Restaurants & Recipes

Here is a list of good (and some not so good) places I have found to eat in various cities and countries around the world. I have tried each place listed here and I would recommend anything with Great!Great!Great! and above with no hesitation. Stay away from the Yuk!, unless you're curious! The rating scale is five Great! being best, and five Yuk! being the worst. This page is still under construction, so please check back often!

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RatingNameCityType of FoodComments
Alabama
Great!Great!Great!Great!Great!Below the RadarHuntsvilleBrewhouse and RestaurantGreat petite filet!
Alaska
Great!Great!Great!Service Area 10 CafeteriaPrudhoe BayGeneralGet Rudy's Lemon Chicken
Great!Great!Airport RestaurantYakitatSeafoodTry the halibut sandwich
Yuk!Pepe's North of the BorderBarrowMexicanNot quite Mexican food, but not quite Mexico either!
Yuk!Yuk!Ilisagvik College CafeteriaBarrowGeneralHey, every place in Barrow deserves a listing!
Yuk!Yuk!Yuk!Yuk!Yuk!Barrow Whaling Festival, July 1998BarrowFermented whale meat, tongue, and mucktuk (skin) with blubberThey told me it was much better with salt, after I finished!
Arizona
Great!Great!Great!Great!Great!Cafe Poca CosaTucsonMexicanMenu changes twice daily... Excellent food... Also, don't forget the cupcakes for dessert!
California
Great!Great!Great!Great!Great!Vasili'sSanta CruzGreekAnything here is good!
Great!Great!94th Aero SquadronSan DiegoAmerican
Great!Great!Zuniga's Mexican FoodWatsonville Airport (WVI)MexicanEat chips & fly!
Great!Crosswind's RestaurantBorrego Springs Airport (L08)American
Great!Casa MachadoMontgomery Airport San Diego (MYF)Mexican
Great!Great!Great!Great!Great!Mill Valley BeerworksMill ValleySeafood & TapasFantastic food, and Einstock beer on tap!
Great!Great!Great!Great!Great!Boathouse @ Hendry's BeachSanta BarbaraSeafoodExcellent seafood and atmosphere!
Great!Great!Great!Great!Great!feedVeniceAmericanGreat French Toast!
Colorado
Great!Great!Great!Great!Great!Efrain's IIBoulderTex-MexNice food!
Great!Great!Great!Great!Great!AgaveBoulderMexicanAnother restaurant with great mole sauce!
Great!Great!Great!Great!Great!Fate Brewing CompanyBoulderBrewery & RestaurantExcellent beer, excellent food!
Great!Great!Great!Great!Great!Upslope Brewing CompanyBoulderBreweryFantastic beer!
Connecticut
Great!Great!Great!Great!Great!CoromandelSouth NorwalkIndianBeen here twice, great food both times! Try the chicken korma...
Great!Great!Great!Great!ChocopologieSouth NorwalkDessert
Florida
Great!Great!Great!Great!Great!Taco CityCocoa BeachTex-MexExcellent! Try a number 4 with bean dip or an Hombre (beef burrito)
Great!Great!Great!Great!Great!Taco LuJacksonvilleTex-MexExcellent food!
Great!Great!Great!Great!Bernard's SurfCocoa BeachSeafood
Great!Great!Great!Great!Dixie CrossroadsTitusvilleSeafoodTry the Rock Shrimp... Excellent!
Great!Great!Great!Lloyd'sPort CanaveralSeafood
Great!Great!Great!Pier RestaurantCocoa BeachSeafood
Great!Great!Frankie's Wings & Things (Dial 911!)Port CanaveralBar food & wingsWings have 9 levels of hotness!
Great!Great!Fat Boys BBQCape CanaveralBBQ
Great!Jonathan's PubCocoa BeachBar foodGreat Margaritas!
