No Podcast on December 9

Hello listeners, readers, followers, friends, sponsors.

Just to let you know, if you were looking for a new podcast episode today, we didn’t record one.

Tim has been dealing with what his wife is calling tracheal bronchitis and he’s not fully recovered.

We’ll be back next week for the last TMWATT episode of 2019.

In the meantime, we’d appreciate it if you visited Washington Perk, Humble Bee Shoppe and Carrabba’s Italian Grill.

Speaking of Carrabba’s, don’t forget the TWO Beringer wine dinners, one tomorrow December 10 and one next Tuesday, December 17. Find out more and make reservations visiting here.

Also, they will be having the Feast of Seven Fishes on Wednesday, December 18. Find out more and make reservations here.

Again, thank you for all you do for us, thank you for reading, thank you for listening!

Bon appetit!

Zesto to Hold Spirit Week for Carver High School Cheerleaders

The cheerleaders at Carver High School in Winston-Salem are in need of new uniforms or uniforms at all.

Zesto Burgers & Ice Cream will be doing “Spirit Week” to benefit the CHS cheerleaders in order to help them obtain these uniforms.

This week, Tuesday, December 3 through Saturday, December 7, Zesto Burgers will donate a portion of all its sales for this cause. So, I invite you to run by one of my favorite places to eat and help them do good work for the CHS cheerleaders.

Zesto is located at 2600 New Walkertown Road.

The Man Who Ate the Town Podcast Episode 135

Tavern in Old Salem (©Sara Kendall)

In Episode #135 proudly recorded in The Less Desirables Studios at The Lab at Industry Hill:

Tim and Ray talk about:

  • The Tavern in Old Salem is closing at the end of the month/year. Is there more to this than meets the public statement/eye?
  • Tim and Street Team Steven go to Viva Chicken!
  • Tim and Stephanie go to Dough-Joe’s
  • Tim reviews Poke Star
  • Carrabba’s has three wine dinners in the next 2 weeks. Visit these sites (here & here) for more information.
  • Tim and Ray discuss “chains.”
  • Food holidays and history.

Don’t forget our sponsors:

Carrabba’s Italian Grill Healthy, grilled meats, wood-fired pizzas, fresh ingredients, and phenomenal wine dinners. That’s just some of the offerings of Carrabba’s and Daniel Butner, the local proprietario, is salt of the earth and a pillar of good in the community. Go taste the goodness that is Carrabba’s and see why Tim and Ray are always talking it up!

Washington Perk & Provision Company. Better than a convenience store but not quite a grocery store, in the heart of Washington Park and Downtown WSNC.

The Humble Bee Shoppe is challenging your perception of scratch made and leaving you with an experience you couldn’t possibly forget! With inventive flavor combos and a sense of artistry, The Humble Bee Shoppe isn’t your average bakery.

The Man Who Ate the Town is part of The Less Desirables Network. Give it a listen on iTunes, Stitcher, Podcast Addict and TuneIn, basically anywhere you can listen to podcasts. Or you can listen here (at the bottom of the post).

Bon Appetit!

Butcher & Bull Presents – Miracle on Cherry Street

WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina – Nov. 7, 2019 – Butcher & Bull, a contemporary take on a traditional steakhouse located in the Marriott Winston-Salem, is bringing the popular holiday pop-up bar Miracle on Cherry Street to the Triad for the first time. From Dec. 3 through Dec. 31, 2019, Miracle on Cherry Street will provide a Christmas experience like no other, transforming Butcher & Bull into a winter wonderland featuring a festive menu of signature cocktails and dishes, holiday music, and décor including lights, garland, ribbons, tchotchkes and more inspired by nostalgic vintage Christmas decorations.

