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DaveNay
08-08-2006, 09:49 PM
It seems like a lot of people around here travel frequently. Obviously, this means you eat out a restaurants a lot. Hopefully, you even occasionally get to eat at a nice restaurant.

What suggestions do you have for a good restaurant that is NOT in your hometown? Hopefully, it is near a fellow FF member.

I have two.....

For BoneHeadNW: Salty's on Alki Beach Seafood Grill (http://maps.google.com/maps?f=l&hl=en&sll=47.591578,-122.309933&sspn=0.103614,0.271912&q=seafood&near=seattle&ie=UTF8&latlng=47606389,-122330833,10368789035368916016) in Seattle. Hands down, the best fish I have ever had. Copper River King Salmon that was in season, fresh caught that same day.

For PBinWA: Who-Song & Larry's Mexican (http://maps.google.com/maps?f=l&hl=en&sll=45.590858,-122.676945&sspn=0.107512,0.21595&q=mexican&near=vancouver,+wa&ie=UTF8&latlng=45638889,-122660278,6998488095585193545) in Vancouver. The food was very good, not spectacular. What you have to hear though is the Guacamole song! They sing it as they make fresh guacamole at your table, and it is hilarious.

DaveNay
08-08-2006, 10:08 PM
Trenton, NJ: Sal De Forte's Ristorante (http://maps.google.com/maps?f=l&hl=en&q=italian&near=trenton,+nj&ie=UTF8&sll=40.216944,-74.743333&sspn=0.117318,0.21595&latlng=40216944,-74743333,14530735677000348566) This place only seats about 30 people, but their Italian food is first rate. I think this is literally a remodelled home, turned into a restaurant. I had the Chicken Franchese, and my co-worker had a pasta with spicy red sauce and clams.

thcri
08-08-2006, 10:22 PM
For BoneHeadNW:

Hey Bonehead, do they still have the Skippers Fish places out there. They worked their way to Minnesota, I loved the place and then one day they all packed up and well don't know but I know they originated out west there someplace. I even had the chance to eat there last time out in Oregon, gee that is 12 years ago.

murph

Big Dog
08-08-2006, 10:31 PM
My offerings ..................

Messina's (http://www.messinas-restaurant.com/restaurant.html) ............ Kenner, Loozyana ..... for oysters on the half shell and Italian

George's (http://www.georgesbr.com/ORIGINAL/) ......... Baton Rouge, Loozyana ..... Best fried oysters and Po-boys anywhere

Knotty Pine on the Bayou (http://www.cinweekly.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20041208/ENT0103/412080338/1047) ......Newport, KY ......... for Cajun outside Loozyana

Tumbleweed (http://www.tumbleweedrestaurants.com/index.cgi?id=133) ........... KY & OH .....the Cowboy Cut is the BOMB!

Marilyn's Hot Rod Cafe (http://www.marilynshrcafe.com/) ........... Lynchburg, VA ......Best Biker Bar I've ever been in, all the food is good!

Kleiner Deutschmann (http://www.chefsteff.com/2/RadioFolder/Restaurant%20Picks/picksTEXT/kleindeutsch.html) ............ Springdale, PA .......Can you say German, the veal shank is wonderful

Melensdad
08-08-2006, 10:34 PM
Waikiki: La Mer

Las Vegas:
Del Frisco's Steak House
Okada
Le Cirque

Key Biscayne: Cioppino

Key West: Louie's Back Porch

Atlanta: Cheetah's :whistle:

Kona-Kohala Coast of the Big Island of Hawaii: Pahu i'a

Portland, OR: Sweetwater's Jam House (very casual, but great food)

Cityboy
08-09-2006, 06:33 AM
Waikiki: La Mer


Atlanta: Cheetah's :whistle:



You did take Mrs. B there for a nice dinner, didn't you Bob?

beds
08-09-2006, 09:40 AM
Hatteras NC: Bubba's BBQ (http://www.bubbasbbque.com/) My first real BBQ
Manhattan Beach CA: El Torasco - cheap, authentic, hole-in-the-wall Mexican
Manhattan Beach CA: Wahoo's - must have the fish tacos!
Manhattan NY: Ginger Man - best beer bar. Located around Empire State bldg.
Times Sq. NY: Virgils - great BBQ

PBinWA
08-09-2006, 10:58 AM
For PBinWA: Who-Song & Larry's Mexican (http://maps.google.com/maps?f=l&hl=en&sll=45.590858,-122.676945&sspn=0.107512,0.21595&q=mexican&near=vancouver,+wa&ie=UTF8&latlng=45638889,-122660278,6998488095585193545) in Vancouver. The food was very good, not spectacular. What you have to hear though is the Guacamole song! They sing it as they make fresh guacamole at your table, and it is hilarious.

