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Re:My Year in Roadfood (2013) 2013/12/30 16:09:00
buffetbuster

Top 10 Breakfasts
Hooray!  No more pie!
 
Those 10 entries cover a nice range from simple to complex, and they all look terrific!
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:My Year in Roadfood (2013) 2013/12/30 17:23:17
SC-
Just for that, next year will include the top 75 pies in your honor!
 
Kaszeta-
Oh No!  That is a shame.  From what I have seen of your tastes, you would love the place.
FriedClamFanatic
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:My Year in Roadfood (2013) 2013/12/30 19:07:45
Oh Gawd.thanks for the reminder!.....I need to head down to Helen's soon....it's been too long!
mlm
Cheeseburger
Re:My Year in Roadfood (2013) 2013/12/30 19:18:40
Cliff, your trip report, as always, is sensational. Is it just me or does the ham biscuit look like it's sticking out its' tongue?
One of these days I'm going to have to try a piece of well-prepared scrapple and see what I think. I totally trust your taste in food but that piece of scrapple looks like a deep fried brick to me. So glad it was delicious. I've just never lived where it is served.
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:My Year in Roadfood (2013) 2013/12/30 19:56:51
Speaking of breakfast, this

is the omelet portion of the menu at Dream Diner in Massachusetts.  That's rather impressive!
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Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
Re:My Year in Roadfood (2013) 2013/12/30 20:19:36
With exceptions for ones with mushrooms I'd love to eat my way through that list, with doubling up a little on ones with peppers and onions.
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:My Year in Roadfood (2013) 2013/12/30 20:26:23
Michael, that sounds like a great idea.  Can you believe with all of those omelets available, I ordered something different!  What was I thinking?
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
Re:My Year in Roadfood (2013) 2013/12/30 20:27:43
You were thinking you wanted something else.
lleechef
Sirloin
Re:My Year in Roadfood (2013) 2013/12/30 21:02:33
You were in Mass. so you were thinking LOBSTAH and then of course, PIE.  Actually, I'm surprised there wasn't a lobster or crab omelet!
kaszeta
Double Cheeseburger
Re:My Year in Roadfood (2013) 2013/12/31 00:11:54
Dream diner is rather awesome.  I like their ham.
Foodbme
Porterhouse
Re:My Year in Roadfood (2013) 2013/12/31 02:30:06
I could live on Breakfasts every meal of the day AND for snacks too!
Pasqual's is definitely on my SFNM Bucket List!
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:My Year in Roadfood (2013) 2013/12/31 06:45:34
Top 10 (New To Me) Roadfood Restaurants of 2013
 
10. Chihuahua Tortilla Factory (Bloomfield, NM)


Small, humble, with great food, Chihuahua Tortilla Factory is just the type of Roadfood restaurant I love to visit.  Mariton ate what she called the best menudo she has ever had and my Chorizo Con Huevo was also outstanding.   But the star here is definitely the fresh, warm tortillas.  In a week of eating tortillas all over the state of New Mexico, these were strikingly better than any others.  What really made this visit special was the interaction with owner Fernando Reyes, seen above with his wife.  Fun and full of personality, Fernando gave us a tour of his tortilla making machines.  If you are in northwest New Mexico, I highly recommend a visit.
 
9. John's Famous Stew (Indianapolis, IN)



If you had told me at the beginning of the year that a place that specializes in beef stew in Indianapolis would make my top 10 list, I never would have believed you!  John's is a charming, dark, polite tavern that I loved as soon as I sat down in my booth.  You can get your stew mild, medium or hot and my medium had just the right amount of heat.  For dessert, a homey version of peach cobbler and John's gets bonus points for having Sprecher root beer.  The staff here is also a real hoot and even the elderly owner spent 20 minutes at my table discussing whether he should get a new smart phone or not.
 
8. Lawry's  the Prime Rib (Chicago, IL)




Lawry's has little in common with the above two places, but that doesn't mean we enjoyed it any less.  Of course, the tender prime rib (Mariton had the thinly sliced English cut, while I enjoyed the traditional Lawry cut) is the main reason to come here, but we enjoyed it for all the little things, too. Exceptional service, including the making of the spinning bowl salad (see in above photo) and the hot fudge sundae for dessert, which they also make right at your table.  The sourdough bread is wonderful as is the Yorkshire pudding that comes with every meal.
 
