have our favorite local restaurants no matter where
in the world we live. Knowing about these restaurants
is a wonderful help to other JourneyWomen travelling
to destinations that are new to them. Getting advice
from a sister-in-travel means that you are getting 'real'
advice, not advice that has been posted by unimaginative
restaurants with large advertising budgets to draw customers
to their establishments. Based on readers' emails we
believe these spots are the real deal -- places that
will be memorable for the food and/or atmosphere. If
anybody tests any of these places and feels that the
reviews are incorrect, please let us know and we'll
make the necessary changes. Enjoy, everybody!
All of the restaurants listed in this article have been
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My favorite restaurant in Toronto's Chinatown
would be Taste
of China at 338 Spadina Ave.
Phone (416) 348-8828. Loads of Chinese patrons
dine here and it's almost right across from
Lee Garden which has become a tourist mecca.
The decor is very ordinary but not the food.
You might catch a glimpse of famous local chef,
Susur Lee having his favourite chicken dish
here -- Cold Steamed chicken. This is chicken
supposedly steeped in special Chinese wine,
and steamed. It’s served with diced green
union & grated ginger and it's my absolute
favourite as well. For any Journeywoman vegetarians
I recommend two of my faves, Broccoli with Egg
Tofu and Enoki Mushroom and Snowpeas Shoots
with King Oyster Mushrooms. My mouth is watering
while I’m writing this...
Shirley, Toronto, Canada
When savvy Shirley Lum writes about food and
Toronto's Chinatown we listen. She offers 'A
Taste of the World - Neighbourhood Bicycle Tours
& Walks Inc.'
for years has served the finest dim sum! Two
generations of Chinese American women has
formed this restaurant's menu, with steamed
dumplings at their finest. Steamed snow pea
sprout dumplings have tender and lightly seasoned,
and still bright green filling. Lobster dumplings
are generously stuffed. Other favorites are
shrimp dumplings and spinach dumplings. Yank
Sing is famous for its soup dumplings, in
which the filling actually contains soup as
well as meat. Peking duck is terrific, as
is chicken lettuce leaf. Service is friendly
and extremely efficient. Top the dim sum lunch
off with home made sweet tofu. Yank Sing is
a must stop for San Francisco!
Leonore, San Francisco, USA
Sandwich in Anchorage...
serves the best Reuben sandwich in these parts!
Their other food is very good and reasonably
priced as well. As a local I can tell you that
it's a place where all the other ‘locals’
eat. Address: 530 E Benson Blvd Ste 3, tel:
Kathleen, Anchorage, USA
European in Melbourne...
First and best local restaurant in my books
(130 Acland Street, St Kilda), the place where
I first met my sweetheart nine years ago. Named
after the stripper voted into the Italian Government
it has been our special place (and many other
Melburnians, too) since then. We love the superb
attention you receive from the wait staff, the
divine food and the fact that you CAN'T book.
Now that might put some off but we always get
in and not because we're 'regulars' but we usually
go earlyish (before 7pm) or for lunch (early
again 12pm). They have a bar at the back (and
there's no smoking at all in restaurants or
bars here now). Owned by three women, two of
whom are the chefs, we eat the most gorgeous
meals (faves are the thai fish cakes with lime
mayonnaise, ceviche of tuna with dill, olive
oil and crusty toasted bread, with a lovely
glass of bubbly and ended with a luscious dark
chocky pudding with hot chocolate inside, cream
and persian fairyfloss on the side! Phone: (03)
9525 3333. This restaurant doesn't have its
own website, check this review that I found:
Lisa, Melbourne, Australia
One of my favourite restaurants in Vancouver
B.C. is Brix
- the food is fabulous, wonderful tapas, the
best cheese/fruit platter in the City, there's
a great wine list, and the courtyard patio (fully
covered two stories above) is, to me, a lot
like a beautiful European courtyard, with sparkling
lights and the best atmosphere. To round it
all out, the service is superb as well.
Vicki, Vancouver, Canada
and pasta in Miami...
The Big Cheese,
a hangout near the University of Miami is a
favorite of students and local families, who
appreciate the casual atmosphere and Italian-American
cuisine. Decor is casual with lots of sports
memorabilia. The menu features a wide array
of pizza, pastas, subs, salads, fried calamari
and buffalo wings. Portions here are made to
feed at least two, so if you're vying for dinner
and dessert, order one entree to share or expect
to take some to go. 8080 SW 67th Ave, Phone:
(305) 662-6855. Website: http://www.bigcheesemiami.com
Carolyn, Miami, USA
burger in Calgary...
I live in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and the best
eats, is a hamburger joint called Peter's
Drive-In on 16 Avenue North
East. They've been in operation in Calgary for
over 25 years, just the one location, and people
line up and drive thru. Now when you're out
and about in my town you can eat like a local.
Yum! P.S. On a sunny day, it's fun to eat at
their picnic tables.