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 Post subject: going on tour - need advice
PostPosted: Mon Oct 20, 2008 7:10 pm 
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...but not about any of that boring "touring band" stuff (venues, vans, getting paid, etc.)

i want to know about cool shit (local food, stores, attractions, etc.) in the following towns:

pittsburgh, pa
detroit, mi
cincinnati, oh
birmingham, al
tuscaloosa, al
new orleans, la
dallas/fort worth, tx
austin, tx
san antonio, tx
albuquerque, nm
oklahoma city/norman, ok
columbia, mo
st. louis, mo
chicago, il
bloomington, in

obviously, we've been to a couple of these places and know a thing or two about them already (like p-burgh, cincy, and chicago), but i'm banking that you know something awesome that we don't.

also, the routing here is pretty close to accurate, so if you know of anything cool in a town we'll be passing through or very nearby, throw that in here too. i don't have any problems with driving 20 miles out of the way to get the best fried chicken in the world.

please, have at. thanks...

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 Post subject: Re: going on tour - need advice
PostPosted: Mon Oct 20, 2008 11:01 pm 
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i say sweep through ann arbor between detroit/cincinnati and go to Crazy Jim's Blimpy Burger



you can catch me hungover eating onion rings at about 3:45

tell d.b. to get details from me if you're interested

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 Post subject: Re: going on tour - need advice
PostPosted: Tue Oct 21, 2008 12:31 am 
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wellallihave to suggest is to make uninformed political statements to every group of ohsopoor ignorant pissants that happen to make the drudgerous trek across your determined path and if they're too stoopid to agree with you just spit your enlightening saliva right in their pinched faces and praise your socialist 101 jesus.

if you're in a noise band this would all make sense.


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 Post subject: Re: going on tour - need advice
PostPosted: Tue Oct 21, 2008 12:50 am 
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wellallihave to suggest is to make uninformed political statements to every group of ohsopoor ignorant pissants that happen to make the drudgerous trek across your determined path and if they're too stoopid to agree with you just spit your enlightening saliva right in their pinched faces and praise your socialist 101 jesus.

if you're in a noise band this would all make sense.


sweet. should i do that in birmingham or tuscaloosa?

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 Post subject: Re: going on tour - need advice
PostPosted: Tue Oct 21, 2008 9:06 am 
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In Tuscaloosa, unless you're a commie pinko twig-muncher, you won't find any better BBQ in the whole wide world (and I'm talking to YOU, North Carolina) than Dreamland.

I think people have talked about it here before, but when you're in St. Louis, check out the City Museum. It's the Cedar Point of museums, and you'll know what I mean when you go there. And you really need to get a concrete from Ted Drewes on old Rt. 66. Oh, and avoid their "pizza" like the plague, especially if it's from Imo's. I'm serious about this.

In Albuquerque, swing a dead cat and hit an amazing restaurant (although you can't go wrong at the Frontier near UNM) and eat chicharones at least once in your life.


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 Post subject: Re: going on tour - need advice
PostPosted: Tue Oct 21, 2008 11:19 am 
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I've talked it up a million times, but I'll say it again: Justin, check out Roadside America. You will find information about all sorts of awesome strangeness there.

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 Post subject: Re: going on tour - need advice
PostPosted: Tue Oct 21, 2008 11:45 am 
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jennyw wrote:
I've talked it up a million times, but I'll say it again: Justin, check out Roadside America. You will find information about all sorts of awesome strangeness there.


sweet. i know you've told me about this before, but i usually can't even remember where i left my keys.

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In Tuscaloosa... BBQ... Dreamland.

St. Louis... City Museum... concrete... avoid their "pizza"

Albuquerque... dead cat... restaurant... Frontier... chicharones.


thanks for this. nobody's going to snub their nose at BBQ.

this dead cat swing in albuquerque doesn't sound too fun, but if that's the only way to get good grub, i'll hold my nose...

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 Post subject: Re: going on tour - need advice
PostPosted: Tue Oct 21, 2008 11:59 am 
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justin wrote:
samchecker wrote:
In Tuscaloosa... BBQ... Dreamland.

St. Louis... City Museum... concrete... avoid their "pizza"

Albuquerque... dead cat... restaurant... Frontier... chicharones.


thanks for this. nobody's going to snub their nose at BBQ.

this dead cat swing in albuquerque doesn't sound too fun, but if that's the only way to get good grub, i'll hold my nose...


Well, that was just my clunky way of saying that good food is super-easy to find in ABQ. Especially if you like green chilies.


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 Post subject: Re: going on tour - need advice
PostPosted: Tue Oct 21, 2008 12:24 pm 
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samchecker wrote:
justin wrote:
this dead cat swing in albuquerque doesn't sound too fun, but if that's the only way to get good grub, i'll hold my nose...


Well, that was just my clunky way of saying that good food is super-easy to find in ABQ. Especially if you like green chilies.


that was just my clunky way of making a joke. and i love green chiles. everything in denver was served with green chiles and i thought i was in heaven...

