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Roadfood of the Day: Sea View Snack Bar - Mystic, CT
Posted on Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Lobster Roll & Onion Rings

Good rings. Tempting lobster roll, but lacked the sweetness of great lobster meat. Perhaps it was too early in the season or maybe not enough lobster or... possibly just not very flavorful.
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Posted by Michael Stern on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 4:14 AM

Frito Pie

The Highland Park Soda Fountain, circa. 1912, is an anomaly. Whereas this Dallas neighborhood is rich and swanky (the TV show Dallas did location shooting here), the luncheonette, which until 2010 shared space with an actual, working drug store, endures as a relic of humbler times. The menu includes a panoply of soda fountain concoctions that would have made Archie and Veronica happy. Cherry Coke, anyone? A from-scratch cherry Coke, mind you.

Nothing I ate was in the least bit extraordinary, but the ordinariness of it all was itself rather amazing. A large number of ladies at tables and counter spoon into chili. It is not a formal Texas bowl of red, for it contains beans, but it is true luncheonette chili, a tremendously satisfying meal either by the bowl or spread across a plate of Fritos in Frito pie.

My chocolate soda was expertly concocted: first, chocolate syrup is squirted into a tall glass beaker; then a hard stream of soda gets jerked in, hitting the syrup hard enough that no spoon is needed to mix it; finally the whole foamy brew is topped with a couple of large scoops of vanilla ice cream. A long-handled spoon is provided; customers grab their own straws from a stash on the counter.
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Posted on Tuesday, March 10, 2015

French toast made of sourdough bread and covered with mandarin oranges and almonds was a special the morning we visited.
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Posted by Ryan Olsen on Monday, March 9, 2015 2:10 PM

Instead of taking the bypass around Radiator Springs (ummm... I mean, Alamogordo), cruise through the town on White Sands Blvd on your way to or from the mountains and stop by Hi-D-Ho for a New Mexican classic - a Green Chile Burger. We put green chiles on everything here (pizza, burgers, mac & cheese, ice cream, etc. - it's ubiquitous), so you may as well have the best one around.

Alibis up front: it's gonna take a little while, roughly 15-20 minutes if it's not too busy. They make everything to order, from the lemonades and limeades to the fries and burgers. Next up is little or no indoor seating. There are several tables set up on the covered porch to enjoy the only thing more prevalent than chiles in NM - the sunshine. That being said, it's worth it. Best green chile burger in the area.
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Posted on Monday, March 9, 2015

It is possible to order your tenderloin blackened or grilled, but since this is Indiana, you definitely want it breaded. This is the biggest tenderloin I've ever been served!
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Posted by Al & Janet Bowen on Sunday, March 8, 2015 1:12 PM

Mr Whiskers is a catfish joint like you usually find out in the woods of the rural South. But this place is in the middle of a strip mall, a couple of blocks off of the Main Street of Hot Springs, Arkansas.

In addition to excellent fried catfish, oysters and shrimp, the menu also branches out to include burgers, BBQ and ribs, along with a variety of side dishes. Prices are reasonable, and once you place your order at the counter, they deliver it to your table quickly and "piping hot"! I noticed that my fried seafood did not leave any grease traces on the serving plate. The same for my wife's Blackened Catfish, it was done 'just right' she said. My 'Combo-Plate' had four catfish filets, four oysters, and four shrimp plus slaw, french fries, hush puppies and a large drink.

The place was very busy during the Saturday lunch rush, but our server found the time to offer us samples of their bread pudding to share around the table for a closing sweet.

All in all, we rate the visit to Mr. Whiskers as a good choice for folks coming into Hot Springs, especially if you are coming in from Little Rock using US 70/270. There is an exit for Malvern Ave that makes finding the place a simple task.
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Roadfood of the Day: Silver Sands - Nashville, TN
Posted on Sunday, March 8, 2015

Ham & Grits

When you order a portion of these dense and satisfying grits, one of the ladies behind the counter will ask if you want butter. Yes, please. It is ladled on in abundance. In the background is a portion of rugged, full-flavored country ham.
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Posted by Michael Stern on Saturday, March 7, 2015 6:00 AM

Listed among "small plates" on the menu of the Willcox Hotel in Aiken, SC, this chicken liver pâté is smooth as velvet and rich as the fat that infuses it. Accenting the savory luxury of the pâté is a thin coat of sweet, spicy port wine gelée: a dreamy combo, spread generously on toast points. I recently attended an event at which this was one of several available hors d'oeuvre, but it was hard to eat as much as I wanted because people were lined up to get at it.

Posted by Michael Stern on Saturday, March 7, 2015 4:32 AM

Buckhorn Burger

The Buckhorn can be maddeningly crowded, but if you are on a mission to eat New Mexico's top-ranked green chile cheeseburgers, it's a must. The meat itself is a wide, rugged patty about 1/2-inch thick, cooked medium so it is moist but not dripping juice, redolent of beefy flavor. While several burger variations are available, including a barbecue burger, a taco burger (on corn tortillas instead of a bun), and an Atkins plate (hold the bun), it is the big, juicy, fully dressed green chile cheeseburger, here titled the Buckhorn Burger, that has put this ramshackle tavern on the map.

Buckhorn's Frito pie is a very good one, another example of multiple-ingredient poise. When you order it, you must choose between green chile, red chile or the combination of both, known as Christmas.

Considering how popular this place has become thanks to copious coverage on the TV food shows, it is a good idea to show up very early in the lunch hour. A few years ago when the tour came through town, we made a point of arriving at 10:40am. When the door opened at 11, we were seated right away. By the time we left, just before noon, a crowd of eager eaters was outside waiting to get in.
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Posted on Saturday, March 7, 2015


New York now has a branch of a Chicago favorite.
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