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Re:My Year in Roadfood (2013) 2013/12/12 18:12:24 (permalink)
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That was my first visit to The Parkette.  Loved the sign, just wish the food was better.
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Re:My Year in Roadfood (2013) 2013/12/12 18:34:23 (permalink)
Great neon BB, I always get a kick out of the lights!! Thanks for sharing!!
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Re:My Year in Roadfood (2013) 2013/12/12 20:29:32 (permalink)
Loving this report!
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Re:My Year in Roadfood (2013) 2013/12/12 21:50:45 (permalink)
I agree, don't miss the American Sign Museum in Cincinnati.
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Re:My Year in Roadfood (2013) 2013/12/12 22:11:27 (permalink)
Just thought I'd add this for our RF'er Felix4067.
 

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Re:My Year in Roadfood (2013) 2013/12/13 08:27:19 (permalink)
I love your neon pictures.
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Re:My Year in Roadfood (2013) 2013/12/13 08:44:20 (permalink)
Neat photo, Ed!  Is the dealership still in business?
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Re:My Year in Roadfood (2013) 2013/12/13 10:52:18 (permalink)
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Neat photo, Ed!  Is the dealership still in business?

Yes they are. However, Los Angeles was awarding it a "Cultural Landmark" for the sign, and the dealer basically conspired with a few local politicians and GM to change it to LED's. It's a sad story.
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Re:My Year in Roadfood (2013) 2013/12/13 13:57:49 (permalink)
This wasn't a big year for eating hot dogs out on the road, although I did seem to eat more of them while at home.
 
Top 10 Hot Dogs
 
10. Top Dog - Berkeley, CA

Thanks to Roadfooder cecif for tipping me off to this small Bay Area chain.  Just a few blocks from the University of California, Top Dog is very popular with the students.  We loved the hard, crusty rolls these tasty grilled wieners are placed in and that you can help yourself to the condiment bar along the wall.
 
9. Curtis Coney Island - Cumberland, MD

As soon as you step through the doors, you will feel like you entered a time warp in this humble eatery that goes back to 1918.  And owner Gino Giatris is an excellent host, who spent most of our visit chatting and telling us the restaurant's history.  The coneys are surprisingly small, with slim grilled wieners in soft steamed buns, topped with a pebbly, meaty chili and finely chopped onions.  To wash it all down, a cherry smash. 
 
8. Jobe's Drive-In - El Reno, OK 

This may be the first time a restaurant has shown up in my top ten burgers and hot dogs in the same year.  We love the El Reno style coneys, with the overflow of dark chili and pickly, yellow cole slaw.  Needless to say, this is knife and fork food!
 
7. Ben's Chili Bowl - Washington, DC

The original plan was for an early breakfast at Florida Avenue Grill, but when we arrived to find they wouldn't be open for another hour, we drove around the corner to Ben's.  So this allowed Cousin Johnny and I to order half smokes for breakfast!  Always the idea man, Johnny asked if we could get the half smokes covered in some of Ben's famous chili and our waitress was happy to oblige.  This is a breakfast that will get your heart pumping at 7:00AM!
 
6. Hillbilly Hot Dogs - Lesage, WV

This place is best known for their quirky sense of humor and outrageous décor, but they still put out some terrific hot dogs.  Of the two I ate, my favorite was the classic West Virginia slaw dog, with a thick layer of creamery slaw and spicy chili on top of a quality wiener in a toasted bun.  Along with Curtis Coney Island, these are two places I need to eventually write Roadfood reviews.
 
5. Bill's Sandwich Shop - New Castle, PA

New Castle is a town with a serious hot dog culture.  I made at least a half dozen trips to New Castle this year, trying out the different hot dog joints, with Bill's being my favorite.  The woman who took my orders has a thick Greek accent, so it is no surprise the chili is reminiscent of the classic Greek coney sauce.  What it lacks in meat, it makes up for in heat, which really comes through on the back end.  These things are addictive!  They also have freshly made in house rice pudding and baklavas available.
 
4. Charlie's Hot Dogs - Kenilworth, NJ

It is no surprise that the top four on this list come from two of the country's top hot dog regions.  I have yet to meet an Italian Dog I haven't liked, but regret not getting a double to better balance out the meat to bun to potatoes ratio.  Just one of these is an appetite killer!
 
3. Heid's - Liverpool, NY
 
Confession time.....  Even after reading the Roadfood review before walking in and getting help from the friendly order taker, I was thoroughly confused by the menu.  Luckily, I have no doubt that everything they serve here is top notch quality.  Love the snap of the wiener when you bite into it and the fact that they use New England split-top buns.
 
2. Ted's - Tonawanda, NY

There is so much to like about Ted's, where do you begin?  Love the wispy onion rings and loganberry juice.   And that combination of Sahlen's wiener grilled to a crispy perfection, topped with fresh onions, relish and hot sauce is a truly great combination.  I wouldn't dream of ever visiting Buffalo without a stop at Ted's.
 
