The two places that best represent your town

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trudyn
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2006/02/06 21:18:25
Yesterday I made a few posts that might have been considered by some to be a lttle, errr, "flamboyantly angry". I would like to atone by starting what I hope will be a fun topic. I'd like to hear about the two eating places that best represent the essence of your town. In Portland Dan and Louie's oyster bar is an obvious choice. It has been owned by the same family for over a century. It is an oldtown classic with a decor of cluttered nautica, each room filled with plates and drawings featuring ships. Your major decision is whether to order a single or double portion. I strongly recommend the double. If it is available, marionberry pie makes an excellent dessert.
My other choice would be Kennedy School, a combination, hotel, restaurant, cigar bar, snd movie theater, located in a former Portland elementary school. The place serves superb microbrews and is one of several places in Portland to offer the opportunity to enjoy good beer and a movie. It is one of a number of places owned by the McMenamin brothers, two gents who have made a good living buying old buildings and renovating them into micropubs.
Michael Hoffman
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RE: The two places that best represent your town 2006/02/06 22:13:37
There used to be a terrific French restaurant in Tigard, the name of which escapes me.
BuddyRoadhouse
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RE: The two places that best represent your town 2006/02/07 00:38:03
I'd love to reply here, but first I'd like you to clarify. Are you asking for the two best places that represent your town, or the two places that best represent your town? I swear I'm not being snarky; there is a difference and there are two very different answers depending upon your meaning. Clear it up and I've got some good answers for you.

Buddy
trudyn
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RE: The two places that best represent your town 2006/02/07 09:41:25
quote:
Originally posted by BuddyRoadhouse

I'd love to reply here, but first I'd like you to clarify. Are you asking for the two best places that represent your town, or the two places that best represent your town? I swear I'm not being snarky; there is a difference and there are two very different answers depending upon your meaning. Clear it up and I've got some good answers for you.

Buddy
Thank you, Buddy. At your suggestion I have changed the thread name to more clearly reflect my intent.
Ashphalt
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RE: The two places that best represent your town 2006/02/07 10:16:38
Okay, I'll give Boston a shot, and I hope others will have different ideas of what represents Boston.

Legal Sea Food - unfortunately now a chain, but at least in the area reliable for good quality traditional New England sea food preparations, along with some newer-style offerings. The representation here is purely in the food. The menu encompasses what coastal Yankees knew of as seafood.

Other would be Loch Ober, an Victorian-era tin-ceilinged dining room and bar with a huge menu (and you truly believe they would make whatever you asked for off the menu) and impeccable service. I believe they started permitting ladies in the dining room in the 70s (or maybe 60s). I haven't been since Lydia Shire took over the kitchen (which has been a good while) but the reviews continue to support Loch Ober as part of old and new Boston business society.

Of course, I don't take out of town visitors to either. Lock Ober is out of my price range, and for seafood I take people to The Daily Catch for Sicilian seafood straight from the kitchen as Lleechef has so beautifully described elsewhere.
Bushie
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RE: The two places that best represent your town 2006/02/07 10:35:32
Round Rock, TX is famous for Round Rock Donuts, so that certainly would be one. http://www.roundrockdonuts.com/

We used to have a landmark Mexican restaurant, El Matador, that would have certainly been my second choice, but the owner sold out a few years ago, and the new owner couldn't make it work.

So, I think my next choice would be Ward's Cafe (formerly Mom's Cafe & Mini-Storage). The original owners have now taken it back over, but the name "Mom's" went with the second owner. Holly Moore has this place reviewed on his site as "Mom's". Nice little cafe with good food. http://www.wardscafe.com/
mayor al
Fire Safety Admin
RE: The two places that best represent your town 2006/02/07 10:43:28
The Louisville area has a pretty good cross-section of types and menus and prices that we could use as 'qualifiers' to narrow our choices.
Using the "Representing the Community" theme helps a lot!

My nominees would be the Moonlite BBQ in Owensboro, and either of the two following... Hubers Family Farm Restaurant in Starlight Indiana or Claudia Sanders Chicken Dinner House in Shelbyville Kentucky.

While not in 'downtown' Louisville I think they represent the area in and around the 'Derby City' quite well. All three of these places are highly active in community events and support local charities and sporting events far beyond the normal for many businesses. The menu's represent the 'Fried Chicken' and 'Barbecue' portions of the food-loving population, which tend to be the mainstream of the total population of the area.
This is not intended to eliminate all those 'hole-in-the-wall multicultural experiences' that are dotted all over the map in this area. But for established traditions of food and service I invite any of you to join us at any of the three places for a real Kentuciana meal.
Jennifer_4
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RE: The two places that best represent your town 2006/02/07 11:00:37
Here in Fresno, I would have to say the Basque Hotel for its 'of the people' cuisine and atmosphere, and either Ama's, or Robertito's for representing our rich Mexican culture.
IansMom
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RE: The two places that best represent your town 2006/02/07 12:01:30
I have to add my 2 cents with Louisville, to me the 2 places that show off Louisville's "uniqueness" would be Lynn's Paradise Cafe for the electic mix of great food, and for making sure Louisville stays weird, and The Brown hotel for the Kentucky Hot Brown, but.. I must mention another place thats not in Louisville.. The Southside, it's a cafeteria style place in new Albany, IN (or how the locals say it.. Knobany) it's a place where you can get fresh salads, at least 20 kinds including jello, veggies, fish, meat and chicken, and fresh baked pies. with Ian, my GF and I... we usually spend 16.00, thats with 3 salads, a meat and 2 veggies for me, Ian and GF are veggieheads so a full plate of veggies for each of them, 3 desserts and 3 drinks...check it out.
berndog
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RE: The two places that best represent your town 2006/02/07 12:02:48
I don't think I can keep it to just two places, and since we rarely eat at the expensive fancy places, I won't even go there..

