Restaurants We Like

We have only included places we have tried since 2000.  Normally we mark the last time we ate at the end of the listing so you can see how current our info is.  Most meals are for lunch.


$ - under $10 each for food

$$ - under $20 each

$$$ - Between $20 and $40 each

$$$$ - over $40 each


 (these vary by price, a five star cheap place would be a two or three star expensive one)

* - not worth repeating (these are not on this list)

** - OK so we go if we have friends going or the other choices are not as good (these are not on this list)

*** - Good, we will go back

**** - Very Good, we will look forward to going back

***** - Excellent, how many times can we go in one week if we can afford it?

Have we ever found a five star (*****) place? Yes!  The last one was the Normandy Restaurant on the cruise ship Celebrity Summit in April 2003.  We had a five star meal at La Grignotiere in Villefranche su Mer, France in October 1999.  Our original visit to Huggos in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii was five star, it was four star the second time.  There was an Indian restaurant in Capitola, CA that was five star, it moved to Santa Cruz and went down to three star.  Lately we rated Sarabeth's in Key West, Florida five star.

Fast Food Chains ($)

Baja Fresh Mexican Grill - US.  Fast food Mexican. (Nov13),****

Bojangles' - Southeastern US.  Our favorite fast food chicken, spicy.  (Feb12),****

Burgerville - along the I-5 corridor between Albany, OR and Centralia, WA.  Good burgers, good turkey burgers. (Jul13),****

Braums - Kansas, Dallas/Fort Worth and Oklahoma.  Good burgers, good ice cream, small food store with restaurant. (Apr08),***

Cafe Yumm - Oregon, expanding into Washington and California.  Organic and healthy but good.  (Jun11),****

Chipotle Grill - "Mission style" burritos, etc.  (Mar13),***

Culver's - Burgers and dairy.  (Nov12),***-****

Daphne's Greek Cafe - West Coast.  Greek.  (Nov08),***

Del Taco - CA and NV.  American Mexican. (May04),*** (mostly, but we have been disappointed)

Fat Burger - WA, AZ, CA, FL.  Burgers including turkey burgers. (Jul05),***

Fazoli's - many states.  Cheap and good Italian with great garlic bread sticks. (Sept10),****

Five Guys - most states. Better burgers than In-N-Out. (Mar13),****

Freddy's Frozen Custard - many states. Burgers, shakes. (Jan14),****

In-N-Out burgers - California and Nevada.  Really good hamburgers. (Oct12),***-****

Panera Bread - national.  Breads, breakfast, lunch. (Jul13),$,***-****

Paradise Bakery - Arizona and California and owned by Panera Bread so where there is a Paradise there is no Panera. Breads, breakfast, lunch. (Nov12),$,***-****

Qdoba - "Mission style" burritos and quesadillas.  (Aug12),***-****

Rumbi Island Grill - Hawaiian in Arizona, Colorado, Idaho and Utah. (Mar13),***

Smashburger - national.  Burgers. (Mar13),****

Steak n' Shake - east.  Burger place you sit down and have a wait person. (Jan12),***

Taco Time - West coast.  American Mexican. (Jul10),*** (mostly, but we have been disappointed)

Whataburger - eastern chain.  OK burgers, nothing special. (Apr12),***

Zaxby's - Southeast.  Chicken fingers. (Apr12),***

Zips - Eastern WA and Idaho panhandle.  Burgers and such. (Jul07),***

Seattle area Teriyaki places (down to Salem, OR now).  Cheap and good.  Names like Toshi's (many locations, the original), Nasai (Kirkland), Minami (Woodinville), Chungs (Poulsbo), but most are good or they won't survive. (Sept13),***-****

Lower Priced Chains

Applebees - everywhere. American. (Nov11),$,***

Azteca/Casa Romas - WA.  Mexican. (Jul10),$,***

Beef-O-Bradys - Southeast.  Sports Bar. (Dec11),$-$$,****

Black Bear Diner - West Coast. American.  (Oct13),$,***

Cracker Barrel - most states.  Southern cooking, Diane has Mommas Pancake Breakfast. (Jan10),$,***

Chili's - Texmex style food, good burgers and such. (Feb12),$, ***

First Watch - breakfast and lunch only.  (Nov11),$,***-****

4B's - Montana and Gallup, NM.  American. (Apr04),$-$$,***

Friendly's - East.  Burgers, sundaes, fish and chips.  (Feb10),$,*** (though some are not as good)

Fuddruckers - fancy burgers, shakes, and other food. (Jun13),$, *** to ****

Islands - Southern CA, AZ, NV.  Fancy burgers.  (Nov12),$-$$,****

Johnny Rockets - burgers, etc.  (Aug09),$,***

Macayo's - Arizona and Nevada.  Fancy Mexican.  (Mar07),$-$$,***

O'Charleys - Southeast.  American.  (Mar10),$-$$,***

On the Border - Texmex chain owned by Chili's. (May12),$-$$,***

Pei Wei Asian Diner - Asian/Chinese. (Jan13),$,****

Red Robin - fancy burgers and other food.  (Dec13),$-$$,***

Ruby Tuesday - burgers and dinners. (Mar12),$-$$,***

USA Steak Buffet - one of the better buffet chains.  (Aug07),$,***

White Spot - British Columbia.  Like Denny's, only better. (Jul08),$-$$,*** to ****

Mid to Higher Priced Chains

Anthony's Homeport - Washington and Oregon.  Seafood. (Aug12),$$-$$$,****

Anthony's Hearthfire Grill - Washington and Oregon.  Steaks and such in addition to seafood. (Sept13),$$-$$$,****

Bahama Breeze - national.  American Caribbean.  (Feb12),$$, ***-****

Black Angus - national. Steaks. (May13),$$-$$$,***

Carrabba's - national.  Italian from owner of Outback Steakhouse. (Feb12),$$,***-****

Charleston's - national. Steakhouse. (Apr13),$$,****

Cheesecake Factory - national. American/Cheesecake. (Apr13),$$,****

Chevy's - California Mexican.  (Apr11),$$,***

Claim Jumper - national dinner house. (Sep13),$$,****

Cody's Original Roadhouse - Florida, Maine, North Carolina.  Roadhouse (steakhouse with peanuts). (Feb10),$$,****

Grimaldi's Pizzaria - national.  New York pizza. (Mar13),$$,****

Houlihans - Midwest, Florida.  American Grill. (Sept10),$$, ***

Kelsey's - Canada.  Like Applebee's, only better. (Aug05),$$,****

Johnny Carinos (or "Carinos") - National.  Spicy Italian, a real favorite. (Dec13),$$,****

Logan's Roadhouse - National.  Steak house with peanuts on the floor. (Apr12), $$,***-****

Longhorn Steakhouse - Kansas to Florida (and now Mesa AZ).  More than steaks. (Jan13),$$,*** - ****

Macaroni Grill - national.  Italian. (May12),$$,***

Maggiano's Little Italy - national.  Italian. (Dec07),$$-$$$,***

Mimi's Cafe - national.  American/Louisiana.  (Dec13),$-$$,***

Olive Garden - national.  Italian.  (Aug13),$$,***

Original Roadhouse Grill - CA, OR, WA.  Steak house with peanuts on the floor.  (Sep12),$-$$,***

Outback Steakhouse - national.  Steaks. (Nov11),$$,***

Sagebrush Steakhouse - Carolinas, Virginia, Tennessee.  Steakhouse.  (Apr08),$-$$,***

Strings - Manteca, Lodi, Vacaville, CA and Las Vegas, NV. Italian. (Apr07), $$,***

