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What is the Spicy Mina, Chengdu Heaven, Southern Spice of today on chowhound?

Please go to the new ... Not so new any more... Southern spice on hillside ave. Better than ever, expanded menu, same marvelous food and service. Owner/host Mani is wonderful!

Sep 24, 2013
ronvent1122 in Outer Boroughs

West End Cafe - a disappointment! [Carle Place]

Glenn Cove Road, in Carle Place. Near Minato's (I DO recommend Minato's Japanese Buffet!)

Sep 23, 2013
ronvent1122 in New York State (exc. NYC)

West End Cafe - a disappointment! [Carle Place]

It's in Carle Place...

Sep 23, 2013
ronvent1122 in New York State (exc. NYC)

West End Cafe - a disappointment! [Carle Place]

Six of us met there Wednesday, Sept.4 for dinner. I had mussels...not one had flesh even as large as a pea, and it all tasted slightly overcooked. Should never have been served. Sad. Someone else had fried calamari...small rings smothered in a too thick coating of... breadcrumbs? ...flour? Hard to tell what, but not good. Someone had the wine/short ribs on spaghettini...the ribs were VERY salty! The scallops were just o.k., The salads, mine was gorgonzola/toasted almonds... were fresh, generous and good. There was only one variety of sauvigon blanc on the wine list...we had to decide quickly if it was spoiled or just poor. We shared the bottle among us...it was not very good, but seemed to match the overall impression of the food. It was a spur of the moment family gathering, impossible to reschedule or move to another restaurant, and a sad experience. Never again!

Sep 05, 2013
ronvent1122 in New York State (exc. NYC)

Pattaya Thai and Japanese Restaurant

Here's a new place on the corner of 73 Ave and Bell Boulevard in Oakland Gardens, Queens, that seats maybe 10 people. Looks like a smarter lunch place. Has a future! The 3' high Buddha, centrally located, is the first hint that these folks put more than ingredients into their food. They mean it! Surrounding them, however, is a neighborhood that probably finds any Asian restaurant that is not serving Chinese food to be "foreign." Alas! The neighborhood has somewhat intimidated the chef, who must please the locals, but is also proud to satisfy the more demanding client. The "spicy" dishes start out a little too gentle, but the chef will adjust the spices for you...ask for "Thai spicy." No problem.

Mom and pop are an eager and very pleasant young couple who cook and serve really good Thai food. I had Green Curry - fairly spicy and delicious. The chef assured me that, next time, the spice can be adjusted to my specifics. It was. My lady love had Chicken with Lemon Grass - sweeter than usual, still tasty. At another seating, Pad Thai was scrumptious. The Massaman Curry was also wonderful. The Lunch Specials are a steal. They serve a few beers and various Sakais. We didn't try the Japanese fare. Come by if you are anywhere nearby, this is a neighborhood place, not showy but earnest, that, I think, is already better than it has any right to be.

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Pattaya
73-32 Bell Blvd, Queens, NY 11364

Sep 12, 2011
ronvent1122 in Outer Boroughs

Eating the Placenta: It Tastes Like Squab!

"A lot of other mammals do it..." Yes, and many animals eat their own poop, too. What wine goes with poop?

Sep 11, 2011
ronvent1122 in Features

Eating the Placenta: It Tastes Like Squab!

Cannibalism by any other name....

Sep 11, 2011
ronvent1122 in Features