Best local restaurants, tell me.

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by Gutwrench, Feb 19, 2013.

  1. Gutwrench Contributor


    Jan 2, 2011
    What are the best restaurants in your area?

    Pls post the area.

    Suggested categories:
    Best day-to-day choice?
    Best Asian?
    Best BBQ:
    Best Burger?
    Best Steak?
    Best fine dining?
    Best business lunch?


    Twin Cities.

    Best Asian is Mandarin Kitchen in Bloomington.

    Favorite restaurant is Minneapolis Fogo De Chao (chainish, I know).

    Best steak: We usually don't eat steak anywhere but at home but Kincaids and the Twin City Grill (Mall of America, yeah MOA) have pretty decent filet mignon.
  2. eric/ Guest


    Sep 19, 2011
    Ohio, United States
    Cool thread:

    Best Coffeehouse


    Best burritos/late night drunk person food

    Big Mama's Burritos

    Literally the best burritos I've had in my life, bar none. And late at night you'll find many an Athenian stumbling down the street covered in burrito residue
  3. stonyc macrumors 65816


    Feb 15, 2005
    Mostly Ann Arbor and some Metro Detroit Area

    Suggested categories:
    Best day-to-day choice? Zingerman's Roadhouse (selection is very diverse and specials change weekly)
    Best Asian? My one exception to the area, Chinn Chinn in Mattawan (just outside of Kalamazoo), Rich JC, Tomukun or No Thai (Ann Arbor), Peking House (Royal Oak)
    Best BBQ: Slow's (not even a contest)
    Best Burger? Jolly Pumpkin, Grizzly Peak, Blimpy Burger are all solid choices but my hands-down favorite is Frita Batido's
    Best Steak? Chop House, Knight's (neighborhood favorite)
    Best fine dining? The Grange, Vinology, Pacific Rim
    Best business lunch? Zingerman's Roadhouse, Pizza House

    Added a category:
    Best Pizza: Pizza House
  4. Squilly macrumors 68020


    Nov 17, 2012
    There's not a lot of special restaurants in my area, mostly chains. Wawa, Texas Roadhouse....
  5. yg17 macrumors G5


    Aug 1, 2004
    St. Louis, MO
    I don't have a strong opinion on most of the categories, but for St. Louis:

    Best burger: Fatted Calf, closely followed by Blueberry Hill (although BH might win for the atmosphere). Honorable mention for Seamus McDaniels
    Best BBQ: Pappys, Bogarts
  6. Toppa G's macrumors 6502

    Jun 19, 2003
    The exurbs, MN
    Also from the Twin Cities:

    Best day-to-day choice? Erbert & Gerbert's is a delicious chain sandwich shop - the soup is tasty, especially in the cold weather
    Best Asian? Not a connoisseur, so I either hit up one of the local buffets or Leann Chin
    Best BBQ: I'm a big fan of Baker's Ribs - they have 9 TX locations and one in MN
    Best Burger? Lions Tap
    Best Steak? I've only had it once, but Manny's makes a good steak :)
    Best business lunch? Jimmy's in Minnetonka is solid
  7. twietee macrumors 603


    Jan 24, 2012
    For Munich, I'd choose the Ruffini. Great to have breakfast on Sundays. Best cakes in the whole town, too. Good restaurant to dine as well. Best thing is, it' has a nice terrace, mixed clients and is collectively run, so great atmosphere all around. Hmm, now I'm hungry.
  8. MattG macrumors 68040


    May 27, 2003
    Asheville, NC
    SW Florida here.

    Best Breakfast: Skillets

    Everything is scratch-made. They make all their bread, scones, homemade corned-beef hash (not that dog-food looking stuff from the can), and they have the best bacon.

    There's a reason this place is always packed...
  9. Toppa G's macrumors 6502

    Jun 19, 2003
    The exurbs, MN
    Hm, might need to try that when in FMB later this year.
  10. jkim3691 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 8, 2011
    I'm from the DMV and am often in different places so my suggestions will be scattered all over the place. I love eating and my friends love eating so we're always out together.

