Friday, January 28, 2011

I'd Totally Eat That

My monthly issue of Southern Living Magazine arrived in my broken-door-country-road mailbox this week. And in true Farmchick fashion, I opened the pages and started reading from the back to the front. Why, you ask? Well, it's just this thing I have. I happen to think that some of the most interesting stuff is located in the back section of magazines and I find that I am rarely wrong. On the last page is an article written by Rick Bragg. In it he describes what his dream plate would look like for his last meal.


This had me thinking....not so much about my last meal, but about some of the best places I have ever eaten. So, let's get started. First I have to give a shout out to Cafe Du Monde. Located in New Orleans, they are famous for their beignets. In fact, that is the only food you will get there. A cup of cafe-au-lait and a plate of beignets is a fine way to start the day. Or, anytime of day for that matter. And don't wear black, whatever you do. You will have powdered sugar all over you.





Next Lynn's Paradise Cafe, comes to mind. Located in Louisville, Kentucky, they are well known for their mac-n-cheese, but it was really the fried green tomatoes that did it for me. And, the decor....oh, the decor. Shall I start with the annual Ugly Lamp Contest or the legs that hang from the walls? Or, maybe the tree in the middle of the dining room. As much a visual experience as a taste experience for sure. And no, I did not try to ride the horse sitting out in front of the restaurant. However, it is possible that my friend Southern Fried Momma snapped a pic of me sitting on a pig type statue......I am sure she no longer has that picture.



And now on to the big eats. Lambert's Cafe in Missouri is famous for their rolls. They are huge and if you want to eat one you must catch it. It doesn't matter if you are too young or feeble for that matter. You still have to catch it. I once watched the, "roll thrower", stand right next to an elderly gentlemen and lightly toss him a roll. Apparently handing a person a roll is a sin in this establishment. Oh, and I should also mention that a person comes around and dishes out free seconds of food. Seriously, it is more food than you can eat, but not more than you can enjoy.






So how about it dear readers? What are some of your favorite foods/food establishments? I would love to hear your responses. After all, sharing is what it is all about.





48 comments:

  1. I have eaten at all these restaurants and the food is wonderful. I think Lynn's Paradise Cafe has the best Country Fried Steak I have ever eaten.

    I also read from the back to the front. I think that means something, I just don't know what.

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  2. Ok this is probably going to sound gross to many readers but most any ethnic German restaurant in Milwaukee will do it for me. I do love my Wiener Schnitzel and sauerkraut. :)

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  3. I have never heard of beignets before until yesterday. I watched Paula Dean make them. Then I come here and you post about them. Too funny. Mexican food is my favorite of all, tho I love all kinds.

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  4. I've heard about those throwed rolls, it sounds fun!

    We don't eat out a lot, but when we do its always for Indian food at a little place near the university. Its the best, evah!

    Happy Friday~ ~Andrea~

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  5. We haven't eaten out for years, but early in our relationship, my husband and I frequented the Pink Poodle in Crescent, Iowa. They serve Prime Rib portions as big as your head! :)

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  6. What great places, Farmchick. I gotta go to Lynn's Paradise Cafe. It is all a guy could want.

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  7. I have such a hard time with this because it isn't just the food for me but the whole experince...the service, the surroundings and etc. ....for example a lunch in the forest of Mexico by a stream was not only good but memoriable but Taos in New York City wasn't bad either:)

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  8. I do love Lambert's as well. We ate there in Gulf Shores. If you do not leave there with a full belly, it is your own fault!

    My favorite place is Del Frisco's in Louisville. If you love steak, and I do, theirs is out of this world. It is served with a butter sauce over the top of. You do not even get a steak knife, only a butter knife (that shows confidence in the product!). We like to dress up and have a "date" night there.

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  9. I've not traveled enough to have a list, but if Pop were blogging, he could fill several pages with all the intersting places he has eaten. He worked for the Laborer's Union for many years and has traveled extensively,helping out when he can,with his cousin's business,plus a few years of truck driving,so he has come home with many stories of fabulous eating places he has visited.He could write a book on Where to Find Good Food.

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  10. It'd be a long drive, but I may have to check it out. I have some favorite haunts, too, but my favorite place is my friend Leah's dining room. She's a caterer, and she makes a burrito to die for.

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  11. You're the 2nd blogger I've seen this week posting about the Throwed Rolls. :)

    Let's see. Some of my favorite food experiences were a hot dog w/ onions off a cart in NYC (YUM!), an Italian restaurant in (of all places) Acapulco Mexico that served ravioli to die for, and the most spectacular strawberry/banana cream pie I've ever tasted at Mama's Daughters' Diner near downtown Dallas.

