2009 GLEE CLUB Memphis Meet-Up

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Re:2009 Presidents' Day Weekend Meet-Up Discussion - Wed, 03/18/09 8:06 AM
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Aww, there's no shame to putting up your best work.  I really like the sweet tea picture so I'd like to see more examples.  Nice writeup too!

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Re:2009 Presidents' Day Weekend Meet-Up Discussion - Wed, 03/18/09 8:31 AM
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I am still amazed, mystified, perplexed, astonished and bitter that Cozy Corner did not have pork barbecue on the day of our visit.  Seriously, how does that happen?

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Re:2009 Presidents' Day Weekend Meet-Up Discussion - Wed, 03/18/09 11:15 AM
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TTM, the photos are awesome. Trudy N keeps reminding me to retake photos and my skills seemed to have improved.

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Re:2009 Presidents' Day Weekend Meet-Up Discussion - Wed, 03/18/09 1:57 PM
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WOW!

I'm totally in awe.



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Re:2009 Presidents' Day Weekend Meet-Up Discussion - Wed, 03/18/09 3:25 PM
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So.......

We can add another young server to TTM's harem,

and I Quote "Thank You!" "Cassie Come Back & See Me!"

and the dots on the exclamation point were hearts.

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Re:2009 Presidents' Day Weekend Meet-Up Discussion - Tue, 03/24/09 1:00 AM
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Heading into the home stretch - such that some of these days kind of blend together, so I may have to rely on the Mayor's better memory to correct me if I'm wrong.

Monday, February 16 (Presidents' Day)

This is one of the portions of my trip that was truly up in the air.  I tried to make plans to get together with a friend of mine in Evansville, but to this point, we still hadn't connected.  I also had some personal errands to run, and I wanted to catch up with DoubleDeadGuy, who I hadn't seen since last fall in Nashville.

After a nice, vacation-y slow start to the morning, the Mayor and I made our way to a late breakfast.  After going through some bizarre "Who's on First" ritual, I figured out that Al had made his mind up to take me to a nice restaurant in New Albany.  Or, maybe that should be A Nice Restaurant in New Albany?



One of my favorite restaurants here in Hooterville and my favorite luncheonette back home are both frequented by local contractors, so I figured this place had some potential.  I could see the appeal in this place to the blue collar world - hearty breakfasts at most reasonable prices.  I had my heart set on some good pancakes, and these were fine, fluffy specemins.



However, I really do think I screwed up, as the Mayor's French toast looked like a real winner.  As good as the cakes were, I was jealous - and will keep this in mind for next time.



One of my errands that was becoming essential was the need to secure a haircut.  On my way, I did determine that while Al took me to A Nice Restaurant, he didn't take me to the (Our) Best Restaurant.



I guess that's where he takes out-of-town guests that he actually likes!

My haircut was an adventure of its own.  I ended up going to the local barber college for a quick cut.  It was quite the scene.  I was immediately seated and a young woman covered in tattoos and piercings began to cut away....slowly....really slowly.....I mean realllly slowly.  She must have been going to town on my noggin for over half-an-hour and seemingly making little progress.  I asked how long she had been taking classes there - and she cheerfully told me that this was the start of her second week!  Oh yay!  Not long after, a waifish 17 year-old (it came up in conversation) ambled over to help.  She must have been in the advanced class.  45 minutes into this little project, I was on my way out the door with one awful haircut....and an offer from the 17 year-old to move in with me down here in Florida.  Yep...no kidding.  The legend of The Travelin' Man grows - as does my ability to rescue small-town girls from their dull lives and move them to the big city.  Who knew I was so exciting?

Dinner on Monday was hardly photo-worthy.  Heck, it was barely discussion-worthy, except to warn folks away.  I wanted to play some poker at the local riverboat casino - so, Al suggested that it would be convenient to hit the buffet at the casino.  It was convenient - but, it was nothing I would ever recommend.  And, our waiter seemed a little eager to enter into the "server photo" legend, despite our lack of camera.  I think he was about ready to go and secure one from someone else.  He kind of scared me.

