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Truculent Sheep
31st May 10, 08:07 PM
Got an eatery you really like? Is it in a relatively obscure part of the world or just down the road? Does it deliver the goods and not give you food poisoning? Would you cry if it burnt down and all the staff died? If so, list your favourite restaurant, or review it, and let the rest of the forum wonder if theirs is any better...

Ajamil
31st May 10, 08:28 PM
Govinda's!! (http://www.govindasoftucson.com/)
Great food, all you can eat, and nice grounds. Vegetarian/vegan. The biggest complaint I heard while working there was that they use paper plates and plastic utensils (no room for a dishwasher, no money for extra room and probably none for replacements). Don't worry, the staff won't push any ideals/literature at you (unless you ask).

Round here? There's a nice diner that me mah and I go to for breakfast. They make a veggie skillet that before I started eating eggs would substitute extra cheese and potatoes. 24 hr too. Riverview Diner. Comments (http://www.yelp.com/biz/riverview-diner-lemoyne) seem (http://www.we8there.com/rest_detail.php?busid=7999) to say they have poor service - it isn't the fastest or most attentive, but we never have poor service.

Harpy
31st May 10, 08:36 PM
Sofra in Auburn, a Lebanese take away with some plastic seats and loud Arabic TV playing in the background (read: Muslim central in Sydney). Best falafel in Australia and my husband thinks their kebabs are damn good. Fresh pide, home made garlic sauce and hommus. Haven't been there in 2 years though, heard it's gone down the drain with new management :(

So yeah, not helpful but I'm hungry right now.

WarPhalange
31st May 10, 08:48 PM
Right now it's anything that has a dollar menu.

Ajamil
31st May 10, 08:51 PM
Restaurants don't have dollar menus.

Truculent Sheep
31st May 10, 08:58 PM
In the Romford area, I've enjoyed Pho 18, which is a Vietnamese restaurant, and a Chadwell Heath-based Indian restaurant called Bhangra Beat. Top Geezers.

Winchester is home to the Gurkha Chef and the Gandhi, which are both recommended even if it means you have to visit a dysfunctional tourist attraction town with a violent underclass, appalling students and rich dipshits from London buying up all the nice houses.

If you ever end up in Maldon, Essex, do try The Heybridge Tandoori. Don't go to any of the pubs though, as most of them are hideaways for the inbred locals who think Barking is too far away.

Most of my Central London food needs come in the form of the Veg buffet in Soho. Yes, I like tofu-based 'meat' and I am not ashamed.

HappyOldGuy
31st May 10, 09:12 PM
Pomegranate. "Mediterranean" (the owner is Persian) place just down the street. It's not the best food in the world, or even the neighborhood, but it is quite good, the staff are super warm and friendly, the wine list is tiny but actually pretty tasty, they have fresh baked flatbread that just begs for an order of babaganoush (which is awesome), just all around everything I like about a neighborhood restaurant. If the pomegranate duck is on special, order it.

Harpy
31st May 10, 09:14 PM
Right now it's anything that has a dollar menu.

WTH Poops?!!!!! Let Sociocide sponsor your food budget (I'll do it on my own if I have to!).

SoulMechanic
31st May 10, 11:45 PM
Pest pizza in San Diego for almost 56 years. http://www.venicepizzahouse.com/
When that place closes a piece of me will be gone forever.

Harpy
31st May 10, 11:52 PM
Pest pizza in San Diego for almost 56 years. http://www.venicepizzahouse.com/
When that place closes a piece of me will be gone forever.

Yum.

SoulMechanic
1st June 10, 12:10 AM
Yeah, they share the building with an exterminator company.

Steve
1st June 10, 12:53 AM
Sparta's (http://www.spartaspizza.com/) is the best pizza place around here (well, not here as in where I live, it's close to my mom's house).

But on topic, I can't think of a place that I would be upset about it closing. Red Robin, maybe, but they only closed the first one a little while ago (close to where I work, the only one with an image of a stoned robin on the wall instead of the cartoon one they have now), just sad for the loss of an original location.

Kein Haar
1st June 10, 01:31 AM
One person mentioned a persian, now a spartan.

Someone's gotta go.

Steve
1st June 10, 01:49 AM
No one has eaten 300 times at any one place... yet.

WarPhalange
1st June 10, 02:12 AM
WTH Poops?!!!!! Let Sociocide sponsor your food budget (I'll do it on my own if I have to!).

No no, I'm fine for now. Turns out UC Irvine is dirt po' and I (along with several friends) might not have funding over the summer. Just a small detail they forgot to mention in the letter of acceptance. But, I have ~$5k saved up in stocks and a ~$4k in the bank so I'm good. :)

As for actual restaurants... I haven't been to many. My family is likewise dirt po' so the highest class for us was stuff like Denny's.