In Rochester, Roadfood is best represented by Nick Tahoe's or Tom Wahl's.

Best BBQ would be Dinosaur BBQ or Sticky Lips BBQ. Both offer on-site pit smoked brisket, pulled pork, ribs, and chicken.

Best Italian would be Ricci's (a smaller family type place), or Mario's Villa Abruzzi.

Best Greek food (and a 24/7 diner atmosphere) is Mykonos Cafe.
Rick F.
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RE: The two places that best represent your town 2006/02/07 12:23:52
We have several representative restaurants, but these are my favorites:
[url='http://www.marinersrestaurant.com/']Mariner's[/url] has good food and a pretty decent menu that offers a representation of cajun/creole dishes as well as more "simply American" foods. It also has a spectacular setting: built out over a lake, you can watch sometimes-splendid sunsets as well as fishing and pleasure boats in decent weather. If I'm taking visitors to town out to dinner, this is where I take them if they want a "nice" place.


[url='http://www.mamasoysterhouse.com/']Mama's Oyster House[/url], where my son has worked for several years is reviewed on this site. (Yeah, it's a conflict of interest. Sue me.) Its adjoining restaurant, Papa's, share a wall and the owner, but have different menus. This is where I take people who want to have fun at the expense of elegance--and where I go myself. See my [url='http://www.roadfood.com/Reviews/Overview.aspx?RefID=2744']RoadFood review[/url] for details. It's in our Historic District on Front Street across from Cane River Lake, which was the Red River until it changed courses long ago.
Cosmos
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RE: The two places that best represent your town 2006/02/07 12:45:57
Representing the Italian immigrants that came to Cortland, New York I'd nominate the Green Arch, a 50 year old steak and spaghetti restaurant.

Representing the Lebanese immigrants the Pita Gourmet with lots of tastey middle eastern fare.

....and for the rest of us its Bob's BBQ featuring cornell chicken in the summertime
Jimeats
Filet Mignon
RE: The two places that best represent your town 2006/02/07 13:18:16
Is that Portland Me. or Oregon? Portland Maine has an Old Port. Chow Jim
mayor al
Fire Safety Admin
RE: The two places that best represent your town 2006/02/07 13:26:08

Ian's Mom,
Great choices for Louisville. If I had 5 choices to post they would have included Lynn's and the Southside!! Your's have the advantage of being MUCH closer to the heart of the city.
See you next week at the Brown !!
AL
tjr
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RE: The two places that best represent your town 2006/02/07 14:03:23
Not to kvetch, but Moonlite seems a bit of stretch for Lou, as it's at least a 2 hour drive from any part of town. I'd put Linnig's on the list for its unique atmosphere along with the delicious food. And possibly John E's, not that the food is that great, but for the amount of authentic Derby memorabilia and the amount of cigarette smoke soaked into the building.
BuddyRoadhouse
Filet Mignon
RE: The two places that best represent your town 2006/02/07 15:39:23
Des Plaines, out on the northwest corner of Chicago, is no culinary Mecca (How's that-three cities in one sentence! Not bad, huh?). I could cheat and call Chicago "my town", but then I'd have so many to choose from I'd never narrow it down to two. Besides, I like the challenge of finding two places worth mentioning here in Des Plaines.

Don't get me wrong, there's plenty of places to eat here. We've got a pretty nice steak place, a couple of decent red sauce Italian places, we just got a pretty good Teriyaki joint about two blocks away. There are at least three nice little taquerias, and one Salvadoran pupusa house, within walking distance of my home. There are probably another dozen Mexican restaurants, ranging from taqueria to white table cloth, within two minutes driving time. But, in spite of the abundance of south of the border grub, Des Plaines is better represented by a different genre.

You see, the very first Ray Kroch McDonald's franchise opened here in Des Plaines. There's even a museum near downtown, an exact reproduction of an old McDonald's stand with the walk up window, benches and tables built right in to the red and white check patterned outside walls, and the iconic golden arches actually sprouting out of the roof, front and back. Des Plaines is a Hamburger town!

Now I'm not cynical enough to suggest that McDonald's is a restaurant that best represents my town. I mention it only as a point of history and reference. The 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.

The first place is The Choo-Choo in downtown Des Plaines. I've mentioned The Choo-Choo in a previous "Where Should I Eat" post. It is a small classically laid out diner; a long counter as the focal point, surrounded by booths on each side and along the front window wall. The gimmick here is a large scale electric train that runs around the inside perimeter of the counter. As you sit at the counter, the locomotive delivers your food carried in plastic baskets permanently mounted to multiple flat cars trailing behind. The counter waitress removes the food from the train and places it in front of wide eyed children of all ages.

The Hamburgers themselves are very good. They're made Steak N Shake style; a big meatball of raw ground beef slapped on the hot grill and mashed down as it cooks. Rough, ragged, crispy browned edges make this a rich flavorful treat. The burger is bigger than a typical Steak N Shake burger too. Fries are included making The Choo-Choo a good value as well.