Should be able to wrap this up soon.  Tuesday lunch in Louisville, dinner in Evansville, and then Wednesday lunch in Shelbyville should wrap up this trip report soon.

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Re:2009 Presidents' Day Weekend Meet-Up Discussion - Wed, 03/25/09 2:08 PM
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Well Gosh, I hope you let the little Miss down gently, [ assuming you DID say no..] seeing as how she now has a supply of your hair snippins, I'd be leary of finding TTM Voodoo dolls for sale on E-Bay!! 

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Re:2009 Presidents' Day Weekend Meet-Up Discussion - Wed, 03/25/09 2:23 PM
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TTM,
  I am glad we neglected to photo-record the Casino Buffet. While the 'Boat' is only a couple of miles from home, we hadn't been there in years. Our visit with you reminds me of "WHY" we hadn't stopped there!!

 Having always been a non-smoker, but not really an "anti-smoker nazi" I had forgotten how bad the stale smoke can destroy a meal...even when the meal (buffet) is bad to start with. That Casino area reeked terribly. Jan and I were pleased to allow you to merge with the cigar-smokers and find our way home !

We will look for your final entry- shortly- (meaning by Tax-Deadline day) !!


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Re:2009 Presidents' Day Weekend Meet-Up Discussion - Wed, 03/25/09 2:26 PM
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TTM-
Your photos here are so good, it inspired me to go out and get a new camera.  Of course, the trick is to learn how to use it.  The photos you contributed here are glorious!!!!

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Re:2009 Presidents' Day Weekend Meet-Up Discussion - Wed, 03/25/09 3:05 PM
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Dawn, you crack me up.  Steve, you must come across as a man of great charm, or great paternal warmth, one or the other, and neither is bad.

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Re:2009 Presidents' Day Weekend Meet-Up Discussion - Wed, 03/25/09 3:16 PM
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Nancy,
 Playing "roll-up and Un-roll" at the table with a C-note might have something to do with his projected subliminal image.

I will say the young lady at Huber's Family Farm Restaurant, and Dear Cassie, from Doe's in Paducah,KY both seemed genuinely interested in an adventure filled future when they talked with TTM.

PS (Janet assures me it was the C-note that got their minds working his direction!)

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Re:2009 Presidents' Day Weekend Meet-Up Discussion - Thu, 03/26/09 6:02 PM
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buffetbuster


I am still amazed, mystified, perplexed, astonished and bitter that Cozy Corner did not have pork barbecue on the day of our visit.  Seriously, how does that happen?


I had a thought that day.  They knew everyone was coming and pork is the cheap eat on the menu.   

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Re:2009 Presidents' Day Weekend Meet-Up Discussion - Thu, 03/26/09 6:05 PM
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 Very funny!!!  Ranks up there with the counter mate who is selling candy bars.  Love your pictures.

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Re:2009 Presidents' Day Weekend Meet-Up Discussion - Thu, 03/26/09 9:31 PM
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Approximately five weeks have passed since the 2009 Glee Club meet n' eat, and just this morning I remembered that I promised to post some kind of trip report. Assuming folks are still interested, I'm going to belatedly keep my promise and tell you a little about my four-day weekend in Greenville MS and Memphis last month. No photos, I'm afraid; picture-taking's not really my thing. Day one was Friday Feb.13th: I got on the road about 4:00 am CST and headed down I-57 towards southern Illinois. The first meal of the day was a so-so breakfast at a truck stop in Monee IL ( limited options along the interstate. ) By late morning, I was crossing the Mississippi River into Missouri, where I-57 merges into I-55 just outside of Sikeston MO. It was in Sikeston that I had the first of my two truly bad "roadfood" meals of this trip; I made the mistake of stopping for lunch at Lambert's Cafe, the "home of the throwed roll". When the Sterns wrote about Lambert's in A Taste of America back in 1988, the place was apparently a better-than-average small town cafe. Not anymore. Now it's a barn-sized tourist trap with tacky decor and mediocre/overpriced food. Oh well. Live and learn, huh? More to come....

