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wanderingjew
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What would be your first "off the plane" meal ? - Tue, 09/10/13 8:40 AM
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Will_work_4_bbq's recent thread about finding that one meal in Kansas City got me wondering about that 1 definitive roadfood meal in various larger cities around the country....I know TTM  has told me that his "first meal" off the plane in NYC is always Katz's...
 
So what would your one definitive roadfood meal be in different cities if you only had the opportunity for "just one meal" (or maybe 2)?
 
I"ll start with a few and add on some more eventually
 
-Boston - (If I lived far enough away) Durgin Park (I know Ayersian and Bruce Bilmes are shaking their heads)
 
-Denver- Buckhorn Exchange (Ayersian and Bruce Bilmes are still shaking their heads) (The Fort is a close second...they're still shaking their heads)  

-Kansas City- Strouds (finally I'm getting a thumbs up) (LC's BBQ is a close second)
 
-Philadelphia - Tony Luke's

-Baltimore-  G & M Restaurant and Carryout

-Des Moines- Iowa Machine Shed

-Miami -Puerto Sagua or Joe's Stone Crab (when they're open in season)

-Austin- Smitty's (Hoover's is close second)

-Memphis- Payne's BBQ
 
-New Orleans- Mother's Restaurant
 
-Buffalo- Schwabl's
 
-Charlotte- LaWan's Soul Food
 
-Raleigh- Allen and Son's
 
-San Francisco- Tadich Grill (Dol Ho would be a close second)
 
-Los Angeles- Tough choice- either California Roll Factory (( know Mar is shaking her head) or Philippe's
 
-Omaha - Johnny's Cafe
 
-Seattle - Spud Fish and Chips

-Portland, OR- Dan and Louie's Oyster Bar
 
-Portland ME- Gilbert's Chowder House
 
-Twin Cities - Tavern on Grand & Any place serving Hotdish (Davydd is shaking his head-2nd choice is a joke
 ) 

-Charleston SC- 82 Queen street
 
-Savannah GA- The Crab Shack   
 
-Cleveland OH- Sokolowski's
 
-Reno- Santa Fe Basque
 
-Boise- Bar Gernika
 
-Salt Lake City- Sill's Cafe
 
-Manchester NH (if I lived far enough away) Chez Vachon
 
-NYC (if I lived far enough away) sorry TTM I'm still a Second Avenue Deli Guy
 
-San Antonio- Chris Madrid's

-Milwaukee- Kopp's followed by The Milwaukee Brat House
   
-St Louis - Ted Drewe's
 
-Phoenix- Tacos De Juarez
 
-Pittsburgh- Wholey's with Pierogis Plus a close second
 
-Indianapolis- Gray's Cafeteria
 
-Birmingham- Miss Myra's Pit Bar B Que
 
-Jackson MS- Two Sister's Kitchen
 
-Wichita- The Breadbasket (Newton)
 
-Las Vegas- The Golden Steer
 
-Chicago-  Gene and Georgetti followed by Lou Malnati's
 
-Detroit-  New Parthenon followed by Lafayette Coney Island

  

  
  

     
     

      

       
       
 
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Re:What would be your first "off the plane" meal ? - Tue, 09/10/13 8:59 AM
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Cincinnati - Camp Washington Chili

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Re:What would be your first "off the plane" meal ? - Tue, 09/10/13 9:01 AM
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Chicago - Pequod's Pizza

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Re:What would be your first "off the plane" meal ? - Tue, 09/10/13 9:05 AM
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Well for me, coming home (since I travel a lot) - my husband picked me up at JFK this weekend after 2 weeks away - our first stop?? Modern Pizza, New Haven (which for us just SLIGHTLY edges out Pepe's and Sallys). When I landed in LAX after two weeks in Asia, I had the taxi driver take me to In-and-Out Burger on the way to the hotel.
 

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Re:What would be your first "off the plane" meal ? - Tue, 09/10/13 9:32 AM
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Georgetown TX Monument Cafe for chicken fried steak.

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Re:What would be your first "off the plane" meal ? - Tue, 09/10/13 9:47 AM
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Durant's in Phoenix.....went to college in Boston in the mid 60's, when Durgin Park was Durgin Park, not a tourist destination it is now...IMO.

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Re:What would be your first "off the plane" meal ? - Tue, 09/10/13 9:52 AM
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myterry2


Durant's in Phoenix.....went to college in Boston in the mid 60's, when Durgin Park was Durgin Park, not a tourist destination it is now...IMO.

