tbar220 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (5 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 5198 times:
Ok folks, I don't know if this has been done here before, but lets try it out. Here's how this will work.
(1) Only one restaurant per post.
(2) Do your best to include a picture of the food, ideally from the restaurant.
(3) Wait until at least one other person posts before you post again.
I'll go first. My restaurant of choice is a Vietnamese restaurant called "Pho Xe Tank Restaurant" in the Uptown neighborhood of Chicago. I've only recently gotten into Vietnamese food and I'm an instant addict. Enjoy!
Coal From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (5 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 5101 times:
Man, I've been having a craving for Pho for a while and the one I go to in Shanghai is not very good.
Hard to do one per post, as I have a favorite one in a lot of cities (self gloss, yeah, whatever). I'll do the ones for the top 3 cities I spend most of my time in:
- Southern Barbarian (The European beer selection is particularly good)
- Kommune (Best brunch, including best coffee and juices in Shanghai)
- Victorian Home (Excellent Shanghainese food. And Shanghainese food tends to be very poor!)
- Movida (Probably best tapas I have ever had)
- Mamasita (Excellent Mexican food)
- PS Cafe (It's international food and generally good for brunch, but what makes it so good is the location at Dempsey Hill)
- The French Stall (Hawker style - e.g. super casual - French dining by a one Michelin star chef in Little India)
Aloha717200 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (5 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 5088 times:
Applebee's. Although it has been on the decline lately, Applebees was my favourite restaurant for well over a decade. Fortunately, they still have my favourite dish on the menu: Fiesta Lime Chicken (in some places called Tequila Lime Chicken)
It's two grilled chicken breasts over crispy tortilla strips, with mexi-ranch sauce and cheese over the top of it, pico de gallo, and mexican rice. With a lime for squeezing. (it's delicious with the lime juice)
Two complaints: Pico sucks, but fortunately it's on the side; and I wish the portion of chicken was larger. But man, it's heaven.
Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, many other cities in the U.S.
Still on my list of places to go. .
Quoting Aloha717200 (Reply 2): Applebee's. Although it has been on the decline lately, Applebees was my favourite restaurant for well over a decade. Fortunately, they still have my favourite dish on the menu: Fiesta Lime Chicken (in some places called Tequila Lime Chicken)
At least try O'Charley's Grilled Baja Chicken. Applebees is terrible.
sw733 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (5 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 4934 times:
For some reason, my single favorite restaurant is "Rumi" in Melbourne, Australia. I've met people who aren't the biggest fan, but I have been there a few times and absolutely love it. Now, I have to go every time I am in MEL.
They don't have a website so unfortunately no pics, but it is Lebanese food.
Fly2HMO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (5 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 4930 times:
Just one restaurant? Well that's unreasonable. The best one will vary with everyone's mood.
And frankly I have too many to list in many places.
I'm extremely picky when it comes to food, I was spoiled since my mom was a chef. That being said, as much as I hate big restaurant chains, specially the lower end ones, there's a few I go to frequently if there's one in the area. I go to these not so much because the food is great, but because I can always expect consistent quality across all their franchises, and they actually cook REAL food, not the microwaveable horse manure served at places like Crapplebees, Chillis, Olive Garden, Hooters, Outback, etc etc
And may I add there's no such thing as "Mexican" food in the US. Sorry, just no. This is not subject to debate. I've given hundreds of supposedly authentic Mexican joints the benefit of the doubt and always end up disappointed. Places like Macayo's, Chillis, and other such places are an insult to the real stuff.
Anyways, enough ranting, my faves:
Houston's - Damn good prime rib. There may be better but these guys always make it to perfection no matter where I go. Great service too, and with always gorgeous hostesses
P.F. Changs - Maybe not as authentic as a hole-in-the wall Chinese joint, but still very good overall.