The other Des Plaines defining place is Paradise Pup, a tiny free-standing shack on River Road just south of Oakton Street. While the name seems to indicate a Hot Dog joint, Paradise Pup has built their reputation just as much on their Hamburgers. In fact, a 2005 Chicago Tribune rating of the metro area's best Hamburgers included Paradise Pup as the only fast food place on the list! The normally long lines tripled in size for weeks after the article first appeared.

Paradise Pup's Burgers are in a different part of the spectrum from The Choo-Choo. These are thick 1/3lb. pub-style burgers grilled over an open flame served on a slightly chewy Challah style roll. Remarkably juicy, satisfyingly deep beef flavor, these Burgers stand up to the full compliment of condiments piled on the bun! Great seasoned fries or cheddar fries with Merkt's cheese, and real(mid-western)milk shakes too.

Next time you come to Chicago for business, when your plane lands at O'Hare, before you head into the city, cab on up to Des Plaines and visit Paradise Pup or The Choo-Choo. Des Plaines is a town with a great Hamburger heritage.

Buddy
zataar
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RE: The two places that best represent your town 2006/02/07 15:56:07
For my hometown of Kansas City, it would have to be Arthur Bryant's and Stroud's. Of course, the North location of Stroud's will have to do for now. The deal to reopen the south location fell through.
BT
Filet Mignon
RE: The two places that best represent your town 2006/02/07 16:38:29
quote:
Originally posted by jim hilton

Yesterday I made a few posts that might have been considered by some to be a lttle, errr, "flamboyantly angry". I would like to atone by starting what I hope will be a fun topic.


I saw nothing to atone for but it IS a fun topic.

quote:
I'd like to hear about the two eating places that best represent the essence of your town,


In San Francisco:

1. The Ferry Building Marketplace: http://www.ferrybuildingmarketplace.com/ . If you check out the web site you'll see that this isn't really a single place but a collection of places in a renovated architectural icon. As such, it "represents" both SF's tradition of honoring, preserving and, if possible, reusing the old while at the same time innovating the new. And the food offerings really do, I think, include all the best of the area from "fast" food at Taylor's Refresher to haute wines, artisanal products, fabulous seafood and even an outlet of my favorite cookware store, Sur la Table.

2. Nihonmachi/Japan Center: http://www.inetours.com/Pages/SFNbrhds/JapanTown.html . This is another collection of places, all Japanese in this case. It's really a completely Japanese shopping center but that concept in itself kind of makes it "representative" of the Bay Area because hardly anywhere else will you find a sizeable enough Asian community to make something like this work commercially. Still, it contains a large variety of pretty authentic Japanese eating places (I lived in Japan for 15 months--I've eaten real Japanese food), including one of my favorite "Roadfood" places, Sapporo-Ya noodle restaurant (ramen).

In (or near) Green Valley, AZ:

1. Miguel's Mexican Restaurant: This place is certainly the most popular Mexican place in town and serves very good food (actually, their beef fajitas are "to die for"). It's family owned and operated--the family is actually a local dynasty as another branch of the same family owns Miguel's chief competition, which is similar and almost as good, La Placita).

2. The Cow Palace:

This place represents the "Anglo" side of the local cultural mix, serving a variety of "comfort" entrees like "chicken fried steak" and meatloaf.
Scorereader
Sirloin
RE: The two places that best represent your town 2006/02/07 17:20:27
hmm....DC
Tough one, there are so many sides to our Nations Capital.

I'll do this, here's the government side, the Georgetownian side and the regular folk side of DC:

Government places -
#1 Old Ebbots Grill
#2 Bull Feathers/Capitol Lounge/Pour House/Hawk-N-Dove
(all places that cap hill staffers go, within about a small two block area of each other. they're all fairly similar and you get the same experience, except that Hawk-N-Dove is typically democrat and Bull Feather's is typically Republican and the others are a mix, so take your pick of these for #2)

Georgetownian:
#1 Nathan's - Expensive, nautical theme restaurant and saloon. Maybe you prefer Mr. Smith's Saloon two blocks away, but this place oozes the typical wealthy Georgetown.
#2 Chadwick's. Chadwick's is that classic joint where you always see people meeting in the movies. not all the Georgetown stuff is on M St.
(#3 Billy Martin's Tavern -hey, we're online, I can add a third!)

Where the locals go amidst tourists
#1 SW Waterfront - tourists never seem to walk here, yet it's so close to the Jefferson Memorial you wonder how they miss it. This is an old fish market who's time may be coming to a close.
#2 Eastern Market - tourists sometimes find this place by mistake. But locals rule in what is the last real city Market. Butchers, bakers, florists, farmers, the Market Lunch, with Tunniclifs across the street.





Poverty Pete
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RE: The two places that best represent your town 2006/02/07 17:57:22
No surprises in Nashville. Both Prince's Hot Chicken, as well as Loveless Cafe, are well documented.
pcdiva
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RE: The two places that best represent your town 2006/02/07 18:14:55
Ann Arbor, MI - Zingerman's Deli and The Blue Nile. Mile high sandwiches in a funky little shop with a great mail order business as well at Zingerman's. Or you can sit on the floor sharing communal plates of African/Moroccan cuisine at the Blue Nile (vegitarian or carnivore)! That's us!

ellen4641
Filet Mignon
RE: The two places that best represent your town 2006/02/07 19:38:48
Jeff Steaks in Egg Harbor Township , NJ (near Atlantic City) on Fire road in the Genuardi's supermarket shopping plaza

I like them even better than the White House cheese steaks...

