Last Call: Some jerk customer, a pretzel-crusted brownie, and Darkness-era Bruce

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Last CallLast CallLast Call is The Takeout’s online watering hole where you can chat, share recipes, and use the comment section as an open thread. Here’s what we’ve been reading/watching/listening around the office today.

Jerkwad customer


Some mouth-breathing hick left a homophobic message on his server’s receipt and like any good millennial, the server posted the thing online and let the internet have at it. Though he did block out the customer’s information, the Hickory Tavern still fired the server for violating company policy. I would like to fire the customer for violating my policy of human decency. Asshole. [Jen Sabella] 

Pretzel-crust brownies

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I credit my paternal grandma for being way ahead of salty-sweet desserts trend. Whenever I visited her house, she’d serve me a dish of chocolate ice cream alongside a bowl of Ruffles potato chips. They weren’t to be mixed together, but eaten side-by-side, the salt and sweetness and chocolate all layering upon each other. I’ve been hooked on the combo of chocolate and salt ever since, which brings us to my new obsession with this pretzel-crust brownies recipe. I actually leave out the caramel part, and I’m sure you could use whatever standard brownie recipe you have, but the crushed pretzel crust portion of the recipe is dynamite. [Kate Bernot] 

“Prove It All Night” by Bruce Springsteen, live from 1978

I always loved the version of “Prove It All Night” where Bruce dives headfirst into his extended guitar solo intro. [Kevin Pang]

Kevin Pang was the founding editor of The Takeout, and director of the documentary For Grace.

Kate Bernot is a freelance writer and a certified beer judge. She was previously managing editor at The Takeout.

Jen Sabella is Managing Editor of The Takeout. She loves: fried chicken, mezcal, cats and stalking celesbians on Instagram.


Still Deadpan Andre Braugher

That receipt makes me want to hurl... all over the person who wrote it.

Salty is good with sweet. However. I would like something other than super-Dry pretzel over my brownies.

Kevin. If I may be so presumptive. I agree with your choice. However. Also indulge in the “Milwaukee Bomb Scare” version of “Hard to be a Saint in the City.” And the entirety of the 1978 Passaic concert. Hoo. Baby.