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Colson39
07-30-2008, 03:54 PM
A couple people have mentioned theirs recently, so what are you guys favorites? Mom and pop, chain, whatever, where's your favorite place to go out to eat?

We recently fell in love with this chain they have down here called Carolina Ale House. Good cheap food, good cheap drinks, lots of tvs, and they have the best chili I've ever had.

djblu883
07-30-2008, 05:06 PM
P F Changs is my most fav for a chain....then on the coast I have several seafood restaurants...Original Oyster House, Felix's Fish Camp...and the Casinos...Beau Rivage, or Emerils Fish HOuse...and a tiny place called Phoencia's

Shannone1
07-30-2008, 05:49 PM
We like Olive Garden and B.D Mongolian BBQ. Our favorite though is a local steakhouse. They have great service, excellent food and there is always a wait. It was voted best restaurant in our county for the last 6 years or so now. It's expensive, so we usually only go once or twice a year.

We also recently discovered The Melting Pot fondue restaurant and that is a great *special occasion* kind of place.

fldisneymommyto2
07-30-2008, 08:13 PM
The Melting Pot is my favorite childless place!!

clkelley
07-30-2008, 08:17 PM
We have a restaurant here called Greenbriar Barbecue. It's this old place out in the country that serves the best barbecue chicken, pork, fried catfish, frog legs, and the most WONDERFUL hushpuppies on the face of this earth. Unfortunately, we don't go there very often cause we are trying to eat healthier.

BigCheese_MainSqueez
07-30-2008, 08:29 PM
chains, Outback and Carrabas, locals Saltwater Cowboys, Capps and Outback Crab Shack

2goofycampers
07-30-2008, 08:36 PM
Camino Real - great Mexican food and cheap too.


Demos' - great Italian, Greek food and steaks [voted best steak 12 years in a row] over Outback, Logans and all the chain steakhouses. At reasonable prices also.

keylime359
07-30-2008, 08:40 PM
Anything BBQ~ DH and I once did a BBQ vacation. Went all around Tenn for good BBQ. We even did a beer tasting at a local place. :drinking1 What a good vacay! Next I think we need to go to NY for a pizza vacation:thumbsup2
Local I'd say Famous Dave's BBQ yummo

djblu883
07-30-2008, 09:09 PM
We have a restaurant here called Greenbriar Barbecue. It's this old place out in the country that serves the best barbecue chicken, pork, fried catfish, frog legs, and the most WONDERFUL hushpuppies on the face of this earth. Unfortunately, we don't go there very often cause we are trying to eat healthier.

Been there! I can't say it stood out as memorable but know exactly where it is...I like the German Restaurant near you west of Madison Square Mall forget the name...is it still there???

Rhonda
07-30-2008, 09:32 PM
Chains: PF Changs, Big Bowl, Carabbas, Ruth's Chris
Local: A new restaurant just opened on Fort Myers Beach, called the Yucatan Bar & Grill. Open air, good food, good drinks, live music every evening, fun atmosphere! Love it!! :thumbsup2

keylime359
07-30-2008, 09:49 PM
Is it in Times Square? Was it something before?? I have not been to the beach since season! How is the traffic? Sounds good, is it dressy? Don't forget Taste of The town is the 1st Sunday in November in Centenial Park! (shameless plug, I'm in the junior league)

Rhonda
07-30-2008, 10:05 PM
Is it in Times Square? Was it something before?? I have not been to the beach since season! How is the traffic? Sounds good, is it dressy? Don't forget Taste of The town is the 1st Sunday in November in Centenial Park! (shameless plug, I'm in the junior league)

Hi!!! It's in the old Pizza Hut building! They took months (maybe even over a year) to completely gut the building, and build this new restaurant! You should check it out! Not dressy at all. Very laid back, relaxed atmosphere.

When you are going over the bridge, just look down to your right, and you can't miss it. It's down the street from the SOB. No, traffic is very light right now. Even on weekends.

We love Taste of the Town!! We'll be there! Will you be working in a booth? :)

Colson39
07-30-2008, 10:18 PM
It's down the street from the SOB.

Jeesh Rhonda, no need to call names...lol j/k ;)

keylime359
07-30-2008, 10:30 PM
Yes, every body puts in a 10 hour shift that day. I requested to pour at the beer garden this year. Last year I was on Golf cart duty delivering stuff to vendors. Sounds fun until you are driving in between 12,000 people! I might just go there this weekend. Bennigan's and Steak and Ale just closed. Bennigans was so dirty I am suprised the health dept didn't close them down sooner. I like to support the small places when we can. I want to go to Sanibel before season as well. Lifgthouse Cafe for breafast or Bubble Room for Red Velvet Cake!

GOBA Mom Lynn
07-31-2008, 12:10 AM
For chain restaurants at home or when we're on the road, we will usually hit Cracker Barrel, Steak & Shake, or Waffle House. Local favorites are Primanti Brothers, Quaker Steak & Lube and our favorite is Amel's a mediterranian/ middle eastern restaurant. If we happen to be in western Ohio, DH and DS insist on Skyline Chili!

