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Tournesol LIC

I agree it's quite enjoyable. You're either a Cafe Henri person or a Tournesol person.

Jun 25, 2014
Jeffsayyes in Outer Boroughs

looking for BETTER than TAQUERIA COATZINGO

Great question! There is A LOT, so it's hard to say definitively.... (and there was Tulcingo around the corner on 83rd st, but it went out of biz)...
I like Maravillas on 90th street a lot. Also the Mexican place in LIC is great and at a higher end - Casa Enrique

Jun 25, 2014
Jeffsayyes in Outer Boroughs

Looking for the Soul of Chicago

Hit up Johnnies b/c it was near Frank Lloyd Wright's house. I love Italian Beef.

May 29, 2014
Jeffsayyes in Chicago Area

Late night in Astoria

Do you see Egyptian as Mediterranean? Some casual places like Halal Sandwich Shop, and the street food further north on Steinway are great late night options.

May 29, 2014
Jeffsayyes in Outer Boroughs

Best of the Best

You know what... this is exactly what I was talking about. I would agree with the Katz's pastrami, the others are not as good at all (still good, but not in the same league). Maybe Schwartz's in Montreal is as good or better, but it's a different dish and a different city.

I don't think I can comment on others bc havent been able to compare. Would love to.

May 26, 2014
Jeffsayyes in Outer Boroughs

Best of the Best

been trying to scour the boards to come up with one.

May 19, 2014
Jeffsayyes in Outer Boroughs

Tipping a Personal Chef

Not true. Tips are always appreciated.

May 13, 2014
Jeffsayyes in Not About Food

Best of the Best

Much different question. That was the best DISH. This is the best restaurant that is much better than the number 2 - like is Sriprapai THAT much better than Ploy Thai? hmmm, good question.

And yes, any recommendations for dishes I should have on my tour would be much appreciated. I will definitely give you credit on the tour (but no compensation, sorry!).

May 13, 2014
Jeffsayyes in Outer Boroughs

Best of the Best

Which restaurant is far and away the best more so than the number 2 best in the same vein?

May 13, 2014
Jeffsayyes in Outer Boroughs

Looking for the Soul of Chicago

Also had glazed and confused yesterday. Long live Dough forever!

Mar 17, 2014
Jeffsayyes in Chicago Area

Looking for the Soul of Chicago

LTH is fantastic!

Mar 16, 2014
Jeffsayyes in Chicago Area

Looking for the Soul of Chicago

Next time you come to NYC, check out Peter Pan or Dough for donuts.... I went to do rite on Friday actually, I'm pretty sure those places can humbly compete

Mar 16, 2014
Jeffsayyes in Chicago Area

Looking for the Soul of Chicago

Real time reporting! Went to French market and went to Green Grocer. Loved Green Grocer because the French Market could exist anywhere and taste mostly the same. Green Grocer is only Here. That's how I see it, anyway

Also Mr Beef is awesome

Mar 14, 2014
Jeffsayyes in Chicago Area

Looking for the Soul of Chicago

Hey I had to stay local so I went to portillos last night. Totally cool. So many locals so I knew it was legit. Reminded me of Nathan's.

I just found out Chicago has a huge bike share so this greatly expands my area. Time to explore

Mar 14, 2014
Jeffsayyes in Chicago Area

Looking for the Soul of Chicago

I was just there! It was on my way to where im staying. We have one in NYC and heres what i think: it is awesome but if everything is imported, then this could exist anywhere. (Found some but not many local products) Im really looking for things that could only exist in chicago.

Comparing it to the nyc one, this one is so much calmer and easier to digest bc of it. I was surprised it had almost the same exact products at the same prices. It is a good attraction but it isnt what chicago is, am i right? So what IS Chicago?

Mar 13, 2014
Jeffsayyes in Chicago Area

Looking for the Soul of Chicago

Red apple looks great but i cant do it bc it will take me out of eating for probably 18 hours. But yeah this is the type of thing.

Im actually moving to a foursquare list now bc the google maps on mobile suuuucks and im only on mobile for now on. Heres that link http://4sq.com/1kocY4h

Mar 13, 2014
Jeffsayyes in Chicago Area

Looking for the Soul of Chicago

Are these restaurants serving street style?

Mar 13, 2014
Jeffsayyes in Chicago Area

Looking for the Soul of Chicago

Im down in the river north(thats the main tourist area,right?) for my first four days, then will have a car for the next four days.
M burger was on there bc its a local chain and i like to see how local chains do it. -- also i have some redundancies so i can have options when planning. Am in chicago now, still planning....
These are all great suggestions. I went to publican quality meats earlier and i loved all the local stuff they had. I always get honey, syrup, or cider or other regional things like that when i travel and they had a lot. Might have to go back if i dont find others elsewhere( is the saturday farmers market worth going to?? I have to stretch to make it just when they open then leave quickly if im going to do it.)
Any other provisions places i should head to?

