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Laelth

(32,017 posts)
Thu Aug 27, 2020, 07:15 PM Aug 2020

Choose one restaurant.

Assume you just won the restaurant lottery. You get life-time free meals (no tip required) at just one restaurant (or chain restaurant) on Earth for you and one guest (if you like), and this will last for the rest of your life.

You don’t have to choose a chain restaurant, but, obviously, if you do, you have a lot more geographic diversity (range) and can still get free food.

Which restaurant do you choose and WHY?



-Laelth

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Choose one restaurant. (Original Post) Laelth Aug 2020 OP
Some context--I know which restaurant the President would choose. Laelth Aug 2020 #1
Texas de Brazil Cirque du So-What Aug 2020 #2
Where is that? Sounds delicious. n/t Laelth Aug 2020 #12
They're all over Cirque du So-What Aug 2020 #20
All urban, but very diverse with great-looking food. Laelth Aug 2020 #22
I would go with a local restaurant Sherman A1 Aug 2020 #3
It's got to be a Chinese buffet then Generic Brad Aug 2020 #4
You must name a specific restaurant. Laelth Aug 2020 #10
I'd prefer a local one Generic Brad Aug 2020 #23
Great story. Laelth Aug 2020 #24
Ruth's Chris Steakhouse in Portland trueblue2007 Aug 2020 #42
There are lots of those all over the country. Laelth Aug 2020 #43
But you would get to eat for only a few months SCantiGOP Aug 2020 #48
NOT JUST STEAK. THEY have many other choices .... trueblue2007 Aug 2020 #66
I'd have to pick the same. Buckeye_Democrat Aug 2020 #29
COVID-19 may drive all buffets out of business. Laelth Aug 2020 #44
Oh, in this Covid-world too? Lol. Buckeye_Democrat Aug 2020 #64
My coworker is wondering if 7-11 counts as a restaurant? happybird Aug 2020 #5
Does the 7-11 take food stamps (EBT)? Laelth Aug 2020 #7
Yep, they take EBT. happybird Aug 2020 #40
Honestly, a "diner" with broad geography is high on my list. Laelth Aug 2020 #45
I love Waffle House! happybird Aug 2020 #52
We, Deep Southerners, call it the "Awful Waffle." Laelth Aug 2020 #55
I want to pick up every open check at a local Colombian restaurant Danmel Aug 2020 #6
I guess it would be Legal Sea Foods. I remember the original one Croney Aug 2020 #8
I assume you mean Cambridge, MA. Laelth Aug 2020 #58
Yes, MA. It was a store first, and Wikipedia says Croney Aug 2020 #63
Nifty. Thanks for the backstory. n/t Laelth Aug 2020 #73
Olive Garden...come for the breadsticks, stay for the... ret5hd Aug 2020 #9
Admittedly, that one was high on my list. Laelth Aug 2020 #11
My reply was completely tongue in cheek! ret5hd Aug 2020 #13
Fair. I admit that there are many things I dislike about that company. Laelth Aug 2020 #15
Now you've gone and done it! Laffy Kat Aug 2020 #65
I forgot pitbulls. ret5hd Aug 2020 #72
You didn't even require every meal there unc70 Aug 2020 #14
So long as you never move, that sounds like a good choice. n/t Laelth Aug 2020 #16
I've lived in Chapel Hill since 1966 unc70 Aug 2020 #18
Daughter and I have gotten chinese take-out twice since March. Laelth Aug 2020 #25
Rio Grande (in Boulder and 3 other locations) CloudWatcher Aug 2020 #17
Nice choice. Laelth Aug 2020 #19
This message was self-deleted by its author Glorfindel Aug 2020 #21
We ave such a dearth of good restaurants in the midwest rurallib Aug 2020 #26
Ever tried Skyline Chili? Laelth Aug 2020 #46
Well I live in Iowa, but in my working days I had to visit Cincinnati frequently rurallib Aug 2020 #49
Do you have Runze there where you are? Laelth Aug 2020 #51
no I think I have heard of it and it is in Nebraska rurallib Aug 2020 #54
Ted's Montana Grill csziggy Aug 2020 #27
Sarge's Deli in New York City jmowreader Aug 2020 #28
What a superb, informative reply! Thank you. Laelth Aug 2020 #57
Sarge's is on 3rd Avenue jmowreader Aug 2020 #61
Excellent. Thanks. n/t Laelth Aug 2020 #62
Sure miss the Carnegie Deli. Totally Tunsie Aug 2020 #75
Can I drive my time machine? n/t Harker Aug 2020 #30
No, sorry. All real-world constraints apply. Laelth Aug 2020 #31
I'll stay home and cook mostly Asian, as usual. Harker Aug 2020 #32
Thanks for taking us along for the ride. n/t Laelth Aug 2020 #33
Any time! Harker Aug 2020 #34
Karl Strauss Brew Pub Initech Aug 2020 #35
Lucille's in Fort Worth TX a long time FW favorite yellowdogintexas Aug 2020 #36
Been there. I have family in Fort Worth, and yes! Laelth Aug 2020 #59
Shun Lee Palace on Manhattan's East Side DFW Aug 2020 #37
That one I will have to try. Thank you. Laelth Aug 2020 #60
I made it back with almost no trouble DFW Aug 2020 #70
Nick's, in Madison, CT... First Speaker Aug 2020 #38
After much deliberation, I'm going with Outback happybird Aug 2020 #39
Not a bad choice. Wide variety of relatively healthy food. Laelth Aug 2020 #56
Le Bernardin MissMillie Aug 2020 #41
We used to do one pricey dinner out every year. We did go to Le Bernardin. Not memorable... LAS14 Aug 2020 #47
Golden Corral egduj Aug 2020 #50
If I get to eat there for free, as often as I like, I agree. Laelth Aug 2020 #53
Finally picked one! :D electric_blue68 Aug 2020 #67
Finally picked one! :D electric_blue68 Aug 2020 #68
GUELAGUETZA, Baby Brother Buzz Aug 2020 #69
I'd choose Nepenthe in Big Sur, but then I'd have to go to California all the time... NNadir Aug 2020 #71
Top Of Binion's for the Chicken Fried Lobster Floyd R. Turbo Aug 2020 #74
Chicken Fried Lobster? Laelth Aug 2020 #78
It's incredible! Floyd R. Turbo Aug 2020 #84
Sounds hellish. GoneOffShore Aug 2020 #76
It's a tough choice, admittedly. n/t Laelth Aug 2020 #79
Especially because I don't do chain restaurants. And there's no place close by that's that good. GoneOffShore Aug 2020 #86
Chicago Diner in Chicago because mucifer Aug 2020 #77
I think it's interesting that nobody has chosen a pizza joint yet. Laelth Aug 2020 #80
Pizza every day could be a bit much mucifer Aug 2020 #81
I hear you. Laelth Aug 2020 #82
Lots Of Pizza Joints... ProfessorGAC Aug 2020 #89
Damn you! demmiblue Aug 2020 #83
Don't hate me. I'm getting the Soul bowl for dinner. Yours looks great, too! mucifer Aug 2020 #87
Yes, indeed (vegetarian, but on the plant-based path) demmiblue Aug 2020 #88
The Copperleaf in Burien, Washington. Aristus Aug 2020 #85
I'd go with Casa Bianca in the Eagle Rock area of Los Angeles... GReedDiamond Aug 2020 #90
This message was self-deleted by its author geralmar Aug 2020 #91

