Zum Stammtisch German Restaurant

Somehow I walked all the way to Glendale, NY. I guess it’s east or north of Ridgewood, Queens. I was set on having my gut anchored down by a schnitzel. The neighborhood is a bit German. Hard to get to as there are no nearby train stops. Their big German restaurant according to Yelp is Zum Stammtisch.

It was very festive inside. Christmas tree and the mounted reindeer head had a red light bulb attached their its nose.

I started off with a cup of Goulash soup ($5.95). So good. Meaty and filling. Just want I needed for walking in the cold for the past 45 minutes. I almost could have stopped there. But that would have been stupid to walk all the way there and just get a small cup of soup.

I also went with what all the Yelpers were raving about –the Jagerschnitzel ($25.95), a gigantic breaded veal cutlet topped with mushroom gravy. Pretty good stuff there. There’s homefries underneath that.

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This was just want I wanted. Merry Christmas.

Zum Stammtisch – 69-46 Myrtle Avenue, Glendale, NY 11385


Tio Wally Eats America: X-mas Message

I’m happy to have Tio Wally (long-time Me So Hungry reader) aboard to send in his eating adventures from across America. Here he is in Boring, Oregon.

Greetings from Boring, Oregon
N 45° 25’ 48” W 122° 22’ 25” Elev. 508 feet

We hope everyone is having a great Xmas.

Although I’m flattered to be parked on SE Wally Road in the town that bills itself as The Most Exciting Place To Live, Xmas on the yacht this year is a little disappointing.

I’m going stir crazy and the SS Me So Hungry’s crack lead navigator, my evil twin Skippy, is driving me crazy. I found this animated clip that depicts how bad it is. I will be accurately portrayed by the interminably calm, cool and collected Ren Höek, while Skippy will be played by the inimitable Stimpson “Stimpy” J. Cat.

Actually, it’s not that bad. We were able to find a halal turkey.


Unfortunately, we have no way to cook it.

Happy Holidays, y’all.

And so we roll.


Tio Wally pilots the 75-foot, 40-ton(max) land yacht SS Me So Hungry. He reports on road food from around the country whenever parking and InterTube connections permit.


Fergie’s Fergalicious Wine Review

The Black Eyed Peas’ Fergie (Stacy Ferguson) makes wine with her father, called Ferguson Crest. Here’s a video review of their red wine blend, called Fergalicious. Please note that I was only drunk for the second half of the video. I don’t have an excuse for the first half.

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Two Instagrams to Follow

If you like Food/NYC/Instagram pics, follow these two:
Good looking food with a baby. Seems like the baby is hitting a lot of newish NYC spots. I see him on Yelp a lot.
Hot Girls Eating Pizza. Drool.

The Brazen Fox’s Bone Marrow Burger

I came here really to just watch football, but ended up ordering the Bone Marrow Burger. It is freakin good. Buttery, rich. Probably ranks up there among some of the best burgers I’ve eaten, like at Fritzl’s. It does get a little messy because of the greasy goodness getting all over your hands, but it’s worth it.

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Also look at this photo I took that Google decided to Googlefy for me. I never asked. Looks pretty cool. I assume they have some sort of algorithm that figures out if the composition is good and how to make it more creative/artistic. It’s interesting. I hope some day Google will just do everything for me. Who knows if I even took this photo. Maybe Google did it.

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The Brazen Fox Kitchen & Craft – 106 3rd Ave (btwn 13th St & 14th)New York, NY 10003

Tio Wally Eats America: The Gearjammer Restaurant

I’m happy to have Tio Wally (long-time Me So Hungry reader) aboard to send in his eating adventures from across America. Here he is in Union Gap, Washington.

Greetings from Union Gap, Washington
N 46° 34.128’ W 120° 28.390’ Elev. 960 feet

When I was a kid my mom used to say “Go to a truck stop if you want good food.” Her reasoning was that it must be good if all the truckers were eating there. I’ve mentioned this before only to correct the fallacy of that belief.

That the food is “automatically” good at a truck stop isn’t remotely true. Indeed, the reason truckers eat at truck stops is quite simple: There is enough room to park their big-ass rigs! That is not to say there aren’t notable exceptions where the food is really good.

The Gearjammer Restaurant, located in the Gearjammer Travel Plaza at Exit 36 on I-82, is definitely one of those notable exceptions. I’ve eaten here a number of times. It’s reasonably priced and the food is always quite good. Since I ended up stuck here for Thanksgiving, and I knew they’d be open, I took advantage of it.

The Thanksgiving Dinner Special consisted of generous portions of white and dark meat turkey with homemade gravy, dressing, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes and gravy, yams/sweet potatoes, corn, a roll, and a choice of soup or salad for $11.29.

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I started with the soup du jour, potato. This was possibly the best potato soup I’ve ever eaten. Thick and creamy, with big pieces of potato and celery, and bits of bacon, this soup was incredible. In fact, both the waitress, Patty, and I agreed that it was “To die for!” So good was it that I’ll now be calling them to see when they have it.

The plate of turkey with all the fixin’s was huge — about twice as much as I could eat — and all of it incredibly tasty. I should’ve asked the chef, Michael, when I talked to him but I think that, with the exception of the canned corn and yams, everything was homemade. He told me he’d spent two days putting it together … and it tasted it.

The turkey was incredibly moist and topped with a great turkey gravy. And it was a lot of meat. The dressing also was really great and, thankfully, not full of sage, a spice I truly abhor. The mashed potatoes tasted homemade and had more of that great gravy on it. Although the yams were missing those crusty little melted marshmallows they were wonderful, too.

What can I say? The whole meal was so good that I had to personally thank Michael for all his hard work. He had definitely made my day by preparing such a tasty and satisfying traditional Thanksgiving dinner.

Because it wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without it, I ordered a piece of pumpkin pie ($2.29) — my favorite — to go. And yes, it came with real whipped cream.

The whole meal was so huge that I ended up with an ample portion of what I consider to be the best part of Thanksgiving — leftovers. Unfortunately, I didn’t have any bread to jam it all onto to make a grossly oversized sandwich. Still, it was fantastic all over again.

Apart from a lack of family and/or friends to share it with, the only thing missing from the meal was pitted black olives … and perhaps children’s fingertips to attach them to.

I hope all of you enjoyed Thanksgiving dinners that were equally satisfying and hope that the rest of your holidays are likewise happy, healthy and suitably festive.

And so we roll.

The Gearjammer Restaurant, I-82 Exit 36, 2310 Rudkin Road, Union Gap, Washington

Tio Wally pilots the 75-foot, 40-ton(max) land yacht SS Me So Hungry. He reports on road food from around the country whenever parking and InterTube connections permit.

Coke and Peanuts

I never heard of Coke and Peanuts until I read this article about FSU’s head coach doing it. Sounds stupid. I tried it. It was stupid. Go Gators!

Coke and Peanuts

Robataya’s Uni and Salmon Roe Don

I don’t know why Uni (Sea Urchin) intrigues me so. The aroma of Uni reminds me of my childhood –our old VCR in the 80’s in Winter Park, FL. It has like a smokey metallic taste that emanated from that early model VCR. Why I keep ordering it? I don’t know.

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This time I tried a big bowl of Uni and Salmon Roe over rice ($22 at Robataya in the East Village). Sounds kind of awesome. It was really good for the first bites at least. Although, I don’t know why anyone would really want to that much Uni and Salmon Roe. I don’t love my old VCR that much. I finished it though.

Robataya – 231 E 9th St (btwn Stuyvesant St & 2nd Ave) New York, NY 10003