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Tio Wally Eats America: Costco

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 Kennewick, Washington.

Tio%20Wally%20Eats%20America%20truck Tio Wally Eats America: Costco

Greetings from Kennewick, Washington
N 46.227125 W 119.235268 Elev. 480 ft.

If you’ve never been to Costco before it can be an interesting place. It’s a membership warehouse store where “50 million people” pay a $55 (or $110) yearly fee for the privilege of buying more stuff than many of them will ever need and/or use.

Everything there is big: big packages, big bundles. If you want, say, a cantaloupe, you can’t buy just one. You have to buy a net-bag of three melons. And so it goes for virtually everything throughout the store.

Don’t get me wrong. It’s very high-quality stuff at fairly reasonable prices. You just have to want a lot, a whole lot. This can work out favorably, though. I bought an entire case (24 bottles) of the best beer in the world — Alaskan Amber Ale — for less than $24. The cheapest I’d seen it previously was about $30.

Costco also has a snack bar that’s truly a great deal. It offers only a half-dozen or so items but all of them are reasonably good, especially the Polish Dogs. And if the snack bar is located outside the building you don’t need a membership card to get one!

The deal is a 1/4 Pound PLUS All Beef Hot Dog or Polish Sausage with a 20 oz. Soda (one refill) for $1.50. As long as I can remember Costco sold Hebrew National meat tubes at the snack bar, which were really great. No surprise there. After all, Hebrew “We Answer to a Higher Authority” National is kosher, so they know weenies. Now, however, all Costco sells are Kirkland (Costco’s store brand) sausages. I don’t think they’re quite as good as the Hebrew National’s but it’s still a tasty deal.

Along with the dogs they have some decent fixin’s, like deli mustard, fresh-bagged, mechanically chopped onions from a hand-cranked, screw-driven metal dispenser, and little cups of sauerkraut (on request). All in all it’s a very good and very filling deal.

The bad part, though, is that in older stores and stores located in Northern climes the snack bar is located inside the building. That means you have to have a membership card to get in; they actually have people posted at the door checking membership cards like they’re visas or passports or something.

Of course, there are ways around that, too. But what a pain in the ass for a freakin’ ‘furter, Frank.

And so we roll.

Costco, locations throughout North America.

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.

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Tio Wally Eats America: Make Your Own Wendy’s Chili Dog

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 Decatur, Alabama.

Tio%20Wally%20Eats%20America%20truck Tio Wally Eats America: Make Your Own Wendys Chili Dog

Greetings from Decatur, Alabama
N 34° 32.342’  W 086° 54.687’  Elev. 637 ft.

If you sail the Interstates for a living, eating fast food is an inevitability. Eventually you will be tired enough or hungry enough or it will be the only thing available or whatever. It’s going to happen. While I avoid fast food as much as possible, sometimes there are actually good things to be had, occasionally at a reasonable price.

Here’s yet another example:

Ah, Dave Thomas, the adopted kid who grew up to build a hamburger empire named after his daughter, and then go on to do so much for so many through his generous philanthropy. Along the way he also inadvertently created a damn good chili dog without purveying a single sausage during his long, industrious career. Neat trick.

I always liked Dave. But how did Dave create a great on-the-road chili dog without handling a single wiener? He made Wendy’s Chili, then located his restaurants in a bunch of truck stops across America.

I’m not waving a limp frank here, Furter. I’ve mentioned the quality of Wendy’s chili in the comment section of this blog previously. But now I’m going full frontal — with pictures and everything!

Though mildly spiced, Wendy’s chili is a nice mix of ground beef, white and kidney beans, bell pepper and tomato, in a really flavorful, slightly sweet sauce. Even better, many of the Wendy’s has chopped red onion which they will generously add on request. If you want, you can add cheese for an additional cost (30-50¢?). It’s also served with Wendy’s Chili Sauce, which I don’t like, and saltine crackers.

