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Old 06-01-2019, 08:39 AM   #1
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Food? Where?

Seeing the Taylor Ham/Pork Roll topic reactivated got me thinking about food availability. One thing I miss is the food you can get in NJ and surrounding areas.

What I'd like to start here to break up the monotony of the aforementioned is:

"What food do you crave that you cannot find by you"?

Location: Sumner County, TN.....For me its:

- Pizza! Real honest to goodness pizza that is started out being tossed and spun like the old days...
Most pizza outside of franchise crap here in Northern TN is done by a machine. They put the dough in what sounds like a pile driver. First time I ordered a pie, I though I was under attack. The kid simply puts the dough under it and it pounds it into submission. Sad state of affairs. It barely comes out round. Ask for crispier crust, forget it. They leave it in longer and the top comes out dryer and brown.
So so far, unless we want to drive all the way to Nashville, we end up getting franchise pies.*
We do have real pizza makers here. A nice Italian family from Chicago but they don't make it either. So their sauces and topics are top notch but they serve it on flat bread. Not bad but still not a replacement for dough. Not that they can't. They say like others say, the dough comes out wrong and blame the water. I've heard that in many states.
Chicago, NY and NJ seem to be the main places for the best pizza.*
Solution: Get a couple of box trucks, send a bunch of day workers to NJ/NY, dip a couple dozen 55 gallon drums into the river, drive them back and make some pizza dough!

- Bagels! You don't have to be Jewish to love bagels with a nice 'smear'.... Only place that comes close is Panera. Bread. Not bad. But unlike NJ where you can always find decent bagels, there* are none around here. Some say, well there are no Jews around here. How dumb is an excuse.*
Solution: Unless its a water issue, open up a bunch of bagel/sandwich shops and serve bagels!

- Pork Roll/Taylor Ham: Not going in depth here. But have not found any around here yet. You'd think so with all the farm animals around.

What say you?*
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Old 06-01-2019, 08:48 AM   #2
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Being from Milwaukee I was raised on authentic, ethnic foods. Unfortunately, I went to Madison for college--and foolishly stayed.

If you come from the east going down Hwy 151 (which becomes East Washington Avenue) you can see all the neon signs for "fast food" in one passive gaze.

I actually miss real Chinese food...
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bhunted if you have a Blaze's pizza around you they pretty good pizza. I am with you on finding a good place. We have a family owned Italian restaurant in town that has good food, but I grew up in Illinois so I miss a true chicago style pizza.
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Mine would be a Gyro. I was in downtown NYC in 1981 and had my first try of one and I've been chasing that same taste since.

There's a few places around me that have them, but nothing like my first one in the Big Apple.
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Old 06-01-2019, 09:17 AM   #6
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Mine would be a Gyro.
That's the one commodity we do have in Madison--in fact, there used to be two brothers that had their shops right across the street from each other.

I remember that +3 foot "cylinder of meat" and the sandwich guy with a very sharp knife, slicing off razor thin strips, and then built you a sandwich you could not get your mouth around.
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In N Out Burgers double double with fries and a chocolate shake. I have to drive from Helena Montana to Salt Lake City Utah to get one. It took them about 20 years to get from southern California to Utah. I don't think I'll be alive by the time they make it to Montana.
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In N Out here in HELENA I'll go back home, get the trailer, set it up and stay there for about a week.
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Old 06-01-2019, 10:29 AM   #8
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Originally Posted by bhunted View Post
Seeing the Taylor Ham/Pork Roll topic reactivated got me thinking about food availability. One thing I miss is the food you can get in NJ and surrounding areas.

What I'd like to start here to break up the monotony of the aforementioned is:

"What food do you crave that you cannot find by you"?


- Pork Roll/Taylor Ham: Not going in depth here. But have not found any around here yet. You'd think so with all the farm animals around.

What say you?*
We have Taylor Pork Roll here in eastern NC, but only in packages of slices. In Baltimore, we could get it it rolls, like sausage and slice it ourselves.

The thing I can find, but not high quality is horseradish. I love spicy horseradish and everything I buy just tastes like shredded nothing in vinegar--no bite to it!
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Bigdog, I've long since given up "dangerous foods" which demonstrate how stupid men can get with their taste buds. I now season for flavor.

My favorite topping is Ken's Steak House Sweet Vidalia Onion (dressing).

If there is something better, why, President Trump kept it for himself...
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We have some local places in Chattanooga that are quite good, but if you find yourself in Nashville... Bella Napoli has been named best pizza in the state several times. I've never ate there but on one my my trips to Nashville I intend to.
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