In addition to bringing endless holiday spirit to the restaurant, Miracle on Cherry Street boasts a coveted cocktail menu with surprising Christmas concoctions that put a twist on classic holiday flavors, all served in playful mugs and glassware. Featuring a drink for every Christmas lover, the menu ranges from returning favorites like the “Snowball Old Fashioned” with caramelized pecan bourbon and an ice dome as well as the cognac and nutmeg-filled “Jingle Balls Nog,” to new additions such as the “Chrismapolitan” with elderflower liqueur.

Butcher & Bull is also launching an exclusive menu to complement the Miracle on Cherry Street cocktail menu, available only in December. Guests can enjoy festive small plates like the crispy “Elf Ornaments” fried macaroni and cheese balls topped with tomato jam or the “Reindeer Food” charcuterie plate, as well as a selection of diverse, holiday-inspired entrees like the “Christmas in Hawaii” wagyu sliders on Hawaiian rolls and “North Pole Steakhouse” classic bistro steak and frites.

“We are thrilled to host Miracle on Cherry Street and help bring this holiday experience to downtown Winston-Salem,” said general manager Kolby Huffman. “From over-the-top decorations to extravagant cocktails and the special themed food menu developed by our executive chef Richard Miller, Butcher & Bull is set to transform into a true winter wonderland this December. We couldn’t be more excited to partner with Miracle and help give locals a way to celebrate the season like never before.”

Miracle on Cherry Street will launch Tuesday, Dec. 3 at 5 p.m. and be open from 11 a.m. to midnight daily through Dec. 31, 2019. To celebrate the first weekend of festivities, Miracle on Cherry Street is hosting a day-long “Ugly Sweater” party Saturday, Dec. 7. Triad locals and visitors are encouraged to don their best (i.e. tackiest) garb and join in the revelry of the Christmas season at Butcher & Bull. Complimentary valet parking is available and reservations will not be accepted during Miracle on Cherry Street, with the exception of private dining spaces. For more information on Butcher & Bull and Miracle on Cherry Street, visit butcherandbull.com or stay up-to-date on the latest on Facebook and Instagram.

About Butcher & Bull

Butcher & Bull is a contemporary take on a traditional steakhouse opening in Winston-Salem, North Carolina in spring 2019. Located on North Cherry Street across from the Benton Convention Center, Embassy Suites and adjacent to the Marriott, Butcher & Bull is seated in the heart of downtown Winston-Salem. The restaurant will provide diners with adventurous dishes featuring the freshest ingredients possible, made by executive chef Richard Miller. For more information, follow the restaurant on Facebook and Instagram.

The Man Who Ate the Town Podcast Episode 134

Natalie Hughes of Moji Coffee + More

In Episode #134 proudly recorded in The Less Desirables Studios at The Lab at Industry Hill:

Tim and Ray talk about:

  • Natalie Hughes with Moji Coffee and More is in to talk about the shop, the nonprofit, the mission and more.
  • Street Team Steven wrote a review of 237 Fifth. You can read that HERE.
  • Carrabba’s has two wine dinners this week and next and is offering “take-and-bake” dinners for Thanksgiving. Visit their website for more info.
  • Butcher & Bull to present Miracle on Cherry Street.
  • Food holidays and history.

Don’t forget our sponsors:

Carrabba’s Italian Grill Healthy, grilled meats, wood-fired pizzas, fresh ingredients, and phenomenal wine dinners. That’s just some of the offerings of Carrabba’s and Daniel Butner, the local proprietario, is salt of the earth and a pillar of good in the community. Go taste the goodness that is Carrabba’s and see why Tim and Ray are always talking it up!

Washington Perk & Provision Company. Better than a convenience store but not quite a grocery store, in the heart of Washington Park and Downtown WSNC.

The Humble Bee Shoppe is challenging your perception of scratch made and leaving you with an experience you couldn’t possibly forget! With inventive flavor combos and a sense of artistry, The Humble Bee Shoppe isn’t your average bakery.

The Man Who Ate the Town is part of The Less Desirables Network. Give it a listen on iTunes, Stitcher, Podcast Addict and TuneIn, basically anywhere you can listen to podcasts. Or you can listen here (at the bottom of the post).

