The Man Who Ate the Town Podcast Episode 112

In Episode #112 proudly recorded at The Lab at Industry Hill:

Tim and Happie talk about:

  • Zesto Burgers and Ice Cream’s 1st anniversary.
  • Slanted Shed named “regular” food truck at Fiddlin’ Fish.
  • 16-year old runs car into La Casa Lopez.
  • Tim starts “Burger Season” with the “Summer of Burgers”
  • Food holidays and history.

No poll this week!

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DiLisio’s Italian Family Restaurant Italian food like you’re sitting, eating in Naples. Wonderful Italian dishes from traditional spaghetti and lasagna to contemporary delights. Rich, flavorful sauces, a variety of pasta options, seafood, meat and more. Just south of Downtown and Business 40 (SOB40).

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!

Zesto Burgers & Ice Cream Celebrates One Year!

I talk endlessly on the podcast, through my Instagram feed and even here on this blog about how much I love Zesto Burgers & Ice Cream. We did that tasting and it was fantastic. Good response on the posts for it, too. Algenon tells me when people say they heard about Zesto from me. It makes me feel good; like I’m doing good in the world.

This Saturday, Zesto Burgers & Ice Cream are celebrating their ONE YEAR anniversary! One year already! That’s great!

Here’s the best part, though. They’re having a celebration all day long and you are invited! They are having some great specials, too.

Their Junior Meals are only $1.99 (one per child, of course)
They will have $.50 wings with a limit of 20 per guest. That’s 20 wings for $10. Wow!
50% off all burgers and sandwiches. Can you imagine me getting a Chubby Decker half off? And a chicken philly or Carolina cheesesteak or… man that’s only limited by the menu (which is vast).
Free ice cream for kids 12 and under.

Stephanie and I are going to forego our usual Saturday morning routine and wait to have our first meal at Zesto. They open at 11am. You should meet me there. We’ll have fun. We’ll talk. We will enjoy great food!

Zesto Burgers & Ice Cream is located at 2600 New Walkertown Road, the corner of New Walkertown Road and 14th Street. Don’t miss it!!

The Man Who Ate the Town Podcast Episode 111

In Episode #111 proudly recorded at The Lab at Industry Hill:

Tim and Happie talk about:

  • Buie’s Market opening (again), Colony Urban Farm Store and Let It Grow Produce to close.
  • Tim visits Dave & Buster’s VIP Sneak Peek.
  • Mary’s Gourmet Diner to host “Family Dinners” beginning this Friday.
  • Wingstop opens on the north side of town.
  • Abbott’s Frozen Custard coming to Clemmons.
  • PTAA Food Drive for Second Harvest Food Bank
  • Street Team!!
  • Food holidays and history.

No poll this week!

Don’t forget our sponsors:

DiLisio’s Italian Family Restaurant Italian food like you’re sitting, eating in Naples. Wonderful Italian dishes from traditional spaghetti and lasagna to contemporary delights. Rich, flavorful sauces, a variety of pasta options, seafood, meat and more. Just south of Downtown and Business 40 (SOB40).

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!

Two In One? — Colony Urban Farm and Let It Grow Produce to Close

Yesterday, Colony Urban Farm Store announced, on its Instagram, that it is closing its doors, soon. Details are still to come on that, from what I can understand.

Today, Let It Grow Produce announced on its Facebook page that it is closing its doors May 25.

Both locations mentioned this “season” or “time” has come to an end and that it is time to look in “different directions.”

Both locations are in the same general market: organic, locally-grown or sourced goods, with farmers, foragers and growers in mind. One was like a small farmers market, the other specialized in beekeeping, gardening, honey, small-scale livestock farming (like chickens and such). Both of those could operate in kind and together.

So, am I the only one that wonders if there is something unspoken publicly, for now, that points to these two businesses teaming up to make one business? Surely, I’m not the only one.

I haven’t personally talked to either party so I’m certainly speculating, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they were joining forces. What say you? What do you think?

The Man Who Ate the Town Podcast Episode 110

Groot likes Bionic Tonic

In Episode #110, proudly recorded at The Lab at Industry Hill:

Tim, Ray and Happie talk about:

  • Dennis Wiggins and Papa Doc’s Bionic Tonic
  • “Street Team” member Steven takes Tim and Ray to Pan Goo to get a tasting!
  • Buie’s Market to open in Buena Vista
  • Burke Street Spring Fling
  • Potential good news for ABC laws in the state.
  • Street Team!!
  • Food holidays and history.

No poll this week!

