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 email@example.com
Monday, January 11, 2016
POINTS EAST PUB
BEST WINGS IN AMERICA
1501 N Jackson St, Milwaukee, WI 53202
What they say: "Points East Pub is "built on the wing." They are famous for one thing and one thing only, their chicken wings, and they do them well. These wings are sauced and then put through the grill to get a perfected smokey flavor."-Thrillist
This tiny sports bar boasts some of the biggest, boldest, and most baddass wings on the planet! Unlike you traditional wing that is fried, Points East chargrills their wings, a tactic and method that I have grown to love. They are still hot and not soggy by the time they get to your plate, which is a risk you take with fried wings. Order food at the bar, grab a seat, and wait your turn. The kitchen is the size of a broom closet (new kitchen under construction), but what they lack in floor space, they make up for in taste and quality. The wings are worth the wait. Drenched in sauce and then cooked. It takes what is "traditional" about wings with frying and then drenching (tossing in sauce) and asks "whats so great about tradition. TRADITION BE DAMNED" and sauces then GRILLS to perfection.