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During years of frequent-flier abuse, the intrepid traveler encounters numerous loathsome meals. As a public service, SVP has gathered a list of great restaurants and watering holes. The standard for inclusion into the list that follows is high. That is, I would make a special point to visit them at the expense of any other place in a given city.

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It is hoped that this list will help the interested traveler avoid yet another indifferent hotel-meal (or worse). The usual disclaimers aside, please patronize the following:


No Name
15 1/2 Fish Pier St W
Boston, MA 02210
(617) 338-7539
This is the best seafood in Boston, you can watch the fishing boats being unloaded while you sit at picnic tables. VERY fresh and low cost. Cash only. Park near the World Trade Center in South Boston.

415 Washington Street
Somerville, MA 02143
Phone: (617)661-3254
Favorite tapas bar, on the corner of Kirkland and Beacon Streets. This place is very popular, so get there early.

76 Salem Street
Boston, MA
(617) 523-8820
One of many fine restaurants in the famous North end of Boston. This one has no pretense, and very good values. A great starting point for the evening.

East Coast Grill
1271 Cambridge St.
Cambridge, MA 01239
(617) 491-6568
Excellent and unique Inman Square restaurant. West Indies-inspired and very spicy. Watch out for the rum cocktails. Get there early.

Green Street Grill
280 Green St
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 876-1655
More hot food in a convenient Central Square location. You have to walk through a fetid bar to get to the restaurant, but if spicy is your thing, here it is.

La Groceria
853 Main Street
Cambridge, MA 01239
(617) 547-9258
Very good Italian restaurant, massive and tasty antipasto bar. Signature garlic bread and pastas. Mid-priced and well worth it.

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Emil Lene's
16000 E. Smith Road
Aroura, CO 80011
(303) 366-6674
For the best steaks in America, this is the place. Tender loving care and food like grandma used to make.

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3430 E. Tropicana Avenue
Las Vegas, NV 89121
(702) 458-3333
Vegas is a town with a lot of crappy food. Get away from the strip for some incredible italian home-cooking. Very good service and even better value.

Port of Subs
Various Locations
Great grinders, with meat that is cut on-the-spot. One of the few things I like about Vegas.

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Fung Shing
15 Lisle Street
London WC2
London, England
Fine Chinese dining.

Monty's Tandoori Restaurant
1 The Mall, Ealing Broadway
London W5
Ealing, England
Tandoori and Nepalese cuisine.

Standard Tandoori
141-145 Caversham Road
Reading, England
Nepalese cuisine.

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Essen Haus
514 E. Wilson
Madison, WI 54965
(608) 254-4118
If you ever find yourself in the beautiful city of Madison, you should call to find out when they are open. Very good German specialties like rouladen, and three kinds of complimentary pretzels. Saturday night they have boot-drinking contests.

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1428 4th Street NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413
Phone: (612)789-9862
Classic "Nordeast" bar, with garlicky roast beef sandwiches that are as big as your head. The jukebox ranges from Lawrence Welk to Lemmy, and the blue-hair could just as easily belong to a 70-year old Ukranian granny as a 17-year old punker. The poetry readings are a hoot.

Key's Cafe
767 Raymond Ave (and other locations)
(651) 646-5756
Saint Paul, MN 55114
Family-owned restaurant, serving huge breakfasts all day long

Rick's Old Time Cafe
3756 Grand Avenue S.
Minneapolis, MN 55409
(612) 827-8948
Funky exterior belies awesome South-American favorites with a Minnesota twist. I heard they sold it, but hope it isn't true - get the wild rice pancakes.

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Chez Paesano
1669 rue St-Denis
Montreal, Quebec
(514) 982-6638

Le Mas des Oliviers
1216 Rue Bishop
Montreal, Quebec
(514) 861-6733

Le Saint-Amable
410 Place Jacques-Cartier
Montreal, Quebec
(514) 866-3471

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Captain Cass Seafood
Rock Harbor Road
Orleans, MA 02653
No Phone
Incredible fresh fish, shellfish, with utterly no ambience. Seasonally open, but a nice drive down the cape. Plenty of excursion boats and cape cod wilderness to check out.

Captain Elmers
18 Old Colony Way
Orleans, MA 02653
(508) 255-3350
If Cap'n Cass is closed, go here instead. This is in town, and usually open.

The Fort
8 Fort Street
Springfield, MA 01193
(413) 788-6628
After checking out the Indian Motorcycle Museum, head over to the Student Prince & Fort for some awesome German food and beer. Incredible stein collection.

The Lobster Boat
453 Daniel Webster Hwy.
Merrimac, NH 03054
(603) 424-5221
Real lobster shack, a trip to Boston is not complete with this shrine to crustacea and bivalves. The battered and deep fried lobster is incredible.

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13 West 54th St.
New York, NY 10019
(212) 307-7311
Expensive but worth it - the chef raises Scandinavian cuisine to an art form.

Carnegie Deli
854 7th Ave. at 55th St.
New York, NY 10019
(212) 757-2245
Best Deli in the U.S.

125 W. 55th St.
Ney York, NY 10019
(212) 245-7400
Greek seafood.

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813 Rue Bienville
New Orleans, LA 70112
(504) 523-5433
Open since 1918, excellent food, srvice, music, and setting.

