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Old 05-03-2015, 11:02 PM
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Strangest places you've found a good restaurant

In Augusta, Maine there is a Thai restaurant just outside the restricted area of the airport/ National Guard base. The fence between the restaurant and airfield has some very dire warnings posted on it about feeding the birds. However, the food there is very good and reasonably priced. If I am working in that area I tend to go there to eat.
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Old 05-03-2015, 11:40 PM
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This might be pushing the definitions a bit, but when a friend was in University Hospital in San Diego, and his friends and family were on what might have been a death watch (he survived!) we ate in the hospital cafeteria quite often...and were comforted by some darn good eats.

If it weren't both bizarre and inconvenient, I'd drop in, even now, for a meal.
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Old 05-03-2015, 11:48 PM
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I had a friend who lived in Buenos Aires for a while, and of all the places to eat in that Latin American city she would make it a point to take everyone who came to visit to the cafe at the Swedish embassy (the meatballs were good!)
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Old 05-04-2015, 01:37 AM
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One of the best Chinese restaurants I've been to was in the middle of nowhere, over a mile off the freeway, somewhere in (West?) Virginia I think. Our previous meal at an "Italian" restaurant in the countryside had been rather awful, and we were not expecting much, so perhaps just that it was as good as any other Chinese food made it seem better.
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Old 05-04-2015, 03:31 AM
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The best Indian food I've had outside of India was at a tiny hole-in-the-wall restaurant in Montpellier, France. You had to walk past the fancy cafes lining the big plaza in front of the opera house and go into narrow streets and alleys of the medieval heart of the city. The Indian folks I was with had discovered it first, so I knew it had to be good. The place had all of two tables - one inside and one outside. It was summer so we ate outside. The food was quite authentic and indeed very, very good.
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Old 05-04-2015, 06:21 AM
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Pinel Island, a tiny bit of sand off the coast of St Martin has an incredible restaurant. The island is a nature preserve, however, and lacks electricity, running water, etc. The restaurant workers haul boatloads of coolers each day and cook using bottled gas. Fishermen stop to offer their catch. There is a water taxi to Pinel, but we often rent kayaks for the day.
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Old 05-04-2015, 09:12 AM
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The restaurant in the US Embassy in Copenhagen used to be a 4-star joint that even had a wine list. Perhaps it still is.

One of the best Italian restaurants I've eaten in was a place in Kampala, Uganda. It was owned and cheffed by an American expat and his British wife. The best Indian food I've ever had was also in Kampala. That's not really surprising, considering all the Indian expats who live there.

I've posted before that the best burger I've eaten (in the millions I've had) was in the tiny no-horse town of Spencer, Idaho off of I-15.
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Old 05-04-2015, 09:23 AM
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The Double Musky Inn. Girdwood, Alaska. A great place for dinner after a day of skiing on Alyeska. This is before the huge resort was built. The recipes used to be free and every year I try my inept hands at the salmon appetizer.

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Old 05-04-2015, 10:57 AM
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This was a couple decades old, but the story is the "best" restaurant in San Jose CA was at the IBM site cafeteria. (Maybe not the best, but darn good.) Supposedly the word got around and they started getting tour buses stopping and unloading their passengers for lunch until management got word of what was going on.
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Old 05-04-2015, 11:01 AM
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Sea World in San Antonio, TX has some surprisingly good brisket.
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Old 05-04-2015, 11:40 AM
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I found a wonderful French restaurant in a strip mall in Lubbock, TX. So strange, but so, so good. I found a delightful bistro in the small community of La Junta, CO. I found a very good Mexican restaurant on the island of Guam. All of these were a number of years ago, but they were all definitely memorable. I also remember the wonderful French pastries in the jungle outside of Vientiane, Laos.
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Old 05-04-2015, 11:44 AM
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The best steakhouse I've been to is in Greenville, MS. I've eaten at some of the best steakhouses in the world. Better than any place in NYC, KC, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, LA, Sao Paulo, Rio, Buenos Aires, or Mexico City.

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Old 05-04-2015, 12:34 PM
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How about the goodest place I've ever found a strange restaurant?
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Old 05-04-2015, 12:41 PM
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I was surprised that there's a large cafeteria inside the Ikea furniture store.
And even more surprised that it offers a good, satisfying lunch (swedish meat balls, of course, but also salmon and lots of side dishes.)

