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The Tako Grill, in its new location at 4914 Hampden Ln. Bethesda, MD 20814, in the heart of Bethesda (near Washington, DC). The Tako Grill is a premier restaurant offering a delicious selection of traditional Japanese Cuisine. Whether from the Sushi or Sake Bar, it's a great culinary experience. ~ Best Ramen 2015 - Improper.com and Website: Tako Grill
Louisiana Kitchen & Bayou Bar - located at 4907 Cordell Avenue, Bethesda, Maryland, 20814, is dedicated to the memory of Peter Finkhauser, Sr. who owned the Louisiana Express. "The owners of Louisiana Kitchen & Bayou Bar, Carlos Arana and Jose Blanco, are indebted to the former owner of Louisiana Express in many ways. Carlos was inspired and assisted by Peter to immigrate to the United States. After working for eight years with Peter, Carlos would still be serving all of his favorite customers at Louisiana Express, but for its closure. Jose worked for over twenty years as the Chef at Louisiana Express and was entrusted with the cherished recipes that are the core of the Louisiana tradition." Link: Website.
Wing Hub - located at 4914 Cordell Ave Bethesda, MD 20814, Wing Hub prepares "creative and tasty chicken recipes",. Offering a variety of fresh chicken sandwiches and wraps (grilled or fried), fresh homemade burgers and Signature Spuds “fries”. Enjoy their "Specialty Buffalo style chicken wings and tenders available in 13 different flavors (Mild BBQ, Racing BBQ, Cajun BBQ, Old School Buffalo, Red Hot Buffalo, Blazing BBQ, and the dreadful R&D “reckless and dangerous”)", just to name a few. Link: Website.
HaKuBa Japanese Restaurant - Kentland MD. Located at 706 Center Point Way, Gaithersburg, MD 20878 in the Kentlands Market Square. The Hakuba features a wide selection of seafood including Uni, baby octopus, mackerel, white tuna, flounder, tilapia, pale shrimp, dark tuna, salmon, yellowtail, squid and grilled eel. Sushi accounts for half HaKuBa’s business, while kitchen preparations like teriyaki, yakimono, tempura and nabemono make up the other half. Website: HaKuBa Japanese Restaurant
Old Georgetown Grille located at 7755 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda, MD 20814-6125. 'Friendly and laid-back, the Old Georgetown Grille is a Bethesda institution. Come for the quick, cheap, tasty food; stay for the relaxed environment and excellent service. It's the perfect place for families.' 'The coffee is tasty and the eggs are delicious. Perfect for a casual morning meal.' DowntownBethesda.com: Old Georgetown Grille
Stanford Grill Located at 8900 Stanford Blvd. Columbia, MD 21045. At Stanford Grill, food is their passion. Every day, chefs handpick the freshest produce, and prepare chef-inspired dishes made to order in their open-air kitchen. Visit the Stanford Grill to enjoy the ambience, savor exceptional American cuisine and sample their array of red and white wines. Website: Stanford Grill
Rolls 'n Rice is located at 1701 Rockville Pike in Rockville, MD 20852, serving "various rolls, delicious dinner platters, bento boxes, quality sushi and a few Korean dishes as well. From the pleasant music to friendly the employees, Rolls ‘n Rice creates the perfect dining experience." Website: Rolls 'n Rice - Japanese Bistro Cafe
Z-Burger - located at both 2414 Wisconsin Avenue NW and 4321 Wisconsin Avenue, NW in DC. Burgers, Hot Dogs, Cheesesteaks, You can "Invent Your Own Taste "All toppings are free!" Fresh-cut Fries and Onion Rings and 75 flavors Shakes and Malts. Website: Z-Burger
Tastee Diner<.font> - with locations in Silver Spring MD, Bethesda MD and Laurel MD. The Tastee Diner opened in Silver Spring MD in 1935. The small Diner was so successful, that in 1946 the owner brought in a new and larger Dining cab. The Tastee Diners of Silver Spring, Laurel, and Bethesda remain open 24 hours a day and continue to serve the metro area some of its favorite Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Specials. Write-up: BethesdaRookie.com and Website
Satsuma Japanese Restaurant located at 8003 Norfolk Ave Bethesda, MD 20814. " Satsuma Restaurant, named for Japan's southwestern-most provinc, brings yakiniku to Bethesda for the first time. Bethesda's Satsuma is two authentic Japanese restaurants in one. The main entrance opens into a smart café-style dining room within one of those iconic curved Bethesda storefronts. The space is well suited to a quick meal of sushi or shared appetizers a la carte." - Gazette Dining Review ~ Brian Patterson
