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DanSRose Posted: Fri Jan 14 19:49:00 2005 Post | Quote in Reply  
  Everyone has their favorite place to relax, eat a good meal, and have a good conversation.
What's yours?


 
ifihadahif Posted: Fri Jan 14 19:49:53 2005 Post | Quote in Reply  
  GT, of course


 
DanSRose Posted: Fri Jan 14 19:51:47 2005 Post | Quote in Reply  
  Mine is a great place in Union Station, in DC. The Asian food you'll ever have. Everything's authentic, every seat has the most amazing view, and it has that open air-perfectly close for comfort atmosphere.
*finds website*
Here- whenever you're in the District, you have to eat there:
http://www.eaststreetcafe.com/


 
DanSRose Posted: Fri Jan 14 19:52:27 2005 Post | Quote in Reply  
  ifihadahif said:
>GT, of course
Of course! I meant someplace aside from GT.



 
addi Posted: Fri Jan 14 20:05:51 2005 Post | Quote in Reply  
  Cafe Carumba
Mexican food
Margaritas
Friends
going there over 10 years now. It's become my "Cheers"


 
Ahriman Posted: Fri Jan 14 20:14:32 2005 Post | Quote in Reply  
  I'm more of a random place kinda person, but starbucks is my own little heaven.



 
Puck Posted: Fri Jan 14 20:26:45 2005 Post | Quote in Reply  
  The best I frequent are places like Perkins, Denny's, and IHOP. Usually, I settle for eating at a fast food place. On better occasions, the setting is a small concert at a club, bar and/or a coffee-ish shop.

Now, places I hate: (basically, any place similar to Uncle Moe's Family Feed-bag in that the walls are covered in knick-knacks and decor with no real theme. If there aren't many customers, they aren't so bad.)
Applebees
Joe's Crab Shack
Red Robins


 
erikagm Posted: Fri Jan 14 20:39:01 2005 Post | Quote in Reply  
  There's a place here called Sirloin Stockade...

Its a joint kind of like Sizzler, but the difference is its not centered around seafood, but meat.

Not explaining myself... Lemme see...

They have a buffet, but you can buy the buffet, or you can order a cut of meat, which includes the buffet. You buy a soda, and it means you get as much soda as you want. The buffet is comprised of the hot bar (usually pastas and spicy chicken wings and beef, chicken and fish plates), the salad bar (very good) and the dessert bar, which usually has apple pie, chocolate fudge, lemon pie, carrot cake, chocolate cake, and a whole assortment of other desserts, including cookies.

(Can you tell I used to work there?)

Anyway, it's a great place if you go and eat, or just pay for the dessert bar and drink coffee while chatting with friends. As long as its not on a weekend when it's filled to the brim and stuffed with screaming children who spill food all over. yech. I hated those.


 
breeze Posted: Fri Jan 14 20:45:28 2005 Post | Quote in Reply  
  In Philly: During summer I love one Greek cafe "Mokas" that's close to my house. They have very nice patio with lots of treets and flowers and you can always get a good hookah (shisha, chilim, water pipe - depends how you call it) in there.

Or "Bubble Tea House", they have very good Thai cuisine and one of the best selection of teas! Casual, very cozy place to meet with friends for a cup of tea.

in New York:

"Mogador" in East Village. They have on of the best Moroccan food ever made! I love that place.


 
Puck Posted: Fri Jan 14 20:52:54 2005 Post | Quote in Reply  
  erikagm said:
>you can buy the buffet, or you can order a cut of meat...

Sounds like Ryan's


 
Kira Posted: Fri Jan 14 20:58:56 2005 Post | Quote in Reply  
  erikagm said:
>carrot cake

Now I want some carrot cake. I can't remember the last time I had that...



Sam's Pizza.

Better pepperoni pie than any man should have the power to create.... and only a dim memory now.


