Dateline: Saturday January 23, 2010.
I'd been taking some time off from Roadfooding for a while for a number of reasons, to get into better shape, feel healthier overall and to train for the Boilermaker Road Race coming up in July of this year. However, on this day, my friends had devised an inspired plan to combine a love of running with the love for great food. With that in mind, we plotted out a 4-mile training run that ended right at the front door of Peter Luger's!
Billyboy, Eben and Al after the run. I had called ahead a week before to secure a reservation and good thing I did. They don't serve food at the bar on weekends, so we couldn't just slide in for a burger, we needed a table. I also asked if we could come in dressed in running gear and they said that was fine. All set!
We met up with Al's brother-in-law, Tim at Luger's. We all ordered the bacon cheeseburger, medium. Our waiter started us off with a basket of those great, crusty, chewy rolls and the steakhouse sauce.
My lunch. Tim had gotten an order of the creamed spinach which he kindly shared with us. A great creamy, spinach-y (sorry, searching for the right word here!) complement to the rest of the meal.
I had contemplated getting a second burger on this day! I asked our waiter and he said they do grind the meat in-house.
I never get tired of looking at this.
Tim, Al and Eben, feelin' satisfied, as 70s supergroup Boston would say! The guys really loved these burgers.
Dessert was a must and we had earned it. Tim went for this Holy Cow Hot Fudge Sunday. I don't know if Phil Rizzuto ever ate here, but I could almost hear Scooter utter his classic phrase when they brought this out. They even put the gold chocolate coins for the table in the bowl!
Al grabbed a piece of Pecan Pie. I didn't try it, but it sure looked good.
Eben and I split an Apple Strudel. Wow! Flaky and sweet with lots of apples, raisins and cinnamon. The outer layers were a bit darkened around the corners which brought another wonderful level of flavor to it for me.
And of course, the obligatory bowl of SCHLAG!! I wish I could buy a sleeping bag made entirely of SCHLAG. Just incredibly light and just sweet enough whipped cream. A perfect end to a perfect day with friends. Hopefully, more training runs/food stops are in the works!
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