7. 400 Degrees (Nashville, TN)



The atmosphere, in a stand alone food court, is weird, but owner Aqui Simpson makes the most of it and treated us like special guests.  We weren't alone, because we saw her treat everyone this way.  One of the best things about this place is that if you order the four piece wings, you can try the 0 degrees, 100 degrees, 200 degrees and 400 degrees chicken all at the same time.  Even though the 200 degrees proved to be too hot for me (my girlfriend had no problem and even handled the 400 degrees with no problem), this is much more about the bold flavors of the chicken, not just the heat.  To drink, a delicious sweet tea, with a mixture of different fruit flavors.
 
6. Putah Creek Café (Winters, CA)



Putah Creek Café is a place where they do everything right.  Big menu, friendly efficient service, a warm attractive atmosphere and the food was exceptional.  We didn't exactly order regionally appropriate,but you probably can't go wrong here.  We swooned over Cousin Johnny's biscuits and peppery gravy, along with the spicy sausage.  My chicken fried steak was greatly enhanced by that world class gravy.  We enjoyed pies like marionberry and raspberry apple, while we were there and took some wonderful baked goods, like the apricot bar shown above to go.
 
5. Gott's Roadside (St. Helena, CA)



If it wasn't for the fact that we showed up here completely stuffed from Putah Creek Café and the fact I wasn't feeling well, this place probably would have ended up even higher.  We ordered smaller than usual, but the quality of our Wisconsin burger (with grilled mushrooms, bacon cheddar cheese, barbecue sauce and mayo on sourdough toast), thin, crispy sweet potato fries and milkshakes (espresso bean and pistachio) came shining through.  If this place was near me, I would eat there five times a week.
 
4. Duarte's Tavern (Pescadero, CA)



The California run continues.  This place gets high marks for having interesting, unusual foods like artichoke soup and olallieberry pie.  Also enjoyed was chewy sourdough bread and a huge plate of fresh mussels.  Add in the small town tavern atmosphere of a business that is over 100 years old and it is hard not to love this place.
 
3. Sting Ray's (Cape Charles, VA)



Located in a gas station, what could be more Roadfoody than that?  My first experience with sweet potato ham biscuits and it blew me away how good it was.  The soft, sweetness of the biscuit was the perfect contrast for the salty ham.  I could have eaten ten of them.  The sweet potato pie, with damson plum sauce was also a revelation!
 
2. John's Roast Pork (Philadelphia, PA)



Sometimes, it pays to be in the right place at the right time.  Upon landing in Philly, the guy at the car rental counter asked why we were in town.  When we told him mostly to eat, he, of course, asked where we were going.  The first place I mentioned was Tony Luke's, which he immediately dismissed saying there is someplace much better than that and said I needed to go to John's Roast Pork.  I reminded him that John's is only open during weekdays, to which he replied with the great news that they just recently started opening on Saturdays.  Needless to say, it became our first destination.  Excellent solid bread is needed to hold in all this juicy garlicky pork, which just explodes with flavor in your mouth.  The man was right, this is even better than Tony Luke's!
 
1. Zarzour's (Chattanooga, TN)



Our experience here was so good, not only was Zarzour's my number one for the year, it goes on my short list of best Roadfood restaurants we have ever visited.  Mariton's pork chop and my cheeseburger were greatly enhanced by the well seasoned grill, but what really sets this place apart is the vegetables.  We had creamed corn, spicy cabbage, white beans, black eyed peas and turnip greens and everyone was jaw dropping great!  How can vegetables taste this good, especially when they told us they use no meat in them?  Simple and smooth peanut butter pie (pictured above) and lemon ice box pie completed the meal.
 
I will be writing more about Zarzour's coming up soon.
 
Honorable mention:
1. Sam's Grill (San Francisco, CA)
2. Kumback Lunch (Perry, OK)
3. El Pollo Rico (Arlington, VA)
4. Jobe's Drive-In (El Reno, OK)
5. Metompkin Seafood (Mappsville, VA)               
ChiTownDiner
Filet Mignon
Re:My Year in Roadfood (2013) 2013/12/31 08:20:21
I could see a problem....
 

 
...if you ordered the left side of the menu! 
MellowRoast
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:My Year in Roadfood (2013) 2013/12/31 08:22:59
Buffetbuster, what an amazing pictorial!  I can practically taste everything in it.  However, I must tell you, I never dreamed Zarzour's would be # 1 on your list for the year.  Could you give me hand?  I need to pull myself up off the floor. 
ann peeples
Sirloin
Re:My Year in Roadfood (2013) 2013/12/31 08:34:59
Absolutely love Lawrys. I have eaten there a few times and the meal has always been excellent.
brisketboy
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:My Year in Roadfood (2013) 2013/12/31 08:43:03
Looks like I'm not going to make it till lunch again. That sure is a good looking bowl of menudo.
The Travelin Man
Filet Mignon
Re:My Year in Roadfood (2013) 2013/12/31 10:46:20
Wow. How many years do you figure it's been since you could say that I wasn't with you at any of your Top 10 new places...or five honorable mentions...or ten breakfast joints. 
 
