Howells (And Not Mr. And Mrs.)

You may not believe this, but “The Beast” was restless and needed to eat. Shocking, right? Needless to say we wondered upon Howells Kitchen and Bar located at 1962 Howell Mill Rd. Suite 100 Atlanta, Georgia. It is an American style restaurant serving a modern twist on classic appetizers, sandwiches, salads, burgers and pizzas. The…

“The Beast” Gets His Varsity Letter

In downtown Atlanta encompassing two city blocks is a drive-in restaurant that can hold over six hundred diners. This behemoth opened it’s doors in 1928 by Frank Gordy and has been a hit ever since. Currently there is five restaurants, two airport locations and a catering division. The name of the place is “The Varsity”.

Crab Cakes With Remoulade Sauce

“Crab Cakes and football! That’s what Maryland does!” Anyone who has ever seen the movie “Wedding Crashers” would remember the scene of the pickup football game and that line in the movie. But what is it about Maryland and crab cakes? Why do they get to claim the fame of this wonderful dish? Crab cakes…

Nurnberger Bierhaus

On an island that has more than it’s share of burger joints, Irish pubs, Italian and Chinese restaurants it can be difficult to find something a little different. There are only a couple of German restaurants on the “Rock”. If you are looking for traditional German fare, where you also have the ambiance of a…

Beast Chili

Simply put, chili is a form of stew where some say it originated in Northern Mexico, while others say it’s birthplace was Southern Texas. So to prevent any arguments, lets agree it is a “Tex-Mex” dish and leave it at that. Throughout the United States you can find many variations of chili. In Texas it…

Baci Ristorante

It was time to “Feed The Beast” so we ventured to Dongan Hills, Staten Island and found ourselves at Baci Ristorante. Let me start off by giving a tremendous thank you to everyone at Baci for treating “The Beast” with such professionalism and hospitality. We never had to search for assistance, every question we had…

Ho’ Brah “A Taco Joint”

With indoor dining finally open, “The Beast” needed to be out on the prowl. On the North Shore of Staten Island in the dead center of Forest Avenue is Ho’ Brah. They also have locations on New Dorp Lane in Staten Island and in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. Once you walk through the doors of this…

Chicken And Sausage Gumbo

I’m Gumbo Dammit!! There is nothing like a hot bowl of Gumbo to warm up the insides. It is a dish that sticks to your ribs as the saying goes. Gumbo is a dish that was created in the 1700’s from Louisiana combining influences from many different cultures. Gumbo had become very popular because it…

Big Easy Shrimp And Cheesy Grits

How do you cook your grits? Do you like them regular, creamy or al dente? Just regular I guess. Regular. Instant grits? No self respecting southerner uses instant grits. ~My cousin Vinny~ On the heels of Fat Tuesday, I wanted to share my recipe for Shrimp and Grits with Jalapeno Cornbread. The creaminess of the…

Jalapeño Cornbread

This is the perfect side dish for many southern styles of food. I enjoyed this the most when it accompanies my “Big Easy Shrimp And Grits”. There is nothing like taking a piece of the cornbread and dipping it into a nice helping of the grits. See for my jalapeño cornbread in the blog. For…