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Do you have a favorite restaurant? A hidden Gem you found or perhaps one you have heard about and wanted to try in out? Let's put together a list of Best Restaurants by City and next time we are traveling there, we can just pull up the list. (Please keep chain restaurants off the list. If you can, please include the specific items you can recommend)

I travel quite a bit (and I am sure there are plenty of consultants or marketing gurus who travel a lot for business too). One thing I try to do is find a good place to eat in a new city - not necessarily super expensive (though expense account helps with that) but something that stands out. I will share my recommendations that I hope you can enjoy and very much looking forward to yours! I will try to post only those restaurants that I have actually experienced.

Austin

Uchi Sushi
recommended by IndigoIntentions


Atlanta

Nan Thai Fine Dining - can't make any recommendations for the specific items - everything was very good and probably the best Thai food I ever had (including what I had on the streets of Bangkok); service was very good as well - this is a high end Thai restaurant; overdressing recommended.


Boston


  • Giacomo's - Italian seafood. Homey, delicious and great house wine! Cash only, made expensing more of a pain...
  • Atlantic Fish Company - Awesome sea bass and lobster ravioli. Amazing chowder!
    For what it is (a food court restaurant), Boston Chowda Co. had delicious lobster rolls and chowder as well.
  • Legal sea foods is big in the northeast, but it is a chain. That being said, it was only mediocre to me and I would highly recommend Atlantic over it, if you are looking for seafood.
  • AFC had the best clam chowder, if that is your thing, I was hunting for it during me time there, do try a lobster roll at BCC if you have the time.

All are Recommendations by Humphy



Chicago

  • Blackbird - one of my all time favorite restaurants. Very small on East Randolph street. The same owner also owns the restaurant next door (AVEC) but I never made it there. (Blog with pictures of the food: http://blackbirdrestaurant.blogspot.com/). Recommendations are Octopus for appetizer and Sturgeon and Tri Tip for main. Never had a bad meal here. Small servings, which makes it nice to try a few things.
  • Usmania - Indian/Pakistani food, has some of the best biryani I've eaten anywhere in the world, by Staind
  • Double Li - in China Town, they put a stove on your table with a boiling broth prepared to your desired level of spice and give you unlimited raw meats n veggies that you cook in the broth and eat hot n fresh.. absolutely love it by Staind

Houston

See this post with very specific suggestions of Indian, Chinese, Sushi, and Tex-Mex. Thank you Missxmelon!
let-s-eat-best-restaurant-recommendations-104039-60.html#p1310258

Las Vegas

Panevino. Italian, Just south of the airport and absolutely fabulous. I've gone a few times with my family, and we've always sampled each other's dishes - they're all excellent. I was particularly impressed with their seafood. And this is a place where you definitely can't skip dessert! The desserts are drool-worthy. I loved the white chocolate cheesecake and the cannoli. Service is top-notch and the place has panoramic views of the strip. It's a bit expensive for being off the strip, but definitely worth the money. Recommended by Obsessively

La Scarola has been recommended to me by someone who has a very good taste in food. Can't vouch for it myself, though. Recommended by BigRedEnvEng


Los Angeles Area

Al Gelato - a hole in the wall cash-onlly italian restaurant in Beverly Hills - off the beaten track has the best meatballs in the world. Home cooked and with a great selection of gelato. Deserts are really good too. Bread and olive appetizer they bring are to die for.

The Ivy in Beverly Hills - the place to see and be seen. Always bustling and always scandalous. I have never actually eaten here but you don't go here for food.

Malibu Seafood - food is probably not the draw of this hole in the wall but the bleacher seating on the Pacific Coast Highway are quite hard to beat. Fish and Chips are the thing to get. Don't make a trip just for this though.