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  12. You might find this hard to believe but I don't like to eat in restaurants anymore. Give me a coffee house and I'm delighted. Favorite coffeehouses are independents: Allann Bros. in Corvallis, Oregon, Santa Fe Bakery in Santa Fe, N.M., and Berea Coffee and Tea in Berea, Ky. -- barbara

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  13. One of the better meals I've had of recent vintage was at Bistrot du Coin in Washington, DC. Also had fun last summer at the Downtown Grill & Brewery in Knoxville- we were on the balcony, which put us on eye-level with the televisions mounted on top of the bar downstairs.

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  14. I like starting at the back of the magazines also...I think i like my hubbies cooking better than any eating establishment I've ever been too....

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  15. I have never heard of these places or of throwed rolls, but its sounds yummy!
    Our favorite place to eat is a renovated warehouse that has been turned into a Brewpub, great food and brew that is brewed right downstairs!

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  16. Oh I am CRAVING some yummy Southern food now. My favorites all depend on my location. On the northern prairie where I live there is a lot of ethnic Scandinavian and German food. I love any food with cream and butter as main ingredients. A steak is best in North Dakota. I love Sanders in Grand Forks ND and the Bistro in Bismarck ND. But if I can see an ocean when I travel for work in California then I am all about seafood.
    Katie
    http://pinkepost.blogspot.com

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  17. I did a post on this in the fall, but I have to brag on them again here...Miss Patti's in Grand Rivers, Ky. is really, really good. They have the BEST, most tender, most tasty pork chops I've ever put in my mouth. And the pies? Oh, my. Bill's Boatsinker is to die for. Of course, after eating it you could probably sink a boat, hence the name.

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  18. LOVE Lamberts!!! I've been to that one! Just last spring break.
    I love the little Irish pub/restaurant in our nearby town... The shepherds pie is to die for!

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  19. They all sound wonderful...one of my favorites is Lucha Libre in San Diego...it is decorated with all things Mexican Wrestling...and the food...oh it is wonderful...my favorite...the Tap Out.

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  20. I ADORE fried green tomatoes. I have ordered them in restaurants but have NEVER found any that I love as much as my Mommas!

    There is a restaurant in Easton, OH called North Star. (Don't know if it is a chain or not-will have to look now) they serve fresh/organic everything...I ADORE their mushroom fritata and their black cherry preserves on a biscuit! OH HEAVEN!

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  21. James and I want to take a food road trip. Just driving from one place to another. Kinda like Alton Brown's feasting on asphalt. Only redneck.

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  22. Cafe Du Monde looks like my kind of place from the outside but I suspect that I may be happier with the food in the last two. It's a difficult choice between what looks like a theme park and somewhere to keep your head down with flying objects. Strangely enough, I think you have sold me the idea of Lynn's which could be Paradise !!

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  23. This was a great post! My most favorite place to eat was Food & Thought organic cafe and market in Naples, Florida. Loooved that place. It's still there, going stronger and I sure miss it. I used to stop there for coffee with my little jackie russell after our morning walk.

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  24. How interesting to see these places. With regard to eating, there's a Chech Restaurant close by, that provides food nearly as good as it is back home.

    Have to admit though, that we rarely eat at a restaurant, mostly due to the lack of time, as work lasts seven days a week and I am glad to spend calm and quiet times home with family.

    Please have you all a good weekend.

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  25. Nancy - I love the name of that restaurant!

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  26. Ribbons - I will have to try Del Friscos.

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  27. I think I saw that place that throws the rolls on TV one time, probably the food network. We don't really eat out much, just drive through a fast food place when we're running around and won't be home in time to cook.

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  28. Well I want some of that Mac n Cheese from Lynn's. When I lived in Phoenix my favorite place was called La Pinata. Here is Santa Fe I would have to say it would be El Farol, they have a Pork Tenderloin sandwich that will knock your socks off.

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  29. I absolutely LOVE fried green tomatoes and use the recipe off Souther Living's website to make them. Yummy! Rick Bragg's books are awesome.

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  30. And now you have made me hungry. What great places to eat!

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  31. I grew up in a suburb of New Orleans so now I'm totally craving Cafe du Monde!