But you won’t need crackers, Polly, because you’re doing chili dogs. So here’s the drill:

1) Find a truck stop with a Wendy’s and buy a small chili with onion ($1.49). Have them drain the chili so it’s not so “soupy”; they’ll do this with alacrity if you ask. Then have them heap on the onions.

2) Go into the truck stop section of the building and find the weenie roller. Being careful not to let the glistening, rolling wieners hypnotize you, get a couple of the quarter-pound hot dogs. (For years the dogs were “2 for $2.22” virtually everywhere but now they’ve upped the price at most places to Two for $3.)

3) Put your dogs in one of those paper nacho trays and nuke — all truck stops have Nuke-Ro-Waves™ — your weenies for a minute to make sure they’re fully cooked. Always — Always! — avoid the ones that look like they’ve been there for awhile … because they have. Pull a couple of buns out of the invariably cold “bun warmer” located beneath the weenie roller and nuke them for about 10 seconds before sliding your wieners in.

4) Fix your dogs; I do mustard and ketchup. And don’t forget to double the little paper trays. You’ll thank me later for this prescient tip.

5) Take your booty back to your table/yacht/car and dump Wendy’s chili on your wieners and enjoy some of the best chili dogs a hungry traveler can reliably find. Seriously.

For those of you who don’t want a weenie ‘neath your chili Wendy’s also has baked potatoes ($1.29). I don’t know how many people have put chili on a baked potato but it’s actually a great combination, one that rates right up there with chili on spaghetti.

And here’s another Tip for the Traveler: While at Wendy’s stock up on disposable cutlery. They have the best, most durable, seemingly indestructible plastic knives, forks and spoons on the planet. They will prove to be invaluable. And Wendy’s gives ‘em away!

Dave. Always giving back, bless him.

And so we roll.

Wendy’s, nationwide

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.

Foodbloggging MetLife Stadium – Jets Preseason

Dang, I realize how blessed we are to have Tebow come to New York. Now I get to go see him play for the first time. And it was all our first times going to see any kind of NFL game, even if it’s only preseason. I found super cheap $7 tickets on Stubhub. There were even $3 ones, but those are even farther back and I’m scared to be up that high at the edge of the stadium. I’d feel like I’ll fall off the backside.

I asked everyone to meet me at Penn Station for a cheap beer and a slice at Rosa’s Pizza before we got on the train. Only problem was that I couldn’t find Rosa’s. I walked in circles and only found Shonali. We found a pizza place called Don Pepi. Actually we found two Don Pepis. Calls to Jody didn’t help. He kept telling us where they all were, but it was like we were in a different dimension of time and space. We had them meet us instead near the TGI Fridays. Apparently, there’s another floor in Penn Station with the same restaurants. They have another Moe’s Burrito, another Planet Smoothie, and another TGI Fridays.

Anyway, we found cheap beer at this one place with a big banner for $1 Draft Beer (16oz). I ordered the 32oz for $5. And then I realized how stupid I was. I should’ve gotten two 16 oz. Now that I think about it, maybe she did only charge me $2. I usually don’t pay attention and just hand over cash. Anyway, it’s a good deal even if it was $5 because you can brown bag it on the train.

Fast forward up several escalators to the nose bleed section. The seats were actually not bad. I kinda like the view from the cheap seats. It’s like looking at a video game. You can see the routes play out.

I bought Todd a hot dog and I got a beer and burger from the Brooklyn Custom Grind stand. $24 for all that. I had done some research on what I should eat at MetLife Stadium and found this article that ranked this Brooklyn Custom Grind burger as the top food. I don’t know how drunk this guy was when he wrote this, because I was wasted and this burger was gross. It looks like the kind of burger you’d get in elementary school, made of soy and filler.

12 Brooklyn Custom Grind Burger MetLife Stadium Foodbloggging MetLife Stadium   Jets Preseason

Shonali also ordered the same burger but for some reason they put stuff on hers. I thought it was a mound of potato salad, but turned out to be lettuce, tomato and mayo.  I was hoping it was potato salad.

