Krista Garcia loves both chain restaurants and Southeast Food. In fact, eating laska in Elmhurst and crab rangoon at a P.F. Chang's on the same day would be a dream come true.
Interesting that the eco angle seems to be the dominating concern. I was more fixated on the idea of wrapped sushi from a flavor standpoint.
@theotherworldly there were actually three variations of salmon: totally raw (pictured) lightly seared and smoked.
@Ray G. I think it's a notch up from Boi, or at least something different.
@BiggieSmalls: You could also order FIVE $1 versions and only spend $5. I wouldn't exactly call $10 un-cheap eats, though.
@arieleeve: There are a handful that are variations on Spanish tortilla (they were out when I tried ordering one) and some with shrimp.
matthewg: There's definitely an audience for more locations. Both Ootoyas seem to be busy all the time.
Irene: That's possible. The menu just said miso, but it did look like a less chunky version of the tonjiru photos I've now seen.
Ok, two votes for FEBO--that's definitely the Dutch chain I want to see here next. We used to have a Danku here, but it wasn't that exciting.
@serasyl You are correct (and I'm the one who wrote about Amorino originally, so I should know too). I meant to say that both are foreign gelato imports.
Last time I was over there I intended to go to La Esquina Criolla, but it was nearly empty while El Gauchito was packed so I changed my mind and crossed the street. Love both, but didn't realize it was the same owners.
I recently moved close to Speedy Romeo and was happy to discover provel. I'm more partial to the Dick Dale, but that's because I'm a Hawaiian pizza apologist.
Yes, they're definitely knife-and-fork sandwiches.
I've been going to Rossman Farms forever, and still love it (esp. that it's 24 hrs) but it's just not the same with the newish fancy sliding glass doors, organics and cheese.
This is one of my new favorite pizzas. Hawaiian pizzas need love too.
@thesteveroller: I'm assuming you're referring to Happy Family Little Lamb on Main Street? That's a knock-off (and not at the same address as Little Sheep).
@jo_wang: Thankfully, my hot pot contents managed to stay in my stomach.
@garlicknots: Thanks for the geography clarification.
@metaphora: I totally missed the sesame bread! A lot of tables had it and I couldn't figure out what it was since it looked like cake or a dessert.
ns56: I was going for the less typical things. But supposedly they use beans from Metropolis Coffee Co (in Chicago) so that indicates some level of seriousness.
The first time I tasted a dessert in this style, I thought something was wrong with it (now I know better). I was just reading about a new Bangkok restaurant, The Local, that serves a cocktail using candled coconut milk, along with melon, Midori, and rum. Interesting twist.
The first time I ate a dessert in this style, I thought something was wrong with it (now I get it). I just read about a new restaurant in Bangkok, The Local, that's serving a cocktail made with candled coconut milk, along with melon, rum, and Midori. Interesting twist.
I used to think Asia got the best of everything, now I'm convinced the Middle East is winning at chain restaurant creations.
@DanielJ: Well, porchetta is fatty but typically the cut is mix of meat, fat and crispy skin.
Ugh, that English muffin! I really liked their burgers, but am glad to see I'm not the only one who wished for a regular American bun. It totally threw off the proportion.
This is great. I've been planning a trip to Dubai, and while I'll admit I'm fascinated by the glitz and imported fast food franchises, I'd like to seek out "real" food too.
@chanterelle: You've confirmed what I've suspected: NYC is the anomaly, not the entire east coast.
@PommeDG: Wrong, indeed. All the diners in NYC serve them that way and put them in the breakfast section with pancakes and eggs. I don't think that's right either...
Now that's a monte cristo! The NYC species that's powdered sugarless, open-faced and served with syrup is just plain wrong.
Weird timing--I made a version of this for dinner last night. I wish I had homemade nam prik pao on hand because the jar I used was already salty and I didn't taste test before adding fish sauce.
trycatchblock: Argh, I should've learned from your comment. That should be Gulluogu minus the special characters.
MWinston: I'd like to try the original version too. I see they have it on the menu at Pera, but that's not exactly fast food.
Walrus McDoodle: I wasn't crazy about the whole scallion, myself. I ended up pulling it out at the half-way point.
gargupie: I'm not a germ-phobe, but it did cross my mind that this would not be the dish for anyone that was.
Erin Meister: It's definitely worth a try.
mandycw: I liked them--definitely tasty--and felt oddly energized after eating a few blobs, though a friend wasn't crazy about the "raw" texture.
trycatchblock: I haven't tried cig borek, but I know they have them at Güllüoğlu under the name sigara boregi.
I went to a Din Tai Fung in Beijing (no lines at all with many empty tables) a few years ago, and oddly, don't remember the dumplings at all. My main memory is trying to ask for that red bean dumpling for dessert and instead getting a towering mound of shaved ice drenched in red beans and condensed milk that was enough for six people.