 
It's still Durgin Park and it's still excellent- Many locals still go there (argumentably you can say the same thing about Katz's Deli in NYC and Pat's in Philly)


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Re:What would be your first "off the plane" meal ? - Tue, 09/10/13 9:55 AM
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I decided to look back at the flights I have already taken this year and see what was our first meal after arriving.
 
Philadelphia - John's Roast Pork  Could not have asked for a better choice.  John's was fantastic!
 
Mobile - Got in late, so no dinner.  Next morning, we drove to Montgomery, so first meal was at Isaiah's.  Would have loved to made it to Brick Pit or Wintzell's, but this was a fine consolation prize.
 
Fort Myers - Austrian-German Restaurant   Was with the family and everyone loved their food.  One of the better German restaurants I have visited in the last few years.
 
Chicago - Al's #1 Italian Beef  Chicago has so much to choose from, but this was still a fine first meal.
 
Manchester - Hart's Turkey Farm  Another winner, it was like Thanksgiving dinner in April!
 
San Francisco - Joanne's Café  Wasn't planning on going into the city until later in the trip, so this place provided a solid breakfast in South San Francisco.  Besides, the company couldn't be beat, since loves2bake met me here. 
 
Houston (Hobby) - Capt'n Benny's  Never thought I would like this restaurant as much as I do.
 
Albuquerque - Papa Felipe's  We had plans to meet ChiTownDiner and cousin Johnny at some of the other New Mexican staples in town later in the trip, so this was more out of convenience.  Not sure I would go back.
 
Wichita - Jeanne's Café  Arrived late enough that everything was closed, so Jeanne's was breakfast the next morning.
 
It looks like I only made it to the ideal place two or three times so far.
 
 

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Re:What would be your first "off the plane" meal ? - Tue, 09/10/13 10:02 AM
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Washington DC (Dulles Airport) - Jimmy's Old Town Tavern in Herndon - Jimmy's wings and a  cold Yeungling draft!

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Re:What would be your first "off the plane" meal ? - Tue, 09/10/13 11:14 AM
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Indianapolis -- Gray Bros. Cafeteria couldn't be more convenient to the airport. 
That said, it wouldn't be my first choice.  Assuming a car and time, I'd choose Hollyhock Hill

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Re:What would be your first "off the plane" meal ? - Tue, 09/10/13 11:24 AM
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Based on recent flights and arrival times:
 
PHX - Fry Bread House.
 
RDU - Bojangles (only place open at midnight) or The Varsity (when I miss my connection in Atlanta).
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Re:What would be your first "off the plane" meal ? - Tue, 09/10/13 11:33 AM
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-Dallas- First Chinese BBQ.

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Re:What would be your first "off the plane" meal ? - Tue, 09/10/13 11:38 AM
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Good thread, WJ!
 
NYC - I don't know if Katz's is my "every time" first stop right off the plane, but it has definitely been my first stop off the plane. I fly into LGA in a few weeks, and my flight gets in right around noon. I suspect that given the time and the proximity, you could probably bet heavily that my first stop will be for a burger at Peter Luger in Great Neck. Depending on routing, Katz's can often be my last stop before departure, too. For instance, if I am flying out of EWR and have to drive through the city to get there, Katz's could absolutely be what's eaten on the plane!
 
AUS - In years past, I have certainly gotten off the plane, hopped in the rental car and made a beeline for Lockhart. I can say that both Kreutz's and Smitty's have been my first food stop off the plane. However, with the recent explosion of really good barbecue in Austin proper, I don't feel the need to drive 30-40 minutes to get my 'cue fix. I fly into Austin this past Sunday, and my first stop was at La Barbecue, a trailer run by one of the Mueller family on First. If I can get barbecue that looks like this: 

...and, in my opinion, tasted at least as good as it looks - why would I drive so far out of my way? I have also made both Round Rock Donuts and Southside Market my first (and/or last) stops off the plane.
 
BWI - I think G&M Restaurant is a no-brainer for Baltimore. Not only is it close to the airport, but it is also one of the best crab cakes in all of Baltimore.
 
DFW - Though Celebration Restaurant is far more convenient to Love Field, this is often my first stop when I arrive in Dallas.
 