TGI Fridays - national.  Their menu has been evolving and we like them.  (Feb10),$-$$,***

Texas Roadhouse - national.  Steaks, Chicken, and peanuts on the floor.  (Oct11),$$,****

Individual Places by State/Province


Bangkok Thai - Daphne. Thai. (Nov11),$-$$,****

Big Daddy's Grill - Fairhope. Southern, mostly seafood. (Nov11),$-$$,***-****

Duck's Diner - Orange Beach. Diner. (Nov11),$-$$,***

Lamberts - Foley.  Southern cooking. (Oct11),$$,****

Lulu's - Gulf Shores.  Burgers, Seafood (Jimmy Buffett's sister). (Mar10),$-$$,***

Tin Top - Bon Secour.  Seafood and burgers. (Apr12),$$,***

Vallarta - Foley.  Mexican. (Apr12),$,***


Apollo - Seward.  Italian/Greek. (Jul06),$$-$$$,****

Bakery;The - Fairbanks.  Diner/Breakfast food.  (Aug06),$,***

Bamboo Room - Haines.  Diner food/seafood.  (Aug06),$-$$,***

Bridge;The - Anchorage. Seafood/Gourmet. (Jul06),$$-$$$,***

Chilkat Restaurant and Bakery - Haines. Breakfast/Lunch.  (Aug06),$,***

Fast Eddy's - Tok. American. (Jun06),$-$$,***

Flo's Pancake House - Anchorage.  Diner/Pancakes.  (Jul06),$,***

Gateway Salmon Bake - Tok.  Salmon Bake with salad and soup bar.  (Aug06),$$,****

Lands End - Seward.  Seafood.  (Jul06),$$-$$$,***

Louie's Restaurant - Kenai.  American.  (Jul06),$-$$,***

Paradisos - Kenai.  Italian/Greek.  (Jul06),$$-$$$,***

Pump House;The - Fairbanks.  Burgers/Seafood/Buffet Lunch.  (Aug06),$-$$,****

Ray's Waterfront - Seward.  Seafood.  (Jul06),$-$$,***

Sabrosa - Skagway.  Mexican, Sweets, and Coffee. (Jun06),$,****

West Rib Cafe and Pub - Talkeetna.  Pub and Cafe.  (Jul06),$-$$,***


Earl's - Banff.  Eclectic. (Jun06),$$,***

Moraine Lake Lodge - Banff National Park.  Gourmet.  (Aug05), $$$$,****

Rose and Crown - Banff.  Pub (Jun06),$$,***


#1 Eastern Buffet - Mesa. Chinese/Asian Buffet. (Feb13),$-$$,****

Athens on 4th - Tucson. Greek. (Nov10),$$,****

Barro's Pizza - Phoenix area. Pizza. (Jan13),$-$$,****

BeDillon's - Casa Grande. American/Southwest. (Feb13),$$,****

Bisbee Grille - Bisbee.  American food and grill.  (Oct10),$$,***

Biscuits - Gilbert.  Breakfast/Lunch. (Mar13),$,****

Cafe de Manuel - Casa Grande.  Mexican.  (Feb09),$,***

Cafe Mix - Mesa. Greek. (Jan13),$,****

Chicago Gyros - Phoenix.  Greek. (Nov08),$,****

Chicago #1 Gyros - Apache Junction.  Greek. (Nov10),$,***

China Buffet - Lake Havasu City/Bullhead City/Cottonwood/Prescott/Casa Grande (not good).  Chinese buffet with sushi.  (Oct08),$,***

Copper Kettle - Chandler (moved from Mesa).  Indo-Pakistani (Indian).  (Nov12),$ (lunch buffet)****

Cowboy Club - Sedona. Steakhouse (been told it is not as good now).  (Oct02),$$$,***

Crackers & Co Cafe - Mesa/Tempe. Breakfast/Lunch. (Mar13),$,****

Eat Buffet - Yuma.  Chinese buffet.  (Feb09),$-$$,***

El Guero Canelo - Tucson.  Mexican, the place to get a Sonoran Hot Dog. (Nov12),$,***-****

El Ranchero - Wickenburg.  Mexican.  (Nov06),$,****

Eva's Fine Mexican Food - Casa Grande/Eloy. Mexican. (Nov12),$,***

Flaming Kabob - Gilbert. Middle Eastern. (Feb13),$-$$,****

Giant Hamburgers - Mesa. Burgers, Breakfast. (Mar13),$,****

Good Egg;The - AZ chain.  Breakfast and Lunch.  (Nov12),$,***

Happy China Buffet - Apache Junction.  Cheap Chinese buffet. (Mar07),$,***

Happy Greek Chef (formerly Happy Chef) - Yuma.  American and Greek.  (Feb09),$,***

Italian Peasant;The - Tubac. Italian and Burgers. (Nov12),$-$$,****

Kabob and Kurry - Chandler. Pakistani/Indian. (Mar13),$-$$,****

Little Italy - Gila Bend.  Pizza and sandwiches. (Feb07),$,***

Liv Cafe and Bistro - Tucson. Breakfast, salads, sandwiches, coffee, tea. (Nov12),$,***

Los Gringos Locos - Apache Junction.  Mexican.  (Feb07),$,***

Los Hermanos - Superior. Mexican/Tex-Mex. (Jan13),$,***

Maizie's Cafe N Bistro - Phoenix.  Bistro. (Nov10),$-$$,****

Mickey D's Cafe - Apache Junction. Diner. (Mar13),$,***

Mimita's Cuban Cafe - Chandler. Cuban. (Jan13),$,****

Mi Amigos - Phoenix area chain.  Mexican.  (Mar07),$,**-***

Mi Nindito - Tucson.  Mexican. (Nov12),$-$$,****

Mudshark Brewing Co. - Lake Havasu City.  Brewpub.  (Nov06),$-$$,***

My Big Fat Greek Restaurant - Phoenix area.  Greek.  (Mar07),$$,****

Ocotillo Cafe (Arizona Sonora Desert Museum) - Tucson.  Upscale. (Nov12),$$,****

Organ Stop Pizza - Mesa. Pizza with pipe organ entertainment. (Mar13),$$,***

Original Blue Adobe Grill - Mesa. New Mexico. (Mar13),$$,****

Pacific Seafood Buffet - Chandler.  Chinese buffet with lots of seafood. (Feb13),$-$$,****

Palo Verde Cafe - Quartzsite.  American. (Jan09),$,***

Queen Creek Olive Mill - Queen Creek. Sandwiches, Salads, Gelato and store. (Feb13),$,***

Rancho de Tia Rosa - Mesa.  Mazatlán Mexican.  (Feb13),$$,****

Red Rooster Cafe - Jerome.  Breakfast and Lunch.  (Oct08),$-$$,****

Robson Ranch Grill - Eloy. Golf Course Cafe. (Nov12),$-$$,***

Rosati's Pizza - Phoenix metro. (Mar13),$$,****

Seafood Market - Mesa. Seafood. (Apr13),$$,****

Streets of New York - chain. Pizza, etc. (Mar13),$-$$,***

Sugar Bowl - Scottsdale.  Ice Cream/Sandwiches. (Mar13),$,***

Thai Elephant - Tempe. Thai. (Jan13),$-$$,****

Tiny's - Tucson.  Burgers, Steak, Beer. (Nov12),$-$$,****

Tohono Chul Garden Bistro - Tucson. Upscale.  (Nov12),$$,***

Top of the Rock - Tempe. Fancy. (Mar13),$$$$,***

Tortilla Flat Cafe - Tortilla Flat. American. (Mar13),$-$$,***

Wild Berry Diner - Mesa. American, Breakfast, Greek. (Jan13),$-$$,****


Old Sawmill - Forrest City. Southern with buffet. (Oct11),$-$$,***

British Columbia

King Edward Hotel - Stewart.  Hotel food, breakfast all day.  (Aug06),$-$$,***


Ashoka Palace - Victorville. Indian. (Jan11),$,***

Asian Pacific - Martinez.  Thai.  (Apr07),$,***

Augustine Casino Cafe 54 - Coachella.  Buffet and menu.  (Nov12),$-$$,****

Bangkok Chef - Temecula.  Thai with good prices, great food and good quantities. (Mar11),$,****