Cirque du So-What

(26,402 posts)
2. Texas de Brazil
Thu Aug 27, 2020, 07:23 PM
Aug 2020

I wouldn’t necessarily have flame-broiled steak every night. I could make a meal from their salad bar alone.

Laelth

(32,017 posts)
22. All urban, but very diverse with great-looking food.
Thu Aug 27, 2020, 08:10 PM
Aug 2020

The closest one to me is 45 miles away. That’s not too bad. Nice choice!



-Laelth

Sherman A1

(38,958 posts)
3. I would go with a local restaurant
Thu Aug 27, 2020, 07:23 PM
Aug 2020

Hendels Market in Florissant, MO. It is a old grocery store from the 1800s that has been converted into a restaurant and one that we have enjoyed for years.

Laelth

(32,017 posts)
10. You must name a specific restaurant.
Thu Aug 27, 2020, 07:33 PM
Aug 2020

Would you want Panda Express, or a local restaurant that (almost certainly) serves better food but that you can not access nationwide?

-Laelth

Generic Brad

(14,307 posts)
23. I'd prefer a local one
Thu Aug 27, 2020, 08:14 PM
Aug 2020

But I would have to relocate. The one in my town got shut down after they were busted for human trafficking.

trueblue2007

(17,445 posts)
42. Ruth's Chris Steakhouse in Portland
Fri Aug 28, 2020, 07:59 PM
Aug 2020

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Laelth

(32,017 posts)
43. There are lots of those all over the country.
Fri Aug 28, 2020, 08:01 PM
Aug 2020

In my experience, that’s reliably good eating.