WTF? I am so boring and uninspiring it isn't funny.

My recommendations: McDonalds anywhere. Starbucks anywhere. Otherwise go to a convenience store. My employers used to love my expense reports - I am one cheap ass traveller.:D

I have eaten at lots of "good" restaurants around the world but I'm really bad 'cause I can never remember their names.

If you are ever in Steveston, WA I would recommend dinner at the Skamania Lodge - it is very good.

Dargo
08-09-2006, 12:16 PM
Main Street......McDonalds :thumb:

PBinWA
08-09-2006, 12:22 PM
My offerings ..................

Messina's (http://www.messinas-restaurant.com/restaurant.html) ............ Kenner, Loozyana ..... for oysters on the half shell and Italian

George's (http://www.georgesbr.com/ORIGINAL/) ......... Baton Rouge, Loozyana ..... Best fried oysters and Po-boys anywhere



There really isn't a lot of bad food in Lousiana. I've had some awesome po-boys (sp?) from what would seem to be questionable places. I think the locals keep the quality high down there. I've eaten at that "Bam" guy's places in New Orleans and that famous really old place in New Orleans too - those were really good (of course). There's that place that makes those good french donut things too.

Did I mention that I can never remember the names of restaurants? I can walk you to them but couldn't give you directions. :o

Dargo
08-09-2006, 12:27 PM
Okay, more seriously, I like Morton's Steak House in Chicago. They have great steaks there.

Smuggler's Cove in Grand Cayman - Better yet; how about a picture of a FF shirt being worn at one of the very hard to reserve terrace tables there? And, in the background (as the sun sets), a picture of Paul Allen's yacht "Octopus". :thumb:

Big Dog
08-09-2006, 12:33 PM
There really isn't a lot of bad food in Lousiana. I've had some awesome po-boys (sp?) from what would seem to be questionable places. I think the locals keep the quality high down there. I've eaten at that "Bam" guy's places in New Orleans and that famous really old place in New Orleans too - those were really good (of course). There's that place that makes those good french donut things too.

Did I mention that I can never remember the names of restaurants? I can walk you to them but couldn't give you directions. :o

Yeah, Loozyana is the place to eat ...... and BTW it's Cafe' Du Monde

Melensdad
08-09-2006, 12:40 PM
Yeah, Loozyana is the place to eat ...... and BTW it's Cafe' Du Monde
I was going to list a couple places down there that I eat in when I'm there but I am not sure if they are open. :confused: I've not been there since Katrina, I had a couple trips scheduled to go there for business but they were relocated to other locations due to Katrina.

Glink
08-09-2006, 02:02 PM
Louisville or Cincy; Morton's Steak House, or Buckhead's
Scottsburg IN. Jeeves and Co. (This is a 4 star sleeper)
New Orleans; Ralph and Cackoo's (not sure of spelling)
San Diego; Ruth Chris, Bonita General Store
Bend Oregon; Deschutes Brewery
Anderson SC. Sullivans
Decatur Al. Simp McGhee's
Galesburg, Il. The Packing House
Greenville Mi. The Winter Inn.
Anywhere; Macaroni Grill

PBinWA
08-09-2006, 02:25 PM
I think Ruth's Chris (sp?) and Morton's are pretty good anywhere. The one's in Portland, OR are both very good. The Ruth's in Orlando was good. I think I've been to one somewhere else too and it was good.

My wife loves the "Houston's" chain of restaurants. I think they are pretty good too.

Big Dog
08-09-2006, 04:45 PM
New Orleans; Ralph and Cackoo's (not sure of spelling)

Ralph & Kakoo's (Baton Rouge and Houston also)........... Best fried soft shell crab you'll find anywhere ..... :D

jim slagle
08-09-2006, 06:34 PM
There really isn't a lot of bad food in Lousiana. I've had some awesome po-boys (sp?) from what would seem to be questionable places. I think the locals keep the quality high down there. I've eaten at that "Bam" guy's places in New Orleans and that famous really old place in New Orleans too - those were really good (of course). There's that place that makes those good french donut things too.

