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Re:What Wooed Wanderingjew- The Best of 2011 2011/12/19 13:06:48 (permalink)
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Best Strolls/Views

1. Lake Michigan Milwaukee WI

 


If I'm not mistaken the larger building is the Discovery Center and the long low building is the Harbor House restaurant, which leads me to believe you took this photo from the vicinity of the Milwaukee Museum of Art.
 
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Re:What Wooed Wanderingjew- The Best of 2011 2011/12/19 14:30:55 (permalink)
My thoughts exactly, Brad.
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Re:What Wooed Wanderingjew- The Best of 2011 2011/12/19 17:20:09 (permalink)
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I hope to explore more of Delaware in the near future since it really isn't so far away and it seems to be  a state that gets lost in the shuffle between Pennsylvania, Maryland and New Jersey.  
 
Screaming Brad-
 
I walked from my hotel (I think it was the downtown Hampton Inn) to the coffee house, Alterra on the Lake- It is possible I could have taken those photos from the Art Museum area. 
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Re:What Wooed Wanderingjew- The Best of 2011 2011/12/20 16:14:52 (permalink)
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I'm ready to jump in my car, but I can't decide whether to head south to Nitro, WV or west to Skokie, IL.  Both of those, actually all of them, look terrific.

Why doesn't ChiTownDiner ever take me anyplace good?

 
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Re:What Wooed Wanderingjew- The Best of 2011 2011/12/26 17:21:20 (permalink)
The Wooes continue...

Best New Local Roadfood Restaurant
 
I rarely visit new local restaurants, probably because I rarely dine out when I'm at home, and when I do, its usually to places I've enjoyed on previous occasions.
 
Last month when Buffetbuster came to town,  he checked to see which restaurants would be open late since he was flying in late on  a friday evening.  He mentioned that he and Mariton had been to this restaurant when he previously visited me, unfortunately the day he went was the day I had a Mets game to go to in NY. I've been to handful of restaurants on Federal Hill (Providence's Little Italy)
but have never been here. I'm now very glad that I did.
 
Andino's- Providence RI
 


    (photo courtesy of Buffetbuster)
 

This was the veal special that evening. I don't remember the name of it, however Cassarino's next door has a very similar dish called Bracciola.  It's  a rolled veal dish stuffed with sausage, provolone and I don't remember what else, however it was served with a spicy  fra diavolo sauce that was absolutely spectacular. 
 
post edited by wanderingjew - 2011/12/26 17:30:01
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Re:What Wooed Wanderingjew- The Best of 2011 2011/12/26 17:44:51 (permalink)
Roadfood Restaurant least likely to be visited by a Rhode Islander
 
(With the exception of yours truly of course)

Most Rhode Islanders don't travel, if they do, they usually don't go very far. I remember several years back before I had my own computer I was at the local library and overheard a couple at the  next computer planning their week long vacation to Foxwoods- the Indian Casino in Connecticut which is less than 50 miles away from me! 
 
A month ago or so, I was talking with a coworker who had visited her sister in Oklahoma City and she told he about her visit to the Cattleman's Steakhouse, I was a little surprised that she 
A. Had been to Oklahoma City
B. Actually visited a true local's establishment.
 
But even this didn't blow me away.
 
Over the summer one of my coworkers, a vegetarian was heading to Long Island NY for catastrophe duty, I couldn't really tell him where to go since he's well a vegetarian, I told him to check with the locals to find a local pizza place- since there are so few on Long Island that can be considered mediocre or less. When he returned from his tour of duty, I asked how Long Island was, he said he was only there a for a couple days as they ended up sending him to McCook, Nebreska to finish out his tour. I knew it was a shot in the dark but I asked if he managed to make it here- and he repliied, yes, we went there almost every day!
 
So here it is!
 
1- Sehnert's Bakery McCook NE  (aka The Bieroc Cafe)
 

 

 

 
Unfortunately since he is a vegetarian, he didn't have the opportunity to try their famous Cabbage or Kraut Burgers
 

post edited by wanderingjew - 2011/12/26 17:45:56
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Re:What Wooed Wanderingjew- The Best of 2011 2011/12/26 18:04:40 (permalink)
Dale Dale Dale.....Dale Dale.  You need to try the regionally appropriate food of Rhode Island.  You can get Bracciola in Pittston.  When at Andino's, you need to order the snails fra diavolo.
 

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Re:What Wooed Wanderingjew- The Best of 2011 2011/12/26 18:14:53 (permalink)
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Dale Dale Dale.....Dale Dale.  You need to try the regionally appropriate food of Rhode Island.  You can get Bracciola in Pittston.  When at Andino's, you need to order the snails fra diavolo.



 
Joe,
 
If there's anything that I can define as regionally appropriate in Rhode Island - it's Italian food, Italian food, and oh yes, Italian food.
 
