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Eatinerary for Yucatan and Quintana Roo, Mexico (Merida, Valladolid, Chichen Itza, Motul + Tulum)

Hey DeBrazza, I loved the huevos motuleños. So different than what I've eaten in the past. In Los Angeles, I've only been to Flor de Yucatan (south of Downtown LA) and Chichen Itza (near USC at the Mercado La Paloma). http://www.mercadolapaloma.com/restau... I'm sure there are plenty more that I'm unaware of. Hope your brother reports back!

May 20, 2014
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Eatinerary for Yucatan and Quintana Roo, Mexico (Merida, Valladolid, Chichen Itza, Motul + Tulum)

buen provecho!

May 20, 2014
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Yucatan 2014 (Merida, Valladolid, Izamal, Playa del Carmen)

DeBrazza, thank you for this awesome list. Crazy how we pretty much had the same itinerary less than a month after your trip. If you don't mind, I'd like to share our finds as an extension to yours.

Apr 17, 2014
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Eatinerary for Yucatan and Quintana Roo, Mexico (Merida, Valladolid, Chichen Itza, Motul + Tulum)

* This posting is an addition to DeBrazza’s solid posting on the Yucatan written last month. We unfortunately didn’t get to eat much of what was recommended because either we didn't have time or they were closed. But we were inspired to add on to the eatinerary and give back to the Chowhound community. Thanks again to DeBrazza.

Original posting: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/970069

** As tourists, My wife and I typically eat this way while traveling. During the day, we try and go where locals go and try the common specialties. Most of the best food in Mexico (in our opinion) is found in morning markets, food courts and places where workers go. At night, we’ll hit up food stalls or we’ll check out some of the finer dining or chef-driven places. We figure most locals will spend their dinners with their families at home. And this way we get a nice taste of what a city/country has to offer from low-end to high-end. This is what we did for the following places in Yucatan and Quintana Roo.

VALLADOLID

We sadly weren’t able to find DeBrazza’s highly-praised El Gallo on 41/46 but instead found Taqueria Monchi nearby. We immediately pulled over because this puesto (stand) had a good number of locals gathered around it. They had both cochinita pibil and lechon al horno (oven-roasted pork) to offer and we tried two of each. Most of the locals deemed them good enough to carry their juicy prizes in plastic bags for later consumption. Both were our first tastes of cochinita pibil/lechon al horno from the Yucatan region and we couldn’t complain about its juiciness. Before that we only had experiences at Flor de Yucatan and Chichen Itza in Los Angeles. But as we would find out later, there would be even more flavorful and tender cochinita pibil to eat. Also nearby is a stand called Tacos Jarocho, I want to say 39 between 44/46 that serves puerco asado tacos, which are basically griddled tacos in the same fashion as carne asada de res. The large mound of griddled pork seemed plain and simple at first, but the umami was there and salsas solid. We were drawn here by the 15-20 locals waiting for their share.

On Calle 32 is El Mercado Municipal which is small and mainly offers meats and veggies. Inside you’ve got your typical panucho/salbutes vendors but we didn’t end up trying anything as they seem to close up shop around 1 pm. Around the market, there are a few small families offering pollo al carbon for cheap – grilling right outside in front. Look for smoke signals.

