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Doughboys: wow!

silence9 | Dec 5, 2005 11:41 AM

Hello there... Based on reviews here, we headed down to Doughboys this Sunday afternoon for the first time. As previously reported, parking was problematic but not overly daunting... As there were just two of us, the wife and I were able to snag a small two-top immediately; though there were a few larger parties waiting for tables, the overall waitlist vibe was mild compared to what we witnessed down the street at Toast. Yikes, Toast looks like a fine place to wait among fifty other hungry hipsters if you are crusing on ecstacy; otherwise, a vividly over-populated nightmare of Homeric proportions. Note to self: visit Toast when either my pants or my car seats upgrade to real leather... On to the chow at Doughboys: what a fantastic menu! It will take a year of Sundays to try all their items, from soups to pizzas to sandwiches to salads to entrees to baked goods and desserts. Our waiter was congenial and gave us ample time as newbies to make our selection. I choose the scrapple with dirty eggs, and the wife chose the pulled pork sandwich plate... First to mention potion size: HUGE. For me, this included a large, lightly fried puck of scrapple (grits and braised pork) contentedly sitting beside a larger mound of 'dirty' eggs (with carmelized onions and potatoes). Also on the plate sat a large 'corn cake' and a simply dressed mesclun salad. The corn cake was dense and infused with corny good nature; like cornbread sent to private school. The scrapple and eggs were just fine (breakfast served all day, btw), and was easily enough for two normal eaters. My wife's pulled pork sandwich was also fantastic: large, in charge, and unusual. About 3/4 pound of stringy/tender pork clumps (think carnitas, really) barely moistened with sauce (more mild/smoky sauce comes separate, in bottles) heaped into a large round of very tasty 'flatbread' ( the offspring of an amazonian pita and giant naan). Again, easily enough for two average mortals, so wife saved half for home. This is not down&dirty BBQ, but still fully recommended; its as good or better than most of us can make at home, exceptions to the rule excepted. What was really fantastic was the sided cole slaw that joins the pork party. This is a creamy slaw baptized into lemony redemption, kissed with the dewy citrus of its guardian angel! Best cole slaw I've EVER had, and would return for it alone... We also ordered a large and dense brownie and a huge red velvet mini cake to go. Both worthy acolytes admitted to the church of my righteous tummy... Man, there were awesome looking soups being slurped around us as well. For me, next time it will be the red flannel hash or the double toad in a hole... Doughboys needs no further accolades from me, it's doing just fine by its own merit. But do go, and often, if both quality and quantity are not mutually exclusive in your estimation :-)

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