Barefoot Cafe - Fairfax.  California.  (Apr07),$-$$,****

Casa Guadalajara - San Diego (old town).  Mexican. (Feb05),$$,****

Chanos - Grass Valley.  Mexican. (Apr06),$,***

Great Wall - Concord.  Chinese Buffet. (Apr13),$,***

Cinco de Mayo - Martinez. Mexican. (Apr13),$,****

Cocodine Thai - Chico.  Thai. (Apr06),$$,****

Don Diego's - Indian Wells.  Upscale Mexican.  (Mar07),$$,****

Eddy's Grill - Redding. Seafood/Pasta/American. (Oct12),$-$$,****

El Chorlito - San Simeon.  Mexican. (Mar11),$$,****

Farmer Boy's - Southern California. Burgers, etc. (Apr13),$,***

Filippi's Pizza Grotto - Jamul.  Pizza and Pasta.  (Dec08),$,****

Fortune City - Martinez. Chinese. (Dec12),$,***

Fred's Mexican Cafe - San Diego (Old Town).  Mexican.  (Feb09),$-$$,***

Garabaldi's Mexican - Stockton.  Mexican.  (Apr07),$,****

George's on Fifth - San Diego.  Gourmet.  (Mar05), $$$$,***

Giuseppe's Italian - Victorville.  Italian. (Feb11),$-$,****

Go Bangkok Thai - Hesperia.  Thai.  (Jan13),$,***

Golden Gate Chinese - Victorville.  Chinese.  (Jan13),$,***

Greek Town Restaurant Buffet - El Cajon.  Greek with buffet.  (Feb09),$-$$,****

Huckleberry's - Arroyo Grande (Pismo Beach).  Louisiana style breakfast and lunch. (Mar11),$,***

Hunter Steakhouse - San Diego, Oceanside.  More than steaks. (Mar09) $$, ****

Jimmy's - Lakeport.  Greek/Mexican. (Nov13),$,***

Kanya Gardens Thai - Redding. Thai. (Apr11),$,****

La Paloma - Blythe.  Mexican, cheap and good.  (Jan07),$,****

La Tapatio - Martinez.  Mexican. (Dec10),$,****

Lemongrass - Martinez.  Thai fusion. (Dec10),$-$$,****

Lilly's Place (formerly "Shelly's Place")- Victorville.  American and known for breakfast anytime.  (Apr07),$,****

Main Street Bar and Grill - Clear Lake.  American, known for fish and chips. (Apr07),$-$$,***

Main Street Grill - Cambria.  Fast food place with burgers and more, cash only.  (Apr09),$,***

Mamma Mia's - Gilroy (also Morgan Hill and Campbell).  Italian.  (Apr13),$$,****

Mangia Bene Trattoria - Martinez.  Italian.  (Dec12),$$,****

Mediterraneo - Alpine.  Italian/California.  (Jan07), $$,***

Mi Pueblito - Ukiah.  Mexican. (Dec12),$,***

Mission Inn - Riverside. Multiple restaurants, steak to Mexican.  (Jan05), $$-$$$,***-****

Mo's Egg House - Temecula.  Breakfast and Lunch only. (Feb11),$,****

Mother India - Pleasant Hill. Indian. (Apr13),$$,****

Mr. Lucky's of Pleasant Hill.  Pleasant Hill. California/American. (Apr13),$-$$,***

Nattiya Thai - San Marcos.  Thai. (Dec08),$$,***

Nello's - Redding. Italian. (Oct12),$$,****

Nipa's Thai - Redding. Thai/Asian. (Oct13),$-$$,****

Pacifico Mexican - Calistoga.  Mexican. (Dec10),$$,****

Pak Inn - Indio.  American Chinese. (Mar11), $,***

Palace Grill;The - Santa Barbara.  Louisiana cooking.  (Mar11),$$$-$$$$,****

Parkplace - Lakeport.  Italian plus more.  (Dec10),$-$$,****

Paula's Pancake House - Solvang.  Breakfast and Lunch with Danish choices.  (Mar09),$,***

Pete's Place - Oakhurst. Burgers/American/Greek. (Oct12),$-$$,****

Pho Belwood - Victorville.  Vietnamese.  (Feb11),$,***

Robinson Rancheria Casino Restaurant - Nice.  Dinner buffets and menu. (Apr07),$-$$,***

Rock Bowl Teriyaki - Hesperia.  Teriyaki. (Feb11),$,***

Ros Amarillos - Indio.  Slightly upscale Mexican. (Mar06),$,****

Royale Fine Indian Cuisine - Rancho Cucamonga.  Indian. (Dec12),$-$$,****

Spice Hut - Sunnyvale/San Jose area.  Fast Food Indian. (Apr09),$,****

Spring House Restaurant - Hesperia.  American with great breakfast anytime.  (Mar11),$,***

Swagat - Walnut Creek (also in Portland, OR area).  Indian. (Oct04),$,****

Taste of India - Temecula.  Indian. (Jan09),$,****

Thai Bounty - Morro Bay.  Thai. (Mar11),$-$$,****

Thai Noodle House - Santa Cruz.  Thai.  (Apr09),$,****

Thai Pasta - Vista.  Thai emphasizing noodle dishes.  (Mar09),$,****

The Spot - Clear Lake. Diner. (Nov13),$,***

Tom's Famous Family Restaurants - Southern California. Burgers, Mexican, American. (Dec12),$,***-****

Wood Grill - Hesperia.  Buffet.  (Dec08),$$,***-****

World Curry - San Diego.  Curries from the world.  (Mar05),$,***

Zen - Pleasant Hill.  Chinese. (Dec10),$,****


Egg and I;The - Estes Park. Breakfast/Lunch (chain). (Oct11),$,****

Henry's Pub - Loveland. Lots of variety. (Oct11),$-$$,****

Nepal Cafe - Estes Park.  Indian/Nepanese. (Oct11),$-$$,****

Winona's Restaurant - Steamboat Springs.  Breakfast and Lunch.  (Apr08),$,****


Nicola's Pizza - Rehoboth Beach.  Famous for Nic-A-Boli's.  (Sep07),$,***


4River's Smokehouse - Winter Garden. BBQ. (Feb12),$-$$,****

Archie's Seabreeze - Fort Pierce. Biker Bar. (Dec09),$,***

Arden's Kafe and Katering - Jacksonville.  Southern Buffet. (Nov11),$,***

Ayattaya Thai - Ocala.  Thai.  (Feb10),$-$$,****

Bamboo Wok - Naples on CR951.  Chinese.  (Dec09),$,****

Beachcomber - St. Augustine Beach.  Beach Grill. (Dec11),$-$$,****

Bosphorous Turkish Kitchen - Lakeland. Turkish. (Mar12),$ (lunch),*****

Bravo - Fort Lauderdale. Italian - lunches under $10, dinners under $20. (Nov07),$$,****

