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Poll: Best Restaurant:  
User currently offline747-600X From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 2789 posts, RR: 15
Posted (14 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 1313 times:

Overall, I'd say Papadeaux Seafood Kitchen. I don't know if this is chain or not. As far as chain restaurants go, I'd have to say Baker's Square.

So - what are your tastes?


"Mental health is reality at all cost." -- M. Scott Peck, 'The Road Less Traveled'
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User currently offlineTWFirst From Vatican City, joined Apr 2000, 6346 posts, RR: 52
Reply 1, posted (14 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 937 times:

Baker's Square is fab. Another Chicago chain I absolutely love is Mitchell's.

In order for the answers to this poll to be meaningful, I think people should describe in detail non-chain local restaurants that are mentioned. Otherwise, answers like "Papadeaux Seafood Kitchen" aren't going to mean much to anybody. But if we have a detailed description of why "Papadeaux Seafood Kitchen" is so fantastic, then we can visit it when we're in the Chicago area.



An unexamined life isn't worth living.
User currently offlineAvion From Bouvet Island, joined May 1999, 2205 posts, RR: 7
Reply 2, posted (14 years 3 months 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 926 times:

What about the Cheesecake factory? Its a chain in the western US.

Avion


User currently offlineYaki1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (14 years 3 months 3 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 922 times:

Pongsri Thai Restaurant, 244 W. 48 St., New York, New York. In the Theatre Distict, "Yummy!".

User currently offlineAmerican_4275 From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 1076 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (14 years 3 months 3 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 919 times:

Avion: The cheescake restaurant is also found on the east coast. Their food is great!

Good choice.

American_4275


User currently offline747-600X From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 2789 posts, RR: 15
Reply 5, posted (14 years 3 months 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 917 times:

Well, I would think the words 'Seafood Kitchen' would give it away, but what the heck: It's in Schaumburg, which is West of Des Plaines, and it has about the best seafood, from gumbo to whole crabs, you can find.


"Mental health is reality at all cost." -- M. Scott Peck, 'The Road Less Traveled'
User currently offlineDeltaRNOmd-80 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (14 years 3 months 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 914 times:

I would say "Shogun" Japanese Steakhouse in Jacksonville Florida. Great food and the japanese chefs make it on the grill right in front of you. Here in Reno, you can go to about any casino, Silver Legacy, Eldorado, Atlantis, Hilton, or John Ascuagas Nugget and find many great restaurants.

User currently offlineDerek H From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (14 years 3 months 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 913 times:

I would say Benny's, yes I mean Benny's NOT Denny's. This is a five star restaurant here in Sioux Falls, I dont know if it a chain or not. It serves the best, it is exspensive, but very classy. I love their Tequila Chicken, YUMM....As far as chains go I would have to say, Outback Steak House. I love their ribs.

User currently offlineRotate777 From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 400 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (14 years 3 months 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 915 times:

Hungry Hunter

Tung Kee Noodle

Chili's

Denny's



User currently offlineFlywithken From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 223 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (14 years 3 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 909 times:

Rainforest cafe is AWESOME!!! I also LOVE Tony Romas. MMMMMMMMM.

User currently offlineAmerican_4275 From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 1076 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (14 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 905 times:

Also, outback steakhouse is great! The ribs on the barby(barbie?).....ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh(drooling)

 

 

American_4275


User currently offlineWinAir From United States of America, joined May 1999, 270 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (14 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 981 times:

They had one or two (i think maybe two) in Houston when I lived there. IT WAS FABULOUS!
All of the Papadeaux and Papasedeaux (spelling?) restraunts were good. I wish they had them out here in California.

Right now I would have to say my favorite restraunts are Outback Steak House, and RUBY'S!!!


User currently offlineWinAir From United States of America, joined May 1999, 270 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (14 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 907 times:

Club 33 in disneyland!! A ncie restraunt in Disneyland's New Orleans Square where you only get in with reservations   Really fancy and GREAT FOOD! They make pasta right in front of you made to order   GREAT cake...Great meat...Great everything!! Sometimes they even have people play the harpsicord or Violin for ya  
I would advise all you of to try and make a reservation there next time you are at Disneyland!


User currently offlineN4KHGirl From United States of America, joined May 1999, 297 posts, RR: 3
Reply 13, posted (14 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 901 times:

If any of yall ever get out to Lafayette, LA you all definately have to go to Don's Seafood!!!!!!!! and if yall get up to Roanoke, VA yall have to go to montano's!!! it's soo yummie..

