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Sunday, February 01, 2009

If the Dairy Queen and the Burger King got married...

In Boston we have these really nutty guys called the Andelman Brothers who host a local TV show called the Phantom Gourmet. These guys worship great food with great value, and they rarely cover the extra chic restaurants or fawn over celebrity chefs. These guys are pizza, ribs, burgers, and fast food fans, and they present the best of New England's restaurants every week.

But on Superbowl Sunday they host a Phantom Gourmet marathon. All day long. And you know what? It's evil. Very evil.

You start out with the theme of each hour show. Take ribs. They will go to every rib place from New Hampshire to Rhode Island, show each of the restaurants best dishes in all their glory, and rate them. So you're watching comfort food galore, glistening with lots of fat and Jebus help you, your mouth starts watering. Just when you swear you're going to brave the river that is your walkway to go out to Redbones or Blue Ribbon, they end the rib show and move on to one that is all about sandwiches. Then hamburgers. And desserts. And junk food. And chocolate.

They don't love everything. They dis Pizza Hut and Burger King all the time. They tell you when a restaurant is dirty or the food is sub-par. And they rate each restaurant they review, even the teeny sub shops, on a bunch of different criteria. They also keep a wonderful and very helpful database of local restaurants on their site, with the ratings, the cuisine type, the location and phone number.

They are vicious. The pre-game marathon is on from 11-5 and by the time it's over, you are a jelloed mess of sobbing hunger rolling on the floor begging for the biggest delivery ever.

And you know what else they do? They host a couple food festivals every year where the purveyors on the show come and present their items to a huge crowd of hungry Phantom Fans.

Why I love these guys is that they are eaters. Not foodies. Eaters. They like inexpensive food, cooked well, with lots of flavor and huge portions. They are serious about the serving sizes and will complain if they get some wee little thing artfully arranged on a big white plate. That is not their kid of food.

In fact, they are the greatest denizens of superbowl food ever assembled. These brothers know what kind of food should be eaten at a superbowl party and they tell you where to get it and how much you'll pay for it. I just wish they didn't show so much delicious food all on one day. I am not only starving, but I have no clue of what to eat. I'm that overwhelmed!

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3 Comments:

Blogger Daisy said...

From the title, I was waiting for a punch line like "the cake artist formerly known as Prince."

1/2/09 5:11 PM  
Blogger Never That Easy said...

I Love Phantom, but I'm totally with you on this: the marathon is pretty much torture, especially if you are not going to be able to leave the house to GET any of those things. But the Andelmans are mostly funny (the title was my favorite line of the day, too) & I always learn about new places from the show. It certainly makes my "to go there" list longer.

1/2/09 8:05 PM  
Blogger Nina said...

Gabe and I actually broke down and brought in wings last night and watched the first half of the Superbowl. The wings place we like is a riot...it's a chinese restaurant and to see the frenzy that is Superbowl night in a chinese restaurant that also sells like 15 flavors of wings, is, well, hilarious. Your Andelmans would love this joint, WingNuts.

2/2/09 9:32 AM  

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