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Re: My Year in Roadfood - 2017 2017/12/28 15:55:26 (permalink)
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Because natural light is the best friend of anyone taking food photos, we are usually done eating and checked in at the hotel by 6:00pm.  But I have been known, like in Albuquerque recently, to go back out just to take photos of the neon.
 
That particular machaca had a thick cheese sauce and was absolutely delicious!  It is the dish that Lucy's Coffee Shop is best known for.  I just wish the photo had been better.
 
 
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Re: My Year in Roadfood - 2017 2017/12/28 16:20:44 (permalink)
Photo is fine!  Looks luscious!
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Re: My Year in Roadfood - 2017 2017/12/28 19:02:37 (permalink)
It all looks delicious!  Some of the items are rather mysterious, but I would have tried it all too!
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Re: My Year in Roadfood - 2017 2017/12/29 10:39:43 (permalink)
If you are going to set out a tip jar, why not make it at least a little bit amusing?
 
Here are some of the best tip jars from 2017:








 
Since we are headed out of town for the holiday weekend, this will be it until next week.  Happy New Year everyone!
post edited by buffetbuster - 2018/01/16 16:03:41
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Re: My Year in Roadfood - 2017 2017/12/29 11:24:14 (permalink)
I enjoying all of this immensely - even those "unusual" dishes.  Were any of them "disappointing" or surprisingly good?
 
BTW: wasn't the neon on the day you visited one of my all-time favorites?
 

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Re: My Year in Roadfood - 2017 2017/12/29 12:08:10 (permalink)
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In retrospect, I probably should have included it. 

No doubt Metro 29 Diner will eventually rank high on the best breakfast list.
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Re: My Year in Roadfood - 2017 2017/12/29 12:21:28 (permalink)
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Of the foods tried for the first time, the highlights were the shrimp corn dogs, along with the rib cut, harvest danish (which included apple butter) and the green lip mussels.  The big disappointments were the tater tot hot dish (way too dry) and the burnt ends toasted ravioli, which sounds glorious, but just did not work in real life. 
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Re: My Year in Roadfood - 2017 2017/12/29 12:51:17 (permalink)
Is a shrimp corn dog a large individual shrimp on a stick?  Several smaller shrimp?  A shrimp mousse formed around a stick?  Any way they're made is OK with me...
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Re: My Year in Roadfood - 2017 2017/12/29 13:08:07 (permalink)
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It was several large skewered shrimp. 

Like everything else at Amen Street, it was wonderful!
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Re: My Year in Roadfood - 2017 2017/12/29 13:11:47 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby ChiTownDiner 2017/12/29 19:18:04
Looking through the photos from the past year, I came across this one I took in late June of the departing flights monitor at Pittsburgh International Airport.

Why does One Jet Airlines have a flight departing Pittsburgh for Pittsburgh?  All I have to say is it better be on time!
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Re: My Year in Roadfood - 2017 2017/12/29 15:32:24 (permalink)
They probably have the seafood pig as one of the kosher meal options
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Re: My Year in Roadfood - 2017 2017/12/29 15:54:39 (permalink)
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MJ-
In retrospect, I probably should have included it. 

No doubt Metro 29 Diner will eventually rank high on the best breakfast list.


 
I forgot that you & Mariton went there for breakfast; next time try them for dinner:
 

 
Edit:  BTW, NoVa has two spectacular, colossal diners:  Metro 29 and Amphora's Diner Deluxe in Herndon:
 
 https://picasaweb.google....6YMKHbJcB08QoioIhwEwCg]https://www.google.com/maps/uv?hl=en&pb=!1s0x89b647f445045759:0x271fbd94712cda5b!2m22!2m2!1i80!2i80!3m1!2i20!16m16!1b1!2m2!1m1!1e1!2m2!1m1!1e3!2m2!1m1!1e5!2m2!1m1!1e4!2m2!1m1!1e6!3m1!7e115!4shttps://picasaweb.google....6YMKHbJcB08QoioIhwEwCg[/link] 
 
(Sorry, but the link was too big to insert - and like the link, Diner Deluxe is HUGE)!
 
