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edabbs44
11-15-2008, 10:42 PM
I think my two best restaurant experiences were at Emeril's Delmonico in NOLA and Il Mulino in a few locales. I went to Emeril's back in 2001 and had a great meal. I enjoyed the BBQ Shrimp as an appetizer and the Veal Oscar for my entree. Great dining experience all around from the wait staff to the food. Very classy.

I've been to the Il Mulinos in NYC, San Juan and Las Vegas. If anyone has the opportunity to eat there, do it. It is a different kind of meal. They give you a great antipasto sampling when you walk in the door including tastes of different meats and cheeses. Then the courses are to die for. The first time I went I had the best osso buco I have ever had. Pastas are great and the desserts are phenomenal. They end the meal by giving you a free homemade glass of grappa. I will pass on that in the future.

Anyone else?

klw
11-15-2008, 10:53 PM
My favorites are Il Cucina in London, Lui Lui in W. Lebanon NH, Crazy Burger in Narragansett RI and Hoagie Haven in Princeton NJ. Each is a very different experience but give great food at good value without pretense. As a vegetarian I rarely find "fine dining" to be worth the expense. For me the menu options tend to be limited and not worth it.

kaldaniels
11-15-2008, 11:56 PM
I think my two best restaurant experiences were at Emeril's Delmonico in NOLA and Il Mulino in a few locales. I went to Emeril's back in 2001 and had a great meal. I enjoyed the BBQ Shrimp as an appetizer and the Veal Oscar for my entree. Great dining experience all around from the wait staff to the food. Very classy.

I've been to the Il Mulinos in NYC, San Juan and Las Vegas. If anyone has the opportunity to eat there, do it. It is a different kind of meal. They give you a great antipasto sampling when you walk in the door including tastes of different meats and cheeses. Then the courses are to die for. The first time I went I had the best osso buco I have ever had. Pastas are great and the desserts are phenomenal. They end the meal by giving you a free homemade glass of grappa. I will pass on that in the future.

Anyone else?

My wife and I ate at DelMonico...our lasting memory is having our glasses of water filled up everytime we took a sip. I had the BBQ shrimp as well...what'd you get, like 4 of them? :) A great and memorable place to go, for sure.

remdog
11-16-2008, 12:15 AM
This thread is interesting to me because I've just spent about two hours on various restaurant websites reading and writing reviews.

Without trying to sound pompous, I'm a bit of a 'foodie'. I love food and I'm a fairly good cook. Over many years I've spent a lot of time traveling on business and an expense account affored me the opportunity to try a lot of great restaurants.

Tonight I was trying to track down a receipe for the best tuna carpaccio that I've ever had. It's served in a little place in Petaluma, CA. I've talked to the chef, I've called the maitre'd, I've tried to chat up the waitress and the only thing that I've found out is that, apparently, the chef adds a small amount of lite brown sugar to the sauce so that it comes out as a combination of sweet (the brown sugar), citrisy (the lemon juice) and piquent (the capers). I'd just like to know the ratio so I can make it for myself at home.

The restaurant is named 'Vino Grigio' and it was, hands down, the best new restaurant that I ate at in '07. '08 is still not decided yet but, right now, it's in the lead for this year too. I've been back there a half dozen times and I've never been disappointed. One time I had a business associate with me and she ordered the veal picata (one of my favorites also). When she finished she whispered to me, 'do you think anyone will notice if I lick the plate? That's the best sauce I've ever had.' She used discretion and mopped the sauce up with bread but, in the end, the plate was so clean that it looked like it just came out of the dishwasher. :)

I don't know that this is the best restaurant I've ever eaten at; there were the great steaks in Chicago, N.Y and L.A., the fish soup in Nice, France (and I don't even like soup), the fish in Miami, S.F., L.A and Hong Kong, the pasta in Italy and the dim sum in Hong Kong that makes you wonder why the US didn't come up with something so simple but so delicious. However, if any of you get to Petaluma, CA (a nice little town about an hour's drive north of San Francisco) check it out. I think you'll enjoy it.

Rem

klw
11-16-2008, 09:46 AM
My favorites are Il Cucina in London, Lui Lui in W. Lebanon NH, Crazy Burger in Narragansett RI and Hoagie Haven in Princeton NJ. Each is a very different experience but give great food at good value without pretense. As a vegetarian I rarely find "fine dining" to be worth the expense. For me the menu options tend to be limited and not worth it.
Here is an example of why I should not post after 10 pm. The London restaurant is Il Fornello and not Il Cucina. It is on Southampton Row which is not far from where my brother's office used to be. I always get the same gnocci dish so I have no idea how the rest of the food is but I like the place. Not fancy but a solid place.

For breakfast I must say I am torn between Polly's in Sugar Hill NH, PJ's Pancakes in Princeton, and the Sugar House in Royalton VT. I will have to continue the research on this one.

edabbs44
11-16-2008, 10:10 AM
My wife and I ate at DelMonico...our lasting memory is having our glasses of water filled up everytime we took a sip. I had the BBQ shrimp as well...what'd you get, like 4 of them? :) A great and memorable place to go, for sure.

