What is your favorite... Restaurant?

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What is your favorite... Restaurant?

Hi all,

It was a kinda rough week this week, but with lots of acomplishments and happy things. So, in some hours, me, hubby, our BFFs and one of my partners in my craft business, her husband and children are going to a Japanese restaurant to celebrate the end of this stage and the beginning of the end of the year. We found this restaurant when I was about to take my road trip and was longing to have some japanese food because I knew there were none where I was going, and it´s a lovely place. And this weekend we found a fantastic hamburger house too.

So, what is your favorite restaurant? How it´s like there? (It´s cozy? Busy? Cheap? Expensive? What kind of food do you eat there? What do you like about this restaurant?)

My favorite restaurant is about 45 minutes from where I live. It's an Indian restaurant called India Palace and it's absolutely fantastic. It's run by a family from India so it's very authentic. The staff is wonderful. The food is phenomenal, it's very cozy and has lots of authentic decor from India. Some of my favorites are gulab jamun, mango ice cream and mango pudding, kheer, naan, curry, chicken tikka masala and more wonderful dishes I can't think of right now! But wow did I make myself hungry! smiley

Most of my favorite restaurants have closed (either due to lack of business, retirement or co. decision)... smiley I tend to like to go to quaint, out-of-the way restaurants with gourmet or eclectic food & maybe even 5-course meals (so you can sample a variety of things). There aren't a lot of options like that where I live now, but if I want to travel to Burlington, VT I can find restaurants like that (and a lot of different ethnic fare) - only not quaint & out-of-the-way.

One of the places I liked going to, as a young adult (it is still in operation), was called "Pickety Place." It wasn't too far from where I went to college & was in the middle of nowhere. They had beautiful flower & herb gardens, offered cooking classes, and at certain times of the year you could eat outdoors. Any chance I could go there, I would (for me it was a "special occasion" place, as they were a bit pricey). I loved their unique dishes, made with ingredients they grew, their herbed butters & so forth.

When we leave NC, I will miss this Japanese restaurant called Oki's. I get their Bento Box B, which comes with teriyaki salmon, gyoza (Japanese pot sticker/dumpling), and shrimp tempura. It's SO not gluten free, so I take a digestive enzyme pill, indulge, and tell myself it's ok. It really is a weakness of mine, but I LOVE it!
I will also miss Morgan's Tavern. They have this chicken salad that is served on a half of a pineapple, surrounded by grapes and melon. It is just fantastic.

Back home in Kansas City, I love Chipotle. They don't have any where I am now and I miss it. I also miss a breakfast place called First Watch. I can get GF with ease and the people are SO nice. And I love Chick-Fil-A because I can get GF fast food without worrying so much about cross contamination. I love it when I am in the drive thru asking for a filet with no bun and they ask "do you have an allergy?" Love love LOVE that!!

Honestly, though, with me being GF, I really prefer to cook at home. I miss my grocery store back home in KC: Hy-Vee. They have the BEST GF selection - SO much better than what I can get here. And I miss Whole Foods, too. I have found that I can cook most everything I enjoy to eat better or the same as restaurants, so I'd just rather cook at home since cooking is artsy for me. smiley

Mollie: would that be Oki's in Havelock??

Being new to town, I don't have a favorite place yet. But I'm hopeful that there are some good options. There seem to be lots of cute micro breweries and pubs around.

Since we've moved to the suburbs and have the three young 'uns we don't get to hit up the fancy restaurants too often, but we do try to take the kids out at least once a week so that I get a break from cooking and they have a chance to practice being on their best behavior. The boys pick Mexican food pretty regularly.
My favorite is going with a group for tapas. You need more than two people so that you can try more things and not appear too gluttonous.
If you're ever in Chicago and want good tapas, Ba-ba-reeba in Lincoln Park is a good place to try.

Our family favorite is pizza. We live near Madison, Wisconsin, and there is a GREAT pizzaria we love to go to. Our favorite is called the "fugettaboutit". Fresh mozzarella and italian meats, onions, olives and topped with beautiful green arugula! Yum! And afterwards we all share a slice of their cheesecake. It is to die for! They have started to call my three year old son, Mr. Cheesecake. Every once in awhile they even give it to us free!

This thread is making me hungry!

I would say "Olive Garden " smiley

Bellagio here is a small family owned Italian place. Its a lil bit on the higher end but they make the best pasta dishes there and I love Italian food!!

We have a little 'hole in the wall' restaurant here called Digby's and it has the greatest fish and chips with all you can eat on Tuesdays and even cheaper they offer a meal for two for under $20 Canadian. Fish and chips is one thing I won't make at home so it's a treat once a month for us to go in.

