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User currently offlineALTF4 From United States of America, joined Jul 2010, 1212 posts, RR: 4
Posted (4 years 2 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 2834 times:

So - quite simply - I'm looking for the best restaurant you have been to in the U.S. Preferably not "chain" brands but really something that had fantastic food.

Any nominations?


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User currently offlineFly2HMO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (4 years 2 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 2825 times:

Quoting ALTF4 (Thread starter):

Any nominations?

Any mom-and-pop joint in downtown Houston has excellent food, and cheap. Great for lunch breaks.

However, I can't really think of any single place I've been to in the US where I was truly blown away by the food, and I've been to MANY places. Then again I'm extremely hard to please, as I was brought up by a chef, my mom no less     


User currently offlineLH459 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 886 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (4 years 2 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 2818 times:

Wow, that is a really difficult question. I've been to many excellent restaurants here in the Bay Area. Here are two that stand out in my memory:

http://www.mezze.com/Mezze/Dinner_Menu.html

I realize that this menu might not seem terribly exciting to everyone, but the execution is just superb. I've never had a bad meal there, and every bite has been amazingly flavorful. Plus, they always serve an outstanding, complimentary amuse bouche.

http://www.fireflyrestaurant.com/menu.html

is another one of my favorites. It's a small neighborhood restaurant, which happens to serve really good food. That's not uncommon in the Bay Area, but I feel like this place is better than most!

On the opposite coast, this is my favorite restaurant bar none in Boston:

http://www.brasseriejoboston.com/

I can't go to Boston without at least stopping in for a drink and appetizer there. The food is so amazingly good!



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User currently offlinesrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (4 years 2 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 2811 times:

Todd English P.U.B. Las Vegas, NV Todd English's take on pub grub. Not quite gastropub, not quite sports bar.

Triple George Grill Las Vegas, NV Modern take on the classic old school steakhouse. They have one of the best bars in Las Vegas.

Firefly* Las Vegas, NV Worth visiting just for their bacon-wrapped dates.

Fox Brothers BBQ Atlanta, GA Cheaper than a plane ticket to Texas.


User currently offlineZentraedi From Japan, joined Jun 2007, 660 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (4 years 2 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 2799 times:

Eleven Madison Park

Best restaurant I've been to in the US. Bit pricey though, if I remember, the bill came to about $650 for my girlfriend and me---not including tip.

I've been to several Michelin starred restaurants in France and Japan, but I still think Eleven Madison Park is better than any of those.

If you are in the Northwest or West suburbs of Chicago, you should stop Montarra.


User currently offlinePacNWjet From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 980 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (4 years 2 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 2779 times:

Quoting ALTF4 (Thread starter):
Preferably not "chain" brands but really something that had fantastic food.

Don't discount "chain" brands. While not necessarily the best restaurants in the U.S., some serve excellent food by anyone's standards. A good example would be Ruth's Chris Steak House. There are dozens throughout the U.S. and other countries and as far as steak houses go, they are hard to beat. Also, some extremely upscale restaurants now have "chains," that is, multiple locations, for example, Wolfgang Puck's Spago.

Having said that, I spent a week last summer at Triple Creek Ranch in Darby, Montana. The restaurant there (no name; just simply the "dining room" at the ranch) had some of the best food I have ever had.


User currently offlineFly2HMO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (4 years 2 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 2765 times:

Quoting PacNWjet (Reply 5):

Don't discount "chain" brands. While not necessarily the best restaurants in the U.S., some serve excellent food by anyone's standards

They're definitely in the minority though. Even the more upscale brands are mediocre at best. And even bird poop tastes better than anything coming out of Olive Garden, Applebee's, Chilli's, Outback, Red Lobster, etc

The very few, not-too-big chains I like are Houston's (great prime rib and burgers) RA Sushi (always fresh and insanely gorgeous waitresses), PF Changs (all around good Chinese food) and Claim Jumper (but just for the 1lb burgers).

Unlike the other crap places mentioned earlier, I've found these other ones to be much much more consistent with food quality and service. They're more expensive, but as with everything, you get what you pay for.


User currently offlinedxing From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (4 years 2 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 2744 times:

Quoting srbmod (Reply 3):
GA Cheaper than a plane ticket to Texas.

Well you have to qualify that. East of the Mississippi BBQ is almost always pulled pork while west of the river it is almost always beef brisket. Up north BBQ is considered pork spare ribs. In Georgia I found no other place that topped Country's BBQ in Columbus. Especially neat was how they renovated the old Greyhound bus station down on Broadway.

http://www.countrysbbq.com/menus-locations/

Quoting Fly2HMO (Reply 1):
Any mom-and-pop joint in downtown Houston has excellent food, and cheap. Great for lunch breaks.

I'll ante up the District 7 Grill.

Other than that, trying to nail down the best restaurant in the U.S. will be like trying to herd cats.


