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Restaurant Rivalry Road-trip! Advice needed!

Some buddies and I are doing a road trip across the country. We’ve done a couple food themed trips before, but this time we’re thinking about planning it around restaurant rivalries.
 
We’re definitely hitting up Pat’s and Geno’s in Philly and Anchor Bar and Duff’s in Buffalo, but we live in Jersey, so our knowledge of Food rivalries dwindles as we get farther from home.
 
A couple places we'd really like to hit are Southern California and Florida, but we’ll go wherever the trip takes us.
 
Any suggestions would be awesome!
 
Added bonuses:
 
Warm locations (we’re planning to do this fairly soon)
True rivals!! (We're not just into eating, we love meeting new people and hearing their stories. The guys from Pat's and Geno's are a riot!)

Thanks!!

~Paul
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    carolina bob
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    Re:Restaurant Rivalry Road-trip! Advice needed! 2010/01/07 19:49:54 (permalink)
    Here in Chicago, Al's #1 Italian Beef and Mr. Beef on Orleans could be considered a rivalry of sorts, as they are the two best-known beef joints in the city and they're only a few miles apart. I highly recommend both places.
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    Re:Restaurant Rivalry Road-trip! Advice needed! 2010/01/07 20:08:02 (permalink)
    Paul,
     
    Welcome to Roadfood!  I have a couple of suggestions, but unfortunately neither location is warm now (but what is warm this winter?).  At least one stop is on the way:
    • If you like pizza, New Haven (CT)  has choices of Sally's, Pepe's, and Modern Apizza - if you have time for only two, I recommend Pepe's and Sally's.
    • For soft custard ice cream, you could try Abbott's in Rochester (NY) and Anderson's in Buffalo.  Snow might not seem like the greatest setting for ice cream, but it's good food.
     
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    Re:Restaurant Rivalry Road-trip! Advice needed! 2010/01/07 21:15:14 (permalink)
    The very model of what you are talkin' here

    http://www.nytimes.com/20...six-foot-sandwich.html

    Caution: dont give any indication (verbal or otherwise) to workers either place know you will patronizing the other.  Dont get a carryout at one and carry it into the other.
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    Re:Restaurant Rivalry Road-trip! Advice needed! 2010/01/07 22:57:19 (permalink)
    In California it would be Phillipe's and Cole's.

    Both claim to be the inventor of the French Dip Sandwich.
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    Re:Restaurant Rivalry Road-trip! Advice needed! 2010/01/08 08:07:22 (permalink)
    You definitely want to check out Lafayette and American Coney Islands, sitting next to each other in downtown Detroit.  Michael Stern talks about the rivalry in the Roadfood review.

    http://www.roadfood.com/Restaurant/Review/1960-6672/lafayette-coney-island
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    Re:Restaurant Rivalry Road-trip! Advice needed! 2010/01/08 08:11:27 (permalink)
    Just thought of another one:  On Chicken Dinner Road in Pittsburg, Kansas, rivalry chicken restaurants, Chicken Annie's and Chicken Mary's are across the street from each other.

    http://www.roadfood.com/Restaurant/Review/4524-4474/chicken-annies
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    Re:Restaurant Rivalry Road-trip! Advice needed! 2010/01/08 08:33:57 (permalink)
    What an awesome idea, awesome sounding road trip i agree about the Pepe's Modern Sally stops to bad it reguires huge stomach at 3 great places. Don't forget the McD and BK bathroom breaks.
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    Re:Restaurant Rivalry Road-trip! Advice needed! 2010/01/08 09:26:25 (permalink)
    Not exactly a rivalry, however the touristas do go to Aunt Carrie's
    and Iggy's Doughboy's which sit across from eachother  in Narragansett RI . Both are only open during the summer.
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    Re:Restaurant Rivalry Road-trip! Advice needed! 2010/01/08 09:45:01 (permalink)
    These are all great suggestions guys, thanks so much!

    Keep 'em coming!
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    Re:Restaurant Rivalry Road-trip! Advice needed! 2010/01/13 12:04:07 (permalink)
    Shameless bump.

