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  1. I just got done drinking a Zywiec. It's a Polish beer I picked up while driving through Chicago. Not bad. Not bad at all. I learned after buying it that they make a porter too. Now I wish I'd tried that. A Polish porter.
  2. Diann Just as a side note, North Main is BYOB, so if you really want a great Texas BBQ experience, waltz in there with a 6 pack of Shiner Bock longnecks under your arm. Oh, and eat ribs. Lots and lots of ribs. They are delicious there.
  3. To make your trip really complete, you should have gone through Luling and then made a stop in Shiner. Last week while I made the same trip as you, Smitty's, Kreutz, and Blacks on one day, but then I tacked on Prause Market in La Grange and City Market in Luling the next day. I agree about the sausage. I don't care for it much either. Don't get me wrong, I'd order it again, but my mouth does not salivate over it like it does for the brisket that is served at those places. I really don't know how they do it. The brisket in the Austin area is like no other I've had. It's smokey, juicy, tender, flavorful...bordering on perfect. I'm beginning to suspect that most places here in Dallas take the top deckle and use that in thier chopped beef sandwiches, whicj is why the brisket doesn't even look the same up here. As far as rating them, I had it Smittys, City Market, Kreutz, Prause, and Blacks. Not that Blacks was bad by any means, just fifth best in the area. I was a little dissappointed in the ribs, which are what I prefer to eat when I eat BBQ. They used cracked pepper on them, and I just don't like the taste much of black pepper. But I will say, they were cooked really well. On the way back to Dallas, stop in West, TX and go to Nemecek Brothers. IMHO thier sausage is the best I've had in the state.
  4. Unfortunately, in my 15 years of living here in Dallas, I have tried a lot of the BBQ places in the DFW area. Thanks for assuming that I haven't though. I will admit to not having tried Rudys. I've been to Marshalls, Baby Back Shack, Andersons, Angelo's, Bakers Ribs (decent ribs), BBQ Barn, Big Daddy's, Bone Daddys, Bulls, Colters, Dicky's, Double Deuce (worst ever), Hickory House, Holy Smokes, Hutchins BBQ, North Main, Outlaws (pretty decent), Pappas, Peggy Sue's, Randy White's, Red Hot and Blue, Rib Rack, Rick's, Riscky's, Sammy Walkers (good sausage), Sammy's, Shady Oak, Smokestack, Smokey Joes, Smokin Tom's, Sonny Bryans, Soulman, Spring Creek, Porkies, and Clarks, to name a few. I'm not saying that the BBQ in the DFW area is bad, I'm saying that there are not a lot of places that I've been to that have been great. Not many places I walk out of saying, "I can't wait to get back there" Clarks was one, North Main, Smokey Joe's and Angelo's the others. Besides those four, it's been mostly, "eh, it's OK" We're the 7th largest market in the country. Shouldn't there be more than a handfull of GREAT BBQ places? And hey, if you know of some that I didn't list there, let me know. I'm always on the lookout for BBQ.
  5. I know what you mean. It's always amazed me about the lack of really really good BBQ in Dallas. I was down in the Austin area last week, and there was good BBQ everywhere. Dallas....none. Some people rave about Sonny Bryans, but I wouldn't feed that stuff to my dog. North Main is a winner. I went to a BBQ class a a couple of months ago that the owners of North Main were teaching up at Market Street. Super nice guys. The rub that they use is awesome. Clarks, in Tioga, is still good, but even that's gone downhill some since the owner passed away some years ago. Smokey Joes, on 35 near the intersection of 20, is pretty decent, although not in the best section of town.
  6. yesterday was: Goose Island IPA Hazed and Infused dry hopped ale (Rockies Brewing Company) Mojo IPA (Rockies Brewing Company) Pyramid IPA I picked up those last 3 when I was in Omaha last week. Went to a place called the Crescent Moon Ale House, which you should definitely check out if you find yourself in Omaha.
  7. I never said it was the best beer, just that I wanted some :) Reminds me of the good ol days, when I was younger and thinner. But, then again, I also load up on Stroh's bottles when I'm in Michigan, so what do I know? Thanks for the link. It was very helpful.
  8. During my junior year of college many many (16) years ago, I took a semester and attended school in Seville, Spain. The food, I can get here in the states, but the beer that I consumed by the bucketload in Seville was called Cruzcampo, and I have NEVER seen it in the United States. Does anyone know why it's so hard to find beers from Spain in the US? lack of interest? Surely it can't be from lack of quality.....I'd stack that Cruzcampo up against a Peroni any day of the week. I travel a lot with my job, so if anyone has seen it, let me know, I'll schedule a trip there.
