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Old 12-20-2011, 01:56 PM   #1
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Favorite Restaurant in your city and why.

Ok, we all have one restaurant we go to more than any other, where the staff know us and we are intimately familiar with their menu and love the food served to us there.

Please, tell us yours. When we visit your city, we'll make sure to also have at least one meal there, if not more.

I live in St. Augustine, Florida. The locals and the repeat tourists here all know of Schooners, on Ponce de Leon Blvd, on the north end of town.

They serve the best seafood in St. Augustine!

I had supper there last night:

The combo fried platter, with two of any fried seafood on the menu. I chose oysters and scallops. Had green bean casserole, sweet corn and a baked potato and sweet tea with it.

I was so hungry, I actually finished the entire meal. Most can't. It's just so much food. I just couldn't make myself quit eating!

If you happen to visit St. Augustine, you'll love your self for eating at schooners.

Ya'll come back now, y' hear?

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Old 12-20-2011, 02:59 PM   #2
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Gosh, I don't have just one favorite, but there are several I've eaten at that I could recommend to anyone visiting the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. My only criteria is good food, prompt service, and a fun atmosphere.

  • In Season. Teeny tiny little restaurant with a constantly-changing eclectic menu. My wife said I could pick anywhere to go for my birthday. This was my choice.
  • Travail Kitchen & Amusements. Unusual, reasonably priced, and recently ranked #4 on Bon Appetit magazine's list of Best New Restaurants in America. Only place I know that serves frozen Foie Gras Popsicles.
  • i Nonni. Elevated Italian fare (meaning not just pasta) and a very nice wine list. Service is impeccable. A little on the spendy side, but great place to take a date.
  • Tiger Sushi. Goes beyond traditional sushi by adding some unusual flavor elements. Their number 10 Zen roll is fantastic, as is the Flying Tiger Kick.
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Old 12-20-2011, 03:51 PM   #3
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I, too, find it hard to narrow it down to one or even a couple. Partly because even my favorites can be inconsistent. The minute I recommend one, someone goes and it is a mess. I like our local sushi bar, and it has proven to be consistent and I love the couple who run it. (It is called Tokyo). If I want a steak, I go to The Log Cabin. Have had a long-standing relationship with them, and my favorite dishes there are kabobs or calf's liver. It is a real old-fashioned, 50s-60s style steak house. There are many sports bars and Italian-type restaurants in town; those are the ones I find most inconsistent when it comes to food. Plus, if I do say so myself, I'm better at the genre than any of the chefs at those Italian type restaurants. There are a couple of restaurants I like but are way too expensive, and again, not consistent enough to be worth the price. Especially because we like a few drinks with a "special" meal. It is a quite small town, with a high turnover. Sometimes the restaurant owners over-extend themselves, opening more restaurants. There are two guys who own multiple restaurants, and the quality goes down with each new opening, and there have been times when you can literally tell when the owner leaves the premises to go to one of the other restaurants.
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Old 12-20-2011, 04:08 PM   #4
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We have a favorite for each type of cusine. I am the type to try a few different things, then stick with the dish that was favorite every time I go back.

We only have a few of our favs in our neighborhood.

A medditerreanean place
An Indian Place
A sushi place

We are willing to drive an hour each way for a antipasta lunch in Monterey on the wharf at Abolenettie's.Love that place.
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Old 12-20-2011, 04:25 PM   #5
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Well, there's this one coffee shop I frequent, close and convenient. I know the menu, and it's cheap. It is my favorite sit down restaurant to grab a bite to eat.
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Old 12-20-2011, 07:34 PM   #6
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Not in my city but a short ride away.

Click >>> Steve's Sizzling Steaks

NY strip steak, steak fries and mushrooms. I can't say any more because I am drooling and craving some now!! I LOVE NY strip steak and when I HAVE to have BEEF only this place will satisfy the craving.
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Old 12-20-2011, 07:46 PM   #7
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Well, there's this one coffee shop I frequent, close and convenient. I know the menu, and it's cheap. It is my favorite sit down restaurant to grab a bite to eat.
So, are you gonna tell us who it is and where? The whole point of this thread is to give people a chance to visit your city and go there. You're killin me!
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Old 12-20-2011, 08:12 PM   #8
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So, are you gonna tell us who it is and where? The whole point of this thread is to give people a chance to visit your city and go there. You're killin me!
It's in the ghetto so I don't want to give them a bad impression of the city. It's a hangout for the locals. I would never take my out of town guest there....

One of my favorite Japanese restaurants is a tavern located in the Japanese community of Little Tokyo in downtown L.A. called Honda-ya. These types of establishments (izakaya) are very popular in Japan and open til very late into the night. Not for sushi, but they serve practically everything else, including sashimi, and the menu quite extensive. Most are small portioned ala carte dishes so you'll sample a wide variety of grub before the night's over. They have a nice sake list as well, being a drinking establishment by tradition, and the late night hours.
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Old 12-20-2011, 10:16 PM   #9
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i like this greek-run, all night diner called tiptop for breakfast. it's cheap, unpretentious and they serve those big, nostalgic kind of breakfast spreads that you thought were a thing of the past. this is all happening while the lusty and thriving greek side of the menu serves up its spanakopitas, gyro sandwiches, and feta/cucumber/olive greek salads. somehow, it all meshes smoothly, in a friendly atmosphere of "viva la difference". in the larger of the two dining areas, there is an art gallery of sorts, which displays (and sells) paintings from an unknown artist. this too is a lively business. the whole place is alive with good feelings, good food, good humor and friends....
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Fiesta en Jalisco, Missoula, MT. The Brooks Street Address. Everything is huge and FRESH! The best Tex-Mex north of the border. I go there just for refries sometimes.
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