User currently offlinesteeler83 From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 9211 posts, RR: 20
Reply 8, posted (4 years 2 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 2729 times:

I cannot remember the name of this Italian restaurant in New York's meat packing district, but I remember when I was there on Christmas Day, 2008. Then, it was this little, quaint traditional Italian place, and they had, in my opinion, some of the best Italian food I ever had! I cannot remember the entree I had, besides a ravioli dish, but I will always remember the dessert and after-dinner drink. I had a zabiglioni and this coffee-flavored dinner drink. My future father-in-law had this blueberry drink that you could start a mack truck with!


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User currently offlineipodguy7 From United States of America, joined Aug 2008, 351 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (4 years 2 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 2720 times:

Chicago- Charlie Trotter's, Spiaggia, Tru
New York- Babbo (Mario Batalli), Four Seasons, Alto, Nobu
Dallas- Dean Fearings (at the Ritz Carlton)
Nashville- Capital Grille (at the Hermitage)



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User currently offlineokie From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 3045 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted (4 years 2 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 2711 times:

Quoting PacNWjet (Reply 5):
A good example would be Ruth's Chris Steak House


  

Baton Rouge, Houston, Dallas, New Orleans, Tampa, Destin, West Palm Beach are a few that I have frequented.

Local in OKC would be "The Ranch" similar to Ruth's Chris or "Cattleman's" in the stock yards they have a special ranch dressing but the steaks are just slightly above average.

Okie


User currently offlineALTF4 From United States of America, joined Jul 2010, 1212 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (4 years 2 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 2709 times:

Quoting PacNWjet (Reply 5):
Don't discount "chain" brands. While not necessarily the best restaurants in the U.S., some serve excellent food by anyone's standards. A good example would be Ruth's Chris Steak House. There are dozens throughout the U.S. and other countries and as far as steak houses go, they are hard to beat. Also, some extremely upscale restaurants now have "chains," that is, multiple locations, for example, Wolfgang Puck's Spago.

Yes, I know. I have been to a few that are good - but they are all the same, no local flavor or different flairs to it.

Quoting Fly2HMO (Reply 6):
They're definitely in the minority though. Even the more upscale brands are mediocre at best. And even bird poop tastes better than anything coming out of Olive Garden, Applebee's, Chilli's, Outback, Red Lobster, etc

I agree. Outback might be ok, but these:

Quoting Fly2HMO (Reply 6):
Houston's
Quoting Fly2HMO (Reply 6):
PF Changs

are decent. I might add Maggiano's to that list - for some reason I love their food.

Quoting dxing (Reply 7):
Other than that, trying to nail down the best restaurant in the U.S. will be like trying to herd cats.

True, but I'm just asking for personal favorites  


Thanks for the suggestions so far guys!



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User currently offlineFly2HMO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (4 years 2 months 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 2676 times:

Quoting ALTF4 (Reply 11):
Outback might be ok,

I think they're extremely overrated and overpriced. Their steaks suck. Don't get why everybody raves about them.

I don't fancy steakhouses actually, not in the US at least. I always turn out disappointed.

For $8 I can pick up an excellent 1.2lb boneless rib-eye steak at Fry's and grill it myself and have it taste better than a $50 steakhouse random piece of cow. And I use salt and pepper, and thats it.

My chef/mom taught me well   


User currently offlineMingToo From Zimbabwe, joined Jun 2009, 464 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (4 years 2 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 2660 times:

The Cambridge Brewing Company in Boston

http://www.cambrew.com/

I went there for an evening a couple of years ago. They had a special deal although I don't think it is there all the time. 5 courses each with a different beer selected by the brew master to compliment the dish. All for $50.

3 of the beers were full pints and 2 were just half pints. Make sure you take plenty of women in the group then you can just finish up the beer that they can't drink  


User currently offlineAzoresLover From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 757 posts, RR: 6
Reply 14, posted (4 years 2 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 2618 times:
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My personal favorite: Papadeaux.

During the 1990s they had locations only in Texas, and I ate at several of them in both the Dallas and Houston areas. But they have since expanded to other areas. My most recent visit was to the one in the Atlanta area.

Excellent menu, including some unusual items very hard to find in other restaurants, great variety of seafood items.



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User currently offlinewaterpolodan From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 1649 posts, RR: 5
Reply 15, posted (4 years 2 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 2605 times:

Quoting Fly2HMO (Reply 6):
chains I like are Houston's (

Ugh, I used to work there and maybe it was eating that food every day that made me sick of it, but I can't stand that place any more. Yes, the service will always be prompt and efficient and the food isn't bad, I'd just choose one of 100 other local places in any given city before I'd go for the "corporate meal".

I've only really experienced the full breadth of food in 2 cities in this country- Miami and New Orleans. For Miami, I don't really have a favorite as it's such an eclectic mix and not really a very old town with a long tradition of food like NY. My favorite place to get a sandwich or a quick dinner is a hole in the wall called Whisk in Coral Gables, excellent place run by family friends that never disappoints me. New Orleans is by many accounts one of the best food cities in the country, and of all the great places to eat there, my top pick would be either a place called Bayona in the French Quarter, or Jacques-Imo's, a place uptown. Both of them have great atmosphere, great people, and food that is worth dreaming over even though it's been over 2 years since I enjoyed either place. Best in the country? To me, probably, because I love cajun food.


