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UK Mexican restaurants

There is a place in Bradford called "Cocinas" that calls itself a Mexican restaurant. No tacos of any kind. They never change/alter their menu. Never any new menu items or specials. In a word: boring. Old El Paso is far more exciting and is a much better bet.

Sep 11, 2012
mikefromgeorgia in U.K./Ireland

American-style hot dogs in London?

Does anyone know where in the UK you can buy all beef hot dogs?? Costco sells what they call all beef hot dogs that are "made from an authentic American recipe". They are terrible. I once had a decent beefwurst at a German sausage stand in Leeds,

Sep 11, 2012
mikefromgeorgia in U.K./Ireland

American-style hot dogs in London?

I went to a Sonic Drive-In in Florida in July where I had their new all-beef Guacamole Dog and tater tots. I also went to the Coney Island Drive-In in Brooksville, Florida where I had a foot-long hot dog with chili, cheese and onions and a huge authentic strawberry milk shake. Nothing beats the real thing. Just such a shame to have to travel to the USA to get it.

Sep 11, 2012
mikefromgeorgia in U.K./Ireland

UK Mexican restaurants

I don't blame him for staying in the States. I sure wish that I had.

Sep 11, 2012
mikefromgeorgia in U.K./Ireland

UK Outback Steakhouses

Have you ever actually been to an Outback Steakhouse?? My wife actually prefers steaks in the supermarkets in the U.S. to the ones she has had either at home or in restaurants in the UK. Both from a quality, size and a cost standpoint. I am not really a steak eater myself, so I wouldn't really know. It is just her preference. She is in her 50's and has lived all of her life in the U.K. Including more than ten years in London. From what I have heard the Omaha steaks are widely considered top-of-the-line worldwide alongside Kobe beef. You have a right to your beliefs and preferences, but most people know where most of the best beef is to be found and that is most likely in places where cattle are most commonly raised. For instance, Texas, New Mexico, Kansas, etc. I hardly think the UK rates alongside the U.S. beef producers. and by-the-way, there is no other Outback Steakhouse-related thread to be found.

Aug 20, 2010
mikefromgeorgia in U.K./Ireland

Dining in St. Simon's

My wife and I have been to Barbara Jean's twice. She had the crabcake and said it was very good. It gets very busy at lunchtime so be prepared to wait.

Aug 20, 2010
mikefromgeorgia in Southeast

St. Simons, GA - Help!

Delaney's is superb.

Aug 19, 2010
mikefromgeorgia in Southeast

St. Simons, GA - Help!

" Stay away from Bennie's Red Barn. Some people like it and some don't. My wife wanted to go there wanting a really good steak. Well, they brought it but not medium well. It was pratically raw. When she sent it back they brought it back missing the filet!! They said it had fallen off in the coals!! She refused an offer of something else as she was not feeling very well after eating the nearly raw steak. The place does not have a normal menu, but someone tells you what they have and then they bring you a salad so saturated in vinagrette as to make the leaves limp!! The service is very slow, especially when they are busy. The place is very dark and has an almost dingy feel to it. If you want a decent steak and service either go to the Outback Steakhouse or somewhere else, where you even get a real menu."

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Bennie's Red Barn
5514 Frederica Rd, Saint Simons Island, GA 31522

Aug 19, 2010
mikefromgeorgia in Southeast

Dining in St. Simon's

Try Frederica House for the fried shrimp. The Crab Shack is a close second, but gets very busy. You can book a table at Frederica House but not at The Crab Shack. Stay away from Bennie's Red Barn. Some people like it and some don't. My wife wanted to go there wanting a really good steak. Well, they brought it but not medium well. It was pratically raw. When she sent it back they brought it back missing the filet!! They said it had fallen off in the coals!! She refused an offer of something else as she was not feeling very well after eating the nearly raw steak. The place does not have a normal menu, but someone tells you what they have and then they bring you a salad so saturated in vinagrette as to make the leaves limp!! The service is very slow, especially when they are busy. The place is very dark and has an almost dingy feel to it. If you want a decent steak and service either go to the Outback Steakhouse or somewhere else, where you even get a real menu.

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Bennie's Red Barn
5514 Frederica Rd, Saint Simons Island, GA 31522

Frederica House Restaurant
3611 Frederica Rd, Saint Simons Island, GA 31522

Aug 19, 2010
mikefromgeorgia in Southeast

Casa Maria Mexican restaurant in Dublin, Georgia

My personal favorite is Casa Maria, but there are a few others, including a Taco Bell. Not too bad for a town that was a culinary desert when I was growing up and really up until about the mid-1990's. Casa Maria has great margaritas, the prices are reasonable and the portions are generous. It is owned and operated by a locally residing Mexican family.

