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WV and VA Drive on 64/81

There's a place called Fat Boy's Pork Palace on US 33 in Brandywine, WV. I discovered it on my road trip from Asheville, NC to Brooklyn. I've only had their pulled pork, cole slaw and coffee. The pulled pork is pretty sour from the heavy vinegar base, but tasty non the less. I also liked their cole slaw, which was crunchy, not too heavy and naturally sweet. Their coffee sucked, though. You'll also need some patience getting there from I-81 because of the twisting, climbing roads going through Monongahela National Forest and Shenandoah Mountain. A very beautiful drive, especially the top of Shenandoah, but a tad daunting. I should also advise you that Fatty's has no physical address, per se. They're on US 33, maybe twenty to thirty minutes west of Shenandoah Mountain's base and on the east bound side. Supposedly they have excellent pies as well. I hope this helps. Here is there phone number:(304) 249-7025

PS I was curious about your route and I saw that the i-64 intersects with US 220 North. You can take 220 to US 33 East and find it that way. It's a beautiful drive, but not too many food stops. I also noticed you won't be far from Roanoke. There's an interesting Korean restaurant in the Lamplighter Mall Shopping Center. I say "interesting" because I believe the head chef is a local redneck who married a beautiful lady originally from Korea. Who also showed him how to cook. The menu is small, I'm guessing it's to appeal to the local taste. They, but between the banchan and what menu items are served, it's as tasty as you'll find in K-Town Manhattan.

http://www.wonjukoreanrestaurant.com/

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Fat Boy's Pork Palace
, Brandywine, WV 26802

Feb 12, 2011
bigmackdaddy in Mid-Atlantic

Unusual food between Woolman rink and the Metropolitan Museum of Art?

Even though you're post is asking for dinner recs I'm going to suggest Schaller & Weber on the corner of E. 86th and 2nd Ave. Pick up some German style Landjaeger sausage sticks. They're small, tasty and make great walking around protein snacks.
http://www.schallerweber.com/

I would suggest going to the Little Brazil area (not the restaurant), W49th Street to W46th between 5th Ave and 6th Ave. But, I haven't been to a restaurant in the area for years, so I'm not sure if the prices are inexpensive. It's certainly ethnic, though. Does anyone have any recs?

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Schaller & Weber
1654 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10028

Little Brazil
15 W 46th St, New York, NY 10036

Feb 11, 2011
bigmackdaddy in Manhattan

cheese!

You might want to try Cowgirl Creamery MT. TAM. It's a very soft, if not liquid cheese that isn't too strong or mild. It has a very pleasant balance. www.cowgirlcreamery.com

Feb 11, 2011
bigmackdaddy in Cheese

Great coffee in Brooklyn

I have always figured that the coffee sucks because people don't know what they're doing. High-end coffee shops usually make it too strong and greasy spoons make it too weak. I have found Castillo De Juaga on Park Pl & Carlton makes a good variety, Cousin John's is good, not great. And 7th Avenue Donuts seems to be consistently good. Egg, in Williamsburg makes a great French press.I can certainly make a decent French press. Which places have the appropriate water where most of the places you hit gives you a great Cup O' Joe?

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Cousin John's
70 7th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Feb 11, 2011
bigmackdaddy in Outer Boroughs

lunch in howard beach

2nd New Park. What's your opinion on Vincent's and Lenny's in general? I haven't been to either of them in eons. But I do remember a ton of families dining there.

Feb 10, 2011
bigmackdaddy in Outer Boroughs

Must Have Condiment in Vehicle?

usually I keep ketchup, napkins and plastic-ware in the trunk of my car. But since I'm buying a new SUV and planning a heavy duty road-trip up to Quebec, the Maritimes and Saint Pierre and Miquelon, I intend to permanently install a 63 Qt EdgeStar refrigerator/freezer. I'm also throwing in a Lodge Hibachi. All of which should hold and go with my Cholula Chili Garlic Hot Sauce, Huy Fong - Sriracha Chili Sauce and Heinz Organic ketchup quite well.

Feb 10, 2011
bigmackdaddy in General Topics

Suggestions - Upper East Side

I found Wa Jeel to be very, very average. At the most, a mixed bag. Some dishes had good proteins while the accompanying sauce was bland, and visa versa. I'm with ScoopG, it's not a "have to be there" kind of place.

Feb 10, 2011
bigmackdaddy in Manhattan

Any hot new cheap food recommends?

Gray's Papaya has always been a very good quick fix for me. Really good grilled Sabrette's. There's one on W.72nd & Bwy, W. 37th & 8th Ave, and Avenue of the Americas (aka 6th Ave.) & W. 8th Street. New Wonton Garden on 56 Mott St. in Chinatown has some of the best beef stew and curry beef stew in the City. Being that staying in LIC, you're practically sitting next to the Three Roads to Great Food: Northern Blvd going into Chinatown & Koreatown/Flushing, 21st Street (north bound) going into Astoria for Greek and the Pulaski Bridge/McGuiness Blvd going into Greenpoint & Williamsburg for Polish, Spanish and a ton of "Hipster" joints. All along those roads there will be a very generous mix of inexpensive places which do take-out as a habit. New York is your oyster, buddy.

