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Dire need of some comfort food, we pulled into Superdawg (@Superdawg) to see our friends Maurie and Flaurie.

Started in 1948, this ancient old-school staple in Chicago has a running 64-year love affair w/ hot dog aficionados across the world.

The Orig Superdawg in Chicago

Having a few minutes to relax in the 100+ degree weather, we opted to grab a few standards.

Proper ordering techniques at Superdawg

Superdawg – $5.50

Not a wiener – not a frankfurter – not a red hot – but our exclusive… Superdawg™. On a poppy seed bun, we tenderly place the loveliest, juiciest creation of pure beef hot dog (no pork, no veal, no cereal, no filler), formally dressed with all the trimmings, escorted by our often imitated, but never equaled, Superfries™. Served with all the trimmings – golden mustard, tangy piccalilli, kosher dill pickle, chopped Spanish onions and a memorable hot pepper.

Magical Superdawg box

So let me make your life easier, repeat after me, “Superdawg dragged through the garden please!”

Superdawg dragged through the garden

Unboxed for you – Easy peasy right?

And you know it’s going to be good when this little magical box can barely stay closed.

Magic awaits you inside

Love it.

BTW-rule still stands: NO KETCHUP ALLOWED ON THIS HOT DOG.

Superonionchips – $2.85

Superonionchips – New favorite add w/ my Superdawg

Also these magical love chips made its way into our order. SO. FRICKIN. DELICIOUS.

Side of cheese was a bonus…cause who doesn’t love melty cheese.

(We’re going to have to go back to Swenson’s to see which one is better).

Just realized that we eat at alotta drive-ins, so here’s a pro-tip: If you’re going to a drive-in, STAY IN YOUR CAR.

You look like a bunch of friggin idiots in the parking lot if you’re walking around.

You’re doing it all wrong!

Maybe these fatties were getting out to exercise.

So enjoy those Superdawgs in the vehicle and embrace the “Drive-ins” as they are a part of American history. God bless the USA.

Superdawg is USA

Reporting live from QuarryLaneFarms…

Cruising in Columbus, we found this relatively new progressive coffee-house called Zanzibar located at 740 E. Long St in Columbus, Ohio.

What the flock is a progressive coffee-house? Is that like a progressive stripper…aka nursing school student?

Heloooooooooooooooooooooo Nurse!

Oh yeah, their “Free WiFi” doesn’t work….FRAK!

No internets for you!

Oh why not…it’s 12noon, rather empty coffee-house, and I wanted a sandwich.

Hi, I would like a Reuben please…sorry we’re out.

Um, I would like a BLT please…sorry we’re just out of bacon.

Maybe…..I would like a Chicken club wrap please…sorry it’ll be another 35 minutes before I have more chicken mix

Er, I would like a Big E please…we only have the smaller lunch special…but it comes with chips

Grrrrreat.

The Big E: Oven roasted turkey and roast beef between whole wheat bread topped with provolone, cheddar loaded with red onions, mayo, lettuce, tomato and Dijon mustard.

Welcome to 3rd grade...here's your lunch

Nice grill marks on the whole wheat bread.

I opted for the mexican version of Strawberry Crush since my food looked like a 3rd graders meal w/ plain Lay’s chips.

BTW-I don’t think the toothpicks are necessary cause those small sandwiches ain’t running away.

The Big E = The Big BS

I see no provolone. Do you?

I see no roast beef. Do you?

I see no loaded red onions. Do you?

Basically, I don’t see myself eating here ever again. Do you?

Best part of the meal? Mexican Jarritos aka Strawberry Crush.

So–if you ever find yourself in Columbus, in the King Lincoln District, just drive away.

Reporting live from QuarryLaneFarms…

So as you may have known, been doing a lot of traveling around lately.

Most recently – Asheville, North Carolina!

Quick note: Weird factor here is pretty high as the townies call themselves the original weird.

Um, that's a dude...and he squirts you as he rides by!

Portland stole the “Portland is weird” thing from Austin who say they were the inventors of “Keep Austin weird” which, according to the folks in Asheville – you’d clearly know Asheville North Carolina is the original weird place to be.

Either way, we stopped in this place called Jack of the Wood Public House. Oddly, it’s touted as an authentic irish bar/pub in the downtown area.

This evening the mood was set by the celtic rock stars playing the same song for 3 hours.

Pete and Repete was on a boat....Pete jumped off...who's left?

After perusing the menu, I found something I’ve never had before…so I ordered it.

What the flock is a "scotch egg"?

Scotch Egg: A new house favorite. Local hard-boiled egg wrapped in spicy house-made sausage, coated with bread crumbs and fried. Served with sautéed greens and a drizzle of Asheville’s own Lusty Monk mustard – $7

Well, indeed it was fried…and layered thick. Like the fat chick at the fried chicken buffet line – this was heavy and wasn’t going anywhere.

Scotch egg

The sausage wrap was heavy and pretty crispy. The whole grain Lusty Monk mustard was more spicy than the actual sausage wrapping.

Macro on the scotch egg

And I am not sure if that’s called a “drizzle” either. sautéed greens were a nice touch to the dish…sadly, that kind of stuff never photographs well. Apologies.

Never having this before, the hard-boiled egg could have been a 4 minute egg and then finished with the fry-o-later. But maybe people in Ireland like their eggs well overcooked.

Been there, done that, got the t-shirt and blogged about it, done.

Pickle chips: A basket of batter-dipped, deep-fried pickle slices served with a side of chipotle ranch dressing – $5

Now these are worth coming back. Light batter was a joy to see since most places usually plaster a 4 inch thick layer. The line lightly batters these pickles. Crisp and delicious. I could eat 100s of these guys any day.

Deep fried pickles - MUST ORDER!

The chipotle ranch was a bit weird, but hey – it’s Asheville.

Reuben

Plain reuben

Their reuben called out to me, but their dry bread needed a major dose of butter. Fries seem commercial.

Shepard’s Pie

The waitress recommended their Shepard’s pie.

Shepard's pie...more like Shepard's bowl and plate

This just reminded me of Wednesday’s at the cafeteria back in grade school. I wish they put more of the sautéed greens as they were delicious.

Overall, not a bad place for fried pickles and beers.

Absolutely sweet and nice folks here in Asheville…makes me wish I was there again.

Reporting live from QuarryLaneFarms….

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