The next Drive n' Dine event will be Sunday, 2/10/13 at Maverick's Roast Beef in Roseville. **February's Drive n' Dine suggestion brought to you by Nuke!** As many of you may or may not know, each year several beef-based beefs play out on the mean (or is it average?) streets of the twin cities and surrounding areas. Matt's vs. 5-8, Manny's vs. Mancini's, Von Hansen's vs Greg's Meats, and on and on... This month, I bring you round one of a legendary hot beef beef over 10 years running... Maverick's vs. Wally's. First up: Maverick's Roast Beef http://mavericksroastbeef.com/ The Cruise portion of the event is CANCELLED due to ice. The "dine" portion of the event is still a go for 3:00pm at Maverick's. Take your time, stay safe, see you there! =========================================================================== Nuke tipped me off to Maverick's as crazy good, simple roast beef sandwiches. The first review I came across was five stars and it described Maverick's as what Arby's should have been. Not so compelling... That wasn't the only review though, and far from the only 4-5 star review. I figured there must be something to it and dug a little deeper... After visiting Maverick's for myself... I get it. This IS what Arby's should have been, and it should have been a double helping of f'ing awesome topped with winsauce. I was skeptical because my expectations of what could be were WAY too low. WTH Arby's?! I got a "regular" roast beef, a Jamaican jerk brisket, a pulled pork and a french dip. All were startlingly good. I'm glad I got something for myself and ate it there. Things came dangerously close to fisticuffs over the rest when I got home. This is indeed what roast beef sandwiches were supposed to be the whole time. I had no idea... Examples of what you can expect: PERFECTLY medium rare, velvety, tender roast beef thin shaved to order, piled high on a bun cut and toasted to order, accompanied by a potato cake fried to order (notice a trend here?), all delivered in less time than it took to decide what I wanted to order to take home to test on the Mrs and minion (or M&M's as I refer to them... silently). SOME of the condiments available. Fresh where possible, big surprise... The fresh grated horseradish made my weepy in at least three different ways. Not so secret secret: Gravy. All up in teh bidness. 'Nuff said. For those of you who have not attended a Drive n' Dine event before and don't know what to expect... These are RELAXED CRUISES run at or below the speed limit. It is NOT a "fun run" or otherwise performance-oriented event. That's not lip-service or CYA. I'll be at the front and the needle is going to register 25-30 mph for most of this cruise. If you pass me or otherwise act the fool, just keep going. Don't bother stopping at the restaurant as you will not be welcome to join us. Granted I can't stop you from going and sitting by yourself with your nose in the corner; rest assured I will make a special effort to mercilessly shame and ridicule you to the best of my ability, which I am told is formidable. If you're looking to improve your car control skills while exploring the best back roads in the region, keep it under your hat for this event and come talk to be about road rallying instead.