Mar 13, 2014
Jeffsayyes in Chicago Area

Looking for the Soul of Chicago

Hey everyone, I do this in a lot of cities I travel to --- I'm looking for the soul, the grit of Chicago - via food. It's basically food that comes about organically in neighborhoods that need it - away from all the commercialism and the PR guides. I love street food, not because it has wheels, but because it's the simplest way for someone to get what they do in their kitchen out to the public.

So, where should I go in Chicago???

Here's some writeups I've done in other cities:
http://iwantmorefood.com/category/by-...

and I'd like do to one about Chicago too - Finding awesome food, especially coming from a NYer's perspective ( I know that's annoying, but I'm really looking for what makes Chicago Chicago, not just good food).

I'm working on my map
https://mapsengine.google.com/map/edi...

Mar 10, 2014
Jeffsayyes in Chicago Area

Baltimore: Looking for the Grit and Soul of the City

Thanks for the tips, everyone. Baltimore was awesome. I really loved the city and definitely want to come back - it's now one of 3 cities that I'd actually live in (Queens and now LA are the others).

I rode and walked around most of the time, and was lucky enough to have a great host to eat with.

Some of my highlights were the markets (all of them), bean pies, AVAM, Grace Garden, Camden Yards.

Here's the post with pictures:
http://iwantmorefood.com/2014/02/25/n...

Thanks! Looking forward to my return trip...

Mar 10, 2014
Jeffsayyes in Washington DC & Baltimore

london lennies's

My favorite place for raw bar in Queens. The selection isn't huge, but the tastes are hard to beat. Quality all-around.

Feb 18, 2014
Jeffsayyes in Outer Boroughs

Brunch for Group of 8-9 in Jackson Heights?

Brunch is actually pretty challenging in the AM. You might try Tulcingo on 83rd http://www.yelp.com/biz/taqueria-tulc... - they have a big space, good food, and drinks.

Otherwise, there's dim sum down in Elmhurst.

Feb 05, 2014
Jeffsayyes in Outer Boroughs

Where can I get the best DISH in the outer boroughs??

Already answered. Got removed. Short answer: stupid question, just fishing. Maybe burger frm Lic market. Full Disclosure: I was born in 1981 to two parents hailing from queens, ny. Grew up in wantagh, ny with one brother named Jonathan. Excelled in math, science, English, computer science in school. Did not excel in art or music. Went to school upstate. Involved in television station, student government in leadership roles. Worked at geico for one month out of college until fired. Worked at local tv station in Long Island for 8 years. Parked cars for two days at us open. Sold vinyl records for one year. Worked at Internet startup similar to YouTube for one year. Moved to woodside, queens. Led Jackson heights food group. Created ambassador program. Coproduced viva la comida festival on 82nd street. Run food tours along Roosevelt avenue. Work in tv news production. Is 5'9" tall, 150 lbs.

I hope the background check will allow me to continue posting on this board. Eh I don't care either way, im banning this site for 3 months.

Jun 26, 2013
Jeffsayyes in Outer Boroughs
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Elmhurst Asian Markets

They've actually changed in the last 2 years. I am not an expert in them but I am pretty sure there is a significant upgrade going on. There is also a small Vietnamese market, small Thai market and prob more. But you already knew that.

Jun 22, 2013
Jeffsayyes in Outer Boroughs

Where can I get the best DISH in the outer boroughs??

I'm talking the best plate of food. Could be any food, Jamaican, Irish, American, etc. Really any nationality. And any food, just as long as I can eat it. Where is the absolute BEST dish in the 4 other boroughs???? Please no Manhattan!

Jun 20, 2013
Jeffsayyes in Outer Boroughs

Dinner fairly close to La Guardia; have car

Great choice. Looking forward to hearing what you thought of it.

Jun 17, 2013
Jeffsayyes in Outer Boroughs

Dinner fairly close to La Guardia; have car

I don't think French is a reason anyone goes to queens as of right now. And while tournesol is quite decent, it's not anything I'd send a tourist to. It's right off the lie, so it might Be a quick jaunt but its still not that close. But whatever, you prob won't go wrong there unless they don't like your party size.

Jun 17, 2013
Jeffsayyes in Outer Boroughs
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Grand Central Oyster Bar $ for sort of Fathers Day

2-4 dollars each. It's not that bad at all, for oysters. You get into trouble there when you order other stuff - stuff which I haven't had anything that seems worth it as much as the oysters.

def recommend the place though... could be my fav oyster bar in the city.

Jun 16, 2013
Jeffsayyes in Manhattan

My Japanese hair stylist said that her go to sushi place is...

just because a person is Japanese doesn't mean they have good taste in Japanese food - and doesn't mean they have your taste in Japanese food.

I'd just laugh off getting kicked out, and ask them politely if there's a good day to walk in.

Jun 16, 2013
Jeffsayyes in Manhattan
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LIC Food and Flea

I don't think you get it. eating al dente is the cusp of what's cool right now. and in order to be cool, you have to spend dollars$$$

Jun 16, 2013
Jeffsayyes in Outer Boroughs