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    Chili's: Nice Chain Restaurant in San Bernardino (LA)

    by Basaic Written Dec 7, 2012

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    Chili's is a chain restaurant and one is much like the others. The décor is fairly nice and the food consistently good. I started my meal with some very tasty Chicken and Sausage Soup and ordered the Cajun Chicken Pasta. Honestly, I did not taste much "Cajun" but it was still good. My waiter, Michael, was excellent. $18 as of October 2012.

    Favorite Dish: The Cajun Chicken Pasta did not seem too Cajun; but was good anyway.

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    Elmer's: Great Food in Palm Springs

    by Basaic Written Dec 7, 2012

    This place looked pretty nice outside and had nice furnishings and photos of past visitors to town (see Albert Einstein and former President Ronald Reagan in the photos). I had Penne Pasta with Shrimp and Crab in an Alfredo Sauce which was quite good and some good clam chowder as the appetizer. Recommended! $19 as of October 2012.

    Favorite Dish: Loved the Penne Pasta with Shrimp and Crab in an Alfredo Sauce and the clam chowder!

    Elmer's Albert Einstein Ronald Reagen
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    ad hoc: A good choice for all Thomas Keller food lovers

    by Ingeborga Written Aug 4, 2012

    This is a unique experience indeed. The decor is very simple and waiters are super friendly. For a moment, we thought we were at a diner, not a five star restaurant. The menu changes daily and you get whatever is on the menu, you can't pick and choose.

    Favorite Dish: The salads and meat dishes are nicely done. The deserts, however, are underwhelming.

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    Lers Ros: Best Thai food in SF!

    by Ingeborga Written Aug 4, 2012

    This is truly the best Thai food I ever had in my life and trust me, I had a lot of Thai food. This restaurant may seem like a hole in the wall but its food is mouthwatering. If you are a pork lover, you need to try Moo Pad Khing. It's pork in a sweet & sour sauce. Also, if you need a coffee pick me-up, definitely have a glass of Thai coffee. Excellent choice if you are driving afterwards.

    Favorite Dish: In addition to pork dishes, try Pla Kra Pong Nuang Manow , which is a sea bass. Absolutely to die for!!!

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    Denny's Family Restaurants!: A Traveler's Staple

    by lmkluque Updated Jun 25, 2012

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    Denny's is an established "Chain" Restaurant that many American families flock to for a reliable meal. Nothing fancy here. Usually the decor is pleasant. The service is slow a lot of the time, especially during mealtime hours, because they are oftentimes very busy. The food is basic fare but tasty.

    Four reasons I suggest this chain: There are Denny's Restaurants conveniently located throughout the state, the menu has pictures of most dishes, so anyone not familiar with items in English can see what is offered. A third reason is that the prices are very reasonable and won't drain the funds. Last but not least, most Denny's are open 24 hours.

    Favorite Dish: Denny's usually has some sort of "Special" going on which makes the cost of the meal even less.

    Breakfast served anytime is always a good deal, eggs scrambled, bacon/sausage, hash browned potatoes and whole wheat toast.

    Lunch and dinner range from soups and salads to a full meal. The variety offered should have something to please each member of your party.

    Sometimes in some Denny's there is a day of the week where a child can eat for Free with a paying adult.

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    In-n-Out Burgers: In-n-Out Burgers

    by b1bob Updated Mar 17, 2012

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    In-n-Out Burgers, a southern California gut bomber establishment. It is a Southern California institution. It was one of the nation’s first drive through restaurants established in 1948.

    Favorite Dish: Clint took a double cheeseburger and chips. I took a plain hamburger (just meat and bun) and chips.

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    Freebirds: STUFF yourself at Freebirds

    by marinarena Written Sep 4, 2011

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    Freebirds is a hip, modern fast food chain known for doing the Mexican burrito all-American style- the bigger, the better! Do come here if you're hungry and want a fresh and fast option. Do not come here if you want authentic Mex.

    I cannot emphasize it enough. Bring your biggest appetite to truly indulge here!

    Here are your options for burrito size:

    hybrid-if you are a little hungry
    freebird- the original size (is just enough without feeling guilty)
    MONSTER- weighing in at 7 lbs, better to share this one
    SUPER MONSTER- ok, you are insanely crazy or been seriously fasting!

    Here are some choices for building your burrito:
    tortilla flavor- flour (standard),wheat, cayenne (hot) or spinach
    meats- chicken, pork, fried fish* you can opt to vegetarian by choosing options below
    legumes- black beans, whole pinto or refried beans
    veggies/fruits: lettuce, tomato, pico de gallo, roasted peppers and onions, red onions, roasted limes, roasted garlic
    rices- cilantro lime(white) or Spanish rice
    sauces-salsa, bad*ss bbq, mild & hot tomatillo, habanero, death sauce (hot as hell)
    other ingredients: sour cream
    *Cheese can be included also, at an additional charge.

