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The Pig Whole Hog BBQ ~ Chapel Hill N.C.

Barbecue, The South By July 27, 2020 Tags: , , , , , , No Comments

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The Vitals:
the spot: The Pig Whole Hog BBQ 630 Weaver Dairy Road Chapel Hill N.C. 27514
the eats: Pulled Pork, Pork Ribs, Pork Cheek, you get the idea 
the bucks: $10 a head if you’re doing meats by the pound
the full nelson: why folks from North Carolina love their bbq

The Pig Whole Hog BBQ is pretty much exactly that. A whole hog that has been rendered oh so tender with robust with flavor that can only come from whole hog cooking. And The Pig ain’t serving up your average swine either. Their pork is locally raised, hormone and antibiotic free. Plus you can get pulled pork sandwich for $6 bucks. My kinda spot.

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Brotherton’s Black Iron Barbecue ~ Pflugerville TX

Austin, Barbecue By July 21, 2020 Tags: , , , , , , 1 Comment

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The Vitals:
the spot: Brotherton’s Black Iron Barbecue 15608 Spring Hill Lane #105 Pflugerville TX 78660
the eats: Brisket by the pound, Brisket Bahn Mi, Boudin
the bucks: $13-$20 a person depending on whether you go sandwich or plate
the full nelson: Central Texas Craft BBQ in the northern environs of greater Austin 

Brotherton’s Black Iron Barbecue in someways is part of the Central Texas barbecue new wave that started with Franklin’s BBQ in 2009. Unlike Franklin’s, the line isn’t excessive and it’s not part of the East Austin BBQ lineup. In fact Brotherton’s technically isn’t even in Austin. It’s in Pflugerville, a town about 15 miles north of downtown Austin. But they got a brisket worth waiting in line for and they got the vision to put that brisket into a Bahn Mi. Yeah, Brotherton’s is a real find.

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Steak ‘n Shake vs Freddy’s

Burgers, Cheap Eats By July 18, 2020 Tags: , , , No Comments

Steak 'n Shake vs Freddy's

The Vitals:
the spot: Steak ‘n Shake vs Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers locations throughout US
the eats: double steakburger w/ cheese. 
the bucks: Steak ‘n Shake: $3.99  Freddy’s: $5.89
the full nelson: a smashed burger chain throw down!!

Steak ‘n Shake vs Freddy’s: a smashed burger chain throw down. Being a childhood fan of Steak ‘n Shake, it seems ridiculous that I’m finally getting around to writing about this spot. But perhaps it was all mean to be. Enter Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers, a relatively new player in the burger chain world and a burger I did not have the pleasure of growing up on. A tried and true veteran vs the young hot shot rookie. Who comes out on top?

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Giovanni’s Deli ~ Sea Isle NJ

East Coast, Sandwiches By July 10, 2020 Tags: , , , , , , No Comments

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The Vitals:
the spot: Giovanni’s Deli 4309 Landis Ave Sea Isle City, NJ 08243
the eats: Sopresatta Special, build your own combo(the Ali)
the bucks: $8-$12
the full nelson: my fav Italian American deli on the South Jersey Shore

I’ve been coming to Giovanni’s Deli for the last 5 summers, pretty much every time I’m down at the Jersey Shore. I have my in-laws, who hail from the Philly area, to thank for making me a Giovanni’s Deli regular. This is a deli that just feels like home. A home away from home built on cured meats and killer hoagie rolls. Now let’s talk about what you need to order . . .

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Three Fold Noodle ~ Little Rock AR

Asian, The South By July 7, 2020 Tags: , , , , , , , No Comments

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The Vitals:
the spot: Three Fold Noodle and Dumpling Co 611 S. Main St. Little Rock AR 72201(one of two locations)
the eats: The Half and Half – Dumplings + Noodles
the bucks: $10
the full nelson: legit dumplings in a slick setting that makes you respect the Little Rock food scene

Three Fold Noodle and Dumpling Co is the kind of place you want to have in your neighborhood. I’ve been to Little Rock once before, over 20 years ago and me thinks the food scene has changed a lot. Slick atmosphere, authentic Chinese fare and affordable prices make a statement in any city and that’s what makes Three Fold Noodle a total gem. Now let’s talk about what you need to order . . .

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Tri Tip Roast: Bang for your STEAK Buck

Barbecue, Recipe By July 3, 2020 Tags: , , , No Comments

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Tri Tip Roast

Tri Tip Roast is a flat out flavorful and affordable cut of beef that takes to the grill like beer at a baseball game. This cut is commonly found in California but don’t be surprised to find them at your local butcher shops and Costcos. I have been on a big Tri Tip kick as of late and if you are looking for some Bang for your Steak Buck for this 4th of July, look no further.

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