MOTUL

In addition to huevos rancheros and chilaquiles, my favorite Mexican breakfast is huevos motuleños – eggs in the style of Motul. Basically, two crispy tortillas are basted inside with black beans, topped with 2 fried eggs cooked the way you like and topped with salsa. I’m sure you can find a good version of huevos motuleños in Merida too but there’s something fun about heading to the origin of a dish. We asked a local back in Merida where to go and she directed us to the town of Motul, about 35 minutes east (44 km) of Merida on the 178 highway. At the tiny El Mercado de Noviembre 20, right in the center of town, we headed upstairs to Cafeteria Soberanis Arce Doña Evelia. There are 3-4 other vendors serving comida económica in the market, but head to Doña Evelia upstairs. You can’t miss the locals getting their fix there as Doña Evelia only offers one thing: huevos motuleños. Her version is completely different than what we’ve had in the past and we really enjoyed this. Her salsa is made by slow-cooking tomatoes (possibly canned), onions, tiny bits of ham or luncheon mat and a sprinkling of peas. A hit of the salsa picante and you’re good to go. The locals seemed more into a scrambled egg version of huevos motuleños which kind of looks like machaca eggs, but I’m a big sunny-side up guy and love oozy yolk over my food. Be prepared for a sales push on home-made sombrero hats from their neighboring family store. Will warn you that the drive on the small-road back down to the main 180 highway towards Merida/Valladolid/Cancun is super crappy and bumpy 30-45 minute ride. So consider if it’s worth the time/trouble.

CHICHEN ITZA

If you’re driving to Chichen Itza from Cancun, you will go through some charming, small towns (pueblitos). A lot of the people are offering grilled chicken (pollo al carbon). There are also vendors selling traditional smoked meats (carnes ahumadas) such as longaniza. We loved driving through the pueblitos.

MERIDA

We stayed up on 68 between 47/49, north of the downtown area but there was plenty of good stuff nearby.

Mercado de Santa Ana is a food court consisting of 12-14 puestos that serve comida economica and other Yucatecan classics to the locals. No people dressed in Mayan costumes selling souvenirs here – it’s all about the food. Avoid the heckling waiters and do an inspection first – see what locals are eating, and what waiters are sending out. We recommend fresh juices from the stand all the way to the left – beet juice and parsley/cactus green juice are good drinks to counter the rich or fatty food you’re about to eat. The puesto called “Mary” or “Mari” has good tamales colados, caldo de pavo (turkey soup), codzitos and papadzules. The stand just to the left of “Mary” is run by the juice people and also enjoyed their turkey salbutes and turkey relleno negro taco (black turkey stew with sliced hardboiled eggs). Towards the center and right of the food court is a mini UFC match for the cochinita pibil crown and it’s hard to tell who is good unless you’re asking diners directly. I believe we gave in to the cochinita pibil and lechon al horno guy about 4 stores from the very right. He was the only one offering lechon al horno with a piece of chicharron from the pig itself (pig cracklin’) and it added great texture and flavor. The cochinita pibil and lechon al horno were both very juicy and for us, it was our favorite of the trip. Note, we tried it on a Sunday during the day before 1 pm, but on weekdays, he is only open after 3 or 6 pm until selling out. Most of the stalls seem to be closed after 3 pm, but we drove by at night and saw about 4-5 stalls still open around 8 pm.

Mercado Municipal is on Calle 57 between 70/72. It has around 15-20 places selling comida economica/comida tipica and is packed with locals especially during breakfast time, like Mercado de Santa Ana. A good majority of the stalls were selling the menudo-like soup called mondongo with beef tripe (panza) and tendon and served with bread for sopping up the soup. There are two versions: mondongo kabic which is all beef parts and there’s mondongo andaluz which refers to the Andalusia region of Spain, aka Muslim Spain. Mondongo andaluz contains less beef parts and has potatoes, sliced ham, longaniza sausage and garbanzo beans. I went for the latter and enjoyed it but it can be salty. There’s also a few stalls serving tasty tamales colados made with chicken, which I love. But I was a bit bummed out when I saw the cook tossing the tamale into the microwave.

Apoala is a finer dining Oaxacan restaurant run by a female chef. We decided to switch over to Oaxacan because we had hit our Yucatecan quota since going through Valladolid. I’m with DeBrazza on this, their salads are done well and super fresh. We enjoyed their chilaquiles with seared tuna and their tlayuda with chorizo and arrachera steak was some of the best we’ve eaten outside of Oaxaca. Place is definitely on the pricier side but it’s good to see what Merida has to offer in that category.

