Mad Girl Eats Killer Poboys in New Orleans

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Killer Poboys, 811 Conti St, New Orleans, LA.

A poboy sandwich in New Orleans is a must-eat, upon entering New Orleans. Located in the French Quarter, just off Bourbon St, is Killer Poboys found in the back of the Erin Rose bar. Yes, enter bar, walk thru, end up in Killer Poboy resto. Just do it. It’s tiny, but the poboys are huge on flavor! It is an eclectic place, like their menu, and the people are very cool.

This is not your average poboy sandwich. This is creative and the flavors are well thought out. Sandwich special combinations change regularly, I hope you get to try the Lamb Meatloaf as I did… ooh we honey, fabulous! A mainstay on their menu is the Guinness and Garlic Braised Beef with horseradish aioli and pickled onions. So freaking good. Swig it back with a beer and you are in a happy place.

Killer Poboys. Go!

Hours: Wed-Sun 12pm-12am

http://killerpoboys.com

4.75 out of 5 killer taste points.

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Mad Girl Eats Cochon Butcher in NoLa

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930 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, LA.

Leaving New Orleans, I decided to try Cochon Butcher before exiting the city. The butcher/sandwich shop/wine bar is the sister to the fancier, Cochon restaurant. They make their own meats, sausages, terrines…lush sandwich fixings. Their glass cases are filled with delectable pieces that scream to be tried. Ok, I give….one charcuterie plate please!

An offering from the sandwich menu is also a necessity. The pork belly with mint and cucumber sounded like the perfect mix for a hot day. Easy to eat, lets take them to go!

I could hardly stand to get to the car and start sampling. In car, roll down windows…I still have 15 minutes left on my meter anyway. First up, the sammie. Melty  rich and tender pork belly with mint and cucumber on a heavy-duty farm bread. First bite…first words…”Oh my God”. Nuff said. If a first bite gets me to moan out those words, it’s a winner. The flavors went together so well, I’m planning on using mint and cucumber in many things. I wanted to run back to the Butcher and order another, but I had a Charcuterie plate waiting. A cacophony of beautifully made meats were ready to meet their fate, my tummy.

The plate was very artistic, with sides of pickled okra, slaw, grainy hearty mustard, cracked flatbread, and a generous amount of slices of 6 different meats. Scrumptious!

The only thing I regret is waiting to go there last instead of when I first arrived in New Orleans. I definitely would have eaten there a few more times. Pork Belly sandwich, on my list of The Best in the United States. Boom!

As seen on the Food Network’s Best Thing I Ever Ate and Meat and Potatoes and The Travel Channel’s The Layover, Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations, and Food Paradise. I would say, all shows were correct in taking the time to visit this restaurant…and so should you. Run, don’t walk. Bourbon Street will wait.

Hours: Mon-Thurs 10am-10pm, Fri-Sat 10am-11pm, Sun 10am-4pm.

Street metered parking. Gets busy, I was there at 9:55 am. No waiting 😉

http://cochonbutcher.com

5 out of 5 mouth-watering points for  tastebud perfection.

Mad Girl Eats Franklin BBQ in Austin

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Franklin Barbecue, 900 E 11th St, Austin, TX.

Stories of early morning starts, at least 2 hour waits in the heat, tailgate atmosphere, running out of food…..all true. All worth it???

Learning that Bon Appetit named Franklin’s numero uno in the country for BBQ,  and given many many more accolades from culinary glitterati, who would pass the opportunity to try it?! But really, waiting in line 2 hours before the place even opens? It is summer in Texas people, you nutso?! Okay, let the adventure begin….

Arrived in line at 9:20am with approximately 75 people in line ahead of me. The restaurant opens at 11:00am.Staff asks what you will be order to gauge what will sell out and when. I was second to last to get ribs. OMG. An estimation of  getting your food is handed down from the powers-that-be from Franklin’s. 1:30pm Yes, I said 1:30pm I should be reaching the counter inside the restaurant to order my food.

The day is overcast, but when that sun peaks out…its a freakin’ nightmare. NO shade throughout the parking lot until you reach the shade of the building…in which you will also find misters to cool. A tailgate feeling for sure. Lawn chairs, umbrellas, coolers, games, and bbq camaraderie. A guy across the street will rent you a chair for  bucks. Girls come thru selling cold drinks. There is a cooler jug of ice water and paper cups next to the building.

Okay, after 4 hours at approximately 1:35, I made it to meat mecca. Ribs and beef brisket please! Order. Get drink. Sit. Eat. Moan. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. The best beef brisket I have ever eaten. Hands down the best. Ribs…cannot be beat, but must say they tie with Oklahoma Joe’s in Kansas City. Worth the wait? HELL YA!

If you show up later, your choice of meats may sell out. Aaron Franklin makes only a certain amount every day. He does not want to warm and resell any meat from the previous day, hence the limited amount. Street parking. Tip: Get there at 8am for shade and best choice. You will get in at 11, when they open with good chance of no waiting. Closed Mondays. Open for lunch, 11am until sold out. Check website http://franklinbarbeque.com

I’ve tried BBQ from every region, all over this United States. Franklin Barbeque, tied for BEST BBQ in America.

As seen on Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations, Travel Channel’s Food Paradise, Unique Eats.

5 out of 5 lick my fingers and smack my momma, that is some amazeballs barbecue!

Mad Girl Eats Paseo in Seattle

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Paseo, 4225 Fremont Ave N, Seattle, WA.

I heard about Paseo on the Travel Channel. It featured the Caribbean roast sandwich that had people waiting in long lines in hopes of devouring it before they ran out. The place was also located in the cool and funky Fremont neighborhood and was sans sign. Who didn’t put a sign out front of their restaurant?! Ok, I knew I was in for kooky and I was intrigued.

So, lunch started early, they open at 11:00am. I was too far away from home to be turned away and come back to Florida without having tried this roast pork masterpiece. There was a line, but nothing too big. I ordered and breathed a sigh of relief they had a little oink for me.

I took a seat in the extremely tiny dining area. Soon it was delivered and looked amazing. A big beautiful crusty baguette loaded with marinated roasted pork, carmelized onions, aioli, fresh cilantro, and pickled jalapeno. Dang! That was freakin’ incredible-edible. The marinated pork was the deee-lish and truly perfected by the addition of the ‘extras’ loaded on. Certainly moan-worthy.

As I sat and ate, the crowd really started to swell. Happy I made it in when I did! They have opened a second location, 6226 Seaview Ave NW, in the Ballard neighborhood, so your luck just doubled. If you’re ever in Key West, they opened a Paseo there as well. Doin’ the bonus boogie on that!

I would have loved to have another sammie to-go, but the line was long and I had my turn. I should have ordered two! Anthony Bourdain and his show, The Layover on The Travel Channel, were at the Ballard resto a few months ago. He knows his stuff. So do I.

Either way, get yourself there. You can thank me…. and Anthony, later. 😉 On my Top 10 Best Sandwiches in the U.S.

Both Seattle locations closed on Sunday and Mondays. Free street parking.

http://paseoseattle.com

5 out of 5 perfectly marinated Caribbean kisses. Muahz!

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