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

Thursday, December 6, 2012

THE WIENER CIRCLE








CHICAGO

FROM BEST THING I EVER ATE


2622 N Clark St Chicago, IL 60614
I WOULD ARGUE THAT THERE IS NO RESTAURANT IN THE WORLD MORE BELOVED BY A CITY THAN WIENER CIRCLE IS BY THE CITY OF CHICAGO.  THIS PLACE IS A MUST...BUT ONLY AFTER YOU HAVE HAD A FEW TOO MANY TO DRINK...AND AFTER MIDNIGHT....

THIS PLACE IS A MUST GO!! IT IS A RIGHT OF PASSAGE ON A PERSON'S 21ST BIRTHDAY OR ON A PERSON'S FIRST TRIP TO CHICAGO!

THE STORY GOES...A COUPLE JEWISH GUYS DECIDED TO OPEN A GREASY FOOD PLACE IN CHICAGO THAT IS OPEN UNTIL 4 AM SERVING INCREDIBLE CHICAGO DOGS, CHARBROILED BURGERS, AND CHEESE FRIES WITH REAL CHEDDAR CHEESE DEVOURING THE FRIES...AND IT HAD TO BE LOCATED IN THE BAR AREA OF CHICAGO WHERE YOUNG 20 AND 30 YEAR OLDS WOULD LEAVE THE BARS HAMMERED WITH A HOOK-UP THEY WILL REGRET IN THE MORNING ON THEIR ARM CRAVING SOMETHING THAT OFFSETS THEIR PILATES AND ORGANIC DINNER...AND THE WIERNER CIRCLE WAS BORN

AND THE FOOD IS DELICIOUS...BUT THAT'S NOT ALL....

THESE GUYS DIDN'T WANT TO WORK THEIR STAND AT 4AM EVERY SATURDAY....SO THEY DID WHAT MIGHT GO DOWN AS THE GREATEST BUSINESS MOVE IN HISTORY...

THEY HIRED THE ANGRIEST WORKERS FROM THE SOUTH SIDE WHO HAVE VERY SHORT TEMPERS FOR DRUNKEN COLLEGE KIDS...YOU WILL HEAR MORE F-BOMBS AND INSULTS THAN ONE CAN POSSIBLE IMAGINE....LIKE I SAID...SHORT TEMPERS....

THIS PLACE RE-ITERATES MY FIRM BELIEF....DO NOT INSULT OR MESS WITH THE PERSON ABOUT TO SERVE YOU FOOD

THIS PLACE IS AMAZING...FOR THE FOOD AND FOR THE SHOW (SHOW SO GOOD..THIS PLACE HAS A REALITY SHOW).....BOTH ENJOYED EVEN MORE IF YOU HAVE HAD SOMETHING OR A LITTLE MORE THAN SOMETHING TO DRINK...

TWO FINAL TIPS:
REMEMBER TO TIP....THEY WON'T LET YOU FORGET

GET A CHOCOLATE MILKSHAKE...



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