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HunterJay Oct 2, 2007 08:05 AM

Is there any lunch places in or around White Plains where we can absolutely stuff ourselves? Food should be OK (i.e. we won't get e. coli and it taste good enough going down, and stays down). We did White Castle a few months ago (to give you insight on what our group is like). Would have to be during lunch hour, so closer long waits wouldn't be good.
Thanks.

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    dolores Oct 2, 2007 08:12 AM

    A subject near and dear to my heart, HunterJay.

    My answer? No.

    I'll be interested to see if I'm missing anything.

    By the way, where is White Castle in WP?

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      HunterJay Oct 2, 2007 08:26 AM

      We hiked over to Nanuet for WC. Made it there and back (with 45 sliders eaten there) in an hour and 15 minutes. Well worth it.

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        dolores Oct 2, 2007 08:57 AM

        Ah! Isn't the Bronx closer? Are White Castles as good as Whoppers and Big Macs?

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          Dim Sum Diva Oct 2, 2007 09:12 AM

          Aberdeen in WP for dim sum.
          Walter's in Mamaroneck for a hot dog fest.
          Noda's in WP for hibachi.
          Frank's in Port Chester or Abatino's in No. WP for a big plate of pasta.

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            HunterJay Oct 2, 2007 09:25 AM

            We figured Nanuet had less traffic delays.
            White Castles are in a different class as Whoppers and Big Macs. They're smaller (so you can conceivably do one in a bite) and they're cooked (grilled) on onions. They taste completely different than most other fast food burgers (they're about $0.60 each for hamburgers, $0.90 for cheese burgers). You can buy them by the case (30) or crate (100) if the crave gets you. We were 3 guys, one girl, all 30ish, having a blast (building arches with the boxes the burgers come in). It's an experience that everyone should try once (my wife tried it once, that was enough for her).

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              dolores Oct 2, 2007 09:29 AM

              Sounds good to me, HunterJay. I've had them as takeout and although cold, I enjoyed them nonetheless. I bet they're good hot.

              Have you gone to Greasy Nick's in New Rochelle? Similar idea, greasy grilled burgers with onions. Yum. They're probably closed for the season though.

              Augie's is good for macaroni -- it's family style and the prices are not bad.

              Although I like the no strawberries, no ice cream, propylene glycol McDonald's shakes, I wouldn't recommend the Chinese buffet in New Rochelle, I thought it was disgusting. There is one on Route 9 in Fishkill, though, that ain't half bad.

              Ooops, just reread, you said close by. Darn, no ideas.

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              laylag Oct 2, 2007 09:25 AM

              You've never had a hot White Castle hamburger Dolores? Ah, you must try. . People either love them or hate them and they have a bunch of monikers, one of them being belly bombers. Personally, I despise MacDonald's. Burger King is passable but I generally eschew most fast food. However, White Castle holds an allure for me all its own from the tasty little burgers with their smattering of onions, pickle and ketchup - I usually go for the cheeseburgers - to the huge sacks of clam strips. They have a greasy decadence I can't resist. Plus I remember when my family would go back in the day in Brooklyn and they served you carside. Fast food nostalgia in a class of its own.

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                addictedtolunch Oct 21, 2007 06:11 AM

                I can't even digest McD's and can barely handle BK, but White Castle's I crave. I think Gael Greene listed it in her top 3 burgers.

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          Westjanie Oct 2, 2007 09:12 AM

          You could try the jalea (gigantic platter of fried seafood) at Misti, Inca y Gaucho or other Peruvian spots in Port Chester.

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            laylag Oct 2, 2007 09:17 AM

            Yes, you can definitely get yourself stuffed on various types of Latin food for a reasonable price in Port Chester - and much of it is very good.

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              adamclyde Oct 2, 2007 05:45 PM

              if you go that route, get bandeja paisa from a colombian restaurant. You'll get steak, slab of chicharron, bowl of beans, rice, egg, 1/2 avocado, and an arepa to finish it off. Way more than someone should actually eat at lunch, and usually runs around $10.

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                laylag Oct 3, 2007 08:46 AM

                I'm going to try that Adam. I haven't eaten often enough at Asi es Colombia and always end up getting my usual arepas and things of that nature - food in hand stuff.. Got to get a sit down type of meal there.

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                  Westjanie Oct 3, 2007 09:27 AM

                  There are a couple of Colombian places in White Plains, but I haven't tried them. (I tend to associate them with a lot of carbs, and I'm trying to cut back.) But on Post road there are Fonda Paisa (been around several years,) across the street and a half block further out of town from Tango Grill, and Aires de Colombia, across from Scholz autos.

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                    laylag Oct 3, 2007 11:48 AM

                    Isn't Tango Grill upscale Argentine? Actually upscale Argentine is redundant. Most tend to be a bit pricey - a lot of steak will do that.

