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Do not miss at the Buford Highway Farmer's Market?

BHFM prepared food is like supermarket prepared food the world over: strong on variety and light on quality. Not bad, not great. Just, well, ok. Not sure if it's suitcase ready either.

An alternative suggestion: Assuming you are arriving by bus, get off 1/2 mile south at the strip center in which Chicago Supermarket is located. Their prepared food ranges from good to excellent. Walk on the right side directly to the back and get terrific tacos on tortillas made from real, fresh masa on Fri/Sat/Sun--chorizo, al pastor, lengua, carnitas, asada etc. Take home as many excellent tamales oaxaca as you can pack. Turn right out of Chicago over to Chef Liu and get several Leek Pies to go--they will travel well. Hope your suitcase has an ice pack!

Feb 19, 2014
Steve Drucker in Atlanta

Game changer jerk chicken in Scottsdale

Caribbean Chicken & Fish
3358 E Ponce De Leon Ave Scottdale, GA 30079
(678) 705-3452

Jan 28, 2014
Steve Drucker in Atlanta

Game changer jerk chicken in Scottsdale

The jerk sauce is amazing.

recent 411: the name of the place is 'Caribbean Chicken and Fish'.

Two weeks ago when I was in the owner asked me to 'make some noise out there'. So here I am.

The pigeon peas and rice and the cabbage are both vg. They come with the 7.99 half chicken lunch special. For the rice you can get chicken curry gravy or (deep colored) chicken stew gravy. I've tried the curry and it was vg. I'm looking forward to trying the chicken stew gravy.

Nov 08, 2013
Steve Drucker in Atlanta

Game changer jerk chicken in Scottsdale

One store in from the corner of East Ponce De Leon and Decatur Ave in a Scottsdale hole in the wall a group of Jamaicans are wood grilling jerk chicken that's a game changer.

The subtle but insistent heat of the jerk sauce is still with me, 24 hours later.

Many sides are offered, none of which I tried. But the patty, filled with curried potatoes and peas, didn't call me back.

Not since long departed Sylvia's Pastry's Mole Poblano in Norcross more than a decade ago and Peter Chang's early efforts at Tasty China have I tasted anything in Atlanta near so thrilling as this chicken.

It's not only worth a stop on the way to nearby Dekalb Market, but well worth a drive from anywhere in the metro area.

Parking is typically in-town difficult. You can park next to the place in the adjacent gas station so long as you park up near E. Ponce de Leon. Or you can park on the side street, Decatur Ave. Just don't park in the dedicated barber shop parking--things could get ugly.

Cash only, I believe.

Oct 31, 2013
Steve Drucker in Atlanta

Seven Sows Bourbon and Larder, Asheville

Thanks! City Market is the one. We are never without our cooler in the trunk.

Oct 28, 2013
Steve Drucker in Southeast

Seven Sows Bourbon and Larder, Asheville

For an upcoming weekend, we had been on the same path that you were. What you experienced, however, I think of as 'phoning it in'--what talented restauranteurs often do in the face of brand centric or transient clientele. And who can blame them--running a restaurant of the kind esteemed here, whether a shack or a gastronomy temple--is an obsession, an eighty per week mission.

So the new Friday night plan is now Bull and Beggar for happy hour raw bar, then all-in at Rhubarb. With these two in mind, I might just self-cater a picnic lunch rather than pig out at Curate.

And the next day, beginning at the Asheville WNC Farmer's Market and returning through Clayton, we're jonesing for the Saturday Carnitas at La Jerezana (where we will hoist a taco for Cheesemonger).

A thousand thanks for the timely report.

Oct 27, 2013
Steve Drucker in Southeast
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Restaurant equipment house in Morelia or Mexico City

here you go:
http://davidlida.com/?p=1264

"This monument to Giuseppe Garibaldi, by a sculptor named Brooke Wright, was unveiled on April 10th, 1864, on Avenida Chapultepec...The statue is a block from Avenida Cuauhtémoc, next to a down-market shopping center, in an area where stores sell gargantuan refrigerators and other restaurant equipment"

Finding the right 3 gallon stainless steel bowl should be a snap. Send pictures!

