The Best Meal You Ever Had .... The Great Meal Discussion

Janx

Hero
Y’all fellow meat lovers need to find and dine in a Brazillian churrascaria at some point. As much as I love a good prime rib or ribeye steak at a top steakhouse, I consider a churrascaria to be an equally epicurean delight for carnivores.

For those who don’t know, the typical setup- at least in the American versions- is an all-you-can-eat upscale salad & soup bar in the middle of the restaurant, and a wandering squadron of waiters who deliver meat on skewers to be sliced off onto your plate...also as much as you can cram down your gullet. They’ll keep bringing you meat and slicing it off with their sharp, machete-sized knives as long as you keep signaling them so to do. Each restaurant is a little different, but a typical one will have between 1-2 dozen different meats, covering various presentations of poultry, beef, pork and lamb, and sometime some more exotic things.

My buds and I have tried a bunch of them around Dallas/Ft. Worth, and we don’t really have favorites. Each has something ridiculously good, so when we decide to hit one, we pick on the basis of what particular dish we want…or simply which one is most convenient, because damn if they aren’t all good.
I've been to one, but I found it to be too much food, in this weird gluttony encouraging way to make it worth the money, etc.

It's not for me.
 

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Dannyalcatraz

Schmoderator
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I've been to one, but I found it to be too much food, in this weird gluttony encouraging way to make it worth the money, etc.

It's not for me.
I used to pig out at those places- as well as at other buffets- in part because of such a “beat the house” mindset.

But I don’t think like that anymore. I realized that I didn’t think like that in regular restaurants*…and that my body was punishing me more often when I gorged than when I was younger.

Now I go and have a good time and leave pleasantly stuffed but still mobile. My satisfaction comes from having a good meal (ideally with good company)- regardless of whether it was $5/person, $50/person or more.


* because you usually can’t, obviously.
 

payn

Legend
I used to pig out at those places- as well as at other buffets- in part because of such a “beat the house” mindset.

But I don’t think like that anymore. I realized that I didn’t think like that in regular restaurants*…and that my body was punishing me more often when I gorged than when I was younger.

Now I go and have a good time and leave pleasantly stuffed but still mobile. My satisfaction comes from having a good meal (ideally with good company)- regardless of whether it was $5/person, $50/person or more.


* because you usually can’t, obviously.
I've had really good meals in terrible environments. The above So.Am steak buffet with pushy staff and turnstile trough is a real turn off to the dining experience for me. A swanky steak house recently opened and it has a lot going for it. Though, they have these gross wallpapers of people going to the bathroom just outside the restrooms. They also have this very large very beautiful painting of a bull hanging on the wall. At the very top of the painting there is text that says, "me so horny". I dont know if this is supposed to be edgey or what? There was a really nice Italian place opened by an actual Italian ex-pat. He could only afford a strip mall location. It would be fine if I couldnt see the damn Golden Arches of McD's burning through my table window...

These things remind me of Applebees and TGIF when they hung a bunch of brick-a-brak garbage on the wall to make it seem quaint.

I know, I know, it should be all about the food, but when I'm out paying a premium, I really want to enjoy myself. It never ceases to amaze me what some folks think is comfortable, hip, or fancy.
 

dragoner

solisrpg.com
I had the best eggplant parmigiana in the white plains mall food court, gratis too, cause I was picking up a friend who worked there; it has a large Italian pop.

Same as best Tex-Mex steak and potato burrito at a drive thru, and best BBQ at dirt floor corrugated tin shack in west Texas.
 

Janx

Hero
On the other hand, the best advice I heard for places not to eat is never eat where there's naked people because they know you're not looking at your food.
 


Maxperson

Morkus from Orkus

MGibster

Legend
One of the best meals I ever had was at III Forks in Dallas, Texas. Everything about that meal was perfect from the she-crab soup I started with to the medium-rare steak with asparagus and mashed potatoes on the side. The waitstaff were truly superb, never hovering and always present without making their presence known.
 

payn

Legend
One of the best meals I ever had was at III Forks in Dallas, Texas. Everything about that meal was perfect from the she-crab soup I started with to the medium-rare steak with asparagus and mashed potatoes on the side. The waitstaff were truly superb, never hovering and always present without making their presence known.
Sounds so good...minus the asparagus...
 



Undrave

Hero
My father got married last weekend and he had reserved an entire Italian restaurant from a client of his company. They kept bringing plate after plate before we even got to the main dish but what a dish... I got the beef cheek on a risotto and it was the some of the best meat I ever got.
 


Mannahnin

Scion of Murgen (He/Him)
I love asparagus but sadly have both the genetic traits for producing the unfortunate scent and for smelling it. Which does cut into how often I enjoy it.
 

Mannahnin

Scion of Murgen (He/Him)
I had an unusually great taco meal Saturday night at Trail Break in White River Junction, VT.

Start with fancy street corn (sweet grilled corn on the cob topped with pepper aioli, grated cotija cheese & micro cilantro), proceed to two tacos absolutely STUFFED with meat, one marinated, shaved carne asada with red onion, guac, and house mild sauce, the other sweet pork with pickled red onion, cotija cheese and lime crema. Pair those with a salad of fresh spring mix with grilled pineapple vinaigrette, shaved onion, crumbled cotija and toasted pepitas served with a big slice of blackened grilled watermelon. They have a good beer selection, too.
 


Dannyalcatraz

Schmoderator
Staff member
My favorite street tacos came from a Indian-Mexican joint that used to be around the corner from me. On Wednesday, they sold them for $1 each.

It was lawless awesomeness! You could get Chicken 65 with a creamy avocado aioli, barbacoa with a mint sauce, refried beans to go with your biryani, and so forth.
 

Snarf Zagyg

Notorious Liquefactionist
My favorite street tacos came from a Indian-Mexican joint that used to be around the corner from me. On Wednesday, they sold them for $1 each.

It was lawless awesomeness! You could get Chicken 65 with a creamy avocado aioli, barbacoa with a mint sauce, refried beans to go with your biryani, and so forth.

Danny .... I hate to break it to you .... but Jack in the Box isn't an Indian-Mexican joint.
 


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