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Poll: Best Restaurant:

Sat May 13, 2000 4:37 am

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?
 
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RE: Poll: Best Restaurant:

Sat May 13, 2000 5:01 am

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.
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RE: Poll: Best Restaurant:

Sat May 13, 2000 6:24 am

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

Avion
 
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RE: Poll: Best Restaurant:

Sat May 13, 2000 8:12 am

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

Sat May 13, 2000 10:00 am

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

Good choice.

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RE: Poll: Best Restaurant:

Sat May 13, 2000 12:50 pm

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.
 
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RE: Poll: Best Restaurant:

Sat May 13, 2000 1:01 pm

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.
 
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RE: Poll: Best Restaurant:

Sat May 13, 2000 3:35 pm

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.
 
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RE: Poll: Best Restaurant:

Sat May 13, 2000 3:41 pm

Hungry Hunter

Tung Kee Noodle

Chili's

Denny's

 
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RE: Poll: Best Restaurant:

Sat May 13, 2000 5:02 pm

Rainforest cafe is AWESOME!!! I also LOVE Tony Romas. MMMMMMMMM.
 
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RE: Poll: Best Restaurant:

Sat May 13, 2000 11:00 pm

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

 

 

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Papadeaux Seafood Kitchen

Sun May 14, 2000 3:26 am

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!!!
 
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Oh Yea...Club 33

Sun May 14, 2000 3:32 am

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!
 
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RE: Poll: Best Restaurant:

Sun May 14, 2000 8:39 am

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*~
 
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RE: Poll: Best Restaurant:

Sun May 14, 2000 10:42 am

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!!
 
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RE: Poll: Best Restaurant:

Sun May 14, 2000 1:26 pm

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!
 
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Samurai 777

Sun May 14, 2000 1:35 pm

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...)
 
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RE: Poll: Best Restaurant:

Mon May 15, 2000 2:59 am

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!
 
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RE: Poll: Best Restaurant:

Mon May 15, 2000 11:24 am


"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.
 
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Samurai 777 And The Habanero

Mon May 15, 2000 12:11 pm

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!
 
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Samurai 777

Mon May 15, 2000 12:40 pm

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.

 
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RE: Poll: Best Restaurant:

Mon May 15, 2000 5:18 pm

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!
 
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RE: Poll: Best Restaurant:

Tue May 16, 2000 1:14 am

Hey-

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

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RE: Poll: Best Restaurant:

Tue May 16, 2000 1:29 am

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".
 
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RE: Poll: Best Restaurant:

Wed May 17, 2000 8:08 am

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.

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