 
Mesh Posted: Fri Jan 14 21:17:03 2005 Post | Quote in Reply  
  Magnolia
Threadgills


 
Silentmind Posted: Fri Jan 14 21:26:03 2005 Post | Quote in Reply  
  There is a place in Edmonton (AB, canada) that has a great sunday bruch. Plus it revolves and affords a great view of the river valley, downtown ect. If you go during the spring/summer you might be lucky and see dragon boat teams training on the river.


 
DanSRose Posted: Fri Jan 14 21:31:39 2005 Post | Quote in Reply  
  I think I've been to that Morrocan place. Very true about the food.

In Phily, have you been to a small café called Bonté a few blocks off of Rittenhouse Square? Oh My God! The best coffee, great sandwiches, and real Belgian waffles. Go. Go for breakfast, brunch, lunch, for coffee. Great food and it's pretty cheap.


 
breeze Posted: Fri Jan 14 22:02:57 2005 Post | Quote in Reply  
  DanSRose said:
>I think I've been to that Morrocan place. Very true about the food.
>
>In Phily, have you been to a small café called Bonté a few blocks off of Rittenhouse Square? Oh My God! The best coffee, great sandwiches, and real Belgian waffles. Go. Go for breakfast, brunch, lunch, for coffee. Great food and it's pretty cheap.

Nope, I've never been there. But I just checked online and it's very close to my place. I think I'll go and check it out =)


 
CorDrine Posted: Fri Jan 14 23:37:04 2005 Post | Quote in Reply  
  I'm antisocial. I hate eating with ppl. I pack my lunch to work and eat it in the office. For every other meal, I try to cook and eat at home.

But I do have comfort food which taste lousy when you order it take-away, and that's KFC & McDonalds. I was deprive child. So these are the fast food that I couldn't afford when I was young :)


 
innocenceNonus Posted: Fri Jan 14 23:49:30 2005 Post | Quote in Reply  
  I'm always up for giant chinese buffets and places on the Chinese/ Vietnamese/ Korean town strip.

Places are Canton Cooks, Pho Hoa, Phung Mei, some place by Home Depot, and... yeah. I think that's about it.


 
webmaster Posted: Sat Jan 15 00:29:47 2005 Post | Quote in Reply  
  For those in Singapore, my two favourite places are the Orchard Cafe whose buffet includes the best Sri Lankan cold crab and the best satay in the world, and mezza9 at the Hyatt that serves excellent steak, Boston lobster and Alaskan crab, although it is very expensive.

I used to work at American Chili's who had pretty good food too (I loved the beef fajitas and chicken crispers) but it has since closed down.


 
breeze Posted: Sat Jan 15 03:24:11 2005 Post | Quote in Reply  
  webmaster said:
>I used to work at American Chili's who had pretty good food too (I loved the beef fajitas and chicken crispers) but it has since closed down.

Mmmm, fajitas, I love them =) I have Chili's right across my street, my favorite is chicken tacos and lots of guacamole..


 
TwoPillows Posted: Sat Jan 15 04:26:13 2005 Post | Quote in Reply  
  there's a hare krishna restaurant in town that serves great vegan food (i'm not even a vegan and i like this food, that's how good it is... i mean, i like my steak bleeding, and i still like this food). a nice place called The Veiw Factory, where a nice guy will mix you drinks and whistle along with neil young. My favourite place to eat, my friends and i refer to as India, which is just an indian restaurant where they know us, and give us extra naan and lassi and nice stuff coz they're nice.


 
Mesh Posted: Sat Jan 15 07:04:48 2005 Post | Quote in Reply  
  Oh shitfuck! I forgot, Kerby Lane, the Queson King, bitches.


 
addi Posted: Sat Jan 15 08:02:17 2005 Post | Quote in Reply  
  breeze said:

>Mmmm, fajitas, I love them =) I have Chili's right across my street, my favorite is chicken tacos and lots of guacamole..

