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What is your favorite resteraunt in your town that isn't a big chain?

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spidey07

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This sounds really good: Carpaccio
Beef tenderloin is lightly dusted with Cajun spices, blackened over a white hot skillet and shaved into paper thin slices. Chilled and ultra rare, slices are drizzled with extra virgin olive oil, garnished with capers, lemon wedge, crostini and topped with freshly grated parmesan reggiano.
You've never had carpaccio? You should try it for sure.
 

GuitarDaddy

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That a tough one, there are soooo many here in DFW, being the 4th largest metropolitan area in the US definately has its bennies.

Just a few of my favorites

Trail Dust
Sammy's
Rudolfo's
Angelos
Arlington Steak house
Joe T Garcias
Fishmongers
Rick's on the Brick's
Cattlemans
Fiesta mexican
Paris coffee shop
Dixie cafe
Kincade's hamburgers
Old Warsaw
Bobs steak and chops
Mike Andersons BBQ
Capital grill

Thats just the tip of the iceberg, truly too many to name
 
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I am going to generalize with "town" and say in Metro Detroit: Beverly Hills Grill.
It is a very small restaurant that continuously gets awarded "Best Breakfast" every year by every local paper, TV sation, magazine.
Hands down, they have the most inventive, delicious breakfast dishes I have ever tasted anywhere.

The best part is they use seasonal fare to make sure everything is as fresh and tasty as possible.

My "staple" breakfast dish is the lump crab omlette. Comes with jumbo lump crab, gouda cheese, fresh spinach and tomatoes.
Also the specials each day are amazing... the include ice cream sundae pancakes (sugar cone crushed into the pancake batter) with a dollop of local gourmet ice cream and a choclate ganache sauce on top with sprinkles.
 

meltdown75

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Nov 17, 2004
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Hmm... I have a few... and I'm really not a fine diner...

I'm gonna go with Gilligan's. It's a burger joint. You can get any kind of burger imaginable. I've had emu burgers there, quite delicious. They also have a "monster mac" which is their own awesome take on a Big Mac :)
 

Platypus

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Apr 26, 2001
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Quite a few in Chitown, here's my absolute favorite:

Kuma's Corner... a whiskey metal bar with the best hamburgers I've ever had.
http://www.kumascorner.com/

I usually rock the Mastodon, High on Fire of Plaguebringer.
 

anxi80

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phil's bbq. we even had the san diego atot meet there. and with a 4.5/5 score with 1082 reviews on yelp; it seems im not the only one in town who gives it a big thumbs up.

edit: phils!
 

DrPizza

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Chains suck - I'd never list a chain even in my top 50 favorite restaurants.

Pizza: Tasta Pizza (Olean)

Lobster: Allegany Grill, (Angelica, NY) (home of the 1 pound lobster tail) Word of the mouth has to be the only way they gain new customers - and the place is always packed when we go there. Driving by, it isn't the type of place you'd think to yourself, "hey, let's go there." And yes, the extended dining room is one of those car port things.

Italian Food - used to be Tarantellas in South New Jersey; I can't remember the town. Apparently they've gone downhill. I haven't replaced it with a new favorite
yet. Favorite meal there: Stuffed prawns.

Steak: Century Manor (Olean, NY) very over-priced for what's provided, but occasionally they have specials that make it worth going to.

Beef on Weck: Beef 'n Barrel (Olean, NY) - one of the best known restaurants in Olean. Excellent decor. And, the food couldn't be any better, for what it is: very thinly sliced, hand carved beef. Not the great cuts of beef from the back, but rather the lesser expensive cuts from the hind quarter. Incredibly over-rated restaurant. Their most famous dishes are closer to hamburgers than to ribeye or filet mignon, but no one fills that niche any better than they do. They do have NY strip steaks & delmonicos, etc., but meh, the quality isn't worth their price.
 

HendrixFan

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When it comes to food, Polvo's has the best fajitas I have ever eaten. The use guajillo peppers when they grill the meat and it is amazing. The salsa an queso is pretty good too.

When it comes to atmosphere nothing beats Magnolia Cafe, but only the one on South Congress. The one up on Lake Austin Blvd blows.
 

thegimp03

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First one that came to my mind is Sundance Steakhouse in Palo Alto. Way better than most other steakhouses I've been to and it's not a la carte - meaning your steak or prime rib will come with a potato fixed to your liking and vegetables. It's nice not to have to pay an extra $5-10 for basic sides.
 

chr6

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honda ya in tustin, ca. i order the beef roll, which is a spicy tuna roll topped with raw beef.
 

DLeRium

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DLeRium

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what's that place good for? I really don't know SF Chinatown unfortunately. I frequently ate in Oakland instead. SF's just too hard to drive around and to get around. Bart required walks, so for dimsum if I went to the peninsula, i would hit up Daly City or Millbrae.
 

F1N3ST

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Michigan Bar & Grill has a good prime rib :3.

Carrabbas is a semi-chain, they have restaurants in FL and MI, not sure if anywhere else, their pasta is good, Pasta Carrabba to be specific :p
 

xanis

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Michigan Bar & Grill has a good prime rib :3.

Carrabbas is a semi-chain, they have restaurants in FL and MI, not sure if anywhere else, their pasta is good, Pasta Carrabba to be specific :p
Semi-chain? Try large chain. IIRC they have restaurants in ~32 states.
 

greentea456

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Location :Torrance, CA

El Pollo Inka (Peruvian Restaurant) - Lomo Soltado is the bomb.
Wahoos Fish Taco
 

thegimp03

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Semi-chain? Try large chain. IIRC they have restaurants in ~32 states.
Carrabbas is owned by the same company that owns Outback Steakhouse...had a decent meal there the time I went in South Bend, IN though.
 

Gunslinger08

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Old Town Cafe in the city I work in. I like it for several reasons:
- Cheap
- Quick
- Owned by 1 very nice local guy and staffed by his family
- Delicious pastrami
 

marincounty

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Las Camelias in San Rafael, CA. Some of the best mexican food north of the border.
Also, Phyllis' Giant Burgers, delicious Niman Ranch beef.
 

Cerpin Taxt

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Seattle:

Nijo's & Rain for sushi

Thai Bistro for Thai

Mandarin Gate for Chinese

Pagliacci's for pizza

Even though it is a chain, I like Pho Hoa better than pretty much every Pho place I've been around here.

In search of a good non-chain Italian place.

Ivar's (the restaurant at Mukilteo, not the fast food joints) is pretty good for general seafood. Anthony's might be a chain, not sure and too lazy to google.
 

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