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Gray's Papaya
539 8th Ave, New York, NY 10018

Feb 10, 2011
bigmackdaddy in Manhattan

Driving along I-80

Agreed with Burghfeeder on the I-80 wasteland. You really have to drive & search hard, usually off-route to find anything. However, there is a place called White Haven Family Diner in White Haven, that is pretty good for what it is. An example would be their string bean and ham soup. All the ingredients probably come out of cans (except for the ham) but they made it work and work well. I also had a good plate of soft scrambled eggs and hash browns. Most importantly, they had very good coffee. Supposedly, their buffet is one of the best within 50 miles. You might want to check out Bloomsburg, PA. Bloomsburg being a huge college town, I can't imagine not being able to get something really decent within the area.

White Haven Family Diner
302 Main St
White Haven, PA 18661

Feb 10, 2011
bigmackdaddy in Pennsylvania

Am I the only Hound that doesn't get this trendy passion for offal and off cuts? (moved from Ontario board)

Yeah, this post had me hankering for Chinese stewed pig stomach, so I reheated some for breakfast. Wonderful stuff.

I actually may have found two places in NYC that will supply with the "discards". Dickson's Meats in Chelsea Market, and Wild Edibles in Grand Central Station. In Philadelphia I always bring back a half gallon of raw milk from Fair Food Farmstand. I will consider it a complete triumph once I get the famous tripe sandwich from the place in the Italian Market.

Feb 10, 2011
bigmackdaddy in General Topics

Am I the only Hound that doesn't get this trendy passion for offal and off cuts? (moved from Ontario board)

I think people are crazy for wasting a lot of the edible stuff such as offal and off-cuts. In many cases, IMO, they're tastier than the popular western cuts. Livers, heads, tongues, sweetbreads, feet, tails, brains, hearts, etc, from all species, delicious stuff. My only aversion is beef and calve liver. I will never get over the taste. I find it criminal that I have to pull nails and teeth just to find a store that sells a less-than handful of these delicious items.

Feb 10, 2011
bigmackdaddy in General Topics

Countertop Questions

I would say in principle, you need to be careful on who is supplying any type of stone counter-top, whether it's fabricated or natural, because of how they're treated with different chemical. Either as sealers, color enhancers, both and whatever else they might use it for to "fix". I would say that when you're satisfied with the contractor and/or material, you may want to get the granite honed or polished. You may have to use sealer once in awhile.

Feb 09, 2011
bigmackdaddy in Cookware

Where to buy snow crabs in/near WV (store not restaurant)?

In regards to my first post: the place is called Centre Seafood Inc. And they're located at 206 Centre Street, not Lafayette like I thought. Which makes sense, since when I was on Lafayette earlier today I thought DOT switched directions of street traffic on me. Anyway, they don't sell snow crab. They do however, if anyone is interested, sell live in lobster and dunganese in huge tanks, where there's plenty of room for crustacean scampering. They also LIVE Alaskan king crab, in season only, for $20+ a pound. The owner told me the season starts next month.

P.S. I also saw tons of frozen snow crab legs being sold on the south side of Canal (between Lafayette & Mott) at the seafood stores.

Feb 08, 2011
bigmackdaddy in Manhattan

Desperately seeking good smoked fish...

Occasionally, Brooklyn Larder (718-783-1250) gets smoked salmon from a local purveyor up in Hudson Valley. He smokes the salmon on premises and it is quite delicious. The Fairway is Red Hook has pretty good sable, smoked tuna as well some naturally hardwood smoked salmon (sans insta-cure).

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Bklyn Larder
228 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Feb 07, 2011
bigmackdaddy in Outer Boroughs

Top NYC Pastrami Honors....Who Knew?

Like I said, I've never been there, so I won't take away from them. I am however going to try them asap.

Feb 07, 2011
bigmackdaddy in Food Media & News

Top NYC Pastrami Honors....Who Knew?

I haven't been to Loeser's, but Mill Basin over Katz's? I'd put David's Brisket House over Mill Basin.

Feb 07, 2011
bigmackdaddy in Food Media & News

Looking for great Japanese food, not sushi

If you're willing to travel to Park Slope, and if a gentleman named Nakamachi is still in charge of the kitchen, go to Taro Sushi. Ask to speak to Sano, the owner, or Mayumi, the head waiteress, or Nakamachi himself. Tell them that you wish to have Japanese style dishes outside of the gyoza and shumai. I've had melt in your mouth pork belly, fried tofu in agedashi sauce, grilled yellowtail collar, fried eel bones, renkon-age and so on. It's really delicious stuff. Otherwise, since I see your post is on the Manhattan board, Hagi, is a great Japanese grill. They're on 152 W. 49th Street. I'd also lik to recommend Ise on W.56th Street, but I haven't been there in a few years. And when I went the while the sushi was average I thought their kitchen food, like bacon wrapped sea scallops and beef tongue yakitori was pretty good. So if anyone has been there recently, I'd be interested to know if the kitchen food is still good.