Where the hell have I been?
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:My Year in Roadfood (2013) 2013/12/31 11:03:21
CTD-
I have the utmost confidence!  You could do it!
 
TTM-
That does surprise me.  I know you were with me for at least one on the burger and dessert lists.  We will have to make up for it in 2014!
 
brisketboy-
When she ordered the bowl of menudo, Fernando asked her some questions and eventually deemed her worthy of making it authentic style.
 
MellowRoast-
About Zarzour's being number #1, it wasn't even close. 
ChiBears15
Hamburger
Re:My Year in Roadfood (2013) 2013/12/31 12:02:15
Cliff,
You are the 1985 Chicago Bears (greatest NFL team ever) of food photography.  This is a fantastic thread.  Keep up the good work.
 
-Danny
TnTinCT
Cheeseburger
Re:My Year in Roadfood (2013) 2013/12/31 12:03:17
I got to enjoy Lawry's a couple of years ago - I loved the old fashioned style of the place - the man that accompanied the large, sliver domed beef station (wearing that large medallion - I assume for being the King of Beef that evening , the wait staff uniform throwback, and frankly the food was terrific.
ann peeples
Sirloin
Re:My Year in Roadfood (2013) 2013/12/31 12:21:59
I agree, TnT-I loved the old fashioned feel of the place-along with the good food!
CajunKing
Sirloin
Re:My Year in Roadfood (2013) 2013/12/31 22:23:36
CTD - The only problem with breakfast... It comes too damn early in the day!
 
BB - I have enjoyed your year end best of very much
 
Here is to a GREAT 2014
karilyn
Cheeseburger
Re:My Year in Roadfood (2013) 2014/01/01 10:38:18
This report was such an amazing gift - thank you for sharing your epicurious version of 2013 with us.  I've shared it with family and friends and we all loved it!  It makes me sad I wasn't on-line booking flights to some of these places during Delta's temporary computer glitch!  You make me want to throw on some elastic waist pants and pack my bag now!  Happy New Year!!!
CajunKing
Sirloin
Re:My Year in Roadfood (2013) 2014/01/01 16:31:40
karilyn

This report was such an amazing gift - thank you for sharing your epicurious version of 2013 with us.  I've shared it with family and friends and we all loved it!  It makes me sad I wasn't on-line booking flights to some of these places during Delta's temporary computer glitch!  You make me want to throw on some elastic waist pants and pack my bag now!  Happy New Year!!!

 
Karilyn - Keep that in mind if you make it to the chili crawl.  Why you ask???  Just ask the originator of this thread what happened to him after the last chili crawl we did. 
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:My Year in Roadfood (2013) 2014/01/02 08:18:52
Karilyn-
Coming from one of my very favorite Roadfooders, I am very appreciative of what you said!  And Happy New Year to you, too!
 
Thanks to everyone else for the nice comments.  I was actually hoping to have this finished by New Year's, but there is only a few categories to go.
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:My Year in Roadfood (2013) 2014/01/02 08:51:59
It occurred to me to do a top ten most embarrassing photos of yours truly, including sitting on top of the cow with oversized glasses in the lobby of Harry Caray's, but you will have to settle for this one from San Francisco. 

Yes, I am singing "I Left My Heart in San Francisco".  No, Tony Bennett is not worried!
Re:My Year in Roadfood (2013) 2014/01/02 08:59:44
So did your singing cause the woman on the left to deliberately step in front of the streetcar?
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:My Year in Roadfood (2013) 2014/01/02 09:01:14
SC-
Oh, you've heard me sing before!
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:My Year in Roadfood (2013) 2014/01/02 09:47:13
There are some other places we visited for the first time in 2013, that were so interesting and unique, they are worth writing about.  None of these were good enough to crack my top 10, but we thoroughly enjoyed them, nonetheless.  Truthfully, even though all three are reviewed here on this site, none of them would fall into what I would normally consider Roadfood, but I can still highly recommend them.
 
The review for The Glitz has been on the website for almost a decade and even though it is just a few states away, I had never been able to get here.  During a weekend in Lexington, KY, we made the drive over on narrow country roads, past beautiful horse farms and pastures.  Even though this area is very rural, there is obviously big money around here.
 