Snails you say??
 
Oh, did we have snails
 


 
(photo courtesy of Buffetbuster)
 
Snail Salad of course !
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Re:What Wooed Wanderingjew- The Best of 2011 2011/12/26 18:33:42 (permalink)
Most Over the Top Roadfood Dish
 
I had the opportunity to enjoy and in some cases loath some really over the top regional roadfood items. Some were really really good, some were pretty decent, some were not bad or just "OK", unfortunately there are a few where "too much of a good thing" just isn't good  or just didn't "seem right" and then others were just downright gross and horrendous.
 
However if there is one that truly deserves the # 1 prize it's this, and for those who are wondering this
falls into the "pretty decent" category. However I think this was also the dish that put me "over the edge" during my Chicago "Chow down" with Chi Town Diner this past June
 
 
1- The Triple D - Wiener and Still Champion -  Evanston IL
 



 

 
I included a cross section photo of this monstrous masterpiece. 
A couple of hot dogs, dipped in corn batter, deep fried  topped with chili and merkts cheddar
 
Defibrillator anyone?
 
post edited by wanderingjew - 2011/12/26 19:08:57
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Re:What Wooed Wanderingjew- The Best of 2011 2011/12/26 20:38:54 (permalink)
Lucky Horseshoe
 
Every once in a while I'll discover a couple of regional roadfood specialties that I don't care for. Sometimes it will take more than one try to determine if I went to the wrong place, however after three tries I usually give up and realize I just don't like that particular item.  For example it took 3 tries before I found that Breaded Pork Tenderloins are worth coming back to, on the other hand I realize that the Iowa speciality "Loose Meats" aka "Maid Rites", "Charley Boys" or "Taverns" are just not my thing and I'd rather sink my teeth into a juicy Iowa chop (the jury is still out on North Dakota Fleischkuechle) 
 
When I first tried the Springfield IL specialty, the horseshoe at the Springfield Family Restaurant back in 2006 I wasn't impressed, I then tried it again this past June at the D & J Cafe- better but it still don't blow me away. I returned once again in September.... This time I returned to some place  new and traded in ham for more exotic roast pork, dumped those frozen crinkle cut fries for fresh cut and the white cheese sauce really took things to a new level..
 
Corner Pub and Restaurant- Springfield IL
 

 
Not the best item I've had all year but it's now certainly worth coming back too!
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Re:What Wooed Wanderingjew- The Best of 2011 2011/12/26 21:42:46 (permalink)
Like that last dish, but count me in as one Italian  (through and through) who can't stand snails!!!!!
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Re:What Wooed Wanderingjew- The Best of 2011 2011/12/27 08:21:01 (permalink)
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Like that last dish, but count me in as one Italian  (through and through) who can't stand snails!!!!!


Buffetbuster and I never had snails prior to our experience at Andino's and I've been living in Rhode Island for 11 years. It certainly has a chewy texture, and I'm still on the fence, I would certainly order it elsewhere to see if its any different.
 
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Re:What Wooed Wanderingjew- The Best of 2011 2011/12/27 08:28:43 (permalink)
And here I was thinking the main reason you enjoyed Andino's so much was because of the company! Andino's really is a terrific restaurant that needs revisited many times.
 
Keep it coming WJ!
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Re:What Wooed Wanderingjew- The Best of 2011 2011/12/27 08:40:01 (permalink)
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Like that last dish, but count me in as one Italian  (through and through) who can't stand snails!!!!!

 
How about scungilli?
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Re:What Wooed Wanderingjew- The Best of 2011 2011/12/27 08:50:15 (permalink)
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Most Over the Top Roadfood Dish

I had the opportunity to enjoy and in some cases loath some really over the top regional roadfood items. Some were really really good, some were pretty decent, some were not bad or just "OK", unfortunately there are a few where "too much of a good thing" just isn't good  or just didn't "seem right" and then others were just downright gross and horrendous.

However if there is one that truly deserves the # 1 prize it's this, and for those who are wondering this
falls into the "pretty decent" category. However I think this was also the dish that put me "over the edge" during my Chicago "Chow down" with Chi Town Diner this past June


1- The Triple D - Wiener and Still Champion -  Evanston IL







I included a cross section photo of this monstrous masterpiece. 
A couple of hot dogs, dipped in corn batter, deep fried  topped with chili and merkts cheddar

Defibrillator anyone?


This is one of those dishes that looks better in person...maybe!  All due respect to Guspas...who was not in that particular day...
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Re:What Wooed Wanderingjew- The Best of 2011 2011/12/27 17:58:59 (permalink)
Seven Superb Sides, Snacks and Such
 
Since my best of list pays tribute mostly to full meals, sometimes the sides and between or after meal snacks  really shined. Yes there were certainly other sides that really caught my attention in 2011, however if the entire meal deserved accolades then they will be duly noted in the appropriate awards section.
 