also the chicken francaise at Rosauris' italian restaurant in nearby Ventnor....and their incredible and huge garlic rolls

ellen in EHT


trudyn
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RE: The two places that best represent your town 2006/02/07 21:05:16
quote:
Originally posted by Jimeats

Is that Portland Me. or Oregon? Portland Maine has an Old Port. Chow Jim
Sorry. I always forget about the"other" Portland, even though my town of Portland, Oregon was named after the Portland in Maine.
sizz
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RE: The two places that best represent your town 2006/02/08 00:59:06
The very first Original Joe's
was established in San Francisco by Louis Rocca and Tony Rodin 1937

when Lou Rocca's only child Lou “Babe” Rocca Jr. married Marie Ann Sole, Lou Sr. decided that it was a good idea to open another Original Joe’s restaurant for his son and his family. After searching throughout the Bay Area, Lou Sr. settled on San Jose, an up and coming city blessed with great weather and that presented a great opportunity.

That was 50 years ago and today "OJ's" as it's called by we locales is indeed San Jose

We have approximately a million people living here in San Jose and I venture to say every one of us at one time or another dined at OJ's.................

Old man Rocca was so right in choosing San Jose for today our city is bigger, has better weather and more sun then that little boutique town north of us and we are now the hub of the Bay Area and the Capital of Silicon Valley and Original Joe's is the city's most famous and best restaurant.

http://www.metroactive.com/papers/metro/09.30.99/cover/best-hof-ojs-9939.html


BT
Filet Mignon
RE: The two places that best represent your town 2006/02/08 02:31:29
quote:
Originally posted by fpczyz

our city is bigger, has better weather and more sun then that little boutique town north of us and we are now the hub of the Bay Area



But, strangely enough, has no major league baseball, no NFL football, no world class symphony or opera, no "Wall Street of the West", no bridges, no harbor, not much to look at, really. But someday--not likely in my lifetime or yours, Frank--it'll get over the inferiority complex. Till then, I'll maybe try a meal in ORIGINAL Original Joe's which is in the ORIGINAL hub of the Bay Area. Cheers.
Lamkid
Junior Burger
RE: The two places that best represent your town 2006/02/08 02:56:08
City: Salem, Oregon
Two Places: McDonalds & Taco Bell

I kid you not! This town has terrible taste in food. We have the usual Applebee's, Red Robin, and fast food, not only are we the capital of Oregon, we are the capital of fast food! And lousy fast food at that. Service is unheard of, and good food, I'm sorry, not here. Oh yah, and everyone who has a speck of Hispanic blood in them opens a Mexican food place. These are usually so bad, I make better Mexican food! And I'm not Hispanic! That's why my husband and I do road trips, for the food!
Scorereader
Sirloin
RE: The two places that best represent your town 2006/02/08 11:13:21
My hometown: Liverpool, NY

#1 - Heid's of Liverpool. Incidently, there isn't a Heid's hot dog stand anywhere else. So, you can ignore the "of Liverpool" part, since it's a little redundant. Founded in 1883 by Valentine Heid, it's one of the nation's oldest true fast-food restaurants. Heid's Hot Dog stand has gone through many changes from a push cart, to a restaurant, to a failed expansion (much to the delight of Liverpudlian's who just assume keep it a Liverpool only landmark). But through it all, no single restaurant in Liverpool or all of Central NY has garnered more attention and enthusiasm than Heid's of Liverpool.

Tied
#2 - The Retreat. A Restaurant and bar with an eccletic collection of antiques from Liverpool's early days as the Town of Salina during the salt "mining" years, along with newer rowing collectibles, inlcuding a scull from Syracuse University, due to the fact that Central New York is one of a few hubs where the team sport of Crew has developed many national championship teams and individuals. For years, the NCAA National Championships in Crew were held here. But The Retreat is still a local home with the pub side and fine dining side. Casual, or dress up.

tie #2 - Mother's. I've mentioned this place on Roadfood before. IMO, one of the Syracuse areas best italian restaurants that, really, only Liverpudlians ever notice. In a quaint, usassuming red house on 1st Street in Liverpool that is filled with some strange decorations, like a doll that stands in the corner on the floor, and a floor that has a definate tilt to one side of the restaurant, you're treated to a fabulous dinner for about as much as I pay for a hamburger at a DC restaurant ($8-$12).

Poverty Pete
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RE: The two places that best represent your town 2006/02/08 17:49:26
I love the Original Joe's in San Jose. A bowl of minestrone would be really good right now, with the snow beginning to fall.
Sandy Thruthegarden
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RE: The two places that best represent your town 2006/02/08 18:56:44
For Northern Kentucky, I'd nominate Pompillio's, a classic "red sauce" Italian restaurant that has been around for ages. Lots of Italian immigrants settled in Newport, Kentucky and this place represents them well. Pompillio's is featured in the "spilled matchsticks scene" of the movie "Rain Man" starring Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise.

I'd also nominate the Green Derby, also in Newport, which is an old fashioned bar/restaurant featuring fried fish, a staple of the Northern Kentucky diet.
Sandy Thruthegarden
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RE: The two places that best represent your town 2006/02/08 19:00:16
BT -

Can the public still get tickets to the California Culinary Academy's dinners? I went to one years ago and the food was outstanding. I've been to their website but there was no mention of dinners being open to the public. Thanks for any info.
BT
Filet Mignon
RE: The two places that best represent your town 2006/02/08 19:01:14
quote:
Originally posted by Poverty Pete

I love the Original Joe's in San Jose. A bowl of minestrone would be really good right now, with the snow beginning to fall.


