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OT : In search of The Best Sandwich in America

Discussion in 'Band of Glockers' started by horge, Aug 27, 2009.

  1. horge

    horge -=-=-=-=- Lifetime Member

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    In search of The Best Sandwich in America

    My wife and I are vacationing in the US, to help her get some rest, and
    gain back some weight.

    Anyways...
    While inflicting myself on a hapless Chi-town, I decided to look up this joint,
    "The Silver Palm", which food-critic Anthony Bourdain very recently proclaimed
    as serving the absolute best sandwich in America: the meal in question being
    interestingly and appropriately named "Three Little Piggy's":

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TGuqI84_QNc

    Since I'd found quite a few of Bourdain's other declarations spot-on, hell,
    I thought I'd go out, and try one of those badboys.

    The Silver Palm
    Last Sunday (Aug 23-09) my wife and I, her sister, and her nephew drove
    downtown and found "The Silver Palm". There was only curbside parking all
    around the block, which burns about $1 an hour.

    [​IMG]

    There's a small bar (same name) that spills out onto the sidewalk, and
    then there's the restaurant itself which opens from 4pm onwards. The
    dining room's built from an old railway car, with the kitchen at one
    end. Framed Vargas girls took up the little spaces between the car's
    large if slightly dirty windows, and the atmosphere seemed laid back.

    The Three Little Piggy's
    The touted sandwich costs $10 plus apiece, and we weren't the only ones
    asking for it "because Bourdain had talked it up". Three of our party
    ordered the Three Little Piggy's, despite the sandwich's large size.
    I ordered mine with a Mad ***** (a Belgian ale) and waited the fifteen
    odd minutes it took to get to me. No lie, the meal was substantial. Big
    pile of large-cut fries to keep it company too,

    Those french fries were wondrous --you could tell how the duck fat
    they'd been cooked in set them apart, without overwhelming them with
    a fowl flavor.

    The sandwich itself? Pignificently delicious, featuring a thick layer
    of tender ham, a delicately breaded pork cutlet, bacon, cheese, onion
    ring and flavorings between, with a lightly fried egg on top; all cradled
    between two warm pillows of solid bready goodness.

    Photos just cannot capture, but...
    [​IMG]

    It was, however, mechanically tricky to eat. The egg had to be set
    aside onto the plate, to be had separately, if one wanted to have any
    chance of eating the sandwich like a sandwich (with just hands). The
    egg very nicely complemented the flavors of the rest of the sandwich's
    sinful innards, and the small side of pickled onion rings, sport peppers
    etc. allowed perfect little intermissions.

    If you like pork, this is seriously some very, very VERY good grub.
    I however refuse to call it America's best sandwich.

    I haven't actually had anything clearly better, but I'm pretty fricking
    sure that there's something else out there. There would have had to be
    fairly significant DOUBT that someone could top this porky asskicker
    before I'd ever think it was the King, and that sort of doubt just was
    not there.

    Maybe it's because I'm spoiled for the incredible flavors of East Asia,
    or because my taste buds aren't American. Heck, maybe if I had somehow
    had that meal with a proper cold, weapons-grade San Miguel pale pilsen...
    Who knows?

    Tarnished Silver
    No way around it.
    The service at the Silver Palm that day was just utterly mediocre.
    This Chewbacca of a server wasn't very hygienic, if his smell was any
    indication, and the way he flicked a wad of bills (our change) onto
    our table was startlingly rude. The busboy didn't even wait for us to
    clear out before he started swabbing our table --the sweaty lummox
    effectively blocking our egress-- while his elbow came close taking my
    eye out ...twice.

    Being Filipino, I do tend to just put up with a fair bit of crap.
    I'm no stranger to street-food ruggedness, but in proper restaurants
    I'm usually a generous tipper, like, up to 50% of the bill.

    Here, however, I was reluctant to tip even the legal minimum.
    Oh, I held my peace, and left with a very bad taste in my mouth.
    Shank me twice sideways, but that's a heck of a way to cap a food-trip.

    Bourdain excels at the exegetical,
    I can only cobble together catharses.
    :steamed:
    h.
     
    Last edited: Aug 27, 2009
  2. Allegra

    Allegra

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    It's the reason street food is so tasty
    Mawawala flavor if the personnel were hygenic :)

    Kelangan ko ng ganyan sandwisch, I need to gain weight
     


  3. isuzu

    isuzu

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  4. markieboy

    markieboy Senior Member

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    Not sure how much weight you'd like to gain. But I'm sure one of these hamburgers from Pennsylvania will take care of that. :wow:

    http://www.dennysbeerbarrelpub.com/

    [​IMG]
     
  5. horge

    horge -=-=-=-=- Lifetime Member

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    Strictly Illinois his time around, chief.
    Doing Texas, Arkansas and Tennessee like before would take a lt of energy,
    and the point to this trip was to let my wife rest and recuperate: it's quite
    nice and peaceful in the suburbs of Oak Lawn and Tinley Park.

