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Soup and Pie- What Blew Me Away in 2010 - Mon, 12/13/10 7:20 PM
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Buffetbuster deserves the credit for this years title. We were discussing my year in Roadfood and I mentioned that there was lots of soup and lots of pie and he suggested the theme for this years'  best of list- Soup and Pie.

I usually begin my top 10 lists after Christmas. Although this year I will begin with a Pre- Christmas taster (no pun intended) simply listing the best soups and the best pies. I'll list the remaining top 10 lists, as usual, after Christmas...
 
Here we go:
 
Top 10 Soups of 2010 (in no particular order) 
 
1- Corn Chowder-  Soup and Greens  Barre VT
 

 
Thick n' creamy redolent of corn with hints of bacon.
 
 
2- Chicken Noodle, Chicken Borscht and Green Bean and Ham - Breadbasket Newton KS

 
All three were extaordinarily and equally good therefore since they were all served at the
Breadbasket I am counting all three as "one".
 
3- Knoephla Soup- Fried's Family Restaurant Mandan ND
 

 
Hearty Chicken and Potato Soup, generously loaded with dumplings. The "official" soup of
North Dakota
 
4- Matzoh Ball Soup- 2nd Avenue Deli- New York NY
 

 
In my opinion. the Best of the New York Delis-  Light Fluffy Matzoh Balls that would make the archetypical "Jewish Grandma" proud.
 
5- Wild Rice Soup- Northern Lights Cafe- Beaver Bay MN
 

 
More of a buttery broth than cream, the least traditional of the lot, this soup packed the most flavor.
 
6. Cream of Wild Rice Soup- Kafe Stuga Harris MN
 

 
Substantial, and loaded with toothy, chewy, grainy wild rice in each spoonful.
 
 
7. Tomato Crab Soup- A.W. Shucks Norfolk VA
 

Just loaded with hunks of fresh crabmeat, with strong hits of old bay and worcestershire  in the zesty tomato stock
 
8. Minorcan Chowder- Salt Water Cowboys St. Augustine FL
 

 
addictive and peppery
 
9.  She Crab Soup- 82 Queen Charleston SC
 

 
This creamy nectar is sided with sherry to add at will
 
10. Okra Gumbo- Gullah Cuisine Charleston SC
 

 
savory and spicy with generous amounts of shrimp, sausage and chicken.
Honorable Mentions
 
Peanut Soup -Surrey House Surry VA
 

 
Beer Cheese Soup- TNT's Diner West Fargo ND
 

 
Ham and Bean Soup- Riefe's Family Restaurant Davenport IA
 

 
 
Cheddar Soup- Simon Pierce Restaurant Quechee VT
 

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Re:Soup and Pie- What Blew Me Away in 2010 - Mon, 12/13/10 7:42 PM
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nice list as always.
That crab and tomato number just looks dandy. I'm sure 
it tasted even better. 
And of course, your seduction by Miss Wild Rice is duly noted. 
 You're almost an honorary card carrying flyover country member.
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Re:Soup and Pie- What Blew Me Away in 2010 - Mon, 12/13/10 8:16 PM
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Very appropriate reading/viewing considering the temperature outside!  Nice pictures Dale!

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Re:Soup and Pie- What Blew Me Away in 2010 - Mon, 12/13/10 9:53 PM
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Great list - you just made the home page.

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Re:Soup and Pie- What Blew Me Away in 2010 - Mon, 12/13/10 10:54 PM
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Man you're an artist...an artist........I'll take a bowl of each...and an extra one of the beer and cheese.....

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Re:Soup and Pie- What Blew Me Away in 2010 - Mon, 12/13/10 11:20 PM
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Unbelievable.  I don't know if I could be as creative!    Chris

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Re:Soup and Pie- What Blew Me Away in 2010 - Mon, 12/13/10 11:25 PM
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I make a killer corn chowder myself so I wouldn't go out of my way for a restaurant version, but I agree with you that 2nd Ave. Deli is the best in the city--everything I've ever had there was excellent.

