Ray Cannata has eaten at over 750 New Orleans restaurants, so he knows a thing or two about hanging out. Margo Moss has turned Ted's Frostop from a greasy spoon into a considerably less greasy but not quite silver spoon. When the sun goes down on The NOLA Brewing Tap Room in the Irish Channel, Ray and Margo entertain members of New Orleans restaurant community. Their guests bring along a friend, a +1. Anything can happen.
The last thing you'd think of as British food is hot dogs, right? Right. And if you were going to import hot dogs into Britain the last person you'd turn to would be a foodie from New Orleans. Right? Wrong.
Skip Murray introduced the unsuspecting Brits to the delicacies of second rate meat on lame white bread roll buns before realizing if that if he amped up his game he could create a gourmet dog and be on to a worldwide first. That's exactly what he did and had a thriving business in London for many years. Till Katrina hit. The hurricane's damage messed with a lot of people's psyches and Skip was one of them. It dragged him home.
Back in New Orelans Skip got together with a few friends from high school and with them took a chance on a 475 square foot dilapidated shack on Freret Street that was the first Dat Dog. More recently he's branched out and opened a location that sells more than dogs, that's Dis and Dat.
When you meet a guy called "Kiss" what's the first thing you think? Gene Simmons, right? What's the second thing you think, "Well, being called Kiss can't be anything to do with Gene Simmons, that would be crazy." Guess what? You were right the first time.
Kiss is the general Manager of Dis and Dat and he is in fact named after and lives his life according to Gene and Kiss. You've got to hear Kiss tell you the story to believe it.
Midnight Menu +1 is recorded live without makeup at The NOLA Brewing Tap Room.