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2 days in Chi-town , where to eat?

Thanks for the recs. I know I'll definitely do deep dish for lunch the first day, and italian beef (@ Johnnie's or Mr Beef) for lunch the second day. My dinners have yet to be decided, but I'll peruse those threads and hopefully come up aces.

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Mr. Beef
666 N Orleans St, Chicago, IL 60654

Sep 17, 2010
nonbei in Chicago Area

2 days in Chi-town , where to eat?

Visiting Chicago for the first time and have two days (Sept 19 and 20th). Staying in downtown @ the Palmer House on E Monroe.

Definitely gonna hit up Mr. Beef for lunch the first day. And was planning to have dinner @ Avec, but now I see that it's closed until mid-September?

I know that Chicago is a great food town and I'll probably get a million suggestions, but that's a good thing. As locals, where do you eat? Let's say Chicago is home and you've been abroad for quite a while. Where's the first restaurant/joint/dive that you crave for and head to right after getting off the plane?

Cheers!

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Avec Restaurant
615 W Randolph St Ste A, Chicago, IL 60661

Sep 14, 2010
nonbei in Chicago Area

jjajangmyeon/black-bean sauce noodles (SEA)

Yen Ching in Mountlake Terrace is a solid bet for jjajangmyeon and other Korean/Chinese fare. Their samsung champong (spicy seafood noodle soup) is divine, especially in the thick of winter!

Yen Ching
23202 57th Ave W
Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043

If you're on the eastside, Peking Restaurant is the place to go.

Jan 13, 2009
nonbei in Pacific Northwest

Waikiki sushi--help me remember (or give me a better suggestion)

For Gaku, I'd say go between 6 and 6:30. Manabu-san is a great host and will keep you entertained throughout the night. His English is pretty good, as he's lived in Hawai'i for quite a while. If it's available, I recommend getting the Katsuo no Tataki (seared bonito tuna) as one of your starters. Good luck huffing it, it'll probably be a 45 minute to an hour trek (but very much worth it).

Apr 23, 2008
nonbei in Hawaii

Waikiki sushi--help me remember (or give me a better suggestion)

The restaurant was Kacho, and yes it was replaced by Nobu. A few blocks from Sasabune is a hidden gem called Gaku (1329 S King St, 589-1329). The owner/chef Manabu-san is formerly of Imanas-tei (another highly regarded izakaya and sushi-bar near the University of Hawai'i). Go early, belly up to the sushi bar, and tell Manabu-san that you're in his hands. I believe they're closed on Mondays. Imanas-tei is just as good (located behind Puck's Alley, U.H. district). I second Joe's rec as well. These are the top 3 places for sushi in Honolulu. Side Street is great for local delicacies, but might be gastronomic overload, especially before boarding a redeye.

Apr 21, 2008
nonbei in Hawaii

your Favorite Sushi place in Honolulu...

Can't go wrong with any of the recommendations above. One to add to the list, is Gaku at 1329 S. King St. The chef/owner Manabu-san is formerly of Imanas-tei. IMO, he is one of Hawaii's top itamae(sushi chefs). Prices are slightly higher than Imanas-tei, but definitely worth it. Reserve a spot at the counter, tell Manabu-san to feed you what's fresh that day, and you won't be disappointed. The izakaya-style side dishes are also worth trying.

Mar 14, 2008
nonbei in U.S. Elsewhere Archive

Camas, WA

Some of the NW's best burgers can be found at Top Burger in Camas. Their jalapeno-bacon cheeseburger is WOW!

Mar 04, 2008
nonbei in Pacific Northwest

Best hole-in-the-wall (Honolulu)

Sunrise is really good. It's a true "hole in the wall," and when they get busy, you'll see regulars running food to tables. They've got great Okinawan style yakisoba (using a wider type of noodle), Oxtail soup (only on Weds, I think), and several types of Champuru. The owner/chef Katsu-san is also an Itamae with decades of experience, so the sushi is also a good bet.

Feb 09, 2008
nonbei in Hawaii

Hawaii Dim Sum and Noodle Recs......Help, Please!

For Dim Sum in Honolulu, my fave is Legend at the Chinese Cultural Plaza.
I consider myself a noodle guru and here are my recs for Honolulu: Nakamura Ramen (on Kalakaua Ave in Waikiki) for authentic Sapporo Ramen, Gomaichi (on Keeamoku near Ala Moana shopping center) for a modern take on ramen (their spicy tan-tan men is to-die-for), and Eastern Paradise (on Keeamoku across from Cosmo Gas) for their Champong (spicy seafood noodle soup) and homemade potstickers. I could keep going, but these are my top recs.

Feb 08, 2008
nonbei in U.S. Elsewhere Archive

Nice and Good Vegas Buffets [Moved from Elsewhere in America]

I second the Wynn recommendation. Easily the best buffet in Vegas. It's the only buffet I go to when I'm in LV. Bellagio's buffet is also very good.

