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Rick F.

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Amazing Menus Tue, 09/30/03 4:38 PM (permalink)
I stopped for cracklin's at Port Allen, LA (well, the sign says Erwinville, but it's on US 190 west of Baton Rouge) yesterday and happened to look at the window-posted menu while I sat in my car & nibbled. There was no printed menu, I guess because there was no seating anywhere. Anyhow, this caught my attention in a BIG way:

Andre's Cajun Cracklin's
Cracklin's. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$ 8.50 lb.
Boudin. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1.50 link
Pig tails. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1.50 (2)
Turkey Wings. . . . . . . . . . . . 1.25
Peanuts. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3.00
Pickles. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0.50
Pig lips. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0.75
Hog lard. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15.00 (5 gal.)


The cracklin's were good, but not as good as Poche's.

God, I love Louisiana!

Anyone else run across interesting menus? Next time I go through I'll get a photo.
 
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    Lone Star

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    RE: Amazing Menus Tue, 09/30/03 4:45 PM (permalink)
    I don't think I could ever come up with a menu more interesting than that!

    How does one eat a pig tail?

    And they California is the land of nuts...they don't know LA!
     
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      Mayhaw Man

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      RE: Amazing Menus Tue, 09/30/03 5:24 PM (permalink)
      There is a meat market in New Orleans that put out flyers all over my old neighborhood (uptown, riverside of Claiborne, between Napoleon and Washington-for all you neighborhood freaks) that puts out a bunch of $50, $100, $150, etc.(FILL YOUR FREEZER FOR LESS!) on flyers that read exactly like that sign except even wilder. Every kind of meat part from several species of animals. I used to show them to people from out of town and they would take them home to show their friends. I have a friend who is a "trad jazz" guy from Sweden who framed his.
      I can just hear his friends when they come over, "Yumpin Yiminy, Sven! What kind of a place is New Orleans?!"

      The place is called Wagner's Meat. There is a giant billboard at 1-10 and Claiborne (that's clay-bone by local agreement) that says simply

      "You can't beat Wagner's Meat"

      As my oldest recently put it, "Why would anyone want to?" I think he watches too much Southpark. He has a very "fresh mouth". I think he gets it from Mayhaw Woman
       
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        CoreyEl

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        RE: Amazing Menus Tue, 09/30/03 9:27 PM (permalink)
        quote:
        Originally posted by Mayhaw Man

        "You can't beat Wagner's Meat"


        I think that's rather charming. Much like the immortal slogan of Stroud's of Kansas City:

        "We choke our own chickens."
         
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          Liketoeat

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          RE: Amazing Menus Tue, 09/30/03 9:36 PM (permalink)
          Mayhaw, first things first. Years ago (can't remember when) was at a Jazz Festival out at the Fairgrounds and one of the featured jazz bands there had name of "Big Sand Trad Band", I believe (if not exactly that, its close). Anyway they were from Sweden, and I thought they were absoluely wonderful; best music makers I think I ever heard at a Jazz Festival. Tried to buy some of their recorded music (as so many groups have) but they had none available. Was at several subsequent Jazz Festivals but they were never there and have never seen them listed as participant in any subsequent Jazz Festival literature which I still receive yearly. I've tried for years to find some of their music but have never been able to locate any from any source. Wonder if by chance this should be the group your friend is with or if you all might know of them (of if he might be with a similar group) and if you might know where any of that type music is available. Appreciate any info. Your reference to "trad jazz" and Sweden is the first I've ever seen/heard since that so enjoyable weekend of listening to this group.

          As for the menu above, in that old country store in which I grew up, I sold many a pig snout, pig tail, pig foot, neckbone , and box, bucket, or stand of lard - back in the days when pork and lard were not non-PC, in fact, back in the days before there was any damn PC. And yes, we too, today, have around here those "fill your freezer" flyers you described.

          Oh, by the way, were you able to determine if there is any connection between your family Lawlers and my Mississippi Lawler frienids - Liketoeat
           
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            Rick F.

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            RE: Amazing Menus Tue, 09/30/03 10:01 PM (permalink)
            quote:
            Originally posted by Liketoeat

            As for the menu above, in that old country store in which I grew up, I sold many a pig snout, pig tail, pig foot, neckbone , and box, bucket, or stand of lard - back in the days when pork and lard were not non-PC, in fact, back in the days before there was any damn PC. And yes, we too, today, have around here those "fill your freezer" flyers you described.


            Since I'll eat just about anything, I really don't find the "hairy bits" (as a Scotsman answered when I asked what parts of the sheep were not used in haggis) repellent. I just don't know quite what to do with them. Neck bones and lard and pickled pigs feet, sure; but what do you do with a plain old foot? And pig tails? I think I saw pig ears through the window of the stand--at least, I saw something that looked fried and skinny standing up--, but do you have any further knowledge?
            Rick

            P.S.: PC = Positively Childish.
             
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              Liketoeat

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              RE: Amazing Menus Tue, 09/30/03 11:30 PM (permalink)
              Rick F., I love pork, but pig tails, ears, snouts, feet (other than pickled) were never my thing. I just hacked them up with a meat cleaver and sold them. Folks who bought them used them for a variety of purposes - as seasonings in vegetables, in soups, in making their own souse, but primarily just sort of "stewed them up", guess would be best way to describe it, and had them as a meat entree.
               
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                Rick F.

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                RE: Amazing Menus Tue, 09/30/03 11:48 PM (permalink)
                quote:
                Originally posted by Liketoeat

                Rick F., I love pork, but pig tails, ears, snouts, feet (other than pickled) were never my thing.
                Perhaps I should clarify. I'm with you re pork, but I'll try most anything--once! Preparation was kind of what I expected.

                Thanks.
                 
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                  ocdreamr

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                  RE: Amazing Menus Wed, 10/1/03 12:24 AM (permalink)
                  quote:
                  Originally posted by CoreyEl

                  quote:
                  Originally posted by Mayhaw Man

                  "You can't beat Wagner's Meat"


                  I think that's rather charming. Much like the immortal slogan of Stroud's of Kansas City:

                  "We choke our own chickens."


                  I used to wear my Stroud's T shirt into work just to see my prim & proper supervisor slowly turn red & have her thin lips grow thinner!!
                   
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                    EliseT

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                    RE: Amazing Menus Wed, 10/1/03 4:20 AM (permalink)
                    quote:
                    Originally posted by CoreyEl

                    quote:
                    Originally posted by Mayhaw Man

                    "You can't beat Wagner's Meat"


                    I think that's rather charming. Much like the immortal slogan of Stroud's of Kansas City:

                    "We choke our own chickens."


                    Yeah, but do they bone them?
                     
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                      tiki

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                      RE: Amazing Menus Wed, 10/1/03 7:15 AM (permalink)
                      quote:
                      Originally posted by EliseT

                      quote:
                      Originally posted by CoreyEl

                      quote:
                      Originally posted by Mayhaw Man

                      "You can't beat Wagner's Meat"


                      I think that's rather charming. Much like the immortal slogan of Stroud's of Kansas City:

                      "We choke our own chickens."


                      Yeah, but do they bone them?


                      ROFLMAO!!!!
                       
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                        Lone Star

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                        RE: Amazing Menus Wed, 10/1/03 10:09 AM (permalink)
                        Not a menu, but a restaurant sign...

                        While living in Kuwait in the 70's, a new eatery was opened to cater to Americans. The name on the sign read:

                        "Kentucky Fright Chicken"

                        There was nothing fried about the chicken they served. I don't know what kind of spices they used on the chicken, but it could take the hide off a mule.
                         
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