Great!Amigo's Restaurant and CantinaLakelandTex-MexThis is a Sun & Fun tradition!
Yuk!Yuk!Yuk!Yuk!Yuk!Punjab Indian RestaurantCocoa BeachIndianWorst Indian I've ever had! Don't bother!
Great!Great!Great!Great!Great!CopperfishTampaSeafoodExcellent food!
Georgia
Great!Great!Great!Great!Great!Holy TacoEast AtlantaMexicanFantastic! Try the grilled corn!
Great!Great!Great!Great!Great!SmokeJackAlpharettaBBQThe Burnt Ends with the mac & cheese side are great!
Great!Great!Great!Great!Great!The Imperial FezBuckheadMoroccanGreat food and great belly dancers!
Great!Great!Great!Great!Great!Hola!RoswellMexicanA very nice surprise... Great salsa and great food!
Great!Great!Great!Great!Great!Bar TacoBuckheadMexicanNeat ordering system and great food!
Idaho
Great!Great!Great!Brownstone Restaurant & BreweryIdaho FallsAmericanGood microbrews!
Great!Great!Jaker'sIdaho FallsAmerican
Maryland
Great!Great!Great!Great!Great!Mama Stella's Risorante ItalianoClintonItalianGreat food!!
Great!Great!Great!Great!Topolino Italian CuisineCamp SpringsItalianTry the grilled salmon with mussels
Great!Great!Great!Great!Crisfield's SeafoodSilver SpringSeafoodTry the baked stuffed shrimp
Great!Great!Great!Great!Cubano'sSilver SpringCubanAlways good!
Massachusetts
Great!Great!Great!Great!Great!Casa MexicoHarvard Square CambridgeMexicanMust try the enchiladas poblanos!!
Great!Great!Great!Great!Great!Rhythm & SpiceMIT/Central Square CambridgeCaribbeanExcellent plantains!
Great!Great!Great!Great!Jae'sInman Square CambridgeAsian EclecticGood sushi... Eat at Jae's and live forever!
Great!Great!Great!Legal SeafoodsInman Square CambridgeSeafood
Great!Great!Great!Middle EastMIT/Central Square CambridgeIndian
Great!Great!The Border CafeHarvard Square CambridgeMexican
Great!EthiopiaMIT/Central Square CambridgeEthiopian
New York
Great!Great!Great!Great!Great!Casa NonnaNew York CityItalianFantastic food, highly recommended!
North Carolina
Great!Great!Great!Great!Great!The Sticky WicketNags HeadSteak & Seafood
Great!Great!Great!Great!Great!Fishbones RestaurantDuckSeafoodGet the grilled tuna rare, when it's in season
Great!Great!Great!Great!Great!Chilli PeppersKill Devil HillsGour-Mex
Great!Great!Great!Great!The Weeping RadishManteoGermanBeer brewed in accordance with Reinheitsgebot, German Purity Law of 1516... It's Excellent!
Great!Great!Great!The Coastal CactusKill Devil HillsSouthwestern
Great!Great!Awful Arthur'sKill Devil HillsOyster BarNot as bad as the name implies!
Great!Pigman's Barb-B-QueKill Devil HillsBBQ
Great!Great!Great!Great!Great!Bavarian Dining and BiergartenAshevilleGermanTraditional German food, excellent... And good bier too!
Great!Great!Great!Great!Great!Mayfel'sAshevilleCajunNice shrimp etouffee & jambalaya!
Great!Great!Great!Great!Great!The Chocolate FetishAshevilleChocolateWorld class chocolates! Worth a visit!
Great!Great!Great!Great!Great!Cabo Fish TacoCharlotteMexicanTry a fish taco, they're great!
Oklahoma
Great!Great!Kona Ranch SteakhouseOklahoma CitySteak
Great!Enrique's Mexican FoodPonca City Airport (PNC)Mexican
Tennessee
Great!Great!Great!Great!Great!Big Ed's PizzaOak RidgePizzaStandard order: Large special with a pitcher of beer!