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Old 05-04-2015, 12:44 PM
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The best Thai place I've ever been (and reportedly the best in the country) is the Lotus of Siam, which is in an incredibly seedy strip mall well off the main drag in Las Vegas.
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Old 05-04-2015, 12:46 PM
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The Indian Restaurant at this truck stop on I-70 (Spiceland, IN) is authentic, spicy, and really good.

It's called A Taste of India.

And if you find yourself on the island of Saba, there's a Chinese restaurant called "Saba Chinese Restaurant" that is well worth a visit.
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Old 05-04-2015, 01:13 PM
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And if you find yourself on the island of Saba, there's a Chinese restaurant called "Saba Chinese Restaurant" that is well worth a visit.
How did you happen to find yourself on Saba?

Where we stay when vacationing in St Martin, we can see Saba on a very clear day. It's pretty cool; you can define "clear day" by being able to see this giant volcanic island, anything but crystal clarity and there is nothing there.
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Old 05-04-2015, 01:41 PM
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How did you happen to find yourself on Saba?

Where we stay when vacationing in St Martin, we can see Saba on a very clear day. It's pretty cool; you can define "clear day" by being able to see this giant volcanic island, anything but crystal clarity and there is nothing there.
Heh, I've been to Saba. Nice place for a very relaxed sort of vacation.

Flying into the Saba airport was ... an experience. It's the smallest possible landing strip, so small you would think no airplane could possibly land on it!
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Old 05-04-2015, 01:48 PM
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How did you happen to find yourself on Saba?
It's where the plane landed.

Vacation.
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Old 05-04-2015, 01:48 PM
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How are you dining inside embassies?

The local US embassy won't even let citizens inside without an appointment.
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Old 05-04-2015, 01:49 PM
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The Imperial Garden in Madison is both a good Chinese restaurant AND a gas station.
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Old 05-04-2015, 02:07 PM
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Years ago, in Schenectady there was a Wetson's, probably the worst fast food ever to appear on the face of the Earth. Someone took the building and turned it into a Korean restaurant, but it still looked like a fast food place. They didn't stay in business long.
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Old 05-04-2015, 02:25 PM
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Some fine cheeseburgers and fries at the Oklahoma Heart Hospital cafeteria.
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Old 05-04-2015, 02:30 PM
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The Imperial Garden in Madison is both a good Chinese restaurant AND a gas station.
Eat & Get Gas.
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Old 05-04-2015, 02:44 PM
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How are you dining inside embassies?

The local US embassy won't even let citizens inside without an appointment.
The one in Copenhagen was accessible from the street, with another door between the the restaurant and the embassy grounds, as I recall. The street door was kept barred during the day, and the door to the embassy grounds was barred after embassy business hours. It was likely a local concession business. Also, I carried a diplomatic passport at the time. FWIW, most embassies have pretty mediocre lunch service. The locals in the Belgrade embassy had their own lunch room, where they served a killer bean soup with a hunk of local bread.

One of the best sushi places in Portland is in a food cart here in my neighborhood.

The best battered halibut in Alaska is in a small greasy spoon called The White Spot Cafe in Anchorage. It's been in existence since at least the 60s, when it was a very narrow space in an opening between two other buildings where I used to get the best homemade burgers and fresh fries of my misspent yoot.

Best dry rub ribs were in a floating restaurant on the Danube River in Vienna.
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Old 05-04-2015, 02:55 PM
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In Woodland Hills CA, around the corner from my old office, there is a Sandwich Shop in the Chevron Gas Staion.

IN THE GAS STATION!!