IAH - I fly in and out of Houston a lot. When I do, I almost always make Jimmy G's Seafood my first stop. The location is convenient if you are heading from the airport towards the Galleria area (where I sometimes stay). They do excellent Cajun-style seafood, popular in the Houston area. For those of you that are oyster eaters, this is your place in H-Town.
 
MCI - I know that I have picked up my checked bag and rental car and hauled it to Stroud's to be the last customer of the night upon arrival in Kansas City.
 
LAX - From the airport, with a good arm, you could hit Randy's Donuts in Inglewood. Iconic signage, open late hours, decent sugar-filled treats....works for me!
 
MLW - Kopp's. No explanation needed.
 
ORD - The last few times I have flown in Chicago, I didn't rent a car. When I do, my usual first stop is Paradise Pup, again, mostly because of the proximity to O'Hare.
 
PHL - In most cases, my first stop is John's Roast Pork, assuming I am arriving at an hour when this is appropriate. Of the major steak places, this is the one with the shortest hours, I think.
 
PIT - Given the choice, my first and last meal in and out of town would be a fish sandwich from Wholley's Market in the Strip. Sometimes, I have to suffer through a burger at Tessaro's instead.
 
PDX - It usually seems to work out that I arrive into Portland later in the evenings. The light-rail from the airport is super convenient to downtown, so it is quite common for me to get to my hotel and then hit the late-night menu at Huber's. Given that they also serve my all-time favorite meal (the traditional Thanksgiving-style turkey dinner) on their regular menu, you could catch me there during the day, too!
 
RDU - This one is more for the nostalgia purposes of when I actually lived there, but I tend to go straight to Elmo's Diner in either Durham or Carrboro.
 
STL - My first stop in St Louis is usually O'Connell's for their fantastic roast beef sandwich. My last stop is at Ted Drewe's for a concrete.
 
SEA - I hate to keep repeating a theme, but due to its proximity to the airport, 13 Coins has been my first or last stop in Seattle many times.
 
(I excluded cities into which I don't normally fly - like Florida cities, SAV, CHS, etc.)

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Re:What would be your first "off the plane" meal ? - Tue, 09/10/13 11:40 AM
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Washington, D.C.:  Weenie Beenie in Arlington, VA for an XL Carolina 'Cue sandwich (hold the slaw, add hot sauce) and a Mountain Dew, no ice.  (It has become a tradition for me).

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Re:What would be your first "off the plane" meal ? - Tue, 09/10/13 12:52 PM
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Boston - The Daily Catch
Pittsburgh  - Wholey's
Anchorage - Humpy's
Mobile - Wintzell's
Santa Fe - Santa Fe (Bobcat) Bite
New Orleans - Mother's
Sioux City, IA - drive to LeMars to Archie's Waeside
Columbus - Philip's Coney Island

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Re:What would be your first "off the plane" meal ? - Tue, 09/10/13 2:33 PM
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Great topic, Dale!  (and yes, still shaking, but smiling)
 
Tito's Tacos is my Los Angeles stop although I just took my guests to Randy's because they didn't want Mexican food.
 
El Guero Canelo in Tucson
 
Cafe du Monde in New Orleans (Every morning and sometimes at night)
 
Prince's in Nashville
 
Any place on the Pier 39 in San Francisco for Dungeness Crab
 
Spanger's in Berkeley
 
Maxwell's for breakfast in the Venice/Culver City/Marina del Rey area
 
Ivar's in Seattle
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Re:What would be your first "off the plane" meal ? - Tue, 09/10/13 2:41 PM
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Mar,
 
I'm going to find that article that described California Roll Factory as the "definitive" LA meal. Still haven't even found anything similar or close to it here in New England.
 
I know how much you enjoy Tito's Tacos but based on your photos, I'm sure it's verygood but looks like something you can find anywhere in the Southwest.

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Re:What would be your first "off the plane" meal ? - Tue, 09/10/13 2:48 PM
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I remember once after a group of us enjoyed an extended tour of Italy, while at Heathrow airport waiting for our flight back to Dallas, our group made a bee line for Friday's for some well missed burgers, stuffed fried potato skins and ice tea.

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Re:What would be your first "off the plane" meal ? - Tue, 09/10/13 2:55 PM
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WJthis thread!

 

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DFW:  Chef Point Cafe has both expanded and improved since this, which got us to try it, first aired :
 


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Re:What would be your first "off the plane" meal ? - Tue, 09/10/13 4:44 PM
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Dale, I can get those Wacky California Rolls all around here but there's only one place for a Tito's taco.
 
