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Old 10-12-2005, 12:06 PM   #26
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There is a buffet place that's very close to where I live. It's just a few yards away from the bus stop where I get off to go home, so when I'm hungry, it's a real temptation to go in there. And the prices are right: I can fill up on whatever they have for under $10, including a small tip for the person who clears the plates and brings the tea.

The problem with the place is that sometimes the individual dishes are pretty-bad...on some rare occasions, downright FOUL! For example, I've gotten futomaki that I've spit out, because it had that sour taste that indicated that it was "this close" to turning. And they've started serving some sort of a friend flat fish that was delicious the first time I tried it; however, when I went back for seconds, the piece that I got must have had some guts (maybe bile?) in it, because the meat was both bitter and mushy. BLECCCH!

However, most of the dishes are OK--occasionally even very good--and you can't beat the price.

Because the food there is so inconsistent, I have decided to hold off on reviewing the place on my Web Page, at http://pissycat.multiply.com * But if you're in the neighborhood and want lots of food for very little money, then check it out: Just take small portions of what you want to see if it tastes good before committing to a huge scoopful!
China Harbor Restaurant, Parkside Plaza Shopping Center, San Mateo (near the intersection of 92X101).

*I have a few restaurant reviews, tips for takeout sushi, and one recipe posted so far. I hope to have more up soon.
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Old 10-12-2005, 01:18 PM   #27
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Back when I was a youngin, I used to cruise the bars with my friends and then go to either Waffle House or Perkins. Since I have gotten older, I have gotten food poisoning at both and try to avoid them. I don't know if they have gotten worse or I have become a pansy.

I will say the grossest experience was watching the cook at the Waffle House out by the interstate in Lexington. All the strippers would pour in there when they got off their rounds and he would be so eager to impress them with his machismo that he always had a cigarette hanging out of his mouth (This tobacco-country, so this was not very unusual back then - now we have smoking bans). So cigarette hanging out, and he checked people out so he was always touching the dirty money from the strippers that had been...uhm.. who knows where, and he didn't wear gloves to put the toast in the toaster or the meat on the grill. I usually drank coffee and a pecan waffle, so I was pretty safe, but *shivers* I don't wanna know what kind of bugs people got from there.

I do kinda miss that place though.
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Old 10-12-2005, 07:11 PM   #28
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Pancho's. Do not eat at Pancho's, unless you want to consume mass quantities of sopapillas.
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Old 10-13-2005, 04:36 PM   #29
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Pancho's. Do not eat at Pancho's, unless you want to consume mass quantities of sopapillas.
In the grand scheme of things Pancho's Mexican Buffet is low on the list of edible food stuffs.... it is better than most of the Mexican food I can find in the South .... You may one day wish for that mexican food when faced with an Alabama rendition of the tamale.............
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Old 10-14-2005, 06:12 AM   #30
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In the grand scheme of things Pancho's Mexican Buffet is low on the list of edible food stuffs.... it is better than most of the Mexican food I can find in the South .... You may one day wish for that mexican food when faced with an Alabama rendition of the tamale.............
To be fair, an awful lot of food in the American South is nigh unto toxic. A good friend of mine from North Carolina used to regale me with stories of a restaurant called Bojangles, which served biscuits so greasy that he could poke a hole in the top of one with a finger and watch as the rest of the biscuit rushed to fill it with grease...

A part of me still wishes that I'd eaten at the Mexican restaurant I found in Kos, Greece.

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Old 10-14-2005, 07:16 AM   #31
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Pancho's in my neighborhood closed down. I think there are at least a couple still open in Houston, but the one near my inlaws' house closed too.

Which is good, because my MIL loved Pancho's and wanted to meet there often. About the only thing I could eat with any enjoyment there was a stewed chicken dish with tomatoes and onions and bell peppers served over some of the spanish rice. If they were very freshly and properly made, I also enjoyed the churros. But usually they were stale or grease-filled. Now, the cucumber salad was okay too. So, I _could_ make a meal on the chicken stew, rice, cucumber salad, and churros. But I only went for the company and because MIL enjoyed it.

I have to say, there are WAY too many better places to get Tex-Mex in Houston to waste money and time at Pancho's. I'm not sad to see them go. They were VERY popular in the 1970's though. I remember going to Pancho's many a time for birthday parties and with neighbor families when I was a kid.

Shakey's pizza was pretty nasty back in the day too. I remember a neighbor kid had his birthday party there and another neighbor kid refused to eat the pizza because she said that it "tasted like throw-up". ROFL! So, then we all rebelled and refused to eat the pizza and the birthday boy started to cry and his mom got all bent becuase she had bought all this pizza nobody would eat because the snooty girl from down the street said it tasted like throw-up! Hehehehehe.

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Old 10-14-2005, 02:08 PM   #32
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In the grand scheme of things Pancho's Mexican Buffet is low on the list of edible food stuffs.... it is better than most of the Mexican food I can find in the South .... You may one day wish for that mexican food when faced with an Alabama rendition of the tamale.............

Ok, I am so frightened to think that Pancho's would be better than anything else. I would rather eat cardboard covered in dirt than Pancho's. I guess I will have to learn to cook Mexican food before I move back home.
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Old 10-14-2005, 02:13 PM   #33
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To be fair, an awful lot of food in the American South is nigh unto toxic. A good friend of mine from North Carolina used to regale me with stories of a restaurant called Bojangles, which served biscuits so greasy that he could poke a hole in the top of one with a finger and watch as the rest of the biscuit rushed to fill it with grease...

A part of me still wishes that I'd eaten at the Mexican restaurant I found in Kos, Greece.

Mmmmm, I love Southern food. Fried pickles. Fried green tomatoes. Homemade biscuits. Fried corn - omg I love fried corn.

There's a barbecue place in Tuscaloosa that sells only ribs and Sunbeam white bread. While I have never been a huge fan, every time I watch a football game on TV all the camera crew and everyone else (including the broadcasters in the booth) are eating them.

http://www.dreamlandbbq.com/main/default.asp

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Old 10-14-2005, 07:51 PM   #34
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OOOOHHH, I love this, being originally from NJ, now in gooberville, Ga...I miss good food!!!! I have to agree Waffle House is just nasty, but a hoot at 3am w/ all the drunks on a saturday night lol. In the good old south, Italian food goes something like, open a jar of ragu and dump it on top of something that I'm sure was once pasta. There are no diners, at least what i think a diner is lol. Krystals burgers, wannabe white castels. Oh well, guess it's a good thing i went to culinary school lol.
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Old 10-14-2005, 07:55 PM   #35
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Pancho's. Do not eat at Pancho's, unless you want to consume mass quantities of sopapillas.
And don't eat at Waffle House unless you want to consume mas quantities of Tums.

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Old 10-17-2005, 09:10 AM   #36
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I like Waffle House...and Krystals....not gourmet, but yummy.
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We wanted to eat a quick meal before walking around all the shops in Cherokee, North Carolina. Just came off the interstate and there was a family style buffet restaurant (just across the street from the casino). Everything, incuding the sweet tea was horrible. I love fried okra but it was soggy and salty. The only item that tasted like it should were the chocolate jimmies for the ice cream. The cheese cake tasted like lemon cardboard. I had to purchase some homemade fudge in one of the shops to cleanse my pallet. Okay, I bought the fudge because I had a chocolate craving.
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Applebee's..definately. I think if I ever get COLD ribs again, I'll have to see how far they fly
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