Friends and I went to a sushi restaurant (actual restaurant, not fast-food) a few weeks ago called Ra. It was pretty good, though they charged my friend $2.75 for a bowl of plain white rice, which was more expensive than some of the sushi they had.

We decided to go out to a real place to eat on a regular basis. Once our classes are over and we join our research groups, we won't see each other much, so we need some way to keep in touch.

bob
1st June 10, 02:22 AM
In Sydney we used to have a once a year splash out at a world class restaurant. If I had to eat a last meal it would be a toss up between Quay and Tetsuya's - (#27 and #38 on this list (http://www.theworlds50best.com/awards/1-50-winners))

For low key we liked our local Vietnamese Minh's which did the nicest Pho I've had outside of South East Asia and also had a crazy soup nazi in charge for atmosphere.

Yiktin Voxbane
1st June 10, 02:40 AM
I miss dining out .

Used to favour any eatery that compelled me through smell alone, to stop and eat .

Favouring hot/spicy over more traditional fare (roasts/carvery) and can always be talked into a nice fish meal .

Cullion
1st June 10, 03:56 AM
No no, I'm fine for now. Turns out UC Irvine is dirt po' and I (along with several friends) might not have funding over the summer. Just a small detail they forgot to mention in the letter of acceptance. But, I have ~$5k saved up in stocks and a ~$4k in the bank so I'm good. :)

As for actual restaurants... I haven't been to many. My family is likewise dirt po' so the highest class for us was stuff like Denny's.

Friends and I went to a sushi restaurant (actual restaurant, not fast-food) a few weeks ago called Ra. It was pretty good, though they charged my friend $2.75 for a bowl of plain white rice, which was more expensive than some of the sushi they had.

We decided to go out to a real place to eat on a regular basis. Once our classes are over and we join our research groups, we won't see each other much, so we need some way to keep in touch.

If you want to do that for as little money as possible, without eating shitty junk food, you need to carry on experimenting with home cooking.

Cullion
1st June 10, 04:17 AM
There are a few good restaurants in and around Oxford. I'll give a small sample broken up by price range.

i) Pricier, but worth it.

The Cherwell Boat House (Central/North Oxford, the expensive part of town) http://www.cherwellboathouse.co.uk/
Menu changes regularly, but tends to serve modern interpretations of classic western European dishes. If I was taking Lily there today, she might order the Wild Mushroom & White bean tortellini with wild garlic watercress.

It's best to go in good weather, because there's a lot of outdoor seating by a picturesque riverbank. I'd probably order the sea trout fillet with beetroot pasta, chard and wild garlic butter. If you're having a meal for two with three courses and a bottle of wine between you then it's going to cost £50-£100.

ii)Mid-priced
Kazbar (East Oxford). http://www.kazbar.co.uk/

Quality tapas, decor is North-African themed, plenty of space between tables, lots of dark wood and large private booths. The menu is a mix of well made pretty authentic spanish and moroccan dishes in tapas portions. You can get a bottle of decent rose between 2, and 4 dishes each for about £20 per head.

iii)Cheap but good
Hi-Lo Jamaican eating house (East Oxford) http://www.hilojamaicaneatinghouse.co.uk/menu.html

Satisfying spicey Jamaican jerk food, curries and stews. Decorated like some kind of Jamaican beach hut with chaotic carpentry and plumbing, candles and posters for Reggae stars and Jamaican drinks brands everywhere. Sometimes they have unusual specials like grilled flying fish.
The opening hours are kind of chaotic and unpredictable but the rastafarian who owns the place is friendly. Been open for decades.

Oxford Thai (East Oxford) http://oxfordthairestaurant.com/
Inexpensive, fresh, straightforward Thai Food. All the wait and cooking staff are Thai. The quality is very high for the price but be aware that most of the dishes are a notch spicier than the same dish at most other Thai restaurants I've been to.

Truculent Sheep
1st June 10, 08:05 AM
Wasn't Hi-Lo David Cameron's favourite restaurant in his student days?

EDIT: Forgot to mention this very nice little place in Blackpool -

http://www.medtaverna.co.uk/

Cullion
1st June 10, 08:34 AM
I didn't know that, but a quick google confirms it

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1218964/David-Cameron-cool-says-Rasta-cafe-owner-befriended-Tory-leader-Oxford.html

KO'd N DOA
1st June 10, 08:42 AM
One of my favorite restaurants is Gibby's in Old Montreal. Built out of a 200 year old horse stable it is one of the city's most famous. The 'surf and turf' is amazing, and their wine cellar is rich - as we found out at the Staff Party!

I almost proposed to my wife there... but it was really loud, and rushed, so I did it the next week someplace more quiet.

http://www.gibbys.com/history.html All three times were awesome.