Some have tried but they've never been duplicated.
 
BUT... If you're from New England, I understand.  I want Ipswich Clams!

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Re:What would be your first "off the plane" meal ? - Tue, 09/10/13 4:59 PM
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Mar,
 
I'll trade you some fried clams (whole belly of course), throw in a couple of stuffies
and you can send me a coupla "Mike" Rolls and a coupla  "Chenzo" rolls from the California Roll Factory

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Re:What would be your first "off the plane" meal ? - Tue, 09/10/13 6:21 PM
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  Wouldn't that be nice if we could do that?
 
But then, what would I have on my list?

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Re:What would be your first "off the plane" meal ? - Tue, 09/10/13 6:30 PM
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Seaside Heights , New Jersey   Marucas PIzza
Sacramento CA ,Sams Hof Brau

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Re:What would be your first "off the plane" meal ? - Tue, 09/10/13 7:22 PM
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Chicago-  Frontera Grill!

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Re:What would be your first "off the plane" meal ? - Tue, 09/10/13 7:24 PM
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WJ - I can see you have thought about this for awhile.  I love your list

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Re:What would be your first "off the plane" meal ? - Tue, 09/10/13 7:50 PM
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Coming home-Milwaukee-George Webbs
Lax-Sees and California Kitchen
Raleigh-Bojangles( compare to chicken in Milwaukee-its huge and well fried)
Phoenix-nothing-had to run for the next plane!!!!
By the way WJ-a very fun thread!

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Re:What would be your first "off the plane" meal ? - Tue, 09/10/13 8:28 PM
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Manchester New Hampshire,Red Arrow Diner
 
Washington PA, Breezy Heights Tavern

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Re:What would be your first "off the plane" meal ? - Tue, 09/10/13 8:28 PM
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Miami: Joe's Stone Crab
New Orleans: Acme Oyster House (or maybe Café du Monde)
New York: A delicatessen, or Rao's, or 21
New Haven: Pepe's, of course
Atlanta: Buckhead Diner
Mobile: Wintzell's
Santa Fe: Bobcat Bite (Santa Fe Bite)
Pittsburgh: Wholey's, Primanti Brothers
Charlotte Amalie: Crazy Cow
San Francisco: Tadich Grill
Seattle: Ivar's House of Clams, 13 Coins (Come to think of it, the 13 Coins I really like happens to be across 99 from SeaTac, so I guess that would be the first stop after getting off the plane [in the unlikely event I would ever again get on a commercial aircraft]).
 
 
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Re:What would be your first "off the plane" meal ? - Tue, 09/10/13 9:50 PM
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Las Vegas     In n Out Burger
Biloxi/Gulfport   Whitecap, Blow Fly Inn
Atlanta  Mamie's Kitchen for breakfast after the redeye
 

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Re:What would be your first "off the plane" meal ? - Thu, 09/12/13 2:10 AM
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Chicago - Millers Pub - http://www.millerspub.com/
Pensacola -Coffee Cup - http://coffeecuppensacola.com/
NYC - Carnegie Deli or Grand Central Oyster Bar
Tampa - Berns Steakhouse - http://www.bernssteakhouse.com/
NOLA - Pascal's Manale -  http://www.neworleansrestaurants.com/pascalsmanale/menu.html

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Re:What would be your first "off the plane" meal ? - Thu, 09/12/13 8:52 AM
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californyguy


Washington PA, Breezy Heights Tavern



Edit:  While I'm at it, I also want to thank you for telling me about The Breezy Heights; you first mentioned it on these pages 10 years ago and later started a wonderful thread on it:  http://www.roadfood.com/Forums/tm.aspx?Breezy-Heights-Tavern-Avella-PA&m=446540&high=breezy+heights&mpage=1 .  Check out BB's pics on post #32!
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Re:What would be your first "off the plane" meal ? - Thu, 09/12/13 8:59 AM
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Due to my frequent work travels, I've often done this, often on purpose (leaving a long layover so I can meet with friends or go to a special place), sometime by accident (usually weather):
 
Minneapolis:  Al's Breakfast
New Orleans:  Willie Mae's Scotch House
Los Angeles: In-N-Out (since it is walking distance from the airport)
Cleveland: AMP-150 (via shuttlebus)
Detroit: Miller's Bar
KC: Stroud's
 
Two international ones:
London: I've done both Pimlico Fresh and Hawksmoor this way
Iceland: Lava (the restaurant at the Blue Lagoon)
 
I'll give some thought as to where I might go in other cities.