Don't remember how many shrimp were in the order at Emeril's, but I do remember ordering the Shrimp Oreganata at Il Mulino and getting 4 of them....for $22. Needless to say Il Mulino is a special occasion kind of place.

SunDeck
11-16-2008, 10:58 AM
I've eaten at some famous places in the US, but hands down nothing compared to the Maisonette. It's a shame the place is gone.

Generally, I'm not one to go for the famous and expensive. I prefer regional or "home" cooking, like Mama Dips in Chapel Hill, or any of the zillions of places that serve pulled pork down there. Those places are different, obviously, from the high end, chef driven restaurants, but my satisfaction with a finely made low country shrimp and grits down in Charleston or a perfectly seasoned fried chicken dinner from St. Peter's out near Brookville, or a bucket of crawdads down Lafayette way is no different.

westofyou
11-16-2008, 11:40 AM
http://www.millenniumrestaurant.com/

No meat and gourmet.

Super_Barry11
11-16-2008, 02:25 PM
I was just chatting with my ex about this topic a couple days ago! My favorites are Bix and Farallon, both in San Francisco, and Daniel's Broiler in Bellevue, WA. My ex prefers Bix as well, but he also loves the EX Bar and Oak Door in Japan, Scarpetta and Alto in NYC, and the Oak Room in Boston. Pretty much everywhere we ate in Thailand was delicious as well!

westofyou
11-16-2008, 02:48 PM
I was just chatting with my ex about this topic a couple days ago! My favorites are Bix and Farallon, both in San Francisco, and Daniel's Broiler in Bellevue, WA. My ex prefers Bix as well, but he also loves the EX Bar and Oak Door in Japan, Scarpetta and Alto in NYC, and the Oak Room in Boston. Pretty much everywhere we ate in Thailand was delicious as well!

Farrallon has the coolest decor

TeamSelig
11-16-2008, 02:50 PM
White Castle ;)

TeamCasey
11-16-2008, 03:36 PM
Some little side of the road place on Maui. I can't remember the name but it was named for the dog that "lived" there.

OldRightHander
11-16-2008, 07:32 PM
I've been in a lot of restaurants over the last couple years. I'm into seafood and steak, so all my favorites serve one of those two. I went to the Golden Lamb once, but that was years ago.

Steak places:

1. The Precinct

2. Heitmiller's in Waco, TX

3. Texas Land & Cattle. They're all over Texas and I think they have a couple in other states, but I've only been to the Texas ones.

4. Honorable mention to the now closed F & N in Dayton, KY. I miss that place.

Seafood:

1. I don't remember the name of the place, but it was in Lewiston, ME. It was a little hole in the wall with a small bar inside and picnic tables outside. You sit down at the bar and order what you want and the guy turns around and cooks it right there in front of you, just on the other side of the counter. They only had two kinds of fish, clams, and lobster, but the quality was outstanding, probably the best fried clams I've ever had.

2. Also in Maine is Bob's Clam Hut, in Kittery Maine just over the border from New Hampshire. Clearly the second best fried clams I've ever had.

3. There is another place in Marion, SC that I can't remember the name of. It was across from a place I picked up at once. Incredibly good shrimp.

4. High Tide Harry's in Orlando. I was there just a week and a half ago. I had grouper and it was very good.

5. There is a pretty decent catfish place on I-20 west of Shreveport, just over the border in Texas. They have an all you can eat there and I made a pig out of myself a few weeks ago.

RedsManRick
11-16-2008, 07:56 PM
The GF and I are in Vancouver, BC and going out to a place called "West" tonight. It's supposed to be quite good. I'll let you know :)

nate
11-17-2008, 09:50 AM
My favorite restaurant is one I used to go to in Hamamatsu, Japan called "Tenkin." It's a tempura joint with all of 8 seats. They serve one meal a night so once the seats are full, they close up. The master of Tenkin stands behind the bar everyone is seated at and produces the lightest, most flavorful tempura one has ever had. He's an older dude with two giant vats of oil and chopsticks the size of drumsticks. The great thing is watching him make the tempura; he gets whatever he's going to batter, lays it in the batter and then into the hot oil with his fingers seemingly breaking the surface! Of course, the trick is he's been doing this his entire life and likely has attenuated feeling in the tips of his fingers and the batter is ice cold.

Aside from the standard shrimp and veg tempura, he makes things like egg yolk that is cooked to "just runny" in the middle and chrysanthemum leaf wrapped around ume (salt plum) paste. For all the foreigners that come (because Hamamatsu is off the beaten path a bit), he gives gifts at the end of the night. I've gotten sake in a bottle shaped like a train and Japanese whiskey (which is surprisingly good.)

Youtube is awesome, here he is:

Tenkin (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XL5cjCKptd0)

Here's (http://blog-o-ong.blogspot.com/2006/09/kids-dont-try-this-at-home.html) a blog post from someone who's been there with pictures; all of my pictures of the place are "old school" (not in the computer).

