Archive for May, 2009
So here is a bunch of random stuff, because in many ways, this week has kicked my lily-white butt, and I’m tired.
Government-sponsored mortgage programs? Not working. Here’s a really good commentary on that from Henry Blodgett: http://tinyurl.com/orgjw2 along with good ideas on what lenders need to do instead. But won’t. Utah mortgages are the same as everyone else’s in this respect. I continue to recommend with all the force I can – do business locally, with local people, as much as humanly possible. Even in something as grand and mysterious as the real estate market, this is absolutely critical. Give the guy on Main Street the same shot you give the big multi-national bank. He’ll surprise you, this I promise.
The Nuggets are better than the Lakers. This is really not disputable. I believe the Cavaliers are better than the Magic, too, but I wouldn’t be willing to state it under oath.
FriendFeed might be even better, for businesses. Put a group together.
Knowing Bryan Pope has been terrible for my daily work ethic and phenomenal for my business creativity. Actually, I lie about that first part – Bryan yesterday gave me an idea that helped both things so much that I’ve already got more done today than the previous three days put together, and made that work far, far more effective than it has been before. Get to know this guy. I mean it.
The Provo Daily Herald newspaper needs serious, immediate, direct intervention. I write for them, and I can tell you that if they learned how to aggregate local news feeds they could make money. A lot of money. They show no real signs of wanting to do this. I understand this to be typical of most news organizations. Guys, stop thinking of news as something you provide to people and start thinking about it as something you collect and report. You have great collection mechanisms, but you will never be able to tell me what I want to know better than I can tell you what I want to know. When you get this, you’ll start profiting again.
Within the next month, you’ll hear something about the Main Street Group from somewhere other than this blog. It’s that great an idea, and that powerful a group of people.
No suspense about this review. I loved this place.
I had been hearing about it from my pals over on Cougarboard for some time, but hadn’t ever been. When my meeting with Enoch Chapman (@dellojoio) presented the opportunity, I grabbed it.
My normal procedure when I go to a place I’ve never been is to let the people that work there tell me what to eat. I asked the gal at the register what she recommended, and she told me that if I’d never been there before, I ought to do the pulled pork plate. As you can see from the photo, a “plate” means “and old pie tin”, which suited me just fine.
As for the sides, Enoch told me I’d regret not getting the cauliflower, and I’m a huge fan of mashed potatoes, so I did the garlic mashies as well.
First off, the service was fast. That’s a big deal. The food was hot and ready quickly.
Second, there was an amazing array of sauce to choose from. I’m not a fan of hot stuff, so I stayed away from the really fiery sauces, but managed to get some moderately hot sauce on my plate, along with the chipotle sauce, which is hot but not the same way.
Third, Lon came by to say hello. He says business is tough. Well, if I can fix that with this review, I will.
The food was outstanding. The pork was tender and mated very well with the sauce. The standard sauce on the table was perfect, very tasty and brought out the juiciness of the pork. When I have a puddle of sauce left at the bottom of the plate, I know I enjoyed it. I did. And I did. There wasn’t quite enough, but I never think there’s enough barbecue. I missed the bun, though – I’m used to a hamburger bun for my pulled pork, but it wasn’t a major issue.
The potatoes were very good. Rough-mashed, lumpy and with skins on, perhaps a little lighter on the garlic than I would like.
The cauliflower was a revelation. I like my veggies fine, and I like cauliflower anyway, but the deep-fried breading on these babies was something otherworldly. Next time, I think I’m doing a double-helping of that and forget the other stuff. Apparently you can order the sides by themselves. It’s tempting.
All in all, a great meal for an excellent value. I would heartily recommend Lon’s, and the next time you’re on University Avenue, make it a point to drop by. 4 stars out of 5.