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Re:What would be your first "off the plane" meal ? - Thu, 09/12/13 9:30 AM
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Thanks for the shout-out, BB--Joanne's was fun!! 
I'd like to convince you to venture down the peninsula next time to try Palo Alto Creamery http://www.paloaltocreamery.com/
or Nini's Coffee Shop in San Mateo (also a favorite of Chewy's) http://www.yelp.com/biz/n...ffee-shop-san-mateooth
Both are roadfood-worthy, but haven't been reviewed.  Yet.
 
Although I've driven across the country about 6 times round trip, I haven't stopped at anywhere near the places many of you have.  Still, there are a few that I'd make a beeline for when I got into the area:
 
Chicago:  Johnnie's Beef and Garrett Popcorn
 
New Orleans:  Cafe du Monde
 
Louisville:  Homemade Ice Cream and Pie Kitchen
 
Amarillo:  Stockyard Cafe
 
Tucson:  Gus Balon's
 
St. Louis:  Ted Drewes
 
My bookmark list, however, is huge!

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Re:What would be your first "off the plane" meal ? - Thu, 09/12/13 10:50 AM
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Phoenix - Jumbo Jack
NOLA - Domilise's -  PoBoy

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Re:What would be your first "off the plane" meal ? - Thu, 09/12/13 8:27 PM
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I remember when I got back from a summer in Pakistan the first thing I wanted was a hamburger.  Nothing tasted as good as that one did.

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Re:What would be your first "off the plane" meal ? - Thu, 09/12/13 8:36 PM
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Earl of Sandwich


I remember when I got back from a summer in Pakistan the first thing I wanted was a hamburger.  Nothing tasted as good as that one did.

 
The jist of this thread  is to discuss your one "don't miss" roadfood restaurant in a specific city or cities....

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Re:What would be your first "off the plane" meal ? - Thu, 09/12/13 11:12 PM
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Sorry WJ, I like EoS's response.

I had a buddy who spent a couple weeks in Asia and went crazy for pretzels as soon he got to a U.S. airport.

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Re:What would be your first "off the plane" meal ? - Fri, 09/13/13 7:31 AM
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ONT- Our airport of choice in SoCal- has my favorite Burger/Sandwich place nearby with a major rail-line running beside it. Off the plane get burger and rings and bottomless drink, and relax watching trains roll by !!  FARMER BOY's on Milliken Ave.
 
SDF- Coming into Louisville the now 'closed' Lynn's Paradise Cafe was the prime target for us when we got off the plane...but alas it is gone.  We usually pick up an order to go at Bootleg BBQ on Preston, near the airport, to devour on the way home.
 
In Cicero/Berwyn (Chicago) we must stop at Freddies Deli to pick up a bunch of great deli food, and then explore the neighborhood my Mother's family spent their early years building (1915-1939)
 
Reno-  Louis's Basque Restaurant
St Louis-  I second the 'O'Connell's recommendation. Their Rib Tips are great as is the Roast Beef Sandwich.
First the Rib Tips, Then the Roast Beef paired with a Cheeseburger !


  
 

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Re:What would be your first "off the plane" meal ? - Fri, 09/13/13 10:52 AM
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JRPfeff


Sorry WJ, I like EoS's response. 


Perhaps,
 
But it's responses and threads  like that which precipitated my decision to discontinue my trip reports.

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Re:What would be your first "off the plane" meal ? - Fri, 09/13/13 10:57 AM
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Another reason to like St. Louis, Mr. Mayor.

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Re:What would be your first "off the plane" meal ? - Fri, 09/13/13 11:15 AM
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Orange County, CA/John Wayne:  Down Jamboree, rt. on PCH, on left in Sunset Beach:  http://www.harborhousecafe.com/ .
 
We discovered this place - literally 'just off the plane' - on a Christmas Day when everything else was closed.  Turns out, it never closes.  Check the menu!  It would do a Jersey Diner proud. 
 
Fantastic, especially for breakfast.
 
 

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Re:What would be your first "off the plane" meal ? - Fri, 09/13/13 11:23 AM
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Orange County, CA/John Wayne:  Down Jamboree, rt. on PCH, on left in Sunset Beach:  http://www.harborhousecafe.com/ .