    Oh, by the way, there are not just burritos on the menu. Build your bunch of nachos, taco or salad. Though, I must say, these options are not as fun!

    Prices range from $4-$8 for the burritos With an additional choice of drink and or dessert, a typical customer will spend about $10-$15 to indulge as an individual.

    If you like loud rock and roll, dine in and dig into your burrito. The stereo is seriously at a blasting decibel in the restaurant. Do take out if you are with your granny.

    There are a good number of Freebirds California locations, including Orange, Los Angeles at USC and Marina Del Rey. Check websites for newly added locations.

    Note: You can STUFF yourself at Freebirds also in Texas. Check website for Texas locations

    Favorite Dish: Original sized Freebird burritos with wheat or cayenne tortilla, chicken (dark or light meat), cheese, pico de gallo, black beans, lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream and tomatillo.

    big Monster burrito at Freebirds restaurant Freebirds restaurant, Orange CA
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    Bar Crudo: For a different raw fish experience

    by typhoidmary Updated Apr 4, 2011

    On top of the Stockton Tunnel, next to Tunnel Bar, you can find Bar Crudo. This is NOT a sushi bar, but a whole different way of looking at our (mostly) uncooked or chilled pisicine friends. Run by 2 brothers who basically are 95% of the kitchen staff, Bar Crudo serves up a unique taste experience. Crudo (Italians correct me if I am wrong), means raw, but if you are not a raw fish fan there are cooked dishes and a clam chowder that is one of the best I have evewr had in San Francisco or Boston.

    They have an excellent wine and Belgiam beer selection

    Favorite Dish: Massachusetts Dayboat Scallops with vichyssoise, black caviar, chives, lemon zest - you can never go wrong with creamy, salty, sour and spicy flavors all at once

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    Combined Suggestions: Certified Green Restaurants in San Francisco & LA

    by supune Updated Apr 4, 2011

    If you have wanted to be environmentally concious in your choice of eateries, here is a list of restaurants that you can choose from. See the website link below to find the list of hotels. Please write tips in each of the cities for the restaurants that you visit.

    here is an explaination of what the certification will meanfrom the site:
    Thimmakka Certified Green Restaurants started out with the aim of conducting outreach to ethnic restaurants and quickly transmogrified to Thimmakka Certified Green Restaurants. Today Thimmakka Certified Green Restaurants [TCGR] conducts culturally and economically appropriate environmental outreach to Indian, Pakistani, Persian, Burmese, Afghani, Thai, Vietnamese, Ethiopian, Mediterranean, African -American and Chinese restaurants and bakeries.

    TCGR conducts outreach to 30 ethnic restaurants in Alameda County in the San Francisco Bay Area. TCGR plans to conduct outreach to 180 restaurants in six counties in SF Bay Area (Alameda, Marin, Santa Clara, San Francisco, Sonoma and Contra Costa).

    Why Restaurants? Restaurants are the greatest consumers of energy per square foot than any other industry in the U.S. They are also the largest producers of recyclable and compostable solid waste (generally 83% of their solid waste is divertable). Restaurants are very high consumers of water due to their high customer traffic, and large scale cooking requirements. They are significant producers of grease and oil that pollute stormwater, which injures fish and can lead to beach closures.

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    Dametra Cafe: Nice Change of Pace

    by DueSer Updated Feb 1, 2011

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    I categorized this restaraurant as "Other" because I could have checked several boxes on the themes list. It's Italian, Pizza, African, Middle Eastern, and more!

    Run by Bashar Sneeh, originally from Jordan and a super nice guy, this tiny place in Carmel is a terrific spot for dinner. The theme really is Mediterranean because they serve food from any country that touches that sea, hence the Italian and north African and Middle Eastern as well as Greek.

    The place is very small so call early to reserve a spot or you can do like I did and just get your meal to go. I ate it back in my hotel room, which was just around the corner, and then I got to eat when I wanted. People who were coming in without a reservation were being offered a seating more than two and a half hours later. See how popular it is? And with good reason. The decor is pleasant, Bashar is charming, and the food is delicious.

    The best thing about this place having such a diverse menu is that no matter what kind of group you're in, everyone should be able to find something they like. While I waited for my take out, I watched a family order and the kids both got pizzas. They're small, perfect for one person and both kids appeared delighted with their food (it looked really good) and yet the adults were able to order hummus and other things that are more adult fare.

    As for the cost, considering this is in the heart of Carmel, a very expensive town, I thought the prices were very reasonable (just under $14 for my dinner).