A place who's minestrone I miss was the U.S. Restaurant. Doesn't sound Italian but it was--in a San Francisco North Beach kind of way, similar to the various "Joe's". The food was cheap (especially the daily special--the only one I remember was fried calamari on Friday) and it attracted a lot of retired seniors, many of them Italian immigrants from the neighborhood, and such because of that. For decades it sat on the corner of Columbus and Green. I ate many a plate of veal parmagiana with pasta there. Then it was replaced by a yuppi spot which quickly folded and turned into another yuppy spot and so on. U.S, finally did reopen under somewhat different managment further down Columbus, but it didn't look the same to me and I have never tried the new version
BT
Filet Mignon
RE: The two places that best represent your town 2006/02/08 19:05:41
quote:
Originally posted by Sandy Thruthegarden

BT -

Can the public still get tickets to the California Culinary Academy's dinners? I went to one years ago and the food was outstanding. I've been to their website but there was no mention of dinners being open to the public. Thanks for any info.


The place they serve dinner to the public is called the Careme Room: http://www.sallys-place.com/food/dining_directory/north_america/sf/careme_room.htm At lunch, they have another spot--a "grill" with an entrance around the corner on Turk St. I think it's open for lunch daily.
lleechef
Sirloin
RE: The two places that best represent your town 2006/02/08 19:12:34
Hard to answer this question when you've lived all over the planet.

Pittsburgh: Primanti Bros.
Boston: DAILY CATCH!!!!!
Michigan: Zingerman's in Ann Arbor.
Iowa: Archie's Wayside

Now for my current town of Anchorage which will mean probably nothing to all of you: but here we go.

The Lucky Wishbone for fantastic fried chicken.
Humpy's for GREAT halibut and Bloody Marys.
Moose's Tooth for the best pizza.
Swiftwater Cafe in Whittier for EVERYTHING.

Ok, more than two but I couldn't help it!




BT
Filet Mignon
RE: The two places that best represent your town 2006/02/08 19:19:41
quote:
Originally posted by lleechef


The Lucky Wishbone for fantastic fried chicken.


Gasp!! Are we talking about the same outfit: http://www.luckywishbone.com/ ??

I've heard their adds a million times but never dreamed it would actually be GOOD.
lleechef
Sirloin
RE: The two places that best represent your town 2006/02/08 20:13:49
NO!! NO!! It's a privately owned restaurant for the past 50 years in Anchorage. http://anchorage.citysearch.com/profile/1310251/
Very, very, very good food. If the cops eat there.......well, that says it all!
ConeyIslandLou
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RE: The two places that best represent your town 2006/02/08 20:31:07
quote:
Originally posted by berndog

I don't think I can keep it to just two places, and since we rarely eat at the expensive fancy places, I won't even go there..

In Rochester, Roadfood is best represented by Nick Tahoe's or Tom Wahl's.

Best BBQ would be Dinosaur BBQ or Sticky Lips BBQ. Both offer on-site pit smoked brisket, pulled pork, ribs, and chicken.

Best Italian would be Ricci's (a smaller family type place), or Mario's Villa Abruzzi.

Best Greek food (and a 24/7 diner atmosphere) is Mykonos Cafe.


Berndog - you ever been to Charlie Brown's up on N Goodman?? As good as a diner that I have ever been to up there...I have always thought the two Rochester candidates for true RF were Nick's and LDR out in Charlotte....although Wahl's is good too!
EliseT
Filet Mignon
RE: The two places that best represent your town 2006/02/08 21:24:29
Los Angeles!

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:

Cuban...Versailles
Soul Food...M & M's
The Original Tommy's chiliburger
Rick F.
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: The two places that best represent your town 2006/02/08 22:20:43
quote:
Originally posted by lleechef

If the cops eat there.......well, that says it all!
Cops ate at the place I worked at in Memphis. Free coffee, no tax on meals. That's what it said there!

What, no Kincaid Grill on your list?
sizz
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: The two places that best represent your town 2006/02/09 00:07:43
quote:
BT Posted - 02/08/2006 : 02:31:29
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quote:
Originally posted by fpczyz

our city is bigger, has better weather and more sun then that little boutique town north of us and we are now the hub of the Bay Area
But, strangely enough, has no major league baseball, no NFL football, no world class symphony or opera, no "Wall Street of the West", no bridges, no harbor, not much to look at, really. But someday--not likely in my lifetime or yours, Frank--it'll get over the inferiority complex. Till then, I'll maybe try a meal in ORIGINAL Original Joe's which is in the ORIGINAL hub of the Bay Area. Cheers.


lol.................................... very good BT I love our little banters. and just maybe when you do visit the San Francisco OJ's I'll come along for I have never eaten there. But I've been told that it is no longer under the same "original family " as the San Jose OJ's
I liked your two SF picks.......... but for me nothing says San Francisco as does

Red's Java House

Caffe Trieste

Tommy's Joynt

Swan Oyster Depot




mr chips
Filet Mignon
RE: The two places that best represent your town 2006/02/09 00:19:27
quote:
Originally posted by EliseT

Los Angeles!