Feb 02, 2008
nonbei in Southwest

Best hole-in-the-wall (Honolulu)

The address for Eastern Paradise is: 1403 S King St. I would recommend Eastern Paradise over Mandarin. Being Korean, I've frequented both restaurants for years. Mandarin used to have phenomenal Korean-Chinese food, but they changed ownership in recent years and the food has not been the same. The Champong wasn't as spicy, the homemade potstickers were so-so, and their signature garlic shrimp was lacking in flavor. I hope the new owners can get it right, but my last impression wasn't a good one. A lot of the regulars from Mandarin are now going to Eastern Paradise. The standouts at Eastern Paradise are the Spicy Seafood Champong (soup noodle), the Chajangmyun (black bean noodles), the homemade potstickers (drool emanating from my mouth), garlic shrimp, and tangsuyok (sweet and sour dish with your choice of pork, chicken, or beef). The kimchee they serve with your meal is great as well. Your friend will definitely appreciate Eastern Paradise and I think you will too.

Feb 01, 2008
nonbei in Hawaii

Where to eat breakfast in Int'l District (SEA)?

Mike's Noodle House (418 Maynard Ave) opens at 9:30 and serves a plethora of congee and noodle soups. The beef brisket noodle soup is da bomb.

Jan 25, 2008
nonbei in Pacific Northwest

Hamburgers in the Pacific Northwest?

Top Burger, in Camas (just outside of Vancouver, WA) is a great place for a burger. Their Jalapeno-bacon cheeseburger with fries is one of the best in the NW. They use thin burger patties similar to the ones at Red Mill. It's a tiny burger joint in a tucked away corner outside of Vancouver, but definitely worth the trip if you are in the Portland area. Great milkshakes and onion rings as well.

Jan 23, 2008
nonbei in Pacific Northwest

Ramen in Seattle?

Like others are saying, Samurai is currently the ramen champ of Seattle. Their tonkotsu soup base is decent, but they need to use thicker, more traditional style ramen noodles. They also need to add homemade gyoza to their menu, like the ramen shops in Honolulu, LA, and Vancouver. If Samurai's is packed, Fu Lin's is an okay second option.

Jan 03, 2008
nonbei in Greater Seattle

hawaiian food places in seattle

One of my faves is Saimin Says in Kent/Des Moines. A true "hole-in the wall" that puts out great Hawaiian style bentos, chili, and of course Saimin. I haven't been there in over a year, so you may want call them before making the trek. Here's a PI review of them from 2005:

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/food/21...

Bobbies is always a winna!

Jan 03, 2008
nonbei in Pacific Northwest

"Cold-smoked" Wild Salmon in Seattle

Thanks for all the input. I ended up buying Loki Wild Sockeye and G&D Kanakanak Wild Alaskan King, both from Madison Market. Prices were identical at $8.99 per 4 oz package. Both variations received rave reviews from my tropical relatives. I was able to sample my NW treats at a family Holiday party. Overall, the Loki was milder in flavor, while the G&D had a bold smokiness to it and was saltier than the Loki. It's a close call, but I prefer the G&D.

Dec 28, 2007
nonbei in Pacific Northwest

Honolulu & Oahu Tops

Gina's BBQ (Market City Mall, 5 min. drive from Waikiki) is a must for their massive Korean plate-lunches. The Gina's Special (Kalbi,BBQ Chicken,and BBQ Bulgogi plus rice + 4 sides) will feed two people. If you're a ramen fan, Goma-Ichi on Keeamoku serves some of the best ramen this side of Tokyo. Their Tan-Tan Men has a spicy sesame based soup that is making my mouth water as I write this. This is one of the first places I hit when I'm back in the Islands. For a nice dinner, the original Roy's in Hawai'i Kai is one of my faves. Roy was one of the Pioneers of Hawaii Regional Cuisine and the food at his flagship does not disappoint. Another dinner spot that isn't mentioned often enough, is Imanas Tei. It's a cozy Japanese Izakaya tucked away behind Puck's Alley (near the University). First rate sushi and an extensive menu of authentic Japanese dishes and nabe make Imanas Tei, IMO the best Japanese restaurant in Hawai'i. Go early, as this place fills up quickly (lot's of Japanese tourists and Japanese ex-pats should tell you something).

Dec 22, 2007
nonbei in U.S. Elsewhere Archive

Great Food Products in Washington

1. Oysters from Taylor Shellfish Farms
2. Cougar Mountain Cookies
3. Geoduck harvested from Puget Sound (Puget Sound + Vancouver BC supply approximately 90% of the world's Geoduck)

And that Greek Gods Yogurt really is a gift from God. The Honey flavor and the Pomegranate are my faves.

Dec 22, 2007
nonbei in Pacific Northwest

"Cold-smoked" Wild Salmon in Seattle

Some relatives of mine have requested that I bring them some "cold-smoked" Wild Salmon aka Lox. They live in Honolulu and I'm visiting over the Christmas holiday. The only brand that I've tried is the Echo Falls Wild Sockeye from Ocean Beauty Seafoods. It was excellent with just the right amount of smoke, but I'd like to know if any Hounders are sworn to a particular brand or fish market. It has to be wild and it has to be sliced + packaged for travel. I've heard good things about Loki and Portlock, but have yet to try them.

