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Best REAL Al Pastor (vertical spit only!) in Orange County, CA?????

Ok...thanks for the tips chowhounds :) ...I'll check out El Faralito soon (I remember that name from years back too when I asked a similar Q).

Another note: I recently went to a place in SD called La Fachada. I wasn't expecting anything since I was taken there by an old friend after a night of drinking. I never expect much from friends, as they always disappoint. And, I wasn't too picky, as this was weekend late night eats.

..to my surprise, the was single handedly THE BEST mexican place I have ever been to. I have lived in OC, SD, LA, NYC, SF. This is #1. Why? First off, I am a carne asada hater! Never liked it as all it was was tough bland meat and never grilled (only had it grilled a few times in places in SF, but even then, so-so). Now this La Fachada... OMG! THey charcoal the the friggin asada! The Pastor was spit cooked too. The carnitas were moist and surface was crisp. This was the first place I did not have a "favorite" meat (which is usually al pastor, or carnitas if vert spit pastor wasn't available). The corn taco tortillas, very different than the other hand made ones I have had. I little bit thicker and moister and cornier. They also offered mulitas, never seen them before here, I will get them next time.

...soooo, the question is... is there a better place that La Fachada in OC? If not OC, what about LA or even it's own city, SD??

I really doubt it. I would be surprised.

La Fachada. Never expected to come across this gold mine!

Jul 11, 2010
fooddudeone in Los Angeles Area

Best REAL Al Pastor (vertical spit only!) in Orange County, CA?????

The only place I know of that even has it is Tapatia in Santa Ana. Good; but, wondering if there are any others or better?

Thanks :D

Jun 02, 2010
fooddudeone in Los Angeles Area

Indian Curry in Manhattan? Tastiest, thickest, greasiest

I'm looking for a super casual place to eat for lunch or whatever that serves the best Indian Curries in Manhattan, anywhere. (im new to nyc, and only tried Polash in Harlem, and it was pretty good and thick).

"Best" may be the tasters opinion from my experiences...

...so my definition/or what im really looking for (may not be the most traditional, or "your moms home cookin" if your south asian) is the most rich, thick, greasy, unhealthy, spicy, salty, smokey curry with accompanying tender cooked chicken/lamb etc.

I have some indian friends back home, and some of them have a preference in "cleaner" more watery and blander tasting curry places and say the places I usually like (that are heavy, greasy, thick, salty, etc.) are not what traditional indian cooking is really like. But, I really like the death curries ;)

So please offer your tips of the best, thickest, saltiest, tastiest, fattiest, unhealthiest, casual,hole in the wall,mom n pop, Indian curry places you know about

Sep 29, 2008
fooddudeone in Manhattan

Artichoke Basille's Pizza on 14th St

Im surprised noone mentioned their CRAB SLICE yet!!!???!?!?!

Its another one of their original inverntions. I actually thought it was a white stone pizza w/ crumbled sausage/ground beef the first few times I went. Then some random dude mentioned to me, "I have dreeeams about their crab pizza".

So surely enough, I tried it the next time i was their and also fell in love with the crab slice. (just as messy as the artichoke slice)

Geniuses ill say :)

Sep 25, 2008
fooddudeone in Manhattan

Burger recos please (NOT shake shack)

Im a new SF/Cali/LA transplant to NYC and Im lookin for a great burger, super casual.

I tried Shake Shack thru recos/research on here chowhound and to be honest was very disappointed. It was decent at best: bun was mediocre, cheese was bleh, fries were awful generic crinkly things. The good thing about it was it had a similar style and taste to an In-N-Out burger (with a thicker patty), but oh no In-N-Out fresh cut fries :(

Anyone have good burger recos similar from what im used to in SF? 21st amendment, Mo's burger, Metro cafe, heck, even the Burgermeister chain.

Also, fries are pretty important: must be super fresh, cut to order if possible.

Thx :)

Sep 15, 2008
fooddudeone in Manhattan

D'Espana on Broome St

I recently went there for a few small bites and a bocadillo. All their items, meats and cheeses are the bomb-dot-com!