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Re:Soup and Pie- What Blew Me Away in 2010 - Mon, 12/13/10 11:48 PM
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Dale, I have to hand it to you - soup is a notoriously difficult subject to photograph well.  Your soup pictures are outstanding!

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Re:Soup and Pie- What Blew Me Away in 2010 - Tue, 12/14/10 4:31 AM
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I could eat a bowl of #'s 4,7,8 and 9 right now. Dale-----great list! For next year hopefully we'll find a nice bowl of posole for you to add!

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Re:Soup and Pie- What Blew Me Away in 2010 - Tue, 12/14/10 6:20 AM
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Love the idea of a top 10 soups and it is photographed remarkably well.  Great job!  But, I'm going to save my jealousy for the pie list!

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Re:Soup and Pie- What Blew Me Away in 2010 - Tue, 12/14/10 7:02 AM
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What a great list and pics!

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Re:Soup and Pie- What Blew Me Away in 2010 - Tue, 12/14/10 7:03 AM
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Outstanding post! Those all look good to me - it's 16 degrees in my part of North Carolina this morning. I could go for soup for breakfast. I could happily live on soup, bread, and fruit if I had to.

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Re:Soup and Pie- What Blew Me Away in 2010 - Tue, 12/14/10 8:27 AM
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Steve,
I'm flattered.
Bruce & Chris
Thanks for the compliment, coming from the Roadfood staff that really means alot to me !
Ed
Isn't posole a stew vs a soup?
My wish list is to make it to Phoenix/Tucson/Albuquerque/Santa Fe next year, not sure if that will happen, it all depends on my profit sharing/ and  if I get any type of bonus. If it does happen, then I do see lots of posole in my future!
 
Everyone else-  yes it is the perfect time of year to think about soup- This time of year  a steaming bowl of clam chowder might work locally!
 

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Re:Soup and Pie- What Blew Me Away in 2010 - Tue, 12/14/10 8:56 AM
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wanderingjew, Very nice!  Love a good bowl of soup.
 
I think I see all the makings of a Pie Throw Down coming up

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Re:Soup and Pie- What Blew Me Away in 2010 - Tue, 12/14/10 2:36 PM
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wanderingjew


 
Ed
Isn't posole a stew vs a soup?

 
The million dollar question. I usually find it listed under soups. Out of curiousity, I did a Google search, and it came up more as a soup than as a stew. I suppose it walks that fine line between the two-------I opt for the soup designation more because the broth tends to be thin like a soup, rather than a thick stew. Regardless, it's delicious!

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Re:Soup and Pie- What Blew Me Away in 2010 - Tue, 12/14/10 3:26 PM
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The Temps are in the minus, the snow is blowing and drifting, what a great time to launch excellent pictures of soup. I know, what I am having for supper. Maybe something close to the Okra soup. Probably won't be as good, as what Wanderingjew posted but he did give me the inspiration.

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Re:Soup and Pie- What Blew Me Away in 2010 - Tue, 12/14/10 3:31 PM
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Soup is my thing.
 
Dale, your pictures, descriptions and choices of soup make me want to cook up a batch of my own.  (Not going to happen!)
 
Excellent work!
 
Thanks.

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Re:Soup and Pie- What Blew Me Away in 2010 - Tue, 12/14/10 3:41 PM
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That tomato crab soup looks absolutely delicious!
 
Despite being a Minnesota transplant, I am really not crazy about most wild rice soups.  I love wild rice, and if I do say so  myself, I make a fantastic casserole/side dish (with thinly-sliced green onions, fresh mushrooms, and slivered almonds) from a recipe that I got 35 years ago from a co-worker at a summer job I had outside Chicago.  But the versions of wild rice soup I've had here in Minnesota just don't do it for me -- maybe because I don't really like cream-based soups.  I prefer broths.

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Re:Soup and Pie- What Blew Me Away in 2010 - Tue, 12/14/10 3:59 PM
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I am impressed.  Good job my friend.  Oh yeah.  The swamp gravy thing.  Where is that?  :)   ?  Yes, that qualifies...
Sign me off as -- The raw veggie pizza lover dude.
 