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 Post subject: Re: going on tour - need advice
PostPosted: Tue Oct 21, 2008 12:55 pm 
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If you're looking for BBQ in Texas go to the Salt Lick, it's 15 to 20 minutes from downtown Austin.

http://www.saltlickbbq.com/

If you've got an extra hour to kick around in Dallas the Sixth Floor Museum is worth the $13.50.

http://www.jfk.org/

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 Post subject: Re: going on tour - need advice
PostPosted: Fri Oct 24, 2008 11:41 am 
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Burgers in Chicago? Try here.

http://www.kumas-corner.com/food.html

I haven't been here myself, but I've heard nothing but very, very good things about their sandwiches (which are named after metal bands, so they got that going for them).


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 Post subject: Re: going on tour - need advice
PostPosted: Fri Oct 24, 2008 4:04 pm 
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dolphin quest wrote:
Burgers in Chicago? Try here.

http://www.kumas-corner.com/food.html

I haven't been here myself, but I've heard nothing but very, very good things about their sandwiches (which are named after metal bands, so they got that going for them).


i've heard great stuff about them too. hopefully we get to town early enough for lunch at hot doug's, and then dinner here (or lunch the next day). the high on fire burger sounds amazing:

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HIGH ON FIRE Siracha Hot Chili Sauce, Prosciutto, Roasted Red Pepper, Grilled Pineapple, Sweet Chili Paste

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 Post subject: Re: going on tour - need advice
PostPosted: Fri Oct 24, 2008 4:18 pm 
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pittsburgh, pa

is eide's record store still around there? it rules, like nothing columbus had . . .

detroit, mi

for pizza, go to niki's pizza in greektown. get the gyrolamb as a topping (feta, too, if you like) and enjoy one of my fondest memories of living there.

for a fullbore meal, go to xochimilco's in mexiantown (yes, it's really called that) and order ANYTHING. it's all amazing, there's a TON of food on every plate, and they're open late as hell. i usually go in for some kind of chorizo-based-breakfast meal after shows up there

cincinnati, oh
just eat at skyline. seriously. it's completely different that anywhere else in the US.
la rosa's pizza is a good rec, too . . .

austin, tx
stubb's bbq. like the bottled sauce? it came from here.


albuquerque, nm
just make sure to ask where to get good "new mexican" food, and you'll be in heaven.

st. louis, mo
their li'l hip district is called "the loop" and is full of good shit. find the llop, and then you'll notice there's like 9 badass looking thai places all around you. eat at any of them. their all owned by the same family, share a lot of recipes, and have amazing food. you can eat at the one that looks like a fast food place and get the same satay they serve inther fine dining one. and it's sooo good.
also, check out vintage vinyl. mind blowing

chicago, il
giordanos pizza must not be missed. get the stuffed with double sausage and onion, and bring me back half of it.
over near lincoln park, my favorite place in all of chicago is delicious and fairly cheap: la creperie. i never thought i could eat crepes every day, until i ate there. the owner's granddad came over from france, and started making crepes for the locals, and it's been the family business ever since. the dessert one's are fantastic, too . . .
and if you've got time to kill, shopping around halstead is always fun (remember when the short north was the "gay" district? it's like that, times 1000, but with comic nerd shit in every gay-themed giftshoppe. seriously. equal parts wizard of oz and batman). lot's of cool stores, bondage shops and sextoy galleries, too.


enjoy your trip, and bring me back on of those high on fire burgers as well. . .

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 Post subject: Re: going on tour - need advice
PostPosted: Fri Oct 24, 2008 4:45 pm 
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I also really like a BBQ place on 6th St. in Austin called the Jackalope.

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 Post subject: Re: going on tour - need advice
PostPosted: Fri Oct 24, 2008 4:58 pm 
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st. louis, mo
their li'l hip district is called "the loop" and is full of good shit. find the llop, and then you'll notice there's like 9 badass looking thai places all around you. eat at any of them. their all owned by the same family, share a lot of recipes, and have amazing food. you can eat at the one that looks like a fast food place and get the same satay they serve inther fine dining one. and it's sooo good.
also, check out vintage vinyl. mind blowing


seconded!
it's the washington university area, if that helps.
also, their science center is cool. it's free admission last time i went.

chicago:
weiner circle!! there's a sweet record shop down the street from it too.

cincinnati:
there's a scottish restaurant downtown, i believe it's called Nicholson's. It's a mite pricey BUT they have an entire menu / wall of scotch and whiskey.

new orleans:
apparently they have drive thru margarita stands?

dallas:
the grassy knoll? :mrgreen:

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casserole wrote:
BastardSuperstar wrote:
st. louis, mo
their li'l hip district is called "the loop" and is full of good shit. find the llop, and then you'll notice there's like 9 badass looking thai places all around you. eat at any of them. their all owned by the same family, share a lot of recipes, and have amazing food. you can eat at the one that looks like a fast food place and get the same satay they serve inther fine dining one. and it's sooo good.
also, check out vintage vinyl. mind blowing


seconded!
it's the washington university area, if that helps.
also, their science center is cool. it's free admission last time i went.



actually, so's their zoo, and it fucking rules!!!

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 Post subject: Re: going on tour - need advice
PostPosted: Fri Oct 24, 2008 7:44 pm 
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DeVille wrote:
I also really like a BBQ place on 6th St. in Austin called the Jackalope.

Iron Works BBQ catered an Americana Music Association party a few years back and I loved their brisket. Of course, Stubb's is always great.

Then again, I also like Guero's

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