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RE: The two places that best represent your town 2007/07/20 17:56:56 (permalink)
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In that case, I definitely don't want a tour of the kitchen!
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RE: The two places that best represent your town 2007/07/20 20:52:55 (permalink)
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OK, well, we have one restaurant that has been here the entire 35 years we have, had the same name, and about 30 different owners. Right now they have 2 fair to middling cooks who, when they are not in jail, make a mean steak.

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So you know them from work??

it is amazing how many cooks have some sort of record.


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RE: The two places that best represent your town 2007/07/21 09:01:08 (permalink)
I'll second Faidley's for Baltimore. The crab cakes, coddies, oysters and fried fish are all great. I also love the energy at Lexington Market.

I went to McCormick and Schmidt at the Harbor for lunch yesterday, which was very pricey. I tried a bunch of things, including crab cakes and oysters. It wasn't bad, but it also wasn't great. All I could think was why didn't I go to Faidley's. The crab cakes at Faidley's blow away the expensive places at the Harbor.

My other Baltimore pick is Attman's. Get the Stu Special. It's corned beef, pastrami and cole slaw. Also, get a kosher dog wrapped in bologna. Finish up with some kugel...ask them to warm it. Wash it all down with a Dr. Brown Cherry.

Attman's, like Faidely's, has a great vibe. The chatter on the line is great. There is normally 10 or 12 sandwich makers behind the line and 40 customers in line. The give and take is great.

Both of these places are very inclusive. You'll see every age, race, and income level at these places. There are few places in Baltimore that have a customer base this diverse.

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RE: The two places that best represent your town 2007/07/24 01:17:40 (permalink)
Wow, lots of responses on this topic. In Los Angeles, there are two places I would take out-of-towners who did not need fancy. I know I'm leaving out taco trucks here. First, Casa Bianca Pizza Pie, best in many of our opinions. Perfect crust, house made sausage, minimal sauce and cheese. Been around since the 1940's I think. Second, Chili John's, oldest continuously operating restaurant in Burbank. Chili unlike any I've ever seen. They shut down in the summer for a couple months. Minimal menu. Great dogs, made with their spices.

If allowed, since I'm from Dallas, I'll quickly mention Ojeda's for Tex-Mex, and Campisi's Egyptian Lounge for pizza.

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RE: The two places that best represent your town 2007/07/24 01:27:28 (permalink)
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Wow, lots of responses on this topic. In Los Angeles, there are two places I would take out-of-towners who did not need fancy. I know I'm leaving out taco trucks here. First, Casa Bianca Pizza Pie, best in many of our opinions. Perfect crust, house made sausage, minimal sauce and cheese. Been around since the 1940's I think. Second, Chili John's, oldest continuously operating restaurant in Burbank. Chili unlike any I've ever seen. They shut down in the summer for a couple months. Minimal menu. Great dogs, made with their spices.

If allowed, since I'm from Dallas, I'll quickly mention Ojeda's for Tex-Mex, and Campisi's Egyptian Lounge for pizza.

-Scott Lindgren


Campisi's Egyptian Lounge. A Dallas institution for sure. And let's not forget (the original) Sonny Bryan's BBQ on Inwood.
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RE: The two places that best represent your town 2007/07/24 13:56:06 (permalink)
In Fort Lauderdale - Catfish Deweys - (catfishdeweys.com)
Nothing fancy...All u can eat catfish every night. Monday & Tuesday - All u can eat shripm steamed or fries...big ones...not popcorn shrimp! Wednesday All u can eat ribs - Thursday All u can eat snow crabs - Friday All u can eat fried scallops - nice fat ones!!! Saturday - All u can eat crawfish & fried oysters. The crawfish are so so...but the oysters are worth the trip! Sunday - All u can eat Alaskan king crab!!! There is a giant shark on the stage with mardi gras beads...old frying pans and photo's on the wall. Famous local joint...that has a wait for over an hour come season...but has a bar that ppours a good drink
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RE: The two places that best represent your town 2007/09/23 00:14:23 (permalink)
Anybody have any new cities or places?
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RE: The two places that best represent your town 2007/09/23 06:21:55 (permalink)
When you think of Rome N.Y., you think Italian. I would say, first, The Plaza, 100 years old this year, Everything on the menu is made with Great Great Gramma's recipes from the Old Country. Everything is delicious. In my opinion, they have the best Sicilian style, Sausage and Pepper Pizza, in the country. To me, pepperoni pizza should be New York style, thin crusted and folded but for Sausage and Peppers Pizza, you want Sicilian Thick crust, to hold the weight. Another great Italian Restaurant in Rome is the Franklin Hotel (reviewed on Roadfood) cheap and more than you can eat. Great Homemade Italian Cookies too.
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RE: The two places that best represent your town 2007/09/25 18:22:20 (permalink)
Don't know if anybody has chimed in for Chattanooga yet, but I'd have to say Bea's Restaurant #1 and Back Inn Cafe #2.

