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Worst Beer Ever?

Alan,

Vive la difference. I comment on various Chow pages and one thing I believe in is that a person's preference should be respected. I am not eating for you and you are not eating for me and unless our taste buds are hooked together, we should enjoy the fact that we have different opinions. I enjoyed your response because it was so simple and direct, but I still want to see the commercial that touts swamp water as the secret ingredient. Ideally it would take place in a southern Louisiana joint with Clifton Chenier, Jr, playing the squeeze box.

Best regards,

Kevin

Mar 14, 2010
Kdoh in Beer

Worst Beer Ever?

Rex,

It's still winter, so we have to have some anti-freeze. Unfortunately we have still not heard Bobby's brake fluid reviews, so we don't know whether to try something new or not. I live in Texas and Louisiana and I think the formulations are different here.

Mar 14, 2010
Kdoh in Beer

Worst Beer Ever?

Bobby,

You never said whether you preferred the brake fluid. If you did, what brand was it?

Mar 09, 2010
Kdoh in Beer

Worst Beer Ever?

Too many posts to read them all, but in skimming, I didn't see any votes for Dixie as worst beer. Now there's at least one.

I was amused to notice in one post a reference to one beer per six being skunked as a criterium for worst beer. Well, with Dixie, it's six for six. (To me skunked means sulfur dioxide odor and flavor).

With this consistency maybe maybe it's intended to be their styling-it's a regional thing. If Coors can claim pride in its mountain water, it's only fair that New Orleans's Dixie be able to take pride in its SWAMP WATER.

Mar 06, 2010
Kdoh in Beer

Irish Pub for dinner bet. Oakland and Oak Ridge ?

Correction: Voila! I just looked at their web site and the place looks just fine. Irish dishes on the menu, e.g. not only the usual CB&C, but also Bangers and Mash, Lamb, Irish Stew and CB&C Spring Rolls.

Enjoy

Mar 06, 2010
Kdoh in New Jersey

Irish Pub for dinner bet. Oakland and Oak Ridge ?

Prio,

I lived in the Oak Ridge area 45 years ago and there were no Irish Pubs anywhere in the area, but plenty of German places because that was the predominate ethnicity.

Your inquiry made me curious about whether anything has changed, so I googled restaurants in Oak Ridge, Newfoundland, Stockholm, Kinnelon. Butler, and Riverdale. Plenty of Italian; no Irish Pubs.

Lastly, I tried Pompton Lakes. Viola, Huzzah, etc.

Thatcher McGhee's
6 Wanaque Ave. at Laura St.
Pompton Lakes
973-839-3377
thatchermcghees.com

I don't know if they take reservations, but you might want to call ASAP if you think this will suit your needs. It's about equidistant for each of you, so it may work out well.

Hope this helps. Happy St. Paddy's Day.

Kdoh

Mar 06, 2010
Kdoh in New Jersey

Crawfish boil in New Jersey?

jrd,

You were the original responder, so we're glad you're back on. Roro is correct although they're made from, containerboard rather than cardboard(I'll explain the difference if anyone cares). A flat is a shallow box, so it's used for 4 six packs of cans as opposed to long necks. Its not unusual for a lot of the crawfish lovers I know to have a serving of two pounds of bugs plus a pound of potatoes and corn, etc. and a flat can accomodate that much whereas, obviously to all of us, no throwaway plate can.

Although you can't easily see it, flats have a thin water repellent coating to allow for cold storage, so they break down slowly to heat and moisture (I'm retired from paper manufacturing so I have a head full of trivia about this stuff).

Kevin

Mar 06, 2010
Kdoh in New Jersey

Crawfish boil in New Jersey?

T,

Thanks for the beer input.

Roro,

I forgot to mention about the great southrin tradition that the cook never has to get his or her own beer. It is brought to you without asking. One of the purposes of the beer flat is that after the cook has emptied the first one and the food is served, he can lie on his back with his flat on his stomach and eat his fill without worrying about getting up for the rest of the weekend.

