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Re:2014 Summer Roadfood Get-together 2014/04/28 21:15:15 (permalink)
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Of course, in Providence all you have is Al Forno and New York System Weiners. Oh, and a couple of diners and a "coffee house."


Providence and Rhode Island in general has the best restaurants in the country. Just ask one million folks, even if I try to argue the fact they all point at me and say that I'm nuts. Even my coworker from Nebraska says our restaurants blow away anything she's ever had in the mid west. My other coworker, who is now handling permanent CAT duty in Cleveland says she wishes she was back in Rhode Island because she misses the restaurants. Even after recommending several Roadfood restaurants to her, including Sokolowski's, Balaton and the Flat Iron, she still says the food in Rhode Island is so much better.

Providence should definitely be the place to hit this summer. 


April 1st has come and gone....

 
I just tweeted your comment to everyone in Rhode Island- you'll be "sleeping with the fishes" by tomorrow morning
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Re:2014 Summer Roadfood Get-together 2014/04/28 21:20:08 (permalink)
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Re:2014 Summer Roadfood Get-together 2014/04/28 21:22:26 (permalink)
Leave the gun...take the New York System Weiners...
Just sorta rolls off my tongue...
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Re:2014 Summer Roadfood Get-together 2014/04/29 18:31:54 (permalink)
Count us in yum
 
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Re:2014 Summer Roadfood Get-together 2014/04/29 18:40:16 (permalink)
if you all come to K C i'll treat you at my trailer.
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Re:2014 Summer Roadfood Get-together 2014/04/29 20:02:07 (permalink)
Wanderingjew has a point.  There's a reason the Find Dining people hold their Taste Trekkers conference in Providence...
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Re:2014 Summer Roadfood Get-together 2014/04/29 20:26:55 (permalink)
I love the direction that this thread is going . . . New England Summer Gathering!!!!!
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Re:2014 Summer Roadfood Get-together 2014/04/29 21:12:00 (permalink)
1 Providence
2 Pittsburg
3 Cleveland.
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Re:2014 Summer Roadfood Get-together 2014/04/29 23:10:36 (permalink)
Any place but the NE, think we have worn out the tours there already.
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Re:2014 Summer Roadfood Get-together 2014/04/30 09:31:13 (permalink)
As previously noted, ChiBears15 requested that those who are serious about attending need respond, yet we're still getting posts from "posters" who   post 530 posts (give or take)  about nothing and have never attended (and have absolutely no intention of ever attending) a Roadfood event..
post edited by wanderingjew - 2014/04/30 09:48:29
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Re:2014 Summer Roadfood Get-together 2014/04/30 11:36:49 (permalink)
Perhaps this might be a good bonding event for you two...
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Re:2014 Summer Roadfood Get-together 2014/04/30 20:25:49 (permalink)
If it were to be in Pittsburgh we could start off with a "Strip District Crawl".
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Re:2014 Summer Roadfood Get-together 2014/04/30 20:34:14 (permalink)
lleechef

If it were to be in Pittsburgh we could start off with a "Strip District Crawl".

No one could eat his or her way through a Strip District spreadsheet.
 


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Re:2014 Summer Roadfood Get-together 2014/05/01 14:56:07 (permalink)
I've settled on a semi-standard routine for a single-day Pittsburgh foodie tour: morning in the Strip, and then dinner at Jozsa's Corner. And this is a splendid tour. The Strip District lets you visit Enrico Biscotti, Primanti Brothers, Pamela's, Pennsylvania Macaroni, Sunseri Brothers, and more in just a few blocks. And Jozsa's Corner offers one of the finest Roadfood experiences to be had in any city.
So if I'm in a rut, it's a really nice rut.
 
But there are other nice things to see outside of that traditional pattern: there's lovely pierogies at Pierogies Plus, there's an unusual style of barbecue down in the Monongahela valley, there's my favorite fish sandwich, there's Michael and Lisa's favorite fish sandwich, and so forth. So I always feel conscious of the things we're missing with my one-day routine - but it still seems like a good routine for one day.
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Re:2014 Summer Roadfood Get-together 2014/05/01 15:12:14 (permalink)
I can't go into Pennsylvania Macaroni Company. It costs too much. Just popping my head in the door ends up costing at least eighty bucks. Have you been to Cure? I saw a segment on it in an Andrew Zimmern program and I've wanted to visit ever since.
http://www.curepittsburgh.com/#welcome-to-cure
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Re:2014 Summer Roadfood Get-together 2014/05/01 15:44:39 (permalink)
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I like your rut and your routine!! 
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Re:2014 Summer Roadfood Get-together 2014/05/01 16:59:12 (permalink)
I've been to Cure once. I did not find it as phenomenal as I had hoped. But other people really like it, including people like Bon Appetit and the James Beard Foundation, and I don't have the chutzpah to say they're wrong.
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Re:2014 Summer Roadfood Get-together 2014/05/01 17:14:38 (permalink)
My son took me there in November, while my grandson was on a wrestling weekend.  I guess we chose well from the menu, as we found it to be a most memorable meal.
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Re:2014 Summer Roadfood Get-together 2014/05/01 19:11:23 (permalink)
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I've been to Cure once. I did not find it as phenomenal as I had hoped. But other people really like it, including people like Bon Appetit and the James Beard Foundation, and I don't have the chutzpah to say they're wrong.

