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, November 26, 2012

FATHER'S OFFICE






LOS ANGELES

FROM BEST THING I EVER ATE


3229 Helms Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90034

http://fathersoffice.com/

"What you're getting: "The Office Burger"  It's been called the best burger in the country, though purists insist it's not a real burger, but a sandwich. A) It's not on a traditional bun (more like a sub roll), B) the dry-aged beef is flat and narrow instead of wide and circular, and C) the toppings are supposed to conjure up images of French Onion soup, not American childhood. But is it effin delicious as hell? Yes. Yes it is."


IN A CITY OBSESSED WITH LOOKS, WEALTH, POWER, AND SUNSHINE...ANOTHER OBSESSION RAGES ON...BURGERS...GOURMET BURGERS....EVERYONE HAS THEIR OWN OPINON ON WHERE TO GET THE BEST AND WHICH IS THE BEST

FATHER'S OFFICE IS ALWAYS IN THE RUNNING FOR THE BEST.....

THIS PLACE IS A COOL, SEXY PUB WITH AWESOME FOOD...AND A OUT OF THIS WORLD BURGER...A BURGER WHICH YOU CANNOT HAVE CHANGED OR HAVE ANYTHING ADDED OR TAKEN AWAY...THEY COOK AND DRESS IT HOW THEY WANT...NOT HOW YOU WANT…NO KETCHUP FOR YOUR BUGER. NO KETCHUP IN THE BUILDING

AWESOME!!!

Joans on Third









Joan's on Third


8350 West 3rd Street Los Angeles, CA 90048

http://www.joansonthird.com/

On 'Best Thing I Ever Ate' for cupcakes

Let me begin by saying I am not obsessed with cupcakes....I don't even really love cupcakes...just yellow funfetti cup cakes with collocate frosting..from the box and the tube....so I don't love Magnolia bakery or Joan's

Joan's on Third...its good..good cafe food..not great.....many people are obsessed with this place....me not so much.....mac and cheese was good...this place is obsessed with emptying your wallet....I think most of the draw is being seen at Joan's as this is a celebrity HOT SPOT...not eating at Joan's

It's good...but not a definite...must eat...top of the list....in fact I would venture to say if you want a much better experience with much better food and still be able to see the celebs, just walk across 3rd street to Toast

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

ANN SATHER




CHICAGO

FROM BEST THING I EVER ATE FOR THE CINAMMON ROLLS


909 W Belmont Ave, Chicago

THIS PLACE IS TOP 3 BEST BREAKFAST I HAVE EVER HAD....ENORMOUS PORTIONS....AMAZING FOOD

BUT THE BEST PART IS THAT EVERY MEAL COMES WITH 2 SIDES....ONE OF WHICH MUST BE THE FRISBEE-SIZED CINNAMON ROLLS...THE CINNAMON ROLL IS A SIDE...THAT COMES WITH THE ALREADY GINORMOUS MEAL!!

THIS PLACE IS THE PERFECT EXAMPLE OF CHICAGO AND ITS CULINARY ROOTS AND UPBRINGING.  THE CITY OF BROAD SHOULDERS, OBSESSED WITH HOT DOGS, BEEF, CHEESE, AND OVERWHELMING PORTIONS.


BAY CITIES DELI





LOS ANGELES

FROM BEST THING I EVER ATE FOR THE GODMOTHER SANDWICH


1517 Lincoln Blvd. Santa Monica, CA 90401
THIS PLACE IS AN AUTHENTIC ITALIAN MARKET AT THE FOOT OF THE PACIFIC....BUT YOU DONT COME TO SHOP...YOU COME TO MEET THE GODMOTHER....

FAR AND AWAY THE BEST SANDWICH I HAVE EVER HAD....HANDS DOWN...NO QUESTIONS ASKED...THE GODMOTHER IS THE BEST SANDWICH....

BEST MEAT, CHEESE, BREAD, AND TOPPINGS

JUST POSTING THE GODMOTHER DESCRIPTION MAKES MY MOUTH WATER: 


Genoa Salami, Mortadella Coppacola, Ham, Prosciutto, Provolone on our famous Italian bread
AND MAKE SURE TO GETIT WITH THE WORKS: 
THE WORKS - Mayo, Mustard (Yellow, Honey or Dijon), Onions, Pickles, Tomatoes, Lettuce, Italian Dressing & Mild or Hot Pepper Salad.