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Re:Soup and Pie- What Blew Me Away in 2010 - Tue, 12/14/10 8:48 PM
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Ed
Wikipedia describes Posole as a "soup" or "stew" so I guess it goes "both ways"
 
Rumaki
You would probably like the Wild Rice Soup served at Northern Lights Cafe in Beaver Bay, it is not cream based but is actually a buttery broth...
 
The Pie list should be posted sometime this weekend.
 
After Christmas I will continue with


Top 5 Non- Pie Desserts
Top 10 Standbys
Top 10 Breakfasts
10 Honorable mentions (non local non breakfast)
and the Finale
Top 10 Non Local Non Breakfast Roadfood Restaurants of 2010
of course I will also include roadfooders that I met for the first time this year
and whats in store for 2011 (unfortunately not very much)
 
The one list that I decided to omit this year is the rotten tomatoes list

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Re:Soup and Pie- What Blew Me Away in 2010 - Wed, 12/15/10 3:16 AM
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Great photos, Dale. Those soups look delightful. looking forward to the rest of the lists.

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Re:Soup and Pie- What Blew Me Away in 2010 - Wed, 12/15/10 9:16 AM
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Peanut soup at Surrey House. I remember it well from about 40 years ago when our boys were youngsters and we toured Williamsburg, bought our first of many Smithfield style hams, and had lunch at Surrey House where I was the only one who would try the peanut soup. It was delicious and the memory lingers because it was my one and only encounter with peanut soup. Anyone know of a place along 50/301 where I might find it on the menu?
 
Cheers, John 

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Re:Soup and Pie- What Blew Me Away in 2010 - Wed, 12/15/10 1:14 PM
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Looking good so far, keep them coming.

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Re:Soup and Pie- What Blew Me Away in 2010 - Wed, 12/15/10 2:05 PM
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Wandering, one of your Richmond restaurant favorites has moved four blocks east of its former location on the same side of the street.
http://www.mcleansrestaurant.com/
http://www.menupix.com/richmond/restaurants/4608846/McLeans-Restaurant-Richmond-VA

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Re:Soup and Pie- What Blew Me Away in 2010 - Wed, 12/15/10 2:53 PM
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GeoNit


Wandering, one of your Richmond restaurant favorites has moved four blocks east of its former location on the same side of the street.
http://www.mcleansrestaurant.com/
http://www.menupix.com/richmond/restaurants/4608846/McLeans-Restaurant-Richmond-VA


GeonNit
 
I heard about that.  I wonder if the new place has as much character as the old place. BTW since I returned to Mcleans this past spring. stay tuned to find out if they make one of the top 10 lists.

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Re:Soup and Pie- What Blew Me Away in 2010 - Thu, 12/16/10 6:02 PM
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Just some of the cooler things that caught my attention on the road in 2010
 

 
The Tin Man - Wichita KS
 
 

 

Great Plains Polka Fest- Mandan ND
 
 

 
Still really don't know what to make of this??- Grand Marais MN
 
 

 
Yes- an arm and a leg!- Two Harbors MN
 
 

 
A big ol' coffee pot- Lindstrom MN
 
 

 
They must be very enthusiastic about the place if it's described with an expletive- Fredericksburg VA
 

 
Charleston Aquarium- Charleston SC
 
 

 
I could think of at least a couple of roadfooders that probably like to frequent here- Charleston SC
 
 
The pie list should be posted tomorrow!

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Re:Soup and Pie- What Blew Me Away in 2010 - Fri, 12/17/10 8:57 AM
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Good stuff WJ!  I especially like the Costley Law Firm.  Maybe the name Dewey, Cheatem & Howe was already taken.

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Re:Soup and Pie- What Blew Me Away in 2010 - Fri, 12/17/10 6:50 PM
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buffetbuster


Good stuff WJ!  I especially like the Costley Law Firm.  Maybe the name Dewey, Cheatem & Howe was already taken.

