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O-M-G: I love wings…but these guys, are out-freaking-standing.

The best spicy garlic wings I ever ate

Lightly sauced with Sugoi’s spicy garlic sauce, you can see that nice sweet spicy glaze glistening off the crispy chicken skin.

Sugoi’s spicy garlic sauce

How good? These wings with a light saucing was unbutton your pants heaven.

Do yourself a favor and order a case from Five-O Marketing at 808-842-6111.

O-M-G….I need a nap now.

Reporting live from QuarryLaneFarms…

On Saturday Food Network was in town filming for The Great Food Truck Race in Cleveland.


Show me the money shot!

That’s right – the culinary gods goosed by Chris Hodgson (Hodge’s, DimHodgePodgeTruck, and Dim and Den Sum). Nice!

So we found them all loitering around the Gordon Square area on Detroit..and a perfect day for being outside!

One of the main contestants was Pop a Waffle (@popawaffle) was there. “Serving delicious gourmet waffles on a street near you!” – yep, they are from California.

We’re going back to Cali….to Cali…to Cali….

Oddly, the lines weren’t long but lots of loitering going on.

Pop my cherry…I mean waffle

Typical setup for a food truck.

Window-1: order and pay / Window-2: get your food

The dude working the expiditer position needed a bull horn. His semi transparent water cup wasn’t loud enough.

Singing in the truck….just singing in the truck….

Singing was just OK too.

In looking at their menu, I wasn’t quite sure if this was a joke. A bunch of Californian types serving a polish boy?

Polish boy: a classic in California

I honestly believe trying to serve a Polish boy in Cleveland might have been a lame attempt to attract the Cleveland crowd.

Plus I really wouldn’t deviate from Seti’s – my current marker for an outstanding PoBoy.

Their $2 lemonade was over watered. Easily could have passed for nursing home beverage. C’mon-not cool!

BUT the crew was serving their signature dish – Fried Chicken and Waffles.


So of course we ordered it.

Two quarters of waffles, syrup and a chicken drumstick.

Chicken and Waffles

Chicken crust was crunchy but bland. Good texture but no taste.

Chicken was bland. Didn’t seem like they brined it prior. All good fryers know one must brine their chicken.

Powdered sugar looked like it was dusted from space.

Additionally, the chicken wasn’t cooked through either.

I like my chicken…a little bloody

And here’s the face of my Fried Chicken Master, @cleveland222

If you like this face, you should see the hair

That face says it all.

Not saying much when your primary waffle is soggy and your chicken needs salt.

But when you call yourself Pop a Waffle, I expect to #getsome. I got neither popped…or waffled. Maybe more like “bewildered about a waffle”

So I predict this team will be headed back to California sooner than later.

Pop your Ohio cherry and head back to California

Plus their twitter presence is rather bland. If you’re going to be on a national frickin show, get a twitter account and use it. One tweet does NOT make you “in the game”.

Tweet me @popawaffle…NOT! Psych!

It just makes you look bad.

Reporting live from QuarryLaneFarms…

Say it with me….Izakaya

That’s right-this type of restie is our new favorite type of eating/drinking kinda place (Cleveland take note). It all started with Mac Mac, TracieMidori and Uncle Wes – all said that Izakaya was the awesome.

This is a good example of a kanak attack

We thought they were dealing with their glaucoma issues, but apparently, they’re right – Izakaya is the shiznit.

Using Wikipedia as the answer to the world’s problems, izakaya means literally “to stay” and “sake shop”. Stay + #drinkydrinky = HAI!

And the first place we had a chance to check out an Izakaya place….Chizakaya in Chicago (Chicago + Izakaya = Chizakaya). Located at 3056 N Lincoln Ave this place is perfect anytime because of the $4 – Sapporo pints and $4 Kirin Ichiban pints all day-every day.

Cocktails + Sake + Beer

Entrance to Chizakaya

Confession: I love nasty bits. Nasty bits are commonly referred to the innards and the parts that no one wants to eat, I love them all: gizzards, skin, hearts, tongue, cheek, etc…Yes I said it…I love the nasty bits. Don’t you love the nasty bits too?!?!

If I was in Chicago right now…I’d be eating at @Chizakaya multiple times a week. Easily I’d vote this as MUST-EAT in Chicago.

Besides, who doesn’t want to eat Chicken gizzards, baby octopus, duck hearts, beef tongue, and chicken skin…I’m so in. As you know, @NoReservations loves the Nasty Bits too.

Reporting live from QuarryLaneFarms…

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