Bulldog in New Orleans

Bulldog
3236 Magazine St.
New Orleans, LA

http://bulldog.draftfreak.com/

I am finally back from my lovely vacation in San Francisco!!!!!

Dear New Orleans, Please make it a law for no smoking allowed INSIDE bars. Thank you. Really Really! Bulldog is quite small so with the lack of appropriate air ventilation, you’re really just walking into a smoke chamber. And sitting outside on the patio doesn’t help because all the smokers are there too, and no matter where you go, you end up downwind of the smoke. Hello, second-hand-smoke-induced-lung-cancer. The service was quite slow, probably because there was only one guy behind the cash register who was also cooking everything. That didn’t bug me so much as to the fact that 25 minutes later, we still hadn’t gone any buzz yet on our pagers, so I went up to the window to be a nuisance and there was our order! Sitting behind the counter! He had forgotten to page us! grrrrrrrrrr. The food is delicious, you’ll probably end up spending about $13 for dinner here(not including tip or beer). The hamburgers are alright in quality (lots of toppings to choose from). The nachos are delicious (and my favorite part). And I didn’t know they had sweet potato fries until recently. They have  wide selection of beers, and if you come on a Wednesday night, any drink order you get, you get to keep the Bulldog glass cup (makes for an awesome souvenir and glass cup to have around the kitchen).

King's nachos with grilled chicken

Dead Guy Burger

Sweet potato fries with sugar

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Tour de San Francisco

This has been a chaotic day, starting off in New Orleans, then stopping by Denver, CO to end up in San Francisco, CA. My visit started off with a to do list of over 100 items. Just kidding, my own list wasn’t that long, but my motivation was this article of 100 items you must eat in San Francisco before you die:

http://www.7×7.com/eat-drink/2010-big-eat-sf-100-things-try-you-die

Met up with my fellow foodie on Mission St and we began our journey:

24th and mission st.

First off was the Rosamunde Sausage Grill at 2832 Mission St for their famous Beer Sausage with sauerkraut and grilled onions (#23). The sausage was juicy, with pork consistency but beef flavoring. I loved the wasabi spicy sauce and garlic jalapeno sauce I poured over mine. Washed it down a refreshing beer.

http://rosamundesausagegrill.com/

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Rosamunde Grill

true sausage fest

fresh beer

Beer Sausage (made of spicy pork and beef) $6

Second stop was La Taqueria for some delicious carnitas tacos! (#3 on the list)
2889 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94110-3907
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Wow the tomato was soooo fresh on this and the tortilla was clearly made of corn. It was DELICIOUS! especially the fresh corn tortillas. The pork was flavorful and very tender.

La Taqueria

los carnitas tacos for $3.50 each

Third stop was King’s Bakery for some famous coconut buns (what the heck is a Chinese bakery doing in a very heavily Latin-influenced neighborhood?) This was #52 on the list.
2846 Mission Street. San Francisco, CA
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When you look at the amazing selection, you are already floored. But when the woman pointed out the coconut bun to me, I was a little disappointed. It didn’t seem like much. Never judge a book by its cover! One bite and I was shocked by the flavor of the bread and the sweet surprise inside. I finished mine and went back for one more!

King's Bakery

lots of goodies to choose from

Coconut Buns (little pieces of heaven) for only 50 cents!

Fourth was Dynamo Donuts for delicious spiced chocolate donuts!
(#54 on the list)
2760 24th Street. San Francisco, CA

http://www.dynamodonut.com/

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Even its appearance looks well decorated. When I ate it though my tongue was so confused. It was sweet with brown sugar, then there was a bit of spice like cinnamon or cardammon or cumin, couldn’t quite figure it out, and then sweet again with chocolate.  It was awesome and moist and delicious.

Dynamo Donut

espresso + donut

spiced chocolate donut for $2.50

Fifth stop of the day was La Torta Gorda for their pierna enchilada torta which was only $5 for the junior size. #39 on the list.
2833 24th Street. San Francisco, CA
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This pulled pork sandwich came on toasted bread with all the toppings, avocado, sour cream, jalapenos, and onions. The pork was very rich and tender and the bread was fresh. I loved this sandwich!

