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carolina bob

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Re:Seventeen states in thirteen days Tue, 03/23/10 9:52 PM (permalink)
   I can't resist one last photo from Stroud's. The staff there means business.


 
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    buffetbuster

    Re:Seventeen states in thirteen days Wed, 03/24/10 8:27 AM (permalink)
    Okay Bob, I need your opinion.  Stroud's or Bon Ton Mini Mart?  Or is there another fried chicken you like even better than those two?
     
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      ScreamingChicken

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      Re:Seventeen states in thirteen days Wed, 03/24/10 8:35 AM (permalink)
      Carolina Bob


      Damn, I did it again. I'm gonna nail this photo-posting process if it's the last thing I ever do ( he said without actually believing it... )


      You mean you didn't have 2 bowls of soup? 
       
      That chicken looks excellent.  I think my "what to have for lunch" question has been answered, although it'll have to come from someplace different.
       
      Brad
       
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        Re:Seventeen states in thirteen days Wed, 03/24/10 9:34 AM (permalink)
        So there aren't vegetable sides at Stroud's, just the rolls and mashed potatoes?
         
        #34
          buffetbuster

          Re:Seventeen states in thirteen days Wed, 03/24/10 9:43 AM (permalink)
          Nancy, they do give you a huge bowl of green beans, too.
           
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            carolina bob

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            Re:Seventeen states in thirteen days Wed, 03/24/10 10:39 AM (permalink)
            Cliff, the fried chicken at Bon Ton's is very good, but it's spicy style as opposed to traditional so that rules it out for the #1 spot. Right now I'd have to say that, for my favorite, it's a tie between Stroud's and Popolano's in Lansing IL, the suburb that I vacated a few months ago. I've taken a number of roadfooders to Popo's in the past year ( Buffalo Tarheel and Buddy Roadhouse, among others ) and the chicken has gotten a thumbs-up from everyone.
             
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              Re:Seventeen states in thirteen days Wed, 03/24/10 10:42 AM (permalink)
              Nancy, I told my server not to bother bringing out the green beans, as I detest those nasty things.
               
              #37
                MiamiDon

                Re:Seventeen states in thirteen days Wed, 03/24/10 12:33 PM (permalink)
                Bob, is the chicken at Bon Ton super-hot like Prince's?
                 
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                  carolina bob

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                  Re:Seventeen states in thirteen days Wed, 03/24/10 5:48 PM (permalink)
                  MiamiDon


                  Bob, is the chicken at Bon Ton super-hot like Prince's?


                  No, it's quite spicy ( in the way that Popeye's is, only more so ), but it's nothing like the mouth-wrecking stuff that they serve at Bolton's and Prince's.
                   
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                    Re:Seventeen states in thirteen days Wed, 03/24/10 6:14 PM (permalink)
                    Carolina Bob


                    Nancy, I told my server not to bother bringing out the green beans, as I detest those nasty things.


                    those are the best green beans and ham in the world. I would of had them air freighted here.
                     
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                      Re:Seventeen states in thirteen days Wed, 03/24/10 6:18 PM (permalink)
                      The Bon Ton's fried chicken has some spice to it, but it's more flavor than spice.  Each piece of chicken is immersed for 24 hours in a brine sort of solution that penetrates to the bone.  You can actually lick the salt off the bones.

                      As a contrast, Mr. D's, also in Henderson, Kentucky, about two minutes away, has fried chicken that is prepared in the same manner as the Bon Ton's, but it has more spice to it--and it's got a completely different kind of flavor to it.  It's really apples and oranges to compare the two.  Both are very good.

                       
                      #41
                        ayersian

                        Re:Seventeen states in thirteen days Wed, 03/24/10 6:57 PM (permalink)
                        Bob, I'm so glad you had great food at Arthur Bryant's.  We've only been there once, but my mouth still waters when I think of it.    Chris
                         
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                          Re:Seventeen states in thirteen days Wed, 03/24/10 10:25 PM (permalink)
                          Bob, Love this report..I look forward to you coming down in May.. Already picked the place for your next dinner Bib's. Down town Winston-Salem.. I think you will like it. Any way I love breaking bread with you, and enjoy all meals we have together.. I guess It's the great conpany.. Look forward to the rest of the report... and your next visit :>)
                           
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                            Re:Seventeen states in thirteen days Wed, 03/24/10 10:48 PM (permalink)
                            Thanks, Traci.  I'm looking forward to seeing you again too. I've heard and read some very good things about Bib's and I hope that it lives up to its reputation. While I'm in your area, I also want to try Prissy Polly's Barbecue in Kernersville that you've recommended. If all goes well, I'll be back in NC the second weekend in May.
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                              carolina bob

