Finding that perfect place to eat

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Centralia, Missouri
December 6, 2015 10:39am CST
You know what really grinds my gears? Finding that perfect restaurant and then moving so far away you can't go back. There was this little Mexican place in Oregon with the best food ever, service was slow, but that's what happens when you get waited on by the owners 10 year olds, heh. Then we moved...and I haven't found a place I like as much since then. So very sad. How about you? Have you found The Place to eat, and then moved, or the place closed and now all you can find are places that don't measure up?
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• United States
6 Dec 15
Since we've moved 4 times in 14 yeas we are missing a lot of our favorite places. 10 year olds working in a rest...no child labor laws there?
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@Marcyaz (35591)
• United States
6 Dec 15
You would miss a lot of your favorites places in those 14 years.
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• United States
6 Dec 15
@Marcyaz For sure. Now some are two hours away and others maybe 1 1/2 hours away. We live in the country so not much around.
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• Centralia, Missouri
6 Dec 15
after school, and in the summer, at a family owned business? I don't know if the laws applied or not. They seemed to be having a blast, and it could have been breaking laws, I don't know,lol
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• Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
6 Dec 15
I feel your pain, good food us hard to find and when you move it's hard to find another good local spot to eat
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@Marcyaz (35591)
• United States
6 Dec 15
It is hard when you move to find another good place to have a nice meal.
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• Centralia, Missouri
6 Dec 15
very true, so far found some good places, but not Good like we left behind
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@thesids (22357)
• Bhubaneswar, India
6 Dec 15
Being on the move since 2000, this has happened with me a lot many times. There was a local restaurant here in the other part of the town (during 2000) and it was my favourite place to eat. It had more then 350 dishes on its menu and I had tasted only about half of them when I had to leave the city (professional reasons) to another state. In between, whenever I got leave and could manage to return to my native town, I would go there and have at least one meal there. On the fourth return trip, the restaurant was closed down. 2007 - 2009 - we were at the other end of the town - and it was just opposite another great eatery. In 2009, we moved to this part of the town and now, it takes about 35 minutes to reach the eatery - and unfortunately, I do not travel that long today (medical reasons). So for now, I have nothing much, but to miss the food that restaurant serves. The only good thing that saves me today - I am a better cook and most of the items on their menu are medically No for me
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@Marcyaz (35591)
• United States
6 Dec 15
Even being a good cook it is nice to find a restaurant that has some dishes you can eat that is not too far away.
• Centralia, Missouri
6 Dec 15
homecooked is almost always better....I just don't know how to make some things!
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@thesids (22357)
• Bhubaneswar, India
6 Dec 15
@Marcyaz Of course. I mean, there are many dishes that I cannot cook just because the ingredients are lot expensive to be purchased just for one or two servings. Also, we dont have some of the stuff like oven or even the barbeque. So definitely, restaurants are easier to have such food.
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@slund2041 (3375)
• United States
6 Dec 15
Yes, I loved Peking Chinese Restaurant in Georgia. I also liked 3 Amigos *Mexican Restaurant". We moved from Georgia, and when we go back to visit family we never get a chance to eat there. We always eat at my stepdaughters house.
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@Marcyaz (35591)
• United States
6 Dec 15
You will have to make it a point to go there next time you visit.
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• Centralia, Missouri
6 Dec 15
I doubt we will ever be back, but if we are...will totally!
@boiboing (12881)
• Northampton, England
6 Dec 15
Where we used to live we had lots of great restaurants but we've been in our new place 11 years and haven't found anything to hold a candle to what we used to have.
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• Centralia, Missouri
6 Dec 15
and that is super sad!
@boiboing (12881)
• Northampton, England
6 Dec 15
@Jessicalynnt Ah yes but there is hope on the horizon (and probably another Tale of the Village) still to come with the opening of the new Indian restaurant early next year.
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• Centralia, Missouri
7 Dec 15
@boiboing I do hope you end up with The Place this time around!
• Preston, England
6 Dec 15
I never moved from where I live now but I hate visiting great restaurants in distant cities knowing I'll probably never get to revisit them again
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• Centralia, Missouri
6 Dec 15
it's hard to spend money not knowing if something is going to be good or not
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• Preston, England
6 Dec 15
@Jessicalynnt I have been lucky more often than not and nowadays internet reviews for most restaurants helps a great deal
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• Centralia, Missouri
7 Dec 15
@arthurchappell some places here dont even have webpages! It boggles my mind.
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@Drosophila (16697)
• Ireland
7 Dec 15
Am actually quite lucky! Where I live has some great food!
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• Centralia, Missouri
7 Dec 15
I am totally jellie! and Ireland is a place I want to visit, or even live someday
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@Drosophila (16697)
• Ireland
7 Dec 15
@Jessicalynnt Lol! you will not want to live here.. 365 days worth of raining and grey!
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• Centralia, Missouri
7 Dec 15
@Drosophila I like both!
