My Year in Roadfood (2011)

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Foodbme
Porterhouse
Re:My Year in Roadfood (2011) 2012/01/11 15:55:15
Funeral Pie??? AKA "Bake for the Wake"
Or---Depending on where the "Guest of Honor" is going----
Heavenly Funeral Pie or
A Hell of a Funeral Pie!
Seriously, Those are some great looking Pies!
BuddyRoadhouse
Filet Mignon
Re:My Year in Roadfood (2011) 2012/01/11 22:26:18
You went to Hoosier Mama Pie Company and only had ONE PIECE OF PIE?!?
 
That Mayan calendar may be right--this year could be the end of the world!
 
Buddy
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:My Year in Roadfood (2011) 2012/01/12 08:20:03
Buddy-
O ye, of little faith!  Here is the FOUR slices of pie

that ChiTownDiner, Mariton, cousin Johnny and myself shared at Hoosier Mama Pie Co
 
Shared, of course, being a relative term.

 
post edited by buffetbuster - 2012/01/12 08:43:36
RodBangkok
Cheeseburger
Re:My Year in Roadfood (2011) 2012/01/12 08:35:47
Your efforts in presenting a slice of American foods are well appreciated, I've passed along links to your trip reports such as this one to many, thank you!
The Travelin Man
Filet Mignon
Re:My Year in Roadfood (2011) 2012/01/12 09:02:12
Some things never change....
 

Sundancer7
Fire Safety Admin
Re:My Year in Roadfood (2011) 2012/01/12 09:14:13
BB:  Great pics and I look forward to seeing you and Mariton in Nashville. Hopefully PP can find you some pie that you have never had but I sorta doubt it.
 
Paul E. Smith
Knoxville, TN
mayor al
Fire Safety Admin
Re:My Year in Roadfood (2011) 2012/01/12 10:24:02
BB,  Your posted reports and reviews set a fine example for all of us. We are looking forward to sharing some Nashville 'finds' with you and all the others coming to the Glee Club gathering next month.
easydoesit
Cheeseburger
Re:My Year in Roadfood (2011) 2012/01/12 12:22:18
There are other things said about other posters on other threads, but the fact remains that people like BuffetBuster, Wandering Jew, Davydd, Travelin Man, King T, Buddy Roadhouse, and too many others to name are the true stars of this site, and there isn't a personal agenda or a mean thought among them -- they are here for the pure love of the topic, which is the food, and where it's at.
 
I like the picture of BB the pie hog, but also the one by Travelin Man.  BB, you give that cute girl some of that!  How can you refuse that smile?
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:My Year in Roadfood (2011) 2012/01/12 12:41:39
About TTM's photo.....    in my defense, that chocolate pudding was really, really good!  In reality, Mariton ended up with more of it than either TTM or I did.
ChiTownDiner
Filet Mignon
Re:My Year in Roadfood (2011) 2012/01/12 12:54:16
But a few of us got shorted on that pie shot...that was not staged!
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
Re:My Year in Roadfood (2011) 2012/01/12 13:02:03
I want to meet the woman who can get pudding away from you.
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:My Year in Roadfood (2011) 2012/01/12 13:41:05
This has nothing to do with this report, but I just got off the phone with my cousin Johnny.  He has been working so many hours, his boss told him to take the day off today.
 
His first stop this morning was at Dangerously Delicious Pies, where he bought FIVE slices of pie, including key lime, chocolate cream, creme brulee, chocolate covered pecan and an Elvis pie, which is peanut butter cream, with bananas and bacon!
 
Next up, was Kooper's Chowhound Burger Wagon, where he downed two burgers, the Otis (mushrooms and grilled onions) and the Elvis (bacon and blue cheese).  Lots of Elvis for him today.  He also ate an order of 50/50, a combination of regular fries and sweet potato fries.
 