 
Actually I deal with Dewey, Cheatem and  Howe on a daily basis at work. I also deal with Schuyster and Schuyster. They're  always providing me with medical records to evaluate from
Dr. Summeroff and and Dr. Treatalot.

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Re:Soup and Pie- What Blew Me Away in 2010 - Fri, 12/17/10 7:36 PM
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As promised, the last Pre-Christmas taster of my best of 2010.
Of course this is what makes Buffetbuster green with envy.. however I dedicate this portion of the awards to Jane and Michael Stern, the original pie aficionados.
 
Top 10 Pies of 2010 (in no particular order)
 
1. Key Lime Pie- Salt Water Cowboys St. Augustine FL
 

 
Cool- Creamy n' Tart....
 
 
2. Sweet Potato Pie- Mama Mary's Sugar & Spice  Richmond VA
 

 
Undeniably the best sweet potato pie I've ever had- anywhere!
 
3. Mixed Berry Pie- Two Fat Cats Bakery- Portland ME
 

 
The single most best item enjoyed on Buffetbuster's  MY trip to Portland Maine this past summer . This pie must have weighed about 5 lbs and it was a multi berry orgasm, which my friends could attest to when we enjoyed it that evening in Rhode  Island at my buddy, Mike's engagement party.
 
4. Raspberry Rhubarb Pie- Rustic Inn Two Harbors MN
 

 
Probably my favorite pie of the Heartlanding through the Breadbasket Trip. The perfect combination of tart n' sweet and housed in a buttery crust.
 
 
5. Sour Cream Raisin Pie- TNT's Diner West Fargo ND
 

 
Not too rich, light n' moist- creamy- and absolutely perfect.
 
6. Sour Cream Raisin Pie- Farmer's Kitchen Atlantic IA (enjoyed about 90 minutes away)
 

 

Mark's mom really puts "the Raisin" in Sour Cream Raisin Pie. To this day I simply cannot understand how someone who doesn't like Sour Cream Raisin Pie can make such an outstanding one. Mark aka Blizzardstormus, proprietor of The Farmers Kitchen was nice enough to bring me this slice "long distance" when we met up at Crouse Cafe in Indianaola IA this past August.
 
7. Cherry Pie- Crouse Cafe Indianola IA
 

 
Well, I guess this only proves that Iowa really is a pie state. Thanks to Ayersian for
leading me here.
 
 
8. Coffee Cup Cafe- Sully IA
 

 
rich and decadent- a chocolate lover's delight
 
9. Banana Cream Pie- Riefe's Family Restaurant- Davenport IA
 


 
It's no wonder that Riefe's has been around for over 60 years. This fine hunk of banana pie had huge banana slices with each forkful.
 
10. Maple Cream Pie-  P & H Truck Stop Wells River VT
 
 

 
a magnificent maple masterpiece.
 
 
Honorable Mentions
 
Blueberry Pie- Uncle Don's Spurwink Country Kitchen Scarborough ME
 

 
 
Apple Pie- Bonefish Willie's Melbourne FL
 

 
For the life of me, I can't remember if Travelin Man ordered this or if one of his friends did. Either way, I had a piece and realized that I should have ordered this instead of the Key Lime Pie
The rest of the lists- after Christmas
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Re:Soup and Pie- What Blew Me Away in 2010 - Fri, 12/17/10 8:08 PM
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There is a finger in that last pie
 
was it tasty, or was it not?
 

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Re:Soup and Pie- What Blew Me Away in 2010 - Fri, 12/17/10 8:49 PM
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That sure is a year's worth of Pie!!!  I  can't make up my mind...if I have to choose one,give me a healthy slice of that banana cream !!!

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Re:Soup and Pie- What Blew Me Away in 2010 - Fri, 12/17/10 9:33 PM
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Bruce is right! Those are amazing photos of soup. And those pies look fantastic. I envy your photographic intuition. Those are some very nice pictures. :-)

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Re:Soup and Pie- What Blew Me Away in 2010 - Sat, 12/18/10 9:58 AM
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TJ

It was just a garnish
 
zataar
 
Thanks!

