Chilebrown at home

Monday, July 26, 2010


One tries to eat a balanced diet of fruits, vegetables, grains, protein and of course bacon. We have been exercising regularly. The garden is starting to produce a bounty of vegetables. We just finished our box of organic produce “Dagnabbit”, sometimes you just want to eat some fried food. We went to the food court at the State Fair and were not satisfied. We will have to take a visit to ‘Sumo Grub’.

We drove to the Meathenge lab to pick up the famous Doctor Biggles. We wanted him to come along in case we experienced “Grease Overload Syndrome” and also because he has a neat camera.. Sumo Grub is located across the street from Berkeley High School. This may explain the menu and extremely low prices. Sumo Grub has an extensive list of food that is deep-fried. There are hamburgers and meat/rice dishes and maybe a few salads but the deep fryer gets a hefty work out. We bellied up to the counter and placed an order that possibly will guarantee artery failure.

My death wish list order included deep fried pizza, deep-fried macaroni and cheese, and a deep-fried chicken apple sausage sandwich. Ms. Goofy played it safe by requesting a burger and some killer deep fried onion rings.

The dough of the deep fried pizza was house made. The dough was covered with tomato sauce and cheese then dipped in a panko style crust and submerged in bubbling oil. It was covered in ‘Sumo Sauce which is a mayonnaise/basil/sweet/tart slurry. The deep-fried macaroni and cheese was gooey, oozy, cheesy and crisp all at the same time. It also was garnished with Sumo sauce. The chicken apple sausage was savory, sweet, crunchy and of course covered in Sumo Sauce.

We had not entered the emergency room yet, so we needed to order dessert. Hang on to your hospital gurney because here comes the “Heart Attack”. Deep Fried Pineapple/Coconut Ice Cream, Deep Fried Oreo Cookies, Deep Fried Twinkies, Deep Fried Ding-Dongs were all arranged together and covered with chocolate syrup and whipped cream. Yes you have read that correctly.

The Heart Attack

How did all this food taste? Sumo Grub is a clean friendly inexpensive restaurant to get your fry on. We were on a mission to eat fried food. Mission accomplished! As soon as I got home , I had to take a nap.. Ms. Goofy would like to give her opinion of Sumo Grub. Sometimes words are not necessary.

Sumo Grub
2235 Milvia St.
Berkeley, California 94704
510 396-3967


Kailyn said...

Before I moved, I passed Berkeley High daily as part of my commute. How did I miss this wonderful place?

meathenge said...

That wasn't deep fried! It's Tempura! I was feeling quite odd for about 3 or 4 hours, ouchie.

xo, Biggles

cookiecrumb said...

So I don't have to go?

Zoomie said...

Holy Cats! That's all I have to say.

Chilebrown said...

Kailyn, You will have to stop by and give it a try.

Reverend, You say tomato, I say TOmato.

Cookiecrumb, Of course, you do not have to go tonight.

Zoomie, It was a lot cooler than Sacramento. Honestly, have you ever tried a deep fried/tempura Oreo cookie?

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Ferdzy said...

What. They couldn't find a way to deep-fry the whipped cream? Amateurs.

Chilebrown said...

Jason, I will return for the killer onion rings. I may back that up with a salad though.

Ferdzy, You know I was impressed by being able to deep fry ice cream.

Greg said...

Wow! I'm surprised that that Alice Waters and her posse have not stoned the place.The Sumo sauce sounds good in a nice creepy way.

Anonymous said...

Fried Pizza??? Fried Mac and Cheese??? good lord. I have heard of fried ice cream. I have to admit, I'd love a bite of each and every one of these. One little bite won't hurt will it? Love the last photo. LOL

Anonymous said...

Bacon is it's own food group? Who knew?
Ps: I'm with Ms. Goofy on this one ;-)

Chilebrown said...

Greg, It is ironic that you mention that. I remember reading about the Berkeley High lunch program. They have organic fruits and vegetables as an option.

highlandsranchfoodie, We survived and I would go back. I would order some other non-fried items for balance.

Zia, Bacon makes the World go around.

Anonymous said...

It does!

Chris said...

It sounds like that place needs to be on one of Travel Channel's Food Paradise series but I think they already have one for deep fried.

It all sounds so tempting but I think the pizza would be my choice.

Anonymous said...

I'll be disappointed if they didn't deep-fry the check when they gave it to you. Did you have to sit in a hot tub to keep from congealing?

Turing word: frionion, I swear-ta-gawd.

Chilebrown said...

Zia, double ditto

Chris, The pizza is what got my attention. I will return for the onion rings.

The Pragmatic Chef, That is funny (frionion). It may be karma for eating those healthy muffins.