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Cemita Poblano?

$16?? that's got to be the most expensive torta I've ever heard of. Do the rest of the items warrant a luxury tax of that amount? Wow.

@soupçon… coatzingo. Mmmm. Man, I miss that place. And everything else along roosevelt ave.

Cemita Poblano?

your pic looks just like the ones I always get in Queens… meat + chipotle + avocado + oaxacan cheese on sesame bun = cemita to me. your picture has all the ingredients as far as I can see.

Puro Michoacan and Monte Alban in South San Jose

Glad you liked it. And glad it's still good. I haven't been in a year.

My only recommendation is not to spill that goat "consomme" it on your pants as I did once. Because then you will smell like goat birria the rest of the afternoon at work. Not that it doesn't smell great, but not what *I* want to smell like during meetings. :)

Chilaquiles in the south bay?

A colleague shockingly told me today that she had never had - or heard of - chilaquiles. After extolling the virtues of perhaps my favorite breakfast, she felt rather anxious that she hadn't ever tried it. So, I feel it my duty to help her through this difficult period.

Problem is, I'm only up here for work and don't really know the best chilaquiles in the area. Any ideas? Anywhere in San Jose, or on up to Mountain View?

A search on this forum didn't yield much down this way (though the monster Chilaquiles thread from the DOTM earlier this year got me hungry for SF chilaquiles… )

Please help!

Should You Tip on Takeout?

BS again. I bought brakes from my local mechanic recently for real. He didn't install them - he just sold them to me resale. So I should have tipped him as if he had performed the service?

Aug 13, 2014
adamclyde in Features

Should You Tip on Takeout?

I call BS on this one, truffle19. Like EvilShepherd said below, it's the equivalent of paying they guy at Autozone a tip because he rang up the order for your new switch. No service was rendered other than what is normal with an over the counter transaction.

Aug 13, 2014
adamclyde in Features

Mexican near Bergamot: Juquila, Tacomiendo or Monte Alban?

Need a place for a relatively quick lunch not far from Bergamot station. I've always had monte alban, juquila and tacomiendo on my list of "need to try" places when I'm in that area, but haven't yet had the chance to try any of them...

So, given the choice, which would you try between the three? Or is there another option you'd rather give the nod to?

Aug 12, 2014
adamclyde in Los Angeles Area

Fish tacos in San Clemente

Yup, that's the place. They don't even have tacos on the menu inside the place either. Just a paper sign on the window as you walk in.

Worth a try if you happen to find yourself in the neighborhood.

Aug 06, 2014
adamclyde in Los Angeles Area

ISO Nem Nuong (roll your own rolls)

barryc's attempts are much better than any of my own. Which is why I now go with the non DIY types as I've learned rolling nem nuong expertly will never be one of my core skills.

Aug 06, 2014
adamclyde in Los Angeles Area

Weird Dumpling Crepe Thing, Possibly Shanghai (in Flushing)

The restaurant I had this at in Beijing was famous for it's peking duck (the best I'd ever had, by the way), but it sounds like, from scoopG below, it's not something that originated there.

Aug 05, 2014
adamclyde in Outer Boroughs

Weird Dumpling Crepe Thing, Possibly Shanghai (in Flushing)

looks a lot like a dish I had in Beijing, but I don't know the name. Basically just dumplings/pot stickers but the bottom dough starts to melt/carmelize together into the pan, connecting them all with a savory brûlée like crust. So while it seems like a dumpling cooked on a crepe thingy, it's actually the pot sticker-like dumplings joining forces into awesomeness. To serve it they turn it upside down and you crack the crust to separate the dumplings and eat them separately.

Picture attached. As you can see, this is served upside down. The pot stickers are upside down in the picture.

I'm not sure that's actually what your friend has, but it looked like it to me.

Aug 05, 2014
adamclyde in Outer Boroughs

ISO Nem Nuong (roll your own rolls)

I've had the DIY rolls at Khoah Hoa as well. It's been about three years, but they were fantastic.

Aug 05, 2014
adamclyde in Los Angeles Area

Fish tacos in San Clemente

For anyone looking for fish tacos in San Clemente, and don't want to fall into the local trap that is Pedro's, I found some quite passable, fairly delicious fish tacos in town.

It's on El Camino (next to the Radio Shack) there is a little bakery… used to be called Hectors, now has another name… Anyhow I was driving by and they now have a little paper sign on their window that says that on Saturdays and Sundays only, they sell fish and shrimp tacos. I stopped in and tried a few. If they are eaten immediately (as all fish tacos should be) they are actually quite good. Certainly sufficient to satisfy a craving, so long as you aren't expecting Tacos Baja Ensenada/Ricky's/Taco Nazo quality.

I'm pretty sure they are lunch only on Sat/Sunday and I'm not sure if they'll do it all year or just summer, but again, worth a try. Otherwise, your options in town are Pedro's or Del Taco, and I wouldn't wish either on my worst enemy.

So, next time you wrap up a saturday beach session at T-Street, head up the road and grab fish tacos at this bakery.