TIP: ORDER ONLINE AS IT TAKES AN HOUR TO GET....


LANGERS



"The best grub to get at Langer’s Delicatessen Restaurant is their legendary No. 19 special: a pastrami sandwich. It’s delicious hand-cut pastrami with Russian dressing, coleslaw, and Swiss cheese served on double-baked rye bread"

FROM BEST THING I EVER ATE FOR THE PASTRAMI ON RYE AND BEST SANDWICH IN AMERICA


704 South Alvarado Los Angeles, CA 90057

BEST DELI WEST OF THE MISSISSIPPI...THAT'S ALL I HAVE TO SAY ABOUT THAT!!

THIS PLACE IS A LA INSTITUTION.....PARTRAMI ON RYE IS AMAZING....PASTRAMI AND CORNED BEEF ON THICK RYE...THATS MY KIND OF SANDWICH!!!


Tuesday, November 20, 2012

BRIGSTENS




NEW ORLEANS

FROM BEST THING I EVER ATE


723 Dante Street New Orleans, LA 70118-1013
WHEN I TRAVEL...I LIKE TO HAVE A PLAN...AND WHEN I MEAN A PLAN....I MEAN A LAID OUT PLAN OF WHERE TO EAT...AND THIS DRIVES MY FAMILY NUTS.....MY MOM ALWAYS SAYS....OUR LIVES CAN'T REVOLE AROUND FOOD...."THERE WILL ALWAYS BE ANOTHER MEAL"

EXCEPT FOR WHEN WE GO TO NEW ORLEANS....

THEN WE HAVE A SET PLAN....A VERY DEFINITE PLAN....

FRIDAY LUNCH AT GALATIORES.....DINNER AT MOSKA'S.....SAUTRDAY LUNCH AT FELIX'S.....AND SATURDAY DINNER AT BRIGSTENS....

THIS PLACE IS CLASSIC CLASSY NEW ORLEANS...INSIDE A CONVERTED MANSION...WHITE LINENS...ECCLECTIC MENU...I GOT THE RABBIT

BUT WHEN IT COMES TO NEW ORLEANS....MY WIFE..WHO KEEPS KOSHER...CHERISHES THE DRINKS AND THE DESSERT...AND BRIGSTENS HAS THE DESSERT OF ALL DESSERTS...PECAN PIE...MY FAVORITE...COLD, WARM, HOT...A LA MODE OR ALL ALONE...I LOVE PECAN POIE....AND BRIGSTENS HAS THE BEST!!

IF YOU ARE IN NEW ORLEANS AND WANT A QUIET BUT INCREDIBLE NEW ORLEANS MEAL, STOP BY BRIGSTENS

LUNA PARK




LOS ANGELES

FROM BEST THING I EVER ATE


672 North La Brea Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90036-3519

THIS PLACE IS CUTE, SMALL, AND ROMANTIC....AND OFFERS AN AMAZING THREE-COURSE MEAL FOR $30....WITH THE FINAL COURSE BEING DESSERT...AND THE MOST FAMOUS DESSERT AT THIS PLACE....

SMORES!!

THEY BRING YOU A BUNSON BURNER, GRAHAM CRACKERS, TOASTED MARSHMELLOW SPREAD, AND MELTED CHOCOLATE....

DELICIOUS!!!

Al Forno







Providence


577 S Main St Providence, RI 02903


From Best Thing I Ever Ate and Best Pizza in America

This is the first "nice" restaurant on my list...and boy is this place nice...and AMAZING!!!

We went here for my brothers graduation dinner as he went to college no more than 30 miles away in New London, CT.  My mother had been before with my Aunt Cindy, who is a culinary beacon of light!

The food is incredible! I had a handmade penne with a bologense sauce.  But the reason this place is on my list isnt for the main meal or an appetizer.....

but for the Apple Tart...I love mostly everything dessert.....chocolate and fruit dishes being my favorite....and the apple tart here is MINDBLOWING!