Cafe Attuare - Mt Dora.  Italian.  (Dec05) $$, ****

Campeche Bay Cantina - Jacksonville Beach. Mexican. (Mar10),$-$$,****

Caroline's - Apalachicola. Seafood (Nov05), $$, ***

Caroline's Cafe - Key West.  Burgers and more. (Nov07),$-$$,****

Chimi King - Orlando.  Latin Buffet. (Mar12),$,****

China One Super Buffet - Spring Hill.  Chinese, both a menu and buffet.  (Feb06),$,***

Chuck's Steak House - Fort Lauderdale.  Steakhouse, good salad bar. (Nov07), $$, ***

Cielito Lindo Tres - Oakland Park.  Mexican. (Dec11),$-$$,***

Clermont Pier House - Clermont.  Seafood/Steak.  (Jan03),$$,***

Conch Republic Seafood Company - Key West.  Seafood. (Nov07),$$,***

Copper Chimney - Sunny Isles Beach.  Indian. (Dec11),$$,****

Cruiser's Grill - Jacksonville Beach, FL.  Old-fashioned burger joint. (Nov11),$,****

Dee's Hangout - Panama City Beach. Southern/Cajun. (Apr12),$-$$,****

Dixie Crossroads - Titusville. Seafood, Southern. (Jan12),$$,****

Duffy's - Port Saint Lucie area.  Burgers and Sports Bar.  (Jan12),$,***-****

El Cubanito - Port St. Lucie. Cuban. (Jan12),$,****

El Mambos - Cape Coral.  Cuban. (Jan10),$,****

El Ranchito - Brooksville.  Mexican.  (Jan06),$,***

El Siboney - Key West.  Cuban, good prices ($10.95 steak), cash only.  (Nov07),$-$$,***

Fiesta Grande - The Villages. Mexican. (Mar12),$,****

Flamingo Joe's Grill - Panama City Beach. Seafood and Burgers. (Nov11),$,****

Floyd's Fish Market - Fort Walton Beach.  Seafood. (Oct05), $$, ***

Frank and Al's Pizza - Port St. Lucie.  Pizza and Italian. (Jan12),$-$$,****

Green Flash - Captiva.  Seafood and more.  (Feb08),$-$$,****

Greenhouse Grill - Sanibel.  Upscale.  (Jan10),$$ (lunch),***

Iguana Mia - Fort Myers/Cape Coral.  Mexican.  (Feb08), $-$$, ***

Italian Grill - Vero Beach. Italian. (Dec11),$$,****
Jazmine Thai - Panama City Beach. Thai/Sushi. (Apr12),$$,***

Joseph's Restaurant - Vero Beach.  Italian/Pizza. (Jan12),$,****

Kata - Vero Beach. Japanese and Thai. (Feb12),$$,****

Lake Susan Lodge - Clermont.  Hot sandwiches.  (Jan06),$,***

Lazy Days - Islamorado.  Seafood and more.  (Oct07), $$, ****

Mambos Cuban Bistro - Jacksonville Beach , FL (moved from Atlantic Beach).  Cuban.  (Nov11),$-$$,****

Mango Mango - St. Augustine Beach.  Caribbean. (Dec11),$-$$,****

Mom and Dad's Italian - Lady Lake.  Italian. (Mar12),$-$$,***

Mr Manatee's - Vero Beach.  Seafood and more.  (Dec05), $$, ***

New China - Homosassa Springs.  Chinese. (Mar08),$,****

Noodles - Naples.  Italian and Sushi (we had Italian). (Dec09),$$,****

Norris's Famous Place for Ribs - Port St. Lucie/Fort Pierce. Southern, Seafood, BBQ. (Jan12),$-$$,***

Oakwood Smokehouse - local chain.  BBQ. (Mar12),$-$$,***

Old World Restaurant - Floral City.  German/Italian.  (Mar12),$-$$,****

Palm Tree Grill - Mount Dora. Italian. (Mar12),$$-$$$,***

Parrot Key Caribbean Grill - Fort Myers Beach.  Seafood/Caribbean.  (Jan08),$-$$,***

Pirate Republic Bar Seafood and Grill - Fort Lauderdale. Seafood, etc. (Dec11),$$,****

Pueblo Viejo - Port Saint Lucie area.  Mexican. (Feb12),$,****

Red Ginger Asian Bistro - Port Saint Lucie.  Asian. (Dec09),$-$$,***

River Pub;The - Crescent City - Italian, Pizza, BBQ and more. (Feb10),$-$$,***

Rosita's - Florida City.  Real Mexican, 2/3rds Mexican customers. (Oct07),$,****

Rusty Anchor - Key West (Stock Island).  Seafood/comfort food.  (Oct07),$-$$,***

Rusty Fox - Clermont.  Steak/seafood/chicken. (Jan06),$$,***

Safe Harbor Seafood - Mayport. Seafood. (Nov11),$-$$,****

Santa Fe Cattle Company - Clermont.  Roadhouse. (Feb12),$$,***

Sarabeth's - Key West.  Upscale food and casual atmosphere with most entrees under $20.  (Nov07),$$,***** (5-star)

Seabreeze Restaurant - Cedar Key. Seafood. (Mar12),$$,****

Shindig Irish Pub - Port St. Lucie. Irish Pub with burgers. (Jan12),$$,****

Shooters Waterfront Cafe - Fort Lauderdale.  Seafood, etc. (Dec11),$$,****

Siam Orchid - The Villages (and Orlando area).  Thai. (Feb10),$,***

Simply Thai - Panama City Beach. Thai. (Nov11),$-$$,***

Skillets - Bonita Springs and Naples.  Breakfast and lunch. (Jan10),$,****

Sunflower Cafe - Fort Myers.  American and Greek.  (Jan10), $-$$, ****

Tabuleh Cafe - Stuart. Mediterranean. (Jan12),$,****

Thai House - Jensen Beach.  Thai. (Dec11),$-$$,****

The Fish House - Key Largo.  Seafood, Zagat 2005 Winner.  (Jan06),$$-$$$,****

Toojay's - Florida chain.  New York Deli. (Mar12),$-$$,****

Turtle Kraals - Key West.  Seafood and more. (Oct07),$$, ****

Umberto's - Fort Lauderdale and more.  Italian. (Dec11),$$,***

Urban Flats - Ponte Vedra (and more).  Eclectic casual.  (Nov11),$,****

West End Grill - Port St. Lucie. Upscale American. (Feb12),$$-$$$,****

Zorba's - Bonita Springs.  Greek.  (Jan10),$-$$,****


Claypot Diner - Norcross.  Thai/Malaysian.  (Nov09),$-$$,***

Shrimp Factory - Savannah.  Seafood. (Sep07),$$,****


Cafe Pesto - Hilo.  Italian. (Nov01), $$, ****

Huggos - Kailua-Kona.  Excellent seafood with a view. (Nov01), $$$, ****


Beverly's - Coeur d'Alene. Gourmet. (Sept06),$$$-$$$$,****

Chuck-A-Rama - Boise.  Buffet, better than most. (Apr08),$-$$,***

Gino's Italian - Meridian (Boise).  Italian. (Apr12),$$-$$$,****

Moon Time - Coeur d'Alene.  Pub.  (Jul08),$-$$,***

Sangria Grille - Moscow.  Large and varied menu.  (Jul07),$-$$,****-*****

Super China Buffet - Moscow.  (Jul07),$,**-*** (varies)


