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"2004 Where The Grease Meats the Road Tour"

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"2004 Where The Grease Meats the Road Tour"

Chuck | Aug 5, 2004 10:54 PM

Our first stop was in Tallahassee on the way to our final destination...Denver, Colorado. Tallahassee was not an easy town to research. I got a handle on this place doing a "Best of Tallahassee" web search. Eventually, our the breakfast meal, was a choice between Jim and Milt's and Jenny's Box Lunch.

We chose Jenny's Lunch Box as it was closer to I-10. Jenny was actually there! Sweet little thing with her baby working very hard. Hey, it's a tough business. She'd brought a garage and converted it - The good thing for her is that it's at a high traffic corner heading towards the Capital Building.

Our breakfast was ok...nothing special. The big turn off were the homefries. Frozen and deep fried. Why Jenny? So, if ever again in Tallahassee, I would try Jim and Milt's ..supposed to have good "Q" and biscuits.

Next stop was great! Pensacola and lunch at McGuire's Pub. Now, this happens to be a very, very well-known place. I lucked out and found it on the Internet. You have to check out their great website. They have their awards listed, the full menu...What a business!!

The place is located downtown so you don't have to go over the causeway where the construction was horrendous. Look for their big bus and huge parking lot. It is in a good area so don't worry. I cannot even imagine what this place would be like on St. Patrick's Day!

The place is huge. When you walk in, it is very dark and a experience in itself. Literally millions of single dollar bills afixed to the ceilings throughout the entire restaurant. Each dollar bill, signed and with the city where the person resides. It's wild. There's neon lighting (lots of green)everywhere and dark woods. A real bar atmosphere with plenty of them to sit at.

We ordered one of their 3/4 lb hand pattied fresh meat burgers made with the trimmings from their hand-cut steaks; they sell lots of steaks here. You can choose literally anything you want on your burger...I mean anything!! Tons of choices. All, except one, is $7.95. There's one for $100 with caviar..I am serious.

I encouraged my buddy to order the corned beef Ruben knowing this place did huge volume and their corned beef just had to be good. And, it was.

The food was upon us in minutes! How so? Well, all I can tell you was my vadilla onion burger with white cheddar cheese arrived as ordered...medium rare, juicy and with an excellent char coaled exterior...no griddle burger here.

And the Ruben? It was fantastic. Wonderful sauerkraut, great corned beef with just the right amount of fat, and swiss on seeded rye...A serious, serious sandwich.

After the meal, I went to the rest room...You have to hear this. I quickly glanced at the door (men's and women's side by side) and it said MEN...but right below in very small letters is an arrow pointing to the other door! Real cute.

Needless to say, I ended up in the ladies room! It never dawned on me that there were no urinals...I did my thing and I followed right behind a nice young lady on the way out! Fortunately, she never turned around and saw me.

When I got outside, I went to see that damm sign and sure enough, it was their little "joke." I got back to the table and mentioned it to the waitress;she said it happens all the time! So, beware, but do go to this place.

Incidently, their char coaled steaks looked great as well. Everything looked great...huge onion rings, too. No, the fries were not fresh, but they were good and made to order - steak fries. Yes, they take a few short cuts with the fries, but it was still great.

Next stop Biloxi, MS

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