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2012/12/13 19:22:26 (permalink)

Roadfood Rapture- The Best of 2012

In honor of the Mayan Calender and the end of the earth as we know it, my Roadfood revelations led to another fantastic year...
 
Before I go any further, I want to dedicate this year's list to our late great Padre Rick Flynn who passed away early in the year......we all still miss him dearly, and I know we will all be thinking of him in February at the next glee club event. 
 
Like the last couple of years, I'm going to begin my list mid month with a teaser of "soup and pies" and then continue after Christmas and hopefully conclude by the new year....

As you know this is my list so I make my own rules. Like last year, The Best Standby's list have to wait at least 3 years before they're eligible again and as you all know this is a "non-local list" this year I've expanded the term "non local" to anything more than 100 miles away.....(previously it was 50 miles)
 
This year wasn't a big "soup year" so my list is short...
 
So without further ado.....
 
6 stupendous bowls of  soups/stews/ chili and gumbo
(in no particular order)
 
1 Chicken Dumpling Soup Blue Willow Inn Social Circle GA
 


 
2  A Bowl of Texas Red- Texas Chili Parlor Austin TX
 


 
 
3. Gumbo- Casamento's New Orleans LA
 


 
 
4.  Seafood Chowder Gilbert's Chowder House Portland ME
 

 
 
5. Brunswick Stew- Community BBQ Decatur GA
 

 
 
6. Mushroom Barley Soup Second Avenue Deli New York, NY
 

 
(photo courtesy of Billyboy)
 
Pies.....after the weekend....
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    Michael Hoffman
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    Re:Roadfood Rapture- The Best of 2012 2012/12/13 19:38:05 (permalink)
    Tease!
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    Re:Roadfood Rapture- The Best of 2012 2012/12/13 19:41:32 (permalink)
    Pies after the weekend? You big tease!

    Great start so far and the gumbo and seafood chowder look amazing!
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    Re:Roadfood Rapture- The Best of 2012 2012/12/13 20:54:45 (permalink)
    Thanks for the shout-out, Dale.  Love that soup.  So warm and comforting.  I'll take a bowl each of the chicken & dumpling, Texas Red and that buttery-rich looking seafood chowder, please!
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    Re:Roadfood Rapture- The Best of 2012 2012/12/13 23:07:05 (permalink)
    All of Earth's Greatest Treasures come in a Bowl with a Spoon!
    No plates, forks or knives needed!
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    Re:Roadfood Rapture- The Best of 2012 2012/12/14 03:05:34 (permalink)
    Lovely group of soups.
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    Re:Roadfood Rapture- The Best of 2012 2012/12/14 04:15:12 (permalink)
    Give me the Gumbo and the Texas Red and I will make slurping sounds for a long time !
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    Re:Roadfood Rapture- The Best of 2012 2012/12/14 07:35:23 (permalink)
    All of them look great, Dale! Cant wait for more of your report.....after the weekend, "scowl"...
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    Re:Roadfood Rapture- The Best of 2012 2012/12/14 07:56:14 (permalink)
    Man,  that's a hefty lineup right there.  And on the 7th day ( after those 6 bowls) he rested.
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    Re:Roadfood Rapture- The Best of 2012 2012/12/14 10:32:36 (permalink)
    I'll take one of each please. 
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    Re:Roadfood Rapture- The Best of 2012 2012/12/14 11:39:02 (permalink)
    I'll take that bowl of Texas Red. Just can't get mine to come out even close.
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    Re:Roadfood Rapture- The Best of 2012 2012/12/14 13:48:28 (permalink)
    I'll have the gumbo, please. 
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    Re:Roadfood Rapture- The Best of 2012 2012/12/14 22:18:11 (permalink)
    lleechef

    I'll take one of each please. 

    I will agree with you Lisa, I will take a gallon of each and go into hibernation.
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    Re:Roadfood Rapture- The Best of 2012 2012/12/15 11:20:38 (permalink)
    BRUNSWICK STEW!  Done "right" it is one of the best things on the Planet.  Your exemplar looks to be "done right". 
     
    Too bad that it only comes canned in Texas.
     
    (edit:  just had to add "smilies" )!
    post edited by MetroplexJim - 2012/12/15 11:22:43
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    Re:Roadfood Rapture- The Best of 2012 2012/12/15 13:10:05 (permalink)
    Great start. They all look delicious, 6 way tie. Anticipating more. Thanks WJ for taking us along.  
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    Re:Roadfood Rapture- The Best of 2012 2012/12/15 13:24:25 (permalink)
    Six bowls of love. Thanks!
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    Re:Roadfood Rapture- The Best of 2012 2012/12/16 12:17:27 (permalink)
    All look fantastic! I'd only add a big bowl of She Crab from SC.
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    Re:Roadfood Rapture- The Best of 2012 2012/12/16 12:40:06 (permalink)
    I love the Blue Willow's Chicken Dumpling soup. I will have to go Community BBQ so I can try the stew.
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    Re:Roadfood Rapture- The Best of 2012 2012/12/17 08:30:47 (permalink)
    I deliberately waited until after the weekend for the best pies so Buffetbuster can really savor the pics after his weekend getaway in Vegas. 
      
    In the interim, I'll post a a brief synpopsis of my Roadfood year.
     
    My year began in February in high Creole and Cajun fashion in New Orleans.....eating my way around Mississippi and Arkansas as well as Memphis and Birmingham, my trip culminated at the annual Glee Club Weekend in Nashville and had the opportunity to meet two new Roadfooders (new to me) Pogophiles and Will_Work_4_BBQ

    Towards the end of winter I met up with  Ayersian (Chris) and Travelin Man in Manchester NH before venturing up to Maine for my inconsistent annual visit to LL Bean and finding some new discoveries on my way back down along the North Shore of MA.
     
    Spring, aka the beginning of Baseball season found me in the Sonoran Deserts of Phoenix and Tucson and meeting up with Foodbme on a couple of occasions including my first ballgame of the Season at Chase Field in Phoenix. I then continued on to  Mess with Texas in San Antonio and Austin for some amazing Q, Puffy Tacos and Bean Burgers as well as a visit with Bushie who showed me around the Northern environs of Austin.
     
    Spring continued with our weekend in Worcester MA meet up in May and Culminated in Pittsburgh/Cleveland and the panhandle of WV in June with Buffetbuster & Mariton, Ralp Melton & Ice Cream Chick and Travelin Man.
     
    Summer continued with monthly Boston mid week meetups with Ayersian, Karilyn, Bethgrd and Paulde
     
    My last big trip of the year, the week before labor day found me Whistin Dixie in Charlotte NC- Columbia SC and Atlanta. with a chorus of  Hearbreak Soup (who I met for the first time),  Nanypalooza and Buffetbuster.
     
    Fall continued with  the annual Roadfood bus trip, this year to Connecticut, weekend trips with Sandra to  Albany/Southern Vermont   , NYC (and Billyboy)  and one final day trip to Boston's North Shore with Sandra and the Ayersians
     
    And that was 2012 in a nutshell...
     
    Pies- tonite!
    post edited by wanderingjew - 2012/12/17 09:31:36
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    Re:Roadfood Rapture- The Best of 2012 2012/12/17 19:04:12 (permalink)
    Ten Terrific Pies (in no particular order)


     
    1. Blackberry Pie - Ruby and Ketchy's Morgantown WV
     


     
     
     
     
    2. Chocolate Cream Pie  Red Arrow Diner Manchester NH

     
     
     
     
     
     
    3. Coconut Cream Pie Neal's Cafe  Springdale AR
     

     
     
     
    4.  Ice Box Pecan Coconut Pie Beacon Light Tea Room Bon Aqua TN
     


     
     
     
    5 Chess Pie Sylvan Park Nashville TN
     

     
     
     
    6. Lemon Ice Box Pie Ellston Place Soda Shop Nashville TN
     
     


     
     
     
    7. Elvis Pie  Texan Cafe Hutto TX
     

     
     
     
    8. Apricot  Fried Pie Family Pie Shop  De Valls Bluff AR
     

     
     
    9 Buttermilk Pie and Peanut Butter Pie (Tie) Blue Willow Inn Social Circle GA
     

     
    10.  Blueberry Pie Maine Diner Wells, ME
     


    post edited by wanderingjew - 2012/12/19 18:12:10
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    Re:Roadfood Rapture- The Best of 2012 2012/12/17 19:08:37 (permalink)
    While I love the soup shots, pie is where its at.
     
    Love the Blue Willow Inn and Hutto Cafe choices.  Also, the chess at Sylvan Park is a winner! 
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    Re:Roadfood Rapture- The Best of 2012 2012/12/17 19:12:12 (permalink)
    While I am more into savory than sweet, these pies could win me over!!!!!!
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    Re:Roadfood Rapture- The Best of 2012 2012/12/17 19:25:37 (permalink)
    If I'm drooling I can only imagine what bb is doing......
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    Re:Roadfood Rapture- The Best of 2012 2012/12/17 20:11:23 (permalink)
    Pies? Pies? Who cares about pies?
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    Re:Roadfood Rapture- The Best of 2012 2012/12/17 20:34:06 (permalink)
    Not sure if it is a coincidence or not that I was with you for four of those pies.  Yeah, probably not.  Of those, the chess pie at Sylvan Park was the best.  But, that blackberry pie from Ruby & Ketchy's is another real winner.  And that photo has me wishing there was room for us to stop in at Neal's Cafe, since we were across the street.  Cousin Johnny would have loved that pie.  Beautiful list WJ!
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    Re:Roadfood Rapture- The Best of 2012 2012/12/17 22:14:23 (permalink)
    Buffetbuster
     
    I was never a huge fan of chess pie until I had a bite of that slice at Sylvan Park. It has made me a  convert for life.
     
    I recall Cousin Johnnie and i really enjoyed the Coconut Pecan Icebox pie pie at the Beacon Light Tea Room. Unfortunately that was the only thing I enjoyed there.
     
    After thinking about it for a while, if there was a # 1 pie of the year, it had to be that Elvis Pie at Texan Cafe .
     
    I believe Chi Town Diner was also with us for 3 out of those 9 pies. Speaking of Chi Town Diner, there are some things that are left to myth vs reality such as Bigfoot and The Loch Ness Monster.....
    Well, there are some things that are just stranger than fiction, and I swear to you all that this was NOT photoshopped, I kid you not....
     
    Here it is.....

    The Most Incredulous Roadfood Moment of 2012
     

     
    Chi Town Diner ordering a ......salad!
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    Re:Roadfood Rapture- The Best of 2012 2012/12/17 22:33:22 (permalink)
    Amazing pies!!!  Great salad?
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    Re:Roadfood Rapture- The Best of 2012 2012/12/18 01:09:32 (permalink)
     
     
    Wow, those pies look great!  That ice box pecan coconut pie looks insanely good! 
     
    Glenn
     
     
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    Re:Roadfood Rapture- The Best of 2012 2012/12/18 03:29:04 (permalink)
    Buttermilk pie looks wonderful.
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    Re:Roadfood Rapture- The Best of 2012 2012/12/18 08:19:16 (permalink)
    Dale: enjoying your post soo much. That Choc cream pie looks like it has fake whipped topping, no? The other pies look incredible. THe salad photo is priceless, now that I know CTD!!
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