Bon Appetit!

Street Team Review – 237 Fifth

Last weekend, with no warning to the everyday layperson, Burger Batch (which had been closed for renovations for a week or two) suddenly became 237 Fifth. The new location is now a “Raman, small plate and sake” restaurant.

237 Fifth (@Steven McDowall)

Street Team Member Steven McDowall tried it this weekend and here is his review.

Got there just before 6 PM .. and the doors were locked .. which is ok .. not open yet!  🙂

Just before 6 PM, a pretty decent crowd was forming behind me (I was first in line) — and at 6ish we all heard a “Click” and the doors were open!

So I stepped inside and the woman behind me asked the front manager (who goes by the name “Cheese”) if they did take away.  Answer “No”.  So, no take-away yet.

I was seated and presented my shot of “hot” sake .. except — it was nothing like hot sake.  Tepid Sake really.  My server (a very nice woman named “Anna”) admitted that they hadn’t turned on the sake heater early enough.  Oh well.

The first thing I noticed immediately — is how DARK this place is.  I mean, bat cave dark.  I had to use my iPhone Flashlight to see anything!  It was also just a bit too loud with the music (Rap of some sort) that, to me, didn’t quite go with the dark theme (the loudness of the music).  Did I mention I started a spelunking expedition mid-way through the meal?

“Not Gyoza” dumplings (©Steven McDowall)

So, I did order a nice Carafe of one of their monthly sakes — the slightly dry Tozai Ginko style .. one of my favorite styles. And also ordered what, for me, is one of the signature makings of a Ramen restaurant — Gyoza.   I also ordered the Steamed Pork Buns, cuz.  Those are obviously not authentic “Ramen” since they are Chinese but they are Asian Snack Food and I love them so.

Pork Buns (©Steven McDowall)

Well, they came out (see the pics) and the pork buns looked and were really good. Addictive.  I gave one away to another solo eater next to me to try and we both agreed these were quite good ($10 for 3 I think… why I didn’t take any photos of the menu is beyond me.. sigh) Editor’s note: There was a menu available on their Instagram but, now it is gone – Tim

Now, the gyoza… well, they are not in any way Gyoza. (See pic).  I appreciate a little bit of “liberties,” but this really was beyond going fusion.  These were SO not gyoza .. I need to give them an “F” as GYOZA.  Now, as tasty dumplings? I liked them a lot.  Solid “B” for sure. They weren’t pan-fried as much as I would like, but I am not even sure they should be pan-fried.  I honestly never encountered a dumpling quite like these before and I have eaten maybe 50+ dumpling types in my life from all over.  They had a nice filling of meat and cabbage and sprinkled with sesame and green onions.  The dipping sauce had a nice little bite I liked (could have used more black vinegar but that is my preference). So again, for being NOT GYOZA, I would eat them again. I am just a bit peeved they called them gyoza. And, they don’t have real Gyoza on the menu (probably my favorite dumpling).

On to the Ramen:

So, I was convinced to order the totally non-traditional in anyway Beef Broth w/ Oxtail and Bone Marrow Ramen.  Again, Ramen is really Japanese fast causal food and there are a ton of variations. I never had this one but it certainly was in the “ballpark” of ramen. I tried to get it with my favorite Ramen Addition: Corn. No corn to be had. Tried for a Fish Cake. No Fish Cake. How about some Nori? Yes! They actually have Nori in a ramen restaurant!  Woohoo!

So this brings up the point: I think they are missing the fundamental idea of a Ramen joint.  It’s to let people customize their experience to things they like. Most ramen joints have a section below the ramens listing at least 6 if not 12 “add-ons” so you can customize your own bowl. Corn, Black Garlic, Bean Sprouts, Nori, Enoki Mushrooms, etc. There is a little surcharge but that’s ok.

