Friday, March 13, 2015

You Win Some, You Lose Some

This will be a double review. We tried two new places within one week!

First: Big Earls

Big Earls used to be the Moosic Diner. Big Earls sounds like a place that might serve squirrel or possum, so naturally, we were a little apprehensive.

The first thing you see when you arrive all the white girls are saying this season, "I can't even." Just this.

I gotta tell you, we're not big fans of diner food (it all starts to taste the same after a while), but we are definitely fans of this sign. I mean Jesus, look at it. LOOK AT IT! YOU CAN'T LOOK AWAY, CAN YOU?

It's a real diner, the inside is nice; it looks like they recently had the booths and counter seats reupholstered, and it's nice and clean. The servers are pleasant.

Danelle ordered the French dip, and I had the chicken cheese steak.

We are sorry to report that these were unsatisfying. Danelle said that the meat on the French dip was dry, and there were a few times she had to spit out some gristle. She was discreet about it, though. I don't want you to think we're barbarians.

My chicken cheesesteak was also a little on the dry side, and they skimped on the cheese. The waffle sweet potato fries were excellent, though.

I want to give this place another chance, perhaps for breakfast. Danelle's ambivalent, though. It may be that we just chose the wrong things, or the cook was having an off night.
Anyway, Danelle gives this place a thumbs down and I give it a thumb somewhere between up and down.

Next: Winner's Circle

Winner's Circle is an interesting place on Main St. in Taylor.

When we heard it was NASCAR themed, I knocked out a couple of the old lady's teeth in the parking lot so we'd fit in. Then we grew mullets, and went in.

The Winner's Circle is actually the name of the restaurant, and the bar is called the Johnny Vegas Lounge.   Now this sign is very cool.

We ate at the bar, as we almost always do wherever we go, to avoid the screaming baby factor. It works.

So yeah, it's NASCAR themed.

I don't know what's going on here.

The place is actually pretty neat; the bar is like a garage. One wall opens up like a garage door, and in the summer it's like an open air kind of thing where the bar melds with the patio. The owner, Brent (who is a very nice guy) tells us they have a smoker set up in the summer. They have music in the bar a few nights a week. There is also a pool table.

The coasters are fun.

The menu is standard bar fare: Wings, burgers, sandwiches, salads and a few interesting specials like pierogis. We ordered hot dogs. Don't judge. You know you want a gourmet hot dog right now. And besides, everyone knows that lips and assholes are the tastiest part of the animal. Whatever animal hot dogs are made of.

Danelle's dog was called the  Mister Excitement. For some reason, she was sheepish to ask for it by name, so she said "I'll have the hot dog wrapped in bacon with cheese sauce."

I had "The Mayor". This is a dog with sautéed onions and peppers and home fries.

As hot dogs go, these were the best hot dogs we've ever had. Ever. Anywhere. The food is very inexpensive, and so is the beer.

Overall, we were pleasantly surprised by this establishment. We will be back.

It's getting to be the busy season at work for me, dear readers (look at me, assuming I have readers) and so these reviews will be less frequent. Thanks for reading!

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