Nice choice.

-Laelth

SCantiGOP

(13,924 posts)
48. But you would get to eat for only a few months
Fri Aug 28, 2020, 08:43 PM
Aug 2020

before the heart attack took you out.

Actually, I love Ruth's but my evil doctor tells me that I should severely limit red meat and alcohol. Might need to find a new doctor.

trueblue2007

(17,445 posts)
66. NOT JUST STEAK. THEY have many other choices ....
Sat Aug 29, 2020, 01:13 AM
Aug 2020

mood for chicken, fish or lighter vegetarian fare, we've got something to please every palate.
stuffed chicken breast

roasted double breast, garlic-herb cheese, lemon butter
Barbecued Shrimp Entrée

sautéed in garlic butter & bbq spices, over roasted garlic mash
sizzling crab cakes Entrée

three jumbo lump crab cakes, sizzling lemon butter
chilean sea bass*

citrus-coconut butter, sweet potato & pineapple hash
King Salmon Filet*

chef ’s seasonal preparation
lobster mac & cheese ;;; tender lobster, three cheeses, green-chile sauce


https://www.ruthschris.com/menu/dinner/

Buckeye_Democrat

(14,904 posts)
29. I'd have to pick the same.
Fri Aug 28, 2020, 04:52 AM
Aug 2020

I'm not going to name them, but there's some decent Chinese buffets around here.

I'd prefer SOME kind of buffet restaurant just for the variety, anyway!

Laelth

(32,017 posts)
44. COVID-19 may drive all buffets out of business.
Fri Aug 28, 2020, 08:05 PM
Aug 2020

It’s just a highly unsanitary way to get food. Every single serving spoon you touch could spread the virus to you and every other person who touches that spoon in a given day ... until it is thoroughly cleaned.

I like the variety that a buffet offers, but I am hesitant to eat at one during a pandemic.



-Laelth

Buckeye_Democrat

(14,904 posts)
64. Oh, in this Covid-world too? Lol.
Sat Aug 29, 2020, 12:19 AM
Aug 2020

It would have to be a restaurant that delivers. So maybe a Chinese restaurant again?

And I might be concerned about that too! I haven't ordered anything from a restaurant since February. No indoor or outdoor dining, and not even drive-through or delivery! Groceries only, and that's all been ordered through scheduled pick-ups.

I'd probably prefer a restaurant that prepared the food, quick-froze it before delivery, and followed by me reheating all of it in the oven to help kill the little buggers. Lol.

happybird

(4,853 posts)
40. Yep, they take EBT.
Fri Aug 28, 2020, 07:04 PM
Aug 2020

Mr. Redbull is outta luck, lol! He picked the local diner. They do have really good food- breakfast, lunch, and dinner options.

Laelth

(32,017 posts)
45. Honestly, a "diner" with broad geography is high on my list.
Fri Aug 28, 2020, 08:10 PM
Aug 2020

The trouble is coming up with a diner that has a broad geographic range and a moderately-healthy and reasonably diverse menu.

I am tempted to choose the Waffle House, as awful as that may sound.



https://www.wafflehouse.com/

For the record, I have not declared my choice yet.

-Laelth

happybird

(4,853 posts)
52. I love Waffle House!
Fri Aug 28, 2020, 09:14 PM
Aug 2020

We used to eat there every Saturday after my ex’s weekly doctor appointment. I always got the hash browns with cheese and ham, sometimes hot peppers and/or mushrooms, and two eggs over easy. So good.

Danmel

(5,003 posts)
6. I want to pick up every open check at a local Colombian restaurant
Thu Aug 27, 2020, 07:29 PM
Aug 2020

In a working class latin community near my home. If I won the lottery I would pick.up all the checks, a leave the wait staff a huge tip.
But alas I'm just a regular person so probably the really good sushi place nearby

Croney

(4,736 posts)
8. I guess it would be Legal Sea Foods. I remember the original one
Thu Aug 27, 2020, 07:31 PM
Aug 2020

here in Cambridge decades ago. Just some long tables and wooden benches.

Laelth

(32,017 posts)
58. I assume you mean Cambridge, MA.
Fri Aug 28, 2020, 10:15 PM
Aug 2020

Last time I was there was 1986–a debate tournament at Harvard, but I didn’t make it to Legal Sea Foods.

Curious name. What, exactly, is “legal” about their cuisine?



