My favorite Roadside Cafes, BBQ Pits, Diners, Holes-In-Walls, Greasy Spoons,
Forever a work in progress. There will always be another
great joint just around the bend.
on Isla Mujers. A
weekend in Rhode Island,
Central Falls Provisions and
The Commons Lunch. In
Philadelphia, Blue Belly BBQ, Brunic's, Shake
Shack, Spot Burgers, the American
Sardine Bar and Lucky Old
Souls Food Truck.
Holly eat a lobster roll. See Holly eat a cheesesteak. Live on tape on PBS. Check your local PBS station to
learn when it's on next. Click the image to the left to
go to the
That You Will Like
See the Lobster Roll and New Orleans Segments on
VendrTV episode with Dan Delaney, shot at George's
Sandwiches both explains and validates the highly regarded
Five Grease Stain rating system.
"Holly Moore is a hungry Jack Kerouac"
Andy Meehan, Minor Gourmandry
is for everyone who:
chowing down to dining.
grease splattered shirt as the badge of honor it is.
it a point to consume one's minimum daily requirement of
least a bit leery of sparkling clean restaurants, suspicious that
their focus is on scouring, not cooking.
Is more impressed with a restaurant parking lot packed with pickup
trucks and Chevy's than one boasting Jaguars and Cadillacs.
by the familiar, bland comfort of the Red Lobsters, Olive Gardens
and Golden Arches that have taken over suburbia, insisting on driving a few minutes or hours further -
knowing that somewhere down the road is a barbecue pit, a truck
stop, a diner, a drive-in, a greasy spoon that may become the highlight of the journey.
Grease Stain Rating System
Patron Saint - Calvin
Anyone who has seen my shirt after I've
ravaged a cheesesteak hoagie understands the grease stain rating system.
Grease stains don't
necessarily mean greasy food, though that certainly works in a place's
favor. Rather, the greater the splatter fallout on my shirt, the more I
relished my meal.
are awarded 3 to 5 grease stains ranging from
"outstanding." Those meriting
a mere one or two grease stains will
just have to fry harder
to earn their place on
New Rule: Restaurants
are welcome to boast about
their HollyEats rating.
But have the grits to
include your Grease Stain
count and not just quote
it wasn't for Calvin Trillin's American Fried which I read back in the late
I'd still believe that the only great restaurants were those flaunting silver service, designer clad
Escoffier inspired haute cuisine.
Author of the Tummy Trilogy
American Fried; Alice, Let's Eat; and Third Helpings.