Writers Workshop: My Five Favorite Restaurants

In these days of the coronavirus, Mary and I have discovered that DoorDash is a lifesaver. If Mary doesn’t feel like cooking, she tells me to order something, or sometimes I’ll suggest we go that route. Our five favorite restaurants that we can order from DoorDash:

  1. Five Guys: They sell burgers, fries, and shakes as well as some other items, such as Mary’s current favorite, the grilled cheese sandwich made from an inside-out hamburger bun. Their regular cheeseburger is a double cheeseburger; if you want a single, that’s a "little cheeseburger." The quality of the meat in them is excellent, better than most of the other fast food places. A "little fries" is enough for Mary and me. Their shakes are the real thing, not what you get from McDonalds that turns into some gelatinous mass of goop after an hour. You pay a lot, but I think it’s worth it.
  2. O’Charley’s: A chain of casual dining restaurants mostly in the Southeast. I particularly like their chicken tenders (which are easy for me to eat one-handed), while Mary will get a steak, a salad, or a French dip. They’re reliable, and offer pretty good bargains on their gift cards ($50 gift card for $40, up from $35), so we get a few of those and use them to pay there.
  3. New Lucky China: The Chinese restaurant in the area. They also offer Thai food and sushi. We’ve made a meal out of their egg rolls alone, but their other dishes are good as well. I have been going with Cashew Chicken lately, but also like their Kung Pao Chicken and General Tso’s Chicken. Mary likes the Sesame Chicken.
  4. Jim ‘n’ Nick’s: A great barbecue place, though once again I generally go with their chicken tenders, which are tender and juicy. Mary likes the brisket and their Pig In The Garden salad, which is a large salad with a generous portion of pulled pork on top. They have excellent small muffins which are served with every meal, and even sell the muffin mix in the store. We should try that sometime…
  5. Jersey Mike’s: A great sandwich place. Mary and I can make a meal out of one of their giant sandwiches, and often do. My preference is for the Italian sub (Provolone, ham, prosciutto, pepperoni, cappicola, and salami) done "Mike’s way" (onions, lettuce, tomatoes, vinegar, oil and spices). Mary also likes their Big Kahuna cheesesteak (though she generally has them leave off the jalapeños).

We have lots of other restaurants in the neighborhood, but those are the big five.

19 thoughts on “Writers Workshop: My Five Favorite Restaurants

  1. Now you’ve got me craving all kinds of restaurants! I’m curious if now that mandates have lifted are you dining at restaurants at all? Have you ventured out much more or have you enjoyed life sort of hunkered down?


    1. It’s actually easier for me just staying home, because I end up needing a wheelchair when I leave the house because my knees are so bad and we’re concerned about falls. It’s easier for both of us if we stay home. She does a lot of the weekly shopping through Whole Foods or Amazon Fresh, so she doesn’t go out much, either. She says I can let her know if I want to get out of the house, but honestly, I don’t. Besides, we’d just as soon order food in and eat at home.


  2. Mmm, now I’m hungry!
    I only know of Five Guys (never been) and Jersey Mikes (agree with you). I’m glad for the places that survived covid lockdowns, many did not.


    1. So am I. They’re now coming to the conclusion that shutting everything down and locking everyone in was a bad idea. Duh, no kidding! Turns out that the virus did what viruses always do, and no amount of lockdowns or shutdowns was going to stop that. Meaning the experts and scientists that everyone expected to get us through it were R-O-N-G wrong….

      I trust the science. I don’t trust the scientists.


  3. I don’t know any of these, naturally. In my neck of the woods we live Swiss Chalet for their quarter chicken dinner. The Mandarin is excellent for their cheap but excellent buffet and we order from. Them often. We Love this Thai restaurant downtown as well as a place called East. Excellent all you can eat menu. Our last is Cafe Amore which has a great menu catering to pasta but caters to many other meals


  4. We are fans of Chipotle. We order bowls with brown rice, black beans, chicken, mild and medium salsa, sour cream, grated cheese, and lettuce.


  5. Hi John – for me a different way of life here … I tend to cook at home, unless I’m out with friends – or occasionally need a lunch if I’m out for the day – then I ‘pick up’ whatever I feel like at the time. Equally I can quite see your choices suit you – and fun for me to read about … thanks for an insight into take-out food – cheers Hilary


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