me and the food around me. i like to eat, so listen up.
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
i've been fiendish for doughnuts lately. i can't remember where this urge has sprung from. i could be dealing with some heavy latent shit, you guys. Occasionally when i was a kid, my mom, my aunt emily, my sisters and i would usually hit up some old tired ass doughnut shop in the midtown/east memphis area. the shop of choice was usually howard's doughnuts on summer avenue near perkins/goodlett (can't remember...it's been too long). one of my favorite smells ever is a very old doughnut shop. the scent of the pre-indoor smoking ban still lingers there (good luck finding that smell in salt lake city) as do the old timers, who still get the same 2 glazed doughnuts and cup of coffee like they've been getting since 1954. i'm always on the lookout for places that make doughnuts the way the old style places in memphis do. i found one in salt lake city (sans cigarette smell) and, thank the maker, it isn't all hip and excellent to be seen getting doughnuts there. I FUCKING LOVE BANBURY CROSS. when you walk in the door hold your breath for like a second so the smell of the outside world doesn't mingle with the smells going on inside. cassie, bryan and i went there on sunday to try their doughnuts. i was quite satisfied. you folks should know me well enough by now to know that i didn't go straight for the fancy sprinkle-y doughnuts, or the ever so alluring bavarian cream ones. and get thee hence bear claws! no, i needed to know how good their plain glazed doughnuts were. it's like a cheese pizza. if a pizzeria sucks at making a cheese pizza, forget it. same with d-nut shops. if the glazed doughnuts aren't absolutely stellar, don't bother. benchmarks, people! so yeah, the very simple and glazed d-nuts are what i got on sunday. they were pretty perfect. very light, very fluffy, not too yeasty, and not too sugary. you have to be gentle with them, otherwise they'll end up getting smushed (smooshed? nah, smushed)), and i for one do not like my d-nuts smushed. i went back today with my partner in crime jennie, with every intention of trying a new menu item. and guess what they had? fucking blueberry cake d-nuts. before today, my favorite blueberry cake doughnut could be found at select krispy kreme outlets. now, banbury cross is where i will shell out my "hard" earned money for these fluffy creatures. no joking, it's been a very very long time since i've found a blueberry cake doughnut this good in a mom and pop shop. today was momentous, dudes. we saw a pack of homeschool kids in sweatpants come in too.
Sunday, January 29, 2012
i eat a lot of crappy food. i am lazy, too lazy to walk to the grocery store. i can imagine a few of you are getting your reprimand face on. i also eat some pretty good food now and again.
here's a small list of places and the food i've quite enjoyed:
rich's burgers: bbQ burger (with coleslaw) and mac and cheese burger. rich's has decent peach cobbler too. i've tasted their green chili burger, also way good. the cook who usually works is kind of a goober, but delightfully efficient.
market street grill/seafood joint on 1300e 400s: these dudes have pretty sweet deal for a quart of clam chowder and a loaf of sourdough for like 8 bones.
b & d burgers is usually my go-to when i'm at work. typical meal there: cheeseburger and zucchini fries (with ranch to dip. fuck you fry sauce.). i will argue in behalf of their gyro as one of, if not theee, best in town. greek souvlaki #1 is probably a tie, but only becuase their rice is better. how can you eat a gyro without that rice yall?
the fucking maverick by my house has rico's burritos for $5.
village inn: southwestern potato pancake: carnitas, avocado, chili verde, and scrambled eggs: doubt me not.
duh, pie hole.
also, big daddy's has gone up a notch in my book when the dude working one night upsized our pizza for free and gave me and some amigos free drinks. i think they may have changed owners? they also have alot of extraneous non-pizza related food on their menu now.
while deli on 9th has a decent reuben, mine is still better. (whoa, this gives me an idea)
blue lemon cafe's braised beef sandwich is impossibly good. everyone give props to chaz when they eat one.
cakewalk vegan bakery is the shit. anything i've ever eaten there was perfect. madison, the new broken spells drummer works there a few days a week, go in and say hi. turns out cakewalk is pretty great for wasting a few hours. suggestion for kelly: MAKE NOODLE CABOODLE.
dragon grill is still mediocre in my mind. people keep telling me i "do it wrong", but i shouldn't have to go out of my way to make a resturant's food good. that's their job, not mine!
7-11 hot dogs are still killer. i tried their egg salad sandwich the other day. fyi, it needs pickle relish to set it off.
i think i'm gonna grab a rico's burrito on the way to bryan'n'cassie's. bryan and i are finishing el topo today. toodles.
HOW COULD I HAVE FORGOTTEN:
l&l barbecue on 4th south. i got loco moco. it is very hard to fuck this dish up. plus, they have brisk raspbery iced tea on tap.