For Steakhouses:
- Mastros steak house in beverly hills
- Arroyo Chop House in Pasadena
Recommended by Humphy for a full (super extensive) list of restaurants worthy of visit in LA per Sir Concierge Humphy see here: let-s-eat-best-restaurant-recommendations-104039-20.html#p877416

Recommendations by AlexMBAApply:
Golden State: across from Canter's Deli on Fairfax
Father's Office: in the Helm's Bakery complex off Venice blvd
Umami Burger: on La Brea (this is a fav of many, although I prefer the above 2)

Orlando

Not a single good restaurant in town but there are a few that stand out:

Ravenous Pig - a Gastro Pub, and probably the best restaurant in town. It is in the Winter Park and is a good half hour drive from the resorts. Duck is the thing to get. Appetizers are fantastic but mains are only Ok'ish. However, by Orlando standards, it is fantastic

Luma on Park - very nice wine room and a private dining room downstairs in the wine cellar - a few blocks from Ravenous Pig. Appetizers were great. The best item on the menu is the Delmonico steak.


Phoenix

Chelsea's Kitchen - absolutely delicious American bistro food, steaks, seafood etc and in a nicer part of Phoenix, close to the Biltmore hotel and shopping center, lots of bars, great views. If you go when the weather is not too hot, make sure to sit on the patio under hundreds of white lights and twinkilng stars. Classy place with great service by Michmax3


New York


I'd highly recommend Hearth in the East Village (restauranthearth.com). Excellent Italian influenced American food and a great wine list. The menu changes daily and is completely overhauled seasonally, so specific recommendations are tough, but the snapper crudo appetizer, gnocchi side dish, and apple cider donuts dessert seem to be relatively consistent on the menu and are all outstanding.
recommended by Jerz

Also Macao Trading Company in Tribeca (macaonyc.com). Chinese-Portuguese fusion, which sounds a little strange but works incredibly well. Plus there's a pretty cool lounge in the downstairs. Specific recommendations are tough on this because the steady stream of very tasty mojitos plus dinner that consisted of a variety of small plates makes it hard to remember what all was ordered. I do remember the chicken dumplings, grilled lamb chops and peking style pork ribs as being very tasty though.
recommended by Jerz

Locanda Verde - They have the most delicious authentic Italian food. Every course was absolutely ravishing! I would particularly suggest the brussel sprouts and the apple crisp. Truly unforgetable food! There is nothing on the menu that you can order and not enjoy!
recommended by haute

Lowcountry http://www.lowcountrynewyork.com/
For a skirt steak (rare) and a Good Times Specials (a can of PBR & a shot of bourbon). Never disappoints, highly recommended.
recommended by brainhurt

More Recommendations by Jerz:
  • Spice Market (spicemarketnewyork.com). Great Southeast Asian food and cool decor in the Meatpacking District. A little more on the pricier side but not too bad for NYC. Went there a lot in the good old days when I had an expense account.
  • And of course, Peter Luger steakhouse (peterluger.com). Worth the trip to Brooklyn - hands down the best steakhouse in a city full of great steakhouses. Be warned: only cash is accepted (ie no credit cards) so hit up the ATM if you go.
  • And speaking of expense accounts: if you've got a big one or a lot of money to burn, you can't go wrong with Per Se (perseny.com) - Thomas Keller's three Michelin starred restaurant in NYC. Probably best saved for very, very special occasions, since reservations are hard to come by and the 9 course tasting menu (the only dining option available) checks in at a hefty $295 per person.



San Francisco

Yank Sing - absolutely my favorite Dim Sum place. Pekings Duck and Chicken feet are fantastic. Mango pudding is usually very good but not always. You need to research/know what you are doing before coming otherwise you will not enjoy.

The Boulevard - solid dinner restaurant. I have friends who swear by it but I think my expectations were overset for it and I did not enjoy it as much as I hoped after hearing about it for a few years...

Osha Cafe. Amazing, amazing Thai food! And it's literally two blocks from Union Square so that's even better! Recommended by Whiplash2411

Berkley Area - Thai Basil and Pasta Bene. Thai Basil gets my vote for being the best and affordable restaurant. And Pasta Bene has AMAZING tiramisu! Recommended by Whiplash2411


Seattle

  • Canlis - An old school restaurant in Seattle - it's been around for 60+ years and for a long time has been the gold standard in Seattle and though it is no longer the one and only, it is because other restaurants rose up rather than Canlis' decline. We had the Steak Tartar and it was magnificent. The Hallibut was great - completely not what I expected but a lot of flavor. The wagyu steak was great too! But the place is expensive. They had a wine list that was 100+ pages long and they recommended to arrive an hour early if you were planning to read it or discuss with the sommelier
  • The Herb Farm - They change their menu every week and grow all/most food locally. It is a Prix Fix menu with a 7-course meal that lasts for 3-4 hrs and comes out at $200/person with wine pairing. Having gone and paid, i am not sure I would do it again. the food was not amazing even though this place regularly gets on the top 20 list for restaurants in the nation. I think it is an experience/package that count but food alone was not strong enough for me.