Great!Great!Great!Great!Great!Le ParigoKnoxvilleFrench CuisineTry the Escargot and Prix-Fixe menu!
Great!Great!Great!Great!Great!Nama Sushi BarKnoxvilleSushi
Great!Great!Great!Great!Great!The Tomato HeadKnoxvillePizza
Great!Great!Great!Great!Great!The Melting PotKnoxvilleFondue
Great!Great!Great!Great!Great!The French MarketKnoxvilleFrench CrepesGreat food!
Great!Great!Great!Great!Great!The Crown & GooseKnoxvilleBritish PubGet the fish and chips and an IPA!
Great!Great!Great!Great!Great!Chez GuevaraKnoxvilleMexicanTry the enchiladas puebla
Great!Great!Great!Great!Great!Restaurant LinderhofFarragutGermanTry the Chicken a la King Ludwig of Bavaria with a Weihenstephaner on tap!!
Great!Great!Great!Great!Sitar Indian RestaurantKnoxvilleIndianChicken korma with garlic naan is good
Great!Great!Great!Great!Taj Indian RestaurantKnoxvilleIndianAgain, the chicken korma with garlic naan is good!
Great!Great!Great!Bobby Q'sCookevilleBBQTry the lemon tea!
Great!Great!Calhoun'sKnoxvilleBBQAward-winning ribs
Great!Great!Great!Great!Barrel House BBQLynchburgBBQGreat BBQ Ribs!
Great!Great!Great!Great!Bar-B-Que CabooseLynchburgBBQGood food in a nice location!
Great!Great!Great!Great!The Country Boy (1968)Leiper's ForkBreakfastGreat breakfast!
Texas
Great!Great!Great!Great!Great!Boi Na BrazaGrapevineBrazilianFantastic selection of Brazilian meats! First class all the way!
Utah
Great!Great!Great!Great!Great!Red IguanaSalt Lake City, DowntownAztecEverything mole!
Great!Great!Great!Great!Restaurant Mexico TipicoSalt Lake City, MidvaleMexicanRestaurant built out of an old Wells-Fargo bank... Eat in the safe!
Virginia
Great!Great!Great!Great!Great!Katerina's Greek CuisineManassasGreekEverything I had here is great! Highly recommended!
Great!Great!Great!Great!Great!Tandoori Village RestaurantManassasIndianExcellent food! Nice to find in Manassas!
Great!Great!Great!Great!Great!Artie'sFairfaxAmericanGreat food, and nice boat models!
Washington
Great!Great!Great!Great!Great!Ivar's Salmon HouseSeattleSeafoodExcellent salmon!
Great!Great!Great!Great!Great!Elliot's Oyster HousePier 56, SeattleSeafoodExcellent oysters!
Washington, D.C.
Great!Great!Great!Legal SeafoodsReagan National Airport (DCA)Seafood
British Columbia, Canada
Great!Great!Great!Great!Great!Rupert's Siagon RestaurantPrince RupertVietnamese
Northwest Territories, Canada
Great!Great!Great!Great!Great!MacKenzie Valley Hotel RestaurantNorman WellsCanadian, ChineseExcellent salad!
Great!Great!Great!Great!Finto Motor Lodge RestaurantInuvikArctic CuisineTry the arctic sampler... Arctic Char, Caribou, and Musk Ox!
Quebec, Canada
Great!Great!Great!Dera RestaurantMontrealPakistani & IndianGreat tandoori chicken!
Great!Great!Great!Great!Great!ZBiztroMontrealPizzaTry the Je Me Souviens Pizza... I remember it to be great!
Great!Great!Great!Great!Great!Cafe Marche de LaVillette BistroMontrealFrenchAwesome French onion soup and cronuts!
Great!Great!Great!Great!Great!Reuben's DeliMontrealDeli and SteakhouseBe sure to share the 1 lb Big Bang sandwich... It's a lot of food!
Great!Great!Great!Great!Great!Gibeau Orange JulepMontrealFast FoodGet the orange drink and a hot dog, hamburger, etc... Cool building as well!
Sasketchewan, Canada