~*Camille*~


User currently offlineSamurai 777 From Canada, joined Jan 2000, 2458 posts, RR: 4
Reply 14, posted (14 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 907 times:

The best restaurants in Edmonton IMHO:

The Mikado - Truly big pieces of sushi, and Isobe chicken(chicken wrapped around avocado and fried tempura style). Oh, yeah - did I mention the Sushi Pizza? I like this one, too. That's a unique and popular creation at the Mikado, and it's made with rice instead of pizza dough. The staff is very lively and busy. The sushi bar is the longest I've seen in any Japanese restaurant - a bit longer than a large boardroom table, and there is a robata grill.

The King And I - This is the BEST Thai restaurant in Canada I've been to! It serves up excellent Thai food, but you gotta get there early to get a seat!

Julio's Barrio - You should try the quesadillas AND the margaritas! The salsa is WEAPONS GRADE THERMONUCLEAR, especially the ones made from habanero peppers!

Yiannis Taverna - I love the lamb chops there! And the Greek octopus stew? It tastes way better than it sounds and I love it!

Chianti's on Whtye - You gotta try the pasta specials there sometimes!

Il Portico - Buono pasta! And the wine's good, too. Reservations there are a must.

Tony Roma's - Those ribs are great! Slathered with thick sauce and tender enough for the meat to come right off the bones! YUM!!


User currently offlineCVG777 From United States of America, joined May 2000, 1251 posts, RR: 6
Reply 15, posted (14 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 887 times:

Chain- Benihana, Outback Steak House, and Arby's

As for the non-chain restaurants my picks are:

1) La Casita
It is a Mexican reataurant on Marco Island, FL. They have about a hundred or so pinatas hanging from the cieling and have live music some nights. It is a fun place to go and the food is excellent.

2) Crabby Dick's
This is a place here in Key West, FL. It is a seafood restaurant on the world famous Duval Street. If you are ever in Key West, try it because the menu is great. Get the Catfish!


User currently offline747-600X From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 2789 posts, RR: 15
Reply 16, posted (14 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 888 times:

You mean there's real Salsa north of Mexico? I can't find any at a major grocery and even the Mexican stores only sell stuff that Americans will eat. I have to add Tobasco sauce to my salsa to make it hot enough to eat, and that's always anything market Hot or Extra Hot. I didn't know anyone was crazy enough to use habanero peppers! That's COOL! (Well, hot...)


"Mental health is reality at all cost." -- M. Scott Peck, 'The Road Less Traveled'
User currently offlineSamurai 777 From Canada, joined Jan 2000, 2458 posts, RR: 4
Reply 17, posted (14 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 881 times:

Yes, Julio's does serve up several different kinds of salsa, not just one kind. There was a salsa contest among different restaurants along Whyte Avenue in Edmonton a few years ago. Samples were put out for other people to taste. Well, Julio's decided to put up samples of three or four different kinds of salsa - and the habanero was one of them. I took a taste of that salsa and one bite was all it took for my mouth to get intolerably HOT. It took about half a jug of lime margarita for me to cool it down! I honestly don't know where Julio's gets these kind of peppers. They might've imported them directly from Mexico, or more likely, there is a specialty imported goods store somewhere in Edmonton that supplies them.

BTW, for those unfamiliar with peppers, the habanero pepper is the hottest known peppper on the market. It's much, much hotter than jalapeno. Several hundred times hotter, in fact!


User currently offlineB727-200 From Australia, joined Nov 1999, 1051 posts, RR: 3
Reply 18, posted (14 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 876 times:


"Grappa's" Italian Restaurant in Pacific Plaza - HKG. Great place to go when you have had enough of noodles, rice, fish balls and Chinese veggies.


User currently offline747-600X From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 2789 posts, RR: 15
Reply 19, posted (14 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 875 times:

Cool! Now I've got to go to Edmonton. There's a guy at school who's always bringin' in Habaneros and we had a contest one day to see who could eat the most of one. I can eat a Jalapeno easy and want a glass of water or something, but it's alright if I haven't got one, but this Habanero was something else! They are unbeleivably hot, yeah, and I got about a third of the way through it in very very very very very tiny nibbles before my mouth was like breathing fire. Then I had to go and rub my eye! WHOOOOOOEEEEE! I couldn't open my eye or stop it from cryin' for like five hours. THAT's a lesson for ya!