Sep 09, 2013
Steve Drucker in Mexico

Brief report

That was exceedingly inappropriate if not downright unprofessional. A mention to the maitre d' would have been in order. Just the facts--sans any attitude, plaints or threats. With a smile and good humor is best. Likely as not your drink would have been comped.

In any event, nice to hear your voice again Andy!

Aug 30, 2013
Steve Drucker in New Orleans

ISO life-changing food in Atlanta. BBQ & chicken & umami especially.

re Local Three. Your view of the Emperor's New Clothes matches our own.

re Gu's. At the outset, the Chef owner cooked everything. With more business, he enlisted his wife to help out. She's very sweet, but It's not the same.

Thanks for a great write up. You might just be forcing us to try One Eared Stag.

Leff's Arepa Lady is one the of the seminal and still great works of internet food porn.

Aug 25, 2013
Steve Drucker in Atlanta

ISO life-changing food in Atlanta. BBQ & chicken & umami especially.

Aug 14, 2013
Steve Drucker in Atlanta

ISO life-changing food in Atlanta. BBQ & chicken & umami especially.

1) Our experiences at Fox's agree. Sorry, I can't recommend anywhere.

2) Stroud's in KC was scarcely 2 on a scale of 5, although the yeast rolls and string beans were fine and those I brought back home with me. Nothing here has been better.

3) Can't help.

If your expectations are adjusted from 'life changing' to damn good, however, Atlanta has some good choices. Try Sushi House Hayakawa--a small place with an artisanal chef whose hand with fresh fish is only exceeded by the quality of his appetizers. Open til 3 AM on Fri/Sat, 10:30 Wed, Thu. A CH type place for sure, quality and care is on the plate and is reflected in the bill which will be high but an extraordinary value. Ask after the specials for sure, don't be afraid of Omakase. A quiet Atlanta gem.

Nothing Chinese can match Flushing, for that matter neither Chinatown nor even midtown east and south. Busy Bee is food dished up from a steam table from another time and place.

Things to know about cutting edge Atlanta dining: Beware of places which serve stuff in jars, or whose chef has been on TV or that mouths farm to table but whose menu is weighted down with ingredients rich in frequent flyer miles.

Sushi House Hayakawa
5979 Buford Hwy NE A10, Atlanta, GA 30340
Phone:(770) 986-0010
Reservations accepted.

Aug 13, 2013
Steve Drucker in Atlanta

Mexico City. 9.5 days not Nine And A Half Weeks?

Sigh. That Diana was good was solely of the moment. A few months prior to our visit a new, hot, very professional chef had been brought in to revamp the restaurant. The hotel did lots of PR. Luckily, his influence still dominated during our visit. By this time now, lacking any recent reports to the contrary, he's probably moved on--as your visit confirms.

Do try and go to El Hidalquense, and the Tolucca stand. Both are run by true artisans who take pride in their entire operation. You might want to bring a stash of extra napkins when you stop by Tolucca.

Jul 29, 2013
Steve Drucker in Mexico

Oaxaca, Oaxaca Recs

Here's a link from fall 2012 that might prove helpful:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/868060

Jul 26, 2013
Steve Drucker in Mexico

Good eats near Westin Grand Central Hotel

Sarges Deli 37th & 3rd. Exc pastrami and full deli menu. Pretty much a do not miss for your location at 42nd and 3rd.

Hunan Manor. 39th and Lex. Widely reviewed here at CH.

Daniel's Bagels 37th and 3rd. Takeout only. Classic dense NYC bagels (not puffy and large).

Eggstravaganza truck NE corner 51st and Park. Widely rated best breakfast truck in area. Call ahead, get the chorizo and egg torta. Good coffee too. With what you save you can go to Esca.