Great!Great!Great!Digger's Road HousePrince AlbertSteak & Seafood
Great!Great!Venice HousePrince AlbertItalian
Croatia
Great!Great!Great!Great!Great!Bota Oyster & Sushi BarMali StonFresh seafoodIncredible fresh oysters and mussels!
England
Great!Great!Great!DionysisLondon, Theater DistrictFish & Chips
France
Great!Great!Great!Great!Great!Some Street VendorParisBaguette, Brie, Grapes, and WaterOne of the best meals I have ever eaten!
Greece
Great!Great!Great!Great!Great!ΔΙΟΔΟΣ ΑΡΧΑΙΑΣ - ΑΓΟΡΑΣΑδριανου 19, Μοναοτηρακι (Athens)Greek salad and souvlakiThe best Greek salad I have ever eaten!
Great!Great!Great!Great!Great!Murphy's Irish PubFira, SantoriniIrish PubTry a Murphy's on tap!
Italy
Great!Great!Great!Great!Great!La Cantinola da Liviovia Calabria 26 - RomaSeafoodMust try!! Best ravioli in the world!
Great!Great!Great!Great!Great!Sitar Ristorante Indianovia Cavour 256a - RomaIndianExcellent!! Try the Karma Sutra, Cardimum, Rose, Ginger, or Paan Digestivis
Great!Great!Great!Great!Great!Le Bistrot de VeniseCalle dei Fabbri, San Marco 4685 - VeneziaItalianExcellent!! Try something from the Historical Cuisine menu!
Great!Great!Great!Great!Antica Trattoria Dei LeoniPiazza del Popolo, 15 - MonterotondoItalianExcellent food in Monterotondo, of all places!
Great!Great!Great!Great!Great!Napoletano'sPiazza Della Rotunda, 12 (Pantheon) - RomaItalianExcellent pasta!
Great!Great!Great!Great!Osteria Il Mostrinovia Borgognissanti, 141/r - FirenzeItalianExcellent!! Try the spaghetti alla vongole and the Tuscan steak cooked in balsamic vinagrette sauce!
Great!Great!Great!Great!Korea House Ristorantevia dei Mille 18 - RomaKoreanTry the soy-bean paste (tofu) soup. Stay away from the fish soup!
Great!Great!Great!Great!Trattoria AccadiBorgo Pinti 56r - FirenzeItalianGenerally good food
Great!Great!Great!Great!Pizzaria Al Forno Della Soffittavia Piave - RomaPizzariaTry the Margerita Pizza!
Great!Great!Great!Great!Margutta Vegetariano RistoranteSpanish Steps - RomaVegetarian
Great!Great!Great!Great!Ristorante da GiggettoJewish Ghetto - RomaRoman
Great!Great!Great!Africavia Gaeta 28 - RomaEthiopian
Great!Great!Great!Mermaids TavernBeachfront - Salerno, ItalyBar FoodGreat Guinness and Brats!
Great!Great!Great!Great!Enoteca Al Volto Osteria Con CucinaCalle Cavalli 4081 San Marco - VeneziaItalianNice place just off the Grand Canale, great food!
New Zealand (North Island)
Great!Great!Great!Great!Great!Izakaya Yatai316 Featherston Street, Palmerston NorthJapaneseExcellent sushi!
Great!Great!Great!Great!Bangkok Thai89 Fitzherbert Street, Palmerston NorthThaiExcellent variety!
Great!Great!Great!Thai Orchid347 Ferguson Street, Palmerston NorthThaiSave money... Get takeway!
Great!Great!Great!Rosie O'Grady's Irish PubCorner of Ferguson and Fitzherbert Streets, Palmerston NorthBar foodTry the fish & chips... Great St. Patty's Day party also!
Great!Great!Great!Great!Great!The Flying Burrito BrothersCorner of Cuba and Victoria Streets, WellingtonMexicanTry the "Holy Mole" enchiladas!
Great!Great!Great!Great!Mr. India79E George Street, Palmerston NorthIndianGood! The "old standbys" (Plank Paneer and Chicken Korma) compare favorably!
Great!Great!Great!Great!PompeiiThe Square, Palmerston NorthItalianGreat Pizza!