If that wasn't enough, there was a cupcake truck next to the burger wagon, so he bought four cupcakes to take with him.  Not sure where he was headed next, but that is what I call taking advantage of your day off.
 
I don't think I have ever been prouder to be related to him! 
Sundancer7
Fire Safety Admin
Re:My Year in Roadfood (2011) 2012/01/12 14:02:00
It sounds really good but I am not sure how Johnny could still walk????
What a day off!
 
Paul E. Smith
KNoxville, TN
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:My Year in Roadfood (2011) 2012/01/12 16:13:47
Here are some of my favorite moments of being a tourist in 2011: 
 
Oregon Coast


 
Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site (Georgia)

 
Milwaukee Art Museum (Wisconsin)

 
Sea Lion Caves (Oregon)

 
Saguaro National Park (Arizona)

 
Harvard University (Massachusetts)

 
Belle Isle Park (Michigan)

 
Badlands National Park (South Dakota)



 
Wonderworks (Florida)

 
United States Capitol (District of Columbia) 

 
Washington State Capitol

 
Oregon State Capitol

 
Vermont State House

 
Wyoming State Capitol

 
Indiana Statehouse

 
Idaho State Capitol

 
Colorado State Capitol

 
San Antonio River Walk (Texas)

 
Indianapolis Canal Walk (Indiana)

 
Astoria Column (Oregon)

 
Niagara Falls (New York) 

 
Multnomah Falls (Oregon)


 
Falls Park (South Dakota) 

 
World's Largest Peace Pipe (Minnesota)

 
Theodore Roosevelt National Park (North Dakota)


 
World of Coca-Cola (Georgia)

 
Eisenhower Presidential Library & Museum (Kansas)

 
John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum (Massachusetts)

 
Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum (Missouri)

 
Monticello (Virginia)

 
Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park (Texas)

 
William Howard Taft National Historic Site (Ohio)
 
 
Rutherford B Hayes Presidential Center (Ohio)

 
Baseball Hall of Fame (New York) 


 
Space Needle (Washington)

 
Trees of Mystery (California)
 
 
The Alamo (Texas)

 
U.S.S. South Dakota Battleship Memorial (South Dakota) 

 
Quechee Gorge (Vermont)

 
Royal Gorge (Colorado)

 
Mount Rushmore (South Dakota)

 
Luray Caverns (Virginia)

 
Ford's Theatre (District of Columbia) 

 
Minute Man National Historical Park (Massachusetts)

 
Scotts Bluff National Monument (Nebraska)

 
Seattle Underground (Washington)

 
Gateway Arch (Missouri)


 
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (Ohio)

 
Lewis and Clark National Historical Park (Oregon)

 
Sergeant Floyd Monument (Iowa)

 
Devils Tower National Monument (Wyoming)


 
 
Brown vs Board of Education National Historic Site (Kansas)

 
Gloucester Fisherman's Memorial (Massachusetts)

 
Carhenge (Nebraska)

 
Spruce Goose (Oregon)

 
Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum (Virginia)
 
 
Crazy Horse Memorial (South Dakota)

 
Pittsburg State Basketball Game (Kansas)

 
post edited by buffetbuster - 2012/06/26 11:27:08
mar52
Sirloin
Re:My Year in Roadfood (2011) 2012/01/12 16:27:18
Wonderful pictures, BB.  I love that they're not just aim and click.  I see the thought.
 
Loved your report.
 
 
Sundancer7
Fire Safety Admin
Re:My Year in Roadfood (2011) 2012/01/12 16:33:54
BB:  I have been to all of them except the Pittsburg basketball game with the Traveling Man.  I really enjoyed the Spruce Goose and finally seeing the plane that I had heard so much about.  Incredible to walk inside and around.  The glass structure enclosing it was incredible.
 