Here, your only option is extra noodles – unless you order the Vegetarian then you can add the “Marinated Egg” for $2 (we’ll get to the egg in a moment).

Ramen (©Steven McDowall)

So here comes my ramen, giant marrow bone and all!  Looks pretty good actually, but where the hell are my eggs!?  It was to come with one of the “Marinated Eggs,” which everywhere else would call it an “Onsen egg,” being the appropriate term.  I mean of all choices of words to use “Marinated Egg” sounds… horrible.  And it’s not. It’s amazing! Slightly soft boiled then marinated in Soy, Mirin, etc.  Anyway, Anna apologized and brought out the eggs and I added them to the soup .  Now we’re talking ramen!

So. The noodles. There has been controversy about the noodles here. I even specifically asked multiple people in the restaurant if they were authentic alkaline ramen noodles. All said yes, emphatically. I still ordered my ramen with “al dente” noodles. The result, as far as I can tell, these were very good ramen noodles with just a nice chew, etc.  I have no complaints at all with the noodles in my bowl. Not sure if they found a new supplier or what, but no issue at all.

The broth was tasty. The marrow (and I LOVE bone marrow) was delicious. The oxtail was tasty but what a pain in the ass to get the meat off the bone using nothing but chopsticks and my large ramen spoon.  I resorted to using my fingers but the effort was worth it.

Now, there are two (again so standard it shouldn’t even be needed to say) table condiments in ramen shops: chili oil and “Sichimi Togarashi” (otherwise known as Japanese 7-spice powder).  237 Fifth has nothing on the table for condiments. However, I happened to ask if they had Sichimi Togarashi (my go-to topping for just about any soup) and they did! Anna brought out a nice little container and I was in a much happier place. I didn’t want to add chili oil (didn’t even ask) because I liked the soup the way I had doctored it. But certainly having a little bottle of chili oil and the 7-spice powder on each table would be a nice addition too.

So the net, this place is pretty darn good. I think they could improve a few things (but not service, that was awesome) and of course, I didn’t try everything but what I did try (with a bit of doctoring) was good.

237 Fifth Interior (©Steven McDowall)

I hope they bump it up a notch and allow more add-ons, offer both “real” Gyoza and that interesting dumpling, put 7-spice and chili oil on the table, and chopstick holders on the table (although that last is optional it would be a nice touch).

So price-wise, not a cheap meal by any means. But, we are taking downtown WS.  The ramen was $15(?) for this bowl (Pork and Chicken cheaper). The “dumplings” (I refuse to call them Gyoza) were $10 for 6.  Pork buns .. $10 for 3-ish. My total with sake was near $40. But, I did order a lot that could be split.  Again, not a cheap date night but not horrible in my opinion for a ramen night out.

Now for lunch, I think that pricing would be way too high even for WS. I don’t think people are willing to pay more than $12 – $15 total for lunch, which is why maybe they aren’t open for lunch.

Thank you, Steven, for this great review. I know you have spent a lot of time in China and other Asian countries and have a lot of experience with this style of food.

The Man Who Ate the Town Podcast Episode 133

Three pimento cheese styles from Uncle Chris’

In Episode #133 proudly recorded in The Less Desirables Studios at The Lab at Industry Hill:

Tim and Ray talk about:

  • Kevin Heath is in to talk about purchasing Uncle Chris’ Premium Pimento Cheese.
  • The special luncheon, Mission to Serve is for The Peacekeepers/WSPD and FCSO and Special Olympics Forsyth County happened and they met the $5000 goal!
  • Burger Batch is gone but 237Fifth has opened as a ramen, small plate, sake restaurant.
  • Becky Zollicoffer has opened a version of Let It Grow Produce in Organix Juice Bar on Hawthorne.
  • Popeye’s Chicken opens and the area loses its minds.
  • Swipeby is teaming up with Moji Coffee to create a unique fundraiser for Moji.
  • Food holidays and history.