The Yosaku Japanese Restaurant located at 4712 Wisconsin Avenue NW. in Washington, D.C. was established in 1982. Since then, it has been not just a community favorite but also a well-known establishment in the Washington, D.C. metro area. It has been regarded by many as an important Japanese fixture visited regularly by not only Sushi afficionados but also by folks from the Japanese community, including members of the Japanese Embassy. Link: Website;
KOTOBUKI RESTAURANT - (located at 4822 MacArthur Blvd NW, DC) "You won't find anything fancy here; there are no dragon rolls or cream cheese and salmon abominations, just standard sushi, sashimi, and rolls. The luxuriously fatty tuna is worth the few extra bucks, and the sweet inari has a strip of pickled ginger tucked inside for a nice spicy crunch. Simple is the way to order here, as the fish is typically very fresh and needs no more accompaniment than the ever present Beatles soundtrack playing softly in the background." DCist. Website: KOTOBUKI RESTAURANT
Kefa Cafe is located in downtown Silver Spring, MD on Bonifant street near Georgia Avenue. It is described as a unique (family owned coffee shop) with a quaint, distinctive and quiet atmosphere. Write-ups: Takoma Voice, Silver Spring Voice and Silver Spring Penguin. Links: Space 7:10 BlogSpot and Kefa Cafe Video
EL Chalan is noted for being the first Peruvian restaurant in the D.C. metropolitan area. Peruvian food at it's best, El Chalan has been around for 32 years in a prime downtown spot, and its survival all these years especially during the last economic meltdown is a testament to its reputation. The filled dining room during my last visit was a good indicator that diners still love this place, not for any novelty but for the very same dishes that they have been serving all these years. The kitchen has maintained its standards with its tasty traditional dishes executed well. . Review: WongEats.com, Website: EL Chalan Peruvian Restaurant
Kaz Sushi Bistro, Noteworthy dishes, Briny lobster with wasabi mayo; short ribs braised and then caramelized on the grill with ginger and soy; sizzling bite-size cubes of miso-glazed Kobe beef. Website: Kaz Sushi Bistro
The Diner Many years ago Hofberg's use to be the late night place to go for a meal. Long after it closed I continued to search for the late night spot with their atmosphere. The Search is over. It's The Diner on 18th Street in Adam's Morgan. Write-up: The Diner
Burger Joint New York - (located in Greenwich Village and Le Parker Meridien in NYC) "Regardless of what time you go or how long you have to wait for your hot handful of beef and bun and American glory, Burger Joint is always a smart move. It will forever have a place in The Infatuation Hall of Fame, and should also be added to the short list of dining establishments that every visitor to this city must experience before being allowed out of Midtown. First you have your burger, then you can see the hyperbaric chamber that we keep Sarah Jessica Parker in." theinfatuation.com. Website: Burger Joint New York
Spaghetti Incident - Located at 231 Eldridge St New York, NY. "The name is borrowed from a 1993 Guns N’ Roses album that refers to a food fight between band members. The restaurant is compact, seating 40 at short tables, tall tables, and along an L-shaped counter that looks into an open kitchen. The menu principally features different forms of spaghetti, nine in all, priced from $11 to $16. Spaghetti Incident micro-focuses, and to great effect." Excerpting parts from Eater.com review. Website: Spaghetti Incident.
White Palace Grill, Located at 1159 S. Canal Street, Chicago, IL. "For classic diner fare, look no further than the White Palace Grill. Featured in Guy Fieri's show Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, this is one of those places that stays open 24/7 but in an out of the way part of town located about a mile south of Union Station on Canal Street but worth the trip. And it's always crowded." Review excerpt: ~ virtualtourist.com Website: White Palace Grill.
SAI Cafe, Located at 2010 N Sheffield Ave Lincoln Park Chicago between Armitage and Dickens Aves. "For two decades, this traditional Japanese spot has offered more of a steakhouse atmosphere—with low lights, jazz tunes and TVs at the bar—and keeps the focus on food with thick, meaty cuts of sashimi and perfect, warm rice for contrast. Try some not-so-common choices like sea urchin and escolar, a firm, oily fish with full flavor. Aside from sushi, try the kani su, a salad of cucumbers and meaty pieces of crab in tangy vinegar dressing." Review excerpt: ~ timeout.com Website: SAI Cafe.
