Mad Girl Eats Café Du Monde

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Café Du Monde, 800 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA.

Café Du Monde is a glorious, well-known institution in the French Quarter, bringing joy since 1862. It is a ‘must’ when visiting New Orleans. Open 24 hours a day, anytime is a great time for a cup of café au lait and an order of beignets.

The café au lait is made with half coffee (a French heritage coffee and chicory blend) and half dreamy creamy hot milk. One order of beignets gives you 3 warm angelic pillows of fried heaven, covered in powdered sugar. Tende,r flaky, golden goodness pairs perfectly with café au lait. Sitting indoors or out in the large covered patio, there is no better way to start your morning. If you’re lucky, there is live music to enjoy. Either way, you get tasty treats, great atmosphere, and happy people. Enjoy!

Tips: Beware not to inhale while taking a bite of your beignet. You’ll get powdered sugar filled lungs and a coughing fit on top of it….yeah, it happened to me. It’s also advisable not to wear black, as the sugar has a mind of its own…under the ceiling fans. Yes, that happened also. Live and learn, now I’m a pro!

5 out of 5 perfect powdered sugar smack-a-roos!

As seen on “Man v Food” and “Food Paradise” on The Travel Channel.

Mad Girl Eats Pine State Biscuits, Portland

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Pine State Biscuits, 2204 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR.

Biscuits, who doesn’t love a warm, fluffy, piece of heaven?! I heard the name of this place and I didn’t need to know more, they had me at Biscuits. I arrived around 9:45 a.m. on a Friday, to a line out the door to the corner. The line moved swiftly and found myself at the counter to order within 10-15 minutes.

I order The Reggie, a biscuit sandwich with fried chicken, bacon, cheese, and yummy thick gravy. Because I can’t find good pimento cheese just anywhere, I opted for a side biscuit and pimento cheese to round out my order. In full need of a cuppa joe, they gave me a mug as coffee is self-serve. I liked that idea, because I could refill when I needed….not when someone got around to me. In the morning, that means life or death to some. Me.

The place was packed and had a constant flow of new arrivals. When one space emptied, immediately it was filled. I found a seat at the counter that surrounds the grill area. It was entertaining to watch the precision of the staff getting orders out as rapid as possible. No slouching staff here!  Ooh…my order was up, and conveniently grabbed from across the bar.

It all looked incredible. ..and I was starving. First up, the biscuit and pimento cheese. The biscuit was perfection, the pimento cheese was one of the best I’ve ever had. Creamy, sharp, flavorful. Happy. The Reggie was a sight to behold. What could go wrong with fried chicken, bacon, cheese and gravy??? Absolutely freakin nothing! Ohh man, the flavors together were of course phenomenal, but that topping of gravy put it over the edge. If I had one regret, I wish I would have ordered an extra side of gravy. I like my biscuits wet, I’m just that kind of girl 😉

Get here if you’re in Portland. Cool place, good menu and prices, fab food, nice and hardworking staff. It’s a winner.

Hours: Mon-Wed: 7am-3pm, Thurs: 7am-11pm, Fri-Sat: 7am-1am, Sun: 7am-11pm

Free on-street parking in nice neighborhood setting. Usual lines, limited seating indoors and out but table turnover is fairly quick. Bus your own table.  Enjoy!

As seen on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, Food Paradise, Unique Eats.

http://pinestatebiscuits.com

4.5 out of 5 biscuit-loving thumbs up!

Mad Girl Eats Hash House A Go Go

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Hash House A Go Go, in the Plaza hotel, 1 S. Main St., Las Vegas, NV. Many more locations.

Hash House A Go Go is more than just a breakfast spot serving hash. It has a full menu for breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner…shouting their theme of Twisted Farm Food! The food porn above has you reeling, dying to know what the heck that behemoth dish is, right? Dinner. Andy’s Sage Fried Chicken and Bacon Waffles. Yeah, I know….holy buckets, let’s dive in and feast ’til we pass out!

Tender juicy chicken, light and luscious bacon waffles, maple reduction with fried leeks…it’s all just too much to take in. Honestly, you can’t go wrong with herb fried chicken, then add sweet and savory bacon waffles and top it with liquefied deliciousness. Moaning…..

It’s heavy duty, so makes a perfect dinner to share, readying you for a long night flipping your wig in Vegas 😉 As seen in Bon Appetit, and on the Travel Channel, Man Vs Food, the Rachel Ray Show, and countless others.

Located inside the newly remodeled Plaza hotel, downtown Las Vegas.

Hours: Sun-Thurs 7am-11pm, Fri-Sat, 7am-1am.

http://hashhouseagogo.com

4.5 out of 5 tastebud screamin’points.

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 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!

Mad Girl Eats Angie’s Subs in Jax Beach

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Angie’s Subs, 1436 Beach Blvd, Jacksonville Beach, FL.

Need to grab a sandwich going to or from the beach? Angie’s Subs is your spot. Eclectic, laid back, and friendly staff…with mad delish sandwiches and some of the best southern sweet tea this side of Great Granny’s house. Cold subs, Italian subs, and their “Old Stand By’s” give you many versions to choose from and offers an array of salads as well. Always seeking something different, I ordered The Sweet Tedd T, off the Old Stand By’s menu. You soon learn, anything with their special Peruvian sauce on it, is the way to go.

The Sweet Tedd T. had roast beef, turkey, bacon, provolone cheese, Peruvian sauce, and I had it with Knick Knack (coleslaw) the first time, and with lettuce, tomato and mayo the second. The sub is toasted in a pizza oven that creates a bonus of added flavor, instead of the common steamer crapola. The atmosphere added to my decision to try the Funky Fusion kettle chips and I couldn’t pass up their highly touted Best Sweet Tea in Town.

Go sit and wait for your sub to be delivered, you can’t help but notice the uber cray cray array of decor. Very entertaining…and my type of place when I want complete coolness and no bull. You will also notice the gigoondo squeeze bottle of Peruvian sauce on each table. I couldn’t wait to try, so I open up my Funky Fusion chips and added a dollop of Peruvian sauce. Addictive! I highly recommend the combo, and heightened funkdified flavor.

Toasty warm sandwich delivered. Both literally and figuratively. This will flip your flip-flops folks. The Sweet Tedd T. is a winner! The mix of meats, cheese, sauce, and Knick Knack is mouth-watering. Definitely have the Knick Knack on your sub, if available. The crunch and sweetness is a smart contrast.  Next visit, The Peruvian sub and The Jack Del Rio Grande is what I’ll be diving into.

If you want a memorable sub, hit up Angie’s near Jax beaches. One of the best subs I’ve had in a very long time.

As seen on The Travel Channel.

Open Mon-Sat 10am-9pm, Sun 11am-4pm

5 out of 5 kowabunga points for awesomeness, dude.  😉

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