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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, May 31, 2013
From Outrageous Foods and Hot and Spicy Paradise
720 N Lake Ave Pasadena, CA 91104
""The Hulk Dog" (a fire-grilled ghost pepper sausage link topped with jalapeno bacon, grilled pasilla pepper, pepper jack cheese melt, grilled onions, chipotle mayo, fresh red and green jalapenos, tomatillo salsa verde, habanero picked onion cole slaw and drizzled with chili sauce); "C-4 Dog" (deep-fried ghost pepper sausage link topped with jalapeno bacon, tater tots, house-made beer chili, shredded cheddar, sliced pepper jack cheese, pastrami, a fried egg, and red habanero slices, all rolled into a flour tortilla)"
Went to this place on a whim thanks to the TVFood Maps app and website that tells you where all the places featured on TV are located. This app is basically my list and this blog times a trillion. You should definitely check it out.
Anyways...Slaw Dogs. OUTRAGEOUSLY AMAZING! Best hot dog I have ever had in my life! This place boasts over 400 million different types of combinations for your hot dog or burger. They have signature dogs as well, the most notable being the TNT which is hot dog, pastrami, corned beef, bologna, chili, fries, and cheese in a tortilla (picture above) but I went with the build you own. This place has 7 types of meats to pick from, 15 sauces, 16 toppings, 14 special toppings....weird stuff like kimchi or sesame oil...but this place is incredible.
I got the dog with ketchup, mustard, garlic aioli, sautéed onions, and pickles. It was fantastically amazingly wonderful awesome! Onion rings and a Mexican coke on the side...perfection! They claim to have the best burger in town, so I will be making a return appearance next week to try that, but this was definitely hands down, no questions asked, the best hot dog I have ever had! A MUST TRY!