Kuma's Corner, About: "Kuma’s started in 2005 with its flagship location at the corner of Belmont and Francisco avenues in Chicago’s Avondale neighborhood. From our origins as a corner bar with solid American bistro fare, we’ve grown to two locations that offer the finest burgers available on this planet or any other." 2900 West Belmont Avenue Chicago, IL. "The Burger - It’s big. It’s juicy. Nicely salted and pleasantly seasoned, it’s got enough substance to please, but doesn’t overpower the great taste of the meat. Which is what matters, right? The meat. And it’s on a pretzel bun."" Review excerpt: ~ Mason Johnson - CBS Chicago Website: Kuma's Corner.
Boatyard Bar & Grill at Severn Ave. & Fourth St. Annapolis, Maryland. The Boatyard was founded in 2001 by Owner Dick Franyo after he left his 30 year investment career with Alex. Brown & Sons, BT Alex Brown, and Deutsche Bank where he was head of Investment Banking. Located on Restaurant Row in the historic maritime district of Eastport, the Boatyard is just a short walk or water taxi ride from Annapolis City Docks. The Boatyard receives awards for being most family friendly and having the best crab cakes and burger on the Bay..... Website: Boatyard Bar & Grill
Yume Wo Katare - "(Porter Square Shopping Center, 1923 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA) "Boston’s quality ramen options have expanded admirably in the past few years, but this tiny Porter Square storefront, with only 18 seats between its counter and two tables, has an inimitable charm. Its lone specialty, jiro ramen, boasts fat, chewy noodles, either two or five thick slices of superb pork-belly roast, some token vegetables and an opaque, spectacularly fatty, deep-flavored pork-bone broth. (The optional dose of ferocious raw garlic is highly recommended.) Finishing a bowl is an eating-contest challenge; skip lunch before you go." ~ Best Ramen 2015 - Improper.com and Website: Yume Wo Katare.
Toro, is a Barcelona-style tapas restaurant located in Boston's South End. Serving traditional and modern Spanish-style small plates made with locally sourced and sustainable ingredients. Their "beverage program features classic-inspired cocktails and an eclectic, all-Spanish wine list." PoBoyLivinRich.com: Review excerpt - "for tapas, I can’t imagine there being a better tapas restaurant in town. Aside from the amazing menu, the servers and bartenders are very knowledgeable about what’s on the menu and what pairs with each other. So the order the dishes were served flowed very naturally and was palate-friendly. Overall, if you’re looking for a phenomenal restaurant to order food to share with friends, Toro is your place.". Website: Toro Boston location.
Dinosaur Bar-B-Que - "Founder John Stage began Dinosaur Bar-B-Que with two partners as a mobile concession unit in 1983 with a 55-gallon drum cut in half. The idea was hatched at the the Harley Rendezvous, a massive motorcycle gathering near Albany, NY because they believed that bikers deserve a good plate of food. For five years the road was our home, doing motorcycle shows, fairs, and festivals throughout the Northeast. Burned out from life on the road, we settled in downtown Syracuse as a quick service lunch/dinner bar-b-que joint in 1988. In 1990 we tripled our size, adding a full bar, full service dining, and live music. Dinosaur Bar-B-Que opened its doors in Rochester, NY in 1998, Dinosaur Ba-B-Que Harlem followed in 2004 and we just opened our fourth location in Troy, NY on November 10th, 2010." Website: Dinosaur Bar-B-Que.
Cabo Fish Taco Baja Seagrill, located at 3201 North Davidson Street,
Charlotte, NC 28205. "Cabo Fish Taco is the combination of concepts from three completely different people, who share the same idea of what makes a restaurant great. Unlike most Baja styled restaurants, Cabo combines coastal Mexican cuisine with a unique healthy California feel. The food and atmosphere of Cabo is an impeccable infusion of very different styles." Website: Cabo Fish Taco Baja Seagrill.
Ru San's Japanese restaurant, located at 14126 Rivergate Pkwy, Ste 400, in Charlotte, NC 28273. The Ru San's in Charlotte is one of several which are based in Atlanta, Georgia. The restaurant in Charlotte is the only exception. It is located in the Dilworth neighborhood. If you are a sushi fan, you will enjoy sampling Ru San's $1 sushi selection and their moderately priced specialty roll cuisine. Website: Ru San's Japanese Sushi and Cuisine.
