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Posted by Cliff Strutz on Thursday, December 18, 2014 10:17 AM

Open since 1943, Ed Walker's just looks like a cool place to eat. It has a ruby red retro sign with an arching arrow pointing down to the small building and the drive-in car stalls. It certainly caught our eye as we drove down busy Towson Avenue in 2012. Unfortunately, it was early on a Sunday morning and our schedule didn't allow us to stick around until they opened. Two years later, we found ourselves back in Fort Smith and made Ed Walker's our first stop.

Despite the sign informing patrons to "flash headlights for service" and the fact that this is the only restaurant in Arkansas where you can legally enjoy curb service beer, we decided to eat inside. You can choose to sit at the long red counter up front or the comfy red-backed booths in the back. Doo Wop music fills the air and unlike so many wannabes, Ed Walker's 1950's charm is the real thing.

The menu lays claim to being "Home of the French Dip" and the version they serve is indeed the star of the menu. You get a generous portion of thinly sliced, tender, roasted beef served on a pillowy soft sourdough roll. And if you like, Swiss cheese that melts right into the meat. Dip the sandwich into the rich au jus sauce and you have something special. We also enjoyed the Razorback burger, which is a beauty of a 1/3 lb. bacon cheeseburger made with fresh ground meat, well dressed with lettuce, tomato and onion. The excellent onion rings provide minimum grease along with maximum crunch. To drink, you can get one of their thick milkshakes or perhaps a beer or root beer served in a frosty mug.

The desserts are also made in house and should not be ignored. The red velvet cake was wonderfully moist and topped with sweet, but not cloyingly so, cream cheese icing. The rest of the cakes, pies and cookies looked equally as good.
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Roadfood of the Day: Litton's - Knoxville, TN
Posted on Thursday, December 18, 2014

Our Neighbor's Chili Dog

The man sitting next to me ordered the chili dog. When it arrived we all stared at it for a minute, never having seen a chili dog quite this large. It gave a whole new definition to the term SMOTHERED! There is a hot dog somewhere in that chili. He managed to finish this, but it took awhile!
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Posted by Michael Stern on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 5:57 AM

In 1942 Hymie and Freda Sckolnick opened a lunch counter in the Bancroft Stationery store in Montreal's garment district at the corner of Rue St. Urbain and Rue Mont-Royal. The stationery store is long gone, as is the garment district, but not the lunch counter started by the Sckolnicks. Today their son, Larry, runs what is called Beauty's Luncheonette. Many Montréalais consider it home of the best breakfast in town.

Two items in particular are famous, the Mish-Mash omelet and the Beauty's Special. The former is less an omelet than a kitchen-sink whirlwind of eggs scrambled with chunks of hot dog, salami, pepper, and onions. I don't know if the dog actually is kosher (Beauty's is not), but it's firm and beefy, and along with the salami, gives this dish heft. The onions are caramelized, serving as tender veins of sweetness throughout. On the side comes a toasted sesame bagel. A Montreal bagel, of course: chewy, slightly sweet, with a hint of char flavor from being baked in a wood-fired oven.

A Montreal bagel also is the foundation for the Beauty's Special, a beautifully assembled Jewish breakfast sandwich of smoked salmon and cream cheese along with slices of tomato and onion. It's a jaw-stretcher; although Montreal bagels tend to be small, there's plenty to eat.

The breakfast menu includes pancakes and waffles and challah-based French toast; and at lunch there is an array of burgers, sandwiches, melts, and salads. Beauty's Mac 'n' cheese is a short-order gem, as is the rice pudding. The kitchen also is known for its smoothies, available in a wide variety from the classic strawberry/banana to such modern concoctions as cookies & crème and mochaccino royale. Stacked up along the counter are dense, dark brown loaves that look like banana bread, but are identified by the waitress as gateau au banane. Indeed, grilled slices are sweet and luxurious enough to be cake, lacking only frosting.

The name of the restaurant, by the way, derives from founder Hymie Sckolnick's bowling nickname. Now a nonagenarian, Mr. Sckolnick is on hand daily, sitting on a stool at the counter up front, helping direct customers to an available booth.
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Posted on Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Ten Slices of Crispy, Chewy Heaven!

This is how I imagine pizza should be. Darkly browned and crispy on the edges. Chewy in the middle with just the right amount of sauce, cheese, and spices.
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Posted by Michael Stern on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 4:24 AM

Lemon Cheese Pie

The Bisbee Breakfast Club opened in the sleepy town of Lowell (a part of Bisbee) in 2005 and it has since been successful enough to open two more locations, in Tucson and Mesa. The everyday clientele at this original location reflect the curious population of a community that has gone from mining town to hippie enclave to artist colony and is now becoming coveted sunbelt real estate.

The price is right: entrees are all under $10; and for half that, you can enjoy one of the heartiest breakfasts ever: two jumbo oven-warm biscuits split and topped with sausage cream gravy seasoned with crushed chiles, black pepper, Tabasco sauce and sage. Gooey sticky buns, made weekends only, have earned legendary status. The everyday menu includes broad, free-form wally cakes (pancakes with walnuts) and a juicy chicken-fried steak topped with the same crazy-spiced gravy used on biscuits. It is not uncommon to follow breakfast with a lofty wedge of pie. Of the several we sampled, the most amazing was lemon cheese, a citrus-perfumed cross between lemon meringue pie and cheesecake, stacked upon a soft-as-cookie crust.
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Roadfood of the Day: Lefteris Gyro - Mount Kisco, NY
Posted on Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Lemon Chicken Soup

Did I mention that everything comes with pita bread?
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Posted by Jay on Monday, December 15, 2014 8:15 AM

Most travelers on the I-45 corridor from Dallas to Houston have seen the signs and most will not stop. I was once one of those. But now when my hunger will not allow me to get to Bill's Fried Chicken in Corsicana, (or it's a Sunday when Bill's is closed), I make a beeline to Kolache Depot.

No frills here, but a great and varied menu of real kolaches, not too sweet and priced right. Oh, and the savory sausage filled are amazing, too. In addition, they have a great selection of items like Louisiana meat pies, taquitos, breakfast tacos, (you get the picture) and the most righteous hot link sandwich I have had in a very long while. This link is a course ground 5:1 tube with an amazing black pepper spice that puts the hot in hot link! Ok, so there is the red dye factor, so I can't live on them, but it is worth it ...trust me! Yes, in a gas station, yes only one minute off the highway at exit 251B, and yes, man, you gotta get some here!
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Posted on Monday, December 15, 2014

Blueberry Blintz with a Side of Hash

You don't find blueberry blintzes at every diner.
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Posted on Sunday, December 14, 2014

Two dressed weiners with the homemade chili sauce.
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Posted on Saturday, December 13, 2014

Hash House Burger

Called "The One And Only," Kevin's burgers are crusty and well-seasoned.
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