1- Potato Salad- Ropers Ribs St Louis MO 
 

 
This eggy potato salad really made up for that the fact that this bbq joint temporarily ran out of bbq
 
2. Sauerkraut Balls- Hey Hey Bar & Grill Columbus OH
 

 
 My first experience with "Kraut Balls", in fact that's all they serve, my only regret is that I didn't order the larger size .
 
3. Corn Pudding- Thelma's Chicken and Waffles Roanoke VA
 

 
My last experience with corn pudding at Surrey House in Surry VA , was that it tasted too much like creamed corn. This corn pudding actually had a thick pudding like texture which brought it to a new level. This was definitely my favorite part of the meal.
 
4. Farfel and Kishkes- Second Avenue Deli  New York NY
 

 
(cell phone photo)
I went to the Second Avenue Deli twice this year- both day trips, both times after the Yankees game.  I'll let you in on something, the Second Avenue Deli won't  be on my Standby's list, not because it wasn't good but because as a rule of thumb Standby's have to skip a year before they're eligible again and I went last year. Anyway,  I've never had their kishke's (stuffed cows intestines) or  farfel (mushroom and barley in schmaltz) - this is true Jewish soul food.
 
5. Mac n Cheese-  McKoy's Smokehouse Charlotte NC
 


 
 
One of the few things I really enjoyed on my guilt trip to Charlotte this past July. This is probably some of the best Mac n Cheese I ever had- in fact other than the corn bread it was the best part of the meal.
 
6. Cheese Curds- The Old Fashioned Madison WI
 


 
These  cheesy curds  of goodness were "State Fair" worthy - 
 
7. Baked Beans- Union Oyster House Boston MA
 


 
A bowl of baked beans usually doesn't blow me away, but these dark, molassesey rich beans bowled me right over and dare I say were  better than Durgin Park's




post edited by wanderingjew - 2011/12/29 09:13:26
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Re:What Wooed Wanderingjew- The Best of 2011 2011/12/27 19:24:18 (permalink)
Man.  What a year.
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Re:What Wooed Wanderingjew- The Best of 2011 2011/12/27 19:48:31 (permalink)
1/2 a dozen eye openers of 2011
(that's breakfast for everyone else)
 
6-3 are in no particular order 2 and 1 are actually second best and best
 
6- Peanut Butter Roll Sehnert's Bakery McCook NE
 


 
 
Not a full breakfast, however this is definitely the best pastry I had all year- I had to get here early to ensure that they didn't run out- skip the cinnamon icing and replace it with peanut butter.
 
5. Stuffed Ham St Mary's Landing Charlotte Hall MD
 




Corned Ham Stuffed with cabbage, kale, onions and pungent spices. 
 
4. Banana Walnut Pancakes- Pamela's Milvale PA
 


 
Crepe style pancakes loaded with banana, walnuts and whipped cream .  Syrup would be inconsequential
 
3. Country Ham with Red Eye Gravy The Roanoker Roanoke VA
 


 

 
 

 
There's nothing more special that a classic southern breakfast, the rugged country ham served here is thinly sliced, not too salty and goes perfect with the eye twitching red eye gravy.
 
2. Cheese Frenchee Shirley's Diner Omaha NE
 

 
Grilled cheese sandwich, slathered in mayo, dipped in cornflakes and deep fried. Sometimes being over the top can be a good thing and this cheese frenchee was no exception. Certainly not usually a breakfast item, but I did have this for breakfast- if I didn't- this would have been easily slotted as an honorable mention of 2011.
 
and the # 1 Roadfood Breakfast meal of 2011 is....
 
Mixed Grill Gab n' Eat- Carnegie PA
 

 
Pittsburgh is a breakfast city, and although Gab N' Eat  is usually considered a notch below Deluca's or Pamela's the Mixed Grill can stand up with the best  of them.
post edited by wanderingjew - 2011/12/27 19:51:22
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Re:What Wooed Wanderingjew- The Best of 2011 2011/12/27 19:48:37 (permalink)
I sure do enjoy WJ's and BB's trips.
 
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Re:What Wooed Wanderingjew- The Best of 2011 2011/12/27 19:53:40 (permalink)
Sundancer7

I sure do enjoy WJ's and BB's trips.