Their Iberico bocadillo is a little pricey at $25 (when I was in Barcelona you can get the same for 3-5 euros). Oh well, I guess thats the price for rare imported hams that were only recently legalized.

My biggest disappointment was the bread used in their sandwiches; they use ciabatta rolls/bread which were def too chewy and difficult to eat/chew; almost ruining the high quality indgredients, meats, cheeses used in the sandwich. I think they could improve greatly by using lighter, crisper, more airy French baguettes as they use in Spain. If they actually used better frech rolls, id be eating there much more often. But honestly, Illl never buy a sandwich there again; just the meats and cheeses.

Aug 31, 2008
fooddudeone in Manhattan

Best delivery food in Harlem?

I am subleasing in Harlem in the mean time.

I am lookin for the best foods that deliver somewhat late night (until at least 10pm and beyond).

It can be anything from indian, halal, jamaican, african, south american, southeast asian, (thai, japanese, chinese, etc.), american (pizza, burgers, hotdogs, etc.), asian, european, italian, spanish, mexican, etc., etc. It's just gotta be great (chowhound worthy)

What are your faves?

Thanks

One more thing: what the best Indian in Harlem? I did a searh and found only Ajanta and Polash. The reviews look bad for Ajanta (im assuming because its right next to a college campus that caters to the college crowd)

Aug 06, 2008
fooddudeone in Manhattan

Best single slice serving Pizza place?

I've heard/read of many great pizza parlors across NY.

But, which are the best places that serve individual slices?

Aug 06, 2008
fooddudeone in Manhattan

New SF transplant in NYC: looking for good/similar SF Greats!

thx for the thai tips...which do you think is the best from the ones mentioned?

As for replicating Cali thai...it doesnt need to be the "best" thai place on earth...id be happy with just a decent one...but has to be at least non-"fancy pants" and with a decent menu (aka = big menu in which i dont know what im ordering, hehe ;)

Aug 03, 2008
fooddudeone in Manhattan

New SF transplant in NYC: looking for good/similar SF Greats!

They have many Mitsuwas in SoCal w/ a variety of little restaurants inside. They are good, but nothing to rave about to be honest.

If youre looking for really good Tonkotsu Hakata Ramen (thick opaque white pork broth) in SoCal, you gotta try Shin Sen Gumi. I hear this place is very close to taste and food as in Japan (never been o Japan).

As for recently..I tried Pho Pasteur in chinatown for a quick meal. I tried the pork chop and fried shrimp rolls. The pork chop were tasty and fatty, typical vietnamese style like in California, but nothing too special (id order it again just because I like viet pork chops). As for the fried shrimp rolls, these were quite surprising to me. I loved em for the fact that the crispy skin was VERY close to that of Tu Lan's Imperial Rolls in SF (nice crisp, bubbly, etc.). Alot of viet places ive been to in Cali made soggy imperial/fried rolls. The filling though was just mediocre, actually totally diff than Tu Lan in that it is a ground seafood/shrimp filling instead of ground pork/vermicelli filling. Even then, the pho pasteur fried rolls wil definitely meet my cravings for a crunchy roll (its all about the crispy skin/casing. Thanks for that reco :)

Now I just gotta find a nice dingy/casual/authenic/ghetto Thai place that serves real and tasty dishes. Has anyone tried those thai places right next door to Pho Pasteur or around chinatown?

oh yeah, I passed by that pllace called Land North Eastern Thai in the east side and didnt even walk in/try it because of the menu and ambiance/look. I could already tell I was gonna pay 20 bux for a "white washed" mediocre thai dish that was going to upset me.

Aug 03, 2008
fooddudeone in Manhattan

New SF transplant in NYC: looking for good/similar SF Greats!

TuLan is good for it's imperial rolls mostly....which are pretty greasy and unhealthy, but oh so good when you wanna splurge. Ive lived all over Cali where many vieatnamese live, and no one makes it as good as TuLan. They're just so crisp, big, nice skin, filling, etc.

The rest of TuLan's menu is I admit pretty bleh. The only other things decent there are the bbq beef/pork and curry fried rice just because its stirfried southeast asian style with curry powder (i know, pretty ghetto and simple..but who else does this with it tasting good?)

