Slideshow: This Week in Eating Out

A Sandwich a Day: Dublin Pot Roast Sandwich at Yolk (Chicago)
A Sandwich a Day: Dublin Pot Roast Sandwich at Yolk (Chicago)
Straying from the brunch menu can get dicey at a restaurant as synonymous with the most revered of weekend meals as Yolk is. On top of that, I generally distrust a menu that declares something "Supremely delicious!" But something about the phrase "smothered in mushroom Cabernet gravy," encouraged me to take a chance. Read more here >>
A Sandwich A Day: Trieste at Salume (NYC)
A Sandwich A Day: Trieste at Salume (NYC)
All the meat is sliced by hand at Salumè, and here the wafer-thin shavings form a light, fluffy ham cloud. A few thin slices of fontina and a surprisingly ripe tomato maintain the emphasis on simple, quality ingredients. Read more here >>
Hangover Helper: Empanadas and Croquetas at Coppelia (NYC)
Hangover Helper: Empanadas and Croquetas at Coppelia (NYC)
As often as not, mornings after leave us feeling repulsed by anything more than a small bite of food to make the worst of the pain go away. For mornings like these, something small and a little greasy is just what we're looking for. And the empanadas and croquetas de queso at Coppelia's are just the thing. Read more here >>
13 Great Chicago Hot Dogs We've Tried in 2012 (So Far)
13 Great Chicago Hot Dogs We've Tried in 2012 (So Far)
It's no secret that Chicago cares about its hot dogs. This is not a polite, reverential kind of admiration, but a torrid, mustard-stained love affair, which only grows stronger by the year. And just when I think I've eaten every hot dog, good or bad, in the Chicagoland area, a new place opens or I come across a hidden gem that's been quietly going about its business for years. Read more here >>
Pork-Filled Waffle at LloydMartin (Seattle)
Pork-Filled Waffle at LloydMartin (Seattle)
This sweetie is a definite head-turner as it makes its way to your table. Filling a large dinner plate, the waffle stands tall in its four sections and is topped with a generous scoop of house-made maple ice cream and fresh raspberries. Read more here >>
A Sandwich A Day: Adobo Torta at Mexico Blvd. (NYC)
A Sandwich A Day: Adobo Torta at Mexico Blvd. (NYC)
México Blvd. attracts a long line of hungry, Pavement T-shirt-wearing eaters, for bites like the Adobo torta, a decent sandwich that, as a result of its $8 price tag, leaves a bit to be desired. Read more here >>
We Eat Every Ice Cream at Ample Hills Creamery (NYC)
We Eat Every Ice Cream at Ample Hills Creamery (NYC)
Ample Hills is one of favorite scoop shops in town. Maybe it's the whimsical, sometimes daring flavors. Maybe it's the light but dense texture, and freshness that comes from homemade ingredients and solid technique. Maybe it's just that everyone there seems to have a great time. Whatever the reason—this is awesome ice cream you should try. We sampled all 24 flavors. Read more here >>
A Sandwich a Day: Gigot d'Agneau at Bistrot Zinc
A Sandwich a Day: Gigot d'Agneau at Bistrot Zinc
I had no idea what to expect from the Gigot d'Agneau ($9.96). All I knew was that the description mentioned leg of lamb, and that was good enough for me. I didn't care if the meat was roasted, grilled, braised, or minced up into little bits, for some reason I knew it would be good. Read more here >>
Date Night: Santos Anne
Date Night: Santos Anne
Combining two great culinary traditions, as Williamsburg's Santos Anne does, can be dangerous. You have to balance conflicting agendas, be sensitive when shining the spotlight, and ensure that large egos don't get bruised. Fortunately, it succeeds. Read more here >>
Vegetarian Option: Swim Café (Chicago)
Vegetarian Option: Swim Café (Chicago)