Pollo al Carbon. Mexican-style grilled chicken is one of my favorite things to eat! We tried to check out DeBrazza’s recommendation for “Los Platos Rotos” on Calle 72 and 33D but it was closed. But we ended up finding three grilled chicken joints right on Calle 72.

Pollo Brujo. Calle 72 between 33B and Avenida Colon. A Sinaloan-style chicken chain with restaurants also in Guatemala. There are tons of locals grilling chicken but decided on this because it was close – we really enjoyed it. Whole chicken with tortillas and salsa for 120 pesos.

Chicken Itza. No that’s not a typo, that business name was inevitable! Orange building on Calle 72 between 33B and 35 on the east side. We stopped here when we saw the 15-20 locals waiting. The second we got out of the car, we were hit with that beautiful smell of sazonador seasoning and probably Maggi sauce. It was around 12:30 pm and the restaurant turned us and some locals away as they had just sold-out. The pollo al carbon was tinted orange and looked promising.

El Pollo Pardo. After a 2nd failed attempt at eating at Chicken Izta, we stopped by this Sinaloan-style grilled chicken place on Calle 72 and Calle 33C (I think). For 70 pesos, we got a whole chicken, rice, tortillas and salsa. It wasn’t bad at all but Pollo Brujo tasted better.

La Negrita Cantina. A good neighborhood bar on Calle 62 and 49. Good chance to try some artisanal craft beers from Merida and also some smaller batch mezcals. Order a drink and receive some free antojitos like black beans & chips, codzitos and fried masa “doughnuts” with red salsa. Great vibe here.

Dulceria y Sorbeteria Colon Paseo de Montejo and Calle 39 in the Colon neighborhood of Merida is an ice cream shop and bakery that has been around since 1907. And with good reason. Their coconut, peach and mango ice creams are excellent. We ended up eating here before dinner and after dinner. For the baked goods, there’s a Mexican-like mille feuille that looks solid. We tried the cookie sandwiched with cream. Great for local-watching as families, taxi drivers and young couples congregate here.

TULUM

A lot has changed with this place since we were here in 2007. We were poor cup-o-noodle backpackers then but this time, we were able to eat both low end and “high end”. Not surprisingly, this place has become even more popular with tourists and the number of restaurants probably tripled or more. So have the prices. With that in mind, we made it a point to ask locals or find cheap eats on our own. It’s assumed that destination beach towns like Cancun or Playa del Carmen will have crappy local food but you have to figure the locals aren’t eating tofu salad or dry chicken wraps right? They’ve got their go-to spots for sure. Just don’t compare them to solid places you’ll find in Guadalajara, D.F. and Ensenada/TJ.

All the “high-end” spots are located on Coba Highway 109, where all the resorts are but we’ll leave that up to you. It’s a gamble. They’re all expensive and accept cash only. Look up Hartwood, El Tábano, Gitano, Posada Marguerita, La Onda and Casa Banana.

LOW-END & LOCAL. All in Tulum Centro.

Tacos Honorio. Avenida Satelite, 1 block south of Avenida Tulum (Highway 307) in Tulum Centro. Their specialties are cochinita pibil, lechon al horno and relleno negro de pavo. After coming from Merida, we thought how good could these be? Pretty good actually. The lechon al horno, they also top with chicharrones, although not actual crisped up skin from the pig. Their cochinita pibil, juicy and good spices. But my favorite was their relleno negro which had a nice Thanksgiving gravy umami flavor to it. Compared to versions of relleno negro I’ve seen with black gravy poured over dry turkey shreds, this was actually baked in the black gravy, as it should be. 6 am – 1 pm, or until soldout. Relleno negro is the first to go, so get there early.

Taqueria El Perico. Avenida Tulum, about 1 or 2 blocks west of Avenida Satelite, orange tent. This family offers stewed and sautéed taco fillings. They had chaya with scrambled eggs, nopales with scrambled eggs, carne cubana (griddled beef, pork and hot dog cubes) and awesome salsas, including one that tasted like it was made with slow roasted onions. Enjoyed the nopales egg tacos the most.