Jul 30, 2008
fooddudeone in Manhattan

New SF transplant in NYC: looking for good/similar SF Greats!

Im always down for Spanish casual...any recomendations for simple inexpensive bocadillos with nice fresh crisp baguettes and Iberico hams?

Jul 30, 2008
fooddudeone in Manhattan

New SF transplant in NYC: looking for good/similar SF Greats!

ooooh, nice! I got some readin to do.

thnx kathryn!

Jul 29, 2008
fooddudeone in Manhattan

New SF transplant in NYC: looking for good/similar SF Greats!

lol, you got me...Sparky's i admit can be whatevs...but pretty good for a late night burger ;)

Maybe I just miss SF, haha. But, I do stumble across some amazing soul food places in Harlem alot, especially for the price and quality and quantity you get. Like just a few mins ago I bought a chicken sandwich platter from Pee Dees and it is grilled fresh. When I opened the to go box I was like woah! Thats alot of food for $6!! And tasty too.

I guess Im also too much in a rush to fill my foodie needs and cravings.

Jul 29, 2008
fooddudeone in Manhattan

New SF transplant in NYC: looking for good/similar SF Greats!

thx for the tips..

...yes i concur. I guess ill just have to eat new foods and explore (which ive been doing).

I have tried the famous 53rd & 6th cart (actually many times already to a point im getting tired of it, lol). Its cheap and delicious, and something Cali doesnt have and prolly will never have..

I've tried the other NY quintessential foods already and love em (katzs, crif dogs, golden krust, sophies, etc. just to name a few)

As far as quality burgers, I havent hunted yet in NY; but I am love to give it a mission. SF has a multitude of really good burger joints that handground good meat in front of you a couple times a day as well as other diner type (Mo's, 21 Amendment, Burgermeister, Sparky's, Metro Cafe)

Izakaya in NY, I havent tried yet; it better be somewhat casual (if you havent noticed yet, I hate it when casual foods become high end dining; Izakaya = casual, period!). But ive seen Izakaya type places that are white table cloth in all cities before.

Ramen in NY..ive tried Sapporo and Men Kui Tei. Decent, but Shin Sen Gumi in LA easily puts them to shame, brothwise and noodle wise and also yakitori accompiniments while still being in a "casual" setting.

As far as Sushi goes, I am not into it. Why? Because it has become waay too overhyped and trendy. Kinda like when the only thing that someone orders at a mexican place is carne asada, or at a japanese place teryaki.. ya know what i mean?

Jul 29, 2008
fooddudeone in Manhattan

New SF transplant in NYC: looking for good/similar SF Greats!

thx.

In all honesty, I am somewhat disappointed in NYC eats so far; BUT, I have not been here long enough at all. So I am really in no position to judge it just yet.

My brief generalization so far is that there are many different types of foods offered, with large flow and much to be given, and at the same time less concentration of love that is put into a single food and less distinction as compared to SF.

I know you cant really compare 2 cities exactly to each other, especially when the cities have totally different immigrant foundations. But, I have yet to find vast distinction between the same food cooked at 2 separate places. ie: soul food here is very good, but place A tastes somewhat similar to place B. This can be said for many pizza places, delicatessens, japanese, chinese, indian, Caribbean, cuban, jamaican, halal, etc. here in NYC in my opinion.

In contrast, I can easily give you two different thai, chinese, indian, etc. restaurants that totally taste different from one another, while at the same time have the same price point, decor, even menu. and in the casual format.

Nothing personal NYers. The food here is very good! I am just looking for more eats that are truly worthy of hunting down and worth even waiting in a long crowded line. It seems to me that each neighborhood 'does' almost have everything each other neighborhood has; but like I said before for example: "this cuban/pizza/japanese/etc place in neighborhood A is freakin delicious, but it tastes almost exactly the same as that one place in neighborhood B.

I hope my example makes sense.

So what Im really lookin for as well are place that are uniquely delicious not just to NYC, but to food period. (taste/food wise; not looking for trendiness/ambiance/history/ec - is all about the FOOD).