The main business here is a very upscale antique shop

inside what used to be a school.  We did enjoy looking around the store, but almost everything well was out of our price range.  The restaurant is downstairs in what used to be the cafeteria. 


Yeah, this doesn't exactly look like a cafeteria anymore.
 
The menu is a fixed price for $21.50.  All meals start with a chilled glass of spiced apple refresher,

which was so good, I bought a bottle of it to take home.  For appetizers, you get your choice between roasted tomato soup, salmon cakes and gingered melon soup.  Mariton loved her salmon cakes, while I can't pass up unusual soups like gingered melon, which was served cold and came with a slice of homemade blueberry bread.
 
Only two entrees to choose from, which were a Kentucky cobb salad (WJ will enjoy that description!) or a Flat Iron steak.  Gee, that's a toughie, should I choose the salad or the steak!  Especially when the steak even comes with a salad. 

Normally, I prefer my steaks thick and juicy, but that doesn't mean we couldn't appreciate these tender, thin slices of beef.  Roasted red potatoes, sautéed green beans and homemade smoked ketchup complete the plate.
 
Three dessert options.  Mariton went for their signature dessert, the Nonesuch Kiss (the name of this little town is Nonesuch),

which is described on the menu as "a baked meringue shell filled jamoca ice cream, hot fudge sauce, toasted sliced almonds, whipped cream and a cherry."  Very enjoyable, but my blackberry shortcake, with perfectly sweet berries and wonderful vanilla bean ice cream was better.
 
If you are thinking this reminds you of a ladies lunch meal, that is exactly what is was.  During our meal, most of the dining parties were groups of women lunching together and I only saw one other man here.  But, that certainly didn't stop me from enjoying the meal.
 
If you are in the Lexington area and want to try something different, this would definitely be worth the drive.      
post edited by buffetbuster - 2014/01/02 09:54:42
The Travelin Man
Filet Mignon
Re:My Year in Roadfood (2013) 2014/01/02 10:18:13
If there is a Top 10 list of embarrassing buffetbuster pictures, I am sure I can contribute.
John Fox
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:My Year in Roadfood (2013) 2014/01/02 10:48:42
Amazing. I enjoyed the pictures and reviews; especially the hot dogs. Charlies Pool Room is closed for renovations, but will open again.
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:My Year in Roadfood (2013) 2014/01/02 10:54:55
Thanks John!  Have you heard anything new about Charlie's?  I can't wait until they open up again.
ChiTownDiner
Filet Mignon
Re:My Year in Roadfood (2013) 2014/01/02 11:25:29
The Travelin Man

If there is a Top 10 list of embarrassing buffetbuster pictures, I am sure I can contribute.

 
We're waiting...

mayor al
Fire Safety Admin
Re:My Year in Roadfood (2013) 2014/01/02 11:36:22
This HAS to be a contender for the top rating...
 

And, while not quite in the top three, a reminder of his quest for status in the Social Structure of the group... Honorable (?) Mention---
 


 
post edited by mayor al - 2014/01/02 11:42:13
John Fox
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:My Year in Roadfood (2013) 2014/01/02 11:40:23
buffetbuster

Thanks John!  Have you heard anything new about Charlie's?  I can't wait until they open up again.

No; only that they will open again.
rumaki
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:My Year in Roadfood (2013) 2014/01/02 11:55:07
BB:  I am so glad you "wrote up" The Glitz!  Some of you may be aware that my husband and I make a trip to Beaumont Inn  in Harrodsburg, KY at least once and usually twice a year, and I usually write up a trip report about it. Beaumont Inn is about half an hour's drive from Lexington. (That's how we went to the Parkette, and I agree with you, BB, that the neon sign is much better than the food!) 
 
Anyway, years ago when we were at Beaumont Inn we went to lunch at the now-defunct Murphy's at the River (no relation to Hall's on the River), which was written up in one of the early Roadfood books.  This was the place that decorated the restaurant with dyed catfish skeletons.  It had good food with excellent homemade dinner rolls.  The waitress told us that we had to go to what sounded like "Sree Shakers" -- and it turned out what she meant was Irish Acres.  It has quite a collection of antiques in its themed rooms, though I agree it is pricy.  We didn't lunch at The Glitz, but we peeked in, and it looked spectacular, as your photos demonstrate.
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:My Year in Roadfood (2013) 2014/01/02 12:36:17
rumaki-
Thanks so much for sharing that story.  If you do decided to eat at The Glitz next time around Lexington, I would love to hear what you thought of the place.  More than a little disappointed we never made it to Murphy's on the River.  Those dyed catfish could either be kitschy or creepy.
post edited by buffetbuster - 2014/01/02 13:04:38
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:My Year in Roadfood (2013) 2014/01/04 07:31:14
Another unusual place we really enjoyed was Taste and See in Wichita.  The location inside a former mall throws you off and they have a huge mural of Alice in Wonderland 

across the hall from the restaurant.  The space itself is quite large. 

