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Menu Please: Delicious Bargains at Tiny Thai Hut

Pity the poor cilantro hater. Genetically disposed to loathe the pungent herb ubiquitous to Latin and Asian cooking, they find themselves the object of disbelief, mockery, and repeated attempts to recruit them to the legions of cilantro lovers. There are… Continue Reading

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Menu Please: Fire and Pizza at Cinders

In his 1983 book “Third Helpings,” journalist Calvin Trillin investigated the infamous Fried Chicken Wars of Crawford County, Kansas. It seems that Chicken Annie had made a name for herself in the 1930s until 1943, when Chicken Mary opened up… Continue Reading

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Menu Please: El Delicioso Burrito: Don’t Fear Gas Station Cuisine

Jane and Michael Stern, those chroniclers of true American food, wrote in their 1986 travelogue-cum-cookbook “Real American Food” of the Southern phenomena of combining food and unrelated commerce: “Drive along a country road in the Mississippi Delta and you will… Continue Reading

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Menu Please: Carnegie’s – The Devil is in the Details

Andrew Carnegie was a Scot who emigrated to America and made an enormous fortune in steel. In 1889 he wrote an article titled Wealth, promoting his view that with great wealth came great responsibility. When he turned 65 in 1900, he began… Continue Reading

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Menu Please: Shameless O’Leery’s – Whiskey, Football, and Food

It was during the 1970s and early 1980s when a predilection took hold for restaurants to be named after a fictional person, names with little or no association to the actual owners and operators: Ruby Tuesday’s, Tia’s Tex-Mex,  R.J. Monkeyshines,  Applebee’s,… Continue Reading

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Menu Please: Visions of Sugar-free Sugarplums

Practice a little moderation now and then to increase the pleasure of the blow-outs. – advice given to writer Adair Lara by her father Since August: It took 45 minutes for Olive Garden to sell out of their promotional $100 for… Continue Reading