Friday, January 17, 2014

DCA: good stuff eatery......mmmmm bacon

THIS is the bacon meltdown
It's the best burger I have ever had...ever.

Where do you get it?  Why at the good stuff eatery of course

I'm not going to go into a long drawn out dissertation on how much awesomeness this place is, just go there and post up what you think.  Take a right out of the hotel, walk down two blocks.  They are open 'til 11


Thursday, August 8, 2013



I have returned from a long absence with a place worthy of high praise.  A mere 10 minute stroll from the Crowne plaza in PDX, the Pepper Box is the real deal.

I had never overnighted in PDX, and I love breakfast.  I did a quick search for "best breakfast Portland Oregon" and the Pepper box was the first on the list. As it was the closest place to the hotel I decided to give it a try.

Jim, the owner and chef at the Pepper Box, is from Albuquerque and knows his stuff.   He specializes in breakfast tacos and they are some of the best tacos that I have ever had, period.

Now, I am jaded when it comes to Mexican food.  I was introduced to "New Mexico" style many years ago and I love it.  The ingredients are much the same as other Mexican food, but almost everything is smothered in either a red or green chile sauce. It's GOOD, very good.  Finding it outside of New Mexico is definitely not easy.  The Food that Jim makes is real New Mexico style.

I tried the "original".  Eggs, skin-potatoes, house-made Chorizo and Cheddar all came nestled in a Tortilla that Jim makes fresh daily. Oh and of course I chose "green"

Now Jim calls this a "taco", but it's HUGE.  It's definitely the size of a small burrito.  The taco and a coffee came to $5.  Amazing can't begin to describe the flavors.  Cheap is an understatement.  I probably shouldn't say that, Jim will raise the prices.

Even though I was quite full I decided to get another taco to bring with me on the redeye back to JFK.  Jim had a special, smoked brisket stewed in green chile sauce, pinto beans and fresh crema.

I didn't make it out of my room.  Ahhhhh, Mexican home cooking.

Check the pepper box out when you are in PDX.  To get there, take a left out of the hotel and then a quick right onto N Weidler St.  Go up to Martin Luther King Jr BLVD and make a left.  The pepper box is just past Russel St on the left.

Monday, October 17, 2011

on hold for now

I'm waiting til I get a new phone with a good camera before I post any more reviews.  Stand by to stand by

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Portland Maine: Miss Portland Diner

You've just woken up, it's 11am in Portland.  You vaguely remember the 1,2,3 at the bar last night.  You are desperately hungry, where do you go?

I know what all of you who have been to Portland will say, Becky's.  Now I'm not going to put down Becky's.  The food there is good, very good.  However, if you want to eat the best corned beef hash on the planet, take a trip to the Miss Portland Diner.

I was going to post a link to walking directions, but lets face it, You're hungover.  You need food, right now.  Ask the hotel to give you a ride, its about five minutes, about the same amount of time you would spend waiting in line at Becky's.

I like sitting at the counter myself, your food comes faster that way.  I always get the same thing here, the corned beef and hash with eggs over easy and wheat toast.  I know they have other great dishes, but this one really hits that breakfast urge.  If anyone goes here on my reccomendation, please let me know if you get something other than the Corned beef hash.
With coffee the total came to 12.00 including tip.  It's worth the trip.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Syracuse: King David's

Today I had a fantastic lunch at King David's.  The restaurant is across the street from the Craftsman Inn, so its an easy walk, maybe 5 minutes.  Its on the left side of the shopping center past Target.  The food is Middle eastern/Greek.  It's an order at the counter, sit down at your own table operation, so you dont have to dish out for tips.

I had the Lamb Souvlaki platter, it was three pieces of marinated grilled Lamb, wrapped in a pita with  lettuce, grilled peppers, feta and Tzatziki sauce.  It was a little heavy on the sauce so I would order light on the sauce with all of their dishes.  It came on a plate with a small Greek salad and my choice of side.  I picked Hummus and it was of course, like everything else there, homemade.  As a bonus a small Falafel patty was nestled on the plate as well along with an extra pita for dipping in the hummus.  The Falafel was nice and crunchy on the outside without being greasy and creamy on the inside without being mealy. I loved what I had and devoured it like a wolf cub keeping food away from its siblings.  The next time I visit I will probably try the Falafel wrap

.  All told it was $12 with a large fountain drink.  If you wanted to be more economical, you could just get a pita sandwich and a drink and come away only spending $10.  The staff is friendly, even if they ARE Yankees fans.  This is my new favorite for the Syracuse overnight, Go there!

Here we go....

Greetings all, I am a man who is obsessed with food. I am a foodie, a foodaholic. I love to cook, I love to eat.  To that end I am creating this blog for my fellow blue airline crewmembers  that are on the road and are hungry and want to know where good food is on an overnight.

My goal is to find a delicious meal that costs about $12 with a drink.  I'm not cheap, just economical. You can find really good food out there that doesn't cost and arm and a leg, IF you are willing to sometimes go farther than the hotel restaurant.

If you think that McD's or TGI whatever is good food, turn back now, my words will be wasted on you. If, however, you are the kind of person that thinks life is too short to eat shitty food, read on