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Sunday
Jun272010

Pics from the past week

I've promised a couple of times to share a bunch of pics from the past week...so here they are!  Prepare for your tastebuds to be jealous.  This was one of the most interesting trips, food wise, that I've been on in a long time.  I hope you find these pictures interesting as well!

One more thing...I should mention that Michael and I met one of our good friends at Jake's Good Eats for dinner on Friday night.  It is in north Charlotte and has been featured on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives.  It really lived up to its name! (Also, Michael apologizes for the size of this post.  He's going to work on figuring out how to do a photo gallery in future posts.)

 

Cheese curds at 5-8 Club. Squeaky goodness!

The 5-8 Club JUICY LUCY. Notice the spelling. We'll get to the real JUCY LUCY in a few minutes...Sign outside the 5-8 Club. The inside was not as seedy as the outside.View on the street outside Zelo. The weather was fantastic!Butternut squash ravioli at Zelo. Very tasty!Budino molten chocolate lava cake. I'm not going to post the pic of how much I ate for fear of incriminating myself!Frisee and rocket salad mentioned in my post on June 23rd. Dish 1 of 5 (!!) at Bar LaGrassaBruschetta w/avocado and anchovies. Dish 2 of 5 at Bar LaGrassaSpaghetti carbonara with house cured pancetta. 3 of 5 at Bar LaGrassaBruschetta with eggplant and prosciutto. 4 of 5 at Bar LaGrassaTruffle cream cheese wontons wth a malt vinegar dipping sauce. This was the best part of the meal at Mission American Kitchen.Unlike Adam from Man v Food, I'm not afraid to pick a winner in the battle for Jucy Lucy supremacy. This JUCY LUCY from Matt's Bar is it.The side of Matt's Bar. The menu at Matt's. It's Matt's way or the highway here!The sign outside Matt's. Such a hole in the wall place. I LOVE IT!Fried green tomatoes at Jake's Good Eats in Charlotte. This place was on Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives and definitely lived up to its name.Michael's "All the Way" burger at Jake's. He had to use a fork because it was so messy!My fried bologna sandwich at Jake's. So good!We met our good friend Adam at Jake's for dinner. He ordered the pork chop, and it looked fantastic. He said it was really good. 

Friday
Jun252010

With my eyes closed

With my hands tied behind my back, hopping up and down on one leg and in a circle.  I would know Matt's Jucy Lucy anywhere!!!  Catch the spelling - it's important.  J-U-C-Y L-U-C-Y

Jenn and I went to Matt's Bar last night (at 9pm) for our dinner - the final installment of our taste-test in the taste-test battle of JLs.  Matt's is a take-it-or-leave-it kind of place.  There are only about six items on the menu that is posted over the grill.  You take it Matt's way or hit the highway.  And, I'll take it Matt's way any day!!  This Jucy Lucy won our taste buds over with the first bite!  The cheese was so melted that there wasn't even any cheese goo.  It was a molten liquid lava that ran down the length of the burger in light golden streams. But hey, we were fore-warned by the waitress.  "Take small mini bites because the cheese can burn".  It didn't burn; it was glorious!  And the grilled onions that had been grilled on the grill top where so many others have come before were scrumptious on the burger.  This Jucy Lucy was over the top!! 

Poor poor poor 5-8 club.  The restaurant is over commercialized - it looks more like an Applebee's inside while Matt's is a dark seedy bar where you want to sink into the booth and stay awhile.  And 5-8, poor thing, has over-commercialized its Juicy Lucy (check the spelling) with different options on the cheeses and ways to have the overall burger.  They need to get back to the roots of the Juicy Lucy - they need a 'take it or leave it' kinda attitude.