Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Alton Brown: Feasting on Asphalt

If you missed the latest and greatest of Alton Brown's television programs on Food Network you'll surely want to check out the next episode that airs on August 5, at 9 p.m. eastern.

In this weeks episode of “Feasting on Asphalt” Alton will be sampling some pit-smoked pork BBQ at the Carolina Smokehouse in Cashiers, North Carolina. Hel'll head east throught the Smokey Mountains and stop by Sanders CafĂ© Museum and Kentucky Fried Chicken in Corbin, Kentucky to learn about the history and fame of Colonel Harlan Sanders. Other plans call for eating pork brain sandwiches in Evansville, Indiana before ending the show with a visti to Ted Drewe’s in St. Louis, Missouri.

I've been to Ted Drewe's many times and can attest to their wholesome goodness. It's a perfect compliment to bbq. Heck, it's a perfect compliment to almost everything. If you live in St. Louis, you know what I'm talking about, but if you're from the outskirts of the St. Louis metropolitan area and haven't been to Ted Drewe's, you don't know what you're missing.

If your a businessman or woman, or an aspiring businessman or woman, and the restaurant business is what you're interested in, then you need to make a trip to Ted Drewe's to see how they do it.

I haven't been there in 10-years, but during my last visit there were about 10 "windows" at the drive-in with lines of 10-12 deep standing at each one. The shakes were served in styrofoam containers with spoons and straws and were real, real thick. It's a thing of beauty from a business standpoint. Low overhead and high margins. I'm assured by those in know that have been there recently that it's still as busy as ever.

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