GRILL 'EM ALL




LOS ANGELES

FOOD TRUCK

FOOD WARS AND BEST THING I EVER ATE

THESE GUYS WON THE 'GREAT AMERICAN FOOD TRUCK RACE' ON THE FOOD NETWORK WITH THEIR OUTRAGEOUS BALLS TO THE WALL ROCK THEMED BURGER MECCA


DELICIOUS BURGERS...AND THE CHEESE FILLED TATER TOTS ARE AMAZING...IF THEY DONT RUN OUT..AND ITS A FOOD TRUCK...SO ITS FUN TO CHASE AND TRACK DOWN!!

MR. BEEF



CHICAGO

FROM FOOD WARS

666 N. Orleans, Chicago, IL 


WHEN IT COMES TO GREAT CITIES FAMOUS FOR GREAT FOODS, THERE ARE THE LEGENDS AND THE WANNABES....BUT SOMETIMES ON A RARE OCCASION...THERE IS THE NEW GUY..WHO MIGHT GIVE THE LEGEND A RUN FOR ITS MONEY....

IN THE CASE OF MR. BEEF, THE NEW GUY IN TOWN WHEN IT COMES TO ITALIAN BEEF SANDWICHES WITH AL'S BEEF BEING THE HOMETOWN BIGWIG....LIKE A DALEY....

BUT MR. BEEF HOLDS ITS OWN...AND I THINK MIGHT BE BETTER THAN AL'S.....

IF YOU WANNA GIVE YOU OPINON, THERE IS ONLY ONE THING YOU HAVE TO DO..TRY THE ITALIAN BEEF CHALLENGE..GO TO AL'S AND THEN WALK THE 6 BLOCKS TO MR. BEEF AND TRY BOTH FOR YOURSELF IN ONE DAY....NO ANSWER IS RIGHT OR WRONG....THE RESULT IS JUST TWO AMAZING ITALIAN BEEF SANDWICHES

JR'S BBQ





LOS ANGELES

FROM BEST SANDWICH IN AMERICA

3055 South La Cienega Blvd Culver City, CA 90232

http://jrs-bbq.com/

I HAVE HAD MINDBLOWING BBQ (WILEY'S IN SAVANNAH AND SMOQUE IN CHICAGO AND PAPPY'S IN ST. LOUIS)...I HAVE HAD INCREDIBLE BBQ (CENTRAL BBQ IN MEMPHIS)...I HAVE HAD GREAT BBQ (INTERSTATE BBQ IN MEMPHIS)..AND I HAVE HAD GOOD BBQ (JIM N' NICKS IN NASHVILLE).....

JR'S IS TRULY GREAT BBQ....BUT WHEN IT COMES TO LA BBQ, IT IS INCREDIBLE.....

WHEN YOU ARE A SOUTHERN BOY LIKE ME....AND YOU LIVE OUT ON THE WEST COAST FOR TOO LONG...YOU START TO FORGET WHAT THE SMOKE RING TASTES LIKE, SO ITS PLACES LIKE JR'S, OWNED BY TWO MEMPHIS NATIVES, TO REMIND ME WHY I LOVE BBQ.....JR'S REMINDS ME YOU CAN TAKE THE BOY OUT OF THE SOUTH, BUT YOU CAN'T TAKE THE SOUTH OUT OF THE BOY....

THE PULLED PORK SANDWICH IS MINDBLOWING! IT IS AS CLOSE TO PULLED PORK PERFECTION YOU CAN GET OUTSIDE OF THE MASON DIXON LINE!

IF YOU ARE BORED ONE DAY, AND COULD USE A LITTLE HIT OF HICKORY AND SAUCE....TRY OLE' JR'S


IZZY'S



CINCINNATI

MAN VS. FOOD


612 Main St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

http://izzys.com/

A GOOD MIDWESTERN DELI....NOT GREAT..GOOD...BUT LET ME JUST SAY THEIR SPECIALITY IS THE REUBEN AND I DONT LOVE REUBENS....BUT EVERY SANDWICH COMES WITH A HUGE POTATO LATKE...AMAZING!!!

GRAETER'S



CINCINNATI AND THE FREEZER SECTION OF YOUR LOCAL GROCERY

FROM MAN VS. FOOD


332 Ludlow Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45220-2019 


SOME WILL SAY BEST ICE CREAM IN AMERICA......