Urge Taquito (Oohr-hey). Avenida Tulum, about 1 or 2 blocks east of Coba Highway (109). This family offers fish/shrimp tacos and ceviches. But the specialty seems to be this thing called a “torito”. A Xcatic chile is stuffed with your choice of fish/shrimp and cheese, deep fried and served over two tortillas. A lot of fun to eat. Their salsa bar has over 10 types of sauce you can choose from including peanut salsa, tamarind salsa and mango salsa. No crema used here surprisingly. Ensenada’s fish tacos still reign. Open everyday from 11 am – 6 pm.

Tacos on Sol Street y Alfa Sur Street. Behind the HSBC Bank on Avenida Tulum, that’s the local hangout. Municipal center, basketball courts, small park. It’s lined with 6-8 food vendors at night and looks promising.

Antojitos La Chiapaneca. Avenida Tulum and Jupiter Norte. Definitely the hot spot for al pastor con piña tacos. You’ll know you’re at the right spot when you see all the locals and tourists gathered around what appears to be a massive tornado of pork on the spit, with a juicy yellow crown. The taquero slices the meat properly, catches it with the tortilla like a mitten and does the finale flick of the wrist of the pineapple onto the taco. The only thing is I found them to be super salty. The gringas al pastor are also popular, in which they melt some Oaxacan cheese. Across the street, there’s another al pastor vendor so maybe someone can do a comparison.

El Camello Jr. Avenida Tulum and Calle Coba.
Locals and tourists love this place for the hefty portions of ceviche. The mixto ceviche was decent. The seafood soup wasn’t bad at all either. Fish tacos we had were grilled but I’d go back to Urge Taquito.

Apr 17, 2014
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Lastly!! A compilation of some of Hong Kong's BEST ( and worse? ) Won-Ton Noodles!!

Hi KK, thanks. We ended up at Jor Lun Yau Lay which replaced Cheng Dao. I've had "Tasty" only at the Hong Kong airport which for airport food, is not bad at all ha! How is Tasty and Ho Hung Kee in Causeway Bay?

Wonton report coming soon, have a few more places today!

Lastly!! A compilation of some of Hong Kong's BEST ( and worse? ) Won-Ton Noodles!!

Lau Sam Kee is on my list for sure, thank you! Have you heard of a place in Hung Hom called "Cheng Dou" for wontons? A few relatives have suggested this for their wontons. I don't know the correct spelling or the Chinese characters.

Lastly!! A compilation of some of Hong Kong's BEST ( and worse? ) Won-Ton Noodles!!

Sorry off topic. KK, I tried Lab Made and thought it was quite novelty. I couldn't help but wonder if those employees are suffering some bad long term effect with all that liquid Nitrogen haha. The flavors we had at the Tsim Sha Tsui location were lemon and red bean tofu. We ended up at a HK style dessert place with durian crepes and mango pudding.

Lastly!! A compilation of some of Hong Kong's BEST ( and worse? ) Won-Ton Noodles!!

That's the plan! Today will be a rough, but doable day as I have my sister's stomach to help out.

Lastly!! A compilation of some of Hong Kong's BEST ( and worse? ) Won-Ton Noodles!!

KK, thank you again, excellent run down and info. Man, the photos from the Ho To Tai posting... love how they offer their noodles and chili sauce. I may not have time for this place!

Lastly!! A compilation of some of Hong Kong's BEST ( and worse? ) Won-Ton Noodles!!

Hi KK, yeah Man Yuen! It just does the trick if you're in the area. With so many beef brisket noodles in HK, I wouldn't make it a destination. Let me see if I can add Kwun Kee to the mix. Thank you.

Lastly!! A compilation of some of Hong Kong's BEST ( and worse? ) Won-Ton Noodles!!

Hi Lau, I serendipitously found the Leaf Dessert daipaidong and saw that other people were eating beef brisket noodles. One guy bluntly told me the wontons were "OK, lah" haha. I know HK'ers and they don't hesitate to tell you the truth! FYI, I'm from LA though, and my exposure and tastes for HK food will differ from yours.