-Laelth

Croney

(4,736 posts)
63. Yes, MA. It was a store first, and Wikipedia says
Fri Aug 28, 2020, 10:47 PM
Aug 2020

In 1904, Harry Berkowitz opened the "Legal Cash Market" in the Inman Square neighborhood of Cambridge, Massachusetts. The name for the market came from the "Legal Stamps", also known as trading stamps, given to loyal customers.

Laelth

(32,017 posts)
11. Admittedly, that one was high on my list.
Thu Aug 27, 2020, 07:36 PM
Aug 2020

I haven’t really decided yet, but I must say that the food quality has gone down a bit over the past 20 years, so I hesitate to select Olive Garden, despite the advantage of their widespread geographic diversity.

-Laelth

Laelth

(32,017 posts)
15. Fair. I admit that there are many things I dislike about that company.
Thu Aug 27, 2020, 07:44 PM
Aug 2020

Still ... relatively healthy food and a relatively wide variety with relatively good geographic diversity.



-Laelth

unc70

(6,199 posts)
14. You didn't even require every meal there
Thu Aug 27, 2020, 07:43 PM
Aug 2020

I would probably choose a local go to restaurant in Chapel Hill, NC., 411 West Franklin. It is not the best restaurant I know, or even the best restaurant in my area, but it is a very solid dining experience day in and day out. Heavily Italian menu, with good seafood specials. Mostly locally sourced. Very good wine list. Very accommodating to special dietary needs or wants. And great service.

A friend ate dinner there nearly every evening for years until his death at near 90.

Eat at the bar and become part of the family. Come on Monday and all bottles of wine are half price. Take your leftovers home with you.

unc70

(6,199 posts)
18. I've lived in Chapel Hill since 1966
Thu Aug 27, 2020, 07:52 PM
Aug 2020

So it is a good choice. Unfortunately I have not been to any restaurant since this March. I am feeling very deprived, missing so many friends and so many good times.

Laelth

(32,017 posts)
25. Daughter and I have gotten chinese take-out twice since March.
Thu Aug 27, 2020, 08:39 PM
Aug 2020

We’ve had Vietnamese twice too, but that’s it. I admit to missing a little restaurant food.

-Laelth

CloudWatcher

(1,869 posts)
17. Rio Grande (in Boulder and 3 other locations)
Thu Aug 27, 2020, 07:48 PM
Aug 2020

The food is decent, but their margaritas would keep me happy for many many years. Well ... at least until my liver failed

Laelth

(32,017 posts)
19. Nice choice.
Thu Aug 27, 2020, 07:52 PM
Aug 2020

I hadn’t considered whether or not alcoholic beverages would be included in the restaurant lottery, but I see no reason why not. If so, that might change some people’s choices and preferences.

Either way, I know where to go when I am next in Boulder. Thanks!



-Laelth

Response to Laelth (Original post)

rurallib

(62,667 posts)
26. We ave such a dearth of good restaurants in the midwest
Thu Aug 27, 2020, 08:55 PM
Aug 2020

I'd have to do some traveling and tasting. Nothing around here sounds like a candidate for me.

Laelth

(32,017 posts)
46. Ever tried Skyline Chili?
Fri Aug 28, 2020, 08:24 PM
Aug 2020

I don’t know if there’s one near you, but my friends in college used to love it. For my part, I wouldn’t eat it.

-Laelth

rurallib

(62,667 posts)
49. Well I live in Iowa, but in my working days I had to visit Cincinnati frequently
Fri Aug 28, 2020, 08:46 PM
Aug 2020

And I love chili. But not Skyline Chili. I thought it was awful.
There was a competing Chili restaurant there in the 90s whose name I forget. They were pretty decent.
There was also a pizza chain called Edwardo's that was really good.

Iowa - because of its small population I guess - just doesn't have much in really good food. There is a place in Ames called Hickory Park which is really good.

Maybe I am too picky.

Laelth

(32,017 posts)
51. Do you have Runze there where you are?
Fri Aug 28, 2020, 09:12 PM
Aug 2020

That’s probably my favorite fast food from the plains. Admittedly, I haven’t been to many local places.

-Laelth

rurallib

(62,667 posts)
54. no I think I have heard of it and it is in Nebraska
Fri Aug 28, 2020, 09:24 PM
Aug 2020

Runza's is a Nebraska restaurant chain with a couple of stores in far western Iowa. heard they were delicious.

csziggy

(34,156 posts)
27. Ted's Montana Grill
Fri Aug 28, 2020, 01:10 AM
Aug 2020

There are only a few of these, started by Ted Turner (who started CNN) to sell bison raised on his ranch. The locations for the chain originally were places where Ted owned land - that is the only reason there is one in Tallahassee. He owns a plantation in Jefferson County and has to fly into Tallahassee to get there.