La Torta Gorda

Pierna Enchilada Torta

Sixth stop of the day was Philz coffee which wasn’t exactly on the list of places to eat at but is famous for their one-cup drip coffee. Each cup of coffee is made special and fresh (starting with the roasted beans). They grind the beans on the spot and then pour spalding hot water over it and let it drip into your cup. Then they ask you if you want cream and sugar and steam it into your cup so that you get foam! Awesome!
Philz Coffee on Urbanspoon

Summaries of flavors

The owner's story

my special coffee made just for me!

Second to last stop of the day was Bi-Rite Creamery for the salted caramel ice cream. Which is #35 on the list.
Bi-Rite Creamery and Bake Shop on Urbanspoon
Located at 3692 18th Street. It was beautiful because we got to walk by the Dolores Park (yes, we’ve been walking the entire afternoon and yours truly was carrying her stupid pathology textbook and binder with her.)I think that was the only way we were able to eat at so many places, in addition to splitting everything, we did so major walking. we’re talking epic. jkjk. it was just hot, and hilly. The salted caramel really just tasted like an intense burnt caramel. We’re talking super concentrated flavor. As soon as we were done sampling here and there, a huge line formed that went out the door!

Dolores Park aka Dog heaven (its got grass and huge incline for that calve work out)

Thats some intense fog, SF

Bi-Rite Creamery

So many to choose from! (these aren't all the flavors)

The famous salted caramel ice cream

Last stop of the day was Fisherman’s Wharf! Ok, OK, i know every website I read said to avoid this tourist trap, but guess what, I’m a tourist! Of course I’m going to come here and check it out. I think though because it was freezing, we were able to find parking and the main place I wanted to check out was closed. We ended up walking up and down various food stands and decided to go with the Chinese-ppl-manned stand. We got clam chowder in a bread bowl (it was white! i feared we would get red clam chowder out here) It was yummy, I wish the bread had been softer but I guess if it were softer it wouldn’t be able to the hold the soup as well. We got the fried calamari + crab cake. The batter on the fried calamari was alright, but the crab cake was not. We also got the 1/2 lobster + shrimp boiled plate, which were both pretty flavorless (probably cuz up until we had ordered it, it was sitting in ice in a display case for everyone). Yay for liquid butter.
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unfortunately I do not know the name of this curvy road

freezing cold tourist trap

checking out ghetto stands cuz all the restaurants got mediocre reviews

ok crab, let's meet up, in mah belly!

the winner of the numerous ghetto stands

1/2 lobster + shrimp boiled plate

fried calamari

ok crabcake

clam chowder in bread bowl

i thought the bridge was red


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Fiorella Cafe in New Orleans

Fiorella Cafe in New Orleans
1136 Decatur St.
New Orleans, LA 70116

When you walk by this place, you think dirty, grundgey restaurant, no thank you. Even when you peek inside, you’re still thinking no way, jose. After glancing at the bare menu, you’re probably thinking hmmmm where else could I have gone for better food in the Quarter. It’s not until the food comes out (after a painstakingly long time) that you begin to think maybe I shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. And its when you take a bite out of that first french fry when you think, its love at first taste. Haha. Or at least this was my thought progression when I came here. The fries definitely made this place worth it. This place is known for their roast beef po boys which looked delicious. Although the mayo was a little heavy for this artery-clogging sandwich, the sauce was amazing and blended well with the flavor of the meat. I ordered the fried chicken basket, which was definitely no where near “the best in new orleans” as this restaurant boasted.  I guess for the price, the quality is fair.

Spinach and Artichoke Dip: warm blend of baked spinach and artichoke hearts w parmesan cheese served w toasted focaccia bread

southern fried chicken basket

Roast beef po boy w mushrooms and provolone cheese

lets get another look at that thing

the legen-wait-for-it-dary french fries

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Flying Saucer in Raleigh, NC

Flying Saucer
328 W. Morgan St.
Raleigh, NC 27601

http://www.beerknurd.com/

Since this place is known as the draught emporium, my friend and I thought that after sitting in a car for so long, we might as well treat ourselves to some local breweries. Ok, the first thing that I noticed when I walked in was how young everybody was. We had passed by a few other bars on our way to this one, and the other bars were more accomodating to older folks but this place was mostly college students or recent college grads. The walls are covered in dishes of people who have won various drinking challenges at this establishment (literally covered! and there’s different color dishes to signify how many times an individual has won those drinking games).
beer #1 was a a Raleigh, NC native = Lonerider shotgun betty (wheat beer). I liked it, it was light and refreshing.
beer #2 = Schneider Aventinus (doppleback). bit darker and more full-bodied, but there was a slight sweet kick at the end that I liked a lot.