Truculent Sheep
1st June 10, 09:50 AM
I didn't know that, but a quick google confirms it

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1218964/David-Cameron-cool-says-Rasta-cafe-owner-befriended-Tory-leader-Oxford.html

It was also namechecked in that 'Boris and Dave' drama-documentary Channel 4 showed a while back. Apparently, 'Call Me Dave' used to babysit the owner's son!

Cullion
1st June 10, 12:15 PM
I'm not shocked by it. If you're looking for stereotypical dim-witted old money that still wears tweed at the age of 19 and calls working class people 'oiks' you'll more likely find it at somewhere like the Royal Agricultural College summer ball, not Oxford. Even the extremely upper class old money are usually still pretty intelligent, at least that's what I saw. I don't think Toynbee would be in these days.

Adouglasmhor
1st June 10, 12:45 PM
Dahkin http://www.dakhin.com/ South Indian cuisine as opposed to the Indo Pak I was used to not cheap but not extortionate, beautiful veggie and fish dishes.


Stereo http://www.stereocafebar.com/index.php?pid=131 Veggie Pub/Cafe. Not the Stereo namechecked by Franz Ferdinand in their little biog on MTV (My brother and his mate were the alleged "gangsters" who chased them out the pub LOL), that was in the west end and is called the 78 now http://www.the78cafebar.com/index.html?pid=7 along with Mono http://www.monocafebar.com/food.php and the Flying duck (which doesn't do food but you can use their microwave if you bring your own)Owned by the same guy, Craig Tannock one of the nicest guys you will ever meet. Large selection of veggie food at reasonable prices plus Samuel Smith's Yorkshire beers, free wifi and good atmosphere.

Ichiban Glasgows best Japanese noodle and sushi bars, again not pricey wide range and 2 locations Ichiban and Ichiban West. http://www.ichiban.co.uk/

Mr Pia's Fish and Chip shop Inverary http://inveraryjail.co.uk/visit-inveraray/shops.aspx they haven't got their website up and running so there is a plug on that site. Best Chips ever.

Robot Jesus
1st June 10, 02:49 PM
theres a pub down the way called the ship and anchor, it's a local institution. huge patio, wide variety of beers on tap, and most importantly it's sufficiently lived in; I hate pubs that don't look beat up. the menu is surprising high end, I am yet to see anther pub serve tuna stake.

a few blocks away there is an underground pub I like called the unicorn, one of the few places that produce a hot wing that can defeat me; however they stand out in that it's a spicy BBQ wig as opposed to buffalo style.

a few more blocks away theres the palomino, they serve the best pulled pork in the city, ribs are ok as is the brisket. they have an interesting clientèle, you see young professionals rubbing shoulders with construction workers. normally live music is something I tend to find annoying, and rockabilly likewise; but here they come together in a manner wich I find palatable.

jubei33
1st June 10, 02:57 PM
No one has eaten 300 times at any one place... yet.
Looks like we'll be dining....IN HELL!!!!

If you can't find it, then a real restaurant will have to do (Nothing personal, hell, the beef is always overdone):
Ca sent Bon (http://www.gethiroshima.com/Places/Restaurants/details?placeid=50256)
French for 'it smells good' and it certainly does. I took my wife here for a date and she loved it. They have a nice patio open in the spring and a decent wine list for just relaxing and watching the park. They have a course menu where you get a little of everything in their french-Italian mix. The beef and Foie Gras were excellent, seafood fresh as should be expected. I have to mention some of the sauces, as well. There is also a bakery attached as well that makes pastries and baguettes and the like.

http://static.gethiroshima.com/places/images/50256-2.jpg

Graffity Mexican & American Diner (http://www.gethiroshima.com/en/Places/Restaurants/NSAmerican/details?placeid=50566)

Its hard to find Mexican at all in japan, let alone my little metropolis of Hiroshima. Nonetheless, these two guys make a great product in a very college, southern cali kind of atmosphere. Great place to have some tacos if you're too lazy to make them yourself.

http://static.gethiroshima.com/places/images/50566-3.jpg

SoulMechanic
1st June 10, 03:14 PM
My favorite place to eat when I lived in Los Angeles was Orochan noodle house.
If you eat a bowl of Etreme orochon special number 2 in 30 minutes or less you get your photo on the wall, and a raging inferno in your butt. Then when you are done sucking down a bowl of heavenly hell broth you can sit on the crapper and read and write your own haiku in the crapper diary about the molten lava flowing through your bowels.

I must say I make that wall look damn sexy.

http://static1.px.yelpcdn.com/bphoto/_NVF7iY60G_30hDsLV6jxA/l
I recommend getting the salt based broth with egg, pork, green onion and extra noodles.