Dec 21, 2007
nonbei in Pacific Northwest

Seattle's Best Sandwiches

The Pate sandwich at Le Panier. The combination of crusty French bread, Pate, and slivered pickles is divine.

Dec 21, 2007
nonbei in Greater Seattle

Best Sushi: Bellevue or Seattle

I second the Shiro's recommendation. Their fish is always impeccably fresh, their sushi rice is "just" right, and they also have authentic "cooked" dishes. A few blocks down on 2nd is Saito's, which is equally as good as Shiro's. Go there, order the Tuna Tataki, and thank me later. Two of the best sushi houses in Puget Sound, within walking distance from each other.

Dec 19, 2007
nonbei in Pacific Northwest

Lunch Suggestion: ID

Fort St. George (corner of 6th and King) has decent Japanese diner food. Good katsu-curry, Om-rice, and Japanese style pastas. I can't think of any Korean spots in the ID, we really need a few. You can always grab a bento from the Deli section at Uwajimaya, but go early to get the best selection.

Dec 19, 2007
nonbei in Pacific Northwest

Best fish on the islands...

IMO, Imanas Tei (located behind Puck's Alley, near the University) has the best sushi and authentic Japanese cuisine in Honolulu. There's a line pretty much every night, so go early. Their "Katsuo no Tataki" or seared local Skipjack (if it's available) is as good or better than you'd find in Japan. Of course, they have top-grade sushi, to go along with their extensive menu of small plates and various nabe. Their spicy clam appetizer is a close second to the tataki. The hordes of Japanese ex-pats and Japanese tourists there should tell you that it's the real-deal. For fresh Poke, my favorite place is Fort Ruger Market (located by Diamond Head Theater). They make their Poke to order, so the fish doesn't get soggy or too salty.

Dec 17, 2007
nonbei in U.S. Elsewhere Archive

Best hole-in-the-wall (Honolulu)

Legend at the Chinese Cultural Plaza: A rather large "hole in the wall" that serves some of Honolulu's best dim sum. Sunrise Restaurant in Kapahulu makes a heavenly oxtail soup and Okinawa style yakisoba, among other things. Jagalchi, just off of Young and Keeamoku, truly defines "hole in the wall," and serves up authentic Korean dishes. Last but not least, the first spot I hit up when I'm back home is Eastern Paradise. It's right across from Cosmo Gas on Keeamoku and specializes in Korean-style Chinese (from the Shandong province) food. Their spicy seafood champong (soup noodle), potstickers, and garlic shrimp are all to-die-for.

Dec 17, 2007
nonbei in Hawaii

Seattle's Most Touristy, Overrated Restaurants

I forgot to mention Cutter's Bayhouse. Decent food, nice views, but the worst waitstaff in a city that's full of good ones. IMO, Seattle's signature tourist trap restaurant.

Dec 17, 2007
nonbei in Pacific Northwest

Seattle's Most Touristy, Overrated Restaurants

Nishino: People rave about this place, but it's just another Nobu knockoff. If that's considered one of the best (by many a Hound) Japanese restaurants in Seattle, our city has been sorely deprived. Dined there once, and recall that the "itamae" were wearing latex gloves while preparing sushi. In the tradition-rich culinary art of sushi-making, that's plain sacrilege. IMO, Seattle's most overrated restaurant.

Dec 16, 2007
nonbei in Pacific Northwest

Lilikoi / Passion Fruit Juice - Seattle

Both Uwajimaya and Maruta (Georgetown) sell cans of Lilikoi/Passion juice by Hawaiian Sun. They also have a plethora of other flavors. The Strawberry-Guava and Passion-Orange are my faves. Ah, the sweet tastes of childhood...

Dec 11, 2007
nonbei in Pacific Northwest

Best Chinese barbecue in Seattle?

The takeout place, located inside the Renton Ranch 99 Market (Great Wall Shopping Mall), has the best Chinese-style roast duck I've had in the greater Seattle area. Been to many of the popular I.D. spots that have roast duck (Kau Kau, King's, Ocean City, etc) and none of them compare to this nondescript takeout counter tucked away in an Asian Supermarket. Definitely worth the drive.

Nov 15, 2007
nonbei in Pacific Northwest

Oyster's and nothing but oysters

IMO, the best oyster bar in Seattle is Shucker's. Their selection/freshness of oysters at any given time rivals Elliott's. I know you're not worried about the other food items on the menu, but the chili-spiced popcorn shrimp at Shucker's is excellent as well. Also worth noting, Shucker's uses freshly grated horseradish, not that crap from a jar.

Oct 17, 2007
nonbei in Pacific Northwest

recommendations of restaurants not to be missed in Seattle?

Etta's is a good bet for casual NW seafood. Great crabcakes and a great weekend brunch menu. If you're an oyster fan, Shucker's in the Fairmont Olympic is as good (if not better than Elliott's). Their popcorn shrimp is to die for (they use chopped rock shrimp, instead of the usual bay shrimp).

Oct 13, 2007
nonbei in Pacific Northwest