My own answers:
Best soup – The lobster bisque at Top of the Hub in Boston. The best I’ve ever had. The runner up was Maison Robert, also in Boston.
Best salad – The Greenery (now Seashell Cafe) in Rockport, MA. I don’t know what it was, but the vegetables were extra special good. Didn’t need dressing. The raw broccoli tasted incredibly good to me.
Best appetizer – Escargot in a creamy puff pastry, La Grenier, Vineyard Haven, MA.
Best sides – Same place. I could gorge on the creamed carrots and potatoes by the troughful. Unfortunately, they dole them out by the teaspoon. Those darned French.
Best entree – Snow crab legs at The Lookout Tavern, Oak Bluffs, MA. Admittedly the atmostphere contributes greatly to the experience.
Best dessert – Creme brulee at Lola’s in Oak Bluffs. The put a little fresh fruit and bourbon on top, and flamed it at the table. Unfortunately, the restaurant is no longer around.
Best fried chicken – Brookville Hotel, Abilene, KS.
Best pizza – Dogwood Cafe, Jamaica Plain, MA. The blueberry pie makes me want to rethink my best dessert response.
Best burger – Mrs. Bartley’s we miss you.
Best Chinese – China Pearl dim sum, Boston
Best Japanese – All you can eat buffet at Arirang House in Boston. The food is fair at best, but I love the variety.
Best other Asian – Bangkok City, right across the street
Best French – La Grenier, yet again
Best Italian – Pappa Razzi
Best German – The Hofbrau Haus, Rochester, NY. German restaurants are rare around here.
Best Mid-eastern – Helmand, Cambridge, MA
Best atmosphere – Lola’s once again. Leopard print table cloths, wrought iron, black lace curtains, and King Whatzisname
Best service – Maison Robert. The staff worked as a team. To get bread, for instance, one guy would bring the place, another would bring the bread, and another brought butter. It took four people to bring us our soup. And the manager was constantly on the floor, making sure everyone was happy.
Best entertainment – Medieval Manor, Boston. If you’re extra cool, the jester will come to your table and tell you jokes too dirty to be told on stage.