Here in Nashville, there are increasing numbers of outstanding restaurants. One in particular is Flyte (http://www.flytenashville.com/). To me, it's amongst the best places I've ever eaten. The staff is great and they remember you by name when you come in, an outstanding young chef, great, fresh ingredients and an excellent wine selection. They also have great ambiance inside although outside it's hard to avoid noticing the Adult DVD shop.

In California (where I consider myself to be "from") there are, of course, many choices. Two favorites would be Tantra (http://www.tantrasunset.com/) which is kind of modern Indian fusion and The Gardens of Taxco (http://losangeles.citysearch.com/profile/78235/) which is an excellent, authentic Mexican place.

RANDY IN INDY
11-17-2008, 10:10 AM
Generally, I'm not one to go for the famous and expensive. I prefer regional or "home" cooking, like Mama Dips in Chapel Hill, or any of the zillions of places that serve pulled pork down there. Those places are different, obviously, from the high end, chef driven restaurants, but my satisfaction with a finely made low country shrimp and grits down in Charleston or a perfectly seasoned fried chicken dinner from St. Peter's out near Brookville, or a bucket of crawdads down Lafayette way is no different.

:thumbup:

*BaseClogger*
11-17-2008, 10:36 AM
Never been to a fancy restaurant, but the chicken dinners at the Bavarian Inn in Frankenmuth, MI is really good...

westofyou
11-17-2008, 10:40 AM
Never been to a fancy restaurant, but the chicken dinners at the Bavarian Inn in Frankenmuth, MI is really good...

So were the Frogs Legs I had there.

bucksfan2
11-17-2008, 11:49 AM
The two best seafood dishes I ate were in Maui. One was at Kimo's and the other was at Hula Grill. One was Opah and the other was ono.

As for meat I like Morton's but it can get a little pricey.

If I am going out around town two of my favorites are Zips and Bangkok Bistro.

BuckeyeRed27
11-17-2008, 11:52 AM
Cut
Its a steak house in the Beverly Regent Wilshire in LA (there is also one in the Venetian in Las Vegas)

It is crazy expensive but its so much better than any other food I have ever eaten its worth it.

AtomicDumpling
11-21-2008, 05:01 AM
I used to love Chester's in Montgomery. They were owned by the same people that owned the Maisonette and the Golden Lamb. They had great food but it was not a pretentious place (at least at lunchtime, which is when I usually went there.) They had souped-up versions of normal food like roast beef, baked chicken, grilled shrimp etc. Too bad they closed up a few years ago.

In Dayton's Oregon District (5th street) there is a place called Cafe Boulevard. It is small and cozy. It is pretty fancy. I suggest going before the dinner rush and you will have a more relaxed, more enjoyable visit. They are best known for their crepes, which are the best I have ever had. They have great entrees and soups with lots of unusual flavors. The last time we went there was about 1:30pm and we were the only two customers in the place. About halfway through our meal a group of four women came in to eat -- Sheryl Crow and her backup singers! Boy is she a tiny little person.

We also like Abuelo's on Mason-Montgomery for Mexican food.

BBQ Revue on Madison in Oakley is fantastic if you like a spicy sauce.

PF Chang's is great Asian food with some unusual dishes you won't find anywhere else -- not your normal junk Chinese food. It is a chain with locations in West Chester and Hyde Park.

BuckeyeRed27
11-21-2008, 12:16 PM
PF Chang's is great Asian food with some unusual dishes you won't find anywhere else -- not your normal junk Chinese food. It is a chain with locations in West Chester and Hyde Park.

It's also where the Chinese are planning their invasion of America.

westofyou
11-21-2008, 12:21 PM
It's also where the Chinese are planning their invasion of America.

By having white kids as waiters who tell you that "Soy Sauce.. that's like Salt to the Chinese" as I was told.

15fan
11-21-2008, 12:50 PM
In Rome with my wife & mother-in-law about 7 years ago, we were wandering up & down some side streets, away from the throngs of tourists. It was about 4:00 in the afternoon. We were thirsty, so we stopped at a restaurant to see if we could get something to drink. It was closed, but someone was opening the door with a set of keys.

Through a mixture of broken Italian, English, and hand gestures, we learned that the man opening the door worked in the kitchen. He told us to come back at 8 and he'd have a table for us for dinner. We asked about the menu, and he said he didn't know what it was - he was going to the market to see what looked good and that's what would determine what they would be serving that night.

My wife, mother-in-law, and I returned at 8. We were seated at one of the 5 tables in the restaurant. There were no printed menus. The waiter told us about the 2-3 options for each course, and we ordered.

Now I'm not a very adventurous guy when it comes to food. Think meat & potatoes. My wife and mother-in-law have far more refined tastes with respect to food. Furthermore, my mother-in-law has restaurant grade appliances in her kitchen and knows how to use 'em. These days, most folks have them for show. Not my mother-in-law. She sets foot in her kitchen, and it's all business. It's like watching Monet with a paint brush or listening to Vin Scully call a baseball game. I'd put her cooking up against anyone, anywhere, any time.