Kevin

Mar 05, 2010
Kdoh in New Jersey

Crawfish boil in New Jersey?

Roro,

Glad you got back in on the thread. I'll bet you have enough great recipes to put out your own cookbook. Ever thought about it? Any input on the beer discussion ? I'll try to find the New Yorker article and report on who it was about. I also forgot to mention about having plenty of beer flats available, which requires emptying them.

As far as agreeing to disagree, that's part of what food discussions are about, don't you think, that some people don't appreciate. Unless our taste buds are wired together, and last I checked no one's are, thank goodness, I should respect each person's preferences You are eating for your enjoyment, not mine. and as far as I'm concerned, I have no business telling anyone what they should enjoy although some people we see on some threads want to tell us what to like, or in most cases what not to like (see the long Rutt's Hutt thread - very amusing in this regard).

I hope C_in_NJ gets back on so we can find out if he has fixed his mudbug jones.

Sunny and 63 today in Texarkana, Maybe we'll have a Spring this year instead of going right into Summer.

Welcome back and best regards.

Kdoh

Mar 05, 2010
Kdoh in New Jersey

Undici~Rumson last night.

RGR,

How do you make the links hot? I don't see a taskbar to work from.

Thanks,

Kdoh

Mar 04, 2010
Kdoh in New Jersey

Crawfish boil in New Jersey?

Dear Posters,

I don't know if anyone is checking this thread any longer, and I may be talking to myself, but here are some crawfish observations.

As a NJian who has spent most of my life in the Deep South, I've been to plenty of crawfish boils.

By far, the boil of choice is Zatarain's, which you can order from their website, zatarains.com There is no common agreement about liquid boil vs dry, but I've never heard of anyone who prefers liquid alone. At minimum, a combination is used.

If you enter New Jersey Crawfish Boils in the Chowhound Search box you will see this thread and one below it about doing your own boil. It contains advice about methods, recipes, and equipment. There's nothing magic about the equipment because all it's meant to do is boil the boil and separate the mudbugs in a basket from the corn, potatoes, etc. You can do this in your kitchen, but the pot has to have enough room for the veggies to boil. This thread also has sources for crawdads.

Here's where things might get interesting if Roro is checking in.

Cooking everything in the same boil means everything will taste the same, i.e. like the boil. This is really the low rung of creativity, IMHO - monotaste. The only difference outside of the taste of the crawdad is texture.

However, all is not lost. Just about any creole dish using shrimp can be prepared with crawfish. In fact Crawfish Etouffe is as well known as boiled. Other options include Gumbo and Crawfish Pie. Zatarain's has plenty of recipes. I would bet a Commander's Palace cookbook would also have some great ones.

One usually overlooked factor is that Crawfish is part of the greater Lobster family. There is no reason you can't serve it like Lobster, i.e. boiled in salted water and dipped in drawn butter (the tails are too small to split and broil). Serve with your favorite Lobster sides.

BTW, if you google Crawfish Shippers, you'll see dozen of suppliers in Louisiana.

Beer is the drink of choice for a boil, but to me, the spicier the boil, the more you should avoid premium beers - you can't taste them. Abita offers a good line of premiums, but there are now also a couple of hand crafting brewers in NOLA. I can't remember the names, but the New Yorker did an article on them within the last year. Check out the newyorker.com archives.

For the more creative dishes, Chardonnay or Sauv Blanc ought to work well. If the Etouffe is robust from a dark roux, try a Zinfandel if you like red.

I hope this revives the thread and provides stimulus for thought. Nothing was intended as criticism of anyone's post. I hope to hear from all of you. (pardon typos. I'm a two-fingered klutz typist).

Kdoh - Texarkana, TX, Monroe, LA

Mar 04, 2010
Kdoh in New Jersey

Great Hot Dogs at Rutt's Hut? Fuhgedaboudit!

