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Favorite Restaurants

The criterion that defines a favorite restaurant for us is whether we thought the food good enough that we would return. We rarely eat at chain restaurants, so you won't find many here. We go for mom and pops, dives and other unique eateries without much consideration given to ambiance. It's all about the food. We tend to avoid restaurants that are very expensive, so you won't find the five-star places here. Only a few of those listed would run you over $50 for a dinner for two. Most are far less costly and yes, we have eaten at all of them, except for a very few whose reviewers are trusted friends.

By the way, if you find that any of these have closed down, please let me know via a comment on this page or send me an email at mike dot sandy dot mills at gmail dot com.

Restaurants listed in boldface are all time favorites and are not to be missed if we are nearby.

Updated 4/26/2017


Decatur - Big Bob Gibson's BBQ
Decatur - Mel's Sweet Treats
Muscle Shoals - China Gourmet


Mesa - Bosa Donuts
Show Low - Branding Iron
Show Low - Aunt Nancy's


Carlisle - Nick's
Eureka Springs - Catfish Cabin
Eureka Springs - Fresh
Eureka Springs - Ermiliano's
Hot Springs - McClard's BBQ
Hot Springs - Fisherman's Wharf


Colorado Springs - Na Ri
Colorado Springs - Pizzeria Rustica
Colorado Springs - Jun Sushi and Noodles
Colorado Springs - Green Line Grill
Colorado Springs - Hacienda Colorado Springs
Colorado Springs - Kura Hibachi and Sushi
Denver - Chowder House
Denver - Star Thai Restaurant
Denver - Sweet Action (Ice Cream)
Denver - Szechuan Restaurant
Denver - Taste of Denmark Bakery
Estes Park - The Grubsteak
Estes Park - Laura's
Estes Park - Café de Pho Thai
Estes Park - Smokin' Daves
Gunnison - The Old Miner
Morrison - The Cow


Rossville - Thai Garden


Coeur d' Alene - Asian Twist


Baton Rouge - Parrain's
Baton Rouge - TJ Ribs BBQ
Henderson - Pat's Fisherman's Wharf
Kaplan - Suire's
New Orleans - Drago's


Bar Harbor - Westside Café


Boston - Belle Isle Seafood 
Boston - Legal Seafood


Belmont - Fish Place
Clarksdale - Ramon's
Jackson - Mr. Chen's Chinese
Natchez - The Donut Shop
Natchez - Jughead's Fish Fry and More
Tupelo - Simply Sweet Bakery


Branson - Billy Bob's Dairyland


Butte - Montana Club
West Yellowstone - Wild West Pizzeria

New Mexico

Albuquerque - Frontier Restaurant
Albuquerque - Pad Thai
Albuquerque - California Pastrami
Albuquerque - La Salita
Albuquerque - Crackin' Crab
Raton - El Matador
Santa Fe - Ranch House BBQ
Santa Fe - Maria's
Santa Fe - The Wok
Santa Fe - Dr. Field Goods 
Santa Fe - Upper Crust Pizza
Silver City - Jalisco's

North Carolina

Asheville - White Duck Taco Shop
Asheville - The Lobster Trap
Asheville - Bean Thai


Port Orford - The Crazy Norwegian
Portland - Authentic Thai
Portland - Sayler's Old Country Kitchen
Portland - The Fisherman's Wife
Portland - Seasons and Regions
Reedsport - Harbor Light
Wilsonville - Rice Time


Chattanooga - Zarzour's Hamburgers
Chattanooga - Champy's
Chattanooga - Lupi's Pizza Pies
Pigeon Forge - Old Mill Pottery House and Café
Sevierville - Thai Basil


