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Roadfood of the Day: The Summit - Ojai, CA
Posted on Wednesday, March 18, 2015

We were told The Summit gets their fresh ground beef delivered to them daily and the freshness really comes through. An outstanding burger!
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Posted by Ed Simon on Tuesday, March 17, 2015 7:10 AM

California has no shortage of restaurants at or near the water. There is, however, only one restaurant in southern California that is ON the water and that is the Chowder Barge in Wilmington. Built in 1934 as a support vessel for the movie “Mutiny on the Bounty”, then filming 26 miles across the sea at Catalina Island, the original barge was converted to a sit-down restaurant. Scenically located among many sailboats and powerboats in Los Angeles Harbor, guests can either drive up to the dock where the Chowder Barge is located or simply run a dinghy or other small boat up to the guest dock in order to begin their dining experience.

Chowder, of course, is the Chowder Barge's signature dish and it does not disappoint. This clam chowder, chock full of clams and potatoes, is not the 'stand your spoon up' kind of chowder, but instead a flavorful, rich and creamy bowl of chowdery goodness. It is made fresh, with cream, milk, lots of butter and a healthy dose of seasonings and spices. It is available in either a cup or a bowl, with the cup being a generous portion and a great way to start any meal. This is one of the best chowders around the California coast.

The Chowder Barge's menu runs from breakfasts to dinner, with the usual breakfast egg and meat dishes a draw for local boaters on their way to a day out on the water. For lunch and dinner, sandwiches run the gamut from an excellent fish sandwich to their famous five and ten ounce Angus beef burgers, available with many assorted toppings. For non-carnivores, there are grilled cheese and tuna sandwiches, turkey burgers and even a veggie burger. Their signature burger, “The Rev's Special”, is a cheeseburger served swimming in a bowl of the house chowder.

A nice reminder of the ocean right under your feet can be had by ordering the fish and chips or fried clam baskets. The battered cod was flaky and moist, while the clams reminded me of my visit to Mystic. They both come with fries and an excellent cole slaw. The portions are extremely generous and perfectly fried.

There is both inside an outside dining available at the Chowder Barge. There is also a nice bar with a special house Bloody Mary as a perfect starter for the day or anytime! On a perfect Southern California day, the warm outside deck for dining is also misted to keep guests comfortable. The Chowder Barge is a perfect place to enjoy a real nautical experience, with excellent food that is perfect to enjoy with your Capitain or First Mate when exploring the beach and harbor areas of Los Angeles and Long Beach.
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Posted on Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Coffee Man

Seth Appell's motto: 'A gentleman is always ready to serve coffee at a moment's notice.'
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Posted on Monday, March 16, 2015
Item Results
Coffee Maker (Mr. Coffee, etc.) 207
French Press 205
Drip Brewed (Pourover) 110
Percolator 92
Keurig or Other Pod 79
Instant 23
Moka Pot (stovetop espresso maker) 15
Ibrik (Turkish Coffee Maker) 9
Balancing Siphon 8
Vacuum Pot 7
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Roadfood of the Day: Sunrise Inn - Warren, OH
Posted on Monday, March 16, 2015

So far we have been most impressed by the homemade soups at Sunrise Inn, especially this excellent, slightly spicy beans and greens.
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Posted by Michael Stern on Sunday, March 15, 2015 4:33 AM

We were directed to Dr. Ho's by Ronald and Peggie Turner of Turner's Ham House up in Fulks Run. These two, whose culinary cred is impeccable (Turner hams cannot be beat), told us that Dr. Ho serves the best pizza for miles around. While we haven't tried a lot of Virginia pizzerias, we can attest that these pies are pretty darn wonderful. They have a thin, flavorful crust that is a balance of crunch and chew, and the toppings we've sampled are first-rate, from meatballs to locally made andouille sausage. The combo you don't want to miss is called "Bellissima," a gloss on the traditional margherita pizza that also includes arugula, lemon vinaigrette, and thin shavings of country ham from – where else? – Turner's Ham House. It is a bewitching combo, the ham a Virginia analog of fine prosciutto di Parma.

Pizza is just one portion of a menu from which we have relished crispy grits-n-greens, which is spinach, salsa, and red quinoa accompanied by flavorful triangles of crisp-edged grits cakes. We also unequivocally recommend the pickled okra and country ham salad, spicy fried calamari with sesame ginger vinaigrette, and a roasted sweet potato salad. High on the list of items to be tried: a burger of local beef stuffed with sharp cheddar cheese, parmesan risotto fritters with butternut squash/apple puree, and a mango tart topped with lemon-honey cream cheese, fig jam, and caramel.

Every dessert I've had is impressive, foremost among them a huge chocolate-cookie caramel ice cream sandwich drizzled with chocolate sauce for which a fork is necessary. At the other end of the spectrum is a dessert that is simple, and utterly perfect: hot milk cake. This is a home-cooking classic, so straightforward that it rarely appears on restaurant menus and is often referred to, even in vintage cookbooks, as "old fashioned" hot milk cake. Made right, as it is here, and crowned with uncomplicated buttercream frosting, it is not even a little extravagant. It is moist, eggy, and ingenuous – a mother's-hug Dixie classic.

Dr. Ho's is a big, airy place designed to look like a converted old garage. It has a lively semi-open kitchen, exposed heat ducts, vintage signs on the wall, bare tables and unupholstered chairs and booth benches.
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Posted on Sunday, March 15, 2015

Complimentary Pickles and Coleslaw

The marinated chickpea salad is a nice surprise.
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Posted by Michael Stern on Saturday, March 14, 2015 12:37 PM

Beck Rand of Becky's Diner in Portland, Maine ( review) sent me her favorite Portland-made hot sauce, Captain Mowatt's Canceaux Sauce, because she said it was the secret of her meat loaf. It does make meat loaf glow, and I have used it in all kinds of other recipes, too, for its wicked hot-sweet-garlic kick. Most recently, it was the marinade for a batch of beef jerky, which knocked me and my taste buds off our feet. The sauce can be mail-ordered at Captain Mowatt's website, where the motto is Burning the Planet One Tongue at a Time.

Posted on Saturday, March 14, 2015

A breast quarter photo shows just how important the blah bread below is. How else will you catch and gather all the succulent juices that the chicken sheds?
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Posted by Michael Stern on Friday, March 13, 2015 4:39 PM

Connecticut gave birth to the hot lobster roll, and The Whelk Restaurant in Westport is offering a different twist on the idea: a hot lobster and clam roll, the roll a Parker House plumpie, buttered and grilled (yay!), nice, fresh hunks of the two sweet meats haloed by melted butter and garlanded with herbs. I'd order it again (unless seduced by The Whelk's Oyster Pan Roast), but next time order two (if I could afford them).

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