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Re:Soup and Pie- What Blew Me Away in 2010 - Sat, 12/18/10 1:11 PM
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I can identify that finger, and assure any who wonder that it is, indeed, quite tasty.  
 
The apple pie is fantastic....and even better tasting than the finger.

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Re:Soup and Pie- What Blew Me Away in 2010 - Sun, 12/26/10 7:00 PM
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It's the day after Christmas as a blizzard approaches here in Lil' Rhody..............so.....
on with the countdown!
 
Top 5 Non Pie Desserts of 2010
 
(in no particular order)

 
1. Chocolate Zone and Hog Heaven Ice cream -Murray's Ice Cream Kansas City MO
 

 
I randomly came across this place while I was strolling the Westport neighborhood, although they were not open that day, I deliberately returned the next day for what turned out to be the best ice cream I had all year. Deep dark rich chocolaty ice cream paired with you guessed it- real bacon with maple ice cream- certainly the best of both worlds
 
2. Chocolate Cake- Niecie's Restaurant Kansas City MO
 

 
Who thought that something so simple could be so good- rich and moist, this is everything that a slice of cake should be- the best slice of cake I had all year!
 
3. German Chocolate Cake Willoughby Inn Norfolk VA
 

 
Although I was disappointed that they were out of Peanut Butter Pie, the German Chocolate Cake quickly made me forget that.
 
4. Peach Cobbler - Mama Mary's Sugar and Spice- Richmond VA
 

 
A winner in the pie category too, not only was Mama Mary's warm peach cobbler served in generous portions it was probably the best peach cobbler I've ever had.
 
5.  Banana Pudding- Sweatman's BBQ Holly Hill SC
 

 
Creamy and chock full  of banana slices and vanilla wafers- the perfect ending to a fantastic meal
 
 
Honorable Mention
 
Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream- Toots Ice Cream North Yarmouth ME
 
 


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Re:Soup and Pie- What Blew Me Away in 2010 - Sun, 12/26/10 8:02 PM
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Great choices, WJ. Be careful out there-you guys are in for some horrible weather.

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Re:Soup and Pie- What Blew Me Away in 2010 - Mon, 12/27/10 8:15 AM
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Those are some beautiful desserts WJ!  I had forgotten about the apple cobbler at Mama Mary's.  And the chocolate cake at Niecie's really is world class!

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Re:Soup and Pie- What Blew Me Away in 2010 - Mon, 12/27/10 10:20 AM
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Ann
 
Luckily the brunt of the storm hit overnight. Our office didn't open until 10am. Luckily my parking lot was plowed but they didn't plow the driveway so I had a tough time getting out but made it to work
 
Buffetbuster
 
Wow you really did forget- it was peach cobbler not apple cobbler - I'll tell you , I thought Blue Willow's peach cobbler was the best however Mama Mary's knocked it right out of the park!

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Re:Soup and Pie- What Blew Me Away in 2010 - Mon, 12/27/10 11:17 AM
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So far, WJ, we have been lucky in missing the snow. My friend lives an hour south of me in Kenosha, and they got 8 inches-not as bad as the east, but bad enough. I am about 1/2 hour west of downtown Milw., and while we have about 2 inches on the ground, we havent even seen a dusting.But in honor of all the fine desserts you showed us-I am baking a cherry cobbler right now!

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Re:Soup and Pie- What Blew Me Away in 2010 - Mon, 12/27/10 1:09 PM
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We missed the snow too------By about 2500 miles! Hope everyone back east is Safe, Warm and Cozy!

