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captdg
01-14-2013, 07:03 PM
This summer My wife and I are going to travel.. I love going to small eating joints that are famous for a specialty.. Would like to hear about your favorites... In Pensacola is is most definitely Maguires...Has over 200k in one dollar bills stapled to walls and ceilings. Great steaks and Irish entertainment.

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01-14-2013, 08:06 PM
Where are you headed, that will help focus answers. Also, make sure you have Urban Spoon loaded up on your smart phone.

justmund
01-14-2013, 08:28 PM
Hey Dave next time you're in Mobile, pop into Callaghans Irish Social Club, the burgers there are fantastic (I'd say the best I've had in my life), the beer is good and they have live entertainment (which was great when I was there).

Only just up the road from you too!

Fbrandw
01-14-2013, 08:39 PM
St. Paul Alberta, Canada has a little place in the Co-Op mall called Doug's Cafeteria...Hands down the best lunch in town, total cafeteria style decor and food, but the beauty of this joint is absolutly the food! Cheap, fast and tasty is the name of the game, their burgers are the big hits, nothing fancy at all but damn are they good :) (just don't hope for much more than a decent burger in this town lol although a pic at our alien landing pad may be enough to make the trip almost worth it!),

markie
01-14-2013, 08:45 PM
Muncie, Indiana ............ Nanna's , she fugg'in rocks!

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01-14-2013, 08:49 PM
Muncie, Indiana ............ Nanna's , she fugg'in rocks!
Word.

Dirty Bob
01-14-2013, 09:28 PM
In Cos Cob, CT there is a place called "My Favorite Place"...the Chef Justin makes THE BEST FISH TACO's I have ever had! Among other things...the menu is great!...the place rocks!

captdg
01-15-2013, 12:23 AM
Hans...going to take I-10 west all the way to L.A. then up I-5 to SF.. Then uhh dont know from there.

captdg
01-15-2013, 12:24 AM
Hey Dave next time you're in Mobile, pop into Callaghans Irish Social Club, the burgers there are fantastic (I'd say the best I've had in my life), the beer is good and they have live entertainment (which was great when I was there).

Only just up the road from you too!

OK!! Ill knock that one out this Friday.. Thanks!

captdg
01-15-2013, 12:31 AM
Oh.. to reply to JustMund again... Was in a Waffle House outside of Mobile and saw a guy who looked just like Hunter S. Thompson.. Found out later it was.. Maybe I should have said something, but Im glad I didnt.

garrett
01-15-2013, 09:29 AM
Being in Decatur GA is great for eating out. We have dozens of restaurants nearby and a great majority are independent.

Around the corner from home we have a place called Universal Joint, which is in a converted service station. They have the BEST fish tacos.

Across the street from there is Mojo's Pizza. Brilliantly, they take delivery orders through Grub Hub, which means when I'm feeling super lazy I can order and pay for my pizza with my phone while sitting on the couch. I only have to get up to grab the pizza from the delivery guy. This allows them to compete with the big boys in terms of service. I've given up Pizza Hut.

There's also Farm Burger in downtown Decatur, and they make the BEST burgers. The beef is all from grass-fed cows raised in the southeast. The other ingredients are sourced as locally as possible. They're getting kind of big for a mom 'n' pop now, though. They're about to open their third location.

veinbuster
01-15-2013, 03:36 PM
The Big Catch in Newmarket has excellent fish, great shakes and decent burgers.

jfb
01-15-2013, 05:40 PM
The Big Catch in Newmarket has excellent fish, great shakes and decent burgers.

Noted!

studio66
01-15-2013, 09:28 PM
If you find yourself on the east coast of Canada...in particular Cape Breton,Nova Scotia where I live the Lick-A-Chick....yup....that's what I said....Lick-A-Chick is the local favorite :)

http://i1086.photobucket.com/albums/j447/clivin1/236581074_2d4935a946_z_zps380b4941.jpg

james
01-15-2013, 09:42 PM
Not a ton of these spots left in Annapolis.

Chris' Charcoal Pit on West Street is good family owned Greek food.

The Crab Shack right down the road from the PRS factory has the best soft crab sandwich ever.

justmund
01-15-2013, 09:53 PM
Oh.. to reply to JustMund again... Was in a Waffle House outside of Mobile and saw a guy who looked just like Hunter S. Thompson.. Found out later it was.. Maybe I should have said something, but Im glad I didnt.
It's ok, Mobile isn't bat country...

alantig
01-15-2013, 10:03 PM
There's a place called Fathead's here - great sandwiches and my favorite wings. Not quite a hole in the wall joint. For that, I'd lean towards a place I haven't been in years - Wilson's Barbecue. Dude's been in business something like 70 years. His kid ran a second store, but the original guy heard complaints about the food so he shut him down. Haven't been there in years because it's in a really bad part of town.

