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Your favourite place/s to eat out?
« on: November 18, 2013, 08:23:36 PM »
In transatlantic I tried sharing menus to show EHellers what things are like near me, and it night why don't we all try and share places we like to eat out at and why we like them. And show menus if you can, I'm interested in seeing them!

Here are my favourite where DH and I are regular, both within walks distance of our place.

Arawan Thai

A reasonably priced Thai restaurant that's quiet and has great tasting food. It's a little less than what you'd pay to eat in and a little more than what you'd pay to have take away, but so worth it. When DH and I go to the pool, we pick up Thai on the way home and it's normally ready when we get there.
We plan on taking the baby there after it's born, as we'd have no problems there with the pram.

Il Vicolo
Another nice quiet place within walking distance, it's about as authentic as you can get with Italian food. The people there are lovely and friendly and don't bother you too much. I will say that the place has hardly been upgraded since the 70s, so it's a little like sitting in the lounge room of some relative.


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Re: Your favourite place/s to eat out?
« Reply #1 on: November 18, 2013, 09:11:25 PM »
We tend to eat out at breakfast, more than dinner, to save money.

International House of Pancakes, a chain breakfast place that isn't fancy but you know what you're getting:

DD and I love this Chinese place, that has three locations:

This is the fancy place for birthdays and such:

Silly question:  Does Australia have chain restaurants, besides McDonald's and the like?  And does each area or city have its own chains, without competition from others?  In the U.S., certain chains seem to stay within a few states without encroaching on another's "space".


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Re: Your favourite place/s to eat out?
« Reply #2 on: November 18, 2013, 09:27:22 PM »
We do have our own chains, like Pie Face, Red Rooster, Nandos and Oporto for fast food as well as Hurricanes Grill, Kasbah and Red Spoon for something a bit nicer.

But yes,they are regional and some like Pie Face you don't see outside cities.


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Re: Your favourite place/s to eat out?
« Reply #3 on: November 18, 2013, 10:01:41 PM »
Fast Food -
Taco Bell
Chik Fil A

Sit-Down place -
Melting Pot
PF Changs
Ruth's Chris

We try to go to local places whenever we can instead of chains, but if I listed the local places where I had a great meal, this post would be super long :)


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Re: Your favourite place/s to eat out?
« Reply #4 on: November 18, 2013, 10:10:32 PM »
I live in a small Indiana rural town of about 9,000 that has more fast restaurants than anything else. However, there are two gems.

Marco's On Second

The prices for entrees are generally from $14-30 US. Considering most mom and pop places here are about $7 per dinner including salad and sides, this place is considered extavagant. But, oh, the taste…

I also like this little lunch bistro, Niblick's, that is housed in a bookstore. Alas, they don't have a website because, well, this is a small town and everyone knows everything.

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Re: Your favourite place/s to eat out?
« Reply #5 on: November 18, 2013, 10:54:52 PM »
Some favorites in my area: Picasso's Grille
In my city. An independent restaurant. The goat cheese salad is my favorite.  It uses goat cheese from Belle Chèvre, which is in the county. LuVici's
Also here and independently owned it features southern classics at lunch and more upscale food in the evenings.  The food is excellent, but it's also the place to network at lunch since it's right on the square.  An added plus is it's attached to U.G. Whites old fashioned hardware store.

In the county to the east is: Grille 29
Good steaks, blue cheese fondue, service, and atmosphere. I Love Sushi
Two brothers from California have opened their second location in the Rocket City. Really fresh fish and decor makes this my new favorite sushi place.  They make a point to talk to every customer making you feel welcome. Famous Joe's Pizzeria
Technically in my county Joe makes serious pizza.  Joe has won pizza contests in Italy and dough tossing contests. I can get a pizza with Gorgonzola.  He imports some ingredients from Italy for his very special pizzas.

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Re: Your favourite place/s to eat out?
« Reply #6 on: November 19, 2013, 09:29:53 AM »
Oklahoma Joe's - it's this barbecue joint in a gas station. Doesn't sound like much, but it's DELICIOUS!

Cheddar's - inexpensive, quick, and good food

Buffalo Wild Wings - always a fun outing, even if I can't hear a word that's said to me. I play trivia, mostly.

Woodyard - another BBQ place, and in the summer their patio seating usually has live music, and it's good music. Not overwhelming, just some nice bluegrass.

Lidia's - amazing Italian restaurant, and the owner has a cooking show on PBS. It's expensive, but definitely worth it for a treat.

Torreador - it's a little bar that serves mediocre Mexican food, but it's family tradition to go there every Monday, we've been going since before Sproglet was born, and she's now the restaurant baby, they're watching her grow up.

Waldo Pizza - great food, clean restaurant, and Trivial Pursuits cards on every table, so you can do trivia while you eat. What more could a trivia nerd ask for?


