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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Spring Street Grill

This is one of those old joints that all the old timers have been going to for lunch their whole lives.  It's on a side street off the "main drag" in Springdale (which isn't much of a main drag these days).

Anyhoo, it's been the Spring Street Grill since 1987, and my research (asking the waitress) indicates that this building was a hotel and "maybe a whorehouse" prior to that.  I guess the dining area kinda looks like a hotel lobby/saloon.



A full order of "additions" is $3.00.

Whoa!  The Chicken Fried Steakwich is EXQUISITELY TENDER! I didn't try it but I wondered about for the rest of the day.

The full order of fries is substantial.

Fresh cut, hot, and pretty well cooked through.

But I noticed that there were "seasoned fries" on the specials board.  I decided that I needed to investigate for science.  The seasoned fries (also $3.00):

Potato wedges, arkies, whatever you call em-they were really good!  Lots of seasoning and fluffy/steamy on the inside.

Spring Street Grill is the real deal.  The fresh cut suckers are a solid 9, and the seasoned ones are a 10.  Do it.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Doe's Eat Place

Doe's Eat Place is a chain, but they make a big deal about it being "family owned".  It's not clear to me whether they mean the chain is family owned or each restaurant is family owned.  It looks like the Mississippi and Kentucky locations are family owned, but the franchise locations are not.  Either way, they want you to think it's family something.  We went to the one on Dickson Street in Fayetteville.

There's a lot to take in visually at Doe's.  The building is separated into two sides.  One side is a crazy mess of beer signs and crap hanging all over the ceiling including a FULL COMPLEMENT of inflatable Nascar cars.

Also, a full 20 square yards behind the bar is dedicated to (what I assume) is the owner's collection of ball caps.  One of them was from the Huson Funeral Home in Little Rock which begs two questions: 1.  Why does a funeral home need ball caps (with camouflage bills no less); and 2. Why would you hang that in your bar/restaurant?

The other side of the joint is more "traditional".  And by traditional I mean that there are stuffed versions of the animals you might try to eat staring at you from the wall.

We had already eaten (natch) so we just had fries and beers.  $1.99 gets you this:

Fresh cut daily, cooked (pretty much) all the way through.  Just the right amount of salt.

A good amount of tasty, hot, fresh fries for a good price.  9 out of 10.

P.S.  Our waitress Lauren was super sweet.  She brought Amy some fried biscuits.  I had never heard of fried biscuits.  They were silly.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Arsaga's Depot

I don't hang around coffee shops too much (at all, really). Mostly because I can drink a maximum of two regular-strength coffees or else I become impossibly ratcheted like I'm on PCP or something.  So the super-strength (and super-priced) coffees of the coffee shop world are really not for me.  Plus, coffee shops can be a haven for the assy.  

So when I heard that Arsaga's Depot had food I was conflicted. Until I saw the menu.  They have four kinds of fries, and they are located pretty prominently on the menu.  That was too much to ignore.  I piled Amy and the Grunion up and we headed to Dickson Street in the rain.

Okay, so it's called the Depot cause it's in the old Fayetteville train depot-get it?

Typical coffee shop atmosphere complete with young, assy hipsters who LOVED the flash on my cell phone camera.  I'm noticing lately that when young people turn to give me the disgusted stare/eye roll they kind of faintly smile with a kind of pity.  Maybe I'm crossing into the "aww...that poor old guy doesn't know any better" realm.  Whatever.



There's a cool covered deck out back that looks over the walking trail so you can watch people exercise while you eat.  I love that!  Amy said that sitting on the deck back there felt like we were in a big city.

Let's see.  The fries all look interesting, and the prices are not crazy.  I don't like poutine or honey, so we ordered the herb and beer cheese ones.  Fingers crossed.

Behold!

MASSIVE portions of fries!  For the prices this is totally cool.

The beer cheese ones are AWESOME.  The cheese sauce was drippy and creamy.

And the herb ones are great too.  The three dipping sauces are all really different and kinda make it seem like you have 4 different kinds of fries.

The Grunion approved (fuzzy cause the kid never sits still longer than 3 microseconds).

Amy approved.

And a train came by while we were there so the Grunion lost his mind.
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Who woulda thunk it?  The new leader for fries in Fayetteville is definitely these guys.  Do not wait.   Go there immediately.  We're going back today to try the poutine and honey ones.  

10 out of 10.

Editor's note:  In the interest of full disclosure, the management of this publication feels responsible to point out that Gibby, fearing that the fry offerings of Arsaga's Depot would not be to his liking, ate dinner at a restaurant next to Arsaga's (Deluxe Burger) PRIOR to reviewing the fries at Arsaga's Depot with the rationale that he would "just try a few of the fries to get a general idea of what they were like".  This is what was left of the two MASSIVE orders of fries:

Friday, September 12, 2014

Amy Vs.Kansas City MEGA POST

Every once in a while, Amy and I get to sneak away from the Grunion and pretend to be non-kid people.  Last weekend we busted it up to KC to check out the scene.  This is KC.