Sacramento

Bangkok at 12 - My personal favorite Thai restaurant in the city. Their coconut milk soup and curry are really good. Recommended by BigRedEnvEng

OneSpeed - Their pizzas are amazing. Last time I went there, I got the eggplant parmesan pizza. Yes, seriously.
Ginger Elizabeth's Chocolates - OK, so it's not a restaurant, but her hot chocolate, macaroons, and chocolates are the absolute best I've ever had anywhere. Do not miss this if you make a visit to Sacramento. Recommended by BigRedEnvEng



Toronto

Lunch Box
recommended by brainhurt

A few more in Toronto:

Fressen Restaurant - mouth watering vegetarian entrees, excellent lunch and dinner options
Pulp Kitchen - also vegetarian, hidden gem known mainly to locals. They only use local fresh ingredients, all their sauces, spreads, etc are made in-house recommended by Ariel

Bravi Ristorante - another gem featuring mainly Italian dishes, a bit pricier than the two above. What is really cool about this place is that it has an elevator shaft, which you can book (goes quick so plan ahead) and eat dinner in. They send you to the top floor and you have all the privacy in the world. Sounds a bit bizarre but I promise it is a great experience. People celebrate special occasions there and I've had a few friends who proposed to their girlfriends at Bravi. A must go if you're in Toronto. It's an EXCELLENT choice for a date or if you just want to go somewhere quiet and have a good conversation accompanied with savory food and quality wine recommended by Ariel

Panorama - this is a bar but an honorable mention here - it's on top of one of the tallest towers in Toronto and you get to look at pretty lights, etc (think Beekman Tower in NYC). Highly recommended for before- or after-dinner cocktails, not suitable as a dinner option. recommended by Ariel

Washington DC

  • Komi - great but very small place that is hard to find. It is a prix fix menu of about $120 per person with another $50-70 for wine pairings. It is about 7 courses with small servings (as expected) It is really good! Figs were the best, however.
  • I hear the Zaytinya is a very nice place (Mediterranean). It is partially owned by one of the prominent GC members. A shameful plug.
  • Sushi Damo in Rockville, MD and Kaz Sushi in DC recommended by GMATvit

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Re: Let's Eat - Best Restaurant Recommendations [#permalink] New post 18 Feb 2011, 04:46
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Detroit - Hockeytown Cafe!! For the game lovers :)


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Re: Let's Eat - Best Restaurant Recommendations [#permalink] New post 20 Feb 2011, 10:45
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Mastros steak house in beverly hills and...
Arroyo Chop House in Pasadena.

Two of the best joints in LA all around for steak. Arroyo wins because of their epic prime rib!
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I am really looking forward to trying Locanda Verde in NYC tonight. Apparently only 15 min walk or 5 min cab ride away from Hilton Millenium.
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Re: Let's Eat - Best Restaurant Recommendations [#permalink] New post 22 Feb 2011, 09:20
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I've been tempted to repost some others :)

Austin
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Salt Lick BBQ - In city and @airport
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Driskill BBQ



Thank you - any suggestions for what to order
(I am a little cautious of the Airport suggestion but maybe.... I will be in Austin this summer and will give a few a try).
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Re: Let's Eat - Best Restaurant Recommendations [#permalink] New post 22 Feb 2011, 09:25
Heading out to Washington DC AND Memphis, TN shortly. Aiming to have authentic local BBQ (in Memphis at least) and other fare. Any suggestions?
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Heading out to Washington DC AND Memphis, TN shortly. Aiming to have authentic local BBQ (in Memphis at least) and other fare. Any suggestions?



Ha-Ha. I am an expert on Memphis, unfortunately :)
the thing about BBQ is that you can't really go to a BBQ place twice in a row (at least I can't)

The good/old original is the Corky's. Not high class but one of those things you kind of have to do. They have decent BBQ.