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Re: Your favourite place/s to eat out?
« Reply #7 on: November 19, 2013, 11:40:21 AM »
InNout burger all the way.  My favorite fast food hands down.
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Re: Your favourite place/s to eat out?
« Reply #8 on: November 19, 2013, 12:52:51 PM »
These are our "going out for dinner with friends or special nights with the kids" preferred places - Modern Texas is how they refer their menu - Italian

Our standard dinner out places because no one feels like cooking
FuFu's Cafe is a hole in the wall Chinese with fantastic dumplings and traditional dishes
Rajin Cajun for boiled crawfish or other cajun specialities
BB's Cafe for New Orleans style PoBoys
This is one of the many TexMex places we like
Really casual mexican taco places
Favorite Burgers
Favorite Pizza places
Favorite Thai
Favorite Viatnamese

Favorit fusion restaurants

These are our "going to blow a ton of money" favorites (High end Italian) (don't know why it says pappaspizza but it's their steak house) (high end Japanese/Sushi) (but we do go here annually for a Christmast lunch and .25 martini's)

ETA:  I seldom eat fast food, but if I do it's usually Whataburger, Taco Cabana, or Chik Fil A
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Re: Your favourite place/s to eat out?
« Reply #9 on: November 19, 2013, 07:22:35 PM »
Relaxing dinner with DH where we have always been treated very well: Melting Pot.

Relaxing lunch with foodie friend that never disappoints:

Local hole-in-the-wall gem with Kurdish food that I lovelovelove and I recommend to anyone visiting the Twin Cities:

Every time I go to Chicago:

Stumbled upon this in San Antonio, and will go back again:

Gotta take my 9 year old here:

Classic local steakhouse with very local, very fresh ingredients:

The whole family loves the burgers, and the staff is wonderful: Smashburger

Favorite fast food: Chipotle.
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Re: Your favourite place/s to eat out?
« Reply #10 on: November 19, 2013, 08:18:27 PM »
Darrow's -- this is where my SO and I eat when we go to northern Michigan; he and I get the meatloaf on Sunday. It is that good.

Seabiscuit Café -- they have the best tomato basil bisque

Cerulean -- I love the bento box concept. It fills you up but you don't end up taking half your food home to eat later.

Fazoli's -- the best breadsticks, hands-down. Plus their turtle cheesecake is divine.


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Re: Your favourite place/s to eat out?
« Reply #11 on: November 19, 2013, 09:00:53 PM »
There are some wonderful restaurants down here in the South. is down in the old warehouse buildings on the docks.  Fabulous food, very atmospheric interior (so much pirate themed stuff, you feel like you're in a PotC movie) and not overly expensive.

Locally, it's the old pub, the Bush Inn.  Real home-cooked comfort meals, great prices, and roaring open fires when it's cold out.  The owners are really friendly too, and the building is gorgeous.

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Re: Your favourite place/s to eat out?
« Reply #12 on: November 19, 2013, 10:56:17 PM »
Table 5- It has small portions.  The food is wonderful and the menu changes often.  Their BLT wedge salad with gorgonzola dressing is so good.

Bistro 222-  The food is amazing.  It's small, intimate and quiet.  The staff are very friendly.

Vincentes-  It's a Cuban place downtown Detroit.  It has the best Sangria EVER, and I can say that with confidence because I sampled different ones around here and when I was in Puerto Rico.  Nothing never quite measured up.  The Paella is outstanding.  The tapas are really good too.  They also have salsa dancing Friday nights.  If you ever visit Detroit, check this place out.

Buddy's Pizza-  I love their pizza.  It's where you can get the Detroit style pizza.  It's the best. 

West side of the state:
Rykse's- It has some of the best desserts.  The pies are drool worthy.  Their bread is so good, and their dinner rolls are soft, warm, and tasty.  They have huge cinnamon roles.  The downside is that they've quit doing dinner and now focus on breakfast and lunch.

Oakwood Bistro- What's not to like.  Everything is wonderful there.  I love their desserts.  It's deceiving because it's in a strip mall, but you wouldn't know it once you walk in.  It's a good restaurant to go to before or after going to the symphony or any concert at the university. 


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Re: Your favourite place/s to eat out?
« Reply #13 on: November 20, 2013, 03:18:19 AM »
An Asian place that serves both Chinese and some Vietnamese dishes.
I love the garden cafe at the botanical Gardens.  They have the best herb goat cheese and roasted red pepper sandwich on rosemary/olive oil/ kalamata olivewhole wheat bread.
We have a good fish and chips place here but I haven't gone for ages due to the carb load.  Fish without chips is just fish, to me. 
If there were an Indian place here I would go and love it, even though my husband doesn't care for Indian food.  He doesn't like Mexican or Italian either, both of which I love.  We agree on Chinese, so that's where we usually go.
There is an American food place here that we really like because the food is so good and the owner and staff people are great.  I love going there for breakfast or lunch.
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Re: Your favourite place/s to eat out?
« Reply #14 on: November 20, 2013, 10:09:36 AM »
I forgot to add: Jazz. It's a New Orleans style restaurant, and it's delicious. They make some of the food mild, so that even I can enjoy it.

Down in Arkansas, there's a little tiny place where we always go. The name's changed several times over the years, but if you're ever down near Gilbert, Arkansas, there's a little cafe there which is delicious. If you get into Gilbert, you really can't miss it, it's right at the end of the main street, and the only restaurant there.