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Re:2009 Presidents' Day Weekend Meet-Up Discussion - Fri, 03/27/09 3:29 PM
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Leaving Sikeston, I took I-55 to Memphis and then on down to Greenville MS, home of the famed Doe's Eat Place ( the original ), to share a steak dinner with several of my fellow roadfooders. There I met up with Mayor Al, Buffetbuster, ChiTownDiner and several others, and also had one of the great meals of my life. Wanderingjew and I split a two and a half-pound porterhouse that, along with Doe's hand-cut fries, was simply spectacular. Definitely the best slab of meat I've ever tasted. From there it was up to Clarksdale MS, where a motel room was waiting for me. The next morning ( Sat. the 14th ) started with breakfast with my fellow Glee Clubbers at the Blue and White Restaurant in Tunica MS. I've had better country ham and biscuits in North Carolina, but this was still a mighty tasty meal. After breakfast, we all hopped in our cars and headed up to Memphis to meet up at the Cozy Corner for lunch. More later.... 

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Re:2009 Presidents' Day Weekend Meet-Up Discussion - Fri, 03/27/09 8:12 PM
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You all have to help me...I hate country ham.  What am I missing?

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Re:2009 Presidents' Day Weekend Meet-Up Discussion - Fri, 03/27/09 8:40 PM
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Susan, I think country ham may be an acquired taste. I took my first bite back in the '70s, and  was rather turned off by the intense saltiness. After giving it a few more tries, though, I found that it was starting to grow on me. Now I can't get enough of the stuff.

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Re:2009 Presidents' Day Weekend Meet-Up Discussion - Fri, 03/27/09 8:45 PM
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My mother always soaked slices of country cured ham in whole milk 12-24 hours and then fried them slowly in her heavy old cast iron frying pan in some of the fat from the ham that had been rendered down .

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Re:2009 Presidents' Day Weekend Meet-Up Discussion - Fri, 03/27/09 9:11 PM
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nocarolina


Susan, I think country ham may be an acquired taste. I took my first bite back in the '70s, and  was rather turned off by the intense saltiness. After giving it a few more tries, though, I found that it was starting to grow on me. Now I can't get enough of the stuff.


It isn't the saltiness so much, but there is a chemically taste to it, to me.  Ah well.  Tastes.  I could eat a block of bleu cheese.  Not everyone likes that either.  BTW, it was nice to meet you in Memphis.  I am glad you had a good time. 

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Re:2009 Presidents' Day Weekend Meet-Up Discussion - Fri, 03/27/09 9:14 PM
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Saturday's lunch at the Cozy Corner in Memphis was quite enjoyable. We were joined by some roadfooders ( TheTravelinMan, Sundancer and a couple of others ) who couldn't make it down to Greenville the night before. Really good barbequed cornish hen and ribs; the sauce was rather different from what you usually find here in the Chicago area, but tasty nonetheless. After lunch, everyone went off to do his/her own thing for a few hours before our dinner meet-up at Leonard's BBQ. I headed over to Graceland to take the grand tour; I'm not a big Elvis fan but the tour was definitely worth the money - the mansion is something to behold. Around 6:00pm, we all gathered at Leonard's for dinner ( more Q! ), and while it was a good meal, it wasn't as special as I had anticipated. Oh well. The exchanging of door prizes was a lot of fun; my contribution ( a statuette of the Superdawg mascots ) seemed to be popular with the assembled masses. After dinner, it was back to my motel room across the river in West Memphis Arkansas to catch up on needed sleep. More later... 

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Re:2009 Presidents' Day Weekend Meet-Up Discussion - Fri, 03/27/09 9:19 PM
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Thanks, Susan. It was nice meeting you and your family too.

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Re:2009 Presidents' Day Weekend Meet-Up Discussion - Fri, 03/27/09 9:42 PM
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Bob, I think you're being deliberately cruel by posting about porterhouse steaks, country ham, and barbecue on a Lenten Friday...
 