I'll try to grab pictures if I go there this weekend.

One More Bite Bakery
818 South El Camino Real
San Clemente, CA

Aug 04, 2014
adamclyde in Los Angeles Area

South Coast Kitchen in San Juan Capistrano

I did a quick search and didn't see anything posted here so figured I'd add to the collective wisdom here. I've been twice to South Coast Kitchen in the past few months and have had some really nice meals.

It's a really small restaurant in kind of an odd spot in SJC - not in the downtown area and not on a main road. But it's nestled into a little nook of a strip mall.

They have a small menu, which it doesn't seem to change too frequently, but everything I've had there has been very good. Super fresh, seasonal ingredients, simple preparations, very reasonably priced. It's nice to have another good, reliable little restaurant here. My wife has twice ordered the steak - petit filet - and twice been overjoyed at the quality and preparation. It's the most expensive thing on the menu and it's only $26. My wild salmon on top of pesto israeli couscous was great as well.

Anyhow, I don't think this is a real destination place - there are lots of places in Costa Mesa that would compete on quality (though maybe not as many on the price-to-quality ratio). But it's a really solid little place for the surrounding areas. We need more like this.

One thing to be aware of... it's a small kitchen so service can be a bit slow - at least when I've been there. But as long as you aren't coming to get out in 15 minutes, you'll be fine. There were two of us, we ordered apps, entrees and desserts and we were still in and out in just over an hour and 15 minutes. So no real problem.

Anyone else been?

Sorry, I don't have photos to share, but here's the address:

31105 Rancho Viejo Road, Suite C-7,
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

Aug 04, 2014
adamclyde in Los Angeles Area

The Pot Sticker in Chinatown [San Francisco]

and I love (hate?) that the Pot Sticker, now Hunan Cuisine, keeps making their name into something that they think will attract the masses, while masking the fact that they are a more-than-adequate sichuan restaurant. Makes me wonder why they don't just claim their sichuan heritage and go with it… Interesting.

Stew Leonards...an ongoing debate

stumbled on this. And I miss Stew Leonards! The weather (and mexican) is better here in southern CA, but I miss my CT dairy store!

The Pot Sticker in Chinatown [San Francisco]

So Pot Sticker is now called Hunan Cuisine, but the menu is the same as Pot Sticker (i.e. szechuan, with a bunch of american crowd pleasers thrown in for the masses)? And they also have another restaurant called Spicy King around the corner, which has branches in San Mateo and Newark. And all four of the restaurants have the same menu? Sorry… just trying to understand this. :)

How is Spicy King? Is the San Mateo branch good?

Provo/Orem UT report - mostly mexican (with some waffles here and there)

Dropped the kiddo off at a sports camp leaving me a few days to test the taco waters after a good 14 years away from Happy Valley.

By no means a thorough report. Lots of goodness in these parts, relative to other similarly sized land-locked or non border-ish towns.

El Vaquero. 286 N 100 W Provo.
A complete dive across the street from the Smiths grocery store. Fish taco was just OK - not baja style, but a pan fried filet. Not bad, not stellar. Carnitas was good, though just a bit dried out. But very good flavor and if I'd been there a few hours before, I think it would have been excellent. The carne asada was the best though. Excellent flavor.

El Mexicano Market, 560 N State St. Orem, UT
Traditional full service mexican grocery - large restaurant menu of antojitos, as well as a carniceria, and tortilleria in the back. Tacos were good, but such a small part of what they offered, so it's worth further exploration. I'd already had five tacos that day, so only had another carnitas and a carne asada. Both good, carne asada definitely more flavorful. The carnitas were average, though generous portions. Regardless, it's a worthy stop.

El Sol De Mexicano, 948 N State St., Orem
Started with a breakfast there. Huevos rancheros. Came with homemade tortillas. Eggs were scrambled style. Excellent with great soupy beans. And those tortillas were great. This place is really promising. Homemade tortillas, made from scratch sopes. Homemade agua frescos. Need to come back here and sample everything.

Also tried 180Tacos with my friend who is a part owner. Fun place, tasty fusion-y tacos but because of my non-partial relationship with him, I'll hold off on the report.

There are a ton of places to try in town, and most go far beyond the gross los hermanos, el azteca, cafe rio stuff that most people think about when they think Provo tacos. Hoping to get back in a few months to try some more.

(Oh, and on to non tacos… also tried both Waffle Love in Orem and Bruges in Salt Lake. I don't claim to be a liege waffle expert. But I actually enjoyed Waffle Love more. Don't get me wrong, both are awesome. But I liked the extra tang and chew from the Waffle Love place. Regardless, there are almost no places in the country with better waffles. Be proud.)

Jul 21, 2014
adamclyde in Mountain States

Food trucks that cater in Sacramento?

Hoping folks can help me here. A friend is getting married and wants to have a local Sacramento food truck do the catering. (wedding is in El Dorado Hills). I asked what kind of food they were keen on and they weren't too picky about the genre - taco truck, BBQ, etc. So… that means there's a lot of possibilities.

