in Salt Lake City...
In Salt Lake City, Utah, it's Cucina
Toscana that the locals flock
to. Honestly, it is as good as the restaurants
in Rome. The owner/manager is from Italy and
uses his family's secret recipes. He is very
friendly and will come chat with you at your
table, and probably bring out some "free"
appetizers. The Caesar salad is prepared table-side
and the pasta, fish, gelato are all wonderful.
The long tables give it an atmosphere of bistro
in Italy. Full bar and great wine list, too!
A little pricey and dieters beware! Address:
307 Pierpont Ave, tel:(801) 328-3463
Bless, Salt Lake City, USA
& healthy in Yellow Springs, Ohio...
Never heard of Yellow Springs? It's 30 minutes
from Dayton. The Winds
Cafe and Bakery is a fabulous,
women-owned and run restaurant (for the last
20 years) in my neck of the woods. Cooking is
European style with an American twist. Lots
of local organics featured in the summer, Bistro
Night on Wednesdays. They have an excellent
menu: See: http://www.windscafe.com/menus.
P.S. Be sure to get a "Take me to the Winds!"
tee- shirt and visit the friendly wine cellar
housed next door. If you don't have time for
a small or large plate, stop in the bakery for
the best molasses cookie ever. My own doesn't
even come close. Address: 215 Xenia Ave, tel:
Anni, Yellow Springs, USA
I live in Zurich, Switzerland and my favorite
restaurant is called "Oepfelchammer".
It is open since 1801 so it is quite impressive
to eat there and there are only a few tables
(reservations are a must!). They serve the very
traditional Zurich meal: Zuercher Geschnetzeltes
mit Rösti (thinly slices veal in a mushroom
cream sauce with hash brown potatoes). It's
just delicious! The restaurant is located in
the old town (Niederdorf): Rindermarkt 12, tel:
+41-44-251 2336. Website: www.oepfelchammer.ch
Karine, Zurich, Switzerland
My favorite restaurant in Boston, MA, is the
It is a small chain of Mexican restaurants,
my favorite location being Cambridge, MA. The
chips are baked right there on the premises
and are always warm and delicious. The salsa
is fantastic! The best appetizer is the cajun
shrimp - spicy popcorn shrimp that are so addictive.
And the fajitas can't be beat. They also make
a mean margarita! The atmosphere is casual and
fun. They never disappoint. The fact that they
are always busy can attest to that. Check their
website for location details. http://www.bordercafe.com
Jackie, Somerville, USA
burger in Pasadena...
Pie 'n Burger
is a fixture in my hometown, Pasadena, California.
It's on California Street just one door east
of Lake Avenue. This burger cannot be beaten
anywhere! After one of these treats it's hard
to have room for the pie but even if you just
have room for one bite you must try the strawberry
pie. According to their website: 'Michael Osborn
is the current owner of Pie 'n Burger. He began
eating there as a 9-year-old kid soon after
it opened in 1963. His family lived in Arizona,
but his grandmother, whom he visited each summer,
lived in Arcadia and worked at the old Bullocks
Pasadena around the corner from the diner. He
loved the burgers. He loved the strawberry pie.
As a USC student, he started working at Pie
'N Burger in 1972 and has been there ever since'.
Address: 913 E California Blvd, tel: 626.795.1123.
Helen, Pasadena, USA
near Toronto's Pearson Airport...
I'm the first to admit that there's not much
reason to travel to my hometown, Etobicoke Ontario.
However, if you're stuck in Pearson International
Airport in Toronto and dying for some great
food, here is my pick: My
Thai Kitchen. A 10 minute drive
(or 30 mins via public transit from the Airport),
this place is a gem. Signature dishes such as
Mango Salad, Cashew Chicken and Pineapple and
Red Curry are among the best I have ever tasted.
The decor is authentic Asian and the staff,
dressed in traditional costume, are always friendly
and efficient. I take all my out-of-town friends
here. If you ever find yourself in West Toronto,
this is the first place to go. Address: 3080
Bloor Street W., Etobicoke. Tel: (416) 233-2218
Lynne, Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada
in El Paso...
The L&J Cafe
is a small, hole-in-the-wall restaurant located
across the street from the Concordia Cemetary,
where western famous and infamous persons like
J. Wesley Hardin (reputed to have killed more
people than Billy the Kid) are buried. The cafe
itself is so popular with locals that I recommend
going well outside normal dining hours - no
later than 11 am or after 2 pm for lunch. Happy
hour starts at 4 and is best known, foodwise,
for its mini-tacos and similar fare offered
for $1. It's almost all Mexican (and I don't
mean Tex-Mex) on the menu and everything I've
tried has been very good. Prices are low to
moderate. Address: 3622 E Missouri Ave. Tel:
(915) 566-8418. Mucho gusto.
Carol, El Paso, USA
near the Hunter Valley...
Visiting the Hunter Valley in New South Wales,
Australia? I would like to recomend the new
restaurant called Paradesha
that has opened in our local pub in East Gresford,
near the Hunter Valley. Look for it inside the
Beatty Hotel, in Park Street. You really can't
miss it as there are only two roads into town
and both meet there. Paradesha Restaurant has
excellent Indian and interesting contemporary
Australian meals. By the way, our village is
a bustling, idyllic little spot in a very scenic
area with B&B's, wineries, national parks
and nice people. Well worth a visit.
Fiona, East Gresford, Australia
on bad food...
soup is a very tricky thing and it is a rare hostess
who can carry it off. More often than not the dinner
guest is left with the impression that had she only
come a little earlier she could have gotten it while
it was still hot.'
(Fran Lebowitz, Metropolitan Life, 1978)
a sidewalk table outside a crummy cafe facing the
station, I gulped down a patch of lasagna. It was
clammy-cold and looked like something that should
(Patricia Hampl, Virgin Times, 1992).
came from a family that considered gravy a beverage.'
(Erma Bombeck, A Marriage Made in Heaven or Too Tired
to Have an Affair, 1993)
soup, thin and dark and utterly savorless, tasted
as if it had been drained out of the umbrella stand.'
(Margaret Hasey, With Malice Toward Some, 1938)
that must be sliced with an ax is bread that is too
(Fran Lebowitz, Metropolitain Life, 1978)
for butter versus margarine, I trust cows more than
(Joan Gussow, New York Times, 1986)