Blue Ginger, Located at 583 Washington Street in Wellesley, Massachusetts. Blue Ginger is a high-end restaurant owned by celebrity chef Ming Tsai, which he opened in February of 1998, in the Boston suburb of Wellesley, Massachusetts. The restaurant was designed by Ming in conjunction with a Feng Shui Master. Since opening its doors, Blue Ginger has impressed diners from Boston and beyond with cuisine that harmoniously combines the East and the West. Website: Blue Ginger, and Article: ~ FoxNews.
Snappy Sushi, Located at 144 Newbury St, Boston, MA - "The clientele is mixed, from professional types on cell phones to students and the usual Newbury Street glitterati. The restaurant makes its name on good sushi prepared quickly--there's a full selection of traditional choices. "Their rice is a daring brown, seating is communal, and "fancy rolls" are boundary pushers that borrow from other cuisines (ever see pineapple salsa or pesto in sushi?)." They are unique and very cool. Website: Snappy Sushi, and Article: boston.com.
Smelly Cat Coffeehouse, located in the NoDa section of Charlotte 514 E 36th St Charlotte, NC, 28205 is open Mon-Tue 7am-8pm; Wed-Thu 7am-10pm; Fri 7am-12am; Sat 8am-12am; Sun 9am-5pm. "One of the city's better coffeehouses and a great perch for people-watching. Open till midnight on weekends to accommodate the after-concert crowds, but also early enough to be a good hangover-busting option." ~ Wikitravel.org Website: Smelly Cat Coffeehouse.
Musashi Japanese Restaurant, located in Hanaford Plaza [Suite 115] on Johnston Rd in Charlotte, NC is open for lunch and dinner six days a week (closed on Sunday). They are noted for serving authentic traditional Japanese dishes. The Musashi Japanese Restaurant has received good reviews for their Bento box lunch specials, which they periodically change to offer a delicious and interesting variety of food. Website: Musashi Japanese Restaurant.
Sushi 101, located at #1730 E Woodlawn Rd, Charlotte, NC 28209-2234. The best thing about Sushi 101 is its consistent quality, and the fact that you will always have a good time. I have been going there for years, and while there are other sushi places with bigger menus, higher quality fish, etc., you will consistently get a great meal here - and not empty your wallet.
Reviews: TripAdvisor and Website.
Faidley’s Seafood - "Faidley Seafood World Famous Lexington Market (203 North Paca Baltimore, Maryland 21201) is about history, atmosphere, and flavor. Once you’ve experienced it, there’s no question why it is famous, and there’s simply no one who does it better. Faidley’s is a space unto itself within the larger marketplace. It’s a large room with a raw bar counter at its center, large communal standing tables arranged orderly all around. Entering from the street, the fresh fish side is on your left, the cooked side on your right. There’s always a line, but when you finally settle down at a table with your chosen seafood delicacy, you quickly find out what all the fuss is about." ~ Lexington Market, website: Faidley’s Seafood
The Primanti Bros, "While there are now seventeen different Primanti Bros. locations in Pittsburgh, the original is located down in the culturally explosive Strip District on 18th Street." (Original location) 46 18th Street, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15222. "The first 30 sandwiches I reviewed here on PittWich are more than respectably delicious ‘wiches, don’t get me wrong, and I’d immediately recommend every single one to anybody visiting Pittsburgh (or, to a lesser extent, Philadelphia and New Jersey.) However, there’s no question that if you want to eat a sandwich in Pittsburgh, Primanti is the first name you’re gonna hear. First, the spectacle and novelty of putting cole slaw and french fries on top of your sandwich, rather than next to it, draws in any tourists and adventurous food folk. And then you actually eat the thing, and there’s nothing like it. The Primanti Bros. sandwich is in a league of its own, and is something any connoisseur of things sandwich- and/or Pittsburgh-related should be obligated by law to try. Trust me, you’ll be more than happy that you did." Review: Pennwich and Website: Primanti Bros
Wild Ginger located in both Seattle and Bellevue, Washington. At 1401 Third Avenue in Seattle, WA 98101, and 11020 NE 6th St. Ste 90 Bellevue, WA 98004. " The atmosphere is cosmopolitan, the mood festive and the food reliably good, sometimes even great. Can you get Asian food this good for less elsewhere in the city? Of course, but not always with ingredients of this caliber, and not with the amenities you’ll enjoy here — sommeliers to discuss the award-winning wine list and equally well-informed servers who painstakingly wipe tables between bouts of shared plates and deliver warm washcloths at meal’s end." Review: Seattle Times and Website: Wild Ginger
Toshi's Teriyaki Grill - (16212 Bothell Everett Hwy Mill Creek, WA) "Founder Toshi Kasahara is widely regarded as the godfather of teriyaki. Since opening Seattle’s first ever teriyaki joint in 1976, Toshi has been spreading his addictingly-delicious teriyaki chicken and beef throughout the greater Seattle area. Toshi’s teriyaki has received countless praise from renowned food critics including Travel Channel’s Andrew Zimmern and Seattle Times’ John Hinterberger." Website: Toshi's Teriyaki Grill
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Steelhead diner, located at 95 Pine St. Pike Place Market in Seattle, WA 98101 between Post Aly & 1st Ave Downtown. Owner operated by Chef Kevin Davis and wife Teresa, The Steelhead Diner is a smart casual restaurant located in the heart of Seattle’s Pike Place Market. "Come visit our modern take on the classic American diner – and enjoy contemporary comfort food created with a Northwest twist. Soak up stunning views while enjoying our exclusively Northwest wine and beer list." Website: Steelhead diner.