EvilSteve
1st June 10, 03:20 PM
In NYC, these are two of my faves which are polar opposites:

Pure Food & Wine - raw vegan, and fucking delicious.

Resto - Belgian- huge beer selection and a ton of roasted meats, sausages and frites. One of the few places in NYC you can get a proper Belgian Red.

Still looking for a place that does good offal though. Had marrow bones at Roberta's in Willamsburg which was good, but that's all they had.

Ajamil
1st June 10, 03:42 PM
Its hard to find Mexican at all in japan, let alone my little metropolis of Hiroshima. Nonetheless, these two guys make a great product in a very college, southern cali kind of atmosphere. Great place to have some tacos if you're too lazy to make them yourself.

http://static.gethiroshima.com/places/images/50566-3.jpgWait - you have Japanese making Mexican food? It's literally the opposite of what I'm used to. I HAVE to try that if I ever get to Japan.

Feryk
1st June 10, 05:17 PM
http://vonssteakhouse.com/

They serve a steak the same size and shape of a baseball and the best doughnuts in the known universe. What's not to love?

http://www.thecreperie.com/#/about

Frenchish crepe place. The have their regular menu, but their chef also makes a five course menu selection complete with wines for each course. I've never had anywhere blend the wines together with the food so well.

http://www.hotelcasavelas.com/html/puerto-vallarta-mexico-emiliano.asp

Had a corporate vacation here and the resort is fabulous. This restaurant had some of the best seafood I've ever had and the service is the best in the world. If you are going to Puerto Vallarta, you want to stay here.

jubei33
2nd June 10, 02:11 AM
Wait - you have Japanese making Mexican food? It's literally the opposite of what I'm used to. I HAVE to try that if I ever get to Japan.
Yeah, its great too. The heat is toned down for their Japanese customer base, but the spices are pretty good and on target. If you like a little fire, then its easily remedied. Homemade tortillas and hard shells, meats are grilled on the grill at the bar as well: fresh. They worked hard to keep the flavor, but make it acceptable to ordinary Japanese tastes, which is something that kills a lot of foreign foods here. Other companies have tried to put out tacos, but they're terrible even considering that point (one product had "salsa" that tasted like chef boyardee pasta sauce).

If you show up, I'll take you to the Buddha Bar for a bit of beer blasphemy. I think you might like that.

Harpy
2nd June 10, 02:39 AM
On my long weekend away, about 1.5 hours south of Sydney is a town called Bowral. About 10km from there is another little township Berrima and it was nice to find a freaking awesome restaurant that did awesome modern Mediterranean there (cooked by a Moroccan chef). The township is just a little stopover and mainly has cafes that do high tea and breakfast.

I had the best risotto al funghi with rosemary wedges. Hit the spot on a cold day after a long day of walking and shopping.

Truculent Sheep
2nd June 10, 07:31 AM
I'm not shocked by it. If you're looking for stereotypical dim-witted old money that still wears tweed at the age of 19 and calls working class people 'oiks' you'll more likely find it at somewhere like the Royal Agricultural College summer ball, not Oxford. Even the extremely upper class old money are usually still pretty intelligent, at least that's what I saw. I don't think Toynbee would be in these days.

Plus Oxford has always been very international in its appeal. The more Neanderthal attitudes amongst students tend to dwell in the 2nd division universities. Mind you, Nick Griffin was an Oxford Blue, but he did only graduate with a Desmond...

Cullion
2nd June 10, 07:32 AM
Griffin went to Cambridge.

Truculent Sheep
2nd June 10, 07:41 AM
Is there that much of a difference? Don't go Inspector Morse on me.

Cullion
2nd June 10, 07:48 AM
Yes, Cambridge is better for most science subjects and they make you sit more exams during your time there. Oxford's better if you want to get into politics, and it's a bigger, noisier city with a bit more to do in the evening.

Truculent Sheep
2nd June 10, 08:37 AM
As I said, there's not much difference between the two. Cambridge was originally a splinter from Oxford in the first place, remember. They're not conflated into 'Oxbridge' without good reason.

Cullion
2nd June 10, 08:41 AM
Well, Oxford doesn't turn out one-eyed Nazis.

Truculent Sheep
2nd June 10, 08:49 AM
The tribalism's beginning to rear its ugly head...

Adouglasmhor
2nd June 10, 01:03 PM
[Blackadder thinks Nurse Mary is a German spy]
Captain Blackadder: And then the final, irrefutable proof. Remember, you mentioned a clever boyfriend...
Nurse Mary: Yes.
Captain Blackadder: I then leapt on the opportunity to test you. I asked if he'd been to one of the great universities, Oxford, Cambridge, or Hull.
Nurse Mary: Well?
Captain Blackadder: You failed to spot that only two of those are great Universities.
Nurse Mary: Swine!
General Melchett: That's right! Oxford's a complete dump!

