusion place. Usually not always all three fused at once. Menu items include shrimp 'n grits, fish tacos, an amazing chipotle tequila pasta, etoufee, and lobster and shrimp enchiladas with goat cheese. Everything is good (ok so the one time I got their jambalaya is was only ok, so other than that) but the fish tacos while simple are so amazing, I think what makes them so good is the tartar sauce they make. Actually it might be a good idea to ignore the menu and pay attention to their specials which are often really interesting and sometimes especially inventive.

Nik's Place - This place looks like an old house turned into a dive bar. It isn't. It's an old house turned into a dive bar/greek restaurant (separate sections of the building, but you can get food in both). The wallpaper is curling, the posters/pictures on the walls aren't straight, and the chairs don't always match. BUT! It has the best greek food I have ever eaten. Furthermore I have a close friend of greek ancestry who spends a month or two over there every couple years and he says its the best greek food he's ever had excluding food he actually he in greece or food cooked by family.

La Strada - Not the Fellini film, much less depressing than that. A really fantastic little italian restaurant with very affortable prices. Dark, intimate, good place to bring a date. Best italian food in the county.

Adam
06-23-2010, 10:08 PM
Kabul (http://www.kabulrestaurant.net/), Sunnyvale CA

This place has killer Afghani food. We had our rehearsal dinner here, and I try to go back as often as possible. It's also pretty close to Sunnyvale Golfland, if anyone still goes there.

Also seconding bdazzled's recommendation for New Kwok Wah in Belmont/San Mateo. My family's been going there since before I was born.

Lady
06-25-2010, 09:06 PM
Atlanta, Georgia

Little Bangkok (http://littlebangkokatlanta.com/)
Thai and Chinese. You need to try the Chicken Satay. Also, go early, because it looks like it crowds up fast.



Fayetteville, Arkansas (because everyone will go to arkansas at some point. But, I've put a lot of money into the restuarant scene here the last few years, so I guess I'm qualified to like things)
Geraldi's (http://www.geraldis.com/)
Italian, go early or on an off-night. Enjoy loads of bread.

Charlie's Chicken
chicken nuggets like you never knew them. Best if you can get a college coupon book (I usually grab like six ;D) for a slightly reduced fare

Greenhouse Grille (http://greenhousegrille.com/)
expensive but organic and lots of vegan options. I swear, they make everything taste good.

Grubs (http://grubsbargrille.com/)
burgers and wraps. Apparently everything is good. Fries cost extra, but potato chips are compris. There will be a lot of people watching sports at any given time.

Hog Haus Brewery (http://www.hoghaus.com/)
I like the Fat Boy Blue. The food is pretty good too, but a little expensive.

Elenita's
I have a soft spot. Maybe La Huertas or Mexico Viejo are better (I haven't done taste tests or anything), but~ Something about Elenita's draws me back. It's definitely not as crowded as the other two are.

Blu Fin
good sushi for cold winter nights :Dw

Eureka Pizza (http://www.eurekapizza.com/pizza)
Eureka Pizza has Monday Madness, which usually involves me getting a medium thin-crust cheese with onion and chicken for $5.55, eating half of it for dinner, and the rest for lunch on tuesday. Rolf Wilkin is one of Kishi's personal heroes, I know. Eureka Pizza has just shaped a great deal of our lives. The bbq chicken pizza, for example, is a deep dish slice of heaven.

Kishi
06-25-2010, 09:43 PM
Rolf Wilkin is one of Kishi's personal heroes, I know.

Rolf Wilkin once encountered an enraged bear while communing with the forest spirits. The beast was stayed by the wonderful aroma, texture, and taste of his barbecue chicken pizza.

Paul le Fou
06-27-2010, 06:03 AM
I fucking love Ha Hi Hu He Ho, the izakaya we went to for my birthday. Karaage fried chicken (and octopus), super tender beef skewers, pork(fat) skewers, whole grilled squids with sauce and mayonnaise, a good salad... and so much more. Incredibly rich, astonishingly unhealthy, and so good. Not to mention the 2-hour all-you-can-drink for $20.

Also here in Sasayama is Bishnu, a pretty fantastic Indian restaurant. Their spice goes all the way from safe-for-wimpy-Japanese-palates "sweet" to "50x Super Hot." The latter is as advertised. Oh, I guess I mentioned this above. OH WELL

In Osaka, I love heading to El Pancho, a good Mexican restaurant in Shinsaibashi. It probably would just be a decent one in America, but when you're in Japan, Mexican food isn't exactly on every street corner. Also they have really good Horchata and many flavors of margarita and daquiri (which are half-off for happy hour).

If anyone needs some good places to eat in Cleveland, I can probably work up a pretty decent list. Not that too many people will need such a list.

mopinks
06-29-2010, 11:45 PM
I don't know why I started thinking about it today, but if you are ever in Turlock, CA for god only knows what reason, you must eat at the TACO BUS (http://www.yelp.com/biz/viva-taco-bus-turlock). it is a bus with a restaurant on the inside! and the restaurant is full of delicious Mexican food! it is a veritable turducken of delights.

Ethan
07-03-2010, 03:37 PM
The master list needs editing.

mopinks
07-03-2010, 10:53 PM
Haru Ulala (http://maps.google.com/maps?ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=1565+NE+Butler+Market+Rd,+Bend,+Deschutes,+O regon+97701&ll=34.047987,-118.239717&spn=0,359.961419&z=15&layer=c&cbll=34.047925,-118.239626&panoid=mywWKbDeuewhull3uat4nQ&cbp=12,250.5,,0,-2.8) (Japanese/Izakaya) - My favorite place in Little Tokyo.

I'm going to try this place next week! if it's not amazing I am holding you personally responsible!!

it looks pretty dang amazing, though.

Lumber Baron
07-05-2010, 11:10 PM
I remain confident.

Zef
07-08-2010, 01:12 PM
Mérida, Yucatán
La Tradición: Traditional (natch) Yucatecan cuisine. Phenomenal wait staff, facilities split into elegant private areas w/bar and open, family atmosphere sections. Just off the Paseo Montejo main avenue and minutes from the big chain hotels (Hyatt, Hilton, et al.)
La Chaya: Folk cuisine, closer to earth than the more upscale La Tradición. Nice and cool and with great staff, pleasant decor and the best Mayan food in the city. Two blocks south of the main downtown plaza.
Serenata: A very good place to cool off in the evenings. Original drinks are delicious, has a wonderful, relaxed atmosphere. Best of all, it's the fourth corner between the Municipal Palace, the Cathedral, and the main plaza, with first-floor balconies from which you can take in the surrounding environment. Its cuisine mixes Yucatecan with international, so it's foreigner-friendly.
Nieves Colón: You haven't had ice cream or sherbets if you haven't tasted these. The champolas (scoops of ice cream drowned in abundant milk) are the house specialty. There are two locations: near the downtown end of Paseo Montejo, and at the downtown plaza next to the Municipal Palace.