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                              Re:Seventeen states in thirteen days Wed, 03/24/10 11:26 PM (permalink)
                              Sunday, Feb. 7th ( day #2 )

                                 The first day of this roadtrip went fairly well; decent weather and great roadfood meals, plus I got lost only once. However, I woke up Sunday morning to find that the dread disease "everythinggowrongitis" had visited me during the night. My case turned out to be one of those forty-eight hour viruses, as, for two days straight, nothing seemed to go right. The morning started out with a quick biscuit n' gravy breakfast at a nearby Hardee's, which was followed by a couple of hours of "exploring" KC's northern suburbs while awaiting the 10 AM opening of the nearest location of Winstead's, a local hamburger chain.



                              I first learned of Winstead's from the second edition of Roadfood, which I bought back in 1980, and have been hoping for the opportunity to eat there ever since.



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                                Re:Seventeen states in thirteen days Wed, 03/24/10 11:55 PM (permalink)
                                   I arrived at Winstead's just minutes after it opened, and, after looking at the menu, I decided to go with just a single burger ( no cheese ), fries and a Coke. Since I planned to hit three other Roadfood-reviewed places later in the day, I wanted to avoid getting full too soon.



                                I'd always heard Winstead's burgers compared favorably to those at the Steak n' Shake chain, which are among my favorites, so I was anticipating a really tasty burger. However, I found Winstead's burger to be somewhat disappointing. Not a bad burger certainly, but it didn't live up to three decades of expectation. Oh well...


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                                  Re:Seventeen states in thirteen days Thu, 03/25/10 1:04 AM (permalink)
                                  Bob, I wish we had talked about KC before your trip; Mrs. Roadhouse (a KC native) and I would've set you straight on a few things.  One of which would be to not set your hopes too high on Wintead's Hamburgers.  Don't get me wrong, we stop at Winstead's almost every trip we make to Kansas City.  I still would have recommended a stop at Winstead's, if only to experience the burger that defines the city.  But I would have put a qualifier on the rec.

                                  Thing is, when we eat there we still have memories of Winstead's when it was a more or less one of a kind place, not a region-wide chain, operated by a single family owner as opposed to a multinational corporate consortium.  Funny how memories of how things used to be can shade the way you perceive things in the here and now.

                                  There are better burgers throughout KC.  The Westport Flea Market comes to mind.  Also, there's an old time burger stand on the outskirts of town, more in Independence than KC, I think it's called Big Boy (although not the chain), or High Boy or something.  Then there's Town Topic.  You go to TT more for the atmosphere than the food.  It's classic old time diner territory.  The place every Presidential candidate stops at for a photo opportunity with the locals.  Good but not great burgers.

                                  I hope your trip took a turn for the better.

                                  Buddy
                                   
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                                    Re:Seventeen states in thirteen days Thu, 03/25/10 5:37 AM (permalink)

                                    By the time you are finished with this trip report, it will be time for another trip....

                                    mark
                                     
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                                      carolina bob

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                                      Re:Seventeen states in thirteen days Thu, 03/25/10 7:03 AM (permalink)
                                      doggydaddy


                                      By the time you are finished with this trip report, it will be time for another trip....

                                      mark


                                      Boy, is that the truth. I'm less than six weeks away from another North Carolina roadtrip, and if I don't get busy with this book-length novel, I'm going to end up working on two trip reports at the same time.
                                       
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                                        Re:Seventeen states in thirteen days Thu, 03/25/10 9:03 AM (permalink)
                                        I agree about Winstead's.  I read Calvin Trillin's book where he goes on and on about how it is the best hamburger in the world.  So I went in with the highest of expectations and I left with the same thought.  It was good but not the best ever.  I did think Arthur Bryant's lived up to the hype but that was over 15 years ago and I haven't been back since.  I was really glad to hear that you liked it.
                                         
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                                          ayersian

                                          Re:Seventeen states in thirteen days Thu, 03/25/10 10:32 AM (permalink)
                                          hatteras04

                                          I agree about Winstead's.  I read Calvin Trillin's book where he goes on and on about how it is the best hamburger in the world.  So I went in with the highest of expectations and I left with the same thought.  It was good but not the best ever.  I did think Arthur Bryant's lived up to the hype but that was over 15 years ago and I haven't been back since.  I was really glad to hear that you liked it.

