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Posted on Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Catfish Dinner

These crusty strips of catfish are accompanied by wicked-good sweet onion rings. The hushpuppies that are part of every dinner are barely visible in the background.
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Posted on Monday, September 15, 2014

Hot Hamburger

The 'hamburger' part of this hot hamburger is completely eclipsed by French fries and gravy. You will find it underneath the spuds and on top of the toast that is visible peeking out at the bottom.
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Roadfood of the Day: Kumback Lunch - Perry, OK
Posted on Sunday, September 14, 2014

Cinnamon Roll

Kumback Lunch cinnamon rolls are made every morning. While not huge and goopy, they have an enchanting frail glaze on top and are deeply satisfying.
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Posted by Dale Fine on Saturday, September 13, 2014 10:48 AM

Husband and wife team, Tim and Tammy Hagensen opened TNT's Diner back in 2007. More small town cafe than diner, it is located off the beaten path in a strip mall set back from the main road. When I first visited on a busy weekday evening back in the summer of 2010 I discovered that although it's not easy to find, that certainly didn't keep the customers away.

TNT's Diner specializes in Northern Midwest comfort food such as hot Beef and hot Turkey Sandwiches; with a smattering of local ethnic "German from Russia" and Scandinavian specialites including cabbage rolls and Swedish meatballs. Tammy Hagensen bakes all of the homemade pies herself.

The special of the day when I was there was potato klub. Klub are dense, heavy Scandinavian potato dumplings served with your choice of bacon or thick cut ham with a small tub of melted butter to dip at will, perfect for a frigid, winter heartland evening after a hard day's work on the farm. The meal comes with a choice of salad or soup. I chose the soup of the day, beer cheese soup, slightly thick and topped with croutons it packs a savory,sharp and hoppy jolt reminiscent of the beer cheese soup at the former Grainery at West Acres Mall in Fargo.

I topped my meal off with Sour Cream Raisin Pie. Less dense with a very subtle underlying hint of "sour", it still packed flavor loaded with nutmeg, vanilla and raisins. This northern midwest specialty would still deserve a high ranking honorary ribbon at any pie bake-off.

Unfortunately, some folks are too quick to dismiss North Dakota as a culinary wasteland. Although the pickings do seem slim , consider TNT's diner a Roadfood oasis in the sparse Northern Plains.
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Roadfood of the Day: Top Dog - Portland, CT
Posted on Saturday, September 13, 2014

Dog Wagon

The trailer: a 1963 Airstream, reconfigured as a frankfurter. The car: a vintage Checker cab, which proprietor Andrea Spaulding's husband completely restored, down to a ticking meter inside. The cuisine: hot dogs and nothing but.
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Roadfood of the Day: Hamburger King - Shawnee, OK
Posted on Friday, September 12, 2014

Burger Close Up

The burger maker asked if we wanted our cheeseburger whole or halved. We asked for the latter and took this lovely cross-section photo before digging in.
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Posted by Michael Stern on Thursday, September 11, 2014 5:09 AM

Pizzas are cooked briefly in a roaring wood-fired oven, emerging with crust that is relatively lightweight – as much crunch as chew – albeit sturdy enough not to wilt even under seas of melty cheese. Its edge bears the brand of a high-temperature bake in the form of a few char marks on the puffy parts. Toppings range from basic margherita to such wonders as pistachio pesto topped with mozzarella (made here twice daily) and just enough crème fraiche to elevate the eating experience into wanton indulgence. We enjoyed a special of locally made feta along with fresh okra and a puree of roasted garlic and corn as well as the awesome "pork trifecta" of house-made sausage, pepperoni and smoked bacon.
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Posted on Thursday, September 11, 2014

Friday Fish Fry

McPartlan's serves a quintessential WNY Friday fish fry. French fries are more traditional, but we love McPartlan's German potato salad.
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Posted by Cliff Strutz on Wednesday, September 10, 2014 4:37 PM

The "little" in the name of Laura's Little Burger Joint is not for quaintness. This place really is tiny. There is only the one ordering window and the seating is outside at picnic tables, some shaded, some positioned for sun worshippers. Located in farm country a half hour southwest of Kalamazoo, it is very unlikely you would ever just happen by the place. Laura's has to be one of the least likely great burger stands in the nation.

My choice was the Chapman burger, a hefty meal in itself, that includes two seven oz. patties, bacon, grilled onions and pepperjack cheese, all on a grilled, wide bun. The beef is freshly ground, loosely packed, sparingly seasoned and tastes exactly how a burger should. Add in the crispy bacon and the heat from the cheese and you have a winning combination. For just $8.95, you also get a generous portion of nicely salted fries and a drink, making it one of the best bargains in Michigan. We saw another diner enjoying an olive burger which looked so good, it will be our order next time here.

Since this is no fast food burger factory and everything is made to order, it will take a few extra minutes to get your food. But, it will be well worth it. I shared a table with a couple of weekend motorcyclists who love Laura's so much, they drive here on a regular basis all the way from Chicago.

Laura's Little Burger Joint is seasonal and closes during cold weather months.
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Posted on Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Pig Platter

The pig platter features a large portion of well-sauced pork meat. The crusty burnt parts are especially flavorful.
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