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I travel a lot on shoots, I REALLY enjoy eating well on the road and generally always spend all my per diem and more. Dinner at a standout restaurant after wrap is something I really look forward to and sometimes the highlight of the trip! Although it is easier than ever finding good eats with iPhones and such, it's hard to beat a good recommendation. I know this is a DISCUSSION group, but I'd love to have a go-to thread to just find good reccos.

If I may be so bold to suggest a framework for replys, to keep it clean and easy to scroll through,

First: list city in CAPS, (then country/state/province)

Then; one or two REALLY REALLY good restaurants (in bold font?) address, and website. If applicable, indicate if lunch or dinner.

And finally; a recco with say, fav apps, dishes and details. What say you? Thread open. Yum:)

So:

CITY, restaurant, address, website, recco.

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NYC NY

brunch - NoHo Star, 330 Lafayette Street, Eggs Chiapas with a fresh squeezed ginger ale

dinner - Il Buco, 47 Bond Street, menu changes and you need a lot of time to decipher and understand it

HONOLULU HI

lunch - Soul de Cuba, 1121 Bethel Street, soul cubano (do NOT go here for dinner - terrible)

breakfast (couldn't think of good dinner spot) - Liliha Bakery, 515 N Kuakini Street, Loco Moco (get the big one, splash some hot sauce and shoyu)

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MONTREAL , Quebec , Canada

Taverne Dominion Square, 1243 Rue Metcalfe, (dinner)

http://www.dominiontavern.com/

Fantastic old school atmosphere, awesome low level lighting, great food. Try the deviled egg, and gin and tonic(s).

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LONDON, Ontario, Canada

The Only On King, 172 King Street, London , (dinner)

http://theonlyonking.ca

Best meal I've had in years. Last time there I ordered two apps and a side, (my favorite way to order)

Had blood sausage ravioli topped with quail eggs, spring vegetable salad, and a side of asparagus also topped with an egg. Drool.

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For great Caribean food it's Calypso in Pompano Beach Florida. For seafood it's the Whales Rib in Hillsboro Beach Florida especially if you love oysters & lobster.

Eric

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I love this idea.

The "problem" for me is to pick just two places. I admit that I'm a total foodie, and have been in Southern California for 18 years. I have at least 100 favorites (probably way more than that actually). If anyone is heading to LA, feel free to PM me or ask here for a specific type of food, or by nationality, and I could recommend a few places specific to your taste. I could also recommend some great places in Japan and Sweden if you're heading there.

Here's a few that come to mind at the moment:

LOS ANGELES:

Bottega Louis, in Downtown Los Angeles

http://www.bottegalouie.com/

great for breakfast, lunch or dinner (awesome macaroons too)

Papa Cristo's, Greek food, Los Angeles

http://www.papacristos.com/

Sapp Coffee Shop, Thai Town / Hollywood

5183 Hollywood Blvd

Los Angeles, CA 90027

Good authentic Thai food. The Boat Noodles are absolutely fantastic.

Wurstkuche, downtown L.A.

800 E 3rd St

Los Angeles, CA 90013

http://www.wurstkuche.com/

The Rattle Snake & Rabbit brats are delicious!

For those who don't eat meat (these are great even if you are not vegetarian):

Paru's Indian Vegetarian Restaurant, Hollywood

5140 W Sunset Blvd

Los Angeles, CA 90027

http://www.parusrestaurant.com/

Elf Cafe', Echo Park

2135 W Sunset Blvd

Los Angeles, CA 90026

http://www.elfcafe.com/

>>> OK, back to meat :)

Din Tai Fung,

1088 S Baldwin Ave

Arcadia, CA 91007 http://www.dintaifungusa.com Best dumplings ever. Period.

Manuel's Original El Tepeyac Cafe

812 N Evergreen Ave

Los Angeles, CA 90033

Great Mexican food! The biggest burrito I have ever seen, it will get 4 hungry people completely full.

(Ok, I'll give it a rest now a rest now)

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TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA

These are just a few of my favourites.

