A Morning Menu of LAF-Style Food News and Stories to Begin Your Day
Barbecue on Sunday
Sunday is not your best choice for barbecue touring in Texas Hill Country. That’s a day of rest for many of the great Q parlors. However, perhaps the greatest Texas Q joint of them all, Louie Mueller Barbecue, will begin seven-day operation this coming Sunday, January 4th. Ask for your brisket “moist” (from the fatty end) and don’t neglect their excellent house-made sausage.
How Is Shake Shack’s ‘Shroom Burger?
Depending on exactly why you’re a vegetarian, you may or may not want to head to a Shake Shack on your own. But if you live in a city that boasts one, sooner or later you’ll probably find yourself at a Shake Shack with your animal flesh-eating friends. What will you do? If you don’t eat dairy, it’ll be a French fry feast for you. If the enslavement, but not the killing, of cows is alright by you, you’ve got a wide selection of frozen treats to choose from, and the ‘Shroom Burger. That’s a portobello mushroom stuffed with two cheeses, then breaded and deep-fried. It’s served on a bun with lettuce, tomato, and ShackSauce. How is it? The folks at Wait, Wait … Don’t Tell Me say it’s “quite possibly the best veggie burger ever made.” Read the entire piece here.
Stroud’s Bringing Fried Chicken to Independence, MO
Stroud’s is expanding. They opened a third fried chicken restaurant in Overland Park, KS last summer. The latest word is that Independence, MO will get the fourth Stroud’s, with a fifth one possibly in the works for Topeka, KS in 2016. Stroud’s specializes in that restaurant rarity, pan-fried chicken, and does so without peer. We haven’t been to Stroud’s since KC Hopps became a partner (only the one in Kansas City known as Oak Ridge Manor is not partially owned by KC Hopps). Has quality suffered since then (October 2013)?
Al’s #1 Italian Beef Groupon
There’s a Groupon available at the moment for Al’s #1 Italian Beef in Chicago. The deal offers a 30% discount at the Al’s in Wrigleyville and the Al’s on Wentworth. We don’t know when the deal expires; if you’re interested, hop to it!