Bangkok Thai - Mishawaka. Thai. (Aug10),$-$$,***

Between the Buns - Mishawaka, Osceola, Elkhart. American. Sports Bar with nice burgers. (Sept10),$,***-****

Blue Gate - Shipshewana.  Amish. (Sept10),$$,****

Das Dutchman Essenhaus - Middlebury.  Amish., (Aug09),$$, ****

Golden Egg Pancake House - Elkhart. Breakfast and Lunch only. (Sept10),$,****

Heinnies - Elkhart.  Burgers and steak.  (Aug09),$-$$, ****

Kelly Jae's Cafe - Goshen.  Tapas restaurant.  (Sept10),$$-$$$,***** (five star)

Mad Anthony - Elkhart (also 3 other places). Brew Pub. (Sept10),$-$$,****

Macinos - Elkhart (old hwy-20 location). Pizza, etc. (Oct09),$,***

Miranda's - Elkhart.  Mexican/American Breakfast. (Oct09),$,***


Carriage Crossing - Yoder.  Amish. (Oct02),$,***

Dutch Kitchen - Hutchinson.  Amish (Apr04),$,***


Gabriel's - Wells.  Italian. (Oct04),$$,****

Jameson Tavern - Freeport.  Gourmet.  (Oct04),$$$,****


Ivory - Winnipeg.  Indian (Aug05),$$,****


Food Factory II - College Park.  Afghani with take out kabobs.  (Sep07),$,***


Carmella's - Plymouth. Italian. (Oct04),$$,****


Pink Store - Palomas.  Mexican. (Nov04),$,***


Angler's Inn (Lunkers) - Edwardsburg (just north of Elkhart, IN).  Burgers, etc. (Sept10),$,***

Augies on the Bay - Tawas.  Diner, mostly breakfast and lunch. (Sept09),$,***

Boone's Prime Time - Suttons Bay.  American. (Sept05),$$,***

Eaton Place - Charlotte.  Good American food, good prices.  (Sept10), $, ***

Fay's Evelyn Bay Coffee Company - Charlotte. Breakfast/Lunch/Espresso. (Sept10),$,***

Fischer's Happy Hour Tavern - Suttons Bay.  American. (Sept05),$$,***

45th Parallel Cafe - Suttons Bay. Deli and American. (Sept05),$,***

Jasper Ridge Brewery and Restaurant.  Ishpeming. Brew Pub. (Sept09),$-$$,***

Sharon's Cafe - Charlotte.  Good American food, good prices, excellent pies. (Sept05), $, ***

Swedish Pantry - Escanaba.  Swedish food.  (Sept09),$-$$,***


Buffet in Mystic Lake Casino.  Prior Lake.  Quite good. (Aug10),$$,****

Minnehaha Cafe (in Mystic Lake Casino) - Prior Lake.  Reasonably priced food. (Aug10),$,***

Perrons' Sul Lago - Prior Lake.  Upscale Italian with a view patio. (Aug09),$$-$$$,****

Spice - Thai.  Savage. (Aug10),$-$$,****

Timber Lodge Steakhouse - steaks and walleye.  Many locations in MN with one in SD and one in ND. (Aug09),$$,***


Lambert's - Ozark and Sikeston.  Southern Cooking. (Oct10),$-$$,****

Swagat - Kansas City.  Indian.  (Sep07),$-$$,****

Thai Thai Cuisine - Branson.  Thai. (Oct10),$-$$,***

Waxy O'Shea's Irish Pub - Branson.  Pub. (Oct10),$$,****


Beartooth Barbeque - West Yellowstone.  BBQ. (Jun08),$-$$,****

Montana Club - Kalispell, Missoula.  Large and varied menu. (Aug10),$$,****

Ricciardi's - Polson.  Italian Seafood. (Aug10),$$,****

Running Bear Pancake House - West Yellowstone.  Breakfast and Lunch Only. (Jun08),$,***

Shack;The - Missoula.  American. (Jun08),$$,****

Whistle Stop:The - East Glacier.  BBQ/American (Jul08),$-$$,***


Mongolian Grill - Grand Island.  Best one we have found outside of Woodinville, WA. (Sep07),$,***


Feast Buffet at Red Rock Casino - Las Vegas.  Buffet.  (Nov10),$$,****

Fresh Market Buffet at Harrah's Casino - Laughlin.  Buffet.  (Feb09),$$,****

India Palace - Las Vegas.  Indian.  (Oct08),$$,****

Seasons Buffet at Silverton Casino - Las Vegas.  Buffet. (Nov10),$-$$,***

New Mexico

Blue Window Bistro - Los Alamos.  Bistro. (Oct04),$-$$,***

Cervantes - Albuquerque.  New Mexican.  (Oct10),$-$$,****

Clafoutis - Santa Fe.  French style lunch, sandwiches, quiche, pastries.  (Apr10),$,****

Doc Martin's - Taos.  American/New Mexican and recommended by Big Rigs Best Bets book and we really liked it.  (Oct02),$$,***

Gabriel's - Santa Fe.  Mexican.  (Oct04),$$,****

Indian Kitchen - Albuquerque.  Indian.  (Mar04),$$-$$$,***

La Choza - Santa Fe. New Mexican. (Apr10),$$,****

La Concina - Espanola.  New Mexican. (Oct10),$-$$,****

La Posta de Mesilla - Mesilla (Las Cruces).  New Mexican.  (Oct10),$$,****

Lorenzo's de Mesilla - Mesilla (Las Cruces).  Italian.  (Nov06),$$,***

Los Cuates - Albuquerque.  New Mexican.  (Apr12),$,****

Mucho Gusto - Santa Fe.  Mexican/New Mexican.  (Apr10),$-$$,****

Restaurant Antiquity - Albuquerque.  Upscale dining. (Apr10),$$-$$$,****

Sadie's - Albuquerque.  New Mexican. (Oct10),$-$$,***

Saveur - Santa Fe.  Eclectic lunch.  (Oct10),$$,****

North Carolina

Grandmas Pancake and Steak - Cherokee.  American.  (Apr08),$,***

North Dakota

Brickhouse Grille - Dickinson.  White linen tablecloth restaurant.  (Jul09),$$-$$$,****

Space Aliens Grill and Bar - Bismarck.  Funky American.  (Aug10),$,****


China Wok Buffet - Celina.  (Sept09),$,****

C.J. Highmarks - Celina. (Oct09),$-$$,***-****

Tumbleweeds Southwest Grill - Zanesville.  Steak and Mexican.  (Sept09),$-$$,****

Willow;The - Celina. Fast Food. (Sept09),$,***


Hugo's Family Restaurant - Claremore. Breakfast and Lunch. (Oct11),$,****

Mantel;The - Oklahoma City - upscale.  (Oct10),$$-$$$,****


Giovanni's - Sault Ste Marie.  Italian.  (Sept09),$$-$$$,****


Aiberto's Taco Shop - Salem.  Fast Food Mexican. (May11),$,***

Aquila & Priscilla's - Springfield.  Coffee, Pasta, Sandwiches. (Jun12),$,****

Astoria Thai - Astoria.  Thai.  (Aug07),$,****

Bai Khao Thai - Springfield. Thai. (Sep12),$-$$,****

Baked Alaska - Astoria.  Seafood. (Jul10),$$,****

Barnacle Bistro - Gold Beach.  Seafood, Burgers, Sandwiches. (Oct12),$-$$,****

Beach Burrito - Astoria.  Mission Burritos (shares space with Subway). (Jul12),$,***

Benja and Jasmines Thai (was "Thai Smile") - Reedsport.  Thai. (May11),$,***-****

Billy Smoothbars - Bandon.  Seafood.  (Sept04),$,***Changed owners and quality.

