You know what? Lunch is awesome. Lunch is a lot more calmer and quieter than dinner and brunch. A lot of times, you can seated right away for lunch AND some times restaurants will have great lunch deals. Like at Motorino with their $12 lunch prix fixe menu.
For $12, you get a pretty darn good mixed salad and your choice of pizzas (margherita, Brussels sprout, soppressata picante and marinara). I have heard much great things about their Brussels sprout pizza (it was also topped with fior di latte, garlic, pecorino, smoked pancetta and olive oil) so I got that also cause I love Brussels sprouts on pizza. The crust was great, the fior di latte was creamy and you can’t beat the combo of Brussels sprouts and bacon. Add a few dashes of chili flakes and you’re good to go.
Motorino 349 East 12th St, East Village
Probably one of the best thing about going from a food truck to a brick and mortar is the ability to expand the menu. There is just so many things you can do on a truck but with an actual shop, you have room to experiment and the resources to create more stuff.
So when Kim Ima, owner of The Treats Truck, opened her own shop in Carroll Gardens (The Treats Truck Stop), she was able to expand her menu to include savory stuff.
On the list of savory items were mac n’cheese, salads, sandwiches, grilled cheeses and BLTs. When I went for lunch, I was torn between getting the chicken salad sandwich or mac n’cheese. Then I saw the BLTA (bacon, lettuce, tomato, and avocado) and of course the combo of bacon and avocado in a sandwich was the an obvious choice for me. And all sandwiches came with a side of salad, fruit or………..KIMCHI! Yes I got kimchi with my sandwich. Oh and for $1 I added an egg so I guess it was a BLTAE?!
The sandwich was delicious….crispy strips of bacon and creamy avocado. Hm…. As for the kimchi, at first I thought it was store bought because it tasted..well like store bought (in a good way) but Kim said she made it at the shop. Wow! Housemade kimchi! I told her she should jar it and sell it.
– The Treats Truck Stop 521 Court St, Carroll Gardens Brooklyn
I don’t eat enough hot dogs. Seriously, why are hot dogs only popular during the grilling season? It’s making me hungry for a hot dog RIGHT NOW. It is great as is plain but of course there are so much stuff you can put on it to make it even better (grilled onions, chili, mayo, nori flakes, cheese).
The other day I stopped by Crif Dogs in the East Village to grab a late lunch. I have tried few of their dogs but I usually just stick with the Good Morning which is bacon wrapped dog with cheese and a fried egg. It’s a simple combination but a wonderful one. The bacon was cooked till crispy (for easy biting) and was salty bacony good. Also they have tater tots! And if you like…you can add cheese to the tots! Though this time around I tried their fries (their fries equal waffle fries, a PLUS) with cheese. I got a large and it was plenty of fries, enough for two or more people.
This place is tiny and gets pack most of the time so prepare to wait for your dogs. But while you wait, you can play a game or two of Double Dragon (arcade form).
– Crif Dogs 113 St. Marks Pl East Village
555 Driggs Ave Williamsburg
This month old restaurant is doing something fantastic. Located on Sawtelle Blvd in West L.A., the atmosphere and staff were causal and friendly. The menu was not overly complicated and had just the right amount of items. Definitely go with a group so you can try out many of the dishes/sandwiches/burgers. So sit back, grab a beer (I had a delicious Strand Brewery 24th St. Pale Ale), eat delicious food and enjoy the LA weather.
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Continuing with the pizza theme, many months ago Paulie Gee’s decided to start brunch service and lucky Howard got a sneak taste of the menu. Of course being me I kept saying that I would eventually go try the brunch menu until one day I heard that brunch service will be on hiatus.
Then on my most recent trip to Paulie Gee’s, I noticed a brunch pizza made it to the dinner menu, the Monte Cristo (mild gouda, Canadian bacon and a drizzle of pure maple syrup). It was definitely one of the heavier pies on the menu. I’m currently in a salty and sweet sort of moode so this pie totally hit the spot…though I have always felt guilty pouring maple syrup onto things. Maybe because it’s a lot sweeter than honey. Ohh but I may just start putting maple syrup on everything I eat now.
Paulie Gee’s 60 Greenpoint Ave, Greenpoint
2 years ago at the 2009 Vendy Awards, I had my 1st Choinkwich. If you don’t know what a Choinkwich…well..it’s an ice cream sandwich with chocolate cookies, chocolate soft serve and a layer of caramelized bacon. Doug and Bryan occasionally would have it at the truck but with their limited space it was difficult to make. Fast forward to now and with the brand spanking new Big Gay Ice Cream Shop opened on 7th St in the East Village, the Choinkwich has finally made it to the permanent menu. But with a new shop came a new Choinkwich. The Treats Truck still provides the cookies but it’s bigger than before and instead of caramelized bacon, they are using a made-just-for-Big-Gay-Ice-Cream version of Bacon Marmalade. The new version is pretty damn awesome. It’s salty, bacony, chocolatey, sweet and……..messy. Make sure to grab extra napkins.
– Big Gay Ice Cream Shop 125 E 7th St, East Village
Bacon Marmalade. Someone should write a song about Bacon Marmalade.
Bacon Marmalade was created by Chef Ross Hutchison, you can check out his story on Food Curated. I bought a jar over at Eastern District and began to think of different ways to use this tiny golden jar of porkiness. Similar to my posts about Pad Thai sauce, curry sauce and pork butt, I wanted to use the bacon marmalade in different dishes, different ways of cooking it and maybe use it in some weird way (like whipped cream).
Let’s see what I came up with