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Michael Stern

Roadfood Royalty Sun, 03/30/03 2:50 AM (permalink)
We are looking to compile a Burke's Peerage of Roadfood aristocracy and royalty, i.e. Mr. Dave the Tenderloin King, Barney Greengrass the Sturgeon King, Pat's King of Steaks, plus Queens, Princes, Barons, Dukes and Lords of any local food. We want to include gastronomic Superheroes, too, such as Super Duper Weenie, Superdawg, and Dogzilla, plus just about anyone who lays claim to being the first, best, and original (Al's #1 Italian Beef, Philippe's the Original, Original Ray's, etc.)

Any suggestions would be much appreciated.
 
#1
    mobley

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    • Joined: 3/27/2003
    • Location: Wilmington, NC
    RE: Roadfood Royalty Sun, 03/30/03 4:40 PM (permalink)
    Pete's Skylight in Ayden NC deems itself as the Bar-B-Q Capitol of America.
     
    #2
      jessicazee

      • Total Posts: 132
      • Joined: 2/12/2003
      • Location: Milwaukee, WI
      RE: Roadfood Royalty Mon, 03/31/03 4:20 PM (permalink)
      DeRango's The Pizza King has several locations in Racine, Wis. They have great thin-crust pie, along with a non-nonsense decor style, really cheap breakfasts and cool old neon signage at the Washington Avenue location.
       
      #3
        Newt57

        • Total Posts: 4
        • Joined: 3/3/2003
        • Location: Geotgetown, KY
        RE: Roadfood Royalty Wed, 04/2/03 9:25 AM (permalink)
        Pizza King in Berea, OH. Open 24 hrs/daily since 1957 or so. Good pizza and graet calzones.
         
        #4
          yumbo

          • Total Posts: 330
          • Joined: 6/4/2001
          • Location: Milwaukee, WI
          RE: Roadfood Royalty Wed, 04/2/03 12:34 PM (permalink)
          There's a great little Vietnamese deli in Seattle that makes a wonderful Banh Mi sub sandwich. Unfortunately the owner calls his place "Number 88".
           
          #5
            stanpnepa

            • Total Posts: 575
            • Joined: 11/23/2001
            • Location: Wyoming (Scranton/Wi, PA
            RE: Roadfood Royalty Wed, 04/2/03 1:13 PM (permalink)
            There's DUKE's Canoe Club at Waikiki Beach, pretty good bar food---incredible sunset!!

            Vince the Pizza PRINCE in Scranton, PA has been making cheesy round pies since the 1950's!

            And thumbs way up for the BBQ King in Charlotte, NC. What a sandwich!!!




             
            #6
              jessicazee

              • Total Posts: 132
              • Joined: 2/12/2003
              • Location: Milwaukee, WI
              RE: Roadfood Royalty Wed, 04/2/03 7:17 PM (permalink)
              Sir Desmond's Family Restaurant in Milwaukee has great soul food.
               
              #7
                Ort. Carlton.

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                • Joined: 4/9/2003
                • Location: Athens, GA
                RE: Roadfood Royalty Thu, 04/10/03 9:31 PM (permalink)
                Dearfolk,
                Gus' Sir Beef in Charlotte, North Carolina is, as Edd "Kookie" Byrnes would say it, "The ginchiest." This is a great neighborhood eatery in a city that is plumb waist deep in them.
                Remember, too, Pilgreen's Steak House on Lee Street in Southwest Atlanta is known locally as "The T-Bone King," and the sign (viewable elsewhere on this site) proudly shows us His Highness in all his glory.
                Would Counts' Sausage from Prosperity, South Carolina count? Jimmy Counts is the third generation to run the place, I am told. They turn out a to-die-for onion sausage available around Columbia - and I can't wait to try their version of liver pudding. It turned up in a Food Lion in Batesburg/Leesville.
                As Ray Charles Said, Knight Time Is The Right Time, Ort. Carlton.
                 
                #8
                  Maynerd

                  • Total Posts: 256
                  • Joined: 4/10/2003
                  • Location: Dallas, TX
                  RE: Roadfood Royalty Thu, 04/10/03 10:24 PM (permalink)
                  "Prince of Hamburgers" in Dallas is an ol' timey drive in that still has car hop service.They have a big neon sign with a crowned prince in leotards!
                   