Don’t forget our sponsors:

DiLisio’s Italian Family Restaurant Italian food like you’re sitting, eating in Naples. Wonderful Italian dishes from traditional spaghetti and lasagna to contemporary delights. Rich, flavorful sauces, a variety of pasta options, seafood, meat and more. Just south of Downtown and Business 40 (SOB40).

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!

Buie’s Market to Open in Buena Vista Early Summer

Buie’s Market Location in Buena Vista ©Buie’s Market

Construction is underway on Buie’s Market, which is expected to open in early summer adjacent to Diamondback Grill at the corner of Avalon Road and Spring Garden Road (749 Avalon Road).  Buie’s Market will serve Buena Vista and surrounding areas.  Named in honor of the legendary Buie’s Pharmacy, which occupied the space decades ago, Buie’s Market will offer a variety of fresh, packaged and prepared foods.

Majority owners of Buie’s Market are Stacy Doss and Kristin Holcomb.  Buie’s Market will occupy approximately 3,000 square feet and will have eight full- and part-time employees.  Cassandra Bryant, a former member of the management team at Trader Joe’s, will serve as the manager of Buie’s Market.

Buie’s owners Stacy Doss (l) and Kristen Holcomb (r) (©Buie’s)

Buie’s Market will offer a selection of brewed coffee; craft beers and wines; non-alcoholic beverages; cheeses and dairy items; and an assortment of dry goods as well as canned and packaged local and regional staples. The market also will offer pastries, desserts and breads and a variety of fresh and frozen products including beef, pork, chicken, bison, fish and produce.  Prepared foods to go will include selections from familiar local vendors.

“Our focus will be on local products and fresh produce and meats,” co-owner Kristin Holcomb said.  “We believe that Buie’s Market will rapidly become a community destination as a place to come for coffee, beer and wine with friends or to take home ‘grab and go’ delicious prepared foods.”

“We considered a number of names for the business but kept coming back to Buie’s Market because the name is so well known among neighborhood residents,” co-owner Stacy Doss added.  “Wayne Buie, who operated a pharmacy on the same site for many years, enthusiastically gave us permission to use his family’s name, and we greatly thank him for his support.”

 

For updates on the opening and what the market will be offering visit: facebook.com/buiesmarket or watch this blog or listen to our podcast!

The Man Who Ate the Town Podcast Episode 109

In Episode #109, proudly recorded at The Lab at Industry Hill:

Tim and Ray talk about:

  • Joel Evans from Cowboy Brazilian Steakhouse is in the studio
  • Zesto Burger tasting event in full detail.
  • In eye-rolling news, BBQ into the 5 Points/Big Shotz/Lucky 32s space
  • Street Team!!
  • Food holidays and history.

No poll this week!

Don’t forget our sponsors:

DiLisio’s Italian Family Restaurant Italian food like you’re sitting, eating in Naples. Wonderful Italian dishes from traditional spaghetti and lasagna to contemporary delights. Rich, flavorful sauces, a variety of pasta options, seafood, meat and more. Just south of Downtown and Business 40 (SOB40).

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!

Guest at the Table: Butcher & Bull

I have decided that I have a “street team” and that I will let them describe some of the fantastic foods and/or restaurants that I haven’t been to, yet, I haven’t been to in a while, they go on my recommendation, they find something new or anything else that pertains to “food news and views.” They may venture out beyond the confines of good ol’ WSNC. Seems like a good idea to me. 

Butcher & Bull
by Steven McDowall

I went to Butcher & Bull last Tuesday, at around 6 PM.  Not very crowded (alas).  My cohort in crime was having a drink in the bar and we grabbed our table. The service was prompt and friendly!

I’ll get the one negative thing that I didn’t like out of the way now — the atmosphere is… odd.  It’s sort of austere and very very open.  It did not (to me) resonate with a “steak/chop house” as I have come to know them around the US,

especially not Chicago or NYC.  I wish they would have closed the restaurant from the hotel side with a wall and a door .. and maybe more wood or something.  Oh well.

 

Okay, on to the food!

Overall? Solid A-/B+.

Bone-in, dry-aged ribeye

The shrimp cocktail was an awesome presentation, presented under a smokey dome. There were four very large shrimp and some truly good cocktail sauce.  The shrimp had just a wee bit of smoke flavor; not overpowering at all. In fact, the only complaint was that these did need the cocktail sauce.  Once the smoke flavor dissipated, the shrimp didn’t have much flavor to them by themselves.  However, they were perfectly cooked and did I mention they were so large I think they were probably eating small animals as they were growing? B+

We then had the Gem Salad (with Avocado) and added some lardons, because they had lardons on a different salad (the wedge) so why not every salad, I mean… BACON!! right?  Solid salad. B!

