Baker, graphic designer
Adam! I have been waiting for a post like this.
I live a block from Smiling and I have never liked it, the sauce is too candy-sweet for me.
But I have been ordering from Lenny's ever since I used to live a block away from that place. I was really pleased to see your green check mark on that map, a truly good NY slice. As soon as I read this I walked right on over—my mouth watering—to grab a slice.
I even tried Peppe's based on your review and I, too, found the crust too bland.
This was a really great idea, thanks again for such a great post. Can't wait to try Tomato & Basil.
Ps... Can we convince Ed to do a similar post focusing on sandwiches, map and all?
I was also fooled by the tomatoes pictured. I believe I saw a can once say "Product of Canada", either way, they are certainly not from Italy.
Dinosaur Wango Tango
If I want a "grilled cheese", then it means American cheese.
Kettle Chips (next to Zapp's - strangely missing) are some of my favorite chips out there. Their Salt & Fresh Ground Pepper being tops in my book.
I checked out their website, but I couldn't find the Aztec Chocolate, Royal Indian Curry, Dragon Five Spice or Twisted Chili Lime. Where'd you find those?
Also, in the Syracuse area, there are Terrell's, who makes a Dinosaur Bar-b-que flavor which is really good, different from most barbecue chips out there (in a good way).
I have only recently discovered the magic of the broiler thanks to Mark Bittman's minimalism:
(the steak works extremely well)
have you tried a pizza stone under the broiler?
could be the best of both worlds.
I will have to respectfully disagree, I don't really like a sweet bbq sauce either and I don't think their sauce is too sweet.
Personally, I love to add their Garlic Chipotle Pepper Sauce over my bbq, they don't keep it on the tables for whatever reason, so you have to ask for it. My mouth waters just thinking about that hot sauce, it goes perfectly with meat, it is absolutely delicious.
ps... went to 'Ino last night and had the Truffled Egg Toast, and man, that was so FFFFing good! I also tried to go to Il Buco for the Porchetta Panino, but they are closed for renovations...
Oh man... the roast pork, broccoli rabe, and sharp provolone sandwich is a Philly classic!
Although I haven't YET made it to Tony Luke's, I am on my way today to get one from the Italian market.
Yes, the Dinosaur! The wings are great, and the bbq is some of the best I've ever had. I'll even go as far to say the best in the city.
1) NY Thin
2) Buffalo Wings - favorite in the city are at Scruffy Duffy's or Acme
3) Ruffles - Kettle Chips Krinkle Cut Salt & Pepper are the favorite by a long shot, and for some reason, very hard to find in NYC
4) Toasted on the charcoal grill
5) can't stand processed coconut, unless we're talking about Girl Scout's Caramel DeLites
6) Gummi Bears - Haribo Gold Bears
7) Sparkling water
8) Hard tacos
Ben & Jerry's
Whipped Cream Cheese
No love for Ben & Jerry's??
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