For dinner that night, I had a ravioli with ginger sauce. Can't remember what the ladies had. After 2-ish hours of food, drink, and being entertained by the 80 year old mother who was ordering around her 50-ish year old sons in the kitchen, we each concluded that we had never had a better meal. Ever. And it cost us about what we would have paid to go to someplace like Outback Steakhouse for dinner here in the US.

I wish I could remember the name of the place. But I can't. That's alright, tho, because the details aren't important. What's important is that for those couple hours, we each experienced perfection, nirvana, or whatever else you want to call it with respect to the most perfect meal in the history of the universe.

SunDeck
11-21-2008, 12:55 PM
:thumbup:
Randy,
Ever been here?

http://www.southporttimes.com/images/provisioncompany.jpg

It's a little hole in the wall on the dock at the yacht basin in Southport, NC.
Best shrimp I've ever had and the beer used to be self serve. Don't know if you can do that anymore, but it's probably the place I miss most down along the coast.

http://www.provisioncompany.com/

M2
11-21-2008, 01:32 PM
There's lots of hidden gems out there in the world. There's an Indian place I adore in San Francisco (Mehfil), a Moroccan restaurant in Montreal, a tapas joint near me in Boston, a goulash house in Danbury, CT. I could go on all day.

Yet the absolute best meal I've ever had is a five-star restaurant in Boston - L'Espalier (http://www.lespalier.com/). I've been there twice and everything I've ever had there has been exquisite (including the butter and I never eat butter). It's beyond expensive, but you oddly come out thinking you got a bargain. You can get a seven-course meal and you're never full and you're drinking the finest wines and liquors and the service is superior and it blows your mind.

My reaction the first time I was there was that America is the greatest nation ever conceived because my ancestors came over starving and in poverty and now I literally have gotten to eat like a king.

freestyle55
11-21-2008, 02:19 PM
Fogo de Chão in Houston....meat heaven...

El Rincon Argentino in Mexico City...cielo de carne parte II :)

redsmetz
11-21-2008, 02:25 PM
I've eaten at some famous places in the US, but hands down nothing compared to the Maisonette. It's a shame the place is gone.

A guy that used to share my office told the story about the one time he ate at the Maisonette. In the early 70's, he worked in the traffic department for Kenner Products and his boss called him and another co-worker into his office. The boss told them to call their wives and tell them they wouldn't be home for dinner. They were all going to dinner with the sales rep from a large ocean carrier serving Puerto Rico. The boss didn't care for him and decided he'd run up such a high bill that the rep would never call on him again. They spent over $600 for dinner (remember this was in the early 70's), the guy didn't bat an eye, pulled out his credit card and paid. Plan foiled, but a fine meal was had.

SunDeck
11-21-2008, 02:43 PM
A guy that used to share my office told the story about the one time he ate at the Maisonette. In the early 70's, he worked in the traffic department for Kenner Products and his boss called him and another co-worker into his office. The boss told them to call their wives and tell them they wouldn't be home for dinner. They were all going to dinner with the sales rep from a large ocean carrier serving Puerto Rico. The boss didn't care for him and decided he'd run up such a high bill that the rep would never call on him again. They spent over $600 for dinner (remember this was in the early 70's), the guy didn't bat an eye, pulled out his credit card and paid. Plan foiled, but a fine meal was had.

That must have been something. In my one visit to the Maisonette, I was amazed not just at the food, but at the service. At one point my wife asked me if I had noticed that the butter dish kept getting refilled. Somehow, the guy kept sneaking up and putting down a fresh one without us seeing him. But the most impressive thing was the fact that the waiter was as nice to us as he was to the group sitting next to us, with Carl Lindner at the head of the table.
His regular table, at that.

Hoosier Red
11-21-2008, 03:08 PM
If you're ever in Indy, I recommend R Bistro. It is the best consistently excellent and unique food I've ever had.

RichRed
11-21-2008, 03:52 PM
My favorite restaurant: Tautog's (http://www.tautogs.com/we_are.cfm) near the oceanfront in Va. Beach.

Great food (esp. seafood), atmosphere (converted cottage with indoor/outdoor seating and two bars), friendly service, reasonable prices especially for the oceanfront and its own free parking lot - a rarity in that area.

Any time friends are in town, we take them there. Love that place.

Chip R
11-21-2008, 04:25 PM
I'd say either the Embassy Club in Des Moines or the Waterfront here.

klw
11-21-2008, 05:30 PM
I'd say either the Embassy Club in Des Moines or the Waterfront here.

My brother's wedding rehearsal dinner was at the Embassy Club. I am excited to report I have eaten at someone else's pick. Yeah.

RANDY IN INDY
11-21-2008, 06:46 PM
Randy,
Ever been here?

http://www.southporttimes.com/images/provisioncompany.jpg

It's a little hole in the wall on the dock at the yacht basin in Southport, NC.
Best shrimp I've ever had and the beer used to be self serve. Don't know if you can do that anymore, but it's probably the place I miss most down along the coast.

http://www.provisioncompany.com/

Interesting you ask that. No, I haven't been there, but we were one win from going to the NC State Little League baseball tournament this past summer in Southport and one of my friends recommended the place, if we went.

