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Old 09-13-2016, 09:13 PM
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One of the two best Italian restaurants I've ever eaten in was in Grafenwohr Germany.
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Old 09-14-2016, 12:34 AM
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You had me at "walleye snack basket." I've never had such a thing, but if it's what I imagine it to me (nuggets of deep-fried battered or breaded walleye) I am there!
It's delicious! And they actually know how to make a proper Old Fashioned by muddling the fruit, not using (GASP! ) bottled mix! Sacrilege!

Kind of weird to think the wife and I have gone to a grocery store on some of our "date nights".
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Old 09-14-2016, 11:57 AM
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On the subject of grocers: the Harris Teeter here had some good paninis for seven bucks when I worked nearby. Huge, too! I'd pick up one on my lunch hour, eat half, and save the other half for dinner. Sometimes I could only eat a quarter for lunch.

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Old 09-14-2016, 12:40 PM
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A hole-in-the-wall Korean breakfast stand in Honolulu Hawaii. They only opened for breakfast until about 11:00 or so. It was basically American greasy-spoon diner dishes repurposed with with Korean-style ingredients and cooking. The "omelet" was a sort of egg-pancake on top of rice, with a slice of BBQ beef on top, drizzled in yummy mystery sauce.
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Old 09-14-2016, 04:13 PM
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It's delicious! And they actually know how to make a proper Old Fashioned by muddling the fruit, not using (GASP! ) bottled mix! Sacrilege!

Kind of weird to think the wife and I have gone to a grocery store on some of our "date nights".
I have been going round and round with my boss on this one...

I work at an "Old Money", private city club. Our members drink xxx on the rocks or xxx straight up or xxx neat. On the occasion someone orders an Old Fashion it has been our practice to muddle and orange slice, cherry and sugar (or simple syrup) add booze and top w/ a splash of club soda...he wants us to use booze, simple syrup and just orange bitters. He states the way I/we all make it is a "mid western" old fashioned.

I just want to shake his and say......MOTHERFUCKER, we are in St Louis! How much more mid wester do you fucking wanna get.

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Old 09-14-2016, 05:05 PM
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I have been going round and round with my boss on this one...

I work at an "Old Money", private city club. Our members drink xxx on the rocks or xxx straight up or xxx neat. On the occasion someone orders an Old Fashion it has been our practice to muddle and orange slice, cherry and sugar (or simple syrup) add booze and top w/ a splash of club soda...he wants us to use booze, simple syrup and just orange bitters. He states the way I/we all make it is a "mid western" old fashioned.

I just want to shake his and say......MOTHERFUCKER, we are in St Louis! How much more mid wester do you fucking wanna get.

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Huh. I actually thought that style of Old Fashioned was not Midwestern, but specifically Wisconsin (although they will also top with 7-up or Squirt). Had no idea it extended down to Missouri.
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Old 09-14-2016, 11:27 PM
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Huh. I actually thought that style of Old Fashioned was not Midwestern, but specifically Wisconsin (although they will also top with 7-up or Squirt). Had no idea it extended down to Missouri.
Wisconsin, specifically Wisconsin super clubs.

But I've seen them in a few other places but they usually f*ck them up. We spent New years weekend in New Orleans this year and the Ritz Carlton was serving them.
An old man (no idea where he was from) tossed the bill back at the bartender and exclaimed "THAT, sir, was the worst goddamned old fashioned I ever had and I am not paying for it!" and walked out.

True story.
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Old 09-14-2016, 11:42 PM
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Old 09-15-2016, 12:09 AM
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Wisconsin, specifically Wisconsin super clubs.

But I've seen them in a few other places but they usually f*ck them up. We spent New years weekend in New Orleans this year and the Ritz Carlton was serving them.
An old man (no idea where he was from) tossed the bill back at the bartender and exclaimed "THAT, sir, was the worst goddamned old fashioned I ever had and I am not paying for it!" and walked out.

