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Re: Our Year in Roadfood - 2018 2018/12/26 22:30:58 (permalink)
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What no shoo Fly pie?????


He had one in the lineup.


See it...just looks different from what we're used to in Amsh Country nLancaster,Pa.
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Re: Our Year in Roadfood - 2018 2018/12/26 22:33:51 (permalink)
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What no shoo Fly pie?????


He had one in the lineup.


I see it now...It looks a little different from what we usually see in Amish Country in Lancaster, Pa. Delicious looking, however!


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Re: Our Year in Roadfood - 2018 2018/12/27 07:24:28 (permalink)
lee, as someone who grew up in Lancaster County, that is a classic wet bottom shoo fly pie. The dry bottom is more common- especially at the tourist places.
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Re: Our Year in Roadfood - 2018 2018/12/27 07:43:23 (permalink)
Mmmmm, let's have some PIE!
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Re: Our Year in Roadfood - 2018 2018/12/27 07:44:25 (permalink)
We did not make it to Amish country here in PA in 2018 and as you can see, that shoo-fly pie is from Georgia.  It was more than a little odd to eat in a Amish-style restaurant that far South, but it felt very authentic and the food was delicious.
 
Thank you for the explanation brookquarry!
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Re: Our Year in Roadfood - 2018 2018/12/27 07:46:58 (permalink)
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WOW, just WOW!  Cliff, you have me speechless!
 

Thank you Mar and to everyone else for all the generous comments.
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Re: Our Year in Roadfood - 2018 2018/12/27 08:05:07 (permalink)
Pie, please!
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Re: Our Year in Roadfood - 2018 2018/12/27 08:06:08 (permalink)
buffetbuster - I will never forget the look on your face when you walked into Myrtle's for the 1st time...two walls of pie and a full display case!  You did yourself proud!  If my memory is correct, we put on quite a show as I had to wrestle with you to get you to leave....  
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Re: Our Year in Roadfood - 2018 2018/12/27 10:17:01 (permalink)
Is the pie ready yet?  I'm hungry.
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Re: Our Year in Roadfood - 2018 2018/12/27 10:22:54 (permalink)
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Is the pie ready yet?  I'm hungry.




i wouldn't even care if the oven weren't turned on....
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Re: Our Year in Roadfood - 2018 2018/12/27 14:19:44 (permalink)
I want "top ten" pie.  This is not "top ten"!!!
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Re: Our Year in Roadfood - 2018 2018/12/27 15:36:22 (permalink)
I'm getting a little concerned for you Metro.  During our visit to Emporium Pies in October, you proved you know your way around a pie shop.  But this is more the type of behavior I expect out of ChiTownDiner, not a distinguished gentleman as yourself!
 
 
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Re: Our Year in Roadfood - 2018 2018/12/27 15:52:16 (permalink)
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I'm getting a little concerned for you Metro.  During our visit to Emporium Pies in October, you proved you know your way around a pie shop.  But this is more the type of behavior I expect out of ChiTownDiner, not a distinguished gentleman as yourself!

 

 
Forgot my meds this morning. 
 
I'm feeling better now. 
 
Perhaps a trip to Emporium Pies will make me a bit more patient.
 
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Re: Our Year in Roadfood - 2018 2018/12/27 16:03:22 (permalink)
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lee, as someone who grew up in Lancaster County, that is a classic wet bottom shoo fly pie. The dry bottom is more common- especially at the tourist places.


Thanks for the explanation. While I've had both,I've had the dry bottom far more often...and we go there every few months, and I've tried them in so many places,farmers markets etc. Never met a shoo fly pie I didn't like!
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Re: Our Year in Roadfood - 2018 2018/12/27 16:48:10 (permalink)
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Perhaps a trip to Emporium Pies will make me a bit more patient.
 

Don't know if it would make me more patient, but a visit to Emporium Pies always makes me feel better!


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Re: Our Year in Roadfood - 2018 2018/12/27 18:13:03 (permalink)
Top Ten Pies of 2018
 
10. Donut Hole (Inlet Beach, FL)

Four separate trips to Florida, including a day in Key West and the best key lime pie we ate was from an unassuming donut shop in the Florida panhandle.  We originally stopped in for breakfast and to pick up a few donuts for the road, but when we noticed another diner near us at the counter raving about the key lime pie, we needed to find out for ourselves.  After eating several too sweet versions in the previous days, this pie had the perfect balance between sweet and tart.  The thin, crumbly graham cracker crust bottom made for an ideal crust.
 
9. A la Mode Pies (Seattle, WA)


The toasted coconut cream pie was well above average, but it was the marionberry hazelnut in an elegant lattice crust that made us swoon.  And what could be more Pacific Northwest than marionberry hazelnut?
 