Here is your chance to prove me wrong ;)

Jul 29, 2008
fooddudeone in Manhattan

New SF transplant in NYC: looking for good/similar SF Greats!

Hi,

I recently moved to a sublet in Harlem (125th & Lennox) from San Francisco recently and I am on the hunt for SF equivalents and other recommendations in Manhattan.

My interests are super casual, mom n pop, inexpensive eats made with love!

Some of the things I miss from SF that I want to find in NYC:

Tu Lan (vietnamese): greasy huge crisp Imperial Rolls, Curry fried rice.

Mexican food in the mission: REAL al pastor cooked on vertical spit, and also good carnitas.

Turtle Tower (viet): Real Bun Cha

Some good casual Beef Rendang from a good Indonesian place

Burma SuperStar: burmese curries & foods

Many casual Thai places in SF: Crying Tiger, crispy pork belly w/ spicy sauce, pork leg stew, duck fried rice, roast duck over white rice, etc., etc.

...this is all I can think of right no...more will follow

Also, recommendations to really good food spots in Harlem where I am subletting (125th & Lennox) is very welcome for when I wanna eat local.

thanks

Jul 29, 2008
fooddudeone in Manhattan

Back from London & Barcelona and craving their food inside SF city

I just got back spending a few weeks in London & Barcelona and I am seriously craving their little gems of food: Moslty:

1. The crispy fila Samosas found everywhere in Ldn from restaurants to cheap liqour stores (which were also hi quality and tasty)

2. Fish & chips with curry seasoning in the fish batter, great idea

3. Sasage & mash (or meat and mash)

4. The simple and inexpensive Bocadillos in Bcn that all consisted of yummy buttery Jamon Iberico on fresh perfect skinny baguttes.

5. The Paellas of course!

So please recommend me to anywhere inside SF city that offer these treats. Preferably inexpensive.

Thx!

Jan 28, 2008
fooddudeone in San Francisco Bay Area

First trip to Barcelona! Where to eat?!?! (Coming from San Francisco, LA and Chicago)

looking for more "casual/cheaper" eats ;)

Dec 22, 2007
fooddudeone in Spain/Portugal

First trip to Barcelona! Where to eat?!?! (Coming from San Francisco, LA and Chicago)

What about some late-night or 24 hour spots that are great, for those long night of partying?

Dec 15, 2007
fooddudeone in Spain/Portugal

First trip to London! Where to eat?!?! (Coming from San Francisco, LA and Chicago)

What about some late-night or 24 hour spots that are great, for those long night of partying?

Dec 15, 2007
fooddudeone in U.K./Ireland

First trip to Barcelona! Where to eat?!?! (Coming from San Francisco, LA and Chicago)

niiice! I'll look into it and research more. Thanks for the tips :)

Nov 11, 2007
fooddudeone in Spain/Portugal

First trip to Barcelona! Where to eat?!?! (Coming from San Francisco, LA and Chicago)

I will be visiting Barcelona for the first time during Jan 3rd to January 10th (after a trip to London for NYE)! Coming from San Francisco, and going there with 2 friends from Chicago and Los Angeles (also first timers).

We actually don't even have a place to stay yet, so reccomendations which areas/neighborhoods to stay are more than welcome too..also willing to venture a little out of town for good eats and gain some adventure by doing so.

Also looking for more relatively moderate to cheaper eats; no super high-class dining needed.

So..first, please give me some recommendations on the BEST "quintissential" and cultural foods that Barcelona has got to offer.

..and even possibly what to do with the food, when to eat a certain food, how to eat certain foods, and any other cultural etiquettes related to food or restaurants.

second: I love all kinds of foood, Im open to anything just as long as its awesome; this can be anything from asia, southeast asia, south america, central america, africa, european, thai, vietnamese, chinese, japanese (izakaya/yakitori, ramen), sandwiches, mexican, cuban, puerto rican, portugese, checkered-table-cloth italian, irish, indian, pakistan, jamaican, etc. etc

third: any other recommendations I forgot to ask, or that would interest me

Any help greatly appreciated :)

Nov 10, 2007
fooddudeone in Spain/Portugal

First trip to London! Where to eat?!?! (Coming from San Francisco, LA and Chicago)

I will be visiting London for the first time during Dec. 27th to January 3rd for the NYE!!! Coming from San Francisco, and going there with friends from Chicago and Los Angeles (also first timers).

