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Meat Hook Sandwich

Meat Hook Sandwich

After months of drooling over photos of The Meat Hook crew testing out potential sandwiches, they finally opened their sandwich shop to the public.

Their menu is short and simple, consisting of 6 different sandwiches. Gyro, Italian, roast pork, roast beef, ham and cheese, and a chicken sandwich. I sort had my heart set on the roast beef sandwich, until I got to see the more detailed menu at the counter. The chicken sandwich wasn’t just a chicken sandwich but a hot fried chicken sandwich ($12). Ding! You know I can’t say no to a fried chicken sandwich. This sandwich was massive and I loved every bite of it. Spicy, crunchy, flavorful, sauce dripping, and everything held together nicely by a very nice bun.

Though just heads up, when Robert Sietsema of Eater went, I noticed the cannibal sandwich had replaced the chicken sandwich. What da what?! On Instagram, Brent Young told me that the menu will rotate like crazy. I’m glad I was able to try the chicken sandwich and can now move onto try the other sandwiches.

Their hours are 11 – 4p everyday.

Meat Hook Sandwich 495 Lorimer St. Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Ted Allen And Pepcid Tastemaker

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Few weeks ago, I was invited to an interesting event. The Tastemaker dinner, hosted by Chopped’s Ted Allen, took place at Pok Pok NY in Brooklyn. When I got the invite, I wasn’t too sure what it was about especially when the event was from Pepcid (yes the heartburn medicine) and Eater. Thai food doesn’t make me think heartburn and was Andy Ricker suppose to cook the whole dinner from a mystery basket?

I’ve never been to Pok Pok NY and have heard so many great things about it, I decided to check out this event. The night started off with cocktails, signing waiver forms and getting your table number. The bar, the tables and even the restrooms had bottles of Pepcid lying around. Finally, Ted Allen gave a quick speech and afterwards we all sat down at our tables. Dinner was served family style and we all enjoyed yam samun phrai (a herbal salad), Ike’s Vietnamese fish sauce wings, sai ua samun phrai (Thai sausage with chicharron and curry), phak buung fai daeng (stir fried bok choy with chillies), plaa neung bui (whole steamed striped bass with preserved plums), kai yaang tua (whole roasted chicken), and sangkhaya fak thong (sticky rice with pumpkin and palm sugar custard).

Thank you to Eater, Pepcid, Ted Allen and the Pok Pok NY crew for a great night and good food. Everyone was super nice and always great to meet other food people. I can’t say that the meal was amazing like how other people had talked about it but it was definitely good. While everyone was crazy over the chicken wings (I thought they were too salty), I was all over the stir fried bok choy and the salad. Crunchy, light, refreshing, and went so well with the sticky rice. The other dishes were pretty good. I mean, I’m pretty familiar with the flavors so the dishes were good but nothing truly jumped out at me as WOW. I did surprised myself by eating the dessert. If you don’t know, I hate Asian desserts but I didn’t want to offend anyone so I gave it a try and….it wasn’t too bad. The custard was darn tasty.

Thank you to Hunter Public Relations for the invite. I’ve always wanted to try Pok Pok NY and I finally did. Definitely good to have them in the neighborhood.

Pok Pok NY 117 Columbia St, Brooklyn

Fried Chicken: Sweet Chick

Sweet Chick

Howard is my Yelp. Not that he bitches all the time about poor services and bland dishes but he is a bit critical about what he likes and dislikes. Hahaa! So when he said he really liked his vegetarian chicken and waffles at Sweet Chick, I knew we have a winner.

I’m a lover of chicken and waffles. I don’t quite understand why there are haters. It’s a GREAT combination. Crispy, carby, chicken, fried, syrup, butter, hot sauce, all great things. And Sweet Chick does it really really good. The pieces of chicken are juicy, tasty and crispy while the waffles are fluffy with nice crisp edges ($16). Also I love their inventiveness by having General Tso’s chicken and waffle and sometimes duck confit and waffles!

Sweet Chick 164 Bedford Ave Williamsburg Brooklyn

See what other fried chickens I have eaten for my fried chicken project.