DEFINENTLY BEST MAINSTREAM ICE CREAM IN AMERICA......THE BEST ICE CREAM IN AMERICA HANDS DOWN IS AT A HOLE IN THE WALL MOM AND POP SHOP CALL MULLENS IN WATERTOWN, WI (THAT POST COMES LATER)

HOWEVER, GRAETERS IS GREAT FOR TWO THINGS...THE FRUITY FLAVORS ARE STRONG IN FRUIT FLAVOR....BLACKBERRY BEING THE BEST AND MOST FLAVORFUL.....AND ANYTHING WITH THE WORD 'CHOCOLATE ' IN THE ICE CREAM FLAVOR TITLE BECAUSE WHEN THEY SAY 'CHOCOLATE', THEY MEAN CHOCOLATE..NOT CHIPS, BUT CHUNKS..ACTUAL CHUNKS OF FROZEN INCREDIBLE CHOCOLATE




The Reel Inn





Malibu

From Man vs. Food


18661 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265

LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS PLACE!! IT'S ONE OF THE FEW PLACES ON MY LIST THAT BOTH MY WIFE AND I LOVE...AS SHE DOESNT EAT PORK OR SHELLFISH OR MILK AND MEAT...OR UNKOSHER MEAT..... AND DOESNT LIKE DESSERT OR BREAKFAST….

BUT SHE LOVES THIS PLACE!! WE HAD HER GRADUATION PARTY HERE ON THE BACK PORCH!

OUR FAMILY FRIEND GREG ZAGANOEV, WHO WAS BORN AND RAISED IN LA, SAYS THIS IS THE ONE PLACE HE HAS TO GO TO WHENEVER HE COMES HOME TO VISIT....

THIS IS MIND KIND OF RESTAURANT...ON THE BEACH....PICNIC TABLES AND CHAIRS...ALL PAPER GOODS.....25 TYPES OF FRESH FISH PREPARED 3 WAYS TO CHOOSE FROM...GRILLED, FRIED, OR SAUTEED...IT COMES WITH 3 SIDES....AND NOTHING ELSE....EXCEPT A COLD BEER

I LOVE THE SIMPLICITY OF IT!  AND THE APPS ARE AMAZING....FRIED EVERYTHING.....OYSTERS ON THE HALF-SHELL (MY FINAL MEAL...SEE ACME)

CANNOT RECOMMEND THIS PLACE ENOUGH!!!

PRINCE'S HOT CHICKEN









NASHVILLE

FROM MAN VS. FOOD, FRIED CHICKEN PARADISE, AND #3 ON 101 MORE INCREDIBLE PLACES TO CHOWDOWN


123 Ewing Dr No. 2, Nashville, TN 37207

""Hot Chicken" (secret seasoned extra hot & spicy fried chicken served with crinkle-cut fries, zesty pickle slices and white bread)"



MANY CITIES ARE KNOWN FOR THE FOOD THE CITY IS BEST AT PRODUCING...NEW YORK FOR HOT DOGS, PIZZA, AND BAGELS.....CHICAGO FOR HOT DOGS, PIZZA, ITALIAN BEEF, AND POPCORN....CINCINNATI FOR CHILLI......NEW ORLEANS FOR CAJUN....MEMPHIS, ST. LOUIS, AND KC FOR BBQ....AND AS OF RECENTLY....NASHVILLE HAS NO FOOD CLAIM FOR FAME...THAT IS UNTIL HOT CHICKEN AND HOT FISH CAME TO THE MAINSTREAM OF CULINARY DELIGHT..AND THE DISHES HAVE PUT NASHVEGAS ON THE MAP....

Hot chicken or Nashville hot chicken is a type of fried chicken that is a local specialty of Nashville, Tennessee, in the United States. In its typical preparation, it is a portion of breast, thigh, or wing that has been marinated in a water-based blend of seasoning, floured, fried, and finally sauced using a paste that has been spiced with cayenne pepper. It is served atop slices of white bread with pickle chips. It is both the application of a spicy paste and the presentation that differentiates it from similar dishes, such as Buffalo wings.

AND THIS PLACE IS THE FIRST, THE BEST, AND THE ORIGINAL.....

