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Co-founder of eatyourworld.com, which highlights regional foods/drinks from different cities around the globe. Freelance travel & food writer; big-time eater.
First of all, that Monte Cristo sandwich looks amazing. Second: Tacodeli is also great for breakfast tacos, an Austin (and San Antonio) specialty!
For more foods that are "uniquely Austin" (as opposed to "unique in Austin"), check out my top-15 list of local foods & drinks here: http://eatyourworld.com/destinations/united_states/texas/austin
They don't do much for the city's purported quirkiness, but they're musts for visitors nonetheless!
Agree re: breakfast, unless it's a boozy brunch at Commander's Palace, perhaps. I remember having BBQ shrimp for breakfast last time I was in NOLA! It did the trick.
For anyone interested in a bunch (36!) of other favorite New Orleans dishes & drinks, see http://eatyourworld.com/destinations/united_states/louisiana/new_orleans
We have some overlap mentions w/Ed's trip, like Parkway's roast beef po'boy.
Next time, I need to try the vaunted fried chicken!
We were just in Istanbul too, for Eat Your World! Our content's not up yet; we've got some 35+ of our own favorite local dishes & drinks to write up. But many of these overlap--kaymak, Iskender kebab, and tavuk göğsü among them. Also will second some comments above--kokoreç was an absolute favorite (with its partner in crime, midye dolma, or stuffed mussels), the islak burger was fun to try, and I'm a big fan of manti...but the best are not in Istanbul, as you might have suspected, but in other parts of the country like Kayseri and Sinop (where they're doused in butter, walnuts, and yogurt--oh my!). Also loved boza, a fermented-millet drink topped with roasted chickpeas, and I got surprisingly addicted to the many varieties of lokum (Turkish delight). So much good food in that city!
@gargupie I think you're referring to Turkish Grill in Sunnyside. I went once, right before going to Turkey, and was impressed. They do a good hünkar begendi!
Three-way tie: spicy pork tamales from the vendor at the Jackson Heights farmers market; barbacoa tacos & tongue tacos on Roosevelt Ave; pan do bono, the delicious Colombian cheese bread, from La Abundancia bakery on Roosevelt.
I would add the many types of broodje in Amsterdam (http://eatyourworld.com/destinations/europe/the_netherlands/amsterdam/what_to_eat/broodjes_broodje_kaas)! My favorite is kroket and broodje pom...
Oh, how I miss living around the corner from Mazzola Bakery's lard bread in Carroll Gardens!
Stumbled upon this post and thought I'd share a burger visual! This one is from Chez Joe in Dakar, another fantastic place to try the standard egg-cheese-fries-and-more burger. See it here: http://eatyourworld.com/destinations/africa/senegal/dakar//what_to_eat/senegalese_burger
@Judith: You can email me at laura AT eatyourworld.com
@Claire: Nice to see some of the classics vegetarianized! Thanks for sharing.
@twiceburned: Great additions! Some--like beans on toast, bangers & mash, boiled eggs & soldiers (with or w/o Marmite)--I have listed on my own website, Eat Your World, a regional-food guide: http://eatyourworld.com/destinations/europe/england/london
I'd love a good steamed pudding recipe to try at home...
Everyone has correctly guessed that the sticky toffee pudding is the dish that most haunts my dreams.
@ks328 Yes, the Indian food is great, and definitely still something I hope visitors seek out in London. Of course I disagree with you about skipping the rest!
Always a big fan of Lali Guras & Tawa Foods, and an employee at Himalayan Hut recently recommended Woodside Cafe. I'm not familiar with a few places here, but I'll definitely check 'em out soon! P.S. Another must at Phayul is the beef tongue appetizer. Delicious!
I've had a deep-fried calzone only once in my life, at Tony & Lucille's in New Haven, CT, and it blew my mind. Will definitely hit up Don Antonio's soon!
This is a fantastic list! Lots of my own favorite recs--I'll definitely be sharing it with future out-of-town inquirers. Of course, what I always end up doing is giving them a food tour of my own 'hood, Jackson Heights, but that's for family & friends only. ;)
For anyone interested in visuals/more info about the NYC classics--the native, the traditional, the newly iconic--please see my list here: http://eatyourworld.com/destinations/united_states/new_york/new_york_city
We also include where to find a great pretzel, knish, egg cream, cheesecake; where to drink local NYC beer, and more.
To the SE list, I'd echo some of the other commenters and add Momofuku Noodle Bar (at an off hour, if poss), Ippudo or Totto ramen, oysters (or pan roast) at Grand Central Oyster Bar, and, for the pre-theater crowd, a drink at divey Jimmy's Corner.
So happy to hear all the fond memories of eating in the Czech Republic! It was hard to choose 10 favorites, as clearly there are lots more.
@sobriquet: Glad you love the bread dumplings too!
@Lorenzo: I've definitely heard that excuse before. ;)
@AnnieNT and/or @Twinwillow: Do you have a favorite spot for wild mushrooms in Prague? Would love to know for next time.
@thesteveroller: Those late-night fried-cheese sandwiches you mention must be smazeny syr (http://eatyourworld.com/destinations/europe/czech_republic/prague/what_to_eat/smazeny_syr)--great beer absorbers, for sure! What is devil's toast? Not familiar w/that one.
@Garvey: Agree on the street sausages! (http://eatyourworld.com/destinations/europe/czech_republic/prague/what_to_eat/klobasy)
Would love to hear more Praha food favorites...
This sounds amazing--didn't even know it existed. Seems quite similar to North India's chole bhature. YUM.
Agree with lots of these recs--definitely do Barley Swine in lieu of Odd Duck if it's not open. I second Franklin's for BBQ, Ginger Man for local beer, Trudy's for Mexican martinis, and Magnolia for "Mag Mud" queso (go to Kerbey Lane, also open 24 hrs, if Magnolia is too crazy).
--migas & breakfast tacos at Tamale House No. 3
--BBQ chopped beef sandwich at Ruby's
--chicken-fried steak at Hoover's, if you're up for it!
Check out Eat Your World (http://eatyourworld.com/destinations/united_states/texas/austin) for more quintessential Austin-area eats!
Mazzola's lard bread (and other Italian breads in general) is the No. 1 thing I've missed about that neighborhood since moving to Jackson Heights a few years ago. (The obsession's been replaced by one for Colombian cheese bread!)
The amazing lamb at the Yemen Cafe on Atlantic also stands out for me as a reason to travel back there.
I liked the food here (esp the pork belly sliders), but man, those portions are small for the price. Taken alone they don't seem so bad, but it's hard not to come here and want/need to order at least 5 things for 2 people. Add a drink each and it's easy to spend a lot of money--and walk out still kind of hungry.
Huge fan of Chao and Ayada, which I'm lucky to have as my delivery Thai. For stalkers of Sri's crispy watercress salad, they're doing that at Ayada now too.
Will have to try this tamal for sure! My current favorite is at the Jackson Heights farmers market every Sunday, on the corner of 34th Ave and 77th St. The spicy pork is ridiculously good--really spicy, and also $1!
Huge fan of NOLA food! I invite all of you to check out this content preview of (the soon-to-launch) eatyourworld.com--the New Orleans part of the site, that is--for lots of info on specific regional dishes from NOLA and where to find them. This list isn't complete, of course, but we do list BBQ shrimp from Mr. B's first for a reason, ya'll... ;)
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