Where have I been?!?! Well, I guess I’ve been busy… Or lazy.
It’s April. That means that if you are not on tour now, you will be shortly.
So… You’ve bought a case of Cup O Noodles because you’re the budget conscience musician,but let’s face it. Living on Ramen sucks!
Fear not musicians! There is a life beyond hot tap water and squiggly noodles. Here are a few gems that I’ve found to be tasty and easy on the wallet.
Pub n’ Grub, Mesa, AZ – This little jewel is very easy to miss, but when you find it, you’ll be glad you did. While it has typical pub fare, there is nothing typical about it. Awesome burgers, hand cut fries and wings Hooturds and Buffaloed Mild Wings can only dream of making. The Mad Cow burger is a personal fave. The deal: a gigantic basket of fries for $2.00 (or maybe it was $2.50). Regardless, the fries are a cheap, tasty fill and leaves you enough dough for a couple of brews (they’re cheap too!). Nice people too.
The Big Dipper Cafe, Shasta Lake, CA – Just north of Redding off the I-5, this hidden gem appears to be a local favorite. Tasty food, decent portions, inexpensive and the staff was nice to boot. My wife and I stopped in here and had breakfast. Awesome pancakes, ham streaks, correctly cooked eggs… This place was killer. My fave was the special of the day: A potato pancake (yum), layer of scrambled eggs with smoked gouda, a beef patty and smothered in country gravy. I think they called it the Hobo. I called it fanfuckintastic!
O’Skis Pub & Grille, Sparks, NV – First off, the happy hour is off the hook! $2.00 pints. All drafts. Guinness for 2 bucks?! Who the hell does that? These guys do!!! Waiting to setup for a show, the Mrs. and I stopped in here for a quick beer… Which turned into several beers and appetizers later. My fave was the corned beef quesadilla. Did I mention half price appetizers during happy hour? The deal: ALL OF IT!