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August 28, 2009

Fried fantasy

Robert of Cross Keys guest posts today from Florida. It's an intriguing post that raises more questions than it answers, including a) you have to travel for fantasy football? and b) are you bringing me a pecan roll from Stuckey's? Here's RoCK. EL...

Update: I've removed the autoplay video. I looked to see if I could find it without autoplay but couldn't. If anyone else can, please e-mail me the embed code. EL

This week I am in Jacksonville, Fla., which for all intents and purposes is located in south Georgia.

This is a city where the food is diverse yet unified, and by that I mean different kinds of fish, fowl and miscellaneous all come together in the deep fryer.    

Unfortunately, I’m probably not going to have the time to go out on a culinary tour in this land where the local cooks use a Fry Daddy like a French chef uses a sauté pan or a Chinese chef employs a wok.  

I’m here on serious business; I’m here for my fantasy football draft.

I’ve been training hard this week and eating right, so I can’t throw it all away now in some orgy of oil.

Last week my wife secured a brisket from her brisket man (what, your wife doesn’t have a brisket man?) at Texas Hickory Brisket.  I did five pounds of brisket in about six days, and I feel like Rocky.  It is that kind of lean protein loading (OK, I didn’t trim off the brisket’s fat cap) that is going to get me through all 14 rounds of the draft.

The draft will be over around lunchtime on Sunday. If I can’t get some fried food then, maybe I’ll celebrate with a trip to Stuckey's.

Posted by Elizabeth Large at 12:34 PM | | Comments (22)


Hey RoCK,
Good post!
Welcome to my world of fried food. You can find grilled items on menus, but you have to hunt for it.

Good luck with the draft.

Anyone else catch the deep-fried steak on Top Chef? Ugh.

No fried foods for me. I did away with that preperation over a decade ago.

Wimp! Our fantasy football draft goes 20 rounds!

No brisket, but I've found pizza-loading seems to work just as well.

And yes, EL, us fanatics travel for our drafts. I've been traveling to NYC/BOS every year for the past 25 for my baseball draft...

I find these auto-start videos annoying.

RayRay, if you use Firefox, you can use plugins like NoFlash to prevent that kind of thing.

Everyone needs a brisket man. Or, in my case, brisket woman. It is one of the Great Cuts of Beef.

Lissa, good idea; just installed Flashblock, seems to do the trick!

I'm off to NYC, catching a 7:55am megabus from White Marsh for $20.

We're going to Ship of Fools...great sports bar on upper east side. Best wings in the city, by far !

Firefox? NoFlash? I know not these words.
I'm like a Luddite who has just discovered the wonders of electricity.

Sorry, RayRay, but...

Stop Autoplay seems to be a bit more discriminating that Flashblock - it allows some flash content but stops autoplay on videos and music. Nice!

Autoplay videos are downright inconsiderate.

I'm using Firefox here at work but the video still autoplays.

PCB, you probly need an add-on. Go to Tools --> Add-ons in the top menu. In the Get Add-ons section, type "stop autoplay" in the search field. That's the one I'm using, anyway, and it works well! You'll need to restart Firefox after you download.

This tip is a good way to fry autoplay, so you can have a tastier browsing experience. Just some food for thought.

See? Relevance!

I got no results found. :-( EL

sean, that deep-fried steak was a crime against humanity--and a good piece of beef.

I'm still puzzling over the Travel Channel's fried show where bacon was battered and deep fat fried - and actually looked pretty amazing albeit artery clogging. Mars bars, not so much...

It doesn't matter that there are ways to kill the autoplays in Firefox with a plugin. Autoplays are still bad form.

So far fried fish and fried conch. The verdict: not good

Maybe this post explains why a friend's (ex)-husband from Florida was so excited when he received a Fry Baby one Christmas ...

I know they'd love friends to join them at

RoCK, there is a lovely chain of restaurants Called the Loop which has pretty good food. My daughter went to Jacksonville U. for two years before moving on to Rollins College in Winter park. There is Also Bistro Aix which is quite good in Jax

I thought for sure this post would be about the state fair (where all the food is fried) or the Renaissance Festival (fried pickles!). I am headed to the fair to eat some fried whatever this very moment!

I think there should be a national holiday for fried ice cream and other assorted fried foods. I would not be the man I am today without them, I would be 75 pounds lighter!

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Richard Gorelick was appointed The Baltimore Sun's restaurant critic in September 2010. Before joining the paper staff fulltime, he contributed freelance criticism and features articles about food to area and regional publications. Along the way, he dispatched for short-distance trucking companies, shilled for cultural non-profits, and assisted in cognitive neurology research – never the subject, always the control.

He takes restaurants seriously but not himself, and his favorite restaurant is the one you love, too.

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