True story.
Yeah, the "official" Old Fashioned is pretty much just rye (or bourbon) + bitters + sugar/simple syrup and perhaps a splash of water or seltzer. That's it. No muddled fruit or anything like that. Maybe cherry & orange garnish. It's a pretty alcoholic tasting drink, quite different from something like a "brandy old fashioned sweet" you'd get at your supper clubs, so if that's what the customer was expecting, I could see his shock. That said, I'm not really much for classic old fashioneds -- I'd rather have the whiskey neat. But when up in Wisconsin, I can't help but order a brandy old fashioned press or sour when I get the chance.

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Old 09-15-2016, 12:29 AM
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I was in Madison Wisconsin over labor day, and I ordered an Old Fashioned at a bar. Bartender asked if I wanted it sweet, sour, or something else (pressed, maybe). I was perplexed. I just wanted a damned Old Fashioned. Muddled orange and cherry, a little sugar, bitters, whiskey, and maybe a splash. It's a simple drink. Maybe that's the "Midwestern" version, but I'm in St. Louis, too, and that's how Ray at Dressel's made them back in the 90s when I started drinking them, and by god, if Ray made them that way, that was the right way to make a goddamned Old Fashioned! Anyway, what I got in Madison was a sickly sweet concoction that bore no more than a passing resemblance to an actual cocktail. Don't know what kind of candy ass drinks Old Fashioneds like that.

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Old 09-15-2016, 01:32 AM
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Cauliflower, dipped in milk, breaded and topped with parmesan cheese and baked.

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Old 09-15-2016, 01:51 AM
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No muddled fruit or anything like that..
No, the orange and a cherry have to be muddled in the glass before any liquid is added. This releases the essence of their flavor and a slight ting of the orange zest. Another cherry or orange slice (not both) is then used as a garnish. The first 2 remain at the bottom of the glass and release their flavor as you drink. This mixes well with the bitters, booze, and simple syrup. Rye or bourbon is best, brandy is used a lot in Wisconsin. Sometimes Southern Comfort is substituted for whiskey.
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Old 09-15-2016, 02:12 AM
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No, the orange and a cherry have to be muddled in the glass before any liquid is added.
Depends on who you ask. Some say that's an abomination. I don't particularly care, but the fruit and muddling thing is a point of contention. See Esquire's article for one of many examples. ("A special no-no is the common practice of muddling the fruit with the sugar before pouring in the hooch. This turns a noble drink into a sickly, sweet, gooey mess.") You obviously disagree. I don't particularly care, since the only Old Fashioneds I drink regularly are the Wisconsonian ones.

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Old 09-15-2016, 02:33 AM
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Anyhow, if you're picky about your cocktails, it's always good practice simply to ask the bartender "how do you make your [insert cocktail name] here" as cocktails and their preparation can vary wildly by region, if not from bar to bar. Here's a good list of cocktails that vary wildly in their interpretations. For example, if I'm in a caring mood, I will ask how a bar makes a margarita, as those are all over the place, with many versions being far too sweet for my tastes. If I just wanna get blitzed, I don't care.

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Old 09-15-2016, 07:19 AM
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Varanasi India, small hotel, we'd been tipped off by some Brits to be sure to try the mashed potatoes. We'd been travelling for months and had never seen mashed potatoes on a menu anywhere, so we were definitely going to try them. They were exceptional! So delicious, we ate them with every meal, B, L & D, everyday we stayed there, (8 days!) Sometimes just for a snack in the afternoon! I still daydream about them sometimes. Wish I'd found out how the made them!

Also in India, in the very far north of Kasmir, a little tucked away restaurant in a small town, four of us go out to dinner. We're all used to eating in India, where things can be hit or miss, and three of us, choosing to be cautious, order the chicken dinner. Better the devil you know, in our minds. (It should be said that often the chickens were what we called, 'racing chickens', kinda tough, mostly gristle and bone, pretty tough meat, but still edible.) Hubby bravely decided to order the mutton dinner. Our food arrived first and was exactly as we anticipated, we dug in to our somewhat stringy but edible chicken. Ten minutes later hubby's plate appears and it is breath taking truly. A magnificent roast dinner, with potatoes and gravy, cooked to absolute perfection. The rest of us were stunned into silence, as we watched him savour every delicious bite! (The next evening we all returned and had the mutton! And it was Devine!)
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Old 09-15-2016, 11:03 AM
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Amazing salads everywhere we went in Bavaria. Who knew?