Mac-N-Cheese

The main course was the 22 oz bone-in dry aged rib-eye, which we split.  Thank goodness.  This was a perfect thing of art. The 40-day dry-age was perfect and made the steak so tender and flavorful.  It was cooked absolutely perfect!  Great char, great flavor!  Maybe the best steak I’ve had in W-S.  A+

We also had the Mac & Cheese — they have a nice selection of sides, but 2 people can only eat so much. This was spot on the style of Mac & Cheese I love. All it needed was some fresh black pepper which was easily obtained.  Of course, I think all Mac&Cheese needs more/any black pepper.  A-

Cheesecake

I also appreciated their wine selection.  They have a nice range of wines that are really not that horribly expensive for the quality. We were able to find a very nice bottle of Rodney Strong, one of my favorite guys, for $35 or so.

And dessert!?  Again, simply the best cheesecake, other than my wife’s, that I’ve had in W-S, as well.  A!

So yes, this is a legit and great restaurant. Chef Richard Miller came by to say hi and mentioned that, in the future, he plans to build his own dry aging facility down in the basement where he could do other things too!  Should be pretty exciting.

Butcher & Bull is located 425 N Cherry Street, in downtown Winston-Salem, in the Marriott Hotel.


To be clear, the writers for Guest at the Table posts are not compensated by me. They just love food and they like talking about it. Whether or not they gain their own compensation from outside sources, that is up to them. Also, the views and opinions of each writer are theirs and do not necessarily reflect mine, Stephanie’s or Ray’s thoughts or opinions of said establishments, events or activities. All pictures included are © the specific Guest at the Table.

A Blogger Tasting at Zesto Burgers & Ice Cream

This week I organized a blogger/food writer tasting at Zesto Burgers & Ice Cream at 2600 New Walkertown Road in Winston-Salem. Algenon Cash and his team knocked it out of the park as they do every time I eat there. But, this time it was to sample just about everything on the menu. And, when we left, there was not one of us who needed to eat the rest of the day. In fact, Stephanie, Trey and I didn’t.

BLT

The three of us were joined by my co-host Ray Morgan, Tim Clodfelter from the Winston-Salem Journal, Carroll Leggett, Nikki Miller-Ka and Ja’Net Adams. Once the food started coming, it seemed like it never stopped coming. So, I’m going to recap what we ate but know that as the day went on, I got a little food fatigue and may be vague in my descriptions. Also, we may have tasted a few things in a different order than the other writers, so if you read their accounts it’s not in any real order, here.

Let’s get to it!

Let’s start with the BLT. Who doesn’t love a BLT? All buns and bread sold and served at Zesto are now from Martin’s Bread out of Pennsylvania. Trey and I use Martin’s buns when we make “Beeman Burgers.” The butter bread from Martin’s is what this is on. It replaced the old “Texas Toast” that it used to be on and adds another dimension to the sandwich alongside the hardwood smoked bacon with lettuce, tomato, and chipotle mayo. Great stuff.

The Chuckwagon

Shrimp Po’Boy

Up next was the spicy veggie burger, which is a black bean burger and, surprisingly I liked it. Usually, my burger needs to be some kind of sacrificial animal but I could have one of these and be happy, only if there was no meat to be seen. But, Stephanie, who loves and pushes veggies on me thought it was good. The general consensus at the table was that it was good, but some said it may be too spicy for those not into spicier foods. I liked it.

The Chuckwagon was next which is basically chopped beef with onion and spices, battered in buttermilk with lettuce, tomato, and chipotle mayo. Stephanie gets this a lot and she’s a fan. It’s not in my top of what we had, but that just shows that Zesto has something for everyone’s tastes. I know a few others who think this may be their favorite item on the menu.

Carolina Cheesesteak

Some of the more exotic sandwiches on the menu was the shrimp po’boy and I understand it’s not really exotic but for a “burger joint” it is. Lightly battered and fried popcorn shrimp, in a healthy portion, on a hoagie roll with lettuce, pickles, and chipotle mayo. This may or may not be on Martin’s bread but it was very good. I had it late in the afternoon so I don’t know that I got the full effect because I was being the “full effect.” A great visual sandwich, too

Chicken Philly

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Algenon and Jasmine brought out a few baskets of fries with the first round of samples, so that added to the fullness. They also brought out an order of their crispy and their charred wings. The sauces available for the wings are “Buffalo,” the spicy honey, BBQ and one more, that I didn’t catch. I had one of the crispy wings and they nailed it. Later they also brought sweet potato fries topped with a house-made seasoning which I know consists of maple sugar. I’m not a fan of sweet potatoes or sweet potato fries so I passed, but everyone else seemed to enjoy them.