Alixsar
07-13-2010, 01:53 PM
If you like ridiculous and decadent sushi, Sushi House in Alameda, California is pretty good. If you should ever end up in Pleasanton, California (why the hell would you do that), go to Tomo Sushi and order the Tomo Roll. You can thank me later.

Adam
07-13-2010, 02:18 PM
If you should ever end up in Pleasanton, Caliofornia (why the hell would you do that)

Because P-town ownz.

Alixsar
07-13-2010, 02:27 PM
Because P-town ownz.

Why would you say that

Also I misspelled California as Caliofornia. Good work, self.

Ethan
07-13-2010, 07:09 PM
Fucking Bay Area. Even your podunk suburbs have phenomenal sushi?

SlimJimm
07-13-2010, 07:30 PM
I was talking to my parents about coming home on leave back to Chicago and I totally want to back to Al Primo Canto (http://alprimocanto.com/flash/index.php), a Brazilian "galeteria" specializing in rotisserie chicken, but really everything there was so good and for $30 you can have all you can eat. It was so delicious I cant wait to go back!

Alixsar
07-14-2010, 12:17 AM
Fucking Bay Area. Even your podunk suburbs have phenomenal sushi?

Damn straight.

mopinks
07-17-2010, 07:01 PM
as promised, I hit up Haru Ulala in Little Tokyo a few days ago! it was pretty nice! any place that will jam a pointy stick through a wedge of camembert and deep fry it is okay in my book.

my heart still belongs to Kappo Honda.

also, we were wandering around LA and hungry and decided to eat at this Muma (http://mumarestaurant.com/) place because it was there and there was shawarma inside. it was really really good! they've got a huge bar full of exotic condiments to smother your food in, which I always appreciate.

Psyael
07-18-2010, 04:09 PM
I can't really tell you what the best restaurants are in Las Vegas because there's so many of them, they change frequently, and I'm a picky eater who doesn't eat much else but good ol' Amurrrican food like assorted meats served on buns.

I will, however, suggest Bellagio for buffet if you just want to eat a bunch of food. For a simple sports bar atmosphere with burgers and beer, I do like the Le Burger Brasserie at Paris. And you should just one time try Bouchon for breakfast.

Now the more expensive stuff: I'm currently visiting as many Italian restaurants as I can but presently like Valentino (at the Venetian) since the Grill that serves pedestrian Italian stuff has the same chefs as the fancy uber-elite dining room. It would have to be and either CUT or Carnevino (both at the Palazzo) for the ultimate money-is-no-object steak should you strike it rich. And for seafood, RM (at Mandalay Bay) because Rick Moonen actually moved here instead of slapping his name on the joint and flying away like most celebrity chefs. He also uses as close as you can get to "local ingredients" for a city plopped down in the god-forsaken desert, shipping everything in from elsewhere.

There's one or two nice places in and around the city itself where tourists infrequently tread, but you're unlikely to ever go there if you visit the city, so why bother?

My points of high and low is a bit different than most in this town, there's so much good food everywhere that quality service is what makes a place memorable. Plus for every good cuisine there's the "very good for it's price" place, and the "best all-out but very expensive" place.

Necronopticous
07-21-2010, 11:42 PM
Los Angeles:

Shabu Shabu House in the heart of Little Tokyo is the greatest restaurant on the planet.

http://www.necronopticous.com/upload/shabushabuhouse01.jpg

http://www.necronopticous.com/upload/shabushabuhouse02.jpg

http://www.necronopticous.com/upload/shabushabuhouse03.jpg

Kishi
07-21-2010, 11:46 PM
Shabu-san~

Daikaiju
10-12-2010, 05:30 PM
The Giant (http://ginosgiant.com/index.html) is back!

New Gino's across from King Of Prussia mall opens Oct. 25th

Dhroo
10-20-2010, 06:01 PM
I somehow only just noticed this thread, and I feel that Virginia is woefully underrepresented.

Woodbridge/Dale City

Thai Orchid: A bit more humble and not as awesome-sounding as the Thai place Grant mentioned upthread(not that I've been there), but still great for a little place that's practically a hole-in-the-wall. Their Yellow Curry is like, the perfect meal for me. I'll look at other items on the menu, but every time I go back to the curry selection. My boyfriend's the same with their Pad Thai.

El Charro: best Mexican in the area, hands down. I believe they've won an award or two? They've at least been mentioned in the Washington Post as a great area restaurant, anyway. I'm a big fan of their burritos.

Washington, D.C.

For the city itself, I really only have two burger joints, but they're both great:

Good Stuff Eatery: Awesome burgers, awesome milkshakes. Fries are pretty good and come in a few varieties, plus they have lots of weird types of mayo to dip them, such as mango mayo. The owner, Spike Mendelsohn, was on Top Chef(I forget which season) and Iron Chef as well. Also, he just opened a new pizza place right next door I've been meaning to check out, We the Pizza. Hopefully I'll have impressions from there soon!

Mid-post edit: Apparently the second place I was gonna post about, Rogue States, has been forced to close due to complaints of fumes from the grill leaking into a neighboring law firm. Which is a shame, because it was awesome. There's word of them relocating, but it could be a ways off. And I never got to try the Curry Burger :(

mugenkokoro
10-20-2010, 11:35 PM
St. Paul, Minnesota:

Ruam Mit Thai -- The best green curry I've ever had, excellent appetizers, reasonable prices. The location and decor leave much to be desired, but you can order take out. The tom ka gai (or however it's spelled...that lovely coconut milk/cilantro/etc soup) is also exquisite.

Maverick's -- I will never go to Arby's again. Amazing roast beef sandwiches and a number of other great barbecue sandwich options. They make a fresh batch of fries for each individual order too, and they're good fries.

Smashburger -- I know this isn't Twin Cities-specific, but seriously, they serve up a good burger. I like the bbq bacon burger, but the spicy baja burger and local Minneapolis burger are great too. I also like the Smashfries, which are coated in olive oil, garlic, and italian herbs.