Paul E. Smith
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So do I, Paul.
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Re:What Wooed Wanderingjew- The Best of 2011 2011/12/28 08:00:24 (permalink)
Thanks Paul and Gregg
-Top 10 Non Pie Desserts are slated for tonight.
after that there will be three more categories to conclude Saturday
with a bonus category after new years.
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Re:What Wooed Wanderingjew- The Best of 2011 2011/12/28 08:13:55 (permalink)
Hey, looks like Pittsburgh represented itself rather well in the breakfast category!!!  I have been wavering back and forth on whether or not I should write an official Roadfood review for Gab 'n Eat.  If it wins your best eye-opener, then maybe I should get my butt moving on it!
 
Stuffed ham for breakfast.....doesn't that sound good!
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Re:What Wooed Wanderingjew- The Best of 2011 2011/12/28 20:54:33 (permalink)
Top 10 Non Pie Desserts of 2011
 
1. Honey Sesame Peanut Ice Cream - Ted & Wally's Omaha NE
 

(cell phone photo)

Ted and Wally's are infamous for their off the wall flavors such as Travelin Man's favorite, French Toast, well, Honey Sesame Peanut is just another oddity added to their repertoire- it was just like an entire Thai meal in an ice cream cone.
 
 
2. Cranberries and Cream Ice Cream- Ted & Wally's Omaha NE
 



It's no wonder that Ted and Wally's is one of my favorite ice cream shops in the countr, when something as simple as Cranberries and Cream can taste so good.
 
 
3. Indian Pudding- Durgin Park Boston MA
 


 
Take some steaming hot cream of wheat, add some molasses, ginger and a dollop of cool ice cream- there's probably more to it than that. But I think all four of us that shared this fine bowl of Indian Pudding on a cold January Evening will agree that this is something special.
 
 
4. Grasshopper Fudge Frozen Custard- Kopp's Frozen Custard Glendale WI
 



Pure unadulterated minty moo with gobs of fudge- can it get any better than this?
 
 
5. German Apple Streusal  Frozen Custard- Kopp's Frozen Custard Glendale WI
 


 
with Apple pie crust and filling- yes it possibly can!
 
6. Banana Pudding  Galax Smokehouse Galax VA
 


 
Not the first time Galax Smokehouse has appeared on the the best of list, and it will not be the last. This is some of the finest nanner pudding I've ever enjoyed.
 
7. Banana Fudge Concrete- Ted Drewes St Louis MO
 


 
Thick enough to almost guarantee that it won't fall out if you turn the cup over (just ask Cajun King!)
 
 
8. Grapenut Pudding- No Name Boston MA
 
 


For a restaurant that gets more than it's share of criticism, they sure dish out a fine bowl of Grapenut Pudding...
 
 
9.Fudge Brownie Ice Cream Dave and Andy's Pittsburgh PA
 


 
I wish I could remember the name of this flavor- but all I remember is that it was creamy  and dense and full of moist brownie.
 
 
10. Carrot Cake- Sokolowski's- Cleveland OH
 


 
This could truly be the icing on the cake- This is the reason why I rush through my meal whenever I visit Sokolowski's to get to this- one of the most decadent carrot cakes I've ever enjoyed.
 
 
post edited by wanderingjew - 2011/12/29 09:12:03
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Re:What Wooed Wanderingjew- The Best of 2011 2011/12/29 07:16:49 (permalink)
Wow...gained ten pounds just looking!!!
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Re:What Wooed Wanderingjew- The Best of 2011 2011/12/29 08:20:25 (permalink)
As much as I love Thai food, the thought of Honey Sesame Peanut ice cream doesn't really appeal to me.  I give you credit for being adventurous and it obviously paid off.  All the rest of the desserts look wonderful and the Grasshopper Fudge from Kopp's makes me want to lick the screen!  Nicely done!
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Re:What Wooed Wanderingjew- The Best of 2011 2011/12/29 08:30:10 (permalink)
Oh, and I found a photo.  The ice cream at Dave & Andy's is simply called Fudge Brownie.
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Re:What Wooed Wanderingjew- The Best of 2011 2011/12/29 08:56:14 (permalink)
I loved that carrot cake...fabulous!  I'd give the Thai ice cream a shot...
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Re:What Wooed Wanderingjew- The Best of 2011 2011/12/29 09:04:51 (permalink)
Buffetbuster
 
Thanks for the info on the correct name of the Ice Cream Flavor at Dave and Andy's
 
For someone who is adventurous as you, you might be pleasantly surprised by the honey sesame peanut ice cream at Ted and Wally's. Remember, as adventurous as I am, I still can't do pie for breakfast or two full slices of pie at one meal!
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Re:What Wooed Wanderingjew- The Best of 2011 2011/12/29 09:44:53 (permalink)
I don't think I've ever eaten snails you have to cut up.
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Re:What Wooed Wanderingjew- The Best of 2011 2011/12/29 09:59:58 (permalink)
wanderingjew 

Remember, as adventurous as I am, I still can't do pie for breakfast or two full slices of pie at one meal!

No one can do that...
 
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