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The Search for America's Best Tacos: Midwest Contenders

The Serious Eats Team 38 comments

We were happily surprised to discover that the Midwest has more than its fair share of amazing tacos. Large Mexican immigrant populations and a newfound appreciation of inexpensive-but-tasty fast food has been a positive boon for taco trucks and taquerias in urban centers like Detroit, Columbus, and Chicago. More

The Search For America's Best Hot Dog: The Midwest

Hawk Krall 22 comments

Next up in our search for America's Best Hot Dog (we've so far told you about the East Coast and down South) is the Midwest, another heavyweight hot dog region where frankfurters were introduced by Austrian immigrants at the Chicago World's Fair in 1893. Since then, Chicago has rivaled New York as the hot dog center of the universe, although Detroit isn't far behind. More

Ed Levine's Serious Diet, Week 138: The Book Will Not Defeat Me!

Ed Levine's Serious Diet Ed Levine 10 comments

That's right. I am vowing right here, right now, that just because we have been going on marathon eating expeditions as part of our mad dash to finish the Serious Eats book, I am not going to accept Serious Diet defeat. Not now. Not ever. More

A Pint With: Tyson Arp, Nebraska Brewing Company

Drinks Maggie Hoffman 4 comments

Our favorite beer at the New York Brewfest last weekend was Nebraska Brewing Company's Melange a Trois, a Belgian-style blonde ale aged for six months in Chardonnay barrels. We're thrilled to have Tyson Arp, the brewer of that delicious beer, here today to answer a few questions! More

Serious Beer: IPA from the Midwest

Drinks Maggie Hoffman 37 comments

There's some great brewing going on in states like Michigan and Ohio, Wisconsin and Nebraska. This week, we gathered a sample of IPAs from the Midwest to review, and a few of them are truly top tier. More

Video: Sky Full of Bacon Explores the Midwestern Land of Whitefish

Erin Zimmer 2 comments

We are big fans of Michael Gebert's Sky Full of Bacon video podcast series, even when they don't involve bacon. In this one, he investigates whitefish—what's usually deep-fried for fish and chips or smoked for deli bagel sandwiches. Gebert chats with 92-year-old Robert Schuffler of Robert's Fish Market in Chicago, a man who's digested his fair share of whitefish (even for breakfast) and is still going strong. Gebert then adventures out to the Lake Michigan waters with a family behind a fifth-generation Wisconsin fishery. When it's fresh, whitefish should smell like cucumber. The video, after the jump.... More

Cakespy: Chocolate Peanut Butter Special K Bars

Serious Eats cakespy 18 comments

These no-bake bars, which generally resemble bricks in both size and weight, were comprised of a dense, crunchy-chewy mixture of corn syrup, sugar, peanut butter, and Special K cereal, all topped with about a half-inch of fudgy chocolate topping. More

Video: A Tribute to Superman Ice Cream

Erin Zimmer 9 comments

On the kiddie ice cream totem pole, the Superman flavor is pretty high up there, somewhere near bubblegum and cookie dough. But the poor squirts who don't live in or near Michigan probably haven't experienced the red-blue-yellow trio of creamy goodness. Our recent Superman ice cream post inspired Quinn of the Michigan culture blog The Mitten to cruise around the Ann Arbor-area and get to the bottom of this dessert enigma. What's the Michigan connection? Where exactly does the "blue" flavor come from? According to Jim and Forrest Karnopp of Cafe Luwak in Ypsilanti, Michigan, Detroit-based Stroh Brewery stopped making beer during prohibition and segued to ice cream, bringing Superman ice cream into this world. But to this day,... More

What Is Superman Ice Cream?

Erin Zimmer 53 comments

Photograph from jamelah on Flickr Superman ice cream is a Michigan thing involving three flavors (in shades of blue, red, and yellow—your standard Superman colors) working together, sort of like Neapolitan. So is it just vanilla ice cream with buckets of food coloring? Apparently no, at least not in the case of the blue flavor. Blue Moon, another Michigan (or maybe more Midwestern in general) thing—and not beer in this context— is a super sweet Smurf-colored flavor that apparently "just tastes like blue." Some guesstimate that the yellow is vanilla (others have said banana, but they have little support) and that red is cherry, raspberry, strawberry, or another generic sweet-ish red fruit. It sounds like a bubble gum ice... More

On the Road Again: The Waffle House of America

Michael Nagrant 4 comments

Whether I’m pursuing goat eyeball tacos or iconoclastic farmers, my brain, nose, and palate are trained to dig out the obscure or novel. It seems I’m always on the hunt for the story about a former Wiccan high priestess CIA agent who chucked it all and became a sushi chef. What’s been there everyday just seems to fade into the background. For example, because most of my family still resides in southeastern Michigan, I’ve been driving the stretch of I-94 between Chicago and Detroit almost every month for more than seven years. With its ubiquitous orange construction barrels, or, as we call them, Michigan flowers, and because of lobbying of Hoffaesque union folk for continued work, some part of I-94... More

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