Born 2 Fish
07-31-2008, 06:01 AM
It's a real local establishment I call "D's Kitchen". They serve good hot food and the menu changes daily. Sometimes they take special requests. And the best part,,they are real close to my lazy-boy.

2goofycampers
07-31-2008, 09:27 AM
Quaker Steak & Lube


Do they change your oil for you to?

ftwildernessguy
07-31-2008, 09:42 AM
My favorite all time restaurant was a place called Country's Barbeque in Columbus, GA. I haven't been there in over 20 years, but I can still taste it. I used to like Don Pablo's, but they closed locally due to bankruptcy. I am searching now for a new favorite.

RvUsa
07-31-2008, 09:54 AM
Do they change your oil for you to?

Ha Ha very funny! It is a restaurant that first started in Sharon Pa, out of an old gas station. I have been going there for years, great fun and lots of fun, each room in the place is a diff. theme, one is motorcycles, and has all kinds of different bikes on the walls, floor and ceiling, one room is racing, it has a grand prix car upside down from the ceiling, it has a top fuel dragster on the wall, etc.

On a funny side note, back when I actually had more dollars than sense, I was eating at the original one night and called the manager over to our table of about 20 and asked if they were selling franchises, he said no, they never would, about 4 years later and they started popping up all over. There is even one in Knoxville near you guys.

Pretty good food, great wings.

My favorite all time restaurant was a place called Country's Barbeque in Columbus, GA. I haven't been there in over 20 years, but I can still taste it. I used to like Don Pablo's, but they closed locally due to bankruptcy. I am searching now for a new favorite.

There was a great bbq place in Athens Ga, it was called Springhouse BBQ..... MMMMmmmmMMMMmmmmMMM goood.

PrincessNana
07-31-2008, 09:54 AM
Our favorite chains are P F Changs and Macaroni Grill--
Emeril's in New Orleans is worth any price!
Favorite locals are Los Comales for Mexican food, Apple Dumpling for deli type sandwiches on homemade breads ,Mamma Mia's for Italian and Crab Inn for seafood. Can you tell we eat out alot? (No kids at home)

lucy_love
07-31-2008, 03:54 PM
Frenchy's in Clearwater, FL

haha

Seriously it is so good that the owner, Frenchy, has opened up 4 on ONE beach. They are all within, I would say, a mile of each other.

Every time i come home, that is the first place I eat at. They have one directly on the beach, one on the intercoastal (the one we go to because we go by boat), one on the strip, and the original one which is tucked away where a lot of locals go.

The place has won so many awards, their Grouper sandwich is suppose to be the best in the state (I don't eat seafood).

I could go on forever about this place :rotfl2:

http://frenchysonline.com/

lucy_love
07-31-2008, 03:59 PM
We recently fell in love with this chain they have down here called Carolina Ale House. Good cheap food, good cheap drinks, lots of tvs, and they have the best chili I've ever had.

Is this the same chain of Miller Ale Houses? (ie Orlando Ale House, Jacksonville Ale house, etc.?)

if so, I agree! That's my fav place to go watch an away football game, drink beer, eat greasy appetizers, and their ZINGERS are the best!! YUMMY!!

P F Changs is my most fav for a chain

I do agree, have you had the Peeking Dumplings? So good!

I want to go to Sanibel before season as well. Lifgthouse Cafe for breafast or Bubble Room for Red Velvet Cake!

I forgot about the Bubble Room!! I haven't been there in years. Did you know they had one in Orlando YEARS ago? And I agree, the red velvet is the best and it's HUGE!! I just love that place so much!

g8trmom1
07-31-2008, 04:09 PM
Frenchy's in Clearwater, FL

haha

Seriously it is so good that the owner, Frenchy, has opened up 4 on ONE beach. They are all within, I would say, a mile of each other.

Every time i come home, that is the first place I eat at. They have one directly on the beach, one on the intercoastal (the one we go to because we go by boat), one on the strip, and the original one which is tucked away where a lot of locals go.

The place has won so many awards, their Grouper sandwich is suppose to be the best in the state (I don't eat seafood).

I could go on forever about this place :rotfl2:

http://frenchysonline.com/

OMG!!!

We love that place!! We go to Rockaway's on the beach!!! We always take our friends from up north there, get a table on the deck, great sunsets!!!
We haven't been there in a while.

Colson39
07-31-2008, 04:24 PM
Is this the same chain of Miller Ale Houses? (ie Orlando Ale House, Jacksonville Ale house, etc.?)

No, it's a different chain, similar though. But the food is much better, I love Ale Houses but Carolina Ale Houses are quite a few steps up, but overall they're pretty similar.

And yes, Zingers are great!

loveDmouse
07-31-2008, 04:32 PM
I love Cracker Barrell.

We have a great seafood rest. that we love here.

Also in Titusville we love Dixie Crossroads. Try to stop in there when we are in that neck of the woods. (Usually when we go on a cruise out of Port Canaveral)

Love going to 50's PTC.

