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Name That Dish

kc girl | Jun 4, 2005 09:50 AM

The Best Roadside Dining thread from a few days ago garnered a response in which a dish was named. Chicken George.

What is Chicken George?

Also, what are some other names of dishes that are common or regionally common, but not necessarily known to everyone; like Joe's Special Scramble or Cottage Potatoes or Denver Omelette or Steak Diane or Peach Melba, Texas Toast, haricot vert (green beans). Something that a menu would carry or many can identify ingredients simply by the name of it?

If you have time (some can Google), could you please note the basic ingredients. And, if you know the origin of the dish or where one might find it today - that would be of great interest to me. I'm in California, USA, so enlighten me of many areas. Thanks.

Joe's Special Scramble >> scrambled eggs with ground meat, onions, and spinach. I think it was originally made with ground beef, but people have edited it to other ground meats like turkey or even chunks of sausage. This dish is on menus across the country, but the original recipe was made popular at Original Joe's in the Tenderloin District. I think the Tenderloin District is in the San Francisco area near Union Square. Does anyone have more info? The Daily Grill has it on their menu.

Cottage Fries >> does anyone not know this? like french fries, but a different shape. They are thick slices, round, from a small potatoe (not a sweet potato though, right?). Many restaurants (diners, breakfast places, steak houses, etc.) offer cottage fries instead of hash browns or french fries. I think it originated in American homes three or four generations ago? Need more info.

Denver Omelette >> Also, extremely common. An omelette filled with ham, diced white or Spanish onions, fresh green bell peppers. People often cheese to it. So popular, but who invented it?

Steak Diane >> Thin tenderloin [or ribeye?] steak sautéed with shallots, thyme, mustard, mushrooms and cream. Normally it would be prepared tableside by a Captain in a grand hotel dining room. History: Supposedly named after the Roman goddess, Diana or Diane. Diana was the Goddess of the Hunt and also Goddess of the Moon. Steak Diane was originally a way of serving venison. Is this link accurate? See, Because I also saw if referenced here? I last had this at a restaurant in Palm Springs, but don't recall the name of the restaurant.

Peach Melba >> The most famous of all peach recipes. It was created in 1893 at the Savoy Hotel in London by the famous chef Auguste Escoffier to celebrate diva Dame Nellie Melba’s visit to London. See recipe at Can someone offer up a restaurant that serves this dessert?

And, could someone please tell me what Chicken George is?

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