11 Brooklyn Custom Grind Burger MetLife Stadium Foodbloggging MetLife Stadium   Jets Preseason

$9.50 Beer sales get cutoff at half time. Dang. So had to get my last one in and ended up getting a $3 Value Italian Roast Pork as well. It was the cheapest food there. Jody got nachos. I can’t say the food here is good. I felt like I was eating at a skating rink. The best part was the condiment section.

Anyway, the game was fun, even though I was too drunk to pay attention. It’s kinda weird at Jets games. It’s like you have to be brave to wear a Tebow jersey, if you don’t want to be chastised by the fans rooting for the same team. At the same time, everyone hates Tebow, but yet you hear the biggest cheers for him in the game. I’d never imagine I’d hear so many little black kids root for Tebow. I know why I like him. But why do they like him? …They must be dreamers.

Speaking of Tebow, I got this new Jets action figure from Amazon yesterday. I can’t believe they gave him a limp wrist.
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Crif Dogs in Brooklyn

Last night went to see my friends, Ape School, at the Music Hall of Williamsburg. They got a cool new 7″, Blame Mark Griffey —sort of an inside joke I take it back to my college days. They were great and play another show tonight (April 7th) at The Middle East in Boston with The War on Drugs, who were also really good last night.

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I had a bad case of recognizing people last night. I met this guy Brian and the whole time I thought he was from Philly. We talked for a while, then it occurred to me that I’ve met him many times before, he lives in NY and we’ve been Facebook friends for a couple of years. I’m so stupid.

After the show, David took me to Crif Dogs (in Williamsburg?). I didn’t know there was one here in my backyard. Got the Good Morning Dog (bacon wrapped dog smothered with melted cheese and a fried egg). Did good after several beers. I kinda want one right now.

Crif Dogs – 555 Driggs Ave (btwn 7th St & 6th St) Brooklyn, NY 11211

Back to not being able to recognize people –We went to my friend, Sam’s birthday at Grand Victory (formerly Bruar Falls). Dance party! I saw a cute girl that my friend had just posted of her at DiFara’s pizza on FB. I Liked the photo and was bold enough to ask “Who that chick?” My friend said I already met her recently and had a long conversation about my White on White Rice video. Oh yeah. So this girl comes up and starts dancing with me after I smiled at her. I said, “I just saw you on Facebook with a big pizza!” And she was like “Nah, I’m not on Facebook”, then proceeded to rub her booty on me. Turns out pizza girl was there, but that wasn’t her. Anyway, this whole time all I needed to do was smile at girls?

Gold Coast Dogs – Chicago Style Jumbo Char Dog

Rusty and I were walking bar to bar in O’Hare Airport. Turn out all the beers cost the same . Around $8. One of the bartenders said the airport has one beer distributor under contract –that’s why. So you know, if you’re venturing around there for cheaper beer.

I guess I had to have a Chicago dog before I left Chicago. Got mine at Gold Coast Dog, which they say they are ABC 7 Chicago’s #1 Hot Dog in 2003. Pretty good. Loaded with spicy pickled peppers and stuff. The neon green relish kinda disturbs me. I like how they snip the ends to make them bloom. Reminds me of the Turtle Burger. My hands were a big mess after.

Gold Coast Dogs

The Tin Roof (Charleston, South Carolina)

I’ve posted snippets from the road, but now I’m ready to share our full-on adventures and photos from our Shonali Bhowmik 100 Oak’s Revival tour down South…

Day 3: I didn’t know the place we were playing (The Tin Roof) had food. I got a Grilled Jalapeno Pimento Cheese w/ Bacon and Tomato. Dang, I never heard of such a thing. It was heavy duty.

