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Why call it "Seafood Restaurant?"

Why do some Chinese restaurants have names ending in "Seafood Restaurant" when most of their menu is not seafood? I've found this most often in North American Chinatown areas with menus and signage in Chinese characters. Is "seafood restaurant" an incomplete translation of something Chinese or describes some particular culinary tradition, the same way a "steakhouse" describes a kind of restaurant where I have a good idea of what kind of non-steak foods to expect? Anywhere I can read up on what that tradition is? Or are they simply trying to advertise that they are particularly good at seafood?
posted by grouse on Apr 4, 2014 - 14 answers

Summer Slippers/House Shoes?

My mum and I have been wearing simple fabric embroidered slippers (as house shoes) for years. The store we used to buy them from (in Chinatown Sydney) for $10 each has closed down and I can't for the life of me find a new supplier. [more inside]
posted by bingoes on Nov 22, 2013 - 6 answers

VEGAS, BABY!

Next month, I will be travelling to Las Vegas. For the very first time in my life. I have a whole bunch of Vegas-newbie questions. I’d like to ask you for your help. [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet on Feb 27, 2013 - 28 answers

What did we witness happening yesterday morning in Chinatown?

What did we witness happening yesterday morning in Chinatown? We were walking down Pell St. at about 10:30 am, when I noticed a large crowd huddled around one of the storefronts. It was about 20 people, all of whom looked to be locals, most if not all of them older folks. [more inside]
posted by jbickers on Jan 17, 2013 - 7 answers

Mysterious sign in East Broadway Chinatown

What is this mysterious sign written in a mix of what looks like Tibetan and Hangul in NYC's East Broadway Chinatown? [more inside]
posted by pravit on Sep 8, 2012 - 3 answers

Parking: beancurd in beantown

Any tips for parking near Boston's Chinatown? [more inside]
posted by spbmp on Jul 14, 2012 - 7 answers

Where/what to eat in Chinatown (Chicago)?

Where/what to eat in Chinatown (Chicago)? [more inside]
posted by stoneandstar on Apr 26, 2012 - 10 answers

Top largest Chinatowns

Top 15 Chinatowns in North America based on size? [more inside]
posted by ayc200 on Jun 15, 2011 - 14 answers

Good, healthy, takeaway food in Haymarket in Sydney

Help me find a relatively cheap, relatively healthy takeaway alternative to greasy fried chicken or chain pizza to feed to groups of volunteers in Haymarket in Sydney. [more inside]
posted by Fiasco da Gama on Jan 18, 2011 - 9 answers

Since no-one gave me a flowbee...

I'm a visitor in San Francisco and need a haircut! Is there a secret place in Chinatown (or elsewhere) where a man can get a stylish textured cut on a budget? [more inside]
posted by bradly on Dec 26, 2010 - 4 answers

Looking for a photo of J Nicholson as Gittes...

I recently saw a b&w photo of Jack Nicholson as Jake Gittes (Chinatown)--it was probably on the web and I'd like to find it again. It was an extreme close-up, forehead to chin, and Jack was wearing a hat and a nose bandage. I believe it was black and white. He was looking straight into the camera. It was not a still from the film and is not (to my knowledge) a famous picture as I remarked at how odd it was that I'd never seen it before. Anyone recall seeing this?
posted by dobbs on Sep 29, 2010 - 6 answers

Chinatown Bus Question

I want to take a Chinatown bus from Baltimore to NYC. In NYC you can just go down to where the buses are and buy a ticket there. Is that possible in all other cities, especially Baltimore, as well? Or do I need to buy a ticket online beforehand?
posted by josher71 on Mar 11, 2010 - 12 answers

Go/Weiqi in Chinatown, NYC?

Where can I play go (weiqi/baduk) in Chinatown, NYC? How about buy equipment? [more inside]
posted by SirNovember on Mar 5, 2010 - 2 answers

Getting to Atlanta on the Chinatown bus

Please tell me about your experience on the Chinatown bus from NYC to the southeast. Should I put my friend on it so she can get home? [more inside]
posted by greta simone on Dec 20, 2009 - 9 answers

Chinatown (NYC) bus to Foxwoods

Info needed on taking the Chinatown (NYC) bus to Foxwoods. [more inside]
posted by dorisfromregopark on Aug 7, 2009 - 5 answers

Blue crabs in the frozen north

Where can a guy find a few bushels of male blue crabs on the cheap in NYC this Sunday? [more inside]
posted by soma lkzx on May 8, 2009 - 3 answers

DCFilter

Where can I find information about the history of Chinatown in Washington, D.C.? [more inside]
posted by bad grammar on Sep 17, 2008 - 3 answers

need some kimchi

Can anyone recommend a good, relatively cheap Korean restaurant in Manhattan? [more inside]
posted by mammary16 on Sep 10, 2008 - 11 answers

Chinatown bus from Providence to NYC: Does it exist?

Does anyone have any information about a Chinatown bus that goes from Providence to NYC? [more inside]
posted by goingonit on Aug 29, 2008 - 15 answers

Hat, hat, where you at?

Need to find very specific type of hat on the INTARWEBS. First seen in San Francisco's Chinatown. Picture follows... [more inside]
posted by rhoticity on Dec 24, 2007 - 4 answers

Blooming tea in NYC?

Where to buy blooming tea bags in Manhattan? [more inside]
posted by dcjd on Dec 20, 2007 - 9 answers

Where should we live in Honolulu?

What can you tell me about Honolulu neighborhoods? [more inside]
posted by kyrademon on May 8, 2007 - 5 answers

What's with this knife?

Anything interesting to know about a little chinese knife that has a smaller knife attached to the front of the case? [more inside]
posted by amethysts on Sep 30, 2006 - 4 answers

Jade bracelets in Chicago's Chinatown ~ where to go/who to trust?

I'm planning on buying a Jade bracelet for my wife's birthday and am looking for recommendations on a legitimate place to find one in Chicago's Chinatown (or anywhere within the Chicago-area for that matter)? [more inside]
posted by cherryghost on Aug 22, 2006 - 3 answers

Chinatown - would we fit?

Would to non-asians be comfortable in Chinatown? [more inside]
posted by fr0zen on Aug 7, 2006 - 13 answers

WTF, dragonfruit with a purple interior?

Why was the inside of my dragonfruit purple? [more inside]
posted by jrb223 on Jun 23, 2006 - 12 answers

Back, and to the left.

NYCFilter: I want to get from Chinatown to JFK airport, what are the cheapest/easiest routes I could take? [more inside]
posted by cloeburner on Jun 7, 2006 - 21 answers

Best restaurant in Montreal Chinatown?

What's the best/your favourite restaurant in Montreal's Chinatown?
posted by ITheCosmos on Feb 8, 2006 - 8 answers

nyc walking tour

Can you help me plan a little NYC walking tour? What's the most interesting, scenic, and fun way to walk from Greenwich Village to Chinatown, and what are some places we shouldn't miss? [more inside]
posted by iconomy on Apr 8, 2005 - 8 answers

Cheap Chinatown

The economics of Chinatown: why is stuff so cheap there? [Your fortune says: more inside!] [more inside]
posted by stonerose on Jan 10, 2005 - 14 answers

Cheap, fast Chinese food in NYC

NYCFilter: This should be a simple question, where can I get fairly decent, cheap, fast Chinese food in Soho or Chinatown? Details and Midtown analogies inside. [more inside]
posted by cyrusdogstar on Nov 22, 2004 - 22 answers

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