RANDY IN INDY
11-21-2008, 06:47 PM
My favorite restaurant: Tautog's (http://www.tautogs.com/we_are.cfm) near the oceanfront in Va. Beach.

Great food (esp. seafood), atmosphere (converted cottage with indoor/outdoor seating and two bars), friendly service, reasonable prices especially for the oceanfront and its own free parking lot - a rarity in that area.

Any time friends are in town, we take them there. Love that place.

Know what a tautog is? I've heard they are quite tasty.

http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://images.somd.com/news/tautog.jpg&imgrefurl=http://somd.com/news/headlines/2005/2884.shtml&h=270&w=298&sz=33&tbnid=T5IR4ZwVV90J::&tbnh=105&tbnw=116&prev=/images%3Fq%3DTautog&usg=__ZQrryyIzmxiD8awRqA7PQIWi0Lg=&sa=X&oi=image_result&resnum=3&ct=image&cd=1

Ugly, but tasty.

AtomicDumpling
11-21-2008, 09:13 PM
It's also where the Chinese are planning their invasion of America.

LOL

I have been to PF Chang's in West Chester about 20 times and I have never seen a Chinese person there. That is weird now that I think about it.

It is Asian-inspired food but it is not a Chinese restaurant.

I suggest ordering the lettuce wraps, the Hot Fish, the garlic noodles and the spicy-grilled green beans. Now my stomach is growling.

oneupper
11-21-2008, 09:34 PM
Been lots of places. Usually just happy to get a good meal and move on. I have some wealthy friends and deal with bankers...so I usually don't get the tab.

Like 15fan had a nice experience in Rome. A place called Nino's close to the Spanish Steps.

Another noteworthy place I can recall: Bar Basque in downtown Caracas.
Only four tables in the place, Doña Blanca cooks it all herself (if she's still around..it was a while). I guess it is still around...wikitravel mentions it.
Caracas is a great place for eating out BTW.

Geraldo's in Madrid. Ate barnacles for the first time. Really good.

Here's Restaurant magazine's 50 best in the World. I don't think I've eaten at any of these..


http://www.theworlds50best.com/2008_list.html





Bar Basque, Alcabala a Peligro, La Candelaria, ☎ +58 212 572 4857. Caracas has a large Basque immigrant community and many excellent Basque restaurants. Bar Basque is the pick of the litter. Run by the same family for half a century, it's a legendary hangout for the politically connected. As in all Basque restaurants, the menu focuses on seafood. Superlative food. Expensive. Only a few tables, reservations required.

Highlifeman21
11-22-2008, 08:35 AM
There's lots of hidden gems out there in the world. There's an Indian place I adore in San Francisco (Mehfil), a Moroccan restaurant in Montreal, a tapas joint near me in Boston, a goulash house in Danbury, CT. I could go on all day.

Yet the absolute best meal I've ever had is a five-star restaurant in Boston - L'Espalier (http://www.lespalier.com/). I've been there twice and everything I've ever had there has been exquisite (including the butter and I never eat butter). It's beyond expensive, but you oddly come out thinking you got a bargain. You can get a seven-course meal and you're never full and you're drinking the finest wines and liquors and the service is superior and it blows your mind.

My reaction the first time I was there was that America is the greatest nation ever conceived because my ancestors came over starving and in poverty and now I literally have gotten to eat like a king.

Get out of my head, M2!

Yesterday I was discussing this thread with my boss, attempting to jog my memory of places I've eaten, while listening to places at which he's eaten, and he raved about L'Espalier. Turns out he goes there every 4th of July for Boston's festivities.

But, as for my list...

Honolulu, HI
la mer (http://halekulani.com/dining/la_mer/)

San Diego, CA
Nobu (http://www.noburestaurants.com/sandiego/index.html)

Trattoria Acqua (http://www.trattoriaacqua.com/)

Pebble Beach, CA
Club XIX (http://www.pebblebeach.com/page.asp?pageName=Restaurants_Club_XIX)

Las Vegas, NV
Delmonico at The Venetian (http://www.venetian.com/Pages.aspx?id=852)

SW Steakhouse (http://www.wynnlasvegas.com/#dining/sw/)

Kokomo's (http://www.mirage.com/restaurants/kokomos.aspx)
--- I proposed to my fiancee @ Kokomo's

San Antonio, TX
Biga on the Banks (http://www.biga.com/)

Chicago, IL
Fogo de Chao (http://fogodechao.com/)

N9NE (http://www.n9negroup.com/#/steakhouse/main/)

Sullivan's (http://www.sullivansteakhouse.com/locations_full.php?lid=6)
--- also been to the one @ King of Prussia, but this one was definitely better, IMO

Cincinnati, OH
Palace (http://palacecincinnati.com/)

Precinct (http://www.jeffruby.com/precinct.html)
--- The only Jeff Ruby joint that will ever get my money

Palomino (http://www.palomino.com/)
--- Is this place still there?