A few ladies (one who I think is on the TMZ show) gave me a shot Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey. Tasted just like the Atomic Fireball candy. I figured I wasn’t in the right state of mind because I did end up ordering a whole glass of that stuff.

The Tin Roof – Hwy 17 S. Charleston, SC 29415

Jeff’s Charleston friend, Lorna, made these vegan muffins for us. That was very sweet. I don’t think she even saw us play.
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Dining with Dondero: Happy Dog (Cleveland, OH)

American singer-songwriter, David Dondero, is reporting in his meals from his current tour. He’s living my dream of playing music and eating on the road. Here is Happy Dog in Cleveland, OH.

“The Happy Dog in Cleveland, OH. I came here a year ago for the first Weapons of Mass Creation Fest. It was the best closest bar to the church I was playing in. Turns out they do shows there too and serve great hotdogs with the most bizarre additions. The first time I ate at Happy Dog was with professional pinball champion Darren Hanlon. I had my hotdog with kim chee, a fried egg, tomatoes, bacon, Cajun mayonnaise, yellow mustard, chipotle ketchup, smoked gouda cheese and some crispy fried onions if I remember correctly. I think the Dazzler had the same or something close. My memory is a little foggy because this was last September and I’m just now looking back at the pictures from my first encounter with the Happy Dog. They’ve got pinball in the back corner of the this classic Midwestern corner bar. Here’s a picture (below) of Dazzy Hazzlon “the pinball millionaire” practicing for upcoming world championship competition. We both left stuffed and happy. Plenty of fuel any person looking to ramble and rock out.

My second visit to the Happy Dog happened just last night for the 2nd annual WMC fest. This time was packed full of concert goers but the service was great and fast. Everyone extremely friendly. I got my hotdog with bourbon baked beans, wasabi peas, bacon spiked southern style greens, cucumbers and Cajun mayo. My buddy Chris got his with red pepper relish, raspberry crunch mustard, Oaxacan red chile and chocolate mole, habanero pickled red onions, smoked gouda and chorizo chile. Each hot dog only 5 bucks. Eat it with a fork and a knife. Mine was great the first visit ,,, last night was good but my bun was a little stale. I can overlook that. Sometimes you get to the tail end of the bun bag and it comes out stale.” –dd

Happy Dog – 5801 Detroit Ave. Cleveland, OH 44102

David Dondero is one of the hardest working touring folk singers in America. Once named one of the Best Living Songwriters by NPR, alongside Bob Dylan, Tom Waits and Paul McCartney. It’s a privilege to have him part of Me So Hungry. http://www.daviddonderomusic.com/

Matt’s Bachelor Atlantic City Party

My burger buddy Matt is about to get married so party time in Atlantic City. It was the bro time of my life. Photos of the non-stupid stuff below. The German Sausage from 7-Eleven was probably the best thing I ate. They had some spicy Indian chili sauce on the toppings bar. It was surprisingly good, but I got my wiener too early. I didn’t know there was a boardwalk full of AC pizza and dog shops around the corner. There’s also a lot of Cash for Gold shops. I understand why people need the cash, but I want to know who goes there to buy the gold?

We stopped at this punching bag booth on our way to Hooters. There was a guy talking shit behind us. I wish I kept shooting when he tried to show off when we were done, but I didn’t want to give him the satisfaction. He took a swing and fell onto the clothing racks and then the ground. His girlfriend was laughing at him. Then he got back up and swung again and only got a 78. I blew it with my camera. It could have been the next Keyboard Cat viral. I still don’t know that is.

We took a gamble on the brunch buffet at Virginia City buffet in the Wild Wild West Casino. The only thing good about that place was the dining room looked like fake country houses. I couldn’t believe we were eating inside a mini house inside a casino building. It seemed so nice outside on the fake porch. Also there’s a coupon for $10 slot credit when you buy a buffet. It’s like trying to win your money back from the buffet you found out you didn’t want to eat. Matt was the big winner at $30 from the coupon credit. Fun times!