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 shilshuldiaries@gmail.com

Friday, April 11, 2014

Hash House A-Go-Go



























FROM MAN VS. FOOD AND UNIQUE EATS


6800 West Sahara Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89146

http://www.hashhouseagogo.com/vegas/


One of the most unique brunch experiences I have ever had. This place is a modeled after a midwestern farmhouse...but in the middle of the Vegas desert, so like a midwestern farmhouse brunch (I assume) ever dish must have enormous portions, should involve some form of meat (beef, chicken, and pork...on in the case of this restaurant, all three), some form of potato, something fried, something with a biscuit, covered in gravy...and cheese. My brother and I went to the suburban location of this culinary destination, known as the locals location, as opposed to the tourist location located deep in the flashing lights, loud music, and excessive oxygen neutralizing, or trying to neutralizing, the plethora of cigarette smoke, and back tattoos and fake breast implants of the Vegas strip. This location is more subdued and calm. I got the fried chicken eggs benedict and my brother got the fried chicken and waffles. This place is outrageous. Everything has a gourmet, Vegas spin, on normal dishes. The maple syrup is made in house. The fried chicken has rosemary and thyme. The waffles have bacon bits in them. My eggs benedict was smothered in chipotle hollandaise and the gianormous fried chicken breast were supurb, overwhelming, but supurb. My brother's chicken and waffles, the signature dish on the menu, was a gourmet spin, but wonderful!! I recommend this place, but as a lifetime, platinum club member of the clean plate club, must heed this warning that no one can finish their plate at Hash-House-A-Go-Go

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