What restaurants have you been to recently?

scotthouse

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On Monday I went to a chinese buffet..... I have been there probably 6 or 7 times in the last few months.....

I usually get mac and cheese,sweet and sour chicken and pudding
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(I dont like actual chinese stuff.... Besides most of it has MSG and I often have a reaction after having something with MSG)

Any of you been to any?? (Take out counts also)
 

FrancSevin

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I travel a lot and frequent Cracker Barrel. The do not use any MSG in their food. Mostly comfort fare. Like Golden Corral ( which does use MSG) but you get service.


Other than that a local Italian place we have used for lunch for the last 20 years. Their pizza is un-comparable, best in the county. But expensive.


No fast food service for me. It used to be fast and cheap. Now it is neither.
 

NorthernRedneck

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I rarely eat out. Well, does the "Y" count?

No fast food for us either. With 6 kids and living in the country, eating out is an expensive luxury we choose to not partake in. The lovely missus and I will occasionally (like 3-4 times a year) have a date night and eat out at a nicer restaurant. We do have a few in the city 15 minutes away.

I talk to myself to get an expert opinion.
 

EastTexFrank

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We have quit eating out since the COVID thing started. We do go to the local BBQ place, Cowburners, for lunch and a beer about once a week but sit at a table outside on the sidewalk. I sometimes pick up take-out from them on Friday when they have ribs.

The only time we have gone out to eat dinner in the last 6 months was on my wife's birthday.

To make things clear though, we live in a small town and our choices are limited. Besides, my wife is a picky eater and doesn't see the sense in going out to eat something that she says that she can cook better at home ... and she's right most of the time. Now when we go traveling, it's a different story. She loves going out to eat and trying different places and things. Maybe we will put the motorhome back on the road before too long if things stay relatively quiet on The COVID front.
 

scotthouse

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I went to the chinese bufet again today.... It was the worst day as far as stuff being out on the bar I ever saw! (I had to wait for more mac and cheese and sweet and sour chicken)

It was still good though and the pepsi was excellent today..
 

SophieWaggner83

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During the quarantine, I only went to one Chinese restaurant not far from my house. And then, it seems to me that the quality of food in restaurants has deteriorated during the quarantine)
 

Melensdad

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I've eaten INSIDE only at 3 restaurants in the whole of 2020. All 3 were in South Bend, IN when I was taking Dasha to the Notre Dame campus, moving in, etc.

5 Guys Hamburgers, which had 75% of the tables closed.
A small family restaurant, which had 75% of the tables closed.
A fancy restaurant, which had 50% of the tables closed but seated us in a totally private area.

We will pick up from restaurants from time to time and eat carry out.
 

waybomb

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The-mean-one-Mrs-Gretch has Michigan shut down, so we have to drive to South Bend or Michigan City Indiana if we want to do a restaurant. Not really impressed with any of them.
South Bend - Outback - what a let down. Not what I recall Outback was in the beginning. Maybe high end select, but not choice steak. And miles away from prime. Then tried Texas something or other. Steak was ok, lower grade choice. Stopped at a Gyros place - I think Kings? it was Gyros, but they overfed fed me. Did one of the chains, maybe Chili's. whatever. Not my cup of tea. Not what I would call food. The liquor sucked too.
Michigan City - Hacienda Mexican - not bad. Of course the pitcher of frozen raspberry margarita made everything better for wife and me. Maybe this week we'll try the over-priced steak house at the Blue Chip Casino. Or back to Hacienda for more frozen raspberry tequila.
When Chicago opens up, I am headed to LaScarola the second that I can get there. Maybe two nights in a row.
When Michigan opens up, it's to the Roadhouse on Red Arrow - most of everything there is made right there. Also Agostino's Navajo - lots of fresh food there as well.
 

300 H and H

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My Wife and I had lunch at a Mall in Omaha at an adjoining Cheese CAKE Factory..
It was almost like the old days except the mask when not seated at your table.
Food was good. That Mall is not very old, and more than half of it is empty. Yonkers JC Pennies had huge floor space now empty.
Dicks the lefty sporting goods store ignored anything to do with hunting or shooting. Bought some walking shoes there cause there was no one else around to buy them form. Sad state of affairs in retail these days...
 

