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PostPosted: Tue Sep 17, 2013 12:19 pm    Post subject: Diner, Drive In, Dive, Restaurant, Your Local Go To Favorite Reply with quote

A Google spreadsheet for the entire Samba member recommended "local restaurants and eatin' joints" can be seen here:
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I've been thinking about this topic. Think
Its inspired a little by my youth traveling with my Pop as an independant owner/operator trucker every summer. During our runs, we always seemed to be unloaded right around lunch time. Pop would always ask for the local spots to hit for great food. You know.... the type of spot where they know you and what you want as soon as you hit the door.

So we'd drop the trailer, and Bobtail it, ..or after unloading (insert here: just about any piece of heavy equipment inmaginable) hit those spots.....
Sure mis those days...

NOW In my travels, I always try to do the same, ask around and spot those places. Off the main, secret and known to the locals, food thats just.. ...... perfect.

Can't get more local than the VW owners, I bet you know of some spots.
Let this be our own Diners, Drive Ins and Dives for the Samba.

No chain stores..

What and where are your favorite local go to joints?
and
What's your favorite food there?



My somewhat close and local favorites.

The Sub Corral
Belmont N.C.
Deli/Pizza joint.
(Formerly Boston Native Owned)
Closest taste to a traditional Deli I've found around here.
My choices
1) Ham, Salami and Cheese, Sub bread, all the way, no Ketchup, No Mustard, No Mayo.. Want it lighter.. get the same on Pita Pocket (2 Iron)
2)Pastrami, Onions both grilled, with melted Provolone Cheese, Spicy Brown (German) Mustard, toasted sub..
3)Pepperoni Pizza Pie, (close to NY/Jersey Pie), cold beer on Saturday Nights.

Taste T Drive In
Shelby N.C.
(No Indoor Seating and Cash Only)
Some of the best Burgers around
Double Decker Cheeseburger Basket
Mustard, Chili, Onions, Fries and a Big Iced Tea..
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 17, 2013 4:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nick's Taste of Texas
Covina, Ca
Tex-Mex
Housed in an old converted warehouse with full bar and two stages for bands.
My choice:
Taco lunch special; Two soft tacos with your choice of meats, but the beef fajitas are my hands down favorite. Served on hand made flour tortillas. Comes with your choice of two sides and a drink.
http://www.nickstasteoftexas.com/

Pepe's Finest Mexican Food
Downey, Ca (one of four locations)
Some of the very best traditional Mexican food I've ever eaten.
Walk up window, casual outdoor patio dinning
My choice:
Green Chile Burrito; tender chunks of pork roast slow simmered in a Verde sauce
Side of French Fries.
(If you've never had French Fries with Mexican food you don't know what you are missing Wink )
http://www.pepesmexicanfood.com/
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 18, 2013 11:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bernies Dining Depot
Chicopee MA.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 18, 2013 12:14 pm    Post subject: Diner, Drive In, Restaurant, Your Local Hometown Favorite Reply with quote

Christ, does Bernie throw in a chainsaw and a pitchfork for the "large?"
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 20, 2013 5:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jon Schmid wrote:
Christ, does Bernie throw in a chainsaw and a pitchfork for the "large?"


And I was thinking... I hope that Bernie's and your home both have good plumbing... Geeeezzz Laughing

What no Horseradish? C'mon!

Finish the large does it include a Free hat.. shirt, bottle of Pepto, Angioplasty coupon...

Ole' 96er' Laughing

" If i can get a dessert down him, think you can
throw in a couple of Paul Bunyan hats for the kids?"
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I had all you can eat (good) Prime Rib once... absolutley the last time I ever did that.. 2... 16 ouncers... down...
Couldnt even lay down to feel good..

I love Prime Rib.

My local goto joint that set the bar in Prime Rib for me closed 16 years ago.. I've found a couple places (not local) that come close.. but not quite.
One of the better Prime Ribs I've found recently,

Flamingo Grill
Myrtle Beach SC.
Nice Old 50's Neon Atmosphere
Lots to Choose from on the Menu
Prime Rib for me..

If you like the NC Style BBQ. or what is commonly refered as "Pulled Pork"

Speedy's Barbeque
Lexington NC.
Awesome sized sandwiches or plates and the BBQ slaw is killer.

Insert droooling smiley.... here.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 20, 2013 2:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

"The Tav" in Ellensburg, Washington -

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Try the "Super Mother" or if your lucky, it's prime rib night. Also one of the few quality establishments that carry Rainier Beer on tap.

The "Peacock" in Corvallis, Oregon -

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Crappy student night scene, but a fantastic quiet/mellow $2.00 breakfast. Opens at like 7am I think.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 20, 2013 5:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Bernies Dining Depot
Chicopee MA.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 22, 2013 8:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gotta go some how.. .
May as well put those down JP... they aint gonna help..

What's your favorite, off the main, meal spot?
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 23, 2013 1:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

El Pollo Norteno, Delicious tri tip

Locations in Oxnard, Simi Valley, Santa Maria CA
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 24, 2013 10:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

^^^hell yeah, I LOVE tri-tip! Very Happy

Whenever I'm headed up the 101, I always make a stop in Ventura for some of the tenderest finger lickin' good tri-tip around...