Anchorage, Alaska:

Moose's Tooth -- I have to rep for the best pizza/microbrew place in Alaska, an integral part of my upbringing, and probably my favorite restaurant of all time. Awesome pizzas of astounding variety and quality, and a number of great beers. I can't believe it's been over two years since I've eaten there. =(

Bear Tooth -- Same owners as Moose's Tooth, same quality. Whereas Moose's Tooth is more of a lively restaurant/pub, Bear Tooth is a little fancier and more serious. The menu is a variety of Italian, Mexican, and American dishes, but you still have full access to Moose's Tooth's microbrew selection. This is just the restaurant part of it...the Alamo Drafthouse-style movie theater next door features an abbreviated fusion of Moose's Tooth and Bear Tooth's menu along with beer, and of course a movie.

jpfriction
10-23-2010, 09:03 PM
To add to the Minnesota joints, try Market Barbeque in Minneapolis, its reasonably priced great BBQ, I go there all the time.

Also, I'm in the bay area for some training right now and I just ate at Kahoo Ramen in San Jose. Best spicy ramen I've ever had, although I hear San Jose is well known for its ramen joints so I should probably try a few more while I'm out here.

Luana
10-25-2010, 12:56 AM
In Olympia (WA), you have a few strong choices:

Curry Corner is easily the best Indian food in Oly. Hell, I've heard it described as the best Indian food along the I-5 corridor between here and Portland.
Norma's Burgers is a little hole-in-the-wall that makes some really awesome burgers and shakes. The servings are huge and the tater tots are delicious.
Safura's Meditteranean Cuisine is a tiny place you'd easily miss if you didn't know to look for it. They have so many little baked goods, it's amazing. Their tzatziki is fantastic as well.
The Spar (now the McMenamins Spar) is an Olympia fixture. You used to be able to get beer milkshakes and whatnot here, and it used to be a tobacconist as well as a eatery, but since being bought out it's become a bit more homogenized. It's still good stuff, though.
Old School Pizzeria is New York-style pizza with an Oly twist -- you've got jalapenos, weird cheeses and whatnot on them, and a hell of a vegetarian offering. widdershins likes them, and seeing that he's a New Yorker, I think that's pretty high praise.
The Olympia Farmers Market is not a restaurant, per se, but all of the local bakeries and some of the restaurants are over there from Th-Su, and I would stack my farmers market against most of yours anyday.


I spend a lot of time in Portland (OR), too!

El Nutri Taco was the first place that was severely hyped to me, and it is some of the best vegan/veggie food I'll ever have.
The Utopia Cafe has the best potato cakes. Buttermilk and rosemary just come together to make your mouth melt in joy.
The Bipartisan Cafe makes a yummy bagel with lox that's big enough to split, and their pies are pretty wonderful! I am a sucker for a great cream pie, and theirs are just divine. The meringue is top-notch as well.
Havana Cafe is a food cart serving Cuban dishes, and their plaintain chips were so good that I ignored the fact they were plantain.s
Morimoto's sushi prices are insane when you take into account the size of their nigiri (the fish slices? almost as big as my hand) and the quality of it. The Black Tiger roll was absolutely amazing.


I'll have to update this regularly with my eating adventures -- I've been going on a lot of them lately!

McClain
01-23-2011, 10:38 AM
Arise, thread!

I love this idea, and want to see it grow. Some of our favorites from the Atlanta area:

The Corner Tavern (http://www.thecornertavern.com/): We go to the East Point location, but I hear that they are all really good. High quality food in a casual bar setting. And they were open during the recent Snowapocalypse! Bonus: East Point is close to the airport and right off of the rail line, so if you are passing through or get stuck on a a layover, come grab a dinner and a beer.

El Tesoro (http://www.eltesorodecatur.com/)(Decatur): A little off of the main stretch in Decatur is this really nice, traditional Mexican restaurant. It gets a little too crowded on the weekends for me, but it's great for weekday lunch.

Watershed: (http://www.watershedrestaurant.com/) Call ahead and go early on Tuesday for the BEST Southern fried chicken this Southern boy has ever had.

More to come.

Parish
01-23-2011, 11:47 AM
Places to eat in my neighborhood if you're ever stalking me:

Kitchen Kura (http://www.yelp.com/biz/kitchen-kura-san-francisco) is where I eat every Saturday. It's a little hole-in-the-wall Japanese joint where the same woman does all the cooking by herself, every day. It is what you would call "comfort food," not what you typically think of as Japanese fare. No ramen, no sushi, just lots of deep-fried or pan-fried excellence. The teriyaki chicken is great, and I'm someone who thinks teriyaki is gross -- but she makes her own sauce, and it's not a sickeningly sweet sludge. Anything deep fried is great (slightly garlicky nanban chicken, agedashi tofu, pollack, etc.), though I usually get sautéed stuff like the salmon fillet and teriyaki chicken so I do not become a lardball again. Their curry is decent and is best over tonkatsu, which is more expensive than it used to be since they upgraded to Bershire pork. The only drawback to this place is that if you choose to eat in, your clothing will smell like frying oil forever. It's worth it!

Ebisu is exceptional sushi, but very very expensive. On a more modest budget, Goemon is a better deal, though not as good.

Irving Pizza sells my favorite pizza slices in the world. And they customize (http://www.bakespite.net/wp/?p=140)!

Little Paris sells the best bahn mi I've eaten outside of Orange County's Vietnamese district. Unfortunately, the awesome nearby Vietnamese place (Dragonfly) shut down a few months ago and was replaced with an overly twee coffee shop. Sad. Now the best place in the area for Vietnamese is Yummy Yummy, which is merely decent.

I gained back about five pounds last fall after several months of being addicted to Arizmendi Bakery's scones and coffee cake. They do other stuff (http://www.bakespite.net/wp/?p=173), too. I've sworn off Arizmendi for the sake of being able to fit into my wardrobe, and I can't think of a stronger recommendation.

And finally, Marnee Thai is about as good as it gets on the Thai front. The drawback is that the place is run by a fascistic old woman who browbeats her staff and has actually changed my order when she decided I should eat something besides what I actually wanted. However, everything they serve is amazingly good, so.

All of these are within ten blocks of my apartment east and west along Irving Street in San Francisco. Dammit, I need to post to BakeSpite more often.

Michelle
01-23-2011, 02:16 PM
More good eats in metro Atlanta:

Thinking Man Tavern (Decatur) (http://www.thinkingmantavern.com/): Awesome bar with tons of board games and books.