8. Sting Ray's (Cape Charles, VA)

When the young lady brought the sweet potato pie to our table, something didn't look right.  After a few seconds, I asked her, where was the plum sauce?  She seemed surprised and asked, "Oh, you want the plum sauce?"  Come on now, who is going to say no to plum sauce?  When she came back, she said she brought me extra.  Now we're talking!  Virginia is sweet potato country and you won't find a better version than what they serve at this restaurant inside a gas station.
 
7. Litton's (Knoxville, TN)


In two visits to Litton's this year, we experienced both quality and quantity.  On our first visit with Paul and Roz, we ended up with five desserts for four people.  I like those odds!  Of course, most of them were beautiful layer cakes (which is a topic for another day), but Litton's puts out first rate pies, too.  The coconut cream pie was smooth and dreamy, the key lime a tart delight.
 
6. Apple Pan (Los Angeles, CA)

We were a week into our California vacation and I was getting concerned because we still hadn't visited the Apple Pan and were quickly running out of time.  While their burgers are just fine, I definitely did not want to miss out on one of the country's great banana cream pies.  A tall stack of fresh banana, a thin cookie crust and a top layer of made-in-house cream, this is a pie I dream about from 2500 miles away.  While we were dining at the counter, a woman came in to pick up six whole banana cream pies, explaining she is headed to a birthday party.  She told me, "The family goes crazy over these!"
 
5. Virginia Diner (Suffolk, VA)

Further proof that Virginia is one of the premier states for pie.
 
4. Baker Miller (Chicago, IL)

We spoke to one of the owners of Baker Miller after a great breakfast and enjoying this slice of pie.  He went into detail describing their commitment to using the absolute best ingredients (they attended a honey class in Rhode Island recently to better understand the best use) is amazing and you can taste it in everything they make.  Maybe, just maybe, the famous Chicago Pie Triangle should be a rectangle instead.
 
3. Emporium Pies (McKinney, TX)



We have long been fans of the Dallas location of Emporium Pies, but this was our first visit to the McKinney store.  Joined by that 'ol rascal MetroplexJim, we chose three different slices to even up the odds.  The Nutty Honey (middle photo) is a rich peanut butter cream topped with crunchy bits of honey.  And the Lord is the Pies, a tall, stacked apple pie, is always a crowd pleaser.  But the standout was the Drop Dead Gourdgeous, a smooth, spiced pumpkin filling inside a gingerbread crust.  If memory serves me correct, MJ finished it off with gusto. 
 
2. Hoosier Mama Pie Company (Chicago and Evanston, IL)




We were fortunate enough in 2018 to visit Hoosier Mama twice, once each to both locations. This place is so good that even though they have finished in my top 10 every year since ChiTownDiner first took us here, I think I have underrated them.  They just might be the best pie shop in the country.  We tried so many pies (the flavors shown are ginger custard, apple sour cherry with oats, pink peppercorn black forest and smore's) and they are across the board well thought out, perfectly executed and mouth wateringly delicious.  I have much more to write about Hoosier Mama but that will require a separate post later in the thread.
 
1. Freshie's Lobster Company (Salt Lake City, UT)

Not only did we get to be the first customers in the door at the new SLC location, they rewarded us with the best pie we had all year.  Yeah, we didn't see this one coming either.  Fresh, sweet blueberries inside a masterful, buttery crust, we knew we were in the presence of greatness from the very first bite.  I asked several times who made the pie and never got an answer.  
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Re: Our Year in Roadfood - 2018 2018/12/27 19:17:08 (permalink)
Cliff, the other day I met a man at the grocery who looked a heck of a lot like you. For a moment, I thought "Oh my gosh, this is Buffetbuster. I'm going to finally meet him.'" In a second, I realized he wasn't you and his wife definitely was not Mariton. He was friendly and I told him about you and the website. Just as he was leaving, he picked up a bakery box and said "Oh, no, I'm just picking up a PIE". Promise me you'll let me know if you and Mariton are ever coming down to San Marcos. I also want how it is that everyone else just gets older and older and Mariton just becomes more and more beautiful.
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Re: Our Year in Roadfood - 2018 2018/12/27 20:56:48 (permalink)
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You definitely made Mariton's day.  And we would love to meet you sometime.  No doubt we will be making trips to Austin and/or San Antonio at some point in 2019.
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Re: Our Year in Roadfood - 2018 2018/12/28 08:05:44 (permalink)
More random notes and stories from the past year...
 
* What is it with California elevators?  Last year we got stuck in an elevator for 15 minutes in our hotel in El Segundo.  It wasn't that big of a deal, but we were in there with a young family from Oklahoma returning from the Lakers game and the small kids were getting upset.
 
