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Best Meats and Cheese in the Valley?

Thanks.

I also need to find a place that produces ham, turkey, roast beef, pastrami, salami, pepperoni, prosciutto, chicken, and bacon.

Jul 22, 2013
Shiggy in Phoenix

Best Meats and Cheese in the Valley?

I'm trying to move forward with a business idea, but I need help finding local places that specializes in meats and cheese, specifically deli or sandwich meats.

I am also interested in specialty cheese that melt and blend well with deli meats.

Thanks!

Jul 21, 2013
Shiggy in Phoenix

Restaurant(s) in the Tolleson, AZ (west Phoenix) area

Nothing very good over here.

Sorry.

Most are mediocre.

Take your pick and hope for the best.

Oh...except for Tortas Paquime. That's probably the best place.

And, if you want some cheap hotdogs head over to G's.

Jul 21, 2013
Shiggy in Phoenix

Amy's Baking Company - Scottsdale, Arizona

Wrong.

I am infinitely more interesting than they are.

Jul 21, 2013
Shiggy in Phoenix

Best Sandwich in Phx?

If everything goes according to plan, I will soon be serving one of the best sandwiches to Greater Phoenix area residents.

Jul 21, 2013
Shiggy in Phoenix

Seattle/Oregon Trip

Canlis is a nice, albeit, super expensive place. El Gaucho has great steaks and is cheaper.
Less expensive, try Ivars (seafood) down at the waterfront or Royal Grinders in Fremont if you want some awesome sandwiches.
There is also Paseo, if you want to try a Cuban sandwich.
Calozzi's is supposed to have great cheesesteaks. I'm not so sure.
For burgers, I usually just go to Dick's. It's cheap and decent.
Red Mill supposedly has good burgers, but I'm not a fan.
If you want a hot dog, Cyber Dogs serves up some nice vegetarian dogs. They're pretty good and I'm not even a vegetarian.

Mar 04, 2013
Shiggy in Pacific Northwest

Seattle/Oregon Trip

How much money do you want to spend per meal?

Mar 01, 2013
Shiggy in Pacific Northwest

Roadtrip: Seattle to Phoenix, Arizona.

I am a Foodie who hates chain restaurants.

My recent experience at Claim Jumpers is a good example. Bleh.

I'll be driving from Seattle to Phoenix, Arizona next week and was hoping some of you could tell me where I should eat and stay the night.

Sacramento is almost the mid-point, but I would rather not stay the night in that despicable city.

I'll be following I-5 most of the way until I hit Los Angeles, at which point I'll hop on the 10.

Thank you for your help

Mar 01, 2013
Shiggy in California

Driving from Seattle to Phoenix, AZ.

I'll be following I-5 for most of the trip.

This will take me passed Portland, Salem...Medford, Ashland...

Then I'll go through Redding, Sacramento, hit Los Angeles and take the 10 over to Phoenix.

Mar 01, 2013
Shiggy in Pacific Northwest

Driving from Seattle to Phoenix, AZ.

I am a Foodie who hates chain restaurants.

My recent experience at Claim Jumpers is a good example. Bleh.

I'll be driving from Seattle to Phoenix, Arizona next week and was hoping some of you could tell me where I should eat and stay the night.

Sacramento is almost the mid-point, but I would rather not stay the night in that despicable city.

Thank you for your help.

Mar 01, 2013
Shiggy in Pacific Northwest

Olympia Catering???

Try the Lemon Grass. I had a wonderfully catered dinner provided by them a few years ago.

Apr 30, 2011
Shiggy in Pacific Northwest

Olympia - lunch recommendations

Too many Iron Rabbit recommendations makes me suspicious. I've lived in this area for a long time and have never heard anything good about that place.

Anyway, what you're looking for can be found at The Martin Way Diner: homemade soups AND diner foods.

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Iron Rabbit Restaurant & Bar
2103 Harrison Ave NW Ste 1, Olympia, WA 98502

Martin Way Diner
2423 4th Ave E, Olympia, WA 98506

Apr 29, 2011
Shiggy in Pacific Northwest

Olympia and Lacey area update?

