"Discover Cooking, Discuss Life."

Go Back   Discuss Cooking - Cooking Forums > The Back Porch > Off Topic Discussions
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 05-19-2012, 08:01 PM   #11
Head Chef
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: USA
Posts: 1,161
I've eaten at so many restaurants over the years, maybe I've become a little jaded. I want to be "WOWED." Some of my favorites are gone. We counted about 20 w/i a few-mile radius of work. Recently, I read a good friend and coworker passed on. We were two of the great eater-outers - trying a new restaurant a few times a week after work. She was a wonderful lady, & will be sorely missed. I find myself missing some of the great nostalgic eateries of my past, like The Automat in New York City:

The Automat - the History, Recipes, and Allure of Horn & Hardart's Masterpiece.

You put a few coins in a window displaying your dish, turn the knob, & out it came. The cafeteria-style mac & cheese, homemade comfort food, a slice of pie & a cup of fresh-brewed coffee always hit the spot.

A few more I miss:

Burgers and hot dogs from Nathan's in Coney Island (Brooklyn, New York).

The $3.999 (hahaha) all-you-can-eat champagne brunches at Vegas' (Ratpack) Hotels that are gone.

A restaurant in Universal City called Victoria Station. The restaurant was fashioned after victoria station (I guess). You dined in a subway car.

Haven't gone to Tony Roma's in years, but loved the ribs & peeling onion rings off a block.

Chasen's in Beverly Hills. Spago above the Sunset strip.

Carney's in Holloywood - hot dogs on a train.

When we travelled, we used Frommer's guide, & found several off-the-beaten-path Mom & Pop restaurants, a restaurant called The Potsticker (in Chinatown), some restaurants on the wharf in San Fran. & Sausilito. Very romantic.

I'm sure I'm forgetting many more, but those are a few that stand out in my memory.
__________________

__________________
Cerise is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-20-2012, 01:47 AM   #12
The Dude Abides
 
TATTRAT's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Bermuda Native in D.C./NoVA
Posts: 5,324
Send a message via AIM to TATTRAT Send a message via Yahoo to TATTRAT Send a message via Skype™ to TATTRAT
I avoid chain places like the black death, but, the NOVA area is inundated with fantastic mom and pop type places, with enough variety to scratch any itch I may have(food wise).

Pan American Bakery for Bolivian

Ba Le for Viet food, and amazing Bhan mi

Tutto Benne for awesome traditional, like momma never made Italian

Hacienda El Paso for really good Mexican(not Americanized, but pretty authentic, real deal Mexican).

Pho sate for the best Pho, ever.

Too many amazing kebab places, ranging from traditional Persian, to Afghan

La Maza for traditional Turkish and Greek

Hard Times for traditional American fare, and GRRREAT wood fired burgers

Tsunami for Sushi/Yaki/Tempura

Honey Pig for Korean BBQ

Bon Chon for Korean Fried Chicken

a TON of Pollo A la Brassa places, my favorite is Super Pollo

Pollo Compero for Panamanian/Guatemala style fried chicken and yucca

El Beueno Gusto for Salvadorian food. . .puppasas, tacos, chicharon, pollo picante. . .

Yuen Chang for some good American Style Chinese food, but they also offer an "Authentic" Menu, with everything from Black eel, to fried pig ears, and all sorts of stuff in between.

Forget the name, but there is a great little spot in falls church for Ethiopian food, Bourdain even stopped in when he was filming in DC.

Sooooooooooooooooooo many places, and all so close, and 9 out of 10 times, SO much better than anything any fast food/chain type place offers, and the prices are better, food is better, AND you get to support a local.
__________________

__________________
flickr
TATTRAT is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-20-2012, 11:21 PM   #13
Chef Extraordinaire
 
CWS4322's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Rural Ottawa, Ontario
Posts: 12,337
The only time I eat out is when I'm traveling (on business or to visit my parents), when I'm visiting friends and we go out, or when I'm visiting my parents and I take my mom out for lunch or we go out the last night I'm in town because I've done all the cooking while I've been there. Eating out is, IMO, highly overrated.
__________________
I've got OCD--Obsessive Chicken Disorder!
http://www.discusscooking.com/forums...les-76125.html
CWS4322 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-24-2012, 05:20 AM   #14
Master Chef
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Galena, IL
Posts: 7,973
I tend to like small, Mom & Pop ethnic places. I really miss city living for that feature. TATTRAT, I used to live in an apartment just off Columbia Pike in Arlington, and then, later, in an old town house in Old Town Alexandria. I miss the restaurants that were w/i walking distance in both places (only a couple you mentioned were familiar, so much has changed). In Hawaii you just couldn't beat the little places in strip malls where you brought your own bottle and sweated your way through a meal.

Unlike some who say they don't eat out if they can help it, I am usually happy to have someone take care of me. I, too, tend to avoid chains. But since I do annual road trips with a dog, do wind up on those occasions stopping at fast food, and in a pinch I like Applebees because I can have my wine and a half portion of their (in my experience) excellent salads.

I eat out at least once a week, on Fridays for dinner, and my favorite is our sushi place. But I get occasional yens for liver, and our local steak house does it great. I'd love to see a Korean family move into town and start a kal-bi and bulgogi place.
__________________
Claire is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-24-2012, 11:49 AM   #15
Executive Chef
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Both in Italy and Spain
Posts: 3,425
Gravy Queen: Dining Out In Madrid Capital

Gravy Queen,

This is a phenomenal post ... my favorite topic ... Restaurants ... Trattorias, Tabernas, Cafés, Pubs, Bars & Ouzerias ...

Firstly, I shall just speak about Madrid Capital ...

We enjoy dining out at the weekends, Friday and Saturday evenings.