The first night we were going to see Cake play, so we needed some fry courage (on accounta we're so old and going to concerts can be embarrassing).  Luckily, there was a joint located right in our hotel called Drum Room that had an interesting offering.

Salt and Vinegar fries with Goat Cheese Fondue?  Ok.

Strike one was that they were "out of salt and vinegar fries".  They didn't have any salt or vinegar sitting around the kitchen?  Whatever.  They had "regular" fries though.

15 minutes and $4 later this was what we got.

Admirable for a bar.  Crispy, hot, green stuff on top.

The goat cheese fondue was awesome, but miniscule.  More would have been better (obviously).  Also, dipping the fries in the tiny ramekin was difficult.

All in all, I would say these are a solid 8.  I almost ordered another round.  I should mention that this is the first moment that Amy became suspicious about my intentions for the weekend.
AMY:  We're not just going to be eating at french fry places all weekend, right?
GIBBY:  *cough...Why no, honey.  There'll be plenty of other stuff.

It wasn't until they were almost all gone that we noticed that the fries came in a mini iron stew pot.  Cool.  But no extra points.

Standing in line to get into Grinders, we met this nice couple who were there for the concert as well.  They were intrigued by my quest for fries, and offered up some suggestions (which we didn't have time to check out).  Anyway, I told them I would make them famous.

Grinders was total chaos, so we couldn't try the fries and tots they are apparently famous for until the next day.  More on that later.

Cake was fun.  The only problem was that we're not used to two hundred or so 40-year olds in Members Only® jackets whipping out joints and smoking them all around us.  

I got super dizzy and danced real good...

A couple hours later we shuffled into BRGR cause my research outlined some cool fry-related items there.

Amy was tired (and not paying too much attention) so I ordered a bunch of stuff before she really noticed.

I distracted her by pointing out the cool switchblade style steak knives.

When they brought the first round of all the crap I ordered (giant pretzels with cheese dip) Amy got SUPER PARANOID that everyone was looking at us cause we ordered SO MUCH stuff and it was ALL CRAP.  I told her she probably just had a contact high from the Members Only® jacket crew and that she was being silly.

Actually, now that I'm seeing the pictures...




That last pic is a Lobster Grilled Cheese that comes WITH TRUFFLE FRIES and a fried egg on top.  The sandwich was meh.

The regular fries were served in an espresso milk steamer thingy.  They were pretty good.  At $3 in this area of town I'll give em an 8.

The tots were awesome.  For $5 you get a ton.  10 out of 10.

The Truffle Fries were similarly awesome.  $4 for these is a great deal.  10 out of 10.

Let me express how miserably stuffed I was at this point.  I ordered a beer and didn't even finish half of it cause my stomach was so bloated.  Why?  When will the madness end?  Amy was pissed that I tricked her into more fries.

The next day we went back to Grinders.  I told Amy that it was on the way to a place we were going later.  She was suspicious again.

Grinders is basically JR's Lightbulb Club frozen in time in about 1995.  They were even playing Matchbox 20 when we walked in (strike one).  "BIG ASS FRIES"?  And "BIG ASS TOTS"?  Let's get it on!

Um.....where's the BIG?

Again.....this is BIG ASS?

Grinders is a really cool joint, but their fries and tots are substandard.  Go for the pie and beers, but skip the fries and tots. 6 out of 10.

Amy was pissed (again).  Understandable considering it had now been about 26 hours and she had eaten nothing but fries, cheese, and soft pretzels.  I offered her a pizza.

A PIZZA WITH CHILI TATER TOTS ON IT!  This is their "famous" Chili Bomb Pie.  It's a pizza with a mound of tater tots smothered in chili and cheese in the middle.  Amy refused.

I promised Amy she could have "real" food at the next place, which happened to be Haus.

This German-like joint was hosting an Oktoberfest later in the day, but they also have something called "Belgian Fries" which are supposedly "double cooked" so I wanted to get there early to try them.  Whoa.  Saturday at 2pm is kinda dead here.

Apparently we got there WAY too early. We made the best of it.  First, Fried Cheese Curds and MORE PRETZELS!  Amy had pretty much given up on food at this point.

There was something weird about the pretzels...

The fried cheese curds were stupid.

And the fries.

Well...

Hmmm.

They're bad.  Nothing cute here, they're just soggy and bad.  4 out of 10.

The waitresses were wearing those cute Oktoberfest dresses though!

We drowned our sorrows in samples of 30 different "Oktoberfest" beers-most of which were pumpkin-flavored.

We capped off the night with a few brews at The Flying Saucer.  And since Amy said she never wanted to see fries again I ordered the most ridiculous (non-fries) thing on the menu which turned out to be a MASSIVE disgusting display of 'Merica.  Pretzels, cut up bits of ham and sausage, AND A GIANT VAT OF CHEESE DIP on stilts with a burner for the whole world to see.  It also had carrots and celery though, so it was healthy!

Amy was totally defeated.

Victory: Kansas City 
P.S.  I love Amy more than I love anyone else cause she puts up with this crap.