The menu is American, and ranges from bison and beef steaks and burgers, to chicken, fish, and, one of my favorite, bison stew. The food is good, made fresh, and there is enough variety to keep me happy.

That said, I would probably eat there only a few times a month, even if meals were free every day. We live about twelve miles away and it's just too much hassle to dress and drive into town to eat out regularly. Heck, the closest place to get a meal is two miles away at the country store (the smoked sausages they have been selling out of the same building for a hundred years are world famous and they also smoke their own bacon!). Next closest places are five or six miles by road, but I seldom go out.

Ted's is where my husband and I go out for our birthday and anniversary dinners and I'd just as soon keep it a special place that we seldom indulge in.

jmowreader

(50,806 posts)
28. Sarge's Deli in New York City
Fri Aug 28, 2020, 04:41 AM
Aug 2020

Okay, I would only get to eat there about one week a year, but Sarge's it is.

1. History. Sarge's is one of the first 24-hour eateries in the City. It was founded by a retired NYPD sergeant (hence the name) named Katz, who is no relation to the family who founded Katz's Deli. Until 2020, the only time it ever closed was after a huge fire.

2. Food quality. It's exceptional. Make sure to get the Fresh Fruit Cup.

3. Portion size. Sarge's offers a line of "Combination Sandwiches." They cost $25. Do not, whatever you do, order a Combination Sandwich unless you're with someone. These things are two-person meals. They also have a sandwich called The Monster, which costs $50 and has corned beef, pastrami, roast beef, fresh turkey, salami, sliced tomatoes, lettuce, cole slaw and Russian dressing. I believe they bring it to you with a forklift. The regular size sandwiches are plenty for one person, and make a fine supper. A slice of Sarge's cheesecake is at least twice the size of the average slice, and is very light and fluffy.

4. "Real New York-ness." Now that Carnegie Deli is gone, there are basically two true old-school Jewish delis left in the City. Katz's is where all the tourists go. My Idaho accent gets me looked at REAL strange when I eat at Sarges, because that's where the locals go.

5. Genuine Tiffany lamps.

Laelth

(32,017 posts)
57. What a superb, informative reply! Thank you.
Fri Aug 28, 2020, 10:07 PM
Aug 2020

When I next visit New York, Sarge’s it is! I am hungry already. I may over-order, but I assume it’s not socially unacceptable to take half a sandwich home.



-Laelth

jmowreader

(50,806 posts)
61. Sarge's is on 3rd Avenue
Fri Aug 28, 2020, 10:34 PM
Aug 2020

What I normally do is take the subway to Grand Central Terminal, walk East to 3rd, then go south. Sarge’s is on the west side of the street and has a door canopy.

Totally Tunsie

(10,885 posts)
75. Sure miss the Carnegie Deli.
Sun Aug 30, 2020, 05:16 AM
Aug 2020

The Omni Park Central was usually our base when in NYC, and it was just a couple of doors up from the Carnegie. I still dream of their pastrami, mac and cheese, and cheesecake. Yummmmm.

Laelth

(32,017 posts)
31. No, sorry. All real-world constraints apply.
Fri Aug 28, 2020, 09:10 AM
Aug 2020

But, frankly, I would still like to hear what restaurant from the past you would choose if you could.

-Laelth

Harker

(14,388 posts)
32. I'll stay home and cook mostly Asian, as usual.
Fri Aug 28, 2020, 09:34 AM
Aug 2020

If I were firing up the time machine, though, I'd enjoy taking my sweetie to 1122 Pearl St., Boulder, CO, circa 1973 - and buying a meal ticket for Hanna Kroger's restaurant upstairs from New Age Foods.

Plenty of tasty, creative, vegetarian entrees, soups, and salads for very little money.

It's decades (and 1700 miles) away, but it was very nice to remember it. Thanks for the mind trip!

yellowdogintexas

(22,444 posts)
36. Lucille's in Fort Worth TX a long time FW favorite
Fri Aug 28, 2020, 03:19 PM
Aug 2020

Well known for its prime rib and excellent Margaritas, Lucille's offers fine pasta dishes, salads, steaks and seafood.
The house dressing is a fabulous Blue cheese vinegarette.

