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Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives is Right!


Haluski: Copyright Gail A. Sisolak 2013

Haluski: Copyright Gail A. Sisolak 2013

On my last trip to Pittsburgh, MAD2Go had the chance to stop in at Kelly O’s Diner in Pittsburgh. I must admit I’ve always been a bit suspicious of restaurants featured on TV shows. Even if they were good prior to filming, they are often victims of their own success as viewers mob well-rated venues. 

I was pleasantly surprised by the meal I had at Kelly O’s after it was showcased on Triple D. I visited the downtown location, which featured a vibrant nouveau-retro décor.

Copyright: Gail A. Sisolak 2013

Copyright Gail A. Sisolak 2013

I particularly wanted to try the haluski, which I had never seen on a menu. Apparently it’s a church fair staple in Pittsburgh, since the city has a large population descended from Eastern European immigrants. 

Haluski is Slovak Soul food; a dish I have made and enjoyed many times. Its three main ingredients are cabbage, noodles, and onions. When I was young, my mother used to make the noodles, but like most people she now uses store bought. I don’t have a written copy of the recipe, because every Slovak woman had her own version and they probably varied depending on the amount of cabbage and onions on hand.

 My Mother taught me to make haluski in the following proportions: 

1/2 stick of butter

1 medium head of cabbage

2 large onions

Salt and Pepper to taste

A healthy dash of paprika 

In a heavy skillet, brown the onion in butter. When browned, add salt, pepper, paprika and cabbage. Cover and simmer about 5 minutes. Add a little water or broth as needed; cook until cabbage is tender. My Mother usually served it over good quality egg noodles. 

Kelly O’s adds a couple of twists to their version of haluski—they top theirs with bacon and a dusting of shredded cheese.

While I loved the addition of the bacon, at first it seemed a little strange. Then I remembered early cooking lessons with my Mom. Back in the day, she saved the bacon fat from the skillet and poured it into a clean glass jar. Instead of using shorting or butter when pan frying, she would use a scoop of bacon fat. It was obviously not heart healthy, but the fat added a tremendous amount of flavor. There is a good chance a made haluski with bacon fat at some point.

Kelly O’s Diner

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What’s Up Delaware?

MAD2GO will be hitting the road in the coming weeks, driving up to Pittsburgh, through New Hope and over to the Lehigh Valley. While traveling our road trip, we found a lot of lot of Food Network shows featuring local restaurants. DD&D visited 14 restaurants in PA. But has Guy Fieri visited Delaware even once?

Nope. Nada. Never.

In fact, NONE of the Food Network or Travel Channel shows have ever visited Delaware. (Man v. Food, The Best Thing I Ever Ate, No Reservations, Bizarre Foods.)

I mean, you can eat muskrat in DE. Shouldn’t that at least fall in the bizarre category?

Muskrat swimming: Wikipedia: D. Gordon E. Robertson

So, send us your thoughts and recommendations. We’ll vlog the best, and challenge the “experts” to try our hometown favorites.

What’s your favorite diner, drive-in or dive in DE? At the Beach? And why?

Who makes the best cheese steak in DE?

Who make the best fried chicken in DE? Come on! We’re the Blue Hen State!

Has anyone ever really tried muskrat? What did you think and where did you have it in DE?

Who makes the best desserts in DE?

Who makes the best peach pie/cobbler in DE?

Who pours the best DE craft beer AND serves great food?

Best crab cakes in DE?

Any other recs in DE?