Columbus, OH
Lindey's (http://www.lindeys.com/)

Refectory (http://www.therefectoryrestaurant.com/)

Philadelphia Area, PA
La Bec Fin (http://lebecfin.com/)

Morimoto (http://www.morimotorestaurant.com/)
--- Ridiculous sushi, words escape me

Moshulu (http://www.moshulu.com/site/main.asp)

Bobby Flay Steak (http://www.bobbyflaysteak.com/)
--- Ok, Philly Area is a stretch, b/c this is in Atlantic City, which is about an hour-ish from Philly, but anytime I'm in AC I only give my money to the Borgata, and I only go to Bobby Flay Steak

Washington, DC
Charlie Palmer (http://www.charliepalmer.com/Properties/CPSteak/DC/)

CityZen (http://www.mandarinoriental.com/washington/dining/cityzen/)

Capital Grille (http://www.thecapitalgrille.com/About/main.asp)

NYC
Aureole (http://www.charliepalmer.com/Properties/Aureole/NY/)

Peter Luger (http://peterluger.com/)
--- A must if you're ever in NYC... Definitely in my Top 3 of all-time

Del Frisco (http://www.delfriscos.com/newyork/)

Naples, FL
Shula's (http://www.donshula.com/)

While I've been to Ruth's Chris in probably at least 7 states, the one down in Estero, FL was my favorite, and I had the best meal of any Ruth's Chris there.

Hartford, CT
Max Restaurant Group (http://www.maxrestaurantgroup.com/index.htm) --- The Max group is kinda like the Cameron Mitchell group in OH. Trumbull Kitchen, Max's Oyster Bar and Max Downtown are my 3 favorites, but I've never had a bad meal at any of them.

J Gilbert's (http://www.jgilberts.com/Home.aspx?LocationID=826)

Boston, MA
Grill 23 & Bar (http://www.grill23.com/)

Anthony's Pier 4 (http://www.pier4.com/anthonys.cfm)




My Top 3 of these would be, in no order...

Peter Luger
Charlie Palmer DC
Morimoto Philly

Highlifeman21
11-22-2008, 08:38 AM
Fogo de Chão in Houston....meat heaven...

El Rincon Argentino in Mexico City...cielo de carne parte II :)

Didn't see your post, I've been to the one in Chicago.

You're absolutely correct when you call it meat heaven!

Highlifeman21
11-22-2008, 08:42 AM
By having white kids as waiters who tell you that "Soy Sauce.. that's like Salt to the Chinese" as I was told.

Must be a company phrase.

I asked for salt, and they told me to "use soy sauce, it's like chinese salt"

Good stuff.

Boss-Hog
11-22-2008, 10:23 AM
Palomino
--- Is this place still there?


Yup

RedsBaron
11-22-2008, 10:47 AM
That must have been something. In my one visit to the Maisonette, I was amazed not just at the food, but at the service. At one point my wife asked me if I had noticed that the butter dish kept getting refilled. Somehow, the guy kept sneaking up and putting down a fresh one without us seeing him. But the most impressive thing was the fact that the waiter was as nice to us as he was to the group sitting next to us, with Carl Lindner at the head of the table.
His regular table, at that.

I ate at the Maisonette a number of times and I agree: the food was great and the service was terrific. I loved the place.

vaticanplum
11-23-2008, 11:34 AM
Yet the absolute best meal I've ever had is a five-star restaurant in Boston - L'Espalier (http://www.lespalier.com/). I've been there twice and everything I've ever had there has been exquisite (including the butter and I never eat butter).

You never eat BUTTER? Butter is in everything! How do you cook without butter?

westofyou
11-23-2008, 12:32 PM
You never eat BUTTER? Butter is in everything! How do you cook without butter?

Olive Oil, 1 pound of butter can last 6- 8 weeks in my house and most of it will be used for breakfast or baking.

vaticanplum
11-23-2008, 12:55 PM
Olive Oil, 1 pound of butter can last 6- 8 weeks in my house and most of it will be used for breakfast or baking.

I cook mostly with olive oil too, but still, if you go through a pound of butter in 6-8 weeks you are still eating butter, and not a supersmall amount of it either. and if you eat at a restaurant, you'd better believe that butter is in most dishes. They throw that stuff around like candy.

TeamCasey
11-23-2008, 01:17 PM
So were the Frogs Legs I had there.

I used to eat those all the time when I was a kid.

TeamCasey
11-23-2008, 01:21 PM
BBQ Revue on Madison in Oakley is fantastic if you like a spicy sauce.


I do! I'll definitely check this out. Thank you.

That's my only complaint with most BBQ is that it's usually too sweet.

remdog
11-23-2008, 01:45 PM
The best frog legs that I've had are served at the Oyster House Saloon in Studio City, CA. Top notch.

Rem

Spitball
11-23-2008, 01:53 PM
DeMilo's Restaurant in Portland, Maine, Supino's Italian Restaurant in Danvers, Massachusetts, and Paula Dean's Buffett in Tunica, Mississippi. I also long for a roast beef sandwich and cup of chowder from Kelley's in Saugus, MA. Also, I'd love to once again enjoy the steak tips at Rico's (now under a different name) on Rt. 1 in Danvers. Mother's in New Orleans is affordable and also hard to beat.

westofyou
11-23-2008, 02:33 PM
I cook mostly with olive oil too, but still, if you go through a pound of butter in 6-8 weeks you are still eating butter, and not a supersmall amount of it either. and if you eat at a restaurant, you'd better believe that butter is in most dishes. They throw that stuff around like candy.