  9. some form of cobbler. Peach, cherry, apple, etc. I'd also say banana pudding, but that doesn't keep well. I'll try to get a recipe for cobbler to you.
  10. must agree about Kelly's Eastide. Forgot about that one. I work about 2 blocks away from it. Really good upscale bar food, and the best happy hour in Plano. I also forgot to mention Celebration on Lovers in Dallas. Great fried chicken, plus the added bonus of being able to taste a lot of the different entrees on the menu for one price. I like the onion rings at Joe Willy's in Allen, fwiw.
  11. my wife and I have always been pretty fond of Kathleen's Art Cafe, especially A) we normally dine with our kids so money is now a factor and B) they opened a location here in Plano. Big portions, good food, good price, especially on Sundays when they have 2 for 1 entrees. Although I've never been, I've heard good things about Addison Cafe for French food. http://www.guidelive.com/portal/page?_page...AL&item_id=3066 for bbq, we travel to Smokey Joe's, near the intersection of 20 and 35E. oh, and I think that by far, the Tex-Mex place named El Paso, at the corner of Central and 15th street has the best chips and salsa in the world. BY FAR.
  12. Please excuse a somewhat naive question. I'm coming to Manhattan for the first time and after reading through all of your great posts, I've decided that I need to try a knish. Yonnah Schimmels will be my place to get them. Before reading this board, I'd never really heard of a knish, and for sure I've never seen one in person(consider it a sheltered life growing up in rural western Michigan and then moving to Dallas, not exactly the Jewish food capital). The question is this.........when are these things made? Are they made in the morning, and then served throughout the day, or are they made to be served fresh during the lunch hour? In some of your earlier posts people have mentioned the fact that a knish is ruined when taken and tossed into the microwave to warm. What would be my best plan of attack, what time, should I be able to go and get one fresh out of the oven with no nuking? Thanks in advance for your answers, and thanks a lot for all of the great, informative posts on this board.
  13. And, there are at least three solid actual butcher shops in the city. (Did you know that Grand Rapids is the second largest city in Michigan?) what are the three? when I go back to Michigan to visit dear ol mom, we normally go to Franks market on Fulton. Which ones am I missing?
  14. I saw Elton Brown on the Food Network talk about it once. I've never tried it, but here's how he described doing it http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/recipes/re...6_17372,00.html Remove any plastic wrapping or butcher's paper from the roast. Place the standing rib roast upright onto a half sheet pan fitted with a rack. The rack is essential for drainage. Place dry towels loosely on top of the roast. This will help to draw moisture away from the meat. Place into a refrigerator at approximately 50 to 60 percent humidity and between 34 and 38 degrees F. You can measure both with a refrigerator thermometer. Change the towels daily for 3 days.
  15. Hirsch's Meat Market in Plano normally has some, but I usually call first to make sure. Hirsch's 1929 W Parker #109 Plano TX, 75023 972/964-5593
  16. Well, take these recommendations with a grain of salt. Since the birth of my second child, the wife and I haven't been painting the town red, so new ones I'm not too sure of, but these were our faves before James III: I heartily second the Green Room. GREAT food, and a cool funky place. Ciudad on Oak Lawn. Monica Green's restaurant with Mexican food with a twist. Citizen on Oak Lawn. Pacific Rim cuisine. York St near the corner of Skillman and Lewis. This one has great food, but since you're dining with your boss, might be a little too intimate. If you want barbeque, I always go to Smokey Joe's. Not in the greatest section of town, it's off of 35 near Camp Wisdom (right before 35 meets 20) and there isn't a table in the place, you need to eat on the hood of your car, but man is the barbeque good, along with good buttermilk pie and sweet potato pie.
