As usual, for reasons best left unknown to the American public, Spicy Food Guy found himself on the road again last week. Destination for this trip? Times Square, baby!
Spicy Food Guy is a huge fan of Times Square, largely because it allows him to participate in radically disparate activities in a very confined geographic area.
Typical evening outing for SFG and his buddies in Times Square:
- Go to an Irish Pub for a quick 'lube and oil change, if you get SFG's drift.
- Amble over to ESPN Zone to watch multiple sports games on multiple huge screens. Sip on a beer and munch on some wings while yelling random animated coaching tips for said sports teams on said screens.
- Stop by the M&M Store (of course there's one!) and buy a gift for the family.
- Go back to Irish Pub.
- Go to a random diner (open 24 hours) and eat eggs, bacon, pancakes, toast.
- Go to hotel and sleep.
But Spicy Food Guy digresses.
On this particular trip, SFG was in the mood for some good old fashioned BBQ and Southern Comfort foods, so off he went to Virgil's BBQ on the corner of 44th and Broadway. Spicy Food Guy was arriving at Virgil's after an hour or two at ESPN Zone, so he was ready to chow down.
And chow down SFG did. SFG ordered two meats, memphis ribs and a texas sausage link. The ribs had a fabulous smoke ring and a really nice dry rub crust on the outside. The outside char was offset by the tender and delicious pink meat on the inside. The sausage link had garlic and chile pepper spices and was a juicy mix of pork meat and fat. And the condiments! Three or four different bbq sauces, several hot sauces, mustard.
To make sure SFG had some daily servings of "vegetables", he ordered baked beans (with big chunks of maplewood bacon) and cheese grits. The cheese grits were creamy, not lumpy, and served steaming hot.
As an indication of how much he enjoyed the meal, SFG texted the Boy (SFG's son) with the following message (true story):
Elegant prose. Brought to you by Spicy Food Guy. And next time you make it to the Big Apple, get to Virgil's. Go hungry. Stay late.