I know the butter story, my buddy is a chef, they drown the world in that stuff... eating out for me is ethnic, so not much butter there. My wifes Grandmother grew up on a farm and HATES butter, she uses margarine, that stuff is the pits.

In 1999 the US average was 4.8 pounds of butter per person a year.

remdog
11-23-2008, 03:41 PM
I know the butter story, my buddy is a chef, they drown the world in that stuff... eating out for me is ethnic, so not much butter there. My wifes Grandmother grew up on a farm and HATES butter, she uses margarine, that stuff is the pits.

In 1999 the US average was 4.8 pounds of butter per person a year.

The thinking of late has been that if you are going to use margarine it's actually healthier for you to go ahead and use butter.

4.8 pounds, eh? So that's what's holding my pants up around the middle. :)

Rem

morande
11-23-2008, 03:54 PM
By far the best steak ive ever had was at The Pine Club in Dayton Ohio

Benihana
11-23-2008, 04:46 PM
Mama's Fish House- Maui, HI
Japonais, A Tavola and N9NE Steakhouse- Chicago, IL
Buddakan- Philadelphia, PA
Social- Miami, FL
Rosalie- Montreal, Canada
L'Cran- Cannes, France

The China Gourmet might be my favorite in Cincy.

remdog
11-23-2008, 04:53 PM
The China Gourmet might be my favorite in Cincy.

Wasn't the chef there named Bing Moy? Or am I thinking of the wrong place? Or, maybe he's retired now. Either way, very good Chinese.

Back in about 1980 Cincinnati Magazine pubblished a receipe of theirs for steamed mussles. I still do that dish their way almost 30 years later.

Rem

Benihana
11-23-2008, 05:05 PM
Wasn't the chef there named Bing Moy? Or am I thinking of the wrong place? Or, maybe he's retired now. Either way, very good Chinese.

Back in about 1980 Cincinnati Magazine pubblished a receipe of theirs for steamed mussles. I still do that dish their way almost 30 years later.

Rem

Yep, but Bing has since retired and moved to Vancouver. His son now runs the place, and after a recent makeover it's as good as ever. I try to eat there every time I'm back in town.

remdog
11-23-2008, 05:46 PM
Yep, but Bing has since retired and moved to Vancouver. His son now runs the place, and after a recent makeover it's as good as ever. I try to eat there every time I'm back in town.

Thanks for the update Benni. Next time I'm in Cincinnati I'll try to stop there.

Rem

nate
11-23-2008, 08:01 PM
Mama's Fish House- Maui, HI

That place is freaking awesome.

Highlifeman21
11-23-2008, 08:17 PM
Mama's Fish House- Maui, HI
Japonais, A Tavola and N9NE Steakhouse- Chicago, IL
Buddakan- Philadelphia, PA
Social- Miami, FL
Rosalie- Montreal, Canada
L'Cran- Cannes, France

The China Gourmet might be my favorite in Cincy.

I almost added this to my list, but I've had memorable meals there for good reasons, and memorable meals there for bad reasons.

I guess b/c of the bad, I just couldn't include it.

However, if I based it off my first ever meal there, then Buddakan would have been a no-brainer for me.

Strikes Out Looking
11-23-2008, 09:55 PM
The Inn at Little Washington for best meal--it's about 90 minutes outside of DC in VA, been there 3 times, it's amazing.

As a side note, I took French in 9th Grade simply because the class field trip was to the Maissonette. It was very good, but I really didn't do that well in French class.

The best meal I had in 2008 (so far) was probably at Mario Batali's B and B bistro in the Venetian in Vegas.

sonny
11-23-2008, 10:03 PM
The Refectory, Columbus, OH
The wife had Roasted Monkfish
I had the Guinea Hen
We started it all with some fras gras (sp?)
and I had a 12 yr Glen L, which, halfway through the drink, a fly swooped down and drowned himself in it, which was promptly replaced with 24yr at no cost. That made my night.

remdog
11-23-2008, 11:32 PM
The Refectory, Columbus, OH
The wife had Roasted Monkfish
I had the Guinea Hen
We started it all with some fras gras (sp?)
and I had a 12 yr Glen L, which, halfway through the drink, a fly swooped down and drowned himself in it, which was promptly replaced with 24yr at no cost. That made my night.

Good work training that fly. ;) :lol:

Rem

klw
11-24-2008, 06:07 PM
I

In 1999 the US average was 4.8 pounds of butter per person a year.

Which sounds like alot until you realize the High Fructose Corn Syrup consumption is over 60 lbs per year.