Brake Pad (College Park) (http://www.brakepadatlanta.com/): The owners converted an old service station into a restaurant and bar. Great burgers, fish tacos and hummus. It has several sister locations (http://www.brakepadatlanta.com/sister.html).

Fox Bros. BBQ (http://www.foxbrosbbq.com/): Love the pulled pork, brisket, fried pickles, mac 'n' cheese and banana pudding.

Oz Pizza (East Point) (http://www.ozpizza.net/): My favorite pie is the Oz Special (topped with Canadian bacon, pineapple, feta cheese and sun-dried tomatoes).

JCT Kitchen (http://www.jctkitchen.com/): Upscale Southern food. Great fried chicken.

Crawfish Shack Seafood (Buford Highway) (http://www.yelp.com/biz/crawfish-shack-seafood-atlanta): New Orleans-style seafood joint. You guys, this place is so great.

Woo Nam Jeong (Buford Highway) (http://www.yelp.com/biz/woo-nam-jeong-stone-bowl-house-atlanta): Korean restaurant. Focus is on stone bowls, not barbecue. Amazing (and plentiful!) side dishes.

The Corner Tavern (http://www.thecornertavern.com/): We go to the East Point location, but I hear that they are all really good. High quality food in a casual bar setting. And they were open during the recent Snowapocalypse!

Also, the East Point location has the easiest trivia in town. ;)

Sven
01-24-2011, 03:26 PM
Have you been to Richard Blais' burger joint, Mazo?

My Winterlicious list:

1. Senses (http://www.toronto.com/winterlicious/article/662477) - never been, but it's around the corner from my condo.

2. Trevor Kitchen (http://www.toronto.com/winterlicious/article/662535) - possibly my favourite restaurant in Toronto right now, since they do exactly the type of food I cook at home - homey / comfort food with good ingredients and high-end aspirations. They're just much better at it than I am. Already know I'm having the Reuben to start and the beef cheeks as my main.

3. Epic at the Royal York (http://www.toronto.com/winterlicious/article/662376) - First time I'll be having dinner here, but I've been for about ten mother's day brunches.

Haven't actually tried too many new places in the last couple months, so no reviews.

kaisel
01-24-2011, 04:49 PM
So, Fairbanks, Alaska, woefully underrepresented (also we don't have anything super awesome that I can think of). None of these places are especially fancy, or probably as good as places others have mentioned in other states, but if you ever find yourself in Fairbanks for some reason...

Ichiban Noodles: An Asian place, focusing mostly on Korean food, with a great Bi Bim Bop and fantastic soups with noodles, their Bhang Jhang (err, I think, I have a terrible memory) is delicious, and they have pretty good bulgogi.

Ajimi: A sushi and Asian food place, with great sushi (they have an Aurora Roll which is amazing) and great Korean food as well, and every sushi roll that I've tried there has been delicious.

Cookie Jar: Typical diner fare (also feature on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives). Mainly though, they have the best steak and egg breakfast that I've ever had. Solid lunch fare as well, if you like sandwiches and the like. They're known for their cinnamon rolls and bread, I guess, but I haven't tried theirs yet.


Anchorage, Alaska:

Moose's Tooth -- I have to rep for the best pizza/microbrew place in Alaska, an integral part of my upbringing, and probably my favorite restaurant of all time. Awesome pizzas of astounding variety and quality, and a number of great beers. I can't believe it's been over two years since I've eaten there. =(

Bear Tooth -- Same owners as Moose's Tooth, same quality. Whereas Moose's Tooth is more of a lively restaurant/pub, Bear Tooth is a little fancier and more serious. The menu is a variety of Italian, Mexican, and American dishes, but you still have full access to Moose's Tooth's microbrew selection. This is just the restaurant part of it...the Alamo Drafthouse-style movie theater next door features an abbreviated fusion of Moose's Tooth and Bear Tooth's menu along with beer, and of course a movie.

Ah man, the Moose's Tooth is pretty great, it's also the place where you can get beer and a pizza while watching films in a theater, right (my one experience there, if I remember correctly was before I was 21, and I was sick as hell)?

Michelle
01-24-2011, 04:53 PM
Have you been to Richard Blais' burger joint, Mazo?

Nope, sure haven't! Just checked out the menu (http://www.flipburgerboutique.com/flipmenu.pdf), though, and everything sounds so great (especially the Nutella and burnt marshmallow shake!).

Man ... I might have to try this tomorrow. =)

Wolfgang
01-26-2011, 12:26 AM
If you are ever in my neighborhood* - likely being shot at - be sure to stop at the Melrose Diner:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v236/multimoog/melrose_gwidman_uw.jpg

I don't think I need to explain why. But: they have excellent omelets, diner burgers and chicken fingers.

Also, Gianfranco's Pizza Rustica, which has a lunch special consisting of any two slices (that are as big combined as most places' medium pizzas) and a can of soda for five bucks. Some of you smaller people could probably make that last the rest of the day. These are my favorite slices ever, and not just for the size. Their crust is the best, and their toppings are phenomenal. They switch up what they make each day, aside from the usual cheese and pepperoni, but one time I saw three kinds of chicken pizza: ranch, buffalo and barbecue. Also be sure to try the steak, peppers and onions pizza.

Of course, a few blocks west from me is a place that sells Florida style pizza (...?):

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v236/multimoog/35206_1157642836799_1699604381_310155_2159470_n.jp g

*literally within the one-block radius surrounding my apartment

Michelle
01-26-2011, 09:35 AM
Have you been to Richard Blais' burger joint, Mazo?
Man ... I might have to try this tomorrow. =)

Oh. My. God.

So McClain and I went there (Flip Burger Boutique (http://www.flipburgerboutique.com/) in Atlanta) for lunch yesterday, and it was amazing! Thanks so much for bringing it up, Sven!

The highlights:

http://i878.photobucket.com/albums/ab346/mazokunomiko/January126.jpg
The Korean BBQ Burger

http://i878.photobucket.com/albums/ab346/mazokunomiko/January122.jpg
Nutella + Burnt Marshmallow Milkshake

Seriously, guys ... if you're ever in Atlanta, you have to eat there. You won't regret it.

Also, there's one more Atlanta "restaurant" (OK, really it's a doughnut shop) I forgot to add to my earlier post -- Sublime Doughnuts (http://sublimedoughnuts.com/). I love Krispy Kreme and all, but this place blows them out of the water. My favorites are the Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Doughnut and the Toffee Doughnut. Yum.

Azar
01-26-2011, 11:15 AM
Hooooly fuck that burger. Looks like it's worth the 20 minute drive.

