Places we would fly to just to have dinner

This is our list of restaurants that we felt were so good, that we would fly there immediately just to enjoy a meal there again! Now that might sound unusual, or perhaps even a bit silly, but this is a long time favorite bit of humour in our family because we had great meals at each of these places below.

Salt Lick BBQ Austin, TX   Map

Thurman and Hisako Roberts started The Salt Lick in 1967 with an open-fire pit alongside FM 1826 in Driftwood, Texas. Folks ate off the hoods of their cars, so the couple with the delicious bar-b-que added a few picnic tables under the trees. From there, The Salt Lick has grown into a bar-b-que legend with multiple locations serving thousands of guest per week.

My wife's brother & wife live in the Austin area, so we've visited Salt Lick a number of times and it is always high quality! Yes, we realize that there are four major BBQ variants in the USA, and there are a lot of fans of each type, but we've had the pleasure of trying each of those variants and we would propose that the Salt Lick BBQ might just be the best of all!

 
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  • Image # 1 is the property of Kendric R. via Yelp.com.
  • Image # 2 is the property of Adison W. via Yelp.com.
  • Image # 3 is the property of Weon L. via Yelp.com.
  • Image # 4 is the property of FoodWanderer A. via Yelp.com.
  • Image # 5 is the property of Marc B. via Yelp.com.
  • Image # 6 is the property of Allen N. via Yelp.com.
 
Tadich Grill, San Francisco, CA   Map

Tadich Grill is California's oldest restaurant specializing in fresh seafood, but they have a little bit of everything. We think their Seafood Cioppino is perhaps the best we've ever had!

We had dinner there in the summer of 2021 while we were touring through California (click here to view that page) and we had a seriously great meal. Their wine list is very good, the cioppino was delicious and the service was top notch.

 
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  • Image # 1 is the property of Just Traveling Thru, LLC
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  • Image # 3 is the property of Mary M. via Yelp.com.
  • Image # 4 is the property of Phillip "Phil" N. via Yelp.com.
  • Image # 5 is the property of Jeanette "Jeanette" L. via Yelp.com.
  • Image # 6 is the property of Michael "Daniel" L. via Yelp.com.
 
Restaurante Almeida Portimão Portugal   Map

We found the Restaurante Almeida while we were staying at the Tivoli Hotel in Portimão. The restaurant is located on the water front adjacent to the beach and the food there was fantastic; the vibe of being next to the beach, with good wine, and excellent seafood, provided us with a memorable dinner experience.

The restaurant is located in what at first appears to be a sort of "strip mall". With the Tivoli Marina in the rear of the restaurant, and the Atlantic Ocean in front of the restaurant, the views and "seaside vibe" are excellent. You can see the Marina in image # 1 above, which looks out the back door to the restaurant.

The last two images above are their seafood cataplana, which was just fantastic. Somewhat similar to a Cioppino but quite a bit thicker. Below, in the Image Credit for the # 4 image, is a link that will take you to a website where you will find a good recipe for this dish.

 
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Saffron Indian Cuisine   Map

We have been visiting the Saffron Indian Restaurant for as long as we've been visiting Disney World, perhap 10+ years now. They have never had anything but the absolute best Indian food we've ever had! The restaurant is only 7.5 miles from our favorite Hilton Hotel ( Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace) and perhaps that is why we prefer to stay at that Hilton!

All humour aside, our family is very, very fond of Indian Food and we've eaten at Indian Food Restaurants all over the world. The food we've had (and continue to have) at the Saffron Indian Restaurant has been consistently top quality, fresh and worth every penny.

 
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Lemoncello Ristorante   Map

We visited here with my sister & her husband ( on a visit to Boston) and we were just blown away with the food quality! In fact, the service, the wine list, the scope of the menu, everything was perfect and we enjoyed it right down to the last morsel!

The dinner we had has been a consistent great memory that we share with my sister and her husband. We plan to revisit this fantastic restaurant at any future trip to the Boston area.

 
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  • Image # 1 is the property of Matina S. via Yelp.com.
  • Image # 2 is the property of Ashley "Allí" C. via Yelp.com.
  • Image # 3 is the property of Ciana R. via Yelp.com.
  • Image # 4 is the property of Thu L. via Yelp.com.
  • Image # 5 is the property of Marc B. via Yelp.com.
  • Image # 6 is the property of Just Traveling Thru, LLC.
 
 
 
Congdon's Doughnuts Family Restaurant & Bakery   Map

OK, I admit that we named this page "places we would fly to for dinner" but in all honesty, Congon Doughnuts are the best doughnuts we have ever had anywhere we have ever travelled! The crowds that you see there, just waiting to pick up an order, and everyone has a smile on their face! Yes, without a doubt we would fly to Wells, ME in a heart-beat.

 
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  • Image # 1 is the property of Erica M. via Yelp.com.
  • Image # 2 is the property of Erica M. via Yelp.com.
  • Image # 3 is the property of Steph D. via Yelp.com.
  • Image # 4 is the property of Erica M. via Yelp.com.
  • Image # 5 is the property of Erica M. via Yelp.com.
  • Image # 5 is the property of Kathy W. via Yelp.com.
 
 
 
 
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