I loved this place. I go there whenever I am back in SoCal. They have the best tomato soup and the best cream of mushroom soup EVER! They have a delicious vegetarian paninni. I'm not a vegetarian and I still order it every time.
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Old 05-04-2015, 02:57 PM
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Aguanga, CA..... Anyone know it?
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Old 05-04-2015, 03:00 PM
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The best pizzeria I've been to was in New Orleans. They're now in River Ridge, presumably due to Katrina flood damage.
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Old 05-04-2015, 03:01 PM
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Some fine cheeseburgers and fries at the Oklahoma Heart Hospital cafeteria.
These days, many hospitals, even smaller ones, have cafeterias that are more like station restaurants: Salad station, sandwich station, maybe japanese and vegetarian stations, grill, etc. Great food and subsidized pricing!
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Old 05-04-2015, 03:04 PM
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I've been in some good diners in what had once been someone's house, or at least were purposely constructed to appear so.
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Old 05-04-2015, 03:16 PM
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I've been in some good diners in what had once been someone's house, or at least were purposely constructed to appear so.
I recall a few of those around the Gettysburg area....

Here in Portland Maine there's been a small house/restaurant on Forest Ave for maybe 20+ years. It's called Bre-Lu. People think it's some French reference to the house, but it's really just short for breakfast and lunch. Heh. Go there for a great brunch!
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Old 05-04-2015, 03:38 PM
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Moved to Texas four years ago from Los Angeles and have been missing falafel ever since. In the food court at the mall there's a restaurant called Potato Club which also serves some middle eastern food: falafel, gyros, etc. I didn't try it for months because after all, the food court at the mall? The Potato Club? Finally I broke down.

It's wonderful! I had tried two "Greek" restaurants in the Austin area and their falafel was inedible. The Potato Club does it right, even makes a nice lookig platter with hummus, tahini sauce, Greek salad, pita cut into wedges, even puts paprika and olive oil and a Greek olive on the hummus. Never expected that! They have a tendency to overcook the falafel but I just tell them I like it less crispy and they are glad to oblige. Most of the folks working there are hispanic, which makes it even more interesting. I just regret all those falafel-less months that went by before I decided to give it a try.
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Old 05-04-2015, 04:30 PM
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There is a great sushi joint in Carson City, NV between a thrift store and an auto repair place. Its run by two guys from Mexico. I've been eating there so long and often that I don't need to order a thing. They just make it a hand it over.
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Old 05-04-2015, 04:38 PM
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The absolute, hands-down best clam chowder I've ever had - and understand I've tried it in a dozen states including most of New England, England, some of the most vaunted seafood restaurants on earth (both hoity-toity and 'real') and everywhere else I've been assured of the best - ...

...was Harrah's casino-floor restaurant in Reno. No sh*t.
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Old 05-04-2015, 05:07 PM
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I mentioned in another thread that some of the best food I had was in a shack next to the river-boat stop in Bangkok. Stunning papaya salad. But then that is thai food in thailand so perhaps not so unexpected.

The best Chinese food I've ever had (and I've eaten it world-wide) is at the "Eastern Bamboo" in Darlington, Co.Durham. For those not aware it is a quiet little north-eastern town, famous for the birth of the railway but not a huge amount else. Why there is a stunning chinese restaurant there I simply don't know.
I've eaten there for nigh on 40 years since being a kid and never had a bad meal. Their chili-chicken-wings are on my death row lunch menu and their Cantonese fillet steak is worth starting a regional conflict for. I tip my hat to the Ma family. Their trip advisor link is pretty much universally brilliant which is something of a first.
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Old 05-04-2015, 05:14 PM
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I had excellent Indian food in Vang Vieng, Laos, in a space that most closely resembled, to my western eyes, a two-car garage. I remember a Bollywood movie was playing on a tiny TV mounted on the wall.
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Some years ago there was a seafood restaurant in Florida, somewhere on the Tamiami trail, busy street, amongst all the fast food places, the chains, things like Applebees and TGI Fridays, endless commercial buildings. I'm sorry that I don't remember the name. I don't know if it was a local place or a chain. They served the most heavenly fresh broiled fish, and onion rings in beer batter light as a feather. Dessert was a whopping piece of restaurant made key lime pie. I think of it as one of the top three restaurant meals of my life. It was like finding a diamond ring in a box full of costume jewelry.
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In Woodland Hills CA, around the corner from my old office, there is a Sandwich Shop in the Chevron Gas Staion.

IN THE GAS STATION!!

