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EAST BOUND AND DOWN…LOADED UP AND TRUCKIN’

September 16, 2012 1 comment

To say we saw a few 18 wheelers on the road between Memphis and Nashville would be one of the grosses (or is it “most gross”) understatementS ever uttered by mankind…..Cledus Snowman (Jerry Reed), of Smokey and the Bandit fame, would have thought he died and gone to Trucker Heaven…..

SNOWMAN & FRED

Trucks and more trucks, as far as the eye could see….I’ve never seen anything like it….there would be stretches where there weren’t any other cars…..just The Wife, me, our kinda crummy Dodge rental car and a highway full of massive transports…..

Being the smallest thing on the road made for a semi-nervous drive…..so by the time we got to Nashville we were kinda pooped…..and the fact that our GPS took us through an extended scenic route to our hotel, didn’t really help any…

But we arrived, no worse for wear, and after a moment or two of chilling out we began thinking about where we wanted to eat….there are a few Triple D spots in Music City, but there weren’t any very close to our hotel and we were too tired to drive into town…..so we grabbed the hotel restaurant list and between it and my IPAD we figured on a couple of possibliities……they were all close together so we just decided to crawl back into the car and to make a final decision  on the way…..as we were leaving the hotel we ran into the desk clerk taking a smoke break outside….we asked, “What’s good to eat……and close?”

He rattled off a few spots but then suggested a place called Vittles…..he said the food was down home-styled cookin’ and the prices were very reasonable….both of those sounded good to us, so off we went…

It was only about five minutes from where we were staying…we found it in a strip center….we parked and as we got inside we noticed a couple of things….one…..it was big…..loads of dining space……two it was kinda like a cracker barrell-light…..there were some trinkets and jars of preserves on some shelves in the entry way….

 

The hostess showed us to a table and when the waiter brought us some menus we gave him our drink order…..the menu was varied with all the down home-styled usuals…..chicken fried steak, chicken, meatloaf, etc…..but there were also some things like pot roast, shrimp and southern styled catfish….

I’m usually pretty good about deciding what I want pretty quick….and we all know The Wife, for all her wonderful qualities, can be ……let us say…….in-dee-cisive about ordering a meal….however, on this particular evening she was first deciding on the catfish…..I, on the other hand was torn between the pot roast and the chicken fried steak…..and it wasn’t until the waiter came back that I picked pot roast……yep…..that’s what I wanted…..pot roast….

BUT THEN…..something happened that almost never-ever-ever-never-ever happens…..

The Wife was asking what southern styled catfish was and as the waiter began telling us that it was more or less a cajun styled catfish with a little kick to it…..suddenly pot rosted began to become a distant memory….”I’ll have the same….”, I heard myself saying…..

For sides I went with black eye peas, corn nuggets, hush puppies and ambrosia salad….

For those of  you unfamiliar with what ambrosia salad is……let me fill you in….growing up on Moma’s side of the family we had Mamaw…and Mamaw was always a whiz in the kitchen….she could cook you up a mess of something that would be some of the best mess of something you ever ate….but as she got older and she became kinda limited in the kitchen, she was the designated “Ambrosia Salad (or as we called it Pink Salad), bringer….and so, I never see this concoction that I don’t think of Mamaw…..it’s really just pink or green jello with marshmallows, assorted fruits and sometimes nuts….but it holds a very special place in my Fat ‘Ol Heart…

The waiter left to put our order in and we reflected on our trip so far…..it had been a good few days…..lots of good food and the Elvis Experience to boot….

When we got our food….I must say….it looked pretty good….maybe we were in the “Very Tired” zone or maybe we had just lucked into a place that was serving good down home cookin’…..