J,

Your raised hand is acknowledged providing multiple fingers are involved. You have also earned the privilege of leaving your desk to go to the little boy's room.

Mar 03, 2010
Kdoh in New Jersey

Great Hot Dogs at Rutt's Hut? Fuhgedaboudit!

Food,

That's the disconnect. You don't often hear people complaining about other deep fried foods. Fried is fried if it's not left in the grease too long..

Let me get this straight. I take I-35 to Little Rock, I-40 to I-81 outside Asheville, I-81 to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, I-278 to I-287, I-287 to I-80, I-80 to US46, US 46 to S3, 6th exit on the right? I'll be there in four days.

Actually, it would be a lot cheaper to send hotdoglover a couple of bucks to buy a styrofoam cooler, some dry ice, some Thuman's deep fryers, some Bests and some old Star Ledgers for packing and have some shipped to Texas.

Back in the mid 80s when I lived in Mobile, I did this very thing with some fresh Gulf Shrimp that I sent to my family in Cedar Grove and they arrived in Jersey as fresh as when they left Mobile.

Mar 03, 2010
Kdoh in New Jersey

Great Hot Dogs at Rutt's Hut? Fuhgedaboudit!

hotdoglover,

Thanks for responding. Never heard of the Hot Grill. Didn't get my Driver's License until end of senior year at Benedict's (I was the youngest in my class), so if my Dad hadn't heard of a place and taken some interest in it, we wouldn't have gone because he was the driver.

Thanks for the info on the Texas Wiener. I would not have found that combination of toppings very appealing, so that explains why I've never had one.

One more POA, 11. If deep fried dogs are greasy, why isn't deep fried chicken? A bit of a disconnect here?

Mar 02, 2010
Kdoh in New Jersey

Great Hot Dogs at Rutt's Hut? Fuhgedaboudit!

Just found the Rutt's Hut discussion and thought I'd add my views. I was born in North Jersey and lived there until I went to college in 1964. My Dad took us to Rutt's since the 50's, but I've only been back a couple of times since, but nothing has changed to my perception.

Point of Amusement (POA) 1, The observations that Rutt's has a 70s/80s atmosphere is off by a number of decades. It hasn't changed since I first staeted going there in the fifties and my Dad said it hadn't changed that much since he was younger.

POA 2, Nostalgia affects patron's desires to eat there. I've never heard anyone say they they went there for any reason other than they liked the food. Nostalgia plays no part in my preference for having a Ripper there. I like their Rippers.

POA 3, It's rare to find Birch Beer on tap, but no one mentioned the cream soda - another good combination.

POA 4, Preferences. I think I notice something of a trend. Some preferences seem to be divided between boiled dogs and fried/grilled dogs. I'm definitely in the latter camp. I've had dirty water Sabrett's and in many states where I've lived - Northern New York, Arkansas, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and currently Texas, boiled is all you can get so I do my own at home and never eat a restaurant dog. To me, I will never boil a Brat, Kielbasa, Knockwurst or Italian Sausage, so I'm not going to boil a dog - a preference, of course. Although Nathan's is grilled, I find the garlic overwhelms everything else.

POA 5, As I was reading the posts the thought came to mind that I'd rather have a grilled dog off a roller grill than boiled, ans sure enough it came up.

POA 6, I remember the term Texas Wiener, but I don't know what it referred to. I live in Texarkana, TX and WE DON'T HAVE TEXAS WIENERS.

POA 7, Stewart's Root Beer stands didn't have a bad grilled dog, but no one fesses up to ever haven eaten one. I remember the one in North Arlington by the Passaic River bridge.

POA 8, Do you boil, fry or grill a $9/lb. Niman Ranch? I can get a good 1 lb, Steak for $9/lb. I think I'll boil my next Steak out of curiosity (Not).

POA 9, Rutt's has a very high approval rating. Discouraging people from trying it is going against odds I wouldn't take.

POA 10, This whole thread.

Mar 02, 2010
Kdoh in New Jersey