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Best Fried Catfish within 25 miles of Birmingham?

Have you ever been to Cajun Steamer?? Wondering if this place is worth a visit.

DT

1 day ago
Davwud in Central South

Birmingham - Royal Reds?

Have you ever been?? They're opening one in Huntsville. Just wondering if it's worthwhile or if it's Joe's Crab Shack revisited.

DT

1 day ago
Davwud in Central South

special occasion in North Alabama

G's Country Kitchen in Huntsville is great. I've been to but not tried a lot at Mama Annie's as well in Huntville.

Maybe 20 minutes from Fayetteville is Bell Buckle Cafe. Possibly the best M+3 I've been too. The oatmeal cake for dessert is worth the drive itself. Also, being 80 years old she may get a kick out of the old grist mill (Falls Mill) in Belvidere. Also in that area-ish.
There's Stan's Restaurant in Columbia (I65 @ X-46)
which I really love. They make everything in house except, inexplicably, the cream pies.

DT

1 day ago
Davwud in Central South

Cajun Steamer

Hey Hounds.

Mrs. Sippi just informed me there is a new restaurant named Cajun Steamer (http://cajunsteamer.com/) opening in Huntsville.
This will be their 5th restaurant so I'm hopeful that it'll be good but I wonder if this isn't just Joe's Crab Shack 2.0.

Anyone been??

DT

1 day ago
Davwud in Chains

Hamburger and mashed potatoes?

Ooooops

DT

Sep 27, 2014
Davwud in General Topics

Hamburger and mashed potatoes?

Ah. In the words of the late, great Johnny Carson...."I was not aware of that."

DT

Sep 27, 2014
Davwud in General Topics

Hamburger and mashed potatoes?

I can't imagine that sucked.

DT

Sep 27, 2014
Davwud in General Topics

Hit and miss experiences at 'another' Congee place - Mr. Congee, Richmond Hill

Well on the surface it seems legit. It was very creamy, slightly chewy and reminded me somewhat of oatmeal in taste. I'm guessing the bases being grains and all.
We went with the house special and all in all, we enjoyed it. I think Mrs. Sippi wanted to order the HS more to weird out her friends back home than because she thought she'd enjoy congealed pork blood. The reaction from many of her southern friends was priceless.

DT

Sep 27, 2014
Davwud in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Hamburger and mashed potatoes?

The mashed potatoes would squish out when you bit in.
Unless you made some sort of pancake out of them.

DT

Sep 27, 2014
Davwud in General Topics

Yonge and Lawrence Yonge and Eglinton

Stack Smmmoked. Great place with burgers, bbq and such. Make sure to leave room for the donuts.

DT

Sep 27, 2014
Davwud in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Huevos Rancheros 2014

The only place I've had it is at The Senator and wasn't overly impressed. The only other times I've had them is DIY.
I had a former fellow chowhounder and Mexican food expert give his thumbs up. At least, based on my description.

DT

Sep 27, 2014
Davwud in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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Atlantic Tastes in Toronto

TT. If you talk to Neil at The Fuzz Box he may accommodate you. I've talked to him before about making a daily special something I'd like. I haven't taken advantage yet but he did say that if I called him one day and asked if he could make ______ the special the next day, he'd do his best.
Short of that, he may be able to tip you off. But last I checked, he tweets out the daily special anyway.

DT

Sep 27, 2014
Davwud in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Hit and miss experiences at 'another' Congee place - Mr. Congee, Richmond Hill

Hey Charles

Have you ever been to Cambodian Noodle House in Nmkt?? If so, have you tried their congee?? It's my only experience and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I was just wondering how good it is.

Thanks

DT

Sep 27, 2014
Davwud in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Saving meat prepared for Souvlaki

Another option is #3 but portion it out before freezing. Then, on a night you want to eat healthier, make yourself a Greek salad and add shredded souvlaki. Just pull out a baggie with enough meat for your salads.

But I don't see you going wrong with any of your ideas.

DT

Sep 27, 2014
Davwud in Home Cooking

Why gluten free?

"Are a lot of people just declaring they are gluten sensitive/allergic for no apparent good reason?"
Remember in the 90's when everyone who didn't smoke was "allergic" to cigarette smoke??
Flavour of the day for the most part.

DT

Sep 27, 2014
Davwud in General Topics

Hamburger and mashed potatoes?

Ix.

I find it all the time in the south. It's called Hamburger steak and usually comes with a side of mashed.
The one that has the tots came with mashed. We swapped for something different.