Paul E. Smith
Knoxville, TN 
Foodbme
Porterhouse
Re:My Year in Roadfood (2011) 2012/01/12 16:42:12
Fantastic Pictures! Thank You!
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:My Year in Roadfood (2011) 2012/01/13 08:49:47
mar52-
Thanks Mar!  I do believe I am getting better at taking pictures.  There are some people on Roadfood who are excellent photographers (Mayor Al, Kaszeta, Nancypalooza and TTM immediately spring to mind) and I know I have learned a lot from theirs and others photos.
 
Paul-
You have been to more places and done more things than anyone I know.  Maybe that should be my goal this year, try to make it to some places you have not.  If thats possible!  As for the Pittsburg State photo, what makes it so funny to me is 100% Pure Gorilla t-shirt.
 
Foodbme-
Thanks so much for all the nice comments throughout the thread.  They are greatly appreciated.
post edited by buffetbuster - 2012/01/13 12:44:54
cavandre
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:My Year in Roadfood (2011) 2012/01/13 09:01:34
That statue of DDE caught my eye because it looks identical to one that sits in a London park near the US Embassy...

leethebard
Sirloin
Re:My Year in Roadfood (2011) 2012/01/13 10:47:28
Truly great photography.....I thoroughly enjoyed travelling along  with you. Thanks.
Twinwillow
Sirloin
Re:My Year in Roadfood (2011) 2012/01/13 11:10:56
Wow. Such great pictures! Loved them all.
Btw, did you by any chance have an, "encounter" while visiting Devil's Tower? 
Rusty246
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:My Year in Roadfood (2011) 2012/01/13 11:15:21
The Gateway Arch pic was very cool, as were they all, that was just my personal favorite.  Then there were those burgers.....
The Travelin Man
Filet Mignon
Re:My Year in Roadfood (2011) 2012/01/13 11:49:44
buffetbuster
Paul-
 As for the Pittsburg State photo, what makes it so funny to me is 100% Gorilla t-shirt.

Yeah....that is one hairy beast.  
 
 
I don't know much about the guy in the mascot outfit, though.
Sundancer7
Fire Safety Admin
Re:My Year in Roadfood (2011) 2012/01/13 11:57:29
I don't know if the gorilla liked the TM but it seems that the women sure do???
 
TTM, see you in Nashville.  Where are you staying.  I am at the Maxwelll House.  I got a good deal on it thanks to WJ.
 
Paul E. Smith
Knoxville, TN
CajunKing
Sirloin
Re:My Year in Roadfood (2011) 2012/01/13 15:33:35
The one on the right is adorable but who is that gorilla with him
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:My Year in Roadfood (2011) 2012/01/13 15:48:55
Roadfood is every bit as much about the people as it is the food.  Here are some of my favorite people from 2011:
 
At Curtis's Barbecue in Vermont, I got to listen to owner Curtis Tuff and my girlfriend 

compare barbecue from Georgia (where he is originally from) and the Philippines.
 
 
My favorite waitress all year was this sassy lady

from J.R.'s Ribshack in Panama City, FL.  She told us she was originally from Pennsylvania, but her accent was pure Southern twang.  Those are our peach cobblers she is bringing to our table.
 
Gail Kreger

is half of the husband-wife team who own Giant Drive-In.  She shocked us by saying that she frequently eats one of their huge Filler burgers all by herself.  The story goes, a few years back, a Burger King opened across the street, but they couldn't compete with the Giant and ended up closing.  Too humble to brag, when I asked her about it, she just gave me a big smile.   
 
We didn't like much about Mae's Phinney Ridge Cafe, but we did like this woman,

who proudly told us she made the biscuits and even offered to pose with them.
 
One of the biggest characters in Roadfood is Bud Royer

from Royer's Round Top.  For instance, if you don't want ice cream with your pie, they charge you extra.
 
In a booth outside of South Beach Fish Market, a young man was boiling up some crabs.  He happily took a few minutes to pose

and answer a few dumb questions from tourists.
 
Margot

from Terry's Turf Club was another excellent waitress.  Since it was our first time there, she made good recommendations and as crowded as the place was, still found plenty of time to chat with us.  Love that pose with the scary knife!
 