Cullion
2nd June 10, 06:20 PM
How very dare you.

Cullion
2nd June 10, 06:31 PM
Another cheap place to eat in Oxford that might be worth looking at:-

The Mission (two sites in the centre of Oxford, they also have one in Reading)
http://www.missionburritos.co.uk

Now, although we see references to it in American films and books, most British people don't know shit about Mexican food, including me. This is a recently started, small (3 store) chain of Mexican restaurants that has gotten a thumbs up from the small group of North Americans I know who work with, or live near, me. They're basically small canteen-style diners that serve food that looks like it's been cooked from fresh ingredients. All the North Americans I know say "it's good enough to remind me of home, but it's not amazing, it's like this chain called 'Chipotle', which is alright".
The staff in Oxford all seem to be latino-american or Central American students.

Now, that isn't high cullinary praise, but you've got to understand that until three years ago, 'Mexican food' in most of the UK generally meant 'european dude with no fucking clue heating something out of packet in a microwave whilst he waits for your beer-glass to fill' and it was awful. Really awful. More expensive than McDonald's and yet shittier, if that's possible.

This place wouldn't be anything special to people who've tasted real Mexican cooking, but it's very good value, it's real food, rather than crud from a catering-sized cardboard box or plastic tub, and North Americans who have more of an idea what Mexican food is supposed to taste like seem to flock to the place.

I like the marinated pork burrito with the hottest salsa and no extras except for a cold beer.

Truculent Sheep
2nd June 10, 06:40 PM
This Sub-Forum should have regular restaurant reviews posted on it.

Cullion
2nd June 10, 06:43 PM
I agree. We should probably have google maps links so sociociders planning a holiday can find the reviews relevant to where they're headed more easily.

I'm willing to create that map for every restaurant link that includes an address thus posted, but I won't be able to commit to a deadline because I don't get paid for the staff tag.

It could, theoretically happen this Sunday.

Truculent Sheep
2nd June 10, 07:15 PM
Here are mine:

http://pho18.co.uk/page008.html

http://www.bhangrabeat.co.uk/map.html

http://www.winchesteronline.co.uk/info/836/

http://www.winchesteronline.co.uk/info/677/

http://maps.google.co.uk/maps/place?rlz=1C1RNCN_enGB318GB318&um=1&ie=UTF-8&q=heybridge+tandoori&fb=1&gl=uk&hq=tandoori&hnear=heybridge&cid=6469598076982824043

http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=q&source=s_q&gl=uk&g=5+Bentalls+Shopping+Centre,+Maldon,+Essex+CM9+4G D&q=veg+buffet+soho&btnG=Search+Maps

SoulMechanic
2nd June 10, 08:50 PM
Another cheap place to eat in Oxford that might be worth looking at:-

The Mission (two sites in the centre of Oxford, they also have one in Reading)
http://www.missionburritos.co.uk

Now, although we see references to it in American films and books, most British people don't know shit about Mexican food, including me. This is a recently started, small (3 store) chain of Mexican restaurants that has gotten a thumbs up from the small group of North Americans I know who work with, or live near, me. They're basically small canteen-style diners that serve food that looks like it's been cooked from fresh ingredients. All the North Americans I know say "it's good enough to remind me of home, but it's not amazing, it's like this chain called 'Chipotle', which is alright".
The staff in Oxford all seem to be latino-american or Central American students.

Now, that isn't high cullinary praise, but you've got to understand that until three years ago, 'Mexican food' in most of the UK generally meant 'european dude with no fucking clue heating something out of packet in a microwave whilst he waits for your beer-glass to fill' and it was awful. Really awful. More expensive than McDonald's and yet shittier, if that's possible.

This place wouldn't be anything special to people who've tasted real Mexican cooking, but it's very good value, it's real food, rather than crud from a catering-sized cardboard box or plastic tub, and North Americans who have more of an idea what Mexican food is supposed to taste like seem to flock to the place.

I like the marinated pork burrito with the hottest salsa and no extras except for a cold beer.


Looks like a UK ripoff of this place.
http://www.chipotle.com/
Mission Burritos looks like a nice spot. I would eat there. But it is not Mexican food.

Now this place owns hard.
http://www.mamatestataqueria.com/

Cullion
3rd June 10, 02:09 AM
Looks like a UK ripoff of this place.
http://www.chipotle.com/


Yup, that's exactly what the Americans who live here say.

Robot Jesus
3rd June 10, 11:52 AM
is there the same issue with blood in you underwear?

Cullion
3rd June 10, 12:22 PM
What are you talking about ?

Robot Jesus
3rd June 10, 12:49 PM
south park reference. only started watching that show again recently.