I've lived in this area for a long time. Before the Iron Rabbit, a Skippers incorporated that location.

Anyway, if you want Thai food, simply go to Lemon Grass or Mekong Thai in downtown Olympia.

If you want a burger, go to Eagan's in Tumwater. There's also a location in Westside Olympia and on the Eastside near Ralph's Thriftway.

If you want Mexican, try Peppers in downtown Olympia.

Or if you want a sandwich, go to Meconi's. There is an establishment in Lacey, near Saint Martin's University, and in Olympia, near the capitol...across from Subway.

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Lemon Grass Restaurant
212 4th Ave W, Olympia, WA

Iron Rabbit Restaurant & Bar
2103 Harrison Ave NW Ste 1, Olympia, WA 98502

Apr 29, 2011
Shiggy in Pacific Northwest

seattle area affordable nice restaurants for high schoolers

Mar 19, 2009
Shiggy in Pacific Northwest

waterfront dining--ray's? emory's? another?

Anthony's has a great view, but I'm always happily content with simply going to Ivar's, ordering some fish and chips and chowder and throwing french fries to the seagulls.

Sep 29, 2008
Shiggy in Pacific Northwest

First date advice; need help

I apologize for my delay in updating you all on the date.

First off, I was early and had to wait for about 30min until she arrived, but I'm not complaining. ;)
After she arrived (we both parked underneath the Viaduct) we headed up to the Market, walked around, talked, and visited a few shops. I bought a GIANT cookie, too, which totally ruined my appetite. Lesson learned. Eat cookie AFTER dinner. Actually, it would have been fine if she hadn't refused to eat any of it. As it was, I forced myself to eat the entire thing...well, it was GOOD. You would have done the same thing.

So, then we walked back down to the waterfront, looked inside the Ye Olde-whatchamacallit, a few other places, and then strolled over to Anthony's on pier-whatever. By the way, there are absolutely no restrooms available to the general public down there. I found out the hard way that my usual pissing place is now locked. Anyway...

Anthony's was fine. The food was a little on the expensive side, though. I ordered the chicken, which garnered a little verbal abuse. Personally, I don't eat seafood unless it's first deep-fried in a large vat of grease. Apparently, this was too much for my date to handle and she continued to insist that I try her disgusting Ahi Tuna nastiness. So, despite almost vomiting from trying the Tuna, everything else was fine and, get this, SHE PAID FOR EVERYTHING! Haha.

I figured that I would pay for it, or that we would at least split the bill, but she paid with her card and wouldn't take any of my money. It was a very frustrating experience and something that I would not like to repeat. Well, at least we're still talking, right?

Our next date is roughly scheduled for Oct. 12th. She'll be coming down here to Olympia and I plan on taking her to the Lemon Grass restaurant. They just finished remodeling and the place looks great.

Well, I hope that clears things up a little.

Sep 27, 2008
Shiggy in Pacific Northwest

First date advice; need help

We'll stroll through Pike Place, as well, but Kirkland doesn't offer a lot of protection if the weather suddenly becomes unfavorable. The food probably won't be as good, but at least the conversation will be plentiful.

Sep 19, 2008
Shiggy in Pacific Northwest

First date advice; need help

Haha.

Leave it to women to screw everything up. All of my plans have been thrown out the window. Instead we are now focusing on "casual" dining and will most likely choose something convenient, like, Ivars or Anthony's down by the water in Seattle.

I think the importance is now being placed on actually getting to know one another. We're going to wear comfortable clothing, walk around a bit, until we finally get hungry enough and settle on the nearest, most convenient restaurant in our immediate proximity.

So, does anybody know of a decent restaurant that's located on the waterfront? I'm accustomed to dining at Ivars and Anthony's, but sadly, that's the limit of my knowledge.

Thanks!

Sep 19, 2008
Shiggy in Pacific Northwest

First date advice; need help

Just spent the last hour researching restaurants. What do you guys think of Volterra? I like Italian and the prices looked affordable.