I took a peek at the place across the street which I'll get the name of. Their beef brisket/tendon noodles just did the trick and I think Leaf has a slight edge over it because it wasn't as salty. But still, both braise the beef nicely and the noodles are "song" (bouncey). I much rather eat these places over Kau Kee. Where do you go for beef brisket noodles?

Lastly!! A compilation of some of Hong Kong's BEST ( and worse? ) Won-Ton Noodles!!

多謝 / 唔該! Just an update... it's been 6 years since I've been to Hong Kong for wontons. I'm from Los Angeles and our wonton gene pool is near extinction, has always been. Only in Richmond Vancouver have I found wontons close, but better than HK.

I first went to Mak's Noodle (Wellington) and Tsim Chai Kee (Wellington). At TCK, I thought the wontons really lacked the flounder/shrimp roe aroma and pretty much fell apart within a minute. I did appreciate how the 師父 mixed the noodles with a little bit of pork fat/lard for extra flavor points. The noodles had excellent bite. Across the street at Mak's Noodle, I thought the broth was what I was looking for with the flounder/shrimp aroma. Noodles were good. Wontons just didn't work for me though I appreciated the small size. I've always been exposed to big golfball-sized wontons. But what I enjoyed the most at Mak's Noodle is his dried shrimp roe low mein (蝦子麵) with a hit of red vinegar, white pepper, chili, oyster sauce and 3 spoonfuls of that great broth. Man.

After these two, I started to steer away from wonton because I haven't been happy with what I was eating. But I never blame Hong Kong, it is very possible my tastes have changed. I had actually begun to gravitate towards beef brisket/tendon noodles 牛腩麺. Side note, my most enjoyable have been the Leaf Dessert Stall (玉葉甜品) in Central, the place directly across the street from it on the corner and Mak An Kee (37 Wing Kut Street). Kau Kee, to be honest, I wasn't into the "new school", clean white broth. It was good, beef was tender but the usage of the yee mein noodles threw me off since I think tastes better as "gon sieuw yee mein" noodle dish. In all fairness, the beef brisket low mein did look tasty though.

It wasn't until I ate at Mak An (37 Wing Kut Street) that I regained my hope in pursuing HK wontons. The broth was excellent. Loved the bouncy/spring (song) of the noodles. I love the one-bite size of the wontons too. I know a lot of HK'rs complain about the price of the small bowl but to me, this is done right. You have a smaller bowl to eat, you will eat it fast and reduce the opportunity of making everything soggy.

So now, based on your list and some others I found, I have some more research to do. Today I plan on hitting up Tasty (Causeway Bay), Mak Siu Kee, Sister Wah and Wing Wah.

Few questions:

Have you added any other wonton noodle shops to your list since this posting?

It pains me that each of the restaurants will excel in soup vs. soupless (low mein) noodles. Hard to choose when you're mainly eating alone! If you have time, could you clarify which of the wonton places ALSO offer other great dishes?

Besides Kau Kee, where do you go for beef brisket noodles?

Thanks in advance. I've got 3 more days and have to leave on a good note!

Lastly!! A compilation of some of Hong Kong's BEST ( and worse? ) Won-Ton Noodles!!

Thank you Charles. Amazing list and will check these out when I fly into Hong Kong tonight! My last trip to HK was in 2008 and I have so much wonton-eating to make up for.

Finally went to Lucky Noodle king - chuan yu mian zhuang's successor

I really like the lady that runs this place and makes me feel like I'm eating right in her dining room. When she opened up Lucky Noodle King, she gave me a call and invited me to come check out her new food. At Chuan Yu Noodle Town, I would always buy her fantastic chili oil and use it to make beef noodle soup at home. Great review by one of SGV's true hounds.

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Lucky Noodle King
534 E Valley Blvd #10, San Gabriel, CA 91776

Best of Downtown Chinatown

d_doubleyew thanks for posting my link. Mien Nghia has a special place in my belly.

