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Posted by Michael Stern on Sunday, August 30, 2015 5:50 AM

This review was written by Roadfood Correspondent Allie Spangler, who also took the photos.

Pegasus Restaurant is a bright pink and purple diner off one of the old highways in Tacoma. It is located in the slightly run-down side of town, near manufacturing plants, the Tacoma Dome, and the Amtrak train station. Don’t let its surroundings dissuade you; this dive has been here since the early 70’s and continues to be a local favorite. The parking lot fills up at breakfast and when lunch regulars start to trickle in around 11 am. The feel is vintage diner, including friendly waitresses who call you pet names and constantly fill up your coffee mug and some seriously satisfying classic diner grub. Plus, there is a full service “Unicorn Bar” in the back.

One item you can’t miss? The chicken fried steak: it is gold and crisp, smothered in creamy, calorific gravy, accompanied by two eggs, crunchy hash browns, and a side of toast. The ground beef steak is another winner. It’s topped with dark brown mushroom gravy and comes with your choice of potato (fries, tots, or mashed with gravy), soup or salad, and buttered Texas toast. The coffee is adequate, although not strong enough to please a serious caffeine-hound.

Service adds special pleasure to a visit, for the staff treats you like family and makes the effort to tend to your every need. All fans of classic diner eats who travel by train to the area or attend a Tacoma Dome event should add the Pegasus to their itinerary – it will hit the spot.
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Roadfood of the Day: Buzzards Roost - Key Largo, FL
Posted on Sunday, August 30, 2015

Hogfish Sandwich and a Cold One

One of the best sandwiches in the Keys.
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Posted by Michael Stern on Saturday, August 29, 2015 3:49 AM

       Wanderingjew reports:

       Pullling into the Gold Slipper, which can best be described as a family-friendly old roadhouse, my ears did a doubletake. I actually heard mooing. Yes, there were cows across the street. I thought I had hit pay dirt. 

       The Gold Slipper has been around 50 years. Brian, the owner, told me that he and his wife have owned it for the past two years. Their soup and salad  bar is all homemade. The day's soup specials were vegetable beef and Wisconsin cheese; of course I chose Wisconsin Cheese. The blue cheese salad dressing is also homemade, but the other dressings aren't. Unfortunately, I found this out only after I topped my salad with Thousand Islands dressing.
       The Iowa Chop can be ordered grilled or broasted and comes with choice of sides -- I chose hash browns with cheese and onions, once again. Yielding to tradition, I ordered the chop, grilled. It certainly is a genuine Iowa Chop -- thick and flavorful. Unfortunately, it was somewhat dry and a little tough. Perhaps I was overly critical after my excellent experience at the Redwood the day before. Either way, I will return just for the soup and salad bar, and perhaps try a different entree next time.
Posted on Saturday, August 29, 2015

Usual Breakfast

My usual breakfast.
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Posted by Michael Stern on Friday, August 28, 2015 11:33 PM

NOTE: From 7pm PACIFIC STANDARD TIME tonight (August 28, 2015) for about an hour, will go dark as major upgrades are made with the servers. See you later this evening!

Posted by Michael Stern on Friday, August 28, 2015 3:45 AM

       Wanderingjew reports:
       The Redwood Steakhouse is a quickly disappearing  piece of Americana: a traditional steakhouse that takes itself very seriously.
       I had the honor of having two guests who joined me for dinner; Mark Johnson, former owner of the Farmer's Kitchen in Atlantic, IA, and his mom,  Charlene -- baker extraordinaire. Our meals started with a side salad, for which blue cheese and ranch dressing are both homemade. We then moved on to a "you just don't see this anymore" relish tray which included herring, celery, black and green olives, strawberries, various pickles, cheese spread and liverwurst. The star of my meal was the smoked grilled windsor chop, which is a little thinner than a classic Iowa chop. It was not just juicy and tender; it squealed oink at every bite. It was sided by crisp potatoes ladled with cheese and onions.
       This was a perfect Iowa heartland meal. The previous night, I had discovered that I am not a fan of boneless chops. This night at the Redwood Steak House, I discovered that smoked chops are the way to go.
Posted on Friday, August 28, 2015

Curry Pistachio Chicken Salad

One of the best chicken salads I have had. Photo and caption by GadgetGeek.
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Posted by Michael Stern on Thursday, August 27, 2015 4:04 AM

       Wanderingjew reports:
      Sixty-five miles south of Des Moines in the small town of Albia, you'll find Bogie's Steak House, which has been thriving for 25 years. It is open only four days a week for dinner; locals clearly take advantage of the few precious hours as evidenced by the full parking lot when I visited.
       Bogie's has a casual small town vibe. There is an open grill in the back of the restaurant for all patrons to take a gander. It offers a minimalist salad bar; unfortunately, only the macaroni and pea salad is homemade. All meals automatically come with buttered Texas toast and baked potatoes wrapped in tin foil.
       The Iowa chop, or as proprietor Toni Walter corrected me, the Center Cut Chop, is boneless and char grilled. Surprisingly juicy and thicker than it looks, it lacks astute porcine flavor. I would certainly return to Bogie's to check out the steaks. Looking at plates of beef heading to the other tables, I could see why that is what Bogie's is known for.
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Posted on Thursday, August 27, 2015

You get four whole, crispy skinned wings in the wing dinner.
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Posted by Michael Stern on Wednesday, August 26, 2015 5:00 AM

Wanderingjew's quest for the great Iowa chop begins...

The Old Rossville Store is a classic midwest supper club serving the rural farming community of Waukon in remote Northeastern Iowa. Entering the bar, you'll find Josh, the owner, serving as bartender.

A separate room for dining in has serious old school character. All meals include salad bar, and not just an ordinary salad bar, but one that offers marinated carrot salad, cottage cheese, pea salad, macaroni salad, potato salad, tomato salad and even chocolate pudding and strawberry ambrosia -- all homemade. However the salad dressing unfortunately is not.

Tuesday's special was a 12 ounce bone-in Iowa Chop, served with au jus, accompanied by choice of potato -- in my case, crispy hash browns loaded with cheese and fried onions. The chop itself is char grilled, thick and juicy, but does not have an overwhelmingly oinky flavor. We have a solid start to my quest.
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