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Unquestionably The Absolute Best In America:


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Unquestionably The Absolute Best In America:

Joe H. | May 22, 2002 12:08 AM

French Fries: Dick's, Spokane, WA (McDonald's original
fries from '50's & '60's. Yes!)
Honorable mention: Arthur Bryant's,
Kansas City, MO (cooked in pure lard)
Thrasher's, Ocean City, MD (on the
Pizza: tie: Pepe's, New Haven,, CT
Sally's Apizza, New Haven, CT
White Pizza: Arcaro & Gemelli's, Old Forge, PA
Cake: Fresh coconut, K-Paul's, New Orleans, LA (A
serious contender for title of best American
dessert this is served over "Chantilly Whipped
Cream" laced with Courvoisier & Grand Marnier;
the "slice" is six inches thick, moist and heavy
with butter and coconut, cracked fresh for the
Pie: Johnny Ray's Cream Pies, Birmingham, ALA (better
than Emeril's Banana Cream)(Excellent chopped Q
BBQ: Pork: Skylight Inn, Ayden, NC (chopped)
Ardchibald's, Tuscaloosa, ALA (sliced)
Beef: Luling Market, Luling, TX
Clark's, Tioga, TX
(Hall of Fame: Original Kreuz Mkt, Lock-
hart, TX)
(Honorable Mention: Cooper's, Llano &
Louie Mueller, Taylor, TX)
Ribs: McClard's, Hot Springs, ARK (Tie)
Dreamland Drive Inn, Tuscaloosa, AL (Tie)
Lem's, Chicago, IL (Tie)
BBQ Sauce: Roadhouse of Des Plaines, IL. This thick,
textured unlike any other sauce makes even
Arthur Bryant's taste like orange vinegar.
Crab Cakes: Angelina's, Baltimore, MD
(Honorable Mention: Captain's Galley
Crisfield, MD)
Fried Chicken: Stroud's, Kansas City
Hamburger: 4 X 4 Animal Style at In 'n Out, CA, NV, AZ
Charcoal Pit, Wilmington, DE (1/2 lb)(tie)
Kincaid's, Ft. Worth, TX (tie)
Steak: Peter Luger, Brooklyn, NY
(Honorable Mention: Del Frisco's, Orlando-
NOT part of the Lone Star chain but almost
identical to the original from Dallas in the
Fried Clams: Bob's, Kittery, ME (tartar sauce in a tie
breaker over Woodman's of Essex, MA)
Ice Cream: Bart's, Northampton, MA
(Hall of Fame: Al Gelato, North Ave.,
Chicago in early '80's)
Ice Cream (From Store): Out Of A Flower. Tastes
legitimately homemade; priced as such
too @ $7.50 per pint)
Sundae: Graeter's Swiss Sundae, Cincinnati
Frozen Custard: Kopp's, Milwaukee, WI
(Honorable Mention: Carl's, Frede-
ricksburg, VA)
Tex-Mex: Original Ninfa's on Navigation Blvd., Houston
Cal-Mex: Taco Mesa, Costa Mesa, CA
Wine: Leonetti Merlot (year in and year out), WA
Submarine: Whitehouse Special, Atlantic City
Cheesesteak: Whitehouse, Atlantic City (Honorable
mention: Jim's, South St., Philadelphia)
Roast Beef Po Boy: Mother's, New Orleans
Italian Beef: Johnny's, Elmwood Park, IL
Beef on Weck: Schwabl's, Buffalo, NY
(extra hots)
Popcorn: Garrett, Chicago
Fisher's, Rehoboth Beach, DE
Ocean City, MD
Pickle: Guss' Pickles, New York City
Outside of America and best overall: Mrs.
Whyte's, Montreal, CANADA (Sour)
Potato Chips: Kitch'n Cook'd, Maui
Honorable Mention: Zapp's Cajun Craw-
tators, Metairie LA
Pancakes: Polly's, Sugar Hill, NH
Overall breakfast: Diner, Yountville, CA ("deceased")
Hottest Hot Sauce: Blair's Five O'Clock, NJ
Hot Pepper: Mama Lil's Hungarian Goat Peppers,
Seattle, WA
Hot Dog: Zab's (Red Hots), Rochester, NY
Best American Fast Food Restaurant: In 'n Out Burger
Cincinnati Chili: Camp Washington Chili
(With dessert at Graeter's)
Crabs: Jimmy Cantler's, Annapolis, MD
(Honorable Mention: Stoney's, Broome Island,MD
Lobster: Many including Twin Lights, Cape Elizabeth,
ME where you eat on picnic benches at the
edge of the Atlantic ocean.
Fried Shrimp: Herbie K's, Shreveport, LA
Oysters (any kind): Winchell's, Mobile, ALA
Cookie: Original David's Cookies, New York (from '70s)
Bread: Acme, Berkeley (Tie)
Bread Line (Wash., D. C.)(Tie)
Atlantic City Bakery (Sub rolls & dough only)
Drive In: Stewart's, because many of them haven't
changed in 60 years. Single best:
Huntington, WV where people come from 50
miles around and still CRUISE on Saturday
nights. American Graffiti is still alive!
Grocery Store (non gourmet): Wegman's, PA, NY
(honorable mention: Larry's Markets, (Seattle)
Chocolate: Hawaiian Vintage, Maui
Fudge: Bourbon Fudge, Monks of Gethsameni, KY
Overall Absolute Best American Food: Woodring's
Caramel Sauce sold in their stand at Pike Place
Market, Seattle. Unquestionably the most
fattening food available anywhere in America
today; also this handmade, hand stirred ultra
thick almost pure butter caramel sauce has a
flavor that speaks of county fairs and old time
ice cram parlors. Distinct, delicious and
perhaps the single best bite of any American
food today. Well over the top!
Overall Best Uniquely American Restaurant: Skylight
Inn, Ayden, NC. From the moment they open until
the moment they close one man spends the entire
day chopping whole hog bbq with two cleavers
over a wooden block, the same way it has been
done for almost 140 years. It tastes the
same today as it must have in 1865.
Overall Best American Beverage: Guernsey Milk. The richest of all milk. Served ice cold with Toll House cookies-the definitive American meal of childhood.

Personal: Best bite of anything that I have ever tasted in my life: my first bite of a Hot Shoppes Mighty Mo in 1954. The next day I started my first diet.

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