Samurai Noodle Locations: International District 606 5th Ave S - University District: 4138 University Way NE - Capitol Hill: 412 Broadway E. "The inspiration for Samurai Noodle comes from small Ramen shops throughout Japan. Places that focus all of their energy on rich broth, chewy noodles, and succulent pork that make up the essence of Ramen.. The Samurai Noodle mission to bring traditional Japanese food to Seattle is ongoing!." Review excerpt - The Stranger "Samurai has shoyu and dipping-ramen dishes, but the tonkotsu is the thing—rich, unimpeachably tasty pork ramen with thick, perfectly cooked slices of pork." Link: Website.
Black Bottle Gastro-Tavern Located at 2600 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98121. "From the moment you walk into Black Bottle’s beautifully, simplistic space, you know right away that this isn’t your usual after work watering hole. You’re in a place where Armani power suits, ambitious Chanel pumps, and hard working folks can all gather together to dine on deliciously delectable food. From the savory grilled lamb and sumac humus platter, to the seared sashimi yellowfin tuna, it's clear this place has something for most everyone." Links: Website and Seattle Examiner.
Shiro's Sushi Located at 2401 2nd Ave Seattle, WA 98121. A two-time James Beard nominee, Master Chef Shiro Kashiba has been profiled in every major cuisine periodical and newspaper including Bon Appetit, The New York Times, and USA Today. His restaurants are permanent fixtures in Zagat's restaurant guides. In 1994, Shiro opened up his namesake, Shiro's in the hip Belltown district of downtown Seattle. Links: Website and Shiro's reviews.
biwa in Southeast Portland, Oregon, at 215 Southeast 9th Ave. At the corner of SE 9th and Ash – two blocks south of East Burnside at 9th Ave. Japanese cuisine - "a highly recommended dining destination for a wide range of situations and price points. It’s even vegan friendly, which is an anomaly in such a meat-focused restaurant... This is damn good Japanese comfort food, refined. So whether I crave a long night of sake and nibbles among a large group of friends, or a simple bowl of ramen and a salad alone after work, I find myself returning to Biwa time and time again." Links: Website and review on PortlandFoodandDrink.com.
Zippys Giant Burgers located at 9614 14th Ave S.W. in Seattle. "Zippy's seems to have had little trouble amassing a fervent following. Owners Blaine and Rahel Cook have been cranking out burgers that have lured in the masses since 2008, becoming so popular so quickly that they won the Seattle Met Magazine readers' choice poll for Seattle's Best Burger only a year after opening their doors. They also managed to collect the Best Burger accolade from Seattle Weekly earlier this year. Such high expectations could have set up Zippy's for a major disappointment, but as it happens, the burgers are nearly as good as the hype portends." - seriouseats.com Review: Seattle Weekly and Website: Zippy's Giand Burgers
Boomer's Drive-In at 310 N. Samish Way Bellingham, WA 98225. Serving families in Bellingham since 1989, Boomer’s Drive-In has become a local icon. People who enjoyed Boomers as a child are now bringing their kids and grand kids to enjoy the same great food. Little about Boomers has changed over the years and we strive to keep it that way. Echoing back to the drive-in diners of the 50's. Boomer's Drive-In has been voted "Best Burger in Bellingham, Again & Again!" World Famous Waffle Fries. Hard Ice Cream Milkshakes. Car Hop Service. Best burgers in the northwest - personal opinion. Website: Boomer's Drive-In and Write-up: Kulshan.com.
