Huntsville's 20 Most Distinctive Dishes

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Re:Huntsville's 20 Most Distinctive Dishes 2013/01/06 22:50:55 (permalink)
Number 17 on the list is the Gyro from Papa Gyros. I read some reviews and people hailed it as the best Greek food in Huntsville. Others mentioned it was one of the best things to eat in Huntsville. Well, I suppose if you had no other benchmark for Greek, it may be.

Needless to say, I thought it was terrible. First off, as you can see, it's mostly tzaziki. And not good tzaziki either. It seemed like grocery store quality. The meat wasn't very flavourful either. It was just plain not good.
I honestly can't believe it was included on the list.
 
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Re:Huntsville's 20 Most Distinctive Dishes 2013/01/07 18:07:33 (permalink)
Wow!! Believe it or not, we have some good gyros in Cincinnati. And, some good tzatziki. That does not look good at all. 
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Re:Huntsville's 20 Most Distinctive Dishes 2013/05/02 12:02:19 (permalink)
Okay gang, back in town for a funeral and had breakfast at Blue Plate Cafe. Here are my thoughts on item #16, Pancakes with a side of Cheesy Browns.
 
 
First off, the pancakes. In and of themselves are quite good. They hit all the proper buttons with taste, texture and size. I do however have to deduct points for using table syrup, not maple syrup. I'm told it was Log Cabin and I have to admit, it wasn't bad. It actually tasted like maple. Just very mildly and without all the bad flavours you usually get with crappy syrups. So BYOMS and you're good to go with these.

The Cheesy Browns are a hash brown casserole with cheese. Lots of cheese it seems. Or at the very least, very strong cheese. It's what really makes the dish. It would appear to be an old cheddar. Pungent and able to stand up to the potato nicely. Maybe the best thing I've ever eaten at BPC.

BTW, the Country Ham was excellent. The perfect balance of salty, porky, tender and chewy.
 
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Re:Huntsville's 20 Most Distinctive Dishes 2013/05/02 12:22:17 (permalink)
The Cheesy Browns look and sound really good!
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Re:Huntsville's 20 Most Distinctive Dishes 2013/05/02 22:20:48 (permalink)
Those cheesy browns do look so good!
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Re:Huntsville's 20 Most Distinctive Dishes 2013/05/03 22:40:03 (permalink)
Great report with quality pics...thanx.
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Re:Huntsville's 20 Most Distinctive Dishes 2013/07/07 16:35:28 (permalink)
Last on the list and perhaps least as well is Mullin's Restaurant's Slaw Dog.

A simple hot dog covered in the house made slaw. The slaw is where this goes wildly off the rails. I had no inclination that I'd like this and I certainly wasn't disappointed. The thought of a ketchup based dressing for slaw just did not sound appealing. Couple that with the addition of sugar to the mix, it was just god awful. Unlike the Gyro I won't say that this is poorly executed. Just not to my liking. You mileage may differ. As I'm sure it's on this list for a reason.
 
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Re:Huntsville's 20 Most Distinctive Dishes 2013/07/07 17:18:59 (permalink)
.....oooooooo, that slaw looks terrible!!!
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Re:Huntsville's 20 Most Distinctive Dishes 2013/07/07 18:06:31 (permalink)
...like raw ground meat.
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Re:Huntsville's 20 Most Distinctive Dishes 2013/07/07 18:56:22 (permalink)
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...like raw ground meat.

 
That was what i thought it was on first glance. and on second glance and third...
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Re:Huntsville's 20 Most Distinctive Dishes 2013/08/30 10:43:25 (permalink)
Okay, back at this. With our recent visit I was able to sample more of the goodies on the list.
 
Coming in at #3 on the list is the Coconut Pie from Gibson's BBQ on Memorial Pkwy. While I think they've got some of the worst BBQ I've had their pies still do the family name proud Not the least of which is the coconut version. Made with real coconut. Certainly one of the best things on this list.

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Re:Huntsville's 20 Most Distinctive Dishes 2013/08/30 18:59:05 (permalink)
It is amazing that the same family can produce totally different results when it comes to BBQ.  The family pie recipes they ALL have down, but the BBQ is the difference tween night and day.
 
Big Bob's BBQ is much better, but Velma and Paul have a good place too.
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Re:Huntsville's 20 Most Distinctive Dishes 2013/08/30 19:08:09 (permalink)
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It is amazing that the same family can produce totally different results when it comes to BBQ.  The family pie recipes they ALL have down, but the BBQ is the difference tween night and day.

Big Bob's BBQ is much better, but Velma and Paul have a good place too.

I fully agree. I think Big Bob's is the best followed by Little Paul's then David Gibson's. I won't even bother with Gibson's. Heck you practically drive by Paul's on the way there.
 
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Re:Huntsville's 20 Most Distinctive Dishes 2013/08/31 13:25:15 (permalink)
At #19 on this list and perhaps 19th best as well is the Pad Thai at Thai Garden. As pad thai's go, this one is really quite serviceable. It's more a case of having had so much better elsewhere. One of the big problems I had was it was too sweet. Not sure from where that sweetness came. It also lacked personality and I found tasted somewhat homogenous.

 
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Re:Huntsville's 20 Most Distinctive Dishes 2013/09/02 10:04:55 (permalink)
At number 8 on the list is Jalapeno Cheddar bread from FredBread. This bakery sells their bread a various locations throughout the city instead of at their own bakery.

This incarnation had really good yet still somewhat subtle chili and cheese flavours that worked really well in a grilled ham and cheese sandwich.
I think I need to give it a go in a Pimento Cheese sandwich.
 
One more to go.
 
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Re:Huntsville's 20 Most Distinctive Dishes 2013/09/02 11:07:20 (permalink)
I think the best Thai food I ever had was in Toronto, so the place in Huntsville has some high standards to shoot for. 
 
Great report and great idea!
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Re:Huntsville's 20 Most Distinctive Dishes 2013/09/02 14:51:22 (permalink)
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At number 8 on the list is Jalapeno Cheddar bread from FredBread.
I love bread like this.  Here in Madison Stella's Bakery makes a version and it's good plain or toasted.
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Re:Huntsville's 20 Most Distinctive Dishes 2013/09/08 11:22:50 (permalink)
Okay, last one.
 
Number 6 on the list is Local Beer. Olde Town Brewing Co and Straight to Ale. Sadly OTB Co. didn't survive. Having folded up their tent a few years ago.
Straight to Ale is still going strong and can be found in a number of locations in and around town.
My sample turned out to be Monkeynaught. Honouring the space heritage of Huntsville and monkeys that were used as "Test pilots" in the early years of the space race.

This is a very fruity, citrusy ale that has orange and grapefruit flavours leap out at you. You can't really tell from the pictures but it's a gorgeous aged copper colour. It leaves a very pleasant aftertaste is you're into grapefruit and is rather light considering it's colour and alcohol content (7.4%)
 
So that's all folks. Some fantastic stuff, some dreadfull stuff and a taste of what Huntsville has to offer.
 
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