Taqueria St. Marks Place

St. Mark’s in Manhattan is home to probably some of the best concentrations of ethnic food in the city and so a lot of people like to come here to try something new. When you step into the Taqueria, there are a few expectations: this is not a Tex-Mex place that uses Americanized ingredients. It goes for something more genuine, and the front of the menu makes it clear. There are no nachos, no seven layer dips, no fajitas, and they say it three times so you’re clear. There are no “cute clay or adobe plates.” There are no “adorable red, white and green uniforms.”

This place is about representing a genuine culture. And it’s delicious.

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Artichoke Basille’s Pizza

In New York City, Pizza places are extremely common. There are probably a thousand of them. Pizza places that are open late aren’t particularly uncommon either. But it’s not difficult to find a pizza place that is so popular, even late at night, that it has its own bouncer. Such is the case with Artichoke Basille’s Pizza. This spot, both a dining option and a carry out line routinely out the door even as late as four in the morning on weekends, and its success has since meant it expanded to locations around New York and even opened a new spot in California.

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Bagels & Schmear

Toward the Flatiron district in New York City, you run into any number of different cafe and deli concepts. Relatively quiet but nonetheless a popular destination, this tiny restaurant does not only sandwiches but baked goodies, cookies cake and cannoli as well. Highly rated on review sites, it tends to be a place people head to for a quick bite between any number of things happening in this part of the city. All together, another good bagel shop that really makes for a straightforward and pleasant meal.

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The Lobster Place

The super hip neighborhood of Chelsea in Manhattan has become home to some of the neatest concepts in all of New York City. On a nice day, tourists and locals alike crowds the Highline to grab a nice view with a walk, and the restaurants in the area command ever higher prices. In the midst of it all, at the Chelsea Market touts concepts of all sizes. One of the bigger of these is The Lobster Shop, a seafood place where fish of all kinds cant be bought and the titular is crustacean is prominent in many a good dish.

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Joe’s Pizza

Not to be confused with the Greenwich Village institution that has since radiated out word with a few branch locations, Joe’s Pizza on Eighth Avenue is a pretty simple pizza spot. Like so many others in New York, this one purveys pizza by the slice at all hours, and taken for carry out or dining in. The experience with New York pizza is one that everyone should have. Places like this if that oh so distinctive local favorite its real charm.

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Thai Silver Spoon

The spot at 249 W. Central Ave has been the site of a few different restaurants recently, but the new Thai Silver Spoon spot brings a different kind of cuisine to a place previously a Chinese restaurant for a long time. There’s more than one reason to consider giving this place a try, be it the simple but quality menu of Thai noodle dishes and soups, all of which can be made spicy to your liking. This spot is popular with the Springboro crowd and the locals like their food a certain way.

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Music City Diner

Stuffed into the corner of a strip mall north of Nashville, this Greek-inspired diner is a small, but very homey place to eat. Staged like an old-fashioned eatery of southern America, you’ll walk in to classic songs on the jukebox and a “how y’all doin?” from the very friendly waitresses. In spite of these, this restaurant is anything but dated. It’s in fact a place where creative kinds of dishes are made and Greek cuisine is the norm.

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Big Sky Bread Co.

Practically hidden along Far Hills Avenue in south Dayton near where Kettering meets Oakwood, Big Sky Bread Co. is an old-school bread bakery that is so easy to under-appreciate these days. The bakery is a classic small-town lunch spot; pleasant aromas waft to the front of the restaurant as french bread, challahs, pretzels and garlic loaves are baked alongside cookies, cakes, and other kinds of goodies. It’s all to easy to ignore the simple pleasures of an old-fashioned bakery like this one. But to enjoy such a bakery is to delight in the simple pleasure of a home-grown original experience.

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Cedarland Bakery

The east Dayton suburbs hold many surprises, especially in the world of little local restaurant operations. Cedarland Bakery is a great example; offering a specific flavor in Lebanese food amid a larger backdrop of Mediterranean dishes that might be a bit more familiar. Very popular with the immigrant community in the city, the grill enjoys relatively little fanfare from the suburbs because of its low-key presence. Very much a hole in the wall, this place has lots of sweets to take home with you, but you’ll want to try that lunch menu.

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Wright Wing

Set up just a bit of the beaten path in Fairborn (and briefly having a sister location in Ketteting), Wright Wing is a local watering hole in every sense of the word. Comfortable, full of TVs to watch any number of local ball games, and with a simple menu full of pub grub, this is the place you’ll want to bring a few buddies to enjoy a game or two. The food is a pretty safe bet, and overall it’s one of the better hole-in-the-wall places to love in suburban Dayton.

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