Thursday, October 23, 2014

Looking back at Zombie Burger's KISS Week specials.

Zombie Burger + Drink Lab throws out some pretty crazy, yet inventive Burger Specials of the Week. When the quintessential 1970s arena rock band KISS played at Wells Fargo Arena back in August, Zombie Burger wasn’t content for just a single burger but an entire KISS Week Special Menu featuring a trio of KISS themed burgers, a chili dog, tricked out French fries, and even a shake in homage to Def Leppard whom co-headlined the tour.

While the masses justifiably clamored for burgers with such ingredients as Riesling-poached pears, Red Bull-Cherry koolickles, and lightning bolt shaped pepper jack croquettes, I focused like a laser rock show effect on the coney and fries.

I was quite taken with the Detroit Rock City Coney. Magnificent chili sauce, huge deep-fried wiener, homemade cheese whiz; heck, even the bun is a vast improvement over what I’ve had at Zombie Burger in the past [see blog post]. I waggle my woefully short tongue in approval.

The KISS Army-Style Fries borrow a concept from In-N-Out Burger and their not-so-secret menu Animal Fries [see blog post]. Hand cut fries, golden and crispy, topped with minced onion, pepper jack cheese, and Zombie sauce (basically a Thousand Island dressing sans pickle). Everything was in perfect proportion, no single ingredient overshadowed the rest. Short shredding the pepper jack was a stroke of genius, allowing for even distribution, and just enough melt to adhere to the fries while still retaining its shape and texture. It puts In-N-Out Burger’s Animal Fries to shame.

The coney and fries were truly Double Platinum! I long for their return.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Toilet humor around the Metro. [NSFW]

The Yankee Clipper could use some more erudite graffiti; Green spermatozoa in the loo at the Des Moines Social Club; The toilet tank at 515 Brewing has a boo-boo, but I'm not gonna kiss it to make it feel better.

Only the rough-and-tumble need use the women's facilities at The Fremont; In case you wonder why your man is a randy bastard after taking a leak at The Gas Lamp.

Advice if the condom breaks at the Waveland Coffee Shop; Not a constructive solution at the Firehouse Lounge; An unbeatable combination at Toad’s Tavern.

I wish all urinals could be like this one at the Neal Smith Federal Building, easy to hit and with foot flushers; Patrons of the East Village must be a loutish bunch, shared facilities at The Village Bean and HoQ.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Random bites from the 2014 World Food and Music Festival.

Llapingachos, below left, from Mi Patria offers grilled potato patties stuffed with cheese, topped with warm peanut sauce. A spicy pea and onion-studded salsa verde was an option on request. I liked this dish in particular for its homey qualities. The yellow tinged potato patties had a denser texture than mashed and tasted quite buttery. The peanut sauce was exceptionally savory: I'd love to have the recipe.

Atkilt, above right, a mix of cabbage, carrots, green beans, and green pepper, in curry spice from the Ethiopian Association of Iowa is a straight forward dish, served atop white rice. Solid curry flavor and a very filling dish.

A beef bocodillo from Andalusia takes "pressed Arabic bread" as they call it though I'm pretty sure its a tortilla, and fill it with flavored ground beef, onion, and garlic. It was tasty enough but not quite what one would expect for a bocodillo.

The De Luxe crêpe from Crêpes de Luxe Café of Iowa City is simply flavored with orange liqueur, butter, and sugar, but the end result is delicate and delicious. Serving it in a paper sleeve is a stroke of whimsy that makes it easy to transport. I must visit them the next opportunity I can get for a cheap Megabus eastward.

Mi Patria on Urbanspoon Crepes de Luxe Cafe on Urbanspoon