Brad

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Re:2009 Presidents' Day Weekend Meet-Up Discussion - Fri, 03/27/09 11:10 PM
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I'm sorry, Brad. I had no idea ( I'm oblivious, you know. )

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Re:2009 Presidents' Day Weekend Meet-Up Discussion - Sat, 03/28/09 5:01 PM
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Day 3 ( Sun. the 15th ) started out with eight roadfooders, myself included, meeting up for breakfast at the Arcade, Memphis' oldest restaurant. Unfortunately, several of our group from the previous evening had to get an early start heading home and couldn't join us. The food at the Arcade was quite tasty ( still more country ham for me! ), and we all had a good time there. After breakfast, it was time for us to say our goodbyes and start our long journeys home. I spent the next few hours just killing time until I was ready for lunch. It was then that I made my second mistake of the trip; I chose to have lunch at Dyer's Hamburgers on Beale Street. This place is known for its deep-fried burgers and has recieved positive reviews on roadfood.com and other places, but, having eaten there, I sure can't figure out why. Nice 1950s decor, but really lousy food. The supposedly "deep-fried" burger turned out to be a paper-thin pale gray pattie with no hint of crustiness ( or flavor ), and the french fries were burnt, shriveled little things. Another major disappointment, just like Lambert's, but Sunday night's dinner would be even worse. More to come....

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Re:2009 Presidents' Day Weekend Meet-Up Discussion - Sun, 03/29/09 4:35 PM
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After the lunchtime debacle at Dyer's, I left Memphis and headed northeast on US 79 towards Kentucky, my destination being the Ohio River town of Owensboro, where I had a room waiting for me. I was still in Tennessee when dinnertime came, and while passing through a small town whose name escapes me, I saw a nice-looking drive-in called KN Root Beer that was similar to a Sonic. I love drive-ins, so I decided to have dinner there. The fact that my car was the only one on the lot should have told me something, but I went ahead and ordered a burger, fries and root beer. Yet another big mistake. Even though I was the only customer there, it took over twenty minutes for the kitchen to prepare a very simple meal, and when it did finally arrive it was almost inedible. Mediocre root beer too. I then knew why I was the only customer there. Moments after leaving KN, I passed a Sonic that was quite busy; once again, live n' learn. On to KY; I arrived in Owensboro just in time for the 10:00 PM news. More later....   

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Re:2009 Presidents' Day Weekend Meet-Up Discussion - Sun, 03/29/09 6:24 PM
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How can a place called KN Root Beer have mediocre root beer?  No wonder know one was there. 

Keep going nocarolina!  I am enjoying this very much.

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Re:2009 Presidents' Day Weekend Meet-Up Discussion - Sun, 03/29/09 8:19 PM
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Thanks, BB. Hardly anyone has posted comments on my trip report, so I was starting to think that no one was interested in our Glee Club gathering anymore ( it has been a while. ) Whether anyone's reading it or not, I'll keep plugging away and give y'all Day #4 ( the big finale! ) in the next day or two. 

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Re:2009 Presidents' Day Weekend Meet-Up Discussion - Sun, 03/29/09 8:24 PM
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NC-
Since I know what is coming up (and with who) and that I am just a month away from visiting there myself, I am reading with keen interest.  You are doing a terrific job!

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Re:2009 Presidents' Day Weekend Meet-Up Discussion - Sun, 03/29/09 8:43 PM
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Visiting where?

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Re:2009 Presidents' Day Weekend Meet-Up Discussion - Sun, 03/29/09 8:47 PM
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N C

We're reading of your exploits...Keep those posts coming. Sorry to hear of the lack of 'good finds' that Sunday.
 
BB, we'll leave a light on for ya !

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Re:2009 Presidents' Day Weekend Meet-Up Discussion - Sun, 03/29/09 9:53 PM
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Oh I'm checking back too Bob.  I've never been there myself but my dad used to have to visit Owensboro about once a year or every other for work, and he'd always end up at some shindig catered by a local BBQ joint that he just raved about, so my picture of Owensboro is good food.  Sorry to hear it disappointed you.

