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White Castles and other late night craves.
Alnshely
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Joined: Mar 24, 2002
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From: Oceanside CA
Posted: 2004-03-05 08:16 am   Permalink

Living in north San Diego County I can vouch for the Mexican food. Roberto's carne asada and chicken tacos, Fiesta Mexicana's albondigas and guacamole and the fresh home made tamales door to door salesmen sell. All served with pickled carrots and jalepenos. Autland, this Carniceria buy my house sells the best Carnitas. And for breakfast don't forget Machaca. MMMMMMMMMM Mexican Food.
Mahalo,
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Shipwreckjoey
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Joined: Nov 29, 2002
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From: San Diego, CA
Posted: 2004-03-05 6:30 pm   Permalink

Al, you sound like a true mexican food afficianado. A man after my own heart. I'm always elated when I find a new place. My old late nite haunts were/are: Robertos / Albertos (carne asada burritos), Julio's (on University near Fairmont) for the Guadalajara Taco & Negra Modello beer and Lydia's in Imperial Beach for the Botana. Nowadays I've been hittin' the Chipolte in LaMesa for burritos 'cause they're close to home & I go to bed earlier now. ZZZZZZZZZ

 
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tikijackalope
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Joined: Oct 23, 2003
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From: KS/MO
Posted: 2004-03-09 12:25 am   Permalink

The afore-mentioned Steak n Shake in Springfield MO last Saturday night/Sunday morning.


 
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Johnny Dollar
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Joined: Oct 01, 2003
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From: Baltimore, Maryland, PNG
Posted: 2004-03-09 09:52 am   Permalink

i took my east coast girl to the steak and shake on brentwood blvd near clayton mo. several months ago. she had never been to one and thought it rocked.

incidentally the brentwood location is within a mile or two of where the legendary mainlander was,
http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?mode=viewtopic&topic=7987&forum=1&start=0

thanks for the swell images tikijackalope, makes me miss good ol missourah... j$
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Bwana Tiki
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Joined: Feb 14, 2004
Posts: 110
From: Left Coast (south)
Posted: 2004-03-09 6:31 pm   Permalink

the origanal pantry, never without a coustomer since 1924. sit down and prosto... some surley ex-felon slides a bowl o slaw in front of you with a pile o sour bread. no one seems to care what you're gonna have later, yur starting out wit slaw. Food's pretty much the same as '24. cash only. figiroa (sp?) and 9th near staples center.
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kctiki
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Joined: Apr 22, 2003
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From: Kansas City
Posted: 2004-03-09 7:39 pm   Permalink

Bwana, your post reminded me of a seedy place I just love, Wyandotte BBQ 2. The guys in back look like they could cut your throat or fix you a sandwich, makes no nevermind to them. Nice & greasy.

 
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velveteenlounge
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Joined: Feb 13, 2004
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From: Velveteen Lounge, NY
Posted: 2004-03-10 10:38 am   Permalink

I grew up in California and this thread is making me truly homesick. Suburban New York sucks for fast food!

 
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tikibars
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Joined: Apr 11, 2002
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From: Aku Hall, Chicago
Posted: 2004-03-11 12:39 am   Permalink

I have not consumed corporate fast food - McDonalds, Burger King, Wendys, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, etc etc etc - for over 12 years, but after a few too many drinks, the urge to eat grease is overwhelming.

Fortunately(?), Chicago is a mecca for independantly owned all-night junk food joints.

There are more awesome all night pizza joints, 24-7 greasy spoon diners, 'we never close' burrito stands, and legendary 4AM hot dog havens here than anywhere else I have been.

For the uninitiated: a Chicago hot dog is a completely different animal than any you've ever been served anywhere else in the country, a unique entity and a must-try even for those that normally fear and loathe tubes of processed meat by product.

Wiener's Circle, Hot Doug's, and Super Dawg are the big three.




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paranoid123
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From: New York City
Posted: 2004-03-11 03:18 am   Permalink

When looking for late night chow, I go no further than LA's own Thaitown. 3am and you still have a pick of the litter (in a good way). These places are pretty cheap too.

Thai Palms
Saumanlung Cafe
Krang Tedd
etc
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tikijackalope
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Joined: Oct 23, 2003
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From: KS/MO
Posted: 2004-03-11 09:32 am   Permalink

Its great to read that some of you can find *nice* little independent places. When I travel, I always want to find some completely independent place with the ambiance of Edward Hopper's Nighthawks, but usually only find a Burrito Express or a run-down Sambos thrice-removed where people go to chain-smoke and buy lottery tickets based on their kid's parole date. *sigh* Late night gems are wonderful; keep 'em coming!


 
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Posted: 2004-03-11 09:38 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2004-03-11 03:18, paranoid123 wrote:
These places are pretty cheap too.

Thai Palms
Saumanlung Cafe
Krang Tedd
etc




Not to mention Thai Palms has Thai Elvis!
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Johnny Dollar
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Posted: 2004-03-11 09:43 am   Permalink

detail of 2 above related to above:


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tikibars
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From: Aku Hall, Chicago
Posted: 2004-03-11 11:00 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2004-03-11 09:43, Johnny Dollar wrote:
detail of 2 above related to above:



Grrr.... there are few things in life I loathe more than this guy's 'art'....

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Johnny Dollar
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Posted: 2004-03-11 11:34 am   Permalink

(twas tongue in cheek)

for added enjoyment, there are the versions with "neon..."
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thejab
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
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From: Tradewinds Apartments, Alameda, CA
Posted: 2004-03-11 11:54 am   Permalink

tikijackalope-
I do a fair bit of traveling and always seek out older independent places, from burger joints to steak houses, so always ask on Tiki Central before taking a trip. I may be able to save you some time.

Chicago -
I didn't get to try all the hot dog stands in Chicago last summer, but I loved Super Dawg for their food served at your car in a little box, and the decor with the hot dog mascots on the roof can't be beat. The "who has a better hot dog in Chicago" debate has probably led to many a fight, but any Chicago dog is head and shoulders above what we have here in the Bay Area! The only place that came close was Kasper's (not Casper's) in Oakland, but sadly they closed "for remodeling" last year and haven't reopened since.

I also didn't have time to sample an Italian beef in Chicago - doh! Oh well, next time I'll have one and wash it down with a fresh lemonade, followed by an Italian ice. Chicago is arguably the best city for tasty, quick food. New York has been overrun by chains but there are still a few jems like the place where you can get 2 hotdogs and a papaya drink for under $5 - Joe's Papaya?, and their pizza by the slice is the best. I would vote L.A. for second best after Chicago.
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