Man v. Food Adventure Update + New Blog Format

There was a stretch after my 42nd birthday where I tried to blog every day in order to keep my writing skills up to speed and keep my addled old brain active.  What I discovered during that stint, however, is that there is only so much I can bullshit about on a daily basis.  Thus, I would pre-write some posts and force time on days where time wasn’t available to make it happen.  Eventually (in late February) I had to surrender to the realities of the work/life balance.  I *did* learn that pacing is everything during that time (and the past year) so I’ve decided to try the same thing with a “once a week” concept.  Since my first post was on, well, the 1st, I’ve opted to update each week after that… conveniently a Sunday.  That gives me 52 posts a year – plus any random in between updates.

In addition, I plan on finally updating the look of my blog before March of this year.  (The Green Mustard Entertainment websites take precedence, so mine is the last in the queue.)  During that time, I will sync up the date/posts from the past (gasps!) 14 years of blogging.

Prologue over.  Now to the main post.


Years ago my hetero life mate “Joey Snackpants” and I got into a T.V. show called Man v. Food.  The concept of food challenges and cool eating locales in cities fascinated the hell out of us and, with the amount of travel that we were doing with Green Mustard Entertainment, it became sort of a guide book for local places to find.  I would update my food adventures from time to time, but I’ve been behind on the complete list of visited places.  So here, fresh from my return from a trip to Portland, OR, is my current list of visited Man v. Food locations.  Enjoy.

ATLANTA, GA (3)
1. Big Pie in the Sky.  Challenge not attempted because it is a 2-person challenge and Joey “wasn’t feeling well”.
2. Gladys Knights and Ron Winan’s Chicken & Waffles.  Not sure how much longer this place will be open, but it was awesome.
3. The Vortex Bar & Grill.

AUSTIN, TX (3)
1. Juan in a Million.  Challenge not attempted.  Just wanted breakfast that morning and not an adventure.
2. Round Rock Donuts.
3. Salt Lick BBQ.

CHICAGO, IL (2)
1. Al’s Italian Beef.
2. Gino’s East.

CLEVELAND, OH (1)
1. Melt Bar & Grilled.  Challenged attempted and failed.  So many french fries…

COLUMBUS, OH (2)
1. Schmidt’s Sausage Haus.
2. Thurman Cafe.
NOTE: The third location burned to the ground right before my first visit to Columbus, and it’s unknown if it will ever return… so no challenge.

DALLAS, TX (1)
1. Sonny Bryan’s Smokehouse.

DENVER, CO (2)
1. Buckhorn Exchange.
2. Jack-N-Grill.  Challenge attempted and failed.  Had a flight in a couple hours after the visit and I didn’t want to push my luck.

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (3)
1. Edward’s Drive-In.
2. Gray Brothers Cafeteria.
3. Bub’s Burgers & Ice Cream.  Challenge attempted and completed.  A photo of me exists on their wall.

KNOXVILLE, TN (1)
1. Sweet P’s BBQ.  Challenge not attempted.  We were on the road, and I wasn’t going to sit with that much food in my stomach for the next few hours.

LAS VEGAS, NV (2)
1. Hot N Juicy Crawfish.
2. NASCAR Cafe at Sahara Hotel & Casino.  Challenge attempted and failed.  Location now closed.

LOS ANGELES, CA (2)
1. Philippe The Original.
2. Orochon Ramen.  Didn’t attempt the challenge since my friend Eric was allegedly going to do so while we were there. He chickened out (got smart?) at the last moment and ordered something else.

MIAMI, FL (3)
1. Joe’s Stone Crab.
2. La Moon.
3. Shula’s Steak House (The Alexander Hotel).  Challenge attempted and completed.  My name is on a wall there somewhere.

NEW ORLEANS, LA (1)
1. Deanie’s Seafood.

PORTLAND, OR (3)
1. Salvador Molly’s.  Challenge attempted and completed.  My wife even filmed it.
2. Stepping Stone Cafe.
3. Voodoo Doughnut.

RICHMOND, VA (1)
1. Buz & Ned’s Real BBQ.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (1)
1. Ike’s Place.

SAN DIEGO, CA (1)
1. Phil’s BBQ

SARASOTA, FL (1)
1. Old Salty Dog.

TOTAL COUNT: 33

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2 Responses

  1. Hey, I felt like complete ass on that Georgia trip. We already got a McHuge pie as it was. 🙂

    The 3 Las Vegas location was Hashhouse A-Go-Go… I know I took Shannon to the Orlando loc, have you gone?

  2. Tom says:

    I’ve been to the one in Orlando a couple of times, but it doesn’t “count” unless it’s the one in the named city. (In this case, Las Vegas.) Oddly enough, there’s also a Hot N Juicy in Orlando, too, so both of those migrated from LV to ORL.

    In regards to the pizza in Georgia… YOU HAD ONE JOB.

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