 

The catfish did indeed have a bit of a cajun (or as Moma would say, a coonass) bite to it….the spice was not overwhelming but it did let you know it was there….and the portion was ginormous in nature….it was so big that The Wife halved her’s and had enough to feed The Father-In-Law, who was joining us, later that night…

The sides were all good…..the pink salad couldn’t hold a candle to Mamaw’s but was really good……the corn nuggets were hot and crispy…..the hush puppies held up the good ol’ Southern tradition…..and the corn bread was moist and buttery…..

We finished off our meal with good ol’ scratch made nanner’ puddin’…..

I DIDN’T TAKE A PIC…THIS IS JUST SOME INTERNET NANNER’ PUDDIN’

If you ever come across a Vittles and you’re hungry, I highly recommend stopping….the food is really good, you get lots of it and the prices won’t wipe you out….

And now for the Brisket Pics…..she’s gotten bigger and even though she knows what a pet door is for….she’s still taking advantage of the “Pee-Pads”….between all the tinkle and her sharp lil’ teeth….we have to constantly remind ourselves how cute she is and how much we love her…..

ALWAYS THE SWEET LIL GIRL

We really do love her…..we…..really…..really…..do…..

VERY PROUD OF THE HOLE SHE JUST DUG

http://vittlesrestaurant.com/food-menu.html

 

 

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HEED THE WARNINGS…

One of the places that use to be in our Friday night rotation was Willie’s Ice House..it is a great place to go with the kids because you can sit outside and they can play in the huge sandbox…..I guess with cooler weather or maybe for some reason(s) I’m not aware of we kinda dropped it….not sure what those reasons might be…..the food’s great and we always enjoy ourselves when we go….it’s amazing what warmer weather and a coupon can do for bringing a place back into favor….

And coupons we had….so we headed to the Willie’s in The Woodlands for our Friday night with The Big Willie’s (no he doesn’t own Willie’s Ice House…nor do they give him any sorta discount cuz he is Big Willie)….if you’ve never been to Willie’s you stand in line and order from the counter….the menu is varied and there is a pretty good selection to choose from….

There is the usual faire found in your ice house kinda joint…..burgers, nachos, sandwiches, etc. (you get the idea)…they also serve chicken fried steak, fish, and a variety of po-boys…..we always get some fried mushrooms (The Wife’s fave) and after debating between the cfs and a cheeseburger, I decided on a catfish po-boy….with a side of sweet’tater fries….

As I told the girl behind the counter what I wanted she says, “That comes with our hot and spicy cole slaw…..is that ok?”….

My brain spun around in my skull and I thought ….Wha……me not ok with hot and spicy?

Why yes, miss…..I’d love it hot and spicy”……is what came out of my mouth….

She gave me an OOOOO-K BIG BOY….WHATEVER YOU SAY kinda look and moved me down the line to get my drink….

After filling my plastic glass with ice and Coke Zero I made my way to the table by the sandbox and gave the waitress our ticket….I took my seat and she began to list what we had just ordered and when she got to the catfish po-boy she asked just what the girl behind the counter had just asked, “You know this comes with our hot and spicy cole slaw…..you ok with that?”

I know I smirked as I said, “The hotter, the better….”

Like the girl earlier, she gave me that YEAH, RIGHT look and took our orders to the kitchen….

We sat back and watched the kids in the sandbox and relived the events of the past week….the fried mushrooms arrived shortly as well as some chips and salsa….we started to dig in and I must say the mushrooms are pretty good…..they come with a honey-mustard sauce (dressing) to dip them in….battered and deep-fried they can become addictive and before long you’ve wolfed down a dozen or 20 and suddenly you’re not so hungry for your main course…

But alas…..I some how found it within myself to scarf down the last couple ‘shrooms and make room for the catfish po-boy being set in front of me…..it’s a good looking sammich….full of golden fried catfish, that scary spicy cole slaw all laying between a sandwich roll….I smacked my lips and picked it up….surprisingly it held together and I took my first bite….I tasted bread and catfish….either the cole slaw wasn’t all that or I just hadn’t gotten to it yet….bite #2 was more of the same……the bread was fresh and the catfish good…..lightly breaded and not greasy…..so far no big bad hot and spicy….

