Originally posted by BuddyRoadhouseThe two places I've got in mind, if they'd had the same advertising and marketing budget, would have crushed McDonald's a long time ago.
I bet they had that when the museum was an operating McDonald's. One of the biggest thrills I ever had was eating at the McDonald's in Downey, CA, which remains the oldest continuously operating McD's anywhere. It was started by Maurice and Richard, who, not to displease any Montreal Canadiens fans, were better known as Dick and Mac, McDonald thier own selves. Ah, the kitsch that's a necessary element of any great road trip.
Originally posted by EliseT
The first one is obvious...Phillipe's French Dip, which is one of the few foods we can lay claim to having invented here.
It's too hard to narrow down the second...I have to cheat too...after all, it's a megalopolis!!! I can pick a few places where the community gathers, and a guidebook would say "locals" frequent:
Soul Food...M & M's
The Original Tommy's chiliburger
No Barney's Beanery or Pink's Hot Dogs?
Originally posted by paoconnell
Buffets are representative of LV as well; some are excellent, some are grim. The best buffet for the money in LV is the Aladdin. The food's prpared in small batches, so doesn't get stale. Broad selection of stations--seafood, Italian, Asian, American, Middle Eastern, salad, and dessert(!). Skip the Southwestern section. The Aladdin will soon be renamed to Planet Hollywood, but supposedly PH plans to leave the buffet alone.
I haven't been to Vegas since 1985, but I believe that buffets are best represented in Vegas by the 1/2 pound hot dog at Slots~O~Fun, which is a casino that's far too small for a real buffet, but it's still an all-you-can-eat for cheap sort of thing. I'd sit for hours dumping jingle and probably losing a jackpot or two because I was watching all the Picassos put condiments on their dogs, which they often shared with significant others who had different tastes for condiments.
One thing that happened in Las Vegas that I wish wouldn't stay in Las Vegas.
Originally posted by Extreme Glow
Would that be the two that I would wish represent or that do actually represent?
For actually representing St. Louis, I would have to say Steak And Shake, with 34 locations, does represent the city. Number two would be any of several Italian places on The Hill.
How about Ted Drewe's, with TWO locations? St Louis is one place I do get to once a year or so, and I'd rather walk to Ted Drewe's than be chauffeured to Steak And Shake, which is my favorite chain by half.
Originally posted by Rick F.No, it's not. Our Super WalMart has a Nathan's inside a Subway, and the hotdogs have no "snap." Also, the only dressings available are those from Subway, and with the exception of the spicy mustard, Subway doesn't have anything that sounds good on a hot dog.
Pickles, onions, tomatoes, cucumbers. You're a glow in the dark green relish and French's shmear (sorry, all my fellow bagel freaks) away from Chicago Style, which was the pushcart vendor's way of giving his customer a balanced meal for a nickle during the Great Depression. I bet slaw dogs in the South, and Chili dogs on the West Coast have the same etymology. Notice that all of the above are still popular?
Gotta love Chicago. Any place that defines "style" by anything other than who's labels are on your butt cheeks or the like is okay in my book. Except, of course, on Packer~Bear weekends.
Originally posted by fpczyz Question kmacree ?? .....are you under town arrest? or perhaps tied to the town's only traffic light? or maybe your a suspect in some hank-panky with the mayor's daughter and you cant leave town' till the baby is born?................. Move ! please, don't let the world pass you by. You can always come back at Thanksgiving and tell all the folks about how hard it is to find a parking space in your new CITY!!!
Now you're making me concerned. I was born in Milwaukee, WI, which is the best kept secret in the Midwest due to it's proximity to Chicago, where the people swarm for obvious reasons. Both Milwaukee and Chicago are frequented by yours truly regularly and I NEVER have trouble finding a parking place. I flatly refuse to pay $5 to park in Milwaukee, and often $11 an HOUR
in Chicago. What do I do instead? Hop on the mass transit system. When visiting Chicago, I use Metra. Total transportation costs for a WEEKEND: $5 for a weekend pass on Metra, $1 a day to park my heap, and perhaps $3 for a gallon or so of gas to get to the station and back.
Chicago: There are probably a thousand places in Chicago I need to eat at, so you locals feel free to enlighten me, but the question was, "the two best places that represent your town", I vote for Pizzeria Uno and one of the aforementioned hot dog pushcarts that gave us the phrase "Chicago Style".
Milwaukee, WI: George Webb's. You can get better food, but you can't beat the people watching at George Webb's, especially at bar time. The other is either Kopp's or Leon's, both of which are custard stands. Kopp's is better, but Leon's is cheaper and more neon decorated, and Emma Kopp got her first custard maker from Leon Schneider, as did most of the other custard stands in the shadow of them and Gille's or Oscar's. Any one of these will make you swear off Culver's butter burgers and inferior, but still pretty good, custard when you're in town.
Trevor, WI, where I now live: Pizza Time, go west from either I-94 or US 45 on County Road C in Kenosha County (beware, Racine County has one, too. If you take it, let me know what you find). Good but not great food. The big thing is the decor. It's in the old town firehouse, and you'll know it when you go in. When we got married, by wife and I hosted a dinner there, which was enjoyed by all who attended. I won't recommend Kelly's Bar and Grill to my worst enemy, so the other is whatever church is hosting a dinner, or maybe the roadside corn, squash and tomato stands when they're open.
Originally posted by stricken_detective
We used to have a Jalisco's & they were more Roadfood, but they got a bad reputation after a jilted former employee spread the word around town that they served dog or cat meat.
I don't know how often you get to Milwaukee, but on sixteenth street (from the Evil I-94, get off on Cesar Chavez Way and cross the viaduct), there's a Taqueria Jalisco that's a must do. It's just a walkup and wait while they make your order. There's also El Rey's, a Mexican grocery with a killer lunch counter. I ordered orange juice, and my jaw must have dropped about 5 1/2 feet when I saw my waitress take half a dozen oranges out of a case and put them in a machine that squeezed the juice out. I also had a beef tongue meat burrito that was incredible. They also introduced me to chorizo before Klement's and the Boo Hoo Brewers.
Originally posted by annpeeples
Karl Ratsch's for excellent German food(Milwaukee was once a hugely German town)and Speed Queen bbq for the best ribs around.
How about the African Hut? The Rooster (which is pretty far north on Fond Du Lac Ave, but worth the trip)? Aladdin's for Middle Eastern? The Crocus for Polish, or Polonez? Lake Park Bistro, the best place to take a chick you're trying to score with?