Originally posted by NYPIzzaNut
I love Popeye's green beans and red beans and rice.
The red beans and rice are the best outside of Cajun Louisiana, bar none. Jim Dandy's does an interesting (and still quite good) take on them, but it's not like anything I've had down south. I'm not sure who taught Walt's BBQ how to cook them, but I suspect no one did...what a joke.
My wife and I ate at Emanu on Thursday and found it very enjoyable. The experience would have been more "fun" with an additional couple, as it's very much designed to be a "community" dining experience; everyone's entree is piled on top of a large round piece of injara (a spongy flatbread with what seemed to be a hint of lemon), and you are encouraged to tear off a chunk and use it to grab some of each entree. (They provide additional injara on the side.) When my wife ordered a vegetarian dish, the waiter offered to bring it out on a separate platter, since it would have been "touching" my meat dish. She isn't a (strict) vegetarian, however, so we kept everything together. The presentation is really something to behold.
We started with vegetable sambussas, which were okay...very small, and would have been better with some sort of accompanying sauce. Not worth $3.95 at all. My entree (zignie, beef simmered in red pepper, onions, garlic, ginger, and spices) was $12, and my wife's (the vegetarian "sampler" with collard greens, cabbage, green beans and carrots, and two types of lentils) was $13. Combined, it was more than enough food for both of us, but one entree wouldn't feed two people. My beef was cooked very well, but not as flavorful as I hoped, considering the ingredients. The cabbage was excellent, collard greens and the beans/carrots were very good, and the lentils were a bit bland. They were out of the goat cheese/mascarpone cheesecake, so we went with the baklava instead, which tasted store-bought but wasn't bad. I also had the coffee that everyone raves about and didn't find it to be anything too out of the ordinary, but coffee is always a nice way to close a meal.
All in all, it definitely merited a return visit, hopefully with a group that is open to new cuisine...and open to sharing.