That's disappointing.
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Re:2014 Summer Roadfood Get-together 2014/05/01 19:11:55 (permalink)
Greymo

My son took me there in November, while my grandson was on a wrestling weekend.  I guess we chose well from the menu, as we found it to be a most memorable meal.

That's encouraging.
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Re:2014 Summer Roadfood Get-together 2014/05/01 19:32:21 (permalink)
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Where's your favorite fish sandwich and what's the unusual barbeque in the Mon Valley????
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Re:2014 Summer Roadfood Get-together 2014/05/02 14:41:45 (permalink)
My favorite sandwich is at Emil's Lounge in Rankin. We learned about this from a Rick Sebak special; http://www.emilslounge.com/pages/index.html includes the segment on Emil's from 25 Things I Like About Pittsburgh.
 
The first time I ate an Emil's fish sandwich, I was struck by how splendid it was. But what confounds me as a dilettante food writer about about the Emil's fish sandwich is this: I can't figure out what makes it so special. The fish is cod or some other mild white fish. The batter does not seem to have particularly novel flavors. The bun is a sturdy Italian bun that comes closer to holding the fish than most sandwiches. But none of these really explain how the flavors of the sandwich, while as mild as anywhere else, are so much more vivid than other sandwiches in the area.
 
I could quibble with some details, perhaps. The sandwich is about 150% of what a hungry person could reasonably eat, so there's too much to eat but not quite enough to make two meals of it. And I have not experienced this gustatory delight every time, so I'm not sure whether it's consistently awesome or just occasionally awesome.
 
Most of what I know about the Mon Valley barbecue comes from this thread on these forums:
http://www.roadfood.com/F...mp;high=pittsburgh+bbq
 
I would not claim that I've encountered the Batman / Bad Man sauce that other posters have described.
 
Here's my report on my visit to Rib Cage BBQ: http://www.roadfood.com/F...fb.ashx?m=580940 
The major points: 
- the meat is grilled over a wood fire, not smoked.
- the sauce is fairly heavy, with the texture of spaghetti sauce and a taste that includes celery seed.
It doesn't replace Texas Hill Country brisket in my affections, but I haven't encountered barbecue like this anywhere else.
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Re:2014 Summer Roadfood Get-together 2014/05/02 17:34:31 (permalink)
Emil's sounds like a real gem!  A "Hunky" version of Cheers........and the fish sandwich looks marvelous.....loved the video.  We will have to try it.  As for the Mon Valley BBQ, I might pass on that and go to Pierogies Plus or Jozsa's Corner for something more authentic.   
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Re:2014 Summer Roadfood Get-together 2014/05/03 06:30:00 (permalink)
To paraphrase a great American hero, Davy Crockett;

Y'all can goto Hell I'm going to New England this Summer.

Which doesn't mean I/we wouldn't join all or even some of you in Pittsburg, it's close enough to do in a single day.
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Re:2014 Summer Roadfood Get-together 2014/05/03 11:06:58 (permalink)
Bloviating? How often to you watch The O'Reilly Factor?
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Re:2014 Summer Roadfood Get-together 2014/05/03 11:09:16 (permalink)
MikeS.

To paraphrase a great American hero, Davy Crockett;

Y'all can goto Hell I'm going to New England this Summer.

Which doesn't mean I/we wouldn't join all or even some of you in Pittsburg, it's close enough to do in a single day.

We're going to Southern New England this summer. Right after lleechef's birthday Que session at Chubby's. But the Pittsburgh crawl seems like a mighty fine idea, too.

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Re:2014 Summer Roadfood Get-together 2014/05/03 23:44:48 (permalink)
Michael..never watch him, just a word from my college education.
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Re:2014 Summer Roadfood Get-together 2014/05/31 23:39:49 (permalink)
Still no decision I see.
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Re:2014 Summer Roadfood Get-together 2014/06/01 10:16:02 (permalink)
And the best of all:
 
Hot Lobster Roll
Lobster Stew
Lobster Bisque
not to mentioned Steamed Clams (any kind) with lots of melted butter
 
Mmmm, mouth watering just typing this !!
 
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Re:2014 Summer Roadfood Get-together 2014/06/06 10:40:41 (permalink)
so where is the summer gettogother
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