nevermore wrote:A couple things:
1) Despite the fact I like the original poster's name, I always view with suspicion people who join in order to hype a new restaurant. When blunt goes and gives us a report, I'll check it out.
2) A simple plea which will go ignored: Can we knock it off with the "-nazi" stuff? That goes for grammar nazis, spelling nazis, smoking nazis, feminazis, soup nazis, etc. Until I see brown shirts and masses of the population disappearing, I'm not seeing Nazis.
What are you, a Foronazi?
I almost weighed in a couple weeks ago, the day before they were open, because Mad Dog's was giving away everything FREE!
Lucky fratboy passersby ordered bags of crap ---to go!
I got an Italian dog and Chicago dog.
They were okay but better because I was drunk and hungry (as most things are when I'm drunk and hungry) and the fetus running the counter was very sweet and friendly.
They wouldn't let me leave without a ton of stuff, so I grabbed chips and a soda and another dog.
I still have heavenly results when I grill on my own---I can grill the dog AND the bun. I have an aversion to hot smoking succulence being slapped onto a white cold store-bought bun.
MadDog reminds me EXACTLY of Dog Eat Dog.
That said, what is the bizarre obsession with ersatz authenticity?
New York slice, Deli bagels, Chicago dogs.
The stuff here tastes pretty similar.
But the difference most purists are missing is the more relaxed health codes in big cities.
The reason dogs and pizza tastes best in NY and Chitown is the grill that hasn't been cleaned for 30 years and the unbathed swarthy help.
Plus no one in Madison yells at you and berates you while ordering. The last place to do that was Casa Bianca downtown when a young surly Italian guy fresh off the boat would glare at you until you ordered, then grunt with displeasure as he disappeared into the back.
I loved the abuse so much, I brought friends.
One day, alone and waiting for a Stromboli, he walked over, poured us both a shot of Ouzo, and we drank--brothers now.
Until restaurants stop cleaning everything so well and start bitching at customers more, we will never see authentic big city food here any time soon.