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Re: Our Year in Roadfood - 2018 2018/12/23 11:34:42 (permalink)
Cliff, your reports are awesome as always. What a great read.
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Re: Our Year in Roadfood - 2018 2018/12/23 16:12:18 (permalink)
Well, we found the Cousins' Maine Lobster food truck and had a tasty lunch:  two Maine-style lobster rolls and a shared bowl of lobster bisque, "all" for $46. (not including the "suggested" $6.50 tip). 
 
Mrs. Metro said that it was much better - and meatier - than the Connecticut-style ones she usually gets at Sea Breeze.  She added their App to her i-Phone.
 
Evidently, they are a Shark Tank success story so perhaps a truck will soon come by in your burgh.
 

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Re: Our Year in Roadfood - 2018 2018/12/23 16:52:36 (permalink)

I didn't start this ... why address me? Harriet accused ALL my posts of being negative. I think I am entitled to a response. But she is silent so I accept her inability to respond and am done with it. 
So, Harriet. Cat still has your tongue. Just admit your exaggeration "ALL my posts [are] being negative." Be a big girl, and admit you were wrong.
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Re: Our Year in Roadfood - 2018 2018/12/24 09:03:19 (permalink)
For us, it seemed 2018 was the year of eating oysters.  Raw oysters on the half shell isn't really my thing, as I will only have or two, here and there.  But my wife is an absolute oyster eating machine.  During our week long trip in which we drove from New Orleans to Tampa, she ate 14 1/2 dozen all by herself.
 
While in Mobile, we stopped in Wintzell's in late afternoon and it turned out to be happy hour, with oysters half off.  20 minutes later, she had dispatched four dozen without even blinking. 

That is more oysters than I have eaten in my life!  One of these days I would like to enter her in an oyster eating contest, though the posing for selfies may slow her down...
 
She named the oysters at Wintzell's as her favorite  for the year, mentioning their sweetness and mouth feel.  Other favorites included Boss Oyster, Lynn's Quality Oysters and Acme Oyster House.
 
Obviously eating that many oysters gave us a great opportunity to catch shuckers in action:



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Re: Our Year in Roadfood - 2018 2018/12/24 09:06:47 (permalink)
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Well, we found the Cousins' Maine Lobster food truck and had a tasty lunch:  two Maine-style lobster rolls and a shared bowl of lobster bisque, "all" for $46. (not including the "suggested" $6.50 tip). 
 
Mrs. Metro said that it was much better - and meatier - than the Connecticut-style ones she usually gets at Sea Breeze.  She added their App to her i-Phone.
 
Evidently, they are a Shark Tank success story so perhaps a truck will soon come by in your burgh.
 



Glad to hear you had a successful lobster run today.  It is most definitely pricey, though.
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Re: Our Year in Roadfood - 2018 2018/12/24 09:15:17 (permalink)
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Well, we found the Cousins' Maine Lobster food truck and had a tasty lunch:  two Maine-style lobster rolls and a shared bowl of lobster bisque, "all" for $46. (not including the "suggested" $6.50 tip). 
 
Mrs. Metro said that it was much better - and meatier - than the Connecticut-style ones she usually gets at Sea Breeze.  She added their App to her i-Phone.
 
Evidently, they are a Shark Tank success story so perhaps a truck will soon come by in your burgh.
 



Glad to hear you had a successful lobster run today.  It is most definitely pricey, though.


No, expensive.Cashing in...!
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Re: Our Year in Roadfood - 2018 2018/12/24 10:06:14 (permalink)
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No, expensive. Cashing in...!



Indeed. 
 
And, I'd be lying if I pretended that my paying, in essence, $180.00/pound for that tasty treat did not diminish my enjoyment of it. 
 
For those prices I'd better be dining here, not wolfing it down, shivering in my car.  And, even as a Presbyterian, I was aghast at their chutzpah in "suggesting" a full-service 'tip' for simply handing us our order.  In fact, they had added it to our bill; we had to 'opt out' of being debited for it!
 