THE STORY AROUND HOT CHICKEN AND HOT FISH WAS THAT MR. PRINCE WAS CHEATING ON HIS WIFE...AND HIS MISTRESS FOUND OUT HE WAS MARRIED....SO WHEN HE CAME OVER ONE NIGHT SHE ASKED WHAT HE WANTED FOR DINNER...HE REPLIED FRIED CHICKEN...AND TO GET REVENGE ON HIM LYING AND BEING MARRIED....SHE PUT AS MUCH HOT PEPPER INTO THE FLOUR USED TO FRY THE CHICKEN AS SHE HAD AVAILABLE...AND HE FELL SO IN LOVE WITH IT...THAT HE BEGAN TO SELL IT....AND THEN HOT FISH FOLLOWED...MANY CLAIM THEY HAVE THE BEST...BUT PRINCES IS THE FIRST AND THE BEST

IT IS HOT.....FOR SO MANY REASONS...THE SPICES YES...BUT WHEN YOU ORDER THE CHICKEN THEY FRY IT AND SERVE IT FRESH AND SO IT IS SPICY AND HOT BECAUSE OF THE HOT OIL AND GREASE AND INSANE SPICE MIX.....

Although the components of the dish largely remain the same, the preparation of the dish can differ greatly. A pressure fryer or deep fryer can be used, although most restaurants serve a pan-fried product. Nearly all hot chicken is marinated in buttermilk to impart flavor and to retain the meat's juices upon frying. Some preparations of hot chicken are breaded and fried after application of the spice paste; the more traditional method has the paste applied immediately after the chicken is removed from the fryer.

A typical Nashville-style hot chicken spice paste has two key ingredients: lard and cayenne pepper. The two are mixed together, three parts pepper to one part lard, and heated until they form a thick sauce. Some restaurants vary the composition of the paste, adding sugar, garlic, or additional hot sauce. The paste is applied to the fried chicken by the server using a spoon and latex gloves; it is lightly squeezed into the finished chicken by hand. The heat level of the chicken can be varied by the preparer by reducing or increasing the amount of paste applied.

THE HOTTEST PART OF THE DISH IS THE WHITE BREAD THEY PUT THE CHICKEN AND PICKLES ON...AS IT SOAKS UP THE OIL AND SPICE...

IT ALSO DOESNT HELP THAT THE RESTAURANT DOESNT HAVE A/C, SO GOING IN JULY ISNT RECOMMENDED.  ALSO KNOW WHAT YOU ARE GOING TO ORDER OR PREPARED TO BE HECKLED!

A NEW NASHVILLE INSTITUTION THAT CANNOT BE MISSED!!

Pancake Pantry









NASHVILLE

FROM MAN VS. FOOD, BREAKFAST PARADISE, AND #48 ON 101 MORE PLACES TO CHOWDOWN


1796 21st Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37212


http://www.thepancakepantry.com/

"23 different kinds of pancakes: sweet potato pancakes"


I TAKE PRIDE IN THIS ONE AS IT IS IN MY HOMETOWN OF NASHVILLE!!  

FIND THE LINE AND YOU SHALL WAIT....IS THE MOTTO OF THIS PLACE....

WHEN LOOKING FOR THE 'PANTRY' AS LOCALS REFER TO IT....JUST FIND THE LINE, GET INTO IT, AND WAIT....AND BOY IS IT WORTH THE WAIT.....

SOME PLACES ARE GOOD, SOME ARE GREAT, SOME ARE AMAZING, BUT VERY FEW ARE INSTITUTIONS...AND THIS IS AN INSTITUTION....

I GREW UP ON PANCAKE PANTRY....FOR MY 16TH BIRTHDAY, THE OWNER, DAVID, LET ME COME IN THROUGH THE KITCHEN AND NOT WAIT IN LINE....I GET THE SAME THING EVERY TIME....CHOCOLATE CHIP PANCAKES WHERE THE CHOCOLATE CHIPS ARE MELTED TO THE PERFECT POINT WHERE THEY LOOK LIKE A CHOCOLATE SHIP BUT UPON TOUCH MELT TO THE PERFECT SPREAD, RYE TOAST, BACON, AND LARGE OJ....


MY PARENTS SWEAR BY THE SWEET POTATO PANCAKES WITH CINNAMON SYRUP.....AND MY MOM CLAIMS THEY HAVE THE BEST FRENCH TOAST IN THE WORLD....