Sep 14, 2008
Shiggy in Pacific Northwest

First date advice; need help

Our date is scheduled for Saturday, September 20th. I canceled my reservation with Matt's and, unfortunately, will soon be canceling my reservation with Chez Shea. The reason being: money. I have very little of it at the moment and am not very excited with the notion of spending $100 for dinner.

We have met...once. In fact, we went to college together. This will be the first time we have seen each other in over five years. I wanted this to be special and I wanted to spend a lot of money. Oh, well.

She lives in the Edmonds area and I live in the Olympia area, but I thought dinner in Seattle would be fun for the both of us. Unfortunately, the only restaurant I am familiar with is the Pink Door, which is where my ex-fiance and I had dinner once.

So, it appears as though my priorities have changed yet again. Simple, good food, romantic....cheap. *sigh* I never thought finding the perfect restaurant would be this difficult.

Sep 14, 2008
Shiggy in Pacific Northwest

First date advice; need help

Strange. Maybe they had the long tables out for a party? Go figure.

Sep 07, 2008
Shiggy in Pacific Northwest

First date advice; need help

Well, I have a problem. I was in Seattle today and decided to visit Matt's to get a better idea of where we'd be dining. I hate to admit it, but I was not impressed. The main dining area is relatively small and the tables look, well, cramped. From what I could tell, I'd be eating elbow to elbow with other diners.

I simply wanted a small table of my own with a nice view. Matt's, unfortunately, does not look like the restaurant that can provide this.

Does anyone know of a restaurant in the same vicinity that may have single tables with the opportunity of a nice view?

I appreciate the help. Thanks.

Sep 06, 2008
Shiggy in Pacific Northwest

Fair Food

Lucky for you the Puyallup Fair just started. I highly recommend a visit. Try an Earthquake burger. ;)

Sep 06, 2008
Shiggy in Pacific Northwest

New Hot Pot Restaurant Opening in San Diego

Ya, they were all white, but if you go down to Arizona they're all Mexican. Curious isn't it?

I was actually more concerned with the fact that my dad proceeded to tell this 16yr old kid taking our order that he wanted extra sauce, no mustard, ketchup only on the bottom, and cheese between the buns...or whatever.

My dad loses all logical sense of right and wrong when he enters a restaurant. In this case, when my dad finished with him, the kid couldn't even remember our order number or my chocolate shake. Argh. Incidentally, I also happened to receive extra mustard on my burger.

Sep 03, 2008
Shiggy in San Diego

First date advice; need help

Well, crap. I wasn't too excited about Matt's after looking at the menu - I'm sort of a picky eater - but I'm sure my date will have no problem with it.

I concur with the dessert ideas. Canlis or Cafe Campagne sound like excellent ideas. Thanks!

I have scheduled the date for September 20th and will most likely be making the reservations in a few days.

Thanks, again.

Sep 03, 2008
Shiggy in Pacific Northwest

New Hot Pot Restaurant Opening in San Diego

I did some research. Unfortunately, it didn't truly sink in until it was too late. I've been to Japanese, Chinese, and Thai restaurants, but have never experienced anything like this before.

No, I'm not a troll. I'm just from Washington. I was in town visiting family and taking a test for the San Diego PD.

Chow.

Sep 03, 2008
Shiggy in San Diego

New Hot Pot Restaurant Opening in San Diego

Okay, first of all, I have to say that I don't remotely understand any of these reviews or how anything good can be said about this place. Either your standards and expectations are incredibly low or you were high from the hot pot fumes.

I made an interesting observation as my family and I walked in to the Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot last week. I only noticed one party of two who happened to be caucasian, the rest were Asian. Just a curious side-note.

Granted, we were seated very quickly, but almost just as quickly it became very apparent that hardly anyone working there spoke English and the few that did spoke it very poorly. Luckily, we managed to order water, which showed up 5-10min later.