Chandavkl, love that you know Chinatown ha! Wonder if we've eaten at the same places.

In any case here are some of my thoughts:

Aubwah, I've been driving through Chinatown nearly everyday for 7 years because of my commute to work. I can help you with the noodle department at least. Chinatown usually just does the trick, it can't replace Little Saigon or SGV. Chinatown has a large population of Chiu Chow/Chao Zhou/Trieu Chau Chinese. They love to eat rice/egg noodle soup with various meats such as beef/pork balls, fish balls, fried fish slices and five-spice duck legs. I typically go back in forth between:

New Kamara - Cambodian/Chiu Chow couple. Try their chiu chow special noodes with or without soup. Wontons are not HK style but still very slippery and enjoyable. Also Beef loc lac rice. I go here twice a week because it's comforting and free parking too.

Mien Nghia - Chiu Chow run. One of three locations, but I believe one of them has recently closed. In any case, the one left in SGV is probably the best since the owner runs it. I'm thinking he's based at the Rosemead location on Garvey. This is the only location that you can buy the famed satay chili sauce that makes their sometimes bland soup turn into liquid magic.

Pho Pasteur - this place replaced Au Pagolac. And when I'm craving Bun Bo Hue, Vietnamese pork bone lemongrass noodle soup, I'll go here. It's nothing like what you'll get at Ngu Binh in Little Saigon, but it does the job. And I like their fried bean curd shrimp paste (tom dau hu ky).

New Dragon Seafood Restaurant - another typical $4.99 lunch special place but I go here for their wonton and beef brisket noodle soup. The chef is actually from Hong Kong and makes a tasty, but not true to Hong Kong, bowl of wontons. It just hits the spot for $5. Try with red vinegar and their really good chili oil sauce. No complaints here.

Pho 87 - may be the better pho restaurants in Chinatown. They always give a good amount of beef in their bowls. I used to go to Pho Hoa, which isn't bad either.

Nam Thai Vietnamese Hot Truck - this truck has been on the corner of Spring/Alpine for decades. I remember eating here as a kid in the late 80s. They've been owned by over 4 different people and sell the same Vietnamese snacks like banh mi, banh cuon (ground pork/woodear mushroom crepes), nem nuong (cured pork balls) and various desserts. It's good when you're in a hurry, but they only show up after 10 am I believe.

Buu Dien - J. Gold loves their banh mi, I think their ok but I love the couple. I go here for their $4 bun rieu (vietnamese tomato and dill, crab patty soup noodles). Very homey food here. Their cured meats are so so.

Hoan Kiem - before it was passed on to the owner's cousin, this place made some really decent chicken noodle soup (pho ga) and fresh banh cuon. It's gone down over the years but you can try it out.

Wu Ha Thai - this sweet lady used to run a small noodle shop in Thaitown called Thai Town noodles haha. She offers a variation of the popular Thai Boat noodles called "nam tok". Her food was so good before but has gone down drastically. I still go there to support her as much as I can. But give it a shot.

Yum Cha Cafe - their beef brisket noodle soup isn't bad. Again does the trick. I also like their fried shrimp paste balls. But for the most part their dim sum doesn't even taste right and I don't like that they only offer soy sauce and Sriracha as condiments. Good dim sum doesn't need soy sauce.

Hope this helps!

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Hoan Kiem
727 N Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Pho 87
1019 N Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Ngu Binh Restaurant
14072 Magnolia St, Westminster, CA 92683

Pho Hoa
818 N Spring St Ste 103, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Pagolac Restaurant
14580 Brookhurst St, Westminster, CA 92683

Buu Dien
642 N Broadway Ste 5, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Mien Nghia Restaurant
7755 Garvey Ave, Rosemead, CA 91770

Pho Pasteur
8821 Valley Blvd, Rosemead, CA 91770

Kamara Restaurant
709 N Hill St Ste 14, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Portuguese in Providence

thanks bewley!