Hot Beef And Pie At Four & Twenty Blackbirds

Hot Beef Combo

This past Sunday, I was introduced to something I have never heard of or seen before. Hot beef!

Four & Twenty Blackbirds hosted an event with Amy Thielen (host of Heartland Table on the Food Network) where Thielen served hot beef (a combination of smoked brisket sandwich with a scoop of mashed potatoes and covered in gravy) and the Elsen sisters paired it with their blackbottom oatmeal pies PLUS complimentary Jeni’s ice cream and Kelson beer. Oh…boy. The hot beef was delicious, well I mean what’s not to like about meat, bread, potatoes and gravy?! The meat, smoked by Fletcher’s, was tasty and tender. I went back and forth between the hot beef and ice cream. Dude, that’s Jeni’s ice cream! I couldn’t let it melt so 2 bites of hot beef then 1 bite of ice cream.

It was fun hanging out and catching up with the Elsen sisters and Alex aka Brownie.

Also the unlimited flowing of Kelso beer. Ah yeah.

Four & Twenty Blackbirds, 439 3rd Ave Gowanus, Brooklyn

L&B Spumoni Gardens

L&B Spumoni Gardens

Can’t believe last time I took a trek out to Gravesend was in 2010, when Howard and I ate at L&B and Totonno’s.

You think after eating a bowl of pho, just 30mins before, that I wouldn’t be able to eat pizza. Nope. While on the way home I regretted not getting 3 slices at L&B. I loved their square slices back in 2010 and I still do in 2014. Howard wasn’t a big fan of the thick crust but that’s actually what I like about this. Thick, crispy bottom, sweet and slightly tart tomato sauce, and outdoor seating. Next time for me, 3 slices ($2.50 each slice) all corners it’s the way to go.

L&B Spumoni Gardens – 2725 86th St, Gravesend Brooklyn

Fried Chicken: The Commodore

The Commodore

This is my second time going to The Commodore in Williamsburg and I can confidently say that their fried chicken is preeetty awesome. Back in May I had my first experience and The Commodore quickly jumped to the top of my “favorite” list. There’s a lot of great things about The Commodore, close enough to the G train, tiki drinks, crazy good nachos, friendly bartenders..etc. But obviously the most important thing is their delicious, dark meat only, fried chicken ($12).

This isn’t some $24 fancy pretentious fried chicken and that’s what I like about it. It is simple, good, straight to the point and it comes with honey butter for you to smear it on the fried chicken or the three biscuits that accompany the plate. Every restaurant should start serving honey butter. Oh and prepare to get messy, this is pretty much a hands on, no knife and fork sort of fried chicken. Take a bite and all the crispy bits fly in all directions, some might land on the plate but most likely on your lap and that’s okay. Be sure to wash it down with a mint julep which the bartender said to me, “good choice.”

The Commodore 366 Metropolitan Ave (corner of Havemeyer St), Williamsburg Brooklyn

See what other fried chickens I have eaten for my fried chicken project.

Fried Chicken: Walter’s

Walter's

I keep getting Walter’s and Walter Foods mixed up, thinking they’re the same place. So Walter Foods is in Williamsburg while Walter’s is in Fort Greene. Got it? Got it.

My friend that had the fried chicken at Walter Foods in Williamsburg said it was just average and she’s right. The chicken here, 1 drum and 2 thighs, is served with mashed potatoes, gravy and spicy honey. While the idea of jamming fried chicken into my mouth with mashed potatoes sounded perfectly comforting in this cold weather, I couldn’t help but felt the chicken was lacking a little something. Extra bit of salt? More flavor to the brining liquid? Though a generous pour of spicy honey on the chicken didn’t suck.

This is no destination fried chicken but a pretty okay if you live in the neighborhood sort of chicken.

Fried chicken with garlic mashed potatoes, gravy and spicy honey $16
(They serve chicken and waffles for brunch)

Walter’s and Walter Foods, Fort Green (166 Dekalb Ave) and Williamsburg (253 Grand St)

See what other fried chickens I have eaten for my fried chicken project.