I'd eat there once a month if I could afford it so this offer would do the trick!

Laelth

(32,017 posts)
59. Been there. I have family in Fort Worth, and yes!
Fri Aug 28, 2020, 10:24 PM
Aug 2020

That’s good food, but if I were locked into a single restaurant in that area, I would probably choose La Madeleine or El Fenix (the best Tex-Mex I have ever eaten).

Lots of good choices in Fort Worth.



-Laelth

DFW

(55,186 posts)
37. Shun Lee Palace on Manhattan's East Side
Fri Aug 28, 2020, 04:45 PM
Aug 2020

I love northern Chinese cuisine, and their hot and sour soup, Szechuan eggplant and Beijing duck are the best I've ever had.

Good thing I don't live in NYC. I'd be broke, but happy!

Laelth

(32,017 posts)
60. That one I will have to try. Thank you.
Fri Aug 28, 2020, 10:31 PM
Aug 2020

Must be good to get a recommendation from someone living in Germany.

I assume you made it “home” safely and with minimal hassle after your visit to the states.

-Laelth

DFW

(55,186 posts)
70. I made it back with almost no trouble
Sat Aug 29, 2020, 04:13 AM
Aug 2020

Lufthansa had trouble finding my bags, and I spent two hours at baggage claim, hearing that they would show up in 5 to 10 minutes. I forgot that they meant 5 to 10 minutes EBT (European Bureaucratic Time), where each of their minutes is ten of ours. I then had to drag my two large suitcases and two handbags through the airport to the airport train station to get my (now re-booked) train up to Düsseldorf. First, I had to get the mandatory virus test, without which I had to self-quarantine for two weeks. The registering for that took half almost half an hour, and when I got done, I had 12 minutes before my train left. The testing place said, yeah, you can forget making that. But I was very cooperative and they suddenly became cooperative, too, and I made my train with two minutes to spare. It was 20 minutes late getting to Düsseldorf (it's an 85 minute trip if on time, which it rarely is), but my wife waited for me.

Sure enough, the test result (negative) was sent to me online within 24 hours as promised (non-government agency), and I was able to travel three days later. I had a backlog of stuff to do, so I was grateful for the speedy result. I was also at the U.S. consulate in Frankfurt to apply for a new passport, since mine expires in January, and Washington said it would take 4 months minimum to get a new one in the States. Frankfurt said 4 weeks, and I could keep my old passport in the meantime if I needed it for work. But when I got to the consulate, they said the rules had changed (thanks for letting us all know), and I had to give them my passport after all. I asked what I could use in the meantime, and they gave me a document signed by the consul general saying I had applied for a new one, and attached it to a photocopy of my current one. It might be OK with internal EU border guards, but who wants to find out if it isn't? I need to get down to France soon, and they are having a big new Covid-19 outbreak, and check the ID of everyone coming into Paris from outside France. Who knows if they'll let me in, or out again as a US citizen without a passport? I have my valid German residence ID, but it states clearly on it, only valid with US passport so-and-so, which I of course no longer have. So far, except for travel within Germany, I have only been to the Netherlands and Belgium, and they were no problem.

The Shun Lee Palace on East 55th street (at 3rd) has been one of my favorites for 40 years now. The former owner, "Patrick" has retired, but some of the old staff is still there, and, luckily, the quality of the food hasn't diminished. They make their own hot and sour soup (pretty strong), and have their own in-house recipe for hoi sin sauce for the duck, of which I haven't tasted the equivalent anywhere. The baby eggplant Szechuan style is to die for. Other favorite dishes of mine are the prawns and broccoli in Chinese curry (don't know if they still do that), hu-nan filet mignon (I'm not supposed to eat beef, but I make an exception here), chan-do chicken, Szechuan scallops, and "slippery" chicken, which is shredded meat with spinach. The lemon chicken has no kick to it, but a nice fruity flavor that is seldom duplicated. I NEVER tire of eating there. I haven't been there since January, but I don't think they have closed down.

When I'm in NY for a week (usually in January), I'm usually there at least three times.

