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

Saturday, December 17, 2011

LOVELESS




FROM "THROWDOWN" and BREAKFAST PARADISE

8400 Highway 100, Nashville, TN 37221
LOVELESS CAFE



"South-style breakfast: hot biscuits and gravy & country ham with sorghum syrup"



THIS PLACE IS A NASHVILLE INSTITUTION...THE PLACE WHERE LOCALS NEVER GO...LIKE CHICAGO LOCALS WITH THE SEARS/"WHATCU TALKIN ABOUT" WILLIS TOWER...IT'S THERE...WE JUST DON'T GO.....

FIRST TIME I WENT I WAS 23. IT WAS AND STILL IS INCREDIBLE!!! AMAZING MEAT AND THREE (thats a southern phenomenon where you get one piece of meat, whether it be chicken, beef, pork, or fish, and three side items). BUT THIS PLACE IS KNOWN FOR IT'S BISCUITS, AND THE LADY WHO MADE THEM...THE BISCUIT LADY!!

THIS IS ALSO THE EPISODE OF "THROWDOWN" WHICH CAUSED MY FATHER TO BOYCOTT THE SHOW, BECAUSE FLAY BEAT THE BISCUIT LADY PUTTING CRACKED BLACK PEPPER ON HIS BISCUITS.

WELL.....THE BISCUIT LADY IS THE ONLY ONE WHO KNOWS THE RECIPE FOR THE BISCUITS, AND SHE SWORE SHE WOULD ONLY TELL HER DAUGHTER....THAT IS UNTIL BISCUIT LADY DIED SUDDENLY...AT THE AGE OF 52....FORGETTING TO PASS ON HER SOUL FOOD KNOWLEDGE TO HER DAUGHTER....

STILL...LOVELESS CAFE IS AMAZING!!!


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