There's one less than a kilometer away from me, but I'm not that impressed with their food (I've been accused of being a picky eater).
If you want really good fajitas you should find an authentic mexican resturant. Chilis is basically just another massive American resturant chain, with plenty of glitzy advertizing, but no soul. I used to go there to get baby back ribs, untill I discovered I could make them on my own much better, and cheaper.

Addi's rib recipe:

Place the ribs (spare ribs or baby back)in a large pot that can be sealed with a lid (or wrap tightly in tin foil). Season them to taste, and pour beer in the pot.
Place in oven at 250 degrees, and cook for about 2 and a half hours. This browns them, and makes them very tender. The beer adds a great flavor too.
Then place them on a charcoal grill (no propane, thank you) with the coals spead arount the perimeter of the grill for indirect heat. It helps to soak hickory chips before hand in water and place them over the coals. It adds a hickory smoked taste.
Once the ribs begin turning a dark brown color brush on your favorite barbeque sause (KC Masterpiece is yummy). Waiting this long keeps the sause from burning to a black charred mess.
Cooking time varies, depending on the grill heat, but a visual inspection will tell you when they're done. Once the rib meat pulls back from the bone an inch or so, they're done.

My apologises to any vegitarian GTers out there.


 
mat_j Posted: Sat Jan 15 09:32:22 2005 Post | Quote in Reply  
  Cool, my favourite eateries.

There's a New York Deli in one of the city's arcades, it's an independant place owned by the mobile phone despising Harriett and home to all manner of Cardiff devils ice hockey memoribilia, as well as making the biggest tastiest sandwiches in the city it's also the only place outside big department stores that you can by hersheys and reese's stuff sadly lacking in this most united of kingdoms.

The Sushi place at the bottom of queen st. in Cardiff is tasty but expensive and a little too showy for my liking.

Any of the greasy spoons in Cardiff indoor market. Buy a newspaper, cast aside your doubts over the dubious nature of the food sit back and enjoy a breakfast the size of your head for under £2.50 and discover a million and one tales about the city from the old folks around you (Dic Penderyn a local folk hero in Wales was hung on the site of the modern market dontcha know)

Dempseys Irish bar- just a bar that serves food really, but it's my favourite daytime bar and one of the few places in town that you can drink and comfortably read/write a book of an afternoon without being hassled by curious parties.

JJ's cafe in Trefforest, friendliest staff outside those two italian guys from lady and the tramp. One side is a traditional UK chippie which to cater to the bizarro tastes of the towns student population serves shark, crocodile, squid, ostrich, venison, Kangeroo and various other non chippie foods. The other side is a European style half Italian cafe half German beer Celler with a big roaring fire for the cold, wet welsh winters, does a tasty bolognaise among other things. Sells an assortment of strong beers, wines and coffee.


 
jennemmer Posted: Sat Jan 15 12:25:14 2005 Post | Quote in Reply  
  For Woodrigde (the suburb outside of Chicago where I was living) the answer is easy:
The Sand Piper. A family owned and operated perkins type restaurant with great breakfast served all day. I think my friends and I went there every saturday after partying late Friday.

Winnipeg:

fude - fussion cooking - awseomely good food, monday "mussels and martinis" affordable enough for a student if only occasionally

Mooshiro - Sushi restaurant - I will often stop in there after karate class. It's a quiet place as it's just opened and know one else has really found it yet.


 
ifihadahif Posted: Sat Jan 15 12:43:59 2005 Post | Quote in Reply  
  Casa Kielbasa - sausages as big as your arm !

King Thong's Chook Nook !


 
libra Posted: Sat Jan 15 13:39:53 2005 Post | Quote in Reply  
  The Thai House downtown used to the popular place for me and my friends to go, but then they changed owners and the feel of the place hasn't been the same since. We used to go and sit on the floor to eat on those little pillows and fight over who gets to sit against a wall as a backrest.