RA Sushi - Very fresh, and always with insanely hot waitresses, specially in the summer months in college towns
There's a ton of hole in the walls I like to. Too many to list or even remember. I will say though two cities I've been to where hole-in-the-wall type joints are always excellent are in (downtown) Houston, and Mexico City.
photopilot From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (5 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 4897 times:
Ahhhh.....the joy of food.
Current favourite has to be Taberna Muralla located on the southwest corner of Plaza Vieja in Havana Cuba.
Nothing like sitting in the sunshine, enjoying a few strings of grilled shrimp and a tube of cold beer. In case you're wondering, it's a brew pub with the suds brewed right on the premises (several types) and they serve it in these tall tubes with a tap on the bottom. There's a smaller thin tube down the center of the beer tube holding crushed ice, so the beer stays nice and cold while it's on your table.
Coal From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (5 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 4879 times:
Quoting Fly2HMO (Reply 13): Maybe not as authentic as a hole-in-the wall Chinese joint
P.F. Changs is anything but Chinese food.
Quoting Fly2HMO (Reply 13): And may I add there's no such thing as "Mexican" food in the US. Sorry, just no
I did know a real Mexican joint in Tallahassee serving authentic Mexican food to the relatively small population of Mexicans living there. No tacos or enchiladas or cheese nachos. But ropa vieja and pozole!
Fly2HMO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (5 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 4868 times:
Quoting Coal (Reply 15): P.F. Changs is anything but Chinese food.
True. It is pretty generic Asian food. But hey its good.
Yet I just don't get how many places screw up "generic" Mexican food. Take a taco, for example, get a warm, slightly browned SOFT tortilla, REAL meat, and bandera salsa made from fresh tomato, onion, cilantro, and chile serrano. Voila!
Yet every where I go to in the US somehow manages to ruin something as simple as a taco.
We don't have any of those fancy schmancy restaurants that big cities have. This is a fairly rural town. The closest you'll get to "fine dining" is Red Lobster or Sandpiper restaurants. We don't even have an Olive Garden.
Perhaps I'm easier to please, but I've quite liked the food I've had at Applebees in the past. Wingers is another favourite.
And as for the portions: The two chicken breasts are actually fairly small. I'd say 4-5 ounces each. They just look larger in the picture.
So, my apologies if my palette is not as "refined". I have my favourite restaurants based on what's available, sheesh.
Mir From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (5 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 4801 times:
Quoting Fly2HMO (Reply 13): P.F. Changs - Maybe not as authentic as a hole-in-the wall Chinese joint, but still very good overall.
P.F. Chang's is to Chinese food what Chipotle is to Mexican food. It may taste decent, but don't for a second think it's anything close to authentic Chinese.
I don't have many pictures, but here's one I'll recommend: Super Comida in San Diego. The best Mexican food I've ever had (though I've admittedly never been to Mexico). I can't say whether it was truly authentic or not, but it was different from what I'd had before, and it tasted fantastic, so that's good enough for me.
Quoting Aloha717200 (Reply 18): We don't have any of those fancy schmancy restaurants that big cities have. This is a fairly rural town.
Is there really nothing good that isn't a chain? Doesn't have to be "fine dining" - hell, my picture is of a place where the food is served in a buffet. You stand in line, you tell the people what you want, they put in on a styrofoam plate on a plastic tray, you pay, and you take the tray to a table and sit down. Fancy it's not. Tasty it is. And that's what's really important.
AF340 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (5 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 4720 times:
The Tides in Holetown, Barbados. I had the Risotto to start, then a "Thai Jumbo Shrimp Curry", finishing off with a "Homemade Double Delight Chunky Mars Bar and Oreo Cookie Cheesecake". May not sound like fine dining, but I assure you -- it is!
Shameless self-plug - I maintain a website that lists restaurants that cater for coeliacs, those with a gluten allergy. Usually this means places that mark whether menu items are gluten free or not, or if a restaurant is able to modify a dish. This certainly means that it becomes a "favourite" of mine! (or at least, of my wife, who needs this facility. The diesease makes eating out very difficult usually, unless we plan in advance.) www.coeliaclist.co.uk
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