We discovered this place - literally 'just off the plane' - on a Christmas Day when everything else was closed.  Turns out, it never closes.  Check the menu!  It would do a Jersey Diner proud. 

Fantastic, especially for breakfast.



 
I've been wanting to check that place out for a long time- the Cobb Salad and the avocado sandwich are right up my alley.

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Re:What would be your first "off the plane" meal ? - Fri, 09/13/13 11:29 AM
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I certainly enjoyed the one in Dana Point when I was there last February!  

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Re:What would be your first "off the plane" meal ? - Fri, 09/13/13 7:11 PM
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mayor al

SDF- Coming into Louisville the now 'closed' Lynn's Paradise Cafe was the prime target for us when we got off the plane...but alas it is gone.  We usually pick up an order to go at Bootleg BBQ on Preston, near the airport, to devour on the way home.

I inadvertently left SDF off my own list, but my first stop now, since I can no longer enjoy either Lynn's Paradise Cafe or Kaelin's burger, would have to be the Homemade Pie and Ice Cream Kitchen, no?
 
Also....
 
SYR - I don't often fly into Syracuse, but would also be appropriate for ROC, the original Dinosaur BBQ.
 
BUF - Charlie the Butcher is practically on the runway of the Buffalo airport, so it is super convenient, but sometimes I hold out until I get to Duff's for my favorite wings in town.

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Re:What would be your first "off the plane" meal ? - Sat, 09/14/13 9:17 AM
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Portland, Maine (PWM) always head straight to Tony's Donut Shop for some molasses donuts.  http://www.gilleymedia.com/06/tonys/
 

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Re:What would be your first "off the plane" meal ? - Sat, 09/14/13 10:37 AM
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BWI:  without a doubt - http://gandmcrabcakes.com/restaurant.html
 
Even when arriving at IAD or DCA, G&M is "on my list" for that trip.

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Re:What would be your first "off the plane" meal ? - Fri, 11/8/13 7:27 PM
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I don't travel nearly as much as I'd like these days, but I can think of a few:
 
Tulsa, OK: Nelson's Ranch House (chicken fried steak) if before 2PM.
Fayetteville, AR:  A.Q. Chicken House (pan fried chicken), Shakes Custard
California, Nevada, etc:  In-N-Out Burger (I know it's fast food, but it's still something I must have when I go to California, Nevada, Arizona or anywhere they are).
Phoenix, AZ: Pizzeria Bianco (I have not tried it, but I am going straight there)
Charlotte, NC: Bojangles (fried chicken)
Milwaukee, WI: Maria's Pizza (thin crust), Kopp's (custard) 
Nashville, TN: Loveless Cafe (breakfast)
 
And finally...
Chicago (home): Marie's Pizza (thin crust), Lou Malnati's (deep dish), or Coalfire (American Neapolitan).  We try to take long vacations where we fly home Saturday nights, so we can still "be on vacation" and go out for dinner.  Since we always miss pizza the most, it's an easy choice.
 

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Re:What would be your first "off the plane" meal ? - Fri, 11/8/13 8:39 PM
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Ram4 - Good luck at Pizzeria Bianco. There is always a wait for seating and they were (are?) closed on Sundays. We finally got in without a wait on a Saturday morning. Great crust, but we'd choose different toppings if we went back.
 
Jim

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Re:What would be your first "off the plane" meal ? - Sat, 11/9/13 1:03 AM
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Jim -
 
I have been to Bianco's twice and on both occasions I didn't wait a single minute for a table. Admittedly, my plan is to go on off hours (lunch @ 2-3 pm?) and it has not failed me. I don't have time, when on a work trip, to spend hours in line waiting for a seat, so I need to make other arrangements. Fortunately, I am not averse to eating at an off hour. 
 
On the other hand, if you want to bring a party of six on a Friday night at 7 pm, then yes, you will surely have a wait.

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Re:What would be your first "off the plane" meal ? - Sat, 11/9/13 1:07 AM
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TTM - Bianco changed their hours in the last couple years to make that possible. For a long time they only served dinner. When Bobbi & I went, we planned it for lunch & still got the last open seats in the house.