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@fishtiger58 (30319)
• Momence, Illinois
9 Dec 15
I love pizza. And I have a fav pizza joint. My hubby and I are retired and I would love to move somewhere warmer than the Chicago area. But I have lived here all my life and the thought of never having my fav pizza is well...... frightening.
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• Centralia, Missouri
9 Dec 15
that area does get super cold around the winter. was there over christmas once, and OMG was cold.
@fishtiger58 (30319)
• Momence, Illinois
9 Dec 15
@Jessicalynnt It's pretty nice here right now and unbelievable 52 right now
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• Centralia, Missouri
9 Dec 15
@fishtiger58 Im in shorts today, which is less odd for Texas and really odd its that warm where you are!
@Missmwngi (10792)
• Nairobi, Kenya
7 Dec 15
Oooh yeah, around here i am yet to find that perfect place and if i have to go to one i got to go all the way to town
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• Centralia, Missouri
7 Dec 15
we'd have to fly for hours, or drive for 28 straight hours lol
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@Missmwngi (10792)
• Nairobi, Kenya
8 Dec 15
@Jessicalynnt Oooh yeah and it becomes all stressing when one thing of eating out
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@just4him (128780)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
6 Dec 15
There was a good restaurant in San Diego before we moved back in 1980. I haven't found as good since either.
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• Centralia, Missouri
7 Dec 15
ever wonder if memory makes the place better than it was?
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@just4him (128780)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
8 Dec 15
@Jessicalynnt The restaurant in El Cajon, CA, suburb of San Diego, was fantastic. I have no doubt this restaurant was tops.
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@LadyDuck (182861)
• Switzerland
6 Dec 15
We had found a perfect Restaurant, but the cook has moved and now the food is nothing compared to before.
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• Centralia, Missouri
6 Dec 15
Oh that's even worse, you still what was once awesome...and it simply isn't!
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@LadyDuck (182861)
• Switzerland
7 Dec 15
@Jessicalynnt So true, I am glad that the girl who works there informed us about the change, she says that the actual cook is very bad.
@Marcyaz (35591)
• United States
6 Dec 15
Yep I have moved but luckily I have found a restaurant that is almost as good as the one in Arizona I used to go to and have come to know the owner of this new restaurant, he always greets us like we are special. The atmosphere is good as is the food and we are always welcomed and sometimes given special treats, it does make it feel like home.
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• Centralia, Missouri
6 Dec 15
we had that, and no longer do, quite sad!
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@Marcyaz (35591)
• United States
7 Dec 15
@Jessicalynnt It is very sad when you no longer have the nice restaurants nearby.
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@Rohvannyn (3117)
• United States
7 Dec 15
Definitely. I still miss the Airport Diner, where we knew the owner, the waitresses were nice, and their biscuits and gravy were the best.
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• Centralia, Missouri
7 Dec 15
that is often the best, you sometimes get better than others because of that friendship
@GardenGerty (104246)
• United States
6 Dec 15
That has happened to us a number of times. First of all, when I met hubby he lived six hours away. He had a couple of favorite places there, but he moved to be near me. We visited various restaurants nearby, and some would change hands, others would go out of business. Often it was those ethnic places that had the issue. It gives us reasons to try more.
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• Centralia, Missouri
7 Dec 15
that is true, we need to step outside the comfort zone and try some new ones again
@jstory07 (71338)
• Roseburg, Oregon
6 Dec 15
I imagine we will not be able to find some of the same restaurants that we like when we move.
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• Centralia, Missouri
7 Dec 15
well maybe you will find better ones!
@marlina (79702)
• Canada
6 Dec 15
There was a place in Toronto where we used to love going but we moved too far and we never went again. I don't even know if it is still there.
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• Centralia, Missouri
7 Dec 15
and if the food is the same, different cooks, different owners, different menus, can all make or ruin a place
@antonbunot (9736)
• Calgary, Alberta
6 Dec 15
Yes, we have our favorite restaurants - - one is called China Rose Restaurant and the other is Quiyn's, a Vietnamese restaurant. And for western foods, I go (my wife does not) to MacDo!
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• Centralia, Missouri
7 Dec 15
it's hard to find good chinese around here, quite sad.
@Susan2015 (21949)
• United States
6 Dec 15
No I don't think so. But we like Applebee's and it's almost always very good.
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• Centralia, Missouri
6 Dec 15
It's ok, as is Chillies and some others, but the ones I loved most were family run
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@UncleJoe (11278)
• Virginia Beach, Virginia
6 Dec 15
Most restaurants leave something to be desired. That's why I prefer to cook our favorite foods at home. I know how we like it.
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• Centralia, Missouri
6 Dec 15
I feel that way about burgers, hubbys are ALWAYS better
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• United States
6 Dec 15
Since I moved to Pa I definitely miss all the good restaurants we had in NY. When my daughter came for Thanksgiving she brought me NY bagels and it was like a gift from heaven.
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• Centralia, Missouri
6 Dec 15
Never had, totally want to try! I feel the same way about dutch letters in Iowa