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too many times in life my epic walks happen by fate and not by planning. Is that fate?

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Travel Thoughts On A Subpar Memorial To South Carolina African American History-Sullivan’s Island

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“Well, I Ain’t never Been The Barbie Doll Type..” Nu-Way For A Redneck Burger

What’s up with Meg on Tasty Tuesday?

I am on a South Carolina food journey to chow down at the best restaurant in each of the 46 counties while seeking the Top 100 Food Dishes To Eat In South Carolina While Alive, Or, Before Dead, Whichever Comes First. And, I’m writing about it in short weekly-ish blogs.

Why This stop?

 This stop falls in the category of seeking the best food dishes SC has to offer.  This past summer, I happened upon a burger cookoff in Spartanburg, S.C., and my favorite burger was Ike’s, which, at least once, I have written about in a prior blog. But, a super close runner up for me was one of the burgers from Nu-Way  (probably the redneck burger) and the place went on my food bucket list.  So that’s why.

Tasty Tuesday – Nu-Way of downtown Spartanburg for a burger.

Nu Way

Sooooooo, where I come from we call this a bar. Anyhow.

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Food- Burgers are their specialty. In specific, The Redneck Burger arrives dressed up with lettuce, onion, tomato, mayo, mustard, ketchup, homemade chili, and pimento cheese.

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Nu-Way Burger, Spartanburg S.C.

 

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Nu-Way Fried Green Beans with Ranch Dressing

 

A menu item that is not exactly a unicorn but you don’t see in every hamburger joint is these fried green beans with a side of ranch. They are alright.

 

 

 

MEGathoughts– This place has been around since 1938.  Some say it is the original paneling.  I also want to mention that this burger and overall the burgers at this “lounge” have won many accolades for their burgers.  It has changed hands a few times since 1938 and most recently in 2017.  A few of these awards have been a good few years ago.  For example, the Food Network spot was in 2010.  Garden&Gun Magazine featured a story written by George Singleton entitled “A South Carolina dive with one hell of a burger fuels a writer’s appetite, and his imagination.” I rarely read an interesting restaurant reviews or stories but this one caught my heart.  Garden&Gun article on Nu-Way

MEGastars: 4**** for the burgers. This time I align with Trip Advisor except that I loved the burger.

Food 4 Atmosphere 3 Service 3.5 Value 4

MEGatips:

  1. Just in case you didn’t catch it, the title is from Gretchen Wilson’s Redneck Woman. Just in case you didn’t catch it, your redneck skills need some fine-tuning.
  2. 373 E Kennedy St, Spartanburg, SC 29302-1958
  3. Go with a full appetite or a family of four. These burgers are huge.
  4. Check out those fried green beans.
  5. There is a website, and there isn’t.  Here is that link NuWay Contact and Location
  6. Unlike other places where I come from, the place is closed on Sundays. Here are the hours for the rest of the week.  Unlike other places where I come from, the place is closed on Sundays. Here are the hours for the rest of the week.
    MON-WED 11:AM-1AM
    THUR-11AM-2AM
    FRI-SAT 11 AM-12AM

 

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Pho-Sure Lemongrass Kitchen Spartanburg

What’s up with Meg on Tasty Tuesday?

I am on a South Carolina food journey to chow down at the best restaurant in each of the 46 counties while seeking the Top 100 Food Dishes To Eat In South Carolina While Alive, Or, Before Dead, Whichever Comes First.

Why This stop?

 This stop falls in the category of seeking the best food dishes SC has to offer. This past month I learned that Bahn-Mi of Spartanburg has closed its doors and I’m looking for a good place to get my Vietnamese food fix. The owners are going to put their effort into the one location, The Lemongrass Cafe’ in downtown Spartanburg.

The place-

  Christmas season has come and gone but downtown Spartanburg remains alive during the “winter” season. It is a fun city visit and take a closer look.  There is a funky outdoor space to gather  (not pictured) and watch sports on the tv, bring the dog and the kids, and have some great snacks. And, one can even rent ice skates and try out some winter fun.

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Outdoor Ice Skating in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Huh?

Just around the corner from the ice rink, is where the Lemongrass Kitchen is located.

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The Lemongrass Kitchen-Authentic Vietnamese Food, Spartanburg, S.C.

A small 800 sq. feet with approximately 6-8 tables and several bar height stools at the window.

The Food-

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Spring rolls

Bun bo xao sa. Beef Noodle Vermicelli with Lemongrass. The Lemongrass cafe. A cool temperature dish called a “salad.” I like it for a meal.

*To note, they do not serve the bean sprouts with this dish but were happy to provide them.

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Bun bo xao sa Beef Noodle Vermicelli with Lemongrass. The Lemongrass cafe.

MEGastars ***  I really want to love this place but I found the sauce a bit heavy on the fish sauce. I did not hate it and will return to try another visit. I love that the Bun comes with fried egg rolls.  Overall, the food is humble, honest, and comforting.  I wish that the restaurant was a bit larger.

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I Baked One Pretty Cake, Now I Can Die And, An Attempt At A Red Velvet Bundt Cake

You read that right. I can now die.

Most of my life I have been an unenthused baker. I baked a birthday cake for a kid or two and then baked the same two sheet cakes every time. But that’s about it.   I wasn’t going to win a prize for the most beautiful cake, ever, and really didn’t give a hoot to change my cake game.

 A Seed Was Planted

Several years back I worked as a Registered Nurse and one of my co-workers vowed that for one year she would share her love and bake a cake for every single staff birthday.

 She had taken a class on how to decorate cakes. I thought huh, that was interesting,  but never gave a hoot to change my cake game and besides, I only ate cake on rare occasions, those kids are grown up and they turned out ok without a pretty cake.

The Change

Well, this past year, I wrote a few cookbooks to give as wedding gifts. It was really fun and I am now working on cookbook number five.  Now, I gave a hoot to see Grandma’s cake in a lasting photo and I remembered being semi-inspired by my friend.

So, I got to work and I baked Grandma Colleen’s three-layer carrot cake.  After watching YouTube.  I ordered “cake baking stuff” that I don’t really “need”  and I made that damn cake look pretty nice.

So from that point on, my life was complete, bucket list checked off.

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Grandma Colleen’s Famous Carrot Cake

My New Quandry

Now I don’t want to bake ugly cakes.

In the meanwhile, waiting to begin Bake From Scratch‘s free classes to begin in January of 2020. I noticed this recipe for  Red Velvet Bundt Cake and I had recently inherited a swanky bundt pan. Plus, my friend had a December birthday and I wanted to bake him a cake.  It turned out o.k. but suddenly my cake self-esteem dropped. 

I thought the cake was a bit too dense. Is this normal for a bundt cake? Did I overbeat the batter? Did I use the wrong size of a bundt pan?

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Red Velvet Bundt Cake

These are cake questions that I now ponder. In the end, my friend knew that I gave a hoot about his birthday and my life had already been made cake complete, anything else is simply a bonus.

Why this post? I plan to post on my success or failure as I take one baking class each month of 2020.

MEGatips

  1. Here is the link to the recipe for this pretty December Bundt Cake. Bake From Scratch Recipe for Red Velvet Bundt Cake

 

 

 

 

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