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Little Goat Diner, Chicago

I am not a breakfast guy, but enjoyed one of my best morning meals ever at Chef Stephanie Izard’s Little Goat Diner this morning! Here’s a look…

Bombastic Bloody Mary made from scratch…

Breakfast Spaghetti ‘n Clams ‘n Crab…

Imagine Spaghetti alla Vongole fried up with eggs and guanciale and dropped back in its broth…

Lots of pork guanciale. And parmesan cheese. And bok choy…

And clams and fresh crab…

And even with all this dish has going on, the eggs are cooked a perfect over easy and break beautifully into the broth…

And yes, there is fried spaghetti underneath all that!

Then there was this plate of brilliance…

Kimchi & bacon & eggs & pancakes Asian style…

Appropriately title “Breakfast Tasty Thing”…

They’re open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, from 7am to 11pm…

I HIGHLY recommend going for breakfast, which is served all day!

LITTLE GOAT DINER

820 W Randolph St.

Chicago, IL 60607

312-888-3455

http://littlegoatchicago.com

Filed under Chicago breakfast Little Goat diner spachetti clams pork kimchi

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Kung Fu Little Steamed Buns Ramen, NYC

Earlier this week, I saw Matt Gross (@worldmattworld) from bonappetit.com tweet from a joint called Kung Fu Little Steamed Buns Ramen. As I knew their midtown offices were close to ours, I googled the restuarant in hopes we had a new ramen joint in the neighborhood. And lo and behold, we did… only three blocks away from Marvel!

As I had no lunch plans that afternoon, we went to check it out. Here’s a look…

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It’s a very small place, with only seven tables, and the take-out business was quite brisk as we sat there…

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I decided to try the two things the places is named for, their steamed buns and ramen… not the kung fu!

I started with their “House Special” ramen…

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Made with well-marbled beef, shrimp, bok choy, scallions and cilantro, this was really more of a Vietnamese pho than a typical ramen broth. There was nothing Japanese about it, which is what we have come to expect when we see the word “ramen”…

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But once I got past the misnomer, I enjoyed an extremely tasty bowl of noodles and soup that did not skimp on the beef and shrimp…

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The noodles are hand-pulled in house, I was told, and I found them supple and chewy, pairing perfectly with the bold, beefy broth…

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Then out came the xiao long bao, or steamed buns, or soup dumplings, which unfortunately left a little to be desired. Three of them were perfect, the skin staying strong and holding the soup inside when they were lifted and dipped. But the other three fell apart on the slightest of contact, leaking all their gelatinous goodness back into the steamer. I also wish they’d had ginger and vinegar as condiments on the tables rather than sriracha…

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But all in all, I had a wonderful lunch at Kung Fu Little Steamed Buns Ramen and I’ll be going back soon enough with more friends in tow to taste more of their menu…

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KUNG FU LITTTLE STEAM BUNS RAMEN

811 8th Ave., between 48th and 48th Sts.

NY, NY 10020

917-388-2555

http://www.nykungfuramen.com

Filed under NYC midtown lunch ramen pho noodles

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Fresh Broccoli Rabe

While visiting my parents over the Easter weekend, my mom took me out to the garden to help pick broccoli rabe that had started coming in…

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I was surprised there was so much of it already, and turns out there were two kinds growing there. One was planted, which our neighbor Mr. Bassani had simply thrown out seeds for in hopes something would sprout, which you can differentiate by the bigger blossoms and longer leaves…

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The other was the wild variety, with rounder leaves and multiple blossoms…

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Both kinds went home with me and went into a pasta dish tonight…

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Fried up simply with garlic and olive oil, tossed over fusilli with Italian sausage…

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The first of many dishes I hope to make with vegetables we’ll be planting in the coming weeks!

Filed under home cooking brocolli rabe pasta sausage garden

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Ravi Restaurant, Dubai

I was told by several people that if I wanted one of the best meals in Dubai, all I had to do was get in any cab in the city and tell the driver, “Ravi”. They’d know where to go.

So that’s what me and a few friends did one night. And sure enough, 15 minutes later we ended up here…

Which is where we had one of the two best meals of the entire trip! And the best Pakistani food I’d ever tasted!!

As all the outside tables reserved for sidewalk seating were unfortunately full, we sat inside the small but comfortable establishment…

The menu was a bit of a mystery to us, with only two or three words we recognized on it, so we put ourselves in our server’s hands and told him to bring us a selection of the house specialties. He was happy to oblige, but had one question… “Spicy OK?” We told him “yes” but to keep levels in more of a medium range, which we were glad we did once we started eating. Here’s a look at the delectable dishes he brought us…

We started with chicken tikka…

Not boned and cut, but grilled whole then butchered!

Haleem, which is a lentil stew…

Chicken achar handi, which was tongue-numbingly but tasty…

My favorite dish of the evening, the mutton jalfraizi, another spicy Pakistani curry…

Served with all-you-can-eat nan again…

And a cold yogurt sauce to help with the burn…

All this for just 16 dollars!

So next time you’re in Dubai, remember that the magic word for the most memorable of meals is “Ravi”!

RAVI RESTAURANT

Al Dhiyafa Rd.

Dubai, UAE

+971-4-331-5353

Filed under Dubai UAE Pakistani curry chicken mutton

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Taqueria Tehuitzingo’s Pozole

I knew from past experience their tacos are outstanding.

I discovered their new tortas are also amazing.

Now I can share that Tehuitzingo’s pozole is incredible as well!

This is no small bowl of soup…

Pozole verde de cerdo…

Maize madness…

Packed with a porky punch…

The pozole also comes with a side of two tostadas…

All this for eight bucks!

What excuse do you have to not go and try Tehuitzingo’s now?

TAQUERIA TEHUITZINGO

578 9th Ave.. off 42nd St.

New York, NY 10036

646-707-3916

http://www.tehuitzingo.net

Filed under NYC Mexican pozole pork tostada

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Craft 260, Fairfield, CT

As Two Roads Brewing is a considered a retail outlet and has to close at 9pm per Connecticut state law, we needed to find somewhere else to grab a few more beers and some grub last Friday night. My friend Mark wisely suggested the brand new Craft 260 beer bar and bistro a few miles down the road. Here’s a quick look…

They’re currently running 12 taps at Craft 260 with a nice selection of craft beer, in both style and region…

However, I was even more impressed with their food menu!

Nachos topped with smoked and pulled chicken thighs, a Vermont white cheddar sauce and house made chimichurri…

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As a wing guy, I can assure you their buttermilk fried chicken wings are pretty incredible! These were the agave sesame wings, but the stand out flavor was the sriracha buffalo…

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Crisped Brussels sprouts with local apple, toasted pecans and gorgonzola cheese with a warm bacon & dijon vinaigrette…

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For dessert I went with a whiskey, Kahlua and espresso stout cocktail…

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Yet another reason to hop on Metro-North and make the one hour trip to this sleepy seaside town that’s quickly becoming Connecticut’s new culinary capital!

CRAFT 260

260 Post Rd.

Fairfield, CT 06824

203-955-1745

http://craft260.com

Filed under CT craft beer bistro wings beer Brussels sprouts nachos