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Re:2009 GLEE CLUB Memphis Meet-Up - Sun, 03/29/09 10:01 PM
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Bob

I'm reading too....In fact I still need to add the final days adventures too.

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Re:2009 GLEE CLUB Memphis Meet-Up - Sun, 03/29/09 11:52 PM
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Nancy, my disappointment wasn't in Owensboro; far from it. Both of the meals I had on Monday in O-town were very good. It was that crummy KN drive-in in Tennessee that let me down so bad. The burger and fries there were so awful that I ended up dumping about half of it. I've Googled KN Root Beer and apparently they have a few other locations in TN, but I really wonder how they stay in business serving junk like that. Same with Dyer's in Memphis; I was expecting a real treat there, and instead I got a burger that made McDonald's start looking good to me ( scary, huh? ) Except for breakfast at the Arcade, Sunday was a really lousy food day.                   

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Re:2009 Presidents' Day Weekend Meet-Up Discussion - Mon, 03/30/09 12:04 PM
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Keep on going, NC, I know what's coming, too.


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Re:2009 Presidents' Day Weekend Meet-Up Discussion - Mon, 03/30/09 5:35 PM
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Monday the 16th ( day #4 ) started out with what many of you would consider roadfood heresy; breakfast at the Waffle House in Owensboro. Yeah, it's a big chain but I can't help it - I love WH breakfasts. So sue me. From there I headed west to Henderson KY to meet up with fellow roadfooder Louis Hatchett at the Bon-Ton Mini-Mart, a famed roadfood restaurant that, unfortunately, is living on borrowed time. Me being me, I got completely lost in Henderson trying to find the Bon-Ton, and I got there about twenty minutes late. Louis was still there waiting for me, though, and we proceeded to dig in to some great spicy fried chicken, along with about two hours of lively conversation about roadfood and other topics. Turns out Louis and I have a lot in common besides eating; we both love 1950s television and John Wayne movies. Louis was gracious enough to bring me a couple of barbequed mutton sandwiches from Peak Bros. BBQ, saying that I might find their mutton to be an interesting variation of what's served at George's BBQ back in Owensboro ( scheduled to be my #2 lunch destination of the day. ) More later....     

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Re:2009 Presidents' Day Weekend Meet-Up Discussion - Mon, 03/30/09 6:27 PM
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I think Waffle House is a RF spot.  It is as close to a diner you can get on the roadway.  And no annoying gift shop.  Just the jukebox, which can be loud sometimes.

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Re:2009 Presidents' Day Weekend Meet-Up Discussion - Mon, 03/30/09 6:36 PM
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You were great company, Bob! (And since then, folks, I've found all sorts of video venues for him to happily spend his life-savings--as he will attest.)

I'll add that it was his intention to take a photo of the Bon Ton, but our conversation got so involved that we forgot all about it until we were both half-way down the road, going in our separate directions.

Anyway, if anyone ever wants to eat at the Bon Ton before they close for good in July (due to the owner's retirement), let me know ahead of time and I'll be happy to be your host.
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Re:2009 Presidents' Day Weekend Meet-Up Discussion - Mon, 03/30/09 7:08 PM
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Was that KN Root Beer place in Martin, TN?  If so, it used to be an A&W that was bought out and taken over by a local many many years ago.  We tried it once after it changed over, but that was all.  I'm shocked that it could survive this many years, if indeed that was the place...

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Re:2009 Presidents' Day Weekend Meet-Up Discussion - Mon, 03/30/09 8:54 PM
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pogophiles - No, it wasn't Martin. According to my TN map, Martin is about a half hour west of US 79, which is the highway I was on. From looking at the map, I'm guessing that the town in question was either Paris or McKenzie. Louis - You're right about my life savings! I don't want to tell you how much I've spent in the past couple of months to replace my tired old VHS collection with nice new DVDs. susanll - I agree with you about Waffle House ( at least when it comes to breakfast. ) Besides having great country ham and hash browns, WH is the only chain that captures the feel of a traditional roadside diner.