This space was HUGE. there were a ton of tables and the bar was super long! I thought it was cool how all the taps were on the wall made of pennies. We orderd the chips and nacho dip (which was just your generic queso dip and tostitos chips).

the cool pennies wall

schneider aventinus

generic queso and tostitos chips

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Mudville Saloon 9 in NY, NY

Mudville Saloon 9
126 Chambers St.
New York, NY 10007

http://www.mudville9.com/

Wow, this place is crawling with suits coming out after work. It wasn’t even happy hour, but there was absolutely no standing room in this joint (altho there were some free tables). This place was noted to have hot wings, so a fellow foodie and I ordered the WOW wings and Super WOW wings (the two spiciest choices) and an order of chili fries with bacon. I think the wings had a lot of sauce, but were true to their word about the spiciness (which is why I liked to dunk my wings in blue cheese). The chili fries weren’t anything special, but they were a buffer for my tongue buds from the extra spicy sauces. The service here was terrible! I believe it was because they were so busy, the waitresses barely had time to notice us. We spent a very long time waiting on our food order. Selecting drinks wasn’t easy here because they listed their beers by breweries and since I’m not familiar with every brewery I had to ask my waitress what they had on tap that was similar to Blue Moon (however, it was so loud in here that I didn’t hear her answer so I told her the last one she mentioned sounded good even tho I had no idea what she had said),

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Liuzza’s Restaurant and Bar

Liuzza’s Restaurant and Bar
3636 Bienville St.
New Orleans, LA 70119

http://www.yelp.com/biz/liuzzas-restaurant-and-bar-new-orleans

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g60864-d426324-Reviews-Liuzza_s_Restaurant_Bar-New_Orleans_Louisiana.html

Beware, cash only! This place had pretty high ratings on yelp and tripadvisor, so we thought we’d give it a try.They claim this is where REAL New Orleans-ians come to  eat.

i love it when bars chill the glasses before they pour the beer in!

trying out some gumbo

OMG i love fettucine alfredo with shrimp and sausage!

chicken parmesan with spaghetti and meatball

andouille sausage

overall, the food was great for the price they were asking for. it was a nice introduction to New Orleans food

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Monks- BEST BURGER OF ALL TIMES

Monks Belgian Cafe
264 S. 16th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19102

http://www.monkscafe.com/

You’ve probably noticed by now, that I love hamburgers. I don’t know what it is,maybe the frequent summer backyard BBQ grills as a child. who knows! but every time I go to a new city, I always must try a cheeseburger! Monk’s is definitely the best burger I’ve had in all my searching (In’N'Out is up there but I consider thin patty burgers a separate category). The fries and dipping sauce are to die for (but they don’t come with the burgers, you have to order them separately). The burger and fries aren’t what your wallet hates though, its their fine selection of beers (mostly are imported from somewhere in Europe, averaging about $9 to $12 per bottle!, about what you will pay for your food)

Brussels burger!!!!!!

 

monk's before a Septa bus ran into it

different burger

wings

The mussels here are exceptionally good (considering this breaks my rule of ordering seafood from a restaurant that doesn’t have a view of the ocean). But these pots are huge, so I would recommend ordering a pot if you have a group of people to share with.

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Coop's Place

Coop’s Place
1109 Decatur St.
New Orleans, LA 70116-9053
(French Quarter warning! do not drive here)

http://www.coopsplace.net/

I came here with a friend who said this is great Creole/Cajun food for cheap. The place looks like an old pub and the bathroom was a girl’s nightmare, but the food was good. Probably won’t become one of my regulars because it is difficult to find parking.

I ordered pasta with cajun seasoning (was a little bland even tho I ordered extra spicy).

My friend ordered the southern platter which came with dirty rice, beans and fried chicken (everything tasted very good! wish I had gotten this instead. the price was not bad at all, maybe low teens)


The sausage in the pasta dish did have a nice smoky flavor to it.

The dirty rice and fried chicken were especially yummy!

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