Swim Café has all the traits of a solid neighborhood coffee shop: good brew (made from Counter Culture beans); a bright, airy atmosphere with plenty of seating; and a broad menu of casual breakfast and lunch fare. But the place goes a step further, sourcing ingredients locally and from sustainable purveyors whenever possible. Read more here >>
Lunch in the Loop: Meatloaf-a-Go-Go Truck (Chicago)
Lunch in the Loop: Meatloaf-a-Go-Go Truck (Chicago)
So when I learned about the Meatloaf-a-Go-Go food truck, which serves nothing but meatloaf, I figured I could give it another shot. And this meatloaf is even more confusing: it's meatloaf that's in the shape of a cupcake. Read more here >>
A West Vilage Ice Cream Crawl (NYC)
A West Vilage Ice Cream Crawl (NYC)
We have a working theory at Serious Eats that the West Village is the best single neighborhood in New York for ice cream and gelato. Read more here >>
The Proper Slice (Brighton, MA)
The Proper Slice (Brighton, MA)
The crackle of the under crust was the thing that got me on my first visit to The Proper Slice. It formed its own perfect, distinct layer in the pizza crust topography. By the second slice, after the pie had sat on its aluminum podium for a wilt-able amount of time yet remained crisp, I was ready to place the fledgling pizzeria in the upper echelon. Read more here >>
Daily Scoop: Gelato and Sorbetto at Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria (NYC)
Daily Scoop: Gelato and Sorbetto at Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria (NYC)
It's less eggy and more milky than Otto's, a little more plush and fluffy than dense, and with equally powerful—if differently delivered—flavors. But it's best not to quibble. Just go here and try some ice cream, and try some more, and try some more. Read more here >>
Slurped: Xi'an Famous Foods (NYC)
Slurped: Xi'an Famous Foods (NYC)
I started eating the noodles at Xi'an Famous Foods when the restaurant was a small stall in a dingy basement mall on Main Street in Flushing.I remember the cold skin noodles were spicy enough to make my lips smart a little, and each strand of noodle so oily that it seemed to slink into my gullet.Read more here >>
Kristabelli, Showy Korean BBQ Without Smoke or Soul (NYC)
Kristabelli, Showy Korean BBQ Without Smoke or Soul (NYC)
At Kristalbelli, one should expect extraordinarily polished and attentive service, and an eye-popping bill best suited for impressing a date or an expense account dinner. Read more here >>
Sugar Rush:
Sugar Rush: "Uncle Sam" Religieuse at Dominique Ansel Bakery (NYC)
It's called the Uncle Sam ($6), a two-tiered cream puff outfitted in a star-studded top hat of vanilla marshmallows. The cream puffs are filled with a voluptuous milk chocolate custard and polished with a blue suit and matching bow-tie—buttons included! Read more here >>
Vegetarian Option: Great Vegetarian Sushi at Geido in Prospect Heights (NYC)
Vegetarian Option: Great Vegetarian Sushi at Geido in Prospect Heights (NYC)
After becoming a vegetarian, it took me a while to realize that I could still eat sushi—there's more to it than just raw fish. Over the years I came to revel in the pleasures of vegetarian sushi and other Japanese food. Read more here >>
Eating All the Momos in Jackson Heights (NYC)
Eating All the Momos in Jackson Heights (NYC)
Himalayan food has taken Jackson Heights by storm. We went on an epic crawl to try all the momos (dumplings) at every Tibetan and Nepali restaurant in the neighborhood. Read more here >>
In Which I Profess My Love for Kopp's Butter Burgers (Milwaukee)
In Which I Profess My Love for Kopp's Butter Burgers (Milwaukee)
We've all got that meal that takes us back to when we we kids, the one that you still crave when you're feeling homesick, or nostalgic, or maybe just sick of being an adult. For me, that's Kopp's. Read more here >>
Mexican Eats: Top-Notch Tacos, Tortas, and Mole Poblano at Los Tres Maria's Cafeteria (NYC)