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Re:2009 Presidents' Day Weekend Meet-Up Discussion - Mon, 03/30/09 9:59 PM
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I agree about Waffle House.  While not my first choice, it comes in handy in a pinch when you want a quick, no-frills meal that has some flavor.  It is what it is, nothing more, nothing less.  I like their hashbrowns, particularly with hot peppers and onions.


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Re:2009 Presidents' Day Weekend Meet-Up Discussion - Tue, 03/31/09 4:07 PM
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mayor al

BB, we'll leave a light on for ya !
Very much looking forward to it.  Just promise me Demi and Duffy will be well fed before I arrive and I will do my best to not show up smelling of pork chops!



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Re:2009 Presidents' Day Weekend Meet-Up Discussion - Tue, 03/31/09 4:18 PM
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BB
  When I tell them you are coming, they run to the door with wagging tales!
 
     Duff did drag Janet into the guest room and made her move his storage of old chewed bones from under the pillow, where he and TTM had hidden them !


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Re:2009 Presidents' Day Weekend Meet-Up Discussion - Tue, 03/31/09 4:51 PM
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Excellent report.I have been lurking for awhile to see the outcome.Glad to see all had a great time.

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Re:2009 Presidents' Day Weekend Meet-Up Discussion - Tue, 03/31/09 5:02 PM
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Thanks, Ann. It's not quite over though ( remember, I haven't left Kentucky yet, but I will this evening! )

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Re:2009 Presidents' Day Weekend Meet-Up Discussion - Tue, 03/31/09 10:19 PM
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After Louis and I said our goodbyes at the Bon-Ton, I headed back to Owensboro for lunch #2: barbequed mutton and burgoo at George's BBQ. It was a very good meal, even though I have to admit that the burgoo didn't do that much for me; it wasn't bad, just not as exciting flavor-wise as I had anticipated. I had eaten the mutton at George's before, so I knew what to expect. However, I was surprised by the difference between George's and the mutton from Peak Bros.; both are quite good, but Peak's has more of a tangy/spicy flavor. Now loaded down with chicken n' que, I crossed the Ohio River into Indiana and headed north on US 231 towards home. By the time it had gotten dark, I was hungry again and started looking for a place to eat. To spare myself embarrassment , however, I'm not saying where I had dinner. Let's just say that some small Indiana towns have nothing but national chain restaurants and leave it at that.  :~(   Less than three hours after finishing my "wonderful" dinner, I was back in my apartment, tired as hell and glad to be home. Overall, it was a great trip; most of the food was really good, but even better was the company. I couldn't have asked for a nicer bunch of dining companions. Well, that's it - I've survived my first trip report!   

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Re:2009 Presidents' Day Weekend Meet-Up Discussion - Tue, 03/31/09 10:24 PM
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Bob

   We didn't know about your run up 231! Lots of good Amish food near that road in Southern Indiana. (near the 231-US 50/150 intersection!)
You covered your travels quite well in your report. Glad you could join the fun.
AL

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Re:2009 Presidents' Day Weekend Meet-Up Discussion - Wed, 04/1/09 10:38 AM
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I remember when we visited that I mentioned Bob try the South Street Smokehouse in Lafayette, Indiana, mainly because, as he was traveling north, he would encounter it around dinner time, and I thought it would also give him enough time to digest before his next meal.

http://www.roadfood.com/Reviews/Overview.aspx?RefID=2250

But Al's right.  There are some good Amish restaurants around U.S. 231.  If you are ever driving in Indiana, south of Indianapolis, and want to sample the Amish cuisine, the Gasthof Amish Village in Montgomery, Indiana, just west of U.S. 231 near Loogootee, Indiana is about as good as any place I can think of.  Not spectacular, but well-presented and good hearty food for the weary traveler.  And it's interesting simply to tour the facility after your meal and relax.

http://www.gasthofamishvillage.com/

And if you want to visit an upscale German restaurant, you can't do much better than the Schnitzelbank in Jasper, Indiana.   Take their website's virtual tour to get an idea of the restaurant.  You can get a 360-degree view of each of the restaurant's rooms.

http://www.schnitzelbank.com/

And, of course, the Chicken Place, just four miles away in Ireland on Indiana highway 56, discussed elsewhere on this site, is a great alternative.  Here is some discussion about it from three years ago.

http://www.roadfood.com/Forums/tm.aspx?m=213293&mpage=

There are lots of places all through Indiana, even in small towns, to visit.  You just have to snoop around a bit.