We were originally seated at a table against the wall, but we quickly requested to move to counter seats to watch the action.
 
The restaurant bills itself as an international fusion global cuisine.  Since we were there for lunch, we decided to concentrate on the tapas menu, since we much prefer to have smaller portions of several dishes than one or two big entrees.  The menu is very helpful in not only giving detailed descriptions of each dish, but telling you what part of the world the dishes originate.  We started with chupe,

a South American chowder with chicken, corn, cilantro, panelo cheese and coconut milk.  Among the other dishes we enjoyed was tostones from Puerto Rico,

tequenos,

inside an excellent puff pastry and a ceviche cocktail.
 
To drink, refreshing infused water,

with watermelon, lemon and cucumbers.
 
The interaction with the friendly staff was a real highlight.  This is Alejandra,

who prepared our dishes right in front of us.  She told us she has been working in kitchens all her life, since her mother owns a restaurant back in Chihuahua, Mexico.  Actually, the entire staff

does a great job of chatting with customers and answering questions.  Taste and See also offers cooking classes and there are televisions set up so that people who aren't sitting at the counter, can watch the food being prepared on monitors though out the restaurant.       
post edited by buffetbuster - 2014/01/04 07:35:26
Re:My Year in Roadfood (2013) 2014/01/04 09:50:23
Taste and See's kitchen looks like it could be in somebody's house.  I wouldn't mind having one that size!
FriedClamFanatic
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:My Year in Roadfood (2013) 2014/01/04 12:36:39
Wow........Tapas and nice people!!  I'd love to go to Taste and See...seems like a fine place.  Now all I need is the plane excuse
Davidsanders
Cheeseburger
Re:My Year in Roadfood (2013) 2014/03/27 09:17:53
I don't even know how 300 restaurants in a trip would be possible. How long are your trips. Your reports and photos are truly incredible. How many restaurants do you go to in an average day?
 
buffetbuster

JRPfeff

Cliff - This latest post is a cool idea.

Any ideas how many restaurants you ate it in 2013? I put the over-under at 900.
Well, I went on three trips with ChiTownDiner, where he dragged me to an average of about 300 restaurants per trip, so I am thinking you should take the over! 


buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:My Year in Roadfood (2013) 2014/03/27 11:49:21
Davidsanders-
I was just ribbing my buddy ChiTownDiner with the 300 restaurants exaggeration, though at times it feels that way.  The lengths of the trips vary, but most of them are over a weekend.  And thank you so much for the kind words.
Sundancer7
Fire Safety Admin
Re:My Year in Roadfood (2013) 2014/03/27 12:17:47
buffetbuster

Davidsanders-
I was just ribbing my buddy ChiTownDiner with the 300 restaurants exaggeration, though at times it feels that way.  The lengths of the trips vary, but most of them are over a weekend.  And thank you so much for the kind words.

 
BB:  I recall you or CTD posting about 300 restaurants and I believed you.  Sorta glad to hear that it was a mega exaggeration but just as a thought, how many on a typical trip.  I know that it is a lot and I certainly enjoy your trip reports.  

Davidsanders
Cheeseburger
Re:My Year in Roadfood (2013) 2014/03/27 14:23:28
Well, now you have me curious. I am a cellist with the Chicago Symphony (finishing my 40th year) and will be taking a sabbatical next season. One of my plans is to go on three or four eating tours, including, for the first time, Texas. However, I've narrowed down the number of restaurants I would like to try to about 28, but since I don't want to be away for more than about six or seven days, I don't know how to approach this. How do I decide which of the four in Austin and the however many in Lockhart to leave out? Any suggestions would be greatly welcome.

David
ChiTownDiner
Filet Mignon
Re:My Year in Roadfood (2013) 2014/03/27 15:09:22
Hi David -
Traveling with a small group really allows you to experience more restaurant stops as you can share a lot of items.  The optimal group for me is 3 - 5, and even in a large group like a bus tour, you usually end up sharing with your tablemates which often numbers 3 - 5! 
Will you be traveling alone or with a group?
Depending on your stops, some may play a smaller role as in a donut shop, ice cream store or a candy shop.  This allows for smaller quantities while still experiencing the ambience of the destination.  BBQ stops present a whole new challenge as you usually want to sample several meats, sides and cobblers! 
Let me know your group size and I'll reply back.
Separately...congratulations on a distinguished 40 year career with one of the great symphonies of the world!  By any chance did you ever cross paths with a pianist by the name of Melody Lord?
 
