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2011/04/24 15:30:07 (permalink)

Curiosity Sucks

Sometimes I tend to forget simple truisms. In this case, the one I forgot was Curiosity Killed the Cat. As I sit here recovering from my lunch I can't help thinking I need to pay more attention to things I really ought to know.
 
In this particular case it has to do with salmon. And I'm cogitating on whether there should be a rule about salmon and diner-type places more than 700 miles from the nearest sea.
 
For years I've been an occasional customer of a local chain in the Columbus area called TeeJay's. And for years I've seen an offering on the menu that I'd been meaning to try, but somehow never got around to it. Oh, I've had the liver and onions and the meatloaf split (read hot meatloaf sandwich), and my favorite, the country fried steak. What I'd never had were the salmon patties.
 
Today being Easter, and with thoughts of loaves and fishes and all, I decided this would be the day. Accordingly, I ordered the salmon patties with mashed potatoes and gravy and some green beans properly soggy, grey and cooked forever with bacon. For the loaves part I said I'd have the rolls instead of the biscuits.
 
As usual, the mashed potatoes were nice and sort of glue-like, and the gravy that topped them was quite institutional.The green beans delicious in a "joint" sort of way. At least they were not au courant, meaning cooked till raw. The rolls were pratically edible though chewy, and they were served with actual butter.
 
And then there were the salmon patties. I'd seen pictures of them on the menu and they looked a lot like salmon cakes -- not the wonderful salmon croquettes of my youth (and Butchie Goodman's mother's kitchen )-- but close enough. Along with the salmon patties came a tiny paper cup of what was alleged to be tartar sauce. The salmon patties needed help, to say the least. The tartar sauce didn't help. Nothing could have helped.
 
I did eat one whole salmon patty of the two that were served, and the mashed potatoes, gravy and green beans did help kill the taste. But it took a couple of gargles with my blue mouthwash to rid myself of the lingering aftertaste.
 
Thus, Michael's Dictum: Eat not seafood in a diner 700 miles from the sea that puts glue in its mashed potatoes.
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    Michael Hoffman
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    Re:Curiosity Sucks 2011/04/24 15:46:12 (permalink)
    Let me say something nice about TeeJay's. Last month I met a friend for breakfast there and I ordered off the menu, getting country fried steak with gravy (which is only on the lunch and dinner menus), some eggs over easy and a potato cake, which is mashed potato flattened into a cake and fried on the flattop. Very good stuff. But the person I was eating with ordered the corn cakes. They came with a big slice of country ham and some fried eggs.
     
    Next time I go for breakfast I'm getting the corn cakes.
    post edited by Michael Hoffman - 2011/04/24 15:47:16
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    Re:Curiosity Sucks 2011/04/24 15:56:07 (permalink)
    So did  she let you taste the corn cakes  or  did they  just look that good to you?
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    Re:Curiosity Sucks 2011/04/24 15:59:08 (permalink)
    No he did not. I don't eat from the plates of others.
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    Re:Curiosity Sucks 2011/04/24 17:36:05 (permalink)
    Even us old cogers, guys with street smarts and lots of experience, make a mistake.  Chalk it up Michael.  I am sure it will be a long time til the next one.
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    Michael Hoffman
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    Re:Curiosity Sucks 2011/04/24 17:38:49 (permalink)
    Are you kidding? When it comes to finding bad food in restaurants I have a gift.
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    Re:Curiosity Sucks 2011/04/24 18:58:39 (permalink)
    I have an unwritten rule.  Stay away from all TeeJays in Ohio!
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    Re:Curiosity Sucks 2011/04/24 19:03:20 (permalink)
    In truth, TeeJay's has some very good food.  Their breakfasts are terrific -- but don't try for soft scrambled eggs -- then can't help overcooking them. And as with most places in this part of Ohio they treay corned beef hash as they would sausage and bacon. The hash serving is equal to a sausage patty or a couple of rashers of bacon. In other words, mighty slimpickings.
     
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    Re:Curiosity Sucks 2011/04/24 19:04:53 (permalink)
    always got to take the potshot, eh Rogo?
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    Re:Curiosity Sucks 2011/04/24 19:07:22 (permalink)
    Potshot?
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    Re:Curiosity Sucks 2011/04/24 19:16:13 (permalink)
    Michael, you have only been on Roadfood for 11 years and over 13000 posts. Most people do pick up the concept a bit faster, we realize some people are a bit slower, just stick with it...............P.S. Maybe start off with donut shops and work your way up................pnwc
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    Re:Curiosity Sucks 2011/04/24 19:21:24 (permalink)
    Nah, I'm not a donut fan.
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    Re:Curiosity Sucks 2011/04/24 19:34:53 (permalink)
    HeHeHe ... 700 miles from the coast??? Salmon patties were made with canned chum salmon. A standard low cost item on many menus.
    My rule of thumb is any restaurant more than 2 hours drive from the cost, their seafood is most likely frozen. Much further than that, the seafood is pre-breaded & frozen.    .... Errr, except in Florida, some of those restaurants will serve pre-breaded frozen seafood and swear it came off the boat that afternoon.
    post edited by edwmax - 2011/04/24 19:37:15
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    Re:Curiosity Sucks 2011/04/24 19:43:55 (permalink)
    I assumed they were made with canned salmon. But even with canned salmon once you get far from salt water even canned seafood doesn't work.
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    Re:Curiosity Sucks 2011/04/24 20:19:31 (permalink)
    TJ Jackson
    always got to take the potshot, eh Rogo?