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Ise
58 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019

Feb 07, 2011
bigmackdaddy in Manhattan

Unusual cuisine in Midtown?

Hagi, on 152 West 49th Street. It's a Japanese sake bar and appetizer place. No sushi, but delicious pork belly yakitori and sauteed garlic sprouts.

Feb 07, 2011
bigmackdaddy in Manhattan

Sick of chocolates. What else to send for Valentine's? [moved from Boston board]

If you don't mind mail order then loose Organic Jasmine Tea (3rd Grade) from Ten Ren.

Feb 07, 2011
bigmackdaddy in General Topics

Brooklyn restaurants within walking distance of B'klyn. Bridge

Plenty of good Middle Eastern places on Atlantic Avenue between Court & Henry Streets. Bedouin Tent, Yemen Cafe, Tripoli....they're all within a half to 3/4's of a mile from Tillary St.

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Bedouin Tent
405 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Feb 06, 2011
bigmackdaddy in Outer Boroughs

Fish Livers and Other Bits

Thank you for the heads-up. I really never thought of it that way. Usually, I equated toxic flesh with the liver, such as fugu, but you make sense.

Feb 06, 2011
bigmackdaddy in Outer Boroughs

Appetizing in Brooklyn

Yeah I felt the same way about Fairway's bagels. But I had some recently and they were pretty good at the time. Maybe it's good day/bad day thing.

Feb 06, 2011
bigmackdaddy in Outer Boroughs

Appetizing in Brooklyn

You've been to B&H Kosher then?

Feb 05, 2011
bigmackdaddy in Outer Boroughs

Where to buy snow crabs in/near WV (store not restaurant)?

Isn't there a live seafood (Chinese) store on the east side of Lafayette Ave. a few blocks north of Canal? I forget the name and exact location, but I could swear they sell whole, live snow crabs and king crab.

Feb 05, 2011
bigmackdaddy in Manhattan

Fish Livers and Other Bits

I'm pretty much looking for a fish monger anywhere in NYC, who sells raw/fresh fish liver. I have come to love the stuff. Especially whole cod livers. Blue Moon is good for monkfish liver and some fish heads, but they won't get me other species. I'd also like to know how to cook said livers. I tried pan frying monkfish liver and ended up discovering alchemy.

Feb 05, 2011
bigmackdaddy in Outer Boroughs

A Question About EU Rules and If It Affects Culinary Culture

So I'm watching a repeat of No Reservations, Bourdain is in Turkey, and I watch an interesting part where his guide talks about the populace not wanting to join the EU because a lot of their traditional dishes and ingredients (?) will be banned. I then recalled, when I was a livery driver, a passenger from the Channel Islands telling me how he didn't want the UK to join for the exact reason. He rambled on about a specific dish consisting of a pork chop or ham steak, maybe, having in its center a cut of liver or foie gras, and how it was a traditional dish in Gurnsey. And if they joined, Spain would no longer allow that dish to be served. Or something along those lines. Why exactly are these types of rules allowed, much less enforced in EU countries? Does it not wipe out significant part of culture and history? Is this even true?

Feb 05, 2011
bigmackdaddy in Not About Food

Appetizing in Brooklyn

I should actually cover my bases a little on the bagel question. If you're throwing you shindig on a Sunday, you might want to consider driving to Midwood to B&H Kosher Bagel Hole, on 1431 Coney Island Avenue bet. J & K. They, by far, have some of the best tasting, right out of the oven, bagels. My only advice is to call ahead and ask i to make the bagels well done. This way you get the crispiness and the taste. I wouldn't buy their appetizers without tasting them first. Sometimes, items like their sable and smoked tuna can be terrific, sometimes a little below fair. If you want a Mexican take on a bagel, go to What's a Bagel, on 11112 Flatlands Avenue in the Flatlands section of Brooklyn. Those bagels are earthy tasting, crisp, rightly sized and almost have a sponge cake interior. Then, you can go to Fairway and pick up the rest. However, like I said in my first response, Fairway will not let you down. Not by a long shot.

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Kosher Bagel Hole
1431 Coney Island Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11230

Feb 05, 2011
bigmackdaddy in Outer Boroughs

Appetizing in Brooklyn

Driving to Trader Joe's, Sahadi's and the like isn't easy by a long shot. I challenge anyone to find a free & legal spot on Court St., the sides and Atlantic Avenue in the first six passes.

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Sahadi's
187 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Feb 05, 2011
bigmackdaddy in Outer Boroughs

What's the best thing to put ketchup on?

Doesn't McD's use Heinz?

Feb 05, 2011
bigmackdaddy in General Topics

What's the best thing to put ketchup on?

Mac N'Cheese, meatloaf, mashed potatoes on top of gravy, homemade thousand island, fried chicken, HOT DOGS, burgers, fries, fish sticks, cocktail sauce to dip oyster crackers or saltines. I like Heinz Organic best. Not because it's organic, but because they use sugar instead of syrup. At least for me, I can taste the difference. I'll also put hot sauce on most of the items listedas well. It makes a great Dynamic Duo.

Feb 05, 2011
bigmackdaddy in General Topics