Lady
01-26-2011, 07:06 PM
My roommate and I drove past Flip Burger a million times this summer, but we never ate there (it looked kinda expensive)

*regrets*

(we could never decide if the sign said "trip" or "flip" though)

Daikaiju
01-29-2011, 07:15 PM
If you are ever in my neighborhood* - likely being shot at - be sure to stop at the Melrose Diner:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v236/multimoog/melrose_gwidman_uw.jpg

*literally within the one-block radius surrounding my apartment

Huh. I could have sworn I heard they were closing a year ago...

My brother's first apartment was in that general area.

Sven
01-31-2011, 01:44 PM
My roommate and I drove past Flip Burger a million times this summer, but we never ate there (it looked kinda expensive)

*regrets*

It's actually pretty reasonable for a high-end burger joint - I pay $8 for my blue cheese burger staple at Craft, which would fit right into Blais' menu.

And no worries on the recommendation - although I find it funny that I recommended a restaurant in a city I've never been within 200 miles of. :)

Wolfgang
02-01-2011, 11:27 AM
Huh. I could have sworn I heard they were closing a year ago...

My brother's first apartment was in that general area.

They were doing crazy renovation about a year ago that made it really unpleasant to eat there, but it resulted in the removal of the barbaric community booth thing they had going on.

MCBanjoMike
02-09-2011, 03:02 PM
...my current exotic fave - that I can only go to when Kel's not around because she can't stand it - is the Ethiopian House at Yonge and College.

I'm heading to Toronto tomorrow, and I intend to check this place out. I love Ethiopian good, and I've heard TO has great Ethiopian food like Montreal has great Indian food. I looked this place up, but it seems to have moved up to Irwin avenue - that's a shame, since my hotel is on the same block as Yonge and College. I'll definitely make the trip anyway, though.

Sven
02-11-2011, 10:02 AM
No, it's always been on Irvin... it's just that I famously ALWAYS mix up College and Wellsley subway stations, to the point where dad and I were once ten minutes late for a Leafs game because we got off one stop too early.

It looks like it's going to be a warm Saturday (I already had shinny plans cancelled), so it's very walkable. Maybe five - ten minutes.

Senses for us tonight - I've always resisted, in spite of it being literally around the corner from my apartment. The menu on the website's old, so it's a rare bit of wandering in completely unprepared.

MCBanjoMike
02-13-2011, 11:01 PM
My Toronto trip wound up being extremely culinary in nature, I had no idea how many interesting retaurants were in this city. Ethiopia House was quite good, although an ordering SNAFU had us wind up with 4 dishes instead of 3 (and for the price of 3), so we wound up eating a TON of food. I was expecting it to be a bit cheaper than what we pay in Montreal for Ethiopian, but I'd say the total was pretty similar, in the end. The next night was dinner at Sassafraz, which was both delicious and free! I'm usually pretty skeptical when it comes to fancy restaurants, but the steak was excellent and the dessert was incredible. Finally, before leaving for Montreal we had lunch at Tokyo Grill on Yonge, where we managed to find authentic Japanese curry rice! It had sort of a home-made feel to it, maybe not quite as magical as what you get in Japan, but still made for a really good meal. If only someone would starting selling the stuff in Montreal...

Sven
02-14-2011, 03:58 PM
My apologies for not trying to arrange a meetup, BTW - I thought we had plans but it turned out that wasn't the case for Saturday. Yeah, Ethiopian House isn't the cheapest of its kind, but for downtown it's not too bad. The cheap Ethiopian stuff is way the hell out in the East End.

Senses was very good, although their menu is still freaking confusing. IF YOU PUT STARTERS ON THE MENU, SAY THEY'RE STARTERS. Yeesh.

Desserts were apparently spectacular. Me, I had the cheese plate and sulked.

MCBanjoMike
02-14-2011, 05:38 PM
My apologies for not trying to arrange a meetup, BTW - I thought we had plans but it turned out that wasn't the case for Saturday.

No worries, I honestly had an extremely full schedule while I was in TO. I didn't even have time to try out the exercise room (or WATER SLIDE) at the hotel, despite wanting to check out elliptical machines for potential purchase. Thanks for the good restaurant recommendation, we had a great night out!

I should really list some Montreal places eventually, huh? Feel free to poke me via PM if you're coming to town and I'll put some suggestions up here. So far, laziness is getting the better of me.

Sven
02-22-2011, 07:38 AM
Well, put up some suggestions since we're thinking about making a trip come warmer weather (and Ben's is now closed).

Anyway, nothing special this weekend, but I did go to Alleykats in Toronto. They have a dinner menu, and most of what we got wasn't great, but I lucked out and had the linguini special which was paired with a really rich cream & wine sauce. Not good for the healthy eating, but a really good dish (and for only $17). The burger also looked great for that same price, and Faye seemed to like her goat cheese salad.

Don't go there for the food if you're not prepared to stay as it turns into more of a club, mind you.

MCBanjoMike
02-22-2011, 03:07 PM
I don't normally do smoked meat, but I've heard that Schwartz's (http://www.schwartzsdeli.com/index_eng.html) on St-Laurent is the best place to go for it...if you're not afraid to wait for a table. Aside from that, here are a few of my favorites in the city:

Amelio's (http://ameliospizza.com/Amelios/Bienvenue_Welcome.html) (downtown) has my favorite pizza in Montreal, as well as a really ugly website.

Mahli (http://www.malhisweets.ca/) is quite possibly the best of Montreal's many, many Indian restaurants, but I would be remiss if I didn't mention the Punjab Palace (http://www.punjabpalace.ca/) or the Indian Curry House (http://maps.google.ca/maps/place?hl=en&xhr=t&cp=21&safe=active&client=firefox-a&rls=org.mozilla:en-GB:official&um=1&ie=UTF-8&q=indian+curry+house+montreal&fb=1&gl=ca&hq=indian+curry+house&hnear=Montreal,+QC&cid=13135662242702037555) in the same breath. These places are authentic, so don't expect much by way of decoration - although you will get to watch Indian music videos at most of them.

Great Syrian food can be had at Alep (http://maps.google.ca/maps/place?hl=en&xhr=t&cp=21&safe=active&client=firefox-a&rls=org.mozilla:en-GB:official&um=1&ie=UTF-8&q=indian+curry+house+montreal&fb=1&gl=ca&hq=indian+curry+house&hnear=Montreal,+QC&cid=13135662242702037555) and its sister bistro (located next door) Le Petit Alep. If you're looking for something a little more upscale, Alep is a great choice. Personally, I prefer the prices and combination plates you can get at the bistro, but you'll almost certainly have to wait for a table if you go that route. Either way, the mixed platter of vegetarian appetizers is simply unreal.

