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    When we go out for dinner it is to a local, family owned Thai, Vietnamese, Italian, or Greek restaurant. Never a chain.

    We very seldom go to a fast food joint. If we do it is usually on the road, for coffee, because there is no Starbucks in sight.


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    My idea of fast food is to got to Thrifty's/Sobeys...buy a couple kaiser buns,2 slices havarti, 6 slices smoked turkey from the deli,free package of mustard...about $3.50 for 2 nice sandwiches. Sometimes I go crazy and substitute 2 bagels.

    Talking about French bakery's theres a sweet one in Barra de Navidad...he delivers to the boat each morning...villa-santa-barbara.jpg
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    When it comes to food I really miss living in Europe. Far fewer chain stores, mostly for the hurried NA tourists, drive-thrus are a rare novelty at some McDs or Burger Kings. Even what's available in their grocery stores is typically better, if you consider quality over quantity. I never saw a Starbucks in Italy but apparently they are coming, I have to imagine for the tourists. I don't understand why someone would pay 5€ for a cup of sugary foam with a flashy logo when you could get the real deal for 1€ on any street corner. There are some amazing immigrant restaurants in major NA cities but the prices are astronomical compared to their home countries
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    I hesitate to admit this but my ROMEO (retired old men eating out) breakfast club meets a couple of times per week at local casinos. It's cheap. The food at one casino is passable. The food at the other is reasonably good.

    When my wife and I dine out, our favourite place is a little neighbourhood patisserie in Southwest Calgary. http://www.patisseriedusoleil.com It reminds me of the independant patisseries in Montreal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Just a Guy View Post
    So, by your own admission, you'd rather eat warm shit than food to save money...
    No, not what I said. I said it's cheaper. By my own admission I like to know what to expect. I mostly eat out lunch time and time is the main consideration. Where I am now, mostly go to Subway. Unlike Tims, the quality is ok and, crucially, very fast. There is one non-chain alternative. It's double the time, double the price and no internet. They make nicer soups but Subways sandwiches seem fresher.

    Tim... I would only use when driving and it's the easiest reach.

    With our kids hockey teams it used to be Italian chains all the time, so I tend to avoid that now.

    When I actually go out in a city with some choice, it's not a chain. Nor do I like N American diners or holes in the wall. I do read reviews on the internet but also follow a few rules. Different regions have different things to go for. Like in Paris one has to be quite careful. Unless you are paying crazy prices, French food in Paris is designed for tourists and the quality is very average. Other parts of France are a lot better, lots of regional variations. Spain is ok, but better outside Madrid. Belgium and Holland - good food, although I prefer the nonFrench version. Sweden is boring but Germany, Bavaria is ok. French food in Germany and London is better than in Paris. You have to go out of your way or seek foreign cousine to get quality in Paris. Italy is one European country which provides really consistent food quality. I do like Thai, but most N American versions are not great, you have to really look for the right place. US does offer great ribs, although one needs to know the right place. Fish and chips are the best in England, tried many Canadian versions but not once was it good. Also, no good Indian restaurants in N America, not sure why. My favourite non-Israeli Jewish restaurant was a tiny place in Manchester. The good was good, but also... very friendly and funny. Actually, Paris has a couple of really good Jewish places, if one is brave. Chinese - Toronto has some good ones but outside GTA it's invariably crap. Korean... also good in Toronto but none of them taste like in Korea. Toronto in general... yes, lots of good places but also lots of very average ones. Towns around Toronto usually have one or two really, really good places. And KEG is a boring chain but the quality is good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mordko View Post
    Tim... I would only use when driving and it's the easiest reach.
    A bit off-topic but I don't understand how anyone can eat their stuff....really. About 3-4 years ago, I just 'hit the wall' in my ability to get Tim's stuff down my throat and I stopped going 'forever'. Well, until we had a long night on the Coquihalla 2 weeks ago and had to re-route back through Hope and around the long way. Was late and made an almost fatal mistake of grabbing a sandwich at Tim's there. I regretted it on the long drive home thereafter.

    P.S. We've grabbed a coffee occasionally while on the road but don't buy anything to eat.

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    Actually, I should mention that Vietnamese restaurants in Canada tend to be reliably good, in my opinion. More so than other Asian cousines. Not sure why.
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    And McDonalds will always be the best restaurant ever. It was the first place which, when opened in Moscow, stayed open for lunches, didn't serve meat products which were off but masked by the smell of garlic and had stuff trained to say "welcome" and "please come again".

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    Quote Originally Posted by mordko View Post
    Actually, I should mention that Vietnamese restaurants in Canada tend to be reliably good, in my opinion. More so than other Asian cousins. Not sure why.

    Call me crazy, but I used to sometimes take a drive for like an hour and a half to a Vietnamese Pho restaurant on the edge of a nearby city just for a big-ass bowl of soup with all the fixins.
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    We have a Chinese restaurant here in my small town, owned by the same family for generations.
    They serve the standard 'Canadianized' Chinese food. The food is decent and of dependable quality and I've known the family most of my life.

    A fairly recent new addition to the area was a Philippeen food restaurant, just a few tables, not flashy, you might not even notice it driving past.

    All fresh, cooked after you order, which makes phoning in a good plan if you had a time issue.
    Friendly, they treated you like family.
    My nephew, who is married to a woman from a philippeen family, thinks their food is also a canadianized version, which imho is fine, you do what you need to to survive in the market you have.

    The portions were very generous, the food was great, and fresh, the prices were very competitive, and you usually went home with leftovers.

    A nice 'hole in the wall' (to steal the term); once people discovered it, it became busier and busier, lots of takeout orders, also lots of pre-booked eat-in orders.
    Unfortunately for us, the proprietor has decided to move on and not renew the lease.
    I'm sure she will do well where-ever she goes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mordko View Post
    Actually, I should mention that Vietnamese restaurants in Canada tend to be reliably good, in my opinion. More so than other Asian cousins. Not sure why.
    I have eaten in numerous very good Chinese restaurants in Toronto. Chinese cuisine is famous.

    The Chinese cuisine in Toronto is not "Canadianized". There is great depth, variety and complexity.It is the authentic Chinese cuisine.

    Last edited by wraphter; 2017-04-15 at 06:48 PM.

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