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, November 21, 2014

Fat Mo's





2620 Franklin Pike, Nashville, TN 37204

http://www.fatmos.com/

From Best Burger in America

Deep in the heart of Nashville, home of hot chicken, BBQ, fried chicken, southern cooking, and southern hospitality is a burger shop.  Now, if this was just a burger shop, it would blend in, but Fat Mo's is anything but your average burger shop.  This place is the ultimate American dream mom and pop burger shop. The burger destination is the home of the most well seasoned burger in America.  The home of two Middle Eastern immigrants who brought their family, the culture, and lucky for us, their culinary delights with them.  Each burger is seasoned with a plethora of 19...19!!!!! spices that make the smells coming from the bag a aromatic symphony of perfection. It is an experience in and of itself. Drive-thru only.  Bags clear with grease and oil.  Burgers stacked a mile high with dressings flying everywhere!  It is a culinary extravaganza that entices every sense.  The sight of the burger stacked high, the feeling of all the juices running wild with each bite, the smells of the spices and the hot french fries, the sound of the burgers cooking, and the taste.....do I even need to continue...a taste that cannot be replicated or duplicated.  This place is both unique and a landmark to Nashville.  In a town of all America foods from fried chicken to apple pie to BBQ...Fat Mo's puts a spin on the all-American meal...the burger and fries..and the most extraordinary spin it is!

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