Are you skinny and rich? Fix both problems at once by going to Au Pied de Cochon (http://www.restaurantaupieddecochon.ca/), an amazing place that takes traditional Quebec foods and does them up gourmet style. The food is incredibly rich and fairly expensive, but you might get to see the head chef with his shirt off. Oh, and the food's pretty great, too. You'll need to reserve this one well ahead of time, though.

Montreal is starting to have a few decent ramen restaurants, but Ramen Ya! (http://www.ramen-ya.ca/)is by far my favorite. Get the tonkatu ramen with curry broth - it's not what I consider traditional Japanese ramen, but it's so good that you won't care.

I'll leave it at that for now, more places to come if I think of anything noteworthy. Sorry that so few of my restaurant choices are in the middle of town. The sad fact is that there aren't many good restaurants in the downtown core of Montreal, and the ones that are good are probably damn expensive. Don't be afraid to travel a bit to get a bite to eat - there's more to this city than the shopping and financial districts!

Alixsar
02-28-2011, 12:50 PM
Commis in Oakland, CA is really good, but expensive. But really good.

Ethan
03-01-2011, 03:46 AM
And now, I will make the least useful post ever seen in this thread.

Vietnam

Hanoi
Chim Sao - Traditional countryside-style Vietnamese dishes and wonderful ambiance, with floor-level seating and interesting art on the walls.
Highway 4 - A modern, foodie version of Vietnamese with a huge menu full of creative spins on traditional dishes, plus a great selection of herbal rice wines.
Bia Tuoi Viet Tiep - Passable 40¢ half-liters of vaguely Czech-style beer, and the city's best my xao bo (noodles fried with beef and greens, a typical beer joint food).

Shagohod
03-23-2011, 12:43 PM
Arizona:

Chino Bandito's: chinese/mexican fusion.

Joe's Farm Grill: super fresh everything and some good original dishes.

MacAlpine's: amazing old style soda fountain. Dozens of flavors, and rad decor

There are many more, but these are 3 that stick out in my head.

Mara
03-24-2011, 02:26 PM
Should any of you find yourself in Fresno, California (in which case, I'm sorry, and also we should totally hang out kthx), and craving Indian food, the North India Bar and Grill on Shaw and Villa is fantastic. It's kind of a drive from where I live, so I don't eat there very often, but man. Excellent stuff.

Droewyn
06-03-2012, 05:28 PM
I visited my mom in Florida last week, and the culinary highlight of the trip was sushi pop (http://sushipoprestaurant.com/) near Orlando. It's anime themed and not exactly cheap (my boy and I ate for about $60), but the food was fantastic and the waitstaff attentive. Reservations aren't required, but are strongly recommended.

I have now eaten alligator. Tempura. Tempura alligator. And now I am whole.






EDIT: Also relevant to TT's interests, from their FB:

Octopus Prime is miso braised local octopus, finished on the grill with a coffee-black sesame seared grass fed, free range beef tenderloin. The dish is finished with lemon confit and basil sprouts.

http://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc6/c135.0.403.403/p403x403/282723_417767134923892_838687_n.jpg

Hito
06-03-2012, 07:44 PM
They cooked Octo!? Noooooo.

But that sounds delicious.

Red Silvers
06-04-2012, 12:48 AM
Nothing for Utah? Well I suppose you need to add The Pie Pizzeria and Rusted Sun Pizza in Salt Lake.

Ethan
06-14-2012, 01:30 PM
I've cut way back on restaurant eating since moving to Seattle, but here are some suggestions for the area:

Seattle
U:Don - A lunch joint in the U-District that makes its own fresh udon noodles from scratch and prepares them simply, beautifully, and inexpensively.

Korean Tofu House - Delicious sizzling bowls of tofu soup, all served with the full banchan spread. Also in the U-District

Chef Cafe - Ethiopian food in the Central District. There are several similar places in this neighborhood, but this is the one I've been to, and it's great.

Saigon Deli - There are two places with this same name, one in a strip mall by Jackson and 12th, and one in a different strip mall on Jackson between 13th and 14th. Both have delicious southern style banh mi.

The Twilight Exit - A bar. The beer selection is limited but always solid. Get the Twilight Burger. It has roasted peppers and a slab of cream cheese. It's fucking good.

Tacoma
Pho Dragon - This, as far as I can tell, is the only Vietnamese restaurant in the entire Pacific Northwest that's run by people of northern descent. This means it's the best place in the region to order Hanoi-style bún chả, which is my favorite food in the whole world. The place actually went by another name as recently as a few weeks ago, and I'm not sure if the name change actually signifies a management change, but a friend of mine has been there since the change and confirmed that they still make this dish.

Violentvixen
07-08-2013, 11:16 PM
Had to dig this up and recommend The Flying Goat (http://www.theflyinggoat.com/food.html)in Spokane, Washington. We got takeout from there on a whim tonight and every. freaking. thing. was amazing. The veggies were perfect, the bread in the sandwich was great, the chicken on the salad was seasoned wonderfully, and oh man the pizza was great.

Such a lucky find, had to share.

rkdn42
07-15-2013, 03:03 AM
Had to dig this up and recommend The Flying Goat (http://www.theflyinggoat.com/food.html)in Spokane, Washington. We got takeout from there on a whim tonight and every. freaking. thing. was amazing. The veggies were perfect, the bread in the sandwich was great, the chicken on the salad was seasoned wonderfully, and oh man the pizza was great.

Such a lucky find, had to share.

I might have to try stopping at that place on the way out from PAX.

Red Hedgehog
01-16-2014, 03:37 PM
Not quite restaurants, but the cheesesteak discussion reminded me that, if you're ever in Philly and want to check out some of the local, traditional foods, you can take a look at the page my wife and I put together for our wedding website:

Philadelphia Local Foods (http://www.mywedding.com/goldbeeya/custom.html)

Violentvixen
03-17-2014, 08:49 AM
We went to a place in Portland called Veritable Quandary (http://www.veritablequandary.com/) for brunch yesterday. It was fantastic, but try and get seated the area with all the windows, the front bar area isn't as pretty.

MCBanjoMike
05-01-2014, 11:15 AM
Anyone have some recommendations for good places to eat (or drink?) in eastern NYC? I'll probably be out on Long Island for some training for work about 10 days from now, but we're gonna be pretty far from Manhattan. Suggestions for Brooklyn, Queens or even something farther east would be welcome.

