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mar52

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Restaurant side dishes Sun, 09/9/12 1:46 PM (permalink)
How many of you eat the steamed zucchini and carrots served along side your entrees? 
 
I hate to waste food, but those nasty vegetables get taken away with my plate.
 
Lawry's does it right by charging for their sides.  Creamed Corn and Creamed Spinach are both delicious and I eat all or most of it.
 
Is it that they're delicious?
 
Is it that if I pay for my sides I'd be more inclined to eat them?
 
 
 
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    mar52

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    Re:Restaurant side dishes Sun, 09/9/12 1:48 PM (permalink)
    Woops... wrong forum.
     
    Can someone please move this?
     
    Thanks.
     
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      CCinNJ

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      Re:Restaurant side dishes Sun, 09/9/12 2:03 PM (permalink)
      I drink most of my vegetables for breakfast (fresh juice) so anything after that is a bonus...and I am particular. I like raw vegetables better than cooked

      As a side I usually LOVE sweet & sour red cabbage from the Diners in the area.
       
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        mar52

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        Re:Restaurant side dishes Sun, 09/9/12 2:07 PM (permalink)
        I'd eat that!  Is it served hot or cold like a slaw?
         
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          CCinNJ

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          Re:Restaurant side dishes Sun, 09/9/12 2:15 PM (permalink)
          Usually warm. But they are happy to serve it cold...depending on how you want it. I get it cold with a BLT and it's sooo good. If I'm with someone who does not want a side...they know to order red cabbage.
           
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            Michael Hoffman

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            Re:Restaurant side dishes Sun, 09/9/12 2:23 PM (permalink)
            One of my favorite dishes is liver and onions, and they do a wonderful version of that at a place here called Cap City Diner. But, they put carrots and broccoli on the plate with the liver, onions, bacon and mashed potatoes and they take crisp beyond too far. In fact, both the carrots and the broccoli are difficult to cut with a knife. These things I do not touch.
             
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              FriedClamFanatic

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              Re:Restaurant side dishes Sun, 09/9/12 2:53 PM (permalink)
              As I pointed out in my comments on appetizers, I often let the veggies go back too.  Either they are lukewarm, which means i have to scoff them down before eating anything else............or they are just plain insipid.  ONCE in a GREAT While, you get some good sides in an upsacle rstaurant, but for my money, the only time I really like the sides are in down and far from dirty roadfood type places
               
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                mar52

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                Re:Restaurant side dishes Sun, 09/9/12 2:57 PM (permalink)
                I wouldn't touch them, either.
                 
                Total waste of food.
                 
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                  kland01s

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                  Re:Restaurant side dishes Sun, 09/9/12 3:29 PM (permalink)
                  We just went to the Festival of the Vine in Geneva Illinois where obviously wine is the main feature but they always have a Flavor Fair and most of the restaurants in town have 3 offerings for  between $2 and $5. I got a prime rib sandwich which was pretty good and juicy but they felt they had to add to it but putting in some raw red peppers. I  also had a streak fritte which had leaves of something and balsamic vinegar. Yuck. I kind of like my steak or whatever to be the main event and skip and sides or add on's.
                   
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                    mar52

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                    Re:Restaurant side dishes Sun, 09/9/12 3:31 PM (permalink)
                    I'm surprised with the raw red pepper.  That's such a pronounced flavor that it would mask the prime rib.
                     
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                      CCinNJ

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                      Re:Restaurant side dishes Sun, 09/9/12 3:52 PM (permalink)
                      How was the wine?

                      Stuffed artichokes can be a delight or a disaster.
                       
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                        SUZYQICU

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                        Re:Restaurant side dishes Sun, 09/9/12 9:20 PM (permalink)
                        Raw, al dent, over cooked, saute, stir fry, steamed and etc......I love veggies!!!
                         
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                          kland01s

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                          Re:Restaurant side dishes Mon, 09/10/12 9:21 AM (permalink)
                          CCinNJ


                          How was the wine?


                           
                          We didn't have any, $5 for a very small glass was not worth it. 
                           
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                            ScreamingChicken

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                            Re:Restaurant side dishes Mon, 09/10/12 9:41 AM (permalink)
                            mar52


                            How many of you eat the steamed zucchini and carrots served along side your entrees?
                            Never, but that refers specifically to zucchini and carrots.
                             
                            I usually ask about the vegetable option to see if it's something I'll eat and if it isn't I'll ask for it to be deleted from my plate.  However, if it's something I like there have been times when I've substituted a second serving of it for the starch.
                             
                            Also, I much prefer a single vegetable to a medley unless I'm with my wife, who can be counted on to eat the vegetables I won't.
                             
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                              kland01s

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                              Re:Restaurant side dishes Mon, 09/10/12 10:32 AM (permalink)
                              ScreamingChicken


                              Also, I much prefer a single vegetable to a medley unless I'm with my wife, who can be counted on to eat the vegetables I won't.

                              My vegetarian partner comes in handy for this!
                               
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                                CCinNJ

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                                Re:Restaurant side dishes Mon, 09/10/12 10:41 AM (permalink)
                                That's like two birds with one stone! I'm thoughtful enough to share all these delicious lima beans...with you!!
                                 
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                                  CCinNJ

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                                  Re:Restaurant side dishes Mon, 09/10/12 7:40 PM (permalink)
                                  A side of asparagus at (recently-closed) Ben Benson's in NYC....was $14.50.
                                   
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                                    ann peeples

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                                    Re:Restaurant side dishes Tue, 09/11/12 8:35 AM (permalink)
                                    I usually will not pay extra for a side of vegetables. Luckily, at my favorite steak place( 5 O'Clock club) they serve a delightful relish tray along with your meal. They charge extra for a baked potato, so I never order that. But, our table always orders a side of steak fries..the best I have ever had.
                                    Surprisingly, Ruby Tuesdays, which we go to on occasion, has great, perfectly cooked vegetables, and several to choose from( no medlys, if I am not mistaken)
                                     
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                                      CCinNJ

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                                      Re:Restaurant side dishes Tue, 09/11/12 9:15 AM (permalink)
                                      I love a good relish tray!

                                      I am not a baked potato lover...and the baked potatoes found at many Steakhouses here are sometines almost as large as a newborn baby.
                                       
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                                        pnwchef

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                                        Re:Restaurant side dishes Tue, 09/11/12 10:00 AM (permalink)
                                        I'll take an order of Creamed Spinach, German fried potatoes, hand cut French fries,salted rolls, at Peter lugers. I remember when Mar described the chicken dinner to me at Mrs Knott's Chicken Restaurant " Fried Chicken, Mashed Potatoes w/ gravy,  stewed Rhubarb and CAN CORN" the company and conversation were so good, I didn't even notice the corn was canned.........Bill
                                         
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                                          mar52

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                                          Re:Restaurant side dishes Tue, 09/11/12 12:03 PM (permalink)
                                            Thanks, Bill!
                                           
                                          I don't mind canned corn as a side dish.  I don't mind canned corn as a main meal!
                                           
                                          Ann, thank you for reminding me of Ruby Tuesday's.  I think that's where I had some of the best fried fish found in Southern California. 
                                           
                                          It's just not that close to me but might be worth a trip.
                                           
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