The Greasy Foodie

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 Greasy Foodie" 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 greasyfoodie@gmail.com

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

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

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