Abilene - Lytle Land and Cattle Co.
Alamo Springs - Alamo Springs Cafe
Alpine - Alicia's
Alpine - Texas Fusion
Amarillo - Coyote Bluff Cafe
Amarillo - Thai Star
Amarillo - Bangkok Tokyo
Aransas Pass - Redfish Willie's
Arlington - Istanbul Grill
Arlington - Mercado Juarez
Austin - Franklin's BBQ
Belton - The Gin
Belton - Crow's Hamburgers
Belton - Shoepf's BBQ
Burnet - Cooper's BBQ
Canton - Four Winds Steak House (Wills Point)
Canton - Easley's Steak House
Canton - Street Taco Shack
Conroe - Las Palma Taco
Conroe - Vernon's Kuntry Katfish
Corpus Christi - B and J Pizza
Corpus Christi - Z Counter Asian Deli
Corpus Christi - King Seafood
Corpus Christi - Hibachi Grill and Supreme Buffet
Corpus Christi - Snoopy's
Corsicana - Old Mexican Inn
Crystal Beach - Stingaree's
Denison - Huck's Catfish
Forney - Doe Belly's Catfish
Fort Worth - Angelo's BBQ
Fort Worth - Riscky's Steakhouse
Fort Worth - Gypsy Scoops Ice Cream 
Fort Worth - Saigon Kitchen (Hurst)
Fulton - Bellino's
Fulton - The Boiling Pot
Galveston - Cajun Greek Restaurant
Galveston - Miller's Seawall Grill
Galveston - Original Mexican Inn
Georgetown - Monument Inn
Grapevine - Country Donuts
Harlingen - Rio Grande Grill
Houston - Le Pam Creole Restaurant
Irving - Vito's Italian
Irving - Catfish House
Keller - Thai & Fusion Ave
Kerrville - Billy Gene's
Kingsland - Spyke's BBQ
La Marque - Rose Garden Chinese
LaPorte - Monument Inn
Livingston - Hughes Catfish Inn
Lockhart - Black's BBQ
McAllen - Dai Tung
Memphis - Gus's Fried Chicken
Memphis - The Rendezvous
Mercedes - Alicia's
Mercedes - Don Beto's Café
Mercedes - The Smoking Oak BBQ
New Braunfels - Oma's Haus
Port Aransas - Avery's Kitchen
Port Aransas - Fin's
Port Aransas - The Roosevelt Room at the Tarpon Inn
Port Aransas - Irie's
Port Isabel - Joe's Oyster Bar
Riverside - Tallent's Smokehouse (sausages - store takeout only)
Robstown - Taqueria Los Altos de Jalisco
Robstown - Cotton's BBQ
Rockport - Charlotte Plummer's
Rockport - The Shack
Rockport - Pier 19
Rockport - Shempy's Grill
Salado - Stagecoach Inn
San Antonio - Fishland
San Antonio - Henry's Puffy Tacos
San Antonio - Los Barrios
San Antonio - Paesano's
San Antonio - Pho Garden
San Antonio  - Thai Dee
San Antonio - The Original Blanco Cafe
San Antonio - The Original Donut Shop
San Marcos - Herbert's Taco Hut
San Marcos - Hays County BBQ
Shenandoah - Babin's Seafood
South Padre Island - Dirty Al's Seafood
South Padre Island - Pier 19 Seafood
Spring - Super Yummy Mongolian BBQ
Spring - El Palenque 
Spring - 5 Ate Café
Sulphur Springs - Burton's Family Restaurant
Sweetwater - Allen's Fried Chicken
Temple - Best Quality Meats and Sausage Shop
Temple - Oscar Store
Terlingua - Chile Pepper
Texarkana - Bryce's Cafeteria
Tomball - Goodson's Restaurant
Weslaco - Nana's Tacos
Weslaco - Salazar's Burgers
Weslaco - Casa De Mariscos
Willis, TX - Fish Pond


Moab - Eklelectica
Moab - Szechuan
Moab - Devran's
Salt Lake City - Spitz SLC
Salt Lake City - Nico's


Seattle - Hue Ky Mi Gai
Seattle - Bakery Nouveau 

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