It was also fairly difficult to understand the menu, how to order, what to order, how much to order...pictures would have been a good idea here. It was also very difficult to get the attention of our waiter/waitress, whoever he/she was. We didn't know and I doubt they knew either, which only added to the frustration.

So, finally after speaking, or rather, trying to speak to a few Hot Pot employees, we figured out how to order (and what to order) and soon two large pots full of some type of smelly liquid is forced in front of our noses, which quickly begins to boil and froth. Hey, it tasted pretty good, even my "spicy" one, but be very careful and delicate when making an attempt to remove anything from said pot. There are a gazillion little weird things floating around in the "soup," most of which I doubt you'd want to eat.

This was about the time I started to get light-headed from constantly inhaling the hot pot fumes. Unfortunately, it was a bad high and didn't make the experience any better.

We were all getting fairly hungry about now - about 20-30min into the dinner - but soon had a few plates of thinly sliced, uncooked meat sitting in front of us. At this point, I came to the terrible realization that I was going to have to put some effort and work into this if I wanted to eat.

It's a very strange thing to have to cook your meal in a boiling cauldron of mysterious liquid, filled with little objects that appeared to be some type of evil looking potpourri.

Nevertheless, we cooked and we ate, and much to my dismay I remained hungry. Normally, when I order a meal I like to have options. I like to be able to eat, maybe, some chicken or noodles, with the inclusion of a spoonful of rice. At this place, we were simply given meat to eat and had to wait an additional 5-10min for the "vegetable" part of our order to be delivered. I'm hesitant to refer to them as vegetables, because where I'm from I call them "weeds." However, my saving grace was the potatoes, which happened to actually resemble sliced potatoes.

I always became confused when cooking my food. I mean, how long does one need to cook this stuff to boil away any danger of becoming violently ill? Who knows. I certainly didn't, which is probably why I didn't eat very much.

Great food? Excellent food? Hardly. It doesn't not even come close. It was borderline disgusting and such an inconvenience that I sought out an In & Out afterwards to feed my hunger and set things right.

In addition to the overall crappy feeling in my stomach, which slowly oozed it's way to incorporate my entire body, I found that the same nauseating aroma eminating from our hot pots had latched itself onto me, like some sort of alien parasite.

So, in sum, if you'd like to smell like your food, if you'd like to leave hungry and confused, if you'd like to leave feeling dirty and abused, if you'd like to leave with a knot in your stomach the the crule realization that "you will pay for this the next day," then I highly suggest trying the nearest Mongolian Hot Pot. You will not be disappointed.

But, for me, I would rather have gone to the nearby Thai buffet, Thai Cafe.

Sep 03, 2008
Shiggy in San Diego

Matt's In The Market-Best Bad Experience

I actually appreciate the post and believe that the sole purpose of this board is to provide opinions, suggestions, and insight into things the rest of us don't know, specifically, your own personal experiences.

I was considering taking a woman to Matt's for our first date. This information certainly provides me with some much needed information. I wasn't particularly fond of their menu, anyway, though I do feel that good service is a necessity and often under-appreciated.

Aug 31, 2008
Shiggy in Pacific Northwest

First date advice; need help

Hello, all, thank you for your advice. Just an update. I managed to make contact with Nancy Leson, food critic for the Times; what a wonderful person to take time out of her day to respond to my email(s).

Nancy suggested four restaurants:

1. Place Pigalle (www.placepigalle-seattle.com
)2. Cafe Campagne (www.campagnerestaurant.com
)3. Boat Street Cafe (www.boatstreetcafe.com
)4. Madoka (www.madokaonbainbridge.com

)

This actually only complicates things, but I suppose I should be thankful that I live in an area that has so many great places to choose from.

Aug 24, 2008
Shiggy in Pacific Northwest

First date advice; need help

Thank you for your suggestions. After performing a search, I found this rather large list of "romantic" restaurants: http://www.nwsource.com/restaurants/g...

Also, what are your opinions of Canlis and Matt's in the Market?

Aug 23, 2008
Shiggy in Pacific Northwest