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Re:My year in Roadfood (2010) 2010/12/11 12:08:14 (permalink)
All those burgers looked great to me. Its nice to see the variety across the country.
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Re:My year in Roadfood (2010) 2010/12/11 13:01:00 (permalink)
I noticed, Dallas was not represented on any of these lists. Being from Dallas, I can fully understand why.
Just as I'm sure Dallas would not be included in a list of the 10 best pastrami sandwiches.
Btw, I'd sure like to see that list!
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Re:My year in Roadfood (2010) 2010/12/11 13:21:41 (permalink)
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Something I have always wanted to know about the green chiles in these NM cheeseburgers - how hot (as in spice heat) are they? 

Is someone with a limited tolerance for spice heat (like myself) even going to be able to eat one of these?

  " /> I don't know what these smileys are officially supposed to mean, but they show the way I felt after a GCCB at a LotaBurger in a town east of Albuquerque in 2005 or so. I thought it was going to take the top of my head off, and I'm from LA! Fortunately, I had asked for the GC on the side, so was able to use it judiciously. It was pure, fresh, crisp green chili, diced, and as hot as anything I've yet run across. Would I go back? Heck, yes!
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Re:My year in Roadfood (2010) 2010/12/11 14:36:49 (permalink)
Great list and photography, Buffetbuster!
 
I've only had one of the burgers on your list, the Le Tub, of course.  I agree that it was awesome.
 
 

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Re:My year in Roadfood (2010) 2010/12/11 14:38:43 (permalink)
So, Cliff, I am curious: are you basically anti-slider or do you see sliders in a different (perhaps inferior) category from big, juicy hamburgers or did you just not come across any worthy ones in the last year? -- Michael

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Re:My year in Roadfood (2010) 2010/12/11 14:47:04 (permalink)
Great list. In the Twin Cities there are many debates about where the best Jucy Lucy is served. Matt's Bar gets the cred for claiming to originating it and giving its name. It most often gets the nod over the 5-8 Club as you mentioned but seldom over Casper and Runyon's The Nook in St. Paul. I much prefer the Nook. Next time go to The Nook.
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Re:My year in Roadfood (2010) 2010/12/11 15:22:44 (permalink)
I'll second Davydd's rec for The Nook, although we actually like 5-8 Club's version over both Matt's and The Nook.
 
Also, howcum no mention of Tessaro's?  I mean, I know it's in your hometown so you didn't have to travel very far to get it, but this is Roadfood and not everybody is from Pittsburgh.  So, what might be local to you would be genuine Roadfood to the rest of us.  And you did eat that Tessaro's burger this year.  I know you did, 'cause I was there with you (and about ten other people).  I mean, they should at least get an Honorable Mention, doncha think?
 
Oh well, nice rundown, anyway.  And thanks for mentioning my backyard favorite, Paradise Pup!
 
See you soon,
 
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Re:My year in Roadfood (2010) 2010/12/11 16:23:02 (permalink)
Hard to decide which burger I'd like to eat first. Excellent pics!
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Re:My year in Roadfood (2010) 2010/12/11 18:59:09 (permalink)
BuddyRoadhouse-
You are right to notice that Tessaro's is missing from the list.  It was a last minute decision to omit it because it is my local place.  I really wanted to show burger places elsewhere, especially since I have written about Tessaro's so many times already.  Had it been on there, it would rank right up there with Le Tub and Port of Call.
 
Michael Stern-
Actually, I am very much pro-slider.  Besides Powers Hamburgers, I also made it to Crabill's (Urbana, OH) and Hunter House Hamburgers (Birmingham, MI), where we enjoyed these doubles, with plenty of fried onions.

It was just a matter of the competition being so fierce.
 
MiamiDon-
Beautiful photo!  Glad we could enjoy those great burgers together!
 
Twinwillow-
Sorry, but I didn't make it to Dallas this year.  But, it sounds like you are saying there are no worthy burgers in town.
 
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Re:My year in Roadfood (2010) 2010/12/13 08:24:09 (permalink)
Hey Cliff, This is like the Swimsuit Edition of burgers
 
 
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Re:My year in Roadfood (2010) 2010/12/13 08:33:06 (permalink)
Nancy-
The idea of a pimento cheese Juicy Lucy sounds good beyond belief! 
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Re:My year in Roadfood (2010) 2010/12/13 09:18:03 (permalink)
It was the only disappointing thing about it--I imagine since you're frying it with the cheese inside, your peppers need to be on point and they were using their excellent but usually served cold pimento cheese.   I think a stronger pepper for the JL is probably in order.
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Re:My year in Roadfood (2010) 2010/12/13 09:20:07 (permalink)
buffetbuster

I really wanted to show burger places elsewhere, especially since I have written about Tessaro's so many times already.