I would say these are some of our favorites.

SCBeachBum
07-31-2008, 04:33 PM
P F Changs is my most fav for a chain....then on the coast I have several seafood restaurants...Original Oyster House, Felix's Fish Camp...and the Casinos...Beau Rivage, or Emerils Fish HOuse...and a tiny place called Phoencia's

I've eaten at the "original Oyster House" in Gulf Shores, Ala. Is there more then one "Original" :)

terri01p
07-31-2008, 04:46 PM
We have a local steak house here called "The Woodshed " and they make a steak to die for, it is always melt in your mouth it's so good and a huge bake pototoe or sweet pototoe...goodness...but it is what it is : expensive !

ftwildernessguy
07-31-2008, 09:04 PM
I've eaten at the "original Oyster House" in Gulf Shores, Ala. Is there more then one "Original" :)

I think it's like the Original Texas Red Hots. I think I've eaten at at least 20 of the originals.

DaddyDon
08-01-2008, 06:02 AM
My favorite all time restaurant was a place called Country's Barbeque in Columbus, GA. I haven't been there in over 20 years, but I can still taste it. I used to like Don Pablo's, but they closed locally due to bankruptcy. I am searching now for a new favorite.

Country's BBQ
I am happy to say is still alive:cool1: and kickin.....:banana: :banana: Just 90 miles away from my house.....And the food is to die for if you like great bbq and country food:worship: :worship: you have to eat there if you are in the neighbor hood!

des1954
08-01-2008, 07:09 AM
We recently fell in love with this chain they have down here called Carolina Ale House. Good cheap food, good cheap drinks, lots of tvs, and they have the best chili I've ever had.

Is this anything like Miller's Ale House?? There are several around Florida - including the one near FtW. We love the Ale House!

My DH is so wishing that they would open an R.J. Gator's here in Lakeland. When he was on cat-duty in Port St. Lucie after the 2004 hurricanes, he ate at R.J. Gators just about every night and loved it!

Our fav restaurant in Lakeland recently closed...Roadhouse Grill. Great steaks, moderate prices, terrific service. Roadhouse closed a lot of their places due to the economy...so did Don Pablo's & Longhorn. Too bad.

Colson39
08-01-2008, 09:00 AM
No, it's a different chain, similar though. But the food is much better, I love Ale Houses but Carolina Ale Houses are quite a few steps up, but overall they're pretty similar.

And yes, Zingers are great!

lol Debbie, look up ;)

The other difference is Carolina Ale Houses also normally have an outside seating area, and are much larger and more full of stuff hanging on the wall ;)

lucy_love
08-01-2008, 09:05 AM
No, it's a different chain, similar though. But the food is much better, I love Ale Houses but Carolina Ale Houses are quite a few steps up, but overall they're pretty similar.

And yes, Zingers are great!

lol Debbie, look up ;)

The other difference is Carolina Ale Houses also normally have an outside seating area, and are much larger and more full of stuff hanging on the wall ;)

haha that's funny, someone else thought the same thing. Ever Millers Ale House I have been to has had outdoor seating. Now i'm hungry for zingers and it's only 9am :thumbsup2

des1954
08-01-2008, 09:15 AM
lol Debbie, look up ;)

The other difference is Carolina Ale Houses also normally have an outside seating area, and are much larger and more full of stuff hanging on the wall ;)

Yeah... I saw your response "after" I posted mine. I'm old...what more can I say?:confused:

Colson39
08-01-2008, 09:36 AM
I feel old right now (after last night, ugh).

Ever Millers Ale House I have been to has had outdoor seating.

Must be different from down here, I haven't been to a single one that had outdoor seating. Well, they have like patio tables outside, like maybe 2 or 3, but people dont' sit there. At this one it has the mister fans and tv's and it's covered outside, full bar and everything. Of course, it's probably since there is now a smoking ban in Florida, so they probably do it to increase business (the place was just built).

Pirate-Jeff
08-01-2008, 12:24 PM
Shady Maple------ East Earl PA

http://www.shady-maple.com/smorgasbord The hot food bar is almost 100 yards long

be sure to read the smorgasboard article that was in our local paper.

kc5grw
08-01-2008, 09:47 PM
Fogo de Chao or Texas de Brazil, expensive but really good.

On the other side of the spectrum is a place called Simon Sushi in Plano. The guy that opened this place up has some really unique offerings in addition to traditional sushi/sashimi.

Drewsmommybear
08-01-2008, 11:52 PM
Shanone mentioned BQ's Mongolian BBQ. Whenever I'm in Michigan we HAVE to go there. I love it. Also, when I'm in Michigan, I have to get a Coney from National Coney Island...there's even a specific one that we like.

No matter where we are, if we see a Sonic, we drive through for a Cherry Limeade (and then usually go somewhere where we can get grilled chicken and a salad to eat :confused3 )

At home, a friend of ours just opened up a restaurant called Angus and Ale and it's quickly becoming my favorite place. He cuts up portobella mushrooms and fries them like french fries.