This episode of 1 Minute Meal follows The Baoery on a single day of its pop-up life, telling the story through video and time-lapse photography. If you're interested in baoing down with the chefs, you can help them celebrate The Baoery's 1st anniversary this Sunday, June 13, at Williamsburg's Nha Toi.
Whether this is your first time at the Manhattan rodeo or your eleventh time rubbing pork shoulders with fellow barbecue pilgrims, you will benefit by thinking through the event ahead of time. Here's our shortlist of tips for making the most of your block party experience.
Khachapuri, an umbrella term for a variety of cheese breads, is something of a national pastime in Georgia—and in South Brooklyn. On this episode of 1 Minute Meal we get a peek at what's coming out of the ovens at Georgian Food, a.k.a. Brick Oven Bread.
Dressed with bits of cracklin' and sauteéd onions, this sandwich is a rendition of the classic roast pork so good that it made The Serious Eats Book. Be sure to apply a hefty spoonful of the excellent housemade chimichurri or salsa verde for the optimal bite.
Several sandwiches at David's Brisket House have made the pages of Serious Eats, but there's a lot more to this place than brisket three ways. The deli, originally owned by Jewish immigrants from Yemen and Russia, was passed down to a Muslim partner (also from Yemen) during the 1980s. Now it's keeping up the deli tradition—in Bed-Stuy—in a fashion that's quintessentially New York.
The Italian Store—Arlington's eminent Italian importer-grocer-pizzeria-deli—has a reputation for good food that takes the form of a half-hour wait in line. As we've reported before, the sandwiches are worth the time (or at least an advance phone call for pickup).
Known as Eden Center, this suburban strip mall has been growing into the East Coast capital of Vietnamese immigrant culture for almost 40 years. Here are the 10 must-eats: broken rice, bun cha, and more!
A short drive from the heart of Little Saigon in California, Orange County Poultry and Rotisserie specializes in Vietnamese dishes made with locally sourced, house-butchered chickens. The mom-and-pop takeout also happens to be in the same strip mall as a pho restaurant, doughnut shop, taqueria, 7-11, and doner kebab joint—in southern California, these miracles tend to happen.
Dan Delaney started running a barbecue supper club from his living room in 2011. The 26-year-old entrepreneur taught himself how to cook brisket in an 18-foot smoker he drove from Austin to Jersey and is now opening a brick-and-mortar barbecue restaurant in Brooklyn called BrisketTown.
Last spring, a few friends and I road-tripped to the town of Rigaud, Quebec to shoot a documentary about maple farming. The film we ended up producing, Sucrerie de la Montagne, premiered at the Food Film Festival in New York recently where it won the Audience Choice Award. For those of you who couldn't see it, here's the story in photos.
Far from the Vietnamese enclave of Westminster, Rosemead's Mr. Baguette is something of a roadside stand for bánh mì. Its location—between the 60 and 10 freeways in a not-exactly-enviable part of San Gabriel Valley—makes a sandwich stop here something of an afterthought to commuting, but repeat detours are totally justified.
Berkeley, California is a fantastic place to fall in love with food. I should know—over five years of study at the University of California, I left the collegiate confines of canned chili, terrible pizza, and too many trips to the "Asian Ghetto" for the greener pastures of one of the best food towns in the state.
The 10th anniversary block party was the biggest yet, but it remains the city's seminal moment in barbecue, well worth it despite the crowds. Check out all the cue glamor shots after the jump.
Smoke will rise from Madison Square Park tonight as 17 barbecue crews get fired up for the 10th annual Big Apple Barbecue Block Party. Whether this is the first time you've caught the scent off Broadway or the tenth time you'll be making the pilgrimage, you'll benefit from a plan of attack to make the most of limited time, money, stomach space, and patience for one of the most daunting cookouts of the Summer.
On a sunny afternoon in Queens, Galdino Molinero invited me into his truck to photograph the making of an epic sandwich. He's the owner of Corona mainstay Tortas Neza, which serves some of the best sandwiches on this side of the Rio Grande; a clear standout in stye and substance from the mass of antojitos carts and taco trucks parked all along Roosevelt Avenue.
