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Mar 31, 2009 01:41 PM

What is a Funny?

One the menu at a righteous dive in Lynchburg, Virginia. The Texas Inn aka The T Room. I'm sure its on menus elsewhere too. Whatever the Funny is, its cheap, under $2 I think. I've always been too timid to order, wondering perhaps if its some joke item to catch non-regulars and I've never heard anyone order it while I have been there. Plus I'm too full from my Cheesy Western (all the way) and a Bowl (with) to order anything more. Does anyone know what it is? Its kind of difficult to google, since funny food, menu, recipe, whatever I tried, comes up with anecdotal stories of dining out or the like. Kind of the same problem I had while trying to find a website/menu for the stupidly named Eat Restaurant in Virginia Beach. Try looking that one up! If anyone knows what a Funny is and maybe its origin, I would love to know. ~Cheers

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  1. Chroma - DH was/is a huge fan of The T, but does not remember anything called the Funny. He wants to know if you had a glass of the james with your bowl (with) and cheesy western. :)

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    1. re: jujuthomas

      Hahahahaha, no glass of the James this time. Milk is my usual drink of choice, regular, not butter. Sad to report, the milk machine has been gone for a while now. God knows I love milk machine milk! I looked up and down the counter the other night and everyone was drinking either milk or little glass cokes. At least the little glass cokes haven't gone away. We only make it there about once a year, so I soak up as much atmosphere (and grease) as I can.

      1. re: jujuthomas

        a "funny" is a hot dog with the fixings except the hot dog. just like a denver is a cheesy western without the hamburger.

        1. re: krhodes224

          Okay, I'm completely lost here.

          " a "funny" is a hot dog with the fixings except the hot dog"

          Does this mean it's a hot dog bun filled with chopped onions, relish and other hot dog toppings, but no meat?

          "...a denver is a cheesy western without the hamburger."

          What's a cheesy western? In NYC, a western is an omelette filled with chopped onions, sweet red &/or green bell peppers, and ham - sometimes on a plate, sometimes as a sandwich on toasted bread.

          So is a denver a western with cheese? and what does a hamburger have to do with it?

          I'm not being argumentative, in case you're reading it that way. I honestly don't understand... Help?

          1. re: Deenso

            At the T (the above mentioned Texas Inn) a Cheesy Western (all the way) is a hamburger with cheese, relish, chili (?) and an egg on it. Not to be confused with a Western Omlette. :) Chromcosmic, krhodes, correct me if I got it wrong... I never ate one just listened to DH wax poetic about them!
            So yes. I'm guessing that a funny is a hot dog bun filled with all the stuff they'd put on a dog (all the way), but no hot dog. And a Denver would be a Cheesy Western (all the way) without the hamburger.

            1. re: Deenso


              I was curious as well so I googled "cheesy western" and it took me to the restaurant mentioned by the OP. So, if a cheesy western is a cheeseburger with fried egg and a mustard relish sauce, then a Denver is the same thing w/o the hamburger.

              A western omelette is what we call a denver omelette. Actually it can go by either name.

              I also found out that a funny is all the hot dog fixins in a bun w/o the hot dog. Pretty odd if you ask me.

              1. re: danhole

                Well, thanks, danhole. I'm still trying to understand/get over the whole hot-dog-less, condiment-filled bun concept. Definitely agree - pretty odd. However, I have a friend whose kids were vegetarian, but they always enjoyed going to McDonald's with their friends. They would order Big Macs or Quarter Pounders with cheese, hold the burgers. Hey, as long as you've got the fries and a shake, how bad can it be?

                1. re: Deenso

                  Sound like depression era food to me ;-)

              2. re: Deenso

                why does the "funny" remind me of the "veggie burger" from the Wendy's oasis in Chicago's suburbs--$.18, $.28 w/cheese (burger w/o patty)?

          2. What a coincidence. I don't mean to repeat myself, but I just posted this on another thread:

            "This reminds me of my favorite joke on Get Smart. Maxwell Smart was in a ballpark, passing a hot dog loaded 'with everything' to a customer in his row. The hot dog got caught in Smart's hand and slipped out of the bun. When the guy bit into it, it was just the bun and all the condiments. He loved it saying this was the best hot dog he ever tasted!"

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            1. re: Steve

              Thanks krhodes, glad to have that cleared up, sort of an Emperor's New Hot dog kind of thing, huh?

              And the whole Western/Denver thing, don't forget we're a state that pronounces Buena Vista with a looong "u" like view, Bue-nah Vista (vista like Microsoft pronounces it). don't expect all of us to make sense with our culinary terms. We speak our own language here and I (mostly) love it, or love to laugh at it.

              1. re: chromacosmic

                Yep, there was a very small town named Buena Vista near where I grew up in the boonies, and the locals referred to it as Biewnie Vista - 'cause they always had.

                1. re: tracylee

                  there was a town next to the one my college was in that was buena vista (byu-nah viss-tah). It always puzzled me, in the middle of rural virginia, why a town would be named that. Oddly enough, there was an amazing mexican restaurant there with a man from oaxaca and his grandmother cooking (my boyfriend and I were the only patrons, i think), but it didn't last long... who woulda thunk it

                2. re: chromacosmic

                  I happen to live on a street named "Buena Vista" and yes, the old timers (among others) pronouce it "Byu-nah Vista"; there's also a street called "Versailles" and if you pronouce it "Vair-sigh" instead of "Ver-sails" you'll get quizzical looks from the locals. I was just reading an article about someone who grew up in Buena Vista, West Virginia, and they had a similar pronunciation. Of course, this is an English tradition -- I remember being totally dumbfounded when I found out that the [Vale of] Belvoir (which is French for Buena Vista!) in the English midlands was pronounced "Beaver"!