Chicharrónes at El Carnicero in Lakewood, OH
From dinner tonight.
Zucchini, parsley, basil, garlic, green onions, flour, and an egg.
Pillbury Grands Donuts
1. Open that weird tube they come in.
2. Cut out a circle in the middle.
3. Fry at 350.
4. Top with powdered sugar.
These have no business being as good as they are. But they’re amazing, and stupidly simple.
The cheese is goin’… Goin’ HAM in here!!!!!
Five Guys Burgers and Fries Review (by Daym Drops)
This dude is amazing. Enjoy.
French Fries with Chipotle-spiked Dijon Mustard
Tried out the deep fryer I got for Christmas (finally). Success.
Deep Fried Oreos at Sweet Mango in Berea, Ohio
One of my favorite food blogs dabbles into my guiltiest of guilty pleasures.
Fried Chicken and Waffles at Market Garden Brewery in the Ohio City neighborhood of Cleveland, Ohio
Boneless Fried Chicken, Creamed Collards, Sausage, and Spicy Honey; all on top of pillow-y Waffle
My cousin works at this place and does everything from being the first person you see when you walk in the door to being the guy that cleans your table after you leave. But all nepotism aside, I really liked this place. First, I love the “Market District” they’re building around the West Side Market. Tons of great restaurants and urban farms, as well as parks and a bunch of other ways to spend an afternoon.
The kitchen must have finally worked out some of the kinks people had complained about, because everything we had was delicious. I told the waitress that any time I see Chicken & Waffles on a menu, I have to get it. After completely devouring everything on my plate, I realized that I much preferred this to The Sugar Factory’s version. The collards added a savory bite that balanced out the sometimes overwhelming sweetness; with the only real problem being that the waffle got soggy by the end.
Still a really, really good brunch. I can’t wait to go back with some friends and have a few too many beers. This place is just awesome.
Fried Green Tomatoes with Smoked Tomato Aioli at DC Coast in Washington, DC
After walking off my amazing three-course lunch from Zola and resuming my residency in Dupont Circle for much of the afternoon, I went back to my brother’s apartment to hang out before getting ready for dinner. A few episodes of The Wire and twice as many beers later, we were ready to go.
Of course, it was Restaurant Week, so we were going to go crazy with another three-course meal (here’s their RW menu). The goal, in general, is to get the most expensive things, and get as much for your money as possible. But having just had a seafood and corn soup earlier, I went with the tomatoes for my appetizer.
Normally relegated to bar food, DC transformed this (mainly) Southern specialty into a restaurant quality appetizer. Anything fried is going to be delicious, but these tomatillos held their tartness, and went real well with the smoky roasted tomato aioli. It was a great start; but the place is called DC Coast, which means I was definitely ordering seafood, and they did not disappoint.
Chicken and Waffles from Sugar Factory in Paris Las Vegas
A little pricey, and a little over cooked. Still gotta love Chicken and Waffles, though.
My next post will be of the fondue we ordered for dessert.
Pulled Pork Egg Rolls at Bib’s Downtown in Winston-Salem, NC
Pulled Pork, Monterrey Jack Cheese, Semi-Sweet Sauce, served with a Sweet-and-Spicy Relish for dipping.
Before the egg rolls got brought out, I ate an entire plate of Brisket (this) and I was really full. But there was no stopping me once these came to the table.
(BBQ x Chinese Food) + Cheese = Amazing, for future reference.
Soft Shell Crab Sandwich at The Sting Ray Cafe in New Bern, North Carolina
Any seafood market, or any market for that matter, that doubles as a restaurant is going to have the freshest food; and therefore some of the best food. It’s always a good idea to find these places, no matter where you go… but especially when traveling on the coasts.