America's best redneck cuisine
Independent cuisine Tips for the professional at Leisure
Note: This is a work in-progress, and if you have some
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with the subject line "redneck cuisine".
I have published before on
redneck fine dining,
but I left out the whole area of redneck fast food.
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Fark has a great discussion of the
best burgers in the northeast (check out the funny pictures!), but
they omitted the great redneck burger joints south of the Mason Dixon
line. The best redneck chow is hard to define, as there are many
criteria, but some common denominators include:
Good Price - Good redneck chow is inexpensive
Greasy - Good redneck cuisine must be fried, with good grease
Spicy - Good redneck chow has some "kick", usually with red of green
We also also seeing redneck fusion cuisine. The North Carolina chain
"Crispy Creme" has taken the nation by storm, and we now see that crispy creme
doughnuts have joined the redneck basic food groups as a grain product, and it's
no secret that they make great hamburger buns:
While there are thousands of great redneck dine dining establishments, here are
a few that have impressed me the most.
Southern Redneck cuisine
Redneck chow originated in these parts, but besides the staples on barbeque, we
also see some great redneck fast fooderies.
In memoriam: Big Dicks - Once a Louisburg North Carolina
landmark, Big Dick�s Drive-in was on South Bickett St. in Louisburg for decades.
|A vintage 1950�s style drive-in restaurant, it was last
real vestige of a lost age of redneck fine dining.
Dick�s was famous for their hot dogs, but everybody remembers their
motto "If you like hot dogs, you'll love Dicks".
The favorite menu items was the �Big Dick� a foot-long hot-dog served
with coleslaw, chili and mustard, a real feast.
For generations, guys took their dates out for a Big Dick.
Char Grill - The absolute best hamburgers and cheeseburgers in Raleigh:
The Varsity - The most legendary of all southern redneck dining
establishments, the original Varsity of a historical landmark in Atlanta.
There motto is Whatliya Have?" and it is absolute delicious.
California Redneck Cuisine
California has lots of rednecks too, and there are many choices.
||My all time favorite is Tom's #5 (the most famous one is at the
Santa Monica wharf), but they have Toms #5's through LA. They have
an amazing chili, so rich that you can almost mold figures with it, with
a rich greasy taste in a pasty consistency. Combine this with
their little green hot peppers and you have redneck ambrosia.
For redneck hot dogs, look no father than Pinks on La Brea Ave.. It has
wonderful food at great prices and it's always crowded, even at 3:00 AM.
Pinks is also a great place to watch for movie stars and celebrities, especially
those from redneck ancestry. Below is a Pinks chili dog, a thing of
New Mexico Redneck cuisine
New Mexico is heavily populated with rednecks and they have a spectacular array
of redneck dining options.
|Blake's Lotaburger is a wonderful place where
thin beef patties are skillet fried to crunchy goodness and served up
with fresh Hatch Green Chile.
Lotaburger's are located all over New
Mexico, from Taos, to Alamogordo, and you will always find a fresh
greasy treat there.
There is just something about how they grill the bun in the hamburger
grease until it's toasty warm, and that combined with their freshly
ground beef fried until crispy, it just melts in your mouth.
Everything is very fresh and high quality.
|The original Owl Cafe was in San Antonio New Mexico (home of
Conrad Hilton), and it was wildly popular with the German scientists on
the Manhattan project who were building the world's first atomic bomb at
the trinity site nearby.
Known for their wonderful green chile, there
is now an Owl Cafe in Albuquerque. And don't; forget their green
chile cheese fries, a redneck gastronomic orgasm.
New York Redneck cuisine
Nick Tahou's is by far the best redneck chow in Rochester New York,
especially their legendary garbage plate, a redneck cuisine phenomenon has has
spawned dozens of imitators. It's not really a hamburger, per se, but a
mish-mash of goodies all mixed up together for your dining pleasure.
The original garbage plate at Nick Tahou's
I also recommend Empire Hot's "Trash Plate" and Gitsis Texas Hots for the
tried-and-true trash plate flavor that discerning rednecks demand..
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