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Re: Our Year in Roadfood - 2018 2018/12/24 10:11:19 (permalink)
Go Mariton!!  Love those raw oysters!
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Re: Our Year in Roadfood - 2018 2018/12/24 11:51:24 (permalink)
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No, expensive. Cashing in...!



Indeed. 
 
And, I'd be lying if I pretended that my paying, in essence, $180.00/pound for that tasty treat did not diminish my enjoyment of it. 
 
For those prices I'd better be dining here, not wolfing it down, shivering in my car.  And, even as a Presbyterian, I was aghast at their chutzpah in "suggesting" a full-service 'tip' for simply handing us our order.  In fact, they had added it to our bill; we had to 'opt out' of being debited for it!
 


Good for you. They're adding insult to injury!!
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Re: Our Year in Roadfood - 2018 2018/12/24 13:33:16 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby nagle 2018/12/24 17:07:52
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Although, it is clear that the Jollibee

likes me better.

"Hey pal, keep listening but don't let on that I'm talking; just keep smiling for the nice lady.  This guy to my left has been following me all day and is really creeping me out, and I need your help getting away from him; do you think your woman can pull your car up to the emergency exit back by the bathrooms?  We'll work our way back there and when I crash the door you throw a knee into his 'nads, and we'll make a break for it."




ScreamingChicken - for the record, Jollibee is coming to our house on Christmas Day!  He'll be the one in red tights, me in green!  
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Re: Our Year in Roadfood - 2018 2018/12/24 13:49:35 (permalink)
Another classic Roadfood restaurant we revisited in 2018 is La Fogata, a Mexican restaurant in Denver.  On my first visit in 2003, I ate here by myself.
 
What I remember about previous visit - My meal was for breakfast on the day I flew home.  They sat me at a big table in the dark bar area.
 
Pulling up to the exterior,

which looks more like an office building than a Mexican restaurant, it was obvious they had either moved or my previous visit was to their other location.
 
We started with something known on the menu as Mexican candy, a.k.a. fried jalapenos. 

Just looking at it, I knew I was in trouble.  I do like some heat, but this was way, way, way out of my league.  Even Mariton, who can eat hotter foods than anyone I have ever met, admitted this was a scorcher.  It does come with a side of ranch dressing, but that all but useless.  My mouth was on fire for the rest of the meal.
 
Her entrée was that favorite hangover cure, menudo,

which is only available on weekends.  She very much enjoyed it, mentioning how much tripe it held and that it had a good mouth feel.
 
You can order tostadas in quantities of one, two or three and I chose a single shredded chicken. 

It comes topped with lettuce, cheese and tomato and tasted very fresh.  Having a hard time deciding between several different entrees, the easy choice was a combination plate. 

This one featured a cheese enchilada, a chile relleno and a beef taco.  Everything was above average, but the best thing on the plate was the crispy skinned relleno.
 
Service was pleasant and attentive, but the place was practically empty, so it should have been.
 
Well above average Mexican food and we will definitely include La Fogata in our Denver rotation.  I would give it a seven.  But that Mexican candy should come with a warning label!
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Re: Our Year in Roadfood - 2018 2018/12/24 14:22:20 (permalink)
Apparently you loved La Fogata more than I did. I found it to be "ok" when I visited in April (most likely a one and done meal). Interestingly enough the restaurant was quite empty when I was there too. I had the Den Mex style "fried relleno's" and the Mexican Candy which I found more oily than spicy. What I learned on this trip is there is a regional Mexican style called Den Mex and it includes fried rellenos, fried tacos and Mexican hamburgers. I tried them all in three different Mexican restaurants throughout Denver.
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Re: Our Year in Roadfood - 2018 2018/12/24 14:33:43 (permalink)
WJ-
Thanks for chiming in your opinion on these places.
 
I wouldn't say I love the place, but it does seem like I like it more than you do.  Den-Mex?  That's interesting...
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Re: Our Year in Roadfood - 2018 2018/12/24 14:49:28 (permalink)
If you are going to have a tip jar, why not make it a little more fun and interesting?  My favorite tip jars from 2018:
 















 
And the award for weirdest tip jar goes to:

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Re: Our Year in Roadfood - 2018 2018/12/26 09:58:13 (permalink)
Time for another quiz...
 
