Here is a sandwich that I had for lunch a couple of months ago from my company's cafeteria. It is grilled kielbasa, sauerkraut, waffle fries and spice brown mustard on a club roll. I named it the Big Polish...it was delicious, but I felt so disgusting afterwards.
Dave Hausman, the prior owner of the famous Monroe Bagels and Deli (MBD), known for their delicious egg sandwiches, sold his deli a few years back and moved up north to Conway, NH, where he has opened up a new place, Big Dave's Bagels and Deli. His bagels are baked in house, crafts his own cream cheeses, and roasts his own turkey and roast beefs. Dave does not eff around when it comes to quality and refuses to take short cuts. Now I have yet to make my way up to NH to try it out, but Big Dave provided me with some pictures of some of his offerings. The food he produced in NY was unbelievable, so I can imagine it is the same up there. Below are a couple of pictures of what the big guy offers. If you ever find your self near Conway, NH, hug a tree and then head to Big Dave's Bagels and Deli.
Keary and I usually meet up for dinner about once a week. Rather than eating the usual Chinese, Pizza, or Falafel, we decided to try Smokey Joe's BBQ. Joe had it once and swore by it, so we decided to give it a shot.
It used to be just a BBQ restaurant, but it has recently become the Boathouse Restaurant upstairs, and Smokey Joe's downstairs. All of the food comes out of the same kitchen and the Boathouse menu has been expanded to include fish, burgers, salads, and daily specials.
For my dinner I went with a rack of baby back ribs. Unfortunately, they were out of corn bread for the night, so I went withwith a side of baked beans and corn stew. Both sides were very good, but the ribs were the reason we were there. They offer two types of ribs, Baby Back and Texas Style along with a variety of sides which include, in addition to the three already mentioned, spanish rice, veggies, garlic mashed potatoes, and collard greens. They bring you a plate of 13 dry rubbed ribs piled up with a light drizzle of their house made BBQ sauce. They have great smokey flavor and are tender. Not fall of the bone tender, but tender enough where you get to nibble at the bones for the remaining pits of pork. I alternated between eating them dry, dipped in the regular BBQ sauce, and dipped in the hot BBQ sauce. I prefer them because I want to taste the pork and not just sauce. After a while I would take the bones, dip them in save and knaw at it to get every last piece of meat as possible.
If you are ever in the area and want some good BBQ, head to Smokey Joe's.
"Let's get this out there right now...I condone neither drinking and driving, nor driving with no hands. I CERTAINLY don't condone doing both at the same time, but I had to last night in order to express my feelings about a gas station sausage, egg, & cheese on a biscuit that I had on the way home from drinking beers and playing wiffle ball with the boys from Jersey.
(NOTE: While I was drinking, I was totally fine to drive...I promise. I wasn't like one of those guys in the commercials who get pulled over and is sitting in about 4 feet of beer.)
On the way up Rte. 17 in Bergen County, you pass fast food place after fast food place for miles. I finally gave in at the last place on the highway, a Valero Food Mart. Now I'm not saying it was the best S.E.C. I've ever had, but it was darn tasty for a sandwich you buy at a place where people pull over to urinate. I feel that sandwiches like that are the perfect food after drinking as they have a great amount of grease, and for driving as it's not a particularly messy sandwich compared to other things you might get. Again, please, don't drink and drive.
Please take notice in the pictures of time and speed. The section of sandwich I'm holding was the same section that is in my mouth in picture #2. You'll see my eyes totally fixated on the road. Safety First!"
1 hand on the sandwich, 1 hand taking the picture. No hand on the wheel.
Here is my take on a Hawaiin dish called the Loco Moco which I saw on either the Travel Channel or Food Network. The Loco Moco consists of white rice, burger patty, and brown gravy. Since I did not have burger patties or brown gravy, I decided to make my own version called the Loco Chet. The Loco Chet is made up of a base layer of white rice with some Franks Red Hot. Then a layer of onions, canadian bacon, and dived cherry peppers cooked in a pan with some olive oil. That is then topped off with 2 sunny side up eggs. The creaminess of the egg yolks mixed with the fluffy white rice was an interesting and delicious combo. I will admit though, I let the eggs cook to long and the yold was not as runny as I would have liked.
The second landmark food stop during my weekend trip to Chicago was at Al's Italian Beef. I ordered the Al's combo, which was grilled sausage and beef on a 6" roll, dipped. After preparing the sandwich with dunk the entire sandwich in the beef drippings and juices. This resulted in a soggy, sloppy sandwich that was hard to eat. I felt like Kobayashi eating wet hot dog buns. Next time I would pass on the dip.
The sandwich was good, but sorry Chicago, Philly makes a much better steak sandwich.
Italian Beef, Sausage, Bits of Hot Giardiniera, and a dipped roll results in a messy sandwich.