Also, in a small 2-star hotel on a ski-trip to Val d'Isere in France where we had a cheap, full-board package. Normally we'd give the dinners a miss on these types of packages and go out to nicer local restaurants. But we were all tired on the first evening and stayed in the hotel. The food was amazing. We'd a large group (about 10 of us including a vegetarian and a vegan coeliac (!)) and everyone loved it so we ended up eating there every night. The towels may have been threadbare and the rooms spartan but the food was top-notch. I don't think I've ever been on a group ski-trip where we all managed to agree on where to eat dinner so easily.

Actually we've also had some pimply, chalet boys and girls make us surprisingly good meals and great cakes on other ski-trips too.

I'm hungry now.
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Old 09-15-2016, 11:11 AM
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Oh yes, and nice scones in a maternity hospital. Which was particularly unexpected given the absolutely dire quality of the rest of the food on offer.
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Old 09-15-2016, 11:16 AM
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The bacon pizza at Aldi is surprisingly delicious. Well it does have bacon, so I suppose that it shouldn't have been a surprise.
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Old 09-15-2016, 01:20 PM
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Anyhow, if you're picky about your cocktails, it's always good practice simply to ask the bartender "how do you make your [insert cocktail name] here" as cocktails and their preparation can vary wildly by region, if not from bar to bar. Here's a good list of cocktails that vary wildly in their interpretations. For example, if I'm in a caring mood, I will ask how a bar makes a margarita, as those are all over the place, with many versions being far too sweet for my tastes. If I just wanna get blitzed, I don't care.
I was at a Mexican restaurant in an extremely small town in Wisconsin and asked for a margarita with just tequila, lime juice, triple sec and rocks and was told by the waiter that they couldn't make one like that!

I got up and talked to the bartender, who quickly confirmed that she could indeed make one to those specifications. The waiter later told me he had never heard of a margarita made that way.
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Old 09-15-2016, 01:43 PM
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I was at a Mexican restaurant in an extremely small town in Wisconsin and asked for a margarita with just tequila, lime juice, triple sec and rocks and was told by the waiter that they couldn't make one like that!

I got up and talked to the bartender, who quickly confirmed that she could indeed make one to those specifications. The waiter later told me he had never heard of a margarita made that way.
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Old 09-15-2016, 02:28 PM
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In a casino outside of Ft. Lauderdale, I had an amazing pastrami sandwich. My GF and I decided to split it, since, you know, meh, casino food court, but that sandwich was perfect.
Good rye, warmed just right, awesome pastrami stacked hi, good mustard, great dill pickle. I still regret sharing it.

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Old 09-15-2016, 02:45 PM
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I was at a Mexican restaurant in an extremely small town in Wisconsin....
What's the key word here, boys and girls?
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Old 09-15-2016, 03:03 PM
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What's the key word here, boys and girls?
No single word. Milwaukee, for example, is almost 20% Hispanic. Racine slightly more. Depending on where you are in Wisconsin, there can be a substantial Hispanic population--it's mostly towards the southeast of the state.

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Old 09-15-2016, 03:44 PM
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Old 09-15-2016, 05:06 PM
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No single word. Milwaukee, for example, is almost 20% Hispanic. Racine slightly more. Depending on where you are in Wisconsin, there can be a substantial Hispanic population--it's mostly towards the southeast of the state.
I was referring to the general population, not the Hispanic.

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Old 09-15-2016, 10:23 PM
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The best clam chowder I've had so far is at Al Forno's Pizzeria in Suffolk, Virginia. And you can order it at any time, instead of those places that only sell it on Friday.