    Any more great places we need to hit?

    Thanks!
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    Re:Restaurant Rivalry Road-trip! Advice needed! 2010/01/13 13:01:52 (permalink)
    In the tiny town of San Antonio, NM, is two marvelous green chile cheeseburger places, practically across the street from each other, called The Owl and The Buckhorn Tavern, both of which are reviewed here on Roadfood.  
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    Re:Restaurant Rivalry Road-trip! Advice needed! 2010/01/13 13:50:19 (permalink)
    How about shrimp and grits in Charleston SC?  I know both 82 Queen and Magnolia's are supposed to be the big dogs, but that's a little upscale maybe for what you're thinking of doing.  Also, you can eat shrimp and grits for a whole week in Charleston and not go to the same place twice.
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    Re:Restaurant Rivalry Road-trip! Advice needed! 2010/01/13 13:55:29 (permalink)
    Nancypalooza

    How about shrimp and grits in Charleston SC?  I know both 82 Queen and Magnolia's are supposed to be the big dogs, but that's a little upscale maybe for what you're thinking of doing.  Also, you can eat shrimp and grits for a whole week in Charleston and not go to the same place twice.

     
    Is the original poster looking for restaurant rivalries or food rivalries?
    If it's food rivalries I've got a bunch of them.
    I've never been to Magnolia's but 82 Queen is pure unadulterated straight up ROADFOOD at
    least in the "pre-website" sense
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    Re:Restaurant Rivalry Road-trip! Advice needed! 2010/01/13 14:12:50 (permalink)
    In Minneapolis/St. Paul (sorry cold climate) there is Juicy Lucy burger restaurant rivalries between Matt's Bar and the 5-8 Club in Minneapolis with The Nook in St. Paul thrown in the mix. Their rivalries have been written up numerous times in the local media and also numerous food shows on cable TV.
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    Re:Restaurant Rivalry Road-trip! Advice needed! 2010/01/15 14:38:57 (permalink)
    To answer Wandering, we're looking for food rivalries. Sorry If I didn't communicate that properly.

    We're hitting specific locations for specific dishes and deciding for ourselves who does it best. It's just an added bonus if the restaurant owners and fans take their food very seriously!

    I'd love to hear your suggestions too.

    @buffetbuster - The green chili burger sounds amazing, we'll definitely check those out!

    @Davydd - Yeah the Juicy Lucy totally hooked us, that's been a definite contender.

    This community is fantastic, thanks for all of the help!

    post edited by Paul87 - 2010/01/15 14:41:48
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    Re:Restaurant Rivalry Road-trip! Advice needed! 2010/03/16 22:27:21 (permalink)
    Do you think this thread had anything to do with the tv show Food Wars?
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    Re:Restaurant Rivalry Road-trip! Advice needed! 2010/03/17 00:28:00 (permalink)
    You Gotta go to Nashville and do a "Nashville HOT Chicken" Throwdown.
     
    Prince's verses Boltons Or
    Prince's verses 400 Degrees Or
    400 Degrees verses The Chicken Shack
     
    http://www.nashvillehotchicken.com/ 
     
    The Nashvile Hot Chicken Festival is on the 4th of July 2010! You can try them ALL, if you have the "Plumbing" for it!!
    http://www.musiccityhotchickenfestival.com/ 
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    Re:Restaurant Rivalry Road-trip! Advice needed! 2010/03/17 00:39:14 (permalink)
    buffetbuster

    Do you think this thread had anything to do with the tv show Food Wars?

