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Torpedo Time at The Chuck Box

September 22nd, 2014 Tweet Facebook Digg Stumble Reddit
Like a real grill.

Like a real grill.

After a failed attempt to visit a Detroit Coney-style restaurant in Phoenix, we made our way to The Chuck Box in Tempe. This was by no means a lesser choice because The Chuck Box is a local legend, just an unanticipated one. When we arrived, the place was nearly empty. Although being as early as we were this was not a surprise, yet there was still a smell char-grilling in the air and a ragtag group of guys looking to take an order. Continue Reading»


Burro-ing at La Fonda Del Sol

September 17th, 2014 Tweet Facebook Digg Stumble Reddit
A mighty burro.

A mighty burro.

When on a quest for more food in Phoenix/Scottsdale, we unsurprisingly found ourselves at another Mexican restaurant. This should not come as a surprise because nearly every restaurant in Phoenix is Mexican, but this was another classic: La Fonda Del Sol. The name means something or another about the sun, and once again I found myself face-to-face with burros instead of burritos. Continue Reading»


A Crusty Lunch at Grimaldi’s

September 15th, 2014 Tweet Facebook Digg Stumble Reddit
Nice and crusty.

Nice and crusty.

While Phoenix has Pizzeria Bianco, it isn’t exactly a city known for its pizza. This may be because pizza isn’t exactly what you crave on a super-hot day, yet Phoenix has managed to import Chicago-style deep dish through Oregano’s and New York style pizza with Grimaldi’s. Grimaldi’s does coal brick oven pizza and actually started out in New York so I was expecting it to be pretty good. Continue Reading»


Cheese Crisping at Tee Pee

September 10th, 2014 Tweet Facebook Digg Stumble Reddit
Umm so like a quesadilla.

Umm so like a quesadilla.

As one might expect, Phoenix is known for having some delicious Mexican food. One of these supposedly good Mexican spots is Tee Pee, which opened in 1958 and predates approximately every resident of the state of Arizona. Having been around since forever, Tee Pee not only has a wide variety of Mexican food, but also some American mixed in. None of these is more American than the Cheese Crisp. Continue Reading»


The Dip at The Vig

September 8th, 2014 Tweet Facebook Digg Stumble Reddit
Take a dip.

Take a dip.

After a fruitless attempt to grab happy hour down in Scottsdale town, we consulted a nifty little thing called NoWaitApp and found out we could get seated immediately at The Vig in McCormick Ranch and made our way there. The Vig seemed to be a combination of trendy and sports bar-esque food that was right up my alley. So far up, in fact, that I had to consult the waitress before choosing what to order. Continue Reading»


A Meat Marathon at Texas de Brazil

September 2nd, 2014 Tweet Facebook Digg Stumble Reddit
Mmmmeat.

Mmmmeat.

After a summer spent in beautiful Western New York, it eventually came time to return to Pittsburgh to finish out my MBA. Per usual, the first thing I wanted was meat, and lots of it. Without Korean BBQ or Fogo de Chao (that I know of), I turned to Texas de Brazil for my all-you-can-meat fix. Having never been to one of these, I expected much the same as any churrascaria. What I found was, well, yeah…that. Continue Reading»


Getting Trendy at 189 Public House

August 26th, 2014 Tweet Facebook Digg Stumble Reddit
Big balls.

Big balls.

From the people that brought you Bar Bill in East Aurora, comes 189 Public House literally right next door (with the address of 189 Main Street). This Southern-influenced jazzy gastropub is a far cry from its neighbor, which might be ill-advised considering the perpetually long lines for tables at Bar Bill. On the other hand, it’s perfectly positioned to pick off those who don’t want to wait so long and want something a little bit different. Continue Reading»


A Unique Jerk at Curly’s

August 25th, 2014 Tweet Facebook Digg Stumble Reddit
Jamaican in Lackawanna?

Jamaican in Lackawanna?

Curly’s in Lackawanna is a restaurant and a banquet center. It’s also American and Caribbean. Oh, and they have grill food. It’s kind of confusing, but somehow it works. The tables have fancy tablecloths and likely because of this we got some delicious bread to start off our meal. I flipped through the pages from the grill food to the fancier banquet food and because of some things I heard, decided to go with the grill. Continue Reading»


Buffalo Garbage at Bill Gray’s

August 21st, 2014 Tweet Facebook Digg Stumble Reddit
Garbage on a plate.

Garbage on a plate.

While I was lucky enough to get out to Rochester to get a Garbage Plate from the source, my roommate was not so lucky. To make up for it, we went on a quest for a plate in Buffalo. This first took us to University Hots, which a friend of mine lauded but appeared to have relocated or changed names or something confusing like that. So, since this was late-afternoon and we weren’t in the typical drunken state of mind it takes to eat a Garbage Plate, we drove over to Bill Gray’s. Continue Reading»


Eating in at La Nova Pizza

August 20th, 2014 Tweet Facebook Digg Stumble Reddit
Buffalo-style.

Buffalo-style.

Chicken Wings (or Buffalo Wings to everyone else) can be found pretty much anywhere in Buffalo. And while pizza places around the country have tried to introduce wings as a side to pizza over the last few years, this is nothing new to La Nova Pizza. With a location in the city and another in Williamsville, we made our way to Williamsville to get all of their goods. Continue Reading»


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Strange Meats: Chiavetta’s Chicken

Kinda like a normal chicken.

Kinda like a normal chicken.

Throughout my time in Western New York, I saw a great many signs for “Chicken BBQ.” They would often appear on weekends as fundraisers for churches and the like. Eventually I learned they were using Chiavetta’s Marinade and while the chicken itself was ordinary, I found the existence and cultural phenomenon of Chiavetta’s strange enough to turn Chiavetta’s Chicken into a strange meat.

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