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Taco Bells
2101 Walnut St, Cary, NC 27518

Casa Maria Restaurant
2103 Veterans Blvd Ste 9, Dublin, GA 31021

Aug 19, 2010
mikefromgeorgia in Southeast

UK Outback Steakhouses

My wife is actually the one who has the steaks at the Outbacks we have been to in the U.S. I normally have chicken or seafood. She says the steaks are very good and she is British. She says she hasn't found any steaks in the UK to be as good as the ones in the U.S. she has had.

Aug 18, 2010
mikefromgeorgia in U.K./Ireland

UK Mexican restaurants

It may not be traditional Mexican food but it is close enough for me!! :)

Aug 18, 2010
mikefromgeorgia in U.K./Ireland

American-style hot dogs in London?

How I miss these!! :)

Aug 18, 2010
mikefromgeorgia in U.K./Ireland

American fast-food chains in the UK

I love the biscuits with the gravy!! :)

Aug 18, 2010
mikefromgeorgia in U.K./Ireland

UK Outback Steakhouses

Does anyone have any experience dining at any of the UK Outback Steakhouse chain restaurants?? I have eaten in several in different parts of the U.S. Usually you get huge portions and leave with no room for dessert. Just wondering if anyone knows how the UK versions compare to the parent ones in the U.S.?? I am sure the prices must be quite a bit higher anyway.

Aug 18, 2010
mikefromgeorgia in U.K./Ireland

UK Mexican restaurants

I agree with you but if you were living in the U.S. and went to a place calling itself an "English-style pub" wouldn't you tend to compare it against the real things? Admittedly much of what most people outside of Mexico call Mexican food is probably largely Tex-Mex. I know where I grew up in Georgia their idea of an Italian restaurant is Pizza Hut!! ;)

Aug 17, 2010
mikefromgeorgia in U.K./Ireland

UK Mexican restaurants

Thanks I will give them a try the next time I am in London. The traditional restaurants I referred to are actually owned and run by Mexican families in the U.S. Maybe they have adapted to the tastes of the areas. Still they do offer many traditional dishes you won't find at a Taco Bell.

Aug 17, 2010
mikefromgeorgia in U.K./Ireland

American fast-food chains in the UK

Me, too. :)

Aug 17, 2010
mikefromgeorgia in U.K./Ireland

UK Mexican restaurants

Does anyone else have trouble finding tacos at UK Mexican restaurants?? Quite often I have to make my own at home compliments of Old El Paso. My wife and I both love Mexican food and have eaten in Mexican restaurants from Cyprus to Tijuana. The only places without tacos were in the UK!! The UK chain Chiquitos does not have them nor does many others we have tried. Imagine McDonald's without burgers. I have been told there was once a Taco Bell in London that closed. I love the tacos at the Del Tacos in the U.S. One thing really puzzles me. Why do so many people in the UK seem to think all Mexican food is or should be hot and spicy?? Most traditional Mexican restaurants in the U.S. provide free and unlimited homemade tortilla chips and salsa to start your meal. Never have we found this in the UK. Normally, the salsa is the hottest and spiciest thing. Also there seems to be a tendency to confuse Mexican with Spanish or Cuban food. Maybe the fact that they are all Spanish speaking countries?? However, the best known Mexican food was derived from the Indians who were native to Mexico before the Spanish first came there.

Aug 17, 2010
mikefromgeorgia in U.K./Ireland

American fast-food chains in the UK

I really miss Arby's roast beef sandwiches in the U.S. Also, the much larger Pizza Hut lunch buffets in the U.S. Seems a bit puzzling why the McDonald 's in the UK don't offer Angus burgers or grilled chicken sandwiches like those in the U.S. KFC's in the UK don't have mashed potatoes or biscuits. A real shame the Wendy's in the UK all closed. I did get to eat at one in Croydon once.

Aug 17, 2010
mikefromgeorgia in U.K./Ireland

American-style hot dogs in London?

There are some very good sausages. Sometimes what is advertised as being a hot dog is actually some type of sausage rather than a frankfurter.

Aug 17, 2010
mikefromgeorgia in U.K./Ireland

American-style hot dogs in London?

I am an American who has been living in the UK since February 1999. I too miss really good all-beef hot dogs. I long for a Nathan's Famous, Sabretts, Vienna Beef, Hebrew National or even Oscar Mayer. I have had Fenway Franks at Fenway Park in Boston. They even sell all-beef versions of them in many Massachusetts supermarkets. I would think it would be a bit difficult to transport real American hot dogs to the UK and thus would probably make them expensive to buy. I have tried the Costco "Chicago Style" all-beef hot dogs which are made in the UK. I haven't wanted them since I bit into something unpleasant in one of them. As for canned hot dogs or ones in jars, ugh. Herta's chicken ones are ok, but they don't make an all-beef one. In Lanzarote, they sell Oscar Mayer products, including a variety of Oscar Mayer hot dogs, but they are mostly made with chicken or turkey. Oscar Mayer bacon can be found in some Sainsbury's in the UK but no hot dogs.

Aug 17, 2010
mikefromgeorgia in U.K./Ireland