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sf Dec 20, 2005 08:27 AM

I am coming back to the city for a few days after moving to Scotland. I used to live in Astoria and had some of the best meals of my life there. I am trying to work out my schedule and to see where I can eat. I have noticed a lot of discussion on the board about how Kebab Cafe has gone downhill, or has become too overpriced. I would love to go there while in town, but now I am hesitant.

My other faves are Tierras Colombianas, Viva El Mariachi and Taverna Kyclades. Are these places still going strong? Any other suggestions for a good meal that won't set me back too much and that might revive my fond memories of Astoria?

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    babar ganesh RE: sf Dec 20, 2005 11:00 AM

    kebab cafe has not gone downhill by any means. (it's not any more consistent than it was either.) it's no longer cheap, but it's quite reasonable for what you get.

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      mshpook RE: sf Dec 20, 2005 11:17 AM

      Taverna Kyclades is one of my all time favorites for their excellent fresh fish and seafood. You will not be disappointed.

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        PJ RE: sf Dec 20, 2005 11:31 AM

        Mariachi is still a great place, especially for the price. And the norteno blaring during my huevos con chorizo adds the perfect nostalgic touch. Now if they just had a velvet painting or two, my Central Texas in Astoria experience would be complete.

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          Picnic RE: sf Dec 20, 2005 08:22 PM

          Malagueta (36th Ave. and 28th Street).

          You're welcome.

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            Dave Feldman RE: sf Dec 21, 2005 01:48 AM

            I totally agree with Babar. If Kabab was an old favorite, you should return. Yes, it's a little more expensive, but the entertainment, as always, is free -- and he's cooking your meal, too.

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              tuber RE: Dave Feldman Dec 21, 2005 05:01 PM

              not necessarily...the last two times I was there, he had his assistant do everything.

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