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Re:Soup and Pie- What Blew Me Away in 2010 - Mon, 12/27/10 8:26 PM
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TOP 10 Standby's of 2010 (non breakfast)

These are the restaurants that I've visited prior to 2010 and have made a return visit.
The same rules apply- that is the standby's do not include restaurants that I visited two years in a row- there has to be at least a one year gap in between visits.
The countdown is in no particular order with the exception of  the top 5
 
10. Chez Vachon - Manchester NH
 

 
After a 7 year absence, I was glad to revisit this restaurant in the old French Canadian neighborhood of Manchester. Famous for their Poutine, this hearty dish of  fresh cut fries, chicken gravy and cheese curds, gets an added boost with steak tips. Certainly not a meal to be take lightly.
 
9.  Tea Steakhouse Tea SD
 


 

 
12 years is a long time coming in between visits to this steakhouse. If you're expecting a  $100 a plate steak (without drinks) then look elsewhwere. For under $30 with tax and tip,
this was a fine hunk of cow and the "lyonnaise" potatoes were solid too!
 
8. Tavern on Grand- St Paul MN
 

 
Despite the decor change (which I barely noticed) the Walleye at this venerable establishment was just as good as ever. In the past I ordered the Walleye sandwich, but this time decided to go with the dinner, and I'm glad I did because the potato cakes were an excellent accompanyment to my meal.
 
7.  Pierce's Pitt BBQ Williamsburg VA
 

 

 
Returning after almost a 7 year absence, Buffetbuster and I declared Pierce's the best BBQ on our "Double Damage in the Old Dominion" trip this past spring. From past experience the sides are boring with the exception of the sweet potato sticks.
 
6. GA Pig Brunswick GA
 

 

 
 
Everyone's favorite BBQ Nazi. The staff may be fickle and the rules may seem intimidating enough to  put even Travelin Man on his best behavior, however this shack serves a mean bbq pork sandwich and the brunswick stew was the best that I've had all year.
 
5.  LC's Bar-B-Q Kansas City MO
 


 

 
I declare LC's to be my favorite bbq joint in Kansas City. The sauce and smoke on the  Burnt End sandwich tantalizes the soul and the golden brown french fries are second to none.
 
4. Second Avenue Deli New York NY
 

 
 

 

 
 

 
The least touristy of the NYC Deli's, The Second Avenue Deli is also my favorite.  Just about the best Matzoh Ball I've ever had, the pastrami is top notch and where else can you order kashke varnishkes and gribenes at the same time!
 
3. Stroud's Kansas City MO
 

 

 
Standing room only when I arrived, I would gladly eat the the amazingly addictive cinnamon rolls and the worlds best fried chicken  standing up, upside down, or in any position they choose to put me in.
 
2.  82 Queen Street  Charleston SC
 

 

 

 
If I were to compose a list of my top 10 all time restaurants, 82 Queen would be included.
I have to credit my dear friend, Julianne from Lincolnton NC (via Atlanta, via Seattle via Milwaukee) for first recommending this place to me back in 1999. The she crab soup is extraordinary, the shrimp n grits heavenly and the fried green tomatoes which were shared among our table and which I enjoyed for the very first time were superb.
 
and the # 1 standby of 2010 is........................
 
The Breadbasket - Newton KS
 

 
 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 
Every once in a while I'll be so impressed by a restaurant that I'll wonder why the Stern's have never visited.  At last count there are probably close to a dozen.
The Breadbasket is at the top of this list.  Not only well known for their multi-diverse high plains soup and salad bar as well as a who's who of pies but this is the place that re-wrote the definition of Bierocks aka "Cabbage Burgers, Kraut Burgers, Runzas".
I hope that the Sterns do visit the next time they have the opportunity to visit the Wichita area.
 
 
Edit to include:
Honorable Mention
 
Crab Shack Tybee Island, GA
 

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Re:Soup and Pie- What Blew Me Away in 2010 - Tue, 12/28/10 7:39 AM
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But in honor of all the fine desserts you showed us-I am baking a cherry cobbler right now!

 
Ann,

I'm glad I inspired you!

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Re:Soup and Pie- What Blew Me Away in 2010 - Tue, 12/28/10 7:43 AM
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The breadbasket looks like a place to spend a few hours in.....my luck...they're out of chili!!

