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Shady Oak Barbeque and Grill

There are probably a lot of great barbeque places in Texas, but I happened upon this one in Ft. Worth.  It is right near the I-820/I-35W split on Sandshell drive (head north on I-35W, then take the first exit past I-820, then quickly turn right onto Sandshell).  I was an old barn that was converted over to a restaurant.  The place even features seating on both the pation and on the lawn.  Great food as you would expect in Texas.  Also, fantastic service! (Thanks, Christopher!)

 

What to get:  Of course you need to get sliced beef brisket when you’re in Texas,  I got the Texas Platter, which included both brisket and smoked sausage.  Delicious!

 

Website:  http://shadyoakbarbeque.com/

Address:  6364 Sandshell, Fort Worth, TX 76137Phone:  817-306-7812

Hours:

Happy hour

 

 

 

 

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Pea Soup Andersons – I5 Near San Francisco/Sacramento Split

  
 
Description:  I still remember the first time we found Pea Soup Andersons in Santa Nella, California.  We were driving north on I-5, heading to the Bay Area, when we saw their sign through the fog.  This is a great place to stop and rest from the road.  They have a neat gift shop and a great restaurant.
 
What to get:  The Pea Soup, of course (bottomless bowl).  I usually get a soup and sandwich.  The soup warms you up in what is usually a cold, windy area.
 
Address:  12411 State Hwy 33 Gustine, CA 95322

Phone:  (209) 826-1685

Hours:  Monday – Sunday 7:00am – 10 pm
(Adjusted hours on Christmas & Christmas Eve)

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Galliano’s Cucina

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Today’s restaurant suggestion comes from Krystin, for her favorite little place near the Seattle/Tacoma Airport.  From Krystin:

“I’ve been craving Italian food for the past week. As usual. Found this old pic from Galliano’s Cucina near SEATAC. Random suggestion, little restaurant. Amazing food… I go back every long layover I get :)”

What to Get:  The Lasagna

Address:  16435 Military Rd SSeaTac, WA 98188-3055
Phone:  1-206-243-7806
Hours:  Mon – Fri  10:30 AM – 9:00 PM

Sat 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM

 

Please let us know about your favorite restaurants!

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The Pasta Grill

We had the good fortune to go to the Pasta Grill in Conway, Arkansas last week, which is just west of Little Rock on I-40.  The restaurant is only five minutes from the interstate, so you can stop by on your way through for lunch or dinner.  Conway is also a great place to stay the night with plenty of hotels and prices below what you’ll find in Little Rock.

This is a really nice place in the downtown region.  Prices were very reasonable for what you received.  We both had the lasagna, which was amazing.  Would have taken half home, but we were traveling, so I over-ate instead because it was really hard to stop.

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What to have:  The Lasagna

Website:  http://www.pastagrillrestaurant.com/

Address:  915 Front Street, Conway, AR 72032

Phone:  501.205.8751

Hours:

Monday – Thursday, Lunch 11 – 2, Dinner 5 – 9

Friday – Saturday, Lunch 11 – 2, Dinner 5 – 9:30

Closed Sunday

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Blackstone Brewery – At a New Location

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We tried stopping by our go-to place in Nashville about a month ago.  We were driving down Westside Drive, looking for their sign, but weren’t seeing it.  We did a U-turn and made another pass, then finally found their lot.  Much to our surprise (and dismay), however, the place was dark.

We couldn’t understand how they could have gone out-of-business.  They were always a great place to go for great craft beers and good food at reasonable prices.  Luckily, they’re not gone.  According to their website, they have just moved to a new location a few miles south.

It looks like they are now more about beer than about food, but their website says they have a grub bus there every day except Mondays.  If someone has gone to the new location, how about letting us know how the place is, both for beer and for lunch or dinner.

What to get:  I always like the dark beer, so I love their St Charles Porter and their Nut Brown Ale.

Blackstone Brewing Company

2312 Clifton Ave, Nashville TN 37209

(615) 320-9002

Website:  https://blackstonebeer.com/

Hours

Mon

8:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Tue

4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Wed

4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Thu

4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Fri

4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Sat

12:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Sun

2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

 

 

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Eat Unique is Starting Up Again

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After a bit of a hiatus, Eat Unique is starting up again.  I’ll be posting about all of the great, unique restaurants I find as I travel around the country.  Please let me know about your favorites.  Let’s build a place where you can find out about all of the great local places to eat all across the country.

 

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Hagy’s Catfish Hotel – Shiloh, TN

 

The Place:  Catfish Hotel

http://catfishhotel.com/

 

Phone:  (731) 689-3327

Address:  1140 Hagy Lane, Shiloh, TN 38376

 

Description:  We found this place as a recommendation from the bed and breakfast we were staying in near Shiloh, TN.  They also have huge billboards around Shiloh, which is really not a town – just a gas station and a national Civil War Battlefield.  We almost didn’t go since we’d eaten fried catfish at Top of The River the night before, but everyone kept raving about the place.  It really was great – glad we went.

This is one of the oldest family restaurants in the US.  The restaurant started as a cabin in the early 1800’s that was first built to house supplies brought in on the river.  The owner started to treat guests with catfish dinners and then let them sleep over if it got too late to travel on down the river, hence the name, “Catfish Hotel.”   The building was even occupied by the North during the battle of Shiloh.  It is very remote, except for the fact that it is on the Tennessee River at a landing spot that has been used since the early 1800’s.

Probably the most amazing thing was that we got there at 5:45 and the porch was already packed with people waiting to get in.  (The nice part is you can look out over the Tennessee River while you wait.)  There was a party of 19 waiting, along with many others.  We waited about an hour and then went in (for our table of two).  Well worth the wait.

What to get:   We both had the ribs and catfish dinner.  Both items were great.   Hush puppies were also great, and we got a bucket of them, but we were only able to eat a few with all of the other food.   For dessert we split a slice of pie, which was delicious as well.

The Secrets:  Get there by about 5:00.  You can also make reservations, but maybe do so a few days ahead of time.  We tried to make reservations a couple of hours before, but there were already booked for the evening.