1. What is your favorite restaurant and why?
In New York, Noho Star. The prices are reasonable, the food is consistently wonderful. The drinks are also very good. It has a pleasant atmosphere, and I can take both meat-eaters & vegetarians there and they'll still have a good selection. The wait staff is always very nice, and they act like they know me, even though I'm relatively certain they do not. The bathrooms are always clean, the background music is always good & interesting, and it's easy to reach via subway. Very good mixed drinks and wine selection, too. An all-around wonderful place to go.
I especially recommend the cheddar burger (cooked however you like, with sharp white cheddar melted all over it...served with a wonderful chewy roll & a pile of paper-thin red onions), the tomato-avocodo-goat cheese salad, the freshly made ginger ale (only try this if you actually like ginger, not if you're expecting Schwepps...the ginger lovers among you will be in heavenly bliss), and the coconut tapioca w/caramelized fruit. To be perfectly honest, though, I've never eaten anything there that didn't leave me simply boneless with delight.
In Tucson, it's a toss-up between La Parilla Suiza(Mexico City style Mexican food) and Delectables, depending on one's mood.
At La Parilla, I recommend getting as an appetizer the grilled green onions, and the tortilla w/melted queso for two. The proper way to eat this delight is to: take a tortilla, lay a grilled onion across it. Add a goo of cheese, then some of the house green salsa (which is incredible in & of itself...made with green chile, tomatillo, and avocado, among other stuff). Squeeze a lime-slice from the onion tray over the whole thing, roll it up & eat. Your taste buds will never be the same.
Delectables specializes in serving 'boards' filled with wonderful stuff. My personal favorite is the turkey breast, havarti & avocado board (if you're getting the idea that I like avocados, well...you're quite perceptive. LOVE the things, despite the semi-permanent scarring my mother inflicted on me regarding them - I'll post that story at a later date), but the roast beast, camembert and marinated tomato board that they used to have ran a VERY close second. Again, all is yummy...and they always have a good selection of wine to go with the incredible dessert choices.
2. What fast food restaurant are you partial to?
I like Taco Bell, a lot. Also KFC, Long John Silver's (when I can find them), and Wendy's.
3. What are your standards and rules for tipping?
Having waited tables once upon a time, I tend toward the generous...IF the service is good. However, if I have to flag a waitron down more than once for refills, left out items, etc., the tip plummets to the nearly non-existent. A couple of things about other people's tipping habits that irk me: 1-the assumption of a tip, despite bad service. If I'm getting especially bad service, I'm unwilling to leave a tip. A tip is supposed to be for good service. If you don't get that, don't leave money to reward the bad behavior. 2- I really really hate when people stiff the waitron's tip because of the quality of the meal. A tip is for good service. The kitchen staff get paid regular salaries, and couldn't care less whether or not you tip the 'tron.
4. Do you usually order an appetizer and/or dessert?
Totally depends on:
a- how hungry I am,
b- if I'm in a group or not,
c- the options available.
5.What do you usually order to drink at a restaurant?
Wow...I don't really know. I often order alcohol w/dinners, but what flavor varies widely depending on the food, mood, company, etc. I'm not a big soda drinker, and occasionally will order iced tea. Juice and/or coffee and/or cocoa and/or tea w/b'fast.
Speaking of which, my sweetie has brought me some lovely darjeeling w/honey & milk...which has whetted my appetite. Time to go rummage for breakfast, and then get back to the bathtub caulking project!