Our fave choices include:

Inazio Deias, a Sardinian Entreprennurer, Restaurateur and Exporter, Importer´s establishments are where we go for Italian Regional and Sardinian specialties. His two latest on the scene are: Caffé dei Poetti and Scatto Matto ( Check Mate ).

For Indian monthly, we go to Swagat where the Expat scene is bountiful. The Vindaloo King & Queen and the Fish, Shrimp & Seafood Tandoori are our passions.

Mexican is another ritual and we enjoy three distinctly different establishments; one called Todo A Mexico, and the other, Taquería Alamillo. The 3rd is located close to the magazine office and is called Delhi. They have a Vindaloo Chicken right one Piquant.

For special occasion, both of adore Sashimi and once a month we go to Kabuki, which is one of the best in the Mediterranean. We always share a Sashimi Boat, and each of us, have our own Wasabi.

On the Mediterranean side of the globe, we have a great passion for Delfo´s, a popular Greek Taverna that we frequent.

Neither of us eat fast food nor junk food. We do not have a penchant for these type of comestibles. We do not eat Thai on the Iberian Peninsula nor any other type of Asian ever; except Japanese or Indian.

Pinxto Bars or Tapas Bars: Now, this is the best type of regional Spanish.
We truly enjoy making our rounds, and thus go to: Estado Puro owned by Paco Roncero, the hole in the wall in front of our Loft apartment, The Glass Bar in The Derby Hotel, Schotis on Cava Baja 11 ( which is a street similar to Manhattan´s Restaurant Row ) and numerous others depending on which neigborhood we are visiting.

There are a few other goodies in the Capital of Madrid´s neighborhoods:

Celebrity Chefs:
a) Casa José - Aranjuez - Michelin Star
b) Coque - Chef Mario Sandoval
c) Europa Dëco - Hotel Derby
d) Gastro Bar - Sergi Arola

Trattorias:
e) Ciao Madrid
f) Da Nicola Trattoria - Madrid
g) Piu di Prima - Madrid
h) Il Gusto

Japanese Sashimi Bars:
i) Sushiwakka
j) Sushi 99
k) Tokoyo Ayala

Peruvian:
l) Virú
m) Astrid & Gastón

Have a lovely weekend.
Kindest,
Margi Cintrano.
__________________
Margi Cintrano is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-24-2012, 01:49 PM   #16
Executive Chef
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Both in Italy and Spain
Posts: 3,425
Good Evening Addie,

I had some fabulous shellfish over in Boston, Provincetown and The Islands of Nantucket & Martha´s Vineyard many years ago.

Question 1: Boston: Is it Steve´s Pier 1 or Anthony´s Pier 1 and is it still open and doing business ? *** Their Giant Lobster was unforgettable.

Question 2: Provincetown: The Moors ... is it still open and doing business ?
** I recall their stunner cape location and ocean views, and the huge fireplace ... and gorgeous enormous shrimps ...

Thanks.
Ciao.
Margi.
__________________
Margi Cintrano is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-24-2012, 02:02 PM   #17
Master Chef
 
CharlieD's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: USA,Minnesota
Posts: 8,404
I love Chinese food. If we go out we go for Chinese, otherwise i am rarely happy in other places. I can eat bad Chinese food and will not complain, but if we go to a bad restaurant I'll drive my wife and wait stuff crazy. So my wife knows better than take me anywhere else. If it is not Chinese I'm happy to grab a slice of Mushroom Pizza.
__________________
You are what you eat.
CharlieD is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-24-2012, 03:09 PM   #18
Chef Extraordinaire
 
Addie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: East Boston, MA
Posts: 19,080
Quote:
Originally Posted by Margi Cintrano View Post
Good Evening Addie,

I had some fabulous shellfish over in Boston, Provincetown and The Islands of Nantucket & Martha´s Vineyard many years ago.

Question 1: Boston: Is it Steve´s Pier 1 or Anthony´s Pier 1 and is it still open and doing business ? *** Their Giant Lobster was unforgettable.

Question 2: Provincetown: The Moors ... is it still open and doing business ?
** I recall their stunner cape location and ocean views, and the huge fireplace ... and gorgeous enormous shrimps ...

Thanks.
Ciao.
Margi.
Yes, Anthony's Pier 1 is still open. The old man died and now the sons have it. They did have a fire many years ago and there was some question as to whether they would rebuild.

I haven't been to Provincetown in more than 35 years. I lived in Brewster when I was in the 3rd and 4th grades. Now that town is so crowded that it is almost a city instead of the little lazy town I knew. A lot of the seashore has been designated as a National Seashore. So building there is prohibited. That is the only thing protecting it. It must have something drawing folks there. Friday the traffic to the Cape is horrendous. And coming home on Sunday night is even worse. You can take the ferry from Boston to Provincetown. It is actually quicker than driving there. At the right time of year, you can see the whales when you take the ferry.
__________________
Illegitimi non carborundum!
I don't want my last words to be, "I wish I had spent more time doing housework"
Addie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-24-2012, 03:18 PM   #19
Certified Pretend Chef
 
Andy M.'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 41,401
Quote:
Originally Posted by Addie View Post
Yes, Anthony's Pier 1 is still open....

But they still call it Anthony's Pier 4.
__________________
"If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe." -Carl Sagan
Andy M. is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 05-24-2012, 03:54 PM   #20
Chef Extraordinaire
 
Addie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: East Boston, MA
Posts: 19,080
Quote:
Originally Posted by Andy M. View Post
But they still call it Anthony's Pier 4.
Sorry about that. You are right. 4 not 1. My bad. Thanks for the correction. It is not as popular as it once was.
__________________

__________________
Illegitimi non carborundum!
I don't want my last words to be, "I wish I had spent more time doing housework"
Addie is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
eating

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



» Discuss Cooking on Facebook

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:18 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.