Sushi Zen Restaurant located at 13206 Bothell Everett Highway Mill Creek, WA 98012. You Don’t Have to Go to Seattle or Japan for mouth-watering Sushi. The fish is first-rate and traditional from Toro, Fresh Sea Urchin in the Shell, Spanish Mackerel to Monkfish Liver, there are few other places in the city where you can find the sheer variety of fish that Sushi Zen offers. Website: Sushi Zen Restaurant
The Woods Coffee "was established in 2002 by the Herman family of Lynden, Washington. With a dream of starting a chain of coffee shops, the Herman family pooled their talents and resources to create the first store on Bender Rd. in Lynden. After six months, they opened their second store, also in Lynden. Since then, they have continued on a steady growth pattern throughout Whatcom County." Website: The Woods Coffee.
The Black Drop Coffeehouse located at 300 W Champion Street Bellingham, WA 98225. "is the explosive result of the midlife crisis between an aging goth and a stay-at-home mom which unfolded on the Internet in early 2002. Their friendship formed fast through their mutual blogs. It didn't take them long to figure out that their complimentary skill sets could fulfill a mutual dream: a place to build meaningful affinities while drinking some absolutely kick-ass coffee." Website: The Black Drop Coffeehouse.
Trattoria Cuoco - (310 terry avenue north, Seattle, WA) "Cuoco (“cook” in Italian) is the first of Tom Douglas’ restaurants in Paul Allen’s Vulcan Real Estate South Lake Union development . Open for lunch and dinner, with three private dining rooms, Chef Stuart Lane and pastaiola Martha Francis work their magic to bring Italia to Seattle. The Northern Italian menu includes a seven layer lasagna alla ferrara, a rice flour penne with spicy sausage, kale and chunky tomato, and risotto with pine nuts, grapefruit, charred rapini and lambrusco." ~ Tom Douglas Opens Three New Seattle Restaurants - cbslocal.com, website: Trattoria Cuoco
BLOWFISH SUSHI located in both San Francisco and San Jose, California. At 2170 Bryant Street, SF, CA 94110, and 355 Santana Row, Suite 1010, San Jose, CA 95128." This is not your quiet neighborhood sushi joint. The moment you enter Blowfish Sushi, your modern, urban self will be engaged by the pulsing techno music, Japanese animation on a large screen behind the sushi chefs, a chic, modern ambiance and the trendy wait staff carrying gorgeous plates. If you want "a scene" with your sushi, then this is the place for you." Review: Kiki Hernandez - posthoc.com and Website: BLOWFISH SUSHI
San Diego, CA 92116. In a review in GLT San Diego, they write "Epicurious Eating: Jayne’s Gastropub pulls it off on all levels" - "Proprietor Jayne Battle is a native of Liverpool and has lived most of her life in the U.S., arriving to San Diego after working years in San Francisco’s restaurant scene. Having visited England’s gastropubs in her adult life, she felt the time and place were right for opening her own joint, located only a stone’s throw away from a village-like stretch of Adams Avenue. " Review: Gay & Lesbian Times and Website: JAYNES GASTROPUB
Hapa Ramen Located in the Embarcadero, SoMa neighborhood in One Ferry Building, San Francisco, CA. "Between the richness of the pork belly, the hints of fried chicken, the sweetness of the fresh vegetables, and the unctuousness of the slow-cooked egg, this ramen overflows with flavor. Add in a bit of chili oil and pickles and you've got the stuff that legends are made of. And, dear god it's filling! I get Hapa Ramen for lunch at the Ferry Building on Thursdays (they're there on Tuesdays as well)" Links: Website and review, The Big Daddy Ramen Bowl, Hapa Ramen
Mums - Home of Shabu Shabu Located at 1800 Sutter Street San Francisco, CA. "For the past 31 years, Mums (formerly named Cafe Mums) has been serving customers from throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and around the world. Conveniently located in San Francisco's Japantown at the Hotel Tomo (formerly named Miyako Inn). Mums has been known for its Traditional Japanese-style Shabu-Shabu, Japanese and American Cuisines. In addition, is one of the first restaurants in the San Francisco Bay Area to serve Shabu-shabu, making it the Home of Shabu-shabu since 1995." Links: Website and review, BAR BITES: Mums - SFGate.com
Surfin Souvlaki Located at 28171 Marguerite Pky, Mission Viejo, CA. "Surfin' Souvlaki offers healthy Greek food with a twist. The restaurant fuses authentic Greek cuisine with the popular surf scene in Southern California. Greek foods. Souvlaki is a popular Greek fast-food dish with small pieces of grilled meat on a skewer—it can be served either by itself or in a pita sandwich garnished with sauces and vegetables. Open since 2009, Surfin' Souvlaki serves gyros, souvlaki, fries, hummus, salads and Greek breakfast wraps, among many other dishes. All are made with fresh ingredients from California." Links: Website and review on Mission Viejo Patch.