A single 12-ounce can of soda has as much as 13 teaspoons of sugar in the form of high fructose corn syrup. And because the amount of soda we drink has more than doubled since 1970 to about 56 gallons per person a year, so has the amount of high fructose corn syrup we take in. In 2001, we consumed almost 63 pounds of it, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/chronicle/archive/2004/02/18/FDGS24VKMH1.DTL

westofyou
11-24-2008, 06:09 PM
Which sounds like alot until you realize the High Fructose Consumption is over 60 lbs per year,


http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/chronicle/archive/2004/02/18/FDGS24VKMH1.DTL

Yep, processed food is a nightmare, that's one of the biggest reasons why I don't eat meat, mexican sodas have real sugar, so if I have one I try and have one of those.

BuckeyeRed27
11-24-2008, 06:44 PM
The best meal I had in 2008 (so far) was probably at Mario Batali's B and B bistro in the Venetian in Vegas.

This place is fantastic as well. This is an easy 2nd for me behind Cut.

WVRed
11-24-2008, 09:43 PM
For those who like country food, The Old Mill and The Apple Barn in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee was the best when I was growing up.

I haven't been there in awhile, but I have heard both have went downhill.

ESPNZone is also pretty good if you watch the price.

SunDeck
11-25-2008, 06:26 AM
I cook mostly with olive oil too, but still, if you go through a pound of butter in 6-8 weeks you are still eating butter, and not a supersmall amount of it either. and if you eat at a restaurant, you'd better believe that butter is in most dishes. They throw that stuff around like candy.

Roger that- many, many steaks served in restaurants have a big pat of butter slapped on them. Then again, I have found that most restaurant food, even the good stuff, has a lot more fat and salt than what we cook at home.

bucksfan2
11-25-2008, 09:16 AM
Mama's Fish House- Maui, HI

I was there this summer and was disappointed. I called it Mama's ripoff. Everyone who had been to Maui had raved about it but I found it lacking. The menu is unique but it is very overpriced.

deltachi8
11-25-2008, 09:22 AM
Jiko at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge.

I have had the Swahili Curry Shrimp - with East African Curry Sauce, Artichokes, and Coconut Rice which was fantastic. The last time I enjoyed Stuffed Piquillo Peppers - with Five Grain "Risotto" and Truffle Beurre Blanc (Vegetarian - i am not one, but it was too good to not order).

They also have a very nice selection of South African Wines. My wife and I really enjoy the Chocolate Block - a very nice blend.

Benihana
11-26-2008, 02:00 PM
I was there this summer and was disappointed. I called it Mama's ripoff. Everyone who had been to Maui had raved about it but I found it lacking. The menu is unique but it is very overpriced.

Really? I'm surprised. Granted, I've only been twice and the last time was over six years ago.

jimbo
11-26-2008, 02:44 PM
For those who like country food, The Old Mill in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee was the best when I was growing up.


Still is the best, IMO. Went there for the first time a few years ago and swing over that way whenever I'm nearby, basically in that part of the state. The best home-style country food I've ever found.

Falls City Beer
11-26-2008, 03:26 PM
Good lord, I'm so ghetto. My wife and I never go to fancy restaurants. Come to think of it, we almost never go to restaurants. Unless it's a favorite Vietnamese dive or something.

RedsBaron
11-26-2008, 03:30 PM
For those who like country food, The Old Mill and The Apple Barn in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee was the best when I was growing up.

I haven't been there in awhile, but I have heard both have went downhill.

ESPNZone is also pretty good if you watch the price.

I ate at the Apple Barn about four years ago, but I didn't find it to be anything special.
One of my favorite places to eat is Christiana Campbell's tavern at Colonial Williamsburg and for one reason: sweet potato muffins. I think I could eat a couple of dozen at one sitting.

Rojo
11-26-2008, 04:43 PM
Sadly no more, Mary Mac's in Atlanta.

vaticanplum
11-26-2008, 07:38 PM
Good lord, I'm so ghetto. My wife and I never go to fancy restaurants. Come to think of it, we almost never go to restaurants. Unless it's a favorite Vietnamese dive or something.

Same here. In some ways I wish I could get over that; even though I've started to cook a lot the last few years, I don't think I have the same appreciation for good food that a lot of people have. I don't even have a head for remembering the restaurants where I have eaten. Sure saves a crapload of money though.

I do like Terry's Surf and Turf near my house. It's a dive with disproportionately good food. I'm not even sure that's the name of it. There was an Italian restaurant near one of my old places in Brooklyn (not restaurant-Italian -- real Italian, with menus in Italian and mobsters at the bar) that I loved, and I'm not sure that even HAD a name.

bucksfan2
11-28-2008, 10:54 AM
Same here. In some ways I wish I could get over that; even though I've started to cook a lot the last few years, I don't think I have the same appreciation for good food that a lot of people have. I don't even have a head for remembering the restaurants where I have eaten. Sure saves a crapload of money though.

I do like Terry's Surf and Turf near my house. It's a dive with disproportionately good food. I'm not even sure that's the name of it. There was an Italian restaurant near one of my old places in Brooklyn (not restaurant-Italian -- real Italian, with menus in Italian and mobsters at the bar) that I loved, and I'm not sure that even HAD a name.

You ever try Bella Luna's? The wife loves that place. They tend to have more authentic Italian dishes.