  17. I hear, but as of yet have not been able to eat, that Adairs Saloon in Dallas has a great burger.
  18. MSG, I just got back from Crystal Lake (about 15 miles south of Glen Lake) myself. What awful weather we had. I've been going up there for about 10 years and have always been amazed at the lack of good seafood there. You would think that they would just be reaping the bounty from Lake Michigan, and everywhere you'd look there would be restaurants serving perch, whitefish, coho, etc, but alas it is not to be. The sweet corn was to die for while I was there. I made sure the in-laws made some every night for dinner. Couldn't find any cherries though. Went to a place called Boons in Traverse and although I'd heard people rave about it, I found to be very average. here's a place in Beulah called Market Basket that has pretty good baked goods, and it's right next to The Cherry Hut, which is pretty much exactly like the place you mentioned in Glen Lake. Everything is devoted to the cherry. Hope you had fun up there. It sure is beautiful. jb
  19. First off, I'd like to thank all of the people that post on this board, who through their love of food, allowed me to know the places at which to eat during my trip to Pennsylvania last week. I was with a buddy to see the Tigers play a series against the Phils, so everything you see, divide by two, since we split everything so we could try more places. I'm a glutton, but not that much of a glutton. All cheesesteaks listed were eaten Whiz-with. We arrived in Philly on Monday, 5pm and decided to go right to the source Pat's King of Steaks: Great Cheesesteak. It was our first one in the city, and was one of the two best. Good bread, good onions, moist meat. Geno's: Probably the worst one we had while in the city. No flavor to the meat, onion were undercooked. Tony Luke's: Good cheesesteak. I got the roast pork sandwhich with spinach and provolone. The roast pork itself was very tasty, but I thought the spinach and provolone overpowered the flavor of the meat. Once I took that off of the sandwhich, it was great. And, of course, after I finished the sandwhich, I ate the spinach and provolone. Tuesday 11:30 am Kibitz in the City: Good pastrami sandwhich. Pricey, but good. noon: Yeungling at McGillins Ale House 12:45 DiNics Roast Pork: Great pork sanwhich. This time, I got it without the spinach. Juicy, flavorful, wonderful. My buddy got the roast beef, which was real good also. Not as good as the pork, but still very tasty. BTW, the sharp provolone that is served in Philly really has a lot of flavor. Rita's Water Ice: How do they get water to taste like that? If that was available here in Dallas, I'd probably never eat ice cream again. 8pm Schmitter: We were at the ballgame, so I'm sure the sandwhich wasn't as good as the original at McNally's, but I could definitely see that the sandwhich would have its merits. Didn't like the American cheese. Wednesday: 11:30am Sonny's Famous: Decent, but not spectacular cheesesteak. Onions were undercooked. Not very busy, even though we were there around noon. 2 pm Jim's Steaks: Along with Pat's, the best cheesesteak we had in Philadelphia. Moist, good meat, and onions cooked to the right point. 2:30 Lorenzo and Son's: Decent slice while walking South St. For $2, it's hard to complain. 3:30 Sarcone's Deli: I had the old fashioned italian sub. Best sub I've ever had. From the quality of the bread, to the flavor of the meats, to the way the oil, vinegar and herbs ehanced the flavor. Great sandwhich. 10pm Monk's: After the rainout, we went to Monk's. My buddy got the burger, and I a small pot of mussels. Great burger, good mussels, but the frites were too small. None of them were over an inch long, which made it difficult to dip them in the mayo that was provided. Good beer selection. Thursday: 9:30am Pat's King of Steaks: Had to get another one before we left town. After eating all through the city, we both agreed that it was the best. Jim's came in a close second. then we drove to Scranton and Old Forge 12:30 Texas Coney Island: This isn't the one listed on Holly's web site. This is the original one on Cedar Street, under the train tracks. A fine Texas weiner, and the atmospher can't be topped. 1pm Coney Island Lunch: This is the one of Holly's web site. Good Texas Weiner, but nowhere near the atmosphere. Different brand of weiner too. Good to compare. 7:30 pm Ghigirelli's Pizza in Old Forge. I've never in my life had pizza that tasted like this. We got a tray of white pizza and a tray of red pizza. The crust on the red was one of the best ever, and there are just not words to describe the white pizza. I've never seen anything like it. Never tasted anything like it. I don't know how I've lived 36 years without it. I bought two to go to bring back for the wife. Friday 10am Before going back home, we stopped in to Komensky's in Duryea for 10lbs of their smoked keilbasa. It's just wonderful. Best sausage in the world. I'm still trying to figure out what the luggage screeners were thinking when they saw 10lbs of keilbasa and 2 white pizzas go through the scanners. I hope next year the Tigers play in Pittsburgh, and we're able to sample the west side of the state. If it's anything like the east side, we're in for a treat. Thanks again to all of you, especially Holly. If you guys ever come to the Dallas area, I'll point you to the better barbeque places. Till next time, jb
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