Mexican Eats: Top-Notch Tacos, Tortas, and Mole Poblano at Los Tres Maria's Cafeteria (NYC)
There are just a handful of folding tables and chairs, a deer head mounted on the wall, and freshly fried tortilla chips from a fryer the size of a shoebox. The chunky avocado salsa that goes with it hums with a stealthy green heat that requires a second bottle of tart tamarind soda. Read more here >>
Daily Slice: Teresa Caffe (Princeton, NJ)
Daily Slice: Teresa Caffe (Princeton, NJ)
Pizza toppings come and go with the seasons, but the Perfetta ($14) rarely, if ever, leaves the menu. Draped with prosciutto, sprinkled lavishly with grana padano, the white pizza would be a salt bomb if not for the healthy handfuls of arugula under the meat and cheese, trapping bits of cracked black pepper and lemon zest in the leaves' nooks and crannies. Read more here >>
A Sandwich a Day: Las Tortugas Oreja de Elefante Torta (Memphis)
A Sandwich a Day: Las Tortugas Oreja de Elefante Torta (Memphis)
Most of the menu items are available in either torta or taco form. For the seafood options, I prefer the tacos, but my go-to sandwich is the Oreja de Elefante ($9.95). The "elephant ear" is made from Neola Farms sirloin that's griddled with onions, roasted tomatoes, and poblano peppers. Read more here >>
Sugar Rush: Snocones at Handsome Dan's Stand (NYC)
Sugar Rush: Snocones at Handsome Dan's Stand (NYC)
Handsome Dan's Stand is tucked inside Williamsburg's Mini Mall on 5th Street and Bedford. Snocones are $4 apiece, and come in flavors like Strawberry, Chocolate Milk, Passion Fruit and Double Berry. Read more here >>
A Sandwich a Day:Taleggio Crostini at Il Bambino (NYC)
A Sandwich a Day:Taleggio Crostini at Il Bambino (NYC)
Is an open-faced toast really a sandwich? At Astoria's Il Bambino, the point is moot—you get two crostini per order, so you're one flip away from a more traditional sandwich if you want. Or don't—either way, these thin squares of toast are bellwethers of the "paninoteca's" mission: concentrate big flavors into tight packages. Read more here >>
Street Food: Munchie Mobile (NYC)
Street Food: Munchie Mobile (NYC)
The Munchie Mob, as they like to call themselves, have only been on the scene for a little over a month, but their Munchie Mobile is quickly making its way through New York's food truck community. Read more here >>
Daily Scoop: Victory Garden (NYC)
Daily Scoop: Victory Garden (NYC)
A relative newcomer to New York's best ice cream neighborhood, Victory Garden has received no shortage of favorable press for its crisp, light goat milk soft serve. I love it for that, but I'm more intrigued by the Turkish owner's creative flavors, which borrow ingredients from the Eastern Mediterranean you don't often see around here. Read more here >>
Sugar Rush: Granita di Caffe at Maialino
Sugar Rush: Granita di Caffe at Maialino
For summer, Maialino's dessert menu features Granita di Caffé ($6), an elegant two-part concoction of espresso ice and whipped cream. It's about as simple as desserts go, but often times (and especially in the heat), simple is best. Read more here >>
Bar Eats: Tequileria Maya (NYC)
Bar Eats: Tequileria Maya (NYC)
Richard Sandoval's flagship, Maya, a longtime staple for upscale Mexican on the Upper East Side, recently rung in its 15th anniversary with an interior redesign and bar/lounge expansion called Tequileria Maya. Fueled by a wide selection of tequilas and fresh fruit margaritas, Tequileria Maya is a loud and lively space, a casual atmosphere perfect for happy hour snacking. Read more here >>
Daily Scoop: Root Beer Ice Cream Sandwich at Coolhaus (NYC)
Daily Scoop: Root Beer Ice Cream Sandwich at Coolhaus (NYC)