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RE: The two places that best represent your town 2007/09/25 20:57:58 (permalink)
Jersey City, NJ

White Mana
http://www.njcu.edu/programs/jchistory/Pages/W_Pages/White_Mana_Diner.htm
serves sliders. The counter curves around and surrounds the cook. http://www.musicsyndicate.com/metal/general/whitemana.htm

And if I could nominate an entire street, Jersey City's Little India neighborhood, for snacks-- http://www.getnj.com/jerseycity/jclittleindia.shtml

If not, I'd say, 2nd Street Bakery for Sandwiches, on the fresh baked bread.

And I'd like to respond to an opinion from waaay upthread. (I realize this topic stretches back in time.)
Ahem, In Gahanna, Ohio, I'd nominate the Gahanna Grill and Massey's Pizza, which I know is an Columbus chainlet, but it serves that ohio-centric tasting pizza.
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RE: The two places that best represent your town 2007/09/25 23:51:40 (permalink)
Hi. I'm new here. Not sure if anyone has spoken for Joplin, Missouri, which straddles old Route 66 a few miles from the Oklahoma line. Fred & Red's, a chili place, moved to its current spot in the 1940s. Except for the prices, little has changed. Former residents make a pilgrimage to the place and reminisce about going there when they were kids (right before the cafe closes for August, it ships chili bricks all over the country). Fred & Red's is no-nonsense and working-class like the town itself. There are no tables, only a U-shaped counter. Smoking is allowed anywhere, though few people light up. The waitresses sass their regular customers. Kind of like "Cheers" with a cholesterol problem.
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RE: The two places that best represent your town 2007/09/27 09:13:29 (permalink)
I live in Traverse City, Michigan, the world's cherry capital. I would have to say the Grand Traverse Pie Company, http://gtpie.com not only for their cherry pie, but pretty much any pie. Their pie is better than what my mom makes, but please don't tell her I said so!

The second would be my favorite local restaurant, the Old Mission Tavern. http://www.oldmissiontavern.com I would choose them because the food is good, and there is an art gallery attached, which I think represents the artistic flavor of TC.
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RE: The two places that best represent your town 2007/09/27 13:53:13 (permalink)
I've not been to the Old Mission Tavern but the menu looks great ... thanx for the link!

On the Old Mission Penninsula, my favorite would be Bowers Harbor Inn ... a beautiful and allegedly haunted 1880's Inn, situated in the middle of the cherry orchards, vineyards and wineries of the area.

Last time I was there (which was a few years back) I had the most wonderful Cherry Duck.
Duck roasted with a Michigan tart cherry glaze and then served with the duck breast sliced thin and fanned out along with a whole, roast leg quarter section.
The carmalized cherry glaze was spectacular. One of the best meals I've had anywhere.

I'd also like to visit Tapawingo Restaurant in Ellsworth.

Hoping to get back to the Old Mission sometime soon ... but we usually end up spending most of our time around our cottage when we're up (Crystal Lake).




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RE: The two places that best represent your town 2007/09/27 14:23:47 (permalink)
I lived on the OMP for many years and loved it.

Bowers Harbor Inn is under new ownership, but I haven't been since it changed hands. Honestly, I always thought it was over rated and preferred the Bowery. Another excellent restaurant out there is the Boathouse.

Tapawingo has been rated the best restaurant in the state many times. I've never eaten there, but I have eaten at the Rowe Inn, which is also in Ellsworth and had one of the best meals of my life. You wouldn't expect to find one great restaurant in the town the size of Ellsworth, let alone two.
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RE: The two places that best represent your town 2007/09/28 10:01:57 (permalink)
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For Athens, GA I would have to say

1) The Grit - representing the hippie, vegan, oh so hip crowd, and
2) The Grill - representing the meat-eating football fans.





Pretty much on target those two picks.

