Friday, May 18, 2007

Tagged. I'm it.

Gek's gonna pay for this one. Big.

1. Add a direct link to your post below the name of the person who tagged you. Include the city/state and country you're in.

Nicole (Sydney, Australia)
velverse (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
LB (San Giovanni in Marignano, Italy)
Selba (Jakarta, Indonesia)
Olivia (London, England)
ML (Utah, USA)
Lotus (Toronto, Canada)
tanabata (Saitama, Japan)
Andi (Dallas [ish], Texas, United States)
Todd (Louisville, Kentucky, United States)
miss kendra (los angeles, california, u.s.a)
Jiggs Casey (Berkeley, CA, USA! USA! USA!)
Tits McGee (New England, USA)
Kat (Ontario, Canada)
Cheezy (London, England)
Paula (Orange County, California, U.S.)
Jeff (Colorado, USA)
gekko(Arizona, USA)
Doyle, Northeast Florida

2. List out your top 5 favorite places to eat at your location.

Unlike most women who have babies when they give birth, I had an Eating Machine who ordered two extra large pizzas instead of crying when the doctor swatted him on the butt. As a result when dining out I'm not into gimmicks or fads. I want good food and plenty of it at a reasonable price, and since Da Kid has been known to munch on a table leg (or two) if he went too long between feedings, service had better be good.

Marco Polo Chinese Restaurant and Mongolian Barbeque (Jacksonville, Florida, US) — Order off the menu if you must but few do. Instead, for $7.99 you can make as many trips as you want to both their Chinese Buffet and Mongolian Barbeque. The latter is what makes Marco Polo a favorite. Load your bowl with raw shaved chicken, pork or beef, the fresh vegetables you prefer, lo mein or other items if you like, follow the instructions on the wall to create whatever "sauce" you prefer (or invent your own) and take it to the person behind the counter who cooks it for you while you watch.

Joseph's (Jacksonville, Florida, US) — Family owned and operated, Joseph's — a local institution — marked its 50th anniversary this year. They still make their own pizza dough and desserts, bake all their own breads daily and prepare their meals using fresh ingredients.

Their Eggplant Parmesan, my personal favorite, is the best I've ever had. Anywhere.

Famous Amos (Jacksonville, Florida, US) — Open 24 / 7 but their always-available breakfast is the main reason to go there. Famous Amos doesn't hire waitresses who don't come equipped with bulging biceps. Their country ham "slice" alone could feed an entire family.

Steffan's (Kingsland, Georgia, US) — Imagine a hole-in-the-wall in the middle of no- where, stuck in the center of big parking lot. But, you still have a problem finding a place to park your car because of all the big rigs and pickups. Inside, a juke box sits in one corner. Old swivel-stools along the counter. A couple of small tables are scattered here and there, but the one taking the most room has on it only a diorama of the hole-in-the-wall you've in.

Imagine, too, as only an example a mound of chicken fingers cut from breast meat into slabs then breaded by hand, a MOUNTAIN of crisp, thick-cut fries, HUGE slices of fresh tomato . . . and your waitress NOT understanding why you had absolutely no room for any of the desserts that are always included in that day's "$5.99 Specials."

Herself's Parent's House — You can't eat there but I can. And do. Regularly.
3. Tag 5 other people (preferably from other countries/states) and let them know they've been tagged.

Any volunteers? You KNOW there's a place or two where you live that only YOU know about.

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4 Comments:

Blogger gekko said...

Oh, I totally love Mongolian barbecue! And I, too, discovered that the odd hole in the wall often offers the bestest food. There is one down in Benson, Arizona, but I can't remember the name of it, and some forever nameless little greasy spoon that features native american cooking up in the north eastern part of the state.

2:29 PM  
Blogger Nicole Tan said...

Can I jsut say that all your food description makes me hungry for more food??!! I Love Mongolian BBQ!!! that is so good...and Steffan's sound good!!! but how can you not leave space for $5.99 special dessert??? haha I will stuff myself silly here!!!

Ps thanks for doing the tag. If you know of anyone else doing it please feel free to send me a message and I’ll update them too on the updated list of tag doers

9:07 PM  
Blogger doyle said...

I neglected to mention, Nicole, that Steffan's $5.99 daily specials not only includes the meal and dessert, but the beverage (and free refills), too. Trust me. I didn't want to pass up the banana cream pie (one of my favorites) but their portions are so big I couldn't even finish everything on my lunch plate. One more bite and I would have exploded.

8:00 PM  
Anonymous velverse said...

Wow... Marco Polo Chinese Restaurant and the Mongolian Barbeque sounds like a nice place especially when one can create their own preference of sauce. Slurp.

Thanks for doing the tag :)

4:57 AM  

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