Friday, March 31, 2006

friday night = triple rock social club

lately i've been a part of a sunday morning bike ride that has been meeting up at the triple rock for breakfast. this is somewhat unfortunate for me for a variety of reasons, namely the people with whom i ride are a somewhat motley bunch of late risers and arrivers, which means we sit there for a long time without actually sitting on our bicycles and riding them, and also the triple rock kind of makes a lousy vegan breakfast. granted, their pancakes are pretty fantastic, especially the kahlua cakes, but aside from that you'd be better to stay home.

friday night, on the other hand, is a different story altogether. for in the evening you can order such things as the po' boy, or the minneapolis po' boy (the difference, it turns out, is bbq sauce. apparently that's enough to warrant two menu listings...), or maybe you'd like to eat a vegan hot dog on the west bank but want to do so in clean environment while drinking a pint (with all due respect to pat star's wienery). or maybe you're feeling adventurous, and want to try the cook's revenge.

the cook's revenge is a beautiful thing, especially on a friday night, when i'm told the kitchen manager is turning out the plates of goodness. for those who don't know, the menu description of cook's revenge says "luck of the draw, roll of the dice", which basically means you get whatever they feel like serving you. when the triple rock first opened, this was more of a risk, and often you would end up with some standard menu item (do they even make colcannon anymore?). since then the dish has risen to an artform. last week i was there and ordered the cook's revenge and was served this incredible mock duck in adobo concoction that was served on top of vegan mac and cheese and topped with star-shaped toast and orange slices. unbeatable.

now here's the trick. don't forget that you're vegan when ordering the cook's revenge, or you'll be stuck trying to figure out who you know that might appreciate meaty chili dogs and mac and cheese. this happened to me once, and i felt incredibly stupid. this feeling was then exacerbated by the waitress' rudeness when i explained, committed to pay for it since it was my mistake, and ordered a vegan one. this was made worse when an anonymous commenter came to my house and kicked me in the genitals before slapping me in the face with a frozen fish.

while dining at the triple rock, you might try a pint of surly. which it turns out has nothing to do with surly bikes, or the surly vegan. it's true, we're all from minneapolis, which is either a very surly city or a not very creative one, or both, i suppose, but i stand behind both other companies all the same. surly beer even links to the surly bikes page on their blog. maybe if i can figure out the links page on my blog i'll link to each. the irony is that i just won a surly 1x1 bike on ebay and am anxiously awaiting its arrival.

anyway, the surly on tap at the triple rock is the bender, i think, which is dark and rich. there is more information on the website, along with an aggressive merchandise line that includes both work shirts and ultimate discs, but, as of yet, no bicycles.

poll: should i change the name of this blog? perhaps the curmudgeony vegan guy? the guy who is a vegan and a jerk and has a blog? the crabby grouchy crab-ass vegan? your suggestions?


Blogger the surly vegan said...

to make things even more confusing, i also found out while doing my intense research for this post that there is a brewpub in berkeley, california called the triple rock.

go figure.

1:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

why don't you change your blog's name to, "i won't answer any chalenges because i'm a weak minded idot" blog...or "excuse me for not having a brain" blog...or simply "hey, i'm a retard" blog. was this any help? good for you!

5:14 PM  
Blogger the surly vegan said...

my mom is retarded.

that's not fucking funny, asshole.

you're a soul-less piece of shit and when i find you you're going to wish you were retarded and living in a group home going on outings to mcdonald's and the zoo. instead you're going to be drooling blood into a dixie cup and pulling cactus needles out of your ass, trying to figure out where the rest of your ear went.

5:36 PM  
Blogger the surly vegan said...

that's for chad, melissa, and the severns-guntzel household.

5:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ok...i see that you are still too dumb to answer my chalenges. stop playing on mommy and daddy's computer and learn how to respond you freaking idot!

2:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i'm sorry that your mom is retarded, i'm sorry that i inadvertantly criticized her by lumping your stupid self in the same category. your mom is probably cool...unfortunately the fruit fell very far away from the tree! this shows that your hero darwin was wrong...there was no progression of the species in your birth! so long stupid!

2:15 PM  
Anonymous crafty kitty said...

oh dear, maybe anonymous could use some counseling. ever considered anger management courses? it's unhealthy to get yourself so worked up. be careful that your head doesn't pop right off. like the blog, surly vegan, and i'm not even vegan myself, or surly for that matter.

4:43 PM  

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