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#1 Ancient Ways

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Posted 11 April 2011 - 08:10 PM

Pick the 2-3 places a visitor should not miss if they are visiting your town and are looking for something unique.  I'll start.

Las Margaritas.  West hillsborough Ave. Tampa.
Great Cuban food at ridiculously low prices.  Typical meal would be a Palomilla Steak, bowl of rice, black beans, platanos and a drink for around $8.  Not a pretty place but loads of food at a great price.

Ted Peters Smoked Fish. Pasadena Ave. Gulfport.
Smoked mullet, mackarel, salmon plus burgers.  You must order the smoked fish spread with crackers - it's amazing.  This place is a real hole-in-the-wall.  You eat outside in a slightly covered area on picnic benches or at the bar.

Brocato's Sandwich shop.  East Columbus Ave. Tampa.
Their roast pork and Cuban sandwiches are fantastic but the real treat is the
bacon, egg, and cheese breakfast sandwich on toasted, pressed Cuban bread.
Another old establishment with a tiny dining room or you can eat outside in a covered area.

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Posted 11 April 2011 - 08:25 PM

I could go on and on about Omaha's food. I believe we still hold the "Most restaurants per capita" in the U.S.

So, for Omaha, Nebraska...
- Venice Inn (or really any restaurant owned by the Caniglias) :: It's a fantastic, of course locally-owned restaurant in the midtown area. They specialize as an Italian steakhouse. The original restaurant, Mr. C's, closed down a few years ago but the Caniglia family still has shops open. I believe this was a restaurant featured on some Food Network show a few years back. In any case, it's an Omaha tradition. (And psst.. I used to live across from Mr. and Mrs. C!)
- Dundee Dell :: Another Omaha tradition, around for many, many years. Their reknowned specialty are the fish and chips, and I must say, they're quite excellent. It's set in a quaint little neighborhood that has a small-town kind of feel. It's a tiny restaurant but it's packed almost all the time. They even ship food to you. How convenient. wink.gif
- Ted & Wally's Ice Cream Shop :: ..And for dessert, hit this local ice cream shoppe downtown! All right, for ice cream, it's a little pricey, but come on, you wouldn't be spending anything less over at the local Dairy Queen. They have an ever-changing menu, with local specialties and classic flavours. The staff is always friendly, the shop always clean, and the ice cream always freshly made and worth every penny.

There are tons and tons of other great restaurants, from Greek to Vietnamese to Cuban, Sudanese, Chinese, Japanese, on and on. My one suggestion? If you're going to come to Nebraska, get a steak. I don't care if you're here for the College World Series and you want a ballpark hotdog, go somewhere and order a steak!  

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Posted 11 April 2011 - 08:37 PM

La Crosse, Wisconsin

Piggy's - Best prime rib in the tri-state area, and the cheesecake is not of this world.

http://www.piggys.com/

The Freighthouse - Best overall restaurant in town.  Uber-cool local musicians in the bar as well.  

http://freighthouserestaurant.com/default.asp

Ed Sullivans (Trempealeau, WI) - Excellent food, extensive menu, carry-out, awesome view of the Mississippi River, shuttle service from the marina.  

http://www.sullivanssupperclub.com/index.php

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Posted 11 April 2011 - 09:01 PM

The taco vender outside my house who sells horse meat and huitlacoche. Saturdays and Sundays he sells intestines.

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Posted 11 April 2011 - 09:09 PM

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Mikes Deli-the real deal. best pastrami on the planet.

Bill's Hotdogs-in washington nc. best hotdogs ever. spicy bean chili. not much more to say about it  laugh.gif just amazing hotdogs.

Ernies Subs-tiny sub place right outside the "hood". best peppersteak sub ever made. hell, best subs ever.  

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Posted 12 April 2011 - 08:25 AM

For the Raleigh Durham area, I'd recommend:

Abbey Road Grill in Cary, NC - great hamburgers

The Know Bookstore in Durham, NC - best soul food I've ever tasted! Love their trout with red beans and rice. Great on Friday nights while listening to live jazz by local musicians.

Vic's in Raleigh's downtown. Great italian food.

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Posted 12 April 2011 - 08:46 AM

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Gus's Chicken..several locations but not a chain.  Original is in Mason which is about 25 minutes Northeast of Memphis

Lot-o-Pig  In Covington which is about 30 minutes north of Memphis.  Well worth the trip.  Have to try the spicy mustard slaw and hot sauce.



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Posted 12 April 2011 - 11:00 AM

Northwest Chicago:

Bob Chinn's Crab House - Outstanding seafood that is flown in daily.  Link

Gino's East - Best damn deep dish pizza in the world.  Link

The Chop House - If you like steaks...the Chop House is in downtown Chicago.  Link

There are so many great resturants in Chicago.  

Oh, and no visit to Chicago is complete without a Chicago hot dog.  Best place to get one...Portillo's.  Link

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Posted 12 April 2011 - 10:22 PM

QUOTE (ILSnwdog @ Apr 12 2011, 12:00 PM)
Northwest Chicago:

Bob Chinn's Crab House - Outstanding seafood that is flown in daily.  Link

Gino's East - Best damn deep dish pizza in the world.  Link

The Chop House - If you like steaks...the Chop House is in downtown Chicago.  Link

There are so many great resturants in Chicago.  

