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

Monday, January 26, 2015

HOMINY GRILL








207 Rutledge Ave, Charleston, SC 29403

FROM BEST SOUTHERN FOOD IN AMERICA, MAN VS. FOOD, BEST THING I EVER ATE, #86 ON BEST PLACES TO CHOWDOWN, FOOD PARADISE

THIS PLACE SCREAMED AND TOPPED MY CULINARY BUCKET LIST AND FOR A DAMN GOOD REASON.  WHEN MY FRIEND ASKED WHAT I WANTED TO DO IN CHARLESTON, HOMINY WAS IT.  ANYTHING ELSE WE DID WAS JUST DESSERT, SWEET AND WONDERFUL, BUT HOMINY GRILL WAS THE APPETIZER AND MAIN COURSE OF MY VISIT.

THIS PLACE WAS A MUST FOR ME!  LOOK HOW MANY TIMES IT HAS BEEN FEATURED!!!!!


THIS PLACE IS SOUTHERN FOOD PARADISE! GREAT SERVICE, AMAZING FOOD, AND AN AT HOME CULTURE AND FEEL.  THE RECIPES FEEL LIKE THEY HAVE GONE UNCHANGED FOR YEARS AND FOR DAMN GOOD REASON.

FRIED GREEN TOMATOES FOR APPETIZER AND THE CHARLESTON NASTY BISCUIT WERE MY MEAL FOR THE DAY.  I LOVE FRIED GREEN TOMATOES SO MUCH, WITH A LITTLE AIOLI OR RANCH TO DIP IN.  HOLY SWEET TEA!  AND THE CHARLESTON NASTY BISCUIT IS A GUT BUSTER.  CHICKEN BISCUIT (WHAM BAM THANK YOU MA'AM) WITH CHEDDAR CHEESE DRENCHED IN GRAVY.  THAT'S SOUTHERN FOR NYQUIL.  PUT YOU INTO A HAPPY SLEEP.  WASH IT ALL DOWN WITH SOME SWEET TEA.  YES MA'AM AND YES SIR!!!

THIS PLACE IS A INSTITUTION, A LANDMARK, A MECCA AND FOR DAMN GOOD REASON.  HOMINY GRILL, YOU DID NOT LET THIS SOUTHERN BOY ON THE WEST COAST DOWN!  

THE SHRIMP AND GRITS ARE SUPPOSED TO BE OUT OF THIS WORLD AND A MUST TRY, BUT TO BE HONEST, IM A TOMATO BASED SHRIMP AND GRITS FAN NOT A CHEESE BASED SHRIMP AND GRITS FAN.  ITS PERSON PREFERENCE.

IT'S PLACES LIKE THIS THAT MAKE EVERY PERSON LEAVE WITH A LITTLE DRAWL IN THEIR VOICE.  

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