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I know you’ve been muttering “Dis is Top Chef…not ‘Top Scallop’!” all summer long.

And the rumor on the street today is that 10 Arts by Eric Ripert Executive Chef and past Top Chef contestant Jennifer Carroll will appear again on Top Chef All Stars. Sa-weet.

If you haven’t gone to 10 Arts by Eric Ripert in Philly, you should go. Yes she’s the boss there.

Its good…real good…Like give up strip clubs for a year good.

Hot Chef....I mean Top Chef Jennifer Carroll

Chef Bikini

We can’t wait…

The cast of Top Chef All-Stars

So you know what we’ll be doing on December 1, 2010.

Our favorite picks: Chef Jennifer Carroll, Chef Dale Livitsky, and Chef Richard Blais. Stop judging us.

Reporting live from QuarryLaneFarms…

Hot Dog reviews! #HD2010 continues as we travel through our favorite and new places to try the all American favorite – the hot dog. 

(Sorry, that sounded like the lead in my Marc Summers). 

recommended by Cara Lageson (@caralageson) Map Room Bar (@MapRoomBar) in Cleveland across from Constantino’s was the place to be. 

Let me set the stage for you: It was 12 noon / We were not drunk / Bar was empty. 

AND, we were perplexed that a bar had a full hot dog menu

Gillespie's Map Room Bar Hot Dog Menu


But hey, food can be found anywhere right? 

So we called the Bowzer down for “a meeting” and decided this man-date was all about hot dogs (Yes-This post is dedicated to The Bowzer). 

Our pictures are dark as Map Room Bar doesn’t exactly turn on the lights. Like any strip club, I don’t think they turn them on unless there is an emergency. 

My favorite type of shoes


Speaking of strip clubs, let get on with the hot dogs. 

#1 The “Municipal” Stadium Dog: all beef hot dog with ketchup and stadium mustard. 

A killer $2! The cheapest menu item. This no frills hot dog with ketchup and stadium mustard was just that – nothing special. Bun was smashed and lightly soggy – so yes, its kinda just like what you’d get at the stadium. 

Map Room's Stadium dog


And yes, probably would have tasted better in the stadium. Sadly they didn’t even yell “RED HOT” when we placed our order. 

Map Room's Stadium Dog - close up first bite


Seemed to be the same amount of ketchup and mustard as actual hot dog. 

As the Captain of Encased Meats stated the cardinal rule of hot doggers – NO KETCHUP ON YOUR HOT DOG. 

The word of the dog…Thanks be to dog. 

#6 Chicago Style Dog: Vienna Beef Hot dog with relish, onions, sport peppers, mustard, tomatoes. 

Map Room's Chicago style dog


This isn’t pretty. 

*tomatoes are not supposed to be chunky canned tomatoes. They are sliced fresh. 

*That’s not quite a chicago stylin “neon green relish”. 

*Onions were minced perfectly for King Kong. 

*Should be “pepper” not “peppers” as I could only find one. 

*Stop smashing the bun. Believe me, you ain’t hermetically sealing it in parchment paper. 

*Bun is more moist (than warm)? 

*Say it with me, “Poppy seed bun”. 

Unless the main focus is the 0200 drunkard, I think this one needs some retooling. 

Map Room's Chicago style dog - close up of not a Chicago style dog


Friends, family and foodies from Chicago – you can rest comfortably. 

#5 Euclid beach Coney dog: Vienna Beef coney topped with chili, mustard and onion 

This fine piece of work was the winner-winner-weiner-dinner of the day thanks to Bowzer. 

Compared to Ben’s Big Bowl? Detroit’s Coney Island Dogs, etc…..not quite. But the best dog of Map Room’s bunch. 

The heavy chili sauce, thin strip of mustard and onions were a dang good match. 

Map Room's Euclid Beach Coney Dog


Maybe we should consider traveling along Euclid Ave for a few dogs before the summer’s end. 

#4 The Drew Carey: All beef kosher dog topped with BBQ sauce, slaw and fries 

This is more fries and slaw than actual dog. Like Drew Carey, this hot dog was misshapen and top-heavy. 

Map Room's Drew Carey Dog


And stop smushing the buns! Leave the smushing to the Vinny and Angelina. DTF. 

Bowzer chants, "smush-smush-smush-smush-smush"


Unlike Jersey Shore MIA, this low scoring trip to MapRoom didn’t really help for our search for the best dog around. 

Here’s the running tally so you can compare/contrast on this extraordinary journey of hot dog redonklousness…aka “HD2010″:       

Steve’s Hot Dog Lunch Cheddar hot dog = 5/10       

Steve’s Hot Dog Lunch Mustard onion hot dog = 6/10       

Steve’s Hot Dog Lunch Chili onion hot dog = 5/10       

Costco’s Hot Dog combo = 7/10      

Tucky’s Chicago = 4/10     

Tucky’s Cleveland = 3/10     

Tucky’s Kansas City = 7/10     

Tucky’s Detroit Coney Island = 8/10     

Happy dog Thai Chile garlic stirfry bok choy kim chee cucumbers = 5 / 10   

Happy dog Killer Steak Sauce, garlickey escarole, smoked gouda cheese, habanero picked red onions = 6 / 10   

Map Room Bar The “Municipal” Stadium Dog: all beef hot dog with ketchu and stadium mustard = 4 / 10   

Map Room Bar Chicago Style Dog: Vienna Beef Hot dog with relish, onions, sport peppers, mustard, tomatoes.= 3/ 10   

Euclid beach Coney dog: Vienna Beef coney topped with chili, mustard and onion = 7.0 / 10   

Map Room Bar The Drew Carey: All beef kosher dog topped with BBQ sauce, slaw and fries= 6.5 / 10   

Note: The running list will be published to accompany all dogs posts to help you embrace the full effect of “HD2010″.       

Of course more hot dog reviews to come…just check back soon.        

Reporting live from QuarryLaneFarms

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