    Favorite Dish: I had the chicken schwarma and it was yummy. There was so much on the menu that looked good, though! I was sad I couldn't stay longer in Carmel and go back every night to try something new. There are generous portions and, for example, with my meal, the chicken was all white meat and everything tasted very fresh. It came with french fries and they were delicious. It actually comes with a salad but I wasn't in the mood and Bashar substituted the fries no problem.

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    Mary's Pizza Shack: For the Regular Folks

    by DueSer Updated Feb 1, 2011

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    Okay, let me be honest here, I went to Sonoma, California and didn't have any wine, had no intention of trying any wine, had absolutely no interest in the wine. I don't like wine. Now that I have that confession off my chest, here's another one: I wasn't interested in eating at some fancy restaurant either. I'm just not a duck confit and boullabaise kinda gal. So, when I found myself in Sonoma, I walked around checking menus of several different places that circle the town's main square, and every place I checked cost a small fortune and served stuff I not only don't particularly like but also takes a very long time to get served to you once you actually order. It was about 5:30 in the evening and I'd not had a bite to eat since about 8am. I'd spent most of the day hiking in Muir Woods and although I'd remembered to take water with me, I'd forgotten to bring along anything else. So I was starving and didn't want to have to spend time getting dressed up, seated, and then served.

    That's when I stumbled upon Mary's Pizza Shack. I don't believe it was a coincedence that a lot of people who were talking to each other and the staff as though they were locals were eating there. Surely local Sonomans aren't in the mood for duck confit every night. This is where they go instead (thank goodness!).

    They serve more than just pizza here, although it looked really good and comes in the darling "bambino" size. Also on the menu are a large variety of pasta dishes and sandwiches and burgers. Service is quick and friendly and the prices, especially when compared to the cost of a meal with duck confit, is extremely reasonable (my entire meal with drink and tip and everything was $16).

    It's comfy, cozy, and very family friendly. It's also conveniently located right on the town square. It's close to all the shops and historical points of interest as well as a couple inns.

    Favorite Dish: I had the the "Chicken & Bacon Club" sandwich and it was terrific. The chicken is grilled and all white meat. The bacon was not burned nor undercooked and it was all on focaccia bread. Yum! It also came with some great french fries. It was perfect for what I needed: good but quick and casual.

    If you're in Sonoma for the whole experience and you want to go some place to have the fancy local wines and gourmet meals then this is NOT the place for you! But if, like me, you just want a decent meal at the end of a long day that doesn't require reservations, I highly recommend Mary's.

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    Carrow's Diner: Carrow's Diner

    by davesut Written Aug 19, 2010

    Situated on East Palm Canyon Drive we must commend the service at Carrow's diner which we thought was great. We had a very pleasant dinner here and liked it so much we returned for breakfast a couple of days later. Expect your classic diner menu, it was well presented and price was agreeable. We thought the service was very good.

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    Matchbox: Main drag in Palm Springs

    by davesut Written Aug 19, 2010

    This was one restaurant we tried on Palm Canyon Drive. There are a load of places to choose from and we decided this was the one to get us out of the heat. A choice of around 10 entrees or so and good service.

    We found that P Canyon Drive was quite an expensive place to eat and although this cost $25 per person for main course and one non alcoholic drink each, it was one of the lower priced restaurants here.

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    cold spring tavern: hidden gem on san marcos pass

    by rkearns Written Apr 15, 2010

    oh. if you do decide to take san marcos pass, there is a great bbq joint that all the bikers go to (and tourists and locals alike) called cold spring tavern. it's a hidden gem!

    you get a real local feel, and an "old west" experience. it could also be romantic for the right person.

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    Great Eastern Restaurant: good chinese food

    by xymmot Updated Apr 6, 2010

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    Ah, the problem with finding a good Chinese Restaurant in Chinatown is a good one. There are so many , and some are good and some are just bad . I have found one of the better ones I would like to share with the readers. Food is very good all around, Chinese and authenic. Big menu from Sauteed Lobster with XO sauce to Clay Pot rice. Many waiters from the old school with uniforms. Green is the decor with chinese red and wood trim. There were many locals and regulars there as I could overhear the greetings in Chinese. I vote this restaurant as the good all around. They take good care of their customers as the Chef surveys from the kitchen, the Dragon lady (boss) over sees the wait staff, the wait staff orders the bus boys around to pick up plates and water the customers. It is no wonder they are busy throughout the night till cosing time, 1:00 AM

    Favorite Dish: They had everything. We started with assorted BBQ platter with side orders of egg rolls for appetizers. Then had Deep Fried Fresh Frogs with minced garlic. Main dishes include the Sauteed Lobster in XO sauce, Beef and Chinese broccoli, shrimp fried rice, stewed lamb with fried bean curd in clay pot. Everythng was well time and food was hot and deligtful. At the end there was the traditional orange and fortune cookies

    So many Chinese restaurants in Chinatown fresh frogs, skinned
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