Recipes

Here is a set of recipes that I have found to be good and fairly easy to make. This page is still under construction, so please check back often!

Mediterranean Pasta ...from a now-defunct Mediterranean restaurant in Knoxville, TN

Ingredients:

0.25 cup olive oil
Large bunch of fresh broccoli
1/2 jar sundried tomatoes (Delallo brand is recommended)
Pasta (Your choice of type, Fideo is recommended)
1 chicken breast (cut into strips, optional)
Fresh garlic (optional)

  1. Use only the broccoli florets. Slice these to about 1/4” thick.
  2. Slice the sun dried tomatoes into small pieces.
  3. If using fresh garlic, slice or chop into small pieces.
  4. Saute garlic, broccoli, and sun dried tomatoes in olive oil over medium heat. To add flavor, pour the oil from the sun dried tomatoes into the skillet also. Cover and keep warm.
  5. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  6. Drain pasta and combine with other ingredients.
  7. Serve with Parmesan cheese.
  8. Optionally add your choice of meat.
  9. Enjoy!
Orange Julius (tastes just like the OJ drink of the seventies!):

1 cup orange juice
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
6-12 ice cubes

Mix all ingredients in a blender and whip until smooth. Makes 3-4 mugs worth.


Ziploc Omelet

This works great! Good for when all your family is together. The best part is that no one has to wait for their special omelet. Have each person write their name on a Quart-size Ziploc freezer bag with permanent marker. Crack 2 eggs (large or extra-large) into the bag (not more than 2) shake to combine them. Put out a variety of ingredients such as: cheeses, ham, onion, green pepper, tomato, salsa, etc. Each person adds prepared ingredients of choice to their bag and shake. Make sure to get the air out of the bag and zip it up. Place the bags into rolling, boiling water for exactly 13 minutes. You can usually cook 6-8 omelets in a large pot. For more, make another pot of boiling water. Open the bags and the omelet will roll out easily. Be prepared for everyone to be amazed. Nice to serve with fresh fruit and coffee cake; everyone gets involved in the process and a great conversation piece.

Imagine having these ready the night before, and putting the bag in boiling water while you get ready for work. And in 13 minutes, you got a nice omelette for a quick breakfast!

Try it.... It really works!

Ziploc Omelet - Mixing ingredients Ziploc Omelet - Cutting bag open after boiling Ziploc Omelet - Slide onto plate... Ziploc Omelet - and enjoy!
Cheese Fondue

These are the classic fondue ingredients. Recipe from Gourmet Magazine, 1966.

Ingredients:
1 garlic clove, halved crosswise
1 1/2 cups dry white wine (preferably Swiss, such as Fendant)
1 tablespoon cornstarch
2 teaspoons Kirsch
1/2 lb Emmental cheese, coarsely grated (2 cups)
1/2 lb Gruyère, coarsely grated (2 cups)

Accompaniment:
Cubes of French bread and Italian Artisan bread (such as Pugliese) and chunks of apples and pears on fondue forks.
Special equipment: a fondue pot

Instructions:
Rub inside of a fondue pot with cut sides of garlic, then discard. (garlic, not the pot!) Add wine to pot and bring just to a simmer over moderate heat. Stir together cornstarch and kirsch in a cup. Gradually add cheese to pot and cook, stirring constantly in a zigzag pattern (not a circular motion) to prevent cheese from balling up, until cheese is just melted and creamy (do not let boil). Stir cornstarch mixture again and stir into fondue. Bring fondue to a simmer and cook, stirring, until thickened, 5 to 8 minutes. Serve with bread and apples and pears for dipping.

Yield: About 4 servings


Chocolate Fondue a la Chalet Suisse Recipe

Ingredients:
3 (3-ounce) bars Toblerone
1/2 cup light or heavy cream
2 tablespoons Kirsch or Cointreau

Instructions:
Break the Toblerone into separate triangular pieces. Combine all the ingredients in a saucepan or small chafing dish. Stir over low heat until the chocolate is melted and smooth. Serve in a chafing dish over low heat. For dunkables serve each person a plate with one, or a combination, of the following:

Angel food cake or ladyfingers, cut in chunks
Orange or tangerine sections
Sliced strawberries or bananas
Profiteroles or puff pastry

Note: This is purportedly the original recipe for chocolate fondue created in the 1950's at New York's Chalet Suisse Restaurant (no longer in business) by Chef Konrad Egli.

Yield: About 4 servings


Beef Stroganoff

This classic Russian dish is easy to make; use frozen chopped onions and pre-sliced mushrooms to speed preparation. To maintain a creamy consistency, be careful not to bring the sauce to a boil once you stir in the sour cream mixture. Serve with rice if you need a substitute for egg noodles.

1 (8-ounce) carton reduced-fat sour cream
3 tablespoons no salt-added tomato paste
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 pounds boneless sirloin steak, cut into (2-inch) strips
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 (14-ounce) can less-sodium beef broth
2 cups sliced mushrooms
Chopped fresh parsley (optional)
8 cups cooked medium egg noodles (about 7 cups uncooked pasta)

Combine the first 3 ingredients in a bowl and set aside. Lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Combine flour, salt, and pepper in a large zip-top plastic bag. Add beef; seal and shake to coat beef with flour mixture. Melt butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion to pan; sauté 2 minutes or until tender. Add beef and flour mixture to pan; sauté 3 minutes or until beef is browned. Gradually add broth, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Add mushrooms; cover and cook 5 minutes or until mushrooms are tender. Reduce heat to low; gradually stir in sour cream mixture. Cook, uncovered, 1 minute or until heated (do not boil). Stir in parsley, if desired. Serve over the egg noodles.

Yield: 8 servings (serving size: 3/4 cup beef mixture and 1 cup noodles)


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