Other BBQ places to consider in Memphis:
Cozy corner
Tops bar b q
Neely's

Places that serve more than just BBQ:

Rendezvous is a famous one - probably top of the line in Memphis. Not BBQ per se but one of those places to go on expense account when you do get tired of BBQ

Iris is one of those small restaurants that was over hyped but did not deliver. Their steak with blue cheese sounded like a bad idea to start with and ended up exactly that

I am not a fan of Folk's Foley - they over-butter their steaks unless you are into butter on your steak thing.

If you get tired of the southern flair, there is an interesting place downtown (not sure that it is fantastic but trendy nevertheless) - Automatic Slims.


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P.S. For DC - it is huge. Depends on where you are staying as it may not be worth the trip. I get stuck in Tyson's corner and there is not anything there really to write home about. One Thai restaurant that is barely OK and Capital Grill, which is a chain. Out of my 10 stays at Tyson's that's probably all I ate plus Room Service. Sad...
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Heading out to Washington DC AND Memphis, TN shortly. Aiming to have authentic local BBQ (in Memphis at least) and other fare. Any suggestions?



Ha-Ha. I am an expert on Memphis, unfortunately :)
the thing about BBQ is that you can't really go to a BBQ place twice in a row (at least I can't)

The good/old original is the Corky's. Not high class but one of those things you kind of have to do. They have decent BBQ.


Other BBQ places to consider in Memphis:
Cozy corner
Tops bar b q
Neely's

Places that serve more than just BBQ:

Rendezvous is a famous one - probably top of the line in Memphis. Not BBQ per se but one of those places to go on expense account when you do get tired of BBQ

Iris is one of those small restaurants that was over hyped but did not deliver. Their steak with blue cheese sounded like a bad idea to start with and ended up exactly that

I am not a fan of Folk's Foley - they over-butter their steaks unless you are into butter on your steak thing.

If you get tired of the southern flair, there is an interesting place downtown (not sure that it is fantastic but trendy nevertheless) - Automatic Slims.


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P.S. For DC - it is huge. Depends on where you are staying as it may not be worth the trip. I get stuck in Tyson's corner and there is not anything there really to write home about. One Thai restaurant that is barely OK and Capital Grill, which is a chain. Out of my 10 stays at Tyson's that's probably all I ate plus Room Service. Sad...





EXACTLY WHAT I WAS LOOKING FOR.

When it comes to food, I would rather eat what the locals eat when they want to get their fill of [insert local dish]. Thanks for the word up - Yelp can only get you so far, I'm afraid. I'll report back as to where I ultimately end up, heh. If anyone is coming to LA and is looking for places to eat, I'd be happy to share my local favs.
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Thank you Hymphy - I have added your suggestions for LA.

Any others for LA (and there is a ton of great restaurants), please share any suggestions as well as items to pick on the menu.

I lived in LA for 7 years and do come back from time to time, so would love the recommendations.
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What about Boston? Good suggestions needed.

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Just realized I totally missed Jerz's suggestions for restaurants. I have added them under the NYC section.

Also, had gone to the Locanda Verde as recommended, and had a great dinner.
Blue Crab Crustini (toast with blue crab). Was really good. However, I thought it was too spicy to appreciate the crab fully.

I also had spicy seafood pasta (I guess I was in the mood for seafood) and that was impeccable.
The Brussels Sprouts are fantastic and are must have - yes, they are not your usual grandma style.

I did not have room for any desert but Pana Cotta looked very good and so did an Almond something. Recommended!

Tomorrow I am hoping to catch Rhyme in DC for dinner - my expectations are way up!
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Sorry, none from me. My last expedition in October did not provide any time for any food outside of the boring Fairmont Copley Plaza.
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Just went to boston for business about 6 months ago.

Giacomo's - Italian seafood. Homey, delicious and great house wine! Cash only, made expensing more of a pain...
Atlantic Fish Company - Awesome sea bass and lobster ravioli. Amazing chowder!
For what it is (a food court restaurant), Boston Chowda Co. had delicious lobster rolls and chowder as well.

Legal sea foods is big in the northeast, but it is a chain. That being said, it was only mediocre to me and I would highly recommend Atlantic over it, if you are looking for seafood.