     
    POTSHOT???
     

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
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    Re:Curiosity Sucks 2011/04/24 20:42:36 (permalink)
    LOL, Joe!
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    Re:Curiosity Sucks 2011/04/25 05:25:27 (permalink)
    My Mom was a pretty good cook. Not great, but not bad either...except for a few dishes. She insisted that fried eggs be hard and dry, Liver, sliced very thin, then fried extra-well done, and Canned Salmon mixed with stuffing mix, hand formed into Inch-plus thickness Patties !
    I have learned that eggs over medium are quite good. Thick-cut Liver served 'medium' is better that the Thin-sliced well-done version.  AND Canned Salmon sucks, bigtime.  Every time I read or hear of it, I remember the bone-crunching that went on every time I tried to eat one of those nasty "fishcakes". She broiled the Salmon-cakes..and that didn't help either.
    Over all I would rate Salmon-patties near the top of my "foods to avoid" list.  Clam Cakes and Fish Cakes (using halibut or other whitefish) are great. Maybe Fresh Salmon would be ok, but the memories of those damn spinal bones in the Pink Canned Salmon will never leave me.
    post edited by mayor al - 2011/04/25 05:30:04
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    Re:Curiosity Sucks 2011/04/25 08:39:29 (permalink)
    If a person orders Salmon patties on Easter Sunday, what the heck does that person order on Thanksgiving, Cheeseburgers..........From what I remember, most of the people in Milford came to Bridgeport to learn how to eat..............
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    Re:Curiosity Sucks 2011/04/25 09:32:50 (permalink)
    Turkey burgers
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    Re:Curiosity Sucks 2011/04/25 10:12:11 (permalink)
    Mr. Mayor, the idea is to pick out the bones when using canned salmon before doing anything else with it.
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    Re:Curiosity Sucks 2011/04/25 10:16:59 (permalink)
    PNWCHEF

    If a person orders Salmon patties on Easter Sunday, what the heck does that person order on Thanksgiving, Cheeseburgers..........From what I remember, most of the people in Milford came to Bridgeport to learn how to eat..............

    Well this person never orders a cheeseburger on Thanksgiving. This person gets a patty melt and a small bowl of chili on Thanksgiving.
     
    As to eating in Bridgeport, well, there used to be a pretty good hot dog stand near Beardsley Park, and a very nice plain apizza could be had on Pequonnock Avenue.

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    Re:Curiosity Sucks 2011/04/25 10:53:18 (permalink)
    This was one of my old hand outs "The Greeks" really good dogs at this stand, located on Boston Ave
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    The other one was Maraczi's Hot dog stand, down Boston ave right near the stream that went to Beardsley park, I used to work at the car wash right next to it........$1 an hr
     
    The one you were talking about was at another entrance to the park, that was Brierwoods, we didn't go there as much, but we did steal milk from there on our early morning fishing trips.............
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    Re:Curiosity Sucks 2011/04/25 10:57:37 (permalink)
    "Maybe Fresh Salmon would be ok, but the memories of those damn spinal bones in the Pink Canned Salmon will never leave me."
     
    Al: I would never put the bones in a salmon patty (and I love salmon patties), since, from childhood, when I open a can of salmon (or when my mother did), I will/would pick the bones out immediately and eat them as is, since they are my favorite part of the canned salmon!  .....And you don't have to tell me.  I already know that I am weird.

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    Re:Curiosity Sucks 2011/04/25 11:21:24 (permalink)
    PNWCHEF, the one I was talking about looked like the one in the photo, but I don't remember it being white.
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    Re:Curiosity Sucks 2011/04/25 11:37:40 (permalink)
    Most of the time there was a line going out the door, it's was colder than heck, inside and out. It was well worth the wait.........It was on the corner of Noble ave and Boston Ave
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    Re:Curiosity Sucks 2011/04/25 11:46:36 (permalink)
    TJ Jackson

    always got to take the potshot, eh Rogo?

    Snore

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    Re:Curiosity Sucks 2011/04/25 11:48:39 (permalink)
    PNWCHEF, I just can't remember the name of the place I used to go. I do remember that it was owned by the husband of my wife's godmother, but that's it. I can't even remember her name.
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    Re:Curiosity Sucks 2011/04/25 12:01:29 (permalink)
    PNWCHEF, I was planning on going to look for it during my now-canceled trip. I thought it would be fun to re-visit memories with new eyes..
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    Re:Curiosity Sucks 2011/04/25 12:01:33 (permalink)
    was their place a real popular place ????? This place was owned by Greeks
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    Re:Curiosity Sucks 2011/04/25 12:04:06 (permalink)
    It seemed to always be pretty busy whenever I stopped.
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