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Santorini, Naxos, Athens, Istanbul Recommendations

We're in Greece now and really enjoying it. I'm keeping a list of places and will post when we get back.

One cool thing we found is the Athens Central Market. It's not real useful unless you have a kitchen and can cook but it's interesting to see where the meat and fish come from.

Jul 17, 2014
ljt in Europe

Eating in Greece

My family will be traveling to Greece later this summer- we'll be in Athens (Makrigianni), Kalambaka / Kastraki, Karpenissi, Delphi, Piraeus, Mykonos, Rhodes and Santorini. Can anyone recommend tavernas or other places for good traditional Greek food like Yia Yia used to make? Thanks in advance!

Jul 05, 2014
ljt in Europe

Authentic Mexican / Latin American restaurant

My family and I will be in Las Vegas next week for a wedding and in addition to the family functions we'll have a few nights on our own. Can anyone recommend an authentic Mexican or Latin American restaurant, off the strip, the kind of place that locals from that area go for a taste of home cooking? I don't speak fluent Spanish but I can get by without an English menu if necessary.

Thanks in advance!

Apr 13, 2011
ljt in Las Vegas

Tall order: 1st time ever in USA, what do I HAVE to taste?

When I think of South Florida, I think of a cross-section of Latin America - Cuba, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Central America, South America, plus Haiti - unlike anything else in the United States. I always look forward to visiting Miami because I can experience another world without the expense or hassle of international travel!

However, if you want to try "soul food", you should be able to find it in the Miami area. It just won't be as prevalent as it is in the Southeastern US (Jacksonville, FL to Washington, DC and west to the Mississippi River). You may need to venture into African-American neighborhoods that can be dangerous - go at lunchtime when the troublemakers are still sleeping off the night before and keep your wits about you like in Naples (Italy, not Florida!) or the outer districts of Paris. But it's worth the effort to eat real Southern American fried chicken, pork ribs, turnip greens, black-eyed peas, corn bread...

I live about 1500 KM north of Miami, so I don't have any specific recommendations, but maybe someone local can help with that!

Good luck!

Mar 19, 2009
ljt in Florida

Just One Dinner in Atlanta

Biskuit sums it up very well - that whole stretch is a myriad of ethnic shops, restaurants, etc. representing all kinds of cultures. Some of the places are daunting if you don't speak the language, and I'm sure some are just bad, but offhand I can think of good Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese restaurants that are accessible to everyone.

Jul 24, 2007
ljt in General South Archive

Just One Dinner in Atlanta

Smokejack in Alpharetta does upscale barbecue - wonderful ribs, pulled pork, brisket, etc., but also more refined dishes and a full bar. It's too bad you don't want ethnic cuisine, though, because from Norcross you can ride right down Buford Hwy for an out-of-this-country experience!

Jul 20, 2007
ljt in General South Archive

New to Greensboro - looking for good, down-to-earth restaurants!

You can also ride over to Burlington for hot dogs at Zack's (downtown, on Davis St.) - they've been a local icon since the 1920s. Try one with chili and slaw, but watch out for the onions, which can be bitter from the metal chopper. The fast service is also legendary; your server will shout your order to the cook and it will probably be up by the time he or she walks back to the counter!

Jul 20, 2007
ljt in Southeast