Davidsanders
Cheeseburger
Re:My Year in Roadfood (2013) 2014/03/27 15:25:11
My group will be a group of one, just me. Although for my trip coming up in April, two of the days I will be joined by a friend. But I'm pretty sure Texas will be just me. I've been doing OK with NC barbecue because I can generally do with a sandwich or plate of barbecue. I'm worried about Texas (and some of the other places I'm hoping to go) where they will have brisket and ribs (and beef ribs) as well as chopped or pulled pork. 
 
I remember Melody. Didn't she marry a clarinet player and start using his name as well? I'm remembering Karner, but that might not be right. I think I might have played something with her at one time, but it was certainly decades ago.
 
ChiTownDiner

Hi David -
Traveling with a small group really allows you to experience more restaurant stops as you can share a lot of items.  The optimal group for me is 3 - 5, and even in a large group like a bus tour, you usually end up sharing with your tablemates which often numbers 3 - 5! 
Will you be traveling alone or with a group?
Depending on your stops, some may play a smaller role as in a donut shop, ice cream store or a candy shop.  This allows for smaller quantities while still experiencing the ambience of the destination.  BBQ stops present a whole new challenge as you usually want to sample several meats, sides and cobblers! 
Let me know your group size and I'll reply back.
Separately...congratulations on a distinguished 40 year career with one of the great symphonies of the world!  By any chance did you ever cross paths with a pianist by the name of Melody Lord?



Foodbme
Porterhouse
Re:My Year in Roadfood (2013) 2014/03/27 17:36:14
Davidsanders

My group will be a group of one, just me. Although for my trip coming up in April, two of the days I will be joined by a friend.
ChiTownDiner

David,
If you'll share your "Target List" of places we might be able to give you some specific ideas as "Myst Go There" & "Scratch it"
ChiTownDiner
Filet Mignon
Re:My Year in Roadfood (2013) 2014/03/27 18:29:53
David -
Table for one means a lot less capacity and you'll have to exercise caution while enjoying as many places as possible...I would consider...
Austin -
Hoover's Cooking - a great (one of my favs) alternative to BBQ
Hut's Hamburgers
Kolache Factory or
The Big Kolache - both of these provide a different kolache than Chicago style, make sure to try the savory versions
The Salt Lick - bbq
 
Lockart -
Kreutz, Smitty's, Black's - all three have superb BBQ...love 'em all
 
To the North -
Round Rock Donuts in Round Rock and Louis Mueller's in Taylor are an easy pairing.
Hope this helps...
 
With regard to Melody...here's an interesting link that commemorates here life....
http://www.moonlightformelody.com/default.aspx 
 
 
Davidsanders

 
My group will be a group of one, just me. Although for my trip coming up in April, two of the days I will be joined by a friend. But I'm pretty sure Texas will be just me. I've been doing OK with NC barbecue because I can generally do with a sandwich or plate of barbecue. I'm worried about Texas (and some of the other places I'm hoping to go) where they will have brisket and ribs (and beef ribs) as well as chopped or pulled pork. 

I remember Melody. Didn't she marry a clarinet player and start using his name as well? I'm remembering Karner, but that might not be right. I think I might have played something with her at one time, but it was certainly decades ago.

ChiTownDiner

Hi David -
Traveling with a small group really allows you to experience more restaurant stops as you can share a lot of items.  The optimal group for me is 3 - 5, and even in a large group like a bus tour, you usually end up sharing with your tablemates which often numbers 3 - 5! 
Will you be traveling alone or with a group?
Depending on your stops, some may play a smaller role as in a donut shop, ice cream store or a candy shop.  This allows for smaller quantities while still experiencing the ambience of the destination.  BBQ stops present a whole new challenge as you usually want to sample several meats, sides and cobblers! 
Let me know your group size and I'll reply back.
Separately...congratulations on a distinguished 40 year career with one of the great symphonies of the world!  By any chance did you ever cross paths with a pianist by the name of Melody Lord?