Did I mention that I can never remember the names of restaurants? I can walk you to them but couldn't give you directions. :o

Paul Prudhomme's (http://www.chefpaul.com/)mama has a place on I49 on the north side of Lafayette that is great. I hope it is still there, been several years since I've been there.

Pigtails
08-27-2006, 11:10 AM
Texas Roadhouse-there's a few around. We've been to the one's in Salt Lake City, Idaho Falls, and Cheyenne, Wy. All very good. :thumb:

BoneheadNW
08-27-2006, 11:47 AM
For BoneHeadNW: Salty's on Alki Beach Seafood Grill (http://maps.google.com/maps?f=l&hl=en&sll=47.591578,-122.309933&sspn=0.103614,0.271912&q=seafood&near=seattle&ie=UTF8&latlng=47606389,-122330833,10368789035368916016) in Seattle. Hands down, the best fish I have ever had. Copper River King Salmon that was in season, fresh caught that same day.
Never been there. Unfortunately, the only time I get across the water to the city is for work (emergency transport) or for a doctors appointment.

With regard to other cities:

Indianapolis: St. Elmo's Steak House (http://indianapolis.citysearch.com/profile/11358206/indianapolis_in/st_elmo_steak_house.html) and Palomino (http://www.gayot.com/restaurantpages/info.php?tag=INRES9902&code=IN)
Kauai: Keoki's Paradise (http://http://www.keokisparadise.com/)

Bonehead

HGM
08-28-2006, 07:27 AM
I usually try to stop at JAlexanders when I'm near one, typicaly in Hoover Al. When I'm in Dearborn, I try to get by BT's Mongolian Grill. Its more of a unique dining experiance than anything else. You go to a buffet of raw meats and veggies, put them in a bowl with your choice of seasonings and oils then take it to the cooks do be cooked on a hotplate in the middle of the resturant.. If its not good, you have noone to blame but yourself... :pat:

Add, Leagal Seafood in Boston and DC is a must. And Sticky Fingers BBQ in Wilmington was pretty good too.. I try to stay away from the national chains and try something different when I travel, but its not always practical..

Cityboy
08-28-2006, 07:49 AM
If you like good steaks try Indian Hills Steakhouse if you are in the OKC area. It's located in Norman OK (OSU)

http://%20www.travelok.com/toEat/foodDetail.asp?id=1+5U+2893

bczoom
08-28-2006, 10:45 AM
Sweetwater Tavern - Falls Church, VA (Near DC)

American cuisine and has it's own brewery. The food and beverage is excellent.

Melensdad
10-12-2006, 12:25 AM
I had an amazing meal while in Las Vegas at a very unexpected spot. A new restaurant called SOCIAL HOUSE in the Treasure Island. It is an Asian Fusion/Sushi restaurant, very trendy, and absolutely amazingly good food. I was actually stumped & stunned by the range of the dishes offered on the menu, it was divided into several sections, which made things a bit easier. But if you have a chance SOCIAL HOUSE is a great spot to go for dinner with a small group.

The great thing about going with a few people is that they serve their dishes in a semi-Dim Sum or Tapas style with small portions. It makes it very easy for 3 or 4 people to order 6 to 8 different dishes and share them all.

If you are half way adverturous, simply ask the waiters (there are 2 per table) to ask the chef to make up a meal for you, that is what I did. Executive chef Joseph Elevado did not disappoint us, in fact he made us one of the best meals I've ever eaten. He seemed to send out his signature dishes and the worst part about the meal was eating something amazing, only to have it surpassed by the next course. The dinner was pretty expensive, the cost per person was comfortably over $100, plus tip, and we didn't have much to drink. But wow it was worth every penny. I'd also say that you could hold the meal price down to under $50 per person (with drinks) if you wanted to, but when you let the chef make up your menu you usually end up taking out a second mortgage on the house. Sometimes that is worth it.

