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
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.
PacNWjet From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 980 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (5 years 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 3365 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.
Fly2HMO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (5 years 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 3351 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.
dxing From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (5 years 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 3330 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.
steeler83 From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 9372 posts, RR: 17
Reply 8, posted (5 years 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 3315 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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ALTF4 From United States of America, joined Jul 2010, 1215 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (5 years 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 3295 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 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
AzoresLover From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 771 posts, RR: 6
Reply 14, posted (5 years 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 3204 times:
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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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.
Stealthz From Australia, joined Feb 2005, 5826 posts, RR: 41
Reply 17, posted (5 years 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 3130 times:
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.
If your camera sends text messages, that could explain why your photos are rubbish!
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!!
If your camera sends text messages, that could explain why your photos are rubbish!
DiamondFlyer From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 1963 posts, RR: 4
Reply 21, posted (5 years 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 3097 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.
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...
BAKJet From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 746 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (5 years 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 3012 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.
: 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
: 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