Post by dorothyinAus on Aug 7, 2017 4:45:15 GMT -5
This has made me homesick and hungry!
Hole-in-the-wall/diner: I'm taking this as neighborhood restaurants rather than strictly hole-in-the-wall places or diners. Frankie & Johnny's in New Orleans, the bell pepper rings are worth the trip, and I love being able to get beans & rice any day of the week. My local cafe is great and does excellent hot dogs using house-made or locally sources sausages and house-made brioche buns; and I get free refills on my teapot!
Burgers or Veggie Burgers: There is a hole-in-the-wall burger place on one of the laneways in Melbourne that is excellent, but I don't know it's name, only how to get there. In New Orleans, nothing can beat Port of Call's burgers.
Place you go back to again and again (or wish you could): Superior Grill in New Orleans, Tony Mandina's in New Orleans, and quite few restaurants that "Ain't Dere No More" in both New Orleans (damn Katrina!) and Melbourne
Asian (any sort): I'm partial to a couple of no-frills Thai places with limited, but really good menus; one in New Orleans, and one outside Melbourne
Vegetarian: I've only ever been to one strictly vegetarian restaurant, and it was awful -- the food was still frozen, the service as terrible and it was overcharging for what it was. That said, Lenten sacrifices have taught me to think outside the box when it comes to vegetarian meals, especially in New Orleans where seafood restaurants are booked on Friday nights. Middle Eastern, Mexican, Chinese and/or Pan-Asian, and all-day breakfast places are great options for vegetarian meals, and not really crowded on Fridays.
Unique: Plum Street Sno-Balls -- I have never seen another place like it outside of New Orleans. Everyone should try snowballs at least once (and they are different than shave ice or snow cones); and Morning Call has the best beignets anywhere
High End: Commander's Palace for elegance & personal service; Galatoire's for it's history and the classic seafood dishes; both for the stability in that they never change.
I'm going to go with London for this one, since there's no shortage of great restaurants there. Plus I know mrsukyankee loves good food and might want to check some of these out. I left pubs out of this list because I feel like they could have their own list.
Disclaimer: I always lived north of the river, so I'm sure I missed out on a ton of great joints in the south.
Hole-in-the-wall/diner: Sid's on Lamb's Conduit - serves a great full English.
Burgers or Veggie Burgers: Dirty Burger in Kentish Town
Place you go back to again and again (or wish you could): PJ's Bar and Grill in Chelsea
Asian (any sort): Banh Mi Bay Café in Holborn (Vietnamese), Khan's in Bayswater (Indian)
Vegetarian: I've always wanted to go to one of Ottolenghi's restaurants, but sadly never made it.
Unique: Honey & Co, which isn't strictly unique, but serves some of the best Middle Eastern food around. There are tons of restaurants all trying to "out unique" each other in hipster Shoreditch, but I haven't been to many of them. Oh! I did once eat at the Big Red Bus in Deptford, a pizza place in a double decker.
High End: Can't go wrong with The Savoy, although I had a very good dinner at Chutney Mary shortly before I left.
Hole-in-the-wall/diner: there's a great local diner type restaurant in Temple Fortune called Delisserie. OMG. Seriously the best breakfasts ever. And if you want hash...mmm. Burgers or Veggie Burgers: Hache Burgers - it's a chain but they make amazing steak burgers and great fries Place you go back to again and again (or wish you could): we found an amazing little Italian place between Golders Green and West Hampstead that is inexpensive but fabulous called Giacomo's Asian (any sort): My favourite Asian is also quite high end - Benares, Mayfair. My favourite cheap and cheerful is Brilliant in Southall. Vegetarian: My favourite veg place is also Indian. We go for dosas. Chennai Srilalitha in Kenton. Unique: La Bodega Negra - it's a Mexican restaurant that mascarades as a sex shop, from the outside in. It's weird! High End: I've been lucky to have some great high end meals in London, but the Hélène Darroze at The Connaught was my absolute favourite. The food and service was divine.
Hole-in-the-wall: Bubba's Texas Burger Shack (Houston) Burgers: Kverneriet (Oslo) Place you go back to again and again (or wish you could): Salt Lick BBQ (Austin) Asian (any sort): I can't even choose a favorite sort of Asian food, so this is way too hard. Vegetarian: Tianchu Miaoxiang (Beijing) Unique: Ninja Akasaka (Tokyo) High End: It's been too long since I've had a truly amazing high-end meal.