Blue Ocean Thai - Astoria. (Jun13),$-$$,****

Bridgewater - Florence.  Seafood. (Oct13),$$,****

Bridgewater Bistro - Astoria.  Seafood/upscale. (Aug12),$$-$$$,****

Brit Willie's Gourmet BBQ - Eugene.  BBQ food truck. (Oct13),$,****

Cafe Glendi - Eugene.  Greek. (Apr11),$,****

Callahan's Siskiyou Lodge - Ashland.  Italian.  (Apr02),$$,****

Camp 18 - 18 miles east of Seaside on US26.  American.  (Sept08),$-$$,****

Canyon Way Restaurant and Book Store - Newport. Eclectic, Seafood. (Jun12),$$,*****

Casablanca - Eugene. Mediterranean. (Sept11),$,****

Centennial Steak House - Springfield.  Steaks, Burgers and more. (Oct13),$-$$,****

Chief's Wild Wings - Coburg. Wings, Burgers, BBQ. (Sep12),$-$$,***

China Sun Buffet - Springfield.  Chinese buffet with Mongolian Wok.  (Apr07),$,**-***

Christi's - Portland.  Northwest.  (May07),$-$$,***

Chowder Bowl - Newport.  Seafood, Beach food. (Oct13),$-$$,****

Clementes Seafood - Astoria. Seafood. (Sep12),$$,****

Coburg Pizza Company - Coburg. Pizza, Italian. (Oct13),$-$$,****

Cornucopia Bar & Burgers (2 locations) - Eugene.  Upscale Burgers, etc. (Oct13),$$,***

Crazy Norwegians - Port Orford.  Seafood/Sandwiches/Burgers. (Oct12),$-$$,****

Don Juan's - Eugene. Mexican. (Jun12),$,***

Doogers - Warrenton (others in Seaside, Cannon Beach, OR and in Long Beach, WA).  Seafood.  (Sept13),$$,***

Evergreen Indian - Eugene. Indian. (May12),$-$$,***

G J's - Eugene. Breakfast/Lunch. (Sep12),$-$$,***

Golden Luck - Astoria.  Chinese. (Jun12),$,***

Greek Paradise - Eugene. Greek. (Sep12),$,****

Himani Indian - Astoria. Indian. (Sep12),$-$$,****

Hop Valley Brewing Company - Springfield.  Brew Pub. (May11),$-$$,****

Jalisco's - Eugene. Mexican. (Oct13),$-$$,****

Jasmine Thai - Lincoln City. Thai. (Jul13),$-$$,***

Jonathan's - Salem.  Cajun, Seafood and Steaks plus great desserts. (Jun13),$$$,****

Kozy Kitchen - North Bend. Diner. (Apr11),$,***

La Cabana de Raya - Astoria. Mexican. (Jun13),$,****

La Fiesta - Bandon. Mexican. (Oct12),$-$$,***

Logger's - Knappa (about 20 miles east of Astoria).  Known for the "Logger Burger", which is four star, the rest of the menu is two to three star.  (Aug07),$,**-****

Lok Yaun - Eugene.  Chinese with very large portions.  (May07),$,***

Love, Love, Teriyaki - Salem. Teriyaki and Orange Chicken. (Oct13),$,****

Madaline's Grill - Redmond.  Mexican.  (Aug04),$-$$,***

Manola's Thai - Eugene.  Thai.  (May11),$-$$,****

McMenamins - Portland. Salem, etc.. (Jun13), $-$$,****

Mediterranean Cafe - North Bend (Coos Bay). Mediterranean/Turkish. (Oct13),$-$$,****

Memo's - Springfield.  Mexican. (Oct13),$,***-****

Mio Sushi - Eugene.  Sushi/Japanese. (Oct12),$$,**-**** (4-star sushi, everything else is 2 to 3-star)

Morgan's Country Kitchen - Florence. Breakfast and Lunch. (Oct11),$-$$,****

Mulan - Warrenton.  Chinese.  (Jul09),$,***

Newman's - Eugene (2 locations).  Seafood. (Oct13),$,****

Newport Bay - OR and WA chain with most in OR.  Seafood. (May06),$$,***

Nancy's Burgers - Keizer.  Burgers (similar to Five Guys). (Jun13),$,***

Novaks - Albany.  Hungarian. (Oct13),$$,***-****

Off the Waffle - Eugene. Waffles for breakfast and lunch. (Apr13),$,****

Pine Tavern - Bend.  Actually a very nice non-smoking American restaurant. (Apr08),$$-$$$,****

Papa Hadyn - Portland.  Rich desserts, gourmet food (Jul00),$$,***

Pig-n-Pancake - Northern Oregon coast.  More than pancakes, but the pancakes are great. (Aug08),$,***

Plaza Jalisco - Astoria.  Mexican.  (Aug07),$,***

Red Ginger - Keizer.  Thai plus other Asian. (Apr10),$-$$,****

Rodeo Steak House - Tillamook.  Steak house with free peanuts.  (Jun09),$-$$,***

Sabai Cafe and Bar - Eugene.  Asian, mostly Thai. (May13),$-$$,****

Sivalia Thai - Portland. Thai. (May12),$,****

Silver Salmon - Astoria.  Seafood.  (Aug08),$$,****

Swagat - Beaverton (two others in the area plus in Concord, CA).  Indian.  (May09),$-$$,****

Sweet Basil Thai - Eugene. Thai. (Oct13),$-$$,****

T. Paul's Supper Club - Astoria. American/Eclectic. (Jul13),$-$$,****

T. Paul's Urban Cafe - Astoria. Eclectic.  (Jun13),$-$$,****

Torero's - Springfield.  Mexican.  (May07),$,***

Tsunami Bar & Grill - Wheeler. American/Seafood. (Jun13),$-$$,***

Wanker's - Wilsonville.  Bar and grill.  (Apr09),$-$$,***

Wheelhouse - Bandon.  Upscale seafood.  (Apr09),$$-$$$,***

Wild Duck Cafe - Eugene. Sandwiches, burgers and more. (Sep12),$-$$,****

Wildflower Grill - Lincoln City. Seafood and more. (Apr12),$-$$,****


Emmaus Diner - Emmaus.  American.  (Oct03),$$,****

South Carolina

Eggs Up Grill - Murrells Inlet.  Breakfast and Lunch.  (Oct09),$,***

South Dakota

Firehouse Brewing Co - Rapid City.  Pub/brewery. (Oct06),$,***


Blues City Cafe - Memphis.  Mix of BBQ and eclectic. (Oct11),$-$$,***

Deja Vu - Memphis.  New Orleans Creole plus Vegan. (Oct11),$-$$,****

Miss Polly's Soul Food Cafe - Memphis. Southern/Soul. (Oct11),$,****


Bangkok Thai - Lubbock.  Thai.  (Apr10),$,****

Big Fisherman - Aransas Pass.  Seafood with specials. (Feb06),$-$$,***

Billy Genes - Kerrville. Texan. (Apr12),$-$$,****

Blue Aquarium - McAllen.  Upscale.  (Mar06),$$-$$$,****

Catfish King - Livingston.  Good catfish.  (Nov06),$,***

Der Lindenbaum - Fredericksburg.  German. (Apr12),$$,***

El Burrito - Livingston.  TexMex (Oct06),$,**-***

Florida's Kitchen - Livingston.  BBQ, catfish. (Mar10),$-$$,***-****

Joe's Italian - Livingston. Italian. (Apr12),$-$$,****

Lakeshore;The - Kerrville.  Catfish, etc.  (Nov06),$-$$,***

Longhorn Cafe - Harper.  Texas, American, Tex-Mex. (Apr12),$,****

Mencius' Hunan - Kerrville.  Chinese. (Nov06),$-$$,***

Taqueria la Mexicana - Harlingen.  Fast food real Mexican (tacos with interesting fillings) (Mar06),$,***

