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MetroplexJim

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Re:What would be your first "off the plane" meal ? Thu, 09/12/13 8:52 AM (permalink)
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!
<message edited by MetroplexJim on Thu, 09/12/13 9:21 AM>
 
#31
    kaszeta

    Re:What would be your first "off the plane" meal ? Thu, 09/12/13 8:59 AM (permalink)
    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.
     
    #32
      love2bake

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      Re:What would be your first "off the plane" meal ? Thu, 09/12/13 9:30 AM (permalink)
      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!
       
      #33
        ChrisOC

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

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          Re:What would be your first "off the plane" meal ? Thu, 09/12/13 8:27 PM (permalink)
          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 (permalink)
            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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              JRPfeff

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              Re:What would be your first "off the plane" meal ? Thu, 09/12/13 11:12 PM (permalink)
              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 (permalink)
                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 (permalink)
                  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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                    Michael Hoffman

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                    Re:What would be your first "off the plane" meal ? Fri, 09/13/13 10:57 AM (permalink)
                    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 (permalink)
                      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 (permalink)
                        MetroplexJim


                        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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                          rumaki

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                          Re:What would be your first "off the plane" meal ? Fri, 09/13/13 11:29 AM (permalink)
                          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 (permalink)
                            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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                              Treetop Tom

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                              Re:What would be your first "off the plane" meal ? Sat, 09/14/13 9:17 AM (permalink)
                              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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                                MetroplexJim

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                                Re:What would be your first "off the plane" meal ? Sat, 09/14/13 10:37 AM (permalink)
                                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 (permalink)
                                  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 (permalink)
                                    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 (permalink)
                                      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 (permalink)
                                        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 (permalink)
                                          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 (permalink)
                                            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 (permalink)
                                              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 (permalink)
                                                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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                                                  Bonk

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                                                  Re:What would be your first "off the plane" meal ? Wed, 12/25/13 4:35 AM (permalink)
                                                  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.  
                                                   
                                                  <message edited by Bonk on Wed, 12/25/13 4:38 AM>
                                                   
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                                                    jomackiewicz

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                                                    Re:What would be your first "off the plane" meal ? Fri, 12/27/13 6:44 PM (permalink)
                                                    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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                                                      wanderingjew

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                                                      Re:What would be your first "off the plane" meal ? Mon, 01/6/14 11:17 AM (permalink)
                                                      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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                                                        Michael Hoffman

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                                                        Re:What would be your first "off the plane" meal ? Mon, 01/6/14 11:30 AM (permalink)
                                                        I guess you missed my post pointing out the connection.
                                                        http://www.roadfood.com/Forums/tm.aspx?m=763432
                                                        <message edited by Michael Hoffman on Mon, 01/6/14 11:32 AM>
                                                         
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                                                          Pancho

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                                                          Re:What would be your first "off the plane" meal ? Mon, 01/6/14 11:34 AM (permalink)
                                                          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.

                                                          <message edited by Pancho on Mon, 01/6/14 11:35 AM>
                                                           
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                                                            wanderingjew

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