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Old 04-14-2012, 02:42 PM   #29
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You can usually spot those inhouse reviews a Vegas buffet-table away. Especially when there are multiple-choice buttons for service, food, value, atmosphere etc. They will rate everything as "excellent" but will throw in one "very good" because they do not want to be too obvious.

I think the genuine reviewers submit when a place is very good or very bad. If a restaurant has no reviews, that probably means it is mediocre at best. Not the worse place to eat - but certainly not the best either.

I pen restaurant reviews as a bit of a hobby. Does a poisoned palate = a poisoned pen. Frankly, yes. What Kitty Kelly did for celebrity - I can do for cuisine i.e....

When Reviewing One Voluminous Chinese Buffet: "There was enough food to feed l.5 billion Chinese, but if you want quality, go someplace else."

One Fatburger Outlet: "Will I eat here again? Fat chance."

Another One of Those Roadside Eateries: "Whenever you see one of those chain "family restaurants" close to the highway interchange, keep on driving because it's guaranteed to be another gastronomical car wreck."

One Diner in Hope, B.C. (Where the first Rambo was filmed). This was interesting because there was a line-up to get in. Big disappointment!

"Hopeless in Hope

Rambo: 'You got some place I can eat around here?'
Teasle: 'There's a diner about thirty miles up the road.'

What's the line-up to get into this joint about?

Is the food really that good.....or is it a casting call for another Sly Stallone flick?

This place may appeal to a shell-shocked soldier, but if he really is nostalgic for those C-rations that have been carpet-bombed by sodium, he should have never left the war.

One thing it has going for it are the friendly servers. If you're lonely and haven't seen a woman since???....it's a great place!

Otherwise, keep driving right on through town, mac."

However, since purchasing the Airstream, I seldom eat out. You are safe.

But, it was a lot of fun!!
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Old 04-14-2012, 03:00 PM   #30
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As I began this thread I should submit a couple of successes from our last trip (before Airstream). These we found using the "Where To" app.

Yellow dog Eats Cafe in Windermere Fl = awesome!

Sea Critters Cafe in Pass a Grille FL= best grouper of the trip!!!

Sea Horse Restaurant In Pass a Grille = amazing breakfast.

Rodeo Diner in Kissimmee FL. Good old fashoned honest hardworking family breakfast joint....

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Old 04-14-2012, 04:38 PM   #31
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Of course as stated above the best food can be had at our little Airstream. Dorsey is preparing one of her "Dutch Oven Specials" as I write this. Chicken, three types of mushrooms, shallots, tomatoes, parsley, tarragon, sweet vermouth, butter, olive oil, and some pancetta.
This one we have had before and it's awesome!
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Old 04-14-2012, 04:58 PM   #32
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Love that adorable little trailer!



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Old 04-14-2012, 05:18 PM   #33
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We love it too Maggie!!!
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Love that adorable little trailer!



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And BruceB's adorable little doghouse . . ready to sleep in for when he #*&^ up.
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Old 04-14-2012, 08:22 PM   #35
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And BruceB's adorable little doghouse . . ready to sleep in for when he #*&^ up.
I am certainly no stranger to the dog house.....
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Old 04-14-2012, 08:32 PM   #36
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Being a foreigner in the US, I find even the "Corporate" chains quite interesting. We had a greasy meal in the one of the Waffle House places in Meridian, Mississippi which for me was quite exciting (yes, I'm and eccentric Englishman). OK, the food could have been better, although probably not cheaper, but mostly I enjoyed enjoyed watching the interaction between the clients and the staff.

That said, the best food we had on that trip was found by accident; just picking places as we saw them and trying them out.
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I second the full parking lot comment. I've also had great luck with the "tripadvisor" app, as well as urban spoon which allows you to deselect chain restaurants. Mostly, I just google best restaurant in the town I'm nearing. Yelp also has some good suggestions. I don't know how I traveled prior to the iPad and iPhone!
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I am certainly no stranger to the dog house.....
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Hmm, when my DW left I got the trailer, she got the (real) house . . careful of which one you become most attached to.


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Count us as "Tripadvisor" users, also! We've actually had some pretty good meals when following reviews on Tripadvisor. I also use the full parking lot as a sign of good food except at truck stops! I've had some of the worst food ever at truck stops. Now, I just pass them by!
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Trucks park where they can. It's only indicative (any more) of high-priced low quality food served to a captive group.
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I find online reviews so helpful, but I don't put much value into the ratings. I read the descriptions for the details. For example, when it says "... smothered with ..." I immediately skip. It's really the content of the review that matters and whether it's indicative of something you're looking for or trying to avoid...
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Being a foreigner in the US, I find even the "Corporate" chains quite interesting. We had a greasy meal in the one of the Waffle House places in Meridian, Mississippi which for me was quite exciting (yes, I'm and eccentric Englishman). OK, the food could have been better, although probably not cheaper, but mostly I enjoyed enjoyed watching the interaction between the clients and the staff.

That said, the best food we had on that trip was found by accident; just picking places as we saw them and trying them out.
Waffle House is a must-stop for us on every trip south. Just plain fun! A pecan waffle and I'm happy.

Wait staff always seem cheery and friendly. One of our fondest memories of a trip last year to SC with four grand babies was taking them into a Waffle House for breakfast one morning. They spied those stools at the counter, all of which were empty, and just hopped right up there. Grandpa sat at one end, Grandma at the other. The waitress and manager gave them very sweet, special attention and they had a blast.


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