Or Triangle Bar - the best Italian hoagies. Just got one yesterday. Outfriggingstanding.

AP515
01-15-2013, 10:42 PM
The best in my home town? There isn't one. My home town is in nowhere AZ. It has three intersections on the highway. One has a gas station, one is the school, the the last one has a small store. That is it.

However, if you're going through Phoenix, stop at Luke's. Best Itialian Sub (wet) you will ever eat. Yes better than in Chicago. I've had e'm in both places and there simply is no comparison.

Luke's of Chicago
1602 E Indian School Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85016

http://www.lukesofchicago.com/

vchizzle
01-16-2013, 08:53 AM
If your in good health:
http://porktropolis.net/
Get the exploding pig. Their sauces are a little off the beaten path and very good.

Breakfast? No contest...huge amounts of food, bargain pricing. Greasy spoon as they come. Expect a line to get in the door.
http://www.yelp.com/biz/mickies-dairy-bar-madison

Brian G
01-16-2013, 09:16 AM
Sally's Apizza - New Haven, CT.
Plain pie with garlic is the best pizza in the world!

veinbuster
01-16-2013, 05:23 PM
Noted!
The best sushi in the greater Toronto area is also close to the house. Definitely not mom and pop fare though, run by an classically trained Japanese guy who has a strong dislike for what sushi is becoming, at least in the Americas

38Roars
01-16-2013, 07:27 PM
Tokai (Sushi)
Cedar Park, TX

Pepper Tuna sashimi with slices of Fresh jalepenos and avacado !!

Or any Tex-Mex restaurant in the Austin Tx area...

jcha008
01-17-2013, 10:52 AM
Not too many great mom and pop restaurants where I live. Just a load of chain restaurants. But Best Thai is very good and so is Asahi sushi. Mario's Italian is also a fantastic place.



The best sushi in the greater Toronto area is also close to the house. Definitely not mom and pop fare though, run by an classically trained Japanese guy who has a strong dislike for what sushi is becoming, at least in the Americas

Here in California, many of the sushi places are owned by Koreans (I'm Korean myself). I find that unfortunately too many of them make it all you can eat sushi. While yes it's "better" value, the quality no doubt suffers. Not the biggest fan.

rugerpc
01-17-2013, 11:03 AM
The best sushi in Carroll County, MD is "J & Y Sushi" in Eldersburg. I take partial credit because 3 of his best selling dishes were my designs. :)

LSchefman
01-17-2013, 11:11 AM
We actually have some great "Mom and Pop" eating in the Detroit area; some of the spots have been featured on "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives" on the Food Channel.

Toast in Ferndale is superb; Slows Bar-B-Q in Detroit is awesome; Hunter House in Birmingham is legendary and has the best sliders I've ever eaten. There are plenty more. Ellie's for Middle Eastern; there are great Kosher delis, too. And the food in Greektown in Detroit is awesome, same with Mexican Village.

As for pizza, my two favorites in Detroit are Tomatoes Apizza in Farmington Hills (coal fired, really tasty traditional thin crust), and Buddy's for thick crust, which in Detroit isn't like Chicago pizza, it's different (I like Chicago pizza, too but often find it too bland, Detroit people like it spicy).

All very inexpensive, by the way.

guitarsong
01-17-2013, 01:28 PM
Not too many great mom and pop restaurants where I live. Just a load of chain restaurants. But Best Thai is very good and so is Asahi sushi. Mario's Italian is also a fantastic place.




Here in California, many of the sushi places are owned by Koreans (I'm Korean myself). I find that unfortunately too many of them make it all you can eat sushi. While yes it's "better" value, the quality no doubt suffers. Not the biggest fan.

Han Jook satum! an yong.

captdg
01-17-2013, 08:45 PM
Han Jook satum! an yong.

An Hasayo.. Cam Samnida, Sung Il Chuk Ha Hamnida. I spent last year in Geoje....The food was uhh different.. I did try a small portion of 개.

captdg
01-17-2013, 08:53 PM
Hey Les... Are you familiar (since being a muscian) of that Pawn Shop American Diamonds and Jewelry? Is the TV show accurate? thanks

jcha008
01-20-2013, 02:59 AM
Han Jook satum! an yong.

An yong to you too :D.




An Hasayo.. Cam Samnida, Sung Il Chuk Ha Hamnida. I spent last year in Geoje....The food was uhh different.. I did try a small portion of 개.

I haven't tried 개 and I don't intend to haha! Yea Korean food is definitely interesting. Certain dishes need an acquired taste :D.