GtZzyvuGy8E

Cullion
4th June 10, 06:11 PM
http://www.thecreperie.com/#/about

Frenchish crepe place. The have their regular menu, but their chef also makes a five course menu selection complete with wines for each course. I've never had anywhere blend the wines together with the food so well.

I've been looking through the links in this thread, and I like the look of this place's menu. It's perhaps a better place for winter, because a lot of the food looks very rich and filling, but I would certainly give their seafood crepes or Lamb-shank Provençal a try.

Japuma
5th June 10, 10:10 AM
A couple of my favorites in Frederick, MD....

Isabella's Tavern and Tapas (http://www.isabellas-tavern.com/), Paella and Spanish Wine to die for. The Tapas are great too (Try the goat cheese stuffed, bacon wrapped dates)

Volt (http://www.voltrestaurant.com/), owned by Bryan Voltaggio, second place finisher on Top Chef last year. Best refined food in Frederick by far, uses local ingredients and is just amazing. Try the tasting menu. (most expensive here, be prepared to spend $100+ per person with alcohol.)

Thai Rice (http://www.thairicefrederick.com/), Best Thai food I've ever had. Ask for their green curry the "authentic" way and prepare to have the top of your head blown off.

I'll post more as I think of them.

Ajamil
5th June 10, 10:21 AM
Never realized how close you were, Goomba. I'll try those out next time I'm crewing for me mah (she flies over top of you, you know).

Japuma
5th June 10, 10:35 AM
Yeah, make sure you check out all the restaurants on Market St. like, Bombay Grill (http://www.bombaygrill.com/), Cacique (http://www.caciquefrederick.com/), The Black Hog (http://www.blackhogbbq.com/) and WAGS (http://www.frederick.com/wags_restaurant-sp-802/), For the uber cheesburger.

Spade: The Real Snake
5th June 10, 11:28 AM
Cullion, do the beans have a lime or churizo flavoring?

Cullion
5th June 10, 11:44 AM
I think I can taste some lime in their burritos, but I haven't tasted the beans on their own.

I think 'chorizo' means something different in Latin America than it does in Europe, but I can't smell any of that smokey, spicey pork I associate with spanish or portuguese chorizo.

HappyOldGuy
5th June 10, 11:52 AM
Mexican and spanish chorizo are really different things. Mexican Chorizo is closer to a chile spiced ground pork and has a very different flavor.

I had never even heard of the Spanish kind until I was well over the drinking age. I probably like it better, but mexican style is a bigtime comfort food. Especially with eggs on a sunday morning.

Spade: The Real Snake
5th June 10, 11:55 AM
I think I can taste some lime in their burritos, but I haven't tasted the beans on their own.

I think 'chorizo' means something different in Latin America than it does in Europe, but I can't smell any of that smokey, spicey pork I associate with spanish or portuguese chorizo.

Generally the lime in the beans will give the burrito a hint of a sweet and salty taste while the churizo will make it spicy and salty. The difference, in out area, determines the style of sauce to add.

Also, does this place offer the spicy pickled vegetables on the side?

Cullion
5th June 10, 04:04 PM
I'm pretty sure we're talking about lime in the beans, but I've only ever had mine with black beans. They serve pinto beans too, but I don't know how they're cooked. I've never seen Mexican chorizo for sale in the UK, so I wouldn't be surprised if they don't use it.

I don't recall seeing any pickles in there.

They've got three sauces of varying spice-level. They make the sauces themselves instead of getting them from a can. They describe what they're serving as 'cal-mex'.

Kein Haar
8th June 10, 07:04 AM
For the love of fuck..."cal mex".

Maybe I'm wrong, but I'm picturing the following...

The white napa valley fucks "interpret" what their illegal grape pickers do back at home...but they don't actually ask them directly or anything. And they skip the lard.

I can SOOO see that.

OOOOOOO.....IT'S FRESH LOCAL AND ORGANIC. LOCAL LOCAL LOCAL.

WINE PAIRING

FAP FAP FAP

OOOO....IT'S SOOOOO COMFORT FOOD. JUST LIKE GRAMA GOLDSTEIN USED TO MAKE!!!11

Toast!

That's what Zendetta and Hog do when they get together.

Cullion
8th June 10, 07:06 AM
There's no wine, and all the staff look pretty brown.

Kein Haar
8th June 10, 07:22 AM
Nevermind you.

I know what the home grown "cal-mexers" are up to now.

And I don't appreciate it.

I kno teh reel meksicko.

Cullion
8th June 10, 07:27 AM
There were a lot of hipster postgrad students with middle class Californian and East Coast accents the last time I went in there. One of them was called Marissa.

Does that help ?

