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    Quote Originally Posted by czb View Post
    now that is interesting. i used to spend a lot of time in LA and would hear locals brag about how great the food is at different restaurants. we would go and the food was really mediocre, sometimes bad. and other times we would go to whatever restaurant was branded the IT place by the press as well as different people, and those were really mediocre, too. i think i was spoiled because the food in the bay area is so good, you can spend a little or a lot on a meal and get good food. in LA, the food was so-so regardless of how much we spent. so maybe you are spoiled because the food in the places you used to live or have visited are so much better?
    God, yes, czb, I am spoiled like crazy. When I visit my old city, I joke that I'm going to eat my way across it.

    So maybe my standards are too high. I do try not to have high expectations. I just want a decent experience--okay food, okay service. One local restaurant I frequent is actually not great--it's sort of a greasy spoon--but they don't pretend to be great. They are fairly consistent, and the service is friendly.

    Deep down I long for something wonderful, but I must admit I'm a little desperate. If someone in a local business is even just averagely kind and competent, I feel like I adore them. If the food is just acceptable, I will be loyal. Damn, give me a couple more years and soon I may be calling that pretentious little hellhole I was bitching about earlier an unparalleled fine-dining experience.

    It's SO seriously time to move somewhere else.

    I wasn't aware that LA was such a culinary disappointment. I've spent very little time there. Good to know.
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    ^^^ yeah, i know what you mean. but even if you lower your bar i can understand wanting to get what you order. i can see getting frustrated about the hamburger order but that is probably par for that place. so maybe you have to lower the bar as far as quality AND service.

    as for LA, i was surprised by my experience, was there for about a year. but our LA posters may feel differently.

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    If we visit the west coast again i will have to pay particular attention to how we fare in restaurants there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by czb View Post
    ^^^ yeah, i know what you mean. but even if you lower your bar i can understand wanting to get what you order. i can see getting frustrated about the hamburger order but that is probably par for that place. so maybe you have to lower the bar as far as quality AND service.

    as for LA, i was surprised by my experience, was there for about a year. but our LA posters may feel differently.
    The hamburger experience wasn't a big deal in itself. It's more that some days, the majority of my interactions with people are like that! Which I could deal better with if people didn't keep insisting that this county is "friendly" just because it's small and cute and rural. Friendly, schmiendly.

    My sis-in-law is from the Bay Area but has lived in LA for several years, and I know she has some favorite restaurants down there. I've never heard her rave about the food culture, though.

    I do think that San Francisco has some of the best food anywhere, and as you say, at every price level. Very hard to match.
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    Shinola, it sounds like you do just need to get out of the shithole you're living in! Back to civilization!
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    ^^ Thank you, ManxMouse. My husband and I have finally agreed that it is time to move on, but it may take a while for him to find just the right job.

    This is actually a beautiful place with quaint towns. But I know I don't belong here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by czb View Post
    as for LA, i was surprised by my experience, was there for about a year. but our LA posters may feel differently.
    I was disappointed by SoCal food too. The Bay Area was fine, more than fine actually.

    I know I'm spoiled food wise because of where I live, so I try to make allowances when I travel in the US. Luckily, Mr. Witch is a huge 'foodie' so he always researches restaurants before we go anywhere, decides where we'll be eating, and takes care of reservations.

    When I'm eating out, I never send food back unless the order is wrong. If it's bad, I just scratch the restaurant off my list of places to go. My brother was a waiter in college, and I've heard too many kitchen stories to really make a fuss.
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    ^^^ well, where you live is another food heaven. easy to get spoiled in nyc.

    shinola, i looked at a map and figured out where you live. so now i'm not surprised by what you have said about food. well, maybe a little suprised, i thought there would be one tiny diner-type place that would be good and quaint. agree with manx, time to move! food is too important.

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    czb, if you were to visit here (this place is nice for a weekend trip from the Bay Area), I could point out a handful of restaurants that would be pretty good. Probably, though, none of it would be up to what you're used to. This is a touristy area, so a lot of the restaurants are more in the "fine dining" category and won't do for everyday fare. Some of them are pretty good, though.

    The diners here aren't great, even though you'd think a couple of small towns could produce that. The greasy spoon I referred to earlier is a diner-ish place, but some people here think it's strange that I like it. It definitely caters to a more working-class crowd and isn't a place anyone recommends to tourists. But if I have an out-of-town guest for a few days, I end up taking them there at some point.

    This county is strange and hard to sum up in just a few words. It has a long history and a few different specific types of people leading parallel lives.

    And this is the whitest county in California. So forget good ethnic food.
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    ^^^ i don't usually expect food to be at the standard i'm used to here but there are exceptions. for example, i usually won't go out for asian food when we travel since it probably won't be equal to what we can get here. other food, like pizza, i expect to be better in the nyc area than it is here. same with diner food. but most towns usually have a really good breakfast/lunch place that isn't fancy but has good food. that's what i was assuming when you were describing the place where you take your son. and when we travel, i prefer the small, non-touristy places rather than the fine-dining restaurants.

    i know someone who lives in a town in your area and she has the same complaints as you. the one exception she cites is a family-run bakery that makes good breakfast stuff. the way she describes it, it sounds great. but everyplace else

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    ^^ Town = [name deleted]? Bakery = [names deleted]?

    Just guessing.
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    ^^^ no, not those.

    actually, i looked at the map again, her town isn't that close to yours but is remote like yours. and the town culture and size are probably similar, too.

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    ^^ It's nice to hear that someone else has a similar food take on this kind of town.
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    gah, i'm reading this thread & trying to figure out where in cali y'all are talking about....sounds like it could be near where i live.

    anyway, when i go out & am disappointed with a meal, i don't say anything, just chalk it up to a loss & just don't go back there...i'm way too paranoid to send food back to a kitchen after horror stories that i've heard from people. i usually try to research places fairly well, go by word of mouth from those whose opinions about food that i trust or go to the same old tried & true places that we've gone for ages.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chilly Willy View Post
    Where I come from, the customer is always wrong. Even if you don't complain, you're nothing but a nuisance. If you do complain, you can be sure they will spit in your food/ drink.

    I have seen foreigners break down and cry in German restaurants. It really is that bad.

    My mother knows how to deal with those bitches, she makes them cry. It's a special talent, which I and most others don't have.

    Would your mother be willing to give lessons?

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