We  Metro 29 and like Diner Deluxe very much.  Frankly, I am surprised that we don't have anything like them "down here" in Dallas.  Not for that reason alone, we are looking to return to NoVa within the next six months.
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Re: My Year in Roadfood - 2017 2017/12/29 20:00:20 (permalink)
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Of the foods tried for the first time, the highlights were the shrimp corn dogs, along with the rib cut, harvest danish (which included apple butter) and the green lip mussels.  The big disappointments were the tater tot hot dish (way too dry) and the burnt ends toasted ravioli, which sounds glorious, but just did not work in real life




Agree with that Cliff. We went on the way to KC and they didn't have it, but they promised they'd have it for the return trip, and we had high expectations since everything else there was wonderful.
 
It was a C+ at best.
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Re: My Year in Roadfood - 2017 2018/01/03 19:37:03 (permalink)
Another great year end review. Thank You for taking the time to share. And Congratulations on the wedding. 
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Re: My Year in Roadfood - 2017 2018/01/04 09:28:04 (permalink)
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C+ for those burnt ends toasted ravioli sounds about right.  It was one of those things that when you first see on the menu, you get over excited.  At least until they arrive at your table, cut into them and reality sets in.
 
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Always great to hear from you.  Much appreciated on both counts!
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Re: My Year in Roadfood - 2017 2018/01/04 09:47:45 (permalink)
Now that the year is over, I was able to add up the final numbers.  We made it to 28 states in 2017, which is the least amount in a single year since keeping track.  The biggest reason for this was due to my mother's health (three heart surgeries), since we spent most of the Spring and early Summer at home.  She is doing much better now and for that we are extremely grateful.
 
I also only added 59 new to me Roadfood restaurants in 2017, which is the first time it has ever dropped under 100.  
 
The good news is that with a large purchase made on my Southwest Airlines Visa card in November, we qualified for a Companion Pass for the first time.  That means that I designate one person as a companion (obviously, Mariton) and they fly for the cost of taxes only.  Which is only $11.50.  We wholly plan on taking advantage of this in 2018 and already have week long trips booked to the Gulf Coast (driving from New Orleans to Tampa) in February and New England in June.  
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Re: My Year in Roadfood - 2017 2018/01/04 10:08:19 (permalink)
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C+ for those burnt ends toasted ravioli sounds about right.  It was one of those things that when you first see on the menu, you get over excited.  At least until they arrive at your table, cut into them and reality sets in.

Or maybe you guys just aren't hipster enough to appreciate barbecue-Italian fusion cuisine...
 
The companion pass sounds like a great deal.  Is it good for all of 2018?
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Re: My Year in Roadfood - 2017 2018/01/04 10:16:12 (permalink)
MetroplexJim
 
Edit:  BTW, NoVa has two spectacular, colossal diners:  Metro 29 and Amphora's Diner Deluxe in Herndon:
 
 https://picasaweb.google....6YMKHbJcB08QoioIhwEwCg]https://www.google.com/maps/uv?hl=en&pb=!1s0x89b647f445045759:0x271fbd94712cda5b!2m22!2m2!1i80!2i80!3m1!2i20!16m16!1b1!2m2!1m1!1e1!2m2!1m1!1e3!2m2!1m1!1e5!2m2!1m1!1e4!2m2!1m1!1e6!3m1!7e115!4shttps://picasaweb.google....6YMKHbJcB08QoioIhwEwCg[/link] 
 
(Sorry, but the link was too big to insert - and like the link, Diner Deluxe is HUGE)!



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Re: My Year in Roadfood - 2017 2018/01/04 10:41:14 (permalink)
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C+ for those burnt ends toasted ravioli sounds about right.  It was one of those things that when you first see on the menu, you get over excited.  At least until they arrive at your table, cut into them and reality sets in.