Angela Scott is the owner of Woodruff's Cafe & Pie Shop, while her 90+ year old mother,

sits at the back table, reading her bible and providing what she called "the entertainment".  This place had the feel of eating in their family's home. 
 
I owe this guy,

who sits out front of Cisco's, big time.  I had originally parked in the lot next to Cisco's, which is owned by a different nearby restaurant.  He came running over to make sure that I parked in the lot across the street, because the other restaurant, apparently, likes to have improperly parked cars towed.
 
In the Roadfood review, Michael Stern raves about the great service he had from a young lady at Cake Nouveau.  We wholeheartedly agree, since she

also took great care of us.  Of course, who wouldn't be happy working around all those delectables?  Just as we were getting ready to leave, an equally as pleasant young man

came out of the back, wearing an appropriate t-shirt.
 
When we ordered one of the beautiful blackberry muffins at Marcy's Diner, our lively waitress recommended we get it cut it half and then grilled.  Here she is,

showing us we made the right call!
 
While eating at Connelly's Goody Goody Diner, you always see owner Richard Connelly going from table to table, making sure everyone is happy.  A really nice man, he once gave me an anniversary coffee mug to take home.  This year when he stopped to check on us, I had him pose with me, Mariton and cousin Johnny.
   
 
No year is complete without a stop in at Charlie's Pool Room to see the Fencz Brothers, Joe and John.  Here they are

posing with a framed photo of some mealies that was given to them by a loyal customer.
 
We never caught this young man's name

while we were eating at Solly's Grill during the Roadfood Bus Tour, but he made a big impression on me.  He was enthusiastic, polite and told us proudly about his plans to join the Marine Corp.
 
During a visit to Cleveland, we liked the ribs, wings, Polish boy sandwich and the personable owner Gregby Camp at Mickey Flickey's Amazing Wings.  He was happy to pose with the two lovely ladies,

my girlfriend and her Japanese cousin.    
post edited by buffetbuster - 2012/06/26 14:05:48
The Travelin Man
Filet Mignon
Re:My Year in Roadfood (2011) 2012/01/13 16:01:52
buffetbuster

We didn't like much about Mae's Phinney Ridge Cafe, but we did like this woman,

who proudly told us she made the biscuits and even offered to pose with them.

One of the biggest characters in Roadfood is Bud Royer

from Royer's Round Top.  For instance, if you don't want ice cream with your pie, they charge you extra.

Two things....
 
We had the same server at Mae's Phinney Ridge (and about the same reviews on the food!).  She is a hoot....and almost worth putting up with everything else that was wrong!
 
I'm guessing Bud Royer didn't recognize you?
lleechef
Sirloin
Re:My Year in Roadfood (2011) 2012/01/13 16:11:30
BB, more beautiful photography.  I looked at the pictures several times.  Thanks so much for sharing with us.
Sundancer7
Fire Safety Admin
Re:My Year in Roadfood (2011) 2012/01/13 16:14:39
Bud Royer sorta reminds me of The Mayor???
 
Paul E. Smith
Knoxville, TN
mr chips
Filet Mignon
Re:My Year in Roadfood (2011) 2012/01/13 19:20:15
These photos are some of your best yet. A treat to read your comments and look at your wonderful photos. Regarding the eisenhower statuary, i read recently of the family objections to the new memorial in D.C. and hope it can be worked out.
post edited by mr chips - 2012/02/08 01:02:58
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:My Year in Roadfood (2011) 2012/01/14 14:24:23
mr chips-
I did vaguely hear about the Eisenhower family having objections to a DC memorial to Ike.  What is the reason behind this?
 
TTM-
Luckily for me, Bud Royer did not recognize me.  And I accepted ice cream on my pie with no argument.
 