 
Then why is there no mention of Nite Owl?
 
Brad
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Re:My year in Roadfood (2010) 2010/12/13 09:25:04 (permalink)
BB, glad to see Powers on your list!!!!!
One of the best things is to have a bag full of these beauties in the car. The smell gets embedded in the seat for at least a month. Its WONDERFUL!!!!!!!

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Re:My year in Roadfood (2010) 2010/12/13 13:38:21 (permalink)
BEST DESSERT (NON-PIE DIVISION)

10. Juice N Fruit - Tucson, AZ

This is a raspados, which is a combination of shaved ice, a scoop of vanilla ice cream and the fruits of your choice.  Maybe my decision to go with plum and pineapple wasn't the ideal selection (even the young man making the raspados hesitated for a second and told me that was a new one to him), but it was an incredibly cool and refreshing snack on a hot Tucson day.  
 
9. Bauder Pharmacy - Des Moines, IA

My visit to Bauder Pharmacy was just a week before the Iowa State Fair.  Since they are famous for the peppermint bars they sell at their stand during the state fair, I asked if they happened to have any available now.  The young man told me no, but he would be happy to make me a sundae which approximates the candy.  Two scoops of their homemade delicious peppermint ice cream, covered by hot fudge and I was a happy boy!  Still, a return trip during the Iowa State Fair to try those peppermint bars is a must!  
 
8. Durgin Park - Boston, MA

I order Indian Pudding anytime it is on the menu, but the one they serve at Durgin Park still sets the standard.  The combination of the thick molasses-y pudding and the melting vanilla ice cream is wonderful, so make sure you get some of each in every bite!  
 
7. Sweatman's - Holly Hill, SC

The banana pudding served at Sweatman's has just the right amount of pudding, vanilla wafers and cut up bananas for my taste.  And at 99 cents for a small cup, is a real bargain.
 
6. Pico de Gallo - South Tucson, AZ

What looks like a simple cup of tall, cut up fruit (coconut, pineapple, mango and watermelon) is much more.  Sprinkled on top is some salt, lemon juice, but most importantly, a generous dose of chili powder, which really brings out the flavors of the fruit.  A stunning combination!  
 
5. Kick Ass Cupcakes - Somerville, MA

During an amazing eating weekend in Boston, led by Roadfood team members ayersian, the root beer float cupcake was what made the biggest impression.  It really did taste exactly like the world's best root beer float.   
 
4. Kopp's - Greenfield & Glendale, WI
 

During a week plus in Wisconsin, Cousin Johnny and I only managed to eat the fabulous frozen custard at Kopp's twice.  But, had we been there everyday, we still would have wanted more.  Going into the vacation, I would have probably told you that Leon's is slightly better.  Not anymore, I am now officially on board the Kopp's train!  The two flavors above are cookies & cream and (I'm not 100% on this) Orange Creamsicle.  
 
3. Buttonwood Farms - Griswold, CT

During a fast paced weekend of Roadfooding in Connecticut, Chris Ayers took me to about a half dozen high quality ice cream shops.  The clear #1 was the Graham Cracker Ice Cream served at Buttonwood Farms.  An odd flavor I have never seen anywhere else, it is chocolate covered bits of graham cracker in graham cracker flavored ice cream.  Strange, but delicious! 
 
2. Cafe Latte - St. Paul, MN

Cafe Latte has a huge selection of some of the best looking cakes you have ever seen.  I ate a slice of the Grasshopper Torte which was very good.  Then, The Travelin Man brought back this piece of chocolate cake and it blew mine out of the water.  Luckily, he was nice enough to share.   Ultra-moist and rich, this is the perfect slice of chocolate cake.  The only thing I can imagine a chocolate lover enjoying more, would be.....  
 
1. Hominy Grill - Charleston, SC

Easily, the best dessert I had last year and most likely the single best item of any kind.  This chocolate pudding is not too sweet, but deeply chocolatey like nothing else I have ever tasted.  ChiTownDiner and I actually came to Hominy Grill for breakfast, so this was being eaten at about 8:00AM!  
 