AFC had the best clam chowder, if that is your thing, I was hunting for it during me time there, do try a lobster roll at BCC if you have the time.

Let me know what you think!
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Thank you Hymphy - I have added your suggestions for LA.

Any others for LA (and there is a ton of great restaurants), please share any suggestions as well as items to pick on the menu.

I lived in LA for 7 years and do come back from time to time, so would love the recommendations.



I could go on and on, but here are some highlights of my personal favorites in LA:

Japanese:
Musha - Japanese Tapas. Perfect beer food, but not everything is greasy or fried. They have things like grilled beef toungue, stewed pork (for 7 hrs), cheese risotto, etc.
Daikokuya - Best ramen arguably in LA. As such you are forced to wait over an hour-ish off peak and sometimes hourS on peak.
Sushi Komasa - great sushi at non silly prices. I would invite anyone to see if they can tell the difference between $100 sushi dinner for 2 or $800, as some frufru joints in beverly hills might run you. Obviously Komasa is the former.

Korean:

Ok, lets be honest. This is LA, home of some of the best Korean food both in and out of Korea. A word of caution, you will not likely get great service if you are not a native speaker so bring one along if you can, if not, you are on your own.

Tahoe BBQ - Korean BBQ. All you can eat. ~$20/ea. Clean and reasonably good service. Enough said.
Chosun Galbi - Korean BBQ, more focused on quality over quantity.
Kobawoo - Serves this special pork dish "Bosam" which is native to some region of Korea. Steamed (i think) port and lettuce, kimchee, other side dishes and rice. Delicious!


Chinese:

Best Chinese food is in Alhambra and Monterey Park, not in Chinatown!

Tasty Garden - Hong Kong style, everything is delicious
Sea Harbour Seafood Restaurant - Best Dimsum in LA.
Phoenix Desserts - assortment of various Chinese pastries and desserts

Chinese/Vietnamese:

Lee Kum Kee - Vietnamese is more than just Bun (sandwiches with patte) and Pho (soup noodles). Here you might find items like stewed curry, baked fish, fresh bagettes.

Vietnamese:

Golden Deli - Best Pho I have ever had (I am a California native). Eggrolls hot, fresh, delicious!

American (Steak):

Been to most steakhouses in LA (Mortons, CUT, Lawrys, Ruth's Chris, Arroyo Chop House, Houston's, Mastro's, Fleming's, Porter House Bistro)
Favorites for a combination of Taste, Service, and Price (in that order) are:

Arroyo Chop House - Prime rib is King here. Forget all that "prime rib" you have at vegas buffets or whatnot. This is Fred Flintstone sized cuts of 100% awe, no joke. Other dishes looked good, but I still dream of when I lived in Pasadena and this place was 10 minutes, not 2 hours away (I live in Santa Monica :/ )
Mastro's - A Beverly hills joint that is neither stuffy nor overpriced. You can have an AMAZING Filet Mignon here, or go around here and pay 3 times as much for a less well prepared CUT (not pointing forks or anything :roll: ).

Italian:

It is weird that I haven't found many Italian joints, but maybe bc i am busy stuffing my face with everything else listed here, but I like:

Fritto Misto - In Santa Monica. 5 star quality at 3 star prices. Not the best ambiance, but hey its about the food right? Rotating specials, I have had things like squid ink pasta with a tuna steak in a tomato based sauce, lobster ravioli, salmon pasta, mmmmm....

French:

Due to variou$ rea$on$, I have not made it to many French e$tabli$hment$, but of the one$ I have ta$ted:

Jiraffe - In Santa Monica. Rotating Menu, had Foie gras and other eats, souffle and chocolate cake was amazing!

American (Burgers, etc.):

In-N-out - local favorite, west coast thing, kind of like Five Guys for you east coasters. It is what it is, and what it is a solid burger!
Pinks - no matter what time it is, there is always a line here for hotdogs. Had a couple, didn't think it was amazing, but it is more of a occasion/event than anything else. one of those places you go to just to say you have been there kind of thing, I throw it up here for any potential tourists/prospective LA students.