Then there was bite #3…..to say it set off fireworks in my mouth would be a slight understatement…..not the hottest thing I’ve ever tasted but…..it was hot….and spicy……and did I say…..HOT?

It wasn’t the type of HOT to build a little at a time….it was a light switch being turned on…..an explosion of flavor inside my mouth…..my nose ran….my lips burned….my eyes……watered….and again it wasn’t an unpleasant heat…..it let you know it was there but didn’t overpower you to where it began to take away from the catfish….

Dang it was good….

I would have to say this is one of the best catfish samiches I’ve ever had…..the combination of lightly breaded catfish and the hot and spicy cole slaw worked great together….

The sweet’tater fries were ok….not the best I’ve ever had…..but not the worst either…..just sorta so-so……then again my mouth may have been so fired up with the cole slaw that the fries just couldn’t compete with the heat….

This would be a FatJoe recomendation…….not sure if they serve the cole slaw on any other po-boys…..if they don’t maybe you can request it….

But if you’re scared of the heat…..HEED THE WARNINGS……..

http://williesrestaurants.com/

FAT MIKES BRINGS IT AGAIN….

September 12, 2011 Leave a comment

It’s nice to be getting back to blogging…..the last few weeks since we got back from Hawaii have been crazy….at best….computer goes out….we switch internet providers….school started…….and was sick……and that was just the Monday after we got back…..haha….

Fat Mikes has become one of my new favorite places….The Wife has told me it’s “Our” place and I cannot go there without her….we’ll see….how that works out….

Kerville Dad-n-Law was in town as well as The Sis-n-Law….so as a treat for them and for me……we decided to take them to FM’s……if The Wife has a rule….by golly I’m gonna hit her up for it at every chance…..

We went on a Saturday Night and walked in and saw the special board…..Fried Catfish…..we all know how much FatJoe loves catfish…..if you can remember back to the Tailgate Grill out in Rose Hill…..I can still taste that lightly fried delight…..so…..I was gonna give Fat Mike a shot……

GREAT FRIED CATFISH AND WONDERFUL SWEET TATER CASSEROLE

We all sat and began to look over the menu…..Kerville Dad-n-Law went with me and opted for the catfish…..The Wife went with a sampler platter (which included sliders) and The Sis-n-Law picked a BBQ stuffed baked tater……

We ordered some onion rings to tide us over till the real food showed up…..and I must say….while onion rings aren’t my fave……these were really good……light and crispy……we finished ’em off with time to spare…..

The fish showed up and to say there was a lot on the plate…..and those are a few of my favorite words……lot on the plate

My sides were….the wonderful Sweet Tater casserole and fries…..

As I sat in wonderment looking at the bounty before me……my compadres began feasting on their own plates…..The Sis-n-Law’s stuffed tater was huge…..and filled with some nice chopped brisket…..she did have to ask for more sauce…..but…..life ain’t perfect….The Wife’s Sampler Platter looked good too…..the sliders (one of which would find its way to my big mouth) looked and as it turned out…..were very tasty…..

Now to the Fish…..if I’m saying the Tailgate’s Fried Catfish is pretty dang close to perfect…..then Fat Mike’s is pretty dang close to pretty dang close to perfect…..I’d still give the Tailgate the edge…..but that’s about it……an edge…..both are lightly battered and lightly fried…..no fishy taste to be found…..and both have nice portions……The Tailgate has one big piece of fish while Fat Mikes gives you three or four good sized pieces…..both will fill you up……

I guess I’ll have to get Mama to do a taste test between the two…..she is…..the Louisianna Catfish Queen…..those old days back in the bayous of La have made her an expert on Catfish…..(love you too….Mama)….

Another shot outta da park for Fat Mikes…..

http://www.fatmikesonline.com/

 

 

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