JRPfeff
Filet Mignon
Re:My Year in Roadfood (2013) 2014/03/27 19:58:23
David,
 
Taking advice on what (& how much) to eat from ChiTownDiner can be very dangerous to your well being.
 
jrp
Davidsanders
Cheeseburger
Re:My Year in Roadfood (2013) 2014/03/28 02:29:26
Thanks for the hints. (I'll take a look at the documentary about Melody tomorrow. I don't think I knew she had died. I'll ask Gary about it.)
 
So, my possibles for Texas are as follows (I'm a little embarrassed to put down so many.) Any advice would be appreciated. I probably need to remove at least 6-10. I just don't think I'll have the time.
 
Austin: Le Barbecue; Franklin Barbecue; John Mueller Meat Co.
Lockhart: Smitty's; Black's; Chisholm Trail BBQ; Kreuz
Taylor: Louie Mueller; Taylor Cafe (I like the recommendation for Round Lake Donuts)
La Grange: Prause's Market
Llano: Laird's
Tioga: Clark's Outpost
Lexington: Snow's
Luling: City Market
Kerrville: Bill's; Buzzie's
Kyle: Milt's
Waco: Vitek's 
Drifwood: Salt Lick
Dallas: Sweet Georgia Brown; Pecan Lodge; Norma's Cafe
Fort Worth: Cooper's; Railhead; Angelo's; Cattleman's steak house
 
And by the way, I'm thinking at this point that I'll be driving down and will stop on the way at:
Nashville: Loveless Cafe
Hot Springs: McClard's; Stubby's
Greenville: Doe's Eat Place
 
And on the way home:
Shawnee, OK: Van's Pig Stand
Springfield, IL: Cozy Dog
 
HELP!!!!!
 
ChiTownDiner

David -
Table for one means a lot less capacity and you'll have to exercise caution while enjoying as many places as possible...I would consider...
Austin -
Hoover's Cooking - a great (one of my favs) alternative to BBQ
Hut's Hamburgers
Kolache Factory or
The Big Kolache - both of these provide a different kolache than Chicago style, make sure to try the savory versions
The Salt Lick - bbq

Lockart -
Kreutz, Smitty's, Black's - all three have superb BBQ...love 'em all

To the North -
Round Rock Donuts in Round Rock and Louis Mueller's in Taylor are an easy pairing.
Hope this helps...

With regard to Melody...here's an interesting link that commemorates here life....
http://www.moonlightformelody.com/default.aspx 


Davidsanders


My group will be a group of one, just me. Although for my trip coming up in April, two of the days I will be joined by a friend. But I'm pretty sure Texas will be just me. I've been doing OK with NC barbecue because I can generally do with a sandwich or plate of barbecue. I'm worried about Texas (and some of the other places I'm hoping to go) where they will have brisket and ribs (and beef ribs) as well as chopped or pulled pork. 

I remember Melody. Didn't she marry a clarinet player and start using his name as well? I'm remembering Karner, but that might not be right. I think I might have played something with her at one time, but it was certainly decades ago.

ChiTownDiner

Hi David -
Traveling with a small group really allows you to experience more restaurant stops as you can share a lot of items.  The optimal group for me is 3 - 5, and even in a large group like a bus tour, you usually end up sharing with your tablemates which often numbers 3 - 5! 
Will you be traveling alone or with a group?
Depending on your stops, some may play a smaller role as in a donut shop, ice cream store or a candy shop.  This allows for smaller quantities while still experiencing the ambience of the destination.  BBQ stops present a whole new challenge as you usually want to sample several meats, sides and cobblers! 
Let me know your group size and I'll reply back.
Separately...congratulations on a distinguished 40 year career with one of the great symphonies of the world!  By any chance did you ever cross paths with a pianist by the name of Melody Lord?





post edited by Davidsanders - 2014/03/28 02:30:49
kaszeta
Double Cheeseburger
Re:My Year in Roadfood (2013) 2014/03/28 10:18:34
Davidsanders
So, my possibles for Texas are as follows (I'm a little embarrassed to put down so many.) Any advice would be appreciated. I probably need to remove at least 6-10. I just don't think I'll have the time.

Austin: Le Barbecue; Franklin Barbecue; John Mueller Meat Co.
Lockhart: Smitty's; Black's; Chisholm Trail BBQ; Kreuz
Taylor: Louie Mueller; Taylor Cafe (I like the recommendation for Round Lake Donuts)
La Grange: Prause's Market
Llano: Laird's
Tioga: Clark's Outpost
Lexington: Snow's
Luling: City Market
Kerrville: Bill's; Buzzie's
Kyle: Milt's
Waco: Vitek's 
Drifwood: Salt Lick
Dallas: Sweet Georgia Brown; Pecan Lodge; Norma's Cafe
Fort Worth: Cooper's; Railhead; Angelo's; Cattleman's steak house

 
I'd drop Salt Lick.  It's a fun place, but overrated, IMHO.
 
