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Monday Night Foodball

Dive Bistro creates a Waffle House à la campagne at the next Monday Night Foodball

Check out the veteran chefs’ sauce-soaked, soigné menu for the Reader’s weekly chef pop-up at Ludlow Liquors

At La Maison de la Gaufre in the tiny French village of Pourriture, they serve boudin noir Big Macs with pork blood Special Sauce until the sun comes up. It was a life-changing, late-night hangover helper at this mythical oasis that inspired chefs Kevin Ealey, Joy Kirkland, and John Dahlstrom to unite under the banner of Dive Bistro to serve…

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