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

Monday, January 26, 2015

EVO






1075 E Montague Ave, North Charleston, SC 29405

http://www.evokitchenla.com/

BEST PIZZA IN AMERICA

MY NEW CULINARY DOCUMENTATION OBSESSION IS THE THRILLIST.  THE THRILLIST IS THIS AMAZING WEBSITE THAT KEEPS PEOPLE UP TO DATE ON ALL THE AWESOME THINGS TO DO, DRINK, EAT AND SEE IN A CITY.  FOR ME, MY OBSESSION FALLS ON THEIR WEEKLY "21 BEST (FILL IN FOOD) IN AMERICA".

BURGERS, BBQ, WINGS, STEAK, BURRITO, BRUNCH, DINER, AND IN THIS CASE PIZZA.

THE BIG ONES, THE POPULAR FOODS, THEY RE-DO EVERY YEAR.  LIKE PIZZA

EVO IN CHARLESTON IS THE ONLY PLACE TO BE FEATURED TWICE ON THE "21 BEST PIZZAS IN AMERICA" ARTICLE, FOR 2013 AND 2014.

IN A TOWN THAT IS FOCUSED ON TRADITION AND "HOW IT'S ALWAYS BEEN DONE", EVO BUCKS THIS TRADITION.  IN THE UP AND COMING NORTH CHARLESTON, EVO IS YOUR CLASSIC EXAMPLE OF THE NEXT GENERATION OF CULINARY GREATNESS.  CASUAL,  AMAZING FOOD WITH AMAZING CRAFT BEER.

EVO'S TRIFECTA PIZZA IS THE BEST PIZZA I HAVE EVER HAD.  PERFECTLY COOKED CRUST, PERFECTLY PREPARED SAUCE, PERFECTLY MELTED CHEESE.  TOPPED WITH PEPPERONI, BACON, AND MY FAVORITE PIZZA TOPPING, TINY SAUSAGE CRUMBLES.  NOT GIANT PIECES OF SAUSAGE.  GIANT MEATBALL SIZE PIECES OF SAUSAGE.  I LIKE TINY TINY TINY CRUMBLES.  MR. GATTI'S STYLE (AND IF YOU GET THAT REFERENCE, PAT YOURSELF ON THE BACK).

EVO IS SIGNIFICANT TO THE CITY OF CHARLESTON AS IT SIGNIFIES THAT THE NEXT GENERATION OF CULINARY BRILLIANCE COMING TO THE CITY IS BOTH OVERWHELMINGLY STRONG IN TERMS OR CREATIVITY OF TASTE KEEPING THAT TRADITION ALIVE OF AMAZING FOOD IN THE CITY WHILE BUCKING THE TRADITION OF SNOBBY, 1% ONLY ALLOWED IN TERMS OF BEING ABLE TO ENJOY FINE DINING

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