Also, Issun, I don't know if you're still updating the master list, but I have some Montreal suggestions on this page that never made it to the first post. I can also add Saka Ba (http://www.yelp.ca/biz/saka-ba-montr%C3%A9al) to the list, it's a place that makes great ramen in the Plateau neighbourhood. A bit on the trendy side, but worth it for the soup and not too expensive ($12-14 for a large bowl). Montreal actually seems to be in the midst of an izakaya boom and I couldn't be happier. There's Imadake (http://www.imadake.ca/), which is actually close to downtown but is somewhat pricey, and Kazu (http://kazumontreal.com/), which does great home-style Japanese cooking at good prices, but which always has a lineup. Tasty stuff, all around!

taosterman
05-01-2014, 11:52 AM
Fu Run (http://furunflushing.com/) in Flushing is pretty astounding Chinese food. Check out the cumin-crusted lamb ribs.

Red Hedgehog
05-01-2014, 09:12 PM
Anyone have some recommendations for good places to eat (or drink?) in eastern NYC? I'll probably be out on Long Island for some training for work about 10 days from now, but we're gonna be pretty far from Manhattan. Suggestions for Brooklyn, Queens or even something farther east would be welcome.

Where on Long Island? I have some friends who live/lived there and could probably get you some suggestions.

Meanwhile, if you can make it to Flushing, as taosterman said, you can get some pretty amazing Chinese food. I'm partial to Spicy and Tasty, Hunan Kitchen, or Szechuan Gourmet though have also heard good things about Fu Run and honestly the food court in the New World mall has a really amazing selection of street food from different parts of China (all the vendors are local). If you're more partial to Korean, Hahm Ji Bach is supposed to be amazing.

Anyway, give me your location and I'll ask around.

MCBanjoMike
05-02-2014, 07:57 AM
We're going to be in Garden City, so unfortunately it looks like getting to Flushing would take about as long as getting to Manhattan (and if that happens, I've going straight to Go!Go!Curry!). But all suggestions are welcome! I'm also interested in brewpubs or decent cocktail bars, if there are any there. We might also make the trek into Manhattan one night, since I wouldn't feel right about going to New York without seeing at least some of the glitzy stuff.

EDIT: Dangit, there are 4 Go!Go!Currys in New York and they're all in Manhattan. One of them is apparently right next to a place called Go-Go Thai?!

Red Hedgehog
05-02-2014, 04:40 PM
We're going to be in Garden City, so unfortunately it looks like getting to Flushing would take about as long as getting to Manhattan (and if that happens, I've going straight to Go!Go!Curry!).

Dude. Right now, with traffic, it would be 35 minutes to get from Garden City to downton Flushing, but 70 minutes to get to the west side of Manhattan. About as long, hah! The Long Island "Express"way, my ass.

EDIT: Dangit, there are 4 Go!Go!Currys in New York and they're all in Manhattan. One of them is apparently right next to a place called Go-Go Thai?!

If you get a chance, I recommend trying Curry-Ya as I like it slightly better than Go Go Curry. But they're both probably the best Manhattan has to offer for Japanese curry.

But all suggestions are welcome! I'm also interested in brewpubs or decent cocktail bars, if there are any there. We might also make the trek into Manhattan one night, since I wouldn't feel right about going to New York without seeing at least some of the glitzy stuff.

Ok, asked friends about Garden City. If there's anything (besides curry) that you're looking for in Manhattan let me know. It's a little overwhelming when people ask me for restaurant suggestions because there are so many, but if you're looking for a particular cuisine of type of food or dietary restriction, I can narrow it down much better.

LBD_Nytetrayn
05-04-2014, 01:44 AM
Anyone have some recommendations for good places to eat (or drink?) in eastern NYC? I'll probably be out on Long Island for some training for work about 10 days from now, but we're gonna be pretty far from Manhattan. Suggestions for Brooklyn, Queens or even something farther east would be welcome.

I don't know the geography too well as to say it's eastern, but Amy Ruth's (http://www.amyruthsharlem.com/) is a good place in Harlem.

MCBanjoMike
05-04-2014, 06:46 PM
Dude. Right now, with traffic, it would be 35 minutes to get from Garden City to downton Flushing, but 70 minutes to get to the west side of Manhattan. About as long, hah! The Long Island "Express"way, my ass.

If you get a chance, I recommend trying Curry-Ya as I like it slightly better than Go Go Curry. But they're both probably the best Manhattan has to offer for Japanese curry.

Ok, asked friends about Garden City. If there's anything (besides curry) that you're looking for in Manhattan let me know. It's a little overwhelming when people ask me for restaurant suggestions because there are so many, but if you're looking for a particular cuisine of type of food or dietary restriction, I can narrow it down much better.

Well I was looking at public transit times, since I didn't expect to have a car - although now it looks like I might have one while I'm there. Anyhow, I know New York is a huge place, so it's kind of impossible to list everything. I guess I'm hoping to hear about some insider kinds of places, stuff that serves great local cuisine for not too expensive. But I'm also really happy to find good Japanese or Mexican, since the latter is especially hard to find around here. Salvadorian would be good, too!

As for curry, I might go with Go Go just for the nostalgia factor, but if there's anything good closer to where I'll be staying then I might give that a try, too.

Kate or Die!
05-05-2014, 12:49 PM
Anyone have some recommendations for good places to eat (or drink?) in eastern NYC? I'll probably be out on Long Island for some training for work about 10 days from now, but we're gonna be pretty far from Manhattan.

Haha, I consider Garden City pretty close to Manhattan. I've asked some of my associates in Garden City Park for recommendations.

Here are their picks:
Shogi Japanese Restaurant - 584 Old Country Rd, Westbury, NY (516) 338-8768
Shiro of Japan - 401 Old Country Rd, Carle Place, NY 11514 (516) 997-4770
Venere (Italian) - 841 Carman Ave, Westbury, NY 11590 (516) 333-2332
Margarita's Cafe (Mexican) - 1868 Front St, East Meadow, NY 11554

MCBanjoMike
05-05-2014, 02:02 PM
Thanks, Kate!

Red Hedgehog
05-05-2014, 04:00 PM
Well I was looking at public transit times, since I didn't expect to have a car - although now it looks like I might have one while I'm there. Anyhow, I know New York is a huge place, so it's kind of impossible to list everything. I guess I'm hoping to hear about some insider kinds of places, stuff that serves great local cuisine for not too expensive. But I'm also really happy to find good Japanese or Mexican, since the latter is especially hard to find around here. Salvadorian would be good, too!

