“You gotta have a good truck.”
Outside of a Tastee Freez in Moorhead, a tattooed man explained to me the best way to hunt grouse. A few buddies, a few beers, a few shotguns, and a good truck—drive along an old logging road where grass grows unchecked. Let the dogs do the dirty work, scaring the birds out of the brush. Then, lean out the window and open fire. Grouse are good eating, too. They feed on clover, so their flesh tastes light and sweet. After he collected his Jack Russell terrier, his wife, and his kids, the hunter disappeared into the Minnesota night.
Leo Moranz and Harry Axene founded Tastee Freez in 1950. Ever since, the Newport Beach soft serve chain has captivated the American imagination. John Mellencamp’s Jack and Diane suck on chili dogs outside the Tastee Freez, and Kurt Vonnegut’s Billy Pilgrim owns “half of three Tastee-Freeze stands.” Continue reading