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The Best Restaurants & Sports Bars thread

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by DipSet, Jun 12, 2006.

  1. Duane Postum

    Duane Postum Member

    Blue Point in Cleveland's Warehouse District.
  2. steveu

    steveu Well-Known Member

    I hear you. I've done my share of slot-pulling, but even if you didn't gamble there's enough in the Ameristar casinos to keep you busy.
  3. Twoback

    Twoback Active Member

    Great story about that last part. Was covering the NCAA Tournament one year and found a sports bar that was showing all the games on a first-round Friday. A whole group of us were there. So, right about the time the early games are finishing up, 9-9:30, the waitress comes along and tells us we've all got to get up because they're setting up the dance floor.
    And just like that, our sports bar turned into a Techno club.
  4. Webster

    Webster Well-Known Member

    Sports bars -- I have a few simple rules. Good TVs. Put the sound on for a big game. Be pricey enough to keep out the college kids, but not clubby in the least. Have the newspapers on the bar. The bartenders must be cool and generous, the waitresses attractive and the manager surly. Good beer and quality food. Understand the good customers. My local on the Upper East Side fits the bill and is -- great for soccer or football games and good enough to bring the family for a casual dinner.

    Restaurants. Pre-fatherhood, I hit just about every top place in NYC or whereever I traveled. My 8 favorites of all time:

    1) Restaurant La Chèvre d'Or -- Eze, France. Quite possibly the greatest meal that I'll ever have. On the top of a mountain overlooking the Mediterranean -- a fantastic meal served by non-snobby staff. The meal lasted five hours topped off by after dinner drinks and a handmade cigar by the pool with a great view of the sea.

    2) French Laundry -- Yountville, California. A bit pretentious, but well worth it. Amazing 9 course tasting menu. Great service, better wines.

    3) March -- NY, NY. Not mentioned anymore as one of the great ones in the city, but I've had three amazing meals there.

    4) Restaurant Louis XV -- Monte Carlo, Monaco. Loses a little for pretension, but the food and service were unreal. Probably the best food that I've ever had.

    5) Union Square Cafe -- NY, NY. Not fancy, but everything is always perfect. The service is amazing, the wine list is excellent.

    6) Babbo -- NY, NY. Best Italian food that I've ever had. Anywhere.

    7) Tasting Room -- NY, NY. Recently moved to a bigger place which I haven't tried, but it was a hole in the wall in the East Village. Excellent food and crazy wine list.

    8) Restaurant La Voile d'Or -- St. Jean Cap Ferrat, France. Stayed at the hotel on my honeymoon. Didn't have dinner reservations the first night when we arrived from NYC and they suggested that we tried their restarant. I thought it could be like a diner. Luckily, I thought to wear a jacket . You are on a terrace with the Mediterranean right beneath you. Amazing and special meal.

    Other good places:
    -- Bern's in Tampa
    -- WD-50 in NYC
    -- Cafe Concerto in Florence
    -- Town in NYC
  5. JR

    JR Well-Known Member

    Webster. if you haven't already read it, I'd recommend Heat by Bill Buford, about his experiences working for Mario Batali as a kitchen slave.

    And you're right about the Union Square Cafe. It started a major trend in NYC restaurants--fabulous food served in a professional but casual atmosphere.
  6. Webster

    Webster Well-Known Member

    JR -- I have the book, but didn't read it yet. After "Among the Thugs", I'm a little suspicious of the veracity of Buford's stories.
  7. JR

    JR Well-Known Member

    Webster, even if is spinning some tall tales, it's a terrific read. He conveys, if nothing else, the unrelenting pressure of working in a restaurant's kitchen.
  8. Flying Headbutt

    Flying Headbutt Moderator Staff Member

    Crystal City Sports Pub just outside of DC.
  9. pallister

    pallister Guest

    Herman's Rib House, Fayetteville, Ark.
  10. KP

    KP Active Member

    Cask 'n Flagon - Boston
    The Fours - Boston and Quincy, MA
    Varsity Club - Columbus, OH
  11. Gomer

    Gomer Active Member

    For when y'all go to Vegas . . . ESPNZone... touchscreen TV's, TV's above the urinals so you never miss a thing (unless you've got bad aim).
  12. Ben_Hecht

    Ben_Hecht Active Member

    Vegas? Watch the games in the LV Hilton sports book. FREE drinks (no proof of betting required, though you'd better be
    tipping), lotsa screens, additional cool options (heh, heh) -- and a crowd that knows what the hell
    it's looking at (rare, indeed).
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