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Re:2009 Presidents' Day Weekend Meet-Up Discussion - Wed, 04/1/09 11:13 AM
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Louis, originally I had planned on having dinner at the Smokehouse in Lafayette, but I got a late start out of Owensboro, plus the US 231 route took longer than I thought it would. When it became apparent that I wouldn't reach Lafayette until well after closing time, I started "exploring other options" ( and how did THAT work out for you, Bob??? ) Oh well... better than starvation. 

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Re:2009 Presidents' Day Weekend Meet-Up Discussion - Sun, 04/12/09 11:47 AM
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Saturday February 14 cont

Believe it or not, I never finished my part of the report.  The remaining report was actually supposed to be photos to supplement other reports so it may seem incomplete due to my lack of photos....

After checking into my hotel, I met up with Poverty Pete at the Flying Saucer Beer Emporium Downtown.

On the way to the bar, I ran across this place



Been there, done that

I also ran across this really cool antique car





I don't remember the name of the beer although it was brewed in Memphis and was somewhat unmemorable. I left Poverty for a while to try and find a decent cup of coffee, of course, since I was downtown, Starbucks was all I could find. I decided to take a stroll to Dyers to see if any of the crew was there. When I arrived, I happened to run into Ayersian who later joined us back at the Flying Saucer.

We left The Flying Saucer and arrived at Leonards. Adding photos would be pointless, and basically my sentiments match everyone elses. It was a disappointment, or at least the buffet. As usual, my timing was impeccable, every time I got to the buffetline, they were down to the bottom or completely out of what I was looking for...

I wil add my lame attempt to construct a dry - blah- pork sandwich



After dinner Sundancer and Iwannago drove me back to my hotel. I took the trolley back into town and met up with some of the crew on Beale Street, but everyone bailed quickly and after a brief walk through and a couple of sombreros later,  playing security guard, I escorted The Travelin Man back to his hotel and he drove me back to mine.

Sunday February 15

Poverty Pete picked me up at my hotel and after checking out, we stopped at High Point Coffee, near my hotel, a small local chain out of Oxford Tennessee. We then drove to The Arcade, to meet up with the remaining crew, Buffetbuster and Cousin Johnny, Chitown Diner, Ayersian and NoCarolina. It was a decade earlier when I last visited The Arcade






I had the Sweet Potato Pancakes- faintly sweet, they were good, but didn't "blow me away". These were acompanied by eggs, bacon and a side of grits.





Someone else had a shake (cousin johnny?)




And someone else had biscuits and gravy




and here's a first- it was listed as "country fried steak on the menu"but  when served, looked a helluva lot more like "chicken fried steak"



Unfortunately 2 months after the fact, my memory is fading. There are many other photos out there somewhere, including the feast  for a "cast of thousands" that Chi Town Diner ordered.

We said our goodbyes to Carolina Bob and Ayersian and it was now down to the five of us. At the last moment we (Poverty Pete and I) decided to make one more stop before leaving Memphis.

Collettas. Home of the first BBQ Pizza

After stopping at the seedy location in town and finding out it was closed, we went to the polished suburban location..



(there's Poverty Pete walking towards the entrance)

We started off with some fresh yeasty Italian Style rolls



Moved on to some really nasty Toasted Raviolis which don't even deserve a photo
(that's why I rarely eat something that's not indigenous to the region)




After almost 2 decades of curiousity, the Pizza arrived.
Liberally loaded with Shredded BBQ Pork, the sauce was alot milder than I expected, I was expecting a tangier bbq style sauce.

