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    Re: Most Iconic Restaurant in Every State 2015/01/06 12:49:51 (permalink)
    I would've expected a supper club to be the Wisconsin entry.
     
    But the best part of the story was the link to the 44 worst people in every restaurant!
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    Re: Most Iconic Restaurant in Every State 2015/01/06 12:54:39 (permalink)
    Although I don't agree with every choice, this seems to be one of the better of these kinds of lists.  De Luca's in Pittsburgh would not be the first place that comes to mind for Pennsylvania, but it's not a bad choice.
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    Re: Most Iconic Restaurant in Every State 2015/01/06 13:09:45 (permalink)
    Can only comment on Iowa and North Dakota. 
     
    ND - "Red Pepper" - Eaten there twice.  While it is very much a classic college hole in the wall dive bar, food was pretty unremarkable.  Cheap beer though. (Thus - "college")
     
    IA - Northwestern Steakhouse - Never heard of it, though I would think of a Steakhouse or Supper Club being the mid-west.  My folks used to have "date night" once a month or so and every time it was a Supper Club.
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    Re: Most Iconic Restaurant in Every State 2015/01/06 13:10:13 (permalink)
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    I would've expected a supper club to be the Wisconsin entry.



    Frank's is an awful choice.
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    Re: Most Iconic Restaurant in Every State 2015/01/06 13:28:13 (permalink)
    I disagree with a bunch of them.  Especially MA, PA, OH, IA and most of all AK!
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    Re: Most Iconic Restaurant in Every State 2015/01/06 13:31:14 (permalink)
    I totally agree with MA and CO (both choices probably have the hipster's panties tied in a not)
    As a native New yorker, I don't agree with NY (perhaps a half century or longer ago) but no more....
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    Re: Most Iconic Restaurant in Every State 2015/01/06 13:47:45 (permalink)
    Maybe the Union Oyster House has changed since I lived in Boston.  The few times I ate there the food was absolutely terrible.  Unless you just go in and sit at the oyster bar, but, hey, anybody can open an oyster.
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    Re: Most Iconic Restaurant in Every State 2015/01/06 14:16:40 (permalink)
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    Maybe the Union Oyster House has changed since I lived in Boston.  The few times I ate there the food was absolutely terrible.  Unless you just go in and sit at the oyster bar, but, hey, anybody can open an oyster.




    buffetbuster and I went there about 4 years ago.
    The atmosphere and history is certainly very iconic of Old Boston. I had chowder which was fine, nothing out of the ordinary. The corn bread was reminscent of what they serve at Durgin Park, ( I was actually hoping that Durgin Park would have been the selection for most iconic restaurant)  I was very impressed with the Boston Style baked beans. So we really didn't delve into the menu. Perhaps if we did , I may have felt otherwise
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    Re: Most Iconic Restaurant in Every State 2015/01/06 14:34:27 (permalink)
    I agree.  It certainly is Old Boston.  I had fish dishes when I ate there and they were just not good.  Durgin Park is better, especially the Indian bread pudding.
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    Re: Most Iconic Restaurant in Every State 2015/01/06 14:34:48 (permalink)
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    Although I don't agree with every choice, this seems to be one of the better of these kinds of lists.  De Luca's in Pittsburgh would not be the first place that comes to mind for Pennsylvania, but it's not a bad choice.


     
    I think three 'icons' in PA for me are De Luca's, Primanti's and the erstwhile Bookbinder's, based on Webster's definition:
     
    Definition of ICONIC
    1  :  of, relating to, or having the characteristics of an icon
    2  a :  widely recognized and well-established <an iconic brand name>
      
    Places like Union Oyster House, Commander's Palace, De Luca's and Louis Lunch fit the bill IMO.  But Ocean Pride? Up until today I have never ever heard of this place. Why Not Faidley's?  Or Harry Brown's in Annapolis?
     
    Ocean Pride?!?!?!
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    Re: Most Iconic Restaurant in Every State 2015/01/06 14:39:35 (permalink)
     
    I think the key word in this author's list is the word, "iconic".  That does not necessarily mean the best, though it might also be the best.  There is some overlapping of the definitions of "iconic" versus "best", but they are not completely the same thing.  Part of the definition of iconic is something that is "widely recognized and well-established".  Pat's and Geno's come to mind as places that are iconic, though they are FAR from the best in their class.    In the author's list above, I think Louis Lunch is very iconic, and therefore a great choice for the list, ... but I can think of a lot of other places I'd rather eat at in CT.     
     