Twinwillow-
While driving to Devil's Tower, cousin Johnny and I were making all the obvious jokes.  Luckily, no close encounters.  It was cool though to finally visit a place I had first learned about in that movie many years ago.
 
cavandre-
Thanks for posting the Eisenhower statue photo.  I had no idea they had a statue of Ike in London.   
post edited by buffetbuster - 2012/02/09 13:39:10
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:My Year in Roadfood (2011) 2012/01/14 14:27:30
A little quiz here.....
 
During a lunch at Hill Country Cupboard, they put this

yellow block at the end of my table.  What was the purpose for doing this?
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
Re:My Year in Roadfood (2011) 2012/01/14 14:40:27
Buffetbuster:
The Eisenhower family doesn't like the way the planned memorial to Ike neglects his accomplishments in World War II and as president, while overemphasizing his "humble Kansas roots."
 
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2085532/Eisenhower-memorial-Presidents-family-objects-rushed-Frank-Gehry-design.html?ito=feeds-newsxml
Foodbme
Porterhouse
Re:My Year in Roadfood (2011) 2012/01/14 15:04:07
BB,
The Yellow block may be a signal to the other waitresses that there's a Blockhead sitting there!!!!
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:My Year in Roadfood (2011) 2012/01/14 15:12:00
Foodbme-
While that is 100% true, that wasn't the answer I am looking for!
 
Michael Hoffman-
Thanks for the link.  It will be interesting to see if they move forward despite the objections.
Greymo
Filet Mignon
Re:My Year in Roadfood (2011) 2012/01/14 15:16:28
It  warns the waitress not to bring your bill too early as you are good for at least 4 slices of pie!
Sundancer7
Fire Safety Admin
Re:My Year in Roadfood (2011) 2012/01/14 15:17:49
The best I recall it is a signal for the wait person.  It seems that they have red, yellow blue and white blocks.l  Each indicates a signal for the waitperson on that table???
 
Paul E. Smith
Knoxville, TN
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:My Year in Roadfood (2011) 2012/01/14 16:03:37
Greymo

It  warns the waitress not to bring your bill too early as you are good for at least 4 slices of pie!

Love this answer!!!
Ralph Melton
Double Cheeseburger
Re:My Year in Roadfood (2011) 2012/01/16 14:35:12
We encountered the same waitress at Mae's Phinney Ridge Cafe. The review on the website was as unenthusiastic about the food at buffetbuster and Travelin Man, but our meal was excellent.
 
Richard Connelly gave us a Goody-Goody Diner mug also.
ann peeples
Sirloin
Re:My Year in Roadfood (2011) 2012/01/16 15:34:02
You had an outstanding 2011, BB!
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:My Year in Roadfood (2011) 2012/01/16 15:38:09
Ralph-
Well, Mae Phinney's was packed when we stopped in, so they must be doing something right.  Glad you had such a good meal.
 
ann peeples-
Thanks Ann! 
mr chips
Filet Mignon
Re:My Year in Roadfood (2011) 2012/01/16 22:08:15
Trudy and i shared the meal with TTM at Mae's. I liked the waiter and my salmon hash but had mixed feelings about the place. Some excellent food, some a little below average. I think there are so many great places in Seattle that i would not go to this place when other spots are available.
CajunKing
Sirloin
Re:My Year in Roadfood (2011) 2012/01/17 15:48:29
The yellow block says that Paula Deen the queen of butter is going to be cooking for you this evening????
CajunKing
Sirloin
Re:My Year in Roadfood (2011) 2012/01/17 15:48:30
The yellow block says that Paula Deen the queen of butter is going to be cooking for you this evening????
leethebard
Sirloin
Re:My Year in Roadfood (2011) 2012/01/17 16:42:06
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:My Year in Roadfood (2011) 2012/01/18 07:42:40
Finally finishing up the signs.
 
