This year has been… a year. While everyone seemed to have what we could collectively describe as a “shitty year,” everyone has had a very different 2020. This year, we couldn’t all meet up at festivals all over the country or the world. This year we couldn’t high five each other, chug cheap beer, and scream along to songs in a basement (or garage or sticky venue) on a Friday night. All the things that seemingly made us “us” were stripped away, leaving other facets of ourselves that we had long since forgotten or placed on an upper shelf to collect dust for some day when we would have more free time.
I’ve spoken to people who feel like they lost their hold on music and others who clung onto it for dear life like a life preserver. It’s been… a year. And while everyone has bravely faced 2020 with a different arsenal of supplies, this resulted in a variety different outcomes. That’s why, in addition to our contributors’ End of the Year Lists, we at Bad Copy have reached out to a handful of friends involved in music this year and asked them to share their top lists. Music, movies, photos, memories, new hobbies – much like 2020, nothing is off the table when it comes to these lists. Let’s find a little good in the bad, try to laugh at what we can’t control, and pray that we will be able to safely see each other soon. First round is on me. – Kendra Sheetz, Editor
1. Dill Pickle Soup from Blind Bob’s in Dayton, OH. If you so much as mention Ohio, I will mention this soup.
2. Scorpion Chili Cheese Potato Churros at Nightshop in Bloomington, IL. Anything here is delicious and anyone involved with this place are the best people and I love them with my whole heart. I just heard they are temporarily shutting down due to pandemic woes but are hoping (FINGERS CROSSED BEGGING UNIVERSE) to reopen in April.
3. Breakfast from Wetherspoon’s (any location) in the U.K. The Miner’s Benedict was the best thing I had but is only available at some locations. Full English breakfast is my second choice and available at all of em!
4. Carne Asada Burrito from L’Patron in Chicago, IL. Hands down my favorite carne asada though I have to have them hold the lettuce because that can’t be in a burrito. Also BYOB! Rolling in 6 deep with a 30 pack of Tecates is no problem.
5. Bob’s NewHeart Sandwich from Quenchers (R.I.P.) in Chicago, IL. Turkey, Goat Cheese, Artichoke Heart, Onion, and Pesto on Sourdough Bread with a side of tater tots was my JAM and we got a band deal to boot. Bye forever
6. Camaron Poblano Asada at Cantina Laredo in Clayton, MO. I could never afford to eat at a classy place like this with a band ESPECIALLY on tour but my chef buddy has the hookup so I get to feel like Lil Orphan Annie. Shrimp, mushroom, and cheese stuffed in a poblano pepper wrapped in steak dripping with chimichurri sauce. My brain just fogged up thinking about it.
7. Bean and Cheese burrito from Saguaros in San Diego, CA. Maybe not the best burrito place in town but always open and nearby when I need it. I love a carne asada burrito but the B n C is a good alcohol absorber/hangover cure/comfort food. If you ever want to replicate a San Diego bean and cheese burrito at home, put as much cheese on it as you think it can possibly take then triple it.
8. Roasted Zucchini Garbanzo Burger from The Hilt in Portland, OR. This is the best veggie burger I have ever had and it’s on my list of things to try to make at home. It’s basically falafel but with roasty goodness.
9. Tesco Meal Deal, any location, U.K. Hands down the best deal in the world for touring bands. All Tesco supermarkets let you grab a main (sandwich, salad, wrap, pasta, etc), a snack like chips (crisps) or a dessert and a drink for just around £3. So much variety too! My fave discovery so far was the Coronation Chicken Sandwich. There is a copycat deal at almost any market or petrol station in the U.K., too!
10. Chicken Shawarma Pita from Boustan in Montreal – I wandered into this place dead ass drunk during a Pouzza Fest and ended up eating there every day. After they stuff your pita with deliciousness they give it another quick char on the grill. They’ve ruined me getting a pita wrap anywhere else forever. It’s just not the same!