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Ohhh, so THAT'S what you call a Bagel!

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Bagel Rating: A-
Price: $



I know I need to go to one of the "big boys" in the NYC bagel scene (Murray's, Absolute Bagels, etc.), but at Brooklyn Bagel & Coffee Company (in Chelsea) I had my first "Ohhh, now I understand the New York bagel thing" bagel. I had an everything bagel with the pumpkin cream cheese spread and good baby jeezus. They probably put a good 3-4 ounces on the thing, which did not stop me from eating every single bite right then and there. Dear sweet benevolent god. Yum yum yum. Soft on the inside, just a bit crispy on the outside and creeeeeeamy cream cheese heaventasticness.


Most Overrated Pizza in Boston: Santarpio's

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Knowing I would be in Boston for just a weekend, I had been asking everyone I met who'd lived there where I should eat. One Bostonian told me Santarpio's Pizza (East Boston) was the best he'd ever eaten (and I was asking people in NYC, where there's some good pizza). Then I ventured to their website, where they've got a video posted that shows a poll that proclaims their's the best pizza in New England.

So I had high hopes and expectations for the mind blowing culinary experience I was about to have.

When my sister and I first walked up, there was a woman out front who asked if we wanted to sit at the bar or a table and upon receiving our preference of a table, said, "Hmm, let me see what I can do," then disappeared for a moment into the restaurant, looked around, and waved us in. There were several empty tables, so this made no sense except as a hokey way to seem quaintly exclusive. Then, reading off the menu, my sister ordered. "We'll have …

Best Vegan Ice Cream at Cafe 118 Degrees

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FA Rating: FFF
Price: $$


Everyone must go to Cafe 118 (Winter Park in Orlando), a raw & vegan restaurant, if for no other reason than to try their ice cream. They make it, along with everything else they serve, right there in the restaurant. Now, I'm not actually a vegan, but I've thought for years that vegan ice cream (especially the kind made with coconut milk) is superior to the cow kind, but the ice cream at Cafe 118 (made, I believe, from cashews and coconut milk) was the best ice cream of any kind that I've ever had. I tried the banana almond butter cup. Oh dear god.

The food was all great too.


Best Grits Ever at 4 Rivers Smokehouse

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FA Rating: FFF
Price: $


4 Rivers (Winter Park in Orlando) is amazing! I had the brisket, and it was as good as the best I've ever had in Texas anywhere. One of my friends ordered the cheese grits, but they gave him cornbread instead, which was okay because he had never had cornbread before (he's from upstate NY), and when he tried it he said it was really good. The other friend we went with insisted on getting him his baked cheese grits though, so she went it to get them and came back with two sides. The first was more cornbread and the second was more fried okra. So then I tried the cornbread, and I said, "Mmm this stuff is good, but it isn't really like normal cornbread. It actually kind of tastes like cheesey gri...oh my god, that IS the cheese grits!" Best. Cheese grits. Ever. It comes in a "brick" as one guy said, but Ive never had grits as good as that (though I'm not big on grits in the first place, which is what makes it so remarkable that I…

Hot Dog Who Cares?

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I just don't see what the big deal is about Hot Dog Heaven in East Orlando. The buns are just like the cheap ones at the store except with some poppy seeds on them. The hot dogs themselves seem identical to the cheap ones at the store. And then they put some toppings on, all of which you could easily buy at the store.

I had the Reuben, and the sauerkraut wasn't even good. The fries are good, but nothing remarkable. And then they don't have ranch or any dipping sauces (unless you count mustard or ketchup, which I don't). That sucks for me because I can't even enjoy fries without something good in which to dip them. I eventually paid $.42 for some mayo, with which I mixed some salt, pepper, hot mustard and a little ketchup.

I had difficulty doing even this as the guy I asked about the ranch was dismissive of my requests and questions. His tone was basically, "We are too busy selling our amazing, authentic, Chicago-style hot dogs to deal with your dipping sauce n…

Best Sushi in Providence: Ichigo Ichie

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Sushi Rating: Orgasm
Price: $$


I wanted to explore Providence, but I was going alone and didn't want to spend a lot of lodging, so I went ahead and booked the Motel 6 in Seekonk (I actually didn't even notice that it's actually MA and not RI). I wanted to find a restaurant at which to eat on my way from Providence to my motel, and I was amazed to spot this place on the map. The menu at Ichigo Ichie (Seekonk, MA) blew me away.



Yes yes yes, one of the best rolls I've ever had! Everything blended perfectly. Thai sauce?! Hooray to whatever that was!

My waiter was very friendly and tried his best to give me really good service though I know it was difficult (and honestly not as financially important to worry about me in my party of one) as he was juggling several tables, including one table of nine rowdy Jerseyans nearby, so I really appreciated his efforts.


Louis' Restaurant: DDD vs. Reality

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0Knowing I was going to take a little trip to explore Providence, I of course youtubed "Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives Providence" to find candidate eating spots, and this was the one that won my interest best.


I was so excited for my first chance to check out the reality behind a Diner's Drive-ins and Dives episode and hurried along to Louis' in Providence's College Hill (right by Brown).







The service is friendly, the food is good, and the prices are seemingly from the early 90s! Oh and you can also get a t-shirt for $5. Is the place worth going out of your way for? Not really. But if you're around, it's a delightful experience for just a few bucks.

Result: This one is skippable.