BoneheadNW
10-12-2006, 09:45 AM
I don't know, Bob. If I walk into a restuarant and don't see any other people in there, that's usually not a good sign.
Bonehead

jim slagle
10-12-2006, 10:04 AM
I don't know, Bob. If I walk into a restuarant and don't see any other people in there, that's usually not a good sign.
Bonehead

Another bad sign is when there is one in the window saying "Help Wanted - All Shifts Waiters, busboys, and cooks."

BoneheadNW
10-12-2006, 10:28 AM
Bob, the other thing that would make me nervous in the restaurant you pictured is the lights. Living in earthquake-prone areas all my life, you notice things that might fall and hit you upside-the-head! Of course, I am partly immune because of my bone head.:hide:
Bone

Pigtails
10-13-2006, 01:19 PM
Bob,
Nice pics. I'm glad you had fun. Must've won at the big wheel? But like Bonehead said, Not alot of people. But with that price per meal, it must be for the "rich and famous". :yankchain:

Melensdad
10-13-2006, 01:29 PM
Just to set the record straight, the photos are publicity photos from the website of the restaurant. I don't normally take photos of empty dining rooms when I go out to eat :respect:

As for the rich & famous eating there. I gather they do that. There were photos of several celebs. I'm not a celebrity watcher so for all I know they could sit one next to me and I wouldn't bother. And while I did spend a tidy sum trying all sorts of dishes, it would be very reasonable to get out of there at half the price I paid if you ordered a normal dinner instead of asking the chef to make up a multi-course meal. (I think we had 8 courses, plus dessert). I just enjoyed the food. In fact I'll be back to Las Vegas in February for more meetings and have this restaurant on my 'hit list' of places I'm planning to go to.

Durwood
10-13-2006, 01:56 PM
Back 40 junction in Decatur, indiana. It's a buffet and about as good as it gets for my tight wad butt. I also hear Burbanks down by Cincy has the best ribs but i haven't eaten there yet.

Dur

bkvail
07-20-2009, 02:15 PM
For BoneHeadNW: Salty's on Alki Beach Seafood Grill (http://maps.google.com/maps?f=l&hl=en&sll=47.591578,-122.309933&sspn=0.103614,0.271912&q=seafood&near=seattle&ie=UTF8&latlng=47606389,-122330833,10368789035368916016) in Seattle. Hands down, the best fish I have ever had. Copper River King Salmon that was in season, fresh caught that same day.



How could Copper River Salmon be caught fresh and served the same day in Seattle when the Copper River is in Alaska?

PBinWA
07-20-2009, 02:27 PM
How could Copper River Salmon be caught fresh and served the same day in Seattle when the Copper River is in Alaska?

Airplane?

Melensdad
07-20-2009, 02:30 PM
I'll be going to SALTWATER COWBOYS in St Augustine Beach next week. Not the greatest restaurant in the world, but a fun place to go with pretty good food, overlooking a saltwater marsh on the intercostal waterway. The food is good enough and the experience is nice enough that we go there almost every year.

http://www.saltwatercowboys.com/

http://www.saltwatercowboys.com/images/outrest.jpg http://www.saltwatercowboys.com/images/newcowboy.jpg

DaveNay
07-20-2009, 03:20 PM
Airplane?

:pat:

PBinWA
07-20-2009, 04:00 PM
:pat:
Actually, I was trying to not seem like an know-it-all. Glad you stepped up though. :ermm:

http://gonw.about.com/od/fooddrink/a/copperriver.htm

bkvail
07-20-2009, 04:51 PM
I would be pretty amazed that a fisherman would stop fishing to deliver a catch so that it could get to an airplane in time to be flown to Seattle for dinner. Maybe NEXT day, but I really would be shocked at same-day. I have a nephew on a friend's boat fishing the Copper River this summer. I'm pretty sure they are on the river all day until ''closing time'', then they return to drop off their catch........

Karin

DaveNay
07-20-2009, 05:03 PM
I would be pretty amazed that a fisherman would stop fishing to deliver a catch so that it could get to an airplane in time to be flown to Seattle for dinner. Maybe NEXT day, but I really would be shocked at same-day. I have a nephew on a friend's boat fishing the Copper River this summer. I'm pretty sure they are on the river all day until ''closing time'', then they return to drop off their catch........

Karin

Let's jusst call it withing the last 24 hours.