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Good eats in Bayside

fontana's gyro and souvlaki sandwiches, when ordered "with everything," only come with tomato, onion, and tzatziki sauce. they don't put lettuce on them. i'm not sure why this is, but they're consistent. if you want lettuce, you have to ask for it. fyi, fontana's has a pretty good charcoal calamari that you can order as an appetizer, or as a platter. and they have good lemon potatoes.

Jun 19, 2012
erised in Outer Boroughs

Good eats in Bayside

gyro corner used to be my go-to spot, until the guy who was running the show when i frequented the place left to open a new restaurant somewhere upstate. the food went downhill from there, although i do have to admit that i haven't been back there in years. kati allo has been inconsistent to me. after i stopped going to gyro corner, i started eating at kati allo, and i felt their food was way better than gyro corner back in their good days. then after several meals that were disappointing, i started going to fontana's. they're consistently okay, so i haven't went anywhere else. and yes, fontana's has zero ambiance, but i usually get takeout from them, and especially now that they take credit cards. i'll have to try this avli place. it's within walking distance for me.

Jun 19, 2012
erised in Outer Boroughs

Good eats in Bayside

ack!!! just saw this after posting my reply. this sounds amazing. i'll have to take a walk over there.

Jun 19, 2012
erised in Outer Boroughs

Good eats in Bayside

chinese take-out is hard to come by further east than flushing. if americanized chinese is acceptable for a quick fix, i recommend imperial taste. they're on horace harding just off of springfield, but they do deliver. they've been in business forever (well, at least the past 25+years i've been going there). good basics (lo mein, fried rice, egg foo young, general tso's chicken). the cons are that there are different chefs that work there, so sometimes you'll get something that isn't quite exactly the same as when you usually order it, but that's pretty rare, and they are a cash-only establishment.

i also happen to like mekong east on bell just off of northern. good pho, fried calamari, porkchop, and their version of pad thai is pretty good (it's spicy, which is unusual for pad thai).

i second the rec for VIPizza, but not for their regular slice, for that i'd make the trip to lucia in flushing. the grandma pie with garlic and basil is the way to go. there are a couple other pizza joints on bell all within a block or two, but i haven't tried any of the others.

Jun 19, 2012
erised in Outer Boroughs

Giant Kimchi Buns from the borders of China & korea

Resurrecting an older thread to update. Heading to class from home after tending to my sick daughter, I passed through flushing and wanted to finally try one of these kimchi buns. I had to double back on the block a couple of times because I just could not find it. Finally I saw that while the "oriental glamor" name was still there, the awning is completely different than the pictures I've seen, and the Korean lettering is no longer on it. Now there are Chinese characters on the awning. I went in anyway and the waitress who greeted me did speak Korean. However, when I asked for two kimchi buns to go, she told me they don't sell buns and promptly turned away from me. I left sad, hungry, and running late for class. I didn't have time to linger and check out the menu, but I assume this is one of those 'change in management' deals. Anyone have any pointers of where to go in flushing for great kimchi buns? Now I'm on a mission to have one.

Nov 09, 2011
erised in Outer Boroughs

Raspberry Coulis

can i substitute strawberries in lieu of the raspberries? i love raspberries, but my darling hubby doesn't. would i use the same amount of strawberries by weight?

Feb 08, 2011
erised in Recipes

Chinese Head Cheese, Part 2

unfortunately the aspic in the picture is definitely not the same as what i consumed with gusto all those years ago. however, i may adopt it as my modern-day substitute. thanks for the suggestions!

Aug 05, 2010
erised in Outer Boroughs

Chinese Head Cheese, Part 2

i'll have to check them out. flushing is actually more convenient for me since i live in queens. and i'll be honest, i actually liked the cartilage in there. which place would you recommend i try first?

Aug 04, 2010
erised in Outer Boroughs

Chinese Head Cheese?

my brother and i grew up on their giant meatballs! yummmmm....

Aug 04, 2010
erised in Manhattan

Chinese Head Cheese?

hmmm...i wonder if this is an obsolete animal then. the only place i had it was in chinatown. i remember we used to go to this place pretty frequently...maybe every other week, but stopped once we started hitting Tin Yick Tea Parlor (closed now.../cry) for dimsum, and New Noodle Town for their wonton noodle soup. there was a good many years that i never even thought of the place, but whenever i pass a spot that has cold dishes in the window, i always take a look hoping i'd find it again. thanks for the suggestion, mayor. it definitely doesn't sound like what i'm looking for, but i'm always up for some good porkiness. i'll have to check it out.

Aug 04, 2010
erised in Manhattan

Chinese Head Cheese, Part 2

I had posted this in the Manhattan board, since I first had this dish in Chinatown, but a couple of the replies I received suggested I look in Flushing. Hoping someone has an idea of what I'm talking about. Thanks!

One of my favorite childhood memories is going with my parents to Chinatown and going to this little hole-in-the wall, greasy-spoon and ordering several cold dishes they had in the display window such as the sliced jellyfish. One dish that I have not been able to find again is a type of sliced item that I can only describe as Chinese head cheese. No, it is not the pork bits in aspic that I've had at Chinese banquets that is typically served alongside other various Chinese "cold cuts." What I'm thinking of looks like marinated pig ears that have been molded together and sliced into sheets. It has a similar flavor to the pork aspic (dark and soy-rich), but it has a lot of long, very thin cartilage all throughout. I don't remember there being any pork fat, just a lot of solidified gelatin. I've dreamed about it since I think the place is long gone. I look for this dish from time to time when I'm in Chinatown, but haven't been successful in finding another place to get it. Does anyone know what I'm talking about?

Aug 03, 2010
erised in Outer Boroughs

Chinese Head Cheese?

this is going back about 20 years. i doubt it's pork hock because of the fine lines of white cartilage that runs through the gelatin/aspic. unfortunately i do not have a picture...this was waaay back when i was in elementary school and i had never heard of a food blog. honestly, i haven't had it since then. i've never come across it in recent times. i may copy this into the outerboroughs forum. thanks all!

Aug 03, 2010
erised in Manhattan

Chinese Head Cheese?

One of my favorite childhood memories is going with my parents to Chinatown and going to this little hole-in-the wall, greasy-spoon and ordering several cold dishes they had in the display window such as the sliced jellyfish. One dish that I have not been able to find again is a type of sliced item that I can only describe as Chinese head cheese. No, it is not the pork bits in aspic that I've had at Chinese banquets that is typically served alongside other various Chinese "cold cuts." What I'm thinking of looks like marinated pig ears that have been molded together and sliced into sheets. It has a similar flavor to the pork aspic (dark and soy-rich), but it has a lot of long, very thin cartilage all throughout. I don't remember there being any pork fat, just a lot of solidified gelatin. I've dreamed about it since I think the place is long gone. I look for this dish from time to time when I'm in Chinatown, but haven't been successful in finding another place to get it. Does anyone know what I'm talking about?

Aug 02, 2010
erised in Manhattan