Which very old school Roadfood restaurant

still has a bank of telephone booths in their dining room?  There are a lot of clues there for someone who has been here before.
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Re: Our Year in Roadfood - 2018 2018/12/26 11:29:24 (permalink)
Were you French Dipping in L.A., perhaps.
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Re: Our Year in Roadfood - 2018 2018/12/26 12:37:00 (permalink)
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Yes, you are correct sir!
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Re: Our Year in Roadfood - 2018 2018/12/26 12:48:55 (permalink)
Theres a swordfish on the wall at a beef/lamb place?
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Re: Our Year in Roadfood - 2018 2018/12/26 13:15:08 (permalink)
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Sawdust must be an effective bait.
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Re: Our Year in Roadfood - 2018 2018/12/26 15:58:42 (permalink)
Not expecting much when it comes to pie in New Mexico this weekend, so it is reasonably safe to go ahead with the best pies.  The top pie list will be posted tomorrow, but here are the places that still put out worthy pies, but didn't quite make it into the top 10.
 
Arbuckle Mountain Fried Pies -Oklahoma City, OK (Blackberry Fried Pie)

 
Arnold's Country Kitchen - Nashville, TN (Chocolate Chess Pie)

 
(Chess Meringue Pie)

 
Auten's - Aiken, SC (Peanut Butter Pie)

 
Beeline Café - Payson, AZ (Blackberry Pie)

 
(Peanut Butter Cream Pie)

 
Bozo's Hot Pit Bar-B-Que - Mason, TN (Caramel Pie)

 
Buttermilk Sky Pie Shop - Knoxville, TN (Coconut Cream Pie)

 
Cochon Butcher - New Orleans, LA (Salted Peanut Pie)

 
Cupboard Restaurant - Memphis, TN (Coconut Cream Pie)

 
D & J Café - Springfield, IL (Lemon Meringue Pie)

 
Dangerously Delicious Pies - Baltimore, MD (Pineapple Upside Down Pie)

 
Darrell's Place - Hamlin, IA (Banana Cream Pie)

 
Earl Abel's - San Antonio, TX (Coconut Cream Pie)

 
Farmers Market Restaurant - Fort Myers, FL (Coconut Cream Pie)

 
Half Shell Raw Bar - Key West, FL (Key Lime Pie)

 
Harold's Koffee House - Omaha, NE (Lemon Meringue Pie)

 
Homemade Ice Cream & Pie Kitchen - Louisville, KY (Blueberry Pie)

 
Hominy Grill - Charleston, SC (Buttermilk Pie)

 
Hungry Farmer - Cana, VA (Chocolate Meringue Pie)

 
Jubilee Café - Edwards, IL (Fresh Strawberry Pie)

 
(Raisin Cream Pie)

 
Ladies of the Dukes - New Castle, PA (Graham Cracker Pie)

 
Micklethwait Craft Meats - Austin, TX (Lemon Custard Pie)

 
Myrtle's Café and Pie Shop - Princeton, IL (Irish Banofee Pie)

 
(Blueberry Gooseberry Pie)

 
(Red Raspberry Cream Pie)

 
Philippe The Original - Los Angeles, CA (Bumbleberry Pie)

 
Pie - Seattle, WA (Northwest Blackberry Pie)

 
Pie Folks - Cordova, TN (Ape Wild Pie)

 
Pie Hole - Los Angeles, CA (Mexican Chocolate Pie)

 
(Apple Crumble Pie)

 
Red Rock Café - Sedona, AZ (Sunshine Lemon Pie)

 
Schmucker's - Toledo, OH (Snickers Pie)

 
Spring Creek Restaurant - Crawfordville, FL (Coconut Cream Pie)

 
Tiny Pies - Austin, TX (Peach Crumble Pie)

 
Two Fat Cats Bakery - South Portland, ME (Blueberry Pie)

 
Yoder's Deitsch Haus - Montezuma, GA (Shoo Fly Pie)

 
(Peanut Butter Cream Pie)

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Re: Our Year in Roadfood - 2018 2018/12/26 16:33:34 (permalink)
Thank you. My day doesn't seem quite as bad now.
 