                  #9
                    EliseT

                    • Total Posts: 2849
                    • Joined: 7/11/2001
                    • Location: L.A, CA
                    RE: Roadfood Royalty Fri, 04/11/03 5:18 AM (permalink)
                    BBQ King on Sunset in LA...Tommy's Original Hamburgers (I think it is a chain of 3). Tommy's has spawned a million imitators around here called Tomy's, Tom's, etc. with big red signs, but there is nothing like the original. I think their patties are too thin, and their chili is kind of a mush, but people line up around the block. Standing elbow to elbow at the long counter, trying not to get chili on your shoes, is kind of fun. It's a tradition.
                     
                    #10
                      CheeseWit

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                      • Joined: 4/10/2003
                      • Location: West Chester, PA
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                      RE: Roadfood Royalty Fri, 04/11/03 7:10 AM (permalink)
                      Add Steve's Prince of Steaks in Philly to your list.
                       
                      #11
                        jmckee

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                        • Joined: 11/26/2001
                        • Location: Batavia, OH
                        RE: Roadfood Royalty Fri, 04/11/03 1:21 PM (permalink)
                        In Cincinnati, there is a restaurant called the Montgomery Inn, whose late owner, Ted Gregory, billed himself as the "Ribs King." But BOY is that moniker undeserved. Cheap, boiled ribs that never saw a fire, topped with sweetie-sweet tomato-based sauce.
                         
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                          jpatweb

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                          • Joined: 2/3/2001
                          • Location: Alexandria, VA
                          RE: Roadfood Royalty Sat, 05/31/03 8:24 PM (permalink)
                          The great Pastrami King may have left this earth but in its place (although the Upper East Side will never be confused with Queens Boulevard) is Pastrami Queen. Supposedly the same ownership. I haven't tried it so I can't venture an opinion on the food.
                           
                          #13
                            essvee

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                            • Joined: 2/14/2002
                            • Location: Oakland, CA
                            RE: Roadfood Royalty Sun, 06/1/03 1:28 PM (permalink)
                            There is a Vietnamese joint on International Boulevard here in Oakland calls itself Pho King.

                            For the uninitiated, the word "pho" in Vietnamese is roughly pronounced "fuh."

                            Insert widely grinning emoticon here.
                             
                            #14
                              Hode

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                              • Joined: 4/1/2002
                              • Location: Rochester, NY
                              RE: Roadfood Royalty Sun, 06/1/03 2:13 PM (permalink)
                              used to be a place in Myrtle Beasch S.C. called Queens / run by a husband and wife / her name was Queen and her husband's was Prince / served soul food and low country cuisine
                               
                              #15
                                BBQ Barney

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                                • Joined: 6/20/2002
                                • Location: Des Moines, Iowa,
                                RE: Roadfood Royalty Sun, 06/1/03 7:29 PM (permalink)
                                George The Chili King Drive-In in Des Moines IA is at least a 40 year old institution of chili and burgers--plus a great "fat man sandwich" invented by the 1965 fry cook, Car hops on roller skates for special occasions as well.
                                 
                                #16
                                  goldsborscht

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                                  • Joined: 4/16/2003
                                  • Location: brooklyn, NY
                                  RE: Roadfood Royalty Sun, 06/1/03 11:06 PM (permalink)
                                  Shawarma King in Westwood, Ca: great falafels. Princess Manor Polish Dining Hall in Brooklyn: looks cheesy. Crown Fried Chicken: Brooklyn's KFC ripoff. LaDuca's Pizza in Brooklyn on Ave. J: the best, an institution. The Papaya King in Manhattan: good hot dogs,but gave me violent runs twice. I got to think about more.
                                   
                                  #17
                                    Art Deco

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                                    • Joined: 6/12/2002
                                    • Location: Nashville, TN
                                    RE: Roadfood Royalty Mon, 06/2/03 10:23 AM (permalink)
                                    Prince's Hot Chicken in Nashville, TN. Excellent chicken!!!
                                     
                                    #18
                                      hawkeyejohn

                                      • Total Posts: 257
                                      • Joined: 5/6/2003
                                      • Location: Joliet, IL
                                      RE: Roadfood Royalty Mon, 06/2/03 10:53 AM (permalink)
                                      Merle's A#1 Ribs in Evanston, Illinois.
                                       
                                      #19
                                        Lone Star

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                                        • Joined: 5/22/2003
                                        • Location: Houston, TX
                                        RE: Roadfood Royalty Mon, 06/2/03 3:33 PM (permalink)
                                        "The Pigstand" even has a tradmark on the orignal "Pig Sandwhich".

