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John Fox

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Re:My Year in Roadfood (2013) Thu, 01/2/14 10:48 AM (permalink)
Amazing. I enjoyed the pictures and reviews; especially the hot dogs. Charlies Pool Room is closed for renovations, but will open again.
 
    buffetbuster

    Re:My Year in Roadfood (2013) Thu, 01/2/14 10:54 AM (permalink)
    Thanks John!  Have you heard anything new about Charlie's?  I can't wait until they open up again.
     
      ChiTownDiner

      Re:My Year in Roadfood (2013) Thu, 01/2/14 11:25 AM (permalink)
      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

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        Re:My Year in Roadfood (2013) Thu, 01/2/14 11:36 AM (permalink)
        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---
         


         
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          John Fox

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          Re:My Year in Roadfood (2013) Thu, 01/2/14 11:40 AM (permalink)
          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

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            Re:My Year in Roadfood (2013) Thu, 01/2/14 11:55 AM (permalink)
            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

              Re:My Year in Roadfood (2013) Thu, 01/2/14 12:36 PM (permalink)
              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.
              <message edited by buffetbuster on Thu, 01/2/14 1:04 PM>
               
                buffetbuster

                Re:My Year in Roadfood (2013) Sat, 01/4/14 7:31 AM (permalink)
                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.       
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                  ScreamingChicken

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                  Re:My Year in Roadfood (2013) Sat, 01/4/14 9:50 AM (permalink)
                  Taste and See's kitchen looks like it could be in somebody's house.  I wouldn't mind having one that size!
                   
                    FriedClamFanatic

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                    Re:My Year in Roadfood (2013) Sat, 01/4/14 12:36 PM (permalink)
                    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

                      Re:My Year in Roadfood (2013) Thu, 03/27/14 9:17 AM (permalink)
                      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

                        Re:My Year in Roadfood (2013) Thu, 03/27/14 11:49 AM (permalink)
                        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

                          Re:My Year in Roadfood (2013) Thu, 03/27/14 12:17 PM (permalink)
                          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

                            Re:My Year in Roadfood (2013) Thu, 03/27/14 2:23 PM (permalink)
                            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

                              Re:My Year in Roadfood (2013) Thu, 03/27/14 3:09 PM (permalink)
                              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

                                Re:My Year in Roadfood (2013) Thu, 03/27/14 3:25 PM (permalink)
                                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

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                                  Re:My Year in Roadfood (2013) Thu, 03/27/14 5:36 PM (permalink)
                                  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

                                    Re:My Year in Roadfood (2013) Thu, 03/27/14 6:29 PM (permalink)
                                    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

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                                      Re:My Year in Roadfood (2013) Thu, 03/27/14 7:58 PM (permalink)
                                      David,
                                       
                                      Taking advice on what (& how much) to eat from ChiTownDiner can be very dangerous to your well being.
                                       
                                      jrp
                                       
                                        Davidsanders

                                        Re:My Year in Roadfood (2013) Fri, 03/28/14 2:29 AM (permalink)
                                        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?





                                        <message edited by Davidsanders on Fri, 03/28/14 2:30 AM>
                                         
                                          kaszeta

                                          Re:My Year in Roadfood (2013) Fri, 03/28/14 10:18 AM (permalink)
                                          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

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                                            Re:My Year in Roadfood (2013) Fri, 03/28/14 10:24 AM (permalink)
                                            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

                                              Re:My Year in Roadfood (2013) Fri, 03/28/14 10:44 AM (permalink)
                                              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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