R23 Located at 923 E. 2nd St, Los Angeles, CA. Between Alameda St and Santa Fe Ave, Downtown. "This gallery-like space in Downtown's out-of-the-way warehouse/artist loft district has been the secret of sushi connoisseurs since 1991. At the back of R23's single, large exposed-brick dining room, the 12-seat sushi bar shines like a beacon; what appear at first to be ceramic wall ornaments are really stylish sushi platters hanging in wait for large orders. Salmon, yellowtail, shrimp, tuna, and scallops are among the always-fresh selections; an excellent and unusual offering is seared toro, in which the rich belly tuna absorbs a faint and delectable smoky flavor from the grill. " Links: Website and review on FROMMERS.com
Emmy's Spaghetti Shack - (3230 Mission St., San Francisco, CA) "If you live in San Francisco and love spaghetti and meatballs, there’s a good chance you’re a fan of Emmy’s Spaghetti Shack, the popular and quirky Mission/Bernal Heights restaurant that serves up tasty plates of carbs and meat to families, late night crowds, and pretty much everyone with a hankering for huge portions of pasta made with love." Yelpblog.com. Website: Emmy's Spaghetti Shack
Los Dos Molinos Located at 260 S. Alma School Rd., Suite #137 (W. Broadway Rd.) Mesa, AZ 85210 and is one of four locations in the Phoenix area. "If you can't take the heat, stay out of this kitchen! Los Dos Molinos offers genuine New Mexican cuisine, which ranges in flavor from hot to hotter to wildfire. The food is electric but the atmosphere is relaxed." Links: Website and review on Gayot.com.
iSOBUNE - Centrally located in San Francisco's Japantown off of Geary Boulevard and nestled between Cathedral Hill, Pacific Heights at 1737 Post St San Francisco, CA 94115. Isobune (pronounced: ee-so-boo-nay) is the spot for "high quality sushi truly affordable for everyone." With the fun food delivery of boats floating in a circular canal, similar to a horse race track and delivering fresh sushi dishes to customers seated around the bar. They offer a full array of Sushi and traditional Japanese foods. A casual dining atmosphere of "laughter, warmth, and lively conversation. At Isobune and Kushi Tsuru, diners are always 'Honored Guests'." Website: iSOBUNE
JTYH Restaurant located at 9425 Valley Boulevard, Rosemead, CA 91770. "The San Gabriel Valley is Southern California’s mecca for authentic cuisine from almost every province in China, so if you’ve got a hankering for chewy, thick handmade Shanxi noodles, this cozy strip mall spot in Rosemead is required eating. Run by the same family that owned the acclaimed and now-defunct Heavy Noodling, JTYH offers huge portions and low prices (nothing on the menu is over $10)." Link: Gayot.com
SUSHI RAN located at 107 Caledonia (at Pine Street) in Sausalito. "Few sushi restaurants compare to this Sausalito mainstay, which has been serving up the freshest fish for 24 years. Owner Yoshi Tome gives free rein to chef Scott Whitman and Mitsunori Kusakabe, a licensed blowfish cutter, who produce the spectacular sashimi. Whitman blends traditional and creative elements to produce such things as smoked hamachi tataki with avocado, grapefruit and yuzu-black pepper sauce; or slow-cooked duck breast accented with watermelon rind-citrus chutney." Review: San Francisco Chronicle and Website: SUSHI RAN
Prince Lebanese Grill located at 502 W Randol Mill Rd Arlington, TX 76011. "Looking for excellent Middle Eastern food in Tarrant county and not sure where to go? Or at least a place you can go without 1960s era belly dancers? Prince is the place. You've never had Lebanese food, but always wanted to try? Prince is the place. You will feel most comfortable in this casual establishment - the menu will explain it all for you." Review: Regular Joe Guide Website: Prince Lebanese Grill
Karma Sushi Bar Grill located at 6 East Route 66 in Flagstaff AZ. While in Flagstaff I ran a search on Google to find a good sushi bar near the Barnes and Noble bookstore I visit. The Karma Sushi Bar Tapas was a great choice. The miso soup was good and the sushi exceptionally fresh. Website: Karma Sushi Bar Grill;