Marshall's Bodacious BBQ
6353 Ventura Blvd.
Ventura, CA  93003
http://www.marshallsbodaciousbbq.com/

P.S. You know it's good when you see two or three Cops there for lunch every day Wink
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 24, 2013 11:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Way Station Coffee Shop, Newhall, CA.
My usual, Ham and Eggs:
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Yes, they have at least one plate from every state and province on the walls.
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If you go on a weekend there will likely be a line. It's worth the wait.


Crazy Otto's diner, Acton and Lancaster, CA (and other places, from what I hear):

Prime Rib and Eggs:
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Gone but not forgotten, the Pines Cafe in Pearblossom, CA

So small and busy that their motto was "Eat and Get Out"

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 24, 2013 2:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tri-tip bbq?! Fan-ceeee! We poor Southerners are stuck with the back end of the pig Wink

If you're ever up this way, check out the Vienna Inn - one of the last dives here in NoVa.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 24, 2013 3:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.meltfactory.com/Melt_Factory/Home.html
Grilled Cheese!

http://milliesoldworld.com/
Wood or coal firedpizza and Meat balls!

http://slice.seriouseats.com/archives/2010/04/alan-richman-on-santillos.html
various pizza to go only

http://soupmeister.com/Sections-read-1.html
soup during my work week

http://www.hollyeats.com/Windmill.htm
huge hot dogs!

http://www.hollyeats.com/Maxs.htm
same as above!

http://www.hollyeats.com/GallopingHill.htm
great chili dogs

http://summit.patch.com/listings/summit-diner
taylor ham and cheese sandwich to go along with my pancakes

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Clark-White-Diamond/145275068861040
taylor ham and cheese sandwich!

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 24, 2013 6:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hard to beat Cally for good Mexican food in the States.

ho-dad wrote:
Tri-tip bbq?! Fan-ceeee! We poor Southerners are stuck with the back end of the pig Wink.


Butt... Wink when its done right...its gooooood...

obus wrote:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Clark-White-Diamond/145275068861040
taylor ham and cheese sandwich!


Oh Taylor Ham......drooolll...
I've been to that very spot (The White Diamond), I was born in Jersey, we go back every summer to visit family.
Taylor Ham and (sometimes Cheese) Salt/Pepper Ketchup... .on toast at The White Diamond..... damn.... the saliva just flooded...


I cant wait until the Eastern Seafood joints are posted...
Tell ya friends... about this topic.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 24, 2013 7:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not my photo, I don't have my phone from the last time I was there, but Manuel's El Tepeyac on Evergreen Ave in the city of Los Angeles is the best place to go if you're a Mexican food junkie. And the burritos...

Just look for yourself!!!!
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 25, 2013 9:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

VOLKSWAGNUT wrote:
Hard to beat Cally for good Mexican food in the States.

ho-dad wrote:
Tri-tip bbq?! Fan-ceeee! We poor Southerners are stuck with the back end of the pig Wink.


Butt... Wink when its done right...its gooooood...

obus wrote:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Clark-White-Diamond/145275068861040
taylor ham and cheese sandwich!


Oh Taylor Ham......drooolll...
I've been to that very spot (The White Diamond), I was born in Jersey, we go back every summer to visit family.
Taylor Ham and (sometimes Cheese) Salt/Pepper Ketchup... .on toast at The White Diamond..... damn.... the saliva just flooded...


I cant wait until the Eastern Seafood joints are posted...
Tell ya friends... about this topic.


Oh I know, Ken - anything's good when its smoked down. Are you an eastern or western Carolina "Q" fan?
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 25, 2013 11:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

VOLKSWAGNUT wrote:


ho-dad wrote:
Tri-tip bbq?! Fan-ceeee! We poor Southerners are stuck with the back end of the pig Wink.


Butt... Wink when its done right...its gooooood..


ho-dad wrote:

Oh I know, Ken - anything's good when its smoked down. Are you an eastern or western Carolina "Q" fan?


I generally wont draw lines on that topic...
I no doubt like a vinegar based sauce, but it cant be sweet.
Id have to lean a little toward the East "Q" though..
Lightly wet meat, add Texas Pete, BBQ slaw, toasted bun...
Makes a great sandwich.

3 of my favorites spots across the ole North State IN order..

Speedys Barbeque
Lexington NC

Short Sugar's Pit Bar-B-Q
Reidsville NC

Red Bridges BBQ Lodge
Shelby NC
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 25, 2013 5:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Try Pierce's is you're ever near Williamsburg, VA.
Good ol' Texas Pete, from Winston-Salem, NC Wink
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 25, 2013 5:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Boise

Westside Drive In
http://www.cheflou.com/
Chef Lou worked at some great restaraunts nationwide and decided to come back home to Boise to start something different! It's a 1950's style drive in that serves 5 star food, Prime rib on fridays and saturdays.
Everytime I go I order something different and have never been let down!
Fridays Prime Rib!
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Flying Pie
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If you love pizza and don't mind hippies this is the place
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Cobbys

It's like Subway but hometown, Their sandwiches are huge and go out to 20" Free chips oranges and apples. They have beer on tap and a million toppings
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 26, 2013 3:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well it obvious we have a few Carnivore's posting in this topic..
No a problem with that...
Arrggh, Arrggh, Arrggh.

Keep it up, spread the word.... Id like to have this topic so full...so no matter where we travel in the USA , we can resource it and.....enjoy...!!
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