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Roadfood of the Day: Texas Pie Company - Kyle, TX
Posted on Friday, August 14, 2015

Pretty in Pink

Although the name of the place is the Texas PIE Company, this square of strawberry cake with strawberry frosting won my heart. The moistness of the cake cannot be exaggerated and while it is sweet indeed, the berry nature of the sweetness sang through loud and clear.
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Posted by Michael Stern on Thursday, August 13, 2015 4:16 AM

On the waterfront in Fairhaven, owned by Norwegian-American scallopers, serving first-class seafood at reasonable prices, Elisabeth’s is nothing short of spectacular. At first glance from outside, the corner restaurant looks a bit uptown with its stylish etched martini logo on the windows, but the interior is casual, walls bedecked with mounted fish and nautical nick-nacks, service friendly and relaxed.

The menu is vast, ranging from pizza and crabcake BLTs to plates of beautifully presented local seafood: haddock, swordfish, cod and – best of all – scallops. The scallops are dayboat beauties, each at least a couple of good forkfuls, available four different ways: baked, sliced in a cassoulet with lobster in sherry cream sauce, dusted with porcini mushrooms in thyme beurre blanc, and maple-bacon glazed grilled. That last one is a knock-out, a harmonic trio of three different sweetnesses. On the side, in a scallop shell comes a pillow of cheddar smashed potatoes.

Prior to the main course, chowder is essential. It is New England-style, but more buttery than creamy, loaded with good-size nuggets of tender clam and potato.

All sorts of cakes are available for dessert. Because the kitchen had run out of chocolate Almond Joy cake, I got espresso chip cake with coffee icing and Oreo cream cake. Believe me, these are not silly novelty items. They are bakehouse masterpieces – common cookie and candy flavors made holy. On the side of each slice comes a mound of whipped cream. I mean cream that is whipped, every morning, not something from a spray can.

If you are in the New Bedford area and like seafood, this place is a must.
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Roadfood of the Day: Joe's Diner - Lee, MA
Posted on Thursday, August 13, 2015

Eggs and Sausage

These savory sausage links alone are worth a return trip for breakfast.
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Posted by Michael Stern on Wednesday, August 12, 2015 4:18 PM

Kamp Dog, which Chris Ayers and Amy Briesch say serves the best hot dogs in southeastern Connecticut (I agree), is a funky, sleeves-up sort of place. But it has its own parking lot superintendent, pictured above. When this gent saw me pull in, he immediately rose to make sure I was indeed going into Kamp Dog and not the courthouse across the street. Satisfied I was here for weenies, he struck up a great conversation (meeting guys like him is a fringe benefit of hunting roadfood), explaining that court visitors can occupy Kamp Dog spaces all day long. That really is a courtworthy crime, considering how good Kamp Dogs are with their unique hot-sweet Dynamite Sauce.

Roadfood of the Day: Skylight Inn - Ayden, NC
Posted on Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Whole Hog Sandwich

Pig perfect: cleaver-hacked whole-hog pork, including meltingly tender inside meat, chewy outside meat, and crunchy skin heaped into a bun with bright cole slaw. No condiments, no side dishes need be considered.
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Posted on Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Pimiento Cheeseburger

Pimento cheese is a passion in the South. Some versions are shredded and very spicy. Others, like that draped over this burger, are smooth and comforting. Needless to say, this is a multi-napkin eating experience.
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Roadfood of the Day: Cozy Dog - Springfield, IL
Posted on Monday, August 10, 2015

Ready to Get Dressed

A pair of Cozy Dogs await decoration with squiggles of mustard.
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Posted by Michael Stern on Sunday, August 9, 2015 4:56 AM

This review was written by Roadfood Correspondent Asher Zelson, who also took the pictures.

Comfortably situated in a fully refurbished circa 1932 log cabin, The Coffee Pot Bakery Café is a perfect place to kick back and relax after a grueling hike up one of Montana’s many peaks, a tough day fishing on one of Montana’s clear, freshwater rivers, or even a rough day at work. It dishes out comfort food at its finest in the form of towering, voluptuous pies. There is a wide variety, sweet and savory, but best come early so you have your pick of what the bakers have made. When we arrived, we were absolutely ravenous. As a result, we ordered a slice of just about every pie in the case. For the sake of time (and in order to keep you from flooding your computer's keyboard with drool), I will share with you just my favorite four.

As we stepped up to the ordering stand, which is surrounded by a plethora of hand- thrown pottery and crafts made in the on-premises studio, we crafted an order that included a Mixed Berry Pie, an Apple Pie, a Coconut Cream Pie, and a Chicken Pot Pie.

The Mixed Berry Pie looks almost like a sweet, sticky, deep-blue soup. The crisp, utterly flakey crust breaks up easily among a slowly flowing river of blackberry, blueberry, and raspberry pie filling, creating a luxurious and decadent blend of flavors.

The Apple Pie is just about as good as any Apple Pie can be. The crumbly, graham cracker-like outer layer melds perfectly with the dense, cinnamon-sprinkled, moist apple slices that make up the inside. It is topped with a half-inch layer of light, heavenly crumbs; they, in turn, are generously dusted with powdered sugar.

Coconut Cream Pie is hit or miss in my opinion. It can be either out-of-this-world delicious, or out-of-this-world disappointing. In the case of The Coffee Pot Bakery Café, it is wonderful. The pillowy whipped cream topper lies delicate as a feather atop dense, rich, coconut-laced filling. The filling is heavily flavored with vanilla extract, which complements the mild nature of the coconut shavings.

Of all savory pies, classic Chicken Pot Pie has always held the crown for me. The deep, intense flavors of the gravy engulfing carrots, potatoes, peas, and tender, warm chicken, and seeping into the flakey crust, creating a flavor mix that is sheer comfort food heaven.

I recommend a visit to The Coffee Pot Bakery Cafe to anyone in the mood to be dazzled by an incredible variety of sweets and treats.
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Roadfood of the Day: Donut Dip - East Longmeadow, MA
Posted on Sunday, August 9, 2015

Fabulous Cake Varieties

Crusted with glaze, these cake donuts are wonderfully crunchy (l. to r.: sour creme, home cut, chocolate, honey cruller).
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Posted on Saturday, August 8, 2015

Inspired Combo

Bill Spoon's tangy-sweet mustard slaw perfectly draws forth the elegant and almost evanescent flavor of whole-hog pork.
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