Honorable mention:
1. Caramel Cake - Homemade Ice Cream and Pie Kitchen (Louisville, KY)
2. Date Shake - Shields Date Gardens (Indio, CA)
3. Coffee Brownie Ice Cream - Harry's Roadhouse (Santa Fe, NM)
4. Gateau Sirop - Cafe des Amis (Breaux Bridge, LA)
5. Whoopie Pie Cake - Becky's (Portland, ME)
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Re:My year in Roadfood (2010) 2010/12/13 13:57:50 (permalink)
Hey.....wait a second....one of your top 10 non pie desserts is going to be on my top 10   err...I mean  top 5 non pie dessert lists- that's no fair! " />
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Re:My year in Roadfood (2010) 2010/12/13 14:05:08 (permalink)
WJ-
Hmmmm, not sure which one it is, but have a decent guess.
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Re:My year in Roadfood (2010) 2010/12/13 14:15:46 (permalink)
You are an evil person!  I want one of each except for the cup of fruit.
 
In Los Angeles we have push cart fruit vendors on many corners. You choose the fruit, the cut it up and top it with any combination of salt, chili powder and lime juice that you'd like.
 
My only problem with it is that they serve it in a baggy.
 
I've never seen Indian Pudding in person or on a menu.  I'll have to try that if it ever makes an appearance.
 
What I want this very minute is that chocolate pudding.  
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Re:My year in Roadfood (2010) 2010/12/13 14:16:42 (permalink)
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buffetbuster

I really wanted to show burger places elsewhere, especially since I have written about Tessaro's so many times already.


Then why is there no mention of Nite Owl?

Brad
Where?  Never heard of the place.
 
WBBear-
We have been trying to get to Powers Hamburgers for years and it was worth the wait.  The smell of fried onions was so strong, it hit us a good 10 feet from the door.  This was actually my girlfriend's favorite hamburger of the year.


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Re:My year in Roadfood (2010) 2010/12/13 14:18:37 (permalink)
So I take it a pie is not a dessert but an essential staple food for the diet?
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Re:My year in Roadfood (2010) 2010/12/13 15:03:24 (permalink)
Davydd-
I couldn't have said it better myself!
 
mar52-
I sure to someone from SoCal, the pico de gallo is commonplace.  But, to someone from the frigid Northeast like me, it is exotic! 
 
 
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Re:My year in Roadfood (2010) 2010/12/13 15:27:44 (permalink)

Mint Chip

A mint flavored custard with dark chocolate chunks

Drumstick

Vanilla custard, loaded with chocolate cookie cone pieces, a ribbon of chocolate and lots of chopped nuts
Todays flavors at Kopps...glad to see we made it again on your list, BB!
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Re:My year in Roadfood (2010) 2010/12/13 15:29:21 (permalink)
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mar52-
I sure to someone from SoCal, the pico de gallo is commonplace.  But, to someone from the frigid Northeast like me, it is exotic! 


Out here in Mexi-zona, you can buy the fruit seasoning in the grocery stores. The brand is Tajin, Salsa en polvo Fruit Seasoning. It contains dried Chili Peppers, Salt & Dehydrated Lime Juice. It's imported from Mexico by Mexilink, Houston TX, a major importer of Mexican Food Products with ties to US companies like Hersheys and Dannon. 
http://www.mexilink.com/
I suppose it's available all over the Southwest & California.
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Re:My year in Roadfood (2010) 2010/12/13 15:34:52 (permalink)
Thanks Ann!  It really is for the best that I don't live anywhere near a Kopp's.  It would be so hard not to be there everyday.
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Re:My year in Roadfood (2010) 2010/12/14 22:20:22 (permalink)
Last Friday their flavor was Nutcracker. Can you get picture texts on your phone?? lol
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Re:My year in Roadfood (2010) 2010/12/15 03:25:30 (permalink)
Woow! The burgers and the non-pie desserts look sensational. I loved the Pico de Gallo from South tucson when i had it a few years ago.
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Re:My year in Roadfood (2010) 2010/12/15 08:12:14 (permalink)
stricken_detective

Last Friday their flavor was Nutcracker. Can you get picture texts on your phone?? lol
What exactly is in Nutcracker?  And don't tell me nuts and crackers!

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Re:My year in Roadfood (2010) 2010/12/15 08:23:53 (permalink)
Buffetbuster
 
I just noticed there is one item on your non pie dessert list that you left out and I'm extremely shocked....yes...shocked...I tell you.....that you left this item out " />....(hint - Richmond)
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Re:My year in Roadfood (2010) 2010/12/15 08:31:22 (permalink)
Sorry WJ, Carl's Frozen Custard didn't make the list!
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Re:My year in Roadfood (2010) 2010/12/15 08:39:30 (permalink)
buffetbuster

Sorry WJ, Carl's Frozen Custard didn't make the list!


I wasn't referring to the "rotten tomatoes" list, although I'm not certain if it would have even made my list if I had one this year....
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