I looked for the chess pie with meringue when I was at Arnold's a few years ago, but I don't think they had it that day. In any event, my banana pudding was so good that I didn't mind.
 
And now I feel bad about missing the D&J Cafe when I visited Springfield. That lemon-meringue looks fantastic!
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Re: Our Year in Roadfood - 2018 2018/12/26 16:36:49 (permalink)
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I hope your day gets better!
 
It doesn't seem possible to go wrong at Arnold's no matter what dessert you choose.  If I remember correctly, they did have some kind of spicy chess pie during the visit of the Roadfood Crawl group.  Did anybody try it?
 
 
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Re: Our Year in Roadfood - 2018 2018/12/26 16:42:42 (permalink)
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For us, it seemed 2018 was the year of eating oysters.  Raw oysters on the half shell isn't really my thing, as I will only have or two, here and there.  But my wife is an absolute oyster eating machine.  During our week long trip in which we drove from New Orleans to Tampa, she ate 14 1/2 dozen all by herself.
 
While in Mobile, we stopped in Wintzell's in late afternoon and it turned out to be happy hour, with oysters half off.  20 minutes later, she had dispatched four dozen without even blinking. 

That is more oysters than I have eaten in my life!  One of these days I would like to enter her in an oyster eating contest, though the posing for selfies may slow her down...
 
She named the oysters at Wintzell's as her favorite  for the year, mentioning their sweetness and mouth feel.  Other favorites included Boss Oyster, Lynn's Quality Oysters and Acme Oyster House.
 
Obviously eating that many oysters gave us a great opportunity to catch shuckers in action:





I have to agree with Mariton! The oysters at Wintzell's and Acme are top notch! They both sell the freshest and best Gulf oysters around. It's super easy to tuck into a few dozen, and Wintzell's happy hour pricing makes that even better! Two of my favourite oyster joints!
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Re: Our Year in Roadfood - 2018 2018/12/26 17:58:37 (permalink)
My wife absolutely despises oysters thanks to a bad childhood experience, and when I told her about Mariton eating 4 dozen in 20 minutes I think she turned a little green around the gills.
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Re: Our Year in Roadfood - 2018 2018/12/26 19:03:32 (permalink)
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I hope your day gets better!
 
It doesn't seem possible to go wrong at Arnold's no matter what dessert you choose.  If I remember correctly, they did have some kind of spicy chess pie during the visit of the Roadfood Crawl group.  Did anybody try it?
 
 


We tried that one. It was a spicy chocolate pie and a real winner.
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Re: Our Year in Roadfood - 2018 2018/12/26 19:08:00 (permalink)
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It doesn't seem possible to go wrong at Arnold's no matter what dessert you choose.  If I remember correctly, they did have some kind of spicy chess pie during the visit of the Roadfood Crawl group.  Did anybody try it?
 
 


Yes!  I did get a taste of it from someone (forgot who).  It was the chocolate chess pie with a little heat thrown in.  It was excellent, and made me wish I had a whole piece!
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Re: Our Year in Roadfood - 2018 2018/12/26 19:09:23 (permalink)
And speaking of PIES....if those are not in the top ten, I cannot imagine the rest!  Wow!  They are all gorgeous!
 
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Re: Our Year in Roadfood - 2018 2018/12/26 20:16:57 (permalink)
What no shoo Fly pie?????
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Re: Our Year in Roadfood - 2018 2018/12/26 22:01:52 (permalink)
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What no shoo Fly pie?????


He had one in the lineup.
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Re: Our Year in Roadfood - 2018 2018/12/26 22:13:48 (permalink)
WOW, just WOW!  Cliff, you have me speechless!
 
 
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