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Re: My Year in Roadfood - 2016 2016/12/30 08:22:22 (permalink)
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I feel fortunate to have made one last visit to Bohemian Café before they shut the doors.  At the time, they hadn't announced the closing yet.  I will be writing more about Bohemian Café later in the report.
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Re: My Year in Roadfood - 2016 2016/12/30 08:30:49 (permalink)
That is some neon spread...the Neon Buffet!  Where's Signman?  
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Re: My Year in Roadfood - 2016 2016/12/30 09:08:04 (permalink)
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I feel fortunate to have made one last visit to Bohemian Café before they shut the doors.  At the time, they hadn't announced the closing yet.  I will be writing more about Bohemian Café later in the report.




I remember late last spring Sandra and I were talking about our route through Omaha for the Laura Ingalls Wilder Trip next fall. Considering that Sandra is part Austrian and Hungarian I knew she would have loved Bohemian Café. I was going to show her the website when I saw the official news that they were closing their doors in September.
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Re: My Year in Roadfood - 2016 2016/12/30 17:57:19 (permalink)
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I feel fortunate to have made one last visit to Bohemian Café before they shut the doors.  At the time, they hadn't announced the closing yet.  I will be writing more about Bohemian Café later in the report.




I remember late last spring Sandra and I were talking about our route through Omaha for the Laura Ingalls Wilder Trip next fall. Considering that Sandra is part Austrian and Hungarian I knew she would have loved Bohemian Café. I was going to show her the website when I saw the official news that they were closing their doors in September.




You need to do a better job planning...TTM'd a whole year in advance!  
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Re: My Year in Roadfood - 2016 2016/12/31 11:38:18 (permalink)
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Please report back about the GCC from Twisted Root.  I've heard really good things about the place, most likely from you.




As usual, the Twisted Root's burger was excellent, but the Hatch Peppers were very bland. 
 
Honestly, the (then) "in season" topping I had on the Sonic version this Spring was FAR better - a nice, but not overwhelming heat that left a slow, glowing warmth. 
 
Ideally, if I could have had the Sonic topping on the Twisted Root burger, life would be divine.
 
 
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Re: My Year in Roadfood - 2016 2017/01/01 20:51:43 (permalink)
Sorry, Jim. I can't agree. IMHO, Twisted Root is the last place I'd go for a burger in burger rich Dallas. 
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Re: My Year in Roadfood - 2016 2017/01/02 10:19:45 (permalink)
As much as I love the delectable food pictures, I never tire of seeing those fantastic neon signs each year!
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Re: My Year in Roadfood - 2016 2017/01/04 08:00:33 (permalink)
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Please report back about the GCC from Twisted Root.  I've heard really good things about the place, most likely from you.




As usual, the Twisted Root's burger was excellent, but the Hatch Peppers were very bland. 
 
Honestly, the (then) "in season" topping I had on the Sonic version this Spring was FAR better - a nice, but not overwhelming heat that left a slow, glowing warmth. 
 
Ideally, if I could have had the Sonic topping on the Twisted Root burger, life would be divine.
 
 


Thanks for the report back Jim.  Bland Hatch peppers?
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Re: My Year in Roadfood - 2016 2017/01/04 11:20:31 (permalink)
Bland Hatch peppers means they were probably from a can.  We bought fresh mild and hot........and even the milds are hot!  So you can only imagine what the hots are like!  When I make GCCBs I mix them and it's just right.
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Re: My Year in Roadfood - 2016 2017/01/04 11:36:44 (permalink)
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Bland Hatch peppers means they were probably from a can.  We bought fresh mild and hot........and even the milds are hot!  So you can only imagine what the hots are like!  When I make GCCBs I mix them and it's just right.


Lisa,
 
I brought an insulated bag with me!

 
And yes, TSA opened and inspected the bag. 
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Re: My Year in Roadfood - 2016 2017/01/04 11:44:17 (permalink)
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1. Santa Fe Bite (Santa Fe, NM)

Yeah, I know.  How boring!  Santa Fe Bite wins again.  Trust me, I am tired of always ranking them number one.  On every visit, I'm always thinking, could it really be good as I remember?  Then you take that first bite.  And then you realize just why you were willing to travel this far.....



Cliff, I promise I didn't ripoff your burger pic! :) Talk about consistency! 

I guess they don't cut them in half anymore.  No problem, they still taste the same. :)
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Re: My Year in Roadfood - 2016 2017/01/04 11:50:28 (permalink)
Now that the holiday is over, time to get back at this.....
 