    @markieboy
    I've known about those monsters, lol.... and was pretty impressed with
    that very petite blonde who finall managed to demolish one of Denny's
    badboys back in '05. I think I posted about it at reefs.org, too.

    h.
     
  6. jawel

    jawel

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    must haves in the illinois area chicago to be specific

    [​IMG]
     
  7. batangueno

    batangueno Shock Resist

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    Fastfood burgers masaya na ko. :supergrin:

    Jack In the Box
    [​IMG]

    Fuddruckers
    [​IMG]

    In N' Out (Animal Style)
    .... walang picture eh :supergrin:
     
  8. horge

    horge -=-=-=-=- Lifetime Member

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    Hehehe...
    I'm happy na rin with with the nearby Portillo's.
    Chicago-style hotdogs rule supreme.

    Paul, you need to start thinking about your health, man.....
    :tongueout:
    At least you're dodging the McD's third-pounder Angus.
    It should be banned as excessively ...excessive.



    Lot of good food here, but I really can't wait to get home,
    to my plain old Jollibee Chickenjoy and soup, and to real
    lechon and pancit Malabon.

    Americans seem to put up with crappy beer too, ...sorry.
    None of their imports are much good either.

    h.
     
  9. Best sandwich is in DAVIE,FL by the DOLPHINS training camp!
    It is called LASPOTAS it is off of UNIVERSITY DR. by 595.
    All the phins go there. There sanwiches are HUGE!!!!!
     
  10. batangueno

    batangueno Shock Resist

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    I've tried the 1/3lb Angus of mcdo (several times hehe) but i can't taste the difference from their regular quarterpounder. The Burger King Whopper really whips Ronald's a##. There's a new Jollibee being constructed very near us...woohoo.

    I've tried several local beers here:
    Anchor Steam Beer
    Moose Drool Brown Ale
    Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
    Fat Tire Amber Ale
    Bridgeport India Pale Ale
    Lagunitas IPA India Pale Ale
    Lagunitas PILS Czech Style Pilsner
    Lagunitas CENSORED Rich Copper Ale
    Rollick Amber Lager
    Big Daddy IPA
    Acme California Pale Ale
    Steelhead Extra Pale Ale
    Downtown Brown Ale

    Six packs parati kasi walang pa-isa-isa. hehe

    Horge, you should try the IPAs, acquired taste pero pag nagustuhan mo ang sarap.
     
  11. edtf

    edtf

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    you guys are making me hungry!! BUT watch out!!! GOUT galore with all that red meat and or Gall bladder attack with all that fat :)
     
  12. horge

    horge -=-=-=-=- Lifetime Member

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    No argument from me. MickeyD's is crap, no matter how big they make it,
    although grassroots, anarchist mods, like the McGangbang and the
    McWhitey do have some renegade appeal.

    Serious knee problems here (gouty arthritis), due to uric acid...
    and I also have bone spurs on both feet's plantars.

    When there's decent lechon at stake, though, I eat my fill.... lol.....
     
  13. markieboy

    markieboy Senior Member

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    Okay lang, sir horge. That's what colchicine and allopurinol are for. Hehehe. The calcaneal spur, however, may require surgery as a definitive treatment.
     
  14. edtf

    edtf

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    I felt the pain of gout and the pain of stone in the gall bladder and I don't want to feel that pain ever again - major major OUCH!!!!!!!!!
    But of course I get to sneak a few kurots of this and that :supergrin:
     
  15. atmarcella

    atmarcella

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    h, dyan ata pinanganak ang deep dish pizza, meron ata dyan yung the best talaga, nakalimutan ko pangngalan, share mo review sa amin pagmahanap mo hehehe.
     
  16. vega

    vega

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    Paul - Pag napasyal sa sa Socal I'll take you to The Hat Pastrami.
     
  17. jawel

    jawel

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    in chicago downtown area try hotdoug's, mahaba lang pila but its worth it. and garret's popcorn too.
     
  18. batangueno

    batangueno Shock Resist

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    Sige next time. :thumbsup:

    Masarap din dun sa The Habit Burger Grill, meron malapit kina Jerry sa Santa Clarita.
     
  19. Wp.22

    Wp.22

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    here in middletown limited ang fastood mostly mcdo and taco bell ang nakikita but there is sa diner in newburgh area the best sa sandwich the name is neptune i ordered a chickern melt sandwich for 6$ ayos. busog.
     
  20. batangueno

    batangueno Shock Resist

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    Horge, I'm watching Man Vs Food. It's an old episode which was done in Chicago, they featured Lucky's Sandwich Co. You should try to go there. :)