As someone from SF who travels a lot and depends on Chowhound for rec's, I think it is time to update our thread. Please chime in with your fav's and add any categories I have left off. I'll list my personal votes.
Fine Dining - Wild Sage (I have been disappointed in 'K'; Foley's has great food and love the atmosphere, but it is SO LOUD; Spezia has great service and atmosphere, but wouldn't really consider it "fine dining")
Mexican - Azteca, still a Taco John fan after all these years; (went to Mexican restaurant by Mr. Nifty once years ago and was underwhelmed...should I try it again?)
Italian - Spezia? Great food, but Italian seems a stretch
Burgers - Granite City, TC Referee?
Hidden Gem - Mama's Ladas (fab salsa - unusual, but great), Sanaas (I love the three spreads with pitas; don't miss the Saturday brunch), Nick's Gyro's, Touch of Europe (love the pork osso buco, stuffed salmon and walley)
Asian - Golden Bowl (Used to LOVE Dynasty's Vietnamese and Spring Rolls, but recently heard that they did very poorly on their health inspection...I have NOT been back); Green Curry with Chicken or Shrimp at Cocopalace is my all time favorite dish!
Bar scene/fun atmosphere - Bracco
Pizza - pathetically, Godfather's thin crust taco; Taste of the Big Apple has been hit and miss for me; when it has been good tho, it has been great! Maybe it is dependent upon what we have ordered
Offbeat Ethnic - (what kind of category is this anyway!?!?) Sushi Masa (see Hidden Gem)
Salads/Sandwiches - Red Rossa Salads, Mr. Goodscents; I have heard great things about Mix, but have never been
Breakfast - Original Pancake House; my husband loves Cracker Barrel
Sunday Brunch - Carnivale
Steak - Wild Sage
What have I missed?
3125 S. 72nd Street, Omaha, NE 68124
Touch of Europe
337 S Phillips Ave, Sioux Falls, SD 57104
9429 S 142nd St, Omaha, NE 68138
116 W 11th St, Sioux Falls, SD 57104
1512 W 41st St, Sioux Falls, SD 57105
2600 S Spring Ave, Sioux Falls, SD 57105
Original Pancake House
2715 W 41st St, Sioux Falls, SD 57105
423 S Phillips Ave, Sioux Falls, SD 57104
120 Progress Point Ct, O Fallon, MO 63368
317 240th Ave, Arnolds Park, IA 51331
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