Basically, you're looking at a de-constructed shepherds pie.

DT

5 Guys Burgers and Fries: Still don't see what the big deal is?

That isn't my point. I find CAB to be scam. I've had it plenty of times and find it to be incredibly average. Yet you don't pay average price for it.
I used to play hockey with a butcher and I asked him once if he'd pay a premium for CAB. He laughed and said "no."

DT

Sep 27, 2014
Davwud in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

New Pizza Joint at Donlands and Danforth - Big House Pizza

FWIW. I asked why it said "Big House Pizza 2.0" on a sign over the cash register. He said because he had renovated to make it better, more efficient, etc. Perhaps that's why you were having trouble.

DT

Sep 26, 2014
Davwud in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

New Pizza Joint at Donlands and Danforth - Big House Pizza

So I finally tired this place and was very pleasantly pleased. I had a pepperoni slice and it was very good. It's a touch on the salty side but I'd say good salty. Like chips or bacon is good salty. It may also mean that if you load up on salty toppings, it may become inedible. So buyer beware.

Outside of that I had one of those "oh my" moments when I noticed a large mixing bowl full or plum tomatoes. I asked if he (Jake, owner) made his own sauce and he said he makes "everything." So sauce, dough, pasta, etc. I doubt he cures his own meats or makes his own cheese but I'm sure you get the picture.

DT

Sep 26, 2014
Davwud in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Rachel's Corned Beef Brisket

You shouldn't have tossed it. It can still be re-purposed. Grind and make hash.

DT

Rachel's Corned Beef Brisket

An even better way to do it, and get yourself cheaters MSM is to debag it, season thoroughly with (salt free) Montreal Steak Spice, leave for a week and then smoke it.
Once that's done, I put it on a roasting rack, a bit of water in the bottom and seal with aluminum foil.
About 3 hours later is magnificent.

DT

5 Guys Burgers and Fries: Still don't see what the big deal is?

They could scrap using CAB and trim a couple bucks.

DT

Sep 26, 2014
Davwud in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

5 Guys Burgers and Fries: Still don't see what the big deal is?

You forgot one thing Mike and I think this is why they do it. It cooks faster. If you notice, they squish it with a contraption that has a guage on it. So every burger is the same thickness and thus, cooked quickly and the same. At least, that seems to be the idea. The still cook them far longer than they need to. Even to get to WD.

I love 5G fries. Easily the best of the FF chains up here. The trick is to rip the top 2/3 of the bag off right away. I also like the amount of fries because with the leftovers I use them for home fries the next morning.

As for Warlock's comment about under stalted. There's a easy fix for that. I's better to err on the side of under salted as you can't remove salt once it's there.
I've found the same from time to time at BP. That's why places have those little thingies on the tables.

I also disagree with the assessment that BK is better value. Not even close IMHO.

DT

Sep 26, 2014
Davwud in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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NEW Best Pizza in Toronto Thread

Not sure I'd vote it "Best" but I had a slice for lunch today and thoroughly enjoyed it.

I will admit, it's on the salty side. Good salty I should add. I does however mean that if you're ordering a full pie you may want to watch the salty toppings. I had a straight pepperoni slice.

DT

Sep 26, 2014
Davwud in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

best pastas in Toronto, 2014

I wouldn't say I have one but I'll just interject something topical here; I grabbed a slice for lunch today at Big House Pizza and ended up in a conversation with the owner. He makes his own pasta on site.
Haven't tried it, just getting the word out.

DT

Sep 26, 2014
Davwud in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Leave the gun, take the cannoli...

As an honourary southerner, I understand why. The difference between good stone ground grits and instant grits is like the difference between eating fresh corn and newspaper.

DT

Moxie's

Been to the Newmarket location and it's worked for us. Nothing earth shattering but certainly a cut above in the chain restaurant genre.

DT

Holy Chuck... Priest has nothing on this place.

Except that you don't "have to."

DT

Sep 17, 2014
Davwud in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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2014 Best Butter Tart Discussion

Agreed on the chicken. Fabulous.

Will have to try the BT's next time.

DT

Sep 17, 2014
Davwud in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Red velvet cake at Costco?

I don't think I follow.

What it sounds like to me is the ones which you've more enjoyed seem to be made properly.

Is that correct??

As for your last part, yes, I understand that. I found when I made it, it seemed to be held together rather tenuously.

DT

Sep 12, 2014
Davwud in Chains