Oh, and no visit to Chicago is complete without a Chicago hot dog.  Best place to get one...Portillo's.  Link

Your post reminded me of a trip I took up your way a couple of years ago.  Even though I wasn;t always hungry I made a point of stopping for White Castle in northern Indiana, a Tim Horton's in Michigan, and I got a hot dog at O'Hare (even though that may not count as a true Chicago dog).   even saw a Frisch's Big boy in Michigan but I went to Horton's instead.

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Posted 12 April 2011 - 10:42 PM

Austin Tx..


I could throw a stone and hit somewhere good to eat.  

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Posted 13 April 2011 - 01:41 AM

If anyone's ever in Salt Lake City, Utah, these places are classic

Crown Burgers - excellent char broiled burgers and greek food. Was featured on some Food Network show.

Milcreek Cafe - A ridiculously small time breakfast place with amazing chicken fried steak and omelets. That's enough for me.

Training Table - A Utah burger place where you order inside the restaurant by a phone at your table. Not an amazing place but for $6 you get a great burger.

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Posted 13 April 2011 - 07:33 AM

Like where you guys live, there are a lot of good eats around this town. Here is one of my favorites (Kinryu Ramen)...no walls (with all the noises and sights of Osaka around you), open 24 hours a day, fast, and damn tasty!!

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Posted 13 April 2011 - 09:26 AM

For my hometown, Rocky Mount, NC there is a place in downtown called "Central Cafe" which serves up the best hamburgers and hotdogs. It's just like a diner and it's cooked the way it should be cooked!

It's been in town for decades and is a hometown favorite.

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Posted 13 April 2011 - 07:08 PM

QUOTE (The Owl @ Apr 12 2011, 10:42 PM)
Austin Tx..


I could throw a stone and hit somewhere good to eat.

I will tell you this, if you travel to Austin Texas you are going to hear all about "The Salt Lick" a BBQ joint south west of Ausitn in a community called Driftwood....  It's been featured on Food Network, Travel Channel..etc..

"The Salt Lick" is good, do not get me wrong, but if you want some good BBQ and you are in the Austin area, do yourself a favor and drive 20 minutes from Austin to a Town called "Lockhart Texas"  Kreuz's, Smittys (Same BBQ with these two, same recipe, same family that had a falling out and 2 places resulted), and Black's.... all beat the shit out of "The Salt Lick"  

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Posted 21 August 2017 - 03:22 PM

The Cedar Rapids area has some awesome restaurants my favorites are.
  • The Lost Cuban: Yes I kid you not there really is a cuban restaurant in Iowa, It's one of my favorite spots for Cuban Sandwiches, Empanadas, Arroz con Pollo and much more. It's a rather small restaurant  in downtown Cedar Rapids.
  • The Flying Weinie: This unique Aviation themed Lunch spot located in former gas station is a Cedar Rapids institution best known for doing , Chicago dogs, Italian Beef and other classic American lunch fare. You cannot miss it just look for the red building with an aircraft on the roof.
  • Zoey's Pizza Located in the Cedar Rapids suburb of Marion Zoey's Pizza is one of the best places to get pizza, I recommend the Chicago style deep dish, but future diners be advised the restaurant can get packed really fast. (My advice: Arrive early or do carryout.)


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If you're ever in Gardnerville, eat here.  Basque family style dining, with fantastic steak, lamb, chicken, shrimp and rabbit entrees.

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Posted 30 August 2017 - 01:57 PM

View PostAncient Ways, on 11 April 2011 - 08:10 PM, said:

Pick the 2-3 places a visitor should not miss if they are visiting your town and are looking for something unique.  I'll start.

Las Margaritas.  West hillsborough Ave. Tampa.
Great Cuban food at ridiculously low prices.  Typical meal would be a Palomilla Steak, bowl of rice, black beans, platanos and a drink for around $8.  Not a pretty place but loads of food at a great price.

Ted Peters Smoked Fish. Pasadena Ave. Gulfport.
Smoked mullet, mackarel, salmon plus burgers.  You must order the smoked fish spread with crackers - it's amazing.  This place is a real hole-in-the-wall.  You eat outside in a slightly covered area on picnic benches or at the bar.

Brocato's Sandwich shop.  East Columbus Ave. Tampa.
Their roast pork and Cuban sandwiches are fantastic but the real treat is the
bacon, egg, and cheese breakfast sandwich on toasted, pressed Cuban bread.
Another old establishment with a tiny dining room or you can eat outside in a covered area.
I will agree with these picks but I may have added Pipo's to the list as well.
Ted Peters Fish Bread is outta this world delicious!

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Posted 31 August 2017 - 02:49 AM

Ok, maybe different from you Americans who love to muck about with food so much...

The Mintlaw Chipper .....just what it says, fish in batter with chips, fresh from the sea that morning

Mirchis - excellent quality Indian/Turkish/italian takeaway

Kings Chinese takeaway...simple but excellent quality

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Posted 31 August 2017 - 10:56 AM

If you are visiting my town, keep going.




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