                                        # 29 is where I go in Houston, and I know there is one in San Antonio. I don't know about the other numbers. They have been selling pig sandwiches since at least 1920.
                                         
                                        #20
                                          RubyRose

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                                          • Joined: 5/7/2003
                                          • Location: Lehigh Valley, PA
                                          RE: Roadfood Royalty Mon, 06/2/03 4:58 PM (permalink)
                                          Yocco's - the Hotdog King, founded by Julius Iacocca (brother of Lee of Ford Mustang fame). There are currently 3 locations in the Allentown PA area but one of their claims to fame was shipping Doggie Paks of the hotdogs, buns, sauce, etc. all over the country in the days before the internet.

                                          If you type Yocco's into your search engine, you should be able to find a picture of the lecherous-looking crowned hot dog.
                                           
                                          #21
                                            jpatweb

                                            • Total Posts: 232
                                            • Joined: 2/3/2001
                                            • Location: Alexandria, VA
                                            RE: Roadfood Royalty Tue, 06/3/03 9:34 AM (permalink)
                                            Lest we forget Lexington Barbecue #1.
                                             
                                            #22
                                              EdSails

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                                              • Location: Mission Viejo, CA
                                              RE: Roadfood Royalty Tue, 06/3/03 8:24 PM (permalink)
                                              My vote goes to the Swn oyster Depot in san Francisco. If I lived there I'd be in real trouble. It's everything Michael's review says. MMmmmmm.....just thinking about a plate of oysters and the bowl of chowder from there-----and that mignonette.....
                                               
                                              #23
                                                EdSails

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                                                • Location: Mission Viejo, CA
                                                RE: Roadfood Royalty Tue, 06/3/03 8:36 PM (permalink)
                                                Swan Oyster Depot........boy is my typing bad today!
                                                 
                                                #24
                                                  goldsborscht

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                                                  • Location: brooklyn, NY
                                                  RE: Roadfood Royalty Thu, 06/5/03 10:39 PM (permalink)
                                                  Nero's Steakhouse in Ceasar's Palace in Vegas. Caligula's bbq in a town called Hell couldn't be far behind.
                                                   
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                                                    Richard Brooks Alba

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                                                    • Location: Lexington, KY
                                                    RE: Roadfood Royalty Mon, 06/9/03 6:44 PM (permalink)
                                                    Not to be a party...disrupter - ;) - but the whole point of this exercise was supposed to be to come up with places that had either regal titles or other superlative claims as part of their name or motto, right?

                                                    (No matter how you spell "Swan's," it still ain't no King or Queen or Prince, or 'the Home of' or 'the Best' or 'the First'...* even though it is MIGHTY TASTY.)

                                                    Now, do joints that are located in places with such names count - like any greasy spoon in, say, King of Prussia?
                                                    Call me curious,
                                                    Richard
                                                    Berkeley/SF, CA

                                                    *didn't Bugs Bunny once "crown" someone [Yosemite Sam?], "Sir Loin of Beef, Sir Duke of Ellington, Sir Count of Basie"?
                                                     
                                                    #26
                                                      ConeyIslandLou

                                                      • Total Posts: 737
                                                      • Joined: 4/30/2003
                                                      • Location: Middletown, NY
                                                      RE: Roadfood Royalty Mon, 06/9/03 9:13 PM (permalink)
                                                      Re: Bugs Bunny- YES-however it was 'Sheriff John' in the Bugs version of Robin Hood...
                                                       
                                                      #27
                                                        MoBob

                                                        • Total Posts: 82
                                                        • Joined: 4/13/2003
                                                        • Location: Houston, TX
                                                        RE: Roadfood Royalty Sun, 06/15/03 4:14 PM (permalink)
                                                        Ya gotta include White Castle. They must be the first slider.

                                                        "Since 1921"
                                                         
                                                        #28
                                                          frank n. burger

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                                                          • Joined: 6/11/2003
                                                          • Location: pottsville, PA
                                                          RE: Roadfood Royalty Sun, 06/15/03 5:18 PM (permalink)
                                                          in philadelphia-walt's-king of crabs. great mussels and crabs. on 2nd or 3rd st off of south street.
                                                           
                                                          #29
                                                            mayor al

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                                                            • Location: Louisville area, Southern Indiana
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                                                            RE: Roadfood Royalty Sun, 06/15/03 5:35 PM (permalink)
                                                            Richard,
                                                            Does the need for the royal title mean that when "No-Name" seafood of Boston opens a second "No-Name" Restaurant in No-Name, Colorado, No-One will NO how to list it in the foodie directories?? hehehe
                                                            BTW... I finally got my 3rd Star, and feel like George C Scott in one of the scenes in PATTON !
                                                             
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