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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Parkside Public

It seemed like last Saturday would be normal enough.  I mean, Saturdays are usually a little more exciting sure, but nothing could have prepared me for the ordeal that I experienced.  This was the scene:  Parkside Public in Rogers.

The folks behind Parkside are the same ones that run a bunch of downtown Rogers joints (Club Frisco, Iron Horse Coffee Company, The Rail Pizza Company).  Maybe they had a bunch of free time or something.  The inside is cool.

Good beer selection.

Also, 80s-90s graffiti tag.  Is nothing safe from these hooligans?

The fry offerings are featured prominently on the menu.  Good sign.
GIBBY: "Let's do the Debris and the Garlic Parmesan, AND an order of regular fries."
AMY: "But you just ate like 3 hours ago."
GIBBY:  "Oh, and also let's split one of the burgers cause we should, you know, try em at least since this is a burger joint and all."
AMY:  "Absolutely not.  Every time we go out.......oh, alright."

BOOM. 

Let's start with the regular ones. Good amount for $2.00.

Hot, crispy, a little bit of skin on em.

Excellent.  10 out of 10.

The Debris fries have this gravy on em that will instantly transport you back to your youth.  Savory, hot goodness with just the right consistency reminded me of meals served at home after a long day of playing in the snow.

Gooey Monterrey jack cheese.  10 out of 10.

The Garlic Parmesan fries are solid.  After the Debris fries they may seem underwhelming, but they are a 10 nonetheless.

Cheesy/Nom Nom.

We chose to try the signature Parkside Public burger.

I have no idea what peppadew jalapeno relish is, but it was awesome.

When we get multiple orders of fries to sample for review, I hardly ever finish them all because I don't want my stomach to explode.  At Parkside, I ate every. damn. fry.  They are that good.  This place is gonna be insane packed/busy.  Go there now.  Do not wait.

I would give Parkside and 11 out of 10 if that was possible.  Oh wait, I can do anything I want.  11 out of 10.

Extra Mixel Story for 5-year Olds as Told by the Grunion
GRUNION:  "And now the story of when Flamzer got attacked for no reason whatsoever while he was minding his own business HUGE BREATH and definitely not doing anything that he shouldn't be doing on a nice day I think it was a Wednesday in March or April of 2010."

GRUNION:  nixel voice:  "Aaaaargh!  I'm gonna NIXEL you!"

GRUNION:  Flamzer voice:  "Oh no!"

GRUNION:  nixel voice:  "Give me all your Cubits!"

GRUNION:  Flamzer voice:  "No!  I will fire-tail you!"
sfx:  whooosh!

GRUNION:  nixel voice:  "Aaahhh!  You nixeled me!"

Victory: Flamzer

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Lucky Luke's BBQ

Since I'm currently trying to lose some weight, this past weekend I TOTALLY PIGGED OUT.  My future health loss is your gain, though, cause I found a new fry star.  Lucky Luke's is in the strip mall a couple blocks North of the U of A campus.  Usually BBQ joints don't have fries so I was kinda surprised when my friend Lauren (who works there) told me otherwise.

WHA?  Skateboarding is not a crime, man!  Rollerblading might be, though.

The inside of Lucky Luke's does not look like I expected.  It's kinda "broody".

Nice "Awwww Yeah" on the window.  My flash scared the crap outta that kid, BTW. 

Order of fries for $1.49?  Sold!

BBQ Cheese Fries for $6.99?  Let's go!

While we waited, we ate deep fried jalapeno slices.  They were sooooo good.

The Grunion looked at the menu and decided that he would eat skittles from the gumball vending machines in front of the Dollar General store next door.

And yes, that is a pink toy animal carrier that he hauls his "practice hamster" around in.  And before you jump to conclusions about the boy, he told us he picked pink "cause the girls at school would like it."  So there.

BEHOLD THE BBQ FRIES! 

There are actually fries buried under all that shredded pork, fried jalapenos, and cheese.  These things are a stomach destroyer.

They're so good they made me hate myself.  10 out of 10.

Oh yeah, I also got myself some sausage for dessert as a side for my side of fries.  But only cause I wanted you, my dear readers, to see the fries in their natural state.

Go to Lucky Luke's and try the BBQ Cheese Fries.  And ask for Lauren.  That's her on the left.

P.S.  I spent the rest of the night in the fetal position cause my stomach was so full.  You all have no idea the sacrifices I endure for your education.

Friday, January 16, 2015

World of Beer vs. House 4 Beer

There is a strange battle waging in the South Daytona Beach area between two seemingly similar craft beer bars.  As I was searching for the next fry place to try on a recent trip down to FL, I noticed an interesting thread of yelp reviews for World of Beer and House 4 Beer that indicate that if you are a craft beer fan in that area, you MUST CHOOSE AN ALLEGIANCE.

Take a few minutes and read the reviews for both:
http://www.yelp.com/biz/house-for-beer-port-orange?osq=house+4+beers
http://www.yelp.com/biz/world-of-beer-port-orange

As you can see, most people are either team H4B or team WOB.  H4B is a privately-owned stand-alone, while WOB is a chain with 50+ locations.  I  found it fascinating, and naturally I decided to investigate.  I imagined that H4B was for the "greasers" and WOB was for the "soces"(sp?) a la The Outsiders.  Which would I be?

We tried WOB first cause it was closest to where we were staying.  It's in a micro-mall fairly close to the beach area.  I like the building.


They have beers.  Lots of beers.

And more beers.

And board games.

It was new years day, and the only employee working the front was a kid named Kyle.  Weird name, but he was on point.  He kept up with everybody there (about 12 people total) perfectly fine, and even managed to talk to us quite a bit about the beers. Sorry about potato quality picture, but had beers.

And they have fries.  $2.50 got us these wedges.

They were steaming hot.  Crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside.

And even though I don't give extra points for ketchup, the ketchup was really good.

Amy thought they were the bomb.

I paired the fries with a Terrapin Brewing Company French Toasted Wake and Bake Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout.  Long name.  Good beer.

All in, WOB was a pretty good experience.  Kyle even sold us a Cigar City Brewing snifter glass.  The prices were normal for the beers, and $2.50 for that amount (more would have been better) for those fries rates em a solid 9.

Off to H4B we went.

H4B is in a much bigger mall which they call a "galleria".  Fancy!  I didn't like the building as much.

As with WOB, they have beers.

Lots of beers.

And also a whole fridge full of "trade beers".  Beers people brought in and left that you could call them and ask if they wanted to trade for whatever beer you brought in.  It made me mad cause there were all these great beers in there that I wanted, but I hadn't brought anything to trade.  Dammit!  Maybe next time.

I was also sad cause the guy who everyone on Yelp says is a jerk (Patrick) wasn't working.  I really wanted to see what he was about.  Anyhoo, the kid working that day was Aldon, and he was cool.  He was super-friendly, let us try stuff (contrary to the yelp claims) and seemed to know/care about beer.  That's him way down there in the black shirt.  While we were there, Aldon's girlfriend brought him a sandwich and I quoted the line from Clerks about your girlfriend bringing you lunch and he chuckled.

The beer selection at H4B was definitely more refined than WOB.  I wouldn't say that's a negative for WOB, just an observation.   Also, the prices were comparable.   Actually, everything was pretty much even-steven.

But.

H4B does not have fries.

Game over.

Guess I'm a Soc.