First Speaker

(4,858 posts)
38. Nick's, in Madison, CT...
Fri Aug 28, 2020, 04:57 PM
Aug 2020

...right on the Post Road, soon after you cross into town from Guilford. I *hope* it's still in existence--God knows these days, and I haven't been out that way since this all started. But it's small, intimate, and has the best cheap--ten-dollar range--meal specials you can imagine. Heavenly roast beef, the best broccoli in the universe, beef stew to die for, chicken cutlets... Every time I go, I frown and tell myself, *this* time I'm actually going to look at the menu. But there's something on their specials board that I *have* to have...LOL...

happybird

(4,853 posts)
39. After much deliberation, I'm going with Outback
Fri Aug 28, 2020, 07:00 PM
Aug 2020

They’re everywhere, and I’ve never had a bad meal there. The steaks are good, plus they have chicken, shrimp, pasta, salads, that yummy brown bread with honey butter, ribs, the mighty blooming onion, steamed veggies, salmon, various sides and apps. And bacon. Bacon is very important. As a contest winner/regular customer, if I asked nicely, I’m sure they could whip me up a BLT. Or a salmon BLT. Yum.

I’m sure I’d get sick of everything eventually, regardless of the wide variety, but I think that would be true of any restaurant.

Laelth

(32,017 posts)
56. Not a bad choice. Wide variety of relatively healthy food.
Fri Aug 28, 2020, 09:55 PM
Aug 2020

Pretty wide geographic diversity as well, but I always found their steaks too salty/peppery. The exploded onions is the bomb, but it’s probably really bad for my cholesterol levels.

-Laelth

LAS14

(13,915 posts)
47. We used to do one pricey dinner out every year. We did go to Le Bernardin. Not memorable...
Fri Aug 28, 2020, 08:36 PM
Aug 2020

... I think too crowded, but that may have been a different Manhattan big deal restaurant.

Laelth

(32,017 posts)
53. If I get to eat there for free, as often as I like, I agree.
Fri Aug 28, 2020, 09:19 PM
Aug 2020

I want moderately healthy (at least) and a wide variety.

But I hesitate to choose a buffet for reasons I spelled out earlier in the thread. COVID-19 may drive all buffets out of business. It’s just a highly unsanitary way to get food. Every single serving spoon you touch could spread the virus to you and every other person who touches that spoon in a given day ... until it is thoroughly cleaned.

I like the variety that a buffet offers, but I am hesitant to eat at one during a pandemic.



-Laelth

electric_blue68

(15,727 posts)
67. Finally picked one! :D
Sat Aug 29, 2020, 01:28 AM
Aug 2020
Kismet in upper Washington Heights (sometimes known as Hudson Heights).

It's been making good North Indian food (with a bit of regional fare, I think) for over 20 years now!

It's just one neighborhood away from me, and it has an all you can eat Sunday Brunch Buffet! Well maaybe not that particular offering for the moment- but we will get a vaccine. Yes!

Should that fold I'd then go to

Amy Ruth’s. 2619. $$Southern, Soul Food. (212) 280-8779. 113 W 116th St. Harlem. …

Serving wonderful Soul Food for years now! Fried Chicken, Corn Bread, a thick crunchy topped Mac & Cheese. Then I think I vary the 2nd side.
Since I love Chinese Spare Ribs - I stick w the fried chicken bc it's some thing I wouldn't cook myself. I'm happy to pay someone else to do the work!

Hopefully it will make it through covid19, and I'll be there by next Late Spring 2021.

electric_blue68

(15,727 posts)
68. Finally picked one! :D
Sat Aug 29, 2020, 01:30 AM
Aug 2020
Kismet in upper Washington Heights (sometimes known as Hudson Heights) in NYC, Manhattan.

It's been making good North Indian food (with a bit of regional fare, I think) for over 20 years now!
It's just one neighborhood away from me, and it has an all you can eat Sunday Brunch Buffet! Well maaybe not that particular offering for the moment- but we will get a vaccine. Yes! I'm hoping to stop there this Sunday for take out, or Monday at last after my first visit finally to a park (Ft Tryon) this year!

Should that fold I'd then go to

Amy Ruth’s. 2619. $$Southern, Soul Food. (212) 280-8779. 113 W 116th St. Harlem. …

Serving wonderful Soul Food for years now! Fried Chicken, Corn Bread, a thick crunchy topped Mac & Cheese. Then I think I vary the 2nd side.
Since I love Chinese Spare Ribs - I stick w the fried chicken bc it's some thing I wouldn't cook myself. I'm happy to pay someone else to do the work!

Hopefully it will make it through covid19, and I'll be there by next Late Spring 2021. Happy Thoughts!

NNadir

(33,678 posts)
71. I'd choose Nepenthe in Big Sur, but then I'd have to go to California all the time...
Sat Aug 29, 2020, 08:45 AM
Aug 2020

...which means it's probably not worth it.