Best Meal of the Year
 
Maybe I don't like red chile.  This was a sobering thought for someone who loves New Mexico and hopes to be a resident someday.  Earlier in this trip, I had red chile at two highly regarded restaurants (The Shed and Tecolote, both in Santa Fe) and literally left with a bad taste in my mouth.  On each occasion, the red chile had an unpleasant, burnt, bitter flavor.  Now the plan was to have breakfast at Mary & Tito's in Albuquerque, best known for their red. 
 
I have been attempting to get to Mary & Tito's

for years and despite their great reviews, it just never fit into the schedule.  The door was unlocked a few minutes after the supposed opening time of 9:00, but being warmly greeted more than made up for that.  The young man who waited on me was part of the family that runs the place and I believe he is one of Mary & Tito's grandsons.  Tito passed away in 1990, Mary worked up until the day before she died in 2013.  The restaurant is now in the hands of the second and third generation.
 
The menu promised all kinds of New Mexican chile goodness, but for a first visit, it was all about the famous carne adovada. 

The first thing you notice is the vivid reddish orange color of this chile.  It doesn't look anything like other reds. 
 
I wish I could tell you there was fireworks on the first bite, but the deep, rich flavor of this chile needs a little bit of time to work it's magic on you.  And with each bite, it kept getting hotter (though certainly not fiery) and more flavorful.  Instead of the burnt flavor from other places, this was smoky, complex and unlike anything I have ever had elsewhere.  The last bite was the best and how many places can you say that about?  The pork itself was nicely tender, but this dish is all about the red chile. 
 
I asked the young man waiting on me why the red chile here was superior.  He explained in great detail the long process and how they don't take any short cuts.  They only get Hatch chiles from one supplier, to keep it consistent.  And it is ground from pods, not chile powder.  He remarked the vast majority of New Mexican restaurants in Albuquerque go the chile powder route, which shocked me.  It also helps that the two main cooks learned from Tito himself and are still doing it the same way since the place opened it's doors in 1963.
 
Also ordered was the chicharrones,

which are crunchy little nuggets of deep fried pork, which pack a similar wallop to bacon.  Because of my interest, he also brought out a sample of the green chile. 

Although I typically prefer the green and this was excellent stuff, it didn't reach nearly the heights of the red.
 
Mary & Tito's won a James Beard award in 2010,

so this is no great undiscovered gem.  Still, it remains a humble place, true to their roots.  This was not only the best breakfast I had in 2016 and best meal of the year, I have no problem saying this is the best New Mexican restaurant I have ever had the pleasure to visit. 
 
BTW, I did come back later in the day and had a magnificent chile rellenos for lunch. 
 
Mary & Tito's
2711 4th Street NW
Albuquerque, NM
505-344-6266
 
Here is a video of Mary made by the James Beard Awards. 
post edited by buffetbuster - 2017/01/04 11:58:02
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Re: My Year in Roadfood - 2016 2017/01/04 11:56:07 (permalink)
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Now that the holiday is over, time to get back at this.....
 
Best Meal of the Year
 
 
 
Mary & Tito's won a James Beard award in 2010,

so this is no great undiscovered gem.  Still, it remains a humble place, true to their roots.  This was not only the best breakfast I had in 2016 and best meal of the year, I have no problem saying this is the best New Mexican restaurant I have ever had the pleasure to visit. 
 


 
Ditto-  My favorite along with the now defunct and sadly missed M and J Burrito Sanitary Tortilla Factory
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Re: My Year in Roadfood - 2016 2017/01/04 12:01:08 (permalink)
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Loved M & J!  A visit there was my first ever meal in New Mexico and I remember thinking, if all the food in this state is going to be like this....
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Re: My Year in Roadfood - 2016 2017/01/04 12:02:55 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby joerogo 2017/01/04 12:17:31
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Those are still processed Hatch chiles.  You need to get the real thing!  And yes, they are a royal pain in the a$$ because they come with sand on them.  So you need to wash them, dry them, grill them, remove the skins, remove the seeds.  But in the end it's well worth it!

 
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Re: My Year in Roadfood - 2016 2017/01/04 12:18:18 (permalink)
Cliff - as you returned the same day, did you get the same waiter?  Curious if he was still there and recognized you.  
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Re: My Year in Roadfood - 2016 2017/01/04 12:25:02 (permalink)
I was undecided when I was at Mary & Tito's, red or green?  Only one thing to do....BOTH!

The carne adovada stuffed sopapillia was fantastic. I can see why you gave this place top billing.   
 
Good call on breakfast, looks great. I was thinking about doing breakfast at the Frontier the next day, but, the Chicago Guy pointed me towards Pasqual's in Santa Fe. :) He was spot on!!!