    I think it does. I liked the inaugural show about Buffalo with Duff's vs The Anchor Bar regarding Buffalo wings.
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    Re:Restaurant Rivalry Road-trip! Advice needed! 2010/03/17 01:01:12 (permalink)
    I hate to say, but the well intentioned Roadfood community has been duped by the producers of Food Wars.  First it was Page Productions getting seed ideas for Diners, DriveIns, and Dives, but at least they were up front about it. Now these weasels.  Their show is lifted right out of this thread.
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    Re:Restaurant Rivalry Road-trip! Advice needed! 2010/03/17 01:19:15 (permalink)
    I lasted all of 2 minutes watching that insipid Food Wars show before abandoning it. More food-inspired idiocy. The test pattern's more interesting.
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    Re:Restaurant Rivalry Road-trip! Advice needed! 2010/03/17 08:16:20 (permalink)
    After rereading this thread, it does seem like it would way too much of a coincidence for it not to be from the new Food Wars tv show.  The two sets of places they mention in the original post (Pats/Geno's and Anchor Bar/Duff's), we know for sure will be covered in the show.  And several other suggestions of ours have either already been used or are definitely still to come.
     
    I do think it is a really good idea for a show, though and I have enjoyed what I have seen.
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    Re:Restaurant Rivalry Road-trip! Advice needed! 2010/03/17 09:02:06 (permalink)
    I tried watching the Buffalo Wings show, then the Cheesesteak version. What a waste of time. Each could have been totally covered in less than 5 minutes of air-time, including complete histories of the source institution and Bio's of everyone who has ever worked there.

    I won't be giving them a third try.
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    Re:Restaurant Rivalry Road-trip! Advice needed! 2010/03/17 09:40:10 (permalink)
    Let's not forget Old Forge Pizza.
     
    I agree that the Food Wars program is a little drawn out.  I do like the idea of blind tasting though.  Iron Chef should give that a try.
     
     
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    Re:Restaurant Rivalry Road-trip! Advice needed! 2010/03/17 09:50:43 (permalink)
    You'd think that with a name like "Food Wars" there might be a future segment about the "Brawling Tronis of Ohio"!
     
    Actually...that might not actually be a bad idea.  A show about some of the extremes that competing restaurateurs have gone to over the years: arson, assault, slander/libel, murder...
     
    Brad
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    Re:Restaurant Rivalry Road-trip! Advice needed! 2010/03/17 10:06:06 (permalink)
    They could have a decent show if they just did Memphis BBQ-Corky's, Interstate, Rendezvous, Germantown Commisary, Tops, etc.
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    Re:Restaurant Rivalry Road-trip! Advice needed! 2010/03/17 11:18:00 (permalink)
    Let's get off this "Food Wars" thing and back on topic.
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    Re:Restaurant Rivalry Road-trip! Advice needed! 2010/03/17 20:25:25 (permalink)
    I call BS on the premise of the original posting.  There is nobody and his buddies who can afford the cost and time off work that this guy describes.

    As far as the series goes, besides the Cheesesteaks and Buffalo Wings that the original poster brought up, the show has already hit Carolina Bob's Italian beef joints and the Kansas chicken places that bb brought up.  The Kansas places are beyond obscure.  Travel Channel owes this board and/or the Stern's a shout out for our help.
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    Re:Restaurant Rivalry Road-trip! Advice needed! 2010/03/17 21:30:33 (permalink)

    Good Tony … Bad Tony? No Reservations  

    How about the biggest RIP-OFF on TV?  Anthony Bourdain has definitely been checking out this site.  Do you think he came up with the Bad Tony name on his own?


    Mr Bourdain, I know Tony bad, and you sir are no Tony Bad! 


    http://www.foodiebuddha.com/2010/01/11/good-tony-bad-tony-no-reservations-season-6-kicks-off/





    post edited by joerogo - 2010/03/17 21:38:05
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    Re:Restaurant Rivalry Road-trip! Advice needed! 2010/03/17 23:29:59 (permalink)
    joerogo

    Good Tony … Bad Tony? No Reservations  

    How about the biggest RIP-OFF on TV?  Anthony Bourdain has definitely been checking out this site.  Do you think he came up with the Bad Tony name on his own?


    Mr Bourdain, I know Tony bad, and you sir are no Tony Bad! 


    http://www.foodiebuddha.com/2010/01/11/good-tony-bad-tony-no-reservations-season-6-kicks-off/





     


    Don't worry Joe, I get a generous commission check every month for letting Mr Bourdain use my life story and experiences as his own...like when he tells the one about my friend Bob Sacamano and the time he had to return a pair of pants.


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