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 9:24am on January 7th, 2015, THE LIST HAS 3,116 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 shilshuldiaries@gmail.com

Monday, December 19, 2011

THE BROWN HOTEL






THE BROWN HOTEL

FROM "THROWDOWN"

335 W Broadway, Louisville, KY 40202

THIS IS THE HISTORIC, LANDMARK HOTEL IN LOUISVILLE, AND DON'T LET ANYONE TELL YOU THAT THE SEELBACH IS...THAT IS BALDERDASH.

THIS PLACE IS KNOWN FOR TWO THINGS.....HOT BROWN AND DERBY PIE.

HOT BROWN...THE DISH THAT WAS ON THROWDOWN IS "an open-faced sandwich of turkey and bacon, covered in Mornay sauce and baked or broiled until the bread is crisp and the sauce begins to brown. " IT IS GOOD....BUT ALMOST TOO RICH FOR MY BLOOD...BUT A HOT BROWN AT THE BROWN HOTEL...IT PRETTY MUCH TELLS YOU IT IS AMAZING...THEY INVENTED THE FREAKING DISH!!!

DERBY PIE IS THE DESSERT TO DIE FOR. DERBY PIE IS "a chocolate and walnut tart in a pie shell usually with a pastry dough crust" NORMALLY WITH FAMOUS KENTUCKY BOURBON ADDED IN!! IT IS DIVINE!!!

THIS PLACE IS CLASSIC AND AMAZING!! IF YOU CAN EAT HERE, THAT'S AMAZING, BUT IF YOU CAN STAY HERE, IT IS AN EXPERIENCE THAT CANNOT BE MISSED! WE HAD MY FRATERNITY FORMAL THERE, AND BECAUSE I PLANNED IT, I GOT TO STAY IN THE ALI SUITE....AND IT WAS SUITE!!!

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