1. Charlie's Pool Room - Alpha, NJ

We visited back in January, not knowing that Charlie's would soon be closing down.  Hopefully, that will be a temporary thing and they will be back open ASAP.  Charlie's has been discussed many times on here, but their Hungarian hot sauce is the most addictive hot dog sauce I have ever encountered.  And the Fencz brothers were friendly and gracious hosts as always.  My girlfriend, who groans every time I mention hot dogs, loves these so much, she ate four of them on her own!
 
Honorable mention:
Dog House Sandwich Shop - New Castle, DE
Ritzy Lunch - Clarksburg, WV
Weenie Beenie - Arlington, VA
Mr. Gene's Dog House - Cincinnati, OH
Jimmy's - New Castle, PA
        
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Re:My Year in Roadfood (2013) 2013/12/13 14:03:07 (permalink)
You're killing me! Keep it up!
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Re:My Year in Roadfood (2013) 2013/12/13 14:06:55 (permalink)
As usual, awesome report on the hot dogs. I'm glad to see Top Dog on your list. Down here we have a few places called Berkeley Dog. They are associated with Top Dog and actually buy the dogs and sausages from Top Dog. They even have a big poster with the Top Dog story. Some day I hope to try the original Top Dog.
 
I loved the Florida Avenue Grill when I was there, but until you mentioned it, I didn't realize that Ben's Chili Bowl was so close. That is on my "must try" list. Now if I can only not stuff myself next time at the Florida Avenue Grill, I'll be able to have some half smokes in chili next time I'm in D.C. 
 
Keep the lists coming---this is great!
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Re:My Year in Roadfood (2013) 2013/12/13 14:07:26 (permalink)
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Just imagine the list if I made it to Connecticut this year!
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Re:My Year in Roadfood (2013) 2013/12/13 14:08:27 (permalink)
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You're killing me! Keep it up!

He's not killing you. However, eating all that food porn could definitely kill you.
On the other hand, what a way to go!
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Re:My Year in Roadfood (2013) 2013/12/13 15:25:55 (permalink)
Charlies Pool Room looks so good...could eat the picture! 
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Re:My Year in Roadfood (2013) 2013/12/13 15:30:38 (permalink)
Very nice work - really appreciate the effort.  I'm glad to see the pictures of hot dogs from Heid's and Ted's, two of my favorite places around (even if Heid's is a couple of hours away).  And the idea of starting the day with a half smoke for breakfast at Ben's - I imagine it does get the heart moving.
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Re:My Year in Roadfood (2013) 2013/12/13 15:48:40 (permalink)
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Michael-
Just imagine the list if I made it to Connecticut this year!

Oh yeah!

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Re:My Year in Roadfood (2013) 2013/12/13 15:49:17 (permalink)
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Michael Hoffman

You're killing me! Keep it up!

He's not killing you. However, eating all that food porn could definitely kill you.
On the other hand, what a way to go!

I do not know what fate awaits me
I only know I must be brave
And I must face a tray of hot dogs
Or lie a coward, a craven coward
Or lie a coward in my grave
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Re:My Year in Roadfood (2013) 2013/12/13 17:42:52 (permalink)
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Michael Hoffman

You're killing me! Keep it up!

He's not killing you. However, eating all that food porn could definitely kill you.
On the other hand, what a way to go!

I do not know what fate awaits me
I only know I must be brave
And I must face a tray of hot dogs
Or lie a coward, a craven coward
Or lie a coward in my grave

Awesome!
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Re:My Year in Roadfood (2013) 2013/12/13 21:50:16 (permalink)
Nice so far.   Leaving for AZ next week, hope to get my Ted's hot dog fix while I'm out there.
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Re:My Year in Roadfood (2013) 2013/12/14 06:10:57 (permalink)
Any chance we'll get a Fried Green Tomato segment?
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Re:My Year in Roadfood (2013) 2013/12/14 06:21:48 (permalink)
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Since we shared many meals together this year, I could easily do a top ten fried green tomatoes list!
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Re:My Year in Roadfood (2013) 2013/12/14 06:30:18 (permalink)
Not sure why....could be an indicator of something strange....but I woke up early thinking of fried green tomatoes...must get a life....
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Re:My Year in Roadfood (2013) 2013/12/14 07:24:06 (permalink)
It is 6:20am and I am dying for a hot dog!
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Re:My Year in Roadfood (2013) 2013/12/14 09:16:45 (permalink)
What beautiful dogs.  I couldn't take it any longer, so I just pulled a carton of homemade chili from the freezer so I have can chili dogs for lunch.
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Re:My Year in Roadfood (2013) 2013/12/15 10:07:01 (permalink)
Those burgers look awesome.  You might find this review funny.  I had never been to McDonalds, and I went last weekend to try a Big Mac. Let me know what you think! 
www.asherzeats.com/2013/12/10/i-was-a-mcdonalds-virgin/
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Re:My Year in Roadfood (2013) 2013/12/15 11:26:17 (permalink)
Some of our favorite tourist sites we visited in 2013:
 