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:

Cuban...Versailles
Soul Food...M & M's
The Original Tommy's chiliburger

I love Versailles, Great chicken, ropa vieja. Even saw Jimmy Smits waiting in line with the rest of us. My absolute favorite place there.
BT
Filet Mignon
RE: The two places that best represent your town 2006/02/09 00:21:56
Frank--I have to admire you--those were pretty good picks for an out-of-towner and I was going to list both Tommy's and Red's Java House as "runners up" but I decided to follow the rules and just list 5. Actually, though, I give "the Java House":
a slight edge over Red's based on location (next to AT&T Park, formerly SBC Park which was formerly PacBell Park ) and a much bigger menu. Tommy's, on the other hand, is right up the street and I eat there a lot, but I've touted it many times before and even published the picture. Cafe Trieste is also a great choice although SF is full of coffee houses and it's pretty hard to pick just one.

I'm not as big a fan of Swan's as you are though--too many tourists in line these days and I don't like restaurant lines plus I think it's going down hill and the Sterns have already been there (that may be the problem).
mr chips
Filet Mignon
RE: The two places that best represent your town 2006/02/09 00:43:08
quote:
Originally posted by Lamkid

City: Salem, Oregon
Two Places: McDonalds & Taco Bell

I kid you not! This town has terrible taste in food. We have the usual Applebee's, Red Robin, and fast food, not only are we the capital of Oregon, we are the capital of fast food! And lousy fast food at that. Service is unheard of, and good food, I'm sorry, not here. Oh yah, and everyone who has a speck of Hispanic blood in them opens a Mexican food place. These are usually so bad, I make better Mexican food! And I'm not Hispanic! That's why my husband and I do road trips, for the food!
My favorite place to eat is the Willamette Universiy Commons dining room. The school has a beautiful old campus and is located directly across from the state capitol building. Prices are reasonable and the menu has a lot of variety. I also like Los Baez, a Mexican place that has been around for about 35 years. I agree that Salem is mostly a culinary wasteland, a fact that has not changed in the 30 years since I graduated from Willamette.
Scorereader
Sirloin
RE: The two places that best represent your town 2006/02/09 11:25:24
BT and fpczyz: What about Jumpin Java? You can't get more San Frnacisco than that, can you?

I wish I had a pic of us at Jumpin Java during our last visit. The only pic I have of restaurants is my wife coming out of Chow after lunch, and a pic from the Grubsteak.

paoconnell
Hamburger
RE: The two places that best represent your town 2006/02/09 13:37:49
I've lived in four towns for some time, and have recommendations for each.

Indianapolis:

Shapiro's Deli, reviewed on this site. Serious kosher style deli. Try the corned beef sandwich.

Hollyhock Hill, a very good fried chicken restaurant, served family style. Haven't been there in 20 years, but friends have. This one is representative, as there are several fried chicken restaurants in town, but this one's considered the best.

Michigan City IN:

Redamak's, a bar in nearby New Buffalo MI with nationally known cheeseburgers.
Hard pressed to name a second restaurant, but Lindo's is a good coffee shop.

Albuquerque:

The Frontier, reviewed on this site. Everything's good. try the Frontier Burrito, anything with carne adovada, or the Frontier Roll. Also, the Fiesta Burger with green chile.

Many excellent New Mexican restaurants in Abq. Los Cuates is a very good New Mexican restaurant (3 locations), as is Sadie's. Explore...

Las Vegas NV:

Hard to start, but I'l confine myself to Roadfoodish restaurants--reasonably priced, no chains.

Casino coffee shops often have very good, reasonably priced food. The Golden Gate downtown has the Bay City Diner, which has something for everyone; we've never been disappointed. Try the prime rib or one of the steaks, and their shrimp cocktail. The Peppermill is a standalone coffee shop near the Riviera, and is supposed to be very good, but we've never been there.

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.
TJ Jackson
Filet Mignon
RE: The two places that best represent your town 2006/02/09 14:25:42
Cincinnati

Montgomery Inn
Famous for ribs that are boiled rather than smoked. Strange and unfortunate, but true. One of the highest grossing restaurants in the country.

Camp Washington Chili
Cincinnati style chili, goetta, and double decker sandwiches - the cincinnati triumvirate - all available 24 hours a day
lleechef
Sirloin
RE: The two places that best represent your town 2006/02/09 14:31:15
quote:
Originally posted by Rick F.

quote:
Originally posted by lleechef

If the cops eat there.......well, that says it all!
Cops ate at the place I worked at in Memphis. Free coffee, no tax on meals. That's what it said there!

What, no Kincaid Grill on your list?

Well........I would have liked to slip Kincaid Grill in there.....but was afraid that the moderators would liken it to soliciting. But then again, how many of you are hanging out at the corner of Jewel Lake Rd. and Raspberry Rd.?? Maybe I'm safe on this one!
Rick F.
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: The two places that best represent your town 2006/02/09 15:07:04
quote:
Originally posted by TJ Jackson

Montgomery Inn: Famous for ribs that are boiled rather than smoked. Strange and unfortunate, but true. One of the highest grossing restaurants in the country.
TJ: One can take "highest grossing" in two different ways. I'll take it in both!

I'll save lleechef the embarrassment:
TJ Jackson
Filet Mignon
RE: The two places that best represent your town 2006/02/09 15:21:38
Is that where she works?
BuddyRoadhouse
Filet Mignon
RE: The two places that best represent your town 2006/02/09 15:34:55
quote:
Originally posted by TJ Jackson

Cincinnati

Montgomery Inn
Famous for ribs that are boiled rather than smoked. Strange and unfortunate, but true. One of the highest grossing restaurants in the country.