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Re:Soup and Pie- What Blew Me Away in 2010 - Tue, 12/28/10 10:59 AM
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Lee,
 
if you look just  to the right of the chili sign- that's where the chili is.

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Re:Soup and Pie- What Blew Me Away in 2010 - Tue, 12/28/10 11:12 AM
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See it...I'll have some of everything!!!

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Re:Soup and Pie- What Blew Me Away in 2010 - Tue, 12/28/10 12:34 PM
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There is probably no restaurant I get cravings for more than Stroud's.  Great list, with lots of beautiful photos, WJ!  And obviously, all those pies at The Breadbasket caught my attention.  BTW, what are gribenes?

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Re:Soup and Pie- What Blew Me Away in 2010 - Tue, 12/28/10 1:28 PM
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Wow. I am -almost- speechless, due to the amount of drool I am trying to control ;-)  We're of the same mind in many of the choices - LC's, 2nd Avenue Deli, and Stroud's would always be in my "tops" list. Thanks for the mouth-watering photos!!

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Re:Soup and Pie- What Blew Me Away in 2010 - Tue, 12/28/10 1:30 PM
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Gribenes is "Jewish Bacon" or fried chicken skin cracklings. As you can see from the photo it is served with caramelized onions.
 
I remember enjoying the stuff for the first time when I was a little boy in the early 1970's at a kosher deli in the "Five towns" on Long Island on the way to my grandfather's unveiling. I completely forgot about the stuff until 35 years later when the Second Avenue Deli provided a complimentary sample on my previous visit in 2008

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Re:Soup and Pie- What Blew Me Away in 2010 - Tue, 12/28/10 8:00 PM
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Honorable Mentions of 2010 (new and non breakfast)
in no particular order
 
1 Rooster's Cafe Jones OK
 

 
 

 
Besides deserving an honorable mention, if there was an award for the most incredulous meal of 2010 , This monstrous and amazingly delicious chicken fried steak would certainly be the winner.
 
 
 
2 Snead's Bar-B-Q Belton MO
 
 

 

 
 

 
 
My second favorite BBQ joint in Kansas City. The plate of ribs and brownies supplemented by tangy bbq beans and golden brown fries proves that BBQ in Kansas City is first class.
 
 
 
3. Riefe's Restaurant Davenport IA
 

 

 

 

 
 
From the bishop's bread to the banana cream pie, this is the third time that Riefe's has made an appearance on the top 10 of 2010. It is no wonder that this German inspired restaurant has been in business for over 60 years.
 
 
 
4. Carol's Restaurant Blaine MN
 

 
This meatloaf commercial represents real honest to goodness comfort food.There's nothing fake on this plate!
 
 
5.  Uncle Don's Spurwink Country Kitchen Scarborough ME
 

 
 

 
 

 

 
 

 
A taste of inland New England in coastal Maine. The shepherds pie, homemade bread and blueberry pie are shining examples of classic New England cookery.
 
 
6. Arcaro & Genell Old Forge PA
 

 
I came here for the old forge pizza but fell in love with this double crusted spinach pie.
Even Joerogo gave his  thumbs up on this cardiologist's nightmare.
 
 
7.  Willoughby Inn Norfolk VA
 

 

 

 
 
A hidden secret in the ocean view neighborhood of Norfolk for nearly 40 years. Everything at this casual eatery is cheap and fresh. These fried oyster tasted fresh off the boat and the homemade bread tray was a nice added surprise. I'll forgive them for their oniony coleslaw.
 
8. AW Shucks Norfolk VA
 

 


 
An oyster bar that promises to deliver fresh seafood. Not only were the tomato crab soup and crab shucks aka crab norfolk fantastic but the jumbo hushpuppies and collards which accompanies the meal were oustanding too.
 