1940 Air Terminal Museum - Houston, TX

 
Adler Planetarium - Chicago, IL

 
Alabama State Capitol - Montgomery, AL

 
Alcatraz Island - San Francisco, CA

 
American Sign Museum - Cincinnati, OH

 
Arches National Park - Moab, UT


 
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, VA

 
Ash Cave at Hocking Hills State Park - Logan, OH

 
Bandelier National Monument - Los Alamos, NM


 
Bob Newhart Statue - Chicago, IL

 
California State Capitol - Sacramento, CA
 
 
Canyonlands National Park - Moab, UT 
 

 
Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption - Covington, KY

 
Cloud Gate - Chicago, IL

 
 
Coit Tower - San Francisco, CA

 
 
Delaware Legislative Hall - Dover, DE

 
Erie Canal Museum - Syracuse, NY

 
First White House of the Confederacy - Montgomery, AL

 
Fort McHenry National Monument - Baltimore, MD


 
Fort Necessity National Battlefield - Farmington, PA

 
Fort Stanwix National Monument - Rome, NY
 
 
Four Corners Monument - Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah

 
Friendship Hill National Historic Site - Point Marion, PA

 
Golden Driller - Tulsa, OK
 
 
Golden Gate Bridge - San Francisco, CA

 
Graceland Mansion - Memphis, TN



 
Harry S. Truman Library and Museum - Independence, MO


 
Indiana State Museum - Indianapolis, IN

 
Indiana War Memorial Museum - Indianapolis, IN
 
 
J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Preserve - Sanibel Island, FL


 
John Dickinson Plantation - Dover, DE

 
Keeper of the Plains - Wichita, KS

 
Loretto Chapel - Santa Fe, NM

 
Mary Todd Lincoln House - Lexington, KY

 
Mesa Verde National Park - Mesa Verde, CO

 
 
Mission Dolores - San Francisco, CA

 
Mount St. Sepulchre Fransiscan Monestary - Washington, DC

 
Mount Vernon - Alexandria, VA

 
Mud Island River Park and Museum - Memphis, TN

 
Museum of Fine Arts - Houston, TX

 
National Naval Aviation Museum - Pensacola, FL

 
Navy Pier - Chicago, IL

 
New Hampshire State House - Concord, NH

 
Oakland Museum of California - Oakland, CA

 
Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum - Oklahoma City


 
Oklahoma State Capitol - Oklahoma City, OK

 
Old Sacramento State Historic Park - Sacramento, CA
 
 
Palace of Fine Arts - San Francisco, CA


 
Palace of the Governors - Santa Fe, NM
 
 
Parthenon - Nashville, TN

 
Petroglyph National Monument - Albuquerque, NM

 
Rock City - Lookout Mountain, GA 


 
Ruby Falls - Chattanooga, TN

 
Sandia Peak Tramway - Albuquerque, NM

 
San Francisco Cable Cars - San Francisco, CA

 
San Jacinto Monument - La Porte, TX

 
San Miguel Mission - Santa Fe, NM

 
Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve - Fort Myers, FL

 
Soldiers and Sailors Monument - Indianapolis, IN

 
Sun Studio - Memphis, TN

 
Sutter's Fort State Historic Park - Sacramento, CA

 
Tennessee State Museum - Nashville, TN

 
Thomas Hart Benton Home and Studio State Historic Site - Kansas City, MO 

 
Union Station - Kansas City, MO

 
Vermont State House - Montpelier, VT

 
West Virginia Power Minor League Baseball - Charleston, WV

 
Will Rogers Memorial Museum - Claremore, OK

 
Winchester Mystery House - San Jose, CA

 
Winterthur Museum - Wilmington, DE

 
Women's Rights National Historical Park - Seneca Falls, NY

 
Yorktown Battlefield - Yorktown, VA


 
Yosemite National Park - Yosemite Village, CA


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Re:My Year in Roadfood (2013) 2013/12/15 11:45:03 (permalink)
I love the tourism photos!  I've learned over time that I need to spend some time in nature when I travel.  It's balance.  You also learn a lot about the culture of an area by touring the architectural treasures, museums, etc.  Thanks for sharing this!
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Re:My Year in Roadfood (2013) 2013/12/15 12:43:40 (permalink)
Amazing photo show, Buffetbuster.  What a trip!   Thank you for posting>
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Re:My Year in Roadfood (2013) 2013/12/15 13:25:37 (permalink)
Oh wow, Buffetbuster! The pictures look so beautiful. How I wish I could be in the USA eating (and touring)!
 
Shani
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Re:My Year in Roadfood (2013) 2013/12/15 13:37:30 (permalink)
BB----Another amazing collection and extremely well done. You went to some great places. 
 
Shani,
Welcome to Roadfood. Is my favorite Roadfood place in Jerusalem still there, Uncle Mustache?
 
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