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Posted by Michael Stern on Friday, April 24, 2015 4:44 AM

Opened in 1929 and originally known as the Coney Island Café (for the chili-topped “Coney Island” hot dogs on the menu), Lindy’s Diner (formerly Lindy's Coffee Shop) is a relic of old Route 66 through the heart of Albuquerque. Although it is no longer open round-the-clock, it remains a slice-of-life diner where many regulars come to chat at the counter all morning long.

Lindy’s is a good place to know about if you are breezing through town in a hurry and are hungry for breakfast. In a crockpot near the gorgeous antique cash register is an assortment of hand-holdable breakfast burritos, which are tortillas wrapped around bacon, egg, and cheese with red or green chili. Excellent on-the-go eats!

It is said that Muhammad Ali once came to Lindy’s to eat a bowl of red chili which, while not of the sophisticated and high-priced Santa Fe style, is a hearty bowl of good, rib-sticking diner fare with a genuine New Mexico zest. The menu is a big and familiar, including all sorts of hamburgers, Greek salad, and blue plate specials. We like Lindy’s meat loaf dinner: big, chunky slabs of moist loaf accompanied by smooth whipped potatoes and blanketed with brown gravy.

At the counter or in an upholstered booth in the front room affords a fine view of life on Central Avenue, coming and going as it has now for more than eighty years.
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Posted on Friday, April 24, 2015

New Mexico Green Chile Bread

This loaf of green chile bread is almost as pleasing to the eye as it is to the mouth!
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Posted on Thursday, April 23, 2015

Further proof that Indiana is BPT paradise!
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Posted by Tes Rivera on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 5:15 AM

Panelle Special

Ferdinando's is the oldest Sicilian restaurant in New York City. A visit there is a trip back in time to when the the block served as waterfront marketplace to the docks, Carroll Gardens, and the surrounding neighborhoods. Union Street stretches through Grand Army Plaza/Prospect Park; Columbia Street through Brooklyn Heights and DUMBO. The restaurant has survived generations of radical change to the neighborhood (currently strollers and hipsters) by simply remaining true to its roots. They served spleen before spleen was cool. Ferdinando's is, and has always been, owned and operated by the same family. Frank Buffa, himself, greets visitors at the door. His staff is old school.

The panelles are heavenly, perfectly set off by the generous puff of fresh ricotta and grated Pecorino. You can count on the cold seafood salads to be fresh and well-balanced. I favor the polpo and frutti de mari. They're cooked perfectly and dressed in a bright vinaigrette. The pasta con sarde is reliable comfort food made with home-jarred sardines.

The dining room has seen lots of wear, but that adds to the charm of its rich architectural detail (probably why Scorsese chose it as a location in the Departed). Heirloom tomatoes grow in the courtyard garden. Enjoy nice weather under the grapevine-laden arbor.
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Posted on Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Panelle Special

A Panelle Special is a small sandwich filled with flat chickpea fritters, fresh ricotta, and sharp cheese. These are more snack-sized, but two could make a meal.
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Posted by Michael Stern on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 3:23 AM

Classic Steak

Unlike steak places that chop their meat into hash on the grill, Steve's slices it into flaps and sizzles the pieces in the traditional Italian-market way. Combine it with Cheese Whiz and a soft, sweet grilled onions in a chewy tube of fresh bread and you've got a cheese steak to remember.

As at all cheese steak emporia, many decisions must be made: plain steak, cheese steak, pizza steak (with sauce), or steak hoagie (with lettuce and tomato); normal weight or double-meat. The cheese choice includes American, Whiz, provolone, and mozzarella. Available condiments include pizza sauce, mushrooms, house-roasted hot red and green peppers, dill pickles, relish, cherry peppers, yellow peppers, and hot sauce. French fries are available plain, topped with cheese and/or topped with pizza sauce.

Street food par excellence!
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Posted on Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Classic Steak

Cheap cheese and chewy meat are the improbable duet that comprise the traditional Philadelphia cheese steak. The one aristocratic ingredient, and the one that transforms ingredients into edible magic, is the fresh Italian roll.
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Posted on Monday, April 20, 2015

Ham Biscuit

The country ham is luscious enough that its juices add extra succulence to the soft biscuit that surrounds it.
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Roadfood of the Day: Short Sugar's - Reidsville, NC
Posted on Sunday, April 19, 2015


Note the amber nugget to the bottom left of this close-up picture of Short Sugar's chopped pork. That's a chewy-crunchy piece of skin that provides such a nice contrast to the velvety moistness of the meat.
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Posted on Saturday, April 18, 2015


Simple and perfect, this basic yellow cake with chocolate frosting was every bit as good as Mama Dip's renowned pies.
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