For a little more upscale eating Athens offers two great local eateries:

DePalma's for great Italian and the best pizza in town, and

Harry Bissett's for a cajun flavored menu.
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RE: The two places that best represent your town 2007/09/28 11:27:20 (permalink)
For Tallahassee, FL:

Food Glorious Food--a great bistro type restaurant with inside or outside seating. A perfect place for a Saturday lunch before shopping or doing errands. I always loved their grilled sirloin in blue cheese/ale sauce. They've been in business in Betton Place for easily well over twenty, going on thirty years. Get a slice of Perfect Chocolate Cake for dessert. It is aptly named.

http://www.foodgloriousfood.com/

and:

Chez Pierre--Tallahassee's great French restaurant and one that's not too snooty French either. As you'd expect their crepes--chicken or seafood--are great as is the quiche. And you can even get a hamburger if you want. Great wine selection and best dessert cart in town. Chez Pierre has been in business in Tallahassee for longer than I was in that area of North FL/South GA, for years (thirty or more)on Adams St. and now in midtown in a great old restored house on Thomasville Rd.

http://www.chezpierre.com/menus.htm

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RE: The two places that best represent your town 2007/09/28 11:45:57 (permalink)
For DC I would like to say old Ebbitt, Ben's Chili Bowl, Steak & Eggs and Some new fusion place, but after a depressing drive around town this morning I would have to say Chains represent us as much as Old Ebbitt, whether in a McDonald's, Hard Rock, or Charlie Pamler level. I'll drive through Adam's Morgan tomorrow and amend my answer.
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RE: The two places that best represent your town 2007/09/28 11:57:50 (permalink)
Birmingham, AL:


Browdy's Restaurant in Mt. Brook Village: The best restaurant/delicatessen in town and according to their website, for over 88 years. I've been a patron since the '60s when they had a grocery store in the front of their erstwhile location (next to Gilcrest Drugs), with the restaurant in the back. Now located in the strip mall where the Western grocery store is, they no longer have the grocery store, but still retain a meat and seafood case. Also breads. I am partial to the Browdy's Delight--love that Russian dressing and the cole slaw! But you can't go wrong ordering anything there.

http://yp.bellsouth.com/sites/browdys/index.html


Jimmy Davenport's Pizza Palace: This venerable pizza place, just a block or two away from Browdy's has been in business for over forty years in the same spot on Cahaba Rd. The pizza always was and continues to be excellent thin crust pizza and a great family or date atmosphere to boot.

I haven't lived in Birmingham in over thirty years now and, not surprisingly, so much has changed in that time, but these two stalwarts still remind me of what it was like eating out in my younger days. When they go away, I will know that the Birmingham I knew growing us is truly gone.

http://travel.yahoo.com/p-travelguide-2806428-jim_davenport_s_pizza_palace_birmingham-i
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RE: The two places that best represent your town 2007/10/13 22:10:47 (permalink)
The Station Cafe in Bentonville is very good. They have a web site now you can download a menu and fax in the order.

Their cheeseburger is so good I refuse to put mustard, ketchup or mayo on it. The grill in the place is so old and seasoned, I doubt it could produce a bad cheeseburger. Anyone in Bentonville should stop there. It is two doors away from the Wal-Mart Visitors Center.
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RE: The two places that best represent your town 2008/05/18 14:08:44 (permalink)
MONTREAL:


1. Chalet BBQ

succulent barbecued chicken that's golden brown on the outside and plump and juicy on the inside; slow roasted over hardwood charcoal in custom built brick ovens and served with brown spicy peppery sauce, finger-licking french fries, vinegary coleslaw and a toasted roll. or perhaps a hot chicken sandwich made with good ol' white bread and sweet canned peas ladled over large chunks of tender breast meat.


2. Schwartz's

black, briny, peppery and crusty - this is the legendary Montreal smoked meat! after marinating in barrels and spices for weeks to culmination, its thin sliced and cut medium so that the fat feeds the flavor. piled fist high between two pieces of rye with mustard. a side of crunchy thick french fries, and half-sours. a cott's black cherry cola and a chewy piece of karnatzel.


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RE: The two places that best represent your town 2008/05/18 14:46:29 (permalink)
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In the suburbian sprawl of Plano, TX, my two choices on most representative would be Tin Star and Poor Richards Cafe.

Tin Star is a local chain that serves good food with a southwestern lean. Always crowded, and very family freindly. A perfect restaurant for a suburb.

Poor Richards Cafe takes one back in time a little to when Plano was not the uber-suburb, but an agrarian landscape. A restaurant where locals would gather over a cup of coffee, eat breakfast, and discuss the cotton crop.


I'll second you on Poor Richards, but the Tin Star is downright awful. The only time we ate there it seemed like the cook lost the top off his saltshaker. When I complained I only got a shrug from the manager.