     
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    Re: Most Iconic Restaurant in Every State 2015/01/06 14:43:10 (permalink)
    I agree with WJ's assessment of the Union Oyster House.  It's been about four years since I was there, too.  The food is not anything extraordinary, but it is certainly palatable -- or better, if you order carefully -- and you can't beat the atmosphere. I did have one of the worst iced teas there I've ever had, but that's a quibble.  If atmosphere is central to the "iconic" definition, then that place has it.
     
    I understand, I guess, why Matt's was chosen as Minnesota's iconic restaurant, but I don't care for it myself. I think there are better options in town if you want a "Jucy Lucy" or a variant on it. That said, lots of locals and out-of-towners choose Matt's, so who am I to dispute it?
     
    Even though I grew up in Indianapolis and go back there a couple of times a year, I've never been to St. Elmo's.   In fact, I haven't been to most of the places listed, even though I travel a lot and have been to most of the cities (and towns) listed. I've only been to the Commander's Palace, Pierce's Pitt Bar-B-Que, and the Pancake Pantry, but it's been 20 or more years since I went to each one, so I wouldn't feel qualified to comment. I guess they get points for longevity.
    post edited by rumaki - 2015/01/06 14:47:17
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    Re: Most Iconic Restaurant in Every State 2015/01/06 14:43:55 (permalink)
    Looks like eruby just beat me to the punch of pointing out this list is about being iconic. 
     
     
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    Re: Most Iconic Restaurant in Every State 2015/01/06 16:09:20 (permalink)
    Franks for Wisconsin is a crappy choice. It may be iconic in Kenosha, but I doubt it is iconic outside of that city.
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    Re: Most Iconic Restaurant in Every State 2015/01/06 19:53:56 (permalink)
    I don't understand Matt's Bar in Minneapolis at all. It's a neighborhood bar with little character whatsoever. If they are pinning it because of the Jucy Lucy burger the only claim they have is giving the name Jucy Lucy to a stuffed burger. It is not that good compared to many others around the Twin Cities. But outsiders sitting in a room trying to come up with a list will remember Obama stopped there last year and Google hits must count. Restaurant reputations are like snowballs going down hill. Once started they are hard to stop.
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    Re: Most Iconic Restaurant in Every State 2015/01/06 23:02:01 (permalink)
    I think I would have gone with Durgin Park for MA....but the Oyster House does have a sort of Brahmin panache to it (a bit below the Parker House). I guess I have never been an easy person to please since Bette's Rolls Royce closed its doors . Maybe I'll go drown my curmudgeons in Locke-Obers...............oh.wait!  And tea at Schraffes is no longer, the Cheers fame ruined two perfectly good places.  Sighs
     
    I had to look up the MD entry to find where the heck the town was let alone the restaurant! Baltimore and Annapolis should declare war.  And the Green Room in the Dupont Hotel is where Delaware was conceived and controlled..although the sausage shack in Smyrna would have been a better choice.
     