Or maybe you guys just aren't hipster enough to appreciate barbecue-Italian fusion cuisine...
 
The companion pass sounds like a great deal.  Is it good for all of 2018?


Or maybe we are too hipster and barbecue-Italian cuisine is now passe?
 
Yes, it is good for all of 2018.  Like my waistline, this has the potential to get out of control.....
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Re: My Year in Roadfood - 2017 2018/01/04 20:22:18 (permalink)
I thought I was promised the companion half....after all, I was in Santa Fe also!
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Re: My Year in Roadfood - 2017 2018/01/05 13:23:43 (permalink)
Here are some of our favorite tourist attractions from 2017:
 
Alamo (San Antonio, TX)

 
Albert Einstein Memorial (Washington, DC)

 
Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum (Albuquerque, NM)

 
Antelope Island State Park (Syracuse, UT)


 
Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve (Lancaster, CA)

 
Arlington National Cemetery (Arlington, VA)


 
Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago, IL)

 
Balboa Park (San Diego, CA)


 
Basilica of St. Josephat (Milwaukee, WI)


 
Birmingham Botanical Gardens (Birmingham, AL)


 
Cabrillo National Monument (San Diego, CA)

 
Canal City Hakata (Fukuoka, Japan)



 
Cathedral of St. Paul (St. Paul, MN)

 
Chamizal National Monument (El Paso, TX)

 
Congaree National Park (Hopkins, SC)


 
Corn Palace (Mitchell, SD)


 
Craters of the Moon National Monument (Idaho)


 
Crow Collection of Asian Art (Dallas, TX)

 
Darwin Martin House (Buffalo, NY)

 
Dealey Plaza (Dallas, TX)

 
El Paso Missions Trail (El Paso, TX)



 
Falls Park (Sioux Falls, SD)

 
Flight 93 Memorial (Shanksville, PA)


 
Forestiere Underground Gardens (Fresno, CA)


 
Fort Pulaski National Monument (Savannah, GA)

 
Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio (Oak Park, IL)


 
Fukuoka Castle (Fukuoka, Japan)


 
Genbaku Dome (Hiroshima, Japan)


 
Getty Villa (Pacific Palisades, CA)



 
Griffith Observatory (Los Angeles, CA)

 
Hakata Port Tower (Fukuoka, Japan)

 
Hiroshima Castle (Hiroshima, Japan)



 
Hjemkomst Center (Moorhead, MN)


 
Hokoku-ji Temple (Kamakura, Japan)



 
Inwood Theater (Dallas, TX)


 
Jefferson Memorial (Washington, DC)


 
Jewel Box (St. Louis, MO)

 
John and Mabel Ringling Museum of Art (Sarasota, FL)




 
Kimo Theater (Albuquerque, NM)


 
Korean War Memorial (Washington, DC)

 
Kotoku-in (Kamakura, Japan)


 
Kushida-jinja Shrine (Fukuoka, Japan)


 
Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center (Sioux City, IA)


 
Lincoln Memorial (Washington, DC)


 
Living Treasures Animal Park (New Castle, PA)


 
Loretto Chapel (Santa Fe, NM)

 
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Los Angeles, CA)

 
Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum (Austin, TX)


 
Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park (Stonewall, TX)


 
Mall of America (Bloomington, MN)

 
Manassas National Battlefield Park (Manassas, VA)


 
Marine Corps War Memorial (Arlington, VA)

 
Middleton Place (Charleston, SC)


 
Mission San Luis Rey (Oceanside, CA)


 
Missouri Botanical Garden (St. Louis, MO)



 
Miyajima (Itsukushima Island, Japan)



 
Munsinger Gardens (St. Cloud, MN)


 
Nanzoin Temple (Sasaguri, Japan)



 
Nasher Sculpture Center (Dallas, TX)


 
National Museum of the American Indian (Washington, DC)


 
Nebraska State Capitol (Lincoln, NE)




