Mad Girl Eats The Fry Bread House in Phoenix

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The Fry Bread House, 1003 E Indian School Rd, Phoenix, AZ. Also one location in Mesa, AZ.

Fried dough. Fried bread dough! FRIED! What is not to love and admire about this?! Absolutely nothing, especially after experiencing this Native American goodness for myself!

I walked in and had no idea what to order besides just fried bread. I had a feeling that no matter what I had, it was going to be spectacular. Thankfully, the sweet girl at the counter helped me along the way to make decisions. They have a nice size menu, so I appreciated the guidance. For certain, I wanted the Powdered Sugar and Honey Fry Bread ( my sweet tooth always wins), along with a couple of savory fry bread tacos to try. After ordering at the counter, you get your drinks, find a table, and patiently wait for the party about to happen in your mouth.

Upon delivery, I was blown away at how gigantic these tacos were. Dang! Not your taco chain-type size. Yeow! The green chili beef taco was bursting with flavor and impressive, but wow, a bit too spicy for me. The chorizo taco was a perfect amount of spice and kick. The fry bread itself it AH-MAZ-ING! Although the fry bread tacos were huge, there was enough room for dessert, and it didn’t disappoint! Sweet but subtle. I could eat this every morning with my coffee. Really. At was an awesome finish to a freaking fantastic meal. I can’t wait to go back and try more!

If you are in the Phoenix area, you MUST stop in and experience this Native American treat.

Hours: Mon – Thurs 10:00am -8:00pm, Fri and Sat 10:00am – 9:00pm, CLOSED SUNDAYS.

5 out of 5 flipping great fry bread points!

 

Mad Girl Eats Publican Quality Meats in Chicago

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825 West Fulton Market, Chicago, IL.

What is better than a Butcher shop? A Butcher shop that is also a café, bakery and gourmet market across the street from their awesome fine dining restaurant. Yeah, that’s right. Publican Quality Meats is directly across the street from The Publican. If you watch out the window, you will see employees running between the two.

A tight, but fantastic space. You can order baked goods, soups, sandwiches, charcuterie, hunk o’ meat, coffee drinks, etc to go… or stay and be waited on at a table. The tables are few up front, and in the back are 3 long communal tables. After a 25 minute wait (I did arrive at lunchtime) I was seated next to the window at the end of a large communal table. Service was rushed but friendly, but I was rushed but friendly too. I needed to get my hands on a tried and true menu item, the “Return of the Gyro”.

Soon enough my wrap arrives and it looks sensational. This is not your normal food court gyro. Listen up: Braised pork belly, raita (yogurt sauce with herbs and spices), escalivada (roasted veggies), pea shoots, and calabrian chili vinaigrette all snuggled together in a rolled up rug of griddled flatbread. This sandwich brought it. Flavor bombs in every bite….rich pork belly that is balanced with the raita, excited vegetables and a kicky vinaigrette makes this sandwich moan-worthy. It came with a bowl of slaw and a dill pickle spear. Leave the slaw, devour the pickle.

Wow. Just wow. I will go back when I have time to eat up more of the menu!

http://publicanqualitymeats.com

Hours: Mon – Sat 10:00am to 6:00pm, Sunday 10:00am to 5:00pm, Lunch everyday starting at 10:00am.

5 of 5 bodacious butcher shop bites.

 

Mad Girl Eats Cafe Benelux in Milwaukee

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Cafe Benelux and Market, 346 North Broadway, Milwaukee, WI.

Brunch is “the thing” to do on the weekends in Milwaukee. Brunch and Bloody Mary’s specifically. Cafe’ Benelux is one of the hot spots in downtown Milwaukee, and for good reason. The food and drinks!

With a nod to European flair, the café was named after the Benelux region of Belgium, Netherlands, and Luxembourg and you can tell in the feel and the interesting menu. Beignets with Kahlua Chocolate Sauce, Monkey Bread Skillet, savory or sweet Pannenkoeken,… 7 different Bloody Marys, Mo-Mosas…ah, the list goes on.

Duck Poutine Skillet caught my eye, Cinnamon Streusel French Toast, Eggs Benedict, Frites Cone, and a Kulminator Grilled Cheese would be ordered too. Top it off with a Bier-mosa, Mimosa, coffee, and you know a serious brunch is about to ensue. The drinks and Frites Cone with your choice of 2 dipping sauces arrived first. The Bleu Cheese Buttermilk Dressing and the Sriracha Ginger BBQ sauce were a dynamic match up. The traditional frites were done perfectly. Crisp on the outside, but soft inside. The Bier-mosa was a hit! Fresh squeezed orange juice, blended high-speed with bier. Refreshing! Of course, you can’t go wrong with a Mimosa and this didn’t disappoint. They also offer a Mo-mosa which is a Flemish red sour ale and champagne. I may need to try it next visit.

Just in time, the entrees appear, and what a sight! The Duck Poutine Skillet, well, it was a dish of beauty. French fries, cheese curds, gravy, caramelized onions, duck confit, and topped with 2 fried eggs. Yes, pretty freaking extraordinary! Rich, savory, and every bite delicious. The Eggs Benedict was really good, but with so many other interesting choices, I should have tried the Pannenkoeken instead. The Cinnamon Streusel French Toast was the best French toast I’ve ever had. Wow, the orange marmalade gave the streusel encrusted challah bread a fantastic twist and needed citrus to balance out the richness. Add maple syrup and walla…amazeballz. To finish, the Kulminator Grilled Cheese is one to go back for. Gouda, dill Havarti, American, and Muenster cheeses on Nine grain bread weren’t enough…they had to add thick bacon and roasted tomatoes to make this sandwich a killer!

A memorable spot with a cool vibe, awesome staff, eclectic and excellent food and drink. Café Benelux cannot be missed, anytime of the day or night.

Hours: Monday – Thursday 7:00am – Midnight, Saturday 8:00am – 1:00am, Sunday 8:00am – Midnight. Metered street parking, area parking lots and ramps.

http://cafebenelux.com  View the menu, but I warn you, it will make your mouth water.

 

5 out of 5 points of perfectly divine eats.

 

 

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