Ajamil
8th June 10, 07:41 AM
I think "help" doesn't mean "make it better" in this context. I have to be forcefully ignorant when I go to Mexican restaurants or all I'll think about is lard and chicken stock.

Cullion
8th June 10, 08:15 AM
The subtle anti-semitism in Kein Haar's post was delicious. Where's HH?

Spade: The Real Snake
8th June 10, 09:29 AM
I'm pretty sure we're talking about lime in the beans, but I've only ever had mine with black beans. They serve pinto beans too, but I don't know how they're cooked.
I am reacting to you much the way you would if you caught me in an Arthur Treachers.

Generally the beans need to be refried pinto beans (hence the lard) but you can mix in some black beans into the refrieds. Refried beans are the bean with the pasty texture (http://danbites.files.wordpress.com/2009/02/refried_beans.jpg).

The beans, in and of themselves, have little flavor, however they might flavor them with lime, making them more salty or with spicy Mexican churizo sausage pan drippings. Churizo is usually pork and all the pork leavings (glands, organs) with a ton of spice.


I've never seen Mexican chorizo for sale in the UK, so I wouldn't be surprised if they don't use it.

If they are Mexican, they will make it.


I don't recall seeing any pickles in there.
Pickled vegetables. Sometimes referred to as ensalada. It is carrots, baby onions, zucchini, jalapeno, cauliflower, baby corn, (or any combination) pickled in a spicy vinegar and olive oil brine, served on the side.


They've got three sauces of varying spice-level. They make the sauces themselves instead of getting them from a can. They describe what they're serving as 'cal-mex'.
Demand mole (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mole_%28sauce%29).

Also, do they serve enchiladas? If so, do they serve them rolled in a row or stacked with eggs?

Cullion
8th June 10, 11:26 AM
No enchiladas. I've seen the word mole on the menu describing a sauce. I bet they don't make their own chorizo, and if they fried their beans in it, they wouldn't have anything vegetarian on the menu.

HappyOldGuy
8th June 10, 08:18 PM
That's what Zendetta and Hog do when they get together.
Actually mission style mex is probably referring to what the mexican immigrants in the mission district cooked up.

If you think you have ever eaten real mexican food, what state was it from.

Edit: trust wiki to have an artile

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Francisco_burrito

Feryk
21st June 10, 10:48 AM
I had real mexican food in Puerto Vallarta. It was at the restaurant I linked to earlier.

Grilled Lamb in Blue Agave sauce....wow.

Spade: The Real Snake
21st June 10, 11:07 AM
and it was probably cheap as hell, too wasn't it?

Feryk
21st June 10, 12:33 PM
Part of the all inclusive I was staying at. The whole meal was 450,000 pesos, but that was for 20 peopleish.

Steve
21st June 10, 01:27 PM
Von's in Seattle has one of the best burgers I have ever eaten, excellent prime rib, and almost 1000 different alcoholic beverages available.

http://www.vonsroasthouse.com/

Anyone who comes up to visit should stop by and invite me. Or maybe I can just go with Steve. Von's on Monday the 5th Steve? I am buying. Goon or whomever can stop by as well.

I have heard of the place but never got a chance to pop in. Sounds good to me, man, the 5th it is. About 6:30-7ish?

MEGA JESUS-SAMA
21st June 10, 04:48 PM
blaaaaaaaaah cal mex.

It varies. You can easily go wrong and get some pallid imitation here, just like anywhere else in the country, but on the other hand we're so full of illegal and legal Mexican immigrants that we have plenty of authentic Mexican food too.

I have it on good word that even other border states, like Texas, don't get much of the real stuff because there's fewer wetbacks and the locals can't take the spice as well as Cali-boys.

Zendetta
21st June 10, 05:26 PM
For the love of fuck..."cal mex".

Maybe I'm wrong, but I'm picturing the following...

The white napa valley fucks "interpret" what their illegal grape pickers do back at home...but they don't actually ask them directly or anything. And they skip the lard.

I can SOOO see that.

OOOOOOO.....IT'S FRESH LOCAL AND ORGANIC. LOCAL LOCAL LOCAL.

WINE PAIRING

FAP FAP FAP

OOOO....IT'S SOOOOO COMFORT FOOD. JUST LIKE GRAMA GOLDSTEIN USED TO MAKE!!!11

Toast!

That's what Zendetta and Hog do when they get together.

Fuck you, poota beech.

I go to greasy, sleazy places where they got tongue and brains and shit on the menu.

But I also make a roasted tomatillo salsa that would make you fire your housekeeper.

Kein Haar
23rd June 10, 07:30 AM
I would never fire my mother.

Ajamil
23rd June 10, 05:54 PM
Kein still lives with his mother!

Cullion
23rd June 10, 06:02 PM
Maybe his mother lives with him. That's not the same.