IT IS A MUST GO WHEN IN NASHVIILLE....MY FAMILY DOESNT GO THERE BECAUSE WHEN WE WANT BREAKFAST, WE GO TO LE PEEP INSTEAD  OF SCHLEPING TO THE PANTRY....BUT IT IS A MUST GO...AMAZING BREAKFAST

AND DON'T LET THE LINE SCARE YOU....SOME MAY SAY ITS A THREE HOUR WAIT...IN ALL MY TIME IN NASHVILLE...I HAVE NEVER WAITED LONGER THAN 30 MIN....THE WAITRESSES AT THIS PLACE...WHO HAVE ALL BEEN THERE AN AVERAGE OF 24 YEARS....TURN A TABLE AN AVERAGE OF EVERY 24 MINUTES...SO THE LINE MOVES QUICK

Monday, November 19, 2012

MATT'S BAR






MINNEAPOLIS

FROM MAN. VS. FOOD, FOOD WARS, AND #48 ON BEST PLACES TO CHOWDOWN


3500 Cedar Ave. S, Minneapolis, MN 55407

THERE ARE VERY FEW FOODS THAT I WOULD SAY ARE ON MY BUCKET LIST....BUT THE JUICY LUCY FOUND ONLY IN MINNEAPOLIS IS ONE OF THEM....

AND WHEN I GOT THE CHANCE TO INDULGE ON THIS TWIN CITY STAPLE...I NEARLY KICKED THE BUCKET WITH DELICIOUSNESS....

A JUICY LUCY IS SIMPLY A INSIDE=OUT CHEESEBIURGER...THE CHEESE IS PUT INSIDE THE MEAT OF THE BURGER AND THEN GRILLED SO THAT WHEN YOU BITE INTO IT...A MASSIVE AMOUNT OF MOLTEN HOT LAVA CHEESE FLOWS OUT AND BURNS YOUR MOUTH....WITH INCREDIBLE AMAZINGNESS....


AND MATT'S IS APPARANTLY THE BEST...AND I CANNOT DISAGREE.....IT IS A CLASSIC, UNCHANGED BAR WITH BIKERS AND PREPS RUBBING SHOULDERS OVER AMAZING BURGERS, FRIES, AND BEER....

IT IS INCREDIBLE....ANY FOODIE NEEDS TO MAKE THE TREK TO THE TWIN CITIES FOR A JUICY LUCY...IT IS NOT TO BE MISSED

ZANKOU CHICKEN






LOS ANGELES

MAN VS. FOOD, BEST THING I EVER ATE


1716 S. Sepulveda Blvd, LA 90025


I LOVE CHICKEN....FRIED, BAKED, BROILED, ROTISSERE, AND BBQ...I LOVE CHICKEN

THIS PLACE IS THE 2ND BEST CHICKEN I HAVE EVER HAD IN MY LIFE....SECOND ONLY TO THE GARLIC CHICKEN AT VERSAILLES CUBAN IN LA!!

THE CHICKEN IS MOIST (EVERYONES FAVORITE WORD) AND TENDER..AND THE GARLIC DIPPING SAUCE...MY G-D...THE GARLIC DIPPING SAUCE.....

THIS IS ADAM RICHMAN OF MAN VS. FOOD FAME FAVORITE RESTAURANT!

THIS PLACE IS ALSO THE BASIS FOR THE 'PALESTENIAN CHICKEN' EPISODE OF CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM....NEEDLESS TO SAY..IT IS THAT GOOD THAT IT BE FEATURED ON CURB...BUT I ALSO WOULDNT BE CAUGHT WEARING A KIPPAH, TALIS, OR TZITTZIT IN THIS PLACE AS THERE ARE LOCATIONS IN LA AND BEIRUT.....

THIS PLACE IS A CANNOT AND SHOULD NOT BE MISSED IN LA!


EL TEPEYAC





LOS ANGELES

FROM MAN VS. FOOD and #25 OF BEST PLACES TO CHOWDOWN


812 North Evergreen Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90033

http://manuelseltepeyac.com/

WHEN IT COMES TO BURRITOS...YOU HAVE THE PATHETICALLY SMALL (TBELL)...YOU HAVE THE NORMAL (MOE'S)....THE STUFFED (BAJA FRESH)..THE OVERSTUFFED (CHIPOTLE)...AND THEN THE RIDICULOUS...AND THAT'S WHERE EL TEPEYAC FALLS....

YOU WAIT IN LINE...FOR TOO MUCH FOOD....

