Ray's Hell Burger
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Rarely would I go out of my way to get frozen juice on a stick, but Pleasant Pops is so much more. When I worked downtown, I went through a phase where I anxiously stalked their truck on Twitter. There was nothing better on a hot summer day than a honey lavender cream popsicle or a sweet tea popsicle. Their pops pack a flavorful punch, so be on the look out for their truck or their booth at your local farmer's market. And they use local, seasonal ingredients which is always a plus in my book. Bonus (depending on how you look at it): the truck gives you the calorie count for their pops.
Oohs & Aahs
This is a no frills, soul food to the max, what-you-see-is-what-you-get kind of a place. And that's how it ought to be. My friend Tom and I had been jonesing to try Oohs & Aahs for a few weeks when we found ourselves wandering around after a show at the 9:30 Club, turned to one another and said, "FRIED. CHICKEN." It's a little pricey (food for the two of us was about $40), but the portions are huge and it's the kind of food that sticks to your ribs. Their mac and cheese is creamy and loaded with cheese, while the fried chicken has a crispy coating and juicy on the inside. The sweet potatoes are incredibly sweet, but in a good way. Sure, you can see the gallons of grease in the fryer right in front of you at the counter. But that's the beauty of this place. It's soul food, and though it might not be the best thing for your waistline it will most certainly make you feel a whole lot better about the world.
Take a bite: www.bonappetitfoodie.com.