Kiko
23rd June 10, 06:10 PM
No one's favorite....

http://chzoddlyspecific.files.wordpress.com/2009/12/1290410446345750021.jpg

Adouglasmhor
24th June 10, 12:55 AM
Maybe his mother lives with him. That's not the same.

I had to threaten to take the spare key for my flat off my mother as she would come over if she was bored when I was at work and do housework.

Cullion
24th June 10, 03:22 AM
It's not cool when your mother is still finding your porn stash after all these years.

Adouglasmhor
24th June 10, 02:56 PM
It's not cool when your mother is still finding your porn stash after all these years.

She allready knew I cross dressed what could shock her more?

Cullion
24th June 10, 03:16 PM
Finding who you took the clothes from.

Kein Haar
25th June 10, 01:49 AM
Hay u guyz, it's not like that.

Feryk
25th June 10, 02:14 PM
What's it like then?

Adouglasmhor
28th June 10, 06:18 PM
Finding who you took the clothes from.

~Unlike me my mum never dressed like a dyke.

Big Dozer
28th June 10, 07:15 PM
Famous Dave's BBQ. I went there for the first time in 2007 on a week visiting my brother in Oceanside CA. We had to have gone there 4 times in those three weeks. One of the timesI tried a new item on the menu. The waitress asked how it was, to be honest it wasnt too great. But I assured her the appetizers were great and I filled up on fries and their AMAZING BBQ sauce. She came back later with the manager. They comped our meal and gave us giftcards. I protested, but the insisted that NOBODY leaves Famous Dave's unsatisfied.

SoulMechanic
30th June 10, 02:49 AM
Ahh famous Dave's(it's in vista). Dave's is good but not better then Abbie's bbq in Miramar IMO.

Big Dozer
30th June 10, 08:47 AM
My bad, Dave's is in Vista, not Oceanside. I will make sure to check out Abbies next time I am down there.


Also, Redrum Burger in Davis CA is awesome. Best shakes I have ever had. Pretty good burgers too.

Feryk
30th June 10, 03:30 PM
Murder Burger?

I'd be worried if I were you....

Big Dozer
30th June 10, 03:51 PM
It used to be called Murder Burger, but Davis is now a hippie town so they were forced to change the name.

Here is a link with more info. Even has a menu.

http://daviswiki.org/Redrum_Burger

fes_fsa
1st July 10, 12:29 AM
George's Greek Cafe in downtown Long Beach has the best greek food i've ever eaten. their baklava is soggy, but i don't usually eat desserts, so no loss.

Isaac's is a little hole in the wall place in Wilmington, CA that makes the best burritos. they're only open for breakfast and lunch... and there's no place to sit down. you pretty much just order your shit and leave. also, you've gotta beat the lunch rush if you want to eat, otherwise, you'll be spending at least an hour standing around a bunch of greasy, sweaty longshoremen.

SoulMechanic
1st July 10, 02:27 AM
Sounds good fes. My favorite taco shop is Tacos el Gordo. They have this thing called the garbage burrito. It is always big, spicy and cram packed with various meat and vegetables. There is no menu description because it changes on a day to day basis. No two garbage burrito are the same. It is a work of art for your digestive system. God bless you Senor Gordo.

I want to start a place called "nigga pizza". Mac n cheese and extra crispy chicken on a new york style slice. Damn that sounds good.

Big Dozer
19th July 10, 04:57 PM
Idaho Joes
Twin Falls, ID

Many places claim they have home cooked taste, but Joe's actually comes through. They have award winning pie. Also every time I go I have ordered something different from the menu and I have never been unhappy with the food.

Cullion
19th July 10, 05:02 PM
~Unlike me my mum never dressed like a dyke.

No, I meant literally finding who you took the clothes from.

MEGA JESUS-SAMA
19th July 10, 05:14 PM
Woah
Woah

What the fuck? I went to a Famous Dave's, it blew right out its own ass.

SoulMechanic
20th July 10, 09:27 PM
Woah
Woah

What the fuck? I went to a Famous Dave's, it blew right out its own ass.

Isn't that like, you know, your thing?

fes_fsa
20th July 10, 09:37 PM
wtf??? what happened to mine and soulmechanic's short discussion about Kogi's? this thread is sorely lacking kimchi tacos!

SoulMechanic
20th July 10, 09:42 PM
I was just thinking the same damn thing Fes? I can only come up with one logical answer. Steve's racist ass is onto us and our theory of a Korean/Mexican master race.

Zendetta
20th July 10, 09:46 PM
I can vouch for Murder Burger's murderous burgers, but their onion rings suck.

Feryk
21st July 10, 12:35 PM
Went here last night and was pleasantly surprised.

www.fatburger.com