 
Niagara Falls State Park (Niagara Falls, NY)

 
Ohori Park (Fukuoka, Japan)

 
Osaka Castle (Osaka, Japan)


 
Petersen House (Washington, DC)

 
Petroglyph National Monument (Albuquerque, NM)

 
Pioneer Plaza (Dallas, TX)

 
Pipestone National Monument (Pipestone, MN)


 
Queen Mary (Long Beach, CA)


 
Reunion Tower (Dallas, TX)



 
River of Lights (Albuquerque, NM)


 
Salvador Dali Museum (St. Petersburg, FL)


 
San Antonio River Walk (San Antonio, TX)


 
Sandia Peak Tramway (Albuquerque, NM)



 
Santa Monica Pier (Santa Monica, CA)


 
Sequioa and Kings Canyon National Parks (Three Rivers, CA)



 
Sergeant Floyd Monument (Sioux City, IA)

 
****ennoji Temple (Osaka, Japan)


 
Shoshone Falls (Twin Falls, ID)


 
Sloss Furnaces (Birmingham, AL)

 
South Carolina Aquarium (Charleston, SC)


 
South Carolina State House (Columbia, SC)


 
Spam Museum (Austin, MN)

 
Spoonbridge and Cherry (Minneapolis, MN)

 
Stockman House (Mason City, IA)

 
Tampa Bay History Center (Tampa, FL)

 
Texas State Capitol (Austin, TX)


 
Trick Art Museum (Yokohama, Japan)



 
Tsutenkaku (Osaka, Japan)


 
Two Lights State Park (Cape Elizabeth, ME)

 
University of Texas Tower (Austin, TX)


 
U.S. Space and Rocket Center (Huntsville, AL)


 
Utah State Capitol (Salt Lake City, UT)



 
Vulcan Park and Museum (Birmingham, AL)

 
Waterfront Park (Charleston, SC)


 
White Sands National Monument (New Mexico)


 
World's Largest Peace Pipe (Pipestone, MN)

 
Wyler Aerial Tramway (El Paso, TX)

 
Zoo Boise (Boise, ID)


 
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Re: My Year in Roadfood - 2017 2018/01/05 14:47:29 (permalink)
Here is LBJ saying his famous "Boys, I may not know much, but I know chicken sh*t from chicken salad."

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Re: My Year in Roadfood - 2017 2018/01/05 14:56:39 (permalink)
I was wondering why you posted this picture re: Dallas' Reunion Tower:
 

 
Then I remembered the somewhat controversial (& messy) "500' Armadillo Drop" that celebrates the arrival of the New Year down here in the Big D.
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Re: My Year in Roadfood - 2017 2018/01/05 15:20:04 (permalink)
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Great answer!  But on the day of our visit, the Dallas Zoo was there with cuddly animals.
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Re: My Year in Roadfood - 2017 2018/01/05 16:40:41 (permalink)
You sure do a lot of than eat in your travels.  28 states in one year?  That is very good.  I have been to all fifty but it took me a lot longer than one year.
 
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Re: My Year in Roadfood - 2017 2018/01/05 16:50:20 (permalink)
Wow. Great photos.....
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Re: My Year in Roadfood - 2017 2018/01/05 17:45:10 (permalink)
Buffetbuster - Great report and great photos!   Keep it coming!
 
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Re: My Year in Roadfood - 2017 2018/01/05 20:45:47 (permalink)
Fabulous!!!  Such wonderful places!  Nice seeing the Charleston Pineapple Fountain in action...it is frozen solid right now!
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Re: My Year in Roadfood - 2017 2018/01/05 22:11:06 (permalink)
Amazing stuff Cliff. Especially the photos from Idaho!
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Re: My Year in Roadfood - 2017 2018/01/06 09:32:01 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby nagle 2018/01/06 14:00:35
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Amazing stuff Cliff. Especially the photos from Idaho!



Quite a compliment from the CPP...Chief Picture Poster! 
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