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What (and where) is your favorite restaurant?

 
 
Reply Tue 25 Dec, 2012 01:18 pm
I believe we're due for a thread on "Favorite Restaurants." You know, that eatery where the food is to die for. We've all had that experience, and I believe we should share those special places that remains in our hearts as a place to return, and recommend to our family and friends. What better time than during this Holiday Season?

I personally have many favorites, but I'm going to let somebody else start with their favorite restaurant. So let the battle begin!

Zagat and Michelin restaurants are welcome.

 
cicerone imposter
 
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Reply Tue 25 Dec, 2012 08:22 pm
@cicerone imposter,
Gee, 40 hits and no takers. I guess this one dies on the vine.
djjd62
 
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Reply Tue 25 Dec, 2012 08:27 pm
@cicerone imposter,
http://www.watertowndailytimes.com/apps/pbcsi.dll/bilde?Site=WD&Date=20110711&Category=COL01&ArtNo=110719987&Ref=V1&maxw=500&maxh=375&ts=201211220923
djjd62
 
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Reply Tue 25 Dec, 2012 08:29 pm
@djjd62,
http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t159/PaPa_J_J/July%202009%20-%20Sk-Ont/IMG_0485.jpg

hawkeye10
 
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Reply Tue 25 Dec, 2012 08:31 pm
@cicerone imposter,
Cafe Roka Bisbee Arizona though i have not been there in 8 years so maybe it is no good anymore

Cafe Claude San Francisco then...I like small foody places with jazz and a good bar.
djjd62
 
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Reply Tue 25 Dec, 2012 08:31 pm
@djjd62,
http://mw2.google.com/mw-panoramio/photos/medium/2471909.jpg

http://fooddaycanada.ca/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/whitefish.jpg
cicerone imposter
 
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Reply Tue 25 Dec, 2012 08:39 pm
@djjd62,
Thank [email protected] Now, why do you like this restaurant, and where is it located?
cicerone imposter
 
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Reply Tue 25 Dec, 2012 08:40 pm
@hawkeye10,
That's what I love about Cuba. Most of the bars and restaurants have live music.
djjd62
 
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Reply Tue 25 Dec, 2012 08:44 pm
@cicerone imposter,
cool little diner in kingston ontario, millions like them in lots of small towns, but always enjoyed going when my sister lived there

the other two are on the manitoulin island, the first is another diner type place, but the meat is locally sourced and the hot dogs (footlongs) are made by a local butcher

the last place has a great whitefish dinner,and in good weather nothing beats sitting on the outdoor patio looking out over the north channel
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cicerone imposter
 
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Reply Tue 25 Dec, 2012 08:47 pm
@cicerone imposter,
Mine are several restaurants on Oceania cruiseline ships. Their head chef is Jacques Pepin, and the newer ships have his signature restaurant called Jacques (French, of coarse), and we love eating there. My friend and I have sailed on the MS Marina twice this year, and have a trans-Atlantic cruise reservation for next November that sails from Barcelona to Miami.
We usually start with escargot, then follow that with some onion soup (very intense) and/or salad, then follow that with the entree of chicken, pork, lamb or fish.

Quote:
Jacques Pepin, one of the world’s most famous chefs and one of the few who has not previously attached his name to a restaurant, announced yesterday that he will open a signature French bistro aboard the new 1,258-passenger Oceania Cruises’ Marina when it launches late next year. The bistro, to be called Jacques, will seat approximately 80 guests and will serve Pepin’s signature dishes like pumpkin soup a l'Anglaise served in a pumpkin shell and free-range chicken cooked on a rotisserie. The hallmarks of Pepin’s cuisine are simplicity and high-quality ingredients.


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cicerone imposter
 
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Reply Tue 25 Dec, 2012 08:48 pm
@djjd62,
I love fish, and that dish looks perfect!
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Lustig Andrei
 
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Reply Tue 25 Dec, 2012 08:49 pm
@cicerone imposter,
The reason I haven't posted anything is because I couldn't possibly pick just one (or even just two or three) restaurants as top favorites without slighting a hundred others where I have enjoyed memorable meals. Perhaps if you narrowed it down to, say, the Bay Area or New York or West Texas or Cancun, Mexico etc. etc. Laughing
cicerone imposter
 
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Reply Tue 25 Dec, 2012 08:51 pm
@Lustig Andrei,
Give it a go, Andy. We don't expect anyone to stop with just a few. That's the whole idea about starting this thread. (I want it to "live" long.)
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jcboy
 
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Reply Tue 25 Dec, 2012 08:51 pm
@cicerone imposter,
I just woke up from a two-hour nap Smile

In Fullerton, CA my parents loved going to a restaurant called the cellar. I hadn’t been there since I was a kid but they had the best lobster bisque I’ve ever had!
djjd62
 
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Reply Tue 25 Dec, 2012 08:55 pm
@Lustig Andrei,
i'm not even all that interested in the food sometimes (though it has to be edible), atmosphere is enough for me

i'm a sucker for a small town diner, what kind of slaw do they make, are the fries real or frozen, inquiring minds want to know

i like to pick up a local paper or one of those shopper things, listen to the locals talk about their lives
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cicerone imposter
 
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Reply Tue 25 Dec, 2012 09:00 pm
@jcboy,
Gotta tell ya a story about lobster bisque.

My wife did one of those European tours that visited more than a half dozen countries many, many, decades ago. One of those that has that famous saying, "if it's Tuesday, it must be Belgium." We had a layover in Nice, and we were given a tour of Monaco for the day, and we were told to have lunch not far from the casino. We went to the one upstairs, and I ordered lobster bisque for the very first time, and my wife ordered a salad.

After waiting a few minutes, the waiter brought over a bowl, and set it in the middle of our table, so I grabbed it and put it in front of me. As I was about to get my first spoonful, the waiter came running back, saying "no, no, monsieur, that is the salad dressing!"

The couple sitting at the next table had a good laugh; they were from New York.
Lustig Andrei
 
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Reply Tue 25 Dec, 2012 09:35 pm
@cicerone imposter,
Laughing Almost as embarassing as drinking the finger bowl, eh?
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Tue 25 Dec, 2012 09:44 pm
You all know me, I'll go on an and on, but not until tomorrow or later, as now is sleepie bye time, unusual for me but in self defense, given dogface noses me up a few times in the night and seriously wants me up and running in early morning.
ossobuco
 
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Reply Tue 25 Dec, 2012 09:51 pm
@ossobuco,
Adds, there is no way someone like me, a foodie way before that was a word in some publicist's eye, at seventy, has one favorite restaurant.
nextone
 
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Reply Tue 25 Dec, 2012 11:04 pm
@cicerone imposter,
Have to think about favorites. In New York City there are so many to choose from it gets quite impossible. Just wanted to tell you another food faux pas.

Setting:The Catskills, Grossinger's , famous hotel in the Borscht Belt. My parents went to dinner with their friend M. It was his first meal there. The waiter brought a platter of brisket and dishes of sides. Moe pulled the platter to his place, dug in, and happily commented,"Delicious, and what a nice, big portion."
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