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                      chowdom Oct 3, 2007 12:03 PM

                      Yes to answer your question, however Tango Grill was being referenced as a landmark.

            2. chowdom Oct 2, 2007 09:12 AM

              Well if White Castle quality is your criteria, why don't you try the chinese buffet on 119 in Greeburgh, located in the same strip mall as Kmart.

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                laylag Oct 2, 2007 09:20 AM

                Dimsumdiva's Aberdeen suggestion is good - very good dim sum there but many here don't care for the prices - I think they're decent and with a big group it works out even better.

                There was a post here recently regarding a place called Brooklyn Subs - or something similar. Sounds like it might fit your bill.

                I personally don't care for Walter's hot dogs but it is cheap. If you plan to go be aware the seating is exclusively outdoor and the lines are generally long evidence that many people don't share my opinion of the place.

                Getting stuffed with good food at low prices in Westchester is not easy.

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                  dolores Oct 2, 2007 09:29 AM

                  'Getting stuffed with good food at low prices in Westchester is not easy.'

                  Hoo boy, ain't THAT the truth! Good food? I would go one better and say it's impossible.

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                    adamclyde Oct 2, 2007 05:46 PM

                    now, now, oh ye of little faith: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/44683...

                    Or another option, across the river from port chester, is the new burgers shakes and fries in Byram, CT. You can get a triple burger (truly huge) for less than $10, with fries to boot.

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                      Flatrater Oct 2, 2007 08:19 PM

                      Adamclyde, Where is that burger place in Byram?

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                        adamclyde Oct 3, 2007 06:41 AM

                        Here you go:

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                        Burgers, Shakes & Fries
                        302 Delavan Ave, Greenwich, CT 06830

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                          Flatrater Oct 4, 2007 06:45 PM

                          Thank you

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                      corky Oct 3, 2007 06:09 AM

                      you need to put aside an entire weekend for white castle,bigw and rosemarys texas taco...its almost time for leaf peeping

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                        dolores Oct 3, 2007 06:41 AM

                        That's it, corky! Thanks. Texas taco, what a fun place.

                        Yes, it sounds like a chow trip for sure, Big W and Texas taco, on the same run.

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                          laylag Oct 3, 2007 08:48 AM

                          Where's Rosemary's Texas Taco and what's it like? I generally go for the authentic Mexican style of tacos so the Texas part is off-putting for me but if it's great, I'm game as long as there are no hard taco shells involved.

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                            dolores Oct 3, 2007 09:04 AM

                            laylag, it's on Route 22, in Patterson, but I think I read here somewhere that the food is not authentic or that good.

                            But I enjoy it. The place is 'kitschy'. Here's a good picture of the place:

                            http://tinyurl.com/327zfk

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                              laylag Oct 3, 2007 11:50 AM

                              Oh - we passed that on our way down Rt. 22 after eating at BigW and for obvious reasons, noticed it and joked that it didn't "look" like it would be very good.

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                                scharffenberger Oct 3, 2007 02:57 PM

                                I agree with Dolores. It is a great place for a bathroom and beverage stop on a Rt. 22 pilgramage.

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                                corky Oct 3, 2007 09:46 AM

                                food is pretty standard but rosemary and the building are a hoot

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                        HunterJay Oct 4, 2007 12:04 PM

                        Thanks for the suggestions. I drive by RoseMary's every night going home (caught a glimps of the purple hair yesterday).
                        Nobody mentioned Buffalo Wild Wings? Anybody been? I doubt it will be as good as TK's (Danbury) but might satisfy the Gluttony.

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                          Dim Sum Diva Oct 4, 2007 01:15 PM

                          I've been to BWW. Everything is fried, the sauces are mediocre. Could you stuff yourself there? Not without spending a lot of good money, although they do have special deals on week nights.

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                          VFresser Oct 8, 2007 01:17 PM

                          Suprised nobody has mentioned the Candlelight Inn on Central Avenue (Scarsdale) in this thread.
                          When my sons were in high school, they would descend on the place. with their friends, and get buckets of the excellent buffalo wings. If you top that off with one of their very good burgers, I imagine that would hold you a while.

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                            momof3 Oct 9, 2007 05:17 PM

                            That was where we went in HS too many moons ago. I know that late night noshers still frequent there to this day and continue to rave about their wings.

                          2. scharffenberger Oct 29, 2007 02:20 PM

                            Have you tried the to go food at Kam Sen Asian Market. They have a wide variety of Chinese food they start serving from steam tables at at about 11 am.They also have a steam box which has some steamed dumplings. It is next to the DMV in White Plains. There are some tables to eat at. It is cheap and I have not ever gotten sick. Though I recommend this place only for lunch, when the food has not been spending hours at the steam table.

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                              lucyis Oct 29, 2007 04:34 PM

                              that's right scharffenberger. I forgot about the good food and very reasonable prices here. Many people sit and eat at the tables here too, although the "ambiance" doesn't really appeal to me.

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