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Posted on Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Chicago Dog

A Chicago dog minus onions, nestled in fries (poppy seed bun, of course).
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Roadfood of the Day: Schwartz's - Montreal, XX
Posted on Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Sandwich Close Up

A close view of a smoked meat sandwich we ordered 'fatty.' To our taste, it was just right: warm, spicy meat with just the right amount of fat to infuse every bite with sheer succulence.
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Posted on Monday, November 17, 2014

Pulled Pork Sandwich

Clem's pulled pork sandwich is more like a pulled pork hoagie and a real bargain at $4.50.
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Posted by Michael Stern on Sunday, November 16, 2014 6:16 AM

JR's really is a shack, in the best sense of the term. The building is ramshackle, décor inside includes a few dozen game animal trophies, pig figurines, and signs with slogans such as "If my pick-up truck ain't here, I'm in the woods chasin' deer…" Bathrooms are labeled Bucks and Does. When waitress Susan comes to take our order she notices that the roll of paper towels on the table (in lieu of puny single napkins) is low, so the first order of business (after bringing 32-ounce tankards of sweet tea) is to replace it with a full roll.

Ribs are the star of the show, and although the meat slips easily from the bone, they provide a serious, ecstatic chew that sets forth great waves of smoky, piggy flavor. Barbecued chicken is so tender that juice-saturated dark meat quite literally falls from a drumstick when we lift it from the plate. It is memorably delicious chicken, some of the best anywhere.

Only the chopped barbecue (pork, of course) is disappointing – somewhat drab and dry. But that situation is easily remedied by application of one of three sauces provided to the table: mild, sweet, and hot. White sauce, echoing Alabama preferences to the north, also is available on request. It's probably best suited for the chicken, but for me, this chicken is too good to mess with.

Fine, fine side dishes: thick, firm mac 'n' cheese, sweet, meat-laden barbecue beans, crisp and refreshing cole slaw. While Brunswick stew can sometimes seem like a kitchen afterthought, JR's is nothing short of magnificent: packed with big shreds of pork, sweet tomato-fruity, and tongue-tickling spicy. When Susan heard me and Jane declaiming our admiration for it, she piped in, "I eat Brunswick stew here six days a week. I've been working here twelve years and I could never leave … because the food's too good!"
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Roadfood of the Day: Valle Luna - Chandler, AZ
Posted on Sunday, November 16, 2014

Combo 1 With Extra Taco

My standard fare. A combination 1 plate with an extra taco. They are too good to just get one.
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Posted by Michael Stern on Saturday, November 15, 2014 5:47 AM

There is no better culinary reflection of the eclectic nature of Bisbee, Arizona, than the High Desert Market and Cafe. Owned and operated by Peyton Tamburo, an actress from New York who arrived on motorcycle at the turn of the millennium, it is a place to eat-in or buy meals to take out, a coffee-juice-smoothie bar, a grocery store, a wine shop, a crafts gallery, a cosmetics emporium, and a town gathering place.

We're especially fond of dessert: mammoth cuts of cake or pie that is fresh and expertly made. Coconut cream pie is a big, hearty western slice that is endlessly creamy atop a crust that is surprisingly fragile and with an ever-so-slight savory flavor. A thick layer of whipped cream floats atop the chocolate sour cream cake. It is quite sweet, but the cake itself, moistened by plenty of sour cream, is less sweet than most chocolate cakes: a fabulous, intriguing balance.

For dinner, you can tuck into elegant artisan pizza, such specials as manicotti stuffed with spinach and ricotta along with wonderful garlic bread, or pad Thai with shrimp, bean sprouts, and peanuts tossed with rice noodles. Sandwiches, served on organic whole wheat or grilled focaccia bread (or on gluten-free bread), are made of interesting cheeses and cold cuts, accoutered with the likes of sliced avocado, pesto, caramelized onion, etc.

Breakfast is wonderful: immense egg-loaded burros, sweet potato pancakes, and pastries that are made on premises every day. Of the muffins, biscuits, and cookies, our fave are the scones. Like the pie and cake, they come as mighty blocks of food – one scone easily feeds two – and they are jam-packed with whatever ingredient is featured, from chocolate chips to cranberries.

The juice bar will concoct just about anything you wish. Apple-lemon-ginger-beet is a house favorite. Among smoothies, the knock-out is a double espresso chocolate with banana and ice cream.
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Posted on Saturday, November 15, 2014

Fried Shrimp Dinner

Large portion of local shrimp with tropical slaw and fries.
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Posted on Friday, November 14, 2014

Chili burger from Mike's.
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Roadfood of the Day: St. Viateur - Montreal, XX
Posted on Thursday, November 13, 2014

Bagel Oven

The aroma inside St. Viateur is deliriously appetizing. Here, a baker uses his long, thin peel to rearrange a line of sesame bagels in the wood-fired oven. Note the stacks of bags of sesame seeds in the background to the right.
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Roadfood of the Day: Top Pot Doughnuts - Seattle, WA
Posted on Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Old Fashioned Chocolate

An Old Fashioned Chocolate Doughnut is one of a couple of dozen varieties that are available (not counting fritters, bismarks and bars). We think the silky chocolate frosting is sweet harmony for the savory crunch of the doughnut's skin.
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