Now we switch it up between a few different places...Annapurna is a good Nepalese place we frequent.
Old Chicago Pizza is good too, and it used to be a whorehouse, so it's an interesting place to visit.
Mac's is our "breakfast all day" place, owned by a family who is friends with a friend of mine. We go there for burgers and milkshakes.
If it's after midnight, we go to Lyons for milkshakes and fries, it's like Dennys, and we've had some interesting experiences there.


 
Kira Posted: Sat Jan 15 13:45:08 2005 Post | Quote in Reply  
  I can't believe I forgot S&T's Soda Shoppe. Ice cream and soda and ice cream soda, a juke box, foot-longs and great grilled chicken. I love it, it's such a friendly place.


 
erikagm Posted: Sat Jan 15 15:21:25 2005 Post | Quote in Reply  
  In New York there's this one place that appeared in the movie "When Harry Met Sally"... It has AWESOME sandwiches...

Also a place called Zoe's that my sister used to waitress at. I dunno if it still exists, but it had the BEST gourmet food! I still drool when I think of their risotto... It was expensive though, at least for my standards...

In CA, I would have to say a place in a strip mall between Fullerton and Brea, it's called (or was called) Mikoshi soup. The best noodle soup Ive ever tried, served in HUGE bowls. In the same strip mall there was also this AWESOME Thai food place, but I cant recall the name of it for the life of me.

In Guadalajara, I would have to say the Hard Rock Cafe. I have tried their food at other locales, but it tastes a lot better there. Must be the chef.

And this place called Mondo Cafe. Mugs of coffee as big as soup plates, and wonderful salads and pizzas


 
Mesh Posted: Sat Jan 15 16:29:54 2005 Post | Quote in Reply  
  La Posta in Viejo Mesilla.


 
Puck Posted: Sat Jan 15 16:59:41 2005 Post | Quote in Reply  
  This thread just demands that I go on a road trip.


 
FN Posted: Sat Jan 15 17:32:57 2005 Post | Quote in Reply  
  Social responsibilities demand that I go to restaurants quite often, but I do have 1 favourite one where I know the waiters and vice versa, which allows me to order the weirdest stuff and combinations that I can come up with, and they always hurry to be the one who gets to serve the table.

I know they're just in it for the cash and the tips when I dine there with gfs though, or when I have to go along with my father. Greedy fuckers.


 
kurohyou Posted: Sun Jan 16 19:46:02 2005 Post | Quote in Reply  
  Hmmm, let see...

Asian

There's a place down the street from my office called Yuisho. Its a little Japanese place run by a cute little couple who barely speak enough english to run the place, but the food is good.

There's a Sushi Place called Kassin(I think that's how you spell it.)Where I like to go.

And a place called Thommy's Thai which is also on Colfax down the street from my office. Good Phad Thai.

Others

A buddy of mine and I found a great Coffee shop/cafe in Fort Collins called Starry night. Nice College scene and good food. I'm not a coffee drinker, but the tea was good.

While my wife and I were dating we would frequent Chili's a lot, and also anothe coffee shop called Stella's which was on Pearl Street in South Denver. Good coffee (I drank coffee then) But a better atmosphere.

Rico's in Englewood. Great New York Style pizza and calzones. Good and greasy too, you can feel your arteries clog with every bite.

All for the better, and Ice cream parlor also located in Englewood next to Swedish Hospital.

Those are what I can think of, and constitute the highlights over the last 6 years of my life.

For what its worth...


 
iggy Posted: Sun Jan 16 22:44:44 2005 Post | Quote in Reply  
  http://www.blueduck.com.au/

go to the website and see why i love this place so much.

wanted to take mo to this place when we go visit the citiy i've grown to love so much...
oh well


 
Mesh Posted: Sun Jan 16 23:32:29 2005 Post | Quote in Reply  
  want to try the Prawn Jambalaya and the blue duck pizza and the margarita pizza. for lunch.

for dinner I want to try the smoked salmon pizza, the quattro vegetarian pizza, sicilian pizza, blue duck burger and warm calamari salad with some bruschetta.

then for a late night snack, the pan-fried duck breast, grilled turkish flatbread with 3 dips extra bread, and tasmanian rock oysters.



then the morning after, for breakfast i want to try a croissant with tomato and cheese, sultana bran, cinnamon crepes, balcony breakfast, and a muffin.



