Anchor’s Old Potrero
We thought we had the old American mash down: Jack for long nights; Beam for cheap ones; Maker’s Mark for show-off ones; and Knob Creek for those rare instances when we’re not broke or already drunk.
New food magazines, chopped into bite-sized pieces for nibbling
Tagline: "The Journal of Food and Culture"
Frequency/Cost: Quarterly. $12 each, one year for $39.95, or $29.75 for students and retirees.
Target Audience: Intellectual food lovers.
Design: Elegant layout. The magazine is text-heavy but filled with meaningful artwork and photographs (a six-page spread of family dining room photographs, for example).
Spinn’s Burger & Beer
They spinn-ed me right ’round
I’ve vowed never to get fooled again by booze with a “Southwestern” angle. Case in point: I bought a bottle of DeKuyper’s “Cactus Juice” margarita schnapps a few years ago and poured myself a cheap plastic glassful. Despite the ice and several hours worth of chilling time it received, the liquor inside the cowgirl-festooned bottle tasted like I had just brushed my teeth then taken a bite of a lime, rind and all.
At some point down the line Thai food became synonymous with comfort food for me. It was my family’s favorite dining out cuisine when I was young, and now I have a lot of good nostalgia wrapped up in the smell of lemongrass and curry. Tom kha gai, papaya salad and pad see ew are my go-to orders when I’m sick or just craving something warming and familiar, so I’ve visited most of the Thai spots in town to find some of my favorites of each. That GrubHub bill is getting a little out of control at this point, honestly.
Here’s a few of my favorite spots to order Thai in the Duke City. May they bring you many spicy tears and great evenings.