The ice cream is bright and surprisingly refreshing, given that it's a dense gob of almost chewy custard between two buttery, sandy cookies spiked with cinnamon. Sasparilla doesn't hit you super-heavy, but notes of vanilla, chocolate, and wintergreen come in turns. Read more here >>
First Look: Ice Cream Sandwiches at Sugar Magnolia (DC)
First Look: Ice Cream Sandwiches at Sugar Magnolia (DC)
In March, Roger Marmet had to decide what to do with the small storefront attached to his restaurant, Ripple, in Cleveland Park. With Alison Reed, Ripple's head pastry chef, they came up with the idea for a small retail shop that specialized in locally sourced, house-made ice cream sandwiches. Read more here >>
Deep Dish Pies from District of Pi (DC)
Deep Dish Pies from District of Pi (DC)
A branch of a St. Louis based chain, Pi opened late last year in Penn Quarter after a stint as a food truck only operation (the truck is still running). Pi serves reasonable facsimiles of Chicago-style deep dish pies (and thin crust pies), but is a far cry from some of the Windy City greats. Read more here >>
The Best Drinks We Tried in June
The Best Drinks We Tried in June
During the month of June, we found ourselves enjoying new-to-us spirits (and old favorites), excellent small batch beers (and very, very small-batch beers) as well as a few unusual cocktails around the country. Here are the highlights of our early summer drinking. Read more here >>
Chain Reaction: Cici's Pizza
Chain Reaction: Cici's Pizza
CiCi's Pizza and its 28 varieties of pies are making a push for pizza buffet domination, but it's the breadsticks that steal the show. Read more here >>
Daily Slice: Seitan Meats Jesus at Pizzanista (LA)
Daily Slice: Seitan Meats Jesus at Pizzanista (LA)
For the occasion they reworked their infamous Meat Jesus into the feisty Seitan Meats Jesus ($4). They topped their sourdough NYC-style crust with raw tomato sauce and daiya cheese then added vegan Italian sausage, pepperoni, and bacon by Upton's Naturals. Read more here >>
Looking for Consistent Pies? Osteria 832 May Not Have Your Number (Atlanta)
Looking for Consistent Pies? Osteria 832 May Not Have Your Number (Atlanta)
Osteria 832 has a bit of a reputation for being hit-or-miss. For every person who loves it passionately, there's someone who was less than impressed. And on this night, that all-over-the-place tendency came out just as the pizzas did. Read more here >>
A Sandwich a Day: Breakfast Croissant from Bucktown Beanery (Chicago)
A Sandwich a Day: Breakfast Croissant from Bucktown Beanery (Chicago)
Served with a small Metropolis coffee, the sandwich is made up of fluffy scrambled eggs, a slice of melted cheddar, and your choice of meat (I went with ham), all layered between a warm croissant. Read more here >>
Standing Room Only: Joy Yee Smoothie Station (Chicago)
Standing Room Only: Joy Yee Smoothie Station (Chicago)
When I think of Asian drinks, the one restaurant that immediately and forcefully comes to mind is Joy Yee in the Chinatown Mall (though other franchise locations are scattered around). Read more here >>
TGI Fry-Day: Salt & Pepper Shrimp from Silver Seafood (Chicago)
TGI Fry-Day: Salt & Pepper Shrimp from Silver Seafood (Chicago)
Whole shrimp are tossed with a mix of cornstarch, salt, and five spice powder, deep fried until crispy, and stir-fried with jalapeños, red pepper, and garlic. I'm sure that for those in the know, the delicately seasoned and expertly cooked shrimp and accompanying mound of rice would make for a great lunch. Read more here >>
A Sandwich a Day: Brisket Sandwich at The Rib Whip (San Francisco)
A Sandwich a Day: Brisket Sandwich at The Rib Whip (San Francisco)
First, let's start with the brisket. The meat is white-oak-smoked for 18 hours. The result is a meltingly tender, smokey product, with the requisite charred edges that provide a super salty punch of flavor. Read More Here>>