Breakfast

http://www.easyrestaurant.ca

Barbeque

http://www.thestockyards.ca

Burgers

http://theburgerspriest.com

Pizza, my fave

http://vesuviospizza.com

Filled with hipsters, but worth it.

http://pizzerialibretto.com

Veg/Vegan (amazing favours here)

http://rawlicious.ca/canada

http://www.freshrestaurants.ca

Coffee

http://cremacoffee.ca

Indian

http://www.torontobanjara.com

Thai

http://www.thaichefcuisine.com

Lebanese

http://alibabas.ca

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Johnny, you've got some great ones here! Bottega Louis and Wurtskuche are pretty top-notch.

Since I've lived in So. Cal. all my life, for the L.A. area I'll add:

The Federal Bar in North Hollywood

http://www.thefederalbar.com/

Great for lunch or dinner and good drinks

Golden Road Brewery in Burbank/Glendale

http://goldenroad.la/place/#/pub

Never been for lunch but dinner is great. They have many vegetarian/vegan options and the beer is fresh

Versaille on the west side

http://www.versaillescuban.com/

Great cuban dinner! If you like chicken and garlic this is your place

Mario's Peruvian on Melrose and Vine

The Saltado for dinner is epic!

If you see 'The Flatiron Truck', they've got about the best steak and arugula salad ever. Lunch or dinner.

Bossa Nova on Sunset and Formosa is great for Brazilian lunch or dinner.

http://www.bossanovafood.com

Yucca Flour + Plantains...so good!

Al Wazir Chicken on Hollywood/Gower for Mediterranean lunch or dinner.

http://alwazirchicken.com/

One of my oldest favorites. Chicken Shawarma is awesome and they have some of the best baklava

If you're in O.C. check out Vietnam's Pearl on Fairview/Baker in Costa Mesa

Lunch is great. Always get rice with a fried egg on it!

Sandwich World in Costa Mesa (Bristol South of Red Hill) for LUNCH ONLY

http://www.sandwichworld.net/

It's like Subway...but they use top quality meats and bread delivered from NYC.

If you're ever in Omaha Nebraska try BrewBurgers

http://www.brewburgersomaha.com/

I remember the food was great and the drinks were wonderful.

If ever in Austin Texas get out to the Salt Lick BBQ

http://www.saltlickbbq.com/

Only been for dinner and it's one of the best places in the world

If ever in Little Rock Arkansas or Memphis Tennessee try Corky's BBQ

http://www.corkysbbq.com/

Really good BBQ, cool place, and way cheaper than I expected.

I'd love to keep listing places all over So. Cal. and the rest of the country but I'm not Anthony Bourdain so I'll stop :)

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INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA, USA

Yats -- Cajun/Creole, awesome original recipes and great prices! -- Don't really go by the online menu, you've gotta actually come in to see what they have each day. http://www.yatscajuncreole.com/ Yats is next door to the...

Jazz Kitchen -- With an interesting and varied menu -- if you want to enjoy some great music. http://thejazzkitchen.com/

St. Elmo Steak House -- Legendary landmark -- just about any celebrity that hits town eats here, if that tells you anything -- pricey, though. http://www.stelmos.com/home.html

Cafe Patachou -- Good food, good prices -- gourmet breakfast and lunch items in a unique atmosphere. http://www.cafepatachou.com/

Slippery Noodle Inn -- Another Indy Landmark -- yes, there's food, but go mostly for the best blues around. http://www.slipperynoodle.com/

(Great thread!)

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IF you're going to be in Paris AND you're going to be there with a significant other then do yourselves a great big favor and book a table for lunch at the Jules Verne restaurant in the Eiffel Tower. It's got a kitchen run by Alan Ducasse and has a Michelin star. The food is amazing, the service is wonderful and the view is, of course, out of this world. Booking for lunch means that you get the same quality food served at dinner at about 1/3rd the price. That still means it'll be a $220 lunch (without wine) but it'll be a meal that you'll never forget. You can make a reservation on their website (http://www.lejulesverne-paris.com).

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My friend Troy Dick, a cameraman from Dallas, who travels lots, has a blog about the places he runs across in his travels. He's recently started over from scratch so there are only 4 places written up on the site at the moment, but Troy really likes to eat and his taste covers all the bases.