You brought up good memories with this report, thanks.  When you move to NM, I'll come visit! 
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Re: My Year in Roadfood - 2016 2017/01/04 12:27:28 (permalink)
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I did not.  Did not speak to him.  He seemed to be working in the kitchen on the lunch shift.  I tried to get the same corner booth as in breakfast, because it had perfect natural light.  Instead, the waitress said that area was closed and took me into the back room.  Or as I like to call it, the gringo room.  Anytime you are out of sight of the staff, service is going to suffer.  After 15-20 minutes with no one approaching me, I stuck my head back into the main dining room and asked which young lady was waiting on me.  They both looked at each and said, "I thought you had him". 
 
After that was straightened out, service was excellent.
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Re: My Year in Roadfood - 2016 2017/01/04 12:31:10 (permalink)
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Wow!  Look at that!  It just doesn't get any better than that.
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Re: My Year in Roadfood - 2016 2017/01/04 12:48:54 (permalink)
I never thought of you as "gringo"...always been buffetbuster to me!  They need some teaching! 
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Re: My Year in Roadfood - 2016 2017/01/04 13:24:04 (permalink)
I forgot about the guitar!  Thanks!
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Re: My Year in Roadfood - 2016 2017/01/04 13:34:04 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby joerogo 2017/01/04 13:57:40
JoeRogo,
I see that there are 2 Wegmans near Pittston. Not sure if the PA Wegmans do this but here in Virginia there is a weekend hatch Chile event every year in September. You can get medium, hot and extra hot varieties and if you buy a 25lb box, they'll roast them for you. Start monitoring the events page starting in August.
https://www.wegmans.com/events.html
 
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Re: My Year in Roadfood - 2016 2017/01/04 14:36:57 (permalink)
I bought mine here.
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Re: My Year in Roadfood - 2016 2017/01/04 17:54:16 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby ChiTownDiner 2017/01/04 19:45:38
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I did not.  Did not speak to him.  He seemed to be working in the kitchen on the lunch shift.

Perhaps he saw you coming and requested an immediate transfer to kitchen duty...
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Re: My Year in Roadfood - 2016 2017/01/20 13:18:01 (permalink)
Sorry that this report has fallen behind.  When we got home from Charleston, I immediately came down with a bad case of whatever it is that is going around.  Almost three weeks later and I still can't shake it off completely.  Considering two co-workers ended up in the hospital with pneumonia, maybe I got off easy.
 
Anyway, WJ discussing San Diego eats in another thread made me think about one of my favorite dessert places of the year.  Baked Bear has 20 or so locations, mostly in California and Arizona.  What drew my attention was the great reviews for the ice cream donuts.  Sounds interesting.  So Johnny and I stopped in at the Pacific Beach location.  After seeing that the ice cream donut puts a large quantity of ice cream between two glazed donuts, frankly that sounds awful.  We have finally found a dessert so decadent that even I want no part of it.  Each one of those probably knocks six months off of your life.  However.....
 
the custom ice cream cookies sounded wonderful.  So, we indulged. 

Up front is Johnny's strawberry cheesecake ice cream, between a snickerdoodle and a peanut butter cookie.  In back is my choice, salted caramel fudge ice cream between a chocolate chip cookie and a red velvet cookie.  The ice cream was good, but the soft, chewy cookies tasted like they were freshly baked that morning.  Considering there are about a dozen different cookies and maybe even more ice cream flavors, the combinations are endless.
 
I realize that WJ won't be stopping in, but if you ever get a chance to visit a Baked Bear, it comes highly recommended! 
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Re: My Year in Roadfood - 2016 2017/01/20 13:58:45 (permalink)
buffetbuster,
 
If its lasted this long it sounds like my bout of bronchitis.
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Re: My Year in Roadfood - 2016 2017/01/20 14:34:22 (permalink)
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There were two other guys around here who missed an entire week with bronchitis.   I hope you are feeling better now.
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Re: My Year in Roadfood - 2016 2017/01/20 17:45:16 (permalink)
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There were two other guys around here who missed an entire week with bronchitis.   I hope you are feeling better now.


Oh, I am. It took forever, it seems. I'd never had it before. I guess antibiotics really work.
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Re: My Year in Roadfood - 2016 2017/01/20 19:22:02 (permalink)
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And Twinwillow, though he prefers Maple & Motor.
 

Maple and Motor is still good but lately, I've been really enjoying the burgers at
Off Site Kitchen at the Trinity Groves restaurant complex.
https://www.yelp.com/biz/off-site-kitchen-dallas-3
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Re: My Year in Roadfood - 2016 2017/01/24 19:58:43 (permalink)
Two hours of work lost tonight when my laptop shut itself down.  I am beyond frustrated.....
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