IT IS DELICIOUS....BUT THE AMOUNT OVERSHADOWS THE DELICIOUSNESS...

THIS WAS THE FIRST AND ONLY TIME I HAVE BOTH HIT A FOOD WALL AND GOTTEN FOOD DRUNK.....

IF YOU GO...BE PREPARED...THE PORTIONS ARE OUT OF CONTROL....

PHILLIPE'S






LOS ANGELES

FROM SANDWICH PARADISE, MAN VS. FOOD and BEST THING I EVER ATE!


1001 North Alameda St., Los Angeles, CA 90012



http://www.philippes.com/

"French dip sandwiches (roast beef, lamb, pork, & turkey with au jus & spicy mustard)"



LOS ANGELES IS THE LAND OF CRUSHED HOPES AND DREAM AND INFLATED LIPS, BUTTS, AND BOOBS.....AND THERE ARE VERY FEW HISTORIC LANDMARKS THAT THE CITY OF ANGELS CAN LAY CLAIM TO...AS THIS CITY IS MUCH YOUNGER THAN OUR EAST COAST CONSTITUENTS

HOWEVER...LA HAS DISNEY LAND, THE HOLLYWOOD SIGN...AND PERHAPS MOST IMPORTANT...PHILLIPPE'S....BIRTHPLACE OF THE FRENCH DIP

WHEN I CAME OUT TO LA TO INTERVIEW FOR A JOB, THE FIRST PLACE I WANTED TO GO WAS PHILLIPPE'S.....SO ANDREW AND OUR GOOD FRIEND TODD OBLIGED AND DROVE TO THE MIDDLE OF CHINATOWN TO INDULGE ON THIS AMERICAN LANDMARK.....TODD WILL SOMETIMES COME AL THE WAY ACROSS TOWN FOR THIS SANDWICH DURING HIS HOUR LUNCH BREAK....TODD'S LEGENDARY LUNCH BREAKS HAVE LEAD TO SOME INCREDIBLE EATS (SEE GLORIA'S AND PAPA CRISTO'S)

STEPPING INTO PHILLPES IS LIKE STEPPING BACK IN TIME...ITS CLASSIC AND LOOKS AND ACTS LIKE IT....SANDWICHES ARE CHEAP...THE COFFEE AND LEMONADE IS STILL LIKE 9 CENTS...

THEY BAKE THE BREAD FRESH.....SLICE THE MEAT FRESH...AND DIP IT RIGHT IN FRONT OF YOU.....

AND THEN THERE IS THE SPICY MUSTARD.....IT IS POWERFUL, PUNGENT, AND MIND NUMBINGLY MIND BLOWING....

AREA ALLERGISTS HAVE BEEN KNOWN TO PRESCRIBE A TASTE OF THE SPICY MUSTARD TO CURE SINUS INFECTIONS AS IT KNOCKS YOU OUT...

THIS PLACE IS GREAT!!!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

PAPPY'S





ST. LOUIS

MAN VS. FOOD, #49 ON BEST PLACES TO CHOWDOWN, AND FOOD FEUDS


3106 Olive St., Saint Louis, MO 63103

http://www.pappyssmokehouse.com/

"What you're getting: A full slab of ribs and burnt ends combo meal
Mike Emerson's slow smokes his meats over apple and cherry wood for up to 14 hours, but if you don't get there early on the weekend, you won't taste them, as Pappy's sells out faster than its meats cook. But if you do get your chance, opt for the ribs and underrated burnt ends, and keep a little of Pappy's Original sauce on the side for dipping."

HERE IS ALL I NEED TO SAY: VOTED BEST RIBS IN AMERICA BY ALMOST EVERY MAJOR FOOD AND TRAVEL MAGAZINE! BEST RIBS I HAVE EVER HAD......SKIP THE SIDES...GO STRAIGHT FOR THE MEAT....

ALSO THEY OPEN AT 11AM...MEAT GONE BY 2....GET IN LINE EARLY...BE DONE WITH LUNCH AT 11:30AM AND HAVE THE WHOLE DAY AHEAD OF YOU...YOU WON'T NEED TO EAT FOR A WEEK!!