I think we are staying in the Chelsea or Kennsington area (havent a clue about these neighborhoods), but it shouldn't matter because we are more than willing to venture for good eats and gain some adventure by doing so.

Also looking for more relatively moderate to cheaper eats; no super high-class dining needed.

So..first, please give me some recommendations on the BEST "quintissential" and cultural foods that London has got to offer.

..and even possibly what to do with the food, when to eat a certain food, how to eat certain foods, and any other cultural etiquettes related to food or restaurants.

second: I love all kinds of foood, Im open to anything just as long as its awesome; this can be anything from asia, southeast asia, south america, central america, africa, european, thai, vietnamese, chinese, japanese (izakaya/yakitori, ramen), sandwiches, mexican, cuban, puerto rican, checkered-table-cloth italian, irish, indian, pakistan, jamaican, etc. etc

third: any other recommendations I forgot to ask, or that would interest me

Any help greatly appreciated :)

Nov 10, 2007
fooddudeone in U.K./Ireland

First trip to NYC! Where to eat?!?!

Thanks fellas!!!

Keep em comin!

:)

oh yeah...i like to party till the wee hours (4am leavin the bar/club/lounge/underground). Soo, dont forget the 24 hours joints and also late night.

Aug 02, 2007
fooddudeone in Manhattan

First trip to NYC! Where to eat?!?!

I havent been to NYC since I was in high school (more than 10yrs).

I am visiting NYC and staying in Manhatten (maybe east village, havent booked anywhere to stay just yet, I just have my plane ticket so far) from San Francisco from 8/22-8/27.

I will also be by myself and would like to eat at more or less "communal" type places; aka solo-dining.

Also looking for more relatively moderate, to cheaper eats; no high-class dining needed.

So..first, please give me some recommendations on the BEST "quintissential" foods (pizza, bagels, delis, hot dogs, anything else Im missing) Manhatten's got to offer.

second: I love all kinds of foood, Im open to anything just as long as its awesome; this can be anything from asia, southeast asia, south america, central america, africa, european, thai, vietnamese, chinese, japanese (izakaya/yakitori, ramen), sandwiches, mexican, cuban, puerto rican, checkered-table-cloth italian, irish, indian, pakistan, jamaican, etc. etc

third: any other recommendations I forgot to ask, or that would interest me

Any help appreciated :)

Aug 01, 2007
fooddudeone in Manhattan

Here's a good one: Suckling/Roasted Pig inside SF City???

interesting indeed

Do you know if they sell roast pig by individual meal or by the pound, instead of the entire pig?

dont think I can finish a whole pig by myself :)

Jul 27, 2007
fooddudeone in San Francisco Bay Area

Here's a good one: Suckling/Roasted Pig inside SF City???

most definitely ill let you know.

Ive only been living in this city for a lil more than a year, so I dont know too many filipino restaurants (the ones ive been too suck donkey).

Ill give Lech Go and Ongpin a call :)

Jul 25, 2007
fooddudeone in San Francisco Bay Area

Here's a good one: Suckling/Roasted Pig inside SF City???

I cant wait to try them, maybe tomorrow :)

btw...have you had the pig at any of these places?

If so, can you describe? (ie:bubbly skin/unbubbly, thin/thick skin, crispy/chewy, meat attached/not attached, roasted whole/or just part of the pig, spit/oven, seasoning description, sauce description, best out of the 3 in you opinion, etc.)

thanks again

Jul 24, 2007
fooddudeone in San Francisco Bay Area

Here's a good one: Suckling/Roasted Pig inside SF City???

Are these all chinese?

Obiousley the first one is.

Second one..vietnamese??

Third?

Just curious. Are there any others? Any closer to the city? The SUnset is the last place I was expecting whole roasted pork to be, lol..i guess ya never know :)

Jul 24, 2007
fooddudeone in San Francisco Bay Area