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Genius loves pancakes

jon_stewart_academy_awardsWhat do “Livin on a Prayer,” epic disappearing acts, The Daily Show, and gourmet white-collar crime have in common? Their brilliant creators (Bon Jovi, David Copperfield, Jon Stewart and Martha Stewart, respectively) are all from New Jersey! Before they were stars, these celebs used to kick back in Jersey’s finest late-night diners until the sun came up.

Conclusion: Genius is born at late-night greasy spoons over pancakes. I never thought I’d say this, but this town could take a few tips from New Jersey.

What to do? Call the Evanston location of Clarke’s Diner at (847)864-1610 and tell them to stay open past 2 a.m.!

Our futures depend on it.


November 22, 2008 at 6:14 am Leave a comment

If you could pick one late-night food…


If you could pick one late-night food option to eat for the rest of eternity, what would it be? Shot in the dark: It wouldn’t be from Burger King.

Having a hard time making a decision? Think back to your neighborhood pizza-by-the-slice joint, the one that made you the connoisseur of drunk food you are today. How foldable the crust, how deliciously salty the sauce and cheese, how portable the package!

What about the cornerstone of Americana, the late-night greasy spoon diner? Home fries, sizzling bacon, and eggs over easy sound about right…and bottomless cups of coffee to keep the party going until dawn.

For me, the choice was easy. I picked the “Rise and Shiner,” the beloved best-selling menu item from Vermont’s own Kountry Kart Deli. While they lose respect for needlessly misspelling their business name, they earn it back (and then some) every time I order this late-night menu marvel. Picture this: a soft 12” white sub roll stacked with sausage patties, hash browns, fried eggs and melted cheese. The taste combination is incredible, but the benefits don’t stop there – eat the first half at 3 a.m., and save the rest for tomorrow morning! Now that’s a great way to stretch your dollar a little farther.

November 17, 2008 at 10:24 pm 1 comment


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