Camp Washington Chili
Cincinnati style chili, goetta, and double decker sandwiches - the cincinnati triumvirate - all available 24 hours a day


TJ, I have great respect for you and your city. That's why I've got to say, choosing Montgomery Inn disappoints me. From a tourist's point of view, or if you wanted to make an easy stereotype, your choice would certainly be appropriate. But for a guy as smart as you, with as much Roadfood savvy as you've got, I would think you could dig a little deeper to find at least one other restaurant that "Best" (in all senses of the word) represents Cincinnati. If nothing else, you could pick the Boar's Head Hot Dog stand inside Jungle Jim's.

Please take no offense from my comment. If I didn't think you were up to the task, or, if I didn't think there were better choices, I would have kept my trap shut.

Buddy
TJ Jackson
Filet Mignon
RE: The two places that best represent your town 2006/02/09 16:05:35
BHR: I agree with you that there are better choices out there,but I took the question literally, and I do indeed find the Montgomery Inn to be one of the two eateries that best represent eating in chain/corporate eatery-crazy Cincinnati

I think that Cincinnati in the here and now doesn't know what real true bbq is. For many Cincinnatians, The Montgomery Inn is the singest best restaurant in town, their favorite, their choice for a special occasion such as a birthday or anniversary, and they fill it to capacity nearly every day. Bob Hope loved this place, and brought it lasting fame. Out of town sports teams regularly go there. Nick and Jessica were there when they last were in Cincinnati. Etc, Etc, Etc. It is easily the most famous restaurant in all of Cincinnati, particularly now that the Maisonette is no more. In a sense, I am saying it is truly representative of Cincinnati in that people are not well educated here about what good food is. This is a chain loving town, and the Montgomery Inn is well on it's way to becoming a chain, and their food is very formulaic/corporately controlled.

My other choice is far and away the most representative of Cincinnati, and is very roadfood worthy. But every year, when Cincinnatians (who really and truly love their chili parlors, mind you) are polled to find out what their favorite chii parlor is, it's Skyline. Camp Washington never gets more than 5% of the vote, if even that. I doubt most Cincinnatian's even know of Camp Washington Chili.

The most crowded restaurant in the area right now? The brand new Cheesecake Factory. There was much crowing in the local media about the return of IHOP to Cincinnati about 8 months back. The parking lots of every Applebee's in town is always full. Etc, Etc. This is a town that likes, nay loves, Corporate food. Montgomery Inn just happens to be the most "cincinnati-ish" of these corporate eateries.

Now, if we're talking most representative in a *roadfood* sense? It'd be Camp Washington then a half dozen or so other joints, probably starting with Aglamesis in Oakley.
octopus
Cheeseburger
RE: The two places that best represent your town 2006/02/09 16:28:03
Jack's Oyster House: Probably best represents Albany on the cuisine landscape. I would not call exactly RoadFood with no entree on the menu lower priced than $16.00. However one does not go to Jack's to save money. Jack's has been an ALbany landmark for around 90 years really it is a flashback to the old times in Albany Dining.

Ralph's Tavern: Good food cheap and lots of it I would rather wait 15 minutes at Ralph's than 90 minutes at The Olive Garden. At Ralph's you are going to get the best $6.00 bowl of pasta and meatballs you ever had. At roughly half the cost of Olive Garden this is really a no brainer. Not too mention there are not any college student Waitrons taking your orders and getting half of it wrong they have some old school waitresses at this place. Check out their mozzerella sticks with raspberry sauce. Yum
IansMom
Cheeseburger
RE: The two places that best represent your town 2006/02/09 16:41:55
quote:
Originally posted by EliseT

Los Angeles!

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:

Cuban...Versailles
Soul Food...M & M's
The Original Tommy's chiliburger



Elise.. I agree with Tommy's.. but also.. I have to add "The Taco room, a hop skip and a jump from CSULA, that was my hangout for the 2 years I went there.
lleechef
Sirloin
RE: The two places that best represent your town 2006/02/09 17:05:58
quote:
Originally posted by TJ Jackson

Is that where she works?

Yep. That's me. Voted Best Fine Dining in Anchorage.

But I'm NOT SOLICITING!

For a good laugh, check out www.ktuu.com

Click onto "What's Cookin" You will see my boss, live and in person! I am the Director of the program..........which means that I'm Girl Friday and have to attend to Chef Al's every need and feed the camera crew!
BuddyRoadhouse
Filet Mignon
RE: The two places that best represent your town 2006/02/09 17:10:27
TJ, I follow your reasoning and respect your answer. I guess I read more into Jim Hilton's original question. My interpretation was, "Which two restaurants best represent the character of your town AND you wouldn't be embarrassed to share with a fellow Roadfooder."

No problem at this end on Camp Washington. And I am, unfortunately, familiar with Montgomery Inn to the tune of a single, disappointing, overpriced visit. But as an occasional visitor to Cincy, who's always looking for the hidden gems, I guess I was hoping you could make a better suggestion for my dinner choices next time I'm in town. April 5 through 9 BTW.

