A Slice of Pizza in Margate, N.J.
LINDA WERTHEIMER, host:
You're listening to WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News.
Our friend Chappy Hardy is still on the road. He's a writer, filmmaker and man about town from New Orleans, except his town is a bit, shall we say, under the weather right now. So he's been displaced, staying in hotels and with friends and eating a lot of meals out, which gives the self-proclaimed `Man from HUNGER'--that's the man who Helps Uninhibited Nibblers Get Exact Results--it's all given Chappy a new sense of urgency on this once whimsical undertaking. Chappy Hardy joins us now on the line.
Mr. CHAPPY HARDY (Writer and Filmmaker): Hello, Linda. How are you?
WERTHEIMER: I'm pretty good. How are you?
Mr. HARDY: Or maybe--good--and since I'm in Jersey, I should say, `How ya doin'?'
WERTHEIMER: You're actually in Margate, New Jersey, right?
Mr. HARDY: I am. I'm at a place called The Greenhouse. Now I have been coming to Margate, New Jersey, for over 30 years, and back in the day, in the mid-'70s, this was the beach hangout.
WERTHEIMER: What about the food?
Mr. HARDY: Well, The Greeny back in those days was a limited-menu kind of place. You could get a hot dog. They have great burgers, but I ordered a pizza, a half-sausage, half-pepperoni. It's about a 14-inch pie. It was delicious.
WERTHEIMER: Now we know from the last time we spoke with you that when you fled New Orleans, you had your trusty fork with you.
Mr. HARDY: I did, yeah.
WERTHEIMER: So I guess you can tell us the price per bite at The Greenhouse in Margate?
Mr. HARDY: Well, I did eat several slices of the pie with my fork and knife. And I got 96 bites out of this pizza, and it cost 12 bucks, so the cost per bite was, conveniently, 12.5 cents a bite. I usually take it out to four numbers, but this is 12 1/2 cents a bite. And I give it a degree of delectability of about a 9.6. It's ...(unintelligible).
WERTHEIMER: On a scale of one to 10.
Mr. HARDY: I won't say it's the best pizza I've ever had in my life. I think that's the Fleur-De-Lis in Baton Rouge, which I love and miss terribly. But in the meantime, The Greenhouse makes a pretty serious pizza.
WERTHEIMER: You're somewhere in the vicinity of two months out of New Orleans, right?
Mr. HARDY: I left New Orleans on the 29th of August.
WERTHEIMER: You're eating out a lot. Are you getting tired of it?
Mr. HARDY: I am. I mean, I really enjoy cooking and--but I still don't have any electricity or gas or phone at my apartment, so I'm waiting for that to come back before I go back to New Orleans. But I've eaten at some great places, and I've met some wonderful people across the country.
WERTHEIMER: Chappy Hardy is `the man from HUNGER,' helping Uninhibited Nibblers Get Exact Results. Chappy, thanks for speaking with us.
Mr. HARDY: Well, thank you for having me back.
WERTHEIMER: It's 22 minutes before the hour.