There's a nice little family restaurant on the border of Ewing and Trenton NJ, small little family Italian Restaurant, just a warm place, BYOB, Sal Deforte's.

We don't go to restaurants very often, and in the days of Covid, never, but I just really like the quiet, Italian American ambiance, no flash, no nonsense, very nice people, reasonably priced food that's quite good.

Floyd R. Turbo

(27,420 posts)
74. Top Of Binion's for the Chicken Fried Lobster
Sat Aug 29, 2020, 01:22 PM
Aug 2020


Hold the veggies and give me a side of Filet Mignon! 😋

Laelth

(32,017 posts)
78. Chicken Fried Lobster?
Sun Aug 30, 2020, 12:07 PM
Aug 2020

That’s a new one on me.

Can I find a “Top of Binion’s” anywhere outside of Las Vegas?



-Laelth

GoneOffShore

(17,381 posts)
86. Especially because I don't do chain restaurants. And there's no place close by that's that good.
Sun Aug 30, 2020, 01:33 PM
Aug 2020

Just because I live in France now, doesn't mean that the food is always amazing. Fresh, but sometimes pretty boring.

mucifer

(23,825 posts)
77. Chicago Diner in Chicago because
Sun Aug 30, 2020, 06:33 AM
Aug 2020

It's a vegetarian restaurant. Everything on the menu can be vegan which I am and the food is so good.
http://www.veggiediner.com/menus/

Laelth

(32,017 posts)
80. I think it's interesting that nobody has chosen a pizza joint yet.
Sun Aug 30, 2020, 12:15 PM
Aug 2020

I figured there would be at least one Chicagoan craving a lifetime supply of deep dish. Vegetarian out of Chicago is not what I expected, but to each one’s own.



-Laelth

Laelth

(32,017 posts)
82. I hear you.
Sun Aug 30, 2020, 12:25 PM
Aug 2020

But the question, here, is not “what do you want to eat every day for the rest of your life?,” but, rather, “what do you want to get for free whenever you have a hankering for it?” (assuming that you can access it—a factor that’s built into the scenario).

I still haven’t chosen. This is a tough one.



-Laelth

ProfessorGAC

(66,659 posts)
89. Lots Of Pizza Joints...
Sun Aug 30, 2020, 05:11 PM
Aug 2020

...do good Italian food, too. Alternate beef, chicken, veggie (eggplant), and sausage, with three different sauces.
Then add beef & sausage sandwiches.
A good pizza joint could be a really good choice because it would provide variety!
We have 2 around here. One about 4 blocks away & another in the next town west.
My wife & I would be pleased eating at either every day.

mucifer

(23,825 posts)
87. Don't hate me. I'm getting the Soul bowl for dinner. Yours looks great, too!
Sun Aug 30, 2020, 04:16 PM
Aug 2020

So many more choices for us than years ago.!!

demmiblue

(37,217 posts)
88. Yes, indeed (vegetarian, but on the plant-based path)
Sun Aug 30, 2020, 04:41 PM
Aug 2020

There is a vegan restaurant in the D that is run by Black women who highlight soul food fare. That is on my restaurant bucket-list.

Beans and greens (and a lot more).

Aristus

(67,034 posts)
85. The Copperleaf in Burien, Washington.
Sun Aug 30, 2020, 12:59 PM
Aug 2020

It's a very nice, farm-to-table restaurant with an extraordinary seasonal menu. The dishes are all rather unusual, always made from the best and freshest ingredients.

The have an excellent wine cellar, and offer sterling recommendations for pairing with the various dishes.

At the changing of the season, they shut down the restaurant for one full day while the chef discusses his new dishes with the staff. They sample each item on the menu and get a full briefing on it, in order to be able to explain the dishes to patrons.

They have a pastry chef who provides exquisite little hors d'oeuvres as palate cleansers between courses. Each diner is provided with a little wooden tray with containers of various kinds of salts (yes, there's more than one kind) for seasoning their meals to taste. These are rarely needed, as the food is beyond compare.

Every meal is finished off with a small aperitif glass of house-made ginger soda as a final palate cleanser.

I could eat there for every meal, every day for the rest of my life...


GReedDiamond

(5,331 posts)
90. I'd go with Casa Bianca in the Eagle Rock area of Los Angeles...
Sun Aug 30, 2020, 06:18 PM
Aug 2020

...which is right next to me in Pasadena.

The best pizza in all of the L.A. area, at least.

They were featured on Vice TV's "Pizza Show."

If you get tired of pizza, they have all the usual Italian favorites.

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