For us: Poor Richard's and the original Covino's - great Italian red sauce home cookin', the friendliest wait-staff in town, and only a buck to BYOB!
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RE: The two places that best represent your town 2008/05/18 15:45:33 (permalink)
For my various home towns:

New Castle, PA: The Original M&P Coney Island on the Square where big-boobed Mary used to serve us beer - "if you're old enough to be drafted .." - along with the best chili dogs I ever had. (They have since relocated to a dry suburb) and the Villanova Inn which has been there so long the grease must keep it together. http://directory.vindy.com/dining/index.php?biz=754

Pittsburgh: Isaly's for chip-chop ham BBQ and the orignial Klondike Bars and Le Mont for great meals and a spectacular view. (WHAT! Pittsburgh without a mention of Primanti Bros! I was never wild about Primanti Bros., preferring the Double O on Forbes for that "cuisine").http://lemontpittsburgh.com/LeMont/index.htm http://www.isalys.com/

Washington, D.C.: Chadwick's on K St. below the Whitehurst and Johnny Mandis' Market Inn in SW. http://www.chadwicksrestaurants.com/ http://www.freshcrabcakes.com/

Dallas: Peggy Sue's BBQ in Snider Plaza and Babe's Chicken Dinner House in Carrollton. (Peggy Sue's does Que consistently better than the fabled Sonny Bryan's on Inwood). Thanks to Twinwillow, we'll be trying First Chinese BBQ soon. http://www.peggysuebbq.com/Peggy_Sue_BBQ.html http://www.babeschicken.com/ http://firstchinesebbq.com/home.html

McKinney, TX: Bill Smith's Cafe has been there forever and is pork fat central. I love it, but wife won't go. Rick's Chop House - relatively new, but EXCELLENT food, service, and ambiance. (Bob's in Legacy, Plano can stick his glazed carrot and his prices - Rick's is just plain better in each and every way). http://www.billsmithscafe.com/ http://www.rickschophouse.com/ http://www.bobs-steakandchop.com/
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RE: The two places that best represent your town 2008/05/19 06:03:18 (permalink)
I need three.

http://www.versaillescuban.com/

http://www.joesstonecrab.com/

http://www.mangostropicalcafe.com/
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RE: The two places that best represent your town 2008/05/20 10:43:29 (permalink)
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This is one of my favorite threads. I would love to hear from some of the"newbies" on this topic.

Ok...a newbie chiming in - Here are the three places that best represent Portland (IMHO)
1) The Bomber - great home style cooking, kinda quirky and definitely a local landmark. I have been told it is the best liver & onions (which I don't eat). Pretty much never had a bad meal there.
2) Produce Row - Limited menu - sandwiches & soup. This is the original McMenamins and the template for all the others that built the empire. Since you can't have a McMenamins without beer - they have over 100 beers
3) Nicholas' Restaurant Lebanese food, family restaurant now run by the children of the original owners. Homemade everything - taboulli, kafta, lahm bi ajeene (Phoenician Pizza) are my personal favorites.
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RE: The two places that best represent your town 2008/05/20 10:51:52 (permalink)
9 pages is too long for me to review but I don't think I posted on this thread B4 so anywho...I think the three best places that might rep. my hometown (East Haven, CT) are Tolli's and DePalmas apizza and Smitty's Eastside cafe (not really a cafe just a bar but I guess cafe sounds better).
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RE: The two places that best represent your town 2008/05/20 10:57:58 (permalink)
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9 pages is too long for me to review but I don't think I posted on this thread B4 so anywho...I think the three best places that might rep. my hometown (East Haven, CT) are Tolli's and DePalmas apizza and Smitty's Eastside cafe (not really a cafe just a bar but I guess cafe sounds better).



ROFLMAO...I am so sorry, apparently I did not have to review all 9 pages as I actually did post on this thread on the PREVIOUS page, I humbly apologize for being a dope.
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RE: The two places that best represent your town 2008/05/20 11:02:30 (permalink)
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quote:
Originally posted by exsquidao

9 pages is too long for me to review but I don't think I posted on this thread B4 so anywho...I think the three best places that might rep. my hometown (East Haven, CT) are Tolli's and DePalmas apizza and Smitty's Eastside cafe (not really a cafe just a bar but I guess cafe sounds better).



ROFLMAO...I am so sorry, apparently I did not have to review all 9 pages as I actually did post on this thread on the PREVIOUS page, I humbly apologize for being a dope.


Yeah, but the funny thing is that the restaurants aren't the same.
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RE: The two places that best represent your town 2008/05/20 13:38:02 (permalink)
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Thanks for the laugh! Don't feel bad, it could happen to anyone. I can't tell you how many times I've wondered whether I posted in a thread or not.
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RE: The two places that best represent your town 2008/05/22 12:57:40 (permalink)
City: Atlanta
Two Restaurants:

The Varsity- Chili Chesse(pimento) Burger, Chili dog, onion rings, frosted orange or PC, and a fried pie

Thelma's- Fried Chicken and any vegetables

Also ran: Bones for Steak Kyma for seafood
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RE: The two places that best represent your town 2012/08/17 03:16:43 (permalink)
This was a long ago fun topic that might be fun to revive. Today the places that best represent portland would be the very underrated Pal's Shanty and a food cart somewhere
 
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