NEXT TIME I HEAR ON THE NEWS "ST.LOUIS IS ONCE AGAIN THE REIGNING MURDER CAPITAL OF THE UNITED STATES"...I WILL SAY "YAH, BUT THEY HAVE PAPPY'S"

TED DREWE'S





ST. LOUIS

FROM MAN VS. FOOD (x2), #39 ON BEST PLACES TO CHOWDOWN, AND BEST THING I EVER ATE!


6726 Chippewa Street  St. Louis, MO 63109
WHILE SPENDING THE WEEKEND IN THE LOU FOR ANDREW AND HANNAH'S, THE PEOPLE WHO GAVE ME THE IDEA FOR THIS BLOG, INCREDIBLE WEEKEND, THAT WEEKEND, I HAD THE UNIQUE FORTUNE TO KNOCK THIS AND PAPPY'S OFF MY LIST THANKS TO A HELP FROM THE RUBIN-SCHLANSKY/VREDENBURGH CREW.

THIS PLACE IS CUSTARD HEAVEN! HUNDREDS OF FLAVORS! MIX-INS! FLAVORS ONLY THE LOCALS KNOW ABOUT!!  THICK! DELICIOUS! EPICALLY THINK AND DELICIOUS!!! 

NEXT TIME ON THE NEWS THEY SAY "ST. LOUIS IS THE 94-TIME RAPE AND MURDER CAPITAL OF THE UNITED STATES"...I WILL SAY "YAH, BUT THEY HAVE TED DREWES!"


Thursday, November 15, 2012

ACME OYSTER HOUSE








724 Iberville St., New Orleans, LA 70130
FROM MAN VS. FOOD AND #27 ON BEST PLACES TO CHOW DOWN

NOW THIS IS A PLACE THAT CANNOT BE MISSED IN NEW ORLEANS!!  

I LOVE TREFE.....SHRIMP, MUSSELS, CLAMS, OYSTERS, CALAMARI, LOBSTER...AND THIS PLACE HAS IT ALL....FRIED, GRILLED, BROILED...YOU NAME IT...THEY HAVE IT..AND HOWEVER THEY DO IT...IT IS AMAZING!!! 

THIS PLACE IS CAJUN HEAVEN....GUMBO, PO BOYS, ALLIGATOR...HEAVEN

I LOVE OYSTERS!! SLIMEY, SLIPPERY, ODD IN TASTE...BUT WITH SOME COCKTAIL SAUCE AND A SALTINE.....PURE PERFECTION!! OR THE GRILLED OYSTERS WITH FRENCH BREAD...HEAVENLY!!

IF I WERE TO HAVE A LAST MEAL...IT MIGHT BE DOZEN OYSTERS, A MIXED TREFE PO BOY, AND A COLD IBITA AT ACME OYSTER HOUSE!!!

THE CHALLENGE: THIS IS THE PLACE WITH A FOOD CHALLENGE...15 DOZEN OYSTERS...ONE DAY I WILL TRY!!!

PS-FELIX'S ACROSS THE STREET IS BETTER...LESS PEOPLE...SAME AMAZING FOOD..BETTER THAN ACME.....IF THAT'S POSSIBLE!!

CAFE DU MONDE







NEW ORLEANS

FROM MAN VS. FOOD and DONUT PARADISE


French Market, 800 Decatur St., New Orleans, LA 70116
THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT WILL HAVE ME SHOT, HANGED, AND BEHEADED, BUT IT IS MY OPINON.....CAFE DU MONDE IS GOOD...NOT GREAT...NOT AMAZING...IT'S REPETITIVE.....BUT GOOD DRUNK FOOD...MY TRIP TO NEW ORLEANS WOULD NOT BE WASTED IF I DIDN'T GO THERE....UNLIKE IF I MISSED ACME OR FELIX'S

IT'S AN AMAZING PLACE TO PEOPLE-WATCH AND MAYBE IF I LIKED COFFEE IT WOULD BE BETTER...BUT I DON'T GET THE HYPE....WAIT HOURS FOR SOMETHING THAT IS GOING TO SPILL POWDERED SUGAR ALL OVER YOUR SEARSUCKER OR SUN DRESS....

THERE ARE BETTER WAYS TO CURE A NEW ORLEANS HANGOVER OF ALCOHOL AND SHELLFISH....WITH MORE ALCOHOL AND SHELLFISH...NOT A DOUHGNUT....

ONCE AGAIN....MY OPINION....NOT A FACT!