As for curry, I might go with Go Go just for the nostalgia factor, but if there's anything good closer to where I'll be staying then I might give that a try, too.

Yeah, if you're taking Long Island Railroad then you may as well just go to penn station.

My friends had fewer recommendations for the area than Kate's friends:

Waterzooi (Belgian) - 850 Franklin Ave, Garden City, NY 11530
Havana Central (Cuban) - 630 Old Country Rd, Garden City, NY 11530

As for Mexican, it's actually kind of hard to find in Manhattan proper. The outer boroughs in neighborhoods of Corona/Jackson Heights or Sunset park are where most of the city's Mexican population is. In Manhattan, you're much more likely to find good Cuban food or Cubans doing Mexican food. That said,

Los Tacos No. 1 (http://lostacos1.com/) in Chelsea Market has been getting tremendous reviews though I have never gone despite working across the street from it.

Taqueria Diana (http://www.taqueriadiana.com/)is a similar type of place, and probably a bit less crowded.

If you want more of a sit-down experience, Fonda (http://www.fondarestaurant.com/manhattan/index.php) is the place to go.

If you want to mix good cocktails and Mexican, you can't go wrong with Mayahuel (http://www.mayahuelny.com/).

Honestly, my favorite Mexican I've had in New York is right in my neighborhood of Long Island City, Queens, but it's probably a bit out of your way.

Japanese, however, is quite prevalent in Manhattan. If you want ramen, I suggest Minca (http://www.newyorkramen.com/) for more traditional or Ippudo (http://www.ippudony.com/) for a modern take on it. Curry-Ya (http://www.nycurry-ya.com/) is my favorite curry restaurant in new york, though Go!Go!Curry is a very close second and nothing else I've had has compared to those two. For Sushi, Yuka (http://yukanyc.com/) is amazing value for your dollar (all you can eat for $25), and if you want slightly more quality and variety for significantly more money, Blue Ribbon Sushi (http://www.blueribbonrestaurants.com/) is the best I've had in Manhattan. (I've heard Sushi Seki (http://www.yelp.com/biz/sushi-seki-new-york-2) is even better but also even more money.) For Katsu, I haven't found better than at Katsu Hama (http://www.yelp.com/biz/katsu-hama-new-york). And Ichibantei (http://www.yelp.com/biz/ichibantei-new-york) is just good all around.

If you do end up in the East Village for your Japanese (where most the above recommended places are), check out the amazing speakeasy Angel's Share (http://www.yelp.com/biz/angels-share-new-york) for some delicious cocktails and great ambiance (you have to go through the Villakge Yokocho restaurant through an unmarked door to get to it). And if you prefer your desserts more Italian than Japanese like I do, Veniero's Pastry Shop (http://www.venierospastry.com/) deservedly is still in business after more than 100 years.

Whew. As I said, there's lots in this city.

MCBanjoMike
05-06-2014, 07:09 AM
It's a cornucopia of restaurant choices! Thanks for all the suggestions, Red.

Tomm Guycot
05-22-2014, 02:00 AM
Some additions randomly:

SANTA CLARITA
Umaichi Ramen - it's not Tomm's Ramen good, but it's pretty good.

TORRANCE
Kagura - best Katsu on the planet. The Planet.

Kishi
05-22-2014, 09:04 AM
In California:

Torrance
Kula (http://www.kulausa.com/) (Sushi) - High-quality conveyor belt sushi. Every plate is two dollars.

Gardena
Asa (http://www.yelp.com/biz/asa-ramen-gardena) (Ramen) - Great ramen with a "late-night hole in the wall" atmosphere.
El Antojito (http://www.yelp.com/biz/el-antojito-gardena) (Mexican) - Delicious authentic tacos for a dollar apiece. For dessert, creamy paletas you can have dipped in chocolate, coconut, and/or nuts.
Pizza & Chicken Love Letter (http://www.yelp.com/biz/love-letter-pizza-and-chicken-gardena-2) (Korean Pizza/Chicken) - You can get a pizza with sweet potato on top and sweet potato mash filling the crust. Plus chicken wings—why not?
Akane Chaya (http://www.yelp.com/biz/akane-chaya-gardena) (Japanese Spaghetti) - It's like Italian spaghetti but sweeter. The meat sauce is the best.

Redondo Beach
Handel's Homemade Ice Cream & Yogurt (http://www.yelp.com/biz/handels-homemade-ice-cream-and-yogurt-redondo-beach) (Ice Cream) - Certified by National Geographic as the best ice cream in the world (seriously). They weren't wrong, either.

Manhattan Beach
Uncle Bill's Pancake House (http://www.unclebills.net/) (Breakfast) - A cornucopia of pancake varieties, plus Mitch's Scramble. Right by the beach.

Los Angeles
Pann's Restaurant (http://www.panns.com/) (Diner) - Better chicken and waffles than Roscoe's. 'Nuff said.
Shabu Shabu House (http://www.yelp.com/biz/shabu-shabu-house-los-angeles) (Shabu Shabu) - You haven't really had shabu shabu until you've eaten here. Simple yet delicious thanks to high-end ingredients. My favorite place to eat in the world.

Beverly Hills
The Stinking Rose (http://thestinkingrose.com/) (Steakhouse/Garlic) - Life-changing USDA Prime steak. Tons of garlic in everything.

Claremont
The Back Abbey (http://www.thebackabbey.com/) (Gourmet Burgers) - Thirteen-dollar burgers, worth every penny.

L.A. County
Porto's Bakery & Cafe (http://www.portosbakery.com/) (Cuban/Bakery) - God-tier pastries and Cuban sandwiches. Locations in Downey, Glendale, and Burbank.


In Arkansas:

Fayetteville
Greenhouse Grille (http://www.greenhousegrille.com/) (Fancypants Grill) - Buffalo burgers and sliced shiitake "fries."
AQ Chicken House (http://www.aqchickenhouse.net/) (Fried Chicken) - Buttery batter in abundance. The best fried chicken I've ever had.

Wolfgang
05-24-2014, 09:39 AM
Every plate is two dollars.

Every plate? Is it all spicy mayo tuna rolls or something?

Kishi
05-26-2014, 02:10 PM
They've got the basics, fancy stuff, and everything in between. They try to balance it out in some cases (like toro) by only putting one piece on a plate, but it's a very good deal overall.