I don't have a favorite I just love sampling different foods from different places. I would love to do this as a job writing reviews and such. I think that would the best job ever.

My absolute favorite restaurant is the Olive Garden! I just love Italian food, and their fried calamari is AMAZING!

Here in Santos in Brazil? I can say that the get-together is an excellent restaurant with steak and Almeida is a good place to eat in general.

My most fav restaurant is where my best friend and her husband took us once right after we both got married and found out we were pregnant. She came to tellme guess what I am pregnant I said us too. Then she said and guess what we went down to court house and got married I said us too LOL And its mainly Italian food bu I sooo love there shrimp with Marinara sauce sooooo freaking yummy on some angel hair pasta!!

El Chico's is my all-time favorite Tex-Mex chain restaurant. We used to have one here in my town, but it closed a few years ago. The nearest one is 45+ miles away, but since my company has a branch there, I sometimes get a chance to visit my favorite restaurant! I always think about ordering a double order and taking some home for the next day. With two teen boys and a husband, I don't think the leftovers would make it to the second day!

I love eating Chinese food, and there is one restaurant that my mom used to always take us. It was one we celebrated many occasions at. My mom passed away 2 years ago at 56, due to an allergic reaction to an osteoporosis medication. It was hard for me to go back there the first time; however now when I go, I feel like she is there with me.

I enjoy Red Lobster on our "5" year anniversaries . Seafood is wonderful! Other times I like Cracker Barrel. When there I eat the lemon trout.

Sharilynn, I don't know how I missed your response, but YES, that would be Oki's in Havelock!

I love a cozy atmosphere... With a great choice of food and of course wine! There is a great little place up the road form where I stay Olive Bistro, they have an amazing choice of gourmet pizzas (and other choices burgers, pastas etc) and they are super affordable and haven't disappointed me yet... They also have a choice of drinks from craft beer to boutique wines that don't wreck the pocket....

I love the Pizza Factory, which is halfway nice and halfway casual. The food is great. They sell pizza and pasta.

I love Red Lobster. I only ever get to go there when I'm in Alberta! Which is not often.

I like The Fish Market in Birmingham, AL, which is about an hour from me. We found it when I was having to go to Children's Hospital monthly for doctors appointments and having lunch there gave me something to look foward too. It's pretty casual and the prices aren't bad. The food is fantastic.

No way can I choose just one!!
For Greek there is the Grecian Key, seafood-the Sandpiper, Chinese-Chang's Garden, and for Mexican-El Herradaro or El Caporal. I'm and equal opportunity food enthusiast! smiley

I like my own kitchen. Does that count? LOL I'm very picky in the sense I don't trust other people's cooking, especially when it comes to Italian food. I am so critical that, in 2000, when we ate at Wolfgang Puck's restaurant at Disney World I returned my Fettuccine Alfredo. The sauce was so disgusting and nowhere near what I'd call Alfredo, while the noodles were, in my opinion, undercooked. The Italian restaurants at World Showcase are exquisite! I also love Friendly's for their ice cream and sundaes. As you could probably guess, I don't eat-out very often.

For my family - we love a Chinese restaurant in my hometown. For just Hubby and Myself - we usually like either a steak place, a seafood place, or Mexican (He started talking to me about marriage in a Mexican restaurant)

I would say Cracker Barrel until recently (Thanksgiving Eve) I became frustrated with them enough to maybe not eat there now as often. smiley
But the reason my favorite and it could be any place I guess that serves an AWESOME breakfast any hours they are open. If I'm in the mood that's our run to place. smiley

We go out regularly....my husband feels i need a break a lot hahahaha or maybe he just doesn't like my cooking LOL.
We go Chinese, Mexican, Greek, Pizza, Spare ribs mjammie.....Oh my its 10 past six in the morning and i have a craving for a large portion of honey spare ribs where the meat just falls of of the ribs....mmmmmmm

I liked a restaurant that had Dutch Kitchen, but unfortunatelly it has closed a few weeks ago. I also like Mexican Corn Soup - I can´t have enough smiley Also I love to eat chinese food.

@Jacquie: b'wahahaha My husband and I have a similar routine some weeks... to y'alls but our thing is when he says "what ya cookin' for dinner?" means we're going out because he's too tired to cook and he knows after 14 yrs of marriage if I haven't by the time he gets home, I'm not going to (and the fact I was the oldest of 7 siblings and a single parent home, I don't cook a whole LOT now-a-days) LoL