417 Royal Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 525-9713
Expensive and some say even worthwhile brunch.

Lake Pontchartrain
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 282-9395
A bit of a drive, but incredibly fresh seafood, without the tourists.

Central Grocery
923 Decatur Street
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 523-1620
Open since 1906, go for the original muffaletta sandwich.

The Maple Leaf
8316 Oak Street
New Orleans, LA 70118
(504) 866-9359
This is the REAL New Orleans scene, best enjoyed on your way back from Bruning's.

Napoleon House
500 Chartres Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 524-9752
Very nice bar with a cool and quiet courtyard, refreshing drinks (get the Pimms Cup), and fine food.

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1611 Sunflower Ave.
Santa Ana, CA 92704
(714) 751-7153
Outstandingly authentic Tuscan cuisine.

Harry's Place Cafe
11440 Western Ave.
Stanton, CA 90680
For a tasty low budget, large portion breakfast, Harry's the place. Located near anahiem convention center.

La Parisienne
1101 E. Huntington Dr.
Monrovia, CA 91096
(626) 357-3359
Great French food and service.

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The Chuck Box
202 E. University Drive
Tempe, AZ 85281
(480) 968-4712
The best hamburger in the USA, if not the known universe. Mesquite-grilled with all the trimmings.

Dragon Paradise
1756 West Bell Road
Phoenix, AZ 85023
(602) 375-1088
Very servicable Chinese food. Get the "Dancing Mushrooms" which is a great vegetarian dish.

1940 E. Camelback Road
Phoenix, AZ 85016
(602) 265-3036
High-end Greek food. several page of soups and two dozen types of appetizers. Take your time.

2135 E. Camelback Road
Phoenix, AZ 85016
(602) 957-0222
Good, low-budget Italian food. Close proximity to Warsaw Wally's is a big plus.

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Great Eastern
649 Jackson St. (at Grant)
San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 986-2500
Arguably the greatest restaurant in Chinatown, open late, not formal.

1431 Polk St.
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 775-7949
Very servicable Greek food.

Pier 47 - Fisherman's Wharf
San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 771-4383
Kind of hard to find, but a place treasured by locals and savvy tourists alike.

Yank Sing
49 Stevenson St.
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 541-4949
If you like Dim Sum, this is one of the BEST. Period.

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Brothers Delicatessen
1351 Howard Avenue
Burlingame, CA 94010
(650) 343-2311
Kosher food, very good Reuben sandwich, corn beef hash, breakfasts.

400 San Antonio Road
Mountain View, CA 94040
(650) 941-3800
Great smoked turkey, home-smoked sausages, German specialties.

Julia Pheiffer State Park
47225 Highway 1
Big Sur, CA 93920
(800) 424-4787
Not food technically, or in San Jose, but very beautiful and inexpensive lodging in the heart of Big Sur.

La Fiesta
240 Villa Street
Mountain View, CA 94041
(650) 968-1364
Family-style Mexican food, grandma's recipies and hundreds of tequilas to pick from.

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456 Chinese Restaurant
2362 Pruneridge Avenue (the same as Hedding)
Santa Clara, CA 95050
(408) 985-8456
This is a personal favorite, get the sizzling rice soups and pinenut chicken.

Cafe Nono's
One North First Street
San Jose, CA 95113
(408) 288-6744
My secret lunch place. Actually on Santa Clara Street, look for the "VIGAL" sign, get the chicken pesto sanwdwich.

E & O Trading Co.
96 South 1st St. (at San Fernando)
San Jose, CA 95113
(408) 938-4100
This is a dining experience, and their many toothsome tidbits are not to be missed.

Flying Pig Pub
78 South 1st St.
San Jose, CA 95113
(408) 298-6170
Featuring Cincinnati-style chili. Right next to the E&O, inexpensive.

Falafel Drive-In
2301 Stevens Creek Blvd (the same as San Carlos)
San Jose, CA 95128
(408) 294-7886
All of your favorite Middle-Eastern delicacies, and burgers, at very low prices.

Guadalajara Market #2
452 East Empire St. (at 10th)
San Jose, CA 95112
(408) 294-0545
Award-winning, family-owned since 1945, cafeteria and bakery. Close to downtown.

230 East Jackson
San Jose, CA 95112
(408) 279-4888
Authentic Hawaiian food and drink, a standout amongst 2 dozen great Japantown restaurants.

Lou's Living Donut Museum
387 Delmas Avenue (At Auzerais)
San Jose, CA 95126
(408) 295-5887
If you are from Back East, you will forget about Krispy Kreme and Dunkin Donuts.

Sushi Zen
1305 North First Street
San Jose, CA 95112
(408) 453-1070
Our favorite local sushi joint, the bento boxes are a good value. This is right next to the House of Genji, a good teppanyaki restaurant.

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El Farol
808 Canyon Road
Santa Fe, NM 87501
(505) 983-9912
In a town with a lot of overrated and expensive places, El Farol stands head and shoulders above the rest. Excellent Tapas and service can be found here. You can take your time and munch and listen to live music all night here.

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Cafe De Paris
751 Denman Street
Vancouver, B.C.
(604) 687-1418

Hon's Wun-Tun House
1339 Robson Street
Vancouver, B.C.
(604) 685-0871

1136 Robson Street
Vancouver, B.C.
(604) 687-0655

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