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Sep 8, 2008 06:06 AM

Let's List One-Dish Restaurants

Have you found a restaurant where though you've tried a bunch of their stuff, you feel there's really only one dish which is worth having? Let's put them here. This isn't the same as just saying that your favorite item at a particular restaurant is x or y. I'll start, and please, remember these are just opinions.

1. The Noodle House, rte 1, North Brunswick for LOBSTER PAD THAI
2. Wildflowers, New Hope PA, for LARB GAI (They have a strange, multi-cuisine menu!)

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  1. does Johnny rockets qualify as a restaurant, LOL? if so:
    1. JR -- their traditional burger. everything else is just ok
    2. Jade Dynasty, Edison/Metuchen -- chicken w/ walnuts in brown sauce.

    there are too many other real restaurants that just have too many good dishes!!

    1. 1. Tiger Noodles Princeton or Windsor Green Shopping center. Pan fried seafood dumplings.
      2. DeLorenzo's large garlic pie

      What is LARB GAI?

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      1. re: gbean

        Larb Gai is Thai ground chicken with lime juice, chili and fish sauce.

        1. re: gbean

          Larb Gai is a salad (aka Yum Larb, with the Gai meaning chicken), with ground meat of your choice, really hard little rice bits, spices, and MINT. There are probably other ways of spelling Larb, depending what part of Thailand you're from! :) Wildflowers has the best I ever had, in fact. My favorite Thai restaurant in the US is by far Pad Thai in Highland Park, but occasionally there will be a place which makes a specific dish better. Sam uses real Thai mint which is basilly, at Pad Thai, and I prefer pure mint.

        2. Here’s a couple more.

          Rossi’s Bar & Grill in Chambersburg, Trenton, NJ – Cheeseburger with fried onions and a side of fries.

          Jo Jo’s Tavern at five points in Hamilton Twp., NJ – Bar pie with garlic and sausage.

          Belmont Tavern in Bloomfield, NJ – Chicken Savoy.

          Peter Luger’s in Brooklyn, NY – Porterhouse steak for two.

          Dickie Dee’s Newark, NJ – Italian hot dot.

          John’s Roast Pork, Philly, PA – Cheesesteak with fried onions.

          Tony Luke’s, Philly, PA – Roast Pork sandwich with Provolone and broccoli rabe.

          1. 1- Sancocho (Ox Tail Soup), El Familiar, Toms River, NJ

            2- Linguini Bolonese, Capones, Toms River, NJ

            3- Jägerschnitzel (Pork or Veal Cutlets in Mushroom Gravy), Fritzy's, Howell, NJ

            4- Sausage & Garlic Tomato Pie, Pappa's, Trenton, NJ