After our last minute stop, Poverty Pete and I drove back to Nashville. We had a couple of hours to kill before my flight left, and we stopped at the Blackstone Brewery for a couple of brews.



I don't remember what I had, but it was good. 

We drove back to the airport, and my last meal was a peanut butter goo-goo cluster at the airport- (sorry, no photos)

Overall this was a great trip, and I always have this memento to remind me- from
NoCarolina- at the Gift Exchange that took place at Leonards.

Currently residing in the bookcase located in my spare bedroom (aka office, guestroom, den)





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Re:2009 Presidents' Day Weekend Meet-Up Discussion - Sun, 04/12/09 12:57 PM
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The toasted raviolis were horrible, but the bbq pizza was good enough that the last few slices I had for dinner that night were still good.

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Re:2009 Presidents' Day Weekend Meet-Up Discussion - Sun, 04/12/09 4:02 PM
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I'm glad you clarified--it kinda looked like pecans on that pizza and I was really confused for a minute. 

I can't speak for TN but around here you probably hear the terms 'country fried steak' and 'chicken fried steak' used interchangeably.  And I would imagine 'country fried steak' used more often.

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Re:2009 Presidents' Day Weekend Meet-Up Discussion - Sun, 04/12/09 4:58 PM
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wanderingjew, that's a great photo of Maurie and Flaurie, and I'm glad to know that they're occupying a "place of honor' in your home. Now I've got to go back to Superdawg and get a statuette for myself ( sure was difficult to give that one up! )

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Re:2009 Presidents' Day Weekend Meet-Up Discussion - Sun, 04/12/09 5:06 PM
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I'm not sure about the rest of the South, but in the upper South it's hard to find "chicken fried steak."  Everywhere you look, it's called "country fried steak."  It's the same thing as far as I'm concerned.  Beats me, why it's called one and not the other; maybe "country fried steak" doesn't have chicken in it.  Who knows?


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Re:2009 Presidents' Day Weekend Meet-Up Discussion - Sun, 04/12/09 5:16 PM
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I might me wrong ( usually am! ), but isn't 'chicken-fried steak' more of a Texas term than a southern term? Same thing as a country-fried steak, I guess.

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Re:2009 Presidents' Day Weekend Meet-Up Discussion - Sun, 04/12/09 5:42 PM
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Louis


I'm not sure about the rest of the South, but in the upper South it's hard to find "chicken fried steak."  Everywhere you look, it's called "country fried steak."  It's the same thing as far as I'm concerned.  Beats me, why it's called one and not the other; maybe "country fried steak" doesn't have chicken in it.  Who knows?




There is a definite difference. I also used to be confused, but I believe it was adjudicator who clarified the difference.

Chicken Fried Steak is common in Texas, and Oklahoma and Kansas- It's breaded, fried and served with white gravy...



Here is an example from the Avalon Diner in Houston TX

Country Fried Steak popular in the mid south,  is floured, possibly fried then baked and served with brown gravy- and no it's not salisbury steak- doesn't taste anything like it



Here's an example of it from Swett's in Nashville

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Re:2009 Presidents' Day Weekend Meet-Up Discussion - Sun, 04/12/09 7:30 PM
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Shoot.  When you were at Coletta's you were about 5 miles from my house.  That is my 'hood'  Oddly, we never go there.  Further east on Hwy 64 (about a mile) is a great Italian joint called Mimi's.  No barbecue pizza but the pasta is wonderful.

And I agree, Chicken Fried is white gravy/Country Fried is brown gravy.
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Re:2009 Presidents' Day Weekend Meet-Up Discussion - Sun, 04/12/09 10:31 PM
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Gee, I need to tell the people who run the Bon Ton Mini Mart.  They serve their country fried steak with white gravy.  So do most other places around here in western Kentucky.  Good grief!  No wonder I'm confused.  No consistency anywhere!

Thanks, WJ, for giving me a good explanation for one of the conumdrums that have perplexed me for years.   That's one reason I've come to this site several times a day for the last nine years.  So many knowledgeable people.

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