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Posted on Monday, August 25, 2014

Caramel Pecan Roll

Chef Omer told us that he learned the recipe for his luxurious caramel rolls from his father. In a city full of excellent caramel rolls, this is the one to eat if you are having only one.
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Digest: Pizza a Casa
Posted by Michael Stern on Sunday, August 24, 2014 1:11 PM

Steve and Julia Rushmore recently hosted an amazing pizza party, starring (pictured above) Jennifer and Mark Bello and their assistant, Jenn, of New York's Pizza a Casa pizza-making school. I thought I knew how to make pizza at home, but got a whole new perspective on every aspect of it from Mark, giving me new inspiration to make more pizza at home. After watching Mark's incredibly entertaining demonstration of exactly how to do it, invited guests competed to see who made the best.

Roadfood of the Day: Maverick's - Roseville, MN
Posted on Sunday, August 24, 2014

A nicely dressed roast beef sandwich, with barbecue sauce, horseradish sauce, and pickle chips adorning the velvet-tender roast beef
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Posted on Saturday, August 23, 2014


Note the lumpiness of the chocolate malt that has just been spooned from its silver beaker by the waitress who presented it. She forgot to bring us a straw, but that was OK. A spoon is a much more useful utensil for eating/drinking this ultra-thick concoction.
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Posted on Friday, August 22, 2014

Caramel Roll

While not outrageously large, this caramel roll is one of the finest there is, a delirious indulgence in sweet, nutty, buttery, crisp-edged pastry pleasure.
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Posted by Michael Stern on Thursday, August 21, 2014 4:11 AM

Turtle Sundae

Here might be the best hot fudge anywhere. It is the consistency of chocolate syrup, not too thick; nor is it intensely sweet. Bittersweet is the descriptor that comes to mind, but there is nothing bitter about this sophisticated super-fudgy warm sauce that is ice cream's best friend. You'll get a bright red maraschino cherry nestled in the whipped cream crown, but the real cherry atop this soda fountain marvel is its spill of pecan halves. They are roasted to a crisp, which brings out their buttery richness, and they are salted with enough brio to provide an ideal savory halo for the fudge and ice cream. The only possible improvement on the package is to make it a turtle sundae, which adds caramel sauce.

Great as the sundaes are, the signature concoction of Taggarts' fountain is something else, known as a Bittner. Invented in the 1930s when a customer dared the staff to make a milk shake so thick that a spoon would stand upright in it, the Bittner is 3/4 of a pound of vanilla ice cream blended with chocolate syrup and heaped with those good roasted pecans.

Beyond sundaes, shakes, malts, floats, sodas, coolers and ice cream pies, Taggarts offers a full menu of sandwiches, burgers, hot dogs, soups and salads. Many customers in the old wooden-booth sweet shop were eating such savories and they looked pretty good. On a return visit, we tried a grilled cheese sandwich, which was swell, and a charmingly retro olive-nut-cream cheese on toasted rye. But Taggarts' ice cream concoctions are so good they eclipse all that goes before them.

It's a supremely charming place, dating back to 1926 (the old wooden booths are original).
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Roadfood of the Day: Big Boppers - Marblehead, OH
Posted on Thursday, August 21, 2014

The Greek Salad, In All Her Glory

Lettuce piled high with fresh, juicy tomato, sweet sauteed onions, sharp feta cheese, and tender strips of beef.
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Poll Results: Chocolate Is Best As:
Posted on Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Item Results
Candy or Fudge 375
Cake (or Cupcake) 173
Ice Cream 133
I Don't Like Chocolate 85
Pie 84
Cookies 55
Fudge 50
Cocoa / Hot Chocolate / Chocolate Milk 37
Custard 18
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Posted on Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Dressed Dog

With relish! Relish and a squiggle of mustard put Al's foot-longs onto the hot dog honor roll.
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Posted by Julie Nolan on Tuesday, August 19, 2014 5:42 AM

This is an excellent fine dining experience. The food, the view, and the price are all fine. Actually, better than fine. We were there towards the end of October, so we just about had the place to ourselves. Us... and lots of lobster! While service is "order at the counter and wait for your number to be called," the staff were very accommodating (helpful, cracking the shells, helping to carry the order).

There is an extensive menu plus the daily specials. We both started with fish chowder, full of flavor and fish. We ordered grilled sea scallops with potato salad and coleslaw ($16.95) and a twin lobster dinner ($15.95). Wow! Big on quality, quantity, and value. There must have been around two dozen scallops, still juicy and grilled to perfection. The potato salad is terrific. And the succulent lobster... I still dream about it. It is cooked to order straight from the tank, served with plenty of napkins because you will need them.
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