God I'm a hungry.


 
Mesh Posted: Sun Jan 16 23:40:16 2005 Post | Quote in Reply  
  check out this place http://www.threadgills.com/


 
Mesh Posted: Sun Jan 16 23:56:59 2005 Post | Quote in Reply  
  Oh, oh god. Oh god I'm hungry.


 
Puck Posted: Mon Jan 17 00:00:40 2005 Post | Quote in Reply  
  meshuggah said:
>Oh, oh god. Oh god I'm hungry.

Have some cheezoreos. ;p


 
jennemmer Posted: Mon Jan 17 01:07:28 2005 Post | Quote in Reply  
  I've already filled in my favorite current restaurants but I wanted to give an honorable mention to one that no longer exists.

It was in my town's version of Little Italy and my family only found it because the restaurant next door had forgotten about our reservation and wasn't going to be able to seat us. The woman serving us was the wife of the man cooking in the back who own the place. She was really chatty and it turned out that she was from a town my parents remembered visiting when they had traveled through Italy. The woman actually went into the back to see if her husband knew how to cook a dish that they were talking about that wasn't on the menu. The food was amazing but we only were able to go there for a few months because it was shut down as our cook was arrested for using the restaurant as a front for money laundering.


 
laurie Posted: Mon Jan 17 11:18:33 2005 Post | Quote in Reply  
  jaconellis. (they filmed a scene from trainspotting there..) the best ice cream in the world ever, and amazing greasy spoon hangover food. but the ice cream...its a legend.

Dinos. italian. great pizza slice for cheapsies, friendly people. always warm and cosy on rainy days.

recently, Ichiban..I think its japanese..noodles..chicken yakasoba.. mmm..

in islay... carl n jans place.. some galic name.. amazzing seafood in a tiiiny place with the sea just out the window.

..aff i dont want to be at home, im being subjected to daytime tv hell..


 
mat_j Posted: Wed Jan 19 11:37:19 2005 Post | Quote in Reply  
  libra said:


>Old Chicago Pizza is good too, and it used to be a whorehouse, so it's an interesting place to visit.

Ooo the Prince of Wales pub in Cardiff used to be a porno cinema, does anybody else know of places with less than reputable pasts?


 
Mesh Posted: Wed Feb 16 07:41:37 2005 Post | Quote in Reply  
  erikagm said:
>There's a place here called Sirloin Stockade...
>



I miss you Erika :(


 
addi Posted: Wed Feb 16 08:02:32 2005 Post | Quote in Reply  
  I was thinking about her and other GTers that we haven't heard from lately. Off the top of my head...Ant, casper, Dancer, Howitzer, choke, cordrine, zacq, simonvii, novemberain, christian...and nikki (you can never get enough of her wit and wisdom)
I'm sure there's others too that i just am forgetting.


 
Mesh Posted: Wed Feb 16 08:05:28 2005 Post | Quote in Reply  
  sntsaturn

Where are you!?!?!


 
misszero Posted: Wed Feb 16 08:11:33 2005 Post | Quote in Reply  
  addison said:
>I was thinking about her and other GTers that we haven't heard from lately. Off the top of my head...Ant, casper, Dancer, Howitzer, choke, cordrine, zacq, simonvii, novemberain, christian...and nikki (you can never get enough of her wit and wisdom)
>I'm sure there's others too that i just am forgetting.

:(


 
Mesh Posted: Wed Feb 16 08:16:00 2005 Post | Quote in Reply  
  But youre here now!! No longer missing!


 
addi Posted: Wed Feb 16 08:19:49 2005 Post | Quote in Reply  
  misszero said:

>:(

Well major crud!

...and misszero too! She's really missed!!!

sorry


 



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