I don't always eat a sandwich the size of my own skull. But when I do, I prefer the Puma, a hand-held smörgåsbord named after its creator's favorite Mexican soccer team—Mexico City's Pumas.
The joint's six seats place everyone a good word's length from the griddle, the prep counter, the other customers, and Jodie himself—and Jodie Royston is not a man who takes money from strangers. Naturally, it takes only one meal to become a regular, especially when one takes hunger into account. The restaurant's sprawling menu—over 64 specials splayed across two walls in the form of cheeky laminates and repurposed receipts—offers a bounty of flavor beyond the fried chicken leg.
Good brisket is hard to come by, but the slow-cooked meat at newly re-opened David's Brisket House does right by its namesake.
Butcher Bar is ready to satisfy New York's unabashed love of pork belly. The sustainable meat heads' pork belly, lettuce and tomato sandwich ($10.99 with slaw and pickle) starts with a quality slab of belly from a naturally raised pig.
If you've never been to David's Brisket House, now is a good time to make your first pilgrimage. The Bed-Stuy institution—a longstanding Jewish deli now operated by Muslims—has re-opened its doors after being closed for over two months of renovation.
Santa Maria is best known for tri-tip, which became the signature of Central California 'cue during the 1960s. Taken from the bottom of the sirloin, tri-tip is a versatile cut of beef, and the folks at Rancho Nipomo sure make a tasty sandwich of it.
Santa Maria's claim to culinary fame is a type of open-flame grilling that dates back to the 19th century. Despite its association with colonial Spain's vaquero culture, this approach was not too different from most American barbecue of the time—a process with three general steps: "Dig hole. Light coals. Apply carcass."
Boerum Hill's standby for Mexican standards, Fast and Fresh Burrito Deli is not quite in the same league as the taquerias of Sunset Park, but it's nothing to scoff at if you need a serviceable torta or a pair of tacos in a pinch. The deli's breakfast tortas ($3.50 each, $4 after 11:00 a.m.) make for an particularly good meal on the go, offering a few options for mixing and matching.
Bedouin Tent's leg of lamb sandwich ($8) rolls just-baked pita around green letttuce, tomato, onion, and (of course) slices of roasted leg of lamb. The well-done lamb meat is powerfully seasoned, particularly heavy on black pepper and roasted garlic and nudged to a higher level of flavor by the house's tasty lemon-mint mayonaise.
Breakfast usually comes in the form of street food in Taiwan. Vendors will set up shop on the curbside in the morning hours; there's a lot of dough and deep-frying involved. Yung Ho is one of the main Taiwanese breakfast joints in the San Gabriel Valley, a hotbed of Chinese and Taiwanese food in Los Angeles. Here's a detailed breakdown of each individual dish.
Sashimi and crudo may be the John and Paul of the raw seafood band, but ceviche is the George. A little less popular, a little less flashy, but altogether more complex, sharper, and complex, with a bit of acid. It differs from George in one key way though: It's really easy to get into. It comes in on the upper half of the Top 100 Easiest Dishes to Make Of All Time, and I'd bet good money that it's #1 for Most Impressive Return For Your Time Investment. It's a dish that looks and tastes elegant, yet is quite literally thrown together in a matter of moments.
Scott's only serves whole hog barbecue on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. During those three days the stores sells 15 to 20 hogs' worth (between 2,000 and 2,800 pounds) of smoked pork, attracting visitors from miles around. The rest of the week, Scott's is not much more than a half-stocked, rustic convenience mart with doors that seldom open for regular business.
Payne's Bar-B-Q, a family operation that has been in business since 1972, serves some of the best pork barbecue in Memphis, if not the country. The fact that the first thing on my mind whenever I enter Memphis is a Payne's sandwich is no minor detail. When most people I know think of Memphis barbecue, images of ribs come to mind. The barbecue sandwich, however, is just as important to the Memphis barbecue experience. Slow-smoked pork shoulder, pulled, sliced, or chopped, topped with red barbecue sauce and stuffed into a bun with a scoop of slaw.
Memphis in May, an extremely expensive competition with a thing for sweet meats, is not a benchmark for the world, or even for Memphis-style barbecue, as a whole. Is it still fair, then, to call the victors of this year's competition "world champions"?