I am not from Sacramento, so I am hoping you wonderful folks can help me out. Does your favorite food truck cater (most do, I would think). If so, which would you recommend? I think they are looking for something somewhat unique and high quality, but again, not dependent on a particular type of food.

I know this is kind of vague. But any help is appreciated.

Jul 16, 2014
adamclyde in California

Excellent tacos al pastor in San Jose: Antojitos Mexicanas on Alum Rock...

It's on Alum Rock, near the corner of McCreery. There is a tire repair place on the corner of Alum Rock and McCreery, and the taco truck is set up in a vacant lot next door to the tire place. Because it's set up in the vacant lot, and and not on the street, it seems it's a bit more permanent than a completely roving taco truck. That said, I don't live in the area… I just work up here, so I don't really know for sure.

I've attached a TERRIBLE photo so you can see what it looks like. You'll get the gist.

Thanks for the Super Taqueria recommendation… I'll try and give it a try shortly.

Excellent tacos al pastor in San Jose: Antojitos Mexicanas on Alum Rock...

yup. He's not quite as fast and deft with the machete as the awesome taquero at tacos Leo, but the flavor is comparable. It's really good.

Give it a go… let me know what you think.

Excellent tacos al pastor in San Jose: Antojitos Mexicanas on Alum Rock...

Driving down Alum Rock yesterday evening I came across the Antojitos Mexicanas Los Tres Reyes truck and scored some fantastic tacos al pastor. Didn't see much written about them here, though I know they've been around for a while, so figured I'd give them a quick nod.

I don't claim to have tried many al pastor places nearby (I work here, but live in the southern part of the state), but these were the best I've had in San Jose by far.

The picture here was taken at about 9:30 p.m. and the spit was still running as you can see. Tacos were - I think $1.75 each. I had al pastor and pollo. Pollo was fine, but al pastor is all that mattered. Fantastic. Great flavor, but pork that was tender and juicy, not dried out or heavy handed on the flavor. Give it a go.

Would love to hear other folks' favorite al pastor in the broader vicinity.

Fantastic Chorizo: Ochoa's Chorizo in Anaheim & Santa Ana

they still have their salsas. Both with considerable kick. Very good.

Mar 20, 2014
adamclyde in Los Angeles Area

Fantastic Chorizo: Ochoa's Chorizo in Anaheim & Santa Ana

only uncooked.

Mar 18, 2014
adamclyde in Los Angeles Area

Fantastic Chorizo: Ochoa's Chorizo in Anaheim & Santa Ana

yeah, like eater says, they have a soy chorizo. Sorry... totally blanked on that since the thought of soy chorizo didn't grab me. :)

Mar 17, 2014
adamclyde in Los Angeles Area

Fantastic Chorizo: Ochoa's Chorizo in Anaheim & Santa Ana

Stop on in. It's a family run affair. The lady I spoke to knew everything about their products. They could tell you I'm sure.

Mar 15, 2014
adamclyde in Los Angeles Area

Fantastic Chorizo: Ochoa's Chorizo in Anaheim & Santa Ana

Stumbled on this place while driving around Anaheim today. I did a quick search and didn't see any mentions here yet, so I thought I'd write up a quick post.

The place is called Ochoa's Chorizo #2, at 2827 E Lincoln Ave in Anaheim.

All they sell is chorizo. That's it. No BS or trying to be everything for everyone. Just a specialty chorizo place. And it's awesome. They sell five different kinds of chorizo: green pork chorizo - chorizo verde, a medium chicken chorizo and three pork chorizos: mild, medium and hot.

All the chorizo is sold in good quality casings and is sold by the yard. The price is ~$3.75 for 1/2 yard. They do sell the mild and medium pork chorizo without the casings by the pound.

I tried out the green chorizo this evening and it was fantastic. Spicy, flavorful, unique... real. Love it. Can't wait to try out the chicken and pork chorizos tomorrow.

They also have a store in Santa Ana too - at 220 W Warner (looks on google maps like it's directly adjacent to that good DF-style antojitos place... which makes me question why I've never tried the chorizo place before). I assume the Santa Ana store is the original considering the numbering of the two locations.

Anyhow, if you haven't already, definitely hit one of these two up for the best chorizo I've found in Orange County.

Mar 14, 2014
adamclyde in Los Angeles Area

Casse-Croute near Bermondsey Square (London)

Deal! hopefully next time won't be such a whirlwind trip.

Jan 28, 2014
adamclyde in U.K./Ireland

Casse-Croute near Bermondsey Square (London)

Man. I was in London last week, sadly without a moment to spare. Next time I need to get back there. Thanks for the update... glad to see they are still doing well.

Jan 27, 2014
adamclyde in U.K./Ireland

Angelina's Pizzeria - Authentic Neapolitan pizza in Dana Point

Ooh. Since moving to South OC last year much of the food has been a disappointment. This is great info... can't wait to try it out.

Jan 01, 2014
adamclyde in Los Angeles Area