    My two fav food experiences: one is the lobster dinner my husand and I had at Nunan's Lobster Shack in Kennebunkport, ME. second was on our wedding trip at One & Only Palmilla in Los Cabos, Mexico...my husband had just caught tons of fresh tuna out on the boat that day and brought it back for the restaurant at the hotel to make it for us in 4 different ways - they served it to us on the balacony overlooking the Sea of Cortez - best tuna ever.

    I also read magazines from back to front! You'd love Japanese magazines - this is they way they are.

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  32. You can bet I will try Lynn's Paradice Cafe the next time I visit my Aunt. It will be fun to have a place to take my cousins.
    I always read from the back of a magazine, but never a book.
    We have some great places to eat in Bakersfield, but none like you mentioned. Our claim to fame is Buck Owens Crystal Palace.

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  33. These sound - and look - like fascinating places. I recall a cafe in Monolithos, Rhodes, Greece run by an old man whose manner seemed a bit brusque but who also had the best pork souvlaki we had on the island.

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  34. Have to visit this place one day to confirm your views!!:) Have a wonderful weekend.

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  35. I would be hard pressed to find a restaurant any better than Lamberts. It is worth the wait! In our neck of the woods we have an excellent restaurant calle "The Pear Tree" in tiny Bevier, Mo. (North Central Mo). One of their specialities is fried lobster tails!

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  36. My number one is a place called 'Gagari', a hole-in-the-wall where they serve delicious 'torta di ceci' (chickpea flour pie), a local kind of fast food.

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  37. You're making me really hungry! :-)

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  38. Wow intresting post, as you know we have different names for things over the pond!!they all look well worth a visit. I like the throwing rolls one I think I would be good at that!!!
    Well I did well on my walk today cus the kind man at the coffee shop give me a sausage so thats my best place to go. It will be on my blog in the week ;)
    See Yea George xxx

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  39. oh, lamberts...how i miss you!

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  40. I have always wanted to eat at Lamberts!! I have heard so much about it through the years, and it sounds like my kind of place!!

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  41. LOVE knowing I am not the only one who reads magazines from back to front! That is AFTER I take out all the paper ads (perforated kind).

    LOVE Cafe Du Monde! There is a place just south of Dayton called Inlet Harbor, and we have always enjoyed an evening meal watching the boats and dolphins come in. Several places in Hilton Head, and The Beef house, located just off of I-74 near the Illinois/Indiana border on the Indiana side. TO DIE FOR rolls and any kind of beef you desire! Heaven!

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  42. Great post! I love Cafe Du Monde. It is a must if you are in New Orleans. I could eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I’ve heard of the last place recently in my friend Maura’s blog--Lilac Lane Cottage--and I know I would love it. Never been to the 2nd one but it sounds great and fun too. I guess one of my favorite must have restaurants would have to be Lola’s near West Hollywood--they have the best pink sauce lobster spaghetti on earth and big fresh baked cookies with milk for dessert. I LOVE IT!

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  43. That might be worth looking into. I have never had a meal at any of them.

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  44. Fore Street Portland, Maine. You won't be disappointed.

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  45. Sorry....but what are "beignets"?
    You seem to have FuN restaurants.....ours seem pale in comparison:))
    One of my favorites would have to be Peter's Drive-In....for their massive burgers, boxed fries, and infamous shakes.
    Not healthy- but so good:)

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  46. Wonderful! I have enjoyed the beignets Cafe Du Monde. I am planning a short get away to New Orleans this Spring... I promise not to wear black when enjoying beignets (smile).

    I can see that your favorite food is local. Your favorite food spots have a history and character too. Awesome.

    Velva

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  47. I've had Cafe du Monde's fabulous beignets! I think all the food in New Orleans is outstanding. We had an anniversary dinner at K Paul's Louisiana Kitchen on our anniversary one year.

    Twice a year NYC has a special "restaurant week" promotion and all participating restaurants have a three course prixe fixe 24.00 lunch and a 3 course $35.00 dinner menu. My husband and I love to try different Manhattan restaurants during the promotion and I've blogged about many of them under the label" restaurants/delis" I think Le Cirque was one of my favorites, and The Russian Tea Room a close second.

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  48. A couple of my favorite places to eat....hmmmm.
    In Charleston, SC, I always have to stop in at the Charleston Crab House. It's right on the water. Once while we were there we seen someone deliver fresh caught seafood. Pretty cool.
    Then in Murrel's Inlet, there's a restaurant called The Riverview, it's a small mom and pop restaurant that the locals frequent. They had the best steak I've ever eaten.

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