This year, it happened again at the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

We were only stuck for about ten minutes, but Mariton says it was at least a half hour.  She is starting to get leery every time we approach one now.
 
* Stan's Country Store and Restaurant in Columbia, TN has a ham hanging over a doorway that is nearly 80 years old. 

I'm thinking it should be ready any day now.  Would you try it?
 
* You know how at many restaurants when you place your order at the counter, they ask you your name, so they can call it out when the food is ready?  At Keys Fisheries in Marathon, FL, they apparently have different themes for this.  On the day of our visit, you gave them the name of a cartoon character instead.

 
* I am especially fond of places that don't take themselves too seriously.  We loved our visit to Indian Gardens Market in Sedona, AZ for many reasons, including the fact that they were handing out free high fives.

 
* One of the reasons we detoured to the small town of Payson, AZ was to go visit Jeri J's Indian Fry Bread.  It is a business on wheels, as she uses a converted school bus and usually can be found parked across the street from the casino.  Unfortunately, she was not parked there and while looking for it, we found the unforgettable school bus

sitting in the driveway of a nearby home.  After seeing this bus, now we really want to meet the fry bread lady.  The video of her making fry bread on her website is worthwhile.
 
* Who doesn't like a little bit of music with their dinner?  The Lindenhof is a German social club in Peoria, IL that offers a dinner every Friday night and the general public is welcome.  The food itself was ordinary, but we had a great time listening to the oompah band. 

Needless to say, the ChiTownDiner was in much demand as a dance partner for all the ladies.  It must have been the lederhosen.
 
* I am told than when photographing food, I get a very intense look on my face

and the tongue usually comes out.  Mariton took countless similar photos just to show me how silly I look.
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Re: Our Year in Roadfood - 2018 2018/12/28 08:23:40 (permalink)
While my dancing prowess in lederhosen is legendary, you're taking half the spots on my dance card was not my idea of an enjoyable dance-a-thon.  My toes hurt for days....
 
You neglected to mention your cartoon character of choice while visiting Keys Fisheries....inquiring minds want to know!
 
How would you like to be that 80 year old pig running around for all those years on 3 legs?  
 
I need more time to "digest" your pie offerings...may even consult with The Sultan if he ever surfaces again.  
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Re: Our Year in Roadfood - 2018 2018/12/28 09:08:22 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby nagle 2018/12/28 18:20:07
An Eternal Truth:
 

 
 
Therefore, there is no such thing as "TOO MUCH PIE"!
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Re: Our Year in Roadfood - 2018 2018/12/28 12:41:13 (permalink)
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After a quick plot, I am going to re-think the shape of The World Famous Chicago Pie Triangle....might go Rectangle, might be a surprise for your next visit.  I've been undercover scoping things out!  For now, #wfcpt still stands!  
 
Your assessment of HMPC is spot on.  Between the 2 locations, look at the DAILY rotating selections.  Between them, typically 15 different pies are represented....plus all the savory selections, scones, cookies, muffins, etc.  
 
Litton's looks awesome and I love the layering at The Apple Pan.  
 
I just wish I liked pie....
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Re: Our Year in Roadfood - 2018 2018/12/28 13:35:37 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby MetroplexJim 2018/12/29 11:04:15
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More random notes and stories from the past year...
 
* What is it with California elevators?  Last year we got stuck in an elevator for 15 minutes in our hotel in El Segundo.  It wasn't that big of a deal, but we were in there with a young family from Oklahoma returning from the Lakers game and the small kids were getting upset.
 
This year, it happened again at the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

We were only stuck for about ten minutes, but Mariton says it was at least a half hour.  She is starting to get leery every time we approach one now.
 
* Stan's Country Store and Restaurant in Columbia, TN has a ham hanging over a doorway that is nearly 80 years old. 

I'm thinking it should be ready any day now.  Would you try it?
 
* You know how at many restaurants when you place your order at the counter, they ask you your name, so they can call it out when the food is ready?  At Keys Fisheries in Marathon, FL, they apparently have different themes for this.  On the day of our visit, you gave them the name of a cartoon character instead.

 
* I am especially fond of places that don't take themselves too seriously.  We loved our visit to Indian Gardens Market in Sedona, AZ for many reasons, including the fact that they were handing out free high fives.

 
* One of the reasons we detoured to the small town of Payson, AZ was to go visit Jeri J's Indian Fry Bread.  It is a business on wheels, as she uses a converted school bus and usually can be found parked across the street from the casino.  Unfortunately, she was not parked there and while looking for it, we found the unforgettable school bus

sitting in the driveway of a nearby home.  After seeing this bus, now we really want to meet the fry bread lady.  The video of her making fry bread on her website is worthwhile.
 