Damon Richard/Reservations

Best regards,

Jim

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Gordon Moore of Lectrosonics turned me on to this place. So good, we went back a second night. Authentic Chinese. Off the beaten path in Vegas.

Las Vegas NV

Chang's Hong Kong Cusine

4670 S. Decatur Blvd.

Las Vegas, NV 89103

The Pecan Shrimp is fantastic. And if you enjoy Dim Sum, this is the place. And NOT expensive!

http://www.changscuisine.com

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IF you're going to be in Paris AND you're going to be there with a significant other then do yourselves a great big favor and book a table for lunch at the Jules Verne restaurant in the Eiffel Tower. It's got a kitchen run by Alan Ducasse and has a Michelin star. The food is amazing, the service is wonderful and the view is, of course, out of this world. Booking for lunch means that you get the same quality food served at dinner at about 1/3rd the price. That still means it'll be a $220 lunch (without wine) but it'll be a meal that you'll never forget. You can make a reservation on their website (http://www.lejulesverne-paris.com).

Alain Ducasse, that is a little bit too hard core, even by my standards. I had the privilege of dining with some hard core foodies when I lived in NYC and never dared to venture to Alain's restaurant while I lived there. A lunch without wine does not sound too civilized at all. Tack on another hundred bucks or so for something drinkable. I had done some work for Eric Ripert, ate at pretty much all of Jeane George's places (hit or miss), hung out with a celeb or two at their favorite watering hole - was a good time to be hungry and thirsty. In reflection, I must have eaten several cows worth of steak and a school of fish in the heyday.

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SHREVEPORT, LA

NOBLE SAVAGE

Small, but good bar menu. The burgers and the muffuletta are excellent, and the cole slaw is superb.

Every week the chef has specials, a red meat, white meat, wild game, fish, pasta, and sandwich. They are absolutely delicious and well worth the extra money. This guy can cook. Open Tuesday through Saturday. Kitchen open until midnight, special until 10PM. The margaritas there are spectacular as well- no pre-made mixture.

OLIVE STREET BISTRO

Delicious Italian restaurant. We went once, showed up 15 minutes before closing. We offered to go somewhere else as it was obvious that the place was empty. They re-opened the kitchen for us, treated us perfectly, and made some delicious food. I'd recommend the veal.

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A lunch without wine does not sound too civilized at all. Tack on another hundred bucks or so for something drinkable.

Sure thing, but what an experience... :)

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Gordon Moore of Lectrosonics turned me on to this place. So good, we went back a second night. Authentic Chinese. Off the beaten path in Vegas.

Las Vegas NV

Chang's Hong Kong Cusine

4670 S. Decatur Blvd.

Las Vegas, NV 89103

The Pecan Shrimp is fantastic. And if you enjoy Dim Sum, this is the place. And NOT expensive!

http://www.changscuisine.com

Went there this past NAB. It was very good, and I normally don't go for that sort of stuff. I even managed to not look like a fool using chop sticks.

Also in Las Vegas

Texas De Brazil. You can eat till you explode. Brazilian steak house. They bring out meat on giant skewers that look like swords, and they just keep coming and coming until you tell them to stop. Words cannot describe the awesome. Bacon wrapped filet mignon...mmmmmm...

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TOKYO, JAPAN

Restaurant: ENJU

Address: hachihoennai, 1-1-1, Shirokanedai, Minato-ku, Tokyo, 108-8631

WEBSITE http://r.gnavi.co.jp/g043302/lang/en/

Amazing traditional upscale Japanese food including sushi, and a good selection of Sake. The presentation is incredible and almost as good as the food itself. Go for the Japanese style prix fixe menu which includes several courses of exotic delicious yum.

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For the Low/No budget folks, there's the 'Subway' shop on W34St and 9th... conveniently across 34th St. from B&H.

Kidding aside, I always liked 'Mustang Harry's', 7th Ave @ 30th, a few short blocks South of MSG/Penn Station.

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For the Low/No budget folks, there's the 'Subway' shop on W34St and 9th... conveniently across 34th St. from B&H.

Kidding aside, I always liked 'Mustang Harry's', 7th Ave @ 30th, a few short blocks South of MSG/Penn Station.

I'll have to give that a shot. I'm working the Garden until October-ish. Thanks!

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