I never realized how much I love Philly Cheesesteaks but lately, I’ve been finding cheesesteaks that are really up my alley. We were served two different styles, the “Carolina” cheesesteak and a chicken Philly. Zesto’s is just the right size, not too large that you feel bloated afterward and not to small that you feel you don’t get what you paid for. The steak was juicy and the mushrooms, peppers, and onions were just right with the creaminess of the provolone. That really goes for the chicken Philly, too. In fact, as much as I never choose chicken over beef, for this sandwich, I choose chicken. It was really good!

Chicken Tenders

A hot dog is a hot dog and I will say that while there isn’t anything that jumps out and grabs you about the Zesto hot dogs, they are certainly a solid hot dog. It is everything you want it to be and the toppings are fresh. I have one about once every two weeks or so, much to Stephanie’s chagrin. I just like them.

Chicken sandwich with BBQ sauce

One of the biggest surprises for many of us at the table was the chicken tenders. I know when I think of chicken tenders, there is always some flattened, over-breaded sliver of chicken, usually overly fried and tasting of last week’s cooking oil. This, especially from other restaurants or bars. Tenders at Zesto do not fit any of those descriptions… at all. They are chunks of real chicken that are perfectly fried and you taste the chicken and not the over-done breading (because there is none of that). You can get dipping sauces, as well.

Chubby Decker

Next, we tried The Classic Chicken. 100% natural, fresh, and marinated chicken breast served charred, grilled, or crispy with lettuce, pickles, and mayo and, of course, on those fantastic Martin’s potato buns. We also tried the sweet bbq chicken (sauced) and the spicy honey chicken. I really enjoyed the flavor of the bbq and I have the spicy honey often, too. I enjoy that spicy honey sauce on the pork chop sandwich, too. We didn’t try that, but I like it. You can’t go wrong with the sauced chicken sandwiches.

Patty Melt

The next item I was no stranger to. In fact, I have one at least once a week. This is the Chubby Decker, double cheeseburger and it is so good. I have called it, and I reiterate, my #1 burger in town. Is it the best in town? I don’t know, because that’s subjective, but I know it’s the one I enjoy eating the most. I usually get mine without lettuce and add a little onion.  I get this so much that Joe (behind the counter) doesn’t even ask how I want it, he just rings it up. I’m there a lot, can you tell? Anyway, I stand by this burger. We also had a pimento and bacon burger, as well.

We got to sample the patty melt. The other side of the table got to try it earlier when we were still getting ramped up. We had one made specifically for us at our table and by the time we had it, it was past our stop time. Zesto makes theirs with a beef patty, top it with steak, grilled onions and American cheese on two pieces of the delicious butter bread from Martin’s, nice and grilled and the meat was juicy. I will definitely have another of these when I can enjoy it more.

Ribs

The topper to everything was the ribs. Yes, I said ribs. Zesto’s sauce is slathered on and they’re grilled to where the meat just falls off the bone. Ray said he has ribs all over town and he’d put these up against anyones in town. That’s saying something because there are a lot of places that do it well. I really enjoyed eating them. Tangy and acidic, as they should be, the meat literally can be pulled directly off the bone. I think we were all surprised how good these things were. It was certainly a treat and they came at the end, so even as stuffed as everyone was, we still made room for the ribs.

One thing that Zesto strives to do is make it possible for you to come in and get a meal for $10 or less per person. If you get add-ons, that will be an increase, but for the most part, meals (fries and a drink) come in right around $10. The ribs are a little bit more, but c’mon, they’re ribs.

Soft-serve ice cream, milkshakes, malteds, cones, cups and “concretes” which is soft-serve milkshakes with your choice of premium toppings and blended at high speed to produce a tasty concrete.

Zesto Burgers & Ice Cream is a fantastic little fast casual restaurant. Yes, it’s fast food but it’s not traditional fast food which is why I don’t mind eating it, sometimes more than once a week. What can I say? I love this place. I think you’ll love it, too. Ray and I will be talking about our experiences on the next podcast. We will go into more details about the food than even here, I’m sure. Again, I am telling you, you really need to go try out Zesto Burgers.