Don’t forget our sponsors:

Carrabba’s Italian Grill Healthy, grilled meats, wood-fired pizzas, fresh ingredients, and phenomenal wine dinners. That’s just some of the offerings of Carrabba’s and Daniel Butner, the local proprietario, is salt of the earth and a pillar of good in the community. Go taste the goodness that is Carrabba’s and see why Tim and Ray are always talking it up!

Washington Perk & Provision Company. Better than a convenience store but not quite a grocery store, in the heart of Washington Park and Downtown WSNC.

The Humble Bee Shoppe is challenging your perception of scratch made and leaving you with an experience you couldn’t possibly forget! With inventive flavor combos and a sense of artistry, The Humble Bee Shoppe isn’t your average bakery.

The Man Who Ate the Town is part of The Less Desirables Network. Give it a listen on iTunes, Stitcher, Podcast Addict and TuneIn, basically anywhere you can listen to podcasts. Or you can listen here (at the bottom of the post).

Bon Appetit!

The Man Who Ate the Town Podcast Episode 132

Sausage Egg and Cheese Croissant from Breakfastime Anytime

In Episode #132 proudly recorded in The Less Desirables Studios at The Lab at Industry Hill:

Tim and Ray talk about:

  • The special luncheon, Mission to Serve is for The Peacekeepers/WSPD and FCSO and Special Olympics Forsyth County happening at Carrabba’s on November 7. Make your reservation HERE.
  • Street Team Member Steven McDowall sponsors burgers at Breakfastime Anytime as did Tim & Stephanie.
  • West End Poke starts renovations.
  • Becky Zollicoffer has opened a version of Let It Grow Produce in Organix Juice Bar on Hawthorne.
  • Viva Chicken opens.
  • Chef David Swing to be the executive chef for Adam Andrews’ new restaurant on Fourth in old Hutch & Harris.
  • Food holidays and history.

Celebrating a Year with Ray

On October 29, 2018, The Man Who Ate the Town podcast had a guest co-host, Ray Morgan, come in and fill a void that was left when Tim Johnson got too busy, who took Kelly Bone’s place when she got too busy. Ray stayed on and this past Monday was Ray’s one-year anniversary.

Ray brings alternative views of the silliness that I throw out at my listeners. He has a history in sales and marketing (and is darn good at it) so he can talk about that aspect when it comes to food, especially when I question the decisions made the food folks that we talk about. He’s a good sounding board and somehow I always find a food something that he’s not a fan of.

He’s a big fan of chocolate. I’d venture to say it’s his favorite thing. Chocolate on chocolate on chocolate or perhaps him bathing in chocolate would probably be a dream come true for him. If listeners want to get him anything, chocolate would be the thing.

He’s a man of God, he’s a great husband, he’s a great co-host, he’s a great friend.

Thank you, Ray, for a year of great podcast episodes and here’s to many more great episodes! Slàinte! Bon appetit! Cheers!

The Man Who Ate the Town Podcast Episode 131

Traditional l’eclair from Bobby Boy Bakeshop

In Episode #131 proudly recorded in The Less Desirables Studios at The Lab at Industry Hill:

Tim and Ray talk about:

  • The Beer Dads (Tim, Jon and Paul) along with their wives, Tim’s son and friends Ryan and December have a meal at the Partner’s Table with Daniel Butner at Carrabba’s.
  • The special luncheon, Mission to Serve is for The Peacekeepers/WSPD and FCSO and Special Olympics Forsyth County happening at Carrabba’s on November 7. Make your reservation HERE.
  • Street Team Member Steven McDowall sponsors lunch at Little Richard’s Barbecue on Stratford.
  • Tim visits Bobby Boy Bakeshop.
  • Tim judged Forklift presented by Providence and Second Harvest Food Bank.
  • Becky Zollicoffer will open a version of Let It Grow Produce in Organix Juice Bar on Hawthorne.
  • Tim responds to a comment/email left about the Burger List.
  • Food holidays and history.