Melensdad

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The-mean-one-Mrs-Gretch has Michigan shut down, so we have to drive to South Bend or Michigan City Indiana if we want to do a restaurant. Not really impressed with any of them.
South Bend - Outback - what a let down. Not what I recall Outback was in the beginning. Maybe high end select, but not choice steak. And miles away from prime. Then tried Texas something or other. Steak was ok, lower grade choice. Stopped at a Gyros place - I think Kings? it was Gyros, but they overfed fed me. Did one of the chains, maybe Chili's. whatever. Not my cup of tea. Not what I would call food. The liquor sucked too.
Michigan City - Hacienda Mexican - not bad. Of course the pitcher of frozen raspberry margarita made everything better for wife and me. Maybe this week we'll try the over-priced steak house at the Blue Chip Casino. Or back to Hacienda for more frozen raspberry tequila.
When Chicago opens up, I am headed to LaScarola the second that I can get there. Maybe two nights in a row.
When Michigan opens up, it's to the Roadhouse on Red Arrow - most of everything there is made right there. Also Agostino's Navajo - lots of fresh food there as well.
Go to Cafe Navarre in South Bend. One of our 3 restaurant visits was at this spot. It is wonderful. Dasha & I share the same birthday, 41 years apart. My family treated us to dinner there on a visit to Notre Dame. We had a table separate from all the others at the back and the food was amazing.

Chicago is a ghost town and just a hollow shell. Carry out only at the places that remain in business.

 

jillcrate

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On Monday I went to Boston Market and had a plate full of mac and cheese and a large side of Corn...

The Coke I had was the BEST tasting coke I have had since I started drinking it again! (Thier fountain machine must be configured right (I hope it stays that way))
 

olivegirl

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I haven't been to a restaurant in a long time. But I often order food delivery from a restaurant. Yes, I don't see what ingredients my food is made of, but I think it's good because the restaurant values its reputation Therefore, for me there is nothing better than to order a wonderful set of delicious sushi on Saturday night. For me, it's an incredible pleasure to turn on an interesting TV series, pour a glass of rose wine, or open a bottle of cider, and eat my favorite sushi roll Philadelphia.
 

waybomb

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Saturday night got dressed up and drove to Chicago to our favorite restaurant. Wife was dressed to the tens. Even wore her sexy Fluevog boots.
LaScarola. The best Italian restaurant anywhere. Worth the 1.75 hour drive to downtown Chicago.
Started with Bruschetta. The best I've ever had anywhere, even in Europe.
Ordered a bottle of Ruffino Chianti Reserva Ducale Oro. Must have Chianti with Northern Italian food!
Pasta & Fagioli - rated the best soup in Chicago.
I had Veal Mandelli, wife loves her penne chicken alfredo (it's not a menu item, but they will make anything so long as they have the ingredients)
Finished with Tiramisu and Espresso.
Wonderful evening.
 

FrancSevin

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We have a restaurant in O'Fallon MO called "The Bristol." Seafood is their specialty but they have steak, chops and poultry. Surprisingly good seafood for being Mid West.

Unfortunately, Very pricey.

We had dinner there a year ago and the bill was about $80.00 for the two of us. The other night, we had the same meal, Scallops in champagne sauce + Surf and turf, $123.00.

I've noticed a price increase everywhere. I believe it is in part due to inflation, but also Covid-19 restrictions. Also, it seems most menu's are limited.
 

waybomb

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Yes, La Scarola's prices have jumped but I don't care. It's worth it, even if it means I pay for the profit of two tables since half are taken out.
With the wine desert, and tip, I dropped $210. I'd do it again every week, but God, would I be a fat pig!
 

FrancSevin

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Jill crate, You reminded me,,,;
My wife and I love going to Finial Hall in Boston.. A place there makes coconut macaroons worth to cost of plane fare from St Louis.

Unfortunately we haven't done so in years.

We used to go to Ellen's out on Cape Ann. Local eatery on Bear's neck. Best lobster ever. We actually did fly there just for my Birthday dinner once. Raining like heel and our Baggage was lost. Two soaking wet souls from out of town. Ellen took us in and feed us hot coffee, biscuits and Lobster until closing time..
We went back to our B&B, Well fed but wet and cold. Spent the night naked keeping each other warm. Likely my best birthday ever.

In Philadelphia there was a place called Book Binders down on the waterfront. Best Scallops I have ever tasted. I think it closed recently.
 
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