River Park. Vg food especially fish, not too pricey, nice views of the East river.

Esca. Expensive. Superb fish and seafood.

Lexington Ave train downtown gets you to Canal St in 14 minutes. Chinatown, Katz's, Russ Daughters etc. Uptown local gets you to Pastrami Queen 77th and Lex in 9 minutes. Get the pastrami. Leave all else behind. Either proceed west to museums or walk east to Andre's Hungarian Bakery and get the rugaluch. Walk back to the hotel down 3rd ave and work up an appetite.

Jul 20, 2013
Steve Drucker in Manhattan

DHABA--Curry Hill Indian--plea for recommendations..

Bob--Is the menu at lunch too, and do you know if the lunch menu quality matches that of dinner? I dearly love Tulsi, but it can be pricey indeed.

Jul 10, 2013
Steve Drucker in Manhattan

Café Hong Kong – The South China Garden Guys Are Back!! (And Yes They Are The Best Restaurant In Chinatown)

Count on it.

Jul 10, 2013
Steve Drucker in Manhattan

Café Hong Kong – The South China Garden Guys Are Back!! (And Yes They Are The Best Restaurant In Chinatown)

Thank you Messiers Lau and Cuce for the timely update. This coming Mon I'm here for work then taking a crew out. Here. We can't wait. Hope they still have the seafood stuffed long hot peppers!

Jul 10, 2013
Steve Drucker in Manhattan

Auburn/Lewiston Linoleum to Axminister Finely Woven on the floor?

Great 411. Looking forward to both Hodgeman's and Dairy Joy. Thanks.

May 20, 2013
Steve Drucker in Northern New England

Auburn/Lewiston Linoleum to Axminister Finely Woven on the floor?

Chow 411 on the Auburn Lewiston area is thin. Were any updates to Fuel or other Auburn/Lewiston places (linoleum on the floor to axminister finely woven are all fine) become available it would be most appreciated.

Special interests are: ice cream, dinner, lunch packed to travel and early Sunday breakfast.

Preliminary research has presented: Fuel, Italian Bakery Products, The Bread Shack. Fishbone is probably not our speed. Fuel for it's sous vide gives us pause although it's at the top of the list. On the fence about Naral's, Niky's Greek?

Thanks in advance.

May 02, 2013
Steve Drucker in Northern New England

Fuel: Lewiston ME

Chow 411 on the Auburn Lewiston area is thin. Were any updates to Fuel or other places (linoleum on the floor to axminister woven are all fine) become available it would be most appreciated.

Special interests are: ice cream, dinner, lunch packed to travel and early Sunday breakfast.

May 02, 2013
Steve Drucker in Northern New England

Places to Eat near WTC Mexico City?

All of Roma Norte and Condesa are less than a ten minute taxi away--tops ten bucks? Here's a report from several months ago.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/867658

If you need a reasonable, reliable and bi-lingual GPS equipped radio taxi in the form of a brand new Chevy, I can highly recommend Arturo 554-980-1915 or 554-852-7884. Say hello and tell him I sent you.

Apr 05, 2013
Steve Drucker in Mexico

Mexico City. 9.5 days not Nine And A Half Weeks?

Sorry about Diana as it's not a cheap date. When we tried it the new chef had arrived about 60 days prior and clearly there was a very competent chef de cuisine running the show. I have no way of knowing from at a distance, but it sounds like a kitchen staffing change.

Owner operated places tend to be the most consistent across time. Too, the most recent rec's the most reliable. Six months later I still dream about El Hidalguense and Los Panchos; Diana it's understood was a lucky snapshot it time.

Please continue to report back!

Apr 05, 2013
Steve Drucker in Mexico

Where to take Red Lobster foodies ???

Mandina's. Stick with the winners. See tom fitzsimmons' nomenu.com for counsel. Great fried stuff and daily specials. Ice cream, sorbet and coffee after up the street at Angelo Brocato's. Street car there and back. A total adventure.