I loved this place. I go there whenever I am back in SoCal. They have the best tomato soup and the best cream of mushroom soup EVER! They have a delicious vegetarian paninni. I'm not a vegetarian and I still order it every time.
I've had good food from gas stations. There is a fried chicken franchise called Chesters that seems to always be located in gas stations, and it's good. Not as good as Popeyes, but we're grading on a curve here.
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Old 05-04-2015, 06:21 PM
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Pizza....

I've spent my entire adult life (17-54, so far) in New Haven, Connecticut; Manhattan; and Brooklyn. SERIOUS pizza snob.

Last summer I had to drive across North America twice. Oh, god, BAD PIZZA, I was certain.

Delicious pizza in Dayton, eastern Washington State (Chief Springs Pizza and Brewpub) and in Wisdom, Montana, pop. 100, which has one restaurant and one bar. The good pizza was in the bar.
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Old 05-04-2015, 08:53 PM
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Another great gas station place is the R&R Taqueria in Elkridge, Maryland. You drive to the address and all you see is a gas station. You have to walk around it to see the convenience store next to it. You then have to walk around that to see the tiny diner. It has excellent authentic Mexican food.

I also agree with chappachula that the cafeteria inside of an Ikea is very good.
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Old 05-04-2015, 08:56 PM
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The best fried chicken I've ever eaten in my life is at a little restaurant in Pellston, Michigan, near the tip of the Lower Peninsula. Homemade biscuits and noodles and their own canned preserves and relishes, including phenomenal pickled watermelon rind. I'd go there tomorrow to eat there again, but I don't have a lot of reason to travel that way. More's the pity--I could live on that fried chicken.
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As much as I rag on Texas, I have to say the best Thai restaurant I've found in the US was in Lubbock. There's several of them scattered across the city, and not sure but I think they're all owned by different members of an extended family.

Conversely, every Thai restaurant in Honolulu sucked while I was living there. Not only my opinion but that of every Thai student I knew there including my future wife. And that included the big fancy one in Waikiki that all the movie stars went to when they were in town. You'd think a place like Honolulu could do better than that.
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Some fine cheeseburgers and fries at the Oklahoma Heart Hospital cafeteria.
Trying to drum up some business?
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Trying to drum up some business?
Yeah, we've all made that joke. They also have a Starbucks. Not just Starbucks coffee, an actual Starbucks.
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Being sick while traveling by motorcycle sucks, so consequently we were stuck in Moses Lake, Wa. for three days last year. Just down the highway from our motel was a little Thai restaurant in a strip mall. Wow, fantastic food. Wasn't expecting food like that in this place.
I did a bit of searching, and it's simply called Thai Cuisine.
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I had possibly the best steak au poivre I've ever eaten in a small restaurant in Diego-Suarez at the northern tip of Madagascar in 1985.
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The best fried chicken I've ever eaten in my life is at...
...fast food restaurant in Barbados, called Chefette.
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It must have been the winter of 1963--64, when my dad was taking my brother and me back home to Minneapolis after Christmas vacation in Joliet, IL. We had been on the road all day (must have been on old US 12 through Wisconsin) and it was a cold, grey late afternoon when we stopped for lunch at an Italian restaurant. I doubt the place is still there (wherever it was, it was in a very small town in the middle of nowhere), but we had some of the best pizza I've ever tasted, along with a basket of warm garlic bread dripping with real butter. Fifty years ago, and I remember that meal like it was yesterday.

In Joliet in the summer of '65 (I think) we went for lunch at a British-style pub in a big red brick building on what must have been the bad side of town, because it looked like London after the Blitz (it was probably being redeveloped). We had the best flame-broiled hamburgers ever, huge and served in baskets with sides of delicious fries (they must have been fried in lard).

There's an outdoor museum of ethnic architecture on the outskirts of Riga, Latvia. I had spent the day there with my daughter (I'm pretty sure it was 2007, so she would have been 12), and we were going to take the bus back into town when we got caught in a thunderstorm. We ducked into the visitors' center to get out of the rain and found they had a restaurant tucked into one of its corners. We decided to have dinner there and ate soup and a variety of delicious Latvian dishes. Very nice!

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Sea World in San Antonio, TX has some surprisingly good brisket.
That wasn't brisket.
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Old 05-05-2015, 06:05 AM
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