I know I am neglecting so many other joints, but I cant list them all! BAH!
The Great Greek - GREEK FOOD! DANCING! SMASHING PLATES!
Porto's - Cuban pulled pork sandwiches and other latin fare, a bazillion pastries, all delicious!
Bay cities italian deli - best sandwiches in LA!
Father's Office - Gastropub, great selection of beer and solid burgers!
Nook - hole in the wall sleeper! Delicious "californian" cuisine
Griddle Cafe - Best Breakfast! Pancakes/waffles the size of your head plus 2 inches in radius.
Fogo de Chao - Best Brazilian BBQ in LA!

arrgghh! Completely skipping mexican, seafood, indian, and so many others, but I have to get back to studying! I shall pass the torch for LA to another person.



OK, been yapping for far too long. I bet you all think im 700 pounds and broke! LOL!

If you care for a specific reccomendation, PM or reply me, I'd be glad to give my 2cents :)
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More for NYC that I forgot last time:

Spice Market (spicemarketnewyork.com). Great Southeast Asian food and cool decor in the Meatpacking District. A little more on the pricier side but not too bad for NYC. Went there a lot in the good old days when I had an expense account.

And of course, Peter Luger steakhouse (peterluger.com). Worth the trip to Brooklyn - hands down the best steakhouse in a city full of great steakhouses. Be warned: only cash is accepted (ie no credit cards) so hit up the ATM if you go.

And speaking of expense accounts: if you've got a big one or a lot of money to burn, you can't go wrong with Per Se (perseny.com) - Thomas Keller's three Michelin starred restaurant in NYC. Probably best saved for very, very special occasions, since reservations are hard to come by and the 9 course tasting menu (the only dining option available) checks in at a hefty $295 per person.
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mountain view/castro street
Sakoon
Xanh- Vietnamese
Amarin Thai

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La Victoria- doesnt offer a great experience but their food is awesome- more of a student hang out.
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Heading out to Washington DC AND Memphis, TN shortly. Aiming to have authentic local BBQ (in Memphis at least) and other fare. Any suggestions?



Ha-Ha. I am an expert on Memphis, unfortunately :)
the thing about BBQ is that you can't really go to a BBQ place twice in a row (at least I can't)

The good/old original is the Corky's. Not high class but one of those things you kind of have to do. They have decent BBQ.


Other BBQ places to consider in Memphis:
Cozy corner
Tops bar b q
Neely's

Places that serve more than just BBQ:

Rendezvous is a famous one - probably top of the line in Memphis. Not BBQ per se but one of those places to go on expense account when you do get tired of BBQ

Iris is one of those small restaurants that was over hyped but did not deliver. Their steak with blue cheese sounded like a bad idea to start with and ended up exactly that

I am not a fan of Folk's Foley - they over-butter their steaks unless you are into butter on your steak thing.

If you get tired of the southern flair, there is an interesting place downtown (not sure that it is fantastic but trendy nevertheless) - Automatic Slims.


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P.S. For DC - it is huge. Depends on where you are staying as it may not be worth the trip. I get stuck in Tyson's corner and there is not anything there really to write home about. One Thai restaurant that is barely OK and Capital Grill, which is a chain. Out of my 10 stays at Tyson's that's probably all I ate plus Room Service. Sad...



Just got back yesterday.

ended up at corky's (nom nom nom) and some other joint called leonard's?

corky's is definitely "the place". pic below.
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Looks like you got some dry rub bbq :)

I will be in Memphis next week for one night. Not sure where I will head out, but Corky's is high on the list - it is a good place to bring people.
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To add to humphy's extensive list in LA, one thing I found is how serious people are in LA about their burgers - not just fast food burgers but the restaurant style (thick and medium rare):

Golden State: across from Canter's Deli on Fairfax
Father's Office: in the Helm's Bakery complex off Venice blvd
Umami Burger: on La Brea (this is a fav of many, although I prefer the above 2)

Theres also Philippe's downtown, famous for their beef dip sandwiches.

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I think I have caught up on updating the list (let me know if I missed your suggestion). I did not even try to include all of Humphy's LA recommendations, just linked to them.

Humphy - definitely deserve the title of a concierge.

Jerz - I have heard about Peter Luger's quite a bit. I had a friend who has taken a group of co-workers there for a dinner (expense account) and had to carry $2-3K in cash (in 20's as they came out of an ATM)
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