Buddy
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
RE: The two places that best represent your town 2006/02/09 17:18:06
quote:
Originally posted by jim hilton

Yesterday I made a few posts that might have been considered by some to be a lttle, errr, "flamboyantly angry". I would like to atone by starting what I hope will be a fun topic. I'd like to hear about the two eating places that best represent the essence of your town, In Portland Dan and Louie's oyster bar is an obvious choice. It has been owned by the same family for over a century. It is an oldtown classic with a decor of cluttered nautica, each room filled with plates and drawings featuring ships. Your major decision is whether to order a single or double portion. I strongly recommend the double. If it is available, marionberry pie makes an excellent dessert.
My other choice would be Kennedy School, a combination, hotel, restauramt, cigar bar, snd movie theater, located in a former Portland elementary school. The place serves superb microbrews and is one of several places in Portland to offer the opportunity to enjoy good beer and a movie. It is one of a number of places owned by the McMenamin brothers, two gents who have made a good living buying old buildings and renovatting them into micropubs

I'd have to say the two places that best represent the essense of the city in which I live are the McDonald's Classic Drive-Thru restaurant and the Burger King. On the other hand, it might be the Taco-Bell and the KFC. Boy, it's tough to choose. Of course, it could be the Tim Horton's and the Frisch's. Or maybe the Bob Evans and the Wendy's.
BT
Filet Mignon
RE: The two places that best represent your town 2006/02/09 17:24:27
quote:
Originally posted by Scorereader

BT and fpczyz: What about Jumpin Java? You can't get more San Frnacisco than that, can you?

I wish I had a pic of us at Jumpin Java during our last visit. The only pic I have of restaurants is my wife coming out of Chow after lunch, and a pic from the Grubsteak.



Jumpin Java?? Grubsteak?? You get around, my friend. I'm impressed--those are not spots where you commonly find non-locals.

Jumpin Java, as you evidently know, is a small neighborhood coffee shop on Noe St. I can't imagine the average visitor would ever encounter it. I happen to know about it because at certain times I have gone there every Sunday to read the Sunday paper since it's often less crowded and easier to get a table than the better known places on and just off Market St. But its fatal flaw from my point of view is the fact that they sell iced tea, my personal beverage of choice, but NEVER have any lemon to put in it. Iced tea without lemon = IMHO, but for years, off and on, I've coped (sometimes I even bring my own in a little baggy). But sometimes I just can't face it and head down the street to the horribly crowded, see-and-be-seen spot, Cafe Flore. other than than quirk, it is a quiet spot similar to many such places all over town which , I suppose, makes it in a way "representastive" though not special.

Grubsteak is just off Polk St. which, decades ago (before the Castro) was THE strip of gay bars in town. It's quieter now and has both a number of interesing restaurants (including the popular Swan Oyster Depot and one of my favorite Indian places, Maharani) and a seedier end with "adult" book/toy shops and teen runaways selling both drugs and themselves (One of my personal favorite charities is the Larkin St. Youth Center which serves this population and successfully gets many of them back on the road to productive lives, but that's another story). Anyway, the Grubsteak grew up serving late night, after-bar-hopping meals to Polk St. party people. It always has had pretty good food, though, and since the owners were Portuguese, it has some interesitng Portuguese specialities I wouldn't know where else to find on the menu (alongside the burgers and chili and scrambled eggs). Anyway, Grubsteak is good, but I wouldn't call it "representative" of much beyond itself.
Sandy Thruthegarden
Double Cheeseburger
RE: The two places that best represent your town 2006/02/09 18:55:56
quote:
Originally posted by TJ Jackson

BHR:

Now, if we're talking most representative in a *roadfood* sense? It'd be Camp Washington then a half dozen or so other joints, probably starting with Aglamesis in Oakley.



Years ago I would have said Cincinnati would be best represented by one of the German restaurants because of the city's pervasive German heritage...perhaps Grammer's, Lenhardt's, the Mecklenburg, or the Black Forest when it was located on Colerain Avenue. Not so any more. Beyond Oktoberfest, there isn't much German feel to the city and some of those places have closed, moved, or changed their menus (nothing low-fat about a traditonal German menu). Now, instead, we have the Hofbrau Haus. I admit I haven't been there yet but it looks kind of chain-like as opposed to some of the good local places that were around.

Agree totally about Montgomery Inn. A couple a weeks ago, they were pushing samples of Montgomery Inn Sauce at bigg's. I wasn't paying attention and accepted a cocktail wienie slathered with the stuff...cloying, sickly sweet. Don't begin to understand why people like that stuff.
joanie41
Cheeseburger
RE: The two places that best represent your town 2006/02/09 19:58:36
Well, if I'm sticking to the city I live in, which is the planned community of Columbia, MD, the representative restaurant would be some sort of big chain restaurant. While there are some authentic places here, the vast majority of restaurants are chains...high end, low end, and everything in between. And they are all busy all the time. It kind of amazes me. You can get to a restaurant at 5 PM on a Tuesday here, and you'll wait for a seat! I joke that no one in Columbia ever eats at home.

Baltimore (my adopted city) has some great places, but the definitive restaurant for me would be Faidleys in Lexington Market. The Market is very Baltimorean, and Faidleys has been there for some 100 years. And the crabcakes are delish; the best I've ever had.
gbacounselor
Junior Burger
RE: The two places that best represent your town 2006/02/09 20:04:09
In Chattanooga:

The first choice is easy...Zarzour's. It has been reviewed many times on this site and others. The second choice, however, would be harder. A couple of suggestions would be the Big River Grille and the original Griffin's Foot Long Hot Dogs.
BillC
Cheeseburger
RE: The two places that best represent your town 2006/02/09 20:23:55
I haven't lived in Toledo in a long time, but I grew up there and still visit frequently. I would have to say the Beirut and Tony Packo's still do a good job of representing Toledo's Lebanese and Eastern European Heritage. Someone who currently lives there might disagree.

That said, I understand and agree with TJ's reasoning on Montgomery Inn. If any restaurant is representative of Cinti., not just roadfood Cinti., that is the one.

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