    And While I love Buffetbuster's write-ups and comments.....seems to me the cradle of liberty and its world renown cheesesteaks should have had precedence over Pgh.....Failing that, pick Primanti's. Maybe they could decide which Cheesesteak/Hoagie/Pork Sandwich place deserved the honors
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    Re: Most Iconic Restaurant in Every State 2015/01/07 01:07:51 (permalink)
    Heck, not much in AZ is old enough to be classified as "Iconic".
    In PHX I guess maybe Durant's Steakhouse would come close. It's been in operation for 60 years. And you can still enter thru the backdoor and walk through the kitchen to get inside.
    http://www.durantsaz.com/
    The Tee Pee Mexican Restaurant has been around since the '50's so I guess it qualifies too. Several Presidents have dined there.
    post edited by Foodbme - 2015/01/07 01:16:31
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    Re: Most Iconic Restaurant in Every State 2015/01/07 02:15:08 (permalink)
    Iconic? An UNKNOWN place in San Francisco is the iconic place for the entire state? Apparently the writer does not understand the definition of iconic. Pinks? Iconic. Philippes. Iconic. Tadich Grill. Iconic. The Old Clam House? Wonder how much payola changed hands on that vote?
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    Re: Most Iconic Restaurant in Every State 2015/01/07 09:46:18 (permalink)
    Or Swan Oyster Depot!
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    Re: Most Iconic Restaurant in Every State 2015/01/07 10:24:27 (permalink)
    I can't disagree with Kansas, Missouri, and Oregon. They got all 3 right.
    Arizona too. 🌴🌵
    post edited by 1bbqboy - 2015/01/07 10:27:52
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    Re: Most Iconic Restaurant in Every State 2015/01/07 11:51:38 (permalink)
    I can't speak to many of these (though there are several I want to try), Joe's Stone Crab certainly fits the "iconic" bill for Florida. I'll also second the choice of Big Bob Gibson's in Alabama — although I've never been there, a member of the Gibson family opened an outpost in my home town back in 1980s, and the white sauce blew me away. As for Virginia, I'm always up for great BBQ, so I would definitely give Pierce's Pitt a try, but if I'm that close to Richmond, you'll have a hard time pulling me away from Buz & Ned's.
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    Re: Most Iconic Restaurant in Every State 2015/01/07 11:58:24 (permalink)
    I was not served great, or even good, barbecue at Pierce's.
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    Re: Most Iconic Restaurant in Every State 2015/01/07 15:10:59 (permalink)
    I happen to like Pierce's Pitt, been stopping by there occasionally ever since it opened in 71'. I like their chicken better than their pork. It's actually not my favorite style of Que. I prefer Eastern NC style, but still like Pierce's, maybe for nostalgic reasons. As far as an "iconic" restaurant for VA. I would think the Virginia Diner better fits the bill.  http://www.vadiner.com/
     
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    Re: Most Iconic Restaurant in Every State 2015/01/07 15:39:17 (permalink)
    5 years ago, buffetbuster and I went to 3 different bbq joints in Virginia
    Alllman's in Fredericksburg, Buz & Ned's in Richmond, Pierce's Pitt in Williamsburg and I beleive buffetbuster went to a fourth, Megallons in Norfolk. Pierce's Pitt was our favorite. Neither of us really cared for Buz & Ned's, although I did like their sides.
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    Re: Most Iconic Restaurant in Every State 2015/01/07 15:58:29 (permalink)
    As I've said numerous times before, a guy from New England and another from the Burgh are not anywhere near my benchmarks for great bbq. I'd suggest the relationship is closer to inversely proportional to my tastes. ;)

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    Re: Most Iconic Restaurant in Every State 2015/01/07 16:19:38 (permalink)
    JRPfeff
    As I've said numerous times before, a guy from New England and another from the Burgh are not anywhere near my benchmarks for great bbq. I'd suggest the relationship is closer to inversely proportional to my tastes. ;)

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    Spoken like a true "Cheesehead"
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    Re: Most Iconic Restaurant in Every State 2015/01/07 16:53:00 (permalink)
    I spell that "Tarheel."
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    Re: Most Iconic Restaurant in Every State 2015/01/07 16:59:30 (permalink)
    I have eaten at BBQ joints all up and down the East coast and I know what I like.  I do not like Pierces BBQ at all.  The meat has no smoke flavor and their sauce is so sweet, that I cannot imagine anyone calling it good.  This past summer, when my son insisted that we stop there, I had a hot dog and collard greens and my daughter in law ordered a hamburger!
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    Re: Most Iconic Restaurant in Every State 2015/01/07 17:23:36 (permalink)
    As for Pierce's vs. Buzz & Ned's, I like them both.  Although I prefer eastern NC style of BBQ, I do like Pierce's for what it is.  I think they call themselves "Tennessee style" BBQ.  At Buz & Ned's, their pulled pork was okay, but I loved their ribs.    Another very good VA BBQ place is Dixie Bones in Woodbridge, about 25-30 miles south of Washington, D.C.   To me, Allman's is okay, but I don't pass up Dixie Bones to go there.   I agree with Davebassman that the Virginia Diner might have been the best choice. .. Virginia country ham on biscuits., Virginia peanuts, etc.  What's not to like? 
     
     
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