The clam chowder at Farm Fresh Supermarkets is also very, very good.
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Old 09-15-2016, 11:00 PM
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Thirty years ago, in East Lansing, Michigan, I found a little hole in the wall cafe that served Korean food. It was a small, plain place and seemed to attract mostly Korean, or other Asian nationalities. The food was like I remembered getting it when I was in Korea with the military. It was not "fast food" style or Americanized. Delicious and filling and not all that expensive. I ate there as often as I could, and really missed it when I moved back to Kansas.
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Old 09-16-2016, 01:17 AM
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Meh. Some of the best Mexican food I ever had was at a little place in Minneapolis, and the best Pizza I've ever had outside of Florence was at a place in Phoenix, Arizona. Probably goes along with the OP except I don't remember the names of those places.
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Old 09-16-2016, 01:28 AM
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Meh. Some of the best Mexican food I ever had was at a little place in Minneapolis, and the best Pizza I've ever had outside of Florence was at a place in Phoenix, Arizona. Probably goes along with the OP except I don't remember the names of those places.
See post #75.
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Old 09-16-2016, 09:08 AM
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Food; Lobster roll...

" <yawn!>, big deal... It's Maine, Maine is known for its Homarus Americanus based foods, everyone has their own take on this old standby, what makes *this* one so special?" I hear you ask
(It was quite impressive that you knew the Latin name for Maine Lobster, BTW...)

Let's see... Buttered grilled New England style hot dog bun, just enough mayo to hold the lobster meat together, a lettuce leaf below the lobster to prevent the bun from getting soggy, and a touch of Old Bay seasoning

MMMMM....

Where to get this delicious creation?

The cafeteria of.....
York Hospital!

Yes, a hospital with delicious food, the mind boggles!
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Old 09-17-2016, 02:04 PM
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Not quite what the OP was looking for, but I was at Whole Foods the other morning and was surprised to see biscuits and gravy in the hot food section. The gravy was a little thin, but the cheddar biscuits more than made up for it. Yum!
Giant has a surprisingly good cold cut sandwich and rotisserie turkey. Publix has the best fried chicken I've ever eaten, their deli is great as well.

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Old 09-17-2016, 02:43 PM
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From personal experience....

I spent the majority of my life from birth in San Diego, where I developed a serious addiction to Mexican food. I moved to Yosemite National Park in Northern California & thought I wasn't going to see good Mexican food again. I found a place on Highway 41 on the north end of Oakhurst (15 minutes from Yosemite's south gate) that was very good (El Cid). I knew I had a winner when the beef enchiladas that came to my table had shredded beef instead of ground beef.

Best burger I've found in Seattle was at the snack stand at the Shilshole marina. That was pretty surprising after trying several places that had received great reviews but turned out to be ho-hum.

Although I never stopped to eat there, there's a gas station outside the east gate of Yosemite at the intersection of Hwys 120 & 395 (IOW, BFE). At least around the turn of this century they had a chef there that earned 4 stars from major restaurant reviewers. No idea of what they're like now.
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Old 09-17-2016, 02:46 PM
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Meh. Some of the best Mexican food I ever had was at a little place in Minneapolis, and the best Pizza I've ever had outside of Florence was at a place in Phoenix, Arizona. Probably goes along with the OP except I don't remember the names of those places.
Was the pizza place in Phoenix Pizzeria Bianco by chance? It's my favorite!

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Old 09-17-2016, 04:34 PM
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At the gas station in Rosetown, Saskatchewan, during a drive to Edmonton, I had one of the best chicken sandwiches I have ever had.
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Old 09-18-2016, 02:52 AM
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There is (was?) a pizza place in Oslo called Papa's that was fabulous. The crust was croissant-like. It was so different from American pizza, and so damn good.
Actually, thin, flaky, slightly sweet crust is what a restaurant a few miles from me is famous for. I'd describe it more like a greek filo pastry. This is in a suburb of NYC, just a bit west of the Hudson.

As far as my find is concerned, there's this interesting strip mall with a small indoor mall attached, south of me -- you used to be able to get the best dim sum outside of China Town. I don't know if you have dim sum restaurants near you -- they can be hard to find in the US. Occasionally, you might find a Chinese restaurant that may offer a few dishes, but I'm talking about a real dim sum place, where the waiters push carts around with assorted dishes on them that you can take. And then when you are ready to pay, they simply count up the plates. They also had home-made ice cream, which was really good.

