From Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives
The Shil-Shul Diaries
The story begins in a cramped booth at the "faux" New York deli 'Noshville' in Nashville TN on a blustry day after thanksgiving November Friday day in 2008. In between my wife, Rachel, and my brother, Michael, I sat across from my "cooler than me" cousins Mark and Sarah, and Sarah's just as cool husband, Danny. Mark, who lives the awesome life being a lawyer living in San Francisco working for Facebook, with his only downfall being his SEVERE lactardation..which has never been medically or scientifically proven to exist in Mark.. Sarah and Danny are foodies from NYC who have tried every dive "chicken finger" hut and "curry on a stick" in the big city. Danny and Sarah had discussed that they were trying to go to as many places from Bobby Flay's 'Throwdown' show as they could, and that there was one in Nashville we had to try.....a place that I had never heard of in my 13 years of living there..I will get to that adventure later.
I got an idea from my cool cousins idea. An idea became a hobby. And the hobby became an obsession. And thus produced the list.....a world-famous spreadsheet...of every restaurant that has ever been featured on Food Network and Travel Channel....every restaurant from the famous shows like "Throwdown", "Man V. Food", "Man v. Food Nation", "Food Feuds", "Food Wars", "Best Thing I Ever Ate", and "Diners Drive-Ins and Dives" to the obscure "Best Food Ever", "Meat and Potatoes", and "101 Best Places to Chowdown", plus my additions of the restaurants of famous chefs and local places of legend. Names, cities, food they are famous for, and addresses. It was and still is an obsession. As of 9:37am on February 6th, 2014, THE LIST HAS 2,163 RESTAURANTS ON IT...WITH A FEW OVERLAPS HERE AND THERE. And then over Pastrami Eggs Benedict at Nate N' Al's Deli in Beverly Hills, Hannah and Andrew, our good friends, gave me the idea of the blog. Document every place I went. And thus, "The Shil-Shul Diaries" was born. I will log the places, the shows they are from, and what I had. So far, every place I have been has been amazing, except two, one being mediocre, and another being down right awful.
If there is a city you have been to, or are going to, or are from and want to know what from my list is in the city, send me a email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, April 11, 2014
From Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives
From Best Sandwich in America
|41 Water St, Wiscasset, ME 04578|
JUST PERFECTION ON EVERY LEVEL. A TINY SHACK IN A TINY TOWN ON THE SIDE OF A TINY STATE ROAD IN THE MIDDLE OF A STATE 30 YEARS IN THE PAST. A SHACK ONLY OPEN FROM APRIL 1 TO NOVEMBER 1. YOU WAIT IN LINE FOR WHAT SEEMS LIKE FOREVER. YOU LOOK OVER THE HUGE MENU, PAST THE FRESH OYSTERS, CLAMS, SHRIMP, AND FISH, BUT KNOW THERE IS ONLY ONE THING TO BE ORDERED...LOBSTER ROLL! RED'S EATS IS THE BEST LOBSTER ROLL IN AMERICA AND TOP 3 SANDWICH IN MY OPINION. IT IS PLAIN AND SIMPLE. TOASTED WHITE BREAD, AND A LOBSTER, DIPPED IN DRAWN BUTTER, WITH ONION RINGS AND A FRESH LEMONADE. YOU TAKE IT FROM THE WINDOW, AND WALK DOWN TO THE PATIO IN FRONT OF THE RIVER THAT PASSES THROUGH TOWN. LET'S BACK UP. DID YOU MISS WHAT I JUST SAID. TOASTED WHITE BREAD..AND A LOBSTER. NOT THE CLAWS, NOT THE INNER PARTS, A WHOLE FUCKING LOBSTER. YOUR FLIMSY PIECE OF WHITE TOAST IS EXPECTED TO HOLD IN TWO CLAWS, THE INNERS, AND WHAT...THE TAIL...A WHOLE 1 ½ POUND LOBSTER....NOWHERE ELSE IN AMERICA DOES IT THIS WAY AND NOWHERE ELSE IN AMERICA WILL EVER DO IT THIS WAY AND THAT'S WHY RED'S EATS IS THE BEST. THE BEST! HANDS DOWN, NO QUESTIONS ASKED! THE BEST! I AM TALKING DEATH ROW, FINAL MEAL TYPE OF BEST!
FROM MAN VS. FOOD AND UNIQUE EATS
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
|812 Clark St, Evanston, IL 60201|
BEST BUFFALO WINGS IN AMERICA! HANDS DOWN, NO QUESTIONS ASKED!!
Chicago is a city rich and immersed in history from the water tower to Mrs. O'Leary, the Cubs/Sox/Bears/Bulls, the Daly's. This city is also known as the city of broad shoulders which I directly attribute to the fact that it is freezing, so you gotta eat a lot and that's why Chicago is a city so rich and immersed in incredible food….deep dish pizza, hot dogs, italian beef, popcorn, and so on. But my favorite place in all of Chicago is a hole in the wall buffalo wing place where spicy perfection lies. It's the one place I MUST go whenever I am in town, no ifs, ands or buts. It's called Buffalo Joes, or to the locals Buff Joe's. I first heard about this place in high school during a summer BBYO jewish teen leadership camp from Steph Howard and Jori Elisco. The way they said Buff (bahff) Joe's…I knew it was somewhere special. It has become sort of a ritual for me to go with my brother in law with a double brother (we are brother in laws and fraternity brothers) lunch. It is cash only. It is run by employees just as angry as the Wiener Circle a few miles south. I argue the employees of Wiener Circle work during the day at Buff Joe's and the night at the Circle of Wiener. This place has burgers, hot dogs, italian beef, but you come for the wings, the celery and the ranch. I am pretty sure that this place has been open 40+ years and my father in law was the first to order a burger. The wings are giant and so meaty. The wings are cooked perfectly. The sauce is buttery and perfect. Get the suicide…its just their normal hot wings with jalapenos. Get the cheese fries! Get a large RC! PERFECTION!Wings, cheese fries, and RC with extra ranch and celery from Buff Joe's is on my short list for finals meals if I was on death row.
SPRINT, DO NOT RUN, DO NOT WALK!!!!