"Mental health is reality at all cost." -- M. Scott Peck, 'The Road Less Traveled'
User currently offlineLouis From Canada, joined Oct 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (14 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 881 times:

Nihongo o hanashimasu ka?

Ok, a few words about Yannis on Whyte. It's not the best Greek resturant in town (my mom's from Greece, so I know my Greek food!). It's popular because it's on Whyte and because of the dances they have every afternoon. But the food itself is not spectacular. I went to this small Greek resturant place Jasper last night and it was really good. Waitress was cute for a Greek girl too. I forget the name, but it's probably the best place in town I've been. Sirtakis is anothother place on mayfield and it's probably the best known Greek resturant in town, but it's waaaay overrated.

Bua Thai on Jasper avenue (next to the Sicilian Kitchen) is actually better than King and I. King and I is fancier, but Bua Thai has better food.

Sicilian Kitchen is probably the best Italian resturant in town I've been to. Their pasta is amazing.

Haven't tried too many Japanese resturants. Sakura's is really good. My friend was a waitress there, but they fired her. One thing about Japanese resturants in town -- they're not owned by Japanese. Many Chinese run Japanese resturants here and hire Chinese chefs. That was one complaint my friend said about Sakura. She said it wasn't authentic.

Chinese: Sam Wok or Taipan Cafe ... just kidding! Really cheap, though. The rule is to go where there are fewer gwailos.

And Julio's...I was disappointed with their nachos and their service. The waiter forgot our order.

And never go to OUTBACK! it blows!

Louis

P.S. I went to this one Korean resturant in little Seoul in NYC and it was awesome! I forget the name. The best Japanese food I had was this resturant in East Village in New York. The beef was exquisite! Too bad Japanese and Korean food is too expensive.



User currently offlineSamurai 777 From Canada, joined Jan 2000, 2458 posts, RR: 4
Reply 21, posted (14 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 867 times:

To answer your Japanese question: Iee. I haven't really taken the time to really learn Japanese as a language. But I did know one guy who took Japanese language studies at the U of A. I'm well aware of how fiendishly difficult that language is! However, I'm learning a different and more important one now - ASL, or American Sign Language, as I know a lot of my friends who are either Deaf or hard of hearing(that's what I am). There really isn't any such thing as a Canadian Sign Language. A little more difficult than you think, because ASL grammar is much more similar to French or Russian than English!

Anyhow, about your thread - it's kind of interesting. You're damn right a lot of those Japanese restaurants tend to be run and staffed by Chinese. There really are a lot of cooks in Japanese restaurants in Edmonton who are Chinese. The Mikado's even begun hiring an Anglo-Canadian cook to work at the robata grill, as well as other duties. The Mikado is run by a Japanese-Canadian manager and owner, though. I don't know if you know where Mikado set up its new restaurant, I'm sure might, but in case you don't, I'd give you the location anyways - 109 Street and 104 Avenue. That's right next to where the Rathole is being taken down. I did go to Sakura on 101st Street once - it wasn't half bad at all.

Hmmm. The Sicilian Kitchen and Bua Thai, I've never really been to those places, but I'll try them sometimes!


User currently offlineJWM AIRTRANS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (14 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 865 times:

Hey-

Great topic! My favorite restaraunt is Salvadore Scallopini, a SE Michigan chain. My favorite big chain is Outback or Tony Romas.

Jack M


User currently offlineNKP S2 From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 1714 posts, RR: 5
Reply 23, posted (14 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 865 times:

NYC absolutely rocks restaurant wise...too,too many to list. Great ethnic food. Don't EVEN think about eating at a chain restaurant there--there's no excuse with all the scads of privately run great places of all kinds. Charlotte NC: Blue Marlin. Great provincial seafood with an art deco feel to the place and it's been there a long time. Looks like a setting for one of those black and white movies you see on AMC. Houg Viet or Lang Van are good Vietnamese places. Charlotte's come a long way from the "Bubba's Italian and American Restaurant" (or "Chinese and American") era of just 10 years ago. I don't care much for "chain" restaurants but that's only because as a native of the NY area,I'm such a "food snob".

User currently offlineDeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8897 posts, RR: 12
Reply 24, posted (14 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 846 times:

Legal Sea Foods on the East Coast. Best fish in the world. Next time you fly to DCA or BOS make sure to stop in.

Jeff


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