User currently offlinekmh1956 From Bermuda, joined Jun 2005, 3324 posts, RR: 7
Reply 16, posted (4 years 2 months 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 2572 times:

I went to this place many years ago, and have never forgotten it...amazing ambiance; great food...
http://www.commonmanrestaurant.com/

From the looks of it, it hasn't changed since 1979 at all....



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User currently offlineStealthz From Australia, joined Feb 2005, 5697 posts, RR: 44
Reply 17, posted (4 years 2 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 2544 times:
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Quoting Fly2HMO (Reply 12):
I don't fancy steakhouses actually, not in the US at least. I always turn out disappointed.

As was I.
Some years ago while on business in Denver (well, Louisville to be exact) one of my hosts took me to dinner, she offered seafood but being from Sydney that didn't seem to be that big of an attraction in CO, we ended up in a steakhouse in Denver.
Experience was OK but at the time the exchange rate was approx 2:1 so whilst a nice piece of meat it WAS NOT an AUD$80 steak(++ for each vegetable)...
Thinking about it the glass of wine in the bar in Boulder was AUD$20 or so and certainly didn't earn it!

And while everyone thinks I am being critical of all things American, in transit to CO I dined at a steak restaurant in San Francisco, somewhere near Union Square that I would crawl over broken glass to get back to but cannot recall the name.

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User currently offlinembmbos From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2597 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (4 years 2 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 2541 times:

The Pink Adobe in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Continental cuisine with a New Mexican flare. Outstanding service and ambiance that can't be beat.

http://www.thepinkadobe.com/


User currently offlineLH459 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 886 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (4 years 2 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 2528 times:

Quoting Stealthz (Reply 17):
dined at a steak restaurant in San Francisco, somewhere near Union Square that I would crawl over broken glass to get back to but cannot recall the name.

Can you be any more specific? I work in downtown SF, so I probably know the place...



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User currently offlineStealthz From Australia, joined Feb 2005, 5697 posts, RR: 44
Reply 20, posted (4 years 2 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 2517 times:
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Quoting LH459 (Reply 19):
Can you be any more specific?

Will have to work on that, somewhere in my "stored stuff" I think I have the receipts etc for that trip... would live to revisit the place!
One of the things I like was that the client I was hosting was really pedantic about his "no-carb" diet** and the chef gave him a really hard time... cheered me somewhat!!

** real pr^&k actually!!



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User currently onlineDiamondFlyer From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 1547 posts, RR: 3
Reply 21, posted (4 years 2 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 2511 times:

Jack Stack Barbecue (Kansas City). The place is amazing. All kinds of meats, smoked in house. They've got some BBQ beans that are just amazing, as well as a whole bunch of other delicious appetizers. Not terribly expensive either.

-DiamondFlyer


User currently offlinewaterpolodan From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 1649 posts, RR: 5
Reply 22, posted (4 years 2 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 2454 times:

Quoting kmh1956 (Reply 16):
I went to this place many years ago, and have never forgotten it...amazing ambiance; great food...
http://www.commonmanrestaurant.com/

From the looks of it, it hasn't changed since 1979 at all....

Amazing that you should mention this place! My mom has a condo near Sugarbush and my family meets up every year there for a ski trip, we always have a dinner at the Common Man while we're in town! It's one of my favorite places to eat in Vermont, absolutely delicious, and that's as of this January so it hasn't changed foodwise since you were there, though I was told that the ownership has changed hands in the last 5 years. I'd definitely put that place on my top 10 list of restaurants that I've been to in the US. While on Vermont food, there's nothing like American Flatbread, at the original location just outside Sugarbush. Best pizza I've ever had by about 10 miles, because it's all super-local organic and it has some really interesting pizzas (not to mention local brews on tap like Long Trail and Switchback... mmmmm), though they're only open one night a week and the line is out the door in 10 degree weather so you have to get there early and put your name on the list...


User currently offlineFly2HMO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (4 years 2 months 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 2436 times:

Quoting MingToo (Reply 13):
Make sure you take plenty of women in the group then you can just finish up the beer that they can't drink

Wouldn't you want the girl to finish up all the beer YOU didn't drink? I think the results may be much more productive, assuming you like women of course   


User currently offlineBAKJet From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 744 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (4 years 2 months 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 2426 times:

Zendricks Czech Restaurant in Cedar Rapids, IA used to be by far my favorite restaurant in the US. Unfortunately, it flooded in 2008 and has come back as "The Blue Toad" and is more of a bar than before (since it wasn't really a bar at all before). They still offer alot of the same food, but its not the same. Still, its a way to get Czech food without going a few thousand miles and I LOVE Czech food.

25 ScarletHarlot : Selecting the best restaurant in the US is impossible, if you ask me, because it's such a personal thing, and while for one person it could be the com
26 Post contains images Fly2HMO : I hate when people do that. I usually frequent mom-and-pop shops 80% of the time when I can. However, there's some places where hole-in-the-wall shop
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