Some of the best retro signs:























 
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:My Year in Roadfood (2011) 2012/01/18 08:00:22
Some of my favorite murals:
 
























 

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Sundancer7
Fire Safety Admin
Re:My Year in Roadfood (2011) 2012/01/18 08:12:22
BB:  I am so glad you take the time to snap some of the pics that I would have never thought to do.  You can almost guess the locale of some of the murals by the pic of the area.  Perhaps I have been to some of them.
 
I am glad you are focused on more than food.
 
Paul E. Smith
Knoxville, TN
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:My Year in Roadfood (2011) 2012/01/18 08:19:25
The funny.....
 































buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:My Year in Roadfood (2011) 2012/01/18 08:37:12
and the just plain weird.....
 

The rumors I started that this was modeled after our own Poverty Pete is completely false!
 

Maybe an advertisement for toilet and septic services next to your menu isn't the best choice.
 

I'd like to state for the record that this candidate is of no relation.  Unless, of course, they happen to win.
 

Now, that's just creepy.
 

This sign was in the window of a pie shop.
 









leethebard
Sirloin
Re:My Year in Roadfood (2011) 2012/01/18 10:49:01
Wow,,,great Buffetbuster...When I travel, my wife says I see everything through a camera lens...seems like I've got a kindred spirit here. Great post!!
rumaki
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:My Year in Roadfood (2011) 2012/01/18 11:13:58
Wonderful photos; wonderful signs and murals.  Thank you!
 
I thought I'd read that Earl Abel's in San Antonio went out of business.  I just googled it and there still seems to be an operational web site.  I haven't been there since 2005; were you there this past year, BB?  When I went, I had fried chicken, mashed potatoes with cracklin' gravy, and cherry pie -- as well as a vegetable, though I don't remember what I had (probably green beans or carrots, which they offer daily).  It was great -- retro atmosphere, and I love it that they give you plenty of options in terms of which pieces of chicken you choose to make up your meal. http://www.earlabelssa.com/amenu_pages/dinner_menus.php
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:My Year in Roadfood (2011) 2012/01/18 12:50:37
rumaki-
Yes, we were at Earl Abel's in May.  Actually, we were tipped off to the place by one of the owners of Texan Cafe in Hutto.  He knew we were headed to San Antonio the next day and when the subject of pie came up, he told us we had to go to Earl Abel's.  And though the pies weren't great, they were still quite good.  Unfortunately, we didn't have the appetite to try things off of the menu.  What you describe sounds terrific!
 
The best thing about the place is definitely the old time atmosphere.  I will try and post a couple of photos from the place tonight.
Ralph Melton
Double Cheeseburger
Re:My Year in Roadfood (2011) 2012/01/18 13:41:03
What does the fine print say on the "worst seat in the house" sign?
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:My Year in Roadfood (2011) 2012/01/18 13:45:16
Ralph-
That you get 10% taken off of your bill.  It was an awful table, so it still wouldn't have been worth it.
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:My Year in Roadfood (2011) 2012/01/18 19:30:36
Most over the top sandwich from 2011?
 
Crown Candy Kitchen's Heart Stopping BLT:

 
Harold's Deli Corned Beef Sandwich:

 
Fat Head's South Side Slopes Headwich (with kielbasa and pierogies on it):

ChiTownDiner
Filet Mignon
Re:My Year in Roadfood (2011) 2012/01/18 20:05:25
I get that BLT every time I'm in STL...love it!
Almost looks like Mariton was getting "paddled" at city bakery?
 
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:My Year in Roadfood (2011) 2012/01/18 20:56:57
CTD-
I believe each one of those BLTs come with a defibrillator.  Do you actually eat one of those all by yourself?  We split ours three ways.
ChiTownDiner
Filet Mignon
Re:My Year in Roadfood (2011) 2012/01/19 06:58:01
After the party of one post, do you really need an answer?
leethebard
Sirloin
Re:My Year in Roadfood (2011) 2012/01/19 09:02:32
Oooohhhh, that corned beef sandwich....move over 2nd ave, deli!!!
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