An intriguing challenge-please do report back.

Mar 16, 2013
Steve Drucker in New Orleans

Flushing: Lao Dong Bei replaces short-lived SN New Restaurant (former M & T)

Next day stories hit the digital edition late the day before, about the same time the bundles of papers used to fall off the truck outside the candy store?

Feb 01, 2013
Steve Drucker in Outer Boroughs

Wither art thou, South China Garden?

Hunan Manor. Or maybe Mission Chinese then.

In any event, exc 411. Many thanks. Come to ATL or Chicago and I can return the favor.

Jan 28, 2013
Steve Drucker in Manhattan

Wither art thou, South China Garden?

Hunan Manor is close by.

We went a year ago xMas eve and were less than impressed. That said, it was within ten minutes of closing and there were only two other tables finishing up. Perhaps it's time for a Sat afternoon return visit?

Jan 28, 2013
Steve Drucker in Manhattan

Wither art thou, South China Garden?

Choice is less about the cuisine than about the logistics. Nevertheless, here's how it lays out.

Imperial Palace in Flushing:
Pro's
--Familiar flavor profiles
--Seafood freshness
--Often moderate salt levels
--Easy shot by car for a key attendee who originally hails from Queens.

Cons:
--Largely familiar flavors
--Eating crabs entails using one's fingers to suck the flavor from the shell
--Salt levels can be high, depending on who is cooking
--7 train for me, end to end.

Sichuan (Szechuan Gourmet, China Cafe, La Vie en Sichuan...?):
Pro's:
--Vigorous flavors
--Extensive familiarity with the oeuvre which facilitates ordering for the group yet still engenders an intensified sense of adventure
--Easy midtown central location for me, and also for another attendee arriving by Metro North.

Cons:
--Too much ma la can be a shock; it's often accompanied by ultra high salt levels
--The variety and preparations are new.
--Quality of any of the choices doesn't seem as well plotted as Flushing Cantonese and Dongbei options.

Fu Run:
Pros:
--Many of these dishes I've had before while in China, especially the 'Muslim Lamb' which is sure to be a hit
--Total adventuring, great for me.
--At least it's close to the 7 train at Main St in Flushing; and just a door or two down from a now departed place I frequented in my youth, 'Old Roma'--heck, it could be the old 'Old Roma' in which case high score for nostalgia.

Cons:
--In a new place, I'm sure to hit a few clunkers
--These are New York suburbanites who have been eating 'Chinese Food' their whole lives and may feel a somewhat uneasy in a 'linoleum joint'
--The 7 train is 30 minutes, about the same time as schlepping to Penn Station for the LIRR.

Can a 'Chinese car' from Grand Central to Flushing Main St. come in at $25? If so, what shall I google?

Jan 28, 2013
Steve Drucker in Manhattan

Wither art thou, South China Garden?

The familiar Cantonese flavor profiles and prominence of seafood and chicken at Imperial Gourmet make it a better choice than Fu Run for the character of the party--three businessmen of a certain age, two of whom have well traveled and adventurous yet somewhat inexperienced palates.

Should Flushing prove infeasible, however, the fall back is the midtown central Sichuan ghetto. Would we fare best at Szechuan Gourmet, China Cafe or La Vie en Sichuan... or...?

Jan 28, 2013
Steve Drucker in Manhattan

Wither art thou, South China Garden?

Now that South China Garden (sigh, previous visit was so amazing that we went twice in a four day visit--http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7502...) is 86, do any places serving any cuisine in any area of Manhattan stand up equally or near to?

For our upcoming short trip, a sojourn out to my native Queens appears a tough sell. Many thanks in advance.

Jan 23, 2013
Steve Drucker in Manhattan

High style N.O. report (looonnng!)

We were politically correct before politically correct extended to rhetoric...we called it a 'George' salad in honor of the waiter who introduced us to it and prepared it himself each time we came in.

Jan 09, 2013
Steve Drucker in New Orleans