Unfortunately, the place closed for renovation, and for some reason never reopened again. It was eventually sold and reopened by new owners as an ok Jewish deli, but there are better ones closer to me. Even here, a lot of people don't know what dim sum is so it's not going to get the traffic of a more popular restuarant type.
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Old 09-19-2016, 08:18 AM
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New England type clam chowder, absolutely fantastic at a little seafood place in San Jose.

As far as I could tell, the name of the restaurant was SEA FOOD. It was mostly a fish market, with a few tables off to the side.
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Old 09-19-2016, 10:24 AM
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Excellent Mexican food in Woodbine, IL (a very small hamlet in farming country in the northwest part of the state) back in the 1980's. The entire 36 square mile township had just over 500 people in 2010.

Sadly, it didn't last.
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Old 09-19-2016, 04:12 PM
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The best root beer I ever had was in a very small hamlet (stated population of 200) in farming country on the opposite side of Illinois. We ate virtually every meal in that diner for a week because the movers packed our kitchen first.

Wish I could remember what brand that was.
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Old 09-19-2016, 04:31 PM
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Camel milk, in Hargeisa, Somalia. Not that I was so surprised to find it, but that it is commonly consumed by everyone, room temperature, unpasteurized. And good.

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The best root beer I ever had was in a very small hamlet (stated population of 200) in farming country on the opposite side of Illinois. We ate virtually every meal in that diner for a week because the movers packed our kitchen first.

Wish I could remember what brand that was.
Maybe IBC?

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Old 09-19-2016, 09:24 PM
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This is almost embarrassing but one of the best Cheeseburgers I ever had in my life was at a Hooters, of all places. It was just perfectly cooked and really really yummy.
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Old 09-19-2016, 09:26 PM
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I know this doesn't qualify as food, but whoever dropped that eighth bag of the dankest weed ever atop a urinal in an East Atlanta dive bar, you are a hero and a patriot.
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Old 09-19-2016, 10:50 PM
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Maybe IBC?
Honestly can't remember; this was a fountain drink 37 years ago. Might've been something local (i.e.: limited to an ~80 mile radius of Chicago).

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Old 09-20-2016, 04:25 PM
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Artz Rib House on South Lamar in Austin used to serve The Best Beef Ribs for amazingly cheap. Forget Scrubbs or any other place that claims to serve good bbq, these were huge ribs with an excellent rub, flame-grilled right there on the kitchen grill. They were served picnic-style with mustard cole slaw and cinnamon potatoes (why cinnamon? I have no idea. It was good tho.).

The price? 1 rib + meal <9.00, 1.50 each extra rib. I bought a three rib lunch and took 1 3/4 ribs home as I couldn't eat more than that. I bet each rib weighed a solid 10-12 oz and man that rub was good.

Other food? I will always remember Onomi's all-you-can-eat sushi buffet in San Diego. <15 bucks for lunch and the chefs were standing behind the sushi buffet making more and switching out old on the fly. Yum yum and I spent way too much money there

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Old 09-21-2016, 07:40 PM
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Best fajitas I can recall were in Topeka, Kansas. I don't remember when it was, but I remember having a real tasty meal on an airplane once. I must have been starving. I flew Varig a few times. Maybe that was it. Those were pretty good flights. All the beer I wanted, free!
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Old 09-21-2016, 07:45 PM
Velocity Velocity is offline
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Rural northern China, near the Gobi Desert. A hotel cook in a dark, dirty, quiet kitchen cooked up the most fabulous fried chicken and stir-fried greens. Very, very hot, tender, and absolutely delicious. Kept wanting more. Ate it two nights in a row. Probably had MSG, though.
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Old 09-21-2016, 08:06 PM
Typo Negative Typo Negative is offline
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In Woodland Hills California, inside a Cheveron Gas Station\Convenience store, is a little sandwich place called 'Between The Slices'.

It has the best tomato soup and the best cream of mushroom soup that I have ever tasted. The vegetarian panini is so good that I make a special trip there whenever I am in the San Fernando Valley, and I am NOT a vegetarian. Plus, they make wonderful beef samosas!

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