Portuguese in Providence

Hi, we're looking for any recs on solid Portuguese food in Providence? Thank you.

Anyone remember Mariscos Chente pre-LAT review?

I'm going back again next week and the first thing i'm asking for anything off the menu. the whole 'ahogado/a' (drowned) thing – i've been paying attention to it more since i first ate a torta ahogada. definitely sounds great. i also tried a few other shrimp dishes, which i will add to my posting once i get the chance. loved the pepper/oil shrimp and the fresh garlic one (checo). thanks for the compliments! and again, appreciate the knowledge you pass on.

Anyone remember Mariscos Chente pre-LAT review?

do you write for wikipedia? ha. that's stellar.

Anyone remember Mariscos Chente pre-LAT review?

Streetgourmet, that is fabulous – you always have tasty information. I do want to try the new items. Yes I have written about it as well, and I have not encountered "problems". The only problem was the 2nd time when they ran out of octopus (pulpo) for the cevice – and to me that is a good thing, it tells me they probably don't use frozen octopus.

REVIEW: La Chiva Loca, South Gate

Das, I've been looking for TA as well too. Tried one at this place off Adams Blvd. – http://www.losanjealous.com/2009/02/2... . also saw one on Huntington Drive (El Sereno). Thanks for reviewing.

Best torta in East L.A. area

love love love El Sereno meat market. I go there for beef cheeks (cachete).

In Photos: Opening Night at José Andrés' Bazaar, or, The Tale of a 49-Course Dinner

I came here back in early December and was confronted by the manager. But I told them the truth, "for a blog, no flash" and they granted me access. Besides Andres was too busy talking to some cougars, while Marcel was busy on his laptop replying to fan email. Definitely want to go back for the updated menu, after I eat a 3-lb burrito of course.

Oysters

why is that weird? i think it's even more fun to have freshly shucked oysters at a place that typically sells fruits and vegetables. i just picked up 4 types on Sunday: catalinas, lunas, endless summers and carlsbad blondes. just wrote about it on eatdrinknbmerry.com .

i'll try out mirabelle and king's very soon. going to Quality Seafood this weekend! any recs besides oysters and live sea urchin?

Taiwanese Food Hop in SGV

i haven't had the time yet. For sure it is on my laundry list of places to eat. I would probably do the places in SGV before venturing out towards The Heights area b/c i'm in SGV every weekend.

Six months? Already? (Part1...)

Like I said, you are a machine ErikM. I knew you weren't human from Day 1 haha.

my only question is... where do I even begin??? I'm liking the up and coming South El Monte area since it's so close to my parents place. I think i'll go for the nem chua/bun bo hue places b/c yes, i agree that NNNH/NNKH dump boat loads of MSG!

If you could have JUST ONE DINNER...

Wow nsxtasy. Thank you for the super-detailed response. North Pond sounds amazing. If you don't mind, how about casual/wine/beer scene restaurants under $50-$100?

How is Spring Restaurant?
For beer, I'm probably going to check out either Map Room, Hop Leaf or Clark St. Alehouse? Anything else you would recommend.

Thanks again, super-helpful.

May 02, 2008
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If you could have JUST ONE DINNER...

hi, i'll be here for work for just 2 days max. if i could pick one restaurant to eat/drink at under $150 pp... where should I go? I eat everything, but am looking for something Chicago CHounders absolutely love. sorry i can't specify an area I'll be in, but I'm willing to go long distances for good food. thank you in advance.

May 02, 2008
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Kyochon - Korean fried chicken

Just had OB Bear's fried chicken and I think i'ts great. On this day, it was definitely not as dry as Prince's. But with friedchicken, it could just be an off day. I have to say that Soju Town actually has a decent fried chicken too (tong dahk). I didn't encounter any dry parts at all.

Scallion Slicing Tool (as seen on Top Chef)?

Find a Korean market... for sure there you can find the scallion rake there.

Apr 04, 2008
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