Shop n Save was also a great find!
Came home w 2 kinds of sausage, 2 kinds of bacon, and 2 kinds of pate!
plus a ginormous pork shoulder for $9.
Not to mention more GS cookies....
I could've maxed out a credit card in Shop & Save
's meat department alone...the selection was outstanding! I was able to keep my money in my wallet in the store but the Scouts nicked me for a couple of boxes...
The first stop was Paradise Pup
on River Road for burgers.
Everyone was on time and in line before 11am. Here we see Carolina Bob
, some smartphone-toting citizen, Chicagostyledog
, Buddy Roadhouse
, Mrs. CSD
, and Quijote
There's not a lot of room inside. In fact, AlyceinRoadfoodland
had to shrink herself down and sit on Irisarbor's
Please pardon the bite marks but I was unable to cut my burger because I left my machete and chainsaw at home. I ordered the char burger with Merkt's cheddar spread and while it tasted pretty good the texture was different and I think I probably would've preferred a slice of cheese instead.
After Paradise Pup we headed down Oakton Street to Rinconcito Hispana
for pupusas and other Salvadoran goodies. Each table was given a container of the aforementioned slaw.
Fried plantains and beans. The beans were good but the real favorite seemed to be the ground beef-filled crust thingies, which do have a real name but it escapes me at the moment.
Unfortunately at this point my camera stopped working from what would eventually turn out to be operator error so our enjoyable visits to Shop & Save, Rand Red Hots
(the Maxwell Street Polish sausage was very good and the house-cut fries were outstanding), and Dad's Slot Cars
(a great way to take a break from eating) will have to be documented by someone else. And just down the street from Dad's is Alpine Camera
, a great store full of classic equipment. Here's my summary of those visits:
After spending an hour zipping around and occasionally flying off of the slot car track we headed to Los Tamales Oaxaquenos
farther west on Oakton Street. It's a small strip mall storefront but that shouldn't deter anyone from entering and placing an order, and at this point I had switched to my backup camera.
Eat-ins get some tasty homemade salsa and chips, which were puffy and not like the flat, single-layer chips that a lot of places serve.
How about a mole quesadilla?
Or one made with chorizo instead?
Of course, when "tamales" is in the restaurant's name one would be remiss to not order 1 green and 1 red.
The food here is very good. The mole has a earthy, slightly sweet flavor and the chorizo (mildly spicy) and green tamale (taste bud wakeup call!) both had a nice amount of heat.
This was my last stop of the day as I had to make the 2-hour drive home in time to be there before Mrs. Chicken left for work, and it sounds like I missed a good finale at Mehanata
. Kudos to Buddy for putting together a great Saturday!
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