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, December 4, 2012

Pete and Sam's




Memphis

From Best Thing I Ever Ate


3886 Park Avenue Memphis, TN 38111
Let me be very clear....I love food...and like most restaurants....I love many restaurants....but there is one restaurant that is, like most people from Memphis, most near and dear to my heart: Pete and Sam's.

I have been going to Pete and Sam's since I was born. My mother has been going to Pete and Sam's since she was born.  My grandmother went there, and still goes there every Monday, for the past 30 years.  My parents went there on their first date!  Like Saved by the Bell has the Max, 90210 has the Peach Pit, Friends has Central Perk, Memphis has Pete and Sam's.  You can't go there without recognizing 32 people.  My grandparents both lived in Memphis for most of my life, and every visit was not complete without a visit to Pete and Sam's.  It is rundown, gross looking, and I would never want it to change.  When Sam was shot during a robbery, I cried...and he was 866.

This place is your NYC no windows Italian steakhouse, but down South.  The menu is unchanged. The food is simple and delicious.  Instead of bread, they bring baskets of wrapped crackers.  The salad is lettuce and a peppercini pepper with oil and vinegar. The pizza is THIN and cracker like! The steaks are thick!

It is simple, it is plain...it is perfect.

However, the most emabbarrising part of it is that the food item that got my beloved Pete and Sam's on this list I have never tried..and I am ashamed to say I haven't.  The BBQ chicken pizza....WHY THE HELL WOULDN'T I TRY BBQ CHICKEN PIZZA AT MY FAVORITE ITALIAN RESTAURANT IN MEMPHIS!!! THIS THOUGHT HAUNTS ME...I try not to think about it......


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