T-Bone Tom's - Kemah.  BBQ, steaks.  (Mar10),$-$$,****


Moab Brewery - Moab.  Brew Pub.  (Oct05),$$,***

Oscar's Cafe - Springdale.  Burgers and eclectic.  (Sept08),$$,****

Parowan Cafe - Parowan.  Diner. (Sept08),$,***


Haadhi - Falls Church.  Indian.  (Oct03),$$,****

Southern Station Diner - Luray.  Breakfast is best. (Oct09),$,****


123 Thai - Port Townsend.  Thai. (Aug13),$,****

Ajax Cafe - Port Hadlock.  Northwest Cuisine. (Jul05), $$, ***-****

Alladin's Palace - Silverdale.  Middle Eastern. (Jul13),$$,****

Arnies - Mukiteo.  Seafood. (Jun13),$$,****

Asian 1 - Mount Vernon.  Thai with a few Japanese and Chinese choices.  (May09),$-$$,***

Bai Tong - Redmond/Tukwilla. Thai. (Dec11),$-$$,****

Bainbridge Thai - Bainbridge Island. Thai. (Jul11),$-$$,****

Bangalore - Issaquah.  Indian.  (May08),$-$$,***

Bangkok Thai - Lacey.  Thai. (Sept13),$,****

Beau Legs Fish and Chips - Lacey. Fish and Chips and Cajun. (Jul13),$-$$,****

Bella Italia - Kennewick. Italian. (Jun08),$$,***

Benjarong Thai - Monroe. Thai. (Aug12),$$,****

Black Diamond Bakery - Black Diamond.  Known for their baked goods and breakfasts. (Jun10),$,****

Blue Moose Cafe - Port Townsend. Breakfast/Lunch/Seafood. (Aug13),$,****

Bob's Burgers and Brew - Washington state chain.  Like Red Robin.  (Sept13),$,***-****

Bob's Chowder and BBQ Salmon - Anacortes. Seafood. (Aug13),$-$$,****

Bonsai Teriyaki - Tumwater. Teriyaki and Chinese. (May13),$,****

Bread Peddler - Olympia. Sandwiches, soup, quiche, coffee, bread, sweets. (Aug12),$,***

Brewery City Pizza - Tumwater. Pizza/Italian. (May12),$-$$,****

Brick;The - Tumwater.  Pizza, Burgers, Pasta. (May11),$,***

Brier Pizza - Brier. Pizza, Italian, Greek. (Jun12),$-$$,****

Brown Bag - Kirkland.  Diner. (Aug12),$,****

Budd Bay Cafe - Olympia. Seafood.  (May13),$$,****

Burger Claim - Grand Mound. Burgers. (May13),$,****

Burger Madness - Monroe. Burgers. (Jun12),$,****

Busara Thai - Bellingham. Thai. (Aug11),$,***

Cafe Veloce - Kirkland.  Italian.  (May07),$-$$,***

Canyon's - small chain.  Southwest influence. (May10),$-$$,***

Carolina Smoke - Bothell.  BBQ. (Jul13),$-$$,***

Cebu - Lacey. Filipino. (Sept13),$$,****

Chan's Place - Woodinville/Kirkland/Sammamish.  American Chinese. (Jun09), $$, ***

Chico's Tacos - Kennewick. Mexican. (Sept13),$,***

Chimacum Cafe - Chimacum.  American. (Jul05), $,***

Chinook Restaurant - Chinook.  Breakfast/Lunch/Seafood.  (Jul09),$,***

Cinco de Mayo - Kennewick. Mexican. (Jun12),$,****

Clay Oven - Woodinville (used to be in Monroe). Indian. (May12),$-$$,****

Clay Pit - Mill Creek. Indian. (Aug11),$-$$,****

Clearwater Casino - Suquamish.  Buffet.  (Jul12),$ (Sunday brunch)-$$,***

Coho Cafe - Redmond/Issaquah.  Northwest cuisine/seafood but try the pork chops. (May12),$$,***

Continental - Seattle. Greek/Breakfast. (Feb12),$-$$,****

Cousins - Pasco.  Diner food.  (Jun12),$,***

Country Cousin - Centralia.  American. (Jun13),$,****

Country Mercantile - Pasco.  Mexican/Snack Bar/store. (Sept13),$,***

Couzin's Cafe - Kirkland.  Comfort food. (May12),$,****

Daybreak Deli - Tumwater. Burgers/Fish-n-Chips/Subs. (Sept13),$,***

Depot (The) - Seaview - High end. (Jun13),$$$,****

Diamond Knot Brewery - Mukilteo (2 locations). Pub and Pizza. (Sept11),$-$$,***

Doc's Marina Grill - Port Townsend/Bainbridge Island. Seafood, American. (Jul12),$$,****

Duffy's - Aberdeen.  Diner food, they have yak meat as a choice. (Jul05),$,***

Eddie's Trackside - Monroe.  Bar and Grill. (May12),$-$$,****

El Compadre - Long Beach.  Mexican.  (Jun12),$,***

Falls Terrace - Tumwater.  Upscale with view. (Jun13),$$-$$$,****

Fiesta Jalisco - Port Hadlock. Mexican. (Aug13),$-$$,****

Fish Tale Brew Pub - Olympia. Pub. (Aug13),$$,****

Fred's River Town Ale House - Snohomish. Brew pub. (May13),$$,****

42nd Street Cafe - Seaview.  Northwest Cuisine. (Sep12), $$-$$$,****

Frida's Mexican - Mill Creek.  Gourmet Mexican for dinner, ordinary for lunch.  (Sept02),$$,****

Galway Bay - Ocean Shores.  Irish Pub. (Jul05),$$,***

Gardner's Seafood and Pasta - Olympia.  Upscale. (Aug13),$$$,****

German Diner - Lacey. German and Sandwiches. (Jul13),$,****

Grazie - Bothell.  Italian.  (May10),$$,****

Greek Islands Cuisine - Kennewick. Greek. (Jun12),$,****

Gyro Spot - Olympia.  Greek. (Aug12),$,****

Gyroworld - Redmond.  Greek fast food.  (Jul13),$,***

Hanford House Red Lion (Ripples) - Richland.  Hotel restaurant with view. (Jun10),$$,***-****

Honey Bear Bakery -  Lake Forest Park. Baked goods, sandwiches, quiche. (Jun12),$,****

