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 email@example.com
Monday, January 4, 2016
Jake Melnick's Cornertap
From Hot and Spicy Paradise
41 E Superior St, Chicago, IL 60611
This place is a great sports bar with great food. It ranks up there with Barney's in terms of the food matching the atmosphere for a bar (Barney's)
Wings at this place are outstanding and inventive. The Poncho wings are grilled with garlic and cayenne. I love a traditional fried and dipped wing then dipped in ranch, especially with a good sauce, especially right out of the fryer, but I find that they grow soggy quickly. The char-grilled wing is quickly growing on me and the Poncho wing is some of the finest I have ever had (also check out Points East Pub in Milwaukee). They are known for their ghost pepper wings, but that's beyond my pay grade.
Also, one time was subbing for a Sunday School class at Temple Isiah in LA. Taking attendance. Jake Melnick. I say "you know there is a bar in Chicago named Jake Melnicks". Kid says "That place is named after me".