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DIZZY DEAN'S BEEF AND BURGER, PASCAGOULA, MISS.
All the way to Pascagoula just for fried catfish—only to learn that the catfish theme fell through at this pleasant brick and glass unit of Dizzy's "franchise opportunity of the year."
The sandwich roster runs from rib eye-steak and corned beef at 99¢ through ham and cheese on rye for 94¢, on to ham or beef at 89¢, to what could be the junk-food triumph—the 29¢ chili dog. Corn on the cob, 29¢, was steamed and grilled to a transparent mushiness. But the hamburgers seem to be grilled to order and come with a pleasant charcoal scent. The shakes are good and sweet for 29¢, but the fries, 20¢, were soggy.
Dizzy Dean, pictured with Ike and Arlene Francis and Ol' Diz in color, make up the décor.
I give it two trophies.
GINO CAPPELLETTI'S THE POINT AFTER, COPLEY SQUARE, BOSTON.
The Boston Patriot placekicker hosts what is clearly the obligatory mating scene for Boston's noncollegiate singles. By 10 p.m. they are four-deep around the piano bar, conning each other over the sounds of progressive jazz.
Food is not exactly uppermost in mating minds. But, gradually, a few pragmatic souls drift back to the red womb of a dining room to wade through the sports-jargon-larded menu. Too bad the kitchen is not as imaginative. Stick to lobster, fresh seafood or steak and you will eat reasonably well. Entrées take off at $3.95 for chopped sirloin to $8.95 for baked stuffed lobster. The usual prosciutto with melon costs $1.50. Onion soup, with melted cheese on a huge floating crouton three inches by three, costs a mere 75¢. Two of the four shrimp in the $1.95 "cocktail supreme" weren't cleaned. Boiled lobster, $8.95, was a tender, gargantuan creature. Steak Gino at $7.95 was a good slab of tender sirloin with wine, mushrooms and green peppers. The loo is coyly labeled "Boys' Locker Room." There is a locker room for girls, too.
For Gino: two trophies.
GINO'S, EAST ORANGE, N.J.