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Benning Boy 03-06-2009 05:31 PM

Regional specialty food and restaurant
So you're playing host to a forum member from elsewhere, and you want to introduce them to a local dish they aren't familiar with, at the local restaurant that prepares it the best.

What, and where?

I was stationed in Kali for 3 years, and nobody made an oven baked hoagie (sub, hero, po' boy). I explained this was the only way to prepare this sandwich, and they had never heard such a thing.

They finally opened a place called East Coast Subs, a bunch of us went there in a baked sub frenzy, and they still had no clue, and no oven.:(

Dillinger 03-06-2009 07:17 PM

In this area we have the Metropolitan Bar & Grill, which has some of the best steaks around and there is always semi famous people there to "see" and be "seen" with. Very popular. Very expensive as well.

For a brunch though, I would have to take someone to Salty's on Alki. Great view of the ocean, awesome food, very fresh seafood and a chocolate fountain to dip fresh fruit in if that is your thing.

And, finally, for some of the best clam chowder I have had outside of Fisherman's Wharf down in San Fran, we would go to Duke's on Lake Washington on a hot, summer day, sit outside and check out all the uber hot walkers and stroller pushing Cougars while we have a bowl of some very good and hearty clam chowder....


cpttango30 03-06-2009 07:42 PM

We have a bunch fo little mom and pop shops here that have food that is to die for. Like good down home country cookin.

But we have an Ice cream shop here (Carl's) that you have to get there 3 hours before they open to get a cone. OMG their ice cream is so good. The line on a firday or saturday evening is almost 4 or 5 blocks long. Not sure what they do to it but that ice cream is to die for.

user4 03-06-2009 08:18 PM

In Texas it's beef. It's always beef. Even our really bad steak houses are better than most state's best...assuming it's not a franchise that has to purchase out of state beef.

Me and the little lady go to a place called Saltgrass. Native Texans laugh at us, because Saltgrass doesn't make anyone's top 5 steak house around here, but it's still an ass kicking steak and you can feed 2 for under $75 with drinks.

robocop10mm 03-06-2009 08:50 PM

Round here there are two specialty items, chicken fried steak and hot link sausage.
Chicken fried steak - Cafe 290 in Manor (that's May-Ner) east of Austin.

Hot links (aka hot guts, Elgin sausage) - Either Myers or Southside meat market both in beautiful downtown Elgin (the g is like the g in golf, not like the juniper berry alcoholic beverage).

Of course you have to get a scoop of Blue Bell ice cream from the creamery in Brenham, TX. Best dang ice cream in the world.

Benning Boy 03-06-2009 10:10 PM

I've heard of Blue Bell on several occaisions now. I'm curious, and a little hungry.

dcp1987 03-06-2009 10:14 PM

around here its all about North Carolina style pulled pork BBQ
and the best place to get it is go to a pig pickin

orangello 03-06-2009 10:36 PM

I guess down here it would be fried catfish & "home style" vegetables: collard or turnip greens, black eyed peas, butter beans, sweet corn, and sweet potatos (maybe some watermellon for desert).

When i lived in Memphis, it was all about the BBQ, especially with a dry rub rather than wet sauce & usually rib racks; i finally found a BBQ place with a vegetarian option, a BBQ portabello sandwich. I did find it odd that in the Memphis area & MS delta, they use coleslaw on the BBQ sandwich, like lettuce on a hamburger & that it is less soupy & longer cut than in south MS.
Never caught one this big myself, must've been on a jug or trotline.

Stainless 03-07-2009 03:36 AM


Originally Posted by dcp1987 (Post 79124)
around here its all about North Carolina style pulled pork BBQ
and the best place to get it is go to a pig pickin

Best place 'round here for pork-b-que is Lexinton Barbeque, known to
the locals as "Honeymonks" the owner's name (or is it nickname?).

That's Lexington, NC.

Bighead 03-07-2009 10:07 AM

Cattleman's Steakhouse, since 1910 in Oklahoma City Stockyards. Order the Blue Ribbon Special, and the house salad dressing is awesome.

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