* Who doesn't like a little bit of music with their dinner?  The Lindenhof is a German social club in Peoria, IL that offers a dinner every Friday night and the general public is welcome.  The food itself was ordinary, but we had a great time listening to the oompah band. 

Needless to say, the ChiTownDiner was in much demand as a dance partner for all the ladies.  It must have been the lederhosen.
 
* I am told than when photographing food, I get a very intense look on my face

and the tongue usually comes out.  Mariton took countless similar photos just to show me how silly I look.


BB is the Michael Jordan of  food photography...focused. Awesome so far...I wished I loved pie also.
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Re: Our Year in Roadfood - 2018 2018/12/28 16:03:37 (permalink)
Love that band!
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Re: Our Year in Roadfood - 2018 2018/12/29 07:27:40 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby ChiTownDiner 2018/12/29 14:15:08
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While my dancing prowess in lederhosen is legendary, you're taking half the spots on my dance card was not my idea of an enjoyable dance-a-thon.  My toes hurt for days....
 
You neglected to mention your cartoon character of choice while visiting Keys Fisheries....inquiring minds want to know!

At my current size, I might have three left feet!  And my cartoon character was Squidward from SpongeBob.
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Re: Our Year in Roadfood - 2018 2018/12/29 07:30:49 (permalink)
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After a quick plot, I am going to re-think the shape of The World Famous Chicago Pie Triangle....might go Rectangle, might be a surprise for your next visit.  I've been undercover scoping things out!  For now, #wfcpt still stands!    

 
I'm calling shenanigans on this.  Potentially delicious shenanigans, but shenanigans nevertheless!
 
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Re: Our Year in Roadfood - 2018 2018/12/29 07:36:08 (permalink)
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Love that band!


It really was delightful.  You could tell people were there just as much for the music as they were for the dinner.  


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Re: Our Year in Roadfood - 2018 2018/12/29 11:03:55 (permalink)
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* I am told than when photographing food, I get a very intense look on my face

and the tongue usually comes out.  Mariton took countless similar photos just to show me how silly I look.


 
BB is the Michael Jordan of  food photography...focused. Awesome so far...I wished I loved pie also.





 
Nice one, Wintahaba!  
It took me just a second:
 

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Re: Our Year in Roadfood - 2018 2018/12/31 03:03:58 (permalink)
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* You know how at many restaurants when you place your order at the counter, they ask you your name, so they can call it out when the food is ready?  At Keys Fisheries in Marathon, FL, the apparently have different themes for this.  On the day of our visit, you gave them the name of a cartoon character instead.

 

 
Paging CheeseWit - How could we answer anything but "Babba Booey?"
 
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Re: Our Year in Roadfood - 2018 2019/01/01 05:20:27 (permalink)
Happy New Year everyone!
 
Unfortunately, Mariton has not been feeling well since we have been in New Mexico, so we ended up cancelling our dinner reservations for last night.  But, that did give me time to download burger photos.
 
Hopefully, the Top Ten Burgers will get posted tomorrow, but here are some really good burgers that didn't make the list:
 
Apple Pan (Los Angeles, CA)

 
Brooks Sandwich House (Charlotte, NC)

 
Bud's Bar (Sedalia, CO)

 
Bun Huggers (Flagstaff, AZ)

 
Burgermaster (Bellevue, WA)

 
Cherry Cricket (Denver, CO

 
Company Burger (New Orleans, LA)

 
Crown Burgers (Salt Lake City, UT)

 
Cy's Drive-In (Colorado Springs, CO)

 
Dino's Bar (Nashville, TN)

 
Green Gables (Hudson, IL)

 
Greene's Hamburgers (Farmington, MI)

 
Hires Big H (Salt Lake City, UT)

 
The Igloo (Peru, IL)

 
Lion's Tap (Eden Prairie, MN)

 
Litton's (Knoxville, TN)

 
Matt's Bar (Minneapolis, MN)

 
Mazo's (Milwaukee, WI)

 
Morris Neals Handy Hamburgers (Cleburne, TX)

 
O' Connell's Pub (St. Louis, MO)

 
P. Terry's (Austin, TX)

 
Philipps Grocery (Holly Springs, MS)

 
Sid's (El Reno, OK)

 
The Spot (Carpinteria, CA)

 
Stanley's (Central Falls, RI)

 
The Stand (Phoenix, AZ)

 
Starlite Coney Island (Flint, MI)

 
Sunrise Café (Springfield, IL)

 
Tiny Diner (Minneapolis, MN)

 
Tony's Burgers (Cathedral City, CA)


 
Tucker's Onion Burgers (Oklahoma City, OK)

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