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Re:What would be your first "off the plane" meal ? - Tue, 12/17/13 9:22 AM
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Albuquerque/Santa Fe = Frontier.
In fact I go several times a year, and it IS the place I go to right from the airport. About 10 min from airport. Gotta get my chili fix!!

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Re:What would be your first "off the plane" meal ? - Tue, 12/17/13 9:58 AM
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Plymouth England  Oogie Oogie Pasty Shop.

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Re:What would be your first "off the plane" meal ? - Tue, 12/17/13 11:29 AM
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MetroplexJim


BWI:  without a doubt - http://gandmcrabcakes.com/restaurant.html

Even when arriving at IAD or DCA, G&M is "on my list" for that trip.
Agreed, and I order from there for Christmas every year. Great online service and simple oven prep. Obviously gets raves.


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Re:What would be your first "off the plane" meal ? - Tue, 12/24/13 12:59 AM
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What a great question!  Since I stopped in here to update a previous post about Vermont in another thread, I'll mention that when I fly to Burlington, VT, my first meal off the plane is, literally, Al's French Frys, about a mile from the airport.  It is also my final stop before getting back on the plane to go home!

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Re:What would be your first "off the plane" meal ? - Wed, 12/25/13 4:35 AM
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Missed this thread before...
 
Chicago - Portillo's.
Pittsburgh - Meat & Potatoes.
Indianapolis - Bazbeaux's.
Columbus - Thurman's Café or Schmidts.
Cleveland - Melt.
Lexington - Wallace Station.
Phoenix - Four Peaks Brewing (mainly for the beer but the food's great too).
Canada
Halifax - The Fireside (best scallops on the planet).
Montreal - Reuben's. 
Ottawa - Johnny Farina's.
Quebec - Casse-crepe Breton.
Toronto - Any Shoeless Joe's for wings.  
 
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Re:What would be your first "off the plane" meal ? - Fri, 12/27/13 6:44 PM
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If I were landing at Midway, I'd definitely eat at Dan's Soul Food & Bakery.
 
2523 W 79th St
(between Campbell Ave & Maplewood Ave) 
Chicago, IL 60652
 


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Re:What would be your first "off the plane" meal ? - Mon, 01/6/14 11:17 AM
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Perrycavacava


Cavacava restaurant and Wine Bar in Ketchum Idaho.


Wow,

I knew your initial posts were suspicious even though everyone else  was gullible and thought  that you were "legitimate"
Your comment proves my initial assumptions

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Re:What would be your first "off the plane" meal ? - Mon, 01/6/14 11:30 AM
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I guess you missed my post pointing out the connection.
http://www.roadfood.com/Forums/tm.aspx?m=763432
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Re:What would be your first "off the plane" meal ? - Mon, 01/6/14 11:34 AM
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wanderingjew


Perrycavacava


Cavacava restaurant and Wine Bar in Ketchum Idaho.


Wow,

I knew your initial posts were suspicious even though everyone else  was gullible and thought  that you were "legitimate"
Your comment proves my initial assumptions
Hey WJ...just curious. Is there something in the protocol that prohibits pushing one's own establishment? I knew from the get go that he worked at that restaurant. He really got my interest when he mentioned Ketchum and I responded since I have so many wonderful memories of that town. In fact, I'm going out there to ski in about three weeks...maybe I'll look for Mr. Perry. Also, his restaurant will not be on my list. FWIW...there is no airport in Ketchum.

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Re:What would be your first "off the plane" meal ? - Mon, 01/6/14 11:41 AM
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Pancho


wanderingjew


Perrycavacava


Cavacava restaurant and Wine Bar in Ketchum Idaho.


Wow,

I knew your initial posts were suspicious even though everyone else  was gullible and thought  that you were "legitimate"
Your comment proves my initial assumptions
Hey WJ...just curious. Is there something in the protocol that prohibits pushing one's own establishment? I knew from the get go that he worked at that restaurant. He really got my interest when he mentioned Ketchum and I responded since I have so many wonderful memories of that town. In fact, I'm going out there to ski in about three weeks...maybe I'll look for Mr. Perry. Also, his restaurant will not be on my list. FWIW...there is no airport in Ketchum.

 
Yes there is protocol about advertising....
 
I just wish that everyone here can face the sad fact that there is "no such animal" as a new member any more. anyone  that pops up will definitely be a spammer or a "one and done" poster who just happened to come across the forum via google. Forums are so "2003" and anyone new will utilize  twitter, instagram and other means of social media....etc....

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