9. Bowen's Island Charleston SC
 

 

 
 
This ramshackle joint which reopened after a devastating fire a few years back,  serves seafood feasts galore. I can't tell you about the other meals, however between my visit to The Wreck in 2008 and Bowens Island this past year, there's something about Charleston that makes the shrimp so amazingly special
 
 
10 . Sweatman's BBQ Holly Hill SC
 
 
 

 
The premier SC Carolina  BBQ Joint, that means' the Q is accompanied with a mustard style bbq sauce and "hash" over rice. For the squeamish, I'll refrain from letting you know what the hash consists of. Enjoying this bbq during a freak winter snow storm, made the experience extra unique.
 
 
 
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Re:Soup and Pie- What Blew Me Away in 2010 - Tue, 12/28/10 8:17 PM
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wanderingjew, Glad to see you enjoyed A & G.
 
Now, come on, what's in the Sweatman's Hash?  Can't be any worse than some of the stuff I wanted you to try while you were in Old Forge 

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Re:Soup and Pie- What Blew Me Away in 2010 - Wed, 12/29/10 8:15 AM
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wanderingjew, Glad to see you enjoyed A & G.

Now, come on, what's in the Sweatman's Hash?  Can't be any worse than some of the stuff I wanted you to try while you were in Old Forge 

joe
Let's just say when serving WHOLE HOG BBQ, it's a way to ensure that nothing is wasted.....NOTHING!

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Re:Soup and Pie- What Blew Me Away in 2010 - Wed, 12/29/10 8:27 AM
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The seafood plates from Norfolk and Charleston look fabulous!
 
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Re:Soup and Pie- What Blew Me Away in 2010 - Wed, 12/29/10 12:29 PM
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What Brad said!!!

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Re:Soup and Pie- What Blew Me Away in 2010 - Wed, 12/29/10 1:21 PM
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wanderingjew, No oysters on your visit to The Mayors(Bowen's)Island?
 
I have that place in my sights just for the oysters.  Thanks for showing that there is a whole lot more.

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Re:Soup and Pie- What Blew Me Away in 2010 - Wed, 12/29/10 3:59 PM
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Screaming Brad's comment about the seafood made me realize that I forgot to include my honorable mention under The Standby category so I edited it to include same.
 
Joe
 
I didn't order oysters at "Al's Island" but I know that quite a few others did. Unfortunately other than a smattering of photos, there really wasn't a full blown trip report from the 2010 glee club event....but I'm certain there are photos of the oysters somewhere.
 

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Re:Soup and Pie- What Blew Me Away in 2010 - Thu, 12/30/10 10:37 AM
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I must admit that I ignored burgers this year- almost deliberately, since there was so much more "regionally appropriate" roadfood to concentrate on this past year however if there is one burger that deserves a best burger award for 2010 it's this one.
 

 
The Big Block Southern Style Burger
The Penguin- Charlotte
 
I'm going to be a very social and popular boy over the next few days so I'll complete the final top 10 lists over the weekend.

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Re:Soup and Pie- What Blew Me Away in 2010 - Thu, 12/30/10 11:19 AM
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O M G !!!!!!!

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Re:Soup and Pie- What Blew Me Away in 2010 - Thu, 12/30/10 4:54 PM
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Unbelievable delicious list of food and pictures. I am headed out to a fine dining restaurant tonight, a birthday gathering, but would rather visit any one of the selections you have pictured here. Good job.

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Re:Soup and Pie- What Blew Me Away in 2010 - Thu, 12/30/10 5:31 PM
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WJ - I assume you have heard the news about the Penguin?

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Re:Soup and Pie- What Blew Me Away in 2010 - Thu, 12/30/10 6:00 PM
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wanderingjew


joerogo


wanderingjew, Glad to see you enjoyed A & G.

Now, come on, what's in the Sweatman's Hash?  Can't be any worse than some of the stuff I wanted you to try while you were in Old Forge 

joe
Let's just say when serving WHOLE HOG BBQ, it's a way to ensure that nothing is wasted.....NOTHING!
 
 
For those of you that enjoyed hot dogs, let me assure you that nothing is wasted.
 
After all, hog testicles and other parts are used.  I guess you have to get over it if you enjoy hot dogs and other processed meats.
 
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Knoxville, TN



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