                                          Hatteras04, which Trillin book is that, by chance?  He grew up in KC, so I'm not surprised that he'd have fond memories of Winstead's back in the day, like BuddyRoadhouse mentioned above.  Trillin does swear by Arthur Bryant's, though, as do I!    Chris
                                           
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                                            Re:Seventeen states in thirteen days Thu, 03/25/10 2:32 PM (permalink)
                                            ayersian

                                            Hatteras04, which Trillin book is that, by chance?  He grew up in KC, so I'm not surprised that he'd have fond memories of Winstead's back in the day, like BuddyRoadhouse mentioned above.  Trillin does swear by Arthur Bryant's, though, as do I!    Chris


                                            American Fried.  It was published in the early 70s so it might be kind of dated but it is still an interesting read.
                                             
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                                              TnTinCT

                                              Re:Seventeen states in thirteen days Fri, 03/26/10 6:24 AM (permalink)
                                              Great report - this one is going to be a doozy! Have fond memories of our KC roadtrip last year, and will validate that Stroud's was the best chicken we've ever had, and one of the highlights of the trip (along with burnt ends at LC's). Can't wait for the rest of the report!
                                               
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                                                Re:Seventeen states in thirteen days Fri, 03/26/10 9:27 AM (permalink)
                                                Thanks, TnTinCt. This will be a doozy if my blankety-blank computer ever stops playing games and lets me get on with the report. Yesterday, I started to post more photos, only to discover that roughly half of the approx. 700 pictures that I took on the trip had mysteriously vanished from the "browse box" ( or whatever it's called. ) The tech guy is coming this afternoon to ( hopefully ) retrieve them for me; it's a good thing that I never delete photos from my memory cards. If all goes well, my "odyssey" will continue this evening.

                                                               Update: Photos retrieved! I'll get back to work on this report later today.
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                                                  carolina bob

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                                                  Re:Seventeen states in thirteen days Fri, 03/26/10 8:28 PM (permalink)
                                                      After my lunch #1 at Winstead's, I drove south to downtown Kansas City MO to take a few photos...



                                                  ... and then I headed west on I-70 to Kansas City KS...



                                                  ... to have lunch #2 at the famed Oklahoma Joe's Barbecue.


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                                                    carolina bob

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                                                    Re:Seventeen states in thirteen days Fri, 03/26/10 8:36 PM (permalink)
                                                       Unfortunately, this is what greeted me when I arrived at Oklahoma Joe's...



                                                    It was Sunday and I had just been TRAVELIN-MANNED!!!
                                                     
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                                                      Re:Seventeen states in thirteen days Fri, 03/26/10 9:26 PM (permalink)
                                                      On Sunday ANYWHERE in the USA you takes your chances in not being Travelin-Manned.

                                                       
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                                                        Re:Seventeen states in thirteen days Fri, 03/26/10 10:00 PM (permalink)
                                                        Carolina Bob


                                                        Thanks, TnTinCt. This will be a doozy if my blankety-blank computer ever stops playing games and lets me get on with the report. Yesterday, I started to post more photos, only to discover that roughly half of the approx. 700 pictures that I took on the trip had mysteriously vanished from the "browse box" ( or whatever it's called. ) The tech guy is coming this afternoon to ( hopefully ) retrieve them for me; it's a good thing that I never delete photos from my memory cards. If all goes well, my "odyssey" will continue this evening.

                                                                      Update: Photos retrieved! I'll get back to work on this report later today.

                                                          I can't imagine posting 700 pictures!
                                                         
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                                                          carolina bob

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                                                          Re:Seventeen states in thirteen days Fri, 03/26/10 10:10 PM (permalink)
                                                             The second day of my trip was not starting off well. My meal at Winstead's was disappointing, my lunch at Oklahoma Joe's was non-existent, and Saturday's sunshine had been replaced by an ugly overcast sky. Hoping that this was not an indication of how the day would go, I got back on westbound I-70 and headed over to Topeka, where I took photos of the downtown area...



                                                          ... and of the Kansas state capital.


                                                           
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                                                            carolina bob

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                                                            Re:Seventeen states in thirteen days Sun, 03/28/10 7:58 PM (permalink)
                                                            We regret to announce that, due to technical difficulties, the series "Driving With Bob" will not be seen tonight ( translation: my lousy computer has gone totally berserk and will probably be in the shop for the next few days. )

                                                                       Update: Computer is once again fixed, and this time it better stay fixed!
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