    Best BBQ: Chaps or Andy Nelson's. Great pit beef, and all that good stuff.
    Best Burger: Shake Shack in D.C. Famously known for being in NY but if you haven't had it before, seriously go out right this instant and get it. If you're looking for a small mom and pop shop, try Burger Bros. Great little burger place with quality food every time.
  11. silentownage001 macrumors regular

    Dec 1, 2011
    Pappys is good. I went there a few times when my brother was in St. Louis
  12. firedept macrumors 603


    Jul 8, 2011
    Edmoton, Alberta

    Sawmill Restaurant - Great Steaks
    Tony Roma's Ribs
  13. Gutwrench thread starter Contributor


    Jan 2, 2011
    Can't disagree with Manny's. good choice.
  14. mobilehaathi macrumors G3


    Aug 19, 2008
    The Anthropocene
    Good god Pizza House is awful. Go to Silvio's.
  15. stonyc macrumors 65816


    Feb 15, 2005
    Technically, no pizza in Ann Arbor holds a candle to Chicago or the East Coast. Although Mani Osteria is starting to change my mind.

    Which reminds me...

    Best Pizza: Mani Osteria

  16. mobilehaathi macrumors G3


    Aug 19, 2008
    The Anthropocene
    Ok that's a very fine choice!:)
  17. stonyc macrumors 65816


    Feb 15, 2005
    Yeah, I had totally forgotten about Mani.. :eek:
  18. snberk103 macrumors 603

    Oct 22, 2007
    An Island in the Salish Sea
    Problem with living in small community... not a lot of choice. But glad I am not on Lasqueti Island (though it's close by.) A cafe... Mary Jane's. A pub and restaurant in the local small hotel - restaurant is open 3 evenings a week in the slow season...


    In my community -
    Best Coffee... take your pick, we are awash in coffee shops.
    Best French Pastry - the French Pastry shop. In a small community names are not really that important.
    Best Ribs.... the Inn.
    Best Pizza ... the Pasta place.
    Best Sushi.... Don't know, haven't tried them all.

    Ok.... not very useful.... sorry....
  19. designs216 macrumors 65816


    Oct 26, 2009
    Down the rabbit hole
    Raleigh, NC

    42st Oyster Bar probably tops my list for all around favorite. Good SF, good atmosphere, unpretentious.

    Backyard BBQ Pit is a dive but man, they got what counts which is hands down, the best Q around along with country sides. They've been on the Food Network a few times.

    There's also a few 5 Guys around which is my fav local burger. I've heard In-And-Out is better but we don't have one.

    The Angus Barn is good for steaks and company dinners and though it's fine dining it's not snobby. I've been to Ruth's Chris and Second Empire and thought the food was OK but they're not my kind of place.

    Mellow Mushroom makes a good pie near downtown, Milton's serves up a good pizza in North Raleigh. The latter is good because they don't mind if my kids get rowdy and I can unwind with a beer.
  20. mobilehaathi macrumors G3


    Aug 19, 2008
    The Anthropocene
    Me too, and I make a point to go there anytime I'm in the area!
  21. Toppa G's macrumors 6502

    Jun 19, 2003
    The exurbs, MN
    Visited Skillets yesterday - the bacon and biscuits were delicious!
  22. hallux macrumors 68030


    Apr 25, 2012
    I'll bite (haha)

    Capital Region, NY (Albany, Schenectady, Troy Saratoga is it's own animal in this regard)

    Day to day? Who goes out EVERY day? Lots of sub shops for lunches, I'd have to say Capri's in Schenectady has the BEST value and great quality

    Asian? No comment
    BBQ? Lots of places, we now have a Dinosaur's (of Syracuse, Rochester and NYC fame)
    Burger? Jumpin Jack's is a seasonal place by the river (a morning show did a report last year on the ski show put on by this place every summer), Red Robin is great, Recovery Room is good
    Steak? Delmonico's
    Fine Dining? Barnsider
    Business? Albany Pump Station...

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