Krystal Burgers "It was on October 24, 1932, when the nation's first Krystal restaurant opened its doors on the corner of Seventh and Cherry Streets in downtown Chattanooga amid the harsh financial times of the Great Depression. Its founders, Rody Davenport Jr. and J. Glenn Sherrill, believed that despite the severe economic upheaval of the times, people would patronize a restaurant that was kept spotlessly clean, provided courteous service and offered a good meal at the lowest possible price. Proving this theory true, the restaurant's first customer, French Jenkins, ordered six "Krystals" and a cup of coffee, all for the bargain price of $0.35." Website: Krystal Burgers
Emeril's - Emeril Lagasse is the chef-proprietor of ten restaurants in New Orleans, Las Vegas, Orlando, Miami, and Gulfport, MS. The recognition and awards he has garnered have made him known to food-loving Americans everywhere. His restaurants consistently win critical praise and top ratings. Website: Emeril's
Morton's Steakhouse - 77 worldwide locations. For more than 30 years, Morton's Steakhouse has served only the finest quality foods, featuring USDA prime-aged beef, fresh fish and seafood, hand-picked produce, delicious appetizers and elegant desserts. Website: Morton's Steakhouse
Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar® - is one of the Top 10 Fastest-Growing Restaurant Chains in the Country, and more than just a NY-style wing joint with 14 signature sauces. It is also a sports bar, complete with a full menu, ranging from appetizers to burgers, and a variety of specialty items. They are described as being a "fun, edgy, high-energy and easygoing restaurant.
Website: Buffalo Wild Wings
Jimmy John'sGourmet Sandwiches - What makes Jimmy John's different from the rest is that it's honest, it's damn good, it's damn fast, at a decent price! Jimmy John's definition of fresh is worlds apart from everyone else's. Bread is baked in-house everyday and served fresh. Meat and veggies are sliced fresh in-house everyday. The turkey is real turkey, the roast beef is real roast beef – no additives, no vegetable-based fillers, no fake stuff. Nothing is delivered pre-sliced. Real Hellmann's mayo, real Grey rey Poupon, real olive oil and red wine vinegar – it's the best of the best.. Website: Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches
Five Guys Burgers and Fries - "Five Guy's has been ZAGAT survey rated every year since 2001 and has been voted the Washingtonian Magazine's "Readers' Choice" #1 Burger every year since 1999! Since expanding outside of the Washington DC metro area, Five Guys has continued to garner awards and praise in nearly every market we enter. Five Guys is very proud of the recognition we've received in the press. Please read on to see what has been written about us."
Website: Five Guys Burgers and Fries
Maggiano's Little Italy is located on Wisconsin Avenue one block south of Chevy Chase. Maggiano's is best known for its large family style servings, which cover a full range of Italian cuisine and desserts..
Website: Maggiano's Little Italy
Kabuki Japanese Restaurant - "Presently, KABUKI Restaurants, Inc. operates 13 KABUKI Japanese Restaurants in Arizona, California and Nevada. We are committed to bringing the KABUKI Japanese Restaurant experience to many more communities throughout America. Despite our expansion, our humble attitudes from 1991 remain; to treat each customer and employee like family and to care about the communities we serve." Website: Kabuki Japanese Restaurant
PF CHANG'S China Bistro - Mandarin style wok cooking "using only the freshest, highest quality ingredients" to "create lightly sauced dishes that allow natural flavors to emerge and stimulate the senses". Founded in 1993, PF Chang is found in many major cities across the U.S. Website: PF CHANG'S
Eggspectation Restaurants - is one of America’s most innovative upscale casual dining restaurant companies. It was founded in 1993 in Montreal, Canada as a breakfast, lunch and brunch strategy. The concept was expanded in 2002 when the first U.S. location opened in Ellicott City, Maryland which included an expansive dinner menu and full service coffee and beverage bar.
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