Hungry Harbor - Long Beach.  Burgers/Fish-n-chips. (Sept13),$,****

India Gate - Bellevue.  Indian. (May07),$-$$,****

India Oven - Port Angeles.  Indian. (Aug08),$,***

Indian Curry House - Tukwila. Indian. (Dec11),$-$$,****

Iron Rabbit - Olympia.  Pub. (Aug13),$$,****

Isla Bonita - Richland. Mexican. (Jun10),$-$$,****

Ixtapa - Eastside of Seattle area.  Good Mexican.  (May13),$$,***

JJ's Fish House - Poulsbo.  Seafood/burgers. (Jul07),$-$$,***

Kafe Neo - Mill Creek/Marysville area.  Greek. (Sep12),$-$$,****

Kanishka - Redmond.  Indian. (Jun09),$,***

La Tarasca - Centralia. Mexican. (Aug11),$-$$,****

Lemon Grass - Olympia/Tumwater. Thai/Vietnamese. (Aug12),$-$$,***

Lightship - Long Beach.  Seafood - best deal is lunch. (Jun07),$-$$,***

Little Danang - Olympia. Vietnamese. (Aug12),$,***

Long Beach Thai Cuisine - Long Beach.  Thai. (Sept11),$,***

Lorenzos - Mount Vernon area.  Mexican.  (Jul08),$,***

Los Potrillos - Everett.  Mexican. (Jul11),$,***

Lost Roo - Long Beach. Sports Bar. (Sept13),$-$$,***-****

Mac N'More - Lacey.  Mac-n-Cheese and other comfort food. (Aug13),$,***

Malay Satay Hut - Redmond.  Malaysian. (May11), $-$$,****

Martin Way Diner - Olympia. Diner. (Sept13),$-$$,****

Mayuri - Redmond.  Indian. (May10),$,****

Meaphim Lakewood Thai - Arlington. Thai. (Aug12),$-$$,****

Mediterranean Kitchen - Bellevue and Seattle.  Garlic. (Jun11),$$,****

Merconi Italian Subs - Olympia/Lacey/Tumwater. Sub sandwiches. (Sep12),$,****

Meze - Kirkland.  Turkish lunch.  (Jul04),$,***

Mi Casa - Bellingham. Interesting Mexican. (Aug11),$-$$,****

Mi Tierra - Seattle area.  Mexican. (Jul13),$-$$,***

Mongolian Grill - Woodinville/Mukilteo.  Asian hot table food.  (May12),$,***

Naung Mai Thai Kitchen - Anacortes. Thai. (Aug13),$-$$,****

New Kings Wok - Silverdale.  Chinese Buffet. (Aug13), $,***-****

Nikkos (was Cascade Pizza) - Mount Vernon.  Pizza, Italian and Greek.  (May07),$-$$,***

Noodle Land - Redmond.  Thai. (Aug12), $-$$,****

Oly Burger - Olympia. Burgers. (May12),$,****

Orexi - Bellevue.  Greek. (May10),$$,****

Owl Sprit - Port Townsend.  Burgers, ecclectic. (Jul12),$$,****

Packer's - Blaine. Bar with food. (Aug11),$$-$$$,***

Pasion Tequila - Bothell. Mexican. (Aug11),$-$$,***

Paso Del Norte - Blaine.  Mexican. (Sept06),$-$$,****

Pasta Nova - Woodinville. Italian. (Jun05), $-$$,****

Patrick's Hawaiian Cafe - Vancouver.  Hawaiian. (Apr11),$-$$,***

Pattys Eggnest - Mukilteo. Breakfast and Lunch. (Dec11),$-$$,****

Pavz - Leavenworth.  Eclectic. (Jun10),$-$$,****

Pellegrino's - Tumwater.  Italian/American.  (Aug13),$$,***

Pho 111 - Tumwater/Lacey. Vietnamese. (Aug13),$,****

Pho Mignon - Kirkland.  Vietnamese. (May12),$,****

Pho T&N - Poulsbo. Vietnamese.  (Jul13),$,****

Pogacha - Bellevue, Issaquah (the better of the two, though both are good).  Croatian, similar to Greek or Italian. (May11), $$,****

Pomegranate Bistro - Redmond.  Breakfast, lunch and espresso.  Restaurant of a catering operation.  (May07),$,****

Port Hudson Cafe - Port Townsend.  Breakfast, American. (Sept13),$-$$,****

Public House and Grill - Port Townsend.  Eclectic.  (Aug08),$-$$,***

Racha Thai and Asian Kitchen - Redmond. (May13),$$,****

Rainier Bar and Grill - Enumclaw.  Bar and Grill. (Jun11),$$,****

Ramirez Mexican - Tumwater. Mexican. (Jul13),$,****

Ray's Boathouse - Seattle.  Seafood. (Feb03),$$$-$$$$,****

Ritz:The Drive In - Shelton. Burgers. (Jul13),$,***

Rivers Edge - LaPush. Diner food with really good fish-n-chips. (Jul05), $, ***

River's Edge - Tumwater.  Golf Course restaurant. (May10),$-$$,***

Royal Shanghai - Shelton.  Chinese Buffet. (Sept11),$-$$,***

Sawadee Thai - Sequim. Thai. (Jul12),$,***

Scampi and Halibuts - Port Hadlock.  Seafood. (Aug13),$-$$,****

Shamiana - Kirkland.  Indian/Pakistan. (May12),$$,****

Sidewalk Cafe - Lynden.  Breakfast and Lunch. (Jul08),$,***

Siren's Pub - Port Townsend. Pub. (Aug13),$$,****

Sol Food (was Marimba's) - Everett. Caribbean. (Jul11),$$,****

Sri's Corner - Tumwater. Indian. (Aug12),$-$$,****

Sterling's - Richland and Kennewick.  American. (Jun10),$-$$,***

Taprock Northwest Grill - Poulsbo.  Burgers and Northwest Cuisine.  (Jul10),$-$$,****

Teddy's Bigger Burgers - Woodinville. Burgers. (Jul13),$,****

That's a Some Italian - Poulsbo. (June07),$$,***

Thai Chef - Bellevue.  Thai.  (Aug08),$,****

Thai City - West Richland. Thai. (Jun12),$-$$,***

Thai Kitchen - Kirkland, Bellevue.  Thai.  (May10),$,***

Thai Rama III - Mukilteo.  Thai. (Sept11),$ (lunch),***

Thai Elephant - Kennewick. Thai. (Sept13),$-$$,****

Trinacria - Olympia.  Sicilian Italian (no credit cards). (Jun13),$-$$,****

Tommy Thai - Kirkland. Thai. (May13),$-$$,****

Turkish Kabab - Lacey. Gyros, etc. (Aug13),$,****

Tuscano's Italian Kitchen - Monroe. Italian. (Aug12),$-$$,****

Udupi Palace - Bellevue (also Berkeley, CA).  Vegetarian Indian.  (May09),$,****

Urban Onion - Olympia. Upscale/Eclectic. (Aug13),$$,***

Visconti's Italian Restaurant - Leavenworth.  Italian with the addition of some German and Hamburger choices.  (Jun09),$$,****

XXX Drive In - Issaquah.  Old fashioned root beer and messy hamburgers.  (May06),$,****

Zoog's Caveman Cooking - Port Hadlock. BBQ. (Aug13),$-$$,***

Washington, DC

Oyemal - close to Mall.  Gourmet Mexican. (Sept07),$$,****


Beth's Twin Bluffs Cafe - Nelson.  Good food, excellent pies. (Aug09),$,***

Lakeshore Family Restaurant - Wautoma.  Large and varied menu. (Aug09),$,***


Bootlegger's Roaring 20s - Gillette.  Italian and Steaks.  (Jul08),$$-$$$,****

Las Margaritas - Gillette.  Mexican.  (Jul08),$-$$,***


Dawson Peaks Resort - Teslin.  Good food and wonderful pie. (Aug06),$-$$,***

Sourdough Joe's - Dawson City.  Known for their fish-n-chips.  (Jun06),$-$$,***

Taste of India - Whitehorse.  Indian.  (Jun06),$-$$,***