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.

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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Jitlada Thai


Los Angeles

From Best Thing I Ever Ate and Hot and Spicy Paradise

5233 1/2 W Sunset Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90027

""Kua Kling Phat Tha Lung" (Shredded beef Thai curry)"

I love thai food!  I love spicy food!  But thai can take spicy to a new stratosphere....and then there is Jitlada Thai.

Jitlada Thai is the spiciest and best Thai restaurant in questions argument needed.....

Best thai I have ever had...hands down!!!!

The first time I went to Jitlada, I went with Hannah and Andrew.  Andrew and I decided we were brave enough to try the spicy.  First we got the crying tiger pork, the dish that put this place on the list..amazing...sweet and asian dish I have ever had!

The second dish was called jungle was the second spiciest thing on the menu.  Here is what I will say...after ingesting it both Andrew and I (at the recommendation of the server) each got $18 beer and a $12 thai milkshake to try and cool us down....and it didnt help...if the server has said we had to order a lobster I would have done it.

Let me just say this..and I am a bullshitter but this is the 100% trutch.....the jungle curry was SO spicy it shut down my immune system and I got the the table....I GOT THE FRACKING FLU FROM EATING THIS THING...IN A 10 MINUTE PERIOD.....FINE AT 1:10PM.....FULL BLOWN FLU AT 1:20PM!!!

Now....I said the jungle curry is the 2nd spiciest thing on the menu..the spiciest thing on the menu is called dynamite curry and is the food challenge at this place...the dynamite challenge.  My dear friend Jeremy has tried it twice...and it is watch someone else do it. Jeremy actually finished it the first time, but the chef came out and claimed that Jeremy had not completed the challenge because there was not enough dynamite sauce.  I went with him the second time to watch him claim his glory for a second time. I was brought to tears and almost vomitted....from being NEAR the dish....I cannot imagine what Jeremy went through....and I think I got the flu again from just being within 100 feet of the dynamite curry.


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