All the Austin ones are good (as is Micklethwait), but expect long, long, long lines.
 
Snow's you have to build your itinerary around, due to the limited hours.  Last time I did them, I did a giant L: Snows, then City Meat Market in Giddings, and then over to Luling.  A lot of driving, but you are already committed to a bit of driving for Snow's.
 
And Pecan Lodge is worth the efffort, too.
wanderingjew
Sirloin
Re:My Year in Roadfood (2013) 2014/03/28 10:24:47
Davidsanders

Thanks for the hints. (I'll take a look at the documentary about Melody tomorrow. I don't think I knew she had died. I'll ask Gary about it.)

So, my possibles for Texas are as follows (I'm a little embarrassed to put down so many.) Any advice would be appreciated. I probably need to remove at least 6-10. I just don't think I'll have the time.

Austin: Le Barbecue; Franklin Barbecue; John Mueller Meat Co.
Lockhart: Smitty's; Black's; Chisholm Trail BBQ; Kreuz
Taylor: Louie Mueller; Taylor Cafe (I like the recommendation for Round Lake Donuts)
La Grange: Prause's Market
Llano: Laird's
Tioga: Clark's Outpost
Lexington: Snow's
Luling: City Market
Kerrville: Bill's; Buzzie's
Kyle: Milt's
Waco: Vitek's 
Drifwood: Salt Lick
Dallas: Sweet Georgia Brown; Pecan Lodge; Norma's Cafe
Fort Worth: Cooper's; Railhead; Angelo's; Cattleman's steak house

And by the way, I'm thinking at this point that I'll be driving down and will stop on the way at:
Nashville: Loveless Cafe
Hot Springs: McClard's; Stubby's
Greenville: Doe's Eat Place

And on the way home:
Shawnee, OK: Van's Pig Stand
Springfield, IL: Cozy Dog

HELP!!!!!

ChiTownDiner

David -
Table for one means a lot less capacity and you'll have to exercise caution while enjoying as many places as possible...I would consider...
Austin -
Hoover's Cooking - a great (one of my favs) alternative to BBQ
Hut's Hamburgers
Kolache Factory or
The Big Kolache - both of these provide a different kolache than Chicago style, make sure to try the savory versions
The Salt Lick - bbq

Lockart -
Kreutz, Smitty's, Black's - all three have superb BBQ...love 'em all

To the North -
Round Rock Donuts in Round Rock and Louis Mueller's in Taylor are an easy pairing.
Hope this helps...

With regard to Melody...here's an interesting link that commemorates here life....
http://www.moonlightformelody.com/default.aspx 


Davidsanders


My group will be a group of one, just me. Although for my trip coming up in April, two of the days I will be joined by a friend. But I'm pretty sure Texas will be just me. I've been doing OK with NC barbecue because I can generally do with a sandwich or plate of barbecue. I'm worried about Texas (and some of the other places I'm hoping to go) where they will have brisket and ribs (and beef ribs) as well as chopped or pulled pork. 

I remember Melody. Didn't she marry a clarinet player and start using his name as well? I'm remembering Karner, but that might not be right. I think I might have played something with her at one time, but it was certainly decades ago.

ChiTownDiner

Hi David -
Traveling with a small group really allows you to experience more restaurant stops as you can share a lot of items.  The optimal group for me is 3 - 5, and even in a large group like a bus tour, you usually end up sharing with your tablemates which often numbers 3 - 5! 
Will you be traveling alone or with a group?
Depending on your stops, some may play a smaller role as in a donut shop, ice cream store or a candy shop.  This allows for smaller quantities while still experiencing the ambience of the destination.  BBQ stops present a whole new challenge as you usually want to sample several meats, sides and cobblers! 
Let me know your group size and I'll reply back.
Separately...congratulations on a distinguished 40 year career with one of the great symphonies of the world!  By any chance did you ever cross paths with a pianist by the name of Melody Lord?





Angelo's in Fort Worth was not good at all, downright disappointing...if you're going through Oklahoma City, then Leo's BBQ is a must (well, it was 11